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AUGUST 2016 KICK OFF THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A HEALTHY START BACK-TO-SCHOOL GOODS BOOST YOUR ENERGY AT LIQUIVITA THE NUTRITION EDITION AUGUST 2016 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT Florida License on Wheels September 2nd 9 30 AM to 2 00 PM Community Center 5-6698 Services by appointment ONLY call 954-54 Annual Worldwide Day of Play September 17th 9 00 AM to 12 30 PM Community Center For children ages 5 and older Publix Sponsored by West Boca Medical Center and ber 30th Registration is September 1st through Septem Boys ages 6 to 17 Volunteer coaches needed 100 per player entry fee (Non-Resident 60 2017 Winter Boys Basketball League Sports Card required) The City of Coconut Creek Parks & Recreation Department offers Fitness Classes Athletic Leagues Activities and Programs for all ages at the Recreation Complex and the Community Center. To get a complete listing of programs including times dates ages and descriptions visit our website at www.CoconutCreek.net Events Recreation Complex 4455 Sol Press Blvd 954-956-1580 Community Center 1100 Lyons Road 954-545-6670 Special Events Hotline 954-545-6620 2 WWW.LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 Is Your Roof Hurricane Ready Latite Roofing...ready when you are Call Latite for all your repair and re-rooking needs. Latite is the largest roofing company in South Florida and has been serving residents and businesses for over 70 years. Ask for rate code Life3 to receive 10% off any repair or 300 off re-roofing. Southeast Florida Corporate Headquarters 2280 W. Copans Rd. Pompano Beach FL 33069 800.NEW.ROOF (639.7663) WWW.LATITE.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 3 CCC 1326510 contents August 2016 Volume 16 Issue 8 lmgfl.com 26 FEATURES A BETTER LUNCHBOX 32 Learn expert nutrition tips and A recipes for packing and snacking this school year. SOS Children s Villages-Florida impacts the lives of local children for the better. SHINING STAR Local high school sweethearts open Liquivita a nutrient therapy lounge in Coconut Creek. 34 8 VITAMIN BOOSTER DEPARTMENTS A VIEW FROM THE TOP August holds a significant spot on the calendar for us all CITY VOICE Community relations department e voice behind the tweet 10 12 14 16 20 24 MY COCONUT CREEK City life and social media COMMUNITY CALENDAR Activities in your neighborhood GREEN EXCELLENCE Bioswale--a buzzword worth knowing AROUND TOWN Local news and community events 36 THE GOODS Back-to-school fashions and supplies for a successful school year 38 40 MOVE WITH MAX Why you should try traveling solo COMMUNITY Coconut Creek football program celebrates 20 years 42 44 46 DINING Customer satisfaction fuels innovation at Mozart Cafe RESTAURANT GUIDE Dishing up some of the best eateries SNAPSHOTS Special moments On the cover Kendall Evans and Gigi D errico students at North Broward Preparatory School photo by Downtown Photo On this page Find the recipe for this kid-approved strawberries and cream smoothie on page 29 4 WWW.LMGFL.COM PETS SPOTLIGHT Cat call Adopt Jordan the tuxedo kitten COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 At Debt.com we re experts at connecting people and businesses to the financial solutions they need to get ahead. 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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 both Parkland Coral Springs Life and Coconut Creek Life magazines. Verified postal receipts are available for review to guarantee veracity. The entire contents of Coconut Creek Life is copyrighted and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the express written consent of the publisher. Coconut Creek Life accepts no responsibility for products or services advertised herein. 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But don t forget we have an election this month as well--the state s primary election is on Aug. 30. Not to be confused with the Presidential Preference Primary Election held back in March this one helps decide who appears on the November general election ballot for state and local races. Needless to say it s important too. For many of us the right to vote was hard-fought. e 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ratified on Aug. 18 1920 granted women that right. Likewise the landmark Voting Rights Act prohibits by federal law racial discrimination at the polls and was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Aug. 6 1965 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. So however you look at voting--as a privilege as a right or as your responsibility--please take the time to cast your ballot because each vote matters for the health of the American political system and to the people who participate in it. e U.S. Census Bureau compiles information about U.S. voting patterns among other things. e first census began more than a year after President George Washington s inauguration recording the population of the country on Census Day --Aug. 2 1790. Its six questions asked for the name of the head of the family and how many people lived in each household. Today s version asks 48 questions ranging from income to method of transportation to your place of work. Our city was incorporated in 1967 and the 1970 census put our population at 1 359--a staggering difference compared to the 56 000-plus who call it home today. We have a lot of voters in our community. August also marks the 53rd anniversary of one of history s most recognizable and profound speeches--Martin Luther King Jr. s I Have a Dream address. On Aug. 28 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. King spoke to a crowd of about 250 000 people attending the March on Washington for jobs and freedom. I have a dream he told onlookers that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. If you get a chance read the entire speech. It s beyond inspiring. Lastly I d like to wish all of the kids and teachers a great year as they return to school this month. Make this your best. Have a great day and remember to keep smiling. DATES TO REMEMBER Aug. 30 State primary election Nov. 8 General election The early-voting period consists of a minimum mandatory period of eight days. Jot these dates down if early voting works best for you Aug. 20 27 State primary election Oct. 29 Nov. 5 General Election 8 WWW.LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 We can relieve chronic knee pain. MINN SAING Orthopedic Surgeon Sports Medicine PAUL I. MELI Orthopedic Surgeon Knee Shoulder AYISHA LIVINGSTONE Orthopedic Surgeon Hand & Upper Extremity RICHARD ZAVOYSKI Orthopedic Surgeon Hip Knee Replacement M. LEE EBERSBERGER FORMERLY MELI ORTHOPEDIC CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE Orthopedic Surgeon Trauma Fracture Care Orthopedic Surgeon Foot Ankle and Lower Extremity MIRYLSA COLON MARK MORAN Orthopedic Surgeon Pediatric and Scoliosis GAYAN POOVENDRAN Sports Medicine COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 9 city voice Gregg Oldberg creative services specialist Kathy Ecklond administrative assistant John Buchter creative services technician John Hartzell media production specialist and Yvonne Lopez community relations director the voice behind the tweet A yvonne lopez leads the city s community relations division branding promotion for city projects and events Cocogram (the city s digital newsletter) the Creek Culture Series (monthly lectures by Nova Southeastern University professors) website development and updates and our partnership with Life. e city also has a sign shop that is managed by Gregg Oldberg. e banners that you see on the streets are designed and printed in-house. Most team members also serve as city photographers. Can you describe your team in three words Creative dedicated accountable. I am fortunate to work with an awesome and fun group of professionals. e CreekTV videos and graphic design work are outstanding. e cross-training and reliable assistance is a constant. ey have come up with ideas that range from video contests to logo designs. As the saying goes We have each other s backs and I am grateful to work with each one of them. When the city responds to a resident via social media is it really you responding Yes that s me If you could hold any other position for the city of Coconut Creek for just one week--what would it be None. I love my job fter working for the city for 11 years Yvonne Lopez is in love with her current position as the city s community relations director. (She was the public information officer until 2013.) Her favorite part of the job It allows her to interact with residents via social media TV production and the Citizen s Academy a nine-week program in which residents learn how the city is run. I thoroughly enjoy keeping them