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The Men’s Issue



Photo by Nabil Elderkin

VolUme vi ; Number 5

features � No Girls Allowed

Boys Will Be Boys While On Mancation

Go Fish!


Spring In Your Step


Can This Year’s Miami Dolphins Improve Upon Their Unexpected 2008 Success?

Fashions For This Season’s SharpDressed Man

Sexual Healing When You Hear “ED”, Think Early Diagnosis

Smart For Life

aLess Life 72 Ordinary Musician John Legend Opens Up About Love, Career, Education And His Need To Make The World A Better Place


In The War Against Fat, This Program Is One Smart Cookie

Make Your Own Local Chefs Share Fresh Summer Recipes

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That’s Life A Guide To Personal Growth 49 Relations 52 Parents 58 Destinations


Taste The Dish on Food, Wine & Restaurants 101 Bites 104 Listings 106 Reviews Happenings The Essential Social Digest 119 Around Town 129 Calendar 138 Flash

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AT HOME The Local Real Estate Report 142 A LOOK BACK Our Colorful History 144


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On THE cover: John Legend Photo by Nabil Elderkin



Volume VI, Number 5 The Boca Raton Observer, (USPS 024758, ISSN 1940-4239) is published monthly except for July by A&A Publishing Corp. Executive offices: 950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Suite 1020, Boca Raton, FL 33487. Periodical Postage Paid at Boca Raton, FL and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Boca Raton Observer, 950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Suite 1020, Boca Raton, FL 33487.

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uys, find your favorite chair, grab a cold beverage and kick back: You’re going to want to spend some time with this month’s issue of The Boca Raton Observer. Our Men’s issue has got it all: Sports, sex, entertainment, food, fashion … need I say more?

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We’re very excited about this month’s cover story, featuring John Legend, one of music’s true gentlemen. In A Life Less Ordinary, (page 72), Legend shares his thoughts about career, romance and his penchant for doing good deeds. I’m sure you’ll find him as inspirational as we do. Also inside, The Boca Raton Observer puts on its analytical hat to examine the Miami Dolphins in Go Fins! (page 66). The team ended up having an unexpectedly fabulous season last year – but can they do it again? The piece comprehensively lays out the facts so you can form your own opinion. We’d be interested to hear what you think! Another topic of great interest to men – and women, for that matter – is sex. And let’s face it: It’s so much better when our health is up to par! Our piece, Sexual Healing (page 82), takes a look at issues surrounding men’s sexual health, as well as the latest cutting-edge treatments. It may not be the most comfortable topic of dinner party conversation, but it certainly is relevant behind closed doors. On a lighter note, now is the time to plan your summer vacation (if you haven’t already). If you’re looking for men-inspired trips, our story, Mancations (page 61) introduces some great getaways with male bonding in mind. We offer some fun and creative suggestions, including racecar driving school, rock-star camp, baseball trainings and more. You’ll want to check it out before booking your travel plans. And for you metrosexuals, our men’s fashion piece, Spring in Your Step, (page 78) showcases all the must-have items you’ll need to look good this season (note to wives: if you do your hubby’s clothing shopping, you’ll want to check this out). We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we did putting it together!


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ven as a child, clothing designer Zac Posen was a little … different. While other 4-year-olds played with cars and trucks, Posen was swiping yarmulkes from his grandparents’ synagogue to create doll-sized ball gowns. “I’d make dresses out of anything I could get my hands on,” recalls Posen, 28, looking dapper in a suit, scarf and boots, trademark curls framing his boyish face. A frequent South Florida visitor, Posen recently hosted a fashion show at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton, where his ready-to-wear collection of figure-flattering gowns and flirty frocks impressed the shopping masses. “My dresses work for Boca women because they easily go from day to night,” says Posen, whose clientele includes Oprah Winfrey, Kate Winslet, Madonna and most of the starlet set (Rachel Bilson and Nicole Richie had front-row seats at his recent New York show). The son of an artist and a corporate lawyer, the prodigy

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Designer Zac Posen with his model posse

at 14 attended Parsons School of Design’s pre-college program; at 16 he interned for designer Nicole Miller and then attended London’s Central Saint Martins University. In 2001, a gown he crafted from leather strips and dressmaker hooks and eyes was acquired by the prestigious Victoria & Albert Museum; later that year he set up an atelier in his parents’ living room, from which he launched his namesake brand. “My parents were totally supportive,” says Posen, who now introduces four collections a year, including daywear, suiting and eveningwear. Posen keeps the business a family affair: His mother is the company’s board chair, while his sister is its creative director. Still, he’s come a long way since his parents’ living room. Today his New York Tribeca studio is the center of his design universe – and fashionistas can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

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Need a cosmetics lift? Meet Tim Quinn, your new best friend. Quinn, 42, is the celebrity face designer for Giorgio Armani’s line of exclusive beauty and grooming products. The part-time Boca Raton resident spearheaded the line’s 2001 launch, and has since painted faces all over Tinseltown. Recent clients include Carrie Washington, (“a total dream”), Amy Smart (“I love her”) and Michelle Trachtenberg (“one of my all-time favorites”). Before breaking into the biz, Quinn’s resume included ice-cream shop owner, hot-air-balloon ambassador and economist for Merrill Lynch. “I was the worst Merrill Lynch employee ever,” he recalls with a chuckle. “While everyone was cold-calling during lunch, I’d change into a bathing suit and go to the beach.” But it was his career as a model, which came later, that uncovered his passion for fashion behind the scenes. His cosmetic handiwork has appeared in Glamour, InStyle and Harper’s Bazaar magazines, and he’s embellished runway models across the globe. “I love the beauty business because everyone’s so happy,” says Quinn. If not the beauty biz, then what? “I’d be running a concession stand and be a Boca beach bum.” Pretty in Pink at Le Petite Spa

Beauty Czar Tim Quinn


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Little Princess Nestled in a North Miami strip mall sits Le Petite Spa, a big idea that

We know you’re thirsty, but you may want to put

caters to little clients. Awash in pink frills, shag runways and glittery makeup,

down the Slurpee and grab a Celsius instead, Mr. MuffinTop (you know who you are). According to founder/CEO and Delray Beach resident Steve Haley, his Celsius drink burns up to 100 calories per can (beats the treadmill) and enhances the benefits of moderate exercise. A clinical study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition reports that participants who drank Celsius lost more weight and experienced better cardiovascular endurance than those given placebos. OK – but how does it taste? According to reports, including a recent broadcast on the TV show, Extra, pretty good. The Splenda-sweetened soda is available in seven flavors, including Haley’s favorites, sparkling orange and green tea raspberry acai. Drinks are available at GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, or online at Hey, for $1.99, it’s worth a shot.

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sages and more to girls ages 4 to 12 – though it’s served patrons as young as 2. Upon entry, clients receive ultra-plush robes, and services are conducted at kid-size beauty stations. Doll-like attendants, donned in wigs and tutus, add to the girly landscape. Founder Adriana Cohen, a mother of twin daughters, came up with the idea after noticing her twins’ enthusiasm upon learning what spas were, and then “politely pleading for a special mommyand-me spa date,” she recalls. “From that, a business concept was born.” It could be a lucrative one: Private party packages for 10 girls can run from $550 to $850, and include treatments, crafts, a fashion show and more (for an extra fee, Cohen will even arrange limousine service). And lest you fear your little moppet will leave the salon a painted lady, not to worry. Assures Cohen, “Le Petite Spa keeps makeup to a bare minimum using glitter and glosses with the intention of emphasizing the natural glow of youth.”

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Good Men Guys, if you’re looking for a way to do some good, Project 18 Mentoring needs you. The organization, a program of the Children’s Home Society of Florida’s South Coastal Division in Palm Beach County, seeks volunteers to work with young men about to age out of the foster care system and, consequently, lose state services. Without proper guidance and support, some could end up homeless. “They need everything from help with balancing checkbooks and exploring housing options to just having someone to go to a game with and be a friend,” says counselor Venessa Scigliano. Volunteers must be least 21, have a clean driver’s license, pass a criminal background check and make a two-year commitment, which includes one hour of weekly one-on-one time. Interested? Call 561-868-4376 or e-mail


Wing And A Prayer In the genre of “you can’t make this stuff up,” Boca Raton resident Angela Colicheski was reunited with Tequila, her African Grey parrot, after three years – and a four-month custody battle. Tequila flew the coop in 2006, and was found by Sarita Lytell, a Boca resident who cared for the bird like her own. Fast-forward three years: After a chance meeting at a Dunkin’ Donuts, the two women, who had never met, began discussing their love of parrots – and realized they were referring to the same bird. When Colicheski asked for her parrot back, Lytell refused, and off to court they went. Palm Beach County Judge James Martz ultimately awarded the bird to Colicheski, stating that, because the law says “pets are chattel, they’re no different than your automobile,” the bird belonged to its original owner.

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The Upside To Unemployment

The number of Floridians who perished on the job in 2007 (the most recent statistics available. Fatalities – which included 330

men and 30 women – ran the gamut from falls (62), shootings, (51) and car collisions (42), to being struck by objects (29), self-inflicted injuries (10), fires/explosions (5) and more. The most dangerous fields were construction, transportation, ad-

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Haven’t caught so much as a single “z” since baby was born – and he’s now 2? In honor of Mother’s Day, 4moms, a Pittsburgh-based company that creates children’s products, is holding an “America’s Worst Sleeping Baby Contest.” Just visit the Web site ( and share why your little angel is turning your brain to baby food, and you could win $2,500. Sweet dreams!


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ministrative/waste services and government jobs. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


If you take God away from me, it’s like taking a medical tool away from a nurse.

— Rev. Mirta Signorelli, former chaplain at Boca Raton’s Hospice by the Sea, who resigned over a rule that she said barred the use of the words “God” and “Lord” in public settings.

Source: Sun-Sentinel

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2. Salvatore Ferragamo’s Maxi Ferragamo Hold-All Bag is made of canvas with calf leather accents, silvertone hardware and top handles. Available at 3. Brooks Brothers’ High-Shine Spazzolato Leather Computer Suitcase With Wheels is lined with interior pockets and brass hardware. Available at


4. Jos. A. Bank’s Pullman With LapTop Case is a tough ballistic nylon bag detailed with a computer laptop case, self-repairing zippers, separate compartments for clothes with shoe pockets and toiletry case. Available at 5. Lands’ End’s Wheeled Windfall Squall Duffel Bag is crafted of water-resistant fabric, water-sealed zippers and a reinforced frame for greater crush resistance. Available at 6. Canyon Outback Leather Goods’ Mohawk Canyon Wheeled Carry-On Set is made with full-grain, buffed cowhide combining a rolling carry-on and mini duffel. Available at




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pint-size Prodigy Meet Damon Weaver: Fifth Grader, Pahokee Resident And Media Superstar By Kate Harris

Anchors Away:

Weaver with George Stephanopoulos, Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer

Damon Weaver, 11, first captured the nation’s attention last year for his engaging TV interview with then-vice presidential candidate Joe Biden (he called Biden “my homeboy”). The budding reporter has since interviewed myriad celebrities and appeared on all the major news networks. Most recently, he reported for an ABC 20/20 segment about gun violence.

to kids. I wore Spike Lee’s hat when we talked. With Oprah, she grabbed the mic and began to interview me!

You’ve become a media superstar. How do you feel about being famous?

dential candidate Barack Obama. What did you ask him?

I don’t feel famous. I just know I want to do TV reporting as a career. I like to ask questions and bring reports back to school (for the school’s station, KEC-TV). Then I enjoy seeing myself. I think I look weird, but it’s fun to watch.

I asked him why he wanted to be president. He said it was to help kids like me have better lives. Then he moved on to the next interview.

Wrestlers, NASCAR drivers and especially football players. I would love to interview the Dallas Cowboys. Mostly Quarterback Tony Romo.

Do the kids at school treat you differently now?

They still think of me as a regular guy, although some people like to joke by making their fist look like a microphone and putting it up to my mouth. Others recognize me and ask to shake my hand. I do, and then sometimes give them a hug. How has your life changed?

It hasn’t really. I still go to class and work for the TV station, where I anchor and co-anchor the morning news. But I do make an effort to stay humble and not act arrogant. You spoke briefly last year with then-presi30

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You’ve been trying to land a full interview with President Obama ever since. How’s that going?

He’s busy and hasn’t given me a date yet. I’m hoping to get the sit-down interview after he’s been in office a little longer.

Other than President Obama, whom would you most like to interview?

Your mom is raising you by herself – she must be so proud.

Yes, she is. But now I’m trying to raise my Bs and Cs to As and Bs. I had been away interviewing during the election. Now I need to buckle down and study. O

You’ve interviewed Paula Abdul, Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee and Samuel L. Jackson. How do you prepare for interviews with famous people?

I do research on the computer, then print out the stuff and prepare questions while we’re driving to the interviews. What do you ask them?

I always ask about their jobs, their acting or whatever, and then I ask them to give advice

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Jock Rap Talking Sports Radio With ESPN 760’s Evan Cohen By Linda Marx


hen Evan Cohen was 9, he spent five consecutive hours listening to sports radio and, despite his pre-pubescent state, decided he wanted a career on the air.

about,” he says. “When I took this job I thought it would be a great place to get my feet wet after college. Now I know I’m lucky to have it, and I want to grow with the company.”

“How many people know at age 9 what they want to do with their lives?” asks Cohen, who was raised in Scarsdale, NY. “I’m very lucky that I could spend much of my life learning everything I could about sports and radio. It remains my passion.”

After spending his high school years playing basketball, baseball and quarterback for the football team, Cohen enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked for the student radio station; he also interned at the local TV station and newspaper, and during summers in New York at WFAN Radio, ABC and NBC Sports and the Madison Square Garden Radio Network. He graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in communications and took his first job in Madison with ESPN Radio. The following year, station owners brought him to Palm Beach County when they started ESPN.

Today, Cohen, 28, is an on-air sports talk host (daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and program director for West Palm Beach-based ESPN Radio’s 760 AM, which broadcasts throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. “I talk about local and national sports, and include teams from major northeastern states because that’s what people in South Florida want to hear 32

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Clever State Of Play Keeps Viewers Guessing By Steve Kates

Whatever else it has, this picture moves fast, no doubt thanks to the combined efforts of the writing team and editor Justine Wright (The Last King of Scotland). The people involved in this project had a clear concept in mind, and they’ve translated it to the screen with great style and contagious enthusiasm. Russell Crowe, reveling in his trademark grizzled-but-wise guise, is terrific – focused, multidimensional and likable, despite his glaring personal flaws. He’s the reporter for a Washington, D.C. newspaper on its heels, seeking revitalization from its editor, a feisty Helen Mirren. She, too, has essayed this role in several previous outings, but she does it with great style, as Dame Judi Dench reprises the same part in many movies; always a delight. Gwyneth Paltrow


hen you got it, flaunt it!” wrote Mel Brooks for The Producers musical, and the new film, State of Play, is a paean to that sound piece of show biz advice. This movie is programmed from the get-go to be a financial blockbuster, and with its powerhouse lineup of talent it undoubtedly will be. Notwithstanding that it’s derived from a BBC TV series, I choose to evaluate it as a stand-alone piece of entertainment, rather than engage in the useless exercise of “was the TV series better than the movie?” It doesn’t matter.

This season seems to be excessively loaded with caper pictures, but none can match the artistry or sheer energy of State of Play. Simply summarized, it’s the story of a team of investigative reporters working with a police detective to try and solve the murder of a U.S. Congressman’s mistress. But the cadre of screenwriters – Matthew Michael Carnahan, Billy Ray and Tony Gilroy (Duplicity and Michael Clayton) is not content with simple, straightforward plotting. The result is a sophisticated, imaginative enterprise.

Rachel Adams plays a cub reporter on the same newspaper that gets a fast lesson in the politics of the newsroom, along with the politics of the nation. She’s charming and believable, although a touch too young as a romantic counterpart to Crowe, who is beginning to show his age. Robin Wright Penn is delicious as the wife of the Congressman, bringing subtlety and a wide range of emotions to her sympathetic part. She looks beautiful and the camera is in love with her in an inordinately large number of close-ups. Well, why not? Again, “when you got it, flaunt it!” M ay 2 0 0 9


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The big (and only) disappointment is Ben Affleck, who may be the most wooden movie actor since Pinocchio (I would cite Robert Duvall, but thereby risk a beheading by loyal readers). Affleck, as the adulterous Congressman, delivers his lines in a monotonous drone, seemingly more concerned that his hair not be mussed than with his character. As a matter of fact, he gets involved in a very serious fistfight with a PR man, and as he is pulled away from the fracas, not a hair on his head is out of place – remarkable.

This picture moves fast. The people involved in this project had a clear concept in mind, and they’ve translated it to the screen with great style and contagious enthusiasm.

The plotting is wicked and clever, and the truth is not revealed until the very end of the movie – and you need to stay to watch the action behind the credits to suitably appreciate the denouement.

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Kudos must be lavished on director Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) for his extraordinary accomplishment in blending the varied talents of his actors into a cohesive and compelling story. He also had a solid grasp of the possibilities of the screenplay and has maximized them for full effect. The final talents responsible for bringing this film to the screen are cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (also The Last King of Scotland) and music director Alex Heffe, whose pounding score highlights the intricacies of the story – to coin a musical term, it is pitch perfect. OK, so the New York Times gave this picture a so-so review. As they might have said in State of Play, don’t believe everything you read in the papers. And see this movie without fail. O


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Call Me Ted By Ted Turner and Bill Burke He’s a media mogul, business legend, philanthropist, sportsman and all-around colorful character. Ted Turner, founder of CNN and Time


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Howard Hughes – Power, Paranoia & Palace Intrigue By Geoff Schumacher One of the world’s first billionaires, Howard Hughes remains one of the most intriguing figures of the 20th century. From his chart-topping films and aviation exploits to his business savvy and penchant for Hollywood starlets, Hughes captured global attention in the ’30s and ’40s with his celebrated achievements and, later, for his spiral into drug addiction and mental illness. Author Geoff Schumacher’s book focuses on the late ’60s, when Hughes reigned as king of Las Vegas from his private perch on the ninth floor of the Desert Inn Hotel. The eccentric, reclusive billionaire treated the city as his personal game board, buying and selling properties and invigorating the once-stagnant town while falling deeper into bizarre behaviors, phobias and fixations. Schumacher’s exhaustively researched book is based on court documents, newspaper archives and dozens of interviews, and lends fresh insight into the compelling man who captivated the world.

