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An Open Letter to New York City Parents New York City is losing its teachers.

More than 66,000 have either resigned or retired since Mayor Bloomberg took control of the schools. Teachers leave one of the toughest jobs in New York City for a variety of personal and professional reasons, but the most common single reason is a lack of support from supervisors and the Department of Education. Teaching is a craft that is acquired over time, and teachers desperately want to improve their skills. That is why the United Federation of Teachers led the campaign to create a better teacher evaluation system, one that put a priority on helping all teachers do their job better. The UFT’s role was critical in creating the new system, and in going to Washington, D.C. to help get federal funds for it through the Race to the Top program. Starting last spring, many of our members with expertise in evaluation worked for months on the state subcommittees designing the new system. We have been trying to work with the Bloomberg administration to iron out the final details of the new system, but the administration has refused to engage in meaningful talks about teacher and principal improvement. Instead it has focused on ensuring that administrators have unlimited power over their employees. If we agree, it will mean that supervisors’ decisions can never be properly reviewed, much less overturned. This would be true even if their negative rating of a teacher or a principal can be proven to be the result of their refusal to inappropriately change a student’s grade or to give students credit for courses they have not properly completed. Make no mistake about it. The administration has put tremendous pressure on principals to make their schools appear to be successful. But any claims of success ring hollow in the light of national tests that show very limited student progress for the system as a whole, and state measures that show that while the high school graduation rate is increasing, the number of graduates ready for college is only about one in five.

The sad truth is that Mayor Bloomberg’s “reform” agenda — raising class size across the system; closing schools and “warehousing” the neediest students; pushing art and music out of the schools to make room for more test prep; turning a deaf ear to parents’ concerns; and appointing a completely unqualified publishing executive to be Chancellor — hasn’t made our schools better. A real teacher evaluation system that helps all teachers improve while providing checks and balances is a critical step toward stopping the hemorrhaging of our teaching force and making our schools more effective. At the same time it would help ensure that teachers who cannot succeed in the classroom leave the profession. We have an open offer to the administration to continue our negotiations on this issue, or even to take it to binding arbitration. It’s time the administration sat down with teachers and principals to come up with an agenda that will actually help our children learn. Sincerely, Michael Mulgrew President United Federation of Teachers Resident

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ention of Rosanna Scotto’s name conjures smiles on the faces of viewers. For over two decades, Ms. Scotto has been a fixture of broadcast news. In our exclusive interview, Rosanna tells New York Resident how she made it, what it means to be a New Yorker and how she balances work, home and her family’s famous restaurant. Having graciously invited us into her Fox 5 office which she shares with Ernie Anastos, Ms. Scotto got down to business answering our questions with wit, charm and poise.

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New York Resident (NYR): I’d just like to start by thanking you for this opportunity; and as an Italian-American myself; it is wonderful to see such a strong Italian woman on television every morning. Rosanna Scotto (RS): Thank you. Not too strong, I hope! Women have to walk a very precarious line, you have to be strong, but not too strong – sometimes knowing me, I go over the line, but that’s what makes the show great! NYR: The name of our magazine is NY Resident. In that vein, what about you makes you a New Yorker? RS: I was born in Brooklyn, was raised their and eventually moved into the “city”. But I think it’s the attitude that makes you a New Yorker; and it’s engrained in you – you can survive and brush off anything. You’re not that impressed if you’re walking next to Brad Pitt – who cares? And then you quote Larry David. On an episode of his, he talked about “up streaming” other people in trying to catch a cab. The other day, this is a true story, I’m looking for a taxi and I look over to my right and there is the actress Christine Lahti, who is also looking for a cab, and she was Resident February 2012

there before me – I saw her as I was walking down the block. So, I said: “oh jeez, what am

I going to do? I’ll be up streaming”. Anyway, she sees me and crosses the street and walks

David and said: “no up streaming allowed”. I was only kidding, but she didn’t get it and yelled back: “I’m not up streaming”!! I felt bad afterwards and was looking for her on Twitter to let her know I was only joking. I think that incident illustrates what it means to be a true New Yorker. And then of course I have the Brooklyn accent, which I still have a little and it comes out when I’m tired. NYR: Was it hard to get rid of the accent? RS: Well, yes. All my employers sent me to a speech coach, to try to lose the accent. I guess I cleaned it up a bit, but it’s still there. Finally, at one point, they realized that’s what separates me from everyone else. I’m in the New York market, why are you really trying to get rid of it? NYR: What section of the city do you live, what do you like most about it and why are you there? RS: I am a resident of the Upper East Side and I remember your magazine; I remember when it was a newspaper. Now you’re all fancy, schmancy. I’m on the Upper East Side for two reasons. First, the kids went to school on the UES

and second, I work here. I always worked unusual hours. Whether I worked the night shift which was from 3pm to 10pm or now I’m here at 5am – I always wanted to be close to work so that I could get back and forth to the house for the kids or their schools. NYR: The kids are a little older now? RS: graduated college – she’s ready to move out a senior in high school. NYR: So you’ll have empty nest syndrome? RS: Yes, we’ll have empty nest syndrome, but we have a dog. NYR: What kind of dog? RS: She’s a cockapoo. She’s very sweet. kids always say he loves the dog more than he loves them. I don’t think it’s true, but it comes close. Her name is LuLu, named after the two men of my life, my husband and my son – both named Lou. NYR: Can you tell us some of the encouraging remarks or comments you’ve heard from New Yorkers? RS: I have to say, I’m so fortunate. People

always say the nicest things; and people appreciate that I am a born and bred New Yorker who tries to bring my experience, but also the fact that I am vested in this community every day. I am basically their representative on Fox 5. I am their community activist on TV. I always get positive reinforcement. NYR: How do you give back to New York? RS: Yes, one of them I’ve actually been with for probably over twenty years. I started when I was still living in Brooklyn. The name of the organization is Heart Share Human Services and they deal with everything from autistic kids to foster kids to young adults who have learning challenges. I am now serving on their board, but I started get awareness out on their good works and trying to help them raise money so they can continue to do the good that they are doing. Stars. It’s a great organization. They started in California and now have outposts in our area. Basically, it gives kids a place to go after

happen between 3pm and 6pm before many parents get home. This organization not only helps kids focus in and help them with their homework, but they also do sports and they learn respect. It really is a wonderful organization. NYR: You are quite well known for your fabulous parties in the Hamptons, do you do anything like that in the city? RS: No, I don’t too many in the city. I throw most in the Hamptons because I love the barbecue and there is space. Out there and I love making the sides and a great big pasta – you can make it room temperature. It’s really easy, casual and fun. In the city –it’s too much – you have to have help. I feel it’s too formal. NYR: You come from a well-respected restaurateur family, how has that shaped you? How involved in Fresco by Scotto are you? Is it day to day or bigger picture? RS: brothers were in California, they had a place

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college and I moved to Atlanta and took a low paying job. This is a funny story, when I was in college; I wanted to break into the business and there was a woman who was on WABC 7, who was THE person in broadcast news, it was Rose Ann Scamardella, the original ‘Roseanne Roseannadanna’ (from Saturday Night Live). She was friends with my family, a Brooklyn girl; her name was similar and I wanted to follow in her footsteps. And I asked her: “How do I break into the business”? She said: well I really didn’t go about it like everyone did. Come into the station and I’ll introduce you to someone who did it the way most people do”. The person was Ernie Anastos, and Ernie said you have to start small; go to a non-union shop; make your mistakes and make your way back to New York. That’s exactly what I did and I worked my with Regis Philbin, when he started here in New York, I was his segment producer and then once a week I was doing family reports for the show. Subsequently, I begged the Eyewitness News News Director to put me on the news on the weekends when someone

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soaring above and the occasional lightning that streaked across the sky on the horizon. It was enchanting, and I didn’t want it to end. The sun was shining again by the time we were done, and we jumped in the refreshing waters for a swim to the shore, and onwards with our day, with memories lasting a lifetime. Back at the Tradewinds Lounge, I devoured a savory sandwich and salad, and topped it off with a melt-in-yourmouth caramel cheesecake before my next adventure. With constant trade winds, shallow waters and gentle waves, Palm Beach is ideal for all types of activities from before visiting Aruba. I feared that I might get swept away out to sea where no one ease. So I signed up for an afternoon class at Vela Windsurf and Kitesurf Center near the resort. With shaky knees and a heart beating faster, I managed to stand on the board, face my fears, and pull the sail up. Within a half hour I was sailing, navigating the board over emerald blue waters, feeling free as a bird, and getting a few strange looks from the pelican perched on an anchored boat each

time I fell. My instructor was right there, guiding me, and taking pictures to capture moments I’ll remember for a long time.

