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1650 Harrison Street Hollywood, FL 33020 954. 921. 3274 Bring out the artist and performer in your child with visual, performing, and interdisciplinary programs at Summer Arts Camp. Each session of camp ends with a performance or an exhibition of artwork, because children flourish when they put the skills they’ve learned into practice.We offer programs for every age, interest, and skill level from ages 4 to 18. For more information or to register, visit or call 954. 921. 3274 today!Summer Arts Camp is funded in part by the Florida Theatrical Association. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a 501(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the Kresge Foundation. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work. SUMMER ARTS CAMPJune 8 – August 14, 2015 Ages 4 – 18 2


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GET LISTED! Visit more area happenings or to list yours. GOSEEDO MARCHWHAT’S HOT & HAPPENING IN HOLLYWOOD 5FULL MOON DRUM CIRCLE7-9 p.m., ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young CircleMeet at the Palm Court. Information: 954-926-020419TH ANNUAL CITIZENS’ POLICE ACADEMY7-10 p.m., Hollywood Police Department, 3250 Hollywood Blvd.This 12-week program gives citizens a chance to learn how the police department works. Fee includes registration and a graduation dinner. Meetings are in the rst-oor classroom each Thursday. Cost is $40.Information: 954-967-43715-8LITTLE FLOWER CATHOLIC CHURCH & SCHOOL’S 15TH ANNUAL CARNIVALVarious times, 1805 Pierce St.Enjoy Midway carnival rides for all ages, as well as games, prizes, an auction tent, a grand rafe, live entertainment and an international food court. Admission is free. March 5: 6-11 p.m. March 6: 6-11 p.m. March 7: Noon-11 p.m. March 8: Noon-10 p.m.Information: 954-922-35177 MARCH AGAINST HUNGER7:30 a.m., Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut St.Participants get a T-shirt and certicate of participation. Awards go to the top three in each age group and overall. Cost is $30.Information: 954-518-18638 CONCOURS SOUTH FLORIDA CLASSICS CAR SHOW10 a.m.-4 p.m., TY Park, 3300 N. Park Road Can your pride and joy bring home a trophy? More than 20 awards will be given out in eight catego ries. Information: 954-261-70548GLOBAL MEDITATION FOR WORLD PEACE5-6:30 p.m. ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young CircleThis free event is open to all ages. Information: 954-962-744710AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE WORKSHOP SERIES6-8 p.m., City Hall, Chambers Room 219, 2600 Hollywood Blvd.This interactive education offering includes lectures, presentations, lm clips, storytelling and role playing, and is presented by the City of Hollywood’s African American Advisory Council and Barry University. Tonight features Associate Director of Social Work and Ph.D. Program Director Walter Pierce. The presentation includes the Black Church, The Civil Rights Movement, and The Empowerment of the Black Community. Sessions continue March 24 and April 14 and 28.Information: 954-921-3271PARTY WITH A PURPOSE5:30-7:30 p.m., The Greek Joint, 1925 Hollywood Blvd.Party for a cause at this networking event with food, drinks, rafes and more. The $10 admission fee benets LES and the Hollywood Jaycees.Information: pwphollywood14BE A MATCH: BONE MARROW 5K7 a.m., Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut St.This fundraiser raises critical funds to help patients with blood cancers take the next step toward a life-saving marrow transplant.Information: 646-290-6028 22 JOHNSON STREET INTERNATIONAL MUSIC, FOOD & ART FESTIVAL Noon-6 p.m., Johnson Street between 56th Avenue and State Road 441 Party on the J at this event, presented in partnership with Hollywood Gardens West Civic Association and the Johnson Street Business District. Find live music, food and drink, local artists and craftsmen, dance performances, children’s activities, rafe prizes and more. Information: 954-281-2134 4


MOVIES & MUSICARTSPARK LIVE!8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, ArtsPark amphitheater, Hollywood Blvd. & U.S. 1FREE FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHTSMarch 7: The Lion King March 13: Babe March 20: Apollo 13 March 27: The Rookie SATURDAYSMarch 7: Avalon, Irish music March 1 4: Salsa Fest March 21: Americana featuring The Wood Brothers March 28: Los Turistas (Latin)Information: 954-921-3500 FRIDAY FEST AT CHARNOW PARK7:30-9 p.m., Performance Pavilion at Charnow Park, 300 Gareld St.March 6: Dick & Joe, folk/Irish March 13: Wayne L., family fun March 20: D.J. & The Rockers, classic rock March 27: L&P Duo, jazz, pop and Latin April 3: Billy Bones, the sax manInformation: 954-921-3404EXHIBITSART AND CULTURE CENTER OF HOLLYWOOD10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue-Fri, and Noon-4 p.m. Sat and Sun, 1650 Harrison St.Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School, On display from March 4-19. Reception on March 7 from 1-3 p.m.Pine Crest School, On display through Feb. 26. Reception on March 21 from 2:30-4 p.m. Main exhibits display until March 13:Kubiat Nnamdie: Looking GlassErnesto Kunde: IntertwinedTom Virgin: Open Book New exhibits starting March 27:Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.): As Far As the I Can See: Large-scale paintings, animations, wall murals, photographs, sculpture, and archival TV performances.Regina Jestrow: Linens: Painting, printmaking, quiltmaking and embroidery.Information: 954-921-3274HOLLYWOOD BEACH CLEANUP7-11 a.m., Charnow Park, 300 Connecticut St.Must be at least age 8 to participate. Information: 954-967-452614 HOLLYWOOD WEST CONCERT SERIES7:30-9 p.m., Boulevard Heights Amphitheater, 6770 Gareld St.Enjoy a free concert with The NattyBos (blues, rock and soul). Information: 954-921-3404ARTSPARK LIVE! SALSA FEST8-9:30 p.m., ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young CircleThis free concert series showcases South Florida talent. Information: 954-921-3500 15ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND FESTIVAL Noon-6 p.m., Hollywood Blvd. and Harrison StreetThe parade begins at 21st Avenue and Harrison Street. heads north to Hollywood Blvd, east to Young Circle, south to Harrison and back to 21st Ave. Live entertainment headlined by Blackthorn, an Irish folk rock band.Information: 954-921-340420LUNCH AND LEARN NATURE SERIES Noon-2 p.m., Anne Kolb Nature Center, 751 Sheridan St. Jason Liechty discusses Broward County’s plans to deal with rising sea levels. Lunch is provided. Information: 954-357-516121THE MAGIC TOY SHOP BY MOMENTUM DANCE COMPANY2 p.m., Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe St.The tale of a kind old toymaker who creates toys that come to life at night.Information: 954-921-3274DOWNTOWN ARTWALK 7-10 p.m., Harrison Street area Starts at 20th Ave. & Hollywood Blvd. Information: 954-921-3500ARTSPARK EXPERIENCE: AMERICANA FEATURING THE WOOD BROTHERS7-11 p.m., ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young CircleInformation: 954-924-298024CAT PALS FUNDRAISER6:30-9:30 p.m., Rudy’s Pub and Restaurant, Hollywood Golf and Country Club, 1650 Johnson St.A $25 donation gets you drinks and a light buffet. Featuring rafes and prizes. 28SPRING MARSHMALLOW DROP2-6 p.m., Boulevard Heights Community Center, 6770 Gareld St.Kids can enjoy egg hunts, games, a bounce house and meet “The Bunny.” Information: 954-921-340429RESCUE FEST 201510 a.m.-3 p.m., TY Park, 3300 N. Park RoadProceeds benet the Coastal Boxer Rescue. Find vendors, rescues, food and music, a doggie fun zone, rafe/silent auction, plus look-alike contests and more.Information: For vendor space,; other questions, 954-552-0155April 5DREAM CAR CLASSIC CAR SHOW10 a.m.-3 p.m., Hollywood Blvd. between 19th & 20th AvenueThis free event features dozens of classic cars, trucks and other vehicles. Information: 954-924-29808EXPO ALFRESCO!5-8 p.m., ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 Young CircleSample food from area restaurants. Enjoy wine tastings, a kids corner and music. Cost is $20; kids 10 and under admitted free.Information: 954-923-400013 ABRACADABRA EXHIBITION & FUNDRAISER — WIN AN ORIGINAL WORK OF ART6-9 p.m., Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. Every ticket-holder who attends this reception goes home with a piece of art. Drawing begins at 8 p.m. Tickets/information: Visit the center website at or call 954-921-3274. FORT LAUDERDALE IMPROV 5700 Seminole WayMarch 5-8: Julian McCullough March 13-15: DeRay Davis March 19: April Macie March 20-22: Mark Viera March 26: The Ofcial NBC “Undateable” Tour April 2-4: John Witherspoon April 9-11: Al MadrigalShow times: 954-981-5653HARD ROCK LIVE! Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole WayMarch 14: Don Omar and Nicky Jam March 20: KC & The Sunshine Band March 28: Lara FabianShow times: 954-797-5531 COMEDY &SHOWS Lara Fabian 5


