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March 24 - 30, 2010

Modern MI-VI Dining Meets Classic ABT Dancing Luncheon at Gulfstream Park's MI-VI features 'Chipollino' ballet presented by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida BY BARI AURBACH

Modern dining and entertainment met classic dancing when MI-VI, the opulent new hotspot at Gulfstream Park & Casino, welcomed hundreds of Aventura Marketing Council members for a networking luncheon featuring a special performance of the beautiful ballet "Chipollino" presented by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida under the direction of Vladimir Issaev. AMC Chair Schulman, now a shareholder in the Fort Lauderdale office of Weiss, Serota Helfman, Pastoriza, Cole & Boniske, along with MI-VI owner/legendary promoter Gerry Kelly, helped welcome guests to MI-VI (formerly known as the Sport of Kings Lounge) located on Gulfstream Park's second level. Kelly, the renowned "Impresario of the night" behind the concept and design of the magnificently-remodeled 20,000 sq. ft. venue, is a longtime Miami club promoter, affiliated with the success of Level, The Fifth and Karu & Y. MI-VI (pronounced MI-6) is adorned with exotic chandeliers and 18th century furnishings, evoking the feel of the British House of Windsor fused with Studio 54. MI-VI's respected brand of boutique dining and celebrity-packed entertainment - plus a full catering division, enhance the ever-growing list of attractions gracing the Village at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. Expressing appreciation to AMC president Elaine Adler and Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, Kelly noted, "It's such a pleasure to work with this community. On behalf of my entire team, we're delighted to welcome you here and look forward to hosting private parties, corporate events and special occasions including weddings and Bar Mitzvahs. We're very proud to be here at Gulfstream Park and proud to host the AMC today." For the meeting's next stellar act, applause rang out for ABTFL artistic director Vladimir Issaev and Executive Director

Ruby Issaev as well as gifted professional division and junior division dancers as the curtain went up for a special presentation of excerpts from the "Chipollino" ballet recently performed at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the Julius Littman North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theatre. Set to the music of Russian composer K. Katchaturian, the story of "Chipollino"

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida in a special performance of 'Chipollino'

MI-VI owner Gerry Kelly with Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper

takes place in the town of Limonia, where fruits, flowers and vegetables share their lives under the power of the tyrant Prince Limon. Chipollino is the young son of a popular family of onions who tries to rescue his father from jail and put a stop to the evil police. Through music and dance, Chipollino not only tells the story of this folk tale but expresses a much deeper political statement about the life and times of the author, Gianni Rodari. For the Chipollino production, Issaev renewed his choreography and the entire production for his exceptional dancers at Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. He adapted the story, creating his own libretto in order to have more appeal for American audiences. Renowned costume designer Jorge Gallardo created the imaginative costumes

MI-VI attracts a full house of Aventura Marketing Council members

from his own original designs; and backdrops and scenery were designed and painted by local artist Elena Bond. In April, ABTFL will conclude its regular season with the Spring Gala, during which their professional dancers receive an opportunity to perform excerpts from some of the most-loved ballets as well as original compositions. Performances will be held May 15, 7

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida Artistic Director Vladimir Issaev and Exec. Director Ruby Issaev with Gerry Kelly

p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts ( or 954-462-0222) and May 16, 6 p.m. at the Julius Littman North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater ( or 800-494-8497). For reservations or more information about planning corporate or private events at Gulfstream Park's MI-VI, phone: 954-457-6464 or email Photography by Pedro Galvez

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Sabadell United Bank hosts NFL legend Dick Anderson NFLsuperstar alumni Dick Anderson, who not only made a name for himself in football, but also as a businessman and Florida State Senator, recently visited with the Aventura Marketing Council Board of Directors at Sabadell United Bank. Anderson, who co-chairs the Sun Life Stadium Sub-Committee to provide recommendations on stadium improvements and upcoming Super Bowls, discussed the options this community has to bring back a major event such as the Super Bowl which results in an economic boon of millions of dollars as well as "priceless" media exposure to the world. "It was a great honor to host Dick Anderson in my bank," said Jeffrey Levinson, Senior Vice President of Sabadell United Bank Aventura. "He is certainly one of the luminaries in the sports world and he continues to give back to his community in so many ways."

Andy Lewis, Eisinger Brown Weiss, Serota, Helfman; Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance; Anderson; AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Weiss, Serota, Helfman; Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank

Alan Lips, Gerson Preston Robinson CPA's; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Dick Anderson; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Fernando Levy Hara, G&D Developers

Scott Fishman and Dawn Levy ready to 'tie the knot' Attorney Scott Fishman who recently opened Fishman Dispute Resolutions, a civil alternative dispute resolution firm, proudly introduced his fiancĂŠe, Dawn Levy, to his fellow members of the Aventura Marketing Council at an evening networking reception. A round of congratulations was extended to the beaming couple as they discussed their plans for an April, 2011 wedding.

Louis Pincus, The Continental Group; Charlene Welker, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Maira Diaz Giusti, Coconut Grove Bank; Anderson; Leslie Stein, JGB Bank; Jordan Laser, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance

Janet Harrison to audition for Hollywood movies Twelve-year old Janet Harrison, daughter of Aventura Police Dept. employee Sonia M. Harrison, recently was among a select few young ladies awarded a one-year modeling contract with Model Productions Management after competing in the 2010 American Mall Model Search. The first audition for all the contract winners will include the movie products of Bad Boys 3 starring Will Smith and Hanna Montana (Final Season).

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Wanderings & Ponderings The Terrace Lately though he’s gotten hooked on What do you do if you spot someone on your fifth floor terrace in the middle of the crack and has become increasingly violent, night? when caught and has vowed to get Your lights are out, it’s after even with anyone who has turned midnight and the intruder is tryhim in. He might be threatening to ing to get in. do these things but she doesn’t If you recognize that someone want to know what he’s going to who you’ve seen on a regular do, how far he’ll go. basis in your office? What do you I wonder what is more upsetdo if unable to open the window tling, the fact that someone in the Dan Palmer you see him vault on to your –––––––––––––– public defender’s office will not neighbor’s terrace? call when an intruder is on the terrace; or Well if you work as a secretary in a because “he’ll get her” if she does. Seems public defender’s office you do nothing. that she has seen too many getting low According to this secretary, she wasn’t bonds and the sometimes terrible consegoing to pose herself some future diffi- quences of same. cult problems. As she put it “I recognized We talk about someone doing the right the man on my terrace as one of our thing and reporting some transgressions. habituals getting caught in one infraction If someone in the public defender’s and is quickly on bond and he’s back in office as afraid to do so, how are the rest of his business.” us supposed to react?

