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OCTOBER 2017 TO THE RESCUE BEHIND THE SCENES WITH CREEK S PROUD FIREFIGHTERS TRICKS & TREATS HALLOWEEN EVENTS COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 1 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT OCT 2017 MONSTER MASH Friday October 27 from 6 PM to 9 PM Pre-registration is required Community Center 1100 Lyons Road Trick or treating costume contest arts & crafts games food trucks and more HOME GROWN CONCERT SERIES PINK ZUMBAPALOOZA Friday October 13 at 7 PM Free concert featuring Big City Dogs Community Center 1100 Lyons Road Bring blankets or lawn chairs Food available for purchase and coolers welcome (no pets please) Saturday October 28 from 2 30 PM to 3 30 PM Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd Ages 12 and older Free Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness month For more information call 954-956-6650 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 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 OCTOBER 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 3 contents 26 FEATURES THE FIRE WITHIN e firefighters at Creek s new Station 50 share their stories of life and death. October 2017 Volume 17 Issue 10 30 Tennis prodigy Bruno Kuzuhara is making every shot count as he rises to the top of the state s rankings. 20 HEALTH & BEAUTY Breast cancer awareness events 22 EDUCATION A new residential village on tap for North Broward Prep 24 DINING Yalla Market and its family connections 34 RICHARD LEWIS e legendary comic unleashed on the eve of his show at Seminole Casino 36 CITY VOICE Fire prevention month ACE ON THE COURT 32 Longtime residents Doug and Kelly Young reflect on Creek as it was back in the 1970s. THE EARLY DAYS OF CREEK 5 LIFESTYLE GREETINGS 8 MAYOR S MESSAGE Welcoming Fall 9 AROUND TOWN 14 HALLOWEEN EVENTS 16 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT e return of the Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam 18 BUSINESS How to prevent online crimes related to the real estate industry DEPARTMENTS 38 MYCOCONUTCREEK Talk of the Town 38 GREEN EXCELLENCE Recognizing unlicensed tree trimmers 42 CALENDAR 44 SNAPSHOTS Coconut Creek s tackle football programs in the spotlight 46 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT A local teen and her love of animals On the cover Capt. Danny Rodriguez at Fire Station 50 4500 Coconut Creek Parkway This page Fire Station 50 Cover and TOC photos by Eduardo Schneider 4 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 Lifestyle Greetings CELEBRATING HELPERS W When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news my mother would say to me Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. -- Fred Rogers hen Hurricane Harvey ripped through Texas we saw countless stories of people risking their lives to help their neighbors. With no hesitation many went out in boats airlifted the elderly rescued pets and even formed human chains to save people they didn t know simply because they were able to. We don t think about it too much but this kind of heroism is on display every day at places like Station 50 which opened recently on Coconut Creek Parkway at the site of the city s first volunteer fire department. ere the firefighters and paramedics of the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department are on call to assist local residents in any way possible. As I spoke to the firefighters you ll meet in this issue I heard over and over again that the best part about the job is the privilege of helping others in their times of need--which no doubt included the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. is month the city turns the national Fire Prevention Week into Fire Prevention Month during which the firefighters of Margate-Coconut Creek will visit the community and participate in campagins to inform residents of the basics of fire safety. If you meet them I encourage you to ask them questions about the different ways they serve our residents. You ll see their drive and compassion which I witnessed firsthand when I met them. While the firefighters acknowledge Fire Prevention Month Creek residents also celebrate the beginning of fall with pumpkin-flavored everything and a variety of pink fundraisers. Check out our events pages to view the many activities connected to Halloween and Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As always we bring you stories of other interesting residents including tennis ace Bruno Kuzuhara animal rescuer Ella Dotan and longtime residents Doug and Kelly Young who share some of their memories with us. Till next month KEREN MOROS MANAGING EDITOR KMOROS LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 5 SAME QUALITY REPAIR . . . AT A FRACTION OF THE COST GROUP EDITOR Kevin Kaminski CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit EDITORIAL MANAGING EDITOR Keren Moros ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa Fisher COPY EDITOR Jason Davis CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Suanny Garcia Barales Jeffery Gary Amy Lynne Hayes Robin Pereira David Poplawski Michelle F. Solomon Becky Tooley CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS City of Coconut Creek Eduardo Schneider CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles PUBLISHER Michelle Simon VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING Don Fischer (dfischer BMWSURGEONS Engine Transmission Electrical System Air Conditioning We Will Beat All Other Prices For Fully Authorized BMW Service Cooling System Diagnostic Suspension Brakes BMW Certified Technicians REGULAR TIRES STARTING AT RUN FLAT TIRES 64 79 99 OIL SERVICE SPECIAL FULL SYNTHETIC OIL WITH FREE CAR WASH & VACUUM INCLUDING BRAKE PADS ROTOR SENSOR STARTING AT Tires Oil Change Alignment Intakes Chip Tuning Exhaust System Suspension Tuning WITH THIS AD ONLY 205 55R16 STARTING AT 120 954.354.2403 1811 MEARS PKY. 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Free Omelette-Equal or Lesser Value. Excludes specials & combos. With this coupon only. Excludes specials & combos. Must present coupon. Not valid with other offers. Expires 10 31 17 Not valid with other offers. Expires 10 31 17 2017 Coconut Creek Lifestyle. Coconut Creek Lifestyle is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lifestyle Media Group and is published monthly and directmailed into every home in the city of Coconut Creek and every business. Presently there are over 50 000 residents and 1 500 businesses in the city. 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 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 7 MAYOR S MESSAGE Welcoming Fall Fall has arrived and hopefully it will get cool enough to wear a sweater or light jacket. I remember growing up in Ohio and raking the leaves and forming a leaf house or a mound on the lawn where all of the neighborhood kids played. I have fond memories of my childhood and think about it often. But we can create great memories here as well. We have a lot of exciting activities for our residents to enjoy this fall. e first concert of the season features Big City Dogs a classic-rock and blues band. Bring your lawn chair and join me at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road) on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. to listen to songs from the 1960s to today. ere also will be a food truck onsite that evening. Our first farmers market is planned for the end of October at the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.). We look forward to our options of produce and food from local vendors. Monster Mash is on Oct. 27 from 6 30 to 9 p.m. at the Community Center. is will be a safe environment for the kids to trick or treat. We will also have a costume contest movie arts and crafts and other surprises. Also please remember to be careful out there on Halloween night. Oct. 1 is the start of the city s fiscal year. I d like to thank the department directors and specifically the Finance Department for working so hard on this year s budget. We had to think long and hard about the improvements and had to give up some of our wish list items. is is never an easy task but I thank everyone who was part of the process. We will hire eight police officers. Other highlights include playground replacement at Lakeside Park splash pads at the Community Center and Recreation Complex sports and pedestrian lighting replacement bus shelters South Creek streetlight enhancements a traffic signal at Winston Park Plaza drainage improvements a reclaimed water project fitness equipment and vehicle replacements a bus stop and sidewalk improvement program additional traffic calming devices shade structure replacements boardwalk rehabilitation at Winston Park Nature Center and a two-story building with restrooms in the center of the fields at Sabal Pines Park. To read the full budget book visit click on the Government tab and then click on Taxes and Finances. As we get closer to the holidays and possibly time away from home I want to make you aware of the Police Department s Vacation Watch program. I have used it several times. You can easily sign up online ( vacation-watch) and an officer will check your house twice a day while you re away. It made me feel safer about my house while I was in Ohio last Christmas. I ll see you around town. Have a safe October. 