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AUGUST 2017 STAR STUDENT KISA IBRAHIM SHARES HER KEYS TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 1 BACK TO SCHOOL AUG 2017 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT COCONUT CREEK ARTSFEST Saturday September 16th from 10 00 AM to 4 00 PM Community Center 1100 Lyons Road Family fun day of fine art entertainment and food trucks Free to the public For more information call 954-545-6631 2017 MAYOR S FITNESS CHALLENGE Begins on Monday October 2nd 10 week challenge Ages 12 and older 25 entry fee for Coconut Creek residents free for all fitness members Winner of challenge will receive a gift card Registration period from August 21st to September 18th For more information call 954-545-6650 MIAMI DOLPHINS VS. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS TICKETS Sunday September 10th at 1 00 PM Tickets are 70 Must obtain 50 people for transportation to be provided Deadline to purchase tickets is August 31 2017 or until sold out For more information call 954-545-6698 The City of Coconut Creek Parks & Recreation Department offers Fitness Classes Athletic Leagues Activities and Programs for all ages at the Recreation Complex and the Community Center. To get a complete listing of programs including times dates ages and descriptions visit our website at Recreation Complex -- 4455 Sol Press Blvd -- 954-956-1580 Community Center -- 1100 Lyons Road -- 954-545-6670 Special Events Hotline -- 954-545-6620 2 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 3 contents August 2017 Volume 17 Issue 8 22 FEATURES MISSION TO SUCCEED 26 High school and college grad Kisa Ibrahim offers advice to students at the start of the school year. Coconut Creek resident and school board member Nora Rupert answers questions about local school issues. LESSONS FROM THE BOARD 32 5 8 Parks and recreation director Wayne Tobey looks to the city s future. FIELDS OF DREAMS DEPARTMENTS LIFESTYLE GREETINGS MAYOR S MESSAGE Back to school AROUND TOWN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Local entertainer Suzi Cruz and Bold Beauty Project photography exhibit BUSINESS Cubico Coffee DINING Packing a nutritious school lunch THE GOODS Back-to-school products CITY VOICE Community Relations Division MYCOCONUTCREEK Stay connected GREEN EXCELLENCE Alternatives to sod CALENDAR SNAPSHOTS National Kids to Parks Day Memorial Day Ceremony COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT In Jacob s Shoes 9 14 18 20 30 34 36 38 40 42 46 On the cover Coconut Creek resident Kisa Ibrahim Location Coconut Creek Government Center 4800 W. Copans Road special thanks to John Hartzell and Yvonne Lopez for their help This page Coffee from Cubico Coffee 4811 Lyons Technology Parkway Cover and TOC photos by Eduardo Schneider 4 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 Lifestyle Greetings igh school students receive their fair share of motivational advice as they approach graduation. Some of it rings true. Much of it goes in one ear and out the other. Still there s something to be said for encouraging others to reach for greatness. And students are more apt to pay attention when they hear from someone who has walked through a familiar fire to achieve his or her goals-- even if it s a fictional character. In Legally Blonde Reese Witherspoon s bubbly Elle Woods tells her fellow Harvard Law graduates You must always have faith in yourself. Our cover subject Kisa Ibrahim took these words to heart. e 18-year-old Coconut Creek resident recently graduated from both high school and college at Florida Atlantic University High School she will study law this fall at George Washington University. She decorated one of her two graduation caps with the words Future Elle Woods--GW Law. When we heard of her accomplishments we knew she d be just the right person to lend advice and inspiration at the start of this school year. With dreams of becoming a lawyer a politician and president of the United States Kisa has lots to say about how to succeed in high school. Continuing with our back-to-school theme we also feature Nora Rupert a Coconut Creek resident and Broward County School Board member for District 7 which covers Coconut Creek. Rupert helps improve local schools by reaching out to the community and paying close attention to their needs. Having raised three children in Creek she offers valuable insight into the success and concerns of area schools in our Q&A. You ll find more of my conversation with her on our website Reading Rupert s take on local education issues you ll learn her philosophy is that it takes a village to raise a successful child. Coconut Creek Lifestyle is proud to be part of that village if you have any school success stories or school or community events to share let us know. We ll be happy to talk to you. And if you re not going back to school but need some inspiration nonetheless--and who doesn t really --check out our stories about entertainer Suzi Cruz and coffeemakers and siblings Sonia and Roberto Azuaje who pursue their dreams each day. I wish all Creek students a successful and happy school year. 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Coconut Creek Lifestyle accepts no responsibility for products or services advertised herein. We reserve the right to edit rewrite or refuse submitted material. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 7 MAYOR S MESSAGE Welcome Back to School Becky Tooley was selected mayor in March 2017. She was elected to the city commission in 2001 and re-elected in March 2004 2007 and 2011. She represents District A which encompasses the area south of Coconut Creek Parkway to the southern boundary of the city and the west side of Lyons Road to just south of Sample Road. I remember my grandmother telling me that the older you get the faster time passes. She was right. Summer went by in the blink of an eye and classes begin Aug. 21 for Broward County public schools. I hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and that the teens who had summer jobs learned a lot and saved some of their earnings. I would like to remind all residents to use caution in school zones. Pay attention to where they start and where they end. e Coconut Creek Police Department s Traffic Unit will be highly visible during the first couple of weeks of school to enforce safety measures which include parking in designated areas and not texting while driving. Please stay off your mobile phones as some kids will be walking and biking to school. You can help keep all of our kids out of danger. I wish all students great success this school year. During the first week of August the city commission will work on the final budget for fiscal year 2018. Staff members have been preparing it since January and we held a town hall budget meeting in June to gather feedback from residents. I would like to thank our award-winning Finance Department and all department heads for their hard work in ensuring that the city remains fiscally strong. It is not easy to spread the finances to cover the wish lists of all of the commissioners city departments and residents. I had a bigger list this year than ever before. I already know that I am going to have to compromise and that s OK as long as we keep emerging as one of the best-run cities in the country. On Sept. 9 our Parks and Recreation Department will host Worldwide Day of Play from 9 30 a.m. to 12 30 p.m. at the Coconut Creek Community Center. It is an annual event designed to encourage children and parents to turn off their television put down their electronic devices and play especially outdoors. e event is free for participants 5-11. You can find details on our website at coconutcreek. net. Let s have a record number of people come out to play and exercise. Hope to see you there We are in the middle of the Atlantic hurricane season and I trust that you have prepared for the possibility of a storm hitting South Florida. I ve completed my preparations including cleaning my shutter tracks. Please don t get caught unprepared at the last minute. Find tips at hurricane. Many residents have asked me how to sign up to have their area sprayed for mosquito control. Make a request by visiting streets mosquito pages default.aspx or calling 954.765.4062. I ll see you around town. