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Racks hosts ‘Just What the Doctor Ordered’ networking event with Bnai Zion Foundation and Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Special guest Dr. Michael Kafka of Israel’s Bnai Zion Medical Center America”? According to Lieber, “Our crust is what led us to victory…dough management Just when Aventura Marketing Council and maturation is a lost art.” Perpetuating a corporate “recipe for members thought nothing could top a pizza named “Best in America” at Racks Italian success,” Racks has been receiving rave Bistro & Market – they had the special oppor- reviews thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of tunity to meet a physician regarded as one of GR Restaurant Group – also behind the success of Coal Mine Pizza in Boca the “Best in Israel” – Dr. Michael Kafka, Raton. Renowned proprietor Gary Director of Emergency Services for Rack along with Lieber recognized Bnai Zion Medical Center. the great potential of the The exclusive networking Aventura area – and the beautievent hosted by Racks in coopful waterfront setting on the eration with the Bnai Zion Intracoastal Mall as an ideal Foundation and Aventura location for their newest culiHospital and Medical Center nary venture. highlighted an “Israel & “Our dedication to ex Aventura” Physician cellence and commitment to Exchange Program making providing the best in family it possible to share impordining at reasonable prices tant healthcare strategies. has contributed to ensuring “Racks was the perfect Grunspan, Exec. VP, Bnai Zion Foundation; Robyn Kane, Marketing and Physician Relations, Aventura Racks one of the most Jack place to celebrate the Hospital; Dr. Michael Kafka, Chief of Emergency Medicine, Bnai Zion Medical Center; Eileen Glastein, Southeast popular eateries in North Regional Director, Bnai Zion Foundation; Steve Lieber, Racks Italian Bistro & Market; Rick Kennedy, Chief Operating exchange between Aventura Officer, Aventura Hospital Dade,” Lieber said. Hospital and the Bnai Zion Speaking about Medical Center in Haifa, Aventura Hospital’s comIsrael,” said Eileen Glastein, mitment to excellence, CEO southeast regional director for Heather Rohan noted, “This Bnai Zion Foundation. “Doctors and healthcare professionals Steve Lieber, creator year has brought exciting winner of improvements in our hospital as affiliated with Aventura Hospital as and America’s best pizza we have successfully comwell as guests at the networking reception had the opportunity to talk with Dr. pleted our ASCP Chest Pain Kafka about the wealth of experience the Accreditation and have enhanced proworld of emergency medicine has gained in grams to further develop our Cardiovascular, Neuro/Spine and the arena of mass casualty treatment.” “Having been through the many Oncology services. “Our Emergency Department has also unfamiliar situations a terror event presents, I am compelled to see that Aventura Hospital undergone significant improvements and and Medical Center is well prepared,” Kafka this year marks a milestone as we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Aventura said. In between exchanging business cards Comprehensive Cancer Center. We are Leslie Lowenthal, Aventura City of Excellence School; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Debbie Blasberg Sander, and information about the Physician privileged to serve this community and Steve and Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist show Bookkeepers USA; Steve Sander, Sander & Associates Exchange Program, AMC members enjoyed take pride in pursuing our commitment of the new “healthy handshake” tasting Racks’ award-winning Black Truffle providing the best healthcare to patients Pizza created by Steve Lieber, director of every day.” Bnai Zion Foundation is dedicated to Israel and is continuing its projects toward the Glastein added, “There is a strong con- assisting those in need with humanitarian operations for the Gary Rack Restaurant nection between the people here in South projects in both Israel and America. Now in advancement of the physical, mental and Group. So how did the Black Truffle Pizza beat Florida to the people in Israel. Bringing Dr. its second century, the organization has social wellbeing of the citizens of Israel. out the former U.S. and world champions at Kafka strengthened that connection by completed hundreds of initiatives for the For more information contact Racks: the national American Pizza Championship sharing his unique experience, dealing with a people of Israel and for Jewish people 305-917-7225; Bnai Zion Foundation: 305sponsored by leading pizza industry mass casualty event in the last war worldwide. Bnai Zion strongly supports the magazine PMQ to win the title “Best in with Lebanon. 949-0076; Aventura Hospital: 305-682-7000. significant, enduring tie between America and BY BARI AUERBACH

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Wanderings & Ponderings The Judge Judge Bill handles divorce cases. since they saw enough growing up. Case #2 has Fred and Ilene getting Has been doing it for over 15 years, lately it seems that his divorces are mainly divorced after five years. They feel five years is enough time to two types. decide that they don’t Divorce #1 has Betty and belong together. Betty George going at each other worked before they were with bitterness and hatred. married, went back to the They have been married firm she had worked for, over 40 years with the battle and then told Fred that being over the money, the this was over and she wantjob, the furniture, the ed nothing more to do money he has been making with him. Fred though at his job. She feels that she insisted on paying her deserves everything just for Dan Palmer money till she was able to being able to stay with this take care of herself finanloser all these years. George has stopped working since he will not cially. Six months after their divorce, give her one penny out of the income they don’t care for each other but do he has been making all these years. He talk on occasion. now collects unemployment checks Judge Bill feels that the divorcées of which is a shame since he was making today have the ability to get rid of a bad six figures a year at his job. He’s pre- situation and to get on with their lives. pared to starve before he gives Betty He wishes that their parents had had the one cent. Feels he has suffered enough same courage to do that years ago rather over the years. As for their kids, they’re than live miserably all their years. He grown and on their own. They don’t wonders how many of the still married want to mix in their parents’ problems think that way and wonder what if?