Carnegie’s was a time of wealth, strikes, scabs and philanthropy, writes author and historian David Nasaw. In his book, Nasaw deftly describes Carnegie’s rags to riches story, in which he works his way up from a Scottish immigrant employed in a cotton factory to eventually becoming the world’s richest man. The book features never-before published works, including chapters of Carnegie’s autobiography and private letters from presidents and prime ministers. Carnegie is depicted as a ferocious businessman and key player in violent labor strikes, as well as a philanthropist who shared his wealth and crusaded for international peace. Certainly, he was a man of contradiction with a story worth reading.

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of his research on unrestricted access to the magazine’s archives, Watts weaves a well-written account of Hefner’s professional and personal lives, his politics, his financial and personal trials and triumphs and the journey that ultimately made him what he is today: The über-cool leader of a successful media company – not to mention the envy of heterosexual men worldwide.

Some interesting trivia about Hugh Hefner, man of a thousand centerfolds: He’s been keeping a scrapbook since he was a child, and has more than 1,800 volumes that occupy the third floor of the Playboy mansion. He’s obsessed with backgammon. He was deeply traumatized when in college his fiancée admitted to having an affair. And, he takes all meals in his bedroom suite. In Hefner’s biography, author Steven Watts shares stories of the legend’s life, his mansion and, most prevalently, how his iconic magazine continues to influence American culture. Basing much

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“I am writing another book about the Middle East because the new president of the United States is facing a major opportunity – and responsibility – to lead in ending conflict between Israel and its neighbors. The time is now. Peace is possible.” So writes Nobel Peace Laureate and former President Jimmy Carter, who insists the country is in a unique position to end strife in the Middle East, and in his book presents a plan to do so. He’s qualified to make such recommendations: Carter has been a student of the Holy Land his entire life, and for the past 30 years – as both the president and founder of The Carter Center – has studied the region’s conflicts and been involved in trying to resolve them. In his book, Carter analyzes past peace efforts and why they failed, and proclaims that, without strong U.S. leadership, the efforts will continue to fall short.

“When I was sick I saw more beauty and triumph and truth in a single day than I ever did in a bike race,” writes Lance Armstrong in his memoir. The world’s most famous cyclist has inspired millions by overcoming near-fatal cancer to win the Tour de France a staggering seven times. The Texas jock is quite candid in telling his story, from recounting painful medical treatments and fighting his debilitating disease to the touching birth of his son and strained relationship with the stepfather he deemed unworthy. Fans of Armstrong will appreciate this book, which recounts his early years, his endurance sports career, his surgery battles and more. People around the world have found inspiration in Armstrong’s story, and this spirited book of strength and courage does not disappoint. O

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alsa fans will want to catch international superstar Willy Chirino’s act on June 6th at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Chirino, a singer, songwriter and record producer, has more than 20 albums to his credit, including several that went gold and platinum. But the salsa king derives from humble beginnings: He grew up with this three sisters in Consolación del Sur, a tiny town located in the province of Pinar del Rio, where his mother worked as a pharmacist from their small home and their father was the state attorney. When Chirino was 13, his family moved to the United States through Operation Pedro Pan; he was one of 14,000 Cuban children the U.S. government’s Catholic Welfare Bureau transported to this country.

Most recently, Chirino celebrated his 35th anniversary in music with the release of Willy Chirino Live-35th Anniversary, a CD and DVD set featuring footage from his 35th anniversary concert, for which he received a nomination at the 2007 Latin Grammy Awards for “Best Salsa Album.” He recently released a duets album, Amarraditos, which features classic Spanish love songs, and his album, Pa’lante. Check him out live at the AmericanAirlines Arena early next month. O

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Today Chirino, 62, calls Miami his home base (there’s even a street called “Willy Chirino Way”). And he’s all about his music: Known for blending traditional Cuban music with American jazz and rock’n’roll, he was key in helping to develop the Miami-flavored salsa sound so popular today. He’s composed more than 100 songs that have been covered by an impressive array of Latin artists, including Celia Cruz, Jorge Muñiz, Ricardo Montaner and Oscar D’Leon. Incredibly, his song Soy has been recorded by more than 60 artists, including the Gypsy Kings, whose rendition sold more than 3.5 million copies. The talented artist also has composed and performed songs for Spanish-language novelas. In 2006, his album Son del Alma, won a Grammy Award for “Best Salsa/Merengue Album.”

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repare to crack up: Actress and comedian Wanda Sykes, whom Entertainment Weekly magazine ranks as one of the “25 Funniest People in America,” takes the stage June 6th at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Currently a regular on both HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm and CBS’s The New Adventures of Old Christine, Sykes is revered for her acerbic wit, lightning-quick delivery and pointed observations on current events, the sexes, races and life in general. Born in Portsmouth, VA and raised in Maryland, Sykes graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Hampton University and worked for

five years as a procurement officer with the National Security Agency before unofficially launching her comedy career at a Coors Light talent showcase in Washington, D.C. She soon landed a part on HBO’s The Chris Rock Show, and later on Inside the NFL. She’s won the American Comedy Award for “Outstanding Female Artist,” as well as three Emmy Awards for various TV projects. Her HBO comedy special, Wanda Sykes: Sick & Tired, won an Emmy nomination for her rants about everything from karma, gay marriage and racial profiling to health care, the pressure of being female and the “perks” of growing old. In addition to TV, Sykes has been

featured on the silver screen, with films Evan Almighty (co-starring Steve Carell), Monster-In-Law (with Jane Fonda and Jennifer Lopez) and My Super Ex-Girlfriend (with Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman) to her credit, as well as animated movies including Dreamworks’ Over The Hedge and Paramount Pictures’ The Barnyard. The prolific entertainer has also written a hilarious book, entitled Yeah, I Said It, published by Simon and Schuster, in which Sykes pens essays about family, life and current events. See what else the funny lady has to say when she performs at The Fillmore Miami Beach. O

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onna and her husband used to enjoy boating every weekend, monthly trips to New York City and annual vacations abroad. She was a regular at the local nail salon and the South Florida couple ate out at least twice a week. Then the economy nosedived and Steve’s business – he’s self-employed in the resort industry – nearly dried up. To make matters worse, he had just bought a new office building in north Broward and their daughter was starting college next year. But instead of tearing them apart, the financial woes actually wound up bringing the couple closer.

“It’s brought us together in teamwork,” says Donna. “It’s stressful and we may take more naps or we may do fewer activities that we enjoy. But we sat down as a family of three and said here is what we have to do to meet our obligations. There’s no fighting, but of course there are disappointments.” As we face the worst recession in decades and unemployment approaches 10 percent in South Florida, couples are finding their marriages affected – some positively, and some negatively.

couples – like Donna and Steve – to focus on survival rather than fight over minor irritants as they may have in the past. Others in bad marriages simply can’t afford to divorce and try to stick it out, at least for the time being. Of course, for those who are miserable and hell-bent on divorce, a bad economy is not going to change that. What it will change, say some divorce lawyers and marital therapists, is how long and drawn-out the divorce will be.

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that’s life8 relations “Sometimes we encourage them to file for bankruptcy and then there will be nothing left for them to fight about.” In some cases, divorced couples try to remain living together, but the results are not always pretty. And, in some cases, they simply walk away from the house, unable to maintain it. As a result, milliondollar mansions go into foreclosure, Klein explains. Churches and synagogues are doing their part to help couples bear up in these uncertain financial times.

“It appears that neither one can afford to carry the debt. Sometimes

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Strategies, counsels many laid-off people, particularly journalists. These days, she says, couples concentrate more on finding solutions than harping on their problems. For example, a couple in financial crisis recently visited Walsh to plan a budget. They slashed their entertainment costs and clothing costs – but kept his baseball tickets. “It was what he most enjoyed and the wife thought it was important for him to do it, so she cut back on her nail appointments,” Walsh says. “I think this is making marriages stronger.” Walsh likened these times to what South Florida couples experienced during Hurricane Andrew. Walsh, 50

then a mental health worker, says people did not visit her to talk about “why my mom didn’t come to my third grade play,” she recalls. “They were worried about things like, ‘I have to work in Palm Beach and I’m in Miami, and how do I get child care for my kids? How do I get my house fixed?’” Caryn Grainer, a Hollywood divorce lawyer, says her business has been adversely affected by the economy. “I used to have the luxury of turning down clients,” Grainer says. “Now my colleagues and I are taking whatever comes in the door. I’m having less and less initial consultations these days.” When she does get hired, Grainer says she’s steering clients toward

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less-expensive mediation rather than costly and drawn-out divorce. “I’m really pushing them in that direction,” she says. However, other divorce lawyers say they’re busier than ever. Eric Klein of Boca Raton says his business is booming – no doubt, helped by the fact that he also has a bankruptcy lawyer on staff. “I don’t think people are putting it off,” Klein says. “Most of them are angry with each other and that fuels the fire and outweighs the cost involved.” However, the economy – and a couple’s debt – is changing the way divorces are being carried out. “It appears that neither one can afford to carry the debt,” Klein says.

In an effort to stave off marital problems and help couples weather the economy, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Weston recently held a six-week course for couples entitled, “Money Matters.” The course, a “values-based, money-management workshop,” was sponsored by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a faith-based, not-forprofit money-management company with three million members. Rabbi Gideon M. Goldenholz, the rabbi at Temple Sinai in Hollywood, is finding himself called upon to counsel many couples on financial issues – some of them “horrific.” For the most part, Goldenholz says he’s finding that most couples with money problems are becoming closer. “Any kind of high-stress situation brings people together,” he says. “Of course, there are a few people who take problems out on each other. But for the most part, people who go through challenges together become very, very close.” O

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hen it comes to their kids’ athletics, some parents are notoriously bad sports. Examples abound: A brawl among New York parents over a call at their kids’ baseball game left a father with a dislocated shoulder and eight people with misdemeanor charges. A basketball referee in Pittsburgh suffered a concussion after a parent clobbered him because he ordered his obscenity-screaming wife out of the gym. Inspired by umpire maltreatment by parents, a Florida law was actually passed several years ago that permits three years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine for anyone who abuses a referee. Ballistic at ballparks and screaming on soccer fields, parents who negatively personalize their kids’ sports are everywhere. “They get so carried away at games and push their kids so hard that the kids get miserable and give up the sport,” says Len Edelman, a Boca Raton resident 52

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who for seven years has been involved in kids’ recreation and travel sports, and recently organized a kids’ basketball game to raise funds for needy children. Research shows that 70 percent of children in youth sports quit by age of 13, says Jeffrey Marx, Edelman’s friend and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the book Season of Life, which covers positive coaching and the importance of giving back to the community. This trend affects a lot of children, as approximately 57.3 million under the age of 18 participated in sports programs throughout the United States, according to a 2006 study by the Sporting Goods Manufacturing Association. “I still see parents that are way out of control,” says Edelman, whose three children have been involved in competitive cheerleading, basketball, lacrosse and travel baseball. He admits he used to be one of them.


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that’s life8 parents The quality of a participant’s experience in amateur sports is largely dependent on the environment created by the coach, according to the National Coaching Report, published last year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Coaches assume many roles and are critical in setting the standards for behavior, ef— Jeffrey Marx, “It’s a long-held belief that youth author, Season of Life sports build character, but in order for the character component to be realized, the elements of good character

“Typical example,” he explains. “I would be at a travel baseball game and my blood pressure would go to 180 when my son was on the bench and not playing on the field. (Marx’s book) helped me put things in perspective and gave me a chance to reflect on my life and the overall importance of things. I took the intensity down a notch.” To gain perspective, Marx says, par-

have to be present in the children’s

experience – in their attitude, their ents need to remember one of the parents’ attitude, and very importantly, most important benefits children are in the attitude of their coaches.” expected to receive from participating in team sports: character. This includes having empathy, integrity, the elements of good character have fort and attitude. But in a 2005 youth a sense of inclusion and justice, and to be present in the children’s experisports national study by the Citizenliving a life of service to others. ence – in their attitude, their parents’ ship through Sports Alliance, coachattitude, and very importantly, in the ing received a grade of C-. “It’s a long-held belief that youth sports attitude of their coaches,” he adds. build character, but in order for the “That means dropping the ‘win at all To best understand the importance character component to be realized, costs’ mentality.” of a coach’s role in youth sports, it’s

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that’s life8 parents key to return to the original definition of the word “coach� created in the English language as far back as the 1500s, Marx notes. “It was defined as a horse-drawn carriage whose purpose was to transport a person of importance to where he or she wanted to be, needed to be, or ought to be,� he says. This act of transporting children to where they need to be in life is at the heart of a good coach’s mission and can’t be achieved without kindness, according to Marx. “I see coaches all over town that adhere to a ‘knock ’em-down-to-build ’em up’ style of coaching. That’s not the way to do it,� Edelman says. He maintains that a different attitude helped him coach his daughter Hannah’s Boca Hoops team to victory as league champion last year. His Len and Catharine Edelman Family

Foundation created a “Building for Others� charity basketball game that raised nearly $5,000 for the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers in Boca Raton. “Team sports are a great way for kids to learn about what’s important in life,� he says. “It starts with children feeling their team is a family that loves each other. That means they treat each other with love and that this love extends to their community.� Parents must override the desire to live through their children and, consequently, put extreme pressure on their kids to succeed where perhaps they didn’t, Marx explains. If children don’t succeed at a particular sport, parents shouldn’t treat that as a failure. They should redirect their kids’ interest into other areas. It’s important to keep kids well round-

ed, ensuring they have interests in addition to sports. Edelman also stresses that parents limit the number of sports in which children participate, since overbooked practices and game schedules mean less family time. “After (reading Marx’s book), I sat down with my wife and kids to have a heart-to-heart,� he says. “Marley stopped doing competitive cheerleading after five years and is now much happier doing dance and gymnastics and just started playing clarinet. My son Ian stopped playing travel base-


ball and is now playing guitar, recreational golf and is back playing in the City of Boca Raton’s recreational league with his friends.� Edelman’s family members took part in his charity basketball project, which united all the concepts he aspires to teach his children about sports – and life. When it comes to sports and family, it’s important to just “relax and enjoy,� he emphasizes. “Make it about the kids and not about you.� O


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The Inn at Fox Hollow Offers A Cool, Suite Escape By Roberta Sandler



That’s when many South Floridians head north to escape the heat and humidity for an extended stay at a cooler destination: the all-suite Inn at Fox Hollow. Located in Woodbury, NY on the famous Gold Coast of Long Island, this 145-suite boutique hotel delivers all the comforts of home, plus pampered attention from the inn’s staff. It’s what General Manager Franklin Manchester describes as “above and beyond” treatment. Rather than thinking of the Inn’s Florida guests as reverse snowbirds, Manchester considers them summer VIPs. “Our guests get to know the staff


and develop close relationships, and by the time the guests leave, they’re all hugging each other goodbye,” Manchester says. “The hotel is upscale casual and we drop the formalities a bit, but we never drop the amenities or the quality of service, so those same guests keep coming back year after year.” According to Manchester, of its 145 suites, the inn typically has up to 60 suites reserved for the extended stay market, and about 95 percent of those guests come from southeast Florida. This includes Boca Raton residents Clara and Rubin Bass, who spend five months a year at the Inn at Fox Hollow. They favor the inn because family members live on Long Island

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and in Manhattan (about 30 miles from the inn), and because it’s convenient to beaches, shopping and attractions throughout Long Island’s two counties (Nassau and Suffolk). And, adds Rubin Bass, because of the inn’s cleanliness, beauty and friendly staff. “Fox Hollow isn’t a home away from home. It is our home,” Bass says. “We even get to socialize with people from St. Andrews and the Polo Club who come from Boca Raton to stay here.” Socializing often takes place around the rectangular courtyard’s gardens, gas grills, heated pool, hot tub and waterfall, as well as in the lobby, where Venetian-style frescos provide a stunning backdrop for the marble checker-

board floor and huge stone fireplace. The lobby’s mahogany-and-wroughtiron staircase, which is located beneath a 16th-century Belgian tapestry wall hanging, leads to five meeting rooms. According to Bruce Watkins, the inn’s sales director, the property exposes guests to a level of comfort and convenience that other hotels simply cannot match – whether it’s loaning guests laptop computers and VHS/DVD players or providing apartment-like suites that are simply heavenly. One-bedroom and studio suites are spacious, averaging 565 square feet, and nearly all include a complete kitchen with appliances, utensils and a dining table. If you think

The cozy Hearth Room

Our guests get to know the staff and develop close relationships, and by the time the guests leave, they’re all hugging each other goodbye. — Franklin Manchester, general manager

A classic bedroom suite

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cooking is incompatible with vacationing, dine at the hotel’s Rose Hunt Restaurant, or enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast buffet and dinner buffets in the hotel’s beamed, two-story Hearth Room. The decor style at The Inn at Fox Hollow is New Classic style – sophisticated, luxurious and eye pleasing. Suites are furnished in soothing earth tones with complementary color splashes in the draperies and accessories. Rich wood furnishings, textured wallpaper, plush carpeting, mood lighting and wall sconces are additional enhancements. But the suites’ most inviting aspect may be their bedding: Simmons® Beautyrest® Healthsmart™ pillow-top

mattresses, 300-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and oversized goosedown pillows provide sweet dreams. The inn’s 11 Royal Suites kick up the elegance factor another notch, with spa showers, hardwood floors, platform beds, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, wet bars, wine refrigerators and complimentary robes and slippers. Enjoy an in-room massage, or check out the 24-hour fitness center for an invigorating workout. There’s plenty to do on Long Island, where guests can enjoy golf courses, including Bethpage State Park’s famous Black Course, located a few minutes from the inn. Tiger Woods is scheduled to play there in the U.S. Open from June