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 8 LMGFL.COM around town E nrollment is open for the Urban Farming Institute s Junior Growers Academy for children in grades 3rd to 5th. e academy starts in September at Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road) and runs 13 weeks. Chefs scientists and master gardeners teach children about different forms of food production and urban agriculture including gardening basics and technology raising fish beekeeping and more. Other topics are drip irrigation solar energy and aquaponics. Cost is 149 per student and 99 per sibling. Visit tradewindspark for info and registration. Attention Future Farmers COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 9 around town SAVE WATER SAVE THE EARTH Coconut Creek has joined the Broward Water Partnership s Water Conservation and Incentives Program to save water and money and help the environment. As part of this program residents may qualify for rebates and free fixtures. Residents with a toilet that uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush can receive 100 toward the cost of a high-efficiency toilet. Applicants must be approved before purchasing toilets and other restrictions apply according to resident type. Residents may pick up free faucet aerators and showerheads (two per household) at the Coconut Creek Government Center (4800 W. Copans Road) the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.) and the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). For information visit or call 954.973.6732. JOIN THE CIRCLE Coconut Creek s Multicultural Circle holds meetings the second Tuesday of each month at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). This month s meeting is Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. The goal of the nonprofit organization is to exchange ideas and appreciate and celebrate the city s individual cultures. Meetings are open to all. For information visit REACH THE FINISH LINE Run your way into Labor Day at the annual Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon at Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road). The triathlon includes a quarter-mile of swimming 10 miles of biking and 3 miles of running. Duathlon is a three-quarter-mile run 10 miles of biking and another 3-mile run. Packets can be picked up at Alex s Bicycle Shop (11510 W. State Road 84 Davie) on Sept. 1-2 from 1 to 6 p.m. The race is Sept. 3 beginning at 7 a.m. with awards at 9 a.m. Day-of-race packet pickup and registration is 5 15-6 15 a.m. All finishers receive a medal and the top three finishers in all categories receive awards. For information and registration visit events 115. CATCH THE GAME Coconut Creek invites you watch the Miami Dolphins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 10 at 1 p.m. Tickets are 70 each. To purchase visit the Recreation Complex Community Center or Sabal Pines Park (5005 NW 39th Ave.) Deadline to purchase tickets is Aug. 31. Transportation will be provided if at least 50 people purchase tickets. Bus will leave at 10 30 a.m. from the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). For information call the 954.545.6698. ATTENTION VOLUNTEERS The magnet program at Coconut Creek High School is looking for volunteers to mentor students as they build their medical technological and business skills. To learn more call Roz Greenberg at 754.205.7283. Coconut Creek hosts Summer Fun Days for children ages 6-13. Parents may drop off their children at the Community Center or Recreation Complex where kids will enjoy a day of crafts games and other activities. Dates are Aug. 14 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 5 30 p.m. Fee is 25 for residents and 35 for nonresidents. For information call 954.545.6670 or 954.956.1580. SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS International Slow Pitch Softball hosts the doubleelimination Old School Softball tournament Aug. 12 8 a.m.-11 p.m. at Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road). Entry fee is 150 with prizes for first and second place teams. For information call ISPS at 855.576.8522 or visit PLAY BALL 10 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 Don t cage them up let them run free your paws on our new location P ut 3197 N SR7 Penn Dutch Plaza on 441 Margate Location Give your pets a vacation of their own Free night of boarding and complimentary bubble bath when your dog stays three consecutive nights or more with a copy of this ad Margate location only must follow all Camp Canine Policies new customers only Leaving town Margate Franchise locations independently owned and operated. 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Volunteers with Changing the World by Serving One an outreach group affiliated with Coconut Creek s Coastal Community Church serve the Adopt-a-Block program in Collier City each month. During a recent visit they went to homes planted flowers cleaned up trash hosted craft activities for kids and gave away 200 hot dogs to the community. Congrats grad Coconut Creek residents Stet and Marilyn Blancett are celebrating the recent graduation of their daughter Priscilla Maree Blancett. Priscilla graduated summa cum laude from University of Central Florida with a bachelor s in criminal justice. This fall Priscilla will attend graduate school at UCF and work as a graduate teaching assistant. ped Claudia Sam the wild side a walk on Kim Bo the restakamper tackles urant bu siness EMPO WER Handba IN STYL E gs & ad vocacy BO S WORL D For more information call Michelle Simon 954-666-5313 msimon 12 LMGFL.COM NEXT QUESTION COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 PHOTO SUBMITTED BY PRISCILLA MAREE BLANCETT WELCOME TO THE JUNGLEs ro take PHOTO SUBMITTED BY ANDREA MITCHAEL around town PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CLUB PRESIDENT JANELL BANTZ Top scholars. The Women s Club of Coconut Creek recently awarded 12 Coconut Creek students 8 150 in scholarships. The club has done so since its 1970 founding. 35 Years of Experience Fighting Insurance Companies INJURED Top grade. Lyons Creek Middle School principal Horace Hamm recently accepted a recognition by the city commission for the school s selection as an Exceeding Expectations Award School by the East Coast Technical Assistance Center. 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University Drive Suite 350 Coral Springs FL 33065 LMGFL.COM 13 255-7000 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Suzi Cruz at the Township Center for Performing Arts Born to Perform A For local entertainer Suzi Cruz there s truly no business like show business By Michelle F. Solomon Photo by Eduardo Schneider sk Suzi Fierstein Cruz if she ll ever give up entertaining and she ll tell you she already did it once--and isn t ready to do it again anytime soon. e Coconut Creek resident performs in the musical duo Cruzin with her husband Steve. She also performs a one-woman musical comedy act which includes impersonations of everyone from Tina Turner to Barbra Streisand. She remembers when her parents Elayne and Arty Fierstein who founded Sun-Shine Cosmetics in Miami Beach in 1968 (which Cruz still operates today) took her aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines MS Southward when she was 14. e star of that show on the cruise ship was Claudia Genteel Cruz recalls about the entertainer who is now artistic director of Township Center for Performing Arts. at s who Cruz wanted to be. Her dream came true singing on cruise ships and then touring the country with contemporary show bands. She performed at New York City s Rainbow Room and on stage with Sammy Davis Jr. and Paul Anka to name a few. She met Steve when she began singing with the Kenny Martel Concept a 10-piece group that was a Fort Lauderdale staple in the 1970s and 80s. At the height of touring she and Steve Martel s musical director wed. at began her more than two-decade hiatus from performing. I got married in 1981 and got pregnant right away. By 1982 I decided I was not going to perform for a while she says. She and Steve had five sons so her break lasted longer than planned. For 22 years I basically did not do any music. I did little things here and there but there were times I even forgot that I had ever sung. I was so involved with being a mother. In 2003 she decided it was time to make a comeback. After getting a booking at Century Village she and Steve wrote a onewoman musical show for her to star in and she hasn t stopped since. If it s something you re born with it has to come out again she says. I tell my kids to be who God created you to be. Fulfill your destiny. Two of her sons have gone on to make names for themselves in the music industry. Derek 34 tours the world playing guitar and producing records with rock singer Jesse Malin. Jordan 30 has been part of pop music lore since 2013 when Beyonce credited him--actually his alias Boots --for co-writing and producing her self-titled album. According to online music magazine Pitchfork there were 452 million Google searches of who is Boots during one seven-day period. Today he s one of pop music s most sought-after writers and producers. Perhaps that s why Cruz likes to help up-and-coming musicians. Last January Genteel asked her to host Creek Idol a spin off of American Idol a singing competition sponsored by the city of Coconut Creek at the Township Center for Performing Arts. She says she couldn t say yes fast enough. For most of this month Cruz is working in the Catskills where she s performing her one-woman show with Steve as her musical director. When they return they will put together a new show for both of them which she describes as a bit like Sonny and Cher. We ve been married 36 years and the idea has just grown out of the rapport we have on stage she says. People like it