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Celebrities That Work, Stay And Play In South Florida

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Rap Impresario Steve Rifkind’s Heart Belongs To Boca

Cruise Control Themed Adventures On The High Seas

The Ultimate Florida Staycation Guide

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When It Comes To Celebrities, South Florida Is A Tale Of Two Cities Rap Impresario Steve Rifkind Reigns in New York And L.A., But His Heart Belongs To Boca

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hen summer arrives, we naturally gravitate toward more entertaining pursuits (especially in Boca Raton) and our June/July edition certainly reflects this fab phenomenon. This issue hits on everything hot that’s entertainment related, be it Hollywood stars that keep us enthralled or countless fun things to do when the temperatures skyrocket.

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Our cover subject, Nancy O’Dell, represents the epitome of all things Hollywood. The omnipresent co-host of Access Hollywood got her start in South Florida as a TV news reporter interviewing celebrities like Madonna and Gloria Estefan, a position that eventually let her to become one of Tinseltown’s most popular entertainment journalists. Check out her story (Golden Girl, page 50), where she opens up about her career, celebrities and, most importantly, being a mom. And speaking of celebrities, you’ll want to check our all-inclusive piece (Star Track, page 56) about the stars that live, stay and play in our town. It’s chock-full of juicy tidbits, and you just may be surprised at how many of your favorite stars have ties to South Florida. When it comes to keeping ourselves entertained, the Sunshine State’s offerings are top notch, ranging from parks and attractions to beaches and kid-friendly destinations. The variety can become overwhelming, but not to worry: We’ve done the research for you. Check out our inclusive listings (The Ultimate Florida Staycation Guide, page 70), guaranteed to help you create your family’s summer itinerary. By the way, if you prefer to get out of town, you’ll want to review our feature on cruise travel (Cruise Control, page 64). Forget the typical bingo and shuffleboard – these are themed cruises, ranging from soap opera sails and sessions with psychics to crafting classes and murder mystery tours. There’s even a nudists’ cruise! I hope you enjoy this special double issue as much as we did putting it together for you. Summer is finally here: time to relax, regroup and soak up the sun. Most importantly, this is the time for fun with the family, time away (or at home) to clear your mind, and get a jumpstart on the upcoming season. I wish you all a very happy and healthy summer, and remember to keep yourselves entertained!


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Tough Love Cupid’s got nothing on dating diva Patti Stanger, who doesn’t need a bow and arrow to get her point across. As a third-generation romance broker and host of Bravo’s The Millionaire Matchmaker, the sharp-tongued brunette knows her stuff and speaks her mind (whether it’s urging clients to show less cleavage or drop 10 pounds, for example). When not hosting her show or running her business, The Millionaire’s Club, she’s writing books – her most recent, Become Your Own Matchmaker: 8 Easy Steps for Attracting Your Perfect Mate, is being made into a film. Stanger’s no stranger to South Florida: Before moving to Los Angeles, she worked at her parents’ Fort Lauderdale bagel shop and graduated from the University of Miami. As her show’s second season wrapped up, she spoke with The Boca Raton Observer about being single, dating and when sex is a no-no. Your matchmaking service has a 99 percent success rate. Why are you so good at it? I have intuition, like a sixth sense. I do it because I love it. It’s an addiction, like a drug. You stress “no sex until monogamy” to your millionaires. Why? The reason is that women are more at risk emotionally than men … women fall in love with one good orgasm. You’ve been confronted about being single in a matchmaking profession. Your response? My response is that it’s my life. I’m in a five-and-a-half-year committed relationship, and it works for me. I’m happy, and that’s all that matters. I’m not in a race against time. How do you feel about the Internet as a dating platform? It’s fantastic, but you have to be as careful as if you’re going to a bar. The difference is you get to shop at 2 a.m. in your pajamas. How do South Florida singles differ from those in other parts of the country? There’s an international community. You have your snowbirds, you get people from Europe, Britain, Germany … People stay out late. When L.A. is closing up, you guys are just beginning. Dinner’s at 11 p.m. On The Money: Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger

What’s your wish for next season’s The Millionaire Matchmaker? I’d like to see us travel a bit more. I’d like to see lesbians … I’d like to see more heart.

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The Vine Studio production company, which has offices in Miami and Los Angeles, is bringing some tinsel back to our town with two nationally syndicated TV shows and a feature film, all which will be shot partly in South Florida. The company, whose producers include actor Steve Bauer (Scarface, Thief of Hearts), began shooting Work of Genius, a reality show set in Miami-Dade County, on June 1st. The syndicated show, scheduled to air this fall on Fox Station Group channels and other network affiliates, features artists competing for $100,000, a new car and an exhibition in a prestigious gallery. The company’s second TV show, a crime drama called Miracle Mile, stars Bauer, Louis Gossett, Jr., Edward James Olmos and Melanie Griffith. Its film project, tentatively titled The Spy’s Wife, is a tale of corporate espionage, based on the life of executive producer Ana Margarita Martinez. Gino Cabañas, Vine’s creator and executive director, is a Florida native who appeared on Miami Vice and in local theater. “After Vice went off the air I moved to Los Angeles because I couldn’t make a living here,” says Cabañas. “I promised that if the opportunity ever came up to return, I would.” That opportunity arose when Fox bought Work of Genius, which was inspired by Art Basel, the renowned art event in Miami Beach. “I love it here – everyone is so passionate about the work. You don’t get that passion in LA. There, it’s all about the money.”


Wheel Scary Results from a 2009 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test confirmed what most South Floridians already know:

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ing up and you want to look hot – but 95 degrees and 100 percent humidity isn’t what you had in mind (and you’re fairly certain whoever coined South Florida “the capital of sexy” lives somewhere up north). Not to worry, says Jill Liberman, author of Instant Sexy, “a go-to guide to looking awesome” fast – no matter the weather, time constraints or other challenges. “We all deserve to look good; we all need it,” says the Boca Raton resident, who is a former radio host and Entertainment Tonight reporter. Liberman’s witty book shares illustrations and quick tips for achieving glowing skin, healthy hair, luscious lips and more. Interested? She’ll sign copies of her book on June 16th at Saks Fifth Avenue in Boca Raton, where she’ll appear with national makeup artist Dell Ashley for cocktails and makeup demonstrations. A portion of her book sales will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Now that’s hot. – A. S.

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Hometown Girl Alexandra Ford




Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss has nothing on South Florida’s Michelle Braun, 31, the mother of two who’s been making headlines for running a multimillion-dollar California brothel remotely from her Boca Raton home. According to published reports, Braun has raked in big bucks matching centerfolds and porn stars with wealthy clients (celebrities, politicians, sports figures, aristocrats, CEOs and other randy dignitaries, all of whom are on Braun’s secret list) willing to pay up to $50,000 “for an evening of undiluted pleasure.” At press time, Braun, who was charged with money laundering and transporting a woman across state lines for prostitution, was expected to take a plea deal that included house arrest, probation and a fine in exchange for cooperating with the IRS and the FBI. Wonder who’ll play her in the made-for-TV movie… LEGAL




CENTERFOLD Playboy magazine’s über-popular “Girls of the ACC” edition will feature a familiar face this year: Boca Raton native Alexandra Ford, a marine-science and biology major who hopes to become a veterinarian, was named the hottest coed at the University of Miami (UM), and will represent the school in the October issue. Ford beat countless candidates for the highly coveted spot. Why try out? “I always thought it would be interesting to go into Playboy because it’s really classy and beautiful,” says Ford, 22, whose photos include various stages of undress. She admits feeling nervous at the audition. “I didn’t know what to expect, but everyone was really nice,” says Ford, 22, who attended Boca Raton Community High School. “When I found out I won, I freaked out! I was so excited!” ited! She says that while her mother was a bit nervous at first and her boyfriend remains somewhat apprehensive, her friends and family are very supportive. “Now that I’ve won, they all want signed copies!” OVERHEARD

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Sister Act:

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Like Father, Like Daughters Cole Sisters Create Music Foundation For Future Generations By Linda Marx


fter learning of budget cuts in South Florida’s public school system, Timolin Cole, 47, and her identical twin sister, Casey, took action, creating a foundation named after their legendary father, crooner Nat King Cole, to fund music education for kids of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and diversities.

When I Fall In Love, to name a few), but for his gentle, gracious ways and trail-blazing career during a time of racial strife. He’s credited with paving the way for minority artists and entertainers, dating back to when he became the first African-American to host a network TV program.

It was something their father would have wanted, the sisters agree. While he died from cancer when they were just 3 years old, the impression he made on them – and on American culture – remains indelible. Not only is he remembered for myriad musical hits (Unforgettable, Mona Lisa and

“Our dad was a kind and generous man who people called the ‘gentle giant,’” says Timolin Cole, whose siblings include their late sister, Carole, and singer Natalie, who recently underwent a kidney transplant. “He always said, ‘I may be able to bring harmony among people with my music.’ We want to continue that dream.”


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The result is Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., an organization that provides music-related resources to schools and religious facilities throughout Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Martin counties. The organization has already held fund-raisers in Miami Beach and Palm Beach, with more planned to benefit the region. In a few years, funds will be provided nationally. The Cole sisters are no strangers to South Florida. While they grew up in the Berkshires and later moved to separate coasts (Timolin ran a New York public relations firm; Casey worked in music and charity fund-raising in Los Angeles), both

now live in Boca Raton with their husbands and children. “We’re laid-back in Boca … we love to hang with our families, go to the beach, museums, play tennis and have weekends at Disney and Universal in Orlando,” says Timolin, who has two sons, Justin, 11, and Julian, 13, with her musician husband, Gary Augustus. The family enjoys spending time with Casey, her husband Julian Hooker, and their son, 12-year-old Wyatt. “Boca gives the kids a good quality of life.” And, thanks to the sisters’ philanthropic efforts, they’re giving something right back. O

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Trailer Mix 10 Sneak Previews To Summer’s Must-See Movies Hollywood, by and large, is pitch-perfect sensitive to consumer wants (as it was in the Great Depression), and so it is, once more, producing movies that will take us outside ourselves and our problems, if only for a few hours. The following is a rundown of 10 summer films, along with our predictions for box-office success – don’t forget the popcorn. By Steve Kates

THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3 Opening June 12th, this remake of a 1974 classic suspense flick about the seizure of a New York City subway train for ransom seems destined to match its predecessor’s success. The movie boasts a great cast, including Denzel Washington and John Travolta, good action sequences and merciful adherence to the original story. I predict a winner.

of ethical and emotional issues, but a sterling cast with Cameron Diaz and the incomparable Abigail Breslin could just make it worthwhile. Opens June 26th.

THE BRUNO MOVIE Sacha Baron Cohen in another outrageous role, this time as a flamboyant Austrian runway model who comes to the United States, traverses the country, adopts an African baby and gets involved in what appear to be some hilarious situations. It opens July 10th. I predict big hype and big box office.

AWAY WE GO This promises to be an interesting, charming soufflé of a picture, opening June 25th. A young couple, expecting a first child, travels the United States in search of roots and a suitable spot to call home. Directed by Sam Mendes and starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney and Catherine O’Hara. Top talent may trump a somewhat soapy story.

THE UGLY TRUTH Katherine Heigl plays a morning show producer looking for Mr. Right. Her enforced teaming with a hot TV personality portrayed by Gerard Butler brings her more than she anticipates. Cheryl Hines also stars. This chick flick opens July 24th.

MY SISTER’S KEEPER Adapted from a Jodi Picoult novel and directed by Nick Cassavetes, this sugary film deals with a girl conceived solely as a bone marrow donor for her elder sister. Lots

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JULIE & JULIA Opening on August 7th, this picture will make money, as well as probably be entertaining. Starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child, with Stanley Tucci and Amy Adams, and directed by the facile Nora Ephron, it’s an adaptation of a book describing a foodie’s infatuation with Julia Child and her recipes.

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE Eric Bana (Munich) stars in this romantic sci-fi drama about a librarian with a gene that causes him to travel through time, creating havoc for his


wife. The film seems to have a certain charm like those old “angel comes down to earth” movies. It opens August 14th and I give it a B-plus.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Yes, the spelling is correct. This World War II adventure, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, is destined for success. Starring Brad Pitt and Mike Myers, it’s the story of Jewish-American soldiers in occupied France who threaten the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. If you can accept Brad Pitt as a Jew, may we discuss the sale of a certain bridge? Opens August 21st.

THE BOAT THAT ROCKED A comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea during the 1960s, the film features a staff of loony DJs that promotes rock ’n’ roll, against the wishes of a British government that prefers jazz. It stars Philip

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Celebrity Chronicles

These Books Will Have You Seeing Stars

By Lindsay Greenspoon

Americans are obsessed with celebrities. Whether it’s Jennifer Aniston’s tumultuous love life, Michael J. Fox’s tenacious courage or Marie Osmond’s endless weight battle, there’s just something about their golden, parallel universes we can’t get enough of. Why? Who cares – we’ll leave that to the shrinks. The following books will leave you starry-eyed.

Jennifer Aniston: The Biography of Hollywood’s Sweetheart By Sarah Marshall Few celebrities have endured public humiliation with the grace and dignity of perky Jennifer Aniston, whose career launched into the stratosphere after landing the role of “Rachel” on Friends (who could forget that famous hairdo?). The actress, best known these days for her rocky romantic life (most notably, for being ditched by former husband Brad Pitt for Angelina Jolie), boasts an indomitable spirit characterized fluently by writer Sarah Marshall. Marshall painstakingly examines Aniston’s life, from growing up in a show biz family and the challenges of breaking into 30

Hollywood, to landing the coveted Friends role and marrying – and divorcing – Pitt, no stone goes unturned. Marshall also chronicles Aniston’s film career and forecasts a future filled with promise.

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Angelina Jolie: A Biography By Kathleen Tracy Exotic beauty, gifted actress, Jennifer Aniston’s nemesis … call her what you will, the eccentric Angelina Jolie commands attention. In author Kathleen Tracy’s book, which is part of the Greenwood Biography Series, she examines Jolie’s genesis from quirky adolescent to Hollywood wild child to the award-winning actress, human rights advocate and dedicated mother she is today. Tracy chronicles Jolie’s life in detail, from her controversial marriage to actor Billy Bob Thornton (20 years her senior), to her current relationship with Aniston’s former beau,

Brad Pitt, with whom she has six children, three of whom were adopted overseas. The book includes photos, an event timeline and a bibliography of sources. It’s an interesting read for anyone who finds Jolie fascinating – and who doesn’t?


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Marcia Wilkie outlines Marie Osmond’s upbeat approach toward life’s challenges, acknowledging, “unpredictable lessons could be both surprisingly good and genuinely difficult.”

Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist By Michael J. Fox “For everything this disease has taken, something with greater value has been given,” writes Michael J. Fox, 49, in his latest book. The actor, who first gained fame with likeable characters in TV shows Family Ties and Spin City and the Back to the Future film trilogy, was tragically sidetracked after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2001. However, rather than wallowing in self pity, Fox takes a positive spin on his illness, viewing challenges as “opportunities,” and performing as an avid activist against the disease. In his book, Fox utilizes his wit and keen sense of humor to revisit the last decade of his life, stating that he’s a happier person for recognizing everyday gifts. Readers will undoubtedly find his optimistic attitude uplifting and contagious.

Before Regis Philbin and Howie Mandel, there was Bob Barker, iconic host of The Price Is Right for 35 years – TV’s longest-running game show in history – and 19 years with Truth or Consequences. In Barker’s memoir, the TV veteran recounts his favorite contestants, celebrity encounters, show episodes and behindthe-scenes shenanigans; he also provides insight about life away from the cameras. Raised by a single mother on a Native American reservation during the Great Depression, he chronicles training as a fighter pilot during World War II, meeting his long-time love, wife Dorothy Jo, and his lifelong crusade for animal rights. Fans of Barker will enjoy this well-written memoir, filled with witty anecdotes and observations by a TV icon.

Might As Well Laugh About It Now By Marie Osmond And Marcia Wilkie It’s not easy being an Osmond. According to Marie Osmond, life hasn’t been “simple” since she made her TV debut at age 3. From that day forward, it’s been an unpredictable journey of twists and turns, involving divorce, depression, weight battles, show business (including her recent stint on Dancing With The Stars, where she fainted on live TV)


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and eventually mothering her own eight children. Osmond, who was inspired to pen her candid memoir after losing decades of journals in a 2005 house fire, spares no detail in her candid book. Co-written by Marcia Wilkie, it outlines Osmond’s upbeat approach toward life’s challenges, acknowledging, “unpredictable lessons could be both surprisingly good and genuinely difficult.”

