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ONE Sotheby’s, Bellini Williams Island and Warren Henry Auto Group ‘Believe Red!’ BY BARI AUERBACH


elieve Red” was the theme of the Aventura Marketing Council’s (AMC) February breakfast meeting featuring Michael Yormark, President and CEO of the Florida Panthers and Sunrise Sports & Entertainment. ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Bellini Williams Island teamed up with Warren Henry Auto Group to host the championship networking event held at Turnberry Isle Resort, emceed by Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance, past AMC Chairman. As business and community leaders cheered the Florida Panthers’ “first place in the southeast division” achievement,

AMC Past Chair Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance and Michael Yormark

Yormark exclaimed, “The Panthers have finally arrived! We have rebuilt our brand on and off the ice.” Sharing the winning game plan, he noted, “We hired a general manager who won a Stanley Cup championship and signed nine new players to create an entirely new team. To engage our fans, we worked with Aventura Commissioner Zev Auerbach, creative director of Zimmerman Advertising, to develop the ‘Believe Red’ campaign. Red is the symbol for our new blood, new beginnings, new attitude and passion.” “Club Red” at BankAtlantic Center, heralded as South Florida’s hottest private club, will fulfill the goal of 360 Premium, a division of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, to provide the most elite guest experience. Club Red can place you in the heart of all the action – seeing concerts closer than ever and the Panthers like never before. For membership information, call 954-835-CLUB. “We’re now successfully ‘executing to perfection’,” Yormark said. “Thanks to our committed staff, attendance is up by 17 percent and we’ve reached 95 percent capacity. Fans are proud to wear the Florida Panthers shirt and we’ve reconnected with the community – so today really is a great day to ‘Believe Red!’” From Panthers glory, the topic turned to the opulence and sophistication of Bellini Williams Island, presented by Daniel de la Vega, Managing Partner and Broker of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. The

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Daniel de la Vega, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty; Martin Margulies, developer of Bellini Williams Island; Michael Yormark, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment / The Florida Panthers; Shannon Selby, Bellini Williams Island

Robert Manrique, Warren Henry Auto Group- Fisker

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Around Town in Aventura Ben-Gurion University President visits South Florida

AABGU Board Member Lenny Roth, AABGU Florida Director, Joy Felton, Malcolm Dorman, M.D., UM Pres. Donna Shalala, Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel, BGU Pres. Rivka Carmi, M.D. and Dr. Amir Baron

Dr. Barry Silverman, Mark Gordon, Haim Yehezkel and Rivka Carmi

The first woman president of any Israeli university, Rivka Carmi, M.D., BenGurion University of the Negev, delivered the Donna E. Shalala Presidential Lecture at the University of Miami. Attending were many civic and community leaders including Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel, who is also VP of the National Board of the University. “This university is so important due to its unique mission to develop the southern Negev desert region which is crucial for the safety, security, and future of Israel�, said Vice Mayor Joel.

Donna Shalala, Rivka Carmi and Vice Mayor Billy Joel

Leon Hertz, Rhoda Bernstein, Pres. Rivka Carmi, Rose Rubin and Vice Mayor Billy Joel

Eugene Kessler (left), hosts Jerry Cohn and Barry Goldstein with BGU Pres. Rivka Carmi

Aventura Marketing Council Executive Suite moves forward to 9th session

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and Mercantil Commercebank partner up (2nd to right in back row) Executive Suite Chair Mason Mishcon, Merrill Lynch with ActionCOACH John Layzell (3rd to right in back row) and (left to right back row) Ally Korn, Aventura Heart Center; Scott Sander, Sander & Associates; Arthur Barr, Barr & Associates; (front row) Marjorie Aloni, Vi at Aventura; Michelle Desjardins, Allstate Insurance- Desjardins Agency; Eileen Glastein

(Left to right back row) Priscilla Gregory, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; Martha Cavanna, Mercantil Commercebank; Holly Tirrell, Heather Katz and Lesli Cartaya, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank (front row) Carlos Mendez and Katya Balabko, Mercantil Commercebank; Ruby Miller, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

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Wandering & Pondering One Individualist “Individualists” but they all wear these outA friend of mine has a problem. She has a top level job that requires her landish earrings. to move in somewhat snobby business cirWhen my daughter was in her teens she cles. She has achieved this before she had two friends that were sort of like small reached the age of 35. blimps while she was slim as could be. The fellow she has been dating of late considers himself an They decided to be individu“Individualist.” alists by wearing only purple. When one saw them from the He is in business for himself rear they looked like a submawhich he feels allows him to rine escorted by two battleships wear what he considers his own and camouflaged in purple. code of dressing and in his case Within a week all the girls in means that he doesn’t wear suits DAN PALMER their class wore purple but they which is ok, but he wears earrings that reach almost down to his shoul- were “Individualists.” Now what do I say to my friend about a ders. It embarrasses her to take him to business meetings or luncheons and she won- boyfriend trying to find his way in his ders if she’ll be considered as one of his profession? Maybe when he gets successful they can accoutrements. What bothers her is that most of his close find a way to both having gigantic earrr friends also wear the same type of earrings. ings that jingle and thus be individualists, They all claim that they are together.

