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Afternoon Snorkel In Kona Is Magical

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By George Christopher Thomas, Travel Writer KONA, HAWAII -- After a delightful morning golfing at the Big Island Country Club, one of the most relaxing activities is an afternoon snorkel out to the Captain Cook monument. On a recent family trip to Kona, Hawaii for some rest and relaxation, my dad and I spent the morning birding and golfing, then met the rest of the clan at the Sea Paradise office just off of Ali’i Drive. The great people at Sea Paradise fitted the entire group with wetsuits, masks and snorkels, and then we were off. It takes about an hour to get to the Captain Cook monument, and as we ventured out I noticed the crew had fishing rods and they were baiting the lines with lures. Apparently we were also going to be marlin and tuna fishing, which was totally cool. So there I was in Kona, Hawaii, fishing for marlin and trolling for tuna, as we cruised out to snorkel the afternoon away... not too bad. There are certain snorkel spots in the world that are unmatched and unsurpassed, and the Captain Cook monument is just that -- one of the best on the planet. The reason the snorkel spot is so special, and why the Big Island is so unique, is that the underwater shelf just drops out into the great abyss only about 100 yards off shore. There is something eerie and a tad bit haunting about staring out into the great open ocean and knowing you could see a whale shark or hammerhead might just swim by. But in all likelihood, all you are going to see are harmless little fishes, cute turtles and adorable eels. The Sea Paradise catamaran is really cool, and entry and exit into the ocean is on a ladder stair-case type contraption, making it super easy for all ages and snorkeling abilities. We came to learn that the monument is the only British territory in America. As my lady is English, she could not wait to jump off the catamaran, swim to shore, and be sovereign in her own country. I reminded her she is subject to the crown, and at any moment the Queen could call and make her do push-ups or dispatch her to fetch something. Joanne stayed on the boat but I could tell she wanted a cup of tea, and to watch some soccer. We were finally at our spot, where we had about three or four hours of water time. There was plenty of time to slowly swim all around two or three times, come back to the boat for back-flips off the side, and get back into the water again for a final snorkel run. This is the way to go. Boy will dinner hit the spot once you get back to shore -- let me suggest Tante’s Restaurant in the heart of Kona-town. I always see turtles in Kona. I have been lucky enough to visit Maui, I once touched Lanai, and I used to live in Oahu, but for some reason I always encounter a plethora and cornucopia of sea turtles in Kona. So for a few hours as we snorkeled and swam up and down the coast, I pretended I was a turtle, or Honu as they are called in Hawaiian. We had an absolutely fabulous time, and the people at Sea Paradise in Kona are consummate professionals and will take excellent care of you and your traveling companions. (Check out www.seaparadise.com for more information.)

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Van Nuys, CA -- On July 11, 2012, Bauer Transportation, Inc. became the new operator of the Van Nuys FlyAway. Bauer’s was awarded the contract in January 2012 after responding to a Request for Proposals (RFP) released by Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) in August 2011. New buses being introduced at the FlyAway will use a bio-diesel fuel mix and amenities such as free Wi-Fi, Direct TV, power outlets, and luxurious leatherette seating. Bauer’s management is also looking at ways to make the Van Nuys FlyAway more efficient by offering; automated ticket vending machines, tickets sold by bus drivers at Los Angeles International airport (LAX) and online ticket sales. The Van Nuys FlyAway is part of the LAX FlyAway system. About Van Nuys Airport (VNY): One of the world’s busiest general aviation airports, VNY serves as a valued San Fernando Valley resource, providing ongoing leadership in general aviation, business and community service. Dedicated to noncommercial air travel, VNY had more than 310,000 operations in 2011. More than 100 businesses are located on the 730acre airport, including five major fixed-base operators and numerous aviation service companies. Annually, the airport contributes approximately $1.3 billion to the Southern California economy and supports over 12,000 jobs. In addition, VNY provides programs to benefit local residents, along with educational initiatives and aviationrelated career and training opportunities. For more information, visit www.lawa. aero/vny or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VNYofficial.

