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All The World’s A Stage For These Celebrity Look-Alikes There’s No Business Like Show Business For South Florida’s Top Casting Directors Aerosmith Alumnus Richie Supa Makes It Back From The Other Side—And Thrives In Plantation

When Not Acting, Directing Or Writing Best-Sellers, Jenny McCarthy Has Her Sights Set On South Beach Local Comics Stand Up For Their Right To Make Us Laugh

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VOLUME VIII ; NUMBER 6

departments Observed Hot Stuff & tHe PeoPle WHo Make It HaPPen 17 The Buzz 22 Trends 24 La Vida Boca

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Media blitz tHe QuInteSSentIal artS rePort 29 On Screen 30 In Print 34 On Scene that’s life a GuIde to PerSonal GroWtH 39 Relations 42 Parents 46 Destinations taste tHe dISH on food, WIne & reStaurantS 77 Bites 78 Cool Cocktail Recipes 80 Review 82 Listings

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happenings tHe eSSentIal SocIal dIGeSt 97 Around Town 107 Calendar 112 Flash fYi cool carS, local notableS & real dealS 119 Hot Wheels 120 Now & Noteworthy 122 At Home

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ON A ROLE

ON THE COVER: PEREz HILTON

There’s No Business Like Show Business For South Florida Casting Directors

BLONDE AMBITION Jenny McCarthy Sets Her Sights On South Beach

SEEING DOUBLE

All The World’s A Stage For Celebrity Look-Alikes

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TO HELL AND BACK Aerosmith Alumnus Richie Supa Thrives In Plantation

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Local Comics Stand Up For Their Right To Make Us Laugh

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FUNNY BUSINESS

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CELEBRITY BLOGGER PEREZ HILTON DISHES ABOUT SHOW BIZ, GROWING UP IN MIAMI AND WHY HE’S TRADED IN HIS STAR-BASHING STA T R-BASHING WAYS TA WA FOR A GENTLER APPROACH. REALLY.

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There’s no business like show business—particularly when South Florida plays a starring role. And it so often does. We’ve got top-tier celebrities working and playing in our own backyard, not to mention film and TV projects galore. And the king of all gossip blogs just happens to be from here. Meet our cover subject, Miami native Perez Hilton, who talks exclusively with The Boca Raton Observer about how he wound up in the entertainment business, the secrets to his success, and why he’s changing his bad boy ways in “Mr. Mean Comes Clean” (page 50). And speaking of interesting personalities, we profile two talented performers with very different stories. Actress Jenny McCarthy, who visits South Florida often and recently directed and starred in a film here, talks with us about her life, loves and future projects in “Blonde Ambition” (page 70). On the flip side, songwriter and Plantation resident Richie Supa chats about overcoming addiction, his successful music career and longtime friendship with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in “To Hell And Back” (page 68). Both are fascinating people you’ll enjoy getting to know. Also in this issue, we introduce you to the local casting directors responsible for making big

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tion I mix hardware finishes with gold and black triangle studs. The two-toned black and copper chain in a few examples carries my signature black and gold theme further.” What can we expect from your fall line, and how do you think darker colors will play in the subtropics?

“I have a full line of dresses, skirts, shorts and tops in blues and purples for fall. There will be velvet and suede, and when the weather turns cooler in South Florida, they’ll look and feel great.” fashion

The noT So Simple liFe Gone are the days when nicole Richie would dance atop couches in miami clubs and party wildly into the wee hours. the former “simple life” reality tv star, daughter of singer lionel richie and wife of Good charlotte rocker Joel madden, is now a 29-year-old mom and fashion designer who prefers channeling her creativity into more stylish pursuits. her relaxed house of harlow ’60s-style jewelry, shoes, sunglasses and handbags, and hippie-chic Winter Kate ready-to-wear collection in muted spring tones of peach, teal and ivory, have become popular among the celeb set (especially her jewelry, worn by rihanna, madonna, Jessica alba, miley cyrus and ashlee simpson). While promoting her wares at Koko & palenki in the aventura mall, she shared design secrets with The Boca Raton Observer. How did you make the leap from reality star to fashion designer?

“I’ve always been surrounded by garbs and costumes and appreciated fashion at an early age. It allows me to express myself and my mood. It’s such a creative outlet.”

L.A. residents love your boho-glam sunglasses. Why are these designs ideal for South Floridians?

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Where do you find inspiration for your collections?

opportunity to wear sunglasses. I like to design boxy and round shapes in panther and tortoise frames with colored lenses. They’re fun and festive and can go from the beach to business meetings.” Which of your shoe styles best reflect the South Florida lifestyle?

“My beaded moccasins are perfect for South Florida and so are my wedges, which have an understated elegance. I use touches of jewels and other materials that work well for women who like to glam it up at night yet still feel comfortable walking.”

“I visit a lot of flea markets and stores when my husband is on tour, and I’m able to travel with him to exciting cities around the world. It’s so much fun!” Being a busy wife, mom and designer, when do you find the time to quietly create your vision?

“I get up early and start at 5:30 a.m. for alone time. Then after an amazingly busy day, I try to focus on my work once again at around 11 p.m. I find the time because I’ve always loved the possibility of being able to transform yourself through the way of dress.” – Kate townsend

Your handbag line is diverse in style and price points. What’s the aesthetic?

“Here I’m playing with the juxtaposition of casual and luxury, like taking soft draping vintage leathers and mixing them with highend materials like young calf hair. I do a lot of textures and prints, and in some of the collec-

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MAKes scents reality star Kim Kardashian, 30, has her hand in numerous entrepreneurial pots. Her latest venture is Kim Kardashian Gold, a follow-up to her previous fragrance, the aptly titled, Kim Kardashian (hey, if the name fits…). The media darling was in Macy’s at Aventura Mall recently to promote the perfume, which she describes as “more exiting, more sensual and designed for steamy summer nights” than her first. While on hiatus from “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” she worked diligently with her manufacturer to create a scent that captured her love of jasmine, her favorite flower. “It reminds me of happy days when I was a little girl and more recent romantic evenings walking along the beach,” she says. And why add “gold” to the name? “Gold is a luxury that stands the test of time,” she says. “It’s a universal symbol of sophistication and glamour.” And Kardashian knows all about glamour. Case in point: The 20.5-carat diamond engagement ring she’s rocking from her fiance, NBA star Kris Humphries.

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Victor Milt is one of those famous people you’ve never heard of. A director and Boca Raton resident, he’s responsible for some of TV’s most iconic commercials. (ReVictor Milt member Juan Valdez and his donkey in the Colombian coffee field? That’s Milt’s handiwork). Now the man behind the camera will stand front and center, when the Florida Film Association recognizes Milt, along with actor Burt Reynolds and other notables, during the 6th Annual Florida Film Legend Awards, scheduled for June 30th at Lynn University. “I’m humbled and honored,” says Milt, whose company, Victor Milt Associates, is located at Five Star Studios in Boca Raton. “It’s been the most exciting and glamorous career.” Indeed, being in suburbia hasn’t stopped him from landing top-notch international clients. “The development of digital technology makes it possible to function (in Boca Raton),” says Milt, whose résumé includes Burger King, McDonald’s and Conair. “(Or) you can just pop on a plane and be on location.”

football player, but cheerleading’s no piece of cake, either. This year, more than 500 applicants danced and kicked their way through five grueling phases of auditions, with just 42 making the team. They include Boca Raton residents Amy Madill, 24, Nikki Boston, 24, and Natasha Greco, 19. They all admit to some fierce competition. “I’m just glad I was not put in the judges’ position,” says Boston. And the hard work is just beginning. Besides cheering at home games, the girls must practice nine hours a week and make public appearances (not to mention fit into those microscopic uniforms). And they do all this while either working or attending school full time. hopefully, they’ll perform on the field come September, when the Dolphins’ regular season is scheduled to begin. At press time, NFL owners had “locked out” NFL players as the two sides attempted to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement.

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Supportive Wife, Miami Actress Yara Martinez Makes All Her Characters Look Good By Ron hayes

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She had a degree in theater from the prestigious New World School of the Arts, a short résumé from her student work at Our Lady of Lourdes Academy and the University of Miami’s summer acting program—and she had dreams. All she needed was some fashion sense. “It was the middle of winter in New York, and I didn’t even have one pair of closed shoes,” she says with a laugh. “I had flip-flops and open-toed shoes, no boots or hats. And of course like all aspiring actors, I ended up becoming a waitress and a bartender.” For a while. This season, the Cuban beauty has had recurring roles in both “Southland” on TNT and “Breakout Kings” on A&E. Since arriving in Los Angeles in 2005, she’s played Christian Slater’s wife on the NBC drama “My Own Worst Enemy,” gueststarred on “CSI: NY” and “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” and appeared in the 2007 remake of the film “The Hitcher.” But the Tropical Park neighborhood around S.W. 82nd Avenue and Bird Road, where Martinez’s grandmother, mother and two sisters still live, is home in her heart. “Growing up Cuban and Catholic, you’re a minority in the U.S.,” says Martinez, 31. “But in Miami, we’re the majority, and that gave me a strength that I brought with me to New York. I didn’t get as intimidated by the big city because 24

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I had that community behind me.” In UM’s summer acting class, she had tackled perhaps her most challenging role—a Cuban high school freshman portraying Ma Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath.” She’s come a long way from Ma Joad. “I’ve shot two guys in the head, punched a woman, kissed a girl and jumped off a cliff,” she recounts. “But in ‘Southland’ and ‘Breakout Kings,’ I’m the supportive wife.” And how does her Cuban grandmother feel about

the former Catholic school girl portraying such women? “She’ll say in Spanish, ‘Is it a refined character?’” But her whole family is supportive, whether she’s playing a vicious killer or loving wife. “Most of my friends are on the conservative side,” Martinez says, “but my family’s not. We’re one of those few liberal Cuban families, so my mom hasn’t had any problems with roles I play. She’s just so happy when I’m working.” And last year, she found a character even her grandmother could cheer. “I did a film called ‘A Walk In My Shoes’ for the NBC Family Movie Night,” she says. “I played a guardian angel.” O


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(Video) StAr iS Born A Boca Raton’s Bob Pressner Rolls A Camera And Stumbles Onto A Career S

inger/songwriter Bob Pressner made his first video as “a lark,” taking a camera to Boca Raton’s Patch Reef Park and goofing on one of his original songs, “On My Own,” mouthing the words, hamming it up. He shot a few scenes at the beach for the heartfelt lament.

When the video went viral on YouTube, the Boca resident thought it was some kind of joke. Or mistake. “I woke up one day and it had 100,000 views. I thought it was a misprint,” says Pressner, whose first video has since accumulated more than 318,000 hits. Pressner, 57, was stunned to learn his video had made the Google Top 10 YouTube ranking. “I’m looking at this list, and it says the top video stars in 26

the world today are Madonna, Lady Gaga, Ludacris… and me. What?!” Pressner has always been a songwriter—he writes one a day, like keeping a diary—and has always played music. While living in New York City, he played with top musicians in Greenwich Village. Meanwhile, to feed his family, including daughters Lindsey, now 23, and Brittany, 17, who are both singers, he worked as a commodities broker in the World Trade Center. It was there he endured the pre9/11 cataclysmic event that made him reassess his life. This was back in February of 1993, and a terrorist’s chemical bomb had exploded in the parking garage of the Trade Center’s North Tower.

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On that day, Pressner, along with thousands of others, faced his own mortality as he tried to escape the poisoned atmosphere. “My first thought was to get out. I tried to crawl along this wall, a few inches from a drop-off. The air was filled with bomb material,” he recalls. “That’s something I wish a lot of these politicians could experience,” he says of the firsthand contact with terrorism. “I could literally feel the hatred. I could feel it in the walls.” From that day forward, Pressner’s life took a new direction, and commodities trading took a backseat to his music. The next world-shifting event for Pressner was hooking up last year with Grammy-nominated produc-

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er David Grow, whose résumé includes names like Michael Bolton, Michael W. Smith and Carly Simon. Pressner’s 13-cut album, Honor Among Thieves, produced by Grow, is available on iTunes. “I told him I wanted him to make me better. He found that refreshing,” says Pressner. “Music is all about persistence. I know if I don’t make it, it’s not because of my age or any other obstacle other than I’m just not good enough.” He’s since made a video for the “Honor Among Thieves” single that’s pushing a million hits. Add to this his conversations with Sony and ABC and talk of a European tour, and it appears Pressner’s hobby is now the commodity. O


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he premise of Jodie Foster’s third directorial effort, “the Beaver,” is off-putting—a severely depressed man regains his energetic voice, but is willing to speak only through a puppet he found in a liquor store dumpster—a rather cartoonish-looking beaver. Mel Gibson does a fine job with the role of Walter Black, a toy company Ceo, troubled husband and father who mumbles and sleeps his way through life until the buck-toothed rodent reveals his split personality. Gibson carries on conversations with the beaver in different accents (his beaver voice is a thick Cockney) very much like a ventriloquist, though the puppet does most of the talking.

Foster plays Walter’s wife, Meredith Black, who struggles to raise two sons, the elder son every bit as troubled as his father. the teenager, porter Black (anton Yelchin), detests his father and lives in the attic, where he keeps a wall hanging over the spot on which he routinely pounds his head against the sheetrock. the younger boy, henry (riley thomas stewart) loves his father, but has trouble sleeping. Foster, who’s always been attracted to quirky scripts (“taxi Driver,” “the silence of the lambs,” “panic room”) is deft in taking a lighthearted story and washing it with ever-darkening hues. What begins

as a goofy-looking toy later takes on sinister undertones, but the hints are vague and fleeting until a rather gory (off-screen) climactic moment. Meredith, accustomed to being head of the household, is understandably dubious about the hand puppet, but wants to be joyful at seeing her husband’s animation return. still, she can’t quite wrap her brain around the talking left hand.

Foster takes the story, which degenerates steadily into something a bit more foreboding, at a nice pace, and it’s spiced with a subplot of porter, and a budding romance with norah (Jennifer lawrence), the class valedictorian who has a graffiti compulsion, in addition to a few dark secrets. Come to think of it, just about everyone in this movie has dark secrets— especially the beaver. it’s easy to believe Gibson’s portrayal of a depressed, suicidal Ceo, whose

debilitating funk causes him to sleep perpetually while still in his business suit. the role seems well-matched to the off-screen reputation he’s acquired, beginning with his 2006 Dui arrest and anti-semitic rant at the arresting officer. then there were the incidents of domestic violence and recorded telephone conversations in which he used racial slurs. Gibson has spent a lot of time lately explaining that his statements don’t reflect his feelings. Foster, in her first feature directorial

outing since 1995, is a friend and former co-star of Gibson’s (“Maverick”) and chose him for this role. as Walter gains notoriety and begins to make tV appearances, expect cameos by Matt lauer, Jon stewart and npr radio host terri Gross. While this film was considered a flop in its limited opening, it could regain ground as schools empty for the summer. and if you can get past Gibson’s tumultuous real-life persona, it’s worth seeing. O Rated PG-13: contains mature thematic material, some disturbing content, sexuality and adult language, including a drug reference.

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Dish it Up When The Hollywood Spotlights Are Turned Off, Who’s Turning On Whom?

We do love our celebrity gossip. In this invasion-of-privacy culture where paparazzi and ambush interviews are the norm, our insatiable need for star scoop both new and classic has grown so extreme that magazines and even entire books have been devoted to nothing more than intimate details about the lives of the rich, famous and infamous. The following books are guilty pleasures, indeed.

Show Business Is Faux Business: 7,000 Funny, Embarrassing, Inspiring, Insulting, Vulgar, Egotistical, Provocative, Ignorant, Childish and Rude Quotations

where many of these quotes were originally documented on damp cocktail napkins. His book, which is broken down into categories such as “Bimbo,” “Food” and “Death,” also includes short profiles and anecdotes, and makes for fun cocktail party fodder.

