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Ronald L. Book, P.A. hosts Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President BY BARI AUERBACH

Aventura Marketing Council members recently had the opportunity to learn about a "new era" of academic excellence when Ronald L. Book, P.A. hosted Florida International University's new president Dr.

Mark B. Rosenberg, formerly chancellor "FIU is going to of the State University System. Business and community leaders, gath- be the source of ered at the Kovens Conference Center for new jobs and the Chairman's Roundtable luncheon, were competitiveness welcomed by AMC Chair Cliff Schulman in this 'knowlof Greenberg Traurig, a good friend and edge economy' colleague of of the twentyboth Rosenberg first century." and Book -an FIU alumni. Ronald L. Book, P.A. is considered one of the top Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg governmental affairs lobbying law firms in Florida with dual Fortune 500 businesses, government and nonoffices in Aventura profit organizations as well as professional and Tallahassee sports teams. "Challenges posed by Florida's economy offering legislative and executive make this an important time to have a higher branch lobbying education system encouraging people to bring services to clients new business to generate the growth of including many existing businesses," Book said.

FIU’s Steve Moll, Vice Provost, Biscayne Bay Campus; Sandy Gonzalez-Levy, Senior Vice President of Community Relations; Ron Book, Attorney; Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg

Long-time friends Ron Book and Aventura Marketing Council Chairman Cliff Schulman, Greenberg Traurig

Margie Amador-Robinson and Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman flank Lobbyist Kelly Mallette, Ron Book and Aletha Player, FPL

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Bill McKeon, Mark Multach and Andrea Thomas, Jackson North Medical Center; Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, M-DCPS; Sandy Sears, Jackson North Medical Center; Dr. John Rock, Dean of the School of Medicine, Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus Photography by Andrew Goldstein

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Wanderings & Ponderings Secret fears

While they were still checking each other out, Bob also mentioned that he enjoyed Jeanne had become almost blasĂŠ about her going to Disneyworld and perhaps they could social life. She was just 30 but had had go for a few days and get to know each other enough relationships over the past 10 years to better. Jeanne was caught between her fears last a lifetime. Didn’t matter how long they and trying to get to know Bob. She saw this lasted but for one reason or another potential was going to the basket they all petered out. She knew that but she did like Disneyworld and she had some hidden fears that maybe she could navigate him could have messed her up; seems around that one section of the park. that she had a fear of “loop de Of they went to the park as part loops.â€? Her tougher ride was space of a weekend together. They mountain at Disney World and that walked around, went on the milder did louse up some relationships. She rides and she knew that she could figured that any male into that was no longer keep him away from Palmer no male for her. If she even thought ––––Dan –––––––––– Space Mountain. They both seemed that whoever she was with liked to drag their way to the ride. She those rides she could just as soon wipe him noted that Bob finally turned to her “I’m off her charts for any future relationship. It sorry to tell you this but I have a fear of rides didn’t help her much everyone she ran into like the Space Mountain. Any loop-de-loop loved the ride. scares me and you might as well know that’s She met Bob and she could see that he was how I feel. So where do we go from here?â€? pretty much a jock on all sports. She knew that She put her arms around him and stated “We this potential had a very short span in front of both have the same fear.â€? it because she knew that he had to be a terror They’ve been married four years, have a on this type of ride. She liked him but she felt little baby that seems to show no fear. that her hidden fear of loop-de-loops would They’ve decided that when he’s old enough eventually break up any longevity with Bob to want the loop-de-loops maybe they can because he seemed to be that all American find a friend or cousin that can come to their sports guy that would make fun of her. rescue.




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Northern Trust hosts Quebec Florida Chamber of Commerce Consul and Trade Commissioner Claudio Ramirez of the Consulate General of Canada along with leaders from the Quebec Florida Chamber of Commerce recently met with the Aventura Marketing Council Board of Directors at Northern Trust Aventura to discuss business and networking opportunities for future partnerships. . Aventura is considered a key destination for visiting and investing among the 2.8 million Canadians who visit Florida

Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust; Stephane L'Ecuyer, IDEA; Sophie Proulx, General Director, Quebec Florida Chamber of Commerce; AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Greenberg Traurig; Julie Fournier; Claudio Ramirez, Consul and Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada ; Guy Chartrand, Chairman and CEO, TrandWorld; Marcel Racicot, Quebec Florida Chamber of Commerce

annually, both for leisure and for business. "The number one mission of the Quebec Florida Chamber of Commerce is to bring Quebec to Florida and vice versa," said Chamber Director Sophie Proulx. Special thanks was given to dual Board member Stephane L'Ecuyer of International Design Engineering Architecture for connecting the two organizations.