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ONE Sotheby’s, Bellini Williams Island and Warren Henry Auto Group ‘Believe Red!’ ONE , from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Michael Yormark, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment / The Florida Panthers

Fernando Levy Hara, mckafka Development Group; Alana Gabriel, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Golf Location; Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

majestic Martin Z. Margulies development soon to grace the last residential site at Williams Island is being exclusively marketed by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty – the premier luxury real estate brand worldwide. Bellini Williams Island will consist of 70 chic and private units with its own private elevators, spacious floor plans and three bedrooms. With its unique elliptical shape, each unit will have panoramic waterfront views. This

development is the final piece to the completion of Williams Island, an exclusive and prestigious Aventura community. For information, call 305-466-6808 or visit Warren Henry Automotive has been in the automobile industry for more than 35 years, serving South Florida by delivering the very best in luxury vehicles and luxury values with the Warren Henry familyowned dealerships. There are 9 dealerships

in the Warren Henry family: Warren Henry Jaguar, Land Rover North Dade, Land Rover South Dade, Warren Henry Volvo, Warren Henry Infiniti, Subaru, Fisker Miami, Lamborghini Palm Beach and the new Bal Harbor Shops Warren Henry Auto Leasing. Warren Henry has earned the reputation for being the dealer for those that

want the very best in service, sales, and value.

For more information about Warren Henry Automobiles, Inc. located at 20800 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33169, call 305654-3900 or visit,

Dan Palmer, Aventura News and Rony Joseph, Platinum Group Security Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor Development and Martin Margulies, Bellini Williams Island

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‘To Be or Not To Be’

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING You already are. You already exist. You are alive. You are a being. You are an identity in a certain condition or state of being with certain unique qualities. You have a destiny but you also have choices as to how and what you will be. You are full of possibilities. Be brave. Be strong. Be true. Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be generous. Be patient. Be helpful. Be forgiving. Be compassionate. Be tolerant. Be nurturing. Be joyful. Be peaceful. Be aware. Be faithful. Be honorable. Be thankful. Be supportive. Be neat. Be hopeful. Be Altruistic. Be positive. Be determined. Be steadfast. Be loyal. Be dedicated. Be creative. Be inspiring. Be amazing. Be a blessing. Be there (when others need you)…just be. Be all that you can be plus more. These are just some of your options

and some of the decisions that you will make many, many times a day throughout your life. These decisions and actions will reflect your inner nature and your essence. They will define you. They will impact others. Perhaps, they will impact the world and even the future of the world, and future generations to come. To add a trait to your life that might be missing or a trait that you want to strengthen and improve select it and work on it and practice it every day until you have made it a part of your life and a part of who you are. You can accelerate the process by using this technique. Choose a time of day when you have some uninterrupted time to sit quietly. Relax. Close your eyes and visualize a situation that shows you acting in your desired behavior. Do this on a daily basis until it is implanted in your brain. Once you have added it to your repertoire move on to the next trait that you wish to strengthen or acquire. You can definitely choose how to be or how not to be. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Aventura Worldwide Transportation Service: ‘You’re the Star!’


PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS FOR PROVOCATIVE PEOPLE mission to perpetuate Aventura Worldwide’s stellar reputation for highly personalized service and quality unparalleled in the industry. Our dedicated staff goes through a comprehensive training program to ensure our valued clients always receive the special attention they deserve. Q: Who plays a starring role in the success of Aventura Worldwide? JL: Under the leadership of CEO Neil Goodman; Senior Vice President Toni Goodman; COO Scott Tinkler; and CFO Ron Sorci, Aventura Worldwide has earned many honors and accolades including a“#1 in the Nation” award bestowed by Limousine and Chauffeured Transportation magazine.


Q: Do Aventura Worldwide clients always appreciate “star t reatment”? JL: All the great people on our team share the

Q: Is Aventura Worldwide’s reputation for excellence traveling near and far? JL: For over 20 years, Aventura Worldwide has been serving the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach areas with a diverse fleet of luxurious vehicles; a full-service meetings and conventions department, and we can accommodate any ground transportation request. Our out-of-state and worldwide affiliate business serves clients nationwide and around the world who also appreciate

our efforts to provide “five star” service.

services; and we also take custom beverage orders.

Q: Is it hard to compete with such an impressive fleet? JL: We have an extensive fleet of Lincoln Town Cars, Mercedes S-550s, Audi A8s, Jaguar XJLs, Suburbans, Range Rovers, Escalades, Vans, Executive vans and Mercedes Sprinter vans as well as limousines, specialty vehicles, buses and motorcoaches. Aventura Worldwide is also proud to have been highlighted in Limousine & Chauffeured Transportation magazine’s listing of “Top 50 Fleets.”

