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Artech hosts Miss Florida USA Jessica Rafalowski cious floor plans and intelligently designed interiors boasting marble vanities, Italian cab"Beauty and brains" reigned when Miss inetry and ultra-chic baths. From the vantage point of vertically-longer windows, Artech Florida USA Jessica Rafalowski and also makes views of the Intracoastal high-tech Artech "smart homes" took Waterway even more center stage at a recent Aventura breathtaking. Marketing Council Chairman's Real estate experts are Roundtable luncheon hosted by raving that Artech is unlike Shefaor Development and anything ever seen along the Fortune International at the Intracoastal due to the conopulent Artech residences. dominium's "beauty and Shefaor Development brains" - exceptional traits principal/AMC board shared by Miss Florida USA member Claudio Stivelman 2008 Jessica Rafalowski. welcomed guests on behalf of Going on to represent Florida Artech partners Gilbert in the Miss USA pageant, she Benhamou and Edgardo placed in the top 10. In January, Defortuna while standing in for Rafalowski gained an Aventura fanFl. State Sen. AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Gwen Margolis base when she served as a celebrity Greenberg Traurig. He explained with event host Shefaor Development and Fortune Claudio Stivelman spokesperson for the recent Artech developers Gilbert Benhamou and Claudio Stivelman of Shefaor Development flank Cindy Darnaby, Artech / Fortune International Realty and Miss Florida USA 2008 Jessica Rafalowski International, recognized leaders in high-end real estate, sharing vast experience in property development, sales and marketing, joined forces to co-develop Artech working with world-renowned architects Carlos Ott and Charles Benson & Associates. Artech, one of Aventura's newest luxury condominiums along the Intracoastal, offers the best combination of technology and design on Northeast 188th Street, near Aventura's Charter School, community recreation center and soon to come Arts and Cultural Center. Residents appreciate regal amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, massage rooms and saunas, tennis and racquetball courts, a private cinema, boat slips accommodating up to 114-foot vessels, beach Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel; Claudio Stivelman; Jessica Rafalowski; Aventura Mayor AMC members enjoy touring the Artech property club memberships at The Fairmont Turnberry Susan Gottlieb, Commissioners Michael Stern and Bob Diamond Isle Resort and Club; and a special "Privileges Program" with participating vendors offering also have to be a business woman seeking I'm finishing my degree and because of the residents values on fine dining, entertainment, Pangaea World Festival held in Aventura. "This was my first pageant and I had no sponsorships; plus take on the role of a 'role Miss Florida pageant, I discovered what I pampering services and much more. Turning a futuristic dream into reality, idea I was going to win‌ever since then it model.' Kids look up to you and pay attention want to do with my life. I'm going to pursue a Artech's innovative "smart home" concept has all been a whirlwind," Rafalowski said. to what you do, so it's important to live your career in the television industry, so you enables electrical functions to be easily con- "Some think all we have to do is walk across life in a way you can be proud. You have to haven't seen the last of me!" For more information about Artech trolled with just the press of a button - plus the stage and answer questions about world take on these roles with grace and poise touch-screen monitors and multi-media com- peace - but it's very challenging. A pageant through it all learning how to take construc- contact: 305-466-2600 or, or visit the onsite model residences and sales puters for interactive communication in resi- winner has to take on different roles including tive criticism and become a better person." Summing up her experiences over the center at 2590 NE 188th Street, Aventura, FL dences provide access to professional being an advocate for worthy causes such as concierge services. But when it comes to good promoting breast and ovarian cancer past year, Rafalowski said, "I think I took on 33180. old fashioned luxury, Artech excels with spa- awareness; and helping to raise funds. You the Miss Florida USA roles well. Right now, Photography by Andrew Goldstein BY BARI AUERBACH

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Sterling of Aventura celebrates 105th Birthday celebration of resident Veteran Dr. Louis Stein The Sterling Aventura rolled out the red carpet for Dr. Louis Stein who celebrated his 105th birthday on November 7th. From the first shout of “SURPRISE”, Dr. Stein entered the room dancing and carrying on as he was greeted by family, friends, residents and staff of The Sterling. In true Sterling style, the party was a not-to-be missed ‘scene’ filled with love, friendship and warm wishes. On behalf of the City of Dorinda Vasquez, director of residents care; Harry Teich, Aventura, Vice Mayor Billy Joel (L-R) executive director; Geremy Jordan, associate in training; Cathy presented a personalized framed Finkelstein, director of social services; Jessica Cabrera, director of letter from the Mayor and City administration; Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel; Dr. Louis Stein; Commission in addition to some Barry Ger, director of marketing; Larry Mankoff, regional manager heartfelt words of gratitude and appreciation. It was revealed at the birthday bash that Dr. Stein adds copious amounts of Tabasco Sauce to any food item. To his surprise, the makers of his beloved sauce sent him his own specially-inscribed birthday bottle of Tabasco! Making the moment even more sensational, Governor Charlie Crist sent a personalized letter to Dr. Stein expressing a warm and sincere birthday wishes on his special day. At 105 years young, Dr. Stein is the oldest veteran living in Miami. He joined the military in 1927 and served in WWII, on the front line as a surgeon. In his late 70’s, he learned to play the piano and he is still making music. Dr. Stein is a hero and an inspiration to us all. For more information about Sterling Aventura, call 305-918-0000 or visit

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The Continental Group receives philanthropy award from Voices for Children The Continental Group, a locally based property management company, was recently honored with the Voices for Children (VFC) Philanthropy Award at the foundation's annual "Be a Voice" luncheon at Jungle Island in Miami. The event recognizes VFC's "Most Valuable Protectors," community members who have demonstrated outstanding support and commitment to the organization that assists abused, abandoned and neglected children in Miami-Dade County. Continental was honored for its continued support and its sponsorship of VFC's 2007 annual holiday toy drive, for which company employees donated presents for 750 children. "Continental is proud to support Voices for Children through its annual toy drive and truly admires the commitment this dedicated group has shown through its efforts to help children in need," said Vice President of Marketing Chip Sollins, who accepted the award.

