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VOLUME IX  NUMBER 3

features MODERN CLASSIC A Coral Gables Home By The Bay Gets An Artistic And Glamorous Makeover

TILES FOR MILES A Charming Historic House In West Palm Beach Provides A Window To Spain’s Past

VISION IN WHITE A Sprawling Boca Raton Residence Becomes A Pristine Showplace

OUT WITH THE OLD A Country Club Retreat In Delray Beach Undergoes A Sophisticated Renovation

TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST

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A Golden Beach Mansion Receives A Designer’s Midas Touch

COLORFUL CANVAS A Mediterranean Aventura Space Provides A Clean Slate For A Vast Art Collection

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VOLUME IX  NUMBER 3

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OBSERVED HOT STUFF & THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN 23 The Buzz 28 Trends 32 La Vida Boca MEDIA BLITZ THE QUINTESSENTIAL ARTS REPORT 35 On Screen 36 In Print 40 On Scene THAT’S LIFE A GUIDE TO PERSONAL GROWTH 49 Relations 52 Parents 56 Destinations

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TASTE THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS 97 Bites 98 Recipes 100 Review 102 Listings HAPPENINGS THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST 123 Around Town 137 Calendar 146 Flash FYI COOL CARS, LOCAL NOTABLES & REAL DEALS 153 Hot Wheels 154 Now & Noteworthy 156 At Home GIVING BACK CHARITY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE 160

ON THE COVER: SABRINA SOTO PHOTO COURTESY OF: HGTV/SCRIPPS NETWORKS, LLC.

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t’s time for our annual Home & Design Issue, where we present all things related to decorating and interior design. I hope you will enjoy this issue, which is packed with beautiful South Florida homes.

Linda L. Behmoiras linda@bocaratonobserver.com

First though, we introduce you to cover girl Sabrina Soto, a South Florida native who made it big on HGTV. Inside, Soto chats with The Boca Raton Observer about her career and design philosophy, and shows us inside her colorful New York City condo. Get to know Soto in “Life By Design� (page 62). Next, we take you on a tour of some fabulous abodes created by top local, national and international designers. Check out a Coral Gables home by the bay designed by Vincenzo Avanzato, complete with its own manmade beach in “Modern Classic� (page 68). Then, explore a charming home in West Palm Beach designed by its homeowners and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in “Tiles for Miles� (page 74). Your tour continues with a look inside a contemporary Boca Raton showplace designed by Susan Lachance in “Vision In White� (page 78) and a country club retreat in Delray Beach designed by Jody Smith in “Out With The Old� (page 80). Final stops include looks inside a Golden Beach mansion designed by Juan Montoya in “Traditional With A Twist� (page 82) and an art-filled Miami space designed by Deborah Wecselman in “Colorful Canvas� (page 86). Home to me means time with family, friends and loved ones. I encourage you to enjoy quality time at home with your loved ones this spring season. I know I will! Have a great March,

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admit it: I’m a frustrated interior-designer wannabe. Given the leeway, I can easily spend hours (even days!) visiting decorating blogs and perusing shelter magazines. All those different colors, ideas and home tours‌ I love my eye candy—and don’t plan on dieting anytime soon.

Felicia S. Levine felicia@bocaratonobserver.com

Where else can I find nifty tips for crafting a custom kitchen backsplash out of wallpaper and Plexiglas or get a “sneak peek� tour of Jennifer Aniston’s modern Bel Air mansion? Or check out “11 Great Ideas� for the mountain retreat I can only dream of one day owning. My motto: If you can’t have it, gawk at it. Some people thrill at fashionable clothing. For me, it’s all about home fashions (though I appreciate a pair of Jimmy Choo pumps or a Louis Vuitton handbag as much as the next woman). Let me loose in a Pier 1 Imports or HomeGoods store, and I’m in shopping heaven. Friends call my fondness for decorating a bit “obsessive,� just because I frequently rearrange my furniture (more than a few times, my boyfriend has come home from work to find that the living-room coffee table has been shifted to another area—or even an entirely different room). I am constantly purchasing more new accessories than I have room for, and now have a closet full of decorative pillows, candle holders and other miscellaneous baubles. So I’m a bit obsessive. What’s so bad about feathering your nest?

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Of course, not all my design experiments are successful. Once, after seeing the idea in a magazine, I hung curtains along my bedroom walls in hopes of achieving what the article described as a “chic cocoon effect.� My boyfriend said it was more like a “weird casket effect.� He’s actually a pretty good sport about my little hobby. He agreed to paint the stairway walls yellow (he says it looks like we’re living in a school bus) and has learned to accept my leopard-print chairs (he can lounge in them with the remote control, so it’s all good). Still, I’m not sure his ruining my favorite white flokati rug by sticking it in the washing machine was “accidental� (he’d always hated that rug). My point is that home is the place where you can create and experiment. You have the freedom to express your inspiration however you see fit. Line a wall with Bubble Wrap or paint a chair with orange polka dots if you so choose! I see my home as an ever-evolving canvas and hope this issue encourages you to see yours the same way.

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BRUSH WITH GREATNESS

ART

You probably know Bernie Taupin best as the creative genius behind chart-topping hits including “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,� “Benny and the Jets� and “Tiny Dancer,� but Elton John’s longtime lyricist and songwriting partner is also the artistic force behind titles such as “French Quarter,� “Confinement� and “Blood Money.� Because besides being a genius of the songwriting kind, Taupin is a gifted painter and the latter titles are some of the abstract works South Floridians will get to see on March 31st, when he’ll personally attend exhibitions of his paintings. Taupin will appear from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wentworth Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, then make his way to Town Center at Boca Raton, where he’ll greet fans from 6 to 9 p.m. (for more information, visit wentworthgallery.com). The Boca Raton Observer recently caught up with Taupin for a quick chat. The Boca Raton Observer: Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Every artist was first an amateur.� When did you realize that, for you, creating visual art was more than a mere hobby?

Bernie Taupin: “Interestingly enough, the definition of a hobby is the pursuit of something you enjoy doing on the side, so considering that I spend 90 percent of my time painting and 10 percent of my time writing songs, that would make songwriting my hobby.� BRO: Many artists have trouble zeroing in on one favorite piece they have created. Is there one painting you wouldn’t part with?

BT: “There are many pieces I’ve been loath to part with and the odd one or two that have remained in the family due to their personal nature, but I made the decision that if I was going to make my work available I should not be wishywashy about it.� THE PAINTED MAN: (Clockwise From Top), Bernie Taupin; his artwork “Blood Money,� “French Quarter� and “Rise�

BRO: You gained international fame as Elton John’s songwriting partner. In what way is putting paint on canvas similar to putting words on paper?

BT: “There is very little difference between the two things I do. Both come from the same mind; one emerges from the pen, one from a brush, one is ultimately sonic, the other visual. Hopefully they both stimulate—that’s the intention.� BRO: You’ve spent your professional life in a public way, but writing and painting are solitary pursuits. Are you a loner or do you just work best independently?

BT: “Most definitely I’m a loner. I prefer my life out of the public eye and media scrutiny only makes me retreat further from the magnifying glass. The solitary nature of my creative process suits me just fine. I wouldn’t have it any other way.� BRO: What’s next for Bernie Taupin?

BT: “I was going to try inventing the wheel but that’s been done.� – Liz Best

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Chris Ruden

WALKING TALL UPDATE

Doctors said it couldn’t be done. But nearly 20 months after Parkland teen Teagan Marti plummeted 10 stories from a Wisconsin Dells amusement park ride and landed flat on her back—she’s walking. The Boca Raton Observer last August reported about Marti’s accident, her 91 days in the hospital and her slowly regaining feeling in her arms and legs, despite medical predictions to the contrary. “We didn’t know in the beginning what the prognosis was going to be,� her mother, Julie Marti, said in an interview. “For her to be alive is a miracle.� Fast-forward to February 2012: Marti recently walked into Madison-based American Family Children’s Hospital—the very hospital in which she was treated after her fall—with the help of a walker, as her mother praised the hospital and voiced her support for the facility’s planned expansion to include more critical care space. Marti’s next goal: to walk without any assistance. We have a feeling she will.

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Beating the odds is as much a part of Chris Ruden’s life as sleeping and eating. Ruden was born with what many consider to be a disability—his left arm is shorter than his right, and he has only two fingers on his left hand. And by the time he was 19, he’d learned he had Type 1 diabetes. Teagan with her mother Julie and sister Taylor

Not that any of this got in his way. Now 21, the Pompano Beach resident is a certified personal trainer, two semesters away from finishing a degree at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, and the owner of Adapt Wellness Personal Training, where he mostly works with disabled clients, providing everything from group and individual fitness sessions to injury recovery exercises and self-defense training. A stellar moment in his fledging career was working with an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. “I helped him stand up straight for the first time within two workouts!� he recalls proudly. “He is the most rewarding person I’ve trained so far.� He believes he’s good at what he does because he understands firsthand what it’s like to be told you can’t do things because of a disability. “I know what it is to feel like you don’t have control over your situation,� Ruden says. “I want people to know I am disabled and I don’t let that stop me from making myself better and helping others.� For more information, call 954-588-3981 or visit adapt-wellness.com. – Liz Best

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5.3% THE RATE PALM BEACH COUNTY’S HOTEL occupancy grew in 2011, reflecting a statewide increase in tourism, according to the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. About 86 million visitors came to Florida last year, a 4.4 increase from 2010.

Source: The Palm Beach Post

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Two of the Top Financial Advisors Barron’s rated them as top Financial Advisors in the U.S. The Kaufman Katz Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney R. Jo Kaufman and Cindy Katz Morton Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors ranks the top advisors on a state by state basis. This exclusive list recognizes Financial Advisors for their superior professionalism, success and dedication to clients; something R. Jo Kaufman and Cindy Katz Morton have been doing for over 50 years combined. Jo Kaufman has over 28 years experience in the financial services industry and Cindy Katz Morton has over 23 years experience in the financial services industry.

R. Jo Kaufman 2009 and 2010 Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors and Cindy Katz Morton 2009 Barron’s Top 1000 Financial Advisors.

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Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors,” June 9, 2008 as identified by Barron’s magazine, using quantitative and qualitative criteria and selected from a pool of over 450 nominations. Advisors in the Top 100 Women have a minimum of seven years of financial services experience and $200 million in assets under management. Qualitative factors include, but are not limited to, compliance record, interviews with senior management, and philanthropic work. Barron’s “Top 1000 Financial Advisors,” February 9, 2009, as identified by Barron’s magazine, using quantitative and qualitative criteria and selected from a pool of over 3,000 nominations. Advisors in the Top 1000 Financial Advisors have a minimum of seven years of financial services experience. Qualitative factors include, but are not limited to, compliance record, interviews with senior management, and philanthropic work. Investment performance is not a criterion. The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience and is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. Neither Morgan Stanley Smith Barney nor its financial advisors pay a fee to Barron’s in exchange for the rating. Barron’s is a registered trademark of Dow Jones & Company, L.P. All rights reserved. © 2011 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC. Member SIPC.

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SOCIETY’S GO-TO GIRL Boca Raton event planner Cheryl Clisby, 46, is Palm Beach society’s go-to wedding and event planner. She and her 18-member staff have hardly sat still since handling Ivana Trump’s lavish Mar-aLago wedding to Rossano Rubicondi back in 2008 (no matter that the duo divorced two years later). Recently, her company, Clisby & Co., which she runs with partner Shirley Cohen, hosted a week-long wedding fête that began in Israel and ended with 350 society swells at Union Station in Chicago. And for 175 guests at Vizcaya in Miami, a Missouri couple commissioned custom china, glass

and silver, plus feather lamps over each table to go with the Italian Renaissance design of the estate.

Cheryl Clisby and her work

It’s not uncommon to find her planning one of her super-duper affairs for private clients at tony venues such as the Boca Raton Resort & Club, The Breakers Palm Beach and The RitzCarlton, Palm Beach. For as long as she can remember, Clibsy says she’s loved to cook and entertain. “We used placemats every night for dinner,� says the daughter of a dentist and an educator, who grew up in Portsmouth, Va. “When I was 8 or 9 years old, I remember we’d arrange a beauti-

ful table. Since I had a knack for it, I was always involved with the design.� It’s a knack that’s stuck. Through the years, she’s earned a reputation as “the last-minute girl� for her

ability to pull off small miracles— like creating Trump’s wedding in just two weeks. “My clients want something different and have the means to make it happen,� she says. “And I can get it done.� – Emily Hall

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COLLECTING

BOYS AND THEIR TOYS

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There are a lot of happy new “toy� owners in our midst. That’s because Boca Raton brothers Bob and Paul Milhous just auctioned off a big chunk of their 800-piece selection of fine collectibles, ranging from antique firearms, mechanical musical instruments and vintage motorcycles to a 46-foot custom carousel and a 1938 Cadillac Sixteen Convertible Coupe, once owned by actor Gary Cooper. The brothersVictor have Milt been compiling their assortment for more than 50 years, keeping their precious items stored at the Milhous Collection, a private 39,000-square-foot museum tucked away in a Boca Raton office park (they say they’re closing it to focus on other business interests). The auction was conducted without reserve by RM Auctions in association with SSotheby’s, and took place at the museum, and via the Internet and ttelephone. To review the full sales results, visit mrauctions.com. Got you in the mood to bid? It’s not too late, especially for autoG mobile lovers: The Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale Auction will m ttake place on March 16-18 at the Broward County Convention Center, where more than 500 American classics, European sports C ccars, late model exotics and vintage motorcycles will be sold off. For more information, visit auctionsamerica.com. F

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$5 Million WHAT A BARGAIN: THE PRICE OF actor Burt Reynolds’ Hobe Sound home, Valhalla, which has three buildings on 3.4 acres, including a movie theater, swimming pool, indoor waterfall and boat dock. The selling price plunged from $9 million. Source: The Palm Beach Post

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Debbie never looks like an attack dog, even when she’s attacking and biting.

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– Charles Zelden, a history and legal studies professor at Nova Southeastern University, about U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s approach as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

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5. CATALINA COVE FLORAL PAPER LANTERN in spring-inspired blue, white and chartreuse lends a touch of fresh elegance to your space. Available at Pier 1 Imports. 6. RECYCLED WINE BARREL COOLER handcrafted of previously used white oak wine barrels features a watertight liner and drain faucet for ease of use. Available at uncommongoods.com. 7. BEACH UMBRELLAS THROW PILLOW with multicolored fringe is weather resistant and adds a fanciful touch to outdoor decor. Available at frontgate.com. 8. CADENCE LANTERN crafted of ribbons of natural bamboo accommodates a votive or tea-light candle, creating a vibe that’s earthy and chic. Available at crateandbarrel.com.