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 OCTOBER 2017 around town OS Children s Villages Florida hosts its annual Steps for SOS 5K Run Walk to raise 100 000 for the children who live in its fostercare neighborhood. Participants may form teams or join an existing team. e course is USATF certified and the race includes age categories for men and women. Stay afterward for entertainment breakfast awards prizes and sponsor exhibits. Steps for SOS 5K Run Walk When Nov. 4 Check-in and day-of registration begins at 6 a.m. run walk begins at 7 a.m. Kids Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. Where Tradewinds Park 3600 W. Sample Road Registration Online registration open until Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. Fee 25 for 5K before Nov. 3 30 day-of registration free for walkers and Kids Fun Run Info steps COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 9 S Step by Step around town CELEBRATE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH North Regional Broward College Library (1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Mariachi Voces De America on Oct. 7. Attendees learn about Mexico s cultural history and the mariachi. Kids activities are 3-4 p.m. and live music is from 4-5 p.m. Visit library. ENJOY THE BEST OF BRAZILIAN CULTURE GET OUT OF JAIL Coconut Creek nonprofit organization Tomorrow s Rainbow hosts Pony Jail N Bale on Oct. 15 noon-3 p.m. at 4341 NW 39th Ave. The westernthemed fundraiser includes a petting area bounce houses games and a pie-eating contest. Tickets are 5 at the door. Food and refreshments will be available for sale. Visit The sixth annual Brazilian Festival of Pompano Beach is Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pompano Beach Community Park (820 NE 18th Ave. Pompano Beach). The festival features entertainment on two stages carnival rides a kids zone with slides and games and exhibitors featuring Brazilian art businesses and cuisine. Visit FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN Registration is open for Coconut Creek s 20th annual Turkey Bowl Flag Football Tournament a four-on-four double elimination tournament for children 9-11 and 12-14. Games are 15 minutes and each age division needs at least three teams with no more than six players per team. Game is Nov. 17 at 6 30 p.m. at George S. Gerber Memorial Park (4715 NW 30th St.) players must be present by 6 p.m. Entry fee is one canned good per player. Register at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Call 954.545.6670. GET CULTURED The Creek Culture Series presents a lecture by Glenn Goodwin of the Marine Environmental Education Center about the life cycle of the green sea turtle and its Florida habitat. Goodwin has a master s degree in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University. Lecture is in commission chambers at the Government Center (4800 W. Copans Road) on Oct. 5 at 6 30 p.m. TO THE FAIR The Women s Club of Coconut Creek hosts its annual fair Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). The fair raises money for the club s scholarship fund which goes toward local students. Activities include a quilt raffle and bake sale as well as other activities. Attendees can also learn more about the Women s Club and how to join. ALL HANDS ON DECK Coconut Creek s Movies in the Park series returns with a screening of Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl on Nov. 3 at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Dress up for a chance to win prizes for best-dressed and best-sounding pirate and then watch the movie on an outdoor screen. The costume contest starts at 6 15 p.m. and the movie begins 15 minutes after sundown. Bring blankets and coolers. Refreshments available for purchase. Visit events. DOWN AT THE HOEDOWN Equine-Assisted Therapies of South Florida hosts its ninth annual Horseshoe Hoedown at the Vegso Family Arena in Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road) on Nov. 4 6-10 30 p.m. The organization s special-needs riders will show off the abilities they ve learned in its programs. The event includes dinner dancing silent auction for vacation packages full bar and live music by Andrew Morris Band. Tickets are 150. RSVP by Oct. 18. Visit COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 10 LMGFL.COM Brad P. Glick DO MPH and Associates Celebrating 22 Years in Dermatology Specializing in Medical Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology Skin Cancer Dermatologic Surgery Mohs Surgery Hair & Nail Diseases Pediatric Dermatology Laser Surgery Botox Fillers & Chemical Peels (954) 974-3664 3275 N. State Rd. 7 (west side of 441 just south of Sample Rd. - in the Penn Dutch Plaza across from F.C.C.) Margate FL NEW LOCATION (561) 798-3494 1447 Medical Park Blvd. 107 Wellington FL Brad P. Glick DO MPH FAOCD L. Zaulyanov Scanlan MD FAAD Denise M. Guevara DO FAOCD Sandy Goldman DO FAOCD Allan Snyder PA-C MMS Kristian Williams PA-C Tomeka Fleming LA MA (Licensed Aesthetician) COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 In Our New State-of-the-Art Offices LMGFL.COM 11 Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary Bed & Biscuit Pet Inn and Salon Grooming Boarding Day Care around town IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Want to submit recent happenings Email us at kmoros PHOTO SUBMITTED BY COMMISSIONER SANDRA WELCH 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 4370 NW 74th Place Coconut Creek FL 954-371-1262 3rd left north of Hillsboro off Lyons Rd 10 OFF 5 OFF BOARDING GROOMING HAND PAINTED PORTRAITS People Pets Cars and More. New Customers Only New Customers Only Not valid with any other offers. Not valid with any other offers. Pitching In. Members of the community volunteered at Coconut Creek High School to beautify the campus. Students alumni and members of Kiwanis and North Creek Presbyterian Church were among the 60 volunteers. The group completed two landscaping projects painted two hallways installed umbrellas in the lunchroom courtyard and cleaned up the grounds. Home Depot donated 200 for supplies. Another project day is being planned for 2018. All offers not valid with any other offers or prior services Exp 9 30 2017 Everyday Heroes. Residents Stephen and Linda Luchs recently were commended by Police Chief Albert A. Arenal for opening their home to neighbors during a standoff between officers and a suicidal person. Fighting Fires. Amanda Velardi submitted this photo of her son Greyson celebrating his second birthday with a visit to a local fire station to view the firetrucks he loves. One of our original hand painted portraits 954.591.2899 7 NE 14 Avenue Pompano Beach FL 33060 12 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 By Appointment Only around town Let Me Take a Selfie. Coconut Creek staff whipped out cameras to take photos of themselves during City Hall Selfie Day a campaign by Engaging Local Government Leaders that encourages city pride. Several of Coconut Creek s staff posed in front of the Government Center and posted their selfies on the web with the hashtag CityHallSelfie. Pictured is Janeane Wolfe a development review technician in the Planning and Zoning Division. If Your Grill is Sick Call The Grill Doctor Quick Top BBQ Grills BBQ Islands Kitchen Cabinets & More Repairs Service Cleaning Replacement Parts FREE 5 OFF PROPANE 20 lb. Tank FOR A YEAR Refill with purchase of a grill. Excludes Weber Products. Restrictions Apply. For more information check out our store. With this Ad. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CARIANN MOORE OF JA One per customer. For more information check out our store. Hours Monday-Friday 8am-6pm. Saturday 9am-5pm Sunday Closed 2401 N. State Road 7 Margate FL 33063 (located at former Propane USA) 954.973.3327 grilldoctormargate w w w. g r i l l d o c t o r f l o r i d a . c o m A New World. Forty students from Broward and Palm Beach counties are participating in Junior Achievement of South Florida s second JA Career Bound program which promotes critical thinking collaboration and effective communication. Saddle Up. Creek resident Brittany Adkison shared this photo of her with her horse Rasta from a recent photoshoot at Tradewinds Parks and Trail View Equestrian Center. The photo was taken by local photographer Tina Da Silva. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 10 31 17 10 31 17 LMGFL.COM 13 HALLOWEEN EVENTS Tricks and Treats POLLIWOGS NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN e Polliwogs program allows children 3-5 to explore nature through stories crafts games and a hike. Children should wear closed-toe shoes and play clothes. Advance registration is required. Where Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area 5591 NW 74th Place When Oct. 4 9 30-11 a.m. Tickets 5 a child Info 954.357.5100 ese local haunts provide family fun to celebrate fall CREATIVE PUMPKIN DECORATIONS Children can paint and decorate a pumpkin for Halloween. May include light carving. Includes a pumpkin and all supplies. Where Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd. When Oct. 19 4-5 45 p.m. Info 954.357.5100 Where Fern Forest Nature Center 201 Lyons Road S. When Oct. 27 6-8 p.m. Tickets Free fees for crafts and pictures Info 954.357.5198 FALL FESTIVAL Celebrate all things fall with Tradewinds Park s sixth annual festival with hayrides barn tours face painting games and crafts. A pumpkin-picking patch photo booth bounce houses food trucks car show pony rides model steam train rides and a pumpkin pie eating contest round out the activities. Where Tradewinds Park 3600 W. Sample Road When Oct. 28 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets Lanyard cards track special activities 20 for 25 punches 10 for 12 punches 5 for 6 punches or 1 a punch. Pony rides are 3 a lap or 4 for nine laps. Train rides are 1.50 a person. Info parks DEMENTED HAUNT is escape room experience will have you and your friends searching for a way out while being scared out of your wits. Find the formula that stops a demented scientist s biohazard chemical. Not recommended for children under 10. Where 2505 N. State Road 7 Margate When roughout October Tickets 25 Mention Coconut Creek Lifestyle and get a 3 discount Info BARKTOBERFEST Bring four-legged friends for splash time fun. Kids enjoy bounce houses and face painting. Event features booths from rescue and nonprofit groups adoptions doggie marketplace and a dog costume contest. Where Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Road Deerfield Beach When Oct. 7 and 8 9 a.m.-4 p.m. small-dog splash session 8-8 50 a.m. other session 8 a.m.