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June 17 - 23, 2009

Miami International POW WOW 2009 proclaimed great success Hard Rock Café Miami hosts thank-you party "We're going to put the WOW into POW WOW!" was the rallying cry as the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) mobilized the hospitality, tourism and business leaders of MiamiDade County to prepare for the Super Bowl of tourism--International POW WOW. POW WOW is produced by Travel Industry Association (TIA) and is the travel industry's premier international marketplace and the largest generator of Visit USA travel. More than 1,000 volunteers were mobilized to welcome and help direct over 1,500 international tour operators from 70 countries and more than 350 international media through all the meetings, tours and special events that showcased the best destinations that greater Miami and the beaches have to offer. Bill Talbert, CEO and President of the GMCVB, said, "Hosting the most important travel trade show in the U.S. during an economic downturn further solidifies Greater Miami and the Beaches as a leading global tourism destination. This event gave us the opportunity to showcase all the traditional elements that have made Greater Miami so successful over the years plus all the exciting developments in the past 10 years since they were last here. We were only able to do this through amazing partnerships with organizations such as the Aventura Marketing Council and others which helped us put the WOW in POW WOW." This community embraced this event and this industry in an unprecedented fashion and we will reap the benefits for years to come. In fact, approximately 10 percent of the $4 billion dollars of business that was transacted over the three days of the convention will flow back into the community through increased bookings and media exposure."

Rolando Aedo, Sr. VP of Marketing & Tourism, GMCVB; Elaine Adler, President, Aventura Marketing Council; Bill Talbert, President and CEO, GMCVB; Gonzalo Del Rio, Sales Manager, Hard Rock Café Miami

Beth Herdegen, Presidential Funding Group; POW WOW volunteer; Jackie Romero, project manager, POW WOW 2009

POW WOW 2009 volunteers enjoy the wonderful thank you party hosted by Hard Rock Café Miami

Jackie Romero, Project Manager for POW WOW 2009, and GMCVB Sr. VP of Marketing & Tourism Rolando Aedo oversaw all aspects of this massive project. From transportation to special events, they were working 24/7 for the weeks leading up to and during the hectic week of POW WOW. GMCVB's VP of Cultural Tourism George Neary worked with Volunteer

Committee Chair Elaine Adler to oversee the volunteer program. An "A" team of volunteer coordinators consisting of Pat Vegnani, Vegnani Consulting, Kelly Ann Bright, Ellie Levy and Tyler Broeker, worked with this community's leading organizations to help mobilize volunteers from: Aventura Marketing Council; Arts & Business Council; Coconut Grove

Chamber; Coral Gables Chamber; FIU; GMCVB; Greater Miami Chamber; Miami Beach Chamber; Miami-Dade Aviation Dept.; Miami-Dade Chamber; Miami-Dade College; Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber; St. Thomas University; Two Foot Tours and Visitor Industry Council. Miami's sight, sounds, culture and tropical beauty were on display from May 16 - May 20, starting with a Sunday sunrise brunch at Bayfront Park and an incredible Sunday evening opening-night party as delegates were encouraged to dress in white and experience the many moods and colors of Miami Beach in a breathtaking setting right on the sands of Miami Beach. After a full day of productive meetings on Monday, delegates had the opportunity to enjoy the restaurants of either Coconut Grove or Coral Gables. But that evening, the skies opened up and the rains kept coming…and coming…but the guests took it all in stride. After all, you can't fight Mother Nature! Tuesday evening was the delegates' free night…an opportunity to explore Miami at their leisure. Between Spring Miami Spice, a citywide dining promotion at Miami's finest restaurants and Miami Museum Month, with free admission and special events happening at many of the city's museums, guests were able to relax and enjoy Miami's tropical, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The closing night party, held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, was an exquisite evening of entertainment, food and camaraderie. Grammy-award-winning singer and guitarist Jose Feliciano performed in one theatre as the sounds of jazz, flamenco and classical violin filled the air on the Arsht Center's beautiful plaza as dancers, artists, muralists and sculptors brought their work to life to the delight of over 2,500 guests.

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Ivan Levy Hara of ACES wins Aventura Marketing Council "Award of Excellence" As part of the A v e n t u r a M a r k e t i n g Council's (AMC) commitment to their eight Dade Partner schools, one student from each school is recognized with the "Award of Excellence" for their outstanding community service as well as scholastic achievements. At the recent 8th Ivan spoke at the gradua- Aventura Marketing Council President Elaine Adler (left) presents Aventura Award of Excellence to Ivan photographed with his parents grade graduation tion ceremony Fernando and Jacqui Levy Hara of G&D Developers ceremonies of the Aventura City of Excellence Middle School (ACES), AMC hearts forever, and that we will return several president Elaine Adler presented Ivan Levy years later and still feel at home." Fernando Levy Hara added, "Our family is Hara, son of Fernando and Jaqui Levy Hara, G & D Developers, with the award with ACES so grateful to have had the opportunity to have principal Julie Alm and vice principal Daniel Ivan be a student at ACES. Coming from Argentina, our entire family has been welcomed Sandberg looking on with pride. Upon accepting the award, Ivan noted, with open arms into the Aventura community "We are finishing today a very important part and Ivan was welcomed into ACES and given of our lives. I know that ACES will be in our the language skills necessary to succeed."

Miami Dade College North Campus president meets with USDA official to discuss new science complex Miami Dade College's (MDC) North Campus president, Dr. JosĂŠ Vicente (left), recently met with Dr. Joe Leonard Jr., Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to discuss MDC's ongoing collaboration with the USDA. The college and the USDA have collaborated on many projects including the North Campus' new state-of-the-art science complex slated to open in the fall and on the USDA's Food Safety Center of the Americas. Shortly after the meeting, Dr. Leonard was part of the stage party for the North Campus' graduation.

