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January 4 - 10, 2012

Turnberry Isle Miami lights up the holidays with young ‘super star’ singers

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oliday time is like no other at the elegant Turnberry Isle Miami as guests, members and the general public saw recently when a quartet of amazing young singers from American Heritage Senior High School performed. Group leader, 17 year-old Josh Grosso, was one of the AT&T YOUNG STARS SHOWCASE singers last year, a program produced by the Aventura Marketing Council that featured 11 spectacular young singers at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. A giant gingerbread house was on display... highlighting the beginning of a partnership with Turnberry Isle Miami and the Holtz Miami Children’s Hospital. Turnberry Isle’s Executive Pastry Chef Danny Malone and other team members visited the hospital recently and had the pleasure of working with 50 children, as they decorated gingerbread cookies. These cookies were then

incorporated into the final creation... a huge gingerbread house complete with furniture inside. The quartet, all 17 year-olds, consisted of Josh Grosso, Cassie Zepeda, Chandler Lovelle and Robbie Pomeroy, who truly kept the holiday bright as they sang for two hours, mesmerizing the audience with their voices, stage presence and professionalism while singing in English, Spanish and Italian. From traditional Christmas and Hanukkah songs to “The Prayer,” there was no doubt these youngsters were going to make a mark in the world of entertainment down the road. “We were so proud to invite our guests, members and the public to this event,” noted Douglas Hustad, Managing Director of Turnberry Isle Miami, “and we are looking forward to expanding this program next year.”

For details on Turnberry Isle Miami, call 305.932.6200 or visit turnberryislemiami.com.

ABOVE: Cassie Zepeda; Chandler Lovell; Robbie Pomeroy; Josh Grosso; Sandra and Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel • • • • • • • • • •

13-year old Jamie Adler from Jacksonville, Fl. wanted her photo with Josh” …because he’s going to be famous one day!”

6-yr. old Megan Adler with Josh Grosso

Turnberry Isle’s gingerbread house, made in cooperation with children from Holtz Miami Children’s Hospital, was on display.

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Around Town in Aventura Aventura Marketing Council’s Student Connection tours Sun Life Stadium Almost 100 at-risk students from the Aventura Marketing Council’s (AMC) Dade Partner schools recently had the opportunity to tour Sun Life Stadium thanks to Reginald Sperling from the stadium. They enjoyed a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the Club Level, Press Box, Scoreboard, Owner’s Suite, LIV Nightclub, the tunnel, the Marlins’ dugout and the Dolphins locker rooms. The Student Connection is a program of the Education Committee of the AMC, and was created over 20 years ago to answer the need to provide programming for students ‘at risk’ of dropping out of school. Today, the AMC’s ten Dade Partner schools are invited to participate in this program as well as other programs that help build the relationship between the business and educational communities. The AMC’s Dade Partner schools are: Aventura City of Excellence Schools (ACES); Aventura Waterways K – 8 Center; Ojus Elementary; Greynolds Park Elementary; David Lawrence, Jr., K – 8 Center; Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach Community K – 8 Center; Highland Oaks Middle; Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Sr. High; Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High and North Miami Beach Sr. High.

For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council, call 305.932.5334 or visit aventuramarketingcouncil.com

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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center alleviates Parkinson’s Tremors with leading edge surgical therapy

(Right) Dr. Kreger, demonstrates the use of deep brain stimulation on D.R. Trawick.

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For many patients with Parkinson’s Disease and essential tremors, simple motor skills can seem insurmountable, but new therapies provide much-needed relief from these physical impediments. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) is a surgical therapy involving the implantation of a pacemaker in the brain, which sends electrical impulses to specific areas responsible for loss of motor control. DBS is made of three components: an implanted generator, lead and an extension. The implanted generator is placed under the skin near the clavicle, while the extensions connect the power to the leads in the brain. The therapy has provided remarkable outcomes for patients with symptoms that are not managed with other, traditional therapies like medication. Unlike other surgical therapies, DBS is reversible. “DBS is a revolutionary surgical treatment for patients suffering from debilitating tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremors,” said Santiago Figuereo, M.D., neurological

surgeon at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. “When medication is not enough for advanced symptoms, or their adverse effects counteract their benefits, DBS not only provides relief but improves quality of life far beyond imagination. Coupled with the mental and emotional support of group classes, DBS is really having a positive effect in the lives of patients with Movement Disorders.” The DBS Support Group at Aventura Hospital offers patients considering the therapy with valuable information and resources. The support groups has hosted the premier physicians working with DBS and provided attendees with the opportunity to see the devise up close. One brave member allowed the group to see what his tremors were like with and without DBS.

For more information on the DBS Support Group at Aventura Hospital, visit AventuraHospital.com and click on “Classes and Events.” To schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, call 1-888-256-7692.