Q: Are you putting the “sport” in transportation? JL: We’re a preferred transportation partner for the Miami HEAT, AmericanAirlines Arena and Orange Bowl – plus we offer great VIP and Premier Value programs. For couples attending games or other social event together, it can be very cost effective and socially responsible to share chauffeured transportation.

Q: What creates the perfect marriage of convenience and elegance? JL: Our special wedding packages! It’s a pleasure to say “We do!” when asked if Aventura Worldwide provides shuttle and limousine service helping to ensure wedded bliss - even if the bride and groom are celebrating with hundreds of guests. Q: Does Aventura Worldwide “go the extra mile”? JL: We can provide Rep Service to assist with group or individual airport arrivals and departures; private jet service; professional security

Q: Does Aventura Worldwide set a shining example for giving back? JL: We support many worthy causes including the Honeyshine Mentoring Program; Zo and D. Wade’s Summer Groove; Best Buddies; Lauren’s Kids; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; and the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. Q: What drives Aventura Worldwide’s success? JL: Our corporate philosophy says it best: “Good is never enough. We always give our clients more than they expect to get!” For more information, phone: 305-770-5466 or visit

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Our air was not as pure as England

Bob Diamond HISTORICALLY YOURS Patrick Henry uttered his immortal words on March 23, 1775 to encourage the American Colonies to mobilize against the encroaching British military force: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” When Jefferson drew his original draft of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, in giving the reasons for our rebellion against England, he inserted a clause blaming the King of England for having “waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty” by perpetuating the African slave trade. Despite their owning over 200 slaves, neither Henry nor Jefferson accepted responsibility for slavery, nor their slave-owning plantation peers. The Continental Congress struck out the clause as too controversial.

During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, the Framers approved a constitution that legally allowed slavery. In 1772, four years before Jefferson’s Declaration, Lord Mansfield, a courageous Chief Justice of the British Kings Bench, rendered a decision in the famous Somerset Case, wherein he freed a slave and concluded that slavery was illegal in England. This momentous decision was 89 years before our Civil War (1861) in which over 600,000 soldiers died over the issue of slavery. In 1857, our Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Case not only upheld the legality of slavery, but Chief Justice Roger B. Taney declared that a black man, whether free or slave, “had no rights which a white man need respect.” British pupils have memorized words from the Mansfield case: “The air of England is too pure for a slave to breath, and so everyone who breathes it becomes free.” In 1807, the British Parliament formally abolished the entire slave trade. Despite the Mansfield decision, slavery remained in the United States. Lord Mansfield’s decision played a key role in smoothly ending slavery in England without the necessity of a Civil War. Our American air was apparently not as pure as that of England.

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ONE Sotheby’s, Bellini Williams Island and Warren Henry Auto Group ‘Believe Red!’

Daniel de la Vega, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Gary Pyott, The Continental Group; Fernando Levy Hara, mckafka Development Group; Scott Fishman, Fishman Dispute Resolutions

Debbie Blasberg-Sander, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty; Daniel de la Vega; Shannon Selby and Martin Margulies, Bellini Williams Island; Vanessa Ballestas and Geraldine Dubernet, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

Eduardo Molko, Warren Henry- Jaguar; Floyd Raglin, Raglin Sports Marketing; Robert Manrique, Warren Henry Auto Group- Fisker Paul Wallace and Cory Howerton, The Florida Panthers; Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors

Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Sunny Isles Beach Comm. Isaac Aelion; Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel

Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Michael Yavner, BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Miami-Dade County Comm. Sally Heyman; Esther Reynolds, Hats Off Party and Events Planners

Heather Rohan, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; Maira DiazGiusti, Coconut Grove Bank Rick Lassiter, Cory Howerton, Michelle Nowosatko, Paul Wallace and Steve Brauner, The Florida Panthers

Eric Beck, IT Doctors; Julia Costin, SMX Services & Consulting

Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, Miami-Dade School Board member / AT&T; Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank

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Lance Detotto, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Lesli Cartaya, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup

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Julia’s Journey Julia Yarbough JULIA’S JOURNEY Just when you think you’ve got life all figured out, FATE steps in, slaps you in the face, laughs then turns and walks away. In my experience, FATE tends to have a rather twisted sense of humor. I should know. Because an oddball chain of events have brought me here; sharing my quirky stories with all of you. Who am I? Well, you may remember me as the news lady who came into your homes every night at 6, 7 and 11pm on NBC, Channel 6. And then, as is the case in the broadcast business, I simply vanished! Poof – gone....just like that! My departure wasn’t riddled with scandal or an untimely firing. At age 44, single and with no fulfilling personal life to speak of and feeling as if my entire world revolved around only working, I made the unheard -of choice to step away from my high-profile and lucrative news career to focus on what I like to call my own personal “bucket list.” In this tight economy, who in their right mind walks away from a sure- bet career? I was just crazy enough to do it. But so was my best girlfriend, Silva Harapetian who had just been laid off. Our plan? Pack up my Nissan Xterra, grab our spirit of adventure and hit the road to adventure and explore the United States. Being single, my theory was this: perhaps the more places I traveled and the more people I met, I might cross paths with my Mr. Right. Is that crazy, or what? But wait - there’s more. We decided to blog about our travels and adventures. We call our life journey Highway to a Husband.

