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April 6 - 12, 2011

Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort hosts military themed business expo Aventura Marketing Council joins forces with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and National Association of Women Business Owners BY BARI AUERBACH

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TTENTION! Military reservists returning home from tours of duty were recently the center of attention at a Business Expo and networking reception at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort. The “Honoring Our Military Event” was coordinated by the Aventura Marketing Council, joining forces with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and the National Association of Women Business Owners. Business and community leaders marching into the Newport Hotel were greeted by Girls Educated and Motivated for Success (GEMS) and Police Explorer

Scouts from the North Miami Beach Police Dept. As patriotic music by the Mel Olman Trio and ImageSound Americas played, everyone had the opportunity to meet a virtual army of exhibitors displaying information about diverse businesses highlighted by red, white and blue decorations. During the Honoring Our Military Event (HOME), military reservists were welcomed home as the mission of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was highlighted: “Employer 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

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Continued on page 8 Above: Maria Corona, Director of Sales, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, draws the winner of a two night-night stay with the help of the showgirls from Mardi Gras Casino • • • • • • •

Maureen Esposito and Gillian Pridgen, ESGR; Shadday Pimenta-Adonai, U.S. Navy Reserves; (Photos by Andrew Goldstein) Warren Lubow, ESGR; Ricardo Fernandez, Kaplan University

Gladys Mezrahi (left), Indigo Events and President of NAWBO National Association of Women Business Owners along with NAWBO members Anne Freedman and Susan Perry


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Around Town in Aventura IT Doctors hosts Aventura Marketing Council Technology Committee

Denise Rubin awarded Prudential top honors Prudential Florida Realty CEO and President Rei Mesa (right) presents Chairman’s Circle award to Denise Rubin

IT Doctors team (l-r) Paul Mann, Pnina Chokron, Steve Goitia, Eric Beck, Arron Glickman and Les Beck

Denise Rubin proudly displays her two newest awards

From “Squareup” to WorldCardMobile, members of the Aventura Marketing Council were given valuable tips on keeping ahead of the technology game at the recent Technology Committee meeting. Eric Beck, partner in IT Doctors, and Chairman of the Technology Committee said, “Each month we offer great information, cost-saving tips and one-on-one advice to the members...and they truly appreciate it!”

For more information on the Aventura Marketing Council, visit aventuramarketingcouncil.com or call 305-932-5334.

Denise Rubin was recently awarded the Platinum Chairman's Circle Award and The Denise Rubin Group was named #1 team in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties company-wide by Prudential Florida Realty. This is in addition to her 22 “Best Awards” from the Builder's Association of South Florida, proving that, in any market, Denise has continued to achieve excellence in the world of real estate.

For information, call 305-932-9326.

Aventura Marketing Council recognizes Officers of the Month

Ofc. Olga Burns

Ofc. Mark Huffman

Ofc. Helen Morrison

Ofc. Teresa Williams


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Wandering & Pondering His idea

Cheryl has always been successful in relationship. When they went anywhere he business. What ever she got involved in she pretty much tried to pay whatever bills was a success... Was a super saleswoman came up. On occasion he let her pick up a for the business she owned. Had the right restaurant tab but that was it. Their connection got better and better to inside workers. Perfect setup for her. the point where they decided to However in her social life her take a boat trip for a few days success caused her grief. Her forbecause he wanted to have a disays into relationships were disascussion of their possible future trous for her because the choices together. inevitably were so overwhelmed Cheryl felt that she had a man by her ability that they usually that cared for her, not her money, ended up shrieking as they ran would spend their trip convincing away. She scared those her age her that getting married and combecause of her intelligence and DAN PALMER bining their incomes would be a ability which in many cases loused up their ability to perform around great beginning to a successful marriage. I had lunch with Bill and he confided her. In blunt terms she scared men off. If they stayed they usually sponged off her till that getting married to Cheryl would allow him to take a year or so off to contemplate she wised up and dumped them. She finally met Bill, a bit older and as where his life was going since they could easily afford his doing so. successful as she was. There must be some way to record her Her money making ability impressed him but since he made twice as much as reaction to that one. A fly on the wall she it wasn’t a factor in their blossoming maybe?

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Coconut Grove Bank’s Aventura Branch celebrates five years of service

Mark Hirsch and David Templer flank Coconut Grove Bank team members Jesus Soto, Branch Manager Maira Diaz-Giusti, Lisa Perl and Ana Prado ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Coconut Grove Bank’s Aventura Branch recently celebrated their five year milestone

with a client appreciation breakfast reception. Maira Diaz-Giusti, Senior Vice President and Branch Manager has successfully grown and led the Aventura Branch since its inception. The Aventura team is best known for providing stellar customer service and understanding the true banking needs of their clients. “I have been a personal and business banking client of Coconut Grove Bank’s Aventura Branch for the past five years and wouldn’t bank anywhere else,” says Lawrence Metsch, The Metsch Law Firm, P.A. “The Aventura team members are delightful, intelligent, resourceful and always a pleasure to work with. The Aventura Branch is like a sanctuary; they treat me like a king!” “Coconut Grove Bank is a perfect fit for my personal and business banking needs,” adds David Templer of Templer & Hirsch, P.A. “The

Aventura Hospital opens new behavioral health unit, Sunrise Palms The Hon. Gerry Goodman; Denise O’Connell, Director of Behavioral Health; Dr. Barry Kaplowitz, Chief of Psychiatry; Robert Hails, HCA East Florida Division; Heather Rohan, CEO, Aventura Hospital

Aventura Hospital recently celebrated the grand opening of the behavioral health department’s newest program, Sunrise Palms. Sunrise Palms provides a beautiful and unique treatment setting for individuals experiencing mood, anxiety or co-occurring disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction with mental health conditions. Treatments focus on addressing issues related to both the psychiatric symptoms as well as any alcohol and chemical dependency issues. The Sunrise Palms treatment team members, consisting of psychiatrists, nurses, licensed clinical social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and mental health and addiction professionals, were hand selected for their clinical expertise to ensure each individual’s clinical needs are

addressed in a highly professional and respectful environment. As a department of Aventura Hospital, the treatment team for Sunrise Palms benefits from the ability to work closely with the various hospital specialties in order to best provide a safe, supportive, and effective continuum of care from inpatient to outpatient care. “Mental health professionals and members of our community looking for a private yet comfortable environment with an enhanced atmosphere for patient care will find Sunrise Palms meets the needs of even the most discerning individuals,” said Aventura Hospital CEO Heather Rohan. To refer someone to Sunrise Palms, call 1877-641-7256 or 305-682-7245.

