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June 23 - 29, 2010

Miami Dolphins Foundation kicks off 2010 Fins Weekend at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

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he Miami Dolphins Foundation recently kicked off its largest annual event, Fins Weekend, featuring current players and alumni at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club . The threeday event featured an exciting weekend of golf, fishing and celebrities, raising over $600,000 for the Miami Dolphins Foundation whose mission is devoted to providing and supporting signature education, health, youth athletic programs and volunteer activities that inspire and engage communities throughout Florida. The festivities began on Thursday, June 3rd with the Fins Weekend Kick-Off event, the Pairings Party and Team Awards Ceremony presented by Sun Life Financial at The Fairmont. The entire squad was present and highlighting the announcement of the team award winners for 2009. Strong safety Yeremiah Bell, fullback Lousaka Polite and running back Ricky Williams carried home the impres-

Sun Life Financial Sr. VP and Head of Marketing Priscilla S. Brown with Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee

Dick Anderson, Jake Scott, Stephen Ross, Bill Stanfill, Bob Griese and Nat Moore

sive hardware for the Don Shula Leadership Award, Nat Moore Community Service Award and Dan Marino Most Valuable. Bell was a co-winner along with outside linebacker Jason Taylor. The next morning, Dolphins players and alumni hit the greens at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s award-winning golf course for the Fins Weekend Golf Tournament presented by Hublot. Shortly after the sun rose over the putting green and driving range, beads of sweat began to rapidly appear on the foreheads of current and former Dolphins players and their amateur partners. As it turned out, the only person hotter than the weather was Dan Galbraith of Tampa on the 11th hole as he scored a

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Miami Dolphins legend Dan Marino presents the Dan Marino Most Valuable Player Award to running back Ricky Williams

Jim Mandich, Joe Rose and Jimmy Cefalo


Around Town in Aventura Citibank Aventura... let us count the reasons for celebration

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Enjoying dinner in the magnificent private dining room of Bourbon Steak located in The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club, team members from Citibank Aventura were celebrating all sorts of good news. First and foremost, they celebrated being recognized as the #1 branch in sales in the entire state during the first quarter of 2010. Five “Citistars” (only the top 2% of employees nationwide are recognized) were Jeymi Medrano (Personal Banker), Sophia Stewart (Assistant Branch Manager), Bianca Valverde (Personal Banker), Marilyn Parsotan (Universal Banker), Paola Lobato (Branch Manager- who also received an additional award for being one of the top three employees in the nation. In addition, several anniversaries with Citibank were being celebrated: Nicole Sinanan (5 yrs.); Jeymi Medrano (10 yrs.) and Giancarlo Lovo (5 yrs.). And then there were the promotions: Marbel Ugando from Personal Banker to Investment Consultant, Elvira Reyes promoted to Lead Teller and Anthony Leon promoted to Personal Banker from Service Officer. If that weren’t enough, Citibank passed their annual audit in May with the highest rating. For more information, call Citibank Aventura Branch Manager/Vice President Paola Lobato at 305-705-1062.

Aventura Marketing Council Technology Committee in Action

Girls will be girls!

David Thompson, Cue Learning Center; Maiko Del Bel, Eric Beck and Steve Goitia, IT Doctors; Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Each month, AMC Technology Committee Chairman Eric Beck and his partners from IT Doctors meet at Cue Learning Center (formerly known as IMACS) to provide valuable money and timesaving information to members of the Aventura Marketing Council. Timely topics are chosen each month, but there’s always enough time to have the members ask specific questions of the ‘tech team’ and receive free advice from the entire team at IT Doctors, including partners Eric Beck, Steve Goitia and Maiko Del Bel . Beck noted, “I really enjoy hearing from the members how much they learn from these meetings!” For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council, visit aventuramarketingcouncil.com

Elliot Kalus, Hebrew Homes Foundation; Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation; Arthur Barr, Barr & Associates; Madelyn Fradkin, Mobile Assistant Direct

Shari Kwitney, Shari’s Creations; Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist; Cheyenne Chernov, Juice Plus; Linda Manzini, Caring Home Care; Lori Fein, Prudential Florida Realty –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Larry Goldenberg, Allstate; David Kroner, Wells Fargo Advisors; Lance Detotto, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

Off to see Sex and the City 2, the girls stopped off at Racks Italian Bistro in the Intracoastal Mall for a quick bite to eat and a little celebration! And what’s sexier than Carrie Bradshaw’s infamous Cosmo? Well, how ‘bout a cake to go with it from Shari’s Creations?! These girls know how to network in and with style…


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Wanderings & Ponderings Commitment

minute they have asked for a commitment, it hit a nerve in his brain and he figuratively ran away. He met Julie, who also had been divorced, Gus has decided that when it comes to had a grown daughter living in another state and women, he can’t figure them out. He’s in his seemed compatible to his ways and thinking. 50s, has been married, divorced, the father of They got along very well, connected beautifully two grown children successful in business and is with their ideas enjoyed doing things together probably by his own estimate, a pretty good even found themselves physically compatible. social catch. In the past there have been a few She didn’t seem to mind that he took over where they went or did, didn’t seem bothwomen in his life. He likes been with ered by his planning who they should women and having what could be see. He was bothered a lot that she called a relationship. Sometimes his still spoke to ex-boyfriends when interpretation of same differed with they ran into them. It brought on jealthe lady of the moment. ousy that almost overwhelmed him. He likes to get pretty involved with When he finally spoke to her about the latest love concentrating comhow he felt, she told him that they pletely on the relationship almost to really weren’t committed to one the point of stifling what they have. another and he had no right to tell her Maybe somewhat possessive could be Palmer the word. Likes to plan just about ––––Dan –––––––––– what to do about these exes. As soon as Julie mentioned the everything they do and how. The only trouble he has found is that after a word “commitment” he made it clear that in the while the woman involved seems to get a bit past when one of the women mentioned it, he litdemanding. His life consists of working at his erally ran away. Julie told him that that was his business and helping (he thinks) the directions thinking not hers. This bothered Gus because his his children are going. They are his two priori- feelings for Julie were stronger than others in the ties. The fact that his love of the moment might past. The more he thought about it the more logfeel left out makes him wonder how she got that ical that a commitment to Julie was maybe just idea. It doesn’t bother him more when he has what he needed to strengthen his bonds to her. He took her to his favorite restaurant where gone so far out as to pretty much taken over the direction of this relationship, the party involved he told her that perhaps they should share a comhas often told him that she wants a commitment mitment to each other. Julie looked at him from him if he wants to do the directing. The smiled... and ran away.

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Miami Dolphins Foundation kicks off 2010 Fins Weekend Continued from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– hole in one. Galbraith won a three-year lease on a fully loaded Ford Taurus for his effort. He made the hole in one with a five iron and was playing in the Cintas Corporation Group with former Dolphins offensive lineman Keith Sims. The winning team on the Soffer Course was the PGA National Resort and Spa with a net score of 54 paced by Mark Odom, Chris Berry, Robbie Slavonia and Dolphins linebacker A.J. Edds. The winning team on the Miller Course was Nova Athletics with a net score of 52 with Michael Mominey, Tony Segreto. Jack Paltani and Dolphins linebacker Austin Spitler. Later that evening, golf and fishing tournament participants came together for the

popular Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party at the Miami Beach Marina, which featured a live and silent auction and entertainment. On Saturday morning, amateur and professional anglers met at the Miami Beach Marina for the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament presented by eDiets.com. Wound Up, Captained by John Louie Dudas, defeated defending champion Anejo by 14.4 pounds in taking top prize. Over 300 anglers departed from the Miami Beach Marina and 23 boats participated in the official weigh-in Saturday afternoon.

