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February 16 - 22, 2011

Aventura Marketing Council ‘Dade Partner’ students visit Miami Police Training Center

Major Ian Moffett, Miami Police Department (center) and members of the MPD, meet with students from Aventura Marketing Council partner schools


he Aventura Marketing Council (AMC), the community’s premier not-for-profit business organization, has a long and strong history of working with their local schools as evidenced by their four-time win of the Dade Partners Award and four-time induction into the Dade Partners Hall of Fame. One of the strongest elements of the AMC’s Education Committee, chaired by Eileen Glastein of Bnai Zion Foundation, has been the Student Connection program working with at-risk students from their eight Dade Partner schools: Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High,

Dr. Michael Krop Sr. High, North Miami Beach Sr. High, Highland Oaks Middle, Ojus Elementary, Aventura Waterways K-8 Center, David Lawrence, Jr. K-8 Center and Greynolds Park Elementary. Each month the Aventura Marketing Council, with the support of Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman and the Florida Marlins Community Foundation, takes almost 100 at-risk students on field trips to sites around the county that offer an insight into different careers. MiamiDade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has been the active Honorary Chair of the Student Connection for the past ten years, and kicks off each school year by meeting

with the students at her office. The Student Connection recently visited the new, state-of-the-art Miami Police Training Center to provide the students with the opportunity to interact with Miami Police officers and to encourage the students to consider a law enforcement career path. Jacqueline Crooks, International Policing Institute Liaison from the Miami Police College, coordinated the trip, watching over every detail to ensure the students would receive a well-rounded overview of the Miami Police Department. Sgt. Curtis Van Sant opened the program by speaking about the Miami Police Academy experience and their Foundation,

followed by Officer Paule Villard and Officer Amos Pierre talking about the Police Athletic League (PAL) with their motto of “Kids and Cops working together to build a better future!” and the Police Explorer Program. Neighborhood Resource Officer Leonard Kelly covered guidelines for interacting with law enforcement officials with a video, lecture, and a pamphlet, The Law and You. Ofc. Luis Gonzalez, Training Officer, responded to use of force questions and gave scenario based training information. Training Director Major Ian A. Moffett gave the closing

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February 16 - 22, 2011

Around Town in Aventura Vi at Aventura hosts Aventura Marketing Council Board Meeting

Alan Lips, Gerson Preston Robinson, CPA’s; Ellen Palmer, Vi at Aventura; Aventura Comm. Luz Weinberg, Bouygues Civil Works; Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Aventura’s original luxury senior lifecare center, Vi at Aventura, formerly known as Classic Residence by Hyatt in Aventura, recently hosted Comm. Luz Weinberg, Director of

Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Ellen Palmer, Vi at Aventura; Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance; Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Communications for Bouygues Civil Works Florida, the Port of Miami Tunnel Project. Weinberg discussed this 35-year Design-BuildFinance-Operate-Maintain agreement between

Fernando Levy Hara, The McKafka Group; Andy Lewis, Eisinger Brown Lewis Frankel Chaiet; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Doug Zaren, Memorial Regional Hospital South; Gary Pyott, The Continental Group –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

the Florida Dept. of Transportation and Concessionaire Miami Access Tunnel. This $900 million project will feature some amazing statistics, such as the 480’ long tunnel boring

Let’s hear it for IT Doctors! The crew at IT Doctors, one of this community’s most recognized and respected computer assistance firms, has a huge fan base at the Aventura Marketing Council (AMC)! Each month, AMC members attend their much-anticipated Technology Committee meetings to bring in their questions and frustrations with their computer and the Internet, and IT Doctors always has the answer. Committee Chairman, Eric Beck, principal of IT Doctors, said, “Each month we focus IT Doctors team (l-r) Maiko Del Bel, Pnina Chokron, Arron Glickman, Steve Goitia, Eric Beck, Les Beck, Paul Mann ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

on a specific issue and then — the best part — we then answer our members questions...and they always have questions!” For more information about the Aventura Marketing Council, call 305-932-5334 or visit

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Howard Salus, ENV / Environmental News Online; Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist; Sydney Faye-Davis, The Sydney! Style; Ally Korn, Aventura Heart Center; Lance Detotto, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

machine (more than 1.5 football fields) which is 41 ft. in diameter (as high as a 4-story building). Construction milestones are to have the tunnel open to the public by mid-May, 2014.

Aventura Marketing Council recognizes

Officers of the Month Det. Emilio Perez and Ofc. Sabina Lewandowska

February 16 - 22, 2011


Wandering & Pondering Divorce Lawyer

Bill and his friend (the son) decided that Bill could do a bit of advising to help them get to understand what singledom at their ages Bill is a very good Real Estate lawyer. He’s might not be the answer for them. Maybe if he happy with what he does considering that he got to sort of counsel them and let them dishad at one time been involved in a divorce cuss their grievances together the marriage case when he first started out. His best friend’s might be saved. parents were talking about a divorce after thirNow Bill tried to be sort of a counselor in ty years of marriage. According to their discussions as he tried to show Bill’s friend now that both of their them that their lives weren’t as bad children were out of school and on together and when the grievances their own, the parents had decided were aired they really were better that they had done their best for their together than getting divorced. children and now that they were on Bill felt satisfied that he had done their own, it was time to decide their a pretty good job for one of his early personal future. The decision by cases. Since he had known the parboth of them was they wanted out of ents for years he decided that he DAN PALMER the marriage. If possible they wanted would send them a very discounted to do it quietly even using the same bill for his services. He knew that attorney if that was possible. They knew Bill they would appreciate what he had done for all these years and asked him if he could han- him. dle the divorce without any fuss. A week after he sent his bill the husband Bill was a bit surprised and spoke to his came storming into his office demanding how friend (their son) and wondered why they he could have sent a bill for his services As he wanted him to handle the divorce. The son’s put it” We hired you to get us a divorce not to answer was that the felt he knew them both keep us together” and that could make things go easier. The son Bill does well with his present practice also felt that after all these years, it wasn’t Mention a divorce case and he and he just necessarily the best move for them to do. shudders.

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February 16 - 22, 2011

Aventura Heart Center: Preventing cardiovascular events in women A recent study has shown that by reducing blood pressure towards normal levels prevents more cardiovascular events in women than in men. “The study is the result of compiling a number of individual studies to examine the sex-specific differences in the association between outcome and blood pressure,” says Dr. David Korn, Aventura Heart Center. “Even though the absolute risk of events is lower in women than in men, this study shows that there is great potential for prevention by lowering blood pressure in women.” “Lowering blood pressure by 15 mm prevents a larger number of events in women than in men,” adds Dr. Korn. “The study reviews a number of studies from Europe, Latin America and Asia.” Information was obtained on medical history, smoking, alcohol consumption, body mass index, cholesterol and glucose levels. Studies showed prevention of all cause mortality events was higher for women than in men. The results were applicable to all age groups and the study included people aged 20 to 80 years, the findings were consistent across all geographic areas. “The link between high intake of fruit and vegetables and reduced risk of heart disease was given more credibility by the latest results from a large scale study in Europe investigating cancer and nutrition,” says Dr. Robert Rasken. “In this

Dr. Robert Rasken and Dr. David Korn, Aventura Heart Center ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

study, people who ate at least eight portions of fruit and vegetables a day had a 22% lower risk of dying from heart disease than those who consumed fewer than three portions a day. This applied to both men and women.” The authors of the study note that the various antioxidant micronutrients present in fruits and vegetables reduce hard-

