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Around the Around the Point is a column that includes news items relevant to the residents of LHP. We reserve the right to reject material that may not be in the best interest of the community.

Brenda Franco, Honorary Chair for the 2nd Annual “Diamonds & Dudes” Gala FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Brenda Franco, President and CEO of Franco’s® Cocktail Mixes, shares that her philosophy is epitomized by Robert Kirby’s quote: “The mark of a true professional is giving more than you get.” Brenda is the Honorary Chair for the 2nd Annual “Diamonds & Dudes,” to be held at the spectacular Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Resort Pier Top on Friday, September 23, 2011. This exquisite evening will benefit Women and Wishes, a non-profit organization that helps middle-income women and their children transition through life’s challenges. The evening will be dedicated to honoring and recognizing prominent philanthropic men for their outstanding contributions and commitment to make a difference in the lives of women and children in our community.This event will feature a live and silent auction, with dinner, dancing, and a tribute ceremony. Ms. Franco says,“I am humbled, honored and excited to be asked to chair this event for Women and Wishes. I have the chance to give back, have fun, and raise money for a good cause at the same time.” Women & Wishes’ operation is funded through socials, fundraising efforts and the generous contributions of corporate sponsors and the private sector. For more information please contact Kelly Cappola at (754) 2451220, Please visit our website at www.womenandwishes.org, or e-mail us at info@womenandwishes.org.

Abby Wambach, US World Cup Player Signs Madi Plancarte’s Broken Arm We have been playing 3v3 soccer in Lighthouse Point, and two of the girls from the team were so excited about the World Cup and Magic Jack soccer that they waited 2.5 hours at Macy’s on Tuesday to have their picture taken and receive a signature from the ever gracious Abby Wambach, recently named head coach/player of the Magic Jack in Boca and amazing striker of the US World Cup Team! Notice the brace on Madi Plancarte’s arm that Abby is signing, she earned it from a strong shot during a friendly scrimmage. Kayla Patterson and Madi, along with several hundred people waited patiently as Abby greeted everyone with an introduction, smile and signature. LHP soccer is starting just around the corner! Amy Patterson

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Making Strides To End Breast Cancer Just a quick reminder that now is a great time to join the LHP lifesavers...We are committed to walking in the 10th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk taking place at Mizner Park on Saturday October 22nd. This a FREE 5k non-competitive walk where crossing the finish line counts! All funds raised help local patients and their families in the fight against breast cancer. For information on registering to walk with the LHP Lifesavers or with your own team or to make a donation simply log on to http://putonyourpinkbra.com/bocaraton...if you don’t think you have the time, think of what cancer patients and their families have to fit into their days!!! So don’t delay start creating a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays!!! Thanks so much! Patty Miranda

Garden Club Meets Join us for our first meeting on September 15, 2011, at St. Paul’s Educational Hall (2700 N.E. 36 Street) at 11:00 a.m. Guest Speakers will be Mona Johnston, MG/Habitat Steward and Taryn Palo, MG who will present “Welcome Back to Florida Gardening: Get Ready, Set, Get Gardening.” All meetings are open and free to the public. For further information, visit our website: www.lhpgc.org Inger Jones, Garden Club of Lighthouse Point Publicity Chairman

Thank you to WPBT Channel 2 Miami for the wonderful complimentary letter.

This month’s cover features the students of Sol Children Theatre. Cover Photo by Debra Todd

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Igniting The Fire After my interview with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick at Cap’s Place Restaurant in June, the Amish saying, “Ve get too soon oldt, undt too late schmart” keeps running through my brain. Not ever having been a serious student of history, before the interview I was sure to research, as best I could in advance, the multitude of subjects covered in his award-winning documentaries aired on PBS during the years, beginning in 1981. A somewhat daunting task, considering the time I was able to allot to the project. Needless to say, I found Mr. Burns to be a brilliant, intriguing and dedicated man whose passion for his work in documentaries is quite beyond description—only because there are no adjectives that would do him justice. As a result of this experience, I am in the process of viewing and reviewing as many of Burns’ documentaries as time allows, covering such diverse subjects as the Civil War, baseball, jazz music, Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Jack Johnson, Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, the National Parks, the Second World War, the Congress. Lewis & Clark, just to name a few. How uncanny that I should find this moment of discovery with such a wealth

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of information at my very fingertips — information to make me rethink in such a way as to further open up my mind. It’s a close race, but I’m fighting like hell not being “too late schmart,” —and can’t thank Mr. Burns enough for igniting the fire.

❖❖❖ Unfullfilled Promises I just hate it when someone promises something, but never follows through, don’t you? Here are some examples: Obama made a 2008 campaign promise to make available an affordable health plan for all Americans with coverage similar to that available to members of Congress. Any news? Congressman Anthony Weiner’s was obviously guilty for his blatant disregard for the truth regarding his lurid dalliances. His ability to serve responsibly had been comprised by his lying to the American people. Strangely silent were many Congressman possibly fearing a similar fate if found out… tsk, tsk! As more and more stories circulate about the possible involvement with other mid-east countries, one wonders what new lies will be spun to justify the next embarrassing military disaster?

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE Acting, Dancing and Singing Their Hearts Out! Interview by Marla Schwartz

Children’s theater has come a long way, since originating in the ecclesiastical schools of Western Europe in the 13th century. A prime example of such an enterprise is The Sol Children Theatre Troupe in Boca Raton that, not only cultivates a young person’s interest in the arts, but also develops many undiscovered talents. This year, co-founders and married couple Keith Grant (Executive Director) and Rosalie Grant (Artistic Director), very ambitiously and with great success produced their 6th Summer Camp season while also producing shows as a participant in WLRN’S Summer Young Adults Theatre Festival. On the eve of their final production of their original show, HERE WE GO AGAIN, Rosalie and Michael Pilato, the Summer Camp Director, were kind enough to answer some questions for us.

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How do you go about choosing the summer plays? MICHAEL: We think about the kids first off. We want to pick things that will showcase them the best and that’s a hard job because there’s not a lot of shows that are geared to giving fifty members the spotlight. ROSALIE: And we’re a performing arts camp, which means we want to make sure every child gets a chance to study dance, voice and acting, so we get a musical that’s going to showcase all three. We start planning during the months of October through December. How does the camp experience nurture children’s creativity and how do they carry that with them when they go back to school?

How long have you been working together? ROSALIE GRANT: Five years. MICHAEL: The Sol summer children’s theatre camp had been in place a year before I even knew about it.The second year of the camp I was hired as the assistant.The next year they hired me back as an acting teacher, and I was more than willing to go for it. ROSALIE: And more than capable of going for it. Last summer we bumped Michael up to director and brought him back as camp director this year, so he progressed nicely.

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MICHAEL: We started incorporating actual classes because we were worried that the camp was going to be too show-oriented, and wanted the campers to have a full experience. We designed it so that there would be acting, dancing and singing classes throughout the day. In the afternoons we work on the show. ROSALIE: And a step further from what Michael is saying is that we’re seeing these kids, not only love this camp, but they’re the stars in their schools because they’re well-trained. We know this because their teachers tell us. Do the kids have to audition to become a part of the camp? ROSALIE: No.They register. I’m curious about the play HERE WE GO AGAIN. Is this an original piece? MICHAEL:We’re doing one original song.The rest are coming from our sources, other plays and musicals that inspired us. It’s a revue with a storyline that essentially depicts acting, singing and dancing as separate arts, and it’s in two-acts. ROSALIE: It’s a wonderful concept. MICHAEL: One thing I’m really happy about is that every camper gets a piece of ownership with it because they get to actually write their specific scenes. ROSALIE: I walked in on his class and was in awe and could sit for hours and listen to them talk about what they’re doing.They talked about dream sequences and how they could make them part of the plot of the play. I want to ask you about Keith Grant. ROSALIE: He’s my husband of almost a quarter of a century.

How did the two of you decide to start Sol? ROSALIE: I was an actor and a director at Sol Theatre Project in Ft. Lauderdale and decided I didn’t like acting anymore, but wanted to direct. Dan Guin from Boca Ballet Theatre called me and said the Little Palm Family Theatre was closing. I looked at my husband and said, “Let’s go home and start a theater in Boca.” He thought I was out of my mind, but finally agreed. So, we loaded into our little theater.The kids built the platforms and put up the walls. We’d be there from dawn until midnight. It was in 2005, the year that three hurricanes hit us.The back of the building caved in, so we had to re-build. It had to be done and we did it. The Sol Children’s Theatre Troupe has been honored by Nickelodeon as the “best children’s theatre in South Florida.” How did this happen? ROSALIE: We���ve won two years in a row. Nickelodeon has a website and the public nominate a company, and then it’s a voting war. The community and parents vote for you and pick the winners. Another award I’m proud of is the Kids Crown Award by Sun-Sentinel voters. Somebody affiliated with the Sun-Sentinel nominated us as best activity in Palm Beach. Another award I’m most proud of, and Michael has been extremely involved in this summer, is our participation in WLRN’S Summer Theatre Festival. What do both of you think the differences are in seeing a play for children, put together by adults that cater to what they think children want to see, as opposed to children actually being on the stage and doing the own shows? MICHAEL: One thing that’s wonderful about the Sol Children’s stage is that the actors are youthful and performing for an audience of children, families and parents. It’s very inspiring to see kids who may not be that much older than you on stage. It makes you want to be more involved, be more invested and come and see what kids your age are doing. ROSALIE: I agree. I used to take my kids to different tours that would come in town to do Continues on page 36 www.lhpmag.com • Lighthouse Point Magazine

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Local Author Writes Action-Filled Tale Barbara Silkstone is quite familiar to Lighthouse Point residents, having appeared in the area at signings of her book, 527 Naked Men and One Woman. Since that short time ago, many changes have taken place in the publishing industry and Silkstone has published her latest book, Wendy and the Lost Boys, in the now popular internet medium, e-books, where books are accessible in a one minute download for device such as Kindle, Nook or iPad and available at Amazon.com. This latest effort is a comedy/mystery that takes the reader on an action-filled ride with memorable characters and lots of laughs along the way.“It’s

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Indiana Jones meets Romancing the Stone and set in Miami and the Caribbean,” says Silkstone. Another of her popular works, also available on Amazon.com, is The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three Quarters. We wish Barbara Silkstone the best in this latest endeavor, and hope to see more exciting reads in the near future.

