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Great news from Bill Talbert, CEO, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau Meeting sponsored by Lonnie Ogulnick, Ladenburg Thalmann and Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking BY BARI AUERBACH


t’s So Miami” was the theme of the Aventura Marketing Council’s July breakfast meeting focusing on tourism, financial and entrepreneurial success with guest speaker Bill Talbert, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, with meeting co-hosts Lonnie Ogulnick, Managing Director of Lonnie Gordon Financial Group at Ladenburg Thalmann, and Ben Launerts, founder and CEO of Parksman Parking. AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, and congratulated Launerts on now assisting with valet parking

Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking; Tom Houtenbrink, Lonnie Gordon Financial Group / Ladenburg Thalmann; Bill Talbert, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Lonnie Ogulnick, Lonnie Gordon Financial Group / Ladenburg Thalmann

(Photography by Andrew Goldstein)

“In 2010, Brazil became Greater Miami’s first billion dollar international feeder market… Travel and tourism mean ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ and in this tough economy, that’s helping all of us.” — Bill Talbert

service at the hotel with a full takeover scheduled for August 15th, 2012. Talbert explained, “Greater Miami is one of the top destinations in the world today and will experience double-digit growth in 2013.” As chair of the Brazil Committee for the U.S. Travel



Board of Directors, Talbert supports the goal to expedite the visa waiver process and dramatically increase visitors from South American countries. “In 2010, Brazil became Greater Miami’s first billion dollar international feeder market,” he said. “Travel and tourism mean ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’ and in this tough economy, that’s helping all of us. ”The demand for travel to Greater Miami has never been

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Wandering & Pondering Joan and the doctor

Jim called a week later and told her that there might be something to the rumors. He’d noticed Harry being a bit too friendly When Joan married Harry, Harry was the with some of the women working out at the top OB/GYN in the city, good looking and same time. This went on for a month or so very popular. He always had an office full with Harry getting more and more distant of lovely looking patients. Naturally a rep- from Joan. Finally one night Harry told Joan that he felt that they should utation went with it all. Joan was get a divorce because he had quite aware of all this. The marfound someone that he cared riage went well for about three deeply about and in fact he had years. Joan was the owner of a bought a ring and wanted to get fitness gym and pretty well kept on with his new life. herself in good shape. Joan was devastated. She Three years into the marriage called Bill to commiserate with she began having some doubts. him. They met for lunch and The sex life had decreased from DAN PALMER she told him all that Harry had constant to some times and now she began to listen to what the gossips were told her right up to the buying of the ring inferring. The beautiful patients, the long for his new love. Bill listened quietly as hours he was keeping, she felt that she had she told him all that had happened and problems but didn’t want to talk about them then replied, “Just this past week, Bill to any of her girlfriends. One of her friends told me all about it. I told him that it Jim, also had a gym and they were quite would be best if he explained his reasons close as they often talked merging but it to you and his feelings,” Bill paused, “In fact Harry wondered if I could was just talk. One day she had lunch with Jim and told explain his reasons to you to better him of her suspicions and wondered if Jim understand his feelings.” Bill paused, “I might check out her suspicions since many also knew about the ring Joan, I am the one he gave it to.” of Harry’s friends worked out at his gym.

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August 8 - 21, 2012

Around Town in Aventura Aventura City of Excellence School /ACES hosts AMC Board Meeting/Retreat (Front row L to R): Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Jordan Laser, Northwestern Mutual / Laser Financial Group; Aventura City Manager Eric Soroka; AMC Chair Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman; Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust (Back row L to R): Rony Joseph, Platinum Group Security; Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking; Stephanie Trump, Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach; Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance; Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor Development; Alan Lips, Gerson Preston Robinson & Company; Gary Pyott, The Continental Group; Fernando Levy Hara, mckafka Development Group; Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Andy Lewis, Eisinger Brown Lewis Frankel & Chaiet (Front row, l-r) Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank; James Campanella, City National Bank; Anat Farin, Wells Fargo Bank; Real Estate Chair Patricia Rotsztain, Weichert Professional Partners Realty

Real Estate Seminar focuses on financial industry

Vi at Aventura hosts AMC SpeedBiz Meeting

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At a recent Aventura Marketing Council Real Estate Committee seminar, professionals in the real estate industry heard from professionals in the financial arena: Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank, Anat Farin, Wells Fargo Bank and James Campanella, City National Bank. Topics included Current Parameters for Lending, Loan Availability for Foreign Nationals, Advantages of Portfolio Lending, Nonconforming Loans and Condo Lending.

Committee Chairman Patricia Rotsztain, Weichert Professional Partners Realty noted “Each month we have different speakers who bring a wealth of expericene and knowledge to this group and this month was no exception. Our panel provided valuable information and answered questions that are first and foremost on the minds of our realtors right now.” For information, call 305-932-5334 or visit

AMC members networking

Donna Joseph, Attorney; Scott Sander, Sander & Associates; Olga Tarasenko, Snyder & Snyder; Lesya Pelyushko, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management MAB Group

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On Again Off Again

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING Some relationships can be like the weather. Many days the sun or the rain are on again and off again. This is tolerable in the weather but not tolerable in healthy relationships. Feelings with loved ones, friends, acquaintances, co-workers and the boss can fluctuate widely and wildly. This is not a good forecast for a stress-free life. You cannot control the weather but you can control the stability of your life. It is definitely in your best interest to take the time and make the effort to have smooth, consistent relationships. Pay attention to the signs of change. Is the sky darkening? Are there storm clouds forming? These are indications that rain is coming. A furrowed brow, a sarcastic tone, a critical remark or a negative aside are also signs that a storm is brewing. You cannot prevent rain but you can prevent a disturbance in your relationships. By the time you hear the thunder or see the lightening it

is often too late. Diffuse the situation. Reduce the tension in the relationship. Find out what is causing the dark clouds. It could be anger, frustration or disappointment. It could be jealousy or insecurity. It could be a misunderstanding or a misinterpretation of your actions or of the circumstances. Fix it by soliciting the other person’s viewpoint and explaining your viewpoint. Be ready and willing to change your behavior. Ask them to change their behavior, at least slightly. Set new boundaries for acceptable behavior. A major storm with damaging hail and high winds can and should be avoided. Don’t become battered and tossed around. Don’t let them be battered as well. This won’t accomplish anything and may actually make things worse. If you cannot fix it then consider curtailing your exposure and your vulnerability. Do everything you can to reduce the probability of a storm erupting. Relationships that are on again and off again are exhausting. Eventually, they drain your life blood and eliminate the joy from your life. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864.