-4 50 p.m. Tickets Park admission is 1.50 a person free admission to event some activities may have fees 50-minute water sessions are 5 a dog Info 954.357.5100 DARK AND SPOOKY FOREST STROLL Adventurers of all ages can explore the outdoors on a naturalist-guided one-hour hike. Closed-toe shoes are required. Bring flashlights water and insect repellent. Advance registration is required. Where Fern Forest Nature Center 201 Lyons Road S. When Oct. 13 7 30 p.m. Fee 5 a person Info 954.357.5198 fernforest MONSTER MASH Coconut Creek hosts a pre-Halloween party featuring adult and kids costume contests. Decorate trick-ortreat bags and then collect treats around the building. Enjoy a family-friendly Halloween movie in the gymnasium at 7 30 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs. Where Community Center 1100 Lyons Road When Oct. 27 6 30-9 p.m. Registration Open until Oct. 25 at the Community Center limited to 150 participants Tickets Free Info 954.545.6670 FAMILY HAYRIDE AND CAMPFIRE Make s mores around the campfire while enjoying the fall air. Where Quiet Waters Park 401 S. Powerline Road Deerfield Beach When Oct. 27 7-9 30 p.m. Tickets 3.50 a person Info 954.357.5100 parks QuietWatersPark GHOSTS AND GOBLINS FAMILY FUN NIGHT Children 2-11 can enjoy games prizes story time and arts and crafts. Participate in a costume contest and take photos. 14 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 15 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT In Session I By Michelle F. Solomon n a YouTube video recorded in 2011 Dan Barrow the founder of South Florida bluegrass band the Shade Tree Pickers leads a group of musicians in a lively jam session at Fern Forest Nature Center. It captures the essence of the monthly Jammin event which kicks up for its third decade starting Oct. 8. It s also a bittersweet reminder that Barrow wasn t there last year to lead what has become a Coconut Creek tradition. He died in February 2016 after battling cancer. We continue to carry on what Dan started says Gerry Tamber a mandolin player from Boca Raton and a member of the Shade Tree Pickers. Now called the Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam in honor of the bass player with the big personality the music festival promises to be as spirited as the man himself. He had a smile and a way about The Shade Tree Pickers with Dan Barrow (second from left) Dan Barrow Memorial Bluegrass Jam continues Fern Forest s lively tradition him and he spoke to the audience like they were his best friends and indeed they became his best friends Tamber says. Barrow s wife Jane remembers the beginnings of the acoustic music gathering when people would bring instruments to Fern Forest and play. It started as e Sunday Jam initiated by Fern Forest staffer Susan Koontz in 1987. Barrow took it on and made it his own. Participation grew among musicians and music lovers alike and the session s bluegrass folk and mountain roots took hold. Tamber says it isn t unusual for the crowd to be more than 100 strong. ere will be sing-a-longs of old favorites-- is Land Is Your Land and You Are My Sunshine --and the Shade Tree Pickers will pull a tune or two out of their repertoire. e band still performs the one that s preserved with Dan singing and playing on the video--a bluegrass standard I m on My Way Back to the Old Home. Jane remembers how her husband would encourage anyone who wanted to join to feel comfortable coming on stage. People would sit in the crowd with instruments and be shy about getting up to play but he would show everyone what fun he was having and eventually they d be up there too says Jane about her husband of 50 years. Fern Forest was Dan s home away from home. When Second Sunday of the month through May starting Oct. 8 2-4 p.m. Where Fern Forest Nature Center 201 Lyons Road S. Coconut Creek Info 954.357.5198 Price Free COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 DAN BARROW MEMORIAL BLUEGRASS JAM 16 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE SEPTEMBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 17 BUSINESS Want to share local business news Email us at kmoros Dental practice iDental Group will open two South Florida offices in Miami and Coconut Creek. The Coconut Creek office is located at 1507 Lyons Road and will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Visit American Top Team (5750 N. State Road 7) was chosen as Gym of the Year by Fighters Only a mixed martial arts magazine at its 2017 World MMA Awards. The facility received a similar award from Combat Press an MMA news website which announced it as Gym of the Year at its 2016 MMA Awards. Bref 1900 an affiliate of Butters Construction & Development (6820 Lyons Technology Circle Suite 200) bought a Boca Raton office complex for 21 million from G&I VI South Florida Portfolio SPE. Pet Supplies Plus recently opened its 400th location at 4839 Coconut Creek Parkway Suite 14A. CREEK BIZ NEWS Safer Real Estate Transactions Tips to stop online crooks from stealing your information uriosity helps drive online interest in prime real estate markets throughout South Florida. But once potential buyers beTom and Maureen come serious about a Carroll of Assist-2property how safe is it Sell to exchange information over the internet Veteran real estate agent Tom Carroll who s been selling homes in the Sunshine State since 2000 warns buyers to be cautious of the phish that lurk in the dark waters of online real estate communications. Phishing is a form of internet fraud that aims to steal such personal information as credit card numbers user IDs and passwords. ese cybercriminals use the information to hack into legitimate online accounts posing as the victim. According to Verizon s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report 48 percent of data security breaches were caused by acts of malicious intent. C Carroll co-owner of an Assist-2-Sell franchise since 2004 says phishing started to impact the real estate world more seriously in 2016. For real estate agents and buyers an attack starts with a suspicious email (spelling errors often are a tipoff ) with an invitation to click a link for more information. Plenty of people do that giving attackers access to personal email files. e attackers then monitor emails between a buyer and real estate agent--including information about the closing date. A common scam A few days before closing the seller will indicate how much money is required on signing day. Often companies will give the buyer instructions on where to wire money. Attackers having seen the amount send an official-looking email to the buyer with instructions to transfer money to an account the attackers control. Once money is wired there s no getting it back. What s unfortunate is that you often see older members of the community being vulnerable to these cybercrimes says Carroll a Creek resident since 1996. ey aren t as aware of spam like the younger generations. Real estate companies are doing their part to combat online hackers. In 2016 some Florida companies began using e Wire Fraud Prevention Notice requiring homebuyers to sign an acknowledgement that they understand the dangers of cybercrime and will not accept a wire number via email. A successful online transaction goes back to the ABCs of protecting yourself online Carroll says. He suggests the following Change your email password often. Invest in good virus-protection software. Avoid sending sensitive information. If you do plan to wire money call the real estate agent with the number on his or her website and verify the information. -- Robin Pereira ASSIST-2-SELL THE MARTON & CARROLL GROUP Contact 954.571.6700 info Web 18 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 CROWNS IN A DAY TEETH IN A DAY Enjoy a day at the beach tomorrow Change your life with teeth in ONE day Using the latest dental technology Dr. Alan Markowitz and Dr. Sean Shkolnik offer same day crowns and ALL-On-4 dental implants. Just One Visit No Impressions No More Sensitive Temporaries Sedation dentistry Implants Teeth in a day Invisalign Why wait Call Great Boca Smiles today 9325 Glades Road Suite 102 Boca Raton 561.288.2469 Dr. Alan Markowitz Dr. Sean Shkolnik Fluent in Russian DENTIST...DR. ALAN MARKOWITZ 14202-THE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY CANCEL PAYMENT OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE DISCOUNTED FEE OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT. ADA CODE 9972 HEALTH & BEAUTY Join the fight against breast cancer and raise money to fund research at these local events throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month ROUND UP IN PINK Supporting the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation a nonprofit organization that seeks to end breast cancer through education research and advocacy this party features line-dance classes and an open dance floor. Enjoy buffet craft table silent auctions nail and glitter tattoo stations pink drinks and photo booth. Where Round Up Nightclub 9020 W. State Road 84 Davie When Oct. 7 6-10 p.m. Tickets 20 Info GLAM DOLL STRUT Glam-a- on s annual fashionable walk is a fundraiser for the Broward Health Foundation and the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund which aids underinsured patients. Wear fabulous clothes and form a team for a fun-filled day. Event also includes the Glam Food & Wine Tasting open to participants and the public. Where 400 SW Second St. Fort Lauderdale When Oct. 14 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets 55 Info strut MAMMOGRAMS AT THE FESTIVAL A service of the Boca Raton Regional Hospital s Institute for Women s Health & Wellness the MammoVan offers mammogram screenings to women 35 and older. Schedule an appointment at 561.955.4700 or MammoVan. Where Festival Marketplace 2900 W. Sample Road Pompano Beach When Oct. 17 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Info MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER e annual walk raises money for the American Cancer Society. Where Huizenga Plaza 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale When Oct. 28 (registration starts at 6 30 a.m. walk starts at 8 a.m.) Registration TBA Info NOT MY DAUGHTER FIND A CURE NOW e eighth annual event features a Women at Work theme. It includes a luncheon a shopping boutique with more than 40 local businesses and professional services and raffles and auctions. Purchase tickets by Oct. 23. Where Heron Bay Marriott 11775 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs When Oct. 30 boutique opens at 10 a.m. lunch starts at noon Tickets 75 VIPink 100 Info ONGOING DONATIONS Florida Breast Cancer Foundation seeks donations of gently used clothing furniture and household goods men s and women s clothes collectibles jewelry toys games books bicycles computers and more. Items are resold to support research and advocacy programs. Donations are tax deductible. Info 1.888.492.4483 POWER FOR PINK CAMPAIGN roughout October Brighton Collectibles will sell a special piece of jewelry for its annual campaign. A portion of each sale is donated to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Where Brighton Collectibles at Promenade at Coconut Creek 4425 Lyons Road Info 954.968.2383 DINE AND DONATE Local restaurants Ethos Greek Bistro and Ciao Cucina & Bar will donate a portion of their October sales to the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund. Where Promenade at Coconut Creek Ethos 4437 Lyons Road Unit E-3 Ciao 4443 Lyons Road Unit D-104 Info 754.999.0050 (Ethos) 954.601.1234 (Ciao) MAD HATTER S TEA Attendees are invited to decorate a pink hat to wear to this indulging event. Enjoy refreshments music raffles prizes trivia educational booths and chair massages. When Oct. 17 6-8 p.m. Where Coral Springs Museum of Art 2855 Coral Springs Drive Coral Springs Tickets 15 table reservation is additional 10 for group of four and 20 for group of eight Info 954.759.7400 events FITNESS FOR BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS e free class helps survivors recover from treatments. e program helps improve flexibility range of motion and lymphatic flow and includes a total body workout. When Ongoing Where Broward Health Coral Springs 3100 Coral Hills Drive Coral Springs Info 954.344.3344 Fighting for a Cure 20 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 DECEMBER 9 2017 ON PARADE WINTERFEST WHITE PARTY DATES TO REMEMBER OCT. 27 - GRAY ROBINSON P.A. WINTERFEST WHITE PARTY hosted by Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Featuring delights from Coastal Restaurant and other top chefs choice. Become a Sponsor - Get Invited NOW JAN. 18 WINTERFEST FANTASY BOAT STUDENT ART CONTEST Open to 3rd 5th grade Broward County students Every Participant will receive tickets to the South Florida Fair. Art will be displayed at Galleria Fort Lauderdale with a reception Feb. 22. NOV. 26 PANTHERS IN THE PARK WINTERFEST FAMILY FUN DAY and ICE SKATING EXPERIENCE FREE fun for kids of all ages Polar Express Fair Superslide Sun Sentinel kids town face painting sampling massages and much more. Photo opps with Supercon Superheros mascots and Santa to name a few. Free bicycle helmets and other giveaways. Live entertainment and REAL Ice Rink from the Florida Panthers (Fee to skate). DEC. 2 - SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST BLACK TIE BALL PRESENTED BY FORD Spirits from Republic National Distributing Co. and bubbly from Taittinger Champagne. The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine P.A. Red Carpet Reception Fidelity Investments Silent Auction and special performances from the Broadway Musical Jersey Boys. DEC. 4 - WINTERFEST CAPTAIN S MEETING PRESENTED BY SHOW MANAGEMENT hosted by Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina. ACR Electronics raffle items for Parade participants DEC. 8 - SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST GRAND MARSHAL RECEPTION PRESENTED BY HOTWIRE COMMUNICATIONS This a private reception to honor our Grand Marshal. Become a Sponsor Get Invited DEC. 9- WINTERFEST GRANDSTAND VIEWING AREA POWERED BY FORD Party in the Park Michelob Ultra Culinary Courtyard Live Entertainment and activities. ALL SEATS RESERVED AND ASSIGNED at Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. DEC. 9 - WINTERFEST VIP VIEWING WINTERFEST NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY in association with the Huizenga Family Hosted by the Riverside Hotel and Stranahan House. DEC. 9 - SEMINOLE HARD ROCK WINTERFEST BOAT PARADE 46th Annual Holiday Parade - Broadway on Parade. Highlights Grand Marshal Showboat presented by JM Lexus Showboats sponsored by WSVN Southwest AirlinesTM South Florida Ford FPL Jr. Captain Galleria Mall Reindeer Republic National Distributing Co. ProcessMAP BB&T Dragon and more. Vote for your favorite entry to win on the Winterfest App FEB. 2018 - WINTERFEST CAPTAIN S CUP AWARDS RECEPTION Hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. MARCH 2018- WINTERFEST VOLUNTEER PARTY Hosted by Timpano (sponsorships and event dates subject to change) OCTOBER 27th with a hint of Aqua Nov. 26 th Panthers in the Park Family Fun Day and ice skating experience PRESENTED BY DECEMBER 2nd GRANDSTANDS DECEMBER 9th EVENT & TICKET INFORMATION 954-767-0686 Become a Sponsor Get Invited Contact Lisa WinterfestFL17 OFFICIAL BANK OF WINTERFEST OFFICIAL AIRLINE OF WINTERFEST AUTHORIZED TICKET OUTLET Download our Winterfest App USA Today s Readers Choice 10 Best - Holiday Festival COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 21 EDUCATION A rendering of North Broward Prep s new residential hall Immersive Learning North Broward Prep Opens New Residential Village or a little more than 10 years North Broward Preparatory School quite literally has been a home away from home for international and national students alike--and all homes need some upgrading once in a while. As a boarding school with a focus on inclusivity and diversity NBPS plans to expand by building new housing due for completion in August. Construction is well underway for the new 130 000-square-foot Residential Village which will house nearly 500 students--a significant increase from the 300 students NBPS currently houses. e current modular village will be removed when the new village is complete and a fine arts center potentially will replace what was the old residence. e decision to expand was another milestone in NBPS s longtime goal to bring students from different areas of the world together in an effort to enhance the learning experience for all students. NBPS students hail from 24 countries. We ve seen the value in bringing different cultures different perspectives different ideas in one place so that our students really learn to grow and thrive in an environment similar to the world they re going to live in when they graduate says Elise Ecoff the head of the school. It has always been our desire to be an international school on American soil. Ecoff adds that having a permanent residential facility was the deciding factor in building. Students will be able to take advantage of school activities and events F By Suanny Garcia Barales and have access to facilities such as the Global Wellness Center the learning commons student union and other collaborative learning spaces days nights and weekends. Students are happy to have a unified campus. I am really excited that next year everybody will be in the same place in one building says Vanessa Silva an 11th-grader from Brazil. Adds Patti Sammons operations manager for the school s residential life program ere is definitely a buzz about the new residential village among the students. I have heard them talking about sharing their room with only one student instead of two. Academic programs combined with extracurricular opportunities athletics and clubs have helped NBPS develop a strong reputation abroad. Being part of Nord Anglia Education an international collection of 46 private schools and benefiting from collaborations with e Juilliard School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have solidified that reputation. Administrators say a new residential hall will enhance the overall experience for new and returning students. We are as a community really excited for this next step Ecoff says. Our community is really interested in inclusivity and embracing diversity and empowering our students to look for ways to make positive changes. We think just having this type of educational experience for all of our students will be a really great advancement for North Broward. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 22 LMGFL.