informed of city projects and events and being the go-to division for all types of inquiries she says. With almost three decades of marketing and public relations experience Lopez says her job sometimes seems to require 24 7 attention which she happily obliges. While she acknowledges she wouldn t be able to survive without her creative easygoing and trustworthy team she has initiated some essential programs on her own. Life spoke with Lopez to gain some insight into her daily life. What programs have you implemented Pretty much all of them--ha I managed the launch of CreekTV in 2006 initiated all social media platforms implemented the Special Events Assistance Program created the Citizen s Academy implemented a speakers bureau (through which residents can request a guest speaker from the city for a meeting or event) and introduced the Speak Up Coconut Creek program (an open-dialogue website for residents). How do you continue to come up with new ideas year after year Each year I attend an annual conference (3CMA City-County Communications and Marketing Association) with my peers from throughout the country. During the three-day conference we exchange ideas and learn new trends and technologies. What else does your team manage Media calls logistics for ribbon-cutting and grand-opening ceremonies GET SOCIAL Coconut Creek has several social media accounts that Lopez monitors daily. Connect with the city on Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Instagram and Pinterest CoconutCreekGov. Or check out the city s YouTube channel CreekTV. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 10 WWW.LMGFL.COM Now Ope n E nrol grow. play. learn. Specializing in the Development of Your Child s Self Esteem Social Interactions and School Readiness. Ages 8 Weeks to 5 Years (including Voluntary PreK) l Tod ay Qualified dedicated and professionally trained teachers Spacious inviting classrooms and playgrounds Nutritious meals Open Monday thru Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Safe clean and secure environment Academic S.T.E.A.M. curriculum spanish lessons computers Smart Boards iPads and gardening Enrichment programs including piano music ballet soccer and karate S.T.E.A.M Summer Camp in June and July for both toddlers and preschoolers featuring on-campus animal shows a science lab water play and much more Call (954) 688-9398 today to schedule your personal tour. 7505 N. State Road 7 PaRklaNd www.pineviewpreschools.com License No. 46774 COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 11 my coconut creek Social Skills By Yvonne Lopez community relations director City of Coconut Creek WHY DO PEOPLE LOVE COCONUT CREEK The community relations department took to Twitter to find out what our residents love about the slice of paradise that we call home. Here are some tweets we received in the past. Now it s your turn Why do you love living in Coconut Creek Don t forget to tag us ( CoconutCreekGov) and use MyCoconutCreek. TRAVEL WITH CREEK PRIDE Astrid a Coconut Creek resident and Lucho were eager to show some Coconut Creek love while visiting a remote island off of mainland Colombia. To pick up promotional city items to take on your vacation contact ylopez coconutcreek. net. 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She s a senior planner for the city of Coconut Creek and its sustainability coordinator responsible for maintaining certification with the Florida Green Building Coalition. Whitman received her landscape architecture degree from the University of Florida. ese days eco-terminology pops up like weeds in your garden. And now here s one more to add to your vocabulary Bioswale. at fancy word refers to a simple way of retaining stormwater--in order to improve its quality before it enters our lakes and canals reduce the threat of flooding and keep it away from people places and things. In South Florida we commonly see flash flooding especially on the east side of the county where 6 inches of water can accumulate quickly in heavy rain. Our stormwater systems aren t designed to handle quick large amounts of water-- they re designed to divert a steady flow of water. Heavy rain strains the system and that s dangerous for our residents. Bioswales offer an attractive environmentally friendly solution for water treatment and retention. Whether designed as a rock garden or as a planted garden bioswales can become part of the landscape and help our drainage system. ey can be a combination of vegetation gravel rock and piping depending on the intended use and space available. ey improve biodiversity by creating habitats for birds amphibians and mammals. Broward County s Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department regulates stormwater runoff and new developments must receive a permit from this agency. e department aims to ensure stormwater is captured and diverted so that neighboring properties and habitats are not damaged. For new construction the site planning stage is the perfect time to look into a bioswale. A knowledgeable engineer or landscape architect can offer advice during the early processes. Existing properties also can help by adding specially designed bioswales. ey re low-cost environmentally friendly alternatives to having rainwater fall from your roof down your driveway and into a catch basin. Even better you can use the collected rainwater as a water source for your landscape or a backup for hurricane season. Midtown a new residential development in the city s MainStreet area is working through the permit process. Plans for a series of bioswales have been submitted to the county for stormwater management review. ey re the first of their kind for the city. ey re planned along the southeast corner of the development along Sample Road and along the interior MainStreet roadway. e design consists of a rock bed surrounded by specifically selected plants that thrive in this environment. So if you see medians and swales around town that are teeming with plant life they might just be new bioswales-- wonderful alternatives to traditional drainage concepts. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS Natural water treatment Improved stormwater quality entering the lakes and canals Reduced volume of stormwater runoff Reduced strain on the stormwater system Increased infiltration and groundwater recharge Boost to biodiversity Beautification COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 14 WWW.LMGFL.COM PHOTO COURTESY OF GREEN EARTH OPERATIONS FA LL IN LOV E W ITH CA PTI VA... Just Escape. Experience world-class amenities and enjoy life s simple pleasures at our award winning resort located on 2.5 miles of white-sand beach. Explore our 330 acre island retreat offering an incomparable array of land water and family activities like our sunset and nature cruises fishing charters waterfront dining and more. Your staycation awaits... Just Escape. Enjoy 2 Nights or more from August 14th through December 15th and enjoy daily breakfast for two a 100 Resort Credit and a coupon book with more than 250 in savings at Resort Outlets. 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COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 15 community calendar All Centers CHILDREN S PROGRAMS Volunteer Opportunities for Students 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 Address 1100 Lyons Road CHILDREN S PROGRAMS City Dancers Dance Classes Ages 3 to teens Ballet pointe hip-hop and tap Fees 35 and up For class schedules contact Donna Fife at 954.570.8076 or Mary Jo McDaniel at 954.340.4316 Pilates A mat class that focuses on using the core muscles Mondays 6 to 7 p.m. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents SPECIAL NEEDS Programs led by a certified therapeutic recreation specialist For ages 3 to senior citizens For more information call 954.545.6670 Complete our Special Needs Survey to have your needs heard Visit coconutcreek.net parks to take the survey FITNESS CLASSES Pilates A mat class that focuses on using the core muscles as the foundation for movement Designed to promote balance and coordination while increasing strength and flexibility. Community Center Mondays 6 to 7 p.m. Recreation Complex Wednesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. 