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features Fighting Dirty


Need A Vocation?


Masters Of Invention


Opportunities Knock


Death Becomes Them


The Kaye Way


When Celebrities Head For Splitsville, Attorneys Go For Broke

Test-Drive Your Fantasy Career, Minus The Commitment

Five Entrepreneurs Turn Their Dreams Into Reality

10 Hot Franchises Worth Checking Out Now

The Business Of Goodbyes Has Never Been Healthier

Local Businessman Gives Back Through Charity And A New TV Show

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Famed Feminist Attorney Gloria Allred Isn’t Afraid To Take On The Big Guys – And Win


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Taste The Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants 99 Bites 100 Sandwich Recipes 102 Review 104 Listings Happenings The Essential Social Digest 117 Around Town 125 Calendar 130 Flash

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FYI cool cars, Local notables & real deals 137 Hot Wheels 138 Now & Noteworthy 140 At Home Giving BACK Charity Never Goes Out Of Style 144


When Celebrities Head For Splitsville, Attorneys Go For Broke

On THE cover: Feminist Attorney Gloria Allred


Test-Drive Your Fantasy Career, Minus The Commitment



Five Entrepreneurs Turn Their Dreams Into Reality


GLORIA Famed Feminist Attorney Gloria Allred Isn’t Afraid To Take On The Big Guys – And Win

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Congratulations go out to:

Laura Stoltz and Jay Whelchel, winners of the “Dance Ball” trophy and to Jerry Fedele, winner of the “Champion Fundraiser” award at Boca’s Ballroom Battle, held last month at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, benefiting the George Snow Scholarship Fund. • Community jewel Gloria Drummond, The First Lady of Boca Raton Regional Hospital, who will celebrate her 80th birthday at a party at BRRH’s Lynn Cancer Institute, Sandler Pavilion. • Our friends at Spodak Dental Group for being named 201011 Business of the Year by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce and to Dr. Craig Spodak, for being selected as a Business Person of the Year finalist. The honors will be given at the Delray Beach Chamber’s Luminary Gala Awards at the Delray Beach Marriott.


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And when it comes to headlines, it seems you can’t turn on the news these days without seeing our cover subject, Gloria Allred. The feisty attorney has made a name for herself representing celebrity mistresses whose motives some might find questionable, but this feminist says everyone deserves representation and that there are two sides to every story. There’s much more to Allred than meets the eye. Find out in Gutsy Gloria (page 50). Attorneys such as Allred are becoming celebrities in their own right for representing famous folks whose divorce battles play out on the national stage. They fight hard, they play for keeps and believe us – if you’re splitting with a spouse, they’re who you want to call. Meet them in Fighting Dirty (page 54). Also in this issue, we introduce a company that lets you try out new careers before taking the plunge (Need A Vocation?, page 60); the best franchises to check out now (Opportunities Knock, page 74) and some enterprising South Florida inventors who took a chance and made their dreams come true (Masters of Invention, page 66). And now, I’m thrilled to share some exciting news of our own. The Boca Raton Observer, at just under 7 years old, was South Florida’s most award-winning publication in its printing category at the Florida Magazine Association’s 2010 Charlie Awards. What began as a hobby in my home office has become quite the contender, winning six awards in the categories of Best Fea-

ture (two); Best Feature Headlines; Best Theme Issue; Best Cover and Best Printing. We may not be this town’s “only” or “first,” magazine, but – with readers voting us their favorite and peers presenting us with accolades – we are one of the best. And, equally important, we do things ethically and with honor. With a small core staff, I couldn’t be prouder of my team and hope they realize how fortunate I feel to be surrounded by such creative, talented and hardworking individuals. This truly is a labor of love, and each day I feel very fortunate to continue to bring our magazine to the community. Speaking of labors of love, I’m looking forward to some fabulous and successful philanthropic events in the coming months. The Boca Raton Observer will be the exclusive magazine sponsor of many wonderful events this season, including the Fifth Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza on September 24th, Florida Panthers Foundation’s Fourth Annual Face-Off Luncheon on October 4th and Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Seventh Annual Go Pink Luncheon on October 28th. By the way, the Miami Dolphins will play their first away game on September 12th – we hope you’ll join us at Super Sundays, Downtown Boca Raton’s new community event, where locals can gather to watch away games on giant screens and enjoy football-related activities and camaraderie. Go Fins and go Downtown Boca!

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A Good Hair Day beauty

We can’t all look like stunning starlet Christina Applegate, but thanks to the experts at It’s a 10, a Deerfield Beach-based global hair care brand, perhaps we can have luscious locks like hers. Applegate is such an outspoken fan of the line, especially it’s miracle leave-in product conditioner, that she recently teemed with founders Carolyn Plummer and Scott Scharg to promote a Limited Edition pink bottle of the stuff in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. Proceeds will benefit Applegate’s Right Action for Women, her foundation to support breast cancer research. A breast cancer survivor, Applegate started the charity in 2008, after receiving her diagnosis. “This product is truly a miracle and I am so grateful to It’s a 10 for supporting Right Action for Women,” says Applegate. “Proceeds from the sale will help women at high risk for breast cancer get the screenings they need to beat this disease.” Plummer, a former stylist and salon owner, and Scharg, a marketing and business executive, launched the multipurpose line 10 years ago. Today, the company’s salon-quality shampoos, conditioners, masks and more are sold in stores worldwide, including Regis, Hair Cuttery, GBS Beauty and Trade Secret. “Christina is an inspirational woman and her foundation is doing so much to help women understand their risk of breast cancer,” says Plummer. “We are proud to support her work.” What could be better than great hair for a great cause? Celebrity Tresses: Christina Applegate

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Steven and Nathalie Laitmon

Your Wish Is Their Command business

Despite a rocky economy, there are still people out there with money to burn. When these lucky folks need something, they often contact The Calendar Group, a boutique agency that provides personalized domestic staffing services to elite and wealthy individuals. Need a private chef for a dinner party? A Picasso for your living room? Traveling help for the family boat? Call Steven and Nathalie Laitmon, husband and wife, and owners of the agency, which has offices in Miami, Fla. and Westport, Conn. “We have A-list actors, athletes, hedge fund owners, CEOS of Fortune 100 companies and other high-profile clients who want someone responsible to manage their domestic lives,” explains Steven, 38, an entertainment lawyer and former talent agency executive. “We assess our customers’ lives and

often find they’re overstaffed and need a more serene atmosphere.” Since the Laitmons have several important clients in Manalapan and Palm Beach, they’ve become experts in the yacht staffing business, as well as in estate and ranch management. They also know who to call when a fussy patron wants a chef to work 45 days in a row, or a nanny to accom-

pany the family on a three-month vacation to Spain. “I give our clients my cell phone number because I get calls 24/7,” says Steven, whose wife Nathalie, 37, brings to the business a background of working with NetJets. “Part of our service is to be available whenever these high-powered people want to talk. We are detail-oriented and discreet.” Naturally.


Treat Yourself Feeling stressed? With social season just around the corner, why not allow yourself a bit of pre-chaos pampering? National Spa Week starts September 13th, when some of your favorite local establishments will offer facials, massages and other treatments at just $50 each. At press time, participating Palm Beach County spas included Eden Day Spa, Skin Apeel Day Spa and Sleek MedSpa in Boca Raton, and Bella Reina Spa in Delray Beach. For a complete and updated list, visit

What do you do with someone like him?

– Jill Richstone, chief of the felony division for the Palm Beach County state attorney, referring to Johnathan Bartholomew Goode, who has been in and out of jail for being arrested 49 times in 40 months for misdemeanors. Goode, who is reportedly mentally ill, at press time was being held at the Geo Care South Florida State Hospital in Pembroke Pines. Source: The Palm Beach Post


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The Candy Man enterprise

Jay Pearlman

Jay Pearlman lives a sweet life. The Boca Raton businessman is founder and president of Ludo, LLC, an interactive candy manufacturing and distribution company responsible for all those sugary treats kids love to play with (and dentists freak out over), such as Candy Bubbles, flavored bubbles you catch on your tongue and the new Bubble Paste, a bubblegum you squeeze from a toothpaste tube. The 38-year-old Ohio State University graduate (he triplemajored in finance, marketing and logistics) and former toy company executive launched his business in 2001, when his first two clients were Target and Toys ‘R’ Us. He’s since shipped products to about every major retailer in the country. Pearlman’s next project? The soon-to-be-released Bubblegum Candy Cane, originally manufactured by Wrigley and Ford Gum. Did someone say stocking stuffer ?


Once you’re on this level, people kind of look up to you and listen to what you say. Unbeknownst to a lot of those kids, a lot of us who are on the professional level didn’t have the easy way or didn’t have everything given to us, and there are opportunities.


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Miami Dolphin running back Ronnie Brown, discussing The Ronnie Brown Project, his new philanthropic organization created to help kids facing prevalent issues such as school violence and bullying. Source: Sun Sentinel


A Taxing Situation

There’s No Place Like Home

Nicolas Cage: according to news reports, the brooding actor owes more than $6 million in unpaid income taxes.

If your house is the kind of place only an owner can love, it could end up the star of a national real estate Web site. The site,, is seeking the 10 most unusual or quirky homes in the United States to be spotlighted in an upcoming online feature. “We are looking for homes that are truly different – the kind of homes that make you say ‘Wow, look at that’ or ‘What were they thinking?’ or ‘I wish I were that brave,’” explains Jason Wakefield, the Web site’s designer. Homes can be any style or in any price range. The important thing is that it be “out-of-the-norm.” Many of the site’s former stories have been picked up by media venues such as, AOL and Yahoo. Think your home is the fairest – and weirdest – of them all? Send a photo and brief description to Better hurry: The deadline for submissions is September 10th. O

It’s a time-honored American tradition that where there is wealth, there are people trying to cheat Uncle Sam. The following famous folks are but a small sampling.

Sophia Loren: More than 20 years ago, this ageless beauty spent 18 days in an Italian slammer after being found guilty of tax evasion. Pete Rose: The former baseball legend was found guilty in 1990 of not paying taxes on income earned at memorabilia expos. Leona Helmsley: The late wealthy businesswoman spent four years in prison back in 1992 for tax fraud. Wesley Snipes: The film star spent three years in prison after being convicted of three misdemeanor tax charges in 2008. O.J. Simpson: The former football hero-turned-convict owes the federal government more than $1.5 million from a 1999 lien. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello: After being charged with not paying their taxes in 1956, the comedians had to sell most of their possessions. Source: Tribune Newspapers


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8Cutting-Edge Gadgets That Work For You By Samantha Levy 1. Ojo Vision Digital Video Phone with its high-resolution screen makes conference calls more personal. Available at 2. Cable IDs keep cords and wires untangled and easily identifiable, with six to a pack. Available at 3. USB Man separates cords with four USB ports and works as a piece of art. Available at



4. Dash Personal Internet Viewer continuously delivers Web favorites and provides access to movies, TV shows, games and more. Available at 5. Mimobot USB Flash Drives in Bossy Bear and Buddy Chub are loaded with icons, avatars and wallpapers and play fun sounds when used. Available at 6. Vivienne Tam Edition HP Mini Digital Clutch combines beauty and brains, making a fashionable addition to any desktop. Available at 7. Mac Mini provides the power of a large computer in a small, sleek cube. Available at





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1. Thork Boards crafted of cork and veneer are fashionable, functional and include a set of six pushpins. Available at


2. Star Desk Clock with a black granite base adds a sense of retro glamour to any office. Available at 3. Leaning Doorstop gives the illusion an aluminum/brass figurine is holding the door, but it’s really a sturdy rubber wedge. Available at 4. Simple Hourglass with its delicate shape and apple-green sand lends a touch of whimsy and sophistication to any office desk or shelf. Available at 5. Magazine Tote and Book Boxes in chic bronze make de-cluttering simple with space for books, bills, magazines and more. Available at 6. Aphrodite Floating Chest of Drawers by designer Tadao Hoshino features a fixed bottom for balance and quirky style for the office. Available at


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What Do Your Toenails

Say About You?

Do your toes say, “There’s a fungus-among-us?” You probably have a common condition called “Onychomycosis” (on-ee-kó-my-ko-sis) or a yellowing underneath your toenails caused by an ugly fungus. It will not go away quickly with topical or oral medications. It is also extremely contagious. Dr. Dean Dorfman has a new pain-free laser treatment that kills the fungus after one 30-minute treatment. Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately after treatment.




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Write Of Passage

Lawyer-Turned-Novelist Jilliane Hoffman Takes On A Life Of Crime By Bill Bowen


ans of Fort Lauderdale author Jilliane Hoffman’s courtroom thrillers have what was a New York insomniac toddler to thank. Flash-back to 1992: Jilliane and her newlywed husband were in a prewar city apartment, directly below a family with a son who scuttled his walker unendingly across the wood floor, slowly driving the couple mad and eventually facilitating Jilliane’s decision to accept a job offer from the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office. “My husband looked like a character from Edgar Allan Poe as he sat on the couch, watching the ceiling, following the sound back and forth. And then he would look at me,” she says, mimicking the rueful face of her story. It’s easy for the couple to recall exactly when they moved to South Florida – they were settling in when Hurricane Andrew blew out their windows and collapsed their ceiling as they hid in a closet with their pet parakeet. Not one to be daunted by a challenge, Hoffman’s always been good at rising to the occasion. She was an effective Miami prosecutor who then worked with FDLE agents solving crimes and building cases. Both ca26

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reers provided ample fodder for juicy crime novels. Her first, Retribution, was well-received and her subsequent screenplay was purchased by Warner Bros. Next came Last Witness, a courtroom drama, and Plea of Insanity, a psychological thriller dealing with schizophrenia. Her fourth novel, which involves an Internet predator and an adolescent girl, Pretty Little Things, is being released this month. Hoffman never intended to be a writer and still hesitates when asked

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what she does for a living. “I just automatically answer, ‘I’m a lawyer,’” she says. “Then I say, ‘well, a former prosecutor ... and, oh, I also write thrillers.’”

the thought: What if a victim had

The Long Island native’s writing career began with an idea that wouldn’t go away. “I was prosecuting a rape case in which the defendant was completely unaffected by what he had done, and the victim, and her sister who was forced to watch, were still completely devastated by it a year later,” Hoffman recalls. “And I had

These days, her writing schedule is dictated by her two kids, in seventh and ninth grades. “When they get out of school, my life stops and I become a driver,” says Jilliane, who steals moments throughout the day and night to write on her laptop. “I’d love to just write 9 to 5 but that’s not going to happen until

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arning: After viewing The Expendables, if you experience an adrenaline rush lasting more than four hours, see your doctor immediately! That’s the effect this delightful, rather silly, totally enjoyable movie may have on you. It’s an old-fashioned Saturday morning picture, complete with gratuitous violence, gore and almost nonstop action. Bad guys get theirs, good guys win. And the quick asides between the old-boy action stars, referencing their heyday film personas, are a comic plus.   Quasi-ancient action stars rule in this flick. Sylvester Stallone co-wrote, directed and stars in the film, ably assisted by Jason Statham, Jet Li,

Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Austin and Terry Crews. It’s the dream cast of action-film fanatics (especially those of the Baby Boomer era), with an overdose of testosterone, just for fun.

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Stallone leads a bunch of his former commando-like associates on a mission to eliminate the general of an island nation ruled by a former CIA agent-turned-major cocaine producer (Eric Roberts). In true cavalry-tothe-rescue style, Stallone and his crew defeat the entire army of the island stronghold and, literally, fly off into the sunset.   I should mention that the producers employed 85 special effects people and 65 stunt personnel to carry off this movie. Still, the film starts off a bit slow, perhaps due to the excessive narrative exposition dictated by Stallone and his co-screenwriter, David Callaham, But the pace quickens and then never lets up.

Cinematographer Jeffrey L. Kimball has no respect for the jowls and wrinkles of some or our aging heroes (Stallone in particular is a caricature of his former indomitable self), but he knows how to film action. Ken Blackwell and Paul Harb must have had a field day selecting shots as they edited this whirlwind adventure, and Brian Tyler has written and selected music designed to appeal to the youth of today.   Don’t believe some of the poor reviews you may have read – this picture is pure fun. O Rated R: Contains strong action, bloody violence and some bad language.

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Head Honcho It’s Time To BYOB (Be Your Own Boss) By Bill Bowen

During the economic free-fall, many pink slip recipients learned the hard way that landing another job was about as likely as winning the lottery – twice. If no company will have you, or if you’re dissatisfied with your current employment, perhaps it’s time to consider starting your own business. These books tell you how.

The Small Business Start-up Kit: A Step-By-Step Legal Guide By Peri H. Pakroo. J.D. Since graduating law school 15 years ago, Peri H. Pakroo has authored 11 books in a decade – so she knows what she’s talking about. Her latest book is an updated version of her 2004 The Small Business Start-up Kit, and explains how to start a company quickly, easily, confidently, and in any state. Pakroo describes in plain English how to choose the best business structure, write an effective plan, file the right forms in the right places, draft and use contracts and more. She also explains how to manage finances and prepare and file 30

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Working 5 to 9: How To Start A Successful Business In Your Spare Time By Emma Jones Want to start a business, but not ready to give up your day job? Launching an enterprise in your “spare time” is broken down to a science by author Emma Jones, who notes that 5 million people have already done it – so how hard can it be? In her book, Jones offers a checklist to get you started, along with advice on sales, marketing, technology, and even maintaining a satisfying social life while working 9 to 5 and running a company on the side. Also included is a list of 50

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No matter how great the idea or how savvy the businessperson, no road is without some struggle, disappointment and failure. And while starting your own business will mean shepherding it through the inevitable whims and difficulties of the marketplace, in any era, in any economy – it can be done. And then, the sky’s the limit.

The Risk Takers: 16 Men And Women Who Built Great Businesses Share Their Entrepreneurial Strategies For Success By Renee and Don Martin It’s not only successful entrepreneurial strategies that elevated the founders of some of America’s top companies – it’s also their tenacity and perseverance in the face of adversity and seemingly crushing defeats. In their book, authors Renee and Don Martin sat down with visionaries from Geek Squad, Curves, Liz Lange Maternity, Kinko’s, Paul Mitchell, Spanx, Amy’s Kitchen and others über-successful enterprises to collect tales from the trenches. What they found, is that no matter how great the idea or how savvy the businessperson, no road is without some struggle, disappointment and failure. And while starting your own business will mean shepherding it through the inevitable whims and difficulties of the marketplace, in any era, in any economy, it can be done. And then, the sky’s the limit.

BoomerPreneurs: How Baby Boomers Can Start Their Own Business, Make Money And Enjoy Life By M.B. Izard So you didn’t start a business when you were younger, and now retirement isn’t all it was cracked up to be. 32

It’s never too late. Author M.B. Izard offers strategies and ideas geared toward the ambitious over-50-something crowd, with practical advice structured toward putting a little more gold into your golden years. BoomerPreneurs is essentially a book and workbook combined, and offers lessons one would learn from a business coach – a proven plan for making money to enjoy retirement. It contains motivational success stories, an achievement road map and plenty of charts, checklists and worksheets. Chapters cover how to evaluate the viability of an idea, how to research and write a plan, reducing financial risks, the value of catching the wave of trends, securing customers and much more.

Conquer the Chaos: How To Grow A Successful Business Without Going Crazy By Clate Mask and Scott Martineau Conquer The Chaos addresses the premise that running a business is similar to being the healthcare and recreation provider for an aged and infirm cat, whose needs and medical issues, which are both constant and indecipherable, tend to overshadow anything you had planned for the afternoon. Many entrepreneurs find themselves trapped, controlled and consumed by their businesses, note authors Clate Mask and Scott Martineau, and struggle just to keep them afloat (much less

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see a profit). Recognize your own sad tale here? Perhaps Conquer The Chaos might help. It makes sense of the overwhelming demands on small business owners and provides a practical plan for success with sanity. The book leads readers through six strategies designed to bring order to disarray.

The Everything Start Your Own Business Book: A StepBy-Step Guide To Starting, Managing And Building A Profitable Business By Judith B. Harrington You’d think a book with “Everything” in the title would cover all the bases, and author Judith B. Harrington, a former corporate communications director of a $2 billion company, is certainly qualified to do so. Harrington’s completely revised book provides everything you’ll need to start a business and keep it running in the black. It contains new information for online business strategy, critical professional associations, regulatory pitfalls and competitive concepts such as leased employees. Whether you need help formulating a plan, finding financing or running the business once it’s off the ground, you’ll find it here (replete with necessary forms on CD). When not writing books, Harrington runs her company, Print Management Commercial Printing Brokers Inc., which she cofounded in 1987. O

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Spreading The Word Kings Of Leon To Rock Cruzan Amphitheatre By Bill Bowen


he Kings of Leon, three brothers and a cousin who slowly rose to the heights of rock ’n’ roll after releasing their first album in 2003, had a nomadic childhood with their evangelical father that sounds like a movie script. Their father, a Pentecostal preacher, travelled the south with his family in a purple Oldsmobile, stopping for one- or two-week preaching gigs along the way. The Kings of Leon, now international stars who will rock Cruzan Amphithe-

atre on September 17th at 7:30 p.m., had their earliest musical experiences banging drums with revival meeting choirs while being home-schooled in highway rest stops by their mother. When the Followill brothers, Caleb and Nathan, signed with RCA in 1999, they were told they needed more band members and immediately recruited their younger brother, Jared Followill, and their cousin, Matthew Followill. Kings of Leon is named after their father and grandfather, both named Leon Followill.

