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JGB Bank hosts Frank Supovitz, NFL Special Events 'First and Tenth - Pro Bowl and Super Bowl Together in South Florida' BY BARI AUERBACH

The Aventura Marketing Council kicked off its 2010 season of superlative business building with a super Super Bowl / Pro Bowl-themed breakfast meeting hosted by JGB Bank featuring Frank Supovitz, the National Football League's senior vice president of special events. Instrumental in staging the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl NFL draft and international games, Supovitz was inducted into the Event Industry Hall of Fame and has earned literary acclaim for writing The Sports Event Management and Marketing Playbook. “The Super Bowl brings in $500-$600 million of economic impact. We expect to see 100,000 people coming into the market who would not normally be here just to be at the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl or one of the many celebrations.�

Standing (L-R) Aventura Marketing Council Chairman Cliff Schulman, Greenberg Traurig; Mike Dee, Miami Dolphins; Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi; Miss Florida USA 2008 Jessica Rafalowski; Mike Zimmer, South Florida Pro Bowl / Super Bowl Host Committee; Nicki Grossman, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Rodney Barreto, South Florida Pro Bowl / Super Bowl Host Committee; Bruce Schulze, Sun Life Stadium Seated (L-R) JGB Bank's VP / Aventura Branch Manager Leslie Stein; President & CEO Robert L. Brookes; Supovitz; EVP / Chief Financial Officer

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Greenberg Traurig helped Frank Supovitz welcome hundreds of business and community leaders to The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, where donations were being collected for the Haitian earthquake victims. Everyone joined in getting psyched up for Super Bowl / Pro Bowl excitement along with all-star guests including Host Committee Chair Rodney Barreto, President Mike Zimmer and Sun Life Stadium President M. Bruce Schulze and Miami Dolphins President & CEO Mike Dee; and Nicki Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. This year marked the tenth time South Florida hosted the Super Bowl; the first time ever that the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl were played in the same city; and one of the most successful efforts of the Host

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Sabadell United Bank hosts Aventura Arts & Cultural Center update for Aventura Marketing Council Board Members Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka and Steve Clark, General Manager of the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (AACC) , recently gave a glowing report to the Aventura Marketing Council board members about the construction progress and plans for the new facility nearing completion. Located on the water at the easternmost portion of NE 188th Street, adjacent to the city's Community Recreation Center. "We're partnering with the Performing Arts Center Authority to provide outstanding programming for this 325-seat theatre that will have its soft opening in June with a children's summer camp," noted Clark. "Our grand opening is scheduled for October, 2010." Ample free parking will be available in the Community Recreation Center and in both ACES (Aventura City of Excellence Schools) next door as well as shuttle bus servJeffrey Levinson, Sabadell United Bank N.A.; Aventura Comm. Michael ice available from the Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Aletha Player, FPL; Aventura City Manager Eric Harbour Center Aventura Soroka; Steven Clark, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center; Aventura Marketing at the corner of NE 188th Council Chairman Cliff Schulman, Greenberg Traurig

Street and 29th Avenue. Valet parking service will also be available during performance evenings. "We have already kicked off our AACC donation program to help raise funds for cultural programming through our "Walk of Arts" Brick Paver Program and our Honor Roll Founder Program," said Soroka. The "Walk of Arts" will be paved with 12" x 12" commemorative pavers which can be engraved, becoming an indelible part of the Arts & Cultural Center as well as a lasting gift. Brick donations are $150 each. Founder donations start at $1,000 and go up to $5000, with Founder names being placed on an Honor Roll plaque to be displayed in the center's lobby. Founders will also receive two tickets to an opening event in 2010 and a special event to honor their generosity. For more information, visit cityofaventura.com

Charlene Welker, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Lynn Mucciano, Turnberry Associates; Doug Zaren, Memorial Regional Hospital South; Maira Diaz-Giusti, Coconut Grove Bank; Leslie Stein, JGB Bank

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ACES Bake Sale at Aventura Mall benefits Food for the Poor Haiti relief efforts

Tony Bennett performs to sold-out crowd at Arsht Center

Saturday, February 6th, 12 noon - 4 p.m., Center Court

Legendary performer Tony Bennett recently performed for a sold-out crowd at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The concert was the highestgrossing night in the history of the Center's John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, which Bennett praised as "one of the most beautiful venues he's ever played". John Richard, President and CEO, Adrienne Arsht for the Performing Arts; Tony Bennett; Ricky The audience was a 'who's Center Arriola, Chair, Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors who' of Miami's business and civic community, including Armando Codina, Don Soffer, and former City of Miami manager Joe Arriola. Taking 'five' from his fans… Bennett enjoyed some time backstage sharing memories with long-time family friend Sydney Faye-Davis. Sydney Faye's late father, Chicago broadcaster Marty Faye, and Tony Bennett were lifetime friends and colleagues, sharing many a stage together.

Fresh baked cookies, cupcakes and fudge sound good? Save your sweet tooth for Saturday, February 6th when Aventura City of Excellence School teams up with Aventura Mall for an incredibly decadent festival of baked goods in the Aventura Mall Center Court from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Baked with lots of love and warm wishes for our friends in Haiti, 100% of all the proceeds from this bake sale will benefit Food for the Poor's Haiti relief efforts. "We're pleased to join with our community partners for this fundraising endeavor," said Anabel Llopis, director of marketing, Aventura

Mall. "The Bake Sale also serves as the official launch to our year-long initiative, 'Together For Haiti.' Throughout 2010, we will be coordinating fundraising activities to assist in the Haitian relief effort." ACES Principal Julie Alm said, “Our SGA’s leadership and our students’ and families’ compassion and commitment to this relief effort are certainly commendable.” For more information, call ACES, 305-4661499 or Aventura Mall, 305-935-1110 or aventuramall.com

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Wanderings & Ponderings dethrone the members at the next election. At the very worst if the election is too far off there can always be a recall petition to get rid of the It’s amazing how so many people have mis- board. If there is a pool on the property that alone conseptions about condos. 99% of Condo dwellers have probably spent most of their lives will guarantee new boards while everyone working very hard to be able to come here, buy wrangles for pool time for visitors and of course what denotes a child in the water. One an apartment and to enjoy their retirements. Association insisted that all children But maybe after spending from 30up to the age of 45 had to wear water 50 years working it’s not so easy to wings. This particular board averaged just stop working and spend the time 83 years of age and it made sense to getting in the way of the wife in the them. However there was some attriapartment. One can play a bit of golf tion and the younger members or tennis but there has to be a reason brought the water wings down to age to use up all that extra energy. 40. That’s where Condo Boards of Then there is the matter of who the Directors come in. Every condo has treasurer should be. No matter who is to have a board of directors made up Dan Palmer of resident owners of the building, –––––––––––––– chosen he/she is immediately considwho are elected to the board. All the owners in ered to be a crook because why would he/she the building who aren’t on the board consider want to become the treasurer? A nearby condo the elected official of same to be the most inef- association bought a small bus and decided that ficient stupid racist (even though most are of one of the owners should be the driver. That the same background) group ever put together didn’t work because of all the volunteers for the by the building owners. That allows all those job none of their licenses allowed them to drive not on the Board to spend their time complain- at night. Paying an outsider didn’t go too well ing and trying to change the rules. There are with the association. Result, no bus. A group of condo associations decided to usually no term limits on the board because it’s always just a matter of time for the board mem- start a campaign to lure new retirees. Their bers to die off before finishing their terms, or an motto “Buy a Condo retire and spend your goldopposition group (usually newcomers) ready to en years around our pool... complaining”

