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SEPTEMBER 2017 HOW PHOTOGRAPHER SANDRA CANNING VIEWS THE WORLD PICTURE PERFECT LOCAL TALENT ON DISPLAY COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 1 ARTSFEST SEPT 2017 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT FIELD DAY OF PLAY Saturday September 9th from 10 00 AM to 1 30 PM Community Center 1100 Lyons Road Children from kindergarten to 5th grade A day dedicated to the celebration of healthy and active play Free event must pre-register For more information call 954-545-6670 COCONUT CREEK ARTSFEST Saturday September 16th from 11 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 Free for fitness members 25 entry fee for non-fitness members Winner of challenge receives a prize Registration period from August 21st to September 18th For more information call 954-545-6650 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 www.CoconutCreek.net Events 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 SEPTEMBER 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 3 September 2017 Volume 17 Issue 9 lmgfl.com contents 24 FEATURES ART IN FOCUS 30 Creek photographer Sandra Canning finds her creative spirit in black and white. Police captain John DiCintio talks about protecting the city he loves for more than 30 years. WHEN DUTY CALLS 32 5 8 Coconut Creek spreads positivity throughout the community with painted rocks. ROCK ON DEPARTMENTS LIFESTYLE GREETINGS MAYOR S MESSAGE Back to school AROUND TOWN BUSINESS Sara Mique HEALTH & BEAUTY Henderson Behavioral Health CEO Steven Ronik EDUCATION Atlantic Tech s Interview Closet PINK LADIES Lipstick Lounge benefits breast cancer DINING e Bol at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek CITY VOICE Sustainable Development Department MYCOCONUTCREEK Five reasons to connect with the city GREEN EXCELLENCE Defending against garden pests SKIN DEEP CALENDAR SNAPSHOTS Coconut Creek Little League ZIKA THE SEQUEL What locals need to know about the virus COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Love Sami 9 14 16 20 21 22 34 36 38 39 40 42 44 46 On the cover Coconut Creek resident Sandra Canning who will present her work at ArtsFest on Sept. 16. Location Winston Park Nature Center 5201 NW 49th Ave. This page Canning s The Sea Whisperer Study 3--Islamorada Cover photo by Eduardo Schneider Correction The August issue incorrectly listed the Coconut Creek Multicultural Circle s meeting times. The organization meets the fi rst Tuesday of each month at the Community Center from 6 30 to 8 30 p.m. 4 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Lifestyle Greetings ART IN LIFE A Art is both love and friendship and understanding the desire to give. -- Ansel Adams s a journalist I especially love reporting on stories that involve artists and other creative individuals. at s why I was excited to meet cover subject Sandra Canning and learn more about the mind-set behind her striking photography. One of her stories in particular struck me. She once took a photo of a small boat next to a Florida key. Although she saw an ineffable quality in the scene that she wanted to capture it took a few days to realize what the image meant. e result was an introspective journey for Canning--one that viewers of the photo seem to share. e people who have critiqued the picture have told me that for them it inspires feelings of persistence because there s this little boat surrounded by this vast emptiness Canning says. It makes them feel that even in the toughest situation you can still carry on. Artists or not we re all on a not-always-easy journey to shape ourselves into the people we want to be. Our other stories in this issue are about people who are being true to their talents pushing themselves to do what they love. Joan Lamonica turned her sense of style and personal flair into a fashion business. Capt. John DiCintio has moved up the ranks at the Coconut Creek Police Department for the past 33 years to protect the city and community he loves. John Coburn and Dori Brenes overcame personal tragedies to found a nonprofit that supports suicide survivors. I hope these stories encourage you to live with authenticity and gumption. Don t deny yourself the rewards of personal enrichment in whatever you do. And when things get hard remember what Canning told me during our interview Beauty is everywhere around you. You have to open your eyes and your heart and it will reveal itself. If you need some creative inspiration be sure to attend Coconut Creek s ArtsFest. Last held in 2015 the festival returns Sept. 16 at the Community Center where Canning and other talented artists from Coconut Creek and around South Florida will display their works. Be sure to attend for fun arts and crafts and food-truck fare. Wishing you the best on your journey. KEREN MOROS MANAGING EDITOR KMOROS LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 5 SAME QUALITY REPAIR . . . 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An additional 6 000 printed magazines are bulk-dropped in and around the city at high-traffic locations including restaurants banks professional offices car dealers food and gourmet markets and over 300 advertisers of Coconut Creek Lifestyle. Verified postal receipts are available for review to guarantee veracity. The contents of Coconut Creek Lifestyle are copyrighted and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the express written consent of the publisher. Coconut Creek Lifestyle accepts no responsibility for products or services advertised herein. We reserve the right to edit rewrite or refuse submitted material. 6 LMGFL.COM LIFE COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 7 MAYOR S MESSAGE Ready for Football ... and More I can t believe it s September already. Where has this year gone My grandmother used to say that the older you get the faster time goes by. I believe her because football season is back. I m pretty busy throughout the week with city business but I spend my weekends watching football. I love rooting for my Ohio State Buckeyes. I even named my dog after them. Professional football is OK but I am a Cleveland Browns fan even though they have not been playing well. I know that they will go to the Super Bowl someday I just hope it s within my lifetime. I do root for the Miami Dolphins but that s another story. My husband Frank used to think that I was nuts when I had two games on at once. He would just shake his head and laugh at me. I figured it was better than flipping channels which he did all the time. Frank and I also attended the local high school football games to support the youth of Coconut Creek. You should come out some night to help cheer our kids to victory. I love watching the reactions of the little ones. ey appreciate the people who attend the games and support them. You can check out game times and information on tackle cheer and flag at creekfootball.com. Speaking of entertainment did you know that we have a senior center in the Community Center at 1100 Lyons Road e cost to join is only 20 for residents and is open to nonresidents as well. e program is run by Joy Mastrocola who is loved by all of the seniors. She plans social activities fitness classes games discussion groups potlucks movies guest lecturers a book club parties field trips and more. More than 200 members from around the community have joined. Recently the seniors planted a garden behind the Community Center to attract butterflies. Visit the Community Center or call 954.545.6670 to find out how you can get involved. Parents remember to register your children for Day of Play which will be held at the Community Center on Sept. 9 for a great morning of fun and exercise. I have participated every year and love having fun with the children. Our Parks and Recreation Department holds many great programs. You can keep posted at coconutcreek.net parks parks-recreation. I hope to see you at the third annual Coconut Creek ArtsFest on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Center. is free event will feature an art show arts and crafts food entertainment and family activities. On a different note I would like to thank all of our employees because without their hard work Coconut Creek would be just another city not the awardwinning beautiful environmentally friendly community that we are. I thank them for making my job an easy one. I appreciate them very much. I ll see you around town. 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. 