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Published in cooperation with the Aventura Marketing Council

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Connecting Communities


Coconut Grove Bank and AKAM On-Site host tennis greats


Romero Britto design raises awareness about child sexual abuse


t was “all about tennis” and grand slam success when Coconut Grove Bank and AKAM On-Site teamed up to host an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon. The championship networking event featured Harold Solomon, one of the nation’s all-time greatest tennis players; professional tennis coach Dean Goldfine; and Ivan Baron, USTA Hall of Fame nominee and Tournament Chair of The Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas. Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance, standing in for AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, welcomed business and community leaders gathered at Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park along with Jeffrey Levinson, Coconut Grove Bank Senior Vice President, Commerical Lending, Aventura branch manager Edgar Nieto and AKAM On-Site president Susan Fitch. Turning to great tennis success stories, Solomon, Goldfine and Baron shared special memories of momentous career highlights with AMC members.

Jeff Levinson, Coconut Grove Bank; Dean Goldfine; Harold Solomon; Ivan Baron; Edgar Nieto, Coconut Grove Bank; Bruce Blaise, Maria Michaels and Christine Woll, Coconut Grove Bank

As a professional player, Solomon ranked as high as number 5 in the world and won 22 ATP tour events. He went on to coach champions such as Jim Courier, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Anna Kournikova

David Konsens, David Cohen, Jeff Ulm and Scott Bragg, AKAM On-Site; Dean Goldfine; Harold Solomon; Susan Fitch and Robert Green, AKAM On-Site; Ivan Baron

and Olympic gold medalist Elena Dementieva before establishing the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Fort Lauderdale. Goldfine, a highly skilled ATP/WTA coach, has trained top players including Andy Roddick, Mary Joe Fernandez, Aaron Krichstein, Xavier Malisse and Todd Martin. In 2004, he was Assistant Coach for the US Olympic Tennis Team and Assistant Coach for the American Davis Cup team - later serving as Acting Captain during their quarterfinal bout against Chile in 2006. Baron, who won the Italian Open in 1990 and reached the quarter-finals at the French Open and semi-finals at Wimbledon, is now serving as Tournament Chair for the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian Las Vegas the world’s only 10-day combined ATP Champions Tour & ATP World Tour event. He invited everyone to cheer on Andy Roddick and many other top ranked pros and champions Feb. 14-23 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center. For ticket and schedule information, visit See TENNIS GREATS, page 4 Photography by Andrew Goldstein

Internationally-acclaimed South Florida artist Romero Britto’s work has captured the hearts of people all over the world with his love of brilliant color, bold patterns and his dedication to positive social change. One of his most recent projects is inspiring a special audience. This fall, Britto designed a Florida specialty license plate to benefit the Lauren’s Kids Foundation and raise awareness about child sexual abuse prevention. The plate features a stylized rendition of the Lauren’s Kids logo, accenting a heart and a butterfly. Based in Aventura, The Lauren’s Kids Foundation's purpose is to prevent childhood sexual abuse through education and awareness and to help survivors heal with guidance and support. Lauren Book founded the organization in 2007, after enduring years of abuse at the hands of her female nanny. "I decided to title this piece 'Love and See ROMERO BRITTO page 4

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Wandering & Pondering The Quiet Hero

Dr. William J Carson — V e t e r i n a r i a n a n d f r i e n d t o a ll As any animal lover knows, look at them.” our pets are our kids, and we Like everything else in life, the would literally do anything for answers we receive to our questhem. tions are not always what we Anyone who brought their want to hear. “family members” to The Bild In those stressful times, someAnimal Hospital in North Miami how Dr. Carson always left you and met Dr. William Carson, with the feeling that your choice DAN PALMER knew immediately they were in was the right one, the unselfish the right place. one, for your “kid.” Not only did Dr. Carson treat our pets We lost Dr. Carson September 3rd, 2013 with love, compassion, and professional- but his wonderful partner, Dr. Schacht will ism, but he did even more for their owners continue their caring work. and families. This not an obituary. This is a tribute to a There was always a financial plan for man who did what we all hope to do with all. our lives, he made a difference! Dogs, cats, small or large, Dr. Carson only knew, “Bring em’ in and let me take a He truly was the “The Quiet Hero.”

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TENNIS GREATS, from front page

Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; Bal Harbour Mayor Jean Rosenfield; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel Coconut Grove Bank was founded on July 12, 1926 and currently stands as one of the most well-capitalized banks in the tri-county area, conveniently located in the heart of Aventura, at 208th and Biscayne Boulevard. For over 80 years, the bank has built a solid foundation by investing in people, their business and this community. They offer premier customer service and a wide range of products including commercial lending, retail banking and trust management. For more information, phone: 305-7564500 or visit

AKAM On-Site specializes in exceptional client-centered management for luxury residential high-rises, condominium and homeowner associations throughout South Florida. AKAM On-Site Flexible Options include fully-staffed and functioning on-site management offices; full-service off-site management; and customized, specific boutique management services. AKAM’s superior operational systems, financial management and accurate reporting protect investments while enhancing quality of life. For more information, phone: 561-9944870 or visit

ROMERO BRITTO, from front page Healing' because those sentiments are the driving force behind Lauren Book and the Lauren's Kids foundation,” said Britto. Armed with the knowledge that 95% of sexual abuse is preventable through education and awareness, Book is committed to turning her horrific personal experience into a mission for good. “Nothing is more important than keeping Florida’s innocent children safe, and through the sale of these license plates we will be able to greatly expand our efforts,” said Book. “This presents an opportunity for others not only to contribute to the cause and

show support, but to serve as rolling ‘billboards’ and raise awareness within their communities.” Before actual production can begin, the Lauren’s Kids Foundation is required by law to pre-sell 1,000 vouchers. The pre-sale voucher fee is $35.50 to reserve the plate, which will be applied to the plate purchase. Proceeds will support Lauren’s Kids’ education and awareness programs. Go online to and purchase a voucher right away, for your car and for all of your family members’ cars. Help make a difference now!

