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The Heart of the Olive The Greater Pompano Beach Chamber held a ribbon cutting on Jan. 16 at new business, The Heart of the Olive, a gourmet Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar tasting room in Pompano Beach. The store also sells other gourmet food items, custom designed furniture, children’s books and more! Visit for upcoming events such as cooking classes, fundraisers, tastings and more.

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Lighthouse Point Library Semi-Annual Book Sale Set for March 14 - 16, 2013 The Lighthouse Point Library will hold its semi-annual book sale March 14-16, 2013 from 9 am to 4 pm daily at Dixon Ahl Hall (located across the street from the library at 2220 NE 38th Street). Gently used books, DVDs, VHS tapes, and CDs will be available for purchase. Prices range from 25 cents for paperback books to $10 for hardcover books and $1 to $3 for DVDs and CDs. On Saturday, March 16th from 1 pm to 4 pm, $1 will get you as many books as you can fit in a plastic bag (we provide). All proceeds benefit the library. Donations of books, DVDs and CDs for the sale may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours.

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From left: Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce president Ric Green joins Kevin Roth, owner of The Heart of the Olive, Jack Roth, Kevin’s dad, Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher and Marianne Miccoli, Membership Services at Pompano Chamber. Article and Photo by Andrea Freygang

March 21, 2013 Doors open 11:30 AM St. Paul’s Education Hall, 2700 NE 36 Street (Sample Road), Lighthouse Point Program: “Count Down to the Flower Show”…lights, camera… ACTION! by Flower Show Chairmen. All meetings are open and free to the public. For complete listing of events, visit:

Surfers for Autism Event The sixth annual Deerfield Beach festival kicks off Friday, April 5 with a concert featuring the best local bands and continues through Sunday, April 6 with the pro-am Stand Up Paddle Race. “To say that we are all humbled by what we have accomplished and the impact we have made for thousands of families would be a massive understatement. We are eternally grateful for each volunteer, food vendor, municipality and sponsor that enables us to do the life changing work that we do,” said SFA President Don Ryan. The SFA tents will be set up all weekend, but the surf event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 6 four blocks south of the Deerfield Beach Pier. Broward County Sheriff Fire Rescue is also providing a fire truck for the children to paint, which always makes for great photos. For more information, visit The links below offer a brief snapshot of how events unfold and what they mean to participating families. Rachel Miller was amazed by the impact the event had on her 16-year-old son, John, and she credits the organization for changing

both of their worldviews. “John is now 16 and has classic autism; he is non-verbal and has intense struggles in his cognitive development. He is unable to identify simple objects or answer yes or no questions, and had never been in the ocean above his knees until he caught his first wave when he was 13 years old. Since that day, we have witnessed changes we never expected and found solace and solutions which could never be found by any doctor, therapy or medicine,” she said. Surfers for Autism was born in the sands of Deerfield Beach in December of 2007 when a handful of local surfers with hearts as big as their ambition decided to take a handful of special athletes surfing when a few dozen volunteers took a dozen children and young adults with autism and related special abilities surfing, and the rest is history. To date, SFA has introduced close to 10,000 special athletes and their families to the ocean’s healing powers on multiple continents. As staggering as that figure may be, it pales in comparison to the tens of thousands of volunteers required to provide this transformative day. While surfing with special athletes is certainly the centerpiece, events have morphed into massive beach parties replete with concerts, catered cuisine, fire truck painting, gaming tents and much more. Contact: SFA Communication Director Dave Rossman,, 561-315-0407

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24 Guns Controversy 46 Fort Jefferson

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Today’s Russia — Our Cover Story Feast your eyes on the magnificent photo emblazoned on our March cover. Here you see the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, near St. Petersburg, Russia, so very striking that no description could give it justice. Our local on-the-go travel mavens, Bill and Judy Sullivan have once again brought us a wonderful story, comparing the Russia of 1986 (their previous trip) with today’s Russia; a sharp contrast, indeed. For quite a few years now, the Sullivan’s have given us exciting accounts of their travels around the world. We hope you enjoy this one, as well (see page 10).

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Remembering years back when we had to virtually scrounge for local stories and news events, our stories, photos and ad content was, let’s say, not quite on the par it is today. Now, with a staff that is second to none, when we get a call to cover a local story or event, we consider that the highest form of flattery. A mix of five local articles and one travelogue in our January issue, and five articles in our February issue make reading the Lighthouse Point Magazine the source for family and community news. Each month, Rosemary Wilson at the library tells me how much in demand our publication is. What more could anyone ask for?

Guns And Our Community Police Chief Ross Licata was gracious to give us an exclusive interview concerning the gun dilemma that affects us all (See page 23). At this time, when chances become greater each day that you or someone you know may be involved in a violent act regarding a gun, we thank Chief Licata for his time and interest, and successfully protecting our city. To the chief and the entire department, our deepest appreciation for a job well done!

The “Taste” Just Gets Tastier Each Year! Twenty-four of our favorite local chefs lined up for photographer Debra Todd on the dock at Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club for the official 9th Annual Taste of Lighthouse Point photo (see page 14). Again, the event was well attended and the food superb! Kudos to all members of the Lighthouse Point Chamber who worked so hard to make it a memorable night!

Oooops… In our February issue we mistakenly stated that Three Dog Night appeared at the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach in January. Three Dog Night actually appeared at the Coconut Creek Casino. We apologize for the error.

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Judy and Bill Sullivan share their experience of traveling through Russia. The story begins on page 10.

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TODAY’S RUSSIA Postcards from the Volga Boatmen By Judy and Bill Sullivan

Part One

“The world is a book and

those who don’t travel read only a page.”

— St. Augustine


or those of us of “a certain age” who went to school in the midfifties, there are memories of the drills: crouching under the desk with arms clasped tightly over our heads meant to protect us from nuclear blasts. Russia during this time was portrayed as a Godless, communist bully intent upon the destruction of the United States. In 1986, I made a trip to the then recently opened Soviet Union. Tourists were welcomed only under the most stringent of provisions, and were allowed to visit only certain cities: St. Petersburg, Yalta, Kiev and Moscow. On this latest trip, I was accompanied by usual travel companions: husband Bill, sister Deb and her husband Bruce. It was a truly eye-opening experience to see the changes of 25 years! Our trip by small river ship with about 160 passengers covered two contrasting cities: St. Petersburg, a city of art, architecture and love of life's pleasures and Moscow, a city revealing Russia’s turbulent past. They were joined by gentle cruising through 1,200 miles,17 canal locks, two lakes and reservoirs and three rivers with visits to both small restored villages and the quaint Golden Ring cities of Yaroslavl and Uglich. We drifted past miles of rural forested land covered with the fall yellows of Aspen and Birch. Some steeples and towers of cities flooded to create the reservoirs were visible rising above the water-line. Aboard ship, passengers were presented with daily lectures beginning in the very early days, through the “revolution” and up to


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Travel companions, Dr. Bruce Hoskins, his wife Deb with Bill and Judy Sullivan. current times. All guides were extremely candid, knowledgeable and thorough. There was no fear in presenting their own ideas about the transition from the Soviet Union to independence. All our questions were answered without hesitation. We were taken from Genghis Khan thru Mikhail Romanov, Lenin, Stalin, Khrushchev, Yeltsin and Gorbachev when the Soviet Union (USSR) was dissolved, and the flag bearing the hammer and sickle was replaced with the present day tri-color red, white and blue. They expressed their views on Putin, Medvedev and the future of their country with an obvious sense of pride. We began in St. Petersburg, arriving on what our guide called a “sunny day.”  We were confused as the skies were gray and about 45 degrees, and an occasional very fine mist. It seems they experience only about 57 days without precipitation, so if it is not actively raining, it is a sunny day! The rain and cold followed us throughout our 12-day river cruise with few exceptions. We were blessed with a few days when we did want to experience the outside gardens and fountains and received some glorious sunshine…real sunshine! A forward thinker, Peter the Great immortalized the city where he began his building at the mouth of the Neva River. This Baltic Beauty, St. Petersburg, remains the “Venice of the North” and “Window to Europe.” Catherine the Great further made this city of bridges a center of indulgence, Italian art and architecture. Moving the capital from Moscow to St. Petersburg was a difficult maneuver by Peter. It was essentially swampland, so the famous canals were dug to drain the water. Because of the swampy environment, few were anxious to resettle here, so the idea of the

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dachas was formed. To encourage people to come, small plots of land were given as incentive. On these were built small summer/weekend places with enough land for kitchen gardens. Although they were never intended for year-round use, some have been “winterized” and upgraded as full time residences in order to escape the big cities. Many have managed to gain a second plot, so that the homes could be enlarged and some even rival our large homes. They are visible throughout the country.    Few in St. Petersburg have forgotten the terrible Siege of Leningrad by the Germans during the war. In an effort to gain the land, the Germans surrounded the entire city hoping to starve them into submission. St. Petersburg was never surrendered, even though for over 900 days nothing went into or out of Leningrad. More people died of hunger, exposure and disease than from artillery fire. They were reduced to eating the cats and dogs! Interestingly, following that siege, the city of Yaroslavl sent truckloads of cats to Leningrad to “replenish” their supply and to control the rodent population. To this day cats are special and the tri-colored cat, seen everywhere, is considered lucky.

