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Nova hosts student-run breakfast 'singing praises' of school/business partnerships Duelling Divas present 'opera with a twist' BY BARI AUERBACH

help students achieve success. While the AMC "Working in concert" to support education and foster future leaders, Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Fischler has won the annual School of Education and Human Services recently hosted the Dade Partner of Aventura Marketing Council's annual student-run breakfast Excellence award meeting. The event, "singing the praises" of school/business four times and has partnerships featured delightful musical entertainment by the been inducted into Duelling Divas renowned for "great voices, great music - and the Dade Partners great gales of laughter"; and the acclaimed Krop Sr. High Hall of Fame for four Classical String Orchestra under the direction of Bringle consecutive years, NSU ranks first Cidel. Hundreds of business, community and education leaders nationally in the gathered at The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club were number of doctorimpressed by best and brightest students who expertly ran the al and first profesmeeting representing the AMC's eight Dade Partner schools: sional degrees awardDaniella Valdivieso, Aventura City of Excellence School ed to Hispanics, (ACES); Alexandra Brown, Aventura Waterways K-8; Jude according to The Bruno, David Lawrence Jr. K-8; Kitana Lin, Greynolds Park Hispanic Outlook in Elementary; Agustina Goldbaum, Highland Oaks Middle; Higher Education's leaders from Aventura Marketing Council's eight Dade Partner Schools gather with the Duelling Divas and NSU’s Riesha Bridgewater, Krop Sr. High; Stacy Bazin, North Miami Top 100 Colleges for Student Executive Dean Tara Saltzman, Ph.D. Hispanics 2009 ediBeach Sr. High; and Christeen Desrosiers, Ojus Elementary. After an inspiring rendition of God Bless America sung tion. With more than romp through egos and by Etal Carmel of Joanie Edwards' Little Theatre School of the 28,000 students, NSU is also the sixth largest not-for-profit arias‌You don't have Performing Arts and ACES, appreciation was expressed to independent institution nationally. Situated on 300 beautiful to know anything about NSU's Education Provost and University Dean H. Wells acres in Davie, NSU is a dynamic, fully accredited institution opera to enjoy the show Singleton, Ph.D.; Executive Dean Tara Saltzman, Ph.D.; the committed to providing high-quality life-long education. - but if you know any Serving more than 15,000 students in approximately 40 divas, it will be even AMC's Education Committee chaired by Eileen Glastein of Bnai Zion Foundation; plus principals, teachers, guidance countries, NSU's Fischler School provides innovative pro- funnier!" counselors, parents and AMC members supporting the goal to grams in leadership, teaching, family studies, training and proEnding the meetfessional development, instructional technology, and ing on yet another high distance education. Online or on its modern, 18-acre note, student leaders North Miami Beach campus, the school's approach recited a golden rule: and programs inspire its students to inspire others. "It's good business to The meeting's next high note showcased the do business with AMC critically acclaimed talents of the "Duelling Divas" - members!" Tara Saltzman, Ph.D., Executive Dean, Baroness Vladka von Loudenstimme (a/k/a Birgit NSU's Fischler Nova Southeastern University Fischler Fioravante) and Gwendoline Josephine Bellevois School has been a multi- School of Education and Human Services AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Bouvier (a/k/a Wendy Reynolds) accompanied by year donor and supporter with Greenberg Traurig pianist Paige Turner (a/k/a Dr. Heather Coltman). of AMC and its proA comedic introduction to the world of grand grams. The school is committed to fostering strong relationopera, the Duelling Divas presented "opera with a ships between businesses and community through educational twist" fulfilling promises such as: "You'll be stirred; outreach. you'll laugh until you cry; and you'll never think of For more information about NSU's Fischler School, opera the same way again!" phone: 800-986-3223 or visit fischlerschool.nova.edu. For Rave reviews for the Duelling Divas proclaim: information about upcoming Duelling Divas theatrical extrav"Who knew opera could be so much fun! Professional aganzas, visit duellingdivas.com Full of energy and bright smiles, student hospitality greeters ushered members through The Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort opera singers Fioravante and Reynolds lead a merry Photography by Andrew Goldstein


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Turnberry Associates hosts Stern Bloom Media's preview of new AMC website Aventura Marketing Council Board members recently gathered at the newly renovated Turnberry Associates offices located on the fourth floor of the Aventura Mall where they were given a " behind the scenes" review of the revolutionary new Aventura Marketing Council website soon to hit the net. Providing business members with added benefits and more opportunities for greater exposure is always the name-of-the-game at the AMC, and the new website, designed and powered by Stern Bloom Media is being designed to do just that. With increased functionality and content, both members and non-members will soon realize how important it will be to visit the site frequently. Just one of the prospects is the ability to download your Aventura News from the net at AventuraMarketingCouncil.com, and if you miss a meeting, log on to catch the clip on the new AMC TV. For more information, visit Turnberry.com; SternBloom.com; AventuraMarketingCouncil.com Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Greenberg Traurig; Lynn Mucciano, Turnberry Associates; Anthony Proenza, Stern Bloom Media

