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March 30 - April 5, 2011

Mercantil Commercebank opens new Aventura Banking Center Aventura Mayor and City Commission help to inaugurate new Aventura Banking Center with Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting

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ercantil Commercebank N.A., one of the largest banks in South Florida, serving the community for 30 years, recently celebrated the grand opening of its Aventura Banking Center with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. With this new opening, Mercantil Commercebank will have a total of 15 banking centers throughout the tri-county area, along with one in New York and one in Houston. To help inaugurate the new banking center, Ed Holden, Executive Vice President, Personal and Domestic Commercial Banking Manager, Mercantil Commercebank; Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank Aventura Banking Center Manager; Elaine Adler, President of the Aventura Marketing

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Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb and Andrew Waxman of Mercantil Commercebank cut the ceremonial ribbon (l-r) Aventura Comm. Zev Auerbach; Mayor Gottlieb; Waxman; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel and Vice Mayor Bob Diamond; Ed Holden, Exec. VP, Mercantil Commercebank • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • LEFT: Guests crowd around for the ribbon cutting and program

(Photos by Andrew Goldstein)


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March 30 - April 5, 2011

Around Town in Aventura Northern Trust hosts Jorge Gonzalez, Miami Beach City Manager, for Aventura Marketing Council Board meeting Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Maira DiazGiusti, Coconut Grove Bank; Jordan Laser, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance; Michael Shear, Wells Fargo Advisors; Aletha Player, FPL; Dan Palmer, Aventura News Kevin Crowder, City of Miami Beach; David Feder, The Fairmont Turnberry Isle; Miami Beach City Manager Jorge Gonzalez; Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka; Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust

Jorge Gonzalez; Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank; Kevin Crowder; Stephane L’Ecuyer, IDEA / International Design Engineering Architecture

International 3D pop artist Charles Fazzino showcases ‘Gators Chomp the Swamp’ at Barker Animation Charles Fazzino, internationally renowned 3D pop artist with collectors in more than 20 countries around the world, will showcase his much-anticipated Florida Gators tribute, “Gators Chomp the Swamp” artwork at Barker Animation in The Village at Gulfstream Park on Friday, April 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 9, from 4– 9 p.m. Fazzino fans will be the first to see this spectacular piece and to have it dedicated and personalized by the artist. For over 30 years, Fazzino’s name has been synonymous with bright, whimsical, wonderfully- detailed 3D pop art. He is best known for the frenetic energy that infuses his work and his unique hand-assembled 3D layering technique that brings his images to life. Fazzino is often referred to as a pop culture historian because of the breadth of his work and the way it touches his collectors and captures the best parts of their contemporary lives. Barker Animation is located at The Village at Gulfstream Park, 600 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach 33009. For information, call 954-457-2280 or visit barkeranimation.com

Charles Fazzino

‘Gators Chomp the Swamp’


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Wandering & Pondering Late

had already eaten and left. He called Rose to ask why she had stood him up and Rose bluntly told him that she wasn’t waiting for John was a success in his business. Put in anyone for lunch. They showed on time or she was gone. long hours. It helped him financially but John apologized and said he would be on socially it didn’t help at all. His business and the hours he worked, time if she had dinner with him. This time pretty much messed up any social items. he showed up on time but was a day late. He tried calling her up but she He was always on time in business refused to even talk to him. After ventures but socially there was no a dozen calls she finally spoke to time-clock in his brain. Never him and explained that for some showed up on time; usually an stupid reason she’d like to get hour or two late and in some cases together with him but on her never even showed. Always apolterms. ogized but two days after the fact? One more chance. John then The word was out that a date with suggested that they might take a him was wait or forget. DAN PALMER three-day boat trip where he had He met punctual Rose a very popular gal who also had a fetish for dates to be on time or the boat was gone, her being on time and even looking just the answer was, “Pick me up at my apartment right way for her tastes. This was at a mutu- and take me to the boat on time.” Most amazingly John came on time not al friend’s party where most of the people one minute late and they went on the threewere leaving when he came in. They impressed each other enough that day boat trip. John was attentive and active John suggested that they meet for lunch. and they enjoyed the experience. Two weeks later punctual Rose discovShe showed up on time, he came in about an hour later, and was surprised that Rose ered ... she was late.

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March 30 - April 5, 2011

Chef Allen’s offering four-course dinner Aventura Hospital in benefit series to aid Japan appoints medical staff leadership BY LYNN CARROLL

Aventura Hospital is pleased to announce the appointment of its 2011 slate of medical staff leadership. CEO Heather Rohan recently announced that Dr. Charles P. Shenker, M.D., will continue to serve as the hospital’s Chief of Staff. Dr. Shenker specializes in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease. He’s served as Chief of Staff since 2008 and has been an active member of the medical staff at Aventura Hospital for over 20 years. Dr. Shenker attended medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. He went on to complete his Fellowship in Pulmonary Diseases at the University of Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital. Additional physicians named to the Medical Executive Committee include: Vice Chief of Staff - Elect, Stacy Roskin, M.D.; Immediate Past Chief of Staff, Enrique Hanebergh, M.D.; Secretary/Treasurer, Edward Wiener, D.O.; Representative at Large are Michael Lemont, M.D. and Eugenio Bricio, M.D.; Chair of the Department of Medicine Michael Braun, M.D.; Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine, Julie Swartzbard, M.D., Director of the Division of Cardiology, Enrique

Hanabergh, M.D.; Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine, Roman Skylar, M.D.; Director of the Division of Radiology, Idan Alkalay, M.D.; Director of the Division of Gastroenterology, Brett, Neustater, M.D.; Chair of the Department of Orthopedics, Ronnie Arad, M.D.; Vice Chair of the Department of Orthopedics, Steven Gorin, D.O.; Chiar of the Department of Psychiatry, Barry Kaplowitz, M.D.; Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Jack Abramson, M.D.; Chair of the Department of Surgery, Naaman Abdullah, M.D.; Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, David Grossman, M.D.; Director of the Division of Urology, Jay Kim, M.D.; Director of the Division of Anesthesiology, Ricardo Gerenstein, M.D.; Director of the Division of Pathology, Kip Amazon, M.D.; and Director of the Division of Podiatry, Marie Williams, D.P.M. “We have an excellent group of committed and dedicated professionals on our medical staff leadership team that will be invaluable contributors to our efforts at Aventura Hospital to provide excellent medical care to our patients,” said Rohan.

