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Howard Finkelstein, Broward Public Defender speaks about justice

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quality and justice for all” was the focus of the Aventura Marketing Council’s August Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon featuring Howard Finkelstein, Broward’s Public Defender and renowned legal analyst for Channel 7 News featuring his famous Help Me Howard segments. The meeting was hosted by attorney Russel Lazega of Florida Insurance Advocates - a 15attorney, statewide insurance litigation boutique representing hundreds of medical providers and consumers with issues involving in“If there isn’t surance companies. ‘equal and Lazega and his team of fair’ justice, insurance industry spethe promise of cialists work on a conAmerica is tingency basis and in hollow” most instances, fees are – Howard recovered from insurFinkelstein ance companies. Both Lazega and Finkelstein serve on the Board of Directors of the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center, a nondenominational organization founded 32 years ago. Currently the

Rep. Joe Gibbons; Dr. Wilbert "Tee" Holloway, AT&T / M-DCPS Board; Russel Lazega, Law Office of Russel Lazega; North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo Photography by Andrew Goldstein Center Board is spearheading initiatives to build the first South Florida bilingual English and Spanish Holocaust Museum, so that all our children will learn how hatred, prejudice and bigotry can lead to genocide when there is silence. Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance, standing in for AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, helped welcome business and community leaders to Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park, where Finkelstein emphasized, “This incredible country has come a long way from the days it shouted to the world in the Declaration of Independence ‘All men are created equal.’ Today, we stand closer to those promises being fulfilled and delivered to all people than in any other time.

“Due to current economic conditions, the promise of the right to counsel and equal justice is seriously at risk of disappearing. As we have to tighten our belts, we must ask ourselves, ‘Is justice something we are willing to do on the cheap – or does justice have an overarching importance because it defines who we are as a people? If there isn’t equal and fair justice than the promise of America is hollow. “As we get closer to this thing called ‘justice’ we can all be proud to stand anywhere in the world and say, ‘I’m an American and I believe that all of God’s children are equal; and justice is not for sale.’ Those who toil in law enforcement and the justice system deserve admiration and respect. Never doubt that we have so much to be proud of - but

never doubt that the job isn’t even close to being done.” Humbly discussing his TV fame, Finkelstein explained, “Help Me Howard is really an outgrowth of being a Public Defender and an American. I get to help people and not charge then anything – does it get any cooler than that?” To contact attorney Russel Lazega of Florida Insurance Advocates, phone: 754263-4252 or visit For more information about the Holocaust Education and Documentation Center, phone: 954-9295690 or visit

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Brio Tuscan Grille hosts Aventura Young Professionals Luncheon

Sous-Chef Mark Heigl, Brio Tuscan Grille; Door prize winner Stephanie Bryan Hughes, Northwestern Mutual- The Aventura Group; Eric Holder, Vanessa Sanchez, Northwestern Mutual- The Aventura Group; Marge DeThomas, Williams Island POA; General Manager Barry Abes, Brio Tuscan Edward Jones; Cris Barbosa and Benjamin Bailey, Williams Island POA Carretero, Levin Home Care; Josh Mark and Marisa Margulies, Melnick, Lilienfeld & Castonguay, CPAs; Leilani Rivera and Meredith Marder, Fetch Grille; Stand-in AYP Chair Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank Branding

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It hurts when the caring stops

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING It hurts when you find out that someone you care about stops caring about you. It is disappointing, upsetting and startling, to say the least. It is normal to have expectations that their feelings will remain the same towards you. It is normal to make assumptions about the nature of their feelings and about the relationship. It is normal to feel sad and unhappy when you become aware of their change of heart. When someone you care about lets you know by words or actions that you no longer hold a special place in their heart or life, they are letting you down. You feel it. It can prick your heart or it can break your heart. It depends on the severity or the gravity of their actions. You probably didn’t do anything to cause their feelings to diminish. Even if you did, you probably didn’t do it inten-