By Craig G. Tennis “So, where’s the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?” (Christina Aguilera). “Being married means I can break wind and eat ice cream in bed” (Brad Pitt). Author Craig G. Tennis has heard it all during his years in show biz, and he took notes. Tennis began collecting outrageous celebrity quotes while working as a producer and writer for “The Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson,” followed by stints 30

Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood By Jennifer Frost

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Notorious gossip columnist Hedda Hopper turned her vocation into a source of power which she used as political currency. Author Jennifer Frost relates that few columnists had more influence in shaping the ways in which millions of Americans thought about film and poli-

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Inside The Hollywood Fan Magazine By Anthony Slide The fan magazine, a 20th century invention whose rise parallels that of motion pictures, often straddled the fence between journalism and sensationalism, and in many cases did not so much document an industry as create a separate phenomenon unto itself. Author Anthony Slide’s book recounts much of the history of these periodicals, regarded as publicity fluff but containing enough titillating details to maintain wide popularity. The first two such magazines appeared in 1911—Motion Picture Story Magazine and Photoplay— faintly signaling the start of today’s pervasive celebrity preoccupation. This book examines how these publications dealt with gossip and innuendo, as well as national issues such as Hollywood scandals of the 1920s, World War II and the death of Presi-

dent John F. Kennedy. Its appendix documents some 268 American fan magazines, along with detailed publication histories.

Hollywood Babylon Strikes Again! By Darwin Porter and Danforth Price Top celebrity biographer Darwin Porter and former New York Times staffer Danforth Price don’t just share salacious celebrity tales—they absolutely and unabashedly revel in them. Their latest sequel to Kenneth Anger’s explosive and iconic “Hollywood Babylon,” is an outrageous and entertaining read for anyone who delights in the foibles, failings and sexual adventures (and misadventures) of Hollywood stars. The book jacket warns, “Buyer beware: these scandals are not for the faint-of-heart. You may never think of Hollywood’s Golden Age pinups in quite the same way again.” The nudity! The scandal! Taken with a degree of skepticism, this is a decadent read illustrated with photos of famous subjects, some in varying degrees of undress. Not recommended for young readers.

Movie Confidential By Andrew Schanie Deliberately emulating the scandal rags of the 1950s, author Andrew Schanie’s book takes a fresh look at

Author Andrew Schanie’s book, ‘Movie Confidential’, takes a fresh approach to some of Hollywood’s most sordid true tales. A retro approach adds to the appeal of this read, which recounts lurid stories of sex, scandal, murder and mayhem involving many of Hollywood’s biggest stars both past and present.

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some of Hollywood’s most sordid true tales. A retro approach adds to the appeal of this read, which recounts lurid stories of sex, scandal, murder and mayhem involving many of Hollywood’s biggest stars both past and present. Titillating subjects include what really happened in Fatty Arbuckle’s infamous room at the St. Francis Hotel, Eddie Murphy’s “I was just giving her a ride” defense, PCP-laced chowder on the set of “Titanic” and Judy Garland’s strange visions. Plus, there are mysterious deaths, mistakes in filmmaking and a multitude of other irresistible bits—this cheeky collection proves that what happens when the cameras stop rolling can be even more entertaining than the films themselves. And it’s packed with photos.

Celebrity Feuds! The Cattiest Rows, Spats, And Tiffs Ever Recorded By Boze Hadleigh Having exhausted the subject of celebrity gossip and gays in the entertainment industry, author Boze Hadleigh turns his vast Hollywood knowledge to star feuds, many of which have escalated to ridiculous proportions. Hadleigh, who has penned 18 books, has spent his life investigating the hidden lives of celebrities like Rock Hudson, Liberace, Sal Mineo, Anthony Perkins and Randolph Scott. During his research, he came across enough stories of fighting, back-stabbing, venomous exchanges and career sabotage to fill a book. And this is it. Inside, Hadleigh tells of familiar battles (Sonny and Cher) and less so (Julia and Eric Roberts); simmering sisters (Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland), kvetching co-stars (“Laverne and Shirley”), ratings rivals (David Letterman vs. Jay Leno) and the complex squabbles of the Jackson family. And so much more. O


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ihanna came to America from her native Barbados as a teenager and quickly became an overnight singing sensation. These days, the sultry hip-hop artist is considered one of the most successful singers on the planet. Rihanna, who performs at the BankAtlantic Center at 7:30 p.m. on July 14th, has landed five consecutive albums on the Billboard Top 10 list, including 10 No. 1 singles; she’s also won four Grammy Awards and sold 15 million albums, including 45 million singles. Producer Evan Rogers clearly recognizes talent when he sees it. Rihanna’s fortuitous discovery by Rogers and subsequent audition with Def Jam

Recordings resulted in a continuing association with singer and producer Jay-Z that led to a string of albums, starting with 2005’s Music of the Sun, which she recorded when she was just 17. The album contained her breakthrough single, “Pon De Replay.” Now 23, even Rihanna’s earliest videos demonstrate a maturity and stage presence that belie her tender years, including a 2005 performance at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena in which her sexually suggestive lyrics and dance moves were delivered prior to her reaching Florida’s age of consent. But, such are the enigmas of modern life. Following her debut came A Girl Like Me in 2006, with the No. 1 sin-

gle, “SOS” and Top 10 singles, “Unfaithful” and “Break It Off,” as well as the smash album Good Girl Gone Bad in 2007, which included the No. 1 singles “Umbrella,” “Take A Bow,” “Disturbia,” and “Don’t Stop The Music.” Her fourth album, Rated R, released in 2009, contained three Top 10 hits and her fifth album, 2010’s Loud, contained hits such as

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The success of Pyromania may have had as much to do with the band’s exposure as its hard-rocking music. Its release in 1983 coincided with the fledgling efforts of MTV, which favored Def Leppard and played its songs relentlessly, boosting the popularity of three Top 40 singles, “Photograph,” “Rock Of Ages” and “Foolin.’” But it was Hysteria that turned the guys into full-fledged superstars during the course of 1988, when four songs from the album climbed to the Billboard Top 10, including “Love Bites,” “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” “Armageddon It” and “Hysteria.” The album had six Top 40 singles, including “Animal” and “Rocket.” However, it took the band four years to get the album made. Tragically, drummer Rick Allen had lost his left arm in an auto accident, and had to relearn how to play the drums.

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s soon as you hear the plaintive, willowy extended notes of British singer Sade, you’ll recognize her distinctive voice from the haunting 1985 hit, “Smooth Operator.” Sade (pronounced Sharday) performs at two area venues on successive nights in mid-July— at the BankAtlantic Center at 8 p.m. on July 15th, and at AmericanAirlines Arena at 8 p.m. on July 16th. Sade’s first tour in 10 years has the added bonus of R&B star John Legend as the opening act both nights. Sade, which is both the name of the mellow lead singer (born Helen Folosade Adu) and the name of her

band, was distilled from a popular London funk group called Pride and in 1985 released an album, Diamond Life, which sent the single “Smooth Operator” to No. 5 on the Billboard charts and No. 1 in the Adult Contemporary category. Sade released another album that same year, Promise, which produced yet another No. 5 single with “The Sweetest Taboo.” The singer went on to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Though the band would only produce four more albums in the next 25 years, it’s retained a strong fan base and its two subsequent efforts, Stronger Than Pride in 1988 and Love Deluxe in 1992 continued its string

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he band U2 learned early on a chameleon-like ability to adjust and become what it needed to be. The Irish rock band, which brings its 360 Tour to Sun Life Stadium at 7 p.m. on June 29th, formed as teenagers before any of the members could even play an instrument. Fast-forward to the mid ’80s, and the guys had morphed into an international sensation. The band started by schoolmates Paul Hewson (Bono), David Howell Evans (The Edge), Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen, Jr. began as an edgy, post-punk band but eventually developed a melodic sound, with less rebellious, more socially conscious themes. The band’s first Top 40 hit, “Pride (In The Name Of Love),” was a 1984 tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The band had to wait three more years before once again making the Top 40—but it did so in a huge way. The successful album, The Joshua Tree, included hits such as “With Or Without You,” “Where The Streets Have No Name” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” Bono, who writes the band’s lyrics, gravitated fairly early on to socio-political issues and humanistic causes. Throughout the band’s career, he and fellow members have contributed to human rights causes, philanthropic foundations and liberal political campaigns. U2’s release of Unforgettable Fire presented the first of several changes in direction for the band, which had almost broken up a few years earlier over confusion about whether its membership in a Christian organization should rule out the rock’n’roll lifestyle. Luckily for the rock scene, the band dropped that notion. To prevent it from being typecast, the band would change approaches several times while continuing to turn out Top 40 hits like “Desire” “Mysterious Ways” and “One.” U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards—more than any other band—and released 12 studio albums, selling 150 million records worldwide. O

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What a GIrl Needs Why Female Bonding Is Good

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n the very simplest of terms, it’s part of our female vernacular: Girls’ night out. You put it on the calendar, think about it, talk about it beforehand, a little or a lot. You might even discuss what it is you’re going to wear. sundress, or jeans and that cute boyfriend shirt? A night out with our female friends—

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whether it’s a movie, a bite to eat or a walk in a favorite park—is more than just a night out of the house, away from the evening news, a family meal and the dishes. it’s love and bonding. laughter and acceptance. it’s psychotherapy, without having to write a check at the end of the evening. Janet sunshine, a licensed clinical social worker who practices in deerfield Beach, says one of the first questions

she has for women when traditional male-female couples come to see her is this: do you have female friends? “i always emphasize that what women need is good female friends,” sunshine says. “women can talk for three hours over coffee and solve nothing, but we feel better because we talked.” therapist lori sarvis agrees. “nobody is like our girlfriends,” says sarvis, also a licensed clinical social worker in deerfield Beach. “women can go to their girlfriends and talk about everything and the girlfriends will understand. they get it.” studies confirm this.

we all know there’s a researcher out there who studies just about anything, and the effect of female friendships in a woman’s life is certainly among the mix. of course, it took two women to stumble upon this one. By research standards, the study is a bit old. it was completed eight years ago in 2003. And still, today, major periodicals continue to refer to it as the landmark uClA study when it comes to women and friendships. Another key study, the so-called nurses’ health study (nhA), was conducted at harvard Medical school from 1976 to 1989 and produced results about everything from heart disease in women J u n e / J u ly 2 0 1 1

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that’s life8 relations to the healthy effect of female friendships. That NHA study found that the more friends women had, the less likely they were to develop physical impairments as they aged, and the more likely they were to be leading a joyful life. And a joyful life is good, right? The UCLA study, however, zeroed in on why that might be. And it turns out there are some physiological reasons. Laura Cousin Klein, Ph.D., is now an assistant professor of bio-behavioral health at Penn State University. But back then she was doing research at UCLA. And Dr. Klein and another researcher, Shelley Taylor, noticed one day the different way in which the two of them reacted to stress when compared to their male colleagues.

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for three hours over coffee and solve nothIng, but we feel better Sunshine, licensed because we talked.” – Janet clinical social worker

When work got to be too much, the two of them retreated to the lab, where they dusted and cleaned and tidied, drinking coffee and talking. The men? They holed up in their cubicles, speaking to pretty much no one.

dren and gather with other women instead.”

and it’s like we spoke yesterday,” Sarvis says. “Nothing’s changed.”

the issue,” she says. “They go out and they party and that’s their bond.”

In other words, when we’re stressed, we want to nest—and sometimes that means nesting with our girlfriends.

It makes sense, when you think about it.

And whether you went clubbing or to a movie or just sat with your girlfriends at the coffee shop, the next day you talk about it.

In the end, both sexes felt better. The two researchers decided to take a clinical look, and produced the UCLA results that have made Dr. Klein a so-called expert on female friendships, even today. It seems that when women get stressed, the hormone oxytocin is released as part of that response. And what Dr. Klein and Taylor found was that oxytocin “buffers the fight or flight response and encourages (women) to tend to chil40

Sometimes it even means wearing eyeliner and lip gloss and buying a new pair of cute earrings. Regardless of what throws us into the arms of our friends, therapist Lori Sarvis says she constantly sees the effects of good female friendships in her work. She even feels it in her personal life, often reaching out to a girlfriend she’s had for many, many years but doesn’t get to see all that much. “I can call her (after several months)

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Sarvis says the proverbial “Girls’ Night Out”—or GNO if you want to text a friend right now and suggest something a week from Tuesday—has been around so long, and served such a purpose, there’s a natural rhythm to it. You decide you’re going. Then you decide who to include. Then you talk about it before that night, usually on the telephone. You meet. You go. You have fun. “Single women dress up, go dancing, and whether they meet men or not, it’s not

Talking about it the next day is mandatory. Cycle completed. “Those memories literally bond the friendship,” Sarvis says. “Whether they’re sad memories, happy memories, crazy memories... They’re memories only you share.” Perhaps over a Cosmopolitan, during next month’s Girls’ Night Out. O


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live in a house full of gadget-loving people whose iPods, iPads, smartphones and computers are in nearconstant use. So when we go on vacation, we all try really hard to unplug. This was not much of a problem in the past, when our kids were less techsavvy and our cellphones less intelligent. But even without taking extreme measures—like forcing everyone to leave their gadgets at home—we still manage to do a pretty good job of taming the electronic beast when we’re traveling. Here are some tips to help your family do the same. First, before you go anywhere, take a trip to the library or bookstore. If you don’t want your kids to spend all their travel time staring at a little screen, you’ve got to give them a good alter-

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native. Once everyone in the family has found some stuff they’re excited to read, hide it all away until you’re ready to get on the road. For car trips, you might also want to pick up some audio books. These work especially well for driving at night, when everyone is feeling mel-

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time to tackle during the school year. And take a tip from those old-time Saturday morning serials: If you want to keep your audience coming back for more, be sure to hit the pause button at the height of the action.

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the license plate game are two of our time-tested favorites. Sharon Cindrich, the author of “A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet,” who specializes in kids and technology, says it’s all about setting expectations with your kids. “You can tell them, ‘We’re going to turn that movie on later when the sun goes down and everybody’s tired,’ or ‘We’re going to save our movie for when we get to our destination,’” she explains. “Instead of saying, ‘We’re not going to use technology,’ you can frame it as, ‘We’re going to have some family time together.’” And if you’re going to use gadgets, use them to help your kids interact with the family, rather than isolating everyone with separate headphones. I plug my iPod into the car stereo and ask my kids to guess who’s singing (yes, they have learned the difference between David Bowie and Billy Joel). Or I play the same song by different artists and have them vote on which

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version they like better. (The “Glee” soundtrack albums are particularly good for this.) “If your kids love to be plugged into their iPods, ask them to make a playlist for the family to listen to,” Cindrich suggests. “Or have them bring the Flip camera and make a movie of the trip. That way they’re using tools they like, but they’re still engaging with the family.” Last year, my daughter made a terrific video of our trip to Oregon, complete with a music soundtrack and special effects. My husband intended to tackle that project eventually, but she beat him to it. 44

If your smartphones are proving too much of a distraction, consider leaving them behind during the day. Should you find it too nervewracking to be completely unreachable, you can always pick up a prepaid cell phone for this purpose. Just be careful about who gets the secret phone number. “A lot of people have trouble disconnecting from their work when they’re on vacation, and they find it difficult to decipher what’s urgent from what can wait,” says nationally syndicated columnist Cindy Krischer Goodman, who writes about work/life balance for The Miami Herald. “Also, especially in this economy,

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people want to feel like they’re needed at work. So on vacation they might get up early, before everyone else wakes up, and work from 7 to 8 a.m. to get the main things done. Then they’ll spend the day with their family and check (their work e-mail) again at night.” You can ask your kids to play by those rules too, limiting their texting and Facebook chatting to specific hours. Don’t forget to bring along some small amusements that can fit easily into your suitcase, like a deck of cards and a few mini board games. Your kids will love the novelty of playing with tiny little pieces on a tiny little game board. And when was the last

time you had a family game night with everyone participating? In the end, if you do fall back on the electronic habit here and there during your trip, try not to sweat it too much. “I think there’s a lot of pressure now not to use technology” during what’s supposed to be family time, Cindrich says. “People feel guilty if they throw their iPads at their kids or pull down the car DVD player. But the reality is that we’ve always thrown things at kids to keep them busy. As long as you’re engaging with each other, if technology is a part of it, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not really about being totally unplugged; it’s about being plugged in with the family.” O


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uests at the award-winning Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco hotel are pampered with impeccable service and a luxurious ambiance, and captivated by a fascinating East meets West vibe. The Asian flair begins in the intimate lobby, where a marble floor inlay portrays “shou,” a Chinese pattern signifying longevity, good fortune and good luck, along with Guan Yin, a replica of an antique statue known as the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. It weaves its way throughout the hotel, from the symbol of eternity crafted into the headboards in the guestrooms to the Asian-style afternoon tea. The hotel, which opened in 1987, is part of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, which operates 41 properties in 26 countries. Mandarin Oriental, 46

San Francisco has garnered many prestigious honors, including mentions in Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Hotels Awards 2010, Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards 2010 and Institutional Investor’s World’s Best Hotels 2010. The Mandarin Hotel Group believes in doing things that aren’t typical, which includes following a commitment to “being green.” Case in point: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco recently added a worm farm to its sustainability program, using the 4,000 invertebrates to create compost from the hotel’s food waste for its herb garden. The project is located on the second floor, making it easy for chefs located nearby to snip fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, chives, mint, tarragon and basil for use in their creative meals.

