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THE FAMILY ISSUE

AGAINST ALL ODDS

HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS SHARE STORIES OF WAR, FAMILY AND SACRIFICE

OH BABY DESIGNER KIDS’ ROOMS RANGE FROM “AWWW” TO AWESOME

LESSONS FOR LIFE

A NEW CUTTINGEDGE SCHOOL LETS STUDENTS CONTROL THEIR OWN FUTURES

SHAME ON THEM! EXPOSING THE SHENANIGANS OF OUR FOURLEGGED FRIENDS

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contents 52 AGAINST ALL ODDS Holocaust Survivors Share Remarkable Stories Of War, Family And Sacrifice

BABY! 62 OH Designer Kids’ Rooms Range From “Awww” To Awesome

70 SHAME ON THEM! Exposing The Naughty Shenanigans Of Our Four-Legged Friends

74 LESSONS FOR LIFE The New Unicorn Village Academy Helps Students With Developmental And Learning Disorders Control Their Own Futures

48 NO PLAIN JANE Actress, Artist, Designer— And Hollywood’s Hottest Grandma—Jane Seymour Leads A Beautiful Life

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LESSONS FOR LIFE

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SHAME ON THEM! EXPOSING THE SHENANIGANS OF OUR FOURLEGGED FRIENDS

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he weather’s increasingly humid, the Back to School sales are on and families are squeezing in the last of their summer vacations… I can’t believe it’s August again, already! What happened to my summer of peace and serenity? It’s almost over….. Well evidently, August means that it’s time for our annual Family Issue. During one of my recent quests for rest and relaxation, I saw a beautiful piece of art that caught my eye because of the word family. It said: “Family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will always love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what.” While I am not one for overly sentimental sayings, this one truly struck a chord. Family is an integral part of all of our lives. I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of many wonderful families: the one I was born into (especially! ), the one I married into, the one my husband and I started, the one that we created at the Observer, my children’s school family, my family of friends, camp family, athletics family, neighborhood family and, of course, our community family. I feel very blessed to be part of so many special families. In this issue, we begin our focus on family with our cover story about actress Jane Seymour. Seymour is a true Renaissance woman who has her hands in film and TV, painting, entrepreneurship and more, but her favorite role is that of mother and grandmother. Learn more about Seymour in “No Plain Jane” (page 48). In South Florida many of us have—or know someone who has—a family member or friend who was touched by the Holocaust. Personally, my uncle Leo Rosner is one survivor who has taught me the meaning of family. I have always had the utmost respect for him, his beliefs and values. Having lost the majority of his family to the Holocaust at a very young age, he values family more than anyone I know. But rather than give up, he turned tragedy into triumph, writing a book, “The Holocaust Remembered–A Child Survivor’s Account of Imprisonment and Redemption,” about his experience, and lecturing regularly on the subject so that others can be educated—and never forget. He is a true inspiration to me, our family and many, many others. I thank him, and all the other survivors, for sharing their personal stories with us in “Against All Odds” (page 52). Also in this issue, we tell you about a special new school in Boca Raton created for children with autism and other neurodiversive disorders. The new Unicorn Village Academy opened this month. Learn more about this groundbreaking school in “Lessons for Life (page 74). Kudos to my dear friends, Dr. Rafael and Lori Cabrera, and the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, for caring enough about our community’s children to make a difference. On a lighter note, we take a peek inside some amazing and over-the-top kids’ bedrooms, all created by top designers in “Oh Baby!” (page 62) and do a little pet shaming in the very cute, very funny feature “Shame on Them,” (page 70). You’ll also find funny parenting books, great dorm accessories, delicious ice cream recipes and much more. I hope that one of the things you take away from this issue is the importance and diversity of family, and that yours brings you strength, love and memories for many years to come.

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arent/child relationships are complex, for sure. This is especially true with moms and daughters. Admit it, girls: No one has the power to make— or wreck—your day, quite like your mother. A perfect example of this phenomenon presented itself the other day, while I was having coffee with a friend. Susan (not her real name) is a smart corporate lawyer with a beautiful home, good friends and everything going for her. She’d recently cut her waist-length hair to her shoulders and was eager to show me. It looked fantastic, adding a lift to her features. She’d received lots of compliments and was slowly getting used to it. “I know it’s different but I needed a change,” she said, swinging her bouncy curls. “I think I like it!” And then… “ding.” It was a text from her mom. “You hair looks really nice. But you should let it grow back.” “And your sister agrees with me.” Ouch. Just like that my confident friend, an assertive attorney who eats CEOs for breakfast, regressed back to her insecure 12-year-old self. “I can’t believe she said that,” Susan quipped. “Maybe she’s right. I never should have cut it.” She texted her mom back: “When I want your opinion, I’ll ask for it.” To which her chagrined mother responded: “Why are you being like that? I said it looked nice. I just think you look prettier with long hair. I’m not going to tell you anything anymore!” And so began the argument, which led to the silent treatment, which led to the screaming, and finally, the tears, hugs and making up (until the next squabble).

While all mother/daughter relationships are unique (whether you’re best friends, sparring partners, or somewhere in-between), there are some universal grievances moms have about their adult daughters, and vice versa, says Dr. Roni Cohen-Sandler, a psychologist and author of “I’m Not Mad, I Just Hate You! A New Understanding of Mother-Daughter Conflict.” According to Dr. Cohen-Sandler, daughters most frequently complain that their moms are too demanding, overly critical and still treat them like children. In turn, moms gripe that their daughters don’t make time for them, don’t listen to their valuable advice and make poor decisions. So, you love each other—but you also sometimes want to kill each other. What to do? For lack of space (it would take volumes, really) here are a few tips from psychcentral.com: Make the first move (be the first to alter the dynamic—if your mom is stubborn, don’t wait for her to do it); have realistic expectations (your daughter will not suddenly embrace your constructive criticism); be an active listener (don’t assume you already know what the other is trying to tell you) and agree to disagree (respect each others’ feelings, opinions and goals). Most of all, accept one another as is, faults, foibles, hair critiques and all. Because you’re family—and you’re probably more alike than you think.

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STRETCHING HIS ACTING CHOPS HOLLYWOOD HIT: Master Sang H. Kang

When the action-packed film “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” hits theaters next June, local martial arts instructor Sang H. Kang (aka, Master Sang) will share the screen with actors Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, John Hurt and Ian McShane. At press time, the 46-year-old was leaving for a two-month stint in Budapest, where the film is being directed by Brett Ratner, his former high school buddy, best-known for “X-Men: The Last Stand” and the “Rush Hour” trilogy (Master Sang appeared in “Rush Hour 2” and “Rush Hour 3”). Besides appearing in the film, he’ll help choreograph fight scenes. He’s certainly qualified: Master Sang holds a 6th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and owns six martial arts TNT Academies in South Florida, including one in Coconut Creek, and plans to open a Boca Raton school this year. And while he’s trained athletes and celebrities, he says he especially enjoys working with kids because it “teaches them focus, discipline and respect.” His students include son Shiwon, 6, with whom he lives in Davie, along with his wife Jung, and their daughter Reena, 1. Before heading to Budapest, Master Sang took time out for a quick chat with The Boca Raton Observer about movies, martial arts and his childhood hero. Who are you most looking forward to working with on “Hercules”?

“Brett because he’s a funny guy— he makes everyone laugh and cry, and he has a very creative personality. I’m very excited to be working with him again.” What was it like working with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker on the “Rush Hour” set?

“I’ll never forget it. Jackie Chan is a great stunt performer and I learned a lot just watching him. I love learning about how to make movies.” Were they as entertaining in person as they are onscreen?

“Yes. Once, we were filming a fight scene on the Eiffel Tower where Chris would walk in front of me, and I was supposed to kick his back, like a light tap. I ended up

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pushing him back and he got really nervous! We had to repeat the scene many times… he kept turning around earlier than he was supposed to.” How did you get into martial arts and then segue into acting?

“I used to watch Bruce Lee when I was a child. I told myself, ‘I’m gonna do it just like him!’ After college I competed in martial arts tournaments and decided to start my own studio. (The acting) started with ‘Rush Hour 2.’ Brett called me to do a fighting scene with Jackie Chan.” Does your son watch your movies?

“My son is very excited about ‘Hercules.’ He wants to be a movie maker one day and thinks it’s cool that I work with Brett.” – Sophie Meridien

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Want to get away with the spouse for a while? Really far away? The Inspiration Mars Foundation —a nonprofit group founded by multimillionaire space traveler Dennis Tito to conduct scientific research and inspire a new

generation of astronauts—is seeking an American civilian man and woman (preferably a married couple) to embark on a 501-day mission to circle the Red Planet and return to Earth safely (that’s the plan, anyway). The trip departs on January 5, 2018 and is being made possible

because of a rare planetary alignment that will allow the spacecraft to get within 100 miles of Mars, while experiencing the lowest possible solar radiation exposure. Sounds exciting, but keep this in mind: You’ll be sharing 600 cubic feet (approximately the size of a small camper) and live on recycled air, dehydrated meals and your own purified urine. The IMF has yet to release more details about qualifications, but a rep says they’re looking for

“older adults—past child-bearing age—that are in good physical and mental health and are tech-savvy.” Previous astronomical experience is not necessary, but participants will undergo intensive training prior to departure. Maybe they’ll finally confirm if men are from Mars and women from Venus. For more information, visit inspirationmars.org. – S.M.

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When I first started performing, I used to talk about my mom a lot. But now I talk more about my dad. When I go home to visit them, we’ll look at pictures, and that’s when the stories come up.

– Michael Yo, comedian, TV correspondent and former South Florida deejay, about how he finds material for his stand-up act.

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Little girls love Barbie, and now they can visit the iconic conic doll’s very pink mansion att The Oasis at Sawgrass Mills in Sunrise. The 10,000-square-foot Barbie Dreamhouse Experience features a life-sized living room, bedroom, kitchen and “endless closet,” plus more than 350 dolls, interactive exhibits, a largerthan-life animated Barbie and, with upgraded tickets, fashion shows and beauty makeovers.

It’s the only exhibit of its kind in the United States, with the second located in Berlin. And if you really want to score points with your daughter, the attraction offers Pink, Gold and Platinum birthday party packages. For more information, call 954845-2343 or visit barbiedreamhouse.com. – Linda Haase


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PITCH PERFECT Everyone deserves a safe place to be themselves, especially during the formative teen years. And when you feel “different,” it becomes even more crucial. Such was the impetus for the Youth Pride Band, a musical group of teenagers that identify as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), and the heterosexual allies who support them. The 60-member band, which every February holds a big concert at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, is an offshoot of the adult group, the South Florida Pride Wind Ensemble. Adam DeRosa started the program last February, he says, because of the ubiquitous school bullying experienced by LGBT teens (one in four students are victims, according to bullyingstatistics.org) and alarming suicide rate (LGBT youth are four times more likely than straight kids to make attempts). The group is open to musically inclined high school students in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. While there’s no audition required, members fill out applications, attend rehearsals and perform at the concert. The program also awards five $1,000 scholarships to members that show excellent leadership. And while the kids perform just one concert a year, the friendships formed are everlasting. For more information, call 954-667-9228 or visit pridewindensemble.org. – S.M. Youth Pride Band and conductor Dan Basset

Lutin with Danielle, Grayson and Allie

President Bill Clinton. All have been honored by the national nonprofit Father’s Day Council for their abilities to balance work, charity and parenthood. Now you can add local businessman Gregory Lutin to the list. Lutin, a Highland Beach resident and executive vice president of Boca Raton-based Flagstar Bank, was named Palm Beach County’s only 2013 Father of the Year by the organization, which raises funds for the American Diabetes Association. Lutin received the nod for his community and volunteer work, and for being a positive role model for his kids, Danielle, Allie and Grayson. “I’m very happy to have a phenomenal relationship with all three of my children,” he says. “Each one is different and it’s so important to really know them as individuals. I love them so much.” As part of the designation, he’ll continue to raise funds for the ADA on behalf of his late godmother, Ruth Ann Bowers. For more information about the awards, call 954722-8040, ext. 3011 or email ccohen@diabetes.org.

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It’s helped me to slowly transition myself back out of the house and (to become) part of society. It’s just good to have an extra friend.

– Fort Lauderdale resident and Marine Corps veteran Leo Salas, about receiving his service dog, Scout, from Awesome Greyhound Adoptions’ Service Dogs 4 Servicemen project. The nonprofit organization trains retired racing greyhounds to become service dogs for veterans as part of its Hero Project. Source: The Palm Beach Post

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BLOCK PARTY

The exhibit, which runs through October 20 at the West Palm Beach museum, showcases 10 iconic global skyscrapers, including One World Trade Center in New York, the Seattle Space Needle, Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Taipei 101 in Taiwan. The structures range from 4- to 9-feet tall, painstakingly constructed by LEGO Certified Professional Dan Parker (yes, there is such a designation). Parker on August 8 will lead a group project as part of a family block party. Visitors can also check out “Architecture in Detail: Works from the Museum Collection,” a complementary exhibit with architecture-inspired paintings, works on paper, and photography by artists such as John Marin, Stuart Davis and Vik Muniz. For more information, call 561-8325196 or visit norton.org.

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COUNTRY GIRL NEXT DOOR Boca Raton Singer Lizzie Sider’s Success Remains All In The FamilyBY DIANNA SMITH he’s a giddy, beautiful singer from east Boca Raton who has her own music video, has performed at packed venues across the country and is often compared to Taylor Swift. But upon speaking with unpretentious Lizzie Sider, you wouldn’t pick up on any of this. Well, except that she’s giddy and beautiful. Lizzie, who celebrated her 15th birthday on May 23 with a baking party at her house, doesn’t tout her accomplishments, nor does she feel better than anyone else. She’s perhaps even more grounded than your average teen and for that she credits her mother and father, Carole and Don Sider. “They’ve taught me to never lose sight of who you are,” Lizzie says. “My parents are my best friends and

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little girl, when she recalls listening to music icons such as Loretta Lynn. The music “soaked into my soul,” she says. Her parents noticed Lizzie’s knack for singing and playing guitar. The more she practiced, the better she got. “We encouraged her not because we wanted to make her a star, but because it’s so nice to be able to encourage a young person you love to do what they love,” says Don Sider, a Boca Raton attorney. Lizzie began writing her own songs and eventually her dad be-

My parents are my best friends and they have always encouraged me to never stop believing in myself.

came her manager. Her first debut single, “Butterfly,” which focuses on the teasing and mistreatment she endured by the kids in elementary school, made Nashville Music Row country chart’s Top 40, earning her a booth at this past June’s CMA Fest,

where she mingled with industry superstars. She recently shot her first music video, “I Love You So Much,” in downtown Los Angeles and says she may have caught the acting bug while doing it. She’s becoming so successful that she recently made a joint decision with her parents to stop attending her Fort Lauderdale private school so she could be homeschooled instead, allowing her schedule more flexibility. Lizzie admits she’s sad to let go of that part of her life, but knows it’s the right thing to do because she’s confident her career will skyrocket—and is excited about where it might take her. One thing is certain: Her mom and dad will be right there with her. Guiding her. Encouraging her. And watching their daughter soar gracefully into the spotlight. “I know she’s going to make it big because of who she is,” says her proud father. “She wants to make people happy and change the world. God gave her that gift. That’s why I know she’s going to make it.” O


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FOREVER YOUNG Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2” Mines More Juvenile Humor dam Sandler is pretty much an institution now, with his own production company in its 14th year, Happy Madison Productions, through which he makes movies with all his friends (and many of his friends’ movies). He’s had chances to rise above the sophomoric humor of his early efforts—he received a Golden Globe nomination for his dramatic role in “Punch Drunk Love” and received critical praise for his roles in “Spanglish” and “Reign Over Me”—but by now it’s pretty clear that Sandler’s heart lies in

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bathroom humor and raunchy sight gags. He seems to like nothing better than getting his pals together for a romp of idiocy and fart jokes, and by that measure he’s succeeded brilliantly with “Grown Ups 2,” in which he, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade cavort through weirdly contrived situations that include being urinated on by an elk, jumping off a cliff naked, brawling with spoiled frat boys, and numerous awkward juxtapositions of faces with crotches. The movie reunites this cast of “Saturday Night

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Live” alumni (except for James), as do most of Sandler’s films, including this film’s predecessor, the 2010 “Grown Ups” that also included Rob Schneider, who couldn’t be in the sequel. Salma Hayek is back as Sandler’s wife, along with “SNL” veteran Maya Rudolph as Rock’s wife. Coen Brothers regular Steve Buscemi slums with a return comedy role, and the boisterous army of frat boys, which at one point lines up across a lawn like the Charge of the Light Brigade, is led by “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner and includes Patrick Schwarzenegger, the son of Arnold and Maria. Former Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal plays an oversized policeman whose 7-foot, 1-inch height and 324 pounds make for some interesting

sight gags. One of the rare funny lines occurs when someone remarks “it’s as easy as shooting a free throw,” and the former NBA star, famously deficient in that area, lets his jaw drop open. Sportscaster Dan Patrick has a cameo as a gym teacher, and a former bully from the gang’s high school days is played by former pro wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin. Sandler’s wife, Coral Springs native Jackie Titone, has a role, as she does in all his Happy Madison Productions films, making a brief appearance with their daughters, Sadie and Sunny. Sandler, with an impressive stable of capable comedic actors, his own production company and the distribution of Columbia Pictures at his disposal, inexplicably continues to write his own low-brow scripts, with all the emphasis on slapstick, defecation, urination, flatulence and vomiting—and none on character depth and story. Even so, there’s clearly a market for crude films, as Sandler’s movies can pull in up to $165 million at the box office. O RATED PG-13: contains crude and suggestive content, language and some male rear nudity. RUNNING TIME: 1 hour and 41 minutes.