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Overlooking the ocean, La Vista, one of the seven restaurants on site at the Aruba Marriott, offers incredible views. Palm trees and small thatched beach palapas dot the landscape and guests sunbathe on lounge chairs. Sitting with my book in the outdoor patio, I took in the views while enjoying a piña colada.

The sun was just setting after the massage, and a pink and orange hued sky greeted me as I made my way between the palm

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feet from the water at Simply Fish. The theme of this outdoor restaurant at the Marriott known for its delicious sea food and incredible sunset views is no footwear. Guests are kindly reminded to let their toes wiggle in the sand. After a few hours of feasting on fresh sea food, drinking mango martinis, and enjoying breathtaking views, I was simply in awe of Simply Fish. And after a long weekend of relaxation, a luxurious setting, I never felt more like a winner.

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Mexico has always been one of my favorite destinations; the diversity of the people and landscape to its history and unique cuisine, every visit has been awe-inspiring and educational. While there are many well-known tourist spots here: Riviera Maya, Cancun and Cabo, I thought I’d search for new piece of paradise in the country. So, when I was invited to attend a gourmet food festival in Nayarit, on the Pacific coast just north of Puerto Vallarta, I hopped on a plane faster than you could say “tequila.” Nayarit has quickly become the new hot spot in a country for golfing and 5-star resort accommodations. Named by the government in March 2007, The “Riviera Nayarit,” this 100-mile strip of pristine beach stretches just north of Puerto Vallarta up to the historic town of San Blas. The Pacific Ocean and Bay of Banderas lie to the west and the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range to the east. The origins of Nayarit are found in the indigenous ethnic groups of the Cora and Huichol Indians who settled in the Sierra Madre; to this day preserving their rich culture and ancient beliefs through their unique beaded artwork. Nayarit has everything to offer…history, culture, traditions, stunning beaches, dense jungles and ecotourism. Resident

First Page (Top to bottom): Rooftop lounge at the Imanta Resort Local fishing boat on the Bahia de Banderas Overview of the Grand Velas All-Inclusive resort Where the Jungle meets the Pacific Ocean in Nayarit Second page: Beach cove at the Imanta Resort

Rooms with a View Accommodations range from family all-inclusive resorts to romantic hideaways. My seven-day stay allowed me to sample a few of these resorts and tour through some of the intimate retreats. The recently opened Marival Residences and World Spa could not have been a more perfect spot to start my journey through the region. Their 2-bedroom, ocean-view residence was all things luxury, upstaged only by the rooftop private plunge pool, ideal for watching the last all-inclusive and a la carte accommodations. My next home in Nayarit was the Grand Velas Resort. This allinclusive (really, all-exclusive), AAA-5 Diamond resort with award is a favorite for the families and couples. This modern, all-suite resort is far from the all-inclusives the of past. If you are looking my pick is Frida for upscale, traditional Mexican fare. The Grand Velas Resort and SPA includes an Imperial SPA Suite to rival any Presidential and will surprise even the most discerning traveler.

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Heading a bit further north to the area of Punta de Mita a recently opened villa resort adds new meaning to the word exclusive. Imanta Resort, literally built into a cliff along the lush edge of the jungle, borders the ocean and perfect for a romantic excursion. The real beauty to this Mexican Shangri-La is their approach to sustainability. It’s an architectural work of art integrating recycled wood and stone in a world where everything lives together harmoniously. Beyond the sustainable design, this vertical cliffside hideaway leads down to a perfectly situated beach cove where whale watching and sea turtle hatching are often viewed. There are only nine villas here with an additional Jungle Villa opening soon. If you’re looking for privacy with a touch of magic, I would suggest a splurge vacation to this slice of heaven.

Foodie Fantasy The seas offer mahi-mahi, sea bass, oysters and shrimp. Local dishes include a variety of ceviches and Pescado Sarandeado (Barbecued Fish). In addition to the local cuisine, there are exceptional upscale restaurants. Famed chef Thierry Blouet, who operates Puerto Vallarta’s premier restaurant, Café de Artistes has opened a new restaurant, Café de Artistes Del Mar, in Punta de Mita. The gourmet food festival headed by Chef Blouet attracts internationally known, award winning chefs into the region to prepare specialty dishes at local restaurants. During this visit to the

food festival my personal favorite experience was with Chef Junior Merino, a New York-based triple threat (master mixologist, chef and sommelier) known as the Liquid Chef whose cocktail list was as varied as it was unique. A perfect pairing of Coconut Ceviche with an Avocado Mezcal cocktail rimmed with Lemongrass salt or a refreshing Tequila Blanco, English cucumber and Pineapple drink paired with Lump Crab Soup was only the beginning to what proved to be a very indulgent evening. Thankfully, early morning runs along the wide stretch of beach served as the perfect antidote for my over indulgence. The Riviera Nayarit will certainly not only touch your heart but also linger in your soul for years to come.

Lay of the Land The rugged stretch of coastline is an ideal destination for surfers, nature enthusiasts and the thrill-seeking adventure traveler. Migrating humpback whales pass through the Bay of Banderas from December through March while July begins the nesting season for sea turtles. The Sierra Madre offers hiking, horseback riding and the ever-popular zip lining through the dense jungle