The beautiful palaces and museums, have virtually all been restored. To say that their tumultuous past has rendered this necessary would be an understatement! Originally built almost entirely of wood, much was destroyed by fire. The Tartars sacked, looted and destroyed many of the old structures, follow by Stalin, Bolshevik uprisings, unstable tyrants, religious fervor, two world wars and incredible economic depression/recession. To their credit, what they have restored has been done with loving and talented hands and as true to the original as is humanly possible.           Our first visit was to the famed hermitage. The Hermitage is actually five buildings set side by side along the Neva River. It is several museums in one. The Winter Palace was originally the residence of the first Czars, and the museum, founded by Catherine the Great to house her 225 paintings, purchased from Berlin. Since then there have been three million works of art displayed there. Our visit included the palace, the “small hermitage” and The State Museum or Grand Hermitage. Ravaged by a fire in 1837, nearly all the rooms were burned out. It is said that to see it all with 1 minute per display would take 11 years. We spent four hours visiting palace rooms and the magnificent French Impressionist, Old Masters, and Modern art exhibits.          Traveling by bus to the suburb of Pushkin, we passed row upon row of small, shacklike structures on the outskirts of the town we assumed were the equivalent of slums. It was explained that these are actually garages. Given the dense population of the cities and the limited parking, those who have cars were forced to park them off-site. They not only house the cars, but provide some storage for fruits and vegetables put-up for winter use. The men visit the garages to allegedly work on the cars, but they have become the “man caves” of Russia with their use mainly as an escape to drink vodka, eat pickles (one never drinks Vodka without pickles!) and play cards. In Russia, drinking is a pastime not only for celebration, but for everyday life.  The park and residences of both Peterhof and the Catherine Palace in Pushkin demonstrate the opulence and extravagance of the Imperial rulers. Their excesses far exceed that of Versailles! The Catherine Palace is a Rococo masterpiece, and by the end of the 18th century was a popular summer residence of nobility. The palace was a gift from Peter the Great to his wife Catherine. It is painted the blue so

The Hermitage. The Hermitage interior, notice the stoves at the doorway.

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9th Annual

Taste of

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Article By Andrea Freygang


nyone who attended the 2013 Taste of Lighthouse Point agreed that it was a smashing success. The annual fundraiser for the Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce saw close to 400 people relaxing to tunes by Dunne Right Productions and sample fare from 22 local restaurants including: Bobby Rubino’s, Bonefish Mac’s, Brusco’s, Café Maxx, Cap’s Place, Costco, da Campo Osteria, Duffy’s Sports Bar & Grill, Edible Arrangements, GFS Marketplace, J. Mark’s Restaurant, Lighthouse Point Yacht Club, Lito’s Turf & Surf, The Nauti Dawg Marina Café, Oceans 234, Olympia Flame Diner, Publix at Venetian Isles, Red Fox Diner, The Heart of the Olive, El Tamarindo and Sicilian Oven. Leo and Mary Bentz Gary Smith and Barbara Kelly

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Local chefs gather to showcase their talents for the 9th Annual Taste of Lighthouse Point.

Becky and Terry Lysengen

Betsy and Earl Maucker with Gail and Fred Bamman

Gregory Sillato and Mitch Reiss of Sicilian Oven Tammy Green and Don Sloss Ann Johnston, Diane Jurcik, Mayra Martinez Robinson and Mary Griffin

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KEEPER DAYS Article by Jane McLaughlin

The 13th Annual Lighthouse Point Keeper Days Weekend kicked off Friday night, February 8th , with a very special Recognition Dinner at the Lighthouse Point Yacht Club. As befitting this year’s theme, “Hometown Heroes,” the 2013 “Keeper” Honorees were three very deserving and popular public servants who dedicated their lives to the people of their community. After the Invocation given by the Rev. Msgr William Dever of St. Paul the Apostle

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Church and a few words from Guest Speaker and Lighthouse Point resident, Judge John J. Hurley, former Mayor Bill Sullivan introduced each of these special men and their families as Mayor Fred Schorr presented them with the official Keeper of Lighthouse Point Proclamation plaque. Honored this year was Cmdr. Chuck Marchitello of the Lighthouse Point Police Department who relocated from New York, began his career with the City in the 1970s and faithfully served his community for 37 years before he retired in 2012.

Joanne Elliot, Mary Beth Elliot Williams and John Elliot accepting the posthumous award for Firefighter Bill Elliot.

Award winner Cmdr. Chuck Marchitello with his wife Connie and family.

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Former Mayor Bill Sullivan.

Danny Horkheimer and Jill Horkheimer Thompson accepting the posthumous award for their father Lighthouse Point firefighter, Lieutenant Kevin Horkheimer.

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Honored posthumously was Firefighter Bill Elliot, a Lighthouse Point resident who served with the LHP Fire Department and then joined the Pompano Beach Fire Department where he served for 23 years. He tragically lost his life in a training accident in January 2012. His award was accepted by his mother Joanne Elliot, brother John Elliot, and sister Mary Beth Elliot Williams. Also honored posthumously was Lighthouse Point firefighter, Lieutenant Kevin Horkheimer, who lost his battle to cancer in October 2012. Not only did he serve his community for 37 years with the LHPFD, he also volunteered and coached with the Recreation Department during that time. Accepting his award were his two children, Danny Horkheimer and Jill Horkheimer Thompson. All three of this year’s “Keepers” were showered with accolades and memories from the 250 family members and friends who were on hand that evening to honor them as the weekend of “Hometown Heroes” activities began.

Family and friends of posthumous award winner Firefighter Bill Elliot.

Award winner Cmdr. Chuck Marchitello with his family and friends.

Guest Speaker, Judge John J. Hurley with his wife and daughter.

Family and friends of posthumous award winner Lighthouse Point Firefighter Lieutenant Kevin Horkheimer.

Chief Ross Licata and his wife Peggy.

Keeper Days Dinner Committee: Dineen Grasso, Jane McLaughlin, Julie Mahfood and Becky Lysengen.

John Trudel and Jane McLaughlin

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GUNS The Threat Looms Large As Communities Try to Cope

Exclusive interview with Lighthouse Point Police Chief Ross Licata, by Lighthouse Point Magazine staff writer Amanda Coyne Q: Do you believe that citizens in America should have the right to bear arms?

Licata: Yes I do. Q: Why do you believe this? Licata: The 2nd amendment to our constitution gives us that right. That being said, gun ownership should be handled in a legal and responsible way.

Q: Do you think anyone should be allowed to own assault rifles? Licata: No I don’t. I’m opposed to felons, individuals with a violent criminal record, and those who have a mental illness/disability from owning these types of weapons. By the same token, there are many law abiding Americans citizens who own, collect and possess these types of weapons and do so in a very responsible way.

Licata: Not under those conditions. I think it should be a requirement for anyone who wishes to purchase a firearm to first go through a sanctioned background check. Q: On December 14th, 26 innocent people were shot and killed in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School by an armed intruder. In your opinion, should there be more protection in American schools against armed intruders? Licata: Yes, I believe there should be. With the growing number of violent attacks and events that are taking place in schools across America, we need to take a closer, more balanced approach to securing and target hardening our schools, coupled with law enforcement/security presence.

Q: Do you think teachers should

Q: At gun shows in the United States,

have guns?

firearms can be bought by and sold to private citizens without first conducting a background check, and with no regard to the fact that not everyone at these shows possess a Federal Firearms License. In your opinion, should these exchanges be allowed at these events?

Licata: I have some concerns about arming teachers with guns in schools. There are many far-reaching implications that have to be taken into consideration like training, storage and security of weapons on campus, potential accidents etc.

Q: The CEO of the NRA Wayne LaPierre believes that the solution for protecting our children is to “put armed police officers in every school.” Do you agree?


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Licata: In a perfect world, it would be great to have a police officer in every school, and it would likely give parents a greater sense of security for their children. However, the costs of doing so could prove to be staggering. In Broward County alone, the costs to put an officer in schools that are not currently patrolled could exceed 5 million dollars. That being said, the federal government is now talking about subsidizing such programs to enhance security in schools. Q: Could metal detectors be one answer?

Licata: As I said before, there needs to be a balanced approach to better securing our schools. The use of metal detectors is just one of many options. Keep in mind you would need to have proper security officials monitoring these types of security measures. Q: Do you agree with the statement made by Wayne LaPierre that “The Only Thing That Stops a Bad Guy With a Gun Is a Good Guy With a Gun”? Licata: I think everyone would agree that having an armed guard or police officer in schools would serve as a deterrent to violent acts. But other building security measures need to be considered as well.

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Q: Do you think people with a

Licata: Florida State Statute

mental history should be allowed to own firearms? Licata: No, I don’t. But the real challenge would be to determine a suitable way of establishing a method for keeping those with a mental condition from accessing weapons. While some may view it as a serious right to privacy issue, I think there needs to be a way to verify mental history and disorders in gun background checks.

941.38 provides a definition on persons who are mentally ill or incompetent. Aside from that, when a gun owner is considering allowing another person to handle their firearm, good common sense and sound judgment should always apply.

Q: Do you think there should be a national database of people having serious mental issues? Licata: Yes. As I mentioned earlier, it will likely be looked upon by many as an invasion of privacy, but there’s going to have to be some give and take to provide the protection that we all need and expect.