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Designer Barbara Hulanicki Remains A Pioneer Of Fashion, Homes And Chic Retreats By Cheryl Blackerby

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arbara Hulanicki sits at her desk in her tiny atelier on Collins Avenue in South Beach happily contemplating paint samples she has created for Graham & Brown. She just finished wallpaper designs for the company, a glamorous new take on flocked paper, which will be sold at Target. And she is simultaneously planning a trip to Istanbul to oversee the production of her new fashion line for the English company George at Asda, known for trendy, affordable clothes. But at the top of her agenda are the final design details for the $1 million beach cottages at GoldenEye Hotel and Resort, where Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels, in Jamaica. Owned by music mogulturned-hotelier Chris Blackwell, GoldenEye is just the latest of her work on his fashionable hotels that attract rock stars and film legends. When Blackwell bought 11 dilapidated Art Deco buildings in South Beach in the early 1990s including the Marlin, the Kent and Cavalier hotels, he asked her to “re-imagine� them. Together they breathed new life into South Beach. Dressed in all black from her black cardigan, skinny black pants and black knee-high boots with silver studs to her black nail polish, she looks the part of a European fashion designer. 32

LADY IN BLACK: Barbara Hulanicki

Her white hair is cut in a chic bob, her eyes mysteriously hidden behind big black-framed tinted glasses. At 75, she hasn’t slowed down since she and her late husband, Stephen FitzSimon, founded the iconic London fashion line and five-story High Street store, Biba, in the 1960s. Her friends, “Twigs� (1960s superstar model Twiggy), Mick Jagger and David Bowie were regulars at the store. The company closed in 1976, and she designed clothes for Fiorucci and Cacharel before turning her attention to hotels. Hulanicki’s studio is a half-block

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from Gloria Estefan’s Cardozo Hotel on Ocean Drive, which Hulanicki decorated with colliding Caribbean colors, and she designed Estefan’s bayfront mansion. Miami has been home to the Polish-born, London-raised Hulanicki since the early ’90s. She met Blackwell at Woody’s, a South Beach nightclub she decorated. “Chris was great. He would say, ‘I’d like a sofa here and sofa there and I’ll let you get on with it.’ And he would disappear. It was like the ’60s again,� she says, laughing, her affection for

the eccentric Blackwell obvious. She designed his exuberant Compass Point Beach Resort 12 miles west of Nassau, Bahamas. “We used 23 colors on the cottages,� she recalls, still delighted at that mad paint scheme. A door might be purple, shutters blue, gingerbread trim green. She also decorated Blackwell’s Pink Sands Resort on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. The GoldenEye cottages, however, are serene, simple designs, but still ones that prompt a quietly murmured, “Wow.� O


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IT’S A SMALL WORLD “The Secret World Of Arrietty� Visually Stunning But A Half-Pint In Emotional Depth

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ne litmus test for a children’s movie: Is there a sophisticated undercurrent that allows adults to be equally entertained? Many modern animated offerings from Disney Pixar and DreamWorks are fun for all ages. But the exquisitely set and charmingly told Japanese anime film, “The Secret World of Arrietty�—not so much. This visual gem from Ghibli Studios is a fantasy morality tale about little people who live underneath floorboards and roam about at night, raiding the sugar jar and “borrowing� what they need. It has strong themes of family values, loyalty and tolerance, but its story never gets beyond the basic man-

against-gerbil-sized-man conflict. The film, based on a 1953 novel, “The Borrowers� by Brit Mary Norton, was Japan’s highest grossing movie in 2010 and won the Japan Academy Prize for animation. The cast that dubbed the United States’ version includes Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett (Poehler’s real-life husband), Carol Burnett and David Henrie. Ghibli gave us “Spirited Away,� which won the 2001 Oscar for Best Animated Film, and his 2008 film “Ponyo� was a huge hit in the United States and the studio’s biggest moneymaker, grossing $34 million. “Arrietty’s� animation is breathtaking, with exterior shots that look like masterful watercol-

ors of sun-dappled gardens and lush greenery, and interiors so realistic you can almost smell the musty furniture. The story finds its dramatic tension in the need for the miniature Clock family, with stalwart father Pod (voiced by Arnett), mother Homily (voiced by Poehler), and 14-year-old daughter Arrietty (voiced by Mendler) to live beneath the floorboards while evading life-threatening horrors including the pet cat, pony-sized rodents, a fatal fall from the dizzying heights of a kitchen cabinet, or, worst of all, being detected by the “beans� (normal-sized people), who would, at the very least, call a pest control company.

One beauty of this appealing scenario is the variety of genres availed by the premise. When the little people venture into the house to forage for supplies, making their way along joists and pathways inside the walls, it’s an adventure in cave exploration. Out in the open on furniture and kitchen counters, it becomes a mountain climbing expedition as they scale down from a cabinet as if it were a 10-story building. Anonymity is the key to their survival. So when Arrietty is discovered by a visiting “bean,� a sensitive young boy named Shawn (voiced by Henrie), the family’s lives are in danger. The boy makes friendly gestures and a partnership is formed that snatches away “odd couple� status from Felix and Oscar pretty easily. Still, danger remains, in the form of Shawn’s caretaker, Hara (voiced by Carol Burnett) who conspires to rid the house of sugar moochers. Revered animator Hayao Miyazaki, director of both “Spirited Away� and “Ponyo,� is listed as the writer of “The Secret World Of Arrietty,� which was directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi in his first effort for Ghibli. O

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VIVE LA DIFFÉRENCE When It Comes To Interior Design, Style Is In The Eye Of The Beholder In the world of interior design, there are almost as many styles as there are paint colors, each with its own unique approach and charm. Do you enjoy modernism’s crisp lines and punches of color? Or maybe vintagebohemian’s combination of well-worn antiques and quirky touches is more your taste. How about a global-inspired mix of exotic patterns, colors and tiles? Or maybe, you’ve yet to discover what truly stokes your interior impulses. Check out the following books for some divine design inspiration.

French Flair: Modern Vintage Interiors

a home. He points out that styles and periods need not conform to one another in French design, which is about the point and counterpoint of the unexpected alongside the unconventional.

By Sebastien Siraudeau The appeal of the eclectic is a popular point of view in French interior design, especially when incorporating nostalgic pieces, as evidenced by Sebastien Siraudeau’s book, which illustrates how French antiques aficionados integrate finds into their spaces in a style he describes as “Modern Vintage.� While it would seem that modern design—often spare and sometimes stark—is antithetical to this aesthetic, Siraudeau found homes that seamlessly integrate the idiosyncratic, from 1960s 36

Home Sweet Home By Oberto Gili and Susanna Salk

mannequins and antique books to a salvaged Parisian streetlamp and any kind of paraphernalia that can define and enrich the personality of

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Photographer Oberto Gili has captured on film some of the world’s most fabulously appointed homes for Town & Country, House & Garden, Travel + Leisure, British, Spanish and American Vogue and other publications. In this grand and

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Vacations are too few and far between. To have a piece of that experience and memory reflected in your interior—even the smallest incidental that makes you smile and takes you to another place—is what it’s all about.

lofts to 17th-century Italian villas and country homes in Morocco, each selected for its bohemian qualities. This description translates to “grand, bold and quirky,” and the homes featured in this book certainly fit the bill. Each exudes grandeur, whimsy and tranquility, often in large measures, and boasts interiors that are imbued with the unique styles of its occupants. Fans of this design genre can expect hours of inspirational page surfing.

of vignettes and rooms decorated with treasured keepsakes found along the way. She’s inspired by everything from door knobs and street signs to roadside shrines and household brooms, and “Nomad” is filled with tips, ideas and surprising ways to incorporate your own travel experiences into your home’s interior design.

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cal accents that have a jaunty flavor and advance a home’s relaxed theme. Kelly, a decorator and journalist who’s been published in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest and House Beautiful, also includes ideas for outdoor living spaces, including gardens, swimming pools and patios.

las Woods are photographed exquisitely by Melba Levick, who also contributed to Woods’ earlier book, “Classic Homes of Los Angeles.”

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“Living Modern” offers a vibrantly packaged smorgasbord of ideas for creating well-utilized spaces with clean lines, elegant color combinations, seamless indoor-outdoor transitional areas and ways to artistically display collected objects. The book also points out, with complementary photos, how best to take advantage of open areas for maximum ease in lounging, cooking and dining, and breaks

By Douglas Woods

Nomad: A Global Approach To Interior Design

World travel is the design inspiration for Sibella Court, who says, “Vacations are too few and far between. To have a piece of that experience and memory reflected in your interior—even the smallest incidental that makes you smile and takes you to another place— is what it’s all about. Court’s first book, “Etcetera,” focused on decorating with things you love—this one takes that premise overseas. She travelled to Syria, Mexico, Italy, India and Japan, and this tome reflects her forays in the form

-- Sibella Court, author of “Nomad: A Global Approach To Interior Design”

Rooms To Inspire By The Sea By Annie Kelly Annie Kelly’s latest book takes readers on a breathtaking tour of beach communities and waterfront properties in Southern California, Florida, the Hamptons and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, including many homes of famous decorators and tastemakers. Kelly puts forth the proposition that waterfront homes, especially beach houses, fall into the category of getaway destinations and in many cases can be a place to express one’s playful side and sense of adventure. She favors white floorboards over thick carpets, varying pastel motifs with occasional splashes of vivid colors, and nauti-

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A comprehensive and definitive guide to the revered California architectural style, Spanish Colonial Revival, this sumptuous journey of 35 homes depicted in more than 300 vibrant photographs regales you with the best, and often most lavish, examples of the style so popular in the Golden State. The architectural mode encompasses facets from many traditions and includes elements such as whitewashed stucco walls, deeply recessed doors, lushly planted courtyard gardens, intricate and colorful tile work, telescoping towers inset with Juliet balconies, elaborately traced wrought-iron window grilles and richly appointed dramatic interiors often featuring moody pendant lamps and low-burning fires. The residences selected by author Doug-

Living Modern By Richard Powers and Phyllis Richardson

down chapters by style, elements, rooms and more. “Whether the living space is large or small, anyone can create a modern interior,” is the message conveyed in 750 images of photos of stylish residences from around the world, where modern living has achieved its best expression. In addition to city dwellings, the book includes homes from Brazil, Scandinavia, Australia and other exotic locales where home decor works in tandem with lush tropical vegetation. O


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KING OF NOTHING Jerry Seinfeld Brings His Stand-up Act To Broward Center C

omedian Jerry Seinfeld majored in communications and theater at Queens College in New York because, well, you have to major in something. But his real talent and life’s work revolves around his ability to yack into a microphone, making light of contemporary cultural minutiae and transforming it into something uproariously funny. As you’ll find out if you catch Seinfeld’s act at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts’ Au-Rene Theater on March 31st, when he’ll perform shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Everyone knows about Seinfeld’s delivery, of course, because he played an only slightly fictionalized version

medians of all time, and has kept his routine up to date. If anything, he’s even funnier.

of himself in the acclaimed TV sitcom, “Seinfeld� (1989-1998), which he co-wrote with Larry David and in reruns has garnered a new generation of fans and raked in billions of dollars, becoming the most successful TV show in history. Since his show’s demise, Seinfeld has kept busy: He’s returned to his roots doing stand-up, made a comedy special called “I’m Telling You for the Last Time,� produced and starred in an animated film called “Bee Movie,� produced NBC’s “The Marriage Ref � and directed a Broadway show that starred Colin Quinn called “Long Story Short,� which ran until January 2011. Seinfeld is known for his observa-

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THE BIG CHILL Irish Rock Band Snow Patrol Performs New Sound At The Fillmore

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now Patrol, an indie rock-turned-alternative band from Northern Ireland, has taken its musical journey in a new direction with its sixth and latest album, Fallen Empires that may or may not give fans brain freeze. The five-member group, which scored a No. 5 hit in the United States with 2006’s “Chasing Cars,� went on tour with U2 and promptly began turning up in movie soundtracks and TV dramas, will play at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater on March 30th at 8:30 p.m. And when it does, the playlist will include songs that take a decidedly more techno approach than its earlier efforts, which were anchored by the soulful growl of lead singer Gary Lightbody.

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Snow Patrol has sold more than 6 million albums, with its music nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, Grammy Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards. The band’s Fallen Empires is a mixed bag that includes some tracks of throbbing, hard-to-identify sounds combined with undecipherable words. Other more lyrical cuts include “Distant Bells,� “The Garden Rules� and “I’ll Never Let Go,� in which Lightbody receives vocal assistance from guest folk artist Lissie. The band, with Nathan Connolly on guitar, Jonny Quinn on drums, Paul Wilson playing bass, Tom Simpson on synthesizer and Johnny McDaid on piano and guitar, last year received a music award in Belfast and has inspired the local music scene there. It established a growing influence with the release of its third album, Final Straw, in 2003 with a title that described a decided lack of success with the first two albums. But the breakthrough single, “Run,� gave Snow Patrol a hit in the United Kingdom; the band followed with Eyes Open in 2006 and A Hundred Million Suns in 2008. On its Fallen Empire Tour, Snow Patrol will learn whether its fans can withstand the abrupt change in sound, or react as Bob Dylan’s legion did when he famously went electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival—and was booed. O For more information, call 305-673-7300 or visit livenation.com.

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WHEEL FUNNY Jay Leno Delivers Big Laughs To Hard Rock Live J

ay Leno was so popular as host of the nocturnal dynasty, “The Tonight Show� that NBC felt compelled to reinstate him after a 2009 changing of the guard in which Leno handed the throne to Conan O’Brien before being moved to a primetime slot. He also maintains a steady schedule of stand-up comedy and has done so throughout his TV career. What all this comedy amounts to is keeping him from what he really enjoys, which is turning wrenches on his huge collection of cars and motorcycles.

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It’s just one of the topics Leno touches on in his hysterical monologue, along with current events, politics and whatever else strikes his quirky fancy.

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Former President Bill Clinton Addresses Globalization At Broward Center

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His speech will describe the challenges of globalization, our growing interdependence, and point the way toward a common future based on shared goals and values. And people want to hear him. Because despite the 42nd president’s administration being plagued by scandal, his charisma and folksy style— which belie his Rhodes Scholar status and Oxford and Yale Law School education—and constant readiness to play the saxophone in public, has made him a popular figure in what can be described as an atmosphere of bipartisan animosity. Inaugurated at age 46, he was the third-youngest president and the first president of the baby boomer generation. To put things in perspective, consider that he left office with a 65 percent approval rating, the highest since Dwight D. Eisenhower. He remains active on many fronts. When an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, President Obama announced former presidents Clinton and George W. Bush would be special diplomats to assist with the island’s recovery. Clinton, whom 1998 Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison called “the first black president� for his rapport with the African-American community, has continued to visit Haiti and raise funds for the victims. He visited North Korea in 2009 on behalf of two arrested American journalists and succeeded in getting them released. Clinton, who also rushed to New Orleans in the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has continued to remain politically busy as well, giving speeches and talks and participating in democratic campaigns. He has spoken at the last six Democratic Conventions, dating back to 1988. O For more information call 954-462-0222 or visit browardcenter.org.


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VOICE OF DOOM Want To Ruin Your Relationship?

Keep Nagging. By Emily J. Minor

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o you nag? (Sometimes, with touchy topics, it’s better to just cut to the chase.) Do you remind your hubby to do things that he very well might remember to do on his own? Do you go over an errand with him, detail by detail, like he’s 10 years old, before he’s even stepped out of the shower? Do you always assume failure or inaction from the very people you love? “Nagging, ultimately, is asking for the same thing over and over again in different ways,� explains Dr. Kristin Tolbert, a clinical psychologist who practices family and couples therapy in Boca Raton.

“It could be a verbal reminder. It could be a little sticky note. It could be a text message. But it’s repeatedly asking for the same thing and hoping for the results you want.� Nagging might seem like an accepted everyday way of life in most homes. How else do you get all these lazy people around you to do anything? But according to new research collected by Dr. Howard Markman, a professor and cofounder of the Center for Marital and Family Studies out of the University of Denver, nagging can be as detrimental to a relationship as infidelity. Think about that.

Nagging can be as damaging as cheating. Of course, everything in life and marriage has an asterisk, and our experts say the effects of nagging vs. the effects of cheating depend on the dynamic of the relationship. Was the infidelity a one-time deal? Was it an emotional affair, or was sex involved? Was there a lot of lying, even when the spurned partner asked very pointed questions and created an opportunity for confession and healing? Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, a frequent guest on “The Dr. Oz Show� and a senior clinical adviser at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton, says nagging is all

about “unmet expectations.� While Dr. Hokemeyer often treats patients with addictions, their unhappiness is usually entwined with their personal relationships. With nagging, Dr. Hokemeyer suggests it’s the expectations that are to blame, and not the fact that the expectations are seemingly ignored by a partner. After all, nagging is usually one person who’s trying to get the other person to do something they don’t want to do. Period. “I think the way to avoid nagging is to make sure you are managing your own expectations,� says Dr. Hokemeyer, a clinical psychologist. “Often we manage our own anxietMARCH 2012

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that’s life relations ies by trying to control the externals in our lives.� The art of nagging can certainly be finessed by a man, but it most often starts with the woman’s unhappiness, according to the center out of the University of Denver. After all, Dr. Markman writes, it’s usually the woman who’s in charge of the more mundane and unpleasant household tasks: bills, doctor appointments, health insurance paperwork, kids, school, home maintenance and repairs.

“I THINK THE WAY TO AVOID NAGGING IS TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE MANAGING YOUR OWN EXPECTATIONS. OFTEN WE MANAGE OUR

OWN ANXIETIES BY TRYING TO CONTROL THE EXTERNALS IN OUR LIVES.� -- Dr. Paul Hokemeyer, senior clinical adviser at Caron Renaissance

When Dr. Markman recently released his research findings, they were met with an immediate and resounding “OMG!� on talk shows and lifestyle blogs—blogs written mostly by women. In his findings, which were part of a larger study about relationships, Dr. Markman said couples who became unhappy five years into their marriage had a roughly 20 percent increase in what he calls “negative communication patterns.� Or nagging. Nagging, says Dr. Markman, is “the enemy of love.� The findings clearly echo what many married couples already know: It’s hard to communicate seemingly negative feelings without coming across as angry and disappointed. Dr. Tolbert says we need to stop and examine how we treat our loved ones, and why we feel this compulsion to control his or her activities. “I think the nagging causes a parent-child dynamic in the relationship which is ultimately unhealthy,� 50

Dr. Tolbert says. “It’s not sexy.�

gests taking stock of yourself.

