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The Power Of Women’s Friendship

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38 Tips For Looking Fabulous This Season

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Meet Colorful Style Savant Carson Kressley

REALITY CHECK

What Life’s Really Like When The TV Cameras Roll

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REALITY (TV) CHECK Five Women Divulge What Life’s Really Like When The Cameras Roll

THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD

A Loving Mother Would Go To The Ends Of The Earth To Rescue Her Child From Harm… Meet Angie McDonald.

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38 Fashion And Beauty Tips For Looking Fabulous This Season Who Needs Diamonds When We’ve Got Style Savant Carson Kressley To Help Us Sparkle? BFFs Share The Extraordinary Power Of Women’s Friendship

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departments OBSERVED HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 19 The Buzz 24 Trends 28 La Vida Boca

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SIMPLY STUNNING!

38 Tips For Looking Fabulous This Season

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A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

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First, we introduce you to cover girl Bethenny Frankel, a former â&#x20AC;&#x153;New York Housewifeâ&#x20AC;? and presently a career powerhouse. Frankel, a former Boca Raton resident, spoke with us about family, friends, reality TV, her multimillion-dollar company and the future. Get to know Frankel in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Minding Her Own Businessâ&#x20AC;? (page 58). Next, we introduce you to more female reality TV stars, all who live in South Florida. From a tattoo artist to a shoe designer, meet these fascinating women in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Reality (TV) Checkâ&#x20AC;? (page 62). Also in this issue, we introduce you to Angie McDonald, a West Palm Beach mother who would stop at nothing to bring home her adopted daughter Jada Thao back from Vietnam. Hers is a story of resilience, dedication and love. Read all about it in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Long and Winding Roadâ&#x20AC;? (page 68). Next, we switch gears to something no woman can resist: tips for looking fabulous this season. To the get the latest and greatest advice, we spoke with local experts for the scoop. Find out how to look great this spring in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Simply Stunningâ&#x20AC;? (page 74). And speaking of fabulous, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to miss our exclusive interview with style savant Carson Kressley, who shares his own fashion tips in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Friendâ&#x20AC;? (page 78). And finally, speaking of best friends, we feature four sets of BFFs, who open up about their lives and relationshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely relate to at least one of them, if not all. We hope you find some time this spring to spend with your girlfriends, enjoying the season to come.

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he first time a store clerk called me â&#x20AC;&#x153;maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amâ&#x20AC;? my visceral reaction was to turn around and see to whom she was speaking. Certainly there was some gray-haired lady behind me? Nope. She was talking to me.

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My second visceral reaction was to clock the store clerk. That someone viewed me as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amâ&#x20AC;? left me amused, incredulous, miffedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a bit shaken. It was as though Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d unexpectedly turned a corner from which I could never return. And that corner led to wrinkles, sagging, hair loss, a humpback and, ultimately, the grim reaper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m ancient,â&#x20AC;? I lamented to my younger sister by 3.5 years, who took great joy in ribbing me about this afterward. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not alone in my feelings about this inevitable rite of passage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I find it insulting when someone calls me maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;am, because theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re assuming Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m older than I am,â&#x20AC;? says Susan (not her real name). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first time someone did, it made me so self-conscious that I colored my hair and got a makeover.â&#x20AC;? Lisa (also not her real name) had a similar response. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember how unsettling it was to realize that people saw me in a way I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see myself. I began to analyze my every little line and wrinkle, which I never did before. The funny thing now is that people tell me I look good â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;for my age,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? says the 55-year-old. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So even if I look good, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still considered old. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t win either way.â&#x20AC;? Adding insult to injury is societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s double standard that portrays men as growing old gracefullyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and women as just growing old.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The media has bombarded women with unrealistic expectations since Charlie hired the Angels,â&#x20AC;? wrote Vivian Diller, Ph.D. and author of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Face It: What Women Really Feel as Their Looks Change,â&#x20AC;? on Psychology Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anti-aging products promoted by models half the average boomerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s age have been relentless.â&#x20AC;? Indeed. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re subjected daily to a flurry of TV commercials starring 14-year-olds pushing lineerasing lotions, butt-lifting creams, wrinkle-reducing exfoliants and hair-thickening shampoos. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That I should model myself after a teenager is ridiculous,â&#x20AC;? quips Lisa. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nextâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;toddlers touting Restylane?â&#x20AC;? And while thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a subtle shift in the double standard, with more male-centric products on the market and, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more men undergoing cosmetic procedures, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still a far cry from a level playing field. Which leads me back to the whole â&#x20AC;&#x153;maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amâ&#x20AC;? issue. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve decided to change my attitude toward the moniker. I embrace it now because, hey, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve earned it, through years of living and learning and yesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;aging. Every line on my face made me who I am today. And if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always Botox.

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QUEEN OF REINVENTION CELEBRITY

TV veteran Joan Lunden knows what itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like to have it all. As the former host of ABCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Good Morning Americaâ&#x20AC;? for 17 years, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s covered four U.S. presidents, five Olympic Games, two royal weddings and crisscrossed the globe to report from 26 countriesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all while stealing time to nurse her babies throughout the work day. Lunden, now 61 with three grown children and two sets of young twins born in 2003 and 2005 with the help of a surrogate mother, says sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proud to have broken through some tough barriers for women in broadcasting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was no equality when I came up through the ranks in TV news,â&#x20AC;? says Lunden, who on May 3rd will speak at the Executive Women of the Palm Beachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Women in Leadership Awards at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though the men were â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hostsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; making millions, and I was an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;interviewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; making hundreds of thousands doing cooking, kids and health items, the popularity of those subjects gave me longevity in the business. I became a trusted person.â&#x20AC;?

Her advice to young women in broadcast journalism today? Do what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re asked, work long hoursâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bitch about it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbara Walters told me early on not to fight City Hall or I would lose,â&#x20AC;? Lunden recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I took every piece they gave me. Over the years, since I always said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;yes,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I eventually got bigger interviews like the Carters, Clintons and both sets of Bushes.â&#x20AC;? Today, she hosts Lifetime TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Health Corner,â&#x20AC;? and recently did RLTVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking Care,â&#x20AC;? a series for caregivers across the country, and the CWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emmy-winning special, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Invisible Children,â&#x20AC;? about the plight of homeless kids in the United States. But despite keeping a hand in TV, Lunden knows reinvention is the key to staying vital. So she became an entrepreneur, too: you can find her on QVC hawking products for Joan Lunden Home, Resurgence by Murad Skincare and The Cookware Co. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also got KinderKord, her childsafety product line, makes motivational speeches and writes self-help books, including the recently released new edition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Chicken Soup for the Soulâ&#x20AC;? (Family Care Series).

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MULTITASKING MAMA: Joan Lunden

And for the past seven years, she and her husband, Jeff Konigsberg, have run a lakefront summer camp near Portland, Maine, where once a year adults can unwind and renew with healthy food, exercise and lots of rest and relaxation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also drink wine, eat chocolate and keep a flexible schedule,â&#x20AC;? says Lunden with a laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We can act like 12-year-olds again. Everyone leaves feeling happy.â&#x20AC;?

place in Palm Beach County, believes her legacy in this complex world of balancing home and career is really quite simple. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I say yes to projects that work for me, balance my priorities and reinvent myself when the time arises,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe I do have it all, including a 93-year-old mother!â&#x20AC;?

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MARRIED TO THE MOB

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a loud, foul-mouthed drama queen,â&#x20AC;? is how Renee GrazianoPagan, the daughter of mobster Anthony Graziano, describes herself. But even the tough-girl star of VH1â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mob Wives,â&#x20AC;? now in its second season, has a soft side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a nervous breakdown recently when I learned my father had been put back in prison, this time because my turncoat ex-husband was secretly taping him, but I am better now,â&#x20AC;? says Graziano-Pagan, 44, divorced from Hector Pagan, Jr., who had also been charged with various mafia crimes. The reality TV star, who says she loves South Florida and comes down six times a year, hosted a recent meet-and-greet at Sorrisi, the new Italian restaurant at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, to mingle with fans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mob Wivesâ&#x20AC;? follows six Staten Island, N.Y. women after their husbands or fathers are arrested and incarcerated for Mafia crimes. GrazianoPaganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father is consigliore of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bonanno crime family and a high-ranking member of La Cosa Nostra. So she carries a heavy burden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being on TV has made me realize that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to teach our kids to do the right thing,â&#x20AC;? says Graziano-Pagan, also a budding jewelry and faux-fur designer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a 17-year-old son A.J. who needs me and wants to go to college and make something of himself in the right way. No life of crime. I encourage that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emily Hall

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A bespectacled Elton John took time out after last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise to mingle with VIPs backstage. The singer is seen here with Jarett Levan, BankAtlanticâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO.

Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like losing a couple of French fries in the container when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s delivered to you at the drive-thru. You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even notice it.

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â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, responding to the 40-plus advertisers who pulled their business from his show after he called Georgetown law student and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rights advocate Sandra Fluke a â&#x20AC;&#x153;slutâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;prostitute.â&#x20AC;? His comment was in response to Flukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s speech at a congressional hearing, where she voiced support for mandated insurance coverage for contraceptives.

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â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Michael Orfanedes, commercial horticulture agent at Broward County Extension Education and the University of Florida, about South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s invasion of the rugose spiraling whitefly, whose gooey droppings are destroying all plants and trees in its path. Source: Sun Sentinel

ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S A DUBIOUS DISTINCTION, BUT A NEW STUDY RELEASED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS SHOWS that South Florida ranks fifth nationwide in the number of people convicted of federal public corruption crimes between 1976 and 2010. Source: Sun Sentinel

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Have downloads on Kindles, iPhones es and iPads across Boca Raton risen dramaticallyy since â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shades of Greyâ&#x20AC;? hit the marketâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or is it just us? Hot and bothered women across South Florida are exchanging knowing glances while furtively reading British author E L Jamesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trendy erotic trilogy about lust, BDSM (Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism) and oh, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s some romance thrown in, too.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This book is so hot, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t put it down,â&#x20AC;? quips Delray Beach resident Natasha Beaverhouse (her alias). â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t left the house for two weekends.â&#x20AC;? The book, published in 2011, is the first in a trilogy and so popular that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sold out; publishers plan to print 750,000 redesigned paperback copies early this month. The best-selling story (yes, there is a plot), revolves around gorgeous virginal college student Anastasia Steele, who meets wealthy, handsome and successful entrepreneur Christian Grey when she interviews him for a campus magazine article. The pairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no-holds-barred relationship explodes and is shared in such graphic detail that it gives new meaning to foreplay. Indeed, the racy novel, branded â&#x20AC;&#x153;a Band-Aid for Marriageâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mommy Pornâ&#x20AC;? is the book everyone from Boca Raton to New York to Los Angeles and beyond is talking, texting, tweeting and gossiping about. That is, until they start reading the trilogyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second and third installments, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shades Darkerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifty Shades Freed.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Linda Haase

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Actress Halle Berryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiancĂŠ, Olivier Martinez, just opened a romantic eatery called Villa Azur on South Beach. The hunky French actor, whose seductive love scenes with Diane Lane in the 2002 film, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfaithful,â&#x20AC;? captivated bored housewives around the world and shot him to stardom, is partnering with restaurateur Jean Philippe Bernard and Miami nightlife impresario Michael Martin in the Mediterranean-style restaurant, which features seasonal ingredients and international flavors from the south of France. Entrees include dishes such as Rigatoni in morel mushroom sauce and Veal Filet Mignon stuffed with artichokes, tomato confit and scamorza cheese. The chic and dramatically decorated restaurant also will feature a private VIP room wine cellar with 190 bottles from France, Italy and Spain, and deejays from the south of France will spin tunes nightly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miami is one of my favorite cities in the world,â&#x20AC;? says Martinez, also known for his roles in â&#x20AC;&#x153;S.W.A.T.â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking Lives.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am very excited to be opening a restaurant there.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emily Hall

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CHARLOTTEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WEB â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex and the Cityâ&#x20AC;? Actress

Kristin Davis Opens Up About Show Biz, Healthy Living And Motherhood By Emily Hall

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nown best for playing the adorably pristine Charlotte in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex and the City,â&#x20AC;? Emmynominated actress and new mother Kristin Davis is back on the talk show circuit, this time touting a TV movie in which she stars and executive produced for the Lifetime network called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of Two Minds.â&#x20AC;? The project, which debuted last month, explores mental illness and its effect on families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This film shows viewers the lack of good choices we have for people plagued with mental illness,â&#x20AC;? says Davis, whose TV characterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s younger sister suffers from schizophrenia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to point out flaws in the system so we can do something about them.â&#x20AC;? Since wrapping up the pair of Ăźber-successful â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sex and the Cityâ&#x20AC;? films (the first movie alone made $400 million), Davis, 47, has kept busy reading scripts and seeking out the kind of TV and film work she feels will help women cope with problems that arise in â&#x20AC;&#x153;normal living situations.â&#x20AC;? When not working, the Los Angeles resident volunteers as an advocate for womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health issues. Last October she spoke about breast cancer prevention and education at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Go Pink Luncheon, which took place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first event I did for breast cancer was in L.A. with cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff, who is a pitbull and gets things done,â&#x20AC;? says Davis of the event she attended in 1995. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While I was filming TVâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Melrose Placeâ&#x20AC;? I hosted Run/ Walks and did a lot of fundraising events. I continue to promote breast cancer awareness whenever I can.â&#x20AC;? Davis is also a Global Ambassador for Oxfam, making frequent trips to Africa to gain a better understanding of gender issues, poverty and the 28

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LIFE IS GOOD: Kristin Davis

environment, and is active in wilderness and wildlife conservation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a patron for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and love working on these causes, especially studying the wants and needs of elephants, which fascinate me,â&#x20AC;? she says. And, of course, she continues to act. Davis is currently starring in the new film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,â&#x20AC;? with Dwayne Johnson, Michael Caine and Vanessa Hudgens. Still, her biggestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and most treasuredâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;role to date is as mother to baby Gemma Rose, the daughter she adopted domestically last summer.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the most rewarding thing I have done in my life,â&#x20AC;? says Davis, who is a single mom. In her rare free time, Davis enjoys walking her mixed-breed dogs, Momma and Sam, in the hills near her L.A. home, and sticks to a gluten-free diet of fish, salads and vegetables. When she travels, she always carries a bag of healthy snacks that includes skinny cinnamon crisps. Her one guilty pleasure: the occasional handful of M&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Since I promote awareness, I do eat healthy,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a female fan base, and I want to set a good example to help women take care of themselves and become more independent.â&#x20AC;? O


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observed la vida boca NOTHING TO PROVE: Andie MacDowell

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Actress Andie MacDowell Proves That Even In Hollywood, Age Is Just A Number By Cheryl Blackerby

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he is gorgeous!â&#x20AC;? was the whispered refrain as model and actress Andie MacDowell held court recently at the Flagler Museum Pavilion in Palm Beach.

made the leap to serious actress, is on a roll. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starring in the new hit ABC Family series â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jane by Design,â&#x20AC;? playing a powerful executive in the cutthroat world of fashion.

She is indeed stunning, a willowy 5-foot-8 and size 6, with glossy pink lips and smoky eyes framed by shoulder-length, molasses-colored curls. A sly smile, a robust laugh and honeyed Southern accent easily captivated her guests at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s H.O.W. (Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper) Time is of the Essence Luncheon and Lecture.

Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the face of Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Oreal Paris cosmetics, a passionate spokeswoman for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, with sponsorship by Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Oreal Paris, and supporter of the Enough Project, which works to stop bloodshed and violence against women in Africa.

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ters Rainey, 22 (Miss Golden Globe 2012), is an actress and Sarah Margaret, 17, is in high school. Their father is MacDowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ex-husband Paul Qualley, a model turned Montana rancher. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the process of selling her Asheville, N.C. home, recently featured on HGTV, and moving to Los Angeles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now or never,â&#x20AC;? she says, laughing. MacDowellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakthrough movie role was in the indie classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;sex, lies and videotape,â&#x20AC;? followed by big hits including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Four Weddings and a Funeralâ&#x20AC;? opposite Hugh Grant, and the comedy â&#x20AC;&#x153;Groundhog Dayâ&#x20AC;? with Bill Murray. She has continued to work in independent films and TV movies. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It would be nice to have a big hit but if I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get that then thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s OK,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have anything to prove to myself.â&#x20AC;? At age 53, MacDowell seems thrilled and surprised at her re-

markable longevity in the notoriously youth-fixated fashion and film industries. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try not to project too much,â&#x20AC;? says MacDowell, who surprised luncheon organizers by arriving at the museum with no entourage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never could have foreseen what has happened in my life. I just try to live in the moment. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve found myself in a position of power and I want to take that and do something good with it. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big part of my journey.â&#x20AC;? She says she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend much time worrying about how she looks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beauty is not about age. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not about a perfect body but about health and enduring. Everybody should just be their personal best.â&#x20AC;? For her, this includes an exercise regimen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yoga makes me calm down. And I love hiking. My sister and I are in a hiking club in Asheville, N.C. One of the people I hike with is 83. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in amazing shape. I want to be like him.â&#x20AC;? O


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 on screen  in print  on scene drops and conversations filmed on horseback in which the horses glide a little too smoothly. In â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casa,â&#x20AC;? they glide a lot too smoothly. Any poorly executed technical glitch that has ever appeared on screen in an underprivileged backlot knockoff of a schmaltzy western is painstakingly reproduced here in this homage to cinematic bad choices.

But of course, any serious assessment of the plot is undercut by myriad farcical elements in a Ferrell movie (like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobbyâ&#x20AC;?) that render such elements as â&#x20AC;&#x153;storyâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;themeâ&#x20AC;? in a quaint light.

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Still, though the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intentional technical faux pas tend to cast it in an early time period, the tale has current themes, as the Alvarez family farm is plagued by murderous episodes occurring as part of the power struggle between Mexican drug cartels, and one drug kingpin even delivers a speech in which he voices the view from the other side of the border: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Americans wanted chocolate, I would bring them chocolate. But what they want is drugs.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casa de mi Padreâ&#x20AC;? Pokes Fun At B-Movie Westernsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;In Spanish

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f all the cheesy cinematic tricks in all the low-budget westerns in all the world, you had to walk into Will Ferrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. And youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll quickly learn that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casa de mi Padreâ&#x20AC;? is no â&#x20AC;&#x153;Casablanca.â&#x20AC;? In fact, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spend the first 15 minutes trying to figure out exactly what this Spanish-language (with subtitles) film is supposed to be, as Ferrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character, Armando Alvarez, indulges in several Three Stooges moments with his sidekicks, Esteban (Efren Ramirez) and Manuel (Adrian Martinez) as the three portray goofball cattle hands on a scruffy Mexican ranch.

And what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll learn is that the eccentric Ferrell, who for this project has teamed with former â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday Night Liveâ&#x20AC;? writers Matt Piedmont, who directs, and Andrew Steele, credited with the screenplay, will do just about anything to erase his typecasting as a President George W. Bush impersonator. (Although, come to think of it, the president spent a lot of time on a ranch, too.) But what Ferrell and his fellow SNL alumni have cooked up is a relentless parody of B-movie budgetary shortcuts reminiscent of spaghetti westerns and the action-adventure serials of early TV, which include noticeably stagnant painted back-

ally equivalent to a bronze bust of Ben Franklin, are brought to bear on a plot that loosely turns on the arrival of his brother, Raul (Diego Luna), and Raulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fiancĂŠe, Sonia (Miami native Genesis Rodriguez), and the mixed emotions of happiness for his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marriage plans offset by the angst of realizing that his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is spiraling downward on a destructive path.

It even goes so far as to introduce an animatronic mountain lion, who, resembling a poorly constructed carnival prize, dispenses sage advice as only a Spanish-speaking stuffed toy can. Ferrellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dramatic chops, with a trademark emotional range gener-

Between Armando and his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s betrothed, there develops some ambiguous romantic fireworks, but again, any dramatic tension is sublimated by the ongoing hilarious parade of cheap production values and obvious fake set design that ranks this as a rigorous parody to rival â&#x20AC;&#x153;Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.â&#x20AC;? O RATED R: contains bloody violence, language, some sexual content and drug use.

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heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best friend of her daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boyfriend. Awkward. In turn, Casey, who lost his wife to cancer, thought that a war injury had left him impotent. Getting around with a cane was all the challenge he wanted, and all the women his cousin introduced him to did nothing for his dormant libido. Then he meets Alexa, who is older but drop-dead gorgeous, and something in him stirs. Author Donna McDonald wrote this as the first book in her â&#x20AC;&#x153;Never Too Late Series.â&#x20AC;?

the throne of Austria and regularly mobbed by paparazzi. Of course, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a down side (or, several), such as the notorious centuries-long inbreeding of the Habsburgs which resulted in, among other things, a â&#x20AC;&#x153;bulldog underbite.â&#x20AC;? And, oh yes, insanity and impotency. What is not so clear to Leigh is why she feels so drawn to him. This is the first book by author Elle Lothlorien, a military brat raised in far-flung places around the world.

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Leigh Fromm is a sex researcher, so when she meets a mysterious stranger at a party in Denver, Colo., she knows this much immediately: His pheromones indicate a good match with her for producing offspring that could survive several impending pandemics. Turns out, the handsome guest at her great auntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wake is Prince Roman Habsburg, heir to

Samantha Brooksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; boyfriend Jamie is about to make a humongous mistake and she needs to stop him. The free-spirited Jamie, stuck for six years in a dead-end job he hates, decides the only way to make a change is to book a flightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;one way and aloneâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to South America. But this gorgeous, intelligent, loving man is perfect for Samantha (except for the part where he wants to flee the country without her) and she needs him to realize the error of his decision. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll do anything it takes to change his mind, be it dirty tricks, strategic maneuvering or making him miss his flight. But as Jamie finally comes around a handsome new guy enters Samanthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orbit, and her desires are no longer so clear. This is the third novel by former journalist Jane Costello. O

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By Donna McDonald After years of searching for true love, aging model Alexa Ranger, 50, had come to terms with a life of comfortable celibacy. But then she meets rugged ex-Marine Casey Carter, 12 years her junior, and is alarmed to find herself contemplating a sex life. Not only is the age difference insurmountable in her mind, but

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Sassy high school teacher Graciela â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aceâ&#x20AC;? Jones is known for her â&#x20AC;&#x153;outsize presence and a mouth to match,â&#x20AC;? and sometimes finds herself in trouble for speaking her mind. But this time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s her best friend and fellow teacher, Lilly, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a bind. When Lilly gets fired by the principal of her small town school under (false) suspicions that sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleeping with a student, Ace

After finding her own true love on the Web, she got engaged, then unengaged (he got the ring; she got the dress). Cavanaugh Leeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experience was what inspired her to write â&#x20AC;&#x153;Save As Draft,â&#x20AC;? which gives readers the feeling of eavesdropping on intimate conversations.

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and their friend Chloe set out to prove her innocence. This includes using all the tools at their disposal, such as illegal surveillance, stalking and covert operations in a strip club. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more: Ace also ends up needing to rescue Chloe, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being emotionally abused by her husband, and in the midst of all the chaos, Aceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exboyfriend reappears and says he wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t leave town until she agrees to marry him. This is the debut novel for writer Stephanie McAfee.

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ROCK ERAS Van Halen Plays Hit Parade At BankAtlantic Center I

f ever there was a hard rock soap opera, Van Halen is it. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revolving door of lead singers has resulted in â&#x20AC;&#x153;eras,â&#x20AC;? with its early hits from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;David Lee Roth eraâ&#x20AC;? and later hits from the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sammy Hagar eraâ&#x20AC;? and a departure from their earlier sound during the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gary Cherone era.â&#x20AC;? When the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s superstars play at BankAtlantic Center at 7:30 p.m. on April 10th, it will be with the Netherlands-born brothers Eddie and Alex Van Halen, original lead singer Roth, and Eddieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and backup vocals.

Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be promoting their first album in 14 years, A Different Kind of Truth.

It was Roth who sang (and wrote the lyrics) on the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only No. 1 hit, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jump,â&#x20AC;? in 1984. And his flamboyance as a front man might have helped the California bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rise to prominence playing in clubs around Pasadena and Hollywood. The band cranked out six albums in the early â&#x20AC;&#x2122;80s, including Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women And Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down and 1984, that included classic hits such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Runninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; With The Devil,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dancing In The Streetâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Panama.â&#x20AC;? But Roth soon left for solo projects and the 11-year era of Sammy Hagar (1985-1996) began to compile a catalog of hits like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t This Be Love?,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Finish What You Started,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Loveâ&#x20AC;? that made

performing â&#x20AC;&#x153;Roth eraâ&#x20AC;? songs increasingly unnecessary. Alas, friction between the Van Halen brothers and Hagar ended the relationship and led to a brief reunion with Roth before Cherone took over as the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead singer from 1996 to 1999. Then (and this is where it gets weird) former front men Roth and Hagar teamed up in 2002 and

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went on tour without the Van Halen brothers. At a few stops, they were even joined by Cherone. The band reunited with Hagar (2003-2005), then reunited with Roth (2006-2008). At Van Halenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, only ex-members Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony were in attendance. O For more information, call 954-835-7000 or visit bankatlanticcenter.com.

