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10LEARN AS WE GROW MOMMY AND ME10-11 a.m. (toddler program) and 11:30-12:30 p.m. (preschool pro gram), 108 N. 33rd CourtThe toddler program introduces kids 14 month to 35 months to new vocabulary, sensory fun, outdoor play and more.Cost is $40. The preschool program is for kids 3 to 5 years and teaches a variety of subjects from ABCs to tying shoe laces. Each sesssion offers pretend play, premath skills, literacy lessons, creative expres sion, wellness and more. Classes for both begin today and continue at the same times on Jan. 17, 24 and 31.Information: 954-933-838611KEEP HO LL YWOOD BEAUT I FUL BEA CH S WEEP 7-11 a.m., Charnow P ark, 300 Connecticut St.Join this effort to collect litter from along the beach. Keep Hollywood Beautiful will provide safety tips and information about beach cleanup procedures. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old to participate.Information: 954-921-3020 or Works / Volunteer Hollywood)F LI PANY F UN R UN7-10 a.m., Hollywood N orth Beach P ark, 3601 N. Ocean DriveCome join this 5K and 10K event on the Broadwalk 100 percent of pro ceeds go to support physical activity, nutrition education and cooking skills for healthy lifestyles. The course runs to the park. A Kids Zone is open from 8-10 a.m.Information: 954-636-2388 or 12T U B SHEVAT A NNUAL B L ESS I NG O F THE A N IMALS11:30 a.m., T emple Beth El, 1351 S. 14th A ve. your pets to the annual Blessing of the Animals on the front lawn of Temple Beth El.Information: 954-920-8225 or www.templebethelhollywood.orgH O LL YWOOD H EALI NG H A I T I C ON C ERT AND FUNDRAI SER1-4 p.m., A rtsP ark at Y oung Circle, US 1 and Hollywood Boulevardties and more.Information: 954-920-8225 or www.templebethelhollywood.org GET LISTED! Visit HollywoodGazette.com more area happenings or to list yours. G O S EEDO W H ATS H OT & H APPENING IN HOLLYW OOD JANUARY 18 SI STER SLEDGE I N CON C ERT 8 p.m., A rtsP ark A mphitheater, Hollywood Blvd. & U .S 1Join the sisters as they perform their hit songs We Are Family, Lost In Music, Hes the Greatest Dancer and Information: 954-921-3500 18 JULIAN T O H A: IMMERS I ON T OUR 2 p.m., A rt and Culture Center of Hollywood, blends music, technology and the visual arts. Information: 954-921-3274 4


A RT AND C U L TURE C ENTER OF H O LL YWOOD EXHIBI TS10 a.m.-5 p.m., T uesday-F riday, and N oon-4 p.m. S aturday and S un day, 1650 Harrison S t. These exhibits run through Jan. 14. The main gallery presents a survey of recent photographs by Francie Bishop Good. Charles LaBelle explores the geographic and psycho-geographic space of the city. Melissa Fredendalls exhibition synthesizes diverse research in memory and reality. media-driven narratives and modern-day fairy tales. Craigslist ads inspire Information: 954-921-3274 MOVIE S & M U SICA RTS P ARK L I VE!8 p.m. F ridays and S aturdays, A rtsP ark amphitheater, Hollywood Blvd. & U .S 1FREE F R I DAY MOV I E N I G H TSJan. 3: Monsters University G Jan. 10: Bill & Teds Excellent Adven Information: 954-921-3500HOLL YWOOD B EA CH T H EATRE MUS IC AND DAN CI NG 7:30-9 p.m. M ondaysW ednesdays, Hollywood Beach T heatre, Johnson S treet and the BroadwalkMONDAYS dards Jan. 13: Andrea Garofalo Jan. 20: Travis Bridges, smooth jazz Jan. 27: Jimmy Chapel, all stylesTUESDAYSJan. 7: Billy Bones, sax solo Jan. 14: Lucie, French songstress Jan. 21: David Fernando Jan. 28: TBAWEDNESDAYSJan. 1: Cache Live Music Jan. 22: Jamie Mitchell, countryFR I DAYS and blues Jan. 10: HLB, Classic rock Jan. 17: TBA Jan. 24: Claude Florent, French country singerSATURDAYSJan. 4: TBA Jan. 11: TBA Jan. 25: TBAInformation: 954-921-3404 5 DREAM C AR CL ASS IC CAR S H OW 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Hollywood Boulevard between 19th & 20th A venue This free event features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles. Ve hicle registration is $20. Information: 954-924-2980 HARD R O CK L I VE!Hard R ock Hotel & Casino, 1 S eminole W ayJan. 4: George Lopez Information: 954-797-5531F ort Lauderdale Improv 5700 S eminole W ay Jan. 2-5: Gabriel Iglesias Aloha Fluffy Jan. 16: Andrew Dice ClayInformation: 954-981-5653 18D OWNTOWN A RTWA LK 7-10 p.m., Harrison Street area Information: 954-921-3500IMMERS I ON W OR K S H OPN oon, Hollywood Central P erforming A rts Center, 1770 Monroe St.Julian Toha provides teaches how to mix music and art. For all ages.Information: 954-921-327423HOLL YWOOD W OMAN OF TH E Y EAR LUN CHEON11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., O range brook G olf and Country Club, 400 Entrada DriveThe Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will recognize a woman making a mark on the business community. Cost is $30 for members, $40 for nonmembers and $50 at the door. Information: 954-923-400024AB RA C ADA B RA: A RTI ST RE C EPT I ON F UNDRAI SER6-9 p.m., A rt and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St.This annual fundraiser features more than 100 works and culminates with a live drawing March 14. Tickets start at $375.Information: 954-921-327425-26CANADAFEST10 a.m.-9 p.m., both days, Hollywood Beach BroadwalkFind music and dancing and over 100 kiosks with arts, crafts, food and other items showcasing the countrys best.Information: 954-924-9705 Bill & Teds Excellent Adventure 5


