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Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, 2010
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort hosts 'L'Expo du Cirque' Aventura Marketing Council, Gr. Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sunny Isles Beach Tourism partner for 'Best Networking Expo!' BY BARI AUERBACH
"An event like none otherâ€ŚThe best networking Expo yet!" Rave reviews are still pouring in for "L'Expo du Cirque" recently hosted by the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort. The unprecedented networking event showcased over 85 exhibitors, united hundreds of business and community leaders and featured fantastic entertainment presented by the South Florida Circus Art School and talented students from Krop Sr. High's STAR Academy. Guests joined resort owner Steven Hurowitz, General Manager Shand Luce and Director of Sales and Marketing Robert Festinger along with Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup, Vice Mayor Lew Thaler and Commissioners Gerry Goodman, Roz Brezin and Bud Scholl as well as Aventura Commissioners Billy Joel and Michael Stern in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the luxurious new Seven Seas Spa & Salon. The Aventura Marketing Council, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sunny Isles Beach Tourism and Marketing Council partnered on this Expo "extravaganza" showcasing products and services offered by a diverse range of businesses, resorts, non-profit organizations and attractions including Jungle Island - recently voted Best Tourist Spot in South Florida by "Parents Connect." Upon arriving at the Newport, over 500 guests were greeted by "L'Expo du Cirque" performers including a unicyclist, stilt walker, contortionist and human slinky, extending an invitation on behalf of South Florida Circus Art School (SFCAS) to "Come Fly With Us!" Cont. on Pages 4, 10 & 11
(Above) Seven Seas Spa & Salon ribbon cutting: Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Robert Festinger and Shand Luce, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Sunny Isles Beach Comm. Roz Brezin and Mayor Norman Edelcup; Steven Hurowitz, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Sunny Isles Beach Vice Mayor Lew Thaler; Commissioners Gerry Goodman and Bud Scholl; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel (Left) Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Irene Shaposhnikov and Rita Shaposhnikov, Dream Wedding Designers
Photography by Andrew Goldstein
Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, 2010
Biscayne Cove dedicates new guardhouse and gates City of Aventura officials joined Miami-Dade Comm. Sally Heyman recently to help Biscayne Cove Condominium residents celebrate the 29th anniversary of their community by breaking ground for their new guardhouse and gates. Salini Design and Caballerieo Construction partnered on this project which received an unprecedented 88% positive vote from the residents.
Madeline Giardello, president of the Biscayne Cove Board of Directors, said, "In an affluent neighborhood, privacy means exclusivity, resulting in increased property values. A gated community helps reduce crime, creates a better place to live and provides a safe lifestyle."
(L to R) Aventura City Mgr. Eric Soroka; Comm. Michael Stern; Miami-Dade Comm. Sally Heyman; Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Comm. Zev Auerbach; Thelma Erlichstein; Madeline Giardello; and Lois Lax
(Front row) Arturo Belkind, Salini Design ; Victor Merced; Michelle Fishman; Av. Comm. Billy Joel; Madeline Giardello; Thelma Erlichstein, Cecile Pagoda; Comm. Zev Auerbach; Shelly Buncher; with Caballerieo Construction team
"Seven Great Computer Tips" presented by IT Doctors at Aventura Marketing Council Technology Committee IMACS hosts Technology Committee meeting series
Maiko Del Bel, Eric Beck and Steve Goitia, IT Doctors (seated) with David Thompson, IMACS
IT Doctors' CEO Eric Beck and partners Steve Goitia and Maiko Del Bel shared just some of their vast knowledge with members of the Aventura Marketing Council at a recent Technology Committee hosted by Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science located in the Promenade Shops in Aventura. Each month, AMC members are invited to this free meeting to receive advice and valuable information on everything and anything to do with their computers and Internet. According to Beck, "The most important thing for us is to see the participants receiving worthwhile tips and advice to help them understand their technology systems and be able to apply this knowledge once they leave the meeting." IMACS CEO David Thompson added, "Even though our profession is computer technology, I always learn something new from my friends at IT Doctors! We are always delighted to host the Technology Committee here at IMACS and will continue to do so in the future." For more information on IT Doctors, visit itdoctors.com or call 305-610-3698; for IMACS, visit IMACS.com or call (305) 933-8992.
Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation; Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist; Madelyn Fradkin, Mobile Assistant Direct; Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Lori Fein, Prudential Florida Realty
Mar. 31 - April 6, 2010
Wanderings & Ponderings dinner listening to a fellow doing show tunes. He suggested that we all sing along with him. I got right into it until I was punched in the arm” Why are you denying There are singing voices and there are us the fun of singing on key”? Another other voices. Then there is my voice. I suggested that I “talk” the song. Another felt that I couldn’t even talk on have a singing voice that even my key. mother couldn’t love. It’s hard My father was my biggest fan for me since I like singing and on everything I did. He followed you name most any song and I’m my everywhere I played baseball ready to sing away. I know the in college and even managed to melody that’s right there in my catch many of the games that I head, I’m sure it is on key played all over the country probecause I can hear it so clearly fessionally. In his later years he there. Dan Palmer –––––––––––––– always smiled appreciatively When I was in high school, I went out for chorus. After listening to me while I was singing around him. It was the teacher took me aside and told me that only after he passed away that my mother I was so interesting that she was making a told me that whenever I started to sing he new category just for me. I became the would turn off his little hearing aid That official listener. The other kids got an “A” way he encouraged me but didn’t really have to hear me. I would blast away and for singing and I got one for “listening.” In my army days in basic training every- he’d just sit there and smile. They can all laugh at my singing but one sang while trying to march in step. I when I’m taking a shower... boy can I hit began singing and whole platoon fell out of those high notes. step. Awhile ago, a group of us were out to
Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, 2010
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort hosts 'L'Expo du Cirque' Aventura Marketing Council, Gr. Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sunny Isles Beach Tourism partner for 'Best Networking Expo!' Contâ€™d from page 1 Managing director Laurie Allen explains SFCAS, based in North Miami Beach, encourages enthusiasm for and dedication to the circus arts with classes and training--plus professional youth and adult performance troupes that present community outreach circus shows at events and for charitable organizations. The fantastically festive atmosphere extended to the full-service Seven Seas Spa & Salon, a new Aveda Concept Salon with New York's renowned Dashing Diva Nail Bar where an enlightened team of beauty and massage professionals promise to "pamper you with a VIP experience that will immerse you in an unparalleled journey of the senses." The "ohhs and ahhs!" continued at the Newport's majestic Atlantis Ballroom-transformed into a big top complete with over-the-top circus decorations and a spectacular array of hors'doeuvres proving the Newport's expert catering staff never "clowns around" when it comes to creating the very best social and corporate functions. Set on a 500-foot stretch of white sand along the shores of Sunny Isles Beach, the Newport features over 300 guest rooms and suites with views of the ocean and city skyline; an abundance of meeting and wedding event space; luxurious amenities including a tropical paradise pool area; and
Dorianne Bellamy, Ryan Klemen and Thereza Teixeira, Jungle Island with their baby kangaroo
Sue Reddy Silverman, Blue Bell Ice Cream; Lorraine Chapman, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau; Susan Hoit, Sue-Bee Q Jewelry; Aida Fernandez, Costco
Kitchen 305, the energetic bistro offering "the cure for boring food" and great live entertainment. The Newport is just one of many fine resorts benefiting from membership in the AMC, GMCVB and Sunny Isles Beach Tourism and Marketing Council. "Over the years, we've evolved into a domestic and global tourism marketing arm for Sunny Isles Beach as well as a catalyst for heightening awareness for our beautiful city around the world," said executive director Ibis Romero. Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman S. Edelcup added, "We're continuing to work with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau to position Sunny Isles Beach for success in the domestic and international tourism market." GMCVB is a private-public partnership with more than 1,000 business and local government members joining in the mission to promote Greater Miami and the Beaches as an attractive and desirable place for meetings, business or leisure activities. For more information, contact Seven Seas Spa & Salon at the Newport Beachside Resort & Hotel: 305-749-2100; Sunny Isles Beach Tourism & Marketing Council: 305-792-1952; GMCVB: 305-539-3000; South Florida Circus Art School: 954-540-1344; Aventura Marketing Council: 305-9325334.
Lenin Mercado, Vince Fernandez, Evy Vego, Manny Vega and Annie Valdes, HSBC Bank
Denise Ruben, Elisa Quinteros, Eduardo Silva and "Bentley", Denise Rubin International Realty
Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup and Vice Mayor Lew Thaler; Door prize winner David Robertson, America Service Industries; Shand Luce, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort
Chanell Gray, Monica Acioli, Marcia Slow-Sandler, Lindsey Langdon, Lisa Mizrachi and Vanessa Lopez, Mardi Gras Casino
Janet Solitario, Carmen Richards and Martina Comey, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort
Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High School STAR Academy performers with hand balancer Cory Tabino Photography by Andrew Goldstein
Mar. 31 - April 6, 2010
The Law of Inertia
Patricia D. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING Physics is the science that deals with the properties and interactions of matter and energy. There is a phenomenon in physics called inertia. It states that an object will continue in its initial state of rest or motion until an external force is applied. A ball in motion will stay in motion until it is acted upon and diverted or stopped by something or someone. The law of inertia may be the defining state of your being. You may be in a state of motion but you may need to be stopped and diverted because you are going in the wrong direction. You may be moving on a path of self-destruction. You may need to stop or be stopped and assess where you are going and why. Being constantly in motion is not always the answer. You need to have a purposeful direction. You may be in a state of rest. According to the law of inertia you will remain in that state until something or someone intervenes. If that never happens you will remain at rest forever.
You do not have to wait for an outside force. You can be the one to act and overcome your inertia. You do not have to remain motionless. You can be a force in your own life. You can shake off your apathy and indifference. You need to arouse your interest and awaken your feelings. Become active. Exert some energy. Respond to people and things. React to the situations around you. Although inertia describes a physical state it is also a psychological state. What are the roadblocks that you must overcome to get going? What rocks have to be removed? Fear could be one big rock with smaller rocks like fear of the unknown, fear of failure or fear of disappointment. Another cluster of rocks could be lack of self-confidence and a lack of belief in yourself or that you do not deserve any more or any better. If there are too many rocks or they are too big or too heavy you may not have the psychological strength to move them. You can ask for help. Sometimes you do not have to remove the rocks you can simply climb over them. Regardless of your particular state of inertia take some time to become aware of your own reality. Take some time to consider your options and then act upon them. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305788-4864, 212-308-0309.