Tom Oliveri; Aletha Player, FPL; Stephanie Trump, The Trump Group; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security

Come see what all “The Conversation” is about at Acqualina

Bertha Vargas, Acqualina; Yuri Nagulko, artist; Natalia Sergeyev; Elena Zolotareva, Maceanas Gallery, Ukraine; Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations; Tatiana Mironova, Mironova Gallery, Ukraine; Eddie Trump, Acqualina; Marina Kovalyov; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup

Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Security; Leslie Stein, JGB Bank; Aletha Player; Dan Palmer, Aventura News

In celebration of Art Basel, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach hosted its opening reception cocktail party for the art exhibit, “The Conversation”. In attendance was Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup, Comm. Roslyn Brezin, Sen. Gwen Margolis, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations Yuriy Sergeyev with wife Natalia Sergeyev and many other esteemed guests. “The Conversation,” is an alluring exhibit made possible through the creative visions of contemporary Ukranian and local artists. Acqualina has shown its appreciation for global and local talents by featuring artists from world-renowned Ukranian Mironova Gallery and the Ukranian Art Centre “Maecenas”, along with local painters, to create unforgettable impressions and reflections of Eastern Europe. “The Conversation” is an illumination of works covering vast subjects of history and traditions by means of vivid colors transcending canvas and enveloping spectators in a magical world of mystery. “The Conversation” is open for exhibit at Acqualina through December 15th, 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, PH 4601. Viewing hours are 4 to 7 p.m. daily, or call Anna Milashevych at 305-799-0432 for an appointment. For additional information, call 305-918-8000 or visit

Love is in the air! Congratulations to Shelley and Steve Costin of Miami Gardens Florist on the May 23rd wedding of their son Harry to Shelby Lauren Searcy - the "woman of his dreams". The ceremony and reception took place in Chota Falls, Georgia amidst the beautiful surroundings. A wonderful weekend was celebrated by family and close friends, and all the Costins were partying because it was too far for Miami Gardens Florist to decorate.

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Aventura Hospital CEO Heather J. Rohan honored as Distinguished Alum by Barry University Heather J. Rohan, FACHE, the Chief Executive Officer of Aventura Hospital, was recently honored at Barry University's Distinguished Alumni Awards for her 30 years of leadership and healthcare experience and for her service to Barry University, her alma mater. "I am truly honored to be recognized as a Distinguished Alumni," remarked Rohan. "I owe much of who I am today to the support and guidance that Barry University has provided me through the years." Rohan's expansive and impressive career in healthcare has included holding leadership roles in both the administrative and clinical areas for more than 25 years, including serving as Chief Nursing Officer at Cedars Medical Center in Miami, Chief Executive Officer at Pompano Regional Medical Center and Palms West Hospital, and as previous Chief Operating Officer of Aventura Hospital. She returned to Aventura Hospital as CEO in October 2005 where she has since overseen numerous improvements to the facility. Under her leadership, Aventura Hospital became the first in South Florida to install the da Vinci S HD Robot. The hospital's Stroke Program was also the first in Miami-Dade County to earn The Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Certification Program Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality. Rohan has worked diligently with local EMS groups such as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue to implement new measures within the Emergency Department and to install innovative technology, such as a 64-Slice CT Scanner.