15th through June 21st. Long Beach and Jones Beach (the world’s largest public beach) are nearby, as are the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Old Bethpage Village Restoration (with 51 historic buildings and costumed re-enactors), Belmont Park (one of the nation’s oldest race tracks), Sagamore Hill National Historic Site (Teddy Roosevelt’s home in Oyster Bay), and Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium (a New York State trout hatchery). You can also visit the Gilded Age mansions that dot Long Island’s Gold Coast landscape, wander around the Hamptons (the Malibu of the East), charter a fishing boat

on Freeport’s Nautical Mile, browse the shops in historic Long Island villages or take the Inn at Fox Hollow’s tours of some 40 vineyards and wineries across the North and South Forks of Long Island. But at day’s end, do return to the Inn at Fox Hollow. It’s a suite place to stay. O

contact The Inn at Fox Hollow is located at 7755 Jericho Turnpike in Woodbury, NY. For more information, call 800-291-8090 or visit

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On Mancation Men-only trips may have started with the cavemen, who seized their clubs and went hunting, but once Vince Vaughn dubbed these getaways “mancations” in the film The Breakup, they became the new guys’ night out. With everything from spas to baseball fantasy camps, there are plenty of testosterone-filled male-bonding trips to satisfy the need for manly adventure. Join the band and be a rock star, drive a muscle car on a speedway or sit ringside at the pinnacle sports events you usually watch on TV. Pack up – time’s a wasting! By Linda Haase

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FAST-FORWARD Need to chill, but want a thrill? Then the “Speed Meets Spa” mancation will exhilarate and rejuvenate you and your pals. The package includes two days of racing at the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School and two soothing 60-minute post-race treatments at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn’s 40,000-square-foot spa. Gear up to zoom around the 2.5mile Infineon Raceway, one of the most challenging in North America. It twists and turns through the lush Sonoma Valley, but with 12 turns that run through an elevation change of 166 feet, you’d probably better keep your eyes on the road. The school, founded by British racing champ Jim Russell, “takes the

fledgling racer and hones them into a competitive racing machine,” according to its Web site, The course covers everything from safety to the psychology of a winning racing attitude. Graduates will have something in common with alumni champs Jacques Villeneuve, Danny Sullivan, Tony Stewart and Scott Speed. That’s the thrill, but you’ll chill with the bottle of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine, which will be waiting when you arrive at the posh Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma, CA. The inn, on a site once held to be sacred healing grounds by Native Americans, was also an R&R site for sailors and marines during World War II. Rates start at $5,391 for the threenight stay, based on double occupancy and single-guest racing

More Guy Tripping It’s the ultimate fishin’ and grinning’ trip: There’s a guide to lead you to the freshest fish in Cotter, AR and a chef to clean and cook your catch. Guests camp on a 15-acre private island on the White River. Just bring clothes and a toothbrush. And, the “toothbrush is optional,” according to the group’s Web site, cottertroutdock. com. For more information, call 800-447-7538. Gather the guys for a 90-mile mountain bike ride through beautiful vistas in Utah. Three- and four-day treks wind through stunning canyons, mesas and buttes in Canyonlands National Park, including White Crack, perched 1,000 feet above the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. For more information, call 800-624-6323 or visit Are you a gambling man? Check out 161,000 square feet of gaming, 4,100 slot machines and an 85-table poker room at Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Take your winnings to the Gypsy Bar and treat your buddies to a tequila tasting party. For more information, call 866-692-6742 or visit Forget the skis! Explore the trails of western Maine on a snowmobile. Ride to the top of Coburn Mountain, toss back a few at the Kennebec River Brewery and stumble to bed at Forks Resort Center. For more information, call 800-765-7238 or visit Wishing you could just sail away from it all? Book a windjammer sailing adventure along Maine’s Islands of Penobscot Bay. For more information, call 800-759-9250 or visit


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school participation, and includes dinner and wine tasting for two. For reservations, call 800-733-0345. For more information about Sonoma Mission Inn, call 707-939-2407 or visit (Fairmont Resorts also offers men’s chartered fishing trips; for more information, check out

GO NATURAL The dew is still misty – the ideal time for hikers to trek through lush avocado groves and arrive at exquisite, shimmering boulders just as the sun peeks above the horizon. That’s how the days unfold at the Golden Door Spa’s Men’s Week. Guys have been discovering their inner souls at this Escondido, CA paradise since 1959, bonding in boot camps, savoring long, hot soaks in the whirlpool, steaming in the sauna, enjoying gourmet spa cuisine and luxuriating in a daily in-room massage. This just-for-men week, offered four times a year, promises “a return not only to the rugged truth of nature, but also the precious realm of escape from the pressures of your daily routine.” It’s a chance to escape the macho world and indulge in massages, mud baths and even facials. And what better way to achieve the sought-after Zen-like calm then at a world-renowned spa inspired by the millennium-old Japanese Honjin inns? At this remote, relaxing, inspiring haven set on 377 tranquil acres of rolling natural terrain, don’t worry about picking your stinky socks off the floor – there’s maid service five times a day! It gets better: revel in five beauty or body treatments, two herbal wraps, a manicure and pedicure, a personal trainer, meals (including lunch poolside featuring produce from the resort’s organic garden, freerange poultry and seafood fresh from the Pacific Ocean), lectures on

Racing images by Kevin Necessary. Pit area image courtesy of Jim Russell Drivers School.

The Jim Russell Racing Drivers School, “takes the fledgling racer and hones them into a competitive racing machine.�

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health and well-being, yoga, tai chi, cross training and other classes. The noon water volleyball game – a men’s week tradition – is loud and competitive. Guests often follow up with a Ki-atsu massage, offered in a 98.6-degree pool with a therapist who cradles and stretches the body in soothing, restorative motions. When you return to the real world, people are sure to notice your Golden Toe Pedicure, which we’re told is the trip’s piece de resistance. Here, a big toe is painted gold, then stamped with a black Golden Door logo. When it grows out, it’s a reminder to schedule another Men’s Week. Men’s weeks for the remainder of 2009 are scheduled for May 31-June 7, September 6-13 and November 29-December 6. The rate: $7,995, all-inclusive (except for tax). For more information, call 800-424-0777 or visit

ROCK ON, DUDE Put away that air guitar. It’s time to live the life of a real rock star. Guitar Hero takes on a new meaning at Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, where participants perform on stage with a musical legend at a wellknown venue (Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood is a past gig). And that’s not even the best part of this five-day musical extravaganza. Dig this: You’ll be jamming for 10plus hours every day with real rock stars (Roger Daltrey, Brian Wilson, Mickey Hart, Paul Stanley, Slash and Bruce Kulick are some of the former “counselors”). Don’t play an instrument? No worries. There’s room in the band for singers, tambourine players and other essential band members. Wanna-be musicians are assigned to small groups with a rock-star counselor, where they receive intensive coaching on drums, bass, gui-

tar, songwriting and other aspects of the biz – and prepare for their musical debut. You’ll share meals with celebrity musicians – and there will be plenty of time for autographs and photos (one camper acquired enough memorabilia to transform his home into a Hard Rock replica). Campers also write, then record an original song with a renowned engineer/producer at a cool venue (Hol-

living the life of a major leaguer, right down to the White Sox uniforms which are emblazoned with their name and number. The camp, held at the former White Sox spring training facilities in Tucson, AZ, is coached by 18 former White Sox players (past coaches include Harold Baines, Bobby Thigpen, Bill Melton, Carlos May and Ron Kittle) who not only mentor the players, but bunk at the same hotel.

and stats. Campers must be at least 30 years old. For more information, e-mail or visit

ENJOY THE SHOW Call a few buddies and put them on notice: It’s time to watch the next big game Prime Sport-style. In other words, up close and personal. And no worries if an event seems elusive:

“The camaraderie is phenomenal. They pretend they’re members of a professional baseball team.” -- Mark Coleman, a co-director, Chicago Fantasy Baseball Camp

lywood campers may record at Capitol Studios, London campers could go to Abbey Road Studios). The song will be loaded onto iTunes so you can prove you’re really “with the band.” Some camps have an unexpected twist – chef Guy Fieri, the “bad boy of Food Network” cooked up a special meal for guests at a recent camp kick-off party. The camp, in its 11th year, was founded by David Fishof, whose claim to fame includes reuniting The Monkees for the band’s blowout reunion tour in 1986 and producing Dirty Dancing: The Concert Tour and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Tour. Camps are held about three times a year; venues change but instruments are always provided. The next camp will be in New York from August 5-August 9. The cost is $7,999 and does not include hotel and airfare (or groupies). For more information, call 888762-BAND or visit

PLAY BALL Batter up! The Chicago Fantasy Baseball Camp hits a home run with sports aficionados who spend a week

The Radisson Suites Hotel, where each camper gets a private suite, is buzzing with baseball fever – right down to the welcome banners and waitresses who don White Sox clothing. Each day – except Wednesday, when they have a free day to explore Tucson – campers play two seven-inning games, taking a lunch break in between. But there are no peanuts and popcorn served here – rather, carved roast beef, turkey and other delicious foods are on the menu. And despite a long day, campers are reluctant to leave the locker room – they’d rather hang out and chat with the sports legends. This is the 15th year for the camp, says Mark Coleman, a co-director, and campers return repeatedly. “It’s like the annual fishing trip. The camaraderie is phenomenal,” he says. “We are sold out every year. They pretend they’re members of a professional baseball team.” But here the rookies are quickly accepted – some are even chosen for the “rookie choir” which must sing the White Sox signature tune, Na-NaHey-Hey Kiss Him Goodbye whenever a veteran requests it. There are trophies and prizes, and each camper gets a baseball card with their photo

Prime Sport has a pipeline to those hard-to-get tickets – and will bundle them in a customized package for golf, rodeo, baseball, basketball, football (including the Super Bowl), horse and car racing and Ultimate Fighting Championship events. And tickets are just the beginning here – pre-game parties with celebrities and athletes, hotel accommodations, group outings, fast-past accesses, 24-hour support and souvenirs are just a few of the snazzy extras. For Super Bowl XLII, the company co-hosted an exclusive party at Club 009, a James Bond-inspired boite, which joined sports fans with NFL athletes, including Jerry Rice, for an exclusive pre-celebration. Guests were put on notice: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join Prime Sport for chalk talks with NFL players, live entertainment, and an all-inclusive food and premium open bar.” Says spokesperson Sharyn Outtrim, “Our guests keep coming back to our events because they know they will enjoy memorable up close and hard to get tickets to anywhere on the planet.” For more information, call 800-5919198 or visit O M Ay 2 0 0 9


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hey made history. No, not the 1972 Perfect Season kind of history … but memorable nonetheless.

In rebounding from the abomination that was their 1-15 record in 2007, and posting 11 wins in 2008 (which earned them a playoff berth for the first time since 2001 as AFC East Division champs), last year’s Miami Dolphins matched the biggest single-season victory turnaround in NFL history. And with Super Bowl 44 being contested in Dolphin Stadium next February, the franchise can attempt to accomplish something that can never be replicated: be the first host-city team to actually compete in the title game. However, no prudent Dolphin fan should contemplate the (admittedly long-shot) chances of this year’s team being a Super Bowl contender (Las Vegas sports books currently list the Dolphins’ Super Bowl odds at 40-to-1) without simultaneously recalling just how unlikely last season’s results were. As Miami Herald sports columnist and 790-The Ticket radio commentator Armando Salguero has said, “In 2009, the Dolphins could improve their roster – but still miss the playoffs.” With that thought in mind, let’s look at some of the important factors that contributed to the Dolphins’ resurgence – and consider if they can be repeated.


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Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington scores against the New England Patriots during their game at Dolphin Stadium.

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Desperate to rescue the Dolphins from being a laughingstock, in December 2007 then-owner Wayne Huizenga (who sold controlling interest of the team to developer Stephen Ross in February) persuaded friend and Jupiter resident Bill Parcells to come out of his latest “retirement” and take over as executive vice president of football operations. In Huizenga’s words, Parcells “would oversee anything that had to do with football, either directly or indirectly.” Parcells’ ability to change the fortunes of losing franchises as a head coach is legendary. He did it with the New York Giants (two Super Bowl victories), New England Patriots (a Super Bowl appearance), New York Jets (a conference championship game berth) and the Dallas Cowboys (from alsoran to winning records and playoff appearances).

Opposite Page: Ricky Williams Clockwise from Top: Ronnie Brown, Jeff Ireland, Tony Sparano and Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells, Jeff Ireland, Tony Sparano

However, Parcells, 67, had decided, “Coaching is a young man’s game.” At this stage of his life, he wanted to oversee the creation of a front-office structure that would translate his vision of winning football onto the field. After firing the architects of the abysmal 2007 campaign (general manager Randy Mueller and head coach Cam Cameron), Parcells placed his protégés – Jeff Ireland and Tony Sparano – in the general manager and head coaching roles, respectively. Before the 2008 season even started, the new regime made a big impact. Embracing a youth movement, the team jettisoned aging (and perhaps fading) stars like Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas, (although at press time, the team was considering re-signing Taylor for the ’09 season), and brought in nearly two dozen new players through the draft, trades and free agency who fit the Parcells “mold” – that is, big, durable, non-flashy, no-nonsense athletes who let their on-field performances do their talking. Draft choices in 2008 such as offensive linemen Jake Long and Donald Thomas, and defensive ends Kendall Langford and Phillip Merling are examples of how Parcells and company are building the foundation of the team from the inside out. Ireland has, so far, proven to be especially adept at procuring the kinds of players Parcells covets. In February, he explained on WQAM-560 that “the

college draft is about projection” and “pick[ing] players that fit your system.” But, for the Dolphins to continue their ascent, he must again hit on his 2009 draft choices, as well as be proven correct on recent free-agent acquisitions such as center Jake Grove and safety Gibril Wilson. Likewise, the direct yet plain-spoken Sparano pushed all the right buttons, both emotionally and strategically, with last year’s squad. The rookie head coach could have lost the team after its 0-2 start, but instead unveiled the fun and imaginative “Wildcat” offense (which featured backup tailback Ricky Williams sprinting in motion just before starting tailback Ronnie Brown received a direct shotgun snap). Not only did the unorthodox formation spark the stunning 38-13 upset of the

Parcells’ ability to change the fortunes of losing franchises as a head coach is legendary.

heavily favored New England Patriots, it became the most celebrated innovation in the league, with several teams trying to emulate it. Sparano’s unexpected results earned him a narrow second-place finish in the 2008 AP Coach of the Year voting, and while he has set high goals for 2009 – “My vision for this team is to win [playoff] ballgames,” he said the day after the Dolphins were eliminated 27-9 by the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs – it remains to be seen whether he continues improving upon his impressive debut.

Great Expectations Coming off 2007’s disastrous campaign, nobody expected much from the Dolphins in 2008. Most fans simply wanted the team to be competitive and show signs of better days ahead. And why wouldn’t they feel that way, considering what the experts were saying? For instance,’s James Alder wrote last September that “success for this squad will be measured in ways other than in the win-loss column” and that “Miami is a long way from contention and may not show much improvement in the M Ay 2 0 0 9


But, oh, what a difference a year – and 11 hardfought victories – make. No longer will either fans – or, more importantly, opponents – view the Dolphins as a sub-par team not to be taken seriously.

The squad also remained remarkably injuryfree. Not only did stars like linebacker Joey Porter, Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown play in all 16 games (a career first for Brown), but starting quarterback Chad Pennington and starting free safety Yeremiah Bell enjoyed their first completely healthy seasons in many a year. Injury avoidance is partly luck, but also a byproduct of the tough-minded culture Parcells has instilled at the Dolphins training facility in Davie. As former Washington Redskins quarterback and ESPN analyst Joe Theismann

quarterback position had been perpetually in flux. From immediate replacements such as Jay Fiedler, Damon Huard and Ray Lucas to forgettable journeyman such as A.J. Feely, Gus Frerotte and Sage Rosenfels, a dozen different candidates took snaps from 2000 to 2007. A revolving door, to say the least – well, until last season. The Trifecta’s hope to solidify the most important position on the team came to fruition both by design and incredible good fortune.

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How will the young and still-evolving team handle being the hunted instead of the hunter? With an unforgiving 2009 schedule that is, based on their opponents’ 2008 records, the most difficult one in the NFL, fans and the rest of the NFL are going to find out pretty quickly.

A Little Luck

As impressive as he was on field last season, Pennington’s biggest contribution to the franchise may be felt in years to come. he thoroughly embraced his role as mentor to Henne.

As hard-working and disciplined as last season’s Dolphins were, the team also benefited from good fortune. First, there was the schedule. In addition to its six home-and-home, intra-division contests with New England, Buffalo and the New York Jets (none of which were contested in inclement conditions), the team took advantage of being matched against the two weakest divisions (records-wise) in the NFL: the AFC West and the NFC West. Granted, several victories were ugly, nail-biting squeakers (six of them by seven points or less), but, in the ultracompetitive NFL, the ’08 Dolphins took a cue from the classic old Oakland Raiders mantra and were happy to “just win baby!” 70

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told The Palm Beach Post last year, “[Parcells] commands respect – he doesn’t have to go ask for it.” Considering that prior to several games last season, not a single player appeared on the team’s injury report, it’s safe to say that nowhere else in the NFL is the old saying “you can’t make the club from the tub” taken more to heart than it is by those on the Dolphins roster.

Follow The Leader Prior to last season, since the 2000 retirement of Hall of Famer Dan Marino, the Dolphins’

The design: drafting in the second round Chad Henne, the 6’3”, 230-pound, strong-armed signal-caller from the University of Michigan. The good fortune: division rival New York Jets releasing nine-year veteran (and longtime Dolphins nemesis) Pennington after trading for future Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Pennington, who was originally drafted by Parcells in 2001, signed a two-year contract with the Dolphins in August. His impact on the team was immediate. Guard Justin Smiley said, “He’s a heckuva leader” and Sparano lauded his ability to “manage a game really well.” As impressive as he was on field last season – which included winning the Comeback Player of the Year award and finishing second in the league’s MVP voting – Pennington’s biggest contribution to the franchise may be felt in years to come. That’s because he thoroughly embraced his role as mentor to Henne, schooling the rookie in how to practice, train, study, break down game

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in the win column this year.” Equally pessimistic was the online betting service’s prediction that the ’08 Fins would finish 5-11 – and said of the team’s prospects: “The bright side for the 2008 Dolphins is that they don’t really have anywhere to go but up.”

film and take an overall professional approach. While Henne saw less than one quarter of game action last season, his off-the-field education has been invaluable. In fact, the team’s been so impressed with Henne’s progress that, at the NFL Owners’ Meetings in March, Sparano revealed his quarterback succession plan: Pennington is the starter going into 2009; Henne will likely assume the helm in 2010.