Cosac Foundation threatens to stop taking emergency cases due to South Florida cities bans from Homeless Voice vending Homelessness is a significant problem in Hollywood. It is an issue that a number of people and organization are working to reduce. Sean Cononie, the director and founder of the Coalition of Service and Charity (COSAC) in Hollywood is providing housing, food and when possible work opportunities for the homeless at its main facility at 1203 North Federal Highway. It is known for the newspaper The Homeless Voice which is distributed throughout South Florida. NO ONE IS TURNED AWAY Cononie has faced controversy and not everyone agrees with his approach. We are trying to correct a problem that has been handled wrongly for years. We dont turn people away, we give the homeless a place to live. The requirements for living at COSAC include not doing drugs or using alcohol and working if possible. If it is determined that a person cant work, they may be provided a Mother Teresa Bed; a free bed for life. The ultimate goal of COSAC is to help people achieve selfsufficiency and eventually move out. But Cononie realizes that some people cant accomplish that in a few months if ever. People who can work will pay a small transitional housing fee based on a sliding scale. COSAC has been in Hollywood for 17 years and operates a facility in Dania Beach and unincorporated Broward County off of I-595 and 441. People can become homeless for a variety of reasons. A person can have a bad seizure and may be unable to work. Some people have mental illness or a low IQ. Some people make wrong decisions and end up homeless, said Cononie. For those who are disabled and on a social security check at $710 may find they cant keep a roof over the head so staying at COSAC becomes affordable permanent housing. There are about 200 people who live at COSAC. They can be treated by doctors, and nurse practitioners and they can participate in Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. They can participate in health improvement programs such as aerobics. And they can participate in job placement programs. Additionally, an outreach program regularly goes into the community with water, blankets, medical supplies and cigarettes to assist the homeless on the streets or to take them into the COSAC shelter when possible. On Christmas Eve Sean Cononie expressed concern that a growing number of Broward cities are passing ordinances PHOTO: JENNIFER SANDOMIR BY DAVI D VOLZ | CORRESPON D ENT IS HOLLYWOOD ON THE RIGHT TRACK TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE HOMELESS? 6


prohibiting the sale of newspapers at intersections and along the streets. He said that if this matter is not resolved within 60 days, COSAC may stop taking in emergency cases. He said that the shelter will remain open but that if it is considered full, people may be turned away. He wants cities to offer more support or allow the sale of Homeless Voice newspapers on public streets. Pembroke Pines Pines outlawed vendors at major street corners in September of 2012, a move that Cononie also feared may shut down the shelter. At the time, Cononie reported Homeless Voice newspaper sales generated around $120,000 a month. In response to Coral Springs, yet another city no longer allowing street vending, we may be closing the emergency level shelter which currently takes referrals from the police, hospitals, and other organizations, explained Sabrina Diz, Community Relations and Special Projects Coordinator for COSAC. Current COSAC policy is to take everyone. Cononie said that about 60 to 70 percent of COSACs revenue comes from the sale of the Homeless Voice. Cononie states the budget for COSAC is about $1.4 million. There are between 350 to 400 people living at COSAC on a given day. COSAC has nine buildings. In our 17 years, we have never had a Homeless Voice vendor killed, he said. Homeless Voice vendor Ralph Monterrey reported being hit by a car while vending the Homeless Voice on the intersection of Griffin Road and Federal Highway in November of 2010. This is a dangerous intersection, said Monterrey in an interview by Sarah Malhotra for a special issue of Homeless Voice. For the past 5 years, a program called Will Write for Food brings 20 college journalism students from around the country to produce an issue of the Homeless Voice in 36 hours. Visit wwff.us to see the stories they covered or for more on the project. Other sources of revenue are from donations, advertising space, rent from the residents and 40% of all wages earned by vending after room and board is deducted. The residents pay their room and board fees based on a sliding scale depending on if they are able to work. Not eveyone can be a vendor, but those who can are expected to pay up to $23 a day for room and board and access to services at the shelter. Cononie is known to assist anyone to make sure they are able to have a place to stay and a meal for as long as needed. If a resident gives their social security check to COSAC, the room and board fee is much less. In special circumstances he will even front a resident cash for larger purchases, like a personal computer, and manage their finances to make payments to him. Most people dont want to be homeless and most people want to work. But some cant hold a job and so they come here, said Cononie. We make an evaluation to see what kind of jobs they can do. We have a day labor program. If a person cant work in traditional job, COSAC will try find work they can do around the facility. Those who can work may sell the Homeless Voice. Much of COSAC is funded by sale of the Homeless Voice, said Cononie. We also receive donations and we are hoping to start a pressure cleaning business. A walk through the COSAC facility finds people surviving a difficult life situation together. People live in dormitory style rooms. There are televisions in the rooms and there is a spirit of camaraderie. People eat meals together in a cafeteria. They will sit outside in a courtyard area. Some people like to live here because they have friends here, said Cononie. We have people who have been living here for years and may spend the rest of their lives here. NOT YOUR TYPICAL NEIGHBORS Those who operate businesses next to COSAC have different reactions to the organization. Some business owners find it difficult to operate near a facility that caters to the homeless. They have expressed concern that homeless people make customers uncomfortable. The 1203 N. Federal Highway building has had 14 code violations since 2007 and there are currently two registered sex offenders listing the COSAC shelter as their permanent residence. There can be no comparing of the benefits extended by Broward Outreach Center (BOC) to our homeless population versus the exploitation of this same group by COSAC. The hygiene, life safety conditions and client management offered by BOC appears light years beyond what was observed at COSAC [in a recent Leadership Hollywood Health and Human Services tour]. I personally inspected all the fire extinguishers in the COSAC space and could find zero with current inspections. The cancerous side effects of the homeless-perpetuating COSAC center can be easily witnessed by the many businesses within 300 feet that have been forced to close. COSAC is Downtown Hollywoods shame, said Louis Pellegrino, owner of Jothi Vita Ayurvedic Spa & Wellbeing Center located five blocks south of the shelter. The unfortunate truth is that no solution exists where personal accountability is not at least 50% of the design. Unless the party decides he/she wants to recover, there is no amount of money or goodwill we could provide that will make a real difference Shondelle Solomon-Miles, owner of Synergize, Home of Crossfit954 has a 6,000 sq. ft. business directly across the street from the facility at 1200 N. Federal Highway. She does not think there has been an impact on her business. Actually, business is better than ever, she reports, after being at the location for 4 years. Ive had a couple of incidents where people are sleeping on my property, but I dont think it has directly cost me business, said Solomon-Miles. Anthony Vera, spokesperson for the Hollywood Professional Firefighters Association said the COSAC building has generated many calls for Hollywoods emergency services. Some of the calls are more legitimate than others but by law we have to transport everyone, said Vera. Even a minor injury is a major injury to the person undergoing it. BROWARD OUTREACH CENTER OPENS NEW 18,000 SQUARE FOOT FACILITY IN SERVICE OF HOMELESS WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN Broward Outreach Center operates two facilities in Hollywood and is a division of the Miami Rescue Mission. It addresses the physical health needs, mental health needs and educational needs of the homeless in Hollywood. The average stay is between three and six months. In Hollywood it serves about 150 men, women and children. A facility for men and women is located at 2056 Scott Street. The Broward Outreach Center for Women and Children Hollywood, a new FEATURE Sean Cononie, COSAC founder and Executive Director of the Homeless Voice Newspaper We have people who have been living here for years and may spend the rest of their lives here. -Sean Cononie The unfortunate truth is that no solution exists where personal accountability is not at least 50% of the design. Louis Pellegrino, owner of Jothi Vita Ayurvedic Spa & Wellbeing Center Please say NO to panhandling.While panhandling is often associated with homelessness, many panhandlers are not homeless. There are a variety of services available to help those in need. Give your spare change to agencies that can make a real difference. Hollywoods Community Redevelopment Agency has launched a campaign to discourage panhandling with helpful agency information for the homesless. See page 9 for the information contained in the brochure. 7