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THE PARENT TRAP How To Raise Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind

They aren’t called the Terrible Twos for nothing, and sometimes the terror extends into adolescence—and beyond. When your child, whether Pre-K or pre-med, turns even the most mundane assignment into a nightmarish battle of wills, your options include: a) an exorcism, b) very early military service, or c) reading these books. A good laugh puts everything in perspective.

The Honest Toddler: A Child’s Guide to Parenting By Bunmi Laditan In the guise of “The Honest Toddler,” author Bunmi Laditan blogs from her Quebec home with the forthright opinions and self-centered world view of a quite erudite 2-year-old— one with the comedic tim30

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ing and piercing insights of an early Woody Allen script. The Toddler, for instance, insists on unbroken crackers and undiluted juice as bare essentials in parenting standards and hints at unimaginable chaos that will befall parental sloth in that area. Potty training? The babe doesn’t believe in it and will reward any attempt with dire and monu-

mental crisis. The truly important keys to happiness in life—cake, running, TV, games and constant attention—are rendered in terms that will leave the reader helpless with laughter, but at the same time considerably wiser about the priorities of that tiny self-entitled person at the center of your previously well-ordered universe.


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Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide For the Rest of Us By Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner Four professional women at the top of their games, all who have raised or are raising children, collaborated on this survivor’s guide to parenting that dispenses its advice with disarming hilarity. Small wonder, with participation by stand-up comedian and “Conan” writer

Laurie Kilmartin, veteran journalist and author Karen Moline, four-time Emmywinning “Today” show producer Alicia Ybarbo, and three-time Emmy-winning NBC news producer Mary Ann Zoellner, that the information is intelligent, well-organized and witty. Chapter titles establish the mindset, such as “How to Sleep Until 9 A.M. Every Weekend” and “When Seeing an Infant Triggers a Mental Illness That Makes You Want to Have Another Baby.” Amid the laugh-outloud prose, you’ll find valuable parenting advice, and perhaps experience revelation in your answers to the “Sh*tty Mom Quiz.”

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When Parents Worry: The Real Calls Doctors Receive ... from Moles That Seem to Move to Funny-Smelling Poo

Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look By Steven Schirripa and Philip Lerman

the unlikely, the bizarre, the naïve—in phone calls from uncertain parents. “A bird pooped in my daughter’s mouth yesterday. Do we need to worry about anything?” “Betty ate cheese from a mousetrap from which the mouse also ate. Is that anything to worry about?” Some parents seem desperate for something to worry about, and the doctor couldn’t resist putting it all in his book. “Should my 8-year-old wear boxers or briefs?” “I dropped off my son’s urine sample in a Tupperware container. Can you please give it back when you’re done?” Other irrational fears range from the implications of pickle-shaped poo, to the sanitary abandon of sitting on Santa’s lap. Entertaining angst, all.

By Julia Sweeney

When a teenaged suitor receives “the look” from the father of his object of affection, he usually stops in his tracks. When that look comes from Steve Schirripa, who played a mobster on HBO’s hugely popular “The Sopranos,” it can be downright menacing. And he has it down to a science. He’s a big, brusque

Julia Sweeney, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and more recently a purveyor of three acclaimed one-woman shows, has that rare combination of brilliant storytelling ability and actually having something of substance to say. A lot, in fact. Her book is something of a memoir, which necessarily dwells on her experiences raising her

man. He talks like a wiseguy. He has two daughters and old-fashioned ideas about a father’s role. If he catches a young man looking at his daughter’s butt, he deems an intervention necessary, (no ifs, ands, or…). And if the young man recognizes Schirripa as the TV host of Investigation Discovery’s “Nothing Personal,” a story in which he describes murders for hire, so much the better. Schirripa has very clear ideas about a father’s responsibilities. “You’re not there to be a friend. You’re there to be a dad,” he writes in his book, which dispenses parenting wisdom with humor (he’s also been a stand-up comic) and leaves little room for doubt.

adopted Chinese daughter, Mulan. She describes making the decision to adopt her child and then, a few years later, marrying and moving to Chicago from Los Angeles. She writes about the adoption, strollers, nannies (including the Chinese “Pat”), knitting, being adopted by a dog, The Food Network, and meeting her husband through an email from a complete stranger. She recounts the hilarious evening during which, while dining in a restaurant, she explained the facts of life to 8-year-old Mulan, a story that became a wildly popular TED talk (you can see it on YouTube). O

By Dr. Henry Anderson There’s no trepidation quite like the trepidation of a parent. In their protective anxiety, parents can enlarge any threat to bloated proportions and exaggerate risk with the ease of an insurance salesman. Dr. Henry Anderson has heard it all in his years as a practicing pediatrician—

If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother


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OUTTA THIS WORLD Bruno Mars Brings Musical Energy To AmericanAirlines Arena t’s often large families that nickname their kids, and so it was that Peter Hernandez became Bruno Mars. One of six kids in a musical Honolulu clan, his parents nicknamed him Bruno because of his resemblance to a professional wrestler. At 17, upon moving to Los Angeles to pursue a Hollywood career, he added the name Mars because some ladies claimed he’s “out of this world.” No doubt fans will agree when the singer takes the stage for an 8 p.m. show on August 30 at AmericanAirlines Arena as part of his “Moonshine Jungle” Tour. Mars has been immersed in music from the time he was a toddler. His parents met while performing: his Filipino mom is a singer and hula dancer, and his Hungarian-Jewish-Puerto Rican father plays conga drums. The family ran an Elvis memorabilia store, and Presley’s influence is evident in Mars’ mannerisms and performing style. He even appeared in the 1992 film “Honeymoon in Vegas” as Little Elvis.

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The singer released his first album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, in 2010 and the lead single, “Just the Way You Are,” quickly shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The album reached No. 3 and was nominated for six Grammy Awards, with Mars winning for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Last year Mars released his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox, and two singles—“Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man”— hit No. 1 in the United States, while the album made the Top 10 in 15 countries. He received a Grammy nomination as writer and producer of the song “Young, Wild and Free,” and performed a Bob Marley tribute at the February ceremony with Rihanna and Sting. When touring Mars performs with a ninepiece band that includes his brother, Eric Hernandez on drums, along with Philip Lawrence on backup vocals, Phredley Brown on lead guitar and backup vocals, Jamareo Artis on bass, John Fossett on keyboard, and a horn section with

Kameron Whalum on trombone, Dwayne Dugger on saxophone and James King on trumpet. During his sold-out Puerto Rico concert, Mars’ father made a guest appearance, playing conga drums during a song. O For more information, call 786-777-1000 or visit aaarena.com.


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FEEL THE BURN KISS Puts On Fiery Show At Hard Rock Live

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he flamboyant heavy metal band KISS has long been considered a sort of musical circus. Formed in New York City in 1973, the band has sold 40 million records, all while donning ghoulish outfits, platform shoes and pancake makeup, and performing shows with elaborate pyrotechnics, fire breathing, smoking guitars, shooting rockets and levitating drum kits. And devoted fans can expect

The band has had nine Top 40 hits through the years, but only two in the Top 10: “Beth” in 1976 and “Forever” in 1990. Throughout the years the band’s fortunes slowly declined, and Frehley and Criss quit in 1982 to pursue solo projects and other interests. Still, the nostalgia craze drew original members back together for successful tours from 1996 until 2001, when they again split up.

more of the same during the band’s August 18 show at 7 p.m. at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live. Original members Paul Stanley (Starchild), Gene Simmons (Demon), Ace Frehley (Space Ace, and later Spaceman), and Peter Criss (Catman) were comic book fans, and based their personas on characters they conjured up during their rise to fame. Sound farfetched? Members laughed all the way to the bank during their peak in 1978, when the band released four studio albums and Marvel released a KISS comic book that grossed $100 million in merchandise sales.

In the present lineup, Stanley and Simmons are joined by drummer Eric Singer, a frequent band member since 1991, and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer, who has been with the band since 2002. Despite the constant lineup changes, KISS has a loyal international following and in recent years has toured Europe, Australia and South America. In addition to touring, in 2009 the band released its first album in a decade, Sonic Boom, and followed it with Monster in 2012. Unofficial leader Stanley has stated that, while the band’s music has drifted toward glam rock, it’s now firmly rooted in the hard rock of the late 1980s. O

CREATE JULY 27 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22 Create presents a range of exceptional works in diverse media by 20 artists with developmental disabilities.

Create is a traveling exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder, with Matthew Higgs, and organized by the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and ICI (Independent Curators International), New York. The exhibition and the accompanying catalog were made possible, in part, by Dr. James B. Pick and Dr. Rosalyn M. Laudati, and the continued support of the BAM/PFA Trustees. Additional support for the tour is made possible in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the ICI Board of Trustees.

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NO APOLOGIZING OneRepublic Performs Hits At Hard Rock Live neRepublic, the band that sounds like it’s named after a political action committee or maybe a bank, had an amazing reaction to its debut album, richly deserved after spending two-and-a-half years in the studio working on it. The first single off 2007’s Dreaming Out Loud, “Apologize,” made radio history, receiving the most airplay of any single with more than 10,000 plays in one week. In fact, the genre-free band, which had signed with Columbia Records when high school buddies Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins reunited after college, took so long making their debut album that Columbia let them go, and they spent several months as “the No. 1 unsigned act on Myspace,” according to Tedder. It didn’t hurt the band, which

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plays Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live at 7:30 p.m. on August 13. The guys caught the attention of Timbaland and became the first pop band signed to his label, Mosley Music Group. So while

“Apologize” was first being released, it also was released as a remix on Timbaland’s album, Shock Value. Suddenly the song was everywhere. It peaked at No. 1 for eight consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop 100

chart and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song sold 5 million digital downloads in the United States and was an international hit, reaching No. 1 in 16 countries. It also was featured on TV shows including Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer, Smallville, Gossip Girl and The Hills. OneRepublic features Tedder on vocals, Filkins on guitar and backing vocals, Eddie Fisher on drums, Brent Kutzle on bass and cello, and Drew Brown on lead guitar. The band released its second album, Waking Up, in 2009. The current tour supports its third album, Native, which debuted at No. 4 and sold 60,000 copies in its first week. O For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

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UN-BREAK HER BANK Singer Toni Braxton Brings R&B Sound To Knight Center oni Braxton grew up singing gospel music in five-part harmony with her sisters as their mom worked them like a drill sergeant. When a record producer hired her she suggested her sisters as backup singers. That never panned out, but the idea provided great fodder for what would become the WE tv reality show, “Braxton Family Values.” And her solo career took off with a catalog of hits she’ll likely perform during her 8 p.m. show on August 28 at the James L. Knight International Center. Her self-titled debut album won three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist, and her follow-up album in 1996, Secrets, actually eclipsed the first, fueling a career that includes six Grammy Awards and 66 million records sold. Braxton’s No. 1 hits have included “You’re Making Me High” and “Un-Break My Heart,” the latter which remained on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for a stunning 37 weeks. Other Top 10 hits include “Breathe Again,” “Another Sad Love Song,” “You Mean the World to Me and “Just Be a Man About It.” Along the way, Braxton’s career has enjoyed exhilarating highs and breathtaking lows. In 1998 she starred on Broadway in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (the only African-American woman to play the role). She was named Billboard’s top-selling Female R&B Artist in 2000 and that year performed during the Super Bowl halftime show. She also sang at the 2006 World Cup, and later replaced Wayne Newton when he retired his Las Vegas act. But she’s also been plagued with legal problems, filing lawsuits against her manager and record company, alleging mismanagement and poor promotion of her fourth and fifth albums. She’s been forced to declare bankruptcy twice, had a controversial (now-infamous) Oprah Winfrey interview regarding her finances… and the list goes on. Now Braxton’s career is on the upswing: She competed on the popular ABC show “Dancing with the Stars,” appeared in the children’s movie “The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure,” recorded an eighth studio album featuring a collaboration of duets with longtime associate Babyface, and her WE tv show is in its third season. O

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GET IN LINEAGE More People Are Looking To Climb Their Family TreesBY EMILY J. MINOR n the wee hours, her curiosity off the charts, Mona Freedman Morris pieces together people’s lives like a puzzle. Name by name by name. Naturalization papers. Marriage licenses. Death certificates. “It’s a combination of historian, detective and yenta,” says the Boca Raton resident, who’s worked as a genealogist since 1976. “There are TV shows out there that make it look easy, but it’s not.” For years now—after getting curious about her own family history when her adolescent daughter

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started asking questions about the Holocaust—Morris has been effecting change in the lives around her. Realizing the importance of family lineage, and that the legwork can sometimes be overwhelming, she works as a for-hire researcher, collecting stories for others. “You get this wonderful feeling that you’re part of history,” says Morris, whose business is called MFM Genealogical Consulting. By all accounts, genealogy is one of the most captivating online pastimes. (One small study declared it

second only to pornography as the most researched topic online!) And according to a January 2012 report by the market research firm Global

It’s a combination of historian, detective and yenta.

– Mona Freedman Morris, genealogist, Boca Raton

Industry Analysts, an estimated 84 million people around the world spend anywhere from $1,000 to

$18,000 a year in search of their ancestors. According to that analysis, visitors to online genealogy sites are mostly white women, 55 and older, who browse the Internet from home. Boynton Beach retiree Dennis Rice breaks the mold a bit. After all, he’s a guy. But he did get interested in his later years after moving to Florida from Detroit and hooking up with a relative of his mother’s who’d done a lot of family research. When he was still working, he just dabbled here and there. But after retirement 15 years ago, he put AUGUST 2013

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his heart and soul into it, looking into both his family and that of his wife’s, Ruth. Through the years, he’s also mentored rookie researchers through his work with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County. Rice says the club will help anyone, not just Jewish folks, with their investigation. “The stories are fascinating,” he says. “I just wrote some stuff and showed my wife what her family had to go through.” Of course, while some family trees have been kept for millenniums, the most notable being the Confucius lineage, which has been recorded for 2,500 years, piecing together history is not always that simple. So, how do you begin?

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– Dennis Rice, researcher, Boynton Beach

The good news is that you no longer have to plant yourself in the dark, dusty bowels of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, the way Morris once did at the offices in New Jersey. “I used to go in there, and they were actually so happy to see a human being,” she recalls. Today it’s all right at your fingertips. “You can’t even believe how much information is out there,” she says. 40

Morris suggests you start by taking a short course from your local genealogical society. South Florida offers several, including one group that specializes in the research of eastern European Jewish families, almost all of which have some Holocaust story. “We all start our research the same way,” she says. “We start with American records and work back—and there are clinics and symposiums and mentors.” The most telling and easiest-

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to-find documents are immigration and passenger-arrival records, Morris explains. When you find those, you discover where your relatives got married, when they arrived in the United States, the family’s background, who put them on the ship overseas and who picked them up in America. “Most of the people I help are from eastern European backgrounds—Poland, Russia, Romania—and they came here with nothing,” says Morris, who charges about $500 for basic services and prepares a little book for each client once she’s finished the research. “They left everything behind and didn’t want to talk about it.” The most popular research website is probably ancestry.com, but there are plenty of others. And the computer programs are amazing, say our local enthusiasts—organizing all your leads, plopping the pictures right where they should be. Rice says his club will start the re-

search for new members, just to get them going. The popularity of genealogy is said to have taken off after the airing of the TV mini-series, “Roots.” The actual dramatized story of writer and historian Alex Haley’s AfricanAmerican slavery lineage, the show tapped into a very esoteric and human question buried in the minds of most humans: “Who am I?” Morris says her client list grew longer after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Suddenly, there was access to old records that until then had been sealed off. And the Polish government just recently made records available online. “That is really quite unbelievable,” she says. Now, decades later, those pieces of the past seem so precious to so many. And Morris loves being a part of the revelation. “You find out little things, and you just get blown away,” she says. “It’s my life.” O


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BE A LIFESAVER How To Tell If A Teen Is Suicidal—And Take Preventive ActionBY CHERYL KANE HEIMLICH 16-year-old boy at my child’s high school took his own life this spring. This was a popular kid, well-liked in the community, an athlete whose classmates described him as happy,

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and turned on the motor. By 6 the next morning, word of the tragedy had spread over Twitter. A Facebook memorial page had already been set up. School events were canceled as the community grieved for this boy and his family, sharing stories about him at a candlelight vigil and shedding tears over his coffin at the funeral. The kids poured out their grief online, posting mementos of their classmate on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. They dug up photos from his elementary school yearbooks, as well as ones they’d taken just days before his death. They shared memories of conversations they’d had and things they’d done together. They talked about what it was like to see his empty chair at school. Meanwhile, we parents reeled from the shock of a suicide hitting so close to home. This was not a bullied kid, a troubled kid, an isolated kid. This was a boy who seemed content, with plenty of friends and family to

support him when he wasn’t. Did his parents know what was going on beneath the surface? If that was our child, some of us wondered, would we have known? Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teenagers in this country, with the highest risk in the first two years of high school. Nearly one in five teens say they’ve thought about killing themselves. One in six seriously considered it. One in 12 attempted it. Although it can be difficult to predict which teens are most susceptible, some of the risk factors include disciplinary problems or bullying at school; family losses such as death or divorce; violence or abuse in the home; and confusion over sexual orientation. But for a teen who’s not adept at managing stress, even seemingly small issues can be devastating. “There are kids who will threaten suicide when they get a B on a test,” says Harold Jonas, a licensed psychotherapist in Delray Beach. That’s why