8 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 around town W Fashion Forward Where Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 5550 NW 40th St. When Sept. 16 7-11 p.m. Tickets General admission 150 VIP front row 300 VIP second row 250 VIP lounge 1 000 Info shuzz.ticketleap.com vii COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 9 PHOTO COURTESY OF GOMEZ-GRACIA est Palm Beach-based charity Shuzz hosts its eighth annual Shuzz Art Fashion Show at Coconut Creek. e nonprofit organization gives shoes to needy children around the world. Its annual fashion show and fundraiser features styles from designer Patricia GomezGracia who started designing as an economics and marketing student at the University of Florida. Now based in London her creations have been worn by such stars as Carrie Underwood Taraji P. Henson Katie Holmes and Sara Bareilles. Live like a celebrity with a 40-foot red carpet and cocktail party as well as live and silent auctions and a meet-andgreet with the designer. VIP tickets include lounge access reception and gift bag. Proceeds go toward efforts to donate shoes to children in the United States and abroad. ose interested in volunteering may email sara shuzz. org or call 561.906.2393. around town LOCAL ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Festival Marketplace hosts its first Antique and Collectible Market on Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Around 30 vendors sell vintage goods under a tent in the parking lot. Food trucks and entertainment will be available. Vendors interested in participating may visit tinyurl.com y9xsvsjc. Visit festival.com antique-show. GOAL S OPEN Registration is open until Sept. 30 for Coconut Creek s youth soccer league for children ages 6 to 17. Practice starts in October and games start in November. Registration is 135 a player. Nonresidents must also obtain a 60 youth sports card. Register at the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.) or the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Three proofs of residency are required. Volunteer coaches are needed. Call 954.956.1580. FOOD TRUCK FUN After taking the summer off Food Truck Invasion returns to Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road) on the last Thursday of each month on the south side of Sample Road. Bring a picnic blanket and folding chairs on Sept. 28 and enjoy fare from a variety of food trucks from 5 to 9 30 p.m. Visit foodtruckinvasion.com. GET CULTURED Coconut Creek continues its Coconut Creek Culture Series with Vietnam Then and Now a lecture by global marketing professional Helene Herman. She discusses the country s transformation from war zone to tourist destination and its growing economy. Lecture is held in commission chambers at 4800 W. Copans Road on Sept. 7 at 6 30 p.m. RSVP at 954.973.6760. PLAY ALL DAY On Sept. 9 Coconut Creek s Park and Recreation Department hosts the Worldwide Day of Play from 10 a.m. to 1 30 p.m. at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Activities include sports and relay games. Health snacks are provided. The free event is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Visit coconutcreek.net events. South Florida Magic School s Discover Magic program comes to Coconut Creek. Students learn respect creativity and confidence through the magic program developed by award-winning magicians. The session ends with a magic show for students families during which children will receive a magic wand. Class is taught by magician and Creek resident Alan Kratish and is for children ages 7 to 12. Classes run from Oct. 14 to Dec. 16 Saturdays at 10 30 a.m. at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Call 954.290.4746 email grapewiz aol. com or visit grapewiz.wix.com sfloridamagicschool. FANTASTIC ILLUSIONS NOTHIN BUT NET Registration is open until Sept. 23 for Coconut Creek s winter basketball league for boys ages 7 to 17. Register at the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.) or the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Volunteer coaches are needed. Call 954.545.6670. The Broward Veterans Coalition hosts an expo on Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Broward College (Building 10 3501 SW Davie Road). Representatives from Veterans Affairs and other organizations help veterans file for disability claims find employment and much more. Call Jack Shifrel at 954.551.5373. CALLING VETERANS 10 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Don t cage them up let them run free 3197 N State Rd 7 Penn Dutch Plaza on 441 Give your dog a fresh new look for Back-To-School Cageless daycare all day Daily Tours 10 00am-4 00pm Overnight Boarding Webcams Grooming & Spa Services Counselor on premises overnight Indoor & Outdoor play areas Open 365 Days a Year New state of the art facility in Margate Margate CampCanineFlorida.com CampCanineFlorida.com 954.971.0007 Franchise COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 locations independently owned and operated. LMGFL.COM 11 around town IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Want to submit recent happenings Email us at kmoros lmgfl.com. Fabulous firefighters. The Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue Advanced Life Support team recently won the Palm Beach Invitational ALS Competition. Team members are Capt. Manuel Sanchez Lt. Vito Labriola and Lt. Lorne Brown. The team also recently placed fifth among 24 teams at an international competition in the Czech Republic. Silly for charity. Coconut Creek staff donned red noses to celebrate Red Nose Day a national fundraising initiative to support projects that combat child poverty in the U.S. and around the world. Lights camera action. Elevenyear-old Coconut Creek resident Chase Blackburn is pictured on the set of his first national commercial with crew member Dafna Harrison. The North Broward Preparatory School student starred in a commercial for Great Clips and also was also featured in a print ad for the advertising campaign. Watch the commercial at tinyurl.com y8jajtoz. 12 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 PHOTO SUBMITTED BY ELLEN BLACKBURN PHOTO BY CITY OF COCONUT CREEK around town PHOTO SUBMITTED BY RONELLE KRUGER Scout s honor. Zachary Segal (far left) Justin Brechlin (far right) and Joao Pedro Ferro (second from right) three Boy Scouts from Coconut Creek were honored by local dignitaries including Commissioner Sandra Welch for their community service projects. They officially became Eagle Scouts the highest Scout rank. Also honored were Marcus Pratt Taylor Penn Tyler Kruger and Kyle Kirk. 35 Years of Experience Fighting Insurance Companies INJURED In a pickle. The Parks and Recreation Department recently hosted a pickleball tournament. Pictured from left to right are the second-place team of Van Sedacca and John Robinson and winners Mary Schuehler and Jeronimo Simonovis. NO Fees or Costs If NO Recovery Hablamos Espa ol Auto Bike Boat and Pedestrian Accidents Motorcycle Nursing Home Neglect Trip or Slip and Fall PHOTO SUBMITTED BY WAYNE TOBEY The only Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with the main office in Coral Springs. Past President Broward County Trial Lawyers Association. DAN IRVING CYTRYN Bilingual. More than 10 years experience EDGAR VELAZQUEZ Call Now For a Free Consultation (954) We can come to your home or hospital Home run. Parks and Recreation Department director Wayne Tobey caught New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge s 13th home run ball at the Home Run Derby at Marlins Stadium. Judge hit 47 home runs and won the Derby. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 www.personalinjuryfirm.com 255-7000 LAW OFFICES OF CYTRYN & VELAZQUEZ P.A. 2825 N. University Drive Suite 350 Coral Springs FL 33065 LMGFL.COM 13 BUSINESS Joan Lamonica Stylish Journey By Alyssa Fisher Joan Lamonica carves a distinct fashion niche in Creek with Sara Mique P erched on the leather couch in her all-white retail showroom surrounded by mannequins modeling vibrant flowing eveningwear Joan Lamonica dramatically clasps her hands and laughs. I basically started this by accident she says. It s a long story. Nevertheless she launches into it. Her fashion line Sara Mique which has been designed created and sold out of a chic corner space on Hillsboro Boulevard since 2009 had humble beginnings. In the 1970s eager to see the world and unsure what to do with a political science degree Lamonica--who sports a shaved fire-red do with a tuft of hair styled above her forehead--moved to San Francisco from Seattle to become a buyer for a department store. She worked in a beautiful woman s specialty store until she relocated to New York City to fly with Pan American World Airways. She traveled with both the Latin American and European divisions dipping into what little salary she had to shop. I like things that are a little unusual she says. On a trip to Rio de Janeiro she found hand-dyed dresses at a hippy fair that fit her unique aesthetic. She returned home to friends pleading for her to bring back more. e next trip she suggested changes to the Brazilian dressmakers Could they make a dress out of a top Make this dress strapless ey were kind of funky and different she says. ey were the first eveningwear pieces that felt like me that I would want to wear. Her mom suggested she take the dresses to Henri Bendel a department store in New York City where young designers would line up on Friday mornings to show their collections. I didn t call myself a designer for the first 20 years I was in business says Lamonica wearing a version of her uniform a black lace-trimmed top lace leggings and black hoop earrings. But I took my few little things and stood in line. e department head and the buyer started ripping off their clothes to try on my things. In 1978 she started dying the dresses herself in her teeny apartment--pots were bubbling on the stove and the garments which were hanging in the bathroom and around the living room were rushed to the nearest Laundromat to dry. 14 LMGFL.COM In what at first seems like a side note she mentions that on her days off in New York she took an interest in ceramics. In an oddbut-fortunate turn of events the instructor handed her the studio when she walked away from teaching. Lamonica turned it into a mini factory where she taught herself to sew clothes inspired by her travels on a Sears home-sewing machine. She named the line Sara Mique a reinterpretation of the word ceramic. Despite not having design or business experience-- It was a lot of trial and error she says--the business grew to include a sales representative and a seamstress and soon she was selling customizable handdyed garments around the country. Nearly nine years ago Lamonica moved Sara Mique to Coconut Creek to be closer to her husband who had businesses in South Florida and was ready to stop dividing his time between cities. I worked so hard for so many years and we have a niche she says. We do something very very special. We make beautiful clothes but we also give incredible service. It s different. While she is still in the wholesale business retail has become the main service. e team of seven works on design and production in the back room. Still customizable the garments are cut from elegant silks laces and velvets feature embroidery sequins and crystals and are individually hand-dyed. Everything begins in white making