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continues to forge new partnerships, launch new divisions and land exclusive contracts with premier properties in the Aventura and Sunny Isles Beach areas including their newest client, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort. Launerts also serves as Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism for Miami-Dade County Schools. For information, phone 888-982-PARK (7275) or visit

greater and the future is very bright. The ‘Brand USA’ program has $200 million to promote foreign travel to the U.S.; ‘Visit Florida’ has had a significant increase in marketing dollars; we have a new airport and downtown rail connector; and we’ve got Pow Wow, the number one travel show, coming here in 2016. All of this happens by us partnering and working together!” Supporting “It’s So Miami” growth,


Aletha Player, FPL; Sunny Isles Beach Mayor Norman Edelcup; Sen. Gwen Margolis; Bill Talbert, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Bal Harbour Mayor Jean Rosenfield; Rep. Joe Gibbons –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

AMC Chair Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman

Lonnie Gordon Ogulnick was personally invited to help build and grow Ladenburg Thalmann’s corporate headquarters located in Dr. Phil Frost’s IVAX building in Miami. Ogulnick customizes and builds portfolios for individual clients, as well as retirement planning, while working closely with Ladenburg Thalmann’s asset management team, providing long-term investment solutions and strategies. Ogulnick has a passion for helping both individuals

and corporations navigate through the global financial landscape, accumulating and preserving wealth. For more information, contact 305-572-4104 or visit Ben Launerts of Parksman Parking has created opportunities for over 200 Parksman associates to earn promotions. Attributing great success to over 20 years of experience, the drive to surpass ordinary standards and civic involvement, Parksman

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August 8 - 21, 2012

Lorna Kernizan appointed Chief Operating Officer at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Aventura Hospital and Medical Lorna Kernizan joins Aventura Center, a 407-bed acute care facility, has Hospital with more than 17 years of appointed Lorna Kernizan as Chief healthcare experience, having previously served in executive positions at the Operating Officer. As Chief Operating Officer, she is Miami Lakes Surgery Center in Miami Lakes, Weston Regional responsible for day-to-day Health Park in Weston, operations of the facility and and Cedars Medical oversees various services Center in Miami. within the hospital including She received her Master Imaging, Laboratory, of Business Administration Cardiopulmonary and more. in Financial Management Kernizan assumes her and Healthcare new position following a Administration from the successful career as University of Miami and Administrator of the Miami her Bachelor of Arts in Lakes Surgery Center in International Relations and Miami Lakes. Political Science from “We are extremely Florida International pleased to have Lorna rejoin Lorna Kernizan University. our team at Aventura –––––––––––––––––– Kernizan is a Fellow of Hospital and Medical Center,” said Heather J. Rohan, Chief the American College of Healthcare Executive Officer of Aventura Hospital Executives, a Certified Administrator of and Medical Center. “She began her a Surgery Center and a member of the healthcare career with Aventura Hospital South Florida Healthcare Executive as an administrative intern and eventually Forum. She has also held various leadpositions within Rotary earned the role as the Director of Facility ership Operations. We look forward to her leader- International, including Membership ship and experience as we strive for excel- Chair, Past President, Past PresidentElect and Past Membership Chair. lence in healthcare.”

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center goes ‘Back-2-School’ with Fair First 100 kids receive a FREE school pencil case For millions of families across America, the approaching “Back-2-School” season is filled with kids excited to see their school mates, and parents following close behind with hand sanitizer and tissues. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center wants to help parents and children prepare for school with its Back-2-School Fair on Saturday, August 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. A free community event for the whole family, the fair will promote a safe and healthy return to school. The family-centered event will feature a bike safety course, free helmet fittings and AMBER Alert registration, compliments of Aventura Police; and kids will have the opportunity to dress-up and tour a live fire truck with the City of Hallandale Beach and Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue. In the background, CooLAM Dance Studio will entertain the crowd with music and games as

grandparents, parents and kids alike excitedly pose with the famous McGruff the Crime Dog. In the spirit of education, professionals from Aventura Hospital and Medical Center will participate and provide valuable tips at educational booths throughout the fair. Experts will be on hand to offer advice on such hot topics as injury prevention, heart health, cyber-bullying, diabetes, allergies and more. The event is free and open to the public. Parking will be available in the north parking garage with a free voucher upon event registration, and valet services will additionally be available. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is located at 20900 Biscayne Boulevard in Aventt ura. To RSVP or receive more information on Aventura’s Back-2-School Fair, call 1-888256-7692 or visit