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"Student Connection" of Aventura Marketing Council visits State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's office College Planning Specialists sponsors field trip Over 80 at-risk students from the Aventura Marketing Council's "Dade Partner" schools recently spent the morning with Leah Klein, Division Chief and Scott Dunn, Assistant State Attorney, from the office of Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Dade County State Attorney. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle serves as the Honorary Chair of the Student Connection, and each year, meets with the students to talk with them about issues ranging from domestic violence to sentencing guidelines. Rundle was scheduled to speak to the students, but in a true "life lesson", was called away for an emergency press conference on the ethics issues involving local elected officials, which her office is handling. "It is truly an honor to serve as the Honorary Chair of the Student Connection program," said Rundle, " and I am extremely pleased that the students look forward to coming here each year to learn about the State Attorney's office. We want the students to know that they can contact our office at any time with their questions or concerns." Leah Klein and Scott Dunn ably stepped in to speak to the students who were eager to learn about domestic violence, criminal behavior and the ramifications of criminal actions. There was no dearth of questions from the students to Klein and Dunn, and each question was answered honestly and thoroughly. Domestic violence was a topic of great interest, and the students were encouraged to call the State Attorney's Domestic Violence Hotline at (305) 547-0150 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M - F) or the weekend/after-hours emergency hotline at (305) 547-0100. This group, comprised of students from Dr. Michael Krop Sr. Katherine High School, North Miami Beach Sr. High School, Alonzo & Tracy Fernandez Rundle Mourning Sr. High School, Highland Oaks Middle, Ojus Elementary, Aventura Waterways K - 8 Center, David Lawrence Jr. K- 8 Center and Greynolds Park Elementary, is part of the Aventura Marketing Council's Education Committee outreach to the students in an effort to encourage them to graduate from high school and to learn about careers in many different arenas. Sponsoring this field trip was Peter Ratzan , College Planning Specialists, a member of the Aventura Marketing Council's Education Committee who understood the importance of extending these career opportunities to the students. "It was our pleasure to sponsor this field trip for the students‌..our business is all about helping young people attain their goals

by finding ways to pay for college, and if this event has motivated even one student to consider a career in law enforcement, then we consider this a great success! "I am always amazed at the quality of the questions from the students, and their understanding of the importance of the State Attorney's Office," noted Eileen Glastein of Bnai Zion Foundation, chair of the Aventura Marketing Council's awardwinning Education Committee. For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council visit or call (305) 932-5334

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City of Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado to be honored at Borinquen Health Care Art Project Friday, December 4, 6 p.m., Miami Design District

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Amidst the celebration of Art Basel, Borinquen Health Care will honor City of Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado at their Borinquen Health Care Art Project and gallery reception on Friday, December 4, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at 100 NE 38th Street, Suite 3 in the Design District. The Borinquen Health Care Art Project will be on exhibit from Dec. 2 - 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily as an active gallery destination for Art Basel. "Unique to Borinquen, this gallery exhibit will bring awareness to the new HIV/AIDS Clinic soon to open in the same space serving the Design District area," says Paul Carl Velez, Chief Administrative Officer for Borinquen. "It will be wonderful to have the community's support as we come together to celebrate our thriving art community in Miami while at the same time working to call awareness to the importance of HIV testing and treatment and Borinquen's role of making that mission accessible and affordable by all Miami residents." "The gallery will feature an eclectic showing of paintings, sculptures and photography," says Velez. "The exhibit brings together a 'must see' international grouping of award-winning artists from the U.S., Argentina, Puerto Rico, Germany, Haiti and Israel." For more information, call Valerie Cruz, 305-576-6611 x. 307

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VIEWPOINT Botched investigations lead to executions BY LARRY COX When the United States abolishes the death penalty, some of its most ardent proponents ironically may be remembered for having made the most effective case for its demise. Texas Governor Rick Perry's obvious attempt to suppress the truth in the supposed arson case against Cameron Todd Willingham, executed in 2004 for a crime that probably didn’t occur, reveals the heinousness of capital punishment. That an innocent individual can be executed is disturbing. That the death penalty—which has claimed about 50 lives in the United States so far this year—is used for political purposes, while doing nothing to deter violent crime, is abhorrent. Less than two hours before Willingham's execution, Perry received a report challenging the central evidence against him for the supposed arson that killed his three young daughters. But Perry permitted the execution anyway. Five years after Willingham’s execution, the state Forensic Science Commission was on the verge of reviewing new findings that made a compelling case for his innocence. But recently, just two days before the commission's review, Perry began replacing all four governor-appointees on the commission. He called his move purely routine. Maybe so. One week before Thanksgiving, Texas executed Robert Lee Thompson after Perry rejected a rare recommendation from the state clemency board for the prisoner's life to be spared. In that case, the person who actually shot the victim is serving a life sentence. Why is this routine in Texas? Facing a Republican primary in March, Perry’s actions have struck most observers as purely political. After all, the death penalty does more to help politicians get elected than keep us safe. Most criminologists believe that it doesn’t deter murder. A recent Death Penalty Information Center study shows that police chiefs around the country rank the death penalty last among measures that help fight crime. Nevertheless, few politicians publicly oppose it. Additionally, the election of district attorneys and judges creates such a strong political motive to secure harsh sentences that investigations and prosecutions can be sullied by manipulating evidence. Securing testimony from dubious sources to justify a theory of someone’s guilt is too easy. For example, the government relied on a jailhouse snitch (the most dubi-

ous of all such sources) in Willingham’s case and in numerous other cases where strong innocence claims have later emerged. That’s a factor in the Georgia case of Troy Davis, who has spent two decades on death row and now will have a court hear his claim of innocence, following a ruling from the Supreme Court. The death penalty gives government godlike power that, given human fallibility, is incredibly dangerous. In Willingham’s case, arson investigators used techniques that have since been debunked as “junk science.” While witnesses initially reported seeing Willingham attempting to help his children out of his burning house, they seemed to change their story and remember less sympathetic things about him once investigators started to say they saw clear signs of arson. Texas and other states should improve their use of fire science and the best technical tools available. But bias and ambition can always corrupt perceptions and conclusions. Justifiable outrage over senseless killings can color emotions in the search for truth. Even the most honorable and wellintentioned prosecutors and judges can succumb to intense political pressure. The results, predictably, are wrongful convictions or, as in the Willingham case, a wrongful execution. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said in 2006 that he didn’t believe the United States had executed anyone who was innocent. If that had happened, Scalia said, “we would not have to hunt for it; the innocent’s name would be shouted from the rooftops.” Willingham's name isn’t being shouted from rooftops, though it should be, along with the names of other innocent men who were executed like Carlos de Luna, Ruben Cantu, and Larry Griffin. Have we become so numb that the killing of innocent people is acceptable? Had Willingham been sentenced to life in prison, he could be a free man today. Instead we are left to ask, as former Texas Governor Mark White recently did: Why do we impose the death penalty, given the possibility that an innocent person will be executed?

Larry Cox is executive director of Amnesty International USA. Amnesty International is dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, gaining fair trials for political prisoners, ending torture, political killings and "disappearances," and abolishing the death penalty throughout the world.