Sara Mique a favorite for brides. We re constantly working on new things she says. We add and subtract but we don t do totally new collections. We have to do a lot of testing on our fabrics because they are hand-dyed--we have to adjust our patterns for shrinkage and stretches. It s like a lab she continues. When you re only doing wholesale you don t see the clothes on people and see what they need what they re asking for. It s a good way of doing our homework our research. It was scary [at first] and retail is a tremendous amount of work but I did it. rough all of this I m very tenacious. Location 4800 W. Hillsboro Blvd. Suite B-6 Coconut Creek Info 954.531.6800 saramique.com LMGFL.COM 15 SARA MIQUE COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 HEALTH & BEAUTY THE CEO OF HENDERSON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WEIGHS IN ON EVERYTHING FROM GAME-CHANGING ADVANCES TO LEGISLATIVE CONCERNS By Kevin Kaminski Photo by Eduardo Schneider 16 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 State of Mind A fter 21 years as CEO at Henderson Behavioral Health Steven Ronik knows all about the give and take that comes with providing care housing and crisis and recovery services for people with mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Especially when it comes to funding. When Henderson outbid 12 competitors for a multimillion-dollar state grant last year it gave the largest behavioral health care system in South Florida an opportunity to launch a new program in Fort Lauderdale one that provides local law enforcement with an option when dealing with people in the throes of a mental health crisis. Instead of putting that individual behind bars for a victimless offense-- A mental health condition is not a crime Ronik says--the officer can take that person to a centralized receiving facility for immediate evaluation housing (up to 23 hours) and medication. e center has been busy every day since opening in April. But before Henderson could celebrate its latest in a long line of cutting-edge achievements the state legislature took nearly half of the funding away. It s shocking Ronik says. No one understands how that happened in the legislative session. So for next year our grant--initially a little more than 4 million a year for five years--will be cut by 1.7 million per year. It s supposed to be cut another 14 percent after that. Unfortunately when you oversee a health-care system with 20 locations in South Florida one that will provide 600 000 services and assist more than 30 000 individuals this year there s no time to dwell on the past. Ronik shared some of Henderson s successes and challenges with Lifestyle. ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS HAS A DIAGNOSABLE MENTAL HEALTH CONDITION. ARE WE A NATION IN CRISIS WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH-- OR JUST BETTER AT IDENTIFYING SUCH DISORDERS e numbers in terms of prevalence have been relatively stable over the years. It s just that access and care continue to get better. You also have more and more champions around mental health. Celebrities for example will selfdisclose that they have mental health conditions. You want as much exposure as possible and it s now a big part of the American conversation. Unfortunately some of the horrific mass shootings have involved people with untreated or undertreated mental health conditions and that s added to the conversation. People get a little lost on that issue individuals with mental health conditions are not necessarily more violent than the general population. In a mass shooting yes those are too often connected to someone with an untreated or undertreated condition-- and that s why access to mental health care is so important. You want to build systems of care that are easy to use and easy to access. OVER YOUR TWO DECADES WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST ADVANCES THAT YOU VE SEEN IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH In the early 1990s second-generation antipsychotic medications were developed. e first one was clozapine that was a game-changer for people with major mental health conditions like schizophrenia. at whole second generation of antipsychotic medications was revolutionary and helped people move toward recovery from such illnesses. Henderson was one of 57 sites involved in the CATIE [Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness] trials an NIMH-funded [National Institute of Mental Health] research project that compared first-generation and second-generation antipsychotic medications. In the past five years we ve been involved in research called RAISE [Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenic Episode]. ere were 35 sites around the country that looked at a package of care to deal with first-episode psychosis. e idea was that if you could get the right package of care after someone had their first psychotic episode you could positively influence the trajectory of an illness like schizophrenia in a dramatic way. Out of the RAISE research came a package of care called Navigate we have a team trained in this. It s a system of care that works with people after that first episode to stop the relapse cycle. Why is that important Each time someone comes out of a schizophrenic episode they tend to come out a little worse--psychiatrically and cognitively. If you can stop that cycle you can change the trajectory. ere are two first-episode psychosis teams in Florida Henderson is so proud to have one of them in Fort Lauderdale. ARE THERE ISSUES YOU CONFRONT THAT HAVEN T IMPROVED OVER THE YEARS e main one is lack of support. Florida is just about the lowest per-capita spend on mental health services in the nation. We move between 49th and 50th in terms of spending. It s not just that the spending is low--it s horrifically low. For example we spend 39 per person on mental health services. e mean is more like 150. Why Priorities. Hopefully there s going to be more of a legislative commitment to directing revenue toward mental health. HOW DOES THAT LACK OF FUNDING TRANSLATE IN HUMAN TERMS Take Medicaid rates. Medicaid is a big payer for mental health services in Florida. We have two challenges relative to that. One Florida is one of the states that did not expand Medicaid which is troubling as a health care provider with expansion we could help thousands more people just here at Henderson. Also the reimbursement rates for Medicaid services are very low they typically cover only about 60 percent of the costs. Combine the depressed rates and low per-capita funding and you have a supply and demand issue. We have more people who demand mental health services than we can [treat]. LMGFL.COM 17 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 At Henderson we try and mitigate that through an Urgent Care mental health walk-in center that s open until about 10 p.m. six days a week. We also have a mobile crisis team for children and adults that operates all year 24 7 where teams of mental health professionals respond in 30 minutes or less to any kind of community mobile crisis call. DOES IT GO WITHOUT SAYING THAT OPIOID ADDICTION IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WHEN IT COMES TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE ISSUES Florida had almost 4 000 [opioid-related] deaths in 2015 that accounts for about 12 percent of the 33 000 opioid deaths nationwide. [Editor s note According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention opioid deaths have increased 200 percent since 2000.] It accelerated to a big degree after the pill mills closed. People with opiate addictions were going to look for their drug one way or another. If they can t get it from pills they re going to get it from heroin or synthetic opiates. Heroin is relatively cheap on the street right now we ve had hundreds of overdoses in Palm Beach County and Broward County. e governor recently sanctioned it as a health care crisis in Florida which is a good thing. IF SOME VERSION OF A REPEAL-AND-REPLACE HEALTH CARE BILL EVENTUALLY PASSES WHAT MIGHT THAT MEAN IN TANGIBLE TERMS TO HENDERSON Florida signed more people on the exchanges after the Affordable Care Act passed than any state in the country. When that happened Henderson quickly moved to getting on most of the commercial insurance panels so we could help folks who suddenly had insurance. at s why we were so concerned about the Senate s version of the American Health Care Act. We knew millions of Americans would have lost their health insurance and it would have been a gutting of Medicaid. For us the big focus is Medicaid and this drumbeat to remove it as an entitlement program. In simple terms that means that instead of entitlement funding there would be block-grant funding to the states--and then the states would have to make up the cost difference. Most states are not going to make up that difference. Florida certainly is not going to be in a position to do so. When you move from an entitlement program to block grants you typically have to cut eligibility benefits--or both--to make up the difference. One in five Americans is covered by Medicaid so the move to eliminate it as an entitlement is very scary. e current system isn t perfect of course. Deductibles and copays have been high on some of the plans. But it certainly has given people more access. 