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BACK-TO-SCHOOL - BUCKET LIST– FOOTBALL SEASON TWITTER It is said that, “Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.” August is here and this means parents and students are preparing to go back to school. With a couple of weeks before the new academic year commences, many are gathering those last minute items or getting in an end of summer get-a-way. For the first time, I have close friends sending their children off to college. As you prepare, in your own way, I hope you cherish the memories and extend the encouragement to foster the thrill of learning. Another thing to keep in mind are the roads, which will surely become more congested and remember to slow down in the school zones. One other big change coming is the end of “block scheduling” for Broward County high schools. Now there will be seven periods for the entire year, which students will have to attend. Let’s hope this is executed effectively. Everyone has a “bucket list!” Those things one wants to experience during the course of their life. I hope you were able to get to one of yours. One of mine was to go to Greece and I had my chance to check it off last month. What an amazing trip to see the Acropolis, the Parthenon and to travel to the Greek Islands. The country is experiencing some challenging times and it was evident, but the food and the sites were still an amazing experience. To top it off, I was also able to travel to Turkey and experience their culture as well, which was topped off by a visit to the Grand Bazaar. It felt like I was back on Canal Street in New York. With all the excitement over the Heat and the Big Three win, South

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HAPPENINGS 18 SightTrust Grand Opening 20 Man and Woman of the Year

SCENE ON SITE 44 Journey of Hope Gala 46 SightTrust 48 Kids in Distress

FEATURE STORY 30 Local High Schools Best in the Nation

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DINING 42 Ernie’s Chophouse

COVER STORY 24 Are U Ready? The State Wakes Up in August

BIZ STYLE 32 Estate & Gift Tax “A-Changin” 34 Vintage Couture Fashion

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Choosing the Right Student Loan THE VARIETY OF STUDENT LOANS AND THE MULTIPLE CHANGES THAT HAVE OCCURRED TO THEM RECENTLY, MAKE CHOOSING ONE MORE DIFFICULT THAN IN THE PAST. USE THIS INFORMATION AS A GUIDE TO ASSIST YOU IN MAKING THE PROPER DECISIONS. There are two main categories for student loans: federal loans and private loans. Let’s do a quick breakdown of both.

FEDERAL LOANS There are four major federal loans available to students, Stafford, Perkins, PLUS loans and Consolidation. Stafford Loans: The Stafford loan comes in two ways, subsidized and unsubsidized. A subsidized loan means you won’t be charged any interest on the loan until after you leave school, giving you a “grace” period. For an unsubsidized loan you are charged interest from once the money is distributed until the loan is paid off in full. There are two programs associated with the Stafford loan: William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program: These loans are borrowed and paid back directly through the Department of Education.

have 10 years to pay back the loan. The amount of money distributed to a student under the Perkins Loan program is decided by three elements: The time you apply; your level of need; and what your school’s financial aid office determines. PLUS Loans: These loans are made available to parents whose students are attending school at least halftime. The school’s financial aid office determines the amount to be loaned by examining other student aid the student is receiving. Consolidation Loans: This allows the student to consolidate several loans into a single loan with one monthly payment.

PRIVATE LOANS Although many experts believe you should consider private loans only after you exhaust all federal loan

Federal Family Education Loan Program: These loans are borrowed and paid back to private lenders. But there may be major changes coming to this once reliable loan. This summer Congress will make an announcement on whether or not the rate for the subsidized Stafford loan will double from 3.4% to 6.8%. Be certain to investigate this, because it will impact the benefit of this loan. Perkins Loans: These loans have a low fixed interest rate and you usually

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options, private loan players such as Sallie May and Wells Fargo are making it more appealing to students. Some families with worthy credit can get private loans with rates as low as 5.75% -- lower than an unsubsidized federal loan. And they are also offering fixed rate loans, compared to variable rate loans. But with that being said, the subsidized rate is still much lower, unless Congress doesn’t act this summer, which means private loans will be competitive, at least in rates, with federal loans. Regardless of what happens with Congress, do your homework and find the best loan solutions available for your family. A college education is still a wonderful thing and with the help of these loans, your student can be armed with a degree and ready to face the challenges of the job market. LP


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TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH CARE: The importance of primary care physicians BY CHRISTINE BUCAN

f visiting your primary care physician (PCP) on a regular basis is not part of your overall health care routine, it should be. National studies have proved time and again the benefits of establishing an active, personal, comprehensive and longterm relationship with your PCP. Medical journals continue to validate these findings. The International Journal of Health Services recently showed that states with more primary care physicians per capita have better health outcomes, including fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease, or stroke. Despite years of data, many Americans are still unaware of the critical role of the PCP, who is at the center of a patient’s care. “A PCP is like a captain of a ship because they navigate the coordination of all the screenings, referrals to specialists, interpretations of test results and medications,” says Moises Issa, M.D., F.A.C.S.G., who practices in Hollywood, Florida. “A strong relationship with a PCP is important because this is someone the patient trusts and feels comfortable with. Additionally, the role of a PCP is to answer patient questions and ensure follow through with their treatments.” There is a strong shift among providers across the country toward a more PCP-centric approach to delivering health care. In Florida, for example, AvMed Health Plans is introducing CenteredCare®, an approach that emphasizes the importance of building a strong