so we said let s make it into an act. Cruzin performs at Fishtails Restaurant and Nightclub 3355 NE 33rd St. Fort Lauderdale on Wednesdays and most Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and at Boho World Cuisine and Entertainment 2861 E. Commercial Blvd. Fort Lauderdale on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 14 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 15 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Nawaal at Doha Souq photographed in a Qatar market by Aparna Jayakumar one of the images on display this month at North Regional Broward College Library 16 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 PHOTO COURTESY OF APARNA JAYAKUMAR fter being celebrated at art shows in Boca Raton Palm Beach Fort Lauderdale and Art Basel Miami the Bold Beauty Project comes to Coconut Creek. e project which features empowering photographs of women with disabilities started as a photography show titled Uncensored Life Raw Beauty by Vanessa Silberman and Shelly Baer a training director at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami s Miller School of Medicine. e Bold Beauty Project then launched in 2015 in Washington D.C. by directors Baer and Eva Ritvo a board member at United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida. Where Second floor of the North Regional Broward College Library (1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.) When rough Aug. 31 Info 954.201.2657 A Bold and Beautiful BUSINESS Roberto and Sonia at their warehouse at 4811 Lyons Technology Parkway. Brew It Yourself C A four-generation coffee tradition continues--with an online twist offee is more than just a morning pick-me-up for Venezuela natives Roberto and Sonia Azuaje. e beverage has nourished their family tree for four generations a legacy that started with their greatgrandfather Bernardo Gonzalez. Today the brother and sister pay homage to that past in Coconut Creek with Cubico Coffee an online business that allows coffee lovers to purchase singleorigin offerings--or to customize their own blends (and even give the mixture its own name)--based on more than 20 gourmet varieties from all over the world. After customers make their online selections Cubico roasts and grinds the chosen coffee beans to best match their flavor preferences. e coffee is then delivered to them. Originally Bernardo Gonzalez moved to Venezuela in 1887 hoping to grow the coffee business--Fama de America--he had just purchased from his uncle. e business like their coffee was strong it quickly became an established name in the industry. At one point we were buying 50 percent of all the coffee production in the entire country great-grandson Roberto says with pride. Unfortunately Fama de America came to a halt in 2009 two years after the creation of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela. Not only did [the government] take away the facility they took the brand as well Roberto says. We were the second-oldest brand in the country. Roberto and Sonia knew it was up to them to keep the family business alive. Coffee is a legacy for us as kids we were told is is yours Sonia says. I remember being 2 or 3 years old and going to the main facility. It s in me. We knew we wanted to keep it going. Roberto was already in the United States in 2007 studying industrial engineering at Texas Tech University. Sonia came over in 2009 to finish her international politics degree at University of Miami she went on to complete an MBA in entrepreneurship. ough unable to revive the Fama de America name Roberto and Sonia were intent on taking an entrepreneurial chance. ey eventually found a warehouse in Creek to roast grind and package their coffees Cubico Coffee opened for online business in 2015. We want our customers to go to their friends and say is is my blend Roberto says. Adds Sonia I always say the best coffee is the way that you like it. e siblings hope to open a caf in South Florida where guests can watch coffee being blended and try their own personalized brew. We are breaking the mold you can get a cup of coffee from anywhere but not everyone can give you the whole experience Sonia says. --Story by Robin Pereira photo by Eduardo Schneider Contact 954.420.9165 info Web CUBICO COFFEE 18 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 cloud nine During Spatember Greater Fort Lauderdale s blissful resort and day spas invite you to enjoy ooh-ahh indulgences. Visit SPAmonth for participating spas. Get glowing 99 SPA TREATMENTS SEPT 1-30 DECISIONS. DECISIONS. September is Crave GFL Restaurant Month. Indulge in the area s hottest culinary experiences and enjoy specially priced three course gourmet menus. So many choices. So little time. Visit cravegfl for participating restaurants. Let s eat 37 3 COURSES SEPT 1-30 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 19 DINING A REGISTERED DIETITIAN WEIGHS IN ON WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR CHILD S LUNCHBOX By Alyssa Fisher Pack it Up elcome back to the old lunchbox-packing grind. row out last year s trusty (and presumably smelly and stained) bag and get your shopping list ready. According to Lucille Beseler the president and owner of Family Nutrition Center of South Florida you should scribble fruits and vegetables at the top. at has to be the mindset--that we have to include fruits and vegetables in our children s diets daily the registered and licensed dietitian says. ere are a few more items to add to the cart but Beseler insists it s not hard to make this school year a healthy one. When packing lunch consider W Snacks Beseler says a good snack is about 100 calories. She suggests almonds (depending on the school s guidelines on nuts) crackers popcorn baked chips and whole-wheat pita chips with hummus. She adds A little treat once in a while is OK. Drinks Whole grains I get worried because I see some families where the kids say I can t eat any carbohydrates. Carbs are bad. One thing we should never do is demonize food Beseler says. ere are good carbohydrates which are necessary for energy. Look for whole-grain bread wheat pasta and brown rice. Soda is not the beverage of choice--it s not good for us she says. Water is the best option but for kids who want some flavor she recommends adding a bit of unsweetened ice tea herbal tea bags or fruit peels (she washes freezes and then cuts orange lime and lemon peels). Sometimes kids think they re hungry but they re just thirsty Beseler says. ey need to be drinking a lot more. Calcium Kids are not getting enough calcium. is is the time when they re building bone Beseler says. Milk--or its substitutes such as almond coconut and cashew milk--is a great source of calcium as is yogurt and cheese. Vegetables Before packing raw vegetables put them out for children to taste. Empower them. Give them something to say about the process Beseler suggests. Vegetables such as carrots cucumbers and bell peppers are easy snacks--especially with a little container of dip or hummus. You also can include vegetables within food but don t be sneaky about it. I think that kids need to know what they re eating she says. I don t believe in hiding [vegetables] in food. Try layering a sandwich with spinach rather than lettuce or chop up spinach to mix into chicken salad. Meals served in Broward County s public schools meet dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which means they are low in fat rich in whole grains and include fruits and vegetables says Darlene Moppert the nutrition education and training program manager for the school system. For example The pizza is made with whole-wheat crust and low-fat cheese. The chicken nuggets are baked with whole-grain breading. New entr e salads include Asian kale salad and hummus wraps (developed by celebrity chef Rudy Poindexter). Fresh fruit is available daily. DON T FEAR THE CAFETERIA Protein Protein helps curb hunger and boosts energy levels among other benefits. Complete a sandwich with sliced chicken or turkey--many brands are additive-free or you can include what you prepare in your own kitchen. Hummus and cheese are nutritious and flavorful vegetarian options. MADAM PRESIDENT Beseler served as the 2016-17 president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics an organization that represents more than 100 000 credentialed nutrition professionals. In February she represented the academy at the United Nations on the second International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Math. It truly is a science and we were honored to be among other scientific professions she says. She practices from the Family Nutrition Center of South Florida s Coconut Creek office at 5350 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Suite 105. For more information visit COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 21 SUCCEED HOW A CREEK STUDENT ACCOMPLISHED HER LOFTY GOALS By Keren Moros Photography by Eduardo Schneider isa Ibrahim was only a fifth-grader when she first felt the thrill of practicing law. During a social sciences class at Quiet Waters