Ready to Die: The Story of Biggie Smalls – NOTORIOUS B.I.G. By Jake Brown The late Christopher George Latore Wallace, aka, rap pioneer Notorious B.I.G., is credited with bringing realism to hip-hop with lyrics that elucidated the violence, sex and drugs that characterized his young life in Brooklyn’s inner city. He was kicked out of his mother’s home at 17 for selling drugs and spent nine months in a North Carolina prison before becoming prominent on the East Coast hiphop scene. His label, Bad Boy Entertainment, signed some of urban music’s hottest acts, including Sean John Combs (“Diddy”), the late Tupac Shakur, Faith Evans and Lil’ Kim. He was killed in 1997, at age 24, in a drive-by shooting. Author Jake Brown’s book, on which the film Notorious is based, examines the life of the talented artist who died much too early. O

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Fuzzy Friends Sesame Street Live’s When Elmo Grows Up Comes To The AmericanAirlines Arena


f you can see it, you can be it: That’s the message Sesame Street delivers to children in its show, When Elmo Grows Up, which takes place at the AmericanAirlines Arena on June 13th and June 14th. The entertaining presentation features Sesame Street’s usual beloved cast of characters, including Big Bird, Oscar, Grundgetta, Bert, Ernie, Grover, Cookie Monster, Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, Count von Count, Telly, Baby Bear, Prairie Dawn, Roxie Marie, Abby Cadabby, a Honker and a saguaro cactus. All contemplate what they’ll be when they grow up, while preparing for a street pageant. While Bert dreams of becoming a forest ranger, Telly wants to be a cowboy and Abby Cadabby – the show’s newest addition – wants to be a Fairy Godmother, like her mother. Elmo, however, is a bit more indecisive. He considers being a “weather monster,” but also wants to do and be everything else. Along the way to self-discovery, Elmo and his friends sing cowboy songs, ride the railways and more, turning the presentation into a musical showand-tell for kids of all ages. Parents will appreciate sharing two dozen classic songs with their children, including Home on the Range, Down on the Corner, Give a Little Love, Itsy Bitsy Spider and I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. Of course, it wouldn’t be Sesame Street without a few lessons for kids: During the show, Grover the police officer reminds his fellow puppets to walk – not run – on Sesame Street, while Cookie Monster, Elmo and Mr. Noodle explain how weather works, and Rosita teaches the audience to say “friend” in Spanish. Grab the kids, and enjoy an evening of family entertainment. O i 34

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ascal Flatts, one of North America’s hottest country bands, is scheduled to perform at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach on July 24th as part of its American Living Unstoppable Tour. The band is best known for appealing to country’s younger demographic, with hits including Bless the Broken Road, What Hurts The Most and Here Comes Goodbye.

Rascal Flatts has since released six studio albums and a greatest hits album. The band’s first two albums, Rascal Flatts and Melt, both went multi-platinum, as have Feels Like Today and Me and My Gang. The band’s 2007 album, Still Feels Good, also reached multi-platinum status. The band released its most recent album, Unstoppable, in April 2009.

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Founded in Nashville, TN, the band includes lead singer Gary LeVox, Jay De Marcus and Joe Don Rooney. A native of Columbus, Ohio, DeMarcus moved to Nashville in 1992 to find work as a musician. In 1997, he persuaded his second cousin, LeVox, to follow suit, and the two began performing together. DeMarcus later met Don Rooney, who joined the cousins at a weekend gig after their guitarist was a no-show. Pleased with their combined sound, the three recorded demos and signed with Lyric Street Records, with whom the band is still affiliated.

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Bad Boys Aerosmith Rocks The BankAtlantic Center


et ready to jam: Aerosmith, the best-selling rock’n’roll band in U.S. history, is scheduled to perform at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise on July 13th. Aerosmith, which includes Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, has sold more than 66 million albums nationally and 150 albums globally. The band is best known for its bluesy rock sound, as well as charismatic frontman Tyler’s unique, edgy vocals.

of unsuccessful bands, met Perry, a dishwasher by day who at night performed in a band with Hamilton. To make a complicated story short, the three ended up living in Boston (the band would ultimately earn the nickname “Bad Boys of Boston”), where they met Kramer (Whitford joined later). In 1970, the band was formed, and after considering names such as Spike Jones and The Hookers, it was decided: It would be called Aerosmith, inspired by Harry Nilsson’s album, Aerial Ballet.

The legendary rock group’s history dates back to 1969 in Sunapee, New Hampshire, when a vacationing Tyler, who had been in a succession

While the band’s first gig took place at a local high school, its popularity quickly rose throughout Boston, and a show at Max’s Kansas City,

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where legendary Clive Davis sat in the audience, led to a contract with Columbia Records. The band’s selftitled first album did marginally well, but by 1976 Dream On became a Top 10 hit. Later albums followed, including the wildly successful Toys In The Attic, which sold more than 6 million copies worldwide. The ensuing years brought commercial success, but also turmoil among band members, particularly Tyler and

Perry, both of whom suffered from addictions to drugs and alcohol. Perry eventually left the band, but after the two underwent rehabiliation, he returned in 1984. The band went on tour and eventually landed a deal with Geffen Records. The band’s been hot ever since. Don’t miss the show, with opening act ZZ Top, which starts at 7:30 p.m. O i For more information, call 954-835-7825 or visit

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Sound System STOMP Comes To The Broward Center for the Performing Arts


TOMP, the show that creates music with everyday items, is scheduled to perform at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale from June 23rd through June 28th. Since its inception 14 years ago in the United Kingdom, STOMP has become an international sensation, having performed in more than 350 cities in 36 countries worldwide. The show continues its run with the ongoing Off-Broadway production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, two overseas productions and its North American tour. The show truly makes beautiful music out of, well, almost everything. The show’s young performers “make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” explains Luke Cresswell, the show’s co-creator and director.

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In the show, brooms become a sweeping orchestra, Zippo lighters create a Footloose fiery fugue and wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – trash cans, tea chests, plastic bags, plungers, boots, and hubcaps – to fill the stage with compelling and infectious rhythms. And for those loyal STOMP followers, the show has made some creative changes, explains co-creator Steve McNicholas. “STOMP has evolved a great deal ever since its first incarnation at the Edinburgh Festival,” says McNicholas. “Every reworking has involved losing some pieces and gaining new ones, but has always stayed true to the original premise of the show: to create rhythmic music with instantly recognizable objects, and do it with an eccentric sense of character and humor.”

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by cellular phones, texting, instant messaging and e-mail – most of which bewilder grandparents.


oca Raton residents *Jean and Joe Murphy planned to spend their golden years cruising and luxuriating in a carefree lifestyle. Instead, they boiled baby bottles, soothed strep throats and hovered over homework. And they’re not done yet. Their 14year-old granddaughter, Lois, an honor-roll student they’ve raised since birth, enters high school next year.

challenges, says Jean Murphy, 68. “I was scared when she first came home with us because it was so many years since I had raised a child,” says Murphy, who has a daughter and two sons. “So much had changed.”

Instead of watching Captain Kangaroo, kids are playing video games Parenting the second time around and surfing the Internet. Tin-can comes with a new, unexpected set of pretend phones have been replaced

As if keeping up with the high-tech world isn’t daunting enough, grandparents have less energy, fewer resources, and often, less patience than they did when they were raising their kids, says Lynn Laredo, who runs Xpert Grands, a Boynton Beach support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. Grandparents take over childrearing duties for many reasons, ranging from having children who are poor, unemployed or teenage parents, to those who are drug-addicted, incarcerated,  and physically or mentally ill. Still others have children in the service and deployed overseas, or who are deceased. One of Laredo’s group members suddenly had five young children to care for after her daughter and sonin-law died. “She and her daughter had cancer at the same time. GrandJ u n e / j u ly 2 0 0 9


that’s life8 relations ma came through the ordeal; her daughter didn’t. Then the kids’ dad died a few years later. “Grandma has been raising them at least 10 years,” Laredo says. “That is a big change in your life, especially when you have cancer and are single.”

that’s a big change from being a grandparent where you can have a wonderful time with your grandchildren, then hand them back to their parents,” says Laredo, whose monthly meetings focus on everything from legal issues to financial woes.

Jean and Joe Murphy’s daughter is a drug addict who gave birth to their

It also means dreams of travel have gone by the wayside, as has the free-

giver specialist with JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) in Sunrise. “Now that they’re teens, it’s about not coming home on time.” The angst of teen years can be wearing, adds Murphy, who says Lois, at times, can be a smart aleck. “She’s just being a typical teenager but when she does those things it’s a flashback to when our daughter was that age and buried in drugs. We know she’s a good kid, but it’s just those memories…” And just because kids turn 18 doesn’t mean the parenting is over. “That’s just a number, explains Laredo. “Eighteen-year-olds don’t suddenly sprout great knowledge on how to run their lives. There’s a whole new group of problems springing up with them.” Assuming the role of parent also robs grandparents of the time-honored and cherished tradition of spoiling their grandchildren, says Ferguson Sparks. “They love their grandchildren. They want to be the ones that mush them and spoil them, but they have to be the parents and they have to be strict sometimes,” she says. “It’s not easy.”

“This is a 24/7 commitment and that’s a big change from being a grandparent where you can have a

-- Lynn Laredo, Xpert Grands

wonderful time with your grandchild, then hand them back to their parents.” granddaughter while in jail. “She was shooting heroin while she was pregnant. Luckily, Lois didn’t have any problems because of it,” says Jean Murphy, adding that her granddaughter’s cheerful demeanor makes it easy to take her nearly everywhere. Regardless of the circumstances prompting their involvement, caretaking grandparents share common challenges. “This is a 24/7 commitment and


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dom to dash out on a whim to meet friends for a movie or dinner. “If someone calls at 6 p.m. and asks if we want to go to a movie at 7 p.m., we have to say no. We can’t do anything spur of the moment like other people our age do,” Murphy laments. “Someone called and asked if we could go on a cruise in January. I told them to call me when my granddaughter is 18.” The dilemmas shift as children get older. “When they were in kindergarten it was about them not eating broccoli,” says Jennifer Ferguson Sparks, a social worker and senior and relative care-

Even so, most grandparents wouldn’t have it any other way. Jean and Joe Murphy can’t imagine life without their granddaughter. “She’s a very good child, a very loving child. She’s very independent and not demanding at all. The upsides definitely outweigh the downsides,” says Jean Murphy. “We can’t imagine her not being here with us.” That’s the way Pat and Richard Loeffler feel about their grandson, 23, who they adopted at 12 due to abuse by his drug-addicted mother. “He was always a big help to us and we knew he was safe at last with us,” says Pat. “We’re too old to do it again – I’m 65 and Richard is 73, but we are not sorry we did it.” O * Some names have been changed to protect privacy

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rying to entice kids outside and away from PlayStation or TV during their summer vacation not only feels harder than pulling teeth without Novocain ­– it sometimes is. Somehow, suggesting they do more enlightening things, like going outdoors to build a model of the Eiffel Tower made of toothpicks, ­doesn’t have the impact we’d like. And let’s be honest: When little Junior is bored, we all suffer. And at some point, all parents need a break from their kids, no matter how well-behaved they are. Otherwise, it will be a very long and hot summer indeed. Some good news: Never before has there been such a vast number of creative options for camp programs,


family outings and fun classes and rocket science, dinosaurs, music and activities. the performing arts. Pine Tree also offers a training program for 13 For wannabe campers, traditional year olds who hope to one day berecreation-based day programs come counselors. abound in the Boca Raton area. What’s nice about many is that par- My son particularly enjoyed Pine ents need not make a long-term Tree’s Kampus Kampers Sleepaway commitment but often have the Camp, for ages 6 to 13, where kids, freedom to register kids for one to Monday through Friday, participate three weeks, or even for half-day in one of the day camps and then activities. Lynn University offers stay overnight in the university’s several out-of-the-box options – in dorm rooms to enjoy campfires, taladdition to traditional and half-day ent shows, socials, theme dinners programs – at its Pine Tree Camps. and other evening activities. The The university’s specialty program, university calls it a “sleep-away for kids ages 6 to 14, emphasizes rec- transitional camp” for children who reation but with a focus on a particu- want the sleepover experience withlar skill or talent. Camp subjects in- out going too far from home. clude computers, multimedia, sports, circus, magic, creative arts, space and Could your child be the next Amer-

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ican Idol? For kids with star quality, there are plenty of day camps. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale offers several options, as does Actors Performing Arts Academy in Coral Springs where the schedule offers three, three-week courses for kids ages 5 to 17, including TV and film production, where kids get the chance to make a movie, and hiphop, with campers creating their own music video. If your kid’s an adventurer at heart, he or she may enjoy Fencing Camp, offered by the Sabre Outreach Network in Fort Lauderdale. Beginning courses are one week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, while more intermediate and advanced participants can


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This is just the tip of the summer calendar: For even more fun activities,

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take the full-day programs, which run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OK, so you don’t want to enroll your child in camp. You still need to keep them entertained. Parks are always good options, especially those with water features, picnic areas and recreational classes. Coconut Cove at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton houses a water playground and offers classes such as cheerleading, gymnastics, martial arts, hip-hop and ballet/ tap/jazz dance. Another great outdoor option – assuming your kids aren’t squeamish – is the clinic presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, designed to teach children the basics of fishing and the environment. The course, which is taught by volunteers, includes five mandatory skill stations: Casting, Knot Tying, Fishing Tackle, Good Angler and Touch Tank. Children ages 8 and older receive personalized instruction, as well as rods, reels and bait. Then they get to try their skills at a fully stocked pond. Clinic locations take place throughout South Florida, so check the Web site for the one nearest you.

Perhaps your child prefers air-conditioning to the great outdoors. A wonderful – and educational – option for parent and child alike is the Boca Raton Museum of Art, considered one of South Florida’s finest cultural attractions. The museum often features kid-friendly exhibits, as well as gallery tours, a photography collection, and a permanent collection with works by fine artists such as Degas, Matisse and Picasso, as well as contemporary works ranging from Louise Nevelson to Andy Warhol. Another fun way to chill out with the kids – while still getting some exercise – is ice-skating. Rinks, such as Incredible Ice in Coral Springs, typically offer generous public skating hours in the summer (tip: make sure your child brings a sweater). Incredible Ice also hosts the Florida Panthers’ Summer Hockey School, where kids enjoy a weekly program featuring lessons from National Hockey League pros. Speaking of exercise, how about creating and following a routine together? A schedule of walking, swimming, biking or jogging not only can help you with fitness goals, but also serve as a great motivator for spending quality family time.

it will be a very long and hot summer indeed.

Boca Raton’s Sugar Sand Park offers options that allow parents and children to exercise simultaneously. The “Kids and Core” class at the park’s Field House provides a Pilates workout, incorporating stability balls, bands and other techniques, while

check local theaters and concert halls for cultural events, watch for kids’ movie specials and visit the local library with your child (many offer story hours). Whatever you do, don’t worry: There’s plenty to keep your little ones entertained. O


Actors Performing Arts Academy, 954-753-2993,

Boca Raton Museum of Art, 561-392-2500,

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 954-765-5821,

Coconut Cove at South County Regional Park, 561-274-1140,

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Fishing Clinic, 850-488-6058,

Incredible Ice, 954-341-9956, Pine Tree Camps, 561-237-7310, Sabre Outreach Network’s Fencing Camp, 518-369-2881,

Sugar Sand Park, 561-347-3950,

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If These Walls Could Talk Remains The Toast Of Hollywood

Manhattan’s Opulent Waldorf=Astoria


throwback to the days of old Hollywood glamour, few hotels are as grand – or as renowned for being grand – as The Waldorf=Astoria, a 47-story Art Deco gem that occupies an entire city block in midtown Manhattan. Located on Park Avenue in the heart of the city, the 75-year-old landmark destination has been recognized by the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, hearkening to more genteel 48

times when Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore and Guy Lombardo would perform for well-heeled crowds. Its celebrity status remains in 2009, when on any given day Angelina Jolie, Al Pacino, Pamela Anderson or the Hilton sisters (the latter are naturals, since it’s a Hilton hotel) might be spotted at the property. The residential Waldorf Towers, built in 1931, encompasses hotel floors 28 through 42 and boasts

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its own storied history: Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, as well as Cole Porter, lived here (Porter scored his musical, Kiss Me Kate, in suite 33A). John F. and Jackie Kennedy spent their wedding night here, while the Duke and Duchess of Windsor inhabited the Royal Suite (the Duchess insisted on perfectly ironed bed sheets). Every sitting president since Herbert Hoover has occupied the Presidential Suite, while paparazziweary guests such as Michael Jack-

son and Elizabeth Taylor have taken advantage of the Towers’ private underground entrance. The property’s lush setting has also provided backdrops for myriad films, including Weekend at the Waldorf, Scent of a Woman, The First Wives Club and Analyze This. “So much of the genesis of our fame is rooted in two basic aspects,” explains Matt Zolbe, the Waldorf’s

that’s life8 destinations director of sales and marketing. “Famous people who performed here and famous people who lived here.” While true, the property also is renowned for its outstanding Art Deco architecture and interior design, evident in decorative ornamentation and striking motifs, especially in the Main Lobby (one of several lobbies in the hotel), which features murals and massive, carvedstone bas-reliefs adorned with gilt female figures. Wood paneling and Italian marble pilasters draw the eyes upward, while a 2-ton clock built in 1893 England for the Chicago World’s Fair displays images of Queen Victoria and the first seven American presidents. The hotel’s aesthetic accoutrements also are evident in the Park Avenue Lobby, where the focal point is an extraordinary, 148,000-tile floor mosaic. The mosaic, commissioned in 1929 to French artist Louis Rigal and entitled

Wheel of Life, depicts the story of man’s lifespan, from birth to the end. In the East Lobby, guests can peruse the Waldorf Museum, an exhibit of royalty, heads-of-state and corporate moguls who have signed the register. The hotel also is celebrated for its cuisine, available at seven restaurants and bars. Oscar’s American Brasserie serves contemporary dishes and new spins on classics made popular by the restaurant’s namesake, restaurant maitre d' Oscar Tschirky; Tschirky is credited for inventing the Waldorf Salad, Veal Oscar and Eggs Benedict. The clubby Bull & Bear offers prime-grade Certified Angus Beef (and prime celebrity watching). Peacock Alley Bar, the hotel’s signature eatery, offers a seafoodinspired menu, while Sir Harry’s bar is a great place for drinks and a checkers match at one of the bar’s game-board tables. Prefer Japanese food? The dramatically decorated Inagiku Restaurant offers some of

the best in town. For afternoon tea accompanied by live piano music, the Cocktail Terrace is the place to be, and if coffee is your preference, there’s a Starbucks on the premises. And what opulent lodging establishment would be complete without fabulous amenities? The Guerlain Spa, which opened last year and inhabits the hotel’s 19th floor, features 16 lushly appointed treatment rooms and decadent services inspired by its namesake spa in Paris. All of the hotel’s 1,245 guestrooms offer twice-daily maid service, deluxe mini bars and highspeed Internet service (the 26th-floor Astoria Level features deluxe accommodations and concierge service) and a Wedding Salon, which hosts affairs in the hotel’s renowned Conrad Suite (Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco had their engagement party here). The hotel’s spectacular, newly restored Starlight Roof features gilded ceilings, Austrian crystal chandeliers and breathtaking city views.