The Boca Raton psychologist doesn’t believe nagging is always worse than infidelity. Cheating often leads to a breakdown in trust that simply cannot be repaired. But while cheating is explosive, at least when it’s discovered, and commands immediate emotional reaction, nagging is more subtle. And often, more sinister.

“We’re all very quick to point the finger and say what’s wrong with the other person,� he says. “But you need to get to the core of this sadness and unhappiness.�

“If your partner’s faults have become the focus of your attention rather than their strengths, you’re probably a nagger,� she says. In which case, Dr. Hokemeyer sug-

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It’s almost like re-training your brain. For starters, say experts, start noticing and acknowledging the small things your partner does right—the things that make you happy. “Thanks for making coffee.� “I like that shirt on you.� “You did such a great job on that big project at work.�

“You might have to look for things in the beginning,� Dr. Tolbert says. “It’s amazing how quickly spouses and children will respond to this positive attention.� Dr. Hokemeyer agrees that it’s about praise, tone and finding something pleasant to say. And when our life partners do something right—and it’s bound to happen sooner or later—he suggests a special reward. “Give them a little sexual favor,� he says. “You’ll be a lot happier and more fulfilled in your relationship, and your life.� O


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DECEIVING IS BELIEVING Why Kids Cheat In School—And

What To Do If Yours Is One Of Them By Cheryl Kane Heimlich

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y daughter’s high school science teacher recently instituted a new policy for exam days: He collects all students’ cellphones in a basket at the beginning of class, and keeps them there until the test is over. It’s not the possibility of a ringing phone that has this teacher concerned; it’s the chance that some of his students might be using their cellphones to cheat. Cheating in school is a phenomenon as old as classrooms them52

selves, but technology has brought a host of new ways to do it: texting other students about test questions; storing cheat sheets on hidden screens; surreptitiously consulting the Internet for answers‌ the possibilities are as endless as a teen’s imagination. But although it may appear that these methods make it easier than ever for students to fool their teachers, the body of research on cheating suggests that technology

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is really not the culprit. Cheating among high school students has been steadily rising since at least 1940—when only 20 percent of them admitted to such misdeeds— compared with today’s figure of 64 to 90 percent, depending on which survey you believe. Research on the topic often notes that today’s students, feeling the pressures of competitive college admissions and limited scholarship funds, typically believe that a little cheating is necessary to get ahead in life. If your child has been caught cheating, or even if you’ve just got an uneasy feeling about how they’re managing to earn all those A’s, experts say the first thing you should do is learn their motivations. Is your child feeling pressured to perform

at any cost? And if so, how much of that pressure is coming from you? “Kids have cheated through history because they’re getting the message that the 'A' is more important than the hard work you’ve put into something,� says Beth Katz, a Palm Beach Gardens psychologist specializing in children and adolescents. “You’ve got to tell your kids that cheating equals lying, and that you would have been less angry with the bad grade than you are with the fact that they did something wrong.’� The next thing to do is figure out what kind of help your child needs, whether that means hiring a tutor, making a change in study habits or even lessening his or her academic load.


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that’s life parents “Tell them, ‘If you’re struggling to the point where you feel you have to cheat to get through a test, then there’s a problem and I want to help you fix the problem,’� Katz says. Scott Daigle, director of the Boca Raton-based consulting firm Premier College Advisors, says it’s also important to figure out whether you’re dealing with a pattern of cheating or just an isolated incident. “Is the child cheating in every class, or just in one subject they find hard?� he asks. “And if it’s just one class, why is that? Is it 8 a.m. and they’re too tired? Is it the end of the day? Is this the class that their parents wanted them to take, but it’s too hard? Did they need a certain grade to get their scholarship? Or maybe the teacher switched or the kid started dating somebody, and that’s when everything went downhill.�

“KIDS HAVE CHEATED THROUGH HISTORY BECAUSE THEY’RE GETTING THE MESSAGE THAT THE 'A' IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE HARD WORK YOU’VE PUT INTO SOMETHING‌ YOU’VE

GOT TO TELL YOUR KIDS THAT CHEATING EQUALS LYING, AND THAT YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN LESS ANGRY WITH THE BAD GRADE THAN YOU ARE WITH THE FACT THAT THEY DID SOMETHING WRONG.� -- Beth Katz, Palm Beach Gardens psychologist

If you are the only one who knows your child has been cheating, then getting to the root of the problem should be your number one concern. But if the school administration is aware of what’s happened, then you also have to navigate the long-term implications for his or her academic career. Parents in this situation should meet with the school’s guidance counselor, Daigle says, and determine exactly what information has been placed in their child’s permanent record. “Every individual guidance organization has a different policy as to what they report,� Daigle says. “Is the information written on a paper in a file that will be removed later? Is it 54

on their computerized record? And how were their grades affected by what happened? Did they get an automatic failure for the class in which they were caught cheating?� One thing that can work in your child’s favor, he says, is the fact that schools often prefer not to go on record with incidents that reflect poorly on the institution as well as the student. “Schools don’t want people to know that they have a cheating epidemic,� Daigle explains. “Public schools are graded (by the federal government), and how’s your school going to get an 'A' when they’re telling everybody that kids are cheating?�

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Private schools have just as many concerns as public ones, he says, since they depend on their lofty reputations to justify high tuition rates and attract quality students. Sometimes, Daigle says, teachers or administrators will cut a break for a child with no previous negative history. But if you find that the cheating incident will indeed become a matter of permanent record, then both Katz and Daigle say it’s best to be open about it on college applications. In fact, Katz suggests that students consider addressing the issue head-on in their essays. “Why not make it a positive spin and talk about it as a major learning experience that you had in your life?� he says. “Talk about how and

what you learned from it. Try to make something out of it as positive as it can be, and to move forward with a better perspective.� If your child is a good student overall, Daigle says, one cheating incident is not necessarily going to torpedo his or her chances of getting into a good school. But if the cheating happened because of academic pressures— whether the colleges find out about it or not—he says parents should be realistic about whether a highly competitive college is really the best choice for their child. “You don’t want them getting into a school they don’t qualify for,� he says. “Because if that happens, where they were sinking in high school, they’re going to drown in college.� O


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NATURALLY LUXURIOUS The Waldorf Astoria Orlando Offers Lavish Amenities Amid A Tranquil Oasis By Linda Haase

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he Waldorf Astoria Orlando may not have the prestigious Park Avenue address of the legendary landmark, but this swanky, sophisticated resort is an incarnation that shines with its own distinctive style. It shares the charm of its New York namesake with its simple elegance, iconic lobby clock and plush fabrics, but injects Florida flair with soft colors, tropical palms and a Rees Jones-designed golf course that winds through wetlands and stately pine and cypress groves. Although only a short distance to Disney World, The Waldorf Astoria Orlando was designed to be a sanctuary of peace and quiet. It’s nestled in a 482-acre nature preserve, providing a welcome oasis for guests who’ve spent the day trudging around boisterous theme parks (a respite in the deep soaking tub

will revive weary tootsies; a plush robe and soft slippers provide a comforting cocoon). The world-renowned, world-class Waldorf service and amenities are as abundant here as the original

Waldorf. For a blissful massage or indulgent facial, head for the 24,000-square-foot Waldorf Astoria Spa by Guerlain, where guests are pampered the instant they walk through the door (services range from a 40-minute manicure to the three-and-a-half hour “Take a Break� treatment, which includes a rejuvenating footbath, facial and massage). Butlers are at the ready with chilled towels, a cucumber facial mist and fruit kabobs at chic pool cabanas, concierges can be beckoned at a moment’s notice and room service offers a full array of choices 24/7. There’s a 4,000-square-foot stateof-the-art fitness center, a Children’s Concierge, a consummate kids’ program and a Waldorf Weddings Studio (a popular place to

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tie the knot is the resort’s signature 25,000-square-foot “island� covered with lush landscaping). After all, this is the Waldorf. The 498 posh guest rooms feature Italian marble baths, 42-inch highdefinition LCD TVs and twice-daily housekeeping. Rooms range from standard-sized deluxe accommodations to 171 suites. For a lavish indulgence, book the Presidential Suite, 3,300 square feet of luxury perched atop the resort with panoramic views from its two balconies. As the first Waldorf Astoria to be built since the 81-year-old flagship property, the hotel debuted 78 years to the day of The Waldorf Astoria in New York’s opening. It mirrors the features that make the


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versation (be sure and try the Rob Roy cocktail, originally invented at the Waldorf Astoria in New York). Guests who get hungry poolside can dine alfresco on salads, bountiful sandwiches, flatbread pizzas or a signature Waldorf Astoria hamburger at Aquamarine. Golfers can refuel after a challenging game at The Clubhouse Grille, located at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club (aka, the 19th Hole), where the menu includes Bonnet Creek Clam Chowder, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes and Reuben sandwiches. The hotel connects to, and shares a convention hall with, the Hilton Bonnet Creek, where there are even more dining options including La

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FEAST YOUR EYES

If you’ve ever passed by a house and sheepishly tried to sneak a peek inside to see how it’s decorated, this month’s Home & Design issue is for you. Consider it your personal invitation to some of South Florida’s most impressive abodes, featuring spectacular interiors by renowned designers and filled with amazing artwork, eclectic embellishments, vintage treasures and more. And there’s a home for every taste: From a historic gem in West Palm Beach, a waterfront mansion in Golden Beach and a minimalist Boca Raton retreat, to an eclectic country club home in Delray Beach, a Mediterranean space in Miami and a Coral Gables property inspired by a Paris opera house … And topping it all off, we introduce you to HGTV host and South Florida native Sabrina Soto, who shares her design inspiration and provides a tour of her vibrant Manhattan condo. There’s enough interior (and exterior) eye candy here to satisfy any decor voyeur. So kick back in a cozy chair and enjoy—because it’s OK to look.

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HGTV’s Sabrina Soto May Be The Hardest Working Interior Designer In The Biz—And She’s Just Getting Started

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Perky HGTV host, interior designer and entrepreneur Sabrina Soto is one of those lucky people who knew their destiny at a young age. ¶ We’re talking really young. ¶ Soto, a first-generation Cuban American born in South Florida, was barely old enough to walk when she started redecorating her bedroom, painting tulips on her plain green carpet and rearranging the furniture. ¶ “As I was growing up, I remember on weekends when my sister would play sports, I went shopping with my mom to buy colorful home furnishings and accessories,” recalls Soto, 35, whose mother Maria ran a decorating and home staging business, and father Roberto was a TV studio executive. “I simply loved decorating. From day one I knew I wanted to do something in that area.” ¶ As she matured, Soto developed her own personal style and a knack for mixing things up to improve a space with little or no budget. These days she’s known for her eclectic manner of combining luxury items with affordable pieces to create smashing home designs. ¶ Her talents have served her well. The thrifty New York City resident with the mega-watt smile is now a regular fixture on several TV shows, runs a successful interior design business, acts as a brand spokesperson and lifestyle expert for Target, and in May will release her first design book. ¶ And she’s just getting started. “I work long hours and take the term workaholic

DIY queen Sabrina Soto demonstrates how to apply custom hardware to a dresser on the set of HGTV’s “The High/Low Project”

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to a new level,” Soto admits. “I love my work and have a lot of energy with much to do. I’m driven, passionate and creative.”


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“By the time I was in high school, I was constantly redecorating everything I came into contact with.” -- Sabrina Soto

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rooms based on their individual budgets. “I love (it) because it offers viewers not one, but two reveals,” she says. “One is high end, and one is more budget conscious, mirroring the high-end look.” Soto’s talent and infectious personality has garnered her host gigs on other blue-chip HGTV shows and specials too, including “Green Home,” “Bang for Your Buck,” “House Hunters,” HGTV Showdown,” “Buying & Selling: 20 Best-Kept Secrets” and “HGTV’d.” A highlight was hosting

ers on a personal level. She’s like the super-stylish girl next door. “Sabrina is not only an incredible, passionate designer and a star in front of the camera, (but) she’s also the hardest working person on set,” says Blake E. Swerdloff, “The High/Low Project” producer. “If she’s not shooting an intricate project or room reveal on camera, she can be found roaming the set picking up trash, typing away on her laptop, or making the rest of the crew laugh. She may be the main talent on our show but she’s also a huge asset to the production. She wants nothing more than to produce the best possible TV show for her fans.” When not taping TV shows, Soto keeps busy as a LEED-accredited designer. This means she’s one of just about 7,000 interior designers worldwide recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a leader in energy and environmental design. It’s an achievement that’s helped expand her roster of private clients around the country.

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Soto is known to fans as the designer with the answers, whether it’s how to add the wow-factor to a headboard on the cheap, organize clutter with cool, functional pieces or stage a tiny living space to look larger… she has tips and tonics for every home situation.

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the network’s “White House Christmas” special (“I enjoyed meeting first lady Michelle Obama,” she says). In addition, she became part of the last season of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” and has appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. Her media success can be attributed in large part to her high energy, positive approach to life and design, and innate ability to connect with guests and view-

“I never imagined I would be able to do television and also handle my own clients all at the same time,” she marvels. “It is incredibly rewarding to interact with people and give them usable, realworld advice on how to improve their living spaces.” In May, that advice will translate into her first book, “Sabrina Soto Home Design: A Layer-by-Layer Approach to Turning Your Ideas into the Home of Your Dreams.” The informative tome, which is being published by John Wiley & Sons, promises to be packed with helpful money- and time-saving decorating tips and shortcuts. Soto has certainly come a long way from the days of painting tulips on her bedroom carpet.

“Sabrina is not only an incredible, passionate designer and a star in front of the camera, (but) she’s also the hardest working person on set. If she’s not shooting an intricate project or room reveal on camera, she can be found roaming the set picking up trash, typing away on her laptop or making the rest of the crew laugh.” -- Blake E. Swerdloff, “The High/Low Project” producer

Photos courtesy of HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. © 2011

LEFT: Soto strikes a pose on the set of “The High/Low Project” BELOW: Soto tests a cabinet she ordered for the show


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: An “after” photo of a low-budget bedroom designed by Soto on “The High/Low Project;” the bedroom before the makeover; the high-budget version of the bedroom; Soto at a room reveal; Soto puts the finishing touches on the bedroom; Soto shops with a homeowner for budget-friendly furnishings

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But in the meantime, she went into real estate, doing mortgages and showing CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Harper in the living room of Soto’s New York City condo; Soto uses kitchen pot and knife holders as office organizers; Soto in her perfectly curated closet

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houses. She also began to stage homes for private design clients, which gave her valuable work experience.

After spending her early years rearranging the furniture in her Miami home, Soto and her family moved to New Jersey, where she attended junior high school. The family later moved to Los Angeles, where her father worked in the TV news business at Univision and other networks. “By the time I was in high school, I was constantly redecorating everything I came into contact with,” she recalls with a laugh. “I painted furniture, made new light fixtures, shopped for crafts and molded things that would add sizzle to my spaces. I did it all at home.” However, after graduating in 1994 from Burbank High School, she didn’t work in interior design. Rather, she accepted a marketing position with EarthLink, the Internet service provider, which lasted for five years. And though she attended classes at a Los Angeles community college, she didn’t finish, she says, because she kept getting promoted at EarthLink and needed to make money. Anyway, she soon realized she was more ambitious than studious, and her career took precedence over college. Still, she felt something was missing in her life. While dabbling in design during her off

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And then, when she least expected it, her elusive dream job appeared … online.

hours, she realized how much she missed being creative. So much, in fact, that she decided to change career goals. With a father in the TV business, she decided to hire an agent and pursue opportunities in media. It didn’t take long for the attractive and vivacious Soto to land a gig on an MTV pilot called “Big Urban Mix.” The pilot wasn’t picked up, but soon after, in 2002, she was hired to host TLC’s “A Dating Story,” for which she traveled the United States introducing people she thought would make good couples and then watched them interact on blind dates. (“It was soo much fun,” she recalls.) She later was hired by Yahoo! to interview A-list recording artists and celebrities. While she enjoyed show business, Soto realized that finding steady work in TV was going to be a constant challenge. While contemplating what to do next,

“I found a job on Craig’s List with HGTV, if you can believe that!” she says. “That was 5 ½ years ago. I was so excited and quickly started with the show, ‘Get It Sold.’ And I grew from there into more design-oriented programming.” Soto has since built a résumé—and lots of fond reality TV memories—most designers would covet. She had “a blast” on a recent special celebrity edition of “HGTV’s Showdown,” when in just four hours she and co-host Matthew Finlason teamed with singer Drew Lachey and Olympic ice skater Kristi Yamaguchi to transform a dated 1970s-style room into a fun and modern family space. Another of her favorite moments occurred while taping a segment of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” series, which was canceled in January after nine seasons, but may return with future specials. During this particular episode, which

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she purchased a Los Angeles food emporium for people with sugar diet issues called Weigh to Love. But the tedious work didn’t whet her appetite. “I wasn’t passionate about this business and put in too many long hours,” she says. “I wanted to go back on TV but this time I was determined to combine it with design.”