Please visit her website at http://barbswire-ebooksandmore.blogspot.com, or email at barb.silkstone@gmail.com

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Living In a Dog Eat Dog World A conversation with my cat By Jon Frangipane Berkel and Me It was Friday afternoon. I didn’t want to hear anything, see anybody, or think about anything…just some peace and quiet. As usual, my cat was waiting. “I’m calling the Humane Society. I can’t take it anymore,” said Berkel, just as I stepped in the door. “Well, thank you very much for that heart-felt greeting, but don’t you threaten me, Berkel. I just got home. I don’t need any of your lip. I’m tired, miserable, distressed, disturbed and in no mood,” I replied, knowing very well there was more lip to come. “Listen, I’m either going to quickly see some radical changes around here, or I’ll show you the real meaning of the words miserable, distressed and disturbed.” “Well, you listen to me, fuzzball…you haven’t spoken to me in weeks, and now, all of a sudden you’re telling me that you’re calling the Humane Society? Am I supposed to crawl under my bed and shake with fear? “If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times that my lifestyle stinks in this dog eat dog world.You’re treating me like a…like an animal!” But you are an animal, Berkel. Go take a look in the mirror. You do your business in a litter box.You slink around on all fours. You’re completely covered in long, matted hair. You throw up hairballs.You’re an animal. Face it!” I told him. Berkel was gearing up for a fight. I can tell when I see his upper lip quiver. “Well, on the Discovery Channel this morning…” “Well, I don’t want to hear any more of your crazy, wild fantasies about traveling around the world, eating Russian caviar, drinking French Pinot Noir and nibbling Godiva chocolate truffles. That stuff can kill you. You should thank me for watching over you and saving your life! And didn’t I specifically tell not to watch too much television?” “You tell me specifically not do a lot of things. But you see, I’m quite fed up living like a Franciscan Monk in this hell hole we live in, and I won’t take it any more!” “As an educated, well-adjusted and understanding order of homo sapiens, I will give you the opportunity to declare any improprieties I may have caused and ask you just what specifically is bugging you? Fleas, perhaps?” 16

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Again, Berkel’s upper lip began to quiver. “As I was saying, before being rudely interrupted…on the Discovery Channel this morning, they showed these absolutely gorgeous backyard homes for cats and dogs with all the amenities afforded their humanoid counterparts. A two-bedroom would be all I’d require. And with a full kitchen, with central air, a bath, hot and cold running water and a den, of course. The construction company is called Private Palaces for Pampered and Privileged Pets and each home is custom made.” “Berkel, you must think I’m either naive, or stupid to think that I would fall for such an idiotic scheme.” “Actually, I think you are naïve and you are stupid, otherwise I wouldn’t have asked. And you better sit for a minute, I can see that vein in your forehead pulsating and sweat beginning to form on your brow.” “Yes, Berkel, I’m going to sit down here, I’m not really feeling well.Why don’t you go take a nap, so I can collect my thought and we can talk later.” “I’m not tired, buddy boy, and besides my insomnia is getting worse, so I’ll be slinking around on all fours most of the night, but I’ll try my best not to step on your face. Oh, by the way, I shot off an email to Private Palaces for Pampered and Privileged Pets and a man named Barney will be calling you tomorrow.” “Berkel, just for curiosity sake, what would a twobedroom run, in round figures, let’s say?” “Two-bedroom with full kitchen, with central air, a bath, hot and cold running water and a den would run about $29,000.” I woke up in the emergency room at Broward General. They said they received a 911 call from someone named Berkel. I must have been delirious because I kept telling the doctor I had to talk to Barney at Private Palaces for Pampered and Privileged Pets, or I was going to be in big trouble. The psychiatrist placed me under observation for three days and finally released me to the care of a private nurse. I’ve been home now for three weeks and Berkel’s new home is just about finished. We’ll be picking out furniture this week.


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The Playgroup Presents “Broken Angels” An original play in two acts by Todd Caster will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights, October 14th and 15th at 7pm at ArtServe auditorium, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale. Ticket cost: $10 at the door. The Playgroup, LLC will present Broken Angels, based on the actual trial of Carrie Buck, in Charlottesville Virginia in 1924. Carrie is a pregnant teen with a dim future. A new law may force her to be sterilized against her will. Broken Angels follows Carrie through the twists and turns of her day in court as she faces down those who have conspired to undo her. The production will be a staged reading. The audience can expect a fully staged play but actors may hold scripts. Todd Caster, well-known local playwright, will also play the lead role of Carrie’s defender, Irving Whitehead. Carrie will be played by Terra Tuhan and the opposing council, Aubrey Strode will be played by Brian Reeves. The play is directed by Joyce Sweeney and Assistant Director is Jaimie Blue. Other cast members include: Alice Dobbs, Jodi Turchin, Judge Gordon, Paul Rosen,Arthur Estabrook, Peter Hawkins, Dr.Albert Priddy, Bob Benjamin, Ann Harris, Ellen Wacher, Caroline Wilhelm, Irene Kessler and Vinny Mutarelli The Playgroup, LLC is a repertory company of actors, playwrights and directors dedicated to bringing original plays by local authors to the stage. For information about ArtServe and directions, please call 954-462-8190 or visit: www.artserv.org

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Where Is the

AMERICA We Knew?

By Jon Frangipane Photo by Debra Todd A photo taken by our photographer Debra Todd of a dead grouper found in the canal behind her home is a perfect graphic metaphor depicting the American people and the direction we have been heading…dead in the water! The groupers ability to breathe was apparently impaired by a Frisbee, floating in the canal, the Frisbee being a metaphor for the government, whose arrogance, greed, lies and lack of transparency is choking us, causing us all to helplessly drown in despair and leading us to the depths of disaster. We watch the circus every day on TV, as our elected officials perform like well-coiffed clowns in their $1,000 plus suits, with their Rolex watches, and not a care in this world except to get to the next meaningless meeting to accomplish absolutely nothing… all at the expense of the lives of millions of Americans! A Lighthouse Point resident who truly loves this country, but like many of us has become completely disenchanted

by the actions of government, both local and national, wrote the following: We, the Corporations (our lobbyist’s and our lawyers) of the United States, in order to form a more profitable oligarchy, establish injustices, insure domestic usurpation, provide for our common offensive, promote the systematic and secure manipulation of the meaning of Blessings of Liberty to suit ourselves and our self-centered Posterity, to violate and to rape this Constitution of the United States of America. And we shall achieve this goal stealthily over time in the name of Liberty until we have enslaved “the people” like the proverbial frog in a cold water jar, slowly being boiled to death. This is in no way meant to show disrespect for the preamble to our great Constitution. — Jan Davey, Resident Only a small miracle will save us now.

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LHP Chamber Summer Kickoff at Pink Slip Threads Story and Photos by Andrea Freygang Summer was kicked off right with a luau at Pink Slip Threads on the Summer Solstice. Celebrating in style, hostess Karen Reinstatler had approximately 50 guests during the June 2011 social at her store inside the Wahoo’s Plaza in Lighthouse Point. Be sure to check out the pictures on Facebook or in the gallery on our website: lhpchamber.com/gallery.php. We had a nice visit from Detective Joe Tavarres from Lighthouse Point Police who offered a few safety tips for business owners such as using video cameras, not leaving cash in the drawer and being observant and also watching for fraudulent credit cards/checks. On July 12, Rachel Wheeler was recognized and Rachel Wheeler honored by the City of Lighthouse Point for her work with chamber member Food for the Poor to raise money for Rachel’s Village in Haiti.To date, with the help of Lighthouse Point Chamber members, among others, Rachel has over $176,000 to build 27 permanent, concrete homes with access to sanitation and potable water in Haiti.

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Welcoming New Business to the Chamber in Style Story and Photos by Andrea Freygang Thanks to everyone who came out to Stella Maris Spa in Deerfield to not only welcome them to the Lighthouse Point Chamber but also to the community as a new business.What an amazing crowd to come out and welcome this new business. This is only one of many new businesses opening or expanding in Lighthouse Point.

Celebrating 20 Years On Monday August 15, Olympia Flame Diner will offer a 20% discount on its 20th year anniversary menu in celebration and to thank patrons past, present and future for 20 years in business, so stop by and congratulate them at 80 S. Federal Hwy. The Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce is already preparing for the 8th Annual Taste of Lighthouse Point on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at the Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club. The planning committee started meeting in August. Please email: lhpchamberoffice@gmail.com with subject ‘Taste’ to get involved.

Business presentation opportunities Starting in September, events will be held two Thursdays a month in addition to our monthly social. Email lhpchamber office@gmail.com if you would like to host a business presentation for members and the general public. Put business presentation in the subject line. Business presentations are a chance for you to share your business and offer a miniseminar/presentation for members and the community. The Chamber will help promote the event, but member is expected to promote the event within their own network and advertise the event to ensure success and attendance. The presentations

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will be held in the Lighthouse Point Community Room inside City Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. on dates below and will be open to the general public for additional business exposure. Must be a member in good standing. Available dates for business presenStella Maris Spa owner Krystyne Kuecha tations are: October and Gene Pitelli. 27, January 26 and February 23. All presentations are held at the Lighthouse Point Com- munity Room, 2200 NE 38 Street, Lighthouse Point.

September 22 Business Presentation “What’s normal and abnormal on your skin?” from Hecker Dermatology Group, PA. This will include a discussion on which skin lesions are genetic or part of the normal aging process, and which are pre-malignant or malignant in nature. Goodie bags of several skin care products will be provided to attendees. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation. Contact: Melanie Hecker, MD, MBA, 954-856-7217, please RSVP to melanie@heckerderm.com.


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Know Your Investment Risks — and How to Respond Stocks and bonds incur different types of risk — but how you respond to that risk may be similar in both cases. When you purchase stocks, you own shares of a business. Stock prices always fluctuate, which means you risk losing some, or all, of your principal. But by diversifying and holding your stocks for the long term, you can help reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. When you invest in a bond, you’re loaning money to either a company or a governmental agency. In return, you receive regular interest payments. If market rates rise, then the value of your existing bond will fall, because no one will pay full price for it.You can reduce this interestrate risk simply by holding your bond until maturity, when you’ll get your entire principal back, assuming the issuer doesn’t default. Understanding risk, and taking steps to reduce it, can help you work toward achieving your goals.

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Bailee Madison Appears at Local Charity Photos by Jon Frangipane Lovely eleven year-old actress Bailee Madison and resident of Lighthouse Point has already appeared in more than a dozen films. She recently spent a few days in town, appearing at In Sync Hair & Body World to help with a charity event called Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. The organization was founded by Alexandra “Alex” Scott when she was just four years old to give money to doctors to help them find a cure for childhood cancer. Alex had been diagnosed with cancer just before her first birthday. The disease took her life at age eight, but the charity goes on, having raised over $45 million for the cause. Bailee Madison, the youngest of seven children, began her career when she was two weeks old in an Office Depot commercial. Since then, she has appeared in several national commercials and Hollywood films. Next month she will be featured in Lighthouse Point Magazine to tell us of her latest exploits. Please watch for this exciting story.

Bailee Madison and mom, Patty.

