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features 56 The Power of Two

Teaming up successfully, whether in business or in life, takes mastering a certain dynamic—and these Broward duos have done just that.

68 That Loving Feeling Author Helen Fried shares her advice on how to focus on the happiness you have the power to give yourself.

76 Higher Learning Changes are afoot in our education system that are designed to help students, not the schools they attend.

80 Fort Lauderdale Dining Gets the Limelight For the first time ever, the Taste of Fort Lauderdale Series will add Broward’s top restaurants and chefs to SOBEWFF.

86 Spring Fashion Trends

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The items you need in your wardrobe this season.

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everything else 21 From the Editor 30 Contributors 34 Around Weston Openings, events, and basically everything else you need to have on your radar. 44 What You Should Know About… Dr. Jeffrey Goldberg; Holly and Bob Catania. 48 All Well & Good Get into post-holiday recovery mode with these tips and tricks from Katina Taylor. 88 Matters of Style It’s gift-giving time again—and this Valentine’s Day, do it with style.

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Table Hopping Authentic Italian has come to town, and it’s right here at Zona Blu. 94 Dining Around Restaurant news and notes from the 954. 96 Wheel Life Review these Mercedes-Benz rides to discover which best suits your lifestyle.

110 Lunch With… Wendi Sugarman Bieber goes instudio with artist Andrew Reid.

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104 Out & About A look at who’s celebrating, fundraising and socializing in and around town.


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around weston WHAT’S GOING ON IN TOWN & ITS SURROUNDS…

STYLE by the MILE Run, don’t walk, to see Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968, at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Explore the remarkable period of creativity in Italy that gave birth to high fashion and restored Italy’s economy following World War II at this overwhelmingly beautiful exhibit featuring more than 230 designer garments, from spectacular creations that lit up grand ballrooms and theaters to elegant daywear and cocktail dresses, including several made for the actresses of the so-called Hollywood on the Tiber (with outfits specifically designed for Ava Gardner, Anita Ekberg, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Kim Novak and Anna Magnani). In addition to the fabulous fashions, accessories will also be on display representing the Italian craftsmanship and innovation for which the “Made in Italy” brand became known, including costume jewelry, shoes, hats and handbags by such names as Coppola e Toppo, Ferragamo, Gucci and Roberta da Camerino. Complementing the clothing and accessories will be a selection of one-of-kind jewels by Bulgari on loan from private collections that showcase its innovation and experimentation during this key period, including earrings worn by Elizabeth Taylor, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-525-5500; visit nsuartmuseum.com.

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FROM TOP: Installation of Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968 at the Villa Reale in Monza, Italy; model Sorelle Fontana beside the hand of the statue of Constantine in the courtyard of the Musei Capitolini in Rome, 1952; “Serpenti” bracelet-watch in enamel and diamonds from the Bulgari Heritage Collection, circa 1965.


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That Old-Time Rock & Roll

If you love it, hit the Classic Rock & Roll Party to benefit HomeSafe.

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But Kinky Boots—coming to Broward Center—could teach you a thing or two while it entertains you.

Kinky Boots, winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, is coming to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts March 1-13. The story follows a struggling shoe factory owner who works to turn his business around with help from Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Together, they find that they have more in common than they would ever have dreamed possible, proving that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots features a Tony-winning score by Cyndi Lauper, direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell, and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein. Tickets start at $35. Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Avenue, Ft Lauderdale; visit www.browardcenter.org or call 954-462-0222.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Paradise Bank, The Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, and Kathy Walsh and The MacCutcheon Family Foundation are presenting their next edition of the high-energy, rock ‘n’ roll-themed charity event The Classic Rock & Roll Party on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. The fund raiser benefits HomeSafe, a South Florida nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and domestic violence. Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain returns for the fourth year as the host of the event, the ‘70s super group Lowrider Band will put on a private concert for attendees and more than 300 South Florida business leaders and philanthropists will have the chance to bid on an assortment of very cool silent auction items and enjoy an all-star jam session produced by Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer John Colby. Guiding attendees through the evening will be local radio personality Paul Castronovo of the Paul and Young Ron Show on BIG 105.9 FM. The event will be preceded by a VIP-Celebrity golf tournament at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club on Friday, Feb. 5, which will consist of a day of golf with local pros, great giveaways and prizes. Cost is $500 per player or $2,000 per foursome. Tickets for The Classic Rock & Roll Party are $500 per person and include a sit-down dinner, beverages and live entertainment. Tickets for both events, sponsorship opportunities, and more information are available at www.HelpHomeSafe.org or by calling 561-383-9842.

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That west coast city isn’t the only one handing out Academy Awards. Check out the 6th Annual Non-Profit Academy Awards presented by 2-1-1 Broward. South Florida Community Care Network will once again serve as the title sponsor of the prestigious 6th Annual South Florida Community Care Network Non-Profit Academy Awards to celebrate the hard work and achievements of Broward County’s local non-profit organizations and their leaders. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino returns this year as Host Sponsor of the

event and Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. The event, luncheon, and after party will take place on Friday, February 26, at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The winners in each category will receive an Academy Award statue and $1,000 for each of their non-profit organizations and the two finalists in each category will be awarded $500

each. The Awards start at 11 a.m., followed by the luncheon and awards ceremony at noon. Ticket prices are $85 per person for general admission, $75 for FPL CLUB 2-1-1 members, and $65 per person for nonprofit staff/government representatives. After February 10, all tickets are $85 per person. For more information, call 954-390-0493 or email tschuldiner@ 211-broward.org.


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The highly respected University of Miami Health System has recruited a topnotch specialist who will head up its cardiovascular division—and whose services will be available to patients at UHealth’s Plantation office. By John Buchanan

UHealth at Plantation, 8100 SW 10th St., Crossroads Business Park Building 3, Plantation; 954-210-1141; http://uhealthsystem.com/locations/uhealth-plantation.

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he internationally acclaimed University of Miami Health System, better known as UHealth—which features a Plantation office—has added a well-known and widely respected doctor to its already stellar staff. Jeffrey J. Goldberger, M.D., M.B.A., has been named Chief of the Cardiovascular Division at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He will also oversee all cardiac clinical care at UHealth. Goldberger, who has published nearly 200 studies and receives ongoing research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), joined Miller School in early November after serving as a professor of medicine and director of the cardiac arrhythmias program in the Center for Cardiovascular Innovation at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He will expand UHealth’s multidisciplinary team approach to detecting, diagnosing and successfully treating atrial fibrillation and focus on developing novel ablation procedures to destroy the tissue that is responsible for the irregular heartbeat. Atrial fibrillation is the most common form of arrhythmia in the U.S., with 5-8 million cases being treated per year. “Right now, our ablation approaches give us a success rate of only about 50 percent or so for one of the most common forms of atrial fibrillation, which is called persistent atrial fibrillation,” Goldberger says, adding that he is determined to improve that success rate. UHealth’s Plantation office offers Weston-area residents convenient access to world-class health care. Its highly qualified staff includes cardiologists and electrophysiologists, who specialize in heart rhythm disorders. “We also offer a full range of medical therapies and services, including advanced imaging,” Goldberger says. Patients at the Plantation facility will also have access to clinical trials and innovative new treatments. Goldberger will also focus on stroke prevention. Fifteen percent of all strokes are related to atrial fibrillation, he says. “And often, the first time we know they have it is when they have a stroke. So there is a tremendous opportunity there to do a better job of identifying candidates for a stroke and finding better ways to prevent strokes.” For now, however, Goldberger is concentrating on settling comfortably into his prestigious and important new position. “The University of Miami is a great institution,” he says. “There is a lot of breadth and depth in both its clinical and research realms. So I was honored that they chose me to help further development of their cardiovascular enterprise.”