Aventura Branch is very convenient and more importantly, I can always count on my dedicated bank officer to deliver excellent, prompt and friendly service.” Coconut Grove Bank was founded on July 12, 1926 and is the oldest continuously operating bank in Miami-Dade County. Coconut Grove Bank provides personal banking, business banking, lending, trust and investment services to individuals, families, businesses, endowments, and foundations. Coconut Grove Bank has five offices in Miami- Lisa Perl; Maribel Triana; Jesus Soto; Lawrence Metsch; Dade County including Aventura, Maira Diaz-Giusti; Ana Prado; Joel Savitt Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Palmetto –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Bay and South Miami. Coconut Grove Bank’s Aventura Branch Diaz-Giusti at 305-756-4501, email is located at 20801 Biscayne Boulevard, mdiazgiusti@coconutgrovebank.com or Suite 103. For more information, call Maira visit coconutgrovebank.com

Arsht Center’s M. John Richard elected to Miami Jewish Health Systems Board of Directors In a move that aligns the leadership of one of South Florida’s longest-standing healthcare organizations with that of one of the region’s chief cultural institutions, the board of directors of Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS) has elected M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, as its newest member. The appointment reflects MJHS’ ongoing efforts to foster diversity amongst its volunteer leadership by engaging influential members of South Florida’s business, civic and philanthropic communities. Mr. Richard joins the board just as MJHS celebrates its 70th anniversary of service to South Florida, an achievement that points to the nonprofit’s ability to adapt to shifting dynamics among the region’s diverse population and overcome challenges within the healthcare industry over a span that has seen many similar organizations falter. Today, MJHS stands as one of the largest and most innovative healthcare providers in the southeast U.S., with a team of nearly 1,000 employees who serve 3,700 people each day on the organization’s Miami campus and at ancillary facilities across South Florida. “As a mission-driven, communitybased organization operating in a healthcare industry that is growing more complex by the day, Miami Jewish Health Systems looks to its engaged corps of volunteer leaders to provide management perspective and assist in cultivating private sector support,” said Jeffrey

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Freimark, CEO. “John Richard’s track record of success managing large nonprofit institutions will be a tremendous asset to our board and our organization as a whole. John’s ability to galvanize support among diverse groups and translate that support into community togetherness and philanthropic giving is in direct alignment with our own goals as we chart a course for our long-term viability. We are proud to call him a member of the Miami Jewish Health Systems family.”

For details, visit arshtcenter.org and miamijewishhealthsystems.org


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Spring, A Time to Plant

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING BY PATRICIA FRANK PSY.D., LMHC Ah, Spring, the time to prepare and to plant your gardens. Before you can plant you should prepare the soil. Pick a nice sunny spot for the best results. Remove the old, dead twigs. Remove the rocks that will impede the growth of what you plant. Turn the soil over and fertilize it to allow it to absorb the nutrients that will foster growth. Do everything you can to guarantee the success of your gardens. When everything is ready, plant the seeds. Your life, your relationships, and your children are all gardens. You are the gardener. You have to be the one to create the right environment to allow everyone to bloom. With that as your goal, proceed to remove the old twigs of your ideas. Remove the rocky stumbling blocks, as well. Turn over and change your beliefs

about the potential of your gardens and yourself. Not only do you have the power to make them thrive and bloom. You have the responsibility. Believe in your own “green thumb” which is your ability to make things grow and blossom. Plant the seeds of kindness, honesty, loyalty, patience, generosity, strength, forgiveness, humility, courtesy, understanding, and harmony. Add self-respect, self-esteem, selfawareness, self-confidence, self-reliance, self-restraint, self-knowledge, and selfdetermination. Cultivate your gardens. Encourage them to bloom. Foster their growth. Make sure that the sunshine of positive energy shines on them. Nurture yourself and them with tenderness. Protect them from random mishaps. Remove the weeds that may choke them and steal their energy. Do not let anyone or anything trample on them or uproot them. Do not neglect them. Do not let them starve for lack of attention. Tend to your gardens with care and devotion. Water your gardens with love. It is an old saying but true, “As you plant, so shall you reap.” It is a law of nature. Your gardens will reflect the time energy and care that you give them. Make them magnificent. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864,212-308-0309.

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Reid & Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic at Fairmont Turnberry Isle benefits Lauren’s Kids Foundation and Dade Schools Athletic Foundation

Mark Higgs (former Dolphin); Oronde Gadsden (former Dolphin); Eric Reid; Lorenzo Hampton (former Dolphin) ; Tony Fiorentino

Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino joined more than 50 of today’s biggest names in sports for the annual Reid & Fiorentino Celebrity Golf Classic presented by SHARP at the prestigious Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura. With near perfect weather conditions throughout the day, the tournament kicked-off the two-day fundraising event - Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting Lauren’s Kids Foundation and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation, as a total of 56 foursomes took to the two exclusive championship courses for an enjoyable day of competitive golf and on-course refreshments. As participants gathered at end of the day during the post-golf awards reception, Ron Book gave a touching speech, alongside Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino, to commemorate the work of his daughter, Lauren Book and Lauren’s Kids Foundation, before a series of sports merchandise and memorabilia prizes were handed-out during the post-tournament raffle. Competition winners were awarded custom-made Reid & Fiorentino cut-glass trophies, with first place going to the team made up of Eddie Hill, Bryan Salter, Darrell Malone, Reggie Givens and “Dancing Joe” Parrinello. 2nd place was awarded to Mark Higgs, Blair Byrnes, Bobby Cahal, Aaron Knafo and Ki Jana Carter,

