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.

Broward Health Coral Springs Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Events for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund was founded in 2003 by Vincent and Terry Boccard in support of Vincent’s sister Lisa and her fight with breast cancer. The mission of the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund is to provide funding for care that may otherwise be unattainable, for the women in our community to obtain screening mammograms and breast treatments if necessary.

Broward Health Coral Springs Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Events for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month       

Coral Springs, FL – In honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Broward Health Coral Springs will host several events including the following with proceeds to benefit the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund, a fund that helps women in need obtain free mammograms and breast treatments.

Glam Doll Strut-(October 14 from 11am-3pm)- For more information log on to


Mad Hatter’s Tea – (October 17 -6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) – Come party in PINK wearing a creatively decorated “PINK” hat for contest judging and fun! This community event will include a new “pampered lounge” to indulge yourself. Kick back and enjoy chair massages, refreshments, educational booths, music, raffles, prizes, tata trivia and more. Also, meet & greet with Lisa Boccard herself. EW Members: $5.00 /Guests of EW Members: $10.00/Non-members: $15. Tables fill up quickly and you can reserve a table for an additional fee of $10(group of 4) or $20 (group of 8).  Event will be held at the Broward Health Coral Springs Museum of the Art at 2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065. Call to reserve your seat at (954) 759-7400 or visit

Brighton Collectibles Power of Pink Campaign – (October 1-31) Brighton Collectibles will hold its annual “Power for Pink” campaign. For more information, call (954) 968-2383.

Pink Flamingo Flock-(Sept 29-Oct 31)— For more information or to make your purchase, call 954-344-3329.

Mammogram Screenings (all year)- Get you mammogram with the latest 3D Mammography exam offered at the Women’s Diagnostic and Wellness Center at Broward Health Coral Springs. Images are much greater in accuracy with 40% fewer unnecessary callbacks leaving patients with more peace of mind.   It is comparable in breast compression and exam time to a conventional mammogram. It is covered by Medicare and many private insurers. Call your insurance provider to find out. To schedule your 3D mammogram at Broward Health Coral Springs, call our scheduling center a 954-759-7500.


Broward Health, providing service for more than 70 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class healthcare services to our neighbors in South Florida. Broward Health includes Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Coral Springs, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston, Broward Health Community Health Services, Broward Health Physician Group and Broward Health Foundation. For more information, visit

Salvation Army Relief Effort After Storms

Your Support Helps The Salvation Army Stay on the Front Lines of Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief Efforts

It takes an army to fight a battle on two fronts. That’s why we’re on the ground in Houston and ready with more forces in Florida. Our food trucks are mobilized to feed thousands of victims and first responders. Our disaster relief team is setting up shelters for survivors to rest and recover. And we’re always there to lend a hand to help, a shoulder to cry on – to give a hug or words of hope – to pray with you and for everyone you love. And we won’t stop when the flooding stops. We’ll remain until the healing is complete, until all this devastation is but a memory.

In a battle between disaster and hope, hope always wins. And having an army doesn’t hurt.

Get updates on our relief efforts at, follow us on Facebook at, or on Twitter @SalArmyEDS.


The Salvation Army
PO BOX 1959
Atlanta, GA 30301  

Please designate
Hurricane 2017
on all checks.


call 1-800-SAL-ARMY


Golden years or golden fears: But I don’t wanna get old!

If you are around people who are getting sick, do you take preventative measures to reduce the risk of catching an illness?

Whether you take a vitamin, Airborne, or even keep distance from those who are sick, your natural instinct is to protect yourself.  Why would you not do the same for your body and health as you age? Wouldn’t you want to prevent risk of increased bone loss, muscle loss, metabolism decrease, gaining of stomach fat and worst of all, chronic illness and cancer.  Beginning at the age of 30, we lose 3 to 5 % of muscle mass naturally each year.  The loss of muscle results in weight gain and loss of function.  Women tend to gain up to 15 pounds in their 40’s, especially in their mid section and men begin to notice loss of endurance and strength.  If you know that you can prevent these changes in your body and decide how you will live the rest of life, why wouldn’t you?  Weight resistance training is the prevention tool to maintain bone density, speed up metabolism, gain strength and muscle and improve mood.

As lifestyles change through decades, decide if you want to prevent it, or wait until your quality of living diminishes. If you constantly ask yourself how you can prevent weight gain, the answer is simple and scientific; build muscle by weight training.  If you feel fatigue or notice a loss of endurance from golfing, playing tennis, or even just waking up, reverse it and workout to release endorphins for mood enhancement.  If you feel joint pain, knee pain, or back pain, gain strength and mobility by exercising.  If you just want to stay young and feel good, weight train.  Weight training doesn’t mean heavy weight and building mass, it means you can use light weight and safely tone up.  Generally, ageing is not symptomless, so it is important to take preventative measures sooner than later.  If you are not active, you can gain almost 8-12 pounds a year and increase your chances of injury.  Don’t waste your time testing Spanx, pills, diets, unsafe medical procedures, or even doing nothing in the hopes it won’t happen to you: IT WILL!

As you notice changes in your body and mind through the ageing process and ponder quick fixes, just remember that you cannot outsmart nature.  Your quick fix will enhance the negative aspects of these changes. Do you want to lose belly fat?  Do you need more power in your golf swing, or more endurance in playing all 18 holes?  Do you want more stamina or a better mood?  Do you want to minimize joint pain and move freely whenever and wherever you want?  Do you want to live longer?  Then do it!  Look for a facility that tailors to these needs.  It can be motivating and become something you love, especially when you notice changes and feel better than you did even when you were younger. Preserve your quality of life for tomorrow by beginning your journey today!

American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy

Rootz of Music to Stage 3rd Annual Fundraiser at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center


On Sunday August 27 at 7pm, Rootz of Music Inc., will present its 3rd Annual fundraiser musical extravaganza “American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy” at the newly opened Pompano Beach Cultural Center in Pompano Beach where they are one of the Resident Companies. The show chronicles the development of popular songs that were the foundation in both Jamaica and the Americas starting from the mid 1940’s to present time.

Led by world class Jamaican born guitarist, composer, arranger, music instructor Eugene Grey, the show will also feature renowned percussionist Larry McDonald as well as singers Lady Tasha, Yishka, Gershi, Endel I, Shymane along with the Radiance Major dancers performing the music of the popular artists of each era such as Louis Jordan, Harry Belafonte, Byron Lee and the Dragoneers. This innovative and entertaining musical presentation is staged to demonstrate the interconnectivity of American and Jamaican music, how two separate elements of two genres merged and became what is now known as Reggae and Hip Hop.

There will be a special awards presentation to Jamaican music legends Ernest Ranglin, Larry Marshall, Eric Monty Morris, Evrel Grey, Dennis Sindrey, Charles Cameron and Horace Forbes.  There will be a VIP reception starting 90 minutes prior to the performance for the awardees and VIPS to enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Tickets are $40 for the American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy and are available at  and  or by phone at 954-839-9578.  The event is sponsored in part by Broward County Florida Cultural Division, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, SOS Children’s Villages and First Green Bank along with support from the City of Pompano Beach. Accommodations provided by Sea Steps Suites, 717 S. Ocean Blvd, Pompano Beach, FL, 954-635-5572.

About Rootz of Music Inc. – Florida-based Rootz of Music, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2011 by Jazz guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator Eugene Grey and his wife Felicia K. Grey. The organization’s mission is to provide music education and Cultural Enrichment performances to youth in under-served communities. In 2013 Rootz of Music partnered with SOS Children’s Villages, a foster care community to provide music lessons to the children every Thursday evening.