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Kathy Taylor, RN, named director of Intensive Care Unit at Aventura Hospital Aventura Hospital is proud to announce the promotion of Kathy Taylor, RN, to the role of director of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Taylor has been with the hospital since 1991 and served as interim ICU director for the past year. Recently, she was honored by her colleagues at the hospital as the 2009 Nurse of the Year for her leadership and dedication to quality patient care. "Kathy has been an integral part of our hospital staff for several years," said Aventura Hospital CEO Heather Rohan. "She has already made tremendous improvements to our ICU. She is beloved by patients, physicians, and staff members alike for her warm compassion and positive work ethic. It is very fitting that she has also earned the recognition as Nurse of the Year." Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Always on the cutting-edge of healthcare technology, Aventura Hospital was the first in Dade County to install the da Vinci S HD Robot and the Elekta Synergy S. The Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is fully accredited as a Cycle II Chest Pain Center, and the Stroke Program was the first in Dade County to earn The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification Program Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality. The 24-hour Emergency Room consistently maintains an average wait time of less than 10 minutes, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab's average STEMI time of less than 60 minutes fulfills the standards set forth by Miami-Dade County EMS. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence. For more information, visit aventurahospital.com

Gulfstream Park to host weekend of super-class racing and football excitement Gulfstream Park hosts another blockbuster weekend beginning this Saturday, February 6th, with the $500,000 Donn Handicap, the nation’s first Grade 1 stakes race of the year for older horses and an important prep for the richest horse race in the world, the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Also on Saturday’s card is the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, the premier race for top turf runners. Last year’s Turf winner, Kip Deville, had won the 2007 Breeders’ Cup Mile. Gulfstream Park will hold two casino promotions Saturday for sports fans who are members of the Good Luck Players Club reward program. From 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. members can earn points to win official Super Bowl t-shirts and hats in the “Big Game Gear Giveaway.” And every 20 minutes between 6 p.m. and midnight members actively playing in the casino with their card inserted will be selected to win football memorabilia in the “Gridiron Superstars.” This Sunday, February 7th, the day of the Big Game, Gulfstream Park will be Football Fan Central with a Watch Party in the Ten Palms restaurant beginning at 5:45 p.m. The $25 ticket includes a delicious sports bar buffet and cash bar. The casino’s Players Club members can also pick up huge winnings Sunday in the “$100,000 Twelfth Man Giveaway.” Five members will be chosen at the end of each quarter of the Big Game. Each will select two envelopes, one for the AFC team and one for the NFC team. If the numbers in the envelopes add

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Fresh off his win in opening day Hal's Hope Handicap, 2009 Florida Derby victor Quality Road is aiming for the $500,000 Donn Handicap this Saturday

up to match the total score at the end of that quarter, the member wins the prize: $25,000 for the first-quarter total score, $50,000 for halftime, $75,000 for the third-quarter total score, and $100,000 for the final total score. If not yet a member, guests can go to either the first-floor or second-floor casino and quickly sign up for free Player’s Club membership. Gulfstream’s everyday specials, drawings and promotions bring more action to Player’s Club members every day. Gulfstream Park hosts world-class live thoroughbred racing, year-round simulating, genuine Las Vegas-style slots, Royal Match 21 Electronic Blackjack, Electronic Roulette, bingo on Tuesdays, no-limit poker and live entertainment. For more information, visit gulfstreampark.com

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BY LYNN CARROLL The next time you hold a get-together, be sure to schedule Coffee Brake, a fully stocked mobile van that brings great coffee and coffee products to you. The concept is the brainchild of Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman, who says her coffee shop on wheels, which took to the streets on April 1, 2009 is getting the communites attention. Coffee Brake serves espressos, lattes, cappuccinos, cafe con leche, and other great coffee products, fresh brewed au naturel or in hazelnut and fresh vanilla varieties. The special blend created for Comm. Heyman by a roaster in the state of Washington "tastes really great when it's hot, and it's also good when it's cold," she says -- depending on the weather, iced coffee is also an option. She recently expanded her product line to include Bliss Brake - smoothies served in a range of flavors that includes coffee, mocha, mango, strawberry and mixed berry. "People are calling to ask whether I can come to an event they're catering," she says. "For businesspeople, it's an inexpensive way to do something nice for their employees. We just gained a contract to provide coffee, smoothies and natural biscottis during Dolphin and

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Evelyn Greer (right) enjoys stopping for her daily "Coffee Brake", made fresh and served by Comm. Sally Heyman (left)

University of Miami home games at Sun Life Stadium." It was the popularity of the "drive up" coffee shops in the Northwest that gave her the idea to try it in South Florida. Rather than choosing a stationary site, she went mobile. "I wanted a good product that was easy to access and inexpensive," she says. "My van can be parked anywhere, and I really enjoy the social interaction." There's just one problem -- so many opportunities, so little time. That's why Comm. Heyman plans to franchise the Coffee Brake concept. For your next break, call 305-798-2601 or visit online at mycoffeebrake.com

Need a place to watch the game? The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club is featuring a team-themed Super Bowl menu in its Lobby Lounge that's sure to win the coin toss. Watch the two competing teams go head-to-head, while munching on traditional Super Bowl favorites with a twist from 5 to 11 p.m. And for all football widows, never fear - the Willow Stream Spa is here. The Mobil Four Star Spa is offering Non Football Lovers (NFL) a series of half-time specials - or in other words 30 minutes - for just $50 each, plus a complimentary Jane Iredale mineral make-up touch-up. Also receive complimentary access to Willow Stream's world-class facilities and state-of-the-art fitness center, a gift from Bloomingdale's at the Aventura Mall, and valet parking with the purchase of an experience. Willow Stream Spa is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, February 7. To book NFL spa treatments, call 305-9336930. The legendary Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club and your Super Bowl grand central station is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura. For more information, call 305-932-6200 or visit fairmont.com/turnberryisle


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VIEWPOINT Change Is Tougher than Hope Shouldn’t ‘Local’ BY JOHN CAVANAGH On the campaign trail, Barack Obama electrified Americans with his bold call to transform despair into hope, and voters elected him in a landslide. Democratic candidates for Congress rode his broad coattails to large majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate that his party hadn’t held in a generation. The stage was set to transform hope into change, for jobs, health care, climate change, and many other fundamental challenges. A year into the Obama administration, with giant obstacles blocking those important changes, many Americans feel more frustrated than hopeful. Following careful analysis, the Institute for Policy Studies— which I lead—gives Obama a “C-minus” grade for his first year in office. But his administration can learn from these obstacles to guide the country toward positive change in 2010. The Wall Street-driven economic meltdown that started in the waning months of the 2008 campaign is the biggest challenge to the change Obama campaigned on. More than eight million Americans have lost their jobs since the crisis began, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Try feeling hopeful without a job. Obama added to his woes right from the start by selecting a cabinet which, with only a few exceptions, didn’t believe in bold change. Take Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. The Associated Press obtained Geithner’s schedule last October and learned that he spent hours on the phone daily with Wall Street barons, instead of with the small entrepreneurs and workers who form the backbone of this economy. Change would be hard for anyone to achieve as long as Washington is virtually owned by Wall Street bankers and giant corporations. Too many members of Congress owe their elections to that largess. Take this revealing example: Obama agreed to cut wasteful military spending on extraneous items such as a new fleet of presidential helicopters. Members of Congress, worried about job loss and corporate anger, put some of the money back in to keep the program alive. If we look at the three major battles of 2009, corporate interests blocked significant change on all of them. Wall Street