with 3rd place presented to Bruce Keir, Doug Donn, Bob Ethridge, Mike Stiber, Jr. and Bob Brudzinski. The 4th place prize was awarded to Charlie DeLuca, Irv Goldstein, Jim Kiely, Mike Stern and Jeff Cross, with the “Most Honest” golfing prize going to the team of Joseph Quigly, Sal Emma, Kathy Korenbaum, Randall Hill and John Bock. Tony Fiorentino commented on this year’s Golf Classic: “We couldn’t have asked for better weather during this year’s Celebrity Golf Classic. We had a great turn-out and the tournament included some of today’s greatest athletes that gave the day a nice competitive edge. The sports and South Florida community ultimately came together for a most enjoyable day of golf that will benefit our kids in the community and throughout the region.” “Our first event for this year’s fundraiser was a huge success,” said Eric Reid. “Seeing the room filled with all our friends and supporters over the years during the evening awards reception shows how committed the community is to helping our youth in South Florida. We thank everyone involved for making this year’s Golf Classic the best yet.” For more information, visit reidandfiorentinoevents.com; fairmont.com/turnberryisle; laurenskids.org

Tony Segreto (second from left) with Edward Zelnick, Steve Friedfertig, Mark Shalam and Richard Sutton

Tony Fiorentino; Ron Book; Lauren Book; Chad Henne; Eric Reid

Melvin Roane; Bill Diggs; Alonzo Mourning; Vincent Dimmock; Rhahime Bell

Ron Book with Lauren Book, Lauren’s Kids

Alonzo Mourning


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‘Aventura Snake Spotting’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY Before the fugitive Egyptian cobra that escaped from the Bronx Zoo was found, he was spotted around Aventura - attracted by the allure of City of Excellence attractions like these: Snake in the Grass: The cobra was spotted heading directly to where the grass is greener – one of Aventura’s parks, where he stayed and played extra late now that park hours have been extended! Snake Goes to Lunch: When the cobra got hungry, his next stop was the PetSmart store but then when he saw Whole Foods next door, he decided to go organic - but got a little frustrated trying to slither around all the other shoppers. Snake Worksout: The cobra got a free pass to the gym and took a yoga class – easily coiling his body into all different poses

while still managing to talk on his cell phone. Snake Sleeps: Hailing from NY, home of the city that never sleeps, the cobra was glad to invest in an Aventura condo, where quiet hours are enforced and most lights go out around nine. Snake Takes Coffee Break: To perk up, the cobra headed to Starbucks for coffee – but he left when the long, winding line reminded him of his annoying python cousin. Snake Gets Pampered: Enjoying Aventura’s world-class spas, the cobra got a facial and massage and even though he has no feet - he booked a pedicure inspired by others around town spending money on things they don’t really need. Snake at Happy Hour: The cobra checked out the single’s scene at local venues where he felt right at home mingling with some of the other snakes at the bar. Snake Retiring: The cobra is planning to escape again soon and live a long happy life in Aventura with a purpose: Championing the cause to ban the sale of snakeskin purses at the mall!

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Newport hosts military themed business expo Continued from page 1 –––––––––––– they’ve defended ours.” While reservists were meeting and greeting potential employers, a circulating platoon from the National Association of Women Business Owners explained NAWBO is the unified voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest-growing segment of the economy. NAWBO unites women entrepreneurs across all industries and is a one-stop resource for propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres of power worldwide. Beyond three cheers for the red, white and blue Expo, applause rang out as exhibitors awarded door prizes to lucky guests including attorney Donna Joseph – now packing her bags for a two-night stay at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort. The Honoring Our Military Event was the second time that Aventura Marketing Council members were invited to the Newport to network and learn more about joining in efforts to promote job recruit-

ing for veterans. At the AMC’s February breakfast meeting, keynote speaker James G. Rebholz, National Committee Chair for the Department and Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve said, “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. Everyone who has served is truly a patriot. Without these heroes, we would not have the great country we have.” Business leaders are encouraged to visit the website floridaesgr.com and register their company to be a supporter, pledging to give preferential hiring to returning National Guard and Reserve veterans. For more information about the National Association of Women Business owners, visit nawbo.org.

Denzil Miles and Dan Palmer, Aventura News flank Oscar Llorente, Mount Sinai Medical Center and Dr. Jodi Stoner, BusinessEtiquette.biz

For information about the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, call 305-949-1300 or visit newportbeachside.com

Ben Launerts, Marksman Security; Jennifer Burke, Equinox Fitness Clubs

Representing the Miami Dolphins: Gwen McCormick, Jennifer Correa, Anis Buonpensiere, Shavoynne Urbanczyk and Reginald Sperling North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner flanked by North Miami Beach Police Explorer Scouts

Guests enjoy premier business networking at Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN

Mel Olman Trio entertained the crowd with live patriotic music


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South Florida’s Hottest new Blackjack Game is Exclusively at Mardi Gras Casino BY DONNA DECONNA Blackjack is a whole new deal and is now playing at the Mardi Gras Casino! At last! Players looking for that social interaction and excitement only a live Blackjack dealer provides can now find it at the Mardi Gras Casino. Mardi Gras’ new Classic Blackjack™ is so much more than traditional Blackjack! With Classic Blackjack a live dealer interacts with the players and offers players some of the most popular bonus side bets around! Players will have the choice to play two of four popular bonus side bets: High Tie Blackjack® Bonus and Upcard Luck 21™ Bonus, which are paid on the first two cards and the Bad Beat® Bonus and Buster Blackjack™ Bonus, which are paid on the final hand outcome. It’s like traditional Blackjack only with a twist and a lot more fun! Besides that, it’s The Most Friendly, Easy to Play Blackjack Ever! Both experienced Blackjack players and first time play-

ers will love Classic Blackjack’s welcoming and interactive game play. ABOUT MARDI GRAS CASINO Mardi Gras Casino is located at 831 North Federal Highway on the corner of US-1 and Pembroke Road. The casino offers over 70,000 square feet of casino excitement featuring 1,100 Las Vegas-style slot machines including new linked Progressive slots, video roulette, and virtual blackjack; 24-hour action packed poker; simulcast and greyhound racing; and various dining options. For more information, call 954924-3200 or visit www.playmardigras.com.