June 17 - 23, 2009

ACES 2nd Annual 8th Grade Graduation Promotional Ceremony, a spectacular event

ACES Principal Julie Alm

ACES Vice Principal Daniel Sandberg (center) with students

With great pride, ACES Principal Julie Alm welcomed an overflow crowd of hundreds of parents and students, congratulating all the graduates on their achievements and wishing them well as Mevorach, Eduardo Zighelboim, they move on to high Maya Alejandro Tejeda and Kevin Morgan perform a rendition of "Unwritten" directed by school. Philip Lakofsky beautiful Philip Lokofsky directed a beautiful musical rendition of "Unwritten" performed by guitar soloists', Eduardo Zighelboim, Alejandro Tejeda, Kevin Morgan and singer Maya Mevorach. 8th Grade student speakers Natalia Romero and Bruno Lulinski shared their experiences at ACES and discussed what their graduation meant to them. Keynote Speaker Tony Stromberg commended students on their accomplishments, the values they've learned at ACES and suggested that as they transition from this phase of their life to the next to remember to "Be the Stone" and to set goals to make things happen so the world will be a better place. The graduation culminated with inspiring closing remarks from Vice Principal Daniel Sandberg that reminded Natalia Romero Bruno Lulinski students "the rest is still unwritten."

June 17 - 23, 2009


Wanderings & Ponderings Out of nowhere it seemed, a developer appeared who wanted to buy some land in the town and put up a large condo. Everyone in town was excited by this and when the developer and In many of the small towns in our area there attorneys appeared before the Planning and are as many boards as there seem to be residents. Zoning Board the meeting place was packed. In some towns the boards usually found it hard to Alexander, as the Chairman, opened the meetget enough members to even have a board. This ing with a long welcoming speech that existed in this one small community not one person in the audience had where there was an opening in the any clue as to what he was saying Planning and Zoning board. Now, it so despite his big smiles and florid geshappened, that Alexander had just tures. At the end of the speech he moved into this town was a proud new turned to the developer and group and citizen of the country and felt that he with a grandiose gesture seemed to ask had to contribute. He found out that them for their comments. The develthe Planning and Zoning board had an oper looked at his lawyer who seemed opening. Which wasn’t so unusual to be in a trance and asked, “What did since the board did nothing more than he say?” - ‘I haven’t the slightest idea.” meet, stare at one another and after a Dan Palmer few minutes ended the meeting. –––––––––––––– The lawyer finally stood up and told the board that they would need a little time Alexander asked to join the board and the local commissioners were thrilled to have to properly answer the chairman’s remarks and requested a postponement to consider their someone new appointed any board. There was one slight problem with Alexander. answer. Somehow they never had an answer but in the He really couldn’t speak English but had a way of speaking that he thought was English but was a meantime the developer was arrested for some mix with language of the Slovakian country he fraud. Alexander suddenly found himself a hero had come from. As a result maybe his wife and since he must have known the developer was dog understood him but nobody else had the crooked and had driven him away. As for Alexander he was confused by all this vaguest idea of what he was talking about. Didn’t matter to his fellow board members because as attention because he knew he had given a great others fell out, Alexander became the longest welcoming speech and was slightly worried that he serving member of the board and eventually was had been misunderstood. After all he had spent two days writing it. Oh well, only in America. voted to the Chairmanship.

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Aventura Hospital receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation Aventura Hospital has received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. On April 28, 2009 the Accreditation Review Committee granted the hospital full Cycle II accreditation with PCI. The Accreditation Review Committee made this decision after conducting a thorough review of the facility, including a recent onsite survey. As an accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI facility, Aventura Hospital meets the quality-of-care measures established by the Society of Chest Pain Centers that are designed to improve the process for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) care. The care of the ACS patient starts from the onset of the patient's symptoms, and includes engagement of Emergency Dispatch Services, Emergency Medical Services, reperfusion, observation unit, cardiac rehab and discharge from the facility. Using this model, outcomes are improved for ACS patients. "Our Emergency Physicians, Cardiologist, Nurses, and cardiac team members have partnered with Fire/Rescue to implement this system, in which a special cardiac team is mobilized and ready to treat the patient at the moment of arrival to our hospital," said Dr. Roman Skylar, Chief of Emergency Services at Aventura Hospital. "With early catheterization, not only are lives saved but complications associated with MI, such as heart failure and sudden death significantly reduced." "We are very proud to earn this important certification from the Society of Chest Pain Centers," said Heather J. Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital. "When it comes to your heart, time is muscle. The guidelines that we adhere to as a Chest Pain Center focus on improving timely, quality care for our cardiac patients." Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortali-

ty rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. The Chest Pain Center's protocol driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted. With the rise of Chest Pain Centers came the need to establish standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients. The Society's accreditation process insures centers meet or exceed quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine. The Chest Pain Center at Aventura Hospital has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a set of stringent criteria and completing an on-site evaluation by a review team from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include: Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system; Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly; Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms; Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures; Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training; Maintaining organizational structure and commitment; Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care; Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack. For more information, visit

June 17 - 23, 2009

Senator Gwen Margolis announces for Senate District 35 Sen. Gwen Margolis recently announced that she is a candidate for election in 2010 for the State Senate District 35 seat currently held by Sen. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach). Sen. Margolis said she will run to complete the two remaining years in Sen. Gelber's term since he resigned to run for Attorney General. She had held this seat for eighteen years, her term ending in 2008. In 2010, the economic stimulus dollars from Washington will cease and according to economic estimates Florida will have to literally balance billions of dollars in expenditures without any expected new revenue. Sen. Margolis stressed her budgetary experience as key to providing for her district effective representation in this position. Sen. Margolis stressed her

service as Senate President, as Appropriations and as Finance and Tax Chairman and in many leadership capacities in over 34 years of public service, as vitally important to the people of this district. With reappointment forthcoming it is crucial time for the people of this district to have a senator who will focus solely on the interest of her constituency as she has in the past. Sen. Margolis said, "With the resignation of Sen. Gelber to run for Attorney General, it is crucial that people of District 35 be represented by an experienced legislator that has a proven record of working for the people." Dan had the experience and I was comfortable stepping aside for him in 2008. If he wishes to do it again, I would know the district would be well represented."