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In characteristic fashion, Pennington immediately diffused any potential controversy, telling reporters while attending the Sony Ericcson Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, “It’s not news [to me because] Coach Sparano, Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland have been up front since day one about my future.” And for the first time this millennium, Dolphins fans can feel comfortable about the future of the quarterback position.

Topsy Turvy In this salary-cap, parity-driven era of the NFL, rags-to-riches, single-season revivals are fairly common. In fact, last season both the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens rebounded from 4-12 and 5-11 records, respectively, in 2007, to match the Dolphins 11-win total and qualify for the playoffs – and they both did it with rookie quarterbacks starting all 16 games. The real test for teams that suddenly and dramatically improve is to not be a one-season wonder. Former Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson used to say that “good is the enemy of great” and Sparano would appear to echo those sentiments. Of the Dolphins challenge to become a perennial contender, he recently told Dolphin Digest, “I don’t want to take anything away from what we just did, but I think the next step is a harder step. It is one of the hardest steps. I’ve been part of teams that were 13-3 and couldn’t win championships, couldn’t win a playoff game. When I look at this next step and where we need to go, it’ll prove consistency. You win at 11-5 and it’s great, but to bounce back and do it over again would really show a lot. That’s what the good teams do.” Regardless of how the Dolphins fare in 2009, long-suffering fans can take comfort in knowing that, at long last, the team is headed in the right direction. O M Ay 2 0 0 9


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John Legend

Musician Opens Up About Love, Career, Education And His Need To Make The World A Better Place

A sold-out gig at the Fillmore Miami Beach followed by a speech to nearly 600 college graduates at Kaplan University’s Miami campus, then a compelling performance at the Super Bowl pre-game show in Tampa may seem like a pretty heady weekend schedule for a normal entertainer. Not so for musician John Legend. The five-time Grammy Award-winning R&B singer, songwriter and pianist is in constant demand. Super Bowl weekend was just one example of what life is like for this refined ambassador of soul: He’s invited around the world both to entertain with his music and lyrics, and inspire goodwill through lectures about education, poverty and improving the lives of the needy. “I’m always traveling,” says Legend, 30, who while in town spent the weekend with model/girlfriend Chrissy Teigen. “I’m either making an album or touring in places like Brazil, Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia, or speaking somewhere on the importance of education and thinking outside of yourself.”


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Noteworthy beginnings

Born John Stephens in Springfield, Ohio, the musician is renowned for his ballads and pianodriven songs. Since his 2004 debut studio album, Get Lifted, he’s sold more than 5 million albums worldwide, has had multiple hit singles including Ordinary People, Used to Love U, So High, Heaven, Another Again and received many international awards. He’s been called a genius, and one of the most important songwriters and singers of his generation. He’s the kind of sensitive entertainer who does more than what’s expected. As a role model based in New York, young people can’t do much better than following Legend’s lead.

“Some people have been making the same album for years and they rarely push the envelope,” says Legend. “That’s not me. Expect me to experiment. Expect me to always approach the music in new and different ways.” Legend was in town speaking at Kaplan University’s commencement, largely because of his passion and philanthropic efforts for educational causes through art. Kaplan, an online university with more than 70 campuses across the United States and abroad, touts as its mission to make higher education available to more Americans. Kaplan’s Peter Smith invited Legend to speak in Miami because his reputation epitomizes what every Kaplan graduate should want out of life. “John tells by art, music and example,” says Smith, senior vice president of Academic Strategies and Development. “His personal educa-

tional journey shows he understands. He demonstrates by his philanthropy. He’s an inspiration and so happy when he speaks, urging our graduates to strive for more and achieve great things.” In Evolver, Legend’s new follow-up album to his 2006 Grammy-winning, Once Again, the artist does just that. The lyrics describe his dreams and ambitions, his past, present and future.

“I’m constantly evolving as a person and as an artist,” he says. “You still have the legacy of what you did before and the people’s memory of that will always be there, but with each album you get to question that, to play with it and even rebel against it if you want to. I did that with this album.” In previous works, Legend has written songs about longing and loss peppered with 1970s soul influences. Evolver is more R&B and 1980s soft rock. Green Light, the album’s first single, features Andre 3000 of OutKast, a favorite artist of Legend’s. He uses a synthesizer instead of his trusty piano and the boys bring down the house. On It’s Over, the track written by über-producer/rapper Pharrell, Legend repeatedly sings, “What do you keep calling for?” over a new and rambunctious beat featuring Kanye West dumping his paramour. Another song, Cross the Line, has Legend taking a platonic relationship to the next level. “Men and women can be friends,” he believes, “but guys always have sex on the brain to some extent. On

the right night, in the right dress, with the right amount of drinks, she can get it.”

Legend turned serious with his socially conscious anthem, If You’re Out There, which he debuted last summer for the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. It was an optimistic piece encouraging the party to go all the way and win. Guess it worked. “I met President Obama in 2006 when he was a senator,” recalls Legend. “At the time, he wasn’t sure that he would run. I told him that I would help him do anything. I did many ‘get out the vote’ events and went to colleges talking about his platform and promoting the need for change. He has a big job now but his demeanor and temperament suit him well. And yes, Obama is well-suited for the times.”

Legend speaks to students at Miami's Kaplan University

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family in Ohio and goes back to visit several times a year.) He worked his way into the rich and varied Philadelphia music scene while studying English with an emphasis on African-American literature at the University of Pennsylvania. While a student, he headed Counterparts, a coed jazz and pop group, leading the vocals with a recording of Prince’s, One of Us, which landed the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. The following year, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English, Legend got a job with the Boston Consulting Group. He lived in Boston and then New York, where he tried to get a record deal while doing nightclub work. He quit his day job in 2002 to concentrate on music, and got his first break two years later by signing with West and his G.O.O.D. Music production company.

Legendary life

“Kanye and others helped me put my material out there but I was different and didn’t really fit into a perfect category,” Legend recounts. “It took the labels to really believe in me. Kanye helped. My music helped.”

So, who is this Midwestern-reared entertainer who started his career as an in-demand session writer and musician working with West, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys?

It all helped. Get Lifted opened at No. 7 on the Billboard Top 200 sales chart and turned the singer into an overnight sensation. At the time, Billboard magazine wrote: “His debut easily set him apart from his R&B counterparts ... In Legend’s case, believe the hype.”

One of four kids born to a factory worker father and seamstress mother, Legend was playing the piano at age 4; three years later, he joined the church choir and later became a director. His parents divorced when he was 10, causing a lot of emotion at home. The intelligent Legend skipped some grades, which created social problems because he was shy. He compensated by singing and playing piano at recitals; all the while, his family encouraged him to get a good education, giving him the background he needed to excel at whatever he did. “I was home-schooled for awhile but my family really wanted to be able to send me to private school,” says Legend. “Springfield was a conservative blue-collar town. I wrote songs – gospel for the church – and love ballads for others and myself. I was surrounded by drama teachers, choir instructors and my grandma who encouraged me.” (He still has friends and 76

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In 2006, his critically acclaimed Once Again secured his status as a true artist’s artist and landed him smack dab in the soul music stratosphere. It entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 3, went platinum and won him several awards, including a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for the single, Heaven. His work on behalf of others is impressive. Two years ago, he launched the “Show Me” campaign with a mission to fight poverty through fostering sustainable development. Thanks to Legend’s work with economist Jeffrey Sachs and Millennium Promise, the campaign has adopted Mbola, a village in western Tanzania. The campaign funds a program to help the village climb out of extreme poverty and begin to prosper. (Other villages are also in line to get this program; Mbola was first because it is the largest.)

“People are really into having us there,” he explains of his travels to these impoverished villages. “Seeing that firsthand makes it so much more rewarding.” Legend and Sachs have also traveled around the United States on a Poverty Action Tour to bring the message of sustainable development to college students. Last year, Legend won the Humanitarian Award from CARE and the Difference Award from the OneXOne Charity for improving the lives of children. He also has a passion for opening schools to include more kids who need the boost. He believes if you come from a good family you have an easier time getting an education. But that’s not the case for everyone. “Those less fortunate need help, and I want to see schools improve their access so all children across the board can get educated,” he says. “There are innovations in that field now. And there needs to be more access.” When he and Latin star Juanes shared the spotlight during February’s NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix, AZ, Legend told fans he was happy to be involved in the NBA Cares Initiative, which teaches basketball stars to think about community service. His aforementioned song, If You’re Out There, was written with this kind of do-good work in mind. Between his educational and musical gigs, plus his philanthropy, it’s hard to believe Legend has much time for a social life. But he and Teigner do like to have a good time. At the Grammy Awards earlier this year, the stunning model told an interviewer for Hollyscoop, “Johnny and I are going to get drunk and have fun!” Legend also likes to spend his free time at movies, bowling, watching football and basketball and dining out. He has a daily fitness schedule and also plays basketball for exercise and fun. He definitely plans to marry and have children. But at this point in his lyrical life, Legend is perched comfortably at the top of the world, confident and fulfilled after touring with Evolver, a veritable statement about the matured man he has become. “I’m more comfortable with my entire being,” he says. “I’m more engaged in the world around me. In every aspect of my life – in relationships, sexually, emotionally, intellectually – I’ve grown up.” O

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When You Hear “ED,” from ED. Put another way, 52 percent of men over the age of 40 will experience ED, says Dr. Mohit Khera, urologist and director of the Laboratory for Sexual Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Ah, something to look forward to. ale-enhancement health, or stated medically – erectile dysfunction (ED) – elicits a lot of snickers and awkward glances. Have you ever tried bringing it up during dinner party conversation or during a social gathering? Let’s be honest: talking about ED with friends and debating the pros and cons of various male-enhancement products, procedures, pills and online potions claiming cures isn’t quite the same as arguing about whether the BMW M3 hugs the road better than a Lexus IS F, or who should get booted off next week’s episode of American Idol.

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It’s estimated that some 30 million men in the United States suffer

It’s no laughing matter: medical experts agree that causes for ED are often physical, psychological or both, and that in many cases can be important warning signs of underlying serious illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes or prostate cancer. Think of ED as ‘Early Diagnosis.’ Explains Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, author and Professor of Clinical Urology at Columbia University, “In a manner of speaking, the penis is the thermometer for men’s health.” The good news: While ED is a serious health issue, it’s very treatable. “Virtually any patient seeking treatment will find an option to improve

Think Early Diagnosis sexual function,” says Dr. Lawrence Hakim, a urologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, who treats men and women for sexual dysfunctions. So, time to get past the snickers – and get educated.

According to the Erectile Dysfunction Panel of the American Urological Association, ED occurs when a man cannot achieve or maintain an erection long enough for sex. It’s the result of a complex interplay between vascular, neurological, hormonal and psychological factors and is all about blood flow – too much or too little. Anything that impairs blood flow will have a negative impact on erectile function. Experts from all fields, physical and psychological, agree that men experiencing any degree of ED should first explore what medical reasons could be causing the condition. Ignore ED for too long, and you may

have a bigger problem on your hands than unfulfilling sex. For example, says Dr. Hakim, “Many vascular problems present themselves first as ED because it’s about blood vessels being impacted, and the vessels in the penis are tinier than the vessels in the heart. ED can predate more serious cardiovascular issues by as much as three years and that’s why the goal is to diagnose and treat ED early.” Medicines such as antidepressants are another culprit, many of which can cause ED. “Medications like beta-blockers are also notorious for causing dysfunction,” explains Dr. Khera. In addition, a study published in the Journal of Urology says drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen may weaken a man’s ability to get and keep an erection. The study’s survey of 1,126 men, ages 50 to 70, found that ED was about twice as common in men who regularly took the painkillers as those who didn’t.

Other physical causes of ED include trauma to the penis, spinal cord injuries and hormonal changes – notably low testosterone levels. “This is an underappreciated topic,” says Dr. Khera. “Called ‘Male Menopause’ – aging-related hormone changes affect an astounding 45 percent of men causing low energy levels, low libido and ED.”

be chosen. Whether it includes medical or psychological components, or both, experts agree that couples should embark on that treatment together.

He adds, “Often times though, ED is multi-factorial. It’s not just one single reason causing it, which is why a first visit should be with your family doctor who can then refer you to a specialist.”

“This is a couple’s problem,” says Dr. Hakim. “I think the focus should be on improving sexual health for both people. Then it becomes a case of what’s appropriate for that couple – does the solution address intimacy needs? Or is spontaneous sex the most important thing versus planned sex?”

Once the cause of ED is determined, a course of treatment must

Treatment options are numerous, ranging from noninvasive to surgical, inexpensive to expensive, and from a one-time visit to ongoing treatment for a sexual lifetime.

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Medical treatments start with proerectile medications (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra), and progress to penile injections, penile vacuums, prosthesis and implants. On the psychological side, options include sex therapy, counseling, acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware of the myriad drugs available. Pfizer created the ED drug marketplace in 1998 with the launch of Viagra. GlaxoSmithKline followed with Levitra, and Eli Lilly & Co. rounds out the top three drug manufacturers with its Cialis pro-erectile offering (you know the commercials, where couples sit in bathtubs on hilltops holding hands). These drugs solve an erection problem because the active ingredient helps to relax blood vessels in the body – thereby helping improve blood flow to the penis. “But you have to wait an hour for a three-minute ride,” jokes Dr. Schwartzwald, a penile implant surgeon with West Boca Medical Center. “But kidding aside, it’s typically the first line of therapy.” Erection drugs are taken one to 36 hours before sex, and most studies show that they have a 75 percent success rate. The drugs must be having some success, because consumers are spending a staggering amount for them. Eli Lilly & Co. reported annual worldwide sales of Cialis of $1.4 billion in 2008, with U.S. sales of $539 million – second only to Pfizer’s Viagra, according to market research firm IMS Health. Beyond pills, penile injections are common and very successful, but not a preferred long-term solution, says Dr. Khera. “A man literally has to inject himself in the penis area

right before having sex. They can build up a resistance, plus, it can become very tiresome.” Ultimately, a majority of men who’ve used injections opt for penile implants. “Once a man has tried more conservative methods, pills and injection therapy, they go for the implant,” explains Dr. Schwartzwald. “The implant has three components to it; a pump in the scrotum, a cylinder in the penis and a reservoir. When the patient squeezes the pump and transfers saline solution out of the reservoir into the penis, they’re ready to go.”

If a man is worrying too much about his performance, one option is to visit an acupuncturist. A study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research suggests that acupuncture can help treat psychologically induced ED. Surprisingly, needles don’t go in the penis, but in the back, hands or feet. “In my treatment of patients with ED, the acupuncture typically involves Chinese herbalism as well,” explains Becca Seitz, a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist in Portland, OR. “I see the body as a system of freeways and if someone

an alternative. It’s pretty amazing to see the improvement.” Dr. Barry McCarthy, a Washington, D.C.-based sex therapist and author of numerous books on sexuality, takes a psychology-based approach to ED, and has treated patients who’ve tried the popular prescription pills. “While these medications are very helpful, I think they’re over-promising performance expectations, and this is preventing men from developing deeper relationships with their

— Dr. Lawrence Hakim, urologist, Cleveland Clinic, Weston

Penile implants have a 98 percent success rate, especially attractive statistics for men experiencing no sexual function at all prior to treatment – perhaps due to surviving prostate cancer or experiencing other serious medical side effects. In addition, insurance companies almost always cover the surgical procedure. “The device itself costs around $7,000,” explains Dr. Schwartzwald. “With hospital costs, the total bill can be about $12,000.” “Penile implants also produce the highest satisfaction levels seen,” adds Dr. Hakim. “It’s a 30-minute, outpatient or overnight stay procedure, and is the only treatment that gives spontaneous natural erections on demand. A man can resume sexual activity in about four weeks.”

So you’ve undergone a battery of tests, visited numerous doctors and no medical or physical cause for ED can be determined. Now what? Time to consider the emotional and psychological factors.

has a problem, it’s like a traffic jam. Acupuncture is good for clearing traffic jams and herbs are super strong at creating better energy in the body.”

partner,” he says. “You can’t ask a drug to do it all, you need to turn to your partner, be more open and think of sex as a more genuine activity.”

According to the study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, 64 percent of the men who underwent six weeks of acupuncture regained sexual function and needed no further treatment.

By taking a sexual “coaching” approach to ED, Dr. McCarthy believes men need to adjust their expectations about sex as they age, and should focus on having good sex and developing a sexual style with their partner, rather than on perfect intercourse.

Seitz says her patients have often tried Viagra and other drugs, but prefer natural, spontaneous erections. “Treatment of ED takes longer than most treatments – a couple of months – but the goal is to get them to a point where they don’t need the herbs or acupuncture anymore except for once in a while, like a tune-up,” she explains. A single acupuncture visit can start at $60, and the herbal mixture, depending on what is recommended, can cost an extra $12 to $50 per month. “The fact is, Western medicine can’t help some people,” says Seitz. “Sometimes they’re coming to me out of desperation, and they’re not necessarily ‘believers’ but they’re willing to try

“Sex is a wonderful thing and when it’s wounded, it’s a serious problem,” adds psychologist Dr. Doris Jeanette in Philadelphia. “My experience is that ED is nearly always anxiety-driven, an emotional issue. Anger and passive aggression are common sources.” Dr. Jeanette says she treats the man as a whole, not just his ED problem. “Having ruled out that there’s nothing physically wrong with them, I seek to have them relax and become receptive, and show him in practical terms how to connect to himself and his partner,” she says. “When something is wrong in a person’s sexual response, take heed – there’s something wrong with their whole life.” O

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Smart For Life

In The War Against obesity, This Program Is One smart Cookie Cookies, bagels, muffins, shakes and soups. They don’t sound like typical diet staples, but then again, Smart for Life is no average diet. Rather, it’s a comprehensive weight-management approach to health and wellness that utilizes tasty, all-natural, hunger-controlling foods that deliver quick results. Founded by Dr. Sasson Moulavi (aka, “Dr. Sass”) in 2002 with two centers, the company now includes 30 nationwide, including five in South Florida. Smart for Life features a medically supervised program, as well as a nutritional program that can be followed at home or in the office. Here, Dr. Sass discusses his groundbreaking approach to eating, and why Smart for Life is more than a diet – it’s a lifestyle.