TRANSPORTATION BY WILLIAM HLADKY, FLORIDABULLDOG.ORG The new southbound exit ramp out of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport funnels vehicles to an intersection so congested it is rated near the bottom for traffic flow, according to a study commissioned by state transportation officials. The intersection is at U.S. Highway 1 and Griffin Road. The conclusion is from an exit ramp assessment prepared for the Florida Department of Transportation by KimleyHorn Associates at a cost of almost $87,000. Kimley-Horn is a national firm headquartered in North Carolina with offices in South Florida. Shortly after the assessment was released, the Broward County Aviation Department emphasized in a September slide presentation to county commissioners that Kimley-Horn supported its position that the new exit ramp was the best of four options considered by the county. What the aviation department didn’t include in its presentation was Kimley-Horn’s finding that the intersection at U.S. 1 and Griffin Road would operate at a poor “level of service” on opening day, with projected growth later causing it to get permanently worse. The Highway Capacity Manual, published by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences, grades highway levels of service from A to F, said Adam Kerr, the report’s co-author. A service level of “E” is next to the bottom of the scale. It is characterized by unstable, irregular and slow traffic flow with no usable gaps to maneuver in traffic. Traffic incidents create serious delays and leave drivers with a poor level of comfort. An “F” service level means motorists will move in lockstep, with frequent slowing, unpredictable travel time and constant traffic jams. THE WAY SOUTH Traffic leaving the airport today enters a three-lane bridge that veers left and north toward Interstate 595 and to northbound U.S. 1. To go south, a vehicle must make a hard right onto a one-lane exit ramp as the bridge curves left. The exit ramp, which opened last month, funnels traffic southbound onto an improved NE 7 Ave, with a single lane that eventually curves westbound onto Northeast 10th Street to U.S. 1 where a traffic light controls when vehicles can turn south or cross to Griffin Road. Broward County Mayor Tim Ryan will hold public meeting about the airport expansion project at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd. The meeting will address the southbound ramp and other concerns of residents. Ryan has experienced airport area slow downs first hand, especially during rush hours, when he takes U.S. 1 south to go home. He said he has to wait through several traffic light cycles, or between six to eight minutes, before he can make it through the congested intersection. FDOT did not design or build the exit ramp. County contractors built it as part of the Broward Aviation Department’s ongoing $800-million airport expansion program. FDOT District Director James Wolfe said in a July 2014 email to then state Rep. Joseph Gibbons, D-Hallandale Beach, that his department “did not review and approve the designsince the ramp is located outside the department’s right-of-way.” State Sen. Eleanor Sobel, D-Hollywood, asked FDOT to conduct an independent study into whether the ramp was the safest and best option. Sobel made the request amid public protests last year over the elimination of the old more direct southbound ramp that was torn down to make way for the extended runway. She could not be reached for comment. Former Rep. Gibbons, a critic of the new southbound exit ramp, told, “How do you start out with a brand new road which is a failure from the startThere could be a more direct route.” r f fntbfftfft rffrfrr ffff ffff ff ffff f tf b r f ntb b b fnrf frftt tbrt tt ftntrt fftt ntnttttt frtt ttrnb ntrrtb btfft n nntb t ft tttbn tbttnfft tntt rr ft ntft tttntbn nfttrt nnt b t t fbtrb t ttr f b t t New southbound exit at Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood airport causes significant slow downs near intersection at U.S. 1 and Griffin Road PHOTO BY JOHN CHRISTIECONT. ON NEXT PAGE 6


New flag football league 'touches down' in West Hollywood March 15 SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE The Kimley-Horn report made several suggestions to improve traffic flow for vehicles heading south. They include increasing the number of exit ramp lanes to two, reducing the exit ramp’s “departure angle” from the bridge, diverting ramp traffic away from NE 7 Ave. to its own roadway, increasing the number of southbound turn lanes at the U.S. 1-Griffin Road intersection from two to three, and building a flyover at or near Griffin Road to allow airport traffic to bypass the intersection. The report notes that even if a third left turn lane is added, “the overall intersection will still operate” at a level of service of “F.” Aviation department spokesman Greg Meyer, noting that level of service ratings applies to the intersection and not the ramp, took issue with the report’s suggestion that adding another lane to the exit ramp lane would improve traffic flow. “We don’t have a need for two lanes at this time,” he added. A 2011 aviation department study recommended the ramp be widened to two lanes when the number of passengers boarding aircraft at the airport reaches 17.3 million. The Federal Aviation Administration said the number of passengers boarding aircraft in 2014 was 12.3 million and won’t reach 17 million until 2029 or 2030. Meyer pointed out the aviation department has installed 32 concrete light poles and is now upgrading signage along the southbound exit route. He said the opening of the southbound ramp was accelerated at the urging of local residents and towns. Between the day the old ramp was torn down and the new ramp was opened, southbound drivers had to travel north on U.S. 1, make a U-turn and then head south on the highway and through the Griffin Road intersection. The U-turn option still exists. Meyer said the aviation department has entered into an agreement with FDOT to study ways to improve the intersection. The two governmental entities are splitting the $250,000 cost of the study. Mayor Ryan said many of the report’s suggestions to improve the intersection’s traffic flow would face obstacles to implement. “If there is anything I could criticize, (not having two lanes on the ramp) would be the most obvious,” he said, adding that the new southbound ramp “doesn’t look like the best way to go in the long term.” BUY LOCAL. WIN BIG.ENTER TO WIN 2 TICKETS TO THE FLORIDA PANTHERS VS. BOSTON BRUINS GAMETHURSDAY APRIL 9, 2015 AT 7:30 PM BB&T CENTERA new flag football league is coming to Hollywood. National Flag Football is beginning an eight week flag football league at Brian Piccolo Park on Sunday afternoons beginning on March 15. In addition, National Flag Football announced a donation of $20,000 worth of flag football equipment to 100 elementary schools in Palm Beach and Broward counties. Each school is also receiving a curriculum guide to help physical education teachers incorporate flag football activities into their program. This curriculum helps schools meet the Florida Beachmark P.E. standards that require P.E. teachers to cover the fundamentals of any game they teach to small groups. “We have eight locations in South Florida. We have also hosted a series of training sessions for interested physical education teachers so they can start doing some flag football drills and activities in the classes,” said Francis Meram, executive director of National Flag Football. The goal of the program is to teach basic football skills to children who might want to pursue football at more competitive levels as they get older. “We want to get young athletes to play football again and bring back the essence of football. We want children to enjoy football at a young age. We will teach the basics of throwing, catching, running routes and flag pulling,” said Meram. The Broward School District is pleased with the donation. “Our physical educators found immediate uses for the National Flag Football equipment. They were anxious to try out the skills learned from flag football training and to incorporate the equipment into suggested lessons from our standards and research based curriculum,” said Charmain Sutherland, PEP Grant Facilitator, Physical Education Broward County Schools. Football has always been a rough and tumble game. But with all the recent reports of concussions and other severe injuries, a growing number of parents no longer want their children to play traditional football. And this has people who love football concerned. So the National Football League youth flag football organization established National Flag Football in 2006. The organization offers flag football for boys and girls aged four through 14. The goal is to offer children an opportunity to participate in a fun, non-contact activity where they can learn the value of team work. Anyone who wants to register can visit or call 786-309-5785. BY DAVID VOLZ To enter:1. Patronize any advertiser from this issue of Hollywood Gazette. It does not matter how much you spend!2. Email or Mail a receipt (or copy) dated from March, 4th-25th, 2015 with your entry form.3. Your entry will be placed into a drawing to be held March. 25th for the ticketsMail this form with your receipt from any advertiser or E-mail a photo of your receipt to with subject line: "Buy Local” OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM Name ________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________Email ________________________________________ Entry form must be received by March 25th, 2015. Good Luck!Hollywood Gazette 3363 Sheridan St., Suite 209 Hollywood, FL 33021CONT. FROM PAGE 6 7