Humane Society of Greater Miami to participate in National Spay Day On Tuesday, February 22nd, the Humane Society of Greater Miami will participate in Spay Day™, an international campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, to promote the life saving benefits of spay / neuter. This event will offer $15 spay/neuter, with rabies vaccine, (no ear-tipping) for privately owned cats. Open to the public with no income restrictions, this event limits one cat, per appointment. To schedule an appointment, call 305-252-3389, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Surgeries will be performed at the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer & Fine Adoption Center located at 16101 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. In conjunction with National Spay Day, the Humane Society of Greater Miami is participating in an online pet photo contest. To enter your pet visit http// and select “Humane Society of Greater Miami” as the beneficiary of your donation. Each vote cost one dollar and funds raised allow thousands more spays and neuters to be performed across the globe. Submissions accepted through March 4th. Entering its seventeenth year, Spay Day™ estimates its programs have altered more than 1,518,000 animals. It has been a proud achievement of Spay Day™ that the number of homeless cats and dogs euthanized in the U.S. has fallen from approximately 13.5 million in 1973 to fewer than four million currently. The Humane Society of Greater Miami Adopt-A-Pet is a limited admit, adoption guarantee facility dedicated to placing every dog and cat in their care into a loving home, and to promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter programs. For more information, visit

ening of the arteries caused by oxidation damage; they also add that consuming antioxidant supplements is not the same as increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables. This reduction of 22% is very large; but there needs to be a shift in dietary patterns to achieve this goal. “One of the most important problems in confronting the issues in heart health in women is in diagnosing heart attack in women because of the difference in presentation of symptoms of heart attack,” adds Dr. Rasken. “Chest pain is the most common symptom in men,” he says. “Many women do not experience chest pain during a heart attack and are more likely to experience the atypical symptoms which include nausea, vomiting, weakness and fatigue.” Dr. David Korn and Dr. Robert Rasken are the Directors of Aventura Heart Center located at 2845 Aventura Blvd., Suite 249 in the Mount Sinai Aventura Building. The Center offers the whole spectrum of taking care of women and their hearts including one of the only nationally accredited nuclear and echocardiographic labs in the Aventura and Greater Miami area. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 305-932-6061.

Win big at the “Victory Royale Casino Night” and support children and families affected with autism in South Florida BY LYNN CARROLL The Victory Center for Autism & Behavioral Challenges is offering a series of sponsorship packages as it begins preparations for its “ 11th Victory Center Annual Gala” in March 2011. The event, to be called “Victory Royale Casino Night,” will honor Alfredo and Andrea Frohlich, whose dedication to the Victory School’s students and their families is evident in the Frohlich’s support of Victory’s scholarship program. The Gala will be an evening of charitable gaming, entertainment, food, silent auction, live auction and raffle prizes. Proceeds from this event will be donated to The Victory Center for Autism and Behavioral Challenges. At the high end, says Thalya Olmos, executive director of the Victory Center, sponsorship opportunities start with the High Rollers, who are asked for a contribution of $10,000, and Jackpot Sponsors, who are asked to give $5,000. Other sponsorship packages, Olmos says, include the Full House for $2,500 and Three-of-a-Kind Benefactors for $1,500. A Patron Player gets the chance to give $500. The event will be held March 3rd at the

Diplomat Country Club, 501 Diplomat Parkway, Hallandale. Individual gala tickets are $150. The money raised at the “Victory Royale Casino Night” will help fund The Victory Center’s educational programs and services such as primary and secondary schooling, life skills training, and respite programs. “The annual gala,” Olmos says, “is our most important fundraising event of the year, because with those proceeds we are able to provide scientifically-based services to our students using a one-one or two-one ratio between the teachers and the students.” Olmos further stated that the funds also allow The Victory Center to supply additional support services to the students and their families, including scholarships. “Our aim is to assist our students reach their fullest potential,” Olmos says. “We have seen major successes, and some of our students have been able to return to mainstream school systems.” For more information on The Victory Center’s programs and services, Gala sponsorship packages or tickets call 305-4661142, ext. 202 or visit

February 16 - 22, 2011


Build a Greenhouse

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING A Greenhouse or hot house is an environmentally controlled place for growing plants in a climate that is better suited for their natural growth. It is a shelter for sensitive seeds where you can control everything including the temperature, humidity and light. It is an environment that supports the rapid growth or development of something. Deep inside of every human being lies at least one special seed waiting to germinate and grow, waiting to fulfill its destiny. This seed is something unique and fundamental to you. It is meant to be your identity and mission or purpose in life. This seed is delicate and needs just the right conditions to blossom. Sometimes, the climate or environment in which you live is too harsh for the delicate seed to grow and develop. Sometimes, it is the people around you who are too negative, nefarious and deadly.

You have to build a greenhouse or a hot house to surround the seedling and yourself. You have to build a greenhouse to protect yourself and your dream. You have to create the right environment for yourself. You need to foster and promote positive conditions for positive growth. You have to encircle and protect the seed from the harsh winds and storms that exist and the bitter, cold weather and personalities that threaten you and your inner seedling. Since this special seed is more delicate and fragile than others you need to nurture it and protect it. You need to put a lock on the door. Don’t let anyone or anything in that might create a cold draft of negativity and doubt. Sometimes, that means not sharing your dream or discussing it with anyone. Other people may distract and discourage you. Sometimes, it means just the opposite. It means sharing your dream and telling others about it so that they can help you with advice or suggestions and encouragement. Experiment with both and then decide. Only you know what will work best for you. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Jay Steven Levine heads community association and litigation firm with statewide reach


PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS FOR PROVOCATIVE PEOPLE L C : What fields of law does the Jay S t e v e n L e v i n e L a w G ro u p c o n c e n t r a t e o n ? JSL: We are a full-service community association and litigation law firm serving the legal needs of clients throughout the State of Florida, including advising and assisting clients with collections, construction defects, casualty and insurance claims and contracts. So it is a well-rounded practice. We have been in business since 1978.


L C : What kinds of services do you of f e r community associations? JSL: Although we do get involved in litigation for them if necessary, often we serve in an advisory capacity. For example, one of our niches involves casualty matters. This could be as extensive as hurricane damages or as small as a pipe breaking in a wall. We will assist the board in assessing responsibility and, if it is a larger loss, pursue a

Yo u ’ re invited to envision your d ream w e d d i n g a t t h e C ro w n e P l a z a H o l l y w o o d B e a c h BY LYNN CARROLL

Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach is hosting a wedding preview to give brides-to-be a sample of what the resort can offer on February 20th at 1:30 p.m. “We want the couple and their families to envision what a wedding can be like,” says Pamela Presley, Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach’s Meetings Director. The program calls for a special preview of “the wedding location of your dreams,” she adds. “Those who attend are going to be among a select few of South Florida’s VIBs –– that’s Very Important Brides – who, with their guests, can get a firsthand look at the possibilities.”

February 16 - 22, 2011

Sample the food, taste the cake, experience the espresso bar, sip the champagne and enjoy the entertainment. Participants can also register to win a three-day, two-night stay and other great gifts, including a 5% discount on weddings reserved at a cost of more than $5,000 that are booked by June 1, 2011 and held by April 1, 2012. The Crowne Plaza has event space that can be adjusted to accommodate wedding parties of any size, Presley says – as well as business gatherings and other social events. And of course the wedding party preview may be the best time to check out a property you’re bound to recommend to out of town guests. At the Crowne Plaza, she says, guests find they’re close to just about everything South Florida has to offer. The wedding preview is free, but Presley asks that those who want to participate RSVP by Feb. 18 to Crowne Plaza is located at 400 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood. For more information, call 954454-4334 or visit

claim with insurance companies.

are making collections their primary focus, which are consuming a very large part of their budgets. We have an office dedicated solely to that purpose, and we have plenty of staff to keep up. It is hard to predict, but I do not think we will see any relief this year.

L C : W h a t i s y o u r corporate philosophy? JSL: I spend an association’s money as if it were my own. We are very cognizant of any costs that could be curbed, and try to find the best solution with an eye on being reasonable as to cost. That does not mean it is going to be inexpensive, but we are sensitive that the association is spending other people’s money and needs to have accountability. Also, if there is a task that an association’s board could handle as well as we could, we encourage the board to handle it and save some money.

L C : H o w d o y o u h e l p y o u r clients find c re a t i v e s o l u t i o n s t o t h e s e i s s u e s ? JSL: We stay on the cutting edge, and if there is some legal solution available, we know about it or we will find it. There is pretty much nothing that we are not aware of. I was on the subcommittee of the Florida Bar that assisted with the drafting of some recent legislation governing condo law.