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Excitement building at Gulfstream While Thoroughbreds from across the country were preparing to stream into Gulfstream Park for the 2012-2013 race meet beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, Gulfstream remained one of the most active and diverse entertainment centers in the southeast United States. On the weekend of Oct. 13-14, Gulfstream hosted the second annual LIVELONG Benefitting LIVESTRONG, a two-day event of running, cycling and family fun. More than 2,500 participants took part in the weekend festival, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Dreams Unit of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the remaining proceeds benefiting the global outreach of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. On Thursday, Oct. 18, Gulfstream will play host to the 20th annual Hollywood Welcomes the Stars, benefitting the Boys & Girls Club of Broward County. Several local and national celebrities and athletes are expected to attend. Just 24 hours later, on Friday, Oct. 19, Gulfstream will be the site of the 27th annual Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Opening

Night VIP Celebration, honoring actors James Caan, Dabney Coleman, Garret Dillahunt and actress Bailee Madison. If guests are looking to get into the spirit of Halloween, all they have to do is check out Gulfstream at night to catch ghosts, ghouls and zombies at the Festival of Souls. The Halloween event features an 8,000 square-foot haunted house known as Demon Mansion and a Zombie Safari. Festival of Souls runs through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Meanwhile, Gulfstream continues to prepare for its most exciting season of Thoroughbred racing. The stable areas at Gulfstream will open Oct. 18. Along with the March 30 Florida Derby and Dec. 1 Opening Day featuring the $850,000 Claiming Crown, Gulfstream will become the first racetrack to host the Eclipse Awards, Thoroughbred racing’s equivalent to the Academy Awards. The Eclipse will be held the evening of Jan. 19, the same day as the $1.3 million Florida Sunshine Millions.

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The Kennedy’s, Johnson and the 1964 Civil Rigts Act

Bob Diamond HISTORICALLY YOURS On November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson became president upon the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The entire situation of Johnson assuming the presidency from Kennedy, according to historian Robert A. Caro, was ironic. The Kennedy’s (JFK and his brother Bobby, the Attorney General) had completely lost confidence in Johnson as Vice President and excluded him from important issues, conferences and discussions. Bobby despised Johnson, calling him a liar. At time of Kennedy’s assassination, Bobby had been urging his brother to drop Johnson from the forthcoming 1964 presidential ticket. Of extreme importance to Kennedy was the passage of the pending civil rights bill, however, Southern Senators had “hopelessly log-jammed” the bill. Johnson, the former Senate Majority Leader from Texas, had one of the worst voting records on major civil rights bills.

A few days after the burial of Kennedy, the world was anxious to hear Johnson’s first address to Congress. Southern Senators urged Johnson not to even mention the civil rights bill. Johnson spoke slowly and carefully before Congress, not accepting the advice of his Southern Senators. He began, “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 long enough in this country about equal rights. It is now time to write the next chapter and to write it in the books of law.” The massive applause came from everyone in the Chamber, except from the Southern Senators who opposed the civil rights bill. Johnson, known as the Master of the Senate, was a vote counter and played on the strengths and weaknesses of each Senator. Johnson said, “As Senate leader, I had to be careful…but, I always vowed that if I had the power I’d make sure every Negro had the same chance as every white man. Now I have it. And now I’m going to use it.” While honoring Kennedy, “Johnson grasped the reins of the presidency with supreme mastery,” refused to compromise and pushed through the greatest civil rights bill in American history.

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Howard Finkelstein, Broward Public Defender speaks about justice

Attorney Russel Lazega sponsors meeting

Sandy Miot and Dr. Steven Weisberg, Holocaust Documentation & Education Center; Marcia Slow-Sandler, Mardi Gras Casino / Holocaust Documentation & Education Center; Russel Lazega, Law Ofc. of Russel Lazega / Holocaust Documentation & Education Center; Harry Levy, Holocaust Documentation & Education Center; Rita Hofrichter, Holocaust Survivor / Holocaust Documentation & Education Center; Rep. Joe Gibbons; Rositta Kenigsberg, Holocaust Documentation & Education Center; Norman Frajman, Holocaust Survivor / Holocaust Documentation & Education Center; George Katzman, Holocaust Liberator / Holocaust Documentation & Education Center

Stand-in AMC Chair Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance Russel Lazega, Law Ofc. of Russel Lazega; Rositta Kenigsberg, Holocaust Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor Development and Sunny Isles Beach Mayor shaking hands with Holocaust Liberator George Katzman Documentation & Education Center; Howard Finkelstein, Broward County Norman Edelcup Public Defender

