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Northwestern Mutual — The Aventura Group hosts ‘island-themed’ grand opening Picture this... the sun gently setting in the west... swaying palm trees... steel drum music... colorfully-dressed island dancers greeting you… are you in the Caribbean? No, my friends... this is Northwestern MutualThe Aventura Group’s way of welcoming in over 150 Aventura Marketing Council members to their grand opening party. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
ichard Steiner, Managing Director for Northwestern M u t u a l - T h e Av e n t u r a Group, decided to create an
island theme for his recent grand opening celebration held in the beautiful Country Club Center building lobby. He partnered with the Aventura Marketing Council to ensure a great event and great turnout — and it was both! Over 150 members attended the celebration, and watched as Steiner joined Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb, Aventura Commissioners Billy Joel and Bob Diamond and Florida Rep. Joe Gibbons cut the official red ribbon as part of the evening’s special events. As guests arrived, they were professionally
Rep. Joe Gibbons; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel, Comm. Bob Diamond and Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Richard Steiner, Northwestern Mutual-The Aventura Group –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Ivan Sanjuan, CooLAM Dance Productions; Rita Regev, Optimar International Realty; Ken Klein, The Q Kapital Group; Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking; Viviana Tatia, CooLAM Dance Productions; Comm. Billy Joel PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN
greeted by the Parksman Parking valet team members, led by president Ben Launerts. Ran Oz from CooLAM Dance Studio Productions provided the background music and the island dancers, who launched into high-energy dancing with the guests as the evening progressed. And Centerline Catering provided the delicious
hors d’oeuvres throughout the evening. “Aventura is a unique and incredible community that I am proud to have called home for the past 20 years. We are excited to open our Northwestern Mutual Office
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Wandering & Pondering Bob and Divorce
Bob has been influenced by divorces all ing until the word marriage came up. his life. No... not his, but everyone elses. At that point the arrangements went from His parents were divorced when he was living-in to living-out very quickly since eight. It was a mess. He lived with an aunt “marriage” was not in his vocabulary. He for a year till the courts decided has always been glad that he where he should go. Stayed with never married any of his live-ins. his mother for a few years till the They shared for awhile and are mother remarried and the new still friends, no hassles, no husband brought in two of his recriminations... just parted as own children to the new family. friends. He now shifted between mothA new record has been set with er’s new family group and his Francine, his latest live-in. father who had also remarried They have been together a few DAN PALMER and had a child from his new years and now the thought of wife. As he grew he would bounce from marriage is starting to show up. He cares one family group to another depending on for her and he might actually marry her. how the marriages were going. Then when the inevitable break up will He survived somehow through school come, the divorce will most likely be a big and emerged as a computer analyst. He has mess and no such thing as a friendly found it soothing to work with computer divorce. And no pleasant parting. problems that made more sense than his Bob wants nice finishes. He wants human problems. He is now in his late 30s friends, not enemies. Once again he would and has been in love many times. lose another friend. Bob needs the comfort of sharing his life After all he has seen, what other ending but he hasn’t yet gotten married. He has would it be. Just a horrible thought. lived with three women and enjoyed relat-
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Around Town in Aventura Aventura Marketing Council Real Estate Committee features program on International investors The AMC Real Estate Committee recently featured Alan Lips, Gerson Preston Robinson, CPAs and Roger Bernstein, Bernstein Osberg-Braun Caco & Solow who spoke on “Everything you Need to Know about Transactions with Foreign Buyers: EB5 visas, money transfer scams, legal entities, anonymity and tax consequences.”