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Tracy Wilson Mourning to headline B.F.F. Spa Night at Willow Stream Spa, Dec. 16 Holiday-themed "spazaar" to raise money for Honey Shine Mentoring Program

These improvements have reduced the average wait time within the ER to less than 10 minutes and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab's average STEMI time to less than 60 minutes, paving the way for Aventura Hospital to become a fully accredited Chest Pain Center by the American Society of Chest Pain Centers. Rohan knows it is people that make a difference in any organization, especially healthcare. Her attentiveness to patient service excellence is emulated throughout every department of the hospital. She is also actively involved in numerous charities and makes giving back to her community a top priority. She has earned recognition such as: "Women of Distinction and Caring," from The Hebrew Homes Plaza Health Network in 2008, 'CEO of the Year' from "The South Florida Business Journal" publication, was voted by The March of Dimes as a "Woman of Distinction," and is recipient of the 2009 Anti-Defamation League "Community of Respect" award. With her roots in Nursing, Rohan earned both her BSN and her MBA degrees from Barry University and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has served as an Adjunct Professor for the School of Nursing and recently was appointed to an Advisory Council for the Barry University School of Business. Aventura Hospital works very closely with the School of Nursing for clinical rotations in providing an enriching experience for our future nurses. For more information, visit

Catch-up with friends and even make new gal pals during the wildlypopular B.F.F. Backrubs, Facials & Foot scrubs - Spa Night at the award-winning Willow Stream Spa, where Tracy Wilson Mourning will serve as guest host to raise funds for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities. This spazaar -themed evening will feature a number of upscale retailers with gifts to purchase for last minute holiday shoppers, along with mini-treatments, angel card readings, spa bites, cocktails and chick flicks. The event will be held Wednesday, December 16th from 7 to 9 p.m. It is $45 per B.F.F. and includes a donation to benefit the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a take-home gift, discount toward a future spa treatment, tax, gratuity and valet

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Ankle Replacement Specialist joins Orthopedic Care Center BY LYNN CARROLL Dominic Lewis, M.D., has joined the staff of Orthopedic Care Center, which is located on the campus of Aventura Hospital & Medical Center. Dr. Lewis is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in problems of the foot and ankle. After receiving his M.D. at Georgetown University and doing his orthopedic residency at Howard University Hospital, he completed a fellowship at the world famous American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama. While there he worked with professional athletes from the NFL and NBA and college athletes from the University of Alabama and Auburn University. Many people develop arthritis of the ankle after fractures or chronic sprains. According to Dr. Lewis, the usual treatment begins with conservative measures involving medications and injections that, after a period of time, may no longer work. Many patients then opt for ankle fusion, which in the past has been the standard operative procedure. While beneficial for pain relief, one side effect is loss of mobility, which creates stress and arthritis in adjacent areas.

parking. Spaces are limited and reservations are required by calling 305-933-6930. The Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities, works to empower young girls to shine as women. The bi-weekly workshops and summer camp that make up the program encourages the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future. For more information, visit

Because the patient maintains motion with ankle replacement, Dr. Lewis became interested in this innovative treatment and has become one of a select group of surgeons trained for this procedure. "It is akin to knee and hip replacements that are familiar to most," said Dr. Lewis. The highly trained and experienced orthopedic physicians at the Orthopedic Care Center offer expertise in a broad range of sub-specialties, from spine surgery to sports injuries. A fully equipped rehabilitation center staffed by physical therapists is part of the Center, which was established over 30 years ago. Orthopedic Care Center is located at 21000 NE 28th Avenue, Suite 104 in Aventura. For more information, call 305-937-1999 or visit

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Historically Yours BY BOB DIAMOND VETERAN’S DAY: EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR Veteran’s Day 2009 has come and gone and for most people it remains merely the remembrance of a holiday that gives our children a day off from school, the malls offering special sales and, oh yes, let’s thank our veterans. Certainly there are some who take this day to their hearts, in solemn remembrance of the hundreds of thousands of our youngest and brightest who have been lost to wars over the years and in support of those who remain, some injured physically and some injured emotionally from the toll of wartime. These are the men and women who fought for our freedoms… allowing us to dream, to speak out against injustice, to attain a better life as free people - and for this – we honor our veterans just one day a year? No, I believe we should remember our veterans every day, for without them we would not be living in the greatest nation in the world. So, even though it is past the ‘official’ Veteran’s Day, let me do my small part in keeping our brave veterans in our

hearts and minds every day by sharing this beautiful poem “Veteran’s Day” written by Matthew Herskowitz, age 10: “You are our guard, an immense spark of hope. You are the golden fighters, Helpers of the people in need. You are the flame on our candles, The engine to keep America running, And all living things in America are Guaranteed, guaranteed that you will protect us, Golden fighters. You are the listening ears for danger that is present in all of us. To me, you are strong and dedicated to what you do. Saving and helping lives in America. You are our veterans, golden fighters, and Because of your job, America will prosper. Veterans richly deserve the love and care of their families. To them, their family is America. And with that, we salute you, Golden fighters, because you stick to us like tape, And comfort us like a soft blanket. Thank you good citizens Of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You are the brave inspiration to America.”

