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MARCH 2016 S TA R C O R N E R B A C K C H O O S E S C L E M S O N TRAYVON MULLEN COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 LIGHT UP THE KNIGHTS BUSINESS POP GOURMET THE GREAT KISKADEE WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 1 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT MARCH 2016 Community Center 1100 Lyons Road Friday March 4 9 30 AM to 2 00 PM at the expiration) s License or ID card (up to 18 months before Renew replace or update your Florida Driver ration or Florida Vehicle Regist Renew your Disabled Person Parking Permit (up to 60 days before expiration) your appointment by calling 954-545-6604 Service by appointment ONLY please secure accepted Space is limited no walk-customers will be Road at the Community Center Band Shell 1100 Lyons Friday March 11 from 7 00 PM to 8 30 PM 80s music Free concert featuring Stereotomy performing s welcome (no pets please) chairs food available for purchase and cooler Bring blankets or lawn Road park behind the Community Center 1100 Lyons Friday March 18 beginning at 8 00 PM in the 15 x 20 screen rella Rated PG on a Free outdoor movie featuring Disney Cinde ett and Helena Bonham Carter Movie stars Lily James Cate Blanch deaf and hard of hearing With Closed Captioning for viewers who are ) for purchase and coolers welcome (no pets please Bring blankets or lawn chairs food available Register for Florida License on Wheels y Home Grown Concert Series featuring Stereotom Movie in the Park featuring Disney Cinderella h Friday August 12 (8 weeks) Summer Day Camp held Monday June 20 throug Recreation Complex or the Community Center Weekdays from 7 30 AM to 6 00 PM at the mber 1 2002 and September 1 2010 Participants must be born on or between Septe ble to Coconut Creek residents only Cost is 945 (includes all field trips) and is availa Webtrac 6 00 PM online only at Registration opens on Wednesday March 9 at - no waiting lists after camps are filled Enrollment is on a first-come first served basis or the Community Center ac account by visiting the Recreation Complex Prior to registration you must set up a WebTr 45-6670 For more details call 954-956-1580 or 954-5 Register for Summer Day Camp CR C CO U ON T EE K can es urr H d to 40 participants) For boys and girls ages 7 to 9 (league is limite Press Boulevard the Recreation Complex gymnasium 4455 Sol Games held Saturdays April through June at ment provided by the City Cost 70 per player (includes uniform) - equip certificate of proof of residency photo ID and child s birth Coconut Creek residents must present 3 forms ation office Card ( 60) at any Coconut Creek Parks & Recre Non-residents must also purchase a Youth Sports ( 25) er - purchase at www.USLac All participants must be a US Lacrosse memb lex Webtrac or by walk-in at the Recreation Comp Register online at Call 954-956-1580 for more details Youth Soft Lacrosse 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 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 3 contents March 2016 Volume 16 Issue 3 23 FEATURES Local student is one of the most sought-after football players in the country MR. SHUTDOWN 28 8 10 12 16 Monarch High School rallies to raise money for stadium FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS DEPARTMENTS CITY VOICE City Clerk s Department Small but mighty A VIEW FROM THE TOP Mayor Becky Tooley COMMUNITY CALENDAR Activities in your neighborhood AROUND TOWN Local news and community events 32 34 36 38 MOVE WITH MAX Fashionable tness and wearable tech CITY LIFE Spring awakening 40 42 43 44 46 46 46 46 CLEAR IT WITH KATRINA Eyes wide open RESTAURANT GUIDE Dishing up some of the best eateries DINING Fresh Harvest All you can eat MY COCONUT CREEK Smile You may be on CreekTV SNAPSHOTS Special moments GREEN EXCELLENCE Climate change in South Florida On the cover and this page Photography by Luccia Photos PETS SPOTLIGHT Best friends furever BUSINESS Pop Gourmet Fresh from the freezer PROFILE e great Kiskadee THE GOODS Spring cleaning Tricks for clean and green living 4 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 5 SAME QUALITY REPAIR . . . 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Limit 1 offer per person visit. DINE IN & TAKE OUT ONLY. Excludes specials & combos. With coupon only. Not valid with other offers. cc With coupon only. Not valid with other offers. cc 954.418.7100 Open 7 Days 6 30 am - 3 pm DINE IN TAKE OUT DELIVERY CATERING 6 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 FINANCIALSOLUTIONS Options to reduce your credit card debt student loan payments & high interest rates DEBT.COM Financial Tools Credit Correction Credit Counseling Student Loan Consolidation Tax Resolution Services Collector Harassment Loan Resources Visit today or call 800-810-0989 for additional information. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 7 a view from the top By Mayor Becky Tooley a mayor s farewell Becky Tooley was elected as mayor in March 2015. 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. y term as mayor of Coconut Creek will come to an end on March 10 when the commission will vote for a new mayor and vice mayor. Coconut Creek has a city manager form of government which means that the title of mayor is more of a ceremonial position that runs all commission meetings and represents the city at various gatherings and functions. I wish our new mayor the best of luck It can be a very demanding job. It has been a pleasure serving as your mayor this past year. I am still a city commissioner so you will continue to see me out and about at concerts in the park and softball games. I believe if you want to M know what your residents think you have to be out among them. I would like to take this time to thank our city manager Mary Blasi. What a dedicated and wonderful person. She always has the city s best interest at hand is well-versed on all city matters and has great vision for the future. I believe that Mary is surrounded by some of the best department heads in the county working together like a well-oiled machine. I am so proud of each and every one of our managers and sta members. ey make our jobs so much easier and make us look good. is past year I had the opportunity to work closely with our city attorney Terrill Pyburn. She has only been with us a little over a year but has made her mark. I am thankful that she makes herself available at all times. I have attended conferences where the speaker has said that Terrill knows more than they do which makes me so proud. She is truly dedicated to her job and our city. I would also like to thank my colleagues on the dais. Together we have made some excellent and tough decisions all for the betterment of our great city. I look forward to another successful year with our commissioners. I am grateful to all the residents and businesses that call Coconut Creek home. ank you to everyone who continues to help make Coconut Creek the best city in Broward County. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 8 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM CO G VERY SO IN O M Brad P. Glick DO MPH and Associates Celebrating 20 Years in Dermatology 954.974.3664 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 9 N city voice By Leslie Wallace May small but mighty Leslie Wallace May became the city clerk of Coconut Creek on Jan. 13 2014. Previously she worked for the city of Margate for nine years one year as an o ce specialist II two years as the deputy city clerk and six years as the city clerk. In addition to her Associate of Science degree and paralegal certi cate she earned a Bachelor of Public Administration from Barry University and received her designation as a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) in October 2012. ne of local government s oldest positions is the municipal clerk whose duties have expanded and evolved over the years due to advances in modern technology. To stay on top of new computer applications records management and other relevant information many municipal and deputy clerks regularly attend professional educational sessions to increase their knowledge of the latest and greatest technologies keep up with legislative issues learn new material or sharpen old skills. e main source of these educational opportunities is through the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) a nonpro t professional association founded in 1947 with over 9 500 members throughout the U.S. city clerk s department O Canada and 15 other countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote continuing education and certi cation through college and university-based learning centers. IIMC o ers municipal and deputy clerks both a Certi ed Municipal Clerk (CMC) program and a Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) program. I have been a proud member of IIMC since 2006 and received my CMC in 2011 and my MMC in 2012. Beginning in 1969 IIMC established the annual Municipal Clerks Week to increase the public s awareness of municipal clerks and the vital services they provide for the local government and the community. On Feb. 13 1984 President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5153 o cially declaring Municipal Clerks Week which is now recognized during the rst full week of May. Although a municipal and deputy clerk s duties vary by city and state some of the core responsibilities are the same. In Coconut Creek my department s duties include but are not limited to preparing agendas taking minutes maintaining ordinance and resolution les keeping the city s o cial records and assisting the Broward County supervisor of elections with administering part of local election functions. We are a small but mighty department of ve dynamic individuals who are here to serve and assist the city both externally and internally. It is with great pleasure that I serve as a city clerk to the wonderful city of Coconut Creek. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 10 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 11 community calendar All Centers CHILDREN S PROGRAMS Volunteer Opportunities for Students Need volunteer hours for high school Register to volunteer with our programs Make sure to bring in your tier sheet from your school s guidance counselor Volunteer hours will only be given for obtaining hours for graduation For further information call 954.956.1580 Community Center South CHILDREN S PROGRAMS After School Care Program provides assistance with homework creative and constructive activities organized sports activities computer time and a daily healthy snack and drink For Coconut Creek Elementary School students (grades K 5) Monday Friday (school days only) 2 to 6 p.m. through June 9 Monthly cost 135 for residents 145 for nonresidents Registration required by walk-in Chess Club Ages 12 to 18 Tuesdays 3 30 to 5 30 p.m. and Thursdays 4 30 to 6 30 p.m. Free City Dancers Dance Classes Ages 3 to 16 Ballet pointe hip-hop tap and jazz Classes are on Wednesdays Thursdays or Saturdays Fees 35 and up For class schedules contact Donna Fife at 954.570.8076 or Mary Jo McDaniel at 954.340.4316 Pee Wee Basics Teach children the fundamentals of baseball basketball football and soccer For boys and girls ages 3 to 5 Parent participation is mandatory Mondays 6 to 7 p.m. April 4 May 9 45 for residents 55 for nonresidents Register online or by walk-in until program is full Tiny Tots Painting Class Ages 2 to 4 Learn about painting while practicing fine motor skills listening skills following directions and coordination Mondays April 4 25 5 to 6 p.m. Parent participation is mandatory 25 for residents 35 for nonresidents Register until class is full (space is limited) Tiny Tots P.E. 20 minutes of structured play and 40 minutes of non-structured play to help toddlers develop motor social and communication skills as well as learn to follow directions Fridays 10 30 to 11 30 a.m. Ages 2 to 4 Parent participation is mandatory Session III March 4 25 Session IV April 8 29 Register online or by walk-in 15 for residents 20 for nonresidents Toddler Sports 45 minutes of structured sports play to help toddlers develop fine motor skills and improve social and communication skills Ages 2 to 4 Mondays 10 30 to 11 30 a.m. Session II March 7 28 Session III April 4 25 15 for residents 20 for nonresidents Register online or by walk-in FITNESS CLASSES Pilates A mat class based on Pilates principles which focus on using the core muscles as the foundation for movement Designed to promote balance and coordination while increasing strength and flexibility. Mondays 6 to 7 p.m. at the Community Center Wednesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. at the Recreation Complex Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Silver Sneakers Senior Muscular Strength & Range of Movement 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 Community Center (South) Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. and Fridays 1 to 2 p.m. Recreation Center (North) Wednesdays 11 a.m. to noon Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents ADULTS Pickleball Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a quick fastpaced competitive game for experienced players. For men and women ages 18 and up Open play on Mondays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon 2 for residents 4 for nonresidents free to Coconut Creek Fitness Senior Club and Silver Sneakers members Pickleball paddles and balls are available for use 12 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 SENIORS Senior Center A wide range of monthly activities including talks movies bingo birthdays field trips and more Monday Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For seniors ages 50 and up Annual cost includes all activities except for big dances and field trips 20 for residents 30 for nonresidents Senior Scrapbooking Socialize and scrapbook all your fondest memories Participants need a 12x12 or 8x10 scrapbook photos and embellishments Senior Center will provide scrapbook paper tools and glue Session II Feb. 18 March 31 Session III April 7 May 12 10 for residents 15 for nonresidents Register by walk-in Yoga Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. SPECIAL NEEDS Special Needs Programming Programs led by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist For ages 3 to senior citizens Proposed classes include creative movement and circle of rhythm For more information call 954.545.6670 Complete the Special Needs Survey online to have your needs heard at parks Other Locations WINDMILL PARK 700 LYONS ROAD Coed Doubles Volleyball League Weekly league for ages 18 and up Mondays 6 30 to 9 30 p.m. through May 16 Cost 50 for team Register online or by walk-in at the Community Center For more information call 954.545.6670 Dog Park Paver Program Purchase an engraved brick paver for the dog path at Windmill Park Cost 50 for each 4x8 brick paver Up to 60 characters and three lines Further details at parks windmill-park Eric Kantor Tennis Academy For all levels beginners to tournament players For rates and times call 954.975.5460 or visit Group lessons available from toddlers on up Men s and women s leagues for singles and doubles FITNESS CLASSES Line Dance Class Learn line dances and get a great body workout Beginners Tuesdays 6 to 8 p.m. Intermediate Wednesdays 7 15 to 9 p.m. Ages 16 and up Wear comfortable clothes and shoes 5 per person per week pay at start of class For more information contact KC Clarke at 954.263.9384 Sculpt & Tone A total-body workout with calisthenics and dumbbells to improve muscular endurance Promotes balance and flexibility Thursdays 9 45 to 10 45 a.m. Volleyball Clinic Participants will learn the fundamentals of volleyball rules bumping serving digging setting and rotations For boys and girls ages 10 to 15 Wednesdays April 20 May 25 6 30 to 8 p.m. 50 for residents 60 for nonresidents Register online or by walk-in at the Community Center through April 1 AD COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 13 community calendar Recreation Complex CHILDREN S PROGRAMS Creek Club A supervised structured after-school program for middle school students (boys and girls in grades 6 8) Program participants (limited to 26 students per class) receive recreational programming homework time and a daily light snack and drink Monday Friday (school days only) 4 to 6 p.m. (hours will be adjusted for early-release days) Monthly cost 60 for residents 70 for nonresidents and includes the Youth Club membership Payments must be made in person at the Recreation Complex by the first Friday of each month You must register at the Recreation Complex to secure a spot registration is open until filled Youth Club For middle school students Activities include picnics movies field days crafts sports parties field trips and more Fridays 5 to 7 p.m. Annual fee 5 for residents 10 for nonresidents Specialized activities and field trips are at an additional cost Registration required by walk-in or online Zumba Kids Zumba classes for ages 5 to 12 Fridays 5 45 to 6 45 p.m. Space is limited to the first 20 participants 10 per class 36 for four 64 for eight For more information email Deborah Newman at needs2zumba FITNESS CLASSES Beachbody CIZE Live Professional dance for everyday people Learn the hottest professionally choreographed dance routines step-by-step. Ages 12 and up All participants must sign a waiver Wednesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. 