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Wandering & Pondering The Nitpicker

There will be many attorneys running to on the board nobody would even go to be a Judge this fall and unfortunately the the meetings because someone might nitpicker might be one of them. want to get them to volunteer for the If he runs and wins, the county will end board. up with one big mess. He is a good attorney The nitpicker has decided to run for a who specializes in research. He judgeship to the delight of the was on a planning board in his community. However if he wins community and in less than two the judgeship and is assigned to months he had created a mess. He the traffic court, chaos will foldecided that while on the board low. As a judge he will feel that he was going to check on minutes he has to research each case to of past meetings to see if the see if the driver went through a punctuations were correct. No right light improperly. He will one ever really cared about past also check to see if the commas meetings but the nitpicker felt it are in the correct spot. With the DAN PALMER was important. nitpicker, simple traffic offense As a result the meetings that used to take might take a week before heis finished maybe a hour, now dragged on for hours, with it. minutes that volunteers usually just flew At the moment his town is thrilled that through. After all how can you properly he’s off the board. The only one who is getread minutes of years ago if the punctua- ting peeved is his fiancé. He is still checktion marks were missing? ing on the facets of their marriage contract, He really couldn’t be fired from the that he began to research eight years ago. board because it was hard to get people She is still waiting for a decision and I hear to volunteer for it. With the nitpicker that she is now getting a bit impatient.

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Spring into Action

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING Daylight Saving Time is the time to change the clocks and adjust the time to coincide with the weather and the longer days. It is the time to Spring forward. Take advantage of the extra day light and the extra hours in the day to accomplish all of the things that you have been waiting to do and have been putting off. Decide which things you need to do and which things you want to do. First, write down your life-altering projects, the things that your heart desires. Make sure that before the end of this season you have done at least one of these wonderful projects and made it a permanent part of your life. Then write down the things that you should do, like going to the dentist. And, then there should always be a major project or two like putting all your pictures into an album that will make your

life better when it is accomplished. In addition to the major projects write down all those pesky little things that you want to eliminate from your list forever. When your lists are complete assess them, edit them and prioritize them. Keep in mind that you will be doing more than one thing at a time. There will be some projects that are inside, at home, projects and some things that are outside the home projects. Create some separate lists. Divide them into things that are mindless and require no thought and no energy that you can do them when you are resting, like shredding or sorting pictures. Save things that require a decision like cleaning out the file cabinet for high energy psychological moments. Keep in mind that every piece of paper and every notation should not be saved. Perhaps, you can enter them into categories in your computer. Be ruthless. Don’t give up because you feel overwhelmed. Say to yourself every day, “I have boundless energy and I can draw on it at will.” Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212 308-0309.

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Around Town in Aventura Claudio Stivelman, Eric Beck and Marcelo Borodowski jump with U. S. Army Golden Knights If you received a call to tandem skydive jump from 12,000 ft., would you say “Yes”? Three members of the Aventura Marketing Council’s (AMC) Chairman’s Roundtable received just such a call, and not only said ‘Yes’, but were overjoyed to do it! There are numerous member benefits derived from joining the AMC......networking, great corporate exposure...but no one would have thought that jumping out of an airplane would be a premiere member benefit. Because the AMC has established a long working relationship with the military beginning with ESGR (Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve) Florida Outreach Chairman Peter Caspari, there are some amazing opportunities that are offered to AMC member companies who have demonstrated support for the military. This support has been through hiring veterans or members of the National Guard and Reserve, sponsoring meetings to feature military speakers or most recently, participating in the Military Room Makeover project that involved eight cities and organizations. Recently, the US Army Recruiting Battalion Miami invited Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor

Parachute Team, The Golden Knights. The three “jumpers” arrived at Homestead Air Force Base for a tandem jump class and special instructions before dressing in the bright yellow aerodynamic jump-suits, harness, helmet and goggles. They nervously anticipated the 15-minute flight to 12,000 feet.... did safety checks as the tandem master tightened all straps...a last look at the altimeter as the red light in the aircraft changed to green as they edged towards the exit to stare briefly into the abyss. There was an immense ‘rush’ as their minds completely let go to fully enjoy the exhilaration of accelerated freefall. Jumping out of a plane while attached by a harness to an experienced skydiver is the easiest way to achieve accelerated freefall without hours of pre-training and parachute instruction. Seconds later, there’s a jolt when the main canopy opens, dragging both skydivers upwards for a split second before a serene, effortless five-minute glide back to terra firma, and the softest of landings. After landing, there was an incredible desire to do it all over again! For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council, visit or call 305.932.5334

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Lincoln, Stanton and the Reaper Case

Bob Diamond HISTORICALLY YOURS Abraham Lincoln’s involvement in a legal case in 1855 revealed his remarkable ability to “transcend personal vendetta, humiliation, or bitterness.” According to historian Doris Kerns Goodwin (Team of Rivals), the John Manny Company hired George Harding, a nationally known patent lawyer, to defend it in a patent infringement case brought by Cyrus McCormick, inventor of the mechanical reaping machine. Since the case was to be tried in Chicago, Harding, never having seen Lincoln, hired him by reputation as a respected local attorney. Lincoln prepared the briefs with the understanding that Harding would present “the scientific arguments.” Shortly thereafter, the case was transferred to Cincinnati, however, Harding, forgetting to tell Lincoln that he no longer needed his services, hired the nationally known lawyer Edwin Stanton. At trial time, Lincoln went to the hotel in Cincinnati where Harding was staying. There he encountered Harding and Stanton.