stymied any reform that would regulate the Wall Street casino that brought our economy to the brink. Now its lobbyists are fighting tooth and nail against a consumer financial protection agency that would safeguard ordinary people against predatory lending. On health care, the majority wants all Americans covered—and they want some version of a government health plan to compete with private plans. It does look like the Obama administration will win some small but important health-care reforms, but they will fall short of where the majority wants to go. And bills that would address climate change by making major U.S. companies pollute less were watered down. None have become law yet. The Obama administration nevertheless did take a few strong steps in the right direction. Just three weeks into office, Obama orchestrated the largest economic recovery spending bill in history. It sent hundreds of billions of dollars into new jobs and key safety-net programs. Much of that money has kept Americans from slipping through the cracks, with a massive expansion of food stamps and a big increase in unemployment benefits. Obama should think about how some of his predecessors successfully channeled public anger into meaningful change at the top. Many of the social protections that have helped working people, the elderly, and people of color in this country were passed in the mid-1930s under Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or during the mid-1960s under Lyndon B. Johnson. In both cases, well-organized Americans created strong pressure that overcame entrenched interests to win change. In Obama’s first year, the Americans who mobilized to elect him largely stayed home. Millions did so because they are out of work and devoid of hope. Others thought change would come easily. For the change this nation desperately needs–a transition from a Wall Street casino to a new economy that fulfills people’s needs–Americans must get off their couches and 2010 and come together to confront corporate interests. --

John Cavanagh is the director of the Institute for Policy Studies, a think tank that transforms ideas into action for peace, justice, and the environment and recently released the new report Barely Making the Grade: Obama’s First Year.

Business Be Local? BY JIM HIGHTOWER In Alice in Wonderland, Humpty Dumpty declares: "When I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less." Well, get ready to tumble down the semantic rabbit-hole again, for giant corporations are trying to co-opt the meaning of one of our important words: "local." It's important because small businesses across the country have created a very positive, grassroots economic movement, based on being local producers, providers, and marketers. Over 130 cities have "local business alliances," with 30,000 businesses enlisted. The movement has been phenomenally popular with consumers who like the flavor and personality of local enterprises, and the fact that their consumer dollars stay in their community. So, now other businesses want in on the action—such outfits as Frito Lay, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, CVS, and Barnes & Noble. These global brands are using TV ads and other promotions to hawk their massproduced stuff as "local." The sprawling

Barnes & Noble chain, for example, cheerfully asserts: "All bookselling is local." Hellmann's, a division of Dutch-owned Unilever, is claiming that its mayonnaise is local because most of its ingredients come from North America. That isn't local—it's loco! An executive of a public-relations outfit that’s helping promote this perversion explains the supposed logic behind the corporate power play: "There is a belief that you can only be local if you are a small and authentic brand. This isn't necessarily true," she says. "Big brands can use the notion of local to their advantage as well...It's a different way of thinking about local that is not quite as literal." Wow—wouldn't Humpty Dumpty be proud of her? To connect with the genuine local business movement, contact the Institute for Local Self-Reliance: www.ilsr.org. -Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and winner of the 2009 winner of the Nation/Puffin Prize. He's also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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Experience elegance on the beach Valentine's Day at Acqualina Resort and Spa The celebration of love and happiness is often times blurred by the stress of planning the ultimate Valentine's Day experience for the loved one. This Valentine's Day, Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach has arranged three offerings for guests to experience where the romantic possibilities are endless. If an evening under the stars is what you're looking for, Chef Marc Debas invites you to experience Costa Grill. Lovebirds will enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean in an enchanting moonlight setting. This evening of romance includes a glass of champagne, four-course dinner, candles, rose petals, live music for $110 per person. If an evening of dining with the Italian gods is more up your alley, Acqualina invites you to experience Valentine's Day at Il Mulino with a fivecourse prixe fixe menu. The unabashedly European balance of farm-fresh ingredients, artistic preparation, and impeccable service distinguishes Il Mulino as the world's most exclusive culinary asset. A tantalizing menu offering romance, elegance and a culinary explosion awaits you and is available for $125 per person.

Additionally, during the week of Valentine's Day, ESPA at Acqualina transforms into a sanctuary for couples offering co-ed relaxation areas, champagne refreshments, dark chocolate truffles, couples yoga and nurturing treatments specifically focused on healing the heart chakra and open the channels of love. Treatments range from 60-180 minutes and are available in one of ESPA's 16 treatment rooms including the private spa suite with its own steam shower for two. Additional treatment details are available online at acqualinaresort.com/espa/specialspa-packages The resort's lyrical design and Mediterranean motifs inspire poetic gestures and fulfill its guests' every amorous desire with a wealth of couples-centric features, including a year-round romantic escape package, private beachfront dining, an adults-only tranquility pool, onsite Proposal Concierge, and a lavish private spa suite for two at Acqualina's ESPA overlooking the pristine beach and the azurecolored Atlantic Ocean. For reservations and additional information, call 305-9188000 or visit acqualinaresort.com

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Hadassah honors National President Nancy Falchuk Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, will be honored at the Sixth Annual Hadassah Gala honoring Simcha's Woman of Valor 2010 on Thursday, February 11, 6 p.m. at the Eden Roc Hotel and Resort (4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach). The event will also celebrate Hadassah's 98th birthday and presents a royal affair deemed "The Essence of Queen Esther," fully equipped with an organized parade of members modeling Queen Esther costumes, including local dignitaries Sen. Gwen Margolis and Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb. Hadassah is a nonprofit organization known internationally for its state-of-the-art medical research, teaching and healthcare. The funds raised at this function will support these causes. Couvert is $100, patron couvert is $150 and includes cocktail hour, three-course dinner, fabulous door prizes and raffles. Kindly RSVP to Fanny Korn 1000 Island Boulevard, # 1805, Aventura, FL 33160 or e-mail fannykorn@yahoo.com

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Historically Yours BY BOB DIAMOND OUR BAWDY FOUNDING FATHER Benjamin Franklin, America’s greatest inventor, philosopher and statesman, had a side to him that we never learned in school – for better or worse, depending upon your degree of prudery. There was a scandalous, bawdy rogue within Franklin that was all too eager to ignite the flames of controversy with his readers. Franklin, today, would be front page in the current controversy involving Ireland’s Mrs. Robinson with her 19 year old male friend and the recent decision by Miami’s Carnival Lines to curtail the Cougars and Cubs- older women mixing it up with younger men. In 1745, Franklin published “Advice To A Young Man On Choosing a Mistress.” “Marriage is the most natural State of Man and therefore the State in which you are most likely to find solid Happiness. It is the Man and Woman united that makes the complete human being. A single Man is an incomplete animal. But if you will not take this good Counsel, and persist in thinking a Commerce wit the Sex inevitable, then you

should prefer old Women to young ones.” Among Franklin’s reasons were the following: • “Because in every animal that walks upright, the Deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the Neck; then the Breast and Arms; the lower Parts continuing to the last as plump as ever: So that covering all above the Basket, and regarding only what is below the Girdle, it is impossible of two Women to know and old one from a young one. And in the dark all Cats are grey, the Pleasure or corporal Enjoyment with an old Woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every Knack being by Practice capable of improvement. • Because the Sin is less. The debauching a Virgin may be her ruin, and make her for Life unhappy. • Because the Compunction is less. Having made a young Girl miserable may give you frequent bitter Reflections; none of which can attend the making an old Woman happy. • Lastly. They are so grateful!” Source: “Fart Proudly, Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School), Edited by Carl Japikse