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Roger Bernstein, Bernstein Osberg-Braun Caco & Solow; Real Estate Chair Patricia Joshua Krut, Weiss Serota Helfman; Rotsztain and Alan Lips, Gerson Preston Frances Khawly, Frances Khawly Team / Keller Williams; Arlene Konig, SMK Realty Robinson CPAs ––––––––––––––––––––––––– –––––––––––––––––––––––––––
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Duffy’s Sport Bar & Grill hosts Aventura Young Professionals Luncheon AYP Chair Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank and door prize winner Roxana Moffitt, RITS Management Consulting Services
Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Joana Filgueiras, Prudential Florida Realty; Hope Berman, Berman Chiropractic Center; Max Fleischer, Send Out Cards; Rachelle Buyak, Morton’s Steakhouse
Dave Burney, Nationwide Payment Systems; Rhonda Woida, The Grill on the Alley; Ilana Yuz, Coconut Grove Bank; Alex Bari, Stern Bloom Media
Anesh Bodasing, General Manager (left) surrounded by his Duffy’s team
Dave Solomon, Stern Bloom Media and Dr. Sandra Doman, Miami Sports Chiropractic & Yoga Center
AYP 8th anniversary cake by North Miami Beach Costco
Laura Shane, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress
Korin Hernandez, Hotbox Auto and Bruce Coane, Coane & Associates
Leilani Rivera, Fetch Branding and Matt Silvers, Seo4Anyone
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A Pilgrimage to your Past
Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING A Pilgrim is a person who travels to a sacred place. A Pilgrimage is the journey the pilgrim makes. It is a journey to a nostalgic or sentimental place. It is a journey with emotional significance. It is undertaken for a specific purpose. A considerable amount of time and distance is usually involved. It is a journey the individual feels compelled to make accompanied by a very strong yearning. There are ancillary benefits from a pilgrimage to your past. It often brings a mature understanding of who you were and who you are now. You can see with adult eyes, your life and your relationships. You can see if your memories, your perceptions and your feelings hold up and whether or not they are true. Reliving and re-experiencing happy times can confirm your identity and validate those memories that it was a happy time
and place and you were happy. It is a good idea if you are feeling sad or disoriented in life, to go back and look for past happiness. Things may not be as you remember them. The place may be gone or drastically changed but there is still value in making the trip. After a loss a pilgrimage can make the bereaved feel closer to the departed. Part of your departed’s essence is still there. You are walking the streets that you walked together. You are seeing the people and places that you saw together. It can help the survivor to accept their loss on a different level. It can bring closure of a sort and serve as a final farewell. Although, temporarily, there may be increased feelings of longing for the loved one and for the good times it can be psychologically very healing. People do not usually return to places that were unhappy or painful. However, these journeys can also bring closure and healing. Sometimes, such a trip will allow the individual to finally leave the past behind them and move forward. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864
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Northwestern Mutual — The Aventura Group hosts ‘island-themed’ grand opening NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL, from page 1 and truly appreciate the warm welcome and support by both the community and the Aventura Marketing Council,” said Steiner. Northwestern Mutual-The Aventura Group specializes in exclusive access to world-class products and services such as life insurance, disability income insurance, education funding alternatives, retirement solutions, estate analysis and business needs analysis.
For more information, call 305-405-3600 or visit nm-theaventuragroup.com.
Northwestern Mutual team Aventura: Brenton Raymond, Jennifer Mercado, Andy Clarke, Casey Pereira, Jonathan Mondesir, Blima Cohen, Kevin Lawhon, Bryan Hughes, Yannick Braimbridge, Beth Drucker, Daniel Ginsburg, Richard Steiner and Roy Esh
Ran Oz (center) and his dancers Viviana Tatia (left) and Ivan Sanjuan, CooLAM Dance Productions
A large crowd filled the lobby.
Richard Steiner, Northwestern Mutual-The Aventura Group and his wife, Natalie Anderson
Barry Olfern, Ameriprise Financial; Nina Allen, Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida; Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; guest
(SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 14)
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“Power Always Reveals”
HISTORICALLY YOURS According to historian Robert A. Caro (The Passage of Power), when Lyndon Johnson became president on the assassination of Kennedy on November 22, 1963, civil rights leaders had serious doubts about Johnson. Aside from his southern roots, was his “twenty-year record that began with his arrival in Congress in 1937 and lasted through 1956: a perfect 100% record of voting against every civil rights bill that had ever made it to the floor, even bills aimed at ending lynching.” In 1957, however, Senate Majority Leader Johnson had “rammed through the first civil rights bill since 1875 and another in 1960, however, both bills were weak, made meager advances toward social justice and were regarded by liberals as mere political opportunism; an attempt to lessen northern opposition to his presidential candidacy.” Suddenly, President Johnson had more power and “it did not take him long to reveal what he wanted to do with it.”
As he prepared to deliver his first major address as President before Congress on November 27, his close advisors warned not to emphasize civil rights, as “it would antagonize the southerners who controlled Congress, whose support he needed for the rest of his presidency and a civil rights bill had no chance of passage anyway.” Kennedy’s effort in 1963 to pass a civil rights act was totally blocked in a “logjam” by both a southern DemocratRepublican coalition and a conservative coalition. Johnson “not only broke the congressional logjam, he broke it on civil rights.” In his speech before Congress, Johnson invoked Kennedy’s name, stating, “No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy’s memory than the earliest possible passage of the civil rights bill for which he fought so long. We have talked for one hundred years or more about equal rights. It is time now to write it in the books of law.” Johnson used every bit of strategy as well tactics of which he was a master. After a half year of struggle, led by Johnson, the civil rights bill was passed in 1964. Johnson had demonstrated the “pragmatic potential in the American presidency.”
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Cañas Tennis announces new program for local Tennis enthusiasts The elite Cañas Tennis Academy now affiliated with the legendary Turnberry Isle Miami resort is proud to offer locals a brand new community program available exclusively at the Turnberry Isle Marina. Area residents are invited to help kickoff and learn about the program through a complimentary cocktail reception and series of tennis tournaments that will be held on the Marina’s eight tennis courts with ATP world-ranked player Guillermo Cañas and the academy’s instructors from June 29th through July 1st. Through Cañas Tennis Academy, locals have access to private lessons, group clinics for all skill levels and ages, pro-am tournaments, part-time and full-time pre-competition and competition programs, and summer camps. Cañas Tennis is the first South Florida tennis boarding academy to feature acclaimed professional players including Guillermo Cañas, who is one of the most recognizable Argentinian tennis figures in the world having reached an ATP world-ranking of eighth place with wins over Roger Federer, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Marat Sarin, Tommy Haas and Andy Roddick. The day-to-day operations of
Guillermo Cañas (second to left) with Tennis Director Gustavo Oribe (far right) and Cañas Tennis instructors
–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– the program are overseen by Cañas Tennis co-founder and Tennis Director, Gustavo Oribe. For more details about the June 29th weekend festivities and Cañas Tennis Academy, call (305) 816-6692 or email email@example.com. The Turnberry Isle Marina is located at 19735 Turnberry Way in Aventura.