Harding was shocked at the sight of the ungainly man with ill-fitting clothes. Lincoln introduced himself and suggested they go to court together. Stanton whispered to Harding, “Why did you bring that long armed Ape here…he knows nothing and can do you no good.” Stanton humiliated Lincoln by telling him to withdraw from the case, while they would go to court without him. Lincoln withdrew but remained to hear the case argued. Harding and Stanton never asked Lincoln to join them, even for a meal. Lincoln was intrigued by the brilliance of Stanton’s legal arguments, later explaining that he was going home to study law; “For any rough and tumble case, I am enough for any man we have out in Illinois; but these college trained men are coming West. They have the advantages of a life-long training in the law. Soon they will be in Illinois…and when they appear, I will be ready.” Six years later at the start of the Civil War, President Lincoln faced his most important appointment – Secretary of War. Despite his prior humiliation, Lincoln selected the most competent person. Stanton not only accepted his offer “but came to respect and love Lincoln more than any person outside of his immediate family.”


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Mount Sinai Aventura Emergency Room MOUNT SINAI, from page 1 ––––– physicians, nurses and clinical technologists, the Mount Sinai Aventura Emergency Room also offers a full roster of highly-trained specialty physicians to treat any kind of emergency. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the Mount Sinai Aventura ER is designed to meet and exceed the highest standards. While it is fully licensed by the state of Florida and accredited by both The Joint Commission and the Agency for Healthcare Administration, the Mount Sinai Aventura ER has earned the most important seal of approval – that of its patients. The Mount Sinai Aventura ER has some of the highest patient satisfaction scores for emergency care. Aside from offering quality emergency care when you need it most, Mount Sinai Aventura also provides access to Mount Sinai doctors dedicated to providing routine, preventive and specialized healthcare. Physician offices are located in the same building as the Mount Sinai Aventura Emergency Room, on the upper floors. Patients can seek expert care from skilled doctors in a multitude of areas including cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, obstetrics and gynecology, urology and gastroenterology, in addition to primary care physicians. In 2010, The Mount Sinai Aventura ER expanded its reach into the community by

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launching the Healthy Connections program, a community-based volunteer program that has resulted in over 200 participants. In addition, Mount Sinai Aventura ER provides timely health screenings and medical lectures on a variety of health topics to surrounding communities. All of these combined efforts continue to reaffirm that once an individual visits the Mount Sinai Aventura ER, the facility truly becomes the emergency department of choice, as demonstrated by the increase

visits year after year. If you or a loved one requires emergency care that is efficient, patient-friendly and dedicated to your needs, then the Mount Sinai Aventura Emergency Room should be your ER of choice.

The Mount Sinai Aventura Emergency Room is located at 2845 Aventura Boulevard (N.E. 199th Street), directly across from Aventura Mall. For more information, call 305-692-1000 or visit

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Classical Italian Takes a Twist

Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer

EAT THIS... DRINK THAT I am always looking for good Italian food, so when I got an invitation to eat dinner at Prima Pasta, an Italian eatery on 71st Street in Miami Beach that’s been around since 1993, I was happy to go. I’d never eaten there before - giving me incentive to head over – and apparently, chef Carlos Beldon, had decided that it was time to add some new dishes to its tried and true menu, offering even more reason to go. As we do before we head anywhere, my husband and I hopped online to check out the menu. We always like to have an idea in advance…just in case. So, we are checking out the goods and I am thinking, hmmm, “Wonder what’s new? They could use a Scarpiello but otherwise, they have it covered.” So when I got there and began looking, you could imagine my surprise when I found that the latest and greatest dishes were predominantly…Asian. Yes, Asian. We began dinner with Zucchini Fritti, a bowl of perfectly crisped shoestring cut zucchini. Not over, nor under salted, but salted just right. As we were munching happily on those (yes, I was using my fingers, which immediately signifies that I am comfortable and really enjoying, Prima Pasta’s handsome Maître de, Giuseppe, came over and caught me in the act. “Prosecco?” he asked producing a Zonin split. How could we resist? Bread soon arrived accompanied by two options in which to dip: garlicky, seasoned oil and an amazing house-made ricotta spread, the likes of which I’d never before had. It was just the right consistency – thick enough to have body yet sooth enough to spread easily. The ricotta texture felt so good on my tongue, and the light but direct herb flavor made me want to take bite after bite - so much for not filling up on the bread. And then the courses started coming. After a full-sized portion of the Tuna Osaka came out. Osaka? I just can’t get used to it in an Italian place, but after one bite, I am glad I tried it. Carpaccio-style tuna sat atop a bed of arugula dressed (and not sparingly, I might add) with soy and lemon. I didn’t want to like it, but I did. I was crazy flavorful! I ate every bite. Next out was another new AsianItalian mix – the Salmon Tokyo. My husband, who hates salmon, loved this dish. I, who likes salmon well enough, was not a fan. Why? First and most important, the arugula salad upon which thin-sliced slices of salmon sat was overdressed. It was also