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Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort Steve Goitia, Eric Beck, Pnina Chokron and Maiko del Bel, IT Doctors

Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort’s: Heidi Gershon, Tammy Malamud and Viviana Sarno

Charles Orvieto, Orvieto’s Trophies Awards & More; Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress

Mark Pratt, ImageSound Americas

Right: Cristina Hernandez, Allstate; guest; guest; Alejandra Martinez and Michelle Desjardins, Allstate Insurance; Adriana Schaked Coconut Grove Bank’s Lisa Perl and Jesus Soto

Representing Prudential Florida Realty: Denise and Karla Arteeaga, Silvia Icoza, Melanie Newman and Rose Marie Reyes

Lance Detotto, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Shelly Phillips, FastCare

Michelle Bryan, Luis Lorie and John Parafinczok, ASAP Staffing Services with Shelly Phillips, FastCare (second from right)

Raluca Milostean, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Aventura Comm. Billy Joel; Evelyn Grossman

Elizabeth and Joseph Menda, Signs Now Hollywood

Amanda Wancier, Shannon Beck Shari Kwitney, Shari’s Creations; Eileen Glastein, Bnai Zion Foundation and Miles Beck, Fetch Branding


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hosts military themed business expo DeAnne Graham, Welcome / Bienvenidos Visitors Magazine (center) along with others visit the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center display

Robyn Melvin, Hard Rock Café Hollywood; Gonzalo Del Rio, Hard Rock Café Miami

Jason Loeb, Sudsies / Rugsies with North Miami Beach Police Explorer Scout

Carol Margolis and Theresa Garcia, Memorial Regional Hospital South U.S. Century Bank team: Disnayda Guerrero, Margarita with Laura Parke Lamadrid, Zulay Chi and Lynda Azrikan Bryan Mills, KioCASH; Bob Cahn, AFLAC; Jason Katz, Circle of Lifesaving / Life Fitness; Brett Orlando, Equinox Fitness Clubs flanked by the showgirls of Mardi Gras Casino

Jordan Stern with her Daddy, Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media Maggie McIntyre and Jordan Laser, Northwestern Mutual Laser Financial Group Veronica Martin, North Miami Beach Sr. High; Janie flank Eric Mannis, Nature’s Best and Jorge Baboun, Sudsies / Rugsies Guirola, America Service Industries; Teresita Garcia

Denise Rubin, Prudential Florida Realty; Sunny Isles Beach Vice Mayor Lew Thaler; guest

Jennifer Firestone and Harve Brown, Father and Daughter Insurance Agency; North Miami Beach Councilwoman Phyllis Smith; guest; Alicia Schindler, Miami Jewish Health Systems

Jennifer Grigorian, I Heart Promos; David Geller, Tasti D’Lite Sunny Isles Beach Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Adriana Perez and Maria Stellato, Holistic Health Care Miami

Karen Rueda, Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach; Robert Fernandez and Elizabeth Alvarez, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Warren Henry Auto Group

PHOTOS BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN


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About Investing. Seriously BY JEFF POWELL

“I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.” People familiar with Leslie Nielsen will immediately recognize that line, famously delivered deadpan by Nielsen’s character in the film Airplane! Most people probably remember Nielsen for his comedic roles, but he actually had a very successful career as a serious actor first. Able to constantly adapt, change, and reinvent himself, he extended his acting career well into his 80s, much longer than the traditional leading man. When I talk to potential investors in South Florida, this seems to be a skill that is much in demand: As the economic and business environments continue to change, it is vital that you be able to make the adjustments to reinvent yourself for success. Have you taken the necessary steps to ensure your financial future? Or are you stumbling about aimlessly like another Nielsen character, Sgt. Frank Drebin from the Naked Gun movies, merely hoping you’ll find the right answers? I was recently at a meeting with 50

business professionals, representing a range of industries, and I asked them a simple question: “By a show of hands, how many of you have a written retirement plan?” Two hands went up. If you had been in that room, could you have raised your hand? If so congratulations, but if not, then you have some work to do. The development of a sound financial plan is imperative in achieving success. The initial step of creating goals and objectives without the proper guidance can seem daunting. Working with a qualified financial advisor makes taking these initial steps much easier. Your relationship with an advisor should not just be about what investments to make. It should also include the step-by-step creation of a financial and retirement strategy. As change approaches, feeling confident that your financial plan can adapt will contribute greatly to your future success — not to mention decrease your anxiety level. And, no, you cannot call me Shirley. Jeff Powell is a Certified Financial Planner™ and owner of the financial advising firm Reliance Wealth Management. He may be reached at jpowell@reliancewm.com or call him at (786) 371-3222.

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Celebrate Passover with Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center Of the many Jewish holidays, Passover, or Pesach in Hebrew, is among the most commonly observed. This festival of freedom commemorates the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt after an era of slavery. Passover, which begins on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Nissan, lasts eight days. It is observed by avoiding all leavened grain products and retelling the story of the Exodus during a seder, the Jewish ritual feast, on the first and second nights of the holiday. Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, under the leadership of Chairman of the Board William Landa, President Laurence Herrup, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun, Cantor David Muchnick, and Executive Vice President, Dr. Amir Baron, will be hosting seders for the community for the first two nights of Passover, as well as services throughout the holiday. The two annual seders will welcome over 250 members of the community to ATJC on Monday, April 18th and Tuesday, April 19th at 6 p.m. The festive evenings will include engaging, participatory, musical seders led by Rabbi Jonathan Berkun and Cantor David Muchnick, a fully-catered dinner including matzo ball soup and delicious Passover favorites, a CD of Passover music, a children’s play area, child-friendly meal options, and toys and treats for adults and children. Rabbi Jonathan Berkun encourages the community to attend, saying, “Everyone should experience our Passover seder at Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. It is an engaging way to learn about the history of the Jewish people and pay tribute to the plight of our ancestors in the company of good friends and family.” ATJC is also participating in a food collection for

Cantor David Muchnick and Rabbi Jonathan Berkun ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Jewish Community Services Community Kosher Food Bank through April 8th. Items marked “kosher for Passover” can be dropped off at ATJC to help those in the North Miami community prepare for Passover: canned fruit, canned vegetables, grape juice, mayonnaise, tuna, peanut butter, jam, oil and gefilte fish. The 8:30 a.m. Passover services will take place on April 18th, April 19th, April 20th, April 21st, April 25th and April 26th. Seder prices: ATJC Members - $90/person/night or $165/person for both nights. $35/child under age 13 per night. Non-members: $100/person/night or $185/person for both nights. $38/child under age 13 per night. Complimentary valet parking will be available. Advanced registration required for the seders. For more information or to RSVP, call 305-937-1880 or rsvp@atjc.org, or visit atjc.org.