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Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Vladimir Issaev's The Nutcracker Under the artistic direction of renowned Ballet Master Vladimir Issaev, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida's present "The Nutcracker" with performances taking the stage at the Julius Littman North Miami Beach Performing Arts Theater on December 13th and 14th and at Broward's Parker Playhouse on December 20th and 21st. Featuring principal dancer Yoshie Oshima as the Sugarplum Fairy and Andrey Konkin as her Cavalier, these professional dancers have received glowing accolades for their impeccable performances of the season. 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 "The Nutcracker" 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 young audiences. Issaev's choreography preserves the Russian tradition with his version as an alternative to those who already have seen Balanchine's version. Tickets prices range from $15 to $35. For tickets and information, call 305-935-3232 or

Aventura Comm. Zev Auerbach (center) flanked by Biscayne Cove Board Members: Lois Lax; Gladys Saltos; Thelma Erlichstein; Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka; and President Madeline Giardiello

Aventura Comm. Zev Auerbach recently spoke to the Biscayne Cove Condominium Association on the subject of Dade County Condominium Property Taxes and their effect on the city of Aventura.

Biscayne Cove General Manager Victor Merced flanked by Comm. Auerbach and Madeline Giardiello

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Wanderings & Ponderings The furniture

will it belong to, us?” Jane said. “No it’s my apartment and my bedroom, it’s so logical, can’t you see?” Bill replied. Bill and Jane have been together for Bill checked out the living room, three years. They’ve been thinking of dining room and got the same answers. getting married but Jane felt that before “You want to live alone but we would they did, she wanted to live on her own share in buying you things for your for awhile. She felt that since apartment but you’ll own it, they were now living in Bill’s what happens to my furniplace she did need time for ture when we move in herself to make sure that together?” he asked. they had a future. Bill “It’d be time for you sell thought that they had a pretyour furniture except for ty nice place, his own. some pieces I can use in my Jane put it another way, bathroom, and living room “This apartment has a histoand maybe the kitchen.” ry of every girl you’ve been Jane finally moved into with before me, their ghosts her own apartment. A lot of are all over the place in your Bill’s furniture also moved Dan Palmer memories and probably your in, but she reupholstered momentos. How do I know and redid the pieces and where your furniture has come from that made it different. As Bill’s apartand who helped you to buy them?” Bill ment got barer and barer, he soon folhad never given such things much, if lowed his ex-furniture to her nest. any, thought since a couch was a couch, They’ve started anew with Jane’s fura chair a chair, listened and tried to niture most of which was Bill’s. The understand. question now arises, what do they do if “Are you buying your own furni- they ever break up? Who gets the furniture?” he asked, “Well yes and no,” she ture, does it come with or without replied, “As we will be back together upholstering? Are there visitation rights again I feel that you should help out to the furniture.? I wonder. Is there financially on the bedroom, after all you anything in the Florida statues about will be sleeping in it eventually.” “Who this? Just about anything else is there.

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Aventura Hospital celebrates opening of Jewish Hospitality Room Aventura Hospital is proud to celebrate the opening of its new Jewish Hospitality Room. This facility is a designated space where Jewish visitors can fulfill their religious obligations during the Sabbath, Jewish holidays and other occasions. Located on the seventh floor of the hospital's north tower, the Jewish Hospitality Room is a joint project of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Yehuda Memorial Foundation of New York and the Gesher Tzedaka Foundation. The Yehuda Memorial Foundation was created by Miriam Alexander, a former patient in the New York healthcare system who has funded development of Jewish hospitality spaces in various hospital facilities. The Gesher Tzedaka Foundation was founded by Efi Fixler, a local businessman and owner of Gold Coach Tours, as an expression of his commitment to the mitzvah (positive deed) of visiting the infirm. Rabbi Frederick L. Klein, director of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation's Community Chaplaincy Program, praised both foundations for filling an important void for

traditional Jews. He explained that he visits hospitals as a volunteer chaplain and understands the added stress that many Jews feel when they are faced with the choice of staying with hospitalized relatives or practicing their religious beliefs. "We thank the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, the Yehuda Memorial Foundation of New York and the Gesher Tzedaka Foundation for donating the Jewish Hospitality Room to our hospital," stated Heather J. Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital. "We welcome those initiatives that help us improve the world-class service already provided to our patients and their families in our facility." The Jewish Hospitality Room complements many other amenities at Aventura Hospital that are reflective of the healthcare facility's commitment to the Jewish community. These amenities include a full kosher food service for all hospital rooms, kosher food in the cafeteria, a Sabbath elevator, and candles for in-hospital room use during the Sabbath and Jewish holidays. For more information, call 305-682-7000 for

