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Debbie’s In The House

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Exotic Escapes

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Let’s Get (A) Physical

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Calling TLC’s What Not To Wear Host Wants You To Feel Great, Look Fabulous And “Shut Up!” Plus: Her Spring Trend Predictions

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Exotic Escapes To Satisfy Your Sense Of Adventure

DEBBIE IS IN THE HOUSE

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When Not Taking On Capitol Hill Heavyweights, Feisty Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz Juggles The Needs of Her Family, Constituency ... And Girl Scout Troop

LET’S GET (A) PHYSICAL

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Medical Advances Every Woman Should Be Aware Of Before Her Next Exam

STACY

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CALLING TLC’s Sassy What Not To Wear Host Wants You To Feel Great, Look Fabulous And “Shut Up!”

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THAT’S LIFE A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 45 Relations 48 Parents 52 Destinations TASTE THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 95 Bites 96 Spring Recipes 98 Reviews 102 Listings HAPPENINGS THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST 117 Around Town 131 Calendar 143 Flash AT HOME THE LOCAL REAL ESTATE REPORT 150 GIVING BACK CHARITY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE 152

ON THE COVER: STACY LONDON

DEBBIE’S IN THE HOUSE

A Chat With Feisty Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz

THE WOMEN’S ISSUE

EXOTIC ESCAPES

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LET’S GET (A) PHYSICAL

Medical Advances Every Woman Needs To Know About

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TLC’s What Not To Wear Host Wants You To Feel Great, Look Fabulous And “Shut Up!”

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pril is here, and with it one of my favorite times of year, when we publish our annual Women’s Issue. Fascinating personalities, fashion trends, girlfriend getaways, medical advances – we’ve got it all!

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First, from whom better to seek style advice than Stacy London, omnipresent media fashionista and co-host of TLC’s reality hit, What Not To Wear? Inside, London opens up to The Boca Raton Observer about her wild childhood, selfesteem issues and ultimate climb to fame in Stacy London’s Calling (page 56). Of course, London also shares this spring’s hottest looks. We think you’ll find her very candid and extremely likable. Speaking of likable, the feisty and admirable Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz also took time out for a chat. In Debbie Is In The House (page 70) Wasserman Schultz talks about being a wife and mother, her successful battle with cancer, her work in politics – and how she miraculously juggles it all. We found her inspiring and know you will too. Also in this issue, we take you on a guided tour of some fabulous and exotic women’s getaways in Women’s World (page 64) and reveal the latest advances in women’s healthcare in Let’s Get (A) Physical (page 76), along with great books for women, seasonal recipes, spring fashion trends – and so much more. For you happily married ladies out there, please check out page 82 for our call for our annual Boca Raton Hottest Husbands Contest. Submit your entry now for a chance to have your hubby featured in our August Family Issue. This year promises to be our most exciting contest yet! The deadline for entries is May 10, 2010. Enjoy the spring in Boca,

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own Donald J. Pliner this spring is celebrating his 20th year as a designer with a retrospective exploring his fashionable footwear career. “I love what I do and am thrilled,” says Pliner, who lives on Star Island in Miami Beach with his wife Lisa, the company’s creative director, and their beloved dog, Baby Doll. The Pliners are active on the philanthropy circuit, including the local Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options (JAFCO) and Peace for the Children Foundation, which improves the lives of kids. Donald Pliner owns five concept stores, including shops in Aventura Mall and at Village of Merrick Park in Coral Gables; his luxury shoes, handbags, leather clothing and accessories are also sold in department stores nationwide. For his anniversary, “We’re continuing to offer new products as well as highlight our past,” Pliner explains. He showcased an exhibition of shoe sketches and prototypes at his Aventura store dating back to 1989, along with past partnerships with wildly colorful Miami artist Romero Britto. He also presented his most recent collaboration with food artist Rhonda Voo, leaving guests hungry for his white sling-back heel featuring an illusory scoop of ice cream replete with a cherry on top. Also on tap: His wife’s new line of shoes and handbags: Lisa for Donald J. Pliner features dazzling hand-sewn beads replicating the architectural design of the Aventura shop’s African rugs.

The heel deals: Donald and Lisa Pliner with their dog, Baby Doll

Pliner was practically born with a silver shoehorn in his mouth. Raised in Chicago, he apprenticed for his dad, Leo, in the family business, Pliner Florsheim shoe stores. He studied architecture in several American colleges and at the Universita per Stranieri di Perugia in Italy. In 1967, he opened his first retail store in Beverly Hills and his business has been flourishing ever since, gaining a reputation for designing heels, boots, mules, sneakers and Western footwear with Italian craftsmanship. “We are global now and look forward to expanding both men’s and women’s shoes and accessories,” says Pliner. “We have reason to celebrate!”

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Spanish River Community High School freshman Shea Gouldd is every parent’s dream. While most girls her age are consumed by primping and texting, the pretty 15 year old stays busy – between maintaining honor roll status and playing saxophone for her school’s marching band – running Shea’s Bakery, a successful business from a commercial kitchen in Delray Beach. Her bakery features more than 60 pies, cakes and other sweet offerings made with pesticide-free ingredients harvested in Gouldd’s own back yard. Her products are available made to order, via delivery and in stores, and the company has grown 300 percent since its launch in 2008 with a single homemade cheesecake (she donates a percentage of proceeds to charity). People have noticed: She’s been featured on WPTV News Channel 5, where anchors Kelly Dunn and Shannon Cake (no pun intended) gushed over her goodies. “Even when I was a toddler, I’d rather watch cooking shows than cartoons,” she told the anchors. “By seventh grade, I was baking every chance I got. My mom said I had to find a way to support my expensive habit, so I started taking orders from family friends.” Last month Gouldd was named Young Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Fort Lauderdale/Broward chapter, where she was recognized in the 13 to 25 age category. “I’m pretty busy,” she admits. But, “I really, really love it.” Got a sweet tooth? Check out sheasbakery.com.

Smith and Jodi Greenberg have devised an unforgettable way for women to get a message across: Splash ’em across their ta-tas. We kid you not, ladies: You can now be your own walking Hallmark card (think of the money you’ll save on postage). Aptly named Ta•ta•toos are temporary tattoos, worn across one’s chest that “relay sentiments in a fun, intimate and original way,” the company’s Web site explains. There are several collections from which to choose (Just For Fun, Special Occasion, Risque, etc.) touting various greetings such as “Happy Birthday”, “Lucky You” and “Guess What? I’m Pregnant”. Says Greenberg, “Getting something off your chest never felt so good.” The tattoos, which are made with FDA-approved ingredients and last up to a week, are carried in GBS, The Beauty Stores throughout South Florida and online at ta-ta-toos.com. stats

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Seinfeld was onto something with the Man-Zier. One of the hottest topics at this year’s Fashion Week in New York was Spanx for Men, a selection of cotton compression undershirts that “will forever change the way you look and feel in your clothes!” touts the Web site of the company famous for its women’s body-shaping undergarments. The man girdles, er, undershirts are said to provide the appearance of a firmer chest, improved posture and flatter stomach (not to mention camouflaging unfortunate man boobs). They’re available at Neiman Marcus stores, including the store at Town Center at Boca Raton, and come in undershirt, V-neck and tank styles. Word is, Spanx founder Susan Blakely is already working on creating men’s compression bottoms. Or, as we like to call them, manties.


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Low Fat Dressing Need to drop a few pounds? Maybe it’s your wardrobe that needs a diet, insists

nationally renowned fashionista Charla Krupp, who has predicted style trends for Glamour, InStyle and People magazines, as well as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today and The View. While appearing at Bloomingdale’s in Town Center at Boca Raton recently to promote her book, How To Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner – Without Dieting!, (at press time it was No. 7 on The New York Times’ Best-Seller list) she shared some tips with The Boca Raton Observer.

pering, we suggest booking your appointment from April 12th to April 18th, when national Spa Week will include deep discounts on massages, facials and other pricey treatments. During the event, signature services that typically cost from $100 to $450 will set you back just $50 a pop. Local participating spas include Massage Envy of Boca Raton, Skin Apeel Day Spa in Boca Raton, The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue in Town Center at Boca Raton, Exhale Palm Beach and Contour Day Spa at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. For a complete list, visit spaweek.com.

Don’t wear clothes that are too big. Women think they’re going to hide in their clothes, but it’s just going to make you look like a big blob. And don’t wear clothes that are too tight. If you show your muffin-top, you’re not going to do yourself any good. Another tip: wear the highest heels you have at all times. It makes you look longer, leaner and sexier. What items should be avoided like the plague?

Turtleneck sweaters – they make you look like you have no neck. Also, a shoe with an ankle strap is not a good thing for anyone worried about cankles – it cuts your leg and foot in half. Wear a high-heel pump in the same color as your skin tone. It creates a monotone look and makes your legs look longer.

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JUDGING KAREN South Florida Native Mills-Francis Is Back On The Bench – And On TV By Bill Bowen

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t’s not that unusual that people on the South Florida streets would recognize Judge Karen Mills-Francis – she has that open, intelligent look that’s so quick to crease into a smile, the pert blond hair ‌ And of course, there’s her TV show, Judge Karen’s Court, scheduled to return this fall via Litton Entertainment. The show premiered in 2008 and then went bust after Sony chose to get out of the court TV business, even axing Judge Hatchett. “It was all such a whirlwind,â€? recalls Mills-Francis, who at the time was a Miami-Dade judge, having worked as a traffic magistrate, public defender and in private practice for 13 years. She was elected judge in 2000. “There were five TV judges from Miami. When Judge David (Young) got his show, I congratulated him one day in the parking lot, and said, ‘How come nobody ever asks me to be a judge on TV?’ All of a sudden, Sony calls me, I’m up there at meetings, I’m on TV‌ Then all of a sudden, my show is cancelled!â€? Now she’s back in several major markets (at press time the local channel had not been announced), bringing reason and order to a mad world of emotionally charged and mostly goofy lawsuits. She’s the voice of calm washing over two people who want to fight to the death over ownership of a washer-dryer combo. “These are real court cases between real people,â€? says Mills-Francis, a Miami native, University of Florida law school graduate and frequent pundit on HLN’s Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. “It takes a little compassion to realize that when two people sue each other over a cell phone, it’s about more than the cell phone.â€?

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HER HONOR: Judge Karen Mills-Francis

She’s compassionate, sure. But she’s also quick, funny, knows how to cut off an overbearing bully at the knees and can reduce a bloodthirsty plaintiff and defendant to tearful hugging in seven minutes. Just in time for the commercial. The Los Angeles Times called her “the most colorful judge on TV.� People like her – so much, it makes them want to hug her. “Everywhere I go, people know me and they want to hug me,� she says. “If there’s any-

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emember Me isn’t a bad movie – it’s a terrible movie. It’s a love story involving a policeman’s daughter and a tycoon’s ne’er-do-well son, both of whom have suffered family losses in their early years. Dear readers, for me, suffered is the operative word here. It’s been years since a production has been so consistently plagued with a stupid story, banal dialogue and some dreadful acting, spearheaded by the twitchy, catatonic performance of Robert Pattinson (of the vampire teen-lust Twilight trilogy). The direction by Allen Coulter (mainly a TV person) is lackluster and poorly paced; one senses even he might have resented the assignment. Pattinson, who looks like Faye Dunaway with a three-day beard, glowers and grins (period!) and such a limitation cannot carry a movie no matter the prestige of one’s box office appeal. His romantic sidekick, Emilie de Ravin, is appealing in a prep school way, a combination of Gwyneth Paltrow and Meg Ryan, but she lacks the charm or emotional depth of either. Even Chris Cooper, a talented veteran, seems lost in the mediocre bathos of his role as the heroine’s widowed father.

To be fair, four actors deserve praise, not only for their thespian artistry, but also for having the stomachs to stick with this project through to the end. Pierce Brosnan, in a somewhat abbreviated appearance, is Pattinson’s tough mogul father with the heart (and wallet) of gold – a clumsily written role, extremely well-acted. Lena Olin, always charming and lovely, plays Pattinson’s mother (divorced from

Brosnan) who maximizes the part’s limited potential. Tate Ellington, Pattinson’s troublemaking alcoholic roommate, provides most of the sparks in this mostly lifeless enterprise, and young Ruby Jerins is highly effective and sympathetic as Pattinson’s troubled, gifted young sister.

for a story that’s going nowhere? Well, screenwriter Will Fetters (this is his first movie) has chosen the 9/11 disaster as a convenient (if coarse) means of eliminating one character. This provides more than ample proof of the paucity of creativity manifest in Remember Me. O

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TERMS OF ENDEARMENT Exploring The Bond Between Mother And Daughter

By Bill Bowen

The connection between mother and daughter is as vital as it is wonderful, stormy, tender, complex‌ And while no two pairings are exactly alike, there are commonalities that exist in these unique relationships, many of which are addressed in the following books.

Come Back: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back

We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters By Cokie Roberts

By Claire Fontaine and Mia Fontaine Claire Fontaine thought she’d turned everything around – she’d finally divorced the drug-addicted, child abusing father of her little girl, married a good man, moved to L.A. and begun a career as a screenwriter. Ten years later, her daughter, Mia, was excelling in a private school... no one noticed Mia’s double life until she ran away, living with skinheads in vans, exchanging sex for heroin. Claire was about to learn how far down a self-destructive child can sink. Her book, a smart and gutwrenching portrayal of the extraordinary bond that can exist between 34

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A pioneer journalist and renowned news correspondent, Cokie Roberts presents this book not as a scientific study but as her own life experience and the experiences of many mothers and daughters with whom she’s come in contact. The question she attempts to answer with this compilation of stories is: What is a woman’s place? A hint at the answer may be gleaned from the table of contents, which reads like the talking points in a girls’ academy Career Day lecture: Sister, Politician, Consumer Advocate, Aunt, Soldier, First-Class Mechanic, Friend, Reporter, Civil Rights Activist, Wife, Mother/Daughter and Enterpriser. While Roberts’ essays include the political, it’s her personal

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When you sit down with your mother, what are your conversations about? Do you argue? Do you ever wonder what made your mother who she is today? You are her child. She helped make you, shape and guide you. How did she do this? It all stems from who she is as a person. Her history is very much a part of who you are. – P.J. Cloud

Side By Side: The Revolutionary Mother-Daughter Program for Conflict-Free Communication By Dr. Charles Sophy with Brown Kogen Family and child psychiatrist Dr. Charles Sophy, a frequent TV guest on shows such as Larry King Live and Today, may be best-known as the doctor who persuaded L.A. County jailers to release Paris Hilton after her arrest, claiming she was “too emotionally distraught� to remain in jail. In his book, Dr. Sophy, the Medical Director for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, explains that the most promising – and problematic – family dynamic of all is the one between mom and daughter (“They can go from best friends to mortal enemies at breakneck speed,� he writes). The book offers strategies for restoring loving and effective communication between the generations, with endorsements from show business people such as Sharon Stone and, of course, Hilton.

Mom’s Little Angel: Stories of the Special Bond Between Mothers and Daughters By Gregory E. Lang Gregory E. Lang is a New York Times best-selling author whose 23 books have sold 3 million copies and include a series of family relationship 36

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titles, including Why A Daughter Needs A Mom, Why I Love Grandma, etc., each followed by the subhead: 100 Reasons. His latest series, Daddy’s Little Girl, Mom’s Little Angel, which includes the above-mentioned title, explores the mother-daughter bond as a constant in an ever-changing world and how that connection remains an irreplaceable part of their lives. He shares real life stories that celebrate why a daughter needs a mom, along with quotes and photos throughout. Lang describes himself as an author and photographer whose first book, Why A Daughter Needs A Dad, was rejected by 62 publishers before finally being accepted. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in Child and Family Development.

Mother Daughter Duet: Getting to the Relationship You Want with Your Adult Daughter By Cheri Fuller and Ali Plum For most, it’s inevitable, that transition period (think: minefield) through which relationships must tread to reach maturity and understanding on the other side. Many young mothers, who often complete the best-friends-forever phase with their daughters by the time their children turn 12, are unaware of the impending sea change that will test their endurance and, sometimes, their sanity as they struggle to preserve the remnants of their

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Someday, I’ll Ask You – Mothers and Daughters By P.J. Cloud This book is a wonderful tool for daughters wishing to better communicate with their mothers, posing thought-provoking questions such as: “When you sit down with your mother, what are your conversations about? Do you argue? Do you ever wonder what made your mother who she is today?� Cloud’s book broaches questions daughters typically want to ask their mothers, but are too hesitant to present. “You are her child. She helped make you, shape and guide you. How did she do this? It all stems from who she is as a person. Her history is very much a part of who you are,� Cloud writes. This book provides the perfect medium through which questions can be answered. And it can help mothers provide for their daughters all those little details they’ve wanted to convey but didn’t quite know how. O


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GOOD MEDICINE Bon Jovi Takes Over BankAtlantic Center By Bill Bowen

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on Jovi, the popular and versatile rock band that survived the ’80s hair band era, remains strong and on American music lovers’ radars. With 120 million in album sales and its charismatic frontman fresh from a Haiti benefit recording organized by Simon Cowell, the band is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. at the BankAtlantic Center on April 18th.

for his music. He has performed in support of democrats in the last three presidential elections and has devoted time and vast sums of money to charitable causes, including the Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and others. Along the way, he also owned a football team, the Philadelphia Soul of the now-defunct Arena Football League.

