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APRIL 2017 PLANTING ROOTS THE CITY CELEBRATES ARBOR DAY WITH ITS ANNUAL TREE GIVEAWAY LMGFL.COM 1 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 APRIL 2017 PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT Home Grown Concert Series Friday April 7th at 7 00 PM d Community Center Band Shell 1100 Lyons Roa Bring blankets or lawn chairs e (no pets please) Food available for purchase and coolers welcom Saturday April 8th from 10 00 AM to NW 40th Street Parking Lot on corner of NW 54th Avenue and (just North of Sample Rd) Free admission Multiple Food Trucks Live Entertainment Friday April 14th 8 00 PM d Community Center Band Shell 1100 Lyons Roa Free admission. No pets allowed ie screen Watch and enjoy Toy Story on a 15 x 20 mov Bring blankets or lawn chairs e Food available for purchase and coolers welcom Saturday April 29 from 8 00 AM to 12 City Hall 4800 West Copans Road of of residency Open to Coconut Creek residents only with pro at One tree and two plants per household. Details arborday 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 Coconut Creek 50th Anniversary Car Show 2 00 PM Movies in the Park Arbor Day Free Tree Giveaway PM 00 2 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Dont cage them up let them run free You are cordially invited to the Grand Opening of D RAN G G ENIN OP 3197 N SR7 Penn Dutch Plaza on 441 Margate Location curren vaccines re t quired Well Beha Dogs Welc ved ome 000 Est. 2Raton Saturday May 6th 2017 12 00pm - 2 00pm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 1 00pm Light Refreshments Served Boca ale uderd Ft La ood w Holly e t Marga May 6th 2017 through May 12th 2017 Margate location only must follow all Camp Canine policies must provide proof of current vaccines must complete signed enrollment form FREE DOG DAYCARE GRAND OPENING WEEK 954.971.0007 Margate Franchise locations independently owned and operated COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 3 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. to receive 100 off any repair or 300 off reroofing. CODE Life17 Ask for rate 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 4 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 WRIGLEY Wrigley is the sweetest pup in the world. At 20 months old this guy had a very rough start to life but he is finally enjoying being part of a loving foster home. Wrigley is very smart and has excelled at basic obedience he would do best in an active patient home. Wrigley has separation anxiety so he currently gets crated when he is left alone. Wrigley loves a game of fetch and going anywhere in a car Labrador Retriever Rescue of Florida (LRRoF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to placing Labrador Retrievers in loving permanent homes. LRRoF has saved over 9 000 dogs since the year 2000. The Rescue is comprised of hardworking volunteers & a network of foster homes that are committed to this mission. FOSTER ADOPT DONATE Follow us on LRRoF w w w. L R Ro F. o r g COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 5 contents April 2017 Volume 17 Issue 4 24 FEATURES ROOTED IN COMMUNITY 30 Coconut Creek celebrates its 17th annual Arbor Day Tree Giveaway. A substitute teacher celebrates more than 40 years of teaching at Coconut Creek High School. THERE AND BACK AGAIN 32 DEPARTMENTS Coconut Creek resident Mona Johnston raises a garden of Florida natives. HOW DOES HER GARDEN GROW 10 LIFESTYLE GREETINGS 12 AROUND TOWN News and happenings in your community 16 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Creek Idol winner Alyson Moriarty 18 HEALTH & BEAUTY Green Dermatology and Cosmetic Center 20 EDUCATION Atlantic Technical Center and Technical High School 22 DINING Best salads around town 28 THE GOODS Spring cleaning products 34 CITY VOICE Utilities and Engineering Department 36 MYCOCONUTCREEK Citizens Academy 38 GREEN EXCELLENCE New landscaping at City Hall 39 THE ACTIVE LIFE Spring training for young athletes 40 CALENDAR 42 SNAPSHOTS Butterfly Festival and Butterfly Run 46 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT e Puzzle Place Foundation On the cover Sharon Vollmer urban forester at Coconut Creek s sustainable development department at last year s Tree Giveaway. Photo courtesy of the City of Coconut Creek. This page Shot on location at Wooden Shoe Gardens 3601 Vinkemulder Road Coconut Creek. Photo by Eduardo Schneider. 6 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 BRINGING LIGHT TO YOUR WORLD PUBLISHER Michelle Simon GROUP EDITOR Kevin Kaminski MANAGING EDITOR Keren Moros ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa Fisher COPY EDITOR Jason Davis EDITORIAL INTERN Stella Alves CREATIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles GRAPHIC DESIGNER Thaddeus Jordan CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard Kerster Michelle F. Solomon Osama Elshami Linda Whitman PHOTOGRAPHERS City of Coconut Creek Eduardo Schneider DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & EVENTS Jennifer Barb MARKETING & EVENTS COORDINATOR Estefania Marin MARKETING INTERN Christina Weronik ADVERTISING ACCOUNT MANAGERS Lori Castle (lcastle Georgette Evans (gevans Shari Glatter (sglatter Debby Gold (dgold Sue Goldstein (sgoldstein Jordan Knowles (jknowles Debra Levine (dlevine Heidi McMillan (hmcmillan Tracy Shelowitz (tshelowitz CEILING WALL. OUTDOOR LIGHTING AND MUCH MORE CHAIRMAN Gary Press VP OF OPERATIONS Sandy Lechner Coconut Creek Lifestyle 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale FL 33309 954.377.9470 Fax 954.617.9110 editorial PROUD MEMBER OF OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 15 MINUTE DRIVE FROM WESTON OR DAVIE GREAT REVIEWS IN BUSINESS FOR 12 YEARS 2017 Coconut Creek Lifestyle. Coconut Creek Lifestyle is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lifestyle Media Group and is published monthly and directmailed into every home in the city of Coconut Creek and every business. Presently there are over 50 000 residents and 1 500 businesses in the city. An additional 6 000 printed magazines are bulk-dropped in and around the city at high-traffic locations including restaurants banks professional offices car dealers food and gourmet markets and over 300 advertisers of Coconut Creek Lifestyle. Verified postal receipts are available for review to guarantee veracity. The contents of Coconut Creek Lifestyle are copyrighted and may not be reproduced in whole or part without the express written consent of the publisher. Coconut Creek Lifestyle accepts no responsibility for products or services advertised herein. We reserve the right to edit rewrite or refuse submitted material. PLEASE GO TO LIGHTINGDEPOT.NET 1.877.433.8201 3151 SW 160 AVE. MIRAMAR 8 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 SPRING CAMP CAMP STARTS APRIL 10 2017 THROUGH APRIL 14 2017 Horseback riding Outdoor fun Arts & Crafts Teen Leadership Barn Management Horsemanship 6670 NW 82nd Ter. Parkland FL 33067 954.757.1119 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 9 Lifestyle Greetings MOMENTS OF COMMUNITY D uring the past few months that I ve been speaking with residents and government officials about Coconut Creek a theme has started to emerge the larger feeling of community. Even with thousands of households residents admire Coconut Creek s smalltown feel which they are fiercely proud of. I heard this sentiment reiterated at the Butterfly Festival when Vice Mayor Joshua Rydell took the stage to talk about the strength and significance of Coconut Creek s community. His words spoke not only to the occasion of neighbors joining together to have fun with their families but also to what we strive to do each month at Coconut Creek Lifestyle. I got to feel a little of that community spirit while talking to residents about our magazine at the Butterfly Festival s business expo. We ve strived to capture that feeling in our pages with the changes we ve made during the past few months and that we will continue to deliver in our pages throughout the year. Whether it s spotlighting happenings local businesses entertainment or telling the stories of students teachers and community leaders or featuring photos from local events Coconut Creek Lifestyle wants to record what s important to the community. For example this month s cover story is about another event that will bring the community together the 17th annual Arbor Day Free Tree Giveaway April 29 at city hall. And you ll read about Mona Johnston and Ann Humphreys two women who have been contributing to the community for years--Mona with her botanic garden and Ann with her love for students at Coconut Creek High School. We also commemorate Autism Awareness Month with our Community Spotlight on Ellen Blackburn a Coconut Creek mother who reaches out to parents and children with autism. You also might spot yourself and your neighbors in our Snapshots section featuring photos of the Butterfly Run and the Butterfly Festival. Of course a community is nothing without the voices of its people and we welcome yours. If you ever have something to say about our pages or want to contribute to our portrayal of Creek s community by submitting photos or information email me at kmoros Enjoy the April issue. KEREN MOROS MANAGING EDITOR 10 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Brad P. Glick DO MPH and Associates Celebrating 21 Years in Dermatology Specializing in Medical Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology Skin Cancer Dermatologic Surgery Mohs Surgery Hair & Nail Diseases Pediatric Dermatology Laser Surgery Botox Fillers & Chemical Peels (954) 974-3664 3275 N. State Rd. 7 (west side of 441 just south of Sample Rd. - in the Penn Dutch Plaza across from F.C.C.) Margate FL NEW LOCATION (561) 798-3494 1447 Medical Park Blvd. 107 Wellington FL (Licensed Aesthetician) COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Brad P. Glick DO MPH FAOCD L. Zaulyanov Scanlan MD FAAD Denise M. Guevara DO FAOCD Sandy Goldman DO FAOCD Allan Snyder PA-C MMS Kristian Williams PA-C Christina Mazzoccoli LPN LA New State-of-the-Art Facility to Better Serve the Needs of Our Patients LMGFL.COM 11 GRAND OPENING around town Wine and Dine Calling all Creek foodies Head east on April 7 for the Museum of Discovery and Science s (401 SW Second St. Fort Lauderdale) 22nd annual Bank of America Wine Spirits and Culinary Celebration from 6 30 to 11 p.m. e event features a silent auction bites from more than 40 South Florida restaurants and wine spirits and craft beer. Grand tasting tickets are 150 platinum tickets are 250 which includes lounge access. Proceeds benefit the museum. For information contact Hillary Wallace at 954.713.0918 or hillary.wallace Purchase tickets at modswine. 