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New Year Resolution Suggestion

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING A new year encourages many people to make resolutions. It provides an opportunity for them to change, improve and enhance their life. Here is a suggestion for you and your life. Resolve that you will not just survive. You will actually thrive. There is a quote that says, “All of the animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.” Your life will go by regardless of how you live it. It can be difficult or delightful. Find your own special and unique ways to thrive and enjoy it. Clear up those inner conflicts that have been nagging you. Once you solve them you will be free to live with serenity, peace and joy. Life should not be an endurance test. Make a list of the things that will ignite your delight in living. Simple things and

obvious things can still have a powerful effect; Watch a sunrise or sunset, spend time with those you enjoy, spend time doing things you enjoy. You can also do something grand. You have to get to really know yourself before you can know what will really delight you. If you are not sure, then experiment. You can try things that you never tried before and you can try things that you might not think you will enjoy. You have to do at least one thing a day for your resolution to be truly effective. They say that you need 12 laughs a day to stay healthy. How are you going to do that? Think about the things that you can do to support your new resolution. Take some control. Make a plan to serve as a guideline for the positive changes you wish to make. The rest of your life can be the best of your life. Make your life not just good but great. It is only a short step from frustrating and frightening to fabulous. Stop striving and begin thriving. Don’t just endure, enjoy! Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Geriatric Fracture Program established at Memorial Regional Hospital South

Nearly one in four patients who suffer a hip fracture will die within a year. One in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will experience a fracture. More than 35,000 deaths occur annually from complications resulting from hip fractures. It’s statistics like these that compelled Memorial Regional Hospital South, in Hollywood, to establish a Geriatric Fracture Program, designed to improve the care of the fragile, elderly fracture patient. “Our focus is on ensuring that surgery is performed within 24 hours after the patients’ arrival to our emergency department,” explained Leslie Pollart, director of Nursing, Memorial Regional Hospital South. “Research shows that faster surgical intervention in the geriatric population results in better patient outcomes and shorter lengths of stay.” More than 50 percent of hip fractures in patients over 65 years old result in significant loss of independence and compromise overall quality of life. Pollart pointed out that with people living longer, osteoporosis and osteoporosis fractures is quickly becoming a public healthcare crisis. At Memorial Regional Hospital South, the Geriatric Fracture Program specializes in car-

Memorial Regional Hospital South –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ing for seniors who have broken a hip, knee, From the moment a patient arrives at the emerleg, ankle, foot, shoulder, arm, elbow or wrist. gency department, he or she will receive prior-

ity access through a streamlined admission process. If surgery is necessary, the program’s team takes over, preparing patients for their operation within 24 hours and scheduling the procedure with a highly-skilled orthopedic surgeon. Specialized geriatric post-surgical care in the Acute Care for the Elderly (A.C.E.) unit helps ensure that patients get everything they need to regain as much independence as possible, according to Pollart. “A multidisciplinary team geared to seniors, including geriatricians, nurses, pain management specialists and social workers, join forces to keep patients as comfortable as possible as they heal,” she said. By helping patients resume physical activity as soon as possible, the Geriatric Fracture Program minimizes the likelihood of complications such as blood clots. As a result, physical therapy usually begins as soon as the day after surgery. Occupational therapy is available as well, if needed. Memorial Regional Hospital South’s Rehabilitation Institute is onsite for those who need extended inpatient rehab services. For more information, visit memorialregionalsouth.com

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FDR, Eleanor and Lucy

Bob Diamond HISTORICALLY YOURS Eleanor Roosevelt grew up painfully shy with insecurities partially based upon her feeling that she was unattractive. At a Christmas party in 1898, Eleanor’s dreams came true. Tall and handsome Cousin Franklin chose Eleanor to dance with over the many beauties in the room. When questioned by his domineering mother Sara as to why he had selected Eleanor, Franklin said that he admired her “very good mind.” With their subsequent marriage, Eleanor defined herself solely in terms of Franklin’s needs. Sara oversaw everything the young couple did, while controlling Franklin’s purse strings. In 1913, Eleanor, now a housewife with five children, in need of assistance with her busy schedule, hired Lucy Mercer, an efficient, attractive, twenty one year old social secretary. Eleanor’s life took a shattering turn in September, 1918, while her husband was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during World War I. Eleanor, while unpacking

Franklin’s suitcase, discovered a packet of love letters from Lucy to Franklin. Eleanor admitted, “The bottom dropped out of my world.” Eleanor told Franklin that she would give him a divorce so that he could marry Lucy. Sara advised that she could not stop Franklin, however, she would disinherit him if he left his marriage for another woman, insisting it would bring scandal upon the Roosevelt name. She further advised that she would not give him another penny and he could no longer expect to inherit the family estate at Hyde Park. The marriage resumed, however, it was to be defined on Eleanor’s terms. She was no longer to be subjugated to Franklin. They had separate bedrooms. Franklin promised never to see Lucy again. Eleanor gradually gained confidence; she was now free to seek her own fulfillment. Franklin, while President, used Eleanor as his personal representative in national and international matters. A Gallop poll in March, 1945, as to their respective activities, rated Eleanor higher than Franklin. On April 12, 1945, First Lady Eleanor received a phone call to rush to Warm Springs, Georgia, where Franklin was dying from a cerebral hemorrhage. The Secret Service escorted Lucy from the premises before Eleanor arrived.