For details on the Miami Dolphins Foundation, visit MiamiDolphins.com

Pictured (l-r) are Dan Marino Most Valuable Player Award Winner Running Back Ricky Williams, Nat Moore Community Service Award Winner Fullback Lousaka Polite and Don Shula Leadership Award Winner Safety Yeremiah Bell

Upper left: Golf trick shot artist Dick Boever; Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee; Dolphins ViceChairman / Partner Jorge Perez Left: Miami Dolphins cheerleaders show off Hublot watches

Above: Miami Dolphins Sr. Director Eric Knowles, Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb and Ron Book, Esq.


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The Hero at Little Round Top

Bob Diamond HISTORICALLY YOURS Inside every man is a little boy who dreams of emulating his hero. Mine is a most unlikely figure - Joshua L. Chamberlain, a humanities professor at Bowdoin College. The turning point of the Civil War was Gettysburg. It was there that Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, with 70,000 men, hoped to defeat the Union forces, led by Gen. George Mead, and force a negotiated end to the war. Chamberlain served as volunteer colonel of the 20th Maine Division. The two armies faced each other on July 1, 1863 with the Union forces holding the high ground. Union Gen. Sickles commanded the extreme left flank on Little Round Top with instructions not to leave that position. Sickles disobeyed orders, moved his troops to the front line, thus exposing the entire rear of the Union forces to the cannons of the nearby 1st Alabama Regiment. Chamberlain, approaching Gettysburg with his soldiers, was instructed

to rush to Little Round Top and defend it at all costs. Chamberlain asked for additional ammunition. None was available. Led by Chamberlain, the Maine Division successfully repulsed five attacks up Little Round Top by the courageous Alabama troops. A final, massive attack was to come the following morning. Exhausted, with little ammunition, the Maine soldiers were facing certain death. As the Alabama forces renewed their attack, Chamberlain did the unexpected. He ordered his men to fix bayonets and charge down the hill into the face of the enemy, yelling while firing their remaining bullets. The Alabama troops were caught dumb struck, retreated and captured, with a total Union victory. Chamberlain was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Chamberlain continued leading his troops in numerous battles and at the Assault on Petersburg in 1804, was promoted to Brigadier General on the spot by Gen. Grant, then carried to the rear with his testicles shot off. The doctor declared that he would soon die of the wounds. The doctor was almost right; he died of those wounds 50 years later, after officially receiving the surrender of Lee at Appomattox, serving as President of Bowdoin and Governor of Maine.

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Bourbon Steak delights taste buds with new summer value menu

Bourbon Steak at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club is delighting taste buds yet again with the addition of a three-course Chef’s Market menu this summer. From now through July 31st, enjoy seasonal creations by Executive Chef Gabriel Fenton as well as several dishes new to Michael Mina’s acclaimed dinner menu for $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For starters, choose between a *spring asparagus soup with a poached farm egg, Meyer lemon and crispy prosciutto; hamachi sashimi served over a spicy Thai green papaya salad; Hawaiian blue prawn scampi with hand-rolled linguini pasta and green garlic; or an organic mixed greens salad. Main entrees are fired up on the

restaurant’s wood burning grill and include a choice of either the glazed beef short rib with celery root puree, baby vegetables and périgouridine sauce; Alaskan halibut accompanied by a fava bean puree, sautéed pea tendrils and sweet corn; a grilled chicken breast with a leg confit and sherry vinaigrette; or grilled lamb loin with fresh gar-

banzo beans, piquillo romesco and crispy panisse ($10 additional supplement for this entree.) A long list of decadent dessert options concludes the memorable experience. Menu is subject to change. Don’t forget to also check out Raise Your Spirits social hour with half-priced signature cocktails on Mondays through Fridays, the ever-popular Bourbon & Blues nights on Wednesdays showcasing some of the top blues band performers around, and Wine Travels with our sommelier on Tuesdays through Fridays. Valet parking is complimentary with dinner. Bourbon Steak is open Monday through Saturday. For more information and to make a reservation, call 786-279-6600 or visit bourbonsteakmiami.com

Avi Hof fman perf orms ‘Too Jewish?’ and ‘Too Jewish,Too!’ a t Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Award-winning performer Avi Hoffman will infuse the new Aventura Arts & Cultural Center with the laughter, music and comedy routines that entertained generations of audiences in theatrical venues ranging from Yiddish Vaudeville houses to Catskills retreats to Carnegie Hall. In a repertory presentation of performances of the shows Hoffman has made famous through national PBS specials, Too Jewish? and Too Jewish, Too! will be presented at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center Fri., July 9th through Sun., July 19th. The New York Post declared, “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Too Jewish?’” The highly acclaimed Off-Broadway hit Too Jewish? features Hoffman recounting the humor, music and warmth of his family’s immigrant background and the culture in which he was raised. Too Jewish, Too! recreates and rediscovers the wonderful music and comedy of the biggest Jewish stars of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s such as Henny Youngman, Milton Berle, The Marx Brothers, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Brooks and Woody Allen

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as well as headliners at the great hotels and resorts of the period including the likes of the great Mickey Katz, Myron Cohen, Allan Sherman and Joe E. Lewis. For his performances in these audience favorites, Hoffman received the prestigious

Los Angeles Ovation Award as Best Actor in a Musical, NY Magazine’s Performer of the Year Award and was nominated for both the NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. The shows are a presentation of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which manages the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, a 14,864-square-foot, 324seat waterfront complex that will host performing arts, cultural and educational programming for all ages. The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 N.E. 188 Street in Aventura. Too Jewish? will be performed Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m.; Sat., July 10 at 2 p.m.; Fri., July 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sat., July 17 at 2 p.m.. Too Jewish Too! will be performed Sat., July 10 at 8 p.m.; Sun., July 11 at 2 p.m.; Sat., July 17 at 8 p.m.; and Sun., July 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets for individual shows are $30. Tickets purchased for both productions are $25 each. Tickets and group discounts are available by calling 954-462-0222 or select a seat on-line at aventuracenter.org

How to plan for a hurricane A special ‘Caring for the Caregivers’ seminar at Aventura Hospital Hurricane season is officially underway, and experts predict an active season, with approximately 15 named storms, including eight hurricanes. While patterns may change, the staff at Aventura Hospital believe it is important to always be prepared, especially when others depend upon you for support. The “Caring for the Caregivers” seminar series was established in 2009 to provide useful resources and information for adults serving as caregivers for loved ones. In preparation for hurricane season, Aventura Hospital will host a special “Caring for the Caregivers” seminar about “How to Plan for a Hurricane” on Thursday, June 25th from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at 21110 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 101. Julissa Moreira, CHSP, Disaster/ Emergency Preparedness, will share her expertise to help you develop a solid plan to protect you and your loved ones before, during, and after a hurricane strikes. Heather Katz, RD, LD/N, CDE, Operations and Clinical Nutrition Manager, will then present useful ways to “Keep Food Safe During a Hurricane”. This special program is free and open to the community. Lunch will be served, and complimentary parking is available. To learn more about this program and to register for the event, call 1888-256-7692.