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BRO: How does it work?

is the Smart for Life approach?

Smart for Life retrains your eating habits to small multiple meals throughout the day that are healthy and without preservatives or toxins. Our foods contain all the nutrients and food groups that you would normally eat in a healthy meal. Together they work to keep metabolism and sugar levels steady in order to suppress hunger and lose weight. Dr. Sasson Moulavi:

Dr. Sass: Our unique blend of ingredients in our Smart Foods contain low glycemic index foods with the right amino acid chains to control blood sugar and hunger. BRO: When and how did you come up with the concept?

I realized while working as an emergency doctor and family practitioner, the effects of being

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overweight impacted people’s health in a variety of ways. I was treating 30- and 40-year olds with diseases like diabetes, heart disease and more that all stemmed from the same source. Also, since having children of my own, and wanting them to grow up healthy, I became very aware of the foods they snacked on that were filled with chemicals, preservatives and pesticides. With the rise of ADD and Autism, I can’t help but wonder about the connection. With years of experience, I



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challenged myself to develop tools and programs for a healthy lifestyle. Many other doctors and food scientist have helped me to shape what Smart for Life has become. I believe we have created a revolutionary approach to a healthy lifestyle. BRO: Describe Smart for Life’s two programs. Dr. Sass: We have a medically supervised rapid weight-loss program monitored by our Smart Doctors in

our centers and a do-it-yourself program people can do online or at the center without a physician. Both bring about terrific results! BRO: What is the most important concern for your patients?

They want quick results. Smart for Life programs provide a healthy way to lose weight quickly, safely and inexpensively. At about $8 a day for breakfast, lunch and any snacks, they get 60 percent organic food. It’s like getting champagne for the price of beer!

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ate when hungry. He would look for food, eat a handful of berries and then two hours later, find some roots and eat those. By eating this way, it allows our bodies to slowly digest foods, without large sugar and insulin peaks like when we eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Smart For Life clients are not hungry and therefore lose weight. BRO: How much responsibility using the Smart for Life approach?



Dr. Sass: We use triple-filtered water

dren? Vegetarians? Athletes? Those who keep kosher?

Yes all ages. We are OUcertified in one of our bakeries and Kdairy in the other. We have modified programs for vegetarians and athletes.

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appetite suppressants?

How much weight can

someone lose while on Smart for Life?

The unique amino acid chains and our low glycemic index suppress the appetite. Also, our unique fiber blend lowers cholesterol and stabilizes sugar levels, and that helps increase satiety.

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Smart Foods are available in our centers, on our Web site and even at

Dr. Sass:

We hear over and over again: “This is the easiest program I have ever done!” It’s easy to follow, healthy and cheaper in most cases than eating on your own.

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BRO: Do people have to visit a physical location to use the program, or can they join via your

BRO: Does your organization of-

Web site?

fer additional supports to clients, such as counseling, nutritional guidance and weigh-ins?

We offer a full range of services from center-based support, education and motivation to biweekly telephone conference calls.

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when they lose weight fast. I also believe there is a serious issue in our food supply as it is full of toxins, pesticides, preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. I’m committed to making our products with healthy ingredients and to getting a great taste even if it means a shorter shelf life. BRO: Do people need to join the

does the client have to take when

since most water is contaminated and most products contain all-natural and 60 percent organic ingredients.

do you use?

proach – men, women and chil-

BRO: Is the program difficult to

The program is easy with very little preparation. The cookies are convenient, especially for a hectic lifestyle, and always ready to eat. The client must be honest, dedicated and motivated to stick to the program. In our experience, they do so more than on any other program because it’s simple and results come quickly.

BRO: What types of ingredients

BRO: Can anyone use the ap-

Dr. Sass: They can do both however, I always encourage clients to come to a center, if possible, for motivation, support and accountability – plus, they’ll get the most variety of products.

Dr. Sass:

BRO: How do the foods taste? What items are particularly popular?

Really good – they’re not too sweet and have an organic, natural taste. We take pride in our chocolate chip cookies, our best seller with oatmeal-raisin a close second. Also, we are constantly creating new foods to add to the variety customers enjoy.

Dr. Sass: The average weight loss is 10 to 15 pounds a month. It may decrease as you approach your goal. Our record is 48 pounds in the first four weeks!

BRO: Dr. Sass, what made you

BRO: Anything new in the works?

choose this weight-management

We have created a bagel chip that has less calories than regular bagels, suppresses hunger and controls cholesterol, sugar and insulin. O

Dr. Sass:

genre of medicine? Dr. Sass: I find most diseases are related to obesity. By focusing on the root of many diseases, I feel I can prevent them and make people happy and healthier. I love a client’s smile

Dr. Sass:

BRO: What makes this approach different from other diets? Dr. Sass: Because our digestive system was designed for small multiple meals throughout the day rather than three large meals, our approach is a change from the standard way most of us eat. Early man

Gina’s Story Gina was desperate to try anything to lose weight. She started on another program and began experiencing frightening side effects from the shelf-stable foods she was eating. Her doctor diagnosed the problem and promptly referred her to Smart for Life. “When you’re that heavy, you don’t want many choices. And even though Smart for Life gave

me a variety to choose from, I knew that I simply had to eat six Smart Cookies and a low-fat healthy dinner. That did it for me!” Within 61/2 months, Gina was down 99 pounds and working toward an additional 15 or so. She has never felt better and looks forward to clothes-shopping now that she’s a size 2 rather than a 22! See Gina’s ‘before’ photo at


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Robert Adami, D.D.S.

GlamSmile Has Changed Everything About Smile Makeovers

D “My ultimate goal is to give you a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime that is unforgettable!”

r. Robert Adami of Designer Dental in Delray Beach now offers his patients more than 20 years of experience coupled with the latest technology in affordable smile makeovers. Today, stained, misshapen, chipped, misaligned and discolored teeth can be permanently and painlessly transformed by Dr. Adami to create youthful, sparkling designer smiles at an affordable price. Unlike traditional veneers, Glam-Smile does not require grinding down healthy tooth structure, so there is no sensitivity or pain and therefore no

anesthesia necessary for the procedure. In addition, the entire GlamSmile procedure is complete in just two one-hour visits. Looking good shouldn’t come at a painful price and with GlamSmile neither the price tag nor the procedure causes any pain at all! Making cosmetic changes to your smile is the easiest way to improve your overall appearance. “My ultimate goal is to give you a beautiful, healthy smile for a lifetime that is unforgettable!” says Dr. Adami. “To accomplish this, I will spend the time necessary with you to fully understand your smile needs and desires. This includes determining your expectations, answering your questions and explaining your treatment options in great detail.” In addition to GlamSmile, Dr. Robert Adami brings you exceptional training and two decades of clinical experience in Esthetic, Cosmetic and General Dentistry for your entire family. Dr. Adami earned his Doctor of Dental

Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Columbia University School of Dental and Oral Surgery. He completed his residency at Nassau County Medical Center, where he is also a former instructor. Dr. Adami is an active member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association and Florida Dental Association. Dr. Adami’s practice, Designer Dental, caters to your comfort and care with a modern spa-like environment. Their patients can relax with a cup of coffee or tea from a complimentary bar. Custom iPods, aromatherapy, massage chairs, blankets and pillows all help patients relax during treatments where they enjoy a scented towel when finished! Come see for yourself. ✱

Designer Dental 16235 State Road 7 Delray Beach, FL 33446


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Darryl Appleton, M.D., d.absm, d.abpn

Here’s Something To Sleep On...


o you believe that the less you sleep, the harder it is to lose weight? People who sleep less are more likely to be overweight and exhibit related health problems than those who sleep well. Over time, chronic sleep deprivation can also lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and poor sexual functioning.

Sleep and fatigue treatment center 777 East Atlantic Avenue Suite 301 Delray Beach, FL 33483

561-450-8328 Sleep Data USA sleep disorder center 561-455-4430

Poor sleep or lack of sleep triggers increased production of hormones that stimulate appetite and decrease metabolism. These findings don’t come as a big surprise to Darryl Appleton, M.D. a triple-boarded internationally recognized expert in the research, evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders and the founder of the Sleep & Fatigue Treatment Center in Delray Beach which now has expanded to include Sleep Data USA. “Nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders,” explained Dr. Appleton, who is board certified in sleep medicine. “It deserves attention from a medical professional that truly understands all aspects of sleep and insomnia.” Dr. Appleton understands individuals suffering from poor sleep

Turning The Clock Back A Hair require a thorough evaluation and a comprehensive treatment plan. His state-of-the-art centers offer advanced treatment options that get to the root of a wide range of sleep and mental health disorders including insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, stress, perimenopause, restless leg syndrome, sleep-walking, children’s co-sleeping issues and other causes of chronic fatigue. “Chronic pain conditions, such as fibromyalgia and post-traumatic pain cause specific changes to the depth of one’s sleep that specialized staff can diagnose and our clinic can use this information to help your doctors take you seriously.” Ready to sleep better? Call our clinic today and get ready to sleep well and awake refreshed. ✱

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“Nearly 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. It deserves attention from a medical professional that truly understands all aspects of sleep and insomnia.”


Alan Bauman, M.D.

Dr. Bauman and his full-time surgical team have become synonymous with advanced techniques, consistent results and the highest-quality patient care in the field of hair restoration.

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fter more than 10 years, Boca resident Dr. Alan Bauman and his full-time surgical team have become synonymous with advanced techniques, consistent results and the highest-quality patient care in the field of hair restoration. As a surgically trained M.D. and one of only approximately 100 boardcertified hair restoration physicians in the world, Dr. Bauman’s reputation has made Bauman Medical Group a national and international ‘destination location’ for hair-loss sufferers from all corners of the globe and those of us lucky enough to call South Florida our home.

Never a follower, Dr. Bauman has helped pioneer and train other physicians in delicate eyebrow and eyelash transplants, minimally invasive ‘no-scalpel/ no-stitch’ hair transplants and other advanced techniques. At his facility, he provides non-invasive FDA-approved hair-loss treatments and artistic hairline transplants, including hair transplant repairs and touch-ups. The recent expansion of his state-ofthe-art, 5,000-square-foot facility and expert staff includes treatment areas for non-surgical fat-reduction (the revolutionary Zerona™ laser), non-surgical facial rejuvenation (Botox® and injectables) and more. Dr. Bauman is a medical advisor to Men’s Health magazine and a frequent medical guest on NBC’s The Today Show. Nationally known, he has also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America,

the CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NBC’s Dateline and others. Dr. Bauman’s procedures have also been featured in such prestigious publications as Newsweek, The New York Times, Vogue, W Magazine, Healthy Aging, as well as internationally in Il Terreno (Milan), on the BBC network (London) and others. Dr. Bauman is a Diplomate of the esteemed American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and is recommended by the American Hair Loss Association. ✱

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Glenn M. Charles, D.O.

Restore Your Confidence For Life


r. Glenn M. Charles is an honest, caring and energetic doctor. Specializing exclusively in Microscopic Follicular Unit Hair Transplantation for the past 11 years, Dr. Charles takes great pride in providing his patients with the most undetectable results in hair transplantation, using the most advanced and state-of-the-art technology available in the industry. One of the most respected hair transplant surgeons in the country, having performed almost 3,000 hair transplants, Dr. Charles

Foundation For Hair Restoration 200 Glades Road, Suite 2 Boca Raton, Florida 33432


has recently become affiliated with the Foundation For Hair Restoration. Dr. Charles’ offices are very patient-friendly and most of his team of technicians have been with him for years. His perfectionist approach demands that each graft be placed with precise angulation and direction, allowing for exceptional results that are both natural and undetectable. Dr. Charles and his team of technicians use highpowered microscopes to produce the highest yield of grafts possible and giving the most hair density available. Patients from around the world travel to Dr. Charles’ state-of-the-art Surgical Center to obtain these extraordinary results. Born in Buffalo, New York,

Turning The Clock Back A Hair and raised in Michigan, Dr. Charles obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Medicine in North Miami Beach. Dr. Charles spent his internship and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Michigan State University affiliated hospitals. He is a member of The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery, The International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgery, Diplomate American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery and The International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons. He contributes articles to the Hair Transplant Forum International on a regular basis, and serves as a faculty lecturer at the ISHRS annual conference. ✱

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Dr. Charles’ offices are very patient-friendly and most of his team of technicians have been with him for years.


Amos DarÉ, M.D.

Local Neurosurgeon Brings A World Of Expertise To South Florida

M “Thank you Dr. Daré and staff, you will forever hold a special place in my heart, soul and especially in my spine! I will forever be grateful.” —Patient

ost of us would never consider the need of a neurosurgeon, after all most of us do not need surgery on our brain. But the truth of the matter is, if you suffer from back or neck pain a neurosurgeon could be your best chance of relief. “Often times, patients come to me terrified by just the thought of surgery.” Traditionally brain and spine surgery would require large open incisions and lengthy recovery periods. However, with new minimally invasive techniques Dr. Daré offers, amazing results can be accomplished with ex-

tremely small incisions and minimal trauma to the body allowing patients to leave the same day. “All too often, however, patients are unable to take advantage of these new developments, because they are not being treated by specialists who have been trained in these advanced techniques.” Dr. Amos Daré is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He completed his surgical internship and residency in Neurological Surgery at New York University Hospitals and the State University of New York, Buffalo. He received his fellowship training at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Dr. Daré is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the Palm Beach County Medical Association. Dr. Daré is a board certified neurological surgeon. With such an extensive background and training, Dr. Daré has earned the respect of fellow surgeons as well as the community.

ing Dr. Daré in the operating room; he is one of the most finesse and skilled surgeons in Florida,” says Rajen Naidoo, M.D., Assistant Professor Orthopedic Surgery, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, NY. “Dr. Daré, thank you so very much for giving me a second chance of living a life pain-free and more importantly a better quality of life in which I can stand tall and walk! You made a difference and changed my life. Thank you for your professional, caring, supportive and patient demeanor throughout my surgery and recovery,” says a patient. ✱

Palm Beach Brain And Spine LLC 1397 Medical Park Blvd. Suite 400 Wellington, FL 33414

561-844-0120 1600 South Federal Hwy. Suite 550 Pompano Beach, FL 33062


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William M. DeMarchi, M.d.

Unsurpassed Medical Care Scheduled To Fit Your Demanding Lifestyle


r. William DeMarchi is a talented physician specializing in internal medicine and is dedicated to providing unsurpassed medical care in beautiful surroundings that inspire relaxation. Since the opening of his office at The Reserve in Boca Raton, it has been his goal to integrate different medical specialties for the total and comprehensive medical care of all of his patients. Dr. DeMarchi states that “the delivery of specialty care in the same surroundings and atmosphere that

William M. DeMarchi, M.D. 9878 Clint Moore Road Suite 202 Boca Raton, FL 33496


the patient is used to, allows the patient the very most of assurance and comfort.” Additionally, “the continuity of care is enhanced as the patient’s primary care providers, as well as their personal medical records, are readily available for the consultants’ review,” he adds. Expressing his primary goal Dr. DeMarchi remarks, “this allows a truly unique approach for the delivery of comprehensive care with the close interaction of all specialties, thus a ‘multi-specialty’ approach to patient care is delivered within the same office, as well as interacting with the same friendly office staff that are already familiar with the patient’s medical history.” There is a feeling of excitement as Dr. DeMarchi unveils The Wellness Center at the Boca Raton location. According to Dr. DeMarchi, “I feel

Turning The Clock Back A Hair that this will truly exemplify the importance of a team approach to some of the most common medical conditions.” The Wellness Center will be a facility where traditional Internal Medicine is combined with the

The delivery of specialty care in the same surroundings and atmosphere that the patient is used to, allows the patient the very most of assurance and comfort. new modalities of treatment which are incorporated and blended for the treatment of such conditions as hypertension, obesity, cardiovascular health, elevated cholesterol, chronic pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia, headache, and smoking cessation. Such therapeutic options include chiropractic care and acupuncture. Fitness and nutrition-

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al principles of well being, along with direct one on one interaction will be offered. Physical therapy applications and therapeutic massage for rehabilitation, are just some of the new services that will be making their debut at the Wellness Center.

Dr. DeMarchi is proud to announce the arrival of Dr. Beth Freedland, specialty trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been sharing her expertise with her patients in both Broward and Palm Beach counties and is now excited to provide the same caring services right here. Dr. Freedland also has extended weekday hours until 6 p.m. and Saturday appointments. ✱


Gregory J. Gilot, M.D.

“We approach sports injuries as a team, and the patient is an integral part of that team.”

Treating Joint Injuries: A Team Effort


or you weekend warriors who’ve missed a tee time or pick-up game because of joint pain, you need to visit one of South Florida’s leaders in orthopaedic medicine. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Gregory J. Gilot, MD, at Cleveland Clinic in Florida, specializes in reconstructive shoulder surgery with an emphasis on minimally invasive and complex revision surgery. His expertise includes disorders of the rotator cuff, biceps tendon; degenerative and inflammatory arthritis; shoulder replacements; knee arthroscopy; and ligament reconstruction, among others.

Dr. Gilot and the orthopaedic specialists at Cleveland Clinic work together as part of a comprehensive team to provide quality, collaborative care for a wide range of orthopaedic diseases and musculoskeletal impairments. Their multi-disciplinary approach ensures that patients receive the most appropriate and least invasive treatment option possible. Nonsurgical treatments like rest, modification of activities, and medications are the team’s first line of defense, with advanced surgical treatments available, if needed. Dr. Gilot is also on another team, the Florida Atlantic University Owls. For three years, he has been a part of the Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgery team that provides sports medical services to FAU’s athletes. “We approach sports injuries as a team, and the patient is an integral part of that team,” notes Dr. Gilot.

