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'The Wait is Over' at Aventura Hospital’s Emergency Room ER wait times now average 5 minutes

BY BARI AUERBACH

"When seconds count… count on us." The pledge Aventura Hospital and Medical Center's Emergency Room is living up to, is helping to save lives and prevent complications. Aventura Hospital CEO Heather J. Rohan is proud to report, "We improved from an arrival-to-bed time of 104 minutes in December of 2006, to a current average of just 5 minutes." To speed up patient care, Aventura Hospital wasn't slow to act on implementing positive initiatives spearheaded by Jullie B. Millar, R.N., Director of Emergency Services and Dr. Roman Skylar, Emergency Room Medical Director. According to Dr. Skylar, "change for the better" is evident on a myriad of levels, including staffing, patient processes and technology combining to create a "Rapid Medical Evaluation" system. "When patients arrive at the ER, they're brought back to an available room;" Dr. Skylar said. "At the time a patient is being triaged, they're also being seen by a physician/mid level provider; blood is being drawn and an EKG is being done. By having the ability to carry out all these steps at the same time, the patient's wait time is shortened and valuable minutes are saved." "Teamwork and dedicated staff are key in effectively implementing change;" stated Julie Millar. "Our nurses, ancillary staff and medical providers all work together in achieving a common goal, providing safe quality patient care and improving customer satisfaction." Aventura Hospital's state-of-the-art imaging equipment is also making it possible to obtain more accurate diagnoses in a shorter timeframe. "Images can be shared in an integrated manner so different hospital departments can view them at the same time," Dr. Skylar said. "The images can be sent electronically to specialists connected to the hospital network, even though they may be at a remote location." At Aventura Hospital, heart attack patients are being treated in record time thanks to the hospital's participation in the STEMI Program. Paramedics will call the Emergency Room and activate the Cardiac Alert team before the patient arrives to the hospital. "We've reduced our door to balloon time, which is the time from the moment a patient arrives at the door of the emergency room with chest pain to the moment the

Interventional cardiologist performs a procedure known as Angioplasty in the Cardiac Cath Lab, to under 60 minutes," says Julie Millar. News is traveling fast; Aventura Hospital was the first facility in Miami-Dade County with a Stroke Program earning The Joint Commission's Primary Stroke Center Certification Program Gold Seal of Approval™ for healthcare quality. The hospital also has the designation of Primary Stroke Center by the State Agency for Health Care Administration. "This means our stroke team is ready to respond quickly and effectively to treat stroke patients when every second counts," Rohan said. Perhaps the fastest way to sum up what Aventura Hospital and Medical Center means by the motto "when seconds count… count on us" is to read rave reviews written by real patients: "Once again I found how indispensable your hospital is to Aventura and other communities. I cannot say enough of the courtesy, professionalism and pleasant way the ER doctors and nurses took care of me, an 88-year-old." Emergency Room Medical Director Dr. Roman Skylar with - Rudolph Stern, Aventura Director of Emergency Services Jullie Millar, R.N. "I am writing to compliment your ER staff on the excellent care rendered to my mother… From the time I asked for a wheelchair at the door and the security guard responded and helped to bring my mother in, she was taken care of… I was more than pleased with Interim ER Educator Angel Vila and Dr. Skylar with patient Debbie Riggs, Charge Nurse and Jullie Millar R.N. the improvements I saw." - A. Hepburn, Miami Shores "The emergency room staff was most efficient and made the President of the United States." me feel confident in their abilities. Everyone connected to my - D. Weissman. Fort Lauderdale For more information, visit aventurahospital.com treatment deserves to be commended. I could not have been treated better or received better medical attention had I been For physician referrals, phone: 888-256-7692.

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Grill on the Alley… one of Aventura's top dining spots

Executive National Bank holds "popcorn party"

The Aventura Mall has developed a reputation as a premier destination location, offering a wide variety of retail shopping, lifestyle services, entertainment and dining. And now, with the addition of the newly-opened restaurant, The Grill on the Alley, there is even more reason to plan your days or evening around the Aventura Mall. Opened in late November, The Grill on the Alley is the 7th flagship restaurant of Grill Concepts. The menu is classic American Jeff Martin, Ass't. Gen. Mgr., The Grill on the Alley `Aventura; grill -- prime steaks, fresh seafood, Louie Feinstein, Sr. VP of Operations, Grill Concepts; David traditional dishes such as chicken pot Rufener, Gen. Mgr. The Grill on the Alley~Aventura pie or meatloaf and mashed potatoes, "We're pleased to welcome freshly-prepared salads and homemade Florida's first The Grill on the Alley to desserts….all served with uncompromis- Aventura Mall," said Donald Soffer, ing service. Founder of Turnberry Associates. "We David Rufener, General Manager, continue our commitment to bring new said, "We are absolutely thrilled to be in restaurants and concepts for our visitors Aventura…the reception from the com- to enjoy and are certain the Aventura munity has been fantastic! We were community will embrace this fantastic warmly welcomed to the neighborhood, dining establishment." and have received nothing but great comThe Grill on the Alley, located in the ments from our customers regarding our Piazza area of the Aventura Mall at style of service. Our motto is "….to 19575 Biscayne Blvd.,, features over serve one great meal at a time", and we 7,000 sq. ft. of indoor and patio seating are striving to be the friendliest restau- for up to 250 diners. They are open 7 rant in town. With the economy the way days a week, and offer banquet/private it is, we are very thankful for the support rooms, bar dining, Happy Hour; personwe have received from Aventura and the al wines welcome (corkage fee applies) entire South Florida community." and wheelchair access. (305) 466-7195