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NO IDLE IDOL Daughtry Comes Down For The Count (de Hoernle Amphitheater)

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aughtry, the omnipresent rock band named after its famous founder, â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idolâ&#x20AC;? fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry, might have the feel of a pre-packaged commodity, with a debut album performed by session musicians and band members chosen during auditions with label executives. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing staged about the hits, almost all of which Chris Daughtry either wrote or co-wrote. When the band plays at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater on April 14th at 8 p.m., it will have a collection of hits off its first three albums, Daughtry, Leave This Town and Break The Spell. In early 2007, as Daughtry quickly became a recordsetting album on SoundScan and singles â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not Overâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeâ&#x20AC;? climbed steadily into the Top Five of Billboardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prestigious Top 40, it became apparent that the lead singer would be a more popular American Idol alumnus than winner Taylor Hicks or any of the runner-ups who edged him out on the TV show. The debut album was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Not Over.â&#x20AC;? As RCA released singles off Daughtry in a well-calculated trickle over the next two years, the band, which had been solidified after the album was recorded, began a grueling tour regimen that has not ceased. The original audition resulted in a prominently North Carolina band with oddly similar initials: Josh Paul (bass), Josh Steely (lead guitar), Jeremy Brady (rhythm guitar) and Joey Barnes (drums). But Brady and Barnes, who, like Chris Daughtry are from the Tar Heel State, have since been replaced by Brian Craddock and drummer Robin Diaz, both from California. While songs from the debut album continued to break into the Top 40, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over You,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Feels Like Tonight,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What About Now,â&#x20AC;? and, in 2009, â&#x20AC;&#x153;No Surprise,â&#x20AC;? Daughtry songs proliferated on morning TV shows, at NASCAR races and on video games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Homeâ&#x20AC;? became the perennial song played when a loser left â&#x20AC;&#x153;American Idol,â&#x20AC;? and has also assumed that role on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Australian Idolâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Brazilian Idolâ&#x20AC;? shows. O For more information, call 561-368-8445 or visit centre4artsboca.com.

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HORNS OF LONGEVITY Classic Chicago To Rock Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

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n excellent argument for Midwestern music education, Chicago (originally called Chicago Transit Authority) was the confluence of six college students majoring in music and one powerful tenor, Peter Cetera, who had hit the road with a band after graduating high school. And perhaps their most notable quality, other than being the rare rock band with a horn section, is that they formed in 1967 and have lasted all these years. Chicago, whose 35 Top 40 hits by an American band has only been matched

by The Beach Boys, will play at the Pompano Beach Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. on April 21st. During the show, expect to hear the steady stream of classic rock hits the band has accumulated over 21 years, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;Saturday In The Park,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;25 or 6 to 4,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?â&#x20AC;? and more. Little did these DePaul University students know when they met in Walter Parazaiderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s apartment to compare pop music tastes, that four of the original six, Parazaider (saxophone), James Pankow (trombone), Lee Loughnane (trumpet) and Rob-

ert Lamm (keyboards) would still be playing together 45 years later. Although Chicagoâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which shortened its name after the first album when the actual CTA threatened a lawsuitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;was shaken by the accidental gunshot death of guitarist and singer Terry Kath in 1978 (whose last words were reportedly â&#x20AC;&#x153;Look, it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even loaded, see?â&#x20AC;?), the band soldiered on with a variety of lineups. Cetera left in 1985 to begin his highly successful solo career and original drummer Danny Seraphine was

fired in 1990, but the group weathered ever-shifting musical trends to continue making albumsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;22 in the studio and 12 more live or greatest hits compilations. Cetera was replaced by bassist/ singer Jason Scheff, the son of Elvis Presleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bass player and Seraphine was replaced by drummer Tris Imboden; also performing with the group now are guitarist/singer Keith Howland, percussionist Drew Hester and keyboardist Lou Pardini. O For more information, call 954-946-2402 or visit livenation.com.

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or years, Sarah had the same circle of golf friends and it was fine. Actually, it was fabulous.

too much. And when she was alone with one woman, she was always really paranoid of the others.

stopped golfing on Tuesdays. She traded exercise class for jogging. And she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t call Beth anymore.

Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d meet on Tuesdays, weather permitting. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d play 18 holes, then have lunch at the bistro, make plans to meet later for Zumba at the gym, talk about Saturdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dinner at the club with the guys, and go off on their merry ways.

Eventually, Beth started pitting friend against friend, stirring up trouble all the time, seemingly addicted to the endless drama.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take it,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was bothering me all the time.â&#x20AC;?

But, slowly, things changed.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;She thought we were talking about her behind her back and we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t,â&#x20AC;? Sarah recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She seemed particularly suspicious of me.â&#x20AC;?

Sarah noticed that one of the women in their gangâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Bethâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; seemed unhappy all the time, and the other women began to find it unsettling. Beth wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t talk about what was wrong. She drank

For months, Sarah scratched her head on this one, trying to reach out and talk frankly with Beth. But the more she tried, the zanier her friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior became. Finally, after much hand-wringing, Sarah

What happened with Beth and Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not their real names because of the fragility that still exists with this once-happy group of friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;has probably been going on since the beginning of time. But today, mental health specialists have a name for this kind of unfriendly dysfunction. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called a toxic friendship, and one of these relationships can be just as emotional as a bad romantic rela-

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tionship, with the ultimate parting of ways as devastating as a divorce. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new name for an old term,â&#x20AC;? says Carolyn Kelley-North, a licensed clinical social worker in Boca Raton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They maybe used to call them fair-weather friends.â&#x20AC;? But how do you know if a good friendship has gone bad? Kelley-North sums it up nicely: The friend is probably toxic if you have interaction with her and walk away feeling worse instead of better. The phrase â&#x20AC;&#x153;toxic friendship,â&#x20AC;? says Sandra Galgano, a licensed clinical social worker with offices in APRIL 2012

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thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life relations Plantation and Weston, probably evolved from the 1980s when the term â&#x20AC;&#x153;co-dependencyâ&#x20AC;? surfaced in the American psyche. And although co-dependency today is a household word, its meaning can still be confounding. We went to Galgano for help. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when you are giving so much that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not taking care of yourself, your issues, your family, your health, your stuff,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re putting too much energy into someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stuff.â&#x20AC;? In Sarahâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s scenario, she had evolved into the co-dependent friend. The fixer, if you will. She was always trying to help Beth, soothe Beth, understand Beth.

thoughtfulâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;wounded, though, and suffering from personal tragedy or dysfunction, drowning in her own problems and unable to get herself help. In that case, says Kelley-North, you need to have a frank talk with your friend. Explain your worries. Be clear that something needs to change. Support those changes. Offer her help in making those changes. And develop a position that you can repeat when you hear her discussing the same problems, over and over. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adopt a mantra,â&#x20AC;? says Kelley-North. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Say something like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to leave him, I know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the strength.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;?

And Beth? She was what they call an â&#x20AC;&#x153;emotionalenergy vampire,â&#x20AC;? sucking the life out of everyone, especially dear Sarah.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S WHEN YOU ARE GIVING SO MUCH THAT YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE NOT TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF, YOUR ISSUES, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR HEALTH, YOUR STUFF. YOUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;RE PUTTING

TOO MUCH ENERGY INTO SOMEONE Galgano, licensed clinical ELSEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STUFF.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Sandra social worker

This relationshipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d known each other for about seven yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;had become far too one-sided, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when Sarah got out. (Although today, some months later, Beth began attending AA meetings and the old gang is golfing together again.) Of course, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always that simple, say the therapists we spoke with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes it happens as a natural process,â&#x20AC;? explains Kelley-North. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Friends outgrow each other.â&#x20AC;? But that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it easy and sometimes a toxic friendship can tear you up for months, especially if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cherished this womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s companionship and advice for many years. Just as there are different kinds of friendshipsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;exercise pal, church buddy, sporting-event friend, or the BFF you turn to for everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;there are as many different kinds of toxic friendships, experts say. A toxic friend can be the mean girl, kind of like Beth, but she can also be kind and 48

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Of course, watching a treasured friend go through horrible times isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just unsettling, it can be emotionally damagingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for both of you. Galgano says, many times the worried friend has to do what she can to help, but she also has to be kind to herself. And sometimes that means redefining an old friendship, even if it hurts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking at this kind of situation, you have to set some boundaries on what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re willing to do,â&#x20AC;? Galgano says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The truth is, she may not be the friend you turn to any more when you have a problem. You might have to change your expectations.â&#x20AC;? O


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â&#x20AC;&#x153;The cats nestle close to their kittens. The lambs have laid down with the sheep. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cozy and warm in your bed, my dear, please go the f **k to sleep.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;an excerpt from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go the F**k to Sleep,â&#x20AC;? by Adam Mansbach

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Why Getting Your Child To Sleep Can Be A Nightmare By Cheryl Kane Heimlich

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re your kids getting enough sleep?

I wish I could answer yes to that question. But hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the truth: My high schooler needs two separate alarm clocks to wake up in the morning, and falls asleep any time sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the car for more than 10 minutes. My middle schooler, once a morning person, has gotten very good at thinking up reasons why it would be fine if she missed the beginning of first period. And my first grader goes to bed on time, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no small feat to fall asleep when two noisy girls are parading past your bedroom door all evening. 50

According to the National Sleep Foundation, children should be sleeping 10 to 11 hours per night from ages 5 to 12 and 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours a night after that. So a teen or preteen who wakes up at 6 a.m. should be asleep between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201D; ideally having turned off all electronic devices several hours earlier. Is that the way it goes at your house? Mine either. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bestseller â&#x20AC;&#x153;Go the F**k to Sleepâ&#x20AC;? made hilarious fun of the frustrations parents face in trying to get their little ones down for the night. But I suspect that author

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Adam Mansbach will look upon those evenings with nostalgia once his little insomniac hits the teen years and he realizes the truth: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot easier to enforce bedtimes when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re small. Seriously: Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no homework, no after-school activity

schedule, no e-mailing, no texting. Just bath time, tooth-brushing, a bedtime story and lights out. Julie Chen, a mental health counselor in Hollywood, says bedtime still can work that way for teensâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if their parents are willing to be the bad cops. In fact, she counsels her clients to enforce regular bedtimes and wake times for their children well into the teen years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I say to parents, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Look, you have a rule: Whatever is their bedtime, they have


thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life parents to be in bed,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Chen says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really matter if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sleeping or just gazing at the ceiling. Teenagers are still interdependent with their parents. If they cannot begin to set their own boundaries and make their own choices, then somebody has to help them.â&#x20AC;? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a time-honored tradition, of course, for parents to complain about the biological changes that cause their newly emerging teenagers to be drowsy in the morning and wide awake at night. But the constant buzz of electronic socializing adds a whole other layer to this dilemma: Although their homework may be done and household tasks completed, it still can be difficult for teens to go to sleep when their social networks are wide awake and only a click away.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;THEY MAY BE EXHAUSTED ALL DAY, THEY MAY BE FALLING ASLEEP IN SCHOOL, BUT AT

NIGHT IS WHEN THEY WAKE UP AND WANT TO GO ONLINE AND CHAT.â&#x20AC;? -- Samantha Carella, clinical psychologist

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if the child actually wants to Although the precise amount of sleep, their computer and phone sleep necessary for good health may are dinging all night with Facebook vary from child to child, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a and texting, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re automati- long list of consequences for those cally drawn into checking what that who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t getting enough of itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; is,â&#x20AC;? says Samantha Carella, a clini- starting with mood swings, behav-- Beth Katz, Palm Beach Gardens psychologist cal psychologist in Coral Springs. ioral problems, cognitive issues, â&#x20AC;&#x153;They may be exhausted all day, falling grades and auto accidents inthey may be falling asleep in school, volving sleep-deprived teen drivers. but at night is when they wake up â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sleep is integral to mental health,â&#x20AC;? and want to go online and chat.â&#x20AC;? Shuman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you have a kid Julie Shuman, a Boca Raton psy- whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s already anxious or depressed chologist, says kids who do manage or having social problems, and then to pull the plug at night sometimes theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re staying up late, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goend up getting grief about it from ing to exacerbate those problems. Things that might not bother a kid their peers. so much when theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in balance â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s social pressure for kids are going to bother them a lot when to be online and in touch at all theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out of balance.â&#x20AC;? times,â&#x20AC;? Shuman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When kids are not responsive, other kids get Melissa Kanenbley, a clinical social upset with them. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the worker in Hollywood, says parents drivers that keeps them so con- also shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the mistake of nected to their computers and thinking their teens can â&#x20AC;&#x153;catch upâ&#x20AC;? their smartphones so that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re on rest through marathon weekend sleep sessions. not going to sleep.â&#x20AC;? 52

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;That only makes the situation worse, since their time clock is bouncing all around,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If your teenager is still sleeping at 1 p.m. on Saturday, imagine how their brain is functioning in algebra at 8 a.m. on Monday.â&#x20AC;? Interestingly, concern about kids and sleep deprivation is not just a problem of current times: A recent article in the medical journal Pediatrics notes that sleep experts have been complaining about this for more than 100 years. In fact, while sleep recommendations and actual sleep times both have decreased over the decades, the gap between the two has remained amazingly consistent at roughly 37 minutes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter how much sleep children are getting,â&#x20AC;? the Pediatrics report says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it has always been assumed that they need more.â&#x20AC;? Another surprise is that experts throughout the decades consistently have been blaming all this sleep deprivation on the same thing: modern technology.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the early 1900s, artificial lighting, radio, reading and the cinema were considered to be the causes of delayed bedtimes,â&#x20AC;? the report says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the late 1990s, video games, television viewing, the Internet and mobile telephones were largely held responsible for such delays.â&#x20AC;? Whatever distractions are keeping your kids awake at night, chances are theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to need your help to overcome them. I remind myself of this every time I annoy my 14-year-old by insisting that she close her laptop, get into bed and open one of the books on her nightstand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important to establish a sleep hygiene schedule: Take a shower, eat dinner, have some downtime, read or play a quiet game, go to sleep,â&#x20AC;? Carella says. Even when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re no longer reading our kids bedtime stories, she says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our job to set limits on the distractions. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the parents who have to set the routines and structures around our kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives.â&#x20AC;? O


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f they could speak, the 14-karat gold walls at GILT Bar would have 130 years of captivating stories to tell. In its former life, this dazzling two-story bar was the melodic Music Room at Villard Mansion. Now part of The New York Palace

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isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only part of The New York Palace with a prestigious heritage. The courtyard, once the entrance to the mansion, showcases Renaissance designs in pink, rose and black marble set into jade-green and rose-granite motifs from 15th century Italian cathedrals. Villardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

cherished private study is now the main dining room of GILT, the Two Michelin Star, 55-seat restaurant. The Villard Ballroom features panels depicting Marie Antoinette and members of her court created by French artist Madeleine Lemaire in the early 1880s.

The New York Palaceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charm and amenities are matched only by its enviable location, just steps from Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New York, Cartier, Bergdorf Goodman, Gucci, Hermes and other boutiques.

hotel in Manhattan, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only bar listed as a historical landmark. (Nothing like a bit of historical perspective to accompany your sparkling glass of Champagne.) But this popular venue, built in 1882 for financier Henry Villard, 54

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Special occasions are still as elegant as they were a century ago in the Madison Room, where solid marble columns, vaulted ceilings, plush seating and classic artwork bring the past to life. The 55-story hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charming past

(its design drawings are so revered theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the Library of Congress) blends perfectly with its adjacent contemporary-style 55-story tower built in 1980, which houses 899 luxurious guestrooms and suites; this includes four tri-level penthouse Triplex Suites each with private outdoor rooftop terraces, a living room, dining room that seats eight, a full-size, fully equipped kitchen, master suite and three guest bedrooms. The hotel boasts that it offers â&#x20AC;&#x153;the very finest in Old World elegance and New World opulence,â&#x20AC;? and this is especially evident on the 39thfloor, 3,789-square-foot Towers Club, which overlooks St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral and the New York City skyline. Here, guests can relax in the lounge while enjoying breakfast, an afternoon sampling of savories and sweets and evening cocktails and canapĂŠs. For those who must work,


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perfect vintages to pair with Executive Chef Justin Bogleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award-winning three-, five- and seven-course tasting menus (the restaurant was awarded Two Stars from the New York City Michelin Guide for the third consecutive year in 2011). Istana, an eatery located in the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobby (a perfect spot for people watching) serves breakfast, lunch and cocktails in the evening.

nature Aromatic Hot Towel Massage, Organic Naturopathic Facial and collagen-boosting eye mask. Guests who want to exercise will find their niche at the fitness center, which overlooks St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cathedral, a view sure to inspire a workout. (A nationally certified trainer can create a personal fitness program and if you â&#x20AC;&#x153;forgotâ&#x20AC;? your workout clothes or shoes, the hotel will loan you some.)

Pampering is paramount at The New York Palace: the 7,000-square-foot spa/fitness center is a destination in itself. The spa offers the perfect escape with everything from a hot stone massage to an entire day of indulgence. We highly recommend the Executive Escape: 130 blissful minutes of tranquility that include a sig-

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service to the theater district makes it easy to catch a show. After a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or nightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;on the town, return to the comfortable elegance of The New York Palace and unwind (thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually a ratio of more than one staff member to every guest). Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to boast that you stayed at the hotel featured in the films â&#x20AC;&#x153;27 Dressesâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just My Luckâ&#x20AC;? and TV shows â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lipstick Jungle,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;CSI: New Yorkâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Law & Order.â&#x20AC;? O

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ormer Boca Raton resident Bethenny Frankel may have left Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” as its first breakout star, but the drama in her life continues. The outspoken, ambitious celepreneuer is also a best-selling author of three books and a natural-food chef whose Skinnygirl brand of health, wellness and fitness products run the gamut from vodka and skin masks to exercise DVDs and bodyshaping undergarments—and are worth a pretty penny. How pretty? She recently sold her Skinnygirl Cocktails to Fortune Brand’s Beam Global, the company that produces Jim Beam whiskey, for an estimated $100 million, according to Forbes. Then there’s her successful spinoff

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BY EMILY HALL show, Bravo's “Bethenny Ever After,” now in its third season, which focuses on her life as a wife, mother and mogul, and her new syndicated daytime talk show, “Bethenny,” which is scheduled to begin airing on Fox in select markets starting in June. The show, she says, will focus on sex, money, motherhood and having (and juggling) it all.

I’ve worked. A few years from now, I hope to be so successful that I can thrive on fewer projects.”

It’s something Frankel knows a bit about.

While Frankel has encountered her share of ups, downs and even haters along the way, this new queen of her own business empire is moving full steam ahead. And she shows no signs of slowing down.

“I’m happy but crazy,” admits Frankel, 41, who lives in Manhattan with husband Jason Hoppy, a real estate executive; their daughter Bryn Casey, who turns 2 next month and Lhasa Apso Cookie, who enjoys carrots and massages. “I travel, I lecture, I develop my products and tape my TV shows... by the end of the day I know how hard

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Those in her inner circle say their money’s on Frankel. “Bethenny has always had an innate drive and hunger that will continue to fuel her, no matter how successful she becomes,” says childhood friend Sarah Lacharlotte.

PRODUCTS OF HER ENVIRONMENT Why has the public so openly embraced the ballsy, outspoken New Yorker?

For one thing, she lives her life like an open book, which makes her relatable. She’s got more than a half-million followers on Twitter and Facebook. And during a February interview on NBC’s “Today” show, Frankel tearfully explained that she’d suffered a miscarriage at eight weeks, calling it a “very emotional experience.” When she wept publicly, fans felt her pain. “She really understands her fans and has never tried to be anything she’s not in front of them,” says Matt Hesse, Frankel’s business partner. “She’s a woman with everyday struggles and challenges and takes them a day at a time. She does it in front of everyone in a very exposed way. Keeping that grounding and real perspective allows her to stay connected to her fans, which is so important when you’re creating products or services.”


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“I moved out of the dorm and into Estancia West in Boca Raton and lived with friends while a student at Pine Crest,” explains Frankel. “I still love Boca—the candy and bagel stores and strip malls. I still have friends there from those high school days.” Despite her parents’ divorce and what she calls a tumultuous childhood, Frankel chooses to recall great memories of horses, Saratoga Springs, Christmas and Thanksgiving. “I dwell on the funny, clever Bethenny who never let a bad situation get her down,” she wrote in “A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out of Life,” her book published last summer. “The one who wouldn’t be bullied, who kept her chin up, who lay on the school bus seat alone

“Bethenny has always had an innate drive and hunger that will continue to fuel her, no matter how successful she becomes.” — Sarah Lacharlotte, Frankel’s childhood friend

nectar sweetener—and an aggressive marketing campaign. The latter is what landed her the multimilliondollar deal with Beam Global, which includes a multi-year payout, plus sales from her expanding Skinnygirl Cocktail line and health and wellness products. A savvy businesswoman, it was Frankel’s move to keep ownership of the Skinnygirl name that may ultimately earn her a place in the billionaire’s club. This way, as she dreams up new products, she keeps the money. She’s also the face of the Skinnygirl line and uses her fame to promote her wares. Most recently, she performed a cooking demonstration at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival touting her healthy recipes. “I’m into creating products, then doing the packaging, promoting 60

and marketing,” she says. “My shapewear just went into Macy’s, my skincare (line) is going into CVS pharmacies and my cleansers and nutrition bars are at Walmart and GNC. My goal in a few years is to have a total line of Skinnygirl at Target. That is my kind of store.” Still, even a perfectionist like Frankel gets called to task once in awhile. A few months ago media from the New York Times to Forbes reported that her products weren’t formulated exactly as ads portrayed. And last August, the Skinnygirl Cocktails line was pulled from the Whole Foods Market chain after it reported that the product did not meet its standards due to the use of preservatives. This, chain officials said, was

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contrary to Skinnygirl ads, which making up songs and singing them to herself, who kept on reading her stated, “no preservatives.” book report in front of the class, “I don’t defend myself,” declares even when her wraparound skirt Frankel, who successfully moved for- fell down to her ankles… who ward with other distribution chan- climbed trees and always took a nels and has never publicly addressed dare and who sometimes felt triumthe controversy. “I have learned that phant and proud and even happy.” once you achieve a level of success, And so, Frankel channeled her people try to bring you down.” frustrations into becoming an THE MAKING OF A overachiever. In 1992, after studying at universities in Boston and REALITY STAR Born in New York City, Frankel is New York, she got Hollywood fethe daughter of the late renowned ver and moved to Los Angeles with thoroughbred racehorse trainer hopes of becoming an actress. She Robert Frankel and Bernadette landed several gigs, including an Parisella, a housewife. She spent appearance in the short film “Soisummers working at her dad’s sta- ree Sans Hors d’oeuvres,” a starring ble in the idyllic spa town of Sara- role in “Hollywood Hills 90028” toga Springs, N.Y. and attended and a small role in “Wish Me The Saint Agnes Cathedral School Luck.” Along the way, she also in Rockville Centre, Long Island. worked as a production assistant Her parents later divorced, and she on the TV sitcom “Saved by the spent time back and forth between Bell,” was a nanny for Paris Hilton them before ultimately moving to and the personal assistant to Linda Boca Raton to finish her last two and Jerry Bruckheimer. Along the years of high school at Pine Crest way, she married her longtime best friend, producer-actor Peter SussSchool in Fort Lauderdale.

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And she is always creating. Her foray into healthy food products began in 2003, after attending the National Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts in New York City and opening BethennyBakes, a natural foods bakery and delivery service. Two years later, she touted her sweets on NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” a spin-off of “The Apprentice.” Frankel was that season’s runner-up, and while her company went under in 2006, she didn’t quit. Rather, she began developing her Skinnygirl product line in 2009, starting with her now-famous 100-calorie Skinnygirl Margaritas, made with blue agave tequila and


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man, though the marriage ended due to what she called a lack of passion. She also acquired a group of Hollywood friends who would turn out to be valuable future business contacts. After venturing into enterprises such as catering and fashion, she decided to channel her energies into her true passion: creating delicious and healthy food and drink. That’s when she returned to New York City to attend the National Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and opened BethennyBakes. This led to a column for Health magazine and food segments on the “Today” show. In 2008, Bravo executives, along with her thenfriend Jill Zarin (they’ve been estranged since their spat on “Housewives”) grabbed her for “Manhattan Moms,” which was later renamed “The Real Housewives of New York City,” and ran for three seasons. Together with Zarin, LuAnn de Lesseps, Alex McCord, Ramona Singer and Kelly Killoren Bensimon, the ladies wowed audiences, with Frankel’s fierce wit and candor leading the way. Cameras followed her to food fairs, catering events and grocery store promotions.