L C : A re f o re c l o s u re s a n d n o n p a y m e n t of fees and assessments still big issues for community associations? JSL: Oh yes. The situation is nearly out of control in terms of volume, since associations

Jay Steven Levine Law Group’s Aventura office is located at 20900 NE 30th Ave., Suite 836. To contact them, call 305-407-5077or visit

City of Hallandale Beach Annual Eco Fair, Feb. 26 With a big first year hit under their belt, the Hallandale Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is holding their second annual Eco Fair on Sat., Feb. 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the municipal complex, 401 South Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach. The ever more important process of “going green” highlights the need for more awareness in our everyday lives about how to preserve our natural habitat. With global warming in our own backyards, the need for conservation of Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce President Oscar energy and the real necessity of each of Llorente, President-Elect Carole Pumpian and Richard us working towards this goal make this Shan, Rotary Club of Hallandale Beach / Aventura –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– annual event a “go to” for fun, awareness and great ideas. tion, shopping for eco friendly products and Partnering with the Rotary Club of great refreshments will all be part of the Hallandale Beach / Aventura, the Green scene. Leadership Organization (GLO) and the The ECO Fair aims to consciously elevate City of Hallandale have put together a great awareness in our daily lives and modify the day of information, giveaways, fun, chil- way we use our electricity, our water and dren’s activities and refreshments. our energy. Mark your calendar for Feb. Hallandale’s school children are partici- 26th and come learn about all that is new in pating with a contest for “best green poster” conserving the city. Some giveaways are winner. Information from FPL, Teco Gas, limited, so be sure to come early. free CFL energy light bulb giveaway, free For more information, contact the City of trees from the City for Hallandale residents, Hallandale Beach Chamber of Commerce at tips on conserving energy and water reduc- 954-454-0541.

February 16 - 22, 2011


‘The King’s Speech’ and Thomas Jefferson

Bob Diamond HISTORICALLY YOURS There is a remarkable similarity between British King George VI, as portrayed in the Oscar nominated movie “The King’s Speech” and Thomas Jefferson. Both men suffered from serious speech defects which severely impacted their ability to speak in public. In King George’s case, his heroic battle to overcome a speech impediment usually resulted in stuttered, incoherent words. According to Jeffersonian historian Joseph J. Ellis (American Sphinx), Jefferson’s most glaring deficiency was his inability to speak in public, usually resulting in barely audible, whispered words. The British king was helped by a tutor, whereas Jefferson, who practiced public speaking an hour a day as a young man, never overcame his speech deficiency. The Continental Congress was regarded as an arena for orators. According to Ellis, Jefferson never rose to deliver a single speech before Congress. His most comfortable podium was the writing desk. Jefferson would have gone unnoticed at the Continental Convention,

except that from May to early July 1776, he wrote The Declaration of Independence, words that made him famous and “associated him with the most visionary version of the American dream.” On his draft of the Declaration intended to be read to Congress (almost identical to what the tutor did for King George) Jefferson, not knowing if he would be asked to read it himself, inserted unusual punctuation marks as an oratorical guide for delivery, not trusting his “famously inadequate speaking ability.” As President, Jefferson broke from the tradition established by Washington and Adams of making public addresses and appearances before Congress once a year to deliver their Annual Messages. He excused himself, claiming the written version was more efficient. The only two speeches he delivered throughout his eight years in office were his two inaugural addresses, however, the people seated in the second row barely heard a word that Jefferson said. With his notoriously inadequate oratorical skills, Jefferson usually spent ten hours a day at his desk, crafting “words more deftly than any public figure of his time.” Aside from his remarkable written words, Jefferson remained one of “the most secluded and publicly invisible presidents in American History.”

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February 16 - 22, 2011

Aventura Marketing Council ‘Dade Partner’ students visit Miami Police Training Center

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remarks and encouraged the students to ‘have a vision’ for their future, and to work towards that vision by setting goals. The students were seated in the amphitheatre-style auditorium that could accommodate 220 people for all types of lectures and presentations regarding law enforcement. This state-of-the-art training facility located at the Miami Police Headquarters in the heart of downtown Miami offers multifaceted programs

equipped to meet the needs of criminal justice professionals and the new generation of law enforcement officers, encompassing all levels of law enforcement training. Students were excited to learn that there is now a law enforcement magnet high school adjacent to the training center called the Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School, which places academic emphasis on law studies, homeland security and forensic sciences, the first magnet

school program of its kind in the United States. The high school features classrooms, labs, a dining area, a mock courtroom and locker rooms for 500 students, in addition to administrative space for staff.

For more information on the application process, contact their main office, Miami Dade Public School Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial High School, 300 NW 2 Avenue, Miami, FL 33128. Hours are 7

a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call 305-371-0400. For information on Miami Police Training Center, visit online at or call 305-603-6624. For information on the Aventura Marketing Council, visit online at or call 305-932-5334.

February 16 - 22, 2011


“It takes a village” Patricia Conlon FROM MY HEART How many times have we heard that phrase? Usually, we attribute it to raising children. But if we stop for a moment to think, why should we limit our sense of responsibility to children? Aren’t we also, in some way, responsible for our neighbors? When we see the older neighbor who until recently has always dressed impeccably and now appears disheveled, or the one with the recent dents in the car, or perhaps the one who struggles suddenly to remember our name after we’ve been friends for years, what course of action can we take without seeming like a buttinsky? (My apologies if “Buttinsky” is your last name; I do not mean to offend.) If you’re fortunate enough to have lived in a building long enough, you may

have your neighbor’s emergency contact number. (That is something I suggest we all do – more on that another column). If so, and in the kindest manner, let them know that you’re concerned. Don’t offer to put yourself “in charge” unless you’re comfortable doing so. Give the contact person your observations, and hope they will take measures. If the neighbor’s loved ones live out of town, it’s your opportunity to educate them on the resources available in the area: Independent Senior Communities, Assisted Living Facilities, Home Health agencies, Senior Centers or advocacy groups such as the Alliance for the Aging. At The Imperial Club, we are committed to our seniors and to serving our residents and the surrounding community. We can help, so call today if you, a loved one or your neighbor need more information. Sleep peacefully knowing that you’ve treated your neighbor as you would want to be treated. Patricia Conlon is the Marketing Director at Imperial Club in Aventura and can be reached at 305-935-1801 x 60

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February 16 - 22, 2011

Biscayne Cove hosts Dr. Jodi Stoner, BusinessEtiquette.Biz BY BARI AUERBACH

Biscayne Cove Condominium recently hosted an Aventura Marketing Council Business Development meeting featuring Dr. Jodi Stoner of BusinessEtiquette.Biz – helping businesses increase market share, customer service and heighten employee satisfaction. Business Development Committee Chair Peter L. Fishel, CPA and Biscayne Cove board president Madeline Giardiello welcomed AMC business and community leaders, who also had the opportunity to meet City of Aventura planning director Joanne Carr, sharing news about municipal “go green” initiatives. “The City of Aventura was recently awarded the Green Government Certification Silver Medal by the Florida Green Building Coalition,” Carr said. “The City also has a new ordinance offering incentives for new developments and renovations to build green.” Carr encouraged the community to attend the 2011 Aventura Go Green Expo & Symposium at Government Center, Feb. 24th. The event will feature former Go Green initiative winners, as well as exhibits by utility providers; presenters from the city and other agencies; energysaving FPL tips; and recycling benefits from Waste Management. For more information, visit or phone: 305-4668930. AMC members agreed Biscayne Cove certainly deserves recognition for beautiful greenery and gate security now enhancing the property – part of great improvements accomplished without assessments. “We’re now a modern gated community with new state-of-the-art security and a guardhouse that’s manned 24/7,” said Biscayne Cove board president Madeline Giardiello. “The landscaping looks absolutely beautiful thanks to Frank Palmisano, landscaping committee chair; and residents didn’t have to contribute a penny thanks to smart planning by budget chair Oliver Gross and his committee and General Manager Victor Merced.” Giardiello noted the project, designed by Arturo Belkind of Salini Design, was made possible by the cooperative efforts of many people.

“At Biscayne Cove, we’ve not only secured our safety - but our property values will increase.” From successful green initiatives, the topic turned to earning more green by leveraging business success with the help of BusinessEtiquette.Biz. Dr. Stoner explained, “Etiquette is really about making people feel good - and forging relationships.” Stoner pointed out etiquette “blunders” at business meetings or networking events including gum chewing, texting, putting makeup on at the table and not making eye contact during conversations. She also noted the importance of portraying an appropriate image on social networking sites and emphasized, “It’s not who you know – but who knows you - and their perception of you. “ offers programs tailored to your needs. We can help foster great people relationships and likability - and help you set the professional standard for your industry. Whether you’re a small business owner, professional, or CEO seeking to take your company to the next level, can help build top-performing teams.” Services offered include seminars and workshops, lunch and learns, executive / business consultations, professional office protocol training and personal / professional development. Topics include meeting and greeting; body language basics; communicating with confidence; networking with style; the business of business cards; enhancing professional image; business dining and entertainment; developing and strengthening leadership skills; telephone and electronic etiquette; the power of the written word; and cultural awareness and protocol. For information, visit or phone: 305-389-6854. To contact Biscayne Cove, call 305-935-4565.