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Coconut Grove Bank and AKAM On-Site host tennis greats

Tennis panel: Ivan Baron, Harold Solomon and Dean Goldfine share their secrets of success with Aventura Marketing Council members

FL Rep. Joe Gibbons and Jan Hansen, Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino

Barbara Buxton, J.D., LL.M. Florida Attorney

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Serving Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties Tel.: 305.932.2293 Miami-Dade County 954.760.7077 Broward County Mayor Norman Edelcup; Claudio Stivelman, S2 Development; Jeanne Westphal, Jeanne Westphal Associates; Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper

Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Kevin Shacter, Northern Trust; Aaron and Brian Zippin, Zip In Media Productions

Aventura Vice Mayor Howard Weinberg; The Hon. Regine Chevallier, Consulate General of Haiti; Arthur Barr, Barr & Associates

North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo; Bruce Blaise and Jeff Levinson, Coconut Grove Bank

Janette Giddings, Williams Island P.O.A.; Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking; Stephanie DeThomas, Williams Island P.O.A.

Marc Hurwitz, Crossroads Investigations; Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Dr. David Muransky, Aventura Chiropractic Care Center Photography by Andrew Goldstein

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Around Town in Aventura Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar hosts Evening Networking Reception Beth Hoopes, Laser Hair Reduction and Lance Cohen, Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar

Imperial Club hosts SpeedBiz Meeting

Aventura Marketing Council members have Brian Burke, Mas Vino; Max Fleischer, Send Out Cards; Sandra Kaplan, Coronado Condominium perfected their “elevator speech�

Rise Pilicer and Denzil Miles, Aventura News

SpeedBiz Chairman Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Faith Bandklayder, Imperial Club; Door prize winner Paola Tello, Holistic Health Care Miami

Hope Berman, Berman Chiropractic Center; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Eileen Glastein, AMC Volunteer

Aventura Police Officers of the Month Aventura Marketing Council members enjoy the ambiance

Lesya Pelyushko, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management MAB Group; Dr. Robert Sheir, Optometric Physician; Maria Chechi, Ofc. of Dr. Robert Sheir

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Sonny Levitt, Riverside-Gordon Memorial Chapels and Alan Neufeld, Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert

Doug Schrager, Ameriprise Financial and Lori Fein, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

Jim Brinker, One Sotheby's International Realty and Mary Lee, Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park

Kevin Winston, ADP and Christine Verela

Ben Rakusin, USPTA and Aaron Puckett, Miami Dolphins / Sun Life Stadium

Marjorie Aloni, Vi at Aventura and Dr. Malou Harrison, Miami-Dade College - North Campus

Bal Harbour Mayor Jean Rosenfield and Fernando Levy Hara, mckafka Development Group

Marcia Slow-Sandler, Mardi Gras Casino; Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper; Paula Villabonna Photography by Andrew Goldstein

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Paying for what you value The County’s new fiscal year began on Oct. 1, but getting there wasn’t easy. On one hand, taxpayers were calling on their elected leaders to provide economic relief by keeping the property tax rates flat. On the other hand, doing so would mean placing services provided by police, fire rescue, the library system and the animal shelter in financial difficulty. Tough choices had to be made and in the end, while not every service emerged completely unscathed, essential services remain secure—at least for the time being. But the future of Miami-Dade County’s Public Library System, as well as the thousands of cats in dogs in the care of Animal Services Department remains uncertain. It’s been said that we most value that which we pay for through charitable contributions. It’s how we stand behind the causes we believe in. So in that spirit, Miami-Dade County is establishing a trust fund to allow the public to make voluntary contributions toward the county services that matter most to them. Through this trust, you and other like-minded citizens will be able to pool your resources and direct them exactly where you believe they’re needed most. Over the next few weeks, property tax bills will be mailed to nearly a million households and businesses. A postage-paid envelope will be enclosed, making it convenient for concerned citizens to make a voluntary monetary donation over and above their property tax payment. Whether you choose to provide additional support to animal services, the library system, the police or fire rescue, your donation will help ensure that the services you care about will continue to be provided. Keep in mind that these donations are tax deductible and will help meet pressing community needs. Be sure to consult your tax advisor with any specific questions regarding your deduction. Help keep your community moving forward and give a little something back.