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A dinner to benefit the people of Japan in their struggles following the recent tsunami will be held at 7 p.m. April 5th at Chef Allen’s, 19088 NE 29th Avenue. Cost is $150. The dinner is part of a worldwide effort, says Kimberly Szewczyk, general manager and events coordinator for Chef Allen’s. “Like millions of people around the world,” she says, “we’re watching Japan closely and want desperately to help.” Szewczyk says the event here in Aventura is the second in a series that began at Jade Mountain in St. Lucia. A third is already scheduled for April 13th at the Petit Palais in Paris. “With the help of 10 high-profile and highly influential chefs here in the United States,” she says, “combined with the confirmed efforts of chefs from Japan, China, Morocco, Portugal, France, Spain, Greece and the U.K., we can not only raise funds to help those displaced and hungry in Japan, but do it quickly.” The fundraiser at Chef Allen’s will start at 7 p.m. with an hour of sushi, sashimi and sake before a four-course dinner is served. Southern Wine & Spirits is donating the sake and wine. The dinner will feature seared scallops with foie gras, mango jam and brioche toast; pan-roasted Cobia with farro, chorizo, local

Chef Allen Susser with General Manager Kimberly Szewczyk ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

kale and wild Florida rock shrimp; slowroasted Kurabuta pork loin with sesame glazed sweet plantains and braised local greens, and a dessert of leeches & coconut Pana Cotta, macadamia nut Tuile and passion-fruit syrup. For information on the overall effort by the world’s top chefs to aid Japan, visit chefshelpjapan.com online on or after April 1st, or email Kimberly.s@chefallens.com For reservations to attend Chef Allen’s benefit, call 305-935-2900.

ORNA Security Ser vices cites rising need f or security Citing the challenges of today’s economy and widespread perceptions of domestic terrorist threats, ORNA Security Services Director of Operations Michael Nagar says he believes the demand for top security service is greater than ever. “I read in Florida Times that because of a quick-moving security guard a baby was recently returned to his mother after a man stole the car he was sleeping in,” Nagar says. “In New Jersey, a security officer recently foiled a bank robbery by following the armed suspect. LocalNews.com reports crime is down in an upscale community due to the presence of patrolling security guards.” About two years ago, Nagar moved his 30-year-old firm’s headquarters to 18999 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura to be closer to clients in the area. “We were founded in 1981,” he says. “We’re familyowned and -operated. We focus on South Florida properties and businesses, and understand the issues facing condominium and residential neighborhoods.”

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Don’t Rise to the Bait

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING Unfortunately, some people are always baiting you. Every comment they make has a negative, provocative tag line. Think of a fisherman casting his rod with the bait on it on the water. The fish sees it and rises through the water and when it goes for it suffers the pain of being hooked. You too can be hooked. A simple statement like, “I don’t wish any more crackers that’s all you ever give me.” is the bait. The hook or tag line is, “that’s all you ever give me.” The tag line is meant to imply many things about your character, all of them negative. The implication is that you are deficient in some way. The individual who baits you is looking to snare your emotions and set off negative thoughts and feelings inside of you. They thrive on your arousal, your pain and your anger. They have personality dis-

orders or they are victims of dementia. If you do rise to the bait you will be hooked and it will be painful. If you are hooked you are trapped until you can get off somehow. The struggle is exhausting and debilitating. It floods your body and your brain with damaging chemical reactions. For your own survival you must not allow yourself to be hooked. You must not rise to the bait. This takes strength, determination and practice. If you can, terminate the relationship. If you cannot then you must develop some very strong coping skills. Decide that you will not take anything said personally. Do not listen with your heart and mind. Do not accept their words as true. Create a filter. Ignore their remarks and insinuations. Do not respond. Do not explain or defend yourself. Repeat positive mantras to yourself. Control yourself, your thoughts, feelings and your desire to react. Be super careful. When the individual does not get a rise out of you they will escalate their attacks until they do. Their remarks will increase in negativity and provocation. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Experience the music of Neil Diamond like never before at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center Diamond Productions presents Rob Garrett in King of Diamonds: Neil Diamond Tribute Concert on Saturday, April 2nd at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Honored with the “2008 Male Musical Tribute Artist Award” by the Entertainment Network, Garrett will perform Diamond classics such as “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and “Song Sung Blue.” Garrett was in the audience during Diamond’s first Las Vegas concert engagement at the Aladdin Hotel/Casino in 1976. Garrett recalls, “He held the audience including myself spellbound. I’d always thought that he had written some of the most poignant lyrics I’d ever heard and I knew he had a way of expressing his lyrics and music in a way that no other singer/songwriter had done so before or since.” In 1995, Garrett was personally hired to portray the legendary singer-songwriter in the Legends In Concert show in Honolulu, Hawaii, that city’s biggest theatrical show and most popular artist tribute show in the world. What was to be a two-month ‘trial’ engagement ended up lasting three years.