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Popular Audi ‘allroad’ returns in 2013 model lineup Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS Audi has become a major player in the U.S., and a recent report that it sold more vehicles in June than in any month since entering the market 42 years ago only served to solidify that fact. Audi set a new all-time monthly U.S. sales record with 12,664 vehicles sold, a 26 percent increase over June 2011, and the 18th consecutive monthly sales record. On the heels of those figures came the announcement that Audi will bring back the iconic “allroad” in the 2013 lineup, a popular model discontinued in 2004. Audi honchos believe the time is right for the return of a station wagon type of vehicle with allweather capabilities and great driving dynamics. The new allroad does that and improves on the original by combining the best elements of a rugged crossover and an executive sedan. It’s faster and more fuel efficient, and with 7.1 inches of ground

clearance, it meets the outdoor lifestyle needs of today’s consumer. The allroad has a sleek design and a taller profile, rides on 18-inch wheels (19-inchers are optional), and has a unique single-frame grille design with vertical chrome struts and angled upper corners. Stainless steel skid plates and side sills, contrasting body trim and aluminum raised roof rails highlight the profile, while matte-finished lower bumpers and wheel arches are standard. Sleek headlights and circular fog lights finish off the front, while circular dual-exhaust openings polish the rear. The allroad is wonderfully responsive with its 2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged, directinjected four-cylinder engine that delivers 211 hp and 258 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a fuel efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. It clocks 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds; Quattro all-wheel drive is standard and a new electromechanical steering system saves weight, improves fuel economy and refines performance. On the inside, the allroad is spacious, with plenty of front-seat headroom and 27 cubic feet of cargo space, almost double that with the rear seats folded flat. A panoramic sunroof is standard, along with

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PROVOCATIVE QUESTIONS FOR PROVOCATIVE PEOPLE Q: What differentiates Coconut Grove Bank from other financial institutions? MG: Local management, swift decisions and superior customer service! Banking with Coconut Grove Bank is unlike anywhere else; our professional advisors work closely with their clients to design pro grams to help them increase the value of their portfolios. Let our Banking Officers get to know you as they do each and every one of our clients.


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Q: Why is Coconut Grove Bank a great asset to the City of Aventura? MG: Coconut Grove Bank established its roots in South Florida over 80 years ago building a solid foundation by investing in you, your business and our community. Aventura residents can rely on Coconut Grove Bank to deliver superior personal attention and a complete range of products including: personal and business banking services, commercial lending and investment

management services. Q: Does Coconut Grove Bank offer the convenience of online banking? MG: Coconut Grove Bank offers a com plete suite of interactive online banking serv ices such as mobile banking, online banking, online statements and online bill pay. It’s possible to access real time account informa tion, account balances and history, transfer funds or schedule a loan payment with just a few clicks of a mouse. To learn more about time and money- saving benefits of Coconut Grove Bank’s online banking services, visit

Q: What are your customers saying about Coconut Grove Bank? “Coconut Grove Bank offers access to world class investment managers who have helped me increase the value of my portfo lio. I have placed my trust in the bank’s financially sophisticated executive manage ment team.”

Ron Esserman, Owner of Esserman Automotive Group “Coconut Grove Bank has been our bank for more than 25 years helping support our mission of finding great homes for homeless pets. We value our banking relationship with Coconut Grove Bank for our business and lending needs.” Samuel S. Blum, Board Member of The Humane Society of Greater Miami “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. The Aventura team members are delightful, intelligent, resourceful and always a pleasure to work with. The Aventura Branch is like a sanctu ary; they treat me like a king!” Lawrence Metsch, The Metsch Law Firm, P.A.

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August 8 - 21, 2012

Great news from Bill Talbert, CEO Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Bill Talbert, Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Lonnie Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor Development and Ben Launerts, Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Aventura Comm. Billy Joel and Aventura City Ogulnick and Tom Houtenbrink, Lonnie Gordon Financial Group / Parksman Parking Media and Aventura Vice Mayor Teri Holzberg Manager Eric Soroka Ladenburg Thalmann

Louis Berlin, Insurance for Enhanced Living/ Berlin Consulting Group; Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Rene Quinones, BB&T

The Hon. Gerry Goodman and Margot Mankes-Goldstein, Ofc. of Comm. Sally Heyman

Shelley Costin, Miami Gardens Florist and Gary Pyott, The Continental Group

Dan Palmer, Aventura News (center) presenting sponsorship plaques to (L) Ben Launerts and (R) Lonnie Ogulnick

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Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond; Aventura Police Dept. Major Steve Seefchak; Arthur Barr, Barr & Associates; Aventura Police Chief Steve Steinberg

Sen. Ron Silver and Bob Levy, Robert M. Levy & Associates

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Great news from Bill Talbert, CEO Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Andrea Guzman; Nereida Siu; Oscar Llorente, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Beth Herdegen, GulfCoast Business Finance and Hope Berman, Berman Chiropractic Center

Lesli Cartaya and Dan Boston, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Eric Holder, Edward Jones and Wendy Ruiz, Holistic Health Care Miami

Sunny Isles Beach Police Chief Fred Maas; Aventura Police Dept. Major Skip Washa; Luis Yepez, Capital Bank

Howard Weinberg, Association Law Group and Aventura Comm. Billy Joel

Leilani Rivera, Fetch Branding and Steve Goitia, IT Doctors

Comm. Billy Joel; Aventura Police Chief Steve Steinberg accepting Ofc. of the Month plaques on behalf of Officers Jamie Chalem and Ricardo Moreno; Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor Development; Aventura Comm. Michael Stern, Stern Bloom Media; Aventura Vice Mayor Teri Holzberg; Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond

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New general members Alina Salaridze, Green House Organic Food Restaurant; Richard Auerbach, Personal Memoir Films; Kenia Alvarez and Robin Coven, Levin Home Care

New general members Arthur Kushner, Peter Haines and Rosa Naccarato, Goldman Naccarato Vela; Eric Holder and Tina Sewell-Cruz, Edward Jones

New general members Andrew Garavuso, Sicilian Oven; Bevy Yuz, Property Sales & Investments