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FPL strengthens electrical infrastructure serving North Miami and North Miami Beach

Florida Power & Light Company is continuing its infrastructure-strengthening initiatives in the cities of North Miami and North Miami Beach and is on track to complete key improvements as part of its long-term reliability and storm preparedness plan. FPL has inspected approximately 1,010 utility poles, upgraded the main power line serving the City of North Miami Emergency Operations Center, cleared vegetation from approximately 70 miles of power lines and used advanced infrared technology to examine three main power lines in and near North Miami. In North Miami Beach, FPL will have upgraded the main power line serving the City of North Miami Beach Emergency Operations Center, inspected approximately 1,580 utility poles, cleared vegetation from approximately 35 miles of power lines and used advanced infrared technology to examine two main power lines. “We’re committed to delivering exceptional reliability while continuing to provide our customers with the lowest typical bill in the state,” said Aletha Player, FPL Area Manager, External Affairs. FPL customers can visit FPL.com/maps and enter their street address to see a detailed map

of improvements in their neighborhoods. This online tool reveals FPL’s system improvements and investments – including pole inspections, line clearing, power line strengthening and power line inspections – at the level of the individual power lines serving neighborhoods within North Miami and North Miami Beach. FPL’s overall service reliability continues to rank among the best in the nation, and the company has reduced the average number of power outages its customers experience by more than 30 percent over the past four years. For more information, visit FPL.com

Business owners and staff attend TAB’s Leadership Seminar and Workshop

Arnold Goldman ––––––––––––––––– This past December, 59 business leaders and their key executives attended the annual TAB (The Alternative Board) seminar and workshop at the Hillcrest Country Club in Hollywood. This year’s theme was leadership, change, and team building. The Seminar on Leadership and structure included group workshop and lunch. Arnold Goldman, President and CEO of The Alternative Board of South Broward, said “Since the event I have spoken to all of the participating business owners and asked for their biggest take a way. The answer “deligation!” Each felt in order to obtain their business and personal goals they would have to delegate

more responsibility to their staff. I reminded them that their company is as good as the people who are in it. Hire the right person and that person will be self motivated and prepared for the challenges they will face. This will cause change. How to successfully deal with that change and prosper is what separates the good companies from the great.”

The Alternative Board is a private membership organization consisting of business owners, Presidents and CEOs of privately held companies. For more information, call 305867-7770 or visit TAB-SouthBroward.com

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Ballet Etoile presents Carmen at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center

Ballet Etoile presents Carmen, a contemporary ballet drama, as part of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s Arts Access program on Thursday, Jan. 5 and Fri., January 6 at 8 p.m. This performance contains adult themes and parental guidance is suggested. This intimate, contemporary ballet choreographed Tomas Mazuch restores the original novella by Prosper Mérimée. The drama of Carmen will enchant the audience with its tragic telling of turbulent loves, uncontrolled passion, jealousy and bloodshed. The free, enigmatic nature of featured dancer Carmen traps soldier dragoon José in a fatal obsession. With each of her new lovers, Carmen leads José one step closer to utter marginalization and delinquency, including his vain attempts for vindication before falling to murderous rampage and darkness. Ultimately, his helpless love drives his hand to the naked knife for the last time. The performance is part of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s Arts Access Program, which provides technical and marketing support to local community groups enabling them to develop and build their audiences. Tickets are $28 with VIP seats available for $32. Student tickets are available for $25 and $29. Tickets, group discounts and scheduling information for all performances are available through the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s

box office at (877) 311-7469 or online at AventuraCenter.org. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 326-seat waterfront complex that hosts performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura and on Twitter @AventuraCenter. Vi at Aventura is a proud sponsor of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

January 4 - 10, 2012

Miami Jewish Health Systems’ Notables Luncheon benefited fight against Alzheimer’s and memory disorders

Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS), a leader in the treatment and clinical research for Alzheimer’s disease and Warren Henry Auto Group presented the Notables Opening Luncheon of the season. The event was held in December at the Porto Vita Villa Grande Club in Aventura, benefitting MJHS and the fight against Alzheimer’s and memory disorders. “Miami Jewish Health Systems is grateful to the Notables and Warren Henry Auto Group for making this event possible. Their support helps us continue to fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said Jeffrey P. Freimark, President and Chief Executive Officer of MJHS. “Nearly 5.3 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s. The funds raised through the Notables Lunch will help support Miami Jewish Health Systems’ clinical research and help individuals and their families deal with the challenges of living with Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.” Dr. Marc Agronin, national expert in the field of Alzheimer’s and Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research at MJHS, was the keynote speaker. He presented on “Alzheimer’s: The New Frontier.” The Notables luncheon also featured music by New World School, silent auctions, raffles and much more. For information about this event and becoming a Notable at MJHS, please contact Beth Rubin at 305.514.8623 or BRubin@mjhha.org.

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Heal in ‘no time’ with timeless physical therapy techniques Alain Mounoury, the French Physical Therapist, in Aventura

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Dr. David Muransky, chiropractor, director of reality is, “Anyone with a spine needs chiroAventura Chiropractic Care Center in the practic care, since everyone with a spine has Promenade Shops in Aventura has been practic- misalignments called subluxations, says Dr. ing for over 33 years. Dr. Muransky believes Muransky. “Not everyone has pain indicating that they anyone who has a spine should be under chiroshould go to a doctor but, I can practic care. After all, who doesfind subluxations on anyone,” n’t need better flexibility, circusays Dr. Muransky. If you put lation or a functioning nervous your telephone under your neck, system? sit at a computer too long, play Gray’s anatomy, not the telegolf, lift groceries, fall asleep on vision show but rather one of the the couch, carry babies or even top anatomical reference books back your car out of the driveway used in med schools, as well as with your head turned, then you chiropractic colleges, states that have subluxations. the nervous system controls and 80 million people have coordinates all organs and strucheadaches, neck pain, back pain, tures of the human body. The asthma and allergies among other spinal column protects and surthings that the public doesn’t rounds the spinal cord and the realize a chiropractor can help openings on the side of the verteDr. David Muransky with. Why not let your nerves brae allowing nerve roots to pass –––––––––––––––––– function 100% at all levels?! out from the spine to all parts of the body. Research has shown that nerves do a better For more information, call Dr. Muransky at job when they’re functionality is at 100%. The 305-937-3700.

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Community to ‘Come Together’ in fight against hunger, Jan. 12 BY DURÉE ROSS

Members of the South Florida community are invited to join the fight against hunger and attend Feeding South Florida’s (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) “Come Together” evening event on Jan. 12, 2012. 7-10 p.m., at The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 NW 27 St. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Feeding South Florida is hosting the soiree that will feature food, spirits, incredible artwork, live entertainment, some of South Florida’s top chefs, and more. Proceeds/sponsorships will benefit Feeding South Florida, a notfor-profit organization that feeds South Florida’s hungry in order to improve their lives. Individuals and corporations are Feeding South Florida’s main sources of financial support. For every dollar donated, seven lifesaving pounds of food and grocery items are provided. Event sponsorships are available ranging from $25,000 (175,000 pounds sponsor) to $1,000 (7,000 pounds sponsor). Additional packages and sponsorship opportunities may be tailored to specific individual, corporate and community objectives. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Any and all donations are welcomed and needed. Attendees should dress for the “Come Together” event however they feel comfortable — from jeans to tuxedos. “Come Together” event chairs are Maria R. Millares, president of the board of directors for Feeding South Florida; Chef Allen Susser, one of South Florida’s top chefs, and Terry Zarikian of China Grill Management and New York’s City Harvest.

Current event sponsors are JM Family and Millares & Company; in-kind sponsors are The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, VSBrooks Advertising, Panache Party Rentals, Le Basque, Bacardi, Southern Wine & Spirits and Shutter Box Photo Booth. Also participating in “Come Together” are some of the South Florida’s top restaurants including China Grill, Asia de Cuba, Egg & Dart, City Hall, Mercadito, Ortanique on the Mile, Chef Allen, D Rodriguez Cuba on Ocean, Scarpetta, The Forge, La Palme D’Or Restaurant at the Biltmore, Makoto, 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach and Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering. Feeding South Florida’s mission is to feed South Florida’s hungry in order to improve their lives. It does this by distributing food and groceries through its network of not-for-profit organizations, educating the public about the issue, and engaging our community in the fight to end hunger. In South Florida alone, 936,000 individuals are food insecure; 36 percent of those served are children. Feeding South Florida provides approximately 29 million pounds of food annually to over 700 agencies throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. Recently, Feeding South Florida’s agencies are reporting a 39 percent increase in the demand for food services, due to the current economic climate. Individual tickets are $125 per person. RSVP are required. To RSVP and/or for sponsorship information, contact Jessica Diaz at 1-954-518-1839 or send email to <Jdiaz@feedingsouthflorida.org> or visit <www.feedingsouthflorida.org>.