Now THAT’S crazy! Twenty-two states, 10 months and more than 18-thousand miles later, Silva and I are still best of friends. Our travels allowed us a chance to see life from a different; less hectic perspective. We made new friends. Adopted new families. Our faith in the kindness of strangers has been renewed. I can tell you our country is BEAUTIFUL - with the most amazing landscapes anywhere on the globe. The people of our nation are kind, generous, helpful and supportive. My highway did not lead to a husband (at least not yet), but the journey has changed me in ways I did not anticipate. Because I tossed caution to the wind, almost tempting FATE, I now believe we all have the capacity to create our own change. I am more fearless with more faith. I am much more authentic in what I say and do... and now when you see me, I’m probably being “me” and not just “the news lady.” And while I’m being “me”, the adventures, experiences and life observations continue. Stories I am looking forward to sharing with all of you. The journey has also allowed me to mix and mingle with new friends and colleagues; like the amazing folks who are the masterminds of Aventura News. FATE does have a sense of humor. I chuck my life in search of a husband and find almost everything but! FATE is performing its job well - it seems to have brought us together and there are many more life adventures to come! Ciao

A multiple Emmy Award winning Anchor and Reporter, Julia Yarbough is a national blogger, motivational speaker, hostess, travel addict and health & fitness enthusiast. To follow Julia’s quirky new reality of life as she continues to navigate the sometimes rocky road of relationships, check out Julia can be reached at for press and booking inquiries.

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ONE Sotheby’s, Bellini Williams Island and Warren Henry Auto Group ‘Believe Red!’

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New chairman’s roundtable members Raquel Eagle and Joanna Carbone, SOPREMA

New general member Louis Berlin, Insurance for Enhanced Living/ Berlin Consulting Group; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; Dr. Linda Marks, Hochberg Preparatory School; Comm. Sally Heyman; Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, Miami-Dade School Board member / AT&T

Robert Manrique, Warren Henry Auto Group- Fisker; Michael Yormark, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment / The Florida Panthers; Eduardo Molko, Warren HenryJaguar

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You can prevent cancer Injured? In Pain? - but you need the facts Auto Accidents Call Now for Help BY DR. ROBERT B. DONOWAY

“Exercising just 30 minutes a day alone can reduce your cancer risk by as much as 20%” YES YOU CAN PREVENT CANCER – BUT YOU NEED THE FACTS. How can I prevent cancer? This is by far the most frequently asked question I get in my surgical oncology practice; and rightfully so. Since a cancer diagnosis can be devastating despite all the progress we have made. For the past fifty years we have been focusing our attention on better treatments for advanced diseases that often have little hope for cure while almost totally ignoring… How to prevent it! The future however, belongs to PREVENTION. Currently 1,750,000 new cases of Cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. this year! This past April the National Cancer Institute released its findings that 40-50% of these cancers could be prevented by making “lifestyle” changes including DIET, EXERCISE, and SCREENING. A simple three pronged approach that can truly change your life! The three are pretty simple. We’re not talking about a quick fix diet program here but rather a total “lifestyle makeover” –one that merges sensible diet and exercise with

appropriate screening. Exercising just 30 minutes a day alone can reduce your cancer risk reduction by as much as 20% and Diet as well can result in a 20-30% risk reduction. In fact, you may find it amazing but Obesity alone has been proven to raise the risk of Breast and Colon Cancer as much as 300% and has been linked to faster spread of cancer to other organs. As for screening well, we’re all familiar with Direct Screening tests (mammography, colonoscopy, topographical skin analysis, PSA, pap test, etc) but few are aware of the Indirect Screening or Genetic tests that are now available (Melanoma, Colon and Pancreatic Cancers as well as Breast) and these are leading to earlier diagnosis of pre-cancers and allowing for less radical treatments in those totally unsuspecting they had anything wrong. Yes it is possible to prevent cancer- nut you need to know what your REAL risk is and how to Best manage it. If you would like more information about your specific cancer risk and to see if you would benefit from genetic testing call our office for an appointment. Robert B Donway, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.S.S.O. Dr Donoway has offices in Aventura, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines. To set up and appointment please call 954 986 6366, or 305 682 4993 or visit our website


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Turnberry Isle Resort & Club celebrates 10 years of play for P*I*N*K* Stacey Sherman, Ita Schenkel, Susan Fuller and Delsie Lipton