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Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach offers a delectable culinary line-up for April Wine Dinners with Chef Marc Debas at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach continue on April 3rd, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring an assortment of fine wines and canap辿s from South Africa. Guests will enjoy a live cooking demonstration by Chef Marc before being seated for a 3-course dinner inspired by the tastes and flavors of this diverse culinary region. The evening begins at 6 p.m. for the wine tasting, guests are seated for dinner at 8 p.m. Wine Dinners range from $85 and up (includes Wine Tasting). In addition to the monthly wine dinners, Acqualina will host a Culinary Cook-Off between its Executive Chef Marc Debas and Celebrity Chef Marc Cummings. Guests will enjoy fine buffet fare and witness cooking demonstrations by these two masters of cuisine. The event will take place Thursday, April 8th, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Price per person: $85. Debas joined Acqualina in June 2008 after spending nearly 10 years perfecting his culinary artistry in the prestigious capital of France at the leg- Acqualina Exec. Chef Marc endary Hotel de Crillon. He then went on to work in Monaco, the Bahamas and most recently the Lago Mar resort in Ft. Lauderdale. Chef Debas over- Debas sees the array of first-class dining options offered at Acqualina. Cummings trained and certified as a Master Chef at the prestigious Cordon Bleu in Paris. After receiving his training, he journeyed to Tahiti to serve as the Executive Chef for the world renowned Club Med Resorts. It was through his experience of opening his own Los Angeles restaurants that Chef Cummings began interacting with people and sharing his culinary knowledge of creating gourmet recipes that are easy to execute. In his new book, 'Tastes of the World,' Chef Marc breaks down 3-anda-half hour Cordon Bleu gourmet dishes and instructs how to prepare them in 18-22 minutes with minimal ingredients and a limited budget. Complimentary valet parking is included. Advance reservations for the dinner programs are required and limited seating is available. Call 305-918-6860 to arrange. Menu's for both events are available online at acqualina.com
5 Tony Award-Winning Broadway Blockbusters slated for Adrienne Arsht Center An unprecedented lineup of five Tony速 Award-winning Broadway hits - all Miami premieres - has just been announced for the Adrienne Arsht Center's 5th Anniversary Broadway in Miami season. The blockbuster musical season at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County kicks off October 10th at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House with an all-new production of Dreamgirls direct from New York's Apollo Theater; followed by a December limited holiday engagement: NETworks presents Disney's Beauty and the Beast - the enchanting, romantic musical for all generations. March brings in two of Broadway's biggest hits and Best Musical Tony速 winners: Jersey Boys, the story of rock 'n roll Hall of Famers, The Four Seasons; followed by the Latino hit musical In the Heights. June closes the season with Hair, the 2009 Tony速 Award winner for Best Musical Revival. "Our Fifth Anniversary Broadway Season celebrates artistic programming of the highest caliber," said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. "Our goal is always to use a thoughtful, community-based approach in programming world-class performing arts at the Center, and this selection of Broadway hits offers a diverse sampling of shows for our multi-cultural, multi-generational South Florida audience." Season subscriptions for the five-show musical package start at just $127 and include benefits tailor made for the Broadway buff - including first chance to purchase the best seats, buy additional tickets for individual shows and receive offers for special presentations - all before the general public. Subscribers also get access to additional benefits such as easy ticket exchange and replacement of lost tickets. To become a season ticket holder, visit arshtcenter.org, broadwayacrossamerica.com, or call the Season Ticket Holder Hotline toll-free at (800) 939-8587. Current subscribers can renew their season tickets now by phone through the Season Ticket Holder Hotline toll-free at (800) 939-8587 or the box office at (305) 949-6722; online at arshtcenter.org; or in person at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office, located at 1300 Biscayne Blvd. in Miami. Priority group seating for 15 or more people may be arranged by calling the Adrienne Arsht Center at 786-468-2326.
Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, 2010
Aventura Hospital partners with Bnai Zion Foundation for special exchange program In November, 2009 Aventura Hospital partnered with Bnai Zion Foundation to create a physician education exchange program. The program is designed to share important healthcare strategies between Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Israel and Aventura Hospital in South Florida. Dr. Michael Kafka, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Bnai Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation; Zion Medical Center, became Robyn Kane and Dr. Charles Shenker, the first special guest, educating Aventura Hospital; Dr. Noam Calderon, Bnai Aventura Hospital's emergency Zion Medical Center; Jack Grunspan and staff and the medical communi- Gerald Schwartz, Bnai Zion Foundation; ty on important protocols and Judy Newman, Aventura Hospital procedures that have been developed in Israel to immediately respond and effectively treat mass casualties. Following the success of November's exchange program, in March, Aventura Hospital welcomed another expert in his field: Dr. Noam Calderon, Medical Director at Bnai Zion Medical Center of a special limb salvage program for patients suffering from diabetes. Dr. Calderon shared Aventura Hospital's CEO Heather Rohan; his research and expertise on COO Rick Kennedy; Chief of Staff Dr. the uses of ozone gas to save many limbs that were previous- Charles Shenker; Director of Radiology Dr. ly thought to require amputa- Glenn Kaplan; and CFO Alisa Bert tion. "We are proud to form this special partnership with Bnai Zion Hospital and Medical Center," commented Heather Rohan, CEO, Aventura Hospital. "This program provides a platform for medical professionals to share their research and innovative treatment options across our two nations. The knowledge gained by this international exchange is invaluable to both of our healthcare facilities and to our patients." Gerald Schwartz, president of the Bnai Zion Foundation in Florida said, "The interchange between Aventura Hospital and the Bnai Zion Hospital and Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, is a natural. Both have experience in dealing with unexpected emergencies. Dr. Calderon's research involving saving limbs of diabetic patients is of special interest to Aventura and its large community of seniors." Guests from the medical staff, hospital staff, Board of Trustees and the community turned out to hear Dr. Calderon share his knowledge on this specialized limb salvage program. "Most of the patients I treated using ozone therapy had been turned down for other treatments and were candidates for amputation," Dr. Calderon explained. "We were able to close the wounds and save the limbs for approximately 85% of those patients." "We are certainly excited to welcome Dr. Calderon to our facility," remarked Judy Newman, Director of Diabetes Education and the Wound Care Center at Aventura Hospital. "We have a similar program here at our wound care center where we use hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help heal difficult wounds, especially in our diabetic patients. We are interested to see if we can apply these innovative methods developed at Bnai Zion to our own program here to provide even better outcomes for our patients." For more information about Bnai Zion Foundation and Aventura Hospital, visit their websites at bnaizion.org and aventurahospital.com
Mar. 31 - April 6, 2010