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The Radisson Fort George Hotel is set on the beautiful coast of Belize in Central America. Our hotel’s location is convenient to the cultural and commercial attractions of Belize City. The services and amenities of the Radisson makes it an ideal destination for both leisure and business guests visiting Belize. The hotel features three room types: Club Tower rooms overlook the Caribbean Sea, Colonial rooms offer partial garden and sea view and the Villa Wing rooms have partial garden and pool view, most with its own private balcony. Since June of 2010, we introduced our business class rooms especially designed with our business travelers in mind, additional amenities include a laptop safe and iHome radio with iPod connection. The hotel consists of 102 beautifully appointed rooms featuring air-conditioning, cable TV with over 100 channels of free cable, alarm clock/radio, small refrigerator, private bath, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, large work desk with easy access electrical plugs, Asira body care amenities, room service, granite vanities, two direct dial telephones, complimentary coffee and water daily, and Sleep Number beds. The Hotel also features two restaurants, - the historical St. George’s Restaurant known for its fine dining and our poolside Stonegrill Restaurant for a unique and healthy dining experience which allows your meals to be cooked and served on super-heated natural volcanic stones. For a quick meal, refreshing cocktail or local beers stop by our legendary Baymen’s Tavern or try the Le Petit Café that is well known as the breakfast hotspot in the city. The Radisson most recently opened its very own spa “Nim Li Punit”. Nim Li Punit Spa features soothing and rejuvenating treatments of body massages, facials and foot care. Nim Li Punit Spa is located within easy view of the tranquil Caribbean Sea and overlooks the pool and Jacuzzi. Enjoy soothing massages while absorbing the cool sea breeze. Our knowledgably staffed Business Center is ready to assist in booking your adventure tour of Belize. From ancient Mayan sites to the magical Barrier Reef, an adventure in paradise awaits. With all the fun you’ll be having the Lamanai Fitness center which is available to all guests free of cost is there to keep you on track. The Radisson Fort George is committed to Responsible Business Practices and is very conscious of the positive impact it has on our environment and community. We are a part of the world’s largest industry and increasingly customers would prefer to deal with companies and brands that take responsibility for their own presence and activities. With this in mind, we don’t just aim to do business. We aim to do Responsible Business. At Carlson Hotels, Responsible Business is essentially about three important areas: taking responsibility for the health and safety of our employees and guests, respecting social and ethical issues within the company as well as in the country, and reducing our negative impact on the environment. As a part of our social responsibility we have fundraised for the Belize Cancer Society, Living with Hope Foundation and the Kiwanis Club of Belize just to name a few. The hotel has adopted Liberty Children’s Home and in partnership with our guests have donated US$ 140,657.00 to date to the Children’s Home. This past year, the hotel has donated in excess of US$60,000.00 to non-governmental organizations, charitable and educational institutions. Another step we’ve taken is to educate our staff on responsible business so they have a deeper understanding and are able to put these into practice in the workplace and at home. Resident

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activities. The cities offer a fusion of traditional and modern for those who enjoy history and culture.

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Puerto Plata is found on the North coast of the island. It’s best known for its large zoo and exotic botanical gardens with 600 varieties of tropical plants. It also has the famous Ocean World Park and a colonial fort. Shopping is a favorite activity in the Dominican Republic; jewelry shopping is exceptional for price and quality. Jewelry made with local stones are the best buys and Larimer is a really bright blue color looks stunning and is unusual handcrafted necklaces. Amber is also a local stone and its beautiful golden tones are a major attraction for jewelry shoppers (Shown right is an insect trapped inside a piece of amber from pre-historic times). If you happen to visit during the month of February you will get to experience the famous Carnival. Other popular activities include swimming with dolphins, bird watching, riding mules to the summit of Pico Duarte, which at 10,417 feet is the highest point in the West

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Playa Rincon on the northeast coast is a pristine beach, ranked by Conde Nast in a sheltered area. Playa Rincon has over three miles of breathtaking stunning scenery. Whale watching trips occur near here, at Samana Bay during the mating seasons (January- March). Famous people from the DR include fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, baseball’s merengue, which has a lively fast paced rhythm. Bachata is also a favorite musical sound of the often play in restaurants as people dine. Food in the DR is not only delectable and diverse; it provides insight to the culture

beer of choice and one of the world’s best. Freshly squeezed fruit juice and coconut water are always enjoyed. Hot drinks include ginger and lemongrass teas, thick hot chocolate and the DR’s fabulous coffee.

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We’ve all seen photos of Curaçao and its picturesque pastel colored buildings lining the waterfront. But to really see and know the island--and the islanders--you need to dig deeper…a lot deeper. On our last visit about a dozen years ago the only time we were off shore was in a sail boat buffeted by high seas that induced a pledge from one of us to never get on a sail boat again. This time around the beginning of the trip was focused on the underwater scene and some pretty amazing through pristine beds of coral. Curaçao offers all that and more. Pastel buildings grace the Curacao waterfront on the punda side along St. Ann’s Bay. They house both residents and a wide variety of boutique shopping opportunities. Resident

We’ve all seen photos of Curaçao and its picturesque pastel colored buildings lining the waterfront. But to really see and know the island--and the islanders--you need to dig deeper…a lot deeper. On our last visit about a dozen years ago the only time we were off shore was in a sail boat buffeted by high seas that induced a pledge from one of us to never get on a sail boat again. This time around the beginning of the trip was focused on the underwater scene and some pretty amazing opportunities. One half of this team has been scuba diving since 1961 and absolutely and wandering through pristine beds of coral. Curaçao offers all that and more. We stayed at the Lion’s Dive & Beach resort (www.lionsdive.com), a dive oriented hotel right on the white sand beach. Perhaps the only negative at this hotel was the walk-in, doorless bathroom providing absolutely no dignity whatsoever. Once past this failing, the experience was top notch. The open air dining room on the beach was perhaps amongst the most relaxing we’ve ever experienced and the food wasn’t too bad either. We opted to take all of our meals on the beach sand under the thatch umbrellas. Up on the nearby deck live music played, adding to the tranquil atmosphere. But we were here to dive. A short walk down the beach brought us to the Curaçao Sea Aquarium and just beyond that, the Dolphin Academy. Although we’ve been doing open water diving around the world for more years than we’d like to remember, we had never been in proximity underwater to these huge, beautiful creatures. While other similar programs keep the animals penned up or in large tanks, the Dolphin Academy lets them come and go at will, free to return to the open sea if they so desire. These animals are quite intelligent

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and do sometimes take that option, but invariably return to the Academy grounds where they go through their routine with visitors. And, interestingly, the dolphins actually appear to enjoy the interaction. All participants are required to undergo a brief orientation so as to avoid any problems (or injury to human or dolphin) were issued. Although the dolphins were responding to cues from the Academy staff, it soon became apparent that they had minds of their own. One so thoroughly enjoyed having his belly rubbed, that he grew attached to us and refused to leave. Instead he kept bumping against us, urging the belly rub to continue. He thanked us with a kiss to the check. At the direction of the staff, we bobbed on the surface with arms outstretched and, palms down, slapped the water. Within seconds dolphins appeared on either side

of us, allowing us to grab onto their dorsal good clip of speed. That was a kick. We returned after lunch and, again after an orientation, were issued scuba gear. As group, we were still required to listen so that the staff was assured we knew what we were doing. They were patient and understanding with the newbie divers and made sure all questions regarding procedure were answered. The encounter area is a short swim underwater where dolphins will take hoops from your hands and will swim with cups covering their eyes to demonstrate their ability to locate items with their sonar. It is absolutely amazing to watch a blindfolded dolphin snag a hoop and swim away with it. Next up are the huge sting rays. Thoughts of what happened to Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, involuntarily

pass through your mind, but these gentle creatures soon dispel any apprehension. The rays will swim up to you and you can rub their backs and undersides, feed them bait food and enjoy the experience of a lifetime. From there you’ll proceed to a Plexiglas opening in a wire mesh net sectioning off a portion of the lagoon. A quick look immediately tells you that you are very glad the net is there. Cruising on the other side are some pretty damn big sharks accompanied by a few rather large turtles with sharp beaks. In the center of the Plexiglas is a small, round hole. The animals know to swim up to the hole where divers will be holding bait the hole or you’ll end up being called “stumpy.” On land Curaçao is a very easy to navigate

Papiamentu and English are commonly spoken. The main city, Willemstad, is divided in two by St. Ann’s Bay, an active shipway crossed on foot by a swinging bridge. Punda, the smaller section, has a solid waterfront of the pastel buildings, replete with boutique shops and eateries. On Punda is the quaint Kura Hulanda Hotel, restaurant and anthropological museum that should be a must stop for visitors. The far side of the bay, Otrabanda, eateries as well. There is also a maritime museum on the waterfront with a collection of interesting artifacts. Take an evening and treat yourself to dinner at the Rif Fort with its absolutely spectacular view of the harbor and the

boutiques that’ll suit every taste. One of the most unique places we’ve been to was Jaanchie’s (Pronounced “Yanchee’s) Restaurant in a somewhat remote part of the island. The eclectic menu has offerings Eating a lizard has never tempted us, but the goat stew was worth the trip. It begs description to attempt a word that you’ve never been to a restaurant quite like this one. You’ll remember both the the building. For information check out: www.curacaoislandevents.com