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Husband-and-wife realtors Holly and Bob Catania have built a formidable reputation for helping families from all over the U.S. relocate to Weston and Broward County. By John Buchanan

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ocal celebrity is not rare for top real estate agents. But Holly and Bob Catania, who have been married for 29 years and prospered as business partners for the last 15 years—operating as the Holly & Bob Catania Real Estate Group under the corporate banner of 87-yearold South Florida powerhouse Keyes—have become bona fide superstars. Specializing in the resale to families of single-family homes and condominiums in Weston and the rest of Broward County, the couple has developed a reputation as eminently qualified experts who also deliver exemplary customer service. Their backgrounds are somewhat unique. Holly graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in natural resources and the environment. Bob earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Manhattan College in New York. Both served as executives in the retail industry before migrating to the highly competitive real estate business, in which they carved out a distinctive niche. “We are a full-service group, with a total of four agents,” Holly says. “Within our group, we speak multiple languages. What we do that’s special is offer full-service transactions without passing off part of the process to third parties. We do everything ourselves, from start to finish, all the way to the closing table. We are there for every single phase of the transaction, whether that is the inspection of the property or the appraisal. We do not send anyone else to do part of our job for us. We do the job entirely ourselves and pay attention to every detail. That is really the thing that sets us apart.” Keyes also has its own title company, which is another big advantage in today’s market. Being married also has its benefits. “The wonderful thing about being married and being business partners is that we learned early on that we needed to ‘divide and conquer,’” Holly says. “For example, between us, we can deal with a lot of different kinds of personalities. Certain people will naturally gravitate toward Bob and others will gravitate toward me. And that gives us an advantage, because based on that we can decide who takes the lead with a particular client. There are also certain skills that Bob has and other skills that I have that are very complementary and important to our success. And we both come from executive backgrounds in retail. So we approach the real estate business as a business.”


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This Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of good health and fitness— the perfect way to segue into spring. Katina Taylor tells you how. If you’re working your abs with the goal of a 6-pack, you might be forgetting all about the oblique muscles that run up and down your sides. Here are 5 exercises to show attention to those neglected muffin tops and love handles.

• RUSSIAN TWIST: Sit with your

knees bent in front of you. Lean back slightly making sure to keep your back straight. Twist from side to side while keeping your core tight. For a more advanced version, lift your feet off the floor and or hold a medicine ball or dumbbell in your hands while repeating the exercise. 15-20 reps.

• SIDE PLANK HIP RAISE: Begin in a side plank position with your core engaged and your elbow underneath your shoulder. Then raise and lower your hip. Repeat 15-20 reps on each side.

• WOOD CHOP: Stand with your feet

shoulder width apart and core tight. Hold medicine ball in both hands. Lift the ball over your head toward the right. Twist your body, bringing your arms down to your left side, as if chopping and repeat. Allow your knees to bend slightly in order to increase the crunch in your abs and oblique muscles. Repeat 15-20 reps on each side.

• STANDING SIDE CRUNCH:

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hands behind your head. Start with opening up your hips and raising and lowering your right knee to your right elbow feeling that side crunch. Repeat 15-20 reps on each side.

• SCISSORS: Lie on your back with

your legs straight and arms to your side. Bring both your legs straight up toward the ceiling. Keeping legs straight, lower your left leg until it’s about six inches off the floor. Lift your head and shoulders off the floor and grasp the back of your right leg, gently pulling it toward you. Switch legs and repeat on the other side without pausing. Do 15-20 reps.

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Just say no—let it go. Following the indulgence of the holidays, it’s easy to let your sweet tooth get out of control. Here are a few ways to curb your desire for sugar.

• EAT REGULARLY: Make

sure you are eating nutritious meals throughout the day and not snacking on junk. Meals that consist of a healthy protein, a veggie and a carbohydrate every 3 to 4 hours will provide you with energy and help you feel more satisfied.

• STAY HYDRATED: Often when we are hungry or craving sugar, it’s our body’s way of telling us we are dehydrated. Try to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day and you’ll be showing yourself true love.

• GIVE IN A LITTLE:

Everything is OK in moderation. Depriving yourself can sometimes end in a sweets binge that can escalate into a week-long downward spiral. Know that a bite or two every once in a while won’t hurt and that practicing moderation results in sweet rewards.

• REMOVE TEMPTATION: Most of us don’t have

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• TWO WORDS: Dark

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Katia &Tom Bates

Designers and partners in Innovative Creations Interior Design Age of the partnership: Together since 1991 and married 22 years Nature of the partnership: “Definitely a sharing of common interests, from a personal point of view to a professional common interest.” How it came to be: Katia: “It never did! We are still working on it, and that is perfectly fine with us. I stand my ground with my beliefs and Tom does the same. When we have a disagreement, we blame the fact we are from different cultures and we come to an understanding and or a compromise, and I always win.” Why it works: Tom: “Being married to an Italian, one has to leave his ego for another day.” inWESTON MAGAZINE

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Angelo & Denise Elia

Owners of four Angelo Elia Pizza locations and three Casa D’Angelo locations in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas Age of the partnership: Over 25 years Nature of the partnership: Life and business partners How it came to be: “We met each other at work, fell in love, got married and opened a business together.  We continue each day together to grow as business partners and life partners.” Why it works: Denise: “We want the same things, we have the same values and share the same goals in life and in business.” Angelo: “We are always pushing each other to grow. We always shared the same vision in business and life. We share the same heart, which makes our partnership so special.”

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Nedal Ahmad & Otto Othman Founders and partners of Pincho Factory with locations in Pembroke Pines, Hialeah, Coral Gables & Westchester

Age of the partnership: 5 years Nature of the partnership: Cousins and co-founders of Pincho Factory How it came to be: At a 4th of July family BBQ a few years ago, Nedal was grilling up one of his famous burgers and family pinchos when Otto looked at him and said, “Man, I wish we could eat like this every day.” Nedal agreed and suggested they opened a restaurant. Using Otto’s family pincho recipe together with Nedal’s popular burger recipe, they decided to go for it. Why it works: Otto handles the advertising and marketing aspect of the business. Nedal has had a passion for cooking since he was very young. They respect each other’s roles and trust one another fully when it comes to driving towards the same goal.

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Julie & Howard Talenfeld Founder & president, Boardroom Communications; Managing Partner, Talenfeld Law

Age of the partnership: 10 years Nature of the partnership: Julie: “We work hard together in love, in life and in business. My communications firm, Boardroom PR handles Talenfeld Law’s marketing and publicity and he advises me and my agency. We love giving to our community and helping charities. We enjoy travel, art and politics. We do almost everything together and we never stop.” How it came to be: Howard’s good friend sought Julie out at a Shiva call, and Julie’s brother and others suggested they meet. Howard then found Julie on an on-line match site and pretended he didn’t know who she was, not giving his name or photo until she guessed his identity three days after his first page-and-a-halflong message. (He knew creativity was key.) Why it works: Howard: “We are a team. Julie is a burst of energy, passion, ideas and action. We have common interests and the same life goals. We also work well as parents, holding the same strong values.”  