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The 48-story hotel is San Francisco’s third-tallest building, and to capitalize on the spectacular views, all 151 rooms are located on the top 11 floors—each with a view of the city, the Bay, the Golden Gate

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darin Oriental, San Francisco and Mandarin Oriental, New York). The mood in Silks is as unique as the food, inspired by the journey of Marco Polo to the court of Kublai Khan and his discovery of silk. Silk is a mainstay here—found in wall treatments, floor coverings and hand-painted chandeliers. After your gastronomic feast, consider a workout at the hotel’s 24hour fitness center, which offers treadmills with private TVs and headphones; yoga classes are available at a facility across the street. Traveling with children? The hotel specializes in making them happy (and happy kids mean happy parents). Among the kid-friendly items are child-sized bathrobes and slippers,

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duvets for cribs, toy ducks for the bathtub, along with other bath accoutrements, electrical outlet covers, baby bottle warmers and sterilizers and kid-centric DVDs and videos. Babysitting services are available, making it convenient for parents to slip away to the hotel’s MO Bar, where soft piano music and tempting signature cocktails, sake, beer, wine, Champagne and other libations await, along with an array of Small Plates, including the Dungeness Crab Club Sandwich, Singapore Noodles and Kobe Beef Sliders. Special events, including a St. Patrick’s Day ‘Green’ Tasting, Scotland National Day Scotch Tasting and Jazz Nights, are scheduled monthly at the bar. MO Bar is also a superb daytime ven-

ue. Stop by for the elegant Mandarin Tea each afternoon, which includes sandwiches, scones, cookies and premium teas. A Dynasty Tea Service, featuring chocolate-covered strawberries, sweets and signature Champagne cocktails is also available. With so many tempting choices, the most difficult part of this vacation may be deciding what to do first. O

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personality wants people to know this because, let’s face it, he’s not known for his sweet demeanor or endearing ways. Hilton has a reputation for ripping celebrities apart on his popular gossipfilled Web site, perezhilton.com, and he’s angered even the biggest of movie stars like Jennifer Aniston and musicians including Black Eyed Peas members Fergie and Wil.i.am.

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charities. And his infamous celebrity gossip Web site that so many of us read as a guilty pleasure? Well, if you’ve logged on recently, you’ll notice he’s stopped doodling cruel nicknames on celebrity pictures and avoids saying nasty things about them. Hilton is playing nice now and he likes it. “I feel like I’m pulling the mask off my face that I’ve had on all these years as ‘Perez’ and am showing people more of the real me,” Hilton says during a phone interview. “It’s definitely scarier not using a crutch of a character but it’s what I felt was important and what I needed to do.” J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 1

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Millions of people around the world log onto Hilton’s Web site daily to learn the latest dirt on the rich and famous, of which he’s been writing about since 2004. He’s always delivered quite the commentary, often times filled with snide remarks, which has kept readers coming back for more. But it was after the rash of teen suicides and gay youth bullying across the country last year, which Hilton often spoke out against, that he learned many people believed he was a bully himself. And that, he says, was a big wake-up call. “People were calling me a hypocrite and a bully and I took a long look in the mirror and said, ‘Gosh, there must be some truth to that even if I don’t view myself as a bully,’” he recalls. “So I said, ‘Let me take steps to not do that anymore.’”

“I care about what people think about me but I don’t care if they like me. What I care about is that they don’t think I’m contributing bad energy into the world.” – Perez Hilton

One of those steps included a request to appear on the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last fall, where DeGeneres herself admitted on air that many advised her not to have him as a guest because of his reputation as being a malicious blogger. In the past, Hilton had also been blasted for “outing” closeted gay celebrities such as singer Lance Bass and actor Neil Patrick Harris. But, DeGeneres, who is also gay, said then that she believes in second chances and wanted to give Hilton his. And Hilton appreciated the opportunity. “I want to be able to speak out and not have people in my own community be ashamed of me and embarrassed,” Hilton told DeGeneres. “I still want to be 52

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critical but I can do it without being mean. I’m doing everything I can. I’ve grown and developed as a person. I hope it inspires other people to take a look at themselves… I’m more than sorry for that.” Since then, Hilton has continued to work hard and to prove his sincerity. He’s publicly vowed to stop gay youth bullying and made online videos targeted to homosexual teens promising them that “it gets better.” He’s writing a children’s book called “The Boy With Pink Hair,” which will celebrate individuality and acceptance, but says he can’t speak more about it until it’s published in the fall. He has two radio shows and the former overweight blogger is now addicted to eating right and working out. And many have noticed that his celebrity site is much cleaner. “I do think he has toned down the content of his site,” says Lauren Walleser, a Florida Atlantic University graduate student/adjunct professor of Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies, who is well-versed in American pop culture. “Celebrities are still people, and everyone deserves to be treated with humanity and dignity. I think that we have to have a healthy respect for privacy and the emotional well-being of all individuals. You can still have fun and report on celebrities without constantly tearing people down.” Hilton has even made amends with former public enemies, including Jennifer Aniston, whom he had nicknamed “Manniston,” and members of the Black Eyed Peas. Fergie, he says, sent him flowers saying she noticed the new direction he was taking and he’s even had enjoyable conversations with Wil.i.am, with whom he once got into a heated confrontation that ended with a punch to Hilton’s face. “It’s been very healing,” he says, adding, “I care about what people think about me but I don’t care if they like me. What I care about is that they don’t think I’m contributing bad energy into the world.”

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So how did this Miami boy become one of the most popular bloggers of all time? It started out as a hobby, really. Though Hilton gave himself the nickname ‘Perez Hilton’ (a play on Paris Hilton) and sometimes calls himself “The Queen of All Media,” (the tagline on his blog) his real name is Mario Lavandeira and that’s what his mother and sister still call him. His parents were born in Cuba, but Hilton was born in Miami, where he was immersed in the Cuban culture and didn’t learn to speak English until the age of 5. Even to this day, Spanish is the only language he speaks with his mother.

was started four years ago, gets about 2,000 hits a day. “But he started to get a little too vitriolic. I know it’s just to get hits on the site and to keep sponsors happy. Perez does inspire me in a way. He took an idea and ran with it.” Bacon says ordinary folks are so fascinated with celebrities because they’re more successful and prettier, and everyone knows who they are. “You can’t walk up to someone at work and say, ‘Did you hear what my sister’s brother-in-law did over the weekend?’ But you can chitchat about Julia Roberts trying to make a comeback or Rick Springfield getting busted for a DUI. You

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And these reasons are exactly why Hilton was fairly confident that people would read what he had to say about celebrities. Though, in the beginning, he blogged mostly about his own personal views regarding the trouble famous folks were getting themselves into. Ironically, a few years before he even started his site, Hilton wanted to be one of those celebrities. He scored a part in an episode of “The Sopranos” and starred in a direct-to-DVD horror film. When acting didn’t work out in New York he moved to Los Angeles to give it a try. But the acting career just never took off. He started his blog while working at Star magazine, a time in his life that he remembers with incredible sadness. He spent his days stalking celebrities and recalls tense and embarrassing moments, including being thrown out of a Manhattan hotel in New York after Russell Crowe had reportedly thrown a telephone at an employee.

Hilton, who still has family in South Florida, including Palm Beach and Hollywood, has always been intrigued by the lives of celebrities, partly because he says his life was boring and insists that it still is. He attended an all-boys Jesuit school in South Miami called Belen, where he was teased more for being overweight than for being gay. He didn’t reveal his sexuality until after high school, when he attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University with hopes of becoming an actor. It was there, Hilton says, that he felt like he could finally be himself. He began blogging about celebrity scandals at the age of 26, before the hordes of others joined the game.

already know them and don’t have to fill in the back story,” she says.

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“They threatened to arrest me. It was traumatic,” recalls Hilton, who says he only kept the job because he needed the money. “That job literally poisoned me. I became depressed. It was the darkest phase of my life.” Hilton describes himself back then as being someone who couldn’t get out of bed in the morning and he started thinking about suicide. But he eventually got fired from the gossip magazine and that firing helped him break out of his funk. He collected unemployment for six months and focused on his Web site—then called pagesixsixsix.com— without having to worry about finding another job. And as it turns out, he never had to search for work ever again. “I was amazed that only six months into starting the blog, the TV show

‘The Insider’ did a segment on Hollywood’s most hated Web sites and I was number one,” Hilton says. “I was excited because I was like, ‘Wow, people are paying attention.’ If my little Web site could get on TV, maybe it could happen a second time. That’s why I never gave up on it. I worked so hard.” Today, Hilton’s site gets 200 million views a month. He’s one of many to help shape American pop culture, especially in the last few years, FAU Professor Walleser says. His dive into posting gossip online has paved the way for other popular sites including tmz.com and radaronline.com. He also speaks to viewers through his Twitter account and YouTube.com. Of course, getting to this point wasn’t easy. When Hilton started the site, he lived in a small apartment and didn’t even have Internet access, so he worked from a nearby coffee shop that offered free Wi-Fi, often sitting outside its locked doors while waiting for it to open in the early morning hours. People met him there to talk about the latest notable scandals and he started making friends with those in Los Angeles who became great sources in the celeb world. This coffee shop became his temporary office for the next few years until, eventually, his site became so popular—as did Hilton—that he finally was earning enough money to upgrade to a nice two-bedroom apartment and get his much-needed Internet access. “Thankfully, I’m not motivated by money,” he says. “Now there are a lot of corporations and people who start blogs about entertainment or other subjects with the sole purpose to monetize it. I would still be doing this even if I wasn’t making money off it.”

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Although, he admits, the money has come in handy. It helps him pay his mother and sister nice hefty salaries to serve as his assistants. Hilton says his mother is more of a “professional mom” whom he pays “very well to do mom things like make my bed, wash my clothes, put gas in my car. She’s a big help and she loves it.” (His father passed away when Hilton was a teenager.) It’s also helped him hire a staff to help with the additional Web sites he’s created—cocoperez.com, which focuses on fashion; teddyhilton.com, an animal site named after his precious dog; and fitperez.com, which focuses on fitness, health and wellness. How many people does he oversee? He’ll never tell. “A lady doesn’t dis-

“I feel like I’m pulling the mask off my face that I’ve had on all these years as ‘Perez’ and am showing people more of the real me. It’s definitely scarier not using a crutch of a character but it’s what I felt was important and what I needed to do.” – Perez Hilton cuss finances so I don’t give numbers,” he says. But he will reveal some details about his own life. Like that one of his closest friends is American pop singer and songwriter Lady Gaga, to whom he speaks every day. Or that he cried when he

met famed singer Gloria Estefan, calling her Cuban royalty and the queen of Miami, and found himself speechless when he met iconic singer Madonna. Hilton goes to the gym seven days a week, gets healthy meals delivered to his doorstep, and his weight loss over the past three years, he says, has made him a happier person. His professional goals include breaking into the TV business, though he’s already taken part in various reality shows during the past few years. And what about his personal goals? Hilton says he hopes to be a father one day. But, for now, he’s single and looking for love. He says he recently joined three online dating Web sites and his headline for each

of his profiles is, “Yes, It’s Me.” If you’re wondering if revealing his identity lures only shallow men who want to date him for his name, Hilton doesn’t seem too worried about it. “I can sniff those people out really quickly and if they use me then I’ll happily use them for sex,” Hilton says. “But I want a family and to have several children sooner than later. I’m so busy right now, but I’m open to it. I would make the time.” His response is just as expected, in that very honest, sassy tone that he’s always been known for. Though this tone is not mean or nasty or vicious. It’s real. It’s candid. It’s the new Hilton. O J U N E / J U LY 2 0 1 1

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All The World’s A sTAge For These CelebriTy look-Alikes By Emily J. minor PhotograPhy By Patty DaniEls anD gary JamEs DNA is an amazing thing. All those little strands and the way they wiggle around to create our eyes and our ears and our mannerisms. But it’s more than DNA that’s given our five celebrity look-alikes their dream jobs. Indeed, being someone else takes work. If you want to gyrate like Rod Stewart or look good alongside a beautiful Playboy bunny, a la Hugh Hefner, you have to walk the walk and talk the talk. When it’s Barbra you resemble, you shall sing. If you’re 007’s spitting image, you certainly must possess a convincing British accent and look handsome in a black tuxedo. And if you wake up one day with a very strong resemblance to Justin Bieber—a life coincidence that means you now get paid to make young girls swoon—then the 13-year-olds must believe that you are, most definitely, The Bieb. As it turns out, there’s a funny and fascinating world out there of people who are getting paid to be people they are not. We took a peek inside.

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loridians know this: Funny things happen during Fantasy Fest, the annual Key West street party where cross-dressing and morning cocktails are practically a given.

And off they went. Of course, Fantasy Fest being Fantasy Fest—and Kane being the spitting image of Hugh Hefner for about 10 years now—insanity ensued.

And so it was that George Kane, a former high school principal from Syracuse, N.Y., got his second wind in life.

“They thought I was him,” Kane says. “I almost missed the contest because I couldn’t get through the crowd.”

Well, given Kane’s eclectic past— college football referee, boat captain, motorcycle enthusiast, race car driver—it’s not exactly his second wind. But you get our drift.

Kane won, and thus began a part of his retired life that is so odd, he practically has to pinch a Playboy bunny every now and then. Except he wouldn’t. Kane’s been married to

“She (my Wife) doeSn’t like it all that much, but She tolerateS it. She knoWS i’m harmleSS.” It was last October when one of Kane’s buddies persuaded him to compete in the “Hugh Hefner Lookalike Contest” at Mangoes Restaurant on Duval Street.

his high school sweetheart, Monnie, for 49 years. “She doesn’t like it all that much, but she tolerates it,” he says. “She knows I’m harmless.”

Kane, who lives in Fort Myers but performs often in South Florida, Harmless, perhaps. But his stories! bought a bathrobe at J.C. Penney. “It looked like silk, but it wasn’t,” Recently, Kane was hired by a wealthy European businessman to Kane says. “It was very nice.” 58

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Wink.) They walked the red carpet, separately, answering questions from “reporters” and “paparazzi.” Inside, guests watched on giant TVs as the stars arrived. (Nudge. Nudge.) Yes, the crowd thought it was De Niro, Aniston and Hef. “I enjoy it,” says Kane, who also does charity events, corporate conventions appear at a birthday party for the and gentlemen’s clubs. “I enjoy seeing man’s wife on Miami Beach’s Star the people enjoy it.” Island. Kane arrived by limousine, with bodyguards. So did Robert De For booking information, call Ron Besser at 954Niro and Jennifer Aniston. (Wink. 484-7884 or visit besserentertainment.com.