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Begin love's adventure aboard the Carrousel Yacht Say "I do", sip champagne, dance and dine while cruising aboard the 135-foot Carrousel Yacht. Designed specifically for entertaining, the Carrousel Yacht is the ideal location for your wedding. Exchange heartfelt vows, passionate kisses and make memories for a lifetime while cruising the amazing waterways of South Florida. "Cruise with us aboard the Carrousel Yacht, a world away from interruptions, amidst a backdrop of magnificent views, dramatic skies and breath taking sunsets," says Leslie Kaplan, Vice President, Great Bay Yacht Charters. "We create beautiful events designed with elegance and style. For your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding reception, commitment ceremony or post wedding brunch, come celebrate aboard the Carrousel Yacht." Renowned for her award-winning gourmet cuisine, the Carrousel Yacht is a boutique operation providing personalized service, event planning and wedding day orchestration. The Carrousel Yacht is pleased to share her team of sophisticated wedding specialists from the very beginning to ensure any wedding is a beautiful success. From

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Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High School Band seeking donations to attend major festival BY LYNN CARROLL

menu design to floral arrangements and decor, photography and entertainment services to the custom decorated wedding cake, attendants are both happy and available to coordinate all event details aboard the Carrousel Yacht. Easy, elegant and economical, consider The Carrousel Yacht Wedding Package including: 4 hour Carrousel Yacht cruise, crew, fuel, open bar, cocktail display, buffet dinner wedding cake, guest table centerpieces, and DJ services. Price is based upon a minimum guarantee of 100 guests, $15,000 plus service charge and tax (Dockage to be based upon location). The Carrousel Yacht is available for private charter from several South Florida marinas and is certified to cruise with up to 149 guests. Kindly contact Leslie Kaplan or Michelle Fraga, at Great Bay Yacht Charters 305-530-9700. For more information, visit

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The "Bands of America" festival is calling out for the Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. High School band to perform before a very distinguished audience next March. Now the 45-member ensemble is calling upon community leaders and business owners to help provide the financial lift the band needs to make the trip. Playing at the festival, held in Indianapolis March 5-7, is an unusual honor, says Bringle Cidel, Krop Sr. High band and orchestra conductor. "Hundreds of ensembles throughout the nation submit recordings for consideration into the festival," Cidel says. "A panel of nationally acclaimed conductors selects a total of 16 ensembles." Now the hurdle is finding the estimated $885 each band member needs to meet travel expenses. "Realistically," Krop's conductor says, "there are about 20 students in the group who are struggling to find funds to make the trip-- and if they can't go, the entire group can't go." To date, Cidel says, the band has raised about $7,000. "We've sold everything we can think of," he says, "from cookie dough to candy to Krispy Kreme doughnuts, but

it's like pennies compared with the cost of the trip." Anyone who extends a helping hand will find it's not a one-sided deal, Cidel says. "Sponsors will be invited to all concerts and have the name of their company in all our concert programs," he says. "We're also open to providing musical entertainment within the community as long as it doesn't conflict with school related activities." In the past, he adds, the ensemble has willingly used its own funds to cover transportation expenses when performing for the community. "Now that the band needs help," he says, "it's a chance for the community to give back." For more information, call 305-6526808 ext. 311, 305-766-5768 cell or email