Downtown Hollywood Art Walk and Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, March 21 (3-21). March’s Hollywood Art Walk falls on March 21(3-21) and that coincidentally is the day designated by the United Nations General Assembly to be World Down Syndrome Day. This date was chosen to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which causes Down syndrome. On this day, individuals with Down syndrome, their families, friends and supporters worldwide, organize and participate in events and activities to raise public awareness, advocate for their rights and promote acceptance and inclusion. Art Walk takes place in the heart of Dowtown Hollywood from7pm-10pm on Harrison Street. The highlight of the night will be the “i EXTRA love you” photography exhibition at Gallery 2014 located at 2014 Harrison Street, Hollywood Fl. This is the first year the downtown Hollywood Artwalk celebrates this day with art and photography exhibitions of and by individuals with Down syndrome. Notably a photography exhibit “i EXTRA love you” by Courtney Ortiz in collaboration with Daniela Roeder and Broward Gold Coast Down syndrome organization at Gallery 2014 and a showing of paintings by Joey Lipsitz (artist with Down syndrome) at Muzart Creative Art Studios. A number of other businesses will show their support by featuring art by other artists with DS and wearing the specially designed T-shirt. 2015 Participating Business: Courtney Studios Gallery 2014 Muzart Creative Art Studio Art Center 20/20 Fairytales Hollywood Bring the entire family out for a fun time as we celebrate World Down syndrome day and learn how we are more alike than different! By raising awareness we increase the quality of life of individuals with Down syndrome and teach other to accept. The Broward Water Partnership (a collaboration of 18 local governments and water utilities) will award one lucky homeowner with new water and energy saving appliances including a refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, irrigation system and water-conserving plumbing fixtures in for the kitchen and bath. But winning won’t be easy. As part of the application process, the Broward Water Partnership is asking applicants to provide more than a basic application. They’re asking people to think about water conservation, to explain why it’s important, and why they should be selected as the big winner. The submissions can be anything: a jingle or a poem, employ social media or include a website, or even a poster, illustration or photograph The contest rules, application and evaluation criteria are all available at As part of the promotion, the Broward Water Partnership will have a Facebook contest, a Twitter contest and others.each with separate cash prizes. “Our toilet rebate and conservation education program has already engaged thousands of Broward residents,” said Jennifer Jurado, Director of Broward County’s Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division which coordinates water resource planning and conservation initiatives countywide, including the Conservation Pays Program. “The Switcheroo will demonstrate how choosing WaterSense and EnergyStar appliances and fixtures provides immediate and long-term water and money savings as part of basic practices at home.” From March 1 – 30 residents who live in Broward Water Partnership communities can apply online or at dropbox locations. The rules, the competition evaluation criteria and the application can be found at This program is part of the continuing initiative to educate, engage and support Broward residents and business in water conservation efforts. Some Partnership members are providing low flow aerators and showerheads for free and some are providing toilet rebates—up to $100 per toilet for homes, businesses and nonprofits. For more information, call Honey Rand, Ph.D., at 813.948.6400. Water conservation contest open to Broward homeowners; winner to receive new energy-saving appliancesIn order to improve the overall safety, functionality and traffic flow on Sheridan Street at the intersection of State Road A1A, the Florida Department of Transportation began work in the area on August 18, 2014. FDOT contractors completed the rehabilitation of the Intercostal Waterway bridge earlier this month. The bridge rehabilitation included applying a non-skid coating on the roadway surface to improve vehicle traction and safety. Crews also have installed the necessary signage, conducted asphalt milling and re-paving, applied striping and installed ADA compliant curbs, ramps and sidewalks. In late 2014 contractors stopped short of working on the intersection of A1A and Sheridan Street after the discovery of utilities that were in conflict with two of the drill shafts locations. Crews have since cleared the utilities and work got underway to construct the two shafts in late January. Upon completion of the shafts, the contractor will erect all mast arms and pull the signalization cables. Once completed, the contractor will have the new signal working by the end of February. The entire project is scheduled for completion by mid-April. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dayana Iglesias at 954.940.7585 or by email at, or Yveins Jean-Pierre – FDOT Project Manager at 954-776-4300. State Road A1A Turn Lane Project at Sheridan Street On Schedule for Mid-April Completion VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR NEWS EVENTS AND PHOTOS FROM YOUR COMMUNITY Downtown galleries & businesses raise Down syndrome awareness on 3/21Teen socials planned for Broward students with developmental disabilities The Broward County Parks and Recreation Division's Special Populations Section announces its schedule of Teen Socials for 2015. These free events are for middle and high school students, ages 13 to 21, with developmental disabilities. Preregistration is required by at least five days before the event. Each social features deejay music, dancing, socializing, refreshments, and fun. Note: Direct supervision of participants is not provided. Friday Night Social at Anne Kolb Nature CenterFriday, June 12, 2015, 7 to 9:30 p.m. This free social/dance, for adult mental health consumers, age 18 and over, is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward County. The social includes deejay music, socializing, dancing, refreshments, and more. The fun is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday Night Social at Tree Tops Park Friday, October 2, 2015, 7 to 9:30 p.m. This free social/dance, for adult mental health consumers, age 18 and over, is co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Broward County. The social includes deejay music, socializing, dancing, refreshments, and more. The fun is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-357-8170 or NAMI at 954-316-9907. Hollywood’s Art Walk celebrates World Down Syndrome Day8