Q: Should high-capacity magazines be sold to just anyone over the counter? Licata: No. Personally, I’m opposed to people purchasing high capacity magazines. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has also taken a position that high capacity magazines exceeding ten rounds should be banned except for military or police use.

Q: How long should the waiting period be for those who are looking to acquire a firearm at gun shows or gun stores? Licata: Long enough to do an adequate background check. Currently the waiting period is three days. However, I would not be opposed to expanding the waiting period to five days.

Q: Florida Statute 790.17 says that furnishing weapons to minors under 18 years of age or persons of unsound mind and furnishing firearms to minors under 18 years of age prohibited. Who or what determines if a person is of unsound mind?

Q: Do you agree with the age restriction of 18 or older to purchase a firearm? Licata: Yes. That being said, I believe that any juvenile that has committed a criminal act that would prohibit them from gun ownership as an adult, should be prohibited from obtaining a firearm when they become of age. Additionally, if a juvenile felon is successful in having their juvenile records expunged, the decision to expunge should not override the prohibition of gun ownership.

Q: Should gun training be required for anyone planning to purchase a gun? Licata: Yes. I’ve seen too many accidents where people who are unfamiliar with firearms accidentally discharge and hurt themselves or others. There most certainly should be a requirement for comprehensive training before one is allowed to own a firearm. In addition, I believe special training should also be provided on how to safely store and keep weapons away from children.

addition, I believe every firearm sale should be properly documented and recorded in a nationwide database.

Q: is a website that is essentially eBay for anything gun related. Do you think websites like this should be legal? Licata: I’m not opposed to people buying guns over the Internet, as long as the sale is handled through a licensed federal firearms dealer, properly documented, with gun owner verification, and include the appropriate background check prior to gun transfer.

Q: Do police organizations lobby against ownership of automatic weapons by the general public? Licata: I have seen varying positions on this subject. While some professional law enforcement organizations and officials have taken a position that automatic weapons should be banned, others have argued for free and unrestricted ownership of these and other types of firearms/weapons.

Q: Are there laws that say if you're a gun owner you should have the firearm secured? Licata: As a gun owner, you have the responsibility for properly securing your weapon. Failing to do so, where a child becomes injured, will likely result in serious sanctions including criminal violations and civil liability.

Q: President Obama has said that there will be a “concrete set of proposals, no later than January,” which he just announced recently, relating to gun laws. What do you hope he includes in these proposals? Licata: I think special precautions need to be taken to close the loopholes that allows for the private purchase of firearms without having to first go through a sanctioned background check. In

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Stray Thoughts: Emptying the Think Tank By Alan Williamson


I’ve had a lot of things on my mind lately, so here goes… IDEA: A cop show entitled "Fine and Dandy" that follows the exploits of officers John Fine and Darius Dandy as they work the streets of a South Florida city named Evergrass Groves. Episode One: John and Darius raid a pill mill posing as a chiropractic clinic posing as a consignment shop. The sign said, “long-haired freaky people need not apply.” This is really weird because the day before it said, “u-turn not permitted.” If you’re ever with a group of people having their photo taken and you’re tempted to make that thumbs-up gesture, don’t. It always looks annoyingly stupid. I recently considered pursuing a career as an organic farmer to have a more eco-friendly influence on the environment. Unfortunately, it ended abruptly when I got motion sickness during the crop rotations. As I get older, I sometimes see my father when I look in the mirror. I was startled once to see my mother in the mirror, but that’s because she came up behind me suddenly to ask if we had any Tylenol. Air Travel Anti-Terrorism Enhancement: Currently, before a plane takes off, flight attendants instruct all passengers in the use of emergency equipment and check to see that seatbelts are fastened and seats are in the upright positions. Let’s also have them make the following announcement: “Before we take off, we ask that all passengers please check fellow passengers in your immediate area for any screwballs, weirdos, wackos, misfits, haunted drifters or fidgety religious fanatics.” Like the song says, “If there’s a rock and roll heaven, you know they have a hell of a band.” Plus, progressive policies are in place on recreational drug use. Best Game Show Host of All Time: Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek. He’s a sharp dresser, he keeps a fast-paced show running smoothly, and when someone misses an easy question he never says, “Clutch answer, dumbass” like a friend or family member would. While staying at my wife’s parent’s house, I was sure I had lost my wallet (a 20 minute search came up empty). What a terrible, sickening feeling. I had resigned myself to spending hours on the phone canceling credit cards, etc., when my mother-in-law remembered grabbing some papers off a bureau and stuffing them in a drawer. It turns

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out my wallet was under the papers and accidentally got stuffed in the drawer with them. So, all’s well that ends well…except for my mother-in-law who is sitting in a Sterling Heights, Michigan jail charged with criminal mischief and unlawful concealment of an out-of-state wallet. • IDEA: I want to create a television series called Previously so that every week during the recap of last week’s episode the voiceover can say “Previously on Previously.” FACT: Approximately two-thirds of all Americans are overweight. The other third are wondering where all the snacks went. • No one says, “Good Grief” or “Great Caesar’s Ghost” anymore, but plenty of people still say “Holy Cow.” Pretty amazing when you consider “Good Grief” and “Great Caesar’s Ghost” had some snappy alliteration going for them and “Holy Cow” conjures up images of a slow-witted farm animal. Let’s all make the jump to “Holy Crap” and call it a day, for Pete’s Sake. • At what point in time did Barry Manilow become an elderly Jewish woman with a beauty salon hairdo and a nails-on-the-blackboard singing voice? • Elvis is alive and I’ve got the concert tickets to prove it! I bought them from some guy at the flea market. Sucky part is I have to fly to Guadalajara, Mexico to catch the comeback show. • The international graphical symbols for “Men” and “Women” on restroom doors are way too subtle for my attention span. Can we at least give the man a baseball cap and the woman some curves so I don’t have to stop and decipher which figure represents the room I’m preapproved to take a wiz in after downing the 2 for 1 happy hour house wine at Chili’s? • Mail Management Experiment: When I get junk mail I immediately rip it up and throw it in the trash, achieving a 58% decrease in my weekly mail backlog. Using the same strategy with bills has resulted in an additional 37% decrease in weekly mail and a 100% decrease in electricity and insurance coverage. • CONFESSION: Sometimes I just want to rhyme. Is that such a horrible crime? Thank you, you’ve been great! Drive safely! Good night everybody! ◆

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The Garden Lady Says… God’s Gift By Donna Torrey

Easter and Passover represent the most profound time of the year in garden life; the resurrection principle is so readily visible, for after the “death” of winter, there is the “rebirth” of spring. Here, in South Florida, it’s not quite as obvious, but if you look around you’ll see it in the trees as they drop some old leaves and sprout new tiny bright green ones; Cypress trees are a good example. You’ll see it as the increased humidity causes everything to leap into a new growth cycle. You’ll see it as the birds, and other creatures become more active as courtship begins. The seasons are a beautiful reminder that God is the great recycler. He loves to take what appears dead and give it a new purpose. As I walk in my garden, I am in awe of all the checks and balances he has designed into the system of nature. Everything has a purpose. The fallen leaves become mulch which earthworms and beneficial soil bacteria

breakdown into fertile earth, into which the seeds fall, sprout and grow, to begin the cycle again. This great gift of the earth is all we need and all we have. The Old Testament character, Job, said: “Speak to the earth, and it will teach you.” Have you had a conversation with your earth lately? Have you listened? It’s telling you to treat it with kindness and understanding. It’s telling you that what you do to it will inevitably come back to bless or haunt you. If you still use toxic products in your garden that pollute your precious water, and poison your environment, it’s time to reconsider. If you haven’t yet taken the time to think about your natural resources, do it; for as the hero of the season says: “A man reaps what he sows.” And so it is. ◆ Garden gate Nursery is located in the Pompano Citi Centre. Donna can be reached at 954-783-GATE, or at

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TODAY’S Postcards fromRUSSIA the Volga Boatmen Continued from page 11

The winter palace.

favored by Catherine, and filled with gilt stuccos and Delft tile stoves. When the Germans retreated after the siege of Leningrad, they destroyed the palace leaving only a shell.      When we arrived, we were greeted by a uniformed band playing McNamara’s Band, alongside the park to the entrance to the palace. Security is high at all of the sites and this was no exception. Coats and large bags are checked. There is also a fee for taking photographs within the palaces. Costing 100 Rubles (about $3.00), there were “photo police” who watched for the tags attached to your cameras. Cloth booties are worn over your shoes to protect the floors.

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Rostral Columns.