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‘Thief Thief Stop Thief’

Patricia C.Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING A thief is someone who steals something from you. It may be an open act or it may occur in secret. So, you may not realize it at first, until it becomes obvious that something is missing. When you discover the loss your heart wants to cry out; “Thief Thief Stop Thief !” “You are stealing my loved one from me.” The thief is Dementia. It steals their mind, and their identity. It steals their memories and in doing so it steals your shared memories. It steals their ability to reason and understand. It steals their personality. They become agitated. They repeat things and ask the same questions frequently. They become Paranoid. When they cannot find something they think it has been stolen and they accuse others of taking it. If you share a happy memory they may deny it ever happened. They develop a negative,

hostile attitude that is difficult to be around and to cope with. They have no mental sensor to inhibit nasty remarks. Sometimes, they cannot control their anger and frustration and they strike out at whatever or whoever is near-by. Dementia steals from them and it steals from you. It is relentless it never lets up. It is the emotional changes that seem to hurt the most. The loss is compounded because what the thief steals is irretrievable and irreplaceable. When a loved one exhibits diminished mental capacity you have to remind yourself that it is a disease. They cannot help it. They have lost control. Dementia is slowly stealing their essence and their spirit. Watching someone’s spirit wither is frightening and sad. You mourn for them and you mourn for yourself. You feel so helpless because you do not have the power to reverse it or to make things all right again Do the best you can. You will need to find ways to lessen your suffering and ways to cope. You will need to find ways to calm and reassure yourself.

Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

How’s Your Mother? At the entrance to Williams Island, you’ll find Imperial Club - Aventura’s only full service retirement community that offers both independent and assisted living. Our residents enjoy great amenities - like three delicious meals a day, weekly housekeeping, transportation services, 24-hour staffing and a great social program with all sorts of activities and events. Everything is included in the monthly rent and there is no “buy-in” or endowment fee.

For more information call (305) 206-4140 or go to www.imperial-living.com

2751 NE 183rd Street, Aventura, Florida 33160


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Elite BEAT

G&D Developers Principal Fernando Levy Hara starts new venture

BY LYNN CARROLL

PROVACATIVE QUESTIONS FOR PROVATIVE PEOPLE LC: G&D Developers’ One Av e n t u ra Executive Center has quickly become a local landmark. With development slowed down, what are you doing these days? FLH: About a year ago I started doing acquisitions of distressed commercial real estate. There are a lot of projects with 60% or 70% of units vacant. Either they had not sold or buyers who bought during preconstruction didn’t close. These developers cannot repay their construction loans. I’m not interested in taking them to court; we do parallel negotiations with the bank and the developer.

L C : Ho w d o y o u d i s p o s e o f t h e u n i t s y o u a c q u i re ? FLH: That’s the second part of our business strategy. We go to South America and Europe and sell the units to individual investors who want to have cash flow. They are buying at 50% of the 2005 price –– and

Biscayne Institutes receives surgeon general’s innovation award BY LYNN CARROLL

The Aventura-based Biscayne Institutes of Health & Living is among 20 recipients statewide of the first series of Health Development & Innovation awards given by the Florida State Surgeon General. The awards were created last year by Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, who is Florida’s first surgeon general. “The awards,” Dr. Viamonte Ros said, “honor the impressive efforts made in communities throughout the state to assist Floridians in achieving better health.” Other winners in the area included the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Nova Southeastern University Geriatric Center. Dr. Marie A. DiCowden, a nationally known healthcare psychologist and founder and program director for the Biscayne Institutes of Health & Living, a HealthCare Community program, says Biscayne Institutes won the award for its work in the development of programs that reduce risk and provide chronic care in the rehabilitation of individuals with the kinds of disabilities. “In addition to programs designed to pro-

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vide both schooling and daily rehabilitation services for children from 5-21 years of age with disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, congenital neurological disorders, strokes, learning disorders and hemi-paralysis” she says, “we have specialty programs for adults with pain; geriatric patients with memory problems, dementia and Alzheimers; and integrative care, including allopathic, behavioral health and complementary/alternative care, that is available to the public even those who do not have a disability, to name a few. Biscayne Institutes accepts Medicare and Medicaid for children and most major insurances with the exception of HMOs and uses a sliding scale for self-pay individuals. It participates in the Florida Scholarship Opportunity program, and accepts John McKay scholarships for children with varying exceptionalities and disabilities. Admissions are quarterly and require an interview. For more information on enrollment in the program or additional information on the Biscayne Institutes, call 305-932-8994 or visit biscayneinstitutes.org

even more important, they are buying at 30% less than the cost of building that unit today. In three to five years, they will be able to sell it at a reasonable historical price.

L C : H o w d o e s y o u r n e w v e n t u re, M c K a f k a G rou p , f i t i n t o t h i s? FLH: McKafka Group is a joint venture with Stephan Gietl, an Austrian developer who built the biggest shopping center in Prague 10 years ago. Since the Iron Curtain came down, Prague has become one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, so that project became very successful. He sold it last year and he is coming to invest those funds in the U.S. because he trusts in the future of the American economy. This interest among European and South American investors in distressed real estate in the U.S. is the reason the market in South Florida is recovering much faster than in other places in the country.

L C : Wh a t is d riv in g tha t inte r na tio na l i n t e re st ? FLH: First of all, U.S. self-esteem may be very low right now, but people from other countries know it’s still the biggest economy in the world. So people in the rest of the world always want to have real estate in the U.S. –– particularly in Florida. This is the only time in history when they can buy cheaper in Miami than in Buenos Aires, say, or any city of Eastern Europe. Second, for Latin Americans of the middle and upper classes, Miami and Orlando are where they take their vacations every year. Also, the U.S. has a very transparent legal system. Taking your money out is easier, because it’s more regulated than in many countries.

McKafka Development Group is located at One Aventura Executive Center, 20900 NE 30th Ave., Suite 318. For information, call 305-466-4243 or mckafka.com

95th Hadassah National Convention to be held at Westin Diplomat BY LYNN CARROLL

Updates on the work being done at Hadassah’s hospitals and schools, Young Judaea and Youth Aliyah, as well as presentations by experts on the challenges Israel faces today are on the agenda at the forthcoming 95th Hadassah National Convention, scheduled for July 25th through 28th at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. At the event, called “360 Degrees of Innovation: Hadassah and Israel,” organizers say sessions are designed to offer a combination of learning, networking and fun. Dan Senor, co-author of the New York Times bestseller “Start Up Nation: The Story of Israel’s Economic Miracle,” will serve as keynote speaker, and will also moderate a separate session on Israel’s unprecedented entrepreneurial success. Others speakers who are expected to attend include Dr. Einat Zisman, CEO of Hadasit, who is to talk about innovations in

medicine; Mark Regev, acting as spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who plans to discuss his book “Kosher Sex.” Specific topics on the agenda include “The World vs. Israel,” on the Israeli nation’s policy of boarding ships that challenge its decision to maintain a blockade around Gaza, and “The De-Legitimization Challenge,” on confronting international protests and claims against Israel. Other featured speakers are to include Gidi Grinstein, founder and president of the Reut Institute; Gil Troy, history professor at McGill University and author of “Why I am a Zionist: Israel, Jewish Identity and the Challenges of Today;” Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, and Dr. Tamar Sella of Hadassah’s Breast Imaging Center. For more information and details on the 95th Hadassah National Convention, visit Hadassah.org online. To request a convention registration information kit be mailed to you, visit convention@hadassah.org


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Miami Dolphins Foundation kicks off 2010 Fins Weekend

(L-R) Priscilla S. Brown, Sun Life Financial Sr. VP and Head of Marketing; Nat Moore Community Service Award Winner Fullback Lousaka Polite; Julie DiCarlo, Sun Life Financial Ass’t VP, Communications; Dan Marino Most Valuable Player Award Winner Running Back Ricky Williams; Sun Life Financial Dir. of Advertising Sally Bray; Don Shula Leadership Award Winner Safety Yeremiah Bell

Miami Dolphins legend Jim Mandich and Dolphins and college teammates, safety Jake Scott and defensive end Bill Stanfill will become the 19th and 20th members to be inducted into the Dolphin Honor Roll during halftime ceremonies of the team’s game against the Chicago Bears on Thursday, November 18 at Sun Life Stadium

Stephen Ross signs autograph for fan

Dolphins Cheerleaders scan golf pairing board

Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess

Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb with Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jake Long


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at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