International firm opens design, engineering and architecture office in Aventura

Serge LaFrance, Alex Avayu and Jean Raymond, IDEA; Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond; Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Stephane L’Ecuyer, IDEA; Comm. Billy Joel; Fernando and Jaqui Levy Hara, G&D Developers; John Cumper, IDEA

Amidst the clean lines and openness of the beautiful offices of International Design Engineering Architecture, City of Aventura officials gathered to officially 'cut the red ribbon'. Located at One Aventura Executive Center, IDEA, a division of Canada's world-renowned TLA and SM Group architectural and engineering firms, provides a multidisciplinary approach to design and building. With over 35 years of experience, and thousands of projects in 21 countries around the world, IDEA always looks to fuse smart architecture into smart buildings, creating award-winning LEED buildings, offices and structures. In addition to commercial and residential projects, IDEA specializes in recreational, institutional and industrial facilities and structures and networks such as bridges, roadways and energy distribution networks. For more information, visit absolute-idea.com

Bloomingdale's Aventura hosts Sisley fragrance launch benefiting Simcha Hadassah Bloomingdale's Aventura recently introduced, Eau de Sisley, a trio of fragrances representing fantasy, lightness and elegant simplicity from Sisley Paris. The beautiful white designed party welcomed over 50 guests to Bloomingdale's Aventura with scenting stations and fragrance models at the entrance. Throughout the event, the color of each Eau de Sisley decorated the party from floral arrangements to cocktails. All who attended enjoyed an elegant evening while benefiting Simcha Hadassah. Carmen Grier; Sisley Fragrance Model; Sisley Marketing Director Dean Roberts; Simcha Hadassah Director of Development Fanny Korn; Audrey Reinhartz

Rita Regev, BrokerAssociate, Optimar International Realty, with Gary Kleiman, Director of Development, Diabetes Research Institute in Miami , recently attended the Fourth Annual D.R.E.A.M.S. in the City event to benefit the Diabetes Research Institute at Capitale, in New York City. The event paid recognition to women's dress designer Naeem Khan with the Dare to Dream Award, for his commitment to finding a cure for diabetes. Nearly 400 people attended and nearly a half-million dollars was raised.


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Bnai Zion Foundation elects Gerald Schwartz as new president

Aventura Hospital educates on the signs and symptoms of a stroke Aventura Hospital invites the community to a complimentary health and wellness fair in recognition of American Stroke Month. Thousands of Americans are living with the effects of a stroke, and many more are at risk. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. As part of our continued commitment to patient education and community outreach, Aventura Hospital’s health fair will feature lectures from physicians and other health experts from our Primary Stroke and health experts to be onhand during Aventura Hospital’s Health Center, free blood sugar and blood Physicians and Wellness Fair pressure screenings, various interactive health stations, and complimentary success in implementing a higher standard of stroke refreshments. care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatThis special event takes place Wednesday, ment according to nationally accepted standards and May 27th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Aventura recommendations. Those standards include cusHospital's Medical Office Building at 21110 tomized patient education materials that are made Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 101. Join Dr. Leonard available at the point of discharge, based on patients' Cohen, Neurologist and Vice-Chief of Staff at individual risk profiles. Aventura Hospital as he presents "The Signs and According to the American Stroke Association, Symptoms of a Stroke." Learn from Dr. Howard each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a Kreger, Neurologist, "The Importance of stroke - 500,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are Controlling Your Risk Factors", and "Eat Your Way recurrent. Of stroke survivors, 21 percent of men to a Health Heart" with Heather Katz, RD, LD/N, and 24 percent of women die within a year, and for Clinical Nutrition Manager. those aged 65 and older, the percentage is even highAventura Hospital's Certified Primary Stroke er. Program earned the Gold Seal of Approval by the If you or a loved one have been affected by a Joint Commission for health care quality and was stroke, join us for this free health and wellness fair, recently awarded the American Stroke Association's where you can learn what you need to know to Get With The GuidelinesSM-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) reduce your risk and stay healthy. To RSVP, call 1Silver Performance Achievement Award. The award 888-256-7692. recognizes Aventura Hospital's commitment and