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AS I WAS SAY I N G

Stray Thoughts: The Facebook Postings By Alan Williamson Random thoughts occur to me throughout the year. Sometimes I wind up posting them on Facebook. Because I’m a resourceful kind of guy, I thought I’d gather them up and share them in a column I’ve cleverly titled “Stray Thoughts: The Facebook Postings.” This is that column. You’re welcome. • I could mention that I'm the star of the new hit TV series, "Mitch Miccosukee: The Mango King Lawyer" but that would be misleading since there's no such show. • Finally saw Avatar yesterday, but suspect it lost some of it impact on our 15-inch black and white TV. Sigourney Weaver wasn't scary at all. • The saying “What goes around comes around” was mine. Also the saying “Frankly Francine, I don’t care for cider.” • From antique cars to life on Mars—my new late night talk show covers it all. Tune in Monday as “Alan Up Late” welcomes funnyman Donald Trump. Tuesday: “Alan Up Late” trots out jockey Garrett Gomez and the cast of “Balloon Boy.” Wednesday: “Alan Up Late” is all new with eyeglasses expert Elton John and band “Factory Flirt.” Thursday: It’s a girls-gone-wild throwdown as “Alan Up Late” welcomes Betty White and her older sister Hattie. Friday: Fill up on fun as “Alan Up Late” makes room for eating contest champ Bubba Chadwick. • Why are tear (as in ripping) and tear (as in crying) spelled exactly the same? Does this make any sense? It just tears me up…or tears me up. • One lunch, four stains on my shirt—a new personal record. I just keep getting better and better. • Will all the businesses that use the letter “z” in a cutesy way (i.e.—Kidz Academy, E-Z Storage, Funny Bonz Comedy Club, etc.) pleaz, pleaz stop.Thankz. • So how’s everyone doing? Did you have a nice holiday? How about this weather? You look like you lost weight. Seen any good movies lately? Any plans for the Feast of the Epiphany? (Another year, same king of small talk.) • I was hand searched by a TSA agent at Detroit Metro airport. I can't prove it, but I think my former career as a leggy supermodel may have made me a target. • Looking forward to a night at the theater. We’ve got tickets to “Stump,” the stumpidy-do-da—dandy musical about a guy with no arms and legs who finds unlikely love with a vivacious medicine ball. 24

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• Life is a mystery, love is a riddle, hi diddle, ho diddle, hey diddle diddle. (Sorry about that, but once you use the word “riddle” in a poem you've pretty much unlocked the door to diddle.) • I love sun-splashed fall days that melt into rosy sunsets as I contemplate my fragile existence from my makeshift campsite at the summit of Guatemala’s Volcan Pacaya volcano. Meanwhile, back in the states, word comes that the volcano known as Charlie Sheen has erupted once again, spewing fiery boulders and globs of swill at frightened villagers. My prayers go out. • I am the new spokesman for the Fresh Pepper Growers Federation urging people of all faiths, cultures and ethnic backgrounds to “Discover the Pepper Lover in You.” • Proud to report that my three children from a previous marriage (Big Mort, Ainsley and Hockey Fan) are all doing extremely well and have moved into an old Starcraft fiberglass boat hull in our backyard. Good times! • I celebrate my coastal South Florida lifestyle by frequently catching my own dinner and cooking it. (You have to like lizard though, I'm not much of a fisherman.) • I would like to remind you that if you have your health you have just about everything. (Speaking of which, I’d get that thing on your back checked if I were you. That’s not normal.) • Don’t know much about history; don’t know much biology. Don’t know much about no science book; don’t know much about the French I took. But I do remember who said what to who in almost every silly movie or TV sit-com from the last 20 years, so I got that going for me. • Excited to be co-writing a screenplay with m.night shyamalan entitled “Hamper,” a taunt thriller about a group of strangers that encounter an evil presence in their dirty laundry. • Hand sanitizer: Just another one of the many wonderous things my wife produces from her purse when I’m restless and need a distraction. • I’m relieved to announce that I’m free from the monkey chatter of random thoughts. Oh wait . . . RAH RAH AH AH AH, ROMA RO MA MA, GAGA OOH LA LA . . . okay now I'm free. Wait—DID I MENTION I LIKE PUDDING? Ok, now. BETTY WHITE. Now! SPLISH SPLASH I WAS TAKING A BATH…now!…TURKEY APPLE BURGER, PLEASE…what the what?…Now!!!


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MEET OUR NEWEST MEMBER! We would like to welcome all of Don's past customers of the last 25 years!!

Hello, friends and valued customers of South Florida! Don LeMay, here. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve joined the award-winning team at Coral Cadillac. I invite you to visit me for all your automotive needs. If it’s a pre-owned or new automobile you are looking for, please allow me to earn your business the way I have for the past 30 years. It is my pleasure to serve you, personally, and proud to be a part of Coral Cadillac’s commitment to exceed your expectations in every way! Sincerely, Don LeMay Cell 954-770-8413 • Office 954-426-1800 x208

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The Garden Lady Says… It’s my garden. By Donna Torrey

It seems that even though we may know the truth about a matter, we may not put into action that which we know. For example, we know that no two people share the same DNA, except for identical twins; or voices, or handwriting, and so many other markers of our uniqueness. And yet, in our daily decision making and in our thoughts, what do we do? We want to be like someone else; sheer impossibility! Gardening is as much art as craft because of the fact that no two people can ever have the same one. Even if we try to follow a diagram exactly, two separate people will somehow arrange the variables differently. Plants themselves will add to this by being less than uniform, often behaving quite differently depending on how and where they were grown. Then, there’s the whole set of nuances in maintenance. What’s my point? Cultivate your own garden. It can be daunting when we look at the gardens in magazines such as Southern Living, Garden Design, Martha Stewart, and others. It’s tempting to look at these scripted snatches of perfection and miss the whole point. These creations are just that; a unique situation that someone has made their own, through lots of work and often lots of money. There’s no way we could duplicate it exactly, but

don’t get discouraged, get inspired! Instead of trying to copy what others have done, use these ideas as tools in your own garden. I have a plaque by my front door that reads: “Show me your garden, and I shall tell you who you are.” Your garden is as much “you” as your fingerprint. It’s your place, your canvas. No one else will ever have a garden quite like yours. So, cherish it, weeds and all, because it’s who you are. Every famous person, whether in the gardening realm, fashion, you name it, has become so, because they allowed their individuality to shine. Don’t hide it under a bushel; look around your garden and make it your own. Plant what you like, how you like. Have fun, create! It’s the very essence of gardening. Don’t worry what anyone else thinks. Adopt my motto: “Love me, love my garden!” Check out my website: Donnasgardengate.com for ideas and help ◆

Garden gate Nursery is located in the Pompano Citi Centre. Donna can be reached at 954-783-GATE, or at www.donnasgardengate.com

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Beauty Spot of the Month

Congratulations to Dr. and Mrs. Louis Barreras, 2510 NE 35th Street, winner of the Lighthouse Point Community’s Beauty Spot of the Month Award for August, chosen by the LHP Beautification Committee.


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A Fun Time At 2011 LHP Library Camp Story and Photos by Carolyn Bergamini

The theme for the 2011 Lighthouse Point Library Camp, sponsored by Balkan & Patterson, LLP, was Fun & Fitness. Mornings were spent learning about health and nutrition with assistance of teachers from Mad Science. Jill Black, a certified physical education instructor, arrived in the early afternoon each day to lead the children in outdoor games and exercises. In addition to health and fitness, Librarian, Doreen Gauthier arranged for the campers to be treated to a special presentation every afternoon. The presentations included:Therapy Dogs from

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the Humane Society; Safety Tips—A Child is Missing; Sea Turtle Rescue; Internet Safety by the Lighthouse Point Police Department; and Water Slide/Spray courtesy of the Lighthouse Point Fire Department. Special thanks goes out to all those volunteers who agreed to share their time and expertise with the children at camp as well as to The Cold Stone Creamery in Pompano for providing the children with free ice cream on Friday afternoon.


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Exchange Club Installation of Officers The Pompano Beach Exchange Club’s Annual Installation Dinner of new Officers and Directors for the 2011-2012 year was held on Thursday, June 9, at the Hillsboro Club.The new officers installed were President Scott Alford, Vice President Robert Friedman, Secretary Brian Rask and our lifetime Treasurer Tad Williams. The Board of Directors for the next year are as follows: Chip LaMarca, Jack Krutek, Nick Likourgou, John Burgess, Bill Sullivan, Kyle Branyon, Billy McGough, and Bob Parks.

The Exchange is a volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. Exchange is made up of nearly 1,000 clubs and 33,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

New President: Scott Alford, and Former President Lou Petrone.

2011-12 Slate of Officers and Board of Directors.

Exchange Member Chuck McLaughlin surrounded by Exchange Club member spouses.

Members L-R, Dave Donzella, Tom Depretoro, Chuck McLaughlin, Robert Friedman.

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SOL CHILDREN THEATRE Continued from page 11

children’s theater and always felt they would dumb them down…we don’t dumb down at all. One of our buzz phrases this summer has been ‘keeping it honest’ on stage in the work that you’re doing—don’t act. And once you feel that, it’s addicting. Michael, are you from Florida? MICHAEL: I’m from Florida, but I go to Penn State University for musical theater {a B.F.A.Theatre Major}, and I’m going to be a junior. It has been Sol that has reinvested my love for the theater. I was going to class at a community college when I got the chance go to the theater and teach kids what I love.They invited me back for the summer to do the acting coaching and be involved with the shows, and that’s what drove me to my second round of auditions to get back into school. And now, Penn State has given me a huge scholarship. ROSALIE: What’s really cool is that I saw a spark in Michael just this summer that made me so happy. His reaction right before The Mystery Plays opened was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had with another adult, because he realized for the very first time that he could actually do this for a living, and that’s a wonderful feeling. Tell me about your summer production schedule. You produced nine plays, with two being summer camp shows. ROSALIE: Yes, this was our WLRN Summer Theatre Festival. I will never be this ambitious again — but we’ve done it and it pushed us in ways that I think has enabled me to do my best directing yet… because I had to. Failure wasn’t an option. I’ve been doing this for a long time. I’ve directed over thirty musicals and plays.

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We’re more of a community, regional-type theater than people realize. When do you start your fall main stage productions? ROSALIE: I’ve got some wonderful ideas.There’s a script about Amelia Earhart, a one-acter, from her perspective. And we’re bringing back some of the shows from this summer’s theater festival. Would you like to add anything? MICHAEL: I think that Sol is a very unique experience, and you feel it when you walk into the door. I’d love if more people got involved with Sol. ROSALIE: On both sides of the curtain.That would be great. Kudos to Sol for bringing the talented Michael Pilato to our attention.This company not only has a stellar reputation among the kids and parents who are familiar with it, but within the industry, as well. The Sol Children Theatre Troupe is a great success story. Anyone in the world who claims that theater is dying because the younger generation isn’t invested in this art form should visit this thriving group of talented actors. With our help and their dedication, children’s theater will continue to flourish and survive!

For more information, including a list of upcoming shows at this company’s space at 3333 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton, go to: solchildren.org, call 561-447-8829, or email SolChildTroupe@aol.com.

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Florida Humane Society First Anniversary Celebration Photos by Debra Todd On July 9, Florida Humane Society’s celebrated its first anniver sary. The event was a huge success with over $8,000 dollars being raised and many area residents and business leaders touring the beautiful new facility for the first time. Demonstrations were performed by bomb sniffing and search and rescue K-9 teams and animal CPR demonstrations, as well. Dog agility exhibitions were also held. Many thanks to Kevin and Robert of BSO, Laura from Pet Tech with CPR and Jessie from Zoom Room. Also, many thanks to the area businesses who donated wonderful raffle, auction, and food that helped in making it such a great time. Special thanks to all of our incredible volunteers and to everyone who attended and participated.Without your help we could not continue to help our canine and feline friends.

