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Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino proves to be a ‘big winner’ for Aventura Marketing Council

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othing can match the gracefulness and beauty of a running horse... it is sheer poetry in motion. Perhaps that is why thousands of fans each and every day come to Gulfstream Park... to witness the immeasurable strength as the track dirt swirls around their pounding hooves. For over 70 years, Gulfstream Park has been one of North America’s most prominent horseracing sites, hosting some of Florida’s most prestigious racing stakes. The world’s top thoroughbred contenders have passed through Gulfstream Park with their eye on the Triple Crown glory. One hundred sixty national thoroughbred champions have competed at Gulfstream Park, and more are expected to be part of the

track’s illustrious history in the future. After a $171.5 million renovation, in 2004, Gulfstream Park added on two floors of casinos, and today, fans catch all the slots and poker action they could ever want... 365 days a year. Recently, Tim Ritvo, president and general manager of Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, welcomed over 300 members of the Aventura Marketing Council at their breakfast meeting held in the beautiful Ten Palms Dining Room. “We are as proud of this facility as you are of your cities of Aventura and Hallandale Beach,” he said. “As you know, Gulfstream Park is in a double-county, double-city location, and it’s very important to us to become part of the communities we serve. We’re here to build great relation-

North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo; Ralph Pagano and Tim Ritvo, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino; AMC Chair Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman; Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson; Jan Hansen, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino (Photography by Leslie Martin) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Tim Ritvo, President and Gen. Manager

Ralph Pagano, Executive Chef, Ten Palms Rest. at Gulfstream Park

ships for the future.” Also in attendance was Gulfstream Park’s Vice President, Jan Hansen, who has already been reaching out to the neighboring communities to ensure great partnership are being developed. And the community has been finding out

about the wonderful options that Gulfstream Park offers... not only for first-class thoroughbred racing and casino entertainment, but for the variety of restaurants and venues available –––––––––––––

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Wandering & Pondering Professional

Gina survived one marriage,barely. Went through high school; had some constructo school with him, and married right after tion jobs and even did janitorial work. He graduating. was not employed when they met yet She was expected to make a nice home somehow they seemed to like seeing each for her husband and concentrate on the other. In fact Marty moved in with her and same. Did it for five years even just like that he started cleaning though she hated cooking and up the apartment, even making keeping the house spotless. She hot meals when she came home. was miserable because she didn’t She was a bit overweight and he like cleaning or even having a got her to do exercises, cooked child. End result was a divorce the right foods. He was also a plus her realizing what she wantgood listener and when she ed was to go to laws school and talked about her work, he lislitigating...that’s what she did. tened. She was quite happy with DAN PALMER Turned out to be a good all this. However she started getlawyer. She was very successful at it but ting flack from her friends about when when it came to men, a mess. If one expect- would Marty go to work instead of what ed her to be a homebody or even try taking they thought sponging on her. This bothcare of same that finished any chance of a ered her until she came up with her solurelationship. tion. Her home was a mess, a place to stop Now when asked about Marty, she says overnight. She lived for her work and did- that he is a professional house manager. n’t care what her apartment looked like. That automatically changed his status, after Then she met Marty. Marty barely got all he is a “professional.”

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Around Town in Aventura Sabadell United Bank hosts Mike Zinga, World Golf Championships for Aventura Marketing Council Board L-R: Fernando Levy Hara, mckafka Development Group; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Charlene Welker, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Andy Lewis, Eisinger Brown Lewis; Gary Pyott, The Continental Group; Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank; Mike Zinga, World Golf Championships; Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking; Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors; Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust

ACES on Board! Andrew Waxman (back row), VP/ Branch Manager at Mercantil Commercebank, Aventura Branch, attended Aventura City of Excellence Schools’ Career Day where he was surrounded by motivated students.

Famous Disney© artist Tim Rogerson at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for Barker Animation Art Gallery Aventura Vice Mayor Billy Joel; Gloria Barker, Barker Animation Art Gallery; Tim Rogerson; Herb Barker, Barker Animation Art Gallery and Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond met with Tim Rogerson (center) recently to help celebrate Barker Animations donations to the hospital as part of their “Year of Art for Health.”


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Love Notes

Valentine’s Day and Everyday

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING It used to be a tradition to send Valentine’s cards or notes to your classmates when you were in the lower grades in school. The number of cards you received was supposed to determine how popular you were and how much you were liked. The time before Valentine’s Day, was full of anticipation and in some cases dread wondering how many cards or notes you would receive. Later on, as you got older it became more important to receive that one special card from that one special person. This simple ritual is part of a lifelong pursuit of signs and reassurances that you are loved, treasured and valuable to someone and preferably more than one person. It is unfortunate when your opinion of yourself and your self-worth is determined by others. One of the most important traits you can develop is an innate sense of your own

worth. It needs to be independent of any external feedback. It needs to be independent of how many Valentines you receive. A sure fire way to increase your selfesteem is to focus on giving something to someone else. Not only will it make someone else feel good, it will make you feel good. It will also allow you to feel pleased with yourself. This will decrease and eliminate any doubts you may have about yourself. The ultimate pleasure comes when love notes are mutual and appreciated. Love notes do not have to be limited to Valentine’s Day. Hopefully, you learn that love notes are not always written on paper and they don’t have to come to you in an envelope. It isn’t about paper notes or cards at all. There are love notes all around you all the time; the smile of a stranger, a favor, a present, a hug, the unexpected call or kindness of a friend. Don’t be the person who counts your valentines. Be the person who sends the valentines on Valentine’s Day and all year. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino proves to be a ‘big winner’ for Aventura Marketing Council