The band, which has won Grammy Awards for singles Sex On Fire and Use Somebody, revealed a southern rock/garage influence on its early albums that has evolved into a harder-edged, alternative rock sound. First making a splash in the United Kingdom, the band gradually caught on in the United States. The guys became hugely successful here with the release of Only By The Night in 2008, but a history of mixed reviews seemed to grow even more polarized as critics alternately praised or panned the band’s latest effort.

Then there’s the band’s well-documented diva moment, while headlining a 2009 festival in Reading, England, when the guys grew angry, cursed the audience, smashed their guitars and walked off stage while making obscene gestures. A measure of poetic justice occurred this summer when the band was forced to abandon a July concert in St. Louis, Mo. because of a deluge of pigeon droppings from a nesting colony in the rafters above. Let’s hope there’s no encore. O For more information, call 561-795-8883 or visit

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Boy Wonder American Idol’s Adam Lambert Performs At Hard Rock Live

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dam Lambert’s immense talent was impressive enough to sweep him to the finals of American Idol’s eighth season, despite rampant speculation about his sexuality that overshadowed the merits of his vocal abilities. Lambert, who performs at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live on September 19th at 7 p.m., captured the hearts of the judges midway through the competition and by the time it came down to him and eventual winner Kris Allen, there was more discussion in the celebrity gossip media about “is he or isn’t he?” than about the relative singing prowess of the finalists. Lambert, who declared himself openly gay shortly after the finale, has seen his career flourish since the show. He released his first solo album last November, an ambitious multi-genre project called For Your Entertainment that contains a category-bending playlist including rock, pop, electronic, dance, pop/rock, electronic/pop, pop/rock/dance, and possibly even some hop/skip/jump. The album debuted at No. 3 and sold 198,000 copies in the United States in the first week. Lambert worked with no less than nine producers on this effort and will likely perform songs off the album in his concert, although as he proved during the TV talent show, he’s capable of a wide variety of songs by his favorite artists such as Queen, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Madonna and Led Zeppelin. Lambert recorded Time For Miracles, a cut off For Your Entertainment, for the soundtrack of the 2009 movie 2012, and the recording was praised by Queen guitarist Brian May. Lambert has won two awards: the Young Hollywood Award for Artist of the Year and the Teen Choice Award for Reality/Variety Star. He also participated in the American Idols Live! tour last year, visiting 50 cities in the United States. At Hard Rock Live, he’ll be joined by special guest and former fellow Idol contestant Allison Iraheta. O For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit

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Shake It So You Think You Can Dance Comes To AmericanAirlines Arena


he popular reality FOX TV show featuring dancers with moves most of us can only gawk at has branched off into an equally well-received live traveling show. The So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour is scheduled to hit the AmericanAirlines Arena stage on September 29th at 7:30 p.m. The 40-city tour will feature this season’s most popular routines, as well as original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour. Fans can expect to see all their favorite contestants, including Season Seven winner Lauren Froderman, 18, a contemporary jazz dancer from Phoenix, Ariz., who

won this season’s top honor, leaving with $250,000 and the opportunity to be featured on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and in Gatorade print ads. “I cannot even believe how amazing this journey has been! I feel so blessed, and am so grateful to my family, friends and fans,” Froderman said after winning. “Thank you for believing in me and naming me America’s Favorite Dancer. This is truly a dream come true. Thank you, America, it was an honor dancing for you!” During the tour, fans will be treated to performances by dancers, in-

cluding Adechike Torbert, Ashley Galvan, Billy Bell, Kent Boyd and Robert Roldan. All-Stars include Ade Obayomi, Allison Holker, Courtney Galiano, Kathryn McCormick and Russell Ferguson.

in search of dancers who represent the best in America. Those who stand out during auditions get tickets to Las Vegas for callbacks, where they work with top choreographers to learn and then be judged on multiple styles of dance.

The nimble athletes will perform just about every imaginable style, from Hip-Hop, Krumping and Popping to Salsa, Quickstep and Jive… and more.

The show has become somewhat of a pop culture phenomenon, with more than 2 million fans following its every move. Now South Florida fans will get to see all the mindblowing twists, turns and pirouettes up close and personal. O

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Old Man Neil Young Plays Iconic Songs At Hard Rock Live

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n pubs and cafes throughout North America, wherever live cover songs are being plunked by bleary-eyed acoustic guitar strummers and patrons are voicing requests, two words are likely to ring out more frequently than the one (“Freebird !”) you were about to say. The two words are: “Neil Young!” The Canadian songwriting icon and rock ’n’ roll legend of some 44 years has proven, perhaps beyond any other, his ability to write songs with a timelessness that is as impossible to explain as it is to duplicate. He’ll perform many of them at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live on September 23rd at 8 p.m., where you may hear Cowgirl In The Sand, Down By The River, Old Man, Heart Of Gold, After The Gold Rush, The Needle And The Damage Done, Cinnamon Girl, Long May You Run, Hey Hey My My ... Hopefully. Young is, after all, known for doing whatever he wants.





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gether, many of these couples start their businesses at home. And that means it’s all melded under one roof: office, bedroom, kitchen, kids’ rooms, and all the clutter and mess that goes along with running two distinct yet overlapping enterprises: an office and a household. Ann McNeil, a licensed clinical social worker in Boca Raton, agrees there are challenges to this, but says it’s completely doable – especially if the couple truly “gets along together.”


ogetherness is a wonderful thing, or it can be. And we all know love makes the world go ’round. But have you ever heard this – and cringed? “My husband and I work together.” Work together! Five days a week! Eight hours a day! Are you nuts? Working with a spouse or significant other might sound like a self-inflicted kiss of death. Who needs the pressures and stress of a 9 to 5 job added to the challenges of a long-term relationship? After all, it’s one thing to take criticism

from The Boss, that person in the corner office who complicates your life day after day a la a Dilbert cartoon. You can come home and complain about him or her. It’s another thing when The Boss is your wife or husband and you’re crawling under the covers together every night.

expected, that number is increasing. Plus, there’s another complicating factor. In addition to working to-

But expect some bumps in that professional road you’ve chosen. “Most couples have some point of friction that will eventually present a problem,” she says.

Or, at least, you used to. But it’s happening, more and more. According to national labor statistics, an estimated 1.5 million husband-wife teams run businesses together in the United States. And with the nation’s economy upsetting the more predictable professional routes many working couples had September 2010


that’s life8 relations For Allen Borza and his wife, Clara Mateus-Borza, their business partnership happened quickly – and at the hands of others. A graphic designer who worked for a small bank in Broward County, Clara got laidoff last March. She freaked, but her husband, Allen, assured her they’d get through it.

Alicia Fortinberry, an internationally renowned psychologist who has run a self-help personal awareness business with her husband for nearly 30 years, gives speeches on how couples can work and be happy together 24-7. At least, that’s the title of one of her famous speeches.

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Then... A graphic Web designer, Allen lost his job with a West Palm Beach planning firm the next day. It was all very unexpected, and they’d only been married 16 months.

“At the beginning it was hard because I was used to being with this person as his

wife and best friend. It was a learning experience.”

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Work with other people. Bring them into “the tribe.” Don’t try to separate work time from home time. “The idea that work time and time off are separate is a false distinction,” she writes. Maintain friends outside “the tribe.” Explore and share mutual beliefs – whether it’s religion, politics, athletics or a passion for reading, jogging or practicing yoga. Develop rituals – kissing before falling asleep, eating breakfast together, walking every night – that you do by mutual agreement. Establish agreed-upon roles in your business and personal life. Be honest and communicative about what you need from each other. Don’t bottle it up!         Source:


Clara Mateus-Borza and Allen Borza

Allen says he and Clara had already started Green Group Studio so they could do side work in addition to their 9 to 5 jobs. But when they got downsized, he knew this was their chance to put all their time, energy – and money – into Green Group Studio. They recently got office space in Lake Worth and work with clients on print, Web and 3D design. They also try

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to teach clients how to be more environmentally aware, with things like soy ink for the printer and circulating online instead of paper via snail mail.

he was such a great businessman.”

“It’s hard to leave a cozy job,” says Allen, 28. “But when this happened, I knew it was a blessing in disguise.”

“Now, here we are, giving each other constant criticism – and we really weren’t used to that,” he says. “I’m Work Allen and, at home, I’ll be Husband Allen. You can’t get the two confused.”

Still, it’s a fluid dance to handle the marriage and the business. “At the beginning it was hard because I was used to being with this person as his wife and best friend,” says Clara, 31. “It was a learning experience. I learned things about my husband I never knew. I didn’t know

Allen says it’s taken many adjustments, and they’ve made them in stages.

But Allen and Clara have worked hard to keep the spark in both their marriage and their business. “We always say, ‘We don’t want our company to be the end of our marriage,’” he says. “I’d rather work at Walmart than lose my wife.” O

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Rather Than Wait To Get Hired, Some Teens Embrace Their Inner Entrepreneur


hen you’ve got a teenager in the house, your wallet sees a lot of action. There’s the wardrobe. The cell phone. The iTunes account. The snack budget. And the list goes on. Sooner or later, you might start asking the kid in question to kick in some of that cash. But if you’re expecting the usual routes – babysitting, lawn mowing, feeding the neighbor’s cat – don’t be surprised if your teen has something more ambitious in mind.   Take 16-year-old Jasen Delgado, who dreamed up a way to profit from his passion for cars long be42

fore he was old enough to drive them. Three years ago the Miami team launched his own business, AutoMotion Photo, shooting pictures of cars for dealerships, auto parts companies and private clients. With some $9,000 in earnings so far – nearly half of which he has used to invest in professional camera equipment – Delgado is now booked regularly from his native Miami into Palm Beach County. His traveling companion and chauffeur is his father, Miguel. “My dad really wasn’t into cars before, but eventually he caught on to my love of them,” Delgado says. “On the weekends he and I go to different

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jobs, different car dealerships and try to get new clients. I pay for the gas. And I buy him lunch.” Ellen Thrasher, associate administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurship Education at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), says parents who help their teens launch a business often find the interaction to be good for their relationship.   “Of course, there is a fine line between helping your child and doing it for them, so a parent does have to figure out when it’s appropriate to step in,” she says. “But bringing in your own experiences, whether it’s the practical experience of running

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for the Office of Entrepre“Of course, there is a fine line between istrator neurship Education at the U.S. helping your child and doing it for Small Business Administration them, so a parent does have to figure out when it’s appropriate to step in. But bringing in

ganizations, many of which come with financial scholarships.” Delgado, for one, has received guidance from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), which provides business know-how to middle and high school students. Alice Horn, executive director of NFTE’s South Florida branch, says interest in such programs has risen along with unemployment levels. After all, teens who might once have made money scooping sundaes at the local ice cream shop may find such jobs hard to come by in today’s economy. 44

“Adults who would not normally have been taking (low-level) jobs are now happy to get any kind of employment they can get,” Horn says. “The job market for teens has dried up as a result, so it has become much more important for them to make their own jobs.”   Jorge Carrera, a 17-year-old Broward resident who also works with NFTE, says his thriving handyman/car wash business was a direct result of his family’s refusal to support his clothing budget. “My stepdad has had his own business since he was 17,” Carrera says. “He’s the one that made me get

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your own experiences, whether it’s the practical experience of running a household or owning a business yourself, can bring you and your child very close.”

into working, get into the business world. I used to be a little lazy, and that’s all I really knew. That was before he got into my life.” Calling his business Rent a Son, and promoting himself through flyers at local shopping centers, Carrera has mastered a range of skills and earned more than $10,000 in two years – enough to buy himself a used Lexus. Next on the agenda: mobile car wash equipment.   If your teen is interested in starting a business, Horn says, you should begin with a brainstorming session about his

“I told her, ‘You’re going to have to start selling this stuff to make enough money to buy these expensive ingredients,’” says Marlo, a freelance marketing copywriter and single mother. “I figured she’d just wrap it up and pawn it off on the neighbors, but she had a whole different idea.” Shea’s Bakery now operates out of a commercial kitchen in Delray Beach, with Gouldd fulfilling 20 to 30 orders in a typical month – in between honors classes and marching band practice at Boca’s Spanish River Community High School.   “I work from home, and I think that’s part of why my daughter saw that she could turn her interest into a business,” Marlo says. “But we live in such an affluent area, and I wanted her to have this concept of, ‘You’ve got to earn your way.’ If I kept reaching into my pocket to pay for everything, I don’t think this ever would have happened.” O

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Mountain Asheville’s Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa Retreat By Roberta Sandler

Is Like A Breath Of Fresh Air

In its earlier days, the hotel attracted world-renowned figures such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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estled at the foothills of the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, N.C., The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is an idyllic getaway that resonates with romance, relaxation and family fun. It isn’t just the legendary service and remarkable amenities that beckon vacationers to the property and its 512 cozy guestrooms, including 12 suites and a 28-room Club Floor. It’s the breathtaking views of a color-infused vista and the hotel’s imposing stone exterior constructed long ago of granite boulders from local quarries. And it’s the dependable continuation of entrepreneur E.W. Grove’s idea to provide guests with respite from the rest of the world when, in 1913, he completed the resort. In its earlier days, the hotel’s upscale,

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tranquil ambiance attracted worldrenowned figures such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Through the decades, the guest register has listed 10 U.S. presidents and notables including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Anthony Hopkins, Deepak Chopra, Burt Reynolds and Shirley Jones. One guest who supposedly never left is The Pink Lady, the ghost of a woman who fell to her death in the Palm Court atrium in 1920 and is reportedly occasionally sighted in her pink dress (or perhaps former guest Harry Houdini had something to do with her reappearance)! In the 1950s, Dallas businessman Charles Sammons purchased, restored and upgraded the property. Today, with the addition of its luxurious on-site spa, it continues to

garner awards and accolades. Among The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa’s honors, its Horizons Dining Room restaurant boasts an AAA Four Diamond rating; its Donald Ross-designed, 18-hole, par-70 golf course was named No. 77 on Golfweek magazine’s list of America’s Best Resort Courses and its spa was named one of world’s best in Travel + Leisure magazine. The praise is understandable, considering the amenities. First, there’s the decor, which includes the world’s largest collection of Arts and Craftsera furniture. These solid oak pieces, closely identified with the resort, permeate the massive lobby of the romantic and historic Main Inn and the spacious rooms of the contemporary Vanderbilt and Sammons wings.

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that’s life8 destinations Theme rooms and suites are fun and whimsical, reflecting specific periods or styles. Rooms on the Club Floor are sumptuous and come with complimentary spa access. All guestrooms receive twicedaily maid service. The charming cottage across the hotel courtyard is ideal for families, with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room and living room. The resort’s mountainview rooms offer generous panoramas of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountain ranges, while propertyview rooms overlook the spa and other parts of the resort. Dining at Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa is a fresh culinary experience – as in local farm-to-table foods resulting in comforting southern heritage cuisine. At the resort’s flagship restaurant, the Horizons Dining Room, New American Classic cuisine is served. Perhaps it’s Horizons’ Filet of Kobe Beef and Fennelpollen Seared Ahi Tuna that inspired Food & Wine magazine to rank it one of the nation’s 50 best hotel restaurants. The Sunset Terrace offers stunning mountain vistas and daily lunch and dinner served indoors or outdoors. The Blue Ridge Dining Room serves daily breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus weekend seafood and prime-rib buffets and a Sunday brunch. We suggest trying the Cornmeal-crusted Fried Green Tomatoes for some wonderful local flavor. Not very hungry? Sip martinis and nosh on appetizers at the Magnolia Lounge or grab a bite at the Cabana Grille. For more evening fun, drop into Elaine’s Dueling Piano Bar, where guests gather around two pianos for nonstop dancing and singa-longs. For daytime diversions, parents can 48

check out the lush, tree-lined fairways of the golf course or the 50,000square-foot sports complex with six tennis courts, an indoor pool, racquetball court and fitness equipment. The Spa offers 43,000 square feet of exquisite indulgence, from the mineral and waterfall pools amid cool rock outcroppings, to a Heaven Series of wraps and treatments, detoxifying massages and gentlemen’s treatments. Meanwhile, the Grove Park Children’s Programs ensure kids have a great time, too, as they engage in supervised activities during Cubs Adventure Camp and Kids’ Night Out. Speaking of kids, little ones are always enchanted by the property during the holidays, when trees are gaily decorated, carolers sing in the Great Hall and the resort’s mascot, Major Bear, dances with guests. Imagine a festive wonderland with toy soldiers, garlands, nativity scenes and blazing fireplaces. There’s also an annual National Gingerbread House Competition. A sweet tradition, the resort attracts entrants from across the country who create over-the-top confections that are judged on appearance, originality and creativity. This year’s contest takes place November 15th, and entries will remain  displayed throughout the holiday season. There’s plenty to do when venturing off property, as well: Asheville is great for shopping and sightseeing, with standouts including the Folk Art Center, the shops at Biltmore Village and the grand, 250-room Biltmore Estate, North America’s largest private home. Wander about, drive along the vibrantly colorful Blue Ridge Parkway, and then return to Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, where you’ll be immersed in sweet tranquility and scenic splendor. O

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One guest who supposedly never left is The Pink Lady, the ghost of a woman who fell to her death in the Palm Court atrium around 1920 and is reportedly occasionally sighted in her pink dress.

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he’s known to many nowadays as the petite, feisty woman who dares to represent mistresses of the rich, famous and infamous – like Tiger Woods, Jesse James and convicted murderer Scott Peterson.

In an eloquent but stern voice and most always solemn expression, Gloria Allred is often seen in her brightly colored suits and perfectly applied makeup as she speaks to cameras skillfully about why these women are victims themselves. And why their ex-lovers should be held accountable for their heartache. However, most of the cases this California celebrity attorney takes on involve ordinary people with ordinary lives who, for one reason or another, come face-to-face in legal battles with bigger fish. And her cases span the globe. In South Florida, Allred fought Carnival Cruise Corporation in 2005, representing the mother of a 24-year-old woman who died on the ship. She’s currently working on an important case in the area, but said she wasn’t able to release details at press time. She speaks often at events about winning new rights for women and minorities and earlier this year was in Boca Raton for a Lion of Judah luncheon for the Jewish Federation of South Palm

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Beach County, where she spoke about the need for services among vulnerable Jewish men and women. This summer she made her own headlines for going on a solid food fast for 30 days to mark the 90th anniversary of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. There are many who applaud Allred for her work and call her a feminist avenging crusader – others roll their eyes and call her a publicity hound. But whatever your opinion is, Allred doesn’t really care. She says her goal isn’t to please the majority. For the past 35 years, Allred has dedicated her life to making sure her clients – mostly women who are not celebrities – are treated fairly and with respect. And if they aren’t, well, Allred will fight until that’s what they get. No matter what it means for her reputation. “To those who criticize me, take that time spent criticizing me and invest it in helping women. There are so many in need,” she says. “When I’m called names, I see it as a good thing. I know they don’t

have any argument and that’s when I know that I’ve won.”

MEDIA MANEUVERS When a Hollywood scandal breaks, it isn’t unusual to see Allred somewhere in the mix, whether it’s representing a party involved or merely giving her two cents at the request of national news outlets. Soon after tapes were released of what was then said to be actor Mel Gibson threatening violence against his girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, Allred told The Washington Post that she would not, under any circumstances and for no amount of money, represent the Lethal Weapon star. In August, she sent a letter to comedian-turned-talk show host Whoopie Goldberg after Goldberg (a close friend of Gibson’s) questioned why Grigorieva – the mother of Gibson’s youngest child – didn’t call police after he allegedly assaulted her. (At press time, celebrity gossip Web sites  were reporting that Grigorieva hired Allred’s daughter and high-profile attorney, Lisa Bloom, to represent her.) When Nadya “Octomom” Suleman

came home with her eight babies in 2009, Allred publically voiced her concerns over the welfare of the newborns and later offered free childcare. Suleman accepted the help, but later refused it, causing a legal battle with Allred. Allred was the first to speak out about the protection of Michael Jackson’s children after he was captured on videotape dangling his 9-month-old over the floor of a fourth-floor hotel balcony. She is currently representing Debrahlee Lorenzana, who filed a complaint this year against Citibank after she claimed they fired her because of her good looks, and aspiring actress Kristina Hagan, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bones actor David Boreanaz. Hagan alleges he began harassing her in 2009 with sexually inappropriate text messages that were followed by sexual encounters in his car and trailer.   Allred has represented ex-girlfriends of Charlie Sheen, Shaquille O’Neal and Dodi Fayed and her name has been connected with women involved in the Tiger Woods scandal – including Rachel Uchitel (about whom Allred would September 2010


not comment as to whether she was a mistress or not), former porn star Veronica Siwik-Daniels, aka, Joslyn James, “and I’m not going to indicate how many others,” she says. In James’ case, Allred held a press conference and urged the pro-golfer to apologize for deceiving her. “She was not even interested in meeting him until he finally was able to establish a relationship with her,” Allred says. “He flew her to various locations and would see her frequently. He

And though she’s represented thousands of women, it’s the superstar cases that have made Allred a celebrity as well. “Because of the growth of the Internet and the celebrity Web sites, more people tend to pay attention to any woman who dares to speak out against a celebrity,” she says. “These are rich and powerful men who have professional agents and highly paid mouthpieces to try to squash any victim who dares to speak out.”