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Homeowner Association documents must be current Most people who buy houses in a homeowners’ association understand the restrictions in the community’s covenants and restrictions, which allow associations to maintain uniformity among the various parcels. What some homeowners don’t know is that if these covenants and restrictions aren’t renewed within thirty years of recording, they may expire and become unenforceable. The Marketable Record Title Act (“MRTA”) provides that a person who holds title to land for thirty (30) years or more has record title to the land free and clear of restrictions and covenants. This means that if homeowners’ associations do not take steps to preserve their covenants and no other reinstatement of the restrictions and covenants occur, homeowners can argue that the covenants are no longer enforceable. According to Joshua Krut, a partner with Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, MRTA creates potential problems for homeowners’ associations whose governing documents are more than 30 years old. “Essentially, the homeowners’ association can be faced with the situation of homeown-
ers arguing that the association’s covenants are no longer enforceable and have expired if the association does not take the appropriate steps to protect their covenants ,” he said. To preserve its covenants, Krut encourages associations to file a statutory “Notice to Preserve” in the public records before the covenants expire in accordance with Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes. If an association fails to pursue the process described above before the Covenant expires, the preservation of the association’s covenants and restrictions has the potential to become much more difficult. It is important that homeowners’ associations review the dates on their governing documents and amendments with their attorneys in order to determine whether MRTA presents and issue for their association, says Krut. Joshua Krut is a Partner at Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Boniske, P.L., where he serves as Chairperson of the Community Association, Club & Resort Practice Group. The Firm has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Gables and Mr. Krut can be reached at 954.763.4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lilienfelds and the Aventura News reach new heights!
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Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus members honored Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus is extremely proud of their members who were recently honored at the Annual Meeting of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, for their outstanding service to the community. Kol HaKavod-Congratulations to each and every one of you!
Mabelle and Bob Lilienfeld, partner in the CPA firm of Melnick, Lilienfeld, Castonguay recently vacationed in Colorado, and packed right next to their skiing clothes was their copy of the Aventura News. “Other than Aventura, Steamboat Spring at 13,000 feet high is the most beautiful place on earth to read the Aventura News!” said Bob.
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Vi Aventura, a continuing care retirement community helps build new relationships and social connections A new report by gerontologist Ken Dychtwald PhD, challenges the popular myth that one’s current home is the best option to continue an active social life and stay connected during retirement years. “The reality is that remaining in your home can result in growing isolation and loneliness in later life,” said Dychtwald, bestselling author of Age Wave. “Senior living options, like a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), offer opportunities to create new friendships and social connections.” Titled “Five Myths and Realities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities,” Age Wave’s report and research were commissioned by Vi, a developer of older adult living communities, including Vi Aventura. The Report stated, friendships and close social connections are an essential source of happiness, and people age 60 and over are most likely to cite “living family and friends” as extremely important to their happiness – more important than money or even health.
Yet, it is not uncommon for people who stay in their current home during retirement to find that their friends and family move away, and many can feel increasingly lonely or isolated in their current home. Studies show that having low social interaction is as bad for your health as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day, is as dangerous as being an alcoholic, is as harmful as never exercising and is twice as dangerous as obesity. Residents of CCRCs like Vi Aventura say that it is the opportunity to meet, learn from, and engage in new activities with positive, stimulating, like-minded people that can make life brighter and fuller. One interviewee said “the no. 1 benefit is that you’re surrounded by successful, interesting people. You have a pretty good chance of finding people who may make an impact on your life.” CCRCs like Vi Aventura offer independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, amenities and care. For more information contact Marjorie Aloni, Community Relations Manager at 305-692-4829.
BankUnited is committed to superior service and the community With a branch office at 19125 Biscayne Boulevard and a second Aventura location at the Waterways at 21155 Biscayne Boulevard, BankUnited is committed to serving the personal and business banking needs of those living and working in Aventura. “When you bank with us, consider BankUnited’s team of experts your personal banking partner,” said Raphael Garcia, Aventura branch manager. “With two convenient Aventura locations and a full range of consumer banking services, BankUnited is focused on delivering outstanding services to the residents and businesses in and around Aventura.” BankUnited offers big bank services and security with neighborhood bank sensibilities. Services include online checking and bill pay, checking and savings accounts to meet a wide variety of individual needs, money market accounts and certificates of deposit as well as home mortgages, loans and a range of flexible, personalized credit cards to round out the menu of convenient products and services. Private banking provides complete access to BankUnited’s team of experts ready to help customers meet all their financial goals.