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Mayfield to discuss Andrew, preparing for future storms BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Learn from the past and prepare for the future is the theme of a special evening hosted by the Deering Estate Foundation, featuring Max Mayfield, WPLG-TV Hurricane Specialist and former director of the National Hurricane Center, on Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., at the historic Deering Estate at Cutler. Mayfield will share his expertise and present dramatic slides of the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. Mayfield’s distinguished career in meteorology has earned him five Emmy Awards including two during 2011 for the station’s Hurricane Special and Hurricane History program. Now, the evening at the estate offers a chance to meet and learn from one of our country’s leading hurricane specialists. The Deering Estate at Cutler was near ground zero for Hurricane Andrew. Mayfield describes coming to the property following the storm to assess the damage. “We couldn’t get the main gate open because of the debris that had been pushed up to the rock wall.” Once inside the grounds, the team searched for markers of the storm surge

that were later measured to be 16.5 feet. “We went inside the ballroom and although there was debris on the walls, there were no marks indicating a storm surge. We realized that the strong winds had sand blasted the walls.” The group later found water-level markers inside a closet that had been protected from the strong winds. Mayfield will explain how Hurricane Andrew was primarily a wind event, a small Category 5 storm, that didn’t extend far from the center like hurricanes Katrina and Hugo. Had the scope been more extensive, Andrew’s storm surge would have been worse. He sums it up, “Hurricane Andrew was not the ‘big one.’” For those who lived through the storm and for the others who have never been through a similar event, the evening will provide an opportunity to be reminded of and understand the magnitude of a hurricane. FEMA administrator Craig Fugate emphasizes, “It is easier to plan for a catastrophe and then scale back as needed.” The evening is designed to reflect and remember the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, and educate the com-

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munity on what to do in case of an impending storm. “Have a plan,” Mayfield says. “The best efforts of the meteorologist aren’t enough; it comes down to people having a hurricane plan and being able to execute that plan.” Nature is resilient, and to see the magnificent Deering Estate at Cutler today, one would never believe the extent of the dam-

ages it had suffered. During the past 20 years, the innovative environmental stewardship programs created by the estates’ Educational and Interpretative staff, have complemented the lush natural growth. The goal of these nature-based programs is to raise awareness and to protect and preserve precious resources for this and future generations. One of the most successful programs is a partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools that pairs Nature-Center-toSchool for hands-on learning and educational enrichment. NESTT (Nurturing Environmental Stewards of Today and Tomorrow) is an extension of the estate’s award-winning Living Classroom/EcoAcademy. The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. The program, to be conducted in the historic Stone House Ballroom, is free to foundation members and $15 for non-members. The admission may be applied toward the purchase of a foundation membership. All proceeds from the evening benefit the NESTT program. To reserve a seat at Max Mayfield’s presentation, contact Ashley Sodeman at 305-235-1668, ext. 263.

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TOP Israeli CEO meets Boys Town Jerusalem’s student all-stars Just one month before Israeli executive Avraham Novogrocki was appointed CEO of the multi-million dollar company “AfricaIsrael Investments, Ltd.,” he met with a small group of allstars at his alma mater, Boys Town Jerusalem. Novogrocki shared his personal experiences and intriguing pointers for success with this handpicked group, consisting of 16 exemplary BTJ high school students. “Those who excel here will excel in life,” the high-rank- Avraham Novogrocki (left) discussing excellence with 11th grader Yom Tov ing executive told the Avichai –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– young students. Novogrocki, who stands at the helm of a from 6:30 a.m. till 10 p.m., but we had leading international holding and invest- tremendous motivation. Our rabbis were ment company, began his six years of study always there to give us guidance, even at Boys Town Jerusalem in 1970. Following after graduation. I remember one rabbi high school, Novogrocki continued for an coming to visit his students in the Air additional two years in Boys Town’s Force and urging us to work even harder to College of Applied Engineering. In the make a contribution to Israel’s security.” Boys Town Jerusalem is one of Israel’s Israeli Air Force, he was assigned for duty in the F-15 fighter plane division. He went premier institutions for educating the on to receive his BA in economics and MA country’s next generation of leaders in the in Business Administration from Bar Ilan fields of technology, commerce, educaUniversity. After serving as the CEO of tion, the military and public service. Since Africa Israel Industries, overseeing thou- its founding in 1948, BTJ has pursued its sands of workers in companies in Israel and mission of turning young boys from limitabroad, Novogrocki has now been promot- ed backgrounds into young men with limed as the CEO of its giant parent company, itless futures. Africa-Israel Investments, Ltd. To learn more, visit boystown“Boys Town was a difficult school,” Novogrocki told the students. “We studied

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Miami-Dade College Aventura Center schedules open house on Aug. 19 Miami-Dade College Aventura Center cordially invites you to their Open House, Sunday, August 19th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where they will showcase their classes for adults and children, held mornings, evenings and weekends. Such classes include: Business & Professional Certificates, Event & Wedding Planning,

Computer Skills, Music, Languages, Photography, Test Preparation, Tutoring, Robotics and more.

MDC Aventura Center is located at 20445 Biscayne Blvd., Suite H6, Aventura 33180. For more information, call (305) 936-2585.