The band takes its name from the Americanized spelling (even though it sounds like a French pastry) of its lead singer, Jon Bon Jovi, born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. The multi-octave rock star is nearly as well-known for his political activism and humanitarian instincts as

His music career, perhaps predestined as the cousin of a recording studio owner, spiraled upward after the release of his band’s third album, Slippery When Wet in 1986, with hits such as You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin’ On A Prayer and Wanted Dead Or

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Alive, which has sold 28 million copies and was followed quickly by the multiplatinum New Jersey in 1988, with hit singles including Bad Medicine and I’ll Be There For You. Bon Jovi displayed a more mature rock style through the ’90s on Keep The Faith and These Days, then crossed over into country when it recorded with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles a

version of You Can’t Go Home off the band’s 2005 album, Have A Nice Day, winning a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals and becoming the first rock band to have a No. 1 country album. Their newfound country fan base helped propel 2007’s Lost Highway to No. 1 on the Billboard charts at its debut. O For more information, call 954-8357469 or visit bankatlanticcenter.com.


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THE VELVET VOICE Johnny Mathis Croons At The Kravis By Bill Bowen

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ohnny Mathis’s smooth sound on ubiquitous hits such as Chances Are and It’s Not For Me To Say sold millions of albums and put him on top of the entertainment world while John F. Kennedy was still contemplating a job change from his senate seat. And he’s still one of the globe’s most recognizable voices 53 years after his first hit. Mathis, who performs at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Alexander Dreyfoos Jr. Concert Hall at 8 p.m. on April 14th, grew up in San Francisco’s Fillmore District after his stagestruck father fortuitously moved his family of nine away from Gilmer, Texas. Soon, a 13year-old Mathis was sent to take voice lessons and it was evident the kid had talent. He would continue to hone his skills when in 1955 he had to make a pivotal decision: A gifted athlete who later inspired the annual Johnny Mathis Invitational Track & Field Meet at San Francisco State College, he had to choose between attending his first recording session or tryouts for the ’56 Olympic Games, to which he’d been invited. Chances are, he made the right choice. After his distinctive sound was achieved on his second album, by producer Mitch Miller, Mathis’ fame was propelled by appearances in two movies, playing bar singers in both, and in 1957 on The Ed Sullivan Show, the same year he released megahits Chances Are and It’s Not For Me To Say. He went on to make nearly as many Tonight Show appearances as Johnny Carson, who called him “the best ballad singer in the world.” His hit Misty brought unerring clarity to the words “easy listening.” He put more than 60 albums on the Billboard charts, with several dozen going gold or platinum. As he approaches his 75th birthday, Mathis is still living up to his billing as “the velvet voice.” O For more information, call 561-832-7469 or visit kravis.org.

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GOOD MOON RISIN’ John Fogerty Goes Classic At Hard Rock Live By Bill Bowen

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ock and Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty’s Bay Area band’s name, Creedence Clearwater Revival, inspired spirited analytical pondering as it turned out hits oddly evocative of swamp rock in the post-Summer of Love era. The artist has since traveled a checkered trail of controversy and divergent levels of productivity before apparently mellowing into the seasoned legend scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. on April 22nd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live. Fogerty, upon release from the Army Reserves (after narrowly avoiding being drafted) in 1967, decided with his bandmates to rename the band from Golliwogs to Creedence Clearwater Revival, an eclectic combina-

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tion of three elements including a popular beer commercial that extolled its source from a mountain stream. “Creedence” had its origins in a friend of Fogerty’s brother and bandmate, Tom Credence Nuball. And the “Revival” part ... well, who knows? It was 1967. Fogerty’s band had a distinctly Bayou sound, though it was based in northern California, nearly 2,000 miles from the Louisiana swamps it evoked. The temperamental Fogerty fought with his brother, fought with his bandmates, fought with his record label and later even wrote songs that were thinly disguised diatribes against a record company executive that ultimately led to lawsuits.

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But the Creedence catalogue, compiled between 1968 and 1972, stands as a distinct slice of American music that Fogerty deigns to play in recent years, though for decades he rarely did. Susie Q, Born On The Bayou, Willie And The Poor Boys, Bad Moon Risin’ and Fortunate Son are among his rock’n’roll classics. After Creedence, Fogerty played every instrument himself on The

Blue Ridge Rangers, essentially a solo album. He has continued to put out albums, despite extended periods of nonproductivity, and in 2007 issued Revival and in 2009 The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, which includes guest artists Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles’ Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmidt. O For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.


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ROCKING ON Stephen Stills Brings Nostalgia To The Fillmore

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tephen Stills, iconic rock legend of Buffalo Springfield and CSNY (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young) fame, is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once for each of those groups. He played with one or the other at the three seminal music events of the sixties: the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock and the Altamont Festival. He also composed, while with Buffalo Springfield, the song widely considered the revolutionary anthem of that era, For What It’s Worth. And he’s had a successful solo career that’s spanned 40 years. When he plays at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater on April 17th at 8 p.m., it will be a return to his roots, of sorts. His youth was spent in several military cities, including in Costa Rica and Panama, but he also lived in Tampa and Gainesville, where he attended the University of Florida. Stills’ vision was the driving force behind CSNY, according to a Rolling Stone magazine interview with David Crosby and Graham Nash; the magazine also conducted a survey in which he was rated the 28th best guitar player of all time. Stills’ reach runs far: A pal and collaborator of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Neil Young, he turned his ardor for singer Judy Collins into another rock classic, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, and his catalogue includes megahits such as Love The One You’re With, Southern Cross, 4 + 20, You Don’t Have to Cry, and his latterday Treetop Flyer. Fans will likely hear all these songs at his concert. Of his widely known 1966 audition for The Monkees TV show, it soon became clear that Stills, whose fame quickly eclipsed that of the goofy sitcom, didn’t really need that job. Stills, 65, continues to write and release albums, including two last year, Pieces, with his band, Manassas, and Live At Shepherd’s Bush. O

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he study is called Women, Men and the New Economics Of Marriage – which sounds intriguing. And it is. Money, and who makes it, can be a touchy subject – in families, friendships and even in the best of marriages. And these days, the dynamics of the family income are changing. A research project released earlier this year by the Pew Research Center says something is happening to women’s paychecks in America – especially when compared to their paychecks from the 1970s.

And it’s a good thing, if additional income is how you define “a good thing.� In 1970 – Richard Nixon was president and Patton won best picture at the Academy Awards – only 4 percent of married women ages 30 to 44 earned a higher salary than their husbands. By 1987, it was up to almost 18 percent. And now, as the “mancession� has cut more jobs for male workers than it has for female, the percentage of wives making more than

By Emily J. Minor

This has brought some subtle and not-so-subtle changes into the living rooms of American families, affecting everything from the household workload to spending decisions to tender feelings about who makes what.

Bavone and Lynch were each married before and when they met in Connecticut about 15 years ago, she was leaving a messy divorce and working as a secretary. Bavone, who runs Bavone’s Wood Floors out of West Palm Beach, was making very good money with his floor business up north. And so – as is often the case – he took care of Lynch financially.

In the Bavone home in West Palm Beach, Steve Bavone and his wife, Anne Lynch, never really discussed the slow transition that has occurred during their 12 years of marriage.

And then, things happened. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that 75 percent of the 7 million jobs lost in recent years belonged to men. The statistic for

their husbands is almost 26 percent, according to the study.

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that’s life relations decisions (men, 35 percent; women, 36 percent). But when the wife makes more money, she seems to exert that power at home as well, making about 46 percent of the household decisions, compared to the spouse’s 21 percent. West Palm Beach psychologist Mary Ann Hunt says she doesn’t see this dynamic every day, but she certainly sees more of it now than she did when she began seeing patients 25 years ago. For some couples, she explains, the woman making more than the man can create uncomfortable friction – even if they need the money. “If a man is insecure and measures himself on how much money he makes – and she makes more – that could be problematic,� Hunt says, adding that couples have to “sit down and discuss expectations as far as the shifting roles.�

“IF A MAN IS INSECURE AND MEASURES HIMSELF ON HOW MUCH MONEY HE MAKES – AND SHE MAKES MORE – THAT

COULD BE PROBLEMATIC.�

— Mary Ann Hunt, West Palm Beach psychologist

A bigger paycheck for the wife often affects more than just the checkbook balance. It can change her work schedule, his work schedule and the distribution of household chores. According to the Families and Work Institute, the percentage of men who do most or an equal share of cooking in the household rose from 34 percent in 1992 to 56 percent in 2008. Experts say the increase of women’s responsibilities outside the home has certainly played into the rise in those numbers.

male unemployment has been hovering right around 10 percent, while female unemployment is about 7.9 percent, according to the bureau. That’s how we got the term “mancession� – and Bavone knows all about it. He’s living it. Bavone hasn’t lost his job – he’s self-employed and has continued to work – but his income has diminished with the recession. He’s added windowcleaning to his list of services, purely for economic reasons, he says. And all this time his wife, an attorney who got her law degree after they were married (he helped pay her way through school) has been earning more and more. “All I can say is, ‘Thank God she’s making more 46

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money than me,’� he admits. “She’s paying the bills.� In some households, though, a flip-flop in the typical “the man is the provider� role can throw a shaky or old-fashioned marriage into a bit of chaos. The Pew study – part of the center’s social and demographic trends research – also found that wives who make more than their husbands also have a more vital role in family decisionmaking, especially with large purchases and general household finances. According to the survey, in couples where the husband earns more money, each spouse makes about an equal percentage of household

Lynch, Bavone’s wife, said she and Steve never really discussed his declining income or the rise in hers. They just took it in stride as part of what they were going through as a couple. “He is wonderful,� she says. “But I do have to be careful. I try not to brag too much.� Lynch says her husband is four years younger than she is and “from that generation of men who are much more comfortable with the partnership between the two of us.� Bavone says that, for the most part, he’s “thrilled� that his wife is doing so well financially. He’s a modern guy, after all. “Of course,� he adds, “Right now, it doesn’t take much to make more than me.� O


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veryone knows the classic image of a brand-new mom: beautiful and serene in a fluffy robe and cozy rocking chair, singing lullabies and gazing with love at her angelic, sleepy baby. That’s what a lot of new moms expect when they’re expecting. What they may not expect is the way they’re likely to spend the other 23½ hours of the day: unshowered, unable to rest, uninterested in their husbands and overwhelmed by the needs of a helpless, sleepless, screaming infant. If they do own a fluffy robe, it’s most likely covered in spit-up at the bottom of an overflowing laundry basket. Even for those lucky enough to have the support of family and/or hired help, the early months of motherhood can be among the most challenging times in a woman’s life. If you’ve been there, or you’re there right now, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that up to 20 percent of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. “Having a baby is the first time in your life that it’s 24/7,â€? says Estelle

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Blumberg, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Pompano Beach who has worked with plenty of new mothers. “Most of the time they’re just overwhelmed. And when you’re overwhelmed, you don’t even know where to start.� In fact, feeling overwhelmed is one of the most common symptoms of postpartum depression. Others include restlessness, moodiness, crying, insomnia and withdrawal from family and friends. Those feelings are par-

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ticularly likely in the first week or two after childbirth, during which about 80 percent of new mothers get “the baby blues.� It’s only when the symptoms remain past that point, or when they begin later in the baby’s first year, that a woman is considered to have postpartum depression. While many women might once have felt ashamed to admit to being sad during a time they’d expected to be happy, public awareness of postpartum depression has grown in recent

years along with the list of celebrities who’ve openly discussed their struggles with it: Courteney Cox-Arquette, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marie Osmond and Brooke Shields, to name a few. It was Shields who also brought attention to the controversial issue of antidepressants for new mothers, many of whom are reluctant to take medication while still nursing their babies. Therapists have differing opinions on this issue, advising women to make those decisions


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;ANYONE WHOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SUFFERING SHOULDNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T WAIT. WHETHER ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S THE WOMAN HERSELF RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF DEPRESSION, OR SOMEONE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dr. Laurence Miller, Ph.D., a clinical and forensic psychologist in Boca Raton

ELSE POINTING IT OUT TO THEM, WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IMPORTANT IS THAT THE WOMAN GETS HELP.â&#x20AC;?

privately with their psychiatrist, obstetrician and/or pediatrician.

actually go through with harming their children.

But women who are frightened by their own thoughts, particularly those who worry about hurting themselves or their baby, are advised to have that conversation as soon as possible to make sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not at risk for a far more serious condition: postpartum psychosis.

But for the vast majority who simply donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like themselves, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no reason to delay talking to a good therapist. Doctors and friends can be a great source of referrals. Or if money is an issue, counseling is among the variety of government services for new parents offered by the Palm Beach County Health Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Healthy Beginnings program (call 561-840-4500 or visit pbchd.com).

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those family homicides that get all the attention are psychosis, not postpartum depression,â&#x20AC;? says Dr. Laurence Miller, Ph.D., a clinical and forensic psychologist in Boca Raton. A prime example is that of Andrea Yates, the Texas mother who drowned her five children in a bathtub. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Psychosis usually lasts just a few days, while depression can last for weeks or months.â&#x20AC;? Postpartum psychosis is also rare, affecting fewer than one in 1,000 new mothers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; most of whom donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 50

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sion, there are plenty of therapies available that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve drugs at all. Blumberg, for example, says learning to calm oneself is among the most important skills a new mother can acquire. When her patients begin to feel theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at their breaking point, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell them to put the baby somewhere safe, (such as their crib) and take a few minutes just to breathe, think about the air coming in and the air coming out. Take oxygen into your brain and think about calming. Then go back and deal with the baby.â&#x20AC;? Blumberg also urges new mothers to ask their spouse or someone else for a break at least once a week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two hours on a Saturday afternoon to go to the mall by yourself, or go walk the track,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And when the baby does sleep, make sure to go to sleep yourself.â&#x20AC;? Linda Gaines, a licensed clinical social worker with the Center for Dynamic Well Being in Boca Raton, says new mothers often become so focused on

their baby that they feel guilty about taking time for themselves. She urges her patients to think about their own needs, both mental and physical, as well those of the baby. When she sees a new mother whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s depressed, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We look at all the elements. Is her husband around? What about her social contacts? We look at what her beliefs are about being a good mother and what family means. Then you also have the daily living skills that a new mother is not sure of: How to change the baby, anxiety about nursing, not feeling sexual or the reverse, where the husband might now view her only as the Madonna and the mother of his child.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Another piece of this is helping her to understand that what sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feeling is normal,â&#x20AC;? Gaines adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having a new baby throws the husband and wife into chaos. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a mobile, which can be very quiet and steady, but if you push one piece of the mobile, everything will be off balance. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take a while for you to get your equilibrium back.â&#x20AC;? O


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V’s hardest working fashionista, Stacy London has always had a wild streak. At age 12, London was hanging out at trendy Manhattan clubs like Danceteria, Studio 54 and Peppermint Lounge. Life for this precocious tween was a maze of music, dancing, fashion and partying with her young friends. Even though her family was academically oriented, London had an adventurous side that needed to be sated. She wanted the freedom to live it up without any restraints. “My mom basically said, ‘Do what you want, but if you get in trouble you had better get out of it yourself,’” recalls London, 40, the sassy half-Sicilian, half-Jewish original co-host of What Not to Wear, The Learning Channel’s (TLC) popular weekly reality TV show. “I never got in real trouble or arrested,” says the native New Yorker, who has family in South Florida. “But I did get the wild side out of my system quite early which has helped me focus on work!”