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“This was such a long time ago but I am so thankful for the experience because it all began there,” Frankel says. “I still speak to Ramona but we are all busy.” OPPOSITE PAGE, FROM THE TOP: Bethenny Frankel during a public appearance for National Hammock Day; Frankel tests her new Skinnygirl Ponytail at Drybar in New York City; Frankel at a book signing THIS PAGE: vacationing in Los Cabos with husband Jason Hoppy

It was Frankel’s charisma and popularity with audiences that prompted producers in 2010 to give her a show of her own. “Bethenny Ever After” (originally called “Bethenny Getting Married”), which became the highestrated series premiere in the network’s history. The episode in which she married Jason Hoppy, whom she met in 2009 at a New York nightclub and wed at the city’s Four Seasons Hotel, drew 2.7 million viewers. Despite some marital strife due to her long working hours and discussing their sex life on TV (“We have sex but not a lot.... my husband doesn’t have cobwebs on his penis,” she says) Frankel says she’s lucky to have found Hoppy because he’s the right man for her. “Jason is proud of me and involved in my business,” she says. “He knows how hard I work. It was hard to find a man like this who has taught me so much about myself and how to stop running away. We will work through everything.” (Editor's Note: At press time insiders reported the couple had been fighting on and off camera.) She and Hoppy are currently renovating their new $5 million Manhattan condominium, which features a clubstyle library and girly dressing room suite, and making the whole space modern and comfortable. “I choose every single tile.” Frankel says. “I want things perfect.” And in between meetings and promotions, she treasures spending time with baby Bryn, and taking naps with Hoppy and Cookie (not necessarily in that order). “I do a lot of work in my head and on my BlackBerry,” she says. “I only have one assistant because I like to keep it lean. Despite my demanding work schedule, if I stay home from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. with my family, then I am cool.” Stay tuned... unless the cameras are finally turned off. O APRIL 2012

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“THE JUDGES SAID TO ME THAT I WAS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL PERSON THEY’D EVER HAD ON THE SHOW, BUT THAT I HAVE THE LEAST CONFIDENCE.”

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t last count, there were myriad reality TV shows on the airwaves and it’s pretty safe to assume network executives are hard at work planning new ones.

But have you ever wondered what it’s like to actually appear on one? Or, perhaps more importantly, why anyone would submit themselves to such scrutiny? In our quest for answers, we rounded up five South Florida women who’ve appeared and competed on some of TV’s most popular reality programs. No “Jersey Shore” types, mind you. These are hard-working ladies with hopes and dreams who were willing to share their tales of taking their talents to the tube. While their experiences differed, they all agreed on a few key points: being trailed by a camera crew takes some getting used to, the pressure of challenging competition is definitely a stressful experience and, despite it all, none of them— winners and losers alike—regret putting themselves to the reality TV test.

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DOMINIQUE MCCLAIN BARTEET SHOWS HER SHOE COLORS ON ABC’S “SHARK TANK” It would be challenging, if not impossible, to describe Dominique McClain Barteet in one word. She’s a registered pharmacist, world traveler and 50-year-old mother of a 33-year-old son.¶ That’s all fine and well, but it was her inner entrepreneur that brought her fame, fortune and a shot at appearing on ABC’s reality TV show, “Shark Tank,” where budding business owners pitch wealthy investors to help fund their companies.¶ Barteet had an idea for a woman’s shoe based on her desire for comfort during her travels through foreign lands and spending hours on her feet filling prescriptions at work. She also wanted the shoe to be attractive and versatile. ¶ Her upstart company, One Sole Shoes, was born several years ago and the idea is very simple and sensible: why have four or five pairs of shoes when you can get by with just one pair, along with a choice of hundreds of interchangeable tops in various colors and patterns? ¶ “It just occurred to me to change the top of the shoe,” says Barteet, who has lived in Palm Beach Gardens for 25 years. ¶ Barteet eventually opened a shoe factory in North Palm Beach and One Sole Shoes skyrocketed into a multimillion-dollar business. It was time for a partner. ¶ Enter “Shark Tank.” ¶ “The judges said to me that I was the most successful person they’d ever had on the show, but that I have the least confidence,” she recalls. “You know, TV is very powerful. I’ve had thousands of people call me and some of them have said they quit their jobs based on my story.” ¶ The “Shark Tank” judges were more than willing to make Barteet offers after her 90-second on-air pitch for an investor. Entrepreneur Daymond John offered her the $500,000 she was seeking in exchange for less than a 50 percent interest in her company. ¶ She is now a reluctant celebrity and seems to still be trying to understand how she reached this level of success. “I’ve never taken a business class in my life. But, for some reason, I inspire people,” says Barteet, who has become a sought-after speaker at local events, such as the recent Honda Classic Golf Tournament. ¶ At the end of the day, even after gaining superstar status, Barteet still seems refreshingly puzzled by her success. “I feel like a female Forrest Gump.” APRIL 2012

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Poulos and a fellow contestant on “Fashion Star”

CAREER GOING SWIMMINGLY FOR “FASHION STAR” DESIGNER NIKKI POULOS Learning to be resourceful and creative was just part of growing up on a 54,000-acre cattle farm in Wagga Wagga, Australia, located in the Outback west of Sydney. It was there that Nikki Poulos nurtured her creative side, with the help of a very inventive mother and a Singer sewing machine. ¶ “Just because of the scale of the land and the isolation, I learned to be resourceful,” says Poulos, 43, founder and designer of a line of sportswear and swimwear bearing her name. Poulos (at press time) can be seen on the premiere season of NBC’s reality show “Fashion Star,” which premiered on March 13th. ¶ Poulos initially came to the United States to complete a degree in marine biology at the University of Miami. Her interest was in coral reef conservation but, eventually, her interest in designing clothes led her back to the fashion industry. ¶ “I started making clothes here because I couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear,” explains Poulos, who lives and works in Delray Beach. ¶ In 2008, she created the Nikki Poulos label and later, Nikki Poulos Swim, which can be found locally at Anthropologie, as well as online at nikkipoulos.com. ¶ She says she decided to give “Fashion Star” a shot because she wants to expand her label. ¶ “‘Fashion Star’ was a great platform,” she recalls. “It’s about building a brand and selling real clothes in a retail environment. It’s about going from a great idea to something that is a viable brand.” ¶ Filmed in Los Angeles, the show’s contestants spent most of their time working on their designs, which were judged by fashion industry experts. Poulos admits to being apprehensive at first because of the pressure and the presence of cameras. ¶ “The camera aspect you get used to very quickly and

“THE CAMERA ASPECT YOU GET USED TO VERY QUICKLY AND YOU DON’T EVEN NOTICE THEM AFTER A WHILE.” you don’t even notice them after a while,” she says. “You’re really focused on getting the work done.” ¶ We’ll have to wait until season’s end to see how Poulos fared on the show, but she insists she’s glad she took part in the project and has no regrets about putting herself out there for the nation to watch. “‘Fashion Star’ is about the business of fashion,” she says. “It’s not focusing on the drama between people.” 64

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CHEF ADRIENNE GRENIER TAKES THE CAKE ON FOOD NETWORK’S “CHOPPED” It felt like the longest day on record for Adrienne Grenier—not to mention one of the most stressful. Ultimately, it was one of the most rewarding of her life. ¶ Grenier, 28, is sous chef at 1500˚ at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, and the protégé of Executive Chef Paula DaSilva. It was her boss who persuaded Grenier—insisted, really— that she take her talents to the Food Network’s fast-paced reality show “Chopped.” ¶ “She thought it would be a confidence builder,” recalls Grenier, who lives in Hollywood. “I didn’t want to do it. I told her I wasn’t ready. I’ve still got a lot to learn. She said, ‘No. You’re gonna do it and you’ll do great.’” ¶ DaSilva was right. ¶ Last June, Grenier traveled to New York City for the filming, which began at 6:30 a.m. and didn’t wind down until 10:30 p.m. By the end of that long summer day, Grenier had earned the $10,000 first place prize money, and yes, some confidence to boot. ¶ The four contestants on “Chopped” compete in three rounds. The challenge is to make an appetizer in round one, an entrée in the second round and, finally, a dessert—all with the clock ticking Grenier on the “Chopped” set and the judges watching and critiquing their techniques and ideas. ¶ At the beginning of each round, chefs are given a mystery basket containing ingredients. There’s also a pantry and refrigerator on the set containing basic kitchen staples. For the appetizer, Grenier used the cubed steak and frozen French fries in the basket to make steak, eggs and hash browns. She made the cut and moved on to round two, where the ingredients included blue foot chicken, dried lime and tequila. Once again, Grenier made the cut and advanced to the final round. ¶ One item in the dessert basket was masa harina (traditional Mexican flour) which worked well for Grenier. ¶ “There are only two recipes I have memorized and one of them is shortcake,” she explains. ¶ She created a shortcake out of the masa harina and combined the remaining ingredients into a tart, fruity sauce. ¶ Grenier still can’t believe she won first place, though being a reality TV winner hasn’t changed her. “I hated watching myself on TV,” she says. “But now I have a lot more (friends) on Facebook.”

“I HATED WATCHING MYSELF ON TV. BUT NOW I HAVE A LOT MORE (FRIENDS) ON FACEBOOK.”

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“IT SORT OF REMINDS ME OF THE ROMAN TIMES WITH GLADIATORS.”

SKIN IS IN FOR SPIKE TV “INK MASTER” CONTESTANT LEA VENDETTA Always the artistic one in her family while growing up in Paris, France, Lea Vendetta discovered early on that she could express herself well with a paintbrush on canvas. ¶ Somewhere along the way, she developed more artistic interests and discovered that she didn’t have to limit her talent to using canvas as her only medium. She moved to the United States in1996 with one purpose: to learn the intricate art of tattooing. ¶ Now an established tattooist at A Stroke of Genius Tattoos in Boca Raton, this 40-yearold Boynton Beach resident recently competed on Spike TV’s reality show “Ink Master.” ¶ Vendetta was voted off the eight-episode season after five episodes. She remembers the experience as being educational and fun, but at the end of the day, it was also a lot of pressure. ¶ “It sort of reminds me of the Roman times with gladiators,” she says. ¶ The show was filmed in New York City and the contestants lived together by night and competed with 66

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one another on set by day, all while cameras filmed their every move. Producers set up challenges and the artists had a block of time to complete them. One involved tattooing a skull on a dead pig in a meat locker; another was one of the toughest challenges a tattooist can face. ¶ “It was a cover-up,” says Vendetta, explaining that contestants basically had to camouflage someone’s existing tattoo. “The clients on the show randomly picked the tattooist,” she explains. “And in all the challenges, everything had to be perfect … it was hard to do our work with the elements we were given. Everything had to be aligned and it had to flow.” ¶ Vendetta doesn’t regret being on “Ink Master,” but seems happy to be back to her “regular” life, where she works in Boca Raton creating customized body art for clients, and spending time at home in Boynton Beach, where she has an art studio for painting. ¶ She considers both of her mediums—painting and tattooing—to be equal: “For me it’s both art. They are different mediums and a different canvas, but still the same.”


OFFICER JULIANNE BOWER AIMS TO EDUCATE ON TLC’S “POLICE WOMEN OF BROWARD COUNTY”

Photos courtesy of TLC

Despite the gritty, taxing and emotionally draining nature of her work investigating sex crimes, detective Julianne Bower loves her job with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. ¶ It was that devotion to her career and the children she serves that led Bower to agree to appear on The Learning Channel’s (TLC) reality show “Police Women of Broward County.” So far, she’s appeared on two seasons of the show and says she’d do another season in a heartbeat. ¶ During filming, cameras rolled 10 hours a day—at work and at home. The mother of two grown sons and an 8-year-old, Bower says her youngest son, Dominick, was a good sport about having cameras in their home as they went about their daily lives. ¶ “They dissected every single thing we did. It really was grueling,” recalls Bower, 51, a single mother. “The show showed the whole dynamic of what we do in our lives. Ya’ know, I do the lawn, I do the pool. I do it all myself and eventually the camera crew was like family.” ¶ Bower’s underlying reason for putting her life on national TV was to educate the public on the realities of sex crimes against women and children. “I deal with the most horrific crimes on the planet,” she says. “Somebody has to do this nasty job. I’m trying to get pedophiles off the streets.” ¶ Bower also works to track down rapists and

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domestic abusers, and she’s troubled by the statistics she encounters. Only one in 16 victims of sexual or domestic abuse comes forward because they’re scared. Bower wants to erase that fear, so she spends a lot of time talking to children in schools, college students, you name it. ¶ “I’m trying to educate the public,” she says. “I want to let them know it’s OK to come forward … I feel like I’m making a difference.” ¶ So, if having your life broadcast on the small screen is what it takes to educate women and children, Bower’s willing to do it again. ¶ Being on TV didn’t really faze Bower, but she admits there was a down side to it: “It’s weird to see yourself on television. I look old and fat. The camera really does put 20 pounds on you.”

“THEY DISSECTED EVERY SINGLE THING WE DID. IT REALLY WAS GRUELING.”

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“I quietly told her that I was her mommy and I would come back for her one day. To please wait and be patient and never give up. A wonderful life just for her was waiting for her and had been waiting for her since before she was born.” – Excerpt from an August 7, 2009 blog entry, which McDonald wrote about the first time she met 18-month-old Jada Thao in Vietnam.

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ngie McDonald spent four painful years waiting to bring her daughter home.

The baby girl, whom McDonald named Jada Thao, was 10,000 miles away, living in a former prison in the Bac Lieu province of Vietnam. She was among countless other children whose parents abandoned them at this sad makeshift orphanage where babies sleep in tiny dark cells and learn to crawl on filthy concrete floors.

TEXT BY DIANNA SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATTY DANIELS

NG ROAD HARM… MEET ANGIE MCDONALD.

McDonald, a Palm Beach Atlantic University professor of psychology, had been matched with Jada Thao in 2008 through an adoption agency in Indiana. When she first saw a picture of her baby, she figured she’d have to wait at least six months more until Jada Thao was finally enjoying her new life with her new mommy in their West Palm Beach home. Little did she know she’d have to wait much longer. Four years to be exact. That’s four birthdays, four

Christmases, more than 1,000 days of not being able to watch her daughter grow from a precious baby into a curious toddler. McDonald spent that time mustering up the energy every day to battle the governments in both Vietnam and the United States because they were the ones casting the roadblocks and, often times, she says, even trying to discourage her from continuing the fight. But she never gave up. Because the day she saw Jada Thao’s picture was the day that McDonald became a mom. First visit to VietnamDay 4

“It’s like seeing a sonogram,” she says. “That’s when the child really becomes yours.” And what would any good mother do to protect her child? Whatever it takes. And that’s just what McDonald did. “Many people said, ‘why did you keep going?’ but at that point she was my child, and I think most people would do anything for their child, especially if the child is imprisoned in an orphanage in horrible conditions,” she says. “You would do anything to get them out.”

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“We played until children were literally falling asleep holding toys, boxes, wrapping paper and Oreos. Jada seems better, but still has some congestion. She seemed to be getting especially tired. The best part of the day was putting her to sleep while singing ‘Silent Night’.” – Excerpt from a December 25, 2009 blog entry, which McDonald wrote about the first Christmas she spent with Jada Thao in the Vietnam orphanage.

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She wanted a baby as opposed to an older child because she wanted to experience all of the amazing joys that come with infancy. She wanted to be there from the beginning—the first tooth, first words, first steps, first everything. It took a little more than two years for McDonald, now 45, to get a phone call from the adoption agency informing her they’d matched her with a 7-month-old girl. She remembers hearing the voice on the other line say, “You are a mom!” and, just after hearing those four words, McDonald knew her life was about to change. She decorated the nursery in yellow and pink with pictures of palm trees and monkeys adorning the walls. She prepared the crib, washed the clothes and stocked the diaper bag for the fun outings she had planned.

A VERY SPECIAL DAY She thought it was a Friday. That’s what the ladies told her. But the little heart beating so fast told her it was not just any Friday—it was a very special Friday. There are not a lot of visitors for the children in the orphanage, but when someone comes, It’s a Special Day. “Will this be one of those days?” thought Jada. She waited, she paced, she tried to nap. Then a knock on the door. Was someone coming to play? Everyone ran to see what awaited… some were timid and shy, some were squealing with delight. The door opened and ladies walked in… Jada looked up… her tiny heart was racing. She saw a beautiful lady with dark hair and a smile. Her hair is the color of mine she thought. She’s a special lady and she is looking at me.

Pictures of Jada Thao sent by the agency were framed and placed throughout her house so the baby girl would know she was loved and remembered even before she arrived. McDonald was more than ready to start her family.

It was a day that would begin a life full of love.

But the governments were not ready to make that happen.

A million miles from what will be their home, two very special people meet for the very first time.

In the midst of her struggle to adopt Jada Thao, questions about child trafficking through adoption in Vietnam arose, causing suspension of adoptions in the country. Originally McDonald had been told that since she was already in the process of adoption during the shakeup, her case shouldn’t be altered too much.

Their eyes met and in a second they knew it was a Special Day… a very, very Special Day.

Smiles and tears are across their face as they embrace. Yes, it was a Special Day, a very, very Special Day. I wish I could be there to share this special day with my daughter and granddaughter. Just know I will be with you in my thoughts and prayers. Love you, Mom – A poem written by McDonald’s mother, Janice Moore, for her and Jada Thao

But her heart began to break when she realized that she wasn’t going to welcome Jada Thao home any time soon. The cases of McDonald and 16 other adoptive parents from seven states, including Florida, quickly screeched to a halt as they found themselves entangled in a spider web of international regulations. That picture of Jada Thao— though beautiful to McDonald—showed a baby covered in mosquito bites with a runny nose and tears running down her cheeks. McDonald knew the baby needed to be with her not only so she could finally have her daughter, but also so Jada Thao could live a safer, healthier life. As each day passed, Jada Thao grew a little thinner, a little sicker and a little older. And

the baby face in those frames was starting to disappear. “I don’t know how many nights I sat in her room just crying and grieving the loss of her infancy. Just not knowing her as an infant …,” McDonald recalls. “One night I fell asleep from crying so hard on her rug on the floor. There were a couple of times when it really did look like it was all over.” And then, one day, came a little ray of hope.

THE ULTIMATE GIFT McDonald began communicating with other adoptive parents in states like Indiana who were facing similar problems in Vietnam and those people quickly became her support group. They com-

forted, encouraged and consoled each other during the difficult times. And they also sought help together, which is how they found Lynda Zengerle, an immigration attorney in Washington, D.C. Zengerle got involved in international adoption in Vietnam in 2000, when she began learning that, though it can be challenging in any country, it’s especially challenging in Vietnam. The issue is that U.S. State Department officials were— and still are—convinced that crooks are approaching families there and encouraging them to sell their children, and then those crooks allegedly market them to orphanages for cash. Zengerle doesn’t believe this is the case. “I don’t think they’re doing it. APRIL 2012

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ing for those kids to get home.” While Wallace and Zengerle were working to save the children, McDonald was taking month-long trips to Vietnam.

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I’ve seen too many situations where the allegations have been made and we have proven them to be wrong,” she says. “But their cases were so much more difficult because we were fighting two governments. I knew we were doing the right thing but I wasn’t sure that we would be able to pull it off.” Keith Wallace, CEO at Families Thru International Adoption, started his agency in 1995 and has placed an estimated 5,000 children from 10 countries and in all of his years of working with adoption cases, he says McDonald’s was the most difficult he’s faced. Through countless talks with U.S. officials, Wallace eventually felt he was talking in circles, trying to convince them that nothing illegal was occurring and that the children deserved to be removed from the deplorable conditions in Vietnam and given to the parents who longed to care for them. “The U.S. folks questioned everybody’s motives and actions and they believed they knew more than anybody else,” Wallace remembers. “I never stopped working, hoping and pray72

Though Jada was only seven months old when McDonald first saw her M picture, she was 18 p months old when the m pair fi nally met. When p McDonald walked into the orphanage that day, the other children flocked to her but Jada Thao stood back and watched from a distance. Then suddenly, she walked toward McDonald and the two stared at each other for what seemed like an eternity. And, just as any child does who wants their mommy, she fell into McDonald’s arms and embraced her so hard that McDonald didn’t want to let go. During those visits McDonald would bring pictures to show Jada Thao of what her room, clothes and toys looked like back in Florida. She tried teaching her English while she herself learned a little Vietnamese. Since McDonald had missed so many milestones already, she decided she would be the one to pottytrain her daughter. But because there was no working bathroom in the orphanage, she had to teach Jada Thao to go to the bathroom over a drain on the floor—still, it worked like a charm. With each visit, McDonald noticed that Jada Thao was losing weight. The children there were surviving on a cup

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of rice a day and had no medical care. Her face was sunken in on the sides and her teeth were rotting. Her condition made saying goodbye even harder each time she had to return to Florida. “Every time when I came back it was like I was grieving. Like I was trying to live without a part of myself,” she explains. “There were days when I couldn’t get out of bed.” She credits family, friends, work and the other parents facing the same ordeal for helping her through those sad times so she could muster the strength to keep fighting. Finally, in 2011, that fight came to an end. With encouragement from Wallace and Zengerle, McDonald and the other families started pursuing their state senators and traveled to Washington, D.C. to share their stories with those senators, as well as with U.S. State Department officials. It was the senators’ relentless push that finally allowed McDonald and the other parents to finalize their adoptions. McDonald arrived in Vietnam on Thanksgiving Day, and on December 25th, 2011, she attended a ceremony where Jada Thao officially became her daughter.

The Number of International Adoptions in the United States 2011 2009 2007

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That little baby that McDonald thought she was getting a few years ago had turned into a beautiful 4-year-old. It had been an entire year since they had last seen one another and, though McDonald worried about what Jada Thao’s reaction might be that Christmas Day, her fears were quickly calmed. When they saw each other from afar, Jada Thao ran into McDonald’s arms and wouldn’t stop smiling. An unbelievably heavy weight was suddenly starting to lift from McDonald’s shoulders. It was the best Christmas present McDonald could have ever hoped for.

A BEAUTIFUL LIFE It’s been a little more than two months since Jada Thao has been in South Florida and though that might not seem like a long time to most, it’s been chock-full of so many good memories that McDonald says it’s hard to recall what life was like before. “I think the first week I was on some type of high. I would just stare at her breathing. I could not stop looking at her,” McDonald says. “It was surreal at first. I kept having to say, ‘Oh this is for real. She is really here.’” And Jada Thao is exploring anything and everything she can. Just riding in an elevator solicits a giggle. And staring into mirrors is such an amazing way to pass the time because, before now, she had rarely seen her reflection. She loves her bedroom and

spends time exploring it like she’s searching for treasure, always excited to find a new toy she grows to adore. The beach is her new obsession—playing in the water and the sand—and she can’t get enough of watching the different birds South Florida has to offer. Jada Thao was especially excited to see her pictures framed throughout the house. “She seemed to really like that she was everywhere,” McDonald says. Jada Thao is starting to develop favorite foods. Right now all she wants to eat is bacon, her mother says with a laugh. She’s making friends and learning English at a preschool near McDonald’s work. She can name foods and animals and, McDonald proudly touts, she can already speak in sentences. One of the phrases she often says is, “I love you.” They sleep together at night because that’s where Jada Thao feels safe. McDonald doesn’t know much about what her little girl’s life was like during those four years in the orphanage, but senses that at times she was mistreated. Jada Thao’s grief and sadness seem to pop up at night, creeping into her dreams, and McDonald is always there to hug the hurt away. “She’s far braver then I would imagine myself being,” she says. But McDonald forgets that after all she endured during the past four years, she is brave as well. Like mother, like daughter. O


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38 Fashion And Beauty Tips For Looking Fabulous By This Season Andrea G. Rollin

Beauty may only be skin deep, but style radiates from the inside out. What does your style say about you? Is your wardrobe up to date? How about your hair and makeup? This season is all about fashions that flatter and colors that bring out your inner glow. What are spring’s hottest shades, must-have products and figure-enhancing secrets? To find out what’s hot— and what’s not—we surveyed some of South Florida’s leading local beauty and fashion experts. Here’s the inside scoop.

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“I recommend good color as one of the best ways to keep hair looking healthy and shiny. I use gloss after every application to complete the look—it seals the color and adds shine. Products I recommend for at-home care are Kerastase and Phyto.” —Jody Jack, Co-

owner, Jody Jack & Co., Boca Raton

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“To make your legs look longer with clothing, make sure you have your red-bottom shoes! Louboutins make your legs look long, thin and sexy.”—Jamie Kaplan,

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“When eyebrows are allowed to grow in and (then) are shaped properly or enhanced with a little makeup they can open up the eye and soften facial features to create a more youthful appearance. Lightening or darkening g them with a tinted taming gel makes a fashion statement.” —Jeri Nanan, Expert Brows & more by Jeri @ Salon Edge of Boca Raton, Boca Raton

Owner, Jamie’s, Boca Raton

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“For spring, skirt and dress lengths are going to be anything from above-the-knee retro color-block shifts to flowing ankle-length maxi skirts inspired by the hippie era. Dresses and blouses are feminine and romantic, with flowing silhouettes in pastels and floral prints.” —Lisa

Stark, Owner, Serendipity Consignment, Boca Raton

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“A very big trend for spring is the headband, which adds a touch of ‘special’ to any outfit. The look ranges from a bit of sparkle to a rainbow of bright colors and animal prints.”—Stacey Ugles,

Owner, Styles Boutique, Boca Raton

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“This season is all about the ‘Fancy Pant’ (a pant that has either a bold color or a bold print). From colored denim to graphic print pants, we love the look in a wide leg or cropped.” —Katie Wright, Style Advisor, Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton

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“Xen-Tan Perfect Blend is a hot new self-tanner. As the official brand of ‘E! Live from the Red Carpet,’ it gives you the same sexy glow as the hosts and celebrities. The unique dualchamber bottle—with firming self-

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an environmentally safe product—Dosedge hair-smoothing system—and also a botanical hair relaxer by Phyto.”—Jody Jack, Co-owner, Jody Jack & Co., Boca Raton

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“Every woman needs to have a fabulous clutch handbag this season. The clutch is the trend for spring and the more colorful, the better.”—Katie Wright, Style Advi-

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“For aging skin with fine lines and wrinkles, the Pro-Collagen Facial combines specialized massage techniques with a unique anti-aging Japanese Silk Mask infused with a powerful pro-collagen serum, to reduce the number of wrinkles by up to 94 percent and improve skin firmness by up to 57 percent after just one

complexion. It’s a groundbreaking anti-aging facial containing three targeted enzyme serums that’s clinically proven to resurface the skin by up to 75 percent and increase skin smoothness by up to 32 percent after just one treatment.”—Stefanie Wilson, Director of Spa & Retail, The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach

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“Bangs are really big right now and easy to wear. And if you get tired of them or just want a different look, push them to the side and sport a side bang.”—Jody Jack, Co-owner, Jody

Jack & Co., Boca Raton

“Winged liner (eyeliner that extends outward past your lids, Adele-style) is so on-trend and women shouldn’t be afraid to experiment. For a bolder look, a bright color like teal is really fun. Stay away from foundation and other heavy makeup to keep skin looking young and fresh. Either a sheer gloss or bright lip color will complete the look.”