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Janie Guirola, America Service Industries; Eric Mannis, Nature’s Best; Belina Nagar, Orna Security & Camera Services

Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Dr. Jodi Stoner; Zoe Masterson, World Realty; North Miami Beach Councilwoman Phyllis Smith; Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation

Oliver Gross, Victor Merced and Madeline Giardiello, Biscayne Cove Condo Association; Dr. Jodi Stoner; Joanne Carr, City of Aventura; AMC Business Development Committee Chair Peter L. Fishel, CPA

Dr. Jodi Stoner speaks with Aventura Marketing Council members at Biscayne Cove

Emra Batts, MyNetkey; Natasha Allenger, Citibank; Arnold Goldman, The Alternative Board; Jesus Soto, Coconut Grove Bank John Siddons, ASAP Staffing Services; Alicia Schindler, Miami Jewish Health Systems; Arthur Barr, Barr & Associates; Lori Fein, Prudential Florida Realty; Michelle Bryan, ASAP Staffing Services

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Mr. Chef’s Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar hosts luncheon with ‘delicious surprises’

Michelle Diaz, Chris Barbosa and Nikki Shein, Williams Island POA

Brian Sharpe, Sharpe Properties; Michelle Bryan, ASAP Staffing Services; Leylan Ali, Marenas Resort

Greg Gringruz,; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Tammy Wagner, Velocity Processing; Phil Rosen, Bloomgarden Goudreau & Rosen; Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress

Tiffany DiPanni, County Line Chiropractic; Dave Burney,; Emra Batts, MyNetkey

Matt Silvers,; Angelina Petraglia and Michael Mortellaro, Fidelity Investments; John Siddons, ASAP Staffing Services Amanda Corbett, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

BY BARI AUERBACH When Mr. Chef’s Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar recently hosted an Aventura Marketing Council Aventura Young Professionals networking luncheon, the menu’s “delicious surprises” made everyone agree, “Now you don’t have to go as far as the Far East to enjoy authentic Chinese dishes like Asian Grilled Seabass, Pork Shiu Mai, Kung Pao Shrimp and Dynasty Lobster. AYP chair Jeff Levinson of Sabadell United Bank and Mr. Chef’s hospitable proprietor Jin X. Chen welcomed a great turnout of under-45 AYP members to the new restaurant conveniently located on the first floor of The Venture fronting 29th Avenue at Northeast 188th Street (behind Publix at Loehmann’s Fashion Island). Heralded as “the first ever fine Chinese cuisine and bar in Aventura,” Mr. Chef’s is receiving rave reviews for offering a “wonderful upscale dining experience; dine in and take-out service, plus patio dining and catering for parties and special corporate events. Leaders from Eisenger, Brown, Lewis,

Frankel & Chaiet PA, Fabian Realty and Morton’s Steakhouse were especially impressed by Mr. Chef’s “fresh-from-the-wok cooking while friends from Melnick, Lilenfeld & Castonguay CPA’s, Marksman Security, Williams Island POA, Stern Bloom Media and the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort were surprised by the moderate prices. Colleagues from the Office of Dr. Richard Galitz,, Tropic Survival Advertising & Marketing, and ASAP Staffing Services looked forward to sampling special Dim Sum dishes like Shrimp Dumplings and Chicken or Beef Satays as teams from the Office of Dr. Frederick Knoll, EWM, Fidelity Investments and Welcome / Beinvenidos Visitors Magazine contemplated sharing Edamame, Spring Rolls, Mango Shrimp or Seafood Rolls, Crab Wonton and Bar-B-Q Spare Ribs. Friends from Bloomgarden, Goudreau & Rosen, Fishman Dispute Resolutions, Bill Hansen Catering and Elite Care at Home weren’t surprised to learn Mr. Chef is already attracting

Alessandra Stivelman, Eisinger Brown Lewis Frankel & Chaiet; Lance Ross, Oppenheimer & Co.; Stephanie Schmulian, Bnai Zion Foundation/Allies for Ahava

Elana Eli, Tropic Survival Advertising & Marketing; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security

Suzi Castonguay and Marisa Margulies, Melnick Jason Katz, Circle of Life Saving / Life Fitness; Shaniel Sibblies, Bill Hansen Catering; Jessica Walcott, Lilienfeld & Castonguay, CPA’s Morton’s Steakhouse AMC Aventura Young Professionals Chairman Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank gathers with the Mr. Chef’s team


diners from far and wide for more specialties like Spicy Conch, Cashew Nut Shrimp, Oriental Oyster and Szehcuan Chicken. Beef and pork lovers from Riemer Insurance Group, County Line Chiropractic, Velocity Printing and were also planning to place regular take-out orders of Orange Peel Beef, 12 oz. New York Strip, Pepper Steak, Mu Shu or Sweet & Sour Pork. Busy entrepreneurs from Success for Kids,, Where Magazine, Planet Beach, DS Xpress and Andrew Goldstein Photography looked forward to enjoying lunch specials served Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. with soup or house salad and choice of rice. Entrees from $7.95 include Crispy Honey Chicken, Beef & Broccoli, Sesame Beef, Chicken or Pork Lo Mein, Cashew Shrimp and Curry Chicken. Everyone from Oppenheimer Funds, Marenas Resort, All in 1 Productions and Angelica Montealegre CPA vowing to keep healthy resolutions were happy to see Mr. Chef’s also offers lettuce wraps and “Health

Garden” dishes prepared without any oil, salt, soy sauce or cornstarch like steamed mixed vegetables with chicken, shrimp or scallops. While AYP members were building business while having “fun” – Mr. Chef’s Cantonese Chow Fun (stir-fried wide rice noodles) - plus Peking Duck served in two courses (crispy duck skin with shredded greens and steamed pancakes - followed by stir-fried duck meat and mixed vegetables with rice sticks and lettuce) were just two more surprising specialties prompting everyone to agree Mr. Chef’s really is “Hao Chi!” (delicious). Before the luncheon was over, Matt Silvers of won a $50 gift certificate to Mr. Chef’s and it was no surprise at all to find out everyone planned to reunite soon at the Fine Chinese Cuisine & Bar open daily for lunch and dinner – Monday through Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. For delivery service, phone: 786-787-9030 or order online at For information about upcoming AYP events, phone: 305-932-5334.

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Miami Jewish Health Systems hosts 2011 Douglas Gardens Classic Golf Tournament On Thursday, February 24th, Miami Jewish Health Systems will host the annual Douglas Gardens Classic Golf Tournament co-sponsored by The Men’s Club and Next Generation – a day of golf and games benefiting the nearly 3,700 people the non-profit organization treats daily through community-based, residential and on-campus medical programs. The 2011 Douglas Gardens Classic will feature a special appearance by PGA Champions Tour golfer – and long-time supporter of Miami Jewish Health Systems – Bruce Fleisher who will be hosting a golf clinic 30 minutes prior to tee-off time, free to all participants. This year’s tournament will also include a Grand Raffle Drawing with spectacular prizes such as a 7-day Royal Caribbean cruise, a Toshiba flat-screen TV and an Apple iPad to name a few. The event will take place at Miami’s Westview Country Club at 2601 NW 119 Street. Registration and brunch begins at 11 a.m. with tee-off time at 12:15 p.m. Individual participation fees start at $100 – golf and games include brunch, cocktail reception and dinner. Sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $500 with previously committed companies including Publix, Toyota of South Florida, William

Special discounts are now available for members of the Aventura Marketing Council and the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce for the balance of the Florida International University Prestige Cultural Series, including special rates for a presentation of works by Jewish composers this month and a gourmet luncheon in March. The next event in the series, “Piano Fantasies,” is a showcase exclusively featuring works by Jewish composers as presented by students enrolled in FIU’s Keyboard Studies curriculum. The program starts at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20th in the Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami. A reception follows. AMC and GNMCC members can buy tickets at the rate of two for $20. Others pay $20 for each ticket. The 2011 Gourmet Wine & Food Pairing on March 22nd will feature the newly formed FIU Klezmer Band as the musical enter-

Aventura Hospital hosts Heart Health Symposium Aventura Hospital and Medical Center will host a Heart Health Symposium on Monday, February 21st from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Biscayne Medical Arts Center, located at 21110 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 101. The event will feature physician lectures on accessing cardiovascular risk, how to survive a heart attack and stroke. There will also be fitness, nutrition and lifestyle demonstrations. Local health and fitness vendors will be on-hand with tips to help you and your family become and stay heart healthy. Those interested can also register for a basic Angioscreen, a non-invasive screening to detect arterial blockage. To register and for more information, call 1-888-256-7692.