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“One of the best pieces of advice we can offer to optimize our member’s health is to have a good relationship with their PCP,” says Winston H. Lonsdale, Chief Medicare Executive at AvMed Health Plans.

relationship with the PCP to assure comprehensive, coordinated care. “One of the best pieces of advice we can offer to optimize our member’s health is to have a good relationship with their PCP,” says Winston H. Lonsdale, Chief Medicare Executive at AvMed Health Plans. “Studies show that people under the care of a strong primary care physician – someone who truly

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guides and coordinates care – have fewer hospitalizations and better overall health. It’s important that people visit their PCP regularly – even when they are well.” To find the perfect PCP, you’ll need to do some research. Not only should he or she be qualified and board-certified, but your personalities should match. Like any good relationship, communication is critical. You’ll need to feel comfortable explaining the intimate details of your physical and mental health, and in turn, the doctor will need to respond to your needs in a way that makes you feel cared for and understood, in addition to providing effective treatment. To learn more about the importance of establishing a strong bond with your PCP, visit AvMedMedicare.org.


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SightTrust Eye Institute Introduces New State-of-the Art Facility At Grand Opening Celebration Cory M. Lessner, M.D. and Andrew C. Shatz, M.D. welcomed over 100 guests to the private Grand Opening Party for the SightTrust Eye Institute in Sunrise, Florida. A first-of-its-kind cataract and premium intraocular lens surgery center, SightTrust provides customized vision correction plans for patients with lens changes, hyperopia, myopia, and astigmatism, using the most advanced technology available in the field. The evening commenced with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony facilitated by Sunrise Commissioner Donald Rosen. The Redline Lady Panthers (Florida Panthers Ice Dancers) greeted and posed for photos with guests as they arrived. Guests, including former NFL stars Nat Moore and Ki-Jana Carter, enjoyed cocktails and “SightTrust Eye hors d’oeuvres Institute is one of the catered by CA first ophthalmic centers Catering. Dr. in the country to offer Lessner and Dr. cataract surgery with Shatz provided tours of the new the LenSx® laser. state-of-the-art “Cataract surgery has facility. never been performed S i g h t Tr u s t with a laser – Eye Institute until now,” is one of the mentions Dr. Shatz. first ophthalmic centers in the country to offer cataract surgery with the LenSx® laser. “Cataract surgery has never been performed with a laser – until now,” mentions Dr. Shatz. In a traditional cataract procedure, the surgeon uses a diamond or steel blade to create an incision, followed by ultrasound vibrations which break the cataract into small pieces that are then removed. The LenSx® cataract laser, on the other hand, uses light to create ultra-precise corneal incisions. The laser then gently divides the cataract into microscopic fragments that can be removed with virtually no ultrasound energy. This has been shown to decrease swelling and speed up visual recovery after surgery. The

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LenSx® laser promises to provide more predictable and accurate results than traditional surgery, which should increase the likelihood of patients achieving their expected vision outcome. With the opening of SightTrust Eye Institute, Dr. Lessner and Dr. Shatz are spearheading a new approach by performing insurance-reimbursed cataract and premium intraocular lens procedures in this new office based surgery center. Office-based surgery is not a new concept; physicians have been performing minor procedures inside their offices for decades. Procedures like cataract surgery, however, have not been recognized or reimbursed by insurance companies to date if performed in a doctor’s office. An office-based center provides the surgeon with tighter control over costs, while providing surgery in a familiar setting. According to Dr. Lessner: “In an

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effort to streamline and contain costs in the delivery of medical care, we have designed a fully accredited world-class office based surgical facility, which will follow the same stringent health and safety rules as ambulatory surgery centers. Our challenge now is to seek recognition of this more efficient type of facility from third party payers and obtain fair reimbursement for the services provided.” Millennium Laser Eye Centers and SightTrust Eye Institute are located at 1601 Sawgrass Corporate Parkway, Suites 410 and 430 Sunrise, Florida. For more information, please visit their websites or contact their offices at the numbers listed below. SightTrust Eye Institute, www. sighttrust.com, 954-653-0100, Toll Free: 1-877-TRUST-90 Millennium Laser Eye Centers, www.havelasik.com, 954-835-0800, Toll Free: 1-888-93-LASIK LP