The Hollywood Gazette recently asked our readers on Facebook what restaurants in Hollywood they considered to be “dog friendly.” We received many responses, and I headed out to visit some of the suggested restaurants with possibly the best critic available Bear, the adorable two year old Cavapoo! First, Bear and I went to J28 Sandwich Bar, located at 1854 North Young Circle Drive, to eat some sandwiches actually, I was the only one eating, but J28 had a bowl of water out for Bear, so he was a happy camper! According to manager Carmen Spangaro, “Dogs are allowed outside, and service dogs are allowed inside,” since the philosophy of owner Javier Ron Don is that the whole family should enjoy the experience. “A dog is a part of the family, and we welcome the entire family,” said Spangaro. Bear and I then headed over to Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, right next to J28 at 1866 North Young Circle Drive. Menchie’s also had a water bowl placed outside for all of their four legged visitors. While there is a sign stating that dogs must remain outside, it is for their own good. According to employee Mary Perez, “We do not allow pets inside because the ingredients are out, but they are welcome outside!” She added that she enjoys seeing everyone’s dogs that owners bring with them to get their froyo because the pups are always happy! To finish off our night, Bear and I set out for The Tipsy Boar Gastropub, located at 1906 Harrison Street, where Bear was welcome to sit right next to me as I ate outside. Employee Lemuel “Lem” Swain stated that many of their regulars enjoy bringing their dogs with them to eat, and that The Tipsy Boar is completely dog friendly. Bear got lots of love and attention the entire night, which he may have enjoyed more than getting to smell all sorts of delicious food! There are many ways that you can make sure a restaurant is dog-friendly before you arrive. Websites such as give dog owners the guildines for each area when it comes to eating with their four legged friends, and other websites such as bringfido. com allow dog owners to see a list of dog friendly restaurants in any zip code. All of the restaurants Bear and I visited were truly dog friendly and shared the same idea that when dogs are happy, their owners are too! Bear would also like to give every restaurant we visited four paws up! Facebook comments included additional recommendations: CUENCA CIGARS 1928 Harrison St Greek Joint 1925 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood restaurants listed on are: Einstein's Bros Bagels 5341 Sheridan Street/H 822 340 N Park Road Jamba Juice 11053 Pines Blvd, Unit 422 Lola's on Harrison 2032 Harrison Street Nakorn Japanese and Thai Restaurant 1935 Harrison Street recommends: Sugar Reef Grill 600 N Surf Rd Giorgios Bistro & Market 800 North Ocean Drive Mama Mia 1818 S Young Circle Taverna Opa 410 N Ocean Dr HELEN HUANG ' S MANDARIN HOUSE 2031 Hollywood Blvd Taverna Yiamas 1948 Hollywood Blvd Sal's Italian Ristorante 2908 Oakwood Blvd A La Turca 1848 Harrison St Hollywood Creperie 1910 Hollywood Blvd Dog-friendly restaurants in Hollywood to visit with your furry friend BY COURTNEY BUTTERWORTHTEEN CORRESPONDENTcourtney.butterworth@ DINING NEWS Enter the Hollywood family cover contest!One Hollywood family will be selected for a COMPLIMENTARY photo shoot at Courtney Studios for an upcoming COVER of Hollywood Gazette. Photos and stories may also be shared on Hollywood Gazette’s Facebook Page. Don’t have a recent family photo? Send whatever you do have. The cover photo will be taken at the studio.Contest open to Hollywood residents only. No purchase necessary.Questions? Call 954-962-8180 or email Submit any family photo and your story online at (top menu >> submit photo)Submit any family photo and your story online at (top menu >> submit photo) Special thanks to my cousin, BreAnne, for letting me borrow Bear since my two year old dog happens to not only be a very large German Shepard, but also the type of dog that would make restaurant owners rethink their doggie accommodations. 9


The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood was named 2-1-1 Broward’s “Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Arts” at the Fifth Annual Non-Profit Academy Awards presented on Feb. 13 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The Center was selected by an independent panel of judges from a group of finalists that included Business for the Arts of Broward and the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre. In addition to winning this prestigious recognition, the Center received an “Oscar” and a $1,000 prize. According to the awards program, “The award celebrates an arts organization that has significantly contributed to the health and vibrancy of the larger community through arts programming.” “We are pleased to receive this recognition and prestigious award, which recognizes our contributions to the community,” said Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Executive Director Joy Satterlee. The Fifth Annual Non-Profit Academy Awards were presented by 2-1-1 Broward, sponsored by South Florida Community Care Network, and hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The awards luncheon was attended by over 800 people. 2-1-1 Broward is the live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline, providing all people with crisis, health and human services support and connecting them to resources in our community. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibitions, artist lectures, live stage performances, and high-quality education programs for adults and children. It is the third oldest arts nonprofit in Broward County and serves more than 60,000 people annually at three venues. The Center fosters a creative environment where new and challenging work can flourish through programs that reflect the highest standards of artistry and diversity. For more, visit State Nonprofit Brings Innovative Amplified Phone Technology to Florida to Help Millions with Hearing LossFor residents of Broward County who are among the three million Floridians with hearing loss, help has arrived. Florida Telecommunications Relay, Inc. (FTRI), the non-profit distributor of amplified telephones for people with hearing loss and speech challenges, is now offering an innovative new amplified telephone at no cost to local residents with hearing loss. Amplified phones serve as lifelines for people with hearing loss, keeping them connected and engaged to loved ones. FTRI is making the XLC3.4, developed by Clarity, available to residents for free. It is an easy-to-use cordless phone with talking Caller ID that boosts incoming sounds up to 50 decibels. The XLC3.4 is designed to meet varying degrees of hearing loss—from moderate to severe. To obtain the phone, permanent Florida residents who are certified as having a hearing loss must complete an application found at or call 1-800-222-3448. FTRI has more than 30 regional distribution centers throughout the state, including centers that serve Broward County. Residents can locate the closest center by visiting http://www.ftri. org/index.cfm/go/public.home/page/7. “Hearing loss is a serious issue that too often goes overlooked—our state has among the largest populations of people with hearing loss in the U.S, and these are the people we are here to help,” said James Forstall, FTRI's executive director. “The XLC3.4 dramatically improves phone conversations—one of the first and most common challenges for those with hearing loss. It is an easy-to-use, lifechanging phone that we are proud to offer to Broward County residents.” The XLC3.4 features the digital amplification found in hearing aids to increase sound up to 50 decibels. The phone also amplifies outgoing speech up to 15 decibels so everyone on the call hears and understands clearly, and it features a loud and clear speakerphone for hands-free conversations. The Talking Caller ID announces the incoming caller so users don’t miss calls. And the illuminated Talking Dial Pad announces the number as users dial. Plus, the large, easy to read buttons help people with vision loss ensure they can operate the phone easily. The XLC3.4 was awarded for EaseOf-Use by the Arthritis Foundation as the ergonomic design of the phone and its buttons make it easy to operate for those with dexterity issues or arthritis. Finally, the XLC3.4 features ClarityLogic customer support service for easy setup and customization of the phone, should users have any technical questions or need support. "FTRI is an important resource that more Floridians need to be aware of," said Carsten Trads, president of Clarity. "FTRI brings attention to hearing loss, an issue that is only growing every day. We are proud to partner with FTRI to make the XLC3.4 available at no cost to residents who need amplified phones.” In Real Estate Since Year 1 The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood receives Award from 2-1-1 Broward FOR GOODNESS SAKE Shown left to right seated are Brandy Magill, Executive Director Joy Satterlee, Charmain Yobbi, and Susan Rakes. Pictured left to right standing are Alesh Houdek, Jane Hart, Aurlie Bredent, Jordan Canal, Chad Harris, Elizabeth Veszi, Elise Viola, Joe Popejoy, Kate McCarthy Draizin, Jeff Rusnak, and Daphna Starr. New Resource Available for Broward County Residents with Hearing Loss at No Cost 10