Laura Heller, Greynolds Elem.; Veronica Martin, North Miami Beach Sr. High; Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, AT&T / M-DCPS Board; Nancy Hartgold, Starlight Children’s Foundation; Barbara Hirshhorn, David Lawrence Jr., K-8; Marina Montesino, North Miami Beach Sr. High; Ines Meras, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High Executive Chef Ralph Pagano surrounded by AMC members

GULFSTREAM, from page 1 for social and corporate functions. In addition to the Ten Palms Dining Room, there’s the stunning Sport of Kings Room, complete with a stage and amazing sound system. Major stars are scheduled to appear there, including Cee Lo Green and Alicia Keys. Keynote speaker for the morning’s meeting was Ralph Pagano, Executive Chef at Ten Palms Restaurant. “When I came to Florida after travelling the nation, I knew it was here that I wanted to settle down,” said Pagano. “Every day I look outside to see the sun rising and the horses ‘breezing’ on this beautiful track... it just doesn’t get any better!” Pagano is a renowned alumni of TV’s hit shows, “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Iron Chef,” as well as host of his own TV show, “Pressure Cook,” where he travels around the nation and cooks his way home. He also has a radio show on 105.9FM with Paul and Young Ron. “There is that special moment,” added Pagano, “whether 30,000 fans are screaming for their horse to win, and it doesn’t matter whether you have a $2 ticket in your hand or a $20 ticket... you’re a winner!”

For more information on Gulfstream Park, visit gulfstreampark.com or call 954. 454.7000

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Rony Joseph, Platinum Group Security and Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking

Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond; Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka; Aventura City Clerk Teresa Soroka


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‘Aventura Leap List’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY Since February 2012 falls in a leap year, what better time to create an “Aventura leap list” featuring adventurous activities like these it’s never too late to experience: * Take on the challenge of gong to every store at Aventura Mall in just one day - and then naming them all – in alphabetical order! * Bungee jump off the flyover holding a sign that says “Save gas – take the Aventura shuttle!” * Star in a show called “Real Housewives of Aventura” – or just behave like a reality star and keep getting married – for only 72 days at a time to help keep local caterers in business. * Meet the President (not of the United States) – but of your condo board so you

can ask if everyone can split excess reserves and go shoe shopping! * Run a marathon along Biscayne Boulevard just so you can burn enough calories to order “one of each” at the Publix bakery. * Become a contestant on “Fear Factor” – or just decide to overcome a great fear like having everyone see the personal item you’re buying - even though you were trying to be very discreet by using the selfcheck out lane at Winn Dixie that triggers a loud flashing alarm when it doesn’t scan the item right. * Win the lottery – then spend most of it on organic produce at Whole Foods Market, cups of coffee at Starbucks that keep getting more expensive, frozen yogurt tipping Tutti Frutti scales…Or try to get a Best Buy on one of those new communication devices that keep getting smaller and smaller – while the prices get bigger and bigger! * Travel the globe – and then come home realizing it’s not a leap of faith to believe Aventura should top the list of “World’s Best Cities!”

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Dog ownership in Condos – what’s everyone barking at? Dog ownership may complicate the tasks In Jupiter, a condo association enacted a of condo associations. Now it’s not simply rule that required dog owners to have their the residents that come with issues, but their pooches DNA tested, and to allow the assofour-legged friends as well. ciation to keep the informaHowever, implementing a tion on file. This was implepolicy with clear and mented expressly to deterdefined rules can help stave mine whose dogs are befouloff some of the incidents that ing the property. plague condos who have not “DNA testing is an unusulaid out the regulations in al course of action at the presadvance. ent time,” said Krut. “Most Joshua Krut, an attorney people follow rules, but there and partner with Weiss Serota are always a few abrasive Helfman Pastoriza Cole & owners who find rules to be Boniske, urges condo associtoo much bother, so boards ations to provide residents need to act aggressively.” with a concise set of rules that He adds that residents apply to dog owners. have been fined if they vioJoshua D. Krut “Dogs are not the only late community laws and ones we are asking for obedience, but their notes that laws covering pets must be folowners, as well,” he said. “We encourage lowed as well, or the same restrictions can be condo associations and managers to create a applied. In Aventura, pet ownership is big, ‘rulebook’ and to be consistent with enforce- and condos will lose residents if they don’t ment when it comes to pet ownership.” He accept pets – but residents will lose rights if also recommends that the residents register they don’t act in accordance with the rules. Mr. Krut can be reached at 954.763.4242 pets with the association to make sure they or jkrut@wsh-law.com. meet any size and breed parameters.