Israeli Ambassador to speak about how Israel must be prepared PGA Champions Tour Golfer Bruce Fleisher –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Lehman Auto World, Toshiba, Humana, Lincoln Financial, and Colonial Insurance. To RSVP for the 2011 Douglas Gardens Classic Golf Tournament or for sponsorship information, contact Judy Fisher at 305-7621492 or email

FIU continues Prestige Cultural Series BY LYNN CARROLL

February 16 - 22, 2011

tainment when students enrolled in FIU’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management plan to serve a three-course gourmet meal matched with three select wines. A wine expert will serve as host. Seating is limited for the event, which will be held at the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, 3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami. AMC and GNMCC members pay $80 for two tickets. Others pay $45 per ticket. The FIU Cultural Prestige Series culminates this year with “Opera Arias & Ensembles” April 9th when singers enrolled in the FIU Opera Theatre perform in the Mary Ann Wolfe Theatre popular compositions from selected operas and operettas. A reception follows the concert. Tickets are $20 each; two for $20 for AMC and GNMCC members. All proceeds benefit FIU Biscayne Bay’s Campus Excellence Fund and School of Music. For information, call 305-919-5700 or email

Barry and Patricia Goldstein, Chairs of American Friends of Porto Vita Friends of Magen David Adom, are proud to announce that Ellen and Herb Moelis will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for their commitment to life and the People and State of Israel at Porto Vita’s Annual Celebration of Life Dinner. Throughout the evening, two ambulances will be on display and dedicated before being shipped to save lives in Israel. The first is being dedicated by Herb Moelis’ children in honor of his birthday and the other from Porto Vita Founder Morris Deakter and his family. Event will take place on Thurs., Feb. 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Villa Grande Club at Porto Vita, 20105 NE 38th Court in Aventura. During the evening, Israeli Ambassador Danny Biran will speak about how Israel must be prepared. Ellen and Herb Moelis “Now is the time we must come together to ––––––––––––––––––––––––– support MDA in every way – in our words, in our actions, in our contributions, and in our hearts,” said Chairman Barry Goldstein. All proceeds will help support the vital lifesaving services of Magen David Adom (MDA), Israel’s only government-mandated ambulance and emergency medical responders, providing medical, disaster, ambulance and blood services. For more information, contact Ira Mogitz at 800-626-0046.

Aventura Community Recreation Center offers tax relief membership special AARP is offering free tax return preparation assistance at the Aventura Community Recreation Center every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through April 12, 2011. Take advantage of this program and the City of Aventura will give you a free two month trial membership to the Aventura Community Recreation Center, located at 3375 NE 188 Street, Aventura. Members enjoy a variety of benefits such as an indoor basketball court, technical center, individual fitness classes, a fitness room with cardio equipment and weight machines and classes such as yoga, body sculpting, and even bridge! The center also offers a wide variety of recreational classes for all ages and interests. For more information, contact the Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883 or visit

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The ‘naked truth’ about the Naked Diet Plan BY BARI AUERBACH Why was everyone getting naked on a recent episode of the Dr. Oz Show? The TV censors didn’t take it off the air because it was all about the “Naked Diet Plan” and why women are feeling insecure and dissatisfied with the way they look with their clothes off. According to Dr. Oz, “Problems associated with eating fast and processed foods, sedentary lifestyles, hectic schedules, and a barrage of images of impossibly-slim women Americans are exposed to has created a national crisis of deficient selfesteem.” But the “naked truth” is that by eating clean and exercising moderately, it’s possible to leave the dressing room with a smile – and maybe even choose to keep the lights on in the bedroom. The Naked Diet Plan endorsed by Dr. Oz suggests assessing your body by standing in front of a mirror naked and processing what you see in a different way. The goal is to choose one thing you want to work on most – and then write down three things you really love about your body (eyes, lips, hair, legs) and accentuating those positive attributes. The plan also advocates wearing an outfit that highlights the parts of your body you feel most proud of. The concept is, “when you feel more confident with your clothes on, you’ll be able to adopt a more positive frame of mind and it will be easier to take your clothes off.” But here’s the naked truth: When you’re overweight and out of shape, the longer you stare at yourself in the mirror, the more depressed you’re going to get and odds are, focusing on your “pretty eyes” isn’t going to make you feel any better. And while there may be an outfit in your closet that you think makes you look a little slimmer, the thought of taking it off probably would defeat the whole reason for putting it on! A more productive pursuit might be to put away the mirror, pull out your computer and visit – a website that can help you discover how the right diet, in line with your geneticallybased nutritional requirements, can

increase your metabolic rate and convert to energy the food you’re eating instead of storing it as fat. According to Dr. Oz, every 10 years, women have a 5% decrease in their metabolism. A slower metabolism can lead to having excess fat and a decline in muscle mass. He suggests metabolism boosters including Forskolin – a pant-based supplement that works to increase metabolic rate, burn fat more efficiently and reduce the appearance of cellulite; Banaba Leaf Tea – to lower blood sugar and stimulate fat loss; Balsamic Vinegar and Pickles – both contain acetic acid that burns fat while increasing satiety and easing sugar cravings. There’s also no escaping the “naked truth” that even the most healthful Naked Diet Plan won’t be successful unless you incorporate some form of exercise. So why waste any more time standing in front of the mirror and working hard to find an attribute you like when you could be working on finding out how to eat according to your metabolic type and, starting a new work out routine. Then you’ll be one step closer to a well-deserved shopping spree and a big smile when you look at yourself in the dressing room mirror!

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Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen discussed resignation of Egypt’s leader, Hosni Mubarak BY LEE STEPHENS

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February 16 - 22, 2011

Washington, DC - U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, discussed the resignation of Egypt’s leader, Hosni Mubarak with Jon Scott on FOXNews today: Jon Scott: Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican of Florida, is Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has been good enough to join us. Congresswoman, what’s the first step? Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Well, the first step is to make sure that there’s calm, to make sure that we start this peaceful transition period where the United States and our responsible allies can play a key role in helping the Egyptian people, because it is the decision of the Egyptian people. Move forward [with] free and fair, transparent, internationally-recognized elections. And we want to make sure that the Egyptian people do what they can to have responsible folks run for office, and that would worry us if the Muslim Brotherhood would hijack the electoral process to gain a foothold in the legitimate process of politics and democratic elections, and that would damage Egypt’s relations with the U.S., with our strong ally, Israel, and would really put us in a difficult situation. Egypt, as you know, is the recipient of a large amount of U.S. aid because we know that they’ve had this peace agreement with Israel. So we’ve got to make sure that Egypt suspends this emergency law under which they have been operating for years, and they make these difficult but important steps toward legitimate, internationally-recognized elections. The military plays a pivotal role in making sure that order is restored. Yes, we understand this euphoric celebration but we don’t want extremist elements to hijack this exuberant mood of the Egyptian people to further their extremist goals, and I’m speaking of the Muslim Brotherhood and other such individuals. So the United States knows it’s Egypt’s decision, it’s the decision of the Egyptian people, but we hope that they come to the right conclusion that they want true elections and good, democratic leaders to lead them forward.