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nce you get a cell phone of your own, things happen. And that’s pretty much how T.J. Lucas—a then-16year-old high school kid and fan of country music, cross-country track

and getting good grades—became a Justin Bieber look-alike.

“I dIdn’t even know who JustIn BIeBer was.”

“We were paying my cell phone bill and the lady behind the desk kept

looking at me,” he recalls. “She turned around and she Googled “Justin Bieber” and pulled up a picture and she said, ‘You look just like that guy.’ I didn’t even know who Justin Bieber was.” How could he? Lucas listens to the likes of Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts. But when opportunity knocks, you have to download all The Bieb songs and learn them, even if your older brother thinks it’s weird. The first performance was right after the phone-store-thing, freshman year, when Lucas performed with the Wellington High School Step Team at a pep rally. He just came prancing out with his hair swept over to the left side, something he always did during the summer when he was allowed to let his hair grow long. (Junior high. Catholic school. Say no more.) “That was my first time ever being Justin Bieber and everybody was

screaming because they thought I was Justin Bieber,” says Lucas, who will be a junior next year and can sing, “but not as good as Justin Bieber,” so he lip-syncs his gigs. Now this Wellington Bieb has moved on to Bat Mitzvahs, birthday parties and charity events, showing up pretending to be the real deal. He just turned 17, the same age as The Bieb. “It happens everywhere I go,” says Lucas, about the recognition— which he thinks might have played a part in winning over his new girlfriend. “I’m not sure if it helped me or hurt me, but when I walked in her room, two walls were plastered inch-to-inch with Justin Bieber posters,” he says. Ahh, the innocence of youth. For booking information, call Ron Besser at 954484-7884 or visit besserentertainment.com.

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ometimes getting old(er) and gray(er) is a good thing that can actually lead to Las Vegas singing engagements, magazine interviews and crazed women rushing at you, tearing at your blousy shirt and tight Rod Stewart-like pants.

Nature took a swipe at his hair color. “It started turning a color that I really didn’t like,” he recalls. That was about four years ago, and St. James decided to go blond. Not only did his bottled color wash away the gray, it also turned the page on his perfectly suitable career. After all, as a singer he was already doing what he loved. But this. This was crazy. “Women started following me around and asking for my autograph, and I am not exaggerating one bit,” he says. “They scream ‘Rod’ because they think I’m Rod. I wake up in the morning and I look like Rod Stewart. I look like him right now.”

“Women started folloWing me around and asking for my autograph, and i am not exaggerating one bit.” “That happened to me one time in Albuquerque,” says Rick St. James. Today, St. James lives in West Palm Beach, but he’s been a bit of a gypsy in his life, traveling, taking different music gigs. Through it all, a couple of things remained constant. One, his wife, Janet. Two, his love for music, be it blues, soul or rock’n’roll. St. James—these veteran celebrity-types don’t like to give their ages—was working as a stage performer with his own band when Mother 60

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Today, St. James’ “Rod Stewart Tribute Show” gets booked everywhere from here, (he’ll perform at CityPlace’s B.B King’s Blues Club on June 19th), to southern California to, yes, Albuquerque. You’ll find him at corporate conventions, charity events, private parties and more. He sings like Rod. Schmoozes like Rod (accent and all). Dresses like Rod. And speaking of clothes? Where does a Rod Stewart tribute artist buy pants? “You have someone make them for you,” says St. James, who says his wife is his biggest fan. “Or sometimes you can find them at Marshalls.”

For booking information, call Gerald G. Sherman at 561715-2788 or visit shermanperlman.com.


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n the offbeat world of impersonators, look-alikes and tribute artists, Rodi Alexander is a bit of an oddball. And we mean that in a good way. She can actually go to the grocery store without people thinking she’s Barbra. A luxury, really, in the grand scheme of things. “It’s not like I look like her,” says Alexander, a longtime professional crooner. “I’m a redhead. Some people

“i do A simple mAkeup, pAle lipstick, the gown, the wig... the wig is eveRything.” look like the person they impersonate, and then they cut their hair and wear their clothes and they’re them.”

might wear,” Alexander says. “And I got some cassette tapes.”

Looking back, it was a simple career move, really. About 16 years ago, a friend suggested she might consider doing a Streisand impersonation.

Cassette tapes, remember those?

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Alexander, a longtime stage singer with an established career before she started the Streisand impersonation years ago, needs a couple of things to capture character.

And then, voila.

“For me, it doesn’t take long,” says Alexander, who lives in Pembroke Pines. “I do a simple makeup, pale lipstick, the gown, the wig... the wig is everything.”

Today, Alexander and her husband, pianist Mark Friedman, take their stage show to conventions, nightclubs and parties. They’re also big on cruise lines.

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“He’s my Marvin Hamlisch, except he’s better looking,” she says.

“It’s great being Barbra,” she says. “You can talk about anything. Politics. Marriage. It’s made me funnier.”

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“I’m Jewish and I’m from New York and I guess there’s a certain quality to my voice that people say, ‘Oh. You remind me of Barbra Streisand,’” she says.

Still, Alexander says she never could have predicted the longevity of the successful show she and her husband call, “An Evening with Barbra.” She comes out, looking like Barbra, talking like Barbra, singing like Barbra. “They ask me questions like I’m Barbra,” she says.

Plus, Alexander is “a belter.” Like Barbra.

You mean, you’re not?

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t’s not just his gray hair. Or his gravelly voice. Or the way he looks in a penguin suit. But among celebrity look-alikes, John Allen is one of the granddaddies. And that’s because he’s been accepted by the real deal, Sean Connery himself, once working with the legendary James Bond movie star over in the Bahamas on a commercial for a German tea company. A Delray Beach resident for about 30 years—he loves it here!—Allen ran a wicker and Mexican furniture store until he retired. And as he got older, he began receiving startled second glances, especially in restaurants, where fellow patrons could really sit and stare. “People used to send drinks over, bottles of Champagne,” he recalls. “I couldn’t do the voice at the time, so I’d give them a thumbs up.” One night, a booking agent approached Allen as he was having dinner in Boca Raton’s Mizner Park, promising to make him a lot of money. The next thing Allen knew, he was getting paid to wear a tux and throw a bad guy in a pool over on Palm Beach. That was about 12 years ago, and Allen has since done gigs all over the United States, Europe and the islands. He’s won five Reel Awards, the industry’s top nod to impersonators, and three Cloney Awards, kind of like an Oscar for performers like him.

You name it and he’s probably done it, and sometimes it works like this. A company will drop $400,000 on their annual party in Vegas, and Allen will fly in, dress up like Bond, and mingle. They’ll call it “A Night With James Bond,” and there will be “PeoPle used to send drinks Bond girls and a martini bar a new Aston Martin parked over, bottles of ChamPagne. i and somewhere.

Couldn’t do the voiCe at the time, so i’d give them a thumbs uP.”

“I make a lot of money, much more money than I made having a store,” says Allen, who’s single and admits he’s never met a woman who doesn’t like James Bond. “I could never have imagined this happening. I still don’t really believe it.” O

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Ahh, the little-noticed casting directors who you’ll rarely if ever see on the red carpet and probably have never run across in the entertainment news headlines. They could easily be called the unsung heroes of show business. Just another group of professionals working behind the scenes to help bring a project to life on the movie or TV screen.

Our area is an attractive backdrop for movie and TV projects, given the beautiful sandy beaches, the variety of metropolitan locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, the sprawling western communities and the undeveloped wilderness of the Everglades. Indeed, there are some spots in the area that could easily pass for landlocked Kansas.

Not so fast ... this is not a sob story. South Florida is home to two of the industry’s most widely respected casting directors, and both are well aware of their importance to the viewing public—even if the public isn’t aware of them.

“There are so many locations in South Florida where you don’t even think you’re in South Florida,” says Noelle Stevenson, director of the Broward County Film Commission. “Using South Florida as a backdrop brings together a lot of important elements.”

Vice,” “Burn Notice” and “The Glades.” Both women work long hours, their schedules are anything but predictable and neither would trade their hectic jobs and lives for anything. lORI WYMAn: BALANCING LIFE, WORK AND THE UNIVERSE Wife, mother and University of Miami graduate, Wyman always thought she would wind up in show business. She majored in speech and communications with a minor in education, and immediately landed a job working in the industry.

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Jacoby, a Miami native who grew up in New Jersey and New York, is the founder and president of Ellen Jacoby Casting International. Her name appears in the credits of a number of movies shot in and around South Florida, including “Ace Ventura,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “The Birdcage” and “True Lies.” Wyman, founder and president of Lori Wyman Casting, was born, raised and educated in Miami. Her list of credits includes the film “Marley and Me” and TV shows “Miami

By 1990, in an effort to have more control over the casting process, Wyman had opened her own offices in North Miami Beach and was working independently as a casting director, casting both commercials and feature films. She met her husband, actor Marc Macaulay, while working on “Miami Vice” and the couple has a 9-year-old daughter, Ali. Wyman is hard-pressed to say why she’s so successful as a casting director, but attributes


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a lot of her talent to pure instinct and a joy for what she’s doing. “I love working with actors,” she says, adding that the ones who don’t make it are often their own worst enemies. “One reason an actor doesn’t succeed has a lot to do with what goes on between their ears.” And some aspiring actors are just plain unlucky. “I’ve met over 30 years some brilliant actors who never make it. They just don’t hit the lottery, if you know what I mean.” Wyman also credits her career to an ability to think creatively and remain open to just about anything. “I do find people under rocks and in classes and wherever I need to,” she explains. “I don’t really know what it is. I just put it out in the universe.” A big part of Wyman’s universe is occupied by her home life in Hollywood, just a short drive from her North Miami Beach offices. That is where everything comes together and makes sense, she says. “We’re a very normal family. At night we sit on the couch and read. You really have to find a balance in your life.” Currently, Wyman is working on the USA Network series “Burn Notice” and the A&E series “The Glades,” both filmed in South Florida. Wyman says she doesn’t know from episode to episode what types of roles she’ll be trying to fill on either show. Once she receives a script for each episode, she makes calls to talent agents asking for certain types of actors.

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“Every episode has a different cast of characters. One could be kids, the next one thugs, the next one psychopaths,” she says. “There is no way to know in advance.” Another upcoming local project is a feature film called “Finding Joy.”

The daughter of a chiropractor, Jacoby never dreamed of someday being a casting director. Only 14 when she graduated from high school, Jacoby attended Franklin College in Indiana and earned a degree in education. But her dream was to be a singer and dancer, and that’s just what she did until an accident during a performance left her temporarily paralyzed from the waist down.

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“It’s a very sweet movie and we start work on it soon,” she says, adding that the film is still under negotiations. In addition to work and family, Wyman is also a part-time student at Nova Southeastern University pursuing a master’s degree in drama therapy. She’s served on the Miami-Dade County Film, Print and Broadcast Advisory Board and is a member and past-president of the Women of the Motion Picture Industry, where she donates her casting services for many of their not-for-profit film productions.

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She was forced to give up the stage life, so she took up playing cards and board games during her six-month rehabilitation period. This led to her becoming a champion backgammon player during the 1980s and, eventually, led her to a tournament in the Bahamas. A friend working there in the casting business suggested that Jacoby come on board to help with a project. Jacoby decided to give it a try and hasn’t looked back.

It’s just all in a day’s work to Wyman and you won’t hear her complain about the often break-neck pace of her life. “Believe it or not,” she says, “I don’t overload myself.”

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The casting company she founded now has separate divisions for film, TV and commercials and is responsible for having


hired upward of 230,000 Florida actors, dancers and performers through the years. Her Rolodex is a virtual Who’s Who of A-list directors, such as Steven Spielberg, the Farrelly Brothers, Tim Burton, James Cameron and Garry Marshall, just to name a few.

Jacoby was appointed to the first Film Advisory Board by then-Governor Jeb Bush and currently serves on the board of the Florida Film Production Coalition. She is no stranger to the halls of our state congress in Tallahassee, where she travels frequently to fight for Florida film incentives.

She’s reluctant to name a favorite director or actor, but she does admit that an actorturned-director who we all came to know as Opie Taylor on the 1960s TV series “The Andy Griffith Show” is every bit as nice off screen as he seems on screen.

She also works tirelessly to bring attention to the Bahamas and the Caribbean and has joined forces with the Bahamian government on productions that provide work to countless Florida residents and companies.

“I love Ron Howard,” she says. “He is great to work with.” But despite her up-close familiarity with these big Hollywood names, Jacoby remains grounded and seemingly unfazed by her access to the glitz and glamour of show business. She attributes her success to a lot of hard work and a healthy dose of good instincts. “It all comes down to using our creativity and thinking outside the box,” says Jacoby, who works directly with actors during the casting process. “I read (the lines) with the actors. It’s all about finding the right person. Absolutely.” Jacoby recently cast the pilot of an ABC network resurrection of the iconic 1970s series “Charlie’s Angels.” If the network picks up the series, it will be shot in South Florida and feature local actors, she explains. The Jacoby-cast pilot episode features Robert Wagner as the voice of Charlie, along with “Angels” Annie Ilonzeh, Rachel Taylor and Minka Kelly. Currently, Jacoby is casting Adam Shankman’s film adaptation of the Broadway hit musical “Rock of Ages.” The show features classic rock hits from the 1980s and includes songs by Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and Poison. The film version is set to begin filming in South Florida this summer and is slated to star Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Paul Giamatti and Bryan Cranston. At press time, Catherine Zeta-Jones was in negotiations to appear in “Rock of Ages,” according to online reports. “This ought to be fun,” says Jacoby.

Her busy workdays are rounded out by her quiet home life in Miami with her only “child,” a 6-pound Maltese teacup dog named Skippy.

BETTER NOT CALL THEM AGENTS Both Wyman and Jacoby, along with nearly 500 casting directors from around the country and the world, are members of the Casting Society of America (CSA), the professional organization of casting directors in film, TV and theater. Casting directors, as well as the CSA, are understandably touchy about being confused with casting agents or talent agents. “People always confuse us with agents,” says Jacoby, explaining that an agent, by job description, is working for a particular client who is looking for acting work. “It is a direct conflict of interest to represent talent if you’re casting,” she points out. “We never contact talent directly.” Rather, casting directors are hired by the studio to act as an objective source of finding the right people for the right roles in an upcoming production. This involves analyzing each role and breaking down the description of what is needed by the studio. “We try to break down what (the studio) is looking for in terms of things like age, attitude, specific scenes. Then that is what goes out to the agents,” she says. The CSA describes the difference like this: “Talent agents are licensed by the states in which they operate and their job is to procure employment for their clients. Most mainstream talent agents are also franchised

by the actors’ trade unions, and are paid a percentage of their clients’ earnings, typically 10 percent... Casting directors are studio or production company employees and their job is to find and hire talent.” Former talent agent and now casting director Wyman likes to compare it to being an independent contractor. “It’s that simple,” she says. “I am independent and I am hired by the production companies.” Independence seems to be a common thread between these two women who have found their careers in the world of casting. The other common denominator is South Florida; both Wyman and Jacoby were born here and both feel an affinity for the region. Perhaps Jacoby puts it best when she says, “I am home.” O

Extras! Extras! While the film “Rock of Ages” began shooting in Miami and Fort Lauderdale in May, casting director Ellen Jacoby will need a stream of extras until the film wraps in mid-August. Jacoby is seeking people between the ages of 18 and 35 who have an affinity for old school rock music and the look of the ’80s. “We just want people who look like ’80s rockers,” says Jacoby. “The more outrageous, the better. Also, if you have a car from the 1980s that is working, please bring it.” She also needs extras between the ages of 35 and 45 who can pull off the persona of the “anti-rocker,” and dress in very conservative ’80s garb. Think you’d fit the bill? Mail a photograph of yourself with your name, gender and telephone number on the back to Ellen Jacoby Casting International, 4525 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33140-3226. Be warned: E-mails will not be accepted. “There is no way I could download all those photos,” says Jacoby. “I need hard copies of photos and I will open and look at every one.”