Rainbow Harmony classes add cultural colors at Biscayne Academy BY LYNN CARROLL More than 50 youngsters attended special classes at the Biscayne Academy to learn more about themselves by interviewing their relatives, creating music and writing about their culture of origin. It was all part of a Rainbow Harmony program funded by the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children's Scott Alter and Greg Mainor present a musical song together Trust. The program centered blending musical traditions around individual identity, self esteem and issues of adjustment experienced by and interview people in their own first-generation children of immi- family and others regarding their culgrants, says Dr. Marie A. DiCowden, tural background," Dr. DiCowden a nationally known healthcare psy- says. "They learned how to express chologist and founder/program direc- themselves through writing, particutor for the Biscayne Institutes. larly in relationship to their cultural "Between January and May the heritage and about living in a society participants learned how to research with others from different cultures."

Students display flags of their families' native countries

She says 55 youths between the ages of 6 and 21 took part. "They were exposed to stories and poetry from different ethnic influences," she said, "and learned how to develop their own journal, stories and poetry about their cultural background." Classes on music and the various

cultural differences that are expressed through music were also part of the program. "These classes taught the basics of music. They culminated in a performance of literary works and music by the students for each other, their families and interested members of the community," added DiCowden. Biscayne Academy participates in multiple grant programs as well as the Florida Scholarship Opportunity program, and accepts John McKay scholarships for children with varying exceptionalities and disabilities Admissions are on a quarterly basis and require an interview. For more information on the Biscayne Academy or Biscayne Institutes, call 305-932-8994 or visit

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VIEWPOINT Progress is how we grow food Finding ways to perk up CEO pay BY MARK MULLER Three recent actions by big agribusiness companies to manipulate public opinion have me almost giddy with excitement. After years of dictating the direction of the food system, agribusiness is now taking a reactionary stance. The first sign of this change comes from the world's largest snack-food company, Frito-Lay, which initiated a “Lay's Local” campaign that features 80 “local” farmers from 27 states. Frito-Lay's Web site has a Chip Tracker that allows interested consumers to enter their zip code and product code to find out where the potatoes came from. Although Frito-Lay can't claim the potatoes are locally grown, the advertising campaign hides the corporation behind the aura of U.S. farmers. The second is the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation's announcement of a newly formed Center for Food and Animal Issues. The Center attempts to paint feedlot operators as just another group of people that support animals, just like pet owners, hunters, supporters of zoos and local animal welfare organizations. “Ultimately, our goal is to assure that people who rely on animals, either physically, emotionally or economically, have the right to do so,” said Ohio Farm Bureau Federation executive vice president Jack Fisher. The impetus for the Center came after pork, poultry and veal housing legislation was introduced in state legislatures around the country, and last year's passage of California's Proposition 2, the Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act. And finally, the federation of biotech and pesticide companies, CropLife, is protesting an organic garden on the White House lawn. CropLife congratulates First Lady Michelle Obama for her effort to raise food and celebrate agriculture, but takes issue with the garden being organic. Their Web site asks, “What message does that send to the non-farming public about an important and integral part of growing safe and abundant crops to feed and clothe the world crop protection products?” So why am I giddy about these calculated attempts to manipulate public opinion? Because I think about the debate just 10 years ago regarding our food system, and how dramatically the conversation has changed in a positive direction. A decade ago, the hot issue in the agriculture world was genetically modified crops. And despite many legitimate concerns that were raised about health and environmental unknowns, as well as the alarming consolidation of the seed industry,

genetically modified crops swept across the Midwest largely unimpeded. Opponents were portrayed as petty reactionaries oblivious to the challenge of "feeding the world.” This was also a time of incredible devastation in rural America. Crop prices were reaching Depression-era levels, and the promises of the 1996 “Freedom to Farm” bill were nowhere to be seen. I sat through countless forums where agribusiness professionals told farmers to relax; soon the incredible buying power of China will make low crop prices a thing of the past. Unfortunately, we spent years with most commodity prices well below the cost of production, and neither China nor other parts of the world corrected the situation. I never dreamed we could have made as much progress toward community-based food systems as we have in the past decade. “Locally grown” is the hottest food trend for 2009, so hot that a leader in the snack food industry wants to get in on the act. Ten years ago, consumers concerned about the humane treatment of animals had to work hard to find acceptable meat and poultry; now the confined livestock industry is on its heels because of California's Proposition 2, concerns about the overuse of antibiotics and continued problems with manure pollution. Most remarkable has been the explosion in gardening and backyard livestock. CropLife's rather lame objection to an organic garden on the White House lawn reveals the difficult position of the industry. Who can be against local organic production that is efficient, nutritious and costeffective, while at the same time providing exercise and building community? Today, many more people are empowered to make decisions about their family's food, and a lot of hands are getting dirty in the fresh spring soil. Instead of creating space in the corporate food system for alternative food and farming practices, agribusiness is trying to create space for itself in thriving community-based food systems. This is a welcome transition. -Mark Muller is the director of the Food and Society Fellows program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems. <>. in between innings. Cincinnati will be hosting lectures, including one on President Lincoln's solid relationship with American


the least of it. Take Ray Irani, CEO of Occidental Petroleum. Not only was he paid $30 million last year, but he also was given $400,000 to cover the cost of his financial planners. An Occidental spokesperson explained that this perk was beneficial to the corporation because it helped Irani "keep his complete attention on the company's business." What, is Irani so flighty that he can't focus on his job without worrying about his personal money? Maybe so, but - come on - with a $30 million paycheck, couldn't he afford to cover the financial planners out of his own pocket? Meanwhile, some corporations are concerned that these pricey and princely bennies look bad to the public. Not to worry, though - another executive perk that's increasingly popular with CEOs can handle that problem: bodyguards.