a very similar salad/fish appetizer to the one I just ate. Finally, there was parmesan cheese in the salad and I know that in the Italian culture fish and cheese do not mix. I think if these few elements were fixed, they’d have another winner. When the Fiocchi Rapera came out, I knew it was going to be good. You could smell the sweetness a mile away. Imagine bite-sized beggar’s purse-style pasta filled with a perfect balance of pear and cheese, which was then topped with (here’s where I begin salivating) a creamy truffle sauce and roasted prosciutto. Each al dente bite offered texture from the cheese and from the pear, a sweetness that first hit my mouth and then ended with the matching fragrance through my nose. I am usually not a fan of creamy sauces (too rich) but if I could have licked the plate I would have. The sauce was not light – it had body to it (definitely not for those dieting) and the flavor of the truffle came through beautifully. I am not sure how integral the prosciutto is to the dish, but with or without it, it’s a winner! So what could they possibly do to follow up this “course de resistance?” How about some Garganelli Lamb Ragu? What is it? A bowl of piping hot, perfectly cooked penne pasta with just the right amount of lamb and a healthy dollop of fresh ricotta. The flavor was not overpowering however it was addictive. It was so good that I ate my bowl and then I ate half of my husbands. Okay, the last course: Branzino Livornese. They served me a piece with the tail on…bonus. I know many people wouldn’t like it, but it only added to my experience. So, this true livornese – filled with tomatoes, capers, onions, and Kalamata olives – provided so much flavor that I ate it all. My husband couldn’t eat more than a few bites. By the end of the meal we were totally stuffed and really pretty satisfied. And then dessert came out. Seriously? C’mon, I am going to explode. But it sat there, in all of its sugary glory – Italian cheesecake. A classic Tira Mi Su, and chocolate mousse, but a slice that was so thick and light and sweet that I was truly thankful for the strawberries that were scattered about the plate to cut the though the richness. I ate as much as I could, downed a cappuccino and I was…done. For a restaurant that has been around for a long, long time – that I had never tried – I was glad that I went. And I will go back. Give it a try. For a “neighborhood joint” that is reasonably priced Prima Pasta is a winner. 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 for comments, questions thoughts.

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Pay to Play – Rules of the condo Paying your bills is a fact of life. If you pay can lose the right to participate in those don’t pay your phone bill, you lose service. If very elements that make the building desiryou don’t pay for your merchandise at Macy’s, able. Similarly, owners who are more than 90 you don’t get to bring them home. Paying your condo maintenance fees should be no different. days delinquent in any financial obligation to the association lose their But what’s the consequence to right to serve on the board of not paying the condo maintedirectors of the association. nance fees? This is the result of recent Under the current law, changes in the law by the where owners do not pay their Florida Legislature to address condo fees regularly and on the tremendous problem of time, the board has the right to delinquent condo maintedeny those owners access to nance fees that has afflicted the common facilities. That our State over the past few means that the tennis court can years. be made off limits to those Sadly, too many condo who don’t pay. The same goes owners think that paying fees for the pool, the club room, the is voluntary. By not abiding fitness center and other by the laws of the building, amenities. those owners can sacrifice Equally important, the Joshua Krut the rights to enjoy the buildboard can also take away the ––––––––––––––––––––– ing, and to participate in the voting rights of owners who are more than 90 days late with respect to the operation of the community. If they want to play, they must pay. payment of any financial obligation to the condo association. Under such circumstances, Joshua Krut is a Partner at Weiss Serota voting rights will be limited to residents who Helfman Cole & Boniske, P.L., where he remain in good standing with their associa- serves as Chairperson of the Community tion. The maintenance fees are there for a Association, Club & Resort Practice Group. reason – to maintain the facility, to keep the The Firm has offices in Fort Lauderdale and building in good standing, to provide extra Coral Gables and Mr. Krut can be reached at benefits to the residents. Those who do not 954.763.4242 or

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Turnberry Isle Miami celebrates Earth Hour and Earth Day In honor of Earth Hour and Earth Day, Turnberry Isle Miami will offer two familyfriendly occasions to celebrate nature and embrace environmentally-friendly practices. All festivities are open to the public. March 31st 2012: Earth Hour Turnberry Isle Miami will turn down the lights at 8:30 p.m. and offer the following activities to endorse natural light: Glow-in-the-Dark Solar Drop cocktails (5 – 11 p.m.) will be offered throughout the evening in the main Lobby lounge. Cocktails are $12 each. A Romantic Candlelight-only Dinner (6 – 10 p.m.) will be offered at Cascata Grille, a three course dinner infusing freshly picked ingredients from the onsite chef’s garden. $38 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (786) 279-6800 for reservations. A complimentary Astronomy presentation (8:30 p.m.) at the resort’s tranquil Cascata Pool with guest Astronomer Dr. James Webb, director of the SARA Observatory at Florida International University. A telescope will be on-hand

for guests to further explore the night sky. April 22nd 2012: Earth Day To further promote green practices, Turnberry Isle Miami will be offering various activities that guests can participate in throughout Earth Day as well: A 2.9 mile Earth Day run (8:30 a.m.) for $25 guests can participate in a run that tours Turnberry Isle Miami and its two golf courses. Proceeds go towards Operation Green Leaves, a Miami-based non-profit organization focused on environmental issues and relief efforts in Haiti. A complimentary Chef ’s Garden Tour (4 p.m.) guests can tour the chef’s garden. Additionally there will be a ‘plant a tree’ initiative with Chef Garrette Gray. Glow-in-the-Dark Solar Drop cocktails (5 – 11 p.m.) will be offered throughout the evening in the main Lobby lounge. Cocktails are $12 each.

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Awaken and rejuvenate this spring with the new Orange Blossom Body Treatment at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach As spring approaches, the weather warms up and humidity rises, it’s the perfect time to revitalize and rejuvenate your skin. Indulge in a body treatment that will leave you feeling refreshed, energized and glowing. This spring, Acqualina Spa by ESPA launches a new signature treatment created by ESPA exclusively for Acqualina. The Orange Blossom treatment draws from Florida’s rich heritage planting citrus, as its unique sandy soil and subtropical climate make the perfect setting for oranges, grapefruits and tangerines. Citrus is used by aromatherapists world-wide to combat stress, anxiety and as a mood up-lifter. The fruits are also rich in Vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that helps boost the immune system. Guests will awaken their senses with the Welcome Foot Ritual of orange blossom water, followed by a full body exfoliation to prepare the body for a truly muscle melting massage. The treatment incorporates specific blends of natural citrus oils and handmade locally sourced aromatic poultices to work deep in the muscle. Using ingredients from the citrus family, this therapeutic experience provides nourishment and regeneration for tired, dull and lifeless skin. Indulge in 110 minutes of pure bliss for your mind, body and soul for just $295 plus 18% gratuity.

