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Number of homeless in Palm Beach County tops 3,000

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Forty-nine PB County students are National Merit Scholarship finalistsparty See page 3

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Shooting shatters quiet neighborhood, left 1 dead See page 3

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Love your mom? Tell her in words for essay contest See page 7

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A total of 3,228 individuals and families in Palm Beach County are homeless, according to a

count taken during a recent 24-period by Palm Beach County Human and Veteran Services

employees, volunteers and social service agency. The tally says 2,148 are

literally out on the street, meeting the federal definition of homelessness. It says they stay “in places not meant for habilitation or [are] emergency shelter or transitional housing programs.”

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Judge refuses to drop charge against daycare van driver By staff reports

The former Delray Beach day care van driver whose forgotten 2-year-old passenger died in the August heat has been denied a request for her manslaughter charge to be dropped. Amanda Inman, 32, of Boynton Beach, appeared in court on Tuesday. Her attorney, Anthony DeGraffenreidt, told Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Colbath that Inman should not face criminal charges in the death of Haile Brockington because she was new on the job at Katie’s Kids Learning Center and wasn’t trained to perform mandatory visual inspections of the van to make sure children exited the vehicle. Haile’s body was found inside the parked van Aug. 5, strapped to the seat Inman had placed her in more than six hours earlier.

Shooting shatters quiet neighborhood, left 1 dead DELRAY BEACH - Gunshots disrupted a quiet block in the city’s northwest neighborhood Tuesday night when someone fired three bullets into a man, killing him in his home. Traivis Bell, 29, who recently moved to the area from Boynton Beach, was shot at least once in the back of the head. He died in the house. “This is a quiet neighborhood,” said Trinetta Barr, 49, who grew up in the apartment adjacent to where Bell was shot, and until nine years ago lived in that unit. “We’ve never had anything like this around here.” The shooting occurred around 7:30 p.m. at 104 NW 12th Avenue, police said. A resident in the apartment adjacent to the crime scene was forced to wait outside until investigators were done looking for clues. As police cordoned off the area from the intersection

iff’s Office helicopters hovered ahead and conducted surveillance. Police said they have no suspect. Bell is the son of Clifford Bell, the Delray Beach resident who owned and operated Bell’s Quick Stop at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Seacrest boulevards in Boynton Beach for several years. The victim made his first rent payment to his landlord last Friday, relatives said. Bell lost a brother, Clifford Bell Jr., 17, in a lovers’ triangle shooting on May 3, 1998. Terence Hunter, 19, of Delray Beach, was charged with the murder of Bell.

After the shooting, a melee broke out between officers and some of about 150 bystanders at the scene. Two people were arrested, including Traivis Bell, then 19, and charged him with criminal mischief and obstruction after both ran past police tape toward Clifford Bell’s body, police said. One police department employee was injured. Approximately 30 of the 200 people in the surrounding crowd followed Andrews and Traivis Bell, starting a melee that included members of Bell’s family. They have said police used excessive force to control the charging crowd. Anyone with information about Tuesday’s shooting is asked to call police at 561-243-7800.

Forty-nine PB County students are National Merit Scholarship finalists

Forty-nine Palm Beach County public school students have been chosen as 2011 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. They are among the top college bound seniors across the country. Finalists are chosen from National Merit semifinalists and must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by their high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT. of NW 12th Avenue and 1st Street, hundreds of onlookers, some emotionally charged, watched from behind the yellow tape. But shortly before a professional removal company removed the body from the house, a woman, claiming to be a cousin, broke through the tape forcing police to use more than a dozen cars to create a barricade. Police took away at least two women from the scene after they went under the police tape and tried to rush to the house.

“He’s my cousin and he didn’t deserve to die like that,” one woman kept saying as she yelled. The smell of marijuana permeated the air. Officers threatened to use teargas to disperse the crowd, and one officer toted a black container akin to a fire extinguisher, and thought to contain the chemical agent. Several melees erupted and a handful of Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called in for crowd control. Two Sher-

Among the finalists are: Atlantic Community High School: Aubrey Crum, Stephanie Heung, Zachary Homans, Christopher Hull, Eric Johnson, Tomas Laster, Grace Lee, Ann Manov, Francesca Millcarek, Anjali Shankar and Damon Stanley Boca Raton Community High School: Bruno Faviero, Leonardo Rhodes, Connor Smith, Savannah Snow Spanish River Community High School Chelsea Eisner. Alban Harrison, Cody Jackson, Sarah Katzin, Sarah Nader, Tyler Rhoads, Nicolas Rochwerger, Rachel Zhuang West Boca Raton Community High School Samantha L. Solaski

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POSITIVE LIVING By Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr.

