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Cover COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 1 JAN 2018 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT JAZZ UNDER THE STARS Friday January 12 at 6 30 PM Night filled with jazz entertainment underneath a beautiful light display City Hall 4800 W Copans Rd 21 & older only Do not bring blankets or chairs Food available for purchase (no pets please) Beer and wine available for sale brought to you by World of Beer CREEK IDOL Thursday January 18 at 6 30 PM Singing competition with prizes including performing at the 2018 Butterfly Festival For ages 12 and older Visit www.coconutcreek. net creekidol for more information For residents only MOVIE IN THE PARK Saturday January 20 at 6 00 PM Free admission. No pets allowed Watch and enjoy Sing on a 15 x 20 movie screen Sabal Pines Park 5005 NW 39th Ave Bring blankets or lawn chairs Food available for purchase and coolers welcome 16TH ANNUAL 5K BUTTERFLY RUN Sunday February 4 at 7 00 AM Tradewinds Park 3600 W Sample Rd Coconut Creek FL 33066 Open to all ages First 800 finishers receive a medal and t-shirt To register visit www. 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 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 JANUARY 2018 ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME ALL THE LUXURY OF A RESORT - MINUTES FROM DISNEY Experience the new way to vacation for less Book a 4-Night Relax & Enjoy Getaway and save 15%. VACATION SHOULD BE RELAXING. 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Black-out dates The holiday and summer for 2018 Holiday March 25th thru April 8th November 18th thru November 25th and December 16th thru January 5th 2019. Summer June 8th thru August 31st. Offer subject to change without notice. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 3 January 2018 Volume 18 Issue 1 contents 20 FEATURES THE RUNNING MAN 26 Prepare for the Butterfly Run with tips from long-distance racer and Creek resident Eduardo Souza. South Florida entrepreneurs take their flotation devices from the water to Shark Tank. FLOATING AROUND 28 5 8 Goldcoast Ballroom celebrates 20 years as a Coconut Creek staple and a world-famous ballroom. SHALL WE DANCE DEPARTMENTS LIFESTYLE GREETINGS MAYOR S MESSAGE New Year New Happenings AROUND TOWN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Ruth Pointer of e Pointer Sisters BUSINESS Creek and Coral Springs chambers work together EDUCATION Lyons Creek Middle reaches the top DINING Texas Roadhouse comes to Creek FLIPPING OUT e Parker family creates a game out of the bottle-flipping trend CITY VOICE e Public Works Department on Hurricane Irma MYCOCONUTCREEK Stay connected GREEN EXCELLENCE Landscaping Divide and conquer CALENDAR SNAPSHOTS Photos from the Student Art Exhibit Fall Harvest Fest and Farmers Market COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Keys native Krystal Langley gives back after Irma 9 14 16 1 7 18 24 30 32 34 36 38 46 On the cover Creek resident and runner Eduardo Souza at Sabal Pines Park Photographer Eduardo Schneider This page This year s Butterfl y Run is Feb. 4. Lifestyle Greetings SITUATED BETWEEN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY FROM THE MID 600S 2 B E DS 2 B AT H S D E N N E W CO N ST R U C T I O N A RYA AC C ES S E S T H E B E S T O F E V E RY T H I N G IN T HR I V I N G P O M PA N O B E AC H . Take a stroll to the eclectic shopping just outside your door. Bask in the sun as you nestle with a favorite read upon the beach. Retreat to your beachside dwelling just in time to catch a breathtaking sunset where you relax and absorb the abundance the day has offered you. A SALES GALLERY 124 N. OCEAN BLVD 4 POMPANO BEACH FL 33062 954-800-6218 SALES ARYAOCEANSIDE.COM s I write this it s still 2017 but I m already thinking about all the ways I can improve my life in 2018--read more books for one--and I m hoping that the future me can get at least a good head start on some goals. ere s nothing like the anticipation of a fresh start to get you thinking about all the different ways you can change your life. But you don t need a new year to do that. In this issue we feature several community members who made a fresh start for themselves and or for others Coconut Creek teacher Krystal Langley who helped her hometown of Marathon get a fresh start after Hurricane Irma Lyons Creek Middle School principal Horace Hamm who sees every school day as a new chance to reach students Vinny Munno and Jeff Sandler who turned a drugstore into one of the country s most popular ballroom dance halls and our cover star Eduardo Souza who five years ago created a fresh start for himself by picking up running. Whenever you begin your fresh start--whether you run your first race at this year s Butterfly Run or complete another goal--I wish you the best and I hope you ll tell us about your story. On a personal note this issue marks a year since I introduced myself to our readers with the promise of sharing more community stories and becoming a voice for residents. As we embark on another year we renew this commitment with gratitude to the community and the city for supporting our magazine and sharing stories. Any goals you want to share Please let me know. Happy New Year RUNNING THE RACE Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come whispering It will be happier. -- Alfred Tennyson ARYAOCEANSIDE.COM ORAL REPRESENTATIONS CANNOT BE RELIED UPON AS CORRECTLY STATING THE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE DEVELOPER. FOR CORRECT REPRESENTATIONS MAKE REFERENCE TO THIS BROCHURE AND TO THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED BY SECTION 718.503 FLORIDA STATUTES TO BE FURNISHED BY A DEVELOPER TO A BUYER OR LESSEE. 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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 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 C A F R E S TA U R A N T B A R L O U N G E A M E D I T E R R A N E A N WISHES YOU A GREAT WINN DINE R S C ER E AW ARD 2017 HOIC 2018 C U L I N A R Y J O U R N E Y HAPPY NEW YEAR YOUR CULINARY JOURNEY BEGINS NOW... 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We are planning an amazing concert Jan. 12 called Jazz Under the Stars. Take a seat in the courtyard at City Hall (4800 W. Copans Road) and enjoy live music. Wine and beer will be available for purchase and there will be plenty of food trucks. e event which celebrates the end of our 50th anniversary will run 6 30-9 30 p.m. Perhaps make it a date night or maybe girls night out. Don t miss our family gathering Jan. 20 for this month s Movie in the Park Sing a computeranimated musical film. Blankets chairs and coolers are allowed but please leave the pets at home. I d like to keep our residents and business owners informed about some of our initiatives in fiscal year 2018 make improvements to our E-911 dispatch services pursue a high-quality organic grocery store continue developing the MainStreet area develop and implement a residential neighborhood watch program conduct fire safety demonstrations at all elementary schools in Coconut Creek initiate a teen summer camp program host an art show for the special-needs program complete renovation of Windmill Park and research traffic-calming needs throughout the city. Building upon the success of the Hampton Inn and Suites the developer is constructing Creek s second hotel Residence Inn by Marriott. e six-floor building will have 105 guest rooms and is expected to create approximately 40 jobs. Also Gupta Medical Center will be located in the Banyan Square Plaza and will provide specialized medical care and Clarity Pointe Memory Care Facility will house 84 residents and create about 70 new jobs. e city has experienced growth exceeding 2 percent annually for the past several years and that trend is expected to continue. Economic and sustainable development efforts are still a priority and have resulted in positive financial environmental and employment outcomes. e city continues to be a leader in green initiatives. We maintain gold certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition and certification in the Sustainable Communications Program by Audubon International. We are also a Certified Wildlife Community by the National Wildlife Federation and have Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation. is is just a handful of what s happening. You can find all of our accomplishments and upcoming programs in our budget book that is found on our website ( Or you can join thousands of our friends and stay posted on our social media channels (Facebook Twitter Instagram and LinkedIn). As you can see Coconut Creek is progressing as a well-managed and thriving community with a hometown feel. I continue to thank our department heads and staff for their enduring dedication and vision. I look forward to the great year ahead of us. I ll see you around town Creek. 