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 Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays 1 to 2 p.m. Recreation Center Wednesdays 11 a.m. to noon Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents ADULTS Indoor Pickleball This paddleboard sport is easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a quick fast-paced competitive game for experienced players. Ages 18 and up Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon beginning Aug. 29 Mondays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free for fitness members and senior club members 2 for residents 4 for nonresidents Other Locations WINDMILL PARK 700 LYONS ROAD 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 coconutcreek.net parks windmill-park Eric Kantor Tennis Academy For all levels beginners to tournament players For rates and times call 954.975.5460 or visit ektatennis.com Group lessons available from toddlers on up Men s and women s leagues for singles and doubles SENIORS Senior Center A wide range of monthly activities such as 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. Ages 50 and up Annual cost includes all activities except for big dances and field trips 20 for residents 30 for nonresidents FITNESS CLASSES 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. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents Yoga Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. Free for members 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents 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 coconutcreek.net classes 16 WWW.LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 Recreation Complex Address 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 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 shotokancc.com 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 Mondays and Wednesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Saturdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m.. 8 per class 70 for 10 classes For more information contact Cheryl Gomes at 954.461.1177 or lovetozumba hotmail.com CHILDREN S PROGRAMS Toddler Flag Football This program is designed to teach toddlers the fundamentals of football. Participants will receive a T-shirt football and a certificate of completion. Parent participation is mandatory. Ages 2 to 4 Tuesdays Aug. 23 through Sept. 27 10 to 11 a.m. 40 for Coconut Creek residents 45 non-residents Register at coconutcreek.net webtrac or by walk-in. For more information contact 954.956.1580 Toddler Soccer This program is designed to teach toddlers the fundamentals of soccer. All participants will receive a T-shirt soccer ball and a certificate of completion. Parent participation is mandatory. Both children and parents must wear sneakers. For ages 2 to 4 Aug. 29 to Oct. 10 from 11 15 a.m. to noon no class Sept. 5 40 for Coconut Creek residents 45 non-residents Register at coconutcreek.net webtrac or by walk-in For more information contact 954.956.1580 ADULTS Fine Art with Acrylics Class will focus on mixing tinting and shading colors to create beautiful landscapes still life and abstract pictures on canvas Ages 18 and up Wednesdays 6 30 to 9 30 p.m. Aug. 17 -- 31 60 per session for residents 70 per session for nonresidents Space is limited to 15 participants per session Registration is ongoing by walk-in or online at coconutcreek.net webtrac For more information call 954.956.1580 COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 17 WELCOME TO OUR WORLD Performance audacity precision The Breitling Jet Team embodies the entire philosophy of excellence that has made Breitling the privileged partner of aviation. 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It was challenged by the Coral Springs Police Department to take part in the Running Man Challenge the latest Internet viral dance trend. Chief Butch Arenal led the police department and other city staff--along with American Top Team fighters Goldcoast Ballroom dance students and Cheer Florida cheerleaders--in a grand show of old-school dance moves. Arenal challenged the cities of Margate and Punta Gorda to film their best steps offering thanks to Bar Louie and Butterfly World for letting them film at their locations. To see the full video visit youtube.com creektv. SAME QUALITY REPAIR . . . 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Between 9 30 a.m. and 2 p.m. visit the Community Center [1100 Lyons Road] for the following services Provide required personal documentation at your appointment. Get a complete list of acceptable documents at coconutcreek.net events. To make an appointment call 954.545.6698. Alignment Balancing Oil Change New and Used Tires Suspension Brakes Tune-up General Mechanic AC Repair 4862 N. Powerline Rd. Pompano Beach FL 33073 We speak Portuguese 954.708.7259 INJURED ARTS & CRAFTS free art classes Introduce your child to the joys of cartooning. On Saturdays Barker Animation [4455 Lyons Road] hosts a free cartooning class from 2 to 3 p.m. for ages 5 and up. Materials are provided. 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University Drive Suite 350 Coral Springs FL 33065 WWW.LMGFL.COM 21 www.personalinjuryfirm.com 255-7000 around town PURPLE HEART honoring our own Did you know Coconut Creek is a Purple Heart City During a recent city commission meeting the city pledged strong support for those who put their lives at risk while serving their country. Lewis Colon John Dugan and Don Schwiesow from American Legion Post 170 presented the Purple Heart flag to the commission. ANCIENT MEDITATION cultivate joy and happiness FINALLY COMES TO CORAL SPRINGS Mind Your Own Biscuits And Life Will Be Gravy On Aug. 11 learn the art of meditation on the second floor of Fern Forest Nature Center [201 Lyons Road South]. Experience guided meditation led by Megan O Connor to quiet the mind and become more present. From 4 15 to 5 30 p.m. learn how to relax slow down and gain a sense of peace. The class is 15 a person. For more information call 954.483.5095. Live Entertainment Every Fri & Sat Specials Every Day 6240 Coral Ridge Dr. 100 Coral Springs Fl. 33076 INTO THE WILD 954.510.1099 backyard butterflies www.bigroosterssoutherntable.com 22 WWW.LMGFL.COM Last month s Green Excellence article urged residents to enter a photo contest by submitting pictures of their own butterfly gardens for a chance to win a prize. As a bonus some residents wound up satisfying the criteria for a Backyard Wildlife Habitat (as outlined by the National Wildlife Federation) and were reimbursed by the city. One of the first to receive such certification was Margot Fernandez Olson. Congratulations Margot COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 IT S SUMMER STAYCATION TIME. F LO R I DA R E S I D E N TS S A V E U P TO 2 0 % P L U S Complimentary Daily Breakfast for Two Complimentary Self Parking Florida residents don t have to go far for an awesome summer vacation Escape to Hollywood Beach Marriott and discover charming guest rooms with balconies and tranquil Atlantic Ocean views. Bike the famous Hollywood Beach Broadwalk home to a variety of fabulous restaurants shops and nightlife. Enjoy world-class dining at Latitudes our popular on-site restaurant. After a fun-filled day at the beach just steps from our front door cool off in the shimmering pool and unwind with live music and happy hour specials from Latitudes Tiki Bar. F O R R E S E R V AT I O N S V I S I T M A R R I OT T H O L LY W O O D B E A C H . C O M USE PROMO CODE FR6 HOLLYWOOD BEACH MARRIOTT 2501 NORTH OCEAN DRIVE 954.924.2202 888.788.2711 MARRIOTTHOLLYWOODBEACH.COM Rates are through September 30 2016. Must present valid Florida ID at check in. Rooms are limited and based on availability. Blackout dates apply. 2016 Marriott International Inc. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 23 the goods Roll it Up It may look like a menu offering at Chipotle but the Digital Burrito Pouch by JanSport is actually for storing electronic cords power bricks and other daily essentials. The case folds up perfectly to fit inside a backpack. 17.99 Staples 7500 W. Commercial Blvd. 954.748.4230 staples.com Lunchtime Replace those plastic bags with the Yumbox. This environmentally conscious alternative to brown-bag lunches is lightweight leakproof and trendy enough to carry on its own. It s made from BPA- and phthalate-free materials and has a removable tray for fast and easy cleanup. To make portion control a breeze we suggest the six-compartment style. 28 yumboxlunch.com Back to School 24 WWW.LMGFL.COM In Your Face Take your child s emoji fascination to the next level with this expressive backpack ( 40). Spring for the matching lunch box ( 22) and they won t be able to contain their emotions. Mona s Clothing 4614 N. University Drive 954.346.0805 This year s backpack must-haves By Elyssa Schwartz Photos by Evelyn Robles COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 Hydrate Heavily Wrapped in a protective silicone sleeve this 16-ounce glass water bottle by Lifefactory is slim and mobile. With a variety of lids to choose from our pick is the straw cap designed for spill-proof sipping. This dishwasher safe bottle is BPA- BPS- and phthalate-free. 24.99 Lucky s Market 9184 Wiles Road 954.603.9139 lifefactory.com Hot Tropics Is your child already nostalgic about summer break Let them reminisce about the family vacation while taking notes in class with this Summer Vibes Notebook offering patterns of toucans flamingos and pineapples. 