Varicose Veins? Might be More than Meets the Eye




We’ve all seen them; on the beach, bulging behind summer shorts or marring the look of an otherwise great “gam” or worse—on our own legs in the mirror: Varicose or spider veins. Defined basically as veins that have become enlarged and twisted, the “bulge,” appears when valves or the pair of “leaflet valves” no longer meet properly, and simply put, the valves just don’t work anymore. (Valvular incompetence.) This causes blood being pumped from your heart– that we often take for granted, hard-working veins carry to and fro– to back up, if you will, creating the unsightly bulge we know as varicose veins. Most common in the superficial veins in the legs, which are subjected to high pressure from standing, too much sitting, inactivity or the dastardly leg crossing, these veins can actually be found anywhere on the body, even the face.

While most people seek remedy for the cosmetic aesthetics, there’s much more reason to check them out—especially as we age. And while there are countless vein clinics, or even medical “spas” that offer to treat the malady, few bear the pedigree of board certified, world-renown cardiologist Ariel Soffer, founder of Soffer Health Institute, now with SIX locations. His professional credits could fill a page alone, but his personal passion for this field and his journey towards it–is much deeper. This IS the doctor who for FOUR years had an ABC News Health segment called “Dr. Soffer’s Second Opinion.”The same doctor medical companies still call to test and give input on new methodology, new tools, techniques and breakthroughs. This IS the doctor who gives a seminar in New Orleans every year for 3-500 other highly skilled physicians who travel from all over the country to learn from him. HIS techniques, his innate diagnostic ability and gain his insight into this specialty.  He’s that talented, and that committed.

And lucky for us, his SoFla locations are graced by him –and a hand-picked and trained staff every day. His website heralds almost rock star adoration from legions of patients, some whose lives have potentially been saved, and countless others he’s made more livable and enjoyable because of his “vein whisperer-ish” knowledge, talent and years of focused experience.

“He’s (Doctor Soffer) clearly the top of this pyramid,” offered Adam Kustin, company spokesperson and someone who’s clearly enamored of Dr. Soffer’s skill and humility after seeing what he does every day. “In this field, he is as good as it gets, yet the man is so kind, so warm and so approachable, it has spawned the growth of this practice.” And call me crazy, but when you are talking about your vascular health, your overall well-being and your potential to enjoy living life, going to a “medical spa” to be treated for veins that work in tandem with your heart daily—SHOULDN’T be a crap-shoot. “You want the best,” said Kustin. “Two people can walk in with the same bulging vein issue, but there’s no way to tell if either has any real underlying health issues. It’s more than just cosmetic.” And Dr. Soffer’s ability makes sure patients don’t walk out just cosmetically beautiful, but walk out KNOWING there isn’t a serious hidden health issue that could be life threatening just down the road. “Sometimes people aren’t bothered by the bulging vein but they experience achy, very tired legs, numbness or restless legs and they never associate these “symptoms” with varicose veins. That’s why seeing a doctor as qualified as Dr. Soffer and his staff becomes so vital.”


And fixing the issue is relatively simple. “And pain-free,” he added. “Most procedures involve closing the vein, sometimes repairing it. The new lasers are very low risk, super accurate and extremely effective. We can also inject saline. It depends on the severity.”  When asked why this doctor has made vein health his focus when he clearly is still regarded as one of America’s top cardiologists, the answer brought staggering clarity and a character trait we all want in our doctors. “It was emotional for Dr. Soffer. He wanted to stop fixing the sometimes near unfixable issues in cardiology. Instead he wants to help people prevent these life threatening issues BEFORE they take a toll. Before they compromise how a patient lives life …and he gets an immediate hug,” half-joked Kustin. “He SEES people pain free, enjoying life again who didn’t even know it was possible for them. They never connected the dots, he does.” With six offices locally, Deerfield Beach, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Aventura, North Miami Beach, Hialeah/Miami Lakes,  Dr. Soffer is accessible. His staff is multi-lingual, welcoming and most importantly willing to help people start the process.

Soffer Health Institute began in Aventura and now there are several locations, including one in Deerfield Beach at 1877 W. Hillsboro Blvd. They plan to open a Weston location next. Members of the staff speaks Spanish, Russian, Hebrew, Creole and Portuguese.