“Airbrush tanning is a safe alternative to the sun. UV-Free ee Airbrush Tan-ning is safe to do as often as needed, and is going to last you a week to nine days.”

—Shannon Dalbo, Director of Marketing, GBS–The Beauty Store, Boca Raton

—Megan Dewall, Owner, Glow ow

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15 tanner on one side and bronzer on the other—lets you customize your desired color with the simple twist of a dial.”—Shannon Dalbo, Direc-

treatment. We recommend one treatment every three weeks for a course of six treatments.” —Stefanie Wilson, Director of Spa & Retail,

tor of Marketing, GBS–The Beauty Store,

The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach

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“We don’t use Brazilian hair-straightening products because they all have some sort of formaldehyde or derivative. Instead, we use

“We recommend the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial (one treatment every three weeks for a course of six treatments) for resurfacing and a more even

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“(Elemis) Balancing Lime Blossom Cleanser is a great way to get oily skin clean and balanced. Lime is a natural antiseptic and works gently without stripping the skin. (Elemis) Balancing Lavender Toner is the next step after cleansing and will help calm the skin.”—Ste-

fanie Wilson, Director of Spa & Retail, The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach

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cure makeup application and enhance the longevity of the initial application. They also refresh and hydrate the skin, leaving a revitalized glow.”

“The silver shoe is the callout shoe for the season. For spring, we love a great wedge or a jeweled flat sandal.”

—Stefanie Wilson, Director of Spa & Retail, The Seagate Hotel & Spa, Delray Beach

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“Always choose clothing colors that bring out your best features. Blondes look best in lighter palette colorblocking; brunettes in vibrant purples, hot pinks, turquoise and green. Redheads (with copper tones) should select pastel colors, golden browns and warm grays, while deep auburn redheads and strawberry blondes should choose traditional jewel tones like hunter green and blue.”—Madeline Selden, Style Consultant, Saks Fifth Avenue, Boca Raton

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—Katie Wright, Style Advisor, Neiman Marcus, Boca Raton

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“Hot hair lengths and styles include mod bobs worn as messy soft waves (with any length hair, from the ears to just above the shoulders), long hair with soft waves and curls (loose and whimsical), ponytails wrapped ped with your own hair,r, French twists, the short pixie, and let’s not forget the Afro.”

—Jody Jack, Co-owner, Jody Jack & Co., Boca Raton n

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“A true fashionista should never be without a fabulous oversize tote—ready and able to accommodate the essentials for a quick outfit change.” —Debbie Weisman, Co-owner, Alene Too, Boca Raton

“To accentuate uate a small bust, women should look for dresses and tops with twists, knots or ruching (gathering, ruffling or pleating) at the bodice. These can help to provide a visual boost!”—Adri-

anne Weissman, President, Evelyn & Arthur, Boca Raton

figures can use ruffles to give some volume to their top, and top-heavy figures can use ruffles to make their bottom appear fuller.”—Madeline Selden, Style Consultant, Saks Fifth Avenue, Boca Raton

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“ “Fashion tape to keep k everything iin place or to fix any fashion emergency is a musthave accessory for h women. Any womwo en’s clothing store carries it.” it —Lizzy Schwartz, Co-

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—Madeline Selden, Style Consultant, Saks Fifth Avenue, Boca Raton

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“Aquaphor by Eucerin is every girl’s best friend. It’s a great all-purpose hydrator that conditions and tames eyebrows and moisturizes lips, elbows and feet.” —Jeri

Nanan, Expert Brows & more by Jeri @

“The stand-out trends this year are vintageinspired designs from the ’50s, ruffles, oneshoulder bikinis, digital printing (on swimsuits) and cutaway styles. When selecting the right swimsuit for your body, always choose based on what you’re most comfortable and confident wearing. Fuller, curvier figures look great in the vintage-inspired pieces, pear-shaped

sense of style. As you mature, you start to understand what your style is and what looks good on your figure, and then build your wardrobe with timeless pieces and a few trend pieces. A person has to make fashion her own; it’s a reflection of your personality.”

Salon Edge of Boca Raton, Boca Raton

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“By far, the most effective moisturizer I know of is the Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. It’s proven to increase hydration by 45 percent in just two weeks. The main ingredient is Padina Pavonica, which is an algae extract.”—Stefanie Wilson,

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“Your twenties are about taking fashion risks to develop your own

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“Too often, clients focus exclusively on their hair in isolation. We educate our students to envision a more panoramic perspective of appearance that integrates both fashion sense as well as essential techniques of makeup artistry application. These elements work in a symbiotic relationship to ultimately define a woman’s sense of style.”—Jack Bragin,

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“To treat dry skin, use unscented, soapfree, alcohol-free products. As part of your skincare routine, use a gentle creamy cleanser with moisturizer like the Elemis Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser, exfoliate twice weekly to remove dead and dry skin cells, and moisturize every morning and evening. Eat Omega-3 foods and drink lots of water.”—Lesley Gordilla, Spa Director, Elemis Spa, Coral Gables

cream that’s formulated for anti-aging and firming with ingredients including neuropeptides, peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid (to help plump up lines), free radical-fighting antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, Co-Q10 and alpha lipoic acid, as well as caffeine to reduce puffiness and vitamin K to address dark circles.” —Shannon Dalbo, Director of Marketing, GBS–The Beauty Store, Boca Raton

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“Mid-rise jeans are great for curvy women. The relaxed leg creates a slimming effect and is more comfortable in the hip and thigh areas. Boot-cut fits are also great, but I would avoid too wide of a flare leg. If you want to try the ‘skinny’ style, I would opt for a

will create some curves, and trouser jeans will add weight without being baggy. All of these styles look wonderful with embellished pockets and other designs that will add some curves to your look.”—Adrianne Weissman, President, Evelyn & Arthur, Boca Raton

straight-leg version. The straightness will balance you out.”— Adrianne Weissman, President, Evelyn & Arthur, Boca Raton

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“Chanel handbags, any Hermes handbags or accessories, Alexander McQueen pieces, Louboutin shoes, vintage Louis Vuitton luggage, Victoria Beckham dresses, vintage Pucci caftans and Alaia pieces are the most soughtafter consignment fashions right now.”—Ayla Habibi, Co-owner, Encore

Plus Consignment Shop, Boca Raton

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“There are a variety of styles that will add curves to the straight figure! Skinny jeans will look great and elongate the legs, low-rise flares

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“We are often asked to replicate the look (hairstyle) of a celebrity. While we’re always on the cutting edge of new styles and fashions, we encourage and advise our clientele to experiment with a haircut and/or color that dovetails appropriately with their facial structure and physical proportions.”—Jack Bragin, Chairman & CEO, Boca Beauty Academy, Boca Raton

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“Eye-catching blondes, brunettes and redheads bode well in prints this season from romantic to modern with stripes or dots. Also watch for butterflies and birds—always a delight at every turn.”—Katie Wright, Style Advi-

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“A great pair of earrings and a statement ring are definite must-haves. I especially love Sheila Fajl earrings because they have a glow to them that lights up the face and makes everyone feel more beautiful.” —Stacey Ugles, Owner, Styles Boutique,

“Clothing fitted at the top and a bit looser at the bottom always works for peararshaped figures. V-neck and other styles that bring the eyes upward, such as large collars or bold accessories, are also great for pear-shaped wommen. Accentuate the parts arts of the body you love!”—Adrianne

Boca Raton

Weissman, President, Evelyn & Arthur,

“To treat oily skin, cleanse twice a day with a gentle cleanser designed for oily skin, such as the Elemis Sensitive Cleansing Wash or (Elemis) Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleanser. Avoid harsh soaps, perfumes per and overly hot h water. Remove excess oil with a toner, which will also close the pores and reduce the chance of o breakouts. Exfoliate two to three times a wee week, eat protein-rich foods, avoid salt and sugar and drink lots of water.”—Lesley Gordilla,

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Carson Kressley is funny. The style guru who for years has entertained us on shows such as “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “How to Look Good Naked” and, most recently, “Dancing with the Stars” knows a thing or two about color, fit and how to dress the most challenging parts of your body. (First rule? A proper bra fitting.) But the thing you might not know until you’ve had him on the phone for 15 minutes is that he’s more than just a cute guy who rocks a navy blue blazer and a silk

the stage because of that cute waiter,” Kressley enthused recently while speaking at the Old Bags Luncheon in Palm Beach.

an nonprofit group. On the side, he dabbled as a stylist.

e’s different, this one. When he was a boy, he’d opt for shopping with his mom and sister instead of hovering over a dirty car engine with his dad and brother. “Ewwww,” he says.

It was his flair for fashion that landed him his first break in 1994, when a Polo Ralph Lauren headhunter spotted Kressley in a Manhattan gym. It was fate, not luck that Kressley was dressed from head to toe in Ralph Lauren and he was hired, pretty much on the spot, as a company gofer. Kressley stayed with the designer until 2002, eventually becoming the director of creative development.

From Allentown, where Kressley picked up his love

“There has been a lot of luck in my life,” he says, which

“I’m very confused here. Even the straight men are wearing pink.”

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sexual men giving a makeover and life advice to a very straight man who was bumbling through dates, dinners and department stores without a clue—was little more than a seedling back then. After watching a test video of a straight guy blow-drying his hair in the buff because he was “so proud of his endowment,” all the other job candidates were stunned into proper answers like, “This man is trying to overcompensate.” Kressley went for the raunchier punch line. “He’s hung like a Shetland pony,” he remembers saying. “What’s the problem? Obviously, he’s gifted.”

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BEST FRIEND { { Who Needs Diamonds When We’ve Got Style Savant Carson Kressley To Help Us Sparkle?

pocket square. Kressley, 42, is a champion equestrian, devoted philanthropist—and hilarious as all get-out.

Move over Jerry Seinfeld. Kressley might know that fashion this season is all about color. (“Wear the orange. Wear the red. Wear the yellow. It’s OK to look like a bag of Skittles,” he tells us, adding that we should embrace fun prints. “Everything is so yummy now.”)

for ponies at his grandparents’ horse farm, he attended Gettysburg College, eventually studying finance and art. In 1991, Kressley graduated magna cum laude, then headed to Manhattan where he got a job with an equestri-

might be why he loves so many charitable causes, supporting everything from gay rights to children’s charities to his beloved equestrian world. “With everything I have, it would be wrong not to give back,” he says.

But the kid from the small, conservative town of Allentown, Pa., is also the king of one-liners, most of them a bit naughty.

Kressley was still at Ralph Lauren, happy as a clam, when a pal of his heard a radio story about some TV producers looking for five gay men to dispense advice about fashion, food and life for a new cable series. Kressley charmed his way into the audition room and then had his way with the crowd.

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had some business to attend to. He had to call home and tell his family he was gay. “My family has always been incredibly supportive,” he says now. Whenever he’s home for a book signing or an equestrian event, the town treats him like royalty, which is fine with him. Carson Kressley likes to sparkle.

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guy can cram a lot of life into 10 years, especially when it’s a guy who looks divine in lime green and pink, and that’s exactly what Kressley has done since hopping on board with “Queer Eye.” (The show aired from 2003 to 2007, and in 2005, Kressley was nominated for


an Emmy.) He’s written three books, two on style and one children’s story. He’s judged the Miss Universe pageant, competed on “Jeopardy!” (losing to Regis Philbin by $1), and had two TV shows of his own: “How to Look Good Naked” and the show he now films for the Oprah Winfrey Network, “Carson Nation.”

Wear the orange. Wear the red. Wear the yellow. It’s OK to look like a bag of Skittles. — Carson Kressley

On the Oprah show, he throws a dart at a map, blows into that town, and helps some poor schlep get beautiful. Man or woman, it doesn’t matter. “Everyone deserves to look good,” he says. He lasted five weeks on last season’s “Dancing with the Stars” (he was a fan favorite), an endeavor that he says gave him serious abs for the first time in his life. “I take what I do very seriously,” he says, talking to The Boca Raton Observer after a Hollywood awards show, which meant we could discuss Meryl Streep’s gown. “Why can’t she get herself a good stylist like Helen Mirren?” he laments with a sigh. But when he spoke to the 600 adoring women at the Old Bags Luncheon—a hot-ticket event in its 14th year that in 2011 raised $400,000 for the Center for Family Services— he went gaga over their style. All the bright color! All the fabulous shoes! And hats! Women were wearing hats! “It’s great not being the bestdressed person in the room, for once,” he told the crowd, grinning. “I can’t compete with a hat.” O APRIL 2012

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SISTER ACT BFFs Share The Extraordinary Power Of Women’s Friendship TEXT BY SUSAN R. MILLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATTY DANIELS

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he’s the Ethel to your Lucy, the Thelma to your Louise, the Laverne to your Shirley: She’s your partner in crime, your best friend. • Maybe you met as kids in kindergarten, or perhaps it was a life-altering event that brought you together later in life. Whatever the reason, she’s the person you can count on to be there through happiness and heartache, good relationships and bad. She’s like your sister—sure, you argue sometimes,

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hey h say you shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but Valentina Moretti and Yonnyt D’alfonso disagree. Friends for more than 16 years, they’re also business partners in DryClean to Go, an environmentally friendly dry cleaning business in Boca Raton. When D’alfonso and Moretti first met at their sons’ daycare center in Venezuela, they had no idea how much they had in common. But after a few of their sons’ play dates they realized how much alike they were.

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but you eventually get over it (and even laugh about it) over a bottle of wine. And even if you go days or weeks without communicating because of your crazy schedules, when you get together it’s as though you were never apart. • Your closet is her closet. ‘Nuf said. • Meet four sets of women who relay their unique stories of love and friendship. Some are funny, others poignant. All share a powerful bond known only by true best friends.

“We both like to cook, families are first in our lives. We love clothing and shoes, we both like the beach,” Moretti rattles off. Adds D’alfonso: “We like the same type of vacation.” It’s a friendship that has survived the test of time and distance—at one point, close to 1,400 miles. D’alfonso moved to Florida eight years ago. Moretti followed to get her master’s degree. “We stayed for a year and realized we really wanted to live here, so we stayed,” Moretti says.

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When D’alfonso approached Moretti with the idea for the business, she said, “yes” right away. “Knowing she was going to be hands-on, I didn’t have any doubt it would be a great success,” Moretti recalls. D’alfonso admits she’s not much of a detail person, and that’s where Moretti comes in. “It’s what makes the balance; thanks to that we have everything covered,” she says. “What I don’t see, she will see for sure.” But it’s not all business for these two. When D’alfonso decided to celebrate her anniversary by

renewing her vows in Las Vegas, Moretti and her husband chose to do the same thing. “Our husbands are friends too, so that also helps,” D’alfonso says. D’alfonso has three brothers, and so having Moretti as a friend is like having the sister she never had. “She is the person I can talk to about anything and she won’t judge me,” she says. Moretti has a sister, but she doesn’t live in Florida. She says of D’alfonso’s friendship: “I can say she is my sister, my heart sister without a doubt.”


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A CLOTHES RELATIONSHIP:

“I can’t imagine her not being an important part of my life always.”

Ashlee Barnes Buanno and Alexia Savage

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lexia Savage recalls the time she was shopping and about to text a picture of a dress to Ashlee Barnes Buanno. Before she hit send, she turned to find her best friend standing there. “We both felt like we had been busted shopping without the other,” recalls Savage.

each other with guy problems, like the time Savage went through a rough breakup and Barnes Buanno packed the car and dragged her on a camping trip. “We are good at uplifting each other,” says Barnes Buanno, president and owner of Hartlines Drapery Workroom in Boca Raton.

Whether it’s lending, borrowing or consulting, for these two it’s all about the clothing. “A quarter of each of our closets has the other’s clothing,” says Savage, vice president of marketing and brand management for the United Way of Palm Beach County.

It wasn’t long before the two met the loves of their lives and became engaged—one after the other. Because neither had a religious connection, they decided to become notaries and perform each others’ ceremony. “It was over a bottle of wine that we came to the decision,” recalls Savage. “We didn’t want a priest or minister or justice of the peace who didn’t know us.”

The pair first met as teens at Boca High School. And while Alexia was a year older, they hit it off. “She loves to remind me that I am older—she takes it and runs with it,” says Savage, 35. After high school, they parted when Barnes Buanno took off for Colorado. Five years later, when she returned home, they picked up right where they’d left off. For a long time, the single friends helped

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When asked where she sees their friendship in 30 years, Savage reflects, “I can’t imagine her not being an important part of my life always.” Adds Barnes Buanno: “Friends drift in and out of your life, but I have no doubt 20 to 30 years from now, God willing, she will still be in my life. I can’t wait to see what it will be like then.”


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Randi Emerman And Flavia Milano

s the executive director of the Palm Beach International Film Festival, Randi Emerman’s life is never dull. But after the death of her significant other, it was empty. Then, through a mutual friend, she met Flavia Milano, who like Emerman, was widowed at an early age after her husband died of leukemia. “I wasn’t working and she had stopped working and we had to reconstruct our lives,” explains Milano, whose company Milano Worldwide Corp., creates and designs globes, ornaments and other custom-made items. Their entrepreneurial spirit, along with their love of fine dining and travel, helped cement their friendship.

What do these two busy professionals ls chat about when they get together? “We We talk about work, our children, men, thee men who we have lost and about ourr future,” Emerman says. Both have sonss who live far away and are busy with h their own lives. “We talk about our sonss and the challenges of not having them m here,” says Milano. Both agree a perfect night out is dinner at a fine restaurant, a nice bottle of wine and being with people they like. In fact, they both love food and wine so much, Milano says they’ve discussed one day starting a company that provides culinary trips to other countries. But for now? Says Milano: “Tonight we’re having dinner together.”

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Randi Emerman And Flavia Milano

What does Milano like most about Emerman? “Randi is so supportive and so enthusiastic. She’s such an upbeat person,” she says. And what does Emerman like about Milano? “I like her spirit. She has a great aura about her. She has an amazing heart and soul … she’s smart as a whip.” And while most close friendships come with their own little annoying idiosyncrasies, Milano says she can’t think of a thing she’d change about her “bestie.” Says Milano, “If I didn’t like something it would come to my mind right away.” Emerman skirts the question by turning the tables. “I have this annoying little purse dog. She doesn’t like it when my dog poops on her floor,” she volunteers with a chuckle.

“We talk about work, our children, men, the men who we have lost and about our future.” —Randi Emerman

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en years ago the only things Pilar Ulibarri de Rivera and her best friend Lauren Suarez had on their minds were partying and travel. “Now we go to story-time together, we go to the mall, toned-down mommy stuff,” Ulibarri de Rivera says. Both 35 years old, the stay-at-home moms have taken a break from the party scene and the job market, but never from each other. “I have more history with her than anyone other than my family. We’ve talked every day for more than 20 years,” says Suarez, who until she had her baby worked for the Palm Beach County Property Appraisers office. Their longtime friendship actually grew out of a spat, recalls Ulibarri de Rivera, a former reporter. “I got into a fight with my best friend and Lauren took my side. I think it was because I had a pool and the other girl didn’t,” she says with a chuckle.

Suarez, on the other hand, is very competitive, notes Ulibarri de Rivera. “Whenever she would win a game she would say, ‘Who won? Lauren won!’ and she would never shut up.” Despite their little differences, both respect each other’s feelings and value their friendship. “We trust each other,” says Suarez. “It’s hard to find a friend you can trust.” Perhaps they’re so close because while both have brothers, neither has a sister. “Sometimes I just want to hear her voice, like when you want to hear your mom’s voice and talk to her about whatever is going on in the day,” says Ulibarri de Rivera. “She is like the sister I never had.” O

“She is like the sister I never had.”

It’s Ulibarri de Rivera’s quirky sense of humor and carefree demeanor that Suarez says she most admires. “One day I was leaving her house and I didn’t see her car and my car hit hers. She said ‘girl get out of here’—she is just so laid back,” Suarez says. However, that same devil-may-care attitude can also become annoying, Suarez admits. “She is never, ever on time and I am always on time,” she says.

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FAMILY FRIENDS:

Pilar Ulibarri de Rivera with her daughters Emilia, left, and Belen, right, and Lauren Suarez with her daughter Violet

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Palm Beach County is a hub for dynamic women. From attorneys, realtors and community partners to interior designers, educators and business owners, the list is long and impressive. The Boca Raton Observer recently went on a quest to find the best of the bestâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we did. The following females are successful, insightful and experts in their respective fields. And, most importantly, all know how to get the job done. Meet Palm Beach Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wonder women.

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DEBBIE WEISMAN AND LIZZY SCHWARTZ

Dynamic Duo

Alene Too Succeeds In Fashion World With Style And Grace RETAIL SUCCESS IS HARD TO COME BY, but Alene Too co-owners Debbie Weisman and Lizzy Schwartz have created a flourishing high-fashion retail business while giving back to the community through high-impact philanthropic endeavors. A

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running theme through it all: Have fun! It’s this spirit that’s reflected throughout the entire Alene Too organization. During the past few years, Alene Too has expanded its business beyond expectations, with three South Florida retail locations. Recently, the company launched

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Lane by Derek Lam. Stay tuned for new and exciting lines coming exclusively to Alene Too this fall! And leave it to Alene Too to come up with shopping for a great cause: Last

their designer collection to a whole new

response was so phenomenal that the

year the company started a new phil-

customer base from coast to coast.

company will roll out the collection this

anthropic effort, “Shopping With A Pur-

fall to retailers nationwide.

pose.” This ongoing program allowed them to support and raise awareness for

And as if this weren’t enough, the company raised the bar even higher by

Like everything they do, the ladies

a number of causes important to Alene

testing their new private label in 2011.

of Alene Too strive to set their stores

Too and its customers.

The essence of the line: “basics missing

apart from the competition and have

from your closet that every woman must

worked diligently to find new and inno-

At the end of the day it’s Alene Too’s

have” at great prices. Lizzy and Debbie

vative lines such as Etoile by Isabel Ma-

passion that drives its owners—the pas-

believe that, “You don’t have to pay a

rant, MW by Mathew Williamson, MCQ

sion for fashion and style, their customers

lot to be styled and fashionable.” The

by Alexander McQueen and 10 Crosby

and for giving back to the community.

Alene Too has three locations in Boca Raton; Shoppes At Village Pointe, Regency Court and Alene Too Beach located at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, which is exclusively for members and hotel guests. For more information, call 561-394-0899 or visit alenetoo.com.

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STACEY BENEDON

Smooth Sailing Boca Express Travel Is Your Ultimate Cruise Vacation Destination GETTING MARRIED AND GOING ON YOUR honeymoon are possibly the most memorable times in your life. But the planning can be extremely stressful. It doesn’t have to be.

el’s destination wedding and honeymoon specialist, handle it all. “I block the rooms and handle all the wedding details with the cruise line or resort. I have as much or as little involvement as the bride wants,” says Benedon, who, with her mother and the company’s president, Linda Benedon, loves making people happy. “I don’t see people as excited as those who are planning their wedding,” she says. And she should know. Benedon is currently planning her own wedding after her fiance popped the question while they were on a family cruise on the Ce-

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“When they deal with me it’s a stress-free experience and I make sure they have the best experience they can.”

That’s where Benedon comes in. Either

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Let Stacey Benedon, Boca Express Trav-

she or one of the other agents in her office have taken many cruises and have valuable insights they can share as you plan your next getaway. Whether it’s a family gathering on a

lebrity Millennium. “There is just some-

On the Millennium, as it is on every Ce-

Celebrity ship, a destination wedding

thing special about the ocean, it’s so

lebrity Cruise ship, it’s all about deliver-

in Mexico, or a honeymoon in Ireland,

romantic,” she says.

ing modern luxury through professional

Stacey has the expertise to make it all

and friendly service.

happen.

renewing their vows. “The kids, and the

Celebrity has four classes of ships and

“When they deal with me it’s a stress-

whole family were there,” she recalls.

serves 15 destinations. With all of those

free experience and I make sure they

choices at your fingertips, it can be diffi-

have the most extraordinary memories

cult to decide which one is right for you.

imaginable,” she says.

On that same ship there was a couple

The captain performed the ceremony.

Boca Express Travel is located at 8177 Glades Road, Suite 14, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-451-4511 or visit bocaexpresstravel.com or sojournwithstacey.com.

