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We’re going to try to have a topic each week.    The object is to get people to engage and get to know each other.   I encourage you to participate and also suggest topics.
This week of March 29 April 4, 2020 our topic is about your senior year in High School, 21 questions to copy, paste, change answers and post to the POZitive Attitudes Facebook group.  Add a picture if you dare. It takes about 5 minutes, so let’s have some fun and get to know each other a little!!

Below  are the 21 questions to answer on POZitive Attitudes FACEBOOK Group Page. To participate, see my post on Facebook, then copy & past answers.  Then post it on our FACEBOOK Group Page.

Graduated Class of: 

1. What did you drive? 

2. What job did you have in high school? 

3. What sports did you play? 

4. Where did you live? 

5. Were you in choir/band? 

6. Ever get suspended? 

7. If you could, would you go back? 

8. Still talk to the person that you went to prom with? 

9. Did you skip school? 

10. Go to all the football games? 

11. Favorite subject?

12. Do you still have your yearbook? 

13. Did you follow your “original” career path? 

14. Do you still have your senior ring? 

16. Favorite shoes?

17. Favorite thing to eat at lunch? 

18. Favorite artist/band?

19. Top Song 

20. Top Movie

21. High School mascot

  1. (Copy & paste, change the answers, post!)

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We’re going to try to have a topic on Facebook each week.    The object is to get people to engage and get to know each other.   I encourage you to participate and also suggest topics.  This week of March 29- April 4, 2020 our topic is about your senior year in High School, if you can remember that long ago. The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be! It takes about 5 minutes, so let’s have some fun!! Add a picture if you have one.

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We just created a private Facebook group called ‘POZitive Attitudes’. This will allow people to engage with each other while maintaining social distancing.  An approval to join the  Facebook page will be sent to POZitive Attitudes once you request to join. Steve and the Page administrators will be accepting members.


How to access the POZitive Attitudes on Facebook.


1. Go to your Facebook account (this is example):


2.  THEN…


3. The POZitive Attitudes page is totally private and requires approval after your request to join. Note that the postings will also appear on your regular Newsfeed, but ONLY you and Group members can see it. 



4.  INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN THIS POZitive Attitudes Facebook Page. Group members Will appear on Top of Page(as shown below), then you can INVITE more members to join.  See Below.


We are survivors and will come out of this in a positive way!









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We just created a private Facebook group called ‘POZitive Attitudes’.      This will allow people to engage with each other while maintaining social distancing.       Request to join and I will approve you.


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If anyone knows how to handle a deadly virus, it’s us! Be Strong.


Since POZitive Attitudes group is unable to go to movies, here are some highly recommended shows & movies on NETFLIX.

Please contact us at Jramos4000@aol.com or text (954) 579-4158 with your show/movie recommendations (any TV channel or steaming service) so we can share with Group.    




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Gentefied is the beautiful result of what happens when companies like Netflix allow communities to tell their own story. Latinx from top to bottom, Gentefied is a peek inside a California neighborhood that is seeing the firsthand effects of gentrification. Most complexly, it also asks its three main characters exactly what their role is when it comes to the neighborhood’s ever-changing population. As hilarious as it is thoughtful, Gentefied feels like the little engine that could, and that little engine is delivering a dose of representation that the streamer could really use.


Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

Whether or not you’re into sports, Netflix’s documentary mini series, Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez, is a haunting portrait of the NFL star who became a convicted murderer. The documentary revisits the 2015 murder of Odin Lloyd for which Hernandez was found guilty, as well his trial for the 2012 double homicide of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado for which he was acquitted. But beyond the crimes, the documentary paints a picture of the man himself with new audio recordings of Hernandez’s phone calls from prison—to his lawyers, mother, and his young daughter. The docuseries also illuminates the extreme dangers of football to the brain and shines a light on what it means to be a closeted gay man in the NFL. A must watch.

Sex Education

Sex Education brings all of the same endearing characters and retro vibes to Season Two while also highlighting the very real issues associated with the show’s namesake. While Season One entertained us with many honest and uncomfortable stories of budding teen sexuality, this season got even more real and made even more of a statement by addressing things like female pleasure, consent, asexuality, anal sex and the epidemic of misinformation surrounding STDs. It’s somehow hilarious and touching and powerful all at the same time, making it an absolute must-watch for 2020.