Never clean your roof again



Imagine never cleaning your roof again. Sound impossible? It’s not, thanks to Roof-A-Cide. This special solution not only cleans your roof, but creates a protective shield against further damage. For over 20 years, the staff at Roof Treatment Inc. has been using this 100 percent copper-based algaecide/fungicide to clean roofs on condos, private homes, businesses and more. This is the only solution of its kind that is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency. It will get rid of mold and algae for two years guaranteed, where other chemicals, like Chlorine, only last six to 12 months. Chlorine also has been known to leave behind a salt residue that accelerates mold growth, leaving the homeowner having to clean the roof sooner rather than later.

Mold leads to wood rot and mold spores can be sucked into the air conditioner and cause health problems. Depending on the amount and type of the mold, it can lead to respiratory problems, headaches and worse, and can affect both humans and pets. Eliminating it is not always an easy task. It takes a trained professional and the right type of product to do the job.

But overdoing the “solution” can be even worse. Repeated cleanings of your roof can just lead to more trouble. Many people replace their roofs every 12 to 15 years, not because the roofs have that shelf-life, but because they have been damaged by growing algae or from incorrect cleaning. This is an unwanted expense that can be avoided.

What is worse is that the chemicals often used not only can cause problems with the roof, but also harm surrounding landscaping and can be toxic. Roof Treatment, Inc., run by brother and sister team Frank and Christina Miele, is very aware of these issues. They use Roof-A-Cide because it not only is safe for nearby grass, plants, bushes, trees, pets and people, it also will also save homeowners money by utilizing less water – 30 gallons, rather than 1800 gallons on average.


Speaking of saving money, did you know that those dark stains on the roof actually act like a sponge to absorb the sun’s rays and end up increasing the temperature in the home. This means turning up the A/C even more on those hot days and raising your electric bill.

But just going to any house cleaning company is not the answer. Many companies don’t have experience when it comes to cleaning roofs. They may even be using your house as a guinea pig. Their trial and error may cost you in the long run. Too much pressure and too harsh chemicals can end up causing cracks or even lead to pieces of the roof coming off. Talk about going from bad to worse!

With Roof-A-Cide, the process is simple. On most roofs, their professional staff will start with “Roof Restore,” a special detergent, and will use a low pressure hose to wash it clean.

Next, they will apply Roof-A-Cide. They are able to use the product effectively on shingles, tiles, stone coated steel and slate. The product is backed by every major roof manufacturer as an approved method to prevent roof stains for years with each treatment.

The Mieles are so sure of their product that they offer a two-year warranty against mold. “The treatment,” they say, “is the cure.”

“We have the best product on the market. We preserve roofs; we don’t destroy roofs!” says Christina Miele.

If you have black streaks or stains on your roof, using this process can make it look like new, which can increase your property value. This is especially important for homeowners looking to sell their home, but also for those looking to maintain it.

Customer Johnny B. says, “My roof looks better than when it was new. [I am] very happy I had it done.”

This licensed and insured company also offers pressure washing for decks, driveways, and residential and commercial properties. They say that maintaining a clean property decreases costs by 75 percent. After all, unmaintained homes can lead to disrepair, which can be much more costly than keeping it clean in the first place. They even seal pavers, which not only protects, but also brings out the natural colors of the material being sealed. This is similar to the phenomenon with roof cleaning. A roof can magically go from black to light gray, for example, all with a simple cleaning.

Not sure if your roof needs a cleaning? Call Roof Treatment, Inc. at 954-275-1831 and get a free quote. They are located at 2045 SW 127th Avenue in Davie and work throughout Broward County. For more information, visit

Golfing for the King” – Benefitting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund for financially needy high school students


Golfing for the King” – Friday, October 20, 2017 – Carolina Country Club – Registration at 7 a.m., Shotgun start at 8 a.m. – 3011 N. Rock Island Road Margate, Florida 33063

Benefitting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund for financially needy high school students.