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JGB Bank hosts Frank Supovitz, NFL Special Events 'First and Tenth - Pro Bowl and Super Bowl Together in South Florida' Cont’d from page 1 "We've served the South Florida community since 1957 and Aventura since 1999," Brookes said. "JGB is among the highest-rated banks in the country for safety and soundness consistently achieving high ratings from independent bank rating services. In these financially challenging times, it's good to know JGB is poised for significant, conservatively-managed growth and ready to serve the needs of corporate and personal clients." He also announced the opening of their newest branch in Miami Beach in February. Taking the podium, Supovitz was greeted by Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi, who officially "knighted" him Sir Frank of the Gridiron, a/k/a Mr. Super Bowl. Sharing winning Super Bowl stats, Supovitz explained, "The Super Bowl brings in $500-$600 million of economic impact. We expect to see 100,000 people coming into the market who would

Robert L. Brookes, Leslie Stein and Carlos Bell, JGB Bank

Aventura Marketing Council Chairman Cliff Schulman, Greenberg Traurig flanked by Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi and Miss Florida 2008 Jessica Rafalowski

not normally be here just to be at the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl or one of the many celebrations. Beyond fans from all over the country and thousands of media reps from around the world, over 200 countries receive the Super Bowl telecast, so about a billion people will be watching South Florida." Addressing the likelihood of South Florida hosting future Super Bowls, Supovitz emphasized, "To be competitive with new stadiums coming online in new markets, it will become more and more important to make sure you're on the cutting edge as well. There's a 'new normal' out there. We're all feeling it and understand we have to deliver more to our companies, our clients, our partners and our customers." Before the two- minute warning, Supovitz encouraged fans to tune into a new truTV series going behind the scenes to reveal some of the NFL's "drama and goofiness" starting the day after the Super Bowl on Monday at 10 p.m. To contact JGB Bank's Aventura branch, phone: 305-931-6883 or visit jgbbank.com

Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi "knights" Supovitz as "Sir Frank of the Gridiron, a/k/a Mr. Super Bowl"

Presenting Aventura Police Officers of the Month: Capt. Steve Seefchak; Ofc. Sean Bergert; Ofc. J.C. Gonzalez; Ofc. Helen Morrison; Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Comm. Bob Diamond; Comm. Billy Joel; Heather Rohan, Aventura Hospital; Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media

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Glass ceiling BY PATRICIA C. FRANK The fixed glass ceiling that people often speak about bumping into and being unable to rise above does not really exist. It is an assumption and a myth. The glass ceiling is really a glass dome that can be opened. All you have to do is push the button and the dome slides open. The glass ceiling that you think exists in your own life is really just a sliding dome also that you can open. The button that controls the glass ceiling is the knowledge that you have the power to open it. Your real power comes from your awareness of your power. If you are aware you are cognizant of something. You have knowledge about it. You believe it. In your life, there are no solid glass ceilings. There are no restrictions, no boundaries and no limits. If you think there are, just push the button and you will see everything open to you. In addition to your awareness of your power, you also have to be conscious of it. To be conscious of something is to know and recognize it. No one else has to give you the power or the permission to be, or to do, or to think whatever you wish.

The greatest asset you have for achieving awareness lies in your ability to become conscious of your thoughts and to control your thoughts. Become aware of everything that is happening in the moment. Pay attention to what you are thinking and feeling. Do not let your mind wander or create scenarios from the past. Do not let it dwell on failures or negative thoughts, doubts or fears. Do not let it race ahead to the future with concerns and anxieties about what might happen. Make a deliberate effort to bring your thoughts back constantly to the present moment. When you are conscious of what you are thinking you acquire the power of awareness. It is important to check on yourself through out the day so you can make instant corrections and come back to yourself and to the moment. Before you press the button to open the ceiling you have to believe that you deserve what you want and that you are worthy of having it in spite of everything in your life, past or present. You have to believe that anything and everything is possible. It doesn’t have to make sense or be reasonable or logical or practical or even probable. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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JGB Bank hosts Frank Supovitz, 'First and Tenth - Pro Bowl and Super Bowl

Frank Supovitz flanked by Miss Florida USA 2008 Jessica Rafalowski and Miss Florida USA 2010 Megan Clementi

Scott Sander, Sander & Associates; Debbie BlasbergSander, Bookkeepers USA; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security

Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance

Katie Hirschberger; Charles Ernst, Dockside Corporate Services; Renata Miranda, Energy Balancing Center

Ben Launerts, Marksman Security with Miss Florida’s

Madelyn Fradkin, Computer Instructor / Secretarial Services; Marcelle May, American Friends of Magen David Adom; Ally Korn, Aventura Heart Center

Barry Ger, The Sterling Aventura; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Aventura Police Lt. Michael Bentolila, South Florida Shomrim Society

Katie Hirschberger and Stefanie Brajdic, County Line Chiropractic; Jeffrey Levinson, Sabadell United Bank N.A.

Aventura Comm. Zev Auerbach

Denise Rubin, Denise Rubin International Realty (third from right) receives AMC Chairman's Roundtable plaque

Presenting Brickman Group as new Aventura Marketing Council Chairman's Roundtable members: Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb; North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; Sen. Gwen Margolis; Bal Harbour Mayor Jean Rosenfield; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; Jimmy Gonzalez, Kris Staltz and Mike Krolikowski; Brickman Group

Aventura City Clerk Teresa Soroka and City Manager Eric Soroka; Eric Beck, IT Doctors

Eric Mannis, Nature's Best; Clementi; Maritza Diaz and Laurie Rudolph, Classic Residence by Hyatt in Aventura

Phil Rosen, Bloomgarden Goudreau & Rosen; Arnold Goldman, The Alternative Board; Scott Sander; Rose Giglio, Commercial Office Furniture

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NFL Special Events Together in South Florida'

Mitch Blum, Southern Audio Visuals; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Clementi; Mike Zimmer, South Florida Pro Bowl / Super Bowl Host Committee; Leslie Bauknight Nixon, South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee

Carlos Bell, Bashar Dibsi and Leslie Stein, JGB Bank

Aventura Commissioners Billy Joel and Bob Diamond

Oscar Llorente, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Michael Mowatt, Miami Children's Hospital Foundation; Jeffrey Goodz, Remer Georges-Pierre

Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor Development

Mike Krolikowski; Brickman Group; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Evelyn Grossman

Robert L. Brookes, President & CEO, JGB Bank

Tony Lasi; David Gedansky, Travel Leaders; Peter L. Fishel, CPA

Jillian Doty, Bryant Security; Ira Haber, All in One Productions; Tiffany DiPanni, County Line Chiropractic

