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elcome to our September Business & Power Issue, where we focus on everything related to commerce and industry in South Florida. We start with the biggest story to hit Boca Raton in years: The final presidential debate to be held at Lynn University on October 22. This is a tremendous coup for the local college and our city, and will attract thousands of journalists and politicos from around the country, all of whom will spend millions of dollars in our local hotels and restaurants. For the inside scoop regarding what it takes to put together this historic event, be sure to read “Lynn’s Big Win” (page 52). We also have several profiles of fascinating business people and entrepreneurs. Criminal defense attorney Jose Baez, best-known for winning the Casey Anthony trial, spoke with us about his new book, new South Florida office and what life was like during the chaotic court case that absorbed the nation. For more about Baez, check out “Yes Way, Jose” (page 58). Inside, we speak with renowned Live Nation concert promoter Neil Jacobsen, who talks about juggling his personal and family life with one of the industry’s most successful careers. Meet Jacobsen in “Music Man” (page 78). We also introduce you to Dianna Collier, a New York transplant and accomplished literary agent living in Palm Beach Gardens, who chats about changes in the publishing world and what she looks for in new authors. Meet Collier in “A Way With Words” (page 62). And in “Size Doesn’t Matter” (page 66), we profile four local small business owners who think big, and consequently have gotten big results. Finally, with the recent attention surrounding the sport of basketball, we take a look at the new American Basketball League, which local entrepreneurs hope will land some talented players lucrative careers abroad. Find out more about it in “Traveling Allowed” (page 76). I’m thrilled to share some exciting business news of our own. The Boca Raton Observer is Palm Beach County’s largest audited periodical. Per the Audit Bureau of Circulations, our total circulation is 35,000. What that means is that we are viewed by approximately 165,000 readers per month. We are very proud of these numbers because no other local lifestyle magazine in our area has anywhere near these numbers on a monthly basis. Audited circulation is very important because it proves that a publication’s circulation is valid and not just “talk.” In addition, The Boca Raton Observer is the proud recipient of prestigious awards from the recent Florida Magazine Association’s 2012 Charlie Awards. We won Silver Awards for Best Feature and Best Feature Headlines and a Charlie (First Place) Award for Best Special Theme/Show Issue. We are very proud of our accomplishments and thankful to our peers and the FMA for recognizing our achievements. I couldn’t be prouder of my team and hope they realize how lucky I feel to be surrounded by such creative, talented and hard-working individuals. This truly is a labor of love (and a very local successful business!) and every day I feel fortunate to continue to bring our magazine to the community. Now that summer has come to end, it’s time to get back to the business of work, school, charity, sports and all the other wonderful things that comprise our essential Boca Raton lifestyle. Best wishes to you and your families for a fantastic fall.

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his month’s issue includes a profile of Miami criminal defense attorney Jose Baez—whose name immediately takes us back to summer 2011. You’ll recall, of course, that we Floridians— along with the rest of the country—shared a morbid fascination with Baez’s infamous client, Casey Anthony. Even if you didn’t follow the trial, you’re familiar, simply by osmosis, with the hard-partying, table-dancing mother charged with—and eventually acquitted of—murdering her 3-yearold daughter, Caylee. I attended the Orlando press conference the day Casey was to be released, where a cavalcade of reporters and sign-carrying looky-loos eagerly awaited a glimpse of the reviled “Tot Mom,â€? only to realize that a clever Baez had already snuck his client out of the Orange County Jail and into a waiting SUV. I also visited Caylee’s memorial that evening, erected in the swampy enclave where her little body was found. There were hundreds of stuffed animals, some floating in the shallow water, some that “spokeâ€? with eerie doll voices emanating from the woods. Signs of prayers were tacked onto trees and car headlights from the continuous stream of visitors lent an almost ethereal quality to the otherwise dark roadside spot. It was a grim reminder that, beyond the media circus that this case had become, a beautiful toddler’s life had been tragically cut short. Still, we’re fascinated by a good train wreck, and the Anthony case certainly delivered. Viewers were riveted as cable TV pundits such as HLN’s Nancy Grace for months devoted entire shows to, among other things:  Casey’s risquĂŠ party pictures  Her fabricated nanny, Zenaida Gonzalez (the real Zenaida Gonzalez is suing Anthony for defamation)  The odor from her car and the 911 call made by Casey’s mom, Cindy Anthony, in

which the panicked grandmother told the dispatcher that it “smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.â€? And when the trial finally began, we were engrossed as the coverage of the Anthony family’s bizarre dynamic was put on creepy display. We gasped when Baez announced in court that Caylee wasn’t missing—but had drowned in the family swimming pool. Furthermore, Baez said Casey’s father, George Anthony, had known about the drowning. Oh‌ and that he’d sexually abused Casey back in the day. There was a combination of collective shock and disgust when Casey was found not guilty— so much so that, in the immediate aftermath, jury members stayed out of public view for fear of retribution. As a journalist, I applaud and thank goodness for a free press. But at what point does legitimate news coverage cross the line into the needlessly salacious and harmful? I mean, did the world really need to know that key witness and meter reader Roy Kronk may have abused his ex-wife in 1992? Or that George Anthony may have been unfaithful? And, how many times did the ubiquitous cameras catch some misguided shlub proposing marriage to Casey via poster? Far be it from me to stand on a soapbox—I watched the trial just like the rest of the country and as a journalist wrote a bit about it, too. And yet‌ The only conclusion I can reach is that there are no limits. Like it or not, the new standard is that everything is everyone’s business—even if it isn’t.

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With the approach of a new year comes an altruistic endeavor that always warms our, um, hearts: The 2013 South Florida Firefighters Calendar, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, recently was unveiled at the Seminole Paradise at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. The popular pinup features regional fire-fighting

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Pearlman has his way, lots of kids will be eating dirt—as in Dirtlicious, a candy product comprised of sanded gummy worms mixed with crumbled chocolate cookie crumbs. “While we didn’t invent the gummy or the chocolate cookie, we certainly have created an item that is extremely exciting,” says Pearlman, founder of Ludo, LLC, of his latest kitsch sugar product. This isn’t Pearlman’s first foray into candy land. His company’s other goodies include edible bubbles, noise-making boxing gloves

THE CANDY MAN: Jay C. Pearlman

with candy and oversized bubblegum candy canes. His newest product will retail for between 99 cents and $1.39. “I’m excited to learn how this item does at the retail level,” he says. “I think the kids will really like it. However, the hardest part is getting it on the shelf. Once it is on the shelf, then the product has to sell itself.”

male hotties ages 18 to 55 posing shirtless to raise funds for South Florida’s needy.

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“For 20 years, our South Florida Fighters the name of local charities,” says Lt. Luis Espinosa, a firefighter, actor and model, who in 1992 founded the calendar concept. To date, it’s raised more than $250,000 for local organizations including the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Andrew Fund, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities and more.

“Dancing with the Stars” Ukranian stunner Karina Smirnoff traded in her

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80% THE PERCENTAGE THAT FLORIDA women are paid less than Florida men— that’s 80 cents on the dollar. The national average is 77 cents on the dollar, and the state with the largest salary gender gap is Wyoming, where women receive just 64 cents on the dollar. We’ve still got a long way to go, baby.

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observed  la vida boca HE SEAS SUCCESS: Mat Roy

OFF THE HOOK “Fish Tank Kings” Star And Fort Lauderdale Entrepreneur Mat Roy Is The Reel DealBY EMILY J. MINOR at Roy is swimming in good fortune, with a successful reality TV show, a celebrity clientele and a career he loves. And it all began with some furniture—the four-figure tables, chairs and lamps that Roy used to design and build. “It was art, there was no question about it,” says Roy, about his early work with acrylics. “It was high-end plastic furniture.” And then? Someone told someone who told someone else that Roy—now presi-

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dent of Living Color Enterprises, Inc., a Fort Lauderdale company that builds big, expensive aquariums— could construct anything. He was hired to build his first fish tank for a water sports center in Islamorada, and the thing didn’t leak. “Talk about nerve-wracking,” he says. That’s when he began to make waves. “I started out as the guy who knew how to build an acrylic box 26

and I knew something about moldmaking,” he says. “It kind of took off from there.” You could say that. Roy’s company makes some of the world’s most intricate and exotic aquariums, from a functional pinball machine-shaped tank to a mobile tank that looks like a school bus—he’s done it all. And you can see his work in some pretty awesome places: The new Marlins Park. The Georgia Aquarium. SeaWorld’s latest exhibit. Gulfstream Racing &

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Casino Park. The Breakers Palm Beach. You name it, Roy and his crew make it happen. “You can really build these tanks and teem them up with fish and it makes a huge impact,” Roy says. “It’s kind of like you take a slice of the ocean and you bring it home and it’s like, ‘Wow.’” Roy and his crew are a feisty, creative bunch, and that’s part of the appeal of their TV show, “Fish Tank Kings,” which just wrapped its first season on the National Geographic Channel and, according to Roy, has been picked up for a second. Of course, creating all this underthe-sea beauty comes at a handsome

price. Commercial aquariums can go for as much as $1.5 million. Home displays often cost $500,000. Who spends that kind of money on a fish tank? Kobe Bryant, Dr. Dre, Usher and Steven Spielberg are clients, as are Gene Simmons and Jorge Posada. And there are film stars, race car drivers, sports team owners and more. Recently, basketball great Alonzo Mourning bought a custom tank for his Overtown Youth Center in Miami, where they’re teaching kids how to take care of all the different species. “And some of our clients are just fish geeks,” Roy says. “Very rich fish geeks.” O


observed  la vida boca MAKES MOVIE MAGIC: Frank Patterson

Digital Domain Institute is affiliated with the Florida State University College of Motion Pictures, and the dean of FSU’s film school says the partnership provides an amazing opportunity to young filmmakers who make it into these classrooms. The film school is highly competitive.

Digital Domain has a brilliant team, and this is another opportunity to connect students with their innovation.

– Frank Patterson, dean, Florida State University College of Motion Pictures

AN ANIMATED LIFE Digital Domain Media Group Opens West Palm Beach Campus With Florida State University Film SchoolBY EMILY J. MINOR igital Domain Media Group, the film company in Port St. Lucie that got its West Coast start with movie great James Cameron, likes to make magic in the film and video industry, and has been doing so for years. What kind of magic? For one thing, company execs are the brainiacs who invented the visual tricks used to create an “old” Benjamin Button in the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” There was no Brad Pitt, you see, but an older likeness of Brad Pitt with an entirely animated head. Yeah. Mind-blowing. And for their latest magic trick, the brilliant

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folks at DDMG created a hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and had him performing at last spring’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival with the very much alive Dr. Dre. So impressive was their joint performance that industry journalists went wild. How did they do this? How long has this technology been around? Who designed it? (The first two questions went largely unanswered, but Ed Ulbrich, the company’s chief creative officer, is credited with the hologram technology.) And now, DDMG has a West Palm Beach campus, right in the center of downtown. The

“We have 30 really bright kids coming in,” says Frank Patterson, the FSU dean who’s been working on opening the campus. “Digital Domain has a brilliant team, and this is another opportunity to connect students with their innovation.” A handful of students started taking classes last spring at Digital Domain’s West Palm campus. Thirty more started in August. And eventually, Digital Domain Institute will teach from an entirely new urban campus, now under construction on a sliver of land at the eastern edge of Okeechobee Boulevard in West Palm Beach. The city streets, says Patterson, will be these film students’ real classrooms. “We believe in innovation in education and there’s an incredible learning curve with all this technology,” says Patterson, himself a working filmmaker. “They’re learning the technology and they’re learning storytelling.” And what could possibly be next from the folks at DDMG? Elvis, of course. Digital Domain has now teamed with a company called Core Media Group to create a virtual Elvis, which will appear on film, television and just maybe perform at concerts, too. No word yet on ticket prices. O


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POLITICAL MAYHEM “The Campaign” Brings Exaggerated (Or Not) Shenanigans To Light stutely timed, “The Campaign” strikes you at first as the goofy farce you’d expect, with Will Ferrell’s familiar overcooked parody, this time of morally corrupt multi-term congressman Cam Brady, who’s surprised to learn he’s not running unopposed in an upcoming election. And when you get a load of his opponent, who’s emerged from nowhere in the comfortable little North Carolina district—local tourism director Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), a mincing fop whose vocal delivery doesn’t even command respect from his identical twin pugs— you sense that the comedic harvest will be bountiful. And it is, as Ferrell’s deadpan dexterity with the absurd and Galifiankis’s flair for soliciting a laugh just by saying anything, build momentum. Humor, of course, is subjective. Sight gags and one-liners can have a brutally crude edge in this movie, with frequent street anatomical references that might repulse some viewers. But as the Jay Roach-directed story unfolds, and Huggins’ candidacy is maneuvered by two behind-thescenes fat cats called the Motch brothers (John Lithgow and Dan Aykroyd), it proceeds in the guise of a comic farce. Brady has a trophy wife (Katherine LaNasa) and trophy kids, and an obtuse, blustery style for talking his way out of the various scandals that his

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philandering and general tactlessness tend to foment. Huggins has a more solid home life, which is knocked alarmingly akilter when the dark figure of political operative Tim Wattley (Dylan McDermott) shows up, convinces Huggins that the Motch brothers think he should be in Congress, and

As the win-at-allcost mentality and exponentially multiplying falsehoods being claimed in the rivals’ political ads progress, you realize the utter disregard for truth and honor doesn’t seem that far-fetched. begins schooling him in Appearing Candidate-Like 101. As Huggins makes some superficial changes, the ensuing campaign turns into a horse race and the tac-

tics and political ads grow more and more despotic. And here’s where the movie, in the midst of its escalating outlandish verbal slapstick, takes on an unexpected chilling aspect. Because you realize that, as the win-at-all-cost mentality and exponentially multiplying falsehoods being claimed in the rivals’ political ads progress, that the utter disregard for truth and honor doesn’t seem that far-fetched. In fact, for a political campaign, it seems almost normal. As the climax of “The Campaign” arrives (the election), the film man-

ages to achieve a bit of moral redemption and salvages a happy ending, of sorts. No stranger to the raucous and ridiculous, director Roach’s resume includes the two “Austin Powers” films (which starred Ferrell’s “Saturday Night Live” cohort, Mike Myers), and screenwriter Shawn Hartwell also writes on the Ferrell-produced HBO series, “Eastbound & Down.” This is recommended summer viewing as a precursor to the presidential campaign debate at Lynn University in October, which will likely be less outlandish. O RATED R: for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity RUNNING TIME: I hour and 37 minutes

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GET IT IN WRITING To Succeed In Business, Read Between The Lines In this day and age, we can all use a bit of savvy business advice and, fortunately for us, there are plenty of successful overachievers willing to share their intellectual wealth. The following books provide invaluable tips for getting—and staying—ahead.

How To Succeed In Anything By Really Trying By Lyman MacInnis Canadian Lyman MacInnis has kept a ring binder since he was a teenager of tendencies that lead to success, and one common denominator he’s noticed of successful people is hard work. Really, really hard work. In his book, for example, he tells the story of a hockey player who, each off-season, made sure he shot 10,000 pucks. MacInnis, a successful ac32

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countant, eventually became a personal life advisor to celebrated clients, including singer Anne Murray and hockey star Bobby Orr, and now offers in his book observations on what qualities lead to success, distilled to about 50 basic elements. The book, which takes its title from a 1967 musical which foresaw success, “Without Really Trying,” touches on networking, negotiating, conflict resolution, leadership and never embarrassing oneself while addressing a large group.

Passion Capital: The World’s Most Valuable Asset By Paul Alofs

But he makes no bones that hard work is part of the bargain, and provides impressive and famous examples to support his theory.

The currency of success, argues Paul Alofs, is what he calls passion capital—the passion of an individual or a group, supplemented by the seven essential building blocks for converting that zeal into triumph. Alofs is an articulate purveyor of beliefs that don’t so much explain the idea of success as change the way one views it. Alofs, a veteran business


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leader who was general manager of the 500 North American Disney stores, president of two large Canadian music store chains and chief executive officer of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, which raised more than $550 million for cancer research, explains his theory of success by providing myriad examples of people who have thrived. His seven building blocks are creed, culture, courage, brand, resources, strategy and persistence, and Alofs says they’re necessary fuel to ignite passion capital, and the keys to his dense theory that might just change the way you go about your own business.

Rise: 3 Practical Steps For Advancing Your Career, Standing Out As A Leader, And Liking Your Life By Patty Azzarello Patty Azzarello figured out how to succeed at a ridiculously young age, becoming general manager of HewlettPackard at 33, running the billion-dollar software business by 35 and becoming its CEO by 38. Not satisfied with being a mere young Silicon Valley phenom, she then started her own management consulting firm (of course). Who better to explain the successful path to success than one who seemed to know it instinctively? Her book, with a forward written by best-selling author Keith Ferrazzi, is packed with helpful tips. Included are three major 34

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areas of advice for “bettering” your situation: Do Better: Set ruthless priorities, work and lead more strategically, and deal with frustrating obstacles and stupid people. Look Better: Build your credibility with the people who can help (or blacklist) you. Connect Better: Develop your network without being political. Get on “The List” of people who receive the best opportunities.

Be Bulletproof: How To Achieve Success In Tough Times At Work By James Brooke and Simon Brooke Have back pain from all the stabbing going on at your office? Supreme self-confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy and the Brooke brothers have culled some instructive tips from their careers as corporate trainers on how to turn yours into impenetrable armor in the workplace, making you impervious to misfortune, rejection, character attack and peer criticism (even regard-

ing your own mistakes). When your career path suffers a potential setback because of professional criticism or even ostracism, this book is intended to fortify you with the means of turning the situation into a positive while keeping your career on an upward path. James Brooke draws on his experience conducting marketing and business research programs, which led to a career as a speaker on business issues, and Simon Brooke has been a successful journalist and political media consultant. Their combined experience, they insist, have helped them uncover the means for a professional to remain “bulletproof” in that sometimes hostile environment called the workplace.

Succeeding When You’re Supposed To Fail: The 6 Enduring Principles Of High Achievement By Rom Brafman Many of life’s greatest success stories are of people

who endured tough odds, refused to accept setbacks and overcame huge obstacles. In fact, a surprising number of these cases involve people never expected to succeed due to impoverished childhoods, turbulent early career failures and other pitfalls that seemed to establish a precedent for defeat. Psychologist Rom Brafman noticed this disparity and set out to research the phenomenon, hoping to uncover the reasons in order to help others apply them to their own lives. Along the way, he identified hidden drivers behind unlikely success. They include the Limelight Effect, the ability to focus on one’s efforts rather than external issues and the Satellite Factor, the critical importance of having a consistent ally in life who accepts one unconditionally. Others include the power of temperament, the ability to overcome obstacles while maintaining a good disposition and the fortitude to not be unseated by bumps in the road. O

Many of life’s greatest success stories are of people who endured tough odds, refused to accept setbacks and overcame huge obstacles. In fact, a surprising number of these cases involve people never expected to succeed due to impoverished childhoods, turbulent early career failures and other pitfalls that seemed to establish a precedent for defeat.

– review of “Succeeding When You’re Supposed To Fail: The 6 Enduring Principles Of High Achievement”


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COUNTRY BOY Brad Paisley Plays Hits At Cruzan Amphitheatre rad Paisley got on his career path early in life, given a guitar as a child and taught to play by his grandfather. By the time he was ready for higher education he’d qualified for an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) scholarship and majored in music business. Paisley, whose gifts for clever wordplay and storytelling led him to songwriting success before ever recording in a studio, will perform his country hits at Cruzan Amphitheatre on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. He’ll appear as part of the Virtual Reality Tour, which also features The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery. Paisley, who’s had 19 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country charts, debuted

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as a performer in 1999 with Who Needs Pictures; the album’s title song, a straightforward ballad of lost love, quickly became a hit single, as did the songs “He Didn’t Have to Be” and “We Danced.” The singer/songwriter was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy in 2001, and at age 28 became the youngest singer inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Two things helped solidify his popularity. First, he appeared in TLC’s TV special, “Route 66: Main Street America,” his first exposure to a nationwide mainstream audience. Second, the release of his next hit single, “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” an endearing tale (to his male fans) of an ultimatum by a

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jealous girlfriend: Give up the fishing trips or me. The protagonist’s choice draws delighted whoops from his audiences. The song, off his Part II album in 2002, was the first inkling of Paisley’s humor, which would become pervasive in his work. The album produced three Top 10 singles: “I Wish You’d Stay,” “Two People Fell In Love” and “Wrapped Around.” Paisley followed with Mud on the

Tires in 2003, its title track hitting No. 1, and a fourth album in 2005, Time Well Wasted, which garnered four Grammy nominations and in 2006 won the CMA’s Country Album of the Year. And the hits just keep on coming. O For more information, call 561-795-8883 or visit cruzanamphitheatretickets.com.

Two years ago when we opened The Heart and Vascular Institute, we embarked on a mission—to deliver the best in heart health. We’re constantly working on growing our services to serve your heart better. Like this year, we extended our cardiac care by inaugurating a brand new state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Tower backed by a top-notch team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses. Thank you for trusting us. To date, Northwest Medical Center remains the only Cardiac Level II program in Northwest Broward County. Let’s celebrate this milestone together. Here’s to your heart health. For more information about the cardiovascular services at Northwest Medical Center and for a free physician referral visit us at www.northwestmed.com or call Consult A Nurse at 1.888.256.7720.