The aroma of freshly-popped popcorn wafted through the lobby at One Aventura Executive Center, up through the elevators and into the hallways of this luxury office condo building….drawing people out of their offices to follow the scent. There in the lobby was an old-fashioned popcorn machine, popping those delicate little kernels of corn while the team of Executive National Bank handed out bags of warm popcorn to everyone. "It was our way of saying "Happy Holidays" and "Thank You" for considering Executive National Bank!" said Harriet Robkin, Commercial Lender. In keeping with the theme of the afternoon, Andrea Tyrell Grant, Sr. VP/ Commercial Treasury Relationship Manager added, "Pop in for executive treatment! We provide full-service banking for both personal and commercial needs." Executive National Bank is located at One Aventura Executive Center, 20900 NE 30th Avenue; open M -Thurs. 9 - 4 and Fri. 9 - 5, with a drivethrough coming soon. For information, call (305) 274-8382.

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VIEWPOINT Gaza: the 21st Century Ghetto

Sweetening the bailout with pork

BY BAYANN HAMID

Taxpayers are justifiably wary of seeing $700 billion of their hard-earned tax dollars bailing out the bad debts of Wall Street bad apples. When most Americans invest poorly, they have to accept the financial consequences. It seems fundamentally unfair to take care of Wall Street before the rest of us. At the same time, people don't want to see their retirement accounts, 401(k) plans, or other investments lose value; they want their kids to be able to get student loans and car loans; and they don't want to see the credit system collapse. Very few people are happy about the bailout bill, and the options are difficult to parse. Worse, the Senate, in the midst of a debate over the historic bailout package, pulled out an old bag of tricks: piling billions of dollars of unrelated legislative provisions into the package and daring the House to reject the bailout again. Many of these provisions are tax breaks that have been waiting in the wings for months, hoping for a legislative train to leave the station. So instead of an enormous $700 billion bailout, Congress has now passed a bill with more than $800 billion in spending, including tax benefits for arrow manufacturers, rum producers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and film and television producers. With the addition of the tax break legislation, Congress is using this national economic emergency to smooth the way for controversial legislation. Throughout the process, the House and Senate have had very different approaches to this bill. The House demanded that the bill's costs be offset. The Senate has not.

In the first attempt by a foreign country to break the blockade of Gaza, a Libyan freighter carrying 3,000 tons of essential humanitarian aid set sail for the impoverished coastal strip. On the shore, Gazans assembled to welcome its arrival, a muchneeded gesture of hope and relief for Gaza's 1.5 million residents, caged in on all sides in one of the most densely populated areas on earth, allowed only the most basic foodstuffs and regularly bombarded with ordnance from the skies. As it approached Gaza's coastal waters on December 1, the ship was intercepted by the Israeli navy and forced to turn back. The Libyan shipment was an effort to follow the lead of three prior ships led by international peace activists that successfully broke the siege of Gaza. Israel allowed the peace activists through after defense officials calculated that obstructing their passage would have amounted to a public relations disaster. But as the siege of Gaza enters its 18th month, and the situation there becomes increasingly dire with no sign of abatement, most Western media no longer view it as newsworthy, save for the occasional reporting on periodic United Nations appeals for action each time Israel tightens the shackles an additional notch. Compounding the problem, Israel has severely restricted media access to Gaza. When the most severe closures are imposed, journalists are barred from entering the Strip to cover its effects. After more than four decades of occupation, Palestinians have become accustomed to the normalization of the absurd. They have grown used to waiting for hours under the sun at checkpoints on their way to work and school, to circumventing roadblocks, to living under curfew, to arbitrary arrests and military raids. But the international silence on this man-made humanitarian crisis indicates that the rest of the world has also come to assume that a certain level of suffering is an acceptable norm for Palestinians. After failing to break the will of Gazans during 40 years of occupation, Israel is now resorting to a war of attrition, or occupation on the cheap. As Israel strangles the livelihood of the Gazans, the international community foots the bill, provid-

ing just enough aid to keep the Gazans alive, albeit malnourished. The entire population of Gaza has been reduced to a mere subsistence existence, half of them reliant on U.N. food handouts that have been slow in coming, their aspirations trampled on and their future clouded out by existential concerns of mere day to day survival. How is it that the international community can sit by idly while an entire population is enclosed in a ghetto and starved into submission? Israel says that the objective of its siege is to deter by punishment Palestinian militants from firing Qassam rockets at Israeli towns. But this strategy has failed to bring security to Israel. Qassam rockets continue to be launched and Hamas is strengthening its hold on the Gaza Strip, not reducing it. What sort of peace and security can this policy of starvation and economic strangulation bring Israel? According to the United Nations, the majority of Gaza's children suffer mental distress due to abnormal living conditions. Men face degradation, as they are unable to provide for their families during the economic standstill. The next generation, denied opportunity, hope and recognition of their political aspirations are learning hate first hand. In the words of senior U.N. humanitarian affairs coordinator Jan Egeland, Gaza is “a human time bomb ticking.” The longer this manufactured humanitarian catastrophe is allowed to continue, the further away any possibility of peace will become. If the situation is to improve, the international community must pressure Israel to lift the siege of the Gaza Strip and to engage its adversaries through negotiation. As Israel's greatest ally, the United States can play an important role in this regard. With a new U.S. administration taking office in January, there will be an opening for a new approach. But only if Barack Obama is committed to an engaged, compassionate and even-handed approach will there be a possibility for a brighter future in the Middle East. -Bayann Hamid is media coordinator at the Middle East Research and Information Project, publishers of Middle East Report. www.merip.org <http://www.merip.org>