As a performer, Garrett has headlined at Caesar’s Palace, the Sands Hotel and the Tropicana in Las Vegas. He has performed all over the world from London, England to Oslo, Norway. Tickets for King of Diamonds: Neil Diamond Tribute Concert are $35 and $45. Tickets and group discounts are available by calling 954-462-0222 or select a seat online at aventuracenter.org

NOTABLES of Douglas Gardens celebrate 25 years Miami Jewish Health System’s supporters recently gathered to celebrate the Alzheimer’s Care Committee / NOTABLES of Douglas Gardens’ 25th anniversary of service at an elegant cocktail party at the Miami Beach Resort and Spa. The NOTABLES of Douglas Gardens is an affinity support group of MJHS, one of South Florida’s largest providers of comprehensive healthcare. For information, call 305-751-8626 or visit miamijewishhealthsystems.org

Josephine Baker with Legacy Society CoChair Shirley Harris

NOTABLES Founder and Chairman Bella Goldstein with event underwriter Isabel May Broward NOTABLES Co-Chair Neal Slansky; MJHS CEO and President Jeffrey Freimark; Mitchell Hipsman; Hollis Freimark

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MAR-JCC offers sizzling bargains at annual J-CAT Boutique For one day only, the hottest sales of the season will take place at the J-CAT Boutique on Tuesday, April 5th, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the MAR-JCC Sanford L. Ziff Campus, 18900 NE 25th Avenue in North Miami Beach. The 4th annual shopping extravaganza will be open for business and ready to sell, sell, sell, for those who love to shop, shop, shop! Clothing, jewelry, handbags, toys, children’s items, accessories, and much, much more will be available during this scorcher of a sale. Quench your thirst for low prices and help sustain the Jewish Cultural Arts Theatre Program, which features full length theatre productions, acting workshops, and Summerstock Day Camp. Additionally, by supporting the J-CAT Boutique, you will be helping the MAR-JCC’s youth, who play a prominent role in handling the technical responsibilities for each production, from sound and lights, to the stage and set. “The proceeds will ensure that all children can take part in the magic of the JCC’S theatre program, and we can continue to present our quality productions throughout the year”, mentioned J-CAT Co-Chair, Adrienne Scheck. “Refresh your wardrobe, accessorize with new colors, redecorate your home, prepare for Pesach with a new Seder plate, or bejewel a best friend with a bangle!...all our vendors promise an array of all this and more. No better time to stroll, shop, and support cultural arts in our community than at our 4th annual indoor/outdoor shopping event!”

The Jewish Cultural Arts Theatre (J-CAT) is the community theatre program of the MAR-JCC’s Rabbi Norman Mussman Cultural Arts Department. Initially launched two years ago, primarily as an after school theatre program for middle and high school age youth, the J-CAT program has assimilated under its umbrella the MARJCC’s adult community theatre company, Actors In The Gym. For information about the remaining line-up of shows including “Yoo Hoo Mrs. Bloom” and the upcoming “Radium Girls,” call Lillian Andron, JCAT’s Educational Director, at 305-9324200, ext. 130. Left: NOTABLES President Mickey Dworkin with Legacy Society Co-Chair and Broward NOTABLES Co-Chair Elaine Slansky

Below: Herbert Hillsberg; Madeline HIllsberg; Rose King Friedland; Janice Sacks


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The Somali Pirates - Jefferson and Decatur - We Need You!

Bob Diamond HISTORICALLY YOURS Historians have estimated that between 1530 and 1780, as many as 1,250,000 Europeans were kidnapped by Muslim “Barbary” nations, involving piracy, ransom and enforced slavery. Most European powers made peace with the rulers of Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli and Tunis, by paying “tribute” in exchange for redeemed captives or immunity from plunder. In 1784, Barbary pirates began seizing American ships and their crews, as our new nation did not have a navy to protect its commercial ships. The American envoys, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, were instructed to make treaties and pay the tribute. After meeting with the Ambassador of Tripoli and receiving his “outrageous demand for the release of the hostages,” Jefferson wrote to Congress: “The Ambassador answered us that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were

sinners; that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners.” Adams, who recommended building a navy, thought it wisest to pay the “necessary sum without delay.” By the time Jefferson became president in 1801, he was in command of a new navy, as well as the U.S. Marines, both of which were created under Adams. Jefferson, who originally opposed a standing army or navy, now sent his new warships to the Barbary Coast and effectively controlled the area, except for Tripoli, whose pirates captured the USS Philadelphia in 1803. In February 1804, Captain Stephen Decatur sailed right into Tripoli Harbor, “boarded the captured Philadelphia and put the torch to it rather than let it remain in Barbary hands.” A few months later, Decatur returned, “Bombarded the fortified town and rescued the Philadelphia’s crew from a gruesome imprisonment.” The following year, American Marines landed and captured the second city of Tripoli (now in Libya). The raising of the American flag preserved forever the opening line of the Marine anthem, “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.” Not long thereafter, the “Barbary nations signed treaties with the United States, renouncing piracy and kidnapping.”

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Mercantil Commercebank opens new Aventura Banking Center Continued from page 1 –––––––––––– Council; and City of Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb, all spoke briefly about the financial institution’s arrival to the City of Aventura. “The Bank sees the Aventura area as an outstanding location to provide financial solutions that respond to the community’s needs,” said Millar Wilson, President and CEO of Mercantil Commercebank. “It is a diverse, international community and we look forward to providing our customers – businesses and individuals alike – the type of products and services that help ensure their financial success.” Other notable attendees included Vice Mayor Bob Diamond and Commissioners Billy Joel and Zev Auerbach. The new Aventura banking center is located at 3001 Aventura Boulevard adjacent to the north side of Aventura Mall, and is being headed by veteran

financial services professional Andrew Waxman. Waxman brings 12 years of financial services experience with him, having held positions in such areas as retail banking, wealth management, private banking, and financial planning. The new facility offers a full array of services including retail, commercial, domestic and international banking products designed to meet the financial needs of existing and potential customers in the area. The new branch offers customers a variety of business and personal products with extremely competitive rates on loans and lines of credit.