Christmas Eve at the Broward Outreach Center On Tuesday, December 24th, the Miami Rescue Mission/ Broward Outreach Centers and over 600 volunteers provided entertainment, more than 6,000 gifts and a complete Christmas meal to 3,000 homeless and hungry individuals. Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers helped spread some joy thanks to multiple donors and BOC Friends. Broward Outreach Center: Hollywood Guyana Relief Council of Florida, Inc. was the main sponsor of this Outreach. Beginning at 10 a.m., the Christmas Celebration began with dozens of volunteers helping celebrate with formerly homeless men, women and children. The Christmas meal was also served beginning at 11:00 a.m. Santa arrived around noon with special deliveries for everyone. Some of the great give-a-ways included gifts from Friends of BOC, former Mayor Mara Giulianti, and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Many toys were donated by supporters and donors. Broward Outreach Center is located at 2056 Scott Street Hollywood, Florida. MIAMI RESCUE MISSION/BROWARD OUTREACH CENTERS HELPED NEARLY 3,000 HOMELESS AND NEEDY AT THE GREAT CHRISTMAS OUTREACH comprehensive $3.3 million 18,000 square foot facility was just opened. This center, located next to the original facility, allows mothers and children to live together. It also provides a structured therapeutic environment for a homeless family, allowing them to rebuild their lives as a family, according to the Broward Outreach Centers website. Don Cotton, program supervisor for the Broward Outreach Center said that many people become homeless because of mental illness, substance abuse and lack of jobs for people with felony convictions. People with felony convictions need a chance. We need jobs for felons, said Cotton. The Broward Outreach Center offers housing for homeless people and works to get people into their own homes within three months. Those who are housed at Broward Outreach are expected to work if possible and save 80 percent of their paychecks to be put toward their own homes. People who come to Broward Outreach receive an overall assessment of their life situation. They may need help with substance abuse or other problems. They receive help in finding new job or training for a job. People with severe disabilities receive help in obtaining disability support and housing. If people want to help provide jobs to homeless people, they can contact the Broward Outreach Center, said Cotton. The City of Hollywood recently held a symposium with service providers that deal with the homeless population. These included the Broward County Housing Authority, the Broward Homeless Initiative Partnership Division; the lead agency for implementing the countys ten year plan to end homelessness, the Salvation Army, the Broward Sheriffs Office, the Jubilee Center in Hollywood and other organizations that serve the homeless populations. The goal of this meeting was to develop an action for reducing homelessness in Hollywood. In general there are three types of homeless people, said Davon Barbour, director of the Department of Community and Economic Development for Hollywood. There are the chronic criminals who are in and out of the legal system, the consumer; a person with mental health issues, or someone who is chronically homeless due to a lack of job opportunities or affordable housing. The meeting was essentially a brainstorming session on dealing with the problem of homelessness in Hollywood. The long term goal is to implement an action plan for reducing homeless in Hollywood, according to Barbour. Homeless may always be a problem in Hollywood. The City has many transient residents. It offers a warm climate and is near the beach. These are factors that will always attract the homeless. J ennifer Sandomir contributed to this report. FEATURE 8


request to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the county where address and phone number of the Bureau of Vital Statistics for the county of your birth, dial 1 (area code of the birth county) 555-1212 and ask for the Bureau of Vital Statistics. This is usually a free call. For information on obtaining your Social Security Card, you 3201 W. Commercial Blvd., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 1-877-253-4720 ........ Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am 3:30 pm and legal papers, such as a passport, visa, green card or work authorization permit. NO PHOTOCOPIES! Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am 5 pm .................... 954-497-1570 Fort Lauderdale .................................... 1931 NW 9th Avenue Lauderdale Lakes ....................... 3708 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Lauderhill Oakbrook ................... 7217 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Margate ................................................ 2500 N. State Road 7 Pembroke Pines ................................... 8001 Pembroke Road (a) be 12 years of age or older full name and date of birth, and a second supporting or out-of-state driver license, Military ID card, etc. Courtesy of the Hollywood CRA .............................................. 211 or 954-537-0211 24-hour crisis/suicide intervention, empathetic listening, and information and referral Helpline Service. 311 N. State Road 7, Plantation .............................. 954-327-5000 7261 Sheridan Street, Hollywood ............................ 954-967-1333 1400 W. Commercial Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale ........... 954-267-2000 .......................... 954-792-4000 417 NE 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale ....................................... 954-926-7417 2056 Scott Street, Hollywood Provides food, shelter, substance abuse treatment, education, computer literacy, job placement, healthcare, spiritual development and housing. South Broward County ............................................ 954-357-5650 Central Broward County ......................................... 954-497-1340 Davie ........................................................................ 954-797-2054 1445 W. Broward Blvd, Ft. Lauderdale ................... 954-524-6991 Emergency shelter for families and singles. 2995 N. Dixie Highway, Ft. Lauderdale ................... 954-357-6622 713 NE 3rd Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale ........................ 954-356-7926 ........................................................ 954-792-2328 A multi-service agency that provides case management, emergency food boxes, clothing, eye glasses, referral to employment, basic culinary skills classes, information, food stamps, food pantry, and referral, etc. 2020 Scott Street, Hollywood .................................. 954-920-0106 Feeding program and various social services available. Courtesy of the Hollywood CRA Jennifer A. Sandomir PUBLISHER jennifer@hollywoodgazette.com Barbara Pellicano-Tisi ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR barbara@hollywoodgazette.com Dusty Garon | CREATIVE DIRECTOR dusty@hollywoodgazette.com Daniela Roeder | ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE daniela@hollywoodgazette.com Tammy Freeman | ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE tammy@hollywoodgazette.com Caron Conway | LEAD CORRESPONDENT caron@hollywoodgazette.com David Volz | CORRESPONDENT Sherry Thien | CALENDAR EDITOR Courtney Ortiz | COVER PHOTOGRAPHER www.courtneyortiz.com Tom Olsen | PHOTOGRAPHER Melissa Donaldson | EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER Denise Nieves | FINANCIAL CONTROLLER Southeast Offset (305) 623-7788 PRINTER Gilmore Associates DIRECT MAIL SERVICES Hollywood Gazette Copyright 2013. All rights reserved. The entire contents of the publication shall be the property of Hollywood Gazette. No parts hereof may be reproduced without prior written consent of the publisher. Hollywood Gazette is not liable for errors appearing in advertisements beyond the cost of the space occupied by the error. The views and opinions expressed by our advertisers and columnists do not necessarily reflect those of the Hollywood Gazette. Established in 2001, Hollywood Gazette is Hollywoods only free, independent, community newsmagazine mailed to 25,000 Hollywood residents with an additional 10,000 available at over 100 hightraffic locations throughout Hollywood, Florida. For more information, call 954-962-8180 or visit www.hollywoodgazette. com. 9