Of course, while amenities are posh enough for the wealthy, one need not be a socialite or celebrity to appreciate the hotel’s bounty. There are plenty of ordinary guests, too. During a recent New York trip, Coral Springs residents Phil and Ellen Frybergh checked in for a weekend just to experience the hotel’s grandeur. “It was fun to sit in the lobby and watch the debutantes in their white gowns who were going to the Grand Ballroom,” recalls Ellen Frybergh. “But what I can’t forget are the gorgeous floral arrangements all around the hotel. Everything about the Waldorf is first-class.” O

contact The Waldorf=Astoria is located at 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY. For more information, call 800-WALDORF or visit

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Access Hollywood’s Nancy O’Dell Dishes On Celebrities, Career and Why Family Comes First By Linda Marx When South Carolina native Nancy O’Dell joined Miami’s WTVJ-TV in 1993 as a news anchor and investigative reporter, she had no idea it would serve as the perfect training ground for a career with Access Hollywood, NBC’s star-centric, nationally syndicated entertainment show. After all, she was trained in hard news.

But this is South Florida, and she found her two-year stint at WTVJ (now NBC6) besotted with stars who blew into town like late summer storms. She covered Madonna’s birthday party, Gloria Estefan’s restaurant openings, Enrique Iglesias’ well-designed home, and numerous celebrity fashion and entertainment events on South Beach. “Even though I was in the news business and covered the police beat in South Carolina, I was always interviewing celebrities in Miami,” recalls O’Dell, 43, who now resides in Los Angeles. “Before that I didn’t know what a publicist was, or understand how the celebrity world worked. Those years really trained me for my life on Access Hollywood.”

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As a charter member of the show’s team, O’Dell will celebrate her 14th anniversary in September and remains the only anchor on the show who has been on board since its inception. “I love Access Hollywood,” says the perky, articulate blonde. “Everyone associated with the show is like family to me.”

DROPPING NAMES The show has been good to O’Dell, and through the years it’s made her a star in her own right. She’s often invited to host prestigious events, most recently the Kentucky Derby festivities for NBC Sports (“It was fun but the first time I spent nights away from my daughter, Ashby, and I missed her so much!”). She’s also hosted the Miss Universe and Miss America pageants and covered big-ticket events including the Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes. As an entertainment journalist, O’Dell also contributes reports to NBC’s Today Show and Dateline NBC, and has been a featured guest or host on programs including The View, Larry King Live, Martha Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The

Late, Late Show. She’s appeared in films, such as Thank You For Smoking and Scream 2, as well as TV shows including Charmed, Beverly Hills, 90210, Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place, General Hospital, Just Shoot Me and Ally McBeal. Most recently, she rehearsed with Tony Dovolani for her entry into this past season’s Dancing With The Stars, but was quickly disqualified after a knee injury sustained during training. In March, she had to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in her knee. “It was so much fun until I hurt myself,” she says. “Then I had no choice but to drop out of the show’s eighth season. It was disappointing because I had met so many great people.” Speaking of meeting people, as cohost of Access Hollywood, O’Dell has interviewed everyone whose anyone in Hollywood. “At this point, I’m not as fascinated with celebrities as I was at first,” she admits. Though she does have her favorites. “George Clooney is a great interview and so clever,” O’Dell says with a laugh. “He’s also a ham and entertains me while I’m asking questions. He’s so bright and on top of everything.” She’s also got a soft spot for musician John Mayer, whom she calls hilarious and smart. “I took my husband (technology executive Keith Zubchevich, three years O’Dell’s junior) on the Mayer interview, and he thought John was one of the most enjoyable interviews I have done because he’s intellectual, funny and talented.”


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She says actress Julia Roberts is cagey and quick on the one-liners, a real character, who lights up the red carpet. She’s also very fond of actor Brad Pitt. Says O’Dell, “He’s not a happy-go-lucky guy. As an actor and a human being, he’s polite and serious minded.” When O’Dell met Jamie Foxx, she had her baby, Ashby Grace, in tow. “At first Ashby paid no attention to Jamie, but when he sang her a song she was smitten,” the proud mom recalls. “She absolutely loved him!” Since the birth of Ashby in 2007, O’Dell has shared plenty of mom talk with celebrities on the red carpet. She compares notes with actress Halle Berry on mothering (“I love Halle, she is so genuine”), shares tips with Angelina Jolie about raising children and loves to dish with actresses Marcia Cross and Jaime Pressly about being new moms. “I formed friendships in Hollywood when we were all pregnant because we share the same sets of joys and issues,” says O’Dell. “The whole ordeal has had a great impact on me.” So much so that O’Dell penned a book about the process, entitled Full of Life: Mom-to-Mom Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Pregnant (Simon Spotlight Entertainment). She says she decided to write about her experiences because so much had happened to her during pregnancy that she was not expecting – even doing her own research. Her book tackles subjects such as body changes, mood swings, the “danger of foot massages,” and her own daily experiences.

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“I formed friendships in Hollywood when we were all pregnant because we share the same sets of joys and issues. The whole ordeal has had a great impact on me.”

O'Dell and daughter Ashby

“I’m a scrapbooker and kept notes about things that happened, doctor visits, pre-registering at the hospital, etc.,” says O’Dell, who had a miscarriage before she got pregnant with Ashby. “I took the time to write a book for other moms to learn what will happen during pregnancy so they can be prepared like I wasn’t!” The New York Post’s Page Six recently referred to an anecdote in her book: When O’Dell and her husband made an appointment with the gynecologist, the doctor explained the obvious – that they needed to have intercourse in order to get pregnant. “And a lot of it,’” the Post quoted O’Dell as saying. “Doctor’s orders. My husband wasn’t complaining!”

BEACH BABY Nancy Humphries O’Dell was born in Sumter, S.C., a sweet low country city with a small town feel. At six months, her family moved to Myrtle Beach where she was raised on the beach by well-grounded parents – her dad was a contractor – who cared about her and constantly showed it. “I loved growing up in Myrtle Beach,” she says. “I played competitive sports and had a great time with a wonderful family life.” After finishing high school, she attended Clemson University and pledged the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. In 1987, she won the Miss South Carolina pageant; the following year, she represented the state in the Miss America competition. In 1990, she graduated summa cum laude with a major in marketing. Her first job was in journalism, working as a reporter and anchor at Myrtle Beach’s WPDETV. From there she was hired by WCBD-TV in Charleston as a morning news anchor and crime reporter. “I wanted to live in Charleston, I just love it there,” says O’Dell of the beautiful and cultural city. Her report on Charleston police re-writing DUI tickets to less serious charges led to a J u n e / J u ly 2 0 0 9


“I am madly in love with my husband and keep the marriage magical by doing date nights when his parents come to take care of Ashby,” she says. “We hate to leave her and often just go to dinner close by the house.”

“Nancy is one of our biggest supporters. Her passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the cause greatly encourages others to get involved.” – Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder and chairman, Best Buddies International

state law-enforcement investigation. This resulted in a change to South Carolina law with state authorities reissuing more stringent instruction in such cases. She was awarded “Best Report of the Year” by the Associated Press for her effort. While living in Charleston, she also met her first husband, Dr. Richard O’Dell, who was a medical student who became an anesthesiologist. They were introduced through a friend, and the two eventually moved to Miami. When not working or spending time with Richard, O’Dell hung out in Miami Beach with friends, spending sunny days at a pool on Star Island, going to South Beach dance clubs and just enjoying the subtropical backdrop. “Miami was very exciting for me because it was the first place I lived away from South Carolina,” she recalls. “It was international, and the confluence of cultures fascinated me. I learned how to do Cuban dances. I loved it all.” 54

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But when Richard had a chance to move to Las Vegas, O’Dell went with him. She arranged with NBC to switch gears and start working for Access Hollywood in Los Angeles, which is about an hour-long flight from Las Vegas. She and Richard married in 1995, but divorced after eight years. “I was not a believer in divorce,” O’Dell says, “but we had different personalities and handled life’s issues in different ways.” After doing the dating scene for a while, she met current husband Keith Zubchevich at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif. He’d recognized her from the show, they exchanged smiles and the rest is history. They married in 2005 at the romantic Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara. The best men were his sons, Tyler, now 13, and Carson, 10, from his first marriage. (O’Dell is a mom to them, too.) The couple wrote their own vows, and she says the marriage has been terrific.

When not working and spending time with family, the ambitious O’Dell designs products (she remains hush-hush about the endeavor, saying it’s “a secret” until fall) and participates in philanthropic endeavors. She works for the American Red Cross, March of Dimes and Best Buddies International, an organization that gave her the Spirit of Leadership Award. “Nancy is one of our biggest supporters,” says Anthony Kennedy Shriver, founder and chairman of Miami Beach-based Best Buddies International. “She’s been on our board since 2001. Our mission of providing friendships and jobs for people with intellectual disabilities is a cause that’s very close to her heart. Her passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the cause greatly encourages others to get involved.” O’Dell may be busy as a professional in the heady world of entertainment journalism, but her roles as a mom and wife are what make her the happiest. “We have barbecues, spend hours in the swimming pool because Ashby loves the water, and take her to the mall or wherever we can,” says O’Dell of her weekends at home. She says she’s shocked by the many ways Ashby has changed her life. “When I choose my future projects, they will have to allow me to be around my family. That is very important to me. I have learned that there is nothing more fulfilling.” O

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When It Comes To Celebrities, South Florida Is A Tale Of Two Cities By Alison Onianwa

South Florida is synonymous with celebrity.

This we know. But what’s really fascinating is the distinct dichotomy between the famous denizens who frequent Miami Beach verses those who prefer Palm Beach – and we’re not just talking about the age gap. Miami Beach and Palm Beach represent contrary points on the superstar spectrum. The former is the playground of A-list Democrats; the latter is home to billionaire Republicans. In Miami Beach, celebrities sell homes for $5 million, $15 million – in Palm Beach it’s more like $50 million. In Miami Beach, celebrities are stalked by paparazzi in hotels, nightclubs and restaurants. In Palm Beach, residents ignore the likes of bestselling author James Patterson and actor George Hamilton, or Rod Stewart, Jimmy Buffett (who once lived in Key West and still maintains a recording studio there) and Michael Jordan when they’re hanging out at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago – and there are rarely any photographers lurking about. ›››

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day edition of CNN Newsroom, was born in Hialeah and worked at WSVN-Channel 7 until 2001.

✪ Sirius radio host and E! Entertainment personality Michael Yo, who can be heard locally on Y100FM, began his career in Miami. He is host of the Hollywood call-in talk show Yo on E!, which airs on Sirius and XM satellite radio.

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NBC6 news anchor Jackie Nespral, who is a former Today Show weekend anchor, attended the University of Miami, as did Trista Rehn (former Miami Heat dancer and TV reality star from The Bachelorette).

TV judges are aplenty too, including: Alex Ferrer (Judge Alex), David Young (Judge David Young), Marilyn Milian, (The People’s Court) and Karen MillsFrancis (Judge Karen), a former Miami-Dade County court judge and currently a frequent guest on cable network HLN’s Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.

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Couric, anchor of the CBS Evening News, was a general assignment reporter for WTVJ (now NBC6) in Miami between 1984 and 1986.

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Rodriguez, anchor on The Early Show and substitute anchor on the CBS Evening News, anchored the 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at WFOR, the CBSowned station in Miami, from 2000 to 2007.

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Political Animals Controversial political pundit and author Ann Coulter bought her Palm Beach home in 2005 and is registered to vote there. ✭ Even more controversial political pundit and radio show host Rush Limbaugh also lives in Palm Beach. ✭ Former United States Attorney General Janet Reno resides in Miami. Her father was a police reporter at the Miami Herald for 43 years while her mother was an investigative reporter for the Miami News. Reno went to Coral Gables High School.


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And Over On The Treasure Coast … ✪ Celine Dion has a 3.7-acre oceanfront compound on Jupiter Island – on the same street as Richard Fuld Jr., the former chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers.

✪ Sports super couple, golfer Greg Norman and once to ok a gro up of stripp ers to Th e Breaker s Hotel. He was ask ed to le ave and has never b een back. ✪ Camer on Diaz is o ften see n shoppin g on Lak e Worth A venue.

former tennis star Chris Evert, own an 8-acre property called “Tranquility” on South Beach Road, Jupiter Island.

Tiger Woods’ 12-acre site is still under construction – but he’s coming to Jupiter Island!

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✪ A little farther north, author and journalist Carl Hiaasen can be found in Vero Beach, while Burt Reynolds has a waterfront home in Hobe Sound.

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Even as a boy, rap mogul Steve Rifkind had a knack for thinking ahead of the curve. As a child growing up in Long Island, N.Y., Rifkind would intently listen to R&B and soul, while his friends were rocking to Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel. Years later, as a music professional, he was drawn to hip-hop before few had even heard of the genre. Today, the Boca Raton resident and chairman of Street Records Corp. (SRC) is considered the godfather of rap, responsible for discovering genre pioneers such as Leaders of the New School, Brand Nubian and Tone-Loc. Back in the day, he says, “I promoted every

Working at his father’s Manhattan office, the street-savvy Rifkind marketed King Tim III (Personality Jock) by the FatBack Band, which became the first rap tune ever recorded. By the tender age of 18, he was traveling the country promoting rap records and chatting up program directors twice his age. Even back then, Rifkind excelled, likely because of his passion for song. “I love music,” says Rifkind. “To me, it’s the closest thing to God. It is spiritual and touches your soul.” In 1988, he moved to Los Angeles and parlayed this passion into The Steve Rifkind Co., a marketing consulting firm for artists in the field. Always a believer of remaining on

He also signed a deal with Mosaic Media Group, a talent management and production company. In 2003, he started Street Records Corp. (SRC) with Universal Records. Its first release, David Banner’s Mississippi: The Album, sold a million records worldwide. The label also represents Akon, whose first album sold three million copies; Asher Roth, 23, a popular white rap artist from Pennsylvania, and Melonia Fiona, for whom Rifkind says he has high hopes. He eventually brought Loud back into the mix through his arrangement with Universal. “Steve is the embodiment of the true entrepreneur,” Mel Lewinter, chairman of Universal Motown Records

merman. He’s also starting RTG with Richard Thal of Boca Raton, a marketing company designed to mix music and technology. He also recently purchased a sports company in Delray Beach and continues to seek business opportunities in South Florida so he can remain close to home. While he travels often for work, he’s hoping to cut back in order to spend more time in Boca Raton with his children, a 13-year-old son and 8-year-old twins, a boy and girl. Rifkind shares custody with the kids’ mother, Nicole, a model from Trinidad. All three children attend Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton. His daughter is a cheerleader, and

(Sub)Urban MC Rap Impresario Steve Rifkind Reigns In New York And L.A., But His Heart Belongs To Boca By Linda Marx hip-hop and rap record that came out. My dad talked me into it. This was the first time we ever agreed on anything.” “Dad” was none other than Jules Rifkind, who along with Steve’s Uncle Roy ran the successful urban music label Spring Records, whose clients included James Brown, Millie Jackson, Jimmy Spicer and a young Russell Simmons. Growing up, the family car radio was always tuned to WBLS, the New York-based R&B and classic-soul station. “I grew up with my dad’s music and never knew there was anything else,” says Rifkind, 47, who overcame dyslexia and hyperactivity while in high school, then interned at A&M Music with the legendary Charlie Minor before becoming a promoter for his father’s label in 1979. 62

the cutting edge of pop culture, he also launched The Street Team, a concept designed to keep tabs on the pulse of urban trendsetters and the best places in which to promote his artists. The concept was successful for Rifkind, helping him to discover bands such as New Edition, the über-popular ’80s R&B boy band. His grassroots marketing concept has since branched out into corporate America, with top clients including HBO, MGM Pictures and T-Mobile. In 1992, Rifkind started Loud Records, the first bicoastal hip-hop label, which he ran with his brother, Jonathan, and childhood pal Rich Isaacson. Soon the label landed artists Wu-Tang Clan and Big Pun and scored a deal with Sony Music distribution. In 1999, the label expanded to become Loud Films with Dimension/Miramax.