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HOLLY FORTUNATO

Divine Design

Holly Fortunato Of Brown’s Interior Design Helps Clients Create The Homes Of Their Dreams HOLLY FORTUNATO ENJOYS SOLVING her clients’ interior design challenges. “It’s a lot of fun for me and no two jobs are the same,” she says. “I’ve worked with clients from their 20s on up, including parents

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and children. It’s a very satisfying feeling to see it all come together in the end.” A member of the talented team of pro-

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“Regardless of the size of the project, we do our very best to give our clients the home of their dreams.”

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the owner, architect and contractor to coordinate key aspects of the design, such as the placement of walls, the electrical wiring, and the ceiling, tile and flooring details.

She recently de-

Boca Raton, Fortunato brings more than

From selecting floorings, finishes and fur-

signed a 10,000-square-foot contempo-

25 years of experience to every project.

nishings to preparing the right floorplan,

rary summer home in a North Carolina

“It’s a collaborative process at every

the firm’s team is ready to provide ex-

golfing community and visits the project

stage,” she says. “Some people feel

pert guidance.

frequently to monitor the construction

overwhelmed at the beginning, but we

team’s progress.

have a large browsing library of maga-

For

zines and photographs to help them

the importance of proper lighting in a

Along with her out-of-state projects,

create their personal vision. Then we

home’s interior design. “We all need

there are plenty of clients right here in

work closely to explore the options and

more light for seeing things clearly as we

the Boca Raton area, from 1,500-square-

advise them every step of the way.”

get older,” she says. “We take advan-

foot townhouses with smaller budgets

tage of the latest innovations and light-

to generous vacation homes. “Help-

Since 1975, family-owned Brown’s Inte-

ing technology to create an attractive

ing a client turn the interior into a true

rior Design has provided expert turnkey

and functional design.”

work of art is why we love our jobs,” For-

instance,

Fortunato

emphasizes

design services, and now has show-

tunato says. “Regardless of the size of

rooms in Boca and Jupiter along with

With new construction or renovation

the project, we do our very best to give

two local warehouses for fast delivery.

projects, Fortunato works closely with

our clients the home of their dreams.”

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

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JOYCE SCHNEIDER

Luxury Liaison

Castles By The Beach’s Joyce Schneider Treats You Like Royalty HER CLIENTS CALL HER INTUITIVE, knowledgeable and tireless. She calls herself a workaholic, in the best sense of the word. By any measure, Joyce

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Schneider, real estate broker and owner of Castles by the Beach Realty in Boca Raton, is the personification of success in the high-stakes business of South Florida waterfront real estate. Joyce sells luxury homes on the ocean, the Intracoastal or deepwater canals in East Boca, Highland Beach, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach and the Hillsboro Mile. She also sells in Old Floresta,

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market, attention to detail and positive

hood in East Boca. Her track record is

attitude helped her remain profitable

impressive: for 15 years, she’s been a

through the recent real estate slow-

consistent top producer in real estate

down. Today she is busier than ever, with

sales in the area.

more than $75 million worth of property in her listing inventory.

“I am mostly a listing agent, but I do

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“I love a challenge, and I believe that nothing is impossible.”

represent buyers as well,” Joyce says.

“The market has come back strong and

why she has a steady flow of referrals;

“I love a challenge, and I believe that

things are selling like crazy now!” she

she works one-on-one with each client,

nothing is impossible.”

says.

helps them every step of the way, and

She’s having a terrific year so far. As of

Originally from Clifton, New Jersey,

mid-March, she had more than $12 mil-

Joyce moved to South Florida to attend

“I’m a hard worker,” says Joyce, “and I

lion in sales or pending sales.

college. She found her niche in high-

have a wide inventory. Right now I have

end real estate sales and opened her

listings from $500,000 to $8 million, and

own company in 2008. It’s easy to see

everything in between.”

always goes the extra mile.

Joyce’s extensive knowledge of the

Castles by the Beach is located at 889 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-212-4403 or visit castlesbythebeach.com.

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PERI GINSBERG

✽ new Mini Cooper car barber chair. Ginsberg brings her love of children and her personal touch to everyone who walks in. Pretty surprising for someone who started out with an Ivy League engineering degree and made it all the way to the Director of Information Technology (IT) at Office Depot’s corporate headquarters, then located in Delray Beach.

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“It’s about more than a great haircut. Remember, for kids it needs to also be about having fun.”

“I woke up after twelve years in the corporate world and decided I wanted to

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personally touch the lives of those in our community,” says Ginsberg, surrounded by kids and handing out balloons and lollipops during a typical busy afternoon. “I love seeing the smiles on the faces. I love making their experience

Hair, There And Everywhere

Fast-Growing Cow Licks Kids Salon Gives Children Something To Smile About

at Cow Licks something to look forward to. It’s about more than a great haircut. Remember, for kids it needs to also be about having fun.” Cow Licks has been extremely successful since opening its doors in 2007. It now offers an exclusive line of children’s hair and body care products that are sulfate-, paraben- and tear-free. They are all manufactured right in Boca Ra-

IT IS NOT OFTEN YOU COME ACROSS

most successful and fastest-growing

ton, fulfilling Ginsberg’s commitment to

someone willing to walk away from a ris-

children’s salons. Step into Cow Licks

support the local community. In addi-

ing career at one of the nation’s largest

Kids Salon, currently located in the

tion, a second Cow Licks Kids Salon will

companies to pursue an entrepreneur-

Shoppes at Boca Greens, (and soon

be opening this summer at the Village

ial dream. But Peri Ginsberg is not your

to open a second location in Coconut

Shoppes of Coconut Creek on the cor-

ordinary Boca Raton business woman

Creek), and you find a world devoted to

ner of US 441 and Wiles Road.

and mother of two young children.

children. From the exclusive line of children’s beauty products, to the unique

You can keep up with all the fun and re-

On the contrary, Ginsberg is the heart,

collection of whimsical jewelry, clothing

ceive exclusive offers by following Cow

spirit, and soul of one of Boca Raton’s

and hair accessories, to the cool brand-

Licks Kids Salon on Facebook.

Cow Licks Kids Salon is located at 19635 North State Road 7, Unit 35, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-488-6100 or visit cowlickssalon.com.

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RONDA ELLIS

Lady Justice

Lawyer Ronda Ellis of Ellis, Ged & Bodden Dedicates Her Life To Helping Others AFTER 17 YEARS AT THE HELM OF ONE of South Florida’s most successful law firms, Ronda Ellis knows the power of dedicating a life to helping others. She and her husband, C. Glen Ged, founded Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A., with a lives of those in need. They do that year after year, not only through the compassion and integrity on which they’ve built their practice, but through Ellis’ commitment to charities that make a difference. “We have a responsibility to do what we can to give of ourselves,” Ellis says,

offers a broad range of legal services,

charities benefiting children and families.

“whether it’s through our work, our

it’s a leader in the field of PIP, Florida’s

This year, she devoted her energies to

job as parents and role models or by

Personal

statute

helping Food For The Poor feed and

supporting worthy causes.”

designed to protect the interests of

house Haiti’s families still living in post-

accident victims and the medical

earthquake squalor. As a planning

professionals treating their injuries.

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“We have a responsibility to do what we can to give of ourselves, whether it’s through our work, our job as parents and role models or by supporting worthy causes.”

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member,

Ellis

helped

organize a star-studded benefit that raised enough money to develop 100 housing units, a community center and an animal husbandry project in Haiti. Her donation will also pay for a secure home for a family now living without one.

An energetic mother of two, she’s

“Doctors and hospitals are a special

known for juggling her responsibilities

group of people,” Ellis says. “It’s a privilege

Robin Mahfood, Food For The Poor’s

with patience and a human touch.

to fight the insurance companies on their

President/CEO, called Ellis’ passion an

Between shuttling her kids to school

behalf and make sure they can continue

inspiration to others, stating, “Ronda

and after-school activities, Ellis fights

to offer quality health care in Florida.”

combines a true heart for the poor with her professional ability to make things

to see her clients get the justice they deserve. Though Ellis, Ged & Bodden

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heartfelt mission: to positively impact the

Ellis has the same tireless commitment to

happen.”

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

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AUDREY SCHNEIDERMAN

derman, P.L., in Boca Raton, Schneiderman has seen it all: Battles over parental time-sharing, child support, alimony, paternity—you name it. Things become even more challenging when other elements become part of the mix, such as second and third marriages, stepchil-

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Using her intellect as well as her empathy, Schneiderman sorts through the contentious issues, helping her clients

Adamant Advocate Attorney Audrey Schneiderman Of Feldman & Schneiderman Is Friendly, Fair, Firm And Focused

settle things as quickly and peacefully as possible. She knows that hostility between spouses is not helpful to any kind of effective parenting, and that this sort of behavior simply has to stop. Schneiderman also has the ability to see and understand “the big picture” in a family law dispute.

She draws on her

WITH HER QUICK WIT, INTELLIGENCE

ing disputes or other family-related is-

prior legal experience as a corporate

and friendly personality, family lawyer

sues. She knows how to listen, get at the

and tax attorney to uncover the finan-

Audrey Schneiderman is someone you’d

heart of the dispute, and then step in

cial situation, analyze the facts and ex-

like to meet at a cafe, the bookstore or

and take control.

plain the options to her clients.

other people, a deep compassion for

She’s also a force to be reckoned with in

If an agreement can’t be reached

her clients and a strong sense of right

the courtroom, bringing well-honed trial

through a settlement conference, such

and wrong.

skills and a laser-like focus to even the

as mediation, Schneiderman is a tena-

most complex family law matters. As she

cious, unflinching advocate who stands

Schneiderman’s warm personality helps

says, “In representing my clients, I am

up for her clients in the courtroom. As she

her forge strong connections with her cli-

very tough, but very fair.”

says, “I will never stop working toward

the theater. She has keen insights into

the goal of reaching a fair and equita-

ents facing the emotional turmoil and uncertainties of divorce, death, parent-

In her law practice at Feldman & Schnei-

ble resolution for my clients.”

Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L., is located at 401 Camino Gardens Boulevard, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-392-4400 or visit feldmanlawoffice.com.

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Rediscover Your Happiness Get Joyful Today! Helps Clients Visualize A Happier Life

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN your life today what would it be? How would your life be different? These are lead-in questions that Susan Lawrence uses to focus her clients.

self-limiting beliefs that hold them back from living a life worth celebrating. Lawrence uses Neurological Linguistic Pro-

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“What we have been programmed to believe about ourselves from parents, teachers and mean kids on the playground may be subconsciously negating who we really are.”

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childrearing, to a student who has test-taking anxieties. She helps clients lose weight, stop smoking or deal with anger issues.

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As a NLP Practitioner, she analyzes her

“What takes years in a life to manifest

tify negative patterns of thought, feelings,

helping to change the way they think

can take just weeks to release,” Law-

behaviors and beliefs and replaces them

and ultimately change their life.

rence asserts.

Lawrence suggests her title be Mind

Whether it’s helping someone overcome

Therapist.

a fear of spiders, get off a diet roller-coast-

with new patterns that harmonize with outcomes they want to achieve. While the title is a mouthful, a NLP’s philos-

er, or put down that cigarette, Lawrence

ophy is straightforward: “What we have

“People go to massage therapists to feel

says the best part of her job is what she

been programmed to believe about our-

better for a day, but mind therapy can

calls the epiphany moment, “When they

selves from parents, teachers and mean

make them feel better for a lifetime!”

open their eyes, take a deep breath, re-

kids on the playground may be subconsciously negating who we really are.”

lax and realize that they are finally free!” Her clients can come from different walks of life: From the business executive who

Her belief: “There’s nothing more impor-

Using hypnotherapy for relaxation, she

has a fear of public speaking, to the stay-

tant than feeling good about oneself,

can alter a client’s subconscious mind,

at-home mom dealing with the stresses of

period!”

For more information about Get Joyful Today!, call 561-266-3669, visit getjoyful.com or e-mail susan@getjoyfultoday.com.

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✽ employment verification (with incomes between $24,000 and $58,000), be firsttime homebuyers and have a satisfactory credit history. “Families also have to invest 500 ‘sweat-equity’ hours (including working on builds), attend educational classes (including finances, basic home maintenance and life skills) taught by volunteers and Habitat employees and live for at least one year in our affiliate area including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Boynton Beach,” says Hileman.

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“You see the joy in their faces and understand the difference it makes in their lives.”

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Hileman is especially excited about her role as co-chair of the Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2012, an annual event that will take place May 8-12 this year at the Habitat Homes on the Ocean Breeze

Home Advantage

Diana Hileman Helps Habitat for Humanity Build Better Lives For Families

West property, which will be a community of 21 homes in Boynton Beach. “The goal of the Women Build will be to raise $100,000,” she points out. “I’d like to reach out to women in our community to help us reach our goal. It’s a way to make a difference in the lives of

DIANA HILEMAN WAS TAUGHT EARLY

ford Mulhall in Boca Raton.

families and build a community.”

need, you jump in and help wherever

“I got involved in the early ’90s with the

Hileman says the most rewarding part

you can.

local Habitat affiliate on ‘builds’ and

of her position at Habitat for Humanity

assisting with legal matters. In 2008, I

is seeing the look on the families’ faces

“My grandfather led our family down

came onto the Board of Directors. Hab-

when they get the keys to their new

that route, growing up in Louisville, Ken-

itat is an organization that helps strug-

house at the dedication.

tucky,” explains Hileman, Vice Presi-

gling families improve their lives.”

on that whenever you see someone in

dent of the Board of Directors at Habi-

“You see the joy in their faces and un-

tat for Humanity of South Palm Beach

To qualify for a new home, families

derstand the difference it makes in

County and an attorney with Ruther-

must complete an application, show

their lives,” she says. “It’s very moving.”

Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County is located at 181 S.E. Fifth Avenue, Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-819-6070 or visit HabitatSouthPalmBeach.org or hfhboca.org/womenbuild.

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DINA SHEHATA-HUJBER

Family Attorney Dina ShehataHujber Is Well Versed In The Business Of Divorce TALK WITH ANYONE WHO HAS GONE through a divorce and they’ll tell you that there’s more to dealing with the breakup of a family—and the division of the marital estate—than meets the eye. Consequently, choosing a family attorney to work with who knows their business is paramount. And that’s where Dina Shehata-Hujber, Esq., M.B.A. of Hu-

A quick look at Hujber’s background reveals right off the bat that she’s no ordinary family law attorney. Unlike others whose practice is primarily concentrated on divorce cases, this Rutgers University graduate holds both a law degree

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“I have a strong business background and it benefits my clients when dealing with complex financial issues.”

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dled in a divorce. But there’s more to her practice than her ability handle the family’s financial issues.

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jber Law Group comes in.

Hujber, who began practicing law in 2004 and is licensed to practice law

That’s a sweet combination under any

is very important in the practice of fam-

in New York, New Jersey and Florida,

circumstance—but when it comes to

ily law and in the dealing with the dis-

knows the importance of listening and

family law, it’s extraordinary.

tribution of marital assets and support

compassion.

issues. This is particularly true when the “I have a very strong business back-

marital estate includes self-employed

“Divorces can be very stressful,” says Hu-

ground and it benefits my clients when

professionals, businesses and substantial

jber. “I ask my clients to focus on their

dealing with complex financial issues,”

investments.”

mental well-being and their children’s

says this working mother of two who

needs. When they are confident that

previously worked as in-house counsel

That kind of business knowledge com-

they have an attorney working diligently

for a financial firm before joining the

bined with divorce law acumen can

to protect their interest, they have the

Palm Beach County firm. “What I have

make a huge difference in the outcome

opportunity to focus their attention on

found is that my financial background

of how family financial issues are han-

what truly matters—a better future.”

Hujber Law Group, P.A. is located at 703 W. Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach and 1300 E. Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 561-417-8472, 954-651-9921 or visit hujberlaw.com.

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JODY JACK

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Best Tressed

salon that offers cuts, color, highlights, treatments and products for men and

Jody Jack & Co. Creates Lush-Colored Locks And Savvy Styles For Men And Women

women. According to Scalone, whose proficiency with shears turns out some of the best men’s looks in Boca, “For men, it’s not just about the haircut, but also about styling.” Scalone’s cuts are designed to

CELEBRITY COLORIST JODY JACK AND

from the Boys & Girls Clubs an afternoon

be versatile and, easily be styled to suit

stylist Kelly Scalone opened Boca’s Ra-

of games, fun and, of course, hairstyling.

all occasions. With a dab of the right hair

ton’s beauty destination, Jody Jack &

At another popular event, they joined

product and a switch in styling technique,

Co., to rave reviews last year. “We are

Breathless Performance Products Auto

the same cut can go from corporate and

all about healthy hair and developing a

Racing Team, English Tap & Beer Garden

serious, to controlled and tussled, to messy

business that is a real asset to our com-

and designer Nancy Rose to benefit St.

and wild.

munity,” according to the dynamic duo

Jude Children’s Hospital.

whose vision for Jody Jack & Co. as a

“Men don’t want to look like they had

“green” salon has become a reality. The

“Kelly and I have each been part of the

their hair dyed, but they do want to look

salon has an upbeat, earthy environ-

Boca Raton community for more than

younger and sexier,” says Scalone. Color

15 years, and now, with our salon, we

by MiN New York, provides a natural,

ment and beauty experts avoid using harmful chemical treatments, opting for nontoxic, botanical methods. Jack, known as the “Doctor of Hair” for her ability to correct any hair color disaster, is perfectly paired with Scalone, who specializes in men’s hair. These entrepreneurs

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“Kelly and I have each been part of the Boca Raton community for more than 15 years, and now, with our new salon, we have an opportunity to make a difference.”

have an opportunity to make a differ-

blended look via a gentle ammonia-free

teamed up with other local businesses to

ence,” says Jack. “Kids in Distress, which

formula. Scalone confides that the most

benefit several local charities during their

treats children and preserves families, is

popular shade at Jody Jack & Co. is ‘Pep-

first year in business. The talented beauty

also a favorite charity of ours.”

per,’ recommended for men who want

team at Jody Jack & Co. worked with the Florida Panthers Foundation to give kids

a look similar to George Clooney or Ben Jody Jack & Co. is a state-of-the-art hair

Affleck.

Jody Jack & Co. is located at 21090 St. Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-391-7545 or visit jodyjackandco.com.

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KidSafe Foundation Works to Curb “Silent Epidemic” Of Child Sexual Abuse

ing with children—teachers, counselors, coaches, youth leaders, etc.—should have Sexual Abuse Prevention Training.” Sally and Cherie are fast becoming national experts on child safety. They’ve writ-

CHERIE BENJOSEPH AND SALLY BEREN-

thousands of teachers and parents on

ten two children’s books on the topic. They

zweig call themselves “two women on a mis-

how to recognize, and respond to, child

blog about child safety for 10 different

sion,” dedicated to reducing the incidence

sexual abuse. Their goal: to expand the

websites, and they are regularly invited to

of child sexual abuse through education.

KidSafe program nationwide.

speak before academic and civic groups.

Cherie, a licensed clinical social worker,

Cherie and Sally say high-profile cases

and Sally, who has master’s degrees in

such as the Penn State sex-abuse scan-

Elementary Education and Counseling

dal have helped to create acceptance

“We are ripe to grow,” says Cherie, “and

Psychology, founded the KidSafe Foun-

for KidSafe initiatives.

we’re striving to gain support from people

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“Ninety-five percent of abuse and exploitation of children is preventable through education.”

Grants, gifts and donations keep KidSafe

dation, a Boca Raton nonprofit organi-

going, but more funds are needed.

who share our passion to keep children safe.”

zation that teaches both kids and adults

“Ninety-five percent of abuse and exploi-

about child abuse prevention.

tation of children is preventable through

You can show your support by attend-

education,” says Sally. “But our children

ing KidSafe’s fundraiser “Cocktails for a

are not getting that education.”

Cause,” April 26 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the

After teaming up in 2007, Cherie and Sally co-authored a curriculum called “Kid-

new Red, The Steakhouse in Boca Raton,

Safe For Kids,” which has been taught to

“We believe it takes an integrated ap-

featuring an open bar, food, auction, and

25,000 public and private school children

proach to keep kids safe,” says Cherie.

a chance to win tickets to “The Voice—

in South Florida. They have also trained

“Our philosophy is that anyone work-

Season 3 Finale.”

KidSafe Foundation is located at 20283 State Road 7, Suite 300, Boca Raton. For more information, call 855-844-SAFE or visit kidsafefoundation.org.

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LIZ KNOWLES

✽ courses at Florida Atlantic University. “A special interest has always been current brain research and how it can be applied in the classroom,” she says. “Now, with LearningRx, we are putting those findings into practice.” Since opening the center at The Commons at Town Center last May, Dr. Knowles has been helping children and adults improve key brain functions like memory and attention. “Cognitive skills

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crease long-term learning ability in as little as 60 hours,” she says. “I personally guarantee that you will see results.” WITH HER NINE BOOKS AND EXTENSIVE experience as a teacher and administrator, Liz Knowles, Ed.D., has made a profound impact on children, parents and teachers. Now, she is offering a life-changing cognitive skills testing and training program through the LearningRx Brain Training Center in Boca Raton. “Our testing uses the gold-standard of cognitive skills testing—helping you know the root cause of learning struggles,” says Dr. Knowles. “Our proprietary techniques train the underlying brain

Smart Move

Dr. Liz Knowles Of Learning Rx Brain Training Center Improves Cognitive Skills In All Ages

Studies indicate that 80 percent of learning and reading problems are due to a cognitive skill weakness, according to Dr. Knowles. “Unlike traditional tutoring programs that simply re-teach information that could have been learned the first time, LearningRx offers individually customized programs to identify and attack the root of individual learning issues,” she says. Summing up her philosophy Dr. Knowles says, “The potential for faster, deeper learning, better grades, improved confidence, and long-term success exists in all of us. I strongly believe that cognitive

skills we use every day to learn and succeed in school and life. It’s like a boot

at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton and

skills training can enhance the lives of

camp for the brain.”

Fort Lauderdale. She was an adjunct

struggling students, gifted students, and

professor in the Graduate Teacher Edu-

students trying to get into the very best

Dr. Knowles has a long career in edu-

cation Program at Nova Southeastern

universities, career-minded adults, and

cation, including more than 25 years

University and taught graduate-level

even senior citizens.”

LearningRx Brain Training Center is located at 2240 N.W. 19th Street, #1204, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-361-4010 or visit learningrx.com/boca-raton.

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LINDA BEAN

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“The good news for Florida is that eating lobster is healthful, and I love making it affordable.”

Maine® Lobster Roll cafe in downtown Delray Beach in 2009. Now her specialty lobster food products are moving through Florida via Sysco and Gary Seafoods out of Orlando. Millions of Beanbranded lobsters come from Linda’s four wharves on Maine’s working waterfront, a floating buying dock and her

World are among her Florida targets, along with Publix and Winn-Dixie for frozen meals including Lobster Mac & Cheese, creamy bisque, and lobster

From Maine With Love Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster Helps Floridians Preserve Way Of Life

raviolis. Her trademarked Lobster Cuddlers®, which were initiated in 800 Walmart stores nationwide in 2009, were a big hit last fall at EPCOT International Food and

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two Maine seafood-processing plants.

Wine Festival at Disney World. Also during the festival, 50,000 lobster

rolls featuring her secret herb dressing WHY DOES THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF

is plentiful and sustainable, but I know

Maine’s best-known retailer, L.L. Bean,

the economics, the seasonality, and the

see Florida as pivotal to the future of

pay struggle.”

Maine lobster-fishing families?

were consumed. In Delray Beach, Bean is retooling her restaurant to go full-service and to add

Bean is working to supply Florida’s great

an evening menu.

“Floridians love Maine lobster,” says

restaurants and entertainment resorts

Linda Bean. “Maine will lose its trappers

with the popular, big-clawed crusta-

“Our new vision is to include vegetar-

unless more lobster is consumed. I look

ceans. “The good news for Florida is

ian and gluten-free choices, as well as

out and see our small boat fishermen,

that eating lobster is healthful, and I love

beef, poultry, and delicious Maine crab-

two by two, heading out at 4:30 a.m.

making it affordable,” she says.

meat and shrimp,” Bean says. “And, as

to bring in their daily life-support catch. The supply from our cold pristine waters

always, you can choose your own lobBean opened her Linda Bean’s Perfect

ster from our saltwater tank.”

Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster is located at 200 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-276-2502 or visit lindabeansperfectmaine.com.

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LISETTE LIMOGES

In 2003, Small and Limoges began making a collection of great fitting pants. Limoges hit it big with Flaterie Fit™, pants designed from fabric that stays close to the body with no zipper or button. Today they are flying off the racks. Last May, Kathie Lee Gifford repeatedly told a nationwide audience on NBC’s “Today”

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“Whoever tries on our pants is happy.”

show that they were her favorite pants

in her wardrobe. A few months later, in a show broadcast from Montreal, Gifford LISETTE LIMOGES HAS FOUND THE perfect fit for her fashion sense and design skills. With her husband, Neil Small, Limoges has created a new classic line of ladies’ pants that flattens and flatters, slims the abs, contours the hips and shapes the behind. Today, her Lisette L line is available at select boutiques throughout Florida.