Rick Horrow, Tony Segreto, Eddie Carbone

Dolphins players Patrick Turner, Kory Sheets, Yeremiah Bell and Channing Crowder

Miami Dolphins Sr. VP -Corporate Partnerships and Integrated Media Jim Rushton; Fins Weekend Chairman Jeff Peck; Chairman of the Board / Managing General Partner Stephen Ross 2010 Members Dolphins Honor Roll Bill Stanfill, Owner Stephen Ross, Jake Scott

Fullback Lousaka Polite receives the Nat Moore Community Service Award from Nat Moore Miami Dolphins legend Bob Griese presents Yeremiah Bell with the Don Shula Leadership Award

Miami Dolphins Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan with wife Kathy


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Prepare Your Trees for Hurricane Season BY PETE LUCADANO Certified Arborist – Lukes-Sawgrass Landscape

With hurricane season upon is, it is important that we take action to assure that our trees can survive the inevitable, tropical winds. By taking the correct tree pruning action prior to our first storm, your actions can protect your landscape, keep your cars and buildings from being damaged and perhaps even save a life. The following are the recommended steps that you can take to prepare your trees to “face the storm” with success: Hire a Certified Arborist. All of the following helpful tips are predicated upon a qualified diagnosis and proper pruning practices, none of which should happen without the competency of a Certified Arborist. Make sure that you ask to see credentials and insurance information to assure that you are speaking with an insured, licensed arborist before moving on to the next steps. Identify Hazard Trees & Tree Limbs. Asking your Arborist to perform an inspection of the trees on property will allow you to identify any potential hazards on your property. Issues such as included bark, diseased or damaged tree limbs, or questionable anchorage of existing trees are issues that may warrant corrective tree pruning or tree removal to resolve. Have Crown-Cleaning Performed to Your

Hardwood Trees. By performing crown–cleaning, all dead wood, hazards and mistletoe can be removed to improve the health of your trees. Have Crown-Thinning Performed to Your Hardwood Trees. By performing crownthinning, your trees will allow both light flow and air flow through the canopies. Proper air flow is essential in allowing the tree to “give” in strong winds, as opposed to the “umbrella effect” (much like high winds can lift and tear an umbrella out of your hands in high winds, so will they do to a tree from the ground that does not allow air to pass through the canopies. Remove Brown or Damaged Fronds from Your Palm Trees. Have your palm trees pruned to assure that the dead or diseased fronds are remove. Brown fronds can easily rip off in high winds to become harmful projectiles. Boot Your Palm Trees. Removing the boots of your palm trees (dead portion of the trees under the palms that is a result of previous pruning) will prevent these small pieces of debris from becoming high-powered projectiles in the event of high winds. After the devastation related to the hurricanes that we experienced in 2004, it was absolute fact that a majority of the trees that had been pruned according to the standards provided in this article survived the repeated, intense winds associated with multiple storms. As you consider performing these proactive tree pruning steps, remember the words of the late Coach John Wooden: “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

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A conversation… BY SUSAN BRADEY

Over the last several years I have spoken with hundreds of daughters, all with a similar themeWhat am I going to do with Mom? Am I a therapist? Sometimes. A shoulder to cry on? Definitely. An expert in my field? Yes. My name is Susan and I work in the ever expanding field of assisted living. Actually I work and live right here in Aventura, and you may be one of the daughters I’ve spoken with. Well enough of that. The reason I am here is to help...each one of us knows someone who has struggled with caring for an elder family member. It’s tough and there is no guide book to follow- oh sure there are plenty of websites and the like, but until you’re faced with it- who thinks about this topic, really? It’s not the most fun thing in the world, is it? There many factors to consider when planning for assisted living-maybe Mom can stay in her home with help coming in or maybe she can live with a family member. Recently I have had conversations with a family who lives in NY. Mom lives here on

her own in a condominium. Mom has had a couple of falls- one time she spent 14 hours on the floor before a neighbor checked and found her. After a couple stays in the hospital- Mom is back home. The family decided not to “push” Mom into making a move to a safer environment. But why? You wouldn’t leave a child home alone when you know she isn’t safe- why is it so different with Mom? Think of this- the earlier you make a plan and face facts the better off everyone will be; Mom, you and your family. Families need to be strong enough to make these difficult decisions before it’s too late. I often find myself coaching these daughters and families- and asking the question “...Did Mom ever make you do anything you didn’t want to do? Like going to camp or participating a school activity or doing your home work? Well was it the best thing for you? ...” Have these discussions early with your loved ones, get them involved in the process, don’t wait and don’t ignore it. Give them the safety and comfort and respect they deserve. And, who knows? You just might feel better yourself. Susan Braley has worked in Senior Living for over seven years and is currently the Marketing Director at the Imperial Club Retirement Community in Aventura. She can be reached at 305-935-1801.

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Basketball’s finest to teach All-Star Basketball Camp at Michael-Ann Russell JCC, Aug. 9 - 12

Kids can already hear the swoosh of the baskets from their favorite players who will be participating in the All Star Basketball Camp at the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center in North Miami Beach, August 9th – 12th. NBA greats Tim Hardaway, Glen Rice, Dennis Rodman, Kenny Anderson, George McCloud, Eric Williams and special invited guests Eddie Jones and Mitch Richmond will interact and teach boys and girls ages 8 -17 years old the game of basketball including ball handling, triple threat, post moves, E r i c Williams Geo rg e M cClo u d Ti m H a r d a w a y Jenny Anderson De n ni s Ro dma n rebounding, court spacing, passing and how important it is to work as a team. For registration information, contact Chris Moltmann at This interactive camp teaches fundamental basketball August 9th though 12th and kids will receive lunch daily, skills, sportsmanship and team concepts. The All-Star camp shirts, certificates, photographs, autographs, and 305-932-4200 ext 193 or visit marjcc.org For more Information on the All Star Basketball Camp emphasis is the importance of maintain- awards ceremony. Boys and girls ages 8 to17 are welcome. Fees for JCC members are $250 and non-JCC members Basketball Camp, contact Jon Hirsch at 305-978ing a positive attitude. 9433 or all-starbasketballcamp.com All-Star Basketball Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on $375 for this All-Star experience.

Growing Any Lab Test Now expands Prominet neurosurgeon joins Memorial to better serve Aventura area Healthcare System’s Neuroscience Center

ly only have access to basic tests. “We’re in the information age,” he Whether it’s related to employment, says, “and people want to have more legal requirements or monitoring health, comprehensive information about their a convenient consumer-direct laboratory health.” Frequent customer for individuals and businesses concerns, Cuenca alike is closer to Aventura says, call for tests not than ever at Any Lab Test usually ordered by Now’s new location, 1744 NE insurance companies. Miami Gardens Drive, North “Examples,” he Miami Beach. says, “are tests for “Any Lab Test Now is a food allergies, horhealthcare lab-testing compamone levels and VAP ny offering thousands of medcholesterol levels, ical tests in a professional and which are used by cost-effective way,” says cardiologists to Conan Cuenca, who oversees detect heart disease the company’s business develas early as adolesopment. “Our recent expanConan Cuenca cence.” sion is a clear indication of –––––––––––––––––––––– Any Lab Test demand for our services.” “You don’t need a doctor’s order and Now’s business-to-business component can have any tests you want,” he says. includes pre-employment drug-use and “The results are private. We’re set up like background tests. a boutique, not a clinic. No appointment “In pricing and customer service,” says or prescription is required. We’re confi- Cuenca, “we’re second to none. We can dential and anonymous.” compete on price for any small or mediMost clients are in and out in ten min- um-sized business in the area. And we utes, he says. can do court-admissible testing for attor“On average,” Cuenca says, “results neys and immigration lawyers. We have are ready in 24 to 48 hours.” an extremely broad customer base.” Using traditional medical- and insuranceFor more information, call 305-949industry channels, he says, people common- 1559 or visit anylabtestnow.com BY LYNN CARROLL