12 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 PHOTO BY DOWNTOWN PHOTO around town ON THE WINGS OF A MELODY The Girl Choir of South Florida s Primes Choir performs at Butterfly World (3600 W. Sample Road) on April 22 at 1 p.m. The concert featuring singers ages 6-10 is free with admission and takes place at the Grand Plaza Concert Hall. Tradewinds Park gate fee is 1.50. For information call 954.977.4400. SUMMER DAY CAMP This summer Coconut Creek offers a day camp for elementary and middle school students. The camp runs June 19 to Aug. 11 7 30 a.m.-6 p.m. except July 4. Fee for the full eight-week camp is 1 000 and includes two camp shirts registration is online only at coconutcreek. net webtrac. Fee for a weekly camp option is 150 (or 130 the week of July 4) registration starts April 12 and is walk-in only. Camp includes two field trips per week. Camp is at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road) and the Recreation Complex (4455 Sol Press Blvd.). For information call the Recreation Complex at 954.956.1580 or the Community Center at 954.545.6670. CITY OPENS NEW BUTTERFLY GARDEN Coconut Creek senior citizens and residents with special needs may participate in the final planting to celebrate the opening of the Accessible Butterfly Garden on April 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Community Center. The event includes information about the gardens elements crafts on display and a butterfly release. For information call 954.545.6670. RUNNING THE TORCH The Law Enforcement Torch Run comes to Fort Lauderdale on April 20 to support Special Olympics Florida. Officers from police departments (including Coconut Creek PD) the FBI and other law enforcement agencies will participate. To support the cause visit specialolympicsflorida. org get-involved law-enforcement-torch-run. SPRING INTO EASTER Fill your basket to the brim during Coconut Creek s Spring Egg Hunt for ages 3-8. The hunt is on April 11 6 15-7 p.m. at the Community Center (1100 Lyons Road). Cost is 10 for residents and 15 for nonresidents. For information call 954.545.6670. The city will host the Coconut Creek Car Show featuring new and classic cars and motorcycles April 8 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the parking lot east of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.).The free show benefits the Knights Baseball Boosters Inc. To register a car or participate as a vendor contact Jean at 954.696.0212 or ccllteammom Cost is 15 before show 20 day of show. Vendor spots 25. Trophies will be awarded. Call 954.545.6670 or visit BEST IN (CAR) SHOW MOVIES AND MORE Sabal Pines Park again hosts the next performance in the Home Grown Concert Series with the Crush performing music of the 1980s on April 7 at 7 p.m. Blankets coolers and chairs are welcome. On April 14 the city presents family favorite Toy Story as part of the Movies in the Parks series beginning at 8 p.m. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 13 around town IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Want to submit recent happenings Email us at kmoros Play Ball Monarch High School s softball team led a clinic for Coconut Creek Girls Softball giving the young players tips on throwing hitting and fielding. It was a homecoming for several of Monarch s team members who once played in the softball league. The clinic was coordinated by Monarch s softball team manager Kenny Forbes and CCGS vice president Omar Dum . Fountain of Nature Butterfly World Lake has two new fountains that visitors can enjoy while having lunch or taking in the sights from a garden bench. Cupid s Kids The city hosted a Valentine s Day hunt for children who looked for Cupid s hidden treasure at the Community Center. 14 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 around town Be Cultured Former criminal defense attorney Stephen Singer shared fascinating stories during his Creek Culture Series lecture The Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney. Visit for information about the series. 35 Years of Experience Fighting Insurance Companies INJURED Big Hitters Thirty Coconut Creek Little League coaches took part in the Miami Marlins Youth Baseball Coaches Clinic at Marlins Park. Pictured is Coconut Creek Little League president Bill Rice with Marlins manager Don Mattingly. NO Fees or Costs If NO Recovery Hablamos Espa ol Auto Bike Boat and Pedestrian Accidents Motorcycle Nursing Home Neglect Trip or Slip and Fall The only Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer with the main office in Coral Springs. Past President Broward County Trial Lawyers Association. DAN IRVING CYTRYN Bilingual. More than 10 years experience EDGAR VELAZQUEZ Call Now For a Free Consultation (954) We can come to your home or hospital Marching On Members of Monarch High School s marching band competed in the Florida Marching Band Coalition 2016 Finals at St. Petersburg where they placed third in the 1-A classification. (Photo contributed by Robin McCarty) COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 255-7000 LAW OFFICES OF CYTRYN & VELAZQUEZ P.A. 2825 N. University Drive Suite 350 Coral Springs FL 33065 LMGFL.COM 15 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Check out these performances and events throughout the month JAY LENO The comedian and former Tonight Show host offers up a night of laughs. When April 6 Where Broward Center DON T MISS DIONNE WARWICK PHOTO BY ALLISON FRY The five-time Grammy winner performs her greatest hits at The Pavilion. When April 8 Where Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Meet Your Idol T hough Alyson Moriarty had performed at community events in Coral Springs Parkland Deerfield Beach Boca Raton and the Starz of the Future Talent Competition in West Palm Beach she hadn t sung in her hometown of Coconut Creek until this year. Moriarty 18 performed at Coconut Creek s Butterfly Festival after winning the city s first Creek Idol competition claiming the title with her performance of Vanilla Ice Cream from the Broadway musical She Loves Me. e senior at the College Academy at Broward College who is obsessed with the musical Hamilton recently was accepted at the University of Florida. She talked with Coconut Creek Lifestyle about what the future holds. --Keren Moros MIAMI CITY BALLET The company presents three ballets including two from George Balanchine. When April 8 & 9 Where Broward Center Creek native Alyson Moriarty balances two passions orthopedic surgeon. When they measured my curve it was already 50 degrees--not too much for a brace but I knew that a brace wouldn t help much because it was increasing quickly. I had surgery when it was 63 degrees. I knew I always wanted to be some kind of doctor. I was really excited to have [the surgery]. I watched a bunch of videos and it made me more interested in it. I talk to people on the phone who are about to have surgery who need some inspiration. I love inspiring people or helping them. PANIC AT THE DISCO The rockers end their Death of a Bachelor tour with guests MisterWives. When April 15 Where The BB&T Center NEIL DIAMOND The music icon celebrates his career with the 50 Year Anniversary World Tour. When April 26 Where The BB&T Center POMPANO BEACH SEAFOOD FESTIVAL The 33rd annual festival includes live entertainment arts and craft vendors and a kids zone. The event supports several area charities. Tickets and information When April 28-30 Where On the beach north of Atlantic Boulevard How else did the surgery affect your life How did you discover your singing talent Music has been in my family but I started singing with a music teacher when I was in third grade [in chorus class] and I haven t stopped. I don t plan to. I want to be a trauma surgeon but I want to still perform at local places. I know I ll probably be busy but I definitely want to make [singing] something that I keep doing. I think it made me more confident. I was never the kind of person to be negative about myself but I was always self-conscious. One hip would stick out more than the other and my shoulder blades would stick out. ey still do but I had the surgery and I like spreading the word about it. I wear green during June because that s Scoliosis Awareness Month. for me but actually getting the stage presence [was important]. With that I hope to inspire other people who see me to work hard to do the same thing. As a trauma surgeon it s also the same (goal)--to inspire people because my doctor inspired me to become a doctor. How have you worked on peforming Do you think your love for music and your career will ever intersect If I have time as a trauma surgeon I d love to put myself out there as a surgeon and a singer. But my mom always tells me Show me the singing surgeon and that s what everybody tells me when they hear I want to be a surgeon. If I could do both I d love to do both. When did you know you wanted to become a surgeon My mom had scoliosis. It s genetic and I knew I would have it. ... When I got checked in middle school they told me I should see an I ve worked really hard on having a stage presence because I used to stand still on stage in front of the microphone. ... At the beginning of this year I actually started to move around on stage. Performing on stage was never a huge thing 16 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 17 HEALTH & BEAUTY A Painless Approach Living in South Florida we know sunscreen is key. We re almost immune to its scent. But do you know if you ve applied the right one The reality is consumers do not have any idea of the right products to use Green says. The more