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Group, has said of Rifkind. “As one of the architects of modern urban music, his track record for discovering and developing artists from the ground up is extraordinary.” Still, he acknowledges that the music biz – like many industries in these trying economic times – is not as red-hot as it once was. “The record business might not be selling like it did years ago. But to be independent like we are, and partnering up with the right brand, you can still make money,” says Rifkind, who enjoys taking his famous clients to The Forge, Nobu, and Prime 112 on Miami Beach. “Music is special. It will never go away.” Meanwhile, he’s involved in other ventures. Rifkind is producing Kids Block, an urban-style Sesame Street, with Boca resident and advertising powerhouse Jordan Zim-

his older son plays basketball for the traveling Delray Beach Blazers, for which Rifkind is a weekend coach. His youngest son is a music lover, and helps his Dad pick rising stars. Rifkind’s goal is to become involved in more of his kids’ activities. “I love to work, but the children are my priority these days,” says Rifkind. “I love to get home in time to pick up the kids at school on Thursdays and Fridays.” He enjoys taking them to dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, or cooking at home. “I like it casual and family-oriented because my workdays are so hectic with business deals.” Besides, all the airplane travel is getting old. “I’m tired of flying,” Rifkind complains of his peripatetic lifestyle. “It took me nine hours to get from New York to Miami last week.” O

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From Nude Sails And Soap Stars To Psychic Readings And Knitting Circles, Themed Voyages Give New Meaning To “Adventure On The High Seas” By Linda Haase

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"People who leave their clothing behind in a social setting are also more able to check their egos at the door and be themselves." -- Nancy Tiemann, president, Bare Necessities Tour & Travel Company


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Exotic ports of call, scrumptious food, breathtaking views… What could be better than a relaxing, decadent cruise? How about sailing with a boatload of fellow travelers who share

Haven’t missed your beloved daytime drama since 1972? Time to fess up: You’re a soap opera addict. It’s OK – you’re not alone. The only difference is that, as millions of fellow devotees must settle for TV, you’ll be adrift with 15 stars from the hottest shows: All My Children, Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, As the World Turns, One Life to Live, General Hospital and Guiding Light.

your passion for … knitting? Or sailing the ocean blue with your favorite soap opera stars? Welcome to the wonderful, wacky world of theme cruises, where mystery aficionados can solve deadly crimes after relaxing poolside and passengers wishing to contact the dearly departed may do so before the midnight buffet. Prefer to cruise in the nude? There’s a voyage for you, too (we’re not kidding). Better get going, though – you don’t want to miss the boat!

NAKED TRUTH No shirt? No pants? No problem. On a Bare Necessities cruise, once the captain bellows, “OK you can get naked now,” clothing is only required in the dining room (and in port). The in-the-buff cruises, offered about four times a year, give passengers a chance to vacation “in a nonthreatening environment where the appreciation, wonder and compatibility of nature and the unadorned form can occur,” explains Bare Necessities Tour & Travel Company’s Web site. “People who leave their clothing behind in a social setting are also more able to check their egos at the door and be themselves,” adds Nancy Tiemann, company president. Sans-clothes trips also lead to an acceptance of your body, imperfections and all, she promises. There’s also less anguish about what to pack. And imagine not having to worry about fitting into

your pants after those heavenly midnight buffets!

Passengers get up close and personal with celebrities the minute they embark and continue with autograph and photo sessions, cocktail and beach parties, a trivia game and a chance to create a soap opera script and act it out with the stars. Ready to act on your instincts? The next Soap Cruise leaves Miami January 28th, 2010 and the first 150 people to sign up for the fourday trip aboard the Celebrity Century will dine with the stars during an exclusive VIP breakfast.

The cruise, hosted by soap hunk Cameron Mathison, stops at Key West and Cozumel, and in between there are plenty of opportunities to interact with your favorite actors and actresses. Perhaps you’d like to dish with Nadia Bjorlin about Chloe’s affair with the doctor on Days of Our Lives or catch up on Jessica‘s One Life to Live antics with Bree Williams. You could end up playing the slot machine next to John Brotherton (Jared on One Life To Live) or watching the sunset along with Greg Vaughan (Lucky on General Hospital) There are, however, some verboten activities. The stars’ cabins are offlimits. And no, you can’t shower with them. “You wouldn’t believe what we’ve been asked,” quips Mike Gold, president of Celebrity Events Group, which sponsors the annual cruises. Although, he adds, passengers are always “amazed” at how much quality time they get to spend with the stars. Cruises start at $925. For more information, call 888-381-4654 or visit

The cruises, which range from eight to 15 days, include events like “Undressed To Kill: James Bond Night.” The eight-day FantaSea Fest Fun Cruise aboard the Carnival Miracle this October will dock in Key West during Fantasy Fest and in Cancun during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. “In our 19 years of clothes-free cruising, we have found that no one enjoys a good costume party more than nudists,” the Web site states (are we the only ones that find this a bit ironic?). The revelry continues at sea, with activities including body painting, parties and a Halloween ball. Now, for the practical information: Without pockets, where do passengers keep their key cards? They use wrist packs. Rates begin at $1,700. For more information, call 512-499-0405 or visit

Clockwise from Top: Austin Peck (Brad on As the World Turns) acts out a scene on stage with a lucky fan. Front Row, Left to right: Ricky Paull Goldin (Jake on All My Children), Bradford Anderson (Spinelli on General Hospital) and Christian LeBlanc (Michael on The Young and the Restless) were joined by 15 other soap opera stars on a soap cruise. A cruise passenger holds up an autographed script from The Bold and The Beautiful.

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Praagh urges you to sail with him on this 10-day ghostly voyage where he says you’ll learn how to recognize and communicate with spirits, relay spirit messages, explore intuition, know when a place is being haunted and discover how to keep away psychic vampires.

Spiritual medium James Van Praagh hosts a 10day cruise where he says you’ll learn how to recognize and communicate with spirits, explore intuition, know when a place is being haunted and discover how to keep away psychic vampires.

GIVE A KNIT Melissa Gower’s cruises have a common thread. And that’s crucial when you’re the founder of Craft Cruises, which unites crafters across the world for enriching, educational journeys themed around knitting (considered cool among the arty set). Passengers can weave their way through as many as 18 class hours, increasing their skills and learning new techniques with topics ranging from lace knitting to tips and tricks and disaster recovery classes (how do I fix that?) While in port, they ferret out the best yarn shops – there’s nothing like the high-quality lowpriced yarn in China, says Gower, who got hooked on knitting in 1998. If there’s an especially fruitful port-shopping trip, passengers gather after dinner for a show-and-tell with their treasures, says Gower. Often, they’ll sit a spell and work on projects they started during class. And yes, some people even knit at dinner. On one cruise, the group brought its knitting needles to the Great Wall of China. A cruise that docked in Halifax, Nova Scotia included a visit to The Fleece Artist where knitters watched custom hand-dyed yarns being created. And an upcoming Alaskan cruise


will include a visit to a co-op where women harvest qiviut – the wool of the muskox – which is eight times warmer than sheep’s wool and even softer than cashmere.

“A lot of people are looking for answers within themselves; they are on a spiritual self-awareness path these days,” says Ron Oyer, owner of Life Journeys, which organized the cruise. “This will be a very small, intimate group. Sometimes when James lectures, there are hundreds of people so this is a good opportunity for people to learn from him.”

For knitting aficionados, these cruises are a rare chance to indulge in an uninterrupted passion.

Van Praagh, whose TV appearances include Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America will do readings – and it’s a very emotional, moving experience when a spirit comes though, Oyer says. “There is a spirit world but there’s nothing to be afraid of.”

“A lot of people are busy and don’t have time to improve their skills and focus on something they enjoy,” says Gower, whose company also offers scrapbooking, beading and other creative adventures on the high seas. “This is a chance to focus on practicing and improving their craft. And you’re with others who share your passion,” she says. “You have that common language.” And they have a great yarn to tell when they return home.

The cruise, dubbed “Exploring the Unseen World,” takes place aboard Holland America’s Noordam, which travels to some of the Mediterranean’s most gorgeous and fascinating cities: explorations include famous churches, monuments and fountains in Rome, the Picasso museum in Barcelona, the ruins of Pompeii in Naples, the territory of the legendary Godfather in Sicily and the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona.

Prices range from $649 to $3,500, plus class fees, which are about $15 per class hour. For more information, call 877-972-7238 or visit

Back on the ship, cruisers will experience even more natural wonders, promises Van Praagh, whose books include Ghosts Among Us, Talking to Heaven and Healing Grief, and who is the co-executive producer of the CBS show, Ghost Whisperer. Says Van Praagh, “You will never look at life and death the same.”

SEA DEAD PEOPLE Ever had the feeling someone was watching over you? Or dreamt that a departed loved one was trying to relay a message? If so, spiritual medium James Van

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Prices begin at $2,200, plus port charges and taxes. For more information, call 888-259-9191 or visit

DRESS TO KILL Someone on this cruise is going to die. But don’t worry: it won’t be you. The whodunit murder-mystery cruises have a strict rule: a passenger can’t be the corpse. That would ruin all the fun. Instead, passengers are given other deadly roles to play while they investigate a lethal incident. The mayhem begins even before the ship sets sail – travelers receive a letter from one of the characters giving them the first clues about the mystery that’s about to unfold. The intrigue escalates after boarding – assigned roles are divulged, mysterious notes are slid under cabin doors, mystifying phone calls are received and passengers are sent on secret rendezvous. The plot thickens during dinner when the clues are as bountiful as the portions. It’s not mandatory to have a role, so if you’re shy, just enjoy the show. After all, it’s a comedy as well as a murder mystery. Everyone can partner in crime with professional actors on their own terms. Cruisers – who are encouraged to wear costumes and dress to kill – aren’t always in sleuth mode, as the game is suspended when the ship is in port. The next perplexing mystery unfolds during the August 29th, seven-night cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, which sails from Miami to the Eastern Caribbean, with stops including San Juan and St. Maarten. Dubbed “Double Trouble, the Mysterious Case of the Manx,” it’s a case of corporate espionage, with everything from romance to backstabbing (who knows, maybe literally?) If you enjoy a little intrigue with your travel, it’s no mystery that you’ll like this cruise. Prices start at $844; Florida specials may be available. For more information, call 661-297-3208 or visit O

from Top: Craft Cruises passengers at the Great Wall of China. A local weaver in Peru demonstrates traditional weaving techniques for a Craft Cruises group. The Amalfi Coast and a bridge in Florence, Italy, both stops during the "Exploring the Unseen World" cruise. Actors on a Whodunit Mystery Cruise.

CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE Don’t see what you want here? There are plenty more out there to float your boat! Check out, which lists more than 500 niche cruises, with topics ranging from politics and cooking to polka and Elvis Presley. You can even create your own.

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Bayside Marketplace, Miami

Sometimes The Best Getaways Are Closest To Home By Julie Kay

Yes, the economy is in chaos, but that’s no reason to forego a family vacation this summer. Since we live in a state packed with theme parks, pristine beaches and fun activities – a paradise in which other people come to vacation – why not remain close to home? Always at your service, The Boca Raton Observer has assembled a list of 25 staycation and day-trip options, all guaranteed to inspire and provide good times for kids of all ages. From airboat rides and shopping meccas to waterslides and mansion tours, there’s something fun for everyone.

At Bayside, you’ll find the best of Miami all rolled into one spot. Located downtown next to the AmericanAirlines Arena, Bayside is an enclave of restaurants and shops, all surrounding a waterfront stage, which frequently features live music. A number of boats provide tours of Biscayne Bay, Millionaire’s Row, Fisher Island and the Port of Miami. Most tours are reasonably priced, and you can choose a refreshing speedboat ride, party boat (replete with blaring salsa music) or a more leisurely cruise. Stroll through stores and kiosks, grab a meal at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. or one of the other myriad restaurants, sip mojitos while enjoying live music, and then catch a boat ride. ¿Es un bueno tiempo, no? For more information, call 305-5773344 or visit

Bayside Park Right: Busch Gardens

Biscayne National Park, Key Biscayne Key Biscayne is renowned for its vibrant underwater vistas, and the best


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Clockwise from top left: Jaguar at Miami Metrozoo, Kennedy Space Center, Rapids Water Park, Key West, Everglades National Park, Dolphin Harbor, Wannado City, Whitehall Flagler Museum, Jupiter Lighthouse, Lion Country Safari, Busch Gardens. Right: Blue Morpho butterfly and Piano Key butterfly from Butterfly World

way to take it all in is by glass-bottom boat. Located on the Key, Biscayne National Park offers three-hour tours that begin by cruising Biscayne Bay’s undisturbed mangrove shoreline (the longest on the East Coast), where a captain will point out exotic birds, vegetation and the occasional manatee or dolphin. Once in open waters, grab a seat around the glass windows lining the boat’s floor for the real show: The world’s third-largest coral reef is teeming with vibrant, colorful fish, stingrays, sea turtles and shipwreck remnants. After the tour, check out the aquarium and visitor center, or head back to the beach for some relaxation. If you get seasick, there’s Dramamine for sale onboard. For more information, 305-230-1100 or visit

Boomers!, Boca Raton and Dania Beach Got kids? Then you’ve likely heard of Boomers!, the family amusement park chain with locations in Boca Raton and Dania Beach. Here

you’ll find an array of arcade games and diversions, including the new Guitar Hero, as well as old reliables like Skee-ball, bowling, bumper cars, go karts, laser tag, miniature golf and rock climbing. The Dania location, the larger of the two, also offers carnival rides, including the Hurricane, a giant wooden rollercoaster. You’ll also find bumper boats and cars for plenty of crashing and splashing. The parks offer free four-hour admission on birthdays and $35 unlimited, all-day play with online ticket purchases. After a day at Boomers!, your kids will thank you – at least, until it’s time for chores. For more information, call 561-3471888 or 954-921-1411 or visit

Busch Gardens, Tampa Busch Gardens offers close encounters with animals, a safari across the Serengeti Plains and year-round live entertainment – but for thrills and chills, check out the roller-coasters

and water rides. Located in Tampa, the park offers a variety of coasters, including SheiKra, a floorless dive coaster that rolls 200 feet up and 90 degrees down; Gwazi, a wooden coaster; and Scorpion, which features a 360-degree spiral loop. But wait, there’s more: the Tanganyika Tidal Wave plunges 55 feet to waters below, creating a monstrous wave, while a white-water rafting ride features waterfalls, plunges and a cave. Jungala, the park’s newest section, offers zip-line rides through a rainforest and a multi-story maze of rope bridges and nets (kids love this). For more information, call 1-888-8005447 or visit

Butterfly World, Coconut Creek Butterfly World, located in Coconut Creek’s Tradewinds Park, is the globe’s largest butterfly park – not to mention the first of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. Here, you’ll find an astounding 10,000 butterflies with aviaries filled with fountains, ponds, waterfalls and brilliant

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tropical plants. Check out the tiny, rainbow-hued hummingbirds suckling nectar from feeding tubes as butterflies flit about (one might even land on your shoulder). There’s also a bug zoo at the rear of the insectarium with impressive versions of the dead variety in display cases – this will fascinate your kids, who can see mounted insects and spiders as big as a human head. Make sure to stroll the striking botanical garden, which has one of the world’s largest collections of passion-flower vines. For more information, call 954-9774400 or visit

Coral Castle, Homestead Laden with mystery and lore, the twostory Coral Castle in Homestead was the home of Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian who settled in Florida in 1926 after being jilted by his fiancée. Legend has it he came down with tuberculosis but spontaneously healed due to magnetic energy, and spent the next 28 years single-handedly building the limestone castle in honor of his lost love. The unique home, now a tourist attraction, features a sundial, obelisk, Polaris telescope, barbecue, water well and fountain, with furnishings including a heart-shaped table, 25 rocking

chairs, a bathtub, beds and a royal throne – all crafted of coral rock, sans mortar. Not surprisingly, the Coral Castle was featured on the TV show, That’s Incredible. It truly is. For more information, call 305-2486345 or visit

Disney World, Orlando You’re not really a Floridian until you’ve been to Disney World – several times. The best part about going in summer? The crowds are a bit smaller, which means shorter lines! With four amusement parks, two water parks, and myriad hotels and shopping districts, this Orlando spot is truly the happiest place on earth. Can one ever truly tire of Cinderella’s Castle, spectacular fireworks or foods from around the world? After dark, find a babysitter and head to Downtown Disney, the grownup entertainment area that features Cirque de Soleil’s La Nouba, the five-story DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive theme park, Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant and the House of Blues. By the way, there are deals to be had, such as free admission to one of the theme parks on your birthday. For more information, call 407-9396244 or visit

Above: Disney's Magic Kingdom left: Diva Duck amphibious tours


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Diva Duck Amphibious Tours, West Palm Beach

Everglades Holiday Park, Fort Lauderdale

Diva Duck Amphibious Tours provides tours of West Palm Beach by land and sea via its unique combination bus/boat. Hosted by a jovial guide, the 75-minute narrated tour begins on land at CityPlace, which then rolls by downtown’s historic neighborhoods and the convention center. The bus/boat then splashes into the Lake Worth lagoon, passing manatees, dolphins, turtles and other subtropical wildlife before entering the Intracoastal, where you’ll cruise by multimillion-dollar mansions (think Mar-a-Lago) and the site of the JFK bomb shelter. Next, it’s back on land via the Currie Park boat ramps for a tour of Clematis Street before returning to CityPlace.