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at h i n g i n the sun along the beach mid-island on the north shore of the Honduran Roatan Bay Islands, the Palmetto Bay Plantation resort offers complete nirvana from the bungalows, to the plentiful activities for guests of all ages, to the delectable restaurant and intimate bar. This comforting yet explorative vacation destination in Honduras will ignite your glow from within and continue to grow with your tan. The staff ’s professional yet welcoming demeanor will prevail as they advise guests on how they

villas veiled in gardens throughout the plantation. Upon stepping into one of the Balinese styled villas, the accommodations immediately radiate a homey sentiment. Equipped with a kitchen, living room, a balcony and up to 3 bedrooms, guests feel as if they’ve settled into their summer home in Resident February 2012

the tropics— without ever having to deal with maintenance associated with New York City. While all villas are conveniently located in a serene setting of tropics, Palmetto Bay Plantation villas are within walking distance from the blissful beach. Whether you want to read your book, take a breath of the fresh air or watch the sunset, you know you are just steps away from reaching that peace of mind. Just opening your front door trees. The temperature in Roatan remains a consistent eighty degrees throughout the year. The only time of the year you may hit the rainy season would be in October through early February. Although the word “rain” might turn you off from the resort, moments at the resort when the island is in a state of growth, silence and peace. The luxury of swimming in warm water along Palmetto Bay’s clean beach will captivate you. This is why Palmetto Plantation Bay

swimming with the dolphins to name just a few of the many adventures Palmetto Bay Plantation has to offer. Atop the crystal blue water, there are kayaks for those who want to plunge into the Caribbean water. If you

To observe the beautiful waters and tour the by visiting the Roatan dive shop. A team of experienced dive specialists will expose you to the many dive sites and reefs you can visit deep under the sea. You are bound to be impressed by the sea culture since the island is bordered by the second largest barrier reef in the world. One of Roatan’s most popular dive sites exposes the diver to the Caribbean crystal clear water with up to one hundred feet of visibility. This diver haven is also known as Rotan’s Marine Park Reserve. If you prefer to experience the underworld from a snorkeling perspective, enjoy the privilege of viewing coral reefs from above with a personal guide as well. Take yourself up a little higher, and you can even view the Caribbean Sea from the air in a Seaplane.

To relieve your body of physical and mental stress indulge in a beachside yoga session right in the Palmetto Bay resort. sound of the sea waves rolling onto the sandy shore enhance your mental state of nirvana. yourself with a half hour or full hour deep tissue massage. When you are ready to crawl out of your

members at Palmetto Bay Plantation. The art classes at the resort encourage all guests to paint and participate in the art activity of the day. You’ll be surprised by your own artistic capabilities inspired by nature’s beauty. Palmetto Bay’s restaurant will offer you staff who are always on point with one goal in

Witnessing the activity within these open-air the island’s culture and way of life. They are souvenirs and pieces of art made locally.

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guests with a children’s menu to ensure many meal options for the whole family. The menu was crafted to compliment many pallets and sure to not overwhelm anyone. Being as the is caught right out to the sea the same day

Leaving Palmetto Bay’s resort will be the

and paradise from the start when you’re and culture before you even say goodbye. Knowing that you’ve found a destination Palmetto Bay Plantation.

may be artistically inspired to craft or paint. This therapeutic activity is indeed practiced and led by one of the professional staff

a buzz from the memorable Garifuna dance performance. In addition to this Friday night

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Celebrity Cruise Lines Tops Competition With Amenity One-Upsmanship By Bob & Sandy Nesoff Florida’s East Coast has long established itself as the dominant location for luxury cruising with its all-year-round weather and proximity to myriad Caribbean islands. But, that supremacy is about to be challenged. The greater New York/New Jersey port areas have entered the year-round cruise market offering an ever-expanding menu of ships to choose from. That menu has just gotten larger. Manhattan’s cruise center has an expanding list of ships for 2012, giving the region a big claim on attracting cruisers. But there’s more to the expanded opportunities in the region. A short hop from the Manhattan skyline is Port Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey, one of the fastest and most convenient points of departure for giant luxury cruise ships. In the never-ending battle for the hearts and minds of travelers cruise lines have been on the hunt to add amenities that will draw in and awe passengers. Some lines have rock climbing walls, others add a zip line and Disney has an acrylic water slide chute wrapping around its newest ship. Where do we go from there? Celebrity Cruise Lines, arguably one of the leaders in luxury at sea, has really gussied up its new ship, the Silhouette, with And, in doing so, it added a new title to its staff…“landscaper and lawn mower.” Huh? On its open deck, Celebrity has added an area called “The Lawn Club” with a patch of grass big enough to make most homeowners jealous. The area gives cruisers the opportunity to practice golf putting,

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play croquet and lawn bowling on a natural setting…except that you are hundreds of miles out to sea. Overlooking this green playground is a semi-open air dining area called “The Lawn Club Grill” with casual dining. Here guests may grill their own food with the assistance of a top chef, if they are so disposed. Nearby “The Porch” offers casual dining in the style of New York’s Long Island chic community, the Hamptons. Surrounding the Lawn is a series of the Riviera. The shaded, covered areas come baskets and beverages. There is a fee for use of the Alcove and the food and drink that varies, costing more for a full day at sea than it does if reserved while in a port. The ship has the signature Celebrity dining experience from casual meals to elegance in the Silhouette’s four specialty dining rooms. The 13-deck behemoth accommodates nearly 3,000 passengers in comfort and luxury with 90 percent of its staterooms affording guests an ocean view. Some 85 percent have verandas that provide more relaxation than any spa as you watch the water slip past the hull. Keep a sharp eye out and you might the ship. Children are a welcome add-on and cruisers should not hesitate to bring the youngsters along. There are certainly more than enough activities to keep them from getting bored and parents never have to worry about their safety.

Celebrity staffers treat children with a degree of respect that is amazing. They aren’t there to just baby sit. They interact with the young ones, never giving the kids the feeling that they are just being tolerated or dumped so that parents can relax. The Silhouette currently sails an itinerary from Port Liberty in Bayonne, New Jersey until April 10 with itineraries to the Eastern and Western Caribbean touching such exotic ports as St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Labadee in Haiti and exotic St. Maartin as well as a host of others in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Following its April 10 sailing the Silhouette heads out to the Atlantic for a reposition cruise that will take in Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Spain, France and Malta. That’s followed with cruises to the Eastern Mediterranean, Adriatic and the Greek Isles. In late summer 2012 the ship makes port in the Holy Land and then in late fall it again traverses the Ocean returning to home port in Fort Lauderdale. The departure of the Silhouette makes room

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vacation in paradise, Hawaiian Airlines will launch the only nonstop service from JFK to Honolulu in June, with cuisine by celebrity chef Chai Chaowasaree. With the full moon in Leo the stars were perfectly aligned for l’amour, as I set out for Hawaii with boyfriend in tow.