In addition to offering sound financial and investment advice, BankUnited’s private bankers are experienced in meeting the financial needs of international clients. BankUnited recently completed a $9 million refurbishment that included a physical overhaul of its branches with new open floor plans, which replace teller lines to deliver personalized service. With its slogan, “Welcome to a Better Bank,” BankUnited works for the betterment of the communities it serves. It has invested $25 million with Weston-based Community Capital Management which invests in socially positive projects. The proceeds from the securities in which it invests fund municipal projects throughout Florida. Earlier this year, professional wide receiver Davone Bess and BankUnited teamed up to promote financial literacy with 4 Downs for Finance. Eleven students won a football autographed by Bess and the grand prize winner received a $1,000 savings bond for his essay on the importance of savings.
For more information, call the Aventura branch at (305)-466-5140 or visit BankUnited.com.
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Northwestern Mutual — The Aventura Group hosts ‘island-themed’ grand opening RIGHT: Biba Perdon, Your Business In Style; guest, Karen Rachles and Lora Cooley
BELOW: Guest; Leslie Loewenthal, Loewenthal PR and Eileen Glastein
Nancy Garrido; Peter Fisher, Woodbury Financial Services; Ellen Fisher, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center; Zach Trautenberg, Florida International University
(SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 19)
BELOW: Howard Weinberg, Association Law Group; Maximo Monterrey, EverBank; Alan Bromley
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Range Rover Evoque: Smaller SUV with more versatility
Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR
LET’S TALK CARS The 2012 Range Rover Evoque is a good-looking sport utility vehicle that is selling like those proverbial hotcakes in the U.S. market. American consumers apparently like this fuel-efficient SUV, the smallest and lightest one the company has ever produced. Dubbed a premium compact, the Evoque is a stylish vehicle with sporting looks and typical Range Rover craftsmanship, luxury, performance, along with the legendary multiterrain capability. It is offered in two models — coupe and five door — and in three trim lines — Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. Evoque has bold exterior styling with a sloping roofline and a relatively compact footprint. On the inside, there’s a lot of room in both models and the five-door format offers even more rear-seat space and practicality. Under the hood, there is a smooth and responsive, four-cylinder gasoline engine.
Also available is an optional state-of-the-art 240 bhp, 2.0-liter Si4 turbocharged engine. With twin variable valve timing and direct injection technology, it has six-cylinder power and performance, but with fourcylinder fuel economy. With permanent allwheel drive and an updated six-speed automatic transmission it delivers a 0-60 mph clocking in 7.1 seconds. On the road, Evoque handles with agility in any situation and, with Adaptive Dynamics with MagneRide, it has allweather, multi-terrain capability. And there is generous ground clearance, aggressive breakover and departure angles to make off-road driving an enjoyable experience, enhanced by the latest version of Range Rover’s signature Terrain Response system for steep hill climbs or descents. On the inside, the roomy interior of the five-door Evoque was achieved without enlarging the footprint of the coupe; the overall length and width are the same. As for comfort, you can specify soft premium leather and tailored twin-needle stitching for a luxurious finish to every surface of the instrument panel, doors and seats. The five-door model offers greater headroom for all occupants and a glass panoramic roof is a delight for cruising.
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The rear seats have seat belts and head restraints for three passengers and 60/40 folding rear seats that are equipped with ISOFIX child seat mounts. Luggage capacity can be expanded to a substantial 51 cubic feet. Connectivity options include Bluetooth hands-free mobile phone and audio streaming, plus a range of USB and auxiliary inputs for iPod and other portable devices. Evoque is the first Range Rover model to offer high-end sound systems developed in
partnership with audio specialist Meridian. The premium Meridian offering is an 825W, 17-speaker system that delivers the ultimate in surround-sound performance. Pricing on the 2012 Range Rover Evoque starts at $45,000.
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 <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.
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Northwestern Mutual — The Aventura Group hosts ‘island-themed’ grand opening RIGHT: North Miami Beach Councilwoman Barbara Kramer, Cartridge World; North Miami Councilman Michael Blynn; Esther Blynn, Law Ofc. of Blynn & Blynn
Vanessa Sanchez, Bryan Hughes, Chuck Downs, Brenton Raymond and Andy Clarke (right), Northwestern Mutual- The Aventura Group; Susie Cowan, Aventura Insurance Group RIGHT: Dr. Robert Sheir, Optometrist and Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb
Doug Weber, Douglas Weber & Associates; Dr. David Muransky, Aventura Chiropractic Care Center; Peter Caspari, iReachAmerica Foundation
Denise Rubin welcomes the Sutherlands There’s something special and unique about each and every client Denise Rubin of Prudential Florida Realty works with and she treats each and every one of them as a superstar. Throughout her career, she has been gifted to work with some “celebrity” superstar clients, the most recent one being Donald Sutherland, the Emmy nominated Canadian actor whose resume includes Invasion of the Body Snatchers, JFK, The Dirty dozen, Ordinary People and more recently, The Hunger Games. While in conversation with his lovely wife of forty years Francine Racette, Denise learned that Donald is a dedicated family man, having five children, Keifer, Rossif, Roeg, Angus and Rachel, and they have all followed in their father’s footsteps of working in the arts. In the midst of many celebrities often in South Florida to see-and-be-seen, should you encounter Donald speaking for one of his left-leaning causes, Keifer searching for another guitar to add to his collection or Racette indulging in “le petite dejeuner,”
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know you’re not walking through the middle of a movie set, nor is there any need to race for an autograph. The Sutherlands are our new neighbors. Welcome them!