you re in the sun the more risk you have. If you re using the wrong products in the long term you re actually going to hurt yourself. Most over-the-counter sunblocks protect against UVB rays which usually burn the superficial layers of skin. Few cover UVA rays which penetrate more deeply and cause 70 percent of skin cancers he says. What to look for Zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as active ingredients. Misconception Don t get so caught up in the SPF number because there is a minimal improvement of the protection factor when you get beyond 30 he says. When you have zinc oxide in there it s always going to be level 30. People need to start thinking of active ingredients as the primary thing to look for in their sunscreen. CHECK THE LABEL I New technology removes skin cancer without surgery f you look closely at Jason Green there is a slight curve on the tip of his nose where there once was skin cancer. e standard of care at the time for the fair-skinned blue-eyed dermatologist was Mohs surgery a technique that cuts the skin layer by layer to remove cancerous tissue. Today there s nonsurgical superficial radiotherapy an FDA-approved technology that treats nonmelanoma skin cancer without cutting scarring or downtime. Green was quick to invest in it for the August opening of his clinic Green Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Deerfield Beach. I thought I could provide patients with an option that I wish was provided to me Green says. It was a no-brainer. e machine cures basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas--the two most common skin cancers--in approximately 14 30-second treatments. It takes me longer to set up than have the procedure done he quips. e superficial radiation stays at skin level and treats only the cancer spot. One of his patients was his grandfather who previously had surgery to treat the skin cancer on his scalp. With the SRT he s now cancer-free. SRT which is covered by insurance isn t available in many dermatology offices. However Green is sure that will change within the next few years. I can t understand why you wouldn t have it he says. Every day he sees patients with skin cancer and according to the Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery half of all Americans will have skin cancer at least once before the age of 65. While technology can cure some cancers Green is vigilant about spreading the importance of precaution. I love what I do. I really am passionate about it he says. I m born and raised here--I used to go in the sun and do everything you can think of and now I just do it differently. I actually wear sunblock and I m proud that I m pale. --Alyssa Fisher Green Dermatology and Cosmetic Center Address 260 SW Natura Ave. Deerfield Beach Phone 954.481.0650 Website Other offerings Full menu of cosmetic procedures and a line of specially formulated skin care products customized for each patient COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 18 LMGFL.COM ELS N BAG D O S E KE BAREMISY P AIL D All Day Breakfast Anytime Lunch ...because life is too short to just nibble. B G B TE BAGEL & DELI BUY A DOZEN BAGELS GET 6 FREE Pla Your Pa ce Catering ssover Ord Early ers (Winston Park Center - next to Publix just south of the Sawgrass) 954.418.7100 Open 7 Days 6 30 am - 3 pm DINE IN TAKE OUT DELIVERY CATERING 5369 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 33073 LIFE SAME QUALITY REPAIR . . . 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Expires 4 30 17 5 OFF PURCHASE 25 OR MORE COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 19 EDUCATION Want to share school news Email kmoros Monarch High School senior Nicole Knorr was one of several county students awarded an Arts for the Future Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to county seniors who plan to pursue the arts in college. Coconut Creek Elementary PTA member Jennine Wheeler was nominated for Volunteer of the Year (Elementary Level) at the 2017 Community Involvement Awards. The Broward County Public Schools awards recognize business partners family engagement initiatives and mentors who benefit the school system. At the same awards Publix of Winston Park Center won the Family and Community Engagement award. The supermarket was nominated by Winston Park Elementary. Creek Technical Academy at Coconut Creek High School is looking for mentors for students. Call Roz Greenberg at 754.205.7283 for information. The school also hosts an open house on April 20 at 6 p.m. Call 754.322.0416 for more information. SCHOOL DAYS A student in class at ATC Training That Pays Off O Atlantic Technical College fills voids in the Florida job market n a busy weekday at Atlantic Technical College dental assistant students train hands-on in a classroom that isn t much different from a patient-care room at a dentist s office. In a nearby repair shop a group of students huddle over a disassembled air conditioning unit trying to assess what s caused it to stop cooling. e training will almost assure the students job placement when they complete their coursework. Considered a career college since the goal is to graduate workers that can fill industry shortages in Florida ATC keeps an eye on the constantly evolving voids in certain professions and works closely with the state s employers. Opening in 1973 the college on its 32-acre Coconut Creek campus offers 40 certificate or applied technology diploma programs in such occupations as information technology manufacturing automotive the health sciences construction management and culinary arts. Elyssa Harvey the college s coordinator of business community and economic development says students who come to the school are in various situations in their lives. We have people here who haven t finished high school to empty nesters who are now deciding it s their turn all the way up to those with doctoral degrees looking for a second career Harvey says. Nationwide technical colleges are seeing an enrollment upswing according to the U.S. Department of Education. Historically as the economy improves Americans want to get into the workforce more quickly and in jobs that pay more than minimum wage the DOE says. Another draw Harvey says is the reasonable cost of ATC s programs-- 2.80 a contact hour (the measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to a student) for Florida residents. ATC a public school operates under the Broward County School Board and the Florida Department of Education. en there s the swiftness at which they can enter the workforce. Large signs posted throughout the campus boast of having a career in a year as most programs can be completed in less than 18 months. Many of the students are looking at a targeted timeframe because they want to get their credentials and skill set and get a job Harvey says. Florida s fastest-growing industry is construction currently at almost 6 percent compared to 3 percent for all industries in the state according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Already offering programs in building trades the college will add a carpentry program in August to attract more people to the industry Harvey says. Automotive repair programs are filled to capacity there. One of the most desirable is the school s award-winning Toyota Technician Training and Education Network an intense training and academic program in partnership with Toyota Motor Sales USA Southeast Toyota Distributors local Toyota Lexus and Scion dealers and Broward College. As part of the two-year program students are guaranteed an internship at a Toyota Lexus dealership and are required to pass the industry standard exam from the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. Some students are people who have been in a job for a long time but their jobs are no longer useful says Kenneth Bergmann chairman of the school s automotive and technology trades department. ey are looking for something that they can do-- and [that they can] learn to do quickly. -- Michelle F. Solomon Atlantic Technical College and Technical High School Main Campus 700 Coconut Creek Parkway Coconut Creek 754.321.5100 20 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 FULL SERVICE GENERAL & COSMETIC DENTISTRY Have you been wanting to look and feel years younger Join us on Thursday April 20 2017 at 5 30 pm for an informal evening of education in cosmetic facial rejuvenation and cosmetic dentistry. Candace R. Colella DMD PA Learn how to decrease your wrinkles and renew your smile as we show how you CAN turn back the hands of time R.S.V.P. to 954-428-6923 or colelladentistry (Space is Limited) PERIODONTIST ON SITE 2 raffle giveaways at the end of the evening that You don t want to miss (must be present to win) Hors d oeuveres and Drinks Provided NO DENTAL INSURANCE WE HAVE YOU COVERED CALL ABOUT OUR IN HOUSE DENTAL PROGRAMS 4690 N. State Rd. 7 Suite 201 (Village Shoppes - NE corner of Wiles Rd. & N. St. Rd. 7 ) Coconut Creek FL 33073 In House Payment Programs Now Available Major Credit Cards Accepted LMGFL.COM 21 954-428-6923 THE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY CANCEL PAYMENT OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT WHICH IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE DISCOUNTED FEE OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE EXAMINATION OR TREATMENT. ALL DOCTORS ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS. DOCTORS MAY NOT BE RECOGNIZED AS SPECIALISTS BY ADA OR FLORIDA BOARD OF DENTISTRY. WITH APPROVED CREDIT. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 DINING THESE FRESH SALADS PROMISE TO BOWL YOU OVER By Stella Alves 22 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Green Giants hen many of us think of a salad we think of lettuce and random vegetables tossed with whatever dressing we can find in the fridge. Not much excitement and not much flavor. But new approaches--and interesting ingredients--have reinvented this classic dish meaning we never have to settle for a boring salad again. Here are some of the best we ve found at local establishments. W AeroJuice Kalamata olives glazed with red wine vinegar and olive oil. Regular customers also suggest the zucchini croquettes and the Mediterranean bronzini. Zona Fresca 4690 N. State Road 7 105 Coconut Creek 954.933.2339 Working quickly to offer healthy foods at the peak of freshness AeroJuice has breakfast items power shots and smoothies paninis and more. Its tofu salad is made with organic tofu quinoa mixed greens tomatoes onions cucumbers and carrots. Dressing options are as vast as the salads--balsamic vinegar Caesar lemon olive oil ousand Island ranch blue cheese pesto and acai. 800 N. Federal Highway Pompano Beach 954.781.0030 e fresh Mexican grill has a bold twist for the classic salad. e chopped nopales features lettuce grilled cactus avocado cucumbers and onions tossed with oregano vinaigrette for a burst of flavor with options to add chicken steak or grilled shrimp. Its burritos are built to fill and with a variety to choose from there s something for everyone. Ciao Cucina and Bar Carbon Juice Bar 5750 N. State Road 7 Coconut Creek 954.623.6260 Using organic GMO free and fair-trade ingredients Carbon Juice Bar has another way to keep you motivated in your healthy journey--it s located inside the American Top Team Training Facility. Owners Elena Daniele and Jessica Jag Aguilar offer a kale salad with quinoa mint cherry tomatoes and honey mustard tahini dressing with sesame seed butter. Other favorites include various juices smoothies acai bowls and more. Promenade at Coconut Creek 4443 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 954.601.1234 New to the menu the tuna ni oise salad quickly has become a favorite for regulars. A fresh blend of vegetables--such as tomatoes fingerling potatoes red onions grilled asparagus and roasted red pepper--is paired with sushi-grade tuna and a refreshing olive oil lemon vinaigrette. Its pizzas also are popular from the simple margherita to a meat lovers variety. Raw Addiction Salad Creations Promenade at Coconut Creek 4437 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 754.800.7176 Salad Creations says its aim is to share some goodness and it does that with a dedication to fresh locally grown produce. Sophie s Strawberry Chicken salad is a popular choice mixed greens grilled chicken and strawberries topped with mandarin oranges cranberries candied pecans and goat cheese. Patrons also can create their own salads Choose base greens toppings and dressings. 8200 Wiles Road Coral Springs 954.753.1418 Incorporating organic ingredients grown by local farmers Raw Addiction hopes to promote a wellnessfilled lifestyle through its menu. A great place to start is with the cilantro-lime avocado chicken salad--a whole stuffed avocado served with an organic spring salad mix tomato and carrot dressed with vegan cilantro lime dressing. Other organic menu items include a Southwest salad featuring organic mixed lettuce black beans corn red pepper tomatoes cilantro vegan cheese and vegan ranch dressing. Rubio s Coastal Grill Ethos Greek Bistro Promenade at Coconut Creek 4437 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 754.999.0050 Keeping tradition alive the Greek salad at Ethos stirs the palate--a mix of house greens vine-ripe tomatoes cucumbers onions peppers feta cheese and 4425 Lyons Road Coconut Creek 954.200.6677 Inspired by the restaurant s beach roots the chipotle orange salad continues to be a popular dish. It s a blend of spring mix and butter lettuces topped with mandarin oranges fire-roasted corn fresno chilis avocado slices and black beans and served with a side of tortilla chips. e chipotle orange vinaigrette and white sauce may be complemented with pan-seared shrimp grilled or blackened mahimahi coho salmon grilled chicken or grilled vegetables. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 23 A gumbo limbo one of the trees that will be given away at this year s annual Tree Giveaway 24 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 COCONUT CREEK S ANNUAL TREE GIVEAWAY HAS BRANCHED OUT TO TOUCH LIVES IN THE COMMUNITY AND HELP THE ENVIRONMENT n the days after learning that a former Coconut Creek High School student James Martin Singh had died in a single-car accident at age 22 on March 22 2016 Jill Ridinger and Sgt. Major Eunkyong Park began thinking of ways to honor his memory. e magnet coordinator at the school s Creek Technical Academy and the school s junior ROTC leader considered planting a tree to commemorate his life. Unfortunately the school didn t have the money in its budget. But the next month provided a possible solution. April marked the return of Coconut Creek s annual Arbor Day Free Tree Giveaway and students from the high school s Key Club once again would volunteer at the event that provides more than 600 trees and 1 400 plants to local residents. Ridinger asked the students including recent graduate Amber Kelley to bring a tree. Kelley and the other volunteers called Ridinger near the end of the event announcing they had found the perfect tree. When we got the plant in [Ridinger s] car it looked like a mini jungle Kelley recalls. It wasn t that big but the branches spread everywhere so she had to keep her windows open. e tree was planted outside the entrance to the Jim B. Weatherred Auditorium along with a plaque inscribed with the words In memory of C LTC James Singh Class of 2012. A few days later Singh s parents Martin and Annette attended a ceremony that the school hosted in James honor. Members of the school s JROTC of which James was a battalion commander joined the ceremony. ey came back for his birthday and came over and prayed and brought some flowers and COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 ROOTED IN COMMUNITY By Keren Moros Lead photo by Eduardo Schneider put it down beside the tree Ridinger says. It s nice that it s a positive place for them to come and remember James. For Martin Singh a former PTA coordinator knowing that Ridinger and Park wanted to honor his son s memory was overwhelming especially since Park had never met James. It was a sad but wonderful experience to realize that James was being appreciated so much Singh says. It was a benefit for us on a very personal level. ... Every memory counts. I ARBOR DAY FREE TREE GIVEAWAY WHAT For the 17th year the city of Coconut Creek presents free trees and plants to residents one tree per household two plants per household. The event includes information stations and Master Gardeners to answer residents questions on gardening sustainability and more. WHEN April 29 8 a.m.-noon rain or shine WHERE City Hall 4800 W. Copans Road INFO arborday ey re good memories we re lucky to have those. And the tree is a reminder. A lover of trees Singh appreciates having one at the school to go back to. is March he and his wife returned to mark the anniversary of James death. Everything about the school and the JROTC was so important to him so it s fitting that the tree is there Singh says. e story is just one example of how the city s annual tree giveaway celebrating its 17th year on April 29 not only helps the environment but creates ripples in the community that extend beyond the event. Sometimes people don t see the impact that [the giveaway] makes on our little Cougar community our Cougar family Ridinger says. We were putting something down as a representation that was in his memory something that would continue to grow and that people would be able to enjoy. Another ripple comes from the volunteer opportunities for students such as Kelley who now attends Florida Atlantic University. Kelley volunteered at the giveaway with Coconut Creek High s Key Club during her junior and senior years. Her junior year she volunteered at Home Depot s booth giving away seeds. Her senior year she informed people about invasive plant species. It s a very energetic vibe she says of the event. Everyone there was ready to tell people about climate change energy conservation and the volunteers show up willing to work. Sharon Vollmer Coconut Creek s urban forester in the city s sustainable development department has been involved with the giveaway since its inception. She points to the more than 100 volunteers involved each year including students from Monarch High School members of the Kiwanis Club of Coconut Creek and representatives of the county and city. Volunteers not only help attendees select a tree to take home but they also work different booths that teach people about bees vegetable seeds flowers recycling and other environmental information. Once residents register to receive a tree they go through education stations to learn about butterfly gardening native plants proper pruning composting invasive plants and Yoga The staff of Evolution more details about plant care including a planting demonstration area. ey also receive guidance as far as choosing a tree that LMGFL.COM 25 Vollmer says that the types of trees at the giveaway change each year from native trees to flowering trees that meet a variety of planting needs. This year the trees will come from Bill Ingram & Grandsons Nursery in Homestead. The following types of trees will be given away at this year s event (one per household with proof of city residency) Gumbo limbo (Bursera simaruba) A Florida native. Jacaranda (Jacaranda mimosifolia) Produces bluish-purple flowers. Yellow tabebuia (Tabebuia caraiba) Blooms yellow flowers each spring. Neem tree (Azadirachta indica) Leaves are used as a mosquito repellent. Willow bustic (Sideroxylon salicifolium) Native tree but not often seen. Crabwood (Gymnanthes lucida) Another Florida native. Plants to be given away (two per household) Florida privet Giant milkweed Maidenbush Barbados cherry Native porterweed Corky-stem passion flower Beach verbena Buddleia Yellowtop Beautyberry BLOOM AND GROW The Singhs beside the tree dedicated to their son at Coconut Creek High best suits their residential landscape. Vollmer says the giveaway helps restore the city s tree canopy encourages people to plant butterfly gardens and creates wildlife habitats. But there s more to the event than just eco-friendly benefits she says. Everybody s in a good mood it s almost always a beautiful day. It s a feel-good event that s very popular Vollmer says. So many people come and it s an opportunity for people to get to