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Good tax time strategies can help you do it right

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH It’s that time of the year again when most folks usually have one thing on their mind — meeting that tax return deadline. They often ask themselves, “How much will I be receiving this year in tax returns?” or, more dauntingly, “How do I dig through my records and get started?” All these questions can easily be answered when you have the correct information to assist you, someone with the right knowledge to back up their advice. It’s all too easy to be sucked into the whirlwind of confusion that accompanies the tax code, but everyone has a right to know where he or she stands and what is required. Unfortunately, some people fall short when it comes to finding the right guidance, which in turn, can leave less money in the person’s pocket. Also, when you’re looking at things you can deduct, keep in mind that you may have the ability to put money into an IRA, SEP, or SIMPLE plan, depending on your income and needs. Your contributions to these generally are deductible and this helps you plan for your future as well. If you run your own business, you have to be especially cognizant of your tax responsibilities. A sole proprietor must file a Schedule C with your personal income tax return (1040). Even if you don’t sell a thing, yet your intent is still to produce income, you still have a business in the eyes of the IRS. The IRS won’t let that go

on forever, but it does consider the fact that starting a business takes some time. Consequently, you should be able to deduct almost all of your expenses. However, some things can be deducted now, but some things must be depreciated over the expected life of the item. For instance, office supplies and utilities can be taken in one year, but buildings and equipment must usually be depreciated. What you can deduct and how it’s deducted depends on what the business is, where it’s located, and how it operates. Whether or not you need an accountant depends how good you are at keeping records on your own. According to a recent survey, 60 percent of people seek help in preparing their taxes from a tax professional or accountant and 24 percent received help from computer software or an online service. In addition, younger respondents were more likely to use computer software or online services compared to older individuals. Respondents with higher household incomes and higher levels of education also were more likely to use computer software or online services. Twenty percent of people received help from their spouse, while 15 percent sought help from friends or other family members. There were no significant differences among respondents of different ages, income levels, or education that used a tax professional or accountant. When searching for proper tax managing guidance, look for a CPA who specializes in taxes. There are plenty of small firms that will prepare your taxes for a reasonable price. Watch Al Sunshine’s “Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at cbs4.com/4yourmoney.

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Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino proves to be a ‘big winner’ for Aventura Marketing Council

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Community Association Beat

Setting Uniform Collection Policy for Condos, HOAS BY MITCH DRIMMER, CAM

Condos and HOAs have been plagued with owners not paying their dues to the association. This has always been a problem but it has not become a crisis until the last five years when delinquency rates have soared. Before the meltdown the banks were the first to act and the problem was often solved by their taking action. Now with banks reluctant to foreclose on units a new dynamic exists that requires boards of directors to take action because the banks will not. The question remains is what action does the board take and when does it take it? The first thing that has to be done is to have the board of directors sit down and establish a

“uniform collection policy” that conforms with its governing documents, and, as with any business decision, needs to be tempered with good business judgment. If a board of directors has a “selective” approach regarding its actions, it is doing the association a disservice, and perhaps even putting the association in harm’s way if there is selective enforcement of a collection policy. By not taking quick action it isalso doing a disservice to the delinquent owner, because by allowing a delinquency to grow, owners will often find themselves way behind and impossible to dig their way out. The first thing that must be determined is the time line as to when action is taken. The second thing that needs to be done is to determine what the form of that action will be. Thirdly, if the associ-

ation has to bring in outside help, it needs to make a decision as to who will be their collection provider, for it can be a collection company or an attorney. So let’s talk about the time line. Every board of directors knows when a payment is due, the grace period, and when a payment is past due. This information is often in the association’s very own governing documents. The next step is to establish a plan as to what will be done after the first payment is late. Why not send a kindly-toned letter reminding an owner they have missed a payment and to please be sure to send it in right away. This “courtesy letter” should be sent out within a week of the expiration of the grace period. The next step on the time line is a difficult one but necessary for the

board now needs to send the unit to a professional company to move the file forward. Associations can use their own legal consul or specialized collection agencies to engage owners and take action. When a unit goes this route, it is up to the board, but once determined to act, they also need to take positive action. In my next column I will discuss the options and what “positive actions” can be taken.

Mitch Drimmer is a licensed CAM (Community Association Manager) and is the Vice President of Association Financial Services, an accredited collection agency, specializing in finance, business process outsourcing, and in community associations. For more information, visit www.associationfinancial.com 305.677.0022 ex 804.


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Food Fit for The Champions...

Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer

EAT THIS... DRINK THAT In the unforgettable words of one of the most amazing rock bands of all time: “We are the champions, my friend”… just a few short hours ago (at the time of this writing), the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI to become the 2012 champions! So what does this have to do with food? Well, if you read my column with any regularity (or at least once in the last month), you know that I have been centering all Sunday meals around football – and my beloved Giants. Tonight was Super Bowl; the game that we wait for all season. And I, as a lover of the game and of football food, was beside myself with happiness. The Giants played – and beat – the Patriots; I watched the game at my Aunt Elaine and Uncle Nick’s house, where the food is always unbelievable. So what was on the menu? Here we go… As any good guest would, I came bearing gifts (edible, naturally). In this case, I dipped into my terrace garden (we live on the 10th floor of a condo building in Aventura) and picked red and yellow cherry tomatoes, red grape tomatoes, beef steak tomatoes, Black Krim heirloom tomatoes, and sweet basil. A quick dice and julienne, some Italian-spiced olive oil, balsamic vinegar, kosher salt, black pepper, fresh garlic and voila – bruschetta. Delicious. But that’s nothing compared to what they made. My aunt and uncle are known for their food. Uncle Nick (who is very Italian) begins each dish he makes with onions, garlic, butter, and pancetta. Needless to say – theirs is a lot of flavor and it is always great. Tonight, I watched him torch shrimp wrapped in bacon on an openflame barbecue, which he served over

“Nick’s risotto”. Nothing special– just plain – but when done right, it is out-of-thisworld. His secret – plenty of butter. He also made meatballs and sausage in brown gravy, just for kicks. My aunt, whose roots lie in Jewish cooking, whipped up a dozen finger foods and more including chopped liver, chick pea salad, and her own corned beef, which she turned into individual Reuben sandwiches complete with sour kraut, and Thousand Island dressing warmed on a Panini press. That was the first round. She made chicken cutlet parmesan, her own Cole slaw, tomato/mozzarella/basil salad, various deli meats and cheeses (she didn’t hand prepare the salami or age the Swiss cheese, so does it really count?), salad, olives, etc., and then she finished it all off with four or five different store-bought desserts including a dark chocolate football-shaped cake, bakery cookies, an elaborate fruit salad, and more. It is amazing to me just how much food is out there to eat; how many versions of the same type of foods are just waiting to be cooked their own way by different people. I love trying different things, new things, and going back to the same old things that I love the most. And when you put them all together and can take a bite of this and two bites of that, there is almost nothing better…except eating this way while watching your favorite football team win the Super Bowl! So, with that said, I will not go on. I will keep this column short and tasty. I hope everyone enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday – and their accompanying meals – as much as I did. I’ll be back next week with something sushi/sashimi related. That is my other obsession, and now that football is over for the year, I’ll need to find something else to fill my column. Shari Lynn Rothstein has been writing about food, wine, lifestyles and fashion for more than 20 years, in New York and Florida. She resides in Aventura. Shari can be reached at shari@slkcreative.com for comments, questions thoughts.

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Aventura Heart Center REVEAL a chance to live longer and healthier Aventura Heart Center has been selected as one of the few Heart Centers in South Florida to participate in an important clinical research trial. This major study named REVEAL is aimed to increase the “good cholesterol” (HDL) or high density lipoprotein. Everyone in the community meeting the criteria of the study is eligible to participate. You do not have to be a patient of Aventura Heart Center or change your current physician to participate. If you’ve had a cardiac problem, stroke or are diabetic with cardiac problems, you should qualify. Study participants receive Brand Name Lipitor (atorvastatin) for FREE for approximately 5 years. The study then randomizes the participants receiving the new study medication, Anacetrapib. Anacetrapib has been well tolerated in early phase studies and has no effect on blood pressure. It has a remarkable effect of raising the HDL by as much as 70% to100%. The long term aim is living longer with better quality of life, the perfect combination. REVEAL study is worldwide with these possibly revolutionary results. The intention of this study focuses on intervention to raise HDL translating into significant reduction in cardiovascular events. Anacetrapib is a CETP (cholesterol ester transfer protein) inhibitor promising to target HDL cholesterol. Worldwide testing of people with good quality of life high into their 90’s and 100 years of

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sion, you can feel a sense of deep relaxation as tension and anxiety are replaced by a greater Did you know stress can be related to weight sense of peace and well-being. ‘New You Nutrition’: When you’re feeling gain, high blood pressure, stomach problems, insomnia and even skin conditions? frazzled, it’s easy to turn to fattening comfort Recognizing just about everyone experiences foods. Stress can also stimulate the hormone corsome level of stress in their lives, Holistic tisol, causing weight gain. To avoid packing on the pounds when you’re Health Care Miami is stressed out, Holistic Health focusing on helping peoCare Miami provides nutriple of all ages discover tional counseling including natural ways to “relax effective strategies such as and enjoy” greater health eliminating simple sugars and well-being. and eating more lean proLicensed in Oriental teins, fruits and vegetables. and Chinese medicine, ‘Beauty is Skin Deep’: If Holistic Health Care your skin is looking stressedMiami co-founders Maria Maria Stellato and Adriana Perez out, it’s time to find out about Stellato and Adriana Perez provide holistic therapies that can treat a variety of rejuvenating regimens recommended by Holistic stress-related symptoms and disorders. They uti- Health Care Miami’s licensed skin care speciallize non-invasive modalities including acupunc- ist. Common issues including dehydration, worry ture, massage and physical therapy, Chinese herbs, lines and breakouts can be countered with natuhomeopathy and hypnotherapy. Healing Reiki ral beauty secrets for healthy, radiant skin. To learn more about the belief that stresstreatments, skin care and nutritional counseling are also extremely effective for stress reduction relief can be achieved by lifestyle changes, balance and the realization that healing power can and relaxation. ‘Relax with Reiki’: Reiki treatments support come from within, contact Holistic Health Care natural healing as energy flows from the practi- Miami located at 17150 Northeast 19th Avenue tioner’s hands, placed in a sequence of positions in North Miami Beach, 305-949-9828 or visit covering the whole body. During a Reiki ses- holistichealthcaremiami.com