3 Staples 7500 W. Commercial Blvd. 954.748.4230 staples.com Reach new heights in this season s latest bomber jacket ( 58 to 68). Featured in magazines such as Seventeen and Vogue this runway item comes in solid patched and embellished prints such as camouflage. Pair it with solid-color knee-length shorts ( 46) in denim black or white--dress code-approved Teen Angel 5671 Coral Ridge Drive 954.510.7474 facebook.com teenangelclothingboutique COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 Take Flight Peace & Love They re back Chokers are this year s hottest must-have in teen fashion. This 1990s style staple comes in more colors and materials than ever with fun charms such as peace signs stars hearts stones pearls and hamsas. From 15 to 20. Fannie s Finds 7363 N. State Road 7 954.346.8111 fanniesfinds.com WWW.LMGFL.COM 25 IT S EASY TO TAKE A NUTRITIOUS APPROACH TO PACKING AND SNACKING By Natalie Cacciatore Photos by Darren Altman Photography I t s 6 a.m. and you re standing in your kitchen staring blankly into the fridge wondering What am I going to make for my kids lunch today that s fast healthy and something they will actually eat It seems making anything healthy is so much work. You think to yourself How bad could those conveniently packaged items be e packaging says made with real fruit and all natural and contains whole grains. So they must be healthy right After packing their lunch boxes with a few of these items--accompanied by a sandwich made of processed deli meat and cheese--the kids wake up and groggily ask you what s for breakfast. You still have to organize backpacks comb out bed-head knots and make sure they walk out the door with shoes on. You place a colorful box of cereal on the counter with a halfgallon of milk and check one more thing off your list. Sound familiar COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 26 WWW.LMGFL.COM BOX BUILDING A BETTER LUNCH Natalie Cacciatore is a serial entrepreneur who found a healthier way of life almost through necessity after climbing the corporate ladder for years--and nearly killing herself with stress in the process. With more than 15 years experience in health care the Palm Beach County resident brings her passion for helping others reach optimal health and wellness to clients all over the world through her company BAM BAM BODY. She practices living life to the fullest and believes that seeking progress over perfection is the first step to getting your BAM--your body and mind--back. Say hello at mybambambody gmail.com. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 27 A healthy and balanced diet is crucial for a child s brain function energy levels strong bones and muscles and other proper development. Packaged foods are loaded with unhealthy ingredients such as refined sugar artificial colors and flavors preservatives and other additives that have been linked to health-related issues such as Type 2 diabetes attentiondeficit hyperactivity disorder and behavioral problems. If your child lacks energy is gaining weight has trouble focusing or suffers from ADHD then it s time to reevaluate his or her diet. Your kid s meals are the fuel they put in their tank and if they fill up on the wrong kind of fuel it will be difficult to achieve their full potential. So what is the right kind of fuel Here are six tips to help you get your kids properly fueled up for a successful school year and a happy and healthy body and mind. Time Management Spend a few hours on Sunday to prepare food for the week. Some ideas baked or grilled chicken quinoa brown rice legumes roasted or saut ed vegetables and fresh hummus with veggie sticks. ese items can be used to make many different meals such as sandwiches wraps salads and power bowls to ensure your kids won t get bored with their weekly lunches. Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail Pack lunches the night before so you re not rushing in the morning. Also knowing what you are making them for breakfast beforehand saves time. Ditch the processed cereals or baked goods and instead truly nourish their bodies with a healthy smoothie or scrambled eggs with your prepped veggies. Or get creative and make some overnight oat jars or chia seed pudding. Feed Your Kids the Rainbow We re not talking about Skittles. Multicolored fruits and vegetables are not only beautiful but they are a result of the availability and concentrations of nutrients. It s important to get enough variety for balanced nutrition and it s also important to consume them in whole form. Fruit juices might look healthy but most commercially available juices are pasteurized and the fiber has been removed. e fiber is what delays the body s absorption of sugar helping avoid blood glucose spikes. Many fruit juices are only slightly better than eating a mouthful of refined sugar. Buy Organic Conventional produce is loaded with residual pesticides. If you re on a budget and must be selective about the fruits and vegetables you buy then purchase organic versions of the ones on the Environmental Working Group s Dirty Dozen list (available at ewg.org). is list contains many common foods peaches apples celery strawberries and kale. It s also best to consume organic pasture-raised animal products and wild-caught seafood to avoid hormones antibiotics and pesticides as well as genetically engineered components. Become a Teacher Help your kids understand that healthy foods have super powers that can make them smarter and stronger. Read up on the ingredients you re using for their meals and explain the benefits to them. If possible get them involved in making breakfast and lunch with you. ey will be excited and engaged as they discover the importance of nutrition and how it affects their lives. Be a Food Label Detective It s always best to eat whole foods-- those that don t require a label because there s only one ingredient. (For example a fresh banana.) Processed foods containing multiple ingredients are required to have labels. If you don t recognize an ingredient on those labels then your body probably won t recognize it either. Scrutinize everything you feed your kids--they get only one body each so take good care of them. 28 WWW.LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 BREAKFAST PREP TIME 5 MINUTES Many parents encourage their kids to make healthy choices but unfortunately many kids are finicky about what they eat. Sometimes it s the texture of the food or perhaps the color. That s where smoothies come to the rescue. They re the perfect way to sneak in extra nutrients such as greens. Almond milk adds a milky texture without using dairy. Banana adds creaminess while strawberries hide the color of the spinach. There is no need for additional sweetener as the smoothie is sweet enough simply from the fruit. STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS 6-8 organic medium-sized frozen strawberries 1 cup unsweetened organic almond milk 1 ripe organic banana 2 tablespoons organic Greek yogurt 1 2 cup organic spinach 4-5 ice cubes DIRECTIONS Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until completely smooth. OAT CEREAL PREP TIME 5 MINUTES Cereal is a breakfast staple. It s quick easy and only takes a few minutes to eat in the morning. Unfortunately most breakfast cereals have a huge amount of additives and sugar. This cereal can be made in big batches and stored for later use. It uses gluten-free oats raw nuts and a touch of sweetener. You can add carob chips coconut flakes or any dried fruits to the mixture. INGREDIENTS 2 cups organic gluten-free rolled oats 1 2 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds 1 2 cup raw organic walnuts 1 2 cup raw organic pecans 2 tablespoons melted organic coconut oil 2 tablespoons Grade A maple syrup or honey Optional add-ins Carob chips unsweetened coconut flakes dried fruits of choice DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. 2. Mix all ingredients together. Place on baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes stirring the mixture halfway through baking 3. Remove from oven and let cool for one hour. 4. Once cooled you can add any additional ingredients such as dried fruits coconut or carob chips. BAM Breakfast Parfait PREP TIME 5 MINUTES This will be your morning savior. It s quick and easy and can be made the night before. (It s also a superb snack option.) Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier in texture and has more protein than standard yogurt. Many of the yogurts that contain fruit have a large amount of sugar. You can use store-bought granola or you can make your own. Add fresh fruit to the parfait for a kick of vitamins and nutrients for the day. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 INGREDIENTS 1 cup organic Greek yogurt 1 cup organic fruit of choice 1 2 cup organic granola DIRECTIONS In a glass or bowl alternate layers of yogurt granola and fruit. Garnish with more fruit. WWW.LMGFL.COM 29 LUNCH KID S QUESADILLA PREP TIME 5 MINUTES COOK TIME 10 MINUTES Quesadillas are a favorite of adults and kids alike. Use precooked chicken breast to make this recipe in just 10 minutes. Free-range rotisserie chicken can be used here with the rest stored for use later in the week. INGREDIENTS 2 sprouted whole-grain wraps 1 cooked organic chicken breast shredded 1 cup organic cheddar cheese 1 organic avocado sliced 1 2 cup organic hummus 2 tablespoons organic spinach 1 4 cup organic sour cream 1 tablespoon olive oil DIRECTIONS 1. In a pan heat olive oil over mediumlow heat. 2. Place the wrap in the pan. Add chicken cheese avocado hummus and spinach. Place second wrap on top. Cover with a lid for 2 minutes. 3. Flip the quesadilla and cook for another 3-4 minutes watching it closely. 4. Remove from stove and cut into slices. 5. Serve with sour cream BAM Banana Sushi PREP TIME 5 MINUTES Kids will go bananas over this sushi roll. Not only is it made with plantbased protein it s fun and nutritious. Look for wraps that include sprouted whole grains to promote good digestion. Almond butter has essential fats for energy and the hemp hearts are full of protein. INGREDIENTS 1 sprouted whole-grain wrap 1 organic banana 1 2 cup organic almond butter 2 tablespoon hemp hearts DIRECTIONS 1. Spread 1 4 cup of almond butter on the wrap. Place banana in the center and roll the wrap very tightly around the banana. Cut into slices. 2. Dip each slice into almond butter and then roll in hemp hearts. Almond Butter and Blueberry Jam Wrap PREP TIME 5 MINUTES Your kids will love this creative spin on the classic PB&J sandwich. If your child isn t a fan of blueberry jam you can use any other berry jam such as strawberry or raspberry. INGREDIENTS 1 sprouted whole-grain wrap 1 tablespoon almond butter 1 tablespoon blueberry jam 1 banana sliced DIRECTIONS 1. Place wrap flat on a plate. Spread on almond butter and jam then layer on the banana. Fold in half slice and serve. 30 WWW.LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 SNACKS FRUIT LEATHER PREP TIME 5 MINUTES COOK TIME 4 HOURS Kids love anything sweet and chewy. Store-bought fruit snacks can be labeled as natural yet filled with processed sugars preservatives and additives. These fruit snacks also can be costly so why not make your own Fruit leather is dehydrated pureed fruit and it s good for hiding healthy ingredients such as chia seeds and hemp hearts for a boost of fiber and protein. You can get creative with the flavors such as apple beet and pear berries and spinach or mango and pineapple. Frozen fruit works well here as does seasonal fresh fruit. INGREDIENTS 1 cup organic blueberries 1 cup organic raspberry 1 2 cup organic strawberries 1 4 cup organic spinach 2 tablespoons organic chia seeds DIRECTIONS 1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth. 2. Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. 3. Pour mixture onto baking tray and spread the pureed fruit into a thin layer. 4. Bake for 4-5 hours or until mixture is set and is not wet to the touch. 5. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour. Store in an air-tight container for up to month in the fridge. Oatmeal BAM Balls PREP TIME 5 MINUTES If you re like most parents you tend to keep a stash of granola bars somewhere in the house for a quick and healthy snack for your kids. Unfortunately many premade granola bars are full of sugar and additives. This recipe has only six ingredients using natural sugars from dates which are a good source of energy and fiber. Walnuts support brain health and contain antioxidants to keep bodies strong. Gluten-free oats are more easily digestible than traditional oats and will ensure your children get maximum energy without feeling tired. INGREDIENTS 6 organic Medjool dates pitted 1 cup organic walnuts 1 cup organic gluten free rolled oats 1 2 cup organic raisins 1 2 tablespoon organic cinnamon 1 8 teaspoon salt DIRECTIONS 1. In a food processor pulse walnuts until they become crumbs. Add dates cinnamon and salt. Blend for 30 seconds. 2. Transfer mixture into a medium size bowl. Add oats and raisins. Using your hands or a spoon make sure all ingredients are well combined. 3. Dish out mixture with an ice cream scoop. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to set. They will last two weeks in a sealed container in the freezer. Dirt Cups PREP TIME 5 MINUTES Although all of these snacks can be considered treats this better-for-you take on the traditional dirt cup will satisfy any sweet tooth. This recipe is ideal for an after-school snack and is super easy to make. It s the healthiest pudding your kids will ever eat INGREDIENTS 1 ripe avocado 1 4 cup raw cacao powder 1 cup dates 1 cup walnuts fresh mint as garnish optional COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 DIRECTIONS 1. In a food processor pulse walnuts until they become crumbs. Add dates cinnamon and salt. Blend for 30 seconds. 2. Transfer mixture into a medium size bowl. Add oats and raisins. Using your hands or a spoon make sure all ingredients are well combined. 3. Dish out mixture with an ice cream scoop. Place in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to set. They will last two weeks in a sealed container in the freezer. WWW.LMGFL.COM 31 shining star By Elyssa Schwartz Kids Live and Learn t age 13 Juliana received her first A on a school assignment. After earning Cs and Ds throughout at SOS Children s elementary school she was elated. A sixth grader at the time the achievement Villages-Florida came after just recently learning how to read. anks to her tutor and mentor at SOS Children s Villages-Florida she s upheld her grades ever since. I never in my life got As or Bs she says. I A was so happy when I got my paper. I showed Ms. Sandi (houseparent) and Ms. Rainy (residential staff member) and they were so excited for me. But SOS isn t just a place where kids go to learn it s where they go to live. e village is a foster-care neighborhood in Coconut Creek. Virtually incognito the tree-lined neighborhood appears as any other in the area composed of 13 houses with a community center and a basketball court. Home to nearly 75 boys and girls the village provides a safe and nurturing environment to help give them a stable childhood. It also offers services to those who have been removed from their homes and families because of abandonment abuse and neglect. Juliana was placed in the village nine months ago with her younger brother who she continues to see every day. She was taking care of her brothers and sisters and wasn t focusing on education says Vickie Walter communications and community relations director. She cried last month because she knew how to read. at s really what we re here for--to get them into school and empower them by giving them the tools. During the past eight years 100 percent of the village s kids earned high school diplomas or GED certifications and 65 percent of them are currently continuing their education. irty percent of the alumni work full time and none of the village s alumni is homeless. Alumni stay connected with the village through its Next Steps program. ey still come to events and activities Walter says referring to its annual anksgiving celebration in Heron Bay in particular. We know their kids and their kids know us. It really is about family and consistency. We want to empower the kids to not only envision that future but literally to live it when they leave. Before Juliana traveled to New York earlier this summer for sleep-away camp--a sponsored opportunity donated to the village for exceptional children--Life met with her to talk about her progress and see how living in the village has changed her life for the better. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 32 WWW.LMGFL.COM Former SOS Children s VillagesFlorida residents who recently graduated from college (pictured) include Eric C. Florida A&M construction engineering degree Kandice H. University of West Florida communication arts degree Chris B. University of South Florida industrial engineering degree. Living in a house with up to six kids probably becomes pretty messy at times. Do you have any chores I mop every night. e rest of the girls do the dishes and the table or they sweep. Sometimes when we finish we get our dessert--everybody likes that part. We get candy or sometimes Popsicles. What do you eat for dinner at the house Fish and rice with chicken and beans--that s what Ms. Rainy makes. Sometimes I help. What s your favorite part about living in SOS Children s Villages-Florida We have events and we can play and see other people. Today we went to the community center and listened to music and did art stuff. en we went to the field to play games and a group from the (Miami) Marlins (baseball team) came. Even if I don t have my family this is like a second family because they care about me. I go to school and one day I m going to graduate and go to college. ey help me even if I don t have my mom or my older brother in my life. What are your friends like in the village We like to talk to each other and I m always with them. I tell my secrets to them. We don t separate--even if we have different classes or we re not in the same grade in school. What s your favorite book Curious George. What are you doing this summer I m going to camp (a local day camp). After I m going to New York to go to camp for three weeks. I m sort of scared. I get to go on an airplane it s my first time. I m going with three other people from here. What are you looking forward to most about seventh grade Meeting new people the teachers and learning more. What do you like to learn about History. I usually learn more about wars and I m mostly interested in World War II. When I learned about it I was so happy because I could understand. What do you want to do when you grow up I want to go to the Army because I want to help other people. I want to see the whole world and save people s lives. I want to see different states and different countries. What makes you feel good Art. I do art or I listen to music. (Her favorite genre is pop.) I like to do face art and decorate. I paint peoples faces and I ll do shapes or flags. (Walter adds She helped paint the school supply and toy shed in the neighborhood. ) Juliana s name was changed for this story to protect the identity of a child living in SOS Children s Villages-Florida. DONATE TODAY Highlighters Pens (black blue and red) 2-inch binders Notebook dividers Spiral notebooks (one- three- and five-subject) Composition notebooks Pocket folders with prongs Construction paper Glue sticks Crayons Index cards Tri-fold project boards Poster board Earphones USB flash drives Regular calculators Scientific calculators Hand sanitizer Tissues Gallon zip-top bags Did you know that a third of the kids living in SOS Children s Villages-Florida have a GPA of 3.0 or better You can help these students get back to school with donations of the following supplies through Aug. 17 JanSport backpacks College and wide-ruled paper Graph paper No. 2 pencils Mechanical pencils Colored pencils Markers Dry-erase markers To schedule a delivery contact Genevieve at 954.420.5030 or gareson sosflorida.com. For more information visit sosflorida.com COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 33 VITAMIN BOOSTER There aren t many things I can say I have in common with Kim Kardashian. But I can include nutrient IV therapy. Observers fawned over Kardashian s glowing skin when she walked the red carpet for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala in New York in May. A city newspaper reported the reality television star had gotten an intravenous therapy treatment loaded with vitamins and electrolytes before the event to achieve a radiant look. Closer to home a graduate of Coconut Creek s Monarch High School discovered the benefits of nutrient IV therapy and created a business devoted to vitamin infusions which are said to boost energy and immunity and rehydrate the body. Samael Tejada a firefighter and paramedic for Oakland Park Fire Rescue started Liquivita Lounge. He s joined in the business by his wife Shayna liquivita lounge delivers nutrients in a whole new way By Michelle F. Solomon Frasca Tejada and his friend and marketeer Emmanuel Trenche. Both also are Monarch High graduates. Tejada s interest in health and wellness and fitness training got him interested in alternative medicine. With my paramedic background I was working closely with doctors he says. Tejada remembers being told by doctors and their clients who had homes in California and Colorado as well as South Florida that they had begun including nutrient IV therapy as part of their wellness regimen. I started looking into who was doing it here. He began a trial location of Liquivita Lounge in Coconut Creek inside the offices of East West Physicians where he implemented the business in partnership with chiropractic physician Howard Newman. Soon after Tejada opened more lounges inside already-existing wellness facilities in COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 34 WWW.LMGFL.COM Shayna and Samael Tejadaa Pompano Beach and Boca Raton. There are plans to open other locations in central Broward County later this year. His first stand-alone Liquivita Lounge is in Fort Lauderdale. Intravenous vitamin infusions deliver nutrients directly to the bloodstream where higher levels of the supplements are absorbed than if they pass through the digestive system Tejada says. Liquivita s signature IV treatments include Natural Defense (for disease protection) The Executive (for mental clarity) Performance Hydration (for athletic people) The Liquilift (which includes all nutrients) Rise and Shine (for improved energy and help with hangovers) Glutathione (for stronger skin cells and better complexion) and the Fountain of Youth (for skin hair and nail health). The treatment Kardashian reportedly received was similar to Liquivita s Fountain of Youth so I chose that one. The formula contains biotin which promotes cellular growth in hair skin and nails B-complex vitamins to improve brain function and reduce stress and glutathione a powerful antioxidant. My treatment was prepared inside a sterile room in the medical office. For the IV a needle that I was told was the size of one used for an infant was inserted in my arm in the same room. After the drip was prepared and administered I entered the lounge area where I sat in a large massage recliner and the lights were dimmed. I opted to not watch television but to listen to meditative music. The treatment was painless the environment relaxing like a spa experience and it took about 30 minutes. I did feel a bit more energized as I drove out of the parking lot. My stress levels seemed to have calmed too. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 Tejada says clients usually return a few times a month to support their immune systems. Some athletes who train two to three times a day will come in as often as two or three times a week he says. Tejada suggests an ongoing regimen of nutrient IV therapy saying its effects are cumulative. Nutrient IV therapy clearly has a following in South Florida. While I m not sure my skin glowed for the red carpet the experience did make me feel like a celebrity. It All Began at Monarch High Samael Tejada s parents moved him from Milwaukee to Coconut Creek in the middle of his junior year of high school. Across the street from the condominium where he lived was newly built Monarch High School. The year that I started there was no senior class he says. We graduated in 2005 as the inaugural senior class. It was there he met his future wife and business partner Shayna. They were both in a U.S. government class together their senior year and although they sat next to each other Tejada says they never spoke. But a little more than a month before graduation they were assigned to work together on a project. Samael s girlfriend had just broken up with him and he didn t have a prom date. Neither did Shayna. Everyone had dates and I remember talking to my mom and my aunt about it Shayna says. I said I just want a good-looking date for the prom so I can take some nice pictures. When a friend of Shayna s suggested she go with Sammy she worked up the nerve to call him. We agreed to go as friends she says. Samael adds We shopped together for matching outfits for the prom and we just connected. We ve been together ever since. For more information on Liquivita Lounge (4651 N. State Road 7 Suite No. 9 Coconut Creek 954.909.4998) visit liquivitalounge.com. WWW.LMGFL.COM 35 community inside the 20 I n the mid-1990s Coconut Creek s youth sports landscape was much different than it is today. Families had to travel to other cities to participate in baseball and football because there were no city leagues. And some of the existing leagues in other sports left local residents wondering if their children would be better off if they branched out on their own. at s exactly what Ross and Dawn Sinel and Phil and Susie Randazzo did when officials from a local flag football league told them they could go play somewhere else if they weren t satisfied with how that program was being run. Sustainability was the city s chief concern with giving us the program. We were young parents with no experience in any of this. We