Jon Scott: I know that everyone in Washington is scrambling to keep up with events. Is this the time when a Congressional Delegation might head over there and start meeting with some of these key military officers like General Omar Suleiman and [Mohamed] Hussein Tantawi to meet with them and try to put a, you know, pro-American stamp on what happens next? Chairman Ros-Lehtinen: I don’t think so. I don’t think this is a time for Congressional Delegations to go over there. Certainly, the President, perhaps a few key leaders, but remember that every time we go over there, that means that the military is forced to give us an inordinate amount of protection, taking away time and resources that they need to make sure that there’s calm, that there’s a movement to democracy. And that does not mean that we need to go over there, this is the modern age where communications take place with lightning speed, pick up the telephone, do video conferences. No one needs to go over there right now. It just takes away a lot of resources from the Egyptian military and the police to give us protection. But what we want is a calm transition, a peaceful transition - to not hijack this movement toward extremist elements - and move toward elections. And now people are asking, what happens with U.S. aid to Egypt? I think it’s premature right now until we see how this is moving forward to make sure that the safeguards are in place so that true democratic leaders are the ones that will be in place in Egypt, and we want to make sure that Egypt conforms to their international obligations and the treaties that they have signed, including peace with Israel, and making sure that they don’t take any hostile action against other countries. So the time for calmness is now, and the time for rational thought, peaceful transition and, I think, this will all work out for the good. Mubarak should have said that yesterday. Some folks just don’t know when it’s their time to leave. Jon Scott: Well said. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican of Florida, Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Chairman Ros-Lehtinen: Thank you so much. Jon Scott: Thank you.

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Pledging to raise the level of discourse in our democracy BY CONGRESSWOMAN DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ Earlier this month I was able to spend a day and a half with my friend Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (or Gabby as her friends call her) in Houston. MAs I’m sure most of you know, Gabby has begun to say a few words which is an excellent development and a great indicator of the progress of her recovery. As we move forward from our national tragedy in Tucson we must honor the lives of those lost - and the spirit of those recovering - by pledging to raise the level of discourse in our democracy. Let us promise to debate passionately, but without dehumanizing those with whom we disagree. President Obama’s clarion call from Tucson urged us to honor the victims, in particular 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, by doing everything in our power to make our democracy and our nation worthy of “our children’s expectations.’’ In the week following the shooting, a week that shocked the nation and rocked the foundation of Washington, no words jarred me more than those of my 11-yearold daughter, who knows Gabby from our family vacations together. She asked me,

“Mommy, does this mean you’re gonna get shot?� I swallowed hard and steeled myself. I told her, “No, of course Mommy will be O.K., you know that we are careful.� But she pressed me further with tears in her eyes and said, “But Mommy, Florida is going to pass an immigration law just like Arizona and then people will be mad at you.� My heart sank further that week when I later read that a Republican colleague’s daughter said “Daddy, we feel safer when you’re in Washington.� Our children are paying attention more than we realize. They listen to and understand our dialogue here in Washington just like they know and understand the conversations of their parents. In my nearly 20 years serving the people of South Florida, I have watched our national rhetoric become increasingly toxic. I have searched my own soul for moments when I may have crossed the line, for none of us are immune. But I know this: when it has become easier to accuse those with whom we dis agree of being un-American or less than human than it is to simply make our most passionate case for the policies we believe best for our nation – then we have failed our children. Now, let me be clear, the massacre in



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Tucson was likely caused by the voices inside one deranged man’s head than those of lawmakers and vitriol on our airwaves. But I cannot willfully blind myself to forget that, during the health care debate, Gabby’s district office windows were shot out, or that gun shots were fired at the office of House Republican Leader Eric Cantor. I cannot erase from my memory that Gabby’s political opponent held a fundraiser at a gun range with the slogan of “removing her from office,� any more than I can forget that one of my own opponents did the same and shot at a human silhouette paper target with my initials written on it. Republican or Democrat, we are all Americans first. We’re all on the same team. We must dial it back. Let us show our children and the world that our political opponents are not our enemies, and try harder to find common ground. That would be a real example for our children to emulate. President Obama eloquently spoke of the heroism in Tucson that tragic day - the intern, four days into the job, who rushed to Gabby’s aid, tended to her wounds and kept her alive; the men in the grocery store who tackled the assassin; the elderly

woman who wrangled away an ammunition clip that surely could have taken more lives. The president, himself the father of two young girls, also spoke of the innocence and optimism of 9-year-old shooting victim, Christina Green. As he said, she was “so curious, so trusting, so energetic, so full of magic - so deserving of our loveso deserving of our good example.� He rightfully called for a more civil discourse that will help us face our challenges in a way that will make the victims proud. To forge, as Americans, a country that is forever worthy of Christina’s gentle, happy spirit. The night before she was shot, Gabby learned that her friend Trey Grayson, the Republican Secretary of State from Kentucky, had been named Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. In her very personal way, Gabby warmly congratulated him on his appointment to such a prestigious position, and asked for his help “to figure out how to tone our rhetoric and partisanship down.� Now that Gabby has once again spoken, perhaps she can teach us all how to speak without the bile and vitriol that has been ripping our nation apart at the seams.

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FWCC REPORT Prescribed fires benefit people and wildlife BY RODNEY BARRETO Chairman, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Beginning in the winter and continuing into the summer months, land managers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) conduct prescribed fires on wildlife management areas to reduce the chance of wildfires and improve wildlife habitat. Fire is a powerful force that has dramatically shaped Florida’s natural environment in the past, as it continues to do so today. Many of Florida’s plant and animal species are dependent upon fire for their survival. Because of this, prescribed fire is one of the most effective wildlife management tools used by the FWC. Jimmy Conner, our agency’s wild-land fire coordinator, orchestrates these important efforts in coordination with our state and federal partners. Although fire is essential for many of our plants and animals, fires that burn uncontrolled can have devastating impacts upon people, wildlife and natural lands. The application of prescribed fires can help reduce the risk of these uncontrolled wildfires and their potential for damage. Fire managers prepare a detailed, written plan or “prescription” for each burn they conduct. These plans contain information such as the burn location, a description of the area, preferred weather conditions, and personnel and equipment needs. Each member of the burn crew has received spe-

cialized training to ensure the burn is carried out safely and effectively. Weather plays a crucial role in prescribed fires. Burn managers carefully watch the weather conditions, which must meet specific criteria, before they conduct a burn. Once the decision to burn has been made, the FWC works closely with the Florida Division of Forestry to ensure the burn is conducted safely and all necessary permits are obtained. The biggest challenge to prescribed burning is effectively managing the smoke that is produced. Burn managers use computer models to determine where their smoke will go based on current weather conditions and forecasts. “Smoke” caution signs are placed on roads that may experience reduced visibility during and after a burn. In addition, local residents and businesses are contacted using fliers, phone calls, e-mails and news releases. We know that in order to continue applying prescribed fire to Florida’s Wildlife Management Area system; we must do a good job of managing the fire’s smoke. The use of prescribed fire is essential for managing Florida’s wild lands for the safety of people and the long-term well-being of wildlife. Specifically, prescribed fires reduce the risk (to humans and wildlife) of wildfires; control invasive and/or exotic vegetation and diseases affecting native vegetation; enhance native ground cover and seed production; and restore and maintain fire-dependent ecological sites. The FWC is dedicated to properly managing our natural resources by applying prescribed fire in a safe and effective manner to maintain and enhance the quality of Florida’s managed conservation lands.

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Time for a heart check-up?