As we're learning the hard way, CEOs are not quite the brilliant cockadoodledoos they wanted you and me to think they were. To be fair, however, let's admit that the top honchos are astonishingly creative and bold, in one special aspect of big business leadership: goosing up their own paychecks. Yeah, yeah, I know that the salary and bonuses of corporate chieftains actually dropped 6 percent last year, now averaging a mere $10 million. But, hey, these people are nothing if not clever, so while their pay sagged, they quietly reached into the goodie bag and increased the number and value of perks they receive by 7 percent. The Associated Press surveyed some 300 major corporations and found that the median value of such executive perks as chauffeured limousines, free personal use of the corporate jet, and memberships in exclusive clubs rose to $170,000 last year. That's more than three times the income of most families! And chauffeurs and jets turn out to be

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Jews. And Wyoming will host a festival celebrating Jewish food, and we all know how much we love food! Events are also scheduled to occur in New York, California, Texas, and other States around the country. “Mr. Speaker, we have come a long way in recent years to promote appreciation for the multicultural fabric of the United States of America. It is our responsibility to continue this education. “If we, as a Nation, are to prepare our

children for the challenges that lie ahead, then teaching diversity is a fundamental part of that promise. Together, we can help achieve this goal of understanding with the celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. “I thank my colleagues for their support, and call on all Americans to observe this special month by celebrating the many contributions of Jewish culture throughout our Nation's history.” AVENTURA NEWS One of

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Memorial Regional Hospital South opens Women's Imaging Center The new Women's Imaging Center at Memorial Regional Hospital South (MRHS) in Hollywood has made a commitment to providing personalized, innovative healthcare to women through prevention, detection and wellness programs. Recently, community leaders came together for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the center which offers a wide array of diagnostic services, including bone density testing, advanced digital breast imaging and much more. "Our entire imaging services team is committed to putting the patient first," said Doug Zaren, administrator for Memorial Regional Hospital South. "We support our patients and their families through the entire care experience." Experienced and compassionate care is provided by board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists and technologists, who are certified by the American College of Radiology. Zaren explained, "Should the need arise, our patients have ready access to Memorial Healthcare System and ongoing clinical trials, providing patients with highquality care. Extensive cancer services are available throughout our healthcare system and our team is trained to guide patients every step of the way." Advances in understanding of the role of genetics, family history and other exposures have altered the Memorial Healthcare System's approach to breast imaging. Breast imaging exams are now tailored to each individual patient, according to Zaren, and each patient participates in a family risk profile, developed by the National Cancer Institute, so we can best meet patients' breast imaging needs. Our sophisticated imaging options include the leading-edge R2 Image Checker, which digitally analyzes mammogram images. Following diagnostic testing, results are read and interpreted at the hospital by board certified physicians who specialize in breast imaging. Patients can also count on the team at the Women's Institute of South Florida at Memorial Regional Hospital South, which includes exceptional board certified physicians who specialize in breast oncology, breast pathology and breast surgery. As part of the hospital's focus on women's care, it offers additional resources and expertise to meet the varied health needs of women in a compassionate, familyfriendly setting. Patients have access to educational resources, lectures, screenings

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and support groups in a comfortable, homelike environment. Health and wellness programs are focused on supporting women and families throughout their healthcare journeys. To learn more about the Women's Imaging Center at Memorial Regional Hospital South, call 954-518-5200. To schedule an appointment, call 954-276-5500.

Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park presents Marvin Dixon's All-White Comedy Show Extravaganza The City of Miramar proudly presents the â&#x20AC;&#x153;All-White Comedy Show Extravaganza,â&#x20AC;? starring Marvin Dixon, on Friday, June 26 at the Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park. Dixon has been performing and hosting comedy since 1994. He has appeared on HBO Def Comedy Jam, BET Comic View, Show Time at the Apollo and most recently "The Tom Joyner Sky Show." A former radio morning show host in Miami, he has performed many main-event shows, including Zo's Summer Groove, The Ray Lewis Foundation Annual Event and Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. The All-White Comedy Show Extravaganza contains adult content and is for mature audiences only. After the show, the party continues with the All-White After Party in the Miramar Banquet Hall. Comedians Damon Williams and Rayzor will also be performing that evening. Prices are $15 and $20 plus a $3 facility fee. Students, Miami-Dade and Broward County Employees get $2 off with valid I.D.

and groups of 10 or more get 10 % off. For tickets, call 954-602-4500, visit or stop by the box office located at 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025 at Red and Hiatus Roads. Box office hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and three hours prior to Showtime. The Miramar Cultural Center ArtsPark, in partnership with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, is a collaborative effort of many who share a fundamental commitment to the arts as essential to building a strong and vibrant community. The project is funded in part by Broward County through the Broward County Board of Commissioners with proceeds from 2000 Safe Parks & Land Preservation Bond. The Center also acknowledges the support of the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Life in the City BY BARI AUERBACH Summer Blockbusters This summer, you might be able to save on the price of movie tickets if you can catch some of these comedies, horrors and dramas being played out around town on any given day: “Angels & Demons”: Just ask any Aventura nanny and they’ll tell you the little angels they take care of would never do anything “devilish” like having a tantrum in the movie theater in the seat behind you while their mommy is calling on the cell phone to see how they’re doing. “Drag Me to Hell”: Husbands and boyfriends dragged along for shopping excursions at Aventura Mall deserve to be compensated…So ladies – maybe let them watch just a little bit of the game on a TV at Sears when football season starts. “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”: Some Aventura bartenders may think business is a