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uch hyper-focus has led to great success. Today, the omnipresent London is a freelance style and fashion consultant, NBC Today show correspondent, spokesperson for Woolite detergent and Pantene (the hair care company appreciates her trademark gray streak, which she’s had since she was 11) and is now shooting the eighth season of What Not To Wear, the in-your-face transformation show that helps style-challenged folks look and feel their best. During the show, subjects are provided fast, literal and visual makeovers by London and her co-host, Clinton Kelly. While recipients always end up ecstatic with the results, these makeovers can be tough to endure. First, there’s the shock of being told – on national TV – that friends and loved ones find them so fashion-backward that they require an emergency intervention. And the co-hosts can be, um, blunt. “We were first slammed for being snarky and critical,” admits London, who refers to women’s breasts as “the girls,” and tells people to “shut up!” when she approves of a makeover. “But we’re just being truthful when we tell a woman she looks like a tramp. We hope to soon transform her and inspire others to get a sense of perspective and gain self-esteem.” april 2010

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“Stacy is like your brutally honest best friend who tells you the truth about what you are wearing, then makes you feel better about yourself when you change your style,” observes Nancy Daniels, senior vice president of production and development for TLC. “She has both heart and credibility with a passion for fashion. People love her!”

vienne Tam and Rebecca Taylor. The savvy fashion cop also turns up regularly on Access Hollywood and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tyra Show and The Wendy Williams Show, and on news segments for CNN and FOX. When not working with Pantene and Woolite, she’s preparing to introduce a new product with Riders by Lee jeans. She’s also partnered with the American Cancer Society’s Look Good, Feel Better program and provides makeovers for double-mastectomy survivors with the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. “I know this is my calling,” she says. “I never wanted to be a designer. I knew I wanted to do something in fashion. Now I know I love helping people look and feel better by making them over.”

My insights about style and self-esteem come from my own personal struggles. I have had an up and down weight problem and major self-esteem issues over the years. When I help others, I know what I am talking about.

In 2005, three years after she helped launch What Not To Wear, she joined Today as a style correspondent and now has her own segment, “Ask Stacy.” The same year, she and Clinton co-wrote Dress Your Best: The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That’s Right For Your Body for Random House. In 2007, she hosted her own TLC talk show, Shut Up! It’s Stacy London!, which served as a pilot for Fashionably Late with Stacy London. She also took the helm of a TLC series on fashion trends, Fashion Fanatic with Stacy London (the shows no longer air). She’s also worked with A-list stars like Kate Winslet and Katie Holmes and consulted for top designers including Vi58

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London’s success on the show amplified her own celebrity status in the highly competitive world of style and fashion, where nearly 20 years ago she began her career as an assistant at Vogue magazine.

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Case in point: In one episode London transformed the hippie look of Mayim Bialik, former star of the now-defunct NBC series Blossom. They were impressed by Bialik’s resume – the actress had a Ph.D. in neuroscience. But, as London told a reporter from AOL last year, “all of her accomplishments and talents got lost in the wet hair and hippie-dippy-trippy long skirts with a little bit of pseudo-punk thrown in.” In the end, London said it was great to watch the actress rediscover herself.

The busy New Yorker, who lives with Al, her big-boned, 13-year-old cat, is also close to completing a short film with a friend called Air Head, created to help build young girls’ self-esteem. “My insights about style and self-esteem come from my own personal struggles,” she admits. “I have had an up and down weight problem and major self-esteem issues over the years. When I help others, I know what I am talking about.”

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orn on May 25, 1969, London was raised as a real Manhattan kid by divorced parents. Her father, Herbert London, was a college dean who founded the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Her mother, Joy, a Vassar College graduate, worked as a venture capitalist; her stepmother, Victoria London, is a romance novelist of books such as Destiny’s Desire, Ecstasy’s Ember, Passion’s Pirate and


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“I am a New Yorker through and through,” she says. “With the electricity in the air, I cannot imagine growing up anywhere else.” She recalls school field trips to the American Museum of Natural History, which was not far from her home. “I used to stare and stare at the amethyst from Brazil and was so in love with it I wanted to steal it,” she says with a laugh. “I was floored by the whole place.” Saturdays were spent shopping in the great department stores and specialty shops along Fifth Avenue, where she got a real taste of style and fashion and the cachet attached to them. Like her mother, London enrolled at Vassar College and studied hard during her four years. Education was a high priority because of her high-achieving parents, and she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in philosophy and literature.

magazine. She understands culture and has tunnel vision. It was a fascinating experience.” London then went to now-defunct Mademoiselle, another Condé Nast magazine, where she worked as assistant to the fashion director. From there she freelanced as a stylist and was able to work with top people in the field, such as Joe McKenna, a shining light in the world of style and image, especially for fashion editorials. Through McKenna, she met Linda Evangelista and other top models. Together, they fashioned the 30th cover for Italian Vogue, styling models and snowboarders for a shoot in Lake Tahoe and Squaw Valley. Later, they styled a Versace couture show in Paris. “I virtually had the history of fashion before my eyes,” London marvels.

“I knew I wanted to be a stylist and maybe work for a magazine but needed a broad base in liberal arts which is very important,” she explains. “I was so lucky to graduate then go right to Vogue magazine as a fashion assistant. I was at the right place at the right time.” Like the Anne Hathaway character in the revealing film, The Devil Wears Prada, London was green – and not so lean. “I weighed 180 pounds when I started at Vogue under Anna Wintour,” she recalls. “I was swimming with sharks, total trial by fire.” She worked with superstars like photographer Irving Penn, and spent hours learning about production and popular culture and assisting different editors. She calls it fashion boot camp because she learned so much in so little time. “I was totally out of my league when I got there,” she says of the two-anda-half-year stint, “but Anna has created the most incredible fashion 60

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She remembers another shoot with McKenna for Calvin Klein. London was backstage with the late Carolyn Bessette and model Kate Moss. The girls were chatting about their guys and about skiing. Bessette mentioned her husband John F. Kennedy, and Moss talked about actor Johnny Depp. “I was in rarified air and totally amazed,” London says. “I was never a participant; the inclusivity of that world was hard for me. I am not bitchy enough and still had self-esteem issues. I was attracted because I was insecure and wanted status and cachet. I had none at all.” By age 26, she had become fashion editor at Mademoiselle, returning to the building where she began her career, but with a lot more to offer. She stayed at the

magazine for four years before leaving to freelance. Soon she found herself in an unfamiliar position: She was experiencing a career low. Sure, styling commercials paid the bills, but she’d lost interest in Chanel trench coats and Prada skirts. Though her closet was filled with 300 pairs of shoes, she was unhappy and unfulfilled. Then she got the call from TLC that would change her life. “I had no idea what it was at first,” she admits. “But after I started doing the show, I found it to be a pivotal transition to work with regular people and help them look better.” The erstwhile stylist-to-the-stars soon realized she’d wasted many years looking externally to feel good, when in fact, she noted, style comes from within. Through her epiphany, she learned to make positive change and likes to share her lesson to help others. “The psychology of self is why people wear what they wear,” London explains. “It is a symptom. On the show, we ask people what they’re hiding. We learn about them from this. We know that style is a choice. People can use it as a tool or make it an obstacle.” Speaking of which, she has some fashion advice for Boca Raton residents: “I hate the white leather shoes people wear in Boca Raton ... but I have nothing against the town in general, my great aunt lived there!” Her grandmother also lived nearby in Deerfield Beach. And while she has no plans to move south, she may end up a living on the West Coast part time. As a diehard New Yorker, it’s difficult for her to admit how much she loves Los Angeles, but her constant travel for work and play (The Golden Door Spa is her favorite retreat) has opened her eyes to new horizons. She keeps opening ours as well. O

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“Egypt seems to be on everyone’s bucket list these days. And it’s easy to see why. The Great Pyramids of Egypt at Giza are the only surviving structures from the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and Petra, Jordan, is straight out of an archeologist’s wildest dreams – a rock-carved, rose-red city of massive architecture and an ingenious complex of dams and water channels,” explains Susan L. Eckert, president of Adventure Women, which she formed in 1982. “For thousands of years, Egypt and Jordan have cast a spell on all who have visited. Travelers are inspired by their rich history, cultures and their testaments to astonishing ancient civilizations.” Nights will be spent in 5-star hotels in Egypt and Jordan and sailing on a fournight cruise on the Nile Adventurer, an elegant ship that will cruise the Nile River. The 34-cabin ship features a lounge, library, game room and crew of 34. There’s a trip scheduled for October 15th through april 2010

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October 29th. The cost: $7,595, not including airfare to JFK Airport. And bring extra cash. According to Eckert, “Tipping (called baksheesh) in Egypt is a way of life.” For more information, call 800-804-8686 or visit adventurewomen.com Pedaling

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The La Dolce Vita Tuscany Cycling Adventure is as intoxicating as it sounds – travelers bicycle through quiet back roads to medieval hilltop villages replete with charming castles and prize-winning vineyards located along winding roads with panoramic views of the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. They also join poetry and yoga sessions, prepare authentic Tuscan dishes with a local chef, taste the finest wines and cheeses, go behind the scenes at an olive oil press, enjoy lunch with sculptor Rolando Stefanacci at his villa and more. “Your days will be filled with the sights, smells and tastes of Tuscany,” promises Colleen Cannon, a former professional triathlete and owner of Women’s Quest, which has been organizing trips since 1992. “There’s beautiful scenery, art, architecture and history and we take time to enjoy it, along with frequent stops for photos, cappuccino, gelato and other treats.” The seven-night excursion is limited to 20 women and most mornings begin with a yoga session, followed by a buffet breakfast, which travelers burn off with a bike ride that might range from 20 to 80 miles, interspersed with sightseeing. It’s divided between two regions: the countryside of the Etruscan coast on the Mediterranean Sea and picturesque Val d’Orcia in central Italy. Among the spectacular sites: the wine-making village of Bolgheri, Siena, known for its spectacular art; Volterra, located high atop a volcanic plateau; Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena, where The English Patient was filmed and the grand Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, where monks still celebrate mass in Gregorian chant.

Nights are divided between the Campastrello Sport Hotel in the town of Castagneto Carducci, which is surrounded by fruit orchards and olive groves and Fattoria del Colle, a wine and olive oil estate just outside the village of Trequanda, whose proprietor produces award-winning Brunello di Montalcino wines and a signature vintage produced by women. The trip is offered June 13th through June 20th and September 25th through October 2nd. The cost: $3,500, not including airfare or bike rental. For more information, call 303545-9295 or visit womensquest.com Surfing In Bali The Surf Goddess Retreat on Bali’s southwest coast has it all: awesome food, a sun-drenched locale and, organizers promise, you’ll be standing up on the board by the end of your first lesson. Even better: Packing will be a breeze – swimsuits, shorts, T-shirts, flip-flops and a hat are the main attire. Never surfed before? No worries. Many of the women you’ll be riding the waves with are novices – and teachers certified by the Australian Academy of Surfing Instruction have advanced rescue and CPR training. The weeklong retreat is known for its gourmet food, including Ginger and Banana Pancakes and Grilled Wild Prawn. Mornings are spent learning to surf, but afternoons are reserved for yoga sessions, spa treatments, Indonesian cooking classes, bike tours through rural villages and scuba diving at the Tulamben wreck where the American freighter Liberty was sunk by the Japanese during WWII. Pampering is part of the charm at Surf Goddess Sanctuary, a deluxe, private villa custom-designed and used exclusively for Surf Goddess retreats. The space, which overlooks lush tropical gardens, is located on Abli’s south coast in the charming village of Seminyak.

“Most surf camps in the region cater to the hardcore male surfer content with a cold shower and a couple of beers at the end of the day or the young budget-minded backpackers,” says founder Chelsea Rostill-Huntley, who’s lived and surfed in Bali for more than a decade. “The aim of creating Surf Goddess was to provide a place where we could introduce women to surfing while providing 5-star luxury and service. Something wonderful happens when women surf – we grow more confident, we find new places in our soul, we wash away the cares of the world and see the big picture of our lives and our place in it.” The cost: From $2,595 for eight days and seven nights, not including airfare. For more information, call 888-726-9763 or visit surfgoddessretreats.com Eating Across St. Lucia Attention, foodies: Here’s a chance to learn to cook island cuisine at a luxurious estate on an organic cocoa plantation in St. Lucia. The 15 women on this three-night escape from the ordinary will learn how to create local delicacies – even visiting local farmers’ markets and crafting a four-course dinner with their purchases (and then eating it to the live music of a steel drum band). “We’ll be touring the Island of St Lucia and discover its unique culinary repertoire,” says Freda Gore, a chef and owner of Caribbean Culinary Tours. “It has culinary influences from the Spanish, French and English. You will enjoy dishes such as Callaloo Soup, Curried Coconut Chicken Green Papaya Au Gratin and Banana Rum Cake.” St. Lucia, a small, lush tropical gem and one of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles is only 27 miles long and 14 miles wide. Even its shape resembles food – some say it looks like a mango; others swear they see an avocado. Chefs-in-themaking stay at the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, a 19th-century colonial plantation. The hotel’s 10 gin-

m o o R For o Tw Traveling with a friend? The following issues – and tips for how to address them – will help keep your journey happy and harmonious. Snoring: If this is an issue for one of you, agree ahead of time how to handle it. Possible solutions include ear plugs, keeping the window ajar for street noise – or separate rooms. Smelling: A big issue is heavy use of perfumes or other products with chemical smells. We suggest no perfume on a tour, or approving of each others’ scents before the trip. Smoking: Sharing with a smoker means a smoking room, a smoking floor and smoking tables at meals. Smokers are handicapped and often isolated on tours because buses and most restaurants don’t allow it. Room Etiquette: Does your friend watch TV late at night or blow dry her hair in the wee hours of the morning? Find out so you’re prepared for the noise overload. Stamina: Compare walking, stair climbing and the ability to carry luggage and cope with jet lag or exhaustion. No matter how considerate you want to be, if your physical abilities are different you probably won’t travel well together. Spending: Be honest about the budget. Do you expect to take taxis instead of buses, order expensive drinks and spend like crazy? Agree over what you’ll splurge on together and when to go your separate financial ways. Make a deal to accommodate each other in two splurges you may not agree on. And always pay your fare share, including tip. Source: womenstravelclub.com

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gerbread-style cottages are scattered throughout the 133-acre property, located in a tropical rainforest in the town of Soufrière (Prince Charles paid a visit in 2008). Soufrière is home to the majestic Pitons, twin mountains which rise 2,000 feet above sea level and La Grande Soufrière, the world’s only “drive-in” volcano (it’s been dormant since the late 18th century, but the crater emits steam, sulphur and boiling mud and water). And of course, there will be time to sample lively restaurants, enjoy yoga on the beach and indulge in a spa treatment. “Our women’s retreat combines funfilled, physical and spirit-filled activities with unique adventures that refresh and enliven the mind and body and celebrates our planet earth,” says Gore. Indeed. Mountains, rainforests, pristine beaches, island cocktails, fantastic food – how can you resist? The cost: $1,999, not including airfare. For more information, visit caribbeanculinarytours.com. Kayaking In Croatia Imagine kayaking through sapphire waters surrounded by magnificent steep cliffs with vistas of a 140-yearold lighthouse, playful wild dolphins and the magical Mana Island. That’s what it’s like to travel along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, one of the most beautiful – and historic – places in the world. “Most Americans know little about Croatia and are surprised when they visit Roman ruins and villages that have existed for thousands of years. Like Florida, its extensive coastline has played a pivotal role in its long history, making sea kayaking the perfect way to explore it,” explains Marian Marbury, who founded Adventures in Good Company in 1999. “But unlike Florida, its predominant features are limestone rocks rising abruptly out of azure waters.” Marbury’s trip accommodates 12 women, who will explore the Croa68

Going Solo Your husband’s busy and so are your friends – but you’re still ready to get out of Dodge. When choosing a group tour, make sure to address the following: Ask about room sharing possibilities, as well as how long the company has been arranging tours. Ask if there are other solo travelers.

If you are concerned about being alone in a hotel, ask for a room next to either the guide or someone else in the group.

Choose a group with a maximum of 25 people who travel in one bus and stay at the same hotels. Read the small print to see if a bus is provided if the group is limited in size.

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Inquire about hotel neighborhoods so you’re comfortable going out alone. Are they in centrally located, safe areas? Is there a shuttle bus so you can explore on your own? Analyze the itinerary carefully – how much free time will you have and are outings guaranteed or dependent on interest of other group members? Make sure the trip has a welcome dinner or cocktail party. If not, ask what organizers do to integrate solo travelers.

tian Kornati archipelago via kayaks, snorkeling and hikes. The area captivated George Bernard Shaw, who lovingly wrote: “On the last day of the Creation God desired to crown his work, and thus created the Kornati Islands out of tears, stars and breath.” The journey involves six to 15 miles of paddling daily intermingled with hiking, snorkeling and swimming. Evenings are spent in a campsite on the beach (the coffee is great, organizers promise). If that much paddling worries you, ask to pal up with another woman – double kayaks are available. You’ll return home with buff arms and plenty of stories to share. How about a climb up Kornati’s highest peak, the 750-foot Metlina, where the view is mind-blowing or a trek through Telascica Nature Park, with its steep cliffs and more than 400 flora species. There’s also a hike

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Ask about languages spoken on the trip so you’re not one of just a few English-speaking travelers. Arrange flights through the tour company to be assured of transfers and follow-ups if flights are late. Does the guide carry a mobile phone? Make sure you know how to get in touch in case of emergency. Ask about meal seating. Is there a common table for solo travelers, assigned seating – or is it a free-for-all?