WLRN Channel 17 to air documentary on shelter for homeless BY LYNN CARROLL "Lotus House: A Place for New Beginnings," a halfhour documentary on a shelter for homeless women and their children in the heart of Miami's historic Overtown District, will be shown for the first time on public television this December. The program premieres on WLRN Channel 17 on Tuesday, December 15th at 9 p.m. and repeats Thursday, December 17th at 11:30 p.m.; Monday, December 21st at 8 p.m. and Sunday, December 27th at 2:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. WLRN's producer Meredith Porte says she set out to create an inspiring look at both the residents and the people who created and maintain Lotus House. "This shelter," Porte says, "is unlike others in the way that it provides support. It's about treating the whole person in order to help the women make changes in their lives and

stop living on the streets." She says the documentary shows Lotus House residents in everyday activities with an eye on how they evolve and eventually thrive. "We get insight," she says, "into what happened to make these women homeless, as well as how Lotus House has helped them." The production, Porte says, is also about attorney Constance Collins Margulies, Lotus House founder and director, and her recent marriage to Marty Margulies, a well known South Florida real estate developer and art collector. It also introduces other people who play a role at Lotus House, including Dr. Gordon Miller, who gives free eye examinations to residents, and high-school student Shelby Hinds, who sells baked goods to raise funds for the shelter. "Lotus House," says Porte, "is a true model for change in the way that homeless people are treated in America, and my aim was to showcase that."

"Lotus House: A Place for New Beginnings" premieres on WLRN Channel 17, Tues., Dec. 15th at 9 p.m.

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Monsters under the bed BY PATRICIA C. FRANK mEvery parent is familiar with their child’s nighttime fears. Scary thoughts and feelings occur most often at night in the dark. Children often think that there are monsters under the bed. Do you know why children are so afraid of these monsters? It is because they know how dangerous they can be. Children seem to know instinctively that monsters can harm you and even eat you alive. When parents hear their child cry out, they come and put on the light, look under the bed and in the closet. They help them deal with their fears and they comfort and reassure the child that they are safe. Adults are just as susceptible to nighttime fears. Monsters exist. Monsters are real. Adults forget how much harm these monsters can inflict Worries about money, security, relationships, health and other facts of life can harm you and your health and truly eat you alive. For adults there are real monsters under the bed, and sometimes they even get into bed with you at night and terrorize you. Do not take your monsters to bed with you and do not let them get in bed with you.

As an adult when you experience nighttime fears and cry out, you will probably not have the luxury of having someone else come and look under the bed and in the closet and confront the monsters for you. There may be no one to calm you and to comfort and reassure you. You have to become your own loving parent. You have to switch the light on. The light of reality will allow you to see the monsters for what they really are. Although your monsters may be real and frightening, you can handle them. Think of something wonderful that you have accomplished in the past. Reassure yourself that you will accomplish wonderful things again. You can handle whatever situations arise. Remind yourself that you have the ability to find creative solutions to all of your problems. The core of your being is strong. Switch your thoughts from fear to faith. Have faith in yourself, God, an Infinite Spirit or the Universe. Reject any thoughts of doubt. Release your worry and excessive concern. This will help you make it through the night. Dawn will bring a new light and a new perspective. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.