Jewish Community Services awarded three-year CARF accreditation CARF International announced that Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) has been accredited for a period of three years for its employment services. The latest accreditation is the 12th consecutive three-year accreditation that the international accrediting body has awarded to JCS’ Job Development, Job Supports and Job-Site Training programs. The State of Florida’s Department of Education/Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DOE/DVR) refers eligible clients who have barriers to employment to JCS in order to provide them with employment services and job placement within an integrated community setting. In the last three years, JCS has placed 340 impaired adults referred by the division into jobs. Shelley Niceley Groff, JCS Board Chair, said “JCS was commended by the peer reviewers as an organization that could teach customer service to others. This was evident by the high level of satisfaction expressed by clients, family members and employers who use our employment services.” CARF promotes the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the per-

sons served. JCS, like other organizations receiving a three-year accreditation, went through a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated to a team of surveyors during an on-site visit that its programs and services are of the highest quality, measurable, and accountable. “We couldn’t be more proud of our board and employees for this achievement,” said Fred Stock, JCS President and CEO. “Among many complimentary remarks, CARF reported that our program services, business operations, management and administration are very well-executed by a most competent, caring and committed staff of professionals, resulting in a most effective, well-run organization.” JCS, the largest Jewish social service agency in South Florida, provides critical help in the community to more than 30,000 people, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background — such as delivering meals to frail seniors; counseling families in crisis; and teaching basic job skills to developmentally disabled adults. Although each individual’s circumstance is different, JCS is a lifeline for all. For more information, call JCS Access at 305-5766550 or visit jcsfl.org

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April showers audiences with laughter and song at Aventura Arts & Cultural Center The wacky nuns from Nunsense in a high seas adventure, the warped comic genius of Anna Collins along with tributes to the golden age of Hollywood musicals and legendary performer Barbara Streisand are all at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center this April. Called a female George Carlin, Anna Collins brings to the stage a comedy based on her bestselling book A View from a Broad in a presentation by Low Brow Entertainment Company on Fri., Apr. 8th at 8:30 p.m. The comedian, columnist, author and radio and TV personality takes audiences on a hilarious journey through every day issues such as the economy. Tickets are $29.50 and $34.50. Recreating the excitement and high energy vocals of show stopping numbers while displaying the beauty and purity of sound essential for ballads, Carla DelVillaggio takes the stage in Simply Streisand: A Tribute to the Artistry of Barbra Streisand on Sat., Apr. 9th at 8 p.m. DelVillaggio will perform “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “The Way We Were” and “Papa, Can You Hear Me” and other of the singing actress’s hits. Fellow artists, agents and industry professionals have honored DelVillaggio with the “Rising Star Award,” Agent’s Best Impressed Award,” and “Best Overall Celebrity Re-Creation Award.” Tickets are $30 and $40. Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present The Night is Filled with Music: The Music of the RKO Pictures from Wed., Apr. 13th through Sun., Apr. 17th. Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Dorothy Fields, George Gershwin and many others wrote songs for the fabulous movies of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that along with the music of all the early Disney classics created the lasting musical legacy of RKO Pictures. With a score that includes gold standards of the American Songbook, songs include, “The Continental,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” “A Foggy Day,” “They All Laughed,” “But Not For Me, “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Someday My Prince Will Come” and “Zip A Dee Doo Dah.” Showtimes are Wed., April 13th through Fri., Apr. 15th at 8 p.m.; Sat., Apr. 16th at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sun., Apr. 17th at 2 and 7 p.m. This is a presentation in the Melodies and Memories Series conceived and directed by Barry Levitt, former Artistic Director of New York’s 92nd Street Y’s smash Lyrics and Lyricists Series. The Melodies and Memories Series is sponsored by Vi Living at Aventura. Mazel Musicals, Inc. and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts present Meshuggah-Nuns from Wed., Apr. 27th through Sun., May 8th. The fifth Nunsense adventure finds the Sisters on an all-expense-paid trip on the “Faiths of All Nations” Cruise that is beset with seasickness among the entertainers leaving the Sisters and the actor who was to portray Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof to put on a show resulting in a hilarious celebration of Jewish and Catholic traditions. Showtimes are Wed. through Fri. at 8 p.m.; Sat. at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sun. at 2 and 7 p.m. This is a presentation of the Double Chai Theatrical Series.

The Aventura Arts & Cultural Center is located at 3385 NE 188th Street in Aventura. Tickets, group discounts and scheduling information for all performances are available through the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center’s box office at 954-462-0222 or online at AventuraCenter.org


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Introducing Trio on the Bay..... Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer

EAT THIS... DRINK THAT This past Saturday night I attended the opening of Trio on the Bay , the latest brainchild from nightlife impresario Gerry Kelly . Named for its three components – a restaurant, a lounge, and a nightclub – Trio resides in what used to be Rogers on the Water and Barchetta on the Bay, an enormous (23,000 square feet) and really quite pretty space in North Bay Village (at 1601 79th Street Causeway in North Bay Village). We showed up at 8PM, armed with our coveted “dining reservation”. The main event began at 9PM, but we were one of the lucky few who scored a table even before guests started pouring in. (Thank you Gerry!) Not knowing what to expect, models and performers wearing Kelly’s customcreated gowns greeted us and other guests. We were allowed immediately