Acqualina Spa by ESPA has eleven multi-functional treatment rooms, four beauty suites and an oceanfront private spa suite for two, and provides every guest with luxury amenities including a beautiful outdoor terrace with a spa pool, heated jet pool and Roman waterfall. Acqualina Spa by ESPA was recently named #1 Spa in Florida on Spas of America “Top 100 Spa’s of 2011” list.

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cITY OF AVENTURA Summer Camp Registration Hot summer days are on the way! The City of Aventura is holding summer camp from June 11 through August 17. Campers will participate in games, activities, arts and crafts, swimming, special events and exciting field trips. Camp Discovery will be open to children ages 5 to 8 and Camp Explorer will be available for children ages 9 to 14. The resident fee for the 10 week program is $1,120 and weekly registration packages are available. Resident registration begins on Monday, March 12 and non-resident registration on Monday, March 26 pending availability. Camp will be held at the Aventura Community Recreation Center from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Aventura Community Recreation Center is located at 3375 NE 188 Street. Registration is available at Founders Park, Waterways Park and the Aventura Community Recreation Center.

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Park One announces appointment of new company President for its Florida Division Bijan Eghtedari announced today the operating structure will provide increased appointment of Fredrick W. Bredemeyer, operational and executive depth in its core II as president of Park One of Florida. Florida market while enabling it to Park One’s enormous growth and suc- respond to increasing demand and opporcess in Florida has created subtunity for services in new stantial client demand for its geographical areas. services throughout the Bijan Eghtedari states, “It is Southern United States. In with great pleasure that I keeping with Park One’s phibring Fred on board to serve losophy of high quality client as our new president for service, the company has taken Florida branch. Fred will the next step in its developoversee all day to day operament into a premiere regional tions and marketing of the parking operator. firm and will be a key contribMr. Bredemeyer has over 25 utor to my effort in continued years of experience in the growth and expansion the parking industry with most company both locally and in recently having owned and several new markets. He Fredrick W. Bredemeyer managed his consulting firm. brings a wealth of experience ––––––––––––––––– As Principal of ConsulPark, he in all facets of the industry. I performed parking asset valuations and have known Fred professionally and perprovided recommendations to enhance sonally for many years and followed his succlients’ parking income, working with cessful career and his many achievements several large investment firms and asset along the way including when he was named owners. the International Parking Institute’s He began his parking career with ‘Parking Professional of the Year’ in 2008 APCOA/Standard Parking and moved to to his work with City of Miami’s parking Miami in 1991 as the regional manager for department. I admire and share his passionthe firm. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. ate care for our community. He understands Bredemeyer served as the Chief Operating our culture, commitments and disciplines Officer of Miami Parking Authority (MPA), and I feel fortunate to have him lead our during which period, revenues and EBITDA Florida division while we continue to exenearly doubled. Mr. Bredemeyer’s activity cute on our company’s strategic business in the local community has been equally objectives.” intensive, including serving as president of As Managing Member of Park One the Board of Directors of the Kristi House, a Holdings, Mr. Eghtedari along with the South Florida not-for-profit organization board of directors will continue to direct that provides a healing environment for the course of the firm, which currently child victims of sexual abuse. employs 1,200 full-time employees servThe company believes that the revised ing 125 properties.

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Spa-ring cleansing at Seven Seas In celebration of spring, the Seven Seas Spa & Salon is launching new treatments and promotions from Aveda. The first is a new 30 second drying time manicure service by OPI GelColor. The nail company has transformed 30 of its iconic and most popular hues into GelColor; a long-lasting, high-gloss gel based polish that hardens in 30 seconds under a safe, LED light and does not chip or fade for up to two weeks. The best is part is that clients can layer any of OPI’s stand-out shades of regular nail polish over a GelColor manicure while leaving the bottom shade intact. In addition, the Seven Seas is introducing a new, naturally derived hair smoothing treatment from Aveda to help calm curls without the damaging effects of dangerous chemicals. Aveda’s Smooth Infusion Texture Smoother achieves silky straight results without the use of formaldehyde. This demi-permanent treatment uses tourmaline technology to loosen kinks; leaving hair silky, shiny and stickstraight for up to two months. With Mother’s Day approaching, the Seven

Seas takes the guess work out of gifting with special spa service promotions designed to treat mom like royalty on her special day. Celebrity worthy spa treatments ranging from a Majestic Massage and Manicure duo to buyone-get-one-free gift cards, in any denomination are now available for a limited time. Nestled inside the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort, the Seven Seas Aveda Spa Salon features 11 treatment rooms, three hair styling stations and a luxury nail bar open seven days a week.