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The Miami-Dade County Public Schools All-County Orchestra, a tradition for 30 years in South Florida, was eliminated seven years ago due to budget cuts. It was reinstated this year thanks to the efforts of music teacher Tinder Burris who taught at Southwood Middle School in Palmetto Bay for a number of years. Burris left Southwood to tackle some new challenges. One of them was especially close to her heart. “This year I took on a new project to reinstate the All-County Middle School Honor Orchestra, except it will not be sponsored or supported through the school system,” Burris said. “I secured a grant from the American String Teachers Association. Our grant proposal was one of only five in the country to receive funding.” Burris also was able to secure the

University of Miami Gusman Hall free of charge through the generosity of School of Music Dean Shelly Berg. The composite orchestra featured 82 of the top middle school string students from Miami-Dade public and private schools. The conductor was UM Professor Brian Powell, and the concert took place on Jan. 21. “This is a tremendous boost for our local middle school string music teachers and students,” Burris said. “It gives credibility and prestige to what I and middle school orchestra teachers do on a daily basis.” The concert, the first of what is hoped to once again be an annual event, had a turnout of about 200 people. “When planning this event we wanted to make sure every middle school aged child in Miami-Dade County had a chance to participate. We even had some home-schooled students in the orchestra.”

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Delectable dining options at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Majestically standing on Hollywood Beach, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is known for more than its rejuvenating guest rooms, luxurious spa and five-star rated golf course, it’s also home to divine dining options at Hollywood Prime and AiZiA. The only steakhouse in South Florida with the Four Diamond rating, Hollywood Prime is the area’s only steakhouse to serve the famous 21-day dry-aged Angus beef from renowned Master Purveyors in New York. “It’s the best beef money can buy,” said Hollywood Prime Executive Chef Will Biscoe. “In the dry aging process, enzymes in the meat break down the muscle making the meat more tender and flavorful. It has a rich, sort of nutty flavor. This beef only makes up 1 to 2 percent of the market.” Cuts of the 21-day dry-aged beef include a bone-in Porterhouse, Prime Rib, Prime Ribeye and a Prime Striploin. Other menu items include Long Island Duck and Domestic Rack of Lamb. Hollywood Prime also caters to seafood lovers, especially with its 3.5-pound live Maine lobster poached in butter. Swordfish loin and salmon filet are prepared and served as seafood delicacies. A premiere wine collection complements all meals. In fact, the wine selection won the 2011 Best of Award of Excellence from

Wine Spectator . AiZiA is not just fine waterfront dining; it’s a show of fire, ice, smoke and lights. Asian fusion cuisine is served engulfed in flames, “floating” on smoke or in a delicate ice bowl. “I wanted to create a place where guests could engage all of their senses in their dining experience,” said Executive Chef Mauricio Gutierrez. “It’s not just about the taste. Whether our guests have chosen our Wild Salmon served on a flaming cedar plank or our Smoky Szechuan Seared Scallops that arrive at the table in a cloud of smoked Szechuan peppers, by the time they begin eating we have already aroused the senses of sight, sound and smell.” For information, visit diplomatresort.com

Boys Town Jerusalem hosts Israeli Diplomat Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ) recently hosted an overflow crowd at Mo’s Bagels & Deli in Aventura. The Honorable Chaim Shacham, Israel’s Consul General to Florida and Puerto Rico, presented a closed door briefing about the current situation in the Middle East and answered sensitive questions on a wide array of subjects. Alex Halberstein, Stephen Fiske and BTJ’s South Florida chairperson Alex Derek Hodes, Kevin Shacter and Paul Kruss Michael Yavner Halberstein noted: “We are extremely grateful to our Board of Directors Paul Kruss and Kenny Schwartz who worked very hard on organizing this briefing for us. Mr. Shacham is a brilliant diplomat who spearheaded Israel’s digital diplomacy program through Israel’s official Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites.” Executive Kenny Schwartz and Michael Scheck Director Gary Arnowitz added: “The Chief Esther and Marcos Fintz ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Spokesperson of the Israel Defense Forces, uates. BTJ hosts Hadassah Hospital’s Director of Pediatrics and Magen David Adom’s Director of Training in these programs Jerusalem are among our 6,500 distinguished grad- to recognize our donors whose support enables our students to Stephen achieve their Fiske, Avi dreams.” Weintraub, BTJ in South Consul General Shacham, Maxine Neal Florida spon- Schwartz and Norman Lipoff Faerber, –––––––––––––––––––––––––– Glenn sors a “Next Moses Generation” Society, Men’s Group and is and Eran organizing two Missions to Israel. To get involved, Frai contact Gary Arnowitz at 305.654.0001 or garnowitz@boystownjerusalem.org