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to Fort Tureta, built during the Byzantine era and a visit to Lavsa, now a popular marina (“which fortunately means it also has a tavern with cold beer,” quips Marbury on the group’s Web site). The adventure takes place May 22nd through May 31st and begins and ends in Zadar, located on a peninsula that juts out into the Adriatic Sea. The cost: $2,150 (not including airfare). For more information, call 877-439-4042 or visit adventuresingoodcompany.com. O

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House When Not Taking On Capitol Hill Heavyweights, Feisty Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz Juggles The Needs of Her Family, Constituency ... And Girl Scout Troop

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ebbie Wasserman Schultz is a member of the United States House of Representatives, whose signature blond locks are often splashed across TV screens as she debates political issues without even breaking a sweat.

But she’s also a wife and a mother of three – including a set of twins. This Broward County Democrat is a Girl Scout leader, breast cancer survivor and highly respected liberal who pushes for children and education in the House. She lives in South Florida, but works in D.C. and likely baffles other working mothers, wondering how she can do it all and still remain sane. The answer? It’s simple, she says. “I love my job. When you have children, it gives you a different perspective in life, a new outlook on the role of a public servant… It got more personal for me.”

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“She’s just another mother trying to work and juggle the kids at one time. She has it harder than me. She doesn’t see them as much as I do. That has to be tough.” – Steve Schultz, Wasserman Schultz’s husband

PASSION FOR POLITICS On one particular rainy March day, Wasserman Schultz sits in the Weston Hills Country Club, sporting a conservative purple suit and black heels. One meeting had just ended and another is about to begin. During the few minutes in between, she works via her BlackBerry, which she carries in a sparkly pink case. It looks like something a middle-schooler would beg their mother to buy. It’s a way of expressing herself. She takes it with her when Congress is in session. They’re so conservative in Washington, she says, with a slight eye roll. Pink, she says, is her daughters’ favorite color. Her day is packed with meetings and interviews and autographing pictures for admirers. She’ll eat in the car and hope to catch some 72

sleep at night because the next morning she’s on her way to Washington, D.C. Then just one day later, she’ll be back in South Florida to watch her daughter in a school play, only to hop on a plane bound for Capitol Hill once more. Hearing Wasserman Schultz’s schedule makes one wonder how the 43year-old even finds time to breathe. And though she admits it’s a hectic life she leads, she thrives on it and wouldn’t trade it for the world. Why? Because, she says with a smile, “I can make the world better.” One of her biggest priorities right now is healthcare reform. She debated the issue just a few days prior on Meet the Press (she’s now been on every Sunday morning talk show). Her assistant compliments her on the recent TV appearance. “Thanks,” she says. “It was cool.”

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Wasserman Schultz had butterflies in her stomach that day, but not enough to keep her from speaking her mind – politely of course. Her husband Steve sometimes critiques her performances. If she interrupts the moderator or the person she’s debating, he’ll say so. And if he doesn’t like what she says, well, he’ll tell her that too.

girlfriends reminding her, it’s her staff, she says laughing. Growing up in Long Island, N.Y., she didn’t dream of becoming a politician. She wanted to be a veterinarian and help sick animals feel better again, and now has three dogs and a cat at home. But when Wasserman Schultz started attending classes at the University of Florida, she clashed with chemistry and began searching for another calling, which came quickly after jumping into student government. She found she was good at it.

Her children – a 6-year-old daughter and 10-year-old twins, a boy and a girl – watch her as well, often times wondering when mom is coming home. “Sometimes they think it’s really cool,” she says of her job, “other times they think it’s a huge pain because I have to travel.” When one of her girlfriends saw the show, she called Wasserman Schultz the next day. Not to congratulate her, but to tell her it was time to get her roots done. And if it’s not her

She liked the intensity of politics and the passion it required to fight for what you believe. She went from student government involvement to becoming the youngest female ever elected to the Florida State House of Representatives. She later took a senate seat in the Florida State legislature before getting elected to a Congressional seat in 2004. Politics is a good match for Wasserman Schultz, says her father, Larry


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Wasserman of Weston, because she is an organizer and, ever since she was a child, she’s always had to be in the middle of everything. In high school, she ran for student government and lost because, her father says, those titles usually went to the popular kids. Wasserman Schultz wasn’t exactly popular. But she wasn’t shy either. At age 12, she insisted on playing Little League baseball. She was the only girl who tried out and she ended up making the team. “She didn’t play that much but she didn’t quit either,” her father says. Wasserman Schultz doesn’t quit things. She creates things, such as legislation to protect her voters and she’s even created history, when she became the first Jewish congresswoman elected from Florida. She finds solutions to problems, like if one of her children has to study for a test and she isn’t home to help. Often times she takes the review sheets with her when she travels and quizzes her children over the phone. She’s usually home in Weston for 3 ½ days and spends the rest of the week in D.C. Weekends are reserved for her family and at least one of those days is spent serving as her daughter’s Girl Scout leader. On this particular week, she volunteered to host the meeting at her house. Girl Scouts are taught to be strong and independent, like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who Wasserman Schultz admires. And though she knows her children miss her when she’s gone, she knows they admire and respect her too. The essay her 10year-old daughter recently wrote in school made that very clear. “My daughter talked about my job and how I help people and how I’m always there for her,” she says. She wouldn’t have it any other way. You know the saying, behind every great man there’s a great woman? Well, in Wasserman Schultz’s case, behind every great woman, there’s a great man.

FIGHT OF HER LIFE Saint Steve, that’s what she calls her husband. Why? Because he cooks and cleans and takes care of the kids. He totes them to practices and school functions and play dates and makes sure they’re tucked into bed each night while his wife is making a difference in D.C. And he does all of this while working full time as a banker at the Community Bank of Broward. The couple met 19 years ago at a softball game and she knew he was the one by their second date. Steve, 45, first noticed her curly hair. Then they talked and one conversation led to another. Before they knew it, it was less than a year later

were detected. She found this lump while performing a self exam. It turned out to be an early stage of breast cancer. So early that she didn’t need chemotherapy or radiation, but is taking a cancer drug instead, which she must take for five years. During this time, she also learned she was at a greater risk of carrying a gene mutation for breast and ovarian cancer because she is an Ashkenazi Jew of Eastern European descent. So she decided to have both of her breasts removed, as well as her ovaries. She went through seven surgeries in 2008, but never put aside her responsibilities to Congress. She threw herself into her work, including a reelection and the presidential campaign, and she did everything she

focus on my work and not dwell on what might happen,’” he says of his daughter. “So that’s how she got through it and that’s how we got through it. I’m proud of her.” Her active lifestyle certainly doesn’t allow her time to dwell. Even on this day, after 30 minutes into her meeting, her assistants are ready to whisk her away. She stands up, straightens her suit and brushes her naturally curly hair aside. “Where are we going next?” she asks. Before she leaves, she scrolls through pictures of her family on her BlackBerry and brags about her 10-year-old daughter. She recently had a stylist cut her long hair so she could donate it to Locks of Love, a nonprofit group that provides hairpieces to sick children

“I love my job. When you have children, it gives you a different perspective in life, a new outlook on the role of a public servant… It got more personal for me.” – Debbie Wasserman Schultz

and Steve asked her to slow dance in their apartment and he proposed when the music stopped. They still listen to the song – Forever Mine by Jeffrey Osborne – from time to time. He’s a romantic, Wasserman Schultz says, and he’s her sounding board when she needs one.

could to keep her suffering a secret. Even her children knew she was having surgery, but they didn’t know what for.

To the voters, she’s a strong, savvy woman who is all business once she gets on Capitol Hill. But to Steve, though he knows she’s strong and savvy, she’s simply his wife and mother of his children. “She’s just another mother trying to work and juggle the kids at one time,” he says. “She has it harder than me. She doesn’t see them as much as I do. That has to be tough.”

Though tears rarely fall from her eyes, she cried the day she learned of the cancer. And again on the day she revealed it to the world. Wasserman Schultz announced it in a press conference in 2009 and, at the same time, introduced legislation for a national campaign to educate young women and their doctors about early breast cancer detection.

Together, they’ve created a strong family and it’s remained that way, even during those times when she hasn’t felt very strong. In December of 2007, she found a lump in her right breast, about the size of a ball on the end of a jack. Six weeks earlier, Wasserman Schultz had her first mammogram at age 40 and no lumps

“The strength I found was the confidence I had in my doctors,” she says. “I believed in the medicine.”

“I just can’t tell you how many young women have said, ‘My doctor sent me home,’” she says, only to discover later that they had breast cancer all along. Her fight with breast cancer is an example of her determination, her father says. “I remember, she said, ‘I try not to think about it. I try to

who can’t afford it. Wasserman Schultz was the one who took her. As she leaves the country club, she says she was only 25 years old when she started her first campaign. “I knocked on 25,000 doors,” she says, before getting into her car. Anyone who knows her well wouldn’t be surprised. She’s known to work hard for what she believes in, whether it’s a campaign, her son’s science project or her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. Wasserman Schultz never gives up. “One of the things I instilled in both of my children was in whatever field you choose, you’re going to find people who either are smarter or they just have this ability to do something it takes more time for you to do,” her father says. “But you’ll find if you always give 100 percent, you will get ahead because people recognize hard workers.” His daughter, he says, certainly took that to heart. O

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A) ( Physical Let’s Get Medical Advances Every Woman Should Be Aware Of Before Her Next Exam By Emily J. Minor

Our health is a funny thing – funny meaning odd, not ha-ha. We take for granted that our knees will bend and our eyes will focus and our blood-sugar levels will bounce back to normal after we eat popcorn at the movies. And then something happens... The knee gets stiff and the left eye is acting funny and the doctor says the blood-sugar levels aren’t really what they should be. 76

Since the days of Hippocrates, we’ve been lucky to watch researchers and doctors make incredible progress with the scientific art of fixing our broken bodies. And today, things are changing even more quickly. Dr. Holly Hadley, who runs a women’s concierge medical practice in Palm Beach County called WomenFirst, says the trickiest part is watching the medical breakthroughs and tracking the success rates of what works and

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what doesn’t – particularly in her area of women’s health. “In a way,” Dr. Hadley says, “we’re trying to fine tune these tools we’ve been using.” Sometimes it’s not actually the new test, instrument  or medicine that’s the breakthrough – it’s watching the results of those new things and fine tuning, she explains. The following are changes that Dr. Hadley and other medical experts are watching closely in six areas of women’s health: Cancer, sexual dysfunction, fertility, bone health, heart disease and menopause. And you should be too.


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Breast And Cervical Cancer

Perhaps the biggest recent change in this field was the recommendation by an influential federal panel in 2009 that women cut back on the frequency of mammograms. This kicked off a firestorm of individual stories from families all around the country about how a mammogram saved the life of a woman they loved. The controversial study by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force determined that women in their 40s without a history of breast cancer may not need regular mammograms. And healthy women over 50 may just need one every other year. Of course, women should always follow the advice of doctors who know their personal medical history, Dr. Hadley says. One of the reasons mammograms aren’t recommended across the board is the breast density of younger wom78

en, according to the Task Force study. And Dr. Hadley agrees. Younger breasts have natural “lumps” that may look irregular on a typical mammogram, which can prompt invasive procedures that aren’t necessary. “Many times, we’re putting people through an unnecessary biopsy,” she says. Annual physician exams, self-exams and an ultrasound if something odd is found is the best regime, experts agree. And if a malignant lump is discovered, there are new ways to treat the cancer. Lumpectomies with radiation treatment are as effective as mastectomies, say several experts we spoke with. And if radiation is necessary, there’s a new radiation treatment that can be inserted right at the site where the radiation is done – a treatment Dr. Hadley likes. “Used to be, you’d go through six weeks of radiation,” she explains. And new medical research on cervical health shows women over 30

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only need a pap smear every three years unless they have high levels of HPV, or Human Papillomavirus. Otherwise, there’s no reason to “march in there like little robots and have a pap smear each year,” Dr. Hadley says. Also, for younger girls, the Gardasil vaccine is found to pre-

vent the presence of HPV, which causes cervical cancer. Experts consider this a major advancement.  

Sexual Dysfunction

Depending on what research you look at, an estimated 40 percent of


all women report some sort of sexual trouble in their lives. The most common complaints? Low libido, pain during intercourse (called dyspareunia), an inability to become aroused and an inability to reach orgasm. And while there’s certainly nothing funny about a low sex drive, painful sex or an elusive orgasm, our experts couldn’t help but make a little joke that seems to go around in women’s medical circles. “What can I say?” Dr. Hadley quips. “If it were a guy problem, it would be fixed by now.” Conni Murphy, a respected nurse practitioner with the South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Miami, is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and says it’s maddening how the average insurance plan will pay for 31 Viagra pills every month. “But a woman with migraines can only get six to nine migraine pills a month.” Still, the one change in women’s sex lives seems to be this, according to Murphy and Dr. Hadley: Women are talking about it more. That’s the breakthrough, Murphy says. “I know that for a lot of women, it’s a libido thing. We are going, going, going, moving, shaking, walking on water.” Murphy says rest is important for a good sex life. You’re not going to feel sexy if you’re dog tired. Second, reestablish that intimacy. “We have to have our hearts open before we want to have sex,” Murphy points out. Third, schedule a date night. “That can make a huge difference with some couples.” And there are some old standbys that can help. A low-dose estrogen cream can increase lubrication and reduce pain. “My big joke is, the only place you want to have wrinkles as you get older is in your vagina,” says Murphy. Apparently, a wrinkly vagina means it’s healthy. And think about sex toys and lubricants. Everyone agrees: A healthy sex life makes us happier.

Fertility

There have been ample strides made in medical research in recent years in diseases such as diabetes, cancer and epilepsy, to name a few. But perhaps no field has seen greater strides than fertility. Think about it. It was only 32 years ago – in 1978 – that the process of in vitro fertilization first worked successfully. And now it’s somewhat run-of-the mill in this ever-changing discipline. Murphy talks about an advancement being used at just a few clinics in the

country that she says will be lifechanging for women: freezing a woman’s eggs and saving them before they’re fertilized into an embryo. For years now, women and men who knew they wanted children – but just not now – have been saving embryos for babies later, she explains. Maybe they weren’t ready, for career reasons. Or perhaps the woman was being treated for cancer and doctors worried she’d be unable to conceive after treatment. They would freeze an embryo, Murphy says.

There have been ample strides made in medical research in recent years in diseases such as diabetes, cancer and epilepsy, to name a few. But perhaps no field has seen greater strides than fertility.

But let’s say a woman is in her mid30s has not found her life partner, but knows she wants children. Or perhaps she’s undergoing that treatment for cancer, but – again – has not found her partner. They can freeze just her eggs, Murphy explains. When she’s ready, she’ll have young, healthy eggs ready for fertilization. Murphy says they’re having success with this new research protocol at the South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine’s lab. Sounds simple and obvious, perhaps, but it’s just now being done with success, she says.        

Menopause

It’s not a four-letter word, but it might as well be. While there are a handful of treatments for relieving various symptoms and reducing the chronic conditions associated with aging, experts say the most effective remains hormone therapy. There was a real controversy after a report issued by the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) said that estrogen treatment could increase the chances of breast cancer. “That scared everybody,” recalls Dr. Hadley, who thinks that – as with so many things in the medical field – treatment is not always cut and dry. Again, sometimes the real breakthrough is in understanding the key research, she says. The WHI findings, which were gathered from 15 years of following more than 150,000 healthy women, found that in women with a uterus – i.e., women who’d not undergone hysterectomies – there was an increased risk for breast cancer in one woman per 1,000 when they took both estrogen and progesterone for one year. The findings threw menopausal women into a tizzy, because estrogen hormone therapy treatment is known to improve bone mass, reduce mood swings, increase libido, reduce hot flashes and help with insomnia. april 2010

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Nurse practitioner Murphy says people “are starting to calm down.” For a while, women and their doctors or nurses were looking for alternative hormone therapy. But, Murphy says, “a hormone is a hormone is a hormone.” Dr. Hadley says it’s impossible to make across-the-board recommendations for patients. “Everybody’s body is different in how happy they are without estrogen,” she explains. “Some women have one hot flash and that’s it. And other women have hot flashes into their seventies.”

car wreck to get a cracked bone when you have osteoporosis. “It can be something as simple as stepping off a curb,” she has said. Each year, the disease causes an estimated 1.5 million fractures. It is projected that one out of every two women over the age of 50 will be affected by osteoporosis in her lifetime. Besides medicines like Boniva, there’s a newer method that is delivered just once a year by IV. Reclast is a treatment for pre-osteoporosis and osteoporosis, explains Dr. Hadley. “It takes 15 minutes to run it through an IV and you’re done,” she explains. Also key is vitamin D and calcium. And while we do get vitamin D from the sun, the occasional walk on the beach on a clear day isn’t enough. “I recommend for everyone to assume they’re deficient,” Dr. Hadley says.