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Frequent health checks could save the life of someone you love I have to tell you I feel a lot more relieved today than I have in the past few weeks. My mother in Brazil is recovering from surgery to remove an aneurysm from her aorta. She is very meticulous about going in for doctor checkups. And it was during one of those checkups that the aneurysm was found. When she called and told me, I was shocked. My mother, thank God, is in very good health. She does not have problems with blood sugar; she is not overweight and doesn’t have high blood pressure. I don’t know if she’s healthy because she sees the doctor regularly, or she sees the doctor regularly to remain healthy. It’s really the same, and either one is a routine everyone should follow. When my mom called about the aneurysm, of course I wanted to jump on a plane to be with her. But she said, “You’re not a doctor. What can you do?” So I remained in the United States. But I kept my passport close by in case

I had to fly off in a hurry. It’s ironic that the Thursday before my mother’s operation (on April 4), Boca Raton Regional Hospital conducted a program called “Aortic Aneurysms: It’s Really a Matter of Life & Death.” I seriously considered going, but in retrospect, I’m glad I didn’t. I’ve been tense enough as it is. The other day, when I was telling my managing editor, Dale King, about what happened to my mother, he told me another unusual story about an aneurysm. About 10 years ago, he said, his sister-in-law was dating a man (Arthur) in Rhode Island - a wonderful man who really cared for her. He also had an aneurysm, but because of his age, there was a question about the health risks of an operation. Dale told me he and his wife had dinner with her sister and Arthur just before he moved to Florida (his wife came down later). That night, Arthur gave Dale a birthday card. He said he put it on the front seat of his car which he

then shipped to Florida. A few days after he arrived in Florida, Dale said he received a call from his wife. She was crying bitterly and said Arthur had died when the aneurism burst. A week or so later, when his car arrived, there was the card, signed by Arthur, on the front seat. Both of these stories show the importance of guarding your health with regular exams. Even people who don’t have any symptoms should visit their doctors at least every six months. My mother said she didn’t have any symptoms either, yet her doctor found a life and death situation. If you or someone in your family has been neglecting their doctor visits, they have to get back on track. Not every ailment causes pain. And it’s the little things that can become critical. My mom is home and recovering quickly. She said she wants to get better soon to visit her family here in America.

Do not neglect your intellect! The Creator has endowed every human being with a mind, intended to be a multi-faceted vehicle for every individual, and a means of personal self-advancement through a life of service for the benefit of countless others. Our intellect, just like any other divine bestowment, is provided to be developed and used. Only so will fresh ideas be generated, new knowledge be accumulated, and new actions be promoted to impact individuals and nations. As Leonardo Da Vinci rightly commented in his day, “the intellect degenerates without exercise.” Children, at various stages of their development, demonstrate a native curiosity which deserves adult encouragement. To the extent that this is so, they advance into new levels of exploration and acquisition of knowledge and skills. When their inquiries are honored and responded to, they are

stimulated to build on their earlier understandings and continue broadening their young minds. Sadly, much of contemporary education is built more on entertainment than the impartation of provocative ideas and information, intent to bring forth additional knowledge, ideas, and palpable achievements, as each new intellectual acquisition is blended with all of life, and further contributes to life! In an essay on “Pascal: The First Modern Christian,” Edward T. Oakes comments that nowadays, “our extraordinary obsession with entertainment and distraction constitutes perhaps the hallmark of our civilization in contrast to past cultures.” Through one of his writings, Dr. James Emery White reports that “roughly 60 percent of the adult population of the United States has never read a book of any kind, and only 6 percent reads as

much as one book a year even when book is defined as a Harlequin romance or self-help manual.” Nevertheless, the human mind needs to be perennially challenged at different periods of its development. An ancient example of this pertains to the children of Issachar, as recorded in the Old Testament, who were highly commended for being persons “with an understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” Such minds and voices are needed at every age, for varied reasons. Well cultivated minds require a lifetime of consistent study and reflection. Yet, the greatest achievements throughout history, stemmed from the devoted labors of men and women who took seriously the challenge to not neglect their intellect. This needs to be repeated in every generation as long as human history unfolds!