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Some of the questionable items: Tax break for certain wooden arrows designed for use by children: The legislation suspends a 39-cent excise tax on arrows made from natural wood, a provision that has been backed by Senators Ron Wyden (D) and Gordon Smith (R) of Oregon; the tax relief would benefit Rose City Archery in Myrtle Point, Ore., and a handful of other companies. The cost is estimated at $2 million. Race Track Tax Break: A $100 million provision that allows NASCAR racetracks to write off capital investments, such as new concession stands and repaving tracks, over a seven-year period. Film and Television Productions: Hollywood seems to be one sector of our economy that continues to prosper these days, but film and television production facilities won an extension of a special tax break. This provision will cost taxpayers $478 million over the next ten years. Perhaps senators had a little too much rum in the daiquiris they were sipping while considering this legislation - most likely rum from the Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico that will also receive a tax break extension at a taxpayer cost of $192 million. The $700 billion bailout itself is hard for taxpayers to stomach, but adding $110 billion dollars of unrelated tax breaks and spending to this legislation was irresponsible and unnecessary. In these times of historic economic turmoil, lawmakers had an obligation to give the public a clean bill. They failed. -Ms. Ryan Alexander is president, Taxpayers for Common Sense -- a non-partisan federal budget watchdog. www.taxpayer.net <http://www.taxpayer.net>

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Rabbi Jonathan Berkun coaches Krop Sr. High students in "Fiddler on the Roof" musical Students from Dr. Under the direction of Michael M. Krop Senior The Star Academy Magnet High School rehearsing for Program Director, Larry their January 22 - 25 musiDavidson, students are cal production of "Fiddler working long hours after on the Roof" recently parschool to rehearse for this ticipated in a discussion musical production which about diversity and will open on Thursday, Judaism led by Rabbi January 22nd at 7 p.m. and Jonathan Berkun, spiritual run through Sunday, leader of Aventura January 25th in the school's Turnberry Jewish Center. auditorium, featuring a Armed with a Shofar Rabbi Jonathan Berkun with Julio Liverpool Sunday Matinee at 2 p.m. (Ram's horn), Menorah performing the lead role of Tevye "We are looking for(Hanukkah candelabrum), ward to presenting this legTallit (prayer shawl) and mini Torah scroll endary musical to our community, complete (Five Books of Moses), Rabbi Berkun led a with professional staging and lighting," said Jewish "show and tell" with the mostly non- Davidson. "We encourage everyone to come Jewish cast. out and support these talented students who "It was wonderful to spend a couple of represent the entire spectrum of our cultural hours with the students of Dr. Michael M. and religious communities. We'll have our Krop who comprise the cast and crew of own student orchestra providing the music to "Fiddler on the Roof," said Rabbi Berkun. help transport you to the world of Tevye, a "They were eager to learn about Judaism, its poor Jewish peasant in pre-revolutionary traditions, history, and culture, and I was Russia, who must contend with marrying off delighted to engage them in a frank conver- his three daughters while anti-semitic sentisation about diversity, tolerance, and plural- ment threatens his home. Our audiences ism. Information and knowledge is a power- will delight in hearing our students sing all ful weapon against ignorance and prejudice, of "Fiddler's" favorite songs, including and forging personal relationships builds "Tradition!", "Sunrise, Sunset" and "If I bridges between communities of different Were a Rich Man". faith and ethnicity. It was very inspiring to Ticket prices begin at $10 and are availmeet an African American youngster play able by calling Dr. Michael M. Krop Sr. the lead role of the Jewish father figure, High School at (305) 652-6808 x 167. Tevye! This is what America is all about."

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Top Shelf Artists provides simplified booking process for film, television and the performing arts Producing a music video, feature film, TV show, commercial or theatrical production just got easier for those charged with "putting it together," thanks to the opening of Top Shelf Artists (TSA), a onestop supplier for all of the worldclass talent needed to give a production the most coveted celebrity caliber hair designers, make-up experts, clothing stylists and photographers. "We even have body painters and f/x artists who can transform any actor or performer into whatever the client demands," say TSA co-founders, Sydney Faye-Davis, noted fashion producer, and Melory Johnson, international make-up artist. The two women saw a void in the marketplace and knew they could begin filling it from the hundreds of names and talent they'd identified, had known and worked alongside during their many years in the industry. "We spent a long time working in the print and broadcast arena, meeting the best and worst in every category," says FayeDavis. "We knew how challenging it could be to find the right talent that will give a production that certain 'zing' and cutting edge that sets it apart from all others," she adds. "Once we created our own list of Top Shelf Artists, we began expanding the search and identifying many of the brightest and best new stars coming up through the ranks." "The talent was available, for sure," says Johnson. "What gave us the impetus to form Top Shelf Artists, however, was knowing that we knew exactly how to identify the best of the best. And we knew we could offer one stop shopping for any production looking to speed up the booking process, knowing it was also saving money and securing the leading artists in every possible category." Johnson, who was raised in South Africa, is a talented and accomplished artist in her own right. She discovered her passion for the magic of make-up after she graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Melory settled in the States with her husband Terry in 2000, and was soon working alongside the likes of Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier. Most recently, Johnson founded a retail recruiting, training and booking