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FirstService Residential 2013 So. Florida Conference & Exposition

FirstService Residential, formerly known as The Continental Group, hosted a hugely successful community association educational event on October 11 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. The largest educational forum of its kind in the state welcomed over 2,000 board members, industry leaders and First-Service Residential associates. The event offered clients and staff the tools and knowledge necessary for successful day-to-day operations and long-term planning for community associations. Customer service expert and New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling author Shep Hyken provided an engaging

address on the fine points of delivering amazing customer experiences. “The ability of FirstService Residential to bring together board members and the best vendors in our industry demonstrates only one of the unique experiences we provide our clients,” said Tim O’Keefe, Regional President of FirstService Residential. “For FirstService, it’s all about delivering added value to our clients and our associates while building meaningful relationships.” For more information on FirstService Residential’s property management services, call 954-925-8200 or visit

Four Luminaries to be Honored at Bnai Zion’s Annual Gala The Southeast region of the Bnai Zion Foundation ( will honor four community leaders at its annual gala on Thursday, December 5 at the Dezer Collection Auto Museum in North Miami. Being recognized are Michael Abrams of Ballard Partners, recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Humanitarian Award; Pastor Mario Bramnick, New Wine Ministries Church, recipient of the Olam Tikvah Award; Bill Hansen, Bill Hansen Catering, recipient of the Community Service Award, and special guest speaker, Dr. Robert Stearns, Eagles’ Wings Ministries, recipient of the America-Israel Friendship Award. Bnai Zion, in existence 105 years, supports humanitarian projects in Israel that improve the lives of thousands in need across

the religious, ethnic and economic spectrum. Its projects in medical, educational, social service and cultural areas transform and strengthen Israeli society. Proceeds from this dinner will be used to fund construction of a new protected underground emergency department, fortified against nuclear, biological and chemical attack, at the Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, a 450-bed hospital serving the northern communities of Israel that was on the front lines of the Second Lebanon War. Building this unit is the highest priority of the Medical Center, and Bnai Zion has a $2 million matching gift program for all contributions made to this project. For more information about this event, call Rabbi Rikki Arad at 305-949-0076 or visit

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Don’t live in silence – get your hearing checked For nearly 40 million Americans, hearing loss is part of life. Most frequently, it can be the result of a combination of factors, such as genetics or noise exposure. It can take years to recognize hearing loss, because for many it comes on gradually. It also takes time to build up the confidence to accept and address hearing loss; but it is manageable. In fact, there are thousands of hearing care professionals across the country who can help. For the vast majority of people, professionally-fitted hearing aids offer great benefits. What many people don’t realize is that it’s easy to get a hearing test by a licensed hearing care professional and you can do it without any purchasing commitment. In other words, there’s no pressure. In fact, many licensed hearing care professionals provide a free hearing aid evaluation. The first step is simply determining if you have hearing loss and identifying how significant it is. If hearing aids are recommended, there is no need to make a decision on the spot. In addition, the state of Florida requires a minimum 30-day trial period. So if you do want to try something, you have time to determine if hearing aids, and which type, are right for you. In many ways, hearing loss is the unintended by-product of life fully lived. But when ignored and left unaddressed, hearing loss robs from life. It isolates and diminishes quality of life. Perhaps most notable, unaddressed hearing loss creates barriers and unnecessarily strains even the best of relationships. The overwhelming majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. High-performance technology and style have merged with durability and easeof-use when it comes to today’s hearing aids. The options are so varied there is an

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Prescription Drug Foundation ‘delivers’ value and personalized service BY BARI AUERBACH Imagine opening your door to a friendly professional with your prescriptions in hand. Now imagine getting a great value - and actually being known by name at Prescription Drug Foundation – a family owned and operated North Miami Beach pharmacy in business for over 30 years. Prescription Drug Foundation is part of the nationally renowned Health Mart Pharmacy network, ranked highest in customer satisfaction in a J.D. Power & Associates U.S. Pharmacy study. In keeping with the goal to provide “personal care from people you can trust,” father and son team Richard and Paul Finkel make it their mission to deliver on the promise to change the way you purchase prescription drugs. From free delivery service within Northeast Miami-Dade and the highest levels of customer service - to the best competitive prices on most commonly prescribed medications, Prescription Drug Foundation provides a welcome change to anyone who has ever experienced “medication frustration” at typical pharmacy counters or while trying to communicate via a computerized phone system. Since opening in the 1970’s, Prescription Drug Foundation has employed responsive associates and expert pharmacists serving the needs of seniors as well as the area’s growing population of busy young professionals and families. Beyond stocking brand name and generic drugs, P r e s c r i p t i o n Drug Foundation pharmacists routinely screen patients’ medication profiles to

What you should know about Breast Cancer Breast cancer is the No. 1 cancer diagnosed in women. Breast cancer is a predator among women today, but you can fight back with knowledge and awareness. It’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so don’t wait another day to get your facts straight and start protecting your breasts and your life.

check for conflicting interactions and can consult with physicians to authorize therapies or help ensure their effectiveness. The store also carries vitamin and mineral supplements, home healthcare products, beauty aids, sundries and more plus special orders and hard to find items are available upon request. So if you can imagine having your prescriptions delivered without leaving the comfort of your home or a busy day at work, put 305-947-0433 on speed dial and start going to the friendly, professional pharmacy where there are never long lines – just shortcuts to convenience and people who care for you and about you! Prescription Drug Foundation is located at 1777 Northeast 163rd Street in North Miami Beach, is open Monday through Saturday. Medicare, Medicaid, Worksmans Comp as well as most forms of insurance are accepted. For more information or to inquire about free delivery service, phone: 305-947-0433.