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taped last October, Ty Pennington and his team of designers (including Soto), traveled to West Union, Iowa to surprise Audrey Gibbs, a widow and farm owner with six children. Nearly blind and battling a fatal disease, Gibbs maintained a positive spirit and went to school to become a massage therapist, a vocation she could continue should she lose her sight completely. The family’s farmhouse was in dire need of repair with no working toilet, a ceiling that was about to collapse, and a layout that did not work for the family’s needs—especially for Gibbs and her disability. It took Soto and the design team seven days to build the family’s new home, which included a brand-new massage studio. While the home was being built, the family was sent on a South Florida vacation, and stayed at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. It was the first time any of the kids had been on an airplane. “This was a heart-tugging and feel-good story,” recalls Soto, who says she’s sorry to see the “Extreme Makeover” series canceled. “We built Audrey and the kids a farm and made it sustainable… The mom deserved this more than anyone else I know. It was an honor to work on that show.” Currently, Soto’s schedule includes keeping busy as an ongoing consultant for Target as the Style Expert for its Home brand. As part of her role, she provides Target consumers a voice of direction through multiple platforms including online tutorials and TV commercials. Utilizing her design philosophy of affordable luxury, she brings high-end design ideas to the masses by demonstrating how easy it can be to create a polished home aesthetic at a reasonable price. “Target has so many wonderful and diverse products,” she says. “I share tips and ideas on how to fit them into the home.”

joys bike riding, yoga classes and walking her dog, Harper, a 2-year-old female Labradoodle. She especially enjoys taking Harper to Central Park and then return-

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ing home to cook a good meal. “I prepare Mediterranean, Italian and Cuban dishes, plus comfort foods like soups and salads,” she says. “I do have a boyfriend but no plans to marry yet.” Another favorite pastime is traveling. Soto enjoys Europe—she spent her last birthday in Paris—and Mexico, where she likes to kick back and read with an icy margarita. She also spends time visiting her mother and playing aunt to her sister’s four children in Los Angeles, and hopes to spend more time in Miami with her father’s side of the family. “My family is very proud me, but would love to see me settled with kids like my sister,” she says. What does she want for herself? “Down the road, I want to have a home accessories line in retail stores and also a family of my own,” she says. “No matter what and when that happens, I must remain vital.” O

As a common guideline, the flooring should be darker than the walls. The color of the flooring stabilizes the room and balances it. For a simple wallpaper remover, mix ¼ cup fabric softener, 1 cup white vinegar, and 1 gallon of warm water. Spray, then let sit for at least 10 minutes before removing the paper. Mirrors are a great way to make entryways and hallways look bigger and add more light. Hanging planters are a great way to bring greenery inside without cluttering up surfaces. Always hang art at eye level, no matter how tall your walls are. This will ensure the artwork will draw just the right amount of attention. ABOVE: Form meets function in Soto’s space with chalkboardpainted walls LEFT: Soto’s girlychic bedroom

She admits her own home is like a crash pad, because she spends so much time working. Living in New York is fun, she says, because she has no children and can come and go as she pleases. Though she finds it difficult to slow down (she even texts while using the treadmill.) On the rare occasion that she does relax, she enMARCH 2012

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The family room’s entire ceiling is painted in the style of Marc Chagall. “I thought why not create ceiling art like that in the Paris Opera House?” says Avanzato. The artwork, painted on several canvases attached to the ceiling, encompasses special events and family travels, with Paris in one corner, Barcelona in another corner and a portrait of the couple, which was used on their wedding invitations. The storyline of the painting was created by Avanzato and done by European Decor in Palm Beach. Gauze curtains trimmed with mustard-colored silk hang from hardware that runs around the room. The walls are a pale yellow straw color, with a fiery burst of color in the red bar, which came from Italy. “The client was scared of using the bold red, but he trusted me. Everything ties together,” explains Avanzato. The bar stools, armchair and sofa are by Donghia. The sofa, daybed and armchair are in a soothing blue-striped linen-cotton. The large painting is by Claudio Bravo. The art on the far wall is a signed lithograph by Marc Chagall. The walls have a Marmorino finish, a rough Venetian plaster.

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Visitors’ introduction to the house is the elegant foyer, painted lavender blue, then covered with a white glaze and combed to subtly bring out the lavender. The painted rug on oak floors was copied from one of the designer’s antique rugs. The bronze sculpture is by Miami sculptor Tom Corbin. The hand-blown red glass on the table is from Venice. The table is cherry with a marble top. The antique gilded mirror is from England; the glass hurricane lantern hanging from the ceiling is from Los Angeles. “The color palette of the foyer is important. It is the entry to all other rooms, the first chapter to a book,” says Avanzato.

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A Coral Gables Home By The Bay Gets A Glamorous Makeover

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esigned by famed Palm Beach architect John Volk, this splendid waterfront Coral Gables house has an enviable location in the prestigious Gables Estates next to Biscayne Bay. Far from the downtown high-rises, the owners can relax in the striated shade of tall coconut palms on the sparkling white man-made beach or enjoy the bay views from the stunning living room, which comfortably seats 22 people.

The house, which has been in the same family for years, got a spectacular makeover inspired by the owner’s recent marriage. And, of course, his gift to his bride—a Renoir painting—required a suitably sophisticated setting.

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Miami designer Vincenzo Avanzato, known for his high-end residential projects and his interior designs for hotels in Egypt and Dubai and boutiques in Paris and Milan, was called in to give the 1960s-vintage house a renovation that blended classic and modern. The spectacular makeover includes bold colors such as buttercup yellow and fuchsia, French antiques mixed with custom-made furniture, and a jaw-dropping Marc Chagall-inspired painting that covers the ceiling in the family room and chronicles the family’s special events and international travels. MARCH 2012

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The library is an inviting room in which to relax with a book in one of the comfortable chairs in front of the fireplace (not shown here) and perhaps sip an after-dinner cognac. Chairs are reproductions of 1930s Lucien Rollin furniture, upholstered in orange suede. The room’s original wood panels were refurbished and French-polished. The French antique desk, with gilt ormolu, was purchased from Daniels Antiques in Hallandale. The English antique chair in front of the desk is from Maple and Co., and the chair behind the desk is from Nagel Antiques. The dramatic silk-embroidered drapes have theatrical ties pulled from the top like theater curtains. The rug is an antique Turkish Oushak area carpet from Odabashian Rugs in Dania.

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“The design will start with an armchair, a sofa, a mirror and then we start putting the pieces together.” -- Vincenzo Avanzato, interior designer

“I thought the house was well designed. The ceiling heights of 10 feet were perfect and the room proportions were perfect,” says Avanzato. “The rooms flowed like antechambers leading from one space to another.” A formal foyer, centered with a painted rug on a glossy oak floor, offers the choice of the family room to the right, dining room to the left, and beyond to the living room and a large covered terrace with captivating bay views. The designer built a lot of wood moldings, chair rails and paneling to add a traditional backdrop to an otherwise modern interior. Avanzato describes his design as “a very comfortable, eclectic mix of tasteful, classic furniture in the right scale.” His house designs start with “reconnaissance tours”—he and the clients visit design centers and furniture shops to see what they like. “The design will start with a chair, a sofa, a mirror and then we start putting the

▲ The soft yellow walls and chair fabrics provide a flattering glow for visitors invited to a sumptuous evening meal. The two end chairs, slip-covered in buttercup yellow, are by John Saladino. The side chairs were designed and fabricated by Avanzato. The 19th-century French 8-foot-long mahogany table has gleaming brass ormolu. The walls in the dining room and throughout the house were painted with Old World trompe l’oeil techniques but with a modern, glamorous spirit. Green paint went on the walls, followed by large purple flowers and finally, a white glaze was spread over the paint and combed through so flowers appear very subtle. On the table are tall wine decanters from England, Baccarat crystal glasses and crystal Champagne flutes from England. The Wilshire chandelier is made with wood and gesso in 22-karat distressed gold. In an adjacent alcove with windows on three sides is a small table for intimate dining.

The sleek buffet trimmed with gilt bronze ormolu, a reproduction made in France, does double duty as a practical serving space for wine and liquor or for desserts, and adds a touch of Old World elegance. The buffet is topped in marble with plum colors that you don’t find anymore. An antique French mirror back panel offers glimpses of the dining room and reflects light. Antique English sterling-silver serving pieces, crystal glasses and majestic vases tall enough for long-stemmed flowers add character.

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pieces together. The synergy of a couple is very delicate, too. I always try to make it equal so both people are happy,” he says. The Italian-born, Great Britain-raised Avanzato speaks Italian, Spanish, French and English, and brings European sensibilities, English traditionalism and American modernism to his designs. He was more than a match for the home’s illustrious history.

The centerpiece of the master bedroom is the Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting over the desk. Called “Tête De Femme,” it was a gift from the homeowner to his wife. The walls were painted with stencils, a pattern from old Indian wallpaper, then sanded down to make it fade. A final coat of glaze was applied to give an Old World ambiance. The bed was custom-made by the designer. The velvet headboard is a pale yellow; the lining of the bedspread is pale green, and the top of the bedspread is silk brocade. The chair is a lightweight wool from Donghia. The desk was custom-made by the designer, and the desk chair is by John Saladino. The lamp is crafted of Venetian hand-blown glass from Donghia. The billowing drapes are silk.

Luckily for Avanzato, Mother Nature had already provided the landscaping of tall coconut palms and the homeowners had brought in white sand. All he had to do was set up comfortable furniture including platform beds, a hammock and teak outdoor pieces. He added punches of color, particularly fuchsia and yellow, with pillows, bedspreads and rugs. “I wanted to make it really look like Miami, and I do love color,” he says. Gauzy curtains attached to simple teak pergolas allow for a breeze and lots of pillows made with weather-proof fabrics and colorful rugs add to a relaxing outdoor experience.

The 30-foot-long living room has several seating areas that can accommodate 20 or so guests. The couple frequently entertains and requested a large but cozy space that would make guests feel comfortable. The large painting is an original Fernando Botero, called “Camera Degli Sposi” (“Chamber of Newlyweds”). The sofas were designed by Avanzato for the room. The armchairs with blue seats are English antiques Avanzato bought in London. The chairs with lion heads on the arms are Swedish antiques. The end tables are reproductions made by Avanzato. The small painting is by Arshile Gorky. Although the paintings perfectly complement the room’s scale and colors, Avanzato didn’t see the art until after the room was done. “Don’t decorate around art,” he says. “The paintings should come in at the last moment. Art is very personal.”

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“Don’t decorate around art. The paintings should come in at the last moment. Art is very personal.” -- Vincenzo Avanzato

The house was designed by architect Volk, who went to Palm Beach in the 1920s and created some of the town’s most renowned mansions for clients including the Vanderbilt, DuPont, Ford, Dodge and Pulitzer families. It was built in Gables Estates and developed in the early 1960s by industrialist and philanthropist Arthur Vining Davis, head of Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). The newly decorated house lives up to its esteemed heritage. O


“The owners brought out all of these wonderful umbrellas they brought back from Indonesia. We waited until the magic hour—twilight,” says Avanzato. “We wanted to make the courtyard romantic.” The most important design aspect for a romantic space is the lighting. Overhead lights are best, he says, and only candles on the table. The lights shouldn’t be bright and there should be no glare. The furniture has to be functional and moveable since you don’t want it out all of the time. Use folding chairs and an outdoor table, then set the stage to make the setting romantic.

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The Mediterranean Revival house is painted white like a true Andalusian home, which better highlights the blue and yellow Spanish tiles around the front window, the Spanish tiles on the front steps, the single tiles and murals placed on the walls and the green alcove above the door. The third floor, which encompasses a bedroom and bath, rises above the house like a traditional Spanish tower.

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A CHARMING HISTORIC HOUSE IN WEST ST PALM BEACH BEAC PROVIDES A WINDOW TO SPAIN’S PAST

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STEPPING INTO THE HISTORIC “TILE House” in West Palm Beach’s Flamingo Park is akin to walking into a centuriesold castle in one of the medieval white villages of Spain. Dark antique furniture is covered in rich red upholstery. Deep red

Oriental carpets mark cozy conversation areas. Architectural details include caststone shields and columns, heavy cypress doors and high pecky cypress ceilings. Lots of colorful tiles, shipped from Spain almost 100 years ago, form arches over doorways and windows, decorate courtyard walls, adorn the cast-stone fireplace and embellish the staircase. On neighborhood home tours, Margie and Jeff Yansura’s house is always a show stopper. Mesmerizing tile murals and

The antique settee in the living room is a favorite spot for Roxy, one of the owners’ two rat terriers. The red oak floors, alternating 5- and 7-inch boards, were built with wooden pegs, no nails. Every room, even the bathrooms, have pecky cypress ceilings. Other antique pieces include chairs, wrought-iron lamps and Oriental carpets. The vases on the table behind the settee are part of the owners’ collection of McCoy pottery.

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mosaics offer windows into old Spain— a clipper ship on a calm sea captured in a mosaic over French doors, and the centuries-old clippers sailing fierce seas with billowing white sails painted on nine small tiles in the living room. When producers of the HGTV show “If Walls Could Talk” asked Palm Beach realtors to suggest a historic house for their show, someone recalled seeing the stunning Tile House, and soon it was featured on the program. Margie, a public relations consultant and owner of Wordsmith Communications in West Palm Beach, and Jeff, vice president of Property Management at Reichel Realty, are only the second owners of the 3,300-square-foot Mediterranean Revival house built from 1925 to 1927. The Yansuras’ children Sarah, 26, Lisa, 24


The living and dining rooms have Spanish design features such as cast-stone shields and columns. The glass in the dining room windows is Kokomo Opalescent Glass made in the Kokomo factory in Kokomo, Ind., which has been in operation since 1888 and supplied distinctive opalescent glass to Louis Tiffany. The terracotta tiles on the floor of the dining room are from Cuba, but originally came from Spain. The arches above the windows are tiled with “random rubble” from the Rice family’s tile company, centered by 100-year-old handpainted pieces. Golden light from the antique iron chandeliers gives a Mediterranean glow to the deep yellow walls. The centerpiece of the room is a mirror surrounded by blue and yellow Spanish tiles. MARCH 2012

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A river of “random rubble,” broken tiles laid haphazardly, makes an artistic path in the courtyard of the Tile House. The path looks like it has been there for many hundreds of years, instead of nearly 100. The random layout lends the tile movement and depth. A cobalt ceramic pot and a statue of St. Francis of Assisi balance the path.

and Grant, 22, grew up in the home. Their friends who lived in new houses in the suburbs thought the house was haunted. It is in a way—history is everywhere from the secret cellar underneath the home to the tiles on the dining room floor that were shipped from Cuba.

Lots of colorful tiles, shipped from Spain almost 100 years ago, form arches over doorways and windows, decorate courtyard walls, adorn the cast-stone fireplace and embellish the staircase.

The cast-stone fireplace rises to a secondfloor balcony trimmed in Spanish tiles just below the wooden railing. A small irongated door behind the balcony is just big enough for children who want to take a peek at the living room below. The red tiles above the fireplace warm up the cast stone. A child-size leather chair and a child’s wooden chair on either side of the fireplace make it seem even more massive in the two-story living room. There’s no grand staircase in the house, but accents of Spanish tiles in blue and green with hand-painted tiles placed in the centers of the risers turn a quiet space into a piece of art. A blue and yellow mural on the left wall adds interest on the way up. A wood stairway continues to the third-floor bedroom.