18 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 EDUCATION She began scouting the Coconut Creek-based campus asking for slightly used interviewappropriate attire. After speaking with the campus bookstore manager she was offered a small space in the back to start her vision. To fill the space with clothing she decided to throw herself a birthday party and ask for donations. Oistacher will never forget how her friends and family came through. It wasn t that I had that many people come but those who Debra Oistacher and Connie did were incredibly generous Carberg of Al Hendrickson Toyota at the Interview Closet Oistacher says. A friend of mine who owns a dry cleaning company even loaned me a rack. After that weekend the closet was assembled and open for business. Students started to book appointments meeting with Oistacher and picking out a new outfit that was theirs to keep. In addition to the contributions made by the Interview Closet the career placement program now has an advisory board through which businesses city commissioners and other interested parties also assist Disadvantaged students interview the students. Businesses such as Al Hendrickson Toyota in style thanks to a Creek professor and politicians such as Coral Springs commissioner Joy By Robin Pereira Carter and Coconut Creek commissioner Sandra Welch sit on the board. e advisory board is full of kindred spirits tlantic Technical College professor Debra Oistacher looks forward to her Nov. 11 birthday Oistacher says. e Center for Independent Living of South Florida party each year. On the invitation she includes a nonprofit that empowers individuals with disabilities the requisite details when where and a reminder not to also is represented on the board it provides bus passes bring gifts. for students so they have access to transportation for No gifts Instead the self-styled professional interviews or their jobs. do-gooder asks party attendees to bring something Even after the interview process is over the board different--an article of gently worn business attire. e and e Interview Closet continue to advocate for the donations go to Oistacher s organization e Interview students. Closet which gives economically disadvantaged students If you need a background check or nonslip shoes to access to professional clothing. ese students are able to be employed and they want start a job we provide that for you as well Oistacher says. We get you started with anything you need for a to have a career--they just need some extra help to get there says Oistacher who oversees Atlantic Tech s career job. As the eight-year anniversary of e Interview Closet placement program which assists special-needs students approaches it s receiving a makeover at the school-- with job searches. including relocation and expansion. e construction In 2009 her sixth year at Atlantic Tech which serves program at Atlantic Tech has been building dressing students in high school and beyond Oistacher noticed a rooms and installing racks. e renovations are growing number of students who didn t have appropriate scheduled to be completed this fall. clothing for job interviews. In addition to having a To donate to e Interview Closet email Oistacher at learning disability they [didn t have the money] she debra.oistacher browardschools.com. says. Eventually I said let s see what we can do. Dress for Success A 20 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 This photo and opposite Images from last year s Lipstick Lounge Inset Tammy Gail Pink Ladies Boogie toward a cure for breast cancer at the Lipstick Lounge By Kerry Shorr ammy Gail remembers the moment in 2003 like it was yesterday. She had just undergone a six-hour lumpectomy to remove an aggressive form of breast cancer. Two days later because the cancer had spread she underwent a procedure to remove her second breast. Lying in her hospital bed Gail struck a silent deal. I said to God If you get me through this and let me see my son graduate I will do something really big she says. Today that bedside plea benefits breast cancer patients and their families throughout Broward County. e president of Floridata Capital Assets Group--known for producing beachside food and wine festivals--hosted her first fundraising soiree in 2006 a year after undergoing a hysterectomy. Four years later it turned into Glam-a- on an organization that advocates for women with breast cancer in and around Fort Lauderdale. True to its name Glam-a- on s two yearly events raise money with dazzling parties. e first Lipstick Lounge scheduled for Sept. 15 at the Gallery of Amazing ings in Dania Beach recalls a South Florida nightclub. Expect an evening of fashion beauty cocktails and light bites at the 11th annual affair. e evening will begin with the Glammy Awards a ceremony honoring 10 philanthropists who have been influential in Broward nonprofit circles. e pink-accented party continues with henna tattoos hair and eyelash extensions a casiCOCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 T no den for men and five pop-up shops offering handbags jewelry accessories and more. e ticket also includes two drink cards and a swag bag filled with gift cards beauty products and the like. It s meant to be lighthearted and fun but its cause is crucial. In the last seven years Glam-a- on has donated more than 500 000 to the Broward Health Foundation benefiting the Lillian S. Wells Women s Health Center and the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Donations help pay for medical treatments and lifestyle essentials such as childcare and transportation services. Recently the charity assisted a young mother without medical insurance. Fourteen years since her double mastectomy Gail is still paying it forward. Every year when I m overwhelmed and think it s too much juggling a charity and a full-time job I get letters from women we help and their thankfulness makes me cry says Gail whose organization also hosts e Strut a fundraising walk on Oct. 14. ey re incredible and they re just women like you and me. When Sept. 15 8 p.m. Where Gallery of Amazing Things 481 S. Federal Highway Dania Beach Tickets 75 Contact glam-a-thon.com LIPSTICK LOUNGE LMGFL.COM 21 DINING Bowled Over By Keren Moros Photos by Eduardo Schneider SEMINOLE COCONUT CREEK S NEWEST RESTAURANT GIVES DINERS THE BEST OF TWO CULTURES Singapore mai fun Left Beef pho Below General Tso s chicken E ric Douglas has something in common with Seminole Casino Coconut Creek s newest restaurant e Bol. e restaurant is a mixture of two cultures serving both Vietnamese and Chinese fare. While the operating manager speaks about how he came to work for the Seminole tribe he notes that he s half Vietnamese and half Shinnecock (a tribe based in New York). Being half Vietnamese and the restaurant being half Vietnamese and me being half Native American and my partners being Native American--it s come full circle he says. ings kind of work out. When he says things work out he s referring not only to his career but to e Bol s journey. Douglas and his business partner Ross Mamunur guided the original Bol from idea to opening at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood in May 2013. ree years later they decided to take the concept to another Seminole property that needed an Asian restaurant. eir expansion dreams finally were realized in May 2017 at Coconut Creek s version of e Bol retrofitted into a former valet waiting area that is bigger than the Hollywood location. e dual food personalities please a broad customer base. While Chinese food has mainstream appeal Douglas says Vietnamese food is becoming more popular and includes many vegetables that make health-conscious customers happy. Douglas and Mamunur took advantage of the bigger space in the Creek casino to purchase their dream equipment for an open kitchen (with a long counter right up front) and a bar. He s especially proud of the cooks who he calls culinary artists. is is the food that was cooked for them as they were growing up Douglas says. ese guys grew up around a wok so it s amazing what they can do. at wok is almost an extension of their arms. Dishes include Vietnamese rice bowls and pho (a meaty noodle soup) wok dishes and specialty dishes such as Cantonese-style lobster and Peking duck. e cocktails also are Asian-inspired and include concoctions such as the Shanghai Mule--Douglas favorite--with lychee vodka ginger beer and lime juice and the Fire ita with tequila sriracha crushed red pepper and orange liqueur. Decorated in red e Bol is prominent on the casino floor. Its largest table is arguably its most important. Inspired by the Chinese tradition of eating in community e Bol features an 18seat table to promote guest interaction. We think the relationship between each other is equally important [as the interaction with the food] Douglas says. Having the community table where you can sit next to a perfect stranger gives you the opportunity to enjoy the experience that much more. Douglas believes the idea complements Coconut Creek which he says is unique compared to other Broward cities. In preview dinners with local VIP patrons Douglas was excited to hear locals compliment the food. I was excited to bring [ e Bol] to the casino but after getting that feedback from the local community Douglas says I got even more excited about what I could offer in terms of cuisine--not just to the casino [but to] the community. The Bol Location Seminole Casino Coconut Creek at 5550 NW 40th St. Coconut Creek Hours Sunday-Thursday 11 30 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday 11 30 a.m.