(and with no attitude) through the dreaded “red velvet ropes” and led to the outside dining space to enjoy dinner al fresco with a view of the Bay. When Gerry does something, it is done right. The night included non-stop entertainment including various performers, a “hula hipster” and fire-dancer. Choreographed shows by Hot Jam Entertainment and music from Florida Marlins DJ Vertigo provided plenty to watch and great music to dance to. But back to the food. Naturally, I did my homework and checked out the menu online; I needed to see what my choices were prior to arrival so I wouldn’t need to agonize over what I’d be eating. (It’s always tough for me to make decisions because I want to try everything). There were plenty of understandable, “New American” nibbles and dishes, with a Mediterranean slant by Chef Kovacesk. Not overpriced. I was happy with that. But when I got to decision-making time, I was surprised. Instead of having to make decisions, we were presented with a six-course tasting menu. I like that! A nice sampling of items. The only way it could have been better was if we were allowed some

choices, so I could have tried even more of the menu. Oh well. I understand the thought process behind it. We began with Illegal Bread, which was cream cheese-filled phyllo pastry. It was interesting in that it was flavorful and simply presented. Would I ever choose to order it? Probably not. But that’s just me. Next course (which came at ideal intervals – not to fast, nor too slow; a tricky and admirable way of serving) were Shrimp Cakes. A nice twist on the traditional crab, these were served with delicious sautéed mushrooms, basil aioli and tomato coulis. I am not a fan of “fried” nor do I love crab cakes. These however, I enjoyed immensely. Chunks of shrimp made me a believer. The texture and taste, along with the light sauces accented each bite. Course number three, Arugula Salad. I am always a fan of the naked, dress it myself salad, but was not thinking about that here, which proved a happy accident. Served with fresh mozzarella, cranberries, candied walnuts (delish!) in a bright and tasty pomegranate vinaigrette, the salad was fresh and crisp, with a balance of sweet and bitter. It was lovely. The Macadamia-Crusted Broiled Grouper with

passion fruit balsamic glaze and broccolini came next. I was underwhelmed, but there was nothing wrong with it. Perhaps everything else was just so tasty. This was just “good”. But then it happened…the Filet Mignon course came. Let me explain that I like steak. I do not eat it all that often, but once you put the words “truffled” and “mashed potatoes” in the same dish next to it, you have me! So when my perfectly medium rare, super-soft piece of beef came out and the truffle smell hit me in the face, I was in love. I ate every bite. Just so you know, the pistachio béarnaise was nice too, but it would have been fine without it, too. I could have left feeling completely satisfied after all but licking the plate, but with one more course, the “Trio Crepe” arrived. Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries comingled inside an overly eggy crepe. It was served creamy vanilla bean gelato. Shari Lynn Rothstein has been writing about food, wine, lifestyles and fashion for more than 20 years, in New York and Florida. She resides in Aventura. Shari can be reached at shari@slkcreative.com for comments, questions thoughts.


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The Power of WOM (Word of Mouth) BY DEAN NEIGER

Last fall I traveled to Israel for the wedding of a close friend. Going away for a week and leaving my business behind required a lot of preparation, and there just wasn’t enough time to do everything, like getting a haircut. As risky as it can be using a new hair stylist for the first time – especially a couple of days before a big event, and in another country – I figured the haircut could wait until I arrived in Israel. As I landed in Ben Gurion airport, my natural instinct was to ask for recommendations from some of the people I knew in the area. The day before the wedding, I ended up going to a hair stylist 30 minutes away from my hotel. Why go so far when there were three salons within one block of the hotel? The answer is simple – WOM, or word of mouth. When it comes to the service industry, nothing works as well as the power of WOM. It’s the best form of marketing because it’s free, it’s credible and it’s powerful. But beware, WOM is a double-edged sword: it can break a business as fast as it can make one. So how can you leverage the power of WOM? My experience tells

me that the answer is as simple as providing outstanding customer service. That means going above and beyond what your customer expects. As owner of Dryeco Green Cleaners, I realize that being ecofriendly and providing free pick-up and delivery in the tri-county area are competitive advantages for us. But while this may get people in the door the first time, only excellent customer service will bring them back as loyal, repeat customers. Little things can make a big difference. For instance, new customers receive a personalized laundry bag with their name printed on it. After they sign up for a pickup on our website (www.dryeco.com), a customer service representative calls them to confirm that their preferences are all set, and to ensure that all went well. If a garment comes in with any damage, we call the customer to find out if they’d like us to fix it or process it as is. So remember: good customer service may help you keep your clients, but excellent customer service will convert them into eager WOM-bassadors for your business. Dean David Neiger, Dryeco Green Cleaners, 18660 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida – 33160. www.dryeco.com, (305) 933-2400, (877) 7.Dryeco


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2011 Kia Optima combines style and performance Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS Kia has a winner with its new Optima four-door sedan. It’s stylish and comfortable with a long list of amenities and technology features, and there are three all-new powertrains to choose from, including a turbo and Kia’s first-ever hybrid. This next generation Optima has Kia’s new design language highlighted by a streamlined profile. Based on an all-new midsize platform, it’s longer, wider and lower than its predecessor and has a coupelike profile with a sweeping chrome arc that flows from the A through C pillars. It has a high and pronounced shoulder line that leads to sculpted flanks, while the front has a striking face with Kia’s signature tabbed grille surrounded by projector headlights. Under the hood, there’s a choice of three new Theta II powerplants — a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder, a 2.0-liter GDI turbo or a 2.4-

liter hybrid engine. The 2.4-liter GDI engine produces 200 hp, while upgrading to the available 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine (EX Turbo and SX models) delivers V-6 power with a four-cylinder engine that produces 274 hp, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2011 Optima is available in the four trim levels — LX, EX, EX Turbo and SX: LX — Includes dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, outside mirror turn signal indicators and 16-inch steel wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires. EX — Has standard fog lights, heated outside mirrors, exterior chrome/bodycolor door handles along with 17-inch alloy wheels with P215/55/R17 tires. EX Turbo — Adds a unique front grille design. SX — Is the performance model; adds HID headlights with auto leveling, LED rear combination lights, unique front grille design, rear lip spoiler, sculpted side sills, aero wiper blades, black front brake calipers and 18-inch black machined finish alloy wheels with P225/45R18 tires. On the inside, the Optima cabin is spacious and comfortable, with many standard convenience features such as a six-way adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar

New Kia Optima is wider and lower than its predecessor and has a streamlined, coupe-like profile.