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Citibank hosts Aventura Marketing Council SpeedBiz BY LYNN CARROLL

The Aventura Marketing Council's monthly SpeedBiz Meeting met for the fourth time at Citibank's Aventura branch, 2750 Aventura Blvd., and Branch Manager Paola Lobato says she's looking forward to the next one! "We hosted it in our main lobby, a perfect location," she says. "The turnout was great as always, and we've had a lot of good feedback. Some people stayed to network for another hour after Lightning Biz." Modeled on Speed Dating, Lightning Biz helps participants engage with up to 20 other businesspeople in a fast, fun networking marathon. "It's a very positive and energized experience," Lobato says. "You know it's working because not only do you see a lot of new faces, but also many business owners attend on a regular basis. It's very unique because you get a chance to meet most of the folks in the room." Citibank is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, with a presence in more than 100 countries, but for local branches, it's community that matters, Lobato says. And SpeedBiz is the perfect setting for getting to know your neighbors. "Being involved in events like this is how the bank touches the community and businesses around us," she says. "It's so important that the bank create partnerships with individual businesses that are mutually beneficial. We can help businesses grow because we are worldwide, so we can assist them wherever they go." In fact, she said, Citibank is looking to adopt the SpeedBiz format at other branches up and down the East Coast. "We featured the SpeedBiz event in our own press," Lobato said, "and managers from New Jersey have been calling to see how to do it.

Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media with Citibank Aventura team: Jeymi Medrano; Nicole Sinanan; Giancarlo Lovo; Denise Rosenthal-Donofrio, area director; Paola Lobato, branch manager; Natasha Allenger; Javier Siu; Bianca Valverde

Lance Detotto, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Martin Granoff, Granoff Enterprises; Peter Ratzan, College Planning Specialists of Florida

Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Natasha Allenger, Citibank; Norman Axelman, Advantage Computer Solutions

Rose Giglio, Commercial Office Furniture; Jeffrey Goodz, Remer & Georges-Pierre David Colen,

Scott Sander, Sander & Associates; Rita Regev, Optimar International Realty; Lori Fein, Prudential Florida Realty

Elliot Kalus with

Raluca Milostean, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation; Elliot Kalus, Hebrew Homes Foundation

Joanne Dew, Macy's; Maria Cancio and Beatriz Mazuera, Prepaid Legal Services; Madelyn Fradkin, Mobile Assistant Direct

Giancarlo Lovo, Citibank with Joanne Dew



Photography by Andrew Goldstein

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Gulfstream Park presents stakes excitement, world's richest race and Mercedes Giveaway Gulfstream Park will close out March with an action-packed weekend of live racing, a simulcast of the world's richest horse race, dinner theater and a Mercedes Benz giveaway. Racing excitement begins early the morning of Saturday, March 27th with the live simulcast of one of the world's most prestigious racing cards, the World Cup program from Dubai, which begins at approximately 9:30 a.m. and culminates in the early afternoon with the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race. Among the outstanding Gulfstream Park runners who are expected on the World Cup program are Presious Passion, two-time winner here of the Mac Diarmida Handicap, who was invited to compete in the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic, and Courageous Cat, fresh from a victory here in the Canadian Turf Stakes, who is pointed at the $5 million Dubai Duty Free on turf. Gulfstream Park's Saturday race card is highlighted by the Pan American Handicap, which will feature the toughest male turf runners in a mile and a half contest on March 27th. First post is 1:15 p.m. After the conclusion of Gulfstream Park's live racing, guests can also watch and wager on the $750,000 Louisiana Derby, which will be simulcast live from the Fair

Grounds in New Orleans. At 8 p.m., Ten Palms restaurant presents the interactive dinner show "Murder Mystery at Gulfstream Park," which promises a fun evening of dining and entertainment as guests join in the fun and unravel a tale of twisted family drama, betrothal and betrayal. Guests will try and determine who had the ability, motive and opportunity to pull off the murder. Tickets are $40 per person, which includes the show and dinner. For reservations, call 954-457-6974. The following day, Gulfstream Park female turf runners compete in the $150,000 Orchid Handicap, which will be one leg of the Sunday all turf Pick-4, the fastest-growing wagering opportunity in the nation. Also on Sunday, at 9 p.m., the casino will select five members of the Good Luck Player's Club for a chance to win a Mercedes Benz. Providing the perfect complement to all the racing and casino action is the newly opened Village at Gulfstream Park, which offers entertainment, shopping, and dining options for every age, every taste and every budget. For more information, visit

Turnberry Bank names Robert C. Regolizio senior vice president, chief credit officer Turnberry Bank President Evan T. Rees recently announced the appointment of 19-year banking industry veteran Robert C. Regolizio as the bank's senior vice president and chief credit officer. "We are pleased to have Robert join us as chief credit officer," said Rees. "His years of service in the banking industry cover a wide variety of assignments such as retail banking, facilities management and residential and commercial real estate risk management and credit policy." As Sr. VP and chief credit officer, Regolizio will be responsible for overseeing all credit related functions of the bank including underwriting and processing of loan requests. He will also oversee all loan portfolios to determine credit risk, review and interpret new and pending laws and regulations, provide guidelines to senior line managers and manage all loan compliance audits and reviews. From 2004 - 2009, Regolizio was Sr. VP / commercial credit policy officer at BankUnited in Miami where he managed small business underwriters and loan administrators. He also served as VP / risk management/credit services from 1999 - 2004 for Union Planters Bank in Miami. Regolizio earned a masters of business administration in 1996 and a bachelors of business administration in 1991 from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York. he is a former loan committee member for the Metro Broward Economic Development Corporation, and United Way Young Leader. For more about Turnberry Bank, visit