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Congressman Sherman On His Record Of San Fernando Valley Outreach

By Congressman Brad Sherman Only part of my job is working on legislation in the House of Representatives, and in the Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees. An equally important part of my job is my work here in the San Fernando Valley, communicating with Valley residents and helping to resolve problems that people are having with federal agencies. We have helped thousands of San Fernando Valley residents resolve problems regarding immigration and citizenship, applying for visas, the Internal Revenue Service, and Medicare and Social Security. All services provided by my office are free of charge. Whether you are seeking assistance with a federal agency or looking for assistance in arranging tours of the U.S. Capitol and other Washington attractions, I hope you will not hesitate to contact me at (818) 501-9200. My website, bradsherman. house.gov also provides helpful information. Over the years, I have held over 160 Town Hall Meetings in the San Fernando Valley. These Town Hall Meetings are a great chance for me to listen to your comments and respond to questions. Town Hall meetings are critical to the public policy process, providing an opportunity for me to hear about the most pressing concerns in our community and to elaborate on the work that my colleagues and I are tackling in Congress. Our next Town Hall meeting will take place on Sunday, August 5th, at SOCES on 18605 Erwin Street, Tarzana, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Although SOCES stands for Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies, the campus is located in Tarzana).. There I will discuss the economy, taxes, housing, the national debt, education, Social Security and Medicare as well as other issues facing Congress. Most of the meeting will be devoted to listening and responding to questions from Valley residents. My district office staff will be on hand to help constituents resolve any problems they may have with federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The event, refreshments and parking are free. We are also having a Town Hall meeting on Sunday August 26. See my website for more information. (Continued on page 5...)

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1. a retail dealer in men’s furnishings, as shirts, ties, gloves, socks, and hats. 2. (Chiefly British) a dealer in small wares and notions. (Source: Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2012)

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entertainment tips of the week By Jean Strauber, Entertainment Editor

AT THE REAGAN LIBRARY

On July 27, the public is invited to a Rock and Roll Summer Celebration at the Reagan Library from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. Just put on your blue suede shoes for a fantastic evening of dining and dancing to rock and roll classics performed by Ronnie and the Classics. You will be entertained by guest tribute performances by “Elvis,’ “Buddy Holly” and “Roy Orbison.” You will also be able to feast on a buffet dinner filled with your favorite classic entrees and tantalizing hors d’oeuvres.” With your purchase of your tickets, you are welcome to stroll through the library to view the Disney Official Fan Club-sponsored exhibition of “Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives,” the Air Force One Pavilion and the Ronald Reagan Museum. For reservations call (804) 577-4057 or go to www. reaganfoundation.org/events. The cost is $74.95 per person (tax and gratuity included) for general admission; VIP Package $89.95 per person includes tax and gratuity.

THE LAUGH PACK RETURNS

In May I had the good fortune to be invited to view the Laugh Pack at the Theatre West. What a great evening of great humor! I can strongly recommend the Bruce Fine-

produced show. It’s one of the best entertainment values in the city. Fine has lined up comedy stars Wendy Liebman, Dwayne Perkins, Brian Scolaro, Laurie Kilmartin, Brian Kiley, Eric Edwards, Roger Kabler, vocalist Alison Coster plus other surprise guests. For only $28 in advance (or $32 at the door), you will receive a buffet of appetizers

The Laugh Pack, created by Bruce Fine, is being presented by Theatre West.

furnished by Chipotle Studio City and two free beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., appetizers and beverages are available from 6:45 p.m. and at intermission. Advance tickets and information are available at www.thelaughpack.com or the Theatre West box office at (323) 851-7977. Theatre West is located at 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, in Los Angeles. Free parking is available in the lot directly across the street.

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GET DIRTY at Descanso Gardens

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whimsical garden touches. Garden design guru Mike Brown will instruct you as to how to spin some magic and add charm to your garden. On Tuesday, September 28 at 2:00 p.m., “Get Dirty” presents “Vinaigrette Perfection.” You’ll watch an herb growing demonstration and see a cooking demonstration by Cafè Descanso’s very own Chef Chris Bordeur of the Patina Restaurant Group, Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanson Drive in La Cañada Flintridge.