On the flip side, there are new treatments coming to the forefront. Murphy says she’s interested in something called SERMs, or Selective Estrogen Receptive Modulators. These SERMs – one such SERM is Tamoxifen, a popular post-breast cancer drug – can serve multiple – sometimes, opposite – purposes inside the body.

Start with 4,000 (international) units daily for three months then go down to 2,000 to “maintain good levels.”

“They act like estrogen in some tissues but act like an anti-estrogen in other tissues,” Murphy explains. And that would be the best of both worlds.

Heart Disease

Women are usually right, of course, but when we’re wrong, we’re very, very wrong. And that’s how it is with heart disease. Men get heart disease, right? Big men with cowboy boots who eat lots of red meat. But that is far from the medical truth. Indeed, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, and the top reason for heart disease is the narrowing of the arteries that lead into the heart and keep the blood circulating. A statin is a drug doctors prescribe to lower cholesterol levels in our body – the “bad” cholesterols, because there are two kinds. (HDL is the good kind; LDL is the bad.) But in a study called the JUPITER trial, researchers found that another culprit comes to play in heart disease and strokes. And that’s inflammation. The JUPITER study – Justification

Each year, osteoporosis causes an estimated 1.5 million fractures. It is estimated that one out of every two women over the age of 50 will be affected by the disease in her lifetime. for the Use of Statins In Primary Prevention: An Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin – showed that if a patient has elevated levels of the C-Reactive Protein, which indicates inflammation of the cholesterol deposits in the arteries, that patient can benefit from treatment even if they don’t have high cholesterol. Hadley says it can be a good treatment for women over 60 who have other risk factors, such as high blood pressure, family history of heart disease, a history of smoking and a low level of HDL. However, Crestor is the only statin approved by the Federal Drug Administration for this.

Take note, says Dr. Hadley: “Not all statins are created equal.”  

Bone Health

Even our mothers knew about osteoporosis, but the treatments have drastically improved. Think of Sally Field. She started taking that one pill – Boniva – once a month after she was diagnosed with postmenopausal osteoporosis. In interviews, Field has talked openly about how her mother and paternal grandmother battled the disease. She said she became an activist on the issue after realizing how prevalent the disease is – and realizing that it doesn’t take a fall on a ski slope or a

She likes capsules, not tablets. And vitamin D has other benefits for aging women. It lowers your chance of heart disease and cancer and improves your bones and muscle mass. “It’s just a good thing to have enough of,” she says. “And we don’t have enough of it.” O Additional sources: The Women’s Sexual Health Foundation, Women’s Health for Life, Everyday Health, The Infertility Center of St. Louis, Easy Ways to Healthy Living, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Women’s Health Online, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

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attorneys and realtors to interior designers and business owners, the list is long and impressive. The Boca Raton Observer recently went on a quest to find the best of the best â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and we did. The following women are successful, insightful and experts in their respective fields. And, most importantly, all know how to get the job done. Meet Palm Beach Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonder women.

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Unique Boutique Touts Fabulous One-OfA-Kind Jewelry And Accessories

Rare stones and pearls adorn rings, bracelets and earrings and they are set in all metals to satisfy every taste. “Our focus is

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serving our customers and providing them varied and beautiful jewelry and accesThe instant customers step inside

look for unique and beautiful jewelry for

Unique Boutique in Delray Beach they

women who want something unique

discover it isn’t an ordinary jewelry store.

and glamorous but don’t want to pay

Unique Boutique has proudly served

The popular Atlantic Avenue shop is more

thousands of dollars for it,” says Beaton.

customers on Cape Cod for 15 years; 11

like an enticing, friendly gallery, the atmosphere owner Karen Beaton also infused in her Cape Cod and Naples boutiques. The store, which specializes in

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“There is something for everybody. We look for unique and beautiful jewelry for women who want something unique and glamorous but don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for it.”

one-of-a-kind affordable, wearable art,

“I look for artists who make one-of-a-

also showcases feminine silk shawls and

kind, creative pieces. Many talented

wraps as well as five lines of leather

American artists are represented.”

handbags in fabulous designs! “There is something for everybody. We

of those have been in Mashpee Commons. The Naples location opened in 2002, following many of its customers to the warm weather and Valentine's Day marked the first anniversa-

ry of the Delray Beach Unique Boutique. “We figured with the fun, upbeat, youthful environment of Atlantic Avenue, we

Everything in the store is displayed on gal-

couldn’t miss,” says Beaton. And they

lery-style mantels. “I want people to come

haven't.

Unique Boutique is located at 204 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-272-6654.

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Ronda Ellis

Ronda Ellis Defines Success: Women

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The lawyers of Ellis, Ged & Bodden have won five of their last five court cases. For Ronda Ellis, a founding partner in the Boca Raton-based law firm, however, the definition of success embraces more than winning verdicts. Professional integrity is key. “Now more than ever, honesty and respect – for the law and for each other – is absolutely essential,” she says. A graduate of the New England School

ness law and estate planning.

Ellis also pursues a personal mission to

of Law and a recipient of the New

impact people’s lives. She has taken a

England Scholar Award, Ms. Ellis has

“The law isn’t just about rules,” Ellis says, “It’s

proactive role in the community and is

achieved considerable success – by any

about relationships.” For almost 20 years,

involved in a number of organizations,

standard. A personal injury attorney and a respected role model in the community, her dedication and personal approach to clients have been instrumen-

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“The law isn’t just about rules, it’s about relationships. At Ellis, Ged & Bodden, our mission is clear, we want to make a positive impact on people’s lives.”

where her son and daughter attend classes, various political campaigns and The George Snow Scholarship Fund. As a working mother with a challenging

tal in cementing Ellis, Ged & Bodden’s

Ellis has worked with her husband and part-

career, her schedule is a demanding one

reputation for providing compassion-

ner, C. Glen Ged, and a dedicated legal

but Ellis never doubted her path. “I never

ate and comprehensive legal counsel

team to earn the trust of a diverse family of

considered being anything besides an

in the areas of personal injury, wrongful

clients. “At Ellis, Ged & Bodden, our mission

attorney. My father is a lawyer as are my

death, immigration, no-fault litigation,

is clear,” she says, “We want to make a

two brothers and seven cousins,” she re-

class action lawsuits, real estate, busi-

positive impact on people’s lives.”

ports. “Life is a balancing act.”

Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A. is located at 7171 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-995-1966 or visit ellisandged.com.

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M.L. Farrell

Baltimore, one of the country’s premier medical institutions. No matter where you live in South Florida, a single phone call to M.L. provides you with a personal guide to world-renowned experts in every medical specialty. From scheduling appointments, to advising on travel and lodging, to providing a guide upon your arrival in Baltimore, M.L. handles all of the details to ensure that your visit to

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For 19 consecutive years, The Johns Hopkins Hospital has been ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best

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Hospitals” honor roll. It is home to the Brady Urological Institute, the Wilmer Eye Institute, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Johns Hopkins Heart and Vascular Institute, the Comprehensive Transplant Center and other renowned centers of excellence. “Johns Hopkins is where the world comes for the best medicine,” says M.L. “I don’t think there is a better choice if you are looking for the highest-quality medical

M.L. Farrell has always had an in-

ing to know that I can connect people

care, and we make it easy for you to

terest in helping people. After 20 years

who need medical help to some of the

get there.”

of working at Brown University in univer-

best physicians in the world.” To learn more about Johns Hopkins

sity relations, M.L. shifted her focus to health care and is now assisting people

As director of Johns Hopkins USA, South

USA, South Florida, just give M.L. a call.

with medical conditions that require

Florida, M.L. Farrell connects people in

She is your local guide to the country’s

specialized care. “It’s just a great feel-

the region to Johns Hopkins Medicine in

top hospital.

M.L. Farrell, Director, Johns Hopkins USA, South Florida can be reached at 561-659-1155 or 239-877-6846. For more information, visit hopkinsusa.org/florida.

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Jody Jack

Hair Comes The Bride

Celebrity hair colorist Jody Jack and the Sky Salon & Spa team know that as your wedding date approaches, you’re busy finalizing your dress, florist, bridesmaids’ dresses, photographer, deejay and honeymoon spot, so they make

are sure to entice your inner fashionista, you can uplift your arches with brow guru Stefanie and have Karina apply eyelash extensions, guaranteed not to run like mascara.

Sky Salon Makes Women Beautiful On Their Wedding Day

the most important thing of all – looking and feeling great – really easy to do. Bridal Beauty Coordinator Vanessa is on

Special requests and focusing on you are a specialty at Sky. Need manicures and pedicures for the bridal party but want your future Mother-In-Law as far

hand to ensure that your day happens

away from you as possible? Just let Van-

your way, as Sky’s world-class team of

This hot beauty spot where you are

essa know. She’ll set up your timeline for

beauty professionals pamper you, indulge

pampered with service that is out of this

color, highlights, haircut, deep-condi-

you and bring your individual beauty to

hemisphere while celestial views sur-

tioning treatment, facials with Meg and

absolute perfection for the magical mo-

round you is a must. And consultations

waxing with Patricia so that everything is

ment that you exchange your I do’s. “Up or down? Curly or straight? Brighten it up with a couple of highlights? Blonder? Less blonde? A few extensions? We’ll help you decide if you want,” says Sky’s founder Jody Jack, who boasts

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exactly how you want it to be. And don’t forget your groom, who deserves a little relaxation and beautification of his own. Sky has a separate part of the salon for men only complete with flatscreen TV, where a few highlights, a haircut

that Julie, Lavinia, Chari, Ricki and Louis

Barbara Weill and her bevy of make-up

and a manicure will make him feel spe-

do the most incredible updos in Boca.

artists will show you the latest hues that

cial too.

Sky Salon & Spa is located at Penthouse - The Milan Building at Town Center, 1675 N. Military Trail (at Town Center Road), Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-338-SKY7 (7597) or visit www.SkySalonandSpa.com.

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Pam Nadler

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room or a whole house, she says. The company offers in-house drafting and architectural planning and sells everything, including window treatments, carpeting and custom cabinetry. Her dad runs a second interior design cen-

that it’s family owned,” Pam says. “We always put servicing the client first.” That kind of service means she has fantastic repeat customers, many of whom

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20 years after they first worked together.

Pam Nadler At Brown’s Interior Design Creates Inviting Ambiance

She has an incredible group of talented sub-contractors. And her brother thinks she’s the most amazing problem solver. Pam admits that her willingness to take

Pam Nadler has been making rooms

She grew up outside Chicago, helping

on any job – “I don’t turn anything down;

beautiful her whole life. “We’ve always

in her father’s chain of eight furniture

I do it all” – means she’s often the go-to

been ingrained in the design business,”

stores. When her brother, Steve, moved

gal for her clients. “I’m an expeditor,”

says Pam, a key player in the family

to Florida 30 years ago and bought an

she says. “If people want things done,

company, Brown’s Interior Design.

existing design business, she followed.

they call me.”

And that’s probably why she’s so good

Since then, the family has courted each

And how about working with family for

at it.

and every customer, establishing a top-

all these years?

notch reputation, watching the business “I always tell people that I’m a dream

grow to today’s 25 employees. They

“It has its ups and downs,” she says. “But

maker,” Pam says. “I make other peo-

pride themselves in attending to every

we’ve been together for a long time.

ple’s dreams come true.”

detail – whether it’s redesigning one

So, it works for us.”

Brown’s Interior Design is located at 4501 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-368-2703 or visit brownsinteriors.com.

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Marsha Rimokh

So, early last fall, she opened a Mathnasium center in Boca Raton. The unique learning center provides instruction for students at all skill levels in grades 2 through 12. “We focus on the long-term benefits of mastering math skills; we

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don’t just put out the fires. Sometimes it is tempting to just get your child through today’s homework assignment or tomorrow’s test and pray it will be better,” Rimokh says. “However, we know that if we don’t deal with the foundational problems that they are experiencing, it will be impossible for them to succeed

When Marsha Rimokh read an

over time. Math plays a critical role in all

article about a consortium of CEOs lob-

walks of life.”

bying Congress to loosen visa restrictions for high-level personnel in the fields of

Mathnasium doesn’t just help kids un-

math and science, she knew something

derstand math by rote memorization.

didn’t add up. Why, she wondered, wasn’t

The program helps them understand the

the emphasis on raising the level of math

fundamental math concepts – which in

and science education here so we could

turn helps them conquer their frustration

grow our own high-level work force?

and intimidation. “Far too many of our

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“Far too many of our students, even the ones with A’s and B’s, graduate without the math skills necessary to compete in a global economy. We want students to succeed, develop confidence, and come to enjoy a subject that many people never truly understand.”

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She was determined to do something to

students, even the ones with A’s and B’s,

improve the quality of math and sci-

graduate without the math skills neces-

ence education for students here. After

sary to compete in a global economy,”

investigating a dozen alternatives, she

says Rimokh. “We want students to suc-

was convinced the Mathnasium meth-

ceed, develop confidence, and come

od and curriculum made a big differ-

to enjoy a subject that many people

ence in math education.

never truly understand.”

Mathnasium is located at 2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 913, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-447-0077 or visit mathnasium.com.

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Claire Sheres

Hard Work + Compassion = Results

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Claire Sheres Wins Sixth Consecutive Top Award; Ranked #1 In Palm Beach Area By Coldwell Banker For the sixth consecutive year, Claire has earned top honors as International President’s ELITE, ranking her in the top 1 percent of all Coldwell Banker Sales Associates worldwide! For the second consecutive year, Claire ranked #1 for Coldwell Banker in the tricounty Palm Beach Region and earned

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“It is teamwork. My two assistants understand my passion for ethical behavior and my focus on helping our clients. I put myself in the shoes of my client, so I am in tune with their needs.”

story of compassion and hard work. Claire was early to recognize the Internet’s value and invested in search engines and exclusive Web positions, where listings receive thousands of hits. Claire’s

the #1 position as the top producer in Bo-

real estate market. In 2009 she was in-

highly visible Boca video and print pres-

ca’s prestigious Woodfield Country Club.

volved in over 47 transactions, an incred-

ence only accounts for a fraction of her

ible achievement. Claire’s motivation is

total marketing efforts. She continues to

“As an 18-year resident, Claire offers her

clearly based on her unwavering desire

invest in Global Marketing, promoting list-

clients an invaluable advantage. She

to help her clients. Claire truly cares.”

ings on 400-plus Web sites, attracting In-

brings compassion and expertise,” says

ternational and North American Buyers.

Linda Lafferty, senior vice president. “She

Says Claire: “It is teamwork. My two as-

is a true asset to Coldwell Banker and to

sistants understand my passion for ethi-

Whether you want to Buy, Sell or Rent,

Woodfield Country Club.”

cal behavior and my focus on helping

Country Clubs or Waterfront, Luxury

our clients. I put myself in the shoes of

Home or Condo, there is no question,

Adds Carolyn Kearns, Claire’s Managing

my client, so I am in tune with their

Claire can help you achieve Real Estate

Broker: “Claire is a role model in today’s

needs.” Her clients’ testimonials tell the

Results – with Less Stress.

Claire Sheres can be reached at 561-414-4146 or at ChezClaire@aol.com. For details on any of Claire’s listings, visit BuySellBocaRaton.com.

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Susan Winthrop

Objects Of Desire

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World Glass Imports, Inc. Provides Stunning Decorative Glass And Giftware When Susan Winthrop and her husband, Mark Sansonette, founded World Glass Imports, Inc. in 1990, they wanted it to stand out from its competitors. So they found and developed unique merchandise that attracted the Who’s Who in home furnishings. Susan’s background in fashion put the company, which specializes in the import and wholesale/retail distribution of decorative glass and giftware, on its path to success.

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Susan’s background in fashion put the company, which specializes in the import and wholesale/retail distribution of decorative glass and giftware, on its path to success.

99 percent of its merchandise in Italy, remains one of the largest importers of Murano glass in the United States and includes art sculptures, lighting and an exclusive line of Murano glass jewelry.