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JCS’ Masada Home Care helps Regina Friedman stay positive WHEN YOU’RE SMILING Greeting a visitor at the door of her sparkling Sunny Isles Beach apartment, Regina Friedman is the epitome of the gracious hostess. A warm welcome is followed by an introduction to Denise Pierre, her part-time companion from Masada Home Care, an independent agency affiliated with Jewish Community Services (JCS). As Regina talks about the difference JCS’ programs – Masada Home Care, JCS Clean Sweep and Holocaust Survivor Support Services — have made in her life, it’s obvious this is a uniquely positive person. Bubbly and energetic, she peppers her conversation with phrases like “It’s not enough to be blessed. You have to know you are blessed.” BEHIND THE SMILE But as you delve deeper into Regina’s life story, a harsh picture of unimaginable suffering emerges, albeit reluctantly. She doesn’t like to talk about the past. Born in Poland 86 years ago, Regina was just 14 when she, her parents and two sisters were split up and sent to the concen-

Regina Friedman with Masada Home Care CNA Denise Pierre

tration camps. Regina and her younger sister went to Auschwitz, which they miraculously survived. The rest of her family perished under the Nazis. After being liberated in 1945, Regina went to a displaced persons camp in Germany where she met her future hus-

band, Manuel, also a Polish survivor of the Holocaust. They married in 1946 and emigrated to New York City in 1950. JCS STEPS IN TO HELP Settling in the Bronx, Regina and Manuel found low-paying jobs. In 1998,

following a lifetime of hard work and after watching their two children graduate from college and launch professional careers, Regina and her husband retired and moved to Sunny Isles Beach. Nine years ago, as her husband’s health began to fail and she became frail, Regina realized she needed assistance and heard about JCS. “I called and they sent me Denise, who has been with me ever since,” Regina says. Denise cared lovingly for Manuel until he passed away in 2006 and does a little bit of everything for Regina. “The help I get from JCS is life saving,” Regina says as she pats Denise’s hand. It’s obvious these two women have a very close relationship. Just as it’s obvious that Regina’s faith has helped her overcome tragedies that could have destroyed a less spirited person. “I consider myself lucky,” Regina says. “HaShem is always there to help me.”

If you know someone like Regina who could benefit from JCS’ comprehensive array of social services and health-related programs, contact JCS Access at 305.576.6550 or visit jcsfl.org

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New year, new you thanks to North Beach Vascular & Aesthetics

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The City of Aventura will be offering Boys Soccer January – February, 2012. This program is available for boys ages 4 – 14. Practice and games for boys 6 and under will be held at Founders Park located at 3105 NE 190 Street. Practice and games for boys 14 and under will be held at Waterways Park located at 3301 NE 213 Street. The cost for residents is $110 and $132 for non–residents. Registration is open and can be completed at the Aventura Community Recreation Center, Waterways Park, Founders Park, or online at cityofaventura.com. For more information about the City of Aventura Boys Soccer League, contact 305-4668008. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2012 AVENTURA LITTLE LEAGUE SEASON

The Aventura Little League 2012 opening day is scheduled for Sunday, Mar. 18, 2012! Registration is now open for boys and girls ages 4-14. This includes softball, T-Ball, and Little League Baseball. The cost for residents is $130. Non-resident registration is $156, provided they participated in the 2010 season. Proof of Aventura residency and a copy of the child’s birth certificate are required at the time of registration. Acceptable proof of residency is: a valid Florida driver’s license, utility bill, deed or lease, school records or voter registration. All participants must be four years old by February 27, 2012. Little League International and the City of Aventura are committed to the safety and well being of all players. Little League also assists youth in developing qualities such as citizenship, discipline, teamwork and physical well-being. For more information regarding the Aventura Little League, call 305-466-8008 or visit cityofaventura.com.