The Stranger

If you like thrills, murders, and being confused, The Stranger is an engaging—albeit overly complicated—mystery, with many a spooky storyline to follow. Based on Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name, The Stranger mostly follows a—you guessed it—stranger, who goes around town revealing people’s secrets. The stranger’s motive varies—sometimes she blackmails people for money, others she tries to help by revealing truths. If you like crime and the occasional pop-up, The Stranger definitely won’t bore you.


The Pharmacist

Somehow, The Pharmacist manages to be about three different series in one. It starts out as a murder mystery documentary about the shooting of a 20-something white man attempting to buy crack cocaine. But Netflix’s limited docuseries wraps up the mystery around that murder by the end of Episode Two. From there, the series dives into how one pharmacist in New Orleans managed to blow the opioid crisis crippling his community wide open. A stirring portrait of the drug issues in our country right now, The Pharmacist is the rare limited series that manages to reinvent itself twice over by the time its six episodes wrap up.



The Circle

The Circle, on paper, seems like a really, really terrible idea—a reality show centered on a group of seemingly loud, very online humans brought into an apartment complex, kept in isolation, and only allowed to communicate through a social media network called, you guessed it, The Circle. The trick is, you can also catfish your fellow competitors, adding an additional layer to the game. What starts out as a series akin to an MTV reality show revamp turns into a thoughtful competition series that highlights how good we can actually be to one another online. Judge the premise all you want, but if the proof of the adorable friendship between a bro with slicked back hair and an awkward nerd isn’t enough for you, then your cold heart is the problem here.



No one has ever wanted to be “on mat” more than they do after watching Cheer. Following the insanity behind competitive cheerleading (specifically the Navarro College cheerleading team based out of Navarro Community College in Corsicana, Texas), the series reveals just how grueling and extreme the sport of cheerleading can be. For a select group of athletes, Navarro represents the pinnacle of their craft, and they only have a limited amount of time to reach excellence. As insightful as it is compelling, Cheeris one of Netflix’s most alluring offerings this year. You’ll never question the power of a cheerleader again.



Love Is Blind

Netflix’s serialized reality dating show Love Is Blind is The Circle meets Married At First Sight—incredibly watchable in an I-want-to-tear-my-eyeballs-out sort of way. The show brings 30 Atlanta singles to a set specially built for ‘blind’ dating–the men and women live in separate quarters and go on dates in small pods where they are separated by a glass wall and can only hear each other speak. After ten days of dating, the participants must either get engaged to someone they have never laid eyes on or go home. If they do choose to get engaged, only then do they meet in person, and the three week countdown until their wedding begins! What could go wrong? It’s a whirlwind of drama, tension, and true madness, like any good reality dating show. Spoiler: very few happy endings come from dating this way, but a good bit of entertainment does. Why is it so enjoyable to watch other people mess their lives up?





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Wilton Manors COVID 19 Eblast Header MARCH 2020 DRAFT 1

March 18, 2020
for the City of Wilton Manors
Broward County is currently experiencing the greatest number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) now recommends that states with community spread should close certain businesses to slow the spread of the virus.
Based on these guidelines, and with the mission of saving lives, Emergency Order 2020-002 has been issued. Effective immediately, March 18, 2020, and for a period of 30-days hereafter, up through and including April 16, 2020:
1.    All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions,  financial institutions, hardware stores, auto-supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government, are exempt from this paragraph.
2.    All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.
3.    All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This paragraph shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; or (b)are an amenity of residential buildings.
4.    All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for permitted drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.
For updates, visit the city’s website ( www.wiltonmanors.com ) and click on the alert button at the top of the page, and follow the city’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.
Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Governor Ron DeSantis has activated an Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for COVID-19. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be accessed by copying and pasting the link below into your website browser:
For inquiries or assistance with the survey, business owners may contact Emergency Support Function 18 via email at  ESF18@em.myflorida.com .
Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Small Businesses
Governor DeSantis has also activated an emergency bridge loan program for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Go to https://floridadisasterloan.org/  for more information, and to apply.
Webinars: Navigating the Economic Recovery Process
The South Florida District of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Florida Small Business Development will host two webinars to help small businesses navigate the economic recovery process from the effects of
Both webinars will cover how to apply, where to get help applying for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and answer questions .
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Join by telephone:
Toll number: +1 (786) 749-6387
Dial-in Number 590047996 English (United States)
Conference ID: 590047996

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A year after the “London Patient” was introduced to the world as only the second person to be cured of H.I.V., he is stepping out of the shadows to reveal his identity: He is Adam Castillejo.