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Aerosmith Alumnus RIcHIE Supa mAkes it BAck From the other side—And thrives in PlAntAtion | By Bill Bowen

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ife’s irony is not lost on Richie Supa, who’s starred on Broadway, toured as a guitarist/keyboard player with legendary rock band Aerosmith, written songs for a roster of A-list performers as long as his arm, toured with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and recorded four solo albums. “I’ve probably written 2,000 songs,” says Supa, who lives in Plantation when he’s not in Nashville or at a songwriters’ festival somewhere. “And maybe 200 of them grew up and had a life. Some of the best ones never went anywhere and some of the dumbest ones went to the top.” Some which he wrote for his good friend, Aerosmith lead singer/ “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler, went to the hit parade or became chart-toppers, like “Lightning Strikes,” “Amazing” and “Pink.” And one he wrote recently, “Last House On The Block,” won him his second PRISM Award, which honors artistic efforts realistically dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse. The latter is something Supa knows something about, but more on that later.

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himself a guitar at age 12, has lived a life of maximized opportunities. Growing up on New York’s Long Island with all the usual influences— Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Elvis— he started playing in bands early. “I was always the one trying to write songs,” says Supa, 67. “I was the creative spoke in the wheel. My dad would say, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ and I would say, ‘I think I want to be a musician,’ and he would say, ‘No, seriously, what do you want to be when you grow up?’” Supa did make a brief attempt at a mainstream career: He attended the University of Miami’s pre-med program, but in his sophomore year returned to New York and hooked up with a hot Long Island band called Denny Belline and The Rich Kids, which put out an album of covers in 1966 with the label RCA Victor. The band in 1969 was signed by Columbia Records and renamed Man, but eventually exhausted itself. As it imploded, Supa took the advice of his manager and tried out for the new Broadway musical, “Hair.” He landed the role (his big burly head of hair and long sideburns probably didn’t hurt his chances).

“You go from a tour bus to a jet. To a catered dressing room. And security. And not having to carry your luggage.” But there was other baggage that went along with the rock’n’roll lifestyle and touring with a band legendary for its partying and zealous substance abuse. And it weighed heavily. “Drugs were everywhere,” recalls Supa. “The musicians all had drugs, everyone around the musicians had drugs, even all the record company people were doing drugs. No one understood the downside of doing all those drugs. If it weren’t for Narcotics Anonymous, I wouldn’t be here. “You just don’t realize what you’re doing,” he says. “I was living in a Manhattan apartment with gold records on my wall. I was a successful songwriter. But I was a drug addict.”

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Ultimately, Supa says, his dependen dependencies plunged him into a nightmarish life of living on the street, stealing and lying for his next heroin fix, and soon after, prison. “Those desolate days on the street, I had nothing. My family wouldn’t talk to me,” he recalls. “My mother, who was alive at the time, just looked at me in horror.” Supa’s efforts to kick his dependency, which he did two decades ago, and his association with organizations dedicated to that end, have taken his life in a new direction, resulting in his PRISM Award-winning song, “In The Rooms,” in 2009, followed by efthis year’s winning song. For his ef Bevforts, Supa was honored at the Bev erly Hills Hotel this past April. Nearly his nemesis, the drug addiction has become a driving force in his life. He makes appearances for Rockers in Recovery, In The Rooms Recovery Network and Narcotics Anonymous, delivering a message of abstinence and spirituality. “I’m doing what I love, and I’m so happy here,” Supa says. “Addiction does not discriminate. It doesn’t matter if you’re fom Park Place or a park bench. It can get you.” O

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“That was really what launched my career,” he says. “Backstage during those shows, I was rubbing elbows with people in the record industry.” Supa began putting out solo albums, starting with Jamboree in 1971. He had the same management as Aerosmith and when flamboyant lead singer Tyler heard Supa’s “Chip Away The Stone,” he helped Supa record it. “He came out to L.A. and sang harmony with me,” recalls Supa, who became fast friends with Tyler and began collaborating on songs with the band. When guitarist Joe Perry left in 1979, Supa filled in, touring with Aerosmith for more than three years. “Until that time, I didn’t know what life at the top was like,” says Supa.

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Blonde AmBition When Not Acting, Directing Or Writing Best-Sellers, Jenny McCarthy Has Her Sights Set On South Beach By Kate townsend 70

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enny McCarthy likes things steamy. Ergo, the outspoken and sexy actress, comedian, talk host and bestselling author looks forward to one day becoming a part-time South Florida resident. She says she loves the climate, the energy, the vibe.

“People in South Florida are not ready to kill the person sitting next to them like they are in other places I have to be,” chuckles McCarthy, 38, a Chicago native who now lives in Los Angeles with her son Evan, 8, whose father is her ex-husband, John Asher. “I love visiting South Beach, and at some point hope to live there most of the time.” In the meantime, McCarthy, who began her career as a Playboy playmate, is focusing on her career. She’s been promoting her seventh book, “Love, Lust & Faking It: The Naked Truth About Sex, Lies and True Romance,” which is a New York Times best-seller due out in paperback this September. She’s also in the process of developing an hour-long syndicated talk show for Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions, which is scheduled to begin airing in 2012. “I’m very excited about the show and hope to discuss different topics of importance to the lives of our viewers as well as present issues in comedic vignettes,” she explains. McCarthy recently made her directorial debut as part of Royal Caribbean International’s short film series, Ocean Views, for which celebrities are asked to create short films (actor James Brolin also directed one) that feature great cinematic stories that also highlight the variety of cruising experiences travelers can enjoy on a ship. McCarthy’s film, “The Allure of Love,” was shot onboard Royal Caribbean International’s newest vessel, Allure of the Seas, while docked in Fort Lauderdale. She not only directed the film, which she describes as a “sexy comedy about rekindling romance on the high seas,” but also wrote the script, and cast and starred in it, visiting all its locations to make sure just the right spots were showcased. “We shot it in six days, working 15 hours a day with no breaks and no lunch,” recalls McCarthy, who attended the film’s Fort Lauderdale premiere in March. “It was tough and I was tired, but it was well worth it. I loved the whole experience.”

A BALANCING ACT McCarthy has had two decades in the entertainment industry to prepare for her directorial debut, both behind and in front of the camera. Though it didn’t take the brainy, bawdy actress long to win the hearts of mainstream America. Her Playboy popularity in 1995 led to a hosting gig with MTV’s successful dating show, “Singled Out.” Two years later, she scored with MTV’s “The Jenny McCarthy Show,” a sketch comedy that eventually landed her the NBC sitcom, “Jenny.” She’s also appeared on numerous TV sitcoms, including “My Name Is Earl,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Chuck,” as well as in feature films such as “The Stupids,” “Scream 3” and “Scary Movie 3.” Her enormous sex appeal has landed her on various magazine covers ranging from Rolling Stone to People to Self. The prolific starlet is also the author of several New York Times best-sellers including “Belly Laughs” (about what to expect when you’re expecting), “Baby Laughs” (about the first year of motherhood) and “Life Laughs” (about the ups and downs of motherhood and marriage).

followed by a few others. But after months of introspection and research for her book, “Love, Lust & Faking It,” she’s matured and become more comfortable within herself. She’s happily single for the first time in years. “I have many guys at the moment, and that’s just fine,” she says. “While I am actively dating, there’s no one special. I do what I want, when I want—like fly to South Beach for a date! I am honest and open with whoever I am with.” In her rare free time (when not sunbathing before hordes of paparazzi who manage to find her from Malibu to Miami Beach), she’s been promoting Too Good by Jenny, her new line of organic baby beds, bedding, rugs and mobiles for Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other baby stores and Web sites. She also loves hanging out with fellow funny lady and close friend Chelsea Handler. Mostly, she’s busy balancing her life as Evan’s mom, a show business professional and all-around interesting modern woman. “I’m happy and busy and looking forward to big things,” she says. “Being truthful with yourself brings great personal rewards.” O

Below: Caroline Lagerfelt, Jenny McCarthy, Courtney Henggeler, Chelsea Ricketts and Justin Baldoni at Royal Caribbean International’s red carpet premiere of “The Allure of Love”; McCarthy promoting her latest book; McCarthy out on the town

But it was her book, “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism,” that attracted the most national attention. In the somewhat controversial book, McCarthy, whose son Evan was diagnosed with autism, discusses her views regarding the role vaccines play in autism and alternative ways to prevent and even reverse the disorder. She’s since become an advocate for the cause, and is the co-creator of Teach2Talk, a series of educational DVDs for children with developmental disorders. Today, McCarthy says she believes her son has been cured of autism and is doing great. “Evan is healthy and an occasional brat,” she says with a laugh. “He goes to school in Los Angeles and has three girlfriends.” Her own love life is in a transitional phase. McCarthy ended her five-year relationship with actor Jim Carrey (“I am finished with high-profile men,” she insists), then dated Jason Toohey, a former fitness model and Las Vegas performer, J u n e / J u ly 2 0 1 1

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Photo by Bob Lasky The Lady's a Laugh: Teacherturned-comedian Lisa Corrao

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Stand-up comedy iS not Something you enroll in on career day, as a gray-suited guy explains all the perks and benefits and insurance plans that will go along with your comedian career. ¶ It’s more something you catch, like mononucleosis, when your immune system is weak. ¶ “I had a real bad day at school,” recalls Lisa Corrao, who taught sixth graders at a Broward County middle school in a six-year career she abandoned to do stand-up. “So bad I was crying. I called my dad and said I wanted to quit my job and do comedy. He laughed. I said, ‘See, I got my first laugh.’” ¶ Corrao’s early symptoms included a compulsion to invent jokes and scribble them down, which she has done since her teens. ¶ “I began hanging around the Fort Lauderdale Improv, and my third time on stage, I became a finalist in the Nick at Nite Search for the Funniest Mom in America,” recounts Corrao, 36. “Suddenly, they’re flying me to New York for the finals. (And) I’m thinking, ‘Yeah, this is what I want to do.’” ¶ And just like that, she was hooked.

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necessary rite of passage for all comedians is the sometimes exhilarating, often humbling open mic night, which is where a procession of wouldbe stand-up comics take turns at the microphone, trying out their jokes on an audience. Richy Lala runs an open mic night at Boca Raton’s Funky Buddha Lounge, which he’s hosted almost every Wednesday for four years. He un-

derstands the narcotic nature of performing—and the need to do so. “It’s definitely an addiction,” he says. “You have to find a happy medium between supporting yourself with a day job and spending everything you make on gas, driving to performances.” Stage time is the fix for this addiction. Comedians will commit sins against logic for stage time. Lala, 32, admits he’s driven to Orlando just to do five minutes in front of a crowd.

Frank Cerabino, a Palm Beach Post columnist and humorist author, has dabbled in stand-up, starting at a nowdefunct West Palm Beach club. “The audience was forgiving, there was no alcohol, it was theater seating,” he says. When it goes over well, you get a bug to do more of it. Then I started doing some of the open mics in bars, and it was a different thing… more surly, people had been drinking. It’s an open mic, so they assume you’ll be bad.” On a recent Wednesday at the Funky Buddha Lounge, open mic sign-ups began at 8 p.m. and by 8:40 p.m. the roster was almost full. There were a few musical acts, but it was mostly comedians getting up in the spotlight for five minutes each. Some were smooth, some stilted, some had a few funny lines, some tried to mine humor from their own discomfort and a couple seemed intent on making a living off expletive laughter. The latter is the nervous twitter that occurs when a person with a microphone shouts words that can’t be published in a magazine.

Still… “When you’re on stage, the most important thing is not necessarily getting the audience reaction that you want,” explains Lala, who started out in Philadelphia as a liaison for “The Howard Stern Show” and therefore knows something about expletive laughter. “The most important thing is practicing your stuff, getting the timing just right, using just the right word with just the right emphasis. It’s a way to find out if your jokes work.” Corrao agrees. “You learn when you’re on stage,” says the comedian, who started an open mic on Monday nights at the Rum Shack in downtown Lake Worth that ran for two years. “Our stage was right next to the front door, and sometimes street people would walk in and talk to you and you had to make them part of the act. You learn how to react to things.” This learning process is not always easy. The downside typically features things flying through the air—if not vegetables, like in the movJ u n e / J u ly 2 0 1 1

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But comedians endure the indignities in hopes of success… movie roles, latenight talk show appearances and headlining gigs. “I think it takes at least 10 years of performing before you’re ready to be a headliner,” says Corrao. Her career is flourishing. She plays at several improvs in Florida and around the country, toured with comedian Louie Anderson, has appeared in commercials and has played Las Vegas. She also partners on the radio show, “The Jerk Show” on WDJA 1420 AM in Delray Beach on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., where she and co-host Mitch Phillips interview nationally known comics.

“It’s defInItely an addIctIon. you have to fInd a happy medIum between supportIng yourself wIth a day job and spendIng everythIng you make on gas, drIvIng to performances.” – Richy Lala, who runs the open mic night at Funky Buddha Lounge

On a recent show, established comedian Paul Mecurio explained his transition from highly paid Wall Street mergers and acquisitions lawyer to struggling comic by shoving a list of jokes into the hands of Jay Leno at a chance meeting. Soon, the New York City resident was writing for Leno and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” “Jay said to me, ‘Go and try some of these jokes out at some of the open mic nights around the city,’” says Mecurio. “And of course, they’re seedy bars with a microphone in the corner. So I start to lead this double life, where I’m a Wall Street guy by day and a comic by night. I’m working on these really 74

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ies, at least verbal talent assessments. In extreme cases, heckler comments can degenerate into disruptive shouting, or, worst of all… the sound of crickets.

CloCkwise from top: Richy Lala; Marc Maron; Dan Kopf; Derek Richards

huge merger deals worth millions, but these $50 jokes I’m writing mean so much more to me than that.”

MAKING THE SCENE There are several open mic nights in Palm Beach County: There’s Tuesday at Dada in Delray Beach, Wednesday

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at Boca’s Funky Buddha Lounge, Thursday at Kevro’s Art Bar in Delray Beach and The Living Room in Boynton Beach, Saturday at the Coffee District in Delray Beach… Most are a mix of musical performers, spoken word, the odd accordionplaying nun. Not many are comic-centric, though the occasional open mic nights at

clubs like the Palm Beach Improv in West Palm Beach and the New York Comedy Club in Boca Raton offer an elevated level of humor. “You never know what to expect,” says Dan Kopf, a sometime stand-up comedian who lives in Boynton Beach and once competed in a Funniest Comic On Long Island competition. “I was the first of 12 comics that night and there was a torrential rainfall. When I went on there were about eight people in the audience, so I just walked down and sat with them while I did my routine.”

Veteran stand-up comic Marc Maron, whose mother lives in Hollywood, Fla., knew from a young age he’d be a comedian and majored in English and Film at Boston University while prowling Beantown open mic nights on weekends. “Here’s what it’s like: You’re waiting around at 1 a.m., so you can go on stage and do your five jokes, pretending you’re not paralyzed with fear. It takes over your life,” says Maron. “All day long, you think about it. You go over your five jokes. Your whole life converges on this


five-minute thing you’re going to do in the middle of the night for nobody.” Maron moved to Los Angeles, became a doorman at the Comedy Club, a prestigious position for a starting comedian, and has had a career that includes HBO, Comedy Central and 45 appearances on Conan O’Brien’s shows, which must be some kind of record. He had a radio show on Air America for a few years. Now he’s doing a podcast in his home studio and enjoying a career peak. “After all these years, I’m sitting in my garage interviewing people, or inter-

Philadelphia,” says Lala, who moved to South Florida six years ago, “we used to keep sound equipment in our cars—amps, speakers, microphones—and we would drive around to bars and find one that didn’t have entertainment. We’d approach the management about doing a performance right then, in the bar. So we would be doing stand-up for a crowd of people who were possibly not that interested in hearing stand-up.”