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H. Ruben Weisson joins Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Aventura office Morgan Stanley Smith Key Biscayne where he serves as Barney announced today that Chairman of their Annual Wine H. Ruben Weisson has joined Tasting fund raiser. the firm’s Wealth Management Morgan Stanley Smith office in Aventura at 19495 Barney, a global leader in Biscayne Boulevard as a Vice wealth management, provides President, Financial Advisor, access to a wide range of prodPortfolio Manager. ucts and services to individuals, Formerly with Merrill Lynch businesses and institutions, for 16 years, Mr. Weisson including brokerage and investholds a bachelor’s degree in ment advisory services, finanH. Ruben Weisson Finance from The American cial and wealth planning, credit –––––––––––––– University in Washington, and lending, cash management, D.C. Additionally, he has earned designa- annuities and insurance, retirement and tions as CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLAN- trust services. For more information, call NER ™ (CFP®) and Chartered Retirement 305-937-6811. Planning Counselor SM (CRPC®) from Morgan Stanley is a leading global the Certified Financial Planner Board of financial services firm providing a wide Standards and the College for Financial range of investment banking, securities, Planning, respectively. He is a member of investment management and wealth manthe Miami Estate Planning Council, United agement services. The Firm's employees Way’s Professional Advisor Committee serve clients worldwide including corporaand Board member at the Greater Miami tions, governments, institutions and indiChamber of Commerce. viduals from more than 1,300 offices in 43 Ruben currently lives in Key Biscayne countries. For further information about Morgan with his family. He is actively involved in community work through the Rotary Club of Stanley, visit

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Sail Away – Just Go for It! Julia Yarbough SEASON OF CHANGE Sometimes we have to be willing to step outside of our comfort zones to achieve our goals. Even when we are not quite sure what the end goal may actually be, if there is a voice within us nudging us in a new direction, we owe it to ourselves to listen. Trust the process. That’s the nugget of advice I offer friends and colleagues facing challenging moments with work and/or life. It’s amazing how things have a f l i d l ki

way of evolving and always working out. I will share with you an incredible experience which came about due to my belief that we create our own change and that when we operate from a place of authenticity, The Universe picks up on it, and BAM... things happen! Trust the process. A few weeks ago while researching travel information online, I came across a company that built its reputation on providing relaxation, fun and adventure to adult passengers. I’m a big believer in adults needing to recapture some of the exuberance and carefree attitudes we had as children. So in my ‘create change’ mindset, I reached out to the company. For some reason, it just seemed like it would be a perfect fit for fun activities scheduled for other singles, hosted by Highway to a Husband. A few phone calls and emails later, I found myself joining passengers and crew aboard Windjammer Sailing Adventures

legendary tall-ship The Mandalay, sailing the high seas of the Eastern Caribbean! After all, if I had a vision of bringing singles together to ‘get away from it all’ I would have to experience the excursion first hand. Incredible. Fantastic. Adventurous. Beautiful. How many more adjectives can I use to describe the experience of spending a week exploring the Grenadine Islands in the West Indies? Aboard The Mandalay, an intimate group of about thirty passengers has the opportunity to experience the thrill and freedom of old-fashioned sailing. There is something magical about feeling the roll, rise and fall of the ocean while sitting on the top deck gazing at the brilliant blue waves, or feeling the gentle rock-a-bye effect when crawling into one’s bunk at night. We even helped th h i t th il !

the crew hoist the sails! Plenty of fun was had on board and on shore. Great food, dancing and friendships, fantastic exploring, swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Trust the process. Create your own change. One never knows where an idea or thought will take you. I can’t wait to take the first group of Highway to a Husband singles on the high seas!

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city of of aventura aventura city AVENTURA COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS & NEW CLASSES When you become a member of the Aventura Community Recreation Center you don’t just get use of the facility, you’re also able to participate in free classes throughout the year. For those interested in fitness there’s a free beginner’s Yoga course offered every Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. that will improve your strength, flexibility and overall body. They also offer a strength circuit course Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m., where you will be lead through a variety of strength training exercises in our Fitness Center. Weekly beginners Bridge games take place every Thursday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. And just because summer is coming to an end doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! The City of Aventura will be introducing several new classes for the fall session. New activities include, Lifelong Learning Workshop Series. Every month they will offer 2 workshops on a variety of topics, including Healthy Lunch Alternatives, Cyber Safety for Parents, Crafty Gifting and iTeach Tech, where you learn how to use your new tech toy. Explore your child’s world through sensory activities, which include performance play and fitness fun in their Ready, Steady, Grow! early childhood course. This class is for children ages 2 – 4 and will be held Tuesday and

Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Want something more challenging? Try Rhythmic Gymnastics. This course is designed for young athletes who will perform dancelike movements combined with the use of a variety of props set to music. This class is for children ages 5 – 12 and will be held Mondays from 3:15 to 5:15 pm. Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about adults! Try their Ballroom Basics and learn popular dances, such as the Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Tango and more. This class meets Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, try their Multimedia Art Studio class. Participants will explore the world of art through a variety of mediums including clay, charcoal, watercolor and more! This class will be held on Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. If fitness is your thing, try the Fit for Life course offered on Wednesday and Friday from 10 to 11 am. For more information, contact the Aventura Community Recreation Center at 305-466-3883 or visit 3375 NE 188th Street, Aventura 33180.

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VETERANS PARK MAINTENANCE Veterans Park, located at 18375 NE 31st Avenue will be temporarily closed for turf maintenance from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, August 8. Founders Park and Waterways Park will be open during the temporary closure. For more information, call 305-466-8008 or visit

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August 8 - 21, 2012

Bourbon Steak and Cascata Grill celebrate Miami Spice Restaurant Month

Now local gourmands have even more reason to head to the legendary Turnberry Isle Miami and enjoy award-winning cuisine at the resort’s Bourbon Steak and Cascata Grill restaurants. Throughout August and September, both restaurants are participating in the popular Miami Spice culinary promotion and will feature special three-course choice menus offered at attractive prices. For fans of Celebrity Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak, the Miami Spice menu at this popular hotspot is rich with a selection of creatively-inspired dishes by Executive Chef Gabriel Fenton. To start, guests can choose between a local wahoo, grilled peach salad or corn ravioli. Main entrée selections include a Thai curry rock shrimp, Kurobuta pork ribs as well as an Imperial Farms wagyu eye of rib eye. For dessert, talented Pastry Chef Andrea Sans Araiza has mastered the art of indulgence with decadent wild blueberry shortcake, pecan butterscotch parfait or chef’s selection of sorbets and ice creams. The Spice