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The three-story house is listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places, and once again will be featured on the Flamingo Park Neighborhood Association’s holiday tour the first Sunday of December this year. The house was built by Clifton Rice, an engineer who moved to West Palm Beach with his wife Myrtle and son Ken from Cambridge, Mass. He soon was importing hand-painted tiles from Spain, which he sold to Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, who built Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival-style mansions in Palm Beach and Boca Raton. Mizner also designed the Everglades Club in Palm Beach and the Cloister at Boca Raton Resort & Club. Many of the tiles in the house are identical to those in Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. Mizner later opened his Mizner Industries factory and produced his own tiles, but the Rice family continued to import tiles until 1977 when Ken Rice retired. O


The parlor grand piano came from the original First United Methodist Church of West Palm Beach, which is now The Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace. Two red chairs and red and green drapes add drama to a space that demands it. Soaring white-pickled pecky cypress ceilings give the two-story space a classic Spanish austerity and grand scale.

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VISION

A Sprawling Boca Raton Residence Becomes A Pristine Showplace

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The people who built this house 20 years ago in Boca Raton’s upscale Broken Sound Club community wouldn’t recognize the place if they walked in today, and that’s just fine with the new owners, who relied on designer Susan Lachance’s ingenuity and intuition to make their dreams come true. With her keen allegiance to avant-garde artwork, clean design and an almost telepathic sense of what clients want, Lachance took this outdated 10,000square-foot home and turned it into a showplace. “We completely gutted and renovated everything,” says Lachance, who says they also slightly changed the home’s layout.

This hallway repeats the white glass floors used throughout the home, but Lachance left them bare for full gallery impact. The garden area breaks up the gleam. Because this hallway is so long, Lachance placed art pieces that were properly proportioned but also made a statement. “I like three-dimensional art and oil paintings and different media,” she says. The piece on the left is the very definition of threedimensional. “It changes as you walk by,” she says. And the piece on the right is just plain fun: A man and a dog, made of grass, walking in the park.

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Working for a young couple with children who plan to use their Broken Sound property as a second home, Lachance used a mostly white, tone-on-tone palette to create elegance and comfort in the five-bedroom home with nine baths. Lots of texture and lots of one-of-a-kind artwork, too. “I designed all the artwork in this house because the client liked what I had done in the past, so they kind of trusted me,” says Lachance. “Everything in the house is white, so art became an important statement.”


This curved sculpture wall with its deep niches is perfect for the kind of artwork these homeowners were drawn to—both whimsical and more seriously elegant. Just off the breakfast room, the sculpture wall is lit from within, creating a mystical, museum effect. The towering centerpiece sculpture with its elegant wood design is so fluid it practically moves. The golf tees in the upper left offer some whimsy (after all, a fun family lives here). The key to this wall? “I wanted glass pieces that would be reflective in different shapes and colors,” Lachance says. “It’s a challenge to find the right pieces sometimes, but I think we did a good job.”

The renovation, which she says took about a year, was exactly what buyers today have to do if they want to live in an established country club community like Broken Sound. “If you like the community and you like the lifestyle, your only option today is to tear down or gut,” says Lachance, founder of Susan Lachance Interior Design in Boca Raton. “This was major.”

Glass double doors leading into a guest suite? Why not? “We frosted them, to allow the light to travel,” Lachance explains. The elegant, subtle guest-room colors reflect the palette used in the rest of the home, creating a sense of continuity.

Today, the home’s interior certainly reflects the owners’ contemporary dreams and Lachance’s ambitious vision. Plush rugs warm up the white glass floors when need be and rich woods and stainless steel embellish throughout. The only thing they didn’t have to renovate was the view. “They live on a golf course,” says Lachance, “and the view is spectacular.” O

It’s all beautiful: the gleaming bar area, the chic armchairs, the standing artwork, the burnout shears, the brushed nickel drapery hardware. But the wall art is the real show stopper in this living room, which this part-time Boca Raton family also uses for entertaining. The clients allowed Lachance to conceive the artwork, created from rosewood and stainless-steel rods. Then, the rosewood was bent, slightly, to create a ribbon effect. For contrasting interest and to introduce more organic materials, the piece hangs from faux concrete panels, which are bolted to the living room wall. MARCH 2012

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Plenty of soft fabrics, all with different textures, make this room comfy and livable. The chairs swivel so you can give a shout to someone in the kitchen, or turn and watch TV. The coffee table is topped with stone “so you really can put your feet up on it.” A lush rug warms the marble floors. But it’s the treatment behind the flatscreen TV that steals the show. Made from MDF board that is curved, cut with grooves and then finished in a high-gloss lacquer, this 10-foot-wide piece of art seemed to take forever to finish, mostly because of its size. “I talked them in to waiting for it,” Smith says, “and when it came in, they were thrilled.”

INTERIOR DESIGN BY JODY SMITH OF BROWN’S INTERIOR DESIGN TEXT BY EMILY J. MINOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY ED BUTERA OF IBI DESIGNS

the old OUT WITH

A Country Club Retreat In Delray Beach Undergoes A Sophisticated Renovation

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This home in the Delaire Country Club in Delray Beach had all the right space in all the wrong places. Built in the 1980s, when country club construction in South Florida was heading into the boom years, the house had too many bedrooms and too many walls. And

that’s when longtime designer Jody Smith of Brown’s Interior Design of Boca Raton got involved. “It was very dated and did not meet the clients’ needs,” says Smith, who has been designing—and re-designing—homes in South Florida for more than two decades.

Smith used her discerning eye to mix unique items with production pieces to create this spectacular entrance to the couple’s dream home. The mirror frames are spoked, allowing light and color to peek through. “When you walk in, you get the feeling of endless mirrors,” she says. The facing silver leaf tables are elegant and minimalist. “We felt the pieces here needed to be interesting and important,” she says. “We did not want clutter.” The floors are the same Jerusalem Stone marble throughout the rest of the home. The six small glass vases stand as welcoming soldiers. “You walk in the front door,” Smith says, “and you’re basically standing in all their rooms.”

“We worked together on all their interior selections, the floors, the cabinetry, the countertops, all the plumbing fixtures,” she says. “It was a complete renovation, meaning there was very little of the original structure left.” To begin with, her clients—semi-retired and in their early 60s—wanted a house they could actually live in. After the couple bought the


This dining room right off the kitchen is where the couple eats their meals and entertains, so it needed to be functional and beautiful. The "Jellyfish" chandelier provides good light and good fodder for conversation. The table base was custom-built from maple, covered with a rich chocolate finish, then tiered and notched to give the room texture. Window covers are minimal. The floors are the same gleaming marble used throughout. But it is perhaps Mother Nature who really takes this room to another level. Says Smith: “The views in this house are spectacular.”

home two years ago, architects re-configured the dated three-bedroom with a den to a spacious two-bedroom with an open kitchen, dining room and living room. “There is no room in this house they don’t use on a daily basis with the exception of the guest suite,” Smith says. “A lot of people are afraid to do this.” Secondly, the golf course and pool views are visible from every room, so Smith used what she calls “soft contemporary” to complement that woodsy, earthy feel. Sophisticated neutrals and just the right pops of color and texture keep the design simple and elegant. And because the owners already had some beautiful pieces, Smith was able to layer a little old with a lot of new—including the fantastic dining room chandelier they snatched right from the showroom floor. The result? A home that is comfortable, sophisticated and modern, right down to the “smart system” that allows the happy homeowners to control things like light, music and temperature from their mobile phones. Says Smith: “How cool is that?” O Because the renovated house now has an open floor plan, Smith had to make certain the rooms flowed together with palette and tone. “The clients wanted it to have a soft contemporary look, and they wanted it to have some interest,” she says. To do this in the kitchen, Smith took particular care with the granite. “The grain is neutral with a lot of movement,” she says. The spectacular stainless-steel hood above the cook top is a main focal point, and Smith used mosaic tiles with flecks of stainless steel to draw the eye. The magnificent cabinets that hang from the bridge in the bar area create a necessary definition of space. This whimsical “Jellyfish” chandelier hangs majestically above the etched-glass dining room table and provides fantastic light and fabulous interest. Smith says it was the woman of the house who spotted it and fell in love. Her husband? Not so much. “He was very leery,” she recalls. “He thought we had lost our minds.” But once he saw it hanging, he was smitten as well. Each of the chandelier’s tentacles, if you will, is made from blown glass and creates even more airiness in the already airy room.

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with a twist A Golden Beach Mansion Receives A Designer’s Midas Touch

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With offices in Paris, New York and Miami, Colombian-born designer Juan Montoya is internationally known and respected for his elegant and eclectic designs that often meld a love for his native country with the other cultures he so adores. And the results at this home north of Miami are stunning. From the first shovel of dirt, Montoya was on hand to help the homeowners in the 2003 construction of their family’s 15,000-squarefoot mansion in Golden Beach, a tony waterfront town with views that often stretch from ocean to Intracoastal.

The open architectural elements at the entry of this Golden Beach mansion are made even more magnificent with Montoya’s simple, elegant touches. A minimalist at heart, Montoya relies on that authenticity in this home’s grand foyer, using beautiful Bianco Perlino marble for a seemingly endless stretch of floor. Montoya also designed the sweeping stair banisters and the foyer table. The unique chandelier is the work of Swedish designer Erik Höglund. “This,” says Montoya, about the entrance, “is where you create the overall look for the home.”

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY JUAN MONTOYA TEXT BY EMILY J. MINOR PHOTOGRAPHY BY KEN HAYDEN


While the painting by Colombian artist Maria de La Paz Jaramillo gives the room a decidedly modern feel, Montoya countered that with his choice of fabrics and cushions for the more traditional seating. “The pillows have fringe,” he points out practically. The coffee table is a contemporary twist, with a bronze base and a travertine top. But the stunning tapestry by Olga de Amaral, another Colombian artist, is perhaps what Montoya loves the most. With its specks of gold and silver threads, the art piece provides all the things a designer loves: color, texture, shine and interest. “It’s quite spectacular when you see it in person,” he says.

“I was very much involved in the aesthetics of the house from the construction on,” says Montoya, a member of the Interior Design Hall of Fame. Of course, industry insiders know all about Montoya and his ability to

“The house was basically built a little too contemporary, a little too fussy. I took the fussiness out.” -- Juan Montoya, interior designer create loveliness that extends far beyond the everyday home design choices of bedding, rugs and kitchen counters, although all that’s important. A student of architecture in Bogota, Montoya then studied at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, later creating Juan Montoya Design Corporation. Today, Montoya has created his own line of furniture and often designs custom pieces MARCH 2012

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A colonnade of arches right outside the main living area, facing the pool with the amazing water view, is one of the most fluid spaces at this Golden Beach property—and a favorite spot for entertaining or a private bite to eat. “You can have many, many tables for a big party, or you can have one table for breakfast,” Montoya says. He designed another mosaic, this one outside, to draw the eye along the length of the patio. “I wanted there to be a focal point there, instead of a blank wall,” he says. Of course, something the acclaimed designer didn’t have to fuss with was the breathtaking view. “You can really tell the span of the water from here,” he says. “It’s all about the views and the openness.”

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Montoya’s clients have children, so the goal was a comfortable working kitchen that could be the heart of their home. “They wanted something warm and not entirely modern, with more molding and a little bit more of a country French feel,” Montoya explains. For that, he relied on the craftsmanship at Christian Cabinets and used Blue Bahia granite for the countertops. A mosaic of Italian tiles gives the room additional interest, as do the pewter plates he found in Paris. He placed the plates, almost like artwork, atop the custom cabinetry. An old rectory table rounds out this friendly space and provides plenty of seating for family and guests.

for clients (including the living-room coffee table at this home). But it’s his unique sense of home design that makes him the go-to guy for many wealthy power figures and international stars. Relying on an almost innate knack for mixing textures, fabrics and furnishings—and layering all that atop his minimalist upbringing—Montoya is renowned for creating comfortable homes with international flair. This six-bedroom home already had magnificence, but Montoya pieced together a tapestry of rooms, relying on what the client wanted and what he knew they would like. “The house was basically built a little too contemporary, a little too fussy,” says Montoya. “I took the fussiness out.” O A grown-up room, Montoya wanted the library to have a grown-up personality. “My feeling was, let’s use wood,” he says. Montoya used a rich walnut on the walls and carried it up and over into the ceiling. “I had an artist come in and do a faux finish, silver and blue, to create a sense of space and dimension.” The caramel leather chair is a piece from the 1920s, and Montoya found the coffee table and metal lamp shades in his beloved Paris. The stunning artwork with its shout of bright yellow is by Anonymous, and is a tribute to the American Painter Robert Motherwell, who died in 1991.

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INTERIOR DESIGN BY DEBORAH WECSELMAN

TEXT BY EMILY HALL

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT BRANTLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Canvas COLORFUL

A Mediterranean-Style Aventura Space Provides A Clean Slate For A Vast Art Collection

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The harvest colors of the dining room are highlighted by a vast Vik Muniz photograph featuring shades of ocher, green and red. The Sao Paulo-born artist’s work is a perfect companion for the family’s rosewood dining table and dozen chairs from Holly Hunt, upholstered in a red cinnamon-burnt orange fabric. The Kevin Reilly bronze-framed chandelier from Holly Hunt is created in lights that resemble candles. “They entertain here a lot,” says Wecselman. “She cooks and her husband loves to eat!” ▲

The large second-floor master suite has its own sitting area highlighted by a gold- and hay-colored Donghia couch and chairs in linen chenille fabrics with a coordinating coffee table. “The couple wanted a space where they could be by themselves,” says Wecselman. “The design revolved around the flat-weave Stark carpet.” Toile fabrics in light blue with gold add a hushed elegance to the room. Grasscloth wallcoverings come from Phillip Jeffries, Ltd.

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hen her clients requested a clean canvas in which to showcase the family’s art collection, Miami-based interior designer Deborah Wecselman was faced with a challenge.

The Peruvian-born designer, known for creating classically modern spaces that evoke hints of the past, was hired three years ago by a Latin couple with two children who wanted to transform their two-story 4,500-square-foot Mediterranean home into a lighter more contemporary version of the original. “This couple has an amazing art collection and they needed a more casual and cleaner space in which to display it,” explains Wecselman, who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Design from Parsons The New School for Design in New York. “They wanted airy open rooms for entertaining, and a stark backdrop for showcasing their art and photography.” The 12-room home in Aventura required myriad changes to achieve a light, modern look. So Wecselman reworked the staircase and added new doors, floors and lighting and completely transformed three bathrooms. The renovations included adding a great deal of millwork and erasing any dark and drab areas. “I talked to the clients every day,” recalls Wecselman of the nine-month project. “They wanted a more sophisticated, creative and contemporary home but it had to be casual for day to day living with children.” The clients also requested that each space appear special and distinct to appeal to their diverse array of friends. They wanted each room to exude its own mood and experience. “It was also important that the spaces be fun,” says Wecselman. For example, use of vibrantly colored tile in the daughter’s bedroom, eye-popping contemporary art in the living room and playroom, and sculpture near the wife’s office offer novel and buzz-worthy eye candy at every turn. “Throughout this project, I learned how important art is to the interior, and I drew from their collection for my design inspiration,” says Wecselman, adding that the family is “thrilled” with the look of their home. “Since they constantly add new pieces, art will continue to enhance the design of the interior. It looks great.” O MARCH 2012

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▲ Dominated by the eye-catching work of Chinese artist and photographer Huang Yan (this pair of photos is called “Winter Eyes Open and Winter Eyes Closed”), the living room is the home’s main anchor. The metallic linen sofa by Donghia sits before a vintage Donghia coffee table crafted of ornamental gilt metal. The vintage black lamp illuminates playful throw pillows while stacked books carry the theme further.

The daughter’s vibrantly colored room is dramatic and funky, featuring Casa Cielo matte ceramic tiles in green, pink, orange, brown and dirty white. The custom bed features bright bedding from Pottery Barn. The side table, pillow and pig statue are from Jonathan Adler, the tray comes from West Elm and the lamp is vintage. “This is a girly, happy room for the daughter who loves color,” says the designer. “We had a great time designing it.” ▲

The playroom is where the kids read and do their homework. The cabinets are built-in and the chair by the computer is an Eames Soft Pad. The round white Noguchi table and marble red chairs are from Design Within Reach. The wall art near the table is by England-born Boo Ritson, who literally slathers paint on her subjects and then photographs the results. The kids enjoy hanging out on the custom daybed while watching TV and playing video games. Above is a lively poster adding yet more vibrant color.

“They wanted a more sophisticated, creative and contemporary home but it had to be casual for day to day living with children. It was also important that the spaces be fun.” – Deborah Wecselman, interior designer

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Custom pocket doors lead family members from the beige travertine floor of the living room into the mother’s private 10 x 12-foot office which she calls her “sanctuary.” Flanking pocket doors are Peruvian statues standing atop 1940s pedestals purchased at a Paris flea market. The space features wallpaper by Jeffrey Michaels which resembles a sheer veil. A Donghia daybed is topped with Mongolian fur pillows for texture. Indoor/outdoor white ceramic stump stools add form and function.

