DRWMAG.COM 36 #357 • JANUARY 2019 • 30TH ANNIVERSARY Welcome 2019. There is not a better place to call home than Weston! This is not just my humble opinion. Ranked as one of "the top 10 Best Cities for Families in Florida", as ranked byWalletHub just this November, or Money Magazine’s 2018 list of "The Best Places to Live in Amer- ica", or Verizon Business ranking of "Best Small Cities for Small Businesses" –Weston stands head and shoulders above others, not just in Florida, but throughout the country. As residents and busi- ness owners it is reassuring to hear that your hometown is so well thought of for all the reasons you chose to live or invest here. My fellow City Commissioners, Thomas Kallman, Margaret Brown, Byron Jaffe, and newly elected Mary Molina-Macfie and I, com- mit to you our dedication to continue to work to makeWeston the best city in the country. Great Leadership I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Commis- sioner Byron Jaffe on his unopposed re-election to SeatThree, af- ter having served a partial term in office, first elected in March 2017 to fill the unexpired term of open Commission SeatThree. We welcome your continued compassion, focus, and leadership. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Commissioner Mary Molina-Macfie, Seat Four. Commissioner Molina-Macfie has been aWeston resident since 1992. She isVice Chairperson of the Con- sumer Affairs Board of Broward County and a Board Member of the WestonYMCA. Professionally, Commissioner Molina-Macfie owns a janitorial service, all the while a dedicated voice and vol- unteer for community groups throughout Broward. I would not cross her either – she happens to be a Black Belt in karate too! Mary is the proud mother of two daughters, Heather and Brook. For a full biography of each member of your City Com- mission, you can visit our city website at www.westonfl.org/gov- ernment/city-commission/city-commission. Community Events With our great winter weather comes a host of City events and programs that we encourage you and your family to enjoy. The 2019 WestonWinter Safety Expo will be held on Fri- day, January 25th from 6-8:30 p.m. atTequestaTrace Park at 600 IndianTrace.Once again,a unique phenomenon takes place within Weston... It snows! Join us for an educational and activity-filled evening in a comfortable, blizzard-like environment... along with music, entertainment, kids activities, bounce houses, and all the “big toys” of the Broward Sheriff’s Office. On display are police, fire, and rescue vehicles of every kind with helicopters, marine unit, bomb squad, tactical rescue, Fish & Wildlife, FHP, Weston CERT, C.O.P and much more.This is a community event not to be missed. Next, we have concerts galore. On Saturday, January 26th is an all new Symphony of the Americas MÁGICO Visual Concerto which combines spellbinding visual photochoreogra- phy with familiar orchestral classics.This is a ticketed event at just $20 in advance.There will also be a free Symphony Pops concert inTown Center on March 10th. Our WestonNights Free Outdoor concert series in the park continues with #NOFILTER bringing chart topping hits of today and classics from the 70s, 80s and 90s on Saturday, Febru- ary 9th and then JADED – An AEROSMITHTRIBUTE on March 16th. Both concerts will be held at the Event Stage inWeston Re- gional Park from 7-10 p.m.All you need to bring is a lawn chair! EveryWestonNights event has food trucks on site for a complete date night, or night out with friends and family. BUT WAIT, there’s more! The ever-popular, free monthly Moonlight Movies in the Park series continues through April; the Foreign Film Series; free professional puppet shows and magic shows at theWeston Community Center; CelebrateThe Arts Day in Weston Town Center; Weston World Fest; Community CPR Day; and the annual Royal Egg Hunt. This incredible lineup of events is possible through the efforts of our Parks and Recreation department and the passionate work of theArts Council of Great- erWeston, and theWeston Music Society in partnership with the City, whose members volunteer their time to bring arts program- ming to residents. Details of all events can be found on our city website Events Calendar at www.WestonFL.org/Events and in our weekly E- Newsletter, "NewsdayTuesday" – subscribe today! Until next time… BY WESTON MAYOR DANIEL J. STERMER Weston is tops by any measure; events galore & more DANIEL J. STERMER