8 per class 70 for 10 classes Register by arriving 15 minutes before each class For more information contact Cheryl Gomes at 954.461.1177 Body Sculpting Calisthenics and weightlifting to improve muscular endurance and strength Mondays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. and Saturdays 11 15 a.m. to 12 15 p.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Forever Fit (Seniors) Slow tempo class to improve daily activities Focus is on stretching balance and coordination Tuesdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents H.E.A.T. High Energy Anaerobic Training class Interval training with steps tubing and weights Fridays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training class Multi-joint tactile exercise with short recovery time Wednesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Shotokan Karate Beginner and intermediate (white through green belts ages 5 and up) Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 to 7 p.m. Advanced (brown and black belts all ages) Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 to 8 30 p.m. Three-month session 125 for kids 135 for adults 85 for additional family members Monthly sessions 80 for kids 90 for adults 60 for additional family members Uniforms are 30 each For more information contact Tom Leeman at 561.703.5367 or tomleeman Spinning An indoor cycling class that provides an intense cardio workout maximizing caloric burn Sign-up begins 30 minutes prior to each class Free for annual members daily fee for nonmembers Express (30-minute class) Mondays and Fridays 6 15 to 6 45 a.m. Spinning (60-minute class) Mondays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Wednesdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Thursdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Sundays 9 15 to 10 15 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. Step Aerobics Intermediate advanced aerobics class with complex choreography with a step bench Tuesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. and Sundays 10 30 to 11 30 a.m. Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Yoga Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Zumba Aerobic exercise with Latin moves. Learn to dance salsa merengue samba reggaeton cumbia and more For ages 12 and up Beginners Mondays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Intermediate Mondays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. and Saturdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Toning Wednesdays 6 30 to 7 30 p.m. 8 per class or 70 for 10 classes For more information contact Cheryl Gomes at 954.461.1177 or lovetozumba ADULTS Men s 30 Basketball League Basketball league for men Mondays at 7 8 and 9 p.m. through May. 16 Each team must have a minimum of 5 players and no more than 10 Must be wearing matching and numbered uniforms Team fee 475 before Feb. 14 525 after Register online or by walk-in FITNESS IN THE PARKS A variety of fitness classes in the outdoors One-hour class with multiple fitness formats Free to the community Find dates times and park locations at classes 14 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 T H E H E Y L E T M E T R Y T H E S K A T E B O A R D CENTER IS NOW OPEN. Now s the time for a new kind of emergency care. Designed for minimal waiting in a comfortable uncrowded you-first environment. Welcome to the Emergency Center in Coconut Creek a special extension of West Boca Medical Center s Emergency Department. We re a center dedicated exclusively to emergency care. It s the comprehensive 24-hour treatment and diagnostic services of a hospital emergency department with the comfort and convenience a dedicated emergency center can offer. West Boca Medical Center s Emergency Center in Coconut Creek. Complete convenient emergency care that never closes. Exit 18 Exit 19 Sawgrass Expressway Creekside Drive Winston Bl vd. Lyons Road State Road 7 Alexandria Road Wiles Road N OW O P E N. O N 441 S O U T H O F T H E S AWG RA S S. For a free first aid kit please call 866.904.9262 4890 State Road 7 Coconut Creek COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 15 around town GET ARTSY community center art classes Seniors (55 ) Explore the world of art and color using acrylic paints learning about the masters and creating your own masterpieces. Classes take place on Wednesdays 2 30 to 4 30 p.m. March 30 through May 4. Cost is 15 for Senior Center members and Coconut Creek residents 20 for nonresidents. Kids (7-14) A similar children s paint class will take place on Tuesdays 5 30 to 7 30 p.m. March 29 through May 3. Program is 65 for Coconut Creek residents and 75 for nonresidents. Tiny Tots (2-4) Toddlers will enjoy painting while practicing fine motor skills listening following directions and coordination. Classes take place on Mondays 5 to 6 p.m. April 4-25. Parent participation is mandatory. Cost is 25 for residents and 35 for nonresidents. Register for all classes at the Community Center or online at webtrac. For more information call 954.545.6670. 16 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 SHAMROCK & ROLL st. patrick s day block party YOU DESERVE SOME YOU TIME (754) 2054949 5584 W Sample Rd Margate (Peppertree Plaza) License MM34564 On March 12 World of Beer [4437 Lyons Road] is hosting its sixth-annual St. Patrick s Day Block Party from noon to 2 a.m. Jam out to live music sip festive drafts sample new beer releases and munch on traditional Irish dishes. Partygoers can also participate in a raffle benefiting Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Don t miss out on amazing prizes you just may have the luck of the Irish For more information call 954.984.0300. 5 OFF ANY SERVICE Must present coupon. Not valid with any other offer or promotion. Expires 5 2 16. CELEBRATE easter eggstravaganza On March 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Promenade at Coconut Creek [4443 Lyons Road] is hosting an Easter egg hunt sponsored by South Florida Parenting. Meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy family-filled activities. Don t forget to bring your baskets for collecting eggs For more information call 855.999.7212. 60 min Massage w Foot Soak.............................. 35 45 min Salt Room Session.................................... 35 COMBO 60 min Massage 45 min Salt............... 60 Services SHOUT OUT honoring our city workers The city of Coconut Creek is committed to the learning growth and recognition of its workforce. Each quarter the city acknowledges employees who have reached milestone anniversaries which are recognized every five years of city service. The photo below represents nine of the 15 employees who reached milestone anniversaries this year. Congratulations to all COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 17 around town FAMILY AFFAIR movie in the park On March 18 at 8 p.m. treat your little princess or prince to a magical night outdoors. Join the city at the Community Center [1100 Lyons Road] to catch Cinderella on the big screen. This live-action film starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett is a mustsee. Bring blankets and lawn chairs for snuggling Refreshments will be available for purchase. For more information call 954.545.6620. PLAY pot of gold treasure hunt Lucky the Leprechaun has hidden his pot of gold coins and the city needs help getting them all back On March 16 from 5 to 6 p.m. fill your pot with gold and don t forget to wear green for good luck. For ages 3 to 6. Tickets are 10 for Coconut Creek residents and 15 for nonresidents. Register online at webtrac or by walk-in at the Community Center. For more information call 954.545.6670. YOGA meditation & dedication On March 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Yoga Cure [4419 W. Hillsboro Boulevard] is hosting a gentle yoga meditation and pranayama workshop for rejuvenation and healing. This is perfect for beginners and those desiring a gentler yoga practice to increase flexibility and decrease stress. The workshop includes breath work (pranayama) joint opening and basic standing and seated poses. The class is 25 per person. On March 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. participate in an upbeat barre workshop led by certified fitness trainer Fern L. Conn. This class will be a combination of Pilates dance ballet and yoga along with upper-body strength moves fused together to create an energetic workout. The class is 35 per person. For more information call 954.770.1055 or visit 18 