Six feet tall and sturdy, with long, dark hair and an easy smile, Mr. Castillejo, 40, exudes good health and cheer. But his journey to the cure has been arduous and agonizing, involving nearly a decade of grueling treatments and moments of pure despair. He wrestled with whether and when to go public, given the attention and scrutiny that might follow. Ultimately, he said, he realized that his story carried a powerful message of optimism.

“This is a unique position to be in, a unique and very humbling position,” he said. “I want to be an ambassador of hope.”

Last March, scientists announced that Mr. Castillejo, then identified only as the “London Patient,” had been cured of H.I.V. after receiving a bone-marrow transplant for his lymphoma. The donor carried a mutation that impeded the ability of H.I.V. to enter cells, so the transplant essentially replaced Mr. Castillejo’s immune system with one resistant to the virus. The approach, though effective in his case, was intended to cure his cancer and is not a practical option for the widespread curing of H.I.V. because of the risks involved.

Only one other individual with H.I.V. — Timothy Ray Brown, the so-called Berlin Patient, in 2008 — has been successfully cured, and there have been many failed attempts. In fact, Mr. Castillejo’s doctors could not be sure last spring that he was truly rid of H.I.V., and they tiptoed around the word “cure,” instead referring to it as a “remission.”

Still, the news grabbed the world’s attention, even that of President Trump.

And by confirming that a cure is possible, it galvanized researchers.

“It’s really important that it wasn’t a one-off, it wasn’t a fluke,” said Richard Jefferys, a director at Treatment Action Group, an advocacy organization. “That’s been an important step for the field.”

For Mr. Castillejo, the experience was surreal. He watched as millions of people reacted to the news of his cure and speculated about his identity. “I was watching TV, and it’s, like, ‘OK, they’re talking about me,’” he said. “It was very strange, a very weird place to be.” But he remained resolute in his decision to remain private until a few weeks ago.

For one, his doctors are more certain now that he is virus-free. “We think this is a cure now, because it’s been another year and we’ve done a few more tests,” said his virologist, Dr. Ravindra Gupta of the University of Cambridge.

Mr. Castillejo also tested his own readiness in small ways. He set up a separate email address and telephone number for his life as “LP,” as he refers to himself, and opened a Twitter account. He began talking weekly with Mr. Brown, the only other person who could truly understand what he had been through. In December, Mr. Castillejo prepared a statement to be read aloud by a producer on BBC Radio 4.

After talking through his decision with his doctors, friends and mother, he decided the time was right to tell his story.

“I don’t want people to think, ‘Oh, you’ve been chosen,’” he said. “No, it just happened. I was in the right place, probably at the right time, when it happened.”

Mr. Castillejo grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. His father was of Spanish and Dutch descent — which later turned out to be crucial — and served as a pilot for an ecotourism company. Mr. Castillejo speaks reverently of his father, who died 20 years ago, and bears a strong resemblance to him. But his parents divorced when he was young, so he was primarily raised by his industrious mother, who now lives in London with him. “She taught me to be the best I could be, no matter what,” he said.

As a young man, Mr. Castillejo made his way first to Copenhagen and then to London in 2002. He was found to have H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, in 2003.

“I do recall when the person told me and the panic set in,” he said. At the time, an H.I.V. diagnosis was often seen as a death sentence, and Mr. Castillejo was only 23. “It was a very terrifying and traumatic experience to go through.”