menu at Bourbon Steak is available daily for dinner and is $39 per person. Recently, Turnberry Isle Miami announced the addition of Executive Chef John Sexton who has put his expert touch on the Spice menus at Cascata Grill. Some of the highlights from both the lunch and dinner menus include a bronzed salmon with cumin scented spinach and Israeli cous cous; a roast duck served with forest mushrooms, madeira, mascarpone, veal glace and fresh herbs plucked from the resort’s onsite chef’s garden; mouthwatering coffee and chili rubbed beef short ribs; and crispy cornflake crusted grouper. The dinner menu is available daily for $33 per person, while lunch-goers can savor Miami Spice on weekdays only for $19. Gratuity, tax and beverages are additional. For reservations at BOURBON STEAK, call (786) 279-6600 or to enjoy Cascata Grill, call (786) 279-6800. Turnberry Isle Miami is located at 19999 West Country Club Drive in Aventura.

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The Continental Group uses resources to help non-profits Gary Pyott, President of the Property Management Division for the Continental Group, is a perfect example of Continentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enthusiastic support of nonprofits in communities throughout the state. Continental realizes the importance of using its resources to help worthy causes near and dear to the hearts of the homeowners and families it serves, as well as those of its own employees. Company representatives talk to Board Members and residents of Continental communities statewide to find out what really matters to them, what causes they fight for and how they can help. They then do what they do best; they encourage their exemplary employees to get to work and make a difference. Continental Cares is an employee-led and powered initiative. In 2009, Board President Fern Duberman asked Gary if Continental would become a sponsor of the Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon benefiting the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the CureÂŽ. Fern is the chairperson for the luncheon and explained that Susan G. Komen â&#x20AC;&#x153;is dedicated to combating breast cancer at every frontâ&#x20AC;?. She informed Gary that up to 75% of the Affiliateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s net income goes toward funding grants for local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs for medically underserved women. It also supports the national Komen Grants Program, which funds breast cancer research and educational and scientific programs around the world. Upon joining the committee, Gary learned that breast cancer affects everyone; be the family members, friends or coworkers, with no bias regarding gender, ethnicity or age. Programs supported by the luncheon had reached over 1.2 million people to date in the South Florida region.

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As Garyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to the cause grew, so did his involvement. In 2011, he became co-chair of the luncheon and committed Continental to a Gold Sponsorship. As co-chair, Gary is diligently working to encourage other large companies to sponsor the luncheon. His dedication increases yearly as he learns about the devastating impact that breast cancer has on families. Gary believes â&#x20AC;&#x153;that giving back to the community is not an obligation but a privilege.â&#x20AC;? The 7th Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon will take place at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton on October 17th. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For more information, call Gary at 561-989-5086 or visit Susan G. Komen for the Cure at

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Florida implements new rules for disabled parking permits Due to legislation introduced by Senator abled (wheelchair) license plates. Gwen Margolis, new rules have been The legislation also directs the implemented regarding obtainDepartment of Highway Safety ing disabled parking permits. and Motor Vehicles to develop Effective October 1, 2012, any and implement a means by person issued a blue permanent which persons can report abuse disabled parking permit must of disabled parking permits by renew the permit every four telephone hotline or by submityears and when doing so, proting a form online or by mail. vide a certificate of disability Calls should be placed to the completed and signed by a cerDepartment’s Customer Service tifying authority within the last Center at 850-617-3803. twelve months. Thus, every The blue disabled parking perblue disabled parking permit mit with a current sticker must be Sen. Gwen Margolis holder will, at least every four –––––––––––––––– visible from the front and rear of years and within twelve months of the date a motor vehicle. One side of the permit must of their renewal, fill out Form HSMV display the applicant’s driver license number 83039. Permit holders will not have to pay or state identification card number and the a renewal fee. They can renew online, by applicant must have such identification at all mail or by visiting a Tax Collector’s office. times while using the parking permit. In addition, effective July 1, 2012, if Illegally obtaining or using a permit can your blue permanent disabled parking per- result in the loss of the parking permit and mit is lost or stolen, a replacement will carries the potential for criminal penalties only be issued if you submit the same doc- as outlined in Florida Statute Section umentation required for renewals. The new 320.0848. For more information, call Senator law does not affect red temporary disabled parking permits, nor people who have dis- Gwen Margolis's office at 305-571-5777

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Wallace named member of citizen’s advisory group Ileene Wallace, former mayor of Bay Harbor Islands, is the newest member of Miami-Dade County’s Building Better Communities Citizens’ Advisory Board. Appointed by Commissioner Sally A. Heyman, Ms. Wallace was selected for her vast knowledge of local government and strong relationships with officials in municipalities and the County. The Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC) was created by the Board of County Commissioners to provide the residents a means to participate in the implementation of the BBC Bond Program. The 21-member CAC serves as an advisory group to the commissioners, mayor and County manager on the projects that are included in the bond program. “While the majority of GOB projects in my district are complete, Ms. Wallace has shown a keen interest in working with various officials to make all projects across Miami-Dade a success,” said Commissioner Heyman. “I’m happy to have her on this board and look forward to her guidance on projects that will improve the quality of life

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Experience healing power of Aventura News travels far and wide acupuncture, Chinese medicine South Florida’s award-winning Acqualina Spa by ESPA is delivering maximum health benefits to guests with the addition of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine to its holistic and meditative menu of specialty treatments. These personalized treatments allow spa visitors to experience all the restorative benefits of traditional Chinese practices, while marveling at breathtaking ocean views. Each treatment, available by appointment only, features Acupuncture Treatment, Moxibustion Heat Therapy, and Cupping Therapy, as determined by Acqualina’s licensed acupuncturist and board certified Chinese herbalist, Dr. Danielle Kassin Strauss. Dr. Strauss holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami. Herbal remedy consultation appointments are also available by appointment. Guests are encouraged to arrive 60 minutes before a scheduled appointment to take advantage of ESPA’s pristine facilities, including Crystal Steam Rooms, Ice Fountains, Experience Showers, Relaxation Lounges, Crystal Steam Rooms, private spa pool and heated jet pool with Roman Waterfall. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for over two thousand years to identify and treat patients’ imbalance in functions or interactions between the