asked ourselves were we capable of managing the program and keeping it viable Ross recalls. ey mustered support from other families and youth sports figures city planning and zoning officials and the local parks and recreation department. And with a hand from former Major League Baseball umpire Bill Williams a Coconut Creek Wall of Fame inductee the Coconut Creek Football Program began in 1997. Williams credibility persuaded the city to take a chance on the program which would serve as a local outlet for youth football players and cheerleaders. e league s charter board members--the Sinels the Randazzos Jenna Adkins Ellis and Stefen and Beth Charlton-- vowed to live up to the example Williams set in making the community a better place. (Indeed when Williams died in 1998 the league honored his memory and his efforts by naming its championship trophy in his honor.) In that first year 320 flag football players and cheerleaders participated. ree years later the league had doubled in size to more than 600 young athletes prompting the city to add Lakeside Park in 2000 and Sabal Pines Park in 2001 and letting the league continue its expansion. In 2002 the league added tackle football and participation grew to more than 800 allowing the newly formed Eagles to compete in the American Youth Football Program one of Florida s most respected and competitive youth leagues. at is probably what I am most proud of ... we were able to build something that was sustainable that has lasted for 20 years and is still going strong Ross says. Twenty years later the same spirit that led the Sinels and Randazzos to take action is still present in the organization. Hundreds of volunteers will put in more than 15 000 hours of community service during the coming season which begins Aug. 12. roughout the league s history its volunteers have been a testament to dedication with the YOUTH FOOTBALL PROGRAM CELEBRATES TWO DECADES OF DETERMINATION AND INSPIRATION By Kevin Hill and Terry Mohr time effort and money they put forth each year. is season the league will salute those who have enabled it to touch the lives of thousands of youngsters with lessons about motivation desire cooperation leadership and discipline--in athletics in the classroom and in their own lives. Terry Mohr is the president of the Coconut Creek Football Program. Kevin Hill is its event and information coordinator. e nonprofit league is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children through sports. It offers tackle and flag football for ages 5-14 and cheerleading for ages 4-16. JOIN THE FUN To celebrate its 20th year the Coconut Creek Football Program holds a weekend of special events. Friday Aug. 12 6 30 p.m. Flag football veterans in the NFL division play opening games at George S. Gerber Memorial Park (4715 NW 30th St.). Tackle football players and cheerleaders headline a pep rally at Sabal Pines Park (5005 NW 39th Ave.) ahead of Saturday s home opener against Weston. Saturday Aug. 13 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tackle football games throughout the day. Sunday Aug. 14 11 a.m. Flag football jamboree at Sabal Pines Park with guests from the community CCFP history and professional athletes. 1 p.m. Flag football games kick off. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 36 WWW.LMGFL.COM European imported Hunters Jumpers Equitation horses and ponies for sale and lease Open 7 days a week Covered arena measures 225 x 112 Air-conditioned glass viewing area Summer & Holiday Programs Beginner through advanced riding lessons South Florida s Premier Equestrian Training and Boarding Farm COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 954.757.1119 www.PineHollowFlorida.com 6670 NW 82nd Terrace Parkland Florida 33067 WWW.LMGFL.COM 37 move with max personally motivated A Max Pankow is a Parkland blogger health and fitness coach and a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist. Pankow helps individuals get healthy crush their goals and create a life they love. maxpankow.com s the sun rose from behind the canyon s rim time stood still. I took a deep breath a joyful tear rolled down my face and a faint whisper escaped my soul I did it. I. DID. IT. ere I was 5 000 feet above the Grand Canyon basking in all its glory--just me all alone. Have you ever wanted something badly yet never made time for it A moment an experience an opportunity that you simply let slip away Why What stopped you I booked my flight six days before I left for the Grand Canyon. I planned the entire trip that week. And as a hiking novice I read obsessively about the trails and researched everything I d need to know about hiking especially since I d be going alone. I asked myself over and over again Am I really doing this Will I be safe ese questions leading up to the trip flooded my mind as I sat on the plane. I reminded myself I can do anything. And more important I wanted to do this. I wanted to go alone. I didn t want to share it not this time. is was for me. I started this experiment with a trip Why I traveled solo--and why you should too to the beach alone followed by a visit to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens--then I took myself skydiving. (Because why not ) By then I was pretty confident I actually could enjoy time with myself--and I was right. After six strenuous days hiking the trails I have never felt more alive. I encourage you to get out and spend time with yourself. Find what fuels your soul. Whether it s a six-day hiking trip through the Grand Canyon a six-hour tour of the Everglades or 60 minutes at goprogirl your first yoga class it s time to start doing things just for you With a few weeks left of summer I challenge you to take time for yourself. Explore new things and get uncomfortable. Go on a date with yourself. Shut your phone off for a day (as I did). Make new friends. Get lost. Get found. Find you. How did you grow this summer Remember lessons aren t only learned during the school year. FITNESS PICK OF THE MONTH Are you a CrossFit girl but dread flaunting those hideous barbell bruises on your chest Fear not we ve got the perfect solution. 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Originally from Israel Namir worked in New York as a sous chef at an American-style grill. Dedicated to using fresh and natural ingredients his favorite dishes to make are healthier options. But no matter what he s cooking Namir enjoys thinking of creative ways to present food so the dishes will not only taste good but look good. I want to manifest my imagination on the plate Namir says. An example of Namir s creativity is the crispy sweet potato salad which he says is one of his signature dishes as well as one of the most popular. A salad of feta cheese cucumbers mixed greens onions peppers and cherry tomatoes is artfully crowned by a delectable mound of fried sweet potato crisps. As the name suggests Mozart Cafe is the place for classic good eating--a casual setting with simple decor televisions and large photos of food that serve as billboards for coming attractions. Its large selection of vegetarian items and fish dishes are all kosher with options such as specialty pastas pizzas sandwiches and salads. Manager Eliyahu Talmi s personal favorite is the Power Breakfast which includes eggs avocado tuna salad cottage and feta cheeses a bagel and Israeli salad made with cucumbers tomatoes and olives. I I m playing with all the food that I have. I m a fusion guy Ortega says adding that his style is not traditionally Japanese. Ortega brought his culture into the creation of the Shanghai roll and was inspired by other sushi designs. Prompted by the texture of the rice he experimented by combining it with the tortilla and dynamite topping (imitation crab with mayonnaise). When those flavors worked well he mixed in spicy tuna to add a little bit of a kick. Talmi attests to the creativity he sees in the kitchen. I come Crispy sweet potato salad in and see [Ortega] making something and he ll tell me Put this in the display case. It s today s special Tamil says. To me it s like poof. ere it is. Adds Ortega We come up with different items every day. Why not make it the special of the day Fueling this kitchen creativity is a dedication to the restaurant s patrons. As customers become regulars and Ortega learns what they like he offers VIP treatment and goes off-menu. Special occasions also spur new ideas if someone is celebrating a birthday Ortega will make a sushi cake. Inspired by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey Ortega likes to create designs with food as well molding roses and other shapes out of his culinary career seven years ago as a kitchen helper to support his bodybuilding hobby and was salmon tuna and other foods. I ll look at [Namir] and say Let s do a pizza chef