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Risk Factors Who can get breast cancer? No one has guaranteed immunity to this disease— young women, and even men, have been diagnosed with breast cancer — but some women are at a greater risk than others. Your chances may be higher if one or more of these statements is true: • You’re older than 55. • You have a personal history of cancer. • You have a family history of breast cancer. • You have been exposed to radiation. • You had your first pregnancy later in life or have never been pregnant. • You experienced menopause after 55. • You have undergone hormone replacement therapy. If you are at a high risk, talk with your doctor about what preventive measures are appropriate for you.

make sure early detection is possible! Learn how to do a self-exam. The American Cancer Society recommends that your healthcare provider perform a clinical breast exam every year for all women. A breast self-exam should be done each month by all women. Annual mammogram is recommended starting at age 40. Some women with certain risk factors may need to start their screening mammograms earlier. Talk with your doctor about when to begin mammograms and how often to schedule them. Consult your doctor right away if you ever notice Any changes in your breasts, such as a lump, discoloration or dimpling of the skin, or a change in the shape of your nipple. Stacy D. Roskin, MD, Medical Director, MCCI Lifetime of Aventura

Catching Breast Cancer Early During its beginning stages, breast cancer is very treatable. It is up to you to

Plaza at Pembroke Park The Plaza at Pembroke Park is a beautiful 120 bed assisted living community, situated right off Hallandale Beach Boulevard in the small city of Pembroke Park. The Plaza is the only ALF in the area with a fully supervised kosher kitchen, providing a wonderful array of traditional and more modern cuisine for those seeking to maintain an orthodox Jewish lifestyle. We also offer a regular menu prepared in a separate kitchen for residents with more secular tastes. The Plaza offers round the clock licensed nursing care for residents in the regular assisted living as well as those with special needs lovingly cared for in Central Park, our secure memory care unit. We provide care for residents based on individual needs, our goal always is to encourage and maintain our residents independence for as long as possible. The Plaza boasts an Extended Congregate Care license, one of only two communities in the area. This allows us to

care for residents if their needs increase beyond the level of a standard license. This enables residents to enjoy a continuum of care allowing them to age in place, preventing the need for the trauma of a move if health deteriorates. Socializing is one of the most important aspects of the care we provide. An active stimulated mind enhances physical health and well being and our trained activity staff have developed a balanced program designed to engage residents of all abilities. We also provide a separate program for Central Park run by our specially trained staff. We would love the opportunity to show off the more than half a million dollars worth of renovations that have been carried out over the past 18 months, so please call our Community Sales Leader Howard Brown at 954-961-8111 or e-mail him at Look forward to seeing you soon.

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Take good care at Women’s Health Rx BY DEA M. RUSHING

dyspareunia, is also a fairly common issue and is frequently, but not always, related to vaginal dryness. Like vaginal dryness there are very effective treatments for dyspareunia related to peri- and postmenopausal changes. However, painful sexual intercourse can be a symptom of much more serious health issues like infections, endometriosis or pelvic masses. For women’s overall health status and quality of life, painful sexual intercourse should not be ignored, say the center’s experts.

Physician Assistant Women’s Health Rx is a comfortable, safe non-obstetrics environment that is specifically focused on women’s gynecologic health. Services include cervical cancer prevention, menopausal symptom management, contraception, breast health, urinary incontinence management and genetic cancer screenings. The goal at Women’s Health Rx is to educate patients about their gynecologic health and empower them so they can avoid preventable illness and have an improved quality of life. Let’s face it – women are not generally enthusiastic about Pap testing and gynecology exams. The Women’s Health Rx team recognizes that women are often worried about being uncomfortable or embarrassed about an issue. You may believe that there is no treatment for a particular problem or may be scared about a possible diagnosis. These concerns may have kept you from discussing important issues with your gynecologist or from seeing a gynecologist at all. The problem is – you could be missing critical opportunities to prevent serious illness. Or you may be living with irritating, sometimes even debilitating symptoms that are affecting your quality of life. There are prevention strategies and treatments available that can help you live a better, happier life. Cervical cancer prevention Cervical cancer has been found to be a largely preventable disease. The single most important aspect of cervical cancer prevention is regular Pap testing, which can detect abnormal cells before they become cancerous. In the event that abnormal cells are found on a Pap test, there are effective treatments that can prevent those cells from becoming cancer. Additionally, there are two vaccines currently available to protect females against the HPV types that are most likely to cause cancer. The center’s specialists remind women that routine Pap testing is one of the most pow-

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erful actions women can take to prevent cancer. Vaginal dryness and irritation Vaginal and vulvar dryness and irritation is a very common issue that affects many women who are peri- or postmenopausal. Typically, vaginal dryness is caused by a lack of lubrication because of decreased estrogen levels. Often, lowgrade vaginal dryness can be managed with water-based lubrication. Unfortunately, however, vaginal dryness can progress to serious pain and irritation, cracking, bleeding and possible infections. There are very effective hormone and nonhormone treatments available for vaginal dryness. This is not something that women “just have to live with.” Painful intercourse Painful sexual intercourse, known as

Insurance Insurance companies recognize the value of annual gynecologic examinations. Many insurance plans currently wave their annual co-payment and/or deductible fees for well-woman annual examinations to encourage women to have these exams annually. Each insurance plan is different and you should inquire with your plan regarding well-woman examination policies, but you may find that your annual exam maybe free. For more information call the Women's Health Rx today at(305) 4050700.