By William Gjebre, BrowardBulldog.org On December 20th, former U.S. Representative Peter Deutsch won conditional approval from a key Hollywood board to build a controversial Ben Gamla middle and senior charter high school in a traffic congested neighborhood near City Hall. The citys Planning and Development Review Board backed a recent city staff recommendation to grant a zoning exception that would permit construction of a three-story, 34,000 square foot building for up to 600 students in the residential neighborhood east of I-95. City Commissioner Peter Hernandez, who represents the community surrounding the Van Buren Street school, said residents were disappointed. He said regarding the boards action this seems like business as usual. Hernandez said he will request a review by the city commission, but hell need the support of two other city commissioners before the matter would come before elected body. If not, the school can proceed with its project. Before the vote, asked if Deutsch would win, Hernandez said, Thats what it looks like, adding, The neighborhood will lose. The administration has catered to this applicant, Hernandez said. He explained that the city administration had promised, but failed to keep the community updated on discussions with Ben Gamla officials about various issues, including traffic solutions. The proposed school stirred neighborhood opposition when Ben Gamlas original plans for a 1,050 student middle-high school, across from an existing Ben Gamla K-8, became public four months ago. APPROVAL WITH CONDITIONS The planning board reviewed the staff report, which included an approval recommendation subject to 28 conditions. We are recommending approval subject to [Ben Gamla] meeting all of the conditions, said Hollywood City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark. Neither Deutsch, founder of the Ben Gamla charter schools, nor Ben Gamla lawyer Alan Koslow, a former Hollywood city attorney, responded to requests for comment. Sharon Miller, principal of the Ben Gamla K-8 school in Hollywood, has been involved in some meetings regarding the project, but said she was not prepared to discuss the matter. Thanks for reaching out, she said, declining comment. The high school is a joint effort of the EnglishHebrew language Ben Gamla Charter Schools and the Doral Academy located in Miami-Dade. Both are managed by Academica, a large for-profit charter school management company based in South Miami. Commissioner Hernandez is skeptical about the process, having received the staff report only recently. I dont know how much scrutiny this will get, he said. A DONE DEAL In a vote taken about 1 a.m. on Dec. 20th, the Hollywood Planning and Development Review Board approved the zoning exception that will allow construction of a three-story, 34,000 square foot building for up to 600 students. The board also approved 29 conditions one more than originally requested by the city that the school must adhere to. Those conditions mostly address traffic and school operational issues. City Manager Cathy Swanson-Rivenbark said the city would make sure Ben Gamla lives up to the provisions. The meeting lasted seven hours. The board heard from speakers on both sides of the issue. Nearby residents were against the project because of what they said are difficult existing traffic conditions. Parents of children attending Ben Gamlas adjacent K-8 school spoke in support. Storey said city staff members have met a number of times with representatives from Ben Gamla to discuss issues. She said she could not say whether Ben Gamla officials agree with the 29 conditions needed to gain approval for the school. Most of the conditions involve school operational and traffic issues, such as drop-off and pickup times and locations and use of police and traffic guards. Several issues have apparently been resolved, altered or clarified since plans were first announced, according to city documents. Ben Gamla has scaled the project down to a $3.7 million, three-story, 34,000 square foot building for a maximum of 600 students. Originally, it proposed a $5 million, four-story, 49,000 square foot building for 1,050 students. The school will start out with 524 students and can only go to the maximum 600 if it provides 21 more parking spaces. Ben Gamla had sought to be ready to open for the 2014-2015 school year, but a delay until 2015-2016 is likely. As a buffer for the surrounding residential areas, the school would be required to build a six-foot concrete wall along the east, south and west sides of the 1.52 acre school property fronting Van Buren Street, between 26th and 28th Avenues. The proposed recommendations also resolve an issue about the capacity of the existing K-8. During the citys review for the proposed school, the city staff stated that city documents indicated Ben Gamla was to have a maximum of 584 students at the K-8 when the school added several classrooms. In response school officials said plans approved by the city would allow for 672 students, although the school currently has 660 students. The issue was resolved in favor of the school; the city staff recommendation sets the Ben Gamla K-8 capacity to 660. While the city is permitting only 600 students at the proposed new school, the Broward School Board agenda item set the student capacity of the Ben Gamla-Doral Academy school at 1,050. The school board approved charters for the proposed middle-senior high school in November. A spokesperson for the school district said the actual capacity of the schools would be established during negotiations following the school board approval. Broward Bulldog keeps watchdog journalism alive by paying attention to and publishing important stories that otherwise go uncovered because of shifting priorities and lack of resources in the regions conventional media outlets. For more information, visit www.browardbulldog.org. Ben Gamla charter schools win nod for new Hollywood high/middle school SCHOOL NEWS VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR DAILY UPDATES AND PHOTOS FROM YOUR COMMUNITY FACEBOOK.COM/ HOLLYWOODGAZETTE 10