Rethinking The Community Bank BY LEE STEPHENS The real estate market has changed the way people think about banks and the way community banks think about the banking business. Locally, Peninsula Bank, which has a long and proud tradition of successful real estate partnerships, is redirecting its focus and business plan on banking fundamentals, including a balance of commercial and consumer banking, customer-friendly products, service innovations and more. “This is a difficult time for banks and the communities they serve,” says Carlos Sanchez, Acting President for Peninsula’s east coast region. “However, we are excited about our business plan. Banks like ours are redefining what it means to be a community bank and consumers and small businesses will benefit from the new ideas we are implementing.” With a range of new and enhanced banking products and services in development, Peninsula Bank emphasizes the importance of customer relationships and personalized service with a commitment to
the customer that goes beyond finances. The Peninsula Bank branch at North Miami, for example, provides multilingual services in Spanish, Hungarian, Portuguese and Russian. The Peninsula Kids’ Club program teaches children savings habits that will benefit them for a lifetime. Coin counting is free at all Peninsula Bank locations—even for customers of other banks. “We are truly a full-service bank offering a unique balance of comprehensive products and friendly service to each and every customer,” Sanchez says. Sanchez says Peninsula Bank focuses on personalized and diverse banking services in order to be the smart consumer’s choice for a trusted financial services provider. In addition to the local branch at 1802 NE Miami Gardens Dr., Peninsula Bank has twelve other branches across Florida, including one in Miami-Dade County, one in Broward County, five in Palm Beach County, three in Sarasota County and three in Charlotte County. Call (305)-949-8955 or visit www.peninsulabank.com for more information.
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Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, 2010
Jackson North hosts informational seminar for patients suffering from uterine fibroids
Get ready for $80,000 April "Showers of Cash" this Sunday at Gulfstream Park We know that April showers bring May Derby flowers, but this weekend it will be raining cash at Gulfstream Park. Sunday, April 4th at 10 p.m., members of the casino's Good Luck Player's Club will have a chance to win up to $10,000 in cash in the "80,000 Shower of Cash" drawing. 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 mem- Gulfstream Park's racing season is heading into the stretch as bership. Gulfstream's daily specials, drawings and promotions prove Derby fever heats up the nation there truly are more ways to win. Racing fans are in for just as much excitement this weekend. Gulfstream Park's April stakes schedule kicks off this Saturday, April 3rd with the Skip Away, named in honor of the Florida Derby runner who went on to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and garnered Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame honors with almost $10 million in career winnings. Fans also will be able to watch and wager on the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby from Gulfstream's sister track Santa Anita Park and the $750,000 Wood Memorial from Aqueduct and get a glimpse of the likely West Coast and New York invaders to the Kentucky Derby. Hint: the smart money in the Wood will be on Eskendereya, whose brilliant victory in Gulfstream Park's Fountain of Youth launched him to the top of the list of Kentucky Derby favorites. Everyone is awaiting the new champion, and many feel they'll get a glimpse of one this year at Gulfstream Park. Providing the perfect complement to all the racing and casino action is the newly opened Village at Gulfstream Park, a Mediterranean inspired walking Village complete with world-class shopping, a variety of international dining experiences and all the nightlife you can handle. For more information please visit gulfstreampark.com
Twenty-five million women in the United States live with excessive bleeding and pelvic cramping caused by uterine fibroids. These benign tumors are often treated with invasive surgery - or even a hysterectomy, which can require weeks of recovery and eliminate the ability to have children. The Fibroid Treatment Center at Jackson North Medical Center offers an innovative, non-surgical treatment, called Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), that can treat fibroids but also have women back to their busy lives in just a few days. The hospital will be hosting Chief of Radiology Adam S. Gropper, M.D. (left) and Peter an informational seminar on this N. Swischuk, M.D., have extensive experience treating technique and its many benefits on uterine fibroids with a non-surgical procedure called Wednesday, April 7th, from 6:30 to embolization 8 p.m. at Jackson North Medical the fibroids, causing them to "starve" Center in the second floor auditorium. Adam S. Gropper, M.D., an inter- and disappear. Dr. Gropper says most ventional radiologist at Jackson North women don't find the outpatient procewho will be speaking at the seminar, dure to be painful and research shows says, "UFE is an effective alternative UFE produces fewer major complicatreatment for women who want to keep tions and shorter hospital stays comtheir uterus. Recovery is so much pared to the traditional treatments. If you would like more informafaster and easier compared to convention on UFE, to schedule an appointtional surgery." During the procedure, tiny ment or get more information about the spheres are injected into the uterine upcoming seminar, call 305-654-3090 artery, which block the blood supply to or go to jhsmiami.org
Hebrew Homes Foundation awards luncheon to honor five women BY LYNN CARROLL
The Hebrew Homes Foundation and Plaza Health Network will pay tribute to five women at the Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon from 11.a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9th in the Hotel InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza. Due for special honors at the event are State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, long-time volunteer and charitable-event organizer Melanie Cohen, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jennifer Valoppi, broadcast journalist and motivational speaker Tracy Wilson Mourning, and UM Cancer Link founder Marlene Berg. The women are being cited for distinguishing themselves "through their leadership, volunteerism, philanthropy and profession," organizers say, and for making "a difference in the lives of others, locally as well as globally." Highlights presented here represent only some of their accomplishments. Katherine Fernandez Rundle is the recipient of numerous awards for professional accomplishments, most recently from the Miami-Dade County and Cuban American Bar Associations, MADD and the Florida Network of Victim Witness Services. Melanie Cohen is founder of SocialMiami.com, the Internet service that helps nonprofits promote
events and is today considered the pre-eminent communications tool for planning and showcasing events that benefit charitable endeavors in South Florida. Jennifer Valoppi, former lead anchor on NBC 6 WTVJ in Miami, is founder and president of the Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program and recipient of the Florida Points of Light award. Tracy Wilson Mourning, on-air correspondent for NBA TV and featured columnist for Mother & Daughter magazine, is founder of the Alonzo Mourning Charities Honey Shine Mentoring Program. Marlene Berg, annual In the Pink luncheon chair,
Katherine Fernandez Rundle
was first president and co-founder of BABES for Project New Born, and has been involved with charities in the region for more than 50 years. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Hebrew Homes Plaza Health Network rehabilitation programs. The nonprofit Hebrew Homes Plaza Health Network has been serving the South Florida community since 1954 and presently cares for 850 residents in rehabilitation and long-term care. Cost to attend the luncheon is $100; $50 is tax deductible. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For reservations and information: Ilene Zweig, 305-917-0400.