Arthur Barr, Security Camera World; Sunny Isles Beach Comm. Gerry Goodman; Jason Katz, Circle of Lifesaving/Life Fitness; Michael Yavner, Northern Trust

Mark Seff, Aventura North Miami Beach Lions Club; Belina Nagar, ORNA Security & Camera Services; Sonny Levitt, Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels

Sunny Isles Beach Vice Mayor Lew Thaler; Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond; Joy Felton, ADL; Sen. Gwen Margolis

Presenting Aventura Marketing Council new general members: Mayor Gottlieb; Mayor Rosner; Mayor Edelcup; Xiomara Umana Alvarez, Elite Care at Home; Sen. Margolis; Mayor Rosenfield; Mayor Gibson; Dante Valdivieso and Judy Jasinto, Elite Care at Home; Ira Haber, All in One Video Productions; Laurie Sweigart and Terry Sweigart, AAA Solar Glass Window Tinting; Phil Rosen; Rita Regev and Hernan Gleizer, Optimar International Realty; Clarisse Fanning, Carmen Gomez, Mark Seff and Sonny Levitt, Aventura North Miami Beach Lions Club; Angel Schmiedt, Take Stock in Children; Brian Cruz, U.S. Parking; Manny Vicnansky, Binca Imaging Group; Jason Katz, Circle of Lifesaving/Life Fitness; Dave Burney, NationwideGoToBilling.com Photography by Andrew Goldstein


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Most school cafeteria not complying with state law

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Key Biscayne dad Julian Wortelboer worries about the food his sons get in their Key Biscayne Community School cafeteria. “They bring their own food from home because we heard about the cafeteria had roaches and things going on in the cafeteria, dirty plates and things like that,” said the father of 5year-old twins. For more than a decade, I’ve reported how state health inspectors routinely find sanitation problems at local schools. Several public school cafeterias were closed temporarily over the past few years after health inspectors found rat and roach infestations inside the kitchens. So how are our public schools doing this year? I checked out some recent inspection reports at the Miami-Dade Health Department and saw numerous, mostly minor, sanitation citations. But I also found that inspectors recently issued violations for an infestation of roaches in a cabinet outside the kitchen at Van Blanton Elementary School. The head of the Miami-Dade Health Departments’ Sanitation Program, Samir Amir, explained the reasons for the report,

saying it basically asked the schools to exterminate live roaches they found in cabinets. Thanks to our “Cruddy Cafeteria” investigations, state lawmakers back in 2008 ordered all public schools to publicly post their inspection reports inside schools and on the Internet. Amir explained, “As a parent, you need to know the quality, how the food is prepared where your children eat, and to make sure conditions meet health and safety standards.” Unfortunately, because the state law doesn’t specify where the reports are posted, in most cases they are in the back of the cafeteria where most parents can never see them. That’s why the Internet posting requirement is so important for parents. So, how are local school cafeterias doing when it comes to meeting state and federal sanitation standards in the making of our kids’ school meals? I visited about a dozen schools around South Florida to check out their inspection reports. I found in almost all cases, the school sanitation reports are not being posted where parents can easily find them. In fact, in all but one case, school officials refused to even show them to me. And that’s a violation of both state and federal law. Incredibly, from what I found, nobody’s enforcing the new law. Because the Health Department doesn’t have the regulatory authority to cite a school for not posting its sanitation reports online or in the school office, those violations are not enforced. In fact, Amir confirms, “I am not aware of anybody checking.” When Key Biscayne Community School opened for the year, 500 cartons of spoiled milk

were found in the cafeterias’ refrigerator. It turns out that the refrigerator was unplugged when school ended last May. The school found the problem and reported it to the Health Department. The spoiled milk was ordered destroyed. However, I couldn’t find the sanitation report in Key Biscayne Community School’s office or on its website when I checked it out several months ago. So what’s the Miami-Dade school system got to say? Penney Parham runs the School Lunch Program for Miami-Dade and says, “When you have to deal with a handwritten carbon copy, that’s what the principals are given, so it’s difficult to put it electronically.” She does confirm the state statute. “The inspection reports are to be posted in a visible area and on the school website,” she insisted. “It is done on a handwritten form and then photocopied, scanned, faxed and deciphered…and it causes a few extra steps to actually being updated electronically.” But principal Yolanda Valls doesn’t seem to have any problem at Hialeah’s Mae Walters Elementary School. She posts a copy of the health report in the main office and on the Internet for parents. As it turns out, she was the only school official in Miami-Dade and Broward who showed me a copy of the latest cafeteria inspection report. “It makes them comfortable, especially when they see it is satisfactory, that we are doing the right thing,” Valls explained. Most parents I spoke with don’t even know about their right to see the schools’ health reports.

As a result of my CBS4 I-Team investigation, Congress may soon start cracking down on schools nationwide. U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz now wants to make sure those inspection reports are available to any parents who want to see them. The Broward mom wants our investigations entered into the Congressional Record and played on Capitol Hill. The Broward Democrat plans on introducing legislation this fall strengthening parents’ rights to see school inspection reports and disciplining schools that fail to publicly post the information where parents can find them online or inside the schools’ main offices. “Without your reporting on this, without your dogged determination, there’s no way we would be at this point to know we needed to change the federal law because there’s been no light shed on this other than your reporting,” she told me. Despite problems posting inspection reports, Health Inspectors say local schools are now doing better meeting state and federal sanitation standards than they did several years ago. There haven’t been any major food-borne illnesses at any South Florida public schools this year. Unfortunately, both Broward and Miami-Dade school officials continue to refuse to allow CBS4 News inside their school cafeterias when Health Inspectors go through them looking for violations.

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Protect yourself when shopping online BY KATHERINE FERNÁNDEZ RUNDLE

Miami-Dade State Attorney Online shopping has become a popular way to purchase items without the hassles of traffic and crowds. However, the Internet has unique risks, so it is important to take steps to protect yourself when shopping online. Why do online shoppers have to take special precautions? The Internet is convenient for attackers to find ways to access your personal and financial information. Attackers who are able to obtain this information may use it for their own financial gain, either by making purchases themselves or by selling the information to someone else. Three common ways that attackers target online shoppers are: *Targeting vulnerable computers — Take steps to protect your computer from viruses so that an attacker is unable to gain access to your computer and all of the information on it. It is also important for vendors to protect their computers to prevent attackers from accessing customer databases. • Creating fraudulent sites and email messages — Unlike traditional shopping where you know that a store is actually the store it claims to be, attackers can create malicious web sites that mimic legitimate ones or create email messages that appear to have been sent from a legitimate source. Charities may also be misrepresented in this way, especially after natural disasters or during holiday seasons. Attackers create these malicious sites and email messages to try to convince you to supply personal and financial information. • Intercepting insecure transactions — If a vendor does not use encryption, an attacker may be able to intercept your information as it is being transmitted. Protecting yourself: • Use and maintain anti-virus software, a firewall, and anti-spyware software — Make sure to keep your virus definitions up to date. Use a legitimate anti-spyware program to scan your computer and remove any of these files. • Keep software, particularly your web