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Luca Bella brings New York Italian Cuisine to Aventura Located in the former Chef Allen space just off US1, the restaurant fills a local culinary void, delighting a diverse group of patrons with authentic Italian-American cuisine served in family-style portions. Owner Michael Maltese brings his New York expertise to the venture serving delectable dishes in the indoor/outdoor space. A previous owner of Matteo’s Italian Restaurant in Hallandale, owner Maltese brings over 10 years of industry experience to Luca Bella. With a family history that stems from Naples, Italy, the New York-born restaurateur takes pride in serving delicious ItalianAmerican comfort food. Luca Bella features a variety of classic appetizers including Clams Casino, Fried Zucchini and savory soups like Pasta Fagioli. Main courses are served to share and include

classic pasta dishes like Marscapone Meat Lasagna and Baked Ziti with Ricotta. Chef Luciana Crosa also serves up ItalianAmerican classics like the famous Mickey’s Meatballs, along with other traditional veal and chicken dishes. Additionally, Luca Bella offers a vast selection of lighter fare including salads, vegetables and seafood. They will also be featuring Easter and Mother’s Day specials. Painted in soft caramel colors accentuated with bright fabrics, the dimly lit restaurant evokes comfort for anyone who walks through its doors. The space features a 20-seat full bar and extensive wine list, giving guests a wide selection of libations to complement their meal. Luca Bella’s walls are decorated with images of Maltese’s children, Marcelo Luca and Isabella, the restaurant’s namesakes. “My family and I are so excited to bring Aventura its only authentic New York Italian restaurant. Aventura is such a great city, with parks, wonderful schools and beautiful homes,” says Owner Mickey Maltese. “It’s time that Aventura has a great family restaurant to go with it.”

For more information or to book your reservation, contact Luca Bella at 305-792-2222 or visit

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2012 Buick Regal GS is a sporty turbo sedan

Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS Buick fans, rejoice! There’s a new turbocharged stick-shift model available that’s sporty, smaller and really fun to drive. The 2012 Buick Regal GS is a midsize fourdoor sedan that’s built in Germany and based on the award-winning Opel Insignia platform. You would have to go back to 1987 to find the last turbocharged Buick Regal. But the new 2012 version is even more exciting with its double-overhead-cam, four-valve 255-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing, and six-speed manual gearbox, the first Buick for sale with a manual transmission since the popular 1991 Skylark. A sixspeed automatic with manual paddle shifters will be available later in the year. The new Buick Regal GS has a sporttuned chassis and rides slightly lower to the ground for better handling. It clocks 0-60

mph in under seven seconds, and that’s not too shabby. Italian Brembo front disc brakes give the Regal good stopping power and a three-position adjustable steering and ride system, called Interactive Driver Control, features Standard, Sport and GS modes for high-performance driving, complemented by continuously adjustable shock absorbers, a high-performance front strut suspension and a four-link rear suspension. StabiliTrak chassis control, traction control and ABS are standard. Regal GS models come with 19-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires, with optional 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheels and high-performance tires also available. The Regal GS exterior has a unique front and rear fascia, unique front air intakes and grille elements finished in satin metallic. The rear end has a decklid spoiler and integrated, trapezoidal exhaust outlets to distinguish it from the CXL. On the inside, the Regal GS is comfortably appointed with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with a flat bottom, perforated metal floor pedals, leather sport bucket seats with 12-way adjustment and power lumbar adjustment. All GS interiors are black in the first year of production, with

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satin metallic trim on the console, steering wheel and instrument panel. When the IDCS system is placed in the GS mode, the instrument panel will glow with white light instead of the normal blue light. The GS also has such features as passive keyless entry, XM satellite radio, a Harman/Kardon 320-watt, nine-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, bi-xenon headlights, front and rear ultrasonic park assist,

and a 120-volt power point for on-the-go computing and charging. Pricing on the Buick Regal ranges from $29,000 to $32,000. 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 <>.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez among those honored at Second Annual Legacy Gala at The Ancient Spanish Monastery The Historically Designated Ancient Spanish Monastery, widely regarded as the oldest building in the Western Hemisphere, was built in 1133 AD in Sacramenia, Spain. Cistercian monks occupied The Monastery for nearly 700 years. Dismantled and shipped to the United States by William Randolph Hearst in 1925, the Cloisters of The Monastery were reassembled in North Miami Beach, Florida in 1952. In 1953 TIME magazine called The Monastery “history’s biggest jigsaw puzzle” and chronicled the journey and the ancient artifacts of the collection. In keeping with the unique legacy of The Ancient Spanish Monastery, The Foundation of The Ancient Spanish Monastery is proud to honor individuals whose distinguished achievements and contributions have provided a legacy for community involvement and exceptional leadership. On Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. on the picturesque grounds of The Ancient Spanish Monastery, the Annual Legacy Gala rightly deemed “Preserving the Legacy,” will honor selected community leaders whose legacy in Miami-Dade County has been longstanding. The distinguished honorees of the second Annual Legacy Gala are: The Honorable Carlos A. Gimenez Miami-Dade County, The Honorable Sally A. Heyman District 4 Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, Phyllis S. Smith Councilwoman North Miami Beach, Mr. Daniel Fils-Aime Sr. Founder/Chairman of the Haitian American Historical Society, and Oscar Llorente, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. The Board of Directors and Trustees of The Ancient Spanish Monastery Foundation cordially invite the South

Last year’s recipient, Michael Snyder attorney and past President of Greater North Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Florida community to join them and Master of Ceremonies Jawan Strader of CBS Channel 4 in an elegant evening of signature cocktails, fine dining and dancing under the stars in honor of these exceptional community leaders. In addition to a silent auction, cocktails, dinner and dancing, invited guests can look forward to the musical stylings of Carlos Abanto classical guitarist, Baila Flamenco, Feiruz fire dancing and other exciting performers..

For more information, invitations or to RSVP, call 305945-1461. Cost per person is $100 and attire is black tie. All benefits are used for the preservation of art, antiquities, building and edifices of this historic site.