Miami Jewish Home and Hospital culminates year with 2008 Founders Gala The Miami Jewish Home at Hospital at Douglas Gardens (MJHH) culminates another successful year with the celebration of the 2008 Founders Gala, themed "From Sea to Shining Sea," chaired by the legendary "Total Traveler" Ethel Blum Dublin and Edward L. Dublin. The event will take place at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa, 4833 Collins Avenue, on December 13th, beginning at 7 p.m. The gala, complimentary to all Founders, will feature the band Euphoria and surprise entertainment. This special evening will salute the Founders and Friends Cruise Program and its Cruise Captains, who have sustained vital support for MJHH's mission of providing high quality healthcare and treatment to thousands of South Floridians. "The gala will be our opportunity to reminisce about all the striking destinations we've visited and celebrate our shared dedication to the Home," said Ethel Blum Dublin, the renowned author of The Total Traveler Guide to Worldwide Cruising, about the Founders

and Friends Cruise Program. "We are extremely proud of the difference this program has made in meeting the needs of our residents, tenants, and clients." With elegant dĂŠcor and a lavish dinner, MJHH will officially enroll new Founders and upgrade others at this, the 26th anniversary gala. In addition to the Dublins, the committee overseeing this year's gala is cochaired by Vivian and Harold Beck, and Hazel and Irving Cypen, with Shirley Harris as memorial gala chair and Gale Goldstein Tucker as underwriting chair. Miami Jewish Home and Hospital's Founders organization, led by President Aida Politano, consists of individuals and corporations that have donated or pledged at least $50,000 to the Home. MJHH attributes much of its success to the generosity of these donors, and commends the Founders for their passion and continued support. Myriad sponsorship opportunities at the invitation-only event range from $250 to $10,000. For more information, call Norma Orovitz at 305-762-1396;

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The Apple Organization picks up 'Best PR Company in the Americas' Award at CNBC America's Property Awards PR icon Phyllis Apple graciously accepted the coveted award for "Best PR Company in the Americas" at the recent CNBC Americas Property Awards 2008 gala held in association with The New York Times. The black-tie event was recently held at The RitzCarlton in Orlando. As the only five-star winner in its category, Apple qualified for the Best PR Company in the World. The awards are part of the world's largest and most prestigious property competition, formally known as the CNBC International Property Awards. The objective of these awards is to encourage excellence in the property industry worldwide and to recognize and promote an international standard. The CNBC Americas Property Awards received hundreds of entries in all categories. As well as entries from the USA, Argentina, the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Canada, Uruguay, Belize and the French West Indies were represented. Entries were judged by a panel of international independent professionals, chaired by Eric Pickles MP, British Shadow Secretary of State. A boutique agency that has dedicated International,

Media and Writing Divisions, The Apple Organization competed nationally against many companies from across the US. It was singled out for its well thought out writing and comprehensive media placements that appeared around the globe on behalf of its longstanding client, International Sales Group, a leading South Florida-based real estate sales and marketing firm. A full-service public relations and communications firm based in North Miami Beach, Apple boasts a who's who of clients around Florida and beyond in the fields of real estate, hospitality, architecture/interior design, and professional services. In addition to its most recent award, the agency was listed among Inc. 5000's list of "Fastest Growing Private Companies." In 2007, Apple won South Florida Business Journal's coveted Business of the Year and the firm was a finalist in the Best Places to Work in both 2006 and 2007. The Apple Organization is located at 17840 West Dixie Hwy. in North Miami Beach. For further information, call The Apple Organization, 305-937-1581 or visit



"Raise Your Spirits" at Bourbon Steak, a Michael Mina restaurant Bourbon Steak at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club is giving locals a new way to beat the mid-week blues‌ The famed Michael Mina restaurant is offering a sophisticated social hour called "Raise Your Spirits" to showcase its exclusive assortment of fine spirits every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. During "Raise Your Spirits," bar-goers enjoy a menu of vertical spirit tastings, half-priced signature cocktails including the Ward Eight with Woodford Reserve, pomegranate, fresh orange and lemon, reduced-priced appetizers, plus complimentary butter-truffle popcorn. Afterwards, stay for a delectable dinner and enjoy kobe beef off the wood-burning grills, fresh seafood, duck fat fries and a menu of over 750 wines. Complimentary valet parking is available for those attending "Raise Your Spirits". For more information, call (786) 2796600.

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VIEWPOINT Presidents need help for fundamental change BY STEVE SCHNAPP Barack Obama certainly owes his success to a newly energized and well-organized coalition of Democrats. But he also benefited greatly from the confluence of economic disasters that burst upon the campaign in its final weeks. Obama's response proved to be the right one. He argued forcefully that the trickle-down policies of the Reagan era and the deregulation of the Bush years had been tried and found wanting. He argued for rebuilding the economy from the bottom up rather than the top down, for paying attention to who benefits ultimately from multibillion dollar decisions made in Washington. And he convinced undecided voters he was the better man for the job. He now faces enormous difficulties in making good on his promise of fundamental changes to the economy. Almost immediately, commentators started dismissing the progressive populist mandate saying that we're still a “center-right nation.” And the economic downturn itself could make it increasingly difficult to move legislation and government programs in new directions. There is no simple way to predict how a president will act in challenging times, but history shows us that even our most powerful presidents needed strong support - and even pressure - from organized groups to achieve success. Before the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln opposed the effort to declare slavery illegal, citing the doctrine of states' rights. Only after the war started going badly and he feared the loss of support of the abolitionists did he change his mind. According to historian Richard Hofstadter, Lincoln was like “a delicate barometer [recording] the trend of pressures, and as the Radical pressure increased he moved toward the left.” In the 1930's, massive numbers of people, organized into groups of labor unions, tenants, and the unemployed, put tremendous pressure on Franklin Roosevelt to improve their lot and halt the excesses of the wealthy. Roosevelt responded brilliantly with the New Deal, which he broadened into a unifying solution not only for the grassroots, but also for significant numbers of wealthy people who became allies, pro-