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FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Now For Something Different At BankAtlantic Center

hen Florence Welch brought her musical vision into a teen band with Isabella Summers and other friends, they had no idea what to call themselves, even after they’d landed a gig. In the final hour, they decided out of desperation on Florence Robot/Isa Machine (an insider joke between the two that eventually morphed into Florence and the Machine). The band will perform at BankAtlantic Center on September 26 at 8 p.m., the latest in a dizzying series of gigs and appearances including TV shows, film soundtracks, a Nobel Peace Prize concert, the Grammy Awards (where they were nominated for Best New Artist), festivals and now their first American tour since opening for U2 in North America last summer. Welch’s band includes Summers on keyboards and backing vocals, two guitarists and a drummer, all of whom have been with Welch long enough to understand how to translate her inventive songs, which, she says, are based on Renaissance art. All the band members sing, and songs can at times sound like a chorus.

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Their albums, Lungs and Ceremonials (the band also has an MTV Unplugged album), are both eccentric and highly acclaimed, and both are based on material Welch wrote after breakups with her longtime boyfriend (with whom she later reconciled and then broke up with again). The band’s first hit, “Kiss with a Fist,” has hints of electronic sensibilities combined with traces of Bill Haley & His Comets’ iconic “Rock Around The Clock.” Another single, “Dog Days Are Over,” is a plaintive journey that alternates between lusty bar-hopping notes and sudden screeching halts, ending up in a sort of chanting. The single “Shake It Out” builds with anthemic drama and orchestral atmospherics through movements of increasing intensity. Welch’s appearance changes drastically with her hair color, which swims between brunette and bright red, but her vocal delivery is always intense and dramatic. The Sunday Times called her “the most peculiar and the most highly acclaimed female singer of the moment.” O

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TRAIN BACK ON TRACK Rock Band Brings Softer Side To Mizner Park rain has had to stop in its tracks several times since releasing the towering rock anthem, “Drops of Jupiter” in 2001, which won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Arrangement, and remained on the Hot 100 for more than a year. But three original members soldier on and the band has been charting singles in the Top 40 again. Train plays at Mizner Park Amphitheater on September 5 at 7 p.m. with the soaring voice of lead singer Patrick Monahan, lead guitarist Jimmy Stafford and drummer Scott Underwood joined by their regular road and recording guitarist Jerry Becker and keyboardist Hector Maldonado.

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The San Francisco band has released six albums since forming in 1994, but with three different lineups since original keyboardist Rob Hotchkiss and bass player Charlie Colin left in 2003. Monahan and Hotchkiss formed Train, and in the beginning played San Francisco clubs as a duo, with Hotchkiss on guitar and Monahan playing percussion. After becoming a full band, they failed to land a record contract and in 1998 self-released their debut album, Train, which had a No. 35 hit in “Meet Virginia,” and radio hits in “Free” and “I Am.” Encouraged by the national atten-

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tion, Train immediately began working on a next album, which would change everything. “Drops of Jupiter” was aided by the Grammy-winning string arrangement of Paul Buckmaster, whom the band admired for his earlier work with Elton John on “Burn Down the Mission.” The original band had another hit in 2003 with “Calling All Angels” off its third album, My Private Nation, which climbed to No. 19. But then Hotchkiss and Colin departed and Train took three years to produce For Me, It’s You with key-

board player Brandon Bush and bass player Johnny Colt, after which the band took a three-year hiatus. Train in recent years has a more eclectic mix on Save Me, San Francisco and last year’s California 37, mixing in country flavors and ballads with softer rock. They won a Grammy in 2011 for Best Pop Performance for “Hey, Soul Sister.” O For more information, call 561-393-7984 or visit ci.boca-raton.fl.us/mizneramphi.


THRILLER REVISITED Tribute Show Evokes King Of Pop At Hard Rock Live mong our beloved heroes, some are too big to lose. Elvis, Marilyn, Old Blue Eyes... we just can’t let them go. And Michael. Especially Michael. That’s why, on September 1 at 8 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live, you can experience the full musical power and choreographed spectacle of a Michael Jackson show, when “The Ultimate Thriller Michael Jackson Tribute” makes its South Florida stop. The show, which boasts the unlikely ability to actually feel like a Michael Jackson presentation, is uniquely equipped to do that, with choreographers who’ve worked and

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danced with Jackson for years, an audio consultant who was his personal music director, and a star who looks and moves so much like Jackson that the King of Pop once saw him and remarked: “It’s eerie… like looking in a mirror.” The full musical production has been in the works since 2010, has made sellout appearances in Europe, Russia and New York City, and is currently on a U.S. tour. Its executive producer, Larry Berfond of Boca Raton, said the past two years have been spent at a dizzying, but exhilarating pace. The show features an elaborate complement of musicians, singers

and dancers seeking to reproduce the best moments of the superstar’s iconic tours. Choreographers LaVelle Smith, Jr. and Mic Thompson both worked with Jackson for years as choreographers and principal dancers, and audio consultant Michael Prince was Jackson’s recording engineer and audio supervisor for all live and TV appearances. Their talents go a long way toward making it an authentic show.

But the uncanny resemblance to Jackson of the show’s star, E’Casanova, takes one’s breath away, as does his singing and dancing. Casanova grew up in Los Angeles and his striking resemblance to Jackson all but forced him into talent shows as an impersonator. O For more information, call 954-797-5555 or visit hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com.

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SURVEY SAYS… Women Make Better Bosses Than Men. But Do They Really?  BY EMILY J. MINOR n the spring of 2011, two researchers who are considered top-notch in analyzing human behavior in the workplace released a study that created quite a hubbub. Researchers Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman first posted their results on the Harvard Business Review’s online edition. And this was the gist of it: Women make better bosses than men. There. They said it. Plain and simple. Ahhh. If only it were all that easy.

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pable of multitasking 24-7? But the debate over which is better—a male boss or a female boss—wages on for one simple reason. There really is no right answer, says corporate coach Geoffrey Schmidt, who runs a business leadership company in Boca Raton. “People are people,” he says. Of course there are horror stories. The female supervisor who makes all the young male workers feel uncomfortable with her lowcut blouses. The male shift manager who ogles the young female

At the end of the day, (good bosses) are more grounded. They’re real. There are no smoke and mirrors. There’s no hidden agenda. – Geoffrey Schmidt, corporate coach, Boca Raton

After the Zenger-Folkman study was released, there was an angry hue and cry from the public. Then again, there were also cheers of joy. Some called the study, culled from the evaluations of more than 7,000 business leaders, utter hogwash. Men are clearly better with numbers, more to the point with workers, and mostly immune to the distractions at home, said the study’s dissidents. Others proclaimed it was about time women got their due. After all, aren’t female bosses more understanding, time-flexible and ca-

cashiers. There’s an HR complaint out there to back up every stereotype we can think of. And yes, sometimes, those stories are true. Take mid-level banking executive Julia Gallagher, who says she’s battled her way through the corporate world for 10 years, fending off jealousy and snippiness from her female colleagues. (Julia Gallagher is not her real name since she agreed to talk openly with us about the shortcomings of her ex-boss, with whom she still works.)

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She thinks female bosses really are more emotional, more hormonal and more back-stabbing. “The female leaders that I’ve had are tremendously emotional, offended easily and have a difficult time being objective,” says Gallagher. “A simple conversation turns into a spitting match.” This year, something happened that has made all the difference, she says. For the first time, she was assigned a male boss. And for her, someone who used to dread the girl talk and emotional tension at the bank each day, it’s been a welcome change. “He speaks so simply, only trying to solve a problem,” she says, almost giddy. “He comes to us saying, ‘Look, this is what needs to be done, this is why... ready, set, go!’ Our work environment seems to be improving significantly with the addition of testosterone and I love it.” One thing that’s not up for debate is the gender lopsidedness in corporate 42

Researchers Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman first posted their results on the Harvard Business Review’s online edition. And this was the gist of it: Women make better bosses than men. management. In the Zenger-Folkman study, 78 percent of the top management executives were men. With middle managers, women held 39 percent of the jobs, meaning men still held 60 percent of those positions. Here are some findings that put the ball in the women’s court: Women take the initiative more (56 percent of the time, compared to the men at 48 percent). Women strive for integrity, practice self-development, motivate others, encourage teamwork and building lasting relationships (on all those, the numbers are around 54

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percent for the women, 48 percent for the men). Of 15 areas of workplace behavior, the women scored better than the men in all but one: “Develops Strategic Perspective.” But we get that. What woman in her right mind would even know what “Develops Strategic Perspective” means? Schmidt, who calls himself a peakperformance coach—helping businesses set goals and stay on course— says the whole male vs. female boss debate is a bunch of malarkey. For Schmidt—a guy who sees top-level managers, male and female, at their most vulnerable—he says it comes down to one very simple truth, and gender has nothing to do with it. The bottom line? What kind of person is your boss? What are his values? What are her morals? Is your boss kind and well-centered, balanced and fair? Happy? Sad? Smart? “We all have good days and we all

have bad days,” says Schmidt, about managers. “But how do you govern yourself through those low moments?” Women, he insists, are not more emotional or more lenient about daycare problems and family obligations. They don’t cry during conflict. They don’t call in sick once a month. And men? They aren’t necessarily stern and unfeeling, nor are they categorically sexist. It all comes down to the person, plain and simple, he says. “At the end of the day, (good bosses) are more grounded,” he says. “They’re real. There are no smoke and mirrors. There’s no hidden agenda.” Take, for example, Donald Trump. You might not want The Donald as your boss, but Schmidt says he’d take him. “Donald Trump is not playing any games,” Schmidt says. “He says what he feels and he stands behind it.” And in the workplace, that’s a very good thing. O


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THE CUTTING EDGE Why Some Teens Self-Injure To Escape Inner Pain BY CHERYL KANE HEIMLICH e all know about the selfdestructive things teens can do when they’re troubled. Some drink. Some take drugs. Some eat too much or too little. Some lash out at people they dislike, or alienate those they love the most. But there are other dangerous behaviors that many parents don’t know about. Psychologists refer to them as “self-injury,” meaning things people do to themselves intentionally to cause physical pain. That can include burning, piercing, hitting oneself on purpose, or the most common self-injury among teenage girls: cutting or carving the skin.

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evils of society today, it’s tempting to blame at least some of it on the Internet. After all, YouTube is full of videos of teens teaching others how cut themselves, which household objects to use, how to avoid spilling too much blood. The most popular of these videos have been viewed millions of times. “This behavior is very contagious,” says Dr. Josephine Whalen, a Boca Raton-based psychologist who specializes in children and teens. “Given our world of Internet and social media, teenagers may advertise this kind of thing to gain attention and because they want to

Many times they’ll start cutting small-time, superficial scratches, and it will grow. It’s a lot of copycat behavior: One girl will show it to another girl on a sleepover, and it kind of spreads. – Dr. Priti Kothari, child and adolescent psychiatrist, Boca Raton

While these practices may seem extreme to those who haven’t heard of them before, studies show that as many as 20 percent of high schoolers and 40 percent of college students have hurt themselves on purpose. “Almost anybody who’s doing adolescent work in mental health will be seeing these behaviors,” says Dr. Priti Kothari, a Boca Raton-based child and adolescent psychiatrist. “They’re epidemic and they’re growing.” No one seems to know exactly why this is the case. But like so many 44

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fit into certain groups.” In other words, the same teen who tries to hide a cut-up forearm from her parents may be showing it off to her peers in the cafeteria. Or even posting photos of it on Facebook. “When they’re around adults, they’ll wear long-sleeved clothing or bandages to hide themselves even though it’s 90 degrees out,” Whalen says. “But within their social circle, they’re very good at communicating that this is what they’re doing.” Parents of this generation, who


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likely were exposed to plenty of drugs and alcohol during their own teen years, may understand how teens could turn to those substances as a relief from painful emotions. Less obvious to many of us is how cutting could provide that kind of outlet. “A lot of times, the cutting or picking or burning is a maladaptive coping mechanism for anxiety or stress,” Dr. Kothari says. “When they cut, they actually feel relief. It’s often done secretly and covertly

I would take it very seriously. Get a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist. Get help immediately.

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by girls who are high-functioning superficially. They’re pleasers. They do well in school. It’s kind of like an eating disorder. “Many times they’ll start cutting small-time, superficial scratches, and it will grow,” Dr. Kothari continues. “It’s a lot of copycat behavior: One girl will show it to another girl on a sleepover, and it kind of spreads. If it’s not nipped in the bud, it can be quite addicting and chronic.” 46

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Dr. Bruce M. Hyman, a Fort Lauderdale-based psychotherapist, says self-injury is an attempt to “redirect pain from the emotions to the physical body.” The sources of that pain vary greatly from child to child, experts say, and can include anything from obsessive-compulsive disorder to struggles with sexual identity to memories of childhood trauma. “Men tend to handle their emotional discomfort in much more physical, external ways: They drink, act violently, get into a fight in a bar,” Dr. Hyman says. “Women tend to internalize the pain. Sometimes the cutting is done very meticulously, enough to cause pain but not sufficiently to do harm. They may research cutting, or start experimenting to find which areas they get the most emotional release from. They know exactly where to cut so as not to cut an artery. It is rarely a suicidal act.” But although these teens may not be trying to kill themselves, that doesn’t mean they won’t. “Accidents can happen,” Dr. Kothari says. “You can cut yourself (in the

wrong place) and bleed out and die.” Dr. Marion Rose Mollica-Minson, executive director of the Child Adolescent and Family Center in Boca Raton, says kids who cut themselves often don’t understand the risks they’re taking. “Sometimes you have to do basic education with these kids: You could get an infection, you could cut a main artery,” she says. “The people I’ve experienced as cutters, whether they be adolescents or adults, are very dysregulated people: black-and-white thinkers, very rigid, inflexible, similar symptoms to eating disorders. When you have a person like that and then you have all these hormones raging through their body, you really never know what they’re going to do to themselves. At some point, they might feel they have to up the ante.” If you suspect that your teen has been cutting, therapists say it’s crucial to get a mental health evaluation as quickly as possible. But they also say parents should be cautious about the way they initially approach this issue. “Any adult’s reaction is going to be one of shock” after finding out their child has been cutting, Dr. Whalen says. “But it’s really important not to have a hostile tone of voice when you approach them about it. Because then they feel like they have no control, and you’re telling them what to do—and that might actually increase their behavior. “So you should try to eliminate the shock, and ask them very pointed questions,” she continues. “‘I’ve noticed some marks on your skin. Do you hurt yourself? Have you ever thought about hurting yourself in a more serious way?’ Asking with concern is better than asking with shock.” Dr. Hyman notes that a teen who’s cutting “may try to treat it as something not worthy of a lot of attention. But as a parent,” he says, “I would take it very seriously. Get a referral to a psychologist or psychiatrist. Get help immediately.” O


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THE ART OF THE DEAL The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta Is Creatively Tailored For Business And Pleasure BY LINDA HAASE he Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is an ideal spot for business travelers—but there are plenty of enjoyable activities, too. The AAA Five Diamond hotel’s downtown address is ultra-convenient for meetings in the government and financial center, and guests who work in their rooms will appreciate the expansive dark hickory desks featuring built-in power and data connections, and of course, in-room coffeemakers. Other perks for business travelers include two phone lines with conference calling, an expansive business center with personal computers and fax, complimentary overnight shoe-shines, free trans-

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portation to destinations within a two-mile radius of the hotel and a Technology Butler that helps with connecting laptops to the Internet, charging phones and the like. For business meetings, about 13 luxuriously renovated meeting rooms accommodate up to 700 people, many offering views of the downtown Atlanta skyline. Need to get the executive juices flowing? There’s a fitness center on site, as well as a state-of-the-art gym just steps away in the adjacent office building, where weekday classes such as Pilates and cardio begin at 6 a.m. and free workout attire is available for borrowing. If you prefer outdoor activity, take

a brisk walk to the nearby Georgia Aquarium (the world’s largest facility of its kind) or Centennial Olympic Park (built for the 1996 Olympic Games) and sporting events at the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena and Turner Field. For creative inspiration, check out the hotel’s Portrait Salon, where the ornately framed 18th and 19th century oils installed when the hotel opened in 1984 are sure to spark some ideas. The hotel milieu itself is grand, decorated with traditional elements interspersed with touches of glamour. When it’s time for dining solo or with a work colleague, you’ll appreciate Atlanta Grill, the hotel’s popular


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Enjoy signature cocktails, Georgiabrewed beers and small bites at Lumen, where the glow of brilliant crystal chandeliers radiate red at night and custom settees swathed in blue mohair embrace guests in a cozy-chic ambiance. restaurant, which features indoor club-like seating and outdoor service on a veranda (there are also two private dining rooms for executive dinners and entertaining). Be sure to indulge in an expertly grilled steak, succulent seafood or one of the southern specialties, such as the signature Country Ham Wrapped Georgia Trout with mushroom and pecan stuffing, creamed Vidalia onions and sweet peas (a sommelier is available to help choose the perfect wine pairing). After dinner, enjoy signature cocktails, Georgia-brewed beers and small bites at Lumen, the lobby bar, where the glow of brilliant crystal chandeliers radiate red at night, and seven-foot-tall 50

custom settees swathed in blue mohair embrace guests in a cozy-chic ambiance. Everything is luminous here, from the menus, which light up when opened, to the bar cabinet that glimmers blue in the evenings. For an ingenious touch, the bar’s offerings emulate the hotel’s impressive artworks. A whimsical representation of “The Seas of Europa” mixed media piece, for example, is created with Stoli Strawberry Vodka, Watermelon Pucker schnapps, a dash of strawberry puree and a splash of Cointreau poured over watermelon with Blue Curacao and Sour Apple Pucker pearls (made from Apple Pucker-flavored cordials). The Evening Bonfire cocktail

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is a tribute to the deep rich tones of artist Clem Bedwell’s acrylic work, and is made with Absolut Kurant Vodka, Limoncello liqueur and Blue Curacao, and embellished with blueberry and mango puree. There’s always a fun activity on tap, too, with live music nightly, mixology demonstrations on Tuesdays and complimentary house-made ice cream tastings on Fridays (how

contact The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown) is located at 181 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, Ga. For more information, call 800-241-3333 or visit ritzcarlton.com/atlanta.

does Banana Pudding Ice Cream, garnished with vanilla wafers or peanut brittle sound?). When it’s time for a good night’s sleep, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta provides an oasis of rest and rejuvenation deserving of a hard-working professional. All 444 guestrooms provide feather beds and soft-as-silk 400-thread-count cotton linens (superb for power naps between meetings). For the ultimate stay, book the 1,320-square-foot Ritz-Carlton Suite, which offers skyline views, a formal dining area, an executive study and a music area complete with a grand piano. It’s a splendid space for entertaining colleagues or celebrating a hard-won business deal. O


Big W n T Lynn’s By Cheryl Blackerby

Whether President Barack Obama Or Republican Nominee Mitt Romney Clinches The Election, Boca’s Neighborhood University Comes Out On Top

he polls are neck-and-neck, tension is rising and after a summer of raucous conventions and continuous bombast, campaigning will come to a dramatic climax on October 22, when President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off for a crucial final debate at Boca Raton’s Lynn University. In the meantime, the little liberal arts college off Military Trail is preparing for the ultimate primetime reality show. More than 100 miles of cable are being laid to power about 70 TV satellite trucks that will broadcast the event to the world. A media

center soon will be ready to accommodate 3,000 journalists. Booths are being built in the school’s new Wold Performing Arts Center for the big six news networks—ABC, C-SPAN, FOX, NBC, CNN and CBS—that will transmit live. In addition to the global attention, the event is expected to pump millions of dollars into our local economy with thousands of journalists and other folks staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants and utilizing other local services. The magnitude of the debate has not been lost on the college, which has risen to the challenge of hosting such an historic event. “We’re thrilled,” says Dr. Kevin Ross, Lynn University president. “It’s a tremendous honor to be entrusted with this opportunity. It’s a great moment for any institution to show who you are to a worldwide audience while simultaneously hosting an event with the future leader of the United States.”

BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Dr. Kevin Ross, Lynn University president

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GRAND FINALE While all debates are crucial in a presidential campaign, the last debate, which will focus on foreign policy, could be pivotal since it’s the last time President Obama and Romney will appear in a national public forum together as a means to win votes. And the election takes place just 15 days later. The first presidential debate, which happens October 3 at the University of Denver in Colo., will focus on domestic policy. Next is the vice presidential debate on October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Ky., followed by the second presidential debate on October 16 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., which will feature a town hall-style meeting on domestic and foreign issues. Each debate

The site of the upcoming debate BELOW FROM LEFT: Dr. Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs; Gregory Malfitano, senior vice president for administration

“It’s a tremendous honor to be entrusted with this opportunity. It’s a great moment for any institution to show who you are to a worldwide audience while simultaneously hosting an event with the future leader of the United States.” – Dr. Kevin Ross, Lynn University president

will last 90 minutes and have one moderator, with CBS’ Bob Shieffer hosting the Lynn debate. The drama of wrangling over who will be the best man to lead the United States of America for the next four years cannot be overemphasized. The debate and its cast of two will be the long-awaited last act of a gripping three-act play. “The candidates and their handlers are aware that all it takes is one bad sentence or one good sentence to resolve an election,” says Jim Lehrer, former anchor of PBS’s “NewsHour,” host of this year’s Colorado debate, past moderator of 11 presidential and vice presidential debates and author of “Tension City: Inside 54

the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain,” who spoke to Lynn University students last November. “Everybody knows what’s at stake.” Lehrer likens the event to “walking down the blade of a knife.” Past candidates have helped turn the tide in their favor with just one sentence, such as Ronald Reagan’s “There you go again” line to President Jimmy Carter during the 1980 debate. Sometimes a candidate’s words or actions can impact him negatively, such as John McCain’s refusal to look at opponent Sen. Barack Obama during the 2008 debate, or when President George H.W. Bush checked his

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watch during the 1992 debate with Bill Clinton and H. Ross Perot. And, as in former debates, the words and actions of the candidates will be dissected and analyzed. So will its Boca Raton location, where 60-plus million viewers will be watching the two candidates engage in an informal, conversational-style tableside chat (no lecterns here). To be chosen as a debate site was a huge achievement for Lynn University—to land the final debate a major coup and accomplishment that will earn the school a place in history. Forty institutions applied to host the debates, and those were narrowed down to 12 by the Commission on Presidential Debates based in Washington, D.C., with Lynn being the only Florida-based college to make the cut. Lynn officials had been working on the ap-

plication process since 2010 after the school hosted the Allen WestRon Klein congressional debate. Dr. Ross received a call last Halloween from Mike McCurry, the commission’s co-chairman and former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, who shared the news that Lynn had been selected. Dr. Ross wasn’t told why his school was chosen, but he thinks it came down to a “perfect storm” of fortunate circumstances. “It’s our 50th anniversary year. We had just constructed the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center. We did a master plan for the city of Boca Raton that took two years and had all of the facts about the campus the commission needed,” Dr. Ross recounts. “And Florida will be an important state in the election. I don’t think that was lost on them.”