little slower in the summer – but the truth is a lot of guys would rather stay home than keep running into all their ex’s…Then again, “The Hangover” could mean reconciliation seemed like a really good idea at the time! “Land of the Lost”: If you’re experiencing a little bit of road rage, odds are you got lucky and landed behind one of the only lost snowbirds still going 20 miles per hour on Biscayne! “My Life in Ruins”: Nothing can ruin a day in Aventura like not being able to get an appointment with your favorite hair stylist…But since it’s summer, you’ll probably be able to get that blowout just in time for the thunderstorms to roll in! “Obsessed”: Some may say insisting on lush landscaping, meticulous streets, an excellent school, exceptional public safety and culturally enriching programs borders on being obsessed with perfection – but it doesn’t only happen in the movies – it’s life in the City of Aventura – very Oscar worthy!

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Bank Leumi USA Vice President Wanda Mazo answers questions about long-term banking relationships and stability in this challenging economic environment in South Florida BY LYNN CARROLL LC: In these turbulent Bank Leumi USA its stability?




In addition, our employees stay with us for many years. In fact, the average banker at Bank Leumi has been with us for at least 15 years. This consistency is not common in today's banking environment. Our Florida regional manger, Akiva Segal, has been with Bank Leumi for over 25 years and Richard Oleszewski, our senior commercial lender and Boca Raton manager, has been with us for more than 20 years.

WM: Bank Leumi was founded over 100 years ago and has had a presence in the United States since 1954. Bank Leumi USA ("BLUSA") has a long and successful operating history in both commercial lending and private banking. In fact, despite the economic environment we are all operating in, Bank Leumi is actively doing more new business and is interested in establishing new, long-term banking relationships with commercial and private wealth clients.

LC: What types of banking services does Bank Leumi USA p rovide?

LC: Bank Leumi USA is focused in four distinct geographic areas - New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago and South Florida. What's the advantage locally here in South Florida? WM: Leumi has been in South Florida for nearly 30 years. We have served this community and understand their corporate and private banking needs. Our team of experienced professionals is bi-lingual and some speak three languages, to better serve our clients. Many of our customers are the second or even third generation to bank with Leumi. In Aventura, we're centrally located, so our customers can reach us from the Miami area as well as Broward County. We are also located in Boca Raton. LC: What sets you apart from other South Florida banks?

WM: We are relationship-oriented. We really get to know our customers and feel that when they come on board, they're going to be with us for a long, long time. Also, our senior managers are within reach of our clients. They welcome the opportunity to meet with clients. Their door is always open.

WM: Bank Leumi has a significant private banking business headquartered in South Florida to better serve our clients throughout Latin America. Our private bankers and relationship managers speak many different languages to reflect the international scope of our client base. Traditional commercial banking services are available through our branches here in South Florida, including corporate and real estate lending, trade finance, online cash management and remote deposit capture products - to name a few. We encourage individuals or principal owners of commercial businesses to personally visit us or get to know our full range of products and services on our website at Bank Leumi USA is located in Aventura at One Turnberry Place, 19495 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 500, and in Boca Raton at 5295 Town Center Road.

City of Miami Gardens takes the national spotlight on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams The City of Miami Gardens is poised to have recently taken the national spotlight being featured in a recent news series called "What Works", during NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. NBC recognized that in just six short years, Miami Gardens has achieved successes that take other cities decades to achieve. NBC producers shared many reasons for their interest in the city. For example, Miami Gardens residents agreed to a property tax hike and then used the money to establish its own municipal police department with veteran officers from around the country. Since the inception of the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD), violent crime dropped 19 percent last year and continues to decline. Also of interest, city officials are cracking down on absentee landlords, targeting substandard housing and buying up foreclosed properties for rehab and resale. They are building community centers for young people and purchasing land to create more parks. Beautifying the city, creating more green space and making the city a safe place for people to live and do business are key elements to the success of Miami Gardens. NBC says that perhaps the city's most

noticeable success has been on the economic front. Since incorporation, Miami Gardens has attracted two new Wal-Marts, a number of bank chains, Office Depot, Family Dollar, Starbucks, Chili's and several major corporations, with a Mercedes-Benz dealership on the way. And its signature annual event, Jazz in the Gardens, has become a major tourist draw attracting 36,000 spectators from around the U.S. and the Caribbean in 2009 (a 34,000 attendance increase from its inaugural year, 2006). At the forefront of the NBC story is Mayor Shirley Gibson, the City of Miami Garden's first and only mayor. "I think it's a great honor for the City to be featured nationally, looking at our best practices and at how we have organized ourselves," stated Mayor Gibson. "Being featured on national news is truly a testament to the people of this city." An extended version of the story will run on For more information about the City of Miami Gardens, call Ula Zucker, Special Events & Media Coordinator at 305-622-8035 or Circle of One Marketing at 305-576-3790.

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Speak up Q: I have a question for you. My boyfriend of eight years is always masturbating, at least three times a week. I never say anything to him, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really driving me crazy because, I never say no to sex. It gets to the point where I have to ask for it. What can I do to stop this? A: I have a question for you: Why donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you say something Asking the question will not necessarily change anything, but at least it opens up the possibility. If he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that this bothers you, what incentive is there for him to change? Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no point in speculating why he masturbates instead of having sex with you when there is an answer that he could share with you. Now, if he refuses to talk about it, then you might want to consult a therapist, but until you at least try, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t blame him for the fact

that you are being driven crazy. Instead, blame yourself for remaining silent about an activity that bothers you. Q: I would like to know why every time a woman is in the kitchen, men seem to think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time for fondling. Being a woman of 42 with kids, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the last thing on my mind at the time. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s up with the man? A: While I understand that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re busy preparing a meal youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not particularly in the mood for being fondled, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe that your husband is expecting that, as a result, you are going to drop everything and have sex right there and then. Maybe heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just showing his gratitude to you for making him a delicious meal and believes that a good way to show this is to demonstrate how much heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attracted to you. When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re cooking, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sort of stuck in one spot, so he can get his arms around you. I wonder if you back away when he tries this at other times, so he waits to get this cuddling in when he has you â&#x20AC;&#x153;on the ropes,â&#x20AC;? so to speak. That you dislike this attention so much that you would write to me hints at the possibility that there is somthing wrong with your relationship. So examine your reaction to this more carefully, and see if it is part of a larger problem.