Rev. Wil Keyser RELIGION This month has been designated “HEART MONTH” by the Medical Profession and much attention is given to having a heart examination, eating hearthealthy food and doing heart-healthy activities. That is a good thing because many people are not aware of the condition of their heart, nor the things that create heart related problems. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, hardening of the arteries, just to name a few, are the most commonly addressed issues. Scheduling an EKG or a stress test and monitoring your blood pressure will help to make you aware of an unknown condition and if you take the proper precautions you may prevent a heart attack or even a stroke. I am not a Doctor, however, I serve as the Chairman of the Bioethics Committee at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and as a member of the Chest Pain and Cardiology Committee I see the reports indicating the importance of HEART CHECK-UP. In the majority of cases it has been proven to be extremely effective and in some cases life-saving. Moving out of the Medical realm and into the Spiritual realm we see a correlation between a good heart and a good life. The heart is mentioned at least 569 times in the Scriptures so we can conclude simply from the numbers that God is concerned with the heart of mankind. Moses recorded in Genesis 6:5 that “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of HIS

HEART was only on evil continually. The people in Noah’s day were exceedingly wicked and it all stemmed from the inside out; IT WAS A HEART CONDITION that affected their entire life-style. Noah was the only man found to be in good standing with God and because HIS HEART WAS RIGHT, God saved him and his family. A good heart is still a matter of life and death today. With the establishment of an entirely new populace, one might think that things were getting better. Fast-forward to the days of Samuel, The Prophet and Judge. The Priesthood was corrupt; The Ark of the Covenant was not at the Tabernacle; Idolatry was rampant; The Judges were dishonest and King Saul was about to be removed from office. In the process of choosing a replacement for Saul, Jesse brought his sons from which a new King would be chosen. Eliab looked like the perfect prospect. However, The Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance because I have rejected him; FOR THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART.” We may look great on the outside, but what does God see in our heart? David, that same newly appointed King, said this about himself: “Hide your face from my sins and blot out my iniquities. CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART, O GOD, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. he knew he needed A HEART CHECK-UP and he knew exactly where to go to get it done thoroughly. Solomon said, “A JOYFUL HEART IS GOOD MEDICINE!” and you don’t need a presciption! I trust that you will get YOUR HEART CHECK-UP, TODAY!!! Rev. Keyser is Pastor of The Church At Aventura 305 931 4823

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2011 Chrysler 200 replaces Sebring nameplate Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS If you think the new Chrysler 200 midsize sedan has a familiar appeal, then you won’t be too surprised to learn that it once was known as the Sebring. Chrysler brass opted to drop the Sebring nameplate in favor of the numerical designation after significantly re-styling the car, giving it a new powertrain and a revised interior. The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan is available in four models — LX, Touring, Limited and S later this year. The new 200 designation links the sporty sedan with the hugely successful Chrysler 300, though the new model rides on the same platform as the old Sebring. However, the body mounts and suspension bushings are new, along with larger tires and a rear anti-roll bar for better handling. The Chrysler 200 has a clean and sleek design, with a new sculpted front end, new front and rear fascias and fenders, and a new hood and grille with new projector

headlights and fog lights. The decklid has been redesigned and incorporates LED taillights and an LED high-mounted center stoplight. On the highway, the new 200 delivers agile and precise handling in just about all driving situations, whether it’s commuting in heavy traffic or taking a weekend adventure on winding roads. Chrysler says that just about every part of the suspension has been retuned or redesigned for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings, while the suspension geometry was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 millimeters and the car has been lowered 12 millimeters in the front and six millimeters in the rear for a lower and wider stance. This new Chrysler has less body roll in the turns, less shaking on uneven road surfaces and better road grip with the larger tires. Under the hood, a new and improved powertrain contributes to the new 200 sedan’s better performance. It comes standard with the 2.4-liter I-4 engine (wedded to a four-speed automatic transmission) that produces 173 hp and 166 pounds feet of torque. Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter 283 hp Pentastar V-6 engine (260 pounds-feet of

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torque) mated to the 62TE six-speed automatic transmission is available as an option. On the inside, the cabin has been upgraded to produce a much quieter ride. Chrysler says 45 new sound deadening treatments have been added to the car, including an acoustic glass windshield, laminated side glass, new sound absorption materials throughout and a new three-point engine

mount system for the 2.4-liter engine for improved sound and isolation. Base pricing on the 2011 Chrysler 200 ranges from $19,995 to $24,495. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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Jobless numbers improving but job creation still lags

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH January’s official unemployment numbers seem to show America’s jobless rate is dropping. But it also shows that not enough new jobs are being created to get even more people back to work. And a lot of longtime, unemployed may be just giving up — but not everyone. I spoke with one Miami jobseeker who told me she is looking for a fulltime administrative job to replace her part-time work at a local retailer. “I’ve been looking for fulltime work for about six months now,” she said. “I used to go for interviews and they weren’t very interested. But now I get more call-backs and I think now it’s a lot better.” While the latest job numbers show some improvement, they also show new job creation remains stalled nationally. The national unemployment rate last month dropped to 9 percent

and that’s down about 0.4 percent from December. That comes out to about 600,000 fewer people collecting benefits than at the end of last year. On the other hand, there were only 36,000 new jobs added overall across the country. That’s far less than expected and not enough to really put more people back to work. Locally, some job counselors say they are now seeing more job orders from South Florida employers than last year. A representative of Doral’s RightHire Staffing said, “I think it’s going to improve, and we’re getting more job orders than last year at this time. We’re not out of the woods just yet, but maybe we’re a little closer.” The overall national unemployment rate has dropped 0.8 percent since November. And that is one of the best improvements in more than five decades. However, some analysts say that may be in part because so many people have given up looking for work. When that happens, they’re no longer counted on the official unemployment rolls. In reality, nearly 14 million Americans remain out of work, and that is twice the number from before the start of the recession. Watch Al Sunshine’s “CBS Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon.

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Gov. Scott correct on changing state pension formula R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Florida’s government employees, schoolteachers and staff participate in the state’s “defined benefit” retirement plan. A defined plan sets retirement benefits based upon the employee’s length of employment and salary. The benefits are guaranteed to the employee regardless of the cost to the state in funding the benefits. The state and school boards’ contributions are invested in mutual funds, bonds and corporate stocks. As the values of the investments go up or down, the required contributions must increase or decrease accordingly. In bad years, when the stock market is sustaining losses Florida — that’s you and me the taxpayers of the state — must contribute more to make up for the lost value. When the state doesn’t have the required money, the pension runs a deficit. That means there isn’t sufficient money in the retirement system to honor the retirement obligations of the program. Florida is one of a few states that do not require employees to contribute to their

retirement fund. This is left over from the days when the state, and most other states, had more money than they knew what to spend it on. However, those days are behind us and our state pension funds in the hole. Our governor, as he promised when running for office, pledged that he would change the funding formula and require all new and existing employees to make a contribution to their retirement. Now in office, the governor has set the contribution figure at 5 percent of their salary. After all, employees in the private sector all make a contribution to their retirement fund; why not the state? It doesn’t make sense for a private sector employee to make a contribution to their own retirement plan and also, at the same time, pay taxes so the state can fund state employee pensions without the state employees make a contribution. Naturally, there will be a big battle from the unions. They have been accumulating billions in their pension funds without a contribution and now, on top of pay cuts and salary freezes, will be required to contribute to “their” retirement. The basic problem is that with a defined benefit plan there is no way to know how much money the employer, in this case the state, must accumulate to meet its obligations. We are looking at a period, perhaps as

VIEWPOINT long as five or six years, where the state will be very tight for money so it really has no choice than to tell the state’s employees: “contribute.” A better retirement arrangement for the state would be a “defined contribution” plan. Under this plan, the employer and the employee make certain contributions to the plan. Generally, the employer has some matching formula where they make contributions in keeping with that of the individual employee with certain limits on the employer’s contribution. The moneys contributed under the defined contribution plan will be invested and when the time for retirement comes the employee will learn the exact amount their will receive in the future. Each year, as required by federal law, the employer must give the employee a breakdown on the amount of funds in his or her account. This way the employee isn’t blindsided when it comes time to retire. Gov. Scott is completely correct in his approach to funding the state’s employment retirement. As an example the state employees in Missouri contribute 4 percent of their salary.

Virginia has a different plan. There the old employees stay on the original “employer pays all” plan, however new employees must contribute 5 percent of their pay for retirement. Virginia feels that this might not be enough and will soon start requiring all state employees to contribute. This is the trend in funding “all” retirement plans, governmental or private sector. Scott will have a “big” battle to change the funding formula of the state’s retirement fund. However, he is correct — it must be done! Unions will put pressure on their favorite members of the legislature threatening to withhold future campaign contributions unless they fight the governor. I think this is one of the governor’s proposals that will be enacted. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-6626980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.