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 Raise the Roof Go to the best. FOR ALL YOUR REPAIR AND RE-ROOFING NEEDS. Latite Roofing is the largest roofing company in South Florida and has been serving residents and businesses for over 70 years. Ask for rate to receive 100 off any repair or 300 off reroofing. CODE Life3 Southeast Florida Corporate Headquarters - 2280 West Copans Rd. Pompano Beach FL 33069 FOR ASSISTANCE CALL 800.NEW.ROOF (639.7663) WWW.LATITE.COM CCC 1326510 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 19 cover story Mr. Shutdown By Michelle F. Solomon Photography by Luccia Photos COCONUT CREEK HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR TRAYVON MULLEN IS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN THE COUNTRY rayvon Mullen isn t much di erent from other high school seniors. He likes playing Xbox his favorite place to eat is Bella Roma a restaurant close to Coconut Creek High School his pastime is chillin at home and he can t wait to graduate. But what separates this 6-foot-2-inch 18-year-old from his peers is that as far colleges go he had his pick. As one of the most sought-after high school cornerbacks (ranked No. 2 in the nation by ESPN) Mullen was courted by some of the top college football programs in the nation including Florida State Louisville LSU Ohio State T Auburn Tennessee and TCU and the list goes on. In total 32 colleges and universities made him o ers. For months Mr. Shutdown (his Twitter handle) tweeted that he was excited about the prospects of playing football in college but fans would have to wait he and Coconut Creek High s head coach Kareem Reid strategically decided that he would make his announcement to a national television audience on ESPN on Feb. 3 National Signing Day. The verdict In the fall he ll be playing for Clemson University in South Carolina. I picked Clemson because I felt the love and I loved COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 20 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 21 cover story the environment Mullen says. I can see myself there for 3 to 4 years being focused with a straight head getting well developed and becoming a better man. He also says playing for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney swayed his decision too. Football is something that s always been a part of Mullen s life. I ve been playing since I was 5 years old. I ve never taken a year o from football he says adding that he started with the youth football league the Power Broncos now the Lauderdale Broncos. As a freshman at Boyd Anderson High School Mullen says he was playing varsity football with teammates who are now in college. His God-given abilities make him one of the elite athletes in the country says Reid who took over the high school s program before the 2013 season. [Mullen] has the height and the speed that teams on all levels of football covet in a cornerback. He s also one of the more mature kids that I ve coached. He gets it whatever it is. When it comes to what he wants out of life he has a pretty good grasp of what he needs to get done to accomplish his goals. Mullen says he does have goals but not all of them are wrapped up in a professional career in football. He has plans of majoring in business management in college and if the NFL doesn t work out he has hopes of becoming a sports agent. The career merges two of his favorite subjects psychology and math. Owning his own business or working in some other aspect of nance would be ne too he says. When asked about the possibility of becoming a future Hall of Famer the next Ronnie Lott or Deion Sanders the down-to-earth teenager says I just want to make my parents proud and set an example for my younger brothers and other kids. In the living room of her Coral Springs home Mullen s mother Lucretia Peterman has a football shrine set up with trophies and awards with more added every day. A recent addition is her son s U.S. Army All American Bowl No. 23 jersey and an autographed football from the same game. To My Mother it reads with the signature T. Mullen Jr. (In January Mullen was one of 90 of the nation s top players to be invited to San Antonio Texas to participate in the prestigious bowl game.) I have a threebedroom house but a lot of times I sleep downstairs so I can wake to this Peterman says referring to her shrine. His mother remembers her oldest son Nathaniel Watson 19 a student at Broward College always being quarterback to Mullen s receiver. They won Super Bowls together they lost Super Bowls together she says jokingly. Mullen s other brother Tiawan 15 a freshman cornerback on the Coconut Creek High team is following in his brother s footsteps. They call him the next Mullen up Peterman says. He s going to be as good as me Mullen adds. His youngest brother Trevell 13 plays for the youth football team the Tamarac Cougars. Each one of my boys is a leader for the next Peterman says. I choose for my boys to not be street statistics but smart statistics. His mother s beliefs have resonated with him. While being recruited by top schools and being an elite athlete o ers opportunities for Mullen to meet people and see the world that awaits him outside of South Florida It s still about putting in the work he says. I m a winner even if I lose. At the end of the day there s a higher goal than winning. 22 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 I just want to make my parents proud and set an example for my younger brothers and other kids. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 23 feature night lights By Michelle F. Solomon here s more to going to a high school football game than the players and scores. It s also about the school spirit and the sense of pride that goes with it. e high school experience is all about Friday night lights says Monarch High School senior Anna Douglas. For the last 13 years however Monarch athletes and fans have been traveling to other schools for their outdoor sporting and recreational activities. When the school opened its doors on Aug. 25 2003 it was everything a new high school should be it had the newest classroom technologies and its own mascot the Knights. But one thing was missing an athletics stadium. At the time Monarch was built the district did not include stadium costs in funding for new schools. Now thanks to a communitywide push it looks like a stadium may be in the future for the Knights. e county and the school have taken the rst steps friday Monarch High School s Student Government Association T MONARCH HIGH SCHOOL RALLIES TO RAISE MONEY FOR NEW STADIUM with the launching of a GoFundMe page to raise 200 000 for lights which is half of the total cost for the lights alone. Ross Lopatin assistant principal of Monarch High School says that County Commissioner Sandra Welch and Community Relations Director Yvonne Lopez met with representatives from the school including alumni. e idea for the online fundraiser came out of that meeting. Because we always have to go to other schools for our home games it always feels like we re outsiders says Ava Nemanic a senior at Monarch. With our own stadium our home games will nally feel like home. Lopatin says a ballpark gure for a completed stadium including fencing bleachers a press box and a concession stand would hit the 1 million mark. One way to secure that funding would be through naming rights he says. Perhaps a bank a corporation that the school works with or other business partners might invest in exchange for having the stadium named for their company. e stadium would also eventually give back to the school. According to Lopatin Monarch would no longer have to split its entrance fees to use another school s stadium and leasing the venue to outside organizations would create additional funding too. e Light Up the Knights page ( monarchlights) o cially launched on Jan. 27. Students were encouraged to spread the word on social media as part of their club activities and in whatever creative ways they could to promote the grassroots campaign. Demeara Brown was one of the rst people to donate. I m a parent of a varsity football player she posted on the site. It is challenging not having home games at home. Lopatin says that building a stadium has been a goal for the school since it rst opened. e Light Up the Knights campaign is the rst step in getting that done. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 24 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM We can relieve foot & ankle pain. MIRYLSA C LON Orthopedic Surgeon Foot Ankle and Lower Extremity PAUL I. MELI Orthopedic Surgeon Knee Shoulder AYISHA LIVINGSTONE Orthopedic Surgeon Hand & Upper Extremity RICHARD ZAVOYSKI Orthopedic Surgeon Hip Knee Replacement FORMERLY MELI ORTHOPEDIC CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE M. LEE EBERSBERGER Orthopedic Surgeon Trauma MARK MORAN Orthopedic Surgeon Pediatric and Scoliosis GAYAN POOVENDRAN Sports Medicine MINN SAING Orthopedic Surgeon Sports Medicine COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 25 business By Elyssa Schwartz Pop Gourmet 6111 Lyons Road 786.716.3784 fresh fromTHE POP IN POPULAR the freezer POP GOURMET PUTS 26 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 S ince the frozen yogurt craze nearly melted away the local business scene for sweet treats has been long overdue for a makeover. Perhaps it was in need of a concept so new that it didn t even exist in South Florida let alone anywhere in the U.S. until now Ana and Armando Marques and their 19-year-old daughter Mariana have been serving decadent fruit-based ice pops at Palecol their popular confectionery in Brazil for the last two years. With 60 successful franchises the family took a chance and brought the concept to the States. Although the store itself proved to be fruitful as is (pardon the pun) the Marqueses decided it was appropriate to give their new sweet spot a brand-new name Pop Gourmet. In February the rstever U.S. location opened in Coconut Creek on Lyons Road bordering the Sawgrass Expressway making it a simple jaunt for Creek Parkland and Coral Springs residents. Mariana says that the family chose South Florida for their newest location because of its warm climate. ey felt that their ice pops would make for a refreshing treat to beat the heat. We re going to bring some avors from Brazil and create some here Mariana says. We researched the avors we wanted to sell here because there are a lot of Brazilian avors that people here don t know. It s a di erent culture. e Marques family was quick to learn that the recipe for opening a winning food spot in America included understanding their clientele s inevitable dietary restrictions. ere s a lot of people that can t drink milk says Mariana. My dad is thinking about doing something sweet with fruit without milk. And while Mariana is the brain behind 99.9 percent of the avors she teamed up with her dad to create several new healthy avors. Mariana feels con dent that parents won t feel bad about treating their kids with these better-for-you alternatives. People can eat things that are a little bit sweeter without feeling guilty she says. With a common base made from fruit milk water and pure cane sugar the remaining ingredients depend on the individual pop. For example the Nido with Nutella ice pop consists of the famous hazelnut spread and sour cream. Another fan favorite is a blend of chocolate and brigadeiro (a bite-sized Brazilian delicacy covered in sprinkles similar to what we consider to be a chocolate tru e). I never met someone that does not like brigadeiro Mariana says. From start to nish making the ice pops is a lengthy process. Armando takes over the bulk of Pop Gourmet s kitchen duties and handcrafts each pop one by one. After juicing the fruit he blends the fresh juice with milk. en the special llings (fruit brigadeiro etc.) are placed inside the popsicle mold and covered with the liquid mixture. Finally the tray is put into the freezer. Natural ingredients are the key Mariana says. e sugar we use in all the pops is derived directly from the sugar cane. Each ice pop is priced less than 5 depending on the avor and size. Mariana compares the standard ice pop to the size of an iPhone 6. e kids pop will be a bit smaller. As Pop Gourmet continues to pop the Marqueses plan to add to their menu something they ve yet to try in Brazil. We have plans to make smoothies and little healthy things like natural sandwiches lemonade juice and maybe salads Mariana says. e ambitious family foresees a quick expansion and anticipates 40 franchises in the U.S. within the next ve years. e main reason why were doing this is to make people healthy Mariana says. People think You re a vegan you can t eat anything sweet or You re healthy you can t eat this. Yeah you can. And we are proving that to them. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE FAVORITE FLAVORS Lemon Cookie Strawberry and Nido with Nutella. MARIANA S TOP PICKS & TIPS WHAT IS YOUR DREAM FLAVOR A tropical flavor with a lot of fruit in it kind of like a detox ice pop. WHAT S YOUR TIP ON HOW TO RECOVER FROM BRAIN FREEZE Spit out the offending food. Not very attractive but neither is your scrunched up brain freeze face. Or open your mouth and press your thumb on the roof of your mouth to warm it. Blackberry Mix WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 27 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 ing pr CLEANING s the goods We once again escaped a brutal winter (minus a few chilly days) but there s no denying that our homes (and lives) can use a little spring cleaning. It s time to break out the nontoxic cleaners oust those dusty crevices and spruce up the decor. Here are some of Life s top picks and tricks for clean and green living this spring and beyond. 1. 28 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 1. Flower Power Treat your home to some loving and pick a few fresh flowers for live decor. Or if you re looking for something more ornate check out the Half Moon Terrarium from Plant the Future in Miami. 78- 155 4. Be Aware of Your Air Awair is a smart device that tracks the air inside your home and detects when an excess of allergens such as pet dander are present and alerts you with suggestions on how to mange them. 199 5. Ditch the Drip If you re tired of wiping up a soaking wet floor after showering try the Noble Excellence MicroCotton Towel made of plush suede-like cotton. Choose from several rich and earthy colors that match your space. 7- 34 6. Clean House Greenhouse If you re looking to reduce waste try the Squeeze Cellulose Sponge Cloths from Full Circle Home for tackling spills dirty dishes and everyday household cleaning. Set of three 4 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 29 2. Talk About Germs Did you know that your cellphone has 18 times more harmful bacteria than a handle in a public restroom Yikes The GermGuard Phone Case has an efficacy rate of 99.5 percent. Protect yourself. 19.95 3. Combat Clutter With Bowl Huggers you can forget about rummaging around for a matching lid-and-container combo. The flexi-fit silicone edges form a tight seal around the bowls you already have at home. Set of two 15- 17 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 profile By Steven Mayer J THE GREAT point she even collaborated with Michael Jackson. She now wants to help others conquer the same barriers by creating what she calls the Whole Foods of the music industry. Her company Ethical Music Corporation (EMC) is the brainchild of her own closed doors and she is ready to open them for anyone facing similar adversity. I came to the conclusion that the commercial music industry is like a mainstream supermarket and the people who don t fit will never have the freedom to display their gift or work she says. Picture how many Picassos are out there who don t have a place in which to exhibit their paintings. It s workshops that prepare blind or visually impaired individuals seeking employment in the creative arts. Kiskadee is a record producer as well. She has a professional soundproof recording studio with all the bells and whistles you d expect to see from a major production company where she impressively manipulates the equipment with the mastery of a Jedi wielding a lightsaber. An artist is in good hands at this studio. The artists I have are all different in some way she says while toggling between the fancy monitors in the studio. Be it that they re older than conventional artists or just don t have an outlet to produce record or display their work. Perhaps they can t afford it because recording studios are notoriously expensive. I produce records for minimal cost which is why EMC needs donations. Kiskadee s legacy will be rich with life experiences but says she d like to be remembered most for her soulful music I would like my music to be an uplifting experience an experience that provokes thought that inspires new ways of thinking or that touches a place within that couldn t otherwise be accessed. While sharing a moment over a delicious cup of Earl Gray she told me of a tropical bird called the great kiskadee known for its unique song and inability to be caged. I thought of her life story and all she s done with her career and for the community and it struck me just how fitting her nickname actually is. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 eanette Contant-Galitello knows how hard it can be to break into the music business especially if you don t fit the industry s cookiecutter mold. The singer songwriter who goes by the name Kiskadee was born visually impaired but she never let that stop her from going after her musical dreams. Kiskadee is classically trained in music. Her voice is lauded as soulful jazzy and sensual perfect for R&B and her current band Indigo Nation continues to shine in South Florida s live music circuit. The Coconut Creek resident has music in her genes Her father was a pioneer of the steel drums in Trinidad and her mother studied strings at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. But even with all of her talent and musical pedigree she always felt the one thing holding her back was an industry that couldn t see past the fact that she didn t fit in with the mainstream music scene. I used to try to establish my songwriting and performing in the conventional music industry says Kiskadee. Though I always heard everyone say How come you re not famous or on TV it would never work out. I would get rejection letters or would be accepted for talent contests that suddenly weren t happening or I would be asked to go on TV and then that wouldn t work out. Unwilling to accept failure Kiskadee found a way to overcome obstacles. She has toured Europe and the Caribbean islands and at one like having beautiful paintings beautiful work and keeping them under the bed because there s no where for you to exhibit. EMC is a community-driven company. It hosts team-building workshops using the very steel drums Kiskadee s late father created. It also offers reggae music workshops a multifaith community choir music technology courses and even braille classes and 30 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM KISKADEE coconut creek visionary sees into the future of music COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 31 move with Max By Max Pankow fashionable tness and wearable tech H Max Pankow is a Parkland blogger health and tness coach motivator and believer and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certi ed personal trainer and tness nutrition specialist who helps individuals get healthy crush their goals and create a life they love. ow far will you go to stay committed to your health Between your Orangetheory Fitness membership your 30 yoga classes and your oh-so-necessary Lululemon ensemble how much more could you possibly spend And don t forget your Fitbit Apple Watch and weekly health coaching sessions. When you re doing everything you possibly can to look and feel your best how do you know when enough is enough If you re one of the many women toting along that awkward bulky tness tracker while trying to look professional in your business attire I ve got a x for you. Bursting through the market this spring is fashion-forward wearable technology. Say goodbye to ugly tness trackers and hello to a style all your own. Here are my favorites TORY BURCH FOR FITBIT If you have a Fitbit and love staying on top of the trends then this is the accessory for you Tory Burch has released an exclusive collection of bracelets and necklaces to conceal your Fitbit Flex. Find out more at Whether you choose to treat yourself or toryburch. someone else Fusion Fitness & O2 Yoga has the deal for you 20 classes for 159. With classes ranging from relaxing hot yoga to intense total-body boot camps this studio has it all. Promotion ends Dec. 21 (limit 2 per person). Fusion Fitness & O2 Yoga 4670 Coral Ridge Drive Coral Springs 954.345.9642 GET A GREAT DEAL FUNKTIONAL WEARABLES These are my all-time favorite accessories for everyday wear. Simply slip your fitness tracker into the stylish bangle bracelet and no one can tell you re tracking your health I m currently crushing on the Bridget in silver 36 but it s up to you to find your own look. Choose from dozens of styles at MY WRAPS I m totally wrapped up in this latest tech trend My Wraps anti-tangle wristband headphones. My favorite is the natural wood. Not only is it adorable as a bracelet but I also use it for meditation beads. Find the perfect wrap (or wraps) to mix and match with your outfits. The possibilities are endless Styles range from 20 to 35. READY FOR ANOTHER 5K Lace up your sneakers and head to Las Olas on Sunday March 13 for the third-annual Fort Lauderdale Shamrock Run 4 Miler. You can walk or run while having some fun (and free beer). Reserve your space today for 25 at The fun begins at 3 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza 1 E. Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale. 32 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM Who will be updating their tness fashion this spring Post a picture on social media and tag lifestylemag and maxpankow so we can check out your nds. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 Now Serving the residences of Coconut Creek TAX PROBLEMS WE CAN HELP Individual and Businesses Returns Electronically sent for quick refunds Accuracy Guarantee Satisfaction Guarantee Always Free Consultations No Obligations Open year round for business filings IRS Audit Assistance Free Copies anytime Trust the Professionals Trust in Liberty WANT SOME EXTRA MONEY SEND-A-FRIEND & WE WILL GIVE YOU 50 See office for details. SAVE 25.00 Off Bring in this ad one per household. 4400 West Sample Rd. Suite 132 Coconut Creek 754-999-8139 or 754-999-8140 Portuguese - Habla Espanol Your 2016 Tax Preparation. Realty Standards COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 33 city life 34 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 spring awakening While budding plants may be a typical indicator of spring in most places here in South Florida we re fortunate enough to experience the beauty of colorful flora year-round. Nonetheless spring is about renewal. You ll still find people cleaning out their homes and preparing for what the season has in store. Youth sports are in high gear and the weather is still nice enough (brace yourselves for summer humidity ) to get out there and breathe in the fresh air. What better way to reflect and enjoy the outdoors than to visit the beautiful parks and nature preserves that Coconut Creek has to offer. For parks and greenway locations visit parks. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 35 Photo courtesy of Butterfly World clear it with Katrina By Katrina Rubin eyes wide open not shut he area around the eyes is very fragile as it lacks resistance from external attacks such as pollution gravity and the sun s rays making it particularly sensitive to the e ects of aging. And because eye contact and communication go hand in hand it s a shame that this attention-getting area of the face shows the aging process earlier on most commonly in the form of wrinkles. e skin around the eyes is three to ve times thinner than the rest of the facial skin and therefore our most fragile and vulnerable area. As the elastin and collagen bers of the lower eyelid deteriorate over time it can result in sagging. Early signs of ne lines start to appear around the sensitive area of the eyes and the rst expression lines take shape at the outer corners forming what are commonly known as crow s feet. Our eyes cannot catch a break. e skin around the eye is constantly under pressure due to eyestrain and the fact that we blink more than 10 000 times a day. is occurs by way of 14 muscles that are activated every 10 seconds to ensure that the cornea is permanently hydrated. So surprise surprise... it is important to take very good care of the skin around your eyes and be very gentle while cleansing removing eye makeup and applying eye serums creams and makeup. Ideally you want to apply a small amount of eye cream (using your ring nger which has the T Estonian-born Katrina Rubin was a much sought-after image consultant and makeup artist in her hometown. Upon moving to the U.S. in 1991 she furthered her studies by becoming an aesthetician. Her reputation for quality treatments products and results is paramount and the cornerstone for her success. least movement) right under the eyebrow and right on the top of the cheekbone. Your body heat is a dependable catalyst which permits the cream to travel and be absorbed quite readily. Always be very careful when applying cream to areas surrounding your eye or you could end up with a couple of cream balls (sounds like a special at Dunkin Donuts right ). ese can be really uncomfortable to contend with since they can cause blurry vision irritation and pu ness. Here is an added suggestion for another key area of your face After your eye cream application you may use what s left on your nger on and around your lips as that area is also very fragile. e mouth is constantly moving when we eat speak and kiss (please do not stop any of this ) and over time these repeated contractions are responsible for the appearance of expression lines around the mouth. Keep your lips well-hydrated and protect them by carefully checking the ingredients found in your glosses and lipsticks. 