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Memorial Regional Hospital South and Warren Henry Auto Group host James G. Rebholz, National Chair, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve BY BARI AUERBACH


mployer Support of the Guard and Reserve works tirelessly to make sure our returning heroes have the ability to earn a living – giving them their livelihoods and lives back after they’ve defended ours.” The Aventura Marketing Council’s February breakfast meeting hosted by Memorial Regional Hospital South and Warren Henry Auto Group featured a tribute to members of the military and a presentation by James G. Rebholz, Chair of the National Committee for Department and Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Rebholz oversees national ESGR operations with a network of over 4,200 volunteers located in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Europe.

Tom Bullock, Peter Caspari and Warren Lubow, ESGR; Rear Admiral Tom Brown; Phillip Speake, ESGR; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; James G. Rebholz; Doug Zaren, Memorial Regional Hospital South; Warren Zinn and Larry Zinn, Warren Henry Auto Group; Capt. Scott Buschman

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed business and community leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, who learned about the many benefits associated with hiring unemployed Guard and Reserve veterans returning home from tours of duty. Following the presentation of colors by the Navy Jr. ROTC of Krop Sr. High and the National Anthem sung by Jasmine Michaels of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High, Rebholz emphasized, ““When you hire a Guard and Reserve person, you’re getting somebody who has been tested under stressful conditions; shows initiative; is dependable and disciplined; has an innate sense of responsibility; will be drug-free, physically fit and willing to work. I believe that is the definition of an Standing room only at Aventura Marketing Council’s February Breakfast Meeting at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort (PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN)

employee that any employer would want to have.” Rebholz also requested input and information. “Tell us what would make it easier for you to employ a military member and what policies you think could benefit your business.” Business leaders can visit the website and register their company to be a supporter, pledging to give preferential hiring to returning National Guard and Reserve veterans. “Everyone who has served is truly a patriot,” Rebholz said. “Without these heroes, we would not have the great country we have.” During the meeting, AMC members also learned more about Memorial Regional Hospital South and Warren Henry Auto Group, specializing in Jaguar, Volvo,

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Around Town in Aventura Florida Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem hosts Boys Night Out Jeffrey Herman, Avi Weintraub, David Martin, Mitch Feldman

Raz Socarras, Alex Matz, Eran Frai

Keith Singer, Stephen Fiske, Ron Cohen

Michael Braun and Michael Yavner

The Florida Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem (BTJ) recently held their second “Boys Night Out”. These social get-togethers are open to any men wishing to get involved with BTJ’s activities in South Florida. Many of the Boys Night Out attendees are traveling to Israel on Boys Town Jerusalem’s Men’s Mission, March 29th through April 5th. Alex Halberstein is the Chair of Florida Friends of Boys Town Jerusalem. For more information about Boys Night Out or the Men’s Mission, contact Gary Arnowitz at 305-6540001 or

Alex Matz, Eran Frai, Max Benoliel, Jay Kopf, Glenn Moses

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida presents Dr. Ouch!

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ous adventure. As part of the “Ballets for the With costumes designed by Family” series and in an effort Jorge Gallardo and sets by to keep young audiences Elena and Igor Bond, this wonengaged in classical ballet, Arts derful production will delight Ballet Theatre of Florida preseveryone ages 2 to 92. ents for the enjoyment of the Principal professional dancers entire family, its popular and Lisa Maltseva and Shannon fun ballet Dr. Ouch! Smith along with Andrey Dr. Ouch! is a story based Konkin and Renee Roberts on the poems of Kornei will dance the principal roles Chukovsky about a doctor of the exotic birds. that cures animals. The ballet, with music of I. Dr. Ouch! will be presented Morozov and choreography Sat., March 5th at 7 p.m. and by Vladimir Issaev, tells the Sun., March 6th at 3 p.m. at the fun adventures lived by Dr. Julius Littman Performing Arts Ouch, when he is called to Theater and Sat., March 12th help the monkeys in Africa and Sun. March 13th at the who have become very ill. Amaturo Theatre of the During his journey, he Broward Center for the (PHOTO BY JOEY G. PHOTOGRAPHY) encounters tropical animals Performing Arts. For additional information 305-948-4777 or and exotic birds while mischievous pirates make Dr. Ouch’s mission a difficult but hilari-

Sandra Joel, wife of Aventura Comm. Billy Joel and Arlene Diamond, wife of Aventura Vice Mayor Bob Diamond enjoy lunching at mad mac / The Chocolate Lounge located in the Biscayne Commons shopping plaza while brushing up on their French with mad mac owner Pascal Cohen (center).

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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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With two feet and a heartbeat Aventura Hospital kicks-off American Heart Month According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in our nation. Aventura Hospital is committed to fighting cardiovascular disease and educating the public on how to live a heart-healthy life. On Tuesday, February 1st, Aventura Hospital hosted a special American Heart Month kick-off event at the hospital’s main lobby. Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond presented Aventura Hospital’s CEO Heather Rohan, with a proclamation that declared February 1, 2011, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center American Heart Month. Aventura Hospital’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Charles Shenker, addressed attendees, along with cardiologist Dr. Enrique Hanabergh who spoke about the importance of being “heart smart,” eating well and exercising. Also in attendance was Gretchen Semancik, the American Heart Association’s South Florida Heart Walk Director. Guests also heard from two former cardiac patients whom shared their positive stories about the care they received at Aventura Hospital. The event culminated with a “heart walk” around the hospital campus. Dozens of employees, physicians and members of

the community participated in the walk. The event closed with a heart-healthy cocktail reception. For details, visit

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Claudio Stivelman, Guest of Honor at Chai Lifeline Gala Chai Lifeline Southeast, the regional branch of the international children’s health support network, has announced that entrepreneur and businessman Claudio Stivelman will be the Guest of Honor at its 18th Annual Gala on Tuesday, March 22nd at the Westin Diplomat in Hollywood. Stivelman is a successful real estate developer with interests across Latin America and the United States. In the past decade, he has propelled his company, Shefaor Development, to success through real estate investments in and along the northern coast of Miami-Dade County and Thunder Alley, in the heart of Aventura. He currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the Aventura Marketing Council. The 18th Annual Gala celebrates Chai Lifeline’s 18 years of helping seriously ill children and their families cope with the crises and daily challenges of serious pediatric illness. The not-for-profit organization offers a comprehensive network of programs and services for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses or serious chronic conditions, their siblings, and parents.

From the moment of diagnosis, Chai Lifeline’s professional staff and dedicated volunteers provide extensive emotional support; hot meals and transportation assistance to medical appointments; counseling; information and referrals; assistance with insurancerelated questions and challenges; educational support that includes tutoring, loans of laptop computers and webcam connections between schools and hospitalized or homebound students; and recreational activities for children and families. The organization’s flagship programs are two overnight camps, Camp Simcha/Camp Simcha Special, designed to meet the medical and social needs of very sick children and teens. These camps give 430 campers a vacation from disease and disability every summer. Corporate sponsorship for Chai Lifeline’s 18th Annual Gala ranges from $5,000 to $100,000, and includes a table for 10 with signage, and recognition in the program and commemorative journal. Individual reservations begin at $250. For information or to make a donation to the dinner campaign, visit or call Cyd at 305-956-9990.