Mr. Castillejo’s decade-long journey to the cure has been arduous and agonizing. “I was struggling mentally,” he said. “I try to look at the bright side, but the brightness was fading.”Credit…Andrew Testa for The New York Times

With the support of his partner at the time, Mr. Castillejo persevered. He turned the passion for cooking he had inherited from his grandmother into a job as a sous chef at a fashionable fusion restaurant. He adopted an unfailingly healthy lifestyle: He ate well, exercised often, went cycling, running and swimming.

Then, in 2011, came the second blow. Mr. Castillejo was in New York City, visiting friends and brunching on the Upper East Side, when a nurse from the clinic where he went for regular checkups called him. “Where are you?” she asked. When Mr. Castillejo told her, she would say only that they had some concerns about his health and that he should come in for more tests when he returned to London.

He had been experiencing fevers, and the tests showed that they were the result of a Stage 4 lymphoma. “I will never forget my reaction as once again my world changed forever,” he said. “Once again, another death sentence.”

Years of harsh chemotherapy followed. Mr. Castillejo’s H.I.V. status complicated matters. Each time his oncologists adjusted his cancer treatment, the infectious-disease doctors had to recalibrate his H.I.V. medications, said Dr. Simon Edwards, who acted as a liaison between the two teams.

There is little information about how to treat people with both diseases, and H.I.V.-positive people are not allowed to enter clinical trials. So with each new chemotherapy combination, Mr. Castillejo’s doctors were venturing further into uncharted territory, Dr. Edwards said.

For each treatment that seemed to work and then didn’t, Mr. Castillejo fell into a deeper low. He saw fellow patients at the clinic die and others get better, while he kept returning, his body weakening with each round.

“I was struggling mentally,” he said. “I try to look at the bright side, but the brightness was fading.”

In late 2014, the extreme physical and emotional toll of the past few years caught up to Mr. Castillejo, and two weeks before that Christmas he disappeared. His friends and family imagined the worst, and filed a missing person’s report. Mr. Castillejo turned up four days later outside London, with no memory of how he had ended up there or what he had done in the interim. He described it as “switching off” from his life.

Around that same time, he said, he felt so defeated that he also contemplated going to Dignitas, the Swiss company that helps terminally ill people take their own lives: “I felt powerless. I needed control, to end my life on my own terms.” He made it through that dark period, and emerged with a determination to spend whatever was left of his life fighting.

Still, in the spring of 2015, his doctors told him he would not live to see Christmas. A bone-marrow transplant from a donor is sometimes offered to people with lymphoma who have exhausted their other options, but Mr. Castillejo’s doctors did not have the expertise to try that, especially for someone with H.I.V.

His close friend, Peter, was not ready to give up, and together they searched online for alternatives. (Peter declined to reveal his last name because of privacy concerns.) They discovered that at a hospital in London was Dr. Ian Gabriel, an expert in bone-marrow transplants for treating cancer, including in people with H.I.V. Because of their last-ditch effort, Mr. Castillejo said, “We’re here today. You never, never know.”

Within a week, he met with Dr. Gabriel, who tried a third and final time to tap Mr. Castillejo’s own stem cells for a transplant. When that failed, Dr. Gabriel explained that Mr. Castillejo’s Latin background might complicate the search for a bone-marrow donor who matched the genetic profile of his immune system. To everyone’s surprise, however, Mr. Castillejo quickly matched with several donors, including a German one — perhaps a legacy from his half-Dutch father — who carried a crucial mutation called delta 32 that hinders H.I.V. infection. A transplant from this donor offered the tantalizing possibility of curing both Mr. Castillejo’s cancer and the H.I.V.

When Dr. Gabriel called with the news in the fall of 2015, Mr. Castillejo was on the top deck of one of London’s iconic red buses, on his way to see his general practitioner for a checkup. His thoughts raced alongside the scenery: He had only recently been told he was going to die, and now he was being told he might be cured of both cancer and H.I.V.


Mr. Castillejo still adamantly refers to himself as LP, not Adam. He is determined to live his private life to the fullest.Credit…Andrew Testa for The New York Times

“I was trying to digest what just happened,” he recalled. “But after that call, I had a big smile on my face. That’s where the journey began as LP.”