Gerald Schwartz, a past president of the American Zionist Federation of South Florida, has been elected president of the Southeast Region of Bnai Zion Foundation. Bnai Zion is 101 years old and has been funding humanitarian causes since its inception. They have five current projects, including Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, a 450 bed hospital that delivers 5,000 babies each year. Schwartz, a resident of Aventura, will work closely with Eileen Glatstein, a resident of North Miami Beach, to expand the activities of B'nai Zion in Florida. He also is past national chairman of Friends of NA'AMAT USA and a past national vice president of the American Zionist Movement, the umbrella agency of Zionist organizations in the United States of which B'nai Zion is a member. Schwartz is past president of the Miami Beach Lodge of B'nai B'rith and is chairman of the Prime Minister's Society of State of Israel Bonds for South Florida. He also is chairman of deferred giving for the Jewish National Fund of Greater Miami and past president of the Civic League of Greater Miami. Gerald is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in Public Relations, Who's Who in World Jewry, Who's Who in Israel and Who's Who in Finance and Industry. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and of IRE, Investigative Reporters and Editors. He and his wife, Felice, own and operate the Gerald Schwartz Agency, a veteran Florida public relations and marketing firm. Schwartz is former editor of the Jewish Herald, which was published by The Miami Herald, and was executive editor of the Jewish Floridian and the Miami Beach Sun-Reporter. "Knowing Gerald for over 16 years, I am confident that lending his experience and skills to Bnai Zion will benefit our important work in Israel and go a long way toward name recognition" says Eileen Glastein, SE Director. For more information call 305-949-0076 or visit www.bnaizion.org

Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club announces new distinguished membership programs Free golf, discounts provide members with additional value throughout summer With exciting new programs, world-class amenities, outstanding service and an entirely renovated property, there has never been a better time to be a member of the prestigious Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club than now. The legendary Club is currently offering invitationonly membership options in two categories-Golf and Social-for $60,000 and $20,000, which is a value that's beyond compare. Better yet, golf is free for social members this summer. By joining, members receive a number of rewarding benefits that are exclusively theirs including access to a "Members Only" dining and club lounge with exquisite furnishings and breathtaking views of the Miller golf course. Whether hoping to meet new friends or make business contacts, the Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club presents special gala events and networking opportunities throughout the year with some of the most distinguished individuals and celebrities in attendance. Tee-off on the two championship Raymond Floyd-redesigned 18-hole courses and enjoy golf unlike any other in the Sunshine State; use the state-of-the-art fitness facility for free; and take advantage of unlimited play and no court fees at the Tennis Center. A Laguna Pool featuring a lazy river and a 180-foot long, 35-foot high waterslide provide members and their children with ultimate fun. Relax in a luxurious cabana poolside or head to the private Ocean Club right on the Atlantic for seaside adventures. The three story, 25,000 square-foot Willow Stream Spa offers over 75 ritual experiences-all at reduced prices for members-and is an ideal way to unwind and renew energy after a sun-soaked day. Not to mention, dining options at Turnberry Isle are arguably the best in the area. Named "best steakhouse in town" by The Miami Herald, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak restaurant is located off the main resort lobby and serves Kobe steaks and fresh seafood cooked over a wood-burning grill, signature duck fat fries and an extensive wine list of over 900 selec-

tions. Over the summer, members receive 20 percent off at Bourbon Steak and 25 percent on all other food and beverage around the resort including Cascata Grille with simple Italian-American cuisine, the Laguna Grill serving casual tropical fare, and in-room dining. Added-value for members doesn't just stop with first-class facilities and attractive rates on food & beverage and spa. Members also receive complimentary valet parking and Ocean Club access, plus discounts across the board on guest rooms, social catering events, golf and tennis clinics, cabana rentals, retail shops, the Kids' Connection program and more. "Membership really has its privileges at the Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club," says Amy Cohen, director of membership. "We're the greatest golf club value for the money. Best of all, our members also enjoy a luxury resort lifestyle, which truly adds to the overall experience." Secluded on 300 tropical acres, Turnberry Isle Resort & Golf Club underwent a $150 million grand transformation and is a non-equity club with no assessments and no spending minimums. Prices are subject to change based on membership availability. Flexible financing exists for a limited time. For more information on how to become a member, call 786-279-6950.