Peterhof Grand Palace (Petrodvorets) is a Baroque fairyland of gilt, marble and fountains. It was most popular with Peter’s granddaughter, Empress Elizabeth, who ordered the expansion of the Grand Palace and greatly extended the park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular Grand Cascade. The fountains differ from other European fountains in that they are run completely by gravity and no pumps are used. The Great Cascade at the rear features three waterfall staircases with gilded statues of gods and goddesses, myths and legends, and leads to the arrow straight Sea Canal and the Gulf of Finland. Unfortunately, Peter died before the completion, but the décor of each room bears witness to all the pompous ceremonies and life of his court. A city tour by bus covered the highlights of St. Petersburg. The architectural style seen on early TV has disappeared. The stark, gray boxes designed for practicality rather than esthetics or style have been replaced with modern skyscrapers, and what could not be replaced has been redecorated with window trim and illumination, adding depth to the otherwise flat facades. The interesting Rostral Columns showing the prows of ships were built as lighthouses. hey contain lamps lit on festive days. In St. Isaac’s Square in the city’s center there is a beautiful statue to Nicholas I, as well as the neoclassic St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the forth cathedral on the site. The largest and best-known street is Nevsky Prospekt, laid out for Peter the great. It was intended to be a perfectly straight line from the Neva River to the city center, but starting at A statue to Nicholas I in St. Isaac’s Square. opposite ends

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resulted in what we all envision, not quite meeting in the middle. There is now a slight bend in the road at the center point. It remains the hub of the city’s nightlife and entertainment. Here tourists can find the usual souvenirs such as the matrioshka dolls (nesting dolls), lacquered boxes, articles of birch bark, and fine china, as well as high end goods. The matrioshka The neo-classic St. Isaac’s Cathedral. dolls have emerged in such fanciful ways as nesting Pop stars, political figures, storybook characters, and even college football teams.

The cathedral of the Resurrection (Our savior of the Spilled Blood). Russia is full of churches and cathedrals, as virtually each major event was commemorated, by the building of a church. The cathedral of the Resurrection (Our savior of the Spilled Blood) is a colorful, multi-domed church, built on the site of the murder of Alexander III. It is gloriously embellished with decorative windows, semi precious stones, tiles and ornamental bands. Resurrection was designated, not as a parish church, but one used for delivery of sermons and services

dedicated to the memorial of the murder. The Peter and Paul Fortress was designed to defend the mouth of the Neva River. Peter the Great designed much of the original earthen ramparts and later laid the first stone for Peter and Paul Fortress. the granite walls, as well as beginning (what else?) the stone cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. The tall slender spire is visible from almost everywhere in the city. Soon, the entire fortress took the cathedral’s name. Interestingly, it was used as a political prison until 1917 with such “guests” as Dostoevsky, Gorky, Trotsky and Lenin. Yusupov Palace sits on the Moika River and is more mansion than palace. Classical in style, it was originally built by a wealthy princess of the Yusupov family, a family considered to be richer than the Romanovs. The family still owns the property and visits occasionally. It is best remembered as the place of the conspiracy against mystic Gregory Rasputin. Rasputin exerted great influence over Empress Alexandra, and was considered a threat to the governing powers. Originally, it was thought that Rasputin was murdered by Felix Yusupov. The story goes that he was poisoned by cakes laced with Cyanide fed to him by Felix, shot five times and clubbed, yet survived long enough to be drowned in the river. The murder scene is reproduced with manikins in the basement. Controversy surrounded the murder for many years until it was proven in 2004 that he was actually murdered by an agent of the British Secret Service. Maybe the first 007?    Among the most interesting of the visits in St. Petersburg are the Kommunalka or communal flats. Following the revolution, apartments of the very rich were converted into one-room dwellings for families. Each family lives in one room which serves as bedroom, dining room and living room. A An example of Kommunalka communal bathroom, kitchen, or communal flats. hallway and telephone are Continues on page 32 | Lighthouse Point Magazine


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TODAY’S Postcards fromRUSSIA the Volga Boatmen Continued from page 11 shared by all, and as many as seven families can live in these flats. While they share a single kitchen, each has their own stove and own soap in the communal bathroom. They exist today in some of the most fashionable sections of large Russian cities. Since the ownership of private property was restored in the early 1900s, mandatory communal living has vanished, although there are some, especially the young, who find it financially beneficial. Our ship left St. Petersburg by way of the Neva River, passing soon into the Svir River and then into Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, and finally docking at the village of Mandrogy. The village featured cobbled streets and unique

architecture with homes covered in “gingerbread” and painted brilliant colors. There was a Vodka Museum and shops full of traditional Russian crafts. Leaving Mandrogy, we made a slight detour from the Svir River into Lake Onega to Kishi Island. During this voyage, we were able to view some of the towers and spires of flooded villages. Kishi Island contains some of the most beautiful of the old traditional wooden buildings, gathered together as an open-air museum, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 32

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three-tiered Church of the Transfiguration has 22 domes and is covered with Aspen shingles. It is the only wooden church actually built during the reign of Peter the Great that still survives. According to legend, the architect finished the building and threw his axe into the lake, so that “there will never be another church like this.” The tiny Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus brought from Kareilia is the oldest remaining wooden church in Russia. A small cemetery gives a close look of the Russian cross. This cross has an additional slanted bar at the bottom. It is said that the upper faces heaven and the lower part faces hell, and is symbolic of the two thieves crucified with Jesus, one who accepted him and the other who did not. The windmill here was built on a revolving base, so that it could always be moved to face the wind. It is jokingly said that it would take three Russian woman and one horse or ten Russian men to turn it. Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus.

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A Step Back In Time Article and photos by Jan Davey


A visit to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas was like visiting the eighth wonder of the world. As the photos show, it was one of the highlights in my life, since becoming an American Citizen. The sheer enormity of it, being constructed in the middle of nowhere, in the days when mechanical tools were non-existent in itself was a feat.

The Dry Tortugas lies 70 miles from Key West and is halfway between the USA and Cuba.

It is a monument to our ancestors who made this country great. I recommend that the next time you visit Key West, you schedule a visit. In the meantime, all of the detail and history are available on Wikipedia.

Fort Jefferson is visible in the back ground, constructed on one of seven tiny coral islands making up the Dry Tortugas.

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Because of its remote location, Fort Jefferson can only be reached by sea plane or ferry boat departing from Key West. The low flying seaplane is a wonderful adventure as the view from above over the turquoise water, reefs and sea life on the way is spectacular. Not to talk about landing and taking off on water. Above, Erica Davey steps away from the seaplane that brought them to Dry Tortugas.

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A moat viewed through a cannon opening.

Fort Jefferson was built over a 30-year period, starting in 1846 and was never fully completed, even though it was extensively used during the Civil War as a Federal prison camp. President Roosevelt proclaimed it a national monument in 1935, and only in 1992 was it declared a national park.

The designated anchorage for private boats visiting the Fort. Due to the sensitive breeding grounds of birds and turtles, most of the other smaller islands are out of bounds to the general public. Snorkeling around the fort in pristine waters is a must on your visit.

I find it sad that so little is made of the history of this, the largest of our coastal forts. It took some 16 million bricks to construct. When strolling through the old walls, it just boggles the mind that those bricks, men and other supplies and building materials were brought there by wooden sailing ships. "Those were the days when men were made of steel and ships from wood." Â

A picture of a confiscated home made "Cuban escape craft." Â I named this little boat "When hope becomes the enemy." It was clearly built by amateurs that only had a desire for freedom, so intense that they must have boarded it one night, hoping to reach the "Land of the free." Coming in on a "wing and a song," as our bomber pilots use to sing. They Cubans made it to Fort Jefferson where the Coast Guard apprehended them. Their fate is unknown to me. But what I know is that it is an enormous privilege to live in a land where freedom is at the top of our list of entitlements, but alas, so often not appreciated.

Fort Jefferson, obviously named after our third President, was a six-sided fort, built to be indestructible. Only a fool-hearted enemy ship would venture within range of the 410 heavy duty cannons pointing in all directions, lest it be blown out of the water. Author, Jan Davey atop one of the cannons. | Lighthouse Point Magazine


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Taste of Lighthouse Point Continued from page 15

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Lighthouse Christian School Celebrates

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LCS students reached the 100th day mark of the 2012-2013 school year on Tuesday, February 5. Students in grades K, first, and second celebrated in a variety of ways. Kindergarten students in Mrs. Minett and Mrs. Therrell’s classes brought in collections of 100 items. Luke Leonhardt made a poster board with 100 of his favorite things. Mario DiSorbo placed his stickers on a hat in groups of 10. Jaxson Shrater made a design with 100 paper clips. In Mrs. Cazel and Ms. Price’s 1st grade class, the students decorated a 100 day poster, made poems with 100 words, and counted their toes in groups of five. In Mrs. Duyos and Mrs. Heffling’s second grade classes, the students became 100 years old for the day, dressing up with grey hair, robes, and slippers. With 100 days behind us, now the countdown begins for summer vacation!

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Mrs. Duyos second grade class.

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Celebrating: Youth Art Month and Women’s History Month in March By Mary L. Cavaioli, M.S., NBCT

March is set aside each year to celebrate the Arts! Youth Art Month promotes art and art education in the United States. Thousands of schools and districts will be highlighting the work of their students during this month. Many of the local art museums and civic organizations will participate as well. What is your local school doing to recognize the importance of Arts education in the month of March? This month is also set aside to honor great women in our country and their contributions to great changes in society. There are many accomplished female artists who have been recognized for their talents: Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, Faith Ringgold, Judy Chicago, Miriam Shapiro, Janet Fish, Frida Kahlo, Louise Nevelson, Maya Ying Lin, Annie Leibovitz, Maya Angelou…in addition to many others. This month on March 3, Sunday, the Boca Museum will host an Artful Sunday for children and their families to attend from

2-3pm. The event is sponsored by the Museum each month “free” of charge. This month will focus on the artwork and life of Janet Fish, still life artist. She is an accomplished artist and her work will be featured as an example for the project children and their parents will create using watercolor. All materials are provided for this workshop. Children and their families have time to create and share ideas while working on their artwork. Art history is incorporated into each demonstration and participants are given the opportunity to share and discuss the project they have so proudly created! , for more information on current happenings at the Boca Museum of Art. Take the opportunity this month to enjoy and support the Arts in your community!!. ◆

Mary L. Cavaioli, M.S., NBCT, K-12 Curriculum, Arts Integration Specialist, Palm Beach County Schools

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Sunday, March 10th ❖ 11:00AM-3:00PM Showcasing the talent of our area’s finest local artists. You are invited to browse, brunch and celebrate the 19th year of the Exhibition in the casual elegance of the Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club. No admission charge. For Sunday Brunch Reservations, please call 954-942-7244.