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Valentina Bilbao & Mauro Cascarano International and awardwinning artist; founders of L’angolo Furniture, Weston

Age of the partnership: 17 years together and 15 years of marriage; they’ve been partners since they met. Nature of the partnership: “Our marriage is based on respect, friendship, confidentiality, communication and mutual support. We have individual goals and projects, but the most important are those that we have together as a family.” How it came to be: As a businessman with experience in many fields of business around the world, Mauro finally decided to dedicate his abilities and passion to something that he always liked to do, in the design world. But, he says, it wouldn’t have been possible without the inspiration he got from Valentina, who expresses her emotions through her art and “touches the heart of this man.” Why it works: “It’s a split responsibility where each of us has our own role. We have a commitment to work for this family business.”

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Dustin & Andrea Ward Chef de cuisine at BLT Prime in the Trump National Doral; pastry chef at Sugarcane in Midtown Miami Age of the partnership: 11 years Nature of the partnership: Husband and wife/chefs How it came to be: Dustin: “ We met at The Breakers Palm Beach. At that time, I was working at the fine dining French restaurant L’Escalier. The chef, Matthew Soban, was also a natural at matchmaking. I was joking around one day and asked him when he was going to hire my future wife. A couple of weeks later he said, ‘I’ve hired your future wife.’ When I asked him how he knew she was for me, he replied, ‘She has a tattoo of a skull and a spine going down her back, blue hair, dressed in black…totally your style; she is the one for you.’ After one year, we were engaged and one year after that we got married.” Why it works: Dustin: “My wife and I share not only our love, but also a passion for food. When you have a great day because you came up with a new dish or found a really cool ingredient, she gets excited hearing about it and wants to see pictures. It also helps that she understands the long hours I put in, and if the restaurant needs me I will be there no matter what. If she was not in the industry I don’t think it would have worked due to the demand of the kitchen life and the toll it takes on your personal life.” Andrea: “It helps so much that my husband is also a chef. No one understands better what my life is like. Besides being my friend and husband, he’s also someone I can talk to about work and he knows exactly what I’m talking about. I can go to him for advice, and he can come to me. There is no way I could be married to anyone who wasn’t as passionate about food as I am.”

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Ah, February. You are the sweet month of Valentine’s

Day, of Cupid and kisses, the month of candy, cuddles and romantic candlelit dinners. You are the month of

LOVE. The beauty of love is that its reflection is different to all that possess it. Love does not know bounds such as race or gender. Love is kind, patient and forgiving. Love is pure and selfless. Wow, doesn’t February sound deliciously delightful? It sure it does, if you are able to spend it with that special someone. But what if you are entering the month of February with a broken heart and newly found feelings of loneliness? What if you are finding yourself in the midst of a divorce? The mere mention of the month can bring a flood of painful memories and needless heartache.

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Divorce is difficult, regardless of the month we are in. However, some months will tear at our heartstrings a bit more than others. February, you are one of them. But do not fret, I am here to help guide and glide you through it. First things first: You are not alone. I know you may feel that all your friends have a significant other and are planning some outrageous Valentine’s celebration, but that is simply not true (OK, maybe one or two might be planning something fabulous. But who cares? It’s time to stop focusing on others and begin focusing on you). Take this opportunity to find comfort in your own solitude as well as begin exploring your passions. Learn to love a quiet night in with a good book and a calming cup of tea, or watch that old classic you’ve been putting off while sipping a bold cabernet. Also try venturing out of your comfort zone by trying something new. Take a salsa/ballroom dancing class, a golf lesson, register for a gourmet cooking class, attend a local wine tasting, bring out the Picasso in you by signing up for a painting session, or join


your local Chamber of Commerce and start networking. Once you begin refocusing your thoughts and energy on yourself, your options are endless. When you begin to love yourself from within, external love becomes effortless. For the single parents out there, this Valentine’s Day can be a great opportunity to help with your child’s healing process of divorce by establishing new traditions and creating new memories for their mental scrapbooks. Many times divorce can be just as overwhelming and confusing for your children as it is for you, so take this holiday to remind them just how much they are loved and appreciated. Valentine’s Day can be overwhelming and sad for the recently divorced, but it’s likely that your children are sharing in these feelings. Celebrating the holiday with them will remind you how much you are loved and needed while also providing your kids with special attention during a hard time. Try making a kid-friendly meal together and enjoying it in a new place. Or maybe enjoy a camping trip in your own backyard, complete with s’mores. If you’d prefer a day out of the house, plan a fun movie marathon at the local movie theater, or maybe explore your nearest state park and go on a nature hike. Going to a sporting event or a local play can provide your kids with a fun new memory, or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can plan a quick weekend getaway to a new place. It’s not so much the activity you choose that’s important, but the feeling of belonging your children will have while spending quality time with you that is important. Children feed off your energy, and if they see that you are relaxed and happy those feelings will transfer to them. It can be easy during this difficult holiday to forget how much love surrounds you on a daily basis, so take this time to remind yourself that your children’s love is unconditional and the bond you share with them is the thing that matters most. It was through the love of my children and the commitment I had to giving a voice to the voiceless victims of divorce that the book How to Love Your Kids More Than You Hate Your Ex came to light. How to Love Your Kids More Than You Hate Your Ex is a guide to surviving divorce and separation by growing stronger as a family. It offers caring support, helpful advice and the occasional bit of tough love you may need to keep your mind off your divorce and onto what’s important: your love for your child. I am aware that for many, keeping your mind off your divorce can be quite difficult, not because you do not love your child, but because you are experiencing feelings and emotions that are so raw and new. This February, make time to love, listen and learn.

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“Why Me?” Stop right there! There will be no “why me’s” allowed here. It’s unfortunate, but the “happily ever after” you envisioned for yourself with your ex is no more. One or both of you has moved on from the marriage; whether it was emotionally, spiritually, or physically, the marriage has run its course. Wasting your energy and time on asking, “Why me?” will benefit no one. I’m not saying it will be easy. What I am saying is that you need to remember that you have children who are looking to you for strength and guidance. This is not the time to wallow, crumble or falter; this is the time to find your inner strength and press on.  So, first things first: Stop looking at the wedding video. In fact, push “eject” and take that DVD out of the machine! Put away all the old photo albums. Stop dreaming about what could have been and start planning what will be. This is the time to dust off your knees, stand tall, and begin moving forward.  Remember—you are not on this journey alone. You have beautiful children who are going to need you now more than ever. It’s time to take stock of everything and keep keeping on!

Why Me?

Why me? How quickly I was set free. I tried to hold on so tight, Only to lose this painful fight. Why was my love unable to prevail? I never expected my “I do’s” to fail. I don’t understand Where did all go so wrong Am I capable of standing strong? I battle to feel less broken; To refrain from the love I’ve unspoken. I must search deep in my soul there I will find the light To keep my mind whole in this dark fight. I am blessed with a child Who looks for guidance in my eyes It’s my job to look back for him to see strength and sanity Even if they should be lies.

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higher learning Changes are afoot in our education system that are designed to help students—not the schools they attend—make the grades they need for their most successful possible future. By Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

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eeping up with the ever-changing currents in the educational landscape is a Herculean task for students and parents. This school year, major changes are in effect for the SAT, which is required for college admission, as well as for standardized testing at the elementary, middle- and high-school levels. Positive changes in education include an emphasis on individualized instruction through assistive technology. Schools such as the Sagemont School in Weston offer programs in high-stakes testing preparation and infuse technology throughout the curriculum. Students’ varying needs regarding second-language acquisition are being addressed through cutting-edge methodology at Lingua Language Center, which recently relocated to Weston. InWeston has sought insight from educational leaders in MiamiDade and Broward counties to spotlight some of the current trends in education.