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF PGAL FITNESS NUTRITION MOTIVATION RESULTS Call now for limited time offer on our first challenge 954.388.0830 4660 W Hillsboro Blvd B-8 Coconutcreek COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 23 Are You Ready For The Challenge DINING THE ATALLAHS WORK TOGETHER TO BRING LEBANESE CUISINE TO COCONUT CREEK AT YALLA MARKET By Keren Moros Photography by Eduardo Schneider manda Atallah laughs at her father Naji as he stops his work to take a bite of hummus and pita chips displayed as free samples at the food counter of Yalla Market. It s like a pit stop--a pita stop Atallah says. e housemade pita chips and hummus are customer favorites at the Lebanese market and bakery run by the Atallah family where staff members wear shirts that say You re cute and all but I m not sharing my hummus and at s too much falafel ... said no one ever. Besides hummus Yalla also makes falafel sandwiches tabbouleh shawarma meat spinach and cheese pies and kafta a Lebanese meatloaf made with parsley tomatoes and onions. One specialty is garlic potatoes marinated in spices and a few secret ingredients. Customers also can find a variety of food and products from the Middle East including hookah pipes stuffed grape leaves Turkish delight chocolate and ready-to-eat favorites. Atallah says Yalla which opened in March is a marked improvement on the former establishment which also sold Lebanese food. Past customers have noticed the difference and have spread the word. One would walk in and say My brother told me that there s new ownership. ere s more things Atallah says describing the growth. My friend told me. My mother came here the other day. at s literally all we hear. Part of Yalla s popularity can be attributed to the family s experience in the food-service industry. In Montreal they run Kabab Laval a Lebanese restaurant they opened almost 10 years ago. Like Kabab Laval Yalla became a family effort. Naji and his wife Jacqueline managed the business aspects and decided on the service counter concept. Atallah and her sister Samantha manage the inventory importing goods COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 Family Ties A Amanda Atallah and her father Naji Yalla Market Location 6718 N. State Road 7 Coconut Creek Hours Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. closed Sundays Contact 954.418.4405 24 LMGFL.COM Clockwise from left Imported Turkish delight made with rose petals and sour raisins Turkish delight made with nougat chocolate and pistachios the staff at Yalla displaying housemade goods a housemade spinach pie from the Middle East and major cities that offer foods not often found in South Florida. Atallah also handles the marketing manages the staff and oversees customer service. Life is about experiences. You want to be able to give that to people-- something out of the ordinary Atallah says. at s my role--the experience and making sure that customer service is pleasant receptive. Atallah credits her work ethic with her parents example. As young teenagers they fled to Canada in the 1970s to escape unrest in Lebanon. After years of working a variety of jobs (including one as a taxi driver) Naji opened the Montreal restaurant and now owns a number of businesses a story Atallah calls inspiring. We re raised in a family where work doesn t stop says Atallah who helped get Yalla off the ground while finishing a bachelor s in marketing at Concordia University in Montreal. You integrate work with your personal life with your studies everything. e family still goes by this mantra splitting their time between Montreal and South Florida and keeping both locations connected. ey brought in their chefs from Kabab Laval to teach the staff how to make classic COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 recipes which have been successful at both locations. While Yalla continues to please its customer base-- which Atallah describes as 70 percent Middle Eastern 20 percent South American and 10 percent American-- the family looks forward to developing their menu and offering more variety. ey plan to introduce poutine--a traditional Quebec dish made with french fries cheese curds and gravy--with a Lebanese twist of shawarma meat. ere also are plans to expand dessert offerings and open a nut bar to complement the existing olive bar. But whatever changes Yalla makes Atallah wants to make sure that each customer leaves with a smile. If you re going to do your groceries you may as well enjoy yourself. It shouldn t be a burden. We want to be the Ellen DeGeneres of grocery stores Atallah says with a laugh. Kindness fun laughter--that s what we want to serve here. And of course flavor. LMGFL.COM 25 THE FIRE 26 LMGFL.COM WITHIN By Keren Moros Photography by Eduardo Schneider MEET THE FIREFIGHTERS OF CREEK S NEW FIRE STATION COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 his year history repeated itself on Coconut Creek Parkway when city officials gathered with community members to cut the ribbon for the new Fire Station 50. e station for which construction began in 2015 sits on the site of the city s volunteer fire department building which serviced the area in the 1970s. With eight rooms a fire engine and a rescue truck Station 50 houses the firefighters paramedics of the Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Department. Coconut Creek Lifestyle talked with the five crew members of the station s B shift about their jobs and memorable calls. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 27 T guy who makes sure they get the tools they need. ... Part of being a driver engineer is calculations. I have this much fire hose on the ground going up this high up the building--you ve got to know which pressure to pump it. REALITY CHECK In 2001 I had to pronounce a teenage boy dead and [rush] his sister to the hospital. (She also died.) I can tell you what that girl s face looks like today. You learn to live with it. DRIVER ENGINEER JEFF DYER CREW Fire (19 years with department) DUTY CALLS If we have a structure fire I m the CAPT. DANNY RODRIGUEZ CREW Fire (16 years with department) BEST JOB Once we arrive whether it s something small or large scale just seeing the look of relief on people s faces [is the best]. We helped them out we saved the day. KEEP IT LIGHT We see a lot of death--a lot of hurt. I m always trying to keep everybody cheerful happy. At the end of the day we are a family and we want to be there for each other. FIREFIGHTER JUAN CARRENO CREW Rescue (14 years with department) SPECIAL DELIVERY [People ask ] What s the worst call you ve ever seen I don t focus on that part of the job. I [talk about] my favorite call being able to deliver a baby. It was awesome. I cut the cord I got it breathing and I just held on to it until we got to the hospital. I remember every aspect of the call and that was 12 years ago. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 28 LMGFL.COM FIREFIGHTER WILL YASICH CREW Rescue (21 years with department) WITH THE CREW For almost seven years I ve they always ask what you want to be when you grow up. I said fireman because that s what they were called then and I was told by my teachers that I was unable to be a fireman. ... You get discouraged when you re told you can t as a female. at was in the 70s. ... Later on I wanted to do health care and was given the opportunity to go to school for paramedic and fire. I realized that women can be firefighters. ... I talk to young girls and tell them they can do this and it s possible and not to give up any of their dreams. LT. MICHELE GARO CREW Rescue (20 years with department) YOUNG DREAMS In elementary school been part of the same [rescue] crew [with Carreno and Garo]. We re pretty much family so we kind of all know our quirks and how we get along how to stay friends and not fight all the time. ON THE JOB I got firefighter of the month once for digging a dog out of a seawall. I ve run calls where people rolled their cars--and they re just sitting there like nothing happened. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 29 Ace on the Court BRUNO KUZUHARA RISES THROUGH THE TENNIS RANKS--AT AGE 13 By Robin Pereira Photo by Eduardo Schneider 30 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 Bruno Kuzuhara at Sabal Pines Park M arcello and Patricia Kuzuhara moved to the United States from Brazil when their son Bruno was only 1. ey made the move to take advantage of opportunities that they wouldn t have had in Sao Paulo. But early on Bruno had other priorities in mind. My mom and dad bought me a little plastic tennis racket [at age 4] Bruno says. I used to hit the balls around my house and hit the walls. I loved it. Marcello recalls it with a laugh. He hit the walls broke furniture he says. But we had no idea tennis would go further than that. Nearly a decade later Bruno is breaking more than just furniture when it comes to his burgeoning tennis career. Now 13 the Coconut Creek resident has stormed into the upper tier in his age group based on United States Tennis Association rankings for Florida. As of early September Bruno was ranked No. 3 in Florida for the Boys 14 division he s 10th nationally. His career took off when he was at Coconut Creek Elementary School. His parents wanted to keep him as active as possible so they enrolled him in recreational sports. He played soccer for the Coconut Creek Hornets while taking tennis lessons with his current coach Michael Bennett at Dillon Tennis Center in Oakland Park. I took one lesson with him [Bennett] and we ve been together ever since then Bruno says. Adds Marcello If it wasn t for his coach he may have looked at the sport differently. [Bennett is] a very dedicated man and has played a key part in Bruno s tennis career and his success. Bruno got an early start in competitive tennis playing his first tournament the Grand Prix Rookie in Plantation in 2009 at age 5. A few more years of practice gave him his first tournament win at age 10 in Wellington at the Quail Ridge Country Club Spring Tennis Classic in 2014--a defining moment for the young boy s tennis career. My first match when I won was eye-opening to me. at s when I knew I would continue to play tennis and not soccer Bruno says. From then on Bruno with the support of his family and his coach began to train daily and compete regularly. To keep up with his schooling he started taking online classes through Florida Virtual School. Even though tennis is his passion Bruno still puts his studies before the game completing all of his assignments before his daily practices. His parents are under a tight schedule as well. I m responsible for all the scheduling and travel plans. I m the nutritionist and the psychologist Patricia says. It s not easy to be a parent it s definitely not easy to be a tennis parent. e hard work has paid off. In 2016 he made it to the finals (boys 12 singles) of the Orange Bowl International tournament and won the doubles competition at the Eddie Herr International Championships. In July he placed third at the National Clay Court Championships (boys 14). As of September the Tennis Recruiting Network ranked Bruno seventh on its national boys Class of 2022 list. Seeing him grow and compete over the years is great Bennett says. Bruno has always had the