Sick leave policies spread swine flu BY JIM HIGHTOWER Sometimes, being mean to people can turn around and bite you in the butt-even if you're a corporation and, physiologically speaking, have no butt. One of the meanest and stingiest workplace policies is the denial of paid sick days for employees-a reality faced by almost 40 percent of private-sector workers. These people are mostly in lower-wage jobs and cannot afford to miss even a single day's pay. So, the result of this corporate stinginess is that tens of millions of coughing, wheezing, vomiting, employees are on the job, rather than calling in sick and staying home. These include food handlers, healthcare workers and others who deal directly with the public. While this corporate approach saves money for employers, ill workers pay a heavy price-and their contagious illnesses can easily spread to co-workers and customers. This has always been a public health problem, but with a swine flu pandemic sweeping the country, it has become a national health threat. In addition to workers who get no paid sick days, millions more are employed by

such outfits as Walmart that aggressively discourage any use of the benefit. The retailing behemoth runs a "points system": use one sick day, and you get one demerit; accumulate five or more, and you can be fired. But this stinginess is now biting those corporate butts. Because of swine flu, executives are demanding that ill employees stay home, yet workers get no pay or get demerits if they do stay home, so they don't. Instead, they're at work, greeting customers with: "[cough-cough] May I [cough-cough] help you [cough-cough]?" Meanwhile, these same companies are fighting a legislative requirement to provide a mere seven paid sick days a year. The new company slogan could be: "Walmart: Spreading Swine Flu, One Customer at a Time." --

Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and winner of the 2009 winner of the Nation/Puffin prize. He's also editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown.

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Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach earns coveted AAA Five Diamond Award Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, the Sunny Isles Beach ultraluxury destination where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach, has earned the prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for 2010. Acqualina is the only hotel on Miami Beach chosen to receive this esteemed award. Poised as South Florida's most elite beachfront haven, Acqualina is a coveted member of The Leading Hotels of the World and a premier Florida retreat situated on a nearly fiveacre sprawl of prime beachfront real estate. With the first ESPA-branded spa in the United States and the famed Il Mulino New York restaurant, Acqualina is the ideal relaxation and rejuvenation retreat for refined travelers. "It is an honor for our property to receive such an influential and distinctive award," said Sase Gjorsovski, general manager, Acqualina. "We pride ourselves on offering luxury, comfort and exceptional service to ensure we provide our guests with the most enjoyable experience possible." The AAA Diamond rating system is North America's premier rating program covering the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. AAA ratings are one of the top considerations that members and travelers recognize and trust when selecting hotel accommodations. Cleanliness, comfort and security are implicit, but it is Acqualina's pristine Mediterranean landscape, luxurious accommodations and consummate staff that push it to the ultimate in unsurpassed quality and service.

Acqualina boasts 4.5 beachfront acres with 400 feet of stunning Atlantic coastline, 188 residences, 97 impeccable guestrooms and suites, a 20,000 squarefoot ESPA award-winning oceanfront spa lauded by CondĂŠ Nast Traveler as one of the Top Spas in the Americas and Caribbean, two oceanfront restaurants, including acclaimed Il Mulino New York, four swimming pools and an innovative marine biology-based children's AcquaMarine program. From a selection of rooms offering magnificent views of the Intracoastal Waterway or the piercing blue Atlantic to guest gatherings such as beach barbeques, poolside cinema nights and wine tastings, everything at Acqualina revolves around its incredible beachfront setting and its mix of traditional and contemporary elements. Acqualina's guest rooms and suites are capsules of luxury featuring marble flooring and fully-stocked private bars. Dine in crimson-colored cabanas along the beach, enjoy breakfast on the airy terrace of Aaria Bar & Lounge, or wake up just in time to lunch beneath an umbrella-laden table at the beachside Costa Grill. With such attention to all facets of enjoyment and a focus on complete guest satisfaction, it comes as no surprise that Acqualina has been awarded the renowned honor of the AAA Five Diamond Award. Acqualina is located at 17875 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach. For more information, visit or call 305-918-8000.

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Aventura Hospital recognizes Dr. Jonathan Cross as Physician of the Quarter

Aventura Hospital CEO Heather Rohan presents plaque to Dr. Jonathan Cross (center)

Aventura Hospital recently recognized Jonathan Cross, M.D., Neurology, as Physician of the Quarter. The award is a hospital-wide initiative designed to give employees an opportunity to thank those physicians who demonstrate excellence in clinical care and who display genuine acts of kindness and good will. "Dr. Cross exhibits professionalism and compassion to patients and staff," remarked a nurse from the Intensive Care Unit of Aventura Hospital, "He is responsive to the nurses' input and concerns. He takes opportunities to educate staff and families and demonstrates excellence in patient care." Dr. Jonathan Cross has been a member of the medical staff of Aventura Hospital since 2000. He is actively involved in Aventura Hospital's Primary Stroke Center program, which recently was awarded the American Stroke Association and American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines - Stroke (GWTG

- Stroke) Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Aventura Hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. "The successful and rapid growth of our primary stroke program from bronze status to gold was made possible through the support and dedication of the neurologists of Aventura Hospital," said CEO Heather Rohan. "As a leading member of our stroke team, Dr. Jonathan Cross is a perfect choice as our Physician of the Quarter. He is an excellent neurologist and a very caring and compassionate person." For more information about Dr. Jonathan Cross and for other physician referrals at Aventura Hospital, call toll-free 1-888-256-7692 or visit

Higer Lichter & Givner expands to meet clients' needs The law firm of Higer Lichter & Givner has added new associates to meet the firm's substantial growth and anticipate clients' future needs. The firm recently added two lawyers bringing the total to seven associates and three partners. This development is representative of the firm's success and commitment to providing personalized service for all of its clients. "Over the last few years, we've seen a significant spike in the number of our clients and their needs for sophisticated services," said Michael J. Higer, partner of the Aventura-based firm. "The addition of these experienced associates will improve our existing services and enhance our hands-on approach as a boutique firm. Our associates, along with the direct supervision of a partner, take a proactive role in handling all of our clients' matters." Michael J. Higer, David H. Lichter and J. Joseph Givner, who founded the firm in 2006, have over 70 years of combined legal experience. The firm handles a wide variety of commercial litigation matters in state and federal court, in arbitration proceedings and on appeal. These matters include real estate, contract, corporate, shareholder and partnership disputes, intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright), covenants not to compete, RICO, securities,

fraud and insurance disputes, among others. Mr. Higer, who was elected to The Florida Bar Board of Governors in 2008, oversees the firm's intellectual property, personal injury and insurance law practices. Mr. Lichter anchors the firm's dispute resolution services and Mr. Givner represents clients in complex commercial real estate, corporate transactions and litigation. The firm's lawyers combine the best aspects of big firm litigation experience with the individualized, efficient and client-centered approach of a boutique firm. Each associate is paired directly with one of the firm's partners to establish a fertile ground for training and the exchange of ideas. The firm's newest associates are Christina Guzman and Christopher Maranges. The firm's other associates include Valorie Chavin, Jessica Lloyd, Esther Meisels and Paris Webb, with Janessa Wasserman acting in an of counsel capacity. The firm looks forward to continuous growth and success in accomplishing its clients' objectives. For more information, call 305-933-9970 or visit

(L-R) Michael J. Higer, Esq.; David H. Lichter, Esq.; and J. Joseph Givner, Esq.