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Art community rallies around girl’s idea to assist homeless BY BARBARA FERENCZI

Entering its 23rd year, the highly anticipated St. Stephen’s Art Show (SSAS) will be introducing young Ava Salazar’s idea for a one-time unique art exhibit within the 160-artist show during the three-day festival, Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21. Ava, at only 10 years old, aspires to complete her first business and humanitarian project Ava Salazar is pictured with one of the sails which, through art and the ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– public’s help, will raise money and awareness for homeless in tant curator of Miami International Airport Galleries, and the St. Stephens Art Show Coconut Grove. Featured is Grove artist Neith Nevelson, Steering Committee. Weekly team meetings conducted via granddaughter of the famous American artist Louise Nevelson. Ava’s humanitarian initia- Skype have allowed young Ava to recruit the tive called “Hope Floats” joins Neith, known artists and secure a sponsor, Bremen Sails, for her vivid color schemes, slight variations and media partners NBC6, and Majic 102.7 of three main subject matters — horses, nude radio. Neith Nevelson is a Grove icon, noted as a women’s bodies and male faces — with nine “VanGogh of our time” and known in her other renowned artists. Each artist will donate an original painting heyday to be friends with the likes of on recycled sailboat sailcloth. The pieces Salvador Dali. She now lives a bohemian will be displayed within a unique exhibit artist life due to her struggles with homelessarea, during the nationally ranked St. ness and scoliosis. Joining Neith are artists Claudia Scalise, Stephens Art Show, and sold by silent auction throughout the weekend. One hundred Sri Prabha, Charles E. Humes, Mark percent of the raised funds will assist the Osterman, Abraham Camayd, and Carolina homeless and Ms. Nevelson, who today lives Salazar herself. Each artist will paint with oil-based acrylic on custom cut three-foot in a semi-homeless state of her own. In advance of the show, a public unveiling and six-foot pieces of sail cloth specifically of the collection took place on Feb. 3 at the donated for Ava and this project. “Our theme for the art show is ‘Art is in St. Stephens Episcopal Church where Miami Commissioner Mark Sarnoff, Rev. Wilifred the Heart,’ and this year’s additional home(Willie) Allen-Faiella and Daisy Lewis, less humanitarian art project really resonates with that idea,” Lewis said. “While artists among others, were in attendance. “I was having family dinner and talking from around the country will again show with my step-mom about cooking for the their brilliance during this amazing art festihomeless at church [St. Stephens] and I val weekend, the Hope Floats exhibit, and learned that some even live in old boats Ava’s astounding idea and follow through patched with recycled wood and sails,” said will make a very special 2011 show for me Salazar, a fifth grade student, when asked professionally and a very proud moment for me personally,” Lewis added. how she came up with “Hope Floats.” The St. Stephens Art Show is presented “I asked if our art show did anything to annually by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, sell art for the homeless, and when I learned it didn’t, I came up with an idea to have a 100-year resident in Coconut Grove. artists paint sails and sell them to raise Known as one of South Florida’s most popular outdoor art festivals, the St. Stephen’s Art money,” Salazar added. Young Salazar connected her love of art, Show drives in a crowd of over thousands of her church, the St. Stephens Arts Show, and art spectators from all over the country and the homeless in a creative endeavor. She cre- serves as a non-profit event which funds ated a strong team of adults — step-mom over a dozen outreach programs in Miami. For additional information, visit online at and show director Daisy Lewis; her aunt, Carolina Salazar, who is an artist and assis-

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Merry Wedding at Pelican Community Park BY INNA KARTUNOVA Community Center Coordinator On Saturday, January 29, Sunny Isles Beach resident Maria Teresa Espinoza and Hugo Sanchez, from Houston, Texas, had an unforgettable wedding reception at Pelican Community Park. What made this day exceptionally special for the family was that the bride Maria Teresa was also honored to be Godmother to her new baby niece Isabella, whose baptism was being celebrated the same day. The bride’s sister Gabriela, the mother of the baby Isabella, was maid of honor for the bride. So, two memorable family occasions were celebrated on the same day: wedding and baptism. Sixty guests, mainly close family and friends, gathered together at the City’s Community Center on this sunny afternoon to celebrate their big event. After the church cere-

monies, both wedding and christening, which took place at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, the bridal party and guests proceeded to Pelican Community Park for the celebration. Everybody enjoyed beautiful room settings where elegantly decorated tables were set, and shaded playground where children played after the dinner. Being originally from Peru, they danced to the live two-man band music featuring popular Spanish music. The home made food was prepared in the best traditions of Peruvian cuisine - delicious hors d’oeuvres, entrees and desserts. And of course, both the layered wedding cake and the baptismal cake were beautiful. The newlyweds were very happy and relieved that after all the wedding preparation madness – everybody knows how insane and stressful that could be – everything came out really well and they will have unforgettable memories of this celebration. They were extremely pleased with their selection of the Community Center as the affordable location for this family event. From business to banquets - the City of Sunny Isles Beach offers the facilities of Pelican Community Park as a perfect venue for rent. If you are planning a special event - wedding reception, birthday party or any other family occasion, be sure to visit our Community Center as your preferred local destination. Conveniently located away from the city’s busiest streets, the City’s Community Center greets people with its two-story building, basketball gymnasium, baseball field and a playground with nice shades, perfect for business gatherings and personal celebrations. For detail information about rental opportunities, please contact Cultural and Human Services Department of the City of Sunny Isles Beach, located at 18115 North Bay Road, at 305.792.1706 or visit City’s website

Igal Fedida Fine Art Gallery Feb. 24, at 7 pm-midnight The Symphony of Colors at 9471 Harding Ave in Surfside will be an evening event bringing artists and art lovers together to experience Igal Fedida’s new artwork, new techniques and new energy. The event will begin at 7PM and continue until 12AM. There will be wine, artists and new artwork by Igal Fedida. Igal’s artistic journey derives from the countless images he’s taken while traveling to the far reaches of Earth and from the original canvas-

es of heart rendered symbolist and expressionistic works. His mediums are many and influences akin to the school of thought which brought about the concept of moving art. Igal Fedida is described as the “new kid in town,” his art fascinating viewers with its daring, yet pleasant and captivating result. Igal’s approach is intriguing people to explore, learn and feel abstract. If you love art, you NEED to be at this event! Bring your friends!

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Kiwanis Key Club at ATMSHS receives Charter


On Thursday evening, January 27, 2011, the Kiwanis Key Club at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High School received its official charter, club banner, club bell and club gavel. The newly formed Kiwanis Key Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of North Miami Beach - Sunny Isles Beach. Ms. Sally Alayon, Principal of Alonzo & Tracy Mourning SHS asked the Kiwanis Club to open up a Key Club in her newly constructed school. Ms. Katrina Rossi is the Key Club Faculty Advisor and Mr. Jeffrey Berson is the Kiwanis Advisor. Kiwanis Key Club was established in 1925 and is celebrating its 85th anniversary. There are currently over 250,000 high school students in 28 countries who belong to this “student led” organization. Their focus is to challenge high

school students to give back to the community through service projects and to develop individual leadership skills. Above the club level officer, a Key Club member can run the for the office of Lt. Governor, District Secretary, District Treasurer, District Governor, International Trustee, International Vice President and International President. All officers are elected by the student members. Ms. Rossi welcomed one and all to the Charter Night Event. She introduced Ms. Lana Nudel, President of the Kiwanis Club of North Miami Beach - Sunny Isles Beach. Ms Nudel spoke to the parents and students about how her children have been involved with Key Club and community service. Her youngest son, Bobby, was a Key Club Lt. Governor. Both of her children are attending the University of Florida and are members of the Kiwanis Circle K Club at the school.

Next, Kiwanis Advisor Jeffrey Berson was introduced. Before he made his remarks, he introduced the 2010-2011 Key Club Lt. Governor Makisha Noel from North Miami Beach SHS. She spoke about students being their best and seeking leadership positions. Mr. Berson briefly spoke about the great opportunity awaiting the Key Club members as they embark upon their great adventure. Next to be introduced was Mr. Tom Freiwald, current 2010-2011 Lt. Governor for Division 25 from the Kiwanis Club of Miami Lakes. He inspired the audience to find projects in the community and to make a difference. Finally, Mr. David McCampbell, Key Club District Administrator, welcomed the newly established club into the Key Club family. He

provided a background to the Key Club organization with an invitation to attend the District and the International conventions. In addition, Ms. Tudor, Assistant Principal at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning SHS greeted the assembly on behalf of Principal Alayon. After the introductions and brief speeches, the Kiwanis Club of North Miami Beach Sunny Isles Beach call to the stage the newly elected officers of the Kiwanis Key Club of Alonzo & Tracy Mourning SHS. The Kiwanis members presented a club banner, a club bell, a club gavel and Key Club workbooks. A framed, signed “charter” will be forthcoming from Kiwanis International. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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