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2012 Scion iQ is a big idea in a small package Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS

The new Scion iQ is the latest vehicle to join the growing list of micro-subcompacts that many auto manufacturers are offering American consumers. Measuring just 10 feet in length and with the capability of seating four people, Scion is billing the iQ as the world’s smallest fourseat vehicle. The iQ is a three-door hatchback with a geometric shape and it should give the Smart Car a run for its money. It has a strong, high beltline that runs from the large headlights, up the A-pillar and across the roof to wrap around the rear. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals accent the geometric design. The iQ is billed as a premium micro-subcompact and it is intelligently designed, with six engineering innovations basically responsible for its ability to be small in size, but large in capability. They are: • A compact front-mounted differential; • A high-mount steering rack with electronic power-steering;

• A compact air-conditioning unit; • A flat gas tank housed beneath the floor; • Slim-back front seats that optimize rear legroom, and • A 3+1 offset seating arrangement that allows one adult to sit behind the front passenger and a child or small package behind the driver. The iQ has a 78.7-inch wheelbase and a unique suspension design of MacPherson struts up front and a compact torsion beam in the rear. The combination allows the little car to maneuver through city traffic much easier than a larger vehicle. The overall length of just 120.1-inches and short front and rear overhangs allows the iQ to slip into virtually any urban parking space. At the same time, the iQ has a wide track of 66.1 inches for solid handling, much like a larger sports car. The 2012 iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 94 hp and 89 pounds-feet of torque. It also has the latest dual VVT-i, allowing the engine to operate efficiently and deliver a broader powerband, yet requiring less fuel and generating fewer emissions. The engine is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for smooth acceleration and excellent fuel efficiency of 37 mpg. The iQ comes standard with safety features that consumers expect and demand. It has 11

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standard airbags, including the world’s first rear-window airbag, along with driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger seat-mounted side airbags; side curtain airbags; driver and front passenger knee airbags, and (a Scion first) driver and front passenger seat-cushion airbags. All iQs have the Star Safety System, which includes anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRAC),

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Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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Keep fitness resolutions with trainer Lynn Roden BY BARI AUERBACH

Just ask personal trainer Lynn Roden what she finds most rewarding about her commitment to fitness and although achieving top placements in the most challenging endurance competitions could top the list – she’ll sincerely answer: “I find it most rewarding to help people realize ‘It’s never too late to be what you might have been!’ – especially if you’re ready to keep a fitness-oriented resolution!” Looking at Lynn it’s hard to tell she wasn’t always in such optimal shape – so fit she’s now able to excel in marathons, triathlons and obstacle course races. “Having had a desk job for many years, one day I realized I wasn’t in the physical shape I wanted to be in,” she explains. “I worked hard to make the time to come to the gym and hired a personal trainer...I’ll never forget the first time I climbed a flight of stairs and wasn’t winded. It was a very empowering feeling that changed my life.” Since 2008, Lynn has been a personal trainer at Olympia Gym in Aventura, helping clients of all ages and fitness levels who adamantly agree she’s “Motivating, inspirational, caring, quirky, positive, passionate, intense and energetic!” “Specializing in ‘FUNctional’ training, cross-training, weight lifting and core work (for better balance and injury prevention), my personal training style is geared toward real life activities,” Lynn says. “Utilizing compound muscle movement can simulate how multiple body parts are engaged in every-day life activities – and ensuring the training sessions are diverse and fun is also a great way to keep motivation high and relieve stress.” When she’s not in the gym training, many of the competitions Lynn enters are geared towards heightening awareness about Parkinson’s disease. Lynn and her husband Roy Roden, an Olympia manager, have helped raise thousands for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the University of Miami Miller School of

Medicine Parkinson’s Program by coordinating fitness benefits at Olympia Gym. “Roy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s shortly after we married,” Lynn said. “Watching his resolve with his own battle has also given me additional motivation.” Lynn always encourages her clients to “try something new” and many have started participating in biking tours and obstacle-type competitions. “I’m living proof that anything can be accomplished with the right training and attitude,” she says. Lynn is now inviting fitness enthusiasts to join in the Feb. 25 eight-mile obstacle course Spartan Race. “Last year, I took clients with me and some weren’t in prime condition,” she recalls. “But everyone crossed the finish line. It was a powerful experience and one I’m very proud to have been able to share. “Most people come in looking to become stronger physically - but leave being stronger mentally as well. Discovering how far you can push yourself to overcome anything life may throw your way is most inspiring. A strong mind can give you the resolve to make healthier choices in fitness and nutrition - and a strong outlook can carry you through when tough times come along.” Whether you’d like to lose a lot or just a little weight…If you’re ready to get in better shape or would like to push the limits and be “competition ready”- resolve to contact Lynn Roden today. For more information, phone: 305-932-3500.

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Miami Marine Stadium to be reborn hundreds of boats-would surround the stage to create one of the most unique entertaintment environments to be found anywhere. Performers at the Marine Stadium included The Who, Ray Charles, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, Jimmy Buffett, and many more. The Stadium was shuttered after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 (it was never damaged) and has set vacant ever since.

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Once destined for the wrecking ball, the legendary Miami Marine Stadium is now on a path to restoration. Visitors and residents alike may have access to what may be the greatest outdoor entertainment venue in tn the United States. Friends of Miami Marine Stadium (www.marinestadium.org), a not for profit organization will be presenting shortly to the City of Miami a plan to restore the Stadium.