Dr. Synesio Lyra, Jr. is a Florida resident who, for many years, was a professor at the post-graduate level. He is a writer, a sought-after conference speaker, a man who lived in five continents of the world, having received his education in four of them. When he resided in southern California, he wrote a weekly column for the daily “Anaheim Bulletin,” which was carried for about six years, until he moved to south Florida.

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Number of homeless in Palm Beach County... Continued from page 1

The other 1,080 individuals and families were reported to be “doubled-up.” That term is typically defined as an individual or family living in a housing unit with extended family, friends, and other non-relatives due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason, but seeking permanent housing. Officials said this is the first year that individuals and families who were doubledup are being reported to the

state. Next year, those who are doubled-up are to be included in the federal homeless definition as well. During the 24-hour survey, staff went into the community to gather information on homeless populations. The count not only measures the needs of the homeless, but also provides direction for future development of services. The survey says a total of 369 homeless individuals and families were placed

in permanent housing under Homeless Prevention Rapid Re-housing grants between October 2009 and December 2010. Ninetyfour percent remained housed when supports were gradually withdrawn. In addition, new HUDfunded projects have been added annually, targeting homeless individuals, providing access to additional permanent supportive housing beds. The survey says counting homeless individuals and families in a 24-hour period remains a challenge. “Families often don’t come forward to be counted due to fear of having their children removed; disabled individuals avoid being counted due to concerns about being hospitalized; unsheltered homeless individuals move camps frequently to avoid detection and can be difficult to locate; some veterans refuse to be counted despite reassurance as to the purpose of the data,” the report said. During the coming months, the county’s homeless Continuum of Care, the Homeless and Housing Alliance, will review the details of this year’s effort and analyze the data further. Goals will be established by the Continuum to address new and existing challenges to meet the needs of homeless residents. In the end, a detailed analysis will be presented to the Homeless Advisory Board for planning purposes.

Love your mom? Tell her in words for essay contest

DELRAY BEACH - Mothers can play a multitude of roles - teacher, best friend, shoulder to cry on and protector, just to name a few. And according to a recent poll, nearly 60 percent of Americans also list mom as their most influential role model. With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network and the Delray Beach Tribune are asking Palm Beach County to honor special role models in the “Mom’s Making a Difference” essay contest. Through the contest, five deserving winners will receive prizes and recognition as Mothers of the Year. “There are countless deserving mothers and role models out there,” said C. Ron Allen, founder and CEO of the mentoring program. “This is the perfect

gift for them. They get to have a day to themselves and we want to treat them like the queens they are.” This is the 20th year that the organization has been recognizing mothers on Mother’s Day, Allen said. They previously held a banquet, he said. “With the economy the way it is today, we wanted to do something that was more relaxing and cost effective so more people could participate,” he said. To nominate a deserving mother or mother figure, students between ages 7

and 20, may write a creative essay (between 100300 words) describing how their mother or role model has been a positive influence in their life. The top 25 essays will be posted at DelrayBeachTribune.com starting May 1, and the public can then vote to determine the grand prize winners. Deadline for submissions is April 15. Winners will be recognized at a picnic on May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lake Ida Park. Nominations must be sent to the Knights of Pythagoras Mentoring Network, Attn. Mother’s Day recognition, 401 W. Atlantic Ave. Ste. 09, Delray Beach, FL 33444 or email info@ kopmn.org. For more information, contact 561-665-0151 or email info@kopmn.org.

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Fine Wine and K-9s Returns To Royal Palm Place April 14 By Skip Sheffield PROPEL (People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership) will host its second annual spring fundraiser, Fine Wine & K-9s, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. p.m. Thursday, April 14 at the Mizner Piazza. The Piazza is located beneath the large statue of Addison Mizner at Royal Palm Place in the southwest corner at Mizner Boulevard and Federal Highway in Boca Raton. “Fine Wine and K-9s” is family event that combines the best in gourmet dining, a variety of fine wines, live music and of course the appreciation and judging of dogs of all sizes and varieties, under the stars in Boca Raton. Many of Royal Palm Place’s and other fine Boca restaurants will be proving their most popular fare in tasty, bite-sized portions. The food will be complemented by appropriate red, rose and white wines from top vineyards. “Fine Wine and K-9s is a fabulous venue to bring your four-legged best friends,” states PROPEL board president, Andrew Scott. “You can taste extraordinary wines, sample