8 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 around town he city ends its 50th anniversary year with Jazz Under the Stars an adults-only live jazz concert featuring the Ruby Baker Band. Kick back at the City Hall courtyard and enjoy a night out with food trucks and wine and beer available for purchase. Jazz Under the Stars When Jan. 12 6 30-9 30 p.m. Where City Hall 4800 W. Copans Road Info events COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 All That Jazz T LMGFL.COM 9 around town MEET YOUR IDOL Coconut Creek again crowns a Creek Idol on Jan. 18 6 30 p.m. at the Township Center for Performing Arts (2452 Lyons Road). Coconut Creek contestants ages 11 and older compete for a chance to sing a song and the national anthem at the Butterfly Festival. Visit creekidol. Coconut Creek s Citizen s Academy begins this month. The nine-week program takes residents behind the scenes of how the city is run with classes taught by city staff. The goal of the program is to develop civic ambassadors within the city and build a network of civic leaders. Sessions are held on Tuesdays 6-8 30 p.m. from Jan. 23 to March 20. Graduates will receive a certificate of completion during a city commission meeting March 22. To register and learn more contact Yvonne Lopez at 954.973.6722 or ylopez MODEL CITIZENS PUT A CORK IN IT The Circle of Wise Women put on Junior Achievement of South Florida s annual fundraising event JA World Uncorked on Jan. 20 6 30-10 30 p.m. The event for ages 21 and older features signature chefs gourmet food trucks and wine craft beer and spirit tastings. Tickets are 175. Event is held at the JA World Huizenga Center on the Broward College North Campus (1130 Coconut Creek Blvd.). Contact Diana Metcalf at 954.979.7120 or diana Visit GO EXOTIC Pet Supermarket (4500 N. State Road 7 Coconut Creek) hosts the third annual Invasive Exotic Species Awareness event Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes information booths live animals activities and information on exotic pets. The event began when Commissioner Sandy Welch sought a partnership with Everglades Restoration the National Park Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to provide awareness on exotic pets. Call the Department of the Interior at 305.224.4258 for information. CAMP OUT Tradewinds Park (3600 W. Sample Road) hosts its Family Hayride and Campfire Series starting this month. Events are Fridays 7-9 30 p.m. Price is 3.50 plus tax a person and includes a hayride and food to make s mores. Dates are Jan. 12 Jan. 26 Feb. 9 Feb. 23 and March 9. Preregistration is required. Call 954.357.8870. EAT FOR A CAUSE MUSICAL GEMS North Regional Broward College Library (1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.) hosts the Cultural Gems series which features performances with a Storytelling Through Music theme. Soprano Robyn Marie Lamp performs Jan. 11 folksinger Adam Miller performs on Feb. 8 duo Sonny and Perley perform standards on March 1 and the Villagers Men s Chorus from John Knox Village perform April 6. Performances are at 1 p.m. and cost 5 each. Call 954.201.2601. The Rotary Club of Coconut Creek hosts a fundraiser at Chipotle (4220 N. State Road 7 Coral Springs) on Jan. 10. To participate visit Chipotle between 4 and 8 p.m. and tell the cashier you are supporting the Rotary club. Fifty percent of the proceeds will be donated to support the club s service projects. A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES The Movies in the Park series continues with a showing of animated film Sing Jan. 20 at Sabal Pines Park (5005 NW 39th Ave.). Movie starts 15 minutes after sundown. Bring blankets chairs and coolers. A food truck will be available. Call 954.545.6698. 10 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 11 around town IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Want to submit recent photos Email us at kmoros Breaking Ground Commissioner Sandy Welch Mark and Malcolm Butters of Butters Construction Seth Fellman of The Morlin Group City Manager Mary Blasi Mayor Becky Tooley and Vice Mayor Josh Rydell recently broke ground on the Residence Inn by Marriott which will be Coconut Creek s second hotel and will be adjacent to the existing Hampton Inn. It is expected to be open by the end of this year. New in Town City officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome Texas Roadhouse to Coconut Creek. To read more about the restaurant see the Dining section of this issue. Anchors Aweigh Capt. Jack Sparrow made a special appearance at Coconut Creek s showing of Pirates of the Caribbean Curse of the Black Pearl. 12 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 around town Need a Razor City employees grew out their beards to raise money to fight cancer during No-Shave November. To help them raise money visit org COCC. Passing the Relay Coconut Creek High School s Relay for Life event raised more than 1 300 for the American Cancer Society. Pictured are Creek High teachers and cancer survivors Kyesia Shavers and Doris Thomas and former student Chris Alegria. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY CAMILLE EDWARDS OF COCONUT CREEK HIGH SCHOOL 800.611.6631 Giving Play The Coconut Creek Police Department and MargateCoconut Creek Fire Department hosted the annual Fill the Firetruck toy drive outside Walmart on Thanksgiving weekend. The drive also was held at two other locations and collected almost 10 000 toys and around 200 25 gift cards for Children s Cancer Caring Center. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 13 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The Pointer Sisters Issa Ruth and Sadako She s So Excited Ruth Pointer keeps the legendary sister act going By Michelle F. Solomon Pointer Sisters hits--with energy she promises. Sadako brings an element of youth that I had back in the 1970s Pointer says. I let her turn that loose. Having the younger generations step in to the act was something that just happened she says. It really came out of necessity. When youngest sister June died of cancer in 2006 at age 52 Anita and Ruth kept the group going with Issa stepping in. Sadako replaced Anita after health issues caused her to reduce her travel schedule. (A fourth sister Bonnie was an original member but left the group in 1978.) I could have said many times that I didn t want to perform anymore but I wasn t ready for that Pointer says. People ask me all the time Ruth when are you going to quit and I think to myself I want to do this as long as I am able. When you have your health and you have the passion there s no greater feeling than being on stage and being loved by people you don t even know. She was delighted when in September Vogue published a story about designer Orla Kiely finding inspiration for her spring 2018 collection after studying images of the Pointer Sisters in their heyday. Yep we still like to get dressed up in our costumes and free our spirits and have one heck of a good time she says with a laugh. ere s one wish she has for her Coconut Creek audiences. I hope this is the type of venue where people can get up and dance Pointer says. And if you re coming don t wait to be invited to dance-- just do it. She ll be doing the Neutron Dance right along with you. S he s the last of the original Pointer Sisters but at age 71 Ruth Pointer says she still has energy to spare. And a lot of songs left to sing. In the early 1980s the sisters from Oakland California had four consecutive top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits. ey were the divas of the dance floor with tracks that are still mainstays on the radio-- Slow Hand (1981) I m So Excited (1982) and Automatic Neutron Dance and Jump (all in 1983). Pointer now lives outside of Boston in the small town of Hopedale--population just under 6 000 in the last census. Her touring schedule has slowed a bit but the Pointer Sisters are still going strong. While the group s lineup has changed Pointer views it as an evolution. She s joined now on stage by daughter Issa and granddaughter Sadako Johnson. ey perform Jan. 20 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. What s better than coming to Florida in the winter she says. Audiences will still hear all the Where Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 5550 NW 40th St. Coconut Creek When Jan. 20 8 p.m. Tickets 40- 80 Info 954.977.6700 or COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 THE POINTER SISTERS 14 LMGFL.COM Jose Alberto D.D.S. with over 10 years of experience and his team at iDental offer gentle comfortable and state of the art dentistry How can we make you smile today New Patient Special Comprehensive exam (D0150) Cleaning and Polishing (D1110) Oral Cancer Screening (D0431) Full Mouth Series X-rays (D0210) OFFERING Implant Dentistry Invisalign Porcelain Crowns and Bridges Full and Partial Dentures Cosmetic Dentistry Low Radiation Digital Radiography Veneers Intra-Oral Camera Cleanings Periodontal Care White Fillings Teeth