A leading expert in the field of neurological monographs, as well as participated in numersurgery, Linda Sternau, M.D., has joined ous juried or refereed journal articles and exhiMemorial Healthcare System’s Neuroscience bitions. She has completed more than 50 scienCenter. In her new role, Dr. tific presentations, published Sternau will provide her neuronearly 20 abstracts and consurgical expertise in caring for ducted funded research on pituitary tumors, brain tumors, cerebral ischemia and human spinal tumors and tumors of the brain temperature following skull base and visual pathways. head injury. In addition, Dr. Sternau will Throughout her career, Dr. be part of the hospital’s level l Sternau has received numerTrauma Center – one of only ous honors and awards, seven medical facilities including recognition as a statewide that is qualified to Woman of Vision honoree by treat the most severe, lifethe Weizmann Institute of threatening injuries. Her colScience, South Florida leagues on the neuroscience region, and in the directory of team include Drs. Greg Top Doctors of America for Zorman, Luis Rodriguez, Neurological Surgery. Linda Sternau, M.D. Alexander Poisik, Hoang Duong Dr. Sternau holds a bache–––––––––––––––––– lor of arts degree from Sarah and James Jaffe. Before joining Memorial Healthcare System, Lawrence College and did postgraduate studDr. Sternau had been Chief of Neurosurgery at ies in biochemistry at Columbia University Mount Sinai Medical Center on Miami Beach in New York City. She received her medical since 2004. She had also been Chief of degree from S.U.N.Y. School of Medicine in Neurosurgery at Miami Veterans Hospital from Buffalo, N.Y., and completed her internship 1989 to 1996. In addition, she served as an in surgery and her residency in neurosurgery assistant professor at the University of Miami in at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, the Department of Neurosurgery and has been a and a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmic surstaff neurosurgeon at Jackson Memorial gery at Allegheny General Hospital in Hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Mercy Pittsburgh, PA. For more information, visit online at Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sternau has published several books and memorialregional.com


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VIEWPOINT Bank Profit While Our Plutonomism Farmers Fail BY JIM HIGHTOWER

BY LISA GRIFFITH Bruce Drinkman is a successful organic dairy farmer who milks 50 cows with his wife, Mari, near Glenwood City, Wisconsin. Despite his 34 years of experience, the two-year drop in milk prices and four years of drought have meant no profits or savings. Last fall they were denied credit from their bank to purchase seeds to plant 55 acres in grains and corn this spring. To continue farming they cashed in Mari's retirement account but the farm was placed into foreclosure around Christmas. After repeated attempts to refinance the farm with other banks, farm credit services and Farm Service Agency (a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA) they were turned down by all, and did not even attempt to obtain bank credit this spring. Fortunately Bruce was able to obtain credit from a vendor to buy seed, and at the end of April he and Mari filed reorganization bankruptcy, the only means they knew to preserve their farm, home and livelihood. A recent survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago indicated that 11 percent of Wisconsin farmers with existing lines of credit may not have credit extended next year; this is especially significant because of the a 56 percent decline in net farm income in 2009. Dairy farmers have received prices far below their costs of production for nearly two years. With eroding equity, many are in immediate danger of losing their farms. Farmland is so valuable that local (but often not locally owned) banks call in farm loans at the first opportunity, destroying families, communities, and regional economies. Farms entering foreclosure are listed publicly, further devastating owners while notifying speculators and investors of chances to take advantage of distraught landowners. Something is askew. As the number of unemployed nationwide remains around 10 percent and the USDA holds summits on revitalizing rural America, why are experienced, efficient farmers receiving ridiculously low prices for their products, forcing family members to seek scarce off-farm jobs to support them? Why are banks and USDA denying them access to credit to continue their operations? Are these institutions conspiring to close farming operations

in order to give investors the opportunity to purchase their land for a fraction of its worth? A posting on Farmland Forecast, read by farmers, agribusinesses, investors and speculators interested in agricultural land, stated that "Midwestern U.S. farmland provides investors the best opportunity… Farmland may be [cheaper] in other regions of the world, but…may not have the same soil quality, transportation infrastructure, or government that supports property rights." When an elderly couple with no heirs interested in or able to afford the farm decides to sell; when a younger farmer sells after incurring too much debt from low prices and rising input costs, there's probably a corporate investor ready to buy. The land may be flipped to developers when enough profit can be made or planted in commodity crops (such as soybeans and corn) used primarily for livestock feed or ethanol production. Sadly, many people who would like to engage in farming remain landless but are forced to rent or accept tenuous land use arrangements with no guaranteed long-term security. Speculators and investors only make matters worse by driving the price of farmland out of their reach, making less land available for the profitable production of fresh, local, and sustainable produce, eggs, milk, grains, and meat. It appears that the people who depend on their land for survival and provide us with food--farmers, ranchers, fishers and laborers--are more expendable than people sitting behind a desk trading stocks, land, and communities' futures. The solution to this situation is two-fold. First, restructure the pricing system to be fair and just for people producing or harvesting our food. Second, require banks that received Troubled Asset Relief Funds (TARP) to supply credit to and work with small businesses (including farms) in their communities. Demand this from your government. Otherwise, when farmers are forced off their land because they can't profit from their labor or access credit for annual inputs, who will provide us the wonderful bounty of summer--watermelon, sweet corn, BLTs, and strawberries with whipped cream?

Lisa Griffith is membership coordinator of the National Family Farm Coalition, where she also works on local food issues. www.nffc.net.

For the super-rich hoity-toities of our land, the democratic populism arising among the hoi polloi is unpleasant, messy, and...well, so common. Instead of that, they sniff, America should be ruled by an "ism" of their invention: plutonomism. Yes, it's an actual word, derived from "plutocracy." It was coined in 2005 by a team of "global investment strategists" at Citigroup, the Wall Street financial giant. While populism is based on the egalitarian principle of the common good, plutonomism unabashedly espouses the virtue of "the rich getting richer." In a 2006 memo to Citigroup's wealthy clients, lead "strategist" Ajay Kapur declared: "Our thesis is that the rich are the dominant drivers of demand" in the United States and other "plutonomies." How does a country become a plutonomy? One essential factor, he wrote, is "favorable treatment by market-friendly governments [to allow] the rich to prosper." Another is to have cor-

porate CEOs who "lead the charge" on globalization and automation to transfer more of the nation's wealth into corporate profits "at the expense of labor." Kapur, who has since left Citi to toil for hedge funds, noted that the wealthiest one percent of Americans--whom he calls "the plutonomists"--had benefited disproportionately from recent increases in worker productivity, and he happily forecast that "global capitalists are going to be getting an even greater share of the wealth pie over the next few years." Gosh, in this happy world of plutonomics, does anything ever go badly for the rich? Well, it's possible, he admits, because the ever-widening rich-poor wealth gap could lead to a populist backlash. After all, he warns, even in the United Plutonomy of America, the "one person-one vote" system still exists. Of course, the plutonomism movement is working furiously to replace that with "one dollar-one vote." Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He's also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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The Village at Gulfstream Park BY JEANNIE ROBERTS