Denise Rubin is a licensed REALTOR for Prudential Florida Realty. For more information, contact (305) 932-9326.
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Warren Henry Auto Group sponsors the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 90th Annual Dinner Gala Wa r ren Henry Auto Group, South Florida’s premier luxury Auto Group, proudly participated as a sponsor of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 90th Annual Dinner Gala on June 2, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Guests had the opportunity to participate in an exclusive silent auction displaying over 250 items including a 12-month lease giveaway of a Jaguar XJ courtesy of Warren Henry Jaguar, in addition to trips around the world, special entertainment packages, local getaways, restaurant packages and more. More than 1,100 of Miami Beach’s most influential business professionals attended the gala which was a salute to “celebrating success” in the community. The honorees included Tony Goldman, Goldman Properties for the Lifetime Achievement Award; Steven Sonenreich, Mount Sinai Hospital for the Citizen of the Year Award; Jose Abreu, Dir. of the Airport for the Excellence in Tourism Award; Dr. Rosann Sidener, Principal of the Miami Beach Senior High School for the Distinguished Service Award; and Gary Gerson, Founding
Erik Day and Warren Henry Jaguar JX Winner Dr. Richard Schultz ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Partner of Gerson, Preston, Robinson, and Company, P.A., for the City National Bank Hi-Tides Outstanding Achievement Award. The winner of the 12-month Jaguar lease was won by Dr. Richard Schultz for $11,500.
For more information on Warren Henry Auto Group, call 305-654-3900 or visit warrenhenryauto.com.
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Summer health tips BY CINDY MAGNOLE
It’s that time of year again – school’s out, no more homework and children have lots of free time to have fun. But during summer, with the constant outdoor play – including water activities and, of course, the hot weather – parents should be extra cautious about the hazards to their children’s safety. Here are some important safety tips that can help keep your children out of danger, and out of the emergency room. WATER SAFETY • Never leave a child alone in the water or near the water, not even for a minute to answer the telephone. Children should swim only with adult supervision – even if they are good swimmers. • Floatation devices and inflatable toys are just that – toys. They do not replace adult supervision in the swimming pool, a kiddie pool or a bathtub. It only takes seconds for a child to drown. If you have a backyard pool or live on the water, you need to have layers of protection to protect your children. These include: window or door locks/alarms, self-latching pool fencing; a Shepherd’s Crook or rescue ring should be available, have a telephone nearby and post emergency numbers and your address by that telephone. • No diving into the water – always go in feet first to protect the head and neck. • Select swimming sites that have lifeguards available. Never swim in unguarded lakes or canals because there may be many dangers lurking just beneath the surface of the water. • Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Due to the time it may take for paramedics to arrive, CPR skills can make the difference between life and death. • If you see someone in trouble in the water, “Throw Don’t Go.” Do not jump in any body of water to rescue someone because they may pull you under. Throw them a rope or rescue ring. BIKE SAFETY • Always wear a helmet when bike riding. It’s the law, and it can prevent head injuries and even death from a bicycle accident. Helmets and other safety gear should also be worn when skateboarding, skating, riding scooters and ATVs. • Stay in control, be predictable and do
JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM not let more than one person ride a bike; no towing! • Watch out for hazards, such as loose gravel, potholes, broken glass and stray dogs. • Make sure your children wear bright colors when biking. Teach them that just because they see the driver, that does not mean the driver sees them. • Observe all signs, traffic lights and street and sidewalk markings; ride single file; and use a steady front white light, a steady red rear light as well as reflectors when riding after dark. SUN PROTECTION • The sun is strongest between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., so try to keep your children out of direct sunlight during this time of day. • Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to all children over six months old – and reapply it every two hours or more if swimming. Use sunscreen even when you’re in the shade. • Children should drink plenty of fluids; they are susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration. BUG BITE SAFETY • Keep your children safe from bug bites by applying safe and effective insect repellents, such as those with DEET, citronella and soybean oil to the outside of clothing and exposed skin. • Never apply the repellent directly to children’s hands and faces. Rub it into their necks and ears, staying away from their mouths and ears. • Dusk and dawn are the worst times for bugs, so stay indoors during these times or wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. For more information on summer safety, visit online at <www.jhsmiami.org/injuryprevention>. Cindy Magnole is the injury prevention coordinator at Jackson Memorial Hospital, a registered nurse in the pediatric emergency room at Holtz Children’s Hospital and chair of the Miami-Dade County Injury Prevention Coalition. Contact her by email at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
FPL CORNER Summer Savings Tips: Keep your cool and make the most of your A/C