Elaine Siegal, Freddie Schwartz, Sheila Altro and Barbara Weiner

The power of pink was evident yet again at this year’s Play for P*I*N*K* held at the distinguished Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura. Over 130 club members including longtime chairwomen Joelle Meyerson, Frani Rothman and Barbara Tornberg showed their support for The Breast Cancer Research

Foundation by taking part in this annual golf and tennis tournament. Afterwards, club members enjoyed a luncheon in the elegant Veranda Room followed by a silent auction. Since its inception ten years ago, Play for P*I*N*K* at Turnberry Isle Resort & Club has raised more than $280,000 with 100 percent of

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the funds going directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Secluded on 300 tropical acres, the legendary Turnberry Isle Resort & Club offers an unrivaled luxury resort lifestyle experience to its club members. This lush oasis features a superior level of service and world-class amenities from two 18-

Joelle Meyerson, Nancy Novak, Lisa Messing and Sue Goldberg

Frani Rothman, Victoria Chase, Jaime Goldstein and Barbara Tornberg

hole Raymond Floyd-redesigned championship golf courses, an award-winning three-story Spa & Fitness Center, a state-of-the-art Tennis Center, Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak restaurant, a private Beach Club, a members-only dining room, an extensive kids program and more. To learn more, call 305-933-6590.

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New Developments

Denise Rubin REAL ESTATE Working out this morning at Equinox, I found myself excitedly thinking about all the new developments coming our way here in Aventura, Sunny Isles and the surrounding areas. The cranes are coming back. No, not the long-legged necked birds but rather those hefty pieces of yellow machinery primitively invented by the Ancient Greeks in the late 6th century. Along with the cranes, the developer parties will be back in full swing introducing their sexy, streamlined marvels nestled against sumptuous picturesque landscapes. Recently I attended a luncheon at the Apogee Beach in Hollywood, located just one block north of the Beach Club. There Jorge Perez, a Cuban American real estate magnate and author and one of “The 4oo Richest People in America� according to Forbes Magazine of September 2008, spoke of his grand new project with intense passion. Following, Cuban cuisine was on the menu but with a new twist! Rather than the lavish servicing one has been accustom to in the past, the gourmet delights were dished meals-on-wheels style from food trucks. Personally I found it amazing, refreshing and fun. The only thing missing was a few extra napkins! A few weeks later my schedule included a brunch at Bellini of Williams Island. This 24-story tower of 70 exclusive residences currently under development is the powerful vision of Developer Martin Margulies, also a renowned art collector and founder of the Margulies Art Collection at the Warehouse. Bellini is to be the last residential site on Williams Island and with that, sales are surpassing expectations.

Bentley and Mercedes, my two teacup yorkies, were my companions to both events. Bentley, who is practically a veteran of these affairs having attended several in the last years, was the poised gentleman. Mercedes, only nine months old, was “Kardashian-esque� with much to gossip about! I’m sure Deco Drive is in her future with more of these events on the calendar. Sunny Isles Beach is another area soon to be home to several cranes along the landscape. The iconic developer Gil Dezer who developed Trump is collaborating with the Porsche Design Group in developing the Porsche Design Tower. The 57 story, 650 million dollar tower promises to be one of the most unique luxury beach condo offerings to date. Recently unanimously approved by the Sunny Isles Beach Commission, this iconic structure will transport your car, via a high-speed glass elevator, to your front door within 45 to 90 seconds – while you’re still enjoying the view. This will be a technological wonder – can’t wait! The Dezer’s are long known as car enthusiasts collecting since the 1970’. Michael Dezer’s office in Trump sports a classic car as a desk. Gil has a Porsche decorating the wall of his living room. They share a huge collection of American classic cars and memorabilia valued in excess of five million dollars. This collection is soon to open as the Dezer Collection Museum and Pavillion in North Miami’s industrial district, the largest and most significant car collection in the United States, this month where the James Bond collection will be revealed. In the good old days I once counted sixteen cranes as I drove from Haulover to Aventura. Recently I spoke with the Mayor of Sunny Isles Beach Norman Edelcup who shared with me of six new projects in the works. So the excitement is returning. The developers are back. The parties and the preconstruction sales have begun. Things are looking up as high as the cranes can reach!

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Vi at Aventura partners with Senior Helpers to offer new workshops in Dementia share and learn series More than 5 million people are estimated to have Alzheimer’s or similar forms of dementia in the United States today, although as many as half may not be formally diagnosed. Senior Helpers of North Miami Beach will be conducting the workshops at Vi Aventura, beginning Thursday, Mar. 1, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per CEU and $50 for the entire workshop. The series will consist of six workshops, where a Dementia Care Specialist Certificate is awarded after completion of the series. Teepa Snow, a renowned specialist in geriatrics and dementia care, will be speaking to local seniors and families about how to improve and optimize programs and services to people with dementia and their loved ones. Upon completion of this series participants will be equipped to recognize dementia vs. normal aging process, understand the different types of dementia and the associated behaviors, identify the different levels of cognitive loss, relate positively to patients with dementia, manage challenging behaviors related to ADL’s, understand the impact of over-the-counter and prescription medications have on cognition and communicate effectively to family members. For more information or to register, call Maritza Erb at 305-8166888.