As the warmer weather begins to emerge so do the latest fashion trends at The Village at Gulfstream Park. Feminine chic best describes the 2010 summer fashion season. The outdoor oasis offers knowledgeable shoppers boutiques with the looks they need to stay cool. When it comes to summer style, I love the look of women of extremes. Whether it’s a custom made garb, Swarvoski crystal encrusted skirt or a great pair of jeans with a simple tee. The Village at Gulfstream Park’s Martier by Anel Verna, Claudio Milano, Martier and Apricot Lane are all great places for fashionistas to get their head-turning looks. And of course, never forget the well dressed man in your life. The Village at Gulfstream Park also has perfectly seasonable fashion finds for him at The Pacific Paradise. There is no better time than NOW to explore unique fashions for a variety of inspired styles. One-of-a-kind dresses that make even the most casual of gals want to get all dolled up are Martier by Anel Verna’s forte. With the ability to alter any of her custom creations to fit your look, the designer is often in the boutique to help you

get the elegant and sexy look of rigueur South Florida women crave. With clients like Eva Longoria and Rosalyn Sanchez flocking for one of a kind apparel, you are sure to feel like a superstar in your own right. Claudio Milano brings on the bling appeal. Claudio Milano is well known amongst its celeb clientele, a la Paris Hilton, for blending fine silk fabrics with Swarovski crystals for a look that is red carpet ready. Fans of Claudio Milano take pride in shopping amongst the handmade, one of a kind pieces, as well as the array of international designers offered at the demi couture boutique. For stylish tops, printed blouses, or a pair of must-have brand name jeans swing by the upscale New York import, Martier. The store stocks an array of bags and boots, denim and dresses that will fulfill every summer fashion plate’s longing for a wardrobe complete with the most current European and American labels like J Brand, Cavalli and Badgley Mischka. Fashion-savvy shoppers will adore Apricot Lane for their quality, stylish brand name clothing, fun fashion accessories and excellent customer service. Delicious denims from MEK Denim, Rock & Revival

and Citizens of Humanity can be paired with a great top and voilà, a look even the most finicky summer stylist can rock with ease. Finally, nothing complements a sharply dressed woman like a dapper man. Outfit your hunk for an afternoon margarita on the beach or a high end clam bake with resort-styled attire from The Pacific Paradise. Your man will revel in the casual yet classy styles and lightweight fabrics of Tommy Bahama, Robert Graham, Nat Nast, and Analili. He is sure to find the style irresistible and he will look perfect cuddling up to you on a hot night. As the old saying goes clothes do indeed make the man.

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Denise Rubin REAL ESTATE Change is a good thing. Many people are apprehensive about change, but when we make our minds up and commit to the change, the possibilities are endless. Change opens new doors and is a “new beginning”. The charming and entertaining Chairman of the Aventura Marketing Council, “Cliff Shulman”, runs the meetings with his comedic style and powerful voice. At a recent meeting, he announced that after 30 years as a partner at the law firm “Greenberg Traurig”, he decided to make a change. He is now with a new law firm that represents cities and “Aventura” in one of them! Once the “Commitment Seed” is planted, change can begin. “Of all the necessary ingredients necessary to succeed, the one most important is the commitment seed. From it comes the fruits I’ll eventually bear, though I’ll need to nurture it and treat it with care. I may work and toil from sunup to sundown, but without the seed of commitment, I’ll go round and round.

As I wake each morning before my work will start, I’ll sow the seed deep within my heart. I’ll defend it with enthusiasm, I’ll water it with sweat, my belief will be its sunlight, even when there’s no fruit yet. Then out of my sowing, my sweat, my pain too, I’ll have the fruits of my labors, my dreams will come true.”- Real Estate Master, Floyd Wickman I committed to a change recently; I merged my company, Denise Rubin International Realty with Prudential Florida Realty (PFR) in Aventura. Prudential has been in business for over 130 years. The Rock logo is recognized by consumers as a symbol of strength and trust. Prudential Florida Realty has over 40 office locations on the East and West Coast of Florida and in Orlando, with more than 1800 sales associates. There are also locations all over the nation and Canada. PFR is the #1 Prudential Real Estate company in Florida, and one of the leading companies in the nation. In 2009 PFR had a closed sale volume of over $2.25 BILLION dollars! PFR is a full service company with Title, Insurance, Mortgage, and Concierge service. I am writing this from my beautiful new office in Loehman’s Plaza. Some things do stay the same, as “Bentley” my teacup yorkie is still sharing my chair. Call Denise Rubin at 305-409-0019 for all your real estate needs and visit www.deniserubin.com for listings and virtual tours.

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2010 Honda Element equipment goes to the dogs Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS To say that the 2010 Honda Element is going to the dogs is a bit of an overstatement, but the new Dog Friendly pet accommodation system is a piece of optional equipment that dog owners will find quite useful and to their liking. The equipment is designed to improve safety, comfort and convenience for dogs and their owners. In essence, it assures secure transportation of a dog in the cargo area of the Element in a nylon-webbed car kennel. In daily operation, the car kennel helps prevent a dog from interfering with the driver in traffic by keeping the pet properly restrained and out of reach of the driver. In the event of a collision, the kennel helps restrain the dog behind the rear seats, reducing the chance that the pet will be injured or injure humans during a crash. The Dog Friendly equipment also aids a

pet’s comfort by providing a soft floor surface for the dog’s legs and paws, along with a dedicated fan and a spill resistant water source and easy-to-clean surfaces. There’s also a ramp for easier entry and exit that stows beneath the bed. It can be accessed when the rear tailgate is down. The Dog Friendly equipment package adds $995 to the base price of an Element. The Honda Element received numerous upgrades in the 2009 model year, including a new exterior appearance and a refreshed interior design. Three trim levels are available, ranging from the base LX, to the more refined EX and the sporty SC. The Dog Friendly equipment package is designed exclusively for the EX. The Element has an easy-to-clean urethane floor (carpeted on the SC) and an expansive, flat cargo area (up to 74.6 cubic feet with rear seats removed), wide-opening side cargo doors, low liftin height and accommodating dimensions for tall items. The interior allows seating for four people along with a cargo area that quickly adapts to large items with its flip-up rear seats that fold flat or fold up and to the side, or removed altogether. There are more than 64 seating arrangements in the Element.

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Standard equipment includes air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and keyless entry. All Element models have a 2.4-liter iVTEC 4-cylinder engine with a 5-speed automatic transmission. Real Time 4WD, available on the Element LX and EX, enhances all-weather traction. EPA city/highway fuel economy ratings range from 20/25 mpg for two-wheel-drive models to 19/24 mpg for 4WD models.

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Is this a summer slump or continued recovery? Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY If you’re confused about where the U.S. economy is heading as we approach the end of the second quarter, take a deep breath because you’re not alone. We’re still getting too many mixed signals to really start feeling much better about the overall recovery. That is one of the reasons why Wall Street nearly erased all its yearly gains, leaving doubts about whether it’s ready to start growing again. Foreclosures are forecast to get even worse, although federal foreclosure prevention programs have had plenty of time to kick in. The problem is that banks are still dragging their feet processing all the paperwork involved in loan modifications, and they appear to be more interested in their bottom line than in helping their customers stay in their homes. On the real estate front, new home sales and construction are starting to pick up nationally. But that’s not the case here in South Florida because we still have a large inventory of unsold homes and condos. Still, prices around town for some prime properties are starting to firm up. However, it’s still anyone’s guess if the South Florida housing market has bottomed out. Tourism continues to boom and all you need to do is to see it for yourself. Just try to find some super-cheap rooms down in the Keys or on South Beach. For that matter, try to find a cheap cruise deal out of South Florida. Cruise lines will try to firm up prices to improve their profitability. With tourism seeing some gains over last summer, don’t be surprised to see prices start rising again. On a very positive note, gas prices are forecast to stabilize or even drop as crude oil remains around $72 a barrel. I’ve already seen some prices down in the $2.50 range around South Florida. The only problem is, Miami Beach and the Keys still are seeing some of the highest prices around the state.