delicious food from our local restaurants, and benefit children who need a helping hand, not a hand-out.” Featured entertainment is Latin jazz pianist Angel Curras and classic and pop group the Sheffield Brothers and Friends. Born in New York City of Cuban and Puerto Rican parentage, Curras has tour with Nestor Torres, Roscoe Martinez, Louis Canales and Cimarron. The Sheffield Bros. have been local favorites for more than 30 years. Jazz guitarist Phil Scruton will guest with them. PROPEL was founded by Marta and James Batmasian in 2003 as a 501 (c) non-profit organization. PROPEL aims to improve the quality of life for economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Palm Beach and Broward Counties. PROPEL locates teachers, mentors and role models who genuinely care about our area’s youth to volunteer and share their expertise and life experiences first-hand with youth ages eight to 24. PROPEL focuses primarily on the all-important middle school years, but no child is turned away. PROPEL has enlisted a

network of more than 50 businesses willing to assist in practical hands-on training and advice. Programs include basic educational tutoring, fitness, life skills, music education, higher education and job and college placement. PROPEL also provides fun and friendship for youths who otherwise may have nowhere else to turn. In this spirit of fun and friendship, dog lovers are encouraged to bring their leashed, wellbehaved pooches to “Fine Wines and K-9s” whether you want your dog judged or not. Of course dog ownership is not required to attend the event. “Fine Wines and K-9s” offers the opportunity to sample the varied cuisine at Royal Palm Place in a single evening. The all-inclusive price is just $45 advance or $55 the day of the event at the gate. The event is tax-deductable, so you can feel good about doing good. PROPEL representatives will be on the premises to offer further information. For more information, call director Tolliver Miller at 561-955-8553, or visit the web site at www.propelyourfuture.com.

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FAITH

By Pastor Sandy

DIVORCE FLORIDA STYLE By Mike Gora

The Way Up Is Down We are considering a series entitled “Divine Paradoxes.” Dennis J. DeHaan in Our Daily Bread defines a biblical paradox as “an apparent contradiction that conceals a profound truth.” Every person on this planet wants to succeed. Years ago I heard a wise saying that really sums up contemporary sentiment regarding the key to success: “He that toots not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted.” Our society believes that the only way to make it big is to push your way on stage. The saying that “pride will come before the fall” is a universal truth understood by everyone. But as understood and hated as this quality is, many still succumb to its enticing and seductive nature, and many end up losing everything as a result of the consequences of giving into it. Pride, probably more than any other negative quality, has brought down more kingdoms, toppled more empires, caused more wars, destroyed more marriages, ruined more friendships, and led more criminals into our jail systems than all of the other negative qualities combined. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 27.1 “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth- a stranger, not your own lips.” Jesus later warned, “The greatest among you must be a

servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matt. 23.11-12) For the record, there is a healthy confidence. Several dictionaries and Bible word resources I reviewed defined a good pride as: “Proper respect for one-self, self-respect; A reasonable or justifiable self-respect; Sense of one’s own dignity and self-worth; delight or satisfaction in one’s own or another’s achievements.” This is the kind of praise you would give your child who did well on his report card. But there is a toxic pride. The same dictionaries defined this pride as: “An unduly high opinion of oneself; exaggerated selfesteem, conceit; Haughty behavior resulting from arrogance.” What we often don’t realize is this kind of overconfidence can cause us to become careless and it invites others to deflate that arrogance. Pride can cause a person to take credit for something that is really due others. James Kouzes and Barry Posner in their book Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others, stated “the most common reason for employees lea-ving their companies is that their leaders gave limited praise and recognition

for their efforts.” It is very discouraging for employees to labor on behalf of their organization, only to have their leader enjoy the accolades for the success. With any position of leadership comes power and authority, and with power and authority comes the possibility of pride and corruption. With a little success and without the proper balance, they begin to believe their achievements are due to their own skill and knowledge. Their pompous, arrogant, conceited, knowit-all attitudes lead them to take unnecessary risks, manipulate others, even ignore the guidelines of the law. In essence, pride can render a person unteachable. They believe that they alone possess the depth of insight for success and they grow impatient with anyone who does not readily accept their ideas. It has been my experience that when a person is proud and cocky, it seems everyone wants to see him fall. When a person is humble and gracious almost everyone wants to see him succeed. Don’t buy the notion that you have to promote yourself. Do what you do for the right reason. Treat others as more important than yourself. Be concerned for the interest of others, and you will discover humility, not self-promotion, is the road to real success.