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Subaru Impreza is restyled, gets new powertrain Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Subaru Impreza seems to improve with age and the fourth-generation of 2012 versions of the four-door and five-door compact are more dynamic in styling and have an all-new, more efficient powertrain. Available in Base, Premium, Sport Premium, Limited and Sport Limited models, the new Impreza is powered by a new 148-hp Boxer engine and comes with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or the enhanced, second-generation Lineartronic CVT (continuously variable transmission). The powertrain combination (with CVT) delivers an impressive 27/36 mpg. The new 2.0-liter Boxer engine is slightly more responsive than the 2.5-liter engine it replaces, thanks to a lighter vehicle weight and when equipped with the new CVT. This is a more compact version of the continuously variable transmission that debuted in the current generation of the

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Orthopedic surgeon Michael Koonin, M.D. Performs state-of-the-art hip and knee replacements at Aventura Hospital Hip and knee replacements, introduced in the 1960s, are considered among the most important medical advances in the 20th century. There are new joint replacements available. “They’re much more durable than the old ones so the need for revision surgeries later in life is greatly reduced,” noted Dr. Michael Koonin. Every case is different, but in general, Dr. Koonin said that joint replacements are considered if the patient is experiencing functional limitations that restrict not just work and recreation but the ordinary activities of daily living; if pain is not relieved by conservative treatments such as medications or physical therapy; if there’s significant stiffness in the joint; or if x-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems. Today, limited incision surgery gives orthopedic surgeons the ability, in many cases, to replace the affected joint through a smaller incision, minimizing trauma to the surrounding muscle tissue leading to a speedier recovery. Today, joint replacements can last a very long time and the need for revision surgery has been greatly reduced, and there are virtually no restrictions in activity after surgery. Dr. Koonin, an alumnus of University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South

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Melting Pot Julia Yarbough SEASON OF CHANGE For those of us who call South Florida home, it is sometimes easy to take the concept of a cultural melting pot for granted. Here you’ll find almost every nationality, race, color and ethnicity you can imagine and quite frankly, some you probably don’t even realize exist! Without packing a suitcase or pulling out my passport, the past few weeks have been full of experiences usually reserved for overseas excursions. In 2008 I traveled to Beijing, China to cover the Olympic games for NBC’s The Olympic Zone. Our journalism teams met incredible athletes and also had the opportunity to experience Chinese culture. I have incredible memories from that month! I recently had the pleasure of enjoying another slice of Chinese culture, but this time right here at home, thanks to South Florida’s Shandong Association. Shandong is the second largest province in China; it is an economic, cultural and social hub. It is the birthplace of revered Chinese thinker, Confucius. The local Shandong Association; a civil and cultural organization hosted the Confucius Mid-Autumn festival on the campus of FIU and invited me to serve as co-host of the event. I had the chance to once again get a glimpse of Chi-

nese culture. China’s Deputy Consul General even traveled from Houston to join in the celebration! The next week, I traveled to Africa. Having spent ten days in Nairobi earlier this year working on a production project, I gained a greater appreciation for the Mother Land. And while I don’t know which African nation my ancestors come from, there is an internal connection which cannot be denied. So it was once again my honor to be in the audience at Florida International University as the mayor of the City of Miami Gardens performed the swearing-in ceremony for city councilman member, Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro. He is the first Nigerian-born individual to hold a councilman position in any South Florida city. Congratulations to Dr. Ighodaro and his family! The event included a moving performance by the University’s choir, a traditional dance and drum presentation and a libation ceremony performed by Dr. Ighodaro’s uncle; a world renowned Nigerian High Priest who traveled from Australia to honor his nephew. Wow! I’ve always appreciated the cultural melting pot that is South Florida. The mix of people, languages and cultures is intoxicating and fascinating. How lucky are we to live in a place where you can travel the globe without ever leaving home?! A multiple Emmy-Award winning Anchor and Reporter, Julia Yarbough is a national blogger, motivational speaker, emcee/hostess, entrepreneur, travel writer and health & fitness enthusiast. Follow Julia's reality-blog at To have Julia appear at your next event, contact