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Wood Textiles Painting Photography Ceramics Glass Jewelry Sculpture and More Directions: From North Federal Highway head East on NE 39th Street through the community of Lighthouse Point following the signs to Lighthouse Point Yacht & Racquet Club. (Left at NE 27th Terrace to the end) 954-942-7244. Organized by the Arts Committee headed by Norma Cerino’s daughter Becky. 50

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Skin Care

Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine – Who Should Get It? By Melanie S. Hecker, MD, MBA What Is Zostavax®? The Herpes Zoster (Shingles) vaccine, Zostavax®, is available to patients aged 60 years old and older. It is a live, attenuated virus vaccine indicated for the prevention of Herpes Zoster (Shingles). It is administered as a single, subcutaneous injection. When Phase III trials of the vaccine were done in 2006, the trials showed a 51 percent reduction in the incidence of Shingles versus placebo in those who received the vaccine. One additional, notable finding was a two-thirds reduction in the incidence of PostHerpetic Neuralgia (PHN) in patients that received the vaccine, but still got Shingles. Post-Herpetic Neuralgia is the pain that can persist for months in the area of the body where the outbreak occurred. Although the rash associated with Shingles may last only a week on the skin, the pain can be very debilitating and last for months to years. To be able to reduce PHN in patients who get Shingles is a real breakthrough.

Can I Get The Vaccine? The Shingles vaccine is indicated for those 50 years of age and older which makes sense since the average age one gets Shingles is in their early 50s. However, it is still important for the elderly to get the vaccine because

those that suffer more from PHN are usually in their 60s, 70s and beyond in years. As mentioned before, PHN is extremely painful and can last for months, so avoidance of this Shingles side effect is important.

Who Should Avoid The Vaccine? Those patients who have a history of anaphylactic reaction to gelatin, neomycin, or any other component of the vaccine as well as patients who are immunosuppressed should avoid getting the vaccine. In addition, because it is a live virus vaccine, Zostavax® is not indicated for women of child-bearing age or for pregnant women. Patients with active, untreated Tuberculosis should not receive the vaccine as well. The most frequent vaccine-related adverse events include headaches and injection site reactions. ◆ At Hecker Dermatology Group, P.A., we feel it is important for patients to know that Shingles can be minimized or even prevented with a vaccine to protect them from getting Shingles. Many insurance plans cover the cost of the vaccine. If you think you may have Shingles or if you have any other Dermatology concern, please contact us at: 954-783-2323 or visit us online at:


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An interview with Norm Adams, co-founder of LOV Las Olas Vegans By Kelly Doyle

Q: What is the difference between eating a vegetarian diet vs. a vegan diet? A: A vegetarian diet has become many things. As long as there is no beef or pork on the plate it can be called vegetarian. Usually people turn to a vegetarian diet for health reasons, but the problem is if you are still taking in animal products, you are taking in cholesterol. That is a health problem, not a solution. I have a friend who has been a vegetarian for 20 years. He just went through quadruple bypass surgery. His intake of cholesterol from chicken or fish built up in his arteries and almost killed him. Now, a vegan is a person that eats a plant based diet. All the foods come from plants and not from animals. Legumes, greens, fruits, nuts are all part of a vegan diet. Q: What are the benefits of eating a vegan diet? A: The benefits are two-fold. First it is a healthy diet and second the diet is kind to the animals on this planet. The vegan diet for some is a lifestyle and rolls into products that are made without harming animals. Some vegans will not wear leather or any type of animal skin. Q: If someone ate a diet consisting of animal products what would you say to them if they wanted to make a change? A: The biggest misconception is protein intake. Your body thrives on enzymes and amino acids like many animals that are noncarnivorous. We don’t eat lions and dogs, we eat pigs and cows


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which eat a plant based diet. Some of the strongest and largest animals ever to walk or swim on this planet ate plants and algae. Dr. Esselstyn, former Chief of staff of Cleveland Clinic Hospital who has performed over 600 bypass surgeries is quoted as saying the whole heart disease epidemic is a ‘toothless paper tiger and it need not exist with a change of a plant based diet’. He stepped away from his practice because he kept seeing the same patients return for more surgery. The scariest thing is his studies showed that eating dairy actually helped the growth of certain tumors in the body. You can read online, visit Hippocrates Institute in WPB, get educated. Q: Why did you become a vegan? A: I am a typical American businessman that had to change my lifestyle in order to stay alive, and not be handcuffed to statins and a host of other pharmaceuticals that have sadly become the ‘norm.’ Since I changed my diet I’ve lost 30 pounds, my energy level has soared and I feel better physically and mentally. I inherently know that I’m doing the right thing. Recommended: DVD Forks over Knives; Books The Engine 2 Diet, Prevent Reverse Heart Disease, The China Study. ◆ For more information please contact Kelly Doyle at 954-604-7930,

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Incredible Facts! ■

The tallest mountain in the world is Muana Kea, the highest point on the Island of Hawaii at 33,500 feet.

The driest place on earth is in the Antarctic where rain hasn’t been seen in two million years.

Moths do not eat clothes, it’s their caterpillars that do it.

You are most likely to get caught in a hailstorm in the Western Highlands of Kenya in Africa.

The English, not the French invented champagne. They imported barrels of green, flat wine from Champagne, and then added sugar and molasses to start it fermenting.

The largest living thing is a mushroom. The largest recorded specimen was found in Malhuer National Forest in Oregon, covering 2,200 acres.

The best conductor of heat and electricity is silver.

Diamonds come from volcanoes. Under immense heat and pressure, they are formed 100 to 300 miles underground.

The biggest thing a blue whale can swallow is a grapefruit.

A chicken can live two years without its head.

The most common material in the world is perovskite, accounting for about half the total of the earth.

The most dangerous animal that ever lived is a female mosquito.

A lemming can produce up to eighty offsprings a year.

The earth has at least seven moons, however only one is visible to the naked eye.

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Chameleons do not change color to match the background.

The main ingredient of air is nitrogen. It accounts for 78 percent of air.

Though there are estimated to be more than 100 billion galaxies, only four can be seen with the naked eye.

A person weighing 168 pounds contains almost 2.25 pounds of nitrogen.

Marmots, members of the squirrel family, can cough people to death.

Antonio Meucci invented the telephone in 1860. He filed a stopgap patent five years before Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone patent.

On-Line Marketing

Better Get Pinning By Jennifer Kovacs

A new player has entered the Social Media landscape, ladies and gentlemen, and her name is Pinterest. Yes, I called it a her, mostly because women use it for shopping and creative ideas. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing forms of online publicity, especially for anyone who’s sales position revolves around a visual. Pinterest is a content sharing service that allows members to "pin" images, videos and other objects to their pinboard— Viewers can search Boards, search Friends, follow famous designers etc. If you are in retail, you must be on Pinterest. If you a craftsman, or craftswoman, you must be on Pinterest. If a good photo can sell your product/service, you must be on Pinterest. Am I getting my point across? Here’s a quick and easy assignment for you, ready? Go to (if you have never been on it) and search Something… anything. You will be shocked and impressed by what you find. Tons of people created boards and “pin” to topics you may search. Once you create an account, which takes no time at all, with the click of a button you can “Like” or “Pin” a picture to a Board, allowing it to be forever saved on your Pinterest account, well until you delete. From Pinterest you can email, share or tweet your ‘Pin.’ Interior Designers, Wedding and Event Coordinators, you could build your business around Pinterest. As a soon to be bride, I have found almost every idea for the wedding on Pinterest. From invites to favors, hairstyles, dresses, jewelry, you name it they got. If you are familiar with Etsy ( it’s the same premise. You can contact the maker or


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manufacturer directly from their Post. The idea is to offer unique ideas to people searching for suggestions. You want to post anything and everything that you have a good picture of that is for sale. The visual is everything, and PLEASE don’t Post a bad picture, that’s just not good business practice. You can even promote your website with a direct link. It’s important to tag the right words and there is a tiny bit of education that comes along with it, but just like all other Social Media outlets, it is free to use and can be an enormous selling point when used correctly and actively. So get online, create your Pinterest account and start searching. Another great feature of Pinterest is your friends can create ‘Boards’ that you can join. For example, my aunt and maid of honor created a board for my wedding in which they pinned a bunch of ideas. I was then able to log on, join the Board and add to it myself. It is just another way to stay connected when you are not together. Pinterest may not seem like something pressing to get involved with at the moment, but I have a feeling that’s the same attitude a lot of people had about Facebook. So don’t wait, someone could be ’Pinning’ you now. ◆ Learn how to maximize your online efforts, and do it. Make the effort and get on board, matches are waiting. For more information, please call me at 954-533-0283, or 954-547-2175, or email at