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University Drive Suite 350 Coral Springs FL 33065 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 37 my coconut creek By Yvonne Lopez Smile YOU MAY BE ON CREEKTV You may have noticed a green-and-white decorative van around the city that s CreekTV your hometown television station crew on their way to inevitably film an amazing story. The station highlights everything from city events to residents who have a captivating story to share. You can watch recent videos on Comcast Channel 78 or check out the full historic repertoire online at creektv. Join the 440 subscribers and never miss a production CreekTV also incorporates professionally produced videos from organizations such as the South Florida Water Management District Wildlife Matters and Port Everglades and slides that promote city events in its daily TV programming. 38 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM CreekTV launched in January 2006 with minimal equipment that simply ran slides over Comcast cable. Today the award-winning station is outfitted with several digital cameras lighting kits and an in-house editing suite and has produced over 360 videos. Yes they are being watched YouTube has recorded over 280 000 online views. As a resident of Coconut Creek if you have an interesting life story fascinating hobby or an intriguing collection the crew would like to interview you. This threeto five-minute piece will get plenty of airtime so if you are not camera shy contact Yvonne Lopez at 954.973.6722 or ylopez COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 NOW OFFERING... PINHOLE GUM REJUVENATION TECHNIQUETM If you suffer from sensitive or unsightly gums this non-invasive treatment may be for you WOULD YOU Like Straighter Teeth & A More Beautiful Smile In A Few Short Months Instead of Years Teens & Adults.... 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She is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Florida and is a member of the National Association for Environmental Management. Whitman has practiced landscape architecture planning and environmental management for over 20 years and is presently employed as a senior planner with the city of Coconut Creek. She is also the city s sustainable coordinator responsible for maintaining green certi cation with the Florida Green Building Coalition and spearheading the city s Green Team to provide the annual Green Plan update. W in south florida e ve all heard about climate change it s been a hot topic at the state national and international level. For all the talk and worry do you know what South Florida is doing to protect our resources Have you heard of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact e Compact is an agreement that was executed by Broward Miami-Dade Monroe and Palm Beach counties in January 2010 to coordinate mitigation and adaptation activities across county lines relative to climate change. In other words the Compact looks for ways to lessen the impact of climate change on our community through science engineering and proper planning. e Compact represents a unique form of regional climate governance that is designed to allow local governments to set the agenda for climate adaptation. Additionally it provides an e cient and e ective means for state and federal agencies to participate with the Compact members through supportive measures and technical assistance creating an entity whose members are on the same page with leading scientists on the subject of climate change. e city of Coconut Creek signed the Mayor s Climate Action Pledge in support of the Compact in 2013 and is an active participant in the meetings events and summits. is past December city sta and members of the commission attended the 2015 Climate Summit in Monroe County. Hot topics at the summit included nuisance ooding saltwater intrusion into our water supply sea level rise and sustainable planning (mitigation and adaptation) relative to climate change. A variety of speakers from across the country presented their climate-related problems plans and solutions and the overall takeaway was that the summit was an impressive collaboration of information disseminated to an eager audience. e Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact is the rst of its kind in the country and stands as a model to other regions nationwide. e Compact has received national recognition for its e orts and will continue to be in the forefront of research on climate change and its e ects on our community. For more information on the Compact its partners and past summits visit southeast COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 ACCORDING TO ITS WEBSITE THE COMPACT CALLS FOR THE COUNTIES TO WORK COOPERATIVELY TO Develop annual legislative programs and jointly advocate for state and federal policies and funding. Dedicate sta time and resources to create a Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan to include mitigation and adaptation strategies for the e ects of climate change. Meet annually in regional climate summits to mark progress and identify emerging issues. Since its inception the Compact counties have made signi cant accomplishments through their cooperation with numerous federal state regional municipal nonpro t academic and private sector partners. KEY PARTNERS FOR THE COMPACT INCLUDE Institute for Sustainable Communities South Florida Water Management District e Nature Conservancy South Florida Regional Planning Council 40 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM THIS MONTH SPECIAL Quartz Countertops 39 starting at .99 sq.ft. (Minimum 40 sq. ft.) Family Owned & Operated Custom Fabrication Kitchen Countertops Vanity Tops Fireplaces Jacuzzi Tubs Sink in Stock Granite in Stock CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION 954.425.4394 Visit our Showroom & Warehouse to see our selection in stock 1805 S. Powerline Rd. 104 Deerfield Beach FL 33442 COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 41 dining ByMichelleF.Solomon all you can eat e can t guarantee you ll win big at the slot machines or poker tables at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek but with complete certainty we will tell you to place your bets on the revamped Fresh Harvest bu et. After walking through the casino (and of course stopping along the way to drop some money into the one-armed bandits) we found Fresh Harvest away from the bells and whistles of the casino oor. We were greeted by the general manager Karen Schmid who was excited to show o the updated restaurant which has been renovated from top to bottom taking a new approach to the traditional casino bu et. As someone who has eaten at nearly every bu et on the Las Vegas Strip I have developed a special technique for dividing and conquering without missing a morsel. Before grabbing the rst plate I scan the food area and take in each kitchen station. is is where to decide what deserves a taste and what constitutes piling the plate sky high. My plan of attack worked just as well at Fresh Harvest where the choices are endless. I started with small items near the salad area which includes charcuterie with a selection of cheeses salami and olives an array of fresh sushi and some inventive grain salads. e charcuterie changes frequently so what we rst tasted might have been di erent on a second visit. Standouts included a fresh g salad with small round balls of mozzarella and cucumber in zesty vinaigrette and everyone s favorite grain du jour quinoa with avocado and almonds. All of the produce is sourced locally and the emphasis is indeed on fresh. I selected a spicy sushi roll and a few pieces of salmon and tuna nigiri to nish my rst course. It was served slightly chilled at the perfect temperature. W SEMINOLE CASINO COCONUT CREEK UPS ITS GAME WITH A NEW MENU AT FRESH HARVEST 5550 NW 40th Street Coconut Creek 954.977.6700 42 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM Fresh Harvest Sweet and Spicy Sesame Beef over Napa Slaw COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 Garde manger chef Eric Beaulieu executive pastry chef Mark Weideman and Fresh Harvest chef Stephen Collins For my main course I had my eye on the carving board which had six meat selections