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Life in the City BY BARI AUERBACH ‘Predicting the Future’ You don’t have to call the psychic hotline to predict what the future might hold for Aventura in 2009. Here are just some not too preposterous predictions for the New Year… No More Taxes! The city is already collecting thousands in fines from cameras catching red light runners – so just imagine if there were cameras at every light in Aventura…By the end of ’09 so much revenue would be collected, it’s predicted property taxes could be abolished forever! More Mall Expansion! Developers are predicting the Aventura Mall could just keep getting bigger and bigger until there’s no more room to grow – except up…Then, the city would become internationally renowned for having the first “high rise” mall with at least 50 stories of fabulous stores. Less Traffic! Optimistic drivers are predicting the city will come up with solutions to make certain neighborhood roads look less like Manhattan at rush hour…Since the threat of a hefty fine doesn’t seem to be enough to stop intersection blockers – maybe jail time in

a maximum security prison with no chance of parole would be a more effective deterrent. Smarter Kids! Now that the Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES) is expanding, scholars are predicting kids in the city will be even smarter than ever before…Hope that means our country will have brilliant future leaders capable of saving the world - just in case President-elect Obama doesn’t. Bigger Events! If you thought Aventura celebrated Founders Day, July 4th, Halloween and Arbor Day in a big way – Stubhub is predicting even bigger events will come to the city when the new Arts and Cultural Center opens…In fact, some wishful thinkers are already standing in line for tickets to see Madonna and Mick Jagger – who could both stay at Aventura’s luxury retirement community Classic Residence by Hyatt. Greater Prosperity! Despite hard times, financial experts are predicting Aventura will continue to help bolster the nation’s economy with brisk sales of bagels, frappuccinos, golf clubs, tennis racquets, suntan lotion salon services and cosmetic procedures. Even more good news is that if every Aventura resident keeps their New Year’s resolutions, the city will be completely smoke-free, fat-free, grudge-free and stress-free for at least a few days in ’09!

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Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service to drive the #1 team in the nation Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service, the leading provider of private chauffeured transportation, recently announced a sponsorship agreement with the Orange Bowl Committee, host of the 75th FedEx Orange Bowl and 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship. Aventura Worldwide is proud to be the official transportation company for both bowl games. "We wanted to be a part of something we could identify with both personally and professionally," said Scott Tinkler, vice president and general manager of Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service. "With a background in sports, I recognize the positive impact that championship games have on the community and the tourism industry." Recently awarded #1 transportation company in the in country, 2007-2008 by Limousine and Chauffeured Transportation Magazine, Aventura Worldwide has been catering to corporate clients, the sports and entertainment world and the hotel industry for the past twenty years. "Winning the award has made it a special year for us, and in its 75th year, it is a special time for the Orange Bowl Committee as well. It just seemed like the right time to get involved in something great," said Tinkler. "We are very excited about our partnership." With a fleet of over 130 vehicles, ranging from sedans and SUV's, to 61 passenger Motorcoaches, and a full service meetings and conventions department, any transportation request can be accommodated. Aventura strives to provide the most personalized service that

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has become synonymous with the Aventura Worldwide name. Attracting visitors and promoting tourism, the Orange Bowl Committee also generates diverse youth sports competition and strong community outreach each year by funding an array of grants, community programs and scholarships that benefit thousands of South Florida youth. The 75th FedEx Orange Bowl will be held on January 1, 2009, and the FedEx BCS National Championship on January 8, 2009. Both games will be held at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens at 8 p.m. For more information about Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service, call 305-770-5466 or visit aventuralimo.com

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Bank of Florida Trust Company's Scott Kellett featured panelist at Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta conference Scott Kellett, J.D., president of Bank of tion, and estate and tax planning for highFlorida Trust Company, was a featured net-worth individuals and foundations. He is panelist at the Federal Reserve Bank of a member of the board of directors for the Atlanta's "Debate and Confirm" conference Florida Bankers Association Florida Trust held in Atlanta. The conferSchool and was chosen as a ence - New Horizons: Five Star: Best in Client Wealth Management and the Satisfaction Wealth Global Landscape - is part Manager for 2008 by of a supervisory discussion Gulfshore Life Magazine. series. Bank of Florida Trust Kellett was one of Company, with offices in three panelists for the sesNaples and Fort Lauderdale, sion titled Perspectives on is an investment firm with the Competitive Landscape nearly $500 million in and Changing Business assets under advice that speModel. He provided insights cializes in financial consultinto the U.S. equity and ing, portfolio management, credit markets in light of the advisory services, alternarecent federal intervention tive investment strategies, and the resulting impacts on family office planning, wealth-management compabusiness succession planKellett, J.D., President, Bank of nies. Approximately 100 Scott ning, trust services and priFlorida Trust Company analysts, bankers and supervivate banking. Florida Trend sory personnel from the magazine ranks the company Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta attended as one of Florida's top 25 Trust Banking the conference. Firms based on assets under advice. Kellett has 15 years of experience in For information, visit private banking, trust and estate administra- bankofflorida.com