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life  parents parents shouldn’t minimize events such as the breakup of a relationship or a quarrel with a friend, he says, even though the perspective of adulthood can make such problems seem trivial. “The delicate balance that parents (need to) do is to ask kids questions (about what’s troubling them) without them feeling like you’re interrogating them and invading their privacy,” Jonas says. “And if they won’t talk to you, let them talk to somebody else.” Boca Raton therapist Andrea Perlin says that last point is key for parents who are afraid their child might be keeping secrets. “Always offer the possibility, ‘If you don’t want to talk to me, would you like to talk to somebody else?’” Perlin says. “Maybe it’s an aunt or uncle or someone else they’re close to. Sometimes they will open up to someone who isn’t their mother or father.” There are times, though, when talking to a parent or other family member is not enough. If you’re concerned that your child (or someone else’s) might be seriously depressed or potentially suicidal, trust your instincts and get professional help. Not certain if you’re reading the warning signs correctly? Red flags include a change in personality, such as becoming sad, irritable or violent; withdrawal from family and friends or isolation at school; recent loss such as death, divorce or a broken relationship; change in eating or sleeping habits (too much or too little); drug or alcohol use; loss of interest in one’s appearance or favorite activities; talk about dying or harming one’s self; or feeling worthless and unable to accept compliments. Other signs include feelings of hopelessness about the future; putting one’s affairs in order; giving away or throwing away favorite possessions; and becoming suddenly cheerful after a period of depression. That last one may seem like a good sign, but it also could mean that a suicide plan is in place. And here’s one more thing to remember: The availability of firearms 44

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in the home significantly increases the chance that a teen in that home will successfully commit suicide. “Making sure that firearms are kept away from teens is really, really important,” says Boca psychologist Melissa Fogel. After the suicide at my daughter’s school, I wondered whether I should discourage her from attending the funeral. It’s hard enough to mourn the death of an elderly loved one whose life has run its natural course. How does one handle the sight of a coffin for a boy who’d had his bar mitzvah just three years earlier? But my daughter felt strongly that she should go, as did most of her friends. And they seemed to find it healing to be at the funeral together, listening to the eulogies and hearing the boy’s friends and

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family share happy memories in person instead of just online. “Even though a child might not have been close with (a teen who committed suicide), a situation like this can bring up ideas about their own mortality,” Fogel says. “Going to that funeral and hearing what the clergy have to say can put things into a different kind of perspective. And often they need that kind of closure from everyone else who’s going through the same experience.” Over the years, I have interviewed many people on topics related to teen depression, self-harm and suicide. Some parents are afraid to talk to their kids about these matters, out of fear that the conversation itself could trigger negative thoughts. Here’s what the American Acad-

emy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has to say about this notion: “People often feel uncomfortable talking about death. However, asking the child or adolescent whether he or she is depressed or thinking about suicide can be helpful. Rather than putting thoughts in the child’s head, such a question will provide assurance that somebody cares and will give the young person the chance to talk about problems.” If any of this strikes uncomfortably close to home, don’t hesitate to take action. Get the name of a qualified therapist. Or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or 1-800-SUICIDE. No student should ever have to see their classmate in a coffin. O


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FUN FORECAST Rain Or Shine, La Playa Beach & Golf Resort Is A Great TimeBY FELICIA S. LEVINE ou wouldn’t think it possible to enjoy a resort that markets itself as the ultimate beach, pool and golf destination when your trip is dominated by tropical downpours and storm-force winds. But that’s what happened during our weekend at La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and picturesque Vanderbilt Bay. Our experience is a testament to the allure of the 64-acre property, the city’s only boutique-style private beachfront resort (just 33 steps from the hotel to the sand).

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La Playa has hosted its share of celebrities, including “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro and Mariska Hargitay of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” who each brought their families. Other famous guests have included actors Eric Roberts and David Caruso, comedian Joan Rivers and Naples resident Judith Sheindlin, aka, TV’s Judge Judy. Maybe it was the sprawling porch with rocking chairs, colorful Old Florida-style decor (we loved the lobby’s mosaic Cuban tiles) or the super-attentive staff that charmed us. Or the attention to detail, like when management learned it was my birthday and had chilled Chardonnay and a box of gourmet chocolates sent to our room. Or the sea turtle lapel pin souvenirs, friendly reminders to close the drapes by 9 p.m. so that lights don’t disturb creatures on the beach during nesting season, which runs May-October (part of the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Sea Turtle Monitoring Project). Speaking of the beach, the resort keeps its private stretch immaculate (a maintenance crew sweeps the sands daily, even when it’s raining). Our guest suite was certainly a highlight. We were struck by its size, large enough for entertaining, with a sofa, dining table and chairs, regal writing desk, tufted ottomans and wrought-iron canopy bed. I was impressed by the breezy tropical design, awash in greens, whites 46

balcony watching the lightning show, the turbulent sea—the poor guy driving the sand-sweeper. Paul pointed out the lushly landscaped pool below (one of four on the property), surrounded by rows of teak tables, blueand-white cabanas and a big fire pit, where on balmy evenings guests make s’mores. “If it was sunny, I’d have lunch in that lounge right by the ocean,” I said, noting in the hotel brochure that La Playa offers beach butler service. “I’d like to go parasailing or kayaking,” said Paul, about the resort’s water sports. Since these were not options, we requested a tour of the property instead. Umbrellas in hand, we followed our guide, David Martorana, director of sales and marketing, who led us to the 15th floor for a stunning vista of the resort, gulf and neighboring multimillion-dollar mansions along Vanderbilt Bay. The property features three main buildings—the 70-room Gulf Tower (home to the resort’s private club), 79room Beach House and 40-room Bay

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life  destinations Tower—plus more than 8,000 square feet of meeting space. In 2001 the resort underwent a $54 million renovation, making it even more desirable for travelers from nearby and abroad. La Playa has hosted its share of celebrities, Martorana explained, including “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro and Mariska Hargitay of NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU,” who each brought their families. Other famous guests have included actors Eric Roberts and David Caruso, comedian Joan Rivers and Naples resident Judith Sheindlin, aka, TV’s Judge Judy. A Who’s Who of corporate titans reportedly belong to the resort’s members-only club (because of privacy issues, hotel reps would not disclose names), which offers kid-friendly activities, plus access to the restaurants, pool, beach, spa and 18-hole Bob Cupp Championship Golf Course (the property recently was voted No. 1 in Conde Nast Traveler’s Annual Readers’ Poll of the Top 125 Golf Resorts in Florida). Back on the ground floor, we walked longingly past the poolside cabanas, outfitted with ceiling fans, cushioned recliners and Internet connection, where on tropical storm-free days guests are treated to towel and sorbet service, lunch and libations from the Tiki Bar. Next on the tour was the impressive fitness center, fully equipped with free weights, Cybex weight-training systems and cardio machines, and where guests can sign up for exercise classes with qualified instructors. Located nearby was SpaTerre, a 4,500-square-foot oasis that includes hair and nail salons, and private treatment rooms offering Indonesian-influenced services ranging from Swedish massages and therapeutic facials, to detoxifying body rituals and Mediterranean wraps. Faster than you could say “neck spasm” I’d booked a massage, while Paul signed up for his first-ever spa manicure. (“What do you mean they put lotion on your arms?”) While he went to the nail salon, I followed the masseuse, a petite redhead with the strength of a linebacker, to a lovely treatment room where she handily kneaded my kinks and tensions into submission. Relaxed and content, that evening we dined at Baleen, the resort’s signature restaurant, which, under the guise of

Executive Chef Neall Bailey and Chef de Cuisine John O’Leary, serves “traditional dishes with a Gulf twist.” We chose an inside booth (terrace dining is available, weather permitting) and our server immediately brought us a basket of fresh breads and crisps. Paul’s Lobster Bisque appetizer (made with brandy, light cream and Maine lobster) was outstanding, as was my Tomato Burrata (served with red onion, extra-virgin olive oil, aged balsamic and micro basil). Our Marinated Hanger Steak and Filet Mignon entrees were perfectly cooked, and the huge a la carte sides—Truffle Parmesan Fries and creamy Lobster Mac/Cheese— were hearty and delicious. For dessert we shared a slice of rich, dark chocolate cake. The restaurant also serves breakfast (from egg dishes, pastries and cereals to decadent Vanilla-Scented Waffles and Red Velvet Pancakes), and lunch (sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads and the like). The following day (yep, it was still raining) we went to Miromar Outlets in nearby Estero, a covered open-air mall with a kids’ play area, dozens of restaurants and the pièce de résistance—more than 140 designer and brand-name stores (including Neiman Marcus Last Call and Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth) offering discounts of up to 70 percent. Immersed in this retail paradise, I purchased two handbags, a bracelet, charms and a lipstick. Not a big shopper, Paul bought a Coke. We capped off the evening at Mercato, a Mizner Park-style complex located close to La Playa with yet more shops and restaurants, plus residences. After strolling the property and enjoying a leisurely dinner at Bravo! Cucina Italian, we headed back to the hotel, where we sat on the balcony and reflected on our trip. We joked about what could have been, weather permitting. And we agreed that, rain or shine, La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples is a great time. O

contact La Playa Beach & Golf Resort is located at 9891 Gulfshore Drive in Naples. For more information, call 800-237-6883 or visit laplayaresort.com.

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aybe you know her as a Bond girl. It was 1973 and she was just 22 back then, but those kinds of things tend to stick with an actress, even one as multifaceted as Jane Seymour. “They saw me on British TV and offered me the role on the spot,” she says now. Or maybe you were in love with “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” After all, no matter where you are in this big wide world—take your pick from 98 countries—you can catch a re-run of Seymour playing the role of the amazing doctor who treks west to save the lives of America’s early settlers (sexism be damned). Perhaps you wear one of her jewelry pieces? (The Open Hearts collection from Kay Jewelers? Those are her designs.) She was both hilarious and hot as a cougar in the movie, “Wedding Crashers.”

Her book, “Among Angels,” is a bestseller (she’s written eight books). And on the official Jane Seymour website, you can buy fabulous bouquets of fake flowers that actually don’t look fake at all. And perhaps her most cherished roles are that of dedicated mother to four children and two stepchildren, and of beloved grandma. Yes, Jane Seymour knows a little something about layering her life. And marketing herself. And reinvention. And isn’t it maddening that she does it all so well? “When people watch the Kay Jewelers’ ad, I think they think I just do that,” says Seymour, talking to us from her oceanfront Malibu home—the one with the giant organic garden along the Pacific side of the house. “But, obviously, I have a much bigger range.” As it turns out, the perfectly petite (she’s 5-foot,

4-inches) and unique beauty (she has one brown eye and one green eye) is an amazing artist. Go ahead, nose around the Internet and you’ll stumble upon her

paintings, which sell anywhere from $500 to well into the thousands of dollars. They’re light and breezy, full of air and sky and soft colors. And Seymour makes time for this passion almost every day, even if she’s traveling and simply does a pen drawing while sitting at a fountain in Europe. Seymour, who first started out painting wispy ballerinas—after all, that’s what she wanted to be when she was a girl—doesn’t do anything halfway.

When she wanted to try a field of muddled oil colors in Claude Monet’s style, she actually sat and painted in Monet’s garden in Giverny, France. When she decided it was time for some funky stuff, a la Andy Warhol, she took classes at the Andy Warhol Museum. She’s also one heck of a photographer. “People are always surprised,” says Seymour, who started painting seriously about 20 years ago, when she was going through a difficult divorce. “When I first started showing, people bought my paintings and didn’t know I was an actress.” Indeed, the first four paintings she ever sold were snatched up right out of the crate, as the gallery owner was unpacking for Seymour’s show, she says. She sold four “just like that.” And only then did the gallery owner tell the happy customer: “I forgot to tell you. She’s an actress.” The customer’s response? “I don’t care. She’s an artist.” Michael O’Mahony, vice president of Wentworth Gallery, where last month Seymour appeared in Boca Raton, and where some of her pieces can be seen all year, works with all kinds of celebrity artists. Andy Roddick. Paul Stanley of KISS. Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick. Seymour, he says, is a notch above them all. “The turnout is always amazing,” says O’Mahony, explaining that each of Wentworth’s 11 galleries always has at least one Seymour exhibit, no matter when or where you go. “The truth is, she draws some of the largest crowds we see for any of our shows. People who are fans of her artwork, and people who are fans of her.” Her success, he says, has AUGUST 2013

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THE EARLY YEARS She was born in February, 1951, in Middlesex, England, the daughter of a doctor and a Red Cross volunteer. Her father, who practiced obstetrics, was an English Jew whose own father was from Poland. Her mother was a Dutch Protestant who was a prisoner of war during World War II. Her name—Jane Seymour—has a lovely British ring to it, but it isn’t what her parents named her. The “Seymour” stage name came later, when she began her acting career at about age 18. Her agent’s nephew suggested she use the name of Henry VIII’s third wife. And that was that. Indeed, Seymour began life as Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg, which she explains was “just too complicated” to work with. “It wasn’t happening,” she says. Her first credited film role came in 1970 in the movie, “The Only Way,” when she played Lillian Stein, a Jewish woman trying to escape the Nazis. In 50

1973, she landed her first major TV role as Emma Callon in the successful BBC series, “The Onedin Line.” But it was in 1973 that she made it as a Bond girl, playing across the newly appointed Roger Moore as the character Solitaire in the movie “Live and Let Die.” The IGN Entertainment network has named her one of the Top 10 Bond Girls of all time—pretty impressive considering the competition. Seymour says the movie’s producers spied her on British TV, tracked her down, insisted she rearrange her schedule and plopped her into the Bond girl role. And when that happens to a girl at 22, how do you top that? You don’t, she says simply. In the 1980s, she appeared in films with Chevy Chase, (“Oh! Heavenly Dog”), and Christopher Reeve, (“Somewhere in Time”). In 1988, she landed the lead in the TV miniseries adaptation of the Herman Wouk novel, “War and Remembrance.” And then, in 1990, Seymour landed the part as Dr. Michaela “Mike” Quinn in “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” It was just a lucky thing that she could actually ride a horse, because the show’s producers never asked. It’s impossible to say which of the roles she cherishes the most. “That’s like asking me which one of my kids I like best,” says Seymour. But the Quinn role is definitely right up there. She won an Emmy Award for that role. She met her fourth husband, James Keach, playing that role. “I did 170 hours of that and it still plays in 98 countries,” she says. Take that, Bond girls.

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PRESENT DAY How come she’s 62 and still so incredibly beautiful and fit? Seymour says she takes care of herself physically, working out with cardio and the stationary bike and Pilates. She eats mostly organic food, plucked straight from her home garden. Her children are happy and healthy. Her two youngest

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are 17-year-old twin boys, still living at home. Kristopher is a baseball player, whose godfather was Christopher Reeve, and John is a musician, whose godfather was Johnny Cash. She’s gaga over the grandkids, who call her “Oma”—the Dutch word for “grandma.” Still, with all that, there is one thing she hasn’t quite mastered: A long and happy marriage.

She’s recently separated from Keach, the twins’ father, the actor and director she met on the set of Quinn. “Sadly, yes,” she says. They were married for 20 years. And while divorce is always life-changing, it was her third divorce from David Flynn in 1992—a marriage that also produced two children—that was particularly painful. Her first two marriages were very brief, but she was married to Flynn for over a decade. The breakup is actually what drove her to start painting. “One day, I had a very rude awakening and discovered that my husband (Flynn), whom I trusted totally, had been untrustworthy to me on too many occasions and in too many ways,” she told a British interviewer years ago. “I turned to my mother, who had survived a concentration camp during World War II and she told me that if something insurmountable happened, you should reach into your heart, open it up, let it out and start again.” And that’s when Seymour picked up a paintbrush. Mostly, she works in her large studio in Malibu. “It’s quite big with wonderful light and it overlooks a koi pond,” she says. Seymour loves to fill the place with family and friends. And she loves having work sessions with other artists. “This is where I do everything,” she says. “It’s my center of operation. I often paint with other artists, so sometimes there are quite a few of us here.” When she’s home, she has a routine. She’s up at 6:30 a.m. or so—she’s no lollygagger—and gets the twins going with their day. She tries to meditate seven days a week, even for a small spell. She loves Pilates and also makes

herself do some weight training. And then, of course, she has a healthy meal. As for work, she’s “all over the place”—and that’s a good thing. Opportunity seems to come in waves. She has her art shows, her jewelry line, her silk flowers, her acting. This fall, her newest movie, “Austenland,” will be in theaters. The film, which stars Keri Russell, is the funny, fictitious tale of a woman obsessed with the BBC production of “Pride and Prejudice,” so she goes to a Jane Austen theme park in search of the perfect man. (The movie was directed by Jerusha Hess, who wrote the script for “Napoleon Dynamite.”) Seymour loves comedic roles. In “Austenland,” she plays the prickly woman who runs the theme park and early reviews indicate she relished the part. Oh, and there’s one other thing she loves: Being a grandma. She’s a grandma twice over now that her daughter recently had a baby girl, Willa. “She looks exactly like my daughter when she was a baby… red hair and blue eyes,” says Seymour. “I want to steal her,” she says, laughing but not kidding. Not that long ago, the ever-fabulous Seymour took her new granddaughter to the Hollywood premiere of the “American Girl” movie. “Who does that?” she says, in her lovely British accent. “I took a baby to a premiere, which is ridiculous.” Ridiculous maybe for the likes of Kim Kardashian or Britney Spears or Rosie O’Donnell. But when Jane Seymour does something a bit odd, like stand on the red carpet bouncing someone else’s baby on her hip, it just looks lovely and elegant. O


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heir experiences, we know by now, are as varied as their post-war lives. There are stories of sacrifice, suffering and small miracles. ¶ More than 11 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and the ones who survived did so through prayer and hope and the grace and strength of something much larger than themselves. ¶ There’s no explaining the evil of the war’s genocide. Many stopped searching for reasons years ago. But it is clear—as we listened to these remarkable accounts of survival and redemption—that when you endure something this horrific, you emerge a different person. Suffering can make life’s priorities that much more evident. ¶ Tradition. Forgiveness. Love. Family. These are the things these survivors have counted on—and still do—year after year after year.