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Aventura’s OneBiz Center: A high-end, full service and low cost office space solution BY LYNN CARROLL

Whether you have a new business or one that is new to the area, renting office space can be a real headache - and a major expense. OneBiz Center Executive Offices, located on the second floor of the prestigious One Aventura Executive Center, is an easy, costeffective solution and with a built-in bonus: Ownership that wants to help you grow your business. "We like to think that we can help people grow their businesses by taking off their hands the hassle of managing an office, paying office related bills, hiring support people, Marcos Bary and Joel Bary One Biz Center overseeing the network, and so on," says OneBiz Center co-owner and partner Joel Bary. "The idea is for our clients to focus on their own businesses, which is what we all like and need to do." OneBiz Center’s executive office space flexible plans, starting at $900 a month, deliver all the advantages of class-A office-space - from high-speed Internet access, advanced telecommunication systems, receptionist, and cleaning services to access to the on-site gym and covered parking. OneBiz Center tenants have access to two conference rooms loaded with state-of-the-art video-conferencing system, plus a kitchen with self-serve coffee, water and a vending machine. A package like that would cost a tenant in a traditional office tower, conservatively, $3,000 a month; at OneBiz Center, it could be a third of that. And there's no long-term obligation. At OneBiz Center, you can rent for as long or as short a period as you need, starting with three months. Choose from three different service plans - Standard, Premium or Platinum - or customize your own. "Just bring your laptop, and that's it," Bary says. "We provide the rest." OneBiz Center is located at 20900 NE 30th Ave, Suite 200. For information: 305-749-0900 or

Seth Gadinsky takes reins as ADL Florida chair The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is proud to announce the installment of Seth Gadinsky as its new Florida Regional Chair. Owner of Gadinsky Real Estate, LLC, Gadinsky has been actively involved with ADL for nearly two decades. At ADL's annual Florida Regional Board Meeting, Gadinsky began his two-year term as Florida Regional Chair. "Thank you to the ADL for its faith in me and its belief that I can make a difference. I pledge to do all I can to honor your confidence in me," said Gadinsky. "Lay leadership involvement in ADL is more vital now than ever. We have seen an explosion of hate and vitriol not evident for years and with the internet as its conduit, we ADL Florida Regional can barely keep up with the challenges before us." Chair Seth Gadinsky with In his years of work with ADL, Gadinsky has held Development Chair many prominent leadership positions including ADL National Commissioner, Florida Development Chair and Steve Daniels Miami-Dade Community Chair. He has also served as a member of ADL's Florida Executive Committee, Regional Board, Miami-Dade Civil Rights Committee and International Affairs Committee, as well as participated in ADL leadership conferences in Palm Beach, Boston, Washington, DC and New York. Gadinsky's long-term involvement with ADL has provided him with a strong grasp of the issues of importance not only to the ADL, but to the entire Jewish community. "Seth has displayed outstanding leadership qualities and passion for ADL's issues," said Andrew Rosenkranz, ADL Florida regional director. "ADL is fortunate to have Seth take the reins as Florida Chair and we look forward to Seth's guidance over the next two years."

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Life in the City BY BARI AUERBACH ‘Identity Theft’ The crime of identity theft affects more than 10 million Americans each year–so beyond keeping personal information confidential, it may be wise to start double checking to make sure people are really who they claim to be… Sales Associates: Good customer service should be provided by sales associates… But they could actually be “hot button pushers” hired to see just how fast they can make you lose your cool by overcharging, refusing to give you a return without a receipt, or putting the wrong order in the bag at the drive-thru window that had a 20 minute wait. Gym Members: Some people at the gym are in such great shape, you’d think they must be genetically gifted…But ultra-fit gym members may actually be fitness models paid to workout at gyms in order to inspire others to join in the hopes they’ll look just as good if they pay the membership fees.

Perfect Dates: Dating site members claim to be tall, in shape and employed…But odds are their heights are lower and their ages and weights are way higher than they say. And if their scanned picture bears a remarkable resemblance to the cologne model in the magazine you were just reading, it might be a good idea not to make the date. Facebook Friends: That strange friend request could actually be from the FBI! An internal justice department document recently revealed social networking sites are working with law enforcement to supply personal information…But they’re only targeting “persons of interest” – so if you’re not very interesting you probably don’t have to worry. Nice Neighbors: They seem so neighborly – inviting you to barbecues and picking up your mail while you’re away…But your nice neighbors might turn out to be undercover spies collecting information about what makes residents so happy. After all, there are a lot of other cities all over the world always trying to replicate the famous identity of Aventura – where crimes like “theft” are never on the rise.

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Dr. Drew Schnitt uses expertise to aid Haiti earthquake victims BY LYNN CARROLL Dr. Drew Schnitt, a prominent South Florida plastic and reconstructive surgeon, recently returned from Haiti, where he participated in an initiative to provide much-needed medical services to earthquake victims. He's medical director for Our Chance International, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that provides medical services to the needy around the world. "So far, we've sent about 25 people to Haiti to help deal with medical trauma," the doctor says, "and we are still sending teams in." The volunteers include pediatric and adult general and plastic surgeons, Creolespeaking RNs, surgical PAs, anesthesiologists and search-and-rescue personnel, all sent to help staff makeshift hospitals trying to cope with massive tragedy in a country where most medical centers have been destroyed. The volunteers work in non-sterile tent hospitals with plywood floors. Plywood and two-by-fours served as operating tables. "We had no flowing water," he says, "so

instruments had to be sterilized in bleach and alcohol." Dr. Schnitt, who operates out of multiple offices in South Florida, including a practice at 1150 North 35th Ave., Suite 490, Hollywood, specializes in the full range of plastic and reconstructive surgeryexpertise that proved very useful in postearthquake Haiti. "While I was there," he says, "I encountered a great many bone and soft-tissue traumas, with large areas of tissue missing, as well as damaged muscles and broken bones. "Many victims need orthopedic, general surgery and plastic surgery." Our Chance International abroad brings children to the U.S. from many parts of the world for treatments and travels abroad for life-changing surgery that they would otherwise not be able to receive. The nonprofit is always in need of financial support to continue its efforts. Donations are 100% taxdeductible and can be made online at; click on "How can you help?" For appointments with Dr. Schnitt, call 888-352-3627 or