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Letter To The Editor: The Pamela Hunt Story By Pamela Hunt Dear Mr. Frangipane, I receive and read your publication. I have lived in Lighthouse Point my whole life and I love seeing pictures and stories about our residents. I have a story that I thought you might be interested in. It is about me and my children and our journey to black belt in karate, and beyond. Tonight, I am to take my test for my black belt and my son is to take his test for his second degree black belt. For me, the journey to black belt has been long, due to a couple injuries and allowing myself to listen to negative feedback from various people that resulted in me not believing in myself. This is my second attempt to get my black belt.The first time, I was four months from getting my black belt when I tore the cartilage in my knee and ended up having surgery and dropped out of karate. As my kids got their black belts through the years, I began to really miss being in karate.They don’t only teach you the physical elements of the martial arts and being physically fit, they teach you how to be a better person in the dojo and out. They teach you respect, goal setting, nutrition and integrity. Each class ends with a positive message from the instructor and how to apply it to the martial arts, to school, to your career, to your relationships. There is a contagiously positive energy in the dojo that you can feel the minute you walk in. Getting back to the story, the instructor, or Sensei, spoke to me repeatedly about coming back to karate. He said he would work with me regarding any physical injuries I had. I knew if I didn’t at least try I would regret it. After six months of training hard to get back in shape and re-learning everything I forgot, I qualified to enter black belt cycle (the final 6 months of training). I have had a couple additional injuries, mainly from pushing so hard, and have had several emotional obstacles. I had listened to the negative feedback for so long I had stopped believing in myself. 42

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The instructors have supported me, cheered me on, spent their free time working on sparring techniques with me, and have shared the tears of joy every time I passed the next milestone. There have been friendships and bonds that have developed through this process that I will always cherish. The message behind all this is, the instructors all believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. They encouraged me, helped me and pushed me to accomplish what so many others said I couldn’t do. They taught me that I can do anything if I put my mind to it; that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for. It is a message I am carrying on into other areas of my life. One thing that Sensei has told us is that it isn’t the belt you earn; it is the person you become in the process. At first, I didn’t believe it, but now I understand. I will be unbelievably proud to tie that belt around my waist; however, I am equally proud of the changes the process has made in me.


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At Le Val de Loire Restaurant You Are in France! By Linda Kaufman

Le Val de Loire

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is a quaint, unassuming French restaurant and creperie at the Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach. Reminiscent of the casual brasseries in France where the dishes taste as fresh and familiar as home cooked meals, Le Val de Loire’s clients are sure to call the chef and owner, Fabrice, a few days in advance to request a bouillabaisse or a special dish that they may want. If it’s a bouillabase that is requested, then it will surely be one of the specials on the menu that day. Simple and traditional in its style and preparation, Fabrice’s dishes are undemanding on one’s wallet. And I would assume that it’s by word of mouth that a thirtyyears-old restaurant has survived all these years in a strip mall. One could imagine Le Val de Loire situated at a discreet, neighborhood street in the Left Bank of Paris. It would be a place where the locals dine, where the servers would be on a first name basis with the customers. It would be where you would go to get good French bourgeois cuisine in a comfortable ambience without too much fanfare. And although Le Val de Loire is not in one of the charming streets of Paris, it does have a certain charm that only French restaurants always seem to have. Just as a French woman with a pair of jeans, stilettos, and a red scarf wrapped around her neck seems Nadine and Fabrice naturally stylish and mysterious without trying too hard, Le Val has an understated charm in its simplicity. A large chandelier, cooking school in Dijon at fifteen years old and worked many hardwood floors, warm wood paneling with framed French years in Paris and Switzerland until he came to the U.S. motif posters line the walls, a lit Eiffel Tower greets the “Cooking was my passion I discovered when I entranceway and bottle of red wine sits on each table. was young,” said Fabrice. “It gives me Although unplanned, it was a propos that we pleasure to give others pleasure with my came on Bastille Day, one of the big French cooking.” He worked as a chef at Les holidays. Diane, a blond waitress who has been Halles, the French Brasserie in Coral working there for twelve years, seemed to be Gables, then four years ago bought Le able to serve multiple tables without missing Val de Loire and moved to Deerfield a beat. With her no nonsense, direct Beach. “Miami was too crazy for us. I demeanor, I watched her greet the customers love it here,” said Nadine. Unlike with a kiss on each cheek and a warm many chefs, Fabrice cooks whenever bonjour as they entered the restaurant. he’s at home. “I think that he cooks After being seated, we met Nadine, the because he owner, an attractive blonde with a mellifluous doesn’t trust voice. She told us that she met Fabrice in me! If he Endive Salad Switzerland where they were neighbors, fell in love, doesn’t want got married and moved to Miami. “My dream was to live me to poison the here,” Nadine said. “And I found out that it was also his dream family, he had better to come to the cook!” she added. United States.” And then the feast When the mad rush was over, Fabrice finally came out to began with a beautiful talk to us. In a gentle, soft voice, he spoke to us in French endive salad ($6.95) of about his life and how he knew from an early age that he endives and arugula, blue wanted to pursue a career in the culinary field. He studied at a cheese, walnuts and a side of Pate Maison

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The desserts are also all homemade, and I must say that the Napoleon ($4.95) was one of the best that I’ve ever had! The pastry was light and flaky and the cream was sweet without being Apple Tart overpowering. Aside from adding a variety of crepes to the menu, Fabrice basically kept the original menu to satisfy the loyal clientele of many years. The menu consists of the traditional French dishes such as beef bourguignon, filet of sole meuniere, and roast duckling a l’orange, as well as other dishes that most French cuisine lovers would enjoy, such as chicken, seafood, and vegetables crepes and other Napoleon dessert crepes. All the entrée items can be ordered a la carte or as a complete dinner for a few dollars more which include dessert, tea or coffee. For those hungry early birds, there is a sunset menu served from 4:45pm to 5:45pm for a very reasonable price. The menu can be viewed at http://le-val-de-loire.com. The Salmon au Beurre Blanc restaurant is open every evening except for Sundays during the summer and open for lunch every week day for crepes, sandwiches, salads as well as hot entrees. Le Val de Loire is located on 1576 SE 3rd Court, Deerfield Beach. Tel: (954) 427-5354.

dijonaise dressing that was light and delicious and a generous portion enough for two people. The homemade pate maison ($7.95), served with cornichons, was just like the pates in France and heavenly on the crunchy French bread! We shared two main courses—the Salmon au Beurre Blanc ($18.95) and the Filet Mignon au Poivre ($24.95.) The salmon was perfectly cooked, with lemon and white wine sauce, served with rice, spinach and a stuffed tomato provencale. Not too seasoned, yet not bland, the dish reminded me of a homemade meal Filet Mignon au Poivre you would have at someone’s house in France. The filet mignon was served with a brandy, demi-glace and peppercorn sauce, fried eggplant, and mashed sweet potatoes. It was a treat to have a variety of vegetables, as well as nice size portions. Everything in this restaurant is homemade including the French fries which they hand cut fresh everyday. Nadine says that some people come just to have the fries! “We have never seen so many tables order French fries in one restaurant. They must be worth trying!” she exclaimed.

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LEGAL MAT T E RS

Marital and Family Law Perspectives Balance Brings Happiness in Family Life By Catherine Iaconis Favitta Do you remember the potato chip company that told us we couldn’t eat just one? Who among us then ate a whole bag only to become sick to our stomach? The problem? Failing to recognize that balance would bring happiness. A few chips are a superb complement to a hamburger or sandwich lunch, but a whole bag likely results in misery. We all have heard about the importance of daily rest for the body, which freshens the physical body and mind, but too much can result in lethargy, which is the opposite of what is intended! The same can be true about everything good: too much usually results in problems. The solution? Balance! Having served a largely church-based clientele in the last decade, I heard many spouses complain that their partners were “obsessed” with reading the Bible as well as attending multiple weekly church events, and responding to every household problem with a robotic sounding Bible verse. I have seen many marriages and family relationships became estranged as a result. Those intense spouses/parents missed the “memo” that while there is a benefit to everyone having a spiritual side, even too much of a good thing can bring unintended, disastrous results. Balancing spiritual principles with common sense partnering

and parenting is a much more effective and loving response to a family matter than always wagging a demanding finger and the Bible at someone’s misdeeds. It would help every spouse and parent to keep in mind author Robert Fulghum’s pointers in his essay “All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten.”Within that essay, about how to live a happy and sane life, we find the recommendation to “Live a balanced life: learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work some every day.” While most believe wisdom can only be found after decades of education and experience, Fulghum points out that the most basic wisdom for happy families was there, all the while, in the sandbox from our youth. If every family would remember to follow these simple principles and bring balance into their family life every day, I believe there would be much more happiness within marriages and families, and a lot less consultations with attorneys! ◆ Catherine is a local Marital & Family Law Attorney and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator who has been serving South Florida for twenty-eight years.

M I N D YO U R B U S I N ESS

Monkey Business By Mike Denker In 1994, my boss asked me to be a manager. I said,“Sure. What do I have to do?” He said, “Pass the management assessment.” He needed a new supervisor, so I was sent to Atlanta for an all day interactive test. It was administered by six assessment experts. The only part I vividly remember was called “The In Box.” They sat me at a desk with an overflowing in box. I decided to review each item in the in box, one by one. I determined the next action step for each piece of paper, placed a post-it note with the action on the paper, and put in the out box. About 30 seconds after placing the last piece in the out box, the assessor walked in and said the test was over. I was disappointed because I did not get to do any of the work that was in the out box. They reviewed my day with me at five o’clock. To my surprise, they were most impressed with my performance on “The In Box.” They said,“You accomplished an amazing amount of work in a very short period of time.” I had prepared every task for someone else to perform. My score for Delegation was very high. Three weeks later, I was a supervisor. At my new office, the members of my team would come by with a problem. I believed the supervisor’s job was to eliminate all obstacles for them. They would walk in with a monkey on their back. During the conversation, their monkey would climb on to my desk, and they would leave my office carefree. Later I would ask them for progress reports. They would remind me that the project was stalled because their monkey was on my

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desk. Somehow, the responsibility for doing their work was on me. Thankfully, I remembered “The In Box.” Every post-it note I wrote that day in Atlanta represented a monkey. The monkey is the next action on a project. Until a project is finished, there is always a monkey. The project cannot move forward until somebody takes care of the monkey. There was a huge traffic jam in my department. I had an office full of monkeys. Some of them were mine, but most of them were somebody else’s. Clear and appropriate ownership of every monkey is critical to the success of any project. In Atlanta, I defined every monkey and put it in my out box. Each monkey was going to the correct owner. Once they took care of their monkey, the project would have a new monkey, the next action step. The new monkey had an owner. If your organization has determined that you own the monkey, take care of it. If it belongs to someone else, delegate it, immediately. Your company cannot thrive if you are taking care of somebody else’s monkey. When someone walks into your office with a monkey on their back, make sure it’s theirs. If it is their monkey, make sure they leave with it. ◆ Biz Coach Mike Denker supplies the encouragement and accountability business owners need to consistently do what they should to get what they truly want. Call (954) 603-7677 or 180warrior.com. Tune in to his weekly radio show every Monday at 1pm on WAFG 90.3 FM.