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Ronald L. Book, P.A. hosts Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President (Cont’d. from Pg. 1) After providing an overview of "what's going on in Tallahassee," Book introduced Rosenberg, who first came to FIU in 1976 as a political science professor. In 2005 he left the post of FIU provost to become chancellor of the State University System. In April of this year, Rosenberg was selected as the university's new president, succeeding Modesto A. Maidique. Shortly after returning to FIU, Rosenberg Dr. Mark Rosenberg addresses Aventura Marketing Council Ron Book; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; Charlene Welker, Mount Sinai Medical Center emphasized, "I will work day and night to Chairman's Roundtable members tell the story of this university and raise the funds necessary to accelerate our momentum as a leading research university." Outlining his goals on a "Hit the Ground Running" mission statement, main priorities include: Revitalizing and expanding financial base; achieving results-oriented studentcentered academic excellence; enhancing quality and impact of research and creative initiatives; and engaging the community. "FIU is going to be the source of new jobs and competitiveness in this 'knowledge economy' of the twenty-first century," Rosenberg said. "Over the next ten years, FIU will spend $10 billion on instruction and Sunny Isles Beach Vice Mayor Lew Thaler; Sen. Gwen Margolis Ron Book and AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman have a little fun with the audience research; graduate about 100,000 new students; and build about $500 million in new facilities. FIU will generate 5,000 new jobs when we hit $250 million in sponsored research (currently at $100 million). "We're going to spend a lot more time building partnerships with key government agencies, non-profits and private companies seeking win-win partnerships. In the health area, we're very proud that our new medical school has an incredible partnership with Jackson North." More good news for FIU is the creation of a new School for the Environment and Society on the Biscayne Bay Campus. FIU is Neil Goodman, Aventura Worldwide Transportation Services; Fernando Levy Hara, of Hospitality Dean Mohammed Qureshi and Dean Joan the youngest university awarded a chapter of School G&D Developers; Willie Ivory, Turnberry Associates; Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond; Remington, Florida International University Biscayne Bay Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most Campus distinguished academic honor society; U.S. News & World Report ranks FIU's undergradready to work with you to make this a better FIU." uate international business programs among the top 15 in the nation For more information about Florida International University, and their graduate programs among the top 25; graduates of FIU's visit; to learn more about Kovens Conference Center College of Law led the state with their pass rate on the Feb.2009 facilities for corporate and social events, visit Florida Bar Exam; and The Golden Panthers women's volleyball To contact Ronald L. Book, P.A., phone: 305team captured the SBC East Division title and an at-large bid into the 935-1866. Photography by Andrew Goldstein NCAA Tournament. "As the new president of FIU, I have every intention - with the very capable group of people who work with me and with you as More photos, more stories... members of our community - not only to get the job done but to exceed expectations," Rosenberg said. "I'm excited because we're

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Ronald L. Book, P.A. hosts

Jean Harris, Kovens Conference Center; Allan Richards and Sandy Gonzalez-Levy, Florida International University

Dr. Rachel Lapidot, Republic Federal Bank; Alan Lips, Gerson Preston Robinson CPA's; Gabriela Ratier; Dr. Robert Sheir, Optometric Physician

Kelly Mallette, Ofc. of Ronald L. Book, PA; Fl. State Rep. Richard Steinberg; Ron Book

Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance with Dr. Rosenberg

Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman with Dr. Rosenberg

Steve Moll, Jean Harris, Zach Trautenberg, Lori-Ann Cox, Sandy Gonzalez-Levy and Greg Olson, Florida International University (Photo by / Mitchell Zachs Photography)

Sen. Gwen Margolis; Sydney Davis, Top Shelf Artists

Mark Lizzi, Turnberry Bank; Jim O'Connell and Matt Levinson, O'Connell & Goldberg

John Cumper; IDEA; Lawrence Lanzilli Sr., Lanzilli Group; Ellen Windheim, EWM; Jean Francois Gervais and Alex Avayu, IDEA

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Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg, FIU President

Gladys Mezrahi, Indigo Events; Aventura Vice Mayor Luz Weinberg; Aletha Player, FPL

Leslie Stein, JGB Bank; Anthony Petisco and Lisa Perl, Coconut Grove Bank

Jose Latour, Melissa Venceslay and Roger Bernstein, Bernstein Osberg-Braun & DeMoraes Immigration Attorneys

Michael Yavner, Northern Trust flanked by Annette Winkler and Michelle Young, The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club

Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Aventura Comm. Michael Stern; Stern Bloom Media; Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka; Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust

Lawrence Lanzilli Jr., Lanzilli Group; Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Belina Nagar, ORNA Security & Camera Services

Alan Neufeld, Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert; Margie Amador-Robinson, Ofc. of Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman; Peter L. Fishel, CPA

Mark J. Lynn, Attorney; Alan Lips, Gerson Preston Robinson CPA's; Eric Beck, IT Doctors

Dr. Robert Sheir, Optometric Physician; Gabriela Ratier, Aventura Optical; Luis Luciani, ASAP Services

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Attorney George A. Minski brings years of expertise to new practice BY LYNN CARROLL Looking for an experienced attorney to handle complex commercial disputes, divorce and family law matters, real estate transactions, litigation or mediation? Give George A. Minski a call. "I am a problem solver," says Minski, who recently opened up a new practice at 20818 W. Dixie Highway. "My work is divided between 60%-70% business matters and 30%-40% family law matters." With more than 20 years practicing law, Minski has handled trials and arbitrations, in both state and federal courts, representing individuals and corporations. "I've represented large companies such as Del Monte, 7-Eleven, and Waste Management, as well as dozens of condominium associations, not just in litigation but also in areas such as zoning, contract negotiations and construction defect claims. I also represent individuals with their legal problems, in such matters as divorce, child support and custody disputes," Minski says. Having spent the past seven years



