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Substantial subs excite customers

BY RACHEL ALEXANDER

Jersey Mike’s Subs opened its first Davie location in May of 2018 offering delicious and fresh meals. The restaurant offers a variety of subs and wraps in the perfect portions for a broad range of potential customer needs. The restaurant chain was founded in 1996 in New Jersey and now has approximately 1300 locations across the United States.

Along with traditional cold cubs, Jersey Mike’s provides numerous specialty subs such as Jersey Shore’s Favorite which includes provolone, ham and cappacuolo. The cold sub has a perfect combination of meats and condiments which makes this sandwich an outstanding choice on the menu. Jersey Mike’s is famous for their Philly Cheese Steak which is full of flavor and is an excellent combination of steak, grilled onions, peppers and melted white American cheese. The steak is extremely tender and the toppings add to the unique flavor of the sandwich. The bread has a fresh taste in addition to the warm cheese melted in every bite. An abundance of other hot subs are available at the shop such as the Grilled Pastrami Reuben, Meatball and Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak. These are all amazing choices that allow customers to have a variation when choosing a sub. The restaurant chain also offers healthier options including the Chicken Caesar Wrap; the grilled chicken is sliced to perfection and it has the ideal amount of dressing in every bite.

Bags of chips are available for purchase as sides with meals, along with fresh baked cookies and gooey chocolate chip brownies. The chocolate chip brownies are served at just the right temperature with an ideal amount of chocolate chips. When ordering the fresh baked cookies, the perfect amount of cookie is placed into each serving size to enjoy a treat right after a meal.

Fountain drinks, bottled Pepsi products and juice are available as options for beverages. Jersey Mike’s offers combos including the regular Combo which give customers the opportunity to receive a 22oz. fountain drink and chips, to save money.

Jersey Mike’s broad menu opens opportunities for a variety of customers; vegetarian options and kid’s meals are available to fit every customer’s needs. Subs by the box, bagged and personal boxed lunches are available for catering in numerous sizes. Having these options makes it more convenient for customers to enjoy Jersey Mike’s at the time they choose.

Jersey Mike’s uses a red wine vinegar and an olive oil blend in their products to ensure an extra special taste. According to Jersey Mike’s tagline claim, posted on their website and in the restaurant, their produce is grown and shipped locally to ensure the highest level of freshness in all aspects of the shop’s offerings. Additionally, Jersey Mike’s trims and cooks their beef in the restaurant which adds to the authentic experience while visiting; they choose the leanest cuts of meat to satisfy customers. Through all of the aspects of the restaurant, it is apparent Jersey Mike’s pays special attention to the quality of the food that is being served to customers.

Employees have a huge smile when they are working at Jersey Mike’s. Employees also run the restaurant in a fast manner to guarantee satisfaction in all aspects of the shop. The positive and friendly environment makes Jersey Mike’s an enjoyable location.

Overall, Jersey Mike’s Subs is an excellent new addition to the Davie restaurant scene. The unique menu, opportunities to please every customer and the great atmosphere all show that Jersey Mike’s is an exceptional choice when choosing a restaurant.

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Novel inspires with story about the authenticity of romance

BY SABRINA BLANDON

“Once and for All” by Sarah Dessen is an uplifting and hopeful book that follows Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner, Natalie Barrett. Louna has seen every type of wedding imaginable, from beach weddings to weddings hosted at historical mansions. She’s been living in a world where crises are routine. Even though she’s seen all these happy couples, Louna doesn’t believe in happily ever afters, that is until she meets Ambrose, who tempts her into a love that she is not sure she can embark on.

Dessen has written a novel with an intense atmosphere. Although she wrote this novel with the themes of young love, the book has some tragedy. While introducing these themes, this book also includes messages ranging from hard work to having fun. She writes about the beauty and wonders of young love and how carefree it truly is. She also writes about tragedy and sadness and promotes the idea that love isn’t all about going on dates. Dessen writes about the positives and negatives of love and has delivered a realistic story of the hardships of life and love. The book not only revolves around the love story, but also the importance of family. Dessen has woven a love story into a family centered plot with lessons to learn from. The characters’ relationships evolve realistically in this novel.