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Nine-year old Biana Pinchuk in classical concert, “River of Musical Dreams” Nov. 10th At age three, Biana also appeared with the Pinchuk climbed up on a South Florida Youth park bench and began to Symphony Orchestra sing... completely surprising many times, and audiher family. Thus began the ences remember her singing career of this tiny dyfrom her recent onstage namo who tells audiences, “I success at Gulfstream want to bring you joy and Park where she perhappiness”....and she does formed with the Hallanjust that! dale Beach Symphonic Local audiences will be Orchestra with a solo able to enjoy an evening perviolin performance and formance by Biana on Satursinging opera and day, November 10th, 7 Broadway songs. Biana p.m. at the Hollywood Cenhas won many local, reBiana Pinchuk tral Performing Arts Center gional and even internain Hollywood, where she will perform her tional competitions and awards, including new song “River of Musical Dreams”, com- first place in “Young Talent Big Dreams,” posed and written by Biana. solo performer for AT&T YOUNG STARS Biana’s professional debut was at age SHOWCASE, winner of a Singapore best seven when she performed with professional vocal/video competition, and in Los Angeles artists in the “Parade of Stars” at the Miami she was invited to sing at a benefit in the Performing Arts Theatre, singing and play- home of Peter Guber, former CEO of Sony ing the violin. Her famous violin teacher, Music. Biana has also performed for many Edward Shraibman, noted, “At her age, not charity events, such as “Tunes for Tots”, many people could play such music as Vio- Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida” lin Concerto by Mendelssohn , or Legende and helping victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25 and can be Op. # 17 by Wieniawski or Czardas Monti, purchased by calling 1-800-838-3006. The Concert No. 4 by Mozart. “ Biana gave six concerts in New York this Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center summer, and performed a solo concert for a is located at 1770 Monroe Street, Hollywood Russian radio and television station. She has 33020. Visit their website at

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Be a ‘diet detective’ BY BARI AUERBACH Next time you go to buy groceries, bring your “diet detective” magnifying glass to enlarge nutrition labels and ensure what you’re choosing is smart to put in your cart. Items you may think are “healthy” can be really high in sugar, fat, sodium and calories that can sabotage healthy eating and weight management goals. Track Down Leaner Choices: Instead of ground beef, choose chicken or turkey – but make sure it says “white meat” to really cut the fat content. Sliced chicken or turkey breast are also preferable choices compared to processed deli meats that are high in sodium and nitrates. Rather than “filet mignon” try “filet of fish” (non-breaded of course) for a great source of lean protein. Orange Roughy, in the freezer section at Publix, is a light, white fish ideal for preparing quick and easy healthful recipes. Egg whites are another lean source of protein that are very versatile and conducive to mixing in veggies, lean meats and low-fat cheeses. Uncover Hidden Sugars: Yogurt, oatmeal, whole grain cereals and vitamin water sound like diet-friendly choices, but upon closer inspection, you’ll discover “magnified” amounts of sugar. Fruit sweetened yogurts as well as flavored instant oatmeal, brazen raisin brans making deceptively healthy claims and nutrient enhanced waters can all have as much sugar as tempting candy bars at checkout lines. Low sugar alternatives such as plain oatmeal, fat-free or Greek yogurt, Vitaminwater-0 and whole grain cereals with less than 3 grams of sugar per serving are better choices that can help you achieve “sweet dieting success.” Clues for Carbs: Carbohydrates are essential for a balanced diet – but not all are created equal. Toss white pastas, white rice, white potatoes and white breads high on the glycemic index and opt for brown rice, Ezekiel bread, quinoa, sweet potatoes, oatmeal and whole grain pastas made with spelt, kemut or rice.

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Miami Children’s Museum’s Not So Scary Family Halloween Bash Oct. 21 Get ready to be SPOOKED! Be the first to experience Miami's best family-friendly Haunted House, trick or treat inside the Museum's galleries, decorate mini pumpkins and sugar skulls, dance the monster mash, be a part of MCM’s costume parade and much more on Sunday, October 21, 1 – 6 p.m. Families will enjoy a delicious buffet of pizza, sandwiches, cupcakes and other delectable treats while raising money for a good cause - all proceeds benefit the Museum’s educational programs. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are $40 for MCM Members and $50 for non-MCM Members. For more information or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, call 305.373.KIDS (5437), ext. 142 or email (Note: MCM will be closed to the public for this spooktacular event.)