Another possible factor, considering that the debate is about foreign policy, is the international makeup of Lynn’s student population—foreign nationals from more than 80 countries comprise 24 percent of the school’s 2,200 students. The idea to apply for the debate first arose after the school was turned down for the Rick Scott-Alex Sink gubernatorial debate, which went to the University of South Florida. “We were crestfallen… but we did get the congressional debate between Allen West and Ron Klein and it was a barn-burner,” recalls Dr. Jason Walton, chief of staff and liaison to the board of trustees, who oversaw the application process. “We had protesters out front. It energized the campus and opened our eyes. We thought maybe we should consider going after the big one.” And go after it they did. Another advantage was the letter of endorsement the school received from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Florida Sen. Bob Graham, the entire Florida cabinet, includ-

ing Gov. Rick Scott, and the entire Florida congressional delegation. “That was an amazing letter with 28 signatures,” Dr. Walton says. Landing the debate is a huge coup not just for Lynn, but for Boca Raton, reiterates Dr. Ross. “We’re working with the chamber, city, county—everyone has put in an effort to showcase all the great elements of Boca.” The event is expected to generate several million dollars into the local economy, according to presidential historian and Lynn University American Studies professor Dr. Robert Watson, with political staffers, Secret Service employees and journalists flying in. Consider that the GOP presidential debate this past January in Myrtle Beach, S.C. had an estimated $14.5-million impact on that city. The impact study, which was conducted by the BB&T Center for Economic and Community Development, Wall College of Business at Coastal Carolina University, included in its breakdown a

$11.5 million value in advertising from print and broadcast exposure; $823,000 spent on associated nondebate activities; $504,790 attributed to room revenue; $734,410 spent by visitors in addition to room nights; $520,000 for debate site preparation; $298,000 revenue for food and beverage business and a total local tax revenue of $87,710 (included in the above figures). Joshua Glanzer, Lynn’s director of public relations, notes that the 2004 vice presidential debate between incumbent Dick Cheney

“The candidates and their handlers are aware that all it takes is one bad sentence or one good sentence to resolve an election… Everybody knows what’s at stake.” – Jim Lehrer, author, former anchor of PBS’s “NewsHour,” host of this year’s Colorado debate, and past moderator of 11 presidential and vice presidential debates

and John Edwards at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio had a $20 million-plus economic impact on that city. “We believe the presidential debate will have a larger impact on Boca Raton because of the larger contingent of people in town and because the presidential debate is a bigger event,” he says, adding that Lynn University will do an economic study following the debate. Of course, for an event this hot, tickets aren’t easy to come by. They’re not even available to the public. Obama’s staff gets a third of the tickets, Romney gets a third, and the election commission and Lynn each get one-sixth, with all of Lynn’s tickets going to students through a lottery system. Even Dr. Ross will have to watch the debate outdoors on the campus’ big screen. “My ticket will be given to a student. I won’t even be in the auditorium,” he says. “Anyone who wants a ticket will have to go through President Obama’s staff or Romney’s office.”

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DETAILS, DETAILS As soon as Lynn was named the debate’s host, the hard work began. School officials set up teams to work with the Secret Service, the candidates’ staffs, journalists and TV networks. “We put teams together to plan every single detail,” says Gregory Malfitano, senior vice president for administration and co-chair of the team overseeing the event. “The Secret Service is in charge of security but they coordinate with us, the Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security, Boca police, the fire department… And we interface with everybody.” And that’s just the start of it. “We provide support services, we run the credentialing center for journalists and make sure they have housing options. We have to feed them, provide concierge services, whatever their needs are. The press is going to be tired since this is the last debate,” says Malfitano. The university is already building “Debate City,” an area on campus enclosed by an 8-foot fence, which will surround the media trucks and trailers. “You can imagine the technical support needed… just the power source necessary to do the international feeds by satellite,” says Malfitano. “And we’re building six booths in the performing arts center for the news networks.” He’s also reached out for advice to other schools who’ve hosted presidential debates. “We talked about how they have done it. They told us to be flexible. It’s all about the details. We will build a media filing center and ‘Spin Alley’ inside the media center, where people will put spin on the debate after it’s over. Everything will have to be humming perfectly.” Glanzer is in charge of the media center and making sure journalists have the right hookups during the debate itself. “It will be transcribed live and copies will be run to the media so they can quote directly for stories.

We will need volunteers to run live transcriptions. And we will have a desk to help media, who may need batteries or sandwiches. We make sure all the cabling is run correctly so they can hook up cameras, mics, etc. We’re prepared for journalists and their staffs to be here as long as 10 days.” Glanzer says he wants journalists to include Lynn University in their reporting. “We’re telling our story about our students, the campus and making sure viewers learn about what we do here.” And to be sure students don’t miss the importance of the event their school is hosting Lynn currently offers on its curriculum about 40 courses that relate to the debate. In August, an academic study tour took 120 students to both the Democratic and Republican conventions. “Every incoming freshman will take a debate-related course,” explains Dr. Gregg Cox, vice president for academic affairs in charge of integrating the presidential debates into the curriculum. “We’re already finding increasing interest in politics and political issues, which is interesting because this generation seems to be somewhat apathetic to the political scene.” “(Lynn University’s) College of Education has developed kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculums on civics, launched with the Palm Beach County school system about how the election system really works. It will start in the fall. Lesson plans are provided to (Palm Beach County) teachers so they can pick and choose,” he says. Some students will also have the opportunity to volunteer in the media center and other areas. Dr. Cox predicts students will get into the spirit this month when they see the erected security fence and the trailers that will house reporters from around the world. There are lots of festivities planned around the event as well, including an all-day pre-debate bash and a nighttime viewing party. “The night of the debate, there

will be a big stage and lawn seating on our soccer field for the live broadcast, and also one in the cafeteria, the smaller theater and all over campus. It will be an exciting evening,” says Dr. Cox. “We’re hoping to have 700 to 1,000 people for a huge viewing party in a tent with multiple screens,” adds Dr. Phil Riordan, vice president for student life. “We’re talking about dinner plans that will include light hors d’oeuvres. We’ve talked about an all-white theme party. We want kids to dress up, not come in shorts and flip-flops.” The campus parties will be hot tickets as well, with only students and pre-registered alumni being granted admittance. “Anyone off campus will need credentials,” says Dr. Riordan. “These events are not for the public. There’s not enough parking, we’re just not that big.” Perhaps no one is more fascinated with the upcoming debate than Dr. Watson, author of 34 books on history and the presidency. “I’m thrilled,” he says.

Douglas won the Senate seat,” says Dr. Watson. The Kennedy-Nixon debate in 1960 was the first televised debate, forever changing the political landscape. “They were dramatically different candidates. Kennedy was young and handsome, Nixon was awkward. People who listened to the debate on radio thought that Nixon may have won it. People who saw it thought Kennedy may have won,” says Dr. Watson. “Nixon was sweating and looked shiftyeyed. Kennedy was calm, cool and collected, and had the best suit and hair money could buy. He smiled at the moderator. We learned the power of the visual image.” Dr. Watson predicts the upcoming debate will be a nail biter. “Florida is becoming the most important swing state. It’s the largest; we have large numbers of seniors, Latinos, Jewish voters, black voters, veterans—it’s a great bellwether state. It makes this last debate terribly exciting,” he says. How does he predict these two

“We put teams together to plan every single detail. The Secret Service is in charge of security but they coordinate with us, the Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security, Boca police, the fire department… And we interface with everybody.” – Gregory Malfitano, senior vice president for administration and co-chair of the team overseeing the event

Voters have been captivated by debates since the Abraham Lincoln-Stephen A. Douglas race for the Senate in 1858, considered the first political debates, he points out. “The thing that made it so intriguing was that the country was racing toward disunion and civil war. Something was going to happen. Douglas was considered the greatest orator of his time and Lincoln was an up-and-coming grand orator. It was the clash of the titans. Lincoln won the debates but

candidates will perform? “I think Romney is not as articulate as Obama but he is clearly a good debater,” says Dr. Watson. This final debate, he says, will not only be crucial for the candidates, but for Florida as well. “After the bad publicity of the Trayvon Martin case… and the 2000 election debacle, this debate gives us a chance to put a good face forward to the world,” he explains. “The road to the White House really will run through Florida, and through Lynn University.” O SEPTEMBER 2012

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DURING THE CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL AN ENTIRE NATION CAST DOUBT ON CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY BAEZ. THEN HE PULLED OFF THE WIN OF THE CENTURY, WROTE A BEST-SELLER—AND OPENED AN OFFICE IN SOUTH FLORIDA.

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ose Baez is a man who knows what it’s like to be doubted by the entire country. But he’s also a man who knows what it’s like to prove everyone wrong. Best-known as the criminal defense attorney who shocked the nation last year by freeing Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of first-degree murder charges in the death of her toddler daughter, Baez is now in South Florida, where he’s extended his first office in the outskirts of Orlando to luxurious downtown Coral Gables. His second office opened this past summer on Ponce de Leon Boulevard and is yet another positive direction in the attorney’s busy life.

But that’s not the only welcome change these days. He’s been in the media spotlight once again, promoting his 421-page tell-all book, “Presumed Guilty– Casey Anthony: The Inside Story,” which debuted in early July and made The New York Times’ best-seller list. In it, this Hispanic lawyer lashes out at the media, blasts most of the law enforcement that worked on the case and reveals why he believes Anthony’s father, George Anthony, knew more than he let on about the death of his granddaughter, Caylee. Perhaps even more importantly, he explains why Anthony is no longer behind bars. “I never thought for a second that the evidence showed she murdered her child; I always thought differently than everyone else,” he says

during an interview with The Boca Raton Observer. “And I was happy that the jury was brave enough to do the right thing and base their decision on evidence and not the people screaming with pitchforks outside.”

As he was trying the case, Baez’s every move was criticized and his personal life suffered so much that he had to shield his wife’s pregnancy from the public, lost his house to foreclosure, and admits that his practice was in such jeopardy of shutting its doors there were times he struggled to pay his staff. All of that plus the rampant rumors—including one that accused Baez of having an affair with Anthony—continued to anger this otherwise laidback attorney. “I got tired of hearing things that were flat-out not true,” says Baez, 43, adding that, for this reason, he found writing his book to be therapeutic. And as grueling as it was to get through this rollercoaster of a case, Baez insists he never let it shatter him. “There were times when I bent but I knew I wasn’t going to break,” he says. “At the end of the day, I got to go home. My client didn’t. She was in a locked-down cell seven days a week facing death. She didn’t have her child. I had mine. If you see someone suffering like that you realize your problems are relatively insignificant.” READ ALL ABOUT IT: Baez's book made The New York Times best-seller list

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that time and, when he was home, he had too much work to focus on his family. He endured sleepless nights and depression, which wasn’t easy on anyone. “If I had any regrets, that’s certainly one of them,” says Baez, who has tried to shield his private life from media scrutiny.

a security guard during law school so he could pay child support and lived in a boarding house on a skimpy budget, but still managed to graduate with a well-deserved law degree in 1997. He got a job at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office, which he credits for making him the lawyer he is today.

I had tried 45 jury cases before this… I didn’t win that trial out of luck. It was hard work and an incredible commitment.

MEDIA MADNESS Baez had been a certified Florida attorney for just three short years when he met Anthony. She’d heard through others in the Orange County Jail that he was good so she arranged a meeting with him soon after her 2008 arrest in Orlando. The media aggressively covered the entire case—which lasted almost four years—and during that time many articles appeared about Baez himself, where attorneys throughout the country scrutinized his tactics and attacked his reputation, both professionally and personally. (Baez says the attacks made for good TV and allowed the other attorneys, many of whom were likely envious because he’d landed such a highprofile case, to promote themselves.) Some media outlets even noted that he had a 24-year-old daughter from a previous marriage (this was reported because his ex-wife had accused Baez years ago of not paying enough child support). What was rarely reported was that Baez has a baby boy as well. 60

Yes, the man trying a case that involved a child’s death had a child of his own not much younger than Caylee was when her remains were found in a wooded area in Orlando. His little boy was born while Baez was knee-deep in preparing for what would become one of the nation’s most highprofile trials. Baez admits he wasn’t home as much as he should’ve been during

SURPRISE VERDICT: Casey Anthony reacts to being found not guilty on murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando

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Sometimes, he acknowledges, you have to make sacrifices to attain success in your professional life. And attain it he has, though he never imagined he’d do so at such a rapid pace. Baez grew up in New York and then Miami, raised by a single mother who worked three jobs (including at a nursery in Homestead) to put food on the table. He didn’t have a father figure, dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and got a 16-year-old pregnant when he was 17. He married the girl (they have since divorced and Baez is now married to his second wife, Lorena) and credits his daughter from his first marriage for motivating him to do something better with his life. He joined the U.S. Navy and eventually earned his GED. He attended Miami-Dade Community College, Florida State University in Tallahassee and then St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. He worked full time as

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He shined in the courtroom and quickly learned that fighting for the underdog was his passion and was thrilled to have finally found his niche. But that passion was soon interrupted. Though he’d passed the Florida Bar exam, he didn’t pass the character part of the test. His ex-wife claimed he wasn’t paying his child support and though Baez refuted the statement, the board didn’t believe him and he was denied admission, forced to wait years before reapplying. He stayed on at the public defender’s office and worked as an investigator but eventually left and moved to Orlando, where he got a job at LexisNexis training lawyers on how to do legal research online. But the new career path didn’t satisfy him and he was devastated, calling that period before finally being accepted by the Florida Bar in 2005, as the worst time of his life. These days, life has improved. Remarkably so. And he admits that he’s a better man and a better lawyer for having gone through and survived the mess. It “ended up as the best thing that ever happened to me,” he points out in his book. He didn’t know then that the strength and perseverance gained from that experience would prove beneficial in the future, when he’d take on a client who would become known as the most hated woman in America.


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NO SILVER SPOON Baez is quick to say that, “I knew Casey Anthony before she was Casey Anthony.” “I got hired within hours of this case blowing up,” he recalls. “It wasn’t the national phenomenon that it became. I didn’t understand the fascination with it all. It’s a sad tragedy that there are crimes that occur every day that don’t get the recognition that this case did.” The Lifetime Television network is even producing a movie about the case, based on a book Florida prosecutor Jeff Ashton wrote about his experience (as of press time, it was unclear when the movie was scheduled to air). Actor Rob Lowe is reportedly slated to play Ashton and actor Oscar Nunez from “The Office” is said to be portraying Baez. Baez is not impressed, saying that nothing about the movie appeals to him because he doesn’t believe Ashton’s point of view is based on any real fact. “If you knew the guy like I did, you wouldn’t be interested in his book,” he quips, adding that he doesn’t plan to watch the movie. While many attorneys have publicly attributed Baez’s success during the Casey Anthony case to sheer luck, he’s quick to point out that they’re mistaken. “I had tried 45 jury cases before this. I had blood, sweat and tears in many other cases,” he says. “I didn’t win that trial out of luck. It was hard work and an incredible commitment.” He says he’s able to withstand high-pressure situations because he didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth. “Everything I had, I had to earn. Life is tough for everyone. In doing so, you learn how to be tough,” he says. “And you learn how to stand in the face of adversity and that’s the one thing I always felt strong about.” He recognizes that Anthony endured an incredibly difficult time as well, and that people never stopped to think about that. Though he describes Anthony as someone with se-

rious mental health issues who often times lived in a fantasy world, he also says she’s “incredibly brave and intelligent” and that he’s “never met someone who is as courageous as she is.” While the prosecution argued during the trial that Anthony suffocated Caylee with duct tape because she wanted to go to nightclubs and be with her boyfriend, Baez argued that Caylee drowned accidentally in the family pool and that Anthony’s father, George Anthony, hid the body in the nearby woods while Anthony panicked because she was already traumatized from being sexually abused by him. George Anthony has denied the abuse as well as the theory that he was somehow involved in Caylee’s death. In his book, Baez writes that Anthony confessed that her brother, Lee, also sexually abused her. “She is a young woman who has been through numerous traumatic events in her life and has been a survivor,” Baez says. “You can call her a lot of things, but you can’t deny those things.” He remembers making his way to court one day during the trial, and being recognized by someone in the elevator. The person told him he was doing a great job but that he hated Anthony. “I turned to the person and said, ‘Do you know her?’ He said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘So how can you hate her?’ And he said, ‘Oh, I guess you’re right. I don’t know her. I don’t know what she’s like,’” Baez recalls. “Hate comes from reports from people who don’t know her,” Baez says. “At the end of the day, it’s so silly. So ridiculous. For her to be the most hated woman in America, I shake my head at it in amazement. Who created this, was it Nancy Grace? Why do people hate her? There are sad tragedies every day in this country in every city and why her?”

MOVING ON Today Baez still has his office in Kissimmee, but he’s focused on his new South Florida office. His goal had always been to expand his prac-

tential lawsuit against the Aurorabased movie theater. Baez says he loves being a criminal defense attorney because he works with real people who have real problems and serves as, “the light of hope for people who had no hope.” He says that even the most hated of defendants deserves a fair trial. “If the system doesn’t stand tall for everyone, then we don’t really have a system,” he says. “We (defense attorneys) consider ourselves guardians of that system.” As for Anthony, Baez no longer represents her because her case is over (as of press time, her parole for check fraud was set to end on August 23). He tried it and won. He declined to speak about her recent video diaries on YouTube or her brief phone interview this summer with CNN’s Piers

tice and he did just that after the trial ended. The Coral Gables office opened in June and it’s a perfect place, he says, because it’s beautiful, in a great location surrounded by restaurants and, of course, there’s the nearby beach. Baez needed a second office, he says, because his busy practice now fields phone calls from desperate people all over the country wanting his help. He’s since taken on the Gary Giordano case, which also made national headlines last year. Giordano was arrested in Aruba and accused of being involved in the August 2011 disappearance of a Maryland woman named Robyn Gardner, who had accompanied Giordano on the Aruba trip. Baez took over the case, and Giordano was out of prison three months later. Baez says he believes the case is over. “Unfortunately, Gardner is presumed dead. She hasn’t been found by now. I think she floated off to sea and the evidence against him was so weak and so pathetic that fortunately we were able to show he had BACK FROM ARUBA: Baez and client Gary Giordano arrive at New York's JFK Airport

Everything I had, I had to earn. Life is tough for everyone. In doing so, you learn how to be tough.

nothing to do with it,” Baez says. His practice is also representing a mix of plaintiffs and defendants, including Charlie Ely, an 18-yearold convicted of first-degree murder in Ocala, Fla. Baez was also recently hired by a woman who filed a police report against Grammy Award-winning Latin singer Elvis Crespo, whom the woman is accusing of attempted rape. And as of press time, he was reportedly representing several Colorado shooting victims’ families in a po-

Morgan and laughs when he’s asked if Anthony is profiting from his book. The answer is no, he says, but she was aware he intended to write it and gave him her blessing. Baez also refuses to reveal the last time he spoke with Anthony, nor will he leak where she is now or if she’s in contact with her family. That time of his life, for the most part, is over. And now Baez is happily moving forward, at an incredibly fastpaced speed. O SEPTEMBER 2012

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on’t call me before 10 a.m.!” Dianna Collier tells her clients. Why? Because the Palm Beach Gardens-based literary agent insists on getting a few hours of sleep after reading manuscripts until 2 a.m., which she does most nights. With a roster of more than 100 clients and dozens of potential new authors, Collier works more than 12 hours a day from her home office. She takes manuscripts to the doctor and dentist, and works on the computer while playing with Mignon, her 5-month-old Westie, a rescue dog. “It’s nice to just close my door and concentrate on work but when you have a home office there are lots of distractions,” says Collier, who worked in Manhattan before moving back to her hometown of South Florida in the early 1990s. Collier and her husband Fred Warner, a retired English professor from the University of New Mexico and one of her former editor clients, own and operate Collier Associates, a successful full-service literary agency. Other than employing a few part-time readers, Collier and Warner do everything themselves, handling how-to, historical, political and other nonfiction books, novels (mysteries, romances and other good yarns) and anything else that sounds promising, such as landscaping tips for Florida or the occasional sci-fi story.