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New York Times bestselling author Vanessa Diffenbaugh hosts book signing to benefit two children’s charities New York Times bestselling author Vanessa Diffenbaugh will sign copies of her book, “The Language of Flowers,” to benefit two children’s charities on Monday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai of North Dade. Diffenbaugh will also read from her critically-acclaimed novel and answer questions. Attendees will receive a free signed copy of “The Language of Flowers” when donating $50 or more to either Voices for Children of Broward County or ELI, Israel’s child abuse prevention and treatment agency. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. “The Language of Flowers,” Diffenbaugh’s debut novel, is the story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own troubled past. When writing the novel, Diffenbaugh found inspiration in her own experiences as a foster mother. Temple Sinai of North Dade is located at 18801 NE 22 Ave. in North

Miami Beach. The event is sponsored by The Derech Elokim Fund for Jewish Values, Temple Sinai of North Dade, Books & Books, and The George J. Berlin Memorial Chapter of American Friends of ELI. For more information, call 305932-9010.

Voices for Children of Broward County is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation founded in 2011 that assists abused, abandoned and neglected children in Broward County. The organization raises funds for the Guardian ad Litem program, which trains community volunteers who work one-on-one with children in the dependency system. The volunteers advise judges on the children’s progress and make recommendations for placements and permanency. The goal of Voices for Children is to ensure every child in the dependency system is assigned a Guardian ad Litem. For more information on Voices for Children of Broward County, visit

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Snyder & Gonzalez, P.A. advocates ‘condo safety’

How to win ‘hunger games’


Julio E. Muñoz, Barry M. Snyder and Victor Moises Gonzalez –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY BARI AUERBACH

Accidents happen – but if it happens to you or someone you know in a condo, the renowned personal injury/criminal defense law firm Snyder & Gonzalez, P.A. can help explain and clarify issues relating to condo safety and the role associations play in being responsible for helping to protect residents and guests. “Frequently asked questions about accidents resulting in injuries that occur in condominiums pertain to ‘who’s at fault’,” says attorney Barry Snyder. “For example, if someone falls in a condo lobby because the floor wasn’t cleaned properly and debris caused the person to slip and fracture their ankle, should the condo association be responsible for the accident and related expenses?” Snyder says the answer starts with prevention. “The association must maintain its premises to be reasonably safe for residents and guests. Failure to do so would make the association responsible for paying for the injured person’s medical expenses, pain and suffering, mental anguish and any related expenses they may incur because of not being able to work - such as lost wages and future care. “Furthermore, even if the person is a unit owner in the building, if they were injured in a common area as a result of the association’s negligence or lack of care, they can bring an action against the association for their losses.”

Sharing a “sign of the times” relating to accountability, Snyder explains, “While posting a warning sign by a potentially hazardous area can be helpful, it doesn’t absolve the association from its responsibility to get a problem fixed. It’s also important to find out if the sign was properly positioned to warn residents and guests to take some action to avoid being injured.” Another common question many condo residents have relates to repair and maintenance responsibilities. For clarification, Snyder suggests obtaining a copy of your condo documents and notes, “Normally, associations are responsible for common elements encompassing property shared by all unit owners such as an outside wall, pool, gym or party room. Ultimately, to help optimize condo safety, associations must take care of properties and be responsive to those they serve.”

For information, contact Snyder & Gonzalez, P.A., the North Miami Beach based law firm with over 50 years of experience helping clients throughout Florida recover millions in settlements and judgments. Phone 305-919-9797 or visit

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Hunger pains can make it hard to combat weight gain – so here are some strategies that can help you attain the willpower to win hunger games morning, noon - and even when the urge to midnight snack attacks: Eat Enough Calories: It’s common for dieters to drastically cut calories - but consuming too few calories can actually sabotage your diet because “starving” often leads to “binging.” Fitness guru Jackie Warner strongly recommends never eating under 1,200 calories a day because crash dieting slows the metabolism by 20 percent and can ultimately lead to putting pounds back on. Eat Frequently: Many people think dieting means having to eat less – but eating more frequently can actually support weight loss goals. Having five or six healthy meals and snacks every three to four hours can keep your metabolism revving, increase energy, keep insulin levels constant and help support appetite control. Choose Healthy Fats: Eating healthy, unsaturated fats can help keep you lean by suppressing hunger, lowering cholesterol levels and creating a faster metabolic rate. Unsaturated fat sources that the body can burn for fuel instead of storing as fat include wild salmon, nuts, avocados, olives and flaxseed. Add Dietary Fiber: Many dieters who feel starved often overeat - but a diet secret to alleviate hunger pains and curb cravings is to eat high-fiber foods like oatmeal that make you feel full and also promote weight loss. Make Healthy Substitutions: Your ingredient substitution talents can help

turn fattening meals into a recipe for fulfilling diet success. On the website you can view a guide to ingredient substitutions like these: Instead of bacon – turkey bacon; instead of whole eggs – egg whites; instead of ground beef – ground lean turkey breast; instead of white bread or white rice; whole grain bread and brown rice. Snack on Protein: Especially when it’s late at night, avoid carbs and sugar and do what pro bodybuilders do – snack on proteins like egg whites, protein shakes and chicken or turkey breast. Be ‘Slim and Scrumptious’: In nutritionist Joy Bauer’s cookbook Slim and Scrumptious featuring over 75 delicious, healthy meals, she claims, “You can absolutely eat rich, decadent, delicious over the top food and still be in the best shape of your life!” There’s no need to be hungry for favorites like macaroni and cheese when there’s a miracle makeover like this: “For a cup and a half of traditional macaroni and cheese it’ll cost you about 850 calories and more than 40 grams of fat,” Bauer explains. “In my version, it’s only 420 calories and 75 percent less fat.” Bauer also says you can even indulge in “decadent” desserts without sabotaging your diet. Her version of a chocolate milkshake is made with fat free evaporated milk and reduced fat whipped cream – adding up to only 150 calories. Bauer’s “scrumptious” cookies also have a secret ingredient. “I trim an enormous amount of calories by using natural unsweetened applesauce,” she says. In Slim and Scrumptious, Bauer also includes fun snacks, desserts, and appetizers such as Cinnamon Cheesecake Fondue, Frozen Hot Chocolate, and Banana Pecan Bread that can really help you keep winning hunger games all day long!