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American Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay for Life kickoff party The American Cancer Society’s 2013 Relay for Life kickoff party for Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach and Aventura will take place Wednesday, November 7th from 6-8 p.m. at Aventura Hospital in their Mezzanine, located at 20900 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura 33180, where refreshments will be served. If you’re looking for a way to become more involved in the community, this is your chance to learn how. Help spread the word

to your family, friends and business associates. You could help create a world with more birthdays. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 2nd to event Chair, Gale Goldstein Tucker at 954.558.6711 or or contact staff partner, Janey Mayville at or 305.779.2843. Everyone who attends will receive a relay gift at the party when you register today at relayforlife .org/aventurafl.

Turnberry Isle Miami delights locals with Halloween and Oktoberfest festivities There’s something curiously spooky going on at the legendary Turnberry Isle Miami. For a frightfully good time on Halloween, be sure to stop by the local haunt for ghoulish drinks and treats, an abundance of candy and additional activities for the family to enjoy. Festivities will take place in the Lobby Lounge from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31. Costumes are welcomed. This month, the 300-acre resort is also celebrating Oktoberfest. Grab a seat at Lobby

Lounge bar every Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. to sample select German beers. Showcased beers are also available for purchase. Turnberry Isle Miami, a Mediterraneanstyle retreat with a culture of authenticity, spirited service and enriching experiences, is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura. To learn about upcoming events, visit or follow Turnberry Isle Miami on Facebook.

Third Annual “Women’s Night Out” event celebrates survivorship Aventura Hospital and Medical Center will be inundated with waves of rosy pink and a celebratory crowd at its third annual Women’s Night Out, a free community event on Thursday, October 25th from 5 to 8 p.m. Each year, Women’s Night Out celebrates survivorship with the community while raising awareness for breast cancer and the importance of early detection screenings. Elected officials, medical professionals, organizational partners and members of the community will gather for a sensational evening of good eats, pink ribbons, education and celebration. “Last year’s Women’s Night Out event surpassed all our expectations, thanks to the hard work of our dedicated staff and tireless community partners who helped us exceed our goals of raising awareness for breast cancer and important screening methods,” said Heather Rohan, CEO of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. In 2011, the event boasted a large ice sculpture boat filled with live seafood as a centerpiece while the hospital’s culinary team, led by Executive Chef Alex Mentis, performed live sushi demonstrations and guests noshed on delights from a fountain cascading delicious white chocolate dyed pink. In a special tribute, attendees decorated beautiful clay ribbons donated by Color Me Mine. This year, a portion of those ribbons will be unveiled in an art installation honoring all survivors. Living up to its promise to make this year’s event bigger and better, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has brought back some fan favorites and new guests to

join the celebration. Susan Wise, morning show DJ for Easy 93.1, will return as the event’s emcee and Miami Dade’s Fire Fighter Cancer Support Network will once again make a grand entrance with its one-ofa-kind pink Fire Truck while Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt serves up some of the most delicious treats available. New to this year’s event are Whole Foods, Walgreens Pharmacy and the Nordstrom Prosthesis Program. “The resonating message of Women’s Night Out emphasizes the importance of taking preventative measures in detecting breast cancer. As a result of last year’s event, we performed more than 800 mammograms in October 2011 and provided hundreds of women with the tools needed to fight cancer,” says Dr. Alanna Harris, medical director of the Aventura Breast Diagnostic Center. “The most important step in preventing breast cancer are women personally taking initiative for their health and I urge every woman in South Florida to schedule their mammogram before the end of the year.” This “blue-ribbon event gone pink” will overwhelm the senses with visuals, tastes and heart-warming presentations. The Third Annual Women’s Night Out event will be held in front of the Breast Diagnostic Center at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center located at 20950 NE 27th Court, Aventura, Fl 33317. For more information or to RSVP, visit or call 1-888256-7692. Free parking will be available for event attendees in the parking garage located directly north of the center.

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‘Everybody Talks’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY Around town, everybody’s talking about how Aventura is being affected by issues like these making national news headlines: Baggage Fees: Since airlines are making millions charging baggage fees, savvy Aventura valet companies are thinking about charging extra for carrying up an abundance of shopping bags – with a premium charge added if they’re from exclusive stores! Bacon Shortage: People are being encouraged to “bring home the bacon” before there’s a shortage – but that probably won’t be a problem for stockers at one of the only Winn Dixie’s with a kosher section conveniently located right around the corner from Kosher Kingdom! Replacement Referees: Was it an interception or a touchdown?? If the NFL had only visited Aventura Mall to recruit replacement referees from Foot Locker - maybe the game would have ended with the right call! Casual Vacancy: Rumor has it, famous Harry Potter author J.K. Rowlings’s first