know their neighbors. It s a time where people are interacting with the people they maybe wouldn t have met otherwise. ey don t realize that you feel more connected to your community when you re living in an area with trees. People will maybe stand outside in the shade and talk to their neighbor a little longer whereas they probably wouldn t have done that if it was blistering hot. Frances Chaimowitz attests to the giveaway as a way to unite the community and help the environment. An 11-year resident of Coconut Creek she s looking forward to attending the giveaway again this year after being unable to do so the past three years. e blooms of a white geiger she obtained at a past giveaway often have been a topic of conversation in her neighborhood. I tell them I got it at the Tree Giveaway at Coconut Creek and you can get one too. And they go Really Chaimowitz says. Who doesn t like free things Especially trees. Besides the geiger she s also obtained a bald cypress Simpson s stopper and a milkweek. e information she s received at the giveaways has made her more aware of how she can help the environment. As a result she plants bushes and trees that attract bees and butterflies. She spreads the word about the tree giveaway to other residents. Her only problem this year is space for her new tree. I m not sure where I m going to put it Chaimowitz says. Volunteers and attendees at last year s Tree Giveaway 26 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 A Southern Red Cedar at a Coconut Creek neighborhood. Photo by Eduardo Schneider COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 27 THE GOODS TIDY Spring is in the air so it s time for a fresh start for your house and your family. If you need some help organizing and cleaning check out our picks for the products that will make chores a breeze now and throughout the year. p u Don t do it yourself Sometimes we don t realize the future is already here. If you haven t let a machine do your work for you try the iRobot Roomba 980 which cleans carpet tile and hardwood. The robot vacuum makes its way through your home recharging automatically when needed while you take care of more important things. Through an app you can schedule when it works and keep track of its location. ( 899.99 available at Best Buy) COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Portable cleaning For those who spend almost as much time in their cars as their homes keeping it clean is essential. The Dyson V6 Top Dog includes four attachments to suck up everything from pet hair to stubborn dirt. Only 3.4 pounds the handheld vacuum is powerful enough to pick up microscopic dust useful for those with allergies. ( 229.99 available at Best Buy) 28 LMGFL.COM Make It Shine To make your kitchen tools last try B rstenhaus Redecker Copper Cloths. The fine copper threads easily and gently scrub rust burned food dirt and more. The recyclable clothes even can be used to clean cars and sinks and they are washing-machine friendly. ( 9.95 Cool Down Never fiddle with your thermostat again. The Nest Learning Thermostat which comes in four colors automatically adapts to your daily habits and the seasons. After just a week it programs itself. Another fun feature is the Home Report which shows how much energy you actually use. ( 249 Save your nails For cleaning jobs that require you to get up close with gunk you don t want on your hands there s the Scrigit Scraper. The pen-shaped tool gets into the grooves and crevices that standard cleaning tools often miss saving you the trouble of using damaging metal tools or worse your nails. Try it on stubborn stickers paint wax and more. (Two-pack for 6.99 five-pack for 9.99 Bundle Up A little change goes a long way. For a quick home update spring for new towels. Macy s Hotel Collection Ultimate MicroCotton bath towels are ultra-soft extra-absorbent and feel like luxury--minus an intimidating price tag. With 21 colors you can mix and match and change with the seasons. ( 7.99 34.99 The new miracle mop Using the power of steam the Shark Steam Pocket Mop sanitizes a variety of floor surfaces without harsh chemicals. Lightweight and convenient the mop allows you to use as much steam as you need to get rid of sticky messes and make your floors shine. (Prices range from 99.99 to 139.99 depending on model available at Target The Home Depot and Macy s) Hang it up Need more space in your closet garage or foyer The Hanger Jack is light enough to hold clothes but sturdy enough for bikes hoses and other items that look unsightly if thrown on the floor. It s foldable easy to install and comes in two shapes. ( 8.95 for the Scroll 29.95 for the Gator 24 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 29 HISTORY AFTER MORE THAN 40 YEARS INCLUDING A RETIREMENT A COCONUT CREEK HIGH TEACHER STILL CALLS THE SCHOOL HOME fter retiring most employees feel the urge to get as far away from their former workplace as possible. But not Ann Humphreys. Six years after officially calling it a career Humphreys is still teaching (only now as a substitute) at Coconut Creek High School where she worked full time from 1973 to 2011. It s in my blood I just couldn t stay away says the German-born Humphreys who taught American history world history and German through the years. I love all these people I ve known [many of them] for years. [Others] have retired. A lot of them think I m absolutely insane because once they re gone they don t come back. I come back continuously so I get ribbed by my colleagues. Humphreys started teaching in Michigan in 1971 after graduating from Michigan State University. In 1972 she moved to South Florida and taught at North Miami Senior High School for a year. en she moved to Plantation and started teaching at Coconut Creek High in 1973. ere was nothing around. I got off the Turnpike from Plantation. ere was no Wynmoor there was nothing she says. ere was just Creek. After retiring in 2011 she taught at a charter school as she was required to wait a year to teach at a public school. But when that year was over she couldn t stay away. After that I had to come back to Creek she says. is is my home. I grew up here basically. Today she substitutes as needed for physical education foreign languages math chemistry and more. But because she was known for teaching German she is affectionately known as Frau to former and current students. ( I guess I m a tradition she says.) Some call me Miss Frau which is Miss Mrs. but that s being polite to me. It s a culture. It should be Frau Humphreys she says. e administration knows it. e kids know it. e parents know it. Who s your THERE AND BACK AGAIN By Keren Moros sub Frau. But no matter what they call her their love for her remains the same. I love the kids and ... I know they love me she says. I get hugs when I m walking down the hallway. Are you going to be our sub today What has changed are some of the teaching requirements and restrictions. (For example students used to be free to leave campus for lunch.) You could be more spontaneous. Now they re very rigid she says. You have to have the essential question up on the board. You have to have your objective up on the board. Everything is scripted for you and that takes away the heart of teaching. It s the reason she enjoys being a substitute. ( I love the kids she says but enough with the lesson plans. ) In her day she enjoyed teaching German with rhymes and songs and her former students can still recite them from memory. I would teach them to count she says. Eins. Zwei. If you re not wet you re drei. And you re really really scared so you have a lot of vier. Funf--there s nothing you can do for that one. But they ll never forget this one sechs. (It s pronounced sex. ) roughout the years she took students on 26 trips to Europe showing them what they learned in class. Everything that I teach in history becomes alive because they actually can see it she says. At Creek High living history wasn t always easy. A race riot rocked the campus in the 1970s. On 9 11 an administrator told her to turn off the TV in her American history class but she left it on so the students could see what was happening. Lighter memories involve foreign language competitions sponsoring the National Honor Society and one special day in 1977. We were doing our finals and all of a sudden we heard It s snowing It s snowing We put our finals down. We walked outside Humphreys says. Snowflakes are hitting us A melting immediately. Nothing stuck but those kids could actually say Yeah I remember where I was. While times have changed since Humphreys first started to teach and even since she retired so have the kids. She admits today s children are more confrontational and swear more. But she says they re still kids and need to know you care. If they come in in a bad mood you don t attack them. You be gentle with them she says. Let them know that you re on their side. You ll help them. You ll be there for them. And they always knew that I would be there for them whether it was during school or after. If they needed me they knew they could call me. at love has created a bond that persists to this day with past and current students. Many current students are related to her past students. I love the kids and we have a bond to the point where I have kids [from] 40 years ago she says. ey ll text me. We ll Facebook each other and everything like that. As a Coral Springs resident Humphreys has substituted at other Broward County schools but nowhere else can she walk by a graffiti-covered wall with her name on it in Room 153. I think there s a kind of respect because they know that I love Creek so much and I care about them even though I m a substitute she says. ey come to me with their problems and I try to direct them to the right person to talk to. ey know that I m available and that because I ve been there long enough I know the ropes. In the end Humphreys keeps coming back because Creek is home. We were a family she says. Creek was great Creek still is great. Editor s note is is the third in a series of articles celebrating Coconut Creek s 50th anniversary. 