PLAYS IN THE PARK

On Sunday, July 8, my friend Lois Fishman and I had the pleasure of seeing a staged reading of three short plays that are called “Plays in the Park” -- a name given because of where each playlet is set. First was “Park Strangers,” where a fading stage star is paired with a younger actress in a commercial. At first the older woman is hostile, but the two find what they have in common and draw closer. It was superbly acted by Susan Atch and Beege Barkette. Second, was “Swans” in which a woman wants to get married and feels that the man she’s been living with for the past three years doesn’t have the same commitment to their relationship. This was well-done by Esai Morales as the young man and Dahlia Waingort as the young woman. Lots of clever lines and witticisms about relationships in this work. The third Featured Ed Asner and Mark Rydell as two brothers, Rydell as Joey (who is well-off but feels ‘life sucks’), and Asner as Jay (his costume of tennis shorts, sneakers, a T-shirt well indicates his economic status)

who are settling several issues. Over the years I had seen Ed Asner perform in several staged readings for the Celebrity Staged Readings produced by Alexandra Mora. I always see a good performance from this man. But, the last time I saw Mark Rydell as an actor was as “Jeff Baker” in the soap opera “As The World Turns,” way back in the last years of the 1950’s. He has become a very successful director with even an Oscar nomination. But, what would he be like as an actor? In this reading Mark Rydell showed he hasn’t lost the touch which made hearts flutter over “Jeff.” Well done. Sadly, Asner was leaving the show as he was going to be filming a movie. But, replacing him is George Segal on July 14 and 15 and actor-producer-director Allan Miller will take over the role of “Jay” beginning July 21st. The Santa Monica Playhouse is located at 1211 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, just steps from Wilshire Boulevard. Admission is $20. For schedule information and tickets call (323) 960-7788 or visit www.Plays411.com/ oplaysinthepark. There is a parking structure across the street, meters are only 2 hours until 2 am, and local banks offer parking in their lots for $10. Lois and I arrived a few hours early so we could enjoy some of the street entertainment on the Third Street Promenade. I recommend you do the same.

RAY CHARLES: GENIUS+SOUL=JAZZ

Oh, what an evening of great jazz on Wednesday night at the Hollywood Bowl. Opening the show with a few remarks was renowned PBS host Tavis Smiley. Performing the music

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that made Charles a household legend was the “All-Star Band.” The second half of the program was dominated by the Count Basie Orchestra. Several in their box seats jumped up and began dancing to the music. It was a real jumpin’ evening. The show opened with a Charles number, “I Got A Woman,” with BeBe Winans on the vocals and Blanchard on a trumpet solo. Oh, Golly was that smooth! Dee Dee Bridgewater (in a gold lame dress and matching gold platform shoes) and BeBe Winans teamed up to “Hallejuah I Love Her (Him) So.” The second act opened with the Count Basie Orchestra and the All-Star Band performing Ray Charles’ signature “Georgia on my Mind.” And, closing the evening was the Ray Charles version of “America the Beautiful” performed by the entire company. Gave one the chills. During the evening the video screen showed a funny Saturday Night Live skit that featured Ray Charles himself along with the late Jim Belushi, Gilda Radner and Dan Akyroyd, etc. The entire evening was one of song. Also on the vocals were Kenny “Babyface’ Edmunds, Martina McBride as well as the Raelettes- Patti Austin, Siedah Garrett, Monica Mancini, and Lynne Fiddomont. Coming to the Wednesday night Jazz Series at the Hollywood Bowl will be the Duke Ellington Orchestra and a Salute to Stan Kenton on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth. For ticket information please call (323) 850-2000 or go to hollywoodbowl.com.