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Collier camps it up at Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden at The Society of The Four Arts in Palm Beach

“People who want to publish books love to talk on the phone and after a while they become part of our family,” says Collier, who grew up between Hollywood, Fla. and West Orange, N.J., and attended the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. “One of our authors is from Texas and I love his accent.” While authors’ enthusiasm remains the same, the publishing business has changed dramatically since Collier first entered it back in the early 1970s. It’s become especially challenging to get young people to read, Collier says, and equally daunting to figure out re-

I love this business because I never know what we will learn each day.

ers are having trouble formulating revenue programs. “Authors get annoyed at publishers because they need to know how they will get compensated,” she says. “We still don’t know how things will end up as it has become a totally new business that we are learning as we go along.” When not busy renegotiating contracts with longtime authors, Collier Associates will take on a new client if they like the writing, if there is minimal editing required,

turns and royalties as the publishing business is grappling with the Internet and eBooks. While Collier gets 35 percent of a sale, she says it’s a whole new industry and publish-

and if they think they can sell the manuscript to editors. And not everyone’s the next Ernest Hemingway. “I have to like the author’s voice and the way he or she writes,” explains Collier. “Everyone has a story but they can’t all write well enough to publish. I take people with promise, those with whom I can help establish a career with the right editors and stick with over the years.”

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ollier didn’t just land in Palm Beach Gardens and decide to represent international authors from her home. The edited version is, she married a literary agent in the 1970s and did a stint in Manhattan before moving back to Florida permanently to settle her mother’s estate. The longer story: After graduating from Boston University in 1965 with a major in languages and a minor in history and political science, Collier edited textbooks for Blaisdell Publishing before moving to Manhattan to take care of some family matters. While there, she was doing mergers

and acquisitions in a different industry when she met her first husband, Oscar Collier, 20 years older and partner in his own literary agency. His clients included authors like Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona, former Secretary of the Navy James Webb, who wrote “Fields of Fire,” Harry Browne, a libertarian who made millions from the book, “You Can Profit From a Monetary Crisis,” and Sir Oswald Mosley, an English politician who founded the British Union of Fascists. “Oscar and his partner sublet space from my boss at the time and we ended up getting married,” says Collier, who has one son. She left her job to work with her husband, and even though they divorced after 10 years of marriage, he asked her to take over his Southern authors when she relocated back to Florida. Then in 1994, Oscar retired and asked her to take over the entire business. Collier, a diehard professional, was thrilled. Being a woman in the literary agency business has always been great, she says, because most book editors are female, as are some


publishing executives. And she loves schmoozing with interesting writers. “Oscar had such fascinating clients,” she recalls. “I was happy to take over the business. And while

Everyone has a story but they can’t all write well enough to publish. I take people with promise, those with whom I can help establish a career with the right editors and stick with over the years.

Palm Beach Gardens would seem like a culture shock to many, I did grow up in South Florida and my dad had a house in Palm Beach. So it was familiar territory.” While working, Collier met Warner through a client. She began to represent him on books he edited by journalist A.J. Liebling. They started a correspondence, he moved from Arkansas to Florida and they were wed in 2003. “Fred is witty,” she says. “We talk about books, theater and various clients. We go to the beach, to the opera. We spend time in New York and travel to Europe—Vienna, Florence, Budapest, Prague and London. We read about interesting people who may have something to write and we contact them.” While most of their clients live elsewhere, Collier is always looking for Florida-based authors. And she likes the ones they represent now. Bob Williamson is a Miami mystery writer who brings Queen Victoria back to solve problems. Described as a “cash cow,” Robert Haley is a Florida author who discusses what plants can grow in subtropical climes. They are looking for more Hispanic and African-American authors to write serious books. “I love this business because I never know what we will learn each day,” says Collier. “That is why I work so long and hard. It continues to excite me.” O

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SIZE Doesn’t Matter Successful Local Small Business Owners Share Big-Time Advice

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or many folks, owning a business means they’ve arrived. They’re the bosses. They make the rules. Such a prospect is exciting, promising and liberating— but not easily achievable, especially for entrepreneurs who pour their hearts and bank accounts into their small companies, sometimes without seeing a return for years. To get the inside track on what it takes to create a successful enterprise, we spoke with local business owners—all of whom employ less than 30 staffers but share the same goals as a Fortune 500 company—to find out what their roads to riches have been like.

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All report having worked treacherously long hours and encountering challenges galore. Take Jason Bailey of Sun Broadcasting Group, Inc. in Boca Raton, who received a $1 paycheck for the first three years he was in business. Or Captain Joe and Kerry Reardon of Delray Yacht Cruises, whose perennially delayed $4.5 million charter yacht was finally delivered—just as the economy tanked in 2008. And yet, these entrepreneurs were not deterred. Rather, they insist the hardships made success all the sweeter. Their companies may be small, but their chutzpah is gargantuan.

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“Know what you’re getting yourself into; do your research and know your demographics. I knew there were a lot of retirees here but I pictured South Florida as a ‘Seinfeld’ episode… it’s anything but.”

WAVES OF SUCCESS CAPTAIN JOE AND KERRY REARDON, OWNERS AND OPERATORS, DELRAY YACHT CRUISES, DELRAY BEACH

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he Coast Guard is coming back to make sure we did what we said we would; that’s like a dentist appointment and an IRS audit on the same day,” it says on the Delray Yacht Cruises website. Ah, the challenges of a sightseeing and boat charter business, quips 45-yearold Captain Joe Reardon, who, along with wife Kerry, 39, owns and operates the Delray Beach company they launched in 2005 with their personal savings. “We wanted to offer an affordable first-class attraction that was unique,” explains Captain Reardon, who’s worked on passenger boats for more 30 years. “You can’t go in a car where I can take you in a boat.” While the Reardons say they love what they do, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing aboard the 90-foot Lady Delray and the 105-foot Lady Atlantic. “After purchasing our first charter yacht we went nonstop for three years… no vacations, no sick days,” recalls Captain Reardon. “I had a tooth pulled in 19 minutes once between cruises and made it back to run the next trip. We had no choice—the bank doesn’t care if you have a toothache.” Then there’s the industry’s fickle nature. “This business deals with weather, people and boats…” he says. “Expect the worst, hope for the best and take what God gives you.” Their biggest obstacle? “Building a $4.5 million yacht (the Lady Atlantic) and being pregnant with my now 4-year-old daughter just as the economy tanked in 2008,” recalls Kerry. They kept the business afloat by getting creative, offering unique dining cruises and private charters. “With this business you have to stay fresh. If you don’t, people will find other things to do,” says Captain Reardon. Kerry, whose background in the food and beverage industry has come in handy, insists the hard work and long hours are worth it. Her favorite part? “Meeting new people along our journey,” she says. “And doing what we love.”

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GREEN FOR LIFE: Angela Gismondi-Salbe

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WORKING WISDOM:

“Align yourself with people who have knowledge and can teach you something about the business you’re starting; don’t waste precious dollars upfront on nonessential items that create unnecessary overhead and keep everything simple because complexity will slow you down.”

VEGGIE GOOD ANGELA GISMONDI-SALBE, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDER, VERDURABRAND®, POMPANO BEACH henever Angela Gismondi-Salbe went grocery shopping she’d scan the produce aisle, imagining tasty dishes she longed to cook. But with two small children, there was no time for slicing and dicing. And the available frozen veggies tasted burned or bland, and were full of preservatives. There had to be a way to incorporate vegetables into her family’s Mediterranean diet, she mused. And after lots of trial and error, the 44-year-old Boca Raton resident came up with her all-natural, preservative-free gourmet frozen vegetable dishes. “I knew it was something that needed to be done,” says Gismondi-Salbe, whose family owns Arturo’s Ristorante in Boca Raton. Her creations were a hit with friends and relatives, who urged her to sell them. Now, seven years later her 20 Verdurabrand® (“verdura” means “vegetable” in Italian) products are carried in 25 Florida stores, including Boca Raton’s Old Dixie Seafood and Joseph’s Classic Market. Choices include Sautéed Spinach, Sautéed Broccoli Rabe and Escarole & Beans, all made with farm-fresh produce, garlic and extra-virgin olive oil. Her mission? “Making it easier to eat naturally, one deliciously prepared vegetable at a time.” She’s on her way: What began in a tiny restaurant kitchen has become an enterprise that occupies an 8,000-square-foot commercial facility in Pompano Beach. Gismondi-Salbe, who launched her company with “personal funds, a bit of bootstrapping and tons of resourcefulness,” has turned a profit, but continuously reinvests “because its growth is still in its infancy.” One of her biggest challenges has been marketing. “We needed people to understand that it’s not Green Giant; that it’s gourmet and natural,” she explains. “You have to be able to take rejection and develop a thick skin. At one store I was told they’d rather stock ice cream.” Undeterred, she approached department stores about offering samples in their kitchen departments. Bloomingdale’s in Boca Raton and Aventura agreed. “Sometimes I wondered, ‘How am I going to do this?’ recalls Gismondi-Salbe. “But then I realized: ‘Just ask.’”

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NATURAL LUXURIES CHRISTY BOOTH, OWNER, PURA BOTANICA, LIGHTHOUSE POINT

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hen Pura Botanica founder Christy Booth rubs elbows with celebrity clients at swanky Hollywood events, you can bet hers are the softest in the room. Booth, 40, is founder and owner of Lighthouse Point-based Pura Botanica, which creates eco-friendly natural luxury products such as botanic bath infusions, gentle cleansing soaps, soy candles and vegan-friendly travel accessories. Since starting her company in 2008, she’s extended its reach to 13 retailers in Florida, as well as spots in Louisiana, Nevada, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Products are manufactured in South Florida and Texas, and warehoused and distributed in Fort Lauderdale and St. Paul, Minn. She runs Pura Botanica with just one business manager. “I guess you could say we’re a small women-powered business,” says Booth, who dreamed up the company’s concept while traveling to other countries and noticing that pure, healthy products were not available in the United States. That’s when the brainstorm happened. “I wanted to develop a luxury eco-brand of found-in-nature fragrances that were free of synthetic ingredients. I put my own capi-

tal resources (more than a half-million dollars) into the company, says Booth, who saw a return after three years. Why has Pura Botanica thrived, while others have failed? “I aim(ed) high—and I shoot for the sky,” says Booth, whose first client was The Ritz Carlton, Naples. WORKING WISDOM:

“Do your research; know your competitors and what makes you different; get a mentor; develop your plan of action and retain your own capital; and stay focused and true to your plan/passion.” Her celebrity connections haven’t hurt, either. “I grew up with famous neighbors and went to school with many,” says Booth, a Los Angeles native who moved to South Florida 18 years ago. “It’s just the way of life in L.A.—you never know who you may see each day.” Consequently, Booth gets invited to sponsor events like the recent MTV Movie Awards, where Elisabetta Canales, Ernie Hudson and other famous folks sampled Pura Botanica products in the gifting suite. She calls the celebrity-filled event her “ultimate focus group.” What’s next for Booth? “My vision is to expand the line with new products, such as body scrubs,” she says. “And for the line to be available globally to all guests of high-end luxury resorts.” For more information, visit puraproducts.com.

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ON THE RADIO: Jason Bailey

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SOUND ADVICE JASON BAILEY, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SUN BROADCAST GROUP, INC., BOCA RATON

henever Jason Bailey hears the bell clang in his office, he sprints down the hall. The reverberation, signifying an advertising sale exceeding $40,000, sparks hearty congratulations—and indicates how far his national radio broadcast network has come in just four years. The 35-year-old entrepreneur is the founder of Boca Raton-based Sun Broadcast Group, Inc., a national sales and syndication company that places shows and services on radio stations and sells commercial time on those stations. Bailey, a father of two, started the company in 2008 with a $25,000 personal investment and five employees. His annual salary for the first three years was a whopping $1. He acknowledges that launching a business in the depths of a recession may have left some people scratching their heads. “It was risky,” admits Bailey, a former radio show producer and co-host, who once worked in real estate. “But I knew companies all over the nation would need a more cost-effective way to get their message out. The strategy I used allowed me to offer them, in most cases, hundreds of stations at a fraction of what larger networks were charging.” Bailey’s instincts were on the money. His company has since grown to two offices (the second in New York City), 15 employees and a high-end client roster that includes A7E Television, Pfizer, Old Navy, Sherwin-Williams and GameStop. Average sales have skyrocketed from $2,500 to between $50,000 and around $500,000, with many clients securing space for a year at a time. Although Bailey collects antique radios, his company is cutting edge. “People are done with the same old songs, the same old deejays,” he says emphatically. “We are creating innovative and interactive content and shows where listeners create and manage the content they want.” He attributes his success to, among other things, humility. “I have the ideas. I have the passion. I don’t have all the answers. But when I listen carefully enough, they present themselves in the most amazing (and sometimes most unusual) ways.”

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“Stick with it! If you’re willing to say at the start that, ‘if it doesn’t work out I can just go back to my old career,’ then don’t attempt to start a business. It means you have an exit strategy and that you don’t really believe in yourself. You will lose.”

For more information, visit sunbgi.com.

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The New American Basketball League Prepares Players For Careers Abroad { BY BILL BOWEN }

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asketball was everyone’s favorite sport this summer as the Miami Heat rolled to its second NBA Championship. And when better to launch a new league than while LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are smiling from a hundred magazine covers? That’s what a South Floridaled group of businessmen did, combining their considerable basketball acumen to quietly and meticulously plan the American Basketball League (ABL), which begins play in January with the unusual goal of preparing players for careers in Europe. The need for this approach is best illustrated by a bit of math. There are 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament field, with five starters each—that’s 340 players. The NBA Draft selects 60 players. But what happens to all the other, not-quite-as-great players? Enter veteran basketball negotiator and Fort Lauderdale resident Steve Haney, CEO of the ABL. “We wanted to create a viable minor league program that would be a feeder system for international teams,” says Haney, longtime legal representative for NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins, who lived in Europe while serving as general manager of M7 Boras, the Swedish club team once owned by Johnson. Haney is joined by European basketball impresario Tony Parker, Sr., the father of San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker, Jr., who is a board member of the Federation of International Basketball (FIBA) and the ABL’s vice president and director of international affairs. Also onboard is former NBA star point guard Kenny Anderson, a former coach in the Continental Basketball Association, who moved to Pembroke Pines after retiring from a 14-year NBA career. Anderson will own and coach the Fort Lauderdale Sharks. The ABL, with eight teams in Florida and four in Texas, will play its games under FIBA rules and its main focus will be getting players

onto club teams in Europe and elsewhere. The ABL offers players a much greater chance at a basketball career than, say, waiting to land a roster spot with the Miami Heat. “The odds of a player getting into the NBA are slim,” explains league commissioner Marlon Minifee. “And sometimes it can be even harder getting into the D-League. If you’re not one of the top 300 players in the country and you didn’t average 26 points a game in college, you can have a very difficult time finding a place to play.” The D-League, or NBA Developmental League, was a hodgepodge minor league created in 2001 that in recent years expanded to 16 teams with affiliations to

NBA teams in an attempt to make it a true farm system. But minor league basketball in America has rarely been a portal to the NBA, and the recent spectacular failure of the American Basketball Association (ABA), which last year had more than a third of its teams fold after just a few weeks, helped prompt the ABL business model. “We’ve had lots of calls from people about expanding the league,” says Haney. “But our goal is just to have a good first year and not go bankrupt. If we have a successful first year, and nobody goes bankrupt, that will make minor league basketball history. That’s how low the bar has been set.” he ABL’s Florida teams, known as the Tropic Conference, include the West Palm Beach Piranhas (owner LeMoure Stephens is seeking local ownership partners), Anderson’s Fort Lauderdale Sharks, the Miami Stars, Fort Myers Breakers, Lakeland Flames, Heartland Eagles (Avon Park), Panama City Dream, and Emerald Coast Knights (Fort Walton/Destin). Texas’s Lonestar Conference teams are the Lake Houston Xperience, Texas Surge (San Antonio), Austin Revolution and the Twin City Stars (Bryan/College Station).

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a hallmark of this league, which is being formed with fortuitous timing—not only did the Heat’s success give Floridians warm and fuzzy associations with the sport, but the London Olympics focused attention on international basketball. It also comes close on the heels of well-publicized travails of the unwieldy ABA, which blanketed the country with 85 teams in 15 geographical conferences—and imploded. “Some of the teams were wellrun and some teams were not,” says Minifee. “Some of the teams had to travel huge distances to their games and sometimes they just wouldn’t show up.” In the ABL, the league will issue jerseys and maintain the individual team websites, as well as oversee scheduling and transportation issues. “Our business model is going to prevent a lot of the problems that happened when franchises were left to their own devices,” Stephens says. The European connection is strong in this league’s leadership. Parker, Sr. played for 15 years in Europe and raised his NBA All-Star son in France. His well of contacts in international basketball will be one of the main draws for players in the ABL. Minifee played in Croatia and several other European stops.

“Our business model is going to prevent a lot of the problems that happened when franchises were left to their own devices.” – LeMoure Stephens, owner, West Palm Beach Piranhas

LeMoure Stephens

Beginning January 3 through April 13, each team will play a 24game schedule, with 12 games at home and 12 away. The venues will include high school gymnasiums and local recreation centers. Ticket prices will be minimal and to keep travel costs down, there will no interconference games until the playoffs. “We are not trying to compete with the Miami Heat,” explains Stephens. “We will be well-organized and professionally run, but there will not be a lot of hoopla.” Executive control seems to be

“It’s very different over there,” Minifee says. “The rules are different; the way the game is played is different. If I had been exposed to a league like this, it would have made my transition a lot easier.” O Think you’ve got what it takes to get paid for shooting hoops? The West Palm Beach Piranhas will be holding a free-agent tryout in mid-September. For more information, visit abl-hoops.com.

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to make sure everything is running smoothly,” says Jacobsen, 56. During his busiest time, which he calls ‘amphitheatre season,’ and which typically runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, he easily works 60 to 70 hours a week. Though he makes it a point to pursue hobbies such as reading and exercising, as well as spend quality time with his wife Karen and their children Kate, 18 and Nicholas, 14. And while Jacobsen admits he’s no genius when it comes to time management, he says his job has taught him that every minute counts. “My wife kids me all the time that I cut everything down to the last minute, and she’s right. But if I say I’m going to be somewhere I am there—and I’m right on time,” he points out.

Mus c Man BUSINESS IS BOOMING FOR LIVE NATION FLORIDA PRESIDENT NEIL JACOBSEN

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ven though he’s rubbed elbows with the most legendary stars in the music industry—from Barbra Streisand to James Taylor to the members of Irish rock band U2—Neil Jacobsen says the most thrilling aspect of his hectic life is simply spending time at home in Delray Beach with his wife and two teenage children. Perhaps this is because—especially during concert season—it’s such a rare treat. As president of Live Nation Florida, Jacobsen is responsible for booking, marketing and promoting concerts at venues all over the state—a daunting task considering that he tries to attend as many of those concerts as possible. After all, it’s part of his job. “I don’t go to every show but I go to a lot of them. I think it’s important to have a representative there 78

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espite his success as a highlevel executive, Jacobsen describes himself as a music lover first and a businessman second. Growing up in upstate New York, he was the kid who spent hours at the record store. And he spent most of the money he earned mowing lawns and doing odd jobs on buying records. He credits his interest in music largely to the era in which he grew up, and still has the first two albums he ever bought—by the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys. “At one time I had 12,000 albums,” recalls Jacobsen. “I still have a lot but not that many.” And how does one store thousands of albums? “We have a lot of bookshelves,” he explains. Jacobsen’s first full-time job in the music industry came along soon after he graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh in 1977. He worked alongside concert industry icon Don Law in Boston, where he was eventually named vice president of booking and marketing for the Don Law

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POSITION OF NOTE: Jacobsen at the Live Nation Florida office in Fort Lauderdale BELOW: Dave Matthews with Jacobsen and Jacobsen’s son, Nicholas

Company. His next claim to fame came in the early 1990s when he went to work for MCA Concerts and was the driving force behind opening Quincy, Washington’s now-legendary Gorge Amphitheatre in 1992. “I did the deal with the Gorge Amphitheatre with the doctor who owned the property,” recalls Jacobsen. And while his professional life flourished, his personal life was undergoing a transition. He’d married Karen and once their daughter was born, the couple began to yearn for the East Coast where they both grew up. Enter Live Nation. In 1995, Jacobsen joined forces with Live Nation President and Electric Factory Founder Larry Magid in Philadelphia. In 2007, Jacobsen was offered the position at Live Nation Florida and he’s been here ever since. So has his passion for music. Though, through the years his tastes have changed. These days, you’re likely to find him listening to more jazz, blues and classical music than rock ‘n’ roll. When he

has a chance to attend a show as a patron rather than as the promoter, he’ll seek out a jazz hall such as Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York City where he saw Kenny Baron earlier this year. And Jacobsen is thrilled to be working on bringing three blues shows to Florida in 2013. “I am very, very excited about that,” he says. For a true testament to his suc-

Center on September 26 and Adam Ant visits the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on September 28. Jacobsen is also responsible for booking the Pet Shop Boys at the House of Blues Orlando in Lake Buena Vista on September 11, along with Living Colour on September 15; and at Tampa’s Ford Amphitheatre, Depeche Mode performs on September 4, Lil

Wayne on September 5 and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on September 12. The potential to grow the concert market locally is what piqued Jacobsen’s interest in coming here and he believes Live Nation Florida has accomplished that goal. “This is a vibrant, thriving region,” he says. “I think we’ve done a good job of increasing the talent

MY BUSINESS ACUMEN HAS GONE UP OVER THE PAST 15 TO 20 YEARS. YOU JUST HAVE TO PRODUCE. THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT cess at Live Nation Florida, simply take a look at this month’s concert lineup: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson performs “Thick as a Brick” at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater on September 18; Datsik comes to Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale on September 19; Ruben Blades plays the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach on September 21; Florence and the Machine headlines at the BankAtlantic

down here.” As for juggling the dizzying number of responsibilities that go along with overseeing so many concert venues, Jacobsen says he’s learned through experience how to keep things running smoothly. “You sort of become a businessman as you go along and continue to move forward. My business acumen has gone up over the past 15 to 20 years. You just have to produce. That’s what it’s all about.” O SEPTEMBER 2012

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IN GOOD COMPANY Few things are more important than your legal rights and fiscal health. And while there is no shortage of attorneys, insurance agents, consultants and financial advisors in the local market, choosing the right ones could mean the difference between economic windfalls and freedom of choice—or bankruptcy and legal consequences. The following professionals know what it takes to get the job done, and done right.