Whitening 59.00 a 393.00 value In the absence of periodontal disease 2 cleanings and polishings per year (D1110) All necessary Radiographs (D0210) Comprehensive Exam (D0150) Oral Cancer Screening (D0431) Complementary Sedation membership plan NOW OPEN and welcoming new patients on any other services offered In the absence of periodontal disease 20% discount Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for the entire family CONTACT US NOW tollfree 1-855-2-iDental (1-855-243-3682) or 954-974-4101 or email info M-F 9 00AM - 5 00PM and Sat 9 00AM - 3 00PM 1507 Lyons Road Coconut Creek FL 33063 BUSINESS Front row from left Connie Carberg Cindy Brief Creek city manager Mary Blasi and Phyllis Taylor of Carolina Country Club at October s chamber event at Ciao Back row from left Donna Denton Mark Watson and Barry Spiegel Working Together employees get involved in the community [and have] low-cost advertising opportunities. is synergy already benefits members Brief says membership in the Creek council has doubled. e larger network was apparent during the first post-integration networking event in October at Ciao Cucina & Bar in Coconut Creek which drew more than 90 attendees. People were thrilled because there are so many new people to network with to be able to get new business with and to form friendships with says Carberg now the chairman of the Creek Chamber Council. is year members can look forward to six events in Coconut Creek as well as a Creek referral group. In addition the chamber s annual gala in April will honor a Creek small business leader of the year. We re going to expand so much. It s a win-win for both cities Carberg says. It doesn t matter if your small large working out of home--whatever your business may be it s there to represent you. For information about joining the chamber visit By Keren Moros Photo by Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Staff e Creek and Coral Springs chambers join forces regular events] because we didn t have an office and paid staff to do administrative stuff. e negotiations took about a year as both Brief and Carberg wanted to make sure that members were pleased with the results. e key was not to be swallowed up in any way but to make sure that Coconut Creek kept its own identity Carberg says. at was a very big point. e Coconut Creek chamber is now known as the Coconut Creek Chamber Council. e Coral Springs chamber handles the Chamber Council s financial and administrative needs but the Creek chamber has its own board of governors and representation on the Coral Springs chamber s board of directors. Brief says this synergy adds value to members by giving them a larger network. Joining with Coconut Creek gives us greater strength and influence as the voice of northwest Broward Brief says. You re getting the opportunity to expand your contacts grow your network educate your T he president of the Coral Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce admits with a laugh that the chamber didn t do anything special to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its incorporation in 2017. But Cindy Brief notes that something special did happen--a partnership that unites two cities. In August the chamber announced that it had integrated with the Coconut Creek Chamber of Commerce giving members of both chambers more opportunities for networking and growth. e integration had been in talks since 2016 when Connie Carberg secretary of the Coconut Creek chamber (she joined in 2004 to represent Al Hendrickson Toyota) approached Brief about integrating their organizations. e volunteer-run Creek chamber while dedicated was having difficulty providing value to members. We couldn t continue to grow and offer programs that you really need to do in a chamber says Carberg who handles public relations at Al Hendrickson where she s worked since 2001. We couldn t [have Want to share local business news Email us at kmoros Noel Morreale was named vice president of food and beverage at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.). He oversees the restaurants and bars 12 departments 73 managers and 700 team members. He previously was director of restaurants and general manager of NYY Steakhouse. NutraFuels (6601 Lyons Road) recently began producing The Blast Cap a new line of nutraceutical formulas for daily and sports nutrition purposes. Regency Lakes Village Center (6310 and 6370 N. State Road) was recently purchased by Los Angeles-based Pacific Equities Capital Management Corp. for 8.5 million from Regency Lakes Village Center Partners. The 29 932-square-foot plaza includes Landlubber s Bar & Grill and Luxury Nails. MotionPoint (4661 Johnson Road Suite 14) opened its European headquarters in Madrid. CREEK BIZ NEWS 16 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 EDUCATION Filling the Gaps teachers with student Florida Standards Assessments data starting a help academy that acclimates students to middle school and offering good customer service to parents ( It comes down to treating the students how you would want someone to treat your child Howard says). And perhaps most notable offering more than a dozen programs (chosen based on a student survey) such as robotics biology debate yoga financial literacy computer science street law and more some of which can be taken for high school credit and offer industry certifications. e school became the top-performing Horace Hamm middle school in the district rising from the 20th percentile (in 2013-14) to the 97th this year based on students performance in Florida Standards Assessments data and other factors. Twelve teachers were recognized as high-impact teachers by the state and the school received Florida s Five Star How the outgoing principal of Award. It also was one of five middle schools in the state Lyons Creek Middle brought the to receive the Exceeding Expectations Award from the school back to the top East Coast Technical Assistance Center. When the Exceeding Expectations group came [to By Keren Moros assess the school] ... one of the things that permeated the conversation was that they saw the love for our hen Lyons Creek Middle School last year kids and they saw the family atmosphere among the received its first A grade since 2010 Principal teachers Hamm says. Horace Hamm and his team of teachers and at love is part of the restless driving force that administrators started the school year celebrating. Hamm has channeled into success. When he and But something gnawed at Hamm e latest student Howard speak of the philosophy behind his methods data showed more than a third of the school s nearly they often talk about looking for gaps --finding out 2 000 students weren t performing at grade-level. what s missing. We wanted to celebrate and be happy about the We never rest on our laurels because we want to achievement says Hamm who became principal in 2014. But we also wanted to look back and say ere s make sure we re helping every single student Hamm says. So I guess I ll never be satisfied but that s our still work to be done. mentality. We want to make sure to continue to do e work is the continuation of the changes that what s best for the kids. Hamm has implemented in the last three years. In the It s an atmosphere Hamm says he will miss as he contemporary educational environment data drives departs the school this month to work for the district constant improvement as assistant principal omas coaching future principals on the nuances of the Howard explains. occupation. He s not too worried about the transition. [Our professional learning communities] spend a He s confident that teachers and administrators such as great deal of time looking at data and student work and Howard will continue to carry on what was started and having a conversation about best practices Howard he hopes the community notices as well. says. ey use assessments to see which teachers are I want to make sure this school is better than when succeeding and share ideas on what s working. I came Hamm says. We want to make sure the brand ese communities speak to just one improvement is going to continue to have a positive name because initiative among the many Hamm has instituted. that s only going to benefit the community and the e lengthy list includes beautifying the campus students. implementing a positive behavior program providing W COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 17 DINING Ride Em Cowboy TEXAS ROADHOUSE RUSTLES UP CLASSIC AMERICAN TASTES IN COCONUT CREEK By Michelle F. Solomon oconut Creek with a Western twang. at s the best way to describe the new Texas Roadhouse that opened in November on Lyons Road. But before you say Oh just another steak house think again. You might be pleasantly surprised to know that starting early in the morning well before Roadhouse opens its doors at 3 p.m. to welcome the dinner crowd there s already Texas-sized preparation going on in the kitchen. When we got a tour of the back of the house-- the place patrons never see--two butchers in a 34-degree cooler were hand-cutting steaks and bakers were making yeast rolls hamburger buns and salad croutons from scratch. Greg Vesey store marketer for Texas Roadhouse in Coconut Creek says fresh bread is baked every five minutes which is why you smell that luscious aroma when you walk in the door. e restaurant even makes its own whipped butter including the popular cinnamon-honey blend from a secret recipe-- although many home cooks have tried to make copycat versions if a Google search is any indication. Steaks of course are the mainstay of the menu and the restaurant puts the hand-cut meats in the spotlight. Approach the hostess station to ask for a table and you re whisked over to a case to pick your cut. Do you want ribeye sirloin a bone-in ribeye filet mignon People love picking their steaks it s part of our special dining experience Vesey says. Another signature Barrels of free in-the-shell peanuts in the waiting area and buckets of them on the tables with a carefree invitation to toss the shells on the floor. It adds a percussive underfoot crunch for when servers briefly stop delivering their orders to line-dance in the aisles. Guests are welcome to get up and join in. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 C T-bone steak dinner Location 5951 Lyons Road Coconut Creek Hours Monday-Thursday 3-10 p.m. Texas Roadhouse Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m.10 p.m. Suggestion Call-ahead seating service which starts at 4 p.m. daily puts your name on a waiting list. Call 954.421.7646. 18 LMGFL.COM Full slab of ribs Monarch High jerseys on the wall LMGFL.COM 19 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 PHOTO BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON e Kentucky-based chain has 450 locations in the United States with four in Dubai and Kuwait. Coconut Creek is the sixth Texas Roadhouse in South Florida joining Boynton Beach West Palm Beach Miramar Miami and Florida City. Each restaurant tries to incorporate a dose of local flavor. Randy Besser managing partner of the Coconut Creek location describes his restaurant as very community-driven. In the waiting area the walls are lined with local memorabilia Monarch and Coconut Creek high school football jerseys and Coconut Creek Lady Cougars sports gear. An actual door of a Coconut Creek police car hangs like a trophy. Police uniforms hats and badges also are on display. A wall mural of a beach scene in the dining room prominently features monarch butterflies a tribute to the Butterfly Capital of the World. Vesey explains that the paintings in each restaurant are designed to reflect the local community and are all personally approved by Texas Roadhouse founder and chairman Kent Taylor. When Taylor opened his first restaurant in 1993 in Clarksville Indiana his goal was to have a family restaurant Vesey says. Creek is the right fit for our concept he adds. Eduardo Souza and his daughter Sarah 20 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 CREEK S EDUARDO SOUZA SHARES SOME LONG-DISTANCE INSIGHTS ON THE EVE OF THE BUTTERFLY RUN By Keren Moros Lead photo by Eduardo Schneider duardo Souza isn t one to let himself fall behind. When his mother then in her early 60s started running and placed in a local church race he realized that nothing was stopping him from winning races as well. He started small with a mud run and then joined Evolution Fitness where he teamed up with others to do more mud and Spartan races. He eventually completed his first traditional race the Boca Mile. en he graduated to 5-kilometer runs 10Ks half-marathons and eventually 26.2-mile races including the famed Boston Marathon. Five years later Souza has participated in multiple local runs including seven last year such as the Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon in Cocoa where he was the male masters winner. His longest distance e Dunes 100 in Jupiter which included 50 grueling miles on sugar sand. He and a fellow runner who Souza met and ran alongside that day decided to cross the finish line together after about 22 hours. While they split the first prize money Souza was happy just to complete the race. I was like You can have the trophy. I was just glad to be done he says. is year I told my daughter Let s go there and volunteer but I m not running that one ever again. Since 2015 one of the Coconut Creek resident s regular races is the COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 THE RUNNING MAN Butterfly Run. e people are really friendly and it s a mixture of families and run clubs Souza says. His success at the Butterfly Run reflects his steady growth as a longdistance competitor. In 2015 he finished 10th overall the fourthplace male resident and second in his age group. In 2016 he placed sixth overall was the third-place male resident and won his age group. In 2017 he was the top male resident and third overall. Souza says the run is special because it s not only locally popular but also has a good variety of runners. I m going through that process right now where in all of my races I m getting a little bit faster says Souza noting that he finished the 2017 Fort Lauderdale Marathon 10 minutes faster than in 2016 (and finished fourth in the male ages 3539 category). I didn t try to make a big jump--trimming my 5K time to 15 minutes from 20 minutes. I just tried to get better little by little. Up next Souza plans to do the Keys 100 in May and eventually wants to run in a 100-mile road race. In the meantime he s preparing for the annual Butterfly Run--and offering Coconut Creek Lifestyle a few tips for locals also looking to hit the road Feb. 4. Just start running ough he runs less often during the summers Souza prepares for races by running every day. You don t have to run E fast as long as you re not walking he says. It has to be consistent. Your body will learn. Finding himself lagging during the Flanigan s Rockin Rib 10K in November Souza challenged himself to run every day for 100 days to prepare for Fort Lauderdale Marathon which made a huge difference. Don t go at it alone It s always easier running with people when you re training rather than going out by yourself Souza says. To keep up encouragement and motivation Souza runs with a group of friends most mornings and he also runs with a group on Sundays in Boca Raton. Pace yourself At his first 5K Souza thought he had adequately prepared by buying a running watch but he underestimated the endurance needed for a 5K. [After] the first mile and a half it felt as if the race would never end Souza says. I was looking at my watch almost finishing. I m like I just want to return this watch and never run again. To avoid burning out Souza advises first-time racers to pace themselves. Sometimes with shorter races people try to go all out and it makes it difficult Souza says. You can t go [all out] the first half-mile because then you re going to be tired the last 2 miles. Track yourself Souza recommends using Strava an app that tracks your miles for each run your pace and photos. It also LMGFL.COM 21 Souza with friends Benjamin Carter (left) and Paul Wills (right) at the Boston Marathon connects you to other athletes who give you kudos and more. Another tool is with which you can create a profile showing your races times and more. Make it a family affair Souza s daughter Sarah 11 has been inspired by his running. She placed second in her age group at last year s Butterfly Run and has run local mile races. She also started running cross country at Lyons Creek Middle School last year. Souza says it s been a good way to spend time together and adds another element of fun to their runs including the Butterfly Run. Make friends Running is a good way to make friends. ere is definitely a bond between us Souza says of the friends he s made at running groups. You meet all different types of people while running. Eduardo and Sarah at the Butterfly Run Hosted by the Coconut Creek Parks and Recreation Department the run is certified by USA Track & Field. The first 800 participates receive a T-shirt and finisher medal. Children 10-under will receive a participation medal. Partial proceeds will benefit the National Wildlife Federation. When Feb. 4 7 a.m. Where Tradewinds Park 3600 W. Sample Road Registration fees 30 adults 15 for 17-under 50 cash day of race (registration 6-6 45 a.m.) Packet pickup Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.) on Feb. 2 (2-7 p.m.) and Feb. 3 (12 30-4 p.m.). Awards Given to top three in each age division for males and females as well as top three overall male and female finishers and top male and female Coconut Creek residents. Info 954.545.6650 16TH ANNUAL BUTTERFLY RUN 22 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 appy H r Yea New Pine Hollow Farms is pleased to announce the addition of LYNNE CLIBBURN as their new Riding Academy Director. Ms. Clibburn has been internationally recognized as being in the top of the field in both jumping and hunter disciplines. She is also a past Nations Cup Team member and individual member for Great Britain and a Grand Prix Champion rider among many other accolades. 