German Gestapo. “My mother’s parting words to me were to promise that I would keep the faith and never give up hope.” ‘You are young, and have a chance to live through this war,’ he recalls her saying. ‘The Germans only need slaves—men who can work and die for them. I know someday you will be far away from here, and you will be happy.’ She actually predicted my future.” How does one make it through the Holocaust? Miracle after miracle, he says. Time and time again, he was able to sneak past guards during selections and stay with his father Moses David’s work crew. Indeed, Rosner and his father survived the war together. Young Rosner was strong, able and looked older than his years, which helped him be selected

Against All Odds for forced labor.

Holocaust Survivors Share Remarkable Stories Of War, Family And Sacrifice He was 16 when American forces liberated him from a concentration camp in May 1945, and a few years later he immigrated to America on a student visa.

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The Witness

In 1952, Rosner was drafted into the U.S. Army, and later was

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In 1972, he was invited by the German government to testify

North Miami Beach

at a trial of seven Gestapo. He recognized four “murderers”

sent to Germany to join the Occupation Forces. In 1961, he met his wife, Fanny, who had recently fled Fidel Castro’s Cuba. They were married and had two children.

that participated in the killing of Jews (including his mother

AGE: 84 BIRTH NAME: Leibish Rosner WAR EXPERIENCES: Two prisons, six labor camps and two concentration camps: Buchenwald and Mauthausen

and 11-year-old sister, Malkale) in his hometown of Zmigrod, and in Jaslo, where he was imprisoned. But it would take him 18 years to return to Warzyce, Poland,

oday, former businessman Leo Rosner tells his story at

where his mother and sister lay in a mass grave in a nearby

schools, universities, synagogues and churches. Al-

forest, along with 30 others. And only then was he finally

though it’s very painful for him to relive the memories,

able to say a proper goodbye, lighting candles, saying the

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Mourner’s Kaddish prayer and putting up a plaque dedicated to the sacred memory of his beloved ones.

At 84, retired and still keeping office hours so he can continue lecturing about his Holocaust experiences, Rosner, amaz-

In 2003, he turned his amazing story into a book: “The Holocaust

ingly, has created a remarkable life for himself.

Remembered. A Child Survivor’s Account of Imprisonment and Redemption.”

As a young boy of 13, he was a slave laborer, always near death, never knowing if he’d be the next to die.

And although the horrors remain seared in his mind, the love of his family pulls him through. “Fanny and I taught our

“To be honest, I was constantly thinking of my mother, Esther,”

children to love people,” he says. “When I speak, I speak

says Rosner, whose mother was 35 when she was killed by the

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n the pre-war days, when they kept a kosher house and celebrated Sabbath every week with open joy, Mary Eckstein’s father, Jozsef Feldmann, worked as a textile clerk. Her mother, Boris, was a seamstress. Their lives were happy, although

Hungarian Jews were already feeling the effects of anti-Semitism, even in the 1930s.

AGES: 77 and 84, respectively BIRTH NAMES: Marika Feldmann, Jozsef Eckstein WAR EXPERIENCES: Mary, Budapest Ghetto; Joe, Bicske War Camp, Komarom War Camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau

As life got more and more dire, her father was sent to a labor camp, but Eckstein, her mother, and her mother’s sister were able to stay in their apartment. The building had been turned into one of the wartime “Jew Houses”—a place where Jews were forced to live to make selection and deportation easier. It was during these days that Eckstein’s mother relied on her needle and thread to save them. “It was because of her grit that we survived,” Eckstein says. By now, Jews were made to wear yellow stars. And while stuck in that apartment with nothing to eat, a few mothers got an idea: They’d remove those telltale stars from their daughters’ coats, send them to the food line—open only to the gentiles—then sew them on again after each mission. It was dangerous, and each sewing job had to be just-so. “The soldiers would stop you, and if they could put a pencil down in between the stitches, they would beat you,” Eckstein says. She never got a beating, but she did return with bread. In the fall of 1944, Eckstein and her mother were rounded up by authorities and marched to the Budapest Ghetto. Eckstein can remember the warm wool coat she still owned when she was captured—a blue and white tweed. At one time, she

had carried with it a blue velvet muff.

There was no food. All I can remember is three of us little girls; our mothers took our yellow stars off our coats and we stood in line for bread.

In the hard months ahead, Eckstein and her mother suffered terribly, but their lives were also saved in the most unpredictable ways. Once a German officer inexplicably marched in and stopped her mother’s execution. At a safe house, the superintendent’s wife snuck food to them. Eckstein and her mother were reunited with Jozsef Feldmann after the war, although he died in 1945 when he contracted sepsis after his imprisonment.

Six years later, Mary met Jozsef Eckstein—kind and cheerful and full of optimism and love. But he had lived through his own Holocaust hell. Surviving near-starvation, forced labor, underground dungeons, Typhoid fever, Scarlet fever, and the death of his family members, he was tattooed at Auschwitz-Birkenau. B-14777. “We were once a big family, but they all got killed,” says Joe, the quieter of the couple. “I was just a lucky kid.” A U G U S T 2 0 1 3 55


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The Letter EDITH ALEXANDER, Boca Raton

She was 21 years old then, a beautiful, happy young woman who had been working as a dental assistant. After Auschwitz, Alexander and her sister were sent to Krakow-Plaszow, then AuschwitzBirkenau, where she was tattooed, then the Kluge brick factory—the subject of her letter. When the

AGE: 90 BIRTH NAME: Edita Reich WAR EXPERIENCES: Auschwitz, Krakow-Plaszow, Auschwitz-Birkenau; forced labor at Kluge brick factory

Russians freed the camp in the spring of 1945, Alexander’s sister, Magdalena, was so sick with tuberculosis that Alexander had to push her on a bike to the sanitarium, where her sister’s TB was treated with food and sunshine. Never fully healthy again, Magdalena died at age 41 in the United States.

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n 2000, when she was 78, after a lifetime of selfimposed silence, Edith Alexander sat and wrote

“You should see me when I young girl,” says Alex-

a letter. Slowly, thoughtfully, in her own handwrit-

ander, who never lost her Czech accent. “Dancing

ing, she put the clear unspoken memories into care-

and skiing and swimming.”

ful words: “I was a slave worker in one of your factories from September 1944 to May 1945,” wrote the

After the war, Alexander was reacquainted with a

Holocaust survivor, who says she decided to write

young attorney she’d met at a 1942 New Year’s Eve

the letter because she was getting old. “As owners, you know perfectly well

what type of conditions you placed us

under. For this, we received a starvation diet, beatings, untreated sicknesses. Any dog, cat or even a pig had a more luxurious life.”

party, Dr. Ladislav Alexander, who had turned an

When I come home from the concentration camp, I thought that I going to find my mother and everybody. I find nobody.

When someone from the Kluge brick company

apartment building into living quarters for returning

wrote back, her story was called “fabrication.”

Jews. They married and adopted Dr. Alexander’s niece, orphaned in the war.

The daughter of a crystal and glass merchant, Alexander and her family were living in Kosice, Czecho-

Today, Georgina Schneider lives near her mother in

slovakia, when the Hungarians invaded. One of the

Boca Raton. Although always close, Schneider had

biggest and most prominent Jewish communities in

never heard the story of her birth parents’ deaths

present-day Slovakia, the city’s Jews were mostly all

and her subsequent adoption until her adoptive fa-

sent to the gas chambers. Alexander and her sister

ther died in 1980.

survived selections at three camps. “Nobody talked about the Holocaust,” says Alexan“I arrived at Auschwitz and, in front of us, my mother

der, who is deaf in her right ear as a result of beatings

had to go to the left,” she says. “For me, he said to

she received during imprisonment. “Only now.”

the right. I never saw my mother again.”

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The Rescue SAMUEL RON, Boca Raton AGE: 89 BIRTH NAME: Samuel Rakowski WAR EXPERIENCES: Krakow Ghetto, then forced labor at concentration camps in KrakowPlaszow, Pionki, Sachsenhausen and Glewen

he beginning of the end came midway

camp, he never knew if he’d survive the se-

through 1942. Living under German oc-

lections. Food was practically nonexistent—

cupation in their family home outside

coffee in the morning and a kind of terrible

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Krakow—a home once full of love and Jew-

soup at night.

ish tradition—Sam Ron and his family were forced to hide in a nearby barn, owned by

“Sometimes it had pieces of wood in it,” he

a business associate of his father’s.

recalls. “It was not that good of a soup.”

“I had a very happy childhood,” says Ron,

On Sundays, there might be bread.

about his early and adolescent years. During the final death march out of the But when Jews in Poland were deprived of

Sachsenhausen camp in 1945, he watched

more and more necessities, seven of Ron’s

as starving prisoners fell to their knees, eat-

family members fled, leaving his elderly grand-

ing bark off the trees in the forest.

mother behind because she was too frail to survive the living conditions of a hidden life.

This was Sam Rakowski’s life before love and marriage and a new start as Sam Ron

As winter approached, his parents—Zelda

in America.

and Joseph Rakowski—felt it was safer to

move to the Krakow Ghetto. It was terrible

But before that new life could begin, Ron

there. Little food. Horrible living conditions.

had a little something to accomplish.

Slave labor was almost mandatory to survive. He was lost after the war, he says. After re-

Under slave labor, you had no rights. No dignity. But if you didn’t work, you would not stay in the ghetto. You were destined for trouble.

turning to Poland, where he found both of his parents had miraculously survived, he had no real interest in a good life. There was no fire in his belly, except hatred. Within months, another survivor persuaded him to join the Bricha Movement. Organized by European Zionist soldiers, Bricha

Here, a few of Ron’s relatives were recruited

activists were human smugglers, getting

for work at Oskar Schindler’s factory, but he

Holocaust survivors to safety. In 1946, Ron

was not. Then on March 13, 1943, thousands

traveled with 110 Jewish orphans, leading

of Jews in the Krakow Ghetto were ordered

them to safety in Israel.

to Plaszow, a concentration work camp. In

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the hard, surreal months that followed, Ron

“It was probably one of the finest things I

worked at ammunition plants, first produc-

ever did,” says Ron, who met his wife, Bilha,

ing the actual bullets and rockets and then

in Israel. “It gave you a lot of energy, a lot

rebuilding the plants. Moved from camp to

of pride, a lot of hope.”

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osette Goldstein wasn’t even 4 years old when she went to live with a farmer, his wife and their three daughters in the French countryside.

ROSETTE GOLDSTEIN, Boca Raton

But she remembers. She remembers leaving her mother in Paris. She remembers the gentile neighbor who took her there, so as not to raise suspicions. And she remembers her father, strong and handsome, pedaling an old bike up the road after working as a lumberjack in a labor camp near the farm. “He would be whistling a French song,” she recalls. “It was his way of signaling he was coming.”

AGE: 74 BIRTH NAME: Rosette Adler WAR EXPERIENCE: Hidden with a family on a farm in rural France

Goldstein’s parents—Bronia and David Adler—had moved from Germany to France in 1934. Goldstein was born there in 1938. As anti-Semitism intensified, David Adler joined a labor camp, cutting trees in a forest for the combined German-France war effort. It was there that he met the man who would save his daughter’s life. The farmer’s name was Albert Martin—or Monsieur Martin—and Adler met him because the 70 or so Jewish men who worked in the lumberjack camp were allowed to scavenge for food after work. Martin, his wife, Juliette, and their three daughters, Denise, Simone and Odile, lived along the outskirts of the forest, and they were kind to Goldstein’s father. So kind, that Adler eventually conjured the nerve to ask Martin if his daughter could live with them, hidden from the Nazis. The Frenchman asked for time to think about it. The next day, he told Adler: “We have three daughters. Now we will have four.” And so began this child’s wartime odyssey—in no way idyllic, in most ways terrifying, in all ways life-changing. Her father was still able to come to the farm most evenings, riding the old bicycle that Monsieur Martin had given him. Adler would help the farmer with work, as thanks—Goldstein surmises—for the man’s kindness and selfless bravery. And each day, Goldstein would skip down the dirt path to stand at the edge of the farm and wait for her whistling father.

“One day, I was waiting and waiting and he didn’t come,” she says. “He never showed up because they had all been taken. This is my last memory.” She was 5 years old.

I was just a little girl, but I knew I was being hunted. I knew I was being hunted because I was Jewish.

Goldstein was returned to her mother in Paris after the war, and in later years kept in touch with the family that saved her, a few times even visiting the three daughters overseas. “Seventy-five thousand Jews were taken from France—children, babies, old people,” she says now. “Three percent came back.”

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Oh Baby!

GREAT HANGOUT

Designer Kids’ Rooms Range From “Awww” To Awesome BY SUSAN R. MILLER Gone are the days when tricked-out kids’ rooms meant they got to choose the paint colors, bedding and wall posters. Nowadays children have themed rooms, trendy furnishings… clamshell-shaped beds. They have strong opinions, and no qualms about sharing how they feel their bedrooms should look. Oh, and their tastes change often (finicky little moppets, they are). Suffice it to say, when it comes to decorating rooms with children in mind, even America’s top designers must turn up their creative juices to produce spaces worthy of their littlest of clients—all while satisfying parents’ style needs. Some of America’s favorite designers managed to do just that. By incorporating bold colors, kid-

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friendly materials and lots of whimsy, the following rooms—presented here for your inspiration— range from “awww” to awesome.

Randy Weinstein

THE DESIGNER: Randy Weinstein of Santa Monica, Calif. (randyweinsteindesign.com) is renowned for his creative residential and commercial projects. “My aesthetic is to create a blank or neutral canvas that you can then pop with artwork, rugs, chairs, linens, stuff like that,” he explains. CLIENT REQUEST: Create a space shared by two sisters, incorporating a door in-between the room for optional privacy. The girls were allowed to choose from a color palette, although the parents were fully involved in the design.

THE RESULT: Weinstein included lots of kidfriendly furniture and walk-in closets for storage. For fun, he incorporated a ladder that leads up to a small alcove hideaway. But the big wow factor? The plastic bubble chairs. “Everyone wants to know about them,” he says. Weinstein’s challenge was to create and implement a concept that worked for the kids and the overall design of the house. “We accomplished all of our goals and everyone was happy.”


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Mindi Freng Photo by Lindsey DeYoung photography

COTTAGE INDUSTRY THE DESIGNER: Mindi Freng in Grand Rapids, Mich. (mindifrengdesigns.com) is a former art gallery consultant who now devotes her time to helping “families fall in love with their ‘new’ homes.” THE PROJECT: A storage room-turnedplayroom in her home as a Christmas surprise for her young daughters. Freng was inspired by a recent $40,000 project, opting for a “much cheaper” version using carpet remnants and other found materials.

Mindi Freng

THE RESULT: Because her children “were big into make-believe,” Freng incorporated a kitchen with a “drive-thru” window on one side of the space, and a playhouse, white picket fence and reading nook on the other. Wall hooks are for dress-up costumes and little accessories. Freng’s goal was “not to buy my kids more for Christmas, but to create a spot for what they already had.”

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PEARL OF A ROOM THE DESIGNER: You might recognize Miamibased designer David Bromstad (bromstad.com) from HGTV’s “Color Splash,” “Design Star” and other shows, but before he hit it big he was designing “fantasy children’s rooms” for model homes around the Southeast. CLIENT REQUEST: A self-described “Disney fanatic” (he worked at Orlando’s Disney World as an Imagineer), Bromstad says that for this room, the client requested something “tropical and fun” on a limited budget. THE INSPIRATION: Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.” Explains Bromstad, “It was from the opening scene where Ariel is supposed to come out of a clamshell, but instead is out exploring the ocean.” He crafted the bed from sturdy medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and the “pearl” pillow is a beach ball covered in a pearlescent paint.

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David Bromstad


SMALL WORLD THE DESIGNER: New York-based Robert Couturier (robertcouturier.com), known for his grand commissions around the world, incorporated a bit of global glamour into this kid-friendly project.

Photo by Peter Margonelli

THE CHALLENGE: How to animate a large naked wall, without making it look too childish. “Everything we had was getting lost,” Couturier says.

Robert Couturier

THE RESULT: “The family traveled a lot and we thought a map was great,” he says. Because the map was blue, Couturier kept with a blue motif, using kid-friendly durable fabrics. Because the home is in the Sunshine State, he gave it a pop of color with a live orange tree. “I always like a contrasting color. It makes a room more lively and vibrant, and in Florida you expect stronger colors.”