Summer is really heating up! As the temperatures start to rise, customers sometimes notice their electric bill rise as well. Fact is, the two are linked, but there are simple things you can do to keep your bill low during the summer months. Weather is the main cause of higher electric bills As outside temperatures go up, your air conditioner works longer to get the inside temperature down to a comfortable temperature, causing an increase in energy costs. In the summer time, air conditioning can account for half or more of electric bills, with outside temperatures directly affecting how often and how long systems must run to cool homes. How to keep your summer electric bill low FPL customers have the lowest electric bill out of all 55 utilities in the state, but it’s nice to know that you can make your bill even lower by using some energy efficiency tricks to counter the effects of warmer weather. For example, did you know that for every one degree higher you set your indoor temperature, you can save about 5 percent on your monthly cooling costs? Check out these additional tips to help keep out excess light and heat: Shade window and glass doors that face east and west, as they are the most prone to letting unwanted heat into your home. Consider shading those areas with mature size plants (with proper distance away from power lines), awnings and window coverings. Weather stripping is an inexpensive solution to help reduce the amount of air that enters or escapes your home through doors and windows. Types of weather stripping include V-shaped vinyl, adhesive-backed foam, spring metal and door sweep. Caulking is another way to reduce unwanted airflow. It is only worthwhile when done as part of another project. Use silicone or siliconized-acrylic caulk because they have the longest life span, work well on most surfaces and will maintain their elasticity. Adding insulation to your home can help reduce heating and cooling costs. Homes built after 1982 are required to have R-19 insulation, which is the level we recommend. However, if your home was built before 1982, you may benefit from adding insulation. For more tips and programs to help manage energy costs this summer, visit www.FPL.com/toolkit <http://www.fpl.com/toolkit> . There you will find the top 10 energy-saving tips, an interactive house with room-by-room tips and information on savings when purchasing a new air conditioner. Additionally, you can get a personalized energy-savings plan by completing an Online Home Energy Survey at www.FPL.com/ohes <http://www.fpl.com/ohes> .
Aventura Comm. Billy Joel elected to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Since 2009, Billy Joel has served as a community service. Joel is chairman of vice president on the national board of the Florida Friends of the Israel Sport American Associates, Ben-Gurion Center for the Disabled and is a founder of University of the Negev (AABGU). The the Jack Joel Center for Special Children, American friend-raising organization is named after his brother, at the Hagedorn based in New York City and Little Village School in Long has nine regional offices Island, New York. He currently around the country, including serves on the board of trustees of one in Boca Raton. the Aventura Hospital and “Billy has been a stalwart Medical Center. supporter of AABGU, and a Along with his wife, Sandra, he central figure in our growth was honored in 2008 with and development in South AABGU’s David Ben-Gurion Florida,” explains Doron Award. The Joels have been honKrakow, executive vice presiored with awards by many local Comm. Billy Joel dent, AABGU. “It is this leadorganizations, including the Torch –––––––––––––– ership that has garnered his of Liberty Award by the Antinew prestigious role on the University’s Defamation League; Couple of the Year at international board, and we look forward the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center; and to his ongoing contributions in the U.S. the Keter Shem Tov Award by the Aventura and Israel to foster higher education and Chabad. Billy Joel is a Royal Notable for development in the Negev desert.” Alzheimer’s and a Founder at the Miami He is a member of BGU’s Negev Jewish Home and Hospital at Douglas Society and has been an enthusiastic sup- Gardens. For more information, contact Joy porter of its Lillian and Larry Goodman at 561-705-0119 or Open Apartments Program, which pro- Felton vides students’ housing in exchange for email@example.com.
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Atlantic|Pacific Management explains the competitive bidding process Atlantic |Pacific Management (APM), one of South Florida’s premiere and dynamic property management companies continues to ensure its team of highly motivated managers is kept abreast of the latest industry operational trends to provide optimum and productive levels of expertise and service to its clients. For many Community Association Board Members, the competitive bids process with its detailed specifications for completion of large projects can be daunting; especially with budget constraints. APM property managers evaluate many project factors and are equipped to facilitate the bidding process. The objective is to have a transparent and cost effective bid selection process with a clearly defined scope of work. State law requires competitive bidding for condominium projects that exceed 5% of the annual budget (including reserves). HOA requirements are the same, except the threshold is 10%. State law does not mandate the Board accepts the lowest bid or the number of bids required for review. APM managers understand the importance of harnessing the expertise and skill of industry professionals when required for significant construction or repair projects as the scope of work may be highly complex and technical. Items for consideration are government requirements, project expenditure, scope of work, project completion time, and licenses, insurance and warranties. Request for Proposals (RFPs) for small projects could be a simple letter. More complex jobs with extensive specifications require clearly defined details on the RFP, site meetings and a bids receipt deadline, etc. Bids evaluation process requires verification bids conform to the scope of
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work, checking references for work success and complaints, comparison specifications spreadsheet, projected completion time and price, written recommendation of the successful bidder for final decision and Negotiation and preparation of contract.