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 6670 NW 82nd Terrace Parkland Florida 33067 954.757.1119 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 23 Learning Express owner Marc Monroe Creek vice mayor Josh Rydell Avry Parker Creek mayor Becky Tooley and Anna and Jim Parker Flipping Out A COCONUT CREEK FAMILY CREATES A TOY OUT OF A TREND By Amy Lynne Hayes t started with a Labor Day barbecue. Something that had the potential to be a gathering of youths sitting and staring at their cellphones turned into a marathon session of one of today s hottest games bottle flipping. e goal is simple Flip a partially filled water bottle and make it land upright. My son and a bunch of his friends were outside flipping bottles for hours says Anna Parker a Coconut Creek resident. at same week her husband Jim came up with the I idea of creating reusable bottles to sell. She remembers being skeptical at first especially since they had no experience launching a product but any activity that could keep kids away from their digital devices that long was worth exploring. As with any idea the first step is research. Anna and Jim spent much of last fall in experimentation mode. e bottle took forever to find Anna recalls. ey ordered samples from every bottle company in the United States evaluating each based on durability and ease of flipping. ey tested repeatedly trying different materials and adjusting the liquid ratios to find the perfect balance. e couple s three kids Avry age 4 Noah 10 and Emma 14 were involved in the process. eir friends were great for market research they came over to play with the bottles and test the designs. e game had to be difficult enough to be challenging but not discouragingly hard. Finally in January they were ready to launch. e Parkers took their game called Flipz to the Coral COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 24 LMGFL.COM out and new investor support to Springs farmers market for its first back them Flipz reached a higher presentation to the public. eir goal level. e final product a set of four was to sell one bottle for 6 and see bottles is now available in both the what feedback the toy would get. Boca Raton and Coconut Creek e response was overwhelmingly locations of Learning Express Toys. positive adults and kids alike Each box contains four colors a surrounded their booth wanting to landing pad and game cards with try their hand at bottle flipping. instructions for 12 different games. But Anna and Jim wanted to take e launch was at Learning their product to the next level. ey Express Toys at Promenade at thought it was still too unpolished Coconut Creek in October. Local too homemade. ey knew the families attended as well the mayor concept of bottle flipping was not new--the game has been popular for and vice mayor of Coconut Creek. the last two years-- but they believed their idea could transcend the trend. With two full-time jobs and three children to raise they knew they needed outside help. Anna used to work in the fundraising department of Junior Achievement of South Florida a nonprofit organization that aims to teach kids financial literacy and Flipz game cards entrepreneurship. rough Anna s All who came had the chance to try connections the Parkers were able Flipz for themselves and tap into to find the guidance they needed on the connection that only off-screen their own entrepreneurial journey. play can provide. With their next steps mapped It was fun to see all these different types of people playing and shouting that they wanted to win Anna says with a smile. e product was available through Amazon two days later giving the family another reason to celebrate. With Flipz seemingly poised to take off Anna is grateful for the local support that helped them get started. e Parkers aim to use the platform they ve built to operate from a place of service. Anna s mother Caption volunteers at anCaption Caption assistedCaption Caption Caption living facility where the game has brought joy to residents. e product is assembled at the Habilitation Center in Boca Raton which provides work for adults with special needs allowing them to find purpose and meaning in their day. Eventually the family wants to start a charitable foundation. We created this out of a trend but we want this game to last forever Anna says. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 25 Doug Schultz wearing the Bottoms Up and Justin Rietema wearing the Scuttlebutt Sharks Boats and the Human Bobber By Amy Lynne Hayes hey say that no great idea can get off the ground without passion. For Coconut Creek resident Doug Schultz and Oakland Park resident Justin Rietema it was a mutual love for being on the water that turned these friends into entrepreneurs and business partners. I had a boat in 2009 with a couple other friends Rietema recalls. We always used to jump in the water and put our life jackets on upside down and float. ey called it Float Club and spent many weekend hours floating. But they knew there had to be a Caption Caption TWO SOUTH FLORIDA ENTREPRENEURS PLACE THEIR BETS ON UNIQUE FLOTATION DEVICES T better way than with their makeshift solution. e life vest upside down--it doesn t work very well Schultz says. ere s foam everywhere. It s constantly trying to fly out from underneath you. Trying to get up on the boat ladder is a nightmare. e friends both of them landscape architects turned their skills toward creating a flotation device specifically designed for their weekend fun. e first step was looking to see if there was anything similar already on the market. When their research yielded no results they knew they were on to something. ey started with drawings and shopped around town at dollar stores and thrift shops for materials to create a prototype. We literally started with denim just putting together a pattern Schultz says with a laugh. We were sitting in my extra room sewing this thing duct-taping foam on denim. After years of trial and error and going through multiple suppliers and manufacturers their product was ready for the public in 2012. e Human Bobber is U.S. Coast Guard-approved and was an early hit COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 26 LMGFL.COM investors who sit on the show s panel among the local boating community. and decide whether to invest in the e real splash came from an products presented. appearance on ABC s popular show It took another year of back Shark Tank. ey applied in 2013 making it to the interview round and and-forth with the producers until finally in late August 2016 submitting a video and prototypes. they received notice that they were ough they ultimately did not scheduled to film the following advance past that round the Human month. e show told them to be in Bobber earned a second chance in California on Sept. 11. early 2015 when the show hosted ey asked for 120 000 in return open casting calls in Miami. for 15 percent of their company We were like You know what H3O Sports. ey were able to strike What do we have to lose It s right here. We made it to the second round a deal with well-known sharks Kevin last time. Let s give it another shot Schultz says. More than 4 000 people showed up to the casting call that day. Rietema arrived early got a voucher number and the two prepared to pitch their idea again. Coincidentally they bumped into an executive producer of the show who recognized their device from the previous submission. e encounter gave them the confidence The Beverage Bobber a floating beverage holder boost they needed to pitch successfully and O Leary and Mark Cuban for the full the Human Bobber was selected to appear before the panel of sharks -- amount in exchange for granting a 33 percent share to O Leary and a 10 percent share to Cuban. e episode aired in October. ough the final outcome of the deals are undisclosed they ve seen a definite uptick in sales since the exposure. It s been huge for us Rietema says. More of a slow burn rather than an overnight surge but sales have held steady week after week ever since the show. ose sales cover the Human Bobber product line which includes the Bottoms Up life jacket and floating saddle as well as the Scuttlebutt aquatic Caption Caption Caption chair Scuttlebutt kayak Caption Caption Caption and the Beverage Bobber all available at and through Amazon and Walmart. Soon they say their products will be available at West Marine and Camping World stores. With popularity rising Schultz and Rietema are excited for the future of their products. It will be very interesting to see when we re-air in the spring Schultz says. Left Pitching their idea on Shark Tank Above The Scuttlebutt COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 27 HISTORY GOLDCOAST