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Los Angeles, CA -- Detectives from Topanga Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail (NED) served search warrants at a medical marijuana dispensary and at a private residence in the west San Fernando Valley, resulting in one arrest and a cache of narcotics, money, and other evidence of illegal drug sales. On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, around 2:00 p.m., Topanga Area detectives met at a commercial marijuana dispensary in the 21600 block of Ventura Boulevard and at a home in the 7700 block of Tampa Avenue to serve numerous search warrants. The warrants were obtained after an extensive investigation into the illegal sales of marijuana from the dispensary on Ventura Boulevard. One Los Angeles resident, 31-year-old Corey Plank, was arrested for Possession for Sales of Marijuana and booked at Valley Jail Section. He is being held on $30,000, bail. Additionally, investigators will be seeking arrest warrants through the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for three additional suspects who were not present when the search warrants were served. Investigators recovered approximately $10,000, in cash from the dispensary and the residence. At the dispensary, investigators recovered approximately 22 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $66,000. Recovered from the residence was a large quantity of Human Growth Hormone (HGH) steroids and 120 Oxycodone pills, commonly sold on the street for $30 each. Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact Topanga Area Narcotics Enforcement Detail Detectives, Detective Carlos Figueira at 818-756-4850. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers. (www.lapdonline.com)

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New Van Nuys Hindu Temple Invites You To Grand Opening Event

VAN NUYS, CA -- Shree Swaminarayan Temple, a new Hindu Temple located at 14339 Hamlin St. in Van Nuys, invites the community to its grand opening on Saturday, July 21, at 3:00 p.m. From July 19th through July 22nd, 2012, history will be made, as His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree will perform the Murti Pratishtha Mahotsav and Divine Idol Installation Ceremony of the firstever temple of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi on the West Coast of the United States. The opening of this 25,000-square-foot assembly will be celebrated on a majestic scale with the auspicious yagna ceremony, a grand parade through the streets of Van Nuys, various cultural performances, and the showering of Acharya Swamishree’s divine blessings upon all. This will all culminate with the divine idol installation ceremony itself. The disciples invite all disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan to take part in this wonderful Mahotsav. The renovated 25,000-square foot facility on Hamlin Street (pictured above) can accommodate 500 people in a spacious, 5,000 square foot worship area with additional balcony seating, as well as two levels of modern living accommodation for saints and disciples. The facility will be used for worship and as an auditorium for cultural and social activities and celebration.

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Free Foreclosure Investing Workshop

California Foreclosure Institute will present a free two-hour workshop for beginner investors and Realtors on how to get started finding and buying foreclosure properties. The featured speaker will be Lloyd Segal, author of “Stop Foreclosure Now” and “Foreclosure Investing.” The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at Canoga Park Women’s Club, 7401 Jordan Ave in Canoga Park. The workshop is free, but reservations are required. To register, please visit ForeclosureWorkshop.net, or call 310-379-0101.

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Congressman Sherman On His Record Of San Fernando Valley Outreach

By Congressman Brad Sherman (...Continued from page 2). My office has also helped many residents receive assistance with mortgage foreclosure and refinancing. In addition to my Town Hall meeting, I will address housing issues on Saturday, August 4, at a seminar on refinancing, home purchasing and foreclosure avoidance at the Sherman Oaks/East Valley Adult Center located at 5060 Van Nuys Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The seminar is open to all Valley residents. If you want to be notified of both the in-person Town Halls and telephone town halls we hold in the future, you should sign up to receive e-mails from my office. You can do this by visiting my website: BradSherman. house.gov. If you go to the website and “sign up” to receive emails, I promise to keep you fully informed. You can also follow my activities on Twitter at Twitter. com/BradSherman or on Facebook www.facebook. com/pages/Congressman-Brad-Sherman/63158229861 (“Congressman Brad Sherman”). Again, please call my office if I can be of assistance at (818) 501-9200.