Marc C. Mallét, MBA, LCAM, is the Director of Field Operations for Atlantic| Pacific Management where he is responsible for further developing operational business strategies, standards and systems throughout the A|P portfolio of condominium properties. Mr. Mallét can be reached at 305-438-7350 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about how to select the right property management company and managers, call 305-867-2245 or visit apmanagement.net.
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Just ‘Don’t Do It!’ BY BARI AUERBACH
If you’re trying to get in better shape, you probably already know what you should be doing – but here are some “Just Don’t Do It!” pitfalls you definitely don’t want to derail your success: Don’t Bring Home the Bacon: Before indulging in BK’s new “Bacon Sundae” with a whopping 510 calories, 61 g. sugar and 18 g. fat, try less fattening treats like Skinny Cow ice creams, frozen yogurt or fruit pops – and if you simply have to bring home the bacon, make it turkey bacon – a more healthful choice! Don’t Buy a Better Body: It’s not a lie that lipo and extreme weight loss programs are only “quick fix” solutions – but to achieve longlasting fitness goals, “knowledge is power.” Once you know how to keep your metabolism revving and get lean by eating healthful meals and snacks every three to four hours; and start exercising at least a few times a week, instead of helping to pay for the surgeon’s Mercedes, the real payoff can be becoming “fit for life!” Don’t Twist & Shout: Did you know twisting and side-bend motions holding weights can develop your obliques and actually make your waist appear wider? And did you know that if you’re lifting so heavy that your shout-outs can be heard throughout the city, you’re risking injury? To maximize your efforts in the gym, it’s important to ensure you’re following the most effective fitness plan for your body type; not overdeveloping muscle groups that will detract rather than add to the aesthetics of your physique; and lifting with proper form, which may require lowering weights to attain greater results. Don’t Go it Alone: Around New Year’s, gym memberships always increase – but then motivation to keep coming back usually decreases in just a few weeks. To help make the most of workouts, consider hiring a personal trainer and splitting the cost
with a friend who needs a little extra motivation too. You can also take group classes with an inspiring instructor and lots of other people with high-energy levels that can also help keep you going strong. Don’t Give Up: If you haven’t been able to reach your goal weight and maintain it, it could be due to this triple whammy: Starvation, deprivation, and lack of motivation. According to Jorge Cruise, author of The 3-Hour Diet – the book about eating the right foods every three hours to achieve weight loss goals - the biggest mistake you can make when trying to lose weight is to skip meals. “When you skip meals throughout the day your blood sugar plummets, causing you to overeat - and when you overeat, you gain weight,” Cruise explains. “When you eat the right foods every three hours you will not feel hungry. Why? Because you’ll keep your blood sugar level stable and keep your appetite under control. When you’re in control of your appetite, you’re in control of your weight.” When you start liking the numbers you’re seeing on the scale, odds are you’ll be motivated to keep on avoiding “Just Don’t Do It!” obstacles that just won’t stop your fitness progress ever again!
Williams Island Tennis Director Carlos Triana receives USPTA Award “We are honored to announce that Carlos Triana, Williams Island Tennis Director, has been awarded the United States Professional Tennis AssociationUSPTA Miami District 13 Professional of the Year,” announced Williams Island General Manager Janette Giddings. Carlos Triana received this award, at the recent 2012 USPTA Florida Division Awards Program in Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Carlos is a former #5 USPTA rank player in the nation. He was the winner of the 2011 USPTA International Championship in the Men’s 50 and over Doubles at Saddlebrook USPTA World Conference. In 2004, Carlos was ranked #1 in Men’s Doubles 35s, in the state of Florida and #4 in Men’s Singles 40s. Besides being very active in tennis competition, Carlos is also very much involved with the USPTA seminars and conventions across the country. Carlos Triana’s expertise is in coaching Ladies’ and Men’s teams, as well as juniors of all levels. He has established a new Williams Island Summer 2012 Juniors Tennis Program for the many avid tennis teens and children on Williams Island. Williams Island offers an exclusive, private way of life to those accustomed to the finest of things at one of South Florida’s most prestigious addresses. Residents engage in an amenity-rich lifestyle that encompasses a world-class European-style spa and fitness center, Grand Slaminspired tennis center and inviting Café, a magnificent marina worthy of those in its sister Rivieras, and exquisite fine dining, private functions and entertainment in their very own Island Club– the center of Williams Island’s social life. For more
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information on this private, waterfront community, visit the Williams Island Property Owners Association (WIPOA) website at williamsislandclub.com Founded in 1927, USPTA is the world’s oldest and largest association of tennisteaching professionals. With more than 15,000 members worldwide, USPTA offers more than 60 professional benefits to its members, including certification and extensive educational opportunities.
city of aventura HURRICANE SUMMIT BROADCAST ON COMCAST CHANNEL 77 As hurricane season started on June 1st, the City of Aventura is broadcasting the Hurricane Summit on Comcast Channel 77 every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 2 and 7 p.m. until November 29th. The video contains important and helpful information regarding hurricane preparedness and having your own hurricane plan in the event one threatens South Florida. All residents and visitors are encouraged to tune in at least once this season. For more information regarding hurri-
cane preparedness, call 305-466-8930. 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOW The City of Aventura proudly announces its 17th annual Independence Day fireworks celebration. This special aerial display can be viewed from any location along Country Club Drives. The fireworks will begin promptly at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Rain date for the fireworks will be Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 9 p.m.