“I know some great men but I’m not willing to make the investment of time. I have so many women who need me to help them.” – Gloria Allred

asked her to give up her career because he couldn’t stand the thought of her being with anyone else. She had reason to believe she was very special to him. And when the scandal broke, he dropped her like a hot potato. When a man lies to a woman and breaks her heart, he needs to say he’s sorry whether that person is a mistress, a wife or anyone else he has lied to.” Allred says Woods has yet to apologize to her client. Her list of other well-known clients is endless: she’s represented the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald L. Goldman; Amber Frey, the former girlfriend of Scott Peterson, who was convicted in 2005 of murdering his wife and unborn child (In Allred’s book, Fight Back and Win, she wrote that Frey became like a daughter to her); and in March, she announced she was representing a woman who was said to have had a three-year relationship with actress Sandra Bullock’s now ex-husband Jesse James. Her law firm – Allred, Maroko & Goldberg in Los Angeles, Calif. – deals with issues surrounding employment discrimination and victims of civil rights abuse, rape, child sexual abuse and murder cases. 52

So Allred becomes their mouthpiece. And she stands next to them, supporting them, fighting for their rights. “Now they’re standing up and speaking out so more attention is being paid to the fact that they have a voice,” she says. “They become empowered.”

LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER The day before Allred’s 69th birthday, she made plans to spend a special weekend with her family, including daughter and celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom and her two grandchildren. It’s one of the few times Allred allows herself a little break, if you even want to call it that. She says she knows she’ll be working through the weekend but that doesn’t bother her. She’s a confessed workaholic who doesn’t let go of responsibilities. “There’s no reason to let go,” she says.

From the top: Vanessa Lopez announces a lawsuit against Shaquille O’Neal; former Citibank employee Debrahlee Lorenzana reads a statement during a news conference; comforting her client, Veronica Siwik-Daniels, aka, Joslyn James, after watching the telecast of Tiger Woods' news conference; protesting with a sign against David Letterman; geting into the spirit of things as she participates in the L.A. Pride Parade ’09.

Asking her if she has any hobbies, Allred can’t think of any besides spending time with her family. She’s been married twice and doesn’t plan

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to marry or date again. “I know some great men but I’m not willing to make the investment of time,” she says. “I have so many women who need me to help them.” Her passion for women’s rights grew while attending college at New York University, when she worked at Gimbels department store. She was making less than a man doing the same job though all had families to provide for. But her experience in Acapulco was what moved her to continually fight to preserve abortion as a safe, legal option for women. She met a doctor while vacationing there after college and he led her to a motel, pulled out a gun and raped her. She wrote in her book that she nearly died after a botched abortion and she vowed not to let other women suffer the same.

lot about frivolous things. She cared about what was important. There was a point during my teenage years when I would get a little embarrassed by her. But I am pleased that she raised me that way.” Bloom says when it comes to her mother, there’s work and there’s family and no time for much else. Even when they’re at the dinner table, she raises topics for her grandchildren – 18 and 20 – so they can learn how to debate. She’s been doing that since they were children, Bloom says.

“She was different from other moms. She wanted me to use my brain. She didn’t care a lot about frivolous things. She cared about what was important.” – Lisa Bloom

Allred is committed to the women who need her and one of the women she keeps a keen eye on is her daughter. Bloom is a trial lawyer who was a former host on Court TV and is now a CBS news legal analyst. She appears on a variety of TV shows regularly – such as Dr. Phil, Inside Edition and Access Hollywood, as well as the morning talk shows – sharing her legal opinions on highprofile cases. She’s currently representing Michael Lohan, who she says is fighting to protect his celebrity daughter Lindsay Lohan, from abusing prescription drugs. Bloom followed in her mother’s footsteps and it’s easy to see why. Growing up, Allred was a high school English teacher before becoming an attorney and Bloom remembers her mother taking her to civil rights marches as a little girl and attending events like the gay pride parade every year. “She was different from other moms,” Bloom says. “She wanted me to use my brain. She didn’t care a

cheerleader in high school. And sometimes she laughs so hard that it’s hard for her to stop.

FIGHTING FOR LIFE Allred might be known to many as the woman who battles the rich and famous, but she’s made her mark in the world by fighting for the rights of ordinary women since she was fresh out of law school. She was the first woman allowed to have lunch at the New York Friars Club after a lengthy battle to allow women as members in the all-male establishment. At the Friars Club of Beverly Hills – which at the time demanded 24-hours’ notice if a woman wanted to use the health club facilities – Allred walked into a steam room of naked men, took out a tape measure and sang Peggy Lee’s song, Is That All There Is? She exposed the L.A. county sheriff’s policy of chaining pregnant inmates to their beds during labor and childbirth. She locked herself in the District Attorney’s Office for a night because she refused to leave until the DA explained to her why, she said, it had one of the state’s worst child support enforcement programs.

even from other parts of the world. “We can only take a very small percent of the cases people ask us to take,” she explains. But if either Allred or the other nine attorneys in her firm accept, they promise to fight till the end – even if it takes 23 years. Hearing about Allred’s gutsy, nononsense tactics and the lengths she goes to make her point known, some may wonder where it all comes from. Allred says she learned it on her own. She was the daughter of a door-todoor salesman with an 8th grade education and her mother was a stay-at-home mom forced to leave school at a young age to care for her family. Her mother told her repeatedly not to grow up and be like her. Allred found herself a young single mother while still in college and she worked three jobs because she had a baby to raise and school to pay for. She took matters into her own hands as any good mother would and worked her way up the career ladder. And look at where she’s landed.

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They live 20 minutes apart and try to see each other at least once a week, but e-mail daily. She always asks Bloom if she’s wearing a sweater, even if it’s 80 degrees out, because “she’s a Jewish mother and Jewish mothers are always concerned that their children are freezing,” Bloom says, laughing. What else can she tell us about the serious woman most of us know only by her press conferences? She loves to “oooh” and “aaah” at the fireworks every Fourth of July. She enjoys a good meal in a restaurant but doesn’t cook. She was a

She once handed a chastity belt to a state senator who was proposing to ban abortion, telling him to show it to his wife and ask how she’d like the only form of birth control under his proposal. One of Allred’s longest cases lasted 23 years and involved a lawsuit against seven Catholic priests and the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, alleging sexual abuse by the priests and stating that one of them had fathered a child. Allred says no one had ever heard of a case like that before, and that no one has since. She says in the past 35 years, every single one of her clients has contacted her and not vice versa. Her firm receives thousands of requests for help from every state in the country and

She’s a Jewish woman who believes in repairing the world and she’s built her life on that belief. Sure, now that she’s of retirement age, she could take time off to play golf or volunteer or spend the money she’s earned to travel the world, but none of that is in Allred’s plans. She simply wants to keep fighting for women’s rights and for victims who deserve justice. And if that means popping up on TV and celebrity Web sites every now and then, then so be it. The same people may continue to roll their eyes and call her a publicity hound while others will likely cheer her on. Allred wouldn’t have it any other way. O September 2010


Mad Dog: Noted divorce attorney Joel Weissman.


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was mid-June when celebrity attorney Joel Weissman answered his phone in a tired, overworked voice. It’s been a long day, he sighs, and the week ahead is about to get even longer because Weissman is leaving West Palm Beach to go out of town. Vacation? Nah. Business? Yep. “I’m flying to Boston to meet a rich woman about a divorce,” he snickers in a deep voice. It appears that divorce is running rampant lately and not just among average couples in South Florida and beyond, but in rich and famous circles, too. Been watching the news? There’s Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren. Sandra Bullock and Jesse James. Even Al and Tipper Gore are calling it quits after a whopping 40 years. When someone we know gets divorced, it’s most often sad and maybe a bit shocking. But when we find out it’s a celebrity who’s filed those papers – well now that’s a whole different story. When the famous announce a split we become curious, we gossip and some of us even become obsessed (you know who you are), all because this isn’t just the teller at our local bank or the waitress at our favorite diner. This is the best golfer in the world! An Oscar-winning actress! The former vice president of the United States! Such scandal!



When Celebrities Head For Splitsville, Attorneys Go For Broke By Dianna Smith

MEET MAD DOG On Thanksgiving Day 2009, right here in sunny Florida, even people who hated golf couldn’t help but follow one of the worst, juiciest celebrity cheating scandals of all time. That was the night Tiger Woods crashed his SUV outside his Windermere, Fla. home and stories of alleged affairs with countless women began sprouting as quickly as his all-American boy image started to disintergrate. Weissman, whose practice is in downtown West Palm Beach, has been around a long time. He’s practiced law for more than 35 years and has been involved in so many divorce cases – 4,000 – that it takes plenty to stun him. But when the news hit that Woods’ supposed affairs involved more than, gulp, 20 women, even Weissman was shocked. “Usually people are more discreet,” he says. “There are maybe one or two. This is numerous. I would have like to have inquired why so many.” Woods’ alleged mistresses ranged from waitresses to porn stars and some even started securing attorneys for, what Weissman calls, “their 15 minutes of fame.” Many hired attorneys. Why? Not long after people like Veronica Siwik-Daniels (aka, Joslyn James) and Rachel Uchitel became household names, they began calling press conferences and appearing on talk shows, breaking the silence about their alleged affairs. And because of their bouts with the media, Weissman says they need attorneys to guide them on how to speak without worrying about defamation or libel.

We’re fascinated by these people, who we’ve never met but feel connected to because their private lives are splashed across magazine covers, TV screens and let’s not forget those telltale celebrity Web sites. These are the rich, notable and beautiful people we all see as perfect. So when they fall from grace, Weissman says, “We want to know why.”

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Nicknamed “Mad Dog” because of his aggressive behavior in court, Weissman became a celebrity in his own right when in 2001 he became the first lawyer in the world to use DNA to prove adultery. At the time, he was representing Nanette Sexton Bailey, wife of Richard Briggs Bailey, the former chairman of a mutual-funds company. The suspicious wife had taken her bed sheets to a lab because she had a hunch her husband was cheating. The lab found DNA on it from her husband and another person. Soon, Weissman was making the talk show circuit, appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show and other programs. This led to high-profile divorce cases – Jack Satter, a partner with the New York Yankees; Red Sox owner John Henry and Ruth Dean, second wife of the late auto dealer Roger Dean.

“You have to have the ability to look at a celebrity and say, ‘You’re acting like a schmuck.You can’t pander to them. It’s a step beyond honest;you have to be brutally honest.” – divorce attorney Raoul Felder, aka, Dr. Estranged Love

His clients are mostly people with money because those are the only ones who can afford him. His minimum fee is $25,000. His consultation fee is $1,000. He says the divorce rate in Florida is higher than in other states because divorces are “imported” here. From January 2009 to October 2009, the latest figures available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida claimed an estimated 67,000 divorces. “People see the trees and bikinis and they have to be free,” Weissman says. “They come down here and it’s paradise and they just want to be happy.” And for his clients, being happy equals being single. But on a personal level, for Weissman, it means being married. He’s been a happily married man for 35 years now. After long days at the office, he often goes home to his wife and thanks her for being normal. Marriage, says the divorce attorney, is a great institution. “Without it, I’d be without a job.” 56

Clockwise: Raoul Felder; Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover; Mike Tyson and Robin Givens; Liza Minnelli and David Gest.

DR. ESTRANGED LOVE The media has dubbed him the Duke of Divorce, Dr. Estranged Love and the Gaudy Ethicist. His real name is Raoul Felder and this New York City-based celebrity divorce attorney has represented former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani against then-wife Donna Hanover, actress Robin Givens against World

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Heavyweight Champion Mike Tyson and concert promoter David Gest, the fourth husband of singer and actress Liza Minnelli. He even has cases in Europe, and when he’s not drowning in divorce proceedings he’s fleeing to South Beach where he has a condominium and enjoys the fact that “I can walk on the beach and nobody knows me.”

Felder is a feisty, intimidating attorney who goes to great lengths to get what he wants. He needs little sleep, so he tries to make his meetings with the opposing side last as late as possible. Sometimes he sees to it that the food his opponents order to give them energy mysteriously never arrives. In his earlier days, he kept a piranha in his office and fed it goldfish during negotiations. “Piranhas make noises when they chew up the fish and then burp afterwards. It was everything I thought it would be. There was a horror factor. It sent subliminal messages,” Felder says. “I can wear people out. You gotta keep at it.”

He says he’s never been busier. The dwindling economy, he says, is causing divorces and people are jumping on the breakup bandwagon. But if those people are celebrities, and they often are, Felder says they’re much more difficult to represent than “civilians.” You’re representing not only the person, but their personal matters and lots and lots of money. Not every lawyer can represent a wellknown personality. Felder is good at it, he says, because he doesn’t hold back. “You have to have the ability to look at a celebrity and say, ‘You’re acting like a schmuck,’” he says. “You can’t pander to them. It’s a step beyond honest; you have to be brutally honest.” For example: a movie actor who shall remain nameless got so carried away with the private detective thing – even having some pose as street cleaners to follow his wife – that Felder told him he was being ridiculous and acting like a schmuck. The actor was angry and said he was going to find another attorney. Two days later, he came crawling back to Felder. He gets calls all the time from the media seeking his legal opinion on celebrity breakups and he’s definitely come to expect them. Why? “They’re mini dramas. These guys have all this money and they can’t even hold it together,” he says. “It’s like being able to look through someone else’s window.” Felder calls marriage a failure in Western Civilization. Statistics show the marriage failure rate is reaching 50 percent. “If I were to tell you I have a great product but 50 percent of the time it fails, no one would buy it,” he says. “There’s not a thing in the world that is sellable if it only works 50 percent of the time.” But Felder bought into marriage more than 40 years ago and is still

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The Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces, According To (in descending order) Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall: Jerry received between $15 million and $25 million after learning Mick fathered another woman’s child, and filing for divorce in 1999. Many say Hall lost big: Mick was worth $325 million at the time, but managed to have their wedding in Bali, Indonesia annulled, thus saving himself from being taken to the cleaners. Lionel and Diane Richie: Lionel married Diane, his second wife, in 1996. In 2004, she filed for divorce, walking with about $20 million. In her alimony petition, Diane reported requiring $15,000 a month for clothing, $20,000 for plastic surgery and $50,000 for manicures and other pampering services. Michael and Diandra Douglas: The couple met in 1977, married six weeks later and, amid allegations of Michael’s sex addiction and alcohol abuse, divorced in 1998. Diandra got about $45 million, plus houses in Beverly Hills and Majorca, Spain. But she wants more: She recently filed suit against Michael, claiming she’s entitled to half of any money the actor earns from spinoffs of films he did while they were married. This includes the upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. James Cameron and Linda Hamilton: James and Linda were married just 18 months, but the actress sank the director when she got a $50 million divorce settlement in 1999 – half his earnings from the blockbuster film, Titanic. Paul McCartney and Heather Mills: It’s been reported that Heather offered Paul a prenup and that he refused. Big mistake. Four years after marrying in 2002, there was an ugly public breakup. She accused him of assault; he reportedly locked her out of the house. A pending settlement may bequeath her $60 million or more. Kevin Costner and Cindy Silva: When college sweethearts Cindy and Kevin married in 1978, he was a struggling actor. When they divorced 16 years later, during the height of Kevin’s career, Cindy got a settlement of about $80 million. Harrison Ford and Melissa Mathison: Melissa and Harrison were married in 1983 and broke it off 21 years later. Not only did Melissa get about $85 million, but managed to negotiate a percentage of future pay he’d receive from films made while they were still married. Neil Diamond and Marcia Murphey: Neil and Marcia met in 1969 – she was a production assistant; he was about to release his first gold record. They were married for 25 years, until Marcia filed for divorce, claiming irreconcilable differences. She walked with nearly $150 million. Neil was quoted as saying, “she’s worth every penny.” Steven Spielberg and Amy Irving: The couple met when Amy auditioned for Steven, a renowned film director. They married in 1985 and divorced in 1989. They reportedly had a prenup scribbled on a napkin, which Amy managed to get overturned. What else she got: about $100 million (about $25 million a year). Michael and Juanita Jordan: With Juanita set to potentially get $150 million, this could end up the most expensive divorce settlement in celebrity history. The basketball legend married the bank teller in 1989. He’s now worth more than $350 million. If Juanita goes for broke, she could end up with half. Of course, Michael and Juanita may fall to second place when the terms of the divorce between Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren go public. At press time, media had reported the final settlement being anywhere from $100 million to a whopping $750 million. Source:, New York Post

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married to the same woman. How does he make it work? “I don’t argue,” he says. “I get paid to argue. Why should I do it for nothing?”

MONEY WALKS Attorneys aren’t the only ones riding the celebrity divorce gravy train. The entertainment magazines and gossip Web sites benefit big time. Just ask Vera Sweeney, owner of She started her gossip site in 2005 after becoming a stay-at-home mom in New York and says she never imagined it would become a full-time job. But as the Hollywood scandals multiplied, so did hits to her site. Of course, she highlights the splits of the rich and famous because relationships are a top draw, Sweeney says. “The anticipation of the hookup, the courtship, settling down and most certainly the breaking apart – no matter what stage of a relationship a celebrity couple is in, the public is interested,” she says. “A split just means we get to start the process all over again with two different people. It’s a circle of pop culture life.” So why do we – the not so rich and famous – even care? “People are fascinated because it’s real and the heartache is relatable,” Sweeney says. And, although few would be willing to admit it, watching the mighty fall makes ‘average’ people feel better about themselves. It sort of levels the social hierarchy. It’s precisely this heartache and intrigue that turn attorneys such as Weissman and Felder into media personalities. Not only do they bring superstar divorces into the national spotlight, satiating the public’s desire for celebrity dirt, but they bring knowledge in the form of high-powered advice typically

“In the past, they [prenups] were only reserved for the very wealthy. But now these things have come into our common everyday-man scenario. It’s keeping us lawyers busy these days.” – divorce attorney Robin Roshkind

But now these things have come into our common everyday-man scenario. It’s keeping us lawyers busy these days.” Didn’t get a prenup? You can still get a postnuptial agreement. In these contracts, there’s sometimes a clause – cleverly nicknamed the “bad boy” clause – that says if a partner’s infidelity leads to divorce, the other partner in the marriage gets a payout. It’s a warning to husbands and wives that cheating could come with a hefty fine. Richard Briggs Bailey, the former mutual-funds company chair and exhusband of the woman with the bed sheets – signed a postnuptial agreement promising his wife $20,000 a month in alimony should he cheat. Boca Raton divorce attorney Doreen Yaffa says others should follow suit.

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reserved only for the wealthy who can afford it. Need some advice? All the attorneys with whom we spoke recommended including your name on all bank accounts, deeds of trust and other important documents, to make copies of all legal documents and record a list of all assets. And – whether you’re rich and famous or not – all stress the importance of a prenuptial agreement. These pre-marital contracts commonly include provisions for the division of property and spousal support in case of divorce, and can include terms for the forfeiture of assets on the grounds of adultery. Everyone needs a prenup unless, “you’re two people getting married that have absolutely nothing,” says Robin Roshkind, a divorce attorney in West Palm Beach, who videotapes all prenup signings she oversees. “In the past, they were only reserved for the very wealthy.

Yaffa has had cases where the bad boy clause is added after a spouse learns a partner has cheated. “It’s slang language for, ‘if you want me to stay around, then pay financially,’” she ex-

plains. “In some of your more complicated marriages, where it’s not a good time to get a divorce (for publicity or whatever reason), they’ll agree to stay married but only if they have a bad boy clause.” One of the cases she argued included a clause that doled out $1 million. And in 2009, Yaffa represented model Jessica Welch, former wife of Florida Panthers hockey star Richard Zednik, who filed for divorce and alleged abuse allegations against Zednik. Welch walked away with $1 million, plus more than $9,000 a month in child support. Yaffa has been divorced, but married for the second time last year. She only knew her current husband for four months before saying, “I do.” Asked if she has a prenuptial agreement, Yaffa quickly says, “I can’t talk about that.” And as for Roshkind, she’s divorced and says her job hasn’t discouraged her from finding Mr. Right. “I’m an optimist,” she says. “I’ll always believe in love.” O

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Quick Tips To Avoid Your Own Divorce Nightmare Get a prenuptial agreement to protect yourself. Make sure your name is on all bank accounts, investment accounts, deeds of trust, etc. Make a list of all assets. Have copies of all legal documents. If you live with someone, enter into a cohabitation agreement, which is similar to a prenuptial agreement. See a divorce attorney before you get married for advice on how to protect your assets. Once you begin divorce proceedings, cancel joint bank accounts and separate your money. Replace your old will with a new one and update your living will. If you have life insurance, consider reducing or eliminating the death benefit your ex-spouse would receive. If you have children with your spouse, spend as much time with them as possible and don’t alienate your children from your spouse.

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Test-Drive Your Fantasy Career, Minus The Commitment By Lori Lawrence


hat goes through your mind on those mornings you’re sealed within the air-conditioned confines of your car on I-95, surrounded by fellow commuters, all suffering the same immobile fate? Or let’s say you’re not subjected to a road rage-inducing commute five days a week. Do you settle into your office and find that by 9:15 a.m., you’re already counting the minutes to lunch, hoping to while away a few hours on Facebook to allay the ennui that has come to define your livelihood? If any of this rings familiar, the most frustrating part may be knowing – or believing – that you have no choice but to soldier on. After all, Florida is one the last few states to still have an unemployment rate exceeding 10 percent. This doesn’t bode well for career growth, and so dreaming of a better way appears to be your only outlet. Or, maybe not.