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Evolution of a Curmudgeon

Cantankerously Yours

Dear Curious, Later this month, I will be 80 years old. I mentioned this to a friend last week, and he said, “Have you always been as grouchy as you are today?” Good question. Like many of the traits we all exhibit in maturity, my crankiness had its roots in my youth. In fact, I can pinpoint it to one event. And one person: Connie Berman. I was eleven years old, and had lived in Chicago for three weeks when I was invited to my first boy-girl party. I asked Frank, the one friend I’d made, if he were going. When he assured me he was, I asked, “But why would they invite me? I hardly know anyone.” “They needed another guy, and everyone knows Connie has a big crush on you. Besides, they had six girls and only five guys. They had to make it even because we're going to play kissing games.” “We’re going to do what?” I had been born in Bismarck, North Dakota. I had grown up in little towns all over the Midwest and had no idea what a kissing game was, or how it was played, and until that time had thought of girls as kind of — well — soft boys. What did this mean? And why did everybody know everything, and all I knew were multiplication tables and Greek mythology? The party took place at the Sunday afternoon following my talk with Frank. After presents had been opened and sandwiches and cake eaten, Sidney announced, “Okay, we’re going to play Post Office now.” “What’s that?” I asked Frank. “Guy says he wants to give a one-cent stamp to a girl. Names her. They go in the other room for one kiss. Then the guy comes out and announces who the girl wants and for how many stamps, and they kiss that many times. And it just goes on, boygirl, boy-girl, like that.” Connie, the hostess, selected Sidney to go first (Four years later, Connie told me how she had planned the whole game. She told Sidney to announce the game and go first and call for Janet. Then Janet would call for Bob, Bob for Connie, and Connie for me). The kissing took place in the parents’ bedroom. When Bob emerged after his pre-planned one-cent kiss with Connie, he announced that Connie had specified an airmail stamp for me. An airmail mail stamp in those days cost three cents. Three kisses! Everyone hooted and hollered. I walked in, shut the bedroom door, and with no hesitation Connie walked up, threw her arms around me and kissed me. “That’s not how you kiss,” she said. “It’s not?” “No. Don’t you ever see movies? You kiss like this.” And with that, she flung herself at me again, wrapped her arms around my neck and plastered herself against me. When she let go, and while my hair was still curling all by itself, she said, “That’s better.” “It was?” She giggled. “This time,” she said, “we’re going to open our mouths and touch tongues.” “We’re going to do what?” 56

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By Wendell Abern Instead of answering, she threw herself at me again, and during the kiss opened her mouth, forcing mine to open too. “Did you like that?” she asked. “” “Let’s do it again." “But...but...we’ve already kissed three times. Isn’t that against the rules?” “The rules?” She laughed. “You think everyone plays according to the rules? Bob and Janet were in here for five minutes for two kisses. You think they were playing according to the rules?” “Yeah. They were here for a long time.” She laughed and kissed me again. And again. After a few minutes, she said, “Okay, I’m going to go out and say you asked for Jennifer. A one cent stamp. One kiss only! And I mean it! Then Jennifer’s going to ask for Ralph. Ralph will ask for me, and I’ll ask for you again.” “But — but is that fair? I mean, what about Anita? No one has — “ “Will you stop with the ‘fair’ business already?” Then she kissed me again and said, “Hey, you’re getting good at this." “Okay,” I said, “but...but look, you can’t tell anyone about ... about, you know, the tongues." “I won’t. I promise.” “No one can know about the tongues, Connie.” “No one will know,” she said as she left. I heard her announce that I wanted Jennifer for a one-cent stamp. She accompanied Jennifer to the bedroom and I heard her whisper, “One kiss, Jen. One. Mouths closed. And that’s it.” I kissed Jennifer once, went out to the living room and sent in Ralph for an airmail job. Jennifer had asked for only a one-cent stamp, but by this time I had decided if everyone else could make up their own rules, so could I. Ralph thanked me for it later. The next morning, I walked to school, still trying to sort out yesterday’s events. Ralph, Sidney and Bob were waiting for me. They saw me, laughed, and went into a routine they had obviously rehearsed. Each said a line: “Look, up in the sky...” “It's a’s a plane...” “No, it’s Supertongue!” “Very funny,” I said. And I was not pleased. The nickname stuck with me all through high school. * * * Consider the valuable lessons I learned at that party: no one can keep a secret; no one plays by the rules, and if you can gerrymander a game of Post Office, you can rig anything. To this day, I consider that experience the birth of my crankiness. Over the following 69 years, life happened, and I just naturally evolved into the irascible curmudgeon I am today. Cantankerously Yours, Wendell Abern

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ome to Lightho c l e use W Point! Article and Photos by Andrea Freygang

The Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce joined city officials Mayor Fred Schorr, LHP Commissioners Earl Maucker, Glenn Troast and Sandy Johnson as well as Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher, Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca and members of the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. Here the GFS Marketplace team joined them for a ribbon cutting and official opening on Jan. 22.

Laraine Schorr, Betsy Maucker, Sandy Johnson and the GFS server.

The City of Lighthouse Point welcomed the new branch of Bank United into the city. The branch, formerly located inside the Shoppes of Beacon Light has relocated to 2500 North Federal Highway, LHP. City officials and the Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce joined branch president Lucille Pignataro in the ribbon cutting ceremony. “Everyone in the city has been wonderful in helping us get this open in time, especially Mayor Fred Schorr,” said Pignataro. “I am really fortunate to be in this beautiful building in a city that has been so supportive.”


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Country Western Night at the Yacht Club By Tari McCabe

Photos by Debra Todd

The LPYC Corinthians, a yachting/social club within the Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club, hosted their Winter General Membership Meeting and dinner dance. The guest star was Amber Leigh and her band. Amber resides in Boca Raton and was voted 2012 South Florida’s Female Vocalist of the Year. She is the host of a new show on the Country Network and travels the year doing concerts and performances. A special feature of the evening was the new “Good Times” line dance that is sweeping the nation done by some of the Corinthian members. The Corinthians are pleased to welcome any who are new (or old) to the neighborhood and encourage you to check our website at and/or email us at for further information about our group.

Cruise Director Rod LaRue and Commodore Jaime LaRue

Entertainer Amber Leigh Chairpersons Wanda and Rod Day

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Claudette Klein and Sheri Bland

Connie Johnson and Al White

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Sheri and Steve Bland Claudette and Jerry Klein Jack Holman and Lucy Feit

Roni Harkey and David Whipple

Carol Steigelman and Rosemary Krieger

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Cookin’ With The Community We encourage those who can perform magic in their kitchens to submit favorite creations that can be enjoyed by readers of our magazine. To submit your recipe, please email us at: and type “RECIPE” in the subject line.

Ribeyes with Carmelized Shallot Bleu Cheese Butter Serves 2 Ingredients: • 2 thick, good quality boneless ribeye steaks • 1/2 stick butter, room temperature, divided • 1 shallot, sliced • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 1/2 Tbsp bleu cheese (use a good quality – I used Maytag) • 1 Tsp fresh thyme Preparation: Set out butter and steaks to get room temperature. Might as well go ahead and open a fine bottle of red! In a saute pan, heat 2 Tbsp butter and add shallots. Cook shallots on med-low heat until they carmelize and turn slightly brown, about 10 minutes. Add garlic and thyme, cook for 2 minutes. Set aside and let cool. In a bowl, mix the remaining butter with bleu cheese. Once shallot mixture cools, add it to the butter. Mix around, and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Roll into a log and chill in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes. Turn the oven on broil, and place a heavy saute pan in it to heat up. Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry and brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Using a thick oven mitt, remove the saute pan from the oven and place on the stove over med-high heat. Add the steaks - they should sizzle immediately. Cook for about 1 minute on each side until they brown, then place back in the boiler oven. Cook about 3-4 minutes for medium-rare steaks. Slice the butter and place on top of each steak and let melt.

Tequila Lime Salad Dressing Toss with lettuce, mojo grilled chicken strips, blackbeans, corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, and shredded cheddar cheese for a tasty and light dinner salad. Ingredients: • 1/4 Cup olive oil • Juice of 1 lime • 1 Tsp lime zest • 1 Tbsp apricot preserves • 1 shot glass of tequila • 1 garlic clove, minced • Dash of cayenne pepper Preparation: Whisk together all ingredients and use as a salad dressing or marinade.


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Lighthouse Point resident, Courtney Stephens, shares some of her favorite recipes. You can find all of these and many more recipes on her blog at

Lemony Fresh Green Beans Serves 4 (as a side dish) Ingredients: • 1/2 Lb green beans or haricots verts • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard • 1/4 Cup white wine • 1 Tbsp olive oil • Juice of 1 lemon • 1 Tsp lemon zest • 1/4 Cup sliced almonds • Fresh grated parmesan cheese • salt and pepper Preparation: Rinse and trim beans. In a bowl, whisk together garlic, wine, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, mustard, salt and pepper. Marinate green beans in fridge for at least an hour. In a medium saucepan, toss beans with almonds and marinade and cook on medium-high heat for about 10-15 minutes until juice starts to evaporate. Top with parmesan and serve.