The Everglades truly is Mother Nature’s finest achievement. Also called “The River of Grass,” this natural habitat is best explored by airboats, which skim the marshy waters at high speeds. Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale offers rides piloted by expert guides who point out native birds, flora and other natural wonders (their unique boats offer covered passenger seats, providing protection from water, bugs and sun). Don’t be surprised if your guide stops the boat just feet from alligators sunning themselves (it’s considered a good luck ritual). Think that’s scary? Wait till the captain passes around containers filled with tarantulas indigenous to the area (you can skip that part). This is about as close to natural splendor as you can get.

For more information, call 561-8444188 or visit

Dolphin Harbor, Miami Seaquarium As a South Floridian, you’ve likely seen dolphins before – but have you ever gone swimming with one? You can at Miami Seaquarium’s Dolphin Harbor. First, learn about the friendly marine mammals in an interactive, educational classroom presentation. Next, it’s time to don a wetsuit for some live dolphin interaction, where you can kiss, hug and pet your shiny new pal. Note: you must be 52 inches or taller to take part, and kids ages 5 and older must limit dolphin interaction to the shallow pool and only when accompanied by an adult. What a splash! For more information, call 305-3615705 or visit

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Hollywood Beach Florida boasts some of the country’s most beautiful beaches, and Hollywood Beach is also one of the most family-friendly. Its two-mile Broadwalk is lined with kitschy tourist shops, pizza-and-beer joints, ice cream parlors and fine dining restaurants, as well as designated lanes for walking, biking and rollerblading (rentals range from skates to six-seat bikes). And did we mention the great people watching? The Broadwalk, built in 1923, recently was renovated with fancy pavers, acorn lamps and low walls with LED lights that make for ambient nighttime strolling. There’s also an

Clockwise from top: Dolphin Harbor, alligator show at Everglades Holiday Park, airboat ride at Everglades Holiday Park, Hollywood Beach.

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old-fashioned bandshell for the occasional dance or concert and a nearby garage off Johnson Street offers reasonably priced, all-day parking. This is a perfect – and perfectly inexpensive – family day. For more information, call 954-9242980 or visit

IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame Museum, Dania Beach Fishing enthusiasts are hooked on the Fishing Hall of Fame Museum, located adjacent to the Bass Pro Shop in Dania Beach. You’ll find an ocean of fish-related films, galleries, exhibits and more. Your kids will enjoy the fishing film, bait-and-tackle galleries and the catch gallery, which offers virtual fishing and other interactive exhibits. The Fishing

Hall of Fame features fishing stories, records and accomplishments along with mounted, life-size world-record catches. At the outdoor boardwalk, which circles 3.5 acres of wetlands, visitors can take photos with a humongous swordfish at the marina and walk a nature trail brimming with wildlife. If the museum inspires you, head next door to the Bass Pro Shop for some retail therapy. Cap off the day with a fresh seafood dinner at the adjacent Islamorada Fish Co. For more information, call 954-922-4212 or visit

Jungle Island, Miami Beach Formerly called Parrot Jungle, Jungle Island was renamed in 2007 to reflect the park’s shift to accommodate a variety of wild and exotic animals. Located off the MacArthur Causeway, the Is-

land is home to hundreds of flower and plants varieties, 500 tropical birds, and a variety of exotic and domestic creatures including Vulcan, a 900pound liger (a cross between a male lion and female tiger); Mama Cass, the world’s only trained Cassowary (reportedly the world’s most lethal bird) and Hank, the Crocosaurus (the Western Hemisphere’s largest crocodile at 2,000 pounds). While there, take in four animal shows, visit the petting barn, observe African penguins feeding, swim at the new private beach and check out breathtaking Flamingo Lake, packed with scores of the bright pink birds. Don’t forget your camera. For more information, call 305-4007000 or visit

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse, Jupiter There’s something magical about a lighthouse, twinkling majestically above the horizon. The fire-engine red Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse in northern Palm

Beach County was recently restored and offers tours daily, from Tuesday through Sunday (call about sunset tours). During your visit, a guide leads you up steps to the very top, where the views are spectacular. The oil house – a building once used to store kerosene, which powered the lighthouse – has been converted to a small museum, and a building outside the station serves as a gift shop and meeting place. An interesting bit of history: During the tower’s $850,000 restoration in 1999, archaeologists uncovered shells and pottery fragments believed to be remnants of a Native American colony, dating from around 700 AD. For more information, call 561-7478380 or visit

Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral Star Trekkies and astronomy buffs will enjoy the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which houses museums showcasing actual space capsules and aircraft, a simulation space shuttle launch, two IMAX theatres and bus tours of the center’s restricted areas, including the grounds of Launch Complex 39. Make sure to visit the Apollo-

Top From left: Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Launch Experience, lunch with an astronaut Below From left: Girl with parrots at Jungle Island, Great Hall at IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Museum, the wetlands at IGFA, Key West Eco Discovery, Tamarin monkey at Monkey Jungle, Squirrel monkeys at Monkey Jungle, rhino at Lion Country Safari, Giraffe Feeding at Miami Metrozoo


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Saturn V Center, which is built around a restored Saturn V launch vehicle, and relive the Apollo program at two theaters, one which recreates the environment inside an Apollo-era firing room during a launch. During the tour, you’ll get to see where modules for the International Space Station are tested.

in the crystal-clear waters surrounding historic Fort Jefferson and strolling Duval Street, which is lined with great shops and restaurants. Cap off the day at Mallory Square, home to some of the world’s most spectacular sunsets, where carnival performers help lend to the magical ambiance.

For more information, call 321-4494400 or visit

For more information, call 1-800-FLAKEYS or visit

Key West

Lion Country Safari, West Palm Beach

Affectionately dubbed “Margaritaville”, Key West is renowned for its charm, history and beaches, as well as boating, fishing, diving and other water sports. While there, take the trolley tour and visit the Ernest Hemingway museum and gingerbread mansions or the conch train tour to check out the tin-roofed houses. Other recommended activities include viewing the incredible shipwreck treasures at Mel Fisher’s Maritime Heritage Society Museum, swimming and snorkeling

Take a drive on the wild side at Lion Country Safari, located in Loxahatchee in western Palm Beach County. This African-style safari is one of the world’s few places where visitors can actually drive through an animal sanctuary. The trip takes about an hour, but go at your own pace with the help of an audiotaped guide. Stop roadside, where there’s a good chance of getting close to giraffes, monkeys, rhinoceri, zebras, elephants and of course, the big bosses – the lions. If you’re lucky, ostriches will

stick their faces up to your car windows, making for terrific videos. Perhaps the biggest thrill is the chimpanzee area, where you can observe – from a distance – the animals swinging from ropes, climbing trees and playing. At the end of the five-mile roadway, there’s a theme park with a petting zoo, giraffefeeding exhibit and rides.

blue-and-gold macaw. For an interactive experience, take a camel ride or visit the new Samburu Giraffe-Feeding Station, where animals eat right from your hand.

For more information, call 561-7931084 or visit

Monkey Jungle, South Miami

Miami Metrozoo Miami Metrozoo is one of this country’s best zoos, with a subtropical climate that accommodates a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa. It’s also one of the country’s first free-range zoos, comprised entirely of cageless exhibits, with animals grouped according to geographic territory: Animals that co-exist in the wild are placed together, while those that don’t play nicely are separated by moats. Check out the new Amazon & Beyond exhibit, where 100 species include jaguars, anacondas, toucans, red-eyed tree frogs and more. There’s also a kids’ zoo, where children can sidle up to Stitch, the blue-tongued skunk, Petunia, the kinkajou and Maggie, the

For more information, call 305-2510400 or visit

Monkey Jungle bills itself as the place “where humans are caged and monkeys run wild,” and it’s true. Located in South Miami-Dade, monkeys run free in this 30-acre park. The preserve is home to 30 species, including guenons, spider monkeys, colobus monkeys and the endangered Golden Lion Tamarin. But the true stars are the more than 80 Java monkeys who dive into the wild collecting crabs and shellfish along the riverbanks and mangrove swamps. A free-flight aviary houses myriad birds, while an Amazonian rainforest features plants, trees and palms from Iquitos, Peru, as well as hawks, raccoons and yellow rat snakes. Talk about your call of the wild. For more information, call 305-2351611 or visit

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Clockwise from top: taiko drummer at Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Rapids Waterpark, The Great Hall at Whitehall Flagler Museum, a bridge in St. Augustine, student chefs at Wannado City

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Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Beach East meets west at the tranquil Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, where you’ll find rotating gallery exhibits, monthly tea ceremonies and festivals. There’s a permanent exhibit chronicling the history of the Yamato Colony, a Japanese farming community that existed in South Florida 100 years ago, as well as 5,000 art objects and artifacts. The property features acres of lovely gardens with strolling paths, shinden islands, bonsai trees, lakes teeming with koi fish, nature trails and pine forests. Stay into the evening, when Morikami hosts its summer “Sushi & Stroll,” event, where guests walk the gardens at sunset, enjoy food and drink and listen to the beat of Ronin Taiko, a drumming ensemble. Konichiwa! For more information, call 561-4950233 or visit

1,000 feet of watery darkness. For the little ones, there’s the Splish Splash Lagoon, Alligator Alley and the Tadpool wading pool, replete with floating swamp animals. You bring the swimsuit and suntan lotion – Rapids Water Park will provide the fun. For more information, call 561-8428756 or visit

St. Augustine Charming St. Augustine was discovered in 1513, making it the nation’s oldest city. Explore its rich history, starting with the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a fortress built in the 1700s, and adjacent Fort Matanzas, a watchtower built in the 1600s. Next, stop by Ponce de Leon Archaeological Park, and learn about the legendary explorer, best known for discovering the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine (you can sample or buy some of the water). History buffs will appreciate the Lightner Museum’s unique collections ranging from shrunken heads and mummies to stained glass and crystal. Check out the city’s quaint cafes and bed and breakfasts, then visit its pristine beaches, perfect for boating, fishing, diving, surfing and parasailing. Is it any wonder that people have been sailing here for centuries? For more information, call 904-8251000 or visit

Rapids Water Park, Riviera Beach You won’t find a cooler place for kids of all ages than Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach. Parents appreciate floating down the quarter-mile Lazy Water via inner tube, ducking watershooting canons and bobbing through an aquatic rainforest. Kids will adore the 29 waterslides, including the Body Blaster, which features roller-coasterstyle drops and stomach-churning curves as riders are swept through

Whitehall Flagler Museum Right: Henry Flagler

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, South Miami Fronting beautiful Biscayne Bay in Miami sits Vizcaya, an opulent Northern Italian mansion. Built by the wealthy industrialist James Deering, who used it as a winter residence from 1916 to 1925, the manse and its exquisite formal gardens are open to the public and is a popular spot for weddings and commercial photography. The house

contains more than 70 rooms decorated in ancient artifacts and European furnishings from the 15th through early 19th centuries. The home’s backyard views of Biscayne Bay are amazing, but equally impressive are the acres of Versailleslike gardens, filled with charming nooks and crannies, aging limestone fountains and statues and small garden houses. You may feel like you’re in ancient Rome, but the lush flora is pure Florida. For more information, call 305-2509133 or visit

Wannado City, Sunrise Kids 14 and under get the experience of a lifetime at Wannado City in Sunrise, an indoor amusement center where they can try out various professions. Future physicians work at Wannado’s hospital, donning scrubs and delivering toy babies; future pastry chefs whip up real cakes at a bakery and future firefighters ride engines and put out “fires,” complete with real smoke. Children can also try acting, journalism, archeology and more. To make the experience even more authentic, kids are paid for their play employment with “Wongas” to be spent at the theme park’s beauty sa-

lon (for a real shampoo or manicure) or jewelry store (where they can make their own bracelets). And don’t worry about losing track of your kids: A unique system allows parents to track them via security bracelets. For more information, call 1-888-WANNADO or visit

Whitehall Flagler Museum, Palm Beach For the quintessential Palm Beach experience, check out the Whitehall Flagler Museum, former home to Henry Flagler, co-founder of Standard Oil and the man who brought the railroad to South Florida. Modeled after a Beaux Arts Palace, the museum appears as it did in 1902, down to its opulent furnishings, china, clothing and jewelry. The 70,000-square-foot mansion is decorated in a range of styles, from Louis XIV to Italian Renaissance. Built around a central courtyard, the mansion features rooms with marble floors, full-length tapestry wall hangings and hand-painted ceilings. Several rooms are devoted to historical documents, photographs and memorabilia. Make sure to check out Flagler’s personal railway car, one of the museum’s highlights. For more information, call 561-6552833 or visit O

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GET PHYSICAL AT CUTTING EDGE FITNESS OF BOCA RATON Whether you are looking to get into shape for the summer, or just plain bored with your everyday gym routine, Cutting Edge Fitness of Boca Raton is just the place you are looking for. This boutique classes-only facility offers an array of classes from Reformer Pilates, Boca’s only Power Plate classes, Virtual Spinning, exceptional cardio classes and more, all in a small group setting. Best of all, there are no contracts or memberships to take classes at Cutting Edge Fitness.

Cutting Edge Fitness | 21184 Saint Andrews Blvd. Boca Raton | 561-368-6588 |


FREE TEETH WHITENING FOR LIFE AT DESIGNER DENTAL! Designer Dental, the office of Dr. Robert Adami, is truly different by design! Receive COMPLIMENTARY TEETH WHITENING FOR LIFE with your initial Exam, X-rays and Cleaning completed in our office! You can’t help but be relaxed in our warmly appointed one-of-a kind dental spa! When you arrive you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in our reception area and for your ultimate comfort during your treatments, we offer you custom iPods, aromatherapy, massage chairs, Nitrous oxide, blankets and pillows. Call for your COMPLIMENTARY Consultation and X-rays Today!

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THE LATEST IN LIPO FROM MD BEAUTY LABS Dr. Daniela Dadurian, medical director of MD Beauty Labs, has recently unveiled her latest procedure, Palomar’s Slim Lipo Laser. The Slim Lipo Laser is a less traumatic and more effective way to eliminate unwanted fat. In addition, it achieves great results with skin tightening. The Slim Lipo Laser eliminates the risk associated with general anesthesia as patients receive only a mild sedative and local anesthesia. This summer the practice will transform into an impressive 4,100-square-foot medical spa and wellness center at The

Whitney in West Palm Beach.

MD Beauty Labs | 1411 North Flagler Drive, Suite 9000 | West Palm Beach 561-655-MDBL (6325) |

JULIET SALON CREATES SUMMER TRENDS Our summer mode starts with natural, cool shimmering beachy blondes. Moving toward fire we create vibrant sun-kissed hues of red. Next level creates deep chocolate shades glistening with gold bronze overtones. As always the ultimate daring will covet sleek, iridescent black locks with mirrored shine built in. Our Summer Special, for first-time clients only, includes a complimentary blow-dry with any color service; for existing clients, a complimentary manicure with a facial.

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GIRLS GETAWAY— A SUITE DEAL WYNDHAM GARDEN HOTEL, BOCA RATON Check into one of our beautiful, spacious suites and enjoy a chilled bottle of Champagne delivered to your room. Upon arrival, you’ll receive a $50 Simon Mall Gift Card and two $10 Saks Fifth Avenue Spa coupons. Our complimentary shuttle will take you over to Boca Town Center for a day of shopping and self-indulgence. When you ladies get back to the hotel, spend the evening relaxing in our refreshing pool or sipping cocktails in the Starbucks café and lounge. Count on the Wyndham Boca Raton for a “Suite” Girls Weekend!

Wyndham Garden Hotel | 1950 Glades Road | Boca Raton 561-368-5200 |

BENVENUTO CATERESTAURANT PARTY OF 4 OR 400 Benvenuto Caterestaurant is known throughout South Florida as THE destination for Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Corporate and Social Affairs. Our superb continental cuisine customized to your specifications is cooked to order and presented with elegant, white-gloved service in your choice of seven richly appointed rooms. The innate history of our original 1919 Mizner-designed building will make any event magical. Benvenuto also provides open dining Friday through Sunday and special entertainment such as opera several times a month.