Brian Kurth photo by Cheryl Juetten

GOING FOR IT Six years ago, businessman Brian Kurth made his dream a reality. Fully entrenched in his Chicago-based job in the telecom industry, he’d been dutifully commuting to and from work up to three hours a day – which gave him plenty of time to think about what he was missing. “The career part of my life was going

well, but my overall lifestyle was lacking,” he says. “I thought, ‘Gosh, there’s got to be a better way.’” It was around that time that Kurth began developing the concept for a company that would allow people like himself to try out different professions before actually committing to a career change. Using a mentoring system, he would match people searching for new professions with mentors in those professions (sort of like internships for adults). These individuals would then spend up to three full days together, with the mentee learning the profession’s ins and outs from the mentor. Not only would the mentee benefit from a mentor’s expertise, Kurth realized, but also get the chance to determine whether the field was something worth transitioning into. Brian Kurth

For example, suppose an accountant of 20 years is seriously considering – or continuously daydreaming about – breaking into fashion design. Kurth could match the number cruncher with a bona fide designer in New York and arrange for a two-day apprenticeship. Kurth even came up with a snappy name, Vocation Vacations, because clients could engage in a getaway of sorts – one in which they were away from home, not the lounging-poolside-with-a-piña-colada kind (clients matched with mentors who lived in different states would arrange and pay for their own travel arrangements). He knew he was onto something and trademarked the name, tucking it away for future use. The future arrived sooner than expected. He and his then-partner got laid off from their jobs on the same day – just before 9/11. “It was a tumultuous time,” he recalls. “So we decided, let’s travel across America for six months and see places we haven’t seen. We got in the car and drove west. I’d be hiking the Grand Canyon and meet a journalist there, and I’d say, ‘So do you like what you do?’ and she’d say, ‘Well, I’d really rather be a horse trainer.’ And things like that. I filled out a journal, keeping track of people and the categories of work that kept coming up. That’s when Vocation Vaca-

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Man with the plan: Brian Kurth matches mentees with mentors in their intended fields.

Sports announcer photos by Cheryl Juetten; Horse trainer photo by Mr. Janis Miglavs; Purchasing photo and comedy photo by Teri Bloom

tions really came back to me in a big way.”


He began by recruiting 10 mentors – among them a horse trainer and a bed-and-breakfast owner. “We sent out press releases, crickets chirped, nothing happened,” he says.

When Toni Cory heard about Vocation Vacations from her son – he’d read about it in his local paper in Cedar Rapids, Iowa – she recognized an ideal opportunity. Having worked as a programmer for Motorola for 25 years, she was facing the closing of her factory after it had been bought out by Celestica, an electronics manufacturer. She began making plans for her impending unemployment, which included selling the family boat. As for where she would go next to make a living, she says, “For years, my husband and I would always moan about the fact that when we wanted to leave our dogs, there was nowhere to do it except the

Then in March 2004, a blurb from the press release made its way into Outside magazine. “The next thing you know, it was in 150 newspapers across the country in an AP article,” Kurth says. “It became crazy really quickly. I got calls from all over the United States and around the world.” Since then, Vocation Vacations has assembled nearly 500 mentors in 30

“The career part of my life was going well, but my overall lifestyle was lacking. I thought, ‘Gosh, there’s got to be a better way.’”

Vocationer Kieran Falconer test-drives his dream job as a comedian in New York City.

A fashion buyer/retailer Vocation Vacation at Global Purchasing in New York City.

– Brian Kurth, founder of Vocation Vacations

states, in a range of fields. Want to try out alpaca ranching? No problem. Be a boat captain? Give it a shot. Caterer, event planner, farmer, museum curator, guitar repairer, shoe designer, perfumer, neon-sign maker, sommelier, baseball radio announcer, dude rancher, forensic pathologist, cheese monger – they’re all within the realm of possibility (Kurth is always seeking new mentors in various fields). If you’re not sure what you want to do, but know you want to break out of your professional rut, the Vocation Vacations Web site is a valuable resource that may lead you to a career path you didn’t even know you’d want to take. Here’s how it works: The company offers free phone consultations and the “vocations” last one to three days and start at $549. The average price for two days of one-on-one mentorship and career consultation is $900; mentors and career coaches are compensated directly by Vocation Vacations.

vet’s. I found Doggy Day Care in Iowa City, and we would talk about how nice it would be to own one.” When push came to shove, she says, “I thought, OK, I could go into another manufacturing job and have the same thing happen again in six months, or I could strike out on my own and not work for corporate America anymore. A huge advantage of going into business for yourself is that you’re more in control of what happens to you.” So when her son called and told her about a place called The Dog Zone and its affiliation with Vocation Vacations, she signed up. “I spent a day with them,” she recalls. “I was there when they opened in the morning and left when they closed. I was exhausted. But I knew that was the right path for me. I had qualms about whether I’d actually be able to handle a group of dogs, so actually being there and seeing how things are handled was important.”

A horse trainer Vocation Vacation at Four Mountains Ranch in Portland, Ore.

Vocationer Brian Campbell tries his hand at sports announcing with mentor Rich Burk at PGE Park in Portland, Ore.

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Voice-over photo by Teri Bloom After taking a Vocation Vacation at a dog day care center, Iowa resident Toni Cory opened her own facility.

She found her mentor’s wisdom and support invaluable. “Every question I’ve ever had, she’s been more than happy to answer. It saved me thousands of dollars worth of mistakes in building our kennels. We put every single penny of our retirement into this; if we would have invested all that money and it hadn’t been my cup of tea, can you imagine?” Instead, she was able to make an informed choice. Sue Burton-Kirdahy also credits her Vocation Vacations experience with not only educating her about the profession she was interested in, but with helping her to identify her strengths and weaknesses and how to operate as her own agent and manager. Burton-Kirdahy, by the way, is now a stand-up comedian and corporate humorist. Before that? “I was with J.P. Morgan,” she says. “Once we sold the business to E*Trade, that was the perfect opportunity for me to leap off the carousel.” And leap she did. Although she had always been the “funny person” in her office, Burton-Kirdahy 64

A vocationer tries voice-over work at Little Airplane Productions in New York City.

“We put every single penny of our retirement into this; if we would have invested all that money and it hadn’t been my cup of tea, can you imagine?” – Toni Cory, who opened a dog day care center after taking a Vocation Vacation

wanted to share her views of what she calls “the absurdities of everyday life.” So she flew from her hometown of Boston to New York, where she underwent a mentorship with stand-up comedian Dan Nainan, who’s performed with top names such as Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Conway and Garry Shandling. “My material is a slice of my life – parenting, motherhood, office humor,” she says. “Dan taught me how to package it so that the jokes weren’t ‘location’ jokes, but would ap-

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peal to a national audience. He also taught me how to get better contracts, and how to burn my own CDs and sell them. As a comedian, I thought, ‘I have to do all this myself?’ Well, the answer is yes, you do.” Today, she performs in clubs and gives motivational (and funny) talks to groups about connecting with their creativity and innovating to adapt to the times. Her schedule varies; she might be booked solid for a few months, then have a month with fewer engagements. “I definitely make less money these days – I was on Wall Street, after all! But you know, poor is the new rich,” she jokes. “Still, the freedom and control I have are worth it. I’m much happier. I don’t hate my boss anymore, because my boss is me.” Not everyone who tries Vocation Vacations finds what they’re looking for on the first try. As Kurth says, “We have one client we lovingly call Penny Lane, because she’s a total groupie. She’s a civil engineer in Missouri, in her early 50s, and she’s taken six Vocation Vacations.” Kurth understands

where she’s coming from. “She’s been a woman in a man’s world for a long time, and she’s burned out, but not willing to just walk,” he points out. “She’s totally exploring.” Kurth truly understands career exploration. In addition to Vocation Vacations, he heads his own career development and consulting firm, Brian Kurth + Company, which offers job coaching, transitioning and guidance. He’s spoken about the subject on CNN, CNBC, FOX News, NPR and the Today show, and has been interviewed for The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Men’s Journal, and The Wall Street Journal. He’s even authored a book on the subject, TestDrive Your Dream Job: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Creating The Work You Love (Hachette 2008). In short, Kurth’s life’s work has become helping others find their true career callings. And with that comes so many other good things. O For more information about Vocation Vacations, call 503-720-4282 or visit

Photos by Mr. Janis Miglavs Winemaker Vocation Vacation at Vineyards in Amity, Ore.

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The Pioneer: Richard C. Levy


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Masters Of

Invention How Five Entrepreneurs Turned Their Dreams Into Reality

With the American economy still shaky, some enterprising folks are taking a mind-over-matter approach. And we found five South Florida inventors whose minds are a bit more curious than the rest. ¶ From the “a-ha moment” when the idea first appeared to the sleepless nights to the manufacturing, patenting and marketing, our inventors tell us how they made their (day)dreams come true. ¶ Some paths were a bit smoother than others. ¶ Leo Mazur is president of the Inventors Society of South Florida. The group draws from St. Lucie to Miami-Dade counties and meets in Broward County once a month to talk about everything from patent law to promotional skills to setting up a killer Web site. ¶ The meetings draw an eclectic group,

Richard C. Levy & Furby In the circle of South Florida inventors, Richard C. Levy’s the old timer. The guy who’s seen his inventions land – and stay – on some pretty big desks. The guy who knows the pitch is the most important part of the game. That, and getting in the door. Levy, 62, of Boca Raton, left his day job 33 years ago. He was a TV and film producer, traveling all the time, documenting the lives of others. And then, the epiphany. Levy was on one of his business trips when he met another would-be inventor. One thing led to another, and the two decided they’d pursue their dreams. First it was a few board games and then, eventually, he helped to come up with the Furby. Yes! The Furby! 

to put it politely. ¶ “You find janitors coming up with air turbines and rocket scientists coming up with babychanging tables,” says Mazur, laughing. “They’re all looking for an escape from their real jobs.” ¶ But that escape can be expensive, time-consuming and distracting – especially when you’re trying to turn your idea into a money-making reality. “It’s an obsession,” says Mazur. “Anybody who is really pushing in this industry is obsessed with it.” ¶ And now that we’ve seen inventions from our five South Florida entrepreneurs, we can understand what it takes. ¶ Tenacity, and a quirky mind. ¶ After all, would you ever have thought of a golf club you can pee into? By Emily J. Minor

Remember? Feed that furry – um – friend or you’ll be up all night. The first Furby prototype was made from a tennis ball, which they rigged to move around like a puppet. But that first year on the market, they sold 4 million over the Christmas of 1998. You can’t buy a Furby in stores these days, although there’s quite a sampling at online outlets like eBay. “Furby was beyond incredible,” says Levy, who says they sold 60 million units. Levy’s first big project, though, was the board game Adverteasing, which has sold more than 1 million copies and was recently reissued back to the toy shelves at Toys ‘R’ Us. The game has you match slogans with products and if you could match the most, you reach the top of the corporate ladder first.

Adverteasing was created back in 1986 and today, Levy often acts as a mentor to beginning inventors. His newest invention is the trading card game Warstone. He just published The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Cashing In On Your Inventions. And he’s invented a smart-alecky button – a la the Staples “Easy” button – that spews funny comebacks to the boss at the touch of your finger. Yes, this guy’s always thinking.

For more information about Levy and his inventions, visit

The quicker picker-upper. (Bounty paper towel.) Look ma, no cavities. (Crest toothpaste.) All the news that’s fit to print. (The New York Times.)

Photography By Patty Daniels Town & Country Studios

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Dr. Floyd Seskin & The UroClub All inventions are special, really. From Wite-Out to Velcro to that thing-a-ma-jig you use to pick up something off the ground when you can’t bend over. But the UroClub? A nine iron you pee into when you can’t make it to the clubhouse? Well, that’s just invention poetry. And how can you not love the very funny Dr. Floyd Seskin, a prominent Miami urologist who got this idea about five years ago when one of his patients said prostate surgery had improved his golf game? “He said he no longer had to slice the ball into the woods to go relieve himself,” Dr. Seskin recalls. This got the doctor to thinking – more wildly than usual. “I’ve invented things most of my life,” he says, “but most of those things have to do with medicine.” And then, there’s this: A golf club with a screw cap and a plastic reservoir that holds 10 ounces of urine. “It’s kind of ironic that this is what I’m getting known for,” says Dr. Seskin, 51, who calls the UroClub “the quirkiest invention out there.” Apparently, quirk works. After he found the right engineer and the right plastics guy and the right manufacturer, this Miami doctor became a media darling. He appeared on the Today show, National Public Radio, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in The Wall Street Journal. And then last July came his big TV debut.

“It’s kind of ironic that this is what I’m getting known for.” – Dr. Floyd Seskin

Dr. Seskin was on ABC’s (now-defunct) show Shark Tank. The way it worked: Present your product and potential investors decide if they’ll finance you. (They’re the sharks; you’re the bait.) Everyone got a laugh out of Dr. Seskin’s UroClub and he did get a tentative deal, but says it didn’t work out. Now he’s selling them at specialty shops and online for $24.95. Dr. Seskin says about half his sales are gag gifts, and the other half are guys who really have to go. He makes no promises for a women’s UruClub. First, he says, he’d have to invent a pop-up tent with a perky attendant. We told you he was funny.

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“I took some trays, cut them apart, taped them together… Within about a week of actually coming up with that, I took it to the attorney.” – Carolyn Keane

Carolyn Keane & PaintSmart-Trayz Carolyn Keane was up on a ladder painting her house in the South Florida heat one spring when she dropped the paintbrush. Down, down, down it tumbled – and she had to follow, paint can wobbling in hand, to retrieve it. Then, guess what? “I did it again,” she says, laughing. That’s when she knew there had to be a better way. “I went to every paint store. I went to every hardware store,” she says. “There was nothing.” That was in 2004 and today, the Lake Worth woman is the inventor of PaintSmart-Trayz – a vertical paint tray with a drain spout that hooks onto the ladder

and has special “holding” spots for brushes and rollers.

Today, that’s exactly what the PaintSmart-Trayz is.

Keane, 57, calls herself “a very logical, practical person” – and that’s probably why the first prototype came from her own ingenuity. “I took some trays, cut them apart, taped them together,” she says. “Within about a week of actually coming up with that, I took it to the attorney.”

“You can carry this thing all over the house and not drip paint on the carpet,” she explains.

And she was off. She found a plastics guy and got the mold made. Then she took her new product to the National Hardware Show to see if it would fly. “I had a lot of meetings with buyers and they all said, ‘If you’re going to do this, you need a paint tray with a bucket on the bottom and a handle on the top with a drain spout on the side,’” she recalls.

Keane is one of those lucky inventors who last spring made it onto the QVC TV network. She was on air for six minutes at 7 a.m. and sold about 20 percent of the inventory she’d sent them – which she found disappointing. But her online sales are steady. The trays sell for $12.99. “It’s fascinating,” she says, about her foray into inventing. “I told someone, ‘I don’t need to go to an amusement park. My life is a roller coaster.’”

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Mary Kenney Purcaro & the Cuddlecloth This is when Mary Kenney Purcaro, 56, knew she might have finally perfected the Cuddlecloth – a terry baby towel that loops loosely around your neck and then releases into a giant wrap once you’ve moved the baby from the bath to your arms. She and her daughter, Sarah, 26, had taken the Cuddlecloths – the ones Purcaro sewed herself in the spare bedroom of her suburban West Palm Beach home – to the baby trade show in Fort Lauderdale. And her product created such a ruckus, she was nervous she’d never be able to fill all the orders. “I’m not kidding,” she says. “People were surrounding us. It was crazy.”


like most inventors, her epiphany came in the middle of the night when she awoke, sat up in bed, and finally visualized the design she now uses. One corner of the towel goes around the neck and slips through a hole in a facing corner of the towel. After bath time, the baby’s weight simply pulls the towel from around the neck, so you can wrap the baby. Purcaro recently found a manufacturer and has 1,500 of them on the way. They sell for around $30. “The most important thing people should know is you have to be involved,” she says, about getting an in-

“The most important thing people should know is you have to be involved. You can’t just pay a shyster company and expect them to take care of it.” – Mary Kenney Purcaro

But her recent success dates back nearly 30 years to when Purcaro’s children, now grown, were babies. As a young mother, she says she “never forgot the fear” of taking a slippery baby from the bathtub.“When you’re holding the baby closer, that’s safer,” she says.

vention on the market. “You can’t just pay a shyster company and expect them to take care of it.”

Purcaro has always enjoyed sewing, so she got some towel material and made “an apron thing” that didn’t really suit.

“Maybe I shouldn’t tell you that,” she says, hesitating. “My husband might read this.”

When her brother and his wife announced they were having “a surprise baby” about five years ago, she went at it again. And,

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She figures she’s spent close to $20,000 on prototypes, attorneys, patents, trademarking, copywriting and manufacturing

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“At first my dad wasn’t sure, but when he saw how many we were selling, he was like ‘Holy Crap.’” – Josh Spoont


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Josh Spoont & Flush Puppies He was a young man in law school when Josh Spoont, 28, decided he’d smelled enough dog poop to last a lifetime. “I had a roommate who had a dog, and he’d just throw the plastic bag in the trash,” says Spoont, a Boca Raton native who has since developed Flush Puppies with a couple of college buddies. “I was never very pleased when I had to take out the trash. It was terrible.” So he started thinking. Dog poop. Bag. Hydro-biodegradable. Flush it down the commode. “Where poop belongs,” he likes to say. Former classmate/business partner Chris Mercer was his sounding board in those early days at the University of Florida, and they brought in a third classmate, Paul Sharobeem. Sharobeem didn’t have start-up cash, but had a shoe-leather way of making things happen. “It took a lot of lunches for everybody to go for the idea,” Spoont says. But eventually they did. Flush Puppies. Get it? You pick up the dog poop with this soluble bag, and then flush the business and the bag. After the idea came to him in 2006, Spoont and his partners researched the bagging substance online and found only a few companies that manufactured this material. The bag resembles plastic, but isn’t, and breaks down into nitrogen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide anytime it’s exposed to moisture. “We’re all smart guys, and we knew that first-to-market was the key,” he says. By the end of 2006, they were selling Flush Puppies online and Spoont says he was taken aback at how fast they went. “At first my dad wasn’t sure, but when he saw how many we were selling, he was like ‘Holy Crap,’” says Spoont, pun intended. To date, they’ve sold “tens of thousands” and the bags are particularly popular in environmentally conscious cities like San Francisco and New York, he says. A trial pack of 15 costs $3.99, including shipping. “The goal is to get into PETCO and PetSmart, says Spoont, now practicing business litigation law in Boca Raton. “And we’re on our way there.”

Marketing Your

Invention A Bright Idea Is Only Half The Battle

Getting your product into the mainstream – whether it’s six minutes on QVC or a guaranteed spot on the shelves of a national store chain – is hard work. There’s also a fair amount of luck and timing involved. But perseverance and patience really do seem to trump luck and timing. Most of the time. Inventors we interviewed – a few of whom have appeared on QVC or another national show – say that you have to know your product. And you have to know who you’re pitching it to. For example, QVC is perhaps the Holy Grail for new vendors. The TV shopping network has the largest collection of viewers – an estimated 50 million shoppers, mostly in the United States. QVC stands for “Quality, Value, Convenience.” But the network doesn’t accept everything, so don’t waste your time pitching products they’ll reject. (Remember, research, research, research.) The network turns down things like baby products, golf paraphernalia, maternity clothes, computer software and hand-beaded jewelry. For information about getting your product on QVC – be prepared from some grueling questions and test marketing – visit and follow the directives. HSN – or the Home Shopping Network – is the second-most popular TV shopping network and sells products and product lines that are slightly different from QVC, although there are similarities. HSN’s main product areas are electronics, fashion and jewelry, health and beauty, and home and entertainment. For information about HSN, visit – then enter “become a vendor” in the keyword field. That will get you on the right page. If you’re trying to get onto either network, realize that the paperwork, product testing and the wait can be long and often exasperating. One inventor we spoke with says that before she was approved to appear on QVC, her product was taken out of the box and repeatedly beaten “to see if they could break it.” In other words, QVC executives want to make sure the products they put on the air are good and sturdy. Neither QVC nor HSN would provide a spokesperson for our story. But the lore among inventors is that QVC accepts only 1 percent of all vendor applications. Regardless of the percentage rate, it’s common knowledge that both QVC and HSN are difficult hurdles to jump. That’s why some successful inventors suggest the local market, or smaller national shops. Independent shop owners can make their own decisions without having to ask corporate headquarters – which can often be a red-tape nightmare. “Product is still king,” says Richard C. Levy, of Delray Beach, one of the inventors of the Furby. “But today, it’s process over product. Everything is analyzed to death.”

For more information, visit

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10 Knock Hot Franchises Worth Checking Out Now


By Alison Onianwa

ou could call it the fuel-injected route to entrepreneurship – pick an idea, product or service you like, invest tens, or perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars, and bingo, you’re the owner of a franchise business.

wanting to be here,” says Lorne Fisher, CEO of Fish Consulting in Hollywood, Fla., a national public relations and marketing agency that specializes in working with franchise companies. “The population is still growing, there’s a variety of demographic characteristics here and companies realize it’s a tri-county area.”

From ice cream, burgers and smoothies to supplemental education, senior care and children’s fitness – no matter your interest, there’s likely a franchise that fits the bill. And franchising is almost recession-proof if you’re smart about it, experts say.