support, illuminated vanity mirrors with a ticket holder and a trip computer. An available panoramic sunroof provides an openair feeling, while the seats are ergonomically designed and there is plenty of storage space available. At the same time, the Optima is designed as a driver’s car, with the instrument panel contoured toward the driver for a cockpit feel, with precision gauges and controls contributing to an overall sport performance environment. A high console with a short shifter adds to the cockpit feel and paddle shifters

behind the steering wheel allow alternative gear changing. Additional standard interior features include a tilt/telescopic steering column, power door locks, power windows, sun visor extension and a cooling glove box. Base price on the 2011 Kia Optima EX is $22,495. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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Miami Children’s Chorus events to bring hope and help to Haiti BY ANALY MENDEZ

Miami Children’s Chorus (MCC) Haiti Relief Effort, “Give Us Hope,” scheduled on the weekend of Apr. 8, will be the culmination of a yearlong community service effort by the children of MCC. The choristers, having been moved by the tragic events in Haiti, wanted to do something to help. In their quest to help, they decided to put on a Haiti relief benefit concert, and to produce and distribute a CD. “Give Us Hope” is a three-day event that kicks off with a free lecture and demonstration on Friday, Apr. 8, at the Little Haiti Cultural Center at 7 p.m. The weekend will feature music by Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume, and Argentinean composer Oscar Escalada. Both composers have been commissioned to write works for the chorus through the MCC commissioning project New Works for Children’s Voices, and will work with choristers in preparation for this event. Both Guillaume and Escalada will discuss their music with the community on the evening of Apr. 8.

Following this symposium will be an open rehearsal on Saturday, Apr. 9, 1:30 p.m., at Riviera Presbyterian Church. The community is invited to attend this rehearsal and witness the artistry of the Advanced Chorus as the members interact with each composer. The final event will take place on Sunday, Apr. 10, 5 p.m., at the Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami Beach. This concert will be the result of a year’s work for the Miami Children’s Chorus. The hope is that the South Florida Community will come together to help support and aid the struggling people of Haiti. Donations collected at the concert and proceeds from ticket sales and the sale of the Give Us Hope CD, will go to Doctors Without Borders in support of the group’s continued work in Haiti. To purchase tickets for the final concert on Apr. 10, visit <www.ticketmaster.com> and search Miami Children’s Chorus. Adult tickets are $20 and student/senior tickets are $10. For more information regarding the Miami Children’s Chorus, and its concert schedule visit online at <www.miamichildrenschorus.org> or call 305-662-7494.


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Entries open until Apr. 16 for $100K dream wedding BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, will collect entries for its first-ever $100,000 Magical Wedding Giveaway until Apr. 16. The winning couple will be determined during the finals on May 7, and the Magical Wedding is set for Nov. 6. The grand prize will consist of a Magical Wedding planned/designed by a Magic City representative, with a budget valued at approximately $100,000. Magic City Casino will sponsor the ceremony, reception and honeymoon for the winning couple. The wedding will include a special performance by Grammy Award winner Jon Secada. “We encourage Miami’s engaged couples to enter the competition to have the wedding of a lifetime,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “Most couples do not have the opportunity to have a $100,000 dream wedding, but by entering this competition, the opportunity will become a reality for one lucky couple.” Interested couples must complete an entry form no later than Apr. 16. The form is available on the Magic City Casino website at

<www.magiccitycasino.com> or onsite at the Magic City Casino Players Club desk. Entries must include responses of 100 words or less on the following topics: (a) The couple’s love story and (b) why the couple hopes to hold their $100,000 Magical Wedding at Magic City Casino. The application also must include a color photo of the couple. Initial entries will be judged on the following criteria: • Originality and creativity used in writing about their love story and why the couple hopes to hold their magical wedding at Magic City Casino, • Technical aspects related to how the application was filled out and how well directions were followed, and • How well the photo reflects the entrant’s response. Magic City Casino features 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, seasonal live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets, among other state-of-the-art amenities. The casino is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. For more information, visit online at <www.magiccitycasino.com>.

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Students have until Apr. 15 to nominate favorite teacher BY JACKIE MACKAY

Students nationwide have until Apr. 15 to enter the “A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney” essay contest to win a vacation prize package to the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Winning teachers also receive the same vacation package. The contest is being hosted by the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels in partnership with AirTran Airways and Walt Disney World. More than 200 students already have entered this year’s contest, and 1,000 students entered the contest last year. The contest asks participants to nominate their favorite teacher, with winning educators and the students who nominate them each receiving a four-day, three-night vacation trip to one of the seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Entrants to date are praising their teachers for hard work, mentoring, a sense of humor, engaging lesson plans, dedication, patience, and sincere concern for their students. The essays relate tales of educators who stand out with their unique teaching and ability to connect with students. Students who wish to nominate their teachers for consideration must write a 500-word essay and submit it via the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’ website at <www.downtowndisneyhotels.com>. The essay should explain how the teacher has made a difference in the student’s life and will be judged on its relevance to theme, creativity, originality, and the merit of the teacher’s accom-

plishments as outlined in the essay. Ten national winners will be chosen, and the participant and their favorite teacher nominee each will win the prize package that includes: • Four-day/three-night accommodations (for up to four family members) at one of the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’ • Free airfare to Orlando (for up to four family members) on AirTran Airways (only for non-Florida residents); • Four free Walt Disney World oneday, one-park passes; • Four free tickets to the DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive theme park, and • Complimentary breakfast at the hotel each day (for up to four family members). “Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels want to celebrate those teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students in spite of the many challenges their schools are facing,” said Laurence Richardson, chair of the organization’s marketing committee. “We’re thrilled with the entries we have received to date in our nationwide contest, and we look forward to rewarding another group of 10 lucky entrants.” Contest winners will be announced on the hotels’ website. Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels is a consortium of seven official Walt Disney World Resort hotels that include: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, Doubletree Guest Suites, Hilton Orlando Resort, Holiday Inn, Royal Plaza Resort and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort.