brisket ham pork loin turkey (white and dark meat) and prime rib and grilled vegetables for vegetarians. ere were also two choices of sausage that were made in-house at sister restaurant NYY Steak inside the casino. e prime rib a casino bu et staple was a cut above usual fare. Our server Juan arrived swiftly to the table when he saw I had selected the meat to reveal a tray of silver steak knives. But the meat which was from the butcher shop at NYY Steak was cooked to such perfection with a juicy rosepink center I needed little more than a butter knife to slice it. e superbly savory baked ham while avorful on its own was enhanced by a homemade honey glaze and chunky applesauce presented in small mason jars. e cheddar cheese-drenched Brussels sprouts which I discovered at another station were the perfect side dish. e pasta station came next. You can have the chef s suggested creation or concoct your own from the display of ingredients. While there was more to sample including tapas of chicken sh and meatloaf the grandest area in the room awaited dessert. Executive pastry chef Mark Weideman s decadent o erings seem to go on forever from brownie mudslide shooters to dozens of small pies cakes and custards including Key lime and tiramisu and everything-but-the-kitchen-sink Coco Compost Cookies. But the icing on the station was the gelato made from scratch in-house. I opted for the Guinness Stout which was creamy and rich with a hint of malt like the Irish beer. Juan suggested a frothy whipped cappuccino to go with dessert then left hot towels on the table along with the delivery of the co ee. Dinner is 27 per person with an unbelievable optional add-on all the house wine and domestic beer you can drink for 10. e restaurant also o ers brunch on Saturday and Sunday for 28 which includes endless mimosas. Now that s COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 Asian Carrot Salad Chocolate Fruit Tarte Chocolate cake WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 43 restaurant uide g Dining well is one of LIFE s great pleasures. We hope you ll make some fabulous restaurant discoveries on this page that you might not have known about or revisit some old favorites. Eat drink be merry and make each day a day to celebrate See full menus and reviews at ALL STAR PIZZA & ITALIAN RESTAURANT Coral Creek Plaza 6560 N. State Road 7 Coconut Creek 954.429.3990 Monday Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 4 to 9 p.m. Serving South Florida since 1995 All Star Pizza s third location is now open. Real New York-style pizza delicious Italian food calzones wings zeppoles and more with daily lunch and pizza specials and family deals. Dine in a modern casual family environment or order for takeout or delivery. You can download the app and order online. BELLA ROMA 4301 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek 954.978.8800 Monday Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 2 to 9 p.m. Bella Roma is Italian food at its best. From fresh caprese salads to tasty chicken with mushrooms and cheese to the signature pastas and thin-crust pizzas Bella Roma s dishes are molto buono. For dessert try the savory cheesecakes or cannoli. Delivery available to all of Coconut Creek Margate and Palm Aire BIG BITE BAGEL & DELI Winston Park Center 5369 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 954.418.7100 Open daily 6 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. is full-service bagel and deli restaurant includes dine-in takeout and delivery serving all-day breakfast and anytime lunch. Big Bite s bagels are baked on premises daily. Customer favorites include made-to-order omelets signature home fries homemade knishes bagel sandwiches latkes Benedict and e Turkish Scramble. Catering is available for all occasions please place your holiday orders early. JASMINE THAI & SUSHI 1785 N. State Road 7 Margate 954.979.5530 Lunch Monday Friday 11 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner Nightly 5 to 10 p.m. is family-friendly restaurant with 20 years in the community is both comfortable and a ordable. An authentic handcrafted ai menu with unique twists creates a cultural experience you won t soon forget. And don t forget the sushi bar with a selection of classic and inventive rolls to wow your palate. PAD THAI 5458 W. Sample Road Margate 954.977.8980 Monday Saturday 11 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pad ai serves only authentic ai cuisine. Its signature namesake dish pad thai is the most popular but the restaurant also o ers excellent ai Red Curry Fresh Hot Basil (spicy) and Pad Prik Khing ( ai chili paste sauteed with fresh green beans onion carrots and bell pepper). Lunch specials start at 7.95 and early bird dinner specials start at 8.95 both include soup or salad and hot tea. THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE 7619 N. State Road 7 Parkland 954.345.9190 Monday ursday 11 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday 11 30 a.m. to 9 p.m. e Whale Raw Bar & Fish House o ers an extensive menu of delicious sandwiches salads and seafood as well as a full raw bar menu. Customer favorites include local sh prepared in various styles such as the Killer Whale Style Mahi-Mahi Reuben New England Lobster Roll Steamed Clams Seafood Platter and more. e Whale Raw Bar also has a full liquor bar great happy hour specials and a children s menu. TOOJAY S ORIGINAL GOURMET DELI e Walk 2880 N. University Drive Coral Springs 954.346.0006 Sunday ursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. TooJay s has remodeled and is now open e look may be brand-new but this classic New York-style deli proudly features favorites your family just won t nd in other restaurants. Hand-sliced sandwiches stacked high on thick slices of homemade breads tender cuts of brisket warm and soothing matzo ball soup delicate cheese blintzes crunchy potato pancakes time-honored comfort foods and so much more. Stop in today admire the new look and see why TooJay s is a cut above the rest. 44 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 pets spotlight By Elyssa Schwartz For some one pet may be enough but for others two or even a few will do. To adopt any of the following animals or others contact Animal Aid at or call 754.223.5378. R best friends furever Rosie & Toby Rosie a 60-pound bull terrier is 3 years old and loves spending time with her BFF Toby a 10-pound 2-yearold male Chihuahua. Toby and Rosie became homeless after their family lost their house to foreclosure and sadly could no longer take care of them. These playful dogs have been together their entire lives and have formed an amazing bond. They are both housebroken loving and affectionate. Memo is a 2-year-old toy fox rat terrier mix. This 14-pound pup has a reputation for being the sweetest dog at Animal Aid making him a perfect candidate for a family with young children. Roxamillion is an active and curious 2-year-old terrier breed that enjoys the spotlight. This 20-pound attentionlover may be best suited for an adultsonly home. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 45 Photos by Our community is made up of special moments that bring people together. From awards and local performances to celebrations new adventures and more we want to share your extraordinary experiences. Email your photos to editorial lmg .com. Treasure hunters strolled through the aisles at the Antique and Collectibles Show hosted by the Women s Club of Coconut Creek at the Recreation Complex on Jan. 23. Tables displayed coins jewelry glassware tools books toys and more. For Sale Congrats On Jan. 17 City Manager Mary Blasi received recognition for her years of leadership and community service at the Democratic Club of Wynmoor brunch. In addition U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch entered Mary s biography and achievements into the Congressional Records. Jerry Gray NSU professor and founding member of the Canadian band e Travellers entertained and educated fans on the power of folk music during the civil rights movement at the Creek Culture Series on Jan 7. Listen & Learn Brrr 46 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM City of Coconut Creek employees declared Jan. 21 Scarf Day at the o ce. Shirleen Holoubek Jerry Nickell Kathleen Hittle Leslie May Janeane Wolfe Swati Meshram Janice Ninesling Natacha Josiah Tina Peterson Denise Stecko Sanjeev Bissessar Yvonne Lopez and Justin Ayers sported their trendiest scarves. COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 Ad COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM 47 Ad 48 WWW.LIFEPUBS.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE MARCH 2016