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WLRN Public Broadcasting celebrates 60 years of service BY NICOLE MADDOX It has been said that the greatest impact on a city's cultural life radiates from the emphasis it places on the education of its citizens. For Miami, that cultural force is WLRN Public Radio and Television. WLRN understands that education is the foundation of their existence and the cornerstone for equality and opportunity. Since its inception, WLRN has strived to provide quality educational and entertainment programs with a commitment to excellence in serving local, national and international communities of all ages, races, and creeds. This year, WLRN Public Broadcasting celebrates its 60th year of service and support to the South Florida community. The story of WLRN Public Broadcasting originated 1948 when WLRN Radio signed on as a non-profit, non-commercial broadcast station licensed to the School Board of Miami-Dade County. WLRN-TV followed in 1955. Today, well

over a million listeners and viewers from Palm Beach to Key West tune in to WLRN Channel 17 and 91.3 FM for quality programs and the trusted news and information platform that WLRN is relied upon for. Local producer Meredith Porte, says, ""WLRN has grown in so many ways over the years. We have made so much honest effort to serve the community, not to get ratings or sell products, but with the pure desire to truly help people who live here. This aim has paid off, and the community now knows that we are here to serve them and do work that makes a difference in their lives." For more information, call 305-995-1717 or visit wlrn.org

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ASK DR. RUTH BY DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER

She wants more openness Q: My boyfriend and I are in our late teens, and we were both each other’s “first time.” Before we first had sex, we talked about it and made sure that it was something that we both wanted to do, and we also talked about all the dangers that went along with it. It was great! But now, almost a year later, he still isn’t comfortable talking about what he likes or wants sexually. How do I get him to feel comfortable talking to me about this? I love him very much and don’t want to pressure him into doing anything that he’s not ready for, but I would really like that kind of openness. A: I know that you want to be open with each other, but have you ever thought about why he might not want to talk in detail about some intimate matters? Let’s say he wanted to have oral sex, and at some point you said it was something you’d never do. He knows there’s no point in bringing it up, and he doesn’t want to pressure you, so he’d

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rather not get into such discussions. That’s just one example. There could be dozens of others. So my advice is not to pressure him into being more “Open.” Sometimes you do regret getting what you wish for. Q: How closely related are sex and stress? My girlfriend is about to move away and start medical school. She’ll only be about two hours away, so we’ll be able to see each other on weekends, for the most part. It’s just that lately we can’t seem to get in the mood. We’ve talked about it, and we think it’s the stress of the change that is about to take place. It’s not that we don’t have sex, but we don’t have it or the desire as often anymore. It is possibly the stress causing this? A: Stress can absolutely ruin a couple’s love life. Your stress could be the result of just not knowing what the future holds, which has created a situation where you are both keeping your emotions in check, afraid that you might get hurt. My hope for the two of you is that once she moves away and you develop a routine, you’ll be able to work things out. But that also might not happen. The distance, combined with the rigors of medical school, might mean that this relationship will not last. While you’re waiting for the move to take place, don’t put pressure on yourselves to have sex. Instead, just enjoy being together, and then you’ll see what the future has in store for you.

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Keep business communications state-of-the-art with Dimitry Shaposhnikov's DS Xpress BY LYNN CARROLL

PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS FOR PROVOCATIVE PEOPLE materials such as large posters, bumper stickers, magnets, canvases and in-store displays. And it works well for us too, because once we gain a company's print business, everything else tends to follow.

LC: What services can DS Xpress offer its business clients?

DS: We cover just about everything in the field of business communications, from highquality, full-color printing of business cards and promotional materials to customized web development, search engine optimization (SEO) and data applications to run payroll, track activities, monitor sales and manage files.

LC: What's your geographical reach? DS: Naturally we serve a lot of customers in South Florida, but the nature of the business is such that we don't have to be in the same physical location as our clients. We have clients all over the U.S. In fact, our servers are in Atlanta - which is a plus for our Florida customers, because they can be assured that in case of a major storm their data will be protected.

LC: In a somewhat crowded field, DS Xpress has grown phenomenally in its seven years in business. How do you account for that?

DS: If you're doing a good job for your clients, it doesn't really matter whether the field is crowded or not. We don't worry about that. What we concentrate on is providing the best possible service at a reasonable price. We take the client's deadlines and our service guarantees very seriously. We're on call 24/7, and we follow up on every job. This work ethic has worked very well for us. In fact, we have many clients who have been with us from the beginning.

LC: Do you intend to keep up the print side of the business?

LC: Did your educational background prepare you for running a business communications company?

DS: Sure, it's a natural adjunct to our computer and web-based services. Businesses still need business cards; they still produce bound reports and proposals; their marketing departments still use tri-folds, print advertisements and brochures. We can do promotional

Business owners can bank on convenience at Colonial Bank online banking, credit cards, merchant services, and treasury management, No matter the size of as well as wealth manageyour business, Colonial ment, and private banking Bank has a wide array of services. services tailored to make Established in 1981, your life easier. Colonial has risen to "We offer great merbecome one of the top 30 chant services," says Vice commercial banks in the President, Aventura Branch United States. Manager Maxine Its success is simple, Hanchard-Foote. "For says Hanchard-Foote: example, through our Colonial Bank's focus is in remote deposit capture on the customers first. process, you can scan "Colonial Bank is all deposit checks at your about building relationlocation and they will be ships," she says. "We electronically credited to deliver the high-touch, peryour account." Hanchard-Foote, Vice President, sonalized service that our "You can contact us Maxine Aventura branch manager, Colonial Bank customers deserve in a way via phone, e-mail or fax, and that doesn't just say we're we have the flexibility to come to your business. As a business owner, different - it demonstrates our commitment." we know your time is valuable, and this is a Colonial Bank's Aventura office is located at 19235 Biscayne Blvd. wonderful convenience." For more information, call Maxine Colonial Bank, a subsidiary of The Colonial BancGroup, Inc., offers a broad line Hanchard-Foote at (305) 931-1187, e-mail her of retail and commercial banking products and at maxine_hanchardfoote@colonialbank.com, services, including checking and savings or visit colonialbank.com. accounts, personal and commercial loans, BY LYNN CARROLL