LEADERSHIP HOLLYWOOD CLASS 38 PUBLIC SAFETY DAY Public Safety Day is intended to provide Leadership Hollywood class members with a better understanding of pubic safety operations of the Hollywood Police and Fire-Rescue Departments. Participants developed a greater insight into the day-to-operations of public safety, as well as the challenges faced by first responders and support personnel. Luis Guevara, CityStreetz Graphics at Hollywoods Fire Rescue Training Facility Jessica Reyes Valido and Jennifer Sandomir are given a lift Hollywoods Fire Rescue Training Facility. Leadership Hollywood Class 38 participants Kelly Talbot Ellis, Sheridan Technical Center and Patrick Hart, Memorial Regional Hospital Maribel salutes her classmates below at Hollywoods Fire Rescue Training Facility Maribel Ruiz, owner of Beauty of Wax in Downtown Hollywood proves you really can do anything in platform wedge sandals. Hollywoods finest assist with guiding Leadership Hollywood Class 38 through the fire fighter training process. Ivonne Wood is locked and loaded at Hollywood Police Department firearms simulator demonstration 11


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By Caron Conway | Lead Correspondent LiveHara Caf has brought a unique dining experience to Downtown Hollywood with the introduction of healthy gourmet raw, vegan and organic meals that are both nutritious and delicious. LiveHara Caf, which opened Sept. 28 at 116 S. 20th Ave., serves cooked as well as raw, mostly gluten-free vegan food prepared with all organic ingredients and no artificial additives. Hara means green in Hindi, and the cafs name originated from an inspiration to create flavorful food without compromising health and wellbeing. LiveHara Caf administrator Alexandra Avendano said the unique concept has been very well received by vegan diners, customers with health issues and mothers who want to eat healthier and teach their children to do the same, as well as the merely curious. And once they try it, they are surprised by the flavor, Avendano said. We have regulars and then we also have customers from out of town who look up vegan places online and find us. Among the main dishes are the Portobello Melt, Quinoa Bowl, and raw vegan selections such as Live Pizza, Spring Veggie Burger, Nori Wrap and Pesto Pasta, with daily specials including Vegan Mozzarella Lasagna, Stuffed Peppers and Lentil Dahl. Rotating starters, sides and salads include Red Pepper Cheese Platter, Tomato Polenta, Raw Tacos, Thai Curry Soup, Vietnamese Pho, Kimchi, Potato Salad and Kale Salad. Dessert offerings vary and include Pistachio Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Cacao Cheesecake, and gluten-free muffins and cookies. Fresh juices, smoothies and organic coffee drinks made with almond, soy or coconut milk are also available. Avendanos mother Erika, the cafs chef and one of its owners, has been a vegetarian for the past 35 years. In 2010, she was conducting healthy-eating workshops and found that her unusual recipes were a big hit with people who were far more interested in enjoying her healthy and tasty dishes without having to recreate them first. And thats how the whole idea of a vegan restaurant came about, Alexandra Avendano said. LiveHara Caf currently has indoor seating for 25 diners and will be adding an outdoor seating option. The caf has an intimate coffee-house ambiance, Avendano said, And it seems like people really enjoy that. She said LiveHara Cafs owners chose the historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district as the location for their new business because of its unique character, sense of community and a commitment to furthering the arts that includes the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project launched in August 2012 and the monthly Downtown Hollywood ArtWalk series. LiveHara Caf welcomes local artists to display and sell their work in the caf. Theres this artistic vibe downtown now, said Avendano, who grew up in Hollywood, moved out of state in 2010 and returned home at the end of 2012. And all of the business owners are really friendly and helpful to each other. We just thought it was a nice area. LiveHara Caf is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Takeout service is available. For more information, call 954-674-8708, or visit www.liveharacafe.com or the cafs Facebook page. DOWNTOWN NEWS Where artistry meets your self-expression.(954) 256-1761FREE*prescribed shampoowith any service. (prescribed by Jenny G. based on your hair needs) *For new clients only. Creative Cuts & Color Make-up Up-style V.I.P. service in your home JennyGStyles.com Downtown Hollywood Diners Enjoy Raw, Vegan and Organic Delights at LiveHara Caf 13


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A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on December 13, 2013, to mark the opening of the Memorial Fitness Zone, located in T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood. In attendance were Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division Director Dan West, and Memorial Healthcare System executives. Were happy to bring the Memorial Fitness Zone to residents in the area to help enhance their health and well being today and for years to come, said Zeff Ross, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship hospital of Memorial Healthcare System. Hospital executives, the South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners and Parks and Recreation Division officials are expected to attend the ribbon cutting. The outdoor fitness equipment will complement the two-mile walking trail which already attracts hundreds of adults and children every day. It can be used to warm up, cool down or as its own fitness regimen. Instructions will clearly explain how to use the equipment. The Fitness Zone will be free for use and open to ages 14 and up; however, the parks regular gate entrance fee of $1.50/person children 5 and under are free is in effect on weekends and holidays. Memorial Healthcare System donated funds for fitness equipment to commemorate its 60th anniversary, supplemented by additional funding from the Broward County Parks and Recreation Division. The fitness zone consists of nearly a dozen pieces of sturdy exercise equipment on concrete pads, including wheelchair-accessible units. The equipment, which was installed directly across from the park office, is designed for ages 14 and up. WHERE: T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood, FL 33021; 954-357-8811 WHEN: Memorial Fitness Zone is open daily during the parks normal operating hours. WHO: For ages 14 and up. HOW: Free. The parks regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) will also be in effect. Work out in TY Park with New excercise equipment ATTENTION Middle-Aged Adults to Active Retirees! A ZUMBA Fitness class suited for you! January through April come to ZUMBA Fitness class on TUESDAY MORNINGS at 9 AM for just $5 per class at the City of Hollywood Fred Lippman Multi-Purpose Center, 2030 Polk St. Hollywood, FL 33020. FREE Parking. ZUMBA Fitness is a Latin and international music inspired, easy-to-follow dance exercise program. Janes classes are slightly gentler on the knees and joints than some ZUMBA classes, so come dance away stress with high energy music! BEGINNERS WELCOME! Then ZUMBA Toning, which adds optional 1 lb. hand weights for some songs, is held on THURSDAY MORNINGS at 9 AM for $5 per class at the same Lippman Center, or THURSDAY AFTERNOONS at 1 PM at the Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center, 1301 S. Ocean Dr. (A1A), Hollywood, FL 33019 for $8 per class. JOIN ANYTIME! OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Instructor: Jane at jipctfl@yahoo.com or 860-961-1887, or see JanePilliod.zumba.com for all classes open to the public. 20