viding him with important ideological support. During the 1960's, Lyndon Johnson was busy twisting the arms of his colleagues so that they would accept the notion of civil rights as “an idea whose time has come.” Bill Moyers, one of Johnson's aides, noted at a meeting between Johnson and M.L. King that, “[LBJ] … said, in effect: 'OK. You go out there Dr. King and keep doing what you're doing, and make it possible for me to do the right thing.' … So King marched and Johnson maneuvered and Congress folded.” As did Roosevelt before him, Johnson obviously used the force of his personality in exercising moral leadership. But he also needed to appear to respond to King's outside pressure, to convince the broad populace, especially in the South, that Johnson's path was best for the nation as a whole. The parallels between the tipping points for previous social change movements and today are many. But can today's electoral coalition grow into a movement for fundamental economic change rivaling the power of past movements for social change? Let us hope so. And let us do what we can to support it by continuing to educate ourselves about the rules that underlie the economy and using our voices and actions to inspire others to join the cause. Turning from 30 years of economic rules that benefit mostly the wealthy to a more equitable approach will be a challenge, but a large, committed grassroots movement could carry the same power of previous ones. Perhaps then we can be assured that Sen. Barack Obama's “Yes, we can” doesn't turn into President Obama's “No We Can't.” It's up to us. As President-elect Obama himself said, “I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you.” -Steve Schnapp is a senior education specialist for United for a Fair Economy, which raises awareness about the dangers of growing economic inequality and concentrated wealth and power.

Support our troops - Let’em vote BY RYAN ALEXANDER The election system used by our military and other citizens serving away from home is in shambles. In the national election in 2006, just 5.5 percent of such people voted, according to a report by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Compare that to an overall 2006 domestic turnout of 48 percent (still too low). But the report also indicates that the low turnout in the overseas group is not for a lack of trying or money. Unsurprisingly, it looks like the various military and other bureaucracies in charge of making sure our most dedicated public servants can select their elected leaders, are falling short. Not only are millions of U.S. citizens effectively being shut out of participating in their democracy, we're wasting millions of dollars in taxpayer money in the process. Congress has been trying to fix the problem by directing the Department of Defense (DOD) to come up with a better fax and email system to facilitate a simpler remote voting method. But progress has been pathetic. Snail mail absentee ballots for these voters has been in place for a while, but in 2000 DOD launched a pilot program that investigated using an electronic email/fax combination. In 2004, 17 people received ballots through the system at a total cost of $576,000; in 2006, DOD reported eight ballots cast at a cost of about $1.1 million. Not exactly cost-effective. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimates there are 6 million American who fall into the category covered by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). These include overseas military and their families, civilians working overseas, as well as military and civilians working in the United States, but whose work requires

them to live where they are not registered to vote. In addition to the failed electronic system described above, UOCAVA-related voters are able to utilize the more traditional mail absentee ballot method to vote. However, especially for the military, the logistical hurdles have resulted in very low voter participation. An individual has to request a ballot from the appropriate source by the deadline, receive it, fill it out correctly, and return it in time for the vote to count. According to the EAC report, in 2006 less than 1 million of the UOCAVAeligible people requested an absentee ballot, and of those, only 264,000 ballots were actually cast in the election. These are not new problems, according to recent studies. But in this digital day and age when people can safely file their local and federal income taxes from their home computers, it's a disgrace that some of the most dedicated of our citizens are effectively disenfranchised at the ballot box by an archaic system. DOD claims it can't implement a new email-based system until the EAC writes their guidelines for Internet based voting. In other words, millions of people, who in many cases are putting their lives on the line for the rest of us, continue to be denied the ability to choose their commander-inchief and other leaders. There is no excuse for DOD and federal elections officials wasting millions of dollars in failing efforts to cost-effectively construct an electronic system that allows military and civilian public servants to safely and securely participate in electing their leaders. Ms. Ryan Alexander is president, Taxpayers for Common Sense -- a non-partisan federal budget watchdog. <>


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Fashion Forward with Fashion Factor BY NICOLE GREENSHER Fashion Factor is a federally trademarked television production name I created and launched. as a 14-year old entrepreneur. With an early start in a summer program at New York’s famed Parsons School of Fashion and Design, I was not aware what would lie ahead until I got my “big break” when Teen Vogue featured me and my classmates in the November 2005 issue of the national teen magazine. From that moment on, I began to branch out into the intriguing world of fashion where I discovered my passion Nicole Greensher records Fashion Factor segment for NBC and voice. In Vail, Colorado I approached a local television station that “it” fashions of the season. With more journalistic goals in the took interest in my brainchild “Fashion Factor.” The show consisted of retail works, I began writing weekly fashion sponsors who would appear on the show columns for the Denver Daily News and broadcast their merchandise through named “Fashion Factor” as well. After live models with me as host to the being featured in GL Girls’ Life Teen National Magazine, I began to write as a fashionably aware. Simultaneously, I took fashion to regular columnist for the acclaimed the next level as a journalist, writing a magazine with fashion stories named weekly fashion column called “Fashion “Fashion Fiction.” An Aventura born native, I have Extreme” for the Vail Daily. This exposure enabled me to grow to a net- returned back to my tropical home. work level leading to numerous features Fashion Factor continues to be an active on the CW Denver network and in the fashion show in the television business, Denver Post promoting fashion chic highlighting major fashion trends that are ideas. I then hosted Fashion Factor on loved by so many. For more information, email NBC Denver, featuring major retailers including Nordstrom and Macy’s with professional models demonstrating the