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‘War on the shore’ Question: I have been battling my ex-husband in divorce court for a decade. We battled over everything from time with the children to our drapes. He hid assets, destroyed assets, and planted drugs in my car. We fought over our friends, who called the debacle the “War on the Shore”. The children, a boy and a girl, now 11 and 13 years old, are his latest target. He wants to become the residential parent, a battle he has lost in court three times before. Now he’s asking for full custody, excluding me, except for visitation supervised at a psychologist’s office. To do this he is trying to get into my psychologist’s records from two years before our divorce and ever since. I thought those records we-re confidential. He now claims, for the first time, that I’m an alcoholic, sex offending (with my daughter) lesbian. He makes this stuff up as he goes along. What are the chances of his getting into my psych records, current or ancient? While I’m in no way guilty of his accusations, I have had therapeutic dialogue with my psychologist, which is extremely private

that I would not want him to have. He would probably give it to the children at some point, which might be damaging to them and to my relationship with them. Answer: You raise two legal issues. First, whether or not your former husband will be able to get into psychological records at all, and second, whether he can get into such records from dates before your divorce. Generally, records of your communications to psychologists or other mental health workers are confidential under Florida statutes. Before the records may be obtained by subpoena, your ex must notify you and your lawyer that he would like to do so. You would then object, and there would be an evidentiary hearing after which the judge would decide if there was cause to overcome the confidentiality. The basis for such a ruling must be that your mental health has become an important issue in the case as the result of some overt, serious act, such as an attempted suicide, or involuntary commitment to a mental institution which, perhaps started with be-

ing seized under what we call in Florida a Baker Act commitment. The fact that your former husband has made an issue out of residential parenting is, by itself, insufficient to get into your records without the present evidence which appears to involve a serious mental problem, which could affect your children. Your former husband’s request for your record before the divorce judgment runs into another obstacle called res adjudicata. When a final judgment has been entered, both parties to the case are assumed to have litigated all issues between them that were, or could have been, litigated in the divorce. Each has had the chance to ask the court for all of the existing records, including the psychological records. Usually, absent a prior fraudulent failure to deliver evidence lawfully asked for, the judge will deny any efforts to develop evidence regarding facts, which took place before the final judgment. Your attorney should be able to protect your records from these requests to investigate your psych records.

Michael H. Gora has been certified by the Board of Specialization of The Florida Bar as a specialist in family and matrimonial law.

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CARTER’S CORNER By Carter Helshien

Hey, Internet, I need advice… Since the invention of fire, it seems that teenagers in society have always acted the same: when confronted with a problem, a teenager will turn to his or her parents for advice. In the Internet-era, however, when a typical teenager is confronted with a problem, his or her first instinct will be to go to the Internet to find the answer. But why is the internet so ideal for teenagers to use to solve their personal problems? Fist and perhaps above all, the internet provides anonymity. Consequently, there is no possibility that a teenager can be humiliated when asking his or her question. Instead of asking his or her parents for advice, and risk being judged negatively, a teenager can simply go on the Internet and ask without any fear that his or her question is unintelligent, embarrassing, or illogical. Moreover, another reason teenagers like me love consulting the Internet for problems instead of parents is that, in reality, nobody is perfect. Consequently,

teenagers prefer to find a wide-array of opinions and answers to a particular problem online than to leave it to non-perfect parents to decide. Say, for example, Johnny is having trouble dealing with an ethical problem, such as he saw his friend Billy cheat on a test and is not sure if he should tell the teacher or not. Though Johnny could consult his parents for advice in this situation, he views his parents’ advice as being “adult advice.” What this means is that Johnny assumes that whatever advice his parents give in this situation is bad advice, as his parents, he assumes, have not considered how it might affect his friendship with Billy, but rather have decided that, based on the universal principles of right and wrong, Johnny should tell the teacher. When Johnny consults the internet, however, he believes he is receiving advice from fellow teenagers who understand his situation more than his parents do, and, consequently, even though

he might receive the same advice, Johnny is more willing to follow what various individuals like him on the internet suggest. The invention of the Internet has led to a multitude of new possibilities and innovations; at the same time, however, it also has its own fair share of risks. In reading this, hopefully parents will be able to understand the reason teenagers are reluctant to seek them out for advice. So, now parents must be wondering, “how can we combat the possibi-lity of our sons and daughters receiving bad advice on the Internet?” Fortunately, the solution is simple: if parents realize that their son or daughter has a problem and needs advice, then parents should attempt to understand first what their son or daughter wants to prevent from happening (such as losing a friend), and give advice for the situation. In the end, if the previous advice is followed, teenagers will realize that parents truly do have their best intentions at heart, and will, ultimately, follow their advice.