Yes Pasta! Trattoria Italiana spices home cooking with musical entertainment BY LYNN CARROLL

If anything could top fresh, wholesome Italian food, it’s fresh, wholesome Italian food with live music. Experience both starting at 7 p.m. this Saturday, February 26th, when pianist Juvenal Correa-Salas will entertain diners at Yes Pasta! Trattoria Italiana, 14871 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. “All our pasta is either homemade or imported from Italy,” says owner Flaminia Morin. “We offer whole-wheat

Yes Pasta! features live music Sat., Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m.

and gluten-free varieties in addition to traditional blends. Diners can create their own dishes by selecting their own type of pasta, sauce and toppings. We’re ready to please seafoodand meat-lovers as well as vegetarians.” Top the pasta with your choice from 15 varieties of sauce, she says, and tasty add-ons. “Everything is made at the last minute,” Morin says, “so that it’s very fresh.” When Morin moved from Rome to Miami, she says, she brought all her family recipes with her, including such rarities as her grandmother’s special marinara sauce, Sugo della Nonna. Here, she teamed up with Chef Paolo Del Papa, who served an apprenticeship with the famous Yes Pasta! in Biscayne Commons captures the feel of a contemporary Italian bistro with Chef Antonello Tagliabue, and describes his comfortable seating inside and out –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– cooking “as fresh and genuine Italian as it gets.” Yes Pasta! Italian Trattoria, Morin explains, was creat- fritte. Look for daily specials based on the availability of ed with one goal in mind: “I wanted to serve Italian spe- fresh ingredients. For lunch, Morin says, attention goes to light soups, cialties made only with fresh local and very select fresh salads and delicious, innovative paninis. imported Italian ingredients.” Yes Pasta! Italian Trattoria is open for lunch and dinChef Paolo’s specialties include Dentice al Forno –– red snapper with shrimp, mussel and calamari –– and ner seven days a week. For information or reservations, visit Filetto di Manzo con Pancetta –– beef tenderloin with pancetta in a herb sauce, fried calamari and zucchine or call 305-944-1006.

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Psychologically Disabled People

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING Sometimes you may be hurt or even devastated by what someone says or does. They may say false, vicious and malicious things about you or to you. They can be odious and cruel. They may attempt to discredit, disparage slander, insult, malign, and vilify you. Their behavior causes mental pain and distress. When you are hurt and someone has wounded you it is normal to feel unhappy, angry, aggravated and resentful. These emotions are not only unpleasant but the chemicals they create can actually harm your brain. To protect yourself and your brain there are several things you can do. One way to handle it is to tell yourself that you are not the cause of their painful words or actions. The offending person is disabled or damaged. They are emotionally and psychologically handicapped. They are afflicted with a condition that prevents them from

exhibiting behavior within the normal range. A psychologically disabled person is unable to function in a desirable way. They lack the ability to interact with common courtesies and kindness. They possess unpleasant aspects to their personalities. A nasty person is usually emotionally disabled. They create feelings of distaste, disgust, disdain and dislike inside of you. Their behavior can shock and disappoint you. They cannot fulfill your expectations for civil behavior or treatment. If the hurtful individual is damaged then you do not have to be angry with them on a personal level. After all, how can you be angry at the individual when it is their disability that is creating their unpleasant and offensive behavior? It is helpful if you can let go of any hope that they will change. Accept the situation for what it is. This may take a while but continue to pursue it. You can also cope by diffusing and dissociating. Do not take anything personally. Do not rise to the bait and allow yourself to be upset. This is better for you and your brain. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309

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CIA to honor Judy Drucker at NFL athletes share secrets of training at Fairmont Turnberry Isle Champion of the Arts luncheon BY LYNN CARROLL

Citizens Interested in Arts, also known as CIA, is shining the spotlight on Florida impressaria Judy Drucker at its 2011 Champion of the Arts luncheon on March 8 in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue. Drucker, founder of the Concert Association of Florida, held sway over the cultural scene of South Florida for more than four decades, carving a niche for herself as one the world’s outstanding arts administrators. Among her many firsts was bringing to Miami a full-length ballet featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theater. Now in its 12th year, the CIA has to date raised more than $700,000 for members of more than 100 area arts organizations, and CIA President Stuart Geller, principal of Geller Design Group, announced a goal of $1 million by 2012. “We just gave out $89,000 to 35 grantees in January,” he said. “In this chal-

lenged economy we’ve turned a corner and are making a difference in supporting the arts and visual artists of South Florida. We’re a force to reckon with.” Former CIA President Lenore TobySimmons is co-chairing the awards luncheon with Hollis Freimark. “This event promises to be our very finest yet,” Geller added. “It’s really an honor to lead such an extraordinary group of passionately committed members, and it’s a thrill to pay tribute to one of the region’s most renowned arts patrons, a woman who over the years developed a working relationship with the world’s most celebrated artists.” The CIA now has more than 300 members and meets regularly on the second Wednesday of the month from October to May. The membership fee is $125 annually. Cost to attend the awards luncheon is $85; $100 for a Patron Ticket. For luncheon tickets or information, call 305-733-0061. For membership information, contact Rosalie Borg, 954-925-6268.

Over 30 to 40 NFL Combine athletes, including nearly all of the top prospects from the University of Miami in addition to top rated players such as Derek Sherrod from Mississippi State and Evan Royster who distinguished himself as the leading rusher in Penn State’s history, took a short break recently to talk about their intensive eightweek training with nationally acclaimed Performance Coach Pete Bommarito of Bommarito Performance Systems. Pete Bommarito with UM Orlando Franklin Bommarito is renowned for –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– his NFL Combine preparation program and has produced a ly created a luxury fitness and training large number of first-round draft picks experience for the resort’s guests and club including Eli Manning. His company’s members that’s identical to what profesheadquarters is stationed at the legendary sional athletes receive. Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura. With For pricing and more information about the help of Dr. Matthew Cooper of USA Bommarito Performance Systems at Sports Therapy, Bommarito has successful- Fairmont Turnberry Isle, call 305-933-6930.

Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center welcomes Israel’s Amb. Yehuda Avner, Feb. 27th Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, under the lead- years. Their messages are consistently electrifying ership of Chairman of the Board William Landa, and express how their organizations are supporting President Laurence Herrup, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun, Israel. We take great pride in helping to educate our Cantor David Muchnick, and Executive Vice community on current affairs and deliver to them the President, Dr. Amir Baron, brings many interesting most thought-provoking and insightful Jewish theand distinguished speakers to the comologians.” munity each year. ATJC and Israel Ambassador Avner was born in Bonds are collaborating to bring one Manchester, England in 1928. He arrived such exciting speaker to the Aventura in Israel shortly before independence in community. Israel’s Ambassador Yehuda 1947 and is a founding member of Avner will be giving a lecture and book Kibbutz Lavi in Galilee. His prolific signing on Sunday, February 27th at career includes such positions as 10:30 a.m. Counselor at the Washington Embassy, Ambassador Avner’s will be disAmbassador to Great Britain, Ireland and cussing his most recent publication entiAustralia, speech writer and secretary for tled “The Prime Ministers,” which is the Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda first and only insider account of Israeli Meir, and advisor to Prime Ministers politics from the founding of the Jewish Israel’s Amb. Yehuda Avner Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and ––––––––––––––––– State to the near present-day. It reveals Shimon Peres. He is a fellow of the stunning details of life-and-death decision-making, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and a member of top-secret military operations and high level peace the Ambassadorial Appointments Committee. negotiations. It brings readers into the orbits of Ambassador Avner’s lecture and book signing is world figures, including Menachem Begin, Yitzhak free and open to the community. “The Prime Rabin, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Henry Ministers” books are $20 each and will be limited in Kissinger, Yasser Arafat, Margaret Thatcher, supply. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Princess Diana and the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Community members may contact Aventura Dr. Amir Baron, ATJC’s Exec. VP, remarked, “We Turnberry Jewish Center at 305-937-1880, are fortunate to have been able to bring such impor-, or visit for more information tant speakers into our synagogue for the past twenty regarding speakers and programs ATJC.

Vi at Aventura offers estate-planning session on use of life insurance When it comes to providing for loved ones, few things are more important than estate planning. Vi at Aventura, a continuing lifecare community, invites members of the community to attend an estate-planning luncheon at 12 noon on March 2nd at 19333 West Country Club Drive featuring life insurance expert Howard Kaye. It's an opportunity to learn innovative uses of life insurance to create and preserve wealth, says Marjorie Aloni, Vi Aventura's community relations manager. She says attendees get a complimentary lunch as well as Howard Kaye’s brochure and DVD. Attendees will learn how to: Increase the new $5 million unified gift and estate tax exemption upwards of $50 million for the ultimate benefit of your family; Accommodate the future changes in the estate tax laws, which begin in 22 months; Give your estate away twice; Increase the net ultimate value of your IRA up to 10 times what it presently would be worth after all taxes for the benefit of your heirs and favorite charities; Have a guaranteed exit strategy from your life insurance policy after 15 years if you no longer wish to continue the coverage. “Last to die life insurance only”; Create your own inheritance using the new 401-kaye plan; How one payment of $30,000 can create upwards of $1 million of last to die life insurance for a 7 to 23 year period of time based on your health and ages; Social security income or $2 million for charity? Your choice; Review your existing life insurance and possibly reduce your premiums or increase your death benefit without any additional costs; and receive higher than average yields on certain fixed annuity products. To reserve a seat, call 1-800-343-7424. To be placed on a mailing list to be informed about other financial seminars as they are scheduled, call 305-692-4829.

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‘Going Green’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY On Feb. 24, the community is invited to attend the 2011 Aventura Go Green Expo & Symposium at Government Center featuring exhibits by utility providers; energy saving FPL tips; and recycling benefits from Waste Management. But there are some more innovative ways everyone can become more environmentally conscious… *BYOB! Bring your on bag to shop at favorite stores. Even if you’re on a budget, just think how impressive it could be to walk around with shopping bags from Bal Harbour filled with great deals from Target and Old Navy! *Turn off the Tap – We could all save gallons of water just by taking all of our laundry to the dry cleaners and waiting ‘til it rains to get a car wash. Of course, showering less often isn’t really an option – but if you happen to live in an Aventura commu-

nity with one of those fountains…well, you get the idea!


*Conserve Energy – You could switch to energy-saving light blubs – but if you’re interested in sparking some romance, try lighting candles. Installing dimmers can also help minimize the appearance of tiny lines and wrinkles – saving us all lots of money on cosmetic procedures! *Fuel Efficiency - Getting a hybrid vehicle is great – but why not generate even more fuel efficiency by walking at least a mile – and if you do it in someone else’s shoes, that would really be altruistic! *Recycle Paper – Instead of writing memos, text more often – and to expedite things, learn acronyms like “RTTOTL” (remember to turn off the lights). We could also wait for some good front page news to be printed and then ask the delivery guy to just keep bringing the same paper back every day! *Save Green – Many Aventura stores are offering bargains, so don’t feel guilty about spending a little more…after all, you’re just doing your part to help stimulate the economy!

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Feb. 23 - Mar. 1, 2011

Memorial Regional Hospital South and Warren Henry Auto Group host James G. Rebholz, National Chair, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Phillip Speake flanked by Army staffers Sullivan and Aviles

AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman and AMC President Elaine Adler presented with special honor by ESGR (L-R) Phillip Speake, ESGR; Rear Admiral Tom Brown; Schulman; James G. Rebholz; Adler; Capt. Scott Buschman ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Right: Lt. Comm. Brett Bormann; Warren Lubow, ESGR

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Infiniti and Range Rover. “Memorial Regional Hospital South, located on Washington Street in Hollywood, is part of the Memorial Healthcare System,” said Administrator Doug Zaren. “We offer a boutique environment that enhances the hospital experience and promotes healing for our patients. Our

Col. George Rosser; Peter Caspari, ESGR

280-bed community hospital has been significantly upgraded to provide efficient, high-quality medical and surgical services in an attractive, nurturing and homelike setting.” Beyond 24-hour emergency care ranging from minor illnesses to chronic medical conditions, this year the hospital opened the only Geriatric Emergency unit of its kind in South Florida. Other special amenities include 130 private rooms; the Orthopedic Institute of South Florida; a Rehabilitation Institute with 56 beds; The Women’s Institute of Florida; a Sleep Study program; Hospice Unit; plus outpatient services including a variety of medical/surgical procedures and diagnostic testing. During the meeting, everyone was impressed by a luxurious Jaguar and Volvo on display at the Newport courtesy of Warren Henry Zinn, who noted, “We’re now starting our 35th year in business.” AMC members were happy to hear Warren Henry “Preferred Members” can buy a new auto for just three percent over dealer invoice plus keep all applicable factory rebates. The “Warren Henry Advantage” also provides special perks such as complimentary car washes with every

Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust and Stephanie Trump, The Trump Group

Grant Miller, Aventura News; Larry Barditch, Warren Henry Auto Group ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

service; Saturday hours for service and parts; a variety of financing plans; courtesy shuttle service and loaners; priority service appointments, VIP collision service; 10% off service and parts; plus the Warren Henry best value guarantee.