Redesigned SAT For most students, the globally recognized SAT is the most important test they will take in their lifetimes. Their score will undoubtedly determine their future educational and career paths. Knowing how to take the test is as critical to achieving a high score as possessing the required academic knowledge. For this reason, SAT prep is a big business. One of the leading test-prep programs is Pembroke Pines-based, College Direct, K-12 Tutoring and Test Preparation Center, founded and operated by Lourdes Nodarse, a 30-year veteran of the Miami-Dade County Public School System. Nodarse outlined several of the major changes to the SAT, which will become operational nationwide in March, 2016. The test will return to its original 1600-point scoring scale. The reading and writing portions will combine for one score (up to 800 possible points) and the math section will yield the remaining score (up to 800 possible points). The math portion will have a narrower focus, delving deeper into Algebra; getting to the “heart of

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“These students do not lack intelligence, but are falling behind by the artificially imposed constraints of a curriculum that is not developmentally appropriate for many students.” —Lourdes Nodarse

Individualized Education through Assistive Technology In an attempt to provide instruction at the varying levels of millions of students in the public school system, students’ academic needs are being met through differentiated instruction. Assistive technology is useful, since most programs are adaptive to meet the learner’s needs beyond traditional classroom instruction. Programs such as iReady, Apex Learning, Edgenuity, Read 180, Gizmo, Achieve 3000 and Reflex Math provide individualization in the areas of reading, math, and science through the use of computers. Students can log on before and after school, from home, to take advantage of these supplemental programs. Many schools schedule

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Big changes to state-wide standardized testing are also in effect at the elementary, middle- and high-school levels. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) has been replaced by The Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) and End of Course Exams (EOC). The FSA is administered to students in grades 3-10 in English Language Arts (ELA). The math test is also administered to students in grades 3-10; however, students who are taking Algebra 1, Geometry or Algebra II are administered an End-of-Course Exam (EOC). Students must also take EOCs in Civics, United States History, and Biology. As with the FCAT, third-graders are required to pass the Grade 3 ELA with a Level 3 or higher in order to be promoted to 4th grade although there are four other opportunities for promotion. Only the 10th-grade ELA FSA and the Algebra 1 EOC are requirements for high-school graduation. Students who do not achieve passing scores have multiple opportunities to retake these examinations and other

options such as achieving concordant scores on the PERT (Postsecondary Education Readiness Test), ACT, or SAT prior to graduation. The Florida Board of Education met on January 6 to decide final cut scores for the FSA that was administered in the spring of 2015. It decided on a more lenient passing rate based on the FCAT’s five-point scale. These scores will be released in June 2016. “Since the State of Florida adopted the Florida Standards, we’ve seen an increase in younger students attending College Direct, which services students in grades K-12,” Nodarse reports. “These students do not lack intelligence, but are falling behind by the artificially imposed constraints of a curriculum that is not developmentally appropriate for many students, goes at a breakneck speed and waits for no one. Parents are having to supplement instruction beyond the classroom by bringing their children to centers like ours, where students work with certified teachers, one-on-one, and are able to catch up. Sadly, students in the public school are measured by the outcome of single tests and the academic, emotional, and physical strain is too much for the family to bear.”

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Algebra.” Students will not be allowed to use a calculator for the first math section. The essay requirement has been eliminated. Vocabulary will still be tested but in the context of the passages in the reading section. There will be no penalties for guessing. The redesigned SAT looks more like the ACT minus the science section. This is a result of the growing number of students who are opting to take the ACT in lieu of the SAT. “For the first time in history, in September of 2012, more students took the ACT than the SAT, a trend that has continued to grow,” Nodarse says. “The College Board is betting on attracting more students to the new SAT test. This redesigned SAT is also aligned to the Common Core Standards since David Coleman, the president of College Board, is one of the architects of Common Core.”

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Lingua Language Center located at Broward College

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“Learning deficits are specifically identified and targeted with individualized instruction helping children learn at their level as they slowly close the gap between their own performance and that of mainstream education.”

—Ivette Murai-Paniagua

Lingua Language Center Lingua Language Center offers an array of language courses of varying intensities to meet the diverse needs of its students. Recently relocating to Weston, the center has successfully partnered with Broward College under the leadership of its founder and president, Andreina Ojeda, a Weston resident. At Lingua, students may attend on a short-term schedule or for a whole year; combine intensive English with business or test preparation; or work on conversation and accent reduction, depending on their individual learning needs. When asked how Lingua meets students’ individual needs, Ojeda explains, “Whether your needs are focused on language training for a corporate group or business unit, or you need to learn a language in a customized one-to-one setting, we serve the unique needs of bilingual professionals in the corporate world. Our corporate language programs are offered, both in English and foreign languages, in each of the different learning levels. The programs are tailored to your corporate group or individual executive’s specific needs, learning style, schedule and location, as requested. They can be industry-specialized, for a number of industries.” Lingua employs an array of supplemental materials and technology to support its proven Enter-Training (entertainment and training) Methodology. Through the use of technology, students are able to learn anywhere, anytime. Currently, the Lingua Center is piloting a project to offer its language programs on a fast-track basis to students worldwide who are participating in a degree program in Broward College’s International Centers.

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The Sagemont School in Weston has been ahead of the curve in meeting students’ educational needs for nearly two decades. The school is committed to delivering a college-preparatory Preschool through 12th grade education in a technologically-rich, supportive, and culturally-diverse learning community. Sagemont students enjoy a well-rounded, private school education on two state-of-the-art campuses. According to Brent Goldman Ed. D., Head of School, “Sagemont prepares students for college entrance exams by offering 3-4 practice SAT and ACT tests throughout the school year. These tests are proctored and scored by our staff.” When asked about assistive technology and individualized learning, Goldman shared, “We have a tablet program (Microsoft Surface Tablets) for all students in grades 5-12. All of our middle school and high school textbooks are e-texts.

Online classes are offered to high school students to provide them with flexibility. Sagemont is proud to be entering into its 20th year of education this fall.” It comes as no surprise that Sagemont students have been recognized for their achievements at the local, regional and state level and are consistently sought after by toptier colleges and universities.

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assistive technology throughout the school day for children who require remedial instruction. According to Ivette Murai-Paniagua, a Miami-Dade Public School counselor and mother to two school-aged daughters, “Individualized instruction is assisting those children who need it the most. With assisted learning, more children are reaching their potential as they are paving their own individual paths toward becoming college-ready students. Learning deficits are specifically identified and targeted with individualized instruction, helping children learn at their level as they slowly close the gap between their own performance and that of mainstream education.” Murai-Paniagua emphasizes the importance of the family in providing the foundation and routine structure tantamount to educational success. “Assisted learning cannot occur without the effort and collaboration between teacher child and parent. Unfortunately, many students who require individualized instruction lack the aforementioned variables; thus, learning is not maximized.”