Jackie Simpson, Kreps DeMaria; Grizzel Gonzalez and Marcia Suarez, Mercantil Commercebank

Mercantil Commercebank Aventura Banking Center Hours of Operation are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the banking center, call Andrew Waxman at 305-521-4900 or visit mercantilcb.com (Photos by Andrew Goldstein)

Stanley and Della Bramow; Robert and Leona Gertler; Arlene Diamond and Aventura Vice Mayor Bob Diamond

Mercantil Commercebank team: Ed Holden, Laura Trosclair, Julia Brauner, Martha Cavanna and Andrew Waxman

Aventura Comm. Billy Joel and Sandra; Ellen and Capt. Herman Lustig

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Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 combines agility with utility Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS The compact GLK 350 is the newest member of the Mercedes-Benz Sport Utility Vehicle family, one that already includes the full-size M-Class, the GL-Class, the crossover R-Class and the rough-and-tough G-Class. Launched in 2009, the GLK is billed as being just the right size for today’s family, whether it’s parking in town while running errands or making a cross-country trip. With a bold profile that suggests power and agility, it looks like a smaller version of the GL. However, closer inspection reveals that it is a modern interpretation of the iconic G-Class, with its angular nose, projection headlights, steeply raked windshield, tightly styled roof and integrated rear spoiler. Smaller and lighter than its SUV siblings, the GLK brings a combination of agility and comfort to the lineup. And as with almost all Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, the GLK has four-wheel independent suspension that

makes you think you are driving a sports sedan. The Standard Agility Control suspension provides the benefits of both soft and stiff shock absorbers. Each twin-tube shock absorber is fitted with a hydraulic by-pass piston that acts like a very soft shock absorber to effectively dampen road noise and tire vibration. However, over bumpy or uneven roads, the by-pass piston is inoperable, preserving the steering and handling response of a stiffer shock absorber. With very good ground clearance for offroad driving, a standard roof rack and optional running boards, the GLK is a versatile SUV. Its powertrain features a 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a sophisticated seven-speed automatic transmission and available 4MATIC full-time four-wheel-drive. Standard equipment also includes 19-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, roof rails, privacy glass and chrome detail touches inside and out. On the inside, the GLK has all the design ambiance and safety technology of Mercedes-Benz cars. The instrument cluster has three analog gauges that show engine speed, road speed, fuel and coolant temperature. A 4.5-inch display in the center of the speedometer is linked to a 12-button multifunction steering wheel that can call up a variety of information such as phone and audio system information — radio station,

Mercedes-Benz GLK SUV has angular nose, steeply-raked windshield, tightly styled roof and integrated rear spoiler.

CD track or MP3 playlist. Similar to the system on the S-Class sedan and CL coupe, an electronic controller on the lower console works like a computer mouse to provide easy, quick operation of many functions that used to require multiple buttons and switches. By turning and pressing the aluminum controller, menus and submenus on the center-console display are displayed and selected for the audio system, as well as the optional navigation system and

integrated phone. The controller also is linked to the rocker switches on the multifunction steering wheel. Base price on the 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 is $35,500. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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You don’t have to be by yourself

Patricia Conlon FROM MY HEART Loneliness equals stagnation. No two ways about it. Older Americans who don’t have a strong social network are at two to four times greater risk of premature death (based on a recent study at the University of Michigan). That’s a higher risk than death from smoking-related illnesses! Relating to others with talk, touch, shared interests and even meals is essential to our well being and outlook. Folks who have daily contact with others rely less heavily on pain medications, the study goes on to say. Amazing! A smile, a few kind words, a good story and some music appreciation go a long way in improving our mind, body, soul health. All these elements are related; if one is “off” the others eventually are affected. How does this relate to life at Imperial Club? Well, think about how very fortunate we are. There’s always

someone to talk to: your neighbors and the warm staff. In addition, there is a full calendar of events and activities (Thank you, Bambi!). Hector makes certain that meals are not only nutritious, but the dining room is always abuzz with laughter and camaraderie. We have a very comprehensive library, and the computer is available for mind-stretching games and for research, too. Been to an exercise class lately? We have developed them with you in mind. We are aware that we’re not going to be responsible for training the next world-class tri-athlete, but take advantage of the classes, and do what you’re capable of doing. You just may surprise yourself. Say “yes” to every invitation to our parties and happenings. Sit awhile and enjoy Willy’s phenomenal piano playing. Come down for meals a little early so you can enjoy a beverage first and strike up a conversation. We have some amazing events coming up. If I don’t see you there, I will find you! Enjoy yourselves! You’ve earned that right. Imperial Club, 2751 NE 183 St., Aventura 331670. Phone: 305 935-1801.

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Stay tuned for a real ‘Tasti Talk’ BY DAVID & GOLDIE Goldie and I are both new residents to South Florida. However, I am no stranger to the area. As a kid, and thru adulthood (I’m 44 by the way…), I spent winters migrating from Miami Beach to Sunny Isles Beach, making stops along the way at Pumpernik’s, The Rony Pub and The Rascal House. Though the landscape has changed since the early 1970’s, my affinity for the area has remained the same. And after having spent 25 years conquering New York City, most recently as the VP of Marketing for an international luxury health club brand, and wanting to stay ahead of any looming mid-life crisis, I decided to move “where the sun DOES shine!” So, four months ago, I resigned and bid farewell to corporate America. I took the next flight out and relocated here to open my own business in Sunny Isles Beach (watch out for Tasti D-Lite, New York City’s creamy, delicious healthier, lower calorie soft serve kosher treat opening in May), and to spend much more time in Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach with my immediate family….well the second part is only partially true, because it’s all about Goldie! Goldie is my 3 year old niece, though her

name may remind you of someone’s 80 year old aunt, and she IS new to the area. Goldie’s name says it all. She brings a fresh, sunny innocence to the world as children do. But, she also has the wisdom of her namesake, thru her expressions, honesty, and unconditional love. (Oddly she has taken to calling me Nana…which sounds nothing like David…but we all get a good laugh when she beckons me from her dressing room in Baby Gap.) Anyway, I could not have imagined living in NYC and missing her growing up…so truth be told…she’s why I’m here!! Now, what about this column? I recently met Dan Palmer at a networking event. Dan and I immediately hit it off, and he graciously asked me to write a column that would give a fresh point of view to what’s going on today. When I suggested partnering with Goldie, we sealed the deal. So, with Goldie’s adventures in discovering life and my background in health and fitness, Goldie and I plan to inform, d-lite and entertain….but not only in the pages of this paper. We will be dispensing “wisdom” on site as well. So please come visit us for more Tasti Talk, live and in person. And tell them, “Goldie sent you!” Tasti D-Lite is located at 17100 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach (next to Starbucks). 305-944-4200. Watch out for the opening of Tasti D-Lite this May.