Elementary School she and her classmates put Christopher Columbus on trial--and Kisa acted as the defense attorney. ough she doesn t remember if she won or lost the case she does remember how it made her feel. I liked interrogating witnesses and trying to put them into a corner the 18-year-old says. I m very argumentative by nature so it just seemed really natural. It s no surprise that the Coconut Creek resident is now on her way to law school at George Washington University in Washington D.C. She decided to go to D.C. to be close to her other passion politics which she has been obsessed with since watching the presidential debates during Barack Obama s run for office in 2007. Her mother Pakistan native Erum Motiwala recalls how her daughter then 7 didn t want Hillary Clinton to be the nominee that year because Kisa wanted to be the first female president. Motiwala learned about Florida Atlantic University High School in Boca Raton--a dual-enrollment program that allows students to begin working toward a college degree--and encouraged Kisa to attend. While Kisa says most students graduate with an associate degree she created her own timeline to reach higher aspirations. Going into it it was my goal to be able to finish my bachelor s degree and high school diploma at the MISSION TO K same time so I knew that I would be saving four years Kisa says. My mom got a master s degree and a CPA certification so I knew that I was going to graduate school. It just made sense to be able to save more time. Kisa intended to earn a bachelor s in political science with minors in business law and criminal justice. When she realized that she only needed a few more credits to earn another bachelor s she decided to overload on classes during her last semester. She graduated magna cum laude in two degrees a bachelor s in political science and a bachelor s in criminal justice--almost a week before her high school graduation. Coconut Creek Lifestyle asked Kisa who deservedly earned a generous scholarship to attend George Washington to offer some advice to Creek students looking to make the most of their high school years. EXPLORE YOUR INTERESTS You don t have to have your future entirely mapped out. Kisa had an idea of what she wanted to study but she investigated more before deciding. Despite her childhood aspirations she planned to major in international business and finance at the end of her freshman year. A world politics class she took during her sophomore year pushed her toward law school. She asked for permission to sit in on upper-level classes and signed up for more political science courses finding she enjoyed the subject more than international business. I could see myself doing that in the future more than sitting COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 22 LMGFL.COM Kisa Ibrahim shot on location at Coconut Creek City Hall COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 23 in a conference room and practicing business she says. DON T SPREAD YOURSELF TOO THIN Kisa participated in a variety of school activities and organizations among them the mock trial team Interact service club tennis team student government National Honor Society Phi Alpha Delta (a coed prelaw fraternity) and even helped to organize her high school prom. Looking back she says she would ve cut down on extracurricular activities to have more enriching experiences. I feel like if I had been [more selective] there would have been more that I could ve focused on in individual clubs she says. I m sure there were things I had to prioritize over the other and I could have [avoided that]. DON T WORRY IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS After completing internships at the Broward County Public Defender s Office and the state attorney s office in Palm Beach County Kisa is confident she wants to be a lawyer. Although she s not sure whether she ll pursue corporate or criminal law she knows there s time to decide. I did have a strong interest in business too so I m not sure if I ll combine the two she says. I feel like that s something I ll figure out in law school. STAY ORGANIZED A few coffeefueled all-nighters taught Kisa that she couldn t afford to procrastinate. Coffee stopped working for me she recalls. She started keeping a planner to stay organized and prioritizing schoolwork over extracurricular activities. STAY BALANCED Kisa developed a trick to balance her schoolwork and social life She kept two calendars one on her phone for her social activities and a physical one for school. Doing this kept her from feeling overwhelmed. I didn t see my calendar and think I have to finish four assignments and I have to get ready for dinner with my friends she says. [Keeping two calendars] was a COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 24 LMGFL.COM Kisa attended three graduation ceremonies one for each of her college degrees and one for her high school diploma way to keep that out of mind while I was focusing on schoolwork. SHOOT FOR THE STARS Kisa isn t one to sell herself short when it comes to her goals. She wants to become a U.S. representative or senator--a path she believes that can lead to president of the United States. I don t want to be in courtrooms my entire life and COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 after that I wouldn t want a desk job she says. ere s a lot of issues I ve seen especially in the past two or three years that I have strong opinions about. I d like to help influence [those issues] in a positive way. UNDERSTAND THAT IT S YOU AGAINST YOU Just because one way is successful for one student it doesn t mean it will work for another. Kisa believes she wouldn t have been able to earn two degrees if she also held a job like many other students do. She suggests that students be aware of what they can handle. Don t try to compete with others Kisa says. You don t know what s going on in their lives. ... Only push yourself to do as much as you believe you can. LMGFL.COM 25 Nora Rupert with students at Atlantic West Elementary School SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GIVES INSIGHT INTO LOCAL SCHOOL ISSUES By Keren Moros Nora Rupert has an office but as the Broward County School Board representative for District Nora Rupert 7 she s more likely to be somewhere in Coconut Creek Deerfield Beach and parts of Pompano Beach and Margate. While traveling around the community she holds panels meets students and parents and speaks to local clubs PTAs and civic groups. Originally from New York Rupert studied mass communications at Florida Southern College and worked as a sales representative at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. She eventually became an educator teaching reading at Piper High School in Sunrise she was elected to the school board in November 2010. She and husband Eric who is chief technology officer for the city of Coconut Creek have lived in the city for more than 20 years while raising their three adopted children Dylan and Jared both 24 and Brenna 19. All three went to Coconut Creek Elementary School and other area schools such as Lyons Creek Middle School Margate Middle School Monarch High School Northeast High School and Pompano Beach High School. Currently vice president of the school board Rupert has encouraged adoption and foster care throughout her district she recently has educated parents on social issues such as the opioid crisis. Coconut Creek Lifestyle spoke to Rupert about the board the upcoming school year and more. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 Lessons from the Board 26 LMGFL.COM What is the job of a school board member Our main job is to set the goals and the vision for the district adopt It s the constant online presence. policies give the district direction set ey are plugged in all the time. I ve priorities and achieve those goals. We seen kids have what I would call a hire and evaluate the superintendent nervous breakdown when you take adopt and oversee an annual budget their phone away. But the worst part and manage the collective bargaining is how vicious cyberbullying and process for district employees. ... cyber harassment can be. Typical items that we are asked to Broward was the first district approve at our school board meetings [in the state] to put in an antiinclude the school calendar code of cyberbullying policy. And I helped conduct adopting the curriculum and introduce anti-cyberbullying state approving contracts. legislation. I helped write the bill e hard part is balancing the with [former state senator] Dwight business items with making sure our Bullard. It was based on my daughter district is paying close attention to Brenna s experience when she went our priorities for academic achievement for all students. Board members really have no power as a person our power is with the board corporate. You need yourself and four others for a majority to be able to pass anything. An example Rupert with students at Park Ridge Elementary School is that it took me several years to get Coconut Creek High School to