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South Florida Real Estate market is taking off again! Hard to believe? Then ask the Grand Florida Homes Team’s members, Joana Filgueiras and Adriana Lazaro, who were nominated for the 2011 Chairman’s Circle Gold Award with Prudential Real Estate. The Team has previously won the President’s Circle Award in 2009 and 2010, the Honor Society Award in 2008 and the Top 5 in Real Estate Network in 2009. The Chairman’s Circle Gold is awarded to the top two percent of the network’s approximately 60,000 professionals, according to their gross commission income and closed units. This year, those professionals will be recognized at a special sales ceremony in Orlando, March 11th, 12th and 13th. “The Grand Florida Homes Team is a role model for other sales professionals, not just at our company but in our entire industry,” said Rei L. Mesa, President and CEO, Prudential Florida Realty. The Grand Florida Homes Team sold and closed an average of Adriana Lazaro and Joana Filgueiras one property per week in 2011, from foreclosed properties to luxu–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ry new developments. “It is amazing to see how fast the market has been changing. The available properties are already listed for more than the sold comparables” said Joana Filgueiras from the Grand Florida Homes Team. In an environment in which the number of available properties is quickly decreasing, the GFH Team has been excelling in their customer service and sales. They maintain a strong international marketing presence, deliver informative material online, partner with key players in the field and, above all, honor each one of their customers with their best efforts and results. The members of the GFH Team are also deeply involved in charities and in non-profit organizations. “The Sunshine Kids” and “Friends of the Orphans,” are just two of them. Furthermore, the members of GFH Team are always volunteering and creating new events to help others. For more information on the Grand Florida Homes Team, visit

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‘Go Green, Save Green’ with ASI Cleaning Products Environmentally Friendly and Cost Efficient BY BARI AUERBACH

Green is the new clean! As more and more homes, businesses, schools and cities like Aventura implement Go Green initiatives, America Service Industries (ASI) has been going to extremes to use green cleaning products that help protect property values, improve indoor air quality and reduce hazards and health problems related to traditional products. “Healthier environments can also increase worker satisfaction and productivity while enabling our clients to proudly proclaim their business is being socially conscious,” explains Lewis Rossi, Founder/President of ASI - committed to providing the very best janitorial and maintenance services money can buy for over 40 years. ASI saves green: Cost efficiency is enhanced by ASI’s energy efficient equipment, focus on preventative maintenance

“Healthier environments can also increase worker satisfaction and productivity while enabling our clients to proudly proclaim their business is being socially conscious.” — Lewis Rossi, Founder/President of ASI and the fact that green cleaning products can be used less frequently, so properties stay cleaner – longer. Outsourcing cleaning operations to ASI can also eliminate the high maintenance and high costs associated with an in-house cleaning staff. ASI’s clean dream team: Highly qualified ASI professionals ensure the right products are used – the right way for each job. For example, the most effective yet mildest cleansers are used to treat stains on upholstery which can extend the life of fine furnishings – plus you’ll be “floored” by how ASI can restore marble and granite! Quality control is also enhanced by


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Foods and workouts ‘working against you’ BY BARI AUERBACH

If you’re not achieving your fitness goals, clearing up some common food and exercise misconceptions may work to help eliminate “what’s working against you”… Yogurt covered raisins, Vitamin Water, and granola are among the most notorious diet sabotagers. A handful of yogurt raisins has about as much saturated fat as two BK burgers; the Vitamin Water has eight grams of sugar; and if you have two cups of granola cereal – that’s a whopping 660 calories and 51 grams of sugar (12 teaspoons). Energy bars marketed as high protein bars can actually have very low amounts of protein and high amounts of carbohydrates in the form of sugar. For example, one leading brand has 10 grams of protein and as much as 18 grams of sugar while another better choice has 30 grams of protein and only 2 grams of sugar. Cereal diet killers include Kellogg’s Raisin Bran and Smart Start with as much as 17g sugar; and Quaker flavored oatmeals with 9g sugar. Better choices include Publix Bran Flakes with 5g sugar, Multigrain Cheerios with 6g sugar and Quaker original flavored oatmeal with 0g sugar. And before reaching for Quaker Rice Snacks, make sure you note the Caramel Corn flavor has 9g sugar while the Sour Cream & Onion flavor has only 1g sugar. Yogurt lovers should take the “Activia challenge” and try to choose the brand with the least grams of sugar. Activa Dessert Vanilla Bean in a four oz. size has a whopping 19g of sugar; Activia Light Fat Free Vanilla has 7g sugar…And the winner is: Dannon Light & Fit Vanilla with just 1g sugar per 6 oz. serving. Coffee and tea drinks can be astronomically high in calories. “Skinny” Vanilla Lattes with 28g sugar/30g carbs could be why you’re not losing those last 10 pounds. The