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Gardening: A Bridge for the ‘Generation Gap’ Gardening brings people together. The joy of gardening extends across all the stages of life, and the innate serenity and beauty of a Garden provides common ground for all generations. We grew up in a different world, a world where we knew where our food came from and people made a living from their practical skills. Sewing clothes, building homes, and growing food was more than just a hobby or vocation, it was part and parcel to how we lived. We experienced the tremendous value of our “victory gardens” and were always grateful for the providence of our labors. For better or worse, this technocratic modern age has disconnected the generation of our grandchildren from the reality of where their food comes from. They seem to be perpetually glued to some electronic device or computer screen and their lack of interest in the outdoors is becoming problematic for us all. They need someone older and wiser to show them the simple joy of working in the ground, working with their hands, and experiencing the fruits of their honest labor. It is a highly valuable activity for all of us. We are, of course, thrilled to be having fun and spending quality time with our loved ones, and they will be given a

a garden bed on top of the ground, we can grow lush gardens anywhere. This also allows us to make our gardens more accessible by raising them off of the ground, where they can be tended without bending or kneeling. From raised ‘raised bed’ gardens to stacked straw bale gardens there are a wide range of techniques to make having a garden a simple joy for anyone, at any age. These techniques are as visually appealing as they are practical. They require less maintenance and are gentler on the body. Brent Knoll of Knoll Landscape design treasure his childhood memories working in the farm gardens of Nebraska alongside

Raised bed gardens are wooden frames filled with rich organic soil and planted with a vareity of fruits vegetables and flowers. Custom raised beds can be raised several feet off of the ground for reduced strain on back and joints.

chance to discover the simple things in life that haven’t changed for millenniums. They will be excited and empowered to realize the joy of reaping what they sow. They will be forever grateful for the wisdom and teaching you’ll be sharing with them.

We may think it would be too difficult or overwhelming to build a garden at this stage in our lives, but that’s just not necessarily true. There are plenty of methods and techniques, some of Straw bale beds require very little soil as the pant roots go into the straw which from even before itself. Bales can be stacked for space and physical restrictions. Decorative we were children, that frames can be built around bales for more visual appeal. make gardening easier. These techniques will require less mainte- his parents and grandparents. He wants to nance but just as much fun, activity, and help spread that joy in South Florida by providing custom organic gardening solucompany. The common element in all of these tions to accommodate some of the physical methods is that they eliminate the require- impetuses seniors face. ment and even the effectiveness of tilling; Visit to which is probably the most laborious aspect of gardening. No-till gardening see some of Brent’s no-till organic gardenrequires no turning of the soil and actually ing techniques or call 305-496-5155 to turns out to be better for our plants as well. have Brent personally create a garden for By using methods of composting to create you and yours.

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Vi at Aventura was a witness to history Rabbi Seymour Friedman remembers Rabbinical Delegation to Birmingham that met with Reverend Martin Luther King 50 years ago BY MARJORIE ALONI It took place 50 years ago, but the memory of the event and its importance is still vivid in Rabbi Seymour “Sy” Friedman’s mind. Rabbi Friedman was one of a contingent of 19 rabbis from the Northeast U.S. who flew to Birmingham, AL in May 1963 to show support for the injustices suffered by African Americans. Rabbi Friedman is a resident of Vi at Aventura, a continuing care retirement community where he has lived for more than 10 years with his wife Devora. He continues to lead and participate in religious services at the community. The four-day rabbinical mission to Birmingham predates the historic March on Washington which is being celebrate across the country. In fact, the Birmingham mission thrust the religious leaders into the throes of the civil rights movement and created a personal connection to Reverend Martin Luther King. Four month before the famous

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Washington March, rabbinical leaders from the New York area made a resolution to send a delegation to Birmingham. The Jewish Theological Seminary met and posed a question about how spiritual leaders “could be concerned only with Nazi cruelty when acts of injustice to fellow human beings were taking place in our country.” The rabbis flew to Birmingham and visited numerous African American churches and demonstrated support by meeting and singing with parishioners. As Rabbi Friedman explained, “We all felt it was the right thing to do. In the Jewish faith we believe it is about dignity of the human individual.” In recalling the visit Rabbi Friedman said: “We were participants in their church services and my job was to lead the parishioners in singing. We even taught them an ancient Hebrew hymn.” The rabbis also met with Reverend Martin Luther King who had recently been released from a Birmingham jail. “King was a very inspiring, charismatic man,” said

Rabbi Friedman. “I don’t believe there are many people alive today who met with King on such a personal level.” About Rabbi Friedman, Vi at Aventura Executive Director James Edwartoski said: “He has spent his entire life educating and mentoring people both inside and outside his faith. His early involvement in the civil rights movement is a perfect example of the caring individual that he is. He certainly was way ahead of his time when he went to Birmingham.” About Vi Vi (pronounced vee), recently celebrated its 25th anniversary as a developer, owner and operator of senior living communities. The company is dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults by providing quality environments, services and care. Vi currently operates ten continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) nationwide. For more information about Vi Aventura on West Country Club Drive, call 305-692-4829 or visit

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Aventura Hotel attracts meetings and groups with amazing features

It’s been said that you can’t please everyone. But pleasing everyone in a meeting or a group is quite another matter. If you have the right location (between Miami and Fort Lauderdale along sunny Biscayne Boulevard), the right technology (as in state-ofthe-art) and the right amenities (free Internet and premium cable channels), you have what it takes to perfect any event, and you’re known as the Courtyard Miami Aventura Mall. Of course, there are plenty of other reasons why event planners and meeting coordinators might book this hotel near Fort Lauderdale. For starters, there is its manageable diversity of meeting space. Two 648square-foot meeting rooms, each with a maximum capacity of 40 people are complemented by the outdoor lounge, an ideal spot for a pre- or post-gathering cocktail reception. Plus the entire hotel was recently renovated for a clean-lined look that matches the modern technological menu available for events. These meeting rooms feature a builtin 47-inch LCD television, an 86-inch retractable screen, a glass whiteboard and premium surround-sound A/V capabilities (replete with in-house A/V service). Guests don’t have to be working at a conference, however, to appreciate these Miami group accommodations. Special events rou-