30 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Humphreys at the top of Machu Picchu in 1978 Humphreys with former students Humphreys teaching circa 1998 Humphreys with current and past students of Coconut Creek High School COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 31 A TAMARIND VILLAGE RESIDENT GIVES NATIVE PLANTS A RIGHTFUL HOME here s a secret garden just off Lyons Road in Tamarind Village. Tended by one of the residents of the village Mona Johnston began the labor of love with her husband Walter in 1996. We decided to downsize from our home in Fort Lauderdale Johnston says as she walks among hundreds of plants trees and shrubs 80 percent of which are native to South Florida behind a row of homes including her own. We wanted less yardwork she laughs. Yet when they arrived the couple discovered the developer dreadfuls --trees and plants created for what the nature lover says was a way to pacify the people from up North who were moving to South Florida. Instead of planting the right things and using the beautiful plants from here the nursery people tried to mimic what was familiar to the new residents she says. And when the developers built the area they were getting the cheapest fastest-growing plants. e plantings not being native to Florida didn t attract birds and butterflies Johnston says. It didn t support life of any kind. However she says the developers did do one thing right. ey blasted coral rock out of Florida waterways and piled it along in the berm that went around the village. What it created was a foundation of coral rock underneath which could support native plants. What began as a butterfly garden has become an award-winning reclamation project. Walter who died in 2010 was an original member of NatureScape Broward HOW DOES HER GARDEN GROW By Michelle F. Solomon an education and outreach program which former Broward County commissioner and now state Rep. Kristin Jacobs began to encourage the planting of native vegetation and water conservation. e couple s work in their backyard didn t go unnoticed. In 2003 Tamarind Village was awarded a NatureScape Broward Emerald Award for being the first National Wildlife Federation Florida Friendly development in Broward County. In 2005 the couple received an Emerald Award for the reclamation of a natural system and lauded for the atala butterfly population once almost extinct re-emerging in the Township. In 2008 the couple was awarded a second Emerald Award for the garden itself. As Johnston walks through the garden-- she s never formally measured it but believes it covers at least 400 linear feet--she pauses and gives a small educational lesson about a specific plant or shrub that is thriving. It s an education in South Florida s native plants. (She s a certified master gardener and master naturalist through the University of Florida s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.) ere s Psychotria nervosa more commonly known as wild coffee. It s a beauty she says. With glossy deep green leaves it s one of the lesser-known Florida natives but it has a knack for attracting wildlife and butterflies. She points out a sabal palmetto otherwise known as a cabbage palm. People think palms are trees she says but they are related to grasses so you can t trim a palm the way T you would a trim a tree. She shows another cabbage palm that was haphazardly trimmed by a utility company. If you take the top from a palm you re going to kill it. A bit down the path Johnston spies a berry that looks like a tiny pumpkin plucks it from the shrub and eats it. It s called the Florida cherry (officially a Surinam cherry). e black ones are the best. at s when they are ripe she says. Next she finds a shrub with an unusual decorative flower. ey are called shrimp plants because the flowers look like shrimp Johnston explains. Justicia brandegeana is a non-native plant but naturalized in Florida. Hummingbirds love it. ere s another secret to this garden. We don t use nor do we encourage the use of regular schedules of pesticides Johnston says. We think as human beings we can control this stuff. I m not saying don t ever use a pesticide or herbicide but only when you must and in moderation. It is rare for us to use any pesticides at all. is is a living system. Mother Nature takes care of it. She says the garden is constantly evolving and points to an open patch of land which eventually will be a wildflower garden. ere s a sense of pride and accomplishment as she surveys the land. Others are proud of the garden too. Homes listed for sale in Tamarind Village often use overlooking the garden as a selling point. Some of the residents here say the reason that they bought their home was because of what we ve done Johnston says. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 32 LMGFL.COM Jamaican caper with Monarch butterfly Mona Johnston Entrance to the garden Queen s wreath in bloom COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 33 CITY VOICE Staff from the Utilities and Engineering Department Creek s Road Warriors Coconut Creek s Utilities and Engineering Department is composed of several divisions Water Wastewater Engineering and Transportation and Stormwater. e Transportation and Stormwater Division is responsible for maintaining the city-owned roadway and sidewalk system along with providing stormwater management and maintaining surface water quality. e division is composed of a multifunctional 10-person Osama Elshami PE team--seven crew members a lead worker a supervisor CFM is the director of and a division manager who is a registered Professional Coconut Creek s Utilities Engineer. e staff members are cross-trained with both and Engineering the water and wastewater divisions so that they can Department provide assistance during emergencies. e division also manages traffic concerns and roadway safety. Improvements such as speed tables are managed by the city s Traffic Team consisting of representatives from the Utilities and Engineering Sustainable Development and the police and fire departments. Traffic signals signage and striping are maintained by Broward County through an agreement with the city. City employees monitor this infrastructure and convey requests for adjustments or repairs to the county. In addition the Transportation and Stormwater Division actively inspects and repairs city roadways sidewalks bridges and guardrails. e stormwater aspect centers on surface water management and quality with responsibilities to maintain the city s stormwater system including catch basins grass swales pipes and outfalls. is includes using vacuum trucks to remove leaves dirt and other material from the system using TV trucks to inspect underground pipes with video feeds and completing structural reapairs of damaged infrastructure. e city also encourages all homeowners associations and management companies to maintain privately owned roadway and drainage systems including removing leaves to alleviate drainage issues and flooding. e division also follows federal requirements and permit conditions. e National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is a federal requirement which aims to improve the quality of the country s waterways lakes rivers and canals. is includes enforcing rules about littering and illegal dumping as well as connections to the stormwater system. e division oversees renewal of the yearly NPDES permit and also responds and assists federal audits to ensure compliance. e Transportation and Stormwater Division strives to provide residents with the best possible customer service safe roadways and a clean environment. 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I think it s important to understand how one s community works. I m active politically and I m active in the community. What it s been like Pretty terrific. Even discussing city finances was fascinating. e police were wonderful and everyone should take a seminar with their local police to have a better understanding of their work and what it is they do for us. I loved utilities and engineering and watching their automated robot go through the pipes. THOMAS TERRY RESIDENT FOR MORE THAN FOUR YEARS is will allow me to speak with other residents in Coconut Creek if they have any questions or are not sure about something. My standout moment was meeting our police department including one of our K-9 officers. I learned that Coconut Creek has a SWAT team and they showed us scenarios. It was an interesting interactive class. JUDITH JOSEPH RESIDENT FOR 29 YEARS Joined because I was curious about the operations of the government. What it s been like Each class is informative. I ve learned to appreciate the city workers dedication to their jobs some have been on the job for many years. And I ve learned about the extent of ongoing training that makes city workers competent in their jobs. In general I feel safe to live in Coconut Creek and feel a sense that I m being taken care of. Joined because I wanted to better understand the operations of the city. What it s been like e experience is excellent. I liked the willingness of each department representatives to share contact information. Current and past participants ultimately assist in the betterment of the city. Having completed the Citizens Academy residents are an integral part of the city by contacting appropriate departments with particular concerns. JULIO ARCE RESIDENT FOR FOUR YEARS MELISSA QUINONES RESIDENT FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS Joined because I wanted to learn how the city is run learn what my tax money is funding meet those who run the city and meet other residents. What it s been like I m learning so many new things about the city and becoming knowledgeable. Joined because I used to live in Miami where I was involved even though it was an unincorporated area we were always having meetings. Coming here I thought that s something I haven t been doing and I want to get involved. What it s been like It gives you an introduction to the workings of the city police firefighters and others you see every day that you take for granted. I was surprised at how meticulous how well-ordered and how involved everything is. It gives you a sense of pride because you realize this isn t just a small town. It s a little bigger than that. It is the future of U.S. cities and where they should be going. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Located along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale Grateful Palate Catering & Events offers a truly unique setting to celebrate your wedding ceremony & reception. 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She is also the city s sustainable coordinator responsible for maintaining green certification with Florida Green Building Coalition and spearheading the city s Green Team to provide the annual Green Plan update. If you attend the 17th annual Arbor Day Free Tree Giveaway on April 29 take a look at the landscape bed next to the police department. For some time people have suggested that the police department needed a 24-hour lobby and the time has arrived for this idea to be implemented. However the trees near the entry have grown with little disruption because they are wild lime planted for swallowtail butterflies. While the plants are doing their job--we do see swallowtails in the garden--they also block the view to the police department from the parking lot. To increase security and access these wild limes need to be removed. e tricky part is that the trees have thorns. Anyone who has tried to trim a bougainvillea knows all too well how that ends. e trees also started out as bushes and were never trained to have a single trunk so relocating them is not an option. And simply trimming and leaving the trees would require ongoing maintenance to keep the view corridor clear. Instead we have planned to keep the palms and a fledgling native ficus tree. We also will add new low landscaping that will allow unobstructed views to the department entrance. is new design incorporates plants that have been used elsewhere in front of city hall. We found an appropriate location for new wild limes along the building where they will stay out of the way. e swallowtail butterflies will have to venture only 10 feet to locate their larval food source. e new plant material will be a mix of natives and non-natives some of which attract butterflies. e benefit is of course that the police department lobby will be open 24 7 for our residents. is also is a fine example of how multiple departments within city government were able to meet and compromise to everyone s benefit. We hope you enjoy the new landscaping when it is complete and while you re at city hall for the tree giveaway stand quietly in our butterfly garden and just watch. e butterflies might be skittish with all the tree giveaway activity but they usually float and flutter throughout the garden and you can feel your blood pressure drop and muscles relax. We are so fortunate to be the Butterfly Capital of the World. Happy Arbor Day and enjoy your free trees. And while you re at it thank a police officer for the new 24 7 lobby. 38 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 THE ACTIVE LIFE SPECIAL ADVERTISING PROMOTION Spring Training for Young Athletes Many young athletes procrastinate and wait until the summer to start offseason training or college prep. is makes reaching their fitness goals a challenge because it s difficult to get back to the level you need to play well after coming off months of rest. One way young athletes can jumpstart their fitness program is by using the spring to get Richard Richie Kerster is the co- into a rhythm and prepare themselves for the owner and head summer grind. If your young athlete is still in physical trainer at season during the spring period it is the perfect Athletes Performance opportunity to fine tune their strengths and Training in Coconut work on weaknesses. Spring fitness and sports camps are great for Creek. He holds a young athletes to keep fit with friends. It also bachelor s degree in exercise science and helps them to learn new skills keep on top of health promotion their game and avoid getting rusty. Camps also has worked with are a great way to promote activity and for your hundreds of youth child to make new friends with people who and professional have the same interests. I work with many teenage athletes making athletes and their dreams reality to play at college or on a coaches youth sports programs throughout professional team. I am frequently asked what South Florida. teenage athletes need to perform at this level. In a nutshell pay attention to the psychological physical tactical and technical part of the sport. is isn t always something most young athletes can prepare for at home so you want to surround your teens with good coaches and mentors. If you pick wisely you can find coaches and mentors rolled in to one. Psychological Young athletes need to show professionalism on and off the field. Every aspect of their life--school sports practice diet and time management--should be taken seriously. Teens need to be honest with themselves and set realistic goals. ey must learn to balance all aspects of their lives and accept sacrifice as part of this. By this I mean possibly missing out on social activities family outings school functions etc. Physical Teens need to keep their bodies in top shape through constant maintenance exercises to remain at peak performance and prevent injury. By working on overall athleticism a sports career will be easier the more physically prepared and injury-free an athlete is the easier it will be to perform on an ongoing basis. Tactical Make sure your young athlete has a deep understanding of his or her sport and position. Study the sport and focus on details such as players in the same position and their respective movements. Technical is comes down to doing extra work and drills make them as close to realistic game speed as possible. We must be able to efficiently make powerful movements quickly and precisely. Teaching our body from an early age to maneuver and perform designated movements while developing a feel for the game as technical skills progress will make technical skills consistent and second nature. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Discover the Benefits of Hot Yoga Hidden away in Coconut Creek s Morgan Center is a yoga studio owned by Rachel Bash. A lifelong fitness health and wellness advocate Rachel is an avid marathon runner distance swimmer and certified spinning instructor. She is a graduate of Florida International University where she earned her Bachelor Science in recreational therapy and attended Rachel Bash graduate school. Rachel discovered yoga while in college and immediately recognized its potential to strengthen and heal the body and to help one achieve true balance in all aspects of life. Hot yoga became a more important part of Rachel s fitness regimen over time and she became a certified instructor in 2007. Since then Rachel has continued to grow her practice researching and testing yoga styles and techniques to bring her students the best possible learning experience. Rachel always makes a point to address the needs of each student in each class. e individual difference at this studio is that Rachel goes out of her way to make every student feel comfortable. At this studio any age is welcome and there is no such thing as not enjoying your neighbor. is is not your typical yoga studio. Students are not pressed about nutrition or noise. Everyone from beginners to cutting-edge athletes come to this hidden oasis to unwind and learn yoga. Hot yoga is any type of yoga practiced in a heated environment. It allows the practitioner to safely come deeper into asanas (poses or stretches) and helps the body eliminate toxins through perspiration. Room temperature can range from 91 to 95 degrees and humidity is often between 50 and 60 percent. Hot yoga has gained a steady and loyal following in the last two decades. Rachel is dedicated to helping her students reach their fitness goals through her unique style of Hot Vinyasa Flow yoga and the high standards she sets for instruction at her studio. Nowhere else is that standard of excellence more evident than in the lineup of instructors who call Hot Salutations home. Whether you are an experienced yogi or yogini or a complete newbie Rachel has a welcoming environment for all levels. Her main goal is to make all individuals of every age feel welcomed and comfortable. Hot Salutations Yoga Community Center 5485 Wiles Road Coconut Creek Florida 33073 LMGFL.COM 39 ALL CENTERS CHILDREN VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS alenda YOGA When Thursdays 10 to 10 45 a.m. through April 27 ITTY BITTY FITNESS High schoolers who need volunteer hours can stop by with a parents or guardian to register to volunteer with city programs. Bring student tier shoot from guidance counselor. Hours will only be given for obtaining hours for graduation. YOUTH CLUB A club for middle school students with field trips movies parties game room gym time craft nights sports nights etc. When Fridays 5 to 7 p.m. Fee 5 for residents 10 for nonresidents. Field trips are an additional fee. Register Walk-in or webtrac Parent and child will get fit together by doing various workout routines. For ages 18 to 24 months. Parent participation is mandatory. When Thursdays 11 to 11 45 a.m. through April 13 Fee 20 residents 30 nonresidents ADULTS WOMEN S BASKETBALL LEAGUE FITNESS CLASSES Combines physical mental and spiritual exercise to transform your body and attitude. Learn simple meditation and specific bodily postures for health and relaxation. When Community Center Mondays 9 to 10 a.m. Recreation Complex Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents SILVER SNEAKERS (SENIORS) Teams must have minimum of five players and maximum of 10 players. Must wear matching numbered uniforms. Team captain must inform staff of shirt color and team name. All shirt colors and team names on a first come first-served basis. Register by walk-in or at webtrac. When Thursdays 7 p.m. 