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Aventura Hospital partners with Miami Jewish Health Systems to care for the caregivers In November, 2009 Aventura Hospital announced the launch of a new series of health seminars focusing on caring for the care givers. This special series reaches out to adults who are entrusted with the care of their parents and other loved ones. The objective of this special program is to educate caregivers and healthcare providers alike on the important issues to consider and resources that are available for caregivers when faced with difficult challenges and healthcare questions. On March 25th, Aventura Hospital will partner with Miami Jewish Health Systems for its third caregivers seminar. Dr. Michael Alan Sivermann, MD, MPH, Medical Director of Miami Jewish Health Systems and of Douglas Gardens Hospice Care, will present a special one hour Continuing Medical Education (CME) class for caregivers on Palliative Care and End of Life Issues. One CEU will also be offered for nurses and other healthcare professionals. Dr. Silvermann is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology with a subspecialty in Geriatric Medicine. As a member of the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, he is an expert in this field. If you act as a guardian or caregiver to a loved one, or if you work for a skilled nursing facility, this program is designed for you. To learn more about these and other available complimentary programs and to register for these events, call 1-888-256-7692. Light luncheon will be served. Complimentary valet parking is also available.

Alzheimer's Care Committee / Notables of Douglas Gardens host 24th annual ‘Moon over Miami’ black tie gala Chaired by Marshall and Carole Wien Langer, a who's who of South Florida's philanthropic community gathered recently for the Alzheimer's Care Committee/Notables of Douglas Gardens' annual black tie gala. This year's event titled Moon over Miami took place in the Miami Beach Resort & Spa where the Starlight Roof ballroom dazzled with décor from Flowers by Tony, Hallandale. The Honorary Gala Chair and guest emcee was Channel 4 News Anchor Elliott Rodriguez, a devoted supporter of the Notables and its mission. Generous gala underwriters included dinner chairs Lila S. and Harold Menowitz, cocktail party chair philanthropist Isabel May, Arlyn and Stephen H. Cypen, who donated in loving memory of Judge Irving Cypen, and Elaine & Neal Slansky of the Slansky Group, Wells Fargo Advisors. Gala co-chairs included Jill and Stanley Arkin, Helen Gaulkin, Shirley Harris and Celia Schwartz. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to the music of Joe Donato and his orchestra and a lavish caviar bar compliments of Marky's Caviar. Highlights included ticket sales for the Mercedes-Benz of Miami Raffle, in loving memory of Carolyn Rosen Miller, an exclusive Judith Ripka Designer Boutique and an extraordinary silent auction featuring a 7-day cruise from Holland America Line and special art selections by Romeo Britto. Notables President Mickey W. Dworkin made a presentation to honoree and Corporate Platinum Notable, BlueCross BlueShield of Florida, recognized for its unwavering support and generosity. The prestigious Louis C. Fischer Award, honoring commitment to Alzheimer's patients and their families, was awarded to Lorraine and Sidney Cooperman. The Lester L. Goldstein Award, sponsored by international designer Leo Koel, recognizing those who have used their considerable powers of influence and philanthropy to benefit the organization's mission,

Gala Chairs Carole Wien Langer and Marshall Langer; Founder and Chairman Bella Goldstein; Dinner Chairs Lila and Harold (seated) Menowitz; President Mickey W. Dworkin

Notables Aventura Vice President and Aventura Comm. Billy Joel; Sunny Isles Vice Mayor Lewis Thaler; Former Bay Harbor Islands Mayor Linda Zilber; Miss Florida Teresa Wakefield; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond

was awarded to Pinki and Allan Wesler. In 1987, Bella Goldstein and her brother, the late Louis C. Fischer, realized the need for an Alzheimer's care support group. Now there are more than 1,200 Notable members ensuring that "until there's a cure, there's care." For more information on how to join the Notables organization, contact Ricki Diamond at 305-762-1371 or

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Modern MI-VI Dining Meets Luncheon at Gulfstream Park's MI-VI features 'Chipollino'

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

Lori Weiner and Dr. Jodi Stoner, Good Manners are Contagious flank Joy Felton, ADL

Aventura Marketing Council Chairman Cliff Schulman, Weiss, Serota, Helfman

Maxine Lopez, Airstron; Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist; Howard Lustgarten

Beatriz Mazuera and Maria Cancio, Prepaid Legal Services flank Michael Huffaker, Express Employment Professionals

Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Francine Sabine, The Toner Company; Nicole Simmons, EWM ABT dancers amuse the crowd with a spectacular performance of Chipollino

Andy Goldstein, Photographer; Megan Connelly and Linda Villafane, O'Connell & Goldberg

Joelle Oiknine, Turnberry International Realty; Rita Regev, Optimar International Realty; Jason Katz, Circle of Lifesaving / Life Fitness; Francine Sabin

Saul Abusiewiez and Louis Pincus, The Continental Group; Charlene Welker, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Gary and Eileen Posner; Gerry Kelly; Mezrahi, Indigo Events


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Classic ABT Dancing ballet presented by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida

Guest; Lori Heiken, Greater Miami Region of Hadassah; Richelle Doliner, GBS The Beauty Store

Weyleen Ma, Association of Image Consultants International, Florida Chapter (center) with guests

Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank, NA; Gerry Kelly, MI-VI

Steve and Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist; Dr. Arnold Sheir

Robyn Melvin, Hard Rock CafĂŠ presented with AMC general membership plaque

New AMC general members Margarita Mills, Alternative Home Health Care receives AMC general membership plaque from North Miami Beach

Dr. Frederick Knoll, D.D.S. (third from right) presented with AMC Chairman's Roundtable plaque; Sen. Gwen Margolis; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Bal Harbour Mayor Jean Rosenfield

Weyleen Ma and Elena Brouwer, Association of Image Consultants International, Florida Chapter