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Lexus of North Miami hosts NBA player Udonis Haslem

Craig Zinn; Udonis Haslem; Dave Zinn

The Craig Zinn Automotive Group’s Lexus of North Miami recently hosted a meet and greet and autograph signing with Miami NBA player, Udonis Haslem. More than 250 South Florida youth and families came out for the event, which also featured a live DJ and performances by the Miami Heat Dancers, as well as area fitness and family-friendly partners onsite showcasing interactive displays including Busy Body Gyms to Go, ProPilates, Reflections, and Young at Art Children’s Museum. WSVN Sports Anchor Donovan Campbell served as the evening’s special guest emcee, leading the Q&A session with Haslem and the guests. Following the autograph signing, two lucky winners wearing the best fan attire were awarded with two tickets each to an upcoming Miami Heat game. A one million plus square foot facility, Lexus of North Miami features a luxurious showroom and innovative resort-like lifestyle and fitness center designed exclusively for guests and members to enjoy first class amenities unlike any other automotive dealership experience. The center offers clients the ultimate in luxury services, featuring a spa, fitness center, juice bar and lounge, concierge service, massage therapy chairs, make-up consultations, a café, children’s play area, teeth whitening station, meditation room, wireless business center, an allnew game room and more.

Craig Zinn; Udonis Haslem; Mindy Shrago, Young at Art; Martine Zinn

For more information, please call 1-800-76LEXUS or visit lexusofnorthmiami.com or czgroup.com

Craig and Marilyn Zinn with Udonis Haslem and Tony Stampone Former MLB player Cliff Floyd; Tonka Cascais, ProPilates; WSVN Sports Anchor Donovan Campbell

Tony Stampone and Ray Blanco, Craig Zinn Automotive Group

Udonis Haslem poses with the winners of the best fan attire

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• EDUCATIONAL AND TEEN ADVICE • Toby Rose ASK TOBY It is my freshmen year of college and I am miserable. I really made the wrong choice. I have no friends and feel totally alone. Help, please! • Go immediately to your universitycounseling department. They are there to help you. • Join a club, fraternity/sorority or religious group. There is a group for almost anything. Ask your counselor for a list. • Volunteer; ask your counselor where you can start and force yourself to get out of bed, get dressed and participate. Have you heard anything about a new charter school where the Hebrew language will be taught? Yes, the name of the school is Ben Gamla Charter School, located in Miami Beach. It will open in August and offer a combination of English and Hebrew curriculum. The address is 1212 Marseille Drive. Students will be eligible to start kindergarten and continue through fifth grade. There is a $100 refundable book deposit. I was accepted to a very prestigious Ivy League school and I don’t want to go. I’m nervous and afraid. I just can’t see myself there. What do I do? It is normal to be nervous before you go away to college. I tell those kids who aren’t nervous that they have a

problem because they are the ones that are cocky and really won’t succeed. They party too much and spend too little time on their studies. Students who are nervous and apprehensive about going away have the right attitude. It is a brand new chapter in your life and it is normal. If your nervousness stems from the fact that this school really isn’t for you, then you should not go and you are probably saying what am I supposed to do? In the summer, try enrolling in FIU or Miami Dade College and reapply immediately for the next school year to a school that you feel would better suit you. I know you must feel totally overwhelmed with different emotions. Please call me at 305-238-7737 so that we can talk.

I am a senior in high school and I make $100 an hour fixing computers; why do I need to go to college? I can think of many reasons, but the most important one is to help; you to grow up and complete your education, which by the way is much more than computers. Take business courses and get a degree in business so that you can run your own computer business. You obviously love working with computers and are good at it, why not make some real money doing what you enjoy? Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Dade County Outstanding Teacher and served as chairperson of the Dade County School Board Academic Advisory Committee. Rose may be contacted by calling 305-238-7737 or via the Internet at <www.tobyrose.com>.


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Never Pay Another Expensive Repair Again

Headaches? There is a solution BY MARIA E. STELLATO L.Ac.

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According to the N a t i o n a l H e a d a c h e FoundationOver 45 million Americans (approximately one in six people) suffer from chronic headaches, costing billions of dollars in productivity each year and interfering with a person’s well-being. There are various types of headaches with varying degrees of pain and an even greater number of reasons causing them. The most common headaches are “tensions headaches,” which are commonly a result of neck pain and muscle tightness or tension in the shoulders, jaws, and scalp. A common culprit behind headaches is a person’s poor lifestyle choices, including excessive work, unhealthy eating, and irregular sleeping patterns. Other common causes of headaches include nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine – substances that many Americans consume on a daily basis. These substances dehydrate the body and cause it to become imbalanced. Headaches can also be attributed to a person’s emotional imbalances such as

depression, stress, anxiety, and phobias. These negative emotions reduce the body’s production of endorphins and other substances that help relax and relieve the body. Treatments that combine acupuncture, herbal medicine, and homeopathic remedies have been found to effectively relieve headaches in a holistic and natural way. These treatments secrete endorphins that are essential to reduce stress and stabilize the body. These treatments are successful because, rather than cover the pain and ignore the cause of the headache, as pain killers do, these types of natural treatments attack the root of the problem: a deep imbalance in the body that manifests as a headache, so they don’t come back. A life free of headaches. Acupuncture has been successful in the treatment of headaches for thousands of years without the side effects associated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Acupuncture works by stimulating the immune system to help it correct the imbalances responsible for the headaches without introducing foreign substances to the body. Maria E. Stellato L.Ac. MS 17150 NE 19th Ave. NMB, FL 33162 305-949-9828 tel: 305-949-9828 www.holistichealthcaremiami.com


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The heritage of Cuban crafters BY MARTIN MENDIOLA Mendiola@USGourmet.US