Perfect Fit

Entrepreneur’s FigureFlattering Lisette L. Pants A Hit For Women Everywhere

“Our goal is to be the favorite pant in

introduced Lisette and called Lisette L pants one of Canada’s best exports. “Whoever tries on our pants is happy,” says Limoges. “I am the model for our designs and I want to look and feel comfortable in what I wear.” Lisette L pants are also easy to maintain—washable and hang dry. In the Boca Raton area, Lisette L pants are available at fine boutiques. Retailers

every woman’s closet,” says Limoges.

her paper dolls. Her interest in fashion

are selling them out so fast, it’s a good

“Our collections stand out with colors

continued as a wife and mother, and

thing Lisette L has an in-stock program

and styles for every season, and we

she eventually joined her husband’s

with instant delivery to retailers. “I’m

have loyal fans all over the U.S., Cana-

firm in representing clothing manufac-

always looking at new styles and de-

da and Europe.”

turers. “I would talk with customers and

signs for our pants,” says Limoges. “My

store owners about what their customers

passion is designing and I am flattered

As a girl growing up in Quebec, Limoges

wanted,” she says. “Comfortable, flatter-

that our Lisette L line has been so well

enjoyed cutting and making dresses for

ing pants were high on everyone’s list.”

received by our customers.”

For more information about Lisette L., call 866-385-5888 or visit lisette-l.com.

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ROBIN BRESKY

Appealing Attorney Robin Bresky Offers Hopeful Clients A Second Chance APPELLATE ATTORNEY ROBIN BRESKY IS a stickler for detail. She can review a judge’s order or the trial proceedings to see if there are grounds to appeal the decision to a higher court. If so, she carefully prepares a powerful written

civil and criminal appeals,” says Bresky, who focuses her practice on this area of the law. “Recently, we’ve added workers compensation appeals to our prac-

rights. “Just because you’re unhappy

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in-depth knowledge of courtroom pro-

Florida Association for Women Lawyers

doesn’t mean you can appeal,” says

cedures and judges’ rulings in order to

(FAWL),

Bresky. “But there may have been a

spot potential problems. In fact, some

Beach County Bar Association and

judicial error that needs to be ad-

trial attorneys bring Bresky’s firm into a

board member of the Legal Aid Society

dressed. Whether you are planning to

case while the trial is underway for litiga-

of Palm Beach County.

appeal, or defending against an ap-

tion support, and immediate guidance

peal, you should look for representation

if a verdict is likely to be appealed.

tice.” Her legal team has also grown to four attorneys in her Boca Raton office. In divorce cases, for instance, Bresky sees clients who feel dissatisfied with a judge’s order regarding distribution of marital assets, alimony or parental

“Whether you are planning to appeal, or defending against an appeal, you should look for respresentation to protect your rights.”

to protect your rights.”

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argument on behalf of her client.

board member of the Palm

Reflecting her knowledge of the field, Bresky serves on The Florida Bar’s Appel-

“I believe the law is a noble profession

late Court Rules Committee, which makes

Unlike a courtroom trial, appellate work

and I’m very proud of our local legal

recommendations on changes in the rules

is known as “black letter” law. That’s

community,” she says. Known for her

of appellate procedure, and is outreach

because the issues are usually argued

civic and professional leadership, Bresky

chair for the Bar’s Appellate Practice Sec-

on paper, although Bresky presents oral

will become president-elect of the

tion. Appellate law is a very demanding

agruments as well. She notes that an

South Palm Beach County Bar Associa-

field. That’s why a strong advocate, like

appellate attorney needs to have an

tion in May. She is also state treasurer of

Robin Bresky, is needed.

The Law Offices of Robin Bresky are located at 7777 Glades Road, Suite 205, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-994-6273 or visit breskyappellate.com.

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CLAIRE SHERES

group of only eight other associates having ever achieved this status, putting Claire in the top 1/4% of all 40,000+ Coldwell Banker/NRT agents worldwide. Not surprisingly, Sheres is also the topproducing Realtor® in Woodfield Country Club, where she is a 20-year resident. “Each of my clients, buyer or seller, has unique circumstances. Many are very successful individuals who can confidently rely on me to be sure that the job gets done effectively. With the help of my assistants, I supply boutique-style services, coupled with the backing of Coldwell Banker, the world’s largest residential broker,” says Sheres.

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“Each of my clients, buyer or seller, has unique circumstances.”

Sheres has won rave reviews from her clients. “Claire does amazing marketing in Boca, but what we see locally is just the tip of the iceberg,” said one seller in Woodfield Country Club. “We were as-

Homes Sweet Homes

Claire Sheres: The ‘Go-To’ Choice For Country Club Homes And Waterfront Properties

tonished at how much global marketing Claire does... And thrilled with the result.” A recent luxury waterfront buyer says, “We have dealt with seven or eight agents over the years. Never has any agent been so knowledgeable and compassionate, spending long days

WITH HER IN-DEPTH MARKET KNOWL-

“She has uncanny real estate intuition,”

during our search and many more days

edge, experience and proven abil-

says Carolyn Kearns, managing Broker

guiding us through negotiations, inspec-

ity to deliver results, Claire Sheres is the

of Coldwell Banker’s largest office.

tions and holding the deal together.

“go-to” choice for buyers and sellers of

“Claire is the ultimate professional who

There was not one hitch, no detail was

luxury country club community homes

pays attention to every detail and

left undone. Claire is one Realtor® who

and waterfront properties. In 2011,

whose reputation is well-deserved.”

absolutely knows what she’s doing.”

#1 top producer in Boca Raton, Delray

This year, Sheres achieved the highest

Kearns concludes, “Claire achieves results

Beach, Highland Beach and the entire

honor awarded to any Coldwell Banker

with style, leadership and unprecedented

tri-county Palm Beaches region—her

sales associate in Florida—”International

success. Her clients are very fortunate to

fourth consecutive year in the top spot.

Legends Society.” She joins an elite

have her on their side of a deal.”

Sheres was, again, Coldwell Banker’s

Claire Sheres is located at 2301 Glades Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-414-4146 or visit BocaRatonDelrayHomes.com or WoodfieldResales.com.

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STACEY UGLES

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“I don’t believe in ordering the same thing over and over. I am constantly changing. I pick what’s hot and different.”

That difference transcends the store’s decor. From the classic little black dress, to jeans and a funky top, you’ll find a mix of contemporary and casual clothing and accessories. Her sales philosophy is simple: She doesn’t sell to the masses and focuses on exclusive pieces. “I don’t believe in ordering the same thing over and over. I am constantly changing,”

XCVI, Skinny Tees and Steve Madden are among the brands she features. And, all of her merchandise is top quality and made of the best materials. Ugles has relationships with some of the

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Brand-New Styles Boutique Offers Unique Pieces And Fabulous Designer Selections

top designers including Rodrigo Otazu, whose pieces appeared in “Sex and the City,” and Sheila Fajl, whose clients in-

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she says. “I pick what’s hot and different.”

clude Salma Hayek, Katharine McPhee and Paula Abdul. It’s those types of relationships that have allowed her to bring those unique piec-

FOR STACEY UGLES IT’S ALL ABOUT

“Every button, every piece of carpet,

style, so it only made sense for her to

everything I put in this store, I picked. It’s

name her new store Styles Boutique.

a reflection of me,” she says.

Ugles has spent her entire career in retail

Guests are dazzled by the leopard-

helping others. Now, her longtime dream

print carpets, crystal chandeliers, velvet

of owning a boutique has come true.

chairs and antiques that fill the room.

And, like the pieces she chooses for her

“It’s eclectic. I wanted to be different from

says. “Come shop the newest, hottest

clients, Ugles’ boutique is one-of-a-kind.

the women down the block,” she explains.

boutique.”

es all under one roof. Ugles considers herself to be a consultant. When she goes on buying trips, she keeps the customer’s tastes in mind. “You need to know who your customer is and that is what I have done,” she

Styles Boutique is located at 21090 St. Andrews Boulevard, Suite B2, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-393-0488.

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JULIE MULLEN-KAMINSKI, HOPE BRUENS, ELIZABETH KELLEY GRACE

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genuinely love what we do,” says Bruens, the firm’s go-to marketing and branding strategist.

The Buzz Agency Creates Dynamic PR Campaigns For Today’s Integrated World

In the past three years, The Buzz Agency has secured a growing number of clients, including an international consumer goods

PUBLIC RELATIONS IS ALL ABOUT

ray Beach-based agency, founded in

manufacturer, a national retailer and other

creating a buzz as Julie Mullen-Kaminski,

2009. “What differentiates us is that every

local and national clients. “We’ve been

Hope Bruens and Elizabeth Kelley Grace

member of our team has at least 20 years

very successful in the outdoor industry, in

know. That’s why The Buzz Agency uses all

of experience, giving us a lot of depth

particular, which has traditionally been a

the tools of the communications trade to

and a well-rounded set of skills,” says

male-dominated field,” says Bruens. Other

Grace, an active member of the commu-

industries they service include hospitality,

create award-winning campaigns for their clients. “Everything is integrated now,” says Mullen-Kaminski. “You can’t separate public relations from social, digital and mobile media, or advertising and other forms of traditional marketing. Our partners and staff have experience with all of these tools, we

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restaurant/retail, development and notfor-profits. The three are also mothers, and they strive to balance work responsibilities with their personal lives. “Women are the best multi-

continuously keep abreast of trends in our

nity, who serves on the boards of the

taskers on the planet,” says Mullen-Kamin-

field and we provide a solid mix of knowl-

Boca Raton Historical Society and the Ju-

ski, whose background includes work in the

edge and technology.”

nior League of Boca Raton (2012-13).

broadcast and print media, ad agency and corporate PR. “Family is priority, al-

All three partners bring plenty of national,

There’s plenty of personal chemistry as

ways. We’re fortunate to enjoy business

regional and local expertise to their Del-

well. “Our personalities mesh well and we

success and still be there for our children.”

The Buzz Agency is located at 104 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach. For more information, call 855-525-BUZZ (2899) or visit thebuzzagency.net.

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KAREN BEATON

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her search for the perfect east coast Florida location for her third Unique Boutique. “We studied several areas and quickly saw the active ‘alive’ atmosphere of Delray Beach—nothing compared to Atlantic Avenue. So, we found the best location, 204 E. Atlantic Avenue, and the rest is

True Gem Unique Boutique Offers Fabulous One-Of-A-Kind Jewels And Treasures

“The cornerstone of my business is providing exquisite jewelry and accessories along with exemplary service,” Beaton says. It’s a standard she learned from her mother, who owned a catering business on Cape Cod. “My mother instilled a work ethic,” Beaton recalls. “She told me that whatever I

history.” anywhere else,” Beaton explains. “We

did, I should do it with excellence and

provide something special for everyone.”

superior service.”

the popular jewelry gallery is also consis-

Travelling the country, Beaton has found

A fourth-generation New Englander, she

tently busy.

fabulous artists to provide gorgeous one-

opened her first Unique Boutique on

of-a-kind wearable art.

Cape Cod in 1995. In 2002, she brought

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“People find treasures here they can’t find anywhere else.”

anniversary, and like Atlantic Avenue,

“At this anniversary, I’d really like to

the business to Naples and now a third is

thank Delray Beach for providing the

At Unique Boutique, “you’ll find hand-

perfect business environment,” says Be-

made jewelry with beautiful gemstones

thriving in Delray Beach.

aton. “They simply encourage business.”

and pearls set in all metals to satisfy every

“Our store manager Arnona Cohen and

woman’s heart’s desire! Our shawls and

our staff have made Unique Boutique a

Atlantic Avenue brought customers to her

sweater vests are a huge success in vibrant

favorite shopping experience,” says Be-

door, but it’s the unique boutique itself

colors and flattering styles for all! And of

aton. “I’m honored by how many times

that brings them back.

course our handbags are the favorite of

our customers comment that Unique

many customers and our windows display

Boutique is their favorite store and their

an ever-changing new array weekly.

first stop every season.”

“People find treasures here they can’t find

Unique Boutique is located at 204 E. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-272-6654 or visit uniqueboutiquejewelry.com.

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EMERIL DOES BOCA RATON Chef Lagasse Kicks It Up A Notch At American Fine Wine Competition

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eloved New Orleans native Chef Emeril Lagasse is cooking up a special entree for Boca Raton wine lovers. The popular food personality will prepare the main course for the gala dinner at the American Fine Wine Competition, which takes place April 19th at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be cooking on stage during my live demonstration but I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet decided what to make,â&#x20AC;? admits Chef Lagasse. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All I know is that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited about coming to the show.â&#x20AC;? As the chef and proprietor of 13 restaurants, including Emerilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Emerilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tchoup Chop in Orlando, and the brand-new e2 emerilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eatery in Charlotte, N.C., star of several national TV shows, including the latest season of Bravoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top Chef Texas,â&#x20AC;? and author of 16 cookbooks (heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the final stages of completing his 17th, which is about sandwiches, scheduled to be published this fall), Chef Lagasse is well prepared to sate the appetites of the galaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many oenophiles. Prior to the dinner, eight lucky guests will be selected in a lottery to sit on stage at â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emerilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tableâ&#x20AC;? and experience the cooking demonstration up close and personal. Guests will also get the chance to participate in a live auction emceed by Alan Kalter, announcer for CBSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Late Show with David Letterman,â&#x20AC;? with proceeds benefitting the Diabetes Research Institute and the Golden Bell Education Foundation. Chef Lagasse says he loves pairing fine wines with his delicious entrees. Once his

menu is finalized, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll select the wines, although his current favorites are Meiomi (a high-style Pinot Noir), Au Bon Climat (which offers a variety from a well-exposed vineyard) and Domaine Serene (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Oregon). â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m fortunate to be around so many great wines, and of course my favorites vary depending on what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m preparing,â&#x20AC;? says Chef Lagasse, who hosts â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emerilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tableâ&#x20AC;? on the Hallmark Channel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fresh Food Fast with Emeril Lagasse,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Originals with Emerilâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Emeril Liveâ&#x20AC;? on The Cooking Channel, and a live call-in radio show for Martha Stewart Living Radio on SiriusXM. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to get cooking!â&#x20AC;? Chef Lagasse owned Emerilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant Miami Beach for nearly eight years at the Loews Hotel, and says he still enjoys coming to South Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the food, the people and the weather in South Florida,â&#x20AC;? says Chef Lagasse, who operates his base from New Orleans, where he houses his various culinary operations, a test kitchen for recipe development and a boutique store to showcase his signature products. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of my favorite restaurants are Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami and Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Stone Crab in Miami Beach. And of course, I love anything Michelle Bernstein does. What is not to like about South Florida?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Emily Hall

For more information, call 561-504-8463 or visit americanfinewinecompetition.org.

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THESE CREAMY, DREAMY DESSERTS WILL HAVE YOU SMILING

Whether it’s a sinful double dose of chocolate, kick of Irish Cream liqueur or the subtle crunch of crème brûlee topping, these cheesecakes will ensure you save room for something sweet. ITALIAN RICOTTA CHEESECAKE An Italian twist on a classic dessert, this cheesecake’s biscotti crust provides a flavorful foundation to the fluffy ricotta filling. Guests are sure to find this palate pleaser molto delizioso! (Serves 14) INGREDIENTS 8 oz. store-bought biscotti 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 1 12-oz. container fresh whole milk ricotta, drained 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 ½ cups sugar 4 large eggs 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest 1 tbsp. grated orange zest 1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract ½ tsp. almond extract

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line outside of 9-inch Springform pan with 2 3/4-inch-high sides with double layer of heavy-duty foil. Finely grind biscotti in food processor. Add melted butter; process until crumbs are moistened. Press mixture over bottom and 1/4-inch up sides of prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes or until crust is golden. Cool completely. Blend ricotta until smooth. Add cream cheese and sugar; blend well, stopping occasionally to scrape down sides of bowl. Mix in lemon zest, orange zest, vanilla extract and almond extract. Add eggs, one at a time; pulse until blended. Pour cheese mixture over crust in pan. Place Springform pan in a large roasting pan. Pour hot water into roasting pan to come halfway up sides of Springform pan. Bake 1 hour or until cheesecake is golden and center is slightly wobbly. Crack oven and let cheesecake cool for about an hour. Pipe whipped cream on top and add strawberries. Refrigerate at least 8 hours. Cut into wedges and serve.

BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM CHEESECAKE This indulgent cheesecake offers a wonderful balance of Irish Cream liqueur and cream cheese topped with a sweetened sour cream. A tip: keeping ingredients at room tem110

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perature will minimize cracking. (Serves 10) INGREDIENTS 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 /3 cup Irish Cream liqueur 3 tbsp. sugar 3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup sugar 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 cup sour cream 4 large eggs (TOPPING) 1 cup sour cream ¼ cup sugar PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, combine crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of a 9-inch Springform pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool on wire rack. Maintain oven temperature. To make filling: Combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in food processor. Process

10 to 20 seconds, or until smooth. Add sour cream and Irish cream liqueur; process for about 10 seconds. Add eggs one at a time, processing after each addition. Pour filling over crust. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until edges are puffed and center firm. Remove from oven; cool for 10 minutes. To make topping: In small bowl, whisk sour cream and sugar. Spoon topping over warm cheesecake; bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven; cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Release the pan sides, slice and serve.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE This decadent dessert is made doubly delicious topped with a sensational chocolate ganache. Make sure to use the very best chocolate you can find—the splurge is worth it. (Serves 10)

INGREDIENTS 2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted

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


1 ¼ cups chocolate wafer crumbs ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted 2 tbsp. sugar ½ cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 /3 cup sour cream 1 /3 cup amaretto 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract ½ tsp. almond extract (GANACHE) ½ cup heavy cream 1 tsp.instant coffee granules 8 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 300ºF. Combine chocolate crumbs, butter and 2 tablespoons sugar in small bowl. Press into bottom and 1-inch up sides of an 8-inch Springform pan. Chill. In medium-size bowl beat cream cheese on high speed, until creamy. Gradually mix in sugar. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add melted chocolate, sour cream, amaretto, vanilla extract and almond extract; beat until smooth. Pour into prepared crust. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off oven; partially open oven door and let cool for 1 hour. Remove cheesecake from oven; let cool to room temperature in pan on a wire rack. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Carefully remove sides of Springform pan. To make ganache: cook heavy cream, chocolate chips and instant coffee in the top of a double boiler over simmering water until smooth and warm, stirring occasionally. Spread over cheesecake.

BRÛLEE CHEESECAKE WITH LAVENDER HONEY Imagine the decadence of crème brûlee combined with the creamy texture of cheesecake. This to-die-for dessert is infused with lavender, a hot new trendy ingredient. (Serves 12) INGREDIENTS (CRUST) ½ cup plus 1 tbsp. butter, divided 2 tbsp. dried lavender 4 tbsp. sugar 2 cups graham cracker crumbs

(FILLING) 3 8-oz. packages cream cheese 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract ½ tsp. lavender extract 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 cup heavy cream 1 /3 cup honey ¼ cup sugar for topping PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 325°F. In small sauce pan over low heat, place cold butter and dried lavender. Melt 1/2 cup butter; allow flowers to seep in butter for 5 minutes. Strain; press any additional butter from lavender into bowl. Combine lavender butter with graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Mix until combined and crumbly. Press in bottom and up sides of 6 buttered 4-inch Springform pans. In large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Add eggs to mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. In separate bowl, mix heavy cream, extracts, lemon juice and honey. Pour cream mixture into cream cheese mixture; slowly stir with wooden spoon until smooth. Wrap outside of pans with two layers of heavyduty foil; set them in a roasting pan. Fill pans with mixture. Fill roasting pan with hot water halfway up sides of pans. Bake for about an hour or until cakes set. Turn off oven; leave in oven until room temperature, leaving door slightly ajar. Remove from water bath, wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours. Once cakes are chilled, sprinkle sugar over top of each evenly. Using a

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kitchen blow torch, melt sugar, or put under broiler to caramelize tops.

NEW YORK-STYLE CHEESECAKE WITH ORANGE GRAPEFRUIT SYRUP If there’s one thing New York is known for, it’s a spectacular cheesecake. Paired with a tart and refreshing vanilla-infused citrus syrup, it’s a treat that can’t be beat. (Serves 10) INGREDIENTS (CRUST) 8 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature ¼ cup sugar 1 large egg yolk 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract ¾ cup all-purpose flour ¼ tsp. salt (CHEESECAKE) 2 ¼ cups sugar ½ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sour cream, room temperature 1 ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract 5 large eggs, room temperature Butter, unsalted, softened Water, boiling for roasting pan 7 8-oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350°F. To make crust: In medium-size bowl, add butter and sugar, mix on medium speed for 3 minutes. Mix in egg yolk and vanilla. Add flour and salt; mix until dough forms. Shape dough into a disk and place in plastic wrap; refrigerate at least 30 minutes. On lightly floured surface, roll out dough slightly thicker than 1/8 inch. Place base of a 10-inch Springform pan on top as a guide, cut out dough and slide onto base. Freeze in pan for 15 minutes; transfer pan to baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes. Remove from oven; let crust cool. Leave oven on. To make cheesecake: Place cream cheese in mediumsize bowl and mix 3 minutes or until fluffy. In separate bowl, stir sugar and flour; add to cream cheese, slowly mixing until smooth. Add sour cream and vanilla, mix until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until just combined. Butter sides of pan. Pour cream cheese filling over crust. Bake 45 minutes; reduce oven temperature to 325ºF. Continue baking for 30 minutes or until cake is golden and set but still slightly wobbly in the center. Turn oven off; leave cake in oven with door slightly open for 1 hour. Transfer cake pan to rack; let cool completely. Refrigerate, uncovered, at least 6 hours or overnight. Before unmolding, run a knife around edge of cake. O APRIL 2012

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ROYAL AFFAIR TeaLicious Tearoom & Gifts Serves Treats Fit For A Princess By Linda Haase

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f Kate Middleton were looking for a spot of tea in Delray Beach, she would adore TeaLicious Tearoom & Gifts. This secret, out-ofthe-way gem is fit for royalty. The gleaming chandeliers, chic china, crisp white linen tablecloths and eye-catching artwork lend sophistication to the cozy atmosphere here (they’re for sale, along with one-of-akind items in the adjacent gift shop). Owner Maryann Matesic puts her heart and soul into this charming eatery and embellishes it with the perfect touches: soft music, a passionate staff, innovative entrees and fresh roses in sparkling crystal vases. The result: warm and soothing, like the perfect blends of tea it SWEET RETREAT: (From serves (there are about 50 Top) Owner Maryann Matesic; types, from the traditional the charming dining room black, white, herb and oolong to those with a twist, such as Cherry Vanilla, with a subtle cherry flavor, a hint of vanilla and a lingering sweet taste, Lemon Lavender, or Caramel Apple (no calories in this delightful version). The made-from-scratch offerings created by Chef Antoinette Occhigrosso include TeaLicious’ signature Abigail Rose, an elegantly tiered presentation of canapés, tea sandwiches, fresh fruit, mini sweets, warm scones and preserves. Other can’t-miss choices include the Oriental Emperor, mounds of jumbo lump crab meat and shrimp salad with diced peppers, scallions, 112

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mandarin oranges and asparagus spears drizzled with sesame-ginger dressing and topped with sesame seeds and roasted almonds, and the Lady Ann Croissant, thin-sliced smoked breast of turkey and creamy brie on a flaky croissant, crowned with rosemary fig marmalade. Wraps, quiche and crepes are other tempting options, and mismatched serving plates and cups imbue a frivolous touch. For younger diners: A Princess Tea for kids ages 5 through 10 features an Alice In Wonderland experience with a mini tea sandwich and dessert. Entrees include a steeping pot of tea, soup, garden salad and fruit. The corn chowder served on our visit was overflowing with farm-fresh veggies in a light, aromatic broth. Dessert is as essential here as fresh tea leaves. All choices are heavenly, but the chocolate bread pudding is to die for. Tender, rich. Too sinful for words. Just enjoy. O

where TeaLicious Tearoom & Gifts is located in the Delray Square shopping center at 4997 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. For reservations or more information, call 561-638-5155 or visit tealicioustearoom.com.


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KING OF THE SEA

Superb Truluck’s Serves The Freshest Stone Crabs, Lobster, Fish And More By Linda Haase

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We suggest you begin your culinary journey with the bursting-with-flavor Warm Goat Cheese appetizer, served atop crispy crostini or a cup of creamy Lobster Bisque, poured tableside from a gleaming tureen.

But, oh that seafood: The fish (Hawaiian Tuna, Chilean Sea Bass, Red Snapper, Scottish Salmon, Norwegian Halibut and Idaho Trout) can be pan seared or grilled and topped with one of Truluck’s four unique sauces (such as the Pontchartrain, a blend of crawfish, shrimp and blue crab in a piquant Creole sauce) making it even more impressive. Classics like Scottish Salmon Béarnaise and lobster entrees are also available.

While this Boca Raton hotspot is known for its fresh delectable crab entrees (the company operates its own fleet of boats that catch and deliver fresh Florida stone crabs daily), there are delicious steak and chicken options and even a vegetarian selection of Sautéed Falafel.

The food is expertly and artfully prepared and presented and the wait staff impeccable, but it’s the innovative touches that elevate this restaurant to a notch above exceptional. From the crab-shaped decorative lighting to the Wine Flights sampling (four 2 oz. servings of compat-

f you’re dining at Truluck’s, plan to stay awhile. Not because the service is slow—on the contrary, it’s superb. But the food is so delicious you’ll want to linger, the portions so ample you’ll need time to savor each bite.