Susan’s career began in her family’s gar-

She used those talents to make World

It also reinvented itself and now has two

ment business in Israel, where she found

Glass Imports, Inc. one of the industry’s

divisions. Partnering with the best of its

the latest trends in color and fabric in Eu-

key players, with a customer base in-

vendors allows it to continue to provide

rope. She continued her work in the Unit-

cluding Bloomingdale's, Fortunoff, ma-

merchandise to the design industry

ed States at Marshall Field's department

jor hotels in Las Vegas, Robb & Stucky,

and high-end retail and design studios.

stores, launching a fashion-forward dec-

Carl’s, Baer’s Furniture and designer

It also operates a retail-to-the-trade

orative accessory line and, by working

showrooms in DCOTA.

showroom at its company headquar-

with furniture manufacturers and taking

ters in Delray Beach. The showroom,

a cue from the fashion houses, fabrics

World Glass Imports, Inc. has worked with

which offers art glass treasures at prices

and texture trends, she helped develop

glass factories in Italy, Israel, the Czech

typically well below retail, is open Mon-

designs and color for a unique and con-

Republic, Romania, Poland and Germa-

day through Saturday from 10 a.m. to

temporary line.

ny. The company, which now produces

5 p.m.

World Glass Imports, Inc. is located at 955 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-279-9601 or visit oggimurano.com.

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We’ll Drink To That The 15th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration At MODS Returns

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etter start hitting the gym and saving up calories now: The 15th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration at the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) in Fort Lauderdale takes place April 16th, when top South Florida restaurants will whip up decadent dishes and the vino will flow freely.

sip wines from vineyards across the globe, courtesy of Southern Wine and Spirits. In addition to the nonstop eating and drinking, Chef Paula DaSilva (3030 Ocean), Chef Sean McDonald (ilios) and Chef Johnny Vinczencz (Johnny V Restaurant) will provide cooking demonstrations on stage in the museum lobby, and a silent auction promises to offer exciting items for bid. Guests who purchase VIP tickets also gain entrance to an exclusive VIP Martini Reception from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., as well as wine-tasting seminars, entry to the Grand Tasting and privileges at a private VIP Lounge from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. General admission starts at 7:30 p.m. More than 1,000 guests are expected to attend the hedonistic soiree, which will benefit MODS. The museum’s mission is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Founded in 1976 as The Discovery Center, the nonprofit facility serves more than 450,000 visitors annually. O For more information, call 954-713-0954 or visit mods.org.

The decadent, much-anticipated evening will feature a progressive sequence of wine and food pairings designed to delight, educate and entertain guests. More than 30 restaurants, caterers and chefs are expected to participate, including 3030 Ocean, Hey Cupcake, Sublime, Vienna Café, Seasons 52, The Melting Pot, Grateful Palate, Johnny V Restaurant, Smith & Jones, Truluck’s and more. Guests will also get the chance to

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Tasty Dishes Herald The Season

Balmy breezes, iced drinks and lazy afternoons… After an atypically cold winter, South Florida’s beloved warmth has returned (along with a few showers, but we’re not complaining). In honor of the season, we offer the following flavorful recipes sure to put spring in your step.

This elegant salad features radicchio and butter lettuce topped with paper-thin, fresh fennel bulb and plump orange segments. The whole thing is topped with homemade raspberry-citrus vinaigrette. INGREDIENTS

This caramelized brown sugar and apricotglazed ham is studded with whole cloves and will fill your kitchen with a wonderfully rich, spicy aroma.

Let the vibrancy of green peas and lemony peppers help welcome the warmer weather. This simple yet delicious side dish is enough to brighten any meal with little effort.

3 navel oranges

INGREDIENTS

1 fennel bulb, top fringe removed

1 (10 to 12 pound) uncooked,

INGREDIENTS

2 heads butter lettuce

smoked, bone-in ham

1 pound snap peas

1 head radicchio

8½ ounces apricot jam

½ cup baby peas (thawed frozen

1 shallot, minced

½ cup Dijon mustard

or fresh)

2 tbsp. raspberry white balsamic vinegar

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 yellow pepper, large diced

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

Zest of 1 orange

2 tbsp. unsalted butter

½ cup fresh orange juice

¼ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. kosher salt

Whole cloves

¼ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. black pepper ¼ cup olive oil PREPARATION (SALAD)

To segment orange, cut off stem and blossom ends and cut away peel, following curve of fruit. Cut out each segment by gently sliding knife between the membrane walls toward center of fruit. Squeeze leftover membranes and reserve juice for vinaigrette. Using a mandolin, carefully slice fennel bulb paper thin, horizontally. Remove core from lettuces and tear into large bite-sized pieces. PREPARATION (CITRUS VINAIGRETTE)

Combine shallot, vinegar, orange juice, salt and pepper; whisk to combine. Slowly add olive oil while whisking until well incorporated. In large salad bowl, toss lettuce, fennel, orange segments and vinaigrette. Serve immediately. 96

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1 tbsp. fresh lemon zest PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 275°F. Line sheet pan with foil. Place ham on foil fat side up. Wrap well with a second piece of foil and bake three hours. Remove from oven. To prepare glaze, combine apricot jam, mustard, brown sugar, orange zest and orange juice; whisk to blend. Unwrap ham and with a large sharp knife, trim away rind and all but ¼ inch of fat. Score fat in diamond pattern, about ¾ inches apart. Stud ham with whole cloves in decorative pattern. Spoon glaze over ham and bake, uncovered, an additional hour; basting every 15 minutes. Let rest on cutting board until ready to carve.

PREPARATION

Combine snap peas, baby peas, yellow pepper, butter, salt and pepper in a large frying pan and place over medium heat to sauté for about 10 minutes or until tender and hot. Add zest, stirring to incorporate. Serve hot.

Dishes and photos courtesy of The Food Channel. For more recipes and ideas, visit foodchannel.com.


This homemade rhubarb treat has a ruby red, stained-glass look after baking and the sweet tart filling is delicious served with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. INGREDIENTS 2 (9-inch) pieces of prepared pie dough (such as Pillsbury) 7 cups fresh rhubarb, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 3 lbs.) 2 cups fresh raspberries ¹/³ cup flour 1½ cups sugar 1 cup brown sugar ½ tsp. kosher salt 1 tsp. orange zest ½ tsp. crystallized ginger, minced ¼ cup apricot preserves, melted and strained 12 scoops vanilla bean ice cream

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F. On lightly floured surface, fold in edges of pie dough to a 5-inch-wide rectangle; roll to 15 inches in length. Transfer to 14-inch rectangular tart pan (can also use 9-inch round pan). Repeat for second tart. In large mixing bowl, toss rhubarb, raspberries, flour, sugar, salt, orange zest and crystallized ginger. Divide between tart pans and arrange evenly. Bake for 50 minutes or until crust is golden and fruit is tender. Cool tarts on cooling rack, brush lightly with warm apricot preserves. Cut each tart into six equal portions and serve topped with vanilla ice cream. O

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By Linda Haase

Enjoy Great Food And Spectacular Views At Oceans 234

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ceans 234 has that enviable combo: Sensational cuisine and stunning ocean views. And this picture-perfect Deerfield Beach eatery is better than ever after a revamp.

shi bar and the 15 inventive combos, including Spicy Tuna Roll, Dancing Eel Roll and Ocean’s Rapture Roll, are ingeniously divided into offerings for sushi beginners and connoisseurs.

Among the changes: more live entertainment and a new executive chef who has added more island flair to the innovative menu. The front dining room was transformed into a su-

Other featured favorites include Oceans 234’s famous Lobster Mac & Cheese, a half-pound lobster tail and rigatoni in mascarpone cheddar sauce; Lollipop Chicken, imbued with sweet and spicy chili glaze and the Crispy Calamari accompanied by roasted yellow pepper arrabbiata dipping sauce.

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Appetizers showcase the culinary diversity here – everything from a Heaping Bowl of Clams, a dozen middleneck clams infused with the perfect

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meld of tomato, garlic, herbs, white wine and clam broth to the Beef Picadillo Empanada, practically a meal in itself, featuring three wraps stuffed with seasoned ground beef flavored with green olives, green peppers and potato and sealed in a baked pocket, drizzled with herb-charged sour cream and served with a generous portion of tasty fire-roasted tomatillo salsa. After one bite of the flavorful SunDried Tomato Crusted Wahoo, it’s easy to see why this flavorful entree is so popular. Ditto for the Pistachio Mahi Mahi, served atop mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus and drizzled with a delightful rum butter sauce. And food here looks as good as it

SEE FOOD: Clockwise From Top: a stunning view; Executive Chef Johnny DiSiena shows off his Char-grilled Skirt Steak with Chipotle Mash and Grilled Asparagus in a Roasted Garlic Demi Glace; alfresco dining

tastes: It’s as if a cache of designers is creating masterpieces in the kitchen – dishes arrive with flourish, resembling colorful, inspired works of art. The management at Oceans 234 – always thinking of new ways to instill fun and value into the dining experience – offers daily special events, including 2 For 1 Mojito Monday, buyone, get-one half-price sushi on Wednesday, the Food for Thought Radio Show airing live on Thursdays and live music on weekends. Future events include a Kentucky Derby Party and a PG-Rated Burlesque Show. Always on tap: Beautiful scenery – every seat on the outside deck offers a panoramic ocean view. O


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Exotic Delights

Meze Turkish Restaurant & Taverna Serves Authentic Favorites In A Chic Milieu By Linda Haase

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ating a traditional Turkish meal requires two things: Time and a hearty appetite. Diners who visit Meze Turkish Restaurant & Taverna will want to linger in this chic restaurant, savoring the tantalizing aroma, perusing the vibrant artwork and chatting with dynamic Owner/Chef Rauf Ziya, who treats guests as if they were in his home. His authentic dishes – including Chicken and Lamb Shish Kebabs, Hummus and Stuffed Grape Leaves – are prepared with his special touch, showcasing his 30 years of culinary experience. It’s evident he loves to cook, to create, to ensure people enjoy their meal. “I make it here the way I make it at home,” he says about his Boca Raton restaurant. The savory meals are made with quality ingredients. Simplicity is key here and it’s amazing how delicious something made with just three ingredients can taste. That simplicity (along with Ziya’s special touch) is what gives the Adana entree – ground lamb, salt and red pepper – its delectable flavor. Although the lively menu features several meat dishes, there are plenty of appetizing selections for vegetarians, including eggplant (cooked at least five different ways), Spinach Saute, Hummus, Tabouli and a Spinach and Feta Pide (Turkish pizza). If you don’t usually order appetizers,

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we suggest breaking that rule here. You wouldn’t want to miss the amazing Stuffed Grape Leaves (Zeytinyagli Dolma), delicately filled with rice, pine nuts, fresh herbs and spices; the smooth, melt-in-your-mouth perfectly seasoned Hummus (the best I’ve ever tasted) or the Baba Ghanoush, char-grilled eggplant pureed with tahini sauce, fresh herbs and spices. The Mixed Grill entree offers a sampling of the restaurant’s specialties and highlights the long, slow-marinated process Ziya uses: Adana, Lamb and Chicken Shish Kebabs, Grilled Lamb Chops, Gyros, roasted peppers and tomatoes, plus rice and bulgar are artfully arranged on an overflowing platter. For fish lovers, there are plenty of choices: Char-grilled Shrimp Shish Kebab, Grilled Swordfish and Calamari Saute are included. On weekends, the restaurant takes on an energetic vibe with belly dancing and live Turkish music. So relax, enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee and a dessert (the Kunefe, a delightful combination of baked shredded dough and mild cheese drizzled with a homemade syrup is a house specialty). O

where Meze Turkish Restaurant & Taverna is located at 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. For more information, call 561-3615783 or visit mymeze.com.

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Turkish Treat: Clockwise From Top: Grilled Fish Plate with

hookah and homemade bread; the dining room; Mixed Grill Plate; Cold-Medley Mixed Appetizer Plate


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ow here’s something different. The newly opened New York Strip Steakhouse & Cabaret is an adults-only club featuring not just sophisticated entertainment, but an elegant ambiance, top-notch dining, a martini buffet and more than 80 domestic and international wines selected by owner Dennis DeGori. A 5-star menu features USDA dry-aged prime steaks, fresh seafood caught daily (try the Lobster Tail served with lemon and clarified butter), homemade signature pasta dishes, hand-picked produce and decadent desserts such as the Cannoli Dip, all prepared by Executive Chef John Rovito of Calabria, Italy. “Our menu has many signature dishes inspired by my Southern Italian heritage,” explains Chef Rovito, whose family has been in the restaurant industry for more than 30 years. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and reservations are suggested. New York Strip Steakhouse & Cabaret is located at 1350 S.W. Second Street, Pompano Beach. For more information, call 954-545-1313 or visit nystrip.com.

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4199 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner MondaySaturday. Kee Grill417940 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly. Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9557 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mariposa4Neiman Marcus at Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily, Dinner Friday and Saturday.


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Boca Lyons Plaza x 9244 W. Glades Road x Boca Raton x 561.487.2989 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Morton’s, The Steakhouse4 Shops

at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. New York Prime42350 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3881 x Dinner nightly.

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x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9883 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Watercolors Cafe4Boca Raton

Bridge Hotel x 999 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner nightly. Wild Olives by Todd English 4The

Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

asian/sushi 5 Spice Asian Street Market4

Shoppes of Blue Lake x Suite A1 x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Asia Sushi/Wok/Grill47600

Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.544.8100 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly except Friday. Bangkok in Boca4Royal Palm Place x

500 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.6912 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. The Blue Fish4110 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.FISH (3474) x Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Cay Da Vietnamese47400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Chow4Royal Palm Place x 309 Via De

Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.392.3499 x Dinner Monday-Saturday. Daimatsu Sushi441 Royal Palm Place x

Boca Raton x 561.361.7557 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Edo Sushi-Upscale Japanese Sushi & Pan-Asian Buffet4 Waterway Shoppes

of Parkland x 7609 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley

Shopping Plaza x 7401 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

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Fuji4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Gary Woo Asian Bistro43400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. House of Siam425 N.E. Second Ave.,

#116 x Delray Beach x 561.330.9191 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Ichiban4Somerset Shoppes x 8841 Glades

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.2429 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Japango4Riverstone Shoppes of

Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.999.1263 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Kyoto Sushi Sake425 N.E. Second

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.2275 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Kyojin Buffet4Shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily. La Tre4249 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly. LemonGrass Asian Bistro4420 E.



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PEI WEI41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro41400

Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.3722 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Phuket Thai4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saba4499 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.353.4600 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse 48316

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Soba Sushi Caviar Lounge4

Mizner Park x 415 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.620.0606 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Stir Crazy fresh asian grillTown Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.7500 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Masa47140 Beracasa Way x Boca

Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. Sushi Ray4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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SUSHI THAI4100 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Zen422191 Powerline Rd. x Boca

Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Taisho420423 State Road 7 x

Boca Raton x 561.479.0041 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tempura House4The Reserve x

9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x x Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.883.6088

Uncle Tai’s4Shops at Boca Center x

5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.368.8806 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Yokohama49168 Glades Rd. x Boca

Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

CONTINENTAL Boheme Bistro41118 E. Atlantic Ave.

x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cielo by Angela Hartnett4Boca

Turkish Specialties Full Bar & Bring Your Own Bottle Of Wine Live Music with Belly Dancer on ThursdayFriday-Saturday Hookah Private Parties Catering Available

Raton Resort & Club x 501 E. Camino Real x 561.447.3222 x Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Greenfield’s on Atlantic45199 W.

Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.498.5010 x Dinner nightly. La Cigale4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray

Beach x 561.265.0600 x Dinner nightly. Le French Bistro4Parkland Town

Center x 6676 Parkside Drive x Parkland x x Dinner nightly.

954.755.0708

Le Pavillon414812 S.E. Military Tr. x

Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly.

ROYAL PALM PLACE $ 507 SE MIZNER BLVD.

561.361.5783 OPEN 7 DAYS FOR DINNER WWW.MYMEZE.COM

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Le Rivage4450 N.E. 20th St. x Boca

Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch WednesdayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Lola Restaurant and UltraLounge4

The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.496.5652 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.

4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner nightly.

Tiramisu

Olio Bistro442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. St. Tropez47000 W. Camino Real x Boca

Raton x 561.368.8580 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tea-Licious Tearoom & Gifts4

4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.638.5155 x Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday ZED4514201 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner nightly, Lounge nightly,

Brunch Sunday.

Fondue The Melting Pot45455 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7472 x Dinner nightly.

Italian Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza4Shops

at Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.66004115 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.273.9898 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Arturo’s Ristorante46750 N.

Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner nightly. Basil Garden45837 N. Federal Hwy. x

Boca Raton x 561.994.2554 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Bova Cucina41901 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.392.5595 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Bova Prime4401 E. Las Olas Blvd. x Fort Lauderdale x 954.767.6555 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Cafe Bellino4180 S. Federal Hwy. x

Boca Raton x 561.393.2844 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

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Caffe Luna Rosa434 S. Ocean Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

black and white cookies

California Pizza Kitchen4Town

Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Carrabba’s Italian Grill4Wharfside

Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x

561.544.8838 x Lunch and Dinner daily 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x

Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Caruso Ristorante4Royal Palm Place x 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561-367-7488 x Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Saturday.

cheese blintzes

Coal Mine Pizza4Royal Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Cucina Mio4Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9419 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Ferraro’s48208 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton 561.477.2750 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday-Saturday.