Another veteran stand-up comic, West Palm Beach resident Derek Richards, was a radio deejay when he first tried getting on a stage, as an emcee in a Kalamazoo, Mich., hotel lounge.

These days, special events at the Funky Buddha Lounge typically pack the house, with 150 people.

Richards plays at venues across the country both as a solo act and with his fiveman troupe, the Irish Comedy Tour, started in 1993, which includes Lake Worth

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“I was very fortunate to be halfway between Detroit and Chicago, and we would get headliners from both cities,” says Richards. “I was able to work with those people and watch them, and pick their brains.”

“Here’s wHat it’s like:You’re waiting around at 1 a.m., so You can go on stage and do Your five jokes, pretending You’re not paralYzed witH fear. all daY long,You tHink about it. Your wHole life converges on tHis five-minute tHing You’re going to do in tHe middle of tHe nigHt for nobodY.” – Marc Maron, veteran stand-up comedian

viewing myself, and finally getting a little international recognition,” says Maron, 48. “Now I’ve got a minipilot coming out with Fox and a book deal. I’m getting more club offers. Last night I played the LOL in San Antonio.”

ceed at a local club for a while, shares this observation about stand-up. “If people pay money to get in, they think the jokes are funnier. You make them pay five bucks and buy a drink, they’ll laugh at jokes they wouldn’t laugh at otherwise.”

Comedians find lots of peripheral ways to make money, doing radio, podcasts, making commercials, acting as hosts and emcees… Many become pseudo agents, setting up shows for entertainers, taking care of all the arrangements and promotion so that they, themselves, can be the opening act.

In Cerabino’s early outings, he shared stages with Dan Whitney (who went on to become Larry The Cable Guy) and Greg Schwem, a former reporter for The Palm Beach Post and WPTV NewsChannel 5, who gave up journalism to become a corporate emcee the Chicago Tribune has called “king of the hill” of corporate comedy.

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residents Jim Paquette and Keith Aherne. It’s a rotating group, with three members usually appearing at shows. Richards, who has also done overseas gigs, including performing for troops in Iraq, says his comedic roots might have served him better than open mics.

SOUTH FLORIDA Hilarity Many successful comedians were born here, live here or have family here. Meet a few of them. Bret ernst: Ernst, a graduate of Plantation High School, 39, is a stand-up comedian and was featured in Vince Vaughn’s “Wild West Comedy Show.” His brother, Keith Ernst, is also a stand-up comedian.

Jeff Garlin: Garlin, 49, plays Larry David’s manager in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Born in Chicago, his family moved to South Florida where he attended Nova High School, Broward Community College and briefly the University of Miami, though he dropped out to pursue comedy. Victoria Jackson: Now more of a Tea Party activist than a comedian, actress/”Saturday Night Live” alumnus Jackson, 52, grew up in Miami and was a Dade Christian High School cheerleader and homecoming queen. She has a degree from Palm Beach Atlantic College. Jamie kaler:

Kaler, 47, starred on the TBS comedy “My Boys” and has appeared on the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Will and Grace,” and more. His mother lives in Boca Raton, and he occasionally performs at Funky Buddha Lounge open mic nights.

rosie o’Donnell: A comedian, actress and Emmywinning talk show host, O’Donnell, 49, has a home in Miami Beach and uses her celebrity and wealth to support philanthropic causes, liberal matters and GLBT rights issues. flip schultz: An actor, stand-up comedian and veteran of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and winner of “Ed McMahon’s Next Big Star,” Schultz, 37, grew up in Fort Lauderdale. He has a degree in theater from Florida Atlantic University. sarah silVerman:

Silverman, 40, is a comedian, actress, singer and musician whose father, part-time Boca Raton resident Donald Silverman, made headlines for his sardonic Twitter, RantsFromBoca. A sample: “I’m a reverse materialistic snob. I’ve always lived about $3 million away from the ocean.”

DaViD steBBens:

Stebbens, 40, is a stand-up comedian who’s worked with Chris Rock and George Carlin. He splits his time between Boca Raton and Los Angeles. He admits to a substance abuse problem, saying, “Now I’ve come to Boca Raton to regroup and get clean and sober.”

carrot top (scott thompson): “The input I got from watching those headliners, and the advice they gave me, you can’t get that at an open mic,” Richards says. But in the absence of Standup 101 on university syllabuses, open mic nights are the next best thing for aspiring wise guys. O

Known for his mop of red hair (hence the stage name) and self-deprecating humor, stand-up comedian Thompson, 46, grew up in Cocoa Beach and later enrolled at Florida Atlantic University (he left while still a freshman to pursue a comedy career).

larry the caBle le Guy (Dan Whitney): Whitney, 48, grew up in West Palm Beach, attending Berean Christian Academy in the early ’80s. He developed the “Larry” character for his standup routine, and now has a History Channel TV show, “Only In America With Larry The Cable Guy,” and tours regularly.

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weets lovers have an enticing reason to visit Bloomingdale’s in Town Center at Boca Raton. The store is just one of nine retailers in the country to carry the popular Marianberry brand, lauded by fans as producing “the best jam cookies ever.” The cookies are the brainchild of the year-old Glen Rock, new Jerseybased Marianberry company, founded by mother and daughter Marian and ali LaRaia, who share a cumulative 35 years of experience working with food.

it was while playing around in the kitchen one day that the duo created the healthy treats. “My mom and i have been experimenting in the kitchen for as long as i can remember, and we’ve also been shopping at Bloomingdale’s since i was a kid. i can’t be more thrilled that Bloomingdale’s will serve as the first major retail home for our cookies,” says ali, the company’s Ceo. “i know that my grandmother Marian, from whom i get my name, would

be just thrilled and so proud today to see her granddaughter and greatgranddaughter running a femaleowned and -operated food company. We’re still using her biscotti recipe to this day,” adds Marian, Coo. The Marianberry name derives from two sources: the complex blackberry hybrid, the marionberry, which is cultivated only in oregon (ali discovered the fruit while living on the West Coast and immediately noted its unique flavor profile). and, of course, Marian’s name.

in addition to the line’s Biscotti Bites and signature Marianberry Linzers, other cookies include suzy shortbreads, Chocolate Chip Cookies, oatmeal Raisin Cookies and spiced Pumpkin Vegan Cookies. The company also sells honey Crunch Dog Cookies. Got milk?

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Baby, it’s hot outside. ¶ With temperatures already soaring into the nineties, we may as well settle in for what will no doubt be a long, steamy summer. Why not combat the scorching heat with some refreshing, tasty and well-deserved cocktails? ¶ Clink-clink!

BlackBerry Mojito This wonderfully light, slightly tart Cuban rum drink offers a minty kick—perfect for keeping cool. A tip: If using frozen blackberries, try adding some extra simple syrup. IngredIents 6 each mint leaves 5 each fresh blackberries ½ part simple syrup 1 part fresh lime juice 1 part white rum 1 part crème de cassis 1 part club soda 1 sprig mint 1 each fresh blackberry speared with cocktail pick

derBy Mint juleP You don’t need to wait for the next Kentucky Derby to enjoy this summer cocktail. Since most of the drink is bourbon, you’ll want to invest in the best the Bluegrass State has to offer. IngredIents 3 sprigs fresh mint 2 tbsp. simple syrup

½ cup shaved or crushed ice Bourbon to fill (about ¹/³ cup)

PreParatIon

Tear up 2 sprigs of mint and drop in a chilled glass. With the back of a spoon, bruise mint in the bottom of the glass. Stir in simple syrup, add ice and fill with bourbon. Stir well; top with another sprig of mint. Serve.

SiMPle SyruP IngredIents 1 cup water 1 cup sugar

PreParatIon

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, bring water to a simmer. Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Remove pan from heat and set aside; cool to room temperature. Pour syrup into a clean 1-pint bottle, cap and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes 1½ cups.

PreParatIon

In a Collins glass, muddle mint leaves with blackberries and simple syrup. Add lime juice, rum and crème de cassis and stir. Fill glass with ice, top with club soda; stir. Garnish with mint sprig and blackberry.

liMoncello liqueur Here’s a simple and distinctive lemon liqueur to serve at your next summer soiree. It takes two weeks to infuse the lemon peel’s citrus flavor into the alcohol, so plan ahead. IngredIents 1 750ml bottle Everclear 7 lemons 3 cups water 1½ cups sugar PreParatIon

Wash lemons in warm water; dry well with paper towels. Zest lemons with a microplane grater, avoiding the bitter white pith of the rind. Combine Everclear and zest in a bowl. Cover and let stand at room temperature for two weeks. Strain using a fine mesh colander, pressing the zest to get maximum flavor; discard solids. In a large saucepan, combine water and sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Add to infused alcohol. Transfer to sterilized bottles that seal airtight; refrigerate. Serve ice cold.

French Pear Martini This tasty cocktail is bursting with seasonal flavors. It features a delightful combination you may have never tried before—pear, elderflower and ginger. IngredIents 1 part pear vodka 1 part elderflower liqueur 1 part ginger ale Superfine sugar Edible flower PreParatIon

Sugar the rim of a martini glass. Pour vodka and elderflower liqueur in a separate tall glass or shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain liquid into martini glass. Top with 1 part ginger ale. Garnish with edible flower.

Golden Peach MarGarita This frozen cocktail combines the perfect balance of sour lime with the smooth richness of a fresh peach and kick of tequila. A blender’s all it takes to whip up this yummy concoction. IngredIents 4 cups frozen peach slices (16 oz.) 1 cup tequila ½ cup fresh lime juice ½ cup peach schnapps ¼ cup triple sec 2 cups ice PreParatIon

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Culinary Treasure

The sundy house serves Cutting-edge Cuisine With old World Charm By Linda Haase

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he sundy house Restaurant is such a charming gastronomic treasure trove that it’s tempting to keep it a secret. But fans of this gem know it’s too spectacular to keep under wraps. The Delray Beach icon is known for over-the-top sunday brunches, but dinners here are just as extraordinary. With its creative, innovative menu (Beet Carpaccio anyone?), sensational service and cozy dining rooms overlooking lush tropical gardens, a natural swimming pond and a waterfall, an evening here is like a mini getaway (and if you do want to stay overnight, the intimate historic sundy house inn is on the premises). Three exquisite dining rooms (along with secluded, romantic tables outside in the luxuriant Taru Gardens), provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable meal. (The intimate Galleria Room features colorful artwork; the Mediterranean and Fresco Rooms have stunning views of the lush garden, where more than 500 species and varieties of plants thrive. (We suggest a peaceful apres-dinner stroll along its winding paths.) The property’s history is as rich as the desserts it serves: it’s on the national Register of historic Places and was built in 1902 for John sundy, Delray Beach’s first mayor. it’s a shame he didn’t get to savor the inn’s innovative, scrumptious fare, including appetizers like Grilled Baby artichokes 80

with citrus red beet yogurt and fresh oregano, Beet Carpaccio (red and gold beets roasted to perfection served atop arugula with a radish and Dijon vinaigrette) and Red oak Lettuce salad dotted with toasted pistachios, shaved asparagus, bell peppers, hearts of palm and a Papaya chili emulsion. entrees include everything from daily vegetarian and vegan specials to fish, steak, chicken and even Mountain River Wild Boar Tenderloin (served with a delicious parsnip puree, Brussels sprout leaf sauté, pine nuts and pickled apples). our other favorites included a moist, perfectly seasoned Pan-Roasted Chilean sea Bass (served with roasted Peruvian potatoes, grilled asparagus and crushed heirloom tomatoes), Pan-seared Florida snapper (you’ll wish you could bring home a gallon of the complementary coconut and tomato broth, Jasmine rice pilaf and bok choy) and new Zealand Rack of Lamb with Dijon herb crust, baby spring vegetable sauté and a horseradish potato soufflé. Drinks are just as delightful—among them 13 signature martinis and a plethora of Mojitos and wines from several countries. There’s everything you could possibly want here, with a friendly staff and a menu that pleases the palate, soothes the soul and awakens the senses. so when our server asked if we needed anything else we had only one request: “Can we live here?” O

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Duck Cake with Mango Cole Slaw Chef JP Van Houten

Herb-Crusted Seared Rack of Lamb

where The Sundy House Restaurant is located at 106 S. Swinton Ave. A prix-fixe menu is available. For more information, call 561-272-5678 or visit sundyhouse.com.

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american/STeaKHOUSeS abe & LOUie’S4Glades Plaza

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

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. abSinTHe4Shops at Boca Center x 5150 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.620.3754 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. aTLanTic GriLLe4Seagate Hotel & Spa x 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.665.4900 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. bOGarT’S bar & GriLLe4Cin-

emark Palace 20 x 3200 Airport Rd. x 561.544.3044 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

bOnefiSH GriLL4Boca Grove Shopping Center x 21065 Powerline Rd. x 561.483.4949 x Dinner daily. brewzzi4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. brOOKS reSTaUranT4500

South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, offseason Friday-Sunday. THe capiTaL GriLLe46000

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

561.368.1077

carmen’S4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Wednesday-Friday, Brunch Sunday. cHOpS LObSTer bar4101

Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x x Dinner nightly.

561.395.2675

cOpper canyOn GriLL42006 N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.893.8838 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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TOaST TO SOUTH beacH 7th Annual International Wine Challenge To Take Place At Smith & Wollensky

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ho doesn’t enjoy the occasional jaunt south? Here’s a great excuse: the 7th Annual International Wine Challenge, sponsored by Vinamericas, Inc., The Wine Marketing Company, will take place on July 8-9 at Smith & Wollensky Restaurant in South Beach. Each day, after an esteemed panel of judges votes on more than 300 reds, whites and rosés from 15 countries, the restaurant will open to the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for unlimited samplings. Stay for dinner, and organizers will throw in two free bottles of fine wine. Tickets (not including dinner) are $60 for one day or $100 for two, with proceeds benefitting a local charity. O

For more information, call 866-998-8466 or visit fiwc.net.

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Participants sample wine at last year’s event


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Tempting martinis, cheeseburgers and crab dip at Mortons, The Steakhouse

the cove Marina & restaurant41645 s.e. 3rd Ct. x

Deerfield Beach x 954.421.9272 x Lunch and Dinner daily. cuGini steaKhouse and Martini Bar4270 e. atlantic

ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.6244 x Dinner nightly, Lunch weekends. cut 4324432 e. atlantic ave. x

Delray Beach x 561.272.9898 x Dinner nightly. dada452 north swinton ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.3232 x Dinner nightly. duFFY's sports Bar & Grill4401 n. Federal hwy. x

Deerfield Beach x 954.429.8820 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Falcon house4116 n.e. sixth ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner nightly. FiFth avenue Grill4821 s.e.

Fifth ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0122 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Grand luX caFe4Town

Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2141 x Lunch and Dinner daily. the Grille on conGress 4

5101 Congress ave. x Boca Raton x 561.912.9800 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-saturday. henrY’s4The shoppes at addison

Kee Grill417940 n. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly. lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato

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

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

hooters 4Glades Plaza x 2240

Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily.

n.W. 19th st. x Boca Raton x 561.391.8903 x Lunch and Dinner daily. houston’s41900 n.W. executive

Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Mariposa4neiman Marcus at

MaXies4Royal Palm Place x 500 Via De Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.8800 x Lunch and Dinner daily. MaX’s Grille4Mizner Park x

Miller’s Boca West ale house4Boca Lyons Plaza x 9244

porterhouse Bar & Grill

W. Glades Road x Boca Raton x 561.487.2989 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Boca Raton x 561.391.6601 x Dinner daily.

Morton’s, the steaKhouse4

racKs doWntoWn eaterY & tavern 4Mizner Park x 402

The shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. neW YorK priMe42350 n.W.

executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3881 x Dinner nightly.

seasons 5242300 n.W. executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

the oFFice4201 e. atlantic ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

KathY’s GazeBo caFe44199 n. Federal hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-saturday.