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Life in the City BY BARI AUERBACH ‘Signs of the Times’ Around Aventura there are signs promoting public safety like the one posted by the Police Department asking potential speeders “Is it worth it?” But wouldn’t it be awesome if new signs could also go up all over town with proactive messages like these: “Stop Honking!”: It’s always so frustrating when the motorist behind you keeps honking their horn – urging you to accelerate directly into oncoming traffic. But maybe if there was a “Stop Honking!” sign, impatient drivers would realize they really don’t want to be responsible for the demise of others just so they won’t be late for their hair appointment. “Don’t Eat That!: Imagine getting ready to devour a jumbo sized treat that isn’t on your diet when all of a sudden you look up and see a sign flashing “Don’t Eat That!” Considering obesity is growing faster than any previous public health issue in the nation, this sign would really

be a public service! “Be Honest!”: From public corruption scandals – to posting very old photos on dating sites, telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth may be an endangered concept – but if there were “Be Honest!” reminder signs posted throughout America, odds are people would at least think twice before stretching the truth about as far as the Brooklyn bridge. “ M e d i t a t e M o r e ! ” : Crying babies, screaming moms, angry customers, cursing drivers…Since the prevalence of upset and agitated people seems to be on the rise, “Meditate More” signs could be very helpful, subconsciously reminding everyone to breathe deeply and relax – even if someone cuts you off, won’t take back the merchandise or disconnects you after you’ve been put you on hold forever forced to listen to an endless loop of Calypso music. “Happy Holidays!”: It’s always nice to feel holiday cheer and look forward to the New Year – but if you’re lucky enough to live in Aventura, pledging to thoroughly enjoy life in the city is at least one New Year’s resolution you never have to worry about keeping!

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Exchange old gold for cash at ACES Holiday Shopping Bazaar Wed, Dec. 9th, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Aventura Community Center Gym Looking for the perfect gift for those special people on your holiday list? Look no further… Aventura City of Excellence School, (ACES) will be holding a Spectacular Holiday Bazaar / school fundraiser on Wed., Dec. 9 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Aventura Community Center Gym (next to ACES) at 3375 NE 188 Street in Aventura. Enjoy shopping the huge selection of ACES students are gearing up for a most sucunique, hard to find fabulous gift items at great cessful Holiday Shopping Bazaar! prices for those with the most discriminating taste. You’ll find accessories, designer handbags, jewelry, clothing, art objects, home décor, crafts, electronics, and other distinctive items for the home and family. Choose from a wide selection of toys, clothes and gift items for children and teens too. Bring in your old jewelry and get cash for gold on items that you’re no longer using. There will be an exciting selection of raffle items, so don’t forget to purchase raffle tickets! Food will be available for purchase in the Recreation Center lobby from Granny Feelgoods. Free valet parking will be available all day courtesy of Artech at 2950 NE 188th Street. To offer a raffle gift or make a donation for the bazaar, contact Cindy Huzenman at 305-458-1213 or email

Tennis raises fun, funds at Aventura Chiropractic Care Center event

What have you got to lose? Aventura Heart Center offers a new healthy lifestyle diet program Aventura Heart Center, which provides comprehensive prevention and general cardiovascular services, now offers a new lifestyle diet program, the "Aventura Heart Diet," announced Dr. David Korn, codirector. According to Dr. Korn, the program is efficient, realistic and fully supervised by a board certified physician. The program includes three meals plus two snacks per day and a deluxe "one night out" meal option. The Aventura Heart Diet is a personalized program promoting Dr. Robert Rasken and Dr. David Korn and Directors, Aventura better health and eating habits Heart Center through lifestyle counseling. The plan balances diet, exercise and medicaand experience renewed self-confition to achieve a healthy routine. dence," he said. "It may lower blood Korn notes that the major differ- pressure, decrease total cholesterol and ence between the Aventura Heart Diet triglyceride levels, resulting in reduction program and others on the market is that of cardiovascular disease. We think it's a this program helps rid the body of excess winner!" body fat, not lean muscle. Aventura Heart Center is located in "During the first week, patients the Mount Sinai Aventura Building, may weigh less, feel fewer cravings, 2845 Aventura Blvd., Suite 249. For furenjoy better sleep, have more energy, ther information, contact 305 932 6061.

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BY LYNN CARROLL Not even bad weather could keep the racket down at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club for the recent Tennis for a Cure event. Event chairman Dr. David Muransky, director of the Aventura Chiropractic Care Center, said the bash was a real smash, raising more than $1,000 despite a turnout limited by rain. "The general intent was to have fun, network and raise money," the doctor said. "It was supposed to be a two-day event and, sure enough, it rained on Saturday." Dr. Muransky, a former tennis pro turned chiropractor, said plans called for officers from the Aventura Police Department to measure everyone's serving speed by radar on Saturday, but that had to be cancelled due to the downpour. Most events were rescheduled for Sunday. "We had a lady's round-robin followed by a hit-the-target, win-a-prize contest," he said. "The men's round-robin followed, as well as matches for those who paid to play with the various pros who were there." They included Hall of Famer and Grand Slam Champion Australian Fred Stolle, Turnberry's Ambassador of Tennis for the past 20 years; grand-slam champ offspring Anthony Emerson and Turnberry's Director of Tennis Elizabeth Cusack, the event co-chairman.

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Dr. David Muransky with Hall of Fame tennis legend Fred Stolle

"Stolle played in our round-robin format against both the men and the women," Dr. Muransky said. "It was an honor and privilege to be on the court with him. He's a real gentleman, a lot of fun and still a great player." Silent auction donors included the Sony Ericsson Open, Bati Jewelers in Aventura, Winn Dixie, Biscayne Tennis, Aventura Tennis and, of course, the Aventura Chiropractic Care Center. Dr. Muransky said the money raised was divided between Rally For a Cure/Breast Cancer and the American Heart Association. "The camaraderie at the event," Dr. Muransky added, "was great." Aventura Chiropractic Care Center is located at 20475 Biscayne Blvd. Visit online at or call 305-937-3700.