before he came to Mozart Cafe. something different for them. Let s make them I m just enjoying what I m doing every day happy Ortega says. Ortega says. I like to make customers happy. at s the most important thing. One of Ortega s latest creations is the Shanghai roll a Mexican twist on classic sushi using tortilla instead of seaweed. Some days I just eat that and it lasts me the whole day. I m not even joking Talmi says. Sushi also is on the menu. ough Mozart Cafe s other locations in Boca Raton and Sunny Isles serve sushi as well each location s menu reflects the individual styles of the sushi chefs. At the Coral Springs location (the newest which opened in late March) the sushi menu and specials are created by Gabriel Ortega who didn t expect to become a sushi chef. He started COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 Take a look at what goes into the Shanghai roll. AVOCADO Thinly sliced on top DYNAMITE TOPPING Inspired by a crab salad it includes imitation crab mixed with mayonnaise SUSHI RICE Ortega says sushi rice is sweet combining nicely with the tortilla TORTILLA WRAP He uses a large soft flour tortilla SPICY TUNA Ortega says it gives the dish a kick CUCUMBERS Diced to add a fresh crunch ROE Salmon eggs IMITATION CRAB A processed seafood alternative to non-kosher crab BITE BY BITE WWW.LMGFL.COM 41 restaurant guide 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 lifepubs.com. BIG ROOSTER S SOUTHERN TABLE 6240 Coral Ridge Drive Coral Springs 954.510.1099 bigroosterssoutherntable.com Sunday ursday 11 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 30 a.m. to midnight is country-cooking down-home restaurant serves up Southern-style food with a twist. For starters try the Colossal Southern pretzel with mashed potatoes pulled pork and mac and cheese or go for the loaded cornbread a Southern rendition of a loaded nacho tower with all the fi xins. Wash it all down with a sweet tea mimosa. BRGR STOP 4301 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek 954.975.8459 brgrstop.com Monday ursday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday noon to 10 p.m. Known for its craft burgers craft beer and funky foods Brgr Stop is a must-try. Its extensive menu includes items such as a peanut butter and jelly burger and Captain Crunch chicken fingers. Good thing there s always room for dessert--the restaurant s lengthy milkshake menu which includes a Little Debbie cupcake shake will leave you wanting to try them all. CIAO CUCINA & BAR e Promenade 4443 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 954.601.1234 ciaocucinabar.com Sunday Wednesday 11 30 a.m. to 9 30 p.m. ursday Saturday 11 30 a.m. to 11 p.m. is restaurant will have you at hello with its welcoming marquee lights on the side wall spelling out Ciao e menu has a Mediterranean flair offering pizza homemade pasta sustainably sourced locally caught seafood high-quality meats and seasonal vegetables from local farms. JAPANGO 7367 State Road 7 Parkland 954.345.4268 japangomenu.com Lunch Monday Friday 11 30 a.m. to 2 30 p.m. Dinner Sunday ursday 5 to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. Kevin Lee owner and executive chef of Japango specializes in sushi and Asian cuisine. Japango offers a unique menu (including vegan sushi items) and a complete Chinese food menu. MOZART CAFE 2049 N. University Drive Coral Springs 754.702.5383 mozartcafecoralsprings.com Sunday ursday 8 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday 8 30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday 9 p.m. to midnight One of the newest food joints in town this kosher caf serves up fresh quality fare in a contemporary artistic atmosphere. e menu offers a selection of vibrant dishes such as avocado egg rolls and fresh salads along with a wide range of cultural dishes such as pizza gnocchi and falafel. e restaurant also serves smoothies and hosts a brunch buffet on Sundays. THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE 7619 N. State Road 7 Parkland 954.345.9190 thewhalerawbar.com Monday ursday 11 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday Saturday 11 30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday noon to 9 p.m. e Whale Raw Bar & Fish House offers an extensive menu of delicious sandwiches salads and seafood as well as a full raw bar menu. Customer favorites include local fish 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. 42 WWW.LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 New Boss in Town Move over sauces lovers there s a new Sauce Boss in town. Taylor s Ultimate produces a line of wonderfully tasty hot and mild gourmet sauces using unusual ingredients from around the world. Sauces can be found at the following South Florida Restaurants and Retailers Bagel Emporium Blue Moon Fish Company Duffy s Sports Bar Garcia s Fish Market and Grille Hog Heaven Lokal Milam s Market Sandbar Sports Bar and Grille Taurus Beer and Whiskey House and Whisk. From spicy hot to savory and mild we use Taylor s Ultimate to complement everything from our pulled pork burritos to adding subtle heat and acidity to salad dressings. - Chef Brendan Connor WHISK GOURMET FOOD CATERING South Miami FL. Taylor s Ultimate Peruvian Gold hot sauce has become the marquee ingredient in our best selling chef s special to date providing just the right amount of heat and garlic flavor - Owner Luis Garcia Garcia s Seafood Grille & Fish Market Miami FL. Taylor s Ultimate hand crafted hot sauces at their best - Chef Owner Jason Ingrassia Blue Moon Fish Co. Ft. Lauderdale FL. www.taylorsultimate.com For Sales & Distribution Inquiries please contact Taylor Hicks at Email taylor taylorsultimate.com Phone 305.299.3557 COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 WWW.LMGFL.COM 43 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 lmgfl.com. At a recent Culture Series lecture international award-winning choreographer Ron Hutchins revealed that ballet is the base to every choreographer s foundation. e informative session displayed videos of famous dancers. Creek Culture Series Pastor Mark Bolhofner of North Creek Presbyterian Church presented a 2 500 donation to the Police Explorers to assist with paying for uniforms equipment trips regional competitions and supplies. Check Please is summer the city hosted its first pickleball tournament where Leland Shanle and Michael Darienzo were victorious against 11 other teams. For those curious pickleball is a racketbased sport that blends elements of badminton tennis and table tennis. Go Team Kindhearted Kids Gwyneth Bishara founder of Cupcakes4Charity and her sister Ella (left) are surrounded by volunteers at the recent Cupcakes4Charity fundraising event to support SOS Children s Villages-Florida. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 44 WWW.LMGFL.COM DOCK DRINK DINE WEEKEND BRUNCH SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10AM - 4PM BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 3033 NE 32nd Ave Fort Lauderdale 954.566.2855 www.shooterswaterfront.com WWW.LMGFL.COM 45 pets spotlight J 46 WWW.LMGFL.COM cat call Jordan is an adorable tuxedo kitten rescued by Sunrise Fire Rescue. He plays well with large dogs loves to cuddle and will entertain himself for hours. Jordan is neutered microchipped fecal tested negative dewormed FIV FeLV tested negative vaccinated (including rabies) and is litter box trained. Jordan is currently being fostered in Pompano Beach. For more information contact kate ladyluckanimalrescue.com or call 754.366.3669. COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 PHOTO BY PAOLA PALADINI PET PHOTOGRAPHY B R O WA R D C O UNT Y PUB LIC S CHOOLS 2016-2017 School Calendar & IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS A.T.C. MAGNET HIGH Phone (754) 321-5300 Absentee (754) 321-5300 COCONUT CREEK ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-5800 Absentee (754) 322-5800 COCONUT CREEK HIGH Phone (754) 322-0350 Absentee (754) 322-0352 COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016 DAVE THOMAS EDUCATION CTR Phone (754) 321-6800 Absentee (754) 321-6806 LYONS CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL Phone (754) 322-3700 Absentee (754) 322-3702 MARGATE MIDDLE SCHOOL Phone (754) 322-3800 Absentee (754) 322-3802 MONARCH HIGH Phone (754) 322-1400 Absentee (754) 322-1402 LIBERTY ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-6750 Absentee (754) 322-6752 TRADEWINDS ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-8700 Absentee (754) 322-8700 WINSTON PARK ELEMENTARY Phone (754) 322-9000 Absentee (754) 322-9002 City Hall (954) 973-6770 Recreation Complex (954) 956-1580 Community Center (954) 545-6670 Creek Hurricane Hotline (954) 973-6771 WWW.LMGFL.COM 47 48 WWW.LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFE AUGUST 2016