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A Woodbury expert is a one-stop shop for financial services top management in both companies. “I represented a full line of insurance and Peter J. Fisher, an Aventura-based investment products,” he says. At financial professional who works under Equitable and Prudential, Fisher also the aegis of Woodbury Financial hired, trained and recruited new repreServices, brings more than 30 years of sentatives. Fisher’s practice in Aventura offers experience to his field of managing "any a full range of insurance significant life event and investment prodthat may have financial ucts. His services also implications." include retirement planTo recognize the ning for employees, energy and devotion group benefits and Fisher expends to help estate preservation. meet the financial goals Fisher says of clients, Woodbury –– Woodbury invites cuswhich organizes, licenstomers to “think of es and authorizes the Woodbury and your sale of financial prodfinancial professional as ucts –– named Fisher to partners, focusing on its prestigious Eagle’s helping you turn your Circle, a distinction only financial aspirations a handful achieve. into achievements. This Fisher credits his partnership helps your success on his professionalism, customer Peter Fisher, Woodbury Financial Services representative assess your needs, and then recservices skills, knowlommend products and edge of the industry and his ability to listen to his client’s needs services that will best meet those needs.” Woodbury Financial Services is a and goals. As a registered Woodbury represen- member of the Hartford Financial tative, Fisher works most often in the Services Group, one of the most recoginsurance and investing areas. His expe- nized names in the industry. A company rience –– especially in the insurance and with a heritage of stability, recognition investment fields –– is vast and impres- and independence, it has always been rated by industry standards either close to sive. “I’ve been in the industry since or at the very highest levels recognized. For more information, contact Peter 1975,” says Fisher. With both Prudential Insurance and Equitable/AXA, he J. Fisher at (305) 692-2238. worked his way up from representative to BY LYNN CARROLL

Republic Federal Bank ~ Aventura hosts "Bank on Your Future" event for Hillel students As part of their mission to provide "red carpet treatment," Republic Federal Bank recently hosted a special evening for Hillel's Second Generation students who are preparing to enter the work force, many with an interest primarily in banking.

Sharing his experience of entering the banking world was special guest Daniel Schwartz, President of Republic Federal Bank. After a brief introduction by Sr. Vice President Dr. Rachel Lapidot, Schwartz spoke frankly with the group, recounting how he as a young man chose banking as a career. He emphasized the importance of enjoying what one does professionally saying, "If you don't like what you are doing, your quality of work will reflect it." Schwartz touched on the subject of how the banking world has changed since 2001 resulting in increased security and compliance which has inadvertently opened up opportunities in these fields for young people who are willing to start at the bottom. He added that another field that offers entry level positions is customer service, which provides a wonderful and nearly essential training. Republic Federal Bank's Treasurer Clotilde Levi spoke briefly with students (L-R) Republic Federal Bank Sr. VP Dr. Rachel Lapidot, about the inner-operations of the bank stating, President Daniel Schwartz and Treasurer Clotilde Levi; "Republic Federal offers a broad multi-disciEliana Kelmeszes, director, Hillel’s H2G; Susy Leon, board plinary experience that new hires may not member, Republic Federal

find in a large banking institution." Summing up their visit to Republic Federal, Eliana Keimeszes, director of Hillel’s H2G program said, "When the president and treasurer take time to meet with a small group of students, it is apparent that the bank cares about Republic Federal Bank President Daniel Schwartz (seated / center) with Hillel students the community and and bank representatives the future of young both U.S. and international customers. people seeking to begin their career." Republic Federal has earned a solid reputation Republic Federal Bank is a Miami-based of providing personalized service to meet each financial institution founded in 1979 offering a client's individual needs. wide range of financial products and services For more information about Republic including retail banking, trade financing, resi- Federal Bank visit or call dential mortgages and commercial lending for 305-341-5300.

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Life in the City BY BARI AUERBACH ‘Vote for Change’ Now that we have a new President elect – change is on the way…But what if we could have gone to the polls to vote for change in Aventura? Just imagine if there could have been ballot questions like these: Would you change traffic light timings? Vote “yes” is you’ve ever been at a light that takes forever to turn green - just long enough for two - and half your car to make it through. Would you change parking space widths? Vote “yes” if you don’t have a car with a sunroof you can climb out of - or if you don’t want to diet down to squeeze out when an Escalade that thinks it’s a Mini Cooper is in the spot next to you. Would you change portion sizes? Vote “yes” to transfer oversized portions from the Cheesecake Factory or Mo’s to some of those really expensive restaurants where you leave hungry and pay extra for artistic swirls on a plate. Would you change rules? Vote “no” if you don’t think there should be 15 items allowed in express lanes; caps on credit

cards curtailing how much you spend at Aventura Mall; or limits on time you can spend talking on your cell while sitting on a machine at the gym. Would you change attitudes? Vote “no” only if you’ve grown accustomed to robotic, monotone “next in line” greetings; horn abuse by other motorists you don’t drive fast enough for; and out-of-turn take-outers who simply must get their deli meats before you do! Would you change names? Vote “yes” if you think the names of Aventura condos are too similar (ie) Eldorado, Ensenada, Delprado, Delvista, Bonavista, Bella Vista, Bella Mare, Hamptons South, Hamptons West, Parc at Turnberry, Parc Central, East, Turnberry Isle, Turnberry on the Green, Turnberry Village, Turnberry Towers, Waterview, Waterways, The Point, Mystic Pointe, Biscaya, Biscayne Cove, etc. etc. Would you change places? Vote “no” if you wouldn’t want to live anywhere but Aventura, where you never have to complain about shoveling snow, worry about crime, pay high city taxes - or drive too far to find a Starbucks…So although it’s true change can be good, everyone who loves life in the city would never want a change of address!

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EWM Realtors' Randi Rapp sees opportunities in the housing market BY LYNN CARROLL LC: How is EWM Realtors weathering the downturn?

PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS FOR PROVOCATIVE PEOPLE LC: Is the housing market dead, or is there still some activity?

RR: We are doing well because we're a large, strong company. We receive a lot of support and all the latest internet technology from our company. And yet it doesn't feel like a big corporation.