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ible whites, reds or Champagnes accompanied by detailed descriptions), it’s a unique dining experience (where else can you indulge in Classic Mac and Cheese so rich it resembles crème brûlee?). The libations are equally distinctive: 13 classic cocktails (including Sangria with Truluck’s secret recipe) and 16 marvelous martinis (we were quite enamored with the Chocolate Martini, (a smooth melding of Stoli Vanilla and Godiva Dark) and the Tiramisu Martini (Vincent Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka and Nocello Walnut Liquor). It’s been said that once diners see the luscious dessert tray, they can’t resist (we certainly couldn’t). The restaurant’s over-the-top specialty,

the Chocolate Sack, is a decadent, edible semi-sweet chocolate sack filled with pound cake, berries, candied pecans and chocolate chips, and drizzled with hot chocolate fudge. The carrot cake is elevated to new heights with accompanying sides of warm butterscotch sauce and candied pecans. Sweet endings are always the best, no? O

where Truluck’s is located in Mizner Park, 351 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-391-0755 or visit trulucks.com.


Looking for the hot spot? You’re getting warmer. Sensational seasonal menu. Stylish live entertainment, featuring Orson Whitfield.

On Mother’s Day, May 13, moms will receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of champagne and a special gift from the Seagate Spa.

Open Daily 11 am • Happy Hour 4 – 7 pm Delray’s Best Brunch Sat & Sun 9 am – 2:30 pm For information or reservations, visit theatlanticgrille.com or call 561-665-4900 At The Seagate Hotel, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach §Scan for special offers and entertainment schedule.


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The main dining room at Tea-Licious

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

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

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. ABSINTHEShops at Boca Center ❘ 5150 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3754 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. ATLANTIC GRILLESeagate Hotel & Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Dinner daily, Brunch SaturdaySunday. BOCA BURGER BAR200 S.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.6434 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BONEFISH GRILLBoca Grove Shopping Center ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Dinner daily. BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘ 2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BROOKS RESTAURANT500

South Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.427.9302 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday in season, off-season Friday-Sunday.

PARTY HEARTY Las Olas Wine & Food Festival A Culinary Fête

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he brains behind the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival understand that foodies want to indulge in as many libations and tastings as possible. And they’ve delivered: the 17th annual event, slated for April 16-21, winds along four blocks of Fort Lauderdale’s Las Olas Boulevard, offering bites from more than 70 restaurants and 40 tables laden with wines and microbrews. The event kicks off Monday at 7 p.m. with “Bourbon & Burgers,” where exclusive bourbons will be paired with specialties like Deep-Fried Chicken Paprika Pierogies and Florida Rock Shrimp Mac & Cheese. Gourmet Spanish-inspired tapas and wines will be featured on “Wine Down Wednesday” on April 18th, while the “all-you-can-eat” Banfi Italian Festival on April 19th will pull out all the stops with an abundance of hot-andsweet Italian sausage sandwiches,

THE CAPITAL GRILLE

6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. CARMEN’SBoca Raton

Bridge Resort ❘ 999 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.9500 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday, Brunch Sunday. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR101

Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.2675 ❘ Dinner nightly. TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA1754 S.E. Third Ct. ❘

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meatballs, pizzas and other delicacies—and of course, lots of vino. An “Around the Wheel,” wine and cheese tasting adventure also takes place at 7 p.m. that evening. The Street Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on April 20th: Be sure to take time out to watch the New Times Cupcake Battle, where local bakeries compete in the ultimate miniature cake smack-down. FIFTH AVENUE GRILL821 S.E.

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

DADA52 North Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly.

GRAND LUX CAFETown

DUFFY'S SPORTS BAR & GRILL401 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.429.8820 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDENThe Shops at Boca Center

❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch, Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Sunday.

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Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2141 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE GRILLE ON CONGRESS 

If you’re still raring to go, check out the two after-parties at Vibe and O Lounge, which get cranking at 10 p.m. The party continues on April 21st with an 11 a.m. “Rise & Shine Brunch.” All event proceeds will benefit the American Lung Association in Florida.

For more information, call 954727-0907 or visit lasolaswineandfoodfestival.com. –Linda Haase

HOOTERS Glades Plaza ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. HOUSTON’S1900 N.W.

Executive Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0550 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

5101 Congress Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.9800 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

J. ALEXANDER’S1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

HENRY’SThe Shoppes at Addison Place ❘ 16850 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.1949 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE4199 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.6033 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.


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RARE LAS OLAS401 E. Las Olas Blvd. ❘ Fort Lauderdale ❘ 954.527.3365 ❘ Dinner nightly.

LUCILLE’S BAD TO THE BONE BBQRegency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9557 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIPOSANeiman Marcus at

Town Center ❘ 5860 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2320 ❘ Lunch daily. MAX’S GRILLEMizner Park ❘

404 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.0080 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. MAX’S HARVESTDelray Beach ❘ 169 N.E. Second Ave. ❘ 561.381.9970 ❘ Dinner nightly. MIA'S GRILLE2399 N. Federal

225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.6746 ❘ Dinner nightly. SEASONS 522300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SIX TABLES112 N.E. Second St. ❘

TEMPLE ORANGEThe Ritz-

WATERCOLORS CAFEBoca

Carlton, Palm Beach ❘ 100 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Manalapan ❘ 561.533.6000 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Raton Bridge Hotel ❘ 999 E. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.9500 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

THE SUNDY HOUSE106 S. Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.5678 ❘ Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday. TRIPLE EIGHT LOUNGE AT THE FALCON HOUSE116 N.E. Sixth

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6260 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation.

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.243.9499 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

SMOKEHOUSE GRILLE & WINGERY2257 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

VINNY’S ALL DAY CAFERegen-

Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.9110 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

cy Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9883 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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NEW YORK PRIME2350 N.W.

Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.998.3881

OCEANS 234234 N. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.428.2539 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE OFFICE201 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE PAVILION GRILLE301 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘ 402 Plaza

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7600 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday. BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

EDO SUSHI-UPSCALE JAPANESE SUSHI & PAN-ASIAN BUFFET

1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.7724 ❘ Dinner nightly.

ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL

CAY DA VIETNAMESE7400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0278 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

561.988.9142 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

Shoppes of Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.989.1688 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

MILLER’S EAST BOCA ALE HOUSEShoppes at Blue Lake ❘

W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

5 SPICE ASIAN STREET MARKET

561.544.8100

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.6388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Sunday. Closed Saturday.

MILLER’S WEST BOCA ALE HOUSEBoca Lyons Plaza ❘ 9244

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

DECADENT DAYS Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival Returns For Second Year

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lorida’s Top 50 chefs are slicing and dicing in preparation of the 2nd Annual Deerfield Beach Wine & Food Festival, which takes place on April 27-28 at Quiet Waters Park. The event, themed “A Blue Wave Affair,” will showcase the “best of the best” from these noted chefs, including Executive Chef Victor Franco of Oceans 234 in Deerfield Beach and Executive Chef David Harmon, owner of Super Dave’s Diner in Boca Raton. A bonus: Cooking demos are sure to thrill gourmet foodies as well as wannabe chefs. The festival kicks off Friday with two events: an exclusive VIP “Dinner Under the Stars,” including a

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four-course wine and food pairing with personal chefs and wine sommeliers, and a Grand Tasting Launch Party. There’s more on tap for Saturday: A Jazz Blues Brunch (Bloody Marys, mimosas and lively music will accompany the decadent offerings), and at night things get livelier with The Grand Tasting, featuring gourmet stations and sommelier-selected wines. Festival organizers have thoughtfully added a bazaar and marketplace, so you can try this at home.

For more information, call 561338-7594 or visit deerfieldbeachwineandfoodfestival.com. –Linda Haase

EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1109 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night. FAH ASIAN BISTROBoca Valley Shopping Plaza ❘ 7461 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.0400 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. FUSIONARIE JAPANESE SIGNATURERoyal Palm Place ❘

500 Via de Palmas, #79 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. 561.367.3283

GARY WOO ASIAN BISTRO3400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8803 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays. HOUSE OF SIAM25 N.E.

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


If this makes you cringe, imagine what a few inches of floodwater could do.

Don’t risk your home, call me for flood insurance today.

BRIAN SAMBERG 561-451-1550 brian@seinsfl.com


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ZTHE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS JAPANGORiverstone Shoppes

of Parkland ❘ 7367 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.4268 ❘ Regency Court ❘ 3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.999.1263 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. KANSAI7140 Beracasa Way ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8862 ❘ Dinner nightly. KAPOW! NOODLE BAR431

Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.347.7322

KYOJIN BUFFETShops at Boca

SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE8841 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.218.8788 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SHINJU BUFFET7875 Glades

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.488.4040 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SPICY GINGER6020 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Dinner Saturday-Sunday. STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILLTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades

BOHEME BISTRO1118 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CIELOThe Boca Raton Resort

Place ❘ 416 Via De Palmas, #81 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

18th St., #103 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1117 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second

Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0033 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.7910 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

MAI HIBACHI4801 Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561. 226.0290 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PHILIPPE BOCA RATON200

East Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.4666 ❘ Dinner nightly. PHUKET THAIPalms Plaza ❘ 22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.8863 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT1668 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI6060 S.W. 18th St.,

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LE PAVILLON14812 S.E. Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.9882 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Mondays. LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th St. ❘

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OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

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

ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades Rd.

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE271 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.0087 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS 4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘

YOKOHAMA9168 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1707 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.60 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9328 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.

BARBECUE MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8580 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday. THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE887 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.8850 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday. TIN MUFFIN CAFE364 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9446 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6779 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday.

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BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

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Atlantic Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘

FLEMING’S BISTRO6060 S.W.

LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

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

CAFE DE FRANCE110 E. 561.455.2140 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner daily.

Sunday. Closed Monday.

& Club ❘ 501 E. Camino Real ❘ 561.447.3222 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Grove ❘ 21073 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.1708 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SUSHI RAYShops at Boca

561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-

THE MELTING POT5455 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘

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Place ❘ 101 Plaza Real S., Ste. K & L ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6021 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch MondaySaturday, Brunch Sunday.

GERMAN BIERGARTENRoyal Palm Place ❘ 309 Via De Palmas #90 ❘ 561.395.7462 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

GREEK MILOS TAVERNA1600 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

INDIAN CURRIES & MORE217 E.

Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday,

Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

ITALIAN ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZAShops at Boca Grove ❘ 21065

Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.6600115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7911 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ARTURO’S RISTORANTE6750

N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.997.7373

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Court at Woodfield ❘ 3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.613.6460 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BRIO TUSCAN GRILLEThe Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3777 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


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CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9404 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CAFE MED BY BICE2096 N.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.5840 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHENTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.268.2805 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILLWharfside Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner daily 335 E. Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.266.9393 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly. CARUSO RISTORANTERoyal Palm

Place ❘ 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.7488 ❘ Lunch and Dinner, Monday-

Saturday. CASA D’ANGELO171 E. Palmetto Park Rd.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.1703 ❘ Dinner nightly. DAVITO’S19635 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.2323 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. DOMINICS I8177 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca

CHEF FRANK ROSANO & WIFE ANTONELLA Exclusively at Villa Rosano

Raton ❘ 561.487.3186 ❘ Lunch and dinner daily. DOMINICS IIWestwinds of Boca ❘ 9834

W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.6325 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. FERRARO’S8208 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.2750 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. FRANK & DINO’S718 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954-427-4909 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Genuine Cuisine From The Homeland The Boca Raton Observer

Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009 Boca Raton Magazine

One Of Those Fabulous Finds Palm Beach Post-2010

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Waterway Shoppes at Parkland ❘ 7625 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9282 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7783 ❘ Dinner ThursdaySaturday. IL GIRASOLETropic Square ❘ 1911 S.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3566 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. JONATHAN'S CORNER134 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.7123 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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Nominated Best Italian Restaurant In Boca 2011 —Sun Sentinel

LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING159 E. Palmetto Park

Vito Raneri Executive Chef/ Owner

David Acker Owner

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2081 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. LA LUNA BISTROThe Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. LILLY’S451 East Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0208 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.

BOCA GREENS PLAZA (left of OUTBACK) 19635 State Rd. 7 Boca Raton

561-482-2323 DINE-IN, TAKE-OUT and DELIVERY Open 7 days a week

www.davitosrestaurant.com

MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIO’S OSTERIA1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.672.1522 ❘ Dinner daily. MATTEO’S RESTAURANT233 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ❘ Dinner nightly. NICK’S NEW HAVEN-STYLE PIZZERIA & BAR2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 904 ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.368.2900 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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NINO'S OF BOCA1930 N.E. Fifth Ave.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8990 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. OVENELLA499 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.395.1455 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. PICCOLINO RESTAURANT78 S.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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POSITANO4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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RAFFAELE RISTORANTERoyal Palm

Place ❘ 508 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.392.1110

Fresh Pasta, Seafood, Tapas And Pizza 40 wines under $40 Serving Lunch And Dinner

RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. RISTORANTE SAPORIRoyal Palm Place

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

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ROSARIO’S RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘ 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.0758 ❘ Dinner nightly.


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SAPORISSIMO366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BARRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.2625 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TRAMONTI119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. TRATTORIA DA MARCELLO39 S.E. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8044 ❘ Dinner nightly. TRATTORIA ROMANA499 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6715 ❘ Dinner nightly. TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA50 N.E.

First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.2930 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VIC AND ANGELO’S 290 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLA ROSANOThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS

114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ Monday-Saturday.

561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner

VIVO PARTENZA1450 N. Federal Hwy.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2120 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL1332 N.W. Second

Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT3350 N.W.

Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday. CABANA EL REY105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL411 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.6565 ❘ Dinner nightly.


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For High Tea At Maryann’s Boutiue In Delray Beach

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

OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday. PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.



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Call For Catering Details And Menu Selections MondaySaturday 10-4. Open On Sundays For Private Parties. 4997-B W. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, FL 33445 Northeast Corner Of Atlantic & Military 561-638-5155  www.TeaLiciousTearoom.com

ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN JERK CAFE1179 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.910.1562 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. THE SPANIARD TAPAS BAR & CAFE99 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.347.7000 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. ❘ Closed Monday.

MEXICAN BAJA CAFE UNO201 N.W. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.5449 ❘1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1305 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BARThe Shops at Boca Center ❘

5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.2131 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SEÑOR BURRITO513 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. UNCLE JULIO’SMizner Park ❘ 449 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.300.3530 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

ORGANIC 4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Lunch Monday-Sunday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. APROPO KAFE147 S.E. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.1223 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. DIG5199 W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach

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❘ 561.638.0500 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. THE GREEN GOURMETThe Shoppes at Addison Place ❘ 16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2466 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.


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SANDWICHES/DELI BEN’S NY KOSHER DELIThe Reserve ❘ 9942

Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CORNER BAKERY CAFEBoca Commons

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The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation was inspired by the strength of Mathew Romer, who lost his eight-year battle with Tay-Sachs disease in 2003.

A BOYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S LEGACY The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation Celebrates 13th Anniversary T

he Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation (MFRF) celebrated its 13th anniversary with â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Evening of Sweetness & Laughterâ&#x20AC;? at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. More than 200 guests attended the event, where they were educated about Tay-Sachs and other genetic diseases, met families and children affected by it and learned about the community leaders fighting to get the word out. Since beginning the Foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s research initiative in 2002 with the National Tays-Sachs and Allied Dis-

eases Association (NTSAD), the oldest nonprofit genetics organization in the country, the Foundation and the Romer family have been looking forward to the day when children could be treated and cured. The research findings and results achieved over the past decade have been made possible thanks to the support of The Mathew Forbes Romer Foundation, NTSAD and the work of the TaySachs Gene Therapy (TSGT) Consortium, an international team of Abdol researchers which has beenMoabery focused on finding a cure for Tay-Sachs and related diseases.

During the anniversary event, two individuals were recognized, both of whom have made outstanding contributions in pioneering and delivering genetic testing and education programs. The honorees were Dr. Florian Eichler, a Harvard Medical School & Mass General Hospital neurologist and principal investigator of the upcoming Tay-Sachs gene therapy clinical trials, and Rabbi Dan Levin, senior rabbi at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton and a tireless supporter of genetic diseases community education. The Mathew Forbes Romer Foun-

dation was inspired by the strength of Mathew Romer, who lost his eight-year battle with Tay-Sachs disease in 2003. It was founded 13 years ago with a mission to promote and lead critical awareness, testing, counseling and research initiatives that hold promise for the prevention and eventual cure of fatal childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genetic diseases of the brain. Since its inception itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s helped raise more than $2 million. O

L For more information, call 561-477-0337 or visit mfrfoundation.org.

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FOR THE KIDS JAFCO Presents 10th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon And Fashion Show

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ore than 400 women are expected to attend the South Palm Beach County chapter of Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options’ (JAFCO) 10th Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, which will take place May 3rd at The Polo Club of Boca Raton. The event is being chaired by Marci Langley and Chris Miller. Judy Levis Markhoff, philanthropist and JAFCO’s 2010 Woman of the Year recipient, is the event’s honorary chair. During the event, JAFCO will honor Marcie Butters as “Woman of the Year” for her dedication and contributions to the organization. Butters has been an active JAFCO member since 2001, is a member of the Godparent Circle and has chaired many successful events for

the organization. Most recently, Butters served as co-chair for the “Knock Out Child Abuse” boxing exhibition and cocktail party that took place in the fall. “Marcie is truly an amazing woman who does so much for the organization and for our community,” said Langley. “It’s an incredible honor to be named ‘Woman of the Year.’ There are so many people who are deserving of this title, and there are no words that can really capture my feelings,” said Butters. This year’s luncheon will feature an exciting new approach to the fashion show. As always, the luncheon will

Marci Langley, Marcie Butters and Chris Miller

“It’s an incredible honor to be named ‘Woman of the Year.’ There are so many people who are deserving of this title, and there are no words that can really capture my feelings.” –Marcie Butters

feature a day of fun, prizes and shopping that will benefit the abused, neglected and at-risk children of JAFCO. Gregory’s Fine Jewelry will provide a stunning piece of jewelry for a special limited on-site raffle; guests can also expect a silent auction and an “invitation-only” raffle is in the works. JAFCO is a nonprofit organization

established in 1992 to provide services to abused, neglected and special-needs children in South Florida and currently provides an entire continuum of programs and services for at-risk children and their families. All event proceeds will benefit the children of JAFCO.

L For more information, call Gail Marlow at 561372-0103, ext. 137 or e-mail gail@jafco.org.

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The newly announced Marcus Neuroscience Institute will offer specialized services for the treatment of stroke, memory and movement disorders, and other neurological conditions. The new state-of-the-art facility is expected to open in 2014.

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better community with a high standard of living and quality care.” The family-centered environment, advanced technology and qualified and compassionate staff has created a combination that the Hollanders want to support. “We want to help ensure this level of superb care is there for our family and friends, whenever they might need it. It’s important to us, and to know that our gift truly makes a difference,” says Marissa.

TERI AND DAMIAN MCFADDEN Jeff and Marissa Hollander

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hen Jeff and Marissa Hollander’s philanthropic gift named the Infusion Center reception area of the Lynn Cancer Institute in the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, they never expected the reaction they would receive. “Our friends and others who visit for treatment have called to tell us they feel a great sense of comfort knowing that people like us are supporting the Hospital and have invested in the care they receive,” says Jeff Hollander. “It reassures them that the community is right there with them.”

And while the Hollanders were surprised at the reaction, they acknowledge that sense of a community caring for its own is the very reason they give. “We were both taught to give back,” says Marissa. “We decided that it is very important to give to causes that matter to us; where we know that we are making a difference.” The Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion houses the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute, one of Florida’s largest cancer programs. The Lynn Cancer Institute boasts some of the world’s most advanced technology and recently announced that it will add proton radiation therapy beginning in 2015.

In previous years, as Jeff and Marissa’s family and friends were treated at Boca Raton Community Hospital, they appreciated having quality healthcare available in their own backyard. Now that it has grown into a world class medical center, Boca Raton Regional Hospital provides cutting edge, advanced care while retaining a warm and reassuring family environment of caring. “Our family and friends receive superb care from the outstanding physicians, nurses and staff,” says Jeff. “We are so pleased that we are able to assist in making such high quality care available for our family, friends and for everyone in the community.” Jeff is especially pleased that the Hospital is at the forefront of technology, citing the recently announced Marcus Neuroscience Institute, the proton beam therapy coming in 2015 and several surgical procedures first performed at Boca Hospital. “This type of world class medicine can compete with any healthcare provided anywhere, and will help Boca Raton continue to attract businesses and individuals who value sophistication, technology and innovation,” says Jeff. “The Hospital helps to make Boca a

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There’s a soft spot for newborns in the hearts of Teri and Damian McFadden, whose children were born in Toppel Family Place at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The

Teri and Damian McFadden

McFaddens gave a very generous gift to name the nurses’ station in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in memory of their infant daughter Jocelyn Marie. “It was important to us to remember our daughter in a meaningful way,” says Damian. “Our gift to the NICU benefits other families by helping to make quality care available to them when they need it. We also wanted to recognize and support the physicians and nurses at the Hospital, who treated us with extraordinary care and compassion.” The McFaddens have lived in Boca Raton for more than a decade, and believe it is important to give back to the community they love. “We’ve


the Boca Hospital is not-for-profit, so that all proceeds stay right here for the benefit of Boca and the entire region.”

Brian and Jennifer Kessler

been very fortunate and want to help make Boca the very best community - for our family, and for other families. We appreciate having top quality healthcare available right here in our backyard, and we’re very grateful to everyone in the community who has supported the Hospital over the years.”

BRIAN AND JENNIFER KESSLER

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rian and Jennifer Kessler are very excited about the newly announced Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Jennifer’s father has Parkinson’s Disease. Several years ago, a Boca Hospital neurosurgeon referred him to a colleague in San Francisco for the latest advancement in surgery. “There has been a void in neurological care here in south Florida,” says Jennifer. “We’re very excited that the Marcus Neuroscience Institute will attract physicians who are on the cutting edge of neuro-care and that they’ll have access to the very latest in technology, right here in Boca Raton. With the area’s aging population, this will be a very important service for so many people in our community.”

The Kessler family generously supported healthcare institutions in the Boston area for many years, and they have continued that tradition of philanthropy at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.

The Kesslers are delighted with the Hospital’s growth in recent years, and its award-winning centers of excellence. “Boca Hospital stands above the rest,” says Brian. “The patient care is superb; the nurses and doctors are excellent and have treated us like family. We don’t hesitate to refer our family and friends to Boca Raton Regional Hospital. We appreciate the fact that we have the quality of care that you find in the Northeast right here in our community, and we want to help ensure that the level of excellence continues.”

MORGAN PRESSEL LPGA star Morgan Pressel uses her fame as a public platform to raise funds and awareness for the causes she believes in, most notably, breast cancer. “My mom passed away from breast cancer when I was 15,” she says. “The opportunity to raise awareness of the disease and help educate women about early detection brings more purpose to what I do. I always carry it with me as I travel around the world, and it’s a constant reminder that there are more important things than making that 10 foot putt.” Toppel Family Place was recently selected by South Florida Parenting’s Kids Crown as a Hall of Fame winner for “Best of the Best Places to Give Birth” in Palm Beach County for the fifth consecutive year.

“Boca is now our home and where we’ve decided to raise our family,” says Brian. “We feel it is important that our donations have a direct impact where we live and that we are able to see the results of our efforts. Quality healthcare is so essential to our family, and we are particularly pleased that

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The Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute offers a comprehensive array of services for women at all stages of life. Plans are under way for a new facility to be built on the Hospital campus.

The Morgan & Friends Golf Event is an annual fundraiser Morgan hosts with the support and involvement of St. Andrews Country Club. “The philanthropic leadership of my friends and neighbors at St. Andrews is an inspiration,” says Morgan, “and I’m honored that

they so enthusiastically support the tournament.” Morgan donates proceeds from the tournament to Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute, specifically for breast cancer programs and services. Morgan Pressel

The Christine E. Lynn Heart & Vascular Institute was named for the second consecutive year as one of the “Top Hospitals with Great Cardiovascular Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review. Boca Raton Regional Hospital received this recognition for making strides in the effort to combat heart disease through groundbreaking research, high-quality care, stateof-the-art treatments and community education.

In 2010, Morgan’s philanthropy helped the Hospital purchase and equip a state-of-the-art mobile mammogram unit, The Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan. The van travels throughout Palm Beach and Broward County, providing convenient mammograms for women who otherwise might not access healthcare.

The Kathryn Krickstein Pressel MammoVan

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“It gives me chills to see it on the road,” says Morgan. “We’re helping women detect their breast cancer earlier than they might have otherwise, in a comfortable and non-threatening environment, and that is just a remarkable feeling.” Morgan has watched with pride as the Hospital has grown into one of the region’s top medical centers. “My mom was treated at Boca Raton Regional Hospital, so it will always be special to me. And to know that my family and friends will receive top quality care here, and that I have been able to support that level of care, is just the best feeling ever.”

For information about how you, too, can make a difference and help to ensure the gift of lifesaving healthcare for our community, please call the Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation at 561.955.4142.

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FAMILY FUN In Jacob’s Shoes Fundraiser Helps Send Needy Kids To Camp

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ore than 500 guests are expected to attend the 2nd Annual Send A Kid To Camp…and more! FUNdraiser hosted by In Jacob’s Shoes, which will take place on May 6th at Ron Bergeron’s Green Glades Ranch in Weston.