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A WINE TIME FOR ALL Boca Bacchanal Returns With 10th Anniversary Blowout Celebration

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ocal foodies and oenophiles rejoice: When Boca Bacchanal commemorates its 10th anniversary from March 23th through March 25th, you can expect an extra-decadent weekend fueled by scrumptious food, top-notch wines, dynamic silent and live auctions, music, dancing and much more. The popular fundraiser benefits Boca Raton Historical Society’s Historic Preservation and Heritage Education programs. “This year, to commemorate our 10th anniversary, we will be infusing each day of the weekend with extra fun and surprises, starting with a stellar lineup of Vintner Dinners,� said General Chair Stephanie Miskew. Indeed, the revelry kicks off Friday evening with the Vintner Dinners series, presented by all-star chefs and vintners as they create signature dishes paired with top wines served in posh private residences. “We are so grateful for the generosity of our gracious hosts and event partners, who completely underwrite the Vintner Dinners so that we can donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Boca Raton Historical Society,� said Miskew. “We have invited back some of the outstanding chefs and

WELCOME WAGON: (Top) The 2012 Vintner Dinner hosts (Bottom) Steve and Stephanie Miskew with Kate and Ted Toomey

vintners who have contributed to our success and they are bringing their best to this celebration.�

sounds of the Will Bridges band, plus decadent desserts and coffee bars set up in the lounge area.

The festivities continue Saturday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, where the annual Boca Bash will serve an extravaganza of sensational food and wine. The evening begins with small plates and wine pairings, along with a silent auction, followed by a live auction and a multi-course feast whipped up by Resort Executive Chef Andrew Roenbeck. Next on tap: dancing to the urban

The event wraps up on Sunday with an alfresco Grand Tasting under a tent at Mizner Park Amphitheatre, where more than 30 restaurants will provide scrumptious bites and 140 wines will be available for sipping. O Whet your appetite? For more information, call 561395-6766, ext. 101 or visit bocabacchanal.com. MARCH 2012

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GREET THE SEASON WITH SIMPLY DELICIOUS PLEASURES

ACTION WHEN SPRING ARRIVES THIS MONTH WE WON’T EXPERIENCE THE SAME DRASTIC DROP IN TEMPERATURE AS SAY, WISCONSIN. STILL, THE SOUTHERN WINDS ARE SHIFTING AND A WARMER BREEZE PORTENDS SIMPLE PLEASURES AHEAD. IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO GATHER FRIENDS AND FAMILY FOR A SPRING SPREAD WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS.

MEDITERRANEAN STUFFED ZUCCHINI This zucchini stuffed with savory onion, yellow squash, ripe tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese makes an impressive and healthy vegetable side dish and is perfect for entertaining. Or enjoy it on your own. (serves 12) INGREDIENTS 6 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise 1 /3 cup olive oil, divided 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped ½ tsp. kosher salt ¼ tsp. black pepper

1 medium yellow squash, coarsely chopped 8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (about 1½ cups) 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

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Preheat oven to 475 F. Scoop out zucchini flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch border to form boats. Chop flesh; reserve. Brush zucchini lightly with oil; place hollowed sides down on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven; cool. In the meantime, heat 1/4 cup oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onion, salt and pepper; sauté until soft and slightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add reserved zucchini and yellow squash; sauté until liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat; allow mixture to cool slightly. Fold in feta cheese, tomatoes and parsley. Arrange zucchini, cut sides up, in two 9 x 13 baking dishes. Fill with squash-feta mixture. Bake until top is lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

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


BABY LETTUCES WITH BACON AND EGG The pairing of a humble hardboiled egg and smoky crisps of bacon creates the satisfying taste of this salad. We suggest visiting your local farmers market to find the freshest possible lettuce. (serves 4) INGREDIENTS 1 package baby lettuce (16 oz.) ¼ pound bacon, cooked and broken into pieces 4 hard-boiled eggs, quartered ¼ cup your favorite vinaigrette PREPARATION

Toss lettuce in dressing. Divide among plates and top with bacon pieces and egg quarters. Serve.

CHEDDAR CHIVE SCONES A perfect accompaniment to any meal, these warm and cheesy scones are full of flavor. A tip: This recipe can be used as a base for any savory scone. Replace the cheddar and chives with your favorite flavor combination. (serves 15) INGREDIENTS 1 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for rolling 3 tbsp. granulated sugar ½ tsp. black pepper 1½ tsp. kosher salt 1 tbsp. baking powder 1 cup cold unsalted butter, ¼-inch cubes 1 large egg 1 large egg yolk ½ cup whole milk ½ cup heavy cream plus additional for brushing 2 tbsp. chives, minced PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F. Add dry ingredients to food processor. Pulse cold butter into dry ingredients to form pea-size crumbs, followed by egg and yolk, then milk and heavy cream, then cheddar cheese and chives. Flour your hands and a clean

surface. Empty dough from food processor onto surface. Knead dough approximately 10 times with the heels of your hands. Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough to 1/4-inch thick, which should form a 10-inch round disk. Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut scones; place them on a parchment paper-lined baking pan. Brush tops with reserved cream. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a light golden color. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Baby Lettuces with Bacon and Egg; Whoopie Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting; Baked Ham with Apricot Glaze; Cheddar Chive Scones OPPOSITE PAGE: Mediterranean Stuffed Zucchini

BAKED HAM WITH APRICOT GLAZE This caramelized brown sugar and apricot-glazed ham is studded with whole cloves and will fill your kitchen with a wonderfully rich and spicy aroma. The apricot glaze adds a touch of sweetness that beautifully complements the rich ham flavor. (serves 24) INGREDIENTS 1 (10 to 12 pound) uncooked, smoked, bone-in ham 8½ oz. apricot jam ½ cup Dijon mustard 1 cup light brown sugar, packed Zest of 1 orange ¼ cup fresh-squeezed orange juice Whole cloves PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 275°F. Line sheet pan with foil. Place ham on foil fat side up. Wrap with second piece of foil; bake 3 hours. Remove from oven. To prepare glaze, combine apricot jam, mustard, brown sugar, orange zest and orange juice; whisk to blend. Unwrap ham and with large sharp knife, trim rind and all but 1/4-inch of fat. Score fat in diamond pattern, about 3/4-inches apart. Stud ham with whole cloves in decorative pattern. Spoon glaze over ham and bake, uncovered, an additional hour, basting every 15 minutes. Let rest on cutting board until ready to carve.

WHOOPIE CARROT CAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING This modern spin on a classic treat combines two cakelike cookies sandwiched with a scrumptious filling. A tip: These bite-size treats are very soft out of the oven; be sure to let them cool completely before transferring to a wire rack. (serves 24) INGREDIENTS (Cookies) 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1½ cups finely grated carrots 1 pound cream cheese, room temperature 1 cup light brown sugar 1 cup sugar 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. salt ½ tsp. ground nutmeg ½ tsp. ground ginger 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup raisins

(Cream Cheese Frosting) ¾ pound unsalted butter, room temperature 1¼ pounds powdered sugar 1¼ tsp. vanilla extract, divided 1 tsp. almond extract, divided PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F. In bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugars and butter; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat until well mixed. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. On low speed gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture until well blended. Mix in carrots, raisins and oats. Chill for an hour or until firm. Shape one tablespoon of dough into a ball; place on parchment-lined baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until browned, rotating halfway through. Allow cookies to cool. For the Cream Cheese Frosting: Combine cream cheese and butter in bowl of an electric mixer; mix until smooth. Add powdered sugar in three equal batches. Add almond and vanilla extracts. Cool and spread 2 tablespoons of frosting on one flat side of cookie and sandwich two together. O MARCH 2012

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Cafe Med By Bice Serves Up Italian Delights With Views To Dine For

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other Nature dishes up the stunning ocean views at Cafe Med by Bice, but the staff and management get all the credit for the spectacular food, consummate service and energetic vibe. The Deerfield Beach restaurant, part of the venerable Bice Group (think Cafe Bice in Palm Beach) opened a month ago, bringing its “Italian Flair, Mediterranean Style” to the shores of northeastern Broward County. PASTA PLENTY: (From Top) the bar, Sapori di Mare, the dining room, Tuna Tartare and Linguine Pasta with Clams

From the entry, with its tile walls reminiscent of Italy, to the outdoor dining areas under the stars, the visuals here are stunning.

And so are the meals that emerge from the bustling kitchen: Colors, textures and presentations pop, making it difficult for diners to choose from myriad tempting selections. Our advice? Just dig in. Start with the complimentary bread and tapenade. Excellent follow-up dishes are the colossal Antipasti Coconut Shrimp, lightly breaded, flash fried and served piping hot with orange sweet chili sauce and spicy mayo, and the Tuna Tartare, an exquisite stack of fresh Ahi tuna, avocado and 100

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red onion drizzled with tangerine teriyaki sauce. The innovative pasta, chicken, fish, steak and veal entrees are lovingly prepared by Corporate Executive Chef Jose Liriano and Executive Chef Alex Rodriguez. The Florida Snapper, oven roasted in white wine sauce, served atop a mound of perfectly grilled vegetables and topped with roasted grape tomatoes is nirvana; the robust Risotto Ai Funghi Porcini, Italian-style rice with porcini mushrooms, is absolute creamy goodness. There’s a wine for every dish here, including a “40 under $40” section. Beer and cocktails are also available, and a tapas-style bar menu features Pork and Apricot Skewers, Blue-Cheese Stuffed Meatballs, Oyster Shooter Gazpacho and other small bites. Pizza aficionados will be delighted with the restaurant’s plethora of choices (from the Vegetarian, piled high with zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms and onions, to the Meat Lovers, topped with skirt steak, sausage and pepperoni). And for the grand finale, don’t miss the light-as-a-feather Tiramisu, a smooth and heavenly treat. Cafe Med by Bice features a lively atmosphere, but really kicks it up a notch on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, when there’s live music. O

where Cafe Med by Bice is located at 2096 N.E. Second St., Deerfield Beach. For more information, call 954-596-5840 or visit cafemeddeerfield.com.


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BITES/ AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

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

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

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.6434 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

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BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

Cinemark Palace 20 ❘ 3200 Airport Rd. ❘ 561.544.3044 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BONEFISH GRILLBoca Grove

Shopping Center ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Dinner daily. BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘ 2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.2739 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. BROOKS RESTAURANT500

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

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e South Floridians sure know how to party for a good cause. Scheduled for next month is Delish 2012, a delightful evening of cocktails, specialty food stations, dancing and a silent auction presented by The Wassie Foundation to benefit Arc Broward, an agency that provides services for children and adults with autism, intellectual disabilities and other challenges. The evening will take place April 27th at the Sunrise Civic Center Grand Ballroom. In keeping with the Delish theme, the event will honor

THE CAPITAL GRILLE

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

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

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

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 102

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ARC supporters and students who’ve excelled in the ARC Broward Culinary Institutes program. The nonprofit catering program uses food as a tool to transform lives by teaching students skills in an authentic setting and providing graduates with real-world employment opportunities. Students and graduates will join well-known chefs in preparing the evening’s culinary offerings.

For more information, call 954-746-9400 or visit arcbroward.com.

FIFTH AVENUE GRILL821 S.E.

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

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

GRAND LUX CAFETown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Open Daily 11 am • Happy Hour 4 – 7 pm • Delray’s Best Brunch Sat & Sun 9 am – 2:30 pm For information or reservations, visit theatlanticgrille.com or call 561-665-4900 At The Seagate Hotel, 1000 East Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach

The Recipe for a Perfect Evening ONE PART STYLE • ONE PART TASTE • ONE PART RHYTHM

Delray’s hottest bar scene • sensational seasonal menu • live entertainment featuring Orson Whitfield

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ZTHE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS KEE GRILL17940 N. Military Tr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

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

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

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

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

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

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.6388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Sunday. Closed Saturday. MILLER’S EAST BOCA ALE HOUSEShoppes at Blue Lake ❘

1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.9142 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MILLER’S WEST BOCA ALE HOUSEBoca Lyons Plaza ❘ 9244

W. Glades Road ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

The Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.7724 ❘ Dinner nightly. NEW YORK PRIME2350 N.W.

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

561.998.3881

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

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. THE PAVILION GRILLE301

Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

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

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

WATERCOLORS CAFEBoca

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

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

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

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

ASIAN/SUSHI 5 SPICE ASIAN STREET MARKET

Shoppes of Blue Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.989.1688 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL

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

SMOKEHOUSE GRILLE & WINGERY2257 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.9110 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

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

BITES / SMOOTHIE MOVE

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

JuiceBlendz and YoBlendz Team Up For Marketing Campaign With The Miami Heat

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outh Florida-based JuiceBlendz and YoBlendz, franchise companies that create healthy smoothies and frozen yogurts, have scored a 2012 marketing partnership with the Miami Heat to complement their three vendor/kiosk locations in the AmericanAirlines Arena. The new partnership will include customized signage, broadcasts on Heat radio and the team’s website, e-mail blasts and more. Basketball fans can also anticipate special events allowing them to get up close and personal with the players.

JuiceBlendz in AmericanAirlines Arena

RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘ 402 Plaza

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“We are thrilled to partner with the Miami Heat for this exciting marketing partnership,” said Adam Ogden, founder and CEO of JuiceBlendz and YoBlendz. “We look forward to further interacting with the Heat’s loyal fans.” AmericanAirlines Arena is not the first nontraditional local venue for the JuiceBlendz and YoBlendz franchises. They’ve also worked with the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Nova Southeastern University in Davie and Boca Raton’s Florida Atlantic University. Ogden started JuiceBlendz in 2005 and has 18 sites; he started YoBlendz in 2010. Both have Boca Raton locations.

For more information, call 866525-3639 or visit juiceblendz. com, or call 954-217-3014 or visit yoblendz.com.

Waterway Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7609 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.755.3191 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘

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

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

GARY WOO ASIAN BISTRO3400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

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

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


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ZTHE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS JAPANGORiverstone Shoppes

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

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

Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE8841 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca

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

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

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.3388 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Dinner Saturday-Sunday.

561.347.7322

KYOJIN BUFFETShops at Boca

STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILLTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades

BOHEME BISTRO1118 E. Atlantic

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

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

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

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second

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

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

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TEMPURA HOUSEThe Reserve ❘

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

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

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

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

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

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

#108 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8808 ❘ Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner daily. 106

UNCLE TAI’SThe Shops at Boca

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

170 W. Camino

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

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

ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades Rd.

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

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

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

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

Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8580 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

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

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ANDREW'S99 S.E. Mizner Blvd.,

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#1 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.7939 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday.

BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

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FLEMING’S BISTRO6060 S.W.

LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

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

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

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

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

Sunday. Closed Monday.

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

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

SUSHI RAYShops at Boca

561.368.2340 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-

THE MELTING POT5455 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

Federal Hwy., #4 ❘ Boca Raton ❘

CASIMIR BISTRORoyal Palm

COTE FRANCE CAFERoyal Palm

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

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

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

INDIAN CURRIES & MORE217 E.

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

Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

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

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

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

ASSAGGIO DEL FORNORegency

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


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CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Check our our Video Review by Check Please! South Florida

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

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

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

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

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.1703 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

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

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

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

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

5751 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

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LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING159 E. Palmetto Park

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

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

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

LILLY’S451 East Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0208 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIO’S OSTERIA1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.672.1522 ❘ Dinner daily.

Cafemeddeerfield.com 2096 N.E. 2nd Street, Deerfield Beach | 954-596-5840

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MATTEO’S RESTAURANT233 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.0773 ❘ Dinner nightly. NICK’S NEW HAVEN-STYLE PIZZERIA & BAR2240 N.W. 19th St., Suite 904 ❘ Boca

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Raton ❘ 561.368.2900 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

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Nominated Best Italian Restaurant In Boca 2011 —Sun Sentinel

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

Vito Raneri Executive Chef/ Owner

David Acker Owner

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

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. POSITANO4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. RAFFAELE RISTORANTERoyal Palm

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

561.392.1110

RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N. Federal

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

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

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


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SAPORISSIMO366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

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Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009 Boca Raton Magazine

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

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

First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.2930 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

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VIC AND ANGELO’S 290 E. Atlantic

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

114 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.869.0030 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

VIVO PARTENZA1450 N. Federal Hwy.