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Delaney Hill Joins Worthy Cause Inspired by the Rachel Beckwith story, Delaney Hill, daughter of Lighthouse Point residents Kim Bergmark Hill and Andrew Hill, decided that instead of presents she wanted to raise money for people lacking access to safe clean drinking water. Delaney learned about Rachel through her mother who was touched by the article she was reading late July. Rachel Beckwith was just 9 years old when she died in July; however her thirst for bringing clean drinking water to people will live on. Rachel was taken off life support on Saturday, July 23 after she sustained fatal injuries in a 14-vehicle pile up near her home in Bellevue, Washington three days earlier, CNN reported. For her birthday in June Rachel had asked her friends and relatives to donate money instead of giving her presents. Rachel was only $80 short of her modest goal of raising $300 when she died. To learn more about her story go to http://www.huffington post.com/2011/08/02/in-death-rachel-beckwith-_n_916501.html To honor her memory,Wishing Well International Foundation has started a campaign to raise $30,000 and will donate 100% of the money to projects to be coordinated with Charity: Water, the non-profit Rachel had chosen for her fundraising efforts. Delaney joined the campaign and became a fundraiser to honor Rachel’s memory as soon as she learned what Rachel tried to do. Delaney’s birthday was August 25 and her campaign will continue. On her page, www.active.com/donate/Rachelswish/Delaney, Delaney says “It would be nice if everyone could be like Rachel Beckwith. I think her idea was so nice and so for my birthday I have decided to do the same. So, instead of presents, I want to raise money for poor people who die because they have bad water. Please help me raise money so Rachel’s memory lives on and we can help save so many people. Thank you.” The Foundation recently held the 1st Annual Chili Cook Off and Tennis Round Robin in Lighthouse Point.The event raised over $15,000. To learn more about the Foundation and its activities go to www.wishingwelintl.org. A link to Rachel’s fundraising page is on the home page. To donate and join Rachel’s dream go directly to www.active.com/donate/Rachelsdream.Through Rachel’s fundraising page you can donate or become a fundraiser. All donations are tax deductible.

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Kevin Mendez, Jr. 2011 National Diving Champion Kevin Mendez Jr., of Lighthouse Point, Florida is the 8-year-old son of Dr. Kevin Mendez and Dr. Kellie Mosley-Mendez. He recently competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Spring Board Diving Championship held in Riverside, California July 20-26, 2011. AAU A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. Kevin placed 1st place in both the one--meter and three-meter board for boys ages 9-years old and younger. He placed 1st on the three- meter board for the synchronized diving for boys ages 11- years old and younger. Mendez currently trains with Coach Paul Breitfeller and Coach Jennifer Floyd in Plantation, Florida. Kevin will be entering the second grade at Pinecrest School in Fort Lauderdale this fall.

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H EALTHWI S E

Body Perfect The unconscious missing link. By Kelly Doyle, dfp Pilates Health Studios Our bodies are constantly trying to stay in a state of equilibrium. We challenge that state on a daily basis in many ways but one challenge we give our bodies daily is the way we move our selves. None of us is perfectly proportioned. But what happens to the rest of your body if your shoulder is a half inch lower on the right side from carrying your bag, child or a briefcase the same way every day? What is the ‘domino effect’ of these misalignments? You are much more than a collection of parts - legs, arms, torso and a head joined together. There is a pattern, an order, in human bodies.That pattern, how parts fit and work together as a whole, is known as body alignment. Our bodies have something called proprioception which provides feedback solely on the status of the body internally. Proprioception is known as the third sense, and indicates whether the body is moving with the correct effort, as well as where the various parts of the body are located in relation to each other.This unconscious perception of movement also tells you if something in your body is off. Without proper body alignment you are lifting, exercising, golfing and going through your daily routine creating a negative domino effect throughout the body. Most of us ignore pain and blame age, a hard day or an injury that we are sure will heal on its own. If you picture your skeleton, you see how everything in your body is aligned in a certain pattern. What

happens if you keep moving when these patterns are off? The pelvis connects the spine to the femur bones (the femur connects to the hip with a ball and socket joint and lengthens down to the knee). If the muscles are being worked more often on one side most likely they are shorter, slightly larger, tighter.These shorter, tighter muscles can pull more on a bone or joint causing misalignments. Every time you lift a heavy object, or do something as simple as walk through the grocery store, you are putting stress on bones out of pattern which if ignored can cause pain and eventually injury. So what do you do? Get familiar with how your body feels and looks. Pay attention to your movements and how you stand. Awareness can fix many problems or catch something before it becomes a problem. If you do have pain, speak with your doctor. When I see new clients and recognize that they are not moving correctly we do our best to realign the body and strengthen weak areas, but at times I send them to our off-site Neuromuscular Therapist to reconnect theses patterns. Pain is the body’s way of telling us that something is wrong. It is important to be aware of your body and try to keep it healthy, strong and aligned. ◆ For more information: Kelly Doyle, dfp Pilates Health Studio, 33000 E Oakland Park Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, 954-648-5831

FAS H I O N B LO G

Dress your Age! By Millie Walsh

Ouch, that hurt. No matter what your age—if you’re twenty something, or sixty something—I’m sure those words have crossed your mind. If only the department stores were set up by age with a line drawn—do not cross this line if you are over age 30, 40, etc. Or maybe a reference book we could check at every milestone birthday.Well, it’s not that simple.There is no line, although we have all run into people that have crossed it. For some reason it is easier to judge someone else’s clothing choices rather than our own.What is age appropriate? Well of course it is different for everyone. Here’s my two cents: How short is too short? Dresses are getting shorter and tops are getting longer. Every day someone asks me,“Is this a dress or a top?” Well, depending on your height and age, a lot of them can be either. If it’s a little too short to wear as a dress, wear it over capri length leggings or straight leg jeans. And yes, you can wear leggings if you are over 40. And yes, if you have great legs you can still wear short skirts—dropping the length just an inch can make all the difference. Sexy or Slutty—If you have great cleavage and want to show it off, ask yourself—“Does it look Sexy or Slutty? With so many

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choices of layering pieces from camisoles to lace and solid bandeaus, you can still be sexy without crossing that line. Cover up the cleavage at work and show it off at night when sexy is more appropriate. Show those arms! It’s Florida, don’t wear long sleeves in the summer just because you don’t like your arms. Embrace your body and your age. You may not be as toned as you were when you were 20, but you’re not 20 anymore. Love who you are, don’t hide it. Age in style. Just because you are getting older (there’s no way around that) doesn’t mean you can’t age in style. Just pick the trends that work for you and listen to that inner voice—if you think it’s too young, don’t buy it! Find your own fashion persona and be confident in your style choices. Let’s age beautifully together. ◆ I’ll be answering your questions and sharing fashion news and tips each month in the Lighthouse Point Magazine’s Fashion Blog, a print version of my Web Log. Address any fashion related questions to millie@ shopbody.com, or stop by the store, Body & Soul Boutique, located in the Shoppes at Beacon Light, 2430 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, 954-942-6446.


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O N LI N E MA R K ET I N G

MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE AT AN AFFORDABLE RATE

SERIES IV: Socializing Online By Jennifer Kovacs As if we all didn’t have enough passwords to remember, websites to access, and communications to check, now we have update our ‘status.’ Who has time? The harsh reality is Social Media isn’t going away so I’m going to tell you what I tell all my clients, “IT’S FREE, USE IT!” I know it seems like a lot of work, but what’s a few minutes of posting if it could lead to a few clients? Facebook has dominated the Social Media scene for some time now, then of course there’s Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Digg, Stumble Upon,YouTube, the list keeps going. For time sake, let’s focus on three. Facebook is a way to stay connected with friends, businesses, family members and advertisers via status updates, picture uploads, Likes, tags and advertisements. Statistics: 1) More than 500 million active users, 2) People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook, 3) Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events, 4) Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month, 5) More than 30 billion pieces of content (links, news, blog posts, photo albums, etc.) shared each month, 6) Entrepreneurs and developers from more than 190 countries build with Facebook Platform, 7) People on Facebook install 20 million applications every day, 8) Every month, more than 250 million people engage with Facebook on external websites, 9) Since social plug-ins launched an average of 10,000 new websites integrate with Facebook daily, 10) There’re more than 250 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their phones. Get your business on Facebook!

LinkedIn allows you to manage your professional identity, access knowledge, insights and opportunities. LinkedIn can strengthen and extend your existing network of trusted contacts through reviews, affiliations and discussions. Of all the Social Networking mediums it is more professional then social. Many people use LinkedIn to recruit and market business positions and opportunities in a cost effective way. Foursquare is a location-based website accessed mostly via mobile devices. It allows users with GPS-enabled mobile devices (smartphones, iPads) to "check-in" at venues using a mobile website or by selecting from a list of venues that the application locates nearby.The more often you check into a venue, the more points or “badges” you receive the more likely you are to gain some kind of incentive. Whoever checks in the most becomes the “mayor” and is congratulated via Foursquare broadcast. Often, times Foursquare is integrated with Facebook. Once you check in it is posted to Facebook and let’s everyone know exactly where you are, creating a sense of popularity. Let me clue you in on a way to save a lot of time. There are applications out there that will update all Social Media outlets at one time. Hoot Suite is a social media communications dashboard, publishing to websites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, MySpace, and WordPress at one time. It is available as a web-based and mobile application. Go download it! Happy Webbing! ◆ For more information please contact Opt2Web, www.opt2web.com Web Design and Development

Robbie Hilliard Concert On The Beach Pompano Beach music lovers had a special treat in store as former MCA singer/songwriter Robbie Hilliard brought his brand of country/folk/rock to their Summer Music Concert Series held on the beach Saturday Night, July 30th. Hilliard coming back after a self-imposed retirement played his originals, such as Slow Burn, Divorced Blues, Remind Me Of You, among others, along with his array of Dylan favorites and his rockabilly standards. The beach was packed to see Hilliard and his band on a beautiful breezy South Florida evening. Special thanks to Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Chris Sisto and the City of Pompano Beach for a special musical night.

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To All The Grandchildren In The World By Wendell Abern

Dear Grandchildren Everywhere, Today, I am writing to apologize to all of you. Usually, I try to write humor. But I can’t today. On September 11, ten years ago, terrorists stole some airplanes and flew them into buildings, killing thousands of people. And this month, memorials throughout the country will mourn those who lost their lives. Reminders of that horrendous day make it too hard to think funny thoughts. Instead, today I want to apologize to everyone in your generation from everyone in mine. My generation inherited two world wars that killed millions of people. We should have learned something from those terrible wars, to make the world a better place for you. We didn’t…and we didn’t. And so, it would be hypocritical for me to offer any advice to you. I can, however, tell you some of the lessons we should have learned…that every generation should have learned. None ever has. I hope yours will. We never learned the one thing that every human being on earth has in common: none of us asked to be here. We had no say in the matter at all. But once given the gift of life, no one should have the right to take it away. Yet human beings kill other human beings every day. Every hour. Every place on earth. And too often, in the name of some –ism, or –ology, or –ocracy. One reason for this is because of another lesson no generation has ever learned about its leaders: how to tell The Good Guys from The Bad Guys. That is just as dumb as it sounds. But it keeps happening. Every century. And it happens because we never understand how badly we want to believe in our leaders. Our presidents, our prime ministers, our priests, our rabbis — any of our leaders. We want them to be smart, to be fair, to be honest, and to always to be right. But our leaders are merely human beings. They make mistakes, just like we do. They are wrong sometimes, just like we are. Yet we continue to endow them with kindness, intelligence and righteousness, whether they possess such qualities or not. Another reason we never learn how to tell the Good Guys from the Bad Guys is because history is written by the winners. Many centuries ago, a man named Alexander led an army that conquered other countries. Some history books still refer to him as Alexander The Great. No history book tells us what he was called by the thousands of widows and orphans his marauding armies left in their wake. If Germany had won World War II, the madman Adolph Hitler—arguably the most evil human being who ever lived—would be portrayed in today’s history books as a dynamic, righteous leader. Because we want so badly to believe in our leaders, we seem to be willing to do anything they ask. Our leaders discovered long ago that by using the hatred of others, it is easy to galvanize us in a common cause, which almost invariably leads to mass killings. Many in this country balked at the Vietnamese War because we didn’t understand who hated us. Conversely, if our government had declared war on Iran after zealots had kidnapped 52 Americans, everyone in the country would have backed our leaders with fervent jingoism. My personal belief is that there is nothing as beautiful or sacred as a human life. Any human life. Yet, at some point in the history of our civilization, our leaders decided that our beliefs are more important than our lives. I’m not sure just when or why this happened, but that has never changed.