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Candice Olson

SLAM DUNK THE DESIGNER: Canada-based Candice Olson (candiceolson.com) is a celebrated designer, author and host of HGTV’s “Candice Tells All” and “Divine Design.” CLIENT REQUEST: Olson was asked to create a combination “indestructible playroom” for the family’s sports-minded boys ages 3 to 8, and “now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t” weight room for Dad. THE PROCESS: She transformed an “ugly, old faux fireplace” with the use of high-energy colors, paint, plywood, and adhesive graphic letters and numbers, into a multisport activity center. “A lot of fun and function was packed into that old clunker,” Olson says. “It really was a room dedicated solely to the kids with Mom and Dad allowed to visit on occasion to catch a quick workout!” O

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owser the Shih Tzu eats his owner’s credit card bills (that’s what you get for shopping without him, human), while A.J. the Chihuahua considers his bed stuffing a delicacy. DayZ the Staffordshire Terrier absconds with his mother’s bras and Choxie the Tortie cat, well, he’s never met a glass he didn’t try to knock over (and break).¶ We’re crazy about our pets, but also take great pride in mocking their odd or downright rude behaviors. Pet Shaming has become an international phenomenon and for proof, check out the Internet’s myriad websites dedicated to good-naturedly exposing guilty-looking dogs, cats and other animals caught in dastardly deeds. ¶ Curious about our neighborhood furballs, we invited you to submit stories of your pets’ high jinks—and you, dear readers, did not disappoint. While it was challenging, we managed to narrow down the field to the most entertaining of the lot.¶ We mock because we love. Meet some of Palm Beach County’s most mischievous dogs and cats.

Exposing The Naughty Shenanigans Of Our Four-Legged Friends

Bowzer, 7 Shih Tzu, Boca Raton “Heʻs like a person in a dogʻs body. Heʻs very expressive and will show how guilty he is with his face. He also likes to bat his eyelashes and knows that heʻs cute.” — Deborah Director, who co-parents Bowzer with Dr. Bruce Martin

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BY FELICIA S. LEVINE AND SOPHIE MERIDIEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY PATTY DANIELS


DayZ, 5 Staffordshire Terrier, Lake Worth “Normally dogs steal socks, but not my DayZ! I love her because sheʻs got a great personality. She has to say ‘hiʻ to everyone she sees, and sheʻs sweet and silly.” — Nikki Troyan, owner

Choxie, 1 Tortoiseshell (Tortie) Cat, Boca Raton “This little girl came into our lives unexpectedly and has given us such joy, but boy is she a handful!” – Ashley Dietz, who, along with her fiance, Corey Gray, rescued Choxie off the side of a highway

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Ginger, 8 ½ Maltese, Boca Raton “Ginger does all sorts of quirky things, especially when Iʻm watching TV or not paying attention to her. While all animals embrace my heart, Ginger is and always will be my special angel.” — Maureen Ripp, owner

Brody, 8 months Newfoundland, West Palm Beach “Iʻve learned to accept Brodyʻs drooling. Itʻs what makes him who he is and I love him for it. Besides how could you not love that cute face?” — Jessica Myers, who adopted Brody with her boyfriend, Ryan Giffin

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Mikey, 13 Himalayan, Boynton Beach “I love Mikey because heʻs cute as a button and he knows it. He also loves playing with his sister cat, Reggy.” — Linda Johnson, who owns Mikey with her husband, Joe

Alice, 3 Lab/Greyhound/Pitbull Mix, Boynton Beach

A.J. (Abraham Jefferson), 2 Chihuahua, Boca Raton “A.J. is the most lovable and cuddly animal you can imagine and never ruins his beds in front of us. But as soon we leave the house he pulverizes them. I guess heʻs a closet bed-plucker.”

“Sometimes when we get home we find her in the hamper. Sheʻs crazy and random, and that makes her even more lovable!” — Michelle Sgarlato, who adopted Alice with her boyfriend, Kiernan Giffin O

— Kassi Kesner of Boca Raton, who rescued A.J. with her son, Josh Hunter

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ori Cabrera’s 19-year-old daughter, Gabrielle, was 3 years old when the family moved to Florida from New York. The Boca Raton mom knew then that her daughter was autistic. What she didn’t know was that her now 16-year-old son, Aaron, also would be diagnosed with autism at 15 months old. “My daughter is extraordinarily functional, but my son’s case is very different and very challenging,” Cabrera says. “He is prevented from fully engaging in the community without people who are really sensitive and trained to deal with a person who has his disability. It’s disconcerting as a parent.” Cabrera turned to the Unicorn Children’s Foundation in Boca Raton for help. It served as a repository of information about what’s known in the medical

school for students ages 14 to 22 with neurodiverse issues that would provide a personalized learning environment and help them overcome the academic, career and social barriers so many face. “The board overwhelmingly said ‘absolutely, we would love to do this,’” Cabrera recalls. “Within one board meeting we went from a fundraising organization to a service-providing organization.” That was four years ago. This August, that dream became a reality with the opening of the Unicorn Village Academy on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton. The school expands on a model created by Dr. Herm Fishbein’s Autism/Asperger Strategy Center. “Realizing there was a gap in the com-

Lessons The New Unicorn Village Academy Helps Students With Developmental And Learning Disorders Control Their Own Futures

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Dr. Rafael and Lori Cabrera

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field as neurodiversity. Autism, ADD and ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome and other neurological learning conditions all fall under this umbrella. As the years passed, Cabrera and her husband Rafael, a plastic surgeon, became dedicated to the cause, becoming Unicorn board members and taking on fundraising and other foundation-related tasks. As her son got older, Cabrera began looking for schools that could handle not only her teenage son’s educational needs, but also provide a supportive environment in which he would be able to function on a societal level. It wasn’t easy. “It took me three elementary schools to find one that I felt had the expertise to deal with my son,” she explains. “When I began looking for middle schools, I was horrified with what I found.” So the dedicated mom took action. Her personal experience, and many years of involvement with Unicorn, led her to ask board members to consider opening a 74

munity, our education committee sat down and realized his was a model program that needed to be expanded,” says Sharon Alexander, Unicorn Village executive director. Dr. Fishbein, who started as a consultant, agreed to take on the role of the Unicorn Village Academy’s headmaster.

BY SUSAN R. MILLER

While there are many curriculums that focus on just one area of the neurodiversity spectrum, Unicorn Village Academy is believed to be the first of its kind in

“It took me three elementary schools to find one that I felt had the expertise to deal with my son. When I began looking for middle schools, I was horrified with what I found.” – Lori Cabrera, Unicorn Children’s Foundation board member, who was instrumental in the school’s creation

Aaron Cabrera

the country because it accepts students dealing with a broad range of issues and from a broad geographical area—from Miami-Dade to Palm Beach County. Cabrera describes the academy as three


schools in one offering academic, life and career skills, and more importantly it teaches students self-advocacy, which is “a huge challenge for many of our kids,” she explains. The number of children affected by some form of neurodiversity is staggering. Nearly one out of every six children has some form of neurologically based developmental, learning or communication disorder. Approximately one out of every 88 will be diagnosed with autism and about one in every 10 is taking medication for ADHD. Unlike other schools, this one focuses not on a child’s disability, but on his abilities, notes Dr. Fishbein. “The first thing we will ask parents and kids is to tell us about (their) strengths and all of the things they are good at,” Dr. Fishbein says. “It’s all about finding that child’s skill set and motivating them and instilling in them a sense of pride.” The goal is to establish a model that can be replicated in any community around the country.

“Our intent is to get this one up and going and get outcome data and then figure out what works and what doesn’t so we can present it in a format that can be easily disseminated to others,” Alexander says.

“Realizing there was a gap in the community, our education committee sat down and realized his was a model program that needed to be expanded.” – Sharon Alexander, Unicorn Village executive director

The school, which cost $500,000 to build out and will have operating expenses of $700,000 annually, eventually will be able to accommodate 100 students. However, Alexander says they are starting with just 25.

“Based on the response from the community, my anticipation is that we will hit capacity quickly,” she points out. Tuition doesn’t come cheap: It’s $25,000 a year. The foundation hopes to get grants to help offset the costs for students whose parents can’t afford it. “It’s extraordinarily expensive to provide the kind of support and services we provide,” Cabrera says. “We provide psychology, speech, OT, language, social skills, career skills, life skills, academic skills. It requires a tremendous amount of staff.” Students will be in school from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. and services will be available after school until 9 p.m. on weekdays. Services will also be available on the weekends. Says Dr. Fishbein: “What makes this school unique is that we are offering a whole life experience. We are offering the opportunity not to just make friends, but to keep friends, not just pursue a job, but a career.” O

Sharon Alexander

“What makes this school unique is that we are offering a whole life experience. We are offering the opportunity not to just make friends, but to keep friends, not just pursue a job, but a career.” – Dr. Herm Fishbein, Unicorn Village Academy headmaster, who created the school’s program model

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thin-crust pizzas and fresh fish to seafood, chicken and veal dishes. Vic & Angelo’s decadent weekend brunch includes a variety of treats, such as Belgian Waffles with fruit toppings, French Toast, omelets, cheese platters, flatbreads and more. Enjoy your meal in the restaurant’s casually upscale dining room, or check out the indoor or outdoor bars, which serve nifty cocktails

DINNER IS SERVED: Oreganata Trio with lobster, shrimp and calamari; outside Vic & Angelo’s; Cannoli with mascarpone cream and pistachios

TASTER’S CHOICE Vic & Angelo’s Offers New Summer Prix-Fixe Menus n the mood for some Italian comfort food? Restaurateur John Rosatti is serving up his rustic gourmet cuisine in a brand-new way, making it even more accessible to local diners. At his Vic & Angelo’s eateries in Delray Beach and Palm Beach Gardens, hungry South Floridians can choose from $25 or $35 prix-fixe lunches and dinners off Summer Tasting Menus from Sunday through Thursday until September 30. The menus, from which diners can cus-

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tomize their meals, aim to capitalize on the season’s most vibrant flavors, says Rosatti, who also owns Delray Beach’s The Office and BurgerFi. The three-course meals include appetizers, entrees and desserts, and for an extra $15 Rosatti will add a bottle of Coastal Vines Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. For $25, appetizer selections include Angelo’s Salad, V&A Caesar Salad or Fried Calamari. Entrees include Pizza Originale, Cappellini

al Telefono (with fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes), Fusilli (with crumbled sausage and broccoli rabe) and Chicken Milanese, or a choice of Grilled Shrimp or Tuna Cobb Salad. For dessert, choose from gelato or sorbet. The $35 option kicks it up a notch, with appetizer options including PEI Mussels al Forno, Grilled Calamari or Spinach Salad. Entrees include Shrimp Penne alla Vodka, Chicken Piccata (with artichoke hearts), Chicken Marsala (with wild mush-

rooms and sweet pea risotto), Veal Milanese, Wild Salmon (with mixed veggies) or FourCheese Pear Tortelloni (with truffle cream sauce). For dessert, opt for the homemade tiramisu or cannoli. Diners can also order off the daily a la carte menu, which offers everything from homemade pastas,

and more than 100 wines from across the globe. – Sophie Meridien

Vic & Angelo’s is located at 290 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach and PGA Commons, 4520 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. For more information, call 561-2789570 or 561-630-9899, or visit vicandangelos.com.

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Ice cream and the South Florida heat go hand in hand. For a real indulgence, serve up decadent sundaes made with homemade frozen treats and sauces. Add cookies, fruits and other toppings and, well, it’s a party. We suggest you try the following recipes from “Sundaes & Splits” by Hannah Miles—because every summer day should feel like a sundae.

Ice Cream, Man HOW TO MAKE ANY DAY A SUNDAE

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COOKIES AND CREAM SUNDAE Cookies and Cream is the world’s fifth-favorite flavor and it’s easy to see why. Who can resist crunchy cream-filled cookies mixed with rich vanilla and chocolate ice creams? Not us. (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS 3 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (see sidebar) INGREDIENTS FOR CHOCOLATE COOKIE ICE CREAM ½ cup regular Oreo cookies, crushed 3 cups Chocolate Ice Cream base, chilled (see sidebar) FINISHING TOUCHES 3-4 regular Oreo cookies, crumbled 12 mini Oreo cookies Chocolate sprinkles INSTRUCTIONS

Make Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream by churning the base in an ice cream machine, or use the by-hand method (see sidebar). Just before ice cream is frozen, stir in crushed cookies. Freeze until needed. Layer Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream and cookie crumbs in sundae dishes. Top with chocolate sprinkles; serve with 3 Oreo cookies on the side.

STICKY TOFFEE PUDDING SUNDAE This ice cream version of Sticky Toffee Pudding is simply irresistible. It’s made with creamy Toffee Ice Cream and Caramel Sorbet, served with chilled fresh custard. And it’s delicious. (Serves 4) INGREDIENTS FOR CARAMEL SORBET 1 cup superfine sugar

HOW TO CREATE ICE CREAMS AND SAUCES VANILLA ICE CREAM 1 vanilla bean 6.75 oz. whole milk 13.5 oz. double cream ½ cup superfine sugar 5 egg yolks Split vanilla bean lengthways with sharp knife; remove black seeds. Place seeds, bean halves, milk and cream in a heavy-based saucepan; bring to boil. Remove from heat; leave to infuse for 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk superfine sugar and egg yolks until light, creamy and doubled in size. Remove vanilla bean; bring mixture to boil. Whisk and slowly add hot vanilla cream. Return custard mixture to pan; over gentle heat, whisk a few minutes until mixture begins to thicken. Let cool; chill in refrigerator. Once chilled, add additional flavorings to the base and churn in an ice cream machine until frozen, or use by-hand method. (Makes 2 cups)

CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM Prepare the Vanilla Ice Cream base. Let cool. Stir in ½ lb. of melted dark chocolate. Churn or freeze. (Makes 2 cups)

to cool completely before using. (Makes about 2 cups)

SUMMER BERRY SAUCE 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ lb. fresh strawberries, hulled ¹/³ lb. fresh raspberries ½ cup superfine sugar Cut vanilla bean in half lengthways with sharp knife. Place all ingredients in a saucepan with 6.75 oz. water; simmer 8-10 minutes, until strawberries are very soft and the sugar dissolves. Strain sauce through a fine mesh sieve, pressing fruit down with the back of a spoon to release juices. Discard fruit; leave sauce to cool completely before using. (Makes about 2 cups)

FREEZING ICE CREAM USING THE BY-HAND METHOD Place prepared mixture in a lidded freezer-proof container and place in freezer. Remove from freezer every hour or so, transfer to a large bowl and whisk with hand or electric mixer to incorporate air and break up large ice crystals. Repeat this every hour until the ice cream is frozen.

Everyone loves a trifle and the addition of ice cream takes this dessert to a new level. For a child-friendly version, replace the sherry with unsweetened apple juice. (Serves 6) INGREDIENTS FOR STRAWBERRY AND CLOTTED CREAM ICE CREAM ¾ cup superfine sugar 2 eggs 1 cup clotted cream 1 cup double cream 1 cup whole milk 1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped INGREDIENTS FOR SHORTCAKE ½ cup superfine sugar 6 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 ½ cup plain flour, sifted FINISHING TOUCHES 1 lb. fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced 1 cup double cream, whipped 2 cups Summer Berry Sauce (see sidebar) Colored sprinkles (optional) INSTRUCTIONS

TOFFEE SAUCE ½ cup light brown sugar ¼ cup dark brown sugar 6.75 oz. double cream ¼ cup unsalted butter 1 tbsp. golden syrup

Trifle Sundaes

Place ingredients in a heavybased saucepan; whisk over gentle heat until butter melts, sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth and thick. Leave sauce

Freshly squeezed juice of 2 lemons 1 tsp. salt INGREDIENTS FOR TOFFEE SWIRL ICE CREAM 2 cups Toffee Sauce (see sidebar) 3 cups Vanilla Ice Cream base, chilled (see sidebar) FINISHING TOUCHES 10.5 oz. readymade custard, chilled 8 wafer rolls INSTRUCTIONS

Sticky Toffee Pudding Sundae

TRIFLE SUNDAE

THE BASICS

To make Caramel Sorbet, put superfine sugar in a heavy-based saucepan; melt over gentle heat for 5 minutes. Don’t stir while sugar

is melting. Gently add 2 cups of water. Add lemon juice and salt. Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes; set aside to cool. When cool, churn in an ice cream machine, or use by-hand method. Freeze until needed. To make Toffee Swirl Ice Cream, stir 2 tbsp. of Toffee Sauce into Vanilla Ice Cream base; churn in an ice cream machine or use byhand method. When almost frozen, stir in remaining Toffee Sauce to make swirls. Freeze until needed. Layer Toffee Swirl Ice Cream, Caramel Sorbet and custard in sundae dishes and drizzle with the remaining sauce. Add 2 wafer rolls to each sundae.