browser, up to date – Install software patches. Many operating systems offer automatic updates. • Evaluate your software’s settings — The default settings of most software enable all available functionality. It is especially important to check the settings for software that connects to the Internet (browsers, email clients, etc.). • Do business with reputable vendors — Make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established vendor. Verify their legitimacy before supplying your personal or financial information. Locate and note phone numbers and physical addresses of vendors in case there is a problem with your transaction or your bill. • Take advantage of security features — Passwords and other security features add layers of protection if used appropriately. • Be wary of emails requesting information — Legitimate businesses will not solicit information through email requesting that you confirm your purchase or account information. • Check privacy policies - Make sure you understand how your information will be stored and used before providing personal or financial information. • Make sure your information is being encrypted — Look for indications that your information will be encrypted (SSL, a URL that begins with “https:” instead of “http:” and a lock icon in the bottom right corner of the window). • Use a credit card — Unlike debit cards, credit cards may have a limit on the monetary amount you will be responsible for paying if your information is stolen and used by someone else. Try to minimize damage by using a single credit card with a low credit line for all of your online purchases. • Check your statements — Keep a record of your purchases and compare them to your bank statements. If there is a discrepancy, report it immediately. Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been the Miami-Dade County State Attorney since 1993 and was recently elected to the board of the National District Attorneys Association. She may be contacted by calling 305-547-0100.

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Random questions from a cluttered mind BY KELLY CRAIG

They say that as women hit a certain age, we should expect a few sleepless nights. Whether it’s worrying about our kids out with the car or too much caffeine during the day, there are going to be times when a little shuteye is simply impossible. Such was the case for me last night. As I lay there, my eyelids peeled open on high beam, a few random questions crossed my mind. I thought I might share a few, and ask, “Am I the only one who wonders about such things?” Why is the second toe on my right foot breaking away from the pack of other smaller piggies and teaming up with the big toe? Was there a foot fight I wasn’t aware of and they all decided to pick sides? There is now a big v-shaped gap between my little Rockettes, as if they are stuck in a constant Vulcan greeting. Meanwhile on my left foot, everyone seems to be standing toe-to-toe on equal footing. Ladies, am I the only one who is experiencing this agony of da feet? The inventor of Pez candy recently passed away. I wonder how many times during his life did wise guys want to tilt his head backward just to see if a giant candy brick would pop out of his throat. Anyone? Every time I look in the mirror, I wonder who invited my mother over. Girls? I wonder if animals can experience shame. Over the Christmas break, we visited my father who lives in Maryland. As he looked out at his beautiful backyard, I was sure I was about to witness the first-ever human implosion simply because he spied a squirrel about to partake in some of the seeds he used to fill the bird feeder. “Damn squirrel, get away from my feeder! You should be hibernating anyway!” I wonder if the fuzzytailed rodent felt the same embarrassment I felt when I was 12 and he caught me taking one too many peppermints from the candy jar one night. “Step away from the candy. You should be in bed

Life With kelly anyway!” My face was redder than the Swedish Fish. What are those fine little cracks that I’ve discovered running up my front teeth? Why am I so fascinated with them that I can stare at my mouth in the mirror for a good 20 minutes before my jaw starts to hurt. The cracks remind me of those craze lines that are starting to appear on my antique bone china and a really old oil painting that hangs on my wall. I guess the operative words are “antique” and “old”. That’s the common thread between all three of us. Ladies, I wonder if our bras are as happy as we are when we take them off at night. When you consider the job they do for 18 hours straight, they’ve got to be exhausted. In fact, when I was getting dressed the other morning, I could swear I heard my Playtex murmur, “Please, lady, give me just 10 more minutes. I swear I’ll wake up, just a few minutes more.” Anybody with me on that? I guess the only other item of undergarment that has it worse than the bra would be the athletic supporter. I don’t even want to go there. Other late-night inner questions: Does 24’s Jack Bauer think of me in the same way I think of him? Would Russell Crowe lose all of his well-documented rage if I gave him a nice soothing massage? Who invented that new toenail clipper with the magnifying glass and mini-light? It even traps the clippings. Can you say genius? Finally, I wonder if I’m the only one who wonders weird things. I wonder if you’ll email me and let me know. Oh well, at least I’m glad I don’t have somnambulism. I’d rather have insomnia and wonder, than sleepwalk and wander. Goodnight, Jim-Bob. Kelly Craig is a Pinecrest resident and a 27-year broadcast journalist, most recently with NBC6 in Miami. Contact her by sending email to <hoocom@aol.com>.

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Vegetarians Need Good Food, Too When I was just 14 years old, I had an awful experience with a piece of veal. It was so bad, that not only did I swear off of all kinds of meat, but I decided fish, chicken and anything else with a face was off limits too. I took it so far, I couldn’t walk down the meat aisle of the supermarket without feeling ill. This was back in the early ‘80s, way before it was cool to be a veg. There was no PETA, no Edamame, and worst of all, no real enlightened culinary scene. No one knew how to feed me! First, no one believed (as per the ubiquitous words of my mother, “Okay, so you don’t eat meat. A turkey burger won’t kill you.” My response, “Yes, it might). And if they did believe, they could only prepare “the veggie plate”, boiled or steamed carrots, potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, and maybe red cabbage. Sure vegetables are wonderful things, but vegetarians need protein, too. Eating at home wasn’t as bad. I could cook with tofu, seitan, and soy, but then, it was even tough to find the ingredients. Flash forward. Since those days, the heath and culinary scenes have expanded and grown up significantly. Soy and its non-meat brethren have come into their own (think Edamame, SILK Soy Milk, soy nuts, veggie burgers, etc. to snack on…). Good and good for you. Tofu and Seitan are flavored like duck, hot dogs, or other meat products and in general, vegetarian has grown into a cuisine, not a burden. So where in the local restaurant scene can one go for a fabulous vegetarian meal? Let’s start with Houston’s, which offers an amazing veggie burger platter for lunch or dinner. Juice & Java (20335 Biscayne Blvd. 305.466.2233) has a variety of sal-

ads, organic pastas, crepes, and great meal replacement shakes. It is not pure veg, but has many great and healthy offerings that’ll suit the bill. The Big Squeeze (West Dixie Hwy, North Miami Beach, 305. 935-9544) and Granny Feelgood’s (20475 Biscayne Blvd # 11, Miami, 305.935.5345)are much the same?each offers fresh and healthy vegetarian (often organic produce) and nonveg meals, salads, juices, baked potatoes, and more. Great little “joints” to frequent when ou’re looking for a bite and not a “night”. Julio’s Natural Foods Restaurant (1602 NE Miami Gardens Dr, North Miami, 305-947-4744), in the same plaza as LA Fitness, screams “healthy”. From a variety of flatbreads and baked potatoes (with soy cheese, yum!) to veggie platters and quinoa specialties, Julio’s is inviting and casual, ideal to eat in or take out. Here Comes the Sun (2188 NE 123rd St, North Miami, 305-893-5711) is one of North Miami’s staples. It’s been around for years and years, and with good reason?the down home food and atmosphere make people happy. Righteous Raw Salad, Jolly Green Salad, Grilled Tofu, famed The Hot One and Veggie Melts are only a few of the highlights. Do not miss the sweet potato “discs” or you haven’t truly experienced. But for those who are truly seeking out the best meatless cuisine around, Sublime (1431 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304, 954-615-1431) is a must. It’s a bit of a drive, but worth the trip. From Fire Roasted Artichokes and BBQ Tartlets (meatless) to sushi (fishless, of course), pizza, and a “steak” sandwich, this place can convert even the biggest meat and potatoes man.