Benvenuto Caterestaurant | 1730 North Federal Highway Boynton Beach | 561-364-0600 |

TOOJAY’S ORIGINAL GOURMET DELI WELCOMES SUMMER WITH NEW ITEMS We’ve added some refreshing and healthful salads to our mix, as well as Vegetarian Temptations and Heart Healthy selections. Stop in for a Bistro Steak Salad, Garden Harvest or Tuna Nicoise Salad. How about a Tuscan Chicken Ciabatta or Chicken Caprese. Want to work more veggies into your mid-day meal? Try the Vegetable Quesadilla or Vegetable Reuben Ciabatta... and for the meat lover - our Jaynormous - the largest corned beef sandwich in the world!

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Stop In To Truluck’s For Wine Down Wednesdays! All night each Wednesday, all summer long, enjoy half off all bottles of wine. Wine is the perfect complement to Truluck’s Summer Crab Season menu. Savor the freshest seafood from around the globe, including: Florida Soft Shell Blue Crab, Maine Jonah Crab, Alaskan Golden King Crab, South African Coldwater Lobster Tail and Hawaiian Opakapaka.

Truluck’s | In Mizner Park | 351 Plaza Real Boca Raton | 561-391-0755 |

New York Prime Is The Place To Be In Boca This summer, join us for “Wines of the Times”, which is a superb selection of premium value wines at exclusive pricing. Enjoy custom cocktails, fine cigars, and good friends at Boca’s best happy hour. New York Prime is the true steakhouse experience, serving only the very best USDA Grade Prime for every cut of beef including filet mignon. This summer, experience New York Prime for yourself.

New York Prime | 2350 Executive Center Drive Boca Raton | 561-998-3881

cool off this summer At Uncle Julio’s With new menu items on the table and new cocktails including a frozen strawberry margarita, passion fruit margarita served on the rocks, and a 10 Cane Mojito. For lunch, try the new half order of chicken or fajita strip quesadillas served with fruit; or the “El Campo” featuring one enchilada and one crispy taco, served with rice, frijoles a la charra and fresh flour tortillas. And, for dessert, the highly popular chocolate empanada is muy delicioso!

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atrons will get to wine, dine and make a difference June 25th at Share Our Strength’s “Taste of the Nation”, the country’s largest culinary benefit. The event, which takes place at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, will feature top local chefs and mixologists, all of whom will whip up an appetizing evening to fight famine and feed the needy in our community. The event’s theme promises, “Hunger is Senseless. This event is not!”

Indeed, it’s recognized as one of South Florida’s most dazzling food and wine celebrations, part of a national movement dedicated to ending youth hunger by raising funds at more than 55 events across the United States and Canada. Since its inception 20 years ago, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $72 million. Proceeds raised in 2009 will benefit 149 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad.

Taste of the Nation not only offers guests the chance to eat for a good cause, but to celebrate the flavors of South Florida. This year, expect tasty dishes from The Addison and Seasons 52 in Boca Raton, Café Maxx in Pompano Beach, Café Del Mar in Fort Lauderdale and Dave & Buster’s, Taverna Opa and Lola’s on Harrison in Hollywood, as well as many other South Florida eateries. Event highlights include a VIP cocktail and champagne reception, a Grand Cru lounge and a live/si-

lent auction in which guests can bid on vacations, fine wines and more. The doors open at 6 p.m. for VIPs, and general admission opens at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $100 to $250 per person. O – Alison Schwartz

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Abe & Louie’s4Glades Plaza x 2300 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.


Banyan Bar & Grille at the Addison 42 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.9335 x Dinner nightly. Big City Tavern 4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.361.4551 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bogart’s Bar & Grille4 Muvico 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 561.479.0411 x Dinner daily. Brewzzi4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Brooks Restaurant4 500 South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, off-season Wednesday-Sunday. The Capital Grille46000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.368.1077 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Carmen’s4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Wednesday- Saturday, Brunch Sunday.

Café Boulud at The Brazilian Court Hotel 561-655-6060

Café L’Europe Charley’s Crab The Leopard Lounge and Restaurant at The Chesterfield

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The Flagler Steakhouse at The Breakers 561-659-8488


hink it’s pricey eating out in Palm Beach? Clearly, you haven’t heard that June is Palm Beach Restaurant Month, a celebration of the island’s finest cuisine. As part of the month-long promotion, 14 restaurants will offer a variety of their finest dishes at set prices. A pre-fixe luncheon menu, priced at $20.09, will feature three-courses, and for $35, guests can enjoy a threecourse dinner. Palm Beach Restaurant Month allows both visitors and residents to experience the culinary offerings of Palm Beach at not-so-Palm Beach prices. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit – A. S.

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

Chops Lobster Bar4 101 Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.395.2675 x Dinner nightly.

Gaucho Rodizio44060 N. Federal Hwy. x Lighthouse Point x 954.784.7667 x Dinner daily. Closed Mondays.

Cugini Steakhouse and Martini Bar4270 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.6244 x Dinner nightly.

Grand Lux Café4Town Center x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2141 x Lunch and Dinner daily.



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Temple Orange at The Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach 561-533-6000






The Grille on Congress 45101 Congress Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.912.9800 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Henry’s4The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16850 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.1949 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Houston’s41900 N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily. J. Alexander’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.347.9875 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Kathy’s Gazebo Cafe4 4199 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Kee Grill417940 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly. Linda B.’s441 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.367.0200 x Dinner nightly. Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9557 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mariposa4Neiman Marcus at Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily, Dinner Friday and Saturday. Max’s Grille4Mizner Park x 404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Saturday-Sunday Brunch only. The Melting Pot45455 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7472 x Dinner nightly. Miller’s Boca East Ale House4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Miller’s Boca West Ale House4Boca Lyons Plaza x 9244 W. Glades Road x Boca Raton x 561.487.2989 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Morton’s, The Steakhouse4Shops 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. Opus 54Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. The Pavilion Grille4 301 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

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The Capital Grille's signature Kona-Crusted, Dry-Aged Sirloin with caramelized shallot butter.

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In The Land of Steakhouses, The Capital Grille Is A Rare Find


oes Boca Raton really need another high-end steakhouse? When that steakhouse is The Capital Grille, the answer is a resounding yes. Located in Town Center at Boca Raton, the stunning new landmark actually offers steaks that are handcarved and dry-aged on the premises – something the other guys can’t claim. Dry aging is a very expensive and demanding process, and rarely seen nowadays. But the difference in flavor is, well, capital.

butter and distinct steakhouse char, this dish makes a big, beefy statement. The tender Delmonico, conversely, is served with a delicate porcini-mushroom crust and a sultry, 12-year-aged balsamic finish. Other noteworthy specialties include a Seared Tenderloin with ButterPoached Lobster, Filet Mignon with cipollinis and wild mushrooms, Filet Mignon Oscar, a 24ounce dry-aged Porterhouse and a prodigious Veal Chop.

You’ll taste that difference in the restaurant’s signature bone-in KonaCrusted, Dry-Aged Sirloin. Sporting intense flavor from its magnificent Kona coffee rub, caramelized shallot

But don’t overlook other options, such as the Roasted Chicken, Lamb Chops, Citrus-Glazed Salmon and daily specials from Executive Chef Carmine Di Candia. Sizeable sides


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include Roasted Wild Mushrooms (highly recommended), classic Creamed Spinach and an ultra-decadent Lobster Mac ’N Cheese. Lobster and Crab Cakes, a definite upgrade from the common offering, comprise rustic chunks of lobster and crab, barely held together with the faintest hint of binder. The restaurant’s ambiance is equally resplendent, with rich mahogany furnishings, elegant lighting and meticulous attention to detail. Expect perfection at every turn, as Managing Partner Alev Ersoy and his welltuned staff deliver service as polished as the restaurant’s gleaming stemware. Speaking of stemware, an im-

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pressive wine list boasts nearly 400 labels ($30 to $1,300), and true aficionados can reserve personalized wine lockers. If at all possible, save room for dessert. Homemade mint ice cream and apricot sorbet are cool and refreshing – the perfect endings to a perfect meal. O

where The Capital Grille is located in Town Center at Boca Raton, 6000 Glades Road. The restaurant serves lunch Monday through Friday and dinner nightly. Call 561-368-1077 or visit

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Three Great Reasons To Move Into the Neighborhood. For a city known for good taste, Boca Raton just got tastier. For the most delicious glatt-kosher gourmet food, international wine, beautiful gift baskets and superb catering in town, satisfy your cravings at any of our fine kosher establishments which are all located in The Palms Plaza, 22191 Powerline Road, Boca Raton 33433.






wThe Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants Porterhouse Bar & Grill47050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.391.6601 x Dinner daily.

Vinny’s All Day Cafe4 Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9883 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House 4225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly.

Watercolors Cafe4 Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner nightly.

Seasons 5242300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


Daimatsu Sushi441 Royal Palm Place x Boca Raton x 561.361.7557 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Mai Hibachi44801 Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.2766 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Edo Sushi-Upscale Japanese Sushi & Pan-Asian Buffet4 Waterway Shoppes of Parkland x 7609 N. State Road 7 x 954.755.3191 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Masamune Japanese Restaurant4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.241.8400 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

5 Spice Asian Street Market4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Sonoma Cafe & Bistro4 640 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.8581 x Dinner MondaySaturday.

Bangkok in Boca4Royal Palm Place x 500 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.6912 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Fuji4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Six Tables4112 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6260 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

Sundy House:

Alfresco dining on the patio

P.F. Chang’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.3722 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

House of Siam425 N.E. Second Ave., #116 x Delray Beach x 561.330.9191 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Phuket Thai Restaurant4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Ichiban4Somerset Shoppes x 8841 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.2429 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Japango4Riverstone Shoppes of Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

III Forks Prime Steakhouse4200 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.416.2185 x Dinner nightly. Vertical 1144114 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.338.0553 x Dinner nightly.


Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. The Blue Fish4110 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.FISH (3474) x Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Cay Da Vietnamese4 7400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

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PEI WEI47152 Beracasa Way Delmar Village x Boca Raton x 561.322.1001 x Lunch and Dinner daily41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Gary Woo Asian Bistro43400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Kyoto Sushi Sake425 N.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.2275 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. The Sundy House4106 S. Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

Oriental Cafe4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Kyojin Buffet4Shops at Boca Grove x 21073 Powerline Rd. x 561.218.1708 x Lunch and Dinner daily. La Tre4249 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.4568 x Dinner nightly. LemonGrass Asian Bistro4420 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5050 x Lunch and Dinner daily. 4101 Plaza Real South E. Boca Raton x 561.544.8181 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Saba4499 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.353.4600 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse 4 8316 Jog Rd. x Boynton Beach x 561.369.1788 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.4CityPlace x 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #205 x 561.296.8881 x Lunch and Dinner daily.4Palm Beach Gardens x 4675 PGA Blvd. x 561.202.6888 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Siam Sea47860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561. 483.3440 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday. Soba Sushi4Mizner Park x 415 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.620.0606 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Stir Crazy Cafe4Town Center Mall x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.7500 x Lunch and Dinner daily.



// Sushi Masa47140 Beracasa Way x Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly. Sushi Ray4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI TAI4100 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Zen422191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Taisho420423 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.479.0041 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tempura House4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Uncle Tai’s4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.368.8806 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Yama444 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9929 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Yokohama49168 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

CONTINENTAL Bistro Provence42399 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.2340 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, (Lunch and Dinner Monday in season).

Muy Delicioso Uncle Julio’s Introduces New Summer Menu


othing beats the heat quite like a frozen strawberry margarita. This and other border-style treats have been introduced as part of Boca Raton-based Uncle Julio’s revamped menu, all with the hopes of helping diners survive this summer’s swelter. Expect a variety of offerings for lunch, brunch and happy hour, all created to provide an authentic Mexican experience. New items include El Campo, which includes an enchilada and a crispy taco, served with rice, frijoles a la charra and fresh flour tortillas. Perhaps you prefer a lighter option? Try the fajita strips, served with chicken or beef, and fresh fruit; or a half order of quesadillas, with fillings such as chicken and tomatoes. When throwing caloric caution to the wind, consider the new dessert options, such as a chocolate empanada, made with puff

Le French Bistro4 Parkland Town Center x 6676 Parkside Drive x 954.755.0708 x Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Le Pavillon414812 S.E. Military Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly. Le Rivage4450 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

/ BITES pastry, a warm chocolate filling, a caramel drizzle and a side of ice cream. Or how about a pineapple and apple-raisin empanada? Or flan in flavors ranging from pumpkin and lemonorange to chocolate and coconut? For brunch, the restaurant now offers its famous quesadillas – in breakfast form – as well as a kid’s menu. So what are you waiting for? ¡Coma! Uncle Julio’s is located in Boca Raton at 449 Plaza Real in Mizner Park. For more information, call 561-300-3530 or visit – A. S.

St. Tropez47000 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.8580 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tea-Licious Tearoom & Gifts4Maryann’s Boutique x 4997-B W. Atlantic Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.5155 x Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday ZED 4514451 Mizner Park 201 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner Nightly, Lounge Nightly, Lunch MondaySaturday, Brunch Sunday.

Boheme Bistro and Grill41118 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Le Vieux Paris4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner nightly.

Cafe Joley4187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.4224 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch weekends.

Olio Bistro442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza4 Shops at Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

La Cigale4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0600 x Dinner nightly.

Spontané4432 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.8848 x Lunch Tuesday-Sunday, Dinner Wednesday-Sunday.

Arturo’s Ristorante4 6750 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.


Basil Garden45837 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.2554 x Dinner TuesdaySaturday. Bistro 524100 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.7077 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bova Cucina41901 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.392.5595 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Bova Prime4401 E. Las Olas Blvd. x Fort Lauderdale x 954.767.6555 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Bova Ristorante41450 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.7407 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Cafe Bellino4180 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.393.2844 x Dinner nightly.

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Caffe Luna Rosa434 S. Ocean Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. California Pizza Kitchen4 Town Center Boca Raton x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Campagnolo Family-Style Italian Restaurant4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1990 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Carrabba’s Italian Grill4 Wharfside Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8838 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x Dinner nightly. Casa D’Angelo4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner daily. Coal Mine Pizza4Royal Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Open 7 Days Hand Tossed Pizza Full Catering Menu Original Recipes Old World Atmosphere Incredible Food Full Liquor Bar World Renowned Chefs Extensive Wine List Live Entertainment Open Lunch/Dinner

Cucina D’Angelo4Shops at Boca Center x Boca Raton x 561.750.2344 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Cucina Mio4Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9419 x Dinner nightly. Giovanni’s Coal Fire Pizza4 Waterway Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Il Girasole4Tropic Square x 1911 S. Federal Hwy. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3566 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Josephine’s45751 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.988.0668 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

Summer Specials Call For Details

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


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La Villetta44351 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. La Viola4Royal Palm Place x 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0304 x Dinner nightly.



LILLY’S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Louie Louie Too4201 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Maggiano’s421090 St. Andrews Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Matteo’s Restaurant4 233 S. Federal Hwy x Boca Raton x 561.392.0773 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Paradiso4183 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.361.3034 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Peace A Pizza4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998.BEST (2378) x Lunch and Dinner daily. Piazza de Roma415280 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.865.3366 x Dinner daily. Positano44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly. Pranzo4Mizner Park x 402 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.750.7442 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Renzo’s of Boca45999 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Rino Vesuvio43360 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.5520 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Ristorante Sapori4Royal Palm Place x 99 Royal Palm Plaza x Boca Raton x 561.367.9779 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Saporissimo4366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.2333 x Dinner nightly. Times Square Pizzeria – The Italian Grill Restaurant4 Shoppes at Village Pointe x 6006 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6757 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Tiramisu4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.338.9692 x Lunch in season, Dinner nightly.

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Tramonti4119 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1944 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Trattoria Romana4 499 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6715 x Dinner nightly.

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Call For Details And Menu Selections Monday-Saturday 10-4 Ask About Our Wine & Champagne Selections 4997-B W. Atlantic Avenue  Delray Beach, FL 33445 Northeast Corner Of Atlantic & Military 561-638-5155

VIC AND ANGELO’S 4290 East Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.9570 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Villagio Italian Eatery Mizner Park4344 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.447.2257 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Villa Rosano4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.0112 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Vittorio Ristorante425 S.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.5525 x Dinner nightly.

LATIN/CARIBBEAN Caribbean Grill41332 N.W. Second Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0161 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cuban Cafe Restaurant4 3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.8860 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday June-November). Cabana El Rey4105 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9090 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Gol, Taste of Brazil4411 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.6565 x Dinner nightly. INCA GRILL447 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.395.3553 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.


La Rosa Nautica4515 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.361.7205 x Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. Old Calypso4900 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.279.2300 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly, Brunch weekends. Padrino’s4Mission Bay Plaza x 20455 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.451.1070 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

5101 CONGRESS AVENUE • BOCA RATON, FL 33487 • 561-912-9800 RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED Monday-Friday 11:30 A.M. – 10:00 P.M. • Saturday 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.