passion for the sport and as he gets older he s only getting stronger and better. Bruno s parents and coach all say however far he wants to take his career with his determination and passion he can make it. Bennett hopes to see him play for a Division I college. For his part Bruno hopes the sport will open doors to college scholarships so he can have a bright academic future as well. Tennis is all about doing the best that I can do and seeing where it takes me Bruno says. LMGFL.COM 31 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 HISTORY IN THE BEGINNING DOUG AND KELLY YOUNG RECALL THE EARLY DAYS OF CREEK S FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD By Keren Moros An aerial view of Coconut Creek looking from the Turnpike circa 1971 D oug Young has a sign in his office that reads I wasn t born in Florida but I got here as quick I as I could. For Doug and Kelly his wife of 50 years that sign might as well read born in Coconut Creek. e Youngs are one of a handful of remaining families who have lived in the city since its developing years. Doug and Kelly both from Ohio lived in the Melbourne area after they married they moved to Fort Lauderdale in the early 1970s after Doug transferred to Florida Atlantic University. Working in insurance inspections Doug became familiar with Coconut Creek through friends building homes there or moving to the area. In 1972 the Youngs moved to the neighborhood south of Coconut Creek Parkway now known as South Creek--the spot from which the city grew north. When the Youngs describe those days they reiterate that everybody was very friendly. South Creek was a place where police officers would stop to talk to children including Doug and Kelly s son and daughter it was a place where people would ride through the community on horseback and where the mayor would invite neighbors over for brunch during the holidays. Neighbors had annual picnics with volunteer firefighters and friends celebrated their birthdays together at the community center. You could walk down any street and you knew half a dozen people on the street Doug says. Any time there was a function everybody would go. e area was far from the growing metropolis of Fort Lauderdale. Doug remembers that back then Lyons Road was only two lanes with strawberry and tomato fields on either side. Before Tradewinds Park became a hub for equestrian activities South Creek had its fair share of horses. You could walk down 45th [Avenue] where the fence was and put a bag of carrots and you could feed any number of horses on your walk Doug says. With a population of about 1 300 the city was just beginning to grow. Yet we didn t even have a 7-Eleven or a McDonald s Doug says. Margate had a Winn-Dixie and a COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 32 LMGFL.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF CITY OF COCONUT CREEK The annual South Creek boat parade Publix [and an Eckerd] Kelly adds. If we wanted takeout or anything like that we d have to go to Brown s Chicken down by Holy Cross Hospital [on Commercial Boulevard and Federal Highway]. It was a long way. Everybody thought we d moved way out [from civilization]. FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS Over the years about seven homes in South Creek were occupied by the Youngs former neighbors in their Fort Lauderdale apartment complex. ough the Youngs are the only ones left from that group several other neighbors have stayed--some up to three generations. e spirit of South Creek was embodied by the Rowe Community Center completed shortly after the Youngs moved and the countless events staged there through the years. e community created beloved traditions like the Christmas boat parade which started in 1984. e Sunday before Christmas the neighbors would decorate boats and bring their children to the canal systems that run roughly in the center of the neighborhood including behind Donaldson Park where the community center is. e boat parade ran until the year Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida. Doug says his parade costumes included dressing as an elf and Santa Claus so I figure [I m in everybody s] family pictures. GETTING INVOLVED A neighbor who was active in the COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 city lived across the street from the Youngs. She introduced Kelly to the Women s Club for which Kelly served as president in the mid-1980s she remains a member to this day. Many of the children in South Creek met through their mothers involvement. Our kids have all grown up together they couldn t do anything wrong because somebody would tell somebody and it would get back to your mom Kelly says with a laugh. As for Doug the same neighbor invited him to a committee. ough he admits he didn t want to go he went from reluctant volunteer to president of the water management committee in one meeting. at was the start of Doug s continuous involvement in city affairs. Over the years he was a member of several committees including the first charter review committee a city manager s selection committee and the city hall building committee. For more than 20 years he s been on the planning and zoning advisory board the members of which are nominated by commissioners. I think the citizens job and planning and zoning s job is to make sure that whatever gets built here is appropriate to the city not some developers dream to make a lot of money Doug says. With the rare exception I don t think we ve made too many mistakes. Besides their involvement in the city Doug worked as a mortage banker and Kelly was a registered nurse at Holy Cross Hospital before becoming a health tech with the school board s health education department for 18 years. Kelly is now retired and Doug although retired from mortage banking is the chief financial officer of a conglomerate of companies. While the character of South Creek has mostly stayed the same the Youngs enjoy the benefits of development such as Promenade at Coconut Creek. ey are eagerly awaiting the reopening of Windmill Park where they used to take daily walks. Kelly appreciates that there are always activities for the children especially the Butterfly Festival and Parks and Recreation programs. Doug readily praises the sports teams. In the early 70s the Youngs did move for about three years to the Tampa area after a job change. But they came back moved three blocks down from their original home and have no plans to leave. Doug even jokes that to leave Coconut Creek they d [have to] carry me out of here in a box. We couldn t find another place we wanted to go more Kelly recalls. So we came back to Coconut Creek. is is the ninth in a series of articles celebrating Coconut Creek s 50th anniversary. Kelly Young with Women s Club officers Eileen Winchell Sue May and Eileen Diaz in 1986 LMGFL.COM 33 HISTORY COMEDY S PRINCE OF PAIN HEADS TO SOUTH FLORIDA AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME-- AND WITH PLENTY ON HIS MIND (AS ALWAYS) 34 LMGFL.COM By Keren Moros COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 RICHARD LEWIS UNPLUGGED I t s nearly 16 minutes into a phone interview that will go on for well over an hour and Richard Lewis has yet to answer a single question. I m going to try a new tack and hopefully not ramble he says later in the one-sided conversation. How am I doing so far It couldn t be going any better. When one of the most original and influential stand-ups of any era unleashes a self-deprecating stream of consciousness the last thing you want to do is interrupt him. As it turns out comedy s Man in Black is rambling for a reason. He s wrapped up a ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm with best friend and show creator Larry David he s 23 years sober he s happily married to wife Joyce and at age 70 he s back on stage after taking time off last year to recover from various ailments including a fractured wrist ( I did more shows at Cedars-Sinai the past year than [on stage] he says.) Lewis co-headlines this month with Artie Lange at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek with 300 000 hours of material in his head. I m going to be so raw I might get so provocative in that casino that the people wearing Bermuda shorts won t have to go in the sun he says. eir thighs and calves will be red by the time I m off the stage. If his Q&A with Lifestyle (which honestly was way more A than Q) is any indication that may be an understatement. (Visit for the full interview.) We ve finished shooting the ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. I ve seen some of the [episodes] I think it s the best season. Larry took a long five-year nap unfortunately. But he doesn t go into a new season unless he thinks he has a 10-story arc. e show is adlib but there are some expositional points otherwise there s no story and it would be like those cakes that crumble whatever they re called. I used to know. at s the thing [about being] 70. My brain now ... you might ask a question about politics and I ll tell you that things aren t going well for President Eisenhower. If only Eisenhower would stop tweeting I m starting to go bald in the back of my head. So we re doing some post-production stuff for Curb and I say to Larry Why do you always have the camera on the back of my head you bastard. ... Larry says e balder you get the more episodes I m [doing]. I haven t spoken to him in a week. I m not sure whether I m rooting for more hair to be in the drain or not. I think I d rather be semibald and do a 10th season of Curb. en after that I ll be offered a show where I play Uncle Mikey the guy who [lives] with a chimp. I used to use notes on stage I haven t in a decade. ... I had this sheet that was Scotch-taped together. When I opened it up it would be about 6 feet long. It looked a Jewish Christopher Columbus scroll. ... When I was younger I carried this sheet everywhere I went. If I lost it I would have had to run away with the circus and be shot out of a