Savvy shoppers seeking prime meats, fresh seafood, just-picked produce, homemade prepared foods or specialty grocery items have a cornucopia of choices in Hollywood, home to many markets that provide a refreshing alternative to the mega-chain stores. Delaware Chicken Farm & Seafood Market has been a local institution at 4191 N. State Road 7 since the Carter family opened their small chicken and egg ranch in 1951. Delaware has since expanded to a retail, wholesale and shipping provider of fresh seafood, hormonefree poultry, and gourmet and game meats. The market also carries prepared foods, grocery items and wines. (8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 954-983-6831; www. Hollywood resident Andrea Ramos usually shops at Delaware on Tuesdays to “catch all the specials,” she said. “I am a regular shopper at Delaware and I love it. The service is excellent and the quality of the food is great.” Doris’ Italian Market & Bakery, at 2424 Hollywood Blvd. since 1947, is home to a full-service meat department, Italian-American deli, fresh produce and seafood departments, prepared dishes, hard-to-find specialty items, wines and an Italian-style bakery featuring pastries and wedding cakes. The original of five South Florida stores owned by John and Joe Alfano, the Hollywood location also offers customized gift baskets and catering. (9 a.m.6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 954-921-9647; www.dorismarket. com) Elayne Boehm has been a regular Doris’ customer for more than 10 years. “Doris’ has beautiful cuts of meat – fresh and tender. I love the steaks,” said Boehm, a Hollywood resident. “It smells so good when you go in there, and everything I’ve ever purchased from there was wonderful.” Gino’s Italian-American Deli at 5729 Johnson St. is in its third expanded location since opening in 1974. The “King of the Meat Market” features homemade Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese, deli meats and cheeses, prepared foods, fresh produce, wines, Italian pastries, breads, and custom-designed cakes and wedding cakes, with full-service catering also available. (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 954-966-0656; Donna Angelo, a recent first-time visitor to Gino’s, made the almost 15-mile drive from Miami on the recommendation of a friend who regularly shops there. “They carry a lot of imported Italian products, and I was very impressed with the deli department,” Angelo said. “I’ll be back. It’s definitely worth the drive.” The MarketPlace, open since 1989 at 3325 Sheridan St., offers prime meats, fresh seafood, deli meats and cheeses, sandwiches and wraps, soups, salads, fine wines, unique grocery and specialty items, and catering services. Healthy restaurant-quality prepared foods include several different chicken, fish and vegetable dishes that are prepared fresh daily with little or no salt and are baked, not fried. (9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday– Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 954-9633880; MarketPlace regular Billy Gante has been stopping in three times a week for the past three years to have lunch or take out prepared meals. “There’s such a variety, and the food is really good,” said Gante, a Boca Raton resident who works for a company based in Davie. Mimi’s Ravioli, which opened at 5714 Johnson St. in 1981, is known for its prepared-on-premises pastas, mozzarella cheese, Sicilian rice balls, and cannoli cream and shells, and has its own brand of gourmet products, Good Health. Owners Frank and Linda Billisi offer more than 100 different pasta varieties, including a lowsodium line, as well as sauces, soups, prepared dishes, packaged pastas, baked goods, catering and imported specialty items. (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 954983-3711; http://www. Jim Falkowski has been a Mimi’s Ravioli customer for close to 15 years. “They have the absolute best, freshest homemade mozzarella in Broward County,” said Falkowski, who lives in Cooper City and owns and operates a business, La Mar Dry Cleaners, in Miramar. “They make it every day, and when you pick it up, it’s still warm.” Penn Dutch Food Center, a family-owned business established in 1975 by Edwin and Sophie Salsburg at 3950 N. 28th Terrace, carries everything from fresh meats to fresh flowers. The store also features seafood and deli departments, baked goods, grocery items, wine and beer, a snack bar and produce that includes hard-to-find seasonal fruit. Penn Dutch has its own smokehouses and makes its own sausage, hot dogs and cold cuts from old family recipes. (8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 954-9217144; Fort Lauderdale resident David Peck said he appreciates the “complete shopping experience” Penn Dutch provides. “They have the freshest quality meats at the lowest prices, top-quality fresh fruits and vegetables, and a large selection of cold cuts, cheeses and other appetizers,” Peck said. “The fresh fish section is the best available at quality that is second to none.” Hollywood also is home to several green markets, including Brothers Farmers Market at 4191 N. State Road 7 (8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday); Josh’s Organic Garden at Harrison Street and the beach Broadwalk (9 a.m.-5:31 p.m. Sundays); and Yellow Green Farmers Market at 1940 N. 30th Road (8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). 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The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) invites the community to come and celebrate the 20th Annual Expo Alfresco –A Taste of Hollywood from 5 to 8 p.m. at ArtsPark at Young Circle (Hollywood Boulevard and Federal Highway) on Weds., April 8th. Event-goers will have the opportunity to meet local businesses, sample signature dishes from some of Hollywood’s best restaurants and taste selected wines from around the world--sponsored by Hollywood Liquor Discount & Wine. Back by popular demand, firehouses from different cities will compete to claim the much coveted “Firehouse Cook Off Showdown”. Each firehouse will battle (Iron Chef Style) for one hour to produce an appetizer, main course and a desert utilizing a secret ingredient. A panel of 5 judges will be deciding this year’s winner. Each firehouse will be cheered on by local high schools' bands. High schools participating will be McArthur, South Broward, Hollywood Hills and Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory. Also back by popular demand, Hollywood’s very own Muzart Creative Arts Studio’s r Kidz Korner, sponsored by Billy’s Stone Crab Restaurant & Market. The 2015 Expo Alfresco –A Taste of Hollywood has been sanctioned as an official Broward 100 event. 2015 marks the 100th birthday of Broward County. Broward 100 is embarking on a yearlong centennial celebration between October 2014 and October 2015 to showcase the communities within the County and commemorate its history, culture and arts. Tickets for Hollywood’s Expo Alfresco are $20 and children under 10 are free. To reserve your booth or purchase tickets, visit or call 954 9234000. Downtown Hollywood, a veritable hub of authentic global cuisine with more than three dozen international eateries, will be represented on the French gastronomy scene at a prestigious worldwide event taking place next month. The historic Downtown Hollywood arts, music and entertainment district serves up an array of quality Asian, Eastern European, French, Irish, Italian, Jamaican, Mexican, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean and Latin cuisine. The variety of downtown dining options ranges from casual to gourmet fare at chic bistros, lively pubs and charming sidewalk cafs nestled along tree-lined brick walks in a pedestrian-friendly environment featuring an eclectic mix of trendy art galleries and studios, unique boutiques and specialty shops, and live-music venues. One notable downtown establishment, FACE Restaurant and Bar at 2022 Hollywood Blvd., was selected to participate in Got de France (Taste of France)/Good France, a unique event on the evening of March 19 that will pay tribute to France’s gastronomy on an international scale with ,000 chefs, 1,000 menus on 5 continents.” Chefs and diners will celebrate the excellence, diversity and modernity of French gastronomy and its values of sharing, enjoying and respecting the principles of high-quality, environmentally responsible cuisine. The event, an initiative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development to promote French gastronomy around the world, is organized by celebrated French chef Alain Ducasse, the most Michelin-starred cook on the planet. Ducasse and an international committee of renowned chefs invited 1,000 high-quality gastronomy bistro chefs from around the world to participate based on each chef’s background, qualifications and proposed menu showcasing France’s culinary traditions. FACE (French-American Culinary Experience) was one of 42 restaurants in the entire country and only four in Florida to be selected to participate in Got de France/ Good France. “I am proud to represent French gastronomy in the USA and to represent Hollywood in the world,” said Executive Chef Michel Thomann, a native of France who opened FACE with his wife Kimy Thomann in April 2012. At the March 19 dinner, each participating chef will offer a French-style menu with a traditional French aperitif, a cold appetizer, a hot starter, a fish or shellfish dish, a meat or poultry dish, a French cheese selection, a chocolate dessert, some French wines and a digestif, or after-dinner liqueur on-site at their respective restaurant. While chefs are free to highlight their own culinary traditions and cultures, the cuisine must reflect the values of “good food” and the environment, with an emphasis on vegetables and reduced fat, sugar and salt. Participating restaurants also commit to donating 5 percent of the evening’s proceeds to a local charity working in the health and environment sectors. FACE’s Got de France/Good France menu will include Chicken Liver Terrine with green Thai peppers and a red fruit emulsion; Crab Strudel with a mango puree; Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes and root vegetables; Florentine-style Atlantic Salmon with candied asparagus; Grilled Brie with caramelized apple; and a specialty dessert. The menu price is $150 per person. FACE also has been recognized with Diners’ Choice awards by leading dining website OpenTable. The Thomanns pride themselves on the thoughtful preparation and beautiful presentation of their creative cuisine, the notable international wine list, attentive service and inviting “casual elegant” lounge ambiance. Chef Thomann uses only the freshest organic local ingredients in his unique blend of international and nouvelle cuisines. The extensive menu includes Coq au Vin, Seafood Bouillabaisse and Duck Confit; appetizers such as the Chef’s Foie Gras and Escargot, Burgundy Style; a variety of flatbreads; and desserts that include Chocolate Profiteroles and Crme Brle. “I have 37 years in the kitchen,” Thomann said. “Food for me is passion.” FACE is open for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The restaurant features a Chef’s Table, outdoor patio dining, a full liquor bar as well as a wine bar, a cigar room and private party facilities. DJ music is provided on Fridays beginning at 9:30 p.m. For more information on FACE Restaurant and Bar, call 754-263-2811 or visit For diner reviews, visit For additional information on Got de France/ Good France, visit Downtown Hollywood’s international dining scene represented at global culinary event 20th Annual Expo Alfresco set for April 8 at ArtsPark BY CARON CONWAY FEATURE 14