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managing the litigation department of a 32-attorney firm, Minski decided it was time to strike out on his own. "It feels terrific," he says. "I didn't enjoy the largefirm bureaucracy. I like rolling up my sleeves and going to court, doing handson work. Now I get to do more of that. I love helping my clients resolve their legal issues. "I really understand the practical ins and outs of businesses -- how business works, what people's expectations are - and I use that experience to promote my clients' best interests." Real estate lawyer and Civil-Law Notary Nestor B. Gorfinkel and lawyer Michelle Warren are also on the Minski team. "Together," Minksi says, "we have more than 50 years experience in the practice of law. We have big-firm experience, but we do not have multiple layers of attorneys working on one file. It's more efficient and the clients have direct access to the person handling their case." For more information, call 305-7922200.


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Ranked No. 1 among utilities nationwide in energy efficiency, Florida Power & Light Company is committed to helping customers manage the energy they use every day. In celebration of the season, FPL is issuing energy efficiency tips to educate customers about ways they can save around the house during the holidays. It takes a lot of energy - both physical and electrical - to prepare meals for family and friends during the holidays. Whether you're cooking a feast for relatives or baking cookies for an office potluck, keep these tips in mind to minimize your electricity usage in the kitchen: • Don't waste energy by unnecessarily pre-heating your oven. Some foods, such as bread and desserts, require preheating, but holiday meal staples such as turkey and ham don't. • Keep the oven door closed. Ovens lose lots of heat when opened and require significant energy to heat back up to the appropriate temperature. Instead of opening the door to check on your food, turn on the interior light and look through the oven's window. • Oven-bake as many items together as you can. Although some items may cook at different temperatures, many

items can be cooked at a standard temperature. • Use smaller appliances such as crock-pots, microwaves and toaster ovens when possible. These can be much more energy-efficient for side dishes or small meals. • Match the size of your pan to the size of the heating element. For example, when using an electric cook top, a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner will waste more than 40 percent of the heat produced by the burner. • Choose glass or ceramic pans for the oven. These pans heat faster than metal ones and allow you to set the temperature 25 degrees lower than a recipe suggests for the same cooking time. • When possible, cover your pots and pans. This can help cook your food more quickly and keeps the cooking temperature higher, which allows you to turn down the stove. • Only use as much water as you need in a pot. Every extra drop requires more energy to heat and increases the cooking time.

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there isn’t a bad seat in the house. But how is the food? The menu offers a large variety of choices, all with a definite Italian edge. Starters are fairly typical—fried calamari, clams casino, oysters Rockefeller, Caesar salad, Gorgonzola dinner salad, but, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” These are safe and delicious, and work for the current clientele. “Joseph’s on the Water is a six-yearold restaurant with an older, established clientele,” Maggi explains. In the business for 30 years total, Maggi says that these folks “ate” with him as kids. “Now they are all grown up and have grandkids, and are still coming in!” he says. That’s because Joseph serves up straight-forward, understandable good food. He uses fresh produce, fresh fish and other healthy ingredients that can be broiled, baked or blackened to taste. Rainbow trout, Tilapia, Yellowtail, red snapper, lobster, sea scallops and on and on are available here. Stone Crabs in season are too. But wait, want Italian? Try the Chicken Parm, Francaise, Marsala, Florentine or many pasta dishes. Portions are very generous, and choice of potato and side of veggies. I had Seared sesame tuna, which for $25.95. It was rare and sweet and the portion was enormous. The NY Strip was a perfect medium-rare. For those who crave fried food (c’mon, who doesn’t love a good fish fry once in a while?), Joseph’s offers that too, but many of the dishes play to the healthier side of things. The only thing I thought could be better was superfluous; it was the plating. I thought “What if he made it a little more artsy on the plate, instead of just a protein, potato and vegetable.” As the meal came to an end, Joseph came over and sat down to chat and I asked him. His response: “I am open to anything. Sure we can try it.” I love trendy. I love all things fresh and new and hip. But even more, I love good food, nice and good people and Joseph’s on the Water has what it takes. It is a best kept secret…really. Joseph’s on the Water is located at 1975 South Ocean Avenue, Hallandale Beach, FL; 954.455.6996 (Behind Hemispheres Condominium)