Tracy Wilson Mourning
Mar. 31 - April 6, 2010
Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, 2010
Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort Aventura Marketing Council, Gr. Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sunny Isles Beach Vice Mayor Lew Thaler; Raluca Milostean, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup, Shand Luce, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort
Michael Ranallo, Michael Nagar, Belina Garazi Nagar, ORNA Security & Camera Services; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel; Carlos Suarez, ORNA Security & Camera Services
Luis Moreno and Jason Loeb, Sudsies flank Oscar Llorente, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Sunny Isles Beach Town Historian Richard Schulman and Comm. Roz Brezin; Maxine Lopez and Bob Dolan, Airstron
Stern Bloom Media dazzled the crowd with new high-tech marketing applications (L-R) Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, David Radzinsky and Anthony Proenza, Stern Bloom Media with Stephanie Young, Intracoastal Mall
Al Sturtz; Beth Herdegen, Gulfcoast Business Finance; Janice Materiale
Lisa Scheinert, Sherrie Lock, Kris Thrift and Ada Fernandez, Costco North Miami Beach
Charles Orvieto, Orvieto's Trophies Awards & More with Scott Sander and Debbie Blasberg-Sander, Sander & Associates
Joy Felton, Anti Defamation League; Walter Martino, Ola Cuba Restaurant
Jennifer Burke, Chan Gustavo Pospischel, Owl Digital David Robertson, Melissa Ben Launerts, Marksman Security Cindy Miropol (seated) Adriana Faura and Elena Gannaway and Robin Conn, Security; Luis Luciani, ASAP Rogers and Sara Fox, America with Thomas Treadway Solomon, Berman Staffing Service Industries Equinox Fitness Club Chiropractic Center
Arthur Barr, Sheba Raviv and Madison Lynn, Barr & Associates ~ Ancient & Colonial Coins
Mar. 31 - Apr. 6, 2010
hosts 'L'Expo du Cirque' and Sunny Isles Beach Tourism partner for 'Best Networking Expo!'
Steve Goitia, Eric Beck, Penny Chokron, Maiko Del Bel, IT Doctors
Nick Dove, Ilene Luby, Arcelia Dove and John Layzell, ActionCoach Business Coaching
Ruth Lavache, Evy Vega and Annie Valdes, TD Bank
Annie Valdes, Armando Trabanco, Margarita Lamadrid and Johusse Gonzalez, U.S. Century Bank
Mercedes Dulanto and Rafaela Dulanto, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida
Justin Diaz, Elisa Silverstein and Marquis Maltoney
Stan Scott; Nicole Greensher, Fashion Factor; Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation
Carrie Patterson and Margot Garcia, Executive National Bank with Adolfo Beragan, Melissa
Althea Allen and Cristina Coelha, Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa; Joan Burton
Todd Gomberg, John Sloan, Sidnee Bezares and Al Blake, Capital Painting Waterproofing & Restoration; Louis Pincus, The Continental Group
Natasha Gonell; Shari Kwitney, Shari's Creations
Eli Mizrahi and Christine Menendez, Aventura Animal Hospital; Tammy Wagner, Velocity Processing; Lilli Stevens
Gina Savage, Maria Cancio and Beatriz Mazuera, Pre-Paid Legal Services
Joel and Jillian from South Florida Circus Art School with Aventura Comm. Michael Stern and Aventura Comm. Billy Joel
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Mar. 31 - April 6, 2010
VIEWPOINT Why our Taliban’s gaining traction The Right’s Obsession with BY JOHN FEFFER The Dutch government is the Afghanistan War's latest casualty. When the Labor Party recently exited the Netherlands' ruling coalition government to protest the extension of the Dutch deployment in Afghanistan, the Taliban rejoiced. Perhaps you thought I meant Afghanistan's Taliban. No, I meant the Taliban in the Netherlands. Never heard of it? It's the "Freedom Party," and it's poised to become a top vote-getter in the elections scheduled for early June because of the ruling coalition's collapse. Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders would violently object to his party being labeled the Dutch Taliban. He's anti-Islam, after all, and has famously called the Koran a "fascist book." But the far-right wing in the Netherlands--and its counterparts across Europe--is just as intolerant and narrow-minded and xenophobic as the radical Islamists it dislikes so much in Afghanistan. Both Talibans consider their own societies too tolerant. They want their religious traditions to be dominant. They disdain modern governments, but they're happy to manipulate those state apparatuses to impose their own values. But here's an interesting twist. Wilders and the Freedom Party want the Dutch out of Afghanistan. It's perhaps no surprise that a populist party should adopt a popular position--58 percent of Dutch want out of Afghanistan, compared to only 35 percent who want to stay. It's part of a larger trend. Public opinion throughout Europe has decisively turned against the war. But the European left, by and large, hasn't taken advantage of this sentiment. The Democratic Party in our country faces a similar quandary. Obama's Afghanistan surge rebranded the Dems, for the umpteenth time, as the war party. So where some fear to tread, others rush in boldly. Ron Paul's anti-war message at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, for instance, helped boost him to the top of the event's presidential straw poll. This anti-war message will become more popular with November's midterm elections looming. It doesn't look like Obama will bring all combat troops home from Iraq by August. More Americans oppose the Afghanistan War than back it (52 percent vs. 47 percent, according to a