Dr. Gilot graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA., with two bachelor’s degrees in biology and psychology, and he earned his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University in Hershey, PA. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans and his adult shoulder fellowship at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Dr. Gilot is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. ✱

Cleveland Clinic Florida CityPlace Tower 525 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL 33401 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. Weston, FL 33331


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Elizabeth Lugo, President/CEO

Serving Families, Young People And Seniors


he Volen Center has served seniors, families, family caregivers, and the disabled of South Florida since our founding in 1968. People of all ages, races, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds enjoy the services and benefits of the Center every day. I often hear from guests, government officials and visiting dignitaries that the Volen Center in “one of the best kept secrets is Palm Beach County”, so if you don’t know about us, take a minute . . .

The Volen Center 1515 West Palmetto Park Road Boca Raton, FL 33486



Each and every year, year in and year out, over 25,000 seniors, children, caregivers and guests enjoy programs, special events and lecture series offered at the Center? DID YOU KNOW?

The Volen Community Coach provides 70,000 no-cost and low-cost rides to seniors who are Center members and nonmembers alike? No-cost rides are offered to the Center, Doctors offices, senior dining sites and physical therapy. DID YOU KNOW?

Daily hot meals are offered at no cost to seniors at home and at 11 Center-sponsored senior dining sites in Southern Palm Beach County and through home delivery? And that over 50,000 of

Turning The Clock Back A Hair People of all backgrounds enjoy the services and benefits of the Center every day. I often hear from guests, government officials and visiting dignitaries that the Volen Center is “one of the best kept secrets is Palm Beach County.” them were Kosher meals served at Kosher meal sites and provided through home delivery. DID YOU KNOW?

Adult children caring for parents and spouses caring for spouses have special weekly support groups at the Center? Caregivers also benefit from special services like private care management, one-on-one counseling, educational opportunities, and many other services. DID YOU KNOW?

The Volen Center offers innova-

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tive adult day care at two locations. These secure facilities provide the highest quality care and active socialization of any Adult Day Care in the area. DID YOU KNOW?

We offer an exciting program for older adults, private case management, lifestyle enhancement, and extensive intergenerational volunteer opportunities. DID YOU KNOW?

That all you have to do is make one easy call, for information regarding any of our numerous services. ✱


Lauren B. Midlarsky, D.O. each patient and catering to their needs is what makes this practice unique. The ultimate goal for Dr. Midlarsky is to fulfill the patient’s expectations. Midlarsky Medspa offers a relaxed, zen-like,



ment. The staff is warm and welcoming. The office is equipped

The Latest Technologies Combined With Personalized Care

technology. Facial fillers, Botox, Peels, Laser Hair Reduction and Vein Removal Treatments are frequently performed procedures. Intense Pulse Light (photo-rejuvenation) is available for the removal of brown spots and broken blood ves-

D “Wearing sun protection, regular exercise and a well-balanced diet with nutritional supplementation for the skin will help patients improve their overall beauty, health and sense of well-being.”

with the latest, state-of-the art laser

r. Lauren B. Midlarsky has earned the reputation as Boca Raton’s Premier Cosmetic Physician by enabling her patients to achieve the natural results they desire. Dr. Midlarsky’s philosophy is that simple procedures can make major improvements in promoting a visibly younger appearance. Midlarsky Medspa is about artistry and wellness. Dr. Midlarsky practices what she calls, “Pro-age aesthetic medicine.” Her practice is dedicated exclusively to nonsurgical treatments that result in improved appearance with virtu-

ally no down time. Caring about

sels. The Velashape machine is utilized for body reshaping and cellu-

lite reduction. Hormone evaluation and bio-identical hormone therapy is available. Dr. Midlarsky will assess your individual needs and create a medical plan specifically for you for replacement of hormones that decline as we age, putting your body in proper balance. Along with good nutrition, fitness and lifestyle choices, your overall health and vitality will improve. Dr. Midlarsky espouses the multidimensional approach to feeling and looking your best. “Wearing sun protection, regular exercise

and a well-balanced diet with nutritional supplementation for the skin will help patients improve their overall beauty, health and sense of well-being.” A Board Certified Physician practicing medicine for 20 years, Dr. Midlarsky is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American Academy of Cosmetic Physicians and Florida Osteopathic Medical Association. She resides In Boca Raton with her husband, 3 children and 3 dogs. Her new office location is on West Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton. Whether with her family, her patients, on the tennis court or practicing yoga or pilates, Dr. Lauren Midlarsky goes the extra mile. Dr. Midlarsky invites you to Midlarsky Medspa. Experience the experience. Call now for your complimentary consultation. ✱

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Spodak Dental Group From left to right: Dr. Joe Garri, Dr. Myles Spodak, Dr. Craig Spodak, Dr. Jerome Vitale

Recreating The Modern Dental Practice


ince 1976, the Spodak Dental Group has evolved to become south Florida’s premier, comprehensive dental facility, offering a full range of dental services in one singular setting. No more hopping from one office to the other—the Spodak Dental Group is pioneering an unprecedented team approach to dentistry by assembling the finest professionals, from all disciplines of the field, under one roof! Dedicated to both quality and continuity of care, Dr. Craig

Spodak Dental Group 4665 West Atlantic Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33445


Spodak is championing this vision. Particularly esteemed for his expertise in Invisalign®, Dr. Craig is committed to more than aesthetics; he is committed to the multitude of healthful benefits of a beautiful smile.

and plastic surgeon, Dr. Joe Garri, holds three surgical boards (in plastic surgery, oral surgery and general surgery). In addition to his patient care, Dr. Garri serves as a board member of the Miami CARE Foundation, a pri-

He is joined by his father, Dr. Myles Spodak. As the practice’s original founder, he has been caring for the health and wellbeing of the community for over thirty years.

“At the Spodak Dental Group we are uniquely equipped to meet all your dental needs in a singular, comprehensive facility.”

Their valued patients also benefit from the skills of Dr. Robert Kaufman, one of Florida’s finest Periodontists. A former president of the South Dade Dental Society, Dr. Kaufman concentrates his practice on the placement of dental implants and periodontal surgery. Eminent maxillofacial surgeon

vate, not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children with craniofacial abnormalities. Their newest partner, Dr. Jerome Vitale, is one of the area’s only sustaining members of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He brings to the practice nearly twenty years of experience in reconstructive dentistry and cosmetic smile enhancement.

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Housing one of the nation’s only on-site dental labs, their master ceramists artistically replicate and enhance the natural beauty and optimal function of your teeth. Coming chairside to personally assess your

case, they are able to customize your restoration based on actual knowledge of both your present and desired appearance (an advantage impossible to attain with an off-site laboratory). Together they comprise a worldclass association of dental professionals poised to provide fullservice dental care second to none in both scope and skill. ✱

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Savor the freshest crab from around the globe: Florida Soft Shell Blue Crab T Maine Jonah Crab T Alaskan Golden King Crab Japanese Spider Crab T South African Coldwater Lobster Tail T Hawaiian Opakapaka In Mizner Park at 351 Plaza Real

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Where to find scrumptious starters, decadent oysters, Italian delights and more…


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� Munch Bunch Samplings from ZED451's new Cravings menu

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music, free Liquid Market cocktails and the restaurant’s newest nibbles.

The Mizner Park restaurant, which is renowned for its fire-grilled entrees, massive harvest tables and tempting desserts, recently threw a bash to introduce its new menu. During the evening, guests milled about the patio and lounge enjoying live

The Cravings menu is certainly diverse: Offerings range from Wild Boar Ribs, assorted sliders and Vegetable Fondue to Tuna Carpaccio, Scallop Ceviche and Spiced Chicken Samosas. Other choices include Grilled Steak Salad and ZED Bites, made with interesting ingredients such as fire-roasted olives, spiced nuts and deviled eggs. The menu will be available during the restaurant’s bar and lounge hours, which daily are from 11:30 a.m. to closing.

s if we needed another reason to eat good food and mingle with Boca’s party people, (two of our favorite pastimes), ZED451 has launched its new Cravings menu, a tempting selection of 18 munchies priced from just $4 to $15, meant to be savored while socializing in the elegant bar and lounge. ZED451

ZED451 Adds New Menu “ZED451 continues to enjoy success and an ever-growing, loyal customer base, and we are pleased to share this added opportunity to experience a different aspect of our offerings,” says Chief Brand Officer Daniel Harf. The pleasure is all ours. O

8Hungry? ZED451 is located in Mizner Park at 201 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-393-3451 or visit

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“For summer the foods of choice are blueberries, pomegranates, blood oranges, lots of green vegetables and using spices that have now become popular and have health benefits,” says Donna Wynter, executive chef at the Boca Resort & Club’s Beach Club. She suggests cooking with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, lemongrass and even chilies to boost both flavor and health. And in summer, grilling meats

Local Chefs Share Summer Recipes

and vegetables is the preferred cook-

By DL Lunsford

Chef Nick Morfogen of 32 East in Del-


he temperature is skyrocketing in South Florida, even if the real estate

market and economy remain chilly. Luckily, eating food that’s good for you – and your wallet – is still possible (no need to run to a fast-food joint). In our produce- and seafood-rich region, locally grown products tend to be cheaper and fresher, according to local chefs. Mirroring Michelle Obama in the White House, an increasing number of Boca residents are even growing their own herb and produce gardens.

ing method, she adds.

ray Beach says that, during the long, hot summer months, he’s inspired to heat up some dishes and cool down others. “I tend to cook a little spicier and I try to stay away from heavy sauces and saturated fats. I also love to make chilled soups and enjoy grilled meat and fish entrees on a salad.” Looking for a new summer recipe? Here’s what some of your favorite local chefs are cooking at home.

Lobster Salad, courtesy of Executive Chef Richard Cavaco, Old Homestead Steakhouse at the Boca Raton Resort & Club [serves five] 1 lb of lobster ¼ each red onion ¼ each red pepper ¼ each green pepper ¾ each lemon zest (the oil-rich outer skin of a lemon) Juice from ¾ of lemon 2 ½ oz lemon vinaigrette


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Fine dice peppers and onion. Dice cooked lobster meat. Toss all ingredients together and season with salt and white pepper. Garnish with shrimp or lobster-claw meat, if available.

Grilled Steak Salad, courtesy of Chef Steve Byrne, director of culinary operations, ZED451, Boca Raton [serves one] Buttermilk ranch-marinated bottom Sirloin Romaine heart Basil oil Grated parmesan cheese Kosher salt Roasted beets (yellow and red) Basil toast

Grill buttermilk ranch-marinated bottom sirloin to desired temperature (chef recommends medium rare) and allow to rest. Cut romaine heart lengthways and brush entire surface with basil oil. Place romaine heart halves on hot skil-

let and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until lettuce is charred; brush again with basil oil and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Toast bread and brush with basil oil. Slice steak and shingle of toast. Place beets on plate between romaine hearts and steak. Season lightly with kosher salt. Serve immediately.

Rigatoni with Chicken, Tomato & Spinach Pesto, courtesy of Chef Nick Morfogen, 32 East, Delray Beach [serves four to six]

2 1/2 lbs chicken 1 each onion, quartered 1 each carrot, split 1 each celery, split

1 head garlic, split 1 each bay leaf 2 Tbs salt 1 Tbs pepper 1 bunch basil 2 each tomatoes, split 2 cups spinach leaves 1 cup basil leaves 2 cups olive oil, extra virgin 2 Tbs pine nuts, toasted 1 Tbs garlic, minced 1/2 cup parmesan Salt and pepper to taste 1 lbs rigatoni 3 each tomatoes, peeled and chopped

Rinse chicken under cold running water. Place in stockpot with vegetables, bay leaf, water, salt and pepper. Bring to simmer, skim often and cook for about one hour. Add basil

and tomatoes and cook until chicken is tender. Do not boil. While chicken is cooking, prepare pesto. Bring pot of salted water to a boil. Add spinach and basil leaves and cook for about 2 minutes. Place spinach and basil in an ice water bath. Discard cooking water. Remove from water bath and squeeze out as much water as possible. Chop fine and place in a food processor. Add olive oil, pine nuts and garlic. Process until smooth, about 1 minute. Scoop out pesto into a bowl and stir in parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. When chicken is done, remove from stockpot. Strain liquid, discard solids and place broth back in the pot and reduce by 3⁄4. When chicken is cool

enough, remove skin, bones and fat. Tear chicken into bite-sized pieces and set aside. In another pot, bring one gallon of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain pasta, discard water and add reduced chicken stock. Cook for another minute. Add chopped tomato, pesto and chicken. Stir to combine over medium heat. Season with salt and pepper if necessary and serve hot.

Seafood Paella, courtesy of Chef Chad Zahn, La Cigale, Delray Beach [yields 5 quarts]

2 3/4 qts water 4 oz butter 36 oz Spanish rice (long grain)

Saffron pinch 1 Tbs paprika 4 red peppers, julienne 2 green peppers, julienne 3 white onions, small diced 8 oz cut 1/4” thick (remove casing) chorizo, mild or hot 2 oz olive oil 1 cup white wine 1 Tbs salt 1/2 Tsp pepper 1 pound U-10 shrimp, peeled and de-veined 1 pound bay scallops 2 pounds mussels

Place oil in paella pan on low and add chorizo. Let bleed until oil is reddish color and remove chorizo. Add onions, peppers and cook on medium heat until softened. Add rice and stir. Add white

wine, saffron, paprika, salt and pepper, butter and water. Add back chorizo and simmer for 10 minutes. Add seafood and cook 10 more minutes. Remove from pan and serve with lemon wedge.

Conch Chowder, courtesy of Executive Chef Donna Wynter, The Beach Club at the Boca Raton Resort & Club [serves eight] 6.25 lbs ground conch 2.5 lbs diced small potatoes 1.5 diced small carrots 2 onions diced small 2 red peppers 2 yellow peppers 2 green peppers 3 mashed garlic

1.5 cans V8 Juice 1.5 cans tomato juice 1.5 can clam juice .75 celery, small diced 3 cans coconut milk 1 Tbs Worcestershire 1 Tbs dried basil, thyme, oregano 1 small bottle dry sherry 4 oz butter 4 oz flour Plum tomatoes, chopped

Sauté conch, then add peppers, onions, celery, carrots, garlic and tomatoes and cook until tender. Add butter and flour and incorporate well. Add all wet ingredients (except sherry) and simmer for 45 min. Add potatoes and sherry, simmer until potatoes are cooked. Bon Appetit!


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

Abe & Louie’s4Glades Plaza x 2300 W. Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.0024 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch.

Kathy’s Gazebo Cafe4 4199 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.395.6033 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Absinthe4Shops at Boca Center x 5150 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.620.3754 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

Kee Grill417940 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.995.5044 x Dinner nightly.

Addison Steakhouse4 The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.381.0200 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Banyan Bar & Grille at the Addison 42 E. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.395.9335 x Dinner nightly. Big City Tavern 4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.361.4551 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bogart’s Bar & Grille4 Muvico Palace 20 x 3200 Airport Rd. x 561.544.3044 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bonefish Grill4Boca Grove Shopping Center x 21065 Powerline Rd. x 561.479.0411 x Dinner daily. Brewzzi4Glades Plaza x 2222 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.2739 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Brooks Restaurant4 500 South Federal Hwy. x Deerfield Beach x 954.427.9302 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday in season, off-season Wednesday-Sunday. The Capital Grille46000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.368.1077 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Carmen’s4Boca Raton Bridge Resort x 999 Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.9500 x Dinner Wednesday- Saturday, Brunch Sunday. Chops Lobster Bar4 101 Plaza Real South x Boca Raton x 561.395.2675 x Dinner nightly. 104

Linda B.’s441 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.367.0200 x Dinner nightly.

/ B ITE S The World Is Her Oyster Legal Sea Foods Celebrates Mother’s Day With Pearls


ure, diamonds may be a mom’s best friend, but pearls are no slouch. In honor of her special day on May 10th, Legal Sea Foods’ Boca Raton location will treat mom to oysters galore: The slippery treats will be available on the half shell for $2.25 each, or six pieces for $12.95 and 12 pieces for $25.95. Let mom eat to her heart’s content: For more than 50 years oysters have been the restaurant’s specialty, and proprietors boast that great care is taken to ensure freshness and safety. Legal Sea Foods is located at 6000 Glades Road in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-447-2112 or visit

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

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

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

The Grille on Congress 45101 Congress Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.912.9800 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Falcon House4116 N.E. Sixth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.9499 x Dinner nightly.

Lucille’s Bad to the Bone BBQ4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9557 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Mariposa4Neiman Marcus at Town Center x 5860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2320 x Lunch daily, Dinner Friday and Saturday. Max’s Grille4Mizner Park x 404 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.0080 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Saturday-Sunday Brunch only. The Melting Pot45455 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7472 x Dinner nightly. Miller’s Boca Ale House4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.988.9142 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Morton’s, The Steakhouse4Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.392.7724 x Dinner nightly. New York Prime42350 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3881 x Dinner nightly.

Fifth Avenue Grill4821 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0122 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Henry’s4The Shoppes at Addison Place x 16850 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.1949 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Opus 54Shops at Boca Center x 5050 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.544.8000 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

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

Houston’s41900 N.W. Executive Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.998.0550 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

The Pavilion Grille4 301 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.912.0000 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

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Get Fresh We’re Hooked On City Fish Market

By Kenny Spahn


hen it comes to seafood, City Fish Market reigns supreme. This stunning, split-level emporium features the freshest fish available – so fresh, in fact, the menu changes twice daily. All seafood is held in the restaurant’s proprietary storage system and never even sees a freezer. Daily catches also are available at the front retail counter (the eatery’s market section) for take-home preparation. Selections vary daily, including just-hooked locals (yellowtail snap-

Above: Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, with wasabi crème fraiche and wonton chips. Below Left: The restaurant's “signature” Cold Water Lobster Tail. Below: The elegant dining room.