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Al Sunshine 4 YOUR MONEY The biggest negative for the economy as we approach the holidays is growing unemployment. The latest unemployment numbers shows layoffs worsening due to 505,000 new benefit claims. While that is the lowest number since January, overall unemployment remains at a 26-year high with 5.6 million people needing extended benefits. The United States Department of Labor reported that 28 states, including Florida, had worsening unemployment in October. National unemployment is now running at 10.2 percent. In Florida, the unemployment rate was up slightly by 11.2 percent. That is close to September’s level, which could mean that the job market has bottomed out statewide. Yet, it still remains at its highest level since 1975. Miami-Dade’s jobless rate keeps getting worse and is now approaching 12 percent. That is up by about 0.4 percent since September, based on more job losses in the construction industry and trades. Broward is showing some improvement with October unemployment falling slightly to 9.7 percent. The growing unemployment problem is now prompting an international economics “think tank” to forecast that the United States recovery will remain weak for the immediate future. The latest data is showing that old problems are getting worse and it is hurting Main Street a lot worse than it is hurting Wall Street. The growing unemployment is keeping consumers away from the checkout counters. Personal spending remains flat as families struggle to stay in their homes.

Unfortunately, it remains a vicious circle. Businesses need to see enough improvements in consumer spending to push them into adding more employees. On the upside, the latest economic indicators from a private group known as, “the Conference Board,” showed improvement for the seventh straight month. The United States economy showed improvements in at least six out of 10 major indexes. The rate of October’s improvements slowed a bit from September. The dollar is picking up some strength in foreign markets and that is depressing commodity prices for gold and wholesale oil. That could mean that we will see stabilizing or cheaper prices at local gas pumps during the holidays. The Mortgage Bankers Association reported back in September that more than 14 percent of United States homeowners were either late with their mortgage payments or in some form of foreclosure filing. The group warns that continuing loan defaults and foreclosures could slow any hopes of a more rapid housing recovery. If the major indicators — the latest consumer confidence numbers, residential real estate trends and corporate profitability — show more weakness in the recovery, we can expect few more solid gains out of Wall Street as we approach the New Year. Investors are still very nervous about the economy and the continuing short-term weakness of our recovery. Yet, considering all of the latest concerns about recovery stalling, we should consider it as a “holiday blessing” that there is still growth and not deeper losses as we immerse ourselves into holiday season shopping, financial trading and the upcoming new year.

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LET’S TALK CARS The Honda Odyssey debuted in the United States in 1995 and, after some early missteps, has become a popular minivan with American consumers, one known for having a lot of innovative features and engineering excellence. The Odyssey is an excellent family vehicle, with room for as many as eight people (seven on LX models), and comes with such available family-friendly options as a satellitelinked navigation system, a DVD rear entertainment system, Bluetooth, a backup camera, power side-doors and a power tailgate. Under the hood there’s an available 244-hp V-6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission that delivers an EPA highway fuel-economy rating of 25 mpg on models equipped with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), a system that can deactivate up to half of the engine’s cylinders when less power is needed. The engine is programmed to run on 3, 4 or 6 cylinders and the i-VTEC technology allows the VCM to

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Taurus - Keep that money machine rolling! You need the cash. Unexpected opportunities to pad your wallet that flow from a home-based business or part-time venture are just what you needed. Be sure you sink some of it into savings or debt reduction.

now, especially when you are pontificating on the evils of "the system" and the "status quo". Just make sure you save your strongest barbs for a supportive audience. There are some people who are not ready for change.

Scorpio - Financial security will be your main concern this week, and you will have an opportunity to do something about that. You may be taking an investment course, class, or seminar, or looking into other more structured and sound ways to boost your investment or savings.

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Is Your Association Attorney Taking Their Legal Fees Out of Your Assessments? BY: BEN SOLOMON, ESQ.

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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