While it’s true that, as with most business sectors these days, financing a franchise concept isn’t as easy as it used to be. But it’s not impossible and some companies now even offer incentives.

Here’s more good news: South Florida is a popular and sought-after market for a number of franchise concepts, primarily because of its demographics. “Every company has a slightly different reason for

Salad Creations Description: Fresh salads, sandwich wraps and soups Phone: 954-590-2467 Franchise units: 39 in North America; 15 in South Florida Based: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Franchise fee: $25,000 Net worth requirement: $250,000 ($100,000 in liquid assets) Total investment: $160,000 – $446,000 Web site:

Salad Creations aims to capitalize on consumers’ desire for fast, healthy food. And with South Florida’s year-round sunshine, this concept of serving fresh, customized salads – to be “fresh and fabulous” – avoids the seasonality factor that takes place in other parts of the country. Started by franchise veteran Jeff Levine in 2003, Salad Creations has already gone international with locations in Brazil and 74

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Find investing in a franchise preferable to job searching or getting your own business plan operational? We’ve done some of the research for you. Experts with whom we spoke pointed out the following 10 hot franchises, many of which are looking to expand in South Florida.

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Cold Stone Creamery

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Canada. The company has its biggest presence in South Florida and also the northeast, particularly New York. Along with salads, the stores offer wraps and soups – carbohydratefree and low-fat – as well as special dressings. With a relatively low franchise fee of $25,000, Salad Creations offers both single and multi-unit franchises, but looks to entrepreneurs to do the real estate scouting and present a proposed new store location. Once on board, though, you’ll receive nearly two weeks of training at ‘Salad University’ at the company’s headquarters, and more training at your new store before a soft opening. Salad Creations boasts that it’s developed a robust Grand Opening program and strategy to get owners on the road to success. The franchise fee will decrease if an 76

owner invests in additional units, and while the business model doesn’t require previous restaurant experience, it does require applicants to be well-capitalized.

Cold Stone Creamery Description: Ice cream parlors Phone: 480-362-4800 Franchise units: More than 1,200 in

Cold Stone Creamery

$294,250 and $428,850 – and that includes the franchise fee, according to the company. When owning a Cold Stone Creamery outlet, they prescribe in the operations manual that you ‘audition’ potential staff – as opposed to interviewing them. And you won’t put small, medium or large sizes on the menu; rather, it’s a choice of “Like It” (5 ounces), “Love It” (8 ounces) or “Gotta Have It” (12 ounces).

assets of $125,000

Total investment: $294,250 – $438,850

Web site:

If you love ice cream and venture on the whimsical side of business, operating a Cold Stone Creamery might be a good fit. Total investment to open a store is between

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And while the parent company concedes the recession has impacted revenue as ice-cream vies for a dwindling amount of people’s discretionary income, South Florida’s yearlong warm weather works as a positive.

Kidokinetics Description: Mobile sports

North America; 28 in South Florida

Based: Scottsdale, Ariz. Franchise fee: $42,000 Net worth requirement: Liquid

franchise chains, such as Canada’s Tim Hortons.

Like other franchise parlors, Cold Stone offers in-store-made ice cream with assorted goodies that are mixed in and sprinkled on top, and servings are available in cones or cups. There are plenty of special flavor combinations on the menu, but the fun comes in making your own too.

fitness programs for children

Phone: 866-KIDOKINETICS Franchise units: One Based: Weston, Fla. Franchise fee: $30,000 Net worth requirement: Negotiable Total investment: Approximately $42,000

Web site:

The first franchise opened in 1995, and now the parent company, Kahala-Cold Stone, is moving into co-branded locations with other

With childhood obesity rising, physical activity is paramount. But how to make it fun – and a franchise busi-



ment… how about blitzing with a blender? Yet another franchise concept born right here in South Florida, Juiceblendz was started in Weston in 2005 by Florida State University graduate Adam Ogden, who opened the first store after deciding he could do a better job than the shop he went to was doing. Today Juiceblendz has 16 locations.

elderly. As the nation’s populace ages, it’s estimated that by 2030, one in five Americans will be a senior citizen, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s a segment of the population particularly prevalent in South Florida. Founded in 1966, Interim is the oldest franchise healthcare and in-

“Every company has a slightly different reason for wanting to be here. The population is still growing, there’s a variety of demographic characteristics here and companies realize it’s a tri-county area.” – Lorne Fisher, CEO of Fish Consulting Vocation


ness? Weston mom Terri Baum came up with Kidokinetics, a mobile sports and fitness program offered at preschools, parks and community centers. “I created something that offers kids the chance to try every sport in a noncompetitive way that involves coordination, discipline and strength,” says Braun, who started Kidokinetics in South Africa before moving to Florida in 1997. After an article about her recently opened company appeared in USA Today in 2000, franchise inquiries poured in.

With a low franchise fee and low total investment cost, as well as an abundance of territories determined by zip code and population readily available, Terri is hopeful new franchises will open in the next few years. “Wherever there are kids, there’s a market for this business.”

Baum sold her first Kidokinetics franchise to a Texas businessman with deep sales skills and financial stability – two important attributes for a franchisee. “I’ve had hundreds of requests, but I’m being really picky,” she says. “The benefit to my concept is that it can be done from home, and I can hand over the good I’ve learned so others can avoid the sometimes painful learning curve I went through.”

America; eight in South Florida

JuiceBlendz Description: Smoothie and juice bars Phone: 866-JBLENDZ Franchise units: nine in North Based: Weston, Fla. Franchise fee: $25,000 Net worth requirement: $375,000 ($125,000 in liquid assets)

Total investment: $94,750 –

Bucking the recession, Juiceblendz announced in June that it has signed a deal with L.A. Fitness to open a modified and cheaper kiosk concept in the national gym’s South Florida locations by the fourth quarter, and another 20 sites in 2011. Already, the company has nontraditional locations in the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise and AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Something to note: Juiceblendz is particularly interested in entrepreneurs that have retail management and sales experience – and the drive to make money.

Interim HealthCare Description: Home care and

home senior care company in the United States. The company’s franchisees employ healthcare workers and provide nurses, therapists, aides and other personnel to their approximately 50,000 customers every day. The Interim brand encompasses three business lines: Home Health Care, Personal Care and Healthcare Staffing. Home Health Care includes providing nurses, therapists and other professionals, while Personal Care is about managing nonmedical services and includes companionship, homemaking and daily assistance with grooming and paying bills. Healthcare Staffing provides employees to hospitals, nursing homes, physician offices, schools and clinics.

medical staffing

Phone: 800-338-7786 Franchise units: More than 300 in North America; three in South Florida

Based: Sunrise, Fla. Franchise fee: $40,000 Net worth requirement: $250,000


– $750,000

Web site:

Total investment: $115,500 –

The company says franchise owners must have working capital of around $100,000, but boasts that the total investment comes in under $200,000. Moreover, the company offers exclusive franchise territories and free online continuing education and training programs.


So, tossing salads isn’t your thing, but you still like the idea of being part of the “health food” move-

Web site:

Interim HealthCare is all about the

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Dunkin’ Donuts Description: Coffee, doughnuts, baked goods

Phone: 877-938-6546 Franchise units: More than 400 in North America; 193 in South Florida

tate concepts – from free-standing restaurants to travel plazas and locations at universities.

Sylvan Learning Center

Based: Canton, Mass. Franchise fee: $40,000-$80,000 Net worth requirement: $500,000

Description: Tutoring services Phone: 800-627-4276, ext. 8768 Franchise units: More than 900 in

($250,000 in liquid assets)

North America; 10 in South Florida

Total investment: $537,750 –

Based: Baltimore, Md. Franchise fee: $42,000 Net worth requirement: $250,000

$1.765 million

Web site:

assets ($75,000 in liquid assets)

Dunkin’ Donuts turned 60 this past February, and in recent years has been giving Starbucks a run for its money as the nation’s favorite morning coffee stop. The company is also considered one of the originators of the franchising concept – its founder, Bill Rosenberg, established the International Franchise Association (IFA) in 1960. Today, Dunkin’ Donuts is a unit of Dunkin’ Brands Inc., which is owned by a trio of private equity outfits; Bain Capital LLC, the Carlyle Group and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP. Offering more than 50 varieties of doughnuts and other goods, the parent company has a team of chefs constantly creating new products, such as its healthy low-fat muffins and breakfast sandwiches made with egg whites. While other franchise territories in Florida are sold out, including Gainesville and Jacksonville, the company reported that South Florida offers numerous development opportunities.

Total investment: $179,000 to $305,000

Web site:

Sylvan Learning Center’s success comes in large part from leveraging parents’ desires to help their children excel in school and in life. Founded in Baltimore 30 years ago, Sylvan has tutored more than 2 million students in more than 1,000 centers across the Unites States and overseas. The company started offering franchises in 1980, and is focusing on expanding its South Florida presence by offering first-time franchisees half off the cost of the center startup kit (representing $25,000) and a $25,000 promissory forgivable in five years.


“We’re aiming for seven to 10 new centers in the next 12 to 24 months,”

Unlike other franchise concepts its size, Dunkin’ Donuts is expanding with single and multiunit opportunities with no minimum unit requirements. Ideally, franchisees should have a minimum net worth of $500,000 and liquid assets of at least $250,000, explains Jenna Kantrowitz of Fish Consulting. Another appealing aspect is the range of real es78

Sylvan Learning Center

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says Broc Silberzahn, Sylvan Learning Center’s director of franchising. Silberzahn recognizes that challenges in the credit markets are preventing some people from becoming business owners. “Educating children continues to be a priority for families, so we’ve seen an increased demand for our services.” Another plus to the economic crunch: the opportunity to secure prime retail space for a new learning center. Sylvan offers protected territories – not something all franchise companies do. There’s one center in Boca Raton, so the nearest available areas are Pompano Beach or Sunrise. Territories are based on the number of school-aged children ages 5 to 17 in a given geographical area.


the recession caused that number to drop to 100. “A number of franchise owners were using home equity loans as their working capital,” explains Chief Executive Officer Bob Spuck. “We’re starting to see activity pick up again, and of course the opportunity now is to get prime retail space.” WineStyles is also updating its store format by adding tasting stations and other items to complement the wine selections, such as gourmet cheeses, chocolates, craft beers and coffee. “We are certainly a specialized market that caters to a demographic that is well-educated and has discretionary income,” says Spuck. “Our franchisees tend to emulate the demographic they sell to.”

Checkers Description: Drive-thru

Description: Wine retail stores


Phone: 866-424-WINE America; four in South Florida

Franchise units: 813-283-7000 Based: Tampa, Fla. Franchise units: More than 800 in

Based: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Franchise fee: $25,000 Net worth requirement:

Franchise fee: $30,000 Net worth requirement: $750,000

$350,000 ($150,000 in liquid as-

($250,000 in liquid assets)


Total investment: $453,000 –

Total investment: $200,000 –



Web site:

Franchise units: 100 in North

North America; 50 in South Florida

Web site:

Bold or bubbly? Crisp or fruity? Want to spend your working days debating customers over the best Merlot for under $20? WineStyles, a South Florida-based franchise concept, has been around for six years and aims to demystify the task of buying wine. Historically, drinking wine was about expensive purchases and ego-based conspicuous consumption. Today, consumers still want luxury products, but at affordable prices and presented in a way they can readily understand what they’re buying. Founded in 2000 and franchising since late 2003, WineStyles did have 140 outlets at its peak in 2007, but

Did you know that Checkers can derive the same amount of sales as a McDonald’s franchise, but on a smaller Checkers

real estate footprint? And with hamburgers “hot” again, and new menu items such as chicken wings, the company is aggressively trying to expand its franchise network.  According to Checkers, it has maintained a one-to-three companyowned to franchise-operated ratio – allowing it to test systems, methods, processes and solutions before rolling them out to franchise owners.  Another distinctive business offering is Checkers’ selection of store designs for franchisees; you can choose from the double drive-thru unit, single drive-thru end cap unit or the in-line unit – depending on your financial investment threshold and the chosen market’s real estate availability. Checkers recently signed a multiunit store development agreement in Connecticut, stating that the deal is part of its strategic growth strategy to expand in existing and new markets, including South Florida, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Orlando and Las Vegas. In addition, the company is developing nontraditional locations in airports, universities and even turnpike plazas – offering more options to suit potential franchisees. Checkers is actively seeking franchise candidates with strong financial backgrounds and a preference for operating multiple units. Single restaurant development opportunities do exist in select markets.

Five Guys Burgers & Fries Description: Burger chain Phone: 703-339-9500 Franchise units: 384 in North America; 16 in South Florida

Based: Lorton, Va. Franchise fee: $25,000 Net worth requirement: $1.3 million ($500,000 in liquid assets)

Total investment: $152,600 – $360,300

Web site:

A franchise couldn’t ask for better advertising than a U.S. President stopping by, along with a camera crew from NBC Nightly News to film the visit. That’s what happened in May when President Barack Obama made a surprise lunchtime stop at Five Guys Burger & Fries in Washington, D.C. The company got its name from the family that started it all in 1986. Jerry and Janie Murrell told their four sons, “Start a business or go to college.” Dad and his four boys (Five Guys) promptly opened a carry-out burger business in Alexandria, Va. Five Guys didn’t get into franchising until 2003. Today, there are more than 250 locations in 19 states and more than 1,500 units in development, according to the company’s Web site. Here in South Florida, there are 16 locations. It’s not a cheap franchise to acquire, and the company requires food and beverage experience, as well as business ownership and employee management know-how. However, Five Guys is being heralded for its preference to spend advertising dollars on employee-incentive systems, not celebrity endorsements or other debatable propaganda. O Editor’s Note: Franchise fees vary in what they include, depending on the company. The fee represents the franchisor’s obligations which are detailed in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), a legal document a potential franchisee should review carefully as part of the decision-making process.

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Death Becomes T he m

The Business Of Goodbyes Has Never Been Healthier By Emily J. Minor


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Everything’s a business these days. You can make a buck selling an old GE refrigerator, a baby crib from 20 years ago, even your grandmother’s imperfect pearls. So why not cash in on death? More and more, entrepreneurs are. Of course, the U.S. funeral industry has always been profitable. With the average funeral costing between $7,000 and $10,000, the industry itself estimates funerals and all the furnishings will be a $20.7 billion business in 2010. But today, options transcend the typical casket or urn.

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With the average funeral costing between $7,000 and $10,000, the industry itself estimates funerals and all the furnishings will be a $20.7 billion business in 2010. You can turn your loved one into a gemstone – and the finished piece of jewelry runs the gamut from a ring to a locket. You can have a pencil made with your beloved’s remains. (Actually, the human body supposedly provides enough carbon to make 240 pencils.) You can even have your dearly departed’s remains launched into space. Or, you can stuff them inside a teddy bear, have a snow globe made – the “snow” will be their cremated remains – or use their ashes to create fireworks. All of this, of course, will cost you. 82

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Dan Perrin has been a funeral home director for many years – which means he’s helped thousands of families and loved ones work through this business of death. But in the last few years, the manner in which loved ones say goodbye to their deceased has started to evolve, he says.

A more mainstream alternative that Perrin says he sees a lot is “cremation jewelry.” There are a growing number of companies that take remains and place a small amount in either a pendant or locket. Perrin says several of his clients have also had “thumbprint jewelry” made – which is actually fairly affordable.

“The Baby Boomers are doing more personalization,” explains Perrin, general manager of Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Lake Worth. “We had a service (where) the gentleman was an avid outdoorsman and we created a hunting lodge. We had camouflage. We had netting. And it was all the gentleman’s things that we used. It was absolutely stunning.”

What’s thumbprint jewelry? Before the deceased is buried or cremated, Perrin takes an imprint of the thumb with ink. Then the imprint is sent away and pressed into stainless-steel or gold. “They’re called Thumbies, and people seem to really enjoy wearing them,” says Perrin, former president of the Florida Funeral Directors Association.

And tame, in the industry’s new scheme of things. Have you ever seen a 2-foot-high hourglass made with sand from cremated remains?

The cost? At the Web site, jewelry sells from $120 for a simple pendant to $900 for a pair of thumbprint cuff links.

Perrin doesn’t want to seem like a fuddy-duddy. After all, if asked, his funeral home is prepared to provide a “green” burial with no formaldehyde and a casket made of wicker. But the methods he encounters regularly are rather mainstream, considering some of today’s options. And the Internet is a breeding ground for this new business. Dean VandenBiesen is vice president of operations for a company called Life-

You can turn your loved one into a gemstone. You can have a pencil made with your beloved’s remains. You can even have your dearly departed’s remains launched into space. Gem, based out of Chicago. The company uses high heat in a vacuum to remove the natural carbon from cremated remains, then takes that carbon and puts it in a diamond press. About eigght ounces of remains produces a teaspoon of carbon. The result is diamond jewelry that can cost anywhere from $6,000 for a half-carat to $25,000 for 1.5 carats. Since the company started in 2002, VandenBiesen says the business has grown five times over. And think about. Wouldn’t it be lovely to wear a gemstone ring that you knew contained a part of the mother you so miss?

Parting Gifts Jewelry may be one of the more popular contemporary ideas for remembering loved ones, but creative entrepreneurs have devised more offbeat – and often, more expensive – ways to honor someones’s passing. Here’s a sampling. TO THE HEAVENS. In 1996, a couple who owned a party store – and sold helium balloons – invented a way to send off a friend who was terminally ill and died. The Eternal Ascent Society places a person’s ashes in a helium balloon and releases it to the sky. Prices vary. For information, visit TEDDY BEAR. For as little as $60, you can find a company online to make you a memorial teddy bear that contains your loved one’s ashes in the stuffing. For more information, visit – and click the Teddy Bears and Accessories link at the bottom. TATTOO. Tattoo artists can take the finest powder from the cremation materials and add it to the ink, then use that ink for your personalized memorial tattoo. Call any local tattoo parlor, or visit PORTRAIT. Artists incorporate your loved one’s ashes into a portrait. Loved Ones Art in Jenkintown, Penn. will create an oil painting based on a photograph of your beloved’s final resting place. Visit GLASS WORK. Artists at Memory Glass will suspend your loved one's remains and incorporate them into custom-designed orbs and pendants. Prices start at $150. For information, visit FIREWORKS. Cremated remains can actually be used in fireworks powder, although this practice seems a bit more popular across the pond in England. For information, visit SPACE MISSIONS. Houston-based Celestis, Inc., will help arrange this for you. A ride to space – when the remains return with the ship – starts at $700. Releasing the remains during earth orbit starts at $2,500. Releasing the remains during lunar orbit starts at $10,000. And release into “deep space” – wherever that is? That’ll cost you about $12,000. For information, visit SNOW GLOBE. For as low as $40, multiple Web sites offer personalized snow globes that include your loved one's ashes (instead of glitter) and a photograph. But you’re not limited to pictures. You could use anything that elicits a fond memory. For one sampling of work, visit bullworks. net/invest/globe.htm (the company, Gone But Not Forgotten, also turns loved ones’ skin to leather, which is crafted into chairs, and bones into monogrammed corkscrews). Wow. POTTERY. One Englishman we read about took his father’s ashes, added them to clay and made a set of tea cups. Indeed, you could add the ashes to any pottery clay and make a vase or cup. For information about pottery classes, visit FOREVER REEF. This reef project is 3.25 miles east of Key Biscayne and will occupy more than 600,000 square feet of ocean floor. It will be one-part dive spot, one-part research lab and one-part repository for cremated remains. For information, visit

“I would say the majority of our clients are women, because women are more comfortable with diamonds,” he says. “But we see clients of all types.” All types of clients, and all types of ways to say goodbye. O September 2010


Calif., Kaye joined Barry Kaye Associates in 1984 while attending the University of Southern California. After 15 years in the insurance field, he came to Boca Raton in 1999 and has never looked back.

The Kaye Way

“It’s like heaven here,” Kaye says. “The weather is great and you can be outdoors all the time. If you enjoy tennis – like my wife Pamela – or golf or boating, you just can’t beat the Boca lifestyle.” The Kayes have three children, Sammy, 15, Jonah, 14 and Jacqueline, 12. “We are always doing things as a family,” Kaye says. “Every year we take a family trip to places like Europe and Israel. I want our children to understand that they are fortunate living here. I am also involved with charitable organizations, teaching kids the importance of giving back.”