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About seven thousand years ago, there were almost 27 million of us listening to a few leaders, telling us to go kill each other in the name of some -isms. About five hundred years ago, there were now 450 million of us, still listening to a few leaders, still telling us to go kill each other in the name of some new -isms. Today, there are more than six billion of us, still listening to a few leaders, still telling us to go kill each other…still in the name of some –isms. When does it stop? When do we stop killing each other? More than 150 years ago, a man by the name of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, “What we learn from history…is that we never learn from history.” That is just as true today. How pathetic. And because we never learn, we keep repeating past horrors. Today, more than 60 years after the unspeakable atrocity known as The Holocaust, after a weary world swore,“Never again,” after a United Nations was created to bring peace to the whole planet, genocides continue to flourish. Ethnic cleansing seems to occur every decade or so. As I write this, the slaughter of innocent people continues in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia, all in the name of some –isms. When will it end? Another important lesson we never learned: don’t stop questioning just because you believe in something. We have survived on this planet because of our brains. We are not as strong or fast or agile as most other animals on earth. But we are smarter. Our brains are our most potent weapon. And we should never stop thinking. Yet somehow we always do whenever we are told that what we believe in gives us license to kill other human beings. Well, almost always. Mahatma Gandhi tried mightily to bring people together with love instead of hatred. So did Martin Luther King. So have a precious few others. Unfortunately, too many leaders have discovered that hatred works better. And finally, here is a lesson we all should have learned in kindergarten: there is only one planet that supports life. This is where we all have to live. We should be taking care of this planet. And I must admit, your generation is doing a much better job of it than mine did. Or any generation, for that matter. I hope you can start to turn other things around also. Most of all, I hope you can start to stop the killing. It will take many, many future generations to overcome millennia of broken alliances, shattered truces, unconscionable genocides and mass killings to stop. But the end of the killing has to start sometime. I hope it starts with you. I hope you can make the world a tiny bit better. And a little bit cleaner. And much safer. And that your generation, and all the generations thereafter, never has to experience another 9/11 tragedy. I hope when you are my age, you never have to write a letter of apology to all the grandchildren in the world. Sincerely, Wendell Abern Wendell Abern can be reached at dendyabern@comcast. net.


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A C C O U N TA B I L I T Y Vol. 6 By Jon Frangipane

Good Intentions or Indifference? The proverb The Road to Hell is Paved With Good Intentions could not be any more explicit in its meaning than what occurred during the debt ceiling crisis on August 2nd in Congress, when most members were forced to vote for something they little believed in. Still wet behind the ears, a group of freshman politicians, convinced by lobbyists and other outside influences, decided that they were going to make a difference; that they would make things right with the world. And the rest who voted for the bill just preferred not to make any waves that could cost them the next election. After all, the primary goal of a majority of our elected politicians is to get elected again, not to listen to the desperate pleas of their constituents who put them in office. It is now only too obvious that the average American is already feeling that “difference” since that August 2nd vote in a way hardly imagined by those novice legislators with little experience and working knowledge of government. Oh yes, they made a difference, all right. That difference was, in truth, “indifference” to the needs, the hopes and the dreams of that average American, while the countries richest 2% continue to avoid paying their fair share of taxes; while billions of dollars in oil company subsidies continue, and their corporate buddies pay little or NO taxes. It is written that when judging intentions, certain “dogooders” are more likely to interpret good intentions for their own personal good than the good of others, in this case, those who elected them to office. Now that their plan has obviously backfired, maybe a new perspective will rise into view, hopefully before the world’s economies stagger and fail, and the people lose faith in a system that has served them so well in the past. I don’t know this America. I don’t want to know this America. ■ Supreme Court Politics unabashedly reared an ugly head as they ruled in a 5-4 decision in favor of no limits on corporate contributions to presidential campaigning. One dissenting Justice, John Paul Stevens, accused the majority of judicial activism and said; “The conceit that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons in the political sphere is not only inaccurate but also inadequate to justify the Court’s disposition of this case.” So, you can expect it to be large corporations, not the American people, who shall decide the next American president. Oh, by the way…if some Chinese corporations decide to contribute a few billion dollars, it may very well be the Chinese themselves who decide the next presidency in 2012.

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■ Mugwumps have been under the radar since 1884, but Republican political activists like those who switched parties because of financial corruption associated with Republican candidate James G. Blaine way back then may again occupy a place in the 2012 political skirmish, if the continuing pandemic of uncontrollable libidos and sophomoric behavior doesn’t abate. Mugwumps felt themselves aloof from party affiliation, many becoming independents. But now, with disgraceful behavior so prevalent in both parties, Mugwumps may sound like a welcome alternative, as Incivility has completely taken hold of the political landscape. From the mouths of our elected leaders comes fierce and uncompromising rhetoric that is both sickening and destructive to our struggling democracy… and the stubborn, never-ending unwillingness to compromise will bring our country to its knees. Sadly, we have not seen or heard the worst! ■ Wealth Inequality in America may be hurdling our nation toward civil unrest, reports news commentator Thom Hartmann, after an interview with former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. According to Brzezinski, we live in a society where 400 people own more wealth that 150 million other Americans, a society in which 50 per cent of the children will depend on food stamps at some time before they are 18. If Brzezinski is right, there are turbulent times ahead for America. And we are seeing sporadic indications of civil unrest in our local communities already. ■ Red…not red, white and blue seems to be the color preferred by our trusted politicians. Regardless of party affiliation, any group of politicians willing to sacrifice the lives and wellbeing of Americans now out of work for the sole purpose of ‘squeezing’ our president out of office will go down is history as the most dastardly, self-serving, greedy decision in American history. Senator Mitch McConnell has sworn to this promise by stating; the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-time president.” No, no, senator, the single most important thing is to help Americans live as you live… with enough food, clothing, medical care and all the things you are so privileged to have. Oh yes, how about FREE medical care that is handed to you and your family? Correction, Senator McConnell: The SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING is getting Americans back to work!


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Golf Widow Dear Dr. Corn, I am in my mid-fifties, and recently married a man who is an avid golfer. I enjoy playing too; but I am not as good nor do I share his passion. At first, I did not mind his playing three times a week. But, now, I find myself resenting all the time he spends on the course. I need help to fix this problem now! Dear Golf Widow, You seem to have developed enough self-awareness to realize your feelings are saying something very important to you; even if it is unpleasant. Being honest with yourself is not always easy; no matter one’s age. Fortunately, you possess the maturity plus objectivity to realize your behavior is not accomplishing your goal. Your intent is to have hubby’s attention and affection, not have him emotionally distance himself from you. Your willingness to look within yourself is a positive first step. Chances are, your reaction originates from earlier experiences in your life; possibly when it might have been difficult directly expressing

uncomfortable or disturbing feelings. Perhaps you might share an example from your past to illustrate how this behavior might have evolved over time.This might help your husband understand you better as well as start repairing some of your past difficulties communicating. It is likely your husband’s interest and desire to play golf isn’t the real culprit. Be careful not to make the mistake of seeing his past-time as a rejection of you. Two individuals do not become one just because they are married.There is nothing wrong with having separate interests as well as finding others to mutually share. Try to look at this situation as an opportunity to make constructive changes within yourself as well as how you two interact. If you can develop a new attitude, you can lower your handicap for problems within your home. ◆

Dr. Andrea Corn is in private practice in Lighthouse Point, FL. Her office is 2040 East Sample Rd. Lighthouse Point, FL. 33064. For additional information, please call 954- 942-3344. Or, her website at: www.DrAndreaCorn.com .

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What’s Itching You? It Might be Hives By Melanie S. Hecker, MD, MBA

Hives Hives are pale, red swellings of skin “wheals” that occur in groups on any part of the skin. Urticaria is the medical word for hives. Each hive lasts a few hours before fading without a trace. New areas may develop as old areas fade. They can vary in size from as small as a pencil eraser to as a large as a dinner plate and may join together to form even larger swellings. Hives are usually itchy, but can also burn or sting. Hives are formed by blood plasma leaking out of small blood vessels in the skin. This is caused by the release of a chemical called histamine. Histamine is released from cells called “mast cells” which lie along the blood vessels in the skin. Allergic reactions, chemicals in foods, or medications, can cause histamine release. Sometimes it’s impossible to find out why hives are forming. Hives are very common with 10-20 % of the population having at least one episode in their lifetime. Hives usually go away within a few days to a few weeks. Occasionally, a person will continue to have hives for many years. When hives form around the eyes, lips, or genitals, the tissue may swell excessively. Although frightening, the swelling usually goes away in less than 24 hours. Causes of Hives: Foods, Drugs, and Infections The most common foods that cause hives are nuts, chocolate, fish, tomatoes, eggs, fresh berries and milk. Fresh foods cause hives more

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often than cooked foods. Food additives and preservatives may also be the problem. Hives appear within minutes or up to two hours after eating, depending on where the food is absorbed in the digestive tract. Almost any prescription or over-the-counter medication can cause hives. Some drugs include antibiotics, pain medications, sedatives, and diuretics. Antacids, vitamins, eye and ear drops, laxatives and other non-prescription medication have the potential to cause hives. If you have an attack of hives, it is important to tell your Dermatologist about all the preparations that you take to assist in finding the cause. Many infections may cause hives and colds are a common cause in children. Treatment of Hives The best treatment for hives is to find and remove the cause. This is not an easy task. Antihistamines are usually prescribed by your Dermatologist to provide relief. Antihistamines work best if taken on a regular schedule to prevent hives from forming. No one antihistamine works best for everyone, so your Dermatologist may need to try more than one or different combinations to find out what works best for you. ◆ To find out more about this exciting topic, please contact us at Hecker Dermatology Group, P.A. New patients welcome and most insurance accepted. Call 954-783-2323 for an appointment or visit us on-line at: www.heckerderm.com.


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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: LHPnews@bellsouth.net and type “RECIPE” in the subject line.

Lentil Soup with Broccoli Rabe Cook the broccoli rabe in a separate pan, not in the soup pot. That way, any excess bitterness from the vegetable goes down the drain with the cooking water rather than into the soup. You'll find, though, that a bit of bite enlivens the lentils. Serves: 4

Ingredients: • 2 tablespoon(s) cooking oil • 1 onion, chopped • 2 carrots, chopped • 2 ribs celery, chopped • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 pound lentils (2 cups) • 2 1/2 quarts water • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 1 bay leaf • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt • 1/4 teaspoons fresh-ground black pepper • 1 pounds broccoli rabe, cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths (about 2 quarts) • Grated zest of 1 1/2 lemons Preparation: In a large saucepan, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in the lentils, water, tomato paste, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the broccoli rabe until just tender, about 5 minutes. Drain. Stir the lemon zest into the soup. Remove the bay leaf. Ladle the soup into bowls and top each serving with some of the broccoli rabe. Variations: Omit the broccoli rabe. Shred ten ounces of raw spinach, escarole or Swiss chard leaves and stir them into the soup five minutes before it’s done. The lentil soup is also delicious on its own, without any greens at all.