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Hansen releases second novel Prizes ‘fit for a king’ at Parkinson’s Project Benefit using Miami as its backdrop Saturday, Feb. 11, Olympia Gym in Aventura BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

BY BARI AUERBACH Miami author Joan Hansen’s latest book, Miami Revisited: Decade of Deceit, a follow-up to her novel 100 Years in Miami: Betrayal Under the Palms, has been released. Her first book, 100 Years in Miami, covered the era from 1896 to 2000 and was popular enough that her readers requested a sequel. The first book is about two brothers coming down to clear the land for Henry Flagler’s railroad and the first hotel built in Miami, the Royal Palm. “It’s a family saga,” Hansen said. “Even though that part is fictitious, it weaves in the history of Miami in the first 100 years.” The second book continues to follow the Donegon family and explores the drama of the next decade. In the book, Kaitlin Donegon carries on the family tradition but suspicion runs high as it becomes clear someone is trying to wrest the company away from her. The history of earned a master’s degree at Western Florida, including the Carolina University. elections and other In Chicago, she worked as a newsFlorida controversies paper reporter and as an advertising are highlighted in the copywriter. Then, when she married book. and had children, she moved to “The fictitious part is Miami with her young family. what happened to the “My mother and dad had retired family,” she said. down here,” she said. “This was This is Hansen’s third Joan Hansen where we wanted to live. We came book. The second book, ––––––––––––––––––– down and I got my first teaching job Bitter Tears, came out in at Perrine Elementary. I was in the old one 2010 but is not about the Magic City. that was right on the highway.” The historically set books were inspired As Joan Rindfuss, she worked her way up by her mother, grandmother and great-grand- to assistant principal at Coral Reef mother. Elementary and stayed there for 11 years. “My mother came down in 1926 and She spent summer school as principal at taught one of the first kindergarten classes in Palmetto Elementary and F.C. Martin. She Miami Beach,” Hansen said. “There were 80 married Claude Hansen in 2000. children in that kindergarten class.” “I’d always wanted to write a novel. I’d Her family lived in the Allapattah district been in journalism,” she said. “It wasn’t until at the time. Hansen said her family came down to my retirement that I actually sat down and escape the cold, first her mother and then her wrote this novel that my mother had encouraged me to write. It took me a few years to grandmother and great-grandmother. “I grew up hearing stories,” she said. get around to it. Once I got into my research “They had always asked me to write a book I found it fascinating.” She arrived in Miami in 1962. about Miami. That’s what inspired me in the “It was the year for the Cuban Missile first place. Hansen’s mom went up north to marry Crisis,” she said. “The equipment for war Hansen’s dad and they came back down to came down right by the school on the tracks.” Miami when Hansen was 4. Miami Revisited: Decade of Deceit is “I was in her kindergarten class.” Her family went to Chicago when Hansen available on Amazon and at Barnes and was 6 and that’s where she grew up. Hansen Noble.com. It is available in an e-book ediattended Hillsdale College in Michigan and tion and soft cover.

Imagine enjoying free food and entertainment; being pampered with massage and spa treatments; or acquiring Romero Britto artwork…Great prizes “fit for a king – or queen” will be up for grabs when Olympia Gym in Aventura hosts the 3rd annual Parkinson’s Project Benefit featuring three popular fitness modalities: Spinning, Body Forging and Zumba dance lab. On Saturday, Feb. 11, the community is invited to help support the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and Michael J. Fox Foundation by participating in a 90-minute spin-a-thon (8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.), followed by a power yoga-like Body Forging class (10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) and a high-energy Zumba dance lab (11:45 a.m.12:45 p.m.). “Once again we’ve had a wonderful response from local businesses donating products, goods, and services that can be won throughout the event – and Whole Foods Market will be providing food and drinks,” said event coordinator Roy Roden. If you sometimes find it hard to work up the energy to workout, just looking at the list of some of the Parkinson’s Project Benefit sponsors should help get you motivated: Pilar, Heavy Burger, Sicilian Oven, Juice & Java, D’Lites, Power Smoothie, Kosher Kingdom, Whole Foods Market, Edible Arrangements, Andrea Larsen (Ultimate Nutrition), Massage Envy, European Wax Center, Instyle Spa, Planet Beach, Danny Mizrachi Salon, Snip-it’s, Dr Mark Frankel, Eye Optics, Dr. Donna Bilu Martin, City Bikes, Runners Depot, The Improv, Adrienne Arsht Center, Cool J’s, Romero Britto, Something Different – and the list continues to grow. Anticipating this year’s event will be