tinely bring large groups to the area, and this is one property among hotels in Aventura, Florida that can appeal to anyone. Its location puts guests just blocks away from the upscale Aventura Mall, while Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino is just a short drive away. With shopping, dining and beaches all nearby, guests will welcome the respite provided by the 166 spacious guestrooms, as well as the revitalized lobby where they can sip a glass of wine, savor small bites and socialize. Courtyard properties are known for their exceptional value, which is why this hotel offers a range of packages and incentives to groups. Half- and full-day rentals of the meeting spaces are available, as is a complete meeting package that includes room rental, breakfast, two coffee breaks and lunch. Groups, meanwhile enjoy special rates for 10 or more rooms. And concessions like complimentary welcome amenities, room upgrades and Marriott Rewards points for the event coordinator all help sweeten the deal. Who says you can’t please everybody? To book your next meeting or stay, call 305-937-0805 or visit The Courtyard Miami Aventura Mall is located at 2825 NE 191st Street, Aventura 33180.

ADL educates against bigotry in Aventura As the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) commemorates its centennial, it remains more resolute than ever toward upholding its 100 year-old mission to combat anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. As part of the League’s centennial theme, “Imagine a World Without Hate®,” they hope to make that dream a reality right here in Aventura. Over the last century, ADL has impacted the lives of over 56 million children and adults nationally through its anti-bullying and prejudice-reduction programs. A leading provider of anti-bias education in the U.S. through its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, ADL provides customizable, interactive training programs that incorporate the latest research from the education field and are used by schools, universities, corporations, law enforcement agencies, and community organizations throughout the United States and abroad. ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute is a leader in developing anti-bullying and anti-cyberbullying training, curriculum and resources for youth, educators, youth providers and adult family members. ADL's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE Institute provides the tools and resources to assist people in taking action to prevent and respond to bullying and cyberbullying. “A local beneficiary of ADL’s expertise and resources is the Aventura City of Excellence School,” stated Hava Holzhauer, ADL Florida Regional Director. “In fact, the Aventura City of Excellence School received ADL’s CyberAlly™ workshop on October 11, 2013 for the third consecutive

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year thanks to the generosity of the Harriet and Jack Rosenfeld Foundation. Over 20 middle-school students learned ways to interrupt and prevent cyberbullying at their schools and in their lives.” Through a full-day interactive training, the local Aventura students learned practical information and opportunities for skillbuilding that will support them in developing personal strategies for protecting themselves against cyberbullying, for acting as cyberallies, as well as preventing and taking action against cyberbullying and social cruelty in online forums. ADL was proud to designate the Aventura City of Excellence School as No Place for Hate® over the last two years and looks forward to the school once again earning this important designation. For more information, visit

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Meet The Author Jewish Book Series The Michael-Ann Russell JCC’s annual Meet the Author Jewish Book Series kicks off on Sunday, November 17, 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai, located at 18801 N.E. 22nd Avenue, in North Miami Beach with award-winning author, B.A. Shapiro who will discuss her book The Art Forger. Shapiro’s critically acclaimed, bestselling novel tells the story of what transpired in the early morning hours of March 18, 1990, as two thieves disguised as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum and made off with thirteen pieces of art - today worth over $500 million. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history. This crime is the inspiration for Shapiro’s exhilarating novel, The Art Forger, as readers follow Claire Roth, a struggling young artist with her own scandalous past. Coming up: Ronald Balson, author of Once We Were Brothers – Tuesday, December 10, 7 p.m. at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center; Ellen Brazer, author of And So It Was Written – Wednesday, February 5, 7 p.m. at MichaelAnn Russell JCC; John Schwartz, author of Oddly Normal-One Family’s Struggle To Help Their Teenage Son Come To Terms With His Sexuality – Tuesday, March 18, 7

p.m. at Michael-Ann Russell JCC; Helene Wecker, author of The Golem And The Jinni – Monday, March 31, 7 p.m. at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus; and Matthew Levitt, author of Hezbolah: The Global Blueprintof Lebanon’s Party Of God – Monday, March 31, 7 p.m. at Michael-Ann Russell JCC. For more information, contact David Surowitz, Series Coordinator, at 305-932-4200, ext. 127. Free admission & book signings. The Meet The Author program is presented under the umbrella of the MichaelAnn Russell JCC’s Rabbi Norman Mussman Cultural Arts Department, with this Author’s presentation sponsored by Temple Sinai of North Dade. Additional sponsors include Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, Greater Miami Jewish Federation – North Dade, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Jewish Community Services of South Florida, and Temple Sinai, and made possible through the MAR-JCC’s Steven J Kravitz Adult Jewish Education Fund. For more information about the Meet the Author Series, contact David Surowitz, Series Coordinator, at 305-932-4200, ext. 127. Admission is free, with an informal reception for book signings and purchases.