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Memorial Regional Hospital South and Dan Palmer, Aventura News (right) presents host plaques to Warren Zinn, Warren Henry Auto Group and Doug Zaren, Memorial Regional Hospital South Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust

Larry Zinn, Warren Henry Auto Group; Cyd Yardeny, Chai Lifeline; Floyd Raglin, Warren Henry Auto Group

Tom Bullock, Phillip Speake and James G. Rebholz, ESGR

Daniel Samson, Kula & Samson; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel; Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank Rear Admiral Tom Brown; Guest; Doug Zaren, Memorial Regional Hospital South

Charles Orvieto, Orvieto’s Trophies Awards & More with Larry Zinn Phillip Speake; Kim Cera, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security Corporation

Above: Victor Gimera; Brooke Wise; Ira Haber, All In 1 Productions; Nicole Denmon, FOX Sports Network; Floyd Raglin, Warren Henry Auto Group; Dr. David Muransky, Aventura Chiropractic Care Center –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Denise Rubin, Prudential Florida Realty; Oscar Llorente, Mount Sinai Medical Center AMC Chairman Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman

Grant Miller and Dan Palmer, Aventura News

Right: Eric Beck, IT Doctors; Michael Yavner, BNY Mellon Wealth Management


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Warren Henry Auto Group host James G. Rebholz

Krop Sr. High Navy JROTC Color Guard under the direction of Capt. Tyson

Stephane L’Ecuyer, IDEA International Design Engineering Architecture; Charlene Welker, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup presents membership plaque to Margie Rankin, ABM Security Services

Aventura Police Chief Steve Steinberg; Ofc. Sabina Lewandowska; Det. Emilio Perez ; Aventura Commissioners Luz Weinberg and Billy Joel; Aventura Vice Mayor Bob Diamond; Maira Diaz-Giusti, Coconut Grove Bank

Paul Ackerman, Ackerman King & Associates; Cyd Yardeny, Chai Lifeline; Rick Moore and Wendy Siegel, Forty-Plus Fitness

Jan Solomon and Arthur Meyer, Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus; Stephanie DeThomas, Sunny Isles Beach

Guests had the opportunity to preview the sleek new 2011 Jaguar, Dr. Wilbert ‘Tee’ Holloway, AT&T / M-DCPS School Board; Rear Infinity and Volvo upon entry at the Newport Admiral Tom Brown; Ben Launerts, Marksman Security Corporation

Joseph Versacio, Merchant Data Systems; Mayor Edelcup; Kemar Fearon, Manchester Wealth Management; Jennifer Grigorian, iHeart Promos

Warren Zinn, Warren Henry Auto Group Jasmine Michaels, student at (right) presents Brandon Marshall autoBrian Sharpe, Sharpe Properties; Stuart Tucker, World Assets; Katherine Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. graphed football to door prize winner Greg Lapidoth, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Gringruz, High sang National Anthem

Veronica Martin (far left) and Marina Montesino (right) gather with North Miami Beach Sr. High student greeters representing the GEMS

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Osteoporosis and Tooth Loss BY JOSE ALVAREZ DMD

Osteoporosis is a bone condition that affects over 10 million Americans, particularly women. The condition is a result of the natural aging process, characterized by a decrease in bone mass and the deterioration of bone tissue. Our bones become brittle, porous and thin, making us more susceptible to fracture. Loss of estrogen production in women is a major factor in decreased bone density. While we may be aware that this condition affects our bodies, particularly the hips, wrists and spine, it also affects the jaw, creating dental problems. As a matter of fact, over 90% of women over the age of 65 suffer from some form of dental bone loss. If you’re missing teeth, the process is greatly accelerated. However, a great way to prevent further loss is to replace any missing teeth with dental implants, which will firmly anchor the false tooth and help in stalling the progression of osteoporosis of the jaw. This happens because you’re distributing the impact of chewing more evenly. Early warning signs of oral osteoporo-

sis may include: loosening of teeth, poorly fitting dentures, difficulty in speaking or eating or teeth detaching from the gums. If you experience any of these symptoms, a simple visit to the dentist can diagnose the presence of osteoporosis in the jaw with an X-ray. If a diagnosis is made, you will need to follow up with a visit to your physician to determine overall bone health with a non-invasive bone density test. Treatment may include calcium and/or hormonal replacement therapy. As always, prevention is the key in preserving our health. Regular exercise, a healthy diet and regular visits to the dentist all play a major role in ensuring good oral health. You should visit your dentist at least once or twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Our office offers all phases of dentistry, including the most advanced cosmetic procedures available in our industry. All performed in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Give us a call and we’d be happy to schedule you a consultation. Jose J. Alvarez, DMD & Associates, 3483 NE 163rd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33160. Ask Us About Our “Wise Choice Dental Program” (305) 948- 5002

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Now is the time to double check your personal credit rating

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH With the U.S. economy slowly turning around, and the recovery apparently improving, now is a perfect time to double check your personal credit rating and start working to improve it. That’s a good idea now because a slip of just a few points in your credit score can make it tougher for you to get a house, buy a car or even apply for a job. Al Bingham is a financial advisor who recently published a book called “The Road to 850.” He says that 68O is the magic number. If you stay above that, he says that lenders will consider you safe. But, he warns, if you fall below that score, you may be considered risky. Your credit score can drop 60, 80, 100 points in no time,” Bingham suggests. So what can you do about it? The Federal Trade Commission advises you to double check your credit report and dispute, in writing, any errors you find. Look for missing charge accounts that you’ve paid off, but might not be listed anymore. They can help improve your credit history, especially if you don’t currently have

many credit card accounts or revolving credit loans. Try accelerating payments on any open loans or credit cards and wherever possible, try to negotiate lower interest rates on them. However, avoid debt repair offers and advance-fee loans, which often can be little more than just another financial scam. Also, many so-called “free” credit reports carry extra charges. Only is federally approved and offers actual no-charge annual reports. Nevertheless, Bingham warns consumers not to take their credit scores for granted. “If you don’t pay attention to it, it will cost you,” he says. “I guarantee it will really cost you.” As the economy improves, more and more consumers will be challenged to seek new jobs, get new loans or apply for new credit cards. However, working on improving your credit rating right now will make it a lot easier to better guarantee your financial future will be better than it was during the height of the recession. For information on checking your credit score, go to <>. Watch Al Sunshine’s “CBS Money Watch” reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon. You may find Al’s blog at