DS: Yes, I have degrees in managing informational systems and in marketing. So in addition to programming and web development, I learned a lot about the marketing tools needed to grow a business. DS Xpress is located in One Aventura Executive Center 20900 NE 30th Avenue, Suite 410. For more information, call (305) 936-1444 or visit dsxpress.com

FIU BBC student to participate in Presidential Inauguration On January 20, 2008 Sholom Neistein, a student at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus, will join thousands in Washington, D.C. to witness the inaugural ceremony of the newly elected President of the United States Barak Obama. As a member of the BBC Student Government Association and The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (an honor society open to students who achieve a GPA of 3.4 or above and rank in the top 20 percent of their class) Sholom Neistein Sholom Neistein was among a small handful of students from across the nation invited to participate in the University Presidential Inaugural Conference, a 4-day event, that honors "the world's most distinguished future leaders."

"I am honored and humbled by the thought that I have earned a place at such an internationally significant event; and I am grateful to those who have made it possible for me to attend," said Sholom. "My plan is to proudly represent FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus and bring with me the energy and spirit that define who we are." Sholom has received funding for the trip from a variety of public and private sources, including the Biscayne Bay Campus Circle of Friends. To learn more about how to join, please visit our website at http://bbc.fiu.edu/ For more information or to speak with Sholom Neistein, please contact Rebecca Dinar at 305-710-5361 or email at rdinar@fiu.edu


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Austin A. Frye again named as "Top 150 Financial Advisers" in the nation Austin A. Frye, president of Frye Financial Center based in Aventura, was recently named again by Medical Economics magazine as one of the nation's "Top 150 Financial Advisers" (November 2008, based on matrices including credentials, education, experience and noteworthy professional achievement). Frye was one of only three advisors selected in Miami-Dade County and the only adviser selected in Aventura. The much-anticipated issue, which includes the "Top 150 Financial Advisers" in the nation list, is published every Austin A. Frye two years. One of the areas the magazine's selection committee focused on was the category of knowledge and experience; this included an assessment of the financial advisers' depth of knowledge on a broad range of financial issues, their credentials, and their experience. Regarding fee arrangements, the selectors favored fee based advisors over commission only advisors. This was due to the belief that investors can typically more objective advice when there is no financial motivation to steer them toward one product over another. Although being commission based only does not necessarily indicate that recommendations are not being made in the client's best interest. Originally from New York City, Austin A. Frye, obtained his MBA in finance from New York University and his J.D. from the University of MiamiSchool of Law. He is a Certified Financial Planner速, and is among the top 2% of registered

representatives based on gross dealer commissions with the country's largest independent Broker/Dealer LPL Financial (as reported in Financial Planning magazine, based on total revenues 1996-2008). In today's volatile market, Frye offers a few key pieces of advice to concerned clients: "Today's challenging market underscores the need to be working with a high caliber advisor. Now, more than ever, it is not the time for haphazard or scattered investing. Aggregating and monitoring all of your personal, business, real estate and 401k plan assets as part of one well balanced, risk adjusted allocation plan is likely the best long-term strategy. A qualified advisor can also suggest short-term tactical investment allocation adjustments that can be beneficial. Physicians and business owners are advised to avoid obsessing over their investment statements, to take a break from the sensational media on T.V. and to concentrate on what they have control over; focus instead on strengthening your businesses...reviewing operations, efficiency, profitability, etc. Finally, one of the single most important pieces of planning that all physicians must make sure is optimized, is their asset protection planning. Failing to tighten up asset protection plans can have potentially devastating consequences for their families' future financial security." For more information, call 305-931-3200 or visit fryefinancial.com

The Continental Group promotes Sean Galaris to president of Sterling Management Services The Continental Group, the largest property management company in Florida, announced the promotion of Sean Galaris to president of Sterling Management Services, a division of Continental. In his new role, Galaris will provide direction and leadership for the full-service property management company that serves six counties in Central Florida. Galaris, a native of Marblehead, Mass., joined in 1999 as vice president of community association management. He was appointed senior vice president of association management and lawn care divisions in 2006, a position he held until his most recent promotion. Galaris is a licensed real estate broker and licensed community association manager. He earned his bachelor of science in business administration and management from Salem

State College in Massachusetts in 1991. He has been a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, an organization with Greek roots that promotes education, philanthropy, civic responsibility, family and individual excellence, for more than 20 years. Founded in 1990, The Continental Group's corporate headquarters is located in Hollywood, Fla. It also has regional offices in Kendall, West Palm Beach, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Jacksonville. The company is the largest manager of multifamily rental communities and condominium and homeowner associations in the state, and one of South Florida's leading private sector employers. To learn more about The Continental Group, call (954) 925-8200, toll-free: (800) 9274599 or visit thecontinentalgroupinc.com

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For the holidays this year Aventura Mall is your perfect destination NORSTROM Any fashionista will swoon over this Jimmy Choo 'Riley' tote with belting detail, perforated metallic suede in ice blue. It also comes in bronze and denim. Only $2,635 Call 305-356-6900

EQUINOX FITNESS CENTER Equinox is offering their "Get Fit for the New Year" membership. The new membership includes: Equinox Fitness Evaluation; One personal training session; 2 one-week guest passes; 10% off all spa services; 20% off The Shop for first time buyers; member referral benefits Call 305-935-9514 INTIMACY If you follow your jolly heart, it will lead you to Intimacy at Aventura Mall where you will find a sexy scarlet bra. Not to worry Santa, it comes in sizes big and small. Don't look at the price tag (love is priceless) when you purchase the Marie Jo's "Eliza" bra ($137). Marie Jo's "Eliza" bra come in racer back or halter from A-E cup Call 786-629-9229