Miami-Dade residents using court services at the North Dade Justice Center can now find parking at the courthouse a little easier. MiamiDade County Comm. Sally Heyman joined Miami-Dade Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin, Chief Judge Joel Brown and Miami-Dade Police Major Mark Jeter at the Intracoastal Police Station, 15665 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami Beach, site of the newly appointed overflow parking spaces for the North Dade Justice Center employees. Comm. Heyman worked with Major Mark Jeter, Miami-Dade Police Intracoastal Major Jeter at the Intracoastal Police (L-R) District; Chief Judge Joel H. Brown, Miami-Dade Courts; Station to acquire the unused spaces on Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman, District 4; Clerk of Courts Harvey Ruvin; Keith Noble, their property and paid for the installa- Miami-Dade Ass't Dir. of District Operations, North Dade Justice Center tion of a fence with a gate to allow for 44 additional parking spaces for courtadditional parking onsite for those needhouse employees from her office funds. ing to conduct business," said Comm. Prior to the addition of these park- Heyman. "The addition of these 44 ing spaces, residents had difficulty find- spaces will alleviate the current parking ing a spot to park their vehicles when congestion at the justice center." visiting the courthouse. "Seeking justice will no longer be "The North Dade Justice Center is such an inconvenience," said Comm. now better equipped to accommodate Heyman.

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Unique holiday boutique to benefit Krop Sr. High BY LYNN CARROLL Holiday shoppers will have an opportunity to find the perfect gifts for special people on their seasonal list and also swap old, broken or unwanted gold, silver and platinum jewelry for some extra cash at the upcoming Shop for Krop PTSA Holiday Boutique. A jeweler will be on hand who has agreed to pay the day's fair market price for old jewelry. In addition, a full line of vendors and restaurants are participating in the first annual boutique from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 8th at the Krop Sr. High 9th Grade Annex, 700 Ives Dairy Rd., Aventura, in the west end of the California Club Mall. The event was organized by the Krop Sr. High Parent Teacher Student Association. "We wanted to make it special enough to stand out in the crowd," says event co-chair Alison Mars, vice president of membership. "We plan on making this an annual event, and we hope shoppers will look forward to attending again next year." "We're very happy that we have so many vendors participating," Mars adds. "Items for sale will include housewares, jewelry, clothing, handbags, accessories, gym wear and much more. Also, area restaurants will be operating concessions."

Shop for Krop co-chairs, Alison Mars and Ruth Vernick

Mars says she's being assisted in the organization of Shop for Krop by co-chair Ruth Vernick, vice president of fundraising for Krop PTSA. Each vendor will be contributing a portion of their proceeds to the school, she says. The funds raised will go towards student scholarships and teacher grants at the high school. For more information, email Ruth Vernick at or Alison Mars at

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Enjoy fabulous events at FIU Biscayne Bay Campus This year FIU's north campus, situated along Biscayne Bay is offering the extraordinary experience of their Prestige Cultural Series - a series of unique events showcasing classical piano, wine & food, indepth news and opera. On Thursday, December 3rd at 7 p.m., experts from Washington, D.C. and throughout South Florida will discuss and debate "Democratization in the Middle East: Charting a Course for America." Delving into one of the most perplexing foreign policy questions of our time, this event which will take place in the Mary Ann Wolfe Theater, is sure to inform and enlighten. Tickets $5. On Thursday, February 4th, FIU's School of Hospitality and Tourism Management's Harvey R. Chaplin Eminent Scholar Dr. Barry Gump will host a Gourmet Wine-Pairing Luncheon featuring a threecourse meal prepared by FIU students. Learn about the art of food and wine pairing from one of the world's experts after enjoying a delightful walk through the sculpture garden on FIU's campus by the bay. Tickets $35.

And, lastly, on Wednesday, March 10th, the Series concludes with an Evening of Russian Opera. Sure to amuse and delight, the Singers of the Lyric Orchestra perform a selection of opera arias, followed by a solo instrumental performance. Hosted by the City of Sunny Isles Beach, this event will take place in the Sunny Isles Beach Community School, 201 182nd Drive. Tickets $15 ($10 for Sunny Isles Beach residents). Event sponsors include The City of Sunny Isles Beach, Bal Harbour Village, The Town of Golden Beach, the City of North Miami Beach, Dr. Jules Oaklander, and Aventura Commissioner and Mrs. Billy Joel. Blue VIP guest passes are $75 per person. Gold VIP guest passes, which include two VIP tickets and recognition from the podium are $250. Tickets to individual events are also available. Proceeds benefit the BBC Excellence Fund, the BBC Scholars Fund and FIU's School of Music. For information or to purchase tickets, call 305-9195700 or email

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Hard Rock International offers fundraising CD to benefit world food drive The vision of hope, peace and a poverty-free world expressed by the late John Lennon in his 1971 song "Imagine" still fuels a fire that keeps his dream alive. In that spirit, Hard Rock CafÊ Miami, 401 Biscayne Blvd. # R200, has teamed up with Lennon's wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon, under the banner "Imagine There's No Hunger" to benefit WHY, the nonprofit organized to fight against hunger and poverty across the globe. With Hard Rock as partner, such recording stars as O.A.R., Elvis Costello, Brett Dennen and Eric Hutchinson have contributed to SERVE4 -- a 14-track album of previously unreleased and rare songs. O.A.R., acting as campaign ambassadors, donated a live track of "Lay Down" to the digital album. In addition, there's a lead track from John Lennon, "Gimme Some Truth," donated by Yoko. SERVE4 is available now at Hard Rock outlets around the world for $12 or online at 99¢ a track as digital down-

loads from iTunes and sites. As reflected by its "Love All, Serve All" motto, all proceeds from Hard Rock International's campaign will directly benefit WHY and its grassroots partners around the planet that together have developed ways not only to feed children who are victims of poverty but to also teach them farming and entrepreneurial skills for the future. Hard Rock International's participation in the campaign also includes a charity bracelet and limited-edition pin, featuring the "Imagine There's No Hunger" message. Hard Rock International now has 157 venues in 53 countries, including 127 cafes and 12 hotel-casinos. It boasts ownership of "the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia," which is dispersed for display at its many locations. For more information, call Hardrock Miami (305) 377-3110 or