Create Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream by putting superfine sugar, eggs, clotted cream, double cream, milk and strawberries in a blender; blitz a few minutes until smooth. Churn in ice cream machine or use by-hand method. Freeze until needed. To make shortcake, preheat oven to 350º F. Cream superfine sugar and butter; mix in flour to form soft dough, adding a bit of milk if mixture is too dry. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; chill in refrigerator for 1 hour. Roll out dough on a floured surface to about 2-inches thick. Stamp out 16 rounds using a cookie cutter. Transfer rounds to prepared baking trays; bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool. To assemble, put a generous layer of sliced strawberries and Summer Berry Sauce in sundae dishes. Add shortcake rounds, scoops of Strawberry and Clotted Cream Ice Cream, large dollops of whipped cream and finish with more ice cream. Drizzle with remaining sauce and decorate with sprinkles. O AUGUST 2013

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SIMPLE ELEGANCE Thasos Greek Taverna Offers A Fresh Twist On Native DishesBY LINDA HAASE uiltless indulgence. Urban chic. Fresh food prepared simply, served elegantly. Welcome to Thasos Greek Taverna, where bustling Oakland Park Boulevard fades into the background and the Greek Islands take center stage. The decor is awash in white: the walls, tables, floors, booths, chairs, plates, even the staff’s uniforms. All is light and bright, creating an airy, cool and refreshing ambiance (even the patio lights resemble ice cubes). It’s hard to believe this stunning venue was once a Denny’s. It took about two years for owners Sophia Mylona and Gus Leontarakis—with lots of help from Greek designer Angelos Angelopoulos—to transform the space into a sophisticated yet warm and inviting spot (slides of picturesque Greek cities projected on the wall are an especially nice touch). Mylona, who has a master’s degree in nutrition, can frequently be found in the kitchen making sure meals aren’t too heavily infused with garlic or salt. Meanwhile, Chef Brian Cantrell and his staff are creating delicious offerings. We suggest you begin with the Piatela, a delightful collection of unique spreads including Taramosalata (a creamy, light whipped roe), Eggplant (fire-roasted with

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parsley, red peppers and olive oil), Whipped Feta (mixed with roasted chiles and cured tomato), Green Chick Peas (crushed with olive oil and lemon) and rich, thick Tzatziki, all served with pita bread for dipping. Another must-try is the addictive light and crispy Zucchini Chips appetizer (even people who haven’t developed a taste for zucchini will enjoy this). Although the menu includes several chicken and meat dishes (including SpitRoasted Chicken, Moussaka and Oak-Grilled Hanger Steak), fish just might be the forte here. It’s evident after one bite of the Crab Cakes, with their crisp crust and tender crab filling, and perfectly cooked Day Boat Scallops, served with orzo and feta and topped with luscious brown butter. The Lavraki (grilled whole Mediterranean Sea Bass dusted with fine herbs, lemon and olive oil) was expertly deboned by our attentive waiter tableside. And for dessert, you can’t go wrong with the Baklava, thin layers of phyllo pastry layered with chopped nuts and honey. Thasos’ version is a tempting concoction made all the better with cinnamon and cloves. Whether you’re a fan of Greek food or new to the cuisine, you’ll be glad you dined at Thasos. O

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DIG IN: (Clockwise from Top) Lamb Chops; Thasos Watermelon; Piatela Greek spread selection; the dining room; Day Boat Scallops; Lavraki Mediterranean Sea Bass; Fire-Grilled Octopus

where Thasos Greek Taverna is located at 3330 East Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit thasostaverna.com or call 954-200-6006.


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AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

FIFTH AVENUE GRILL821 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0122 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

GRAND LUX CAFETown

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch.

Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2141 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

ATLANTIC GRILLESeagate Hotel & Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. BISTRO NNordstrom at Town

Center at Boca Raton ❘ Second Floor ❘ 5820 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3286 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Monday-Sunday. BISTRO 241241 N.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.4080 ❘ Lunch and dinner daily. BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BONEFISH GRILLShoppes at Boca

Grove ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly. BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘ 2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. BURT & MAX’SDelray

Marketplace ❘ 9089 West Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.6380 ❘ Lunch and Brunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner daily. THE CAPITAL GRILLETown

Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.1077 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. CHOPS LOBSTER BAR101

Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

THE GRILLE ON CONGRESS

5101 Congress Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.9800 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. HENRY’SThe Shoppes at

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

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ow does a Polenta Cake Caprese Tower sound, or Hot and Cold Grilled Haloumi Salad? Or for sweets lovers, a decadent dessert pizza? You can find these and other unique temptations on Boca Ratonbased Mozart Cafe’s Summer Seduction Menu, which includes an array of refreshing delicacies made with aromatic herbs, tangy yogurt sauces and sweet and spicy salsas. The menu is the brainchild of Chef Asher Goldstein, along with Food Concept team members Mike Zikri and Neri Eldar.

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CUT 432432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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J. ALEXANDER’SUniversity

Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. KARMA SUSHI STEAKBAR

Mizner Park ❘ 346 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.3999 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE4199 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.6033 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday,

Hot and Cold Grilled Haloumi Salad

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KEE GRILL17940 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly. 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 HARVEST169 N.E.

Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 561.381.9970

Dinner Monday-Saturday.

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

Polenta Cake Caprese Tower

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

Mozart Cafe Creates Unique Summer Menu

TWO GEORGES AT THE COVE MARINA1754 S.E. Third Ct. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.330.3232 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

SEASONAL SPECIALS

561.395.2675

DADA52 North Swinton Ave. ❘

HOUSTON’S1900 N.W.

“Inspiration comes from the colors of summer and sweet memories of summer trips,” says Chef Goldstein. “Every nuance, color and flavor layer is very pronounced, like summer itself.” Popular favorites include Fish Tacos filled with blackened tilapia, cilantro lime mayo and a sweet and spicy tropical salsa, and Caribbean Vacation dessert pizza, made with caramel sauce, walnuts, coconut, chocolate chips, simple syrup and pineapple. The Mediterranean-style kosher dairy eatery serves authentic and health-conscious recipes in a family-oriented setting. But if you want to try these new dishes, you’d better hurry. The new menu will last only through summer. – S.M.

Mozart Café is located at 7300 West Camino Real, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-367-3412 or visit mozartcafefl.com.

THE OFFICE201 E. Atlantic

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PARK TAVERN32 S.E. Second

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.5093 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE PAVILION GRILLE301 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘ 402

Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1662 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. REBEL HOUSE 297 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.5888 ❘ Dinner nightly. RED, THE STEAKHOUSEWyndham Hotel ❘ 1901 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9139 ❘ Dinner nightly. RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Mizner Park ❘ 225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.6746 ❘ Dinner nightly.


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SALT SEVEN32 S.E. Second Ave.

❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.7258 ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.998.0278 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

P.F. CHANG’S CHINA BISTRO

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

SEASONS 522300 N.W.

EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR (KOSHER)Wharfside

University Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

❘ 6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night.

PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT1668 N.

BARBECUE

75 MAIN DELRAY270 E.

FAH ASIAN BISTROBoca Valley

LUCILLE’S BAD TO THE BONE BBQRegency Court ❘ 3011

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ nightly, Brunch Friday-Saturday.

Plaza ❘ 7461 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.0400 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

SIX TABLES112 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.6260 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday by reservation.

HOUSE OF SIAM25 N.E.

561.243.7975 ❘ Dinner

SUNDY HOUSE106 S. Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.5678 ❘ Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner TuesdaySunday, Brunch Sunday. Lamb from Sundy House

561.395.1109

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

3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.999.1263Riverstone Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7367 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.4268 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Delray Marketplace ❘ 14811Lyons Rd. ❘ #106 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.9996 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Friday-Saturday. KAO TONG217 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. KAPOW! NOODLE BARMizner Park ❘ 431 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7322 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. KIN NOODLE BAR200 S.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 561.997.9557

RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI6060

S.W. 18th St., #108 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8808 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE

8841 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

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SUSHIGO477 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7888 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner ThursdaySunday.

MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.

2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6779 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday. PA BBQ GRILL1198 N. Dixie Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.7427 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SHORTY’S BAR-B-QThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.0024 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL1332

N.W. Second Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. 561.362.0161

OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

561.361.8777

LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

ASIAN/SUSHI

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly.

ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL

LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

SUSHI RAYShops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.9506 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN BISTRO2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.465.3167 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily1179 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.910.1562 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

BUDDHA SKY BAR217 E. Atlan-

420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday Dinner nightly.101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

561.450.7557

tic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

MAI HIBACHI4801 Linton Blvd.

UNCLE TAI’SThe Shops at Boca

BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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

FLEMING’S BISTRO6060 S.W. 18th St., #103 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1117 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

YAKITORI SAKE HOUSE

JOSEF’S TABLEPolo Shops ❘

271 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #41 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.0087 ❘ Lunch and Dinner nightly.

5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.2700 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

7600 Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8100 ❘ Lunch daily except Saturday, Dinner nightly except Friday and Saturday.

861 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.981.8986 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. CAY DA VIETNAMESE7400 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

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PEI WEIFifth Avenue Shops ❘ 1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561. 226.02907152 Beracasa Way ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.322.1001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

T H E B O C A R AT O N O B S E R V E R

CONTINENTAL TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘

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

BOHEME BISTRO1118 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.


Start The Summer With A Beautiful Smile And Our Optimum Lifetime Care Program Regency Court Dentistry is a Boca Raton dental practice offering a wide range of dental care services that include cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, dental implants, teeth replacement, veneers, crown & bridge plus much more. We offer complete “Lifetime Dental Care” which is a program designed to adjust and grow with our patients as their needs change. This unique approach to comprehensive dentistry can be applied to individuals as well as whole families. Regency Court Dentistry offers 24 Hour Emergency Dental Care for accident and trauma situations. Our staff has the experience and knowledge to assist you in your time of need. If you would like to see how Dr. Fatmi and his professional staff can help you with your dental needs call us at 561-998-0727 during office hours or visit our web site at www.regencycourtdentistry.com.

Regency Court Dentistry | 3003 Yamato Road | Suite C5 | Boca Raton

“Creating Healthy and Beautiful Smiles” FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

Attentive, Personalized Individual Care ◆ State-Of-The-Art Orthodontic Practice Computerized Technology Highest Quality Materials and Most Advanced Orthodontic Techniques Elite INVISALIGN Certified Provider ◆ Affordable Treatment Fees Low Monthly Payments ◆ Flexible Financing ◆ Most Insurances Accepted English, Spanish And Portuguese Speaking Staff COMPLIMENTARY CONSULTATIONS

Evening and Saturday appointments available

561.395.6464 www.santelliortho.com

DR. BRAD SANTELLI Diplomate, American Board of Orthodontics

1590 NW 10th Ave., Suite 302, Boca Raton (Conveniently located across from FAU off Glades Road in the Glades Medical Plaza)

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LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th St. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.0033 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly. OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday. ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades Rd.

Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.368.4119

Maggiano’s family-style dining

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS

4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ 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 Thursday-Tuesday. Closed Wednesday.

FONDUE THE MELTING POT5455 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7472 ❘ Dinner nightly.

FRENCH

GREEK

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLEThe Shops

FERRARO’S8208 Glades Rd. ❘

ESTIA TAVERNA & BARRoyal

at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3777 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.2750 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean

Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Palm Place ❘ 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.245.8885 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. IT’S ALL GREEKThe Reserve ❘ 9704 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6337 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MILOS TAVERNA1600 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. TAVERNA KYMA6298 N.

Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner nightly.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.2828 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

CARPE DIEM110 E. Atlantic

INDIAN

BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. 561.455.2140

CASIMIR BISTRORoyal Palm Place

❘ 416 Via De Palmas, #81 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.955.6001 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. MIMOSAPolo Shops ❘ 5030

CURRIES & MORE217 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2999 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

ITALIAN ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZAShops at Boca Grove ❘

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 WednesdaySunday, Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN

Town Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2805 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL

Wharfside Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. 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.

FRANK & DINO’S718 S. 954.427.4909

IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7785 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday. JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT5751 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Monday. LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2081 ❘ Dinner MondaySaturday. LA LUNA BISTROThe Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

GERMAN

21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.6600115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7911 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

DOMINICS8177 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.3186Westwinds of Boca ❘ 9834 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.6325 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

ARTURO’S6750 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.7373 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

DORSIA RESTAURANT5837 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.961.4156 ❘ Dinner daily.

MARIO’S OSTERIA1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.239.7000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Champion Blvd, #D3 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. 561.997.0027

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IN GOOD COMPANY ATTENTION ALL FINANCIAL EXPERTS AND ATTORNEYS: The Boca Raton Observer ’s affluent readership, consisting of 165,000 residents in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, wants to learn about your company and enlist your services. You don’t want to miss this chance to reach them! The Boca Raton Observer ’s September 2013 issue will feature In Good Company, a special section of full-length profiles of financial companies and law firms as part of its celebration of law and finance in our Business & Wealth issue. If you want to reach our well-heeled readership by direct mail in the Boca Raton/Delray area, this is the perfect place to platform your message.

IN GOOD

COMPANY Marc Brotman

“AV” rating, and has been acknowledged in the national SuperLawyer publication. “The playing field is not level,” says Brotman. “The insurance companies and big corporations have tremendous resources and are willing to fight and delay over valid claims. I take on the fight for the underdog

I’m proud of the work that we do for our clients. Trial lawyers are true advocates for the consumer.

victims on a contingency fee basis, which allows individuals and families to get quality representation and access to the courts

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without having to put up the huge costs necessary to wage the battle.” MARC BROTMAN HAS PLENTY OF EMPATHY for individuals and families who have suffered due to others› negligence. “Our law firm has a well-earned reputation for providing aggressive and high-quality representation” says Brotman, founding partner at Brotman Nusbaum & Fox in Boca Raton. “We give every client personalized representation with heart and soul and dignity.” Since being admitted to the Florida Bar in 1982, Brotman has devoted his practice to

Taking On The ‘Big Guys’ Marc Brotman: Trial Attorney And Consumer Advocate

Brotman has served as lead trial counsel in close to 200 jury trials, including Amora v. State of Florida, a high-profile case involving a 2-year-old brain-damaged child that resulted in a $35 million jury verdict against the Department of Children and Families. “I’m proud of the work that we do for our clients,” says Brotman. “Trial lawyers are true advocates for the consumer. Our legal work has led to the removal of many dangerous products from the market and helped raise our nation’s standard of safe-

personal injury and medical malpractice litigation, including automobile accidents,

sent the victims and their families who were

ty. Today we must remain vigilant against

falls, defective products and medical errors.

injured or suffered damages due to the fault

corporate attacks of our individual rights

After gaining extensive trial experience as a

of others. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial

and ensure that our court system remains

defense attorney, he decided to only repre-

Law and holds Martindale-Hubbell›s highest

the best in the world.”

BROTMAN NUSBAUM FOX is located at 137 West Royal Palm Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-417-5656 or visit BNFLAW.COM.

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taste  listings 6370 N. State Rd 7 ❘ Coconut Creek ❘ 954.420.3100 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. MARIO’S RISTORANTE & WINE BAR

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. NINO'SFifth Avenue Shops ❘ 1930 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8990 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. OVENELLA499 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1455

❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner

nightly. PASTA FEVER4251 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.0012 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE 3360 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Sunday. Closed Monday-Wednesday. PICCOLINO RESTAURANT78 S. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

CHEF FRANK ROSANO & WIFE ANTONELLA Exclusively at Villa Rosano

POSITANO4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. RAFFAELE RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘ 508 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.1110 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Closed Sunday-Monday. RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. RISTORANTE SAPORIRoyal Palm Place ❘ 99

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Royal Palm Place ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.9779 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SAPORISSIMO366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BARRoyal Palm

Place ❘ 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.826.2625

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TANZYiPic Theaters at Mizner Park ❘ 301 Plaza

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.922.6699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. TERRA FIAMMA RISTORANTEDelray Marketplace ❘ 9169 West Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.5570 ❘ Sunday-Saturday Lunch and Dinner, Monday Dinner only.

CATERING FOR ALL OCCASIONS ~ NOW ACCEPTING CALL AHEAD SEATING Monday-Saturday Lunch 11:30-2:30

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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TRAMONTI119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.


taste  listings TRATTORIA ROMANA499 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6715 ❘ Dinner nightly. TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA 50 N.E. First

Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.2930 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VIC AND ANGELO’S 290 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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VILLA ROSANOThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint

Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.0112 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. VINO WINE BAR AND ITALIAN TAPAS114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

LATIN AZUCAR CUBAN CAFEBoca/Ray Plaza ❘ 4900 Linton Blvd. Suite 14 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.495.4427 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT3350 N.W.

Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday. CABANA RESTAURANT105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MEDITERRANEAN/TURKISH ANATOLIA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BOCA SKEWERSMizner Plaza ❘130 N.E.

Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9961 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. MOZART CAFE (KOSHER)The Fountains ❘ 7300 W. Camino Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.3412 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Saturday-Thursday.

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. 101 CANTINARoyal Palm Place ❘ 133

S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ 561.300.5280 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Sunday, Dinner nightly.

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The 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 APROPO KAFE147 S.E. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.1223 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. 4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

PUB/SPORTS BARS BRICK YARD MICRO BREWERYThe Garden

Shops ❘ 7050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch Saturday, Dinner nightly.

561.544.0001

DUFFY’S SPORTS GRILL21212 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0552 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN

5050 Town Center Circle, #247 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Sunday. HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm Place ❘ 504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8445 ❘ Dinner nightly. HOOTERS Boca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. HURRICANE GRILL & WINGSMission Bay ❘

10125 Glades Rd. ❘ 561.218.8848 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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MILLER’S ALE HOUSEShoppes at Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9142 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.Boca Lyons Plaza ❘ 9244 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE WISHING WELL IRISH PUBRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 111 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.5208 ❘ Dinner nightly. YARD HOUSEMizner Park ❘ 201 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.417.6124 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CORNER BAKERY CAFEBoca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.417.6060 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. GRILL TIME (KOSHER)8177 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.3699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday.

Polo Shops ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.5903 Boca Commons ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St., #700 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181 Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI

SEAFOOD BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH40 S. Ocean

Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast Saturday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly. DECK 84840 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.665.8484 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 50 OCEAN40 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Brunch Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N.E. 21st.

Ave. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.571.5220 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Breakfast Saturday and Sunday. J & J SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL634 E.

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. LEGAL SEA FOODSTown Center ❘ 6000 W.

Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2112 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. LINDA BEAN'S 200 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.276.2502 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. RACKS FISH HOUSE + OYSTER BARFive S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.450.6718 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. 32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.7868

❘ Dinner nightly.