Local Businessman Gives Back Through Charity And A New TV Show By richard westlund


oward Kaye enjoys listening to people’s stories, asking questions and offering sound advice. It’s an ideal set of skills for helping clients in his life insurance business, hosting seminars on creating wealth and interviewing guests on his new WXEL-TV show, Around Town with Howard Kaye. A successful businessman, philanthropist, public speaker and marketer, Kaye has taken the lessons he learned working with his father, veteran life insurance professional Barry Kaye, and applied his own creative touch. “I really like to make a difference in people’s lives,” says Kaye, the 45-yearold president of the Howard Kaye Insurance Agency, Inc. in Boca Raton. For Kaye, that means educating prospective clients about the ways life insurance can be used in estate planning


to reduce taxes, build wealth, create an income stream or leave a legacy for a charitable cause. It also means giving back to the community – both locally and globally. “Howard is a very smart, energetic and caring individual who is deeply committed to the welfare of the


Kaye and wife Pamela are active volunteers and philanthropists. He serves on the executive board of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the boards of the Adolph and Rose Levis JCC and Congregation B’nai Israel. Last year, he helped to organize a reunion in Miami for 35 of the 70 surviving passengers of the SS St. Louis, the American passenger liner that left Hamburg, Germany, in 1939 carrying Jewish refugees to Cuba. When the St. Louis reached Havana, it was not allowed to dock. After the United

“This was the 70th anniversary of the voyage, which was a watershed moment in world history,” says Kaye, who recently founded the National Foundation for Jewish Continuity, which focuses on educating younger generations about the past. The foundation’s online St. Louis Project presents passenger stories, photos and video histories (also posted on YouTube). With his commitment to community service – and upbeat personality – Kaye is a natural TV host. In fact, he first stepped in front of the camera when he was just 20 years old. “It was a 15-minute financial show in Los Angeles,” he recalls. “Once I saw that red light come on, I just came alive.” Today, Kaye looks forward to interviewing guests from throughout Palm Beach County and South Florida on his 30-minute Wednesday evening talk shows, which air at 7:30 p.m. on WXEL. The station’s Web site describes Kaye as using “his unique interactive interview style as he speaks to guests who have made and are making history and who tell and show their remarkable stories,” and says his show is designed “not only to entertain viewers but to surprise, move, inform and sometimes startle them.” Says Kaye, “I’m not afraid to ask questions about things that other

“I’m not afraid to ask questions about things that other people would want to know. Because I don’t have a bias one way or another, our guests feel comfortable.”

Growing up in Beverly Hills,


people would want to know. Because I don’t have a bias one way or another, our guests feel comfortable.”

Jewish people and cares deeply about those in need,” says William S. Bernstein, president & CEO of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “He is witty and fun-loving and very enjoyable to work with on a wide variety of community programs.”

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States also turned the liner away, the vessel had to return to Germany.

The Kaye Family: Jonah, Pamela, Howard, Jacqueline and Sammy

As for the future, Kaye plans to keep on talking to people about their lives – both on and off camera. “I enjoy listening to their stories,” he says, “and helping them accomplish their goals.” O

Renaissance Man: Howard Kaye.

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In good company Few things are more important than your legal rights and fiscal health. And while there is no shortage of lawyers, accountants and financial advisers in the local market, choosing the right ones could mean the difference between economic windfalls and freedom of choice – or bankruptcy and legal consequences. The following professionals know what it takes to get the job done, and done right.

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company Doug Morris and Michael Acker Steve Brown

and his or her family,” says Michael Acker. “We have a great deal of respect for the many outstanding doctors and nurses who genuinely provide appropriate and compassionate care to their patients; however, there are times when terrible outcomes could have been avoided, and helping families recover after those instances have occurred is what we do.”

We help people whose lives will never be the same, whether that has occurred from an auto accident, a product failure, or an interaction with the healthcare system.

The law firm of Acker Morris, P.L. is “AV” rated – the highest standard for ethics and ability handed out by Martindale-Hubbell,

On Your Side

When The System Fails, Acker Morris, P.L. Is Ready To Help

the only peer-reviewed legal ratings orgahas given these two accomplished attor-

nization. All inquiries whether or not you

neys insight into how the insurance com-

may have a case are free. They only take

panies construct their defenses.

cases on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t have to pay anything, fees or

“Since we used to advise insurance com-

costs, unless a settlement or verdict on your

panies how to defend cases, we know

behalf is obtained. While the majority of

how they analyze their claims,” says Doug

their practice concentrates on medical


malpractice and nursing home neglect, they also handle personal injury, traumatic

Dedicating their time and talents to aid

brain injury and wrongful death cases. Let

families who have suffered a tragedy due

their experience help you.

to the negligence of others is a service which they take very seriously. Doug Morris and Michael Acker used to sit at the defense table, representing doctors,

“We help people whose lives will never be

hospitals, nursing homes and their insurance

the same,” says Doug Morris, “whether

companies in medical malpractice, wrong-

that has occurred from an auto accident,

ful death and personal injury lawsuits.

a product failure, or an interaction with the healthcare system.”

Now, they’re representing you. “What we do is concentrate on cases Their experience defending such cases


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“The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.”

where the system has failed the patient

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Acker Morris, P.L. is located at 179 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-910-6620, or visit



Michael Leeds


One of the unique things about trust and estate practice in Florida is that so many of the people have strong connections to the northeast. It’s a great advantage to be from New York and be part of a national firm.


you want done by a newcomer. A proud family man himself, Leeds has been married for 41 years. He and his wife have three children and three grandchildren. “One of the unique things about trust and estate practice in Florida is that so many of the people have strong connections to the northeast,� he says. “It’s a great advantage to be from New York and be part of a national firm.�

Caring About Clients

Blank Rome LLP Attorney Offers Nurturing Guidance And Years Of Experience

Indeed, Leeds is a New York native who began practicing there in 1972 and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. Blank Rome’s Boca Raton office is adept at serving high net-worth Florida clients who still have business and/or family ties in the northeast.

Michael Leeds understands that there’s a

“We are not dealing with large corpora-

Worldwide, Blank Rome LLP has more

black-and-white side to trust and estate law.

tions; we are dealing with people and the

than 500 attorneys with an expanding in-

He’s been doing it for nearly four decades.

most intimate details of their lives,� says

ternational platform that includes Hong

Leeds, the administrative partner with the

Kong. Leeds is also experienced in repre-

But there is another side – one that’s gray,

Boca Raton office of the Philadelphia-

senting foreign investors in the United

and often complicated with grief, worry

based law firm of Blank Rome LLP.

States and abroad.

“At Blank Rome, we care about our clients.�

A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserve,

and difficult family dynamics.

The Boca Raton office of BLANK ROME LLP is located at 1200 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 312, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-417-8100, or visit

And with today’s complicated family

Leeds served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

structures – multiple marriages, residences and businesses in several states, chil-

You see, caring about people isn’t new to

dren from different marriages – estate

him – which is probably why Michael

planning and resolution is not something

Leeds is so good at his practice.




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company Roderick Coleman

Courting Justice

Help Is Assured When Coleman & Associates, P.A. Is On The Case

At Coleman & Associates, Roderick Coleman has a different approach to handling cases. He actually likes going to court. “Everything I do is litigation related,” says Coleman, who practiced law in Miami for 20 years then moved his family to Boca Raton seven years ago for a lifestyle that is both quieter and more convenient. “The best way to get a settlement in a case is to prepare for trial. Not a lot of attorneys do that or are willing to go the distance if necessary,” he says. In his 27-year career, Coleman has tried just about every type of lawsuit. “Historically, I’ve tried everything from legal practice to will-contest cases to catastrophic injury cases,” he says. “When I arrived in Boca there was a need for a strong trial at-

The best way to get a settlement in a case is to prepare for trial. Not a lot of attorneys do that or are willing to go the distance if necessary

torney in business and real estate litigation.”

case against a Panamanian developer

who promised prospective foreign buyers a 70 percent financing deal, then turned the tables at the last minute.

Another creative approach to a case involved a senior citizen who had agreed to

Mr. Coleman and his firm are listed as AV

In the short seven years, the depressed

sell her house, then realized she could not

Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell – the

economy has changed legal problems –

afford to buy anything else. There were no

highest rating from the legal world’s fore-

and Coleman’s courtroom strategies.

defenses, so Coleman had her declared

most rating index.

incompetent. The contract was declared


“In foreclosure defense cases, for instance,

void and she got to keep her home. He’s

creative defenses that we have been us-

helped realtors escape the greedy hands

ing have on average kept the homeown-

of developers who renege on upfront

er in their property for two years during the

commissions when a sale falls through.

litigation,” Coleman says.

And he just recently agreed to take on a

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Coleman & Associates, P.A. are located at 400 S, Dixie Highway, Ste. 121, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-620-9292.

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Seth Ellis

“It’s the same kind of encryption used at the CIA, FBI and New York Stock Exchange,” says Ellis. “We anticipate a great percentage of our clients will choose EVault to organize their important papers not just for the convenience but also because it provides immediate access and the ability to monitor their assets – no matter where they are.” Recently, Ellis’ law office grew from six people to 25, all trained to support a wide range of clients. The firm’s 2009 merger with Miami Probate Litigation attorney David Howard Goldberg added

There’s so much complexity in the decisions our clients have to make regarding taxes, charitable gifts, trusts and wills that worrying about access to their financial papers should not be an issue.

Wealth Of Information

Law Firm Ellis & Goldberg, P.L. Protects Clients’ Assets

his trust and estate experience to Ellis’ established multigenerational trust and estate planning services. “There’s so much complexity in the decisions our clients have to make regarding taxes, charitable gifts, trusts and wills that worrying about access to their financial

Boca Raton attorney Seth Ellis knows his

law firm, nearly all their clients have a col-

papers should not be an issue. With E-Vault

clients. Most are successful business owners

lection of financial statements, mortgage

it isn’t,” Ellis said.

who have accumulated wealth and, along

documents, insurance policies, wills and

the way, a mound of important papers. Ac-

trusts scattered in their homes, offices, safety

Based on the feedback he’s received from

cording to Ellis, Managing Partner of Ellis &

deposit boxes and lawyers’ offices.

some key clients, Ellis is sold on E-Vault. “We

Goldberg, P.L., a Trust and Estate Planning

are suggesting to all our clients that they That’s why the firm is offering a new way

look at E-Vault as a trusted solution,” he

to organize important papers. It’s called

says. “I’m already using it for my business

E-Vault and aggregates everything in

and personal documents.”

Ellis & Goldberg, P.A. have offices in Boca Raton, Miami and Boston. Their Boca office is located at 4755 Technology Way, Ste. 205, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-9107500, or visit

one place, on a safe, secure Web server. Indeed, Ellis’ wife, Stefanie, has been busy uploading pictures of their three young girls for safekeeping.

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“The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you free written information about our qualifications and experience.”

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company Photo by Patty Daniels

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We represent hundreds of homeowners and condominium associations and are probably the largest in the state of Florida on that front.

Robert Rosen and Lisa Myers

Committed In Numbers

Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg, P.A. Always Gets The Job Done

ing audits, projections and venture capital plans. With 55 employees, many of whom have been with the firm for 10 to 20 years, Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg is the 13th largest accounting firm in South Florida, according to the South Florida Business Jour-

There is something wonderful about com-

Sound, Boca Pointe, Woodfield, Mizner

nal. “Still,” says Rosen, “what we really do

mitment – whether it’s to your family, com-

Country Club, Hunters Run, Addison Re-

best is meet the needs of each client.

munity, business partners or clients – and at

serve, the Polo Club and so many oth-

Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg, P.A., they ex-

ers. The firm knows how to handle associ-

Lisa Myers, an employee for 18 years and

cel at all of these. Founded in 1985 by Rob-

ation finances during the changing mar-

now the firm’s Executive Director, says, “It’s

ert Rosen and Mark Gerstle, and joined by

kets and often difficult financial times.

wonderful to work for people who are proud,

Brian Goldenberg in 1991, the firm handles


intelligent and dedicated. Nothing was given

high-end accounting, tax preparation, liti-

“We represent hundreds of homeowners

to these guys,” she says. “They built this all on

gation consultation, business consulting,

and condominium associations and are

their own. And that makes what they have

bankruptcy work and accounting for all

probably the largest in the state of Florida

achieved even more special.”

types of individuals and businesses.

on that front,” says Rosen.

They have become the go-to team for

In addition, they help businesses – small

condominium and homeowner associa-

and large – with cash flow projections,

tions, managing everything from book-

profitability and accounting controls. At-

keeping to long-term planning. Indeed

torneys use their expertise in complicat-

some of the most notable developments

ed legal disputes. Developers rely on

rely on their expertise, including Broken

them for crucial business matters, includ-

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Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg, P.A. has four locations in Florida, including an office in Aventura and two satellite offices in Naples and Orlando. Their Boca Raton office is located at The Porticos, Suite 100, 3835 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton.  For more information, call 561447-4000, or visit

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There shouldn’t be a cookie cutter plan. “Everyone’s problems are unique, therefore the recommendations should be unique.

base and their earnings. He also prides himself in offering a healthy and happy workplace for his 45 employees at three Florida locations including Boca Raton, Orlando and Palm Beach Gardens. This year, Florida Trend magazine named Ibis Financial Group the second-best company to work for in Florida with under 50 employees. Robert D. Barboni

Barboni says he knew from the beginning

For years, Robert D. Barboni, LUTCF, CFP® worked for a big investment company handling portfolios for everyone from middle-class couples to families with substantial multigenerational wealth. And something always bothered him. All the client investment paths seemed similar. “But every person’s different,” says Barbo-

Wise Investment

Ibis Financial Group Customizes Strategies As Unique As Its Clients

ni, who grew up in Jupiter and attended the University of Miami. “There shouldn’t be a cookie cutter plan. “Everyone’s

his company would “design strategies around the clients, not the clients around the strategies.” Ibis’ client list is as varied as investment opportunities and includes small to large corporations, individuals, professionals and municipalities. Of course, a company name is always important, and Barboni took great care with his. Being a University of Miami alumnus, I’m sure that Sebastian the Ibis, the Miami Hurricanes mascot, wholeheartedly approves.

Ibis Financial Group is located at 7284 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-910-2566, or visit Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Securian Financial Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. Ibis Financial Group is independently owned and operated.

problems are unique, therefore the recommendations should be unique.”

Barboni loves the symbolism of Florida’s Ibis bird. “The Ibis is the last known sign of

And now that Barboni has started Ibis,

life before a hurricane, signaling all the

he’s able to do just that: customize ser-

other birds to take shelter,” he says. “And

vice and investments for each client,

it’s the first sign of life after a storm, letting

one by one. In just two years, the firm has

everyone know it’s safe to return. It’s very

seen tremendous success with its client

synonymous with our business.”

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September 2010



COMPANY ranked them No. 43 on the list of the country’s Top 100 Wirehouse Wealth Advisors. The team manages an estimated $1.5 billion in assets as of July, 2010. Both Neil and David are Certified Financial Planners, which requires extensive education in estate, financial, retirement, income tax and investment planning. David, who began on the municipal bond desk, wrote a weekly newspaper article for 14 years.


We manage wealth from generation to generation. In some instances, we have fourth- and fifth-generation clients.


Clockwise from bottom left: Neil Fox, Suzie Wrenne, Cherie Glaser and David Fox

The key to the team’s firm standing in the industry and community? “You have to be willing to put in the hours,� Neil says.

Dollars And Sense

“But the most important part of the job is

our client relationships.�

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Team Helps Families Achieve Financial Dreams

“Managing Wealth from Generation to

Adds Neil, “When you work with a family

Generation� is the motto of this wealth

for 40 years, you share in their joys, such as

management team. Father Neil Fox, CFP,

births, graduations, marriages, business ac-

Senior Vice President-Financial Adviser and

complishments and retirements. You also

son David Fox, CFP, Senior Vice President-Fi-

become a support during difficult times of

nancial Adviser, make a dynamic financial

divorce, disabilities and death. They rely

duo at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney with

and trust us to use our experience to navi-

65 years of investment experience. Along

gate them through these events.�

with associates Cherie Glaser, Neil’s sisterin-law, who has 17 years of experience,

The team focuses on customizing the cli-

and six-year veteran Suzie Wrenne, the Fox

ent’s asset allocation to help meet goals

Team focuses on working with high-net-

and risk tolerance. They focus on fixed

worth families, achieving their goals and

income investing and portfolio stability,

assisting with today’s life challenges.

while using professional money managers when seeking growth.

generation,� David says. “In some instances,

In 2009, Neil and David received high rec-

we have fourth- and fifth-generation clients.�

ognition when Registered Rep magazine


Tax laws are complex and subject to change. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Advisors do not provide tax or legal advice. This material was not intended or written to be used for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. Individuals are urged to consult their personal tax or legal advisors to understand the tax and related consequences of any actions or investments described herein. Investments and services offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, member SIPC.

“We manage wealth from generation to


SOURCE: Registered Representative’s “Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America.� September, 2009,, bases its rankings exclusively on the quantitative criteria of assets under management. This year’s list of Top 100 Wirehouse Advisors in America was created by Discovery Database, an online database of financial service intermediaries published by the Financial Information Group of Shrewsbury, N.J. Nominations by Financial Advisors were accepted. The ranking is not indicative of the Financial Advisor’s future performance. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney does not pay a fee to Registered Representative in exchange for the ranking.


THE FOX TEAM OF MORGAN STANLEY SMITH BARNEY is located at 595 S. Federal Highway, Suite 400, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-393-1513 or visit

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Safety In Numbers

PNC Wealth Management Will Create Your Personal Road Map To Success

plan that serves as a road map to achieving your financial and lifestyle goals. This plan is revisited throughout the relationship to take into account life’s changes. Holmes and the team at PNC Wealth Management welcome the opportunity to work with you and your other trusted advisors, CPAs and attorneys, to antici-

An integral part of PNC Wealth Management’s offer is the creation of a financial plan that serves as a road map to achieving your financial and lifestyle goals. This plan is revisited throughout the relationship to take into account life’s changes.

With Suzanne Holmes, CFP® as your Relationship Manager, you’ll receive the kind

of personal attention that you deserve

alized attention that Holmes and her

pate your needs and implement solutions

and that PNC is known for. PNC Wealth

team employ to understand you, your

to keep you moving toward your finan-

Management is ranked as the 8th largest

family, your goals and the events that

cial goals in a consistent and responsible

bank-held wealth manager by Barron’s

are driving your investment strategies.

manner. PNC Wealth Management in-

and the 5th largest ultra-affluent provider

Ongoing communication is paramount

cludes the spectrum of trust, tax-sensitive

by Family Wealth Alliance.

to creating the partnership with you to

planning, investment banking and credit

reach your goals while minimizing risk.

services. PNC Wealth Management com-

With size comes strength – however, PNC

Crucial to the process employed by Hol-

bines sophisticated strategies and tac-

Wealth Management prioritizes person-

mes and her team is to analyze your total

tics with top quality internal research to

financial picture – including assets not

provide all the tools necessary to imple-

managed by PNC – so that a complete

ment a personally customized portfolio

financial profile is created as a basis for

for each individual need. Holmes and her

structuring the appropriate asset alloca-

colleagues have the maturity, experience

tion to achieve your expected return.

and training to provide the highest quality

An integral part of PNC Wealth Manage-

of service to their clients. Please call her for

ment’s offer is the creation of a financial

a consultation at your convenience.

PNC Wealth Management is located at 231 Royal Palm Way, Palm Beach. For information, call 561-650-1109 or visit wealth/management.

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company Robert Kiesling

Stress Busters

Tax Advisors of Palm Beach Inc. Make Money Matters Simple

If there’s one thing Robert Kiesling, E.A. wants to emphasize, it’s this: Your financial plan has to change with you. Of course, that kind of constant attention to family and business affairs can be complicated. But Kiesling – whose firm specializes in income tax, estate tax and wealth management – prides himself at making matters simple. He’s assembled all the key people in one office, so there’s no traipsing around when it’s time to do your taxes, change your investments or resolve a trust af-

He’s great at money management - creating income and lowering taxes. He knows how to take your money from a tax deferred to a tax-free status.

ter a loved one’s death. And he prides

lies with multigenerational wealth. He’s adept at the nooks and crannies of estate planning and estate resolution and knows how to take your money from a

trust preparation and resolution.

tax-deferred to a tax-free status.

“As a tax advisor, attorneys hire me to file

Indeed, he’s looking out for you.

himself at working with families during tender times.

their trust tax returns and finalize and distrib“All the advisors work under one roof, so

ute assets to the beneficiaries,” he says.

In 2011, the estate laws will change – so

you don’t have to go to five different ad-


everything will need to be reviewed.

visors,” he says. “We have CPAs who file

He’s great at money management –

the tax returns. We have a full-time book-

creating income and lowering taxes. He

keeper who handles the accounting for

knows how to take your money from a

businesses and estates.”

tax deferred to a tax-free status.

There’s a probate attorney on staff to

At Tax Advisors of Palm Beach, Kiesling

handle all legal estate matters. Kiesling

and his team cater to all kinds of people,

himself handles the wealth manage-

from middle-class individuals who need

ment and is experienced at estate and

help at tax time to high-income fami-

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And Kiesling’s just the man to do it.

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Tax Advisors of Palm Beach, Inc. is located at 2240 Woolbright Road, Ste. 325, Boynton Beach. For more information, call 561-738-9331 or e-mail

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Jon W. Ulin

We complete a comprehensive financial plan for each client to better define their current resources vs. ideal retirement (or to maintain it) in today’s complex economic landscape, then work to develop their portfolio while considering tax and estate planning strategies.

“We complete a comprehensive financial plan for each client to better define their current resources vs. ideal retirement (or to maintain it) in today’s complex economic landscape, then work to develop their portfolio while considering tax and estate planning strategies” says Ulin. What sets his group apart? “We provide customized programs designed to grow, As the dust settled from the country’s economic debacle, Jon W. Ulin, CFP , forged ®

ahead by incepting Ulin Financial Group in 2009, a regional branch of LPL Financial, the largest independent broker dealer in the United States. Going independent was a clear choice in order to provide clients a robust independent banking platform developed for entrepreneurial advisors with industry leading resources – free from pro-

Thinking Ahead

Ulin Financial Group Poised To Perfect Your Financial Future

prietary products or conflicts of interest.

protect and conserve our client’s wealth by delivering an unprecedented level of personalized service, expertise and fiduciary care.” He adds, “We’re up front with clients – all brokers have access to the same stocks, bonds and planning tools. There’s no silver bullet and we cannot predict the markets. Therefore, we follow the guideposts of ‘Modern Portfolio Theory’ of asset allocation and tactically develop portfolios with sophisticated risk and return character-

“Our focus is to develop a nationally rec-

ternative to the larger banks,” Ulin explains.

ognized boutique financial services firm for high net-worth clients and retirees as an al-

based on each client’s risk tolerance.” After graduating in 1996 with honors from Temple University and working in ac-

He says investors today are plagued by

counting, Ulin relocated to South Florida

inertia. “But having a sit and wait ap-

in 2002 and excelled at Ameriprise. He

proach for your financial health can be

developed a niche in running financial

as catastrophic as not tending to your

education and benefits workshops for

personal health,” Ulin notes. “In the end

employees at Fortune 500 regional hubs

you cannot put your retirement on a

and professional groups.

credit card.”