Giovanni’s Coal Fire Pizza4

Waterway Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Il Bacio429 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray

Beach x 561.865.7783 x Dinner WednesdaySunday.

What can you do when the craving strikes? Head over to TooJay’s, for a huge selection of traditional deli favorites from cheese blintzes to fresh nova. From classic deli sandwiches, like mile-high pastrami on rye, to our signature salads teaming with shrimp, tuna or chicken. And did we mention our famous dessert menu? Come to TooJay’s Gourmet Deli. We’ve got what you crave.

Casa D’Angelo4171 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner nightly.

we put the “delI” in Delicious.

fresh nova salmon

BOCA RATON Glades Plaza (561) 392-4181 Regency Court Plaza (561) 997-9911 • Polo Shops (561) 241-5903

VOTED FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT Incredible Food Full Liquor Bar Extensive Wine List Hand Tossed Pizza Original Recipes Old World Atmosphere Full Catering Menu Lunch Mon-Sat Dinner 7 days

Il Girasole4Tropic Square x 1911 S.

Federal Hwy. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3566 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Josephine’s Italian Restaurant4

5751 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.988.0668 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LaStellas Restaurant and Catering 4159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x

Boca Raton x 561.544.2081. x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. La Luna Bistro4The Polo Shoppes x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.1165 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

561.499.9419

16950 Jog Road Delray Beach, FL

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La Villetta Restaurant & Lounge4

4351 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LILLYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Maggianoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s421090 St. Andrews Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Matteoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant4233 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0773 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Peace A Pizza4Shoppes at Blue Lake x

1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998. x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Positano44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly. Renzoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Boca45999 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Rino Vesuvio43360 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.5520 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

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Ristorante Sapori4Royal Palm Place

x 99 Royal Palm Place x Boca Raton x x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. 561.367.9779

Rosarioâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ristorante4Royal Palm Place x 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.0758 x Dinner nightly. Saporissimo4366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.2333 x Dinner nightly. Times Square Pizzeria â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Italian Grill Restaurant4Shoppes at Village

Pointe x 6006 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6757 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Tramonti4119 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1944 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Trattoria Romana4499 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6715 x Dinner nightly. VIC AND ANGELOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 4290 E. Atlantic

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.9570 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Villagio Italian Eatery 4Mizner Park x 344 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.447.2257 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Villa Rosano4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.0112 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Vino Wine Bar and Italian Tapas4

114 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.869.0030 x Dinner Monday-Saturday.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN Argentango4Royal Palm Place x 508 Via De Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.416.2213 x Dinner nightly. Â Caribbean Grill41332 N.W. Second Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0161 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cuban Cafe Restaurant43350 N.W.

Boca Raton Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.8860 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday June-November).

CHEF FRANK ROSANO Exclusively at Villa Rosano

Cabana El Rey4105 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9090 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Gol, Taste of Brazil4411 E. Atlantic

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Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.6565 x Dinner nightly. INCA GRILL447 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.395.3553 x Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner Tuesday-Friday.

44631 State Road 7 x Ste. 26 x Coral Springs x 954.755.0941 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Medellin Restaurant

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Old Calypso4900 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.279.2300 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

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Pineapple Grille4Palm Trail Plaza x 800 Palm Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.265.1368 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner TuesdaySunday, Brunch Sunday.

mexican Baja Cafe Uno4201 N.W. First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.394.5449 x41310 S. Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.596.1305 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

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Padrinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s4Mission Bay Plaza x 20455 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.451.1070 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

MoQuila Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar499 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x

6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton ¡ 561 368 1077 ¡ thecapitalgrille.com

Boca Raton x 561.394.9990 x Dinner nightly.

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Rocco’s Tacos And Tequila Bar4Boca Center Shopping Plaza x

5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.416.2131 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Señor Burrito4513 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Uncle Julio’s4Mizner Park x 449 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.300.3530 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

Organic The Green Gourmet4The Shoppes

at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.455.2466 x Dinner nightly.

sandwiches/DELI Ben’s NY kosher Deli4The Reserve x 9942

Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.9963 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Boca Dolce Bakery & Café4Lakeside Centre x 8202 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.479.4011 x Breakfast and Lunch daily. The Gelato Shop Perini (kosher)4

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The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida – Naples

8177 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.716.0389 x Lunch Sunday-Friday, Dinner Saturday and Sunday. Grill Time (kosher)48177 Glades

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.482.3699 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Closed Friday-Saturday. Kosher Marketplace422191 Powerline Rd., #5A x Boca Raton x 561.391.3318 x Sunday-Friday, Closed Saturday. Old School Bakery & Cafe4

814 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.0013 x Breakfast and Lunch daily.

4Polo Shops x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.241.590342200 Glades Rd., #700 x Boca Raton x 561.392.4181 4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9911 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Toojay’s Gourmet Deli

Learn how a local middle school study project on the Holocaust developed into a Museum and Education Center

“Learn from the Past:” Historical exhibits help us explore why understanding and respect of others is so important to prevent future genocides View rare Holocaust Survivor, Liberator and World War II artifacts, documents and personal stories

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Museum’s World War II-era boxcar travels to schools, reaching 20,000 students, in

our educational programs promoting understanding and respect from the We look forward to welcoming you. Call or visit our Web from site: the www.hmswfl.org

seafood Atlantic Fish Grill414820 Military Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.638.8338 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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CITY FISH MARKET47940 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.487.1600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. City Oyster4213 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.0220 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Finz Raw Bar & Grill4710 Linton

COMPLIMENTARY TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM. DISCOUNTED EXAMS AND CLEANING.

Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1960 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

For a Radiant, Confident Smile. Without the Extravagant Price!

Harpoon Louie’s42096 N.W. Second

St. x Deerfield Beach x 954.437.7888 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

All Phases of General and Esthetic, Cosmetic Dentistry for your Entire Family

JB's On The Beach4300 N. Ocean

LIFETIME WHITENING OFFER

Blvd. x Deerfield Beach x 954.571.5220 x Lunch and Dinner daily. J & J Seafood Bar & Grill4

Receive the Zoom Home Whitening for life with your initial Exam, Cleaning and X-rays completed in our office!

634 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3390 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday only. Jake’s Stone Crab4Royal Palm Plaza x 514 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.347.1055 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner nightly.

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• Botox®, Restylane®, Juvéderm® & Radiesse®

Legal Sea Foods4Town Center x

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6000 W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x x Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.447.2112

Linda Bean's4 200 East Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.2502 x Lunch and Dinner daily. McCormick & Schmick’s4

University Commons x 1400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.394.2428 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. 32 East432 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray

Robert Adami, DDS DDS: Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery, New York, NY For 21 years, he has earned a reputation for achieving expert results.

Beach x 561.276.7868 x Dinner nightly. Truluck’s4Mizner Park x 351 Plaza Real x

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Boca Raton x 561.391.0755 x Dinner nightly. The Whale Raw Bar & Fish House47619 State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9190

x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Turkish/Mediterranean Meze Turkish Restaurant & Taverna4Royal Palm Place x 507 S.E.

Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.5783 Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Sunday. O

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Adults Only New York Strip Steakhouse & Cabaret Offers Upscale Entertainment By Emily J. Minor

hen you have a knack for something, you have a knack for something, and Dennis DeGori has a knack for creating beautiful clubs. He hires the best chefs, offers the best wines and puts endless hours into the smallest details – because, after all, no detail is small. And now he’s given South Florida a treat. DeGori, a Long Island native who started working in the restaurant business years ago to help pay his way through college, has opened New York Strip Steakhouse & Cabaret in Fort Lauderdale – a special “new concept to adult entertainment.”

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without the girl.” Then you add the beautiful dancers, and you’ve got something extraordinary. This sensual hotspot – 17,000 square feet of utter beauty, from the 22 TVs to the four show stages to the LED lighting system that casts sparkle and color on everything from the floors to the tables to the liquor bottles at the bar – not only has some 200 beautiful female dancers, but DeGori has spared no

detail on food and wine. He’s hired Chef Johnny “Capri” Rovito, owner of Capri Ristorante – Chicago’s 2009 Best Italian Restaurant. The five-star menu features top-notch USDA prime steaks, the freshest seafood and authentic Italian dishes made from scratch. “I’m very selective,” DeGori says, making an obvious understatement. The father of five – and this guy knows a little something about big

families, growing up one of 12 chilBreeze Taylor dren – has thrown in all the extras. The “Prime 500 Club” offers amenities for top customers. (Private invitations to functions, a dinner for 12, free memberships and valet parking.) He’s working with reality TV star Megan Hauserman – star of Beauty and the Geek and Megan Wants a Millionaire – to help launch “The Prime Girls” national spokesmodel search, where he’ll single out 10 beautiful women to represent the club across America. And even though he’s opened clubs before, this location has something different from the others in Las Vegas, Chicago and Minneapolis. Dennis DeGori has made this one extra special. For us. O

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Doggone Fun Royal Palm Place Fund-raiser To Benefit PROPEL P

repare for great food, fine wine and pampered pooches: PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership) will host its annual spring fund-raiser at 6 p.m. on April 29th at Royal Palm Place’s Monument Piazza in Boca Raton. The Piazza is located beneath the statue of Addison Mizner in the southwest corner at Mizner Boulevard and Federal Highway. The event, themed “Fine Wine and K-9s,” reflects what will be an evening filled with the best gourmet dining, a variety of fine wines, live music and the appreciation of all varieties of dogs in a lovely, lively evening under the stars. Many of Royal Palm Place’s finest restaurants

The event, themed “Fine Wine and K-9s,” reflects what will be an evening filled with the best gourmet dining, a variety of fine wines, live music and the appreciation of all varieties of dogs, in a lovely, lively evening under the stars. will provide their most acclaimed fare in tasty, munchy portions. The food will be complemented by appropriate red, rosé and white wines from top vineyards. In the spirit of fun and friendship, dog lovers are encouraged to bring their leashed, well-behaved pooches, though you don’t need to own a dog to participate.

Also featured during the evening will be live music provided by 12year-old child prodigy violinist Sage McBride; other musical attractions will be announced. PROPEL was founded by Marta and James Batmasian in 2003 as a 501(c) nonprofit organization created to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Palm Beach and Broward counties. PROPEL locates teachers, mentors and role models who genuinely care about our area’s kids to volunteer and share their expertise and life experiences firsthand with youth ages 8 to 24. PROPEL focuses primarily on the all-important middle school years, but no

child is turned away. The organization has enlisted a network of more than 50 businesses willing to assist in practical hands-on training and advice. Programs include basic educational tutoring, fitness, life skills, music education, higher education and job and college placement. PROPEL is also about fun and friendship for youths who otherwise may have nowhere else to turn. The cost for this all-inclusive evening is just $45, and it is tax-deductible (so you can feel good about doing good). O

i For more information, please call director Tolliver Miller at 561-955-8553 or visit propelyourfuture.com.

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Alonzo Mourning something you’d like us to include? For consideration, please e-mail no less than 450 words about the event, along with photos that include caption information, a phone number and a Web site address to editor@bocaratonobserver.com. Please write “Around Town” in the subject line, and note that submissions will be edited for clarity and length. Photos become the property of The Boca Raton Observer.

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Saturday Night Live Gilda’s Club South Florida Hosts 15th Annual Fund-raiser

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ilda’s Club South Florida will host its 15th Annual “Live!…From South Florida…It’s Saturday Night!” fund-raiser May 1st at Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Headlining this year’s event is comedian Larry Miller, known for memorable character parts in films including Pretty Woman and 10 Things I Hate About You and TV shows including Desperate Housewives and Law & Order. The droll Miller is also a regular guest on the late-night talk show circuit, has had several HBO specials and wrote the best-selling book, Spoiled Rotten America.

Headlining this year’s event is comedian Larry Miller, known for memorable character parts in films including Pretty Woman and 10 Things I Hate About You and TV shows including Desperate Housewives and Law & Order.

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Miller is in esteemed company: Past headliners of this signature event have included Jay Mohr, David Spade and Kevin Nealon, as well as comedians Sinbad, Lily Tomlin, Robert Kline and Rita Rudner. Named for the late Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club South Florida is a free nonprofit, social and emotional support community for men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends. The second of 30 Gilda’s Clubs to open nationwide, the Fort Lauderdale affiliate initially opened in 1997 in a Hollywood strip mall. In October 1999, with assistance from a state grant, it purchased the historic Williams House on the Tarpon River where it provides a wide range of nonresidential support activities, including wellness workshops and lectures, potluck suppers, entertainment and music and Noogieland – a special program for children. The Fort Lauderdale club’s “Live!…From South Florida…It’s Saturday Night” event is the organization’s signature yearly fund-raiser. Last year the event raised $125,000, and about $1.5 million has been raised since the event’s inception. O

i For more information, please call 954-763-6776 or visit gildasclubsouthflorida.org.

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Flying High Wings Of Hope Reception Benefits FAU Center For Autism and Related Disabilities

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ings of Hope, a reception that took place at the Delray Beach home of Craig and Judi Donoff, raised $23,000 for the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (FAU CARD). The Donoffs are longtime philanthropists and champions for those with lifelong disabilities. Craig Donoff, a noted estate planning and tax attorney, has made special needs trusts an important part of his practice.

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“Working on behalf of CARD allows me to pay tribute to the memory of my son, Chase, who was diagnosed with autism,” he said. “In response to the alarming increase in the number of cases of autism, FAU CARD offers hope and compassion. Judi and I believe that by hosting this event in our home we have been able to heighten community awareness of autism and raise much-needed funds for this highly respected center.”

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More than 60 friends and CARD supporters attended the Wings of Hope event for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a live auction that featured spirited bidding on exclusive sports memorabilia including a Dan Marino-signed football and an original Nancy Gonzalez crocodile tote bag. Representing FAU was Dr. Diane Alperin, interim provost, who delivered the keynote address. Housed in FAU’s College of Education, CARD currently has a caseload of 2,000 clients and provides free assessments and performs as a clearinghouse for information. The focus of FAU CARD is to optimize the potential of people with autism and related disabilities by enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize. FAU CARD is one of seven such centers; other site locations in the CARD network include the University of Florida, the University of South Florida and Florida State University.

Johns Hopkins USA, South Florida connects local residents with our world-renowned specialists in Baltimore. We’ll coordinate every aspect of your trip—from appointments to travel arrangements and lodging—all tailored to your needs. Johns Hopkins USA, South Florida. Your personal link to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Please contact: M.L. Farrell, Director 561-659-1155 877-659-1155 (toll-free) mlfarrell@jhmi.edu hopkinsusa.org/florida

FAU CARD is headed by Dr. Jack Scott, who serves as executive director and principle investigator, and is a faculty member in the department of exceptional student education at FAU’s College of Education. The center offers support programs and groups for families in Boca Raton and Port St. Lucie and provides training sessions for teachers. O

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Step By Step Charity Walk Raises $60,000 For Make-A-Wish Foundation

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he Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida is making dreams come true one step at a time: More than 1,000 participants raised funds exceeding $60,000 by participating in the inaugural Walk for Wishes 5K Walk/Run. The funds were enough to grant the heartfelt wishes of 12 area children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. A fulfilled wish offers a sick child a muchneeded retreat from doctors and hospitals, helping them focus on simply being a kid.

“We were thrilled with the turn-out of runners and walkers and thankful for the generous support from the local communities on both coasts. The wishes we grant bring happiness to the lives of children and families and often provide inspiration to continue fighting against the health issues that threaten their lives.” – Norm Wedderburn, Make-A-Wish Foundation president

One of 12 wishes granted will be little Natalie’s dream of going to Walt Disney World. Natalie will be treated like royalty when she and her family go there for her fourth birthday celebration and enjoy rides, parades and lots of Disney characters. Natalie, who suffers from seizures, will also enjoy a special meeting with Cinderella and other princesses. Make-A-Wish will ensure she feels like she’s living in her own fairy tale. “We were thrilled with the turn-out of runners and walkers and thankful for the generous support from the local communities on both coasts,” said MakeA-Wish Foundation President and CEO Norm Wedderburn. “The wishes we grant bring happiness to the lives of children and families and often provide inspiration to continue fighting against the health issues that threaten their lives.” Each year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, the world’s fourth-largest wishgranting chapter, fulfills the wishes of more than 500 children in 13 South Florida counties. With $5,000 the average cost of a wish, the nonprofit organization relies on fund-raisers, corporate support and donations from the public. O

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lans are being finalized for The American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Annual Ball, themed “The Tango in the Tropics,” scheduled for April 10th at the Boca Raton Resort & Club’s Boca Beach Club. The ball has quickly become one of Palm Beach County’s most exciting fund-raisers, and will include dinner, dancing, tango entertainment, auctions and more. Dedicated community volunteers Kristin and Glen Calder are serving as chairpersons: Kristin is past president of the Junior League of Boca Raton and Glen is president of TransMedia Group Public Relations. Karen Lynne Asher, owner of Karen Lynne Gallery and a Boca Raton Resort & Club member, is serving as vice chair.