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Advice for getting through a divorce BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ
I’ve been divorced for four years and have a teenage son. I work freelance, but my support is my alimony. My concern is, should I go back to work during this difficult teenage time or should I stay home and take advantage of my situation until I have no other choice financially? Returning to the work force “when you have no other choice” will be too late. If you are relying on alimony with no other means of support, I would invite you to come up with a serious financial plan. Yes, teenage years can be challenging, but those years also free you up because your child is becoming independent. I do believe you can be a responsible mom and continue to guide your son even if you work. You will have some restructuring to do, but in the end you will have financial security. One thing to look at is whether your alimony is modifiable. If you go back to work, can your ex take you back to court to lower your alimony and/or child support? If so, calculate if it is financially in your favor to work outside the home. Factor in what you will make, what if anything you will lose if the alimony is modified, taxes, etc. As moms our priority is always our children, but you also have to take your future into account. You’re not being selfish, you are being smart. Financially, I am a disaster; I can’t seem to get a handle on my finances. I can’t figure out why it’s so hard for me since I took care of all the finances when I was married. Any suggestions? Since you managed the finances
before, it’s not a matter of knowing what to pay or organizing your bills, it’s a matter of mindset; you are still living in the old one. Maybe when you were married you could get manicures every two weeks and belong to the country club or go out to dinner twice a week. You need to step back and look at your budget now. Women get into trouble with their finances for many reasons. Perhaps they don’t want to adjust their lifestyle or their kids put pressure on them to continue with vacations as before and guilt sets in. Or, quite simply, they don’t know how to live on a budget. The figures you see in front of you are exactly what you have. No checkbook gremlins are going to come at night and add zeros to your balance. Be honest about your situation now, as painful as reality may be. It will save you tons of stress later caused by debt. NOTE TO SELF I am willing to let go of old ways that are no longer to my benefit. DEBBIE’S LIBRARY The Road to Wealth by Suze Orman Debbie Martinez is a Certified Divorce Life Coach. She has given workshops on divorce and women’s issues and has offices in South Miami. For more information, call 305-9845121 or go to <www.thepowerofdivorcecoach.com>
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MSMC Plays Key Role in FDA Approval of New Alzheimer’s Disease Dianostic Agent First and only radioactive diagnostic agent approved for PET Imaging of a living brain
BY JOANNA PALMER The Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida, was one of a select few sites throughout the country chosen to participate in a clinical trial that resulted in the FDA approval of Amyvid. It is the first and only diagnostic agent approved for PET imaging of a living brain in adults under evaluation for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other causes of cognitive decline. Currently, only a brain autopsy at the time of death can provide confirmation that an individual suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. However, Amyvid enables doctors to make a more definitive diagnosis in living patients. Amyvid, which is given through an injection, binds to amyloid plaques – a hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer’s – allowing the plaques to be detected using PET scan images of the brain. Amyloid plaques are abnormal clumps of brain cells mixed with beta-amyloid protein. A negative Amyvid scan allows physicians to conclude that no amyloid plaques are present and, thus, rule out a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. “This tool is extremely helpful to physicians in ruling out AD as nationally one in five patients who are initially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s ultimately show no signs of the disease in a brain autopsy,” stated Dr. Ranjan Duara, medical director of The Wien Center at Mount Sinai. Dr. Duara, the principal site investigator for the clinical trial at Mount Sinai, served as the national advisor for the design and interpretation of the overall study. The Wien Center is also the home of the State of Florida Brain Bank. As such, Dr. Duara’s team at Mount Sinai also analyzed and processed all the brains in South Florida that were part of the clinical trial. A positive scan indicates moderate to frequent plaques are present, but does not establish a diagnosis of AD; however, it does help physicians assess their patients by
DR. RANJAN DUARA serving as an adjunct to other diagnostic evaluations. “As many as 30 percent of cognitively normal elderly people over the age of 70 may have a positive scan. This means they may be at an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said Duara. “That is why the development of Amyvid is a major advance in the battle against Alzheimer’s. It allows us to potentially intervene before symptoms of the disease surface.” Beginning June of 2012, a limited number of radiopharmacies will be distributing Amyvid with increased distribution toward the end of the year. Mount Sinai will potentially be one of the South Florida sites that will have Amyvid available as a diagnostic agent. For more information on The Wien Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders at Mount Sinai Medical Center, please visit www.msmc.com or call 305-674-CARE (2273).
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