Ulin Financial Group, Inc. is located at 1200 N. Federal Highway, Suite 200, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561- 210-7887 or visit

istics along with a diversified product mix

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Vintage Fun Miami International Wine Fair Full Of Flavorful Possibilities E

We are extremely excited about this year’s Wine Fair. Not only is the economy on a path to recovery, we are also seeing more foreign producers than ever determined to invest in the U.S. wine market.

– David Bernad, MIWF founder and president

njoy fine wine and rubbing elbows with industry professionals? Or perhaps you just want to learn how to order a glass with panache. Either way, the 9th annual Miami International Wine Fair (MIWF) will have something for you.

This year’s event promises to be organizers’ largest and most impressive to date (making it well worth the drive to Miami). Typically geared toward the wine industry crowd, this year’s four-day event will service the trade on October 15th and October 18th, while holding public activities on October 15th and October 16th. Attendees will be exposed to a mind-boggling 1,800 wines from 20 countries, 80,000 square feet of exhibitor booths and a VIP

Tasting Room featuring some of the world’s top-rated labels. Reflecting international trends and demand, event organizers have secured a dynamic mix of exhibitors from Chile, Berlin, New Zealand and across the globe. “We are extremely excited about this year’s Wine Fair,” says David Bernad, MIWF founder and president. “Not only is the economy on a path to recovery, we are also seeing more foreign producers than ever determined to invest in the U.S. wine market. With wine consumption lagging in Europe and everywhere else in the world, wineries are flocking to our fair to find new distribution channels while solidifying their

existing relationships.” MIWF is owned and managed by Vintrade, LLC, a South Floridabased corporation established by Bernad, along with Madrid-based Emporio Ferial S.A., an international event planning and production company responsible for dozens of annual wine shows. General admission to MIWF is $75 per day or $130 for two days; VIP Tasting Room tickets, which allow guests access to the fair’s top 100 wines, are $125 per day or $200 for two days, plus early entry. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit a yetto-be-determined local charity. O For more information, call 866-887WINE or visit September 2010



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Brown Baggin’ It Scrumptious Sandwiches Get You

Through The Work Day

Whether you’re trying to save cash, have too much work to leave the office or just prefer a homemade lunch, these lip-smacking sammies will keep you satiated until quitting time. Bacon-Tomato Mini Sandwich With Pesto Mayo The flavorful combination of bacon and tomatoes packs a big punch in this tiny and portable slider. A generous dollop of pesto mayo will send your taste buds singing. (serves 4)

cide to play hooky. Wrap it in wax paper, stick it in a bag and you’re good to go! (serves 4)

Ingredients ½ cup mayonnaise 1 tsp. pesto, commercially prepared 8 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into thirds, crisped and drained 12 dollar rolls, sliced for top and bottom halves 1 Roma tomato, sliced into ¼-inch slices

Ingredients 4 crusty artisan rolls (ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough) Buttermilk Herb ranch dressing (store-bought or homemade) 2 cups mesclun mix, washed and trimmed 8 slices tomato 4 slices pepperjack cheese 8 strips crisp bacon (optional) 1 avocado, peeled and sliced ½orange bell pepper, trimmed and sliced into thin rings ½ cup red onion, slivered



Combine mayonnaise and pesto in bowl and set aside. Place buns on flat work surface and spread one teaspoon pesto mayonnaise onto each bun. Cross two pieces of bacon on bottom bun and top with one tomato slice. Place top bun on tomato.

Spread 1 tablespoon ranch dressing on bottom half of each roll. Top rolls evenly with salad greens, sliced tomatoes, sliced cheese, bacon, sliced avocado, bell pepper rings and red onion. Drizzle 1 tablespoon ranch dressing over top of each sandwich and close with top halves of rolls.

Farmer’s Market Avocado Ranch Club Sandwich These fresh and healthy sandwiches are perfect for afternoon lunches – or an impromptu beach picnic, should you de-

Opposite page Clockwise from top: Bacon-Tomato Mini Sandwich With Pesto Mayo; Farmer’s Market Avocado Ranch Club Sandwich; Italian Grilled Panini; New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich; Roast Chicken Salad Sandwich.

Italian Grilled Panini Imagine Italian salami, thick slices of mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers layered on bakery-style ciabatta bread, and topped with baby spinach, slivered red onion and Italian vinaigrette. Sounds delish. (serves 4) Ingredients Italian cured meat (thin sliced prosciutto, capicola and Genoa salami) 8 slices mozzarella cheese, fresh 2 cups roasted red peppers, drained 4 ciabatta rolls, sliced for sandwiches Melted butter, as needed Baby spinach leaves, as needed Red onion, thin sliced, as needed Italian vinaigrette, as needed Preparation

Layer meat, cheese, roasted red peppers, spinach leaves and red onion evenly on bottom halves of rolls. Close with top slices. Brush outer surfaces of sandwiches with melted butter. Grill-press Panini on medium-high heat until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted. Open sandwich and add Italian vinaigrette. Close sandwich and slice diagonally in half.

New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich This classic sandwich originated in New Orleans in 1906, and gets

Recipes and photos courtesy of The Food Channel. For more dishes and ideas, visit

its key flavor from the olive mix. FYI: This mix is also delicious as a cold pasta salad dressing. (serves 4)

Ingredients 2 garlic cloves, peeled 2 cups pimento-stuffed olives, drained ¼ cup capers, drained ½ cup Italian dressing Ciabatta rolls, warm, split ¼ cup mayonnaise 8 ounces smoked ham, sliced 8 slices Genoa salami 8 slices provolone cheese Preparation

In food processor, combine garlic, olives, capers and Italian dressing. Pulse until coarse-chopped; reserve. Spread bottom half of roll with 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, then top with 2 ounces ham, 2 slices salami, 2 slices cheese, and top with ¼ cup olive relish. Close sandwich with top half of roll.

Roasted Chicken Salad Sandwich This fresh sandwich features a quick-to-fix rotisserie-roasted chicken salad with toasted almonds and diced Granny Smith apples served on hearty whole-grain bread with fresh field greens. (serves 4) Ingredients 2½ cups diced rotisserie-roasted chicken breast meat ²⁄³ cup diced celery ²⁄³ cup diced Granny Smith apples ¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted ½ cup mayonnaise ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp. black pepper 8 slices whole grain bread 2 cups packaged spring mix lettuce blend Preparation

Combine store-bought rotisserieroasted chicken, celery, apples, almonds and mayonnaise in bowl; mix well. Season with salt and pepper and blend. Spread chicken salad evenly on 4 slices of bread, top with lettuce and close with top halves of sandwiches. O september 2010



review The Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants //

Tasty Business It’s Always A Great Day At The Office By Linda Haase


othing is as it seems at The Office. It’s even better.

Restaurateur David Manero’s latest venture melds down-home comfort with modern-hip vibes – and some of the best food around. At this eclectic Delray Beach gastropub, where the great ambiance was created by Manero’s wife, Lynn Manero of Lynn Interior Design, the ambiance is as enticing as the menu. And the “office” touches, like silverware tucked inside an office memo folder and the office joke-laden paper placemats (“When you Hip Haunt: The Office's don’t know what to do, eclectic decor; sinful Maple Bacon Just Made Donuts with walk fast and look worvanilla anglaise and Valrhona ried”) keep it lively. chocolate dipping sauces. Ditto for the tantalizing book jackets spread across rows of shelving (subjects include Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, James Dean, a young Paul Newman, muscle cars, the Rat Pack, jazz greats and cinematic milestones), a vintage manual typewriter, brass mailboxes, red leather-and-cowhide arm chairs and leopard-patterned carpets. Seating choices are varied: cozy tables, bar stools, patio tables and an outside bar that extends inside so patrons can dine al fresco, yet see inside the restaurant. It’s a great place to watch the Atlantic Avenue action from any seat through the open massive front window. 102

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But enough looking… after all, you’re here to eat! And the menu is so tempting: The Office Meatloaf, a delightful mixture of melt-in-yourmouth pork, veal and duck; PanRoasted Boneless Half Chicken, drizzled with a delicious mustardherb jus and served with perfectly cooked risotto; Cider-Brined Grilled Double-Cut Pork Chop, accompanied by a potato pancake, cinnamon applesauce, swiss chard and Southern Comfort jus, and the signature Prime CEO Burger, among other offerings. The basics of American food are infused with a twist, from the tasty Fried Green Tomatoes with green onion aioli to the Best Crisp Brussels Sprouts Ever, spiked with a luscious warm bacon vinaigrette (yes brussels sprouts can taste divine). Liquid libations are plentiful, too. Choose from about 200 wines, 20 vodkas, 16 handcrafted cocktails and nearly 50 unusual beers. And don’t leave without succumbing to one of the homemade decadent desserts, as sweet as overtime pay. We suggest the Bananas Foster Bread Pudding, a warm, sinfully sweet concoction of sliced bananas, caramel rum sauce and other decadent flavors piled into a Mason jar. Trust us: This is one office you’ll definitely want to spend time in. O

where The Office is located at 201 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. For more information, call 561-276-3600 or visit



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BI T ES / Will Sing For Car Payments american/STEAKHOUSES Abe & Louie’s4Glades Plaza

x 2200 W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.0024 x Lunch Monday-Friday,

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. Absinthe4Shops at Boca Center x 5150 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.620.3754 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Atlantic Grille4Seagate Hotel & Spa x 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.665.4900 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday Bogart’s Bar & Grille4

Cinemark Palace 20 x 3200 Airport Rd. x 561.544.3044 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bonefish Grill4Boca Grove Shopping Center x 21065 Powerline Rd. x 561.483.4949 x Dinner daily. Brewzzi4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Brooks Restaurant4500 South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, offseason Friday-Sunday. The Capital Grille46000

Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.


Carmen’s4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Wednesday-Friday, Brunch Sunday. Chops Lobster Bar4101

Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.395.2675 x Dinner nightly. Copper Canyon Grill42006

N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.893.8838 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 104

West Palm Beach Resident Named Roxy’s Pub’s King Of Karaoke


alm Beach Gardens resident Jim Brogan won $25,000 and bragging rights for life after beating out 500 contestants to win Roxy’s Pub’s Live Band Rock and Roll Karaoke grand prize. The Clematis Street restaurant began the contest last year, and after numerous eliminations, Brogan recently nabbed the honor. “I don’t care for regular karaoke much, since it’s way more fun to (sing) with a live band,” says Brogan, 39, a chief editor at WPBF Channel 25 and singer with The Electric Ghetto Hippies. “(But) the contest was filled with wonderful people… The finale was truly one of the most amazing moments of my life.” Brogan says he plans to use his winnings to pay off his car, fix up his house and make some investments.

For more information about Roxy’s Pub, call 561-296-7699 or visit

The Cove Marina & Restaurant41645 S.E. 3rd Ct. x

DUFFY's SPORTS BAR & GRILL4401 N. Federal Hwy. x

Deerfield Beach x 954.421.9272 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Deerfield Beach x 954.429.8820 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Cugini Steakhouse and Martini Bar4270 E. Atlantic

Falcon House4116 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner nightly.

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.6244 x Dinner nightly, Lunch weekends. Cut 4324432 E. Atlantic Ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.272.9898 x Dinner nightly. Dada452 North Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.3232 x Dinner nightly.

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Jim Brogan

Grand Lux Cafe4Town

Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2141 x Lunch and Dinner daily. The Grille on Congress

45101 Congress Ave. x Boca

Fifth Avenue Grill4821 S.E.

Raton x 561.912.9800 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner MondaySaturday.

Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0122 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Henry’s4The Shoppes at

Gaucho Rodizio44060 N.

Federal Hwy. x Lighthouse Point x x Dinner daily, closed Mondays. 954.784.7667

Addison Place x 16850 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.1949 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.



wThe Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants Hooters 4Glades Plaza x 2240 N.W. 19th St. x Boca Raton x 561.391.8903 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Houston’s41900 N.W.

Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily. J. Alexander’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.347.9875 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Kathy’s Gazebo Cafe44199

N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Miller’s Boca West Ale House4Boca 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 x Dinner nightly.


Oceans 2344234 N. Ocean

Blvd. x Deerfield Beach x 954.428.2539 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Seasons 5242300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Six Tables4112 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6260 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Sonoma Cafe & Bistro4

640 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.8581 x Dinner Monday-Saturday. Temple Orange4The Ritz-

Carlton, Palm Beach x 100 S. Ocean Blvd. x Manalapan x 561.533.6000 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. The Sundy House4106 S. Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly. Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato

The Office4201 E. Atlantic Ave.

x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9557 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mariposa4Neiman Marcus

Porterhouse Bar & Grill

at Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily. Max’s Grille4Mizner Park x

404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Saturday-Sunday Brunch only. Miller’s Boca East Ale House

4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 106

47050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.391.6601 x Dinner daily. Racks Downtown eatery & Tavern 4Mizner Park x 402

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 Lunch and Dinner daily, Lunch Monday-Friday.

Place x Boca Raton x 561.361.7557 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Edo Sushi-Upscale Japanese Sushi & Pan-Asian Buffet4

Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Gary Woo Asian Bistro4

3400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays. House of Siam425 N.E.

Second Ave., #116 x Delray Beach x x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.330.9191

Ichiban4Somerset Shoppes x 8841


Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.0420 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

5 Spice Asian Street Market4

Japango4Riverstone Shoppes

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/Grill4

7600 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.544.8100 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Bangkok in Boca4Royal Palm

Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly.

Place x 500 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.6912 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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Daimatsu Sushi441 Royal Palm

Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley

Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.1662 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

4225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca

Cay Da Vietnamese47400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

200 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.416.2185 x Dinner nightly.

561.544.8000 x

The Pavilion Grille4301 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

The Blue Fish4110 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.FISH (3474) x Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse4

Watercolors Cafe4Boca

Kee Grill417940 N. Military

861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Waterway Shoppes of Parkland x 7609 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Vinny’s All Day Cafe4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9883 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Sumptious salmon dish at Wild Olives by Todd English

Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4

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. Kansai47140 Beracasa Way x Boca

Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. Kyojin Buffet4Shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily.



wThe Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants La Tre4249 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly. LemonGrass Asian Bistro4

420 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5050 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4101 Plaza Real South E. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8181 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mai Hibachi44801 Linton

Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.2766 x Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro4

1400 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 MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse

Tempura House4The Reserve x

561.369.1788 x Lunch Monday-Friday,

9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

La Cigale4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0600 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner MondaySaturday.

Uncle Tai’s4Shops at Boca

Le Pavillon414812 S.E. Military

48316 Jog Rd. x Boynton Beach x

Dinner nightly. 4CityPlace x 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #208 x 561.296.8881 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4Palm Beach Gardens x 4675 PGA Blvd. x 561.202.6888 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly.

Mizner Park x 415 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.620.0606 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

Yokohama49168 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Boca Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, 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.

Boheme Bistro41118 E. Atlantic

Soba Sushi Caviar Lounge4

Sushi Ray4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI4100 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cielo4Boca Raton Resort & Club

x 501 E. Camino Real x 561.447.3222 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Greenfield’s on Atlantic4

5199 W. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.498.5010 x Dinner nightly.


Le Rivage4450 N.E. 20th St. x

Lola Restaurant and Ultra-Lounge4The Shoppes

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

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 Dinner Thursday-Saturday. St. Tropez47860 Glades Rd.

Suite 130 x Boca Raton x x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.368.8580

Make The Rounds

Tea-Licious Tearoom & Gifts44997-B W. Atlantic Ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.638.5155 x Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday.

Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hosts Pub Crawl For Covenant House


rinks, food, nearby slot machines ... what’s not to like? The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood and Young Professionals for Covenant House will host a “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” pub crawl fundraiser for Covenant House Florida on September 10th starting at 5:30 p.m. at various Seminole Paradise restaurants and bars. Check-in starts near the elevators on the first floor of Lucky Street garage, where


ZED4514201 Plaza Real x Boca

Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner nightly, Lounge nightly, Brunch Sunday.

Fondue The Melting Pot45455 N.

participants will receive passes good for one drink and/or appetizer at each location. Participating venues include Bluepoint Ocean Grill, Tequila Ranch, 88’s Dueling Pianos, Murphy’s Law, Wet Willies and KnightTime Billiards, with more to be announced. When the crawl ends, an after-party will be held at Pangaea starting at 10 p.m., which will include free entry, one free drink and appetizers. “At our last Hard Rock Pub Crawl,

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we had more than 300 guests and raised $4,000 in support of the homeless young adults at Covenant House Florida,” says Young Professionals Board Member May Mokdad. “We look forward to doing even better at our Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day event.”

The whole evening costs just $20, or $15 if prepaid online. For more information, call 954-568-7916 or visit

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 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.7911 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 561.218.66004115

Arturo’s Ristorante46750

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



“A Chicago Legend”

Caffe Luna Rosa434 S. Ocean Blvd. x

Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Southern Italian Specialties Pat Bruno’s Chicago Sun-Times Award Winning Dishes Pollo Vesuvio Mellinzana Parmigiana Linguine Con Vongole Banquet Events

California Pizza Kitchen4Town Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Capri Ristorante Italiano439 S.E. First Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.391.8044 x 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 Sunday, 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. Casa D’Angelo4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner nightly.

Sunset Dining- 3-Course Dinner 5-6:30pm- $19.95 per person 39 SE 1st Avenue, Boca Raton 561.391.8044

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 x 561.477.2750 x Dinner nightly. Giovanni’s Coal Fire Pizza4Water-

way 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. 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. La Stella's 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. La Villetta Restaurant & Lounge4

4351 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.


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CELEBRATING OUR 20TH YEAR!! Date Night, girls night, family night... Any night. ZAGATRated "Excellent" 1995-2010

LILLY’S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca

Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Maggiano’s421090 St. Andrews Blvd.

x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Matteo’s Restaurant4233 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0773 x Dinner daily.

WIne Spectator "Award of Excellence" 1999-2010


ENJOY THE TRADITIONAL FLAVORS OF FRANCE WITH THE MELTING POT. Join The Melting Pot as we take fondue on a tour of the French countryside. Inspired by classic French ingredients and recipes, our next Big Night Out menu is one you won’t want to miss.


Peace A Pizza4Shoppes at Blue Lake x

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

BEST (2378)

Positano44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly.

Boca Raton 5455 N. Federal Hwy.


Renzo’s of Boca45999 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Reservations recommended. Fondue coast to coast. Locally owned and operated.

Swanky's Vesuvio43360 N. Federal

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.5520 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Ristorante Sapori4Royal Palm Place

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

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Rosario’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. Speranza wood-fired Pizza & Italian Restaurant441 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.245.7598 x Lunch and Dinner nightly. Table 42 Kitchen & Wine BarRoyal

Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Times Square Pizzeria – The Italian Grill Restaurant4196 N. Federal

Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 561.393.6757 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. 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.

Exclusively at Villa Rosano

VIC AND ANGELO’S 4290 E. Atlantic

Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.9570 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY

The Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VILLA ROSANO


114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. 1450 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2120 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. VIVO PARTENZA

LATIN/CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL 1332 N.W. Second Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT 3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday, June-November).

105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CABANA EL REY

Every Day Is Pizza Day at





411 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.6565 ❘ Dinner nightly. GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL

47 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.3553 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner Tuesday-Friday. INCA GRILL

4631 N. State Road 7 ❘ Ste. 26 ❘ Coral Springs ❘ 954.755.0941 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MEDELLIN RESTAURANT

900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday. OLD CALYPSO

Mission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PADRINO’S


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201 N.W. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.5449 ❘ 1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1305 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. BAJA CAFE UNO


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Boca Raton - FL - 33432 Phone: (561) 245-7598

8 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.450.6940 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CALIENTE KITCHEN




Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9990 ❘ Dinner nightly. ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BAR Boca Center Shopping Plaza ❘

5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.2131 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SEÑOR BURRITO 513 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Mizner Park ❘ 449 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.300.3530 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.


ORGANIC THE GREEN GOURMET The Shoppes at Addison Place ❘ 16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2466 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SANDWICHES/DELI The Reserve ❘ 9942 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. BEN’S NY KOSHER DELI


Raton ❘ 561.488.3070 ❘ Lunch SundayFriday, Dinner Saturday and Sunday.

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CITY FISH MARKET47940 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.487.1600 x Lunch daily, Dinner Saturday-Sunday. City Oyster4213 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.0220 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Harpoon Louie’s42096 N.W. Second

St. x Deerfield Beach x 954.437.7888 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. JB's On The Beach4300 N. Ocean

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

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. Legal Sea Foods4Town Center x

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


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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.



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Beach x 561.276.7868 x Dinner nightly.