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COMPANY Joshua K. Friedman and Jason A. Brodie

Brodie and Friedman pride themselves on being very responsive to their clients’ needs, and the fact that when we litigate, we litigate aggressively.

of Dimes, Stand Among Friends and the Junior League in order to raise awareness of these organizations. “We took on the responsibility of being chairs of the 2011 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction,” Brodie says. “We chaired this event because the whole theme of family law involves families and children and the March of Dimes supports the birth of healthy babies.”

At Your Service

Adds Friedman: “We want to give back to the community that supports us.”

Law Firm Brodie & Friedman, P.A. Places Clients’ Needs First And Foremost

Brodie & Friedman’s mission is to get their clients what they are entitled to, through settlement negotiations or aggressive litigation, Brodie explains.

BRODIE & FRIEDMAN, P.A. PROVIDES PERSON-

“Brodie and Friedman pride themselves

alized attention and follow-through to each

on being very responsive to their clients’

The attorneys believe their clients depend

and every client.

needs, and the fact that when we liti-

on them for advice regarding what they

gate, we litigate aggressively,” says

may be entitled to and to know the ever-

“We give personalized attention; we truly

Friedman, board-certified in Marital and

changing laws in the family law arena,

are available 24 hours a day, seven days

Family Law by The Florida Bar (only 7

which include the new changes in the ali-

a week,” explain attorneys Joshua K.

percent of Florida Bar members are

mony and child support statutes.

Friedman and Jason A. Brodie, partners at

board-certified).

Brodie & Friedman, P.A., a Boca Ratonbased law firm.

Brodie & Friedman’s areas of practice focus In keeping with their 2010 commitment of

on divorce, child support, property distribu-

giving back to the community, Brodie &

tion, alimony, time-sharing, enforcement,

“We always follow the law and any chang-

Friedman, P.A. held an event last year that

modification, relocation and pre- and post-

es to it,” says Brodie.

brought together Women In Distress, March

nuptial agreements.

BRODIE & FRIEDMAN, P.A. is located at 1675 N. Military Trail, Suite 550 in Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-392-5100 or visit BRODIEFRIEDMAN.COM.

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

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

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

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

personal injury and medical malpractice liti-

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

gation, including automobile accidents,

sent the victims and their families who were

ty. Today we must remain vigilant against

falls, defective products and medical errors.

injured or suffered damages due to the fault

corporate attacks of our individual rights

After gaining extensive trial experience as a

of others. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial

and ensure that our court system remains

defense attorney, he decided to only repre-

Law and holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest

the best in the world.”

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

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Building Businesses Core Consulting: Offering a Team Approach DRAWING ON HIS SUCCESS IN BUILDING one of Florida’s largest Florida Blue insurance agencies, Rick Jultak is helping South Florida companies grow their own businesses. His firm, Core Consulting, offers a resultsbased approach called the R.E.T.R.O. program to help area firms and businesses improve their operations, reduce costs and increase revenue. “Whether you want to recruit talented people, grow your sales, develop continuous Rick Jultak

Whether you want to recruit talented people, grow your sales, develop continuous lead sources, create cross-selling opportunities, or to simply increase profitability, our program can help you move forward on the right path.

Services, Jultak has built a dynamic regional agency offering health, life, disability and long-term care insurance to groups and individuals. In just two years, Jultak has guided Apple Insurance to a leading position in the highly competitive South Florida marketplace, with offices and satellites in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Stuart and Vero Beach.

lead sources, create cross-selling opportu-

“Each tier is designed to work independent-

Today, the agency now ranks as one of the

nities, or to simply increase profitability, our

ly or integrally and is tailored to the client’s

Top 10 Florida Blue agencies in the state.

program can help you move forward on

needs,” he says. “For example, we help

the right path,” says Jultak.

companies develop cross-selling training

“We have already proven we know how to

programs that maximize the value of their

recruit, train, cross-sell and build success in-

Core Consulting’s proven five-tier coach-

greatest asset—the current customer base.

ternally,” Jultak says. “Now we have taken

ing tool, the R.E.T.R.O program, is designed

We can also look at the benefits structure

that skill set and brought in additional pro-

to help companies reach their fullest po-

and suggest cost-effective alternatives that

fessionals in order to help other businesses.

tential. The acronym R.E.T.R.O. stands for re-

can be helpful in recruiting and retaining

Our clientele to date includes companies

cruiting, employing, training, retaining and

top employees and managers.”

in the hospitality, staffing, and financial in-

optimizing—the core foundations for organizational development and sustainability.

dustries, and we are looking forward to As president of Apple Insurance & Financial

strong organic growth.”

CORE CONSULTING is located at 2765 West Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-580-8100 or visit WWW.CORECONSULTINGTEAM.COM.

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COMPANY Randall W. Peck

If you can browse the Internet, you can use CrummeyService.com.

CrummeyService.com manages the ILIT administration by prompting the grantor when and how much to gift, creates and sends to beneficiaries Crummey gift notices, informs the trustee when and how much to pay for the ILIT life insurance and when to review those policies.

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“There are many other features including secure storage for related estate planning documents as well as on-demand reporting tools,” according to Peck. “The advisors really appreciate what we have built as our notice automation can help them stay connected with clients and their beneficia-

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(ILIT) is an important tool in wealth transfer

powered trusts. “It’s an efficient, low cost

ries even after the planning is completed.”

planning. Administering the trust properly is

tool we designed for law firms and recently

CrummeyService.com is used by some of

a time-consuming headache for the attor-

made available for non-professional trust-

the nation’s top law and financial advisory

ney, financial professional or family mem-

ees and their advisors,” says Peck. “Insur-

firms. Now you can begin using it free for 30

ber serving as trustee.

ance trusts often name a family member of

days. “It only takes about 15 to 20 minutes

the grantor as trustee without considering

to set up the services—and afterward, ILIT

That’s why nationally known Boca Raton life

how the trustee will manage important ad-

administration takes just two minutes per

insurance expert Randall W. Peck created

ministrative tasks that carry a fiduciary re-

year,” says Peck. “If you can browse the In-

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ternet, you can use CrummeyService.com.”

CRUMMEYSERVICE.COM is located at 950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Suite 1000, Boca Raton. For more information, call 888-648-ILIT (4548) or visit CRUMMEYSERVICE.COM.

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COMPANY C. Glen Ged

member of the Florida Justice Association. “That’s a huge responsibility, and it makes me work harder to fight for the justice they deserve.” The creative mind behind much of Ellis, Ged & Bodden’s initiatives, Glen also works

People come to us in their time of need, trusting us to go the extra mile for them at a difficult time.

hard to keep the firm on top of the latest technological advances. Two years ago, Glen led the firm’s push to go to an entirely paperless system, and he brought on a high-tech remote scanning system that has allowed EGB to expedite audits on

Our Mission

medical provider clients’ PIP claims to see quickly if they’re being shortchanged by insurers. Then, over the past year, the firm

Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A. Effecting Positive Change On A Daily Basis

opened 10 new satellite offices across Florida under his leadership. It’s all about reaching more people in

GROWING UP IN A CLOSE-KNIT FAMILY,

serious bodily injury and insurance dis-

need, with value-added service, effi -

C. Glen Ged was taught early on the value

putes, Glen takes that mission to heart,

ciency—and compassion.

of a strong work ethic and a heightened

taking great care to treat his clients’ cases

sense of responsibility for taking care of

not as a set of facts but as the trying cir-

“It’s a privilege to touch another person’s

others. It was with those values that Glen

cumstances of people struggling through

life in a meaningful way,” says Glen, who

and his wife, Ronda Ellis, founded the Boca

some of their darkest hours.

was chosen in April as one of Florida’s “top

Raton law firm of Ellis, Ged & Bodden, P.A.,

1 percent

of car accident lawyers” by

18 years ago with a simple mission: to posi-

“People come to us in their time of need,

CarAccidentLawyer.org, an independent

tively impact people’s lives every day.

trusting us to go the extra mile for them at

group of industry and legal professionals.

a difficult time,” says Glen, a graduate of

“It’s rewarding on a very personal level to

New England School of Law and an Eagle

know you can make a real difference.”

A lawyer concentrating in wrongful death,

ELLIS, GED & BODDEN, P.A. is located at 7171 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-995-1966 or visit ELLISANDGED.COM.

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Full-Service Practice Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. Offers Legal Services In Five Areas WHILE MOST LAW FIRMS CONCENTRATE IN one area of law and one area only, Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. of Boca Raton offers the legal services of five attorneys—in five separate areas of law.

What makes us different is that we have a full-service consumer law firm.

Eric N. Klein

“We practice family law, consumer bankruptcy, criminal defense, and real estate law—

might advise the client that the best way to

foreclosure defense and short sale negotia-

save the house is to file bankruptcy.”

tions—and have a title agency,” explains Eric

sociates, P.A. puts clients’ priorities in order. “We advise clients what to do first—whether

N. Klein. “What makes us different is that we

In other words, the firm is in a unique posi-

it’s to get a divorce, file bankruptcy or initiate

have a full-service consumer law firm.”

tion to best guide clients in all options, rath-

a short sale,” he says. “We’re just a well-round-

er than a firm that just practices foreclosure

ed firm and can handle most real life situations

When clients come to Klein with a financial

defense, or a firm that just practices bank-

under one roof. Clients may not even realize

problem (they’re served with foreclosure

ruptcy or short sales.

what their problem is until they talk to us.”

of their financial position—income, assets

“We’re compassionate and pay special at-

This full-service firm, therefore, does a lot of

and liabilities. But, his firm differs from a fore-

tention to clients’ individual needs,” Klein

cross-marketing, Klein adds. “Clients come to

closure firm in that it doesn’t automatically

points out. “They thank us for helping them

us for a divorce and argue about an upside-

recommend a foreclosure defense.

through some of the toughest times they’ve

down mortgage, etc. We solve the debt situ-

ever been through.”

ation first, so at least they don’t have to argue

papers, for example), he does a full analysis

“Maybe that’s not what they need,” he explains. “Based on my financial analysis, I

about that anymore, thereby saving our cliIn the area of family law, Eric N. Klein & As-

ent thousands of dollars in divorce legal fees.”

ERIC N. KLEIN & ASSOCIATES, P.A. is located at 4800 North Federal Highway, Suite 307B, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-353-2800 or visit KLEINATTORNEYS.COM.

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Intelligent Investing Horan Capital Management: Providing Smart Financial Solutions PATRICK J. HORAN TAKES A DIFFERENT LOOK at investing—looking carefully for the best potential opportunities while always putting safety first. Unlike the traditional portfolio allocation approach, he prefers to seek out undervalued assets with clear upside potential.

We offer a proprietary longterm investment philosophy that we call intelligent investing for the 21st century.

“We offer a proprietary long-term invest-

Patrick J. Horan

ment philosophy that we call intelligent investing for the 21st century,” says Horan,

kets. “We try to deploy capital only when as-

clients and for investing our own personal as-

president and CEO of Horan Capital Man-

sets can be acquired at huge discounts to

sets; we eat our own cooking,” he adds.

agement LLC, an independent investment

market values,” Horan says. “Otherwise, we

advisory firm in Delray Beach. For more

might keep a large part of a portfolio in cash.

When considering a financial advisor, Horan

than three decades, Horan, CFP, ChFC, has

We feel that strategy gives our clients an op-

believes clients should seek advisors who can

helped clients implement successful finan-

portunity to capture the upside returns on their

explain investment decisions, operate in a

cial planning strategies to meet their life-

assets while protecting against the downside.”

transparent manner and use an independent

time income goals.

Horan also focuses on tax-efficient investing

custodian, such as a national discount broker-

strategies, as well as customizing each portfo-

age firm, to hold the assets. “With so many

Most financial advisors use a dated tactical

lio to meet the specific goals and risk toler-

Ponzi schemes and other frauds occurring, it’s

asset allocation approach that over time has

ance of a client.

vital to understand who actually has control of

lost its efficiency and effectiveness due to globalization and high correlations between mar-

your funds,” he adds. “At our firm, safety of as“We have a very disciplined approach for our

sets always comes first.”

HORAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT has offices in Delray Beach and Baltimore, Md. For more information, call 561-350-1410 or visit HORANCM.COM.

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Financial Leadership John Radtke: Serving The FixedIncome Market IN RECENT YEARS, MANY U.S. INVESTORS have added corporate bonds and other fixed-income securities to their portfolios. At the same time, public companies like GE, Dow and Caterpillar have sought to diversify their capital structures by selling bonds to individual investors.

Our goal is to keep things simple for our clients and for the retail and institutional investors they serve.

John Radtke

Today, Incapital LLC is playing a key role in that “matchmaking” process, helping the nation’s broker-dealers deliver high-quality

more than $400 billion in securities through

weathering the 2008 financial meltdown.

bonds to their retail customers through an

Incapital, which is headquartered in Chi-

Since then, the firm has been able to capi-

innovative financial services platform. “We

cago and has offices in eight states.

talize on growing investor demand for fixedincome securities.

bring Wall Street to Main Street,” says John Radtke, CEO of the fast-growing firm. “Our

Radtke leads the firm’s rapidly growing

platform allows Fortune 500 companies to

145-employee workforce, including almost

With a diverse range of new issue and sec-

reach retail customers, providing them with

100 experienced financial professionals

ondary market offerings, Incapital special-

new options to purchase these securities.”

based in Boca Raton. He is responsible for

izes in U.S. agency securities, corporate

Incapital’s U.S. and London-based opera-

notes, CDs, mortgage-backed securities,

Incapital provides fixed-income underwrit-

tions, and has more than 25 years of experi-

municipal bonds and structured notes.

ing, origination and education services to

ence with leading financial firms. In South

“We have expanded our platform, while

more than 700 broker-dealers, institutions,

Florida, Incapital is an active supporter of

staying away from any highly leveraged or

advisors and wealth managers. Structured

numerous charitable organizations, contrib-

speculative products,” Radtke says.

Products Magazine has regularly named

uting nearly $500,000 last year.

Incapital

its

“U.S.

Structured

“Our goal is to keep things simple for our

Products

Distributor of the Year.” To date, retail and

With a solid platform and substantial finan-

clients and for the retail and institutional

institutional customers have purchased

cial reserves, Incapital had no difficulty

investors they serve.”

INCAPITAL is located at 1800 N. Military Trail, Suite 400, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-361-1100 or visit INCAPITAL.COM.

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His job and that of the Law Offices of Berman & Berman, P.A., is to fight for their clients’ rights and bring them the full recovery they deserve—using every weapon at their disposal.

Victims want results now. They’re dealing with lost wages, medical bills, damaged property, and pain and suffering. It’s important that we recoup money for them as quickly as possible.

Russell F. Berman

Theodore J. Berman

Theodore and Russell Berman admit that they’re aggressive by nature and like to get their way.

Double Trouble

Russell Berman credits the firm’s success to

The Law Offices Of Berman & Berman, P.A.— Committed To The Community

simple, straightforward hard work. The brothers push hard to resolve cases favorably for their clients in a timely manner. They never forget their clients are real people dealing with real problems caused by

THEODORE AND RUSSELL BERMAN HAVE A

business owners and employers take advan-

someone else’s negligence. In return, their

passion for representing the underserved

tage of those least prepared to fight back.

grateful clients are eager to share their

and underrepresented members of society.

good experiences.

These enterprising identical twins strive daily

“For me, the practice of law is very person-

to live up to their Boca Raton law firm’s mot-

al,” he explains. “I take it personally when

“Victims want results now,” points out Russell

to, “Committed to the Community”—

big corporations or powerful insurance

Berman. “They’re dealing with lost wages,

whether they’re battling big insurance

companies deny my clients the fairness

medical bills, damaged property, and pain

companies in the courtroom or donating

they deserve.”

and suffering. It’s important that we recoup

their time and resources to local charities.

money for them as quickly as possible.” He adds, “I work very hard to be a good lis-

Theodore Berman, who focuses on motor

tener. I want to know from my clients exactly

Theodore and Russell Berman’s aggressive

vehicle injuries, wrongful deaths, and prem-

what circumstances have led them to my

approach has enabled them to collective-

ises and products liability litigation cases, has

office—and how their lives have changed

ly recover millions of dollars in settlements

seen firsthand how insurance companies,

as a result of an accident or injury.”

from insurance companies.

THE LAW OFFICES OF BERMAN & BERMAN, P.A. are located in Boca Raton and Stuart. For more information, call 561-826-5200, 772-283-9200 or visit THEBERMANLAWGROUP.COM.

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Randall W. Peck

Providing Executive Benefit Solutions Randall W. Peck: A National Expert On Executive Life And Disability Insurance RANDALL W. PECK HELPS U.S. LAW FIRMS AND corporations build effective executive benefit solutions for their Partners and Execu-

Through our Private Client Group, we help busy South Florida executives make effective planning decisions.

tives. As Founder and President of Peck Financial and a Principal of the prestigious

executives change jobs, we often receive

M Financial Group, he has offered a Benefits

one of their first phone calls to make sure

Concierge Service for high-net-worth clients

they don’t miss something.”

ents and broaden their services. Based in Boca Raton with his wife Alicia and

for more than 20 years.

their six children, Peck has spent more than Peck Financial has a large national foot-

20 years assisting clients with their life, dis-

“Through our Private Client Group, we

print in the employer-sponsored insurance

ability and long-term care insurance needs.

help busy South Florida executives make

arena, helping large law firms and corpo-

“Most insurance professionals rely on off-

effective planning decisions,” Peck says.

rations looking for the right package of

the-shelf products and carrier resources to

“We study their employer-provided cover-

non-medical executive benefits.

Other

sell and administer insurance plans but as a

age and coordinate those benefits with

national

and

member of the M Financial Group we have

personal arrangements for a more com-

wealth transfer practices have retained

access to proprietary product offerings and

plete and cost-effective risk manage-

Peck to provide consulting expertise and

administrative resources which helps to dif-

ment, retirement and estate plan. When

administrative services for their major cli-

ferentiate us in the marketplace.”

employee

benefit

firms

PECK FINANCIAL is located at 950 Peninsula Corporate Circle, Suite 1000, Boca Raton. For more information, call 800-566-0642 or 561-948-6539 or visit PECKFINANCIAL.COM.

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perience representing individuals in securities arbitration proceedings.” The Delray Beach firm fights for investors and seeks recovery of money that should never have been lost.

The lawyers at Scarlett Gucciardo have more than 40 years of combined experience representing individuals in securities arbitration proceedings.

“Our clients are unsuspecting investor-victims exposed to misconduct including unsuitable investment recommendations, failures to follow instructions, unauthorized trading, and misrepresentation or omission of important investment-related information,” Gucciardo explains. Through free consultations, Scarlett & Guc-

Brad Gucciardo

ciardo reviews investment activity in brokerage accounts to determine if losses were IT TOOK THE TRAGEDY OF SEPTEMBER 11TH TO convince attorney Brad Gucciardo to change his law practice from representing Wall Street to representing investors. He had been practicing law in New York City since 1999 representing brokerage firms and their stockbrokers against claims of fraud and improper conduct perpetrated on innocent investors—and losing sleep at night trying to justify defending what he

Cutting Your Losses Scarlett & Gucciardo, P.A. Rights Investment Wrongs

often considered to be criminal conduct.

caused by brokerage firm and stockbroker misconduct. If so, the attorneys at Scarlett & Gucciardo go into action. “We focus on taking only cases that involve true victims of Wall Street misconduct. As a result, the attorneys at my firm are able to limit their caseloads and devote the time necessary to aggressively litigate each client’s claims.” He adds: “This translates not only to our clients receiving the best representation pos-

The attacks on the World Trade Center in

& Gucciardo and since that time, S&G has

sible but, most importantly, substantially

2001 changed all of that.

recovered millions of dollars for hundreds of

higher recoveries. We handle each case,

investors nationwide,” Gucciardo points

large or small, strong or weak, with the

“In November 2003, with local securities at-

out. “The lawyers at Scarlett Gucciardo

same level of aggressiveness. Every client is

torney Chuck Scarlett, we formed Scarlett

have more than 40 years of combined ex-

considered very important.”

SCARLETT & GUCCIARDO, P.A. is located at 160 S.E. Sixth Avenue, Suite B2, Delray Beach. For more information, call 561-278-6707 or visit SCARLETTGUCCIARDO.COM.

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literally available to them 24/7.” Shafer Cohen, LLP ensures that clients are fully informed of what is going on in their cases. The firm likes for the client to receive a copy of documents sent out and received by their office. In fact, they insist that their clients are involved in decision making and planning strategy.

It takes a tremendous amount of work, but knowing that I’m helping our clients and their children makes it all worthwhile.