recent CNN poll). And that gap will likely widen. The Europeans--and the Canadians and Australians--are about to begin bringing their troops home. The Afghanistan War will generate more and more U.S. casualties (we just went over 1,000). A rising number of Afghan casualties--such as the 27 civilians who died in the recent airstrike on a convoy of buses--will undercut the supposed hearts-and-minds element of the current surge. And the Democratic Party's attempt at both guns and butter will founder as surely as Lyndon Johnson's did in the 1960s. And what about our own intolerant, racist, xenophobic, narrow-minded, religiously conservative political movement? There's some overlap between Christian fundamentalists and anti-government extremists, but they haven't joined hands to form a true U.S. Taliban. Unlike the Dutch Freedom Party, our tea party movement has not taken a prominent position on the war. So far it's focused on a domestic message: free markets, limited government, no taxes. But there's a fight going on inside this movement. Sarah Palin, whose views on war are so naively hawkish as to earn a rebuke from none other than Dick Cheney, aspires to lead that movement. And Ron Paul, whose presidential campaign in 2008 served as the tea party's inspiration, now argues that the Republican Party is exerting a "neocon kind of influence" over the populist groundswell. Unless the Democrats' anti-war faction grabs the steering wheel, the peace movement stands a good chance of getting outflanked. A nativist anti-war movement, which wants "our boys" back home to patrol the borders against the very people who keep our economy going, could steal the populist vote from the Democrats and the left in general. We have to counter with a campaign that translates dollars spent on war into dollars that could be spent on jobs. Let's consider the Dutch political crisis as a warning. There are always people like Geert Wilders waiting in the wings. The last time Democrats screwed up so royally on a war-vs.-economy issue, we got Richard Nixon for nearly six years. This time around, we might get something a whole lot worse. John Feffer is the co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. www.fpif.org
Abortion and Sex BY WILLIAM A. COLLINS War’s OK, Where thousands die, But one abortion, Makes me cry. Right-wingers maintain a lengthy political agenda. There’s the need for an unfettered military, lower taxes, corporate freedom, unlimited consumption, private (or no) health insurance, expanded empire, and other self-satisfying goals. Then there’s abortion. The Right just doesn’t like it. Abortion, like birth control, allows women to enjoy the pleasures of sex without suffering the penalties of children. Naturally, conservatives aren’t keen on birth control either, except for themselves. Actually, the Right isn’t really into fun. You might assume that their interest in abortion lies in the protection of children. Sorry, guess again. If anything, it’s embryos. Once the kid is born, forget it. These folks show no interest in child care, health care, nutrition, education, welfare, family services, or other common childhood needs. We’ll get you born, kid, but after that you’re on your own. And they’re really good at getting unwanted children born, no matter what the condition of the child or the jeopardy to the mother. The Right isn’t into mothers, just babies before they’re born. In fact, they consider mothers as culprits. They had sex and now must pay the price, even with their lives if need be. Take, for instance, AIDS. Nobody admits to liking AIDS. Even the pope doesn’t favor it. But it’s one of those potential wages of sin, much like unwanted pregnancy,
and according to His Holiness, condoms actually promote the spread of the disease. The only form of birth control he likes is abstinence, a point of view very familiar in American politics. Our federal and state laws often protect medical workers offended by abortion. They can refuse to participate in any part of it, even administrative work, without fear of losing their job. Why, one wonders, did they take the job in the first place? And, one further wonders, could this same principle be extended to National Guard troops who only joined up to protect their state from disaster but are subsequently ordered to invade other countries? Well, no, that doesn’t count. War doesn’t rise to the conscience level of abortion. Especially for women. As soldiers they may be ordered to go out and kill, but they can’t get an abortion in a military hospital. Only lately can they even get a morning-after pill on base. And now arch-conservatives are trying to convince African Americans that abortion clinics on their turf are committing genocide. Further, they're saying that women are actually better off not being covered for abortions by Medicaid. These extremists are also successfully working to keep any abortion coverage out of the upcoming health-care bill. It’s true, right-wing leaders are given to many obsessions (witness the Tea Party), but abortion is in a class by itself. Sex, ideology, and politics make a powerful team, one we’re not likely to see the end of in our lifetime. Minuteman Media columnist William A. Collins is a former state representative and a former mayor of Norwalk, Connecticut.