BALLROOM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF TEACHING COCONUT CREEK TO DANCE By Keren Moros SHALL WE DANCE A dancing lesson at Goldcoast Ballroom I t s been more than 20 years since Jeff Sandler and Vinny Munno then mobile DJs living in Boca Raton were searching for a place to call their own in South Florida. ey made it a habit to check out large empty buildings that were available for rent look inside and maybe even call the agent to have a tour. We d be driving down the street and we d see an Eckerd that went out of business Munno says referring to the defunct drugstore chain. And we would stop and peek in the window and say Boy this would make a great ballroom. ... It was really just a game at first. I don t remember it being a game Sandler counters playfully. OK not so much a game Munno says. More like a dream. Sandler completes the story We wanted a place of our own that we could make a premier dance facility where we could have dance lessons and dancing shows and it would be ours. Both accomplished ballroom dancers who won pro-am competitions--Sandler an artist born in Massachusetts and Munno a DJ from New Jersey--the pair met while Sandler was emceeing a party. It dawned on Munno that he was making less money than Sandler at his bank job. ey fell in love and went into business together hosting dance parties at community centers such as the Polish American Club. With handmade sandwiches and Entenmann s cakes they entertained crowds several nights a week while looking for a space big enough to be a ballroom. eir dream was fulfilled at 1415 Lyons Road in Coconut Creek at a former drugstore with 3 000 square feet of unobstructed space. eir target opening date was New Year s Eve 1996 but they didn t receive their certificate of occupancy until Dec. 23 1997-- just in time to open on Christmas Day. More than 300 fans showed up that night ushering in the heyday of Goldcoast Ballroom. We used to have a show every Saturday night Munno says. e communities would get together and make reservations for 100 people--Wynmoor the Boca Golf and Country Club the tennis club COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 28 LMGFL.COM Vinny Munno and Jeff Sandler at Kings Point in Tamarac. None of them were really dancers but they came because we had a sandwich and salad and cake and coffee and a show and music. You d have to make a reservation three months in advance to come in on Saturday night. In January 1999 they were able to stop hosting dances at other community centers and they dedicated themselves full time to Goldcoast. Besides their regulars who knew them from their mobile dance parties their popularity was bolstered by the 1998 film Dance With Me a love story with dance figuring prominently in the plot. But hard times arrived in 2001. First the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 affected the number of snowbirds who visited. en in February 2003 the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island which killed 100 people and injured 230 brought on stricter laws on building capacities. Fire marshals lowered Goldcoast s occupancy from 843 to 680 or 402 seated capacity. We had more reservations than 402 on a weekly basis so we had to tell people that were coming from the beginning that they could no longer come here on Saturday night Munno says. Business picked up again with the popularity of the 2004 film Shall We Dance and the 2005 premiere of Dancing with the Stars on television. [Ballroom dancing] became a household thing Sandler says. It really wasn t before that. [Ballroom] dancing became mainstream. Even if COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 people didn t do it they thought about it. Munno adds [ Dancing with the Stars ] saved us actually because we were really going down at that point. With Munno and Sandler s connections in the dancing world Goldcoast has hosted world-famous dancers such as Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars fame and dance competitions as well as annual holiday parties including a white party every Christmas. Locally they are perhaps best known for their lessons taught by professional dance instructors and special guests. ere are afternoon and evening social dances as well with themed nights such as Latin disco and more. Most nights people walk in buy a ticket get coffee and desserts and take advantage of a complimentary dance lesson before the event. In October 2015 Munno and Sandler found their fame had gone national when they were mentioned on Jeopardy. e question Coconut Creek Florida boasts the Goldcoast this space for the dancing of the same name with a 60 by 40 oak floor. ( e answer of course was ballroom and Munno notes that the floor is technically 68 feet long and 42 feet wide.) My mother texted me within 30 seconds Munno says. She said Goldcoast was an answer on Jeopardy. And I was like Did you take your medication Mom I didn t believe her. Despite his incredulity Sandler and Munno shouldn t be too surprised. Indeed they are proud of Goldcoast s international reach. One time they were recognized on the streets of Paris. eir landlord recently told them that on a trip to China a woman he met at an airport told him that she dances at Goldcoast Ballroom when in Florida. Sandler and Munno happily have formed a family among their clients and instructors. Two instructors Phil and Tanya Palma met at Goldcoast. Another dance instructor pair Bruce and Beth Perrotta married at Goldcoast in July 2007 after their ceremony at Plantation Heritage Park was rained out. (For their part Munno and Sandler have remained business partners although they ended their romantic relationship after 22 years. Munno is now married.) Although Sandler says the last few years haven t been easy for Goldcoast financially its place as one of Coconut Creek s landmarks has been cemented. It has helped to put Coconut Creek on the map attracting residents and international visitors. People know Goldcoast Ballroom all over the world and that s why they know Coconut Creek Munno says. is is the last in a series of articles celebrating Coconut Creek s 50th anniversary. Jeff Sandler with Karina Smirnoff at Goldcoast LMGFL.COM 29 CITY VOICE Reflections on Hurricane Irma t takes only one hurricane to cause a major disruption to residents. Last year that hurricane was Irma. It took down traffic signals trees fences and power lines and caused power outages long gas lines and piles of debris. In such circumstances the one thing everyone wants is for life Jim Berkman has been to get back to normal as expeditiously as possible and they Coconut Creek s public expect local government will step up to the plate. works director for the past In Coconut Creek the Public Works Department six years. Previously he plays a large role in recovery efforts which begin with was public works and preparation well before hurricane season starts. engineering director for In its preparation Public Works ensures debris Parkland. A graduate management and monitoring contracts are in place of Florida Atlantic making sure the companies are reputable have the University Berkman has served as a board equipment and staffing necessary to respond and are member and vice chair of compensated fairly. After Irma Coconut Creek was one of the first cities the South Florida branch of the American Public in the region to complete debris collection and disposal. is included the collection and disposal of about 100 000 Works Association and has been in the Broward cubic yards of debris dispersed throughout the city and County public works field it had to be done in accordance with Federal Emergency for the past 22 years. Management Agency guidelines. Public Works invests significantly in these preseason efforts to ensure the city complies with FEMA in the event of a natural disaster. Failure to comply could cost the city anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in federal reimbursement depending on the size of the storm and its damages. Typically FEMA reimburses from 75 to 90 percent of all debris collection and monitoring costs. For Irma that amount is expected to exceed 1 million. However to receive that reimbursement there are I many things that Public Works must have in place such as right-of-entry agreements with more than 90 private communities in the city and state environmental certifications and approvals for the city s designated debris management sites. Additionally the city must be able to demonstrate it procured the debris management and monitoring services in accordance with FEMA regulations. After a storm FEMA requires we maintain detailed records (including GPS locations and photographs) to track debris--from where it was collected to its final destination ensuring it is properly disposed at licensed facilities. Just as you prepare your home by putting up shutters and clearing unsecured items Public Works prepares all city-owned facilities. City vehicles and equipment are garaged and placed throughout the city for a quick and coordinated response. e city s emergency operations center is prepared to house more than 100 police fire and other first responders as well as city management employees and emergency dispatchers who occupy the building during and after the storm to coordinate the recovery effort. Proper preparation allows the city to recover from natural disasters in the most cost effective and expeditious manner. Public Works staff members are the last ones to come in from the storm preparation process and are the first ones out to clear the roadways after the storm. For information on disaster-related debris removal and disposal and how you can better prepare call Public Works at 954.973.6780 Monday through ursday 7 a.m .to 6 p.m. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 30 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 31 MYCOCONUTCREEK The city of Coconut Creek has a multitude of ways for you to keep in contact and know what s going in our community. STAY CONNECTED You ve Got Mail If you want to stay tapped into the latest critical community news and emergencies then make sure to visit and look under I want to ... Then select Sign-up. You can receive CocoALERT messages in a variety of ways including text and email. A Thousand Words Cocogram is an e-newsletter If you re less vocal and more visual Coconut Creek is ready to connect with you on Pinterest. Make sure to look at the city s butterfly collections. The city is also on Instagram to follow events as they happen or snap a pic from a hidden local gem we should all visit. 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Facebook CoconutCreekGov Twitter CoconutCreekGov LinkedIn CoconutCreek YouTube CreekTV 32 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 Win 2 500 in Our New Gi veaway For Your Chance To Win It Big Go to newyear For Debt Help Call 1-844-325-9392 Terms and Conditions Apply See Website For Details. LMGFL.COM 33 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 GREEN EXCELLENCE Landscaping Divide & Conquer David Poplawski is a Landscape Inspector in the city s Sustainable Development department. T he holidays are over and spring is just around the corner. You might now be noticing that your landscape is looking rather scarce in spots. What can you do to get your yard in shape e easiest thing to do is to go to a garden center and buy plants to fill your landscape beds. However another more economic option is to propagate the plants you already have in your yard. So how do you do that Propagation is a means of reproducing plants. Although there are several methods plant division is one of the easiest for the home gardener. It s as simple as cutting the plants into halves quarters or smaller if necessary. Some plants that can be propagated by division are Fakahatchee grass bromeliads liriope flax lily crinum lily pampas grass and ferns. Most ground covers also can be propagated easily with great success. Propagation by division requires a spade machete saw knife pruning shears or any other tool that can cut through the root ball. Use caution when working with sharp utensils and always use safety goggles to keep dirt from getting into your eyes. Certain shrubs may be propagated with this technique although you will need to be a little attentive. Trinettes crotons schefflera variegated ginger bird of paradise agapanthus heliconia and lemongrass are all propagated at nurseries by stem cuttings. e cuttings are transplanted in groups of three four or five stems into a nursery pot. When you buy these plants there are usually at least three plants in each pot. When the shrubs in your landscape get large you can divide them. Remember to be careful and gently pry the root balls apart to create the additional shrubs. Some larger shrubs can be propagated in other ways. ese plants root freely when parts of their stems touch the ground. Simply find where the rooting starts cut the stem on the parent plant and then gently dig up the already-rooted plant. Some plants that root easily are awabuki schefflera copper plant varieties and Holmskioldia (aka Chinese hat plant). e copper plant makes a nice screen and does not require much maintenance such as pruning or shearing. Chinese hat flowers from October through April so plant this one where you can enjoy the flowers and watch hummingbirds from anksgiving through Easter. To find other plants that are easily propagated or to learn more about propagation contact the master gardeners through the Broward County Extension Office ( extension). When it comes to filling in the plants in your landscaping have fun ... and divide and conquer. 34 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 35 alenda YOGA ALL CENTERS FITNESS C SSES FITNESS C SCULPT & TONE SSES 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.-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 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 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 webtrac CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR ADULTS 1100 Lyons Road 954.545.6670 webtrac COMMUNITY CENTER CHILDREN FUN DAYS Drop the kids off for a day filled with fun activities that include crafts organized play games and more. For ages 6 to 13. Also held at Recreation Complex. When Jan. 8 Feb. 19 March 23 and March 26-30 8 a.m.-5 30 p.m. Daily Fee 25 for residents 35 for nonresidents PEE WEE BASEBALL Explore locomotor skills enhance self-esteem self-confidence and social interaction. For ages 18 and older. When Session I Mondays Jan. 9-Feb. 6 (no class Jan. 16) Session II Mondays Feb. 13-March 13 (no class Feb. 20) Session III Mondays March 20-April 10 7 15-8 p.m. Registration dates Session I starts Dec. 12 Session II starts Jan. 9 Session III starts Feb. 13 Fee 15 residents 20 nonresidents SABAL 954.545.6650 PARK PINES 5005 NW 39th Ave. FITNESS IN THE PARK Teaches baseball fundamentals. For ages 3 to 5. Parent participation is mandatory. When Jan. 25-March 1 6 15-7 15 p.m. Daily Fee 50 for residents 55 for nonresidents Ultimate boot camp-style outdoor workout. Instruction by fitness specialist Jeff Lacher. All participants must sign a waiver. For ages 12 and over. Participants ages 12 to 17 need a parent or legal guardian to sign a waiver. Held at north soccer field. When Saturdays through April 28 9 15-10 15 a.m. Fee Free ADULTS INDOOR PICKLEBALL 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 SENIOR CENTER RECREATION COMPLEX 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580 CHILDREN YOUTH CLUB Activities such as pot lucks discussion groups bingo movies parties field trips and more. Newsletter is provided each month. For questions call Joy Mastrocola at 954.545.6693. When Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Annual Membership Fee 20 for residents 30 for nonresidents A club for middle school students with activities such as field trips movies parties game room picnics in the park craft nights sports nights and parties. When Fridays 5-7 p.m. Fee 5 for residents 10 for nonresidents trips are additional fee SPEED AND AGILITY TRAINING Improve footwork acceleration lateral agility balance change of direction and body control skills. For ages 10-14. 36 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 When Monday and Thursdays Jan. 18-Feb. 22 no class Feb. 19 4 30-5 30 p.m. Fee 40 for residents 50 for nonresidents PARENT AND TODDLER PAINT WITH YOUR SENSES H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training. Multi-joint tactile exercise with short recovery time. When Wednesdays 6 30-7 30 p.m. Children create art with hands-on sensory play. Supplies 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 3 years. When Tuesdays Jan. 23-Feb. 20 no class Jan. 30 10 30-11 15 a.m. Fee 25 for residents 35 for nonresidents YOUTH TALK SPORTS STEP AEROBICS Intermediate advanced complex choreography with a step bench When Tuesdays 6 30-7 30 p.m. SUNDAY SHREDZ Interval training bootcamp-style class When Sundays 10 30-11 30 a.m. YOGALATES Discuss and debate various sport topics news and headlines. Opportunity to win weekly prizes through sports trivia. Light refreshments provided. For middle and high school students. When Tuesdays Jan. 16-March 20 6-7 30 p.m. Fee 10 for residents 20 for nonresidents 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. ZUMBA FITNESS C Unless noted fee is 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents and free for members. Register by walk-in or on webtrac. FOREVER FIT Slow-tempo class to improve daily activities. Stretching balance and SSES 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. coordination When Tuesdays 9 30-10 30 a.m. CORE & MORE Abdominal exercises floor work and stretching When Mondays Wednesdays Fridays 6 45-7 a.m. Thursdays 5 15-6 p.m. BODY SCULPTING Calisthenics and weightlifting to improve muscular endurance and strength When Mondays 6 15-7 15 p.m. Saturdays 9-10 a.m. SPINNING Indoor cycling class intense cardio workout. 