cannon. e first Jewish clown to be shot out of a cannon. I d probably go about a foot-and-ahalf in the air. And then I d apologize and offer to pay for everyone s tickets. ere are so many different platforms [for comics to pursue today] that I almost want to take a nap thinking about all the work I would have to do. e road was narrower in [the 1970s]. It was like Get e Tonight Show or you re done. So I d drive to Catch a Rising Star in New York try to meet as many consensually loving actresses as I could--who were all unfortunately waitressing--and work on my act. I wasn t thinking about protein and probiotics. I was thinking about e Tonight Show and condoms. Don t think there weren t comedy groupies. ey weren t walking around with clown shoes and red noses on--although I know one comic who was into that. I had an unfortunate attraction to some unfortunate personalities [during his dating days] and I would parade this Fellini-esque group one after another in front of my therapist. ... Out of the corner of my eye I would envision my therapist giving me a thumb s up. ere was never a thumbs-up. ... is went on for 15 years until I met Joyce [his wife of 12 years]--a name that we both despise but there s nothing I can do with it. I like Richard it s a cool name. But Joyce If I kiss my wife after saying her name I feel like I m kissing my aunt at a Passover meal in Brooklyn in 1957. By the way I have a fascination with clocks. I have a collection of them. ... Why was I even thinking about the clocks Maybe it s because I ve been on the phone with you for 3 days. Oh the therapist. So my wife when we dated I had to find some reason to go to the therapist. My therapist loved my wife and knew she was the right one for me. But she just couldn t take me anymore. e therapist leans in about an inch away from my face and said is is as good as it gets. And she said it in this scary horror voice like Linda Blair in e Exorcist. Her head spun around on its axis and she spit this green guck all over my black suit. Listen I m going to need some oxygen soon. We ve been talking for 80 minutes. I know because I m looking at one of my 1 000 clocks. Comedy Doubleheader What Artie Lange and Richard Lewis Where The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek When Oct. 7 8 p.m. Tickets 35 45 and 55 LMGFL.COM 35 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 CITY VOICE Stay Safe Jeffery Gary has been the fire marshal for Coconut Creek for the last two years. He has been in the fire service for a total of 31 years. He has a master s degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University and is nationally recognized as a chief fire officer and an executive fire officer. nother year almost has passed and the holidays will be here before we know it. At the Coconut Creek fire marshal s office we have had a busy and productive year having finished the construction of Fire Station 50 on Coconut Creek Parkway. We are looking forward to reduced response times in the South Creek area. Every year during October the country recognizes Fire Prevention Week. e week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire that began Oct. 8 1871. It consumed the majority of the city killing 300 and leaving more than 100 000 homeless. In Creek we recognize the entire month as Fire Prevention Month and celebrate it by promoting fire safety to all residents. We will participate in the Sound the Alarm Save a Life campaign. Residents without a home smoke detector will receive free installation of one simply email firemarshalcc We visit each preschool and elementary school in the city with a fire truck and teach fire prevention training. We interact with the children and help them understand how to dial 911 for help how to develop a home escape plan in case of a fire and how A to check smoke detector batteries. We urge residents to use November s return to standard time as a reminder to change their smoke detector batteries. A functioning smoke detector gives you the best chance to survive a home fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association three out of every five home-fire deaths occurred when no smoke detectors (or working ones) were present. ere are two types of smoke detectors ionization and photoelectric. Ionization models detect flaming fires such as those that occur in kitchens. Photoelectric models best detect slow smoldering fires. We recommend purchasing a combination smoke detector that has both technologies. If you would like to promote fire safety in our community consider joining our Community Emergency Response Team which always is looking for volunteers. Residents will be trained in CPR basic first aid fire extinguisher use and other lifesaving skills. ey will become part of our team and when needed will be able to help their neighbors in an emergency. 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Atlantic Blvd. Coral Springs 954.753.4404 w w w. m i ko - c o . s a lo n s p a.c o m License MM35741 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 37 MYCOCONUTCREEK Mayor Becky Tooley and John Hartzell on the set of CreekTALK Talk of the Town Coconut Creek s Community Relations Division always explores new ways to connect residents to city news and happenings. Its most recent endeavor is a social media talk show CreekTALK. Residents can watch episodes on Facebook or YouTube at facebook. com CoconutCreekGov or CreekTV. Weekly episodes are about one to three minutes long. Coconut Creek Lifestyle spoke to the division s media production specialist John Hartzell to learn more about CreekTALK. Creek debuts a new way to keep residents in the know variety of topics new projects grand openings green topics parks and recreation programming etc. is information will be delivered in a conversational style. We also want to take this time to introduce residents who may have a fun story or background as a way of getting to know your neighbors. Our goal is to keep this segment lighthearted and positive. Do you have any behind-the-scenes facts to share When creating the set I was inspired by an online show called e Audible a program designed and hosted by former Miami Dolphin Kim Bokamper. It s a simple set yet the use of real hardwood as the backdrop created a warm and visually appealing ambiance. us it became the direction we went with in the set design. How can residents contribute to the new show Well our goal is to keep residents informed. In return we would like to be informed. When residents become aware of stories that would be of interest to other residents please let us know. Anyone can contact me via email at jhartzell Where did the idea for CreekTALK come from Part of my job is to study the trends when it comes to the use of videos on social media platforms. My supervisor Yvonne Lopez director of the Community Relations Division and I wanted to develop another medium for sharing information with our Coconut Creek residents. I had suggested a vlog [short for video blog ] format with the incorporation of a designed set and she immediately knew what to call it. CreekTALK was born. What can residents expect from the show Residents can expect to receive information on a 38 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 39 GREEN EXCELLENCE City Arborist Terry Adjodha performs proper tree pruning Be Vigilant David Poplawski is a Landscape Inspector in the Sustainable Development Department ere in Coconut Creek we work to make sure residents get to enjoy all the benefits that our trees provide such as giving us oxygen and reducing the ambient temperature. However once again the city is fighting a battle against unlicensed tree trimmers. If you own property you know who they are. ey come by on the weekend and offer pruning expertise. First no one should be knocking on your door soliciting for business unless they have a city-issued identification which includes their photo. is solicitors permit is how the city verifies that the company has its requisite licensing in order. ere is a pattern to illegal soliciting and illegal tree trimming activity. It happens frequently on weekends after regular work hours and it increases just before bulk pickup. Remember anyone performing pruning for hire must possess a valid Broward County tree trimmers license. As the owner of a property you are responsible for any fines or remedial action if your trees are pruned improperly against city and county codes. Most of the violations given are for the following H Topping or hatracking Trimming the tops and sides back to a pre-determined point in the canopy removing most of the leaves. Over-thinning or lions-tailing Removing too many branches in the interior portion of the canopy leaving the majority of leaves out toward the ends of the branches and resulting in an uneven distribution of foliage. Over-lifting Removing an excessive number of branches in the lower portion of the tree. Tree removal without a permit. If you are approached by anyone offering tree pruning services always ask to see their Broward County tree trimmers license with their photo displayed on the card. On the card their license number will be listed with a letter (either A or B) with three or four numbers listed after the letter (for example A-123 or B-1111). ere also will be an expiration date. Be highly suspicious of whether they have a license if they are knocking on your door during the weekend. Tree trimming license numbers are required to be displayed on the work vehicle so watch out for this too. License-holding companies have been trained through the International Society of Arboriculture and or the county. ey will also have liability and workers compensation insurance to the benefit of the homeowner. If you have any doubts contact the city landscape staff at 954.973.6756. We can verify if the contractor is licensed. We are also available to visit your property and guide you on proper pruning techniques. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 40 LMGFL.COM JOIN THE FIGHT FOR ALZHEIMER S FIRST SURVIVOR. At the Alzheimer s Association Walk to End Alzheimer s people carry flowers representing their connection to Alzheimer s -- a disease that currently has no cure. But what if one day there was a flower for Alzheimer s first survivor What if there were millions of them Help make that beautiful day happen by joining us for the world s largest fundraiser to fight the disease. Register today at walk. Broward Walk To End Alzheimer s Saturday Oct. 21 2017 Registration at 7 a.m. Ceremony at 8 30 a.m. Walk at 9 a.m. Nova Southeastern University 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale FL 33134 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 41 ALL CENTERS FITNESS CLASSES SILVER SNEAKERS (SENIORS) alenda YOGA ADULTS INDOOR PICKLEBALL 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 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 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 BEGINNING SPANISH 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 through Oct. 23 6-7 p.m. Yearly fee 20 for residents 25 for nonresidents FITNESS CLASSES SCULPT & TONE 1100 Lyons Road 954.545.6670 webtrac COMMUNITY CENTER CHILDREN 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 30-10 30 a.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents SPECIAL NEEDS CIRCLE OF RYTHM Teaches Spanish through music singing rhymes puppet shows and crafts. For ages 2-5. When Tuesdays through Oct. 17 10 30-11 15 a.m. Fee 30 for residents 40 for nonresidents YOUTH INDOOR VOLLEYBALL Children will learn the basics of indoor volleyball. For all skill levels. For ages 6-10. When Thursdays through Oct. 19 4 30-5 30 p.m. Fee 8 for residents 10 for nonresidents BASKETBALL ACADEMY Explore fine motor skills eye-hand coordination enhance self-esteem and self-confidence through adaptive drumming percussion instrument. For ages 6 and older. When Thursdays Oct. 5-Nov. 16 6 30-7 15 p.m. No class Nov. 2. Register Walk-in Fee 20 residents 25 nonresidents CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS Dribbling shooting passing and game play. For ages 6-9. When Wednesdays Oct. 4-Nov. 8 6 15-7 15 p.m. Fee 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents PEE WEE SOCCER 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 Oct. 16 7 15-8 p.m. Register Walk-in Fee 20 residents 25 nonresidents THERAPEUTIC WALK IN THE PARK Soccer fundamentals. For ages 3 to 5. Parent participation mandatory. When Mondays Oct. 23-Nov. 27 (no class Nov. 23) Thursdays Oct. 26-Nov. 7 6 15-7 15 p.m. Fee 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents PEE WEE BASKETBALL 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 through Oct. 25 5 30-6 30 p.m. Register Walk-in or webtrac THERAPEUTIC BUTTERFLY GARDEN Basketball fundamentals. For ages 3 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory. When Tuesdays Oct. 3-Nov. 7 4-5 p.m. Fee 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents 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 webtrac COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 SABAL 954.545.6600 PARK PINES 5005 NW 39th Ave. 7-ON-7 FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE Each team has a minimum of seven players and a maximum of 12 players. Team captain must inform staff of shirt color and team name. Players must sign activity waivers. Also held at Gerber Park. Register at the Community Center. When Mondays Oct. 30-Jan. 29 No games Dec. 25 Jan. 1 and Jan. 15 6 45 p.m. 7 45 p.m. and 8 45 p.m. Team Fee 425 until Oct. 11 525 afterward When Tuesdays through Oct. 10 10 30-11 15 a.m. Fee 20 for residents 25 for nonresidents FITNESS CLASSES BODY SCULPTING 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 RECREATION COMPLEX 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580 CHILDREN TODDLER EYE PLAY FUN & GAMES Abdominal exercises floor work and stretching When Mondays Wednesdays Fridays 6 45-7 a.m. Thursdays 5 15-6 p.m. FOREVER FIT Slow-tempo class to improve daily activities. Stretching balance and coordination Play with different equipment including the Eye Play System. Promotes motor skills. Socks required. Parent participation is mandatory. For ages 24 months to 4 years old. When Mondays Oct. 9-30 10-11 a.m. Fee 30 for residents 40 for nonresidents SPEED & AGILITY TRAINING When Tuesdays 9 30-10 30 a.m. Improve footwork acceleration lateral agility balance change of direction and body control skills. For ages 10-14. When Monday and Thursdays through Oct. 12 4 30-5 30 p.m. Fee 40 for residents 50 for nonresidents FALL FUN DAYS H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training. Multi-joint tactile exercise with short recovery time. When Wednesdays 6 15-7 15 p.m. SPINNING Drop the kids off for a day filled with fun activities that include crafts organized play games and more. For ages 6 to 13. When Oct. 20 and Nov. 10 8 a.m.-5 30 p.m. Fee 25 for residents 35 for nonresidents PEEWEE PAINT WITH YOUR SENSES Hands-on sensory play. Supplies included. Children develop fine motor skills maximize their cognitive physical and social skills and express themselves through messy play. Dress to make a mess. Parent participation mandatory. For ages 3 to 6. When Tuesdays Oct. 24-Nov. 14 2 45-3 30 p.m. Fee 20 for residents 25 for nonresidents FALL ARTS & CRAFTS Indoor cycling class provides intense cardio workout maximizing caloric burn. Signup 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 Wednesdays & 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 Creating fall arts and crafts projects. Drop off program. For ages 5 to 8. When Thursdays Oct. 26-Nov. 16 4 30-6 p.m. Fee 40 for residents 50 for nonresidents PEE WEE MOVE AND GROVE-SPECIAL NEEDS Interval training bootcamp-style class When Sundays 10 30-11 30 a.m. ZUMBA Explore locomotor and gross motor skills improve balance and coordination enhance self-esteem and engage in social interaction through adaptive dance and relaxation techniques. For ages 3 to 6. When Fridays Nov. 3-Dec. 1 5 15-6 p.m. Fee 15 for residents 20 for nonresidents PARENT AND TODDLER PAINT WITH YOUR SENSES 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 Intermediate advanced complex choreography with a step bench When Tuesdays 6 30-7 30 p.m. YOGALATES Children explore the world of art by using hands. Supplies are included. Develops fine motor skills maximizes cognitive physical and social skills. Dress to make a mess. Parent participation is mandatory. For ages 18 months to 2 years. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 Breath control simple meditation and postures for health and relaxation through a combination of Yoga and Pilates techniques When Tuesdays 7 30-8 30 p.m. LMGFL.COM 43 SNAPSHOTS Season Starter e Coconut Creek Football Program s tackle teams recently celebrated the kickoff of their season. Pictured are the 9-under 11-under and 12-under teams in their games against the West Pines Wildcats of Pembroke Pines. To view game schedules visit Photos by Mark Spaeder Photography 44 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 LMGFL.COM 45 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT I By Amy Lynne Hayes A Coconut Creek high schooler saves local wildlife ducklings to be exact. Around Easter a neighbor discovered a group of orphaned ducklings and brought them to Ella s attention. She set to work fashioning a temporary shelter for them providing a heating pad for warmth and teddy bear for snuggling its limbs acting as surrogates for their mother s wings. ey grew fond of Ella following her around the yard in a line as if she were their mother. e Dotan residence and the lake behind their yard is a gathering point for much of the neighborhood wildlife and it wasn t long before an adult female duck wandered onto the scene. It took Ella multiple attempts to familiarize her with the ducklings but eventually the duck adopted the orphaned bunch taking them back to the wild. All are thriving and pop by daily for a visit and a scratch on their heads. e girls are the nicest Ella says. She knows all their habits likes and personalities and has given Lending a Healing Hand each of them names. e biggest is named Prince she says. e smallest is Tiny. Her parents support her passion Mia allowed the ducklings inside the house at night (in their box) during the early days. Her father Ronen drives to Davie to purchase special food for the brood. She s very compassionate Ronen says with pride about his eldest daughter. ey also make sure to maintain a healthy respect for each animal s wild status. e family works closely with local wildlife agencies to ensure every rescue receives the proper professional care and they are on a first-name basis with more than a few of the rescue workers. Ella is in her freshman year at Monarch High School and she is a member of both the Humane Society and Environmental clubs. She intends to volunteer at the Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center ... when she s old enough of course. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE OCTOBER 2017 t began with an abandoned baby opossum. In time the list of wildlife Ella Dotan rescued grew to include injured squirrels turtles and baby birds that had fallen out of their nest. e Coconut Creek resident has earned herself a reputation as champion of the neighborhood creatures her house a magnet for animals in need. Most remarkably she s only 14 years old. ey seem to find our house jokes her mother Mia referring to the string of animals Ella has rescued over the years. It s almost like they know. Animals always have been Ella s passion. She spends spare moments watching YouTube videos and learning about all different species. If I have to read I read something about animals she says. Exotics hold the most appeal and she hopes to have a sugar glider (a nocturnal opossum) someday. But everyday animals hold a special place in Ella s heart especially ducklings. 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