I have always been fascinated with Hawaii - leis, hula skirts, swaying palm trees, balmy trade winds, luaus, mai tais, dreamy music, exotic dances and surfers riding big blue blowing in the North East and Valentines Day just around the corner, what better place to snuggle up than on the sunny beaches of Waikiki, the most romantic place in the world. To make it seamless for New Yorkers to

Ocean, the Hawaiian Islands, actually exposed peaks of a submerged mountain range, are gorgeous with a topography unlike anything I’ve seen. Lush and tropical, each island is different and offers its own unique cache of treasures. I recommend seeing as many as you can, with a minimum three day stay on each one. It’s about a twenty minute you won’t be disappointed. Rent a car, don your sunglasses and explore. Honolulu, the capital, is on O’ahu, the most populated and third largest island in swinging nightlife, chic boutiques, razor edged mountains, Pearl Harbor and sandy white beaches. It’s a great combo of modern city and tropical resort with both a lively and laid back energy. At day’s end smiling couples of all ages stroll hand in hand along the palm tree

dotted Kalakaua boulevard past Chanel, are lit to optimal romantic effect. Next sunset mai tais at the enchanting hour. The Hawaiian sunset is a spectacular canvas of mauve, magenta and golden with a hint of green. If you’re not in love yet, you will be now. Movie stars, royals and dignitaries have stayed at the iconic coral pink Royal Hawaiian hotel, fronting Waikiki Beach. This luxurious resort, called ‘The Pink lobby with colorful Hawaiian paintings, chic décor and a photo gallery of celebrities and other notables who vacationed here. There’s Clark Gable, Amelia Earhart and the young Shirley Temple, who had a drink named after her at this very spot. Take in the gorgeous courtyard garden of coconut palms from the Coconut Grove Lanai with chairs for those who want to sit, read and soak in the breeze. The historic wing has exquisite Asian inspired rooms and suites, each one uniquely decorated, while the rooms in the newer tower wing are more modern, each with great ocean views. Wherever you are, you are sure to get the royal treatment. at the resort’s striking

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Surf Lanai Restaurant with every variety of fruit - pineapple, papaya, kiwi, strawberries, blueberries and guava - sweeter and juicier than I ever had. For more hearty eaters kalua pork eggs benedict and the royal loco moco: short ribs and rice topped with a poached egg. Next I took a lesson in stand up paddle straight out of central casting. I got up on the board and it was great fun. A hard day on a lounge chair at the beach watching hunky surfers ride big waves can be daunting so head next door to the Moana Surfrider, the other historic hotel, for a couples massage at the oceanfront Moana Lani Spa. Get a Lomi Lomi, the traditional Hawaiian massage passed down through generations, as you listen to the waves and drift into a state of euphoria. Back at the Royal Hawaiian, treat yourself Azure, then top the evening off at the resort’s oceanfront Mai Tai Bar, birthplace of the eponymous cocktail, with majestic views of Diamond Head Crater and the sonorous ukelele strumming in the background. are visiting the home of eleven different climate zones, the most active volcano on the planet and your choice of white, green or black beaches. The Sheraton Keauhou

Bay Resort charms with its verdant gardens, dramatic lava cliffs, and spacious rooms with ocean or mountain vistas from private lanais. I savored yummy pistachio crusted lamb at their signature Kai Restaurant then off to their Manta Ray Bar where you can watch these strange creatures cavort in the sea. I was hooked on the lomi lomi and relished another couple massage in their oceanfront Ho’ola Spa. Don’t miss Lily Dudoit’s cultural tour on the property. You learn about Hawaiians reverence for their land, the hula dance as a show of respect, mana as spiritual power and the true meaning of aloha as love, acceptance, pure thoughts and

and mahi mahi, we hit the lounge next door for dancing to Jawaiian (Hawaiian & Reggae) and slack key guitar music. A must do is a Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Hawaiian music with headphones, the rush

you could not do on the ground. Set out for the thrill of a lifetime with Hawaii Forest & Trail’s award winning Twilight Volcano Adventure which includes lunch and dinner. Volcanoes National Park trekking through black lava terrain which looked like we were

to her ancestors. with the bride and groom exchanging leis. It’s hard to go anywhere in Hawaii without seeing a beaming couple just married, on honeymoon, anniversary or celebrating joie de vivre. A morning snorkel cruise with

volcanoes. Onto the summit caldera, steam

conservation district. Close by is funky, hip Kona with local shops, eateries and yoga studios. Catch a stunning magenta sunset at the number one ocean front dining spot, Huggo’s. After enjoying sashimi, a lamb spring roll and delicious ahi tuna

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New Yorker’s are always seeking to escape the concrete jungle; and in the summer this is especially true. What better way then to spend it at the shore? Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach, New Jersey’s Ocean City and Massachusetts’ Cape Cod are perfect for a relaxing vacation because of their proximity to the city and the beauty that each possess. Rehoboth Beach, on Delaware’s shore is a magical location that has most certainly something for everyone. A popular destination for families, couples and beach lovers, its locals are friendly and accommodating. Their hotels are some of the best in the country exuding charm and character. One of the best is, Boardwalk Plaza. From the moment you step under the antique wrought-iron canopy and enter the lobby, the Boardwalk Plaza’s staff stands ready to offer you exceptional service. Victorian reproduction furnishings and TVs and wireless Internet access. Whether you’re looking for family-fun, luxury next Escape here.

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I have always found the beautifully blue Caribbean and its dots of postcard-perfect islands to be among the most breathtaking destinations in the world, with the added convenience of proximity to New York making the trip even more desirable. What keeps me searching, however, for alternatives are the throngs of tourists and over-developed commercialism found on so many of them. Having recently returned from back-to-back Caribbean visits, these thoughts are foremost in my mind as I write about one of them.

Prior to spending a week on the popularlyvisited Bahamas’ Paradise Island, I passed a few glorious days visiting the unspoiled and more paradise-like island of St Vincent. My destination there was the newly-opened, allinclusive Buccament Bay Resort, the only

With a wide variety of resort activities and offerings, there really is something for everyone. The pretty picturesque serene setting is perfect for anyone looking to just relax. For those wanting to partake in sports or other activities, the daily newsletter helps lead the way. There is beach yoga, martial arts training, a teen club, and, for younger visitors, a Kids’ Club that provides agetailored activities and short excursions. The Pat Cash Tennis Academy, with its on-site pros and scheduled visits throughout the year by Cash and other Wimbledon champions,

is available for lessons, as is the Liverpool Football Club Soccer School whose coaches have been trained by members of the Liverpool team and who are frequently joined by former Liverpool players to teach classes. Other unique facilities include a Performing Arts Academy where interested parties are trained in private or group settings by stage professionals to sing and perform music from Broadway and the West End.

vacation spot that is ideal in so many ways, not the least of which is the overwhelming beauty of it. Guests arrive either by ground shuttle from the little airport or by direct delivery to the beach by boat. I came to paradise via a

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among the foliage of the snaking pathways. There is also sushi, Italian and great freshcaught and fresh-picked local fare served at other venues on the property. I began to crave the breakfast buffet’s succulent passion fruit halves and the shrimp burgers from the beachfront restaurant, they were that good. One evening’s lobster grill dinner on a terrace overlooking the beach was like a party, hosted by the local chef manning the grill - an extremely jovial fellow who loved interacting with the diners in an improvised one-man show. Resident February 2012

Additionally, there is a wide selection of offsite activities. We spent one of our afternoons

and power showers whose water falls down like rain from the ceiling. Each amazing villa has an espresso machine, a fridge stocked with water bottles, an ipod docking station,

Located on the island’s southwest coast within a valley surrounded by a spectacularly beautiful backdrop of lush green rainforest-covered mountains, the all-villa accommodations are luxuriously appointed with incredibly comfortable beds and linens

Their winding trails are bordered on either side by thoughtfully arranged landscaping and snake throughout the expansive property