Palm Beach counties to attend camp and participate in aftercare, sports and enrichment activities. Funds will also supply shoes and school supplies to thousands of kids throughout the year.

“Green Glades Ranch is breathtaking and unlike anything you have experienced,” said Harlene Zweig, co-founder of In Jacob’s Shoes.

“Without the support provided by In Jacob’s Shoes, many of these children would simply go without,” said cofounder Murray Zweig. “Every child deserves to go to camp or participate in extracurricular activities. Every child deserves a clean pair of shoes that they’re proud to wear. Every child deserves to start school with a new backpack and fresh school supplies. In Jacob’s Shoes makes this happen.”

The event will raise funds to send needy children from Broward and

Throughout the year, volunteers for In Jacob’s Shoes collect, sort

The festivities will include a barbecue dinner, music, entertainment, family activities, an auction, raffles—and, as evening arrives, views of the beautiful Green Glades’ sunset.

Harlene and Murray Zweig

and clean gently worn shoe donations. These shoes, along with backpacks, school supplies and athletic gear are distributed to local schools, camps, shelters, charities and organizations that care for children in need. Murray and Harlene Zweig formed In Jacob’s Shoes in memory of their son, Jacob. The organization’s mis-

sion is to provide new and gently worn shoes, school supplies and athletic gear to children in need. Grants and scholarships are also awarded for camp, aftercare, sports and enrichment programs. In Jacob’s Shoes is operated by an allvolunteer staff. O

L For more information, call 954-757-9030 or visit injacobsshoes.org.

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SUPPORTERS UNITE ORT America Holds International Major Gifts Gala At The Breakers Palm Beach

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RT America held its Inaugural International Major Gifts Gala at The Breakers Palm Beach to honor supporters who’ve shown significant dedication toward ORT America’s mission to “Educate and Elevate.” During the evening, guests met with ORT officials, World ORT Board of Trustees from Argentina, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Israel, South Africa and France, and world dignitaries. Guests were also treated to a keynote address by His Excellency Ron Prosor, Israel’s 16th Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

“This is an important night for ORT America as they are celebrating their 90th anniversary in the United States.”

Chaim Shacham, Shelley B. Fagel, Ambassador Ron Prosor and Meryle and Daniel Verner

–Dr. Jean de Gunzburg

“We are thrilled to be in Palm Beach to celebrate this great organization’s milestone and honored to have Ambassador Prosor as our keynote speaker,” said Shelley B. Fagel, National President of ORT America. Guests of the gala enjoyed a pre-reception where they were able to mingle and speak with each other about the incredible work the organization performs in the United States and around the world.

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“This is an important night for ORT America as they are celebrating their 90th anniversary in the United States,” said Dr. Jean de Gunzburg, president of World ORT. “The Jewish community has undergone so many transformations over time and it is a true testament to World ORT and ORT America that this global organization has been able to endure the changes and continue to provide superior education around the world.” Following the cocktail hour, guests were escorted into the gala where Ambassador Prosor addressed the donors and expressed his gratitude for the contributions to the Jewish community that results from supporters’ generosity. “Thank you for spreading the Jewish value of education from Brooklyn to Budapest to Be’er-Sheva,” he said. “With ORT’s support, Israel has become a living, breathing example of innovation and excellence. Together we must continue to invest in Israeli education, which is not only critical for our prosperity, but also vital for our security.” ORT America is a Jewish organization committed to strengthening communities throughout the world by educating people against all odds and obstacles. A division of ORT, ORT America supports a global network of schools and training programs that reach throughout the United States, Latin America, Israel, Europe, the Baltic and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Africa. O

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E AWARD GOES H T TO D AN

Claire Sheres

Coldwell Banker Family congratulates Claire on her phenomenal success in 2011…earning the prestigious designation and exclusive membership to the “International Legends Society”

Representing a distinguished group off only l 9 members b off C Coldwell ld Banker Residential Real Estate’s statewide network of 4,654 sales associates.

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YELLOW BRICK ROAD Boca Raton-Based Pap Corps Chapter Raises More Than $170,000 For Cancer Research

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ashion, great food and more were highlights at The Greater Boca Raton Cancer Chapter of The Pap Corps’ Annual Gala Luncheon Fashion Show, which was held at The Polo Club of Boca Raton and raised more than $170,000 for cancer research. The event featured a “Wizard of Oz” theme, replete with a yellow brick road and costumed cowardly lion. During the luncheon, guests were treated to an awards presentation, a colorful spring fashion presentation by Saks Fifth Avenue, a violin performance by Lynn University’s Ann Fontanella and a drawing for a gorgeous citron-and-diamond ring from Gregory’s Fine Jewelry.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many of our members who truly have made this one of our biggest fundraising events.”

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“We are so grateful to the many supporters who attended this luncheon,” said Marilyn Swillinger, chapter president. “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of so many of our members who truly have made this one of our biggest fundraising events. There are so many people to thank, but I want to especially acknowledge the surprise donation from one of our members of an additional $25,000 from Dorothy Halperin in honor of Joe Rudnick. Marise Rudnick was co-founder and the first president of this 22-year-old chapter. I was truly overcome with emotion.”

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During the event, Swillinger recognized chapter members Melody Iden, Gloria Supran and Lois Victor for their outstanding dedication and service. The Volunteer of the Year award was given to Alyce Hartman. The Woman of the Year Award was presented to Roni Browning, a cancer survivor and consummate volunteer. The Greater Boca Raton Chapter is one of 55 chapters of The Pap Corps, which has more than 21,000 volunteers encompassing Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties. The Pap Corps raises funds for the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Chapter, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

L For more information, call 561-798-3116 or visit papcorps.org.


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April 10 Not only is actress and musical performer Liza Minnelli, 66, considered Hollywood royalty, but her life reads like a blockbuster movie: The daughter of actress Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, she grew up on movie sets and made her acting debut at the tender age of 14 months in the film,â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the Good Old Summertime.â&#x20AC;? By 16, Minnelli was pounding the pavement in the Big Apple, longing to make it on Broadway. She caught a break in â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Foot Forwardâ&#x20AC;? and one role led to another. By 19, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d won a Tony Award and at 23 received an Oscar for her role in â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Sterile Cuckooâ&#x20AC;? (to date, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s won four Tony Awards, an Oscar, an Emmy, two Golden Globes and a Grammy Legend Award). Through the years Minnelli has continued to act and record music, but also to experience several unsuccessful marriages and battles with substance abuse. Through it all, her fans remain loyal. No doubt there will be many at her show, which starts at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Live. For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit hardrocklivefl.com.

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venues Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org APRIL 20 An Evening with Yanni Show begins at 8 p.m. APRIL 26-29 “Death and Harry Houdini” Show times vary.

AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com APRIL 2 WWE Presents RAW Super Show Show begins at 8:15 p.m. APRIL 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 18, 19, 21, 22 Miami Heat Basketball Show times vary.

AutoNation® IMAX® Theater Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; mods.org OPENS APRIL 20 “To the Arctic: An IMAX 3D Experience” Show times vary.

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APRIL 10 Van Halen Show begins at 7:30 p.m. APRIL 20 Rammstein Show begins at 8 p.m.

Hard Rock Live Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5555; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com APRIL 1-8 Cirque Dreams Presents “Pop Goes the Rock” Show times vary.

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NOISE MAKERS: “STOMP” performs April 20-22 at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

APRIL 25 Elvis Costello and The Imposters “The Revolver Tour” Show begins at 7 p.m.

James L. Knight International Center 400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-416-5970; jlkc.com APRIL 20 Gipsy Kings Show begins at 8 p.m.

Count de Hoernle Amphitheater 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-750-1668; livenation.com APRIL 14 Daughtry Show begins at 8 p.m. APRIL 19 “The Macadelic Tour” Featuring Mac Miller and The Cool Kids Show begins at 7 p.m.


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04.12 Parker Playhouse

707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com APRIL 13 Tower of Power Show begins at 8 p.m. APRIL 21 Kenny Vance and The Planotones Show begins at 8 p.m.

Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

1806 N.E. Sixth St., Pompano Beach, 305-623-6100; livenation.com APRIL 21 “Chicago” Show begins at 8 p.m.

Sun Life Stadium

347 Don Shula Dr., Miami Gardens, 954-946-2402; sunlifestadium.com APRIL 1 WrestleMania XXVIII Show begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; browardcenter.org APRIL 10-22 “South Pacific” (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary. APRIL 26-28 “Robert Dubac’s Free Range Thinking” (Amaturo Theater) Show times vary.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7300; livenation.com APRIL 13 Jesus Culture One-Nights Show begins at 7 p.m. APRIL 24 The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert Show begins at 6:30 p.m. APRIL 28 Charly Garcia Show begins at 8 p.m.

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701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469; kravis.org APRIL 4 Patti LuPone in “The Gypsy in My Soul” Show begins at 8 p.m. BOSSA NOVA BOSS: Sergio Mendes performs on April 11 at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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APRIL 11 Sergio Mendes Show begins at 8 p.m. APRIL 20-22 “STOMP” Show times vary.

events APRIL 1 Celebrating Rodgers & Hammerstein Presented by the Florida Sunshine Pops Orchestra. Takes place at Florida Atlantic University’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium in Boca Raton. Starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561278-7677 or visit sunsetet.com. APRIL 1-29 Sip For A Cause The Capital Grille invites lovers of fine wine and art to experience their Third Annual Artist Series Wine Event. A Limited Edition 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley with winning artist Julie Agee’s artwork is available only at The Capital Grille. For every $75 bottle sold, $25 is donated to Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger in America. For more information, call 561-368-1077 or visit thecapitalgrille.com. APRIL 1 2012 Jacob’s Run, Walk and Roll Enjoy exercise, lunch and family entertainment to help raise funds for spinal muscular atrophy research. Takes place at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-577-2326 or visit ourshootingstar.com. APRIL 2 Breast Cancer Symposium Hear keynote speakers Dina Roth Port, author of “Previvors: Facing the Breast Cancer Gene and Making Life-Changing Decisions,”

and Lisa Marton, a previvor featured in the book. Presented by Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service. Takes place at Shirley and Barton Weisman Delray Community Center in Delray Beach. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561852-3388 or visit ruthralesjfs.org. APRIL 2 Adolph and Rose Levis Jewish Community Center Golf Classic Play a round of golf to help support programs for the Jewish community. Takes place at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at noon. For more information, call 561-8523200 or visit levisjcc.org. APRIL 3 ADHD Support Group A group for parents of kids with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, featuring speaker Nancy Polin, M.A., owner of Educational Excellence. Presented by CHADD of Boca Raton. Takes place at the Dawson Theater at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Boca Raton. Starts at 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-451-7107 or visit chadd.net. APRIL 4 Barrett-Jackson Opening Night Gala An evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music to kick off Barrett-Jackson’s only collector car auction on the East Coast (auction takes place April 5-7). All events take place at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 480-663-6255 or visit barrett-jackson.com. APRIL 4-8 22nd Annual Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championships Defending champions Esther Vergeer and Maikel Scheffers are among the world’s top-ranked players who will compete and prepare for London’s Paralympic Games. Takes place at the Patch Reef Park Tennis Center in Boca


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04.12 Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561-865-8014. APRIL 4 1000+ Club 30th Anniversary Women of the Year Luncheon Extraordinary women volunteers from 13 Broward County charitable organizations will be honored. Takes place at the Marriott Harbor Beach Spa and Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 954-494-3400 or visit thousandplusclubtobenefitcancer.org. APRIL 11 Miu Miu Boutique Opening At Saks Fifth Avenue Help celebrate the opening of the Miu Miu Boutique. Takes place at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-620-1231. APRIL 11-19 Palm Beach International Film Festival Now entering its 17th year, this cultural event celebrates the best in American and foreign independent films at various Palm Beach County locations. Expect parties, screenings, seminars and more. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-362-0003 or visit pbifilmfest.org.

Out to Provide Education and Leadership).Takes place in Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza in Boca Raton. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-955-8553 or visit propelyourfuture.com. APRIL 21 West Boca Youth Baseball “Pink Ball” Enjoy a day of adult baseball and support Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Go Pink Challenge. Takes place at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Starts at noon. For more information, call Michelle at 561-809-4670, or 561-955-6284. APRIL 21 45th Annual Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County Dinner Auction Enjoy a performance by The Spinners, along with dinner and live and silent auctions. Takes place at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954537-3324 or visit bgcbc.org. APRIL 21 Four 80 East Indulge your senses Boca Ratonstyle with great jazz, food and wine. Takes place at The Funky Biscuit in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-3928920 or visit royalpalmplace.com.

APRIL 12-15 “Sweet Charity” A celebrated Broadway show featuring music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and the book by Neil Simon; includes a full orchestra accompaniment. Takes place at the Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-213-3365 or visit spanishrivertheatre.org.

APRIL 21 Hope and Home Gala Spend a glamorous evening with casino games, dining, dancing and silent and live auctions. Benefits SOS Children’s VillagesFlorida. Takes place at MercedesBenz of Delray Beach in Delray Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 954-420-5030 or visit sosflorida.com.

APRIL 18 3rd Annual Fine Wines and Canines Spend an evening with fellow dog lovers and enjoy great wines and appetizers from top restaurants. Benefits PROPEL (People Reaching

APRIL 21 7th Annual Dream Makeover Luncheon Oasis Compassion Agency presents a day with guest speaker Dr. Dov Eidelman, who will

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discuss the latest techniques in plastic surgery. Takes place at Breakers West Country Club in West Palm Beach. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-967-4066 or visit oasiscompassion.org. APRIL 22-23 19th Annual Nicholas R. Chiera Dinner/Auction and Golf Classic The Dinner/Auction takes place at the Delray Beach Marriott in Delray Beach. The Golf Classic takes place at Parkland Golf Club in Parkland. Benefits the American Cancer Society R.O.C.K. camp. Event times vary. For more information, call 561-799-4601 or visit chieragolfclassic.com. APRIL 25 Passport to Beauty Event Enjoy an evening of beauty and shopping, with physician consultations, mini makeovers, massages, skin cancer screenings, hair blowouts, a live CoolSculpting demo and Botox breaks. A portion of proceeds will benefit Not My Daughter…Find a Cure Now! Takes place at Sanctuary Medical Center-Spa Side in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-367-9101 or visit smacboca.com. APRIL 26 11th Annual Men With Caring Hearts Volunteer Awards Luncheon This awards luncheon gives nonprofit organizations the opportunity to provide community-wide recognition and thank male volunteers who give to make life better for others in Palm Beach County. Proceeds benefit Florence Fuller Child Development Centers. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-391-7274, ext. 128, e-mail hwallace@ffcdc.org or visit ffcdc.org. APRIL 26 Deliver the Dream “Red Hot and in Style” Event Take in a fashion show and bid on a date during a bachelor

auction hosted by Karina Brez, Miss Florida USA 2012. Proceeds benefit Deliver the Dream. Takes place at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-5643512 or visit deliverthedream.org. APRIL 26 Cocktails for a Cause Show your support by attending this KidSafe Foundation fundraiser featuring an open bar, food, auction and a chance to win tickets to “The Voice” season 3 finale. Takes place at Red, The Steakhouse in Boca Raton. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-756-2171 or visit kidsafefoundation.org. APRIL 27 2012 Best Foot Forward Foundation Fundraising Event An evening of entertainment, food, drinks and mingling in support of Palm Beach County’s foster care kids. Takes place at Boca Grove Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-470-8300 or visit bestfoot.org. APRIL 27 Gilda’s Club Palm Beach Red Door Luncheon A luncheon to honor the charitable organization’s presence in Palm Beach County. Takes place at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 954-763-6776 or visit gildasclubsouthflorida.org. APRIL 28 5th Annual Take Steps Walk A family event with activities, music, games, food and a leisurely walk to benefit The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s Florida Chapter. Takes place at Young Circle in Hollywood. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 646-875-2076 or visit cctakesteps.org. O


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SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

$495,000

24-AUG-04

ADDISON RESERVE

16053 VIA MONTEVERDE

FARINA ANTHONY

WERGER SHELLEY A

$450,000

ADDISON RESERVE

7676 BELLA VERDE WAY

WERGER SHELLEY A

KRISTEL MARY ANNE

$850,000

AZURA

17394 BALARIA ST

SIMON MARK A

TOLL FL X LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

$875,000

$5,100,000

05-FEB-10

BEL MARRA

848 DOVER ST

NICOSIA SANDRA D

LB RESTORATION LLC

$575,000

$787,500

27-FEB-04

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19233 REDBERRY CT

ASSAF LANA ABDEEN

FIRTEL KAREN B INDIV TRUSTEE

$385,000

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19579 BLACK OLIVE LN

LANDMAN DIANE

CATALANO JOHN F INDIV TRUSTEE

$345,000

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

19850 DINNER KEY DR

SASTIEL ORNA

ORNAS IMPERIAL LLC

$194,350

$281,500

08-FEB-11

BOCA KEYS

823 GLOUCHESTER ST

SHAPERO SHAWNA M

MACKAMAN FRED G

$525,000

$36,400

01-JAN-68

BOCA POINTE CC - VILLA FLORA

6406 VIA ROSA

PINTALUGA SUSAN

BERGER LEON

$349,000

BOCA POINTE CC - VILLA FLORA

6411 VIA ROSA

CAGLAYAN MARCIA

ROSENBLOOM HARVEY

$350,000

$443,000

13-APR-04

$1,150,000

$1,086,000

21-NOV-08

03-NOV-08

22-JAN-10 25-FEB-09

09-JAN-02

BOCA RATON RIVIERA

260 NE WAVECREST CT

SHEVCHENKO DIANA ALEKSANDRA

ROSS DAVID

BOCA RATON RIVIERA

299 NE WAVECREST CT

DAVIS ARTHUR LEE JR TRUSTEE

ASHER DAVID

$600,000

BROKEN SOUND CC

5135 NW 24TH WAY

BERZOW LYNORE

KLEIN MARCIA INDIV TRUSTEE

$525,000

07-JAN-09

BROKEN SOUND CC - BANYANS

6688 NW 25TH CT

GAVIN KRISTIN A

JACKSON JOHN G INDIV TRUSTEE

$99,000

12-MAR-01

22-JUL-11

BROKEN SOUND CC - BANYANS

6678 NW 25TH TER

GREENGARDEN-CONECOFF RENEE J

STEIN NINA

$175,000

$325,000

28-DEC-04

BROKEN SOUND CC - BRIDGEPOINTE

2578 COCO PLUM BLVD

PELTS DONALD

MANN RALPH

$225,000

$283,000

01-MAY-94

BROKEN SOUND CC - CEDAR KAY

2081 NW 52ND ST

MARTINEZ IRIS

RUBIN DELL K

$76,000

$305,000

01-JUL-06

BROKEN SOUND CC - TANGLEWOOD

6329 NW 23RD WAY

LAMM CAROL A

RAVO NICK

$665,000

$585,000

10-JAN-03

BROKEN SOUND CC - OAK RUN

2462 NW 63RD ST

ZEITLAN MARILYN

TAFT GAIL

$252,500

$340,000

25-MAY-07

BROKEN SOUND CC - VINTAGE PLACE

2460 NW 62ND ST

MYER ALAN R

VIGLIOTTI ROSE MARIE

$705,000

$517,900

01-OCT-90

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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at home

the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

15988 D ALENE DR

BUCKSTEIN SHARON I

CAPITAL ONE NA

$945,000

$750,100

26-JAN-11

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

16199 ANDALUCIA LN

KAUFMAN PATRICIA L

U S BANK NATL ASSOC TRUSTEE

$775,199

$559,400

19-AUG-11

POLO CLUB - WINDSOR PARKE

5194 WINDSOR PARKE DR

PICON SANDRA

BENSON NANCY

ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

325 E KEY PALM RD

WALLACE PATRICIA

KENNELLY JOHN SHERMAN

$205,000

01-AUG-95

$2,500,000

$3,636,199

09-JUL-03

$516,900

31-AUG-11

SEASONS OF BOCA RATON

3059 NW 63RD ST

LEBOWITZ TOBI

WASHINGTON MTL MTG FUNDING LLC

$740,000

ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

17590 SCARSDALE WAY

SIDDIQUI ARSHAD J

ADLER RACHEL INDIV TRUSTEE

$150,000

ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

7018 AYRSHIRE LN

GOLDSLAGER JAMES

AYRSHIRE ASSOCIATES LLC

$500,000

$850,000

15-MAR-05

ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

17950 LAKE ESTATES DR

SEDLEY RONALD

GINSBERG MARTHA

$1,942,600

$320,000

01-JUN-93

THE ESTATES

799 PONCE DE LEON RD

COLLAZO PATRICIA C

MIHAIL VALENTIN

THE ESTATES

1700 SPANISH RIVER RD

WILLIX ROBERT D JR

MAURICE VAUGHAN LLC

THE ESTATES

1600 SPANISH RIVER RD

KLEIN JAIME

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

17802 LAKE AZURE WAY

THE SHORES THE SHORES THE VINEYARDS TIMBERCREEK NORTH

01-JAN-96

$670,000

24-MAR-10

$1,450,000

$1,650,000

10-NOV-04

ROSEN EUGENIE

$999,000

$645,000

09-MAY-00

MANDEL ALLISON B

WEITZ ANDREW

$615,000

$968,900

21-APR-06

11077 BLUE CORAL DR

DRORI YORAM

ROJAS JORGE E TRUSTEE

$356,900

18660 OCEAN MIST DR

GARAI NORA

ARNOLD WILLIE J

$465,000

$479,000

14-MAR-02

9632 VINEYARD CT

SRIRAM KARUANITHI

RIVET JEFFREY J

$310,000

$330,000

11-MAR-03

3644 NW 24TH AVE

WERTHEIMER MILAGROS B

FLICKINGER JON INDIV TRUSTEE

$460,000

07-DEC-08

31-JAN-09

WOODFIELD CC - BAY CREEK

6501 NW 39TH TER

STANDER HEIDI A

BONGARD BURTON M

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

5844 WINDSOR CT

ENGLE DENISE

HASSMAN HOWARD

$1,700,000

$700,000 $1,770,000

27-SEP-10

11-JUL-02

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

5864 WINDSOR CT

RUSSO PAULA

PEDVIS LEN

$1,495,548

$875,000

01-AUG-96

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

5876 WINDSOR TER

KATZ DANIEL A

FLEISHMAN ERVIN S

$1,250,000

$820,000

01-AUG-97

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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giving backcharity never goes out of style

BEST DRESSED

Becca’s Closet Helps Make Occasions Special For Girls In Need By Emily J. Minor

R

ebecca Kirtman was just 16 years old when she began wondering about the less fortunate. Then she decided to do something about it. “She had read about a high school in a wealthy area donating dresses to a school in another state,” recalls Rebecca’s mother, Pam Kirtman. “So she started making announcements at school and collecting dresses.”

For a lot of these girls, it’s their first real dress. They don’t even know their size.

– Pam Kirtman, Rebecca’s mother

At first, Rebecca and her gaggle of energetic supporters stored their inventory in the clinic at Nova High School in Davie, where Rebecca was a freshman. She called her organization Nova’s Dress Bank. “There were bathrooms and girls could shut the doors and try them on,” explains her mother. Eventually, Rebecca’s older brother, Ian, began helping write letters of solicitation, asking designers to donate, and Alfred Angelo was the first to respond. (The company still donates to the cause.)

It went this way for many happy months until life changed for the Kirtmans on April 20, 2003, when Rebecca was killed in a car crash. 168

“We were in shock, but our friends wanted to keep it going for her,” Kirtman says. “So we renamed it Becca’s Closet.” Today, Becca’s Closet has nearly 90 chapters in 33 states and each spring gives thousands of special-occasion dresses to girls across the country. This is how it works: Girls go online and submit an application, which a volunteer reviews to determine need. Becca’s Closet works only with girls who absolutely cannot afford a dress for a prom, military ball or homecoming. Once the applicant is cleared, the girl receives an appointment. At their central location at the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach, Kirtman says they have about 1,700 dresses “packed in tight.” Girls in other locations follow the rules of that area, perhaps going to a school or community center to try on a gown during their appointment. And every girl gets to keep the dress forever. “For a lot of these girls, it’s their first real dress,” says Kirtman. “They don’t even know their size.” Want to help? Becca’s Closet accepts gently used dresses that are still in style, and they particularly need small and plus sizes. They

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GOWN-ING ACHIEVEMENT: (Clockwise From Right) Volunteers from last year’s prom season, following a large donation of jewelry and tiaras; a volunteer helps a dress recipient with her selection; cast members of Disney’s “Prom Movie” at a Macy’s event in Pembroke Pines after volunteering at Becca’s Closet in Pompano Beach; Jay and Pam Kirtman with Mariel D’Andrea, the charity’s chapter leader in Franklin, Tenn.; volunteers with a dress recipient

also accept donations of makeup, shoes, jewelry and accessories. “Anything to get a girl to the prom,” Kirtman says. In addition, each year Becca’s Closet awards a national scholarship for a girl’s secondary education. “The scholarship goes to a young woman with the spirit of generosity like Rebecca

had,” says Kirtman. And from what we know, those are some pretty special shoes to fill. For information about Becca’s Closet, call 954-424-9999 or visit beccascloset.org. Their mailing address is 151 N. Nob Hill Road, Suite 280, Plantation, FL 33324. O


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Boca Raton Observer April 2012  

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