Barry Mankes of International Association of Jewish Public Safety Employees takes the Aventura News with him and wife Ceci in their recent travels to China, where they visited the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors.

human body and the environment. The initial acupuncture treatment session is $150 for 60 minutes, with follow-up sessions at $135 for 60 minutes. Sessions are available Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Fridays from 2:30 to 6 p.m.

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Management matters: drafting your budget and the budgeting process Even in the best of economic times, as the level of services and amenities the Managers and Board Members are held association requires. Together, management accountable to scrutinize and assimilate and the Board need to be practical and vigithe many challenges that the budget lant. It is management’s job to make recomprocess presents. This mendations regarding process can be overpriorities and ways to whelming and tiresome. maximize cash flow. Each year’s budget Managers and Board process involves an Members must all work examination, evaluation, as a team in an effort to assessment and reality create a solid financial check as management plan. Looking at future analyzes and recomneeds, examining past mends to the Board expenditures, and planwhich services to mainning for cost of living tain and which ones to increases is the basis and eliminate. Fixed as well common sense approach as variable costs are scrufor dealing with the tinized and the process economy and these diffirequires careful research cult times will assist and and investigation into benefit all in the develprior years’ operations. opment of a comprehenMarcy Kravit Competitive bidding sive budget. Atlantic | –––––––––––––––––––––––– and notifying vendors Pacific Management that services and contracts will be prides itself in the community of property reviewed may create concern amongst managers who currently work with the service providers but is necessary. company. Conservation, energy efficiency and cost cutting measures need to be evaluated in Marcy Kravit is a Licensed Community order to provide creative ways to save the Association Manager at Atlantic | Pacific association money. Management and has earned the PCAM desAdditionally, management needs to con- ignation from the Community Associations tinually explore ways to improve and Institute. The company has offices located in increase revenues - installing ATM Boca Raton and Bay Harbor Isles. Ms. machines, cell phone towers, vending Kravit can be reached at mkravit@apmanmachines, renting space, late fees, process- For more information about ing fees, charging for social events and Atlantic | Pacific Management, call 305-867other programs should be evaluated as well 2245 or visit


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H&M to open flagship store at Aventura Mall this November H&M will expand its South Florida presence with the opening of a flagship store at Aventura Mall this November. The approximately 25,000 square foot space at Aventura Mall will be located on levels two and three near Bloomingdale’s and will offer collections for ladies and men, including the full suiting collection, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories, lingerie and sports apparel. This location will also carry the Swedish retailer’s fantastic children’s collection, featuring quality clothing for kids ages newborn to eight. Since H&M opened its first store on New York’s Fifth Avenue twelve years ago, the U.S. has been one of the retailer’s most important markets. With its

emphasis on expansion, H&M is committed to opening stores in the best properties and locations for its customers. Now offering U.S. consumers access to quality fashions at the best prices through 245 locations across the country, H&M at Aventura Mall will be a welcome addition to the local Florida market. Internationally, H&M has more than 2,600 stores in 44 markets. For more information on H&M, visit Aventura Mall is located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard and is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. For more information, call 305-935-1110 or visit Aventura Mall is owned and managed by Turnberry Associates.

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Heaven’s Gate is in Sedona, Arizona


Nestled between monolithic red rocks at the entrance to Boynton Canyon, long considered sacred ground by Native Americans, is The Enchantment Resort, a 70-acre retreat surrounded by the natural splendor of the Coconino National Forest. Opened in 1987 as a tennis facility, The Enchantment Resort has transformed over the years into something that can be summed up in one word — magical. From the time you round a bend and are faced with the awe-inspiring red rocks, to the moment you enter the front gate where the guard smiles and says, “Welcome back!” you suddenly realize that you have passed through something akin to Heaven’s Gate. The quiet that envelops the resort, coupled with the peacefulness exuded by the staff puts you in an amazing state of mind and body. My first taste of this calm came as I suddenly realized during my layover that I had not booked any activities for my resort stay. A wave of panic, caused by the thought of missing out on something special, prompted me to call the resort as I was boarding the plane. Juggling a carry on and my phone and trying to hear over the screaming of children, I was put in touch with Eileen, the concierge. Through several dropped calls and a flight attendant telling me to hang up the phone, I successfully explained what I was looking for. Eileen was always calm and, laughing at my predicament, told me not to worry, assuring that my itinerary would be waiting for me when I arrived. True to her word, as I checked in, my itinerary was waiting along with a glass of refreshing cucumber water. My accommodations could not have been more inviting. As I unpacked, there was a knock at the door and an attendant delivered