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and whale-watching tours available too. Evening at Buccament Bay is introduced by a stunning sunset that is best enjoyed sipping a cocktail while lounging upon a cushioned beach chair or aboard the sunset cruise which is almost always enhanced by dolphin sightings. Each night, there is live entertainment and a charming beach Owned and operated by Harlequin Hotels & Resorts, the Buccament Bay Resort is the

rattan lounge chairs padded with thick white cushions. I favored the comfy hanging eggshaped pod chairs dangling poolside. The long stretch of beach has a bar, waiter service and a coconut station where one of the accommodating staff members will happily machete a coconut into a tasty refreshing beverage. The service overall is friendly and attentive without being intrusive. The resort boasts two swimming pools and several restaurants. I loved the spicy Indian food of Safran nestled

plans to open in the Caribbean. Future endeavors also include a private plane to conveniently transfer guests to St Vincent’s new airport from the easier to reach islands of Barbados, St Lucia and Puerto Rico. Designed to appeal to all, the resort is a great destination for families as well as for couples. tion visit buccam ma en or f n

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in the turquoise water with giant turtles as they munched on sea grass. Dryer day trip options included visiting St Vincent’s capital city, tropical gardens, nature trails, a turtle sanctuary, waterfalls and a volcano. The resort’s numerous on-site water sports include snorkeling, paddle boarding and kayaking, as well as, guided dives for all ability levels to the area’s healthy, unspoiled coral reefs. There are glass-bottom boats

outdoor deck with its own plunge pool. The nightly turndown service includes rose petals in the toilets.

guiding the way. Bicycles are available for quick travel. A passage through the lobby leads to the pretty white sand beach which

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prop plane from Barbados. The 30-minute drive from the very rustic - though soon to be replaced and upgraded - airport was a bit harrowing, as we traveled up, around and down the steep cliffs, but any and all tension quickly dissipated upon arrival to the beachside resort where we were welcomed with cool damp cloths and cocktails.

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e’d had a perfect day, with a morning of snorkeling and island hopping, followed by a late lunch at the pool. Our twin boys, meanwhile, had been off at the kids club in the afternoon, making seashell picture frames. We gathered back together at the beach, in time to take an end of day swim together in the calm Caribbean waters fronting the decadently luxurious Grace Bay Club. To wax prophetic for a bit, what I’ve found from my travels is that the success of a great vacation, like this one, ultimately boils down to two things, place and people. Place is the tangible element, the where and what of an experience. In our case it was the island of Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean, located about halfway between the Bahamas to the Northwest, and Hispaniola to the South. In the category of clear blue waters and soft sand, the islands possess beaches that need to be put above all others in the Caribbean, and arguably, on par with such exotic locales as the Maldives or Tahiti. The climate can best be described as ideal, with a near constant ocean breeze which helps keep one cool even on the hottest days in July.

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island also features a golf course, numerous four star restaurants and shopping experiences, as well as spate of new resorts and hotels to offer luxury travelers many choices. Our choice for this visit was the Grace Bay Club, an exclusive oceanfront luxury featuring separate accommodations and pools for families and adults only. Trust an experienced traveler, this is a huge plus for couples, as well as for us parents who occasionally need a break from the dependents. Accommodations range from one bedrooms in the hotel, to 4,000+ square foot three and four the property. Amenities include three pools, tennis and classes, spa, bikes, and VIP transportation to concierge level activities including scuba, sailing, For families, a much-heralded kids club called KidsTown provides both supervised morning playtime and activities, as well as afternoon the most disinterested teenager.

the clubhouse, making seashell musical instruments and learning how to make tropical picture frames. We joined them in the afternoon with KidsTown counselor Margaret for a trip to Coral Gardens beach, a lovely snorkeling spot where the kids could frolic in the calm waters while the adults occasionally snorkeled out to on reefs. This was followed by an early dinner at a vibrant local spot called Da Conch Shack. Morgan later joined us on a sunset boat ride courtesy of SURFside Ocean Academy, the island’s premier marine excursion and action a phenomenon of nature found just after sunset in the Leeward Channel side of the island, usually a few days after the full moon.With our mission accomplished, we then once again enlisted counselor Margaret from KidsTown, this time to babysit the boys while my wife and I enjoyed a night out alone.

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We spent that evening at the Veranda, the all-inclusive sister property to the Grace Bay Club. Situated less than a mile down the beach from Grace Bay Club, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner here on the beach, overseen under the watchful eye ofJohn Vasatka, the gracious General Manager playing reggae and soul hits got us into the island groove.

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We maneuvered the windy mountain roads on a cold winter afternoon. Driving onto the Mohonk Mountain House property, a “Slowly and Quietly Please” sign serves as a reminder to begin relaxing as we enter the grounds. We are happy to tread at a more peaceful pace. There are 266 guest rooms – including a luxurious Mountain View Suite – all of

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NYR: How does Veronica Webb inspire you as your muse? ST: We began in fashion together and were both teenagers. The way Veronica dresses is always chic, she has good taste and her attitude is effortless. She also has a strong personality and she’s extremely beautiful and smart. For me, she represents the lady I love to dress. VW: My mother always made me clothes as a kid and I was already used to it. ST: She never complained and she would know exactly what a woman wants and she would play with it, she really knew what it was like to have really well done clothes. VW: Our lives are also similar, we’re both running businesses, we have kids, we work late, we want to look professional, look sexy, have a great wardrobe, and we need to savemoney to put back into our businesses and put our kids through private school. Quality, versatility, durability are all big issues. NYR: What are some of the lessons you learned from

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ST: To respect the clothes and to work closely with a strong team. Fit is very important, the way that clothes are done and cut, the woman has to feel the clothes. With Alaia he made my eyes very sharp, and taught me how best experience you can have as a designer, if you want to learn, you learn from the best. With Gaultier it was a different experience but strong as well, he taught me

to believe in yourself and to follow your instinct and play with the colors which are really important in all my collections. I love to play with color, I love to take two you come from the South of France, you’re surrounded by color. NYR: differ? ST: is everywhere. I learned how to design a collection in France, it’s a different way to create a collection and thinking process, but I learned how to build a business in

NYR: ST: I love living in both cities, for me, its different

NYR: What are your favorite places to go for inspiration? ST: When you work in fashion you work a lot, so when I want to escape the city I was going to the Tuilleries. you can really enjoy and you can dream about being in different kind of culture, every neighborhood has a strong identity. NYR: ST: I’ve been doing yoga down the street a few times a week. It’s very stressful to do a collection and everything around you is moving so fast and you really need to be focused because you need to make it happen and your clothes need to be the best that they can. I also drink coffee, have a glass of wine. NYR: What would you say is your signature style? VW: Sophie’s style is always distinctly feminine and the moment you put her dress on everyone always says you look so beautiful that they don’t even notice the dress. Everything is feminine and the colors are incredible that make you feel alive and it brings out your skin tone, hair there’s never anything in the clothes that reads as trend.Its designers dress in a uniform, they don’t put much thought into dressing themselves and tend to wear the same things because most of their energy is spent on dressing other people. ST: I really believe that’s what fashion should be, timeless.

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With dozens of shows and presentations to see each day, a tote not only functions as this season’s ‘It’ bag, but it also has to go from day to night and organize a full day’s make up touch ups, etc. Front row editrixes usually opt for a classic power tote by Chanel or Hermes or an exotic by Nancy Gonzalez, while junior fashion editors can be spotted with edgier styles in by Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang or Celine.

While Wall Streeters have made billions by perfecting a poker face in their professions, Anna Wintour keeps the fashion world guessing as she whips out her oversized black Chanel sunglasses before every show. Go glam with Chanel’s jewel encrusted shades or opt for a downtown look from Tom Ford’s exaggerated cat eyes. Few things make women swoon more than a sexy pair of heels. However with inclement weather, editors’ footwear have to be durable enough to wade through snow, slush, rain and bitterly cold weather as they dash from show to show. Ditch the stilettos and opt for this season’s slimmed version of the chunky heel that gives the stability of a wedge and a Giuseppe Zanotti.