Retail business is entering a slow time of the year in South Florida and we may not see any real gains until much later in the summer as the back-to-school season picks up again. While national auto sales are showing a solid double-digit gain, some local dealerships are telling me that their business still remains slow. Ford is announcing it is closing its LincolnMercury division later this fall, which means even more bad news for local dealerships and everyone who works there. I know one local dealer who lost his Oldsmobile dealership a few years ago when GM closed the line. His store stood empty for months, until it re-opened as a Lincoln-Mercury dealership. I don’t know what’s going to happen to him now, or what’s going to happen to all his employees. Fortunately though, unemployment nationally is improving according to the latest job numbers. The U.S. labor department just announced that another 431,000 new jobs were added to the U.S. economy in May. However, it turns out that 411,000 of them were temporary U.S. Census jobs. Still, private companies have hired another 55,000 workers according to the latest private job surveys. Which means that if you trust the statistics, hiring actually improved for the fifth month in a row, and national unemployment dropped. I hear local job seekers are finally finding new job offers around South Florida, which is a very good sign. But I still wonder how many of those jobs are full-time, and actually offer full benefits. The fact is, the latest national figures show salary growth is still basically flat. Consequently, there are still a lot of reasons why most of us may not be feeling much better about the overall recovery, and may still not be in the mood to spend money on our summer vacations. No wonder then that the first week of June saw a 323-point plunge on the Dow, dropping it under the 10,000 mark in one of the worst sell-offs of the year. Time will tell whether or not the market can maintain its upward momentum. Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Your Money” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at <www.cbs4.com/4yourmoney>.

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Today’s big budget question: Wants vs. needs R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY I don’t always agree with county manager George Burgess, but then again I don’t always agree with my wife or my boss. But his recent speech to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce was right on target. Burgess asked the tough questions no one wants to answer or be remembered for their answer. “Should the county [us, the taxpayers] be running after-school programs and drug-treatment centers? Should we be investing in our museums, our arts and cultural institutions, etc?” When our government is flush with money, I ask, should we be investing in what are considered “non-government” programs or should we be stashing away money for the hard times that inevitably hit our communities? The answer to funding everything when our government’s bank accounts are overflowing with money is easy. But should we be taking the harder road and say that the extra dollars in our government’s bank accounts

should be socked away to cover the bad days that always are just around the corner? Government expenses are divided into several categories: What is imperative. What we need for a normal existence. And, what would be nice. Fire/rescue is an “imperative,” as is the need for an accounting department in city hall. Improved roadways are an example of “what we need for a normal existence.” Parks and recreation, stadiums, museums and cultural institutions are what would be classified as “what would be nice.” Everything considered, all three are part and parcel of a complete community. But we can only afford what we can afford. At home we can use our credit cards to buy what we want but do not necessarily need to exist, even with the understanding that some day we might not be able to meet our financial obligations. But that option is ours. That option does not exist in government – except for the federal government which can borrow to meet today’s needs and not seem to worry about tomorrow when the time comes to pay it back. So how do we handle the problem? The answer is easy. The implementation is very, very difficult!

–– COMMENTARY –– We establish a list of needs, starting with the governmental costs that are a “must” and work our way down to the least important item in our budget. Not everyone will agree on the ranking but that is the job of the men and women we elected to make these decisions. Next, we must consider how much we are paying for the benefits. This starts to get difficult. Everyone thinks his or her contribution is exemplary and should be highly compensated. Almost all employees in the private sector will retire on Social Security and what they have put away for retirement. They ask “should we be funding a government employee’s pension at 80 or 90 percent of their highest salary?” Must the private sector worker pay taxes to cover retirement benefits that are so far greater than that which they will receive at retirement? Government retirement plans are killing our government’s ability to operate on a sound financial basis. I know we have retirement contracts with government unions

but shouldn’t they be asked, “do you want to continue to accrue these potential retirement benefits at the risk of bankrupting the very organization that is employing you?” And bankruptcy is not out of the question. City, county and state governments can file bankruptcy. Some have. The major benefit of a bankruptcy, like a corporation in financial distress, permits the corporation or the government entity to cancel contracts and start from scratch. Let’s hope we can all work together and prevent such a dilemma for ourselves.

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Get Ready for Il Mercado

Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer

EAT THIS... DRINK THAT A new day, a new restaurant. Such is the mantra in South Florida. I seem to write the same thing time and time again, but as a foodie, I continually put my faith in all the new eateries that open and trust that “the one” will soon emerge. Cavalli (the now defunct Bar Rosso) changed to Avenue 29, with a limited menu for the summer and without pomp or circumstance. Come season, perhaps it will emerge. I went to Cadillac Ranch at Gulfstream and all I can say for sure is that the Lemon Drop martinis are deadly (and delish)! But the word is just sneaking out that a new café and wine shop called Il Mercato Café & Wine Shop is just about to open in Hallandale Beach. Just west of the Intracoastal in the Publix shopping center a 60-seat, family-owned an operated eatery is furiously getting ready to blow

patrons away. How do I know this? Well, I saw a sign, spoke with the owners, went into the space, and learned a whole lot about this “neighborhood place” that was about to open. So here’s the scoop. Il Mercato is a small indoor/outdoor café and wine shop nestled into an alcove next to Publix on Hallandale Beach Blvd. It is owned and run by one family: Michael Lynch, formerly the sommelier (and a talented one at that!) of Bar Rosso is the proprietor/sommelier and general manager here. He is focusing on the café’s wine selection (all priced under $100 so they are delicious and affordable); his wife, Emily Finne Lynch is the executive chef. No, she is not “chef because of marriage.” She comes with a pedigree. She has cooked in some of Manhattan’s and the Hamptons best (including Danube, The Farmhouse, and Eleven Madison). She’s spent time in Europe, cooking in Norway and grew up with an Italian dad named Michele D’Antoni (who will be creating housemade gelato, as well as welcoming guests to Il Mercato daily). She most recently worked as Govind Armstrong’s sous chef at Miami’s trendy Table 8 before embark-

ing on this new and exciting journey. The menu is diverse and extremely inviting, ranging from starters, pastas and salads to main dishes of fish, pork, steak and more. Most of the selections come half and whole portions, making it reasonable and easy to sample a variety of dishes. A filet mignon with potatoes and Roquefort sauce ($12/$23) is the highest priced item on the menu, while the overall menu ranges from $5-$11 for starters; $6-$14 for pasta; $6 & $7 for salads; and $8-$23 for main courses. Their tagline: “Eat Global, Dine Local.” Love it. Here’s the best part: They hold true to it. You can belly up to the 10seat bar and have a draft beer while nibbling an appetizer of steamed clams with fennel, pancetta and tomato; pork belly or “Gravlax”, duck leg confit… among others. Sit at a table and eat with abandon on dishes like half-chicken with spaetzel, Hangar steak, Pan-seared salmon or grilled mahi (all with accompaniments). Pasta fans are in luck – there are five including fusilli, tagliatelle, papardelle with Bolognese, Spaghetti two ways, with clams or with pancetta, peas and other goodies. (Remember, you can order half portions so you can try twice as many). Or

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To Be or Not To Be... Stressed BY TIFFANY DIPANNI