Angus steaks, pork chop porterhouse or free-range roasted chicken. The best part: most entrees are priced below $30 (including sides) and appetizers under $15.

per, Key West hogfish, pompano, mahi-mahi and cobia, for example), and out-of-town catches (Scottish salmon, Maine lobster, Chilean sea bass, Nantucket scallops and more). City Fish Market serves many signature specialties, such as PeanutCrusted Grouper, Hong Kong Sea Bass or Seafood-Stuffed Flounder, along with Maine lobster and sea106

sonal crab offerings. You can also customize your entree: Just choose your favorite catch and preparation method (plancha sautéed, blackened, broiled, Hong Kong steamed or whole grilled) and Executive Chef Anthony Hoff will create your personalized dish. And while this is truly seafood perfection, it’s almost a shame not to try some land-based offerings, such as the 35-day aged

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Speaking of appetizers, start with a sampling from the Raw Bar, then perhaps some sassy New Orleans Seafood Gumbo; mussels bathed in a seductive garlic-shallot-white wine broth and Sweet and Spicy Thai Calamari are other worthy contenders. But the signature flashfried Lobster Tail and equally addicting King Crab Fritters get my “Must Try” award. Service is exemplary, with General Manager Shannon Dye’s friendly crew of attentive, knowledgeable

and well-trained staff on deck. The upstairs front bar serves killer cocktails (try the Infused Martinis), while an expansive wine list (100 vintages, most under $60) suits the cuisine quite admirably. My recommendation? Finish with a Chocolate Malt Brownie Sundae, reflect upon the tranquil waterfront with its live swans, and savor the experience. O

where City Fish Market is located at 7940 Glades Road, Boca Raton. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily. Call 561-487-1600 or visit

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Regency Grill4Regency Court x 3011 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998.3336 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Ruth’s Chris Steak House4225 N.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.6746 x Dinner nightly. Seasons 5242300 N.W. Executive Center Dr. x Boca Raton x 561.998.9952 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

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

asian/sushi 5 Spice Asian Street Market4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1688 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bangkok in Boca4Royal Palm Place x 500 Via de Palmas x Boca Raton x 561.394.6912 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fah Asian Bistro4Boca Valley Shopping Plaza x 7461 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.241.0400 x Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. Fuji4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Gary Woo Asian Bistro43400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.8803 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. House of Siam425 N.E. Second Ave., #116 x Delray Beach x 561.330.9191 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Fish Wish:

Tuna and salmon sushi from Saito's Japanese Steakhouse

Ichiban4Somerset Shoppes x 8841 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.2429 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Japango4Riverstone Shoppes of Parkland x 7367 N. State Road 7 x Parkland x 954.345.4268 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Kyoto Sushi Sake425 N.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.2275 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

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

Bluefin Sushi Thai Grill4861 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.981.8986 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

The Sundy House4106 S. Swinton Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.5678 x Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

The Blue Fish4110 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.330.FISH (3474) x Lunch Wednesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

Vertical 1144114 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton x 561.338.0553 x Dinner nightly. 108

Cay Da Vietnamese4 7400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.998.0278 x Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

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

Oriental Cafe4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily. PEI WEI47152 Beracasa Way Delmar Village x Boca Raton x 561.322.1001 x Lunch and Dinner daily41914 N.E. Fifth Ave. x Boca Raton x 561. 226.0290 x Lunch and Dinner daily. P.F. Chang’s41400 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.3722 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Phuket Thai Restaurant4Palms Plaza x 22191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.447.8863 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Saba4499 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.353.4600 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Saito’s Japanese Steakhouse 4 8316 Jog Rd. x Boynton Beach x 561.369.1788 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.4CityPlace x 700 S. Rosemary Ave., #205 x 561.296.8881 x Lunch and Dinner daily.4Palm Beach Gardens x 4675 PGA Blvd. x 561.202.6888 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Siam Sea47860 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561. 483.3440 x Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday. Soba Sushi4Mizner Park x 415 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.620.0606 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Stir Crazy Cafe4Town Center Mall x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.7500 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

Photo by Michael Price

Porterhouse Bar & Grill47050 W. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.391.6601 x Dinner daily.

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




Do YOU know why everyone returns?



Sushi Masa47140 Beracasa Way x Boca Raton x 561.395.8862 x Dinner nightly.


Sushi Ray4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.394.9506 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SUSHI TAI4100 N.E. Second St. x Boca Raton 561.750.4448 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Sushi Zen422191 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.8778 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly. Taisho420423 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.479.0041 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Tempura House4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.883.6088 x Lunch and Dinner daily.

REGENCY COURT AT WOODFIELD 3011 Yamato Road (Corner of Jog & Yamato Roads) Reservations Suggested 561.998.3336

Uncle Tai’s4Shops at Boca Center x 5250 Town Center Circle x Boca Raton x 561.368.8806 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Yama444 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9929 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Yokohama49168 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.451.1707 x Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

CONTINENTAL Bistro Provence42399 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.2340 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, (Lunch and Dinner Monday in season). Boheme Bistro and Grill4 1118 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.4899 x Lunch and Dinner daily.


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


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Cafe Joley4187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.4224 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch weekends. La Cigale4253 S.E. Fifth Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.265.0600 x Dinner nightly. Le French Bistro4 Parkland Town Center x 6676 Parkside Drive x 954.755.0708 x Lunch TuesdaySaturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Le Pavillon414812 S.E. Military Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9882 x Dinner nightly.



Le Rivage4450 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.620.0033 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Le Vieux Paris4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.7910 x Dinner nightly. Olio Bistro442 S.E. Second Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.278.6633 x Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Spontané4432 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.8848 x Lunch Tuesday-Sunday, Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. St. Tropez47000 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.368.8580 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.


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Tea-Licious Tearoom & Gifts Maryann’s Boutique44997-B W. Atlantic Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.638.5155 x Breakfast and Lunch, Monday-Saturday

PLUS (2) 7 oz. Chicken Breast

ZED 4514451 Mizner Park 201 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.393.3451 x Dinner Nightly, Lounge Nightly, Lunch Monday-Saturday, Brunch Sunday.

Italian Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza4 Shops at Boca Grove x 21065 Powerline Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.218.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Arturo’s Ristorante4 6750 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.997.7373 x Lunch Monday- Friday, Dinner nightly. Basil Garden45837 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.2554 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Bistro 524100 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.7077 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Bova Cucina41901 N. Military Tr. x Boca Raton x 561.392.5595 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bova Prime4401 E. Las Olas Blvd. x Fort Lauderdale x 954.767.6555 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Bova Ristorante41450 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.7407 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Cafe Bellino4180 S. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.393.2844 x Dinner nightly.

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INCLUDES EVERYTHING ON THIS PAGE (2) 8 oz. Filet Mignon (2) 8 oz. KOBE BEEF Burgers (2) 7 oz. Chicken Breast (2) 8 oz. Norwegian Salmon (1) lb. Jumbo Shrimp (2) Gourmet Mini Desserts

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Caffe Luna Rosa434 S. Ocean Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9404 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. California Pizza Kitchen4 Town Center Boca Raton x 6000 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.268.2805 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Campagnolo Family-Style Italian Restaurant4Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.989.1990 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Carrabba’s Italian Grill4 Wharfside Plaza x 6909 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.544.8838 4335 E. Linton Blvd. x Delray Beach x 561.266.9393 x Dinner nightly. Casa D’Angelo4171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.338.1703 x Dinner daily. Coal Mine Pizza4Royal Palm Place x 399 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.826.2625 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Cucina D’Angelo4Shops at Boca Center x Boca Raton x 561.750.2344 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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

Mother’s Day Special Menu

Cucina Mio4Shoppes at Addison Place x 16950 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.499.9419 x Dinner nightly. Giovanni’s Coal Fire Pizza4 Waterway Shoppes at Parkland x 7625 N. State Road 7 x 954.345.9282 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Il Girasole4Tropic Square x 1911 S. Federal Hwy. x Delray Beach x 561.272.3566 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Josephine’s45751 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.988.0668 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. La Luna Bistro4The Polo Shoppes x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.1165 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Call For Details & Reservations

La Villetta44351 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.362.8403 x Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.


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La Viola4Royal Palm Place x 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.0304 x Dinner nightly. LILLY’S4451 East Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0208 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily.



Louie Louie Too4201 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.276.3600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Maggiano’s421090 St. Andrews Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.361.8244 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Matteo’s Restaurant4 233 S. Federal Hwy x Boca Raton x 561.392.0773 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner daily. Paradiso4183 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.361.3034 x Lunch and Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. Peace A Pizza4Shoppes at Blue Lake x 1200 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.998.BEST (2378) x Lunch and Dinner daily. Piazza de Roma415280 Jog Rd. x Delray Beach x 561.865.3366 x Dinner daily. Positano44400 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.544.2920 x Dinner nightly. Pranzo4Mizner Park x 402 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.750.7442 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Renzo’s of Boca45999 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.994.3495 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Rino Vesuvio43360 N. Federal Hwy. x Boca Raton x 561.368.5520 x Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. Ristorante Sapori4Royal Palm Place x 99 Royal Palm Plaza x Boca Raton x 561.367.9779 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday. Saporissimo4366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.2333 x Dinner nightly. Times Square Pizzeria – The Italian Grill Restaurant4 Shoppes at Village Pointe x 6006 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6757 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Tiramisu4170 W. Camino Real x Boca Raton x 561.338.9692 x Lunch in season, Dinner nightly. Tramonti4119 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.1944 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. Trattoria Romana4 499 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.393.6715 x Dinner nightly.

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

LATIN/CARIBBEAN Caribbean Grill41332 N.W. Second Ave. x Boca Raton x 561.362.0161 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. Cuban Cafe Restaurant4 3350 N.W. Boca Raton Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.750.8860 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly (closed Sunday June-November). Cabana El Rey4105 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.274.9090 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Gol, Taste of Brazil4411 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.272.6565 x Dinner nightly. INCA GRILL447 E. Palmetto Park Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.395.3553 x Lunch Friday-Sunday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. La Rosa Nautica4515 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.361.7205 x Breakfast Saturday and Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily. Old Calypso4900 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.279.2300 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch weekends. Padrino’s4Mission Bay Plaza x 20455 State Road 7 x Boca Raton x 561.451.1070 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Pineapple Grille4Palm Trail Plaza x 800 Palm Tr. x Delray Beach x 561.265.1368 x Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday.

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


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Cantina Cabo4The Reserve x 9858 Clint Moore Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.477.1899 x Lunch and Dinner daily. MoQuila Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar499 S.E. Mizner Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.394.9990 x Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Señor Burrito4513 N.E. 20th St. x Boca Raton x 561.347.6600 x Lunch and Dinner daily. Uncle Julio’s4Mizner Park x 449 Plaza Real x Boca Raton x 561.300.3530 x Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturdays and Sundays.

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

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

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Boca Dolce Bakery & Café4 Lakeside Centre x 8202 Glades Rd. x 561.479.4011 x Breakfast and Lunch daily. Eilat Café (kosher)4Wharfside Plaza x 6853 S.W. 18th St. x Boca Raton x 561.368.6880 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday. Closed Friday-Sunday. The Gelato Shop Perini48177 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.716.0389 Lunch Monday-Friday. Grill Time (kosher)48177 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.482.3699 x Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday, Lunch only Friday. Kosher Marketplace4 22191 Powerline Rd., #5A x Boca Raton x 561.391.3318 x Call for hours. Old School Bakery & Cafe4 814 E. Atlantic Ave. x Delray Beach x 561.243.8059 x Breakfast daily. Toojay’s Gourmet Deli 4 Polo Shops x 5030 Champion Blvd. x Boca Raton x 561.241.590342200 Glades Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.392.41814Regency Court x 3013 Yamato Rd. x Boca Raton x 561.997.9911 x Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

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Seeing Stars Celebrity Gala Raises $300,000 For The Arts

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Shareef Malnik, Tracy Mourning, Jennifer Rubell and Michelle Rubell. Other notable guests included Don and Mera Rubell and Miami City Ballet cofounder Toby Lerner-Ansin.

t was a star-studded affair at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort when Kim Kardashian hosted Russell Simmons’, Danny Simmons’ and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s second Annual Art for Life Miami Beach gala.

A percentage of the gala’s net proceeds will benefit Miami-Dade County arts programs and grants that serve disadvantaged youth. This year’s beneficiaries included Arts for Learning, Miami Light Project and EnFamilia. Other local organizations receiving grants this year included Florida Film Institute, Honey Shine Mentoring Program, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, PlayGround Theatre, Project Witness, Roxy Theatre Group and Theatre Institute of South Florida.

The glamorous evening, held to celebrate the creative energies of New York and South Florida youth, honored Anheuser-Busch, the Rubell Family Collection and Chairman of Fontainebleau Resorts, Jeffrey Soffer, for their support of youth arts education. Also during the event, Miami Heat player Alonzo Mourning was given a congratulatory tribute and was recognized for his positive impact on both the lives of children and his community through his Alonzo Mourning Charities. Celebrities in attendance included New Orleans Saint Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphin Brandon London, Vivica Fox, George Hamilton, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife Marta, socialite Sonia “Tita” Puopolo, Miss Africa USA Nyasha Zimucha and legendary soul singer Betty Wright. Also attending were event chairs Allison and Chip Brady, Tybie Etoy Dotson, Fred Kleisner,

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Band Of Brothers Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity Hosts Anniversary Benefit


n honor of Sigma Alpha Mu’s 100th anniversary, more than 200 local fraternity brothers (aka, “Sammysâ€?), ages 20 to 87, reunited for a luncheon and charity event on the basketball court of the Boca Raton Life Time Athletic Club. Sigma Alpha Mu was founded in 1909 at the College of the City of New York as a fraternity of Jewish men. Among the prominent frat brothers in attendance were Stu Siegel, joint owner of the Florida Panthers; Steve Stern, COO of Lord Daniel Sportswear and Royal Flag Jonas, the oldest living Sammy at age 87.

Marc Perlstein, Royal Flag Jonas and Alfonso Leon

Guests of the reunion event enjoyed a casual lunch provided by Ben’s Deli and Casa d’Angelo, and listened to a lineup of prominent speakers, including Howard Kaye of Barry Kaye Associates, Inc., who was the event’s main sponsor, and speaker Dr. Robert Willix, CEO/CMO of Cenegenics Medical Institute of Boca Raton, who discussed the power of good nutrition and exercise. The evening’s final lecturer, Bryan Sussman of Boca Raton Life Time Athletic Club, spoke about the newly renovated facility and allowed guests the opportunity to work out and enjoy the use of the 72,000-square-foot club. The day also featured an anniversary slideshow presentation, and a foul shot contest, with funds raised benefiting The Connie J. Goodale Breast Cancer Foundation. “We wanted to have fun, but also give back and The Connie Foundation is a worthy cause in this community,â€? said Steve Stern, a Sammy and event organizer. â€œThis reunion lunch has brought together Sammy fraternity brothers of all ages, and we have had such a great time reminiscing with old friends and meeting the newest generation of Sammys.â€?


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Family Affair JARC Honors Benefactors And Celebrates Success


lvin and Doris Silverman could say they have the kindness of strangers to thank for all the help given to their daughter, Robin, who has been a Jewish Association for Residential Care client for 17 years. But the benefactors of JARC don’t consider themselves strangers – they are family to many clients whose lives are changed for the better by their generosity. “Over the years, Robin has been provided with a good quality of life, has learned to live with and have respect for the other residents, and has learned to cooperate in making meals and cleaning up afterwards,” said her father, Alvin, at this year’s JARC annual gala at the Boca West Country Club.

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At the event, JARC Board President, Barbara Oko, spoke about the difficult economic times facing JARC, which is blessed with so many benefactors. Dr. Gloria Fiveson and Norman Rales Debra Hallow, JARC’s executive director, said the group is facing enormous challenges. She also announced that a scholarship was created in the name of Judy Levis Markhoff, a longtime supporter of the agency and the event’s chair.


have gotten to know and love the JARC residents …they are warm and loving and full of trust. Each of them is someone’s son or daughter, grandchild or brother or sister. On behalf of the Levis family, I am honored to help by being a scholarship benefactor. We cannot let them down.” -- Judy Levis Markhoff, JARC supporter

During the evening, Dr. Roger Samuel was honored as the volunteer of the year. Norman Rales, a longtime supporter of JARC, also spoke of his involvement with the organization; JARC’s new group homes’ campus is named after Samuel, who named the four homes after his four sons. “When I was a youngster, during the Depression, I was the beneficiary of the work of a caring community in New York City, who gave much so that we children of meager means could have an opportunity to make our way in life with dignity and knowledge,” Rales said. “That care made a lasting impression on me, and I vowed that were such an opportunity to arise, I would give ten-fold what was given me.” O

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What Friends Are For Best Buddies Broward Hosts Fund-Raiser


est Buddies Broward hosted more than 500 people from the South Florida community who joined in a fun-filled day of festivities to raise awareness and funds in support of people with intellectual disabilities. The Ninth Annual Best Buddies Day, themed “A World of Friendships,” included a walk-a-thon, community picnic and carnival-style festivities held at the velodrome at Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City.

Best Buddies is a vibrant, international nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Participants of Best Buddies Day 2009 had the opportunity to participate in the Third Annual Friendship Five-Lap Walk-a-Thon around the park’s circular velodrome. The course seemed more like five laps around the world, as it was surrounded with interactive booths and games – created by Best Buddies High School chapters – reflecting the cultures of our nations. Julie Guy of 97.3 FM The Coast’s Those Two Girls in the Morning, and radio personalities from 93 ROCK provided music and entertainment throughout the day. A live performance by the dance group Hip-Hop Kidz also kept the mood festive. The event was a benefit for Best Buddies Florida and its local friendship programs. Best Buddies is a vibrant, international nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Best Buddies operates accredited programs in more than 40 countries, positively impacting more than 350,000 individuals with and without intellectual disabilities. O

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Pet Project Casino Night Benefits Tri County Humane Society


he Boca Raton Life Time Athletic Club recently hosted “Bets 4 Pets,” a Paws for the Cause casino night that raised nearly $1,800 for TriCounty Humane Society, a no-kill shelter in Boca Raton. The club’s resort-style pool area was the perfect backdrop for the Las Vegas-style games played by more than 175 guests, including Life Time Athletic members and their guests. A $5 donation per person directly benefited the Tri County Humane Society and got each guest rolling with funny money used toward games of craps, roulette, blackjack, poker and more on gaming tables provided by Casino Party Nights Florida, Inc. The crowd also enjoyed complimentary cocktails by Hotel California Tequila and delicious food provided by Boneheads restaurant, and LifeCafe, the healthful restaurant within the club. At the end of the night, guests won raffle prizes including health club gift cards, a Zune mp3 player and restaurant gift cards.