Buccatini Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Tri-Colored Bell Peppers Serves 2 Ingredients: • 1/4 Cup olive oil • 2 Garlic cloves, crushed • 1/2 Tsp crushed red pepper flakes • 1/4 Cup sundried tomatoes • 1/2 Yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced • 1/2 Red bell pepper, " • 1/2 Orange bell pepper, " • 1/2 Package Buccatini pasta • Fresh grated parmesan cheese Preparation: Saute garlic in olive oil over low-med heat for about 10 minutes. Add crushed red pepper flakes, bell peppers and sundried tomatoes. Let simmer together on low heat for about 30 minutes, or until peppers are soft. Cook pasta, rinse, and toss in olive oil mixture. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

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John Offerdahl is…

The Gridiron Griller With a restaurant named The Royal Pig, you might expect lots of heavy, pork dishes coming out of the kitchen, but Executive Chef, Stanton Bundy continually delights and surprises his guests with creative dishes, artfully displayed from all cuisines at his Las Olas restaurant. At last year’s Grill Off, Chef Bundy teamed up with former defensive end, Jeff Cross to present Mahi Mahi Tacos. It’s a fitting choice for South Florida. Mahi Mahi (dolphin), served with fresh lime, cilantro and mango. The recipe defended its’ turf nicely by placing in the top ten! You will love the simplicity of this recipe and the fresh, flavorful and healthful results.

Chef Stanton Bundy of the Royal Pig with Jeff Cross and John Offerdahl.

Cross’ Mahi Mahi Tacos! READY…Line up your ingredients • 8 oz Pico De Gallo • 2 oz Creole seasoning • 8 oz green cabbage slaw • 8 corn tortillas 3"

• 1 lb mahi mahi, filet, diced • 2 T vegetable oil (for searing) • 1 c Mango Sour Cream • 8 lime wedges

• 4 oz white onion

Pico De Gallo:

• 6 oz tomato, deseeded and diced • 1/2 c cilantro

• 4 oz white onion • 4 T lime juice

•2 oz jalapeño fresh, deseeded • 4 t Kosher salt • 1 t black pepper

Mango Sour Cream:

• 2 mangos, ripe

• 1 c sour cream

• 1 T honey

• 1 t salt

Green Tabasco Slaw:

• 3 c green cabbage, shredded • 6 t Kosher salt

• 4 oz green Tabasco • 2 t black pepper

• 1/2 c cilantro

• 1 lime, juiced

PREP…Prepare Your Entreé, Rubs, Dressings & Sauces… Begin by seasoning the mahi mahi with blackening season and coat with a little vegetable oil. Heat up a pan and cook thoroughly. When the mahi has been cooked throughout, toss in the pico de gallo.

LET’S GRILL…Take it to the Grill… On a flattop grill, heat up the corn tortillas and place them on the bottom of a plate. Place 2 ounces of the pico de gallo and mahi mix onto each taco. Next, top with the green tabasco slaw, and drizzle with mango sour cream. Each taco should be served with a lime wedge.


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Recommended wine pairing… Murphy Goode Pinot Grigio JOHNNY SAYS… “There’s nothing better than watching a dolphin tackle an opponent. Then again, tackling a fresh pico de gallo-dressed dolphin hot off the grill is a close second!”

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Identity Theft

Spring Clean your Digital Life –and your Children’s too!

By Denise Richardson

From the minute that they are born, you worry about your children. You worry about their safety. Stress over their future and strive to give them your best every day. You probably never considered their cell phone, games, and other online activity can pose a danger to their future and their identity. Why would you? When we think of identity theft, a vision of thieves scouring the internet for credit card information is usually what comes to mind. Your child probably doesn’t have a credit card; but, they do have a Social Security number. And to a tech-savvy con artist, that’s gold. Finding a kid’s untarnished identity via a dirty digital device; compromised computer, gaming or Wi-Fi network, is a favorite pastime for lurking cyber thieves. Believe it or not, there are a growing number of identity thefts with victims under the age of 18. Social Security numbers are big business for thieves. They are used to do everything from applying for credit cards, mortgages, car loans, jobs, driver’s licenses, to filling out tax forms. So, in many ways they are seen as more profitable for thieves than credit card numbers. Unfortunately, since minors rarely have a need to check their credit score they make the perfect target. Like, you didn’t have enough to worry about where your kids are concerned. But, the purpose of this article isn’t to scare you. It’s to prepare you. Yes, there is a threat out there, but you can fight back. First things first, in order to fight, you must know what you are up against. Therefore, you need to truly understand ID theft and how it occurs; in order see how the Social Security numbers of minors can be compromised. Next, start doing the little things that go a long way to protect the identity of your child. • If there is an instance where your child’s social security number is needed, see if you can give the last 4 of the social instead of the whole number. • When the whole number is required, ask questions. It is important to know who will have access to your child’s information, how will it be used—and why they need it. • Keep birth certificates, social security cards, and similar documents in a safe place. • Talk to your children about identity theft and discourage them from giving sensitive information to anyone and make sure they are not posting it online. • If you start to receive credit card applications, rebate offers, and similar mail in the name of your children, do not take it lightly. • Don’t publish your child’s first and last name, age AND date of birth anywhere, especially not on social networking sites. While these are the simple things you can do to protect your child’s identity, you should also know of some free nonprofit resources designed to help you—help your family —recognize and avoid online cyber threats. Most of us realize the importance of internet safety and preserving our own identity. However, the vast majority 66

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overlook the importance of engaging their children in a meaningful dialogue about today’s tech threats and how to keep their digital devices and internet activity secure. This may sound daunting, but by following a few simple strategies, even adults with limited technical skills can help their families be safe and secure online. You don’t have to be a computer expert to keep your child safe online. The Internet Keep Safe Coalition (, established in 2005, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit alliance of policy leaders, educators, law enforcement members, technology experts, public health experts and advocates. iKeepSafe has created a collection of creative products and tools for parents, educators and policymakers who teach youths how to use digital devices and online platforms in safe and healthy ways. Options include the following: • A Parent’s Guide to Facebook—designed to teach parents how to help their teens strengthen their privacy and safety on Facebook, the guide features important topics such as risks involved in social networking, how to parent Facebook users, managing reputation in the digital age, managing your privacy on Facebook, reporting problems and more. • Faux Paw the Techno Cat—a series of educational books and animated DVDs dealing with topics like online safety, cyberbullying, responsible downloading, and balancing screen time with real life. • Google Digital Literacy Tour—interactive workshops helping students, teachers, and parents learn, through hands-on scenario activities, how to steer clear of cyber tricks and be responsible digital citizens. • iKeepCurrent—a weekly email newsletter using current events and news stories to build digital citizenship public awareness content, curricula and professional development. • iKeepSafe Generation Safe—the only product that helps K-12 schools comprehensively navigate through their digital environments through professional development, self assessment and incident response tools. • Project PRO—a partnership between the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), AT&T and iKeepSafe that has created an interactive program promoting the importance of security and online reputation to students nationwide. Visit to take advantage of these and other resources aimed at helping you take charge of your child’s online activities and identity –before someone else does. ◆

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Getting Older Can be a Pain (or, Can I Trade this Body in For a New Model?) By John D. Siegfried To my surprise, I’ve become something of a connoisseur of surgery lately. When the nurse came into my room after recent back surgery, her question was, “On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?” Still half groggy from anesthesia and mildly irritated that instead of wearing a starched white uniform required of nurses in the days when I trained to be a physician — she wore a faded plum colored scrub suit. I answered, “Well, compared to my eye surgery six weeks ago, this pain is worse. But, compared to my knee surgery six years ago, I’m in nirvana.” “But on a scale of one to ten?” she persisted. “Give it a four,” I mumbled. Then, as she left the room I realized that I, who consider myself a basically healthy eighty-three year old male, have become a surgical connoisseur. In the past decade, I’ve had both knees replaced. My right hip's been replaced. I’ve had quintuple coronary bypass surgery. Last July a screw was placed in my broken neck to hold the pieces together. My lower eyelids were tucked up to correct ectropian (it’s on Google. What isn’t?) — and now I've had a mini- lumbarlaminectomy on vertebrae 2, 3, 4, and 5. The latest venture is intended to relieve pressure on my spinal cord caused by spinal stenosis. You should hear the bells toll and whistles blow when I go through TSA screening. I tell family and friends that I’m like an old Volvo with 400,000 miles on it. I’ve still got some good miles ahead but every so often I need to go in to the shop for some body work. The question I ask my partner (and myself) is, When do I get traded in on a newer model? Or, When am I considered a junker and ready for the scrap heap? In the process of all this I’ve learned a few valuable lessons. Take a list of the medications you regularly take with you to the hospital — it saves time. Wear something warm. Hospitals are dedicated to global cooling and you’ll have at least an hour or two of paper work before you’re able to don your stylish split skirt drag outfit. You know, the one with the slit in the back. And most important, if given a choice, schedule any elective surgical procedure for early in the week so you have the regular crew caring for you, as opposed to the weekend warriors. Perhaps, I’ve been sensitized by the focus placed on Medicare in the 2012 fiscal cliff fiasco, but the most distressing part of my recent surgery was the recognition that I’m part of the problem. In fact, I, as a Medicare user, am a major contributor to the fiscal cliff. Medicare costs are a huge and an increasing segment of the national debt. The data has been around for years indicating that something like a third, maybe a half, of Medicare costs go to pay for keeping our oldest citizens, our 400,000 mile Volvos, on the road. That’s me. And I also realize that not being in the 1% financially, without Medicare I’d probably be dead by now.