Aventura Marketing Council members register to attend Aventura's best monthly business networking

Dan Palmer, Aventura News and Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance present host plaque to Gerry Kelly (left)

Aventura Police Capt. Steve Seefchak with Officer of the Month Luis Chaidez

Joy Felton, ADL; Evelyn Grossman; Aventura Commissioners Billy Joel and Teri Holzberg Photography by Pedro Galvez

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There are many nutrient-dense superfoods that can be included in your diet to help reduce sick days and fight harmful free radicals. Sixty percent of the immune system’s receptor cells are in the colon and another 15 percent are in the lower part of the small intestine, meaning 75 percent of your immune system is “at the mercy of what’s going on in your gut” - so it makes sense that proper nutrition can support immune health. Yogurt for Probiotics Low-fat yogurt is packed with probiotics— similar to good bacteria found naturally in the intestine that can help prevent colds and improve immune response when you’re sick. Probiotics, or live cultures, maintain the balance of microflora in the gastrointestinal system, which can prevent harmful bacteria from causing illness. Fish for Omega-3’s The omega-3 fatty acids in fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon and sardines boost immunity by increasing the activity of phagocytes—white blood cells that destroy bacteria. Essential fatty acids also protect the body against damage from infection. Milk and Eggs for Vitamin D Increasing your dietary intake of Vitamin D rich foods such as milk and eggs can reduce the risk of catching a cold or flu. Research has determined that people with lower Vitamin D levels increased their risk of developing an upper respiratory infection by 36 percent, compared to those getting more vitamin D. Oysters for Zinc Oysters contain more zinc per serving than any other food. Severe zinc deficiency can depress immune function—and even a mild deficiency can impair natural killer-cell activity, exposing you to infections such as the flu and the common cold. Meat for Protein Lean red meat such as skirt steak can actually be a powerhouse for the immune system because antibodies and enzymes rely on protein to complete their tasks. Beef contains more zinc and iron than chicken or fish and high levels of carnitine, which plays a critical role in promoting cellular energy required for optimal immune function.

Grapefruit for Vitamin C Grapefruit possess antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It also comes with a solid punch of vitamin C, which supports a healthy immune system by helping the body heal, stimulating formation and action of cells involved in the immune response, and promoting growth and repair of skin, a primary barrier against disease. Mushrooms for Beta Glucans “Mushrooms enhance white blood cells and are major defenders against infection,” states Hyla Cass, M.D., author of “Supplement Your Prescription.” Mushrooms also have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant activity and are a source of beta glucans, which have been shown to stimulate natural killer-cell function. Nuts and Seeds for Magnesium Nuts and seeds such as almonds, flaxseeds and walnuts are a good source of magnesium—one of the most important micronutrients in the body. Low levels of magnesium can compromise the immune system and cause irritability, tension and heart arrhythmias. Berries for Antioxidants Blueberries, strawberries and pitted fruits are among the best sources for antioxidants— vitamins and minerals that help remove harmful free radicals from the bloodstream. A diet high in antioxidants can protect against cancer, heart disease, certain diseases of the central nervous system and some forms of kidney, gastrointestinal and skin disease.

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Saboteurs BY PATRICIA C. FRANK Sabotage is deliberate damage to something that would normally be productive. A saboteur is someone who engages in sabotage and undermines the goal and prevents it from being achieved. You could be a saboteur and not even know it. There are several reasons why you may self-destruct or spoil your own efforts to succeed at something. You may sabotage yourself because you do not respect or love yourself. You may feel unworthy of the goal you desire of being slimmer, healthier, wealthier or happier. You may feel that you do not deserve to have what you want; you do not deserve something that will make you truly happy. You may not see the connection between your subconscious thoughts and your actions. You may feel guilty. When you feel guilty you must punish yourself and hurt yourself by doing what you do not want to do. There is no greater punishment than the destruction of your dreams and your happiness. You may be self-destructive because you have negative, critical thoughts about yourself. You may be self-destructive because others instigate negative thoughts

inside of you. You may not be able to avoid the people that do that to you but you can erase the thoughts they create. Remember, thoughts become feelings and feelings turn into actions. When you sabotage yourself you deliberately give yourself a handicap. You become your own worst enemy. You become full of self-loathing which reinforces your bad feelings about yourself. This exacerbates the situation and creates a vicious cycle of destructive behavior that deprives you of peace, well-being and happiness. Here are a few ways to prevent yourself from being a saboteur. Believe that you are a good person. Forgive yourself. Accept yourself. Value yourself. Respect yourself and love yourself. Think cleansing, purifying thoughts to stop the punishing, unloving thoughts. Get in touch with your own sacredness and the divinity within you. See the self-destructive act for what it really is. It is not a treat. It is a hostile, unloving act against yourself. The very act you think will make you feel better is the very act that will make you feel worse. Do no be a saboteur.

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How Good Is Your Golf Game? BY DR. BRIAN HAGGARTY CHIROPRACTIC PHYSICIAN, COUNTY LINE CHIROPRACTIC MEDICAL & REHAB CENTERS Golf can probably claim the title of being the most popular sport in South Florida. However, swinging a golf club is also one of the most abnormal motions for a person’s body to make. So ask yourself a few simple questions: Do you hear your joints pop and crack in your backswing? Are you straining your muscles to get that full proper follow-thru? And, how many times have you wanted to get a nice massage or jump into a whirlpool after a round of golf due to the achiness and pain? Golfers frequently experience tension in the lower back, neck, shoulders and hips which can lead to irregularities in your swing. When your swing is unbalanced, club head speed is reduced, and causes you