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For the first time ever, the Taste of Fort Lauderdale Series will add Broward’s top restaurants and chefs to SOBEWFF. By Jennifer Agress

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ITTING OUR PALM-LINED SHORES THIS FEBRUARY, the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) presented by FOOD & WINE will once again take over the streets of South Florida. And what is it doing to ring in its 15th year? It’s coming back bigger and better than ever—this time, with Fort Lauderdale’s finest in the mix. Since 2002, when SOBEWFF was first launched by Lee Brian Schrager, resident Director of SOBEWFF and vice president of Corporate Communications & National Events for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., this four-day foodie weekend has become famous for its one-of-a-kind celebrity chef dinners, its Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village, national cooking competitions, bar-raising cuisine, and, of course, for gathering together the best names in culinary history all in one place. Now raking in a slew of accomplishments— like celebrating the 10th anniversary of its iconic Rachael Ray-hosted Burger Bash® this year, and raising $22 million to date for the Wine Spectator Restaurant Management Laboratory and Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management— SOBEWFF only continues to grow each year. And while, in the past,

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Festival director Lee Brian Schrager; the crowds at the Goya Foods Grand Tasting Village.

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The cast of Chopped, which will be the focus of Sunday’s brunch.

Broward County residents may have watched Miami’s restaurant scene take center stage both in and out of SOBEWFF, this year’s firstever Taste of Fort Lauderdale Series will put some of their own local restaurants and chefs on the festival map. The result? A new level of South Beach Wine & Food Festival success that even the organizers couldn’t have predicted—and well-deserved global recognition for Fort Lauderdale’s burgeoning food scene. “We’re so excited to expand the physical footprint of the festival north this year,” says Schrager. “Broward’s dining scene has been growing steadily over the past few years. We’re always looking for new talent to feature during the South Beach Wine & Food Festival weekend, and this is a great way to do it. Plus, it will draw awareness to the area as a culinary destination.” And why shouldn’t it, when the organizers are sparing no expense to get Broward County the attention it deserves? Kicking-off the festivities on Wednesday, February 24th, a day earlier than normal this year, the Taste of Fort Lauderdale Series will get the party started with “Seaside Eats,” a tasting event hosted by Food Network star Robert Irvine. Taking place at the historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, this addition to the schedule will feature some of South

Florida’s top eateries and chefs, like S3 Restaurant’s Peter Boulukos and Steak 954’s Nicolay Adinaguev, as well as pours from Chȃteau D’Esclans. From then through Sunday, the party won’t stop as the Taste of Fort Lauderdale Series highlights its best restaurants with a series of soirées designed to meet the diverse tastes of its patrons, including five unique dinner experiences, a late-night party at Kuro, and the first-ever “Bloody Mary Brunch.” All these events and more will be hosted by some of the top names in the culinary world—like Todd English, Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos, Marc Vetri, Auberge Resorts’ Robert Curry and Paul Lemieux, and even the entire cast of Chopped, which will be the focus of Sunday’s brunch. And with such a mix, Fort Lauderdale’s chefs have plenty of platforms to show what they can do. Gavin Pera, chef de cuisine of Burlock Coast at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, for example, will host the Chopped “Bloody Mary Brunch” at his restaurant, and will also participate in Wine Spectator’s “Best of the Best” at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. For him, being invited to take part in these events is both an honor and a chance to support the community that has supported the South Florida dining scene all these years. “We’re doing a pork belly dish with Palmetto Creek Pork Belly, Anson Mills Black Truffle mix,

Left to right: Rachael Ray will host the Burger Bash; the historic Bonnet House Museum & Garden, where Robert Irvine will host the Seaside East event.

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• “Seaside Eats hosted by Robert Irvine” When: Wednesday, February 24th, 7 PM – 10 PM Where: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Price: $125 • “Dinner hosted by Todd English & Chris Miracolo” When: Thursday, February 25th, 7 PM – 10 PM Where: S3 Restaurant Above left: Giovanni Rocchio, along with Marc Vetri (right), will host a dinner at Valentino Cucina Italiana (below).

Price: $250 • “Dinner hosted by Debi Mazar, Gabriele Corcos & Angelo Elia” When: Thursday, February 25th, 7 PM – 10 PM Where: Casa D’Angelo Ristorante Price: $250 • “Dinner hosted by Marc Vetri & Giovanni Rocchio” When: Friday, February 26th, 7 PM – 10 PM Where: Valentino Price: $250 • “Napa-Style Dinner hosted by Robert Curry & Paul Lemieux” When: Saturday, February 27th, 7 PM – 10 PM Where: Auberge Beach Residences & Spa Price: $200 • “New Style Remix Dinner hosted by Justin Warner & Alex Becker”

braised kale and a Malbec jus that will be delicious. I’m looking forward to it,” says Gavin. “Aside from that, the fact that Fort Lauderdale finally gets to be a part of this whole thing is really exciting. I love that a lot of the proceeds are going to FIU’s The Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management—I think it’s very cool that, throughout all this, we also get a chance to give back.” Chef Giovanni Rocchio, who will host a dinner at his restaurant alongside James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Vetri, is also looking forward to seeing what the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood will bring to the table. “Miami does take over the limelight, but we want to show what we can do, too,” says Chef Giovanni, who helms the fine-dining establishment Valentino Cucina Italiana, which first opened in 2005. “I’ve been down here for 30 years, and in Fort Lauderdale, we’re not as ‘gimmicky’ as Miami. We have a clientele that is well traveled and has an appreciation for good food. Here, it’s more about the food and the service than the ‘trendy’ aspect, and I’m excited we get the chance to showcase it.” With the festivities set to begin February 24th, showcase it they will. And as anticipation continues to build about what Fort Lauderdale chefs are really capable of, one question remains: Is Miami ready for the competition? The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF), presented by FOOD & WINE, takes place February 24th–28th, 2016. For more information about the Taste of Fort Lauderdale Series events, or to buy tickets, visit www.sobefest.com.

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When: Saturday, February 27th, 7 PM – 10 PM Where: Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Price: $200 • “Kuro Late Night featuring DJ Felix Da Housecat” When: Saturday, February 27th, 10 PM - Midnight Where: Kuro at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Price: $95 • “Bloody Mary Brunch hosted by the Cast of Chopped” When: Sunday, February 28th, 12 PM – 2 PM Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale Price: $175


eco-friendly sunnies Look hot and be charitable at the same time: For every pair of luxurious Woodzee wooden sunglasses you purchase, the company plants a tree. In a huge range of styles, from polarized to prescription, in bamboo or with mirrored lenses, they’re a must look; visit www.woodzee.com.

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The Spring 2016 trends are wide-ranging, from wonderfully wearable to not-so-much. Here are our favorites for South Floridians seeking sartorial splendor this season.

functional elegance

printed denim Tie-dye, animal print, you name the pattern; it’s in for Spring 2016. Go for lightweight versions that won’t stick to you like leggings in the South Florida heat, like those from Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Dries Van Noten and Chanel.

It’s hip to be square, or at least structured, this Spring if you want to look like you’ve got it all together bag-wise—plus the new choices for the season are drop-dead gorgeous. For a fresh pick, check out the less ubiquitous (but no less dreamy) Aurelia Garza; visit www.aureliagarza.com.

chunky-heeled sandals

No need to teeter in terror (although let’s face it—as long as there are Louboutins, we’re always going to do that). The latest chunky-heeled sandals, like these Sunlovers, are just as sexy and won’t have you wobbling like a newborn colt; at Stuart Weitzman, Aventura Mall, or visit www.stuartweitzman.com.

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fabulous flats Suede and patent in spring? For sure. Smart and sassy at the same time, these Tuta handcrafted-in-Italy flats from M Gemi work with shorts or a skirt, dress up jeans, add a kick to leggings…you get the point—literally; $198, at mgemi.com.

the plain white tee Is this really a trend? No—more of a wardrobe staple. But this season it’s a must-have, so ditch the (possibly dingy) ones you’ve been donning season after season and go for a couple (or at least one) of the new beauties that will stand out against a bronzed bod and make you feel cool, comfortable and, most importantly, chic.

stripes!

floral prints

While stripes are always a must, this year’s bold, solid variety adds a new dimension to an old favorite—and not just on your top half. Wear ‘em on pants, skirts and dresses—these Spring offerings by Ann Taylor show you how fab they can be; check them out at Ann Taylor, The Shops at Pembroke Gardens, or visit www.anntaylor.com.