Much like everything, this novel did have its downsides. At times the book becomes slow and dull, but then Dessen writes an incredible twist to pick the pace back up again. Sadly, when the book loses its pace, the plot development loses its spark.

While Louna is a hardworking and driven person, Ambrose is the total opposite. He is cheerful and optimistic, although, he still has his flaws which gives a balance to this book. Ambrose is a reckless person, but he’s so honest when he does something wrong. Dessen’s characters are realistic and believable which makereaders further relate to the story. Dessen’s creative characterization of the protagonists suggest that opposites can attract.

“Once and for All” is an inspirational book when it comes to summer romance. Dessen’s characters go through an incredible character development throughout the novel. This novel is eye-opening. It contains the lessons of the imperfections of people and how they are a part of life. She creates well-developed, but flawed characters to promote the idea that nobody is perfect. Dessen gives an inspirational outlook on life and love.

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Rock band pays tribute to Parkland tragedy

BY ANNABELLE DANIELS-ROSENBERG

Dead & Company lit up the stage on Feb. 26 at the BB&T center in Sunrise. The band is the current form of The Grateful Dead which lost their lead guitarist and singer, Jerry Garcia, in 1995. Consisting of mostly original members besides Garcia, artist John Mayer took over his role.

With no opening acts, the band began with their song “Shakedown Street” to get the show started. The upbeat song displayed all the talents of the band and got the crowd singing.

With a fresh voice, Mayer did an exceptional job singing as well as playing the guitar alongside the older members. He fit in with the band and the way they improvise throughout songs. Each song was played for several minutes, some even lasting over 15 minutes. The band would start the song and, in the middle, used only their instruments to communicate and play off each other.  Although long, the songs were never dull as they were all different and continued to change. It was neat to see the band members interact with each other and play what they felt. It brought out the true talents of these players and kept the show alive. Each song led into the next with no breaks in between.  At times songs would change and transition back allowing for fulfillment of each.

The concert had an atypical setlist with songs geared to lift the audience up after the Stoneman Douglas shooting tragedy. The band changed the setlist several times to choose songs with meaning even if it meant no time to play their most famous songs.  The chosen songs like “The Weight”, a cover of The Band, “Eyes of the World” and the encore; “Touch of Grey” each sent a positive message of hope and prayers. At the end of the encore, audience members continued to chant “We will get by,” a repeated lyric in the song.  Displayed on the screen was the school mascot of the eagle and even some of the band members wore Douglas Strong t-shirts. This meaningful tribute sent a message of hope and left an impact.

The show was four hours long with a brief intermission halfway through.  Although long in time, the concert seemed to end faster than it began with such intense and fun vibe.

The show was originally supposed to take place in December, however, Mayer had appendicitis and had to postpone.  Even with the rescheduling, the stadium was packed from start to finish.

Being a band from the 60’s, the songs were older, and the vibe of the whole concert seemed to time travel back to the hippie era.  It was cool to see fans from all over come to see Dead & Company, some even following the band around the country.  In the parking lot, people set up tents selling all types of paraphernalia, playing music, and preparing for the concert.

The show displayed the true talents and character Dead & Company holds and will hopefully continue to spread for generations. This concert was emotional and moving and will be remembered for years to come.

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Fortnite gains popularity amongst video game fanatics

BY AUSTIN DUNN

GRAPHICS EDITOR

“Fortnite,” a third-person shooter game developed by Epic Games, has just reported an astounding number of concurrent players in the amount of 3.2 million. “Fortnite” is incredibly well done, allowing for 60 frames per second, which creates smooth gameplay. Also, multiple skins and cosmetic unlocks are available as a way to switch up the gaming experience. Within the game are two separate modes: Save The World and Battle Royale. This adds a little variety in players’ choices of gaming. Battle Royale, the more popular game mode, is currently in Beta mode, meaning it is out on early release and free to download. In contrast, Save the World currently costs money, but will be free to play sometime this year according to game developers. Battle Royale functions by immersing players in a “The Hunger Games”-type brawl.