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VIEWPOINT May is Jewish American Heritage Month BY CONGRESSWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions Jewish people have made to American History. President Obama made an official proclamation recognizing May as Jewish American Heritage Month on May 12, 2009. Earlier this month, Representative Wasserman Schultz made the following floor statement about Jewish American Heritage Month: “Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the fourth annual Jewish American Heritage Month, which takes place in communities across the country each May. “Jewish American Heritage Month promotes awareness of the contributions American Jews have made to the fabric of American life, from technology and literature to entertainment, politics, and medicine. “As we are all well aware, the foundation of our country is built upon the strengths of our unique cultures and backgrounds. Yet, while our diversity is America's strength, ignorance and intolerance about the culture, traditions, and accomplishments of the Jewish people are still prevalent. Jews make up only 2 percent of our Nation's population, and, therefore, most Americans have had few interactions with Jews and our traditions. “I personally experienced this lack of knowledge when I was a student in the dorms at the University of Florida. While at school, a fellow student noticed my name and said, ``Wow, you're Jewish? I've seen pictures, but I've never met a real one.'' “Now, this girl did not mean any harm, but the limited understanding of the Jewish people and our historical role in the Nation's development leads to ignorance, which contributes to stereotypes and prejudices. “According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's most recent Hate Crimes Statistics report, 68.4 percent of criminal incidents motivated by religious bias stemmed from anti-Jewish prejudice. Additionally, due to a lack of understanding, some Americans perceive Judaism as only a religion, when, in reality, Judaism is a religion, a rich tradition, and a culture that dates back 4,000 years. Mr. Speaker, this is why communities across the country have come together to celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month. “A few years ago, the Jewish community in South Florida approached me with the idea to honor the contributions of American Jews with a designated month each year. As the concept gained momentum, 250 of my colleagues joined me as original cosponsors of a

resolution urging the President to issue a proclamation for this month. Senator Arlen Specter led the effort in the Senate, and together the House and Senate unanimously passed a resolution supporting the creation of Jewish American Heritage Month. In May of 2006, we celebrated this important occasion for the first time and have been celebrating each May since then. “Now, the month of May introduces Jewish culture to the entire country and dispels harmful prejudices. Like Black History Month and Women's History Month, Jewish American Heritage Month recognizes the abundance of contributions American Jews have made to the United States over the last 353 years. It is my hope that by providing the framework for the discussion of Jewish culture and contributions to our Nation, we will be able to reduce the ignorance that ultimately leads to anti-Semitism. “One way Jewish American Heritage Month counters these prejudices is by providing educators the opportunity to include American Jews in discussions of history, as well as highlighting the leadership of members of the Jewish community in significant historical events. “For example, it might surprise many to learn that it was an American Jew, Irving Berlin, who wrote the lyrics to the song, ``God Bless America.'' Even the very foundations of our country were impacted by Jews. Haym Salomon, a Jewish man, was one of the largest financiers of the American Revolution War. And Rabbi Joachim Prinz was a passionate civil rights activist, appearing on the podium just moments before Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his ``I Have a Dream'' speech. And the list goes on. “This year's Jewish American Heritage Month has been packed with programs celebrating the contributions of American Jewry to our countries with movies, cultural exhibitions, speakers, and innovative educational curricula. Right here in Washington, the United Jewish Communities and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington will be hosting a reception for Members of Congress and members of the Jewish community. J Street will also be hosting a reception to celebrate May as Jewish American Heritage Month with Members of Congress, their staff, and the Jewish community. “But that is not all. The Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration will be hosting lectures, exhibits, and discussions about Jewish contributions to America. In my home State of Florida, there will be a celebration of Jewish contributions to the civil rights movement, and the major league Florida Marlins baseball team will host a Jewish Heritage game, with kosher food and Jewish music in between

Questions U.S. participation, funding of AntiIsrael, Anti-U.S. UN Human Rights Council BY CONGRESSWOMAN ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN U.S. Rep. Ileana RosLehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today at a hearing questioned Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew about U.S. participation in and funding of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “How could a Human Rights Council including the likes of Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia as full members possibly advance the cause of human rights? How is it worthy of U.S. participation and taxpayer dollars? How will it advance U.S. interests and values? “Already, the false rhetoric equating U.S. behavior with that of the world’s worst human rights abusers has begun. We can only imagine what this rogues’ gallery has in store for the U.S. and Israel over the next three years. “Likewise, how can the U.S. possibly claim that we are closely scrutinizing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency when we do not even condition our funding on that agency vetting its staff and personnel through U.S. watch lists for ties to

Palestinian militant groups? “Congress must ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are being spent responsibly. Taxpayer money must not be wasted on an organization which works to undermine us and demonize strong U.S. allies like Israel. “I am greatly disappointed that we are committing our country’s good name and our taxpayers’ money to this structurally corrupted body without seeking reform first. Note: At Wednesday’s hearing, Deputy Secretary Lew later stated that the U.S. gives the troubled UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), to which the U.S. is the largest contributor, “the highest level of scrutiny.” Background: Ros-Lehtinen is the author of The United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act (H.R. 557), which includes provisions restricting U.S. participation on the Human Rights Council and withholding funding to the UN proportionate to what is allocated for Council activities. It also withholds funding to UNRWA until that organization meets a number of conditions, including uprooting violent extremism and anti-Israel bias from within. The bill enjoys the support of over 85 cosponsors.

innings. Cincinnati will be hosting lectures, including one on President Lincoln's solid relationship with American Jews. And Wyoming will host a festival celebrating Jewish food, and we all know how much we love food! Events are also scheduled to occur in New York, California, Texas, and other States around the country. “Mr. Speaker, we have come a long way in recent years to promote appreciation for the multicultural fabric of the United States of America. It is our responsibility to continue

this education. “If we, as a Nation, are to prepare our children for the challenges that lie ahead, then teaching diversity is a fundamental part of that promise. Together, we can help achieve this goal of understanding with the celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month. “I thank my colleagues for their support, and call on all Americans to observe this special month by celebrating the many contributions of Jewish culture throughout our Nation's history.”