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 Wednesdays & Fridays 6 156 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. Thursdays 6 15-7 15 p.m. Saturdays 11 15 a.m.-12 15 p.m. 1 31 2018 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 37 SNAPSHOTS Above Students from Coconut Creek High School Left Adrian from Monarch High School Monarch High School students Art for All Coconut Creek held its annual Student Art Exhibit featuring work from students from Monarch High Coconut Creek High and North Broward Preparatory schools. e art is on display at City Hall through late April. Above Zhaoyu from North Broward Preparatory School Left Jade from Monarch High School Above Samantha from North Broward Preparatory School Left Cate from North Broward Preparatory School North Broward Preparatory middle school students North Broward Preparatory middle school students SNAPSHOTS To Market In October Coconut Creek held its first farmers market featuring local artisans and growers. e farmers market is held biweekly at the parking lot at the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.). To become a vendor call 561.299.8684 or email elilly707 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 35 Years of Experience Fighting Insurance Companies INJURED 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 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 LAW OFFICES OF CYTRYN & VELAZQUEZ P.A. 2825 N. University Drive Suite 350 Coral Springs FL 33065 255-7000 1 31 18 1 31 18 Integrity. Energy. Results Judy is passionate about helping both buyers and sellers meet their housing needs in a wide variety of communities. Supported by a team of experienced and motivated professionals Judy strives to maintain communication with clients from the first contact to closing and beyond. Judy Karpis Contact Judy Today Realtor Languages English Spanish 305-904-6272 judyckarpis Tenace Realty 1835 North University Drive Coral Springs FL 33071 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 41 SNAPSHOTS Harvest Time Coconut Creek hosted the annual Fall Harvest Festival which featured crafts games and food trucks. Children enjoyed face painting and a petting zoo. Local folk group Matthew Sabatella and the Rambling String Band performed and families enjoyed a screening of Little Giants at the end of the night. 42 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 J A Z Z U N D E R T H E S T A R S FRIDAY JANUARY 12th - 6 30 pm to 9 30 pm CITY HALL - 4800 West Copans Road An evening of jazz and dancing under the stars featuring the RUBY BAKER BAND Wine and beer will be available for purchase from World of Beer Food trucks featuring New Orleans and Seafood Cuisine Seating will be provided No children under 18 or pets please Free event COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM 43 SPECIAL MARKETING FEATURE W H O S W H O I N H E A L T H C A R E BRAD P. GLICK DO MPH FAOCD BOARD CERTIFIED DERMATOLOGIST & DERMATOLOGIC SURGEON GLICK SKIN INSTITUTE SOUTH FLORIDA SKIN & LASER CENTERS SKIN & CANCER ASSOCIATES 3275 N. STATE RD. 7 (JUST N OF NORTHWEST MEDICAL CENTER) MARGATE 954.974.3664 1447 MEDICAL PARK BLVD. SUITE 107 WELLINGTON 561.798.3494 Dr. Brad P. Glick is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon with professional offices in Margate and Wellington Florida. Dr. Glick specializes in medical surgical and cosmetic dermatology and has been in practice for over 20 years performing a balance of dermatologic surgical and cosmetic procedures including skin cancer dermatologic surgery Mohs surgery hair and nail diseases pediatric dermatology fillers Botox and laser surgery. Dr. Glick offers aesthetic procedures combined with specially formulated skin care products for use as part of a physician-supervised skin care regimen. Dr. Glick is a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice and National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. He has held staff positions at University of Florida College of Medicine Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine Northwest Medical Center Coral Springs Medical Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Glick was the director of dermatology residency training at Wellington Regional Medical Center for 13 years. Dr. Glick is currently program chair of the dermatology residency program at the Larkin Community Hospital Palm Springs Campus and is assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University. Dr. Glick has been the author of numerous publications including journal articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Glick serves on the speaker bureaus for Abbvie Janssen Lilly Galderma LEO and Merz Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Glick has received numerous honors during his career and is the past president of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD) president of the Foundation for Osteopathic Dermatology (FOD) and past president of the Broward County Dermatologic Society. Dr. Glick is an extremely compassionate and dedicated physician who constantly strives to go above and beyond for his patients by providing the most comprehensive dermatologic care available. Visit Dr. Glick and Associates at the Glick Skin Institute s new state-of-the-art facility E D U C A T I O N B.A. degree in chemistry Emory University Master s degree in public health - Emory University School of Public Health Medical D.O. degree with honors - Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine AWARDS Fellow of Distinction Highest Honor of the AOCD (2014) Vitals MD Most Compassionate Physician (2013) Who s Who in Health Care and Medicine (2000) Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life. 44 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE JANUARY 2018 Florida s Leaders in Excellent Gastroenterology CARE. 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Multiple Locations throughout South Florida Visit us online at LMGFL.COM 45 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Krystal Langley (above) and MM50 volunteers By Nicole Chavannes A Creek resident launches a nonprofit to help the Keys after Irma Mending the Heart of the Keys hat began as a Facebook post asking for unused hurricane supplies soon became a nonprofit organization with long-reaching effects. Coconut Creek resident and Winston Park Elementary School teacher Krystal Langley began gathering goods for her hometown of Marathon the day after Hurricane Irma ravaged the Keys. She asked Facebook friends to donate supplies they wouldn t use. Within 48 hours my garage was full Langley says. I posted it on a Coconut Creek residents forum on Facebook as well and it just spread like wildfire. As Langley struggled to transport the goods from her garage in Creek to her hometown--she rarely has opportunities to travel to the Keys herself being a single mother and a full-time teacher--five of her fellow alumni from Marathon High School reached out to help. Stephenie Fenton Philip Augustine Vivi Mira-Culmer Johnny Moses and Tracy Garcia who is Langley s childhood friend and her distribution location coordinator started working with her on what became known as the Mile Marker 50 Relief Project also known as MM50. My life was pretty much as abnormal as it gets Langley says and it was definitely difficult to juggle it all but I ve learned how to manage. I ve learned how to ask others to help and step in. e grassroots task force eventually became a certified nonprofit as Langley hoped the organization would serve W a purpose beyond aiding in hurricane recovery. I chose not to use Hurricane Irma in the name because I was hoping long-term this could help anybody with any type of unforeseen circumstance Langley says. If your house burns down and you re homeless or need supplies to feed your children this organization can help. rough MM50 Langley and her team have raised funds and gathered supplies for Marathon s fall festival gathering costumes for children to dress up on Halloween and distributing 1 200 pounds of donated candy. ey also provided gift baskets for a silent auction to benefit a local school gathered toys for children during the holidays and are working with Cosmetics for a Cause for high school students to have makeup for their homecoming dance. We re depending on each other working together to try to get help Langley says. Most of the major organizations are gone ... so it s just neighbors helping neighbors now. ough Langley is surprised at how quickly MM50 has grown she hopes it will continue growing and help Keys residents in other life-altering situations. Keys [residents] have this unique ability to make the best of every situation and really overcome obstacles that seem impossible Langley says. ey re really a unique breed of people. For information or to help the cause visit mm50reliefproject. 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