TRULUCK’SMizner Park ❘ 351 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.0755 ❘ Dinner nightly. O

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can handle kitchens, baths and other interior renovation projects. In every case, our goal is to deliver great turnkey service to our customers.” Feinberg founded the company in 1984 with his brother, Joe. Two other brothers, David and Rob, work in the showroom and Feinberg’s daughter, son and nephew are among the award-winning company’s 45 workers. Allied is also a longtime supporter of area nonprofit organi-

“AFTER NEARLY 30 YEARS IN THE REMODELING BUSINESS, WE’RE VERY PROUD OF OUR FLAWLESS RECORD FOR CUSTOMER SATISFACTION FOR DIFFERENT GENERATIONS.”

zations and last year hosted 20 charitable events, including a major fundraiser BILL FEINBERG

The Remodeling Pro Allied Kitchen And Bath’s Bill Feinberg Treats Clients Like Family

for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To help clients and design professionals, Allied has six National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) certified designers, and four who are Certified Aging-InPlace (CAP) specialists. “With our aging population, many people want to stay in their homes as long as possible,” Fein-

BILL FEINBERG BELIEVES IN TREATING

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berg says. “Our team can design kitch-

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we are licensed general contractors, we

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Safe And Sound CitiQuiet Windows & Doors’ Benjamin Friedman Brings Beauty And Security To Boca Raton TO PROVIDE THE ULTIMATE LEVEL OF luxury and safety at homes throughout South Florida in hurricane season and beyond, Benjamin Friedman founded

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et’s technicians also are the first line of

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pany that places a very high standard on

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says. “Your family’s safety and knowing

quality solution for security, pleasure and

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proach—with no interruptions to clients’

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“WE HELP STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS INCLUDING SCHOOL SELECTION, ESSAY REVIEW AND INTERVIEW PREPARATION, AS WELL AS SCHOLARSHIP AND FINANCIAL AID IDENTIFICATION.” a senior, you have to get involved in writing and editing as a freshman or sophomore.” International

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BARRY LIEBOWITZ HELPS STUDENTS AND

ship and financial aid identification. Most

international students, students with spe-

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importantly, we take the stress away from cial needs and students who are the first

lege planning so they can make smart

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in their family to attend college,” says Liebowitz, who has personally visited

choices throughout high school. “I enjoy providing personalized, one-on-one

Liebowitz emphasizes the importance of

more than 150 colleges and universities.

consulting time focused on the student’s

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As a former high school and college stu-

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rather than waiting until the junior year.

dent athlete who played baseball and

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Polo Prince John Wash And IPC Drive Global Interest In Polo To Palm Beach WHEN JOHN WASH CAME TO PALM Beach County seven years ago as president of club operations for the International Polo Club (IPC), one of his top priorities was learning to play the “sport of kings.” It was a new skill for Wash, an experienced hospitality professional who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York and a Certified Club Manager (CCM). “I’ve been in hospitality all my life, moving from hotels to private clubs in the 1980s,” says Wash. “When I came to IPC, I started riding.”

“I ENJOY THE CHALLENGE OF CREATING A GREAT PRIVATE CLUB EXPERIENCE, JOHN WASH

AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO BUILDING ON OUR GLOBAL SUCCESS AT INTERNATIONAL POLO CLUB.”

“John Wash is deeply

At IPC, Wash’s many accomplishments

dedicated to growing

include redefining the club’s dining

Since then, the enterprising Wash has

the sport of polo and its spectator base,”

concepts, which now include The Pavil-

been bringing hundreds of world-class

says George Linley, executive director of

ion, The Mallet Grille and The 7th Chuk-

polo players, trainers and family mem-

the Palm Beach County Sports Commis-

ker, renovating the playing field, and

bers to the county for IPC’s equestrian

sion, which honored Wash and IPC with

expanding the stadium seating, with

competitions, while building a local au-

its 2013 President’s Award. “His generosity

private boxes for members and select

dience for polo, and introducing rugby,

in donating the use of prime polo fields,

guests. In addition, Wash has guided the

cricket, and croquet competitions. Polo

the stadium facility and resources allows

growth of The Wanderers Club, a private

spectators hail from around the globe,

the Sports Commission to attract national

golf club in Wellington with its own polo

and attendance totaled more than

and international sporting events to Palm

field, restaurants, pool and tennis courts.

200,000 during this year’s 16-week winter

Beach County.” This year, IPC also received

“I enjoy the challenge of creating a

polo season. The 2014 Palm Beach Polo

the Palm Beach County Convention & Visi-

great private club experience,” he says,

Season runs from January 5 to the 110th

tors Bureau “Providencia” award, and the

“and am looking forward to building on

U.S. Open Polo Championship final on

Central Palm Beach County Chamber’s

our global success at International Polo

April 20.

“Business of the Year” award.

Club.”

International Polo Club Palm Beach is located at 3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington. For more information, call 561-204-5687 or visit internationalpoloclub.com.

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much of our business comes from referrals and repeat customers.” Before launching his real estate career, Karp earned a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, enhancing his ability to explain the nuances of floor plans, interior designs and building construction to local buyers, as well as those who are new to the warmly inviting Florida lifestyle. For sellers, Karp has built a trusted

“WE ARE ADEPT AT MARKETING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL RESIDENCES, AS WELL AS IDENTIFYING EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR BUYERS. THAT’S WHY SO MUCH OF OUR BUSINESS COMES FROM REFERRALS AND REPEAT CUSTOMERS.” SCOT KARP

referral network that allows him to market ultraluxury condominium residences to an

The Ultraluxury Expert Scot Karp And Premier Estate Properties Connects Buyers And Sellers In Top Markets

exclusive clientele throughout the world. In

addition

to

consistently

receiving

top awards and accolades for his real estate success, Karp frequently speaks at conferences and coaches other agents locally and internationally. Active in the Boca Raton community, Karp also

WITH HIS DECADES OF EXPERIENCE AND

Known for his unsurpassed understanding

serves on the area Board of Realtors®

wealth of knowledge, Scot Karp is the “go-

of the Gold Coast’s finest condominium

Professional Standards Committee–Ethics

to” expert in Boca Raton’s “ultraluxury”

buildings, as well as current trends in the

and Arbitration.

condominium market. Ranked by the

ultraluxury market, Karp leads a five-

Wall Street Journal in 2013 as one of the

person professional team that serves

Today, Karp takes pride in serving his

Top 250 real estate agents in the nation,

affluent U.S. and international clients with

growing base of affluent clients. “I

Karp has sold more than $1 billion in

integrity and discretion. “Both sellers and

greatly

high-end properties in his 34-year career.

buyers appreciate the ultra-high level of

people, personalities and, of course, the

“There are only a handful of agents in the

service we provide,” says Karp. “We are

magnificent and beautiful properties I see

world who do what I do,” says Karp, who

adept at marketing the most beautiful

every day. I am truly the luckiest guy in

is director of the Ultraluxury Condominium

residences, as well as identifying excellent

the world—when you love what you do,

Division for Premier Estate Properties.

opportunities for our buyers. That’s why so

it’s not work.”

enjoy

working

with

different

Premier Estate Properties is located at 800 East Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-910-3579 or visit premierestateproperties.com.

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Bugging Out Steve Jenkins And SWAT Mosquito Systems Sends Pests Packing WHEN STEVE JENKINS WANTED TO FIND a way to keep his newborn son safe from the dangers of insect bites, he became a man with a mission. Now, his company, SWAT Mosquito Systems, takes the sting permanently out of mosquito season in South Florida with a proprietary system that is custom designed for each client’s home or business.

“IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE OUTDOORS AROUND YOUR HOME OR WORKPLACE WITHOUT

STEVE JENKINS

THE FEAR OF BEING BOTHERED BY MOSQUITOES, NO-SEEUMS AND BITING INSECTS.” “It’s really important to be able to enjoy

of nickel-plated and stainless-steel nozzles in

Once installed, the system sprays at reg-

the outdoors around your home or work-

order to kill mosquitoes and other insects. It

ular intervals, according to the client’s

place without the fear of being bothered

is a fully automated system that uses a safe,

schedule and needs. Jenkins recom-

by mosquitoes, no-see-ums and biting

botanical insecticide derived from chrysan-

mends misting during the evening and

insects,” says Jenkins, an engineer and

themums, or an equally safe organic alter-

nighttime hours, when biting insects are

president of SWAT Mosquito Systems, a

native made from rosemary oil.

most active.

system is higher quality than other com-

Jenkins explains that his team of pest

Each SWAT system comes with a compre-

panies in South Florida. And, because we

control professionals takes great care to

hensive guarantee and the company’s

are the largest in the region, we can sup-

custom design each misting system to be

lifetime warranty covers all parts and la-

ply a better and quicker service.”

highly effective, but largely unnoticeable.

bor for full-service customers.

SWAT Mosquito Systems creates a mosqui-

“We’re perfectionists,” he says. “We’re al-

“We know the system works,” Jenkins says.

to-free barrier around your business, home,

ways concerned about how it looks and

“We have a saying: We move in, mosqui-

pool and backyard by installing a system

making sure it is installed correctly.”

toes move out.”

licensed pest control company. “Our

SWAT Mosquito Systems is located at 11491 Interchange Circle South, Miramar. For more information, call 1-866-900-SWAT or 954-437-1815 or visit swatmosquitosystems.com.

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the table, and one has a pre-approval certificate with a 100-percent closing record, which one would you choose?” he says. A 15-year veteran in the mortgage industry, Weaver specializes in residential mortgage lending throughout the South Florida market. Although he focuses primarily on mortgages for buyers, Weaver also helps owners refinance their current homes. ”To be great at anything, you

“LENDERS SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING THE RIGHT GUIDANCE TO BUYERS. I KNOW THAT I AM PUTTING MY REPUTATION ON THE LINE WITH EACH TRANSACTION, LEAVING NO ROOM FOR ERROR.” have to be a specialist,” he says. “For homebuyers who are seeking a purchase MATT WEAVER

in the South Florida market, I will do everything possible to help our clients achieve their dreams. Our entire team is acces-

Your Mortgage Professional

sible seven days a week, and we can ac-

Matt Weaver At WCS Lending, LLC Offers “Reliable Pre-Approval” Process

Weaver has been a resident of Boca Ra-

commodate a seller’s tight timeline.”

ton for 25 years, and he and his wife Nadia have a son, Alexander Matthew, and are expecting their second child. “We believe strongly in giving back to our com-

MATT WEAVER KNOWS THAT A ROCK-

(NMLS ID#4260) in Boca Raton. “Lenders

solid pre-approval can make a huge dif-

should take responsibility for providing the

ference to homebuyers in today’s com-

right guidance to buyers. I know that I am

Known for his dedication to service,

petitive market. That’s why he developed

putting my reputation on the line with each

Weaver meets personally with each cli-

“The Reliable Pre-Approval” process with

transaction, leaving no room for error.”

ent. “When buying a home, you need

a 100-percent closing rate for buyers. “I

munity,” he adds.

someone who can explain your financing

believe that my pre-approval process

Weaver notes that his pre-approval certif-

options and take you through the pro-

sets a high standard for the industry,” says

icate can also give buyers an edge when

cess successfully,” he says. “This is not a

Weaver (NMLS ID#175651), who leads the

sellers are reviewing multiple offers for a

conveyer-belt business, and every buyer

Matt Weaver Group at WCS Lending, LLC

desirable home.”If there are five offers on

needs individual attention.”

The Matt Weaver Group at WCS Lending, LLC is located at 951 Yamato Road, Suite 150, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-864-2458 or visit www.bocamortgagepro.com.

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THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST

Byron Russell, Tom White, John Abreu, John Herring, Jerry Glassman, Benny Ofer, Jay DiPietro, Michael DiPietro, Mark Raiger and Tim Merrett

Sheila Aaronson, Burt Aaronson and Sharon DiPietro

Tim Snow, Cindy Sprott, and Caroline and Steve Schardt

Darlene Wright and James Singerling

NO KIDDING Country Club Managers’ Fundraiser Generates Nearly $500,000 For Needy Children or the 23rd year, a group of dedicated country club managers, club members, golf industry representatives and local executives held a gala and golf tournament to raise funds for children’s charities. This year’s two-day event, which took place at Boca West Country Club, raised almost $500,000 for Special Olympics of Palm Beach County, SOS Children’s Villages– Florida, U.S. Marines Toys for Tots of Palm Beach County, George Snow Scholarship Fund and Uni-

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corn Children’s Foundation. “Each year the golf tournament has become more successful‌ and this year was no exception,â€? said Jay DiPietro, tournament chair and Boca West Country Club president and COO. “Club Managers, club members and hospitality vendors throughout South Florida came together for the good of the children, and Boca West is honored to be a primary sponsor of this wonderful event.â€? Corporate partners that provided the event with at least $35,000

in cash and donations included Cheney Bros, Inc., Sysco Southeast Florida, John Deere Golf & Show-

“

Each year the golf tournament has become more successful‌ and this year was no exception.

�

– Jay DiPietro, tournament chair and Boca West Country Club president and COO

Turf, Daniel Events, Republic National Distributing Company, Club

Car and the board and members of Boca West Country Club. “Our event could not take place without the continuous commitment from partners such as these and every year their contributions inspire others to come on board with our fundraising efforts,� DiPietro said. “All of this demonstrates the commitment of the club industry to work together for good causes.� O For more information, call 561-4886937 or visit bocawestcc.org.

 Around Town includes news about community and social events, parties, charities, fundraisers, special recognitions and more. Have something you’d like us to include? For consideration, please email no less than 500 words about the event, along with photos that include caption information, a phone number and a website address to editor@bocaratonobserver.com. Please write “Around Town� in the subject line, and note that submissions will be edited for clarity and length. Photos become the property of The Boca Raton Observer. AUGUST 2013

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STAR POWER Rob Lowe Will Be Keynote Speaker At BRRH’s 10th Anniversary Go Pink Luncheon ctor and cancer awareness advocate Rob Lowe will be the keynote speaker at Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Go Pink Luncheon on October 25. The event, which will take place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, raises funds for the fight against breast cancer at BRRH’s Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. Tickets go on sale August 26.

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Rob Lowe

appeared in myriad films including “Class,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “About Last Night” and “Wayne’s World.” In 2000 Lowe was named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and in 2003 helped with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign to become governor of California. Recently he was cast to play President John F. Kennedy for National Geographic Channel’s “Killing Kennedy,” scheduled to be released later this year. Lowe is a noted advocate for breast cancer awareness and early detection. His mother died of breast cancer in 2003, and his grandmother and great-grandmother also died from the disease. During the Go Pink Luncheon, he’ll share his personal story and discuss how people can help fight the disease. The Go Pink Luncheon is the signature event for the BRRH Foundation’s Go Pink Challenge, a community-based initiative to raise funds for breast cancer detection and diagnostic

Rob Lowe is a noted advocate for breast cancer awareness and early detection. His mother died of breast cancer in 2003, and his grandmother and great-grandmother also died from the disease. Lowe currently appears on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and can be seen playing the role of a plastic surgeon on “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO’s Liberace biopic. He previously starred in ABC’s “Brothers & Sisters” and NBC’s “The West Wing.” Throughout his decades-long career, the former Brat Packer has

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services provided by the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. Patti Carpenter will serve as the luncheon committee chair and The Boca Raton Observer is the exclusive magazine sponsor. O For more information, call 561-9554142 or visit brrh.com.


CONGREGATION

Beth Adam

South Florida Center for Humanistic Judaism Kindergarten Through Bat/Bar Mitzvah, Confirmation, Youth Group

JOIN OUR EXCITING CHILDREN’S EDUCATION PROGRAM HUMANISTIC JUDAISM TEACHES: personal responsibility, Jewish traditions, the importance of the modern family and being an active member of our Jewish community. We celebrate the joys of our Jewish heritage and identity with songs, ceremonies and celebrations. THE CHILDREN’S EDUCATION PROGRAM OFFERS \ Kindergarten Thru Bar/Bat Mitzvah \ Confirmation \ Teen Programs & Youth Groups \ Affordable Tuition/Scholarships \ Small Class Sizes \ Classes Meet Twice A Month

WE TEACH JEWISH CULTURE, HISTORY, TRADITIONS, AND HEBREW LANGUAGE STUDIES

Come for your mind – stay for your heart Our Sunday School is open to visitors to come and experience our Humanistic curriculum. Classes 10 AM-Noon at the Jewish Federation, Boca Raton. For information contact BJ at 561-443-1769 or email to info@bethadam.com. Visit on on Facebook or our website at www.bethadam.com.

C O N G R E G AT I O N B E T H A D A M , P. O . B O X 2 5 7 9 , B O C A R AT O N , F L 3 3 4 2 7 AUGUST 2013

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THE GOOD FIGHT Mission United Helps Military Members And Their Families ission United, a nonprofit program created by the United Way of Broward County and American Red Cross to help military service members, veterans and their families transition to civilian life, has teamed up with Fight Time Promotions, a Fort Lauderdale-based fullservice Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and sports entertainment company, to increase the program’s public profile. As part of the alliance, Mission United will have a large presence at upcoming Fight Time Pro MMA fights on August 22 and November 1 at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale. During the fights, Mission United will display promotional signage and have a booth with representatives who will educate guests and distribute collateral materials outlining the organization’s services.

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Hattie Hess, Chris Knapik, Howard Davis Jr., Kathleen Cannon and Dan Kearns

It is an amazing opportunity to partner with Mission United and show veterans we appreciate their service to our country and support them.