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Everglades’ water is essential to South Florida’s existence R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY There is little scientific truth to the old saying “Man can live on bread and water alone.” But, try living without water. It cleanses our body; it cleans are clothes; it irrigates our farms. It is basic to our very existence. The source of Southeast Florida’s water is the Everglades. For years, the “River of Grass” has been under attack — first from the government which erroneously dug canals to drain it, to overzealous real estate developers building single-family home subdivisions, to farmers dumping fertilizers into the watershed, and to the community’s general neglect. Florida Gov. Charlie Christ, recognizing the need to purify the waters entering the Everglades, originally proposed and negotiated Florida’s largest land purchase for the acquisition of 181,000 acres of U.S. Sugar Corp’s farmland. The intent is to end sugarcane farming on the land, which

would result in greatly reducing the dumping of phosphorous fertilizers into the Everglades. The idea was conceived during the boom when money was available for any worthy, and sometimes unworthy, projects. The original cost of $1.34 billion has now been reduced to $536 million for the purchase of 72,000 acres of farm and grove land. Let’s step back for a moment and understand the logic behind the purchase. Water flows from the north, down through Lake Okeechobee, through the sugarcane farms into the Everglades. The fertilizers used by the farmers to grow the cane wash down with the flow of water where it contaminates the Everglades. Since the plans original conception, the scarcity of dollars in Tallahassee twice has caused a reduction in its original size and in cost. However, regardless of its downsizing, the concept is correct and the need for its implementation is ongoing. Objectors to the deal, from the very beginning, claim that it is a sweetheart deal for Gov. Crist and U.S. Sugar Corp. Sweetheart deal or not, the purchase is vital to the continued growth of our community and our ever-increasing demand for water. Florida Crystals Corp. and the

–– VIEWPOINT –– Miccosukee Tribe are urging the water management board to kill the deal by not extending the Mar. 31 deadline to complete the purchase. They claim that the agency’s own financial advisors and budget managers predict gushers of red ink and major cuts to existing projects — even without the $45 million in annual debt payments to finance the purchase. The tribe contends that the cost is so prohibitive that if the Water Management District proceeds with the purchase, it will be forced to eliminate or delay other planned Everglades’ restoration projects. Without exception, every environmental group in and outside of Florida endorses the purchase. The Everglades Coalition, made up of Florida’s largest environmental organizations, dismisses the claims that the purchase was designed to enrich U.S. Sugar and that the most critical lands are

not in the purchase. The tribe’s contention that the state doesn’t have the authority to proceed with the sale of bonds to finance the acquisition has been struck down by the courts. Now the only question remaining is will the spending of $536 million to buy the land possibly slow or eliminate other restoration projects. Inasmuch as we don’t have evidence that buying the U.S. Sugar land acquisition will end other projects, the state must continue with the purchase. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Are smart phone ‘apps’ smart enough to trust?

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY From paying bills via the Web, to online purchasing, there’s no denying a technological revolution is taking place that is changing the way we deal with our home finances. First it started with at home computers, then there was the laptop, and now even our cell phones are making it easy to manage our money. But with all of this mobile access to our personal finances the question is, “Are they also making it easier for us potentially to get ripped off?” Smart Phones, whether it’s a Palm, iPhone or Blackberry — or any other variation — are not just for quick phone calls anymore. They’re changing the way we live. Anything can be done on a smart phone, from simple things like emailing, online banking and watching local cable television shows, to more complicated functions such as planning and purchasing vacation packages and ordering a personalized vehicle through your phone. Who even chats on the phone anymore? Texting is the new age of communication. In recent years it has even invented its own code talk. (For example, “brb” means “be right back.”) There now are thousands of mini-programs called “apps” which are available to turn our smart phones into very personal digital assistants. There are apps available for anything you need, from finding a local restaurant, using GPS to track your location and give directions, to an app that lets you know what sales are going on in the stores nearest your home. Kendall resident Miriam Vazquez mentioned that she uses her smart phone to check her finances and keep up with her monthly expenses. “I pay my bills,” she explains. “I pay my Chase and Bank of America cards, because I have them locked. I don’t have to wait to get home or get to work to pay my bills. I can just do it easily wherever I’m at.” But are smart phones smart enough to trust with our family finances? Which raises another important question — if this information is so accessible, who else has access to it? There is an app for that too! If you’re looking for help in managing your money there are financial apps for just about anything, whether its balancing check books, paying bills, tracking investments, even helping get your taxes done. Most cost just a few bucks and many are free, depending on your service provider. And Consolidated Credit Counseling Services just released a new Family Budgeting App to help

track your spending and see where you may need to cut back. The best feature may be its cost, which is free. Howard Dworkin of Consolidated Credit says, “The new generations of consumers are tech savvy and we built this application in mind with their users. It will allow them the opportunity to slowly dig into their budget in a fun and easy manner.” Yet, while the latest smart phones can be very helpful, don’t forget you are trusting your personal financial information to a small device that can easily be misplaced, stolen, or hacked into. Bank account numbers, passwords, critical private data may conveniently all be in one place, but while they’re easy to use, they’re just as easy to lose. Once this information is stored into your phone, anyone with access to your device potentially could have access to all of this personal information. Luckily, many of these smart phones are equipped with a protection device setting, such as a keypad lock or password protection. It’s a code that you can set and activate under the settings of the phone. Anytime you place the phone down and it’s not in use for a specific allotted time, it goes into sleep mode. In order to re-activate the screen, that code must be punched into the keypad for usage. It’s a good idea to use this security function if you plan on doing any type of personal family financing through your phone. Certified Financial Planner Matt McGrath of Evensky and Katz in Coral Gables says, “The first thing to think of is to ask yourself what you’re doing with your personal information. Who are you divulging it to? Security is going to be the most critical factor to keep in mind, especially with smart phones with Wi-Fi networks. You don’t want to be at a local coffee shop doing your online banking using a Wi-Fi network.” That’s because most public Wi-Fi networks offer limited network security and cyber-thieves can steal your information. And that’s why Miami resident Gloria Suarez is sticking to her plain old, basic cell phone. “I do things the old fashioned way,” she explains. “I still pay my bills with checks. I do use a check cash card at the grocery store, but I’m not technologically advanced.” You also want to make sure you know the financial apps privacy policies. If you upload your financial or tax data, what happens to it and how do you make sure your financial data stays private? Also, be sure to keep backups of your financial programs and all your data just in case the phone breaks, is lost or stolen, or you forgot to charge your phone again. Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Your Money” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at <>.