brand “Honest Tea” has a Perfect White Tea flavor with 9g of sugar while the Just Green Tea unsweetened variety has 0g sugar. And did you know one 24-ounce typical fruit smoothie has about 450 calories? That’s the same amount of calories in 10-12 doughnut holes! Jello may seem like a less decadent choice for dessert, but just one small cup of strawberry Jello has 17g sugar and Jello instant vanilla pudding has 19g sugar. The good news is sugar-free strawberry Jello and sugar-free/fat free vanilla instant pudding are both available with 0g sugar. ‘Waist’ of time? Many people think holding hand weights while doing side bends will trim or tone love handles, but by performing this exercise, you’re actually thickening your waist! Incorporating back and shoulder resistance exercises into your gym routine can make your waistline appear smaller and help you achieve enviable “v-taper” symmetry. Spinning your wheels? While spinning, running and using cardio machines all contribute to burning body fat, it’s weight training that creates the optimal muscle tone men and women want most – and the more muscle mass you gain, the more calories you’ll burn - even at rest. To eliminate food and exercise culprits that may be working against you, do your homework! Carefully read nutrition labels and every few weeks, if you’re not achieving desired results, keep modifying your exercise plan until you can finally proclaim, “This is really working!”

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Don’t forget to recover your attorneys fees It’s amazing how many condo association attorneys don’t seem to care about recovering their clients’ legal fees and costs. Whether with collections, violations or litigation, condo association attorneys should almost always be recovering the full amount of their legal fees and costs in each matter, so that their associations don’t end up paying the same unnecessarily. These are technically the associations’ legal fees and costs which are typically established by contract, statute and/or the associations’ declaration. Such documents provide for the express recovery by associations of all reasonable attorneys fees and costs as the prevailing party in most matters. Accordingly, if an attorney has billed an association up front for legal matters, then the attorney should be able to recover their reasonable fees and costs upon the successful conclusion of each Ben Solomon –––––––––––––––––– matter and reimburse the association for the same. Since attorneys arguably have a duty to plead, argue and then recover all of their clients’ legal fees and costs when available (and are also ethically barred to collect double fees), associations should be able to maintain relatively low legal expenses if their attorneys are aggressive about recovering all such amounts. Those attorneys who agree to defer all of their fees and recover the same from the responsible party are ideal because then associations don’t even need to advance such amounts to their attorney. Associations should also immediately report any lawsuits to their insurance carrier who will typically assign an attorney to defend such matters with little or no legal fees and costs to be paid directly by such associations. Especially during these difficult economic times, associations need to be more conscious than ever about saving their owners’ money, starting with the recovery of their legal fees and expenses. For more information, contact Ben Solomon, Esq. at or

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Special Olympics needs volunteers More than 1,500 volunteers are needed for some of these outstanding athletes will qualthe 30th Annual Special Olympics Miami- ify to participate in state-wide games this Dade Summer Games, Sunday, March 4, 8 summer. a.m. at Traz Powell Stadium “We cannot run this event a t Miami-Dade College without the support of the North Campus, 11380 NW community,” said Bucky 27 Avenue in Miami, where Singer, who along with Ed Smith and members of the more than 500 physically North Miami Beach and/or intellectually disabled Optimist Club have run the athletes are expected to particevent for the past 29 years, ipate. Individuals and volunon behalf of Special teer groups can register in Olympics Miami-Dade advance at County. “It is an incredible sight when thousands of volVolunteers are needed to unteers and athletes line up accompany Special Olympics on the track for the opening athletes to various events, ceremonies,” said Smith. cheer them on and serve as Track and field happy girl “This is a very special day their companions during the games. Volunteers who come –––––––––––––––––––––– for our athletes and we encourage the community to out to the games will have a chance to meet and greet the Miami Dolphin come out and cheer on these very special Cheerleaders, the University of Miami competitors. Special Olympics Miami-Dade County Cheerleaders, the Miami Heat Dancers and other local celebrities. There will be an provides year-round sports training and ath“Olympic Village” which provides a carnival letic competition in a variety of Olympicatmosphere with music, entertainment, activ- type sports for persons eight years and older with intellectual disabilities. ities and food. Athletes will compete in standing and runFor more information about Special ning long jump, softball throw, shot put, Olympics call 305-406-9467 or visit wheelchair events and the pentathlon and

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Farewell to a Boxing Legend: Angelo Dundee

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East Ridge Hosts First Olympic Challenge On February 4, East Ridge Retirement Village, known for its camaraderie and sense of community among residents and staff was divided. Neighbor competed against each other and employees battled for bragging rights. The friendly competition was part of the life care community’s first annual East Ridge Olympic Challenge. Teams of residents representing six nations competed in five grueling events which included Equestrian Irons, Bocce Ball, Golf, Bowling and Ball Vaulting. Each of the community’s departments then rooted for their respective resident teams. “The athletes who participated should be especially proud of themselves,” said Wellness Coordinator Suzana Delgado, who organized the event. “They trained very hard and continue to take advantage of the host of health and wellness programs available at East Ridge.” The East Ridge Olympic Challenge— complete with torch lighting ceremony— was attended by 500 guests including residents, families, community supporters and vendors/sponsors.