A welcome trend that we saw continue from Fall to Spring and hopefully on to Fall again is the use of color whether it was a neon bright or a rich jewel tone, color was abound everywhere. Mixed with the usual fashion uniform of black or a neutral, liven up the doldrums of winter with separates or statement jewelry in yellow or coral.

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TRIALaser Hair Removal – A Clean Sweep Who knew that Laser Hair removal was the most popular aesthetic treatment for women under 35? The TRIA Hair Removal Laser is an at home option that uses the same laser technology as professional lasers. With bi-weekly lasers you can kiss that unwanted hair goodbye in a mere 6 months. Consider this a head start on your spring cleaning. www.TRIABEAUTY.com Brilliant FX Rich Moisturizer and Exfoliator – Simply Brilliant Skin The body needs as much attention as that attention grabbing face of yours. So, soak your skin in Brilliant FX body serum, which is a combo of Lactic Acid and Arnica causing the old cells to leave and new ones to surface. It’s out with the old and in with the new you. ($39.99) www.trinityofyouth.com Minus 417– The Dead Sea Secret The lowest point on earth is The Dead Sea is at Minus 417 meters. Minus 417 uses select minerals from the Dead Sea together with energizing antioxidant signs of aging by regenerating skin cells. Go for the ultimate high by spoiling your skin this winter with Facial Micro Luffa Foaming Gel, Active Serum Time Control, Time Control Recovery and A Cream Time Control Forming Cream (All for $299). Their Miracle Immediate Wrinkle Filler is an anti-aging must! ($117) www.Minus417.com

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It’s what the celebs are wearing By Karen Loftus

February’s a great time to mix and match seasons and styles for city & sea, snow & sand. We’re not out of our winter wares yet and not quite dipping in to our spring flings either. Many of us are playing with the weather wheel heading to frigid locales to get our ski on or escaping winter weather altogether and letting it all hang out, which means it’s a great time to play the fashion field. Grab classic winter wares, seductive and seasonal resort threads or an array of edgy accessories that give any look that necessary fashion pop. It’s what the celebs are wearing. So…strike a pose. If you like to walk your talk, step out with Reduce, Reuse and Recycle style uses reclaimed denim to make trendy jeans for both sides of the gender fence. The San Francisco based Company’s name (Sonas) in Gaelic means happiness, prosperity, luck, success and bliss.

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So, if looking for feel good fashion from head to toe, slip in to a sexy pair of Sonas’ women’s skinny Aenya jeans ($240). Fans of fashion and causes, the celebs at Sundance and The Golden Globes went mad for the eco angle and Sonas’ sexy threads. www.soonasdenim.com

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Designer Michael Kors names many of his shades after the hautest people and places around the globe from Edie to design diva Stella ($99), to It Brit Pippa ($99) and even Kim’s home away from her Kardashian home, Gansevoort ($99), named after the famed hotel in Miami and Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. Kors covers the fashion map and at a fraction of the fashion price with many of sexy shades coming in under $100. www.michaelkors.com

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Lia Sophia Lia Sophia has long been a fave fashionable sister Solange is sporting Lia all over town as is Desperate Diva Vanessa Williams. Jessica Alba and Katherine Heigl are big fans and rock Lia’s head turning jewels in their personal and professional lives. Lia’s most recent, Red Carpet collection Boudika has several statement making pieces from the stunning Snake Cuff ($300) and Horn Cuff ($375) Bracelet and the Black Diamond Crystal Arrow Necklace ($450) To get your shop on, go to: www.liasophia.com

Spanx From Gwyneth to the Queen and every one in between sports Spanx. It’s a right of red carpet passage to step out in Spanx as everyone who is anyone, both on and off the carpet has an arsenal of Spanx at home for their many horizons and their intimate empire with beach savvy slimmers. Now you too can hit the beach-y scene with their new line of slimming swimwear. If you’re not feeling top notch when you hit the beach, let Spanx pick up the slack with their Whittled Waistline suits ($198) or their Streamlined Silhouettes ($1288). For those that are ready to let it all hang out, their Sheer Cover Up ($88), recently seen on The Today Show is super sonically sexy for any size or shape. www.spanx.com Resident

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When is the last time you visited a romantic restaurant with incredible food, great cocktails and that personal touch we desperately crave in Gotham? Three creative Manhattan restaurants are offering such an experience just in time for Valentine’s Day. World class fare with approachable philosophies infused with charm and decadence embody La Mangeoire, Bistro Lamazou and Oficina Latina. Former four-star Lespinasse and Ducasse chef Christian Delouvrier has brought French country cooking from its humble beginnings to something much more at La Mangeoire. With a emphasis on mouthwatering quality ingredients and traditional values of French cooking mixed with warm ambiance and a gracious staff, La Mangeoire creates a perfect atmosphere for culinary satisfaction. For Valentine’s Day they are featuring a Prix Fix menu with sumptuous starter selections such as Roustillant de Crabe Thermidor, a Crispy Crab Cake with Lobster Reduction, Salade Frisée, Saumon Fumé Maison, House Smoked Salmon and Frisée Salad with Walnut Oil & Citrus Dressing, or Bisque de Homard à l’Armagnac, Lobster Bisque and Armagnac. For the main course, they are offering selections such as Medallions de Boeuf “Rossini”, Foie Gras Frais ,Medallions of Beef, de Canard Mulard, Légumes de Saison, Chanterelles, Pan Seared Hudson Valley Moulard Duck Magret, Root Vegetables, Chanterelles Mushrooms, and Orange Scented Duck Jus, or Filet d’Agneau, PommesBoulangère, Haricots Verts Fins, Roasted Lamb Tenderloin, Potato-Onion Gratin, and French String Beans.

La Mangeoire is located at 1008 2nd Ave.

bar, Bistro Lamazou features exciting drinks and cuisine inspired from southern Europe and North Africa. You will also love the thoughtful interior which the couple spent a considerable amount of designing themselves. Aside from the incredible space, the menu offers surprising specials and events every night of the week. Favorites such as buy one Martini, get one free Thursdays, Opera nights and Wine and Cheese Tasting with Nancy Lamazou, it is impossible not to fall in love with Bistro Lamazou. For Valentine’s Champagne bottles.

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BLOSSOM DEARIE (1924-2009) sang sophisticated songs in a small, highpitched voice, accompanying herself on keyboards. Amy Cervini has a new album on Anzic Records titled “Digging Me Digging You,” which is a tribute to Dearie. The title comes from the lyric of “Hey John,” a song Dearie wrote for John Lennon. The others are a mix of delightful obscure tunes like “Rhode Island” and Dave Frishberg’s “My Attorney Bernie” and the emotional “Once Upon a Summertime.” Cervini has more of a voice than Dearie but she and the arrangements by Oded Lev-Ari are consistently satisfying. On March 6 & 7, Cervini will appear at 55 Bar with Anat Cohen (clarinet), Joe Magnarelli (trumpet), Jesse Lewis (guitar), Matt Aronoff (bass) and Matt Wilson (drums). Noteworthy shows in February include pianist/composer Luis Perdomo, who has a vibrant new album, “Universal