Whenever we want to hear an interesting and inspiring story, we try to find an artisan. They are much simpler than artists are and their stories are much better. Give me a good wine, cheese or cigar maker any time over a painter, even a musician for that matter. It is not that they are more passionate about their craft and creations; it is just that they are certainly more realistic and closer to earth. Besides, their stories are usually more intricate since they expand for generations. An artist’s story is about himself or herself. Most artisans’ stories involve their relatives from way back when. Even when most seem to be born with a passion for their craft, artisans learn at an early age about pride, tradition and respect, qualities that make a good artisan but not necessarily a good artist. It is partly a matter of heritage. This is exactly what we found when we talked to Jorge Salazar from Cuban Crafters. Since 1810, his family has been growing tobacco and making cigars in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. As time passed, the Salazar family progressed; they gathered land and established their own farms, while the four Salazar brothers acquired the responsibility of working the fields. Hard at work throughout the day with little time to see each other, they created the ritual

of getting together every day at noon to discuss important family issues and enjoy a good cigar. Interesting enough, they enjoyed different sizes but definitely agreed upon the blend, which became famous throughout the island. The cigars were made in small batches and never exported. The demand continously exceeded their obviously limited production. Today, the tradition continues. The Salazar cigars are being handmade in small batches using the same secret blend of tobacco leaves in Nicaragua with the most attractive J.L. Salazar y Hermanos ring. Cuban Crafters make other brands or rings of cigars with different flavors and aroma. They are too many to mention here and easier to find by just going to their website at www.cubancrafters.com. On their website, I found several cigars I would like to try, but two things really struck me. One is the way they show cigars going from mild to medium to full bodied. This concept makes it very easy for smokers to find the flavor they want. The second was their full satisfaction guarantee, which is unlike that of any other store I have ever seen. It states, “You must be fully satisfied with every cigar, cigar accessory, price and our service or you get a full refund of the purchase price”. They continue to say, “our company unconditionally guarantees all the

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cigars and cigar accessories that we sell”. Those are strong statements that cover a lot. The Cuban Crafters factory/store is unusual and really worth visiting if only to see the rollers in action. In their large humidor, you will find all kinds of selected cigar brands at competitive prices as well as accessories, a large selection of wines, Cuban memorabilia, guayaberas, and a restaurant/sandwich shop along with a very comfortable cigar smoking area. The most

interesting side of the factory/store besides the cigars is their version of a street in la Habana in front of the Bodeguita del Medio overlooking the Malecon and the Morro Castle where you can play dominoes and enjoy your cigars at any time. The whole place is quite a trip. You have to see it, just two blocks from the Magic City Casino. Cuban Crafters is located at 3604 NW 7 St., Miami 33125 www.cubancrafters.com 1-877-244-2701


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Ryan returns with third and final novel in series BY JESSICA SHOFFEL

The follow-up novel to the bestselling The Forest of Hands and Teeth (2009) and The Dead-Tossed Waves (2010) has arrived. Carrie Ryan’s The Dark and Hollow Places (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers/on sale Mar. 22/$17.99/ages 14 up) packs even more searing romance and thrilling survival escapades than its predecessors. This highly anticipated third novel heightens the series’ momentum and brings Gabry and Annah’s story to its final harrowing conclusion. Set in the Dark City, Ryan’s trademark love triangles and roaming undead enemies now meet urban grit. Annah is fending for herself in the Dark City, where Mudo infest the streets below her dingy apartment. She grapples with guilt from leaving her twin sister in the woods as a child, and struggles with crippling insecurity from scars that cover the entire left side of her body, reminders of a barbed-wire Mudo trap she fell into in the abandoned subway tunnels. The sole source of happiness in Annah’s dim world was Elias, who left her to join the Recruiters three years ago and never returned. Just as Annah stops waiting for Elias and determines to find the village where they were born, she meets Catcher. Catcher makes Annah care about living again. When he reunites Annah with Elias and her long-lost sister, the four must find a way to survive in a city being overrun by the horde, a massive pack of Mudo that have broken down the last defenses of civilized society.

Carrie Ryan

FOOTNOTES

Even the Recruiters in the Dark City are corrupt and will stop at nothing to ensure their own survival. Annah must face her fears and go deep into the dark tunnels of the old subway system to navigate away from the horde toward a vague flicker of hope and survival. She also must do the one thing that terrifies her most — she must let Catcher love her. Rounding out a trio of fierce female protagonists, Carrie Ryan centers The Dark and Hollow Places around Annah, whose hardened outer shell will keep fans rooting for her emotional renaissance. Ryan’s fully realized characters, vivid setting, and themes of hope and perseverance are at their strongest in this third tome. Fans will delve into the postapocalyptic New York City setting with fervor and stay with Annah from cover to cover. Carrie Ryan will be speaking and signing her new book on Mar. 22, 7 p.m., at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables

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Miami Beach International Fashion Week concludes its 13th year

Miami Beach International Fashion Week celebrates its largest event to date at the Miami Beach Convention Center

Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions, Inc. concludes the 13th annual Miami Beach International Fashion Week held at the Miami Beach Convention Center March 3-6. This year’s presenting sponsor was Moroccanoil, the luxury professional brand of hair styling, conditioning and finishing products, and participating sponsors included Goya Foods, Equinox, Stella Artois, Copa Airlines, Barefoot Bubbly, Icelandic Glacier and Yahoo! Hispanic Americas. Fashion week was the largest to date, showcasing 60 designers from 22 countries, hosting seminars for the fashion industry, providing live music performances each evening, announcing the designers and student competition winners, and introducing the top chef’s in the VIP Culinary Style Café. These chef’s included; Casa D’Angelo’s Angelo Elia, Ceterplate’s Jonathan Barnett, Baru Urbano’s Alberto Bogado, Goya Foods Fernando Desa. Antonio Corral-Calero, Moroccanoil Artistic Director, designed a virtuoso collection of beautiful runway hair looks for the collections including evening, Pret-A-Porter, swimwear and lingerie as well as looks for the Miami Designer and Latin Fashion Council showcases. Highlights included elegant updos, innovative chignons and glamorous longer styles. All reflected the growing runway and editorial trend towards smoother, shinier and well-conditioned hair textures. Moroccanoil products were used to create the styles. Opening night of this prominent fashion event started with the Lingerie and Swimwear Showcase. Designers included Zella Machado, Eugene Jones, Kanomi, Sambarela, De Lancret, and MaddSexy Lingerie revealing some of their most ravish-