FRUITS & PASSION This elegant, Mediterranean-inspired Cucina bottle will add a touch of sunshine to any kitchen. The unique gift box containing a Collector's Bottle and Refill is beautifully decorated for the season. An exceptional value that's perfect for Holiday gift giving. This olive oil-based soap is known for its purifying and softening properties. A must-have available in 3 fragrances: Coriander & Olive Tree; Lime Zest & Cypress; Sanguinelli Orange & Fennel $36 (16.9 fl oz) Call 305-682-8931

Undecided? That's easy - celebrate the holiday spirit with a selection of Aventura Mall holiday gift cards! Aventura Mall is home to Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Macy's Men's Home Furniture, JCPenney and Sears, more than 280 stores and restaurants, a 24-screen movie theater, and an artist-designed interactive playground, Rainbow Valley. Located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, the mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m. For more information call (305) 935-1110. For more information, visit aventuramall.com


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What's New at 'Q' impresses Aventura Young Professionals BY BARI AUERBACH

Aventura Young Professionals Chairman Michael Yavner, Northern Trust Bank with Q Lounge Proprietors Valerie Katz and Chef Andre Seibald

Jeffrey Levinson, BNY Mellon; Gladys Esquenazi, Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach / Aventura; Daniel Gabay, Stern Bloom Media; Beatriz Lobaton, Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach / Aventura; Robert Singer, iFinancial Services

Richelle Doliner, GBS The Beauty Store; Yolaris Garcia, Awesome Chiropractic; Derek Toppe

Keith Owen and Kim Merediz, Banyan Life Financial; Matt Silvers, SEO4Anyone.com

Holly Pacheco, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Cherise Litz, Market Title; Ben Launerts; Laura Bottero, UBS

From new casual gourmet menu items and new musical entertainment - to new ways to meet new friends - "what's new at Q Restaurant & Lounge" impressed Aventura Young Professionals invited to build new business at a newsworthy networking luncheon. A great turnout of under-45 overachievers, including many new members, were welcomed by AYP Chair Michael Yavner of Northern Trust and Q's husband and wife co-owners Chef Andre Seibald and manager Valerie Katz - always cooking up new ways to achieve success "right on Q!" Leaders from BNY Mellon, Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, UBS and the Continental Group agreed Q's ambiance is chic, the dĂŠcor is ultra-modern - and the friendly hospitality attracts crowds to the outdoor "people watching" seating area. Classic Residence by Hyatt and Park One go-getters also made plans to toast to success with Q specialty drinks like sangria, mojitos, bellinis, martinis and dessert wines plus enjoy favorite music on evenings when Q hosts a DJ or live band. Thinking of new ways to celebrate the holidays, teams from Stern Bloom Media, Morton's the Steakhouse, Equinox and Fabian Realty highly recommended booking an office party, or private function at Q, where you can plan the perfect menu and rely on the Q staff to ensure quintessential events. While lunch was being served, friends from Hampton Inn Hallandale Beach~Aventura, Awesome Chiropractic, GBS Beauty Supply and RSM McGladrey were tapping into rave reviews about Q's signature tapas and small plates including mini burgers, famous handmade potato gnocchi, shrimp and corn lollipops, tuna tartar, mushroom tarts, lamb chops and grilled pizzas with gourmet toppings. For decision makers from The Data Boutique, Aventura

USA, Minuteman Press, iFinancial Partners and Ameriprise Financial, it was a toss up as to which one of Q's snacks and fresh salads are most innovative - but new favorites are sure to be mini empanadas, roasted chicken wings, the Q cheese plate for two and Blue Cheese Pear Pastry Salad with candied walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette. Entrepreneurs from the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, New York Life Insurance, DS Xpress, and SEO4anyone.com agreed they would have "new cravings" for Q's awesome wraps and paninis with Norwegian salmon, grilled vegetables, portobello mushrooms and buffalo mozzarella. Concurring Q takes desserts to new heights of decadence, AYP members from Berman Chiropractic, Miami-Dade College Foundation and Neuwest Technology hoped Valerie Katz would reveal her secret recipes for Nutella fondue, chocolate chunk bread pudding and crème brulee. Pros from Coane & Associates, American Wire Group, Internet Insurance and EWM Realty praised Q's quick service while savvy executives from Milov Insurance, Banyan Life. Optima and attorney Brett Schultz agreed Q livens up Aventura nightlife, providing a welcome alternative to making the drive to South Beach or Fort Lauderdale. Before the luncheon ended, everyone wanted to know: "What does Q stand for?" Rumor has it the name is just easy to remember - and unforgettable when it comes to new and exciting ways to enjoy great food and fun times on the "Q - T!" Q Restaurant & Lounge is located in Aventura's Waterways Shoppes (3575 NE 207th Street), phone: 305-931-9957. For more information about upcoming events for Aventura Young Professionals, phone: 305-9325334.