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Let all who are hungry come and eat BY RABBI JONATHAN This month, Jewish kitchens all over the world have been in a whirlwind. It takes days—even weeks— for some families to prepare for the Passover holiday. Food has to go out and food has to come in. Dishes must go down and dishes must come up. Recipes are doubled and tripled as we take numerous trips back and forth to the grocery store. Every year on Passover, I feel I am in the wrong business. After my first trip to the store, I realize that I should be in the Kosher for Passover food business. Why? On all other nights, a box of crackers costs a certain amount. But on Passover, it costs double. On all other nights, a giant, thick challah costs three dollars. But on Passover, one box of flat, parched, shmurah matzah can cost up to twenty dollars. These are the questions I want to ask each year. Why is it so expensive and so time consuming to observe the festival of Passover? Maybe it was part of the original plan. Thousands of years ago, our sages instituted four special Sabbaths that led up to the Feast of Freedom. The first of these is Shabbat Shekalim, the Sabbath of the Shekel coin. The Talmud (Megillah 29b) explains that one and a half months before Passover, a half Shekel coin was collected from every Israelite for two reasons: One, as a census, and two, for the Temple service, to pay for the animals that would be sacrificed in the coming year that begins with Passover. But inflation has taken its toll over the years. In our generation, the high cost of kosher for Passover food obscures the original intent of the holiday. Thankfully, the Torah and the Passover Haggadah remind us of the true symbolism of eating unleavened bread. In Deuteronomy 16:3, the Torah refers to matzah as lechem oni, which can be translated as “bread of distress,” “bread of affliction,” “bread of poverty,” or “bread of persecution.” It means bread eaten only by the most poor and deprived, the most destitute and desperate. It is eaten only by those who have no other choice, by those who would otherwise perish from starvation. The term oni, “afflicted,” is the same word used by the Torah to describe how the Egyptians treated the Israelite slaves.

The Egyptians afflicted us with back breaking labor and with sustenance of the most lowly and humble character. At the beginning of our seders, we hold up the middle matzah and recite a few lines in Aramaic. Ha lachma anya di achalu av’hatana b’arah d’mitzrayim. It means, “This is the bread of affliction that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.” This is the bread of poverty, the bread of persecution. With these words, we introduce the seder meal by describing the most central food item—the matzah. Note that we do not say, “This is the bread our ancestors ate on their way out of Egypt.” That is the other well known explanation as to why we eat matzah on Passover. Elsewhere in the Torah, unleavened bread is referred to as the “bread of haste” that our ancestors ate in speed while rushing to leave Egypt. But the Haggadah does not describe the matzah in this way. Instead, it understands the unleavened bread to have been the daily fare of the ancient Israelite slaves. It was the food consumed by human beings who have lost their humanity. We break it to show that it was eaten by those whose spirits were broken and crushed. In a solemn and poignant act, we stash away a piece of the broken matzah for later. It becomes the Afikomen, the object of a playful game of hide and seek. But the idea of someone who is so desperate, so starving, and so terrified that upon receiving a scrap of food they are compelled to immediately break off a piece and save it for later—that is a sobering image. Therefore, just as we are breaking this slave bread, we also say in Aramaic, kol dichfin yeitay vayachol, kol dichfin yeitay v’yifsach, “Let all who are hungry, come and eat. Let all who are in need, come and share our Passover meal.” We do not have much, but we invite you to share it with us. We too, are afflicted. On Passover, we are like you. Hungry, poor, and deprived. Let us eat together. This is the true meaning of Passover, and the original symbolism of unleavened bread. By holding up the bread of affliction, breaking it and eating it, we are personalizing the experience of suffering. Only when we know how it feels can we work to alleviate it in others. This Passover, do not let the market prices disguise one of the main themes of the holiday. Matzah is the bread of poverty and the bread of affliction. This Pesach, may we open our doors and our hearts to the hungry and needy.

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Mercedes-Benz series of races to benefit American Red Cross BY CHRYSTIAN TEJEDOR

The American Red Cross is the new beneficiary of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series — the annual three-circuit race that takes place in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. “As one of the premier volunteer-led non-profit organizations that help our community respond to, prepare for and prevent disasters daily, we’re honored to be the 2010 official charity for this popular athletic event,” said Sam Tidwell, CEO of the American Red Cross South Florida Region, which serves MiamiDade, Broward and Monroe counties. “From our volunteers to our staffers, we are all looking forward to helping out behind-the-scenes, and of course, we can’t wait to strap on our running shoes and promote a healthier lifestyle for everyone in South Florida.” Now in its 25th Year, the MercedesBenz Corporate Run Series began in downtown Miami in 1985 with just over 1,300 participants. Last year, more than 22,000 runners took to the streets not just to boost camaraderie among coworkers, but to promote health and fit-

“We are pleased to be partnering with the Red Cross for the series; much of our success is based on volunteers as is theirs. Without the community and people coming together, we couldn’t be celebrating our 25th year.” — Laurie Huseby TeamFootWorks, and producer of the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series.

ness in the workplace. “We are pleased to be partnering with the Red Cross for the series; much of our success is based on volunteers as is theirs. Without the community and people coming together, we couldn’t be celebrating our 25th year,” said Laurie Huseby of TeamFootWorks, producer of the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series. All companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations are invited to run the certified 5K runs which start at Fort Lauderdale’s Huizenga Plaza on Apr. 1, West Palm Beach’s Meyer Amphitheater on Apr. 14, and Miami’s Bayfront Park on Apr. 29. And following a long-standing tradition, the end of the race marks the beginning of the party when most companies reward their employees with great food and drinks. Awards and medals also are given to teams that perform the best in