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Paws for the Cause, the social networking group dedicated to increasing awareness and funds for the Tri County Humane Society, enlisted 25 new members during the evening at $25 each. “Bets 4 Pets was a huge success for everyone,” said Donna Wright-Everhart, general manager of Boca Raton Life Time Athletic Club. “Our members and guests had a fun time playing the games for such a worthy cause.” Tri County Humane Society is a privately funded, not-for-profit, no-kill organization that rescues more than 3,200 puppies, cats, dogs and kittens each year within Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties that were to be euthanized. Tri County will not release an animal to another organization that has a policy of euthanasia. In addition, Tri County will only place animals with qualified prospective owners that will provide them with a safe, loving home. The Tri County Humane Society believes that animals, as living creatures, have value beyond economic measurement, and are entitled to legal, moral and ethical consideration and protection. Thousands of animals each year depend on Tri County for their lives. O

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Present Situation Boca Raton Community Hospital Foundation Receives Gift


oca Raton Community Hospital Foundation has received a significant gift from the Schmidt Family Foundation to name the Atrium Lobby of the Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion. The Schmidts’ gift will be used to enhance cancer treatment, imaging and medical research in the newly opened pavilion, home of the Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute. For decades, the Schmidt family name has been synonymous with an unparalleled generosity that has touched virtually every resident of Boca Raton. Dick and Barbara Schmidt are longtime supporters of Boca Raton Community Hospital (BRCH), and Dick Schmidt serves as chairman of the Hospital Board of Trustees. Carrying on his father’s belief in giving back to the community, he and his wife, Barbara, are recognized widely for their philanthropy.

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“At Boca Raton Community Hospital, we are very grateful for the support and commitment of Dick and Barbara Schmidt, and so many other generous donors from the community,” said Jan Savarick, senior vice president and executive director of the BRCH Foundation. “Theirs is the same spirit that brought Boca Raton Community Hospital into existence almost 50 years ago – the unwavering belief in the ability of individuals to make a difference.” The Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute has been caring for cancer patients throughout the region for more than 30 years, and is now one of the largest programs in Florida. With the opening of the spectacular new Harvey & Phyllis Sandler Pavilion, the Institute provides diagnosis, treatment, counseling and support services under one roof, in a state-ofthe-art facility designed with patient comfort and caring in mind. BRCH Foundation supports the hospital’s mission of providing superior, compassionate health care through the cultivation and stewardship of philanthropic gifts and raising the public’s awareness of the hospital and its programs and services. O

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Stars are born Rotary Club Of Boca Raton Showcase Opens Festival Of The Arts BOCA


ore than 30 dance and vocal performances by South Florida youth opened the Festival of the Arts BOCA in the fourth annual “Future Stars” competition showcase founded and presented by the Rotary Club of Boca Raton. Before an audience of 600, the competition’s finalists, ages 11 to 17, recently performed at the Count de Hoernle Amphitheater to vie for the title of “Future Star” 2009 in one of four categories. The 2009 “Future Stars” winners are: Middle School Vocal – first place: Jade Zaroff, Loggers Run Middle School; second place: Allyson Paige, Bak Middle School of the Arts; third place: Amanda Miller, Pine Crest Middle School. Solo Dance – first place: Shana Saffer, Dreyfoos School of the Arts; second place: Michael Figueroa, Dreyfoos School of the Arts; third place: Alex Cottone, Dreyfoos School of the Arts. High School Vocal – first place: Melanie Sierra, Dreyfoos School of the Arts; second place: Chase Wheeler, Boca Christian High School; third place: Sara Grant, Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Group Dance – first place: SPLAT, Dreyfoos School of the Arts; second place: Odissea Veneziana, That’s Dancing; third place: Nobody Knows Me, Bak Middle School of the Arts.

First Place Dance winner Shana Saffer, Dreyfoos School of the Arts

Winners received trophies and cash awards, while finalists received participation medals. Flossy Keesley, a longtime supporter of the arts, gifted to each first-place vocalist free recording studio time to produce a CD of their winning song. Each first-place dance group or soloist will have their winning performance professionally videotaped. “Future Stars” committee members include Rotary Club members Mike Berkman, director; Claudio Correia, Craig Davis, Brian Duffey, Tracey Fogarty, David Freudenberg, Dr. Dennis Frisch, Ingrid Fulmer, Doug Giordano, Bob Hildreth, Stuart Hoffman, Alan Kaye, Jon Kaye, Dr. Robert Klein, Donn Londeree, Ken Mogell, John Mollica, Doug Mummaw, Neil Saffer, Greg Snyder, Roxanna Trinka, Chris Warren, Rick Taylor and Rick Zimmer. The Rotary Club of Boca Raton is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world. O

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Good feeds Food For The Poor Executives Discuss Donations For Haiti


ocal Food For The Poor officers met with the president of Taiwan recently to discuss the country’s continued humanitarian aid to Third World countries. Robin Mahfood, Food For The Poor’s president and CEO, asked President Ma Ying-jeou to continue Taiwan’s support in providing joint assistance to Haiti. Specific initiatives include in-country production of food, fish, livestock breeding and education to help improve living conditions in Haiti. For three years, Taiwan has aided the people of Haiti with generous donations of rice. Taiwan has donated more than 14,000 tons of rice to Food For The Poor from 2007 to 2008. This generous donation fed hundreds of thousands of school children and adults in the most destitute areas of the country. A string of typhoons last year caused Taiwan to restructure its program for donating grain to Haiti because of concerns over Taiwan’s domestic rice reserves. Taiwan has committed to donating up to 200 tons of rice on a case-by-case basis each time Food For The Poor requests grain for Haiti.

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The Taiwanese also will begin working with Food For The Poor to outfit schools and orphanages with computer work stations and technicians. Additionally, Taiwan’s government will provide a tilapia expert in Haiti to increase the number of tilapia ponds in the country; tilapia ponds both eliminate hunger and provide an entire village with a sustainable source of food and income. Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. It provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. O

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May 9 Mother’s Day Nature Craft Day Create something special for mom at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Starts at 3:30 p.m. For more information, call 561-338-1473 or visit


May 12 THROUGH July 14 Boca Raton’s History: A Timeline The Boca Raton Historical Society’s exhibition will present a look at our city’s fascinating history dating back to the 1890s. Takes place at Sugar Sand Park. For more information, call 561-3473900 or visit May 14 Stress-Free And Beautiful With Dr. Marta I. Rendon Join Dr. Rendon for an evening of stress relief and beauty at Spa Palazzo at The Boca Raton Resort & Club. Proceeds will benefit the Go Pink Challenge and the Institute for Women’s Health & Wellness at Boca Raton Community Hospital. Includes complimentary massages, skin care evaluations and beauty prizes. Starts at 7:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. requested. For more information, call 561-750-0544. May 14 Lion Country Safari The Volen Senior Center members are on the move. Reservations required. For more information, call 561-395-8920. May 14 5th Annual Celebration Of Women Event This intergenerational event features author Julia Halpert of Making Up With Mom. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-558-2520 or visit May 14, 18 New York Comedy Club’s Open Mic Night Starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 561-470-6887 or visit

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05.09 May 15 8th Annual May Boca Raton Museum Of Art Bash Don your best ’80s duds and head to the sculpture garden for fun spring BAM activities. Fabulous prizes and fashions await! Tickets are $35 for BAM members; $45 for non-members. For more information, call 561-392-2500 or visit May 15 The Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Leader Of The Year Award Luncheon Takes place at the Marriott Boca Raton at Boca Center. Starts at noon. Tickets are $50. For more information, call 561-3954433 or visit May 19-25 Delray Beach Film Festival Truly a “filmmakers’ festival,” the event features high-quality independent short and feature-length narrative and documentary films, as well as panels, workshops, concerts, contests, celebrities and parties. Open to the public. For more information, call 561-2135737 or visit


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May 20 The Proper Affair, An Ultimate Fashion Experience Boston Proper will host this fashion “funraiser” with their latest high-end apparel and accessories. Proceeds will benefit Achievement Centers for Children & Families. Tickets are $100. Takes place the Delray Beach Club. Advanced reservations are required. For more information, call 561-266-0003. May 22-24 Year-End Dance Performances Hosted by The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton. Show times vary. Takes place at the Countess de Hoernle Theater at Spanish River Community High School. Tickets are $24 and $30. For more information, call 561998-8038. May 23-24 12th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival Find unique crafts and gifts at this funfilled festival. Takes place the Delray Beach Tennis Center along Atlantic Avenue. For more information, call 954-472-3755 or visit O


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Mercedes-Benz of Pompano Named Broward And Palm Beach’s Exclusive AMG Performance Center With this comes the opportunity to stock and display some of the finest automobiles in the world today. Their inventory spans from the all-new C63 all the way to the flagship SL65 Black Edition. Their staff is well-versed on the product and prepared to assist on the sales, service and parts of these absolutely awesome vehicles. Mercedes-Benz of Pompano, 350 West Copans Road, Pompano Beach, 877-201-0140;

Cow Licks Kids Salon Owner, Peri Ginsberg, Meets The Needs Of Her Community In just her first year of operation, Peri Ginsberg has partnered with many charities, including the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks, Locks Peri Ginsberg of Love and Pantene Beautiful Lengths. Ginsberg has provided services to allow clients to donate their hair for wigs to be given to disadvantaged children being treated for cancer, and has donated more than 100 haircuts to support this cause. Says Ginsberg, “Watching the overwhelming pride and satisfaction that overtakes a child who donates their hair is an experience like none other.” Cow Licks Kids Salon, The Shoppes At Boca Greens, 1963535 North State Road 7, Boca Raton, 561-488-6100;

Hair By Scott & Company Hair Cut-A-Thon Raises $15,553 To Benefit JAFCO

The World Premier Of The ‘Alpina 12 Hours of Sebring’ Watch At King Jewelers

Hair by Scott & Company hosted a hair cut-a-thon to raise funds for JAFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options). The high-end salon opened its doors on a Sunday to benefit the orga- Wayne Taylor, Kim Kaminoff, Alexa Cohen, Jordana Cohen and Gail Cohen nization that serves abused and neglected children in the tri-county area. The event raised $15,553 and served more than 100 patrons that day. Hair By Scott & Company, Addison Place North, 16850 Jog Road, Suite 106, Delray Beach, 561-865-8383;

The event was enjoyed by all in attendance, and there was an overwhelming excitement surrounding the design and feel of the Special Limited Edition Alpina watch. The first editions of this striking, 48mm black-and-red racing watch were flown straight from Geneva for the event at King Jewelers. Only 257 pieces will ever be made worldwide, and King Jewelers was granted the exclusive privilege of selling numbers 1 through 20. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, 305-935-4900;

Coldwell Banker’s Claire Sheres Receives Top Honor “Claire Sheres is an anomaly in today’s real estate market,” says Carolyn Kearns, managing broker at Coldwell Banker’s Boca Glades office. “In 2008, Claire was involved in 55 transactions with over 40 other agents, earning her the No. 1 spot in sales among all Coldwell Banker agents in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. This is the fifth-consecutive year Claire has earned top Coldwell Banker honors as International President’s Elite.” Claire B. Sheres, Coldwell Banker, 2301 Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561Dr. Robert Adami Sponsors 414-4146; Emergency Treatment Day or

And Blood Drive May 30th People of all ages will be treated for free at Designer Dental between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Every blood donor will receive a Free Zoom In-Office Teeth Whitening certificate. For more information call or e-mail Designer Dental, 16235 State Road 7, Delray Beach, 561-6374443;

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What’s New In Cosmetic Dermatology 2009 Dr. Marta I. Rendon invited patients and friends to her office in Boca Raton for an evening of education and elegance. Attendees were treated to tasty hors d’oeuvres and fine wine while learning about the latest advancements in the world of cosmetic dermatology. Dr Rendon also did live demonstrations on the fractionated Co2, the newest skin-tightening laser on the market, and introduced two new products to her practice – Neocutis and Indige. The Dermatology & Aesthetic Center, 880 N.W. 13th Street, Suite 3C, Boca Raton, 561-750-0544;

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Boca raton Museum of art annual gala Nearly 300 guests gathered at the Boca Raton Resort & Club to celebrate the museum’s ongoing quest to make art accessible to all. The glamorous evening included a dazzling runway show, silent auction and raffle prizes. 1/ Models on the runway 2/ Doreen & Robert Alrod 3/ R ichard & Ellen Schuster, Dr. Karen Mashkin and Marty Schuster 4/ F lorence & Barry Friedberg and Jan Savarick 5/ D uane & Dalia Stiller 6/ David & Marcella Roberts 7/ Terry Adelman, Dr. Ira Gelb, and Brenda Bleustein






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Donna Klein jewish academy’s 25th benefit ball and auction At least 300 attendees enjoyed dinner, dancing, and live and silent auctions at the day school’s fun-filled event, which took place at the Polo Club Boca Raton. The night’s theme was “Pura Vida” (celebrating life with family and friends). 1


1/ Yori & Jill Galel and Jamie & David Rosenberg 2/ Shelley Blick and Jeff Gold 3/ Deborah Silver, Marianne Altschul and Tanya Miller 4/ Linda R. Kaminow and Harold Jacobsohn 5/ Abner & Mildred Levine and Barry & Florence Friedberg 6/ Lesley Zafran and Dr. Stephen & Emily Grabelsky 7/ Carlyn & Lothar Mayer and Ruth Taubman





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Alene Too hosts designer camila alves’s muxo event Boca Raton fashionistas gathered at Alene Too In Boca Raton for a meetand-greet with model and purse designer Camila Alves, whose MUXO line of bohemian-style handbags were the hit of the afternoon. 1/ Camila Alves 2/ Debbie Weisman and Maryann Morgan Fried ebbie Weisman, Elizabeth Levine, 3/ D Alexandra Tanner and Sue Tanner 4/ L izzy Schwartz, Liz Pack and Helena Goldglantz ebbie Weisman, Camila Alves 5/ D and Lizzy Schwartz 6/ Sonya Wood and Lesley Gross 7/ Jessica Kraft, Bob Kraft and Camila Alves





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the jewish federation of south palm beach county’s 3rd “stepping Up to a new era of leadership” Luncheon Generations of local Jewish women celebrated their heritage at Boca Raton’s Woodfield Country Club, where guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and touching lecture by Ruth Andrew Ellenson, editor of The Modern Jewish Girl’s Guide to Guilt.

1/ E mily Grabelsky, Rebecca Applebaum, Ellen Flank, Ruth Andrew Ellenson, Linda Behmoiras and Eydie Holz 2/ I lene Wohlgemuth and Bette Wohlgemuth 3/ Sharon Jason and Phyllis Wachtel 4/ L ouise Galpern, Simone Spiegel, Florence Brody and Diana Stein 5/ Helen Cohan and Cara Freedman 6/ Susan Rahn and Ollie Louis 7/ D orothy M. Wizer, Anne Jacobson, Wendy Pressner, Meryl Gallatin and Barbara Levy 2





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Coban John E & Mary

Dehn Michael & Kelly A

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a look back7our colorful history

High Hopes How A Local Airport Took Flight

By Patricia Eddinger Jakubek


y husband visited South Florida in 1953 a few years after graduating from Hermantown High School in northern Minnesota. He then packed up his worldly belongings in his brand-new 1954 Buick, quit his bank teller job in Duluth and headed south to the “land of sunshine and opportunity”. He found a new job as a bank teller at First National Bank of Delray Beach, and there he stayed for 30 years, climbing the ladder of success until his retirement. Don was an avid fisherman. During his youth he fished lakes and

sailfish, red snapper and Spanish mackerel by the hundreds! In his boat, he could go up or down the Intracoastal Waterway, putting in at Lake Boca Raton across the water from the Boca Raton Hotel & Club, heading out to sea through the Boca Inlet or slipping through the Boynton Inlet to fish more “northerly” waters. After taking flying lessons when he lived in Duluth, Don soloed on his 17th birthday, succumbed to the ritual of having his shirttail cut, and received his private pilot’s license a

The runways were wide open and available for use, whether by a lone pilot in a small plane or teenagers racing around on a weekend afternoon testing their motorbikes. rivers and streams in Minnesota’s cold country, both in summer and winter. What a treat it was to live in Florida and be able to fish yearround without freezing! In Delray he found some new friends who taught him the ins and outs of saltwater fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. So he was able to angle for king fish,

few weeks after that. In time, he took up flying in Florida, meeting other private pilots; sometimes he flew out of the Lantana or Fort Lauderdale airports, at other times out of Boca Raton. In Boca, the Boca Raton Army Air Force, upon leaving this area, had left behind anything that had not deteriorated

Owner Owen Gassaway with friend Zack Mosely at the Boca Raton Airport’s opening day

because of age or been blown away by the 1947 hurricane. The runways were wide open and available for use, whether by a lone pilot in a small plane practicing “touch and goes” (landings and takeoffs) or teenagers racing around on a weekend afternoon testing their motorbikes or suped-up cars. One of the runways ran northeast and southwest, which made it excellent for practicing crosswind takeoffs and landings. There was quite a bit of litter that accumulated on the big cement runways, such as tree

limbs and tin cans, so it paid to use caution. But it was good practice for the pilots because the runways faced into the wind. The east runway was also available, but it was recommended not to use it because of the beginning signs of deterioration. On December 7, 1961 Owen Gassaway, owner of Florida Airmotive at the Lantana Airport, opened a second flight facility at Boca Raton which served the flying community for 10 years. The Lantana flight service is still in operation today and owned by Mrs. Gassaway and her son, Owen Gassaway, III. O

Celebrate Palm Beach County’s Centennial Year by visiting and clicking on "Boca Raton History". Next, click on "Boca Raton 1909" to learn about our community 100 years ago. To learn more about the history of Boca Raton, visit Old Town Hall at 71 North Federal Highway, call 561-395-6766 or visit


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