RR: There are signs of life, people who are buying. We're not going to come out of this overnight, but the market is becoming more stable. For a while we weren't seeing many buyers, but now a lot of our associates are busy showing properties. Some buyers are Canadians or Europeans, but there are also many locals ready to seize an opportunity. The prices are so low right now that people know they are getting good deals. I'm interested myself and the associates are also looking at buying. When we feel like we should be taking advantage of this moment ourselves, that's a good sign.

EWM makes it simple; there is minimal red tape for a large company. I think the associates like that and I know that I do too! And because the company is so well known, it's very easy to get things accomplished, such as getting more banks onboard with REOs. That reputation also helps both our customers and our agents. LC: What are REOs?

LC: What's your advice to investors whose properties are worth less than they expected in today's market?

RR: REO stands for "real estate owned" - a term used for properties banks have repossessed through foreclosure and now want to resell. EWM has a whole division that handles REOs for lending institutions; the company does the management side which gives reassurance to the asset managers that things will be taken care of efficiently. Which in turn is an enticement for them to work with us. This way our REO specialists can dedicate themselves to give us the properties.

RR: I think it's sad that a lot of people are now just resigned to losing their property. My advice would be, if you can hold on and rent the property, you will be better off. Wait for the market to recover and it will. EWM's Aventura office is located at 2750 Miami Gardens Drive. For more information, call (305) 9372003 or visit

Hampton Inn hosts Aventura Marketing Council program on Florida SunPass Aventura Marketing Council's Business Development Committee recently gathered at Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach / Aventura for an update on Florida's SunPass system. SunPass Deputy Director of Toll Operations Orlando Torres spoke with AMC members about the evolution of tolling, the new SunPass Mini and upcoming changes on the Turnpike system. Since its first opening in 1957, the Turnpike has transitioned from its ticket system, to its coin system in the 90's, and is now streamlining the transition to the wildly successful SunPass, making the commute easier and less stressful for all users who choose the speed and convenience available via today's

Beatriz Laboton, Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach / Aventura; Orlando Torres, Deputy Director of Toll Operations, SunPass; Peter L. Fishel, CPA

electronic technology. Already saving the average consumer $100 to $150 per year and processing more than four times the traffic of conventional lanes, SunPass is soon to save consumers time when parking at any Florida airport as the technology is currently being tested and implemented for faster, more efficient parking tolls. New SunPass "Mini" transponders can now be purchased for $4.99 at Publix Supermarkets, CVS, Navarro's, Sedano's and any Turnpike plaza. Upon activation, $4.99 in tolls will be returned to the device, essentially making the Mini "free." Once attached to the windshield, the Mini is activated and will not operate if removed. With the Mini, there are no lights, beeps

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or batteries to deal with. However, those who prefer the battery-operated transponders can still purchase those, an option preferable for those who share the item among multiple vehicles. Shelley Costin of Miami Gardens Florist noted that she is a 100% satisfied SunPass customer and that she found the service not only convenient but easy to purchase and use. She further commented on how attentive the customer service representatives are and how user-friendly is, further supporting the J.D. Power & Associates research indicating 96% of SunPass users are satisfied customers. For more information, visit;;

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Dreads her wedding night Q: I recently broke up with a guy who had a fairly big penis. Now I’m going to marry my high-school sweetheart, who is on the smaller side of men. I have refused to have sex with him before marriage, and he respects that and does not pressure me. What I am dreading is my wedding night with this wonderful man because I have no doubt that he will float in me. I am sure there are a lot of other ways to satisfy one another, but I am sure my boyfriend will want it the traditional way the first time after waiting so long. I dread the day I get mar-


ried, so please help me. A: Have you ever really dreaded something, like going to the dentist, and afterward it turned out not to be so bad? The most important thing you can do to save not only your wedding day and night but also your marriage is to change your attitude. The key is whether you really love each other. If you do, you can work out the sexual aspects, which might not be as bad as you are making them out to be. But let’s take the worst scenario, that the only way you can achieve sexual satisfaction is by having the feeling of a big penis inside you, which he doesn’t have. If that happens, you go out and buy a rubber penis enlarger that he places over his penis, so that you get the feelings you desire. If you can share your love and you can both get orgasms, then that is what is important. Doing it the so-called traditional way, which rarely satisfies both partners in any case, is not so important that you should allow this dread to spoil such a wonderful day and night.

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Artech hosts Miss Florida USA Jessica Rafalowski

Millie Amador, Shefaor Development; Coco Mateu D'Ascola, Andrea Greenberg and Cindy Darnaby, Artech / Fortune International

Jorge Pack and Dr. Rachel Lapidot, Republic Federal Bank; Elaine Adler, president, Aventura Marketing Council

Peter L. Fishel, CPA; Leslie Stein, Eagle National Bank; Henry Castro, Klein & Hoffman

Gilbert Benhamou and Claudio Stivelman, principals, Shefaor Development

Ron and Doris Porter, South Beach Management flank Maria Rafalowski and Jessica Rafalowski

Jentry Redinger, FastCare; Maxine Hanchard-Foote, Colonial Bank; Serge LaFrance, IDEA

Sonny Levitt, Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels; Fl. State Sen. Gwen Margolis; Gilbert Benhamou

Joanne Litchko, Turnberry Isle ~ A Private Club; Joe Powell and Carole Pumpian, The Apple Organization

Miss Florida USA 2008 Jessica Rafalowski spoke candidly with AMC members

Janet Henfield, Bank Leumi USA; Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance; Wanda Mazo, Bank Leumi USA

Andrea Greenberg and Cindy Darnaby, Artech / Fortune International flank Stuart Geller, Geller Design Group

Sen. Margolis flanked by Lina and Dmitry Viner, United Public Adjusters

Lori Fein, EWM Realtors; Arthur Barr, CellView

Philip Rosen, Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen; Robert Singer, iFinancial Partners; Shelley and Steve Costin, Miami Gardens Florist