-3 a.m. Contact casinococo.com 954.977.6700 LMGFL.COM 23 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Sandra Canning 24 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Time Flies taken in Aventura ART IN FOCUS A COCONUT CREEK PHOTOGRAPHER CAPTURES THE BEAUTY SHE SEES AROUND HER By Keren Moros Lead photo by Eduardo Schneider COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 25 Sea of Love taken at Hillsboro Beach hen Sandra Canning goes too long without taking photographs she doesn t feel like herself. If she isn t exploring her ideas through the camera lens she grows miserable--even though doing so sometimes hurts just as much as keeping it inside. So much of my creative process is inquiry--myself and my subject--but so many people don t do that. ey want it to be easy Canning says. Sometimes creating is painful and it should be. Canning turned to photography in part to diffuse some pain of her own. When she moved to South Florida from Los Angeles about 14 years ago she struggled to adjust to her new surroundings. I was going through a rough patch Canning says. Part of it was just adjusting to Florida because I was leaving a life of world travel and all the glitz. ... It was so different from what I was used to. e glitz was the modeling life that Canning says found her by accident at her home of St. omas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. When she was W walking home from school French photographer Guy Bourdin noticed her and she landed her first modeling job for the French edition of Vogue. After graduating from high school she decided to continue modeling in Los Angeles and started acting as well. She had a role in Days of Our Lives and appeared in the films Dragnet and Marked for Death. She also played featured roles in music videos for Jeff rey Osborne s You Should Be Mine ( e Woo Woo Song) and Gregory Abbott s Shake You Down. I never really put the time or energy into exploring other talents and abilities Canning says so I probably did that way longer than I should have. After a few years Canning s career wasn t satisfying her so she attended Santa Monica College in California discovered a knack for sales (she works as a real estate agent) and moved to Coconut Creek to be close to her mother a Coral Springs resident. To help her through her conflicting feelings about leaving Los Angeles Canning started taking photos on her iPhone. Her friends and family took notice of her natural talent and urged her to invest in becoming a professional. One friend told her People would die to do what you can do. I spent so many years in front of the camera that it never occurred to me to go behind the camera Canning says with a laugh. But I worked with some of the best photographers in world [as a model] I really do think some of that could have rubbed off on me. Canning took a master class with fine art photographer Jack Wild and joined the Creative Photographers Group. Today she is a fine art photographer taking black and white photos of architecture landscapes and seascapes. My goal is to make the viewer think feel get involved with the picture she says. When it s black and white you reduce the subject to its purest forms-- the shapes the lines the shadows--and then the viewer begins to put the color in their own imaginations. Inspired by the masters of black and white photography such as Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams it s no surprise Canning seeks to maintain artistic integrity even as she sees black and white photographers switch to color to gain followers on social media. I ll explore color because there s some emotion I m trying to convey COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 26 LMGFL.COM Visions of Calatrava 3 taken at Florida Polytechnic University COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 27 Miami Herald building 28 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Corridors of Illusion taken in Lakeland BEAUTIFY YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD As part of her Neighborhood Beautification Project Canning donates art to nonprofit organizations that don t have the funds to buy art for their offices the way for-profit corporations do. It s not fair that because you re a nonprofit or you don t have a huge budget that you can t have great art Canning says. When you go to nonprofits you ll see they don t have art on the walls they barely have enough money to pay the bills. To learn more about the project and to view more of Canning s art visit sandracanning.com. GET READY FOR ARTSFEST ArtsFest Coconut Creek s art extravaganza returns with a family-fun day of art entertainment and more. Creek artists will display their work including Canning coffee watercolor artist Steven Mikel and Marvin Keith who works with acrylic and oil. Others include Glenda Ramos a Brazilian artist from North Miami Beach. The event also features entertainment live bands food trucks and arts and crafts for kids. The free event supports the Coconut Creek Multicultural Circle s funds toward college scholarships for students in Coconut Creek schools and local organizations such as the Police Explorers. The organization will sell raffle tickets and other goods at ArtsFest. A nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by Commissioner Mikkie Belvedere the Multicultural Circle unites the community by sharing ideas and appreciating and celebrating the community s cultures and customs. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at the Community Center. WHERE Community Center 1100 Lyons Road WHEN Sept. 16 11 a.m.-4 p.m. INFO 954.545.6698 coconutcreek.net more effectively she says. Getting Facebook and Instagram likes-- although they re nice--will never be the motivator for why I m creating something. at said she s not a purist when it comes to creative exploration. Using software that puts her photos on clothing Canning sells leggings and other pieces that feature her photographs with plans to launch a full clothing line. Canning also has created 3-D printed lithophanes using 3-D printing and 3-D scanning technologies she considers the future. Photography s changing. It s a lot more technology-driven than talentdriven than it ever has been Canning says. It s important for creative people to embrace any and all forms of expression so that is probably the direction I see my work going. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 In all her work Canning seeks not to document but to make the viewer feel. To accomplish this she uses longexposure techniques using a tight aperture and a dark lens filter to slowly capture the light giving her photos a meditative and ethereal quality. Once when a woman bought one of Canning s photos she started crying and told Canning that the photo helped her connect to feelings she had forgotten. I started crying too Canning says tearing up at the memory. I d rather you pay me in tears than money any day if a picture can help you to connect with something important. As creative people--whether you re a writer or a photographer or an artist--we have a duty to serve the people who receive our work. LMGFL.COM 29 HISTORY CAPT. JOHN DICINTIO HAS PROTECTED AND SERVED THE CREEK COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS By Keren Moros WHEN DUTY CALLS In addition to firetrucks DiCintio and other public safety officers drove quick-response vehicles known as QRVs which held 200 gallons of water. ohn DiCintio is something of a local celebrity. Having lived in South Creek for about 30 years the police captain regularly gets waves and honks from neighbors. His popularity speaks not only to the practice of John DiCintio community policing but also to the fact that as DiCintio says officers are never quite off the clock. It s not really a job. It s a way of life. When you re off you re not really off he says. When we re shopping we re police officers. When we re getting gas we re police officers. DiCintio started his public service J career in 1978 in Lake Worth as a parking enforcement specialist ( meter maid as he clarifies) and joined the police force a year later. Another year after that he became an officer at the Palm Springs public safety department. When the chief John Whalen moved to Creek he recruited DiCintio to join him. (Whalen remained chief until 1990.) It was nerve-wracking at the beginning DiCintio says of his early career. But once you get your feet wet you learn how to handle certain calls. Creek suited DiCintio. In those days the city had a public safety department that covered both fire and police emergencies as the city was still growing and sparsely populated. North of Sample Road there was nothing but barren land DiCintio recalls. A few trailer parks. Very light commercial [buildings]. None of what it is today. Serving a population of around 6 000 the public safety officers pulled double duty. It was crazy DiCintio says. We carried our fire gear in the trunks. We d get a fire call and the zone car closest to the fire station would get the firetruck. Where the fire was that officer took off the police uniform put the [fire] uniform on. Put the air COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 30 LMGFL.COM This photo of the Public Safety Department in 1984 hangs in DiCintio s office pack on and waited for the firetruck to get there. DiCintio drove one of these firetrucks and was a member of the Firematics team--a competitive skills squad that battled other teams around the county for honors. In August 2000 the public safety division split and the city s fire department merged with Margate s. ose who wanted to stay firefighters joined the Margate-Coconut Creek department and those who wanted to stay police officers were welcome to join the new Creek department. Policing was in my heart DiCintio says. DiCintio moved up from training officer to corporal sergeant and eventually lieutenant a position that had him leading officers on patrol and then supporting officers behind the scenes. He became captain about five years ago. People come to you with problems. ey don t come up to you and say Hey how are you doing So you have to be patient DiCintio says of being an officer. You ve got to communicate. You have to listen to their problems and you have to do the best you can to handle it. e emphasis on communication speaks to the department s policing style. e department s motto is We do not practice community policing. We are community COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 police. DiCintio says each officer contributes to that spirit by being friendly to residents and attending homeowners association and commission meetings. When we re driving around we stop and talk to people see what s going on with the neighborhood. People want to stop and talk. ey love it DiCintio says. [We ask] what their concerns are. If it s their concerns it s other people s concerns too so you want to