You've probably never heard of Lackie, Dammier & MCGill, a now-defunct Orange County California law firm. If you have, it’s probably from a scandal over police unions. City officials from several cities held a press conference and reported how their cities’ police unions intimidated council members, had them followed, bugged, and even tried to frame one official for drunk driving, all to secure more generous compensation packages. During the investigation, Lackie, Dammier & McGill (LD&M), which was made up of former police officers, briefly attracted some attention when it’s “bargaining manual” for police unions was made public. It was such an outrageous document, filled with dirty tricks, that Police Associations quickly distanced themselves from the law firm and it shut down. Closer to home, it looks like Broward Police Benevolent Association President Jeff Marano was a keen student of Lackie, Dammier & McGill, because he’s following the dirty tricks list like his own personal check list, particularly in his vendetta against Hollywood Police Chief Frank Fernandez. A few examples (LD&M in bold): The public could care less about your pay ... All they want to know is "what is in it for them." Any public positions or statements by the association should always keep that focus. The message should always be public safety first. You do not want wage increases for yourselves, but simply to attract better qualified candidates and to keep more experienced officers from leaving. Remember when Marano claimed ” police officers were ready to quit because Hollywood “wasn't competitive with any other agency”? It didn't happen. The irony is that it’s Marano himself who encourages officers to leave Hollywood: “Currently there are 15 openings at BSO. We encourage the younger Hollywood PD members to apply as the mayor’s message continues to paint a bleak future for your career with the City. We have a BSO Deputy here at the PBA Office who can help you with your application and expedite the process.” Billboards Nothing seems to get more attention than a billboard entering the city limits which reads that crime is up and the City could care less about your safety. Marano actually topped this one! Not only did his PBA put up a billboard on Pembroke Road claiming Hollywood had a high crime rate, he also took it to the next level and hired an airplane to fly a banner saying the same thing during the St. Patrick's Parade in 2014, naming Chief Fernandez as responsible. Politifact, a nonprofit fact-checking organization, has called the claim “cherry picking”, and pointed out that crime dropped in Hollywood 13% between 2012 and 2013. Work Slowdown This involves informing your members to comply closely with Department policy and obey all speed limits. It also involves having members do thorough investigations, such as canvassing the entire neighborhood when taking a 459 report and asking for a back-up unit on most calls. Of course, exercising officer discretion in not issuing citations and making arrests is also encouraged. Marano hasn't called for a slowdown, exactly, but he made sure officers got the message about not working too hard either. From the Broward Police Benevolent Association Blog: “Keep on being proactive–and going above and beyond–to make FF look good[]Keep on working hard in the neighborhoods who voted against you September 2011. Keep on believing the mayor who compliments you in person, who applauds you and your chosen profession in speeches, then turns around and slams pension costs in the quarterly “New Horizon” rag paper to the entire City. He has obviously set the tone for his re-election.” Public Ridicule Blunders by the City Manager, Mayor, or City Council members or wasteful spending should be highlighted and pointed out to the public at every opportunity. Recently, Chief Fernandez was involved in a minor incident – it’s too minor to even call it an “accident” – during training, when another officer hit his motorcycle. It resulted in less than $20 in damage to an amber light lens on the motorcycle and was fixed with existing spare parts. Nevertheless, Marano sent out a press release lambasting the chief, and sent a letter asking the mayor to investigate. The city of Hollywood has determined there was no wrongdoing. On the PBA Blog, Marano has criticized even Fernandez’s holiday party, (“You think a glutton who knocks down $830 a day could spring for something better than a parking lot cookout. He is a classless act.“) Focus on an Individual Avoid spreading your energy. Focus on a city manager, councilperson, mayor or police chief and keep the pressure up until that person assures you his loyalty and then move on to the next victim. After the billboard and the airplane banner, it’s obvious Marano has it in for Chief Fernandez. Almost all his ire is focused on him, going on record about Fernandez’s “poor leadership”, and “Nobody likes him”. Last year he even sent out a press release and a letter to the city manager claiming the chief offended the force by sending out a “Happy Father’s Day Email”. Nothing is not worth criticizing. Things haven’t quite reached New York City levels of antagonism, but it’s awfully close. The truth is that Marano’s real enemy is not the Chief, or the city at all. His enemy is reform. One of Fernandez’s first acts was to commission an audit of the police department. It found Internal Affairs files had been purged without investigation, almost a hundred rape kits left unprocessed for years. Police culture had allowed these things to go on, and Marano hates Fernandez for standing by the people of Hollywood, not the police culture he was hired to change. Its likely the situation between the civilian leadership in Hollywood and it’s police force will be rocky for quite some time. In December, it was revealed that the police pension fund is less than 60% funded. The next few years will determine who is going to pay for the shortfall – Hollywood taxpayers or the Police officers themselves. Marano, no doubt, will only be pleased if it comes out of taxpayer pockets. Politicians, who have to respond to their constituents, will be unlikely to acquiesce. David Volz contributed to the reporting for this story.BY TORI BERTRANOPED OPINIONONLINE COMMENTSBroward PBA president borrows dirty tactics from defunct law firm playbook to target Hollywood Police ChiefTHIS COLUMN WAS FIRST PUBLISHED ONLINE FEB. 27. BELOW YOU'LL SEE A SELECTION OF THOSE COMMENTS. Please keep up the investigative reporting in our areabackground on city politics is something that is rarely (or perfunctorily) covered and much needed in the media. Sean Atkinson As the plan administrator for the Hollywood Police Officers' Retirement System, I feel the need to address the following statement as it relates directly to the plan: "In December, it was revealed that the police pension fund is almost 60% unfunded". The Board of Trustees recently received the results for the independent audit conducted by Goldstein Schechter Koch. The report cited a FUNDED status of nearly 65%. Your statement reflects an "60% unfunded". I just wanted to clarify the actual funded status. In closing I am pleased to advise that the plan's investment rate of return has surpassed the assumed investment return on a one, three and five year basis. Thank you for allowing this section to respond to this matter. Dave Williams Hmm, perhaps the article's writer ought to do a little research and look at both sides before publishing an obvious piece that has little to do with actual journalism . BUT, that wouldn't make for a good line to drum up business. As a native Hollywood resident , there are many times I've engaged with Jeff Marano, and called him out when necessary. But there ARE issues within the department that this article does nothing to address, except paint one side as good and one side as bad. If thats what you have to do to move copy............... Jeff Brodeur Hollywood Police are the best they need a raise. Kenny Ceballos The Gazette is giving him what he wants. He loves his picture on the news and in the press. He has done more Press confrences than POTUS. Kevin Biederman 15