Barry Harris, Doubletree Ocean Point Resort & Spa; Randi Rapp, EWM Realtors; Stacey Schrager, Stacey Schrager & Associates; Sydney Davis, Top Shelf Artists

Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb with Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust

Mark Pordes, Turnberry Associates; Mindy Pordes; Ileana Caballero, Momentis Property Group

Dr. Mitchell Farr and Dr. Arnold Sheir, Aventura Dental Team; Bob Hollander; Dr. Robert Sheir, Optometric Physician

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Costco North Miami Beach attracts 'maximum' turnout for AMC SpeedBiz Maximizing business exposure was the theme of a recent Aventura Marketing Council (AMC) SpeedBiz networker hosted by Costco in North Miami Beach. Before Costco opened to the general public, AMC members had the store all to themselves while they maximized their time participating in ever-popular SpeedBiz before breaking for a private shopping extravaganza resulting in maximum savings while maximizing on time. Modeled after well-publicized Speed Dating, AMC's SpeedBiz connects members one-on-one, providing the perfect opportunity to exchange business cards and brief introductions in a fast-paced setting. SpeedBiz is designed to maximize member referrals and business leads in a minimum amount of time. After participating in a round of SpeedBiz, the groundwork is laid for members to develop business relationships and friendships ultimately resulting in AMC's mission - members doing business with each other. "SpeedBiz was an exceptional collaboration between AMC and Costco," says Jentry Redinger of FastCare. "From the beautiful breakfast arrangement to the vast turnout of AMC participants, the

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event was a great success and certainly the largest SpeedBiz I have attended to date. Most importantly, I was able to make contact with many new businesses and strengthen my network." Costco is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise. With hundreds of locations worldwide, Costco provides a wide selection of merchandise, plus the convenience of specialty departments and exclusive member services, all designed to make the shopper's experience a pleasurable one. From deli to bakery goods; fresh seafood and meats to bulk goods; fashion to home dĂŠcor; pharmacy to healthcare needs; tires to auto sales to travel and gas; jewelry; electronics; hardware; and appliancesâ&#x20AC;Ś there isn't anything you can't find at Costco that won't help to maximize your savings and convenience. Costco North Miami Beach is located at 14585 Biscayne Boulevard. For Costco membership information, call 305-944-8711 or visit For information about Aventura Marketing Council, call 305-932-5334 or visit

Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media joins the Costco team (L-R) Jason May, Michael Perez, Lisa Scheinert, Alex Palenzuela, Scott Campbell, Kristine Thrift and David Alfonso

Nicole Macaluso, Luis Gonzalez, Linda Blankstein and Rorie Roth, Macy's ~ Aventura Mall

Dr. David Muransky, Aventura Chiropractic Care Center; Jentry Redinger, FastCare; Martin Granoff, Granoff Enterprises

Richelle Doliner, GBS Beauty Store; Beth Herdegen, Community West Bank, Margie Blasberg, Washington Mutual

Ileana Caballero, Momenis Property Group; Carolyn Ross, Peninsula II; Piera Barahona; Marilyn Sasson, Multifaceted

Neal Zegans, The Toner Company; Martin Granoff, Granoff Enterprises; Jean Raymond and Serge LaFrance, IDEA

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Historically Yours BY BOB DIAMOND Two Woman And the Kosher Meat Boycott In May, 1902, two Jewish homemakers on New York’s lower East Side, with families to feed on a limited income, enraged as the retail price of kosher meat jumped from 12 to 18 cents a pound, went door to door mobilizing the neighborhood, agitating a strike. Sarah Edelstein and Fanny Levy decided to fight back against the “Trusts,” which had cornered the market in commodities, including beef. The small retail kosher butchers of New York had previously tried an unsuccessful boycott against the “Trusts.” On May 15, the New York Herald reported that 20,000 women on the lower East Side broke into kosher butcher shops, took the meat into the streets, soaked it with gasoline and set it on fire. In addition, they stood in the streets, pleading against purchases. The police arrested 70 Jewish women. The Herald reported that the women “were pushed and hustled about (by the policethrown to the pavement and trampled upon.” One woman responded by slapping a police

officer in the face “with a moist piece of liver.” The headline of the Yiddish newspaper, The Forward, was “Bravo, Bravo, Bravo, Jewish Women!” The New York Times, in opposition to the boycott, called for repression of this “dangerous class…especially women (who) are very ignorant (and) …mostly speak a foreign language.” The Times then softened its language, with the hope that “the disturbances …might give the Beef Combine something to think about rather seriously.” The Jewish women’s boycott spread to Brooklyn, Newark, Boston, and Philadelphia. Women addressed their synagogues to support their tactics. Under pressure from the women, the Retail Butchers Association aligned itself with the boycotters. A week later, Orthodox religious leaders, who had remained on the sidelines, endorsed the boycott. By June 9, the retail price of kosher beef dropped to 14 cents a pound. The boycott ended and the retail shops were back in business. Many of the boycotters were not yet American citizens, but they had lived here long enough to learn about our freedom of speech and the power of protest, which ultimately led to major reforms against the Monopolistic Combines.