One hundred players are placed in a digital lobby, after which they are put on a flying bus called the “Battle Bus.” This bus passes through the map at a randomly generated angle. Players then eject from the bus at their chosen time with the ability to look at a map of where they are in order to plan where they will be landing. Upon hitting the ground players must loot for weaponry and the battle ensues. A circle then gets smaller and smaller, pulling all players into a finite space on the map, forcing them to interact, where the last player standing wins.

“Fortnite” has established an idea that games can be successful even if they are free, which will hopefully affect how games are distributed in the future. “Fortnite” has seen a unique influx of new players, surpassing a game called “Player Unknown Battlegrounds,” which has very similar gameplay. This might be due to its strong social media presence that has given the game an immense audience across ages 10-18. “Fortnite” developers have created this fan base by creating a cutting edge, dynamic game that will perpetually stay ahead of its competition.

“Fortnite” makes use of an interesting subscription service in which users buy a “Battle Pass” to unlock objectives. Completing these objectives allows players to climb the ranks, which gives them cosmetic rewards such as experience points, outfits, loading screens and dance moves. With this ingenious combination of new and sustainable gaming, “Fortnite” will certainly continue to expand its’ fan base.

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Exclusive interview with author Becky Albertalli of “Love, Simon”

Coming-of-age film “Love, Simon” follows a closeted teenager, Simon (Nick Robinson), as he learns to accept his sexuality and, through anonymous emails with a fellow student, falls in love for the first time. The movie is based on author Becky Albertalli’s novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda,” and will be released in theaters nationwide on March 16. On March 10, Editor-in-Chief Rachel Schonberger was one of three people who participated in a round table interview with Albertalli.

 

“I was the last person to realize it was going to become a film,” Albertalli said. “It had been drilled into me that it’s more common for a book to be optioned for film than it is for a book to actually be made into a film, and most projects die in development.”

Albertalli wrote the novel in 2013, and five years later she said she still has not registered that it is being released as a motion picture.

“Once the producers were interested and it was optioned, I was like, ‘This is so cool. What a fun thing to daydream about. Obviously it’s not going to become a movie,’” Albertalli said. “Even as [director] Greg Berlanti came on board, I read the script, they start casting it, I didn’t want to get my hopes up. There was never one moment when I realized it was real, and because of that, it hasn’t sunk in yet.”

Albertalli said she was excited for director Greg Berlanti, who also produces the CW’s “The Flash,” “Riverdale” and “Arrow,” to put his own voice into the story, as he adopted this as a passion project. Quoting her friend and fellow author Angie Thomas, Albertalli referred to the book and movie as “fraternal twins.”

“Having seen the film five times, the changes work so well and the film really stands on its own,” she said. “It really feels like the book and most of the major points are the same. I see it as a very faithful adaptation.”

After working as a clinical psychologist and learning the struggles of many LGBT kids, Albertalli said she wanted their community to be represented.

“Simon is not based on any of my clients, that would be a horrific breach of confidentiality,” Albertalli said. “I do think that experience gave me a richer awareness of some of the issues that kids in the community were grappling with when I wrote it.”

When she started working on the book, Albertalli was also involved in author Ellen Oh’s organization, We Need Diverse Books.

“Some of these conversations in the book community about diversity were certainly taking place and it continued to evolve,” Albertalli said. “I want to do everything I can to make sure this is not ‘the’ gay rom-com. This should be one of many.”

Since writing her first book, Albertalli said she realized Simon’s story may not be hers to tell; however, she hopes this opens the door to more mainstream representation of gay characters.

“Let’s broaden the communities that we tell these stories about. Simon is one experience; he doesn’t represent his entire community, he doesn’t come close to it,” Albertalli said. “I hope that Simon can get his foot in the door and the floodgates will open.”

Author Becky Albertalli most recently wrote “Leah on the Offbeat,” which will be released on April 24. The sequel follows the story of Simon’s best friend Leah, played by Katherine Langford in “Love, Simon,” during her senior year as she explores her own love story.