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Your Life The Boca Raton Tribune

OLEDA TALKS

WHAT BUSINESS ARE YOU IN?

Oleda Baker

By Gerald Sherman

“It’s NOT the older you get, the sicker The importance of your sales presentation you become; rather, it’s the older you Presenting the product/ser- the merchandise, also known ability to customize the pre- get, the healthier YOU HAVE BEEN!” There is vice to the client in a pro- as the memorized or canned sentation in order to address fessional manner and using presentation. This method and solve the specific needs much “old age” you can prevent…start now… the appropriate presentation is particularly useful to new and wants of the customer. technique can be extremely important to the outcome of the sale. Some general rules hold for any type of sales presentation: • A good presentation should be simply stated in words the client can understand. • Appeals should be both logical and emotional. • A confident and friendly atmosphere should be established at the outset. • Strategy should be different for selling to a single client or to a buying center, which is a group of individuals and organizations that have a stake and influence in the final buying decision, or a committee of buyers. • Every presentation should be brought to a close - by making the decision easy for the client. There are four different presentation methods that can be put into practice, namely the memorized, priority, indepth, and consultative presentations. Each presentation method is geared toward a different strategy, depending upon the service/product’s nature, the buyer’s needs and character, and the seller’s comfort level. Let’s look over each of these presentation methods, from the simplest to the most professional, and how to best utilize them. The Memorized Presentation: - One way to organize the presentation is to memorize the key selling points of

and inexperienced salespeople who are still developing a personal selling method. It helps you present the complete story to the client without missing the key points. The Priority Presentation Another form of presentation is the priority or specificneeds approach. Within this method, the salesperson verbally sketches a need which is of specific interest to the potential client. Then the salesperson suggests how the purchase will benefit the client. The In-Depth Presentation For a major sales transaction, this presentation is often the most productive. The salesperson utilizes surveys, PowerPoint presentations, charts, and other forms of visual presentation to inform the client about the research and development that went into the product/service. This type of presentation can also include demographics, marketing analyses, consumer characteristics studies and psychographics. It will show how the product/service is directly connected to the client’s target market. It allows for a more polished presentation and often gets excellent results. The Consultative Presentation: - It takes a well-versed sales professional to take on this role successfully. Within the consultative sales presentation framework, the salesperson acts as an advisor and possesses the knowledge and

This type of presentation and role requires the seller to be knowledgeable of the client’s business products/services and target market. It requires a great deal of time spent on research and doesn’t necessarily result in an immediate sale. Here, the seller is not viewed as a hot-shot who wants to make a sale but rather as one who will ride out a problem even if it means not getting the sale at that time. It’s the act of giving advice without looking for immediate gains. In this method, the salesperson is on the same side of the fence as the buyer, and the presentation deals with providing opportunities for the buyer. The seller takes on a partnership role and is involved in building a relationship and has serious interests in helping the client expand her/his business. A word of caution: this type of selling is not for every client; clients who are only interested in short-term gains or price concessions are not good candidates since they are only interested in what they can get today and care less about tomorrow. It is for the client and seller who already are in the business relationship stage. Excerpts from the book, Woman Power in Textile & Apparel Sales, Jerry Sherman and Eric Hertz, Fairchild Publications, New York, N.Y., Division of Conde Nast, N.Y.