ing pieces down the runway. Opening Prelude also took stage with emerging designers; Somy Ali, GooRoo Baby, Erin Healy, Arefeh Mansouri, Zula Khramov, Art of Shade and Cesar Rosario as they showcased their elegant collections. The evening closed with the Miami Style Showcase featuring Miami’s top designers Julian Chang, Petit Pois by Viviana G., Samy Gitcherman and Nicolas Felizola. The second evening continued with success on the runway as Jamaica took center stage featuring designers POSHE by Camesha Powell, Julan by Juliette Dyke, and the Jamaican Collective, also making their appearance on the runway was Jamaica’s Mission Catwalk designer competition finalists, Shenna Carby and Ayanna Dixon. The Caribbean designers featured an array of colorful designs. The Men’s Showcase for the evening featured Mauricio Alberino, Robert Flores, Bata Spasojevic and the internationally known brand Girbaud. The night closed with a luxurious International Eveningwear Showcase featuring elegant collections by Rocky Gathercole - Dubai, Franco Montoro Venezuela, Patuna Bushyhead – Republic of Georgia, Damaris Rubio – Dominican Republic, and Baron Levon Siamanto - USA. Saturday evening, Boston Proper along with LUXXE Collections, Mariela Allaix, Marina Makaron, showcased their eccentric and ready to wear apparel in the Prêt-APorter Style Showcase. Following was sponsor, Copa Airlines Showcase. This runway extravaganza showcased designers from Latin America including Eduardo Gonzalez Colombia, Caludia Bertolero - Peru, Federico Visuetti - Panama, Giovanni Scutaro - Venezuela and Marcelo Quadros Brazil. The Latin inspired evening concluded with the Latin Fashion Council Showcase featuring emerging designers Blue Island by Madelaine Morel, Paulina Anda, Ana

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Alisa Basyuk, Luciana Mozzer, Adrienne Dupre Ferreira, Jessica Rafalowski Black Swan

Carolina Valencia, and Paulina Bedoya. The final evening of this year’s Miami Beach International Fashion Week was hosted by television and radio hosts Brian Andrews and Ileana Garcia. It included the designer’s awards presented by Tiffany & Co., an excerpt of Swan Lake performed by the senior students of the Miami City Ballet Academy and a special runway event, “Black Swan by Miami Designers”. The following designers were honored with a Tiffany & Co crystal award during the Miami Moda and Music Awards Sunday evening; International Rising Star Bata Spasojevic from Serbia, Mariela Allaix from Argentina for the Prêt-A-Porter Style Award, Giovanni Scutaro from Venezuela for the Excellence in Eveningwear Award, Mauricio Alberino from Italy for the Men’s Style Award, Marcelo Quadros from Brazil for the Victoria Puig de Lang International Style Award, Sviatlana for the Top Model of the Year Award, Dafne from France for the Tiffany Jewelry Design Award and taking home the Designers Choice Award was Florida native, Art of Shade. Other awarded recipients at the 2011 Miami Beach International Fashion Week included Miami Fashion Week Foundation’s competition winners. The students and emerging designer who were awarded include; Martha Landry from the USA, Javier Topete from Mexico, Nicola Ferguson from Wales, Rachael Lee Yen Yii from Malaysia, Maria Hamilton from the USA and Onder Ozdak from Turkey. “Being back in Miami Beach was the perfect way to celebrate this year’s fashion week,” says Beth Sobol, president and founder of Miami Beach International Fashion Week. “Alongside my managing partner, Aaron Perry, we would like to thank all of this year’s participants including our special guests, sponsors, designers, models, international press and volunteers for making this event truly memorable.” Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions Inc. looks to expand in 2011 with additional fashion events and a trade show component that will soon be introduced into Miami Beach

Beth Sobol, Aaron Perry and Mercedes Gonzalez ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– International Fashion Week.

ABOUT MIAMI BEACH INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK: Beth Sobol, president and founder of Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions, Inc., founded Miami Beach Fashion Week® in 1999 following a successful career as an international fashion model. She has worked with some of the fashion world’s most influential designers and producers to launch Miami Beach International Fashion Week and provide a platform for designers from all over the world to gain global exposure. In 2010, Aaron Perry joined forces with Beth Sobol as managing partner. Aaron’s focus is the development of strategic business partnerships and a global expansion of the Miami Beach International Fashion Week brand. He is currently spearheading efforts to add a trade show component to the 2012 Miami Beach International Fashion Week scheduled as well as other new shows and product lines associated with the brand. During the past 13 years, Miami Beach International Fashion Week has evolved into one of the world’s premier fashion events spotlighting designers from Europe, USA Canada, the Caribbean, Middle East and Asia, as well as the largest showcase of Latin American design talent in the United States. For information, visit www.miamifashionweek.com


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Aventura After-School Program Rated #1 in Dade County! BY MORRIS LEVY

Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no surprise to the community that Dade countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s #1 rated after-school program happens to be run by Chabad! An educational consulting company hired by Miami-Dade to rate all county after-school programs, has rated Chabad Chayilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program one of the best. After spending two weeks observing and analyzing every aspect of Chabadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program, Cynthia Serure, president of A Gift for the Soul, Inc. concluded that program was exemplary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This program scored at the top on virtually all analytical criteria including quality of staff, student-teacher interaction, and curriculum,â&#x20AC;? said Serure. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a model program.â&#x20AC;? The Hebrew After-School, as its known, is more than just a once a week Talmud Torah. Its an all encompassing daily after-school program geared towards Jewish children in public schools who have no formal Jewish education. In addition to Jewish History, Holidays, Traditions & Parsha; they offer Jewish Art, Ceramics, Drama and Taekwondo. Chabad is now running the program for the third year out of the Aventura Waterways K-8 Center in Highland Lakes, Monday-Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pre- and afterHebrew school programs including homework help, tutoring and music are available from 1:30 to 3:00 & 4:30-6:00 p.m. for a nominal fee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This program offers a first taste of Jewish learning in a creative, joyful, handson and interesting way. We want to impart a sense of tradition using modern and innovative teaching techniques,â&#x20AC;? says school director Layah Kievman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a Hebrew School where kids canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to come!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My children Ziv and Keren are with the Hebrew school for the second year & they love itâ&#x20AC;? said Mazal Yehezkely. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The have really nice teachers and a great group of staff. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thank them enoughâ&#x20AC;?. Chabad attracts children ages 5-13