– Howard Davis Jr., Olympic gold medalist and co-owner, Fight Time Promotions

“We are so pleased Fight Time Promotions is helping us promote Mission United’s programs and services at upcoming events,” said Kathleen Cannon, president and CEO of United Way of Broward County. “It’s critical (that) veterans know Mission United is here to help them with any challenges they may face after returning from service.” “It is an amazing opportunity to partner with Mission United and show veterans we appreciate their service to our country and support them,” said Howard Davis Jr., co-owner of Fight Time Promotions and 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist. MMA, a full-contact sport that uses a mix of kickboxing, wrestling and jiujitsu, is a fast-growing sport and in the past several years has grown in popularity among military veterans. Some use MMA training as a physical outlet for stress, or even to help cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “As long as veterans learn self-control and not to use their skills outside the context of sports, a martial arts approach can help restore selfconfidence and focus,” said Jeffrey Matloff, senior psychologist and PTSD specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs in San Diego. O For more information, call 954-4-UNITED or visit missionunited.org. 104

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SPACE EXPLORATION

SOUTH FLORIDA’S #1 SHOWROOM HUGE SELECTION OF UNDERMOUNT & VESSEL SINKS, TOILETS, TUBS & VANITIES

South Florida Science Center And Aquarium Debuts Expanded Facility ore than 1,500 visitors were in West Palm Beach to check out the newly named South Florida Science Center and Aquarium’s (SFSCA) 13,000-square-foot expansion, marking the popular attraction’s first renovation since 1969. The opening celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and free admission. The new construction expands the former South Florida Science Muse-

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He added, “Our new mission is to open every mind to science. We will operate as a best-in-class science center serving residents of South Florida with enriching science education experiences.” SFSCA’s first blockbuster exhibit is “Savage Ancient Seas,” which allows visitors to explore the underwater world of the late Cretaceous period. The exhibit features 70 million-year-old carnivorous ma-

Dale Hedrick and Mark Stevens Bill Meyer and Matthew Lorentzen

um’s footprint by 75 percent to showcase a new mission and new exhibit halls, including a 4,000-square-foot aquarium, four Everglades exhibits, a 6,000-square-foot travelling exhibit hall, an impressive landscaped entry plaza and complex, upgraded visitor amenities and more. “This Science Center is one of the premier institutions in this area and now it’s going to be a premier institution in the country, and it will be so attractive to new businesses,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, who addressed the crowd. “We anticipate our attendance will grow by 20 percent, reaching 150,000 visitors per year,” said Lew Crampton, the SFSCA’s CEO. “We arrived at this place by serving as a community-based, community-relevant and community-centered organization, and we operated at all times as an essential part of our region.”

We Carry Most Major Brands Including Hansgrohe, Kohler, Toto And More!

This Science Center is one of the premier institutions in this area and now it’s going to be a premier institution in the country.

– Jeri Muoio, Mayor of West Palm Beach

rine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles and the largest sea turtles to ever live. The facility has retained some of its most popular hands-on exhibits, including a digital planetarium and observatory. “With solid operating budget surpluses, a successful capital campaign, a brand-new facility and a high-profile traveling exhibit, we are well-equipped to succeed in this new role,” said Matthew Lorentzen, chairman of SFSCA’s board of trustees. “We look forward to what the future has in store for us.” O

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AUGUST 16 It will be a hot night indeed when two of music’s biggest acts, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z—who combined have sold 67 million albums and won 23 Grammy Awards—co-headline at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium for their “Legends of the Summer” Tour. The show will mark the final stop of the pair’s 12-city gig. Singer/songwriter Timberlake, 32, a former “The All New Mickey Mouse Club” performer, “Star Search” contestant and lead singer of *NSYNC, today is a fullfledged megastar with three hit solo albums (his most recent being The 20/20 Experience Part 2), an acting career (with films such as “The Social Network,”“In Time” and “Trouble with the Curve”), funnyman reputation (his

“Saturday Night Live” appearances have become legendary) and marriage to actress Jessica Biel. Record producer/rapper Jay-Z (Shawn Corey Carter), 44, is one of hip-hop’s most successful artists and entrepreneurs, with his hand in everything from clothing and sports teams to directing and recording (he’s had six consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts). He’s married to Beyonce Knowles, with whom he has a daughter, Blue Ivy. Timberlake and Jay-Z, who collaborated on “Suit and Tie,” a song off Timberlake’s most recent bestselling album, are sure to rock the house. Check out the dynamic duo, when the show starts at 8 p.m.

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Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org AUGUST 1-25 “Slava’s Snowshow” Show times vary.

AUGUST 18 Ivete Sangalo “Real Fantasia” 2013 USA Tour Show begins at 8 p.m. AUGUST 23-24 Marc Anthony Show begins at 8 p.m. AUGUST 30 Bruno Mars “The Moonshine Jungle” Tour Show begins at 8 p.m.

BB&T Center One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469; thebbtcenter.com AUGUST 1-4 Cirque du Soleil –“Quidam” Show times vary.

AutoNation® IMAX® Theater

AUGUST 16-17 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Summer Heat Series Show times vary.

601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com

Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; mods.org

Coral Springs Center for the Arts

AUGUST 2 “The American Idol LIVE!” 2013 Tour Show begins at 7 p.m.

AUGUST 1-8 “Pacific Rim: An IMAX 3D Experience” Show times vary.

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AUGUST 17 The Killers Show begins at 8 p.m.

AUGUST 1-31 “The Last Reef 3D” Show times vary.

AUGUST 7-9, 16 “Shrek the Musical” Show times vary.

AmericanAirlines Arena

2855 Coral Springs Dr., Coral Springs,

Cruzan Amphitheatre

Miami Marlins Park

601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; cruzan.amphitheatre.net

501 Marlins Way, Miami, 305-480-1300; marlins.com

AUGUST 2 Jonas Brothers Show begins at 7 p.m. AUGUST 25 Backstreet Boys with Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D Show begins at 7 p.m.

707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; parkerplayhouse.com AUGUST 1-2, 8-9 “Grease” Show times vary.

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Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

954-344-5999;

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, One Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5555; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

AUGUST 13 OneRepublic with Special Guest Mayer Hawthorne & Churchill Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954-977-6700;

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Sun Life Stadium

AUGUST 18 KISS Show begins at 7 p.m.

2269 N.W. 199th St., Miami Gardens, 305943-8000; sunlifestadium.com

James L. Knight International Center

AUGUST 16 “Legends of the Summer” Tour with Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z Show begins at 8 p.m.

400 S.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-416-5970; jlkc.com SOUNDS GOOD: “The American Idol LIVE!” 2013 Tour arrives August 2 at AmericanAirlines Arena, where the show begins at 7 p.m.

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Parker Playhouse

AUGUST 31 Blake Shelton with Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

AUGUST 10 Alabama “Back to the Bowery” Tour Show begins at 8 p.m.

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AUGUST 1-4, 16-25 Miami Marlins Baseball Game times vary

AUGUST 2 Fantasia and Avant Show begins at 8 p.m. AUGUST 29 Toni Braxton Show begins at 8 p.m.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222;

browardcenter.org


happenings  calendar AUGUST 17 Chris MacDonald “Memories of Elvis” Concert Show begins at 8 p.m.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-673-7300;

fillmoremb.com AUGUST 1 Metric Show begins at 8:30 p.m.

events AUGUST 1 Third Annual White Coats-4-Care Reception Join healthcare, community and business leaders who will outfit Florida Atlantic University’s incoming medical students in white coats during this event to support education and research. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Takes place at Jazziz Nightlife in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-699-7198. AUGUST 1 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7 “County Contemporary: All Media Juried Show” The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County presents this showcase featuring professional local artists working in a variety of mediums. Takes place at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-471-1602 or visit palmbeachculture.com. AUGUST 2 Sushi & Stroll Enjoy the sound of taiko drums while strolling through tranquil gardens at sunset. Takes place at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach.

Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-4950233 or visit morikami.org. AUGUST 2 The Palm Beach County Human Rights Council (PBCHRC) 25th Anniversary Event The PBCHRC celebrates its 25th year with a special fundraising performance of “Beyond the Rainbow: Garland at Carnegie Hall.” A portion of proceeds will benefit the organization. Takes place at the Arts Garage in Delray Beach. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-450-6357 or visit pbchrc.org.

AUGUST 10 Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society Tour Take a boat ride to the lighthouse and enjoy a day of exploring. Boat leaves from the Sands Harbor Hotel Dock in Pompano Beach. Starts at 8:45 a.m. For more information, call 954-348-7838 or visit hillsborolighthouse.org. AUGUST 11 The City of Boca Raton Sunset Music Series Enjoy an evening concert featuring the Boca Raton

AUGUST 6 JARC Florida Third Annual Cocktails for a Cause Admission includes two drinks and hors d’oeuvres, plus a raffle ticket. Takes place at Pinon Grill in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561558-2572 or visit jarcfl.org. AUGUST 7-9 “Lilly the Lash and the Garden Gathering” The popular children’s book series, “The Life and Times of Lilly the Lash” by Florida author Julie Woik comes to life in this new and entertaining musical production. Takes place at the Broward Library in Fort Lauderdale. Show times vary. For more information, call 954-3577444 or visit broward.org. AUGUST 7-18 Palm Beach Dramaworks Presents “Company” This series of vignettes features a bachelor who interacts with his married friends as he struggles to make a commitment. Takes place at the Don and Ann Brown Theatre in West Palm Beach. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-514-4042 or visit palmbeachdramaworks.org.

Symphonia. Takes place at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-544-8600 or visit downtownboca.org. AUGUST 11 Paw-ty Time Event This pooch-friendly party will offer an array of funfilled activities for dogs and their owners. Festivities include a Happy Dog contest, live music and a canine couture fashion show. Benefits the Tri County Humane Society. Takes place at the Shoppes at Village Pointe in Boca Raton. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-338-8443. AUGUST 14 Zonta Club of Boca Raton Meeting Attend a meeting of professionals that work to advance the status of women through

volunteerism, donations and scholarships. Takes place at the Holiday Inn in Highland Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561482-1013. AUGUST 16 Boca’s Ballroom Battle 2013 Sip cocktails and cheer on community leaders who pair up with professionals from Fred Astaire Dance Studio Boca Raton to compete for a grand prize. Benefits the George Snow Scholarship Fund. Takes place at the Boca Raton

WHEELIE BIG SHOW: Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Summer Heat Series takes place at BB&T Center on August 16-17. Show times vary.

Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561347-6799 or visit bocaballroombattle.com. AUGUST 17-18 Museum of Discovery and Science “Meet the Animals” Event See and learn about the amazing collection of animals that reside at the museum. Takes place at the Museum of Science and Discovery in Fort Lauderdale. Show times vary. For more information, call 954467-6637or mods.org. AUGUST 21 Junior Achievement “Light Up the Night” Event Take part in this glamorous event when all attendees will

receive two free drinks, plus cigars for the men and roses for the ladies. Takes place at Prime Cigar and Wine Bar in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-979-7110 or visit jasouthflorida.org. AUGUST 24 “Kickin Up Dust” Tour with Slightly Stoopid and Atmosphere A live concert with opening act Tribal Seeds. Takes place at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For

more information, call 561-488-8069 or visit ticketmaster.com. AUGUST 24 An Evening of Gratitude In commemoration of Selichot, Rabbi Dan Levin welcomes author David J. Pollay. Takes place at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. Starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-3918900 or visit tbeboca.org. AUGUST 30 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1 Second Annual South Florida College Dance Fair Attend a one-stop shop where high school juniors and seniors can meet with representatives from the country’s top dance programs. Takes place at Boca Ballet Theatre in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561995-0709 or visit collegeanddancefair.org. O AUGUST 2013

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JEWISH FEDERATION OF SPBC POMEGRANATE EVENT A celebratory evening was held at the home of chairperson Kathy Green to honor female members who have contributed a minimum of $1,800 to the South Palm Beach County chapter’s annual campaign. Event highlights included a cooking demonstration by Chef Michael Saperstein and a lavish dessert reception.

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FLY FOR FAITH CHARITY RIDE Members took part in Boca Raton-based Flywheel Sports’ charity indoor cycling event to raise funds for the nonprofit group CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy). The 45-minute event, which was held in honor of Flywheel member Faith Kaplan, who has epilepsy, generated more than $11,000.

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UNICORN CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION BUDDHA BALL

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now&noteworthy Broadway Comes To Boca Raton At The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum The curtain is about to rise on the debut season of The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum. The former Caldwell Theatre has been completely redesigned to create a stateof-the-art cultural venue that will entertain, celebrate and preserve for the world the treasures of musical theater history. The theater opens September 19 with the “Sound of Music,” followed by “White Christmas,” “42nd Street,” “The Full Monty,” “Steel Magnolias,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin.’” The Costume Museum, featuring wardrobe pieces from decades of Broadway productions, will open in November. The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum, 7901 North Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 561995-2333; thewick.org.

Jorge Pesquera, CEO, Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau and John Wash, president, IPC

International Polo Club Palm Beach Honored With Prestigious Tourism Award The Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau recognized the International Polo Club (IPC) with the prestigious 2013 Providencia Award for its great impact on the tourism industry. The honor was awarded to John Wash, president of IPC, before a crowd of tourism and hospitality leaders during the annual Tourism Day luncheon. “The International Polo Club is home to America’s Triple Crown— the three highest-rated polo tournaments on the continent: the USPA C.V. Whitney Cup, the Piaget USPA Gold Cup, and the USPA U.S. Open Polo Championship,” said Wash. “And now, we couldn’t be happier to be home to the 2013 Providencia Award. We thank everyone for their support.” International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington, 561-204-5687; internationalpoloclub.com.

“The Kentucky Derby Goes Pink” At Boca Raton Regional Hospital Guests enjoyed mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres at The Addison in Boca Raton followed by casino-style games of blackjack, craps, 3-card poker, roulette and slots, along with a premium open bar and traditional southern fare. Attendees also wagered on the Kentucky Derby before the event was broadcast live on two jumbo screens, and took part in a raffle and silent auction. “The Kentucky Derby Goes Pink” is a community-driven effort to raise public awareness and philanthropic support for the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute. All proceeds benefitted programs and technologies for the fight against breast cancer. Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, 745 Meadows Rd., Boca Raton, 561-955-4142; brrh.com.

Fern Cole, Dr. Marta Rendon, Marsha San Filippo and Grace Samara

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BOCA RATON RIVIERA

401 NE SPANISH TRL

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MAKELA KAI

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$550,000

$435,000

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ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

260 W KEY PALM RD

LORENSEN MELISSA

KETOVER RICHARD

$6,275,000

$1,022,300

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2401 W SILVER PALM RD

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$3,200,000

$765,000

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2348 E MAYA PALM DR

KAIN PATRICIA

ROSE STEVEN H

$4,375,000

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ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

1806 SABAL PALM CIR

ROSE STEVEN H

SMITH DONALD L

$3,000,000

$2,900,000

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SATURNIA

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NELSON RAMONA M

PACKMAN ALAN C

$645,000

$775,000

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SATURNIA

19237 NATURES VIEW CT

FORMAN ALLISON

LAMPERT LAWRENCE D

$765,000

$510,476

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SATURNIA ISLES

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KEYES TREVOR

$635,000

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ST. ANDREWS COUNTRY CLUB

6963 QUEENFERRY CIR

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$1,162,500

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THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

9487 BRIDGEBROOK DR

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$1,950,000

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$703,000

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$540,000

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COMFORTS OF HOME Conine Clubhouse Helps Families When They Need It MostBY EMILY J. MINOR t first, it was called the Visitor’s Clubhouse—a safe and loving place for families to stay when one of their children lay sick or dying at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood. But after baseball great Jeff Conine and his wife, Cindy, had their third baby—a boy who weighed 2 pounds, 2 ounces—they actually moved into the hospitality suite. And the South Florida couple knew, immediately, that this would be their charity of record.

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For us, we just figured we were going to be down here for the duration and wanted to do something that was consistent. We saw how it worked firsthand.

“For us, we just figured we were going to be down here for the duration and wanted to do something that was consistent,” says the former Florida Marlin, whose support led to his name on the clubhouse in 2003. “We saw how it worked firsthand.” The Conine Clubhouse concept is brilliantly simple: If there’s a vacancy, patients’ family members get one of the 23 rooms. The clubhouse is really more like a five-star hotel, beautifully decorated, packed with 128

the morning, there’s no bill slipped under the door. More than 7,000 families have stayed at the clubhouse since it opened in 1997. Since the Conines got involved, they’ve helped raise more than $3 million, mostly through the Conine All-Star Golf Classic. Kevin Janser, the hospital foundation’s vice president and executive director, says Conine’s star connections have helped to make the clubhouse what it is. Conine says he has no problem persuading sports stars

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into teeing off at the event. Who doesn’t want to golf in South Florida in January? “Most of the guys are actually local, because we have such a great celebrity base here,” says the former MLB star, who was a member of the Florida Marlins’ inaugural team in 1993 and now works for the Miami Marlins as a TV commentator. Other nonprofit groups have chimed in, most recently the Boca Raton-based Levitetz Family Foun-

dation, which donated $115,000 to help renovate all 23 private rooms, Janser says. Want to help? The clubhouse always needs money and public relations support. No donation is too small. For Conine and his wife, it’s a project that constantly gives back. Today, their youngest son is 12 years old—perfectly healthy and happy. “You’d be amazed how many people come up to us, out of the blue,” says Conine, adding that they were recently approached by a couple at the Las Vegas airport. “They wanted us to know how much we helped them.” O

For more information about Conine Clubhouse, call 954-265-3454 or 954265-9377, or visit jdchfoundation.org. The mailing address is 3711 Garfield St. Hollywood, FL 33021.


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