Traditional American barbecue has come to Downtown Hollywood with the recent opening of Smoke Grill & Bar, a casual full-service eatery at 1832 Harrison St. that serves up daily lunch and dinner buffets as well as la carte selections, live music, deejay entertainment and weekly ladies night specials. Proprietor Cosmin Udor, who also owns Europa Restaurant in Downtown Hollywood, opened Smoke Grill & Bar on Nov. 15 with his wife Alina and business partner Madalina Nitu. Udor signed the lease for the 291-seat, 5,567-square-foot space with downtownbased property owner S & M Lancaster Properties Inc. in September. What sets Smoke Grill & Bar apart from the chain barbecue joints is the dedication to time-honored traditional recipes prepared fresh daily on premises. We are not like food that you find from a big corporation, Udor stressed. Everything is made in-house. Smoke Grill & Bars extensive menu features barbecue spareribs and St. Louis-style ribs; grilled New York strips, sirloins and ribeyes; grilled chicken; tilapia; catfish; slow-cooked brisket; and pulled barbecue pork or beef. Among the many appetizers and side dishes are grilled or fried chicken wings, beef or turkey burgers, potato skins, Texas nachos, stuffed hushpuppies, salads, baked or sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cowboy beans and collard greens. Patrons also appreciate the all-you-can-eat buffets offered at lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for $9.95 and at dinner beginning at 4 p.m. for $17.99. Smoke Grill & Bar also features a full liquor bar. Udor said the response from diners has been extremely positive. The people from the offices downtown have come back, he said. In keeping with Downtown Hollywoods designation as a Live Music District, Smoke Grill & Bar offers Family Nights with live international music. DJ entertainment is provided on weekends and on Ladies Night Mondays, when ladies enjoy complimentary bar beverages all night. Smoke Grill & Bar is a marked departure from Udors other Downtown Hollywood eatery, Europa, the former Transylvania Restaurant he took over in 2012 whose authentic Romanian and European cuisine attracts a loyal customer base. It was Udors love of traditional American barbecue that prompted him to open a real American restaurant in the heart of the historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district. I travel a lot, and the American food is good food, said the native of Romania. When Udor first discovered Downtown Hollywood as a tourist in the mid-2000s, he was struck by the artistic and multi-cultural vibe it has compared with other South Florida locales. When it came time to open a second restaurant, a Downtown Hollywood location was an easy decision. Hollywood is a small city but its growing, Udor said. And I expect to grow my business with the city. Smoke Grill & Bar is open from 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Reservations, takeout and catering services are available. For more information, call 754-263-2230 or visit www.facebook.com/smokehollywood. There is no charge for on-street downtown parking between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Free on-street parking is available in three-hour increments between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Garage parking is available for $1 per hour at the Municipal Garages located at 251 S. 20th Ave. (between Harrison Street and Van Buren Street) and 251 N. 19th Ave. (between Tyler Street and Polk Street). For more information on events in Downtown Hollywood or on Hollywood Beach or on opening a business in the CRA districts, call the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) at 954-924-2980 or visit www. hollywoodcra.org. Under Florida Law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions exist. The Downtown District of the Hollywood, Florida CRA, created in 1979, is approximate 580 acres. The Beach District of the Hollywood, Florida CRA, created in 1997, consists of 293 acres. The mission of the Hollywood CRA is to eliminate slum and blight by stimulating private investment and economic growth, upgrading the public infrastructure and public spaces, mobilizing community stakeholders, partnering with the City of Hollywood and other government agencies and providing leadership for the CRA Districts. Smoke Grill & Bar, Traditional BBQ Eatery, Now Open in Downtown Hollywood You may dispose of your Christmas tree through your regularly scheduled commingled residential pickup or as a Hollywood resident, you may recycle your tree through Broward County's free Chip-a-Tree recycling program. You may take your tree to the following County parks located in Hollywood: Topeekeegee Yungee (TY) Park 3300 N. Park Road Hollywood, FL 33021 954.357.8811 From Thursday, December 26, 2013 through Monday, January 20, 2014, you can bring up to two trees per vehicle. Artificial trees are not accepted and no commercial vehicles or garbage trucks are allowed to participate. The regular weekend and holiday gate entrance fee will NOT be in effect for recyclers but hours vary, so call the park for details or visit Broward County's website. DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD'S TOWN HOUSE ON POLK ST AND YOUNG CIRCLE SET TO BE DEMOLISHED IN 2014 Disposal or recycling of Christmas trees in Hollywood West Lake Park 1200 Sheridan Street Hollywood, FL 33019 954.357.5161 21


NEWS FROM THE GREATER HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Scenes From Our Recent Breakfast Meeting The December Good Morning Hollywood Breakfast Meeting took place at Memorial Regional Hospital. Our keynote speaker was John Benz, Sr. Vice President & Chief Strategic Officer. Mr. Benz updated the audience on the new healthcare law and how it affects us all. Barry University and the Memorial Healthcare System generously sponsored the event. We hope you enjoy these photos from the breakfast, courtesy of Anton Hahna of Elegant Photographics. Welcome New Chamber Members Hollywood Executive Offices TRUSTEE MEMBER Laurent Meyer Modern-designed executive suites for professionals that include fabulous amenities such as a multi-use rooftop terrace LB Construction of South Florida, Inc. TRUSTEE MEMBER Lorris Boulanger | 786.288.0099 www.lbconstructionsf.com Offering significant experience in all aspects of project development, reinforced through our recognized reputation and successful track record in South Florida and abroad Floor & Dcor Darryl Levy/Lisa Marrero | 954.744.2981 www.flooranddecor.com Jakes Jazz & Blues Alex Romanov | 954.367.6421 www.jakesspeakeazy.com Join us for one of our superior crafted cocktails, listen or dance to the best in live entertainment while enjoying our simple yet delicious food menu Just Visiting This Planet Travel Cindy Markle | 954.803.8990 www.jvtptravel.com We know life is hard vacations shouldnt be! Call us or visit our website for stress and worry-free vacation planning Live Hara Caf Ericka Avendano/Eugene Drimer | 954.674.8708 www.liveharacafe.com Hara means green, making raw, vegan and organic foods full of flavor without compromising health and well being P.O.C. Susan Lee | 954.391.7229 www.pocrestaurants.com Known for its vision of innovative dining style, we have joined hands with the beautiful landscape of Gulf Stream Park to bring new bursting flavors with an inspired Tapas menu Reflections Wellness Center of Broward, Inc. Guillermo Fernandez/Neal Paul | 954.362.0104 www.rwcbroward.com Providing specialized services to individuals and families impacted by mental illness and/or substance abuse; we offer individual counseling, anger management, domestic violence counseling and parenting classes Tequilla Sunrise Jimmy Bonacci | 954.235-0053 www.tequillasunrise.net A full liquor sports bar with every game; we have pool tables and dart boards and our dcor features autographed sports, music and movie memorabilia The Home Mag/Inside Broward Robert Trepel | 954.479.4361 www.thehomemag.com Securing results for our advertisers by delivering quality, focused and reliable direct mail products that motivate readers to improve their homes and offering a lifestyle supplement, too The Neptune Hollywood Beach Hotel Bernadette Schraff | 954.922.0459 www.neptunehollywoodbeach.com 29 oceanfront spacious suites with dining room for 4, full kitchen, LED TV with 100 channels, Serta pillow top mattress, crisp linens and superior comfort for a relaxing sleep Urgent Care and Surgery Center, Inc. Luca Sartini/Phil Villegas/Joanie Howard | 954.239.6060 www.911urgent.com Our practice was created to serve the diverse populations of our surrounding neighborhoods and our main goal is to provide efficient, cost-effective care for the insured as well as the uninsured 22