Sawgrass Springs Middle School a magnet program. It passed last and was cyberbullied. I had to take year and [2016 was] the first year her out of school and homeschool we implemented it. I m so proud. her. She returned to school at We had over 100 students sign up Margate Middle School. Prior to that s huge because we were losing that bill you could only discipline students. Our goal is to bring back students who were bullying on school students who were using other computers. [ e law now allows that] options and give them a viable it can be any computer as long as program that will make sure they are it has a connection to a substantial in a field with high-wage jobs in the negative academic effect on a student. state as well as an opportunity to go [Editor s note e senate bill put to college. forward by Bullard gave way to House What you can do as an individual Bill 609 which he sponsored. Gov. Rick is up to each member. I don t work Scott passed it into law in May 2013.] a second job. I use my time trying Lack of critical thinking has been to better my lower-performing an effect from the 10 years of the schools--increasing tutors mentors teach-to-the-test mentality. We grants. I also try to increase parental hear from our business community participation. [Editor s note Rupert partners all the time--and I see it tutors students in reading for free.] too. [When businesses interview students for jobs] students are COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 What are challenges that high school students face that they didn t face 10 years ago ready to answer questions that perhaps they found online--but when [interviewers] ask for further clarification or an example [students draw a] blank. ey re lacking in critical thinking because they were taught to the test which is what teachers were told to do. Gladly we re now back to critical thinking but we ve lost a good 10 years or so of kids who are in their 20s now. I m glad we as a board have decided to push more science technology engineering art and math (STEAM) than science technology engineering and math (STEM). Once we took the arts out of the schools the light went out in Caption Caption Caption these kids eyes. Caption Caption Caption I see it in terms of community. Four times a year the Coconut Creek commissioners [meet with school principals]. Our commissioners take personal responsibility for our schools success. ey re good partners and active members in the community. [ e elementary schools and Lyons Creek Middle School] focus on student-centered work and showcasing their students talents at parent nights. ey have hundreds of parents show up. At schools in other parts of my district if we have six parents show up at an event it s a big deal. One of the major things that makes Coconut Creek especially the elementary schools different from other cities schools is that they have principals and teachers who have been there for long periods of time and that continuity and stability means a lot to the community. ere s nothing like going to Coconut Creek Elementary and seeing that my kids fifth-grade math teacher is still there. LMGFL.COM 27 What distinguishes Coconut Creek schools from other schools in Broward What are some of the challenges in District 7 I have a dichotomy of schools and neighborhoods and communities. e U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools listed Pompano Beach High Atlantic Tech and Monarch. But I also have some of the most struggling elementary schools in the Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach communities. ... e challenge is to make them as successful as the schools in Margate and Creek. We need to focus on social and emotional learning programs. We have to make sure there are interpreters and social workers to help [families] with the programs and understand what their family dynamics need. We need health services. [For the elementary schools] I brought in two years in a row Give Kids a Smile from the American Dental Association 300 000 of dental treatment for District 7 kids. We treated roughly 700 kids [in both 2015-16 and 2016-17]. What broke my heart was that parents were allowed to bring other children in the family and we saw children in high school who had never had fluoride or other preventive treatments. and Margate and the areas around us wanting to go there because of the fabulous magnet program. I want to see students walking to Coconut Creek High instead of tons and tons of buses. at is my dream. I d love to see the northern part of our area have a pilot program for flying and for the entire airline sector. We have that in Miramar but nothing in the northern area [of Broward]. I ve been talking with the city of Pompano Beach about possibly doing a combination with Broward College and our schools maybe Blanche Ely High School to get a program. It s a huge growing field. Pilots make more than 100 000 a year but it s not just pilots they need culinary and they need mechanics so it s really a connection with our Atlantic Technical College programs. SCHOOL SPIRIT Rupert notes some Creek education accomplishments from the 2016-17 school year. TRADEWINDS ELEMENTARY Placed in the 94th percentile in Title I schools in English language arts and the 87th percentile in Florida schools for English language learners among schools where 25 percent or more of the student population are ELL learners. WINSTON PARK ELEMENTARY The governor recognized student performance on state examinations. Among Title I schools in Florida Winston Park is in the top 5 percent in language arts and the top 3 percent in math. LYONS CREEK MIDDLE Increased student academic growth from the 27th percentile to the 85th percentile. Added 12 new innovative programs that give children high school credit. MONARCH HIGH Nicole Knorr made the All-Star Chorus all four years of school. The band placed third in the state competition. Won girls volleyball district championship. COCONUT CREEK HIGH Implemented mentoring program. Increased graduation rate by 19 percent. Seven students were offered full scholarships to play football at Division I schools. ATLANTIC TECH Had 100 percent graduation rate with students earning more than 245 industry certifications and licenses in addition to their diploma. You spoke at several graduations over the summer. What did you share with students What do you hope to see in Coconut Creek s schools in the next five years Coconut Creek High School at capacity with children from Creek PHOTO COURTESY OF BROWARD SCHOOLS I ask students to be open to possibilities and if you think someone s going to tap on your shoulder and ask you to take a chance it s not going to happen. You ve got to be available making your own way in the world but also being open to the opportunities around you. Also never ever give up. My three children are adopted but we went through seven adoptions four birth moms changed their minds. Rupert with chef Had we given up Rudy Poindexter after every failed from the Food Network show adoption and just Chopped walked away I never would have the family that we have today. Finally I always ask them to bring their new talents and skills back to Broward County I really hope some of them come back to be teachers. To learn about District 7 and sign up for the district s newsletter visit school-board district-7. For more of our conversation with Rupert--including priority issues for District 7 and exceptional student education--visit ADDITIONAL INFO 28 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT MATTHEW LEVINE DARTMOUTH COLLEGE LIELLE ELISHA DUKE UNIVERSITY ABE WASERSTEIN PRINCETON UNIVERSITY BEST COLLEGES DETERMINED TO MAKE A BETTER WORLD HEADED TO THE Class of 2017 Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School graduates have been accepted to the top colleges and universities internationally including PRINCETON UNIVERSITY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY JTS DARTMOUTH COLLEGE DUKE UNIVERSITY VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL BRANDEIS UNIVERSITY NEW YORK UNIVERSITY BOSTON UNIVERSITY NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA DAVIDSON COLLEGE MCGILL UNIVERSITY For a complete list of college acceptances please visit 2017graduates. An Education of Extraordinary Power and Purpose 9701 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton FL K-12 561.852.3310 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 29 BACK TO THE CHALKBOARD To the Rescue Choose a backpack with special meaning. Firefighter Turnout Bags are made from recycled firefighter gear and are machinewashable. You can even have a bag made from your own donated gear. 