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SBA loans keeping Beth Herdegen busy at Gulf Coast Business Finance BY LYNN CARROLL For real estate and small business financing, the first person to see is Beth Herdegen at GulfCoast Business Finance. Herdegen brings more than 20 years of experience to her job as vice president of commercial real estate and Small Business Administration lending with GulfCoast located at 1835 NE Beth Herdegen, Miami Gardens Drive, Business Finance Suite 403 in North Miami Beach. Since she launched her career in 1988, she says, she's assisted hundreds of small business firms with SBA 504, 7a and commercial loans. As an authority on SBA loans, Herdegen says, she's been very busy lately. "SBA programs are alive and well. There are funds available." As a certified development company (CDC), Herdegen says, GulfCoast Business Finance can make landing the SBA portion of a SBA 504 loan easy. "We participate with many of the first mortgage banks," she says. "With an SBA 504 loan, 50% comes from the

bank, 40% from the U.S. Small Business Administration and 10% from the borrower. In essence, it represents 90% financing for owner-occupied commercial real estate. It's a better value than a conventional loan." The list of property types that can be financed in this way is extensive. "We do many medicaloffice condos," she says, "as well as retail, wareGulf Coast houses, gas stations, hotels, child-care centers and assisted living facilities. There are some very good deals these days for office condos." The loan will also cover owneroccupied office buildings. Right now, Herdegen adds, there's a federal stimulus package waiving fees on SBA 504 and 7A programs. Herdegen, a Miami Beach native, is chairperson of the South Florida SBA Lenders Group, which represents most lenders doing SBA business in the region. "There's a lot of opportunity in South Florida," she says. For more information, call 305-932-3434 or visit gulfcoastbiz.com

Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service names Rosie Sardinas-Lajara director of group sales Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service recently promoted Rosie Sardinas-Lajara to director of group sales. In this role, she will focus on acquiring new group work for the meetings and conventions department. Her responsibilities will include stimulating new group accounts, as well as monitoring existing account activity. Additionally, she will be attending pre-conference hotel meetings and convention networking events. Formerly a meeting and conventions specialist at Aventura Worldwide, Rosie brings with her twenty years of experience from Royal Caribbean Cruises LTD where she was a groups and corporate travel specialist.

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Tri-State Home Furnishings Association honors Aventura businessman Larry Karel as 2009 Person of the Year Larry Karel, president back and hope for the of Karel Exposition economy to make an about Management, the nation's face, Larry always has the largest producer of regional foresight and vision to furniture and accessory produce new and exciting markets has been honored markets," said Cathy Reed, by the Tri-State Home executive director of the TriFurnishings Association State Home Furnishings with their highest achieveAssociation. ment, "Person of the Year." Karel Exposition This distinguished award is Management has been progiven to an individual who ducing trade shows since has been influential in the 1952 and is known for home furnishings industry. showcasing an exceptional The respect and admiroster of manufacturers, repration for Karel was visible Larry Karel, president, Karel resentatives and distributors. through the men and women Exposition Management KEM's shows are open to who traveled distances from dealers, design showrooms New York to Florida to join in the celebration from the furniture industry, including lighting in Philadelphia. His Aventura-based, Karel stores, interior designers and specialty stores. Exposition Management (KEM) opened its Attendees meet new sources exhibiting furnidoors long before the city was even incorpo- ture, bedding, lighting and decorative accesrated. In fact, after five decades of doing busi- sories. ness, KEM breaks longevity records as the As with all of his shows, Karel adheres nation's largest, most long-lived producer of to his company's successful credo, "For less regional furniture and accessory shows in the than a tank of gas, you can shop the market industry. and return home the same day. No costly air"Karel has had an excellent, ongoing fare, hotel room, food or car rental as would relationship with Tri-State Home Furnishings be the case if you had to travel to a market far Association and its predecessor, Home from home." Furnishings Association of Delaware Valley For information about Karel Exposition for over 25 years bringing furniture and Management, call 305-792-9990 or visit accessory markets to region. Never one to sit kemexpo.com

American Friends of Magen David Adom to honor Lois and Eugene Kessler Barry and Patricia Goldstein, Chairs of Porto Vita Friends of Magen David Adom, are proud to announce that Lois and Eugene Kessler will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for their commitment to life and the people and State of Israel at Porto Vita's Annual Celebration of Life Lois and Eugene Kessler dinner on February 9th at 7 p.m. at the Porto Vita Villa Grande Club (20165 NE 38th Court, Aventura). During the evening, Ofer Bavly, Consul General of Israel, will speak about "U.S. Support for Israel. Truman to Obama, Are the Sands Shifting?" and give an update on Israel's involvement with the humanitarian efforts in saving lives in Haiti. All proceeds from this event will

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2010 Volkswagen GTI marks sixth generation Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The all-new 2010 Volkswagen GTI marks the sixth generation of the versatile hatchback sports car and, after almost three decades on the road, it continues to be a favorite with American consumers and driving enthusiasts around the world. With a redesigned exterior, including a more aggressive front end, cleaner side profile and sleeker hatch area, the GTI continues with its sporty nature. At the same time, new interior enhancements provide control and comfort for both the driver and passengers. The 2010 GTI is offered in both two-door and four-door models and both have numerous styling cues from the original Mk I. The front end starts with the hallmark black honeycomb grille with the GTI badge affixed on the passenger side. The distinct red stripe outline flows into the new angled teardrop headlight housings, with High Intensity Gasdischarged Xenon headlights as an option. The lower front fascia cooling duct is blacked out and positioned between two

halogen fog lamps. A more streamlined profile continues to the rear, with subtle black side skirts running partially along the car’s lower edge. To the rear, new taillights are integrated into the quarter panels and hatch, and include smoke-red brake lenses and clear reverse and turn-signal lenses. Red running lights blend into the updated rear bumper and the diffuser has special cutouts for the chrome-tipped, split dual-exhaust. A bodycolor duckbill spoiler sits atop the rear hatch, which houses a third brake light. The GTI comes standard with 17x7-inch alloy wheels and all-season performance tires, but can be upgraded to larger 18x7.5inch wheels. Under the hood, there’s a 2.0-liter 200 hp 16-valve DOHC turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder gasoline engine (21/31 mpg), with FSI direct fuel injection and maintenance-free hydraulic lifters. It has an advanced, fully electronic management system that combines drive-by-wire throttle control and FSI direct fuel injection to cut back on emissions, while increasing overall fuel efficiency and power. With the standard sixspeed manual transmission, the GTI notches a not-too-shabby 0-60 mph clocking in 6.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. The GTI rides on a fully independent,

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European-tuned suspension with McPherson struts, with lower control arms up front complemented by a tubular anti-roll bar to keep the front wheels planted, especially in the corners, and connect to an all-aluminum subframe. The track-stabilization steering roll radius cuts back on body roll in tight turning situations, and has a more direct steering ratio for improved driver feedback. Keeping the car settled at the rear without sacrificing passenger comfort, a four-link independent setup with the springs and shock absorbers positioned apart from each other are matched with a separate sub-frame and