Ben Launerts, ParkOne of Florida; Mirelsa Caraballo, The Continental Group; Jason Wertchafter, Neuwest Technology

Lenny Markus, Minuteman Press; Elena Solomon, Berman Chiropractic Center; Lewis Greenberg, RSM McGladrey; Vivian Toppe, EWM Realtors

Sima Kohen, Stern Bloom Media; David Strachan, Miami Dade College Foundation; Steven Davne, Internet Insurance Agency; Valerie Katz

Paola Burkholder, Classic Residence by Hyatt; Bruce Coane and Anelya Aliyeva, Coane & Associates; Nick Milov, Milov Insurance Group

Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Johanna Kamerman; Brett Schultz, Law Offices of Brett Schultz; Diane Galvis, Equinox Fitness Center


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When considering your holiday shopping this year, here’s a little advice. Don’t be tempted to overspend like you may have in years past. Sure, we’ve been hearing about all those “deals” since Halloween. It even seemed like the holiday shopping season kicked off a few weeks early this year. Retailers couldn’t wait to start their “Tricks or Treats” to get us in the mood to shop, even if most of us can’t afford to rack up much anymore debt. Holiday shopping is expected to be very soft this year. Think of it like an ice cream cone that’s been sitting on the heat for several hours. That’s why we’re seeing more hype than ever about “Deep Discounts and Special Bargains.” Yes, retailers need us to “Spend Our Way” out of this recession. Yes, this will be a critical shopping season for too many businesses, which may face shutting their doors for good after the holidays. Yes, we all have to do our part to reverse our current economic meltdown. But NO, we don’t have to go deeper in debt and threaten our family’s financial future doing it. Here’s my advice: Budget. Don’t overspend. Use cash and demand cash-only discounts, rather than putting everything on plastic. We also have to be very careful about using gift cards this year. Too many retailers may shut down after the holidays which would make unused gift cards worthless. On-line shopping also will be down. And since you can’t demand “cash-only discounts” online, you may actually be able to wrangle better deals face-to-face with local merchants. And you won’t be facing all those extra shipping charges. So where are the deals? Home electronics, clothing and big-ticket appliances are seeing deep discounts this year. There are still great deals out of big “overstock” liq-

uidators offering older merchandise. Most manufacturers also offer deeply discounted “refurbished” products at their online websites. You can also look for great deals on “refurbed” home electronics like computers and cameras. But hold onto all the packaging and receipts to make sure they really work before throwing it all out. And remember, homemade presents can be great gifts too. Baked goods, such as fresh breads, cakes and cookies, can be a very personal present that doesn’t cost a lot of money, but still carries a lot of “love.” Home sauces and soups can be a real treat too that won’t break your budget. Taking a friend or coworker out for a quick lunch or breakfast snack is a nice holiday treat too. What’s more, this holiday season, there are a lot of changes taking place in the credit card industry. And most of them are not consumer-friendly at all. Some of the big name credit cards have quietly been notifying customers, with tiny-type mailings, that they’re changing their “Consumer Agreements.” What that means in simple language is that they’re cutting your spending limits and increasing your interest rates on unpaid balances. They’re also betting you won’t notice how expensive those credit cards really are until it’s too late and the bill comes due in January. By then it will be too late and you may find yourself paying bigger credit card bills than you never even expected. That’s a “Holiday Shopping Secret” you can never forget during this year’s shopping season. Remember the old adage: “Never go to the grocery store without a list or when you’re hungry.” Chances are you’re likely to buy more than you need and spend more, too. The same advice applies when you’re shopping for the holidays. Whether you’re shopping at the mall, online, or by phone or mail, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, says that a little planning and know-how can help you deliver a holiday season that’s on budget and maybe even a little less stressful. Watch Al Sunshine’s 4 Your Money reports weekdays on CBS4 beginning at noon.


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2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 43k mi, $11900, Black Crystal Pearl, Ref#: 5613464, Phone: 954-564-5290

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1978 Lincoln Town Car 136k mi, $3750, Blue-White Top, Ref#: 5498187, Phone: 954-584-5487

2005 Nissan Murano SL 30k mi, $15700, Midnight Blue, Ref#: 5344022, Phone: 305-206-4288 2005 Nissan Armada 17k mi, $21000, Charcoal, Ref#: 4551326, Phone: 954-962-7327 2005 Mercedes-Benz C240 5k mi, $20300, Black, Ref#: 5061610, Phone: 954-480-2797

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1998 Mazda Protege DX/LX/ES 130k mi, $1895, Dark Blue, Ref#: 5498217, Phone: 954-868-1912 2003 Chevrolet C1500 Silverado 78k mi, $4000, Charcoal, Ref#: 5696172, Phone: 754-367-1905

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2007 Lincoln Town Car Signature 35k mi, $23000, White, Ref#: 5664440, Phone: 305-322-0033

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2003 Toyota Tundra 8’ Bed 20k mi, $9750, White, Ref#: 4382433, Phone: 954-647-5791

2002 Mitsubishi Galant ES/LS 75k mi, $5000, Silver, Ref#: 5785724, Phone: 954-651-0970

2004 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 65k mi, $12500, Green, Ref#: 5732530, Phone: 954-648-1727

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

2004 Suzuki Trike Voyager Kit.I 15k mi, $9800, White Gray, Ref#: 5269106, Phone: 954-817-4089

2007 Young 20 57 hrs, $43500, Baby Blue, Ref#: 5573504, Phone: 954-410-4451

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2004 Custom 20’ Bay Boat 160 hrs, $6200, Grey, Ref#: 5765408, Phone: 954-410-4451

1997 Damon Ford E350 51k mi, $13000, White, Ref#: 4573243, Phone: 954-914-4133

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2007 Honda Eagle 100 mi, $2500, Blue, Yellow, Red, Ref#: 5671148, Phone: 786-556-5860

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