In 2017, The City Commission recognized 17 deserving high school students who were awarded Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships for the upcoming academic year. With the generous assistance of the Coral Springs Community Chest, as well as contributions from individuals the Coral Springs Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee was able to distribute scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,500 toward each student’s college education. Students were evaluated on their level of financial need and community involvement. Since the inception of the MLK Scholarship Program, more than 250 students have been awarded scholarships.

Sponsors are recognized at golf tournament as well as at the annual MLK Celebration in January 2018.

High School seniors who are residents of Coral Springs and attend Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter School, Coral Springs High, Stoneman Douglas High and J.P.Taravella High are eligible to apply for this scholarship for the 2018/19 school year. Applications can be obtained in the fall from the Brace Advisors at each school or from the City’s web site at

For more information, call Joyce Campos at 954-344-1005

Community remembers 9/11 heroes on 16th Anniversary

By Nicol Jenkins

Not a day goes by that John Napolitano doesn’t remember his son’s smile or his search for him under rubble after the World Trade Center Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.


Sixteen years later, time doesn’t heal his broken heart and there is no form of closure over the loss of his son, John Napolitano, Jr., one of the fallen heroes of 9/11 who was a Lieutenant for FDNY Rescue 2 and died while saving others in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. John was a wellrespected firefighter, everyone admired him including his Captain, and he left behind a wife and two daughters.

“There is no closure. There is not one day in the 16 years that I do not find myself at the World Trade Center, that I do not think of my son and others lost on that day,” said Napolitano.

The father spoke about his experience on 9/11 to local firefighters, students and staff at the 4th Annual JP Taravella 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. During the event, over 100 participants climbed flights of stairs symbolizing the 110 stories of the WTC Twin Towers. The event benefited the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, a commemoration for the firefighters who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 tragedy and a fundraiser for families of firefighters lost in the line of duty.

On that tragic day, Napolitano, a retired NY police officer, and his friend Lenny, went to the Trade Center to look for their family members. Describing the scene as “a horror”, they sifted through rubble and searched under fallen steel beams looking for any sign of life. At one point, he wrote a message in the ash for his son, “I’m here and I love you. Dad.” He went back to the site every day for one year and then every week for the next six months, but never recovered his son’s body.

John is part of the 9/11 family, people who embrace each other and understand the pain of losing a loved one.

“There are no words between us, just hugs. Each year when I go to the 9/11 memorial site, I hold my son’s photo up and people say your son was a hero; he didn’t have to be there but he went into danger to save my daughter or son,” he said.

Joanne Elliot is also a member of the fallen firefighters community. Her son, Bill Elliot, a beloved Pompano Beach firefighter passed away on January 6, 2012, after he fell to his death during a training exercise with a new ladder truck. Bill was admired and loved by everyone in the community, was always willing to help others and was very close to his family.

“Everyone loved him, and he shared this talent in helping others. It was not difficult to remember Bill’s last words to me because he never hung up from a phone call without
saying, “I love you, Mom”. I will miss him forever and literally a piece of my heart went with him. I had a heart attack the night he died,” said Joanne. “The message I hope to send to others and my firefighter family is to continue to love and help one another. My family and I are so thankful for the brotherhood of the firefighters and the Fallen Firefighters Foundation.”

James Simmons, teacher and DECA Advisor, says the school’s DECA, SHAPE, and SADD clubs wanted to honor those former students lost in 9/11 and the fallen heroes.
“I learned about NFFF Stair Climbs from my nephew, who runs a climb as a firefighter in Alabama, and found it to be an excellent opportunity to educate my students about the tragedy that occurred when they were very young,” said Simmons. “Overall, I hope attendees gain a remembrance of the selfless acts of the firefighters on 9/11 trying to save others while risking their own lives. For students, an awareness of the tragedy and an increased respect and appreciation of their local firefighters.”

Melissa Livermore, Taravella student and Co-Chair of 9/11 Stair Climb, believes, “students can definitely benefit by learning how hard 9/11 hit the nation.”
For those who have been directly impacted by 9/11, their lives will never be the same. They are part of the 9/11 family. Donations to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation can be made at

Jerry Fedele – ‘The man who saved Boca Hospital’ is about to retire

By Dale King

Boca Raton Community Hospital (now renamed Boca Regional Hospital) was in sad shape when Jerry Fedele walked through the door on his first day as its new president and CEO – it was Oct. 1, 2008, and the facility affectionately known as “The miracle on meadows Road” has losing vast amounts of money – as much as $120 million that year alone. many on staff were skeptical, Fedele recalled, and fears the healthcare center might be sold or shut down swept this well-to-do, but tightly knit south Palm Beach County city.