Gerald J. Sherman, of Sherman & Perlman LLC., is a marketing and public relations consultant, sales coach and author who has written several books and articles on these subjects. jerry@ shermanperlman.com http://www.shermanperlman.com

To live longer with greater Health & Lots of Energy there is one important word to live by….P-R-E-V-E-NT-I-O-N… I’m not sure how it all came about, although, I do remember as a young teenager my father used the word “preventive” a lot. He made a decision to change his lifestyle in his early 40’s. Until then he had been overweight, tired and a cigarette smoker. When he developed a limp in one leg, he went to see a doctor who told him to “get a cane.” That remark infuriated my father so much that he stomped out of the office, did his own research to find the cause and began to take charge of his own health…and life. He stopped smoking, lost weight and built a home-made gym in the garage. Most evenings he took long walks after dinner. His limp disappeared and he stayed slim the rest of his life. I remember admiring his resourcefulness, and I believe that it marked the beginning of my own efforts to prevent health problems before they acted

up …and then carried it further throughout my life. Today we have so many more ways to gather up health information than my father did….it’s there for the taking. You can google any question, there are books to read. and then there is your own responsibility for health exams and checkups. As a New York model I also studied other, more experienced models, who had been in the business a long time. What did they know and do - and what did other people in the beauty and health and fashion business know - that kept them looking and feeling younger for their age? When I was very young I thought models were just born “that way.” But stepping into New York City’s high fashion world, I soon learned differently. Whatever natural beauty they possessed, “the look” came just as much from the inside glow and health. I watched them take care of themselves and found it fascinating that they paid as much attention to the things that affected them inside as

what made them look good on the outside. There was no part of their body they were not concerned about. Nutrition, diet, exercise and proper sleeping habits were always on their minds, especially the ones that lasted in the business. I was 38 years old when I stopped modeling with Wilhelmina to start my business. At the time, I was one of the oldest still in the high fashion world while many others had to move on. I went on to model for my own company and still do at age 76….who would ever thought it back then! I know that taking care of my body from the inside enabled me to celebrate my silver jubilee with great health and flexibility and that it was my father’s stick-to-itiveness that inspired me. I’m hoping that, with I can similarly inspire you! Always remember: “It’s not the older you get, the sicker you become; rather, the older you get, the healthier you’ve been.” Until next time, Love, Oleda

Oleda Baker, now 76, began her career as a high fashion model with the prestigious Wilhelmina Model Agency, based in New York City and doing print and TV assignments in New York and Europe. She has written ten books on beauty, diet and health.

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A good ol’ boy named Bongo is looking for a loving home Story, photo by Pam D’Addio BOCA RATON - I’m a good ol’ boy named Bongo and I’m a really nice dog. I’m a Lab mix; 3-year-old neutered male weighing 55 pounds. I’m housebroken and good with children and most other dogs. I do like to chase cats, though, so I need a kitty-free home to call my own. I know how to ‘sit’ nicely when you ask me to and I’m very happy and affectionate. I also have a hidden athletic talent you need to know about. I am a master at climbing fences, so I’ll need a secure place to call home. Give a guy his big break.... adopt me today so I can start my new, happy life! I’m available for adoption at Tri-County Humane Society, a no-kill animal shelter located at 21287 Boca Rio Road in Boca Raton. The shelter is open for adoptions Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adoption fees are $110 and up. Animals are heartworm-tested and upto-date on vaccinations. Included in the adoption fee is one year of free office visits to Regency Veterinary Clinic. Please visit us to find a lost

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Riley ponders Eddy Curry

By: Matt Pineda

The combination of five centers the Miami HEAT have apparently isn’t enough for Pat Riley. Media outlets acknowledged that Riley traveled to Chicago to watch a work-out of Center, Eddy Curry. Don’t know who he is? I don’t blame you if you aren’t a committed NBA fan for a while. Eddy Curry has appeared in a total of ten games in the last three years. He was drafted out of high school in 2001 with the fourth overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. He and Tyson Chandler were supposed to be the twin towers there, obviously that never worked out. Curry has had some success in the NBA. He has had six seasons averaging double figures, most notably in 2006-07 when he averaged 19.5 points and 7 rebounds for New York. But weight problems, and off the court issues have derailed his career. He has been reported to weigh up to 350 lbs at 7 foot. He fell out of the rotation and then stopped being with the team. He was then a part of the deal that brought Carmelo to New York, while he was shipped to Minnesota. He never reported to the Timberwolves and they bought out his contract before the March 1 playoff deadline. So Curry is now a free agent, able to sign with any team and play for them in the playoffs. Because of Miami’s problems at center, they have been reported as interested in Curry. He