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(12-ounce bottle 19.95 Lunch on the Go While plastic containers are useful they re not the best for the environment. Containers from Ecolunchbox are made of stainless steel and come in a variety of sizes. (Price varies by size COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 31 HISTORY CREEK S PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR MAKES A CAREER OUT OF FUN AND GAMES By Keren Moros FIELDS OF DREAMS The Recreation Complex circa 1994 hen Wayne Tobey says baseball was good to me there s no irony in his voice even though he s using the past tense. Wayne Tobey Having tasted the glory of winning a district championship at Coconut Creek High School he had dreams of playing in the major leagues. He also attended Florida Southern College on a baseball scholarship and his team won a Division II national championship. But if it weren t for baseball Tobey might not have found his passion for W parks and recreation which ultimately led him to reject a scouting offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tobey decided to major in parks and recreation at Florida Southern because the night classes didn t interfere with baseball practice. He liked the subject so much that he decided to pursue it as a career. He jump-started that career by asking Scott Sundermeier who was then director of community services at the city of Coconut Creek if he could become an intern. In 1987 with Sundermeier s help Tobey became the city s first intern. He worked in the leisure services division of the Community Services Department with Linda Wiederspan a supervisor who eventually became the parks and recreation director and Sundermeier. As an intern Tobey wrote a manual for camp counselors in training and helped plan summer camps children s activities and the city s 30th anniversary celebration at Tradewinds Park. When he graduated in 1988 Tobey returned to Coconut Creek and worked part time as a summer day camp leader until Sundermeier and Wiederspan offered him a full-time job as a recreation leader. ough Tobey also received offers from North Lauderdale s and Coral Springs parks and recreation departments he knew where he belonged. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 32 LMGFL.COM Tobey with a staff member and Linda Wiederspan Coral Springs paid more back in the day but it wasn t about the money Tobey says. It was about [the fact that] I wanted to grow with the city. I had a vision that said Coconut Creek s going to be an even better city than Coral Springs one day and I feel we are. His bet paid off. Last year he became the director of parks and recreation after Wiederspan s retirement. From his office at the Community Center on Lyons Road he oversees the city s 19 parks and heads a staff of 53. It s a far cry from when he was a member of a team of less than 10 people that managed the Rowe Community Center at Donaldson Park Cypress and Hosford parks and the Ted omas Activity Center which was demolished to make way for the Community Center. A small staff meant Tobey moved office locations as new parks opened in the early 1990s Windmill Park and George S. Gerber Memorial Park in 1992 and the Recreation Complex in 1994. He ran programming and managed the fields at George S. Gerber Memorial (called Cocoplum until rededication in 1997) and had an office at the Rowe Center and later at the Recreation Complex. He sometimes had to be innovative to save time. To avoid having to spray paint the boundary lines at a sand volleyball court at Hosford he dug corkscrew stakes a foot under the sand at each corner and tied yellow nylon boat ropes to them to create the boundaries. I was constantly painting the lines--every game Tobey says. Back then we didn t have the staff and I d have to run around to all the parks. I saw [the screws] on TV and I said I can make that. Tobey worked to improve the city s recreational offerings helping start the baseball and football programs which eventually became the Little League team and community football and cheer program respectively. A resident of Coconut Creek for 20-plus years Tobey hasn t stopped thinking of how to be better. He s currently exploring options to add a splash pad for the city to have a water attraction. He s also looking forward to the completion of renovations at Windmill Park which is slated to reopen in early 2018. e renovation will debut a farm-themed playground inspired by the land s history as farmland. Tobey and his team are planning other themes for playgrounds that eventually will need replacing. One day Cypress Park will have a rangerthemed playground as the park is near a wooded area. Other options being explored include a playful theme perhaps circus for Lakeside Park s playground as it s close to Tradewinds Elementary School and a nautical theme for Donaldson s playground to match the park s boat ramp and dock. We want kids to be imaginative because that s what you re going to have to do in life. You have to be creative Tobey says. e themes also serve to attract more families to the parks and Tobey hopes his staff s children will see the playgrounds as the best in the county. ... I want our kids to move throughout the community [and try the different parks]. I don t want them to be stationary. Tobey hasn t stopped predicting Coconut Creek s future the same way he did when he first started. Why wouldn t you want to be here he says. It s going to get even better than what it is now. When you look at clips of the city [10 years back] you can see how it s getting better. You still have the center portion of the city that s going to be developed [with the MainStreet project]. ... e community s friendly and the people are friendly. Our city is like a family. is is the seventh in a series of articles celebrating Coconut Creek s 50th anniversary. Tobey far right at a park event in November 1989 Celebrating Christmas at the Rowe Community Center in December 1989 Tobey fourth from the right participates in a tree planting ceremony in September 1987 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 33 CITY VOICE The team that keeps you connected. Connecting the Community T By Yvonne Lopez community relations director he Community Relations Division keeps you informed on city events projects and initiatives. We hope you are among the thousands who follow us on our social media platforms. Congratulations to those who have won cool Coconut Creek prizes through contests on Facebook and Instagram and thank you to our followers who have shown their love for the city by using mycoconutcreek on Twitter. You ve probably seen the decorated CreekTV van throughout the city. Our two-person crew is responsible for managing the awardwinning hometown station that can be seen on Comcast Channel 78 or creektv. We are always looking for interesting local stories. If you have one send the details to ylopez We invite you to join our Citizen s Academy. It s a nine-week program held in the fall where residents learn how the city is run through classroom and hands-on instruction. So far 317 citizens have graduated from the class. Learn more at academy. We have partnered with Nova Southeastern University to offer the Coconut Creek Culture Series free monthly lectures covering interesting topics such as wellness and history. Mark your calendars for the first ursday of each month at 6 30 p.m. We meet in the Commission Chambers (4800 W. Copans Road). Have you noticed all the banners while walking or driving ose are designed and produced in-house. We print material as small as 2 by 2 inches to as large as 9 by 9 feet. e Community Relations Division also is responsible for logistics for ribbon cuttings and grand openings graphic design website updates Cocogram (our weekly e-newsletter) media relations a speaker s bureau photography assignments Speak Up Coconut Creek (our online residents forum) articles for Coconut Creek Lifestyle and promotion of city happenings. If you have any questions feel free to call 954.973.6722. THE END OF AN ERA It s with great sadness that we say farewell to John Buchter who worked in the public works department and community relations sign shop and is retiring after 27 years. We wish him the best in his next chapter in life. John it has been a pleasure working with you for the past 13 years. After your 27 years with the city you are well-deserving of a long relaxing and enjoyable retirement Good luck my friend. --Gregg Oldberg I wish you well in retirement. You ll surely be missed. I m not sure what I will miss more your presence in the sign shop or your amazing gourmet lunches that you would provide for the department. You re quite the chef my friend. My best to you and your wonderful wife Angie. --John Hartzell What can I say about John He was the man known as such a nice guy. He s caring dedicated thoughtful considerate and very sweet. He always gave us little Christmas gifts out of the kindness of his heart even though we weren t exchanging gifts. But he d always say Ah it s just a little something. Merry Christmas. --Kathy Ecklond Buchter it was a true pleasure working with you. Your willingness to always get the job done no matter the challenge was beyond commendable. We could always count on you. --Yvonne Lopez 34 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 BROWARD COUNTY PUBLIC SCHO OLS 2017-2018 School Calendar & IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS A.T.C. MAGNET HIGH Phone (754) 321-5300 