National Memory Screening Day comes to Aventura As part of National Memory Screening Day Vi at Aventura , located at 19333 West Country Club Drive will offer free, confidential memory screenings on November 19th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Reservations are required. Qualified healthcare professionals will administer memory screenings and provide educational materials about memory concerns, brain health and caregiving. The face-toface screenings consist of a series of questions and tasks, and take five to ten minutes to administer. Memory screenings are suggested for anyone concerned about memory loss; whose family and friends have noticed changes in them; who believe they are at risk due to a family history of dementia; or who want to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons. Screeners emphasize that results are not a diagnosis, and encourage individuals who score poorly as well as those who still have concerns to pursue a full medical examination. Such screenings are becoming increasingly important as the number of Baby

Boomers turn 65—the at-risk age group for Alzheimer’s disease—continues to climb. The federal government’s historic “National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease” urges a greater emphasis on both early diagnosis and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. “Brain health should be on everyone’s radar screen, especially as you age. Memory screenings are a first but critical step toward finding out where you stand now and what additional steps you might need to take,” said Marjorie Aloni, Community Relations Manager at Vi Aventura. Dubbed by many as a “silver tsunami,” the number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple to 13.8 million by mid-century. Advanced age is the greatest known risk factor for the disease, which results in loss of memory and other intellectual functions, and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Vi Aventura is a luxury Continuing Care Retirement Community. For more information about the alzheimer’s screening day, call 305-692-4829.

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Do you or someone you know have Tinea Pedis/Athlete’s Foot? FXM Research in Miramar is looking for males and females between 18 to 64 years of age that suffer from Tinea Pedis “Redness, Itchiness, Maceration, Erosion, and/or Scaling areas in between your toes” to participate in an eight [8] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $400.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miramar está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 a 64 años de edad que padecen de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de ocho [8] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $400.00. For more information please call:

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Alternatives for Florida’s Future


Recently I had the opportunity to attend and participate in a new leadership Conference in Orlando organized by Justin Safie of the Safie Review. In attendance was a cross-section of leaders from around the state representing business, non-profit and political organizations. The purpose and goal of the conference was to have round table discussions concerning Florida’s education, energy, transportation, tourism, water supply and health future. The idea was to set strategic and operational plans to strengthen Florida long-term and participants were asked to leave their political and ideological affiliations at the door. I am pleased to provide you with a summary of the topics and suggestions discussed at the event. I hope this information will be of interest to you and I welcome any comments or suggestions. EDUCATION Every child should be reading at grade level by 3rd grade with the goal of 100%

graduation from high school. Florida can consolidate the necessary resources to provide a high quality education for all its children even if it requires more time in school, better teachers, tutors and instructional innovations regardless of cost. If every Floridian is actively engaged in ensuring that 100% of Florida students complete high school, they will be prepared for college, a vocational career and life. ENERGY Florida should make alternative fuels available statewide by 2025. We could attract more residents, businesses and visitors to Florida by having an energy portfolio that will achieve an optimal balance of cost, reliability, safety and diversity. This can be accomplished with very few tax payer subsidies. Florida should institute a renewable portfolio standard of 20% by 2020. TRANSPORTATION Florida could become a national leader in transportation by spending more on research and development. We could make Florida's transportation system the better by allocating 21/2% of the transportation budget to research and development. We should also incentivize private sector investment in transportation technologies. We should create an environment through market forces

for residents, business and visitors to rely less on traditional modes of transportation. TOURISM Florida should increase tourism visits from 91 million to 200 million a year. We should be the undisputed number 1 tourist destination in the world. We should strive to have sustained growth reaching 150 million visits a year by 2020. Florida should develop a public transportation system that allows tourists to see numerous entertainment and other tourist venues. WATER SUPPLY Florida should ensure an abundant supply of clean water capturing 90% percent of storm water currently lost and reintroduce it to the natural system throughout the state. We should also reduce potable water con-

sumption by 50% by 2030 while increasing water supply by 25% through natural resources. HEALTH Florida should be the healthiest state in the nation by 2016. Through the expansion of insurance coverage, all Floridians will have access to affordable, quality healthcare. We should focus on wellness and personal responsibilities. In conclusion, these are ideas and goals proposed by 250 leaders from around the state. I feel that new polices will be developed and introduced by this think tank and the timing was ideal, happening before the next legislative session. Again, I welcome your ideas, comments and thoughts on these issues.

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2014 Kia Cadenza is packed with luxury and technology Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The all-new 2014 Cadenza sedan has received a lot of good press from North American auto journalists, and it’s easy to understand why — it has a luxury look and a plush interior, and comes with a long list of amenities. It’s also the most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle Kia has ever introduced. The Cadenza is offered in just one trim level, Premium, and has a starting MSRP of $35,100. It comes with such standard and available equipment as Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Lane-Departure Warning System (LDWS). It combines Kia’s most powerful engine with a wellengineered chassis, a direct and communicative steering system and a capable multi-link rear suspension. Cadenza has an upscale European-influenced design and plenty of muscle with Kia’s most powerful V-6. The cabin features

soft touch points, tasteful chrome details and premium wood accents. All of these elements fused with the latest technology offer new sophistication in the growing auto market between mainstream and luxury. Cadenza has more standard equipment than a lot of premium brands and all vehicles come with leather seat trim, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat ventilation, Smart Key keyless entry with push-button start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat and Bluetooth wireless technology. Other standard features include an advanced navigation system with SiriusXM Traffic and UVO eServices displayed on a high-resolution eight-inch touch screen, a standard Rear-Camera Display with a Back-Up Warning System, and a premium 550-watt Infinity 12-speaker audio system, including rear surround speakers and subwoofer. Two option packages are offered, Luxury and Technology: Luxury Package ($38,100) adds a fulllength panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, HID headlights with adaptive front lighting system (AFLS), seven-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, premium Napa leather seats; a memory-

Cadenza has European styling, a luxury look, a very plush interior and it comes with a long list of amenities.