Winston Park Middle School’s cheerleaders and Quartet + One hyped the crowd and players from Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club served as referees for the Challenge. Author and long-time Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry officially commenced the competition with “Let the games begin!”. For residents Jay and Louise Lockwood, 58 years of marriage was put to the test when the two squared off against each other on opposing teams. She represented the United States while he was on Team Brazil. The Lockwoods joined two other competing couples—George and Nancy Fehr and Barrie and Sandra Reed. Judy Mangasarian could be seen (and heard) cheering her mother, Betty White, and Team Armenia onto victory. “She’s playing hard and having a great time,” she said. “It’s all in such good fun. The good times never end at East Ridge.” Cutler Bay VIPs also attended the event to show support to the Olympians. Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and Councilmembers Sue Loyzelle and Peggy Bell praised the community’s commitment to seniors. Guests were treated to a special appear-

ance by Essie Faria, a 20-time gold medalist in the Florida Senior Games State Championships. The 77 year old, who began competing at age 70, addressed the audience and assisted in the event’s closing ceremony and award presentation. “The Olympic Challenge is a wonderful activity,” she said. “I encourage everyone to continue being active. Everyone can do something, regardless of age or physical limitations.” The Gold medal was awarded to Team Libya, comprised of George Fehr, Carole Bell, Bonnie Massey and Skippy Rossi. Team USA’s Barrie Reed, Tag Marvel, Elise Henline and Louise Lockwood came in second place and received the Silver award. Bronze went to Team England’s Nancy Fehr, Keith Phillips, Grace Ganser and Gwen North. Team Bolivia (Bob Parkerson, Jackie Smith, Margie Brown and Helen Berner); Team Armenia (Art North Betty White, Ann Burdin and Fran Plummer); and Team Brazil (Carolyn Carter, Jay Lockwood, Sandra Reed and Elaine Koch) finished fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.

Community VIPs – Cutler Bay’s Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and Councilmember Sue Loyzelle joined Miami Herald humor columnist Dave Barry in supporting the East Ridge Olympians.

East Ridge Olympic Challenge athletes, who represented six nations, competed in five grueling events including Equestrian Irons, Bocce Ball, Golf, Bowling and Ball Vaulting.

Team Libya (Carole Bell, Bonnie Massey and George Fehr) celebrate their victory with special guest Essie Faria, a 20-time gold medalist in the Florida Senior Games State Championships, and Wellness Center Coordinator Suzana Delgado, who organized the event.

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Advice for getting through a divorce BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

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What do I do with my wedding and family pictures now that I’m divorced with children? If you have loose pictures hanging around that need to be put in albums, perhaps you can put them in a box until you are ready to go down memory lane and organize them. By that time, you will be in a better frame of mind to decide if you want them in an album, a labeled box or give them to your children. Your wedding album might find its new home in a box or closet. A word of advice, don’t throw them out or burn them in anger, you might come to regret it. Give yourself some time and then maybe there will be a few you want to shred, but my guess is you will probably keep them for your children.

My girlfriend’s husband doesn’t want her to hang around me now that I’m divorced. Should I talk to him? I would let that discussion remain with them. Remember, it is not about you; it is about their relationship. If their marriage is on unsteady ground, he might feel threatened that now his wife might be seeing life through the eyes of a single woman. I would act the same way you have always acted around him; let them talk it through. Hopefully, you and your friend can maintain a friendship even if it takes a different form than before.

I am throwing a birthday party for my daughter; do I need to invite my ex-husband? It depends on the age and type of party. If your daughter is younger, it might be nice for her to have her dad there. In which case, think of parties that can happen in a big space (i.e. gymnastics or a park). That way he can be there for her and you have the space to distance yourself. You come up with the party ideas and then let your daughter choose one. If she is older, it might be that she just wants a sleep-over with friends. Dad wouldn’t have to be there for cake and ice cream. There are times it will be unavoidable but get creative with the venues and be the “hostess with the

Would it be a good idea to join a divorce group? What can it offer me that I can’t do on my own? Structure and accountability. Divorce can make one feel overwhelmed and not sure which direction to go. If you are in a group, you will have a built-in support system and a schedule. There usually is assigned reading and homework. Don’t stop doing things that you are already doing, but the group just adds another dimension. Debbie Martinez is a Certified Divorce Life Coach. She has given workshops on divorce and women’s issues and has offices in South Miami. For more information, go to <>.

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