Retiring Doc

Fedele, who has already notified the Board of Directors that he will retire on Aug. 31, 2018, just days after his 65th birthday, told Boca’s Best magazine: “i remember that day well. It was a very exciting time, but one that was filled with challenges. i saw lots of opportunities, but at the same time, the physicians and board members were pessimistic. I remember thinking: we can do great things. i have to get the board and medical staff to think the same things.”

Eventually, he did. Boca Hospital amended its name from “Community” to “Regional” in 2010 to reflect its larger service area and a bump-up in the level, quality and variety of services.

The hospital is marking its 50th anniversary this year, and it has much to crow about as it completes a half-century of serving a city that has grown to nearly 100,000 residents – the second largest municipality in Palm Beach County. Day-to-day hospital operations are on solid ground these days, says Fedele – much more solid than nine years ago when the united states – and communities around the nation – were slumping into a precipitous recession.

While many credit Fedele with saving Boca Hospital, he stressed he didn’t do it on his own. He offered high praise to the management team that worked with him to effect the turnaround. Boca Regional is closely associated with residents, and even Fedele can be seen at many events and hospital-related activities.


Within 18 months of walking into Boca Hospital, “we broke even,” Fedele said. “Once we saved the hospital, it was all about redefining the vision. We started in 2010 to make the hospital the preeminent regional referral center. we also established the strategy for becoming an academic center for medical education.”

Looking ahead, Fedele says: “I’ve always been a zealot about patient satisfaction. I hope this emphasis doesn’t change under the new CEO. But things will be different. Things will continue to evolve.”

What he’ll leave behind, he says, is this: “we built strength in the balance sheets. we are on strong footing. we have grown the institution and its utilization. we have gone from 2008, when we were losing $120 million a year, to now, when we have grown and are having capacity problems.  But those are good problems.”

The BRRH boss hasn’t decided what retirement will bring. He may do consulting or return to practicing law. He loves bike riding and photography, the latter a hobby he shares with Facebook friends. He’ll undoubtedly be seen around town, as he is now, with wife, Terry, and he’ll be spending time with his grown children.

‘Making The World A Better Place’ Is The Mission Of Jerry And Lucy Spielman

By Dale King


An old adage states: “Charity begins at home.”

That’s true, of course. But Jerry and Lucy Spielman, president/publisher and editor-in-chief, respectively, of Boca’s Best Magazine and the two City News Group publications that serve Coral Springs/Parkland and Coconut Creek/Margate, believe charity, caring and friendship unfolds when you reach out to people and organizations, determine their needs and help supply them.

Each Spielman periodical offers its own individual, hyperlocal slice of news and specialty features such as a pet section, legal advice, health tips, a dining guide, columns by local officials, fitness suggestions, financial guidance and tax assistance.
Since acquiring the City News Group in November 2015, the Spielmans – who brought with them lots of business savvy, but little experience in the field of publishing — have taken the magazines to a new level of sophistication and reader appreciation by applying personal rules and tenets of their own.

To truly serve each community, the Spielmans felt they must be part of the goings-on. For that reason, they began sponsoring events that serve local groups. They have also taken part in a number of civic and community activities, putting their own names and sponsorship support behind fundraisers.

City News Coral Springs/Parkland, City News Coconut Creek/Margate and Boca’s Best Magazine are mailed out to more than 66,000 homes and businesses within the aforementioned region, said Jerry. “Thousands more are distributed around the area at select locations, fairs and city events. These monthly community magazines are filled with local news, activity schedules, a dining guide, an emphasis on ‘charitable causes’ and a roster of local ‘heroes,’ along with many more items of interest to the locals.”