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Monday, july 16th - sunday, july 22nd, 2012

A Fall 2012 Visit To Cuba

By Jean Strauber, Travel Editor The president and CEO of Friendly Plane, Kevin Callaghan has announced their Fall 2012 visit to Cuba. The cost per person is $3,395, plus $500 estimated charter airfare from Miami. Here’s the itinerary: - Day 1: Arrival in Miami and make your way to the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Later, when everyone has arrived, join an informal orientation and briefing. Get a good night’s sleep tonight, because tomorrow you’re up early to transfer together to the airport to board your flight for Havana. - Day 2: Check in for your charter flight to Havana to begin your unforgettable journey to Cuba. Once aboard your flight, it’s less than an hour’s flight to Havana. Bienvenidos a Havana! Upon arrival, after customs formalities, meet your bi-lingual Cuban host, board your air-conditioned coach and head directly to your very first encounter in Cuba, a visit to the colorful neighborhood of Callejon de Hamel. Here you’ll find brilliant mural paintings, stalls selling herbs for curing colds and lovesickness alike, kiosks

offering beaded bracelets representing spirits of the orisha religion (combining African spirit worship and Catholicism) and of course, music everywhere. You’ll meet and exchange ideas with artists, including Salvador Gonzalez Escalona (when in residence), whose prolific murals, which reflect the culture and religious beliefs of this area, adorn the neighborhood. There are numerous community activities in the Callejon de Hamel, including art instruction aimed at educating the children in the neighborhood, and you will discover how the African Cuban religion (a fusion of African belief systems like spirit worship and Christianity), called Santeria, is portrayed in the street art. Enjoy your first lunch at a local restaurant in the center of Old Havana, then take a leisurely orientation walk through the cobblestone streets of this vibrant area. You will find many Cubans out taking a Sunday stroll with their families, offering you a perfect opportunity to interact with locals and immerse yourself in the colors of Cuba which surround you.

Now that you’ve had a taste of what lies ahead of you during your week in Cuba, it’s time to drive to your hotel to check in, unpack and have a short rest. Before dinner this evening, attend a brief orientation meeting to review your travel itinerary and the documentation procedures for re-entry into the USA. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner at the hotel. - Day 3: Havana. Start your day with a visit to a local ration store in the Vedado section of Havana, where your Cuban host will explain the system of rationing and the twocurrency system as well as the difference between Ration Stores, Cuban Peso Stores, and CUC Stores. Continue to the Angela Landa Elementary school, located in Old Havana. This primary school (ages 5 - 12) is located in a beautiful historical building which has been carefully renovated by Havana’s Office of the Historian. Interact with the children in their classrooms and participate in a discussion session with some of the school’s administrators and teachers about Cuba’s education system and how it compares to that of the

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United States. (This is the opportunity for you to personally deliver school supply gifts to the children or school. Any donations are greatly appreciated). Proceed to one of Papa Hemingway’s favorites, La Bodeguita del Medio, for lunch followed by a visit to historic Havana. Visit the Plaza de la Revolucion, the Cemetery of Christopher Colombus, the Miramar area and Morro Castle, with its magnificent views of Havana. Late this afternoon before dinner, participate in an open discussion with an English-speaking historian from the University of Havana. The theme of this open, uncensored discussion centers on the history of U.S.-Cuban relations in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Current day Cuba finds itself in the initial stages of encouraging investment in local business. One area where new ventures are flourishing is in the restaurant industry. This evening, meet with the owner or general manager and some of the workers of one of Havana’s finest and most interesting new restaurants, El Gijon. Hear firsthand how new businesses -- especially restaurants -- get started, find working capital, and make a profit in a society where private business ventures are almost unknown. Also, learn about the history of the “Association” restaurants, of which El Gijon is one of the best. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at El Gijon. - Day 4: Depart Havana after breakfast this morning

and drive to the Bay of Pigs (pictured above). Hike for about one hour through thick bush led by a Cuban nature guide to a hidden pool which is connected underground to the Caribbean Sea. Lunch is served at the Cueva de los Peces where there will be a wonderful opportunity to snorkel and view this rarely visited tropical fish reef. Continue the drive along the Caribbean coast to the charming old Spanish colonial town of Trinidad. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, Trinidad is one of the best preserved towns in all of Latin America. Dinner this evening is at a beachfront hotel located on Playa Ancon on the Caribbean Sea. (To be continued next week...)