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Mind” (on RKM Music). The Venezuelan jazzman penned 8 of the 11 tunes. The CD contains a propulsive version of Joe Henderson’s “Tetragon” and a ballad, “Dance of musical encounter between Perdomo and the great drummer Jack DeJohnette and they obviously click. Perdomo will appear at Jazz Standard on Feb. 23rd. “Snakeoil” is Tim 17th, Berne will appear at Rubin Museum. Enrico Rava’s “Tribe” (also on ECM) is a mellow affair, with the trumpeter’s quintet with trombonist Gianlucca Petrella, pianist Giovanni Guidi, bassist Gabriele Evangelista and drummer Fabrizio Sferra. Rava and the band will appear at Birdland from Feb. 21-25. British jazz singer Claire Martin has made a remarkable series of recordings on Linn Records and now they are being released on CD by Naxos Records. “Too Darn Hot” is a stunning example of her talent at mixing older material (such as Something’s Coming from Bernstein’s “West Side Story”), and newer pieces (e.g., Joni Mitchell’s “Blue Motel Room”). When she sings “When I Fall In Love,” she sounds as if she means every syllable. Drummer Paul Motian entered the jazz pantheon in 1961, when he recorded live at the Village Vanguard with pianist Bill Evans and bass player Scott LaFaro. He died in December and coincidentally a 6-CD box set has just been issued containing all his recordings for the Black Saint/Soul Note label. The set conveys the range of his playing from duets with pianists Enrico Pieranunzi and Paul Bley, to trio sides with Bill Frisell and Joe Lovano, to quintets with Lovano and Frisell plus the late American Indian saxophonist Jim Pepper. The box contains the complete albums The Story Of Maryam, Jack Of Clubs, Misterioso, Notes, One Time Out, and Flux & Change.

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Hits and Misses on and off-Broadway By Barry Bassis WHEN “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” opened on Broadway in 1965, the musical received praise for its songs by composer Burton Lane and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and a star turn by Barbara Harris in a double role. The down-side was Lerner’s unwieldy script, which involved reincarnation. In the original, a young woman named Daisy seeks the help of a psychiatrist to cure her smoking addiction. Under hypnosis, Daisy reveals a prior incarnation named Melinda, with whom the doctor falls in love. In the new version, directed by Michael Mayer with a script by Peter Parnell, the patient is a gay man who in his prior life is still Melinda, albeit now a 1940’s jazz singer rather than an 18th century English woman. Thus, the central role in the original version is split between David (David Turner) and Melinda (Jessie Mueller), making the psychiatrist (Harry Connick Jr.) the focus. Connick is immensely likeable but the script is

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the idea that the shrink obsessed with his new patient might be gay. (He’s not.) The score still shines, with added songs Wedding.” The best jazz singing comes from Mueller (“Ev’ry Night at Seven”). It would have made more sense to make minor revisions in the original script and give the double role to her. “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever” is running at the St. James Theatre (246 W. 44th St.; 212-239-6200). The musical “Bonnie & Clyde” that had a short run on Broadway is about the couple who went on a robbery/murder spree during the Depression. Although Frank Wildhorn seems to be the main target of critics’ ire, his music (uniformly well sung by the cast) happens to be the best aspect of the work. On the other hand, Don Black’s lyrics are often as arid as a Texas drought. The script by Ivan Menchell attempts to make the two title characters sympathetic, beginning when they are children, but fails to make them interesting. Bonnie longs to be a celebrity, like the movie stars she admires, and can’t resist bad-boy Clyde. Unlike the from impotence—that was apparently musical brings out the fact that, as a youth,

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Clyde was abused in prison. The romantic aspects of the script are undercut by the onstage bloodletting and video projections showing the actual victims as well as Bonnie and Clyde’s bodies, errors of judgment by director-choreographer Jeff Calhoun; actually, there is not much in the way of dancing. In the title roles, Jeremy Jordan and Laura Osnes are more successful vocally than dramatically. The talented stars have impressive track records—she in “Grease” and “Anything Goes” and he in “Newsies” (on its way to Broadway) and will no doubt have better chances to show off their talents. Melissa van der Schyff as Blanche (the wife of Clyde’s brother Buck) is more convincing as a rural Texan than either of the leads and her duet with Osnes is the musical highpoint of the show. “Iron Curtain” is an off-Broadway musical that provided more fun than most of the new uptown extravaganzas. The show, which had a brief run at Baruch Performing Arts Center, takes place during the 1950s. The plot is a sort of combination of the

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Bob Hope/Bing Crosby “Road” pictures and “Ninotchka.” The two buddies, Murray and Howard (David Perlman and Todd Alan Johnson), are unsuccessful American songwriters, who are kidnapped by the Soviets to write songs for a Communist musical. There are plenty of laughs in Susan DiLallo’s book and Peter Mills’ lyrics; Stephen Weiner’s music is enjoyable, even if, as the two main character s comment during the show, they are not quite on the level of Adler and Ross (of “Pajama Game”). Especially praiseworthy among the cast of 15 were Maria Couch as Shirley (Howard’s girlfriend), the charming Jenn Gambatese as Masha (a chorus girl/KGB agent), and Bobbi Kotula as Hildret Heinz (an East German director with a taste for S&M). The script has puns galore from the name of the hotel (Lapov Luxury) to a play on Kurt Weill’s name. Cara Reichel directed with trimming. “Lysistrata Jones” is an example of a show that was a success downtown (where it was staged in a gym) but struck out when it moved to Broadway (the Walter Kerr Theater). The musical, directed and choreographed by Dan Knechtges, is a “Lysistrata,” in which the women withheld sexual favors to convince their Douglas Carter Beane’s script, the tactic is the same but the aim is to induce the boys to win basketball games. Or, as

the cheerleaders sing, ““No more givin’ it up till you give up givin’ it up.” While turning the anti-war satire into a show that’s closer to “Debbie Does Dallas: The Musical” may be trivializing the source, there are still ample charms: Beane’s wit, Lewis Flinn’s catchy score, zippy choreography and a talented and energetic cast headed by Patti Murin in the title role and Liz Mikel as both the narrator Hetaira and the madam of the local brothel, the Eros Motor Lodge. Handel wrote “Rodelinda” in 1725 but the opera seria didn’t reach the Metropolitan Opera

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I’m constantly bombarded and my space intruded by the noise of music which I do not know and cannot relate to. It’s gotten so bad that I’m not sure if I’m actually part of my own generation. Rap, R&B, Dance and any other form of music in which the beat is too fast or the words unintelligible, is not Maybe I am a product of a different time; and my maternal grandmother and father have imparted and imprinted on me a sense of what music was at in the past. My dad, a lyricist by trade, taught me the importance of words; and he often criticized others for sloppy and nonsensical writing. Add to that my grandmother’s devotion to Italian opera and the standard’s of the 1920’s and you have in me a perfect specimen for the rejection of today’s music makers. A question: why does the music have to be played so loudly? have to bash it over our heads, as if to render us unconscious. I blame the Beatles. It is in them that we see a change in mentality, perhaps only a small one, but it is there, nonetheless.

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What we need in this country is a musical Renaissance – another Cole Porter, if you please. Gone are the days when the ballad was king and the chorus was actually used. Now we have the proletariat forcing upon us their musical choices, instead of the other way around. I think of a line of a song my father wrote: Where has all the shine gone? I love the way in which he sets up the lines, building a crescendo of feeling. Having been left by his wife, the singer asks: “Why did you feel the need to roam - to leave my love your roots and home, which you knew best still need their nest”. Those words form a perfect sentiment and showcase a thoughtful way of representing strong and passionate feelings. Though I did not live in that time, I feel deeply connected and wish that I had been around to experience Judy Garland’s live performances, Ethel Merman’s stage presence or Arturo Toscanini conducting a masterpiece. So I’ll leave you with this, music of yesteryear ‘S wonderful! ‘S marvelous!

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Resident Magazine: February 2012