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After changing ownership in 2014, the staff at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, a Curio – A Collection by Hilton has been working feverishly to get back to its roots set forth at its conception over 12 years ago. Newly appointed Food and Beverage Director Christopher Walling is excited about the team’s revival. “The Hollywood community needs to have great places to go to enjoy great food, beverages and social gatherings – we want to bridge that gap”, says Walling, “the culinary horsepower that we have here is remarkable. “ Diplomat’s Executive Chef, Christian Rassinoux, is world-renowned for his culinary excellence. Having showcased his talents at some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, he has served as executive chef for over 20 years at Ritz Carlton locations worldwide as well as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “The crossover from our back-of-the-house chefs to the front-of-the-house beverage and leadership teams and is an important differentiation for us here at the Diplomat. We have taken great care in making sure that everything is ‘palate awakening,’” says Walling. The property boasts a variety of restaurants each with a unique theme and breathtaking ocean views: the poolside Bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday (9am-1pm) featuring jumbo shrimp, crab meat, peppered bacon, and homemade Bloody Mary mix made by Chef Christian and his team. Traditional sports themed bar with pub faire. Feast & chips, hamburgers or nachos. A wide selection of draft beer is also available. Catch the NFL Sunday Ticket and Major League Baseball on one of the many TV’s. Caf. The Caf specializes in “the art of breakfast.” Bring your whole family and enjoy an impressive breakfast buffet featuring an assortment of hand crafted pastries Omelets, meats and more! Ready for lunch? There is something for everyone on the eclectic lunch menu including gluten free and vegetarian choices. r Fresh ‘Grab and Go’ offers a little bit of everything from an impressive spread of hand -made pastries (made daily, in house) to handmade sandwiches and wraps. An array of wines, beers, waters, Italian sodas are conveniently displayed for a quick pick up as well. The Grab and Go isn’t just for guests staying at the hotel, it is also a great spot for locals to stop in and pick up a coffee and a pastry too. fnnt Located in the Lobby Lounge, the sushi bar offers a fresh selection of sushi, sashimi, nigiri and more. Try saki, beer and wine list is available. br The Diplomat Prime has received many accolades including the AAA Four Diamond Award and the Wine Spectator award. Newly-appointed Chef Gary and the Prime team continue to woo guests with imaginative presentations, locally sourced market-fresh ingredients and source only the best top 2% of meat. In addition to the restaurants, The Diplomat has a 209,000 sf meeting space with hand-crafted food catering available to suit any occasion. For more information, visit www.diplomatresort. com or call (954) 602-6000. The Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton is located at 3555 S Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019. rfntb nn rf nrtr b nr fnr rr rn r nr rtntnr rfntb nr World class service at the Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, a Curio A Collection by Hilton isn't only reserved for the hotel guests DINING NEWS 17


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The City of Hollywood will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Sunday, March 15 from noon to 6:00 p.m. The parade will start at 1:00 p.m. and will take place on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street between 19th and 21st Avenues. Radio personality Footy will emcee the parade featuring many floats, local marching band and bagpipe and drum corps including the famous New York Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Corps. The Parade Grand Marshal will be John Lipka and Parade Co-Grand Marshal will be Barbara Candelmo. Music will be provided by UV-U2 Tribute Show. The headliner is Blackthorn, an Irish Folk band from Philadelphia. The event will include games and crafts for children. Downtown restaurants will offer corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and green colored drinks. Each year the City of Hollywood and Hibernians of Hollywood team up to host this annual, free celebration of "all things Irish." Parade Grand Marshal: John Lipka John Lipka, of Irish descent, was born and raised in New Britain, Ct. He moved to Hollywood Florida in August of 1997, to attend Miami Dade Jr. College for air conditioning engineering. After college he was employed by a well established air conditioning contractor,Southern Atlantic Service Corp. During that time he obtained his State of Florida Air conditioning, Plumbing and Electrical contractors licenses. In 1997 he purchased E.H.Whitson Air Conditioning from the original owner, Mr William Whitson. E.H.Whitson Air Conditioing established in 1936, is a local Hollywood landmark. Since that time E.H. Whitson has expanded into the plumbing and electrical fields. Mr. Lipka has been a member of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce since 1997. He has been a major sponsor of events such as Grapes for Grades wine tasting, Expo Alfresco, and was named the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year, in 2011. Mr. Lipka is a member of the City of Hollywood Unsafe Structures Board, City of Hollywood Marine Advisory Board, Chairman of the Broward County Mechanical examining Board, and a committee member of the Fort Lauderdale Country Club. He volunteers as a baseball coach and is a continued sponsor of the City of Hollywood’s Rotary Park. Mr. Lipka is a Director of the Hibernian’s of Hollywood, which sponsors the City of Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Due to his efforts and sponsorship, he has helped grow and make the parade the success that it is today. John still works and resides in the city of Hollywood. He is happily married to his wife, Cristin Lipka, and has two son’s, JT and Daniel Lipka. Parade Co-Grand Marshal: Barbara Candelmo Barbara Candelmo was born in 1923 in Providence, RI. Her family comes from County Roscommon Ireland. Barbara has been a Dania resident for over 45 years. She was in the hospitality field as a waitress and hostess for 40 years beginning with Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant from 1974-1984. Barbara went on to work for Conca D’Oro restaurant in Hollywood Circle for 30 years retiring at the age of 86. Barbara’s 4” Stature is full of personality. She loves people, has a kind, positive attitude and is a huge Miami Dolphins fan. Barbara has two daughters, Peg and Fran, and a son, Ernie, who is a 29 year veteran of the Hollywood Police Department. Barbara’s husband of 60 years and son John passed in 2002. Barbara has several grandchildren and great grandchildren. At age 91 Barbara is thrilled and honored to be part of the Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parking $10 event parking in convenient, marked lots & public garages in Downtown Hollywood. For information, visit http://www. St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival set for Sun., March 15 Downtown Hollywood BY DAVID VOLZ HOLLYWOOD EYE INSTITUTE is located in the Sheridan Professional Centre: 11011 Sheridan St. Suite 215 Cooper City, FL 33026(N.E. Corner of Sheridan & Hiatus, just East of Winn-Dixie/Embassy Lakes Shopping Center) CUSTOMIZE YOUR CATARACT SURGERYCall: (954)447-0606 or book your appointment online: Laser Cataract Surgery is a technological breakthrough that allows for customized surgery. Utilizing this advanced technology, surgery is customized for your eye using a bladeless laser.Call Dr. Greenbaum to Schedule Your Consultation Today! ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS!All Major Insurance Plans Accepted Evening Appointments Available! Se Habla Espanol! Shareen M. Greenbaum, M.D. Ophthalmologist ~ EVENTS 21


Middle and high schools were invited to display their LEEO programs at Coral Springs High School on February 24. Ted Davis, the magnet coordinator for South Broward High School said the school’s LEEO program is offering a new underwater robotics program. Students will learn how to inspect the hulls of yachts and will be able to qualify for high paying jobs at local marinas. The McArthur High School LEEO program was also present (pictured above). The program just received a $5,000 grant from Lowe’s Toolbox for Education to be used to purchase outdoor furniture for McArthur High School. Ted Davis, Magnet Coordinator for the Maritime Magnet program at South Broward High School. The school has started an underwater robotics program for LEEO students. Andrew Van Dusseldorp loves media and technology. And he enjoys the television production class he is taking at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School. He has learned the various positions involved with producing a television show. “Every week we switch positions. People learn how to work with the sound board, the teleprompter and the TryCaster System. I have been able to be an anchor,” said Dusseldorp. “I want to pursue a career in information technology.” Maribel Duran, Chief of Staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics visited McArthur High School last month. Broward County Public Schools invited Duran to join School Board Members, Superintendent Robert Runcie and District staff to participate in the Exceeding Goals, Sobrepasando Metas Tour which included visits to Eagle Point Elementary School in Weston and McArthur High School in Hollywood, two schools that have large populations of English Language Learners in the District. McArthur High School has an exciting program known as the Untouchables Dance team. The team has won three national dance championships at competitions in Orlando. But the most important purpose of the Untouchables program is to provide positive mentoring for young women at McArthur. “We check their school attendance and grades. We provide them with guidance and help prepare them for college admission, said Ingrid Clarke, a McArthur High School math teacher and a mentor for the Untouchables. The Untouchables visit colleges, give performances and complete community service projects. The dance activity is a reward for positive behavior and good performance in school, according to Clarke. Members of the McArthur High School wrestling team following a match during the Coral Springs Duels III at Coral Springs High School. Coach Mike Zarra was pleased with the performance the Mustangs wrestling program. He said that Jose Torres who wrestled in the 182 pound weight category and Marky Felix who wrestled in the 138 pound weight category are doing very well this season. HOLLYWOOD IN F CUS PHOTOS AND REPORTING BY DAVID VOLZ 22