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Were you there? BY REV. WILL KEYSER An old American Folk Hymn recounts the events surrounding the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It raises the question Were You There?” not in the sense of “W being an eye-witness, but to urge us to focus on who you would have been and what you would have done if, in fact,””Were You there?” Consider the Disciples and the women who had been close followers of Jesus for the past three years, seeing, hearing and benefitting from all He said and did among them. Would you have remained faithful to Him to the very end, even being there to see Him crucified? Consider the crowd that welcomed Him on Sunday with shouts of “Hosanna, God save us now!” and by the following Friday were shouting “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!” and “Release Barabbas, the murderer!” Would you have joined them? What would you have been shouting? Consider Pontius Pilate, serving as a Roman Judge in Jerusalem and his counterpart, King Herod. Both were caught between a rock and a hard place, knowing who Jesus was in their minds but refusing to acknowledge Him with their hearts. Prior to this time they had been enemies but now, putting aside what they knew to be the truth, both caved in to the desires of an angry mob. Pilate, the Judge, went so far as to say three times: “I find no basis for your charge against Him” yet turned Jesus over to be crucified. From that day on Pilate and Herod became good friends. What decision would you have made? Consider the two criminals, one on Jesus’ right, the other on his left, being cru-

cified together. The one hurled insults and said: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” The other criminal rebuked him and said: “Don’t you fear God since you are under the same sentence of death? We are being punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus: “Remember me when You come into Your Kingdom.” Jesus said: “Today you will be with me in Paradise.” Would you have admitted your guilt and declared the innocence of Jesus? Consider the Centurion who was guarding the cross. Seeing what had happened, praised God and said: “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Would you have agreed with him? Consider Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus, both highly regarded members of the Sanhedrin, the Ruling council in the Temple. Joseph asked Pilate for Jesus’ body after Jesus had been declared dead. He and Nicodemus took the body, wrapped it in linen cloth and laid it in Joseph’s own, unused tomb. Would you have shown the courage of your belief knowing that the Council you belonged to had determined to crucify the One in whom you believed? Consider the women who were the last to see Jesus’ body being placed in Joseph’s tomb on Friday also being the first to see Jesus alive on Sunday morning. Would you have stayed home sad and discouraged that your teacher was dead or would you have gone to the tomb to hear the good news: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here! He has risen just as he told you,” “Were YOU there when they crucified my Lord?”

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LET’S TALK CARS The Audi TT made its debut as a concept car in 1995 and consumer reaction was so strong that Audi brought to market as a hatchback coupe for the 2000 model year. It has been a barnstorming success from the start. For 2010, you can get the TT in both Coupe and Roadster models. Named after the Tourist Trophy auto race on the Isle of Man, the Audi TT is not quite a sports car and not quite a sport coupe or roadster; it’s more of a two-seat GT. The Coupe does have two rear seats, but they’re not much good for carrying people unless they’re small children. The TT was redesigned for the 2008 model year and represents the second generation of the sporty little vehicle. Although slightly larger, this second generation doesn’t stray far from the classic lines of its predecessor. The general look is the same, although character lines are crisper and the

nose has Audi’s now signature single-frame grille. Although longer and wider than the first TT, this latest version is lighter by almost 200 pounds in the case of the roadster, thanks to increased use of aluminum in the body structure. It also has a more powerful four-cylinder engine. Two trim levels — a 2.0T (200 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine with frontwheel drive) and a 3.2 Quattro (250 hp V-6 with all-wheel drive) — are offered in a choice of hatchback coupe and roadster body styles. Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a six-speed S-tronic twin-clutch sequential transmission that offers the ease of an automatic combined with the quick response of a manual. On the road, the 2.0T is more agile through the curves because it has less weight on the front tires, while the 3.2 Quattro has more power on straightaway and a more aggressive engine and exhaust sound. The TT has the low-slung look and feel of a sports car, but the personality is closer to a luxury sport coupe. From the side, there’s a look of poise and speed, with large fender arches housing stylish wheel options. The Coupe has a long, arching

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Executive Director Richard Kuper and City of Miami Commissioner Willy Gort pose at the MiamiDade County League of Cities’ 56th Annual Installation Gala in Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom.

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Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner and Dr. Irv Lerner at the League of Cities’ 56th Annual Installation Gala.

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NBA All-Star Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving, After addressing students from 5000 Role Models, Switchboard of Miami Board Member GMCVB President and CEO Buffalo Bills’ Jermaine McGhee and Justise Hairston, Tammie Dunn and CEO Catherine Penrod Bill Talbert, MVP Ray Lewis. enjoy the festivities on Jungle Island. and Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Derrick Roberson.

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Traditional 2nd Seder • Tuesday - March 30th - 6pm

Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom • 6438 SW 8th St., West Miami 33144 Complete Seder Service, followed by Delicious, full-course Dinner. Rabbi Manuel Armon & Cantor Irving Resnick w/Choir officiating Adult/Child: non-member = $40/$20 Adult/Child: member at door = $35/$15 Adult/Child: member (pre-pay) = $30/$12

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Easter Egg Hunt Celebration at Miami Seaquarium on Apr. 2-4 BY MICHELLE PALOMINO

Miami Seaquarium will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt Celebration on Easter Weekend, Friday, Apr. 2, through Sunday, Apr 4. The annual event is South Florida’s favorite Easter Egg Hunt Celebration and features continuous Easter Egg Hunts between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. as well as a smaller “Lil’ Hoppers Zone” for toddlers. Egg hunters will have the chance to win a variety of candies, goodies and special prizes. During the weekend, in addition to the park’s regularly scheduled shows and exhibits, families can enjoy “BunnyPalooza,” five acres of adrenaline-pumping fun with bounce houses, Giant Fun Slide, rock climbing wall, Euro Bungee and other exciting activities for all ages. The festivities would not be complete without a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Join Miami Seaquarium costumed characters Flipper the dolphin, Lolita the killer whale, Roc the crocodile and Romeo the manatee as well as Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue and special guests in welcoming the Easter Bunny with a daily parade at 11 a.m. The Easter Bunny will arrive with a golden egg which will be hidden in one goodie bag that will be given out during the Easter Egg Hunt Celebration. The Golden Egg will give one lucky child and up to three other family members or friends lifetime admission to Miami Seaquarium. Admission discount coupons to Miami Seaquarium for the Easter Egg Hunt Celebration are available at participating South Florida Publix Supermarkets during the month of March. A portion of the pro-

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ceeds from the event will benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Miami Seaquarium is located on Virginia Key at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. For more information call 305361-5705, ext. 225. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. For information visit the website at <>.

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