With a degree in marketing from Syracuse University and a Masters BA from Barrington University, Jerry has taken that talent on the road again, meeting with business execs, talking the talk with members and leaders of civic organizations and rubbing elbows with influential residents at Chamber breakfasts, Rotary lunches and fundraising dinners.

When he’s not out and around in the community, Jerry is in charge of sales. “He’s an amazing sales and marketing guy,” noted Lucy.  “Charity is a very important part of our magazine group,” said Lucy, who works in the real estate field while also providing the creative oomph to their local-oriented media. Her roster of tasks is lengthy, including putting the magazine together, handling payroll, payments and reconciliations and dealing with all financial aspects of the company.

Originally from Peru, she studied banking and finance at an upscale private university in her native country. While her husband enjoys getting out and mingling, Lucy said she prefers “to say in the office running the magazine.”

“We are devoted to trying to make the world a better place, community by community,” she said. “In addition to distributing thousands of print copies of the magazines, we use the Internet and the technological advances of the new digital age to offer a responsive website with the ability to reach so many more people all over the world.”

“We are trying to do our part to help make the world a little better place,” Lucy noted. “For example, our love of animal rescue organizations that operate all over our community has enabled us to give a free quarter-page ad, each and every month, in all three of our magazines, to both Tri-County Animal Rescue in Boca Raton and the Florida Humane Society in Broward, to help raise awareness of these two very important and popular rescue efforts. We do whatever we can do — and then we do even more.”

“In another effort to reach out to the community, Jerry and I have joined the Boca Raton Rotary Club. For those of you who do not know what the Rotary Club stands for, its motto is ‘Service above self.’ For more than 110 years, the Rotary’s guiding principles have been the foundation of their values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership.”

“Also, we are active in more than six local Chambers of Commerce and we participate in as many local charitable causes and events as we can. The only limit on our ability to serve others is a time and money restraint. What events we showcase, causes we profile and the good we do, is only a small part of what we all can do overall to help others. We will strive to do more and more with each and every magazine we publish. Comments, ideas, stories, events, causes are all welcome on our site.

“Donations are appreciated and acknowledged,” Lucy added. “We are looking for sponsors to help us expand our charity section by helping to pay some of our production costs so we can free up more pages for good deeds. Many of our local events are open to all who wish to participate or just contribute.”

Jerry explained the purpose and design of the Spielmans’ three monthlies. “Instead of providing one big magazine, we offer three local publications geared to the individual community. We do not overwhelm readers with pages and pages of ads for the same industry, like real estate or legal.”

The Spielmans single out residents who have gone above and beyond to help others. They recently published an article about PROPEL — People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership. It was founded in 2004 by real estate investors and philanthropists Jim and Marta Batmasian, a Boca couple that has donated millions of their dollars to philanthropic causes. To Jerry and Lucy, the Batmasians are models for charitable community leaders.

So is Gregory Fried, owner of a Delray Beach jewelry store and leader in some 60-plus charities. He was recently featured in a Boca’s Best story entitled, “The Charity Man.”
“Hats off to Rosemary and Ben Krieger, who sponsored us in the Rotary of Boca Raton. They personify what it means ‘to give,’” the Spielmans noted in a recent edition.
The Spielmans themselves are no slouches, distributing over 330 free Disney on Ice tickets to needy kids in 2017 and over $10,000 in new clothing to kids and charities.
As you thumb through copies of Boca’s Best and City News, you’ll find the Spielman touch. They sponsor ads urging residents to adopt puppies, kittens, dogs and cats at rescue shelters. They urge readers to support Unicorn Village Academy in West Boca, a school for children with neurodiversities, age 13-22, unable to succeed in regular school setting.

Earlier, in June, City News sponsored and featured the Lisa Boccard Broward Health Walk for Breast Cancer in their City News Magazines.

On Aug. 19, they sponsored a “Brunch, Bubbles & Blooms” fundraiser to benefit the HabCenter. They are sponsoring a City of Coral Springs “Golfing for the King” classic Oct. 20 at Carolina Country Club in Margate to benefit the Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund for financially needy children. Later, on Nov. 11, they have organized a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek to benefit that group. There are too many others to list them all.

Lucy and Jerry don’t just help the community, they are part of it. They live in West Boca with their three teenage sons and two dogs.