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Travel Tips

See a Space Shuttle blast off into a wide blue sky BY DAVID GEDANSKY See a Space Shuttle Launch With NASA’s Space Shuttle Program nearing an end, there isn’t much time left to witness a space shuttle launch in person. At this writing, the final launches from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla., include Space Shuttle Discovery on February 24; Space Shuttle Endeavor on April 19; and Space Shuttle Atlantis on June 28. To arrange to be an eyewitness to one of these thrilling launches, talk with your travel professional as soon as possible, as accommodations near the space center tend to sell out well in advance of a launch. The closest possible viewing area is located within Kennedy Space Center, which makes a limited number of launchday tickets available in the weeks before a launch. You may be able to purchase a special package that includes a behind-thescenes tour and even a meet-and-greet with astronauts. If tickets are not available, there are plenty of public places where you can view a shuttle launch, especially along U.S. Highway 1 in Titusville and State Road A1A in Cocoa Beach. In Titusville, popular spots to for launch-watching include Marina Park, Sand Point Park, and Space View Park; in Cocoa Beach, head for the Cocoa Beach Pier, Alan Shepard Park or Fischer Park. All of these locations have parking (some charge a small fee) and restrooms for public use. Although you will be outside the Space Center, you’ll still be able to see the bright flash and hear the thundering roar of the shuttle’s engines, to say nothing of the excitement of watching the spacecraft lift into the sky. Remember that launch times and dates are subject to change and delays due to unavoidable technical or weather issues: so, it’s best if your plans are somewhat flexible. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to watch a space shuttle blast off into a wide blue sky on its way to the International Space Station. For more information, contact your travel professional. Discover Machu Picchu July 24 will mark the 100th anniversary of the rediscovery of Machu Picchu, Peru, by the American explorer Hiram Bingham. Machu Picchu (Old Mountain) was built on a mountain ridge in the 15th century by the Incas, who once ruled a vast territory in and around the Andes mountain range. A stunning archeological remnant of Inca culture, Machu Picchu is located in

mist-covered green mountains dotted with striking rock formations. The complex includes walls, terraces, ramps, temples and residences made from large rocks that were somehow precisely cut and polished. In some cases, entire flights of steps are carved from a single block of granite. Some experts say Machu Picchu was a place of rest and relaxation for nobility; some say it was a sacred site; and others believe it was a fortress. Whatever its past, Machu Picchu was unknown to most of the world before Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911. Bingham came upon the remote mountain site while searching for the city of Vilcamaba, which was a refuge for the Incas during the Spanish conquest. The 100th anniversary of Bingham’s rediscovery provides a great opportunity to join Peruvians in celebrating the history and heritage of the Incas. While Machu Picchu was never found by any invader, today it is Peru’s most-visited tourist attraction. Visitors usually embark from the city of Cuzco, about 50 miles away, or from the smaller town of Aguas Calientes at the foot of the mountain. After taking a train, bus or taxi to Aguas Calientes, the only way to get to Machu Picchu itself is by bus or by foot. Walking the route is best left to the fit and adventurous, but is a wonderful way to fully enjoy the area’s majestic beauty. If you do hike up and down from the ruins, you can look forward to soaking in one of the hot springs for which Aguas Calientes is named before turning in for the night. To plan your journey to Machu Picchu, talk with your travel professional. Business Travel Staying Fit on the Road Hurried fast-food meals and long client dinners cause a lot of business travelers to gain a bit of weight when on the road, while late hours and lack of opportunity can also disrupt their exercise schedules. However, it is possible to maintain or even increase your fitness while traveling – it just takes a bit of extra effort. For example, take the time to put a pair of athletic shoes and socks into the bag that you carry with you to meetings while on the road. If you find yourself with an hour to spare between meetings, put those socks and shoes on and go for a walk. You won’t want to work up a sweat in your business clothes, but you don’t have to – walking at a relaxed, moderate pace contributes to fitness, too. If you like working out in a gym environment after business hours, ask your hotel’s concierge or front desk staff for advice. They’ll be able to direct you to be nearest full-service gym and tell you how much a guest pass will cost, or if they provide them for free. Or, your hotel may have

a well-equipped fitness center with everything you need. For example, many Hilton hotel fitness centers have new cardiovascular workout equipment (ellipticals, bikes and treadmills), each with its own TV screen and headphones, as well as space to stretch. A huge part of staying fit on the road is watching what you eat. While on a trip, it’s very easy to grab food that’s quick and convenient but not necessarily healthy. Try to

bypass processed snacks: grab an apple or a protein bar instead. Eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, order lean meats or fish for meals, and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and feeling full. Travel Leaders, Aventura’s travel agency of choice for over 24 years. For additional information call Travel Leaders at 305-935-5560 or or

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Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tallest, largest office tower receives a new name BY GREG SALSBURG

Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tallest and largest office tower and center totaling 1.225 million square feet, in the heart of Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Business District, recently announced it is receiving a new name. The name, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southeast Financial Center,â&#x20AC;? gives homage to the past, while reflecting the future direction of the tower as the premier business hub. The tower was known previously as Wachovia Financial Center, named after one of its tenants, which continues its lease of 130,000 square feet of space for the next six years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The decision to rename the property reflects the regal business stature that has been in place for over 25 years,â&#x20AC;? said Donald Cartwright, director of leasing with Cushman & Wakefield, on behalf of the property owner, institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Global Real Assets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Southeast Financial Center is home to the most prestigious corporate users in Miami and represents the epicenter for the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s business as well as the gateway to the Americas.â&#x20AC;? On the heels of significant office renewals and expansions and marquis new retail tenants such as The Newsstand CafĂŠ by Books &

Books, Southeast Financial Center has seen positive results from its numerous capital improvements. The property has enhanced the work/life experience of its office tenants, including the addition of granite pedestrian walkways, an enhanced park setting with shade trees and various foliage upgrades and planters, new lighting, and a convenient pick-up/drop-off location. Today, the Southeast Financial Center is the largest leased tower in the state of Florida with more than one million square feet occupied. Located at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami, Southeast Financial Center is comprised of two buildings â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a 55-story Class A Office Tower distinguished by its striking â&#x20AC;&#x153;saw-toothâ&#x20AC;? design on the northeast corner of the façade and a 15-story Annex Building which houses the popular Downtown Athletic Club and 1,200 parking spaces. Connecting the Office Tower and Annex buildings is a 30,000-square-foot outdoor plaza landscaped with shade trees and a variety of lush native plantings. A steel and glass canopy attached 150 feet from the ground provides a unique architectural connection between the two structures, and adds an aesthetically pleasing ambiance to the plaza.

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Great entertainment in a beautiful waterfront setting CIRCUMCISE ME Z March 16-27 Go on a spiritual journey spanning four decades, two continents, and 3 circumcisions as you enjoy this rare collision of comedy and theater that’ll have you howling with laughter.

ZERO HOUR Z February 16-27 Directed by 3-time Oscar nominee Piper Laurie

The comedic genius and volatile life of theater legend Zero Mostel is brilliantly brought to life by award-winning actor Jim Brochu. Aventura Foreign Film Series presents

Rob Garrett “King of Diamonds” A Neil Diamond Tribute Z April 2 He’s headlined at Caesar’s Palace, the Sands Hotel and the Tropicana in Las Vegas, and performed around the world. Now this dynamic artist comes to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

Still Walking Z March 1 Hosted by Shelly Isaacs. This exquisite family drama from beloved director KoreEda Hirokazu shines with warmth and understanding and was critically acclaimed at the Toronto, Tribeca, and San Francisco International Film Festivals. Amor de Tango - The Love Increases Z March 5 Created by Eddy and Veronica Hernandez Trill, Amor de Tango is bursting with creativity, beauty, passion and drama, which will make you understand why tango is considered “the dance of love”.