Absentee (754) 321-5300 COCONUT CREEK ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-5800 Absentee (754) 322-5800 COCONUT CREEK HIGH Phone (754) 322-0350 Absentee (754) 322-0352 DAVE THOMAS EDUCATION CTR Phone (754) 321-6800 Absentee (754) 321-6806 LYONS CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL Phone (754) 322-3700 Absentee (754) 322-3702 MARGATE MIDDLE SCHOOL Phone (754) 322-3800 Absentee (754) 322-3802 MONARCH HIGH Phone (754) 322-1400 Absentee (754) 322-1402 LIBERTY ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-6750 Absentee (754) 322-6752 TRADEWINDS ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-8700 Absentee (754) 322-8700 WINSTON PARK ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-9000 Absentee (754) 322-9002 City Hall (954) 973-6770 Recreation LMGFL.COM 35 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 Complex (954) 956-1580 Community Center (954) 545-6670 Creek Hurricane Hotline (954) 973-6771 MYCOCONUTCREEK The city of Coconut Creek has a multitude of ways for you to keep in contact and know what s going in our community. STAY CONNECTED You ve Got Mail If you want to stay tapped into the latest critical community news and emergencies then make sure to visit and look under I want to ... Then select Sign-up. You can receive CocoALERT messages in a variety of ways including text and email. A Thousand Words Cocogram is an e-newsletter If you re less vocal and more visual Coconut Creek is ready to connect with you on Pinterest. Make sure to look at the city s butterfly collections. The city is also on Instagram to follow events as they happen or snap a pic from a hidden local gem we should all visit. You can also check out hundreds of videos by following CreekTV on YouTube. Links Instagram CoconutCreekGov Pinterest CoconutCreekGov you can receive to keep you up to date on the latest community happenings including events classes and programs city initiatives and projects commission meeting notices and special and emergency notices. World Wide Web Cyber-Social Coconut Creek has your daily fix of social media with Facebook Twitter and LinkedIn. Your one-stop shop for all things Coconut Creek is the city website You can find all of the above links here on the bottom of the home page as well as sign up for CocoALERT and Cocogram. You can also go to Speak Up ( a forum for sharing your ideas on how Coconut Creek can be improved. And there is an easy-tonavigate menu to take you to just about any resource or department. Facebook CoconutCreekGov Twitter CoconutCreekGov LinkedIn CoconutCreek YouTube CreekTV 36 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 Just moved in not handy not enough time W E A R E NOW SE RV I NG SU SH I i have a guy Pad Thai is small in size but Hassle-free concierge for home improvement projects Big on Excellence We Deliver Limited Area 5458 W. Sample Rd. Margate Peppertree Plaza 954.-977-8980 Online menu Hours Mon.-Sat. 11 30am - 2 30pm 5pm - 10pm Sun. 4pm - 9pm Your Dinner Purchase of 30 or more Dine-In ONLY WITH COUPON CASH ONLY (not valid with any other offers) EXPIRE 9 30 17 (833) 878-7888 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 20% OFF 25% OFF If the order ONLY includes Japanese items Dine-In ONLY WITH COUPON CASH ONLY With purchase of 30 or more (not valid with any other offers) EXPIRE 9 30 17 LMGFL.COM 37 GREEN EXCELLENCE Caption Caption Caption In Lieu of Sod Linda Whitman a registered landscape architect obtained her degree in that field from the University of Florida. Whitman has practiced landscape architecture planning and environmental management for more than 20 years and is presently a senior planner with the City of Coconut Creek. She is also the city s sustainable coordinator responsible for maintaining green certification with Florida Green Building Coalition and spearheading the city s Green Team to provide the annual Green Plan update. T he city prides itself on the fact that its tree canopy stands out when you cross municipal boundaries it s even in our Green Plan goals to reach 40 percent tree canopy by 2020. (We are at around 30 percent now.) Accordingly we often receive questions about growing grass under canopy trees which can be difficult. So what can be planted as an alternative to sod beneath the tree canopy First let s talk about the grass itself. If you re from South Florida all the sod you ve really ever known is the species Stenotaphrum secundatum more commonly referred to as St. Augustine grass. If you hail from elsewhere you re probably appalled by the roughness of St. Augustine grass and long for the softer grass you might find on a golf course. ere is a reason most homes in South Florida use St. Augustine it can take the heat. But it doesn t do well with shade. Too much shade is fatal allowing other plants or weeds to take over. Knowing that you re fighting an uphill battle keeping your grass beautiful under canopy trees let s take a look at alternatives. Mulch. Although there s a limit to the amount you can use instead of plants mulch may be placed in those areas that simply cannot sustain enough nutrients or sunlight to effectively grow plant material such as in a larger ring at the base of the tree. Check with the city if you are unclear on how much mulch you can use. Shrubs. Any shade-loving shrub would love to hang out under your canopy trees. Go a step further and make the plant material a pollinator shrub and get double duty out of your space. Want to do even more Make it a native drought-tolerant plant. Ground covers. If you don t want a shrub that might get too big and you prefer the look of grass because it s low to the ground choose a shade-loving ground cover that can take the place of sod. ese can take partial shade to full shade mondo grass peperomia coontie artillery plant and leatherleaf fern. ese can take partial sun to partial shade perennial peanut blue daze Confederate jasmine golden creeper and baby sunrose. Why not create a beautiful and varied garden in your shaded area Pick a few shrubs and ground covers and be the envy of your neighborhood. And don t forget sod generally requires more water and maintenance than most of the plants noted above. By switching you ll conserve water and help both the planet and your wallet. For more information visit lawn_and_garden. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 38 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 39 alenda YOGA ALL CENTERS CHILDREN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS High schoolers who need volunteer hours can stop by with a parent or guardian to register to volunteer with city programs. Bring student log sheet from guidance counselor. Volunteer hours will only be given in connection with graduation requirements. YOUTH CLUB When Mondays Aug. 28 Oct. 9 no class Sept. 4 7 30 9 p.m. Fee 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents PEE WEE SOCCER A club for middle school students with field trips movies parties game room gym time craft nights sports nights etc. Runs through the end of the school year. When Fridays 5 to 7 p.m. Fee 5 for residents 10 for nonresidents. Field trips are an additional fee. Register Walk-in or webtrac Designed to teach children the fundamentals of soccer. For ages 3 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory. When Session I Mondays Oct. 23-Nov. 27 Session II Thursdays Oct. 26-Dec. 7 no class Nov. 23 6 15 7 15 p.m. Fee 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents ADULTS INDOOR PICKLEBALL FITNESS CLASSES Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude. Learn simple meditation and specific bodily postures for health and relaxation. When Community Center Mondays 9-10 a.m. and Wednesdays 9 45-10 45 a.m. Recreation Complex Fridays 6 15-7 15 p.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents SILVER SNEAKERS (SENIORS) A paddle sport with simple easy-to-learn rules. Paddles and balls are available from front desk with photo ID. When Tuesdays through Aug. 22 10 a.m.-12 30 p.m. Aug. 28 and afterward Mondays and Thursdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee 2 for residents 4 for nonresidents free for Senior Center members Silver Sneakers members and Fitness Centers members FINE ART ON CANVAS Create beautiful paintings on canvas including landscape and abstract art. Each class will be a different painting. Supplies are included. When Mondays through Aug. 14 6 30-8 30 p.m. Yearly fee 25 for residents 35 for nonresidents COCONUT CREEK SENIOR CENTER Move to the music through exercises designed to increase muscular strength range of movement and activities for daily living. A chair is used for sitting and or standing. When Community Center Tuesdays 11 a.m.