What says spring more boldly and beautifully than flowers? They were all over the Spring 2016 runways, and more gorgeous than we’ve ever seen them before. Standout alert: Jenny Packham, available at Neiman Marcus, The Galleria, Fort Lauderdale, or visit www.neimanmarcus.com. inWESTON MAGAZINE

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Diptyque’s Limited Edition Rosaviola Solid Perfume Oval is at once delicate, lovely and a little extravagant; $50, at Nordstrom stores or visit diptyqueparis.com.

affection Show your loved one your whole heart—by giving a gift of ultimate style and beauty this Valentine’s Day.

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Give her your heart, and this one too: the Birks Muse Small Hearts pendant, in 18K rose gold or 18K white gold, features a delicate mesh motif and comes on an 18-inch chain; visit www.maisonbirks.com.

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Structured, sleek and stylish, this Alexander Wang Lia Mini Red Bag is crossbody perfection; $650, at www.editorialist.com. Lladro’s Goosiping statuettes are an unconventional but unforgettable (and adorable) gift idea; $845, at Macy’s, Pembroke Lakes Mall, or visit www.lladro.com.

Zazen Bear disappearing rings are known to connect the wearer with vitality and subtle energy; $204 apiece, at www.zazenbear.com.


Is anything more appropriate (and chic!) this Valentine’s Day than this pair of Chiara Ferragni Kisses Velvet Ballet Flats? In a word, no. $361; at www.editorialist.com.

There’s not a lady on the planet that could resist the Louis Vuitton Kimono bag in a combo of monogrammed canvas and leather (other colors include hot pink and black); $3,250, at Louis Vuitton stores or visit www.louisvuitton.com.

From Shinola’s first women’s leather collection debuting this month, this Mini Zip Backpack comes in a range of colors.; $195, at Shinola, Wynwood, or visit www.shinola.com.

It’s time to shine with this ladies’ Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36mm watch in stainless steel and 18K gold with 52 diamonds, black motherof-pearl diamond dial and Jubilee bracelet; $2,500, exclusively at Weston Jewelers, Weston Town Center, or visit www.westonjewelers.com.

Flowers are a given, but to make a major impression, go for something extraspecial like this Three-Step arrangement; check it out (and all the other designs) at BB of Flowers, Weston, or visit www.bbofflowers.com.

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ABOVE: Chefs Marco De Simone and

Andrea Fadda have something to smile about. BELOW: Grilled seafood is a signature of the eatery.

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Weston’s new Italian concept, Zona Blu, brings the flavor, beauty and enchantment of Sardinia to residential South Florida.

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ately, all anyone can talk about are the “Blue Zones”—those parts of the world, like Sardinia, with the highest concentrations of healthy, happy people living 100 years or more. And thanks to Sardinian sisters Sheila David and Debbie Bautista, and their restaurateur uncle, Giulio Ledda, we now have a taste of its magic right here in Weston: Zona Blu. The brainchild of Executive Chef Andrea Fadda, this new addition to the Weston restaurant scene first opened its doors in September 2015—and to the delight of anyone who’s been there, it’s been packed ever since. A lifelong dream of the Sardinian sisters, owning and opening a spot like Zona Blu didn’t become a reality until Fadda—who has opened countless highend restaurant and hotel dining concepts all over the world, including Pappa & Ciccia, which still stands in Miami’s South of Fifth neighborhood—came to them with an idea.


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“Sardinia is a really small island, and everybody knows everybody. We knew Andrea because of his restaurant there and we knew he was a phenomenal chef,” says Debbie. “Andrea owned a restaurant in Miami, but it’s more touristy there. He really wanted to open a family restaurant where he can feature more Sardinian cuisine, which is his passion. Being locals, he asked us if we would try and find a location in Weston. We were stay-at-home moms at the time, but we started helping him—eventually, we decided that we wanted to be a part of it.” Walk through its doors and into the bright, airy restaurant, all surrounded by floor-to-ceiling-glass windows, and you’ll start to get a sense of just why the partners love it as much as they do. Filled with light tables, relaxed vibes, a large traditional, Italian wood-fired pizza oven, barrels of Sardinian wine on tap, and blue accents everywhere you turn —including delicate blue orchids, which form every centerpiece— Zona Blu is as enchanting as it is delicious. And speaking of delicious, with Andrea at the helm, the menu proves there’s nothing he can’t do. Start with the Soufflé al Pecorino, a delicate mix of Pecorino cheese and roasted Portobello mushrooms in a black truffle sauce, and then move on to the Spaghetti al Cartoccio, spaghetti and fresh seafood doused in tomato sauce and surrounded by a perfectly thin pillow of pizza dough. Wrap up your meal with the sweet Seadas con

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY RICARDO MEJIA

TOP: One of Zona Blu’s specialties is the Fregola Sarda ai Frutti di Mare, consisting of mixed seafood with Sardinian couscous. BELOW: The light, airy interior of the restaurant.

Miele Sardo, Sardinian puff pastry stuffed with lightly fried sweet cheese, then drizzled with Sardinian honey. Pair it all with a glass of wine, and you’ll understand just why Andrea and Zona Blu are quickly becoming household names in the area. “There is a lot of good Italian cuisine here in Weston, but it’s different,” says David. “When you look at our menu, you’re going to see a lot of things you’re not familiar with. It’s not typical Italian food, but I think people here appreciate the fact that we’re unique, and when they taste our food, they realize how fresh it is. We’re also heavy on seafood, and there aren’t a lot of great seafood restaurants around here. So I think we’ve really tapped into a niche in Weston.”

But of course, at the core of all its success, Zona Blu is nothing more complicated than an authentic, passionate ode to the partners’ beloved island, paradisiacal Sardinia. “We love our island; we spent summers there growing up. It’s a gorgeous island, it has a very rich history, the food is amazing and the concept is beautiful,” says Bautista. “If you search for Sardinia, every picture you find will be of the most spectacular blue water you’ve ever seen in your life. We’re very proud of it—and we’re so glad we could bring a taste of Sardinia to our new home, Weston.” Zona Blu, 189 Weston Road Weston, 954-617-7999; www.zonabluweston.com.


dining around LEADING YOU INTO TEMPTATION OF THE GUSTATORY KIND

A TASTE OF NEW YAWK Rochester’s renowned Tony D’s is now open in Fort Lauderdale. So you can’t make it up to Rochester for a taste of Tony D’s meatballs? No problem. The famous New York Italian eatery has opened in Fort Lauderdale. Take note of the “$7 until 7” happy hour with seven menu items for $7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday-Friday, wines by the glass 50 percent off, wines by the bottle 25 percent off, and

Ice, Ice, Baby Just in time for the big warm-up, Tikiz Shaved Ice Comes to Broward.

Get ready to hang 10 with a new food truck in Broward County. Tikiz Shaved Ice & Ice Cream—a fast-growing mobile franchise specializing in Hawaiian shaved ice and ice cream—has partnered with entrepreneurs David Demarest and Jack DiSalvo to deliver an inviting and entertaining experience to Cooper City, Dania, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Plantation,

Fill ’er Up At the Filling Station & Garage Bar’s new location in Oakland Park.