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Breast Cancer Guidelines and the new Health Insurance Bill BY CONGRESSWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ The breast cancer screening recommendations that came out last month from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) generated a lot of confusion for women. As if the recommendations and the confusion weren’t enough, there were and still are people who deliberately used the USPSTF guidelines to distort pending health care legislation. This willful misrepresentation, for the pure purpose of scaring people, not only is unethical, it also reveals the weakness of the opposing side’s viewpoint when they are forced to lie to try to win an argument. By now we all know that the USPSTF set off a firestorm of controversy when they basically told women age 40-50 that they didn’t need routine mammograms. Just days after the USPSTF recommendations were public, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, came out and made clear that the recommendations of the U.S. Government weren’t changing, and that the USPSTF findings were contrary to those of the National Cancer Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. That should have been the end of it. But the story gets more complicated and unfortunately more political. American women who have private health insurance, myself one of them, were very concerned by a statement from the spokesperson for the association “America’s Health Insurance Plans,” that most insurance companies “look to the task force as the standard” when determining coverage. In other words, what was set up to be an independent advisory panel to the government, could possibly determine coverage for people with health insurance. This isn’t because of some law; this is simply a policy decision by insurance companies to generally follow USPSTF recommendations. Women across America were at the same time confused by the guidelines and scared that their insurance company might no longer cover routine mammograms for women under age 50. Indeed, women would be left to the mercy of state laws to determine whether or not insurance companies would be mandated to provide routine mammograms to women in their 40s. In some states women would be protected by state law, in other states they wouldn’t. Clearly this was yet another example of how our patchwork of state laws related to health insurance can leave people vulnerable and without coverage. So for women age 40-50, or women

over age 75, today’s system leaves the insurance company as the final arbiter of whether or not you will receive coverage for your routine mammogram… assuming you even have coverage right now, and 47 million Americans don’t. The USPSTF guidelines were written into the House and Senate health care legislation to provide a MINIMUM level of coverage, but left the ultimate decision up to the Secretary of Health and Human Services to determine whether additional benefits should be added to the USPSTF recommendations. In the pending health care legislation, the Health and Human Services Secretary’s determination that there would be no change in mammogram policy would stand, and women age 40-50 would be covered. But this fact matters little to Republicans who continue to blatantly misrepresent our legislation, claiming that women would lose their coverage under the pending health insurance legislation. Either the people making these claims can’t understand the text of the legislation, or they are lying about what’s in the legislation to scare people into opposing health insurance reform. They tried this line of attack before with talk of fictitious “death panels,” and now they are trying to scare people about mammograms. Don’t be fooled by someone who has to lie to you to try to win an argument. I know I’m not. Maybe the people doing this seek to distract us from the fact that 45,000 working age Americans die every year because they lack health insurance? Or maybe they seek to distract from the fact that under the current system, people with a pre-existing condition can’t change or lose their job without losing coverage? Or maybe they seek to distract us from what Otis Brawley, the Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society said in his recent testimony before the Health Subcommittee: “We also know that lack of health insurance can be deadly. A recent study by the Society found that uninsured breast cancer patients are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage of diagnosis and have a lower survival rate than women who are privately insured.” Women are dying today because they don’t have the coverage to treat their cancer, or are afraid to go to the doctor to have that lump in their breast examined because then they’ll have a pre-existing condition. That is a fact, and that is unconscionable. If you have a question about health care reform, contact my office in Pembroke Pines at (954) 437-3936, in Aventura at (305) 9365724, or in Washington, DC at (202) 2257931. You can also visit www.healthreform.gov <http://www.healthreform.gov> or my Web site at http://wassermanschultz.house.gov

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files are matched against each potential adopter’s application on file. Then, the best matches are called in order according to the date adopters’ applications were approved. Those interested in being in the MatchA-Pet Program are invited to visit the shelter and fill out an Adoption Application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to continue coming to the Humane Society of Greater Miami shelter while waiting as very often, adopters find a perfect fourlegged companion differing from what they originally requested. By visiting the website humanesocietymiami.org, you can also see photographs of dogs and cats currently available for adoption And so, as well-wishers helped Basia blow out sixteen candles, Rand exclaimed, “It’s with pure pride and joy that I’ve shared the story of the best sixteen years of my life with Basia while helping to raise funds and awareness for the Humane Society - and encouraging others to experience the many rewards of pet ownership.”

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Are our culinary habits killing us? BY DR. PATRECE FRISBEE

Owner, SoBe Well Would you like to get out of fast food pileups and hop on the expressway of good nutrition? Then you need to think “outside the box.” Eating away from home when you’re in a time crunch does not automatically mean a trip to the Golden Arches for a super-sized combo meal. The term fast food generally refers to restaurants that sell quick, inexpensive takeout food. Now, even supermarkets offer several choices, many of them nutritionally superior to fast food and it doesn’t take any more time than a five-car wait at the drive-thru. It is possible to eat healthfully in the fast food lane. However, it may take some extra effort to get enough of the fruits, vegetables, and lean protein your body needs. Another challenge is to limit the amount of saturated fat and trans-fatty acids. Choose broiled or grilled food over fried foods and skip the heavy sauces and cheese. These often contain more fat than the protein itself. Fast food doesn’t have to be fat food.

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Subway’s creamy Italian dressing, 1 tablespoon is 65 calories and 7 grams of fat. Subway’s Italian fat-free dressing, 1 tablespoon has 5 calories and 0 grams of fat. • Order smaller size burgers. Burger King’s hamburger has 320 calories and 15 grams of fat. Burger King’s double whopper with cheese has 1,010 calories and 67 grams of fat. • Order a baked potato instead. Wendy’s plain baked potato has 310 calories and 0 grams of fat. Wendy’s Great-Biggie fries has 570 calories and 27 grams of fat. • Quench your thirst. Have a bottle of water instead of a soft drink. It’s easy to make hormonally correct choices at a fast food restaurant. Fortunately, fast food restaurants always have protein — unfortunately much of it is high fat. So do yourself a favor and choose the chicken. The secret to balancing a meal at fast food restaurants is to know when to stop adding carbohydrates. The following are just a few hormonally correct, balanced fast food meals: • Jack in the Box - Chicken Caesar salad (dressing on the side). • Burger King - Broiled chicken salad, BK Broiler (no mayo).

• McDonald’s - Grilled chicken salad deluxe, McGrilled Chicken Classic. • Wendy’s - Chili 12-ounce Grilled Chicken Sandwich. • Taco Bell - Light Chicken Soft Taco, Steak Soft Taco. The best fast food meals can be found in your supermarket. Simply grab a bunch of pre-cut vegetables and a bag of pre-washed salad. At the deli, get a quarter pound of low-fat protein, such as chicken, tuna, or turkey. Add the low-fat protein to your precut vegetables and salad, top it off with some monosaturated olives and you have a hormonally correct, balanced fast food meal. It may be a little bit more expensive than your high-fat combo meal but aren’t you worth it? The time crunch is most likely here to stay. However, all that’s needed is a little planning to get on the fast track to a balanced nutritional lifestyle. Do you have a wellness related issue you would like to resolve? Send your questions to Dr. Patrece Frisbee at <drfrisbee@sobewell.com>. Patrece Frisbee is the author of Back to Basics With Balanced Nutrition. She may be contacted by calling 305-598-6767.


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