 

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Annual festival provides space for clubs to educate attendees

BY JOSEPH WALSH

The Weston Arts Council has spread the arts in Weston, through film screenings and art showcases for years. On Jan. 21 the council hosted the Celebrate the Arts Day festival at Weston Town Center, which gave residents of Weston the opportunity to express themselves and showcase their artistic talents.

Booths set up at the Celebrate the Arts Day festival gave attendees the chance to participate in projects, to help them learn and become more interested in the booths’ topics. Senior Naomi Lopez, president of the Photography Club, utilized the event as a means of advocating for her club, as curious attendees took part in club-sponsored recreations.

“We have a lot of different types of photography, since most people only know ‘take a picture and you’re done,’” said Lopez.

The Photo Club took the opportunity to benefit themselves through various means, including handing out pamphlets, letting people participate in activities, and earning a profit. However, Lopez herself made it clear that she enjoys attending the festival for more reasons than just those which benefit the club.

“I personally love coming here every year. It’s nice seeing everyone so excited about the arts, looking at people’s pictures, looking at their creations,” Lopez said. “I just love it when people appreciate the effort which artists put into their work.”

Numerous clubs hosted booths at the event, where they showed off their work, allowed people to participate in certain activities and spread awareness of the clubs and what they do. Thus, both clubs and attendees were able to enjoy the festivities of the event.

Some students, including junior Adriana Gutic, volunteered during the festival in collaboration with the Arts Council, to make sure that it ran smoothly.

“We’re volunteering at the Arts Council booth, helping to make sure the festival is a success,” said Gutic. “It’s really fun, and [the clubs] are offering a lot of cool activities for people.”

Photography and arts teacher Elizabeth Jenkins worked with the Arts Council board while she was in attendance at the Celebrate the Arts Day festival, as her Photo Club and National Art Honor Society ran booths at the festival.

“The Photo Club had lots of hands-on ventures, and the Art Honor [society] people let attendees try out all types of art, including thumbprint art and origami,” Mrs. Jenkins said. “It’s a good community exposure, and really helps people see the value of the arts.”

The council has gained exposure through the Bay, where some of the art teachers are either on the council itself, or they support the organization. Mrs. Jenkins was one of the original board members who helped found the council, and she still stays active with the council and its activities.

“The Arts Council is amazing,” said Mrs. Jenkins. “They have really brought so many art and culture events to Weston, with symphonies and international movies and art events. It’s really a wonderful organization.”

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AMT classes perform to celebrate the arts at annual festival

BY RACHEL LEVITZ

The Arts Council of Greater Weston’s annual Celebration of the Arts festival took place at Weston Town Center on Sunday, Jan. 21. from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., where various forms of art ranging from visual to musical and theatre production, were displayed.

All three American Musical Theater (AMT) classes at the Bay took part in the celebration. The AMT I, II and III classes debuted three songs each from their shows, “The Little Mermaid,” “Camp Rock” and “Rent,” respectively.

Stage crew manager Alex Tawid said her job comes with many responsibilities, but seeing the cast put on a show makes the stress worth her dedication.

“Being somewhat in charge of all three shows can be stressful sometimes,” Tawid said. “A lot of work goes into being a part of the backstage crew because we’re trying to make the performance as amazing as it can be, but at the end of the day, I love my job in the AMT class as it gives me an opportunity to bond with the cast members.”

Sophomore Hadley Malbec, who is in the ensemble, performed in the “Rent” musical numbers alongside her castmates. Malbec said she loved being a part of the annual festival because the event gave the program the opportunity to advertise for their shows as well as spend time together.

“We participated to promote our shows to the general public,” Malbec said. “It was an amazing experience and it was so incredible to see all these different kinds of artists come together and experience what we all love together, which is art.”

AMT II student Morganne Land said appearing in the event was a memorable and entertaining experience she will not forget.

“Celebration of the Arts was so fun because I got to perform and see all my friends at the same time,” Land said. “I was a little nervous as it was our first time showcasing the songs in front of an actual audience, but everything turned out great and every musical theater class did awesome.”