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




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

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MoQuila Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar499 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.394.9990 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Señor Burrito4513 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Uncle Julio’s4Mizner Park x 449 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.300.3530 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturdays and Sundays.

MIDDLE EASTERN Turquoise4Royal Palm Place x 507 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.9969 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

sandwiches/DELI Ben’s Deli (kosher) 4 The Reserve x 9942 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.470.9963 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Cantina Cabo4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.1899 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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Boca Dolce Bakery & Café4 Lakeside Centre x 8202 Glades Rd. x 561.479.4011 x Breakfast and Lunch daily. Eilat Café (kosher)4Wharfside Plaza x 6853 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.368.6880 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday. Closed Friday-Sunday. The Gelato Shop Perini48177 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.716.0389 Lunch Monday-Friday. Grill Time (kosher)48177 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.482.3699 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Lunch only Friday. Kosher Marketplace4 22191 Powerline Rd., #5A x Boca Raton x 561.391.3318 x Call for hours. Old School Bakery & Cafe4 814 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.8059 x Breakfast daily.

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TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI  Polo Shops ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.59032200 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.


Fine dining is Boca Raton’s quintessential pastime. Home to many of the nation’s most celebrated chefs and enticing menus, Palm Beach County offers Boca residents countless options to choose from when it comes to finding the choicest cuts of steak and the freshest fish and seafood. As a restaurant owner, you know that reaching the right audience with your advertising campaign can be just as important as providing outstanding service and a flawless dining experience. The Boca Raton Observer is a proven method to attract 130,000 of the affluent patrons you will want to frequent your restaurant year-round.


ATLANTIC FISH GRILL 14820 Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.8338 ❘ Dinner nightly. BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH 40 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast SaturdaySunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. BUSCH’S SEAFOOD840 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY FISH MARKET7940 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.1600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CITY OYSTER213 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.0220 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. J & J RAW BAR634 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday only. JAKE’S STONE CRABRoyal Palm Plaza ❘ 514 Via de Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1055 ❘ Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. LEGAL SEA FOODSTown Center ❘ 6000 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2112 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S University Commons ❘ 1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.2428 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday. 32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.7868 ❘ Dinner nightly. TRULUCK’SMizner Park ❘ 351 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.0755 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE7619 State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9190 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. O

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“Early detection is the key to young children leading successful, productive lives.” — Sharon Alexander, executive director, The Unicorn Children’s Foundation

Lance Ross, Dan Srube, Genevieve and J.D. Murphy ABOVE: David Spiller, Sharon Leon, Yvonne Eldredge, Stephanie Boardman and Barry Berkule RIGHT: Mary Lynn Bartolomeo, Valeria Rosenbloom, Elisabeth Dalfen, Joanne Gabay and Juliette Ezagui

TEE TIME Golf Tournament Benefits The Unicorn Children’s Foundation P

layers traveled from across the country and as far as Montreal to participate in The Unicorn Children’s Foundation’s recent Inaugural Golf Tournament, held at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth. Funds raised from the tournament will support the expansion of a Mobile Screening Clinic that will provide developmental screening and guidance to young children and their families in Palm Beach County. Friends and donors joined local junior golfer, Danny Kayne, and actor Tim Culbertson in vying to win one of the tournament’s Hole-InOne competitions. Prizes included a one-year lease on a 2009 Corvette, courtesy of Millennium In-

ternational Leasing, golf carts from Sunshine Golf Car, and a set of golf clubs and a travel bag courtesy of Palm Beach Golf Center. First, second and third-place foursomes received accolades and awards during a festive cocktail buffet that showcased golf-themed centerpieces donated by Xquisite Events. Guests also enjoyed silent and live auctions featuring dining, travel and golf-related items and received personalized golf bags and towels in appreciation of their tournament participation. The tournament’s chairs included Bobby and Elisabeth Dalfen, Ron and Michelle Yellin, Jack Stievelman and Doris Taxin. Sponsors

included The Victor, Emily Damiano Charitable Trust, Mike and Valeria Rosenbloom, The Isador S. Segal Trust and Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies. “The Victor and Emily Damiano Charitable Trust was so pleased to be a major sponsor of The Unicorn’s first annual golf tournament, as we have long supported the work of The Unicorn Children’s Foundation,” said trustee Yvonne Eldredge. “We appreciate the generosity of our sponsors, donors and friends who help us to unlock the potential of our very special children through early identification, education and awareness of evidence-based intervention,” said Sharon Alexander,

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The Unicorn Children’s Foundation’s executive director. “Early detection is the key to young children leading successful, productive lives.” The Unicorn Children’s Foundation, which has headquarters in South Florida and Montreal, promotes and supports education, awareness and research initiatives globally on behalf of children with developmental, communication and learning challenges. Established in 1995, it fosters coordination between parents, professionals and policy-makers to ensure these children receive the resources necessary to help them reach their full potential. O For more information, please call 561-6209377 or visit

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oca Raton-based NCCI Holdings’ actuaries performed as teachers this spring, when they demonstrated to Florida Atlantic University (FAU) students how to put numbers to work in a top-notch math career they’ve probably never heard of, much less considered.

The 13 college students arrived at NCCI Holdings, a company that manages the nation’s largest database of workers’ compensation insurance information, dressed for business in crisp white shirts and armed with enthusiasm, ready to shadow actuaries at work. The group, all members of FAU’s Actuarial Club, and two faculty members started the day at Starbucks, and then took a quick office tour before dividing into small groups to learn about the numbersinfluenced profession. “There’s no better way to find out about life as an actuary,” said student Tom Mitchell, a professional musician who is undecided about his next career move. “I’m feeling my way, trying a bunch of different avenues. This seems like a nice place to work.”

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Eager to spread the word and help students, NCCI Holdings earlier this winter participated in FAU’s Math Day, where actuaries Ashley Pistole and Nicole Kelefas spoke about the joy of numbers. BEFORE


“We volunteered because we’re excited about our careers as actuaries,” Pistole told a packed classroom. “Hopefully we’ll help you understand what you can do with a degree in math.”




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The work is challenging and creative, the actuaries told students. Actuaries at NCCI calculate risks and rates, and help price legislation governing how much workers should be paid for on-the-job injuries. “Every day is amazing and different,” Kelefas said. NCCI Holdings employs nearly 1,000 professionals dedicated to fostering a healthy workers’ compensation system. NCCI provides highquality information and analytical services to key audiences throughout the country. O

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NATURE AND NURTURE Body & Soul Event Raises $2,100 For Achievement Centers D

elray Beach-based Get Fit! Studio recently hosted Body & Soul 2009, an event that raised $2,100 to benefit the Achievement Centers for Children & Families, a nonprofit social services agency that serves low-income children and families. The event was designed to offer a full day of activities designed to nurture the mind, body and soul, and it did not disappoint. More than 60 guests enjoyed “Rise & Shine Yoga” with Stacey Joiner from The Royal Treatment, along with private yoga instructor Ken Schwartz. Next, guests enjoyed a lecture by Deirdre Abrami, who spoke about angels and their messages, followed by a session of abdominal circuit training. Guests were then treated to a healthy lunch provided by Jill’s Healthy Cooking, and

capped off the day with a guided meditation. Throughout the afternoon, they also were treated to free mini-massages, mini-facials, reflexology, reiki and sacro-cranial massages. The event’s local business participants included Stacey Joiner, Deirdre Abrami, Mandy White, James Greene, Carrie Fisher, Joelle Meehan, Valerie Yoder, Nicole McDonald, Sheree Thomas, Jill Evans and Ken Schwartz. “I am so grateful to the numerous local business owners who donated their time and services at the Body & Soul event,” said Christine King, owner of Get Fit! Studio. “The 2009 event was by far our most successful. We raised a record $2,100 for such a worthy cause and we could not have done it without all our supporters.”

Stacey Joiner and Christine King present a check to Stephanie Seibel

Get Fit! Studio specializes in functional movement training that emphasizes an integrated approach to strength training using multiple muscles simultaneously. The Achievement Centers for Children & Families in Delray Beach provides comprehensive services to educate, train and support at-risk children, youth and families ensuring school readiness, skill-

building opportunities, higher academic performance, improved family functioning and more. O

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LACE UP Companies Support American Heart Association’s Start! Walking Day


he American Heart Association in West Palm Beach recently called on Palm Beach County business leaders and their employees to lace up their walking shoes and pave the way toward company wellness and increased productivity. The effort, designated by the American Heart Association as National Start! Walking Day, was part of a national effort to collectively walk a million miles and raise a million dollars, as well as address the growing need for increased physical activity. The Start! Walking Day was a key event leading up to the annual Palm Beach County Start! Heart Walk, which is scheduled to take place September 26th at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and the Meyer Amphitheatre in Greater West Palm Beach.

Employees get motivated for Start! Walking Day

Palm Beach County companies that participated in the Start! Walking Day included Metropolitan Health Networks, Laird Plastics, The Breakers Palm Beach and Tenet PFS. All held internal celebration rallies and encouraged groups of employees to head out of the office for a brisk walk. The American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise daily. The Start! Initiative is the American Heart Association’s response to rising health costs and losses in employee productivity, which cost corporate America $225.8 billion in losses a year. Initiative components include Fit-Friendly companies, recognition programs, which recognize employers who champion good health in the workplace and the Start! Walking Program, which encourages companies to promote walking at work and recognize and reward employees for their fitness efforts. The Start! Initiative is sponsored locally by Metropolitan Health Networks, Boca Raton Community Hospital, Winn-Dixie Foundation, Merrill Lynch-The Pingleton Group, JFK Medical Center, Shutts and Bowen and the Palm Beach Post. O

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elebrated artists Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. performed at the elegant Colony Hotel in Palm Beach recently in support of Leaders in Furthering Education’s (LIFE) summer camp program, which serves underprivileged children and those with special needs. “What an incredible evening this has been for a most worthy cause,” said Lois Pope, LIFE founder and president. “Marilyn and Billy are worldclass performers! How wonderful to be able to see this show and be here this evening while we raise funds to give underprivileged children a safe and happy summer.”

merous classic songs, including Our Love Is Here To Stay, You Don’t Have To Be A Star, Wedding Bell Blues, Try A Little Tenderness, One Less Bell To Answer and Aquarius/ Let The Sunshine In. They’ve received seven Grammy Awards and earned 15 gold and three platinum records, all the while performing in sold-out concerts and on TV and stage. The married couple in 2004 penned a book, Up, Up and Away... How We Found Love, Faith and Lasting Marriage in the Entertainment World, which shares their secrets of staying happy and committed to each other in Hollywood.

As lead vocalists of The 5th Dimension, the band so popular in the late ’60s and early ’70s, McCoo and Davis, Jr. recorded nu-

The couple’s love was evident during the LIFE performance: From the moment they took the stage to perform their classic song, Up, Up and

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UP , UP AND AWAY Legendary Performers Gather To Benefit LIFE Summer Camps Away, McCoo and Davis had the audience mesmerized. Their hour-long show led guests on an auditory journey through their fabulous 40-year career, along with a few laughs thrown in for good measure. Among those in attendance were Jeff and Elizabeth Bateman, Sunny and Lenny Sessa, Gail Worth, Dick Robinson, Herme de Wyman Miro, Suzi Goldsmith, Norma and Simon Fireman, Alexis Mersentes and Veronica Atkins Mersentes, Barbara Gilbert, Henry Fong and Mary Virginia Knight, BJaye and Frank Pilotte, Susan Chambers, Fred and Kit Bigony, Sy Ziv, Ari Rifkin, and Elissa and Dom Paparone.

Marilyn McCoo, Lois Pope & Billy Davis, Jr.

LIFE is the largest private source of funding for summer camp scholarships in Palm Beach County. In the past 16 years, its events have raised enough funds to send more than 14,000 children to camp.

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FIRST-AID FOR FIDO American Red Cross Teaches Safety Tips For Dog Owners


hanks to the Count & Countess de Hoernle Service Center of the American Red Cross, pet lovers in southern Palm Beach County now have recourse when their furbabies experience medical emergencies. The organization has introduced the Dog First-Aid Guide, a comprehensive manual to help dogs in times of physical turmoil. Included are invaluable tips such as how to best recognize and respond to an emergency, as well as advice regarding how to determine dehydration (particularly prevalent during hot South Florida summers). The guide explains: “To determine dehydration, pull up the skin at the back of your dog’s neck; it should spring back to the normal position immediately.”

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The guide also emphasizes the importance of keeping your pet’s vaccinations up-to-date, and to take adult dogs to the veterinarian at least once a year. The organization recently teemed with local vendors to hold a “Doggie Paw-ty” designed to introduce the Dog First-Aid Guide, as well as provide general information on how to keep dogs healthy. The event included a screening of a dog DVD demonstrating how to administer CPR and firstaid to a pooch. Participating vendors included Pet Smart and Tweedle Pet Products in Delray Beach, and Beast to Beauty, Club Bow Wow, Critter Sitter, TLC Animal Hospital, Tri-County Humane Society and Bow Wow, Meow & More in Boca Raton. “The Dog First-Aid Guide is a must-have for pet lovers – homes with dogs really should not go without it,” says Red Cross CEO Larry Casey, pointing out that there are 44 million dog owners in the United States. “We know pet owners enjoy a very special bond with their pets – they’re part of the family. Just like with people, accidents and emergencies can happen and being prepared by knowing what to do could make a lifesaving difference.” The Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter of the Red Cross also offers a Pet First-Aid course that offers hands-on training. O

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venues Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; JUNE 2-21 Celia: The Life & Music Of Celia Cruz (Knight Concert Hall) Show times vary. JUNE 9 THROUGH JULY 5 Fuerza Bruta (Ziff Ballet Opera House) A nonstop collision of dynamic music, jaw-dropping acrobatics and aerial imagery. Show times vary.

June 29 BeyoncÊ – so iconic she’s achieved one-name status – truly is a Hollywood force to be reckoned with. Born BeyoncÊ Gisele Knowles in Houston, TX, the 28-yearold singer/songwriter/actress first captured America’s attention in the 1990s as the charismatic lead singer of the R&B group Destiny’s Child, which sold more than 50 million records. Now a solo artist, she’s released three commercially successful albums and 12 Top Ten hits, most recently including Single Ladies (Put


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has starred in films including Dreamgirls and Obsessed

In her spare time, she oversees House of Dereon, her family’s fashion line, endorses companies the likes of L’Oreal and Tommy Hilfiger, and travels the social circuit with her hubby, hip-hop artist/businessman Jay-Z. For more BeyoncÊ, check out her 7:30 p.m. show at the BankAtlantic Center.


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06.09 AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; JUNE 13-14 Sesame Street Live’s When Elmo Grows Up Show times vary. JUNE 27 Freestyle Extravaganza Concert featuring disco artists of the ’80s and ’90s. Show begins at 8 p.m.

JUNE 29 Beyoncé Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. JULY 13 Aerosmith With ZZ Top Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. JULY 29 American Idol Live Doors open at 6 p.m. Show begins at 7 p.m.

JULY 12 The Summer Groove All-Star Basketball Game Game begins at 6:30 p.m. JULY 14 WWE Presents Smackdown/ECW Show begins at 6:45 p.m. JULY 30 Ricardo Arjona Show begins at 8 p.m.

AutoNation® IMAX® Theater Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; JUNE 1-30 Wild Ocean: An IMAX 3D Experience Show times vary. JULY 1-31 African Adventure 3D: Safari In The Okavango Show times vary.

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK: The latest finalists will perform in American Idol Live at BankAtlantic Center on July 29th.

BankAtlantic Center One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7825; JUNE 26 An Evening With Il Divo Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.



The Broward Center for the Performing Arts 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; JUNE 13 Next Step Dance, Inc.-Mosaics (Amaturo Theater) Show begins at 8 p.m.

JUNE 23-28 STOMP (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary. JULY 8 Fiddler On The Roof Jr. (Amaturo Theater) Show times vary.


06.09 JULY 18-19 Thomas & Friends Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town (Au-Rene Theater) Show times vary.

INDEPENDENCE DAY Where To Celebrate July 4th

DOWNTOWN DELRAY BEACH Cruzan Amphitheatre 601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach, 561-795-8883;

Enjoy a sand-sculpting contest, patriotic bike and scooter parade, beach concert, food and fireworks. For more information, call 561-279-1380 or visit

light appetizers. Well-behaved, leashed dogs welcome. Tickets are $10 for members; $20 for visitors. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-482-8110. JUNE 18 Movie Night At Sugar Sand Park The Good, The Bad and The

PALM BEACH KENNEL CLUB JULY 24 Rascal Flatts With Darius Rucker: American Living Unstoppable Tour 2009 Show begins at 8 p.m.

Dolphin Stadium 2267 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami, 305-623-6100; JUNE 10, 11, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30 Florida Marlins Baseball Game times vary. JULY 1, 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 28, 29, 30, 31 Florida Marlins Baseball Game times vary.