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Zoo Miami trainer Willy Coto competes to help orangutans BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Willy Cotto, 23, has a passion for education and for rainforest wildlife, and he hopes to unite those interests in his quest to be selected as one of 10 people to participate in a program to help save endangered orangutans. Cotto, a senior at Barry University, grew up in Palmetto Bay and attended Palmetto High School. Scheduled to graduate in May, he has applied to George Mason University in Virginia, but his immediate goal is many more miles away. “I’m hoping to be in Indonesia July 1 with this team,” Cotto said. “I saw this program online through DeforestACTION. I’m a big supporter of orangutan outreach and had noticed a post about this program and decided that it was definitely something I wanted to do. “Of all the animals I have worked with, orangutans are the animals that have made the biggest impact on my views and what I really want to focus on in the conservation initiative.” Putting in many hours a week at Zoo Miami as a wildlife show trainer and cura-

torial intern, Cotto has been involved in zoo-keeping work in one way or another for the past decade. Having worked closely with orangutans, he is excited about this opportunity to help them on their ‘home turf.” “We’d be establishing this program,” Cotto explained. “They’re selecting 10 youth leaders around the world to do this and have the full focus conservation initiative where we’re involving the Dayak people, the indigenous tribe of people in Borneo, and having them know that they can do something other than work in the palm oil industry or log or poaching primates. We’d be rehabilitating the people just as we’d be rehabilitating the orangutans.” Cotto explained that palm oil is a big part of the problem because natural areas needed by the orangutans are being bulldozed to make room for profitable palm plantations. “Palm oil is found in more than 50 percent of items in grocery stores, and 90 percent of it comes from Indonesia,” Cotto said. “There are more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian Archipelago — two of

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them have orangutans, the only place in the world.” DeforestACTION is a global collaborative project involving young people between ages 18 and 35 to halt the destruction of important rainforests, create a permanent home for orangutans, and “save the planet.” Their website estimates that in Indonesia alone, a forest the size of 300 football fields is being cut down every hour to make way for palm oil plantations. One of the project’s goals is to produce a 3-D film and a television series to help spread the word and encourage more people to make a difference. Cotto admires those who have done so in the past. “What Dian Fossey did was remarkable,” Cotto said. “She established something not only research wise, she made these gorillas accustomed to people so that people can go into the rain forests of Rwanda and Uganda and see them first hand. That makes a big impact. Orangutans are in zoos and people can really have that one-to-one connection by seeing them first hand. But if people can

go to Indonesia and see them there, it would be a totally different feeling.” Cotto also praises Wildlife SOS in India, whose co-founder, Kartick Satyanarayan, has visited Zoo Miami to discuss the group’s successes in improving conditions for sloth bears there. “I think that we can definitely make a change,” Cotto said. “I want to see these things come to the forefront, and what better way of teaching than having a movie and a TV show along with this project? Not only will we be establishing this project, we’ll be sharing it with the rest of the world. “But even if I don’t go, I know that I have shared my passion with as many people as I can and I will continue to do so. I would hate for my grandchildren to find someday that there are no orangutans in Indonesia.” Voting ends Apr. 10. To view Willy Cotto’s video submission and have a chance to vote to help him achieve his dream, go online to <http://gg.tigweb.org/tig/deforestaction/52299/>.


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Miami-Dade County partners with Spring Boutique Week, Apr. 17-24 BY MARTHA HOFFMANN

The Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) is partnering with Spring Boutique Week taking place in Miami-Dade, Apr. 17-24. Premiering in October 2010, Boutique Week is a semi-annual event, bringing together America’s boutiques for a week of incredible sales and discounts. Fall Boutique Week took place in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles and was a huge success. Boutique Week can help boost sales of individual boutique owners in Miami-Dade while offering customers unique products and in some cases affordable access to high-end couture. A variety of Miami’s local boutiques will celebrate Spring Boutique Week by offering a minimum of 25 percent off of at least half of the boutique’s merchandise to access code holders. Boutique owners interested in participating in Spring Boutique Week Miami should contact Olga Vidisheva at 1-857-225-2637 or by email to <olga@boutiqueweek.net>. There is

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When TeamFootWorks asked participants of its Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series what they wanted to see changed for future races, the response was unanimous — electronic timing. In an effort to produce accurate results and provide participants with their complete race ranking, TeamFootWorks is announcing that, for the first time since the race’s inception in 1985, all participants in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series will be chipped. In addition, the top male and top female finishers at each race also will be rewarded as part of the new Pearl Izumi Elite Running Division. “We are always looking for ways to improve the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series,” said Laurie Huseby, race director. “By incorporating the electronic timing chips, we are excited to provide all participants with an accurate time, as well as providing them with a listing of the rankings on our website, <www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com>.” TeamFootWorks and Pearl Izumi also are incorporating the new Elite Division, which was debuted at the Corporate Run in Miami in 2010, into both of the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach races. The Pearl Izumi Elite Division will be made up of male runners who can complete a 5K in less than 19 minutes and female runners who can complete a 5K in less than 20 minutes. Elite individuals will be able to enter and compete for prize money in all three cities. Runners will vie for a piece of the $5,400 prize purse which will be distributed among the top three male finishers and the top three female finishers at the Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach runs, while the top five male and top five female

finishers will be rewarded in Miami. Although being a member of a corporate team is not required, elite runners are encouraged to welcome their co-workers to join them at the race, keeping in mind the goal of the Corporate Run is to promote health and fitness at all levels and provide a venue to boost company morale and encourage camaraderie in the workplace. With more than 25,000 runners and walkers from hundreds of companies expected to participate in the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run Series, the race continues to grow. The 5K series began in Fort Lauderdale on Mar. 24, continues in West Palm Beach on Apr. 13, and concludes in Miami on Apr. 28. For the second year in a row, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the South Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross. With a special competition that awards the overall men’s, women’s and co-ed teams in 20 different industries, the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run, a 5K (3.1mile) Run Walk, attracts more than 800 South Florida companies and is open to employees of businesses, corporations, government agencies, financial institutions and non-profits-no matter how big or small. All companies are encouraged to participate and may enter an unlimited number of employees to walk or run as a group. Sponsors of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run series include: MercedesBenz of South Florida, American Airlines, Baptist Health, Aetna, BB&T, Sports Authority, Club Med, Miami-Dade County, Miami DDA and more. For registration information or to reserve a registration packet, contact TeamFootWorks at 305-666-RACE (7223) or visit <www.mercedesbenzcorporaterun.com> or <www.teamfootworks.org>.

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