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Double Tree Ocean Point Resort & Spa hosts SpeedBiz with a view

Bob Cahn, AFLAC; Jamie Lindberg, Filene's Basement; Elena Solomon, Berman Chiropractic; Lenny Markus, Minuteman Press

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Double Tree Ocean Point Resortâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sales Manager Isabel Heredia, Catering Manager Terry Longo and Sales Coordinator Noemi Paulino with Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media Neal Zegans, The Toner Company; Marty Granoff, Granoff Enterprises; Dr. Michael Gilinsky, My Personal MD

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Aventura Marketing Council members recently gathered at Double Tree Ocean Point Resort & Spa for the Council's famed SpeedBiz program where members enjoyed a light breakfast while watching the beautiful sunrise from the resort's spacious waterfront meeting room on the mezzanine level before jumping into a round of Lightning Biz. "AMC's SpeedBiz / Lightning Biz program is a dynamic networking forum where members can exchange information in a one-on-one setting while establishing personal relationships with each participating member," says AMC Small Business Development Committee Chairman and Aventura Comm. Michael Stern of Stern Bloom Media. "New members find it easy to meet and develop relationships with existing members and all members are in constant communication with each other so when the need arises for a specific product or service, an AMC contact is readily available, following the guiding principal of AMC 'It's good business to do business with AMC members." SpeedBiz has proven effective time and time again as evidenced through the growing and ongoing return of so many participants. Members have exclaimed how they have forged long-term friendships and business relationships through a onetime SpeedBiz meeting. Others have commented that they have booked

appointments on the spot in the midst of a SpeedBiz rotation. Many receive calls after the meeting, some from secondary referrals. And then there's always the calls AMC receives in their office, "There was a guy wearing a green shirt, I think he's in the insurance business, do you know his name and how I can reach him?" Through the countless connections, the word has gotten out that SpeedBiz works! "SpeedBiz is most definitely an effective use of one's time spent networking and a wonderful tool for AMC members to create alliances and work with friends," says Eileen Glastein of Bnai Zion. The Doubletree Ocean Point Resort and Spa located at 17375 Collins Avenue on Sunny Isles Beach offers guests breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean amidst the splendid luxury of the resort itself. Among its many amenities the resort boasts a private beach, zero-entry beachside pool, stateof-the-art fitness center, world-class restaurant, spectacular meeting space and comprehensive guest services in addition to their famed European-style spa "Aquagene" where you leave feeling relaxed, revitalized and blissfully indulged. For more information about Double Tree Ocean Point Resort & Spa, call 786-528-2500 or visit To reach the Aventura Marketing Council, call 305-932-5334 or

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Denise Rubin, The Best of Aventura; Caryn Rae Robin, CafĂŠ A GoGo; Sarah Bender, Planet Beach

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My Success in the City of Excellence BY BENTON LAUNERTS As an avid reader of the Aventura News for the past fifteen years, it was a great honor to be invited to be a column writer for this great publication. While I only recently was able to officially call Aventura home via my new condominium residence, I have been calling Aventura home for many more years than that, beginning with my first job as Director of Valet and Transportation at Williams Island back in 1994. Prior to joining Williams Island, my work experience had always been in a “service” related industry (starting as a valet parker twenty years ago), but Williams Island is where I realized I truly enjoyed providing excellence for a living. After a wonderful six years on the Island I came across a new to the area valet parking company called Park One. Park One was from out of state and had just acquired another local company. I saw this as an opportunity to use my experience to help them shine and perhaps create a larger opportunity for myself. I was quickly hired as the Operations Manager and due to the solid client relationships I had built on Williams Island, I was able to bring over six of the Williams Island condominium towers as new clients to PK1. A short time later I was promoted to Director of Marketing and later as Vice

President where I enjoyed nine successful years of helping them grow the company. I am very proud to have been successful in helping that company double its size in just six short years. Aside from having a highly marketable product, I credit a lot of my personal success to the many friends I have made as clients and through networking l. Opportunities like these have allowed me to demonstrate my passion for consistent, excellent service and sincere relationships. As a result of these principles, over the years I have been able to create a personal reputation in the local community as someone who understand and cares about his clients and their needs. This reputation has afforded my most recent opportunity with Marksman Security Corporation where I recently joined on a partnership level as Vice President of Business Development. Marksman is a provider of first class security guards and front desk concierge service and I am excited about taking this company to a new level. Going forward in this column, I look forward to giving helpful advice and tips on achieving excellence in hospitality and public safety advice.