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Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach hosts Israel front-line soldier Lt. Micki Ohaion

Ally Korn, Aventura Heart Center; Marcelle May, American Friends of Magen David Adom / ARMDI

Rita Regev; Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation; Lt. Ohaion; Bob Schwartz, American Friends of Magen David Adom / ARMDI; Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist

Evie Asness and Sheryl Weitman, State of Israel Bonds; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Peter L. Fishel, CPA; Lt. Micki Ohaion; Rachael Palumbo, Terry Bechtold and Ghazal Yazdanparast, Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach

Members of Aventura Marketing Council's Business Development Committee recently gathered at the beautiful Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach where they had the opportunity to meet and hear first-hand stories of Israeli front-line soldier Lt. Micki Ohaion. 23-year old Ohaion is a Paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He fought in the 2006 second Lebanon War, stationed as the company commander's radio operator as well as in this past year's Operation Ofert Yetzuka in Gaza stationed as a platoon leader. He is decorated for the Gaza Operation in which he led his platoon in house-to-house fighting, rescuing a Palestinian family in a booby trapped home. Lt. Ohaion's visit to South Florida is part of "Operation Maccabee," an effort sponsored by the State of Israel Bonds, in which eight IDF soldiers who participated in 'Operation Cast Lead,' Israel's response to thousands of terrorist rockets fired from Gaza, have been invited to share their stories with groups throughout the U.S. "Our AMC members particularly enjoyed this meeting as was evidenced in the overflow turnout," said AMC Business Development Chairman Peter L. Fishel, CPA. "Lt. Ohaion's presentation was very real, and communicated so many significant and powerful messages. From his youthful age to his immense responsibility to his country, Ohaion made an astounding impression on us all." Le Meridien Sunny Isles Beach is a European Riviera-style, luxury suite resort located at 18683 Collins Avenue. Boasting magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean

Aventura Marketing Council members fill the meeting room at Le Meridien

Joe Feinberg, Eagil Financial; Gladys Mezrahi, Indigo Events; Lt. Ohaion; Leslie Stein, JGB Bank

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Mount Sinai Medical Center selects Nurse of the Year, names nursing scholarship recipients as part of National Nurses Week celebration Mount Sinai Medical Center marked National Nurses Week by rewarding 22 outstanding nurses and presenting five employees with scholarships to defray the cost of their nursing school expenses. Each of the scholarship winners, all of whom are studying to become nurses, received a $1,000 award made possible by Jane and Jerrold Goodman and Jerrold Goodman's late mother, Ruth Schwartz. The scholarships have been awarded annually since 1994 to full-time employees, based on the caliber of their work, school performance and customer service skills. Longtime members of the hospital's philanthropic family, Jerrold and Jane Goodman are Founders of Mount Sinai and benefactors in the Society of Mount Sinai. Schwartz also was a Founder and a member of the Society. Goodman Scholarship recipients included Samantha Vega, Mabel Lezcano, Mahe Otero, Hyacinth SewellHenry and Daphene Pierre. In addition, Mahe Otero also was named Nurse of the Year. She also was among 22 individuals named "Nurse of

the Unit," based on nominations by their directors. The winners include: Lolita Byars-Shuyler, Melanee Leventhal, Michelle Selwyn, Philippe Guilbaud, Diana Gonzalez, Dolores Madarang, Ebony Neely, Tonya Ford, Yeelee Iris Fung, Daphene Pierre, Paulette Letemps, Gordon Carr, Wendi Yost, Genelie Asesor, Larisa Smolensky, Joyce Lytle, Tatiana Barbosa, Lydia Eusebio, Latoya Graham, Matilde (Mattie) Cepero and Angelica Vilches. The Nurse of the Year and Nurse of the Unit awards were made possible through the Harris Institute of Nursing, which recognizes nurses for their professionalism, compassion and their caring. The late Sidney Harris established the institute as a way to honor the nursing staff that cared for his late wife, Ruth, during her hospitalization at Mount Sinai. The Harris' were Founders and Humanitarians in the Society of Mount Sinai. For information about nursing opportunities at Mount Sinai, call 305-674-2396.