N E W S a small plate of chocolate covered strawberries (which I promptly devoured). And every morning when I pulled back my drapes, the view of the red rocks simply mesmerized me. Meantime, a daily newspaper and a basket of iced orange juice greeted me when I opened my door. At bedtime, a bottle of water and a card with an indian quote wished me goodnight as I slipped under the down comforter. In addition to the standard rooms, there are casitas that offer the romance of a fireplace. The resort boasts two restaurants and a pool bar, and the pool and hot tub are open 24 hours a day. Food and drink service is available around the clock. As darkness overtakes the red rocks, the oversized fire pit is a big draw for drinks and good conversation. The Enchantment has no outside lighting so guests can appreciate the vastness of the evening sky unencumbered. Flashlights are provided in the guestrooms so one can venture out into the darkness to possibly sit in the hot tub and wish upon the many twinkling stars while sipping on a famous Prickly Pear Margarita. Mii Amo is a destination spa on the grounds of the resort. Serene and spiritual are two feelings you feel throughout your stay there. It has the Crystal Grotto, where meditations take place daily, and two private pools — one indoor and one outdoor — with unparalleled pool service. The spa menu is pretty extensive, so I was hard pressed to choose. But I opted for a Dosha Wrap and a Psychic Massage that not only felt amazing physically, but also lifted my soul to new heights. Notwithstanding the wonderful spa experience, Eileen also had arranged other new adven-

tures for me. An early morning hike the next day brought me up close and personal to the beauty that surrounds the resort. There are many hiking trails to explore on your own or with a guide, and you can’t help but think as you walk among the Manzanita, Crucifixion Thorn and Yucca how the breathtaking scenery looks like a backdrop from an old western movie. Other activities on my agenda included playing tennis with Mike, the tennis pro, taking a fun and serene kayak trip with Shayne from Sedona Adventure Tours down the Verde River equipped with water guns and a stop at a local vineyard for a wine tasting. A 4:15 a.m. balloon trip with Phil from Red Rock Balloons left me speechless as the sun rose from behind the red rocks to welcome yet another magical day. By far, the most soul-searching experience I had was with Feather Jones. She led me on a hike up Cathedral Rock to the top of the vortex where we sat and listened to the sound

of silence, my thoughts only broken by the call of a canyon bird and the music from her flute carried by the wind. As I tucked the last night’s Indian quote into my suitcase and said goodbye to my newfound comedic friends, the Sniders and Goldfelds, I knew that The Enchantment had touched me in a way that would linger long after my plane touched down in Miami. Even now, if I close my eyes and still my breathing, I can hear the red rocks calling me back to a place I now call home. For more information, go to: <>, <>, <>, or <>.

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Jackson’s music featured in anti-bullying musical

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J-CAT, the J’s Cultural Arts Theatre of the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center/Sanford L. Ziff Campus, is producing an original youth musical that combines the heart and soul of the King of Pop’s music, with the message of love and acceptance. This story, as told and performed by 30 young actors, ages 6-12, at the MAR-JCC, surrounds the lives of a group of young artists who are bullied by some narrow minded kids. In the setting of a Performing Arts Camp for actors, musicians and dancers, the bullies are taken on a visual journey by the students of the camp, of what it means to be a true artist, in hopes of teaching them that being different is what makes a person special. Written and directed by Ashley Blake Fisher, Coordinator of the J-CAT Summer Stock Program at the MARJCC’s Camp Sol Taplin, this original story was inspired by the music and mes-

sage of Michael Jackson. Through songs like Jam, Wanna be startin something, Man in the Mirror, and even Thriller, these young actors have tackled the issue of bullying, which has become a prevalent issue in schools and children’s programs across the country. “The message of Michael Jackson’s music goes hand in hand with learning to look at yourself as an individual, in addition to loving and accepting eachother,” mentioned Ashley. “The show incorporates elements of hip hop dance, live on-stage music, important quotes, acting, and the powerful lyrics of Michael Jackson,” she added. The performance will be held for parents and family on Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 and 9 with performances at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on both days.

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they have helped people acquire businesses, investment property and new homes, pay off debts and medical bills and assist family members in need. One of their clients even used the lump-sum from the sale of their future state lottery prize payments to bring their relatives over from Cuba. Due to their exceptionally low overhead Granoff Enterprises is able to offer the highest amounts for acquiring future payments. If you have a future revenue stream due you and could use extra money now, contact Granoff Enterprises for a no-obligation purchase quote. You may be pleasantly surprised at the current value of those future payments. Martin S. Granoff of Granoff Enterprises has been in the cash flow acquisition business since 1992.

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CCRC option offers seniors chance for ‘new life chapter’ As a senior living option, one commonly held attitude about continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) is that they’re “filled with old people who are sick and dying.” But a report by gerontologist Ken Dychtwald Ph.D dispels the myth and examines the misconceptions behind these attitudes and beliefs. “For some, the thought of visiting a CCRC conjures up images of sickness, decline and dying,” said Dychtwald, CEO of Age Wave. “They resist moving to a CCRC because they view it as their ‘final resting place’ or ‘exit strategy.’ They put off the decision as long a possible. They think that someday they may consider moving, but today, they say, ‘I’m not quite ready.’” The reality, according to the report, is that many people choose CCRCs like VI Aventura to pursue opportunities for new learning, new activities and a “new chapter in life.” Titled “Five Myths and Realities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities,” Age Wave’s report and supporting research were commissioned by Vi, a developer, of older adult living communities, including VI Aventura. The document is available in its entirety at According to the report, many people have the mistaken belief that CCRCs are like nursing homes, or that life there is

boring and uneventful. “These are images people have of visits years ago with grandparents and relatives living in an old-style nursing home, which at that time were often institutional, highly medical, and lacking in privacy,” Dychtwald said. The reality of living in a CCRC today is quite different, according to the report. CCRCs like VI Aventura offer opportunities to engage in activities ranging from lectures, art workshops, exercise classes, events and clubs. As a result, living at a CCRC can offer far more mental stimulation and social engagement than staying in one’s current home. For those who want to postpone moving from their current home until they’re too unhealthy to live there, the report finds that today, deciding to move to a CCRC is typically a proactive lifestyle move, rather than a reaction triggered or forced by poor health or other negative events. CCRCs like VI Aventura offer independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, amenities and care (for example, assisted living, memory support care and skilled nursing care).

For more information contact Marjorie Aloni, Community Relations Manager at 305-692-4829.

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