make sure everybody s taken care of. ... ere s always something we can do. If we can t help you we ll send you to a person who can or a service that can help you. We want to make sure you re satisfied with the service. Having raised two children in Creek (including a son who followed in DiCintio s footsteps and is an officer in Davie) DiCintio is set to retire after 33 years of service. I m going to miss it DiCintio says. I ve seen this department grow from a 30-man department to over 100. I helped hire a lot of people. It s going to be tough to leave. And while he s anticipating having more time to go on cruises and play golf DiCintio has no plans to leave the city he loves. It s like a little piece of paradise here. Once you come here you go is place is unbelievable DiCintio says. It s a really safe place to be. It s a great place to live. at s why I stayed here. I wouldn t want to move anyplace else. is is the eighth in a series of articles celebrating Coconut Creek s 50th anniversary. The Firematics team in 1987. DiCintio stands last on the top row. LMGFL.COM 31 A rock painted by Susan Antonelli A CREEK MOM SPREADS POSITIVITY WITH PAINTED ROCKS By Robin Pereira 32 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Rock On Right Rocks painted by Merce Vaz Below Jaxson and Alini posing with rocks they found in Coconut Creek hen her 8-year-old son picked up a colorfully painted rock on the way to his weekly tennis lesson in Coral Springs she told him to put it back. Less than an hour later the boy found another rock with the words Coral Springs Rocks and a link to a Facebook group painted on the back. His mother reluctantly let him keep the hidden treasure and visited the Facebook group. Judy Pelaez Steiner quickly realized the findings were no coincidence--her son Tristan had stumbled upon a citywide project dedicated to making community members smile. Touched by the project Steiner decided she would do the same with her own community of Coconut Creek. Steiner created the Coconut COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 W Creek Rocks Facebook page which has gained over 350 members since it began in May. Residents paint rocks with positive sayings or beautiful designs and hide them around the community. People are encouraged to share a photo of their rock findings on the page and then decorate their own rocks to hide. If you find a rock you leave a rock--someone made you smile so share a smile with someone else Steiner says. Even for a second if it makes someone smile it s one good deed you can do for your community. Steiner headed out to the local craft store and bought an assortment of paints Sharpie markers and sealer and let creativity bloom. She saw the activity as a way to get her kids outside. Even my 2-year-old Jaxson gets involved Steiner says. It s not a work of art but he gets a paintbrush and starts painting a rock--it s his little contribution to society. When her family got involved in the project Steiner had never imagined how far it would take off. Rocks from Coconut Creek have been found across the country in Colorado and New York and across the seas in France and Italy. She wants to spread this trend deep into Creek. After meeting with Principal Kathy Good of Coconut Creek Elementary School (where Tristan attends) Steiner has convinced the faculty to get the students involved and have them paint rocks to display throughout the school. Kids go through so much that we don t know about says Steiner a social worker. If a child is acting out it can help them calm down by giving them a rock and paints and letting them go to town. Allowing them to express themselves builds confidence that they need at an early age. Steiner is also taking the activity beyond Creek s borders she will spend a week with her two boys in Georgia. e first thing packed in her suitcase is a basket of painted Coconut Creek rocks. LMGFL.COM 33 CITY VOICE Volunteers at this year s annual tree giveaway Supporting City Development Sheila Rose Sustainable Development Director ormerly known as Development Services the Sustainable Development Department changed its name in 2009 to reflect the goals established in Coconut Creek s Vision 2020 program. e program took into consideration the city s green history its leadership as environmental stewards in the county and its consistent green trends. Together with the desire to send a clear message to its customers this led to the department s new name. e department is composed of multiple divisions that work together and with other departments to develop and maintain the city. Planning and Zoning employees wear many hats. Often they re the first exposure prospective developers have with the city. All projects except single-family homes must be routed through one of several review processes. e process takes the project through review to building fire engineering police zoning and landscaping. Reviews can take several months depending on the project and developer requests. Once the project has received planning and zoning approval and appropriate board approval it is reviewed by the Building division and the Engineering department for permits. e division also sets standards for development provides information on community and economic development applies for development grants F maintains the city s green certifications provides business tax receipts and advises residents on landscaping matters. e Building division oversees permits related to the state s building code as well as inspections of ongoing construction projects. It starts review of a project at the same time as Planning and Zoning but receives construction plans for review after Planning and Zoning approval. After construction Code Compliance monitors the city to ensure that all development adheres to approved plans and code requirements. is includes walls fences pools patios lighting and landscaping. Code enforcement officials keep our city safe from construction malfunction and general neglect. Besides development the Sustainable Development Department is responsible for the coordination and facilitation of the city s annual tree giveaway. Led by Urban Forester Sharon Vollmer volunteers spend countless hours preparing for and attending the event which is a wonderful opportunity to meet with residents and share our collected knowledge in an informal and fun setting. For information visit our department pages at coconutcreek.net or call us at 954.973.6756. 34 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Not your typical gun store attitude... great customer service unlimited range time. 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Coconut Creek uses social media to connect with residents and friends. Are you following back Here are five reasons you should. FIVE REASONS TO CONNECT WITH THE CITY variety of butterflies. Submit your butterfly photos to ylopez coconutcreek.net to be posted on the City s social media platforms. Keep posted on City events and projects The City hosts several events throughout the year from the Home Grown Concert Series to the Butterfly Festival. All it takes is a simple click on Facebook to find out all the details and know what s happening the minute it s announced. Check your settings to make updates from the City s Facebook page a priority on your newsfeed so you ll never miss a post. Links CoconutCreek.net Explore new areas of the city As the City grows you can keep abreast of developments through our social media channels and our newsletter Cocogram. The City s Instagram page also features photos of interesting and beautiful parts of the City. You may discover a hidden gem you never knew existed. Instagram CoconutCreekGov Pinterest CoconutCreekGov Check out cool pictures Our community is filled with interesting locations and social media is one way to get a tour. Visit the City s Instagram page to see beauty shots delicious food and interesting people. You can change your settings to receive a notification when a new photo or video is posted. Facebook CoconutCreekGov Speak Up If you re looking for a place to discuss issues with other residents as well as the city staff check out Speak Up Coconut Creek the City s official online forum. Start discussions share your ideas and find out about events and projects. You can also take surveys that will help the City shape the future of how it works. To join the conversation and learn more visit speakupcoconutcreek.net. Twitter CoconutCreekGov LinkedIn CoconutCreek Learn about butterflies Coconut Creek is committed to being a sanctuary for these beautiful winged creatures. Check out the City s Pinterest and Instagram pages to view the wide YouTube CreekTV 36 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 We welcome you to join us for the.... at Temple Beth Am ROSH HASHANAH September 20-22 YOM KIPPUR September 29-30 Tickets available starting from 125 per seat 7205 Royal Palm Boulevard Margate Florida 33063 954- 968-4545 www.beth-am.org info beth-am.org WINE DOWN WEDNESDAYS 50% Select Bottles 3pm-12am THIRSTY THURSDAYS 3 Craft Beer 3pm-7pm SUNDAY BRUNCH Bottomless champagne & mimosas 10am-3pm SIP SWIRL & PAINT (Mondays & Tuesdays) Create your own artwork masterpiece with the guidance of a professional artist PRIVATE PARTIES (book holiday parties and by September 30th and receive complimentary wine tasting included) WINE PAIRING DINNERS (Reservations Needed) WINE TASTINGS CATERING CALL TO GET PRICING AND BOOK A GROUP EVENT 1435 Lyons Road Coconut Creek FL 954.458.5407 www.swirlbistro.com COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 37 GREEN EXCELLENCE The Best Defense Sharon Vollmer is the Urban Forester for Coconut Creek and a native of Broward County. She is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture a certified landscape inspector with the Landscape Inspectors Association of Florida and a National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward. S outh Florida s hot humid climate is the