A GRAND TOUR The Songs of Jerry Herman Z March 9-13 There is never an evening when, somewhere in the world, the music and lyrics of Jerry Herman are not being sung, including his memorable hits “Hello Dolly,” “La Cage aux Folles,” “Mame,” and more.

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Simply Streisand: A Tribute to the Artistry of Barbra Streisand Z April 9 From the hair down to the trademark nails and signature sound, award-winning tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio is “Simply Streisand” in every way. This spectacular show with live band will have you humming “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “The Way We Were” and more. THE NIGHT IS FILLED WITH MUSIC The Songs of the RKO Picture Era Z April 13-17 This fantastic musical revue narrated by Barry Leavitt brings back the timeless tunes of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and many others who wrote movie scores for Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and all early Disney classics.

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‘Pretty Delicious’ features lean and lovely recipes BY BARI AUERBACH

Heralded as “The most irresistibly beautiful collection of health-conscious recipes ever” -“Pretty Delicious” is the first new cookbook by Candice Kumai, co-host of the hit Lifetime series, Cook Yourself Thin. In “Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You” Kumai divulges delicious secrets for staying slim, saving money, cooking and eating well. The cookbook, promising to “kill dieting forever,” offers recipes for everything from satisfying breakfasts and elegant salads to hearty entrees - all low in calories and “bad” fats and loaded with good-for-you FWBs (Foods with Benefits) making every bite count toward good health. Kumai encourages men and women of all ages to obtain optimum health and wellness through their food. She believes in “thinking outside the box” - literally putting packaged food down and rediscovering what real food is again. “Get over that 1980’s term ‘dieting’ and start ‘living’ again! ” Kumai emphasizes, “If you took a few moments to work on preventative measures to stay healthy, fit and acquired more knowledge about what you are consuming on a day to day basis, you would never ever have to even come to the day where the lap-band became an option. “I’ve dedicated my life to simply creating awareness to getting proper nutrition into our lives. Improve your diet and your lifestyle - then you will slowly see everything in your world magically seem to fall in place. No more pills, depression, fatty love handles or sluggish days ahead of you.” Kumai suggest a few rules of thumb to remember: * If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, it’s chemical junk * If it’s pre-packaged with a label that says, “low-fat, low-carb, low-cal, sugar free (aka

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1-877-563-6647 chemicals!), fat free” - put it down and go for that organic apple, kale greens or blueberries instead. Dried fruit and nutty nuts are great options to snack on * Become a clever cook…think about making recipes that can last the whole week. Cook with quinoa, barley, oats in bulk and have some veggies, fresh fruits and dried herbs and spices on hand Kumai recently appeared on the Today Show to suggest delicious, healthful “Girls’ Night In” recipes including Spinach Artichoke Dip and Chinese Chicken Salad Chop Cups. Her website and cookbook also feature delicious, light recipes for innovative creations including Carmelized Pear and Gorgonzoloa Cheese Flatbread; Skinny Thighs French Fries; Spiced Pumpkin Gnocchi; Skinny, Sexy Spaghetti Squash; Homemade Granola Bars; Sunday Brunch Scones; and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread. For more delicious details about author/chef Candice Kumai, purchasing the cookbook “Pretty Delicious: Lean and Lovely Recipes for a Healthy, Happy New You” and to view the Girls’ Night In recipes featured on the Today Show, visit

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FIU presents “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: The Challenge of Hezbollah Events in Tunisia and now in Egypt have defied the status-quo in the Middle East. The recent fall of the proWestern Hariri government in Lebanon, and the alarming role of Hezbollah in this development, have also challenged America’s interests in the region. While Hezbollah plays a socio-economic and political role in Lebanon, it continues to maintain a strong armed presence hostile not only to Israel and the United States, but also to Lebanon and the region’s stability. On Monday, February 28th, FIU’s Middle East Society will be featuring a lecture by Mara Karlin of Johns Hopkins University. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Karlin was the Levant Director and Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Among her various tasks as Levant Director, Karlin was intimately involved in formulating U.S. policy on Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel-Palestinian

affairs. Pertaining to Lebanon, she helped build the Lebanese Armed Forces and coordinate nascent defense relations between the U.S. and Lebanon. Mark your calendar for Mon., Feb. 28th, 7 p.m. at the Wolfe University Center, Room 155, at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus (3000 NE 151st Street, North Miami, 33181). This event is free to attend and open to the public (parking is also free). Co-sponsors include: JCRC, AJC, ADL, Hillel Second Generation and FIU Shalom. For information call 305-919-5381 or

MARJCC presents Dancing With The World With the purpose of showcasing South Florida’s cultural diversity, and promoting a cultural interchange between numerous “communities”, the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center/Sanford L. Ziff Campus through its Bamachol Dance Program will present Dancing With The World, an International Folklore Festival. Dancing With The World, which takes place on Sun., March 6th at 6 p.m. at the new Aventura Arts & Cultural Center will assemble a multitude of folk dance troupes, each showcasing their own cultural background, and promote the union between various ‘small communities’ throughout South Florida. Performing troupes include ‘Brazarte’, a renowned, award winning dance company, that highlights Modern and Brazilian Folklore, Grupo Folclorico Puro Chile, Ballet Folclorico Aires Panamenos, Baila Flamenco, Live-in-color, Kulanu Israeli Dance Troupe, and many more. “This is truly a one of a kind event, where we have the opportunity to have on stage, Folk Dance Troupes from all over South Florida, representing our cultural diversity, and performing together in unity,” says

Esther Fuhrman, co-chairperson for the Bamachol Dance Program. “An event like this only exists in the West Coast until now,” explains Roger Weiger, artistic director of the Dancing With The World Festival. We are very happy to present such a unique program to our community and celebrate its colorful cultural heritage,” he adds. Dancing With The World will encompass two age categories - Youth: ages 13-18, and Adult: ages 19-35. Tickets for the performance will range between $15 - $45. For more information, contact Bamachol Dance Program Director, Roger Weiger at 305-932-4200 x152 or email

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Success for Kids inaugural 5k “Run for Success” empowering children one step at a time

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SFK - Success for Kids recently held its Inaugural 5K “Run for Success” in Aventura to raise money in support of the organization’s research-based character education programs taught within South Florida’s public schools. The event which was attended by more than 350 runners, walkers, volunteers and onlookers, was the organization’s closeout event for 2010 raising more than $160,000. With support from Grammy Award winning artist Jon Secada, The Miami Heat Dancers, Burnie the Mascot and a handful of sponsors – Glantz Law,, Muscle Milk, Magic City Casino, SmartWater, Powerade, Bagelmania - all in attendance enjoyed the breathtaking course, incredible weather and left inspired by the organization’s programs ability to empower children to transform fear into resiliency, hopelessness into a sense of purpose, and challenges into opportunities - no matter what circumstances they may face. “It’s so exciting to see so many people come out to support the South Florida students that Success for Kids serves,” said Yossef Sagi, executive director, SFKSouth Florida. “It is because of their support that we are able to provide programs that have helped children to overcome bullying activity, improve academic performance and classroom behavior. Not to mention helping them to realize that they have a purpose in life and can add value to the lives of others.” 5K “Run for Success” Results: Miguel Tellez, 39, won the top overall male position finishing the race in 16 minutes and 44 seconds. Akeeba Rose, 16, won the top overall female position with a finish time of 21 minutes and 4 seconds. Run for