Grilled Green Tomato Focaccia Sandwiches Serves: 4

Ingredients: • 1 large lemon • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper • 1 pound (3 medium) green tomatoes, (unripe), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 8 slices Canadian bacon • 1 (about 10" x 6", 1 pound) loaf focaccia bread, cut horizontally in half

Pasta Shells with Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Serves: 4

Ingredients: • 2 tablespoons cooking oil • 3 tablespoons butter • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/3 pounds in all) • 1 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoons fresh-ground black pepper • 1/2 red onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 3/4 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts (or one 10-ounce package frozen), cut into quarters from top to stem end • 1 cup canned low-sodium chicken broth or homemade stock • 1/8 teaspoons dried red-pepper flakes • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese • 1/2 pound medium pasta shells Preparation: In a large nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon each of the oil and the butter over moderate heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Cook the breasts until browned and just done, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for 5 minutes. Cut into small pieces. In the same pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over moderately low heat. Add the red onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the garlic, Brussels sprouts, broth and red-pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer and cook,covered, until the Brussels sprouts are just done, about 5 minutes. Add the chicken, lemon juice, parsley, Parmesan, and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Remove from the heat. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until just done, about 10 minutes. Drain and toss with the sauce.

Preparation: Prepare outdoor grill for direct grilling over medium heat. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon peel and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice. In cup, combine lemon peel and juice, mayonnaise, and pepper. Sprinkle tomato slices with salt; brush lightly with oil. Place tomatoes on hot grill rack and cook, uncovered, 6 to 7 minutes or until browned and slightly softened, turning slices over once. On same grill rack, cook Canadian bacon 2 minutes or until heated through, turning over once. Transfer tomatoes and bacon to platter. Place focaccia, cut sides down, on grill rack. Grill 3 to 4 minutes or until lightly toasted. Assemble sandwiches: Spread mayonnaise mixture on cut sides of focaccia. On bottom half of focaccia, layer tomatoes, then Canadian bacon. Replace top half of focaccia. To serve, cut sandwich into 4 pieces.

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John Offerdahl is…

The Gridiron Griller

Dolphin Pro-Bowler Sam Madison joined a different team this past November when he paired up with celebrity chef Angelo Elia at my first Gridiron Grill-OFF. They both competed against other teams of famous chefs and Dolphin greats for the “the best grilled recipe” bragging rights as well as in the bean bag Toss-OFF tournament (a game many play at tailgates and backyard BBQs everywhere). Angelo’s phenomenal recipe for grilled scallops was a fan-favorite I think you are going to love. The truffle sauce is simple and simply delicious! Oh, and by the way, the bean bag champion was no other than Sam Madison pictured here with his teammate Chris Ashby of Homestead, FL. Check out gridirongriller.com to see this year’s celebrity lineup for this year’s November 18th Gridiron Grill-OFF!

Dijon Truffle Grilled Scallops READY…Line up your ingredients Salad • 2 Cups of white Cannellini beans • Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper • 3 Stalks of Celery diced • Vintage Balsamic Vinegar • Fresh Parsley • 1/2 pint of Grape Tomatoes cut in halves Sauce • 4T Dijon Mustard • 2t Truffle Oil • Touch of Cream • Fresh Ground Black Pepper Seafood • Jumbo Scallops • Extra Virgin Olive Oil • Salt & Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Sam Madison (South Florida’s media personality) grilling up with Celebrity Chef Angelo Elia of Casa D’Angelo in Fort Lauderdale. Sam was also the champion of the BIG GIG TOSS-OFF – a bean bag toss tournament that paired athletes their fans!

PREP…Prepare your entrée, rubs, dressings and sauces… Salad: Boil the cannellini beans, once they are cooked, drain the water and let cool to room temperature. You can also use canned beans – just drain water. Combine Cannellini beans and all other salad ingredients into a bowl and toss. Place a layer on serving dishes Sauce: Julienne apple into match size and mix with the celery leaves, parsley leaves, and radishes. Apple Cider Vinaigrette: Combine Dijon Mustard, truffle oil, a touch of heavy cream & fresh ground black pepper & set aside Scallops: Season the Scallops with olive oil, salt and ground pepper.

LET’S GRILL…Take it to the Grill… Pre-heat the grill to 400 (Medium High) and grill scallops to your preferred doneness. When ready to serve, place Scallops on top of bed of Cannellini Bean Salad & Drizzle the Dijon Mustard sauce over the top. Bon Appétit & Grill ON! Recommended wine pairing…“Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc”!!

JOHN SAYS…“There’s nothing trifling about truffle sauce. It makes everything taste special”!

Sheriff Al Lamberti Reports

Keeping Kids Safe – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility By Sheriff Al Lamberti Nearly a quarter million students will be returning to school in Broward County on Monday,August 22.The safety of all children is our number one priority and it should be yours, too. Even if you do not have school age children, it is important to remember there are ways everyone can help keep our kids safe! Drivers need to remember that Florida law prohibits passing, in either direction, a school bus that is stopped with its flashing lights activated. Drivers must also remember to slow down in school zones. Driving slowly and carefully through school zones sharply reduces the risk of a tragic accident. Anyone caught passing a stopped school bus or speeding in a school zone can expect a costly fine – the Broward Sheriff’s Office simply will not tolerate violations that could harm a child. Remember, many students will be riding their bicycles or walking to school. Pay attention to crosswalks and areas near schools where children could potentially dart into the roadway. Being hit by a car is by far the greatest threat to any child walking or riding a bicycle to school. Parents and guardians need to ensure their child is wearing a helmet – it’s the law. Helmets are the single most effective safety device for cyclists and greatly reduce the risk of death or critical injury. Remind your child to always ride his or her bicycle with the flow of traffic and obey

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stop signs and traffic signals. Children should also stay on the sidewalk and only cross at crosswalks. Now is a good time to remind your child to never, ever stop to talk to strangers on the way to and from school and, most importantly, never get into any vehicle with a stranger. These could potentially be life-threatening. Again, even if you do not have school age children, if you see something suspicious near a school or playground, report it to 911 immediately. If you have watched or listened to news reports lately, bullying among teens and young adults is a hot topic. Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. A child who is being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms such as physical, verbal, emotional and cyber-bullying. Signs that your child might be bullied are: torn clothes, loss of appetite, mood changes and/or a reluctance to go to school. Bullying – whether or not it is happening to your child or a classmate – should be reported right away. You may make an anonymous report by calling the Broward School District’s emergency hotline at 754.321.0911. By keeping safety in mind, we can all work together to make the 2011-2012 school year safe and successful.


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I D E NTIT Y T H E F T

Beware of Predators Out to Rob the Cradle 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. Yet, you probably never considered the importance of protecting their identity. Why would you? When we think of identity theft, visions of thieves scouring the internet site for credit card information usually comes to mind. And, though your kids may not yet have a credit card; they do have a social security number. Believe it or not, there are a growing number of identity thefts with victims under the age of 18. The Identity Theft Resource Center, has noted that around 10% of their ID theft complaints are for minors, and for good reason. Social Security numbers are big business for thieves. today's criminals’ They are used to do everything from applying for credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, jobs, driver’s licenses, to filing fraudulent tax returns, creating phony debit cards, access equity lines, medical services and more. Many people don’t realize that small bits of information like your child’s name and birth date, coupled with an address, is all an identity thief needs to turn around a Social Security number. Small tidbits of key info can be more valuable to thieves than a credit card. Thieves love to steal kids’ information because they can use it for years without being detected. 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 inform you. Once you understand the impact of ID theft and how it occurs; you can start doing the little things that go a long way to protect the identity of your child. Despite the numerous ways that thieves can get your information to steal your identity, there are ways that you can fight back if you know what you are up against. • 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 and how will it be used and the reason they claim 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. What was once seen as merely junk mail should now be viewed as big red flags. • Consider id theft protection; companies like LifeLock, offer services specifically designed to protect your child’s Social

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Security number and identity. These types of services will help you to not just check your kid’s credit score, but monitor their identities. • The Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuardOnline.gov project produced the Net Cetera Community Outreach Toolkit in order to provide teachers, parents, grandparents and others who care for kids with important information that will help kids stay safe online We can’t pick up a newspaper or turn on the radio or the TV these days without hearing yet another story about phishing scams, identity theft, fraud or news of another data breach. Florida is the identity theft capital of the United States. Along with the media, law enforcement officials have been warning the public that our sensitive data has been stolen at area banks, hospitals, doctors’ offices, private businesses as well as local government offices. Hundreds of South Floridians discovered they were victims of ID theft this tax season when they were denied a tax refund by the IRS who notified them someone else had already filed a tax return using their name and Social Security number. Today’s criminals have well organized operations with tech-savvy criminals who make it their job to access our data. They routinely infiltrate legitimate businesses with the sole purpose of stealing and then selling the very data we trustingly turn over. With advances in technology they’ve continued to hone their skills allowing them to use sophisticated skimming devices, malware and software designed to steal our data—usually without our knowledge. That’s just a simple fact. Just as we can’t predict when an illness will wreak havoc in our lives, we can’t predict if and when an identity theft will rob us of our time, money, and peace of mind. All we can do is prepare as best we can. Though NO id protection service can guarantee you will not have your identity stolen, services that now utilize up-to-the-minute technology to detect and alert us to suspicious activity and misuse of our data, and be there to repair any problem if need be, can go a long way in reducing the risk and impact of fraud. Protection against identity theft does not prevent identity theft, but it can sure make it easier to live with if—or when— it happens to you. ◆ For more tips on how best to secure your identity visit me at GiveMeBackMyCredit.com or email me directly at deniserichardson@givemebackmycredit.com


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Florida Spo r t Fi s h i n g b y C ap t . M i ke Gen o u n

Island In the Stream

South Florida anglers, especially those calling either Boca Inlet or Hillsboro Inlet their home port, have easy access to a tropical island paradise just a mere 50 miles away. The heaven on earth I am referring to is called Bimini, and it’s an angling Mecca that you need to enjoy. Situated just over the eastern horizon and easily found on any paper or electronic chart, Bimini is the most western island in the 700 island Bahamian archipelago. Depending on your comfortable cruising speed it’s really a short hop, skip and jump away, easily reachable in less than two hours by just about any seaworthy vessel in the 23-plus size range. Checking in with customs and immigration is easy and requires a few hundred dollar commitment for all of the necessary paperwork including temporary fishing license. You can obtain all of the paperwork in advance off the Internet and have it filled out before you leave home. This will ease the check-in process. Numerous options exist with lodging and dockage ranging from beautiful Bimini Sands and the Bimini Big Game Club to Guy Harvey’s new Outpost. There are also private properties for rent, so plenty of choices exist to meet your particular needs regardless if you have a group of two or ten. The fishing in and around Bimini is generally spectacular. The western shores of the island are home to miles of fertile reef holding big numbers of flag yellowtail snapper, fat mutton snapper and of course, a variety of grouper. Lets not forget to mention king mackerel, cero mackerel, African pompano and a large number of other prolific, hard fighting species higher in the water column.This fishing can be done during the day or at night. If you intend to cash in on the hot reef fishery, bring along plenty of chum and as much bait as you can. Fresh goggle eye can’t be beat. The idea here is to chum, but not too heavy as the resident shark population will eat you out of house and home.