Our jobs are more complex and the business world has become more competitive. With the industrial age came helpful machines and increased productivity, but it also brought us the jackhammer, the loudspeaker, the motorcycle and car, and innumerable noisy machines. Physical stresses such as sound, air and water pollution have worsened over the last century, especially in the United States. We are also, because of electronic media and the Internet, aware of troubles and tragedies around the world that previous generations would never have known about, creating anxiety. Taken together, these assaults on our senses create a physical and emotional reaction. The word for this overwhelming feeling is stress. We perceive stress from three basic sources: our environment, our body and our emotions. Environmental stress includes noise, weather, physical threats, time pressures and performance standards. Body stress includes disease processes, organ malfunction, poor nutrition, poor sleep, and physical injury. Emotional stress is more difficult to define. It encompasses our reactions, in thought and emotion, to environmental and physical stressors. Stress, whether physical or perceived, triggers a fight or flight response. This is a systemic physical reaction, affecting almost every part of the body. The heart rate increases, blood volume and blood pressure increase, blood is directed away from digestion and the extremities. Vision becomes more focused, hearing more acute. When prolonged, however, the long-

term effects of this state can be disastrous to good health. Many studies of people who have been subjected to chronic stress have found evidence of the negative health effects of stress. These effects include high blood pressure, damage to muscle tissue, diabetes, infertility, damage to the immune response, and slowed healing from disease and injury. Chiropractors work primarily with the spine, the root of the nervous system through which nerve impulses travel from the brain to the rest of the body. One effect of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates uneven pressures on the bony structures of the body, often leading the misalignment of the spinal column, known as subluxations. Chronic stress also leads to nerve irritation. The adjustments of a chiropractor release muscle tension, and that helps the body return to a more balanced, relaxed state. Adjustments also reduce spinal nerve irritation, and improve blood circulation. These changes may be enough, in many cases, to convince the brain to turn off the fight or flight response, beginning the process of healing. A healthy and balanced spine is one key to effectively managing stress. A Doctor of Chiropractic may recommend relaxation techniques, and discuss posture and environmental changes to help recovery from chronic stress. A chiropractor cannot make a job less stressful, or create a quieter, calmer world. What chiropractic treatment can do is help you develop healthy responses to stress, reducing potential physical damage.

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Lady Sharks softball celebrates its first national championship

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) unstoppable softball team, the Lady Sharks, brought home the national title recently after defeating Wallace State Community College of Alabama by a 7-0 score at the National Junior College Athletic Association championship tournament in St. George, UT. It’s the team’s first national title in the history of the program. Gathered around the trophy are (l-r, back row) head coach Carlos Caro, assistant coach Eugenia Fernandez, Tamara Hidalgo, Amanda Lara, Simone Suetsugu, student trainer Francisco Larios and Vivian Morimoto; (middle row) Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Martinez and Nicole Rodriguez; (front row) Simone Miyahira, Veronika Fukunishi, team captain Erika Bennett, and Ashley Silveira.

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A Fresh, New Look for the Aventura Marshalls BY THEA HOUGHTON Marshalls, one of the nation’s largest off-price retailers, located in Promenade Shops (20515 Biscayne Blvd.) just got a fresh, contemporary new look. The store will continue to offer Aventura area shoppers designer fashions, shoes and home accents at prices up to 60% less than department and specialty stores every day, plus add two new features: The Marshalls Shoe MegaShop and The CUBE. Marshalls Aventura store makeover features a fresh, more contemporary design with bright, easy to shop layout, upgraded dressing rooms and a single line checkout for even faster service. Updated fixtures in the apparel and home sections will make it even easier for shoppers to find designer fashion. The Shoe MegaShop The newly formatted store will feature Marshalls Shoe MegaShop, an easy to shop shoe store, approximately 5,000 square feet, within Marshalls. “Our exciting Marshalls Shoe MegaShop offers thousands of designer shoes with new styles

arriving several times each week. Just pick out your favorite style, and look for your size in the boxes under the display,” said Marshalls Spokesperson, Laura McDowell. The CUBE In addition, Marshalls high-energy instore boutique, The CUBE, has a stylish look and feel, with a color scheme, music and lighting unique from the rest of the store. The boutique-inspired department allows young women to easily shop for fashion-forward designer clothes and accessories at amazing prices. Rather than being organized by size, apparel in The CUBE is organized by style, with coordinating accessories nearby, so shoppers can create a stylish, head-to-toe outfit more easily. About Marshalls Marshalls is one of the nation’s leading off-price family retailers with more than 820 stores spanning 42 states and Puerto Rico. For store locations, call 1-800-MARSHALLS, or visit Marshalls on the Web at www.MarshallsOnline.com. For logos, photography and additional information about off-price retailing, visit www.Media.MarshallsOnline.com.


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Beach Body Exercises BY BARI AUERBACH

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Gwen Margolis for State Senate District 35 EDITORIAL In these difficult economic times, our community needs a trusted and experienced leader as its State Senator in District 35, Senator Gwen Margolis is a proven leader and successful businesswomen. Senator Margolis understands what it means to balance a budget. She understands the need for complete transparency, independence and integrity. Senator Margolis began her public service career in the Florida House of Representative in 1974. In 1980 she was elected to the Florida Senate. In the Florida Senate she was appointed to Chair the Finance, Tax and Claims Committee, and later the Appropriations Committee where she assisted in leading the state out of budgetary crisis. In 1990, Senator Margolis became the first woman to serve as President of any Senate in the Unites States of America. As President of the Florida Senate she spearheaded the passage of a constitutional amendment that opened all government records and meetings to the public, Government In The Sunshine. From 1993 to 2002 the Senator served as a commissioner on the Miami-Dade County Commission serving as Chairperson for six of those years. She returned to the Florida Senate in 2002 serving the people of Florida in Tallahassee for six years. Senator Margolis has received numerous awards for her leadership and dedication to the community. She has

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Marine mammal trainers: The mysteries revealed Guests will have the opportunity to work closely with trainers and see firsthand how they interact with the animals

BY MICHELLE PALOMINO

It’s one of the most fascinating professions — marine mammal trainers who work with and care for dolphins, whales, sea lions, seals and other marine mammal species. How do they communicate with the animals? How do they create such lasting bonds with these amazing creatures? Now, with Miami Seaquarium’s Trainer for a Day Program, the mysteries surrounding this most sought after profession are revealed. From participation in training sessions to assisting with show setup, the eight-hour program gives park guests a rare glimpse at what it takes to be a marine mammal trainer for a day. “Training Marine Mammals is one of the most honorable professions in our industry,” said Andrew Hertz, general manager at Miami Seaquarium. “Our trainers are often asked to share what it feels like to work with these breathtaking animals on a daily basis. Now, with this new program, our guests will have the opportunity to work closely with our trainers and see firsthand how our trainers interact with our animals.” The Trainer for a Day program at Miami Seaquarium includes: • Initial session with trainer to learn training basics; • Assisting trainers with setup of shows; • Participation in training sessions at the Flipper Lagoon, painting with Dolphin on T’shirt or canvas; • Play session with the dolphins; • Training session with Dolphin Harbor dolphins;

• Dolphin Odyssey at Dolphin Harbor; • Tour of Miami Seaquarium; • Marine mammal shows including the Flipper the Dolphin show, Lolita the Killer Whale and Salty the Sea lion; • Lunch with trainer at Flipper Lagoon, and • Meet and greet with sea lion trainer and take photo with sea lion. The full-day Trainer for a Day program starts at 9:30 a.m. and runs through 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The program costs $495 plus tax per person and is limited to two participants per day. Participants will receive the dolphin painting, photo CD of Dolphin Odyssey, Sea Lion kiss photo, parking, Trainer for a Day T-shirt, MSQ hat or visor, and lunch. Participants must be age 16 and older, English speaking, able to swim competently, able to stand for a minimum of one hour and be able to lift 30 pounds. Participants should bring sunscreen and wear a swimsuit, shorts and comfortable shoes. Wet suits will be provided by Miami Seaquarium. Miami Seaquarium, South Florida’s most popular tourist attraction, is a family-oriented marine-life park open to the public 365 days a year. The park provides visitors with a greater understanding and appreciation for marine life through shows, presentations and marine-life exhibits. General admission to Miami Seaquarium is $37.95 and $27.95 for children (ages 3-9). More information on Miami Seaquarium is available online at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>.


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