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Epilepsy Foundation schedules annual Walk-a-thon on Apr. 18 BY ED GILHULY
The Miami-Dade office of the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida (EFOF) will conduct its annual Walk-a-thon on Apr. 18 at Tropical Park to raise awareness and funds for a wide variety of services for area residents suffering from epilepsy and seizure disorders. In addition to welcoming individual participants, the EFOF is seeking corporate sponsorships and teams to participate in the organization’s largest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds will support EFOF activities such as direct medical and neuropsychological services, advocacy and counseling, education, prevention and more. More than 360,000 Floridians are stricken with epilepsy and seizure disorders, and about 42,000 people die each year nation-
ally due to seizures and related causes. “We appreciate so much the great number of residents who have come out to our Walk-a-thons to help their friends and families struggling with seizure disorders,” said Karen Egozi, EFOF CEO. “This year we hope to welcome even more people, and especially many new corporate sponsors and teams to raise money and awareness for this great cause.” The Walk-a-thon will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at Tropical Park, 7900 Bird Rd. The actual Walk-a-thon will begin one hour after registration. The event is one of six Walk-a-thons organized by EFOF across the state in April. Others include West Palm Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Broward, Jacksonville and Gainesville. For information, call 1-800-940-6515 or visit online at <www.EpilepsyFLA.org>.
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‘SummerJazz’ series at Naples Beach Hotel begins June 6 BY KAREN LAMONICA
The smooth sounds of jazz continue this summer at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club’s 25th annual “SummerJazz on the Gulf” free concert series. Beautiful sunsets, gorgeous views of the Gulf and refreshing breezes provide the perfect backdrop for the free concert series held on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. “SummerJazz on the Gulf” takes place one Saturday evening per month from 7-10 p.m. beginning June 26, followed by July 24, Aug. 28, and Sept. 18. The entertainment lineup is not yet set, but last year’s entertainment included performances by Alan Darcy, Late Night Brass, Women’s Blues Revue and Big Night Out. There will be parking just north of the hotel at Lowdermilk Park, with free parking provided to those with a Naples beach sticker. Free trolley service running to and from the resort is also available. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, but coolers are not permitted. In conjunction with each concert, the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club will offer a special “SummerJazz Rate” for concert
goers who wish to stay at the resort on those nights. The rate starts at $149 per room, per night and includes complimentary greens fees on the resort’s championship golf course, two reserved beach chairs, unlimited tennis, access to the resort’s world-class Spa and complete Fitness Center (with use of the exercise room, whirlpool, sauna and steam room), valet parking, afternoon tea and cookies at 4 p.m. daily and admission for children five to 12 in the morning activities of the Beach Klub 4 Kids supervised child activity program. While the greens fees are complimentary with the special rate, there is a cart fee. Guests attending “SummerJazz on the Gulf” should consider dining at the resort’s HB’s on the Gulf, the city of Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, which serves fresh Florida seafood and traditional American favorites. Patrons also can enjoy a specialty drink at the Sunset Beach Bar, named Naples’ “Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel. Refreshments also will be available for purchase at each concert. The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North, owned and operated by the Watkins family for over 60
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LET’S TALK CARS The Mitsubishi Outlander has been restyled for 2010 and now comes in four different trim levels — ES, SE, XLS and GT. The Outlander is based on Mitsubishi’s performance-engineered global platform that also forms the foundation of the new-generation Lancer and Lancer Evolution models. It has a rigid unibody structure that allows for a sport-tuned suspension and a smooth ride. Standard on the Outlander is a Lancer Evolution-inspired lightweight aluminum roof panel, which lowers the center of gravity for better handling. The Outlander has a new and distinctive jet fighter-look to its grille, with the GT getting a blacked out front bumper cover design and a lightweight aluminum roof, while the SE models (2WD and 4WD) have an optional compact third-row of seats that stow beneath the floor, expanding the seating from five to seven. All have a new hood, fenders, rear quarter panel fascia, door mirrors, headlights,
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Dedication to Mount Sinai Medical Center’s Mission Yields Successful Results for 2009 BY JOANNA PALMER Demonstrating the fortitude to address a challenging healthcare environment, president and C.E.O. Steven D. Sonenreich has led Mount Sinai Medical Center to financial stability and successfully reinforced its image as a healthcare leader. The most recent audit posted on March 26 reports nearly $14 million in profit for 2009. Mount Sinai experienced an overall 5 percent growth in revenue from $497 million in 2008 to $524 million in 2009, while controlling a targeted 1 percent increase in expenses. As of the end of 2009, the combined medical center and Foundation reported 108 days cash on hand. Michael M. Adler, chairman of the board, credits Mount Sinai success to three key points: “Leadership is focused on the hospital’s core mission to provide high quality care, diligence in the hospital’s revenue cycle, and celebrating Mount Sinai’s philanthropic supporters.“ Heart Care with the Best Results According to the Agency for Healthcare Administration Statistics, Mount Sinai had been the region’s leader in heart care for more than two decades. However, this lead began to shrink in 2008. To achieve success, Sonenreich recruited Dr. Joseph Lamelas in 2008 to join the hospital as a chief of Cardiac Surgery. A pioneer in minimally invasive valve surgery, Dr. Lamelas is the most successful cardiac surgeon in the tri-county area. His mortality rate is 67.5% below the expected rate of mortality as forecast by the state of Florida based on his volume and complexity of procedures. Having performed more than 8,000 open-heart procedures in his career, Lamelas also trains surgeons throughout the world in advanced and innovative surgical techniques. The new cardiac surgery team attracted 51 percent more patients growing from 430 cardiac surgeries in 2008 to 649 in 2009 and instituted efficiencies that continue to save the hospital thousands of dollars per procedure. The infection rate is significantly below national benchmarks and length of stay is cut in half. Patients are back on their feet in less than two weeks. Even Canadian Prime Minister, Danny Williams of Newfoundland and Labrador, chose Dr. Lamelas to fix his heart last month saying, “This was my heart, my choice, and my health.” The hospital made even greater strides in recent months with the inauguration of the Mount Sinai Heart Institute in partnership with New York’s Columbia University, the only Ivy League collabora-