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From Savior, to Victim, to Victor!

Rev. Wil Keyser RELIGION The week of April 1 through April 8 is a time in the history of mankind when Jesus Christ made His entry into Jerusalem and was hailed as “The King who comes in the name of the Lord” and “The Son of David” who came to save his people. It was a Sunday and the people were rejoicing that Messiah had come in the flesh and was living among them. This was no small band of radicals, “When Jesus entered Jerusalem, a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road while others cut branches from the trees and laid them on the road.” The King they had longed for had finally come. But it was a very short-lived celebration. There were those in ‘religious’ authority who did not accept the fulfillment of the prophecy of Zechariah, one of their own, when Jesus came riding on a donkey: “Say to the Daughter of Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” (Zechariah 9:9) The next day they continued to question his authority and looked for a way to arrest him but were afraid of the crowd because they believed that he was the Prophet from Nazareth. Two days before the celebration of the Passover, the chief priests and the elders plotted to arrest him and kill him, but not until after the Feast, for fear of a riot among the people. It took only 5 short days to convince most of the people, even the political leaders, to turn The Savior into The Victim.

Betrayed, on the night of the Passover, by one of his own, Judas Iscariot, Jesus was victimized by illegal trials before the Sanhedrin, the religious leaders who had no legal authority to conduct trials; Pilate, the Roman Governor who had no authority to handle religious matters; Herod, who ruled Galilee but had no authority in Jerusalem nor in the affairs of religion. Justice was not in their vocabulary so they continued the ‘kangaroo court’ until the mob convinced Pilate to release a murderer and crucify Jesus. Pilate would have done well to listen to his wife: “Have nothing to do with this innocent man’s trial.” He washed his hands but could not wash away his guilt in the execution of an innocent man. They led the Victim away to be hung on a cross between two thieves. Before Sundown, the soldiers came to break the legs of those who were not yet dead. When they came to Jesus they proved that he was dead already by piercing his side. Unknowingly, they fulfilled the Scriptures, which said: “Not one of the bones of the Passover Lamb was to be broken.” John referred to Jesus as “The Lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world,” our Passover Lamb. The Victim was hung and was dead! But the religious leaders were hung on his words: “I will be crucified and on the third day I will rise again.” They did everything in their power to prevent the Resurrection of Jesus. God’s power prevailed, as it always will, and Jesus Christ came out of the tomb, ALIVE!!!, appeared to his closest followers and then to over 500 people over the next 50 days proving that The Savior who was The Victim was now The Victor even over death. The victory celebration still goes on! Rev. Keyser is Pastoral Director of The Quiet Place 305 931 4823.

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Early detection is key in fighting colorectal cancer BY DR. HENRY LUJAN

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women in the United States, yet it is also one of the most preventable. This year alone, approximately 140,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 56,000 people will die from this disease. An estimated 40,000 or more lives could be saved through screening and early treatment. March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and it is the perfect time to learn how you can reduce your risk of this disease. Colon cancer screening is recommended beginning at age 50 for men and women. Screening is usually done by testing for blood in the stool and through a colonoscopy. Your doctor will use a flexible scope with a camera and light at the end to look directly into your colon. If small growths, known as polyps, are identified at the time of your colonoscopy, they can usually be removed at the same time. If left untreated, polyps can grow and develop into cancer. If you have a family or personal history of colon cancer or polyps, you should be screened earlier and more often. When diagnosed early, colorectal cancer is curable. In addition to having regular screenings, you should also eat a low fat, high fiber diet. Foods that are low in fat and high in fiber, like green leafy vegetables and fruits, are highly recommended and have been shown to decrease your risk for colon cancer. Regular exercise may also help reduce your risk. Also, try to avoid alcohol and tobacco, especially in combination, because both have been linked to increased colon cancer risk. It is also important to watch for symptoms of colon cancer. If you notice blood in your stool during a bowel movement; have stomach pain, aches or cramps that do not go away; experience frequent episodes of diarrhea and/or constipation; or notice that you are losing weight for no explicable reason, you should see your doctor. These can be symptoms of cancer of the colon and rectum, and your doctor may recommend earlier screening. At Jackson South Community Hospital, surgeons are using the latest, state-of-the-

HEALTH art, minimally invasive surgical techniques to diagnose, treat and manage colorectal cancer. From removing cancerous growths to treating inflammatory bowel disease, our team of expert surgeons performs advanced procedures through multiple small incisions, usually less than half an inch in size, using laparoscopic and robotic equipment. In some cases, there are no incisions at all. Robotic-assisted surgery is the latest breakthrough in minimally invasive surgery for colon and rectal diseases. Our surgeons are leaders in the field of robot colorectal surgery. Until recently, patients have had the option of traditional or laparoscopic surgery for simple procedures. With the advances made possible by robotic-assisted surgery, patients have all the advantages of minimally invasive surgery with the addition of modern technology. Patients benefit from a much smaller surgical incision, which leads to less pain and a shorter recovery time. Most common benefits include: • Significantly less pain during recovery • Less blood loss during surgery • Fewer complications during surgery • Less scarring after surgery • Shorter hospital stay • A quicker return to work and daily activities • Often, better clinical outcomes • Preserves sexual function • Preserves bladder control • Higher quality of life after surgery Jackson South is home to a team of some of the nation’s leading experts in colorectal surgery. For more information or to make an appointment, call 305-256-5258 or visit <>. For more information on colorectal cancer, visit the American College of Colorectal Surgeon’s website at <>. Dr. Henry Lujan is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon. He is director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Jackson South Community Hospital. His office address is 9195 Sunset Drive. For more information, call 305-271-0300.