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

LATIN/CARIBBEAN CARIBBEAN GRILL1332 N.W. Second

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

Boca Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday. CABANA EL REY105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL411 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.6565 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

MEDELLIN RESTAURANT

OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday. PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN JERK CAFE1179 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PUB THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm Place ❘

504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.3618445 ❘ Lunch Saturday, Dinner MondaySunday. THE WISHING WELL IRISH PUBRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 175 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.5208 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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814 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.0013 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch daily.

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

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

Beach ❘ 561.665.8484 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily; Brunch Saturday and Sunday. JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N. Ocean

Blvd. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.571.5220 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SHOWROOM: The Shops at Boca Center 5250 Town Center Cirle #127 Boca Raton, FL 33486 PHONE: 561.394.5067 HOURS: Mon-Weds. 10-6 Thurs-Sat. 10-8 Closed Sunday Retail And To The Trade

J & J SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL

634 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. 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 ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

561.447.2112

LINDA BEAN'S 200 East Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.2502 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 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. THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE7619 State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9190

❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

TURKISH/MEDITERRANEAN ANATOLIA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000

❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

BOCA SKEWERSMizner Park ❘130 N.E.

Second St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9961 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday. Closed Sunday. EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1109 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

daily. Closed Friday night. SINE212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000

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Jewish Federaon of South Palm Beach County

Thor Barraclough

Ron Nyhan, Ph.D.

Todd Skelton Milagro Center

Jerry Sklar Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, Inc.

Spirit of Giving Network

Ed Stone Gary Peters

Paul Bonaros

Boca Raton Police Department

Boca Helping Hands

The Palm Beach School for Ausm

Stephen Posovsky, DDS

Eddie Sordo

Tri County Humane Society

George Snow Scholarship Foundaon

Michial Rachaner

James Taylor

Boca Central Rotary

Don Campion 4KIDS of South Florida

John Deese 211 Palm Beach / Treasure Coast

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, Inc.

Lynn University

Wayne Tonning Fred Kaub

Andy Raffa

The Haven

Players Edge Foundaon

Michael McCarthy

Robert Robes

Club Managers Seminole Region Charity Commiee

Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc.

German Miret

Marvin Russell

Tom White

Make-A-Wish Foundaon of Southern Florida

YMCA of South Palm Beach County, Inc.

SOS Children’s Village - Florida, Inc.

Junior League of Boca Raton

Youth in Philanthropy Nominees: Bronsen Bloom Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc.

Erick Frederick Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida, Inc.

Jake Glass North Broward Preparatory School

Kyle Shaw G.W. Bailey First Responders Charitable Fund, Inc.

Spencer S. Waigner Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundaon/Debbie-Rand Memorial Service League

Tickets $100. All proceeds benefit Florence Fuller Child Development Centers, Inc. serving underprivileged children in Boca Raton for over 40 years. For more informaon, please call Hillary Wallace: 561 391-7274, ext. 128 or email: hwallace@ffcdc.org


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THE GOOD GUYS Men With Caring Hearts Luncheon To Benefit Florence Fuller Child Development Centers

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time once again to honor those Palm Beach County males whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made the most impact on our community. The 11th Annual Men with Caring Hearts (MWCH) awards luncheon will take place April 26th at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, with proceeds benefitting Florence Fuller Child Development Centers (FFCDC). This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event is chaired by Jay DiPietro, general manager of Boca West Country Club, and newly appointed FFCDC board member Jason Solodkin, managing director of NFP (National Financial Partners.) The MWCH Awards Luncheon gives nonprofit organizations the opportunity to provide community-wide recognition and thanks to the male volunteers whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given time, talent, energy and resources to make life better for others in Palm Beach County. Agencies are also encouraged to nominate a young male volunteer (ages 16 to 21) for the Youth in Philanthropy Award. The winning young volunteer will receive a $500 educational scholarship and a Toshiba Notebook computer.

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Abdol Moabery, president and CEO of GA Telesis LLC, a global leader in commercial aerospace, will be this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Biggest Heartâ&#x20AC;? recipient, a title bestowed upon a philanthropic leader whose commitment and dedication has affected individuals and the community at large.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am honored to have been recognized by FFCDC, which carries out important work in our community,â&#x20AC;? Moabery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My wife Cathy and I know the importance of doing our part to help those in need. It is extremely rewarding to know that FFCDC is able to provide children

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am honored to have been recognized by FFCDC, which carries out important work in our community.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Abdol Moabery, president and CEO of GA Telesis LLC

with invaluable assistance, especially when economic conditions continue to be troublesome for so many families in our area.â&#x20AC;? Also during the afternoon, Boca Raton philanthropist Martin Stein will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for his visionary commitment to many local and national nonprofits groups. FFCDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young children from economically challenged families in our community. It provides quality childcare, early education, family support programs and the only Head Start preschool in Boca Raton. O

L For more information, call Hillary Wallace at 561-391-7274, ext. 128 or visit ffcdc.org.

 Around Town includes news about community and social events, parties, charities, fundraisers, special recognitions and more. Have something Alonzothe Mourning youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like us to include? For consideration, please e-mail no less than 500 words about event, along with photos that include caption information, a phone number and a Web site address to editor@bocaratonobserver.com. Please write â&#x20AC;&#x153;Around Townâ&#x20AC;? in the subject line, and note that submissions will be edited for clarity and length. Photos become the property of The Boca Raton Observer.

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SHOW THEM THE MONEY Take Stock In Children Receives Final Grant Installment From AT&T T

ake Stock in Children, a Miami-based nonprofit organization with a 16-year history of providing scholarships, mentors and hope to students statewide, received the final installment of a $400,000 grant provided by AT&T during a Florida leadership conference in Tallahassee. The grant is part of AT&T’s fouryear commitment to support the Take Stock in Children’s Ultimate Choice program, which aims to ease the transition of low-income eighth-grade students in private school using the Step Up for Students Corporate Tax Credit scholarship. Through this commitment, a combination of services are provided to hundreds of students across Florida, including monitor-

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ing, intervention, mentoring, assistance with academic and personal development, career and educational counseling, and college scholarships. “AT&T’s community investments are driven by the goal of getting students

postsecondary and beyond.” The grant funding kicked off in 2008 under the umbrella of the AT&T Aspire Program, which focuses on confronting the high school dropout crisis. It’s a $100

“We applaud AT&T for making it possible for us to extend our services and assist more students beyond high school. This investment further demonstrates Take Stock in Children’s unparalleled success in graduating youth from high school and continuing their postsecondary education.” million initiative, making it one of the largest ever corporate commitments to high school retention and workforce readiness.

Take Stock in Children is an innovative organization with a proven track record of helping to close the achievement gap, and to increase high school graduation and college enrollment rates. It currently serves nearly 8,000 low-income and minority students in grades sixth through 12th annually throughout 60 counties in Florida. O

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prepared to succeed in the future,” said Marshall Criser, III, president of AT&T Florida. “Take Stock in Children has a similar mission and that’s why we’re so pleased to support their efforts to help students advance successfully from middle school through

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vices and assist more students beyond high school,” said Emilio Alonso-Mendoza, president/CEO of Take Stock in Children. “This investment further demonstrates Take Stock in Children’s unparalleled success in graduating youth from high school and continuing their postsecondary education.”

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GREAT MINDS Leaders In Parkinson’s Research Unite For Roundtable Symposium And Fundraiser

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he Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and the Parkinson’s Research and Education Foundation (PREF) of Boca Raton partnered to present an Educational Research Roundtable Symposium in the Dawson Theatre at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. More than 250 guests attended the fundraising event, which featured a discussion and Q & A session with Todd Sherer, Ph.D., CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and Stuart H. Isaacson, M.D., medical director of the Parkinson’s Research and Education Foundation. The two nationally regarded Parkinson’s experts spoke about the latest research studies and emerging therapies for the disease.

Dr. Stuart and Barbara Isaacson with Dr. Todd Sherer

The symposium was followed by a fundraising cocktail reception at Philippe by Philippe Chow in Boca Raton. The sold-out event raised money for research, education and wellness programs at the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton, where all programs are free and open to the community. During the symposium, Dr. Sherer described how MJFF has successfully partnered with pharmaceutical companies to speed development of novel treatments for Parkinson’s. Dr. Isaacson highlighted how these efforts have led to “over 60 new medications for Parkinson’s disease in clinical trials in the U.S. with over a dozen of these clinical studies underway at the Boca Raton site alone.” Parkinson’s disease is an increasingly recognized neurological disorder that affects more than 1 million people in the United States, and more than 5 million worldwide. It is perhaps even more common in the aging population of South Florida, where Parkinson’s prevalence may exceed more than one in 60 people. The average age at diagnosis is in the mid-60s, but it’s not uncommon for Parkinson’s disease to begin before age 50. There is presently no objective test or biomarker to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, but a new research study is being sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation at approximately 20 clinical research centers in the United States, including the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center of Boca Raton. O

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KEEPING THE FAITH Palm Beach County Leaders Attend Family Promise Day Center Launch

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early 100 Palm Beach County community leaders gathered recently for a ribbon cutting and open house to launch the new Family Promise Day Center at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach. The event honored donors, volunteers and supporters of the new nonprofit organization designed to offer homeless families the necessary support services to enable them to achieve their independence. “We’re very proud that our community has gained a valuable resource and partner to help local children and families currently struggling with homelessness,” said Rhonda B. Clinton, executive di-

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Kathy A. Perry, West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio and Rhonda B. Clinton

rector for Family Promise. “Every child deserves a home.” Guests at the ribbon cutting toured the day center and learned that families now make up 40 percent of Palm Beach County’s homeless population, and that there are more than 2,000 reported homeless children in the Palm Beach County School District. The new local organization is part of a national network representing 5,000 congregations and 135,000 volunteers working on behalf of families in transition. More than 350,000 individuals are served nationally. “On any given night nearly 2,000

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homeless children in Palm Beach County may have nowhere to sleep,” Clinton said. “Other programs in our community are not able to meet the increasing demand for services. Many of these families are sleeping in local parks or living in their cars. People come to Family Promise because there is nowhere else to go. Family Promise is closing the door to homelessness and opening the door for families.” The agency takes referrals from local social service agencies to help families secure housing, employment and more. On a rotating ba-

sis, a unique network of interfaith congregations provides overnight lodging, meals and fellowship for three to five families from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. A network van then transports families to the Family Promise Day Center, which offers a mailing address for its families and a homelike atmosphere where they can conduct job and home searches and care for their pre-school-aged children. School-aged children are transported to Palm Beach County schools from the Day Center. O

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PLAY BALL Boca Jets Lacrosse Holds Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Fundraiser

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oca Jets Lacrosse Cares will host its Spring Fling 2012 fundraiser on March 9th at Bogartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar and Grille in Boca Raton to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The festive evening, which begins at 7 p.m., will include dinner, a premium open bar, entertainment by Rock With U and a silent auction. Boca Jets Lacrosse Cares is the philanthropic arm of Boca Jets Lacrosse. Now in its eighth year, the league is committed to raising awareness and funds for charitable causes. Not only do organizers embrace the chance to make a difference, but also to provide young players with the chance to see firsthand what it means to give back.

Student lacrosse players in action

Founded in 1970, JDRF funds more Type 1 diabetes research worldwide than any other charity. By directing more than 80 percent of every dollar toward research, the organization has funded more than $1.5 billion in research to date. An enthusiasm and love for the sport is also what drives organizersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; commitment to teaching South Florida kids the game of lacrosse, which includes good sportsmanship and the excitement and responsibility of being a team player. Serving kids from kindergarten through eighth grade, the league includes 300 players, and more than 30 coaches, referees, directors and parent volunteers. Founded in 1970, JDRF funds more Type 1 diabetes research worldwide than any other charity. By directing more than 80 percent of every dollar toward research, the organization has funded more than $1.5 billion in research to date. People with Type 1 diabetes rely on insulin to manage the disease, but this does not cure the disease or prevent its potentially devastating effects. Children with diabetes will test their blood sugar up to 10 times per day and will inject themselves six times or more; others will wear pumps and have a constant infusion of insulin. JDRF is dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 diabetes and removing the burdens and threats the disease carries. O

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SECRET ADMIRER Bob Lappin And The Palm Beach Pops Receive Anonymous $100,000 Challenge Grant

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n anonymous donor has given Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops a $100,000 challenge grant that will be matched dollar for dollar to help the orchestra with its fundraising goals. This generous grant comes when most cultural arts organizations around the country are facing significant challenges with fundraising and asset performance. Due to low interest rates and the capricious stock market, arts organizations are experiencing significant deficits as a result of underproductive assets and hesitant donors and sponsors. The Palm Beach Pops is no exception. While it’s financially stable, it has seen a decline in sponsorships, general donations and corporate support.

“We are so very grateful for this opportunity to raise much-needed funds. We’ve lost half of our funding for our children’s programs and have seen a decrease in the historical totals of our appeals.” – David Quilleon

“We are so very grateful for this opportunity to raise much-needed funds,” said Executive Director David Quilleon. “We’ve lost half of our funding for our children’s programs and have seen a decrease in the historical totals of our appeals. The Palm Beach Pops appeals to music lovers of all ages and we ask all of our patrons, current and past supporters and South Florida arts supporters to help support our mission to ensure that The Great American Songbook is preserved for generations to come.” The orchestra plans to use the funding to attract guest artists and fund its nationally recognized Music & You In-School Youth Education Program, which has taught the fundamentals of music to nearly 90,000 underserved children in Palm Beach County at no cost to schools or taxpayers. While Bob Lappin and The Palm Beach Pops provide high-quality programming and musicianship, guest artists’ fees have become a significant expense and increased funding is required to ensure they complement the orchestra and are of the highest caliber. Founded in 1991 by Music Director and Conductor Bob Lappin, The Palm Beach Pops quickly distinguished itself as a world-class pops orchestra with a debut concert in 1992. In collaboration with the best musicians and guest artists on the international music scene, The Palm Beach Pops performs more than 36 subscription concerts a year. O

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GOOD REPORT CARD FAU’s PK-12 Schools And Education Programs Earn High Scores F

lorida Atlantic University’s (FAU) PK-12 schools and education programs recently earned numerous awards and excellent ratings from Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Education for the 2011 school year. School grades communicate to the public how well a school is performing relative to state standards. “These ‘A’ ratings and awards further demonstrate FAU’s commitment to community engagement in the prekindergarten through 12th grade levels across Southeast Florida,” said Glenn Thomas, assistant dean of FAU’s pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools and educational programs. “Our schools are built on strong collegiate and community

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partnerships to serve as vibrant learning, demonstration and research laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers university-wide.”

The Alexander D. Henderson University School received an “A” from the Florida Department of Education for the 12th straight year and achieved federal Adequate Yearly

“Our schools are built on strong collegiate and community partnerships to serve as vibrant learning, demonstration and research laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers university-wide.” – Glenn Thomas

The Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development received a perfect score on the Palm Beach County quality rating scale. Located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, the center is a lab school for approximately 100 children from birth to five years of age.

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Progress (AYP) status. AYP is part of the federal No Child Left Behind law and is based on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores, as well as on how many students improved scores from one year to the next. Located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, A.D. Henderson is a kinder-

garten through eighth grade public school. FAU High School also received an “A” from the Florida Department of Education with a perfect score on the state accountability report, as did Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition, located in Port St. Lucie. FAU schools serve as laboratory schools for the university’s College of Education, offering demonstration and fieldwork sites for students enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. O

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venues Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org MARCH 20-25 “Come Fly Away” Show times vary.

AmericanAirlines Arena 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 786-777-1000; aaarena.com MARCH 6, 7, 18, 20, 29 Miami Heat Basketball Show times vary. MARCH 2-4 Michael Jackson “THE IMMORTAL” World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil Show times vary. MARCH 10 Harlem Globetrotters 2012 World Tour Show begins at 1 p.m.

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MARCH 22-25 Disney on Ice: “Toy Story 3” Show times vary.

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MARCH 16 Tony Bennett Show begins at 8 p.m.

MARCH 29 THROUGH APRIL 1 “A Jew Grows in Brooklyn” Show times vary.