Picture Perfect Day for Chambers 30th Annual Golf Tournament We couldnt have asked for a more beautiful day to hold the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerces 30th Annual Golf Tournament! 120 golfers joined honorary tournament chair Greg Norman Jr. for a day of competition and networking on the links at the Diplomat Golf & Tennis Club. Congratulations to our first place winners: Mike and Stephen Balan and Beth Tobin; second place: The Lojeta Group consisting of Lou and Robbie Tabachnick, Bobby Auerbach and Jason Schonholtz; and third place: Billy Stone Crabs comprised of William and Helena Hershey, Bruce Roeck and Nestor Sirvent. Were very grateful to our tournament leadership, which in addition to Greg Norman Jr. also included tournament chairs Dr. Stephen Parker and Honi Parker of Parker Dentistry: Facial Rejuvenation & Wellness. Our committee extraordinaire included Jose Basulto, Ana-Maria Colmenares, Sam DeCaro, Ross Feurring, Bob Giacin, Patricia Glemaud, Sean Gradomski, Anne Hotte, Michael Hotte, Stan Hughes, Sara Lavenka, Jenna McIntosh, Josh McCumber, Cyndi Marrero, Rey Monzon, Alan Paoli, Steve Patton, Brandon Rhodes, Stephen Rowe, Georgina Scott, Jeff Sheffel, Marie Suarez, Maggie Suazo, Robbie Tabatchnick, P.J. Villardo and Ivonne Wood. Special thanks to tournament photographer Martina Coriano Photography for these great shots! WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 Real Estate, Construction and Home Alliance 12 to 1 p.m. Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 330 N. Federal Highway, Hollywood Free to members FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 Good Morning Hollywood Breakfast Meeting 7:30 a.m. Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa 3555 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood Keynote Speaker: Mayor Peter Bober Topic: State of the City Address Sponsored by: Sun Credit Union $15 members in advance online/$20 members at the door/$25 future members THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 2013 Hollywood Woman of the Year Luncheon 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Orangebrook Country Club 400 Entrada Drive, Hollywood Keyote Speaker: Congresswoman Lois Frankel $30 members in advance online/$40 nonmembers/$50 at the door TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 Business After Hours 5 to 7 p.m. POC Restaurant in the Village at Gulfstream 600 Silks Run, Suite 1210, Hallandale Beach $10 members in advance online/$13 members at the door/$15 future members Chamber of Commerce Upcoming Events Registration required for all events. Call 954.923.4000 or register online for any of these events at www.hollywoodchamber.org. Thank You, Tournament Sponsors! NEWS FROM THE GREATER HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Memorial Healthcare System WastePro AutoNation AAA Parking Hollywood Discount Liquors & Wine Parker Dentistry: Facial Rejuvenation & Wellness Sun Credit Union Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Marriott Hollywood Beach Brown & Brown of Florida Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort Nextran K&L Gates Fowler White Boggs, PA Lojeta Group of FL Inc. Florida Power & Light Synergy Insurance Group Ginos Italian American Deli & Meat Market The Press Room Barker Specialty JetBlue Billys Stone Crab Greg Norman 23