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Hotels, Resorts & Spas -- Golf Resort Of The Week --

“Hualalai Golf Course, Big Island Of Hawaii” Like all the other splendid amenities of the Resort, the 18-hole Jack Nicklaus signature Hualālai Golf Course has been crafted with extreme sensitivity to the land. Winding over 7,100 yards, this carefully groomed course begins in a lush kipuka (oasis) and then flows across brilliant green fairways contoured against black lava. Finally, the course returns to the ocean, where the finishing holes capture the drama and the beauty of direct seaside golf. Golfers in search of the perfect blend of nature and challenge have found their niche at Hualālai Golf Course. Set against an exhilarating natural backdrop, the 18hole signature Jack Nicklaus course is the first in Hawai‘i to be designated a PGA TOUR facility and plays host to the annual PGA Champions Tour. This course is private (Four Seasons guests and Hualālai Resort homeowners only.) It is a par 72, with four tee locations at each hole. Breathtaking scenery greets golfers at every green and fairway. The course was designed to fully maximize the challenging landscape and awe-inspiring vistas, incorporating natural outcroppings and existing water features into the layout and overall design. Hole one, a 385-yard par four, plays directly at Hualālai volcano and borders a jet-black lava flow. Later holes weave around lava formations, thread through deep bunkers and sand traps, play over ancient Hawaiian fishponds, and skirt the shoreline. Hole 17, Hualālai’s signature hole, is a challenging par three enveloped by the shoreline. When the ocean tide is high, this hole offers an additional challenge - the distraction of crashing blue surf. For guests interested in further refining their technique, a 320-yard practice area and driving range are available. Facilities include 30 hitting stations, three target greens, a practice putting green and sand bunker, and a short game practice area. A 14,000 square foot golf clubhouse is adjacent to the course offering guests a relaxing place to rest and recharge. Separate locker rooms and shower facilities for men and women are conveniently located there along with a pro shop cart, and bag storage areas. For late afternoon refreshment, The Hualālai Grille overlooks the 18th green. Private lessons -- Our team of pros teach all levels – from beginners to those wanting to brush up on aspects of their game, long or short. Individual, small group and family lessons are available, tailored specifically to what you want to work on. On-course playing lessons are also available. Complimentary weekly clinics -- Golf clinics are available twice a week for guests who would like to improve their skills in chipping, putting and sand elements of the game. Younger golfers -- Juniors play at half-price, while children under the age of 12 can play free of charge, along with their parents. (Check out www.hualalairesort.com)

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-- Property Of The Week -“Windsong Oceanfront Estate, Kona”

Wow is what you will say when you walk through the entry of this gorgeous Kailua Kona oceanfront estate. Enjoy and remember the ultimate experience of Oceanfront living. Beautiful tropical grounds surround a koi pond, custom swimming pool and of course a hot tub to melt your worries away. Relax on the huge covered lanai, enjoy that favorite book that you have been hoping to read while enjoying the soothing sound of the ocean and refreshing tropical breezes. Windsong is in a private subdivision just off of Ali’i Drive, close to town and a lovely sandy beach. Fully equipped kitchen and just about everything you can imagine to feel quite at home. Treat yourself -- YOU deserve it, this Oceanfront estate will give you memories to treasure forever, you will not want to leave! (Check out konarentals.com) The Big Island offers eleven different climate zones and an array of landscapes

to please and accommodate every visitor. We have lush rainforest, deserts, black sand beaches and amazing waterfalls. We even have snowcapped mountains! The world’s most active volcano, Kilauea, is here. The lava flow has added hundreds of acres to the island. A visit to Hawai’i Volcano National Park allows you to experience this awesome force of nature and should not be missed.

-- Destination Of The Week -New Orleans

New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The population of the city proper was 343,829 as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The New Orleans metropolitan area (New Orleans– Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area) had a population of 1,167,764 in 2010 and was the 46th largest in the United States. The New Orleans–Metairie– Bogalusa Combined Statistical Area, a larger trading area, had a 2010 population of 1,214,932. Visit New Orleans and you will have a great time. Merci.