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03.12 The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-7300; livenation.com MARCH 2 Shaquille O’Neal’s All Star Comedy Jam: South Beach Comedy Fest 2012 Show begins at 8 p.m. MARCH 30 Snow Patrol Show begins at 8:30 p.m.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561-832-7469; kravis.org MARCH 26 Diana Krall Show begins at 8 p.m. MARCH 28 Martin Short Show begins at 8 p.m. MARCH 30 Neil Sedaka Show begins at 8 p.m.

events MARCH 2 Project Nuremberg “Book of Law” Lawyers Luncheon A luncheon to remember the Nuremberg Trials, a series of trials for major war criminals during World War II. Takes place at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at noon. For more information, call 561-3918900 or visit tbeboca.org. MARCH 3 NSAL Musical Theatre Competition The National Society of Arts and Letters Boca Raton/South Florida Chapter will hold a search for aspiring performers ages 18 to 29. Takes place at Lynn University’s AG Concert Hall in Boca Raton. Starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-392-4796 or visit arts-nsal.org. MARCH 3-4 24th Annual Las Olas Art Fair A yearly event showcasing 300 of today’s top local, regional and national artists. Takes place along Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-7466615 or visit artfestival.com.

MARCH 3 57th Annual Bethesda Ball A glamorous evening featuring a performance by Davis Gaines, who performed the title role in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” Benefits the Bethesda Hospital Foundation. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach. Starts at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-737-7733 or visit bethesdahospitalfoundation.org. MARCH 5 Granting Wishes Reception Gilt Groupe founder and CEO Alexandra Wilkis Wilson will announce grant award recipients during this Jewish Women’s Foundation of South Palm Beach County event. Takes place at Boca Rio Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-852-3188 or visit bocafed.org. MARCH 7 14th Annual Honor Your Doctor Luncheon A luncheon with entertainment, raffle prizes and an awards ceremony. Presented by GFWC Boca Raton Woman’s Club. Benefits the Helen M. Babione Medical Scholarship Fund. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561416-5007 or visit gfwc-boca.org. MARCH 7-18 6th Annual Festival of the Arts Boca A celebration of creativity with an extraordinary lineup of classical and jazz musicians, film experts, dancers and authors. Takes place at Mizner Park Amphitheater and the Cultural Arts Center in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-368-8445 or visit festivaloftheartsboca.org.

CLASSIC CROONER: Neil Sedaka performs on March 30th at The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

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MARCH 8 An Evening of Tropical Bliss A festive night of cuisine and cocktail pairings, live entertainment, live and silent auctions and raffle

prizes. Benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Takes place at Sundy House in Delray Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-3927877 or visit afsp.org. MARCH 8 14th Annual Old Bags Luncheon Enjoy an afternoon featuring fabulous handbags and an appearance by guest speaker and TV personality Carson Kressley. Benefits The Center for Family Services of Palm Beach County. Takes place at The Breakers Palm Beach. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-6161257 or visit ctrfam.org. MARCH 9 Gilda’s Club Cancer Crawl 2012 Enjoy free drinks, appetizers and live music at participating restaurants. Teams of 10-plus will compete for Craziest Costume and Most Team Spirit. Benefits Gilda’s Club. Takes place at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-763-6776 or visit gildasclubsouthflorida.org. MARCH 9 4th Annual Rally for the Cure Tennis Mixer and Luncheon Participate in a tennis round robin or compete in outdoor white card/ mahjong games; also featured will be a program to honor local breast surgeon, Dr. Marla Dudak. Takes place at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561-212-3174 or visit woodfieldrallyforthecure.com. MARCH 10 Les Petits Collecteurs of South Florida Dollhouse Miniatures Show A day featuring dollhouse miniatures, make-and-take projects, lunch and raffle prizes. Benefits The Haven and Kids in Distress. Takes place at Boca Raton Community Center in Boca Raton. Starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 561-637-2818.


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MARCH 11 2012 National MS Society Boca Raton Walk Walk for a good cause and help raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Takes place at South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. Starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 954731-4224 or visit mswalksouthflorida.org.

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MARCH 11 26th Anniversary JARC Gala Dinner Dance Enjoy an evening of dining and dancing, featuring keynote speaker, actress Marlee Matlin. Takes place at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-5582550 or visit jarcfl.org. MARCH 12 22nd Annual Book of Hope Luncheon Hosted by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, the luncheon will feature an informal fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue, a silent auction and guest speaker Elizabeth Smart. Takes place at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 10:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-218-2929 or visit ccfa.org. MARCH 13 Women with Wings and Wisdom Dames and Divas Luncheon A fun-filled afternoon with a gourmet lunch, exclusive Luca Luca fashion show and keynote speaker, author James Patterson. Takes place at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 561-364-4428. MARCH 15 Star Pomegranate Celebration An event featuring Julie Orringer, author of “The Invisible Bridge.” Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Takes place at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-8523113 or visit jewishboca.org. MARCH 18 10th Annual Tri County Humane Society Doggie Ball Slip on your cowboy boots and don your Stetson for this year’s Doggie Ball fundraiser. Benefits the Tri County Humane Society in Boca Raton. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-482-8110.

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MARCH 29 Genetics and Breast Cancer Presentation An “Ask the Expert” presentation with Dr. Louise Morrell. Presented by Gilda’s Club Palm Beach. Takes place at the Lynn Cancer Institute in Boca Raton. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 954-7636776 or visit gildasclubssouthflorida.org. MARCH 29 Center for Creative Education Spring Luncheon An annual luncheon showcasing work the Center for Creative Education does with underserved youth in Palm Beach County. Takes place in a private residence in Palm Beach. Starts at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 561-805-9927 or visit cceflorida.org.

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Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A. Supports “Walk In My Shoes” Dozens of employees with the Boca Raton law firm Ellis, Ged & Bodden joined abuse survivor Lauren Book last month on a six-mile walk along Federal Highway to raise awareness of the silent epidemic of sexual abuse. Before “Walk in My Shoes” set off, EGB CEO C. Glen Ged presented Book’s nonprofit organization, Lauren’s Kids, with a $5,000 donation. Supporting such a worthy cause and helping children traumatized by abuse is “the right thing to do,” said firm co-founder Ronda Ellis. Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A., 7171 N. Federal Hwy., Boca Raton, 561-995-1966; ellisandged.com. Glen Austin Ged, Nicole Olivia Ged, Ronda Ellis Ged, C. Glen Ged, Lauren Book and Mayor Susan Whelchel

Danburg Management Company Wins Best In Show One of Boca Raton’s most famous celebrities stands on four legs rather than two. London the Standard Poodle is owned by Jamie Danburg and Michele Molnar of Boca Raton. London became a national TV phenomenon when he won Best in Show at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, which recently aired on ABC. London is currently the top-ranked show dog in the country by the American Kennel Club. You can follow London on the Danburg blog at danburg. com/blog. “Like” London on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/LondonThePoodle. Danburg Management Corporation, 7700 Congress Ave., Suite 3100, Boca Raton, 561-997-5777; danburg.com.

Enjoy The Seagate Spa—Even If You’re Not A Hotel Guest Escape to an 8,000-square-foot haven for a complete range of massage, skin care and body treatments, all exclusively featuring Elemis products. Experience the Spring is in the Spa package available March 20th through June 20th; the package includes a Cherry Blossom Pedicure (50 min.), Frangipani Swedish Massage (50 min.) and Fruit Active Facial (25 min.) for $225 (value of $265). To book an appointment or for a complete list of services call or visit their website. Seagate Spa at The Seagate Hotel, 1000 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561-665-4950; theseagatespa.com.

Come Experience The Launch Of Styles Boutique The launch of Styles Boutique is not only an extremely exciting time for owner Stacey Ugles, but has been a dream of hers since she started in the apparel industry 20 years ago after graduating with a retail management degree. Styles Boutique will have its Grand Opening party on March 29th. Save the date and RSVP to be a part of the experience, where styles, spirits and scrumptious treats await. Styles Boutique, 21090 Saint Andrews Ave., Boca Raton, 561-393-0488.

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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

200 EAST CONDOMINIUM

200 E PALMETTO PARK RD

BROWN DORENE

200 EAST PARTNERS LLC

$849,000

200 EAST CONDOMINIUM

200 E PALMETTO PARK RD

MARDIGIAN ROBERT D

200 EAST PARTNERS LLC

$1,950,000

ADDISON RESERVE

7832 TRIESTE PL

HEUMANN SYLVIA K

FIELDS JANINE INDIV TRUSTEE

$464,500

28-MAY-02

BOCA FALLS

21392 CRESTFALLS CT

RICHEY KAREN

SCHULMAN TARYN JOY

$410,000

12-JUL-11

BOCA FALLS

21401 CRESTFALLS CT

MINKIN JOSHUA

SCHNEIDER LAWRENCE M

$575,000

BOCA GOLF & TENNIS CLUB

17640 CANDLEWOOD TER

EBERT ANDREA

WELLS FARGO BANK NA TRUSTEE

$245,100

17-MAY-11

BOCA ISLES NORTH

10788 MAPLE CHASE DR

VARDAKOS GINA

MARCUS IRVING S

$450,000

03-JUN-04

BOCA ISLES SOUTH

10930 KING BAY DR

BOBLETT CYNTHIA A

WISHNOV CAROL INDIV TRUSTEE

$440,000

11-FEB-09

BOCA POINTE CC - MERIDIANA

22674 MERIDIANA DR

SCHARF SHEILA

ZEUNER STUART

$215,000

$105,000

ESTANCIA

6881 S GRANDE DR

KENT LESLIE A

RAMALLO EILEEN

$199,750

$700,000

ESTANCIA

7534 ESTRELLA CIR

MANION CHRISTOPHER

U S BANK NATL ASSOC TRUSTEE

$505,000

FIELDBROOK ESTATES

18000 FIELDBROOK CIR S

PIERRE-PAUL JASON

ROGERS PAUL F

ISLAND LAKES AT LOGGERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S RUN

20814 PEBBLE CREEK CT

SEVERINO KAREN A

MATTHEWS JAMES J

$364,000

$249,000

01-SEP-92

LAKE ROGERS ISLE

771 NE 36TH ST

GHANAVATI SIMONE

RUBIN FRED

$1,450,000

$1,467,500

14-JUN-11

$2,995,000

$4,625,000

06-NOV-08

$1,200,000

LE LAC

6032 LE LAC RD

CALL DOUGLAS

HODARI DANIEL

MARBELLA LAKES

22844 MARBELLA CIR

DU DEGUO

SHECTMAN ADELE E INDIV TRUSTEE

MEDITERRANIA

7053 VIA MEDITERRANIA

KATZ JOE

EPSTEIN MARVIN M

$295,000

MISSION BAY - THE ISLES

20425 SAN RAFAEL CT

RAHAL STEVEN M

NIKAS ANASTASIA

$360,000

$758,750

10-NOV-05

22-JUN-11 16-JUN-06 09-DEC-11

$1,225,000

$275,000

14-NOV-03

01-MAY-92 23-FEB-11 $307,000

24-JUL-01

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

16016 BRIER CREEK DR

TRAVIN MICHAEL D

WINICK NEAL J

$480,000

$975,000

15-JUN-07

MONTOYA ESTATES

22044 MONTEBELLO DR

COHN TODD

AZOZU LLC

$239,000

$177,200

17-JUN-11

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the local real estate report

SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE

PRIOR

PRIOR

PRICE

SALE PRICE

SALE DATE

NEW FLORESTA

2920 NW 29TH AVE

FIGUEIRA CHRISTOPHER

STEIN ROBERT A

$630,000

$563,000

15-AUG-02

PALM BEACH FARMS

1421 SW 15TH ST

BRISSON THOMAS M

DECOSMO ROBERT

$474,000

$192,500

01-APR-96

PALM BEACH FARMS

1665 SW 15TH ST

PO CLAUDIO

LABRADOR JACARTI

$480,000

$100,000

PALMA VISTA

21051 BELLA VISTA CIR

KURLAND AGNES V

MILLER GARY N

$410,000

PALMETTO PLACE CONDOMINIUM

99 SE MIZNER BLVD APT 421

PARLANTE JOHN HENRY

AURORA LOAN SERVICES LLC

$212,000

PALMETTO PLACE CONDOMINIUM

99 SE MIZNER BLVD APT 710

ADAMS DOUGLAS G

KAPETAN CLAUDIA

$300,000

RIO POCO

10538 RIO HERMOSO

HOROWITZ JULIE

ALTIERI ANTHONY M INDIV TRUSTEE

$662,500

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

17814 HEATHER RIDGE LN

MALVIN JACK

WOLCHOCK GERALD G

$395,000

25-SEP-03 25-MAR-03

$183,900

29-SEP-10 10-MAY-05 02-FEB-11

$420,000

01-DEC-03

STONEBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB

10121 SPYGLASS WAY

DAYAN GABRIEL

WELLS FARGO BANK NA TRUSTEE

$150,000

$177,700

11-MAR-11

THE OAKS AT BOCA RATON

17877 KEY VISTA WAY

WEINER IAN

SMITH ROBERT A

$900,000

$1,850,000

14-JUN-07

THE SHORES

11158 SEA GRASS CIR

COCITO TANIA

HART MICHELE

$373,000

$218,300

01-APR-95

TIMBERCREEK

2375 NW 31ST ST

REGAN KEVIN

KORKUSUZ TANER

$267,000

$450,000

30-NOV-05

TIMBERCREEK

2938 NW 24TH WAY

SANDMAIER MICHAEL D II

OSBORNE SCOTT A

$262,500

$450,000

19-JUL-05

TOWNSEND PLACE CONDOMINIUM

500 SE MIZNER BLVD A508

DIAMOND SCOTT L

FRIEDLANDER BRADLEY M

$590,000

$740,000

31-MAR-05

TROPIC ISLE

2313 SPANISH TRL

JOSEPHSON LEE

MESTECKY DAVE

$575,000

$750,000

19-JUL-07

TROPIC ISLE

972 FERN DR

CARNICELLI SHEILA

CARROLL FAMILY HOLDINGS LLC

$812,500

$1,200,000

21-DEC-07

$1,300,000

WALKERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ISLE

855 NE 78TH ST

LEVY MICHELLE C

VILLONE RONALD T JR

$840,000

WATERSIDE

23393 WATER CIR

SIMMONS SCOTT K

RHOADS CHERYL E

$265,000

06-FEB-08 26-AUG-10

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

5844 WINDSOR CT

ENGLE DENISE

HASSMAN HOWARD

$1,700,000

$1,770,000

27-SEP-10

WOODFIELD CC - HAMPTONS

5864 WINDSOR CT

RUSSO PAULA

PEDVIS LEN

$1,495,548

$875,000

01-AUG-96

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I turned to Buddy and I said, ‘What would your mom have done?’ That’s when Buddy and I embarked on a learning lesson together on how to make a difference…

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Arthur E. Benjamin’s American Dog Rescue Helps Those That Can’t Help Themselves

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hen it comes to saving an animal, Arthur E. Benjamin will do about anything. “I just brought a lion back from Ecuador to a mountain in Tennessee,” says the Delray Beach investor and marketing strategist whose charity, American Dog Rescue, works extensively with shelters and activists in South Florida. And while he might rescue the occasional lion or tiger or bear—Oh my!—dogs and cats are his real passion. Since founding American Dog Rescue in the summer of 2005—after Hurricane Katrina uprooted thousands of animals along the Gulf coast—Benjamin’s smaller projects are what most stand out for him. He recently helped finance eye160

sight-restoring surgery for a blind greyhound. “The little guy got to see a Christmas tree and a Hanukkah lamp for the first time,” he says. When a German Shepherd named “Crazy” was shot by a heartless owner, American Dog Rescue paid to have the bullets removed. And once, while giving a business speech in Chicago, Benjamin coyly mentioned a shelter with 700 cats and 500 dogs that needed placement, or they’d be euthanized. Someone in the crowd volunteered to take 100 cats and find them homes. Of course, every animal lover has a soft spot, and Benjamin’s seems to be this: He feels most compelled to step in and help after a natural disaster. After the earthquake in Haiti, American Dog Rescue helped train veterinarians in that country.

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When deadly tornadoes hit Joplin, Mo., American Dog Rescue worked with the local Humane Society to use social media and help owners find their pets. A 501(c) charity with an annual budget of about $300,000, Benjamin’s organization also works on key animal rights issues, such as expanding animal shelters and closing down puppy mills.

every time there was a real need along the way,” he recalls. Not long after that, Benjamin says he and Buddy saved about 2,000 Hurricane Katrina animals… and they were off.

All this started after Benjamin’s wife, Gail, died in December of 2004. He was sitting with the couple’s beloved dog, Buddy, in the living room of their Delray Beach home.

Want to help? Benjamin’s projects are so different and far-reaching that he always asks supporters to go online and check out the organization’s website to see what’s currently happening. And of course, they always need monetary donations so they can save a dog here or a cat there—all in memory of a lovely woman named Gail.

“I turned to Buddy and I said, ‘What would your mom have done?’ and that’s when Buddy and I embarked on a learning lesson together on how to make a difference

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