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“The Tango Gala is a critical contributor to the research, advocacy and significant programs the ACS provides the men, women and children in our community,” said Kristin. “As the parents of two young children, we are moved and proud to be involved with an event that directly supports sending children with cancer to Reaching Out to Cancer Kids (ROCK) camp, allowing them to enjoy the fun and adventure of summer camp without having to feel different from other kids.” Each year, an estimated 8,087 people in Palm Beach County, and more than 100,000 Floridians, will be diagnosed with cancer. The ACS is the one place they can turn 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As the nation’s premier community-based volunteer health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, the ACS is focused on preventing cancer, diminishing suffering and saving lives through research, education, advocacy and service. The ACS has funded 44 scientists who have won the Nobel Prize and whose research has led to a wide range of new detection methods, cutting-edge therapies, cancer drugs and improved treatment options. O

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Good Company Yvonne Boice Zucaro Named Northwood University’s Outstanding Business Leader Of The Year

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vonne Boice Zucaro, owner of the Shoppes at Village Pointe and Fugazy Travel, was the only woman presented with the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year award at Northwood University’s 30th Annual Gala held at The Breakers Palm Beach. Northwood University specializes in entrepreneurial and managerial education, and each year honors several distinguished business leaders from around the world. Boice Zucaro was chosen for her dual roles as both a Palm Beach County entrepreneur and a noted interna-

tional advocate for women’s rights. During her acceptance speech, Boice Zucaro lightheartedly joked about breaking up the “boy’s club” and then went on to inspire guests with remarkable facts showcasing the dramatic shift of economic power toward women in 2010. “Women will create over 400 new businesses a day,” said Boice Zucaro. “This is twice the rate of men. And this year women will control 60 percent of the wealth of this nation.” According to Boice Zucaro, women

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are taking control of their destinies, embracing entrepreneurial opportunities and discovering the road map to self-sufficiency. She said women seeing other women being recognized for accomplishments fuels the secret desire for entrepreneurial success that many women hold deep inside. “Tonight, I am being honored for those business achievements,” she said. “And I am extremely grateful,

not just for the recognition, but for what this award can inspire.” At the conclusion of her acceptance speech, Boice Zucaro repeated the famous quote, “A candle loses none of its light by lighting another candle.” She added, “Because women have embraced that truth – our future is brilliant!” O

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April 3 Paul McCartney is not only the most commercially successful ex-Beatle – he’s also one of the most successful songwriters of all time, period. An abridged version of McCartney’s incredible career hardly does him justice: The popular singer/songwriter/composer grew up in working-class Liverpool, England, bought his first guitar in 1956 and by 1960 was touring with The Beatles, which remains one of the world’s most iconic music groups. When the band broke up, McCartney founded Wings, which had a successful run from 1971 through 1981. The 67-year-old artist in 1997 was knighted by Queen Elizabeth and continues to write, record and tour. According to Guinness World Records, he’s either written or cowritten a mind-boggling 188 charted songs, with 91 hitting the Top 10 and 33 making it to No. 1. That leaves him with plenty of choices when he performs live at Sun Life Stadium, where the show starts at 4 p.m.

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04.10 April 10 The American Cancer Society’s Tango In The Tropics 2010 Gala Enjoy an evening of dancing, tango entertainment, dinner and auctions. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Tickets are $250. For more information, call 561-394-7752.

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April 10 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International’s 2010 Walk To Cure Diabetes Exercise for a good cause. Starts at 8 a.m. Takes place at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-686-7701 or visit jdrf.org. April 11 The Haven’s Day At The Races Partake in a lavish luncheon, silent auction and entertainment. Starts at noon. Takes place at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. For more information, call 561-4830962 or visit haven4kids.org. April 14 2010 African-American Achievers’ Awards Ceremony JM Family Enterprises, Inc.’s four distinguished individuals, chosen from more than 114 nominees, will be honored for their contributions to South Florida. Starts at 6:15 p.m. Takes place at the Broward County Convention Center. For more information, call 866-516-2497 or visit africanamericanachievers.com.

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April 14 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Grab your sneakers! A portion of proceeds will benefit the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. Starts at 6:45 p.m. Takes place at Jose Marti Park in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 305-666-7223 or visit mercdesbenzcorporaterun.com. April 17 Boca Helping Hands 4th Annual Monopoly Event & Casino Game Night Enjoy poker and dinner to raise funds for the homeless. Black-tie optional. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Takes place at Boca Country Club. For more information, call 561-4170913 or visit bocahelpinghands.org. April 20 THROUGH June 13 Elvis At 21: Photographs By Alfred Wertheimer The Boca Raton Museum of Art will host this Smithsonian traveling exhibition, presenting

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04.10 giveaways. Starts at 10 a.m. Takes place at Plantation Heritage Park in Plantation. For more information, call 954-765-4999. April 25 Daniella’s Journey By The Sea 5K Run/Walk Proceeds will be donated to the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital atrium project for pediatric cancer patients. Starts at 7 a.m. Takes place at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell in Hollywood. For more information, call 954-559-3846 or visit daniellasjourney.org. April 25 Jewish Federation Of South Palm Beach County’s Ben Gurion Society Event Comedian Bobby Collins will perform at this VIP reception to acknowledge Metro donors who contribute to the 2010 annual campaign. Starts at 6 p.m. Takes place at the New York Comedy Club in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-8523109 or visit jewishboca.org/bgs. April 28 THROUGH May 2 SunFest A fun-filled waterfront festival with food, drinks, a juried fine arts and crafts show, and musical performances on multiple stages by performers including Patti LaBelle, ZZ Top, The Charlie Daniels Band, Sister Hazel, The B-52s and more. For more information, call 561-659-5980 or visit sunfest.com.

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April 29 Fine Wine & Canine Expect a fun evening of fine wine, great food and well-behaved (and smartly dressed) pets, with proceeds benefitting PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education & Leadership). Tickets are $45. Starts at 6 p.m. Takes place at the Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza at Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-955-8553 or visit royalpalmplace.com. April 29 Getting The Most Out Of Our Parent-Child Relationships Enjoy an evening of tapas, sparkling wine, gelato and a lecture. Starts at 7 p.m. Takes place at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door. For more information, call 561995-1177 or visit bnai-torah.org. O

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Toll Brothers Now Open For Sales At Azura, Boca Raton

Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton and Barbara and Jerry Greenbaum at New York Prime after the Palm Beach Pops & Clint Holmes concert

Toll Brothers, the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes, has purchased 85 of the community’s 92 homesites at Azura, an upscale gated community located within a prestigious area of Boca Raton. Azura is open for sales. Of the 85 homesites purchased, there are 76 homesites available, seven completed homes available for immediate move-in and two homes under construction. The Quick Delivery Homes offer a great value and significant savings for home buyers. The existing homes range in size from 3,095 square feet to 6,414 square feet of air-conditioned living space and are designed with high-end luxury finishes, such as marble flooring, cathedral ceilings and top-of-the-line appliances. Azura, 17370 Balaria St., Boca Raton, 561-989-7799; azurabocaraton.com.

Discovery Preschool Is Committed To Providing The Highest Quality Care Building A Strong Foundation For Success That’s why we’ve designed a new state-of-theart infant and toddler program. Each new room is a sensory rich environment filled with ample opportunities for exploration, growth and of course, love. Through The World At Their Fingertips program, each child experiences a hands-on, enriched curriculum that provides opportunities for discovery and learning. The teachers focus on each child’s individual strengths which empowers the children to become confident, lifelong learners. Discovery Preschool Center, 10085 Yamato Rd., Boca Raton, 561-558-8600; brighthorizons.com.

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Plastic Surgery Specialists Of Boca Raton Celebration Benefits Unicorn Children’s Foundation

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Colleagues, friends and family recently joined Dr. Rafael Cabrera to welcome his new associate, Dr. Scott Farber. Dr. Farber, a fourth-generation surgeon originally from South Florida, brings a highly credentialed background, similar to that of Dr. Cabrera’s, to Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton. Dr. Farber has spoken nationally on the topics of reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery and specializes in breast enhancement and body contouring techniques. The elegant reception at the office and surgicenter of Plastic Surgery Specialists of Boca Raton was particularly special because it focused attention on the mission of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation. In welcoming guests, Dr. Cabrera emphasized the importance of the Unicorn to him and his family and emphasized the organization’s need for continued support. Plastic Surgery Specialists Of Boca Raton, 951 N.W. 13th St., Boca Raton, 561-393-6400; pssbocaraton.com.

Champion Porsche’s Eagerly Awaited 911 GT3 R Hybrid Contradictions challenge us to reconcile them: Dynamism and efficiency. Performance and safety. Tradition and innovation. We seek out these contradictions and reconcile them in our own way – in a harmonious overall concept that we call Porsche Intelligent Performance. The result? Intelligent drive concepts. We develop vehicles that are lighter, more efficient and more economical, which makes them more precise, more agile and more dynamic. A further contradiction is environmental technology in motorsports. A paradox? Find out more about the new 911 GT3 R Hybrid. Champion Porsche, 500 W. Copans Rd., Pompano Beach, 954946-4020; champion.porschedealer.com. Promotion

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Boca Raton Community Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 48th Annual Ball More than 500 guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening of dining and dancing at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Proceeds from the event benefited Boca Raton Community Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ron & Kathy Assaf Center for Excellence in Nursing. 1/ Dr. Douglas & Patricia DeOrchis, Dr. Alan Saperstein & Marcy HahnSaperstein and Jerry & Terry Fedele 2/ Barbara & Dick Schmidt and Michelle Maros 3/ Ed & Freyda Burns 4/ H  olli Rockwell, Christine Lynn, Joan Wargo annd Anne Boykin 5/ Standing: David & Amy Ross, Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and Larry Schnurmacher Seated: Gary & Robin Rubin and Andrea Schnurmacher 6/ Jan Savarick, Orrine & Warren S. Orlando and Kathy & Ron Assaf 7/ Marleen Forkas, center, celebrates her birthday at the ball

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Royal Caribbean Oasis Of The Seas’ Make-A-Wish Cruise Michael Jordan, Michelle Kwan and Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff were a few of the celebrities to attend the Make-A-Wish Foundation fundraiser, where children got to meet their favorite stars and money was raised for the charity. 1/ Michael Jordan, Tony Lee, Sadie Shafer, Monte’Kia Jones, Adelynn Rosner and Morgan McDermott 2/ Sadie Shafer and Isaac Shafer 3/ Monte’Kia Jones and Michelle Kwan 4/ Monte’Kia Jones and Michael Jordan 5/ Monte’Kia Jones, Sadie Shafer, Karina Smirnoff, Adelynn Rosner and Megan and Morgan McDermott

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Subdivision Address Addison Reserve

buyer

Sale

Prior

Prior

Price

Sale Price

Sale Date

$550,000

27-FEB-02

$567,500

Seller

LEVINSOHN NANCY M SINGER STANLEY H

7856 TRIESTE PL

Addison Reserve

TOULCH NEIL STEPHENS RICHARD A

16160 VIA MONTEVERDE

$615,000

09-AUG-04

$560,000

Boca Falls

RICHARDS DONNA G SHUSTEK JERRY H

21630 MARIGOT DR

$561,000

29-JUL-04

$595,000

Boca Isles South ORENSHTEYN GALINA ORENSHTEYN GALINA

10564 EAST KEY DR

$212,500

15-DEC-09

$425,000

Boca Isles South

RMK REALTY LLC

GUESS SAMUEL JR

10885 BAL HARBOR DR

$525,000

17-OCT-05

$795,000

Boca Marina

MEISTER VICTORIA

PRINCE ALLEN

626 BOCA MARINA CT

$699,000

01-MAY-82

$350,000

Boca Raton Bath & Tennis Club

MAUI SUNSET LLC

PAVE PROMOTIONS LLC

2874 BANYAN BLVD CIR NW

$700,000

07-APR-05

$750,000

Broken Sound CC

GLASSER DAVID T

BAKER STEPHEN A

2410 NW 53RD ST

$486,920

16-JUN-00

$400,000

Broken Sound CC - Banyans

AGUILAR MARLENE

ROSENTHAL MARTIN I

2488 NW 67TH ST

$212,000

03-MAR-04

$285,000

Lexington Estates

JUUL ELKE NOTARO RALPH

10252 LEXINGTON ESTATES BLVD

$305,000

01-OCT-96

$198,500

Lexington Estates

ZEBROWSKI MICHAEL STENGLEIN STEVEN

10228 LEXINGTON ESTATES BLVD

$390,000

05-APR-02

$332,500

Royal Palm Yacht and CC

COHEN JUDITH L TRUSTEE

Royal Palm Yacht and CC DEMARCO LYNN BIZER St. Andrews CC

HERMAN DENNIS

RAPHAEL ALBERTO

404 E CAMINO REAL

$610,000

25-JUL-03

$615,000

ROSEMURGY JAMES M

345 S MAYA PALM DR

$710,000

22-NOV-02

$720,000 $1,450,000

CURLER KIMBERLY

17340 ALLENBURY CT

$1,200,000

21-OCT-05

Stonebridge CC NASER JOUMANA

PIERCE RICHARD

10654 STONEBRIDGE BLVD

$300,000

01-OCT-94

$405,000

The Estates (Spanish River Land) DILLEY PAMELA S

MILLER V RICHARD

701 MALAGA DR

$675,000

27-MAR-08

$675,000

The Oaks at Boca Raton SCHWARTZ EDWARD J

MARRELLI JOSEPH

17809 KEY VISTA WAY

$1,190,000

18-MAY-07

$1,565,255

The Oaks at Boca Raton

WEISSMAN ROBIN ESKENAZI ANNA

17878 MONTE VISTA DR

$868,000

29-JAN-08

$1,400,000

The Sanctuary

POWNALL HARRIET S

5000 BLUE HERON WAY

$2,000,000

09-SEP-09

$2,002,000

The Vineyards

TOTH-KISS THOMAS

Woodfield Hunt Club SALLAH JAMES D

U S BANK NA TRUSTEE MISSAGIA EVANDRO C

9660 VINEYARD CT

$340,000

30-JUL-04

$420,500

CIAMPI DEBBIE

3160 ST JAMES DR

$642,000

23-DEC-03

$450,000

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Class Act Best Foot Forward Foundation Helps Foster Kids Receive Educations By Jessica Gross

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ife is challenging enough for foster kids, but it gets even tougher for the approximately 800 Florida children each year who turn 18 and age out of the system, left with just a $1,200 monthly government stipend they receive only if they stay in school. While resources exist, most kids aren’t educated about them and end up bypassing college to work for their rent, food and living expenses. The stats tell it all: Only 46 percent of foster children graduate high school each year and 20 percent attend secondary school. This wasn’t something Boca Raton residents Debbie Ellman and Donna Biase, founders of the Best Foot Forward Foundation, could overlook. “We believe kids that want to make something of their lives and have everything going against them deserve a chance. They can’t do it alone,” explains Ellman, this year’s Florida School Volunteer of the Year. She met Biase while volunteering at their kids’ elementary school and serving on the board of Children’s Place at Home Safe, a nonprofit organization that helps abused kids. The friends took action: They spent a year researching and organizing an advisory committee, board of directors and cadre of volunteers… They

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Debbie Ellman, Spanish River High School PTA President and Florida School Volunteer of the Year Right: Debbie Ellman (left) and Donna Baise (right) at a Children's Place at Home Safe event

met with school administrators, welfare agencies and fund-raising sources. They set up headquarters at Boca Raton-based The Haven, a foster home for boys. Finally, last January they launched their foundation, a nonprofit organization created to represent the educational interests of foster kids in Palm Beach County. The fledgling agency already has identified 10 children who need help, including *Robert, whom they

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met through Palm Beach County’s Guardian Ad Litem program. Although still in high school, Robert was supporting himself, receiving no direction or guidance. The foundation found him a tutor and scholarships, and he now proudly attends Palm Beach State College. But the foundation needs help: Namely, financial support to create vocational and life skills programs, generate scholarships and help pay for gradua-

tion costs, school-related expenses or even just a birthday celebration. Something as small as a birthday card lets a foster child know someone cares. The Best Foot Forward Foundation will host a kick-off cocktail party May 6th at the Boca Grove Country Club; tickets cost $50 per person. For more information, call 561-4708300 or visit bestfoot.org. O *Name has been changed to protect privacy


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