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Vladimir Issaev's The Nutcracker Snowflakes, Holidays is back this year, as Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents the return of the classic ballet "The Nutcracker." The critically acclaimed performance, choreographed and directed by renowned Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev, will run in both Fort Lauderdale and North Miami Beach. The enthusiastic young company features a team of professional dancers performing the principal roles, as well as a community cast made up of local character artists and children for the party scene. The engaging choreography - from the fun of the party scene, to the harrowing battle scene, to the enchanting kingdom of the sweets - is guaranteed to entertain any age. This traditional ballet is performed every year by Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida to Tchaikovsky's popular score based on the tale of Ernest Hoffman. Not only is it the most popular ballet enjoyed by all audiences around the world during this time of the year but it also serves as an introduction to ballet for the very

young audiences. Issaev's choreography preserves the Russian tradition, and the company's ticket pricing makes the gift of the ballet a truly unique and unforgettable opportunity for any budget. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida's adaptation of the classic also offers a refreshing alternative for those who have already experienced the Balanchine version. This is your chance to give the gift your loved ones will always cherish. Don't miss the opportunity to share the excitement and charm of the holidays with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida during their extraordinary performances of "The Nutcracker" at the Parker Playhouse of Fort Lauderdale, December 12 and 13, and at the Julius Littman North Miami Beach Theater, December 19 and 20 Tickets range from $15 to $35. For more information visit or call 305 948 4777.

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Racks hosts ‘Just What the Doctor Bnai Zion Foundation and Aventura

Miller Cherefente, Racks Italian Bistro & Market; Sam Edelsberg, Mercedes Benz Fort Lauderdale; Joey Edelsberg; Steve Costin, Miami Gardens Florist; Arthur Chernov

Sunny Isles Beach Comm. Gerry Goodman; Dr. Michael Kafka; North Miami Beach Councilwoman Phyllis Smith

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Steve Lieber, Charles Page and Paolo di Silva, Racks Italian Bistro & Market

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Ordered’ networking event with Hospital and Medical Center

Barry Harris, Double Tree Ocean Point Resort & Spa; Carole Pumpian, Apple

John Roland; Jose and Judy Klahr, The JKLAHR Team / EWM; Ken Klein, Ibis Funding

Aldo Ferri, ASAP Services; Ana Prado and Jesus Soto, Coconut Grove Bank; John Layzell, ActionCoach Business Coaching

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Jonathan D'Oleo, Edward Jones; Ely Feldman; Hope Bieri and Beth Herdegen, Gulfcoast Business Finance

Rick Kennedy and Robyn Kane, Aventura Hospital; Comm. Goodman; Brenda Escober, HCA East Florida Division

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WHAT SOME KIDS DO ON THEIR WEEKENDS! The South Florida Youth Symphony Now in the 45th Season offering musical training to students, has a Classical Guitar Program at Miami Dade College North Campus which meets every Sunday afternoon. This class, with piano and strings are offered to beginners as well. There are three levels of Orchestra as well. You can hear two of them on Saturday December 12th at Miami Dade College’s Family Holiday Festival at the North Campus from 11 AM to Noon and 3:30 PM Dec. 13th at Fla Memorial University, Lou Rawls Center.. Students who have the desire to play music, become a teacher or performer or just want a place to share culture and socially develop with their friends, this may be your opportunity. Call the South Florida Youth Symphony today to join the 190 students already enrolled, and learn more 305-238-2729.

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THIRA treats Aventura Young Professionals to 'Grecian vacation' networker BY BARI AUERBACH

Jeff Levinson, BNY Mellon; Jason Katz, Circle of Life Saving; Cindy Miropol, Ofc. of Attorney Jeffrey Blacher; Eric J. Miller, Attorney

Sima Kohen, Stern Bloom Media; Jonathan D'Oleo, Edward Jones; Ira Haber, All in 1 Productions; David Burney, NPS Bank

Greg Kaplan, Suburban Associates; Michelle Desjardins, Allstate Insurance; Steven Price, Goldstein Schechter Koch

Janet Neuschatz, Rub Pediatrics; Dr. Drew Schnitt, Plastic Surgeon; Maria del Real, MultiLingua

Aventura Young Professionals recently discovered why critics are raving, "At THIRA, the food, dĂŠcor, and atmosphere will make you feel as if you're dining in the Greek islands!" The hospitable staff of THIRA "Taste of the Greek Islands" along with AYP Chair Michael Yavner of Northern Trust welcomed a great turnout of under-45 entrepreneurs to the family-owned Hallandale Beach restaurant. The networking luncheon truly captured the spirit of Greece, complete with fabulous first impressions including white arches, pale blue lights and beautiful island paintings depicting Thira. Leaders from BNY Mellon, Stern Bloom Media, Williams Island, Hampton Inn and Bloomgarden Goudreau & Rosen were impressed to learn healthful Mediterranean-style specialties are made from scratch using only the finest, freshest ingredients fulfilling the promise, "From our wide variety of appetizers and salads to the freshest seafood and signature entrees such as Lamb tenderloin kebobs, at THIRA, we bring you Greek dishes in a way that is both authentically traditional and comfortably approachable." Friends from Filene's Basement, Minuteman Press, Coane & Associates, Edward Jones and MultiLingua especially enjoyed the Grecian philosophy that restaurants are not just a place to have a bite to eat before an evening of entertainment - they are the entertainment. Tables are usually occupied for hours as guests work their way through the menu over pleasant conversation and great wine - typically starting off with a traditional Greek salad and favorite appetizers, then moving onto the main course, homemade Greek desserts and stone ground Greek coffee. Colleagues from Allstate, the Office of Dr. Richard Galitz & Drew Schnitt, Fabian Realty, ASAP Services and All in 1 Productions concurred THIRA menu items like vegetarian pitas, snapper, grilled shrimp, sea bass, grouper, salmon and braised lamb served with steamed wild greens would make it easy to stay on a Mediterranean diet! Teams from Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach, Suburban Associates, All Clean USA, attorneys Jeffrey Blacher, Mark Lynn and Eric Miller, Globalinx, Ameriprise Financial, Custom Spine and

Maya Oshins, Stern Bloom Media; Loretta Hardial and Troy Whittington, Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach

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The Victory School were also looking forward to better beach bodies thanks to THIRA specialties like "Briam" - roasted, mixed vegetables in a light tomato sauce; "Melitzanosalata" - grilled eggplant spread with garlic, olive oil, red peppers and tomatoes; and "Dolmadakia" - grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs. Power lunch lovers from Rub Pediatrics, Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, Goldstein Schechter Koch, DS Xpress, Angelica Montealegre, CPA, and Cutting Edge Promotions really appreciated the only "Big Fat Greek" thing about THIRA is the value of lunch specials served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting at just $4.95 - plus elaborate sunset menus offered from 3-6 p.m. Everyone from Palm Gardens,, Law Office of Russel Lazega, Planet Beach Contempo Spa and U.S. Parking was also happy to hear that Happy Hours feature specials like twofor-one cocktails from 2-7 p.m. and other periodic specials like complimentary bottles of wine or appetizers and $7 "Martini Madness" on Thursdays. Before the luncheon concluded, AYP members planned to take many more "Grecian vacations" close to home at THIRA - where it's always "just as if you were on the island itself!" For more information about THIRA's take-out menu or catering for private functions, phone: 954-454-9676 or visit To learn more about upcoming Aventura Young Professional events, phone the Aventura Marketing Council: 305-932-5334.

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everything from clothes to shoes to purses. A jewelry shelf is a simple way to keep earrings and necklaces from becoming tangled, and can be tucked away within an armoire. In the bedroom and family rooms, entertainment centers can be customized to conceal less-than-attractive cords and outlets, and can protect and hide electronics. Cabinetry in the bathroom can hide toiletry items that aren't meant to be on display and give the room a polished look. Even laundry baskets can be concealed by cabinetry to create extra space by reducing clutter. If space allows, a customized vanity can accentuate the bath by offering a sophisticated look. In the office or den, custom cabinetry is a great way to unify the look of all elements, from the desk to the printing station to filing cabinets and shelving. Custom cabinetry is the best way to design your home around your family's needs with a true reflection of your personal tastes. It offers homeowners a personalized solution, and doubles as decoration for any room in the home. mra (michael rosenthal associates) phone: 305.592.0040, fax: 305.592.5144, e-mail:, website:


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South Florida residential inventory plummets 35% BY ROMAN PAVLIK As the South Florida winter tourism seasons begins this week, buyers coming to the tricounty region will find that there are one-third fewer resale properties to choose from compared to a year ago. Residential properties for resale have tumbled by more than 37,730, or 35 percent, on a year-over-year basis to 69,797 single-family houses, condominium units, and townhouses in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, according to a new report <http://www.condovultures. com/images/stories/vdreports/november2009/cv_active_pending_inventory_run ning_total_11_23_09.pdf> from Condo V u l t u r e s . c o m <> . Compared to Thanksgiving week 2008, the single-family house inventory in South Florida has tumbled by 19,657 residences to 26,942 homes available. Condominium and townhouse inventory has slipped by 18,073 properties to 42,855 properties, according to the Condo report based on Florida Association of Realtors <> data. "The South Florida real estate market is showing signs of potentially bottoming out," said Peter Zalewski, a principal with the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based real estate consultancy <http://www.condovultures. com/en/consulting-services.html> Condo Vultures® LLC. "Resale inventory is down 35 percent across the region, all of the construction cranes developing condos in Greater Downtown Miami have been down for at least a year, and 19 bulk deals - four in November alone - have closed since July 2008. "The looming question that remains is whether the South Florida market is at a plateau or a bottom given that foreclosure filings are still rising." “ 35% Decrease in Homes for sale “ Well it looks like the buying spree that we have experienced in the last 12 months is continuing. July, August and September saw sales volumes higher thatn anything we have seen in over many years. # of sales in

September have tripled since 2007. This has caused the inventories to shrink 35% from last year. According to MLS statistics, there are 26,942 houses for sale now versus 46,599 last year, and there are 42,855 condos and townhouses versus 60,928 last year. The surge of buyers is due to several reasons: 1) low interest rates around 5% for end users 2) price drops anywhere from 50% to 80% depending on the areas, 3) foreign investors taking advantage of a weak dollar and low prices 4) the tax credit for first time home buyers 5) the foreclosure moratorium that was in effect most of 2009. Where the market will go in the next 12 months? There are two large factors that will determine that. The first is that the government has extended the first time buyer tax credit and added a tax credit for move up buyers also. This should help maintain the pace of the buying activity. The second, and probably most significant factor is what we call “shadow inventory”. These are all the foreclosures that the banks are holding and not releasing yet. The 20+ banks and servicers that personally give me foreclosures to sell, have only been trickling in. There is 6-8 months of inventory that has been accumulating and not released. Banks are trying to work out short sales and loan modifications with a large number of these homeowners rather than foreclose, but within record numbers of new foreclosures being filed, nobody knows how many and how fast these will hit the market. As long as the monthly releases do not exceed a large percentage of the monthly sales we are experiencing, then the market should continue to recover. To view up to date market stats that we post from the MLS, visit < >. To view condos for sale in each building in Aventura, visit www.Aventura <> . You can also become a fan of our FACEBOOK Page: AVENTURA CONDO LIVING where you can share dining experiences, view video tours of some of the finest Aventura Residences for sale, and much more or to contact Pavlik directly at 305-343-3910 or by emailing

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‘Still stuffed?’ How to burn off holiday feasts BY BARI AUERBACH If your Thanksgiving feast added up to a critical mass of fat and calories, this week you may want to make an early New Year’s resolution to start burning off everything that left you feeling extrastuffed plus all the leftovers that may still be stuffed in the fridge. Nutrition experts estimate a typical Thanksgiving dinner, with three ounces of skinless roast turkey; 4 ounces of mashed potatoes; two tablespoons of gravy; four ounces each of green bean casserole and honey-glazed carrots; a dinner roll with two teaspoons of margarine; assorted relishes; a few tablespoons of cranberry sauce; and a slice of pumpkin pie with a tablespoon of whipped topping have about 1,100 calories, 38 grams of fat, 150 grams carbohydrate and 40 grams of protein. To burn off all the calories from a typical holiday meal, you’d need to do at least four hours of walking at three and a half miles per hour or two hours of jogging at five miles per hour. But if all that cardio doesn’t sound too appetizing, you can learn to burn the calories in different ways. The good news is feeling “stuffed” can be just the catalyst needed to jumpstart a renewed commitment to improved fitness and nutrition plans. Diet Programs This may be the perfect time to sign up for Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem or another diet program that can help you stay disciplined – at least until the holiday season is over. Breaking Plateaus If you’ve been doing the same exercise routine since a few Thanksgivings ago, it may be time to change things up so you can break plateaus that can hold you back