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AMC SpeedBiz grows exponentially at Colonial Bank The word has spread‌ Aventura Marketing Council's SpeedBiz / Lightning Biz program is the best one-on-one business networking in town as evidenced by their most recent meeting hosted by Colonial Bank. Over 50 AMC members filled the lobby of the Aventura branch to participate in this top-notch business event. After gathering for a light breakfast and informal networking, members moved into Lightning Biz where they exchanged brief overviews about their business along with a business card before moving to the next person in the rotation. After one full hour of rotations, each member meets approximately 20 to 30 other members one-on-one and has a full supply of new contacts for their database. "The SpeedBiz program has grown exponentially because it works," says AMC Small Business Development Committee Chairman, Aventura Comm. Michael Stern of Stern Bloom Media. "SpeedBiz is a great tool for new members to establish relationships with existing members and it effectively keeps members in constant communication with each other. Most importantly, SpeedBiz provides a forum for members to remain visible so when the opportunity presents itself, and a service is needed, members can contact someone they know and trust." "SpeedBiz has been a valuable tool for me as a new member, to meet new people and generate new interests and contacts within the organization," says Maxine Lopez of Airstron. "The early hour, and the enthusiasm amongst attendees helps to move the time quickly so none of the day is lost and I can move on with my activities. The movement is at lightning speed, yet the opportunity of meeting so many people so quickly is invaluable." "It was a pleasure to host our fellow AMC members here in our branch where they could experience the hospitality of our wonderful staff," said Maxine Hanchard-Foote, Vice President/Branch Manager at Colonial Bank's Aventura office. For more than 27 years, Colonial Bank has built relationships while giving back to the community. With a brand promise that ensures "You'll like it here," Colonial Bank is committed to providing the best products, services and personalized care available in the industry today. Colonial's Aventura office is located at 19235 Biscayne Boulevard. For more information call 305-931-1187 or visit colonialbank.com

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ASK DR. RUTH BY DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER

They don’t share same desire Q: Up until two months ago, my husband and I had a great sex life. But now he loses his erection every time we try to have intercourse. My husband is 34, and I am 33, I am very concerned because I am trying to get pregnant, and it is very frustrating knowing that I’m only fertile for about 2-4 days a cycle. I need some advice on how to help my husband. A: Did you notice that you wrote “I am trying to get pregnant” - not “we”? It seems to me that while you desire a baby, your husband is not so sure, and so his subconscious is causing him to lose his erections so that he cannot cause a pregnancy. I suggest that the two of you talk some more about the prospects of having a baby so that you can discover whether or not he really wants to have one. Q: I have difficulty having an orgasm during sex. Nothing is wrong with my sex drive. I masturbate daily and always have plenty of very strong orgasms when I’m on my own. So why is it so hard for me to orgasm when I am with someone? If i do

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Voices unveils 25 Ways to Be A Voice for abused children Voices For Children Foundation, the fundraising arm of the 11th Judicial Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Program, recently launched their 25 Ways to Be A Voice campaign in honor of the organization's 25th Anniversary of being the one, big difference in the lives of abused, abandoned, and neglected children in Miami-Dade County. Since Voices' Professionals celebrate Voices' inception in 1984, approximately Tania Rodriguez and Carolina Schwarz, Young anniversary at monthly mixer 25,000 foster care kids have had their Voices for Children best interests represented in dependency court. The campaign, which will continue dating and unfamiliar foster care system daily, will through 2009, offers ways for the entire community be available for the community to carry on a public to get involved and make a difference for the over march on September 12th. This anniversary provides the opportunity to 3,000 foster children in the county. The 25 Ways to Be A Voice can be found on celebrate the many accomplishments achieved Voices' newly revamped website as an interactive throughout the years. Just recently, in December list of hyperlinks that take viewers to pages through- 2008, the GAL Program achieved 100% representaout the site based on their choice of involvement. tion for the over 3,100 children in the dependency Visitors can, for example, become a Guardian Ad system that month. Due to current economic condiLitem or find information about upcoming events, tions, the number of foster children in the system is such as National Casa's Forgotten Children expected to rise, while financial support from public Campaign, followed by A Children's Celebration, an and private sources continues to decrease, placing event designed to draw awareness and support to extra importance on continued support from private those that are 'lost or forgotten' within America's fos- and community supporters. Now is the time to step ter care system. In their honor, 800 life-size cutouts up and support one of the foremost causes in Miamiof young children carrying different messages, rep- Dade. No form of support is too little. For more resenting the number of children entering an intimi- information, visit voices4.org

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Comm. Sally Heyman spearheads public works project in Village of Biscayne Park

Village of Biscayne Park Manager Frank Spence; Village Mayor John Hornbuckle; Village Comm. Kelly Mallette and son Alfie; Village Comm. Bob Anderson; Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman; Village Comm. Chester "Doc" Morris; resident Chuck Ross and Mulligan; and Village Comm. Steve Bernard

Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman and the Miami-Dade Public Works Department recently worked with Biscayne Park Comm. Kelly Mallette, Mayor and Commission to address public safety concerns in the Village of Biscayne Park. Miami-Dade Public Works recently completed painting stop bars along the roadways of the Village, ensuring that drivers were aware of a need to stop at specific intersections and delineating the roadway from the grass with markers. "My office was happy to assist the Village of Biscayne Park in securing funding to address this safety issue," said Comm. Heyman. "Public safety remains a priority for all of us." The project was completed on March 25, 2009 within the boundaries of NE 121st Street, NE 107th Street, Griffing Boulevard, and NE 11th Place. Another recent success of the private - public partnership was originally initiated by Comm. Chester "Doc" Morris who brought in original seed money for their Parks Department that was matched by the Village of Biscayne Park. In turn, Miami-Dade County matched an additional $25,000 in funding from the Safe Neighborhood Parks grant program for a pavilion providing much-needed shade for park patrons.

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Nova hosts student-run breakfast Duelling Divas present

Etal Carmel of Joanie Edwards' Little Theatre School of the Performing Arts and ACES performs God Bless America

Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education and Human Services Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Dr. Steve Thompson (far left), Executive Dean Tara Saltzman, Ph.D. (center), Director of Development Brian Weinblatt (far right) with Duelling Divas Dr. Heather Coltman aka Paige Turner, Wendy Reynolds aka Gwendoline Josephine Bellevois Bouvier and Birgit Fioravante aka Baroness Vladka von Loudenstimme

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Paul Greenfield, North Region Director, MDCPS; Dr. Marcos Moran, North Region Superintendent, MDCPS; Dawn Baglos, Principal, Highland Oaks Middle; Richard Vidal, Admin. Director, MDCPS

Steve Schatzberg, Telecom Management; Nicole Greensher, Fashion Factor; Rita Regev; Phil Rosen, Bloomgarden Goudreau & Rosen

The Hon. Harry Holzberg; Aventura City Clerk Teresa Soroka, City Manager Eric Soroka and Vice Mayor Teri Holzberg with Daniella M. Valdivieso

Birgit Fioravante; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Greenberg Traurig; Wendy Reynolds; Dr. Heather Coltman

Jan Solomon, Florida International University ~ Biscayne Bay Campus

Fernando Levy Hara, G&D Developers; Serge LaFrance, IDEA; Oscar Llorente, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Sunny Isles Beach Commissioners Gerry Goodman and Roz Brezin, Vice Mayor Lew Thaler, Acting City Manager Rick Connor

Dan Palmer, Aventura News

Aventura Police Officer of the Month: Aventura Commissioners Billy Joel and Michael Stern; Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Chief Steve Steinberg; Jude Bruno; Commissioners Zev Auerbach and Bob Diamond; Vice Mayor Teri Holzberg

North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner, Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson and Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb (far right) present Aventura Marketing Council Chairman's Roundtable plaque to Pedro Torres, Eagil Financial Group

New AMC General Members: Chad Buschell, American Cancer Society; Fred Vetensky and Edward Solomon, Addison Financial Services

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'Singing Praises' of school/business partnerships 'opera with a twist'

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Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb with Daniella Valdivieso

The Duelling Divas get a standing ovation

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Steve Schatzberg, Telecom Management and Susan Stuart, Monarch Electronics

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conscious. It is a powerful method of concentrating your energy on something that you wish to change and acquire. It allows you to harness the power of your subconscious and focus intensely on one important goal until you achieve it. It begins with the process of deep breathing and deep relaxation. Lie down and get comfortable. Breathe deeply and relax your body. At the same time, clear your mind of extraneous and mundane thoughts. Then begin by visualizing the peaceful state you wish to experience. Create this state in great detail in your mind and actually become part of the scene you are creating. See and feel everything including the emotions generated by your visualization. Continue by giving yourself positive suggestions. These should be well worded, repetitive and very vivid. Use fantasy as well. Because your subconscious cannot tell the difference between fact and fantasy, it will strive to create that which you express a desire for. The more you can use your imagination to visualize the end result, the more successful you will be in achieving it. Do not hesitate to try it. It is satisfying and you will enjoy the results. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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How to ‘eat out and stay in shape’ BY BARI AUERBACH “Hold everything!” Before you have to tell another impatient waiter to hold the cream sauce, butter, French fries, saturated fat and quantum calories, why not discover some of the most healthful (and yes, tasteful) dishes you can easily order at Aventura area restaurants. ‘Break for Better B reakfasts’ One of the most popular neighborhood breakfast gathering places is Mo’s Bagels. Once you manage to make it past the bakery display cases without losing your willpower, the next challenge will be forsaking the pancakes with extra syrup. The good news is a very good “good for you” alternative is an egg white omelet - just be sure to ask for it to be made without butter and try fillings like tomatoes - or turkey for an extra protein burst. When it comes to carbs, oatmeal is your best bet for breakfast – but avoid sweetening this low-glycemic choice with packets of sugar! Another hot calorie-saving tip relates to your hot coffee. Instead of reaching for the little silver dispenser or creamers, ask your server to bring over some skim milk. Finally, if the thought of eating breakfast at Mo’s without ordering a bagel seems almost sacrilegious, try eating just half instead of the whole thing and opt for the reduced fat cream cheese. Mo’s menu also now features lowcarb breads and bagels, sugar free desserts, healthful pita pocket sandwiches and wraps, steamed fish, accompaniments such as brown rice and vegetables plus new specialty drinks like freshly squeezed vegetable juice. ‘Good Fast Food’ for Lunch In the Aventura area, two of the best places to enjoy a healthful lunch are Juice & Java in the Promenade Shops and Chicken Kitchen at the Aventura Mall food court – and they both deliver. *Note: If you are going to take the fast food route for lunch, try Subway for some of the most healthful choices. And if you’re ordering a drive-thru salad, remember the cheese and