book for adults was inspired by all the casually dressed visitors who enjoy staying at Aventura’s luxurious spas and hotels, where there’s rarely a vacancy - and guests receive complimentary copies of bestsellers like the Aventura City Guide. ‘Gaga’s Gain’: With her recent weight gain in the news, Lady Gaga is now encouraging fans to embrace their insecurities with a “Body Revolution” campaign. It would also be a great idea for Gaga to appear live in concert at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center - and give away free coupons for decadent desserts at all the local restaurants! Honey Boo Boo: When reality shows and MTV awards get higher ratings than political conventions, it may be time to change the channel and tune into Aventura’s own Comcast cable channel 77 – but be forewarned, you may need a sugar rush from Pixie Stix and Go Go Juice to stay awake to watch! 47% of Americans : Romney may have meant to refer to the large percentage of “Aventurians” who are privileged to pay the lowest property tax rate in Miami-Dade County…That’s why when it comes to talking about which city in America has the highest quality of life, Aventura always wins the vote!

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opportunity to replace 3 “NO” votes with 3 “YES” votes and remove prickly constitutional roadblocks, Governor Scott and the state Republican Party (with financial help from a pair of Kansas oil and gas billionaires) have launched Florida’s first ever party-sponsored initiative to oust and replace Supreme Court justices. This time, though the campaign isn’t about the integrity or competence of the judges (in fact a bar survey shows exceptional approval ratings between 89% - 92% for each of the justices). The fight this time is about who will influence the future of Florida’s judiciary. I for one say, let’s leave politics to the politicians, leave the Muppets to Frank Oz and leave our high court in its capable hands. Russel Lazega is an attorney and past president of the North Dade Bar Association. He is also the author of several of Florida’s most widely distributed legal textbooks on Florida Insurance Law and represents accident victims, insurance policyholders and condominium associations throughout the state. Contact:

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Association Law Group’s Howard Weinberg reaches silver anniversary of practicing law The Association Law Group is pleased to announce that Howard Weinberg of Aventura is commencing his 25th year of practicing law and providing pro bono community service in Miami-Dade County. It has been quite a varied and interesting career for Howard since receiving his Law Degree from the Boston University School of Law (he also earned a Master's Degree in Government from Georgetown University and a Business Degree from the University of Miami). From taking the depositions of Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova to serving as corporate council to "Aventura's Architect" Robert Swedroe, Howard has always made certain to "get involved." More often than not, it has been in a pro bono/volunteer capacity. Over the past 25 years, Howard has interviewed Holocaust survivors living in Aventura for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation; created a not-for-profit organization with long- time friend Dan Gelber to bring teenage cancer patients to sports events; represented Aventura Cable (pro bono) in an effort to lower bulk cable rates for condominiums; served as an adoption advocate on behalf of want-to-be parents and fought repeatedly for condominium rights in the state legislature. What has been his biggest thrill of the

last 25 years? Howard does not even hesitate: "Nothing was greater than going from zero to three children in one year" says Howard. We rescued a baby from an orphanage in Siberia, Russia Howard Weinberg and G-d followed up by blessing us with twins immediately thereafter." When asked what gives him the most satisfaction professionally, Howard states, "Fighting to correct an injustice always gets me highly motivated. Winning those fights gives me the most satisfaction." What does the future hold? "I tried my hand at teaching Government/Public Administration at the university level and I loved it" says Howard. "My student reviews were excellent. Within the next few years I would like to do it full time. My goal is to encourage greater participation in local municipal government." For more information about the Association Law Group, call 786.441.5563 or email