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New figures indicate Florida’s unemployment rate is growing

Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2008 stands at 6.5 percent. This represents 606,000 jobless out of a labor force of 9,320,000. The unemployment rate is up 0.3 percent from the revised July rate of 6.2 percent and is up 2.3 percent from the August 2007 rate. Florida’s August 2008 unemployment rate is the highest since January 1995, which also was 6.5 percent. The state’s current unemployment rate is 0.4 percent higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. Florida’s annual nonagricultural employment growth rate for August 2008 was minus 1.2 percent. The rate represents a loss of 99,100 jobs from August 2007, to reach a total employment level of 7,924,400. This is slower than the national rate for August which is down 0.2 percent. The August 2008 job growth rate continues the trend of negative over-the-year growth that began in September 2007, primarily due to declines in construction. To help reinvigorate the economy, the Agency for Workforce Innovation is working to support Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s economic stimulus initiative, Accelerate Florida. One of the major components of Accelerate Florida is job creation.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES If you’re looking for work, the state can offer some assistance. To help Floridians seeking employment, the state’s workforce system offers a vast array of community-based and other easily accessible services. Traditional services, available in local communities throughout the state, include resume writing assistance, skills assessments, training and job placement. Florida’s job seekers also may take advantage of several new and innovative methods of locating high-demand occupations, including the recently launched one-stop portal <>. Created through a collaboration of Workforce plus economic development, healthcare, education and other key partners, is designed for citizens who wish to apply for, or obtain training to qualify for, any of more than 400 healthcare jobs currently listed in North Florida. Florida’s job seekers also may access workforce services and resources at the Employ Florida Marketplace (, which currently has more than 63,000 registered employers and lists more than 192,000 jobs throughout the state. The site offers comprehensive services to employers and job seekers alike, and averages more than 5.7 million hits a day. For details on Workforce Innovation programs, go online to <>. Watch Al Sunshine’s “4 Your Money” reports weekdays beginning at 5 p.m.

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BY PATRICIA C. FRANK Are you a jumper? Do you jump into, jump over, jump down or get the jump on? Do you get a jump start and jump the gun? Some things are better to jump for than others. It is good to jump for joy. It is not good to jump to conclusions. If you know someone who always jumps to conclusions, you have probably noticed that their conclusions are usually wrong. They make assumptions without any knowledge or understanding of the situation. Their remarks put you on the defensive time they do it. You resent having to defend yourself and it is frustrating and annoying. One reason is that their conclusion is often insulting and implies that you do not have good sense or that you are doing something wrong or stupid. When they jump to conclusions, they assume things about your character that are not true and not complimentary. Their assumptions are really a reflection of who they are. Because they think in this manner, they assume that others think like they think and act like they would act. Their assumptions always get them into trouble because they

usually misinterpret everything. As a result, they are always putting their foot in their mouth. It is a bad habit. It’s a bad way of interacting with the world. At work, it is difficult to handle. The boss usually hates to be wrong. So you have to be diplomatic when explaining the situation. You have to try not to overreact. You have to be cautious when defending yourself. You have to avoid sounding like you are making excuses. You have to control your anger and your disappointment that you have been misunderstood. To add insult to injury, the person who assumes or jumps to conclusions becomes offended when they are wrong. They resist your interpretation and doubt your explanation. Since they cannot accept that they may be wrong, they never say that they are sorry. While not officially listed as a mental disorder those involved with jumpers definitely think it is part of a mental disorder or personality disorder to say the least. It can’t be cured and it is difficult to endure for everyone but the offender. They never seem to learn from their mistakes. Eventually, it will alienate you. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Reasons to give thanks! BY REV. WILL KEYSER Thanksgiving Day is observed as a legal holiday in the United States and we should be thankful for that. However, many people observe it as a legal holiday failing to meet the requirements of the definition of Thanksgiving Day: “A Day appointed for giving thanks for divine goodness.” (Merriam Webster Dictionary) Multitudes are “thankful” only for the day off from work and an opportunity to over-indulge in food and drink. Little or no attention is focused on giving thanks for divine goodness by direction our heart-felt acknowledgement to God for all the blessings that have come directly from God. The Psalmist, David, recorded some necessary duties in his “thanksgiving day” speech on the occasion of bringing the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He said, “The Lord has blessed the house of ObedEdom and all that belongs to him on account of the Ark of God. So they brought the Ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent David had pitched for it and after offering sacrifices to the Lord, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord

of hosts.” (II Samuel 6:12-18) The guidelines David presented again in Psalm 105 regarding how and why we are to give our thanks to God are direct and to the point. Give thanks to God we are making known His deeds among His people; as we give thanks we are to sing praise to God and speak well of all His wonders done on our behalf; we are to give God all the glory that is due His holy name; our thanks must come from a heart that is content with His provision for us; in the course of our thanksgiving we must look to the Lord and His strength which provides for our satisfaction and we are to do that continually, not only once a year. We must always remember the awesome things He has done for us; His miracles and the declarations He has made with all of His authority. In light of all the innumerable and immeasurable blessings God has poured out on us it is not only a necessary duty, but a necessary condition that must prevail if further blessings is to occur. My wife, Claudia, and I trust that this Thanksgiving Day was filled with praise to Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides everything we need as we Trust in Him. Rev. Keyser is pastor of the Church of Aventura 305-931-4823.

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1987 Chevrolet Honey Bee 41k mi, $14000, Tan & Black, Ref#: 5512261, Phone: 786-390-2116 1970 Fibercraft 16 Ft. Open Fish 100 hrs, $3500, Dark Gray Hull, Ref#: 4400686, Phone: 305-242-5870

2007 Suzuki Custom M109 Chopper 3k mi, $16500, Black, Ref#: 5527839, Phone: 954-383-9681

2007 Honda Eagle 100 mi, $2700, Blue, Yellow, Red, Ref#: 5671148, Phone: 786-556-5860

2004 Harley Davidson Fat Boy 4k mi, $13500, Teal Green, Ref#: 5748820, Phone: 305-259-5051

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1981 Cruisers Yachts 17.5 1 hr, $4999, Red, White, Black, Ref#: 5482023, Phone: 954-784-9904

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