salad dressing can often make your greens as costly as all the fat and calories that come with the burger you’re giving up. Winners for Healthful Dinners “Accommodating” is often the most appreciated aspect of a restaurant when dinner “your way” means the most healthful way. Today, more and more chefs are willing to custom prepare dishes, realizing fitness conscious diners don’t want to sabotage their diet plans. Just some of the Aventura area restaurants that have earned a great reputation for flexibility without irritability include Prezzo, the Fish Joynt, Houston’s, Asaka, Chef Allen’s and Tuna’s. When dining out, you can also make your own mental menu list of helpful diet ideas like telling the waiter not to bring over the basket of rolls. Along with your bottle of fine wine, ask for a bottle of balsamic vinegar instead of salad dressing… Request “half-portions” or split an entrée with your better half…And instead of deleting dessert, add a fruity flavored sorbet to your “every now and then” indulgences. So that about wraps-up just some of the suggestions for eating out and staying in shape – and by the way, when it comes to healthful “wraps,” Paradise Café at Aventura Mall and Power Smoothie at the Promenade Shops also have some of the best in town!

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Aston Martin DB9 sparks memories of James Bond Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS I had my James Bond moment recently when they delivered a gorgeous new 2009 charcoal grey Aston Martin DB9 as our test car for the week. Aston Martin is one of the most storied names in automotive history. Founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, the company has a checkered past of fading in and out of bankruptcy and passing through a series of wealthy owners. The name was derived by combining one founder’s surname with the Aston Hill climb near Buckinghamshire, England. Today the British luxury sports car manufacturer is controlled by a joint venture company co-owned by a pair of Kuwaiti investment companies and English businessman John Sinders. Ford Motor Company owned the company from 1994 until 2007 before selling it for $848 million, but hanging on to a $77 million stake.

Any James Bond aficionado will tell you that Aston Martin is 007’s preferred automobile. The car has been featured in many Bond films, which only served to heighten the Aston Martin mystique and appeal. Bond’s cinema love affair with the car started in Goldfinger (1964) when he drove a silver DB5 and continued in Thunderball (1965) and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), then later in GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). After an interlude with Lotus cars, Bond returned to Aston Martin and drove a Volante and a Vantage in The Living Daylights (1987), and a Vanquish in Die Another Day (2002). In Casino Royale (2006), he drives the classic DB5, which becomes his personal vehicle after winning a poker game, and the new DBS in the latest Bond flick, Quantum of Solace. Our test car, a sleek and beautiful charcoal gray DB9 (The initials honor David Brown, who bought the company in 1947 and guided it until 1972, when it again went through a series of new owners.) is one of the best selling Aston Martins ever, with more than 10,000 sold around the world since its introduction in 2003. For 2009, the DB9 retains its classic design, but includes updates in both per-

Aston Martin DB9 is beautifully styled with a long hood and a two-seat cabin, with short front and rear overhangs.

formance and dynamics. The DB9 is perfectly proportioned, with a long hood and two-seat cabin that create a recognizable silhouette with short front and rear overhangs. A wide track pushes out the rear wheels and enhances the design and styling. Under the hood, there’s a 6.0 liter 470 bhp (20 more horses than last year) quadcam 32-valve engine mated to a refined automatic transmission that has a new hydraulic control unit for quicker and more precise low-speed gear changes and improved low speed maneuverability.

Downshifts in the Sports mode are also enhanced as a result of engine speed matching, which delivers smoother and more rapid gear changes in both paddle shift and drive mode. Price tag on our 2009 Aston Martin DB9 was $208,000.

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