ART AND CULTUREInternationally-renowned artist Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.), whose beautiful, colorful mural graces the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s courtyard, will transform four of the Center’s galleries into a site-specific, multi-sensory environment for his exhibition, As Far as the I Can See. The art is comprised of largescale paintings, animations, wall murals, works on paper, photographs, sculpture, and archival TV performances. The Broward-based artist explores the construction of belief systems and his own personal journey, a complex intersection of science, mysticism, illusion, anthropological research, visionary ritual practice, and paranormal phenomena, giving tangible form to his visual inquiry between the fantastic and philosophical. The opening reception is Friday, March 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Center, 1650 Harrison St. Admission is free for members, $10 for nonmembers. This exhibition is on display through Sunday, May 24. Jose Alvarez (D.O.P.A.): As Far as the I Can See is funded in part by Funding Arts Broward, Visit Florida, and the Gay and Lesbian Broward County Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Broward. An artist talk with Alvarez, who has exhibited at the prestigious Whitney Biennial and Art Basel Miami Beach, will be on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. and is free with paid admission. Reception starts at 2 p.m., talk begins at 2:30 p.m. Gallery exhibitions and artist talks are funded in part by Michael and Lou Anne Colodny and Marianne Ferro. A private VIP tour for Center members led by Alvarez occurs on Saturday, May 2. Enjoy continental breakfast, mimosas, and coffee at 11 a.m. before the hour-long tour starts at 11:30 a.m. There will also be film screening of the documentary film about James Randi, “An Honest Liar,” during the exhibition. rfrfntn trb trfrrnrtbrfrrrbfnfrftfrffrf frftfbrnbfrffrtffbfrr bffbbftbrfrfbbffrfbbfrfrnr rfrfnt rfrrfr‘’rfrrfr“‘’rfrrfr“”’‘rfrrfr “•‘”–—”fbfrbn – JOSE ALVAREZ, THE ENCOUNTER JOSE ALVAREZ Art and Culture Center/Hollywood Job Opportunities -Full time Public Relations/Partnerships Manager -Multiple part-time, contracted positions are available at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood including Event Assistant, Custodian. -In addition, a variety of Summer Camp teaching opportunities. Please go to to find out more information about each position and get instructions on steps needed to apply. ATTN: JOB SEEKERSOpening reception for Jose Alvarez exhibit set for March 27 at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood 23






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Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart released a report last month recommending a reduction in the number of tests Florida students in public schools are required to take after an investigation requested by Governor Rick Scott. Stewart said, “We worked closely with each school district to understand how many standardized tests are currently being administered. I appreciate that our state’s school districts took the time to provide the department with detailed information regarding the tests their students are taking. There is, without a doubt, an excess of testing in Florida schools, and I look forward to working with Governor Scott and the Legislature to ensure we strike the appropriate balance between accountability and instruction.” During the Commissioner’s investigation, the department identified several opportunities where the state requirements should be reduced. In order for Florida to move forward with fewer, better assessments, the Commissioner recommends enacting four measures: 1. Issue an Executive Order to suspend the Grade 11 Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) for English language arts until legislation is enacted to eliminate the mandate. 2. Enact legislation to eliminate the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) as a state mandate for grade 11 and make it optional. 3. Enact legislation to eliminate the current progress monitoring requirements. 4. Enact legislation to eliminate local final exams in courses/subjects where there is also a statewide, standardized end-of-course exam. Also, Stewart recommends giving no more than one school-wide or district-wide interim assessment per course per grading period. She wants to end testing students for the purpose of evaluating teachers. Stewart wants to provide teachers, parents and students with information about how students are doing on each assessment used to monitor student progress. For more information, read the full report released Feb. 18, 2015. core/fileparse.php/12003/urlt/ CommAssessmentInvestigationReport. pdf Gov. Scott suspends 11th grade Florida Standards Assessment test On February 24, Governor Rick Scott issued an executive order to suspend the Grade 11 Florida Standards Assessment for English Language Arts until the Florida Legislature has an opportunity to consider legislation to eliminate the mandate. The elimination of the test followed the investigation conducted by Education Commissioner Pam Stewart that recommended a reduction in the number of tests Florida students in Public Schools are required to take. Stewart said, “We worked closely with each school district to understand how many standardized tests are currently being administered. I appreciate that our state’s school districts took the time to provide the department with detailed information regarding the tests their students are taking. There is, without a doubt, an excess of testing in Florida schools, and I look forward to working with Governor Scott and the Legislature to ensure we strike the appropriate balance between accountability and instruction.” BY DAVID VOLZ Gov. Scott suspends 11th grade Florida Standards Assessment test following investigation by Education Commissioner EDUCATION Linda Gancitano, a physical education teacher at Driftwood Elementary School in the Academy of Health and Wellness magnet program in Hollywood was honored for her development of the How Low Can You Go Energy Challenge. She was named a White House Climate Education on Literacy Champion of Change and was invited to the White House to participate in sessions on protecting the environment. She was honored at special White House ceremony. “It was a once in lifetime occasion,” said Gancitano. “It was incredible to be honored at the White House. I did not get to meet President Barack Obama but he was at the White House when we were there. I really enjoyed visiting Washington and especially seeing the Lincoln and Washington Memorials.” In 2008, Gancitano started the Driftwood Middle School Green Team. It connected environmental wellness to the school wide Health and Wellness Magnet program. She created the How Low Can You Go Energy Challenge. The student-run energy team, better known as the “DMS Chillers,” conducts energy audits and leaves a painted paw print on the door saying “You’ve been Chilled!” when classroom lights are found left on. The “DMS Chillers” go into classrooms and make suggestions to teachers and students on how to conserve energy. The “How Low Can You Go?” Energy Challenge was so successful, that Gancitano expanded it to the entire District through a partnership with the Miami Heat during NBA Green Week. The initiative raised environmental awareness of the effects on the environment of CO2 emissions, and provided education on the potential financial savings through responsible energy consumption. In its inaugural year, 64 schools participated in the challenge, reducing energy use by 380,612 KWH and realizing a savings of over $34,000, for a one month period. The 2014/15 challenge has expanded to 80 schools and an energy reduction period of three months ending this month. The school with the largest energy reduction will be recognized at the March 29, 2015 Miami HEAT game and a school pep rally during NBA Green Week. Driftwood Middle School teacher is recognized at the White House 30


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Members of the Hollywood Run Club got together to participate in the Runway Run a 5K run that began on the new South Runway at the Fort LauderdaleHollywood International Airport. About 3,500 people participated in the run which raised money for the American Cancer Society. “This is a historical event and we are glad to be a part of it,” said Pete Camejo, a member of the Hollywood Run Club. About 35 members participated in the 5K. “It is an exciting opportunity to participate in the run,” said Iris Saleh, a member of the Hollywood Run Club. The Hollywood Run Club meets every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. and every Sunday morning at 7:00 a.m. The Runway Run was the first of its kind and may never be repeated because of the difficulty in closing off a major runway. Joe Catalano and Andrew Van Dusseldorp in the Chaminade-Madonna television production studio. Leaders in the African American Community received a proclamation at the Hollywood Commission meeting. The Proclamation was in recognition of February as Black History Month and it was read during the commission meeting. Members of the Hollywood Run Club just before participating in the Fort Lauderdale AIA Marathon. About 30 members ran. Most participated in the half marathon which is 13.1 miles. Most of the people who survived the Holocaust have passed. But a small group of passionate musicians including Hollywood residents are working hard make sure it is never forgotten by sharing their talents. They have formed the Holocaust Survivor Band and have been playing at local synagogues and retirement homes for just over a year. For more information or to book the band, call Saul Dreier at 954-868-4742. City of Hollywood community leaders and business professionals came together at a recent Party with a Purpose event at Mickey Byrnes Irish Pub. The social gathering was hosted by the Downtown Hollywood Business Association and it raised more than $1,100 for K-Sail which is a local non-profit organization that teaches at-risk young people how to sail. About 80 people attended the party. “The event was a smashing success. It was a lot of fun and we all had a good time,” said Marty Jacobsen, a member of the Association. The next event will be at the Greek Joint on March 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will benefit Liberia Economic and Social Development and the Greater Hollywood Jaycees. 'Like' the Party with a Purpose Facebook page for updates and more information. HOLLYWOOD IN F CUS PHOTOS AND REPORTING BY DAVID VOLZ 32


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