In an effort to help reduce the feline overpopulation problem in the Southeast Florida region, six animal shelters that are part of the Southeast Florida Spay/ Neuter Coalition will be hosting their third annual Beat the Heat Spay/Neuter Week. The event takes place January 6 10 and is for felines eight weeks of age or older who are free-roaming, feral or lucky enough to have a home. The goal of the group is to collectively sterilize 1,400 cats during this time frame. The cost will be just $15 per cat and includes spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, and FVRCP. While kittens are cute, the fact is there are simply too many unwanted cats and not enough homes. Only with your help can we reduce the number of unwanted cats entering shelters. Appointments are necessary, and you must be a resident of one of these counties to participate, so please contact the shelter near you to take advantage of this offer as space is limited. Broward County Animal Care & Adoption: 954-359-1313 ext. 9630 Humane Society of Broward County: 954-895-3605 Humane Society of Greater Miami: 305-749-1827 or 305-749-1854 Miami-Dade Animal Services: 311 Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control 561-233-7729 Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League: 561-686-3663 Each shelter is independent and not affiliated with one another, however they are coming together to help promote this important message. Pet overpopulation is something we can stop, but it will take help from every one to make a difference. Fort Lauderdale, FL Since 1944 the Humane Society of Broward County has taken in dogs, cats, rabbits, Guinea pigs and more. Whether the family is moving, someone developed allergies or they simply cannot financially afford the pet any longer, these families did not abandon their pets in a park to fend for themselves. Instead they brought them to the Humane Society so they could hopefully find another home. As our community has grown, so has the number of animals surrendered to the facility. After careful evaluation and consideration on the basis of a national trend, the HSBC will be starting surrender by appointment on January 15, 2014. Other large shelters across the country such as Animal Humane Society (Minneapolis) and the Houston SPCA have been doing this for several years and it has proven to be successful in their communities. There are several reasons why we have chosen to follow this trend. The first is transparency on eligibility for adoption of the animal. The second is to be able to provide alternative solutions to keeping the pet in the home like providing behavior training, limited vet care and nutrition for these animals. We will also be able to help the pet owner identify resources from within their own circle of friends and family that may provide the opportunity for them to re-home the pet on their own. Lastly, this will give us the opportunity to provide a Humane organization to surrender their pet. According to Christopher Agostino, President and CEO, by accepting animals by appointment this will allow our staff to get a better understanding of why the pet is being given up and share with the owner other options that may be available. The appointment will also include an exam and evaluation of the pet, which should take 30-45 minutes, and the results will be shared with the owner prior to the end of the appointment so the owner can make the best decision for their pet. The information gathered during this appointment will allow better placement of the pet into a new home. Details such as diet, medical history, activity level, and more will be obtained. By moving to surrender by appointment we will be able to control how and when animals come into the shelter and we hope to be able to assist more families so they are able to keep their pets. Animal shelter environments can be extremely stressful for pets and if we know when and why a pet is being surrendered, we can be better prepared for when the animal arrives to make the transition easier. To surrender an owned pet the public can call our Animal Admissions Department 954-266-6873 for an appointment starting December 26, 2013. The Humane Society of Broward County is a private, non-profit organization supported by donations from companies and people who want to help us help the homeless animals. To see who needs a home, learn about the shelters programs and services including low cost spay/neuter, please visit www. humanebroward.com or call 954-9893977. Spay or newter felines for $15 from Jan. 6-10 President Bill Clinton to receive inaugural Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award Jan. 24 In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Joe DiMaggios birth, Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital will be presenting the first ever Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award. This award will be given to that individual who represents the highest of values for which Joe DiMaggio stood. Recipient of the inaugural Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award is President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States. The award will be presented on the evening of Friday, January 24, 2014 at the Don Taft University Center on the campus of Nova Southeastern University, 3301 College Avenue, Davie, Florida. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Craig Cohen at (954) 265-7241 or crcohen@mhs.net. For 25 years, the Memorial Classic/Joe DiMaggio Legends Game was a major charity event, raising millions of dollars for the Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital Foundation and helping thousands of children. The inaugural Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award event will carry on this baseball tradition, and former major league baseball players will be in attendance to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Joe DiMaggios Birthday. 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The School Choice application window for Nova, magnet and school reassignment window will be open until February 12. To assist parents in exploring the school choice options for their student, information is now available on the Districts website, browardschools.com, just click on the School ChoiceIts Easy as 1,2,3 icon. Parents can apply online or download applications from the School Choice Web page. Applications will also be available at the 1st floor security desk in the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center. Applications can be submitted by mail or in person. Mail completed applications to: Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments School Board of Broward County, Florida 600 SE Third Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Hand-deliver completed applications to: Security Desk 1st Floor Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center Attn: Demographics & Student Assignments School Board of Broward County, Florida 600 SE Third Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 School choice application window for the 2014/15 school year still open This is Joe a nonagenarin, a proud WW II veteran and a helluva harp player whos hasnt forgotten how to raise the roof while wailing the blues. Thank you Joe. Like Hollywood Gazette on Facebook for more Hollywood people and their stories by photographer Tom Olsen W e b s i t e D e s i g n S i n c e 1 9 9 5 B r o c h u r e D e s i g n B u s i n e s s C a r d & L e t t e r h e a d D e s i g n T r a d e S h o w D i s p l a y s S o c i a l M e d i a M a r k e t i n g T V A d v e r t i s i n g 9 5 4 5 2 2 8 7 7 2 | w w w A d E x c e l l e n c e c o m 2 4 5 0 H o l l y w o o d B l v d S u i t e 3 0 0 H o l l y w o o d F L 3 3 0 2 0 Downtown Hollywood has experienced many cyclical changes. Meanwhile Elsie Johns, by way of her steadfast pioneering spirit and fundamentally sound practices has maintained a steady and reliable course forward. HOLLYWOOD STARS 25


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Little Lucy,a 3 yrs old Pekingese, adopted from the Broward Humane Society, is the sweetest little girl. She has extensive conversations with her brother Cha-lie and loves to watch doggie shows on TV. WANT YOUR PET TO BE PET OF THE MONTH? E-mail a hi-resolution photo plus the name of the pet and your pets special traits to creative@hollywoodgazette.com pet of the month Lucy (954) 880-3135 I Love Hollywood Gazette! Hollywood Gazette Francie Bishop Good, whose exhibition, Not on Allen Street, is on display through Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, is an acclaimed photographer represented by David Castillo Gallery in Miami. Francie just completed her second solo exhibit at Davids gallery, and her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. The Bethlehem, PA natives solo museum shows include the Allentown Art Museum; Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville. Francie is a two-time recipient of the South Florida Consortium Fellowship in the visual arts, and the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Her work has been featured in publications such as Art in America, ARTnews, and the Miami Herald, and is included in many private collections in the United States and abroad. Recent museum acquisitions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT; The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University; and the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Francie is currently working on a photographic series about Hollywood Beach and its unique residents and visitors. She takes weekly shots there, and is very familiar with the beach since she is a former Hollywood resident, having lived here from 1980 until 1990. Back in those days, she was a teacher at Driftwood Elementary and Sheridan Park Elementary and would regularly take her students to the beachfront Art and Culture Center of Hollywood for field trips. She also took her own children there. Today, Francie is an honorary Center board member. In 2003, she founded Funding Arts Broward, an organization that annually awards grants to deserving arts and cultural organizations countywide, including the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Francie along with her husband David Horvitz established in 2006 Girls Club, a private foundation and alternative space in Fort Lauderdale. Girls Club produces exhibitions, educational programming, publications and events that change lives, nurture local artists, and inspire cultural growth in Broward County. ACCLAIMED PHOTOGRAPHER EXHIBITS AT ART & CULTURE CENTER OF HOLLYWOOD Motorized vehicles now prohibited on the Beach Broadwalk Due to safety concerns and the increasing use of a variety of recreational devices on the popular Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, the City Commission unanimously approved a change in the municipal beach ordinances. To ensure the safety of all visitors to Hollywood Beach, the use of any device which is not operated exclusively by human power on the Broadwalk is now strictly prohibited unless that device is expressly allowed by state or federal law. The change impacts the use of motorized vehicles, such as motorized Trikkes and motorized bikes, it does not impact the use of segways, motorized wheelchairs or scooters allowed by state law and federal ADA regulations. New signage will be installed along the Broadwalk and literature will be passed out by park rangers and police officers along the broadwalk to educate residents and visitors about the change. The City is allowing a short grace period of a few weeks to ensure users of motorized trikkes and bikes are informed of the change. After this period, tickets will begin to be issued to those who violate the ordinance. Violations of Chapter 99 of the Citys Code of Ordinances, can face civil penalties ranging from $50 to $500. Please keep in mind the following safety tips when riding a bicycle or operating other non-motorized devices on the Broadwalk: Yield to pedestrians Remain within the designated bicycle path Refrain from operating the device in a careless manner The City of Hollywood values its residents and visitors and their safety is our top priority. A change in the ordinance will help keep the 2.5 miles of beautiful Broadwalk along the Hollywood coastline safe for everyone to enjoy. BEACH NEWS 29


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