Miller’s Boca east ale house

the pavilion Grille4301 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-saturday.

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rare las olas4401 e. Las olas Blvd x Fort Lauderdale x 954.527.3365 x Dinner nightly. ruth’s chris steaK house

404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch saturday-sunday.

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

oceans 2344234 n. ocean Blvd. x Deerfield Beach x 954.428.2539 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

J. aleXander’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.347.9875 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

4shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato

47050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. x

4225 n.e. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly.

siX taBles4112 n.e. second st. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6260 x Dinner Tuesday-saturday.


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wThe Dish on FooD, Wine & ResTauRanTs SmoKehouSe Grille & WinGery42257 n. Federal hwy. x

Boca Raton x 561.391.9110 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Temple oranGe4The Ritz-

Carlton, Palm Beach x 100 s. ocean Blvd. x Manalapan x 561.533.6000 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. The SunDy houSe4106 s.

swinton ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch Tuesdaysaturday, Dinner Tuesday-sunday, Brunch sunday. iii forKS prime STeaKhouSe 4200 e. Palmetto Park

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.416.2185 x Dinner nightly. Vinny’S all Day Cafe4Regen-

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

WaTerColorS Cafe4Boca

Bluefin SuShi Thai Grill4

Raton Bridge hotel x 999 e. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner nightly.

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

WilD oliVeS By ToDD enGliSh 4The shops at Boca

Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Lunch MondayFriday.

aSian/SuShi 5 SpiCe aSian STreeT marKeT4

shoppes of Blue Lake x suite a1 x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily. aSia SuShi/WoK/Grill4

7600 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.544.8100 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly except Friday and saturday.

BiTeS/ feaST your eyeS

Palm Place x Boca Raton x 561.361.7557 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. eDo SuShi-upSCale JapaneSe SuShi & pan-aSian BuffeT4

Waterway shoppes of Parkland x 7609 n. state Road 7 x Parkland x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily. fah aSian BiSTro4Boca

Valley shopping Plaza x 7461 n. Federal hwy. x Boca Raton x

houSe of Siam425 n.e.

second ave., #116 x Delray Beach x x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. 561.330.9191

JapanGo4Riverstone shoppes

of Parkland x 7367 n. state Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.999.1263 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. KanSai47140 Beracasa Way x

Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. KyoJin BuffeT4shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

lemonGraSS aSian BiSTro4

420 e. atlantic ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5050 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4101 Plaza Real south e. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8181 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

ood food, good cheer, good friends… sound good? It’s that time of year again, when locals gather at the Delray Beach Public Library for the annual Dine Out For A Cause monthly summer fundraising program, which starts June 9th at 6 p.m. at Buddha Sky Bar. During each event, a celebrity chef host will break bread with the crowd; the June event will feature Frank McKinney, the best-selling author and selfprofessed Daredevil Real Estate Artist. “I hope that the community will come out and give their support to the library during this fun-filled evening,” McKinney says. Other scheduled hosts: Delray Beach Vice Mayor Angeleta Gray, who will appear at Deck 84 on July 14th and Delray Beach Commissioner Adam Frankel, who will host the evening on August 11th at Tryst. O

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DaimaTSu SuShi441 Royal

3400 n. Federal hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays.

Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly.

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Gary Woo aSian BiSTro4

la Tre4249 e. Palmetto Park

Delray Beach Public Library’s Dine Out For A Cause Series Returns

For more information, call 561-266-0775 or visit delraylibrary.org.

Cay Da VieTnameSe47400

561.241.0400 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

mai hiBaChi44801 Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.2766 x Lunch and Dinner daily. pei Wei41914 n.e. Fifth ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily. p.f. ChanG’S China BiSTro4

1400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.3722 x Lunch and Dinner daily. phuKeT Thai4 Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Frank McKinney

SaiTo’S JapaneSe STeaKhouSe 48316 Jog Rd. x Boynton

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Ave., #208 ❘ 561.296.8881 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Palm Beach Gardens ❘ 4675 PGA Blvd. ❘ 561.202.6888 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SOBA SUSHI CAVIAR LOUNGEMi-

zner Park ❘ 415 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. 561.620.0606

STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILLTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.7500 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. SUSHI RAYShops at Boca Center ❘

BellaReinaSpa.com

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

SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.883.6088 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. UNCLE TAI’SThe Shops at Boca

Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8806 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. YOKOHAMA9168 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1707 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

CONTINENTAL BOHEME BISTRO1118 E. Atlantic Ave.

❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.4899 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

CIELOBoca Raton Resort & Club ❘ 501 E. Camino Real ❘ 561.447.3222 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. GREENFIELD’S ON ATLANTIC5199

W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.498.5010 ❘ Dinner nightly.

LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. LE PAVILLON14812 S.E. Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.9882 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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Genuine Cuisine From The Homeland The Boca Raton Observer

Tiramisu

4170 W. Camino Real x Boca

Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009

Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner nightly. OliO BisTrO442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

Boca Raton Magazine

One Of Those Fabulous Finds

sT. TrOpez47860 Glades Rd. Suite 130 x

Palm Beach Post-2010

Boca Raton x 561.368.8580 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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4997-B W. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.638.5155 x Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday. zeD4514201 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner nightly, Lounge nightly, Brunch Sunday.

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The melTinG pOT45455 N. Federal

Exclusively at Villa Rosano

Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7472 x Dinner nightly.

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Suite 120 x Delray Beach x 561.455.2140 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

iTalian anThOny’s cOal fireD pizza4Shops at

Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.66004115 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.7911 x Lunch and Dinner daily. arTurO’s risTOranTe46750 N.

Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. caffe luna rOsa434 S. Ocean Blvd. x

Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. califOrnia pizza KiTchen4Town Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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carraBBa’s iTalian Grill4Wharfside

Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8838 x Lunch and Dinner daily 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly.

BEST ASIAN RESTAURANT IN DELRAY 2006-2011 – Sun-Sentinel

carusO risTOranTe4Royal Palm Place x 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.367.7488 x Lunch and Dinner, Monday-Saturday. casa D’anGelO4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner nightly.

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BEST THAI CUISINE 2007 – Boca Life Magazine

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Choice of one per course FIRST COURSE: Soup of the Day OR Caesar Salad, Shaved Parmesan, White Anchovy OR Assorted Baby Greens, Toasted Pistachio, Radish, Pickled Onion, Grape Tomato, Herb Vinaigrette OR Smoked Salmon Trio: Salmon Cake, Salmon with potato latke and dill sour cream, Salmon Mousse OR Blue Corn Calamari, Papaya Confiture, Red Pepper Aioli

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DAVITO’S419635 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.482.2323 x Lunch and Dinner daily. FerrArO’S48208 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.2750 x Dinner nightly. GIOVAnnI’S COAl FIre PIzzA4

Waterway Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Il BACIO429 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.865.7783 x Dinner WednesdaySunday. Il GIrASOle4Tropic Square x 1911 S.

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he Pap Corps, the largest allvolunteer organization in the United States dedicated solely to funding research for all types of cancer, made a $3.4 million donation to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, during its recent Presidents Meeting at Boca West Country Club.

them of the importance of their continued resolve toward their mission, which is to fund research that leads to life-saving cancer treatments.

“We will never be comfortable; we will never sit down until we develop effective treatments for all types of cancer.” – Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.

As the presentation was made, the audience cheered the achievement, while grateful doctors who represented the center appeared visibly touched by the outstanding donation.

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Prever, JoAnne Goldberg and Hannah Scheff presented the check to Diana Krall Joseph D. Rosenblatt, M.D., inter-

im director of Sylvester; W. Jarrard Goodwin, M.D., chief medical officer of Sylvester/UMHC-University of Miami Hospital and Clinics; and Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., senior vice president for medical affairs, dean of the Miller School and CEO of UHealth-University of Miami Health System. “It’s safe to say that you are all an integral part of the work that we do,” said Dr. Goodwin. “We wouldn’t be here but for The Pap Corps.” Dr. Rosenblatt also spoke to the group, pointing out that “while enormous progress has been made in cancer treatment, there is still a lot more to do and the only way is

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Leading Ladies Executive Women Of The Palm Beaches Announces Award Recipients

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ocal movers and shakers gathered at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach to honor recipients of the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches’ 2011 Women In Leadership Awards. The event recognizes women whose talents and qualities have impacted the community. They may be unsung heroes, entrepreneurs or public servants. During a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Céline Cousteau, three women were honored: Dr. Melanie Bone, a columnist and national speaker, for her work in the private

sector; Nancy Marshall, an environmentalist and president of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation, for her work in the volunteer sector and Lois Gackenheimer, a nurse educator, for her work in the public sector. Dr. Bone, a gynecologic surgeon, breast cancer survivor and expert on hereditary cancer syndromes, wrote two books—“Journey Through Cancer” and “Cancer, What Next?”—to provide cancer patients with guidance and insight. She’s also got a syndicated newspaper column and she donates all proceeds from her Zon fitness equipment to charity. Nancy Marshall’s nonprofit Arthur

Dr. Melanie Bone, Nancy Marshall and Lois Gackenheimer

The event recognizes women whose talents and qualities have impacted the community. They may be unsung heroes, entrepreneurs or public servants. R. Marshall Foundation develops and delivers award-winning, science-based environmental education programs essential for the restoration of the Everglades ecosystem. Lois Gackenheimer is president and director of the Academy for Practical Nursing and Health

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Finalists and industry VIPs were escorted to the red carpet in vintage cars and stopped by ‘paparazzi’ as they entered the theater. The Hollywood treatment continued, with finalists greeted by representatives from seven Florida colleges to discuss their film, TV and digital media programs. Marble Care.qxd 11/10/10 Inside the theater, the ceremony

opened with a high-energy performance by The Starstruck Dancers, StreetBreakz and StreetBeatz Dancers with a video backdrop highlighting the 287 submitted contest entries. The dance was followed by a performance by the evening’s host, local comedian Frank Licari. “American Idol” alumnus Brett Loewenstern also performed, and actor Burt Reynolds presented scholarships to two Alexander W. Dreyfoos school students, Tyler Rabinowitz and Armaan Uplekar. Other presenters included Joey Paul Jenson, casting director and producer of the movie, “Soul Surfer”; Palm Beach International Film Festival Chair Yvonne Boice; documentary filmmaker Suzanne Niedland and 4:24 PM Page 1 “Smitty” and “Batnails” from 103.1 The Buzz radio station.

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Raising awaReness The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation Dinner-Dance Honors Palm Beach Supporters

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he Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation’s Sixth Annual Dinner Dance, “Into the Light,” was held at Club Colette in Palm Beach to raise funds for research and education pertaining to bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and dancing. A raffle drawing featured a unique pair of earrings valued at $12,000, designed and donated by Peter Martino for the internationally renowned Tony White Jewelers. The event honored the Foundation’s

friends from Palm Beach for their support, generosity and commitment over the past six years. Liza Pulitzer Calhoun, Sheila Fine and Didi Shields were the event co-chairs, and were joined by co-chairs Micah and Rob Ford, and Bobby Leidy. The honorary chairs were Christine Curtis, Lori Gendelman, Denise Hanley and Dorothy Kohl. The Foundation was created by Joyce and Dusty Sang in memory of their only child, Ryan Licht Sang. Born and raised in Palm Beach, Ryan suffered from early-onset bipolar disor-

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a L e v Li Bella Vita Alene Too and Teresa Giudice, star of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” and New York Times best-selling author are teaming up for an afternoon of stylish and tasty fun!

Giudice will appear at Alene Too of Boca Raton’s Regency Court location on Thursday, June 16th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., where she’ll meet fans, sign copies of her cookbook, “Fabulicious! Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook” and provide a sampling of traditional Italian treats. While in-store, guests will also have the chance to check out Alene Too’s exciting and exclusive new fashions and accessories by the world’s most renowned designers. Don’t miss this truly Boca-licious event, where you can Love Food, Love Eating and Still Love Your Body (and your clothes!)

For more information, call 561-394-0899. Stay Connected: Like Alene Too on Facebook, follow Alene Too on Twitter or check out our blog at www.AleneToo.com. Alene Too Regency Court is located at 3013 Yamato Road, #B-20, in Boca Raton.


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July 22 love her or hate her, the music scene wouldn’t be the same without britney spears. born in mccomb, miss. and raised in Kentwood, la., the pop princess began performing as a child, landing a spot on tv’s “the mickey mouse club.” she later nabbed a deal with Jive records, and her debut album, Baby One More Time, went double-platinum after just two months. her next album, Oops!... I Did It Again shot her into the celebrity stratosphere, and the big-time endorsements, offers and ultimately, controversy, followed. her videos became provocative, featuring skin-tight bodysuits and sexual simulations (then there was that kiss with madonna at the 2003 mtv video music awards). her life has since been a roller coaster, with marriage, children, a divorce and then a complete (and very public) breakdown following talk of mental health issues and substance abuse. spears, 29, appears to be back on track, with a new album, Femme Fatale (its first single, “hold it against me,” debuted at no. 1 on the billboard hot 100) and collaboration with rihanna on a remix of the song “s&m.” spears is sure to put on a colorful show when she performs at americanairlines arena, with special guest nicki minaj.

July 27 THROuGH AuGusT 7 “Cirque Éloize: iD” (Ziff Ballet Opera House) Show times vary.

AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com July 16 Sade Live With Special Guest John Legend Show begins at 8 p.m. July 22 Britney Spears “Femme Fatale Concert Tour” With Special Guest Nicki Minaj Show begins at 7 p.m.

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06.11 June 1 THROuGH SepTembeR 5 “Animation” Exhibit A 5,000-square-foot exhibit featuring animation from the Cartoon Network. Show times vary.

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one Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469; bankatlanticcenter.com June 2-3 Taylor Swift Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m. June 11 Katy Perry Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. July 14 Rihanna Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. July 20-24, 26-31 “Cirque Du Soleil: Alegria” Show times vary.

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301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-358-7550; bayfrontparkmiami.com June 3-5 21st Annual Miami Super Boat Grand Prix (Bicentennial Park) Event times vary. July 4 America’s Birthday Bash (Bayfront Park) Event times vary.

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July 5 Mötley Crüe With Guests Poison And New York Dolls Show begins at 8 p.m.

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June 11 Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre Presents “Slidin’ Through The Years” Show times vary.

200 S.E. Second Ave., Miami, 305-416-5970; jlkc.com June 18 Ruben Blades And Gilberto Santa Rosa Show begins at 8 p.m. June 25 Martin Lawrence Show begins at 8 p.m. July 22 Calienta Miami Festival Music Bash Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

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July 23 “The Fab Faux” Show begins at 8 p.m.

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06.11 June 29 U2 “360 Tour” Show begins at 7 p.m. July 4-10, 19-24 Florida Marlins Baseball Game times vary.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

701 okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469; kravis.org June 9-12 “Camp Kappawanna”–A Lisa Loeb Musical Show times vary. June 16 THROuGH AuGusT 28 “The Lady Behind The Legend – Ella” Show begins at 8 p.m.

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June 4 Music @ Mizner: A Summer Tribute To The Legends Featuring The Free Radicals A free concert presented by the City of Boca Raton. Takes place at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561393-7703 or visit mizneramphitheater.com. June 9 Dine Out For A Cause Hosted by celebrated real estate guru Frank McKinney, expect an evening of food, wine and cheer to support the Delray Beach Public Library. Takes place at Buddha Sky Bar in Delray Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-266-0775 or visit delraybeachlibrary.org.

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June 16 Teresa Giudice Book Signing At Alene Too Meet Teresa Giudice, star of Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” who will sign copies of her new cookbook, “Fabulicious! Teresa’s Italian Family Cookbook,” and provide samples of traditional Italian treats. Takes place at Alene Too’s Regency Court location. Starts at 5 p.m. For more information, 561-394-0899 or visit www.AleneToo.com. June 17 Jazz Concert Series: Steve Cole Takes place at Club 303 in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-8920 or visit royalpalmplace.com.