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has the size, and skill to be productive as a rebounder and defender. Riley has been known to take underused big men and make them productive. Curry has been training with Tim Grover, also known for training Dwyane Wade and Michael Jordan in Chicago. So Riley went to watch him work-out and many got the urge to speculate he is on his way to Miami, with likely rookie Dexter Pittman to be cut if it were to happen. But Riley stated this was a part of a bigpicture scout. He claimed anything else is purely speculation. I think the signing of Eddy Curry is unlikely, and here’s why: Miami already has five centers, and they only use three. Is Eddy Curry, despite not playing NBA basketball for three years have what it takes to crack that rotation right now? It’s highly unlikely. Curry may be a good project, but he isn’t going to make this team right now. The HEAT have 5 games left in the regular season, and they are still hoping to get Udonis Haslem back

into that rotation. Eddy Curry may be something for the HEAT to look at signing in the off-season and get him conditioned, but now is not the time. Dampier, Anthony, and Ilgauskas are not the answers, but together they are serviceable as long as other role players do their job. There is no need to disrupt the unity that has been created in this team for a player who hasn’t been a part of this system, or any system recently. I think Curry could have a future with the HEAT, especially knowing the HEAT need help at center, and that Riley loves 7-footers. He could get back in shape and have a comeback with the HEAT, but not now. Now is not the time for change with this team. They need consistency. But don’t expect the rumors with Curry to stop until Pat comes out and says something. I don’t expect Miami to sign Eddy Curry, but rather I am still hopeful for a Udonis Haslem return, and maybe Mike Miller playing up to the level we expect of him.

Carmelo Anthony- He is one of the most explosive players. Yes, he can score, but is he really that efficient of a shooter? His career FG% is 45.8%, not that good for a guy that is labeled as one of the elite scorers. The thing he is pretty good at for a SF, is rebounding. His career average is 6.3 boards a game, so that is good for a guy that is 6’8. On the defensive end, has he really ever lived up to what he could be on the defensive end? I thought he turned the corner in the 08-09 season after spending the summer with Kobe Bryant. He was taking the challenge of guarding the other teams best player that year, and I thought he had developed into a complete player. Fast forward to now, and he has gone back to what he used to be and that is just a scorer. Oh yeah, his career he only has 13 more assists then turnovers. That is not very efficient. Carlos Boozer- First let’s talk about the positive. The guy is just a flat out stud on offense. He has some of the best footwork in the post in the league whether getting it and facing up a player or a strait post up on the block. He can also bang inside with the smaller guys. He is also a guy that can rebound like crazy. How can he be over rated if I am saying all this? Now let’s look at the negatives. First is the injuries. He did have some injuries that required time in Utah, but it

seemed like he took much longer to heal then expected, and then there were just some bazaar injuries. We saw this at the beginning of the season when he missed all of November after tripping over a gym bag. In Utah he played 354 games out of the possible 492 games. That means he missed just about 28% of the games. With the Bulls depth though of Taj Gibson, Omer Asik, and Kurt Thomas they can handle this, while Utah really only had Paul Millsap. The other big knock on him is his defense. For some reason the great footwork on offense does not apply to the defensive end. I do not mind if a big man cannot many blocks, but he was just awful on help side also. If a guy cannot block many shots, then they should be taking charges (like a Nick Collison). He did neither. Now, with Noah behind Boozer to protect the basket his weaknesses are much more covered up. Last thing, but not that important unless

the Bulls make the finals, is he would disappear against the Lakers. He could not go up against the size of Bynum/Gasol. If Boozer is your second best player, I do not like your chances at a championship. He is a good player, but with the injuries and lack of defense he not an excellent player like people say, in my opinion. Now, in Utah he was more over rated then he is in Chicago because Chicago covers up his weaknesses much better then Utah could. Andrea Bargnani - Everbody loves a big man that can shoot. Bargnani was drafted with comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki. While I understand the comparison, Bargnani is a pretty poor man’s Nowitzki. Usually the bigger you are the better field goal percentage you have. Bargnani shoots 45% from the field and if that is not the worst for starting C’s, that has to be awfully close to it. People tend to think he is a great outside shooter, even if he only shoots 34% from three point range. As I mentioned with Boozer, if you are a post player, you need to be able to block shots, or be good at help side defense. Bargnani does not get a block a game, and rarely takes a charge. How many rebounds would a bad rebounding center get in 36 minutes a game? I would say about 7 boards would be bad for that much time for a 7 footer. Bargnani gets 5.6 boards a game. That might be the worst for any starting center.

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