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. March 9--June 1 (no game March 30) Fee 525 INDOOR PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT Move to the music through exercises designed to increase muscular strength range of movement and activities for daily living. A chair is used for sitting and or standing. When Community Center Tuesdays 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. and Thursdays 1 to 2 p.m. Recreation Complex Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m. to noon Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents A rotating partner round robin selection for experienced players. Teams will referee their games. Each participant will play five games winning participants will play six games. Lunch is provided When Tuesday June 6. Players are required to be in the gym at 8 45 a.m. Games start at 9 a.m. Fee 10 for residents 15 for nonresidents Register Open through May 30. Walk-in or visit webtrac INDOOR PICKLE BALL 1100 Lyons Road 954.545.6670 webtrac COMMUNITY CENTER CHILDREN FUN DAYS A paddle sport with simple easy-to-learn rules. Paddles and balls are available from front desk with photo ID. For ages 18 and older. When Mondays and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fee 2 for residents 4 for nonresidents free for Senior Center members Silver Sneakers members and Fitness Centers members FITNESS CLASSES SCULPT & TONE Drop the kids off for a day of fun activities that includes crafts organized play games and more. For ages 6 to 13. When April 10-14 8 a.m. to 5 30 p.m. Fee Daily fee is 25 for residents and 35 for nonresidents LIL TOTS LIVE STORIES AND ADVENTURES A total-body workout with calisthenics and dumbbells to improve muscular endurance. Promotes balance and flexibility. When Thursdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. Fee Free for members 6 residents 8 nonresidents Toddlers will have an adventure through live stories activities crafts and games. For ages 2-4. Parent participation is mandatory. When Fridays 10 30 to 11 30 a.m. April 7-28 Fee 25 residents 35 nonresidents MOMMY AND ME FIT 2 WALK CLUB SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPEUTIC WALK IN THE PARK Parents and toddlers get fit while enjoying the outdoors. Participants walk to Windmill Park and back. Ages 1 to 3 and one parent. Strollers are recommended. No fee. Participants will walk in a safe supervised small group environment. In addition to walking participants will engage in stretching strengthening and balancing seated exercises. No fee. When Wednesdays 5 30 to 6 30 p.m. Register Walk-in or webtrac COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 creative thinking self-expression self-confidence and social interaction in a fun supportive environment. For ages 11 and up. When Wednesdays 6 30 to 7 30 p.m. through April 12 Fee 15 residents 20 nonresidents Register Walk-in or webtrac CREATIVE MOVEMENT FOR ADULTS CREATIVE ARTS Participants will work on developing Fine motor skills and promoting When Wednesdays April 19 to May 10 2 30 to 3 30 p.m. Fee 40 for residents 50 nonrsidents FITNESS CLASSES BODY SCULPTING Unless noted fee is 6 for residents 8 for nonresidents and free for members. Register by walk-in or on webtrac. Calisthenics and weightlifting to improve muscular endurance and strength When Mondays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. CORE & MORE Explore locomotor skills enhance self-esteem self-confidence and social interaction. When Mondays 7 15 to 8 p.m. through April 10 Fee 15 residents 20 nonresidents Register Walk-in or webtrac Abdominal exercises floor work and stretching When Mondays and Fridays 6 45-7 15 a.m. FOREVER FIT (SENIORS) Slow-tempo class to improve daily activities. Focus is on stretching OTHER LOCATIONS SABAL PINES PARK 5005 NW 39TH AVE. 7-ON-7 CO-ED FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE balance and coordination When Tuesdays 9 30 to 10 30 a.m. H.I.I.T. High Intensity Interval Training class. Multi-joint tactile exercise with short recovery time When Wednesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. Each team must have a maximum of 12 players. Maximum eight teams. Team captain mut infor staff of team color and name. Also held at Gerber Park (4715 NW 30th St.) When Mondays April 3-June 12 6 45 7 45 and 8 45 p.m. Fee 525 per team Register Walk-in at the Recreation Complex SPINNING RECREATION COMPLEX 4455 Sol Press Blvd. 954.956.1580 CHILDREN GIRLS BASKETBALL LEAGUE An indoor cycling class that provides an intense cardio workout maximizing caloric burn. Sign-up begins 30 minutes before class. Fee Free for annual members daily fee for nonmembers is 6 for residents or 8 for nonresidents plus cost of class. Class costs 2 for Express 4 for Spin Rip & Ride When Express (30 minutes) Mondays & Fridays 6 15-6 45 a.m. Rip & Ride (boot-camp style) Sundays 9 15 to 10 15 a.m. Spinning (60-minute class) Tuesdays 5 15 to 6 15 p.m. Wednesdays 8 30 to 9 30 a.m. Thursdays 9 15 to 10 15 a.m. and 6 15 to 7 145p.m. Saturdays 11 15 a.m. to 12 15 p.m. SUNDAY SHREDZ Includes 10 regular games playoffs and championship. Practices and games will be determined on coaches and court availability. For girls 8 to 17. More information at youthathletics. When June 10 to Nov. 4. No game Aug. 2. Fee 100 per player before April 9. 125 after April 30. Nonresidents must have a sports card ( 60). Register Walk-in only CREEK CLUB Interval training bootcamp style class When Sundays 10 30 to 11 30 a.m. ZUMBA Dance aerobics performed to high-energy music. Hip-hop samba salsa merengue and mambo dance movements When Mondays and Wednesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. Saturdays 10 to 11 a.m. STEP AEROBICS An after-school recreational program for middle school students. Program participants receive structured activities quiet time and a light snack and drink. When Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m. except school closures Fee 60 for residents 70 for nonresidents fee is for 20 days SCIENCE TIME Intermediate advanced complex choreography with a step bench When Tuesdays 6 15 to 7 15 p.m. YOGALATES Participants will enjoy exploring and discovering the wonders of science through hands on experiments. For ages 4 to 6. COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Breath control simple meditation and postures for health and relaxation through a combination of Yoga and Pilates techniques When Tuesdays 7 30 to 8 30 p.m. LMGFL.COM 41 SNAPSHOTS Festival of Fun Coconut Creek residents celebrated the city s 50th anniversary with the 15th annual Butterfly Festival which featured rides games food and a business expo. After city commissioners commented on the occasion spectators enjoyed performances from Creek Idol winner Alyson Moriarty and Beatlemania Now before the night ended with fireworks. Beatlemania Now on stage Stiltwalkers entertained the crowds 42 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 Sterling Chambless David Chambless Tim Bligh Linda Bligh from United Realty Group and CMG Financial Glenny Minor and Kim Redmin from Diagnostic Professionals Inc.) with Lisa Aronson of Liron Enterprises LMGFL.COM 43 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 SNAPSHOTS Racing to the Finish Line e city recently hosted its 15th annual Butterfly Run 5K. e top three runners from each of the 16 age divisions received a medal as well as medals commemorating the 50th anniversary of the city. A portion of the proceeds benefited the National Wildlife Federation. 44 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 45 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT Ellen Blackburn with son Aaron at an event for families Fighting for Families hile the black tank top that Ellen Blackburn wears might not catch most people s attention it did catch the attention of a woman who noticed the shirt s beaded puzzle piece. She approached Blackburn at a Starbucks and started a conversation about her son who has autism. It s not unusual for Blackburn to be approached by people asking questions about autism. Because of her 20-year-old son Aaron who has autism and LandauKleffner syndrome she has been helping families for years. For years she was a volunteer secretary of the Autism Society of Florida. She worked on an information newsletter and attended events but felt that something was missing. I saw that there was so much need for support of fun things--not just living on therapy Blackburn says. My son just went from therapy to therapy five days a week A Coconut Creek mom volunteers on behalf of her child and others with autism By Keren Moros W three times a day and it s hard. I thought Wow there s nothing fun. Frustrated by other autism societies that she thought didn t help families financially she decided to branch off and form her own foundation. Using the familiar puzzle piece imagery from other autism initiatives she created e Puzzle Place Foundation in 2004 dedicated to supporting informing and helping families. I wanted to give back to my families as much as I can whether it s financial support or emotional support. You just have to listen she says. You have to be a friend. ... Whenever you need me to talk to I ll do my best to help. e foundation has sponsored numerous special outings for families including Disney on Ice performances at the BB&T Center as well as events like haircut marathons. She raises awareness of businesses that benefit families with autistic children such as Personal Ponies in Boca Raton and the Dan Marino Foundation s WalkAbout Autism. rough her efforts the foundation has been recognized by the city on Autism Awareness Day (April 2). I raise big money for other people she says. I help the parents find the programs. I m the support parent. I try to just get enough money to do the fun things to bring the parents together. at s what I do. rough friends friends of friends and supportive local businesses that she comes across the foundation s network of volunteers and parents know that her doors are open to help--whether it s sharing the latest research or talking to an overwhelmed parent at 2 a.m. If I can put a smile on a kid s face it s worth every time I drive around to bring a 10 ticket to a parent she says. To learn more about e Puzzle Place Foundation visit COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 46 LMGFL.COM 800.611.6631 COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017 LMGFL.COM 47 48 LMGFL.COM COCONUT CREEK LIFESTYLE APRIL 2017