tion in South Florida of its kind. Dr. Gervasio Lamas, Chief of Cardiology at Mount Sinai, collaborated with Dr. Allan Schwartz, Chief of Cardiology at Columbia University, for almost a year in order to build the framework that made this partnership possible. “Mount Sinai’s 53 year commitment to academic and medical innovation brought us together,” said Allan Schwartz, M.D. Florida International University Dean John Rock commented that “the partnership with Columbia University has definitely enhanced Mount Sinai’s role in cardiovascular care and innovation and is a significant service to our community.” Redefining Radiology Mount Sinai was also faced with challenges in diagnostic imaging, where the radiology residency pass rate had declined on professional board exams and the department was mired in inefficiency. When encouraged to increase the number of subspecialists in radiology and improve overall care, the then existing radiology group fought back, giving 30 days notice of a mass resignation which would have left patients without the proper care needed. At this critical juncture, Sonenreich reacted quickly to redefine the department of radiology, which resulted in the recruitment of Dr. Jeffrey Neitlich to serve as the chair of the Department of Radiology. Dr. Neitlich immediately went to work, building a multidisciplinary team with expertise ranging from virtual colonoscopies to neurointerventional procedures. Since then, patient care has improved significantly and the pass rate on professional board exams has shot to 100 percent. Mount Sinai’s
imaging volume increased nearly 10 percent in 2009. Breaking New Ground Continuing to place the needs of patients and the community first, Michael M. Adler and the Board of Trustees remained steadfast in support of furthering Mount Sinai’s mission of high quality health care and increased access. Sonenreich expanded the hospital’s surgical oncology program, acquired the da Vinci Robot to provide the most sophisticated minimally invasive treatments, and put the infrastructure in place for Mount Sinai to gain designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. There are only 16 accredited comprehensive centers in the entire state of Florida. “Mount Sinai’s medical staff is truly a notch above the rest,” said Tony Carvalho, president of the Florida Safety Net Hospital Alliance. “The physicians who choose teaching hospitals care about future of medicine; they want to be challenged; they want to be innovative.” Mount Sinai’s minimally invasive surgical program is a great example of this dedication. The medical center’s surgical oncologists are the first in Florida to install a laparoscopic technology called microwave ablation. This tool uses ultrasound guidance to directly eradicate tumors. Mount Sinai experienced further strategic success with the opening of its Freestanding Emergency Room in Aventura, Florida. Last year alone, more than 13,000 people have sought care at the freestanding ER in Aventura. Patients have experienced practically zero wait time and the ER has made a significant contribution to the hospital’s revenue stream. Mount
Sinai’s broad array of board certified specialists and subspecialists provide outstanding coverage in a region that is experiencing a reduction in tertiary emergency coverage. Back to Basics Sonenreich believes in a team approach to success. He recruited a strong management team that is dedicated to continuous performance improvement, including developing a strong revenue cycle and achieving many best-demonstrated practices in the nation. Nathan Kaufman, a nationally renowned expert in the areas of peak performing hospitals, lauded Mount Sinai, “2007 through 2009 were especially difficult years for hospital performance. Mount Sinai’s success is a testament to the capability of the management team and the governing board. It’s a text book example of how to bring expenses under control, while taking sound steps to improve the revenue stream.” In addition, hospital administrators and team leaders focused on meeting or exceeding standards necessary to gain accreditation and national recognition in a number of key medical specialties. As a result, Mount Sinai continues to be acknowledged for medical excellence by numerous accrediting agencies and ranking organizations. Focus on Philanthropy Sonenreich emphasizes that Mount Sinai’s donors are a critical component of its success. Mount Sinai was established 60 years ago, with the help of visionary community leaders and philanthropists who responded to the need for a new hospital on Miami Beach. Philanthropy still plays a major role. Sonenreich personally reaches out to donors, shares Mount Sinai’s vision and gives them a true stake in its future. They have responded with renewed support and a strengthened level of commitment to the medical center. Philanthropist Donald Golden remarked, “I support Mount Sinai because I believe in its mission and trust Steve Sonenreich to put the hospital and its future above anything else. I know how important Mount Sinai is to our community and donors like me are willing to make significant philanthropic gifts to provide the equipment and support the services the hospital needs to remain viable.” Adler said, “During his eight and a half years at the helm of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Sonenreich has positioned the landmark teaching hospital for impressive growth. The winners are the patients of Mount Sinai and the South Florida community.”
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Recognize nation’s veterans with memorial brick purchase BY ROBERT HAMILTON
The Veterans’ Memorial in downtown Homestead’s Losner Park offers a great opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and contributions of veterans who have served our great country and those who are serving now. An engraved memorial brick can be purchased for $50 for placement in the memorial before Memorial Day. Application forms are available Tuesdays through Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum at 41 N. Krome Ave. across from Losner Park in downtown Homestead. Forms also are available at the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, 212 NW First
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