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Success’ youngest, to win for her age category, ages 1 – 8, was 8-year-old Amaya rose who finished in 25 minutes and 47 seconds. Eighty-one year old Alberto Cortes finished the race in 33 minutes and 10 seconds as the most senior participant. Gloria Montecino won a limited edition 2010 SmartCar manufactured by Mercedes-Benz that was raffled off at the end of the race. Success for Kids, Inc. (SFK), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering at-risk children and youth to become resilient, productive citizens by delivering innovative research-based programs that enhance four personal strengths (interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, problem solving skills and self-sufficiency) and give students a greater sense of purpose in their lives. For more information, call 305-3566601 or visit

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County launches â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;GreenPrintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for more sustainable future BY MARIE BERTOT

Miami-Dade County recently launched â&#x20AC;&#x153;GreenPrint â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Our Design for a Sustainable Future,â&#x20AC;? a plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, cut energy, water and fuel consumption, and help develop a sustainable community for future generations. GreenPrint is the first collective and comprehensive steps to address climate change and to creating a resilient Miami-Dade County in terms of sustainability, environmental protection and climate change. The plan, which was developed by a diverse group of experts and community members, contains 137 separate initiatives that directly contribute to a reduction of GHG emissions. Some initiatives include the creating a Green Business Certification Program, continuing to transition the county fleet to hybrid electric vehicles, and improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. It is estimated GreenPrint initiatives will result in a reduction of 1.5 million metric

tons of emissions and an avoidance of 3.1 million metric tons over the next five years. Roughly speaking, 1.5 million metric tons of C02 emissions is approximately equivalent to the C02 emissions associated with making 144,000 trips around the earth; traveling the distance to the moon and back 7,500 times, or powering 206,000 homes in Miami-Dade County for the year. In addition, it is estimated that 1.5 million metric tons of C02 are equivalent to an energy cost savings of approximately $242 million (utilizing $0.09 per kwh as an average) over the next five years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We cannot forget that we are a coastal community, vulnerable to the effects of climate change and sea level rise,â&#x20AC;? said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is for these reasons that, since the early 1990s, the county has taken steps to protect our natural environment, people, and economy. And in recent years, we have accelerated our actions.â&#x20AC;? By committing to the U.S. Cool Counties Program, the county has agreed to pursue the

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Family Energy Day: Go green, save some green BY LEE STEPHENS

Miami-Dade County, along with Dream in Green, the Miami Science Museum (MiaSci) and Radio Disney AM 990, is hosting Family Energy Day on Saturday, Mar. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the museum, 3280 S. Miami Ave. Miami-Dade parents and children can come out and learn how to be environmentally friendly by playing interactive games with the Radio Disney Road Crew, participating in a Home Energy Savings Workshop and visiting energy exhibits at the museum. The Radio Disney Road Crew, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will be holding interactive games with a â&#x20AC;&#x153;greenâ&#x20AC;? theme where kids and families can learn about being good to our planet while winning some cool prizes. Miami-Dade residents also can attend a Miami-Dade Home Energy Savings Workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. (registration begins at 11:30 a.m.). The workshop is being held in collaboration with Dream in Green to educate residents on energy efficiency and conservation and provide homeowners with information, resources and incentives to reduce their utility costs. Participants will receive a free energy savings toolkit (limit one per household) valued at over $100 and will learn to track household energy consumption/reduction. To register, call 3-1-1 or visit <>. The workshop has limited space, and is open to the

first 50 registered residents. All event participants will have free access to MiaSciâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energy Garden from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., which includes the Human YoYo and the Giant Lever outdoor full-body exhibits. First, turn your body into a human yoyo and rocket yourself 10 feet in the air. Then, how would you like to be as strong as a giant? Experiment with the Giant Lever to lift not one, not two, not three, but as many as your friends as you can. In addition, Miami-Dade families that register for the Home Energy Savings Workshop will receive free entrance to the museum where they can enjoy the Energy Tracker exhibit. Throughout all of MiaSci is an ever-growing interconnected trail of hands-on exhibits that explore everything from basic energy principles to the future of renewable energy. Grab your ticket, select a line to follow, and visit stations along the route to track and identify different forms of energy. At the final stop, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a prize for each completed ticket! The Family Energy Day is part of the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy efficiency campaign, a communitywide energy education program managed by the Miami-Dade Office of Sustainability that will engage residents to gain support for energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling, and waste reduction and serve as a catalyst for longterm behavior changes resulting in reduced energy usage. Learn more about the campaign online at <>.

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Thomas the Tank Engine is pulling into the Gold Coast Railroad Museum for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour,â&#x20AC;? presented by HIT Entertainment, a worldwide leader in childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entertainment, and sponsored by MEGA Brands, a leading toy company. This fun-filled event, to be conducted on three consecutive weekends in March, offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will ride along with their favorite hero on his latest adventure. The tour, now in its 16th year, is making stops in more than 45 U.S. cities, including Miami, and is expected to welcome more than one million passengers in 2011. Attendees at the Day Out With Thomas event with have an opportunity to take a 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine; meet Sir Topham Hatt, controller of the railway; take part in activities for the whole family, including arts and crafts, storytelling, video viewing, and live music. There will be commemorative activities, merchandise and giveaways focusing on steam engines and diesel engines to celebrate the 2011 Thomas & Friends DVD movie Day of the Diesels (September 2011, Lionsgate). Dates are Mar. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20,

This fun-filled event, to be conducted on three consecutive weekends in March, offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thomas & Friendsâ&#x20AC;? series. with departures leaving at intervals throughout the day beginning at 9 a.m. The museum is located at 12450 SW 152 St. Tickets for Day Out With Thomas: Leader of the Track Tour 2011 are on sale now and available by calling Ticketweb toll-free at 1866-468-7630, or by visiting online at <> or <>. Ticket prices are $18 plus tax for ages 2 and up (service charges and fee may apply). For more information and directions contact the Gold Coast Railroad 305-2530063. For information on Thomas & Friends, visit online at <>.