even more successful than the first two Parkinson’s Project Benefits, Roden said, “Contributions are helping research on the national level as well as our local community as both institutions are determined and resolute in their commitment to finding a cure. “The cause of Parkinson’s disease remains a mystery, and there is still no cure. Fifteen percent of patients are diagnosed before age fifty and the disease affects one of every one hundred persons over the age of sixty. Thanks to research conducted by the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine Parkinson’s Program; and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, many PD patients now live well into their eighties. “Having been diagnosed with Parkinson’s myself, this event holds a very special meaning to me. It offers me an opportunity to be a part something bigger than myself. To fight the disease that’s affecting me, my family, and millions of others. “I would like to invite everyone to either participate, volunteer, pledge a contribution or come in and support us in our efforts to make this year’s event the best yet!” For more event information, phone: Olympia Gym located in Aventura’s Promenade Shops 305-932-3500


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TONIGHT—VIP Charity Singles Auction and Party at Rouge Restaurant What are you doing tonight, Wednesday, February 8th — the week before Valentine’s Day? How about going to a great preValentine’s Day party that has all the makings of a fantastic evening! There’ll be music and great hors d’oeuvres, a red-hot flamenco dancing exhibition by Baila Flamenco, a silent auction, a singles auction and loads of new friends to meet... and all of this to benefit an outstanding charity... the Kindness and Caring Foundation (Kindnessandcaring.org) providing food for families in need. Tonight at the gorgeous Rouge Restaurant, located in the Intracoastal Mall, 3957 NE 163rd Street, North Miami Beach 33160, the North Miami Beach Chamber will be auctioning off “the City’s finest to help those in need.” Supporting organizations include the Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Aventura Marketing Council. Be sure to cheer — and bid on — the firefighters, nurses, city officials and

North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo (right) shows his support with Yona (left) Lunger, president of the North Miami Beach Chamber & Kindness and Caring Foundation

business executives who have gladly placed themselves on the auction block to go out on a date with the highest bidder, all to benefit a charity that helps so many in our community.

North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo will serve as Emcee for the silent auction provided by Alpert Enterprises, with great items such as a trip to the ESPY Awards, framed Beatles collectibles and a

trip to the American Music Awards. “We are so fortunate to have the support of our Mayor and City,” said Yona Lunger, president of the North Miami Beach Chamber. “This event is bringing our entire community together and we are looking forward to an evening filled with fun and laughter. And the best part? The number of families that will now have food on their tables!” “The Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department is delighted to support this effort,” added Battalion Chief Hugh Bruder. “Your firefighters are the first responders in times of emergency, and we do so proudly. Tonight, we want to be the ‘first responders’ in helping to feed the hungry through the Kindness and Caring Foundation.” Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the VIP Singles Auction begins at 7:30 p.m. and karaoke begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; group discounts are available. Space is limited... call the North Miami Beach Chamber for reservations 305.944.8500 or visit nmbchamber.com


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This Valentines Day, Miami Gardens Florist says ‘thank you’ for 33 years! That’s Miami Gardens Florist’s Valentine you can hear the smile in their voices. “We deliver our own merchandise from message to its loyal customers. MGF’s 33 years of success is due to one simple formula, Pompano Beach to Homestead every day,” Steve says Steve Costin, co-owner with his wife says. “We don’t hand it off to someone else.” The MGF website, miamigarShelley of Aventura’s most popular florist gift emporium: dens.net, is another great way to “The customer is always shop—there’s always a surprise right.” waiting for Internet shoppers. Whether it’s the traditional Wonderful roses (including the red long-stemmed roses or newest Freedom Red, Virginia unusual and colorful exotics, White and Cool Water Purple), nothing can express your sentisplendid orchids, unusual Dutch ment better than sending flowvarieties, stately tropicals, delicious ers to the one you love. A gourmet foods. What more could dozen long-stemmed roses you want? Everything is custom magnificently arranged in a made and crafted on site. There’s Shelley and Steve Costin beautiful glass vase surroundalso a great selection of beautiful ed with traditional and contemporary foliage is glassware and gifts appropriate for every occasion. still less than $100, including tax and delivery And, Miami Gardens does “life cycle” to almost everywhere in Miami-Dade and events and parties. This team can dream a Broward—about the same as in 2007! theme for every occasion. At MGF, Happy Valentine’s Day is just a The 800 number easy for everyone to phone call away. During business hours, you’ll remember. When thinking of ordering flowers never get an answering service or a machine. - when do you want them? Now! And what do The staff will always answer your call with a you want? The Best! Hence, the 800 number cheery, “Hi, Miami Gardens Florist. The is 800-NOW-BEST (800-669-2378) answer is YES! What is your question?” Miami Gardens Florist is located at 18500 Steve, Shelley, Susan, Lorna, Irina, West Dixie Highway. For more information, Clara, Wilbert, Mindy and Mila- every- visit miamigardens.net or call 305-932-3600 one answers the phone that way – and (Miami-Dade) or 954-927-7000 (Broward).