from 7 schools and is extremely popular in the area. They have a waiting list for the younger classes and are working hard to get their own location so they can expand accordingly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This wonderful program has brought tremendous joy to my sonâ&#x20AC;? said Joanne Bendavid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He has never been excited about school until the chabad program started. I originally signed him up for 2 days a week, but after just 2 weeks of attending the program he told me he wanted to go everday and that he loved it so muchâ&#x20AC;? said the mother of 7 year old Adam. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am so thrilled that this program is available and teaches the real values of judaism in a fun and loving environment. I hope to be a part of it for many years to come.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Hebrew School is no substitute for a day-school, but for the thousands of Jewish children attending publics schools, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s their best optionâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Its only a matter of funding, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll likely have as many as 1,000 kids enrolled within the next few yearsâ&#x20AC;? projects Kievman. Chabad seeks sponsors to subsidize the cost of this amazing program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We seek to ensure that every single

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to take pride in it and love itâ&#x20AC;?! To learn more about the program or to register, please visit HebrewSchool.info or contact school director Layah Kievman at (305) 770-1919 or info@HebrewSchool.info


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A Message from County Manager, Alina T. Hudak BY LEE STEPHENS

The last several months have been challenging for our community. To be sure, there is a great deal of change afoot in County government. The most important things, however, have not changed. We will respond to some 643 fire-rescue emergencies today and collect garbage from 162,353 households. We will welcome visitors at 263 public parks and care for more than 5,800 children in our Head Start and Early Head Start centers. More than 310,000 people will crisscross the county in our buses, trains and special transportation services, and about 100,000 will crisscross the globe through Miami International Airport. We will feed dozens of lost and stray animals, answer 9,698 calls to the 311 Answer Center and deliver 2,317 meals to 27 senior centers. That kind of work will continue to be our focus. In one way or another, every one of our 2.5 million residents depends on us every day. On behalf of our entire workforce, we want you to know that you can continue counting on this government for the large and small things we do. Working collaboratively with Chairman Joe A. Martinez and the Board of County Commissioners, it is my goal to ensure a seamless transition. Like so many of you, I call this com-

Alina T. Hudak

munity home, a place where I work, live and raise my family. I am proud of the contributions made by County employees to improve our quality of life. I am committed to doing my part in leading County government so that the leaders you elect will know that we have maintained the highest standards and continued to deliver excellence every day.

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Mercantil Commercebank opens Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Linda Nash, American Impact Media; Murray Rubin, LevittWeinstein Memorial Chapels & Cemeteries; Steven Raviv Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist; Seena Reiner; Jules Cooper Dr. Robert Sheir, Optometric Physician; Gabriela Ratier, Aventura Optical; Dr. Arnold Sheir; Carlina Sznajdermon

Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Aventura Vice Mayor Bob Diamond; Joyce and David Cohen; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel

Danny Mizrachi; Denise Rubin, Prudential Florida Realty; Ken Golden; Rachil Bracha

Aventura Comm. Billy Joel (right) passes the mic to Vice Mayor Diamond, Andrew Waxman (center)

Israel Kreps and Cristina Planas, Kreps DeMaria

Yehuda Yardeni; Aventura Comm. Zev Auerbach; Marty Granoff, Granoff Enterprises

Right: Annemarie and Elliott Rosenzweig

Jay Samtani; Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Ed Holden

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new Aventura Banking Center

David Cohen; Joyce Cohen; Arline Hogan; Don Gustin Kay and Hank Grossman; Sidney Brodsky; Shelly Alder

Frank Collado, Jose Holt, Julia Brauner and David Boerger, Mercantil Commercebank

Richard Steiner; Blima Cohen; Kim Knausz; Jennifer Zivko

Aventura Vice Mayor Bob Diamond and wife Arlene

Bissera Paskaleva; Martha Cavanna; Steve Pollack Monica Gonzalez; Jose Silvestre Left: Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb

Andrew Waxman, Aventura Banking Center Manager, Mercantil Commercebank Aventura Comm. Billy Joel and wife Sandra

Edward and Beverly Gittleman

Ed Holden speaks about Mercantil Commercebank

Aventura Commissioner Zev Auerbach

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Let’s remember to have ‘Total Recall’ BY BARI AUERBACH Voters let their voices be heard in Miami-Dade’s mayoral recall election – but maybe right here in Aventura there should be recall elections with items on the ballot like these: Too Small Recall: Vote YES! If you think spaces in many parking lots are so small, you have to climb out your sunroof or wait for the car next to you to pull out to get out. Mall Recall: Vote YES! If you hold the mall responsible for putting you in debt by holding too many good sales and tempting you with new arrivals of totally irresistible shoes. (Or at least vote in favor of opening a consolidated credit kiosk) Stall Recall: Vote YES! If you think public restrooms should all be staffed with attendants making sure they’re spotless – plus offering perks like complimentary toiletries or checks for wardrobe malfunctions and paper trails. Fall Recall: Vote YES! If you think the supermarket should stop placing stacked up bottles and boxes where they’re bound to fall over and make you feel really embarrassed for accidentally hitting them with your shopping cart. And while you’re at it, vote YES! to recall all taste tested and/or squeezed too hard produce. Football Recall: Vote YES! if you think there should be a recall of everyone in the NFL not preventing a lockout that could

be very detrimental to local sports bars, beer sales, pizza deliveries and women who might have to give up their free time to hangout with bored guys on Sundays. Hall Recall: Vote YES! if you think there should be a recall on condo bylaws allowing cooking aromas to permeate hallways (unless your neighbor makes something really good and invites you for dinner) Tall Recall: Vote YES! if you think a rule stating future mayoral candidates have to be tall is ridiculous - and then vote YES! again if you think qualifications should include honesty, integrity and efficiency – traits lending the highest stature to Aventura’s City Commission..

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