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Join your favorite celebrity chefs at Jungle Island, Feb. 26 and 27 BY LARRY CARRINO

Foods Market Food Labs presented by Breville include: Michelle Bernstein, Produced by the same team who brings the Adrianne Calvo, Cat Cora, Melissa Food Network South Beach Wine & Food d’Arabian and Marcela Valladolid. Festival presented by Food & Wine to South Emceed by local, teenage foodie Jeremy Florida each February, Kohl’s Fun and Fit as Salamon, the children will sit down for a a Family featuring Kellogg’s Kidz Kitchen hands-on culinary experience of cooking will return for its fourth year, Feb. 26 and 27. healthy recipes from their favorite culinary Taking place at Jungle stars to bring home to the Island, one of Miami’s prewhole family to try. Fun and Fit as a mier theme parks, the event The fun continues in Family again once again will bring togeththe Kellogg’s Kidz er everyone’s favorite Kitchen where Rachael welcomes a celebrity chefs, culinary perRay, Guy Fieri, Giada De star-studded group sonalities, health and fitness Laurentiis, Rocco professionals, and more for Dispirito, Duff Goldman, of chefs and culinary a weekend of interactive and Tyler Florence will talent to help teach learning for the whole famidemonstrate their favorite ly. healthy recipes for kids families about how “I’m excited to be a part of and their parents. Chefs to make healthier Kohl’s Fun and Fit as a and culinary personalities Family and to share informaeating choices in both the Kellogg’s tion with other parents that Kidz Kitchen and the together. will help them make Whole Foods Market thoughtful, healthy and Food Labs will be workaffordable choices for themselves and their ing in custom kitchen spaces courtesy of families,” said Melissa d’Arabian, host of Panda Kitchen & Bath. Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners. “As a In addition to the culinary demonstramother of four young girls, I understand the tions and other activities, families can importance of getting children excited enjoy healthy food and drink samples at about smart food choices now as I know it “Destination Food” from sponsors like will establish a foundation for them to Kohl’s, Barilla, Blue Cross Blue Shield, make healthy lifestyle decisions that will Cape Cod Potato Chips, Cranberry last a lifetime.” Marketing Board, Lifeway, Pollo Tropical, Fun and Fit as a Family again welcomes and more, a star-studded group of chefs and culinary Tickets and more information can be found talent to help teach families about how to online at <> or make healthier eating choices together. by calling 1-877-762-3933. Just $20 (per perThese include the internationally recog- son/per day) will get you a whole day of food, nized Jamie Oliver, who helped kick off the fitness, family, and fun with your favorite first Fun and Fit as a Family event in 2008. celebrity chefs. Jungle Island annual passport Other chefs and personalities appearing members receive free admission to this event alongside Oliver in the interactive Whole with valid passport.

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A Few New Sensational Reasons to Swing by The Village at Gulfstream Park

Jeannie Roberts ENTERTAINMENT Say hello to new stores at The Village at Gulfstream Park! From sampling crème truffles to sprucing up your home, swing by The Village soon and be among the first to check out the new hot spots in town. Z GALLERIE Is your pad totally drab? Fight the itch to break-up with your home by adding a shot of life and color from the Z Gallerie home décor store. Bold and bright or cool and contemporary, Z Gallerie’s goods are just what the interior decorator ordered to add some pizzazz to your place. From furniture, art, bedding, accessories, tabletop wares, rugs, mirrors and lighting — consider Z Gallerie your one-stop home décor shop at affordable prices. Joe Zeiden, President of Z Gallerie says, “We are excited to open our location at Gulfstream Park. We have received a lot of enthusiasm from the community and know our customers are excited to shop the unique product mix Z Gallerie has to offer.” TIME CONCEPTS What time is it? Time to flirt with the idea of purchasing a new timepiece at one of The Village at Gulfstream Park’s newest additions — Time Concepts. Glam Rock, Techno-Marine and NAO watches, sunglasses, clothing, jewelry and related accessories are all up for grabs at this uber-chic boutique.

KRON CHOCOLATIER Choco-holics everywhere, rejoice! Krön Chocolatier recently joined The Village at Gulfstream Park. The cocoa connoisseurs are world renowned for their decadent chocolates, truffles, pretzels, marshmallows, dipped fruits, brownies and cookies. Falling head over heels for this sweet spot is easy. BANG & OLUFSEN Start your shopping spree with a Bang (& Olufsen, that is). The Danish brand is adored for its beautifully crafted video, audio, loudspeakers, telephones, digital media, home integration, remote controls and car audio devices. Easy on the eyes, each Bang & Olufsen creation is not only gorgeous, but offers spectacular sound quality. Watch for the store opening in March. “The addition of these merchants demonstrates our commitment to providing the most eclectic shopping and dining experience South Florida has to offer,” says Scott Laslo, Vice President and General Manager of The Village at Gulfstream Park. Sound good? We’re just warming up! The hot spots and shops at The Village at Gulfstream Parking are calling your name. Stop by and enjoy its’ latest additions.

Jeannie Roberts is the Director of Marketing for The Village at Gulfstream Park, south Florida’s newest open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination, anchored by the legendary Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino. Ms. Roberts’ column runs the third Wednesday of each month. The Village at Gulfstream Park is located at 501 South Federal Highway in beautiful Hallandale Beach, Florida. Visit for details.

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2011 Fiesta is Ford’s new ‘world’ automobile Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Ford Fiesta has returned to the United States. Conceived in 1973 under the project name “Bobcat” as a front wheel drive subcompact, the car was built and marketed just about everywhere in the world but here, selling more than 12 million units after its debut in 1976. This latest version of the Fiesta was developed under the ONE Ford plan to “design and develop vehicles that meet the differing needs, wants and expectations of consumers around the world.” More than 500,000 copies of the new Fiesta already have been sold in Europe and Asia. The sixth-generation 2011 Fiesta is a stylish four-door sedan or five-door hatchback with a 120 hp, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission (estimated highway 40 mpg). Optional on all but the base sedan model is a six-speed, twin clutch, electrically shifted, automated manual

for an extra $1,070. Available models are: Fiesta S — Goes for $13,320 and comes standard with air conditioning; cloth upholstery; 60/40 split fold down rear seatback; four speaker, 40-watt AM/FM stereo with audio input jack; power door locks and outside mirrors; carpeted front floor mats; rear seat heat ducts; cloth door panel trim. Fiesta SE — Lists for $14,320 and comes with upgraded upholstery; metallic painted interior trim accents; power windows; trip computer; and 195/60R15 tires on aluminum alloy wheels, cruise control and a deck lid spoiler. Fiesta SEL — Priced at $16,320, it has everything that was standard and optional on the S and the SE, plus rear seat floor mats; seven-color ambient lighting; a second, rear seat auxiliary power point; auto dim rearview mirror; SIRIUS satellite radio, and leatherwrapped steering wheel. Fiesta Hatchback — Has two trim levels, SE ($15,120) and SES ($17,120). Standard equipment is the same as the SE sedan; spoiler is standard equipment. SES is equipped similarly to SEL. The Fiesta has the global Ford face with the Blue Oval badge centered on the grille over the signature inverted trapezoid lower grille opening. Elongated headlights frame and connect the hood to sculpted front fenders. To the rear, the low roofline merges into

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