Weston, Southwest Ranches and Sunrise. Fat-free and complete with a gumball at the bottom of each cup, the Hawaiian shaved ice can be enjoyed in any combination of 10 syrup flavors, including a sugar-free option. Ice cream rounds out the Tikiz’s menu with a wide range of ice cream bars and sandwiches. Find a Tikiz truck near you by logging onto www.tikiz.com.

Miami locals might miss The Filling Station & Garage Bar, but those who miss it enough can still enjoy the same supreme burgers—if they’re willing to drive to Oakland Park.  In addition to some fab specials and enticing themes, the spot also features happy hour Tuesday through Saturday, along with themed nights throughout the week, including Gay Night on Tuesdays with $3 off burgers and $4 craft beers all night, and Trivia Night on Wednesdays starting at 7:30, where groups can battle it out for a $50 gift card.

NEW YEAR, NEW OFFERINGS AT KURO AT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO Kuro—the critically acclaimed new-style Japanese restaurant that made its South Florida debut earlier this year—is upping the ante in 2016 with two new offerings: Saturday lunch service, with yummy noodle dish selections and rice donburi, and extended dinner hours, including on Monday nights when they were previously closed. Now you’ve got more chances to stop by—and thus no excuse not to have tried it. Kuro is located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at One Seminole Way, Hollywood. For more information, call 800-937-0010 or visit www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

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cocktails of the day $7. Nosh on housemade baby meatballs with marinara and Pecorino Romano and parmesan cheese or some delish Croquetta alla Manzo, crispy short rib potato, mushroom and cheese croquettas. And those are just a few of the choices you can savor. Tony D’s is located at 3300 NE 32nd St., Fort Lauderdale, 954-440-2151; www.tonyds.net.


MORE CLUB THAN GYM.

With magnificently appointed outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools that rival those of five star hotels and a philosophy that nurtures a feeling of community, isn’t it time you upgrade from gym to club? Learn more at midtown.com/weston


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The Anti-Utes: Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe

E-Class Estate By Steve Siler

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ercedes-Benz was one of the first luxury automobile brands to jump into the luxury SUV space back in 1998 with its M-Class mid-sizer, and during the last 18 years, the M-Class became one of the most versatile and capable luxury utes on the market. As nice as it has become today, especially after a recent mid-cycle styling refresh and a new “GLE-Class” name, its ubiquity has sent some in search of alternatives. Fortunately, they won’t have to go far, as Mercedes offers two such things that are decidedly less common, and in many ways, do SUV things just as well and just as luxuriously. 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Base price range: $60,825-$105,225 The E-Class “estate” (Euro-speak for wagon) is a quick, elegant and surprisingly charismatic car, one that manages to please traditional Benz buyers and style-minded contrarians alike in the essential fact that

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it is not an SUV. Now more than ever, choosing an E-Class estate over one of the many dozens of SUVs on the market is a statement in itself, one that says, in essence, I don’t need to butch up my image with a tough-looking off-roader that I’ll never take off road. So there. From a styling standpoint, Mercedes-Benz has done much to sex up the hauler in recent years, starting with a mid-cycle update back in 2014 that gave it a snazzy front clip and a tidier rear end. Still, it’s an eminently honest automobile, an unashamed station wagon—the E350 even offers two rear-facing jump seats for the kiddies!—and yet offers all the luxury you’d expect to find in an E-Class sedan. And interestingly, the cargo floor in the wagon is surprisingly long and wide; from an actual square-footage standpoint, wagons are hard to beat. And the low lift-over is a back-saver. Built in Sindelfingen, Germany, the E-Class Estate comes in two forms, both with 4Matic all-wheel drive, and neither of which


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The GLE-Class Coupe puts a sportiness into the SUV that’s anything but typical, with its sloping body and zippy twin-turbo V-6.

could be considered remotely underpowered. The base engine is a 302-hp V-6-powered E350 Estate that can hit 60 mph in a respectable 6.9 seconds, according to Mercedes. And then there’s the absolutely steroidal E63 AMG S-Model, with its astonishing twin-turbocharged V-8 with 577 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. This barrel-chested beast can out-accelerate all but the world’s fastest sports cars during stoplight wars — talk about the element of surprise! — with a naught-to-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds. Given how few customers take Mercedes-Benz up on this car, the E63 AMG wagon is rarer than some Ferraris, and hence, to see one in the wild is pretty special. That said, driving any E-Class Estate endows the driver with a sense that they’re in something special because it’s so rare and so, well, normal. So yeah, a bit of snob appeal comes standard. And blowing the roof off a Porsche Carrera when merging onto the freeway in the AMG model, well, that never gets old.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Coupe Base price range: $66,025–$110,225 So everything that we just said about the ever-dignified and sensible E-Class Estate…well, forget it. The new GLE-Class “coupes” are as crass and vulgar as automobiles can be whilst still being allowed to wear the proud Three-Pointed Star. And for that reason alone, we dig them. Essentially the mid-size GLE-Class SUV (née the MClass) with a sloping hatchback body, the GLE coupe is to the SUV model what the BMW X6 is to the X5: a big ute that’s more about style than sense, more about sport than space. Now, when it comes to SUVs, the word “sport” is relative. But the GLE coupe does a laudable job livening up the driving experience compared to the SUV. The entry model is the GLE450 AMG, with a zesty, twin-turbo V-6 in the that produces a healthy 362 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, more power than the base E350 wagon yet tasked with a bunch more mass to move, too. The steering is direct and commu-


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The E-Class Estate —a wagon not to be mistaken for an SUV— is long, lean and boasts all the elegance Benz buyers expect of an E-class sedan.

nicative—characteristics one doesn’t always find in luxury SUVs—and the standard AMGtuned air suspension helps keep any tippy body motions in check. Standard AMG sport seats also dial in some intensity to the driving experience yet are very comfortable for long stints. Those seats, combined with an AMG steering wheel and a fresher overall interior design, make the interior of the E350 wagon feel rather stodgy by comparison. As with the E-wagon, the GLE-Class coupe is also offered in full-tilt AMG trim. The GLE63 AMG S model is powered by a rip-snortin’ twin-turbo V-8, in this case producing 577 hp and 561 lb.-ft of torque. Heavier and taller than the E63 AMG wagon, it is not quite as quick and athletic (nor as deliciously ironic), but it’s still faster than anything so tall and heavy has any right to be. It has astonishing grip in

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corners and even better steering feel than the GLE450 AMG, though the penance comes in the form of an occasionally brittle ride. Brandishing as each does a full suite of AMG styling tweaks, both the GLE450 AMG and GLE63 AMG coupes gaze down the road with a predatory stare and make a big style statement everywhere they go. Indeed, whereas the E-Class wagon is discreet, no one misses the big GLE-Class coupes. Vision challenges from the high waistline and sloping roof pillars force the driver to rely on the car’s mirrors and blind-spot warning system to keep from steamrolling that occasional Miata that may be hiding back there, but overall, driving the big thing is eminently enjoyable and, in the right conditions on the right road, thrilling. And “thrilling” is certainly not a word we can use often when describing the typical SUV.

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out&about Craig Zinn, Warren Henry Zinn and Robert Zinn. Larry Zinn, Samantha Jacobson and Peter Quinones. Warren Henry Automotive Group/The Auto Firm 2016 F-Type Jaguar painted by graffiti artist Rene Turrek during Cars, Cause & Charity.