AMT teacher Cynthia Lutwin said the effort her students put in is very apparent and is only a glimpse of the success they will strive for in the upcoming shows.

“The kids have been preparing for their performances for months now,” says Lutwin. “I see how hard they work every day and how much effort they have put into making the shows as perfect as possible. We have already started holding practices after school for the fast-approaching shows. The kids take time out of their lives to dedicate their time to the love of theater and I think it really shows how much they care.”

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Fresh perspective on dystopian genre revealed in “Everless”

BY HAYLEY PRINCZ
FEATURES PHOTO EDITOR

“Everless” by Sarah Holland brings an entirely unique perspective to the dystopian genre. The novel follows protagonist Jules Ember through her life under the rule of the blood-coin society Sempera. In Sempera, wealth is linked directly with time; people have their blood drawn to make iron-infused time coins, most of which go to the wealthiest families to allow them to live several decades longer than they should. Jules and her father served under one of the wealthy noble families, the Gerlings, at their home Everless, until a nearly fatal accident occurred with her best friend Roan Gerling and his older brother Liam. As a result of the incident, Jules and her father were expelled from Everless and chased through Sempera by Liam, creating their deep-seated hatred for the Gerlings. Ten years after their expulsion, Jules’s father appears to be nearly out of time, his blood running thin through years of giving for blood-coins. This inspires Jules to give up everything she is familiar with to save him; she returns to Everless to act as a servant. During her time there, Jules begins to discover centuries-old secrets about herself and her unique blood, making her a firm believer that not everything is as it appears.

Though it starts off slow, “Everless” is suspenseful and easy for readers to follow. The novel flows easily for reader comprehension, but it is not boring either, as the mystery of Jules herself slowly begins to unravel until the entire puzzle is put together at the very end. Jules, unlike some characters found in dystopian novels, has her flaws and accepts them. One of these flaws is her childhood love for Roan, which she can’t seem to shake off. While still susceptible to mistakes, Jules is intelligent, and her actions are never too brash as she tries to do what she thinks is best for those about whom she cares. She gives up everything to get more money, more blood, to save her father.

“Everless” differentiates itself from classical dystopian novels because it is not romance-driven. There are a few moments of romance throughout the novel, but the story focuses solely on Jules and her journey of finding out who she really is. This allows Jules’s character to be built upon and understood in depth without confusing feelings of love. The entire basis of “Everless” is completely original. The novel is centered around the idea that time is literally money, which ties back into the basic human belief that we must work to make more profit.

 

 

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“Justice League” disappoints with unexciting and inadequate film

BY SHANTY FIERRO

ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR

“Justice League,” the latest installment of the Detective Comics (DC) movie series, premiered Nov. 17. The film featured DC regulars, like The Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), and also introduced three new heroes, The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Although the film was highly anticipated, it only had some entertaining moments, and was overall mediocre at best.

The movie picks up during the aftermath of Superman’s (Henry Cavill) death in “Batman v Superman”. Chaos has run amok, and invaders from other worlds are coming to attack Earth since they know Superman is dead. A particularly prominent villain is Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds), a powerful conqueror who is after three boxes of power to create the “Unity” that is meant to reshape and enslave the Earth.

In the meantime, Batman (Affleck) is trying to form a team of people with extraordinary abilities to protect the Earth from the impending evil. He first recruits Aquaman (Momoa), who is a strong headed man with the power to control the sea. Wonder Woman (Gadot) decides to join as well, after fighting in the shadows for a century. The Flash (Miller) and Cyborg (Fisher) are also recruited, and the team is complete.

Although seeing the Justice League together was exciting, the majority of the movie was bland with the director trying to introduce each new character, but not having enough time to do so properly. Due to this, each new character fit a stereotypical trope, and did not seem to have any further development as the film progressed.