Enjoy 15 races, the Trackside BBQ, prize drawings, giveaways, and more. For more information, call 561-683-2222 or visit

BAYFRONT PARK Miami’s largest family-friendly celebration features food, fireworks and a kids’ corner. For more information, call 305358-7550 or visit

4TH ON FLAGLER Take in continuous entertainment, food and fireworks in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 561-822-1515 or visit

DEERFIELD BEACH The celebration includes kids’ activities, an oceanfront concert and an evening of fireworks. For more information, call 954-480-4433 or visit

FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH Join the day’s beach festivities and stay for the fireworks over Las Olas Boulevard. For more information, call 954-828-5363 or visit

Hard Rock Live Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 800-937-0010; JUNE 17 Bad Company Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. JUNE 19 Bellator-Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fighting Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. JUNE 30 War And Average White Band Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

JULY 14 Paul Potts Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m.

Parker Playhouse 707 N.E. Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-462-0222; JULY 18 The Fab Faux Beatles tribute band. Show begins at 8 p.m. JULY 19 The Avett Brothers Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

events JUNE 9-15 Sea Turtle Walks The Museum of Discovery & Science will host summer evening turtle walks on Fort Lauderdale beach. Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $16 for members; $18 for non-members. Starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call 954-467-6637 or visit JUNE 17 Tri County Humane Society’s Paws For The Cause This Boca Raton networking fundraiser includes a free drink and

Ugly. Tickets are $1 and include popcorn and a drink. Starts at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-347-3948. JUNE 19 Father’s Day Nature Crafts Show dad how much you care by creating something special at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. For ages 7-12. Reservations required. For more information, call 561-338-1473 or visit JUNE 19 Dad And Daughter Night Celebrate Father’s Day with music, an elegant dinner and a keepsake photo. For more information, call 561-243-7380 or visit JUNE 19-20 King Jewelers 3rd Annual Watch Fair Get a sneak peek at the newest 2009 watches from the Swiss and Basel

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06.09 Fairs. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 305-935-4900 or visit JUNE 20 9th Annual Kayak Against Cancer Novice and veteran paddlers are invited to travel a 12-mile course along Fort Lauderdale’s beachfront. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 954-292-6733 or visit JUNE 21 Father’s Day Reptile Expo And Sale Fun family activities, a reptile photo contest and more. For more information, call 954-473-2955 or visit




JUNE 23 Learn All About Your Camera Photographer Stuart Freedman speaks at the Delray Beach Public Library about the latest advances in digital cameras. Starts at 2 p.m. For more information, call 561-266-9490 or visit

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JUNE 23 The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Smart Talk For Women: Marketing On A Shoe-String Budget Takes place at the Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for members; $50 for non-members and must be purchased in advance online. For more information, call 561-395-4433 or visit JUNE 23-24 Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton Event Meet Yannick Lemaire, international makeup artist and Chanel color specialist and learn tricks of the trade. Takes place on the store’s first floor at Chanel cosmetics. For more information, call 561-620-1327.

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JUNE 27 Island Water Sports’ Get Up/Stand Up Event Enjoy a demonstration and race. For more information, call 954-427-4929 or visit JUNE 28 Spirit of America: Gershwin & Copland The Klezmer Company Orchestra will present this program at Florida Atlantic University’s Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium. Tickets are

06.09 $15-$36. Starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-564-9539 or visit

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JUNE 28 The Gold Dust Twins Enjoy the escapades of tobacco heiress Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton, heiress of the Woolworth fortune. Starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $14. For more information, call 561-558-2520 or visit


JULY 1 THROUGH AUGUST 16 50th Birthday Celebration Of Barbie Barbie doll collectors and fans are invited to participate in this exhibit at the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History. For more information, call 561-243-2662 or visit

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JULY 9 The Summer Groove Golf Classic Golf with NBA champions Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. Starts at 9 a.m. Foursome and individual spots available from $1,000-$4,000. For more information, call 305-476-0095. JULY 10-11 The Muscular Body As Living Art Live exhibition of bodybuilders, followed by an alfresco cocktail party. Takes place at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale’s Horvitz Auditorium and outdoor Sculpture Terrace. Starts at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $25. For more information, call 954-262-0249 or visit

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JULY 17 THROUGH AUGUST 16 Noel Coward’s Private Lives Palm Beach Dramaworks presents this sophisticated comedy to launch the summer season. Tickets are $40 and $42. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-514-4042 or visit JULY 21 Tri County Humane Society’s Paws For The Cause This networking fund-raiser takes place at Chops Lobster Bar and includes a free drink with light appetizers. Tickets are $10 for members; $20 for visitors. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-482-8110. O

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now&noteworthy The Capital Grille In Boca Raton Donates $15K To Boys & Girls Clubs Of Palm Beach County With a commitment to giving back to the local community, The Capital Grille made the donation from wine sales generated during a special preview week at the new Boca Raton location. “Our location in the Town Center affords us a terrific opportunity to be part of the newest dining destination in the city,” says Managing Partner Alev Ersoy. The Capital Grille, 6000 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561-368-1077;

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Alan J. Bauman, M.D. Is Presented With The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s “2009 Small Business Leader Of The Year” Award For the first time, the award was presented to a physician – a board-certified hair restoration surgeon and founder of the Bauman Medical Group. The award recognizes business leaders who demonstrate a commitment to local business and a strong philanthropic involvement in the community. Dr. Bauman is a leading U.S. authority on hair restoration and other cosmetic treatments for men and women and has been both a medical advisor to Men’s Health magazine and a regular guest on NBC’s Today Show. Bauman Medical Group, 6861 S.W. 18th Street, Suite 102, Boca Raton, 561-394-0024;

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Elizabeth Lugo, President And CEO Of The Volen Center Goes To HarvardElizabeth Lugo, who has been with the Volen Center for 15 years, has received a full scholarship award to attend Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. Harvard’s nonprofit educational program is internationally recognized as one of the most prestigious learning opportunities in the nonprofit world. The scholarship was awarded by the Elizabeth Lugo HBS Club of South Florida, the area’s Harvard Business School alumni organization. Lugo will join 100 other nonprofit leaders from around the world on Harvard’s Boston campus. The Volen Center, 1515 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, 561-395-8920;

Ellis, Ged & Bodden P.A. Is Pleased To Announce The Arrival Of Patrick W. Lawlor Board-certified trial attorney Patrick W. Lawlor is a highly respected litigator, specializing in personal injury and wrongful death cases. One of the areas where Mr. Lawlor will add depth to the firm’s expertise is in the area of maritime law cases involving injuries of passengers and crew members which occur on commercial cruise liners and boating accidents, as well as jet ski accidents. Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A., 7171 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561995-1966;

Tobak’s Fine Jewelry … Where All Your Jewelry Desires And Dreams Come True At Tobak’s Fine Jewelry, we pride ourselves on an excellent reputation and superior customer service; this allows us to cater to Boca Raton’s most sophisticated residents and visitors. Affordable elegance in fine jewelry, fine diamonds and gemstones can be found at Tobak’s. Tobak’s Fine Jewelry, 6363 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, 561998-8363;


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King Jewelers Announces Its Nomination For America’s Coolest Store King Jewelers of Aventura is one of 20 finalists and the only store in Florida to be nominated by one of the most highly respected voices in the world of jewelry, InStore magazine. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, 305-935-4900;

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flash LEVINSON JEWELERS CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF LAS OLAS STORE Celebrities and VIP guests gathered in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate the highly anticipated grand opening. The event featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live auction and more. 1


1/ Back: Scott W. Rothstein, Alonzo Mourning, Jason Taylor, Mark Levinson, Dan & Claire Marino Front: Kim Rothstein, Tracy Mourning and Robin Levinson 2/ Alonzo & Tracy Mourning 3/ Robin & Mark Levinson and Ft. Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle 4/ Jordan Zimmerman and Mark Levinson 5/ John “Footy� Kross, Tony Segreto, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle, Claire & Dan Marino and Robin & Mark Levinson 6/ Mark Levinson, Dan Marino and Neil Goodman 7/ Sam Madison and Alina & Anthony Kennedy Shriver





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flash 8TH ANNUAL MEN WITH CARING HEARTS VOLUNTEER AWARDS LUNCHEON More than 300 attendees assembled at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton to honor this year’s Men With Caring Hearts winners, all nominated by nonprofit organizations for their dedication of time, talent and resources to improve our community. The luncheon raised $87,000 to benefit Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.


1/ Jan Savarick, Dr. Stephen & Emily Grabelsky and Sarah Pollack 2/ Cathy & Abdol Moabery 3/ Kathy & Paul Adkins 4/ Mayor Susan Whelchel and Thomas Ehrbar 5/ Sharon & Jay DiPietro, Jeanette Christo and Suzie Goldsmith 6/ Teri Hardin, Lynn Hover and Duane Stiller 7/ Jordan Zimmerman, Peggy Henry and Ed Ventrice 2



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flash GOLD COAST BRITISH SPORTS CAR CLUB’S 16TH ANNUAL BRITISH CLASSIC CAR SHOW More than 4,000 patrons attended the prestigious car show at Royal Palm Place, where 167 automobiles were on display. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefited Propel, a nonprofit group aiding underprivileged communities. 1 1/ Fred, Kendra and Ingrid Fulmer 2/ Royal Palm Place 3/ Denny Sherhan, Marlene & Ted Moss 4/ Benjamin, Neil & Lesley Crane and Blazer 5/ Vintage car 6/ Scott Hemingway and Kaiserina 7/ Scott Heintz and Michelle Snowden 8/ Betsy Nimni, Suzanne Nimni and Fluffy







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flash JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTH PALM BEACH COUNTY BEN GURION SOCIETY EVENT It was a musical evening at Zinman Hall, when 125 donors donned their rock ’n’ roll finest and guest star Max Weinberg of the E Street Band shared stories about his Jewish heritage and performing with Bruce Springsteen. 1/ Bryan & Joanna Drowos and Max Weinberg 2/ Jodi Harris, Max Weinberg and Jeff Harris 3/ Jason & Alana Roth, Max Weinberg and Michelle & Michael Kaufman 4/ Jonathan Sahn, Max Weinberg and Ollie Louis 5/ David & Randi Winter, Rosa & Glen Golish, Max Weinberg and Les & Wendy Schlesinger 6/ April Leavy, Wendy Schlesinger and Susan Rahn 7/ Bryan Feuerberg and Karen Zuckerberg 8/ Steven Greenfield, Max Weinberg and Ellen Greenfield












flash LYNN UNIVERSITY LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW Delray Beach resident Gail Wasserman hosted a fabulous luncheon and fashion show at her Polo Club home to benefit Lynn University’s conservatory of music and theatre arts programs. The event included a spring trends fashion show presented by Neiman Marcus. 1 1/ Kristen & Kevin Ross, Gail Wasserman and Christine Lynn 2/ Jan McArt, Elaine Wold and Kristen Ross 3/ Yvonne Boice, Gail Wasserman and Marilyn Swillinger 4/ Susie Wasserman, Gail Wasserman, Jamie Salem and Samantha Salem 5/ Robin Muir 6/ Marilyn Swillinger, Christine Lynn, Gail Wasserman and Lynn Hover





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flash JET AVIATION’S 9TH ANNUAL LA BELLA MACCHINA EVENT More than 1,400 guests gathered in Palm Beach to enjoy a display of collector Ferraris, planes and motorcrafts, plus a silent auction that raised $15,000 to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County.



1/ Alicia Barnes and Marion & Susan Holloway 2/ Liane Procaccio and Paul Fusco 3/ Dr. Jessica & Michael Spellman and Estelle & Richard Stein 4/ Jules Sacks, Patty Bouchard, Joan Elliott and Kurt Von Hofmann 5/ Brian & Michele Richardson, Joe Radosky and Rose Sanchez 6/ Howard Collier, Karen Lynne Asher and Valerie & Bill Lilly 7/ Ed Eveland, John Biondo, State Rep. Carl Domino and Michael Napoleone









flash 16TH ANNUAL CARIBBEAN COWBOY BALL AND AUCTION The George Snow Scholarship Fund’s event attracted more than 400 guests, all of whom had a footstompin’ good time and helped raise about $85,000 for scholarships and educational programs.



1/ Ben & Rosemary Krieger, Jo Anne Williams and Gloria Pierson 2/ Dick Sullivan and Katy Weese 3/ Kerry Morrissey and Tim Snow 4/ Dottie Cahorshak, Al Petrangeli and John Cahorshak 5/ Peggy Henry, Ioana Grigore and Kerry Morrissey 6/ Rocki Rockingham and Daniel Branch 7/ Fred Astaire Dancers, Patrick Alonsagay, Pam & Jean Marc Casanave, Stephanie Allain, Ben Castallano, Greg Kranz, Valentina Kostenko and AJ Molter





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Addison Reserve

7677 Playa Rienta Way

Galardi Robert J & Shelly

Levine Andrew J Trust




Bel Marra

880 Dover St

Garchik Stephen

Pastore James E




Boca Falls

21248 Rock Ridge Dr

Kagan Yael H

Coel Mark & Debra




Boca Harbour

773 NE 70th St

Balady Emad

Ioannou John




Boca Isles South

20161 Palm Island Dr

Bailenson Russell & Renay

Sherwin Mark & Colette




Boca Raton Bath & Tennis Club

2829 Banyan Blvd Cir NW

Lynn University Inc

Dayhoff Michael R & Peggy J




Broken Sound CC - Vintage Isle

5895 NW 25th Ct

Kotel Curt & Phyllis Trust

Hallagan Boyd & Rodica





7048 Montrico Dr

Trub James & Ilona

Altman Jeffrey S




Lake Rogers Isle

3350 NE 6th Dr

Aura Boca Inc

Young Alan




Lake Rogers Isle

3598 NE 6th Dr

Abdou Ayman

Sims Roger C & Linda S




Mizner Country Club

16223 Andalucia Ln

Schutzman Stevyn E & Sharon L Katz Jeffrey & Lorraine




Mizner’s Preserve

16330 Castello Ct

Butters Nathan & Lila

Desantis Bonnie J




Mizner’s Preserve

6332 Via Venetia N

Sklar Jerome

Letourneau Claude




Old Floresta

475 Cardinal Ave

Propery Acquisitions Llc

Plante Daryl S




Palm Beach Farms

1145 SW 20th St

Florian Daniel M & Angela

Johnson Gregory C & Margaret M





1064 SW 21st Ave

Looi David C

Abram Leon J




Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club

295 W Alexander Palm Rd

H & S Royal Palm Trust

Marshall Geoffrey & Evelyne





19161 Skyridge Cir

Louis Jonathan D & Olgalilia

Horton William J & Mary L




Spanish River Land Co

755 Cordova Dr

Steve T Matthew

Eads William G




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Weisz Russell & Dawn

Okonow Charlotte




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a look backour colorful history

In 1949 "The Pacemaker" bike was all the rage


Back In The Day, Two Wheels Were Better Than Four


he sound of motorbikes bouncing along Old Dixie Highway could be heard from blocks away, growing louder the closer it came, slowing and quieting as it rounded the corner, then blaring as it picked up speed and slid to a stop at Jerry Christensen’s house. I always knew where the bikes were going, although not where they were coming from. The destination was Jerry’s house on Southeast 5th Street. He had a motorbike and lived right across the street from me in the early 1950s. I was one of the elementary school gang of kids who lived in that neighborhood; we were just hangers-on hoping for a wave of the hand as

we jealously watched the teenagers zoom by. Although motorcycles had been a part of the transportation system for a good many years, in 1939 BreenTaylor Engineering began manufacturing and selling Whizzer engines for bicycles. They introduced “The Pacemaker” in 1949, a bike with an engine attached to its frame. This sold for $199.50 and was a cheaper, lighter and faster way to get around; teenagers literally jumped on it. Other companies opened soon after, but the Whizzer Motorbike was – and still is – the crème de la crème of, well, whizzing around. Were they safe? Well, not as safe as a big old Dodge,

By Patricia Eddinger Jakubek

but who could afford one of those? The fellows used the motorbikes for transportation to and from the school bus stop, to get to work or the beach or to one another’s homes. But better than anything else, keeping the bikes running kept the boys busy. Bill Lamb and John Feeney worked on their bikes at Jerry’s out in the yard under the shade of the big Australian Pines, or at Jimmy Brittian’s out west of town off of Palmetto Park Road. These bikes enjoyed the best of maintenance – changed tires, greased chains and fresh shiny paint. When Jerry got his first motorbike, it arrived in a box and needed to

be assembled. Visiting the Coggins boys over on Southeast 6th Street one day, he found that they had a box full of parts that when carefully put together became a motorbike! The cost? A mere $2! It took Jerry most of the day to carry that box of parts a couple miles across the tracks, up the hill of Palmetto Park Road, and down the other side to Jimmy’s and then walk all the way back home. The next day he pedaled his bicycle all that way again and began the challenge of putting the box of parts together. The boys did it, learned a lot, and soon were whizzing through the streets of Boca together. O

To learn more about the history of Boca Raton, visit Old Town Hall at 71 N. Federal Highway, call 561-395-6766, or visit



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