“My clients’ spouses and their lawyers often refer to me as a very aggressive attorney,” Shafer points out. “My style, no matter what you call it, is to simply take control of the case and be prepared. This is what affords

Divorced Dad Knows Family Matters

my clients the opportunity to settle on

Shafer Cohen, LLP Is Dedicated To Helping Clients Overcome Hardships

have come from the ex-spouses of former

ATTORNEY LEWIS R. SHAFER OPENED A FAMILY

plains Shafer, of Shafer Cohen, LLP. “That’s

“I believe that most people we have repre-

law firm more than 20 years ago in Boca Ra-

why it’s my firm’s goal to compassionately

sented will tell you they appreciate the

ton (with a satellite office in Fort Lauderdale

help every client (and their children) con-

dedication, time and effort we put into

to serve Broward and Miami-Dade Coun-

clude their litigation, emotionally and finan-

counseling them, so that they can deal

ties) to help people through the emotional

cially intact.”

with their case in a realistic manner and

and financial hardship associated with divorce and other family law issues.

favorable terms. In fact, most of my cases settle without going to trial.” Over the years, many of Shafer’s referrals clients. “That’s the ultimate compliment,” he says.

make positive decisions for the future,” Sha“My team exclusively practices Family and

fer adds. “It takes a tremendous amount of

Matrimonial Law. We are made up of three

work, but knowing that I’m helping our cli-

“Having gone through my own divorce, I

attorneys and three support staff who are

ents and their children makes it all worth-

understand what it’s like to be a client,” ex-

110 percent dedicated to our clients and

while.”

SHAFER COHEN, LLP is located at 5550 Glades Road, Suite 250, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-826-1600.

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THE DISH ON FOOD, WINE & RESTAURANTS PRIMO BISTRO: Rosso, Italia’s vibrant dining room; a selection TRÈS BIEN: of brick-oven pizzas Stéphane’s famous Poulet de St. Tropez

SEEING RED Renowned Restaurant Group Opens Rosso, Italia In Boca Raton ed Restaurant Group, known for its awardwinning steakhouses Moxie in Cleveland, Ohio and Red, the Steakhouse in Boca Raton, Miami Beach and Cleveland, has entered the Italian cuisine scene with Boca Raton-based Rosso, Italia, a 220-seat bistro with an expansive menu and eclectic ambiance. To create a warm, inviting and sophisticated setting, owner Brad Friedlander teamed up with noted Los Angeles interior designer Sally Drennon, who fused traditional and contempo-

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rary elements into the multifunctional space and incorporated whites and vibrant reds, the latter being the company’s signature color. Rosso, Italia’s simple-yetsavory culinary concept was spearheaded by Executive

Chef Jonathan Bennett, whose selections are inspired by the company’s mantra of using nothing but the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients. His menu includes an enticing selection of fresh salads, handmade pastas, brick-

oven pizzas and grilled meats and fish, with popular dishes such as Spinach & Ricotta Gnocchi, Penne & Fennel Sausage and Mediterranean Sea Bass. There’s an additional menu section highlighting a selection of hand-picked imported cheeses and salami. The bar area is great for entertaining, checking out a game on TV or sampling fine wine and spirits, and a large private dining room opens onto a welcoming outdoor terrace. There’s also a festive happy hour, when Monday through

Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. you’ll find specially priced beers, wines and cocktails, as well as a complimentary tasting menu. For an extra treat, check out the Thursday Rosso, Italia’s Pizza Nights, when brick-oven pizzas are just $8 and Chef Bennett features specialty pizzas paired with wine and cocktail specials. O Rosso, Italia is located in the Wyndham Boca Raton at 1901 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-353-9819 or visit rosso-italia.com.

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You’re brown-bagging it to work again, and growing tired of the same sandwiches on the same boring bread. Why not make lunch a more satisfying experience? Imagine layers of your favorite fillings on fresh crusty baguettes, airy olive loaves or aromatic semolina creations. The following recipes are from “The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking” (Stewart, Tabori & Chang), penned by The French Culinary Institute. It’s considered to be the essential guide to the craft, providing a firsthand look into the exclusive school’s intensive 12-week bread-baking course, taught by some of the world’s best in the business. Time to grab a wooden spoon and rise to the occasion. STRAIGHT BAGUETTE (Makes 4 loaves. Estimated completion time: 5 hours.) INGREDIENTS 1 pound, 11 ounces bread flour 1 pound, 4 ounces water ½ ounce, salt 1 /3 fresh yeast Oil for greasing bowl Flour for dusting Ice for steam

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EQUIPMENT: Scale; standing electric mixer fitted with hook; large bowl or container; bowl scraper; plastic film; baking stone(s) or tiles; castiron or stainless-steel roasting pan; 4 baguette pans; lame or razor; peel; wire racks. INSTRUCTIONS: Combine bread flour with water in bowl of standing electric mixer fitted with hook. Mix on low speed until blended. Stop mixer and

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autolyse for 15 minutes. Add salt and yeast; mix on low for 5 minutes. Lightly oil large bowl or container. Scrape dough into prepared bowl. Cover bowl with plastic film; set aside to ferment for 20 minutes. Uncover and fold dough. Again, cover with plastic film and set aside to ferment for 20 minutes. Uncover and fold dough. Cover with plastic film; set aside a third time to ferment for 20 minutes. Uncover and fold dough. Again, cover with plastic film and set aside to ferment for 20 minutes. Finally, uncover and fold dough. Cover with plastic film; set aside to ferment for 2 hours.

About an hour before ready to bake loaves, place baking stone(s) or tiles into oven and preheat to 470°F. If using a pan to create steam, place in oven now. Lightly flour a clean, flat work surface. Uncover dough and divide into four 12-ounce logs on floured surface. Cover with plastic film; bench rest for 15 minutes. Uncover dough and, if necessary, lightly flour work surface. Gently press on dough to degas and carefully shape each log into a baguette. Place each baguette, seam side down, into baguette pan. Cover with plastic film; let proof for 30 minutes. Uncover dough and, using a lame or razor, immediately score loaves as directed for baguette. To make required steam, add 1 cup of ice to hot pan in oven. Immediately transfer loaves to hot baking stone(s) in preheated oven. Bake, with steam, for 25 minutes or until crust is a deep golden-brown color and sides are firm to the touch. Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks to cool. All photos courtesy of Abrams Books


PANE SICILIANO SEMOLINA

1 ½ ounces cool water /8 ounce liquid levain culture

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(Makes 4 loaves. Estimated completion time: 19 hours.) INGREDIENTS For the poolish (a fermentation starter) 9 ½ ounces bread flour 9 1/8 ounces water 1 pinch fresh yeast For the final dough 1 pound, 7 ounces durum flour 2¼ ounces semolina flour 15 ounces water 2 /3 ounce salt ½ ounce fresh yeast 1 pound, 2 ¼ ounces poolish 2 /3 ounce toasted sesame seeds Oil for greasing bowl Flour for dusting Semolina flour for finishing Ice for steam EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Scale; digital thermometer; large mixing bowl; wooden spoon; standing electric mixer fitted with hook; large bowl or container; bowl scraper; plastic film; 2 large cutting boards; couche (canvas cloth) for the two boards; baking stone(s) or tiles; cast-iron or stainless-steel roasting pan; wire racks; peels; damp kitchen towel; 12 x 18-inch sheet pan. INSTRUCTIONS: To make poolish,

combine bread flour and water with yeast in large mixing bowl; stir with wooden spoon to blend. When blended, scrape down edge of bowl, cover with plastic film and set aside to ferment at 75°F for 12 to 14 hours. To make dough, combine durum and semolina flours with water and poolish in bowl of standing electric mixer fitted with hook; mix on low speed until blended. Stop mixer and autolyse for 15 minutes. Add salt along with yeast; mix on low for 5 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium and mix for about 8 minutes or until dough comes together, but remains slightly sticky. Check gluten development by pulling a window. If gluten has developed sufficiently, mix in sesame seeds on low speed. Lightly oil large bowl or container. Scrape dough

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into prepared bowl. Cover bowl with plastic film and set aside to ferment for 1 hour. Uncover and fold dough. Again, cover with plastic film; set aside to ferment for 1 hour. Cover large cutting boards with couche and dust couche with flour. Lightly flour a clean, flat work surface. Uncover dough and divide into four 15-ounce logs on floured surface. Cover with plastic film and bench rest for 15 minutes. Sprinkle semolina flour for finishing on sheet pan. Uncover dough; lightly flour work surface as needed. Carefully shape each log into a baguette on floured surface. Briefly wrap damp kitchen towel around each loaf to help semolina adhere; roll each loaf in semolina flour and form into an S shape. Place one S-shaped loaf on one side of couche-covered boards, fold couche to make double layer of cloth to serve as a divider between loaves, then place another loaf next to the fold. Repeat process with remaining two loaves on second couche-covered board. Cover with plastic film and proof for 1 hour. About an hour before ready to bake loaves, place baking stone(s) or tiles into oven and preheat to 450°F. If using pan to create steam, place in oven now. To make required steam, add 1 cup of ice to hot pan in oven. Using a peel, immediately transfer loaves to hot baking stone(s) in preheated oven. Bake, with steam, for 40 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and crisp and loaves make a hollow sound when tapped on the bottom. Remove from oven; transfer to wire racks to cool.

FOUGASSE AUX OLIVES (Makes two loaves. Estimated completion time: 21 hours.) INGREDIENTS For the liquid levain (a leavening agent) 1 ¼ ounces bread flour

For the final dough 3 2/3 ounces pitted olives 13 ounces bread flour 1 ½ ounces rye flour 10 ounces water 3 ounces liquid levain 1 /3 ounce olive oil 1 pinch salt 1 /8 tsp. yeast ½ ounce fresh thyme leaves Oil for greasing bowl Flour for dusting Ice for steam EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Scale; digital thermometer; large mixing bowl; wooden spoon; fine-mesh sieve; standing electric mixer fitted with hook; large bowl or container; bowl scraper; plastic film; 2 sheet pans; parchment paper; baking stone(s) or tiles; cast-iron or stainless-steel roasting pan; bench scraper; wire racks. INSTRUCTIONS: To make liquid levain, combine bread flour and water with culture in large mixing bowl, stirring with wooden spoon to blend. When blended, scrape down edge of bowl, cover with plastic film and set aside to ferment at 70°F for 12 to 14 hours. To make dough, place olives in fine mesh sieve; rinse under cold running water. Pat dry and set aside. Combine bread and rye flours with water in bowl of standing electric mixer fitted with hook. Mix on low speed until blended. Stop mixer and autolyse for 15 minutes. Add liquid

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levain along with olive oil, salt and yeast; mix on low for 5 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium and mix for about 8 minutes or until dough comes together but is slightly sticky. Check gluten development by pulling a window. If gluten has developed sufficiently, mix in olives and thyme on low speed. Lightly oil large bowl or container. Scrape dough into prepared bowl. Cover bowl with plastic film; set aside to ferment for 1 hour. Uncover and fold dough. Again, cover with plastic film and set aside to ferment for 2 hours. Lightly flour a clean, flat work surface. Uncover dough and divide into two 16-ounce rounds on floured surface. Cover with plastic film and bench rest for 15 minutes. Lightly oil one sheet pan. Uncover rounds and place on oiled sheet pan. Cover with plastic film; proof for 2½ to 3 hours. About an hour before ready to bake loaves, place baking stone(s) or tiles into oven and preheat to 470°F. If using pan to create steam, place in oven now. Line a second sheet pan with parchment paper. Uncover rounds and place on floured parchment paper. Gently press on dough to degas and again shape each piece into a large round. Using bench scraper, make a cut down center of each round leaving about 1 inch at each end uncut, and going all the way through the dough. Then cut two lines on the diagonal on each side of center cut, going all the way through. Using fingertips, gently stretch each cut to make openings about 2 inches wide to create a leaf pattern. To make required steam, add 1 cup of ice to hot pan in oven. Transfer sheet pans to preheated oven. Bake, with steam, for 25 minutes, or until loaves are a deep golden brown and crust is quite firm. Remove from oven and transfer to wire racks to cool. O

NOTE: “The Fundamental Techniques of Classic Bread Baking” includes instrumental baking terms, basic techniques and “The Fourteen Steps of Bread Making,” with detailed instructions and photographs. Recipes were condensed here for space. Find the book at abramsbooks.com or amazon.com.

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COMMAND PERFORMANCE From Appetizers Through Dessert, Euro Fusion Restaurant And Bar Puts On A Grand Culinary Show BY LINDA HAASE ining at Euro Fusion Restaurant and Bar is like attending an acclaimed Broadway show: the experience is memorable from the opening act to the finale. From the warm welcome at the entrance to the melt-inyour-mouth desserts, there’s no wonder this Boca Raton eatery has become a popular destination for families, couples and friends. Our auspicious start was followed with a sampling of palate-pleasing appetizers: the Mediterranean Platter, which includes generous portions of tasty hummus, creamy babaganoush, warm eggplant and spicy Moroccan tomato salad (served with warm pita bread) and the divine Eggplant Stack, layers of crispy eggplant laden with mozzarella and ricotta cheeses topped with grilled portabello mushrooms and tangy marinara sauce. It’s the little twists and turns that make this place so intriguing—it manages to successfully meld a sushiviewing station, cocktail bar and comfortable dining room, all with panoramic

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water views from floor-toceiling windows (the outside dining deck is a particularly delightful spot from which to view the sunset). It’s not readily apparent, but the restaurant is kosher (and closed on the Sabbath, Friday 3:30 p.m. to Saturday at 6:30 p.m.). While the establishment does not serve meat or chicken, there’s a delicious assortment of fish, pasta and salad entrees. Head Chef Jesus Ramirez’s rendition of classics such as French Onion Soup showcases his talent, and the result is a lighter, tastier version of the fashionable soup (his is topped with a colossal, flaky puff pastry). The variety and multitude of cooking techniques in the fish dishes are impressive— from fried “fingers” to teriyaki to baked, grilled or pansautéed. Each is accompanied by individually matched sauces which our server thoughtfully suggested we order on the side so we could add as much or little as we’d like. Our favorite fish dish was the succulent pan-seared European Sea Bass, topped

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with brown butter and wild mushroom sauce and served with out-of-this-world garlic mashed potatoes. Sushi Chef Nestor Renee’s selections are plentiful, ranging from simple to specialty. Tempuras, spring rolls, and pan-seared and ceviche dishes are all options. The tasty Yellowtail Jalapeno Roll, stuffed with scallions and jalapeno pepper, was beautifully presented and served with three FOOD FOR THOUGHT: (FROM TOP) Yellow Money Roll with artichokes, red pepper, mango, cream cheese and crab layered with mango, strawberries, almonds and mango sauce; Buffalo Mozzarella Salad with sliced mozzarella, ripened tomatoes and fresh basil topped with a balsamic reduction; Moist Chocolate Cake layered with decadent chocolate mousse and raspberries; the waterfront outdoor patio

distinct dipping sauces. Libations haven’t been forgotten: wines, specialty cocktails, espressos, organic teas, shakes and more than 15 types of smoothies are available. Dessert choices include Passion Fruit Mousse, Cheesecake and for chocoholics, the Warm Volcano Cake with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. We left with one thought: Encore! O

where Euro Fusion Restaurant and Bar is located at Wharfside Plaza, 6877 S.W. 18th St., Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-395-1109 or visit eurofusionrestaurantandbar.com.


CATERING.

To Every Whim

Where excellence is served on every level All of our menus are prepared from scratch by Red Restaurant Group Catering. Our Chefs and Pastry Chefs use only the finest, freshest ingredients. Impeccable staff providing five star service. Vast selection of beautiful settings perfect for weddings and celebrations from ultra formal to ultra casual. Poolside, luxurious courtyard, private wine room, grand ballroom & more. Accommodations offering the ultimate in style and luxury including award-winning restaurants on property.

Call Angela 561.417.1892 | WyndhamBoca.com | 1950 Glades Road | Boca Raton


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ABE & LOUIE’SGlades Plaza

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

561.447.0024 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday,

GRAND LUX CAFETown

AMERICAN/STEAKHOUSES ❘ 2200 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

Dinner nightly, Sunday Brunch. ABSINTHEShops at Boca

Center ❘ 5150 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.3754 ❘ Breakfast and Dinner daily. ATLANTIC GRILLESeagate Hotel & Spa ❘ 1000 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.665.4900 ❘ Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday. BOGART’S BAR & GRILLE

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

Shopping Center ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ 561.483.4949 ❘ Dinner daily. BREWZZIGlades Plaza ❘

2222 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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



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

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

2240 N.W. 19th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.8903 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

HOUSTON’S1900 N.W.

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

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.9875 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. KATHY’S GAZEBO CAFE

MAX’S HARVESTDelray Beach ❘

4199 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.6033 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

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

MILLER’S EAST BOCA ALE HOUSEShoppes at Blue

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

BITES/

Flavor Palm Beach Celebrates Fifth Anniversary In Culinary Style

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

Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.395.2675

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

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.421.9272 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

CUT 432432 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.9898 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

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f you enjoy dining out (find us someone who doesn’t) this is the month to go nuts. Running through the month of September, restaurants from Boca Raton to Jupiter will offer great deals in honor of Flavor Palm Beach, a promotion created to satisfy the palate and the wallet. During the event, top area restaurants will present specially priced threecourse meals, with three choices per course, at just $20 per lunch and $30-$35 for dinner (drinks, taxes and tip excluded). As of press time there were 42 restaurants scheduled to participate, spanning from 3800 Ocean at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa and Ruth’s Chris North Palm in North Palm Beach, to Cafe Boulud in Palm Beach and City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill in West Palm Beach, to The Capital Grille in Boca Raton and Vic & Angelo’s in Delray Beach… and many more. Several special events are also planned in honor of Flavor Palm Beach’s fifth anniversary with great food, fine wines, live music, photo booths and more, all to benefit Share Our Strength, the national nonprofit organization that fights childhood hunger. To learn more about special events, view restaurants’ promotional menus and make online reservations, visit flavorpb.com. For more information, call 561-315-8803.

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MIA'S GRILLE2399 N.

Tr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.995.5044 ❘ Dinner nightly.

BROOKS RESTAURANT500 South Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.427.9302 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday in season, off-season Friday-Sunday.

CARMEN’SBoca Raton Bridge

169 N.E. Second Ave. ❘561.381.9970 ❘ Dinner nightly, Brunch Sunday. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Friday, Sunday. Closed Saturday.

KEE GRILL17940 N. Military

WORTH THE WEIGHT

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

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

MAX’S GRILLEMizner Park ❘ 404 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.0080 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

J. ALEXANDER’S1400 Glades

561.392.2739

THE CAPITAL GRILLE

MARIPOSANeiman Marcus at

561.338.6388

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

9244 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.2989 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE

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

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

561.998.3881

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

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.3600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

THE PAVILION GRILLE301 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.912.0000 ❘ Lunch TuesdayFriday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. RACKS DOWNTOWN EATERY & TAVERN Mizner Park ❘

402 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1662 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

REBEL HOUSE 297 E. Palmetto

Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.5888 ❘ Dinner nightly.


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Raton ❘ 561.989.1688 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ASIA SUSHI/WOK/GRILL

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

BLUEFIN SUSHI THAI GRILL

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

7400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.0278 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

MOVING UP Executive Chef Mennan Tekeli Named Partner At Boca Raton’s Ovenella

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venella, a Mediterranean-influenced Italian restaurant in Boca Raton, has named Executive Chef Mennan Tekeli a partner alongside restaurateur and cofounder, Fernando d’Avila. Chef Tekeli has been with Ovenella since 2011, overseeing its menu development, food presentation and kitchen operations. The chef is the culinary visionary behind Ovenella’s eclectic Italian cuisine and has been a driving force behind the restaurant’s success. He was approached about becoming a partner to build upon the restaurant’s seasoned leadership.

RED, THE STEAKHOUSE

1901 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9139 ❘ Dinner nightly.

“Chef Tekeli has been committed to Ovenella’s development as a high-quality establishment,” says d’Avila. “(His) diverse experience, passion for cooking and extensive culinary knowledge enables him to skillfully craft the art of food.” His career spans more than 25 years, mastering a variety of roles in South Florida’s culinary industry and working with an impressive roster of restaurateurs and chefs, as well as in a multitude of upscale establishments from Miami to Tampa. Raised in Turkey, Chef Tekeli relocated to the United States to attend college at Florida International University in Miami, where he studied the culinary arts and earned a degree in hospitality management. Ovenella is located at 499 South Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-672-7553 or visit ovenella.com.

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

Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.6746 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

SEASONS 522300 N.W.

THE SUNDY HOUSE106 S.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 225 N.E. Mizner

Executive Center Dr. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.998.9952 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 75 MAIN DELRAY270 East

Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.243.7975 ❘ Brunch and Dinner daily. 102

Swinton Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.5678 ❘ Lunch FridaySaturday, Dinner TuesdaySunday, Brunch Sunday.

TRIPLE EIGHT LOUNGE AT THE FALCON HOUSE116

N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘

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

561.243.9499

❘ Dinner Tuesday-

EDO SUSHI-UPSCALE JAPANESE SUSHI & PANASIAN BUFFET Waterway

Shoppes of Parkland ❘ 7611 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.755.3191 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

EURO FUSION RESTAURANT AND BAR6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1109 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night.

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

500 Via de Palmas, #79 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.3283 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Brunch Sunday.

Sunday. VINNY’S ALL DAY CAFERegency

GARY WOO ASIAN BISTRO3400 N. Federal

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

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.8803 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Tuesdays.

WATERCOLORS CAFEBoca

HOUSE OF SIAM25 N.E.