Moreover, the script writing was lazy, with most of the characters having forgettable one-liners, or forced jokes that were meant to ease the intensity, but simply fell flat in the scenes. One exception to this is criticism is Ezra Miller as The Flash. Miller is able to perfectly embody the character of Barry Allen, a typical young man, who is still trying to figure out how he can do good with his powers. The Flash is the real comedic relief of the film, and his childlike fascination throughout the film made it a lot more enjoyable to watch.

While the movie does have its faults in script and character development, the visuals in the film were excellent. The special effects crew outdid themselves creating new worlds unseen in the DC universe, such as Steppenwolf’s layer, and his character’s appearance as a whole. Additionally, battle scenes were very well choreographed, keeping eyes on the screen throughout all of the fights.

Although the character development was severely lacking, the chemistry between the heroes was undeniable. Each character had something to offer the other, and any interaction seemed genuine, like the actors had taken time to get to know one another before shooting began.

Overall, “Justice League” had both good and bad aspects, as any movie surely does. However, it was the lack of excitement in the first parts of the film that take it down to the mediocre level. There is definitely potential for a better sequel, since all the characters are now together, but this was not the introduction to the team that the DC Universe needed.

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Photo club hosts annual event to expose students to different aspects of photography

BY HAILEY PRINCZ

FEATURES PHOTO EDITOR

On Nov. 8, the Bay’s Photo club hosted their annual Photo Phun Night event in room 160. Photo Club’s Executive Vice President senior Mollie Guerrero said that she believed Photo Phun Night to be a success and that the event was very informational for people who did not know much photography beforehand.

“I felt the event went really well,” Guerrero said. “I think this is due to certain promotional techniques used. Sure, I would have loved to see even more people attend, but compared to some previous years, there was a decent turnout.”

Guerrero said she and the other students on Photo Club’s executive board have been planning since the summer for this event.

“Before school starts, we focus on the broad idea of the event,” Guerrero said. “Then, when school starts in August, we begin planning all the specific details. This way, our entire board can physically plan it.”

The event was split up among stations, each demonstrating an aspect of photography that members of the photo club are taught. These included a darkroom station, a photoshop station, and an image transfer station.

“We have stations established so parents, students and friends are able to rotate between them throughout the night,” Guerrero said. “I enjoy the darkroom station, where people can go inside to process film and to create things called photograms. Many people do not understand what this is, as well as what image transfers are, because they don’t usually get to see how a dark room works; it’s hard to convey this on just social media.”

Senior Juliana Narvaez was one of the many students in attendance. Like Guerrero, her favorite station was the darkroom.

“Darkroom photography is personally my favorite type of photography because it really allows you to be creative in order to achieve the type of photo you want to get,” Narvaez said. “There are endless amounts of techniques to use in the darkroom and it’s just fun to experiment with new things and see how your photos come out.”

Narvaez said that although she’s been in photo club for all four years of high school, she had never attended a previous Photo Phun Night event.

“I figured that since it’s my last year, I should come out and support the club I’m in and have a new experience,” Narvaez said. “I believe that Photo Phun Night was amazing and everything was organized perfectly so everyone would have an opportunity to do what they wanted to.”

Art and Photo teacher Elizabeth Jenkins, the Photo Club Sponsor, said she is very proud of Photo Club for the great job they did in collecting donations for the event.

“[Members] have gotten sponsors to support the cause, as the event is a fundraiser, as well as promoted the event,” Mrs. Jenkins said. “They also had to get their images ready to present and they have to prepare supplies.”

Public Relations Officer of Photo Club, sophomore Paola Diaz, said the board played their part as well for getting donations.

“Part of our initial planning for Photo Phun Night was collecting money to fund the event,” Diaz said. “We had to call up different restaurants to receive donations.”

Mrs, Jenkins said that the goal of the event was to let people outside of Photo Club see all the things they could do with photography.

“We showed snippets of photo aspects to everyone that came,” Mrs. Jenkins said. “People tend to believe that regular photography is dying out, especially the darkroom for developing photos. It isn’t, the dark room is still a utilizable tool and we wanted to spread awareness of that, in addition to the beauty of the arts and photo. Overall, this event went well and I’m proud of the turn of events.”

 

 

 

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