perfect environment for countless pests insects weeds fungi viruses and other plant diseases. In the past we relied heavily on pesticides herbicides and a bunch of other -cides to try to control these problems. However as people became increasingly concerned about the use of these products a newer approach emerged--integrated pest management (known as IPM) a system of biological cultural mechanical and chemical methods that safely control pests. Biological controls Many pests have natural enemies we can use to our advantage. Invite a natural balance of birds beneficial insects and other wildlife to your garden to help control pests through competitors predators parasites and pathogens. Certain ladybugs feed on aphids and other kinds feed on scale insects. Air potato leaf beetles were released in Florida in 2012 to try to control the invasive air potato vine. And a tiny parasitic wasp is mainly responsible for keeping the spiraling whitefly in check. e whitefly wreaked havoc on several tree species locally a couple of years ago. Cultural controls ese are things you can do to inhibit the survival or proliferation of pests-- practices that put the pests at a disadvantage. For instance how are you irrigating Is it one size fits all or are your zones set based upon the plants in that zone Fine-tuning your irrigation practices can reduce pest problems because having too little water stresses plants (making them susceptible) and having too much water will invite diseases such as root rot chinch bugs and pests such as dollar weed. Other examples of cultural control are nutrition and sanitation. Are you fertilizing properly Are you cleaning your tools before moving from an infested area Mechanical controls Many problems can be eliminated the old-fashioned way. Handpicking pests from smaller shrubs or blasting the infested parts with a strong spray from the garden hose will go a long way in reducing pests. Sometimes you can merely prune off the affected leaves. Spread organic mulch in your planting beds to control weeds. Instead of spraying herbicides pull weeds before they go to seed or spread. Besides spending time in the garden is therapeutic. Chemical control is is the use of those -cides. Use insecticides nematicides fungicides etc. only as needed and targeted on affected problems. ey should be used in combination with other methods of control and generally last. Consider spotspraying weeds instead of blanketing the entire yard or driveway. Use pesticide bait stations instead of spraying. Remember to follow all label directions. Using more is not better. A key to having a good offense on pest management is to scout early and often. Keep plants healthy by installing them in the right place in your yard. Consider factors such as light shade water and available space. Stressed plants that are trying to survive in unfavorable conditions attract pests. By using integrated pest management you can stay on top of weeds insects or other pests while reducing risks to your family pets and the environment. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 38 LMGFL.COM OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener It s a bit pricey compared to competitors but this product is touted as one of the best nail hardeners on the market. It can be used alone or as a base coat under polish and comes in 10 formulas including colored shades. ( 18 Ulta Amazon) SKIN DEEP Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish This two-step system will create gel-like durability and shine without help from a UV lamp. 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COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream This cult-classic product is ideal for both daytime and nighttime use to help moisturize dry hands and cuticles. ( 15 Sephora Nordstrom Amazon) LMGFL.COM 39 ALL CENTERS CHILDREN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS alenda 40 LMGFL.COM ADULTS INDOOR PICKLEBALL 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. A paddle sport with simple easy-to-learn rules. Paddles and balls are available from front desk with photo ID. When 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 GIANT PAPER FLOWERS WORKSHOP FITNESS CLASSES SILVER SNEAKERS (SENIORS) 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 Learn how to make paper flowers with regular card stock paper. Supplies will be provided. When Wednesday Sept. 13 6-8 p.m. Yearly fee 20 for residents 30 for nonresidents BEGINNING SPANISH 1100 Lyons Road 954.545.6670 coconutcreek.net webtrac COMMUNITY CENTER CHILDREN PEE WEE PICASO Develops listening speaking reading and writing skills. Students acquire basic vocabulary and structures and develop an understanding of the language s cultural context. When Mondays Sept. 18-Oct. 23 6-7 p.m. Yearly fee 20 for residents 25 for nonresidents SENIOR ARTS AND CRAFTS Instructional hands-on class designed to teach children how to create art using different materials. For ages 3-5. When Wednesdays Sept. 13-Oct. 4 5 30-6 30 p.m. Fee 35 for residents 45 for nonresidents YOUTH INDOOR VOLLEYBALL Make different types of arts and crafts. For ages 55 and older. When Mondays Sept. 18-Oct. 9 3 30-4 30 p.m. Yearly fee 10 for Senior Center members and residents 15 for nonmembers and nonresidents FITNESS CLASSES SCULPT & TONE Children will learn the basics of indoor volleyball. For all skill levels. For ages 6-10. When Thursdays Sept. 14-Oct. 19 4 30-5 30 p.m. Fee 8 for residents 10 for nonresidents MOMMY AND ME SPANISH CLASS 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 YOGA Teaches Spanish through music singing rhymes puppet shows and crafts. For ages 2-5. When Tuesdays Sept. 12-Oct. 17 10 30-11 15 a.m. Fee 30 for residents 40 for nonresidents LIL TOTS LIVE STORIES AND ADVENTURES Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude. Learn simple meditation and specific bodily postures for health and relaxation. When Mondays 9-10 a.m. and Wednesdays 9 45-10 45 a.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Live stories activities crafts and games. Parent participation is mandatory. For ages 2-4. When Fridays Sept. 15-Oct. 6 10 30-11 30 a.m. Fee 25 for residents 35 for nonresidents YOUTH ART CLASS SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPEUTIC WALK IN THE PARK Participants create works of art using different materials on canvas. For ages 7-10. When Tuesdays Sept. 12-Oct. 3 5 30-7 30 p.m. Fee 35 for residents 45 for nonresidents Participants walk in a safe supervised small group environment. In addition to walking participants engage in stretching strengthening and balancing seated exercises. No fee. When Wednesdays Sept. 20-Oct. 25 5 30 to 6 30 p.m. Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac 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 Sept. 11-Oct. 16 7 15-8 p.m. Register Walk-in Fee 20 residents 25 nonresidents COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 THERAPEUTIC BUTTERFLY GARDEN Accessible and inclusive outdoor activities such as garden care safe tool use plants and butterfly identification. Participants will improve fine and gross motor skills enhance self-esteem sense of responsibility self-confidence and social interaction. For ages 6 and up. When Thursdays 6-6 30 p.m. Register Walk-in or coconutcreek.net webtrac 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 short recovery time When Wednesdays 6 15-7 15 p.m. RECREATION COMPLEX 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580 CHILDREN SPEED & AGILITY TRAINING SPINNING Improve footwork acceleration lateral agility balance change of direction and body control skills. For ages 10-14. When Monday and Thursdays Sept. 7-Oct. 12 no class Sept. 21 4 30-5 30 p.m. Fee 40 for residents 50 for nonresidents TODDLER OLYMPICS 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 Olympic-themed athletic activities and organized games. Parent participation is mandatory. Parents and children must wear sneakers. All participants will receive a T-shirt prize and a certificate of completion. For ages 2-4. When Thursdays Sept. 14-Oct. 26 no class Sept. 21 10 45-11 30 a.m. Fee 40 for residents 50 for nonresidents PARENT AND TODDLER PAINT WITH YOUR SENSES Interval training bootcamp-style class When Sundays 10 30-11 30 a.m. ZUMBA Children explore the world of art by using hands. Supplies are included. Develops fine motor skills maximizes their cognitive physical and social skills. Class will be messy. Dress to make a mess. Parent participation is mandatory. For ages 18 months to 2 years. When Tuesdays Sept. 19-Oct. 10 10 30-11 15 a.m. Fee 20 for residents 25 for nonresidents YOUTH MOVE AND GROOVE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Dance aerobics performed to high-energy 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 Bed & Biscuit Pet Inn and Salon Grooming Boarding Day Care Explores locomotor and gross motor skills improves balance and coordination enhances self-esteem and engage in social interaction through adaptive dance and relaxation techniques. For ages 7-11. When Fridays Sept. 8-29 5 45-6 30 p.m. Fee 15 for residents 20 for nonresidents Intermediate advanced complex choreography with a step bench When Tuesdays 6 307 30 p.m. YOGALATES Full Service Grooming Affordable Licensed Insured In-Home Cageless Boarding Doggie Day Care 24 Hour Supervision All Done in my Home on 1.5 Acres of Beautiful Country Setting FITNESS CLASSES BODY SCULPTING Unless noted fee is 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents and free for members. Register by walk-in or on coconutcreek.net 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 SEPTEMBER 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. 