THE PAST The Miami Marine Stadiumis a 6,500 seat grandstand, was built in 1963 and located on Virginia Key. It is an iconic Landmark which sits is part of the Marine Stadium Basin which was designed for boat racing and dredged out at when the Stadium was built. The stadium was designed by architect Hilario Candela, a young, 28 year old, Cuban architect, educated at Georgia Tech. The initial cost of the Stadium and Basin, was $2 million. When it was built, the origami like folded plate roof was the largest span of cantilevered concrete in the world. During its years of operation (1963-1992), the Stadium hosted many events such as powerboat races, symphony and rock con-

certs, Easter services, presidential appearances, talk shows and countless numbers of community events. Performers would play on a floating stage anchored just a few feet from the Marine Stadium. Dozens—sometimes

THE PRESENT In 2008, The Friends of Miami Marine Stadium was organized to actively promote retention and restoration of this remarkable building. Since that time, much progress has been made. In October of 2008, the Miami Marine Stadium was designated historic by the City’s Historic Preservation Board. The City’s Master Plan for Virginia Key, approved in July of 2010 makes the Marine Stadium one of the key components of the

plan. The Stadium is also a key priority for Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Meanwhile, the Stadium has generated significant national interest. The Marine Stadium was named to the National Trust For Historic Preservation’s “11 Most Endangered List” (2009) and the World Monuments Fund Watch List (2010). Jimmy Buffett cut a video endorsement and the Miami Herald has written six editorials in support of restoration.

THE FUTURE Given the challenging economic situation for government, Friends of Miami Marine Stadium is committed to restore and operate the Stadium without any funding from the City of Miami. The estimated $30 million restora-

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tion cost will be funded through the sale of Historic Tax credits, $3 million from a Historic Preservation Bond fund of Miami Dade County, and a capital campaign. Plans are now being prepared to present to the City of Miami. The Miami Marine Stadium will be a tremendous asset to Miami-a wonderful amenity for residents and an economic generator capable of hosting one of a kind events and spectacles. To learn more and join the email list, go to the website www.marinestadium.org

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Max Miller: Final Mourner’s Kaddish – 333 Days in Painting Opens January 31, 2012 Jewish tradition of memorializing a parent, Miller came to learn a great deal about his

BY JO ANN ARNOWITZ

After the death of his father, Murray A. Miller, artist Max Miller chose to undertake the custom of saying Kaddish,

Beth Jacob Miami Beach, FL watercolor, 2005

Cuban Hebrew Congregation Miami Beach, FL watercolor 2005

the Jewish prayer of mourning. This prayer, exalting the name of God, is recited in the presence of a congregation daily for eleven months. MMiller, who grew up Orthodox with Yiddish as his first language said, “The Kaddish provided me with time to grieve and reflect on spiritual aspects of life and death, and because of this I felt compelled to create images that captured my response to what I was experiencing.” MThe artist’s grief provided the inspiration for a vivid, moving and cathartic account of his experience of honoring his father through the daily recitation of the Kaddish. As an historic record and for personal reasons, Miller created a watercolor of each the synagogues he visited during the 333 days of saying Kaddish in New York, Vermont, Ohio and Florida (including Congregation Beth Jacob that is now JMOF). The 50 vibrant watercolors, considered by the artist to be a coherent unit, are painted on paper. As a whole, the

collection suggests the diversity of the social and religious settings that Miller frequented, as well as the breadth of personal transformation and learning he experienced over the course of those eleven months. Though the form varies, humanity’s expression of mourning transcends time, society, and culture. The extraordinary body of work that ensued is an intimate document of Miller’s faith, observance and the Jewish community. The ultimate unity of the Jewish people is found in these remarkable works. Each image is distinct in its orientation, composition and focus. Depictions range from exterior to interior, from human to architectural portraits, from limited to wide-ranging color schemes. The richness of his color and line inscribes the vitality of faith and continuance of ritual and tradition. The exhibition also includes a stunning portrait of Miller’s father, against a silver leaf background, an image of iconic and descriptive power that sets the tone for the show. Accompanying the images are the artist’s commentaries, based on his thoughts, feelings and experiences with those he met during this pursuit. While honoring the

Kehilath Jeshurun Upper East Side, New York City watercolor, 2005

father and their shared heritage. Though the daily ritual of saying Kaddish has formally ended for Miller, bringing this project to fruition provides an opportunity for those within the Jewish community, and for those in other communities, of all ages, to witness and honor the tradition of the Mourner’s Kaddish, and to reflect on their own humanity and spiritual journeys. The exhibit will be on display through May 13, 2012.