-noon and 1-2 p.m. and Thursdays 1-2 p.m. Recreation Complex Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to noon Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Great activities such as pot lucks discussion groups bingo movies parties field trips and more. Monthly newsletters. For information call Joy Mastrocola at 954.545.6693 or visit parks senior-center. When Mondays-Fridays 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Yearly fee 20 for residents 30 for nonresidents COMMUNITY CENTER 1100 Lyons Road 954.545.6670 webtrac CHILDREN PEE WEE BASICS FITNESS CLASSES SCULPT & TONE A total-body workout with calisthenics and light weights to improve muscular endurance. Promotes balance and flexibility. When Thursdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Teaches children the fundamentals of basketball baseball football and soccer. Parent participation is mandatory. For ages 3 to 5. When Mondays Aug. 28 Oct. 9 6 15 7 15 p.m. Fee 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents PEE WEE FLAG FOOTBALL SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPEUTIC WALK IN THE PARK Teaches children the fundamentals of flag football. Parent participation is mandatory. For ages 3 to 5. When Thursdays Aug. 31 Oct. 5 6 15 7 15 p.m. Fee 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents BOYS BASKETBALL CLINIC Participants walk in a safe supervised small group environment. They also engage in stretching and strengthening. No fee. When Wednesdays 5 30 to 6 30 p.m. Register Walk-in or webtrac CREATIVE ARTS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Builds and maintains skill through practices and scrimmages. For ages 10 to 16. Participants work on developing fine motor skills creative thinking self-expression self-confidence and social interaction. For ages 11 and older. When Wednesdays through Aug. 16 6-7 30 p.m. Register Walk-in Fee 20 residents 25 nonresidents COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 40 LMGFL.COM CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Explore locomotor skills enhance self-esteem and self-confidence and facilitate social interaction through adaptive creative dance. For ages 12 and older. When Mondays through Aug. 14 7 15-8 p.m. Register Walk-in Fee 20 residents 25 nonresidents THERAPEUTIC WALK IN THE PARK FOREVER FIT (SENIORS) Slow-tempo class to improve daily activities. Focus is on stretching balance and coordination When Tuesdays 9 30-10 30 a.m. H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training class. Multi-joint tactile exercise with Participants walk in a safe supervised small group environment. They also engage in stretching strengthening and balancing seated exercises. No fee. When Wednesdays 5 30 to 6 30 p.m. Register Walk-in or webtrac short recovery time When Wednesdays 6 15-7 15 p.m. SPINNING OTHER LOCATIONS SABAL PINES PARK 5005 NW 39TH AVE. OBTAIN AN ATHLETIC FIELD Reserve one of the park s nine athletic fields for your group or league. Walk-in reservations only at the main office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee Residents 20 without lights 35 with lights nonresidents 45 without lights 85 with lights 32 for chalk line and drag on baseball and softball fields Note Leagues must provide own equipment City of Coconut Creek does not provide goals permits must be obtained at least three days in advance two-hour rental per permit An indoor cycling class that provides an intense cardio workout maximizing caloric burn. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before class. Fee Free for annual members daily fee for nonmembers is 6 for residents or 8 for nonresidents plus cost of class. Class costs 2 for Express 4 for Spin Rip & Ride When Express (30 minutes) Mondays & Fridays 6 15-6 45 a.m. Rip & Ride (boot-camp style) Sundays 9 15-10 15 a.m. Spinning (60-minute class) Tuesdays 5 15-6 15 p.m. Wednesdays 8 30-9 30 a.m. Thursdays 6 15-7 15 p.m. Saturdays 11 15 a.m.-12 15 p.m. SUNDAY SHREDZ Interval training bootcamp-style class When Sundays 10 30-11 30 a.m. ZUMBA RECREATION COMPLEX 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580 CHILDREN CREEK CLUB Dance aerobics performed to highenergy music. Hip-hop samba salsa merengue and mambo dance movements When Mondays and Wednesdays 7 30-8 30 p.m. Saturdays 10-11 a.m. STEP AEROBICS An after-school recreational program for middle school students. Program participants receive structured activities quiet time and a light snack and drink. Cost includes Creek Youth Club membership. When Monday through Friday 4-6 p.m. except school closures Fee 60 for residents 70 for nonresidents fee is for 20 days FITNESS CLASSES BODY SCULPTING Intermediate advanced complex choreography with a step bench When Tuesdays 6 307 30 p.m. YOGALATES Unless noted fee is 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents and free for members. Register by walk-in or on webtrac. Calisthenics and weightlifting to improve muscular endurance and strength When Mondays 6 30-7 30 p.m. Saturdays 9-10 a.m. CORE & MORE Abdominal exercises floor work and stretching When Mondays and Fridays 6 45-7 15 a.m. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 Breath control simple meditation and postures for health and relaxation through a combination of Yoga and Pilates techniques When Tuesdays 7 308 30 p.m. Fridays 6 157 15 p.m. LMGFL.COM 41 SNAPSHOTS A Day at the Park Coconut Creek celebrated National Kids to Parks Day encouraging parents to take their children to area parks. e day s activities at Lakeside Park included a nature walk tree planting and arts and crafts plus presentations about local wildlife from Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 SNAPSHOTS Remembering the Fallen e annual Coconut Creek Memorial Day ceremony was held at Veterans Park and hosted by American Legion Post 170. Speakers included post commander Don Schwiesow U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch Mayor Becky Tooley Vice Mayor Joshua Rydell and commissioners Lou Sarbone and Sandra Welch. North Creek Presbyterian Church pastor Mark Bolhofner gave the benediction. e Coconut Creek Police Department honor guard participated in a flag-folding ceremony and rifle salute and the Monarch High School junior ROTC presented colors. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE AUGUST 2017 LMGFL.COM 45 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Children receive shoes from In Jacob s Shoes at Broward s Back to School Community Extravanganza. H know it sounds simple but it has taken me many years to express this she says. e Jacob S. Zweig Foundation began in 2008. In 2010 In Jacob s Shoes became its primary focus. e charity grants children in need with new and gently used shoes. It also provides athletic gear and backpacks loaded with school supplies. By Michelle F. Solomon Photos courtesy of In Jacob s Shoes What we are really about is giving [disadvantaged] children in South arlene Zweig remembers the Florida what they need she says. special gifts her son Jacob At its warehouse in Margate volunteers possessed. One of his favorite clean refurbish and sanitize donated pastimes was volunteering with Parkland shoes sneakers and sandals to get them in Buddy Sports helping special needs pristine condition for donation. In Jacob s children. Shoes doesn t distribute shoes directly to He always treated everyone equally children and families but works with various regardless of ability or whether they were organizations. is eliminates red tape for wealthy or not she says. Whoever they families. ey don t have to register with were whatever their status he always made yet another organization she says. everyone feel like they fit in. In Jacob s Shoes works with social When Jacob was killed at age 17 in 2008 during an altercation with another teenager services groups to identify people who Zweig said she and her family needed a way would benefit from a contribution. To make to channel their grief. Her husband Murray up for shortfalls In Jacob s Shoes raises daughter Alicia and son Zachary all needed money to buy new footwear. Not everyone is aware of it but one of a place to take our grief and put it into the barriers for children to attend school something that was helping someone else. I Walking in eir Shoes One family s tragedy leads to empowerment for others is not having the proper supplies which include clothing and shoes Zweig says. She adds the charity not only provides essential needs but also empowers children. We want everyone who is In Jacob s Shoes to feel good about themselves. Every year the organization participates in Broward s Back to School Community Extravaganza in August sponsored by Broward County School Social Workers HandsOn Broward and the Children s Services Council of Broward County. Children and families referred by social service organizations receive backpacks books school uniforms and of course shoes. We set up a pop-up shoe store and our volunteers act as personal shoppers Zweig says. For some of the children this is the only opportunity they ll have to shop for a pair of shoes. It s much more than picking out a pair of shoes it s an empowering day for them. 91 000 pairs of shoes given since the organization began distribution in 2010. 15 000 to 16 000 new or used shoes distributed annually. 6 000 backpacks filled with school supplies distributed to date not counting this year. 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