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CITYY OF F AVENTURA A HALLOWEEN HARVEST The City of Aventura will hold its annual Halloween Harvest event on Sunday, October 28 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center. Children and families are encouraged to come in costume and participate in the Wonderland fun maze, bounce houses, carnival games, trick or treat trail, arts and crafts and costume parade. The Community Recreation Center is located at 3375 NE 188 Street. Parking is located at the Harbour Centre on the corner of 29 Avenue and NE 188 Street. A complimentary shuttle service will be provided. For more information, contact the Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883 or visit 17th ANNUAL FOUNDERS DAY WEEKEND Celebrate Aventura with the entire family on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 9-11, at the 17th Annual Founders Day Weekend. • Friday, November 9, 8 p.m.: The Broadway Tenors perform at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. • Saturday, November 10 at 8 p.m.: Aventura Comedy Series: Bobby Collins performs at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. • Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m.: Veterans Day Ceremony will be held at the Aven-

tura Government Center. • Sunday, November 11 from 12 noon – 5 p.m.: Join us for Founders Day as Aventura “Salutes Our Veterans and Troops” at Founders Park. Enjoy the 10th Annual Aventura STAR Talent Competition, sample great cuisine from our food trucks, and participate in activities such as face painting, U.S. Army Obstacle Course, fun projects, Toddler Town play area, and watch Sunday afternoon football. Tickets are available for The Broadway Tenors and Aventura Comedy Series: Bobby Collins at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, located at 3385 NE 188 Street,, or by calling 877-311-7469. Founders Park is located at 3105 NE 190 Street. Parking for Founders Day will be available at the Harbour Centre, and the Aventura Express will take you to and from Founders Park from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 11. For more information, contact the Aventura Community Services Department at 305-466-8930 or visit the City’s website at . For more information on the Aventura STAR Talent Competition, call 305-466-3883 or visit the city’s website at


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Attorney Russel Lazega sponsors meeting

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AT&T investment in South Florida networks, retail presence benefits Aventura

Members of the Aventura City Commission join AT&T employees at ribbon cutting at the new AT&T Aventura store. Pictured L-to-R in back row: Rep. Joe Gibbons; Frank Castaneda, AT&T director of retail sales; Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, AT&T regional director of External Affairs; AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser,lll; Sen. Ron Silver. Pictured L-to-R in front row: Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond; Kassandra Gainey, AT&T Aventura store manager; Carlos Blanco-Sposito, AT&T South Florida VP-GM; Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Comm. Zev Auerbach; Vice Mayor Teri Holzberg; Comm. Michael Stern

An effortless customer experience – that’s AT&T’s No. 1 goal. Whether it’s providing an exceptional in-store experience or delivering superior network quality, AT&T is investing in the South Florida community with that singular goal in mind. The company just opened a new, 4,065 square foot store on Biscayne Boulevard in the Aventura Town Center. The store offers an open, interactive environment where shoppers can get hands-on with products and services, such as the latest 4G smartphones and tablets and AT&T U-verse TV, the fastest growing TV provider in the country. The new store is also designed for fast service. Reps can often complete a purchase of an accessory or certain account updates from anywhere in the store on a tablet. “We’re focused on making our customers’ experience exceptional, and for our retail stores, that begins with a convenient location, inviting store layout and helpful, knowledgeable staff,” said Carlos Blanco, vice president and general manager of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets for South Florida. “Whether you’re shopping for personal use, your business or just for fun, we’re here to help you find the right solution. Our new Aventura retail store is another example of our commitment and investment in the South Florida community.” During a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at the store attended by several Aventura dignitaries, AT&T Florida President Marshall Criser, lll shared details about the investment AT&T is making in its networks locally and statewide for customers. In the first six months of 2012, Criser said the company invested more than $400 mil-

lion in its Florida wireless and wired networks. Network upgrades include activation of new cell sites to improve network coverage, deploying faster connections to enable 4G speeds and adding spectrum capacity to support additional network traffic. Those efforts are paying off. Criser said AT&T provided 99 percent call retainability for its Miami-Dade and Broward County wireless customers during the second quarter of 2012 (April through June). “We’re working to build a 4G network that’s smarter and better to provide our customers with a superior mobile Internet experience,” said Criser. “The ongoing investment we’re making across Florida is designed to increase 4G coverage, reliability and speed. We also continue to invest in technologies like Wi-Fi and DAS to help provide customers with the best connections when they want it, whatever they’re doing.” AT&T recently announced it’s now operating on a DAS, or Distributed Antenna System at the new Marlins Park. The company also introduced 4G LTE in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach in July. AT&T has the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people with ultra-fast speeds and a more consistent user experience. AT&T is the only U.S. service provider to deploy two compatible 4G technologies to deliver more speed to more customers.