Rachel Genoun with a beautiful Bahamian mutton.

For offshore gurus, Bimini borders the Gulf Stream. That means the area’s rich blue waters are often filled with tuna, dolphin, wahoo and blue marlin.While each of these species is seasonal, they can be taken during any day of the year.And keep in mind that productive water exists for long distances north and south of Bimini, so don’t think you’re secluded to only one small area.You can literally fish offshore all day and never see another boat. If you are looking for something a little more low key, Bimini is also home to numerous flats with plenty of bonefish ready to test your skills and your patience. Hiring a local guide is the way to go here. The bottom line is that with so much to do and within such close proximately, Bimini really can’t be missed and late summer with typical flat calm seas is a perfect time for an escape.You owe it to yourself. For more tips, tricks, tactics and techniques, visit FloridaSportFishing.com.

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To The Best That Lies Within Us By Reverend Jack Noble Because of my work I participate and attend more memorial services than most people. A few years ago I did a service for a prominent and well-known business leader. In that subdued atmosphere of mourning various friends and colleagues paid handsome tribute to him. Each of them in their own way had been assured and eloquent, well-dressed and manicured. Then a much younger and lessprosperous looking man came into the chancel. He was obviously under great emotional stress and could barely speak. A painful sort of hush fell as he struggled for words. Finally, with tears streaking across his face, he told us that when he was just an office-boy, a gofer, our man had noticed him, helped him, encouraged him, and paid for his education. Then he said, chockingback his tears, that “for a long time I was no good to him or to anyone else. I failed and kept on failing. But he never gave up on me—and he never let me give up on myself.” Then, with all of the simple eloquence that any of us had ever heard he said that anyone could support a success, but that only a rare and wonderful person could continue to have faith in a failure. And for him now, that one person was gone, he had lost his best friend and he didn’t know what he was going to do. When his voice finally faltered for the last time, and he sat down, I looked out across that vast congregation and everyone it seemed was weeping. Everyone. And as I looked into various faces, it seemed to me we were grieving not just for this great man—this leader—but we were weeping also for this follower who had revealed so much of himself in those few moments. As the service concluded and I was standing with the family in the back of the church I couldn’t help but

feel that we had all been changed for the better and that a part of us would never be the same again. Several days later I was talking with a friend who had been there that afternoon. “Yes,” he said with this quiet amazement in his voice, “it was something, wasn’t it.” Then after a long pause he added,“You know, that is what compassion can do. It is the most healing of all the human emotions. If we would only let it, it would transform the world.” Since then I have revisited again and again that transformative moment at that memorial service, and my friend’s after-thought. It’s true isn’t it! Like most I get all caught up in the things that are wrong. And I ask why isn’t something being done about… But the truth of the matter is that compassion—and the word means “to suffer with” has been transforming the world for ever. It is the force in human history that lies behind every great advance for the betterment of the world. It is the impulse that sent out Mother Teresa and Albert Schweitzer. Without compassion there would be no Social Security, Red Cross, SPCA, Greenpeace, March of Dimes, Medicare, Medicaid, and the list goes on— things we take so much for granted. Compassion is the impulse that lies at the heart of all self-discipline and self-sacrifice. It is that voice within us that tells us we should take our fair share of civic duty. It is that sense within us that calls us to the endless repetition of small and unimportant efforts to make the world a better place. Where does it come from, this capacity to share another’s grief or feel another’s pain? I believe that these latent qualities lie within in all of us. Our task, our calling if you will, is to strengthen and develop them. To look for and encourage them in ourselves and in others—because without compassion we are doomed, and there is no hope for tomorrow. ◆

AL’S CO R N E R

You Do Not Know What You Do Not Know About Your Electrical System By Al Siefert We go to the doctor for a physical once a year. We have our cars inspected and the oil changed every three to six thousand miles.And many of us have our air conditioners serviced once a year. These inspections are good investments because in the event there is a problem, it is found early and you can prevent an emergency from happening. It is amazing how many electrical services we find that have never been inspected for defects. People trust that their equipment will continue to operate as it always has and there is no reason to bother having someone check it until they notice some irregularities. Some examples of this could be a burning odor, flickering lights, or no power to half of the house. There are two things that happen when you have a power problem. First is that you are inconvenienced by not having use of your affected area and secondly having the unexpected cost of making emergency repairs. Electrical inspections, whether it is for your home or office, are not expensive and will give you peace of mind knowing that your equipment is working properly.The inspection should include a visual check of the inside of the electrical panels.The wire connections should

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be checked for the proper tightness and a thermo test will show any overheating that may be occurring. Many of the homes in this area were built in the sixties and some of them are still in their original condition. Some have fuse boxes, Federal Pacific or Zinsco electrical panels which many insurance companies are requiring they be changed because of the risks they present. Also many of these homes have been turned over a few times so there is no telling what the previous owners may have done to the property. Real estate inspections are now regulated by the State to assure that the inspectors are qualified in their profession. Many times these inspections will find issues with the electrical system that need to be rectified. In that case the seller will need to make the corrections before buyer will close or they will need to leave money from the proceeds to pay for the repairs. I do not feel you need to do an annual electrical inspection, but if it has been more than two years since your last inspection it may be a good idea to schedule one in the near future. ◆ 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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You Never Know Who Lives Next Door By Geoff Guy

Occasionally, life throws us some extremely improbable yet quite fun surprises. Have you ever unexpectedly run into a long forgotten past acquaintance? Well, something almost impossible, yet similar, happened here in Lighthouse Point not too long ago.Actually, our story is replete with improbabilities. For example, do you have any idea when your ancestors first came to this country? Do you know anyone else who can tell you exactly when and where their family (excluding recent immigrants) first set foot in this land? So then, it seems fair to say the chances of meeting even one person who holds that knowledge are slim, right? This story is about meeting two such people—at the same time, in the same place? And the secret to this story lies in those words—at the same time, in the same place. As Maria Von Trapp once said, “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” This most unlikely story began in 1632, when 123 people, 50 of whom were children, boarded the sailing vessel Lyon in London, England to sail to the New World. Lyon was one of many ships known at that time as pilgrim vessels, the ships that carried daring people who were willing to risk their lives in pursuit of uncertain dreams, in a land unknown, far away. With only a few valued possessions, each other, and a substantial amount of faith and courage, they left all that they knew; their friends, relatives, home, and heartland to pursue a dream of freedom, adventure and hope. Little did they know they were to become part of the birthing process of the greatest nation this planet has ever known. The Lyon arrived in Boston harbor in just under three months.That means three months of no hot showers, fresh linens, Vegas-style shows in the theatre, or relaxing on the Lido deck. The Lyon was a simple sailing vessel without the amenities we think of today on our modern cruise ships.Those people were hearty souls indeed! Two of Lyon’s passengers named Isaac Morrill and James Olmstead are of particular interest to us. These two men and their families were unacquainted prior to meeting on the boat, and apparently parted ways upon arrival in Boston. The Morrills settled in Roxbury, Mass., the Olmsteads in Cambridge, Mass. To each other, they were nothing more than shipmates for a brief season. However, the two families were not to remain estranged forever. Rather, they were destined to an unlikely reunion nearly four centuries later. Jumping ahead a bit, to November, 2010, we find Howard, a resident of Lighthouse Point and one of the heroes of our story, out working in his yard. Being a friendly sort, he engaged his new neighbor Paul in

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conversation. Somehow, their discussion wandered to historical matters and Howard mentioned that Howard Olmstead his family came over to this country in 1632. Paul replied,“I don’t mean to one-up you Howard, but my family came here in 1628!” A bond of friendship was formed right then, in part because of the unique commonality, each knowing a great deal about their families’ histories. Many conversations ensued over the next few weeks as the new friends became further acquainted and shared stories of their lives. One day, a couple months later, Paul came to Howard and said,“I owe you an apology.” Howard said,“Why?” Paul explained that he had been going back through records online and found that his family had actually come over in 1632, not 1628, as he had believed. Paul went on to say that his family came over on a ship called the Lyon. Howard was stunned...his family had come over on the Lyon. Suddenly, the search of historical records intensified in earnest. As it turned out, the Lyon had made two voyages from London to Boston in 1632, from February to May and another, June 22 to September 16. The two friends wondered—is it possible? Incredibly, a passenger list from the June to Sepember voyage was found (that such records exist, and someone found them and put them on the internet is astonishing enough for me). There, on the passenger list were the two names, Isaac Morrill and James Olmstead, right next to each other (an alphabetical coincidence). Today, 379 years later, Paul Morrill and Howard Olmstead, the descendants of those two brief shipmates, Isaac and James, are now best friends and next door neighbors in Lighthouse Point.

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Merchant of the Month

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pened in November of 2002, Body & Soul Boutique has grown to be Lighthouse Point’s go to shop for upto-date fashions and gift items. Carrying everything from casual clothing to party attire, including accessories and girlfriend gifts, there is no need to run to the mall when you can shop locally with such ease. Owner, Millie Walsh, insists on a no-pressure approach to boutique shopping. “I run my business the way I like to shop,” says Millie.“I like my customers to feel comfortable here, and I like them to come back because they loved their purchases.” At Body & Soul Boutique, every item is hand picked by Millie at clothing and gift shows around the country. With a blend of contemporary and classic fashions in sizes 0-12, they carry a wide range of styles that work for women of all ages. Shopping for a gift? You’re in luck—Body & Soul Boutique has an ever-changing variety of gift items and the majority of them are “Made in the USA.” In fact, many of the clothing and accessory lines are local to South Florida, such as: Analili, Elana Kattan, Jack Rogers, Charles Albert and Lemon Grass Candles. Looking for a gift and not sure what to pick? Gift certificates are available in any denomination. “After being in business for nine years, we have molded and changed our buying based on our customers preferences,” says Millie. “We are happy to custom order whenever possible to get the size and color you need, if we don’t have it in stock.” The store merchandise is kept fresh with new items arriving weekly. If you “LIKE” Body & Soul Boutique on Facebook you can be the first to see photos of new items the day they are received. And for you snowbirds and friends who live out of town, you can shop at Body & Soul Boutique’s website at www.shopbody.com, where ordering is easy and you get free delivery on orders over $100.00. If you stop by the store and Millie’s not behind the counter, Tina Brady will be there to take care of you. Also a local resident,Tina has worked at Body & Soul Boutique for 8 years and has over 20 years of boutique experience. Her flair for fashion is evident as she helps the customers put together the perfect outfit for their body style.Tina comments,“The most important thing is your personal style, if you feel good wearing it, you’ll look good wearing it.”

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A recent addition to Body & Soul Boutique is their on-site alterations for men, women, children and home decorator items.Their tailor, Napa, can take care of all of your needs from a simple mending job to a custom gown. All jobs are handled quickly and professionally and if it happens to be an item you purchased in the store, you receive 30% off the alteration. “Offering our customers on-site alterations was a natural progression for our business,” adds Millie “As a busy wife and mother myself, I know how much my customers appreciate the convenience of having it all under one roof—right in the neighborhood.” Body & Soul Boutique is located at 2430 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, in The Shoppes at Beacon Light. Hours: Monday–Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and open by appointment evenings or Sundays, (954) 942-6446.


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