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RayPrinciotta ON REAL ESTATE Underwater real estate - Here are Four Steps to Reach Dry Land. We all know someone...a friend, a co-worker, a relative... maybe it's you. Like millions of Floridians, you bought your home during the boom, and mortgaged 80-90% of the purchase price, which at the time seemed reasonable. Then came the crash and your property has lost 40-50 % of its value. Now you have a mortgage that is more than the property is worth. and your monthly carrying costs are draining your savings. You are starting to fall behind on your mortgage and are ducking calls from your lender. If this is you or a friend, here are some suggestions on how to resolve your situation... First, make the decision to take action to end the pain. If you’re embarrassed it is understandable, but more

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Underwater Real Estate? Here are Four Steps to Reach Dry Land than 1 in 3 people in underwater on their mortgage. Second, to determine your situation, fill out a financial analysis (download at www.rayonrealestate.com) Third, check out the various Lender and Federal programs that are available for distressed homeowners. Your choices include: • Loan Modification: This is can be a good option, if you are eligible. Lenders may lower your interest rate and reduce your payments; or reduce the principle amount; and in some cases, possibly forgive accumulated past due payments, interest and penalties. • Short Sale: Based on your specific situation, your lender would agree to allow the sale of your property for the current market price, based on their appraisal. A Short Sale is generally the least damaging to your credit. • Deed-in-Lieu (DIL): With a Deed in lieu of foreclosure, you, the borrower, will convey all interest in

your property to the lender to satisfy the loan in return for a waiver of deficiency. Another benefit is that a DIL hurts your credit less than a foreclosure does. • Foreclosure: Foreclosure is a legal process whereby the mortgage lender or other secured creditor repossesses a property after the owner has failed to comply with the terms of the mortgage. When the process is complete, the lender can sell the property and keep the proceeds to pay off its mortgage and any legal costs, and can file a claim for a deficiency judgment against the borrower. Forth, to fully explore these options you’ll need to work with an experienced Realtor® or real estate attorney. With all of the Federal and Lender programs available to you there is no

reason to passively allow your property to be repossessed. Foreclosure is the worst possible option, and for many, a Short Sale is a good solution, but you need to take action. Remember, there is no free lunch! You can stay in the property, but every month you miss a payment, your deficiency increases; and your credit suffers greatly. Also, by continuing to live in this bad situation, you are preventing yourself from “Resetting your Life”.

For more on this and other real estate topics visit www.rayonrealestate.com. Ray Princiotta is a licensed Florida real estate broker with Accelerated Realty, Inc. Contact him at 305.494.4101 or ray@rayonrealestate.com.


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All-new 2012 Toyota Camry is the best yet Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS You would think that after seven generations, a company would have the idea fine tuned and honed to precision. And that is certainly the case with Toyota and the all-new 2012 Camry. This latest version of the popular frontwheel drive, five-passenger, four-door sedan is simply the best yet and only cements a reputation for safety, reliability and quality. The new Camry is lighter and has a simple but modern form, emphasizing a wider, lower stance than previous models. The character lines are crisp and precise, with a more strongly curved door cross-section and more defined rocker panel molding (chrome accented on LE and XLE) contributing to a more expressive look. Even the headlights have a more pronounced curvature of the main-beam unit merging into the bumper cover, while the taillight clusters wrap tightly into the body sides, the top sections extending into the

trunk panel. Fog lights are standard on the XLE and SE grades. Camry is available in four trims — L, LE, SE and XLE — and three engine choices, all enhanced for better fuel economy and more responsive performance. A 178-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission is standard power. The SE and XLE trims are available with a beefier 268-hp 3.5-liter V-6, also with a sixspeed automatic. Camrys with the revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine now offer 178 hp (an increase of nine) and 170 pounds-feet of peak torque. The EPA says the Camry delivers fuel economy figures of 25/35 mpg and the 28 mpg combined is two mpg better than the previous generation. The 2.5-liter engine has Dual VVT-i (Dual Variable Valve Timingintelligent), which controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimal performance and efficiency at all engine speeds. The Acoustic Control Induction System (ACIS) helps optimize torque over a broad engine speed range. The DOHC 3.5-liter V-6, available in the SE and XLE grades, delivers 268 hp at 6,200 rpm and 248 pounds-feet of peak torque at 4,700 rpm. Enhancements boost fuel economy to 21/30 mpg, which Toyota claims is the

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best for any V-6 midsize sedan on the market today. The V-6 uses chain-driven camshafts and Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i). The all-new Camry Hybrid debuts a highly revised version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain, including a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2012 Camry Hybrid LE, with EPA-estimated 43/39 mpg gets a better than 30 percent boost in fuel economy compared to the previous gen-

eration, thanks largely to the new hybrid powertrain, but also due to lighter vehicle weight and optimized aerodynamics. Pricing on the 2012 Toyota Camry ranges from $21,955 to $29,845. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.

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