ABOUT THE ARTIST Max Miller is known for his abstract paintings that embrace color and line, as well as his figurative paintings of human and animal subjects. He has had exhibitions in New York City and throughout the East Coast. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Yale University. He has been awarded numerous fellowships, including a New York Foundation for the Arts, Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts and two Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM The Jewish Museum of Florida is housed in two adjacent lovingly restored historic buildings on South Beach that were once synagogues for Miami Beach’s first Jewish congregation. The Museum’s focal point is its core exhibit MOSAIC: Jewish Life in Florida - 1763 to the Present. History and art exhibits change periodically. Current exhibits on display are: Wooden Synagogues of Poland and the Florida Connection through March 18, 2012 and Rabbi Irving Lehrman: His Life & Art through January 15, 2012. A Collections & Research Center, several films, Timeline Wall of Jewish history, Museum Store filled with unique items and Bessie’s Bistro complete the experience for visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Museum is located at 301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach 33139, and is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Mondays, Civil and Jewish holidays. Admission: Adults/$6; Seniors/$5; Families/$12; Members and children under 6/Always Free; Saturdays/Free. For information: 305-672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.

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Resolve to Move Forward - Your Decisions Will Give You (and yours) Peace of Mind BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. My husband and I have lived in our home for over 45 years. We’re both in our mid-80s and have been discussing the option of moving to a senior living community for the last several months. It’s been years since we’ve made such a significant life change. How do we know when the time is right to move? A. Older adults who have lived in their homes for decades are especially hesitant to move to a senior living community as even the thought of a change, and of being in a new environment, seems overwhelming and to some even terrifying. You probably have asked yourself: “Why do I really need all this commotion?”. Well, the true answer is: For your peace of mind! For the peace of mind of your children. For the peace of mind of your husband. And there has never been a more ideal time to resolve to move forward with such a decision. It’s a new year; why not start this year with the peace of mind that a new, comfortable and carefree lifestyle can give you? Senior living communities can provide the perfect balance between the desired peace of mind for the future (and even for the present) while giving you the opportunity to continue to be engaged in your personal lives, interests and lifestyles. Look at the potential move as an opportunity for a new beginning. The beginning of a new lifestyle, without the hassles of the day-today duties and chores, where both you and your husband will find that now you have time to spend each day as you wish. Often, seniors incorrectly believe that a move to a senior living community means giving up their independence. It’s quite the opposite. Once seniors move to such a community, they find that their horizon is expanded and life can be enjoyed more than before—not less. For example, at our independent living community, The Palace Suites, resident Marjorie Bonien has traded in the hassles of coordinating and scheduling lawn maintenance and delivery men for the luxury of being able to plan her day around her own interests. She recently devoted her Saturdays to creating and designing holiday cards for the military, veterans and their families. Mrs. Bonien’s story is typical of residents at senior living communities. As one resident pointed out, “moving to a senior living community doesn’t mean we’ve left the mainstream of life”. Most communities have a full-time Social & Entertainment Director on staff whose main focus is to create enriching and rewarding opportunities for cultural, educational, spiritu-

al, physical and mental growth and development. From volunteering at hospitals or a local school to outings, to theatrical productions, senior living communities usually open a new world of possibilities for their residents. Ask any resident at a senior living community and you’ll inevitably hear that they wished they’d made the move sooner. In addition to not having to worry about home maintenance, they no longer are concerned about grocery shopping, meal preparation, house cleaning, general repairs, transportation and safety. Senior living communities also make sense financially. Most offer an all-inclusive monthly fee (at least two meals a day, a clinic, entertainment, housekeeping, utilities, etc.). Our website, www.ThePalace.org, offers a simple ‘Compare the Value’ checklist which can be used to assess the costs of home ownership vs. living at The Palace. For seniors who think they are too healthy for a move to a senior living community, think again! With activities such as college-level courses provided by the local universities, social media tutorials (Twitter and Facebook) and Olympic-styled competitions, seniors across the country are enjoying active lifestyles every day. Besides, you’ve planned ahead your whole life. Why not make the decision now, while it’s still yours to make? Don’t wait until you or your husband is threatened by a health crisis which can lead to rash decisions. Do it today, while you’re able to select the community that best suits your needs. Moving at any age can be a significant life change. But, it’s important to weigh the advantages and benefits provided by a senior living community. Begin embracing the possibilities of a new life in a new environment with new friends. The New Year is the perfect time to move forward with such a decision! Make it this year’s New Year Resolution!

Helen Shaham and her husband, Jacob, have been operating Senior Living Communities for more than 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two latest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over and Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. Currently under construction is The Palace at Coral Gables, which is now taking reservations at the Information Center located at 16 Miracle Mile. See it at www.PalaceCoralGables.com. The Palace at Weston Senior Living, an independent, assisted and memory support community, is the next in line. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at www.ThePalace.org.

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