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Annual Bailey/Rice celebrity golf tournament set for Apr. 13 BY JOHN KISKINIS

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New “Cobra” drivers are being purchased by some of Community Health of South Florida’s (CHI) big hitters and foursomes are busy getting in their practice rounds in advance of this year’s annual Robert Bailey/Glen Rice golf outing, set for Friday, April 13, at the famed Doral Golf Resort and Spa. The 5,028-yard Red Course, with its treacherous tall grass, should provide a serious challenge for CHI’s friends and their guests. Strategically placed bunkers are scattered throughout each of the 18 holes and there’s no shortage of water on the course that will play havoc on the scores of golfers, even those that claim to carry low handicaps. Throw in Doral’s notoriously gusting winds and you’ve got the makings of an action-filled round of golf. CHI’s annual celebrity golf tournament will again be hosted by former National Football League standout and University of Miami alumnus Robert

T h e 5 , 0 2 8 - y a rd R e d C o u r s e , w i t h i t s t re a c h e ro u s t a l l g r a s s , s h o u l d p ro v i d e a s e r i o u s c h a l l e n g e f o r C H I ’s f r i e n d s a n d t h e i r g u e s t s . Bailey and former National Basketball Association great and University of Michigan’s all-time leading scorer Glen Rice. Foursomes are going fast so call today to reserve your spot. A $200 registration fee per player will include complementary valet, refreshments, golf cart and green fees, lunch, the awards dinner and a “goodie bag.” Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with tee-off at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the development of CHI’s Children’s Medical Center in Homestead. For more information, call 305-252-4853.

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It’s federal tax season; don’t get scammed BY KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE State Attorney, Miami-Dade County

Just recently, a Miami woman was charged with stealing the identities of U.S. Marines and others in an alleged tax-refund scheme to con the Internal Revenue Service into sending her thousands of dollars. In Broward County, a Sunrise woman recently tried filing for her tax refund only to find out that someone else had already filed on her behalf and received the refund instead. During every tax season, scammers are on high alert, coming up with ways to score every last penny as they prey on the unsuspecting taxpayer. This means, amongst others, stealing identities, filing fake tax forms, hiding income offshore and exaggerating charitable donations. In South Florida, this type of criminal activity is very common. It is no surprise that a Federal Trade Commission report just released indicated that South Florida had more complaints about identity theft than any other place in the United States in 2011. Some of the scams these crooks pitch involve victim participation in illegal activity which could potentially lead to criminal prosecution. Each year, the IRS releases their “Dirty

LAW Dozen” tax scams to make the taxpayer aware of the common schemes being reported during that particular tax season. It is extremely important that we maintain our defenses on high alert by reviewing this list and becoming an even more informed taxpayer. Beyond releasing this yearly “Dirty Dozen” publication, the IRS always stresses that they do not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or any social media tool to request personal or financial information. Scam artists will tempt people in person, online and by email with false promises about lost refunds and free money. Don’t be fooled by these scams. Remember the wise old saying: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” Protect your identification and use caution during tax season to protect yourself against a wide range of schemes ranging from identity theft to return preparer fraud. To view the IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” go to <,,id=2543 83,00.html>.

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Adams Creative Images captures the ‘special moments of life’ BY NANCY EAGLETON

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be priceless. For more than 25 years, Kent Adams, of Adams Creative Images, has been capturing the memories of South Florida families and creating video images that will last a lifetime. The Killian High School graduate joined the family-owned business started by his father, photographer Charles Adams, after graduating from Florida State University. A true testament to his work – Adams has been filming generations of families during some of their happiest moments – weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, baby showers, graduations and more. “I’ve watched families grow, I’ve filmed couples at their weddings and then, years later, I’ve filmed the bat mitzvah, graduation, or wedding of their child,” said Adams. “I feel very lucky that so many families have chosen me to capture their special moments.” At homes, hotels, churches and temples, and on boats and cruise ships, Adams captures the natural flow of his clients’ events, allowing them to enjoy the magic of their day. With years of experience, he has mastered the art of being unobtrusive, yet being in the right place at the right time. “It’s important that I stay out of the way and in the background,” he said. “If the families want interviews and comments from their guests included in the video, I can easily add that element.” Prior to the event, Adams consults with the couple or family to determine video style, theme and music. Whether the family wants the video to evoke tears or laughter, Adams’ imaginative video productions

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utilize state-of-the-art editing and digital technology to deliver polished presentations. “The resulting DVD is a reflection of the couple’s or family’s personality and vision,” Adams added. “It can be watched over and over, so you never lose those perfect memories, and shared with those who could not attend the event.” To enhance the mood at wedding rehearsals, bar and bat mitzvahs, and retirement, graduation, birthday and anniversary parties, a popular trend is to show photo montages set to music. Using family photos, Adams creates a sophisticated and meaningful montage that tells the story of the couple or family member, leading up to the joyous occasion. Recognizing that every event varies in size, concept, theme and budget, Adams can create the perfect package for your family. For more information, call 305-2333390 or go to <>.

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