06.11 June 28 Boca Raton Museum Of Art Patrons And Members Opening Reception A cultural evening featuring the 60th Annual All Florida Juried Competition And Exhibition. Takes place at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org. July 4 Fabulous 4th – Fireworks, Concert & Stage Show Takes place at Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-393-7806 or visit mizneramphitheater.com. July 4 Red, White & Zoo Enjoy lunch, music, children’s games and more in honor of Independence Day. Takes place at Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-547-9563 or visit palmbeachzoo.org. July 4 Independence Day Celebration At Flagler Museum Partake in homemade lemonade, ice cream and fireworks. Takes place at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach. Starts at 8 p.m. For more information, call 561-655-2833 or visit flaglermuseum.us.

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July 23 12th Annual Horizons Fishing Tournament Depart from the marina of your choice and weigh in at Riviera Beach Marina. Includes an awards ceremony, casual dinner, silent auction and music. Benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County. Starts at 1 p.m. For more information, call 561-494-6884 or visit hpbcf.org. July 28 Selena Gomez Concert Takes place at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-3937806 or visit mizneramphitheater.com.

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Marsha Rimokh, Founder And Managing Director Of Mathnasium, Is Honored With A 2011 Small Business Leader Of The Year Award

Ruth Zukerman, Flywheel Creative Director and Co-Founder; Jay Galluzzo, President and Co-Founder; Angela Lutin, Director Flywheel Sports Florida and Master Instructor

Flywheel Sports Boca Raton Location Grand Opening Flywheel Sports, New York City’s revolution in indoor cycling, expanded outside the Empire State with the opening of a new studio in Boca Raton. Riders experienced Flywheel’s signature 45-minute cycle classes in the new 4,000-squarefoot studio led by Creative Director and Co-founder, Ruth Zukerman, and Boca Studio Director and Master Instructor, Angela Lutin. Flywheel has also launched FlyBarre, a body sculpting complement to indoor cycling. Flywheel Sports, Glades Plaza, 2200 Glades Rd., Suite 401, Boca Raton, 561-368-3246; flywheelsports.com.

State-Of-The-Art Dense Breast Imaging Technology At Boca Raton Regional Hospital Featured On “The Dr. Oz Show” “The Dr. Oz Show” featured the use of the SOMO-INSIGHT 3D Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS) technology for the detection of cancer in women with dense breasts. Boca Raton Regional Hospital is one of six sites participating nationally in this clinical research study. Kathy Schilling, M.D., Medical Director of Breast Imaging and Intervention at the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute at Boca Regional, is the principal investigator on the study at a local level. Boca Raton Regional Hospital, 745 Meadows Rd., Boca Raton, 561-955-3329; brrh.com.

Physicians Weight Loss Centers Open Two Boca Raton Locations Physicians Weight Loss Centers have helped millions of people lose weight and maintain their weight loss for more than 33 years. Pamela Callahan and Donna Schwartz have opened these locations so they can help more people every day to not just lose weight, but to lower their cholesterol, blood pressure and triglycerides, and improve their overall health. Pamela and Donna invite you to either center for a complimentary consultation. Physicians Weight Loss Centers, West Boca Raton, Mission Bay Plaza, 20437 State Road 7, 561-613-6300; East Boca Raton, Fifth Avenue Shops, 1952 N.E. 5th Ave., 561-672-7463.

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SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

12-NOV-98

200 EAST CONDOMINIUM

200 E PALMETTO PARK RD 614

FREED ROBERT B

200 EAST PARTNERS LLC

ADDISON RESERVE

7927 LAQUILA WAY

BENNETT JUDITH

GRABOW CONCHETTA

$1,000,000 $640,000

$554,300

ARAGON CONDOMINIUM

2494 S OCEAN BLVD A7

KEENOY ELIZABETH

MAROONE KATHERINE C

$2,575,000

$1,825,000

01-JUL-97

BEL MARRA

700 BERKELEY ST

COSENZI ANGELA

PATTERSON JOHN MARK

$412,000

$400,000

30-SEP-03

BLUE INLET

799 NE MARINE DR

GUO JERRY ZHIYI

CAPSTONE RESDEV LLC

BOCA FALLS

12901 HYLAND CIR

WISHANSKY EMILIA

PEREZ GUSTAVO

$585,000

$618,000

16-MAR-07

BOCA FALLS

12782 HYLAND CIR

BIRCHANSKY LEE

ZELESNICK ROBERTA L

$330,000

BOCA FALLS

12801 YARDLEY DR

CARDONA GUSTAVO CORTES

AGUILAR CRUZ E

$450,000

$570,000

30-JUL-08

BOCA FALLS

21271 FALLS RIDGE WAY

JERICHO OPHIRE J

CHANT GARY T

$539,000

$330,800

26-MAR-99

BOCA ISLES NORTH

19202 CLOISTER LAKE LN

TEIXEIRA GISELLE

DONNELLY CHRISTOPHER F

$400,000

$226,000

01-MAR-94

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

19808 DINNER KEY DR

MENDEZ EVELYN

TELCHIN JAMIE

$315,000

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

20028 PALM ISLAND DR

GOMBERG MARTIN J

HERRLE KENNETH R

$405,500

$461,000

29-APR-04

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

10588 E KEY DR

HERSCH MICHAEL

MERSITZ RICHARD

$500,000

$440,000

16-DEC-02

BOCA KEYS

723 GLOUCHESTER ST

SOCOLOW LINDA

IGLESIAS JOSE

$437,000

$1,325,000

30-NOV-06

BOCA LAKES

2647 NW 42ND ST

IGDALOFF-NIEMAN DEBORAH L

FEDERAL HOME LOAN MTG CORP

$286,000

BOCA LAKES

4150 NW 25TH WAY

EPSTEIN IRA

GAULT PETER J M

$320,000

$305,000

28-JUL-00

BOCA LAKES

4398 NW 26TH AVE

DELUCA NATALIA

DEUTSCHE BK NATL TRUST CO TRUSTEE

$320,000

$320,500

29-OCT-10

BOCA POINTE CC

22311 GUADELOUPE ST

GRANT DEENA

AURORA LOAN SERVICES LLC

$253,000

$280,100

BOCA POINTE CC

23447 RAKELLE CIR

FRIEDMAN LARRY

WORKMAN SHEILA

$245,000

BOCA POINTE CC

22600 ESPLANADA CIR W

PROVOST DIANE

US BANK NATL ASSOC TRUSTEE

$274,000

$2,650,000

28-JAN-11

31-AUG-98

12-FEB-02

21-SEP-10

01-OCT-10 30-AUG-10

$253,900

12-MAY-10

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

MARKOWITZ DAVID

$272,000

$112,500

23-FEB-11

WELLS FARGO BANK NA TRUSTEE

$210,000

$136,600

13-DEC-10

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

BOCA POINTE CC

7200 VIA PALOMAR

KLEMPNER MARK E

BOCA POINTE CC

7411 SILVER WOODS CT

DAYAN AVRAHAM

BOCA WEST CC

19348 CEDAR GLEN DR

REMIS JUDITH C

GRUNLEY MARTIN R

BOCA RATON POR LA MAR

240 SE SPANISH TRL

SADUSKY VINCENT L

METZ ROBERT

$500,000 $1,800,000

01-JUN-95 $2,100,000

19-NOV-04

$2,025,000

18-JUN-07

BOCA RATON RIVIERA

898 E BOCA RATON RD

PARLANTE SOTIRIA

CARRIER JOHN F

BONIELLO

17686 BONIELLO DR

PRINTZ ROBERT

BUSEL GARY

$475,000

BROKEN SOUND CC

5350 NW 23RD WAY

JOLSON ROBERT

RUBIN FRANK L INDIV TRUSTEE

$375,000

BROKEN SOUND CC

2566 COCO PLUM BLVD 401

LANDAU RONNIE RUSSO

PELTS DONALD

$270,000

$275,000

22-MAY-09

BROKEN SOUND CC

5311 NW 26TH CIR

LEVINE CECILY

JANOWSKY EDWARD

$279,650

$265,000

09-JUN-03

ENCANTADA

7286 CAMPANA CT

JIMENEZ CARLOS J

LEFKOWITZ ELEANOR

$725,000

$580,000

01-DEC-89

ESTANCIA

6663 S GRANDE DR

LIEBOWITZ WENDY P

BRANCH BANKING & TRUST CO

$265,000

$299,200

14-JUN-10

LA VIDA

23307 LA VIDA WAY

KAMINSTEIN JOELY

MOORE WILLIAM R

$280,000

$210,000

01-SEP-89

MILLPOND

2450 NW 39TH ST

MILAN TANYA M

VIDUEIRA JOSE R

$440,000

$462,000

30-JUL-04

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

16012 D ALENE DR

ASSERAF DAVID

EISEMAN STUART

$1,000,000

$1,575,000

27-NOV-07

MIZNER’S PRESERVE

6081 VIA VENETIA N

LEVY DENNIS

LEVISON BRUCE

$540,000

$800,000

25-OCT-06

OLD FLORESTA

854 ALAMANDA ST

TAUB RASHEENA

GOLDBAUM IAN S INDIV TRUSTEE

$760,000

PALM BEACH FARMS

940 SW 21ST LN

REID DAVID W

THORNTON MICHAEL L TRUSTEE

$389,000

15-MAY-06

PALMETTO PLACE CONDOMINIUM

99 SE MIZNER BLVD APT 237

DENNIS EDWARD A

FEDERAL NATL MTG ASSOCIATION

$152,250

04-JUN-10

PALMETTO PLACE CONDOMINIUM

99 SE MIZNER BLVD APT 738

COYLE RADKA

GMAC MORTGAGE LLC

$181,260

$185,100

12-AUG-10

PALMETTO PLACE CONDOMINIUM

99 SE MIZNER BLVD APT 805

SWIDERSKI RICHARD

CRUIKSHANK NICOLE T

$300,000

$375,000

23-SEP-09

$1,500,000

11-JUL-05

02-JUL-08

29-SEP-05

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

SANTA BARBARA

6231 NW 24TH ST

QIAO YI

FLOUM ROBERT

$390,000

SATURNIA

19253 NATURES VIEW CT

TELCHIN JESSICA A

GOETTERT WILLIAM H

$825,000

$606,759

30-MAR-01

17-SEP-10

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

10466 STONEBRIDGE BLVD

BLAKE ELIZABETH B

ORLANDO JAMES

$390,000

$470,000

11-MAY-07

THE OAKS - FOX HILL ESTATES

17534 CIRCLE POND CT

POLEN JUDITH

COYNE DEBORAH

$695,000

$792,148

28-MAY-03

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

9661 BRIDGEBROOK DR

SCIARA ANTHONY

SCOTT RICHARD

$1,620,000

$1,875,000

31-JAN-07

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

17794 LAKE AZURE WAY

DOUGHERTY JEANNINE

WEINSTEIN GREGG R

$615,000

$998,053

02-AUG-06

TIMBERCREEK NORTH

2411 NW 35TH ST

DIONISI MARIE N BRILLEMBOURG MALEK RICHARD

$325,000

$270,000

11-OCT-01

TOWNSEND PLACE CONDOMINIUM

500 SE MIZNER BLVD A807

SILVERMAN ARTHUR

MULHERN RICHARD DEAN

$422,500

$557,750

26-JUL-05

TROPIC ISLE

941 CYPRESS DR

BENTURK NURI

BAHR MICHAEL

$825,000

TROPIC ISLE

3121 JASMINE DR

ALBERT LAINA G

3121 JASMINE DRIVE CORP

$660,000

$1,315,000

02-NOV-09

TUNISON PALMS

661 NW 8TH AVE

GENTRY LINDSAY BETH

PRYOR FREDERICK M TRUSTEE

$219,900

$138,000

01-OCT-95

TUNISON PALMS

739 AURELIA ST

739 AURELIA LLC

KLEVIN JILL ROSS

$330,000

$470,000

03-JUN-03

TUNISON PALMS

759 NW 6TH DR

AVIN ILAN D

SCANDARIATO MARK

$585,000

$150,500

01-AUG-98

WOODFIELD CC - BRIARCLIFF

4076 NW 60TH CIR

GERSTEN MARILYN

ALLEYNE CARLOS D

$550,000

WOODFIELD CC - CAMBRIDGE PARK

4034 NW 57TH ST

ROSENBERG LARRY

ROUSSEAU ALFRED W

$290,625

$274,000

19-SEP-02

WOODFIELD CC - KENSINGTON

4274 NW 65TH PL

RILEY JAMES T

BERMAN KAREN INDIV TRUSTEE

$227,000

$250,000

19-SEP-03

01-OCT-04

09-NOV-09

WOODFIELD CC - LANDINGS

6570 NW 38TH CT

GORDON STANLEY

WEINBERG MICHAEL

$1,500,000

$1,250,000

02-SEP-04

WOODFIELD CC - MAYFAIR

6030 NW 42ND WAY

LEVINE HELENA W

QUIGLEY JOSEPH A

$415,000

$665,000

12-AUG-05

WOODFIELD CC - STRATFORD GREEN

3385 NW 53RD CIR

CANTOR MARJORIE K

GORDON LENORE

$350,000

$320,000

13-APR-00

WOODFIELD HUNT CLUB

4421 WOODFIELD BLVD

STIER LAURA A

KASKY JEFFREY ALAN

$665,000

$487,000

31-OCT-02

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

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harity work—especially charity work that has great personal impact—often begins in a simple, heartfelt way, and for Janice Green, it began when she was a child back in Pittsburgh.

Green and her charity work partner, Debbie Isles, take the dogs, pay for boarding, then begin the arduous process of getting them healthy and placing them with loving owners.

So, she figured, why not?

“When a dog gets sick, a lot of times people will just dump them because they don’t want to be bothered anymore,” says Green, who with her husband, Steven, runs Artists International Management, a South Florida talent agency that represents acts like the Little River Band, Molly Hatchet and former Bad Company lead singer Brian Howe. (Most of their famous clients support her charity, she says.)

In November 2009, Green, 61, started Have A Heart, Inc., a 501(c) nonprofit organization that rescues “death row” dogs from shelters with kill policies—meaning these dogs would eventually be put to sleep because they’re sick, lost or abandoned.

You might think this kind of work sounds easy, but Green says it’s time-consuming and expensive. Through the very active online community of dog rescuers, Green often finds herself saving dogs from out of state when no one else can.

“Since I was a kid, I was always the one bringing home strays,” recalls Green, who 18 months ago transformed her love for lost and abandoned dogs into a Boca Raton charity that saves the lives of shelter dogs headed for euthanization. “Even as I got older, people were always coming to me.”

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Caroline Casper, Janice Green's granddaughter, with Nemo, a sweet pooch available for adoption

She, in turn, has had to send Florida dogs elsewhere when there was no room or money here. And while they’ve saved 80 dogs, Green says, they currently have 16

Especially these days with the economy, people are dumping dogs left and right. I can’t tell you how many calls I get, and it breaks my heart.

more in need of permanent homes. Until they find a dog its “forever family,” Have A Heart, Inc. pays for boarding at a South Florida kennel or veterinary office. The organization gets funding through simple things like garage sales, cash donations and small charity events. And

it can always use a helping hand. Green says they need volunteers to walk their boarded dogs. They always need loving owners. And since a lot of their rescue dogs come to them sick, they always need money for medications. “Especially these days with the economy, people are dumping dogs left and right,” says Green. “I can’t tell you how many calls I get, and it breaks my heart.” Want to help? Besides cash gifts and dog walkers, Have A Heart, Inc. needs volunteers to help twice a month when dogs are taken to a local pet store for an adoption clinic. The group plans a Lake Worth fundraiser on October 15th, where several of Janice Green’s big-name clients will perform. For more information, call 561-859-4771, visit adoptthedog.com or write 2901 Clint Moore Road, No. 420, Boca Raton, FL 33496. O


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