I’d be rusting on the scrap heap or providing lunch for some hungry worms. From a Medicare cost perspective, that would be a good thing. If more seniors died sooner, costs would go down, the fiscal cliff would be more of a crag, and politicians could find something else to deadlock over — like how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. I don’t know who invented the supply vs. demand idea. It might have been Adam Smith, or possibly his wife Eve . Actually, Wikipedia gives credit for supply and demand to Muslim scholars in the 14th century. It could have been Plato, for all I know. But supply and demand is basically what drives cost. The Medicare dilemma is that too many people in our aging population need medical services and not enough services are available. Therefore, health costs keep escalating. Even I can understand that. But what the planners and prognosticators don’t understand is that the solution is obvious and in your face. Decrease the demand. Decrease the number of people needing medical care. Get rid of seat belts. End the no smoking nonsense. Instead of rewarding The Biggest Loser reward The Heftiest Heifer. If we could return to the increased death rates of yore related to smoking, trauma diabetes and obesity, more people would die earlier and Medicare costs might be contained. Furthermore, there would be increased employment for morticians. Then the fiscal cliff would simply be a viewpoint rather than a national suicide platform. There’s really nothing novel to this approach. Johnathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels, proposed something similar in A Modest Proposal in 1729. Actually, the full title of his essay was A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People From Becoming a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick. In the midst of their economic troubles, Swift suggested that the impoverished Irish might ease their economic woes by selling their children as food to the wealthy nobility. He states, “A young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled; and I have no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.” His satire even included recipes for preparation. It’s classic supply and demand. The impoverished Irish could always produce more babies and the wealthy had an insatiable appetite for tempting gastronomic delicacies. Bake the babies. There are fewer mouths to feed and more money in circulation. So, fast forward a few centuries. Get rid of the elderly — the smokers, the obese, the unhealthy. The number of citizens needing care would decrease and Medicare costs would tumble. Hurrah! Would that really solve our national fiscal crisis? Hardly. But it would mean the Pentagon budget could be restored. There’d be enough money to continue our overseas military misadventures and maybe start another war or two. | Lighthouse Point Magazine



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! Hey Kids! Born in April—Send us your photos before March 6th! Include your name and birthdate and Email: and type “Lighthouse Point Birthday” in the Subject Line, or mail to: City News Group, LHP Birthday, 3467 17th Terrace, Oakland Park, FL 33309


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On Religion By Reverend Jack Noble

In the midst of our daily lives, we must find the juice to nourish our creative souls. —Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy

I am asked frequently what it is that inspires me. And I’ll often answer, life! I believe that inspiration is all around us, every minute of everyday. Inspiration dawns when something in our outer world sparks a flame within us and calls out some response in us. And when it comes, it does so to remind us that all of the answers to life lie within us, and that we are the wisest one “in all the kingdom.” It is easy for us to miss the moment, until we learn to hear that inner voice, and then give it space to emerge into our conscious mind. Many of these moments can be life-changing, and they come to us from many sources. Time spent in nature can be a wonderful place to begin seeking inspiration. The natural world has an energy all its own, and can put us in touch with our deepest selves. Thoreau spent two years alone in the woods, in order to commune with nature and get in touch with his inner wisdom. From there he wrote some of his most inspiring work — and much of it contain a timeless wisdom that is as valid now as it was a century ago.

He discovered that all his answers lay inside himself, just as ours lie inside us. A swim in the ocean, or a long walk past our favorite stretch of beach can draw us into the rhythm of nature and draw from us natural instincts. Or there’s always great art. Beautiful poetry or literature can unlock our heart and mind to that innate knowledge that lies within. A striking piece of music or a great painting (even a print of some magnificent piece) can also strike that divine place. Each of those masterpieces was created in a moment of inspiration that can lead us back to our own. Start keeping a collection — somewhere — of those things that inspire, a scrap of paper, some object. It can be anything a fortune from a Chinese cookie to a wonderfully colored marble. But be on the lookout. Problems and questions will arise and when they do, who knows…the answer might be found, right there in that collection. Something in there might be the touchstone of our own wisdom. ◆

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The New USB Charger/Outlet By Al Siefert

Wiring device manufacturers have recently come out with new Receptacle/ USB Charger in one device. This device will allow you to recharge up to two devices at one time. They have taken a duplex receptacle and used the space from one of the 120 volt outlets to provide for two USB openings. The units will allow you to charge your phone, camera, e-reader and other electronic devices without using the supplied battery charger. We compared two devices, one was manufactured by Cooper and the other was by Leviton. They both were the modern style with a tamper resistant receptacle. They come with five color options. Both devices were slightly larger than a regular receptacle. The Cooper units have an indicator light that will shut off when the device is fully charged. They claim that you will save up to $31.00 a year in electricity cost over the traditional charger. The Leviton units have more charging capacity and will charge more powerful devices such as tablets and the Kindle Nook readers. They also have back and side wiring for easy installation. Their USB openings are vertical and offer more space between the two openings. This design offers easier operation when using two devices at the same time. 72

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You can buy these items at Home Depot, Lowes and hardware stores that offer electrical devices Their price should be under $20.00. The units come with installation instructions for the 120 volt side. The USB outlets are internally wired and do not need any connections. If you decide to purchase these devices, remember that they do not replace ground fault receptacles and should only be installed in place of a standard outlet. The installation is not difficult, but if you are not familiar with working with electricity, you should consider using an electrician. On another note, ground fault receptacles will need to be rated “Weather Resistant” to be installed outdoors. They are a little more expensive of course, but they should hold up to moisture and last longer. ◆ Al is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of Al Siefert Electric. The articles he writes are about items of interest and questions from his customers. Please call Al if you have questions concerning electric service, installation and repair. (954) 493-9411

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Investment Mistakes to Watch Different Stages of Life Investment mistakes happen — but if you’re familiar with the most common mistakes at different stages of an investor’s life, you may be able to avoid these errors. For example, when you’re young, don’t invest too conservatively (or not at all). You have decades to overcome short-term market drops, so take advantage of this time and invest for growth. When you’re in mid-career, your earnings have likely increased — so don’t make the mistake of under-funding your IRA and 401(k). Then, when you’re nearing retirement, you may need to adjust your portfolio’s overall risk level between growth and income vehicles — so don’t make the mistake of not rebalancing your investments. When you’ve just retired, you need to be sure your money will last. That’s why you must avoid the mistake of not developing an appropriate withdrawal strategy. By not making these errors, you can help yourself make progress toward your financial goals — at every stage of your life.


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Merchant of the Month Auto Tech and Body Where Customer Service and Dedication to the Community is Top Priority!

(Left to right) Chadia Ghanem, German Rodriquez, Morgan Armani, Bill Zimmer Debbie Fortin and Jay Ghanem.

Auto Tech and Body is in Pompano Beach, Florida. It’s owner and founder, Jay Ghanem’s philosophy is, “We want to feel that our company contributes to, and is part of the whole community; where personal values and the passion to repair cars are interconnected with our vision of being a service to our customers, and the community as a whole.” When researching auto repair companies, we think it’s important to focus on three aspects: State-of-the-art technology, customer satisfaction and environmental awareness. You will be impressed by our facility, the testimonials, the awards and certifications. The 22,000-square-foot facility boasts a beautiful lobby/waiting area, and is staffed by friendly customer service representatives, along with certified mechanics, body technicians, painters and detailers. Auto Tech and Body has a high customer satisfaction index level that is maintained according to surveys conducted on a daily basis by an in-house employee, as well as regular reviews conducted by an independent customer research firm. Because of our excellent service, many customers are repeat customers, or customers who were referred to us by previous customers. Our company works on over 250 cars each month,


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ranging from domestic, Asian, European to electric cars and trucks. Auto Tech and Body has been featured in national and local publications. We have earned from AAA, Angies List, Bosh, 3M, BASF, and endorsed by Insurance companies. We also support many not for profit organizations in the area such as the Rotary Club, the Relay for Life, Kiwanis Club, Soroptimist Club, Exchange Club and the Boys & Girls Club. In regard to current trends in the industry, Jay Ghanem has been lecturer at Florida Atlantic University Engineering Program, and sits on the advisory board of Broward College for automotive and Marine Industry. He noted that consumers are keeping vehicles for a longer period of time, due to the recession, which increases the demand for repairs and maintenances. Additionally, the green movement is expanding to produce more environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient vehicles that will lead to a demand for businesses that cater to these specific vehicles. Auto Tech and Body has lead efforts in the green trend where they perform many Hybrid, electrical, conversions into veggie oil repairs and maintenance. It is through their excellent service and warranty of all their mechanical, paint, restoration and accident related repairs that increase their visibility in the South Florida region and nationally. What does this mean to you, the car owner, living in Lighthouse Point? It is having a repair shop that is reputable, dependable and stands by their work. It is one-stop shop for all auto repair and care. The team at Auto Tech and Body are passionate to get to know your car inside and out, as well as getting to know you by name. It is the dealership alternative. Welcome to the neighborhood mechanic! Please see us at Auto Tech and Body for all your automotive needs, whether is it for an oil change, a/c repair, tires, engine issues or paint, body, dent or accident repair. Please feel free to call us at 954-946-9730, or check out our website at and view our fine facility and work.

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