4370 NW 74th Place Coconut Creek FL 954-371-1262 www.bedandbiscuitpetinn.com 3rd left north of Hillsboro off Lyons Rd 10 OFF 5 OFF BOARDING GROOMING New Customers Only New Customers Only Not valid with any other offers. Not valid with any other offers. All offers not valid with any other offers or prior services Exp 9 30 2017 LMGFL.COM 41 SNAPSHOTS At the state tournament the 12-under team played in three games against teams from Tampa Niceville and Plant City. Pictured are Anthony Giglio and Brayden Slade who hit home runs during the tournament. The 11-under All-Stars took second in the District 10 All-Star Tournament. Pictured Manager Efrain Suarez coaches Russ Riba and Derik Smith Brandon Butzer Alejandro Cruanas Braden Czyz Malachi Davids Alex Fogel Dominic Guzman Adin Lin Jack Lubowicki Vincent Martinez Anthony Mercado Daviano Riba Garret Smith and Jacob Suarez. The Dodgers won the Majors Division Championship with an 18-0 season. The Fireflies won the Coach Pitch Division Championships. Out to the Ballgame e Coconut Creek Little League teams have enjoyed a stream of victories this season. Here s a look at a few. The Royals won the Minors Division Championships. The 12-under Major Division won the 2017 District 10 All-Star Tournament becoming the first Creek team to win a major division title. The team then won the Southeast Florida Section 8 Tournament qualifying for the state tournament. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 European imported Hunters Jumpers Equitation horses and ponies for sale and lease Open 7 days a week Covered arena measures 225 x 112 Air-conditioned glass viewing area Summer & Holiday Programs Beginner through advanced riding lessons South Florida s Premier Equestrian Training and Boarding Farm COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 954.757.1119 www.PineHollowFlorida.com 6670 NW 82nd Terrace Parkland Florida 33067 LMGFL.COM 43 ZIKA WHAT LOCALS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS THAT HAD SOUTH FLORIDA ON EDGE LAST YEAR hen a mosquito-borne virus started to spread in South America a few years ago the United States didn t pay attention. But then last summer Zika descended on Miami. According to the Florida Department of Health 285 locally acquired infections of Zika occurred statewide in 2016 with many of those cases stemming from an outbreak in the Wynwood Little River north Miami Beach and South Beach areas of Miami-Dade County. Another 1 122 travel-related cases of Zika were reported throughout the state--including 182 in Broward County and 350 in Miami-Dade County. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 THE SEQUEL By Dori Zinn W Sonali Ruder 44 LMGFL.COM ough Zika has been around for decades in mosquitoes it started to spread rapidly in humans living in Central and South America in 2015. e virus can be contracted by either a mosquito bite or by sexual contact. According to experts 80 percent of people don t show symptoms. e biggest fear among those infected is how pregnant women--specifically their unborn fetuses--will be affected. While most people with Zika don t realize they have it pregnant women can show symptoms because of a damaging side effect e virus can cause microcephaly--a condition in newborns where the head is significantly smaller than expected causing brain damage and mental disabilities. ere s no cure. Will the summer of 2017 be a repeat of last year John C. Beier a director at the University of Miami s Division of Environment & Public Health doesn t expect a South Florida outbreak like last year s but he warns those traveling abroad--and those hosting out-of-area visitors--to exercise caution. Zika wasn t anything big until it started infecting humans and it wasn t significant until microcephaly Beier says. is is the first time any vector-borne disease like this has been known to affect infants. e Florida Department of Health reports that nearly 300 pregnant women throughout Florida demonstrated lab-evidence of Zika in 2016. is year through late June the department reports that 59 pregnant women in the state have been diagnosed with lab-evidence of Zika. forceful. In Broward County where Bratter works 14 travel-related cases of Zika have been reported in 2017 as of late June. (Another 26 travel-related cases have been documented in Miami-Dade.) At this pace South Florida would record less than one-sixth the number of travel-related cases compared to last year. But even the 2016 numbers Bratter says were misleading. People thought it was a wider-spread infection he says. But all of Florida is different from [just] Wynwood. Bratter never had a Zika patient during last year s outbreak although he tested a few people. ose testing positive he says should then see a perinatologist--a doctor who specifically treats pregnant women with complications--for further evaluations close monitoring and counseling on their options. Steering Clear Zika symptoms mostly resemble the flu so it s hard to differentiate between the two viruses. If you aren t a pregnant woman or the partner of one having Zika isn t an issue. But for pregnant women Beier says to take the necessary precautions. [Pregnant women] should protect themselves from mosquito bites by using repellent and wearing long-sleeved clothes and pants he says. For those that live here they can clean up their yards by removing breeding sites. Beier says any containers that hold water can potentially breed mosquitoes. Flower pots and bromeliads breed mosquitoes since they retain water. Zika is still so new that prevention is the best way of fighting it. ere s no vaccine for Zika Beier says. A lot of money is going into a vaccine and there are some promising ones going into clinical trials [but] there s nothing on the market yet that we can use to prevent Zika infections. Jonathan Bratter an OB-GYN physician at Women s Health of South Broward in Miramar still tells his patients about possible outbreaks even though it s quieter now than it was last year. I tell [patients] to wear mosquito repellent and longsleeved clothing when they can bear it and avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to be out he says. [It s just] basic precautions right now. If there are new recommendations they would become more ZIKA SYMPTOMS Acute onset of low-grade fever Rash Joint pain Reddening of the eyes Headache and body aches Eye pain Vomiting Note Illnesses related to Zika typically resolve within a week. Source Florida Department of Health LMGFL.COM 45 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Clockwise from far left A participant siwmming with tigers a family on a trip to the zoo John Coburn and Dori Brenes Nature Takes Its Course By Alyssa Fisher Suicide survivors find and encourage healing outdoors o describe John Coburn s garden a friend recently said You could charge 5 admission. It s lush and beautifully manicured with Zen fixtures and butterflies fluttering about. e design came to him and his girlfriend Dori Brenes after a therapeutic day at Butterfly World. ey turned the space which a year ago had not one plant into a National Wildlife Foundation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat where they house several species of butterflies including the endangered monarchs. It s become a sanctuary not only for the butterflies but also for Coburn who is still healing after losing his 19-year-old daughter Sami to suicide three years ago. I recommend gardening for people who have lost somebody he says. It helped me. rough their organization Love Sami Coburn and Brenes take suicide survivors and those who are at-risk to Butterfly World T and other locations to engage with nature. is month--National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month--they will take a group to swim with dolphins (Sept. 3) and to Dade City s Wild ings a zoo near Tampa to interact with wild animals and swim with otters (Sept. 17). e couple met in October 2014 about two months after Sami died. Brenes recognized and empathized with Coburn s deep sadness--three years earlier her father a veteran struggling with illness killed himself. She had her own history as a two-time suicide survivor as well. I could feel that he was a good person and my heart was breaking for him Brenes says. I wanted to help him try to heal so I started taking him out to have experiences with animals and with the ocean. When he was out in nature I saw that he was happy. She also noticed that he felt better after engaging with people who have gone through similar experiences. She created lovesami.org-- a gift as he calls it--as a memorial site for his bubbly blonde daughter. I told him that we can run with this and help other people so they don t have to suffer like we both have she says. ey grew Love Sami into a nonprofit organization which they run out of their Deerfield Beach home. About once a month the couple invites survivors and people who exhibit suicidal symptoms to swim with tigers and learn how to dive. ey go to animal sanctuaries and zoos. Many excursions are free or at a reduced cost for participants most of the funding comes from Coburn and Brenes. You ve got to let them know that they can live [and] enjoy Coburn says. You don t have to cry all the time. My biggest problem he says pausing as he chokes up is thinking I can t go on. I got drunk all the time. Together they focus on self-care in the form of therapy flotation tanks (also known as sensory deprivation tanks which are said to have profound effects mentally physically and spiritually) reiki (a healing technique that channels energy through touch) and volunteering. ey say their goal is to turn Love Sami into a national organization. Seeing people who were suicidal smiling and holding a [baby animal] ... it s rewarding for me--and healing Coburn says. e tigers the butterflies--it just seems like they know that they sense something and understand. Coburn and Brenes post often from Love Sami s Facebook page facebook.com lovesami.org. Another resource is The Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to suicide prevention programs education advocacy research and the support of survivors of suicide. Visit FISPOnline.org for information. 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