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Truluck’s4Mizner Park x 351 Plaza Real x

Boca Raton x 561.391.0755 x Dinner nightly.

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The Whale Raw Bar & Fish House47619 State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9190

x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Turkish/Mediterranean Rosario is back at the same Royal Palm Place location serving fresh, homemade Italian classics.

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HAPPENINGS the essential social digest ; Around town ; flash ; calendar

Left: Chef Chair Ryan Artim, RitzCarlton, Palm Beach; Host Chef Andrew Roenbeck, Boca Raton Resort & Club; Zach Bell, Honorary Chef Chair, Cafe Boulud Palm Beach. Below: Event Chair Mitch Feldman, CEO, West Boca Medical Center.

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ocal foodies are saving their calories and doing extra sit-ups in anticipation of the Fifth Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza, Palm Beach County’s premier culinary event scheduled for September 24th at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. The evening promises myriad gourmet delights prepared by more than 30 of South Florida’s most celebrated chefs for an anticipated 500 guests. Leading the way will be Chef Chair Ryan Artim of the

Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach; Honorary Chef Chair Zach Bell of Cafe Boulud and Host Chef Andrew Roenbeck of the Boca Raton Resort & Club. “It’s a privilege to have so many of our culinary masters committed to our mission of giving every baby a healthy start,” said Shanna St. John, executive director of the Palm Beach Division March of Dimes. The epicurean fundraiser is being chaired by Mitch Feldman, CEO

of West Boca Medical Center. In addition to the evening’s incredible food and drink, the event will feature entertainment and an array of unique live and silent auction items, including dining packages donated by Signature Chefs, fine wines, travel packages and more. The event will also pay special tribute to honoree Countess Henrietta de Hoernle for her many community contributions. The Countess has pledged a $5,000 matching grant to donations made to the March of

Dimes in honor of her 98th birthday celebration. “People who know me, know that health issues are among my top charitable priorities… That’s why I am pleased and honored to participate in this event which will benefit all babies, including those born healthy and those who need help to survive and thrive.” An exclusive “Meet the Chefs” Champagne reception for VIP ticket holders will be held prior to the main event from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and include a private performance by a quartet from The Boca Raton Symphonia. The main event starts at 7:30 p.m. O

i For more information, call Melanie Johnson at the March of Dimes, 561-276-2001, e-mail or visit

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GIVING BIG Locals Turn Out For Publix Charities Summer Groove Benefit Gala


outh Florida’s leading socialites and supporters of Alonzo Mourning Charities and Wade’s World Foundation gathered for a philanthropic evening of entertainment and goodwill during the Publix Charities Summer Groove Benefit Gala, held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. As part of Seminole Hard Rock Presents The Summer Groove Hosted by Zo & D, the gala was appropriately named Agua Y Fuego, A Sizzling Summer Night. Attendees were welcomed on the red carpet by costumed performers before entering an elaborately furnished cocktail reception, complete with ice sculptures, live music and a flamboyant dance troupe.

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Among the VIP/celebrity attendees were NBA All-star Mike James, Sacramento Kings’ Samuel Dalembert, Orlando Magic’s Brandon Bass, comedians George Wilborn, Rodney Perry, Red Grant and Damon Williams, musician Mike Phillips and many others. Once inside, guests participated in a silent auction featuring signed basketball memorabilia from current and former NBA stars. The Hard Rock Live auditorium was transformed into a wonderland, with sparkling silver tables adorned with shimmering beads and upright Summer Groove guitars signed by Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade that were auctioned off throughout the night. An exciting live auction included a ride for four on the Spirit of Innovation Goodyear Blimp and an exclusive visit to the set of the TV show, Burn Notice. A much-anticipated highlight of the evening was when Student Achievement Award winner Carcelia Renee Roberson received a $10,000 scholarship, a Dell computer and a $400 Publix gift certificate. Three student runner-ups also received scholarships, laptop computers and $200 Publix gift certificates. The Summer Groove Hosted by Zo & D has become one of the largest fundraising events of the year, raising money for programs supported by both Alonzo Mourning Charities and Wade’s World Foundation, which provide services to youth and their families throughout the community. O

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LEADING THE CHARGE Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Go Pink Luncheon Committee Leaders Announced


ommittee members have been announced for the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s 7th Annual Go Pink Luncheon, scheduled for October 28th. They include (in alphabetical order): Doreen Alrod, Helen Babione, Pam Begelman, Sally Brisker, Freyda Burns, Vanessa Carosella, Patti Carpenter, Laura Caterino, Terry Fedele, Nicole Flier, Marleen Forkas, JoAnne Goldberg, Shelley Greenwald, Barbara Gutin, Gwen Herb, Dorene Higier, Anne Jacobson, Lauren Johnson, Alison Korman, Elyssa Kupferberg, Liska Langston, Debbie Leising, Nancy Levinsohn, Judith Nightingale, Betty Lee Pepper, Mary Ann Perper, 7th Annual Go Pink Stephanie Prince, Jo Ann The Luncheon Committee Procacci, Rose Procacci, Nancy Quick, Charlotte Robinson, Lana Rosenzweig, Amy Ross, Robin Rubin, Nickie Siegel, Chickie Silver, Jan Silverman, Janie Simon, Robin Smollar, Carol Stern, Thea Stoneman, Ronna Taub, Pat Thomas, Joan Wargo, Alison Wiener and Elaine J. Wold.

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The featured speaker will be Fran Drescher, best known as the lovable “Miss Fine” on the ’90s hit TV series The Nanny. In 2000, Fran was diagnosed with cancer; her surgery was successful and she has been cancer-free ever since. She’s written a book about her experience, called Cancer Schmancer, and works as an advocate for cancer awareness and early detection.

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The program will also feature special guest speaker Louise Morrell, M.D. Dr. Morrell is one of South Florida’s leading specialists in genetic screening and research for breast cancer and has been actively involved in genetic testing for the BRCA gene.

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The Go Pink Luncheon is the signature fundraising event for Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s Go Pink Challenge, which raises public awareness and philanthropic support for the Hospital’s Institute for Women’s Health & Wellness/Center for Breast Care and Lynn Cancer Institute. Join the Challenge and help make a difference in the fight against breast cancer – right here in our community. O


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IN GOOD COMPANY Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Cardiovascular Program Recognized B

oca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) was named one of the Top 25 Hospitals with Great Cardiovascular Programs by Becker’s Hospital Review, a bimonthly publication that offers up-to-date business and legal news and analysis related to hospitals and health systems.

“Being recognized as one of the top 25 hospitals with great cardiovascular programs is a tremendous honor. Sharing this accomplishment with some of the best and most recognizable hospitals in the country emphasizes the significant progress we have made in our program and the caliber of care we provide to our patients.”

our program and the caliber of care we provide to our patients.”

BRRH was included along with some of the most well-regarded hospitals and health systems in the United States, including Duke University Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

other national rankings of hospital cardiology and cardiovascular surgery programs. National rankings analyzed by the team included: America’s Best Hospitals for Heart & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report; HealthGrades Specialty Excellence Awards in Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Coronary Intervention and Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals for Cardiovascular Care. From this master list the editorial team conducted additional research into each hospital and queried a number of other industry sources and experts.

– Jerry J. Fedele, president and chief executive officer at Boca Raton Regional Hospital

The 25 programs were determined through a lengthy review process by the Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team, starting with a master list of potential candidates based on

“Being recognized as one of the top 25 hospitals with great cardiovascular programs is a tremendous honor,” said Jerry J. Fedele, president and chief executive officer at Boca

Raton Regional Hospital. “Sharing this accomplishment with some of the best and most recognizable hospitals in the country emphasizes the significant progress we have made in


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Born out of community need in 1967, Boca Raton Regional Hospital (formerly Boca Raton Community Hospital) is an advanced tertiary medical center with 400 beds and more than 700 primary and specialty physicians on staff. The hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health and emergency medicine, all of which offer state-of-the-art diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a Joint Commission Designated Primary Stroke Center. O

L For more information, call 561-955-7100 or visit


Coral Springs Marriott Hotel, Golf Club & Convention Center Proceeds from the Annual Face-Off Luncheon will benefit children and families directly affected by pediatric cancer. For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, visit or call 954-835-7715. Thank You to Our Sponsors

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ore than 75 Boca Raton leaders recently gathered for a luncheon at Carmen’s At the Top of the Bridge Hotel to learn about Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. (WID), a full-service domestic violence center which will move to a new Jim and Jan Moran Family Center in Deerfield Beach. The luncheon was co-hosted and underwritten by WID Boca Raton Captain Steve Pomeranz, host of WXEL radio’s On the Money, and president of Steve L. Pomeranz Financial Management, and The Bridge Hotel General Manager Greg Kaylor. When complete, WID’s new Jim and Jan Moran Family Center, serving families from all backgrounds and economic levels, will allow the agency to better provide services across South Florida and increase its number of emergency shelter beds initially from 62 to 100, with additional capacity for up to 132.

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“Those caught in powerless situations from domestic abuse need to feel empowered to break this tragic cycle and live healthfully and safely,” noted Pomeranz. “Women in Distress does a stellar job and it is my goal to lead an initiative for increased awareness, engagement and support of this vital organization in Boca Raton.” During the luncheon, Sara Jane and Ira Drescher of Delray Beach courageously shared the tragic story of the murder of their daughter, Donnah. The couple stays committed to helping women in abusive situations get back on their feet through personal fundraising efforts. Along with WID, they’ve helped 83 families so far. A big announcement was made regarding WID’s 100 Men Initiative, an effort to unite 100 men in raising $100,000. Inspired, attendees that day donated $7,000 toward the Initiative and WID’s Project SAFE Place Capital Campaign; hundreds of meals were also pledged for those living at the shelter by Boston Market CEO Lane Cardwell, who also joined the 100 MEN Initiative. O

L For more information, call Lauren Frank at 954-332-4753, e-mail or visit

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In Retirement Celebrates 18th Anniversary


oca Raton residents looking for a new intellectual outlet may want to check out the Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILIR), a not-for-profit organization devoted to providing stimulating participatory education for area residents. Although course offerings are geared more to seniors, the school welcomes all adults.

Camaraderie and lasting new friendships are happy byproducts at the school, and many class members gather daily at garden tables between classes to enjoy lunch and good conversation.

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ILIR, which this year marks its 18th anniversary, is affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network. It was founded by four dedicated people who saw the need for an affordable school where seniors could expand their minds and horizons, and challenge one another, as well as their instructors, as intellectual equals. It was originally housed in Lynn University, but later moved to larger quarters on St. Andrews Boulevard opposite the Pinecrest School, in the complex of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (though there is no affiliation). The school offers larger classes (such as Opera and Current Events) in the vaulted sanctuary, while more intimate courses (such as Memoir Writing) are offered in smaller classrooms to facilitate participation. There are two eight-week blocks (with 15 to 20 courses per fall and spring semester) and a minimal tuition allows students to take as many classes as they’d like per semester.

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September 25 Musician/dancer Shakira, 33, born Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll in Barranquilla, Colombia, began honing her creative chops as a young girl: By age 7 she was writing songs based on her journals and belly dancing for anyone who would watch (moves that have since become her sexy trademark). She also began singing, though some called her voice too “animal-like.” Still, Shakira landed an audition with Sony, won over executives and recorded an album, Magia, by age 14. It failed, as did her second album, Peligro. However, the third time was the charm: Her Pies Descalzos release was a hit in Latin America and Spain and soon she was a superstar. She broke through in the United States by 2001, with Laundry Service, which sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. She hasn’t stopped since. Shakira’s next album, the bilingual Sale El Sol, is due out this November, but you can catch her act this month at the BankAtlantic Center, when the show starts at 7 p.m.

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SEPTEMBER 25 Shakira Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

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1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; SEPTEMBER 16-26 Pandemonium Lost and Found Orchestra (Ziff Ballet Opera House) Show times vary.

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301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; SEPTEMBER 4 Honda Civic Tour Presents Paramore with Tegan & Sara Show begins at 6:30 p.m.

Cruzan Amphitheatre AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; SEPTEMBER 17-18 Marc Anthony Show times vary. SEPTEMBER 29 So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2010 Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

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SEPTEMBER 7 Jonas Brothers with Demi Lovato and Friends from Camp Rock Show begins at 7 p.m.

mean you can’t roar with the crowd. The Miami Dolphins and

SEPTEMBER 11 John Mayer Show begins at 7 p.m.

which will take place in various downtown locations, will fea-

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the City of Boca Raton have united to present Super Sundays, a series of free viewing parties featuring complimentary parking set to happen in Downtown Boca Raton. The parties, ture away games aired on giant screens, a Dolphins emcee, the Dolphin cheerleaders, kids’ bounce houses, games, photos with the team mascot, giveaways and more. This month’s parties are scheduled for September 12th at noon, when the

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Dolphins take on the Buffalo Bills and September 19th at

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SEPTEMBER 24 THROUGH OCTOBER 31 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole This animated film follows a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all of owlkind. Show times vary.

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SEPTEMBER 23 Neil Young Show begins at 8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 17 Kings of Leon Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Hard Rock Live BankAtlantic Center One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469; SEPTEMBER 16-19 Disney On Ice: Mickey & Minnie’s Magical Journey Show times vary. 126

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010; SEPTEMBER 19 Adam Lambert Show begins at 7 p.m.


SEPTEMBER 24 17th Annual Celebrity Chefs Food Tasting & Auction Celebrity chefs converge to benefit the Ann Storck Center, which aids children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. Event begins at 7 p.m. SEPTEMBER 28 Godsmack Show begins at 7:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 29 The Temptations Review Featuring Dennis Edwards

and The Spinners Show begins at 8 p.m.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; SEPTEMBER 25-27 Sesame Street Live 1-2-3 Imagine! (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary. SEPTEMBER 30 THROUGH OCTOBER 10 Mic’s Night Out This interactive evening combines theater, an audience karaoke contest and a Happy Hour buffet. Show times vary.


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events SEPTEMBER 8, 15, 22, 29 Socrates Cafe Weekly discussion group presented by Claire Drattell, Don Clare and rotating facilitators. Takes place at the Delray Beach Library. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-266-9490 or visit SEPTEMBER 9-10 First High Holiday Program at the Levis JCC Enjoy Rosh Hashanah at the Levis JCC Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement in Boca Raton. Call or register online. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-852-3262 or visit SEPTEMBER 11 Executive Women’s Golf Classic to Benefit Juvenile Diabetes A co-ed golf tournament followed by a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner. Takes place at The Boca Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:45 a.m. For more information, call 561-309-1404 or visit



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09.10 September 12 JAFCO South Palm Beach County Chapter Presents A Day Of Beauty Partake in light bites and makeovers, and learn about the latest skincare treatments and makeup trends. Takes place at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton. Benefits Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options (JAFCO). Starts at 2 p.m. For more information, call 561-327-0103 or visit September 18 First High Holiday Program At Levis JCC Spend Yom Kippur at the Levis JCC Phyllis and Harvey Sandler Center for Jewish Life Enhancement in Boca Raton. Call or register online. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-852-3262 or visit September 24 Improv Nite Participate in a fun night of improvisational games and laughter with eight troupe members, two teams and a host. Reservations suggested. Takes place at the Sol Children’s Theatre in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-447-8829 or visit September 24 March of Dimes Signature Chefs & Wine Extravaganza Savor scrumptious food and libations to benefit the March of Dimes. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. VIP reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; main event starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-276-2001 or visit September 25 Luminary Gala Annual Awards Celebration Spend an evening celebrating excellence and leadership, hosted by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. Takes place at the Delray Beach Marriott. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-279-0907 or visit September 30 Gloria Drummond’s Birthday Party Members of the community are invited to help celebrate the 80th birthday of Gloria Drummond, aka, The First Lady of Boca Regional. Takes place at Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Lynn Cancer Institute in the Sandler Pavilion. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-955-4329. O


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flash HAVEN DAY AT THE RACES More than $122,000 was raised during this exciting annual event to benefit The Haven, a group home for foster youth. During the afternoon, more than 300 supporters united at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach for lunch, socializing and exciting thoroughbred racing.


1/ Jerry & Candy Diamond, Mary Kelly and Ingrid & Fred Fulmer 2/ Lori & Dr. Rafael Cabrera 3/ Don Stewart and Anne & Peter Vegso 4/ Neil & Karen Meany and Alice & Tom Smith 5/ Dee Robinson and Derek & Lisa Vander Ploeg 6/ Ruth McKay, Marianthi Dilenge and Karen Parkins 7/ Shelly Mintz, Susan Wexler, Carla Mann and Lynda Levitsky





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Morgan & Friends Fight Breast Cancer Tournament Guests gathered at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton in honor of pro golfer Morgan Pressel’s annual fundraising tournament. Since 2008, the event has raised more than $1 million for Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute and the Institute for Women’s Health & Wellness Center For Breast Care. 1/ D  avid & Amy Ross, Dr. Louise Morrell

and Robin & Gary Rubin 2/ Bernie Marcus and Morgan Pressel 3/ Richard & Susan Frisina 4/ Christina Kim and Blake Ulrich 5/ Ron & Meryl Gallatin, Jeff Lamm 6/ J  an Savarick,Morgan Pressel

and Jerry Fedele 7/ A  ndy Bush, Morgan and Madison

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Pelican Harbor Seabird Station Fundraiser Locals gathered at Max’s Grille in Mizner Park for food, drink, auctions and live entertainment to support wildlife victims of the Gulf Oil Spill. The event, organized by The Keyes Company Realtors and Max’s Grille, raised more than $5,000 to benefit the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station.


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JAFCO WOMEN’S LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW More than 300 women congregated at Addison Reserve in Delray Beach for a day of fashion and food, and to honor Judy Levis Markhoff as JAFCO’s Woman of the Year. The event, held by JAFCO’s (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) South Palm Beach County Chapter, raised more than $222,000. 1/ C  aryn Marsh, Kim Weicholz and Suzanne Pollack 2/ J  udy Levis Markhoff, Sarah Franco and Heather Goodman 3/ Elise Repath 4/ Paul & Judy Markhoff 5/ Sarah Franco and Phyllis Sandler 6/ Marci Langley and Chris Miller





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Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s 2010 Opal Awards Hundreds of notables congregated at Boca Pointe Country Club to honor this year’s Opal Award recipients, all of whom are outstanding community leaders. The evening’s proceeds benefited The Rotary Club’s college scholarship program. 1/ Janice Williams, Dennis Frisch, Ingrid Fulmer, Dr. Geoff McKee, Susan Whelchel, Alan Kaye, Dr. Louise Morrell and Neil Saffer 2/ Lisa & Derek Vander Ploeg 3/ Richard & Georgie Taylor


4/ Steven Pomeranz, Robin Trompeter and Bonnie & Jon Kaye 5/ D  avid & Carol Stern and Gloria & Shaheer Hosh 6/ M  arsh Gandy, Tracy Fogarty and Jamie Gulden 7/ William Riddick, Angilina Sherlock,

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12TH ANNUAL OLD BAGS LUNCHEON Ladies of society convened at The Breakers Palm Beach for an afternoon of delicious food, champagne, a speech by TV journalist Joan Lunden and a silent auction of designer handbags and jewelry. The annual event benefits The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County, which helps victims of domestic violence.


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hile many tween girls spend their free time texting, trying on clothes and talking about boys, Ryan Englehardt, 12, is working hard to improve the lives of children in Africa. After founding the Boca Raton chapter of Free the Children, a global humanitarian organization, Englehardt teamed with other tweens and their families to raise funds for a new school in a rural Kenya village. Now, the Pine Crest School 7th grader is hoping to multiply that impact. “Our goal this fall is to reach $25,000 so we can adopt an entire village, including providing the people with clean water and a healthcare clinic,” Ryan says. “We’ve talked to a lot of kids in person and through Facebook, telling them about Free the Children, and we’ve gotten a great response.” Ryan’s mom, Debbie Englehardt, and her husband Darin, as well as their other daughters Julia, 9, and Jayden, 5 are solidly behind Ryan’s cause. So much so, that if the kids raise $25,000, the Englehardts will match those funds to help two villages instead of one. They also plan to spend next summer in Kenya, helping to build those new schools. So, what inspires a 12-year-old to try and save kids in another country? “Last year, we sat down as a family and discussed how we could do


something related to children and education on an international level,” explains Debbie Englehardt. After extensive research, the family decided on Free the Children, a Canadian-based nonprofit group founded in 1995 by international child rights activist Craig Kielburger that has already built more than 500 schools in 45 countries. By engaging young people in North America, the organization focuses on improving education for children,

YOU GO GIRL: Ryan Englehardt. BELOW: Volunteers at the Piggy Bank Party, held at the Boca Raton Marriott.

Our goal this fall is to reach $25,000 so we can adopt an entire village, including providing the people with clean water and a healthcare clinic.

– Ryan Englehardt, 12

healthcare for families and income and living standards for females. “Their slogan is ‘Be the Change,’” says Ryan. She found it inspiring. Early this year, Ryan invited 50 Pine Crest students to her home to meet the national charity’s Florida representatives. The students then created a local chapter, led by a 15-member student board of directors, and started planning a “Piggy Bank Party” with a disc jockey, raffle prizes, games and a Kenyan bead station. More than 250 students and their


friends attended the event, bringing along their banks to contribute pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to the cause. Salon Blu provided “Kenyan Red” hair extensions for an additional contribution. The event was a huge success, raising $19,000 toward the chapter’s goal. “Free the Children has given me a great perspective on life,” says Ryan.

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