from attaining your fitness goals. For example, if you’ve always exclusively done cardio but never step foot in the weight room of your gym, try incorporating resistance training to target problem areas cardio alone can’t firm and tone. Ask an Exper t Even if you don’t have the budget for a personal trainer, most gyms offer complimentary consultations and at least one training session. Taking advantage of this “learning session,” you can ask a trainer what kind of program would be most beneficial for you. This is also a good opportunity to share the routine you currently have and ask for alternatives that could change things up so you can achieve more optimal results. Get Moving If your job requires you to be very sedentary during the day, resolve to devote at least 30 minutes either before or after work to do some form of invigorating exercise that will get you up and moving more. Eat Less Mor e Often Whatever portion size you usually have on your plate, try making it smaller. Then start eating more frequently throughout the day…A healthful meal or snack every three to four hours can stave off hunger, kickstart your metabolism and definitely help get rid of some of the extra stuffing that somehow made a beeline from the holiday table to your waistline!


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Gallery Art, a smart gallery BY KIM GOEDDE Gallery Art in Aventura offers art, not only for its beauty but as also as an investment - A smart gallery! As of last summer, the Moses Mei Fine Art index, that measures the performance of U.S. postwar and contemporary art rose 55 percent on an annualized basis for 2006, and by all indications from strong auction house sales in the second half of 2006, will remain strong when the update is published in February. "There are three beauties in some sense in art," Moses said. "The beauty of the object; the joy of collecting and meeting and talking with people and the excitement of the hunt; and the diversification potential of art in a portfolio." By contrast, as the contemporary art sector booms, paintings by Andy Warhol — once thought to be an evanescent fad — are selling for Picasso-like prices. Late Picassos, which Guesnet said were hard to sell five years ago, are now fetching handsome sums. And work by minimalists such as Donald Judd, Carl Andre and Sol Lewitt have appreciated in value over the past decade. Check list for art investors • Know thy artist - Art buyers should know

the history of the artist's work as well as the quality. Also check the origin, condition and period in which it was painted before investing. • Have a clear idea about the time horizon and gestation period for a particular work to appreciate in value. • Buy works of well-known artists if you are looking for returns in the short term. However, if you can spot talent early, your returns can grow manifold over a period of time if you are prepared for the wait. • Last but not least, buy art only if you like the quality of work and not just the artist. Take excellent care of your purchase. A work of art can never be replicated. With the holiday season rapidly approaching, be sure to stop in at Aventura's largest fine art gallery, Gallery Art, to see the comprehensive art collection. You will surely find affordable pieces this season whether you purchase for beauty and aesthetic gratification or as an investment. Gallery Art is owned and operated by a brother and sister team, Ken and Amy Hendel, and is an established art gallery in existence for over 20 years, buying and selling prestigious names at a reasonable price. For further information contact Ken or Amy at or (305) 932-6166.

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It feels good to get off work-a-day treadmill BY KELLY CRAIG We’ve all heard of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. You know, those biblical equine trouble-makers empowered to wreak havoc on the world. Well, last June I got my own feathered version of looming disaster when a beautiful peacock showed up in my front yard. The sight of one of these colorful creatures strutting around the neighborhood is nothing new for a lot of South Floridians, but I’d never before seen one on my street. On this particular Saturday evening, the bird not only inspected the grounds, he actually swooped up onto my roof and perched there for about 10 minutes, staring straight at me. I actually said to my husband, “Wow, it’s as if the peacock knows he’s found safe haven on the home of an NBC staffer.” Hubby just rolled his eyes, but I basked in my

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Taurus - A subconscious message of some kind - a dream, intuition sudden insight, will come to you. There is a message for your friend, the one who is having trouble conceiving a child, or getting over a creative blockage. The message is "good things come to she or he who waits" - but not always in the form they expected.

Libra - This week your love aspects look a lot better, and it's likely on your own that you'll make the connections you need to. Not that meddling siblings and family members are fully happy with your choices, but they'll be happy you are at least getting out of the house. Scorpio - You have a possible breakthrough this week involving a family member and their health or wellness issues. Keep up your strong and energetic support. They may not react positively in every case, but whether they show it or not, they need you right now.

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If your homeowners or condominium association attorney is taking their legal fees and costs out of your assessments they are collecting (or only collecting the assessments due to the association and then billing the association without collecting such fees and costs on top of the association assessments), then you may want to consider finding a new attorney. Florida Statutes and most association governing documents protect an attorney’s right to collect his or her legal fees and costs in addition to the assessments due to the association. Therefore, if the attorney only collects the assessment amount for the association and then separately bills the association for their legal fees (which fees, in some cases, may be more than the actual assessments collected) then, in essence, the attorney has taken their fees out of the association’s money instead of taking advantage of the association’s legal right to collect all of its legal fees and costs in addition to the assessments.






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Additionally, some attorneys either bill their association clients up front or at some other stage of the collection matter instead of deferring such legal fees until the matter is successfully concluded and the association also receives its money. While smaller practitioners may need to bill their clients up front or along the way in order to cover overhead expenses and other financial needs, the irony is that most associations in this market cannot afford to pay any legal fees (which is why they need a good collection attorney in the first place) and therefore should consider finding an attorney who agrees to defer all of their legal fees until such legal fees are fully collected from the debtor or the lender. Additionally, having to pay legal fees up front or along the way is actually a deterrent to many associations from even pursuing advisable legal remedies such as filing their own association foreclosures against delinquent owners (instead of just waiting for the lenders to come through) because the legal fees are cost prohibitive.


Some naïve attorneys also allow lenders’ counsel to convince them that the statutory cap for a qualified first mortgagee (who completes a foreclosure against its borrower) also includes a cap on the association’s legal fees and costs. It does not. Such statutory caps, if applicable, only apply to “assessments” and, as such, the legal fees and costs are all recoverable in addition to the capped amount of assessments due from the prior owner. If the Florida Legislature had intended to cap legal fees and costs for qualified first mortgage holders, it would have stated so in the applicable statute. Practically speaking, this also could not have been the intent because the legal fees and costs are typically more than the statutory cap in the first place, which would mean that if the legal fees were capped, the association would not only typically get nothing (because the fees would be greater than the assessments due), but would possibly leave the association upside down owing an additional balance to the attorney, in which case no association would be able to hire an attorney for such purpose. Ben Solomon, Esq. is a partner and co-founder of Association Law Group, P.L. (ALG) and practices in the areas of developer representation and association representation. /

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