Cars, Cause & Charity’s Fundraiser to Benefit Toys for Tots

Cars, Cause & Charity hosted its fourth fundraiser at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to benefit Toys for Tots, gathering more than 1,000 toy donations and almost $1,500. One of the main attractions of the block party was a collection of South Florida’s most exotic cars. Chichi Lorente, Eileen Gomez and kids.

Warren Zinn with Toys for Tots Marines.

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Toys for Tots Marines with the Lamborghini Broward sponsor vehicle.

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Eris Sandler, Greg Milford, Donna Butler, Ivonne Paez, Gerry Litrento and Mary Harris.

Erica Bender, Ryan Ferderer, Hollis Lillard and Lauren Malecka.

Galleria Men of Style

Nearly 1,000 of Broward’s business and community leaders came out to The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s Men of Style Shopping Night, which recognized 12 of the county’s leading men, each representing a different charity. The highlight of the night, which included a wine reception and bites from a number of top restaurants, was the men’s runway show hosted by WSVN’s Diana Diaz. LEFT TO RIGHT, FRONT: Michael Wild, Brad Minto, Mike Sipe, Melissa Milroy, Diana Diaz, Steve Nudelberg, Gerry Litrento, Henry Pisano and Blair Adams. BACK: Stephen Pattison, Ryan Ferderer, Ryan LeBlanc, Tim Cronin, Michael Farver and Porsche models.

Anna Johnson, Rob Wild, Michael Wild and Marty Jacobson.

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Brian Russo, Paige Russo, Steve Nudelberg, Michelle Esposito, Cat Peredi and Barry Gottlieb.


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Jim Norton, Vaneza Chaple and Joaquin Rosado.

Heather Smith, Maureen Carr and Peggy Gregorovic. Daniel Stermer, Angie Paulson and Daniel Perez.

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The staff and visitors to the ribbon cutting, fronted by owners Ricardo Flasz and Veronica Cohen.

Aaron Silberman, Sofia Silberman, Yvonne Feldman and Bryan Feldman.

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Jennifer Sarad, Sandy Forte, Lisa Hand and Tim Wildrick.

Friends, fans and staff came out to celebrate the grand opening of Glamopolitan in the Weston Town Center, complete with ribbon-cutting, drinks and camaraderie. Owners Ricardo Flasz and Veronica Cohen remodeled, rebranded and renamed the former Helen Charles Salon London, modernizing it, adding services and turning it into a bona fide beauty “lounge” that offers services beyond hair cutting, color and styling, including makeup, massages, facials, spray tans, waxing and nails, among others.

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Andrew Reid This month, Wendi Sugarman Bieber hung at the studio with the multitalented artist, who has his hand in a variety of media including paintings, murals—including A Living History at the Old Davie Historical Museum for the recent Broward 100 VisualEYES project —sculpture, furnishings and currently, a graphic novel. If you could be commissioned to create a piece or series of art by anyone either living or not, who would it be? I would want to create a series of big murals for Miami Beach titled “Serious Lust Abandon” that would be an homage to the spirit of reinvention and madness that is my home. From the time I checked out your website and entered your studio, it was undeniable that you have a vast array of artistic ability and artistic execution. What is it that inspires you to be able to switch between all the mediums and executions? Creative interests drive me. Each project is so challenging, draining me in a way so that I am always looking for something new or different to get excited again.

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Do you agree with the philosophy of the following quote: “Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”? I guess I agree.  Mistakes or rather accidents are essential in the creative process, as in life. When we first met, I shared my love of Bryan Ferry and that I had seen some artwork of his album covers on your site. Your story of the history was an especially cool one. The studio I worked at in NYC heard Bryan Ferry was finishing up an album around the corner, so I raced over and showed some stuff to him. We ended up spending a couple of weeks mixing up words and images, resulting in a Grammy nomination for Bête Noire. I had just met Karen—my wife now—so off we went to LA; she thought I was pretty hot stuff back then.


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You have yet another area of passion and execution working in magnificent species of woods where you are being commissioned to create tables and statement furniture. These have such an organic yet intricate beauty that I found so interesting considering your other artwork which is magnetic in a non-organic sense. How are you able to transition from one end of the spectrum to the other? I’m a modernist at heart, whether it’s a biomorphic form or a mural. Also, it’s great to switch from one medium to another, plus 2D and 3D present their own challenges. The parallels for me are in the bold forms. Your native land is New Zealand. Killer accent for us Americans! From there you were off to the Big City (NYC) and then down here to Miami Beach. Does geographic space influence the execution of your art? NZ is the most powerful geographical influence on me, I always miss it. I am a sailor too so horizons always beckon. I do use land and cityscapes all the time to set the scene.  I saw a dichotomy of sorts between the guy I was speaking with—a real chill and fun conversational guy—and the work of an artist whose work has such a level of intricate detail and intensity. Would you agree with this observation? I can be a bit confusing, so it probably translates into the mix of my work.  If you could obtain and be the beholder of any piece of artwork out there of the most famous of artists, whose would it be? Why and where would you put it?

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Guernica would be nice to have on a wall; but no I don’t need originals, unless I could borrow the Pietá for a while. Tell me about your love, inspiration and passion for doing the public art installations you have done, in spite of the fact that the private sector is more lucrative financially. Public art breaks down the exclusivity of art. It doesn’t hang in a gallery or museum; it’s in the public’s face, where it breaks up boring daily routine. Street art kind of does that, but there’s nothing more rewarding than having your art embraced by the community it serves. Many people may not be aware of the Old Davie School & Museum. I was blown away by what you created and what is available for all of us to explore right here within Broward County. The ODS (Old Davie School) is a great example of true community spirit. Everyone in South Florida should check it out. A few people, some ancestors of the original Davie settlers work constantly to educate and engage us. The best way to see it is on the back of a school or group tour. Go online call them. The mural I made, A Living History, is a result of great community input, which is true public art. If you could spend some quality time with a past or present artist, who would it be and how do you picture spending that time with him? I think alcohol would have to be included. So probably sitting in the Cedar Tavern with the ‘50s abstract expressionists would be good. They could all draw really well, so we would just use napkins, with a pen borrowed from Joe the bartender, a Dewars and a beer chaser.

If your chosen artist were to be commissioned to go inside your head at this precise moment, what is the visual you would hope they would create and entitle? There’s a Henry Miller line that sums up the visual and title: “No miracle, no relief, only ideas fattened by destruction spew out like bile, guts of the carcass ripped open.” It’s gross, I know. You are currently in a process of a graphic novel. Please share the creative process and physical rigors of such a project. This is very challenging to me. Jeffrey Crespo, aka Jex, wrote the story—a punk apocalyptic tale where kids save the day. I grew up devouring the great French graphic novels, like Metal Hurlant, and masters like Moebius, Druillet and Wrightson. Also, I’ve drawn a million storyboards in my time. I’ve only illustrated the first seven pages; I will need a solid chunk of time to complete. It’s physically challenging. Sitting all day destroys your health. Jex is very patient. There is a phrase that stands out to me that I feel like I would use as your tagline—“Visualizing people’s thoughts.” What about visualizing your own thoughts? Visualizing people’s thoughts is what I’ve done for a living. Visualizing my own thoughts is very complicated; digging through my vast array of visuals and putting them together like word assemblages. It’s very challenging, but ultimately the most rewarding. I’m not there yet! If there is any area that you would want featured about yourself that I have not ventured into, please share.... I’m kind of a late bloomer.   


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