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There are growing signs of a fledgling recovery

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY Wall Street saw a gain of more than 200 points following one of the biggest bankruptcies in U.S. history as General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection. As a result, some financial forecasters believe that we’ll soon begin seeing the first solid signs of a possible nationwide economic recovery. Also, a key manufacturing index is finally showing signs of new growth for U.S. companies. However, the lagging housing markets still remain a critical part of the U.S. economy. Fortunately, the latest April sales figures from the National Association of Realtors show it’s picking up strength. For the third month in a row, existing home sales are showing positive gains. Existing home sales were up almost 7 percent from March — the biggest monthly gain in almost eight years. The good news also is hitting close to home. The Florida Association of Realtors

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Cooling hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause BY DR. RAMON FERRA

Gynecology and Obstetrics Mount Sinai Medical Center Mount Sinai Aventura For women, menopause is a normal part of aging that can be accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats. Dr. Ramon Ferra, who is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, shares his insights on hormone replacement therapy and how it can improve a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s quality of life. What is Hormone Replacement Therapy? It is the replacement of estrogen and progesterone that is normally produced by a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ovaries. The decline in hormones accompanies menopause, putting an end to menstruation and fertility. During menopause, women often experience hot flashes, night sweats, emotional instability, decreased libido, vaginal dryness and osteoporosis. Hormone replacement therapy can help relieve those symptoms. For women who undergo menopause naturally, estrogen is typically prescribed in combination with progestin to reduce the risk of uterine cancer. Women who undergo menopause as the result of a hysterectomy can take estrogen alone. What are the benefits? Estrogen is the most effective treatment to relieve hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. Hormone replacement therapy also has been shown to prevent the very real threat of osteoporosis. More women who have not received hormone replacement therapy suffer fractured hips than women who have received the therapy. Additionally, there is evidence that short-term hormone replacement therapy has cardiovascular benefits for women who begin the treatment while in their early- to mid-40s, as opposed to women who initiate the treatment later in life. However, more research exploring estrogen use and heart disease in younger postmenopausal women is underway to determine the validity of this evidence. What are the risks of this therapy? Minimal risks include a slight weight gain, nausea and darkening of skin areas in the face. Other risks include stroke, heart attack, blood clots and breast cancer. On the face of it, these risks appear very seri-


ous. However, if you take a group of menopausal women who have manageable health issues and are not taking hormones, the risk of their developing any of those illnesses is about 30 cases per 10,000 women. The risk goes up to 40 cases per 10,000 for women who are taking hormones. So, yes, there is a rise in the risk, but it is not astronomical. Am I a candidate for hormone replacement therapy? The best candidates are those who are beginning to feel the symptoms of menopause and have an active lifestyle with a minimum to no other health factors or risk factors for hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy is not recommended for women who have precancerous cells or have a strong family history of breast cancer. Women who are on multiple medications, have problems such as heart, lung, kidney or liver disease or have had previous episodes of thromboembolism also are not considered candidates. What types of hormone replacement therapy? Depending on a womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s menopausal symptoms and her medical history, she might take estrogen in the form of a pill, patch, vaginal cream, or slow-releasing vaginal suppository ring. Her doctor will help determine the best course of treatment to minimize the risk of side effects while maximizing the benefits of therapy. It also is important to be active and exercise while using the minimum dosage to control symptoms. Monthly breast exams and regular mammograms also are essential. Women who have a family history of breast cancer and experiencing minimal menopausal symptoms may consider vaginal cream, as the dosage is small and there is no need to apply it everyday, as would be the case with a pill. However, if she has ever had breast cancer herself, then even the cream would not be an option. How do I get started? The first step is to discuss your symptoms and your medical history with your doctor. From there, he or she can help you determine what type of therapy will safely help you experience the best quality of life possible during menopause. For more information or for a physician referral, please call 305-674-CARE (2273) or visit

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Building Blocks BY PATRICIA C. FRANK Remember when you were a child and played with blocks? Remember all of the different things you could build? The first and most important thing to build is your Self, your essence, your being, and your personality. Some of the building blocks available to you are; self-confidence, self-assurance, self-awareness, self-control, self-determination, self-discipline, self-expression, self-knowledge, self-reliance, self-respect, self-sufficiency, and self-improvement Of all of the building blocks, the building block that is most critical to your wellbeing is self-esteem. Esteem is the respect and regard you hold for someone or something because of their worth and value. Self-esteem comes from your core beliefs. It is a feeling that you have about yourself. Self-esteem is your opinion of who you are as a person and how you act and react to others. It is an expression of your confidence and satisfaction with your self. It is a recognition of your own worth. There is another version of self-esteem that you do not want build upon. That is low self-esteem. There is a simple way to

determine what block you have. When things go wrong you can externalize and blame the circumstances or you can internalize and blame your self. People who blame themselves have low self-esteem. They think that they are worthless and unlovable. Low self-esteem can be overcome. These feelings and beliefs come from improper and inaccurate thoughts. These thoughts can be revised and reprogrammed. Psychology focuses on the self and enhancing the self through treatment. Statistics show that psychotherapy does improve self-esteem. When you buy your children a set of building blocks make sure you include selfesteem. It is a special gift you can give your child. It is the gift that keeps on giving long after they stop playing with blocks. You do not give your child self-esteem by praising them disproportionately. Your child will develop it by achieving the goals you set and by performing within the guidelines you establish. It does not come from the outside. It comes from the inside, from the feelings they experience when they accomplish things. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212 308-0309.

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Smart cookie? BY BARI AUERBACH Experts weigh in on trendy cookie diets Trade meals for cookies, and lose weight it’s a dieter’s fantasy. The lesson here is portion control. But will results stick? According to Bodybuilding Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, promotions for allthe-rage “cookie diets” claim you can lose as much as 15 pounds a month on their programs. But before you decide to spend a lot of dough, here are some of the pros and cons associated with cookie diets a/k/a just plain “kooky!” Most people who have tried diet cookies concur they’re far from tasting as delicious as Mrs. Field’s or favorite Oreos. Even Dr. Sanford Siegal, inventor of the original diet cookie more than 30 years ago concedes, “I could have made the cookie taste much better, but I don’t want people to overeat them. That would defeat the whole purpose.” The basic concept of cookie diets including Dr. Siegal’s, Smart for Life, Hollywood Cookie and Soypal is to facilitate caloric restriction and portion control by replacing one or two meals a day with cookies. Then, like the Slimfast system, dieters are supposed to have a “sensible and nutritious” regular meal (usually for dinner). The cookie diets also share the key component of “hunger suppression” with special ingredients including protein, fiber and soy byproducts that can make you feel full. While advocates claim cookie dieters can benefit from learning the importance of eating small meals frequently throughout the day as well as maintaining calorie balance and portion control, some nutritionists agree people won’t stick with a very lowcalorie diet for very long. “It is not a portion-control message, but rather a quick-fix message that comes from these diets,” says James Hill, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Denver. “People go on a rapid weight loss diet and find they get