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

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

JAPANGORiverstone Shoppes

ASIAN/SUSHI 5 SPICE ASIAN STREET MARKETShoppes of Blue

Lake ❘ 1200 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca

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

Photo courtesy of REDLETTER

Executive Chef Mennan Tekeli


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Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8862 ❘ Lunch daily, Dinner nightly.

KAPOW! NOODLE BAR431 Plaza

Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7322 ❘ Dinner nightly. Cloased Sundays.

SPICY GINGER6020 N. Federal

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

STIR CRAZY FRESH ASIAN GRILLTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades

KYOJIN BUFFETShops at Boca

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

LA TRE249 E. Palmetto Park

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

LEMONGRASS ASIAN BISTRO

SUSHI THAI100 N.E. Second St. ❘ Boca Raton 561.750.4448 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

Grove ❘ 21073 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.1708 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4568 ❘ Dinner nightly. 420 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.5050 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 101 Plaza Real South ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8181 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. MAI HIBACHI4801 Linton

Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.2766 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. PEI WEI1914 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘

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

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

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

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

PHUKET THAIPalms Plaza ❘

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

561.447.8863

BARBECUE

1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.3722 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

22191 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner dialy except Monday. PINE GARDEN CHINESE RESTAURANT1668 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.7534 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly. RISE MODERN ASIAN CUISINE AND SUSHI6060 S.W. 18th St.,

#108 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.8808 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. SAITO’S JAPANESE STEAKHOUSE8841 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.218.8788 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SHINJU BUFFET7875 Glades Rd.

❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.488.4040 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. 104

Romantic dining at The Melting Pot

MISSISSIPPI SWEETS BBQ CO.

2399 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.6779 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, Dinner Sunday.

CONTINENTAL

LA CIGALE253 S.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.265.0600 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. LE PAVILLON14812 S.E. Military Tr. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.499.9882 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Mondays. LE RIVAGE450 N.E. 20th

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

FONDUE THE MELTING POT5455 N.

Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

561.361.8170

FRENCH

Mizner Blvd ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Lunch and Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

CIELOThe Boca Raton Resort

ST. TROPEZ7860 Glades

561.447.3222 ❘

561.368.8580

FLEMING’S BISTRO6060

TEA-LICIOUS TEAROOM & GIFTS4997-B W. Atlantic

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TIN MUFFIN CAFE364 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9446 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday. Closed Sunday.

561.997.7472

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.6633 ❘ Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

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

887 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.826.8850 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday.

RUSSIA HOUSE RESTAURANT AND VODKA BAR 99 SE.

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

& Club ❘ 501 E. Camino Real ❘ Dinner TuesdaySaturday.

THE BOCA BEACH HOUSE

OLIO BISTRO42 S.E. Second

Rd. Suite 130 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ ❘ Dinner nightly.

Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.638.5155 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch, MondaySaturday.

BISTRO PROVENCE2399 N.

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

561.368.2340

CAFE DE FRANCE110 E. Atlantic Ave., #120 ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2140 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday. CASIMIR BISTRORoyal Palm

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

Photo courtesy of The Melting Pot

KANSAI7140 Beracasa Way ❘


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COTE FRANCE CAFERoyal Palm Place ❘

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

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

GREEK MILOS TAVERNA1600 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.6720 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

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

ITALIAN ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZAShops at

Boca Grove ❘ 21065 Powerline Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘

561.218.6600115 N.E. Sixth Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.7911 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

Indulge Your Senses

In exquisite food, fine wine and a sophisticated atmosphere. Chef Mario and his wife Nadia are looking forward to welcoming you! Ask about our Private Party Room.

Featured on Channel 7’s Deco Drive and NBC 6’s South Florida Today

BRIO TUSCAN GRILLEThe Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5050 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.3777 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CAFFE LUNA ROSA34 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.274.9404 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

CAFE MED BY BICE2096 N.E. Second Ave. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.5840 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Sunday.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHENTown Center ❘ 6000 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.2805 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. CARRABBA’S ITALIAN GRILL Wharfside Plaza ❘ 6909 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8838 ❘ Lunch Sunday, Dinner nightly 335 E. Linton Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.266.9393 ❘ Lunch Saturday-Sunday, Dinner nightly.

HAPPY HOUR 2 FOR 1 INCLUDING TOP SHELF $7. Bar Menu Monday to Saturday 5pm to 7pm

6370 N. State Road 7 | Coconut Creek

954.420.3100

www.marioristoranteitaliano.com

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ASSAGGIO DEL FORNORegency Court at Woodfield ❘ 3011 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.613.6460 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly.

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CARUSO RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘ 187 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.367.7488 ❘ Lunch daily except Saturday; Dinner, Monday-Saturday. CASA D’ANGELO171 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.1703 ❘ Dinner nightly.


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CHEF FRANK ROSANO & WIFE ANTONELLA Exclusively at Villa Rosano

DAVITO’S19635 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.2323

❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

DOMINICS I8177 W. Glades Rd. ❘ Boca

Raton ❘ 561.487.3186 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

DOMINICS IIWestwinds of Boca ❘ 9834 W.

Genuine Cuisine From The Homeland

Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.487.6325 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

The Boca Raton Observer

Best Of Boca And Beyond 2009

FERRARO’S8208 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.477.2750

❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Boca Raton Magazine

FRANK & DINO’S718 S. Federal Hwy. ❘

One Of Those Fabulous Finds

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.427.4909 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

Palm Beach Post-2010

★★★1/2 Sun Sentinel-2010

GIOVANNI’S COAL FIRE PIZZAWaterway Shoppes at Parkland ❘ 7625 N. State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9282 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. IL BACIO29 S.E. Second Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.865.7785 ❘

Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

JOSEPHINE’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT5751 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.988.0668 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Monday.

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

Dinner Every Evening 5-10

V I S I T U S O N T H E W E B AT W W W. V I L L A R O S A N O. C O M LA STELLA'S RESTAURANT AND CATERING

159 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2081 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday.

LA LUNA BISTROThe Polo Shoppes ❘ 5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.1165 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. LA VILLETTA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE4351 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.8403 ❘ Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. MAGGIANO’S21090 St. Andrews Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8244 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. MARIO’S OSTERIA1400 Glades Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.239.7000 ❘ Dinner nightly. MARIO’S RISTORANTE & WINE BAR 6370 N. State Rd 7 ❘ Coconut Creek ❘ 954.420.3100 ❘ Dinner Monday-Saturday. MATTEO’S RESTAURANT

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

Raton ❘ 561.368.2900 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

NINO'S1930 N.E. Fifth Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.9075

❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

OVENELLA499 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1455

❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner

Boca Raton 233 S. Federal Highway | 561.392.0773 www.matteosrestaurants.com

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PELLEGRINO'S RISTORANTE3360 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.368.5520 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday. PICCOLINO RESTAURANT78 S. Federal

Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.8858 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

POSITANO4400 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.2920 ❘ Dinner nightly. RAFFAELE RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

Brunch, Lunch & Dinner

Thursday, Friday & Saturday Late Night lounge HAPPY HOUR Mon-Fri 5PM-8PM 1/2 OFF APPETIZERS & COCKTAILS 561-243-7975 • 75 Main Delray • @75Maindelray 270 East Atlantic Ave • Delray Beach, Fl 33444 www.75MAINDELRAY.com

508 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.1110 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner Monday-Saturday.

RENZO’S OF BOCA5999 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.994.3495 ❘ Lunch MondayFriday, Dinner nightly.

RISTORANTE SAPORIRoyal Palm Place ❘ 99

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

ROSARIO’S RISTORANTERoyal Palm Place ❘ 145 S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.0758 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Monday. ROSSO ITALIA1901 N. Military Trail ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.353.9819 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily. SAPORISSIMO366 E. Palmetto Park Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2333 ❘ Dinner nightly. Closed Monday.

TABLE 42 KITCHEN & WINE BARRoyal Palm

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

561.826.2625

TRAMONTI119 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.1944 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. TRATTORIA ROMANA499 E. Palmetto Park

Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.6715 ❘ Dinner nightly.

TUCCI'S FIRE N COAL PIZZA 50 N.E. First

Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.620.2930 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

VIC AND ANGELO’S 290 ºE. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.9570 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

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VILLAGIO ITALIAN EATERY Mizner Park ❘ 344 Plaza Real ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.447.2257 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. VILLA ROSANOThe Reserve ❘ 9858 Clint

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

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VIVO PARTENZA1450 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.2120 ❘ Dinner MondaySaturday.

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CARIBBEAN GRILL1332 N.W. Second Ave. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.362.0161 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

CUBAN CAFE RESTAURANT3350 N.W. Boca

Raton Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.8860 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly. Closed Sunday.

CABANA RESTAURANT105 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘

Delray Beach ❘ 561.274.9090 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

GOL, TASTE OF BRAZIL411 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.6565 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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

OLD CALYPSO900 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray

Beach ❘ 561.279.2300 ❘ Lunch Monday-Friday, Dinner nightly, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

561-368-2900 WWW.NICKSPIZZERIABAR.COM 2240 NW 19th St.

Glades Plaza Suite 904 • Boca Raton, FL 33431

PADRINO’SMission Bay Plaza ❘ 20455 State Road 7 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.451.1070 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily. ROCKSTEADY JAMAICAN JERK CAFE1179

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

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S.E. Mizner Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.7000 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Friday, Dinner Tuesday-Sunday. ❘ Closed Monday.

MEXICAN BAJA CAFE UNO201 N.W. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.394.5449 ❘1310 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.596.1305 ❘ Lunch MondaySaturday, Dinner nightly.

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Pellegrino’s Summer Specials

20% OFF Entire Check Wednesday & Thursday In Our Dining Room

ROCCO’S TACOS AND TEQUILA BARThe

Shops at Boca Center ❘ 5250 Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.416.2131 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

At The Bar Happy Hour 5 - 6:30 Wednesday - Friday 1/2 Price On Selected Drinks 1/2 Price On Our Bar Menu

SEÑOR BURRITO513 N.E. 20th St. ❘ Boca

Every Sunday Mama’s Meat In The Gravy Over Pasta

Raton ❘ 561.347.6600 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

UNCLE JULIO’SMizner Park ❘ 449 Plaza Real ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.300.3530 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday-Sunday.

ORGANIC APROPO KAFE147 S.E. First Ave. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.393.1223 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner Wednesday-Saturday. Closed Sunday.

Closed Monday’s & Tuesday’s Until 10/1/12 Boca Plaza 561.368.5520 3360 N. Federal Highway (South of Spanish River Blvd. East Side Of Fed Hwy.) Boca Raton, FL 33431

www.pellegrinosofboca.com Listen to us on WINZ 940 AM SPORTS ANIMAL WITH AMIGO & DIZZ M-F 3-5

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DIG5199 W. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘

561.638.0500 ❘ Lunch Monday-Saturday, Dinner nightly.

4TH GENERATION ORGANIC MARKET

75 S.E. Third St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.338.9920 ❘ Lunch Monday-Sunday, Dinner MondaySaturday. THE GREEN GOURMETThe Shoppes

at Addison Place ❘ 16950 Jog Rd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.455.2466 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

SOPHIE N ME4251 N. Federal Hwy. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.961.4899 ❘ Dinner TuesdaySaturday. Closed Monday.

PUB THE ENGLISH TAP & BEER GARDEN5050

Town Center Circle ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.544.8000 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday.

HOLLOWAY'S PUBRoyal Palm Place ❘ 504 Via De Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.8445 ❘ Lunch Thursday-Saturday, Dinner nightly. THE WISHING WELL IRISH PUBRoyal

Palm Place ❘ 111 S.E. Mizner Blvd., #9 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.750.5208 ❘ Dinner nightly.

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BEN’S NY KOSHER DELIThe Reserve ❘ 9942 Clint Moore Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.470.9963 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

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DELI ON RYE4311 N. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1400 ❘ Breakfast and Lunch daily. GRILL TIME (KOSHER)8177 Glades Rd. ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.482.3699 ❘ Lunch and Dinner Sunday-Thursday. KOSHER MARKETPLACE22191 Powerline

Rd., #5A ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.3318 ❘ SundayFriday. Closed Saturday. TOOJAY’S GOURMET DELI Polo Shops ❘

5030 Champion Blvd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.241.5903

Glades Plaza ❘ 2240 N.W. 19th St., #700 ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.392.4181 Regency Court ❘ 3013 Yamato Rd. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.997.9911 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner daily.

SEAFOOD BOSTON’S ON THE BEACH40 S. Ocean Blvd. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.278.3364 ❘ Breakfast Saturday-Sunday, Lunch and Dinner daily.


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

561.665.8484 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Brunch Saturday and Sunday.

JB'S ON THE BEACH300 N.E. 21st. Ave. ❘

Deerfield Beach ❘ 954.571.5220 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily, Breakfast Saturday and Sunday.

J & J SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL634 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.272.3390 ❘ Lunch Tuesday-Saturday, Dinner Tuesday-Saturday. JAKE’S STONE CRABRoyal Palm Plaza ❘ 514 Via de Palmas ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.347.1055 ❘ Dinner Wednesday-Sunday, Dinner nightly. LEGAL SEA FOODSTown Center ❘ 6000 W.

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

Beach ❘ 561.276.2502 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

32 EAST32 E. Atlantic Ave. ❘ Delray Beach ❘ 561.276.7868

❘ Dinner nightly.

TRULUCK’SMizner Park ❘ 351 Plaza Real ❘

Boca Raton ❘ 561.391.0755 ❘ Dinner nightly.

THE WHALE RAW BAR & FISH HOUSE7619

State Road 7 ❘ Parkland ❘ 954.345.9190 ❘ Lunch and Dinner daily.

TURKISH/MEDITERRANEAN ANATOLIA MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE

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

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6877 S.W. 18th St. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.395.1109 ❘ Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner daily. Closed Friday night. SINE212 S. Federal Hwy. ❘ Boca Raton ❘ 561.361.4000

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ery child, not just for the few who show promise. “That’s the reason I do what I do,” she adds. “We have a vehicle in which all children have access to math that they can view as something to enjoy and do well in.” Too many young people don’t have the confidence in themselves in math and science, Rimokh points out. “Up through the fourth

grade, boys and girls are equally interested in math. Then, in about the fifth grade, they start perceiving from other kids, their elementary school teachers (women) and their mothers that math and science are ‘not cool’ for girls.” The time it takes for students to see results can vary. “It depends on how far behind the child is and how many holes

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THE ESSENTIAL SOCIAL DIGEST

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GOOD SPORTS Annual Dolphins Day Benefits South Florida’s Foster Children ore than 200 foster kids from Broward and Miami-Dade counties attended the Miami Dolphins’ Fourth Annual Dolphins Day at the team’s Davie training facility. The event included football drills, cheerleading routines, lunch, souvenirs and autograph sessions with NFL players. “Seeing the smiles on the kids’ faces was priceless,� said Twan Russell, former linebacker and current director of youth and community programs. “It’s our responsibilities as current and former players to give

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back to the community, especially to people in need. Nearly 200 foster kids attended the event and hopefully we made their day brighter.� Former NFL players who participated in the event included Charles Bennett, James Brown, Chris Conlin, Troy Drayton, Anthony Harris, Ed Perry and Jed Weaver. The event was organized by the Miami Dolphins, ChildNet and the Heart Gallery of Broward County. Heart Gallery of Broward County features a traveling photo exhibit of fos-

ter children waiting to be adopted, and had a professional photographer on site. ChildNet is the not-forprofit organization that administers the child welfare system in Broward County. “Dolphins Day is a very special event for these children in foster care,� said Barbara Schechter, executive director of the Heart Gallery of Broward County. “They have experienced a lot of trauma in their young lives and can really appreciate this opportunity for a morning

of sheer fun. The Dolphins youth and community programs staff, cheerleaders and the alumni players made every child feel like a special guest. We can’t thank the Dolphins enough for hosting this event.� The Miami Dolphins Youth Programs’ mission is to emphasize the importance of education, physical fitness and positive choices for kids in a safe and fun environment. The programs’ vision is to prepare the next generation of leaders to stay physically active through Junior Training Camps (JTC), Youth Football Clinics and Youth Football Camps. O For more information, call 305-943-7272 or visit youthprograms@dolphins.com.

 Around Town includes news about community and social events, parties, charities, fundraisers, special recognitions and more. Have something you’d like us to include? For consideration, please e-mail no less than 500 words about the event, along with photos that include caption information, a phone number and a Web site address to editor@bocaratonobserver.com. Please write “Around Town� in the subject line, and note that submissions will be edited for clarity and length. Photos become the property of The Boca Raton Observer. SEPTEMBER 2012

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BEACH BASH Hospice By The Sea’s 22nd Annual Fundraiser To Have Tropical Flair bout 500 supporters are expected to attend the Hospice by the Sea, Inc.’s 22nd Annual Celebration by the Sea fundraiser on October 13 at the Delray Beach Club. The club’s oceanfront location is sure to provide an idyllic setting for the tropical-themed evening, which will include a sumptuous buffet and fine libations sponsored by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits. “Fundraisers like Celebration by the Sea make a significant difference to our programs and services for patients and families in Palm Beach and Broward counties,” said Paula J. Alderson, Hospice by the Sea, Inc. president and CEO. “I am so gratified by the level of community support for our organization. The generous support of our premier sponsor, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

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is a primary reason why we continue to sell out year after year!” During the celebration, partygoers will be treated to live music upstairs by the Atlantis International Party Band and downstairs on the oceanfront pool patio by Will Bridges. A silent auction will present an array of unique bidding opportunities with offerings including resort getaways,

Fundraisers like Celebration by the Sea make a significant difference to our programs and services for patients and families in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

– Paula J. Alderson, Hospice by the Sea, Inc., president and CEO

fun family trips, spa experiences, dining extravaganzas and more. Event tickets include valet parking and a commemorative portrait

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by photographer Jeffrey Tholl. Funds raised will benefit Hospice by the Sea, Inc.’s programs and assure charitable care to patients in need.

Hospice by the Sea, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has provided hospice services, palliative care services, home health care, bereavement counseling, complementary therapies and caregiver support to patients and families in Palm Beach and Broward counties for more than 34 years. O For more information, call 800-633-2577 or visit hbts.org.


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TASTEFUL EVENT March Of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction To Raise Funds For A Great Cause t’s time once again for the highly anticipated Seventh Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction. The popular culinary event will take place October 12 at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center and feature top chefs from Palm Beach County’s most exclusive restaurants, all of whom will prepare signature dishes for guests to raise funds to help improve the health of mothers and babies. Each year millions of babies are born prematurely or with birth defects, and the March of Dimes helps families through research, education, vaccines and scientific breakthroughs. The Signature Chefs Auction will raise funds to sup-

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ports its mission. During the event, guests will have a chance to bid on exclusive custom-created auction packages in silent and live auctions, with proceeds benefitting the charity. Leading the culinary charge is Adam Gottlieb, executive chef of Atlantic Grille, who knows all too well the importance of the March of Dimes’ mission. “Our son Cole was born at 36 weeks. His systems didn’t develop properly and a lack of oxygen to his brain created a condition called White Matter Disease. After extensive occupational and physical therapy he wasn’t meeting some benchmarks and was diagnosed

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The popular culinary event will take place at the Boca Raton Marriott at Boca Center and feature top chefs from Palm Beach County’s most exclusive restaurants, all of whom will prepare signature dishes for guests to raise funds to help improve the health of mothers and babies.

with cerebral palsy,” explained Chef Gottlieb. “Recently, Cole was featured in an advertisement for Toys “R” Us in NewA.York City.Jr. We James Ballerano, couldn’t be more proud of him and are equally proud to support the March of Dimes and the work they do for all babies.”

Sponsors of this year’s event include FedEx, West Boca Medical Center, The Boca Observer, Toshiba, Peak Seven and WRMF 97.9. O For more information, call 561-290-0907 or visit marchofdimes.com/florida.


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TRY IT ON In My Shoes Luncheon To Benefit JAFCO’s Developmental Disabilities Program AFCO (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) will hold its Second Annual In My Shoes Luncheon on September 7 at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. The luncheon, which is being chaired by Stacey Austein, Jenn Betesh, Lori Konsker and Randi Winter, will honor devoted local families raising children with developmental disabilities. Event proceeds will benefit current programming offered by JAFCO to families of children with developmental disabilities including support groups, in-home counseling, crisis support, case management, information and referrals. Given the alarming increase in the number of children with developmental disabilities, JAFCO is expanding its existing services to better

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serve these kids and their families. The organization is working toward opening its new JAFCO Respite and Family Resource Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities. The state-of-the-art center will be located on the Sam and Adele Borger Campus of The David Posnack Jewish Children’s Center and provide respite care for children so that parents can have much-needed breaks from the often-overwhelming stressors of parenting specialneeds children. The center, which is anticipated to open in 2013, will be the first of its kind in the country and support the needs of families raising a child with a developmental disability. Services will include support, training, therapy, socialization, recreation

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THE COMMITTEE: Emily Grabelsky, Michele Midler, Susan Hyman, Linda Sachs, Stacey Austein, Jenn Betesh, Jennifer Sellars, Lisa Kramer, Maria Stevens, Debbie Marcus, Debbie Spitz and Kim Rochelle (Back Row): Lori Solodkin, Randi Winter, Vidhi Sehgal, Kim Fetterman and Lori Konsker LEFT: Lori Konsker, Jenn Betesh, Stacey Austein and Randi Winter

and extended respite care. “We at JAFCO are amazed and inspired by these families raising children with special needs,” said Linda Sachs, developmental disabil-

ities program coordinator. “We recognize that this is an overwhelming and challenging journey they face. We want to make sure they know they’re not alone and that we’re here to help them.” O For more information, call 954-7497230, ext. 137 or visit jafco.org.