enabled 12-way ventilated driver’s seat with seat cushion extension, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping steering column. The rear seat area has outboard heated seats and a power rear sunshade for even more comfort and privacy. Technology Package ($41,100) builds on the Luxury Package and adds 19-inch alloy wheels, electric parking brake with auto hold and Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC), which maintains a set distance to the vehicle ahead and helps bring the car to a full stop if necessary. Package

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South Broward Hospital District Breaks Record Once Again The Board of Commissioners of the South Broward Hospital District voted recently to adopt the millage rate of 0.4000 – making this millage rate the smallest one ever adopted by the District. The new rate of 0.4000 represents a 33.33 percent decrease from last year’s rate of 0.6000, yielding $15.5 million in total District tax receipts. Of these tax receipts, the District disburses $7.7 million to cover the required state funds for the Medicaid match program, as well as support community redevelopment agencies in several municipalities and pay for property appraiser fees. The remaining $7.8 million in net tax revenue collected from property taxes goes to support only the primary care clinics operated by the District for the uninsured residents of the District. The total net tax revenue represents only 0.5 percent of $1.56 billion in total budgeted net revenue for the District. Since 2010/2011 fiscal year, the District has not used tax dollars to fund uncompensated care delivered in any of its hospitals. Uncompensated care provided by the District in fiscal year 2014 is

projected to exceed $1 billion. “It’s quite the achievement for Memorial to maintain such a strong financial position, particularly during these challenging times in healthcare,” said Hobel Florido, chairman, South Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to pass on the savings to residents of the South Broward Hospital District.” For homeowners, the commissioners’ vote helps to provide relief in property taxes. Here is one common example: Assuming the assessed value of a home increased by the maximum allowed under the “Save our Homes” limitations, (i.e. 3 percent, per year), the assessed value of a home after homestead exemption went up from $147,000 in 2012 to $150,000 in 2013, the homeowner would have paid to the District $88.20 in property taxes in 2012 at the 0.6000 millage rate and would pay $60.00 in 2013 at the 0.4000 millage rate. This represents a $28.20 or a 32% reduction in the homeowner’s tax bill from the District.


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Ocean Three 3/3.5 On the Beach - Panoramic view of Ocean and city unit in Foreclosures great price $850,000. WaterView 2/2 Ocean and Intracoastal views – new kitchen – washer and dryer Short Sale $295,000 2/2 Ocean and Intracoastal views 1,200 sq ft washer & dryer Short Sale $195,000 Jackie Rosado 305-335-2132



AVENTURA WATERFRONT TOWNHOUSE 3 Bedroom + 1 car garage. New wood and granite kitchen with Stainless steel appliances Porcelain and wood floors.

Call Jean 305-788-0995


MOVING SALE Wall unit 3 pieces, drawers & shelves. Light color Black Dining table with 6 chairs. Wood Antique desk with club feet. Glass doors. 64” TV in perfect condition Call


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Impact resistant Windows and Doors High Performance Accordion Shutters Hurricane Panels Call 305-803-7602 for a free estimate



Licensed and Insured Florida State License SCC 131150340 Miami Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties Approved

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NEED A LEXUS? Great savings on all 2013’s for leasing and purchasing! See Carlos Sang at Lexus of North Miami 14100 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33181 Tel: 305-978-7361

A Personal Touch Fitness Sensitive Personal Training

• NCSF Certified Sibyl Adams • Reiki Master • Post Rehab Training • Functional Training for Older Adults

All ages and fitness levels welcome Featured fitness blogger for seniority

Phone: 786.395.1588

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Licensed & Insured

• Tree Trimming • Consultation • Stump Grinding • Landscaping • Lawn Services • Fertilization • Sprinkler Repair • Debris Removal • Backhoe Service • Driveway Pavers • Fencework - All Types • Chickee Huts • Outdoor Kitchens • And More

FREE ESTIMATES • 305-233-0699

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Starting from $89 Weekdays! Includes daily Continental Breakfast Buffet for 2 Adults & 2 Children (age 4 & younger ) Subject to 13% tax & $13 resort fee per room daily. Based on availability - Not valid with any other promotions.

For information contact our Reservations Department (877) 327-6363 Use promo code #C800


Ocean Front Bar and Grill Monday thru Friday 4-6 PM Then… countinue the fun at the

TNT LOUNGE Restaurant & Bar

Monday thru Sunday 6-8 PM Watch your favorite sports while endulging on our new appetizers and International menu

Ask about Ladies Night, Free Concerts and Latin night…. For: RSVP 305-932-2244 Valet parking $5 with validated ticket at the Lounge

HOLIDAY MENUS AVAILABLE Starting from $35.00 Per Person Minimum guarantee apply | taxes & gratuity not included Valid Monday through Friday - November 18th to December 20, 2013 *not valid on November 28th or November 29, 2013 Use Promo Code # C800

For information contact our catering office at (305) 614-2662

19201 Collins Ave-Sunny Isles Beach, Fl 33160--T- 305-932-2233 F- 305-935-5009

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...OUR Season’S BEST!! 2014 ATS $299.00




No No Dealers Fees ED


COUPE 2014 CTS $369.00

2014 SRX $379.00

n Ope ays 7D 2014 XTS $459.00


*36 Month Lease | 10K miles yr. | $2,395 Due at inception plus, Tax, Tag. | Expires 12/01/13

2014 CTS $499.00

2006 DTS

2012 CTS Coupe

2010 BMW328

White Dmd, Loaded only 33K miles

2010 CTS

White Dmd, Perf. Pckg. only 13k miles

Black, Low miles

Conv. Silver, Only 25K miles.





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Aventura News 11.13.2013  

Local Miami News

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