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Business leaders raving Laugh all the way to the bank with Mardi Gras Casino about Brazilian Business Tours Mardi Gras Casino’s 2nd Annual Comedy Challenge continues this October, with Angel Salazar performing on October 19th and 20th and Pete Correale performing on October 26th and 27th. Doors open and dinner is available beginning at 7 p.m. and shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Coffee Cart or at After fans have tickled their funny bones, they can then Scratch for Cash from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. Players who earn 25 points will have the chance to scratch and win up to $50,000 cash. The weekend will end with Jackpot Cash Bonuses on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., where every taxable jackpot comes with a $500 bonus. Weekdays are just as exciting, beginning with the Halloween Fat Tuesday Slot Tournaments, every 15 minutes from 3 to 8 p.m. Players who earn 50 points have a chance to be in the Halloween Fat Tuesday Slot Tour-

naments. The top player from all rounds will win $2,500 cash, with nineteen finalists winning a share of over $3,000. Every thirty minutes on Wednesdays, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., players who have inserted their card into a machine have a chance at winning a share of $6,000 in the Cash Pumpkin Hot Seat. Fridays will round out the week with the Wheel of Winners. From 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., players who earn 100 points have a chance to spin and win their share of over $100,000 in electronics and bonus play. Poker players don’t despair. The Big Easy Poker Room has many promotions scheduled as well. Prizes from $40 to $250 are awarded for a full house or better, and highhands at different times during the week, while Fridays and Saturdays bring prizes ranging from $200 to $500. For questions or more information, call 954-924-3200 or visit

Mega-adoptions held at Tropical Park in Miami It’s really big… it’s humongous… it’s colossal… it’s immense. And it’s every animal lover’s fantasy come true. Miami’s Mega Pet Adoption Event, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, will be held from Friday, October 26, at 11:59 p.m., until Saturday, October 27 at 11:59 p.m.—without stopping— and will have more than 800 homeless animals eager to find a forever home. The marathon adoption of puppies and kitties will kick off the festivities at midnight and then continue with the older animals for the rest of the 24 hour-long event. The Humane Society of Greater Miami, Miami-Dade Animal Services, and The Cat Network, together with rescue groups from all over South Florida, will host the event at the covered Equestrian Center in Tropical Park, located at 7900 Bird Road in Miami. This is a family affair with an entire kid’s festival, presented by the ASPCA, complete with rides, and fun games for children of all ages. There will be entertainment and refresh-

ments by a variety of vendors and performers including Ballet Dance Exchange, Belly Motions, Inc., Blood Centers of Florida, Canine Counselors, Carioca Capoeira Miami, D.J. Uneeq, Doggie Bag Café Chefs, Dogzy Collars, Alex Murga & Ezpinaz, Game Time, Glamour by J’s, Gourmet Truck Expo, Grove Naturals, Hurricane Jumpers, Ice Cream Time, Live! Modern School of Music, Maria Verdeja School of Arts, Mary Lundberg Art, Natalia Dance Show-Cabaret, PetSmart, Yomo Essentials, and more. Admission to the park is free and complimentary parking is available in the park. “Our goal this year is to find homes for at least 600 deserving cats and dogs,” says Donna Tallon, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. “With the communities’ help, I am confident that we can do it!” For more information contact Dani at 305-749-1825 or dani@humanesociety

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With the goal to “capitalize on booming Brazil,” premier companies have been joining Gláucia Hartman of GH International Consulting for Business Tours to Brazil’s top markets. And now, registration is opening for the fourth tour March 6-13, 2013. “Destinations will include Sao Paulo (March 6-9) or Rio de Janeiro (March 9-13) where business meetings, briefings and presentations will be held with local officials,” Hartman said. “Business Matchmaking programs can also be scheduled; and participants can benefit from one-on-one appointments with companies and representatives in Brazil coordinated by the U.S. Commercial Department and GH International Consulting.” “My first trip to Brazil with GHI Consulting was a fantastic learning experience and I also made many valuable contacts…Gláucia Hartman fully prepared me for the meetings with practical in-county advice and impressive connections with government and business leaders.” Anne B. Freedman, CEO, Speakout, Inc., a Miami-based executive communication and training company providing presentation development, coaching and executive group programs. “Gláucia Hartman of GHI Consulting offers invaluable services for boutique firms seeking to establish relationships with international developers, joint ventures for real estate development projects. Her briefings and attention to detail are outstanding.” Troy Fabien, CEO of Miami Assets Realty. "I was able to meet with several potential

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