tired of it and then go back to eating the way they did before…The key is finding a way to eat and exercise that you can do forever.” So should you consider having chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies for lunch instead of a salad? Some of these testimonials may help you decide: “The eating habits I learned on the cookie diet are the best I can imagine. I eat absolutely no refined sugars any more, I eat high protein, lots of vegetables, and I learned to eat small meals through the day instead of three giant meals.” “My primary care doctor says I am in the best health she’s seen since I was 19 years old and it’s because of the weight loss. She’s referring her patients to the cookie diet because it’s actually healthy. I lost 58 lbs in 4 months and I’m not a diabetic anymore!” “On the cookie diet, I started craving actual food…It’s not so much the monotony of the cookie flavors, it’s that the textures are so boring – and at times bordering on unpleasant.” “I’m obsessing over what I can’t have already and I’ve only eaten five of my six cookies for day one. It’s a good thing I don’t have to stick with this long-term.” “I say eat right and exercise and you won’t have to pay someone $70 bucks a week to eat their cookies!”

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BMW 335d Sedan is a sporty diesel with a tax credit Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The German auto manufacturers are getting some pretty amazing results with their diesel technology, and BMW’s 335d Sport Sedan is just the latest example. With a 3.0-liter, 265 hp sequential twinturbo inline six-cylinder diesel engine under the hood, a powerplant that generates 425 pound-feet of torque, the 335d Sport Sedan rockets from 0 to 60 mph in six seconds flat. Yet, even with that kind of stellar performance, BMW claims the 335d Sedan is the most fuel efficient BMW ever sold in the United States, delivering 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Equally impressive is the fact that it will travel almost 600 miles on a single tank of diesel fuel. The 335d is a member of the BMW3 Series, which is made up of a collection of rear-wheel drive sedans (AWD is an option), coupes, convertibles and wag-

ons, all available with different engines and a broad range of options, including paddle shifters on the steering wheel and a six-speed automatic transmission. All models share mechanical components and compact exterior dimensions, though there are differences in body style or exterior design. The sedan is the best seller and most recognizable. It has the familiar BMW double-kidney shaped grill and clear covered double-beam headlights that wrap around the fenders and taper to a point. All BMW 3 Series cars come standard with automatic climate and headlight control, a climate-controlled center console, heated windshield washer nozzles, rain-sensing wipers, a power moonroof, 10-speaker AM/FM/CD and BMW’s selfbraking Dynamic Cruise Control. Wheel size varies from 16 to 18 inches and all offer a choice of aluminum or different types of wood interior trims, with vinyl upholstery and a six-speed manual transmission as standard. BMW’s sixspeed Steptronic automatic ($1,325) is optional on all models. Safety features include front-impact airbags that deploy at different rates depending on the severity of impact,

BMW 335d Sedan has familiar double kidney-shaped grill and clear-covered double-beam headlights that wrap around the fenders and taper to a point.

front passenger side-impact airbags and full-cabin curtain-type head protection airbags. Active safety features, designed to help the driver avoid collisions, include Dynamic Stability Control and the latest generation antilock brakes. The ABS preloads the brake pedal when the driver suddenly lifts off the gas pedal, and includes a feature that sweeps the brake discs dry every 1.5 seconds when it’s raining. All models in the 3 Series are keyed on delivering a sport driving experience, with precise handling response and crisp braking capability. Even so, the 335d qual-

ifies for the Burn Technology Motor Vehicle Tax Credit because it uses significantly less fuel and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions. That means you get “the ultimate driving experience” and, at the same time, qualify for up to $900 in federal tax credits. Base price on the 2009 BMW335d Sport Sedan is $43,900.

Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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Planning the perfect family vacation ASTA travel agents provide tips, suggestions for stress-free family fun BY DAVID GEDANSKY Planning a family vacation that will make everyone happy is a daunting task, especially when all the travel planning falls on you. But it is obtainable, as long as you know what your family enjoys and what travel options you have at your disposal. Before planning your family’s next vacation, check out this advice from ASTA: • Planning Makes Perfect. At the heart of every good, stress-free vacation experience is the perfect plan. If you want one your entire family will love, then get them involved. The more input you get from each family member, the better. Your children may surprise you with some of things they suggest to do on vacation. If the destination or activity is already set, have your kids research online or at the library for exciting things to do while you’re all there. • Setting Your Sights. Deciding where to go and how much to spend are top priorities. Consider your budget, timeframe and expectations. Are beaches calling your name? How about something in the park variety, be it an amusement, theme, water or National one? Is international travel in

your future? Family friendly cruise or resort? • Find a Family Specialist. Many travel agents specialize in family travel. They can tell you which cruise line offer the best teen experience, which resort has the most options for pre-schoolers and what cities have the most family-oriented entertainment and activities. Leave the planning to them, while you take care of the packing. • Family Employment. Once the family plan is in place, keep your kids involved by putting them in charge of at least one aspect of the trip. If they’re good with maps, make them the navigator. Do they have an eye for photos? Make them the official vacation photographer. They will enjoy the responsibility of the project and the trust you give them to accomplish it. Regardless of travel plans, using a professional ASTA travel agent can save time and money. For information, visit There, consumers not only can find travel tips and advice. Travel Leaders at 20801 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 306, Aventura or phone 305-935-5560 or email or visit us on the web

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