With the possibility of an H.I.V. cure, the case immediately took on intense importance for everyone involved. Dr. Edwards, who had cared for Mr. Castillejo since 2012, had, as a young doctor in the early 1990s, seen many men his age die of H.I.V. “What a privilege it would be to go from no therapy to a complete cure in my lifetime,” he recalled telling Mr. Castillejo. “So you have to get better — no pressure.”

Dr. Edwards involved Dr. Gupta, his former colleague and one of the few virologists in London he knew to be doing H.I.V. research. Dr. Gupta initially was skeptical; the approach had worked only once, 12 years earlier, with Mr. Brown. But Dr. Gupta also knew that the payoff could be huge. Antiretroviral drugs can suppress the virus to undetectable levels, but any interruption in the treatment can bring the virus roaring back, so a cure for H.I.V. is still the ultimate goal.

Dr. Gupta began carefully monitoring Mr. Castillejo’s H.I.V. status. In late 2015, Mr. Castillejo was preparing to receive the transplant when another major setback arose. His viral load shot back up with H.I.V. that appeared to be resistant to the drugs he had been taking.

This gave Dr. Gupta a rare glimpse at the typically suppressed virus, and allowed him to confirm that the viral strain was one that would be cleared by the transplant. But it also delayed the transplant by several months while the doctors adjusted Mr. Castillejo’s medications. He eventually received the transplant on May 13, 2016.

The next year was punishing. Mr. Castillejo spent months in the hospital. He lost nearly 70 pounds, contracted multiple infections and underwent several more operations. He had some hearing loss and began wearing a hearing aid. His doctors fretted over how to get his H.I.V. pills into his ulcer-filled mouth — by crushing and dissolving them, or by feeding them to him through a tube. “One of the doctors came to me and said to me, ‘You must be very special, because I have more than 40 doctors and clinicians discussing your medication,’” Mr. Castillejo recalled.


Dr. Simon Edwards, who had cared for Mr. Castillejo since 2012, served as a liaison between Mr. Castillejo’s oncology team and the infectious-disease doctors who managed his H.I.V. medications.Credit…Andrew Testa for The New York Times

Even after he left the hospital, the only exercise he initially was allowed to do was walking, so he walked for hours around the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood. He went to the flower market there every Sunday, treated himself to salted beef “beigels” to celebrate small successes and admired the colorful murals and vintage clothes.

A year on, as he became stronger, he slowly began thinking about forgoing the H.I.V. medications to see if he was rid of the virus. He took his last set of antiretroviral drugs in October 2017. Seventeen months later, in March 2019, Dr. Gupta announced the news of his cure.

Neither he nor Mr. Castillejo was prepared for what came next. Dr. Gupta found himself presenting the single case to a standing-room-only crowd at a conference, and shaking hands afterward with dozens of people. Mr. Castillejo was overwhelmed by the nearly 150 media requests to reveal his identity, and began to see a role he might play in raising awareness of cancer, bone-marrow transplants and H.I.V.

He has enrolled in several studies to help Dr. Gupta and others understand both diseases. So far, his body has shown no evidence of the virus apart from fragments the doctors call “fossils” and what seems to be a long-term biological memory of having once been infected.

Others in the H.I.V. community are reassured by this news, but expressed concern for Mr. Castillejo’s privacy and mental health.

“It can be very important for people to have these kinds of beacons of hope,” Mr. Jefferys, the Treatment Action Group director, said. “At the same time, that’s a lot of weight for someone to carry.”

Mr. Castillejo’s friends have similar worries. But he is as ready as he will ever be, he said. He sees LP as his “work” identity and is determined to live his private life to its fullest. Having lost his lustrous dark hair several times over, he has now grown it to shoulder length. He has always enjoyed adventures, and with careful preparation he has begun traveling again, describing himself to fellow travelers only as a cancer survivor. He celebrated his 40th birthday with a trip to Machu Picchu, in Peru.

But in conversations about his status as the second person ever to be cured of H.I.V., Mr. Castillejo still adamantly refers to himself as LP, not Adam. “When you call me LP, it calms me down,” he said. “LP to my name, that is kind of a big step.”

So far, Mr. Castillejo’s body has shown no evidence of H.I.V. apart from fragments the doctors call “fossils.”

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