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“Over the past couple weeks I’ve been talking with folks across the country about how we’re going to rebuild an economy where if you work hard, you and your family can get ahead. And right now, there’s a big debate going on in Washington over two fundamentally different paths we can take as a country to do that. One path – pushed by Republicans in Congress and their nominee for President – says that the best way to create prosperity is to let it trickle down from the top. They believe that if we spend trillions more on tax cuts for the wealthy, it’ll somehow create jobs – even if we have to pay for it by gutting education and training and by raising middle-class taxes. I think they’re wrong. We already tried it that way for most of the last decade, and it didn’t work. We’re still paying for trillions of dollars in tax cuts that benefitted the wealthiest Americans more than anyone else; tax cuts that didn’t lead to the rise in wages and middle class jobs that we were promised; and that helped take us from record surpluses to record deficits. The last thing we need right now is more top-down economics. What we need are policies that will grow and strengthen the middle class; that will help create jobs, make education and training more affordable, and encourage businesses to start up and stay right here in the United States. Soon, we’ll face a choice between these two different approaches. On January 1st, taxes are set to go up for tens of millions of Americans. I think that would be a huge financial hit for middle-class families. That’s why I’ve cut middle-class taxes every year that I’ve been President – by $3,600 for the typical family. And that’s why, this week, I called on Congress to immediately stop the January 1st tax hike from hitting any American on the first $250,000 of their income. Under my plan, 98% of American families won’t see their income taxes go up at all. But the other 2% of Americans will have to pay a little more in taxes on anything they make over $250,000. In other words, the wealthiest few Americans will go back to the income tax rates they were paying under Bill Clinton. And if you remember, that was when our economy created nearly 23 million new jobs, the biggest budget surplus in history, and millionaires were doing pretty well. The folks in Congress and on the campaign trail who oppose this plan warn that it would somehow hurt small businesses and job creators. Well, they’re completely ignoring the facts. Under my plan, 97% of small business owners would avoid getting hit with any income tax hike whatsoever. In fact, I’ve cut taxes for small businesses eighteen times since I’ve been President. And just this week, I ordered a series of new steps to help our small businesses grow and hire. The only place we disagree is whether we keep giving tax cuts to the wealthiest 2% of Americans. Republicans in Washington want more of those tax cuts. With the deficit we have, I don’t think we can afford them. But even if we disagree on the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, we all agree that no American should pay more taxes on the first $250,000 of their income. So let’s at least agree to do what we all agree on. That’s what compromise is all about. Let’s not hold the vast majority of Americans and our entire economy hostage while we debate the merits of another tax cut for the wealthy. Let’s skip the unnecessary drama, the needless delays and all the partisan posturing and let’s just do the right thing for the people who sent us here to serve. And I’m going to keep fighting to make sure we rebuild an economy that rewards work, grows the middle class, and gives new opportunity to those trying to earn their way into the middle class. Thanks, and have a great weekend.”

-- Restaurant Of The Week --

“Huggo’s Restaurant, Kona, Hawaii”

The surf at high tide swirls and foams just a few feet below diners who gaze out at a neverending horizon, hoping to catch the elusive green flash. Anglers fish almost nightly off the rocks fronting the restaurant and every catch gets a rousing applause from diners. Bus boys join in the fun by hurling soft dinner rolls into the surf to cause a frenzy among awaiting fish and eels. After dusk, Huggo’s brightly lit façade sometimes attracts graceful manta rays that glide in and out of the reef. Also enjoy lunch and dinner next door at Huggo’s on the Rocks, where the menu focuses on lighter fare and cocktails. It’s where you can munch barefoot in the sand and enjoy live Hawaiian music and hula. The Rocks also has its own horseshoe-shaped bar. Whether looking for a romantic rendezvous or a place to schmooze a business buddy, Huggo’s has it all – seaside location, balmy breezes, expert service and cuisine that refuses to compromise. (For more information, please check out www.huggos.com)

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