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SHE’S GOT CLASS Donna Klein Jewish Academy Teacher Wins Prestigious Award ill Spielman, who serves as Dean of Student Affairs for the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) in Boca Raton, has received this year’s GrinspoonSteinhardt National Teacher of Excellence Award for South Palm Beach County. Spielman received the prestigious award at the school’s recent graduation ceremony. It’s presented annually to a teacher who’s demonstrated exceptional achievement in Jewish education and made a significant impact on students and the community. “The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is delighted to partner with our area schools in rec-

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Jill Spielman is the quintessential teacher of excellence in and out of the classroom. – Helena Levine, DKJA High School principal

Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award selection process. She said the award includes $1,000 from the Day School community, plus $1,000 from the Grinspoon-Steinhardt Foundation. “Educator quality is the most important influence on student achievement, and high-quality professional development is essential to increase

educators’ capacities to enable all students to learn.” Spielman, a resident of Coconut Creek, was nominated by Helena Levine, DKJA High School principal and Rabbi Tzvi Berkson, DKJA principal of Middle School and High School Judaics. “I’ve come across very few teach-

ers in my career who do so much, so expertly, as Jill Spielman does,” said Rabbi Berkson. “Her knowledge of Jewish history and culture make her an expert in her field.” Added Levine: “Jill Spielman is the quintessential teacher of excellence in and out of the classroom. She takes pride in being able to reach each and every student as the primary focus of her lessons. Outside the classroom, her strong leadership abilities are unparalleled.” O

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SEPTEMBER 28 & 29 Rock and blues singer Joe Cocker has one of music’s most delightfully gruff and distinguishable voices, putting on intense performances that often include flailing arms and body contortions (all part of his trademark passion for the craft). The Grammywinning Brit has been entertaining audiences since 1960, when he and pals formed a band and, after landing their first gig were forced to pay the club’s admission fee before being allowed to perform. Cocker says that despite winning myriad awards and selling millions of records throughout his career, he still relates most to the world’s outcasts and underdogs, having faced more than a few challenges in his lifetime. This, he says, is what influenced songs on his new album, Hard Knocks. See the icon perform fresh singles and beloved classics, such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “You Can Leave Your Hat On” and “You Are So Beautiful,” when he performs at Hard Rock Live, along with special guest Dave Mason.

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, 954-797-5555; hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com

SEPTEMBER 6-10 Disney on Ice: “Worlds of Fantasy” Show times vary.

SEPTEMBER 1 “The Ultimate Thriller”—The Michael Jackson Tribute Show begins at 8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 26 Florence and the Machine Show begins at 8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 2 Bill Maher Show begins at 4 p.m.

One Panther Parkway, Sunrise, 954-835-7469;

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THE GREAT SKATE: Disney on Ice: “Worlds of Fantasy” takes place September 6-10 at BankAtlantic Center

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-949-6722; arshtcenter.org SEPTEMBER 16 Free Gospel Sundays with J. Moss Show begins at 4 p.m.

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SEPTEMBER 1 Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias Show begins at 7:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 30 The King’s Men Show begins at 7 p.m.

AutoNation® IMAX® Theater Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 S.W. Second St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-467-6637; mods.org SEPTEMBER 1-30 “To the Arctic 3D” Show times vary.

SEPTEMBER 21-22 Julio Iglesias Show begins at 8 p.m.

601-7 Sansbury’s Way, West Palm Beach; 561-795-8883; livenation.com

SEPTEMBER 28-29 Joe Cocker with special guest Dave Mason Show begins at 8 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 15 Ford F-Series Presents Toby Keith with Brantley Gilbert Show begins at 7 p.m.

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SEPTEMBER 29 Brad Paisley with The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery Show begins at 7:30 p.m.

A STAND-UP GUY: Bill Maher performs at 4 p.m. on September 2 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live

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ROCKABILLY KING: Chris Isaak performs at 8 p.m. on September 14 at The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater

SEPTEMBER 22 Ruben Blades Show begins at 8 p.m.

Marlins Park 1501 N.W. Third St., Miami, 877-627-5467; miami.marlins.mlb.com SEPTEMBER 1-6, 14-19, 28-30 Miami Marlins Baseball Game times vary.

Mizner Park Amphitheatre 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-750-1668;

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek 5550 N.W. 40th St., Coconut Creek, 954-9776700; seminolecoconutcreek-casino.com SEPTEMBER 28 Adam Ant Show begins at 8 p.m.

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

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SEPTEMBER 13 New Times Pairings Vintage 2012 Event begins at 7 p.m.

SEPTEMBER 22 The Opera Atelier Presents Great Opera Moments Show begins at 8 p.m.

The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-6737300; livenation.com SEPTEMBER 14 Chris Isaak Show begins at 8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 22 Amon Tobin Show begins at 9 p.m. SEPTEMBER 26 M83 Show begins at 8 p.m.

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, 561832-7469; kravis.org SEPTEMBER 13, 18 Il Volo Show begins at 7:30 p.m. SEPTEMBER 19 Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson Plays “Thick as a Brick” 1 & 2 Show begins at 8:30 p.m.

events SEPTEMBER 1-30 SiSpa Give Back Program Enjoy a spa treatment as part of SiSpa’s Giving Back


happenings  calendar program and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper Palm Beach (H.O.W.). Takes place at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Singer Island. Starts at 8 a.m. For more information, call 561-340-1755 or visit mariott.com.

SEPTEMBER 4 2012 Downtown Boca Raton Summer Wine Series Foodies can partake in a sampling of three distinct wines paired with three delectable bites. Takes place at Chops Lobster Bar in Royal Palm Place in Boca Raton. Reservations required. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-395-2675 or visit royalpalmplace.com.

SEPTEMBER 5 “Tips and Tricks to Buying Art at $50 to $50,000 and Beyond” Museum Director Steven Maklansky, Curator Marisa Pascucci and private collector Martin Mallinger teach strategies for how to start or grow an art collection. Takes place at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton. Starts at 4 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-2500 or visit bocamuseum.org.

SEPTEMBER 6 Fashion’s Night Out Join Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton for a preview of this season’s coveted trends, sample signature cocktails and tasty treats, and enjoy fall makeovers and consultations with beauty experts. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-620-1230. 132

SEPTEMBER 6 Ban Cancer Concert An outdoor concert featuring Roberto Perera, Terry Wollman, Melanie Taylor, Blue Fire Band and more. Presented by The Richard J. Fox Foundation and The Riverwalk Trust, Inc. Takes place at Huizenga Plaza at Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 954-260-9667 or visit richardjfoxfoundation.org.

SEPTEMBER 6-16 The Art of Beauty Event at Neiman Marcus Make a fragrance or cosmetics purchase of $100 or more and take home a tote filled with beauty samples. Takes place at Neiman Marcus Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Bal Harbour and Coral Gables. Event times vary. For more information, call 561-417-5151 or visit neimanmarcus.com.

SEPTEMBER 7 2nd Annual JAFCO In My Shoes Luncheon This afternoon event benefits JAFCO’s (Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options) Developmental Disabilities services and the new JAFCO Respite and Family Resource Center, anticipated to open in 2013. Takes place at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 954-749-7230 or visit jafco.org.

SEPTEMBER 8 Stephen Siller Foundation Tunnel to Towers 5K Run This 5K running event commemorates the 11th anniversary of September 11. Sponsored by One Beat CPR. Takes

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place at Huizenga Park in Fort Lauderdale. Starts at 7:30 a.m. For

Takes place at the Signature Grand in Davie. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information,

more information, call 954-321-5305 or visit onebeatcpr.com.

call 952-955-8500 or visit wasie.org.

SEPTEMBER 8 Selichot at Bnai Torah Congregation See the award-winning film “The Quarrel,” then partake in a festive dessert reception. Takes place at Bnai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Starts at 8:45 p.m. For more information, call 561-392-8566 or visit bnai-torah.org.

SEPTEMBER 12 The Zonta Club of Boca Raton Meeting Mingle with female executives as part of Zonta, a worldwide organization of business leaders and professionals working to advance the status of women locally and throughout the world. Takes place at the Holiday Inn in Highland Beach. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-482-1013 or visit zontabocaraton.org.

SEPTEMBER 14 Sushi and Stroll Enjoy the sounds of taiko drums and stroll the tranquil gardens at sunset. Takes place at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach. Starts at 5:30 p.m. For more

SEPTEMBER 21 Women in the Visual Arts Meeting Guest Elizabeth Reed will focus on drawing. Takes place at Sugar Sand Park Recreation Center in Boca Raton. Starts at noon. For more information, call 561504-9143.

SEPTEMBER 22 22nd Annual Luminary Gala Join the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce to celebrate business excellence and leadership with an evening of fine dining, dancing and entertainment. Takes place at the Marriott Delray Beach in Delray Beach. Starts at 7 p.m. For more information, call 561-278-0424 or visit delraybeach.com.

SEPTEMBER 22 International Coastal Cleanup Join thousands of people worldwide for a coastal cleanup sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy. Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful, Inc. will coordinate local efforts and provide supplies. Takes place at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. Starts at 8 a.m. For

information, call 561-4950233 or visit morikami.org.

more information, call 561-544-8615 or visit gumbolimbo.org.

SEPTEMBER 19 Dinner with Philanthropists Event The Wasie Foundation hosts this dinner to honor South Florida philanthropists and nonprofit organizations. Benefits Joe DiMiaggio Children’s Hospital.

SEPTEMBER 24 Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle 100th Birthday Celebration Gala To celebrate Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle’s contributions to the community The Order of St. John of Jerusalem,

Knights of Hospitaller Commandery of Florida will host a fundraising gala. Proceeds will benefit local charities. Takes place at the Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 561-391-3424 or visit countess10.org.

SEPTEMBER 28-29 Simon Fashion Now at Town Center at Boca Raton Simon Fashion Now presents fashion shows, Style Stops, swag bags, Design Wars and an interactive styling competition. Takes place at Town Center at Boca Raton in Boca Raton. Starts at 10 a.m. For more information, call 561-368-6000 or visit simon.com.

SEPTEMBER 29 THROUGH NOVEMBER 17 Disney’s “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Kids of all ages will enjoy this show, where beautiful mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Takes place at Showtime Performing Arts Theatre in Boca Raton. Show times vary. For more information, call 561-394-2626 or visit showtimeboca.com.

SEPTEMBER 30 2nd Annual Jeff Conine Celebrity Poker Classic This fun event pairs sports celebrities with poker players at all levels. Benefits the Conine Clubhouse at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Takes place at Calder Casino and Race Course’s Studz Poker Club in Miami Gardens. Starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 954-265-7241. O


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200 EAST SIP AND SAVOR EVENT Guests and residents of the downtown Boca Raton-based luxury condominium 200 East met on the property’s pool deck, where they were treated to complimentary food and wine pairings, live piano music and panoramic ocean views.

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PINE CREST ROCKS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER AND AUCTION A silent auction, cocktail hour and “House of Rock” party were part of the evening’s festivities at The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach, where members of the Boca Raton Pine Crest School Parents’ Association gathered for the school’s annual celebratory fundraiser.

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I AM HILLEL: FLASH TO THE FUTURE EVENT More than 230 supporters attended Hillel of Broward and Palm Beach’s third annual fundraiser at Florida Atlantic University’s Live Oak Pavilion in Boca Raton, where the itinerary included musical tributes and performances. Funds benefited students who attend FAU, Lynn University, Palm Beach State College, Nova Southeastern University and Broward College.

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A whole new way of seeing... The newest breakthrough technology in breast imaging... A 3D mammogram

Diagnostic Centers of America (DCA), a leader in medical imaging, is proud to offer breast tomosynthesis. It is a breakthrough technology poised to revolutionize how breast cancer is detected today.

A video-like format, instead of a flat 2D image

3D mammography takes images from multiple angles and uses highpowered computing to covert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers (images), building what is essentially a 3dimensional mammogram. Our sub-specialized Radiologists (Boca Radiology Group), can isolate one image at a time to see your breast tissue in a way never before possible through a video-like format, instead of a flat 2D image. Breast tomosynthesis does not replace the standard digital mammogram. The 2D and 3D mammogram are performed during the same compression at the same time. This new technology is FDA approved, however currently not approved by Medicare or most insurances. For women who wish to increase the accuracy and sensitivity of their mammogram, DCA will be offering this elective technology for $50.00. References: Hologic

www.dcamedical.com DCA AT BOCA RATON 2900 N. MILITARY TRAIL, #120 BOCA RATON, FL 33431 P: 561.314.2500 F: 561.314.2501

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now&noteworthy Holy Cross Hospital Gives New Hope For Hearts Without Surgery In its tradition of innovation and excellence, Holy Cross Hospital is Broward County’s first hospital to perform Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVRs) in a new state-of-the-art Hybrid Operating Room. Patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis that cannot undergo open-heart surgery may now receive a first-of-its-kind artificial aortic heart valve via trans-femoral catheterization without the need for cardiopulmonary bypass. For more information, call the Valve and Structural Heart Disease Clinic. Holy Cross Hospital, 4725 North Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, 954-2297974; holycrossheart.com.

Holy Cross Hospital

Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Classic Set For October 27 And 28 At The Delray Beach Tennis Center Tennis legend Chris Evert will continue her efforts to help abused and neglected children in South Florida when her 23rd Annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Classic returns to Delray Beach. The 2012 event will unite stars from the entertainment and tennis worlds with two days of tennis and the annual gala at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Chris Evert Charities, 7200 W. Camino Real, Suite 310, Boca Raton, 561-394-2400; chrisevert.org. Chris Evert

Join Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton For Fashion’s Night Out September 6 Once a year, the fashion world heads out for a nationwide late night of style, makeovers, music and more. Join Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton for Fashion’s Night Out on September 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Preview the season’s most coveted trends and sample signature cocktails and savory treats. Plus, enjoy fabulous fall makeovers and consultations from beauty experts so you can be runway ready all yearlong. Saks Fifth Avenue Boca Raton, 5800 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561-620-1230; saksfifthavenue.com.

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Styles Boutique Owner Stacey Ugles Supports Local Charities In the months since opening Styles Boutique, Stacey Ugles has paired up with a number of community organizations and is proud to announce her support of the 9th Annual Go Pink Luncheon on October 26. Ugles also has supported organizations such as Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County, Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and Boca Helping Hands. Styles Boutique has a number of other events scheduled through the fall and is grateful for the support of its clients to make these partnerships possible. Styles Boutique, 21090 Saint Andrews Blvd., Boca Raton, 561-393-0488.


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happenings [the local real estate report] SUBDIVISION

ADDRESS

BUYER

SELLER

SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE PRICE

PRIOR SALE DATE

$1,062,872

$5,100,000

05-FEB-10

$422,500

$233,900

01-SEP-96

$285,300

13-FEB-12

AZURA

17335 PAVAROSO ST

LEWIS JEANETTE M

TOLL FL X LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

BOCA FALLS

12629 TORBAY DR

CLOUSE STEPHEN A

MARGOLIS DAVID B

LONG LAKE ESTATES

8147 TWIN LAKE DR

KING DONALD

FLORIDA COMMUNITY BANK NA

MISSION BAY - THE ISLES

20567 SAUSALITO DR

FERGUSON DANIELA

HSBC BANK USA NATL ASSOC TRUSTEE

$318,888

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

15904 DOUBLE EAGLE TRL

PECAR MICHAEL

DIAMOND MAXINE

$350,000

$484,364

27-SEP-00

MIZNER COUNTRY CLUB

16265 ANDALUCIA LN

SCHWARTZ LEO S

GOOCH PETER

$775,000

$1,013,116

31-MAR-05

MIZNER GRAND CONDOMINIUM

400 SE 5TH AVE 504

STERN MITCHELL J

SOKOLOFF KIRIL

$2,500,000

$3,178,000

MIZNER’S PRESERVE

6291 VIA VENETIA N

FOGEL LEWIS W

PITOCCHELLI RONALD L INDIV TRUSTEE

$512,500

PALM BEACH FARMS

1300 SW 20TH ST

TOBIN CRISTINA

BARWELL CINDY A

$400,000

PALM BEACH FARMS

1500 SW 20TH ST

WOONTON MARC

JOHNSON TIM

$350,000

$362,500

30-APR-02

ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

252 S MAYA PALM DR

LOBELLO LEA ANN

FEDER DAVID

$3,825,000

$4,065,000

06-JUN-08

ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

359 S MAYA PALM DR

FEDER DAVID

RIENZI JOSEPH

$1,040,000

ROYAL PALM YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB

133 THATCH PALM CV

NEMETH CHRISTINA

OSTROWSKI JAMES M

$1,550,000

SATURNIA

11714 PRESERVATION LN

LI FENGMAI

MILLER STUART

$585,000

$962,000

09-AUG-06

SATURNIA

19024 SKYRIDGE CIR

ADLER AARON

KATARI JAY

$599,000

$357,595

27-DEC-00

SATURNIA

11554 BIG SKY CT

LIU HUL

OSBORN JOHN R

$339,000

$619,000

20-APR-07

WOODFIELD CC - BRIARCLIFF

4080 NW 60TH CIR

MOORE MICHELLE K

MORRIS AMY SUE

$816,750

$790,000

31-OCT-08

WOODFIELD CC - CLUBSIDE

3585 NW CLUBSIDE CIR

NACHT JANE C

NATHANIAL PETER

$620,000

$615,000

04-FEB-04

WOODFIELD CC - HAMILTON PLACE

5459 NW 42ND AVE

KOLOVSON CATHY B

NEEDLE KAREN S

$399,000

$475,000

03-MAY-00

WOODFIELD CC - HAMILTON PLACE

5406 NW 41ST TER

EISNER DAVID A

EDYTHE RUBIN REVOCABLE TRUST

$1,000,000

$300,000

09-FEB-11

23-JAN-08 18-MAY-09 13-MAY-03

16-MAR-12 27-JUL-09

11-JUN-01

Source: Palm Beach County Property Appraiser

Representing a distinguised group of only 8 members of Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate’s statewide network of 4,654 sales associates #1 Agent In Southeast Florida Florida Top 100

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THE DONNA KLEIN JEWISH ACADEMY EAGLES ATHLETICS BOOSTER CLUB PRESENTS ITS

Seventh Annual Tennis Extravaganza WITH SPECIAL GUEST CHRIS EVERT AT THE POLO CLUB OF BOCA RATON JOIN US MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012 FOR AN EXCITING MORNING! Doubles Matches, Lunch, Raffles & Prizes For more information call the DKJA Development Office at

561-852-5007

DKJA's Seventh Annual Tennis Extravaganza will welcome special guest and international tennis phenomenon Chris Evert.

Donna Klein Jewish Academy Development Office 9701 Donna Klein Boulevard Boca Raton, FL 33428

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PAYING IT FORWARD SCORE Provides Invaluable Advice To Fledgling EntrepreneursBY EMILY J. MINOR he idea is both basic and brilliant, which is probably why SCORE has been successful since the 1960s. It works like this: Collect a team of high-powered businessmen. (Yes, right now, they’re all men.) Ask them to donate their time and experience by counseling newbie entrepreneurs, creating lasting relationships until the newbies become more seasoned, all the while reaching out to more wannabe entrepreneurs.

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Our job basically is to help people start businesses, help them grow businesses and help them stay out of trouble.

Hal Finkelstein, 71, chairman, South Palm Beach SCORE chapter

In other words, SCORE (which stands for Service Corps of Retired Executives), is a nonprofit high-level mentoring program built around a team of active and retired business executives. And we do mean high level. Mentors include the founder of Jared Jewelers, a former treasurer for Ford Motor Co, a former vice president of IBM… and so on. “We have very varied backgrounds,” says Hal Finkelstein, 71, of Boca Raton, chairman of the South Palm Beach SCORE chapter and a former New York City construction and consulting executive. “Recently we were voted the No. 1 chapter in the nation out of 384 chapters.” How does it work? If you’re interested in starting a business, you reach out to SCORE, and then perhaps attend a roundtable session, schedule a one-onone meeting with a volunteer, or arrange 144

a face-to-face video session via Skype. Currently, there are 38 SCORE volunteers and the group recently branched out to start a group called Pathway to Success, Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps returning veterans start new businesses. SCORE can’t handle grant money, which is why they created Pathway, which has a separate board and hands out grants, not loans, to new business owners who served in Iraq or Afghanistan. In the past year, Finkelstein says SCORE volunteers have met with 6,000 potential business owners, advising on all levels: import-export, international marketing, mobile marketing, search-engine optimization, social media, restaurant management, manufacturing, retail and human resources. Finkelstein says you can’t imagine all the wrong roads a new business owner

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BAND OF BROTHERS: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP) Fred Pollino, who, with SCORE’s help, received a $40,000 grant from Pathway to Business Success; Hal Finkelstein; Ken Yancey, CEO of SCORE, Finkelstein, Pollino, Jerry Kramer, founder and president of Pathway to Business Success and Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, U.S. Army retired and Pathway president

can go down. Some common mistakes? Growing too fast, letting people go at the wrong time, hiring at the wrong time and overextending financially. “Our job basically is to help people start businesses, help them grow businesses and help them stay out of trouble,” he explains. If you want to give back, consider donating your time and expertise or writing a check to support SCORE financially. “We’re all looking to make a difference and give back to our country,” Finkelstein says. “And you don’t get involved in business without having some setbacks and failures.” O SCORE is located at 7999 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. For more information, call 561-981-5180 or visit scoresouthflorida.net.


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