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Southern Florida Chapter Of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Names Man And Woman Of The Year Raising money is difficult in today’s economic landscape. And, raising money over a ten week competition, against a hand selected group of local leaders has its unique pressures. The Southern Florida Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced that it raised a spectacular $378,000 during its ten week fundraising quest to name the LLS Fort Lauderdale Man and Woman of the Year. Vicky Garcia, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, was named 2012 Woman of the Year raising $115,000 and Matthew F. Sacco, Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, the Florida Panthers Hockey Club and the BankAtlantic Center, was named 2012 Man of the Year raising $125,000 at the LLS 2012 Journey of Hope Gala. The Gala was chaired by Ana Vento, President of Events by Vento Designs, and Michael Romagnolo, Senior Vice President-Investments, The Torrington, Romagnolo & Goldberg Wealth Consulting Group, UBS Financial Services, Inc. The event, emceed by Adam Kuperstein, NBC 6 Anchor, featured a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner, dancing and the announcement of the winners. “If not for the support of my friends, family and colleagues this amazing honor and recognition would not have been possible,” said Garcia. “For ten weeks we all worked diligently to raise funds for the children and families fighting and surviving blood cancers. I am honored, humbled and forever changed by this incredible experience to impact the lives of those affected by this terrible disease.” Sacco has been involved with LLS

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for the past three years.. “I’m tremendouslyy honored to be named Man of the Year and am thankful to all those who support the fight against blood cancers,” said Sacco. “Being part of this fundraiser was both humbling and an incredibly rewarding ateful to experience and I’m grateful everyone involved in the event.” “Vicky and Matthew truly made this their personal mission,” said Joanne Davis, executive director of the Southern Florida Chapter of LLS. “They passionately believe in our

“They passionately believe in our cause and reached out to everyone they know for their support. It is impossible not to admire them. Thanks to Vicky and Matthew and all of the candidates, LLS raised significant dollars to fund critical research and patient support.” cause and reached out to everyone they know for their support. It is impossible not to admire them. Thanks to Vicky and Matthew and all of the candidates, LLS raised significant dollars to fund critical research and patient support.” The money raised by candidates over a ten week period is used by LLS to fund research seeking cures and better therapies, and to provide information and support so that patients have the best possible outcomes throughout their cancer experience. Garcia and Sacco will now compete for the National Title of

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Man & Woman of the Year, an honor surrounded with a great deal of fanfare, including a full-page ad in USA Today, but the most important reason candidates participate is for families like this year’s Boy and Girl of the Year, CJ and Hailey, local children who are survivors of blood cancers and are sources of inspiration to all the candidates competing for this title. In addition to Garcia and Sacco, the other Southern Florida Candidates for Fort Lauderdale’s 2012 Man & Woman of the Year, who did a phenomenal job of raising funds included: Mike Bondurant, City National Bank; Samantha DeBianchi, DeBianchi Real Estate, FIU; Lu-Ann Dominguez, Gunster Law Firm; Jessica Hollander, Berger Singerman; Dr. Brazelia Lazzari, Brazelia Med Spa; Tony Lord, Energy Kitchen; Ninowtzka Mier, Robinson Pecaro & Mier, P.A.; Heather Miller, Broward Health Medical Center; Betsy Millson-Anderson, Chima Brazilian Steakhouse; Peter Moore, Chen Moore and Associates; Ari Roloff, Argy,Wiltse & Robinson P.C. For more information about the Southern Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, please contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at 954-744-5313 or bich-ly.ludwig@lls.org LP


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number 2 in rushing defense by CBS Sports, they also limited opponents to an average of only 15 points per game, fourth best in the country. Even though they lost the team’s leading tackler Nigel Bradham, junior Christian Jones should be able to pick up the slack. Defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan finished second in the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year chase and former JUCO star Cornellius “Tank” Carradine had 38 tackles and 5.5 sacks. A deeper and even more talented team than last year and a friendly schedule means the Seminoles will contend for and maybe win the ACC Championship. It’s going to be a good year for Tomahawk Nation!

University of Florida Gators Onto the Swamp and the Florida Gators! University of Florida’s Coach Will Muschhamp will make some tough decisions this year. He has two very good sophomore QBs - Jeff Driskel and Jacoby Brissett. It’s not always a good thing with two players who are so evenly matched. The key will come down to which athlete better grasps the offense transplanted from Boise State by new coordinator Brent Pease. The Gators have lots of receivers for Driskel and Brissett to throw to but which of them rise above their efforts from last year? The ground game could be the strength of the team this year. With an experienced offensive line, will powerful senior tailback Mike Gillislee, who has averaged 6.3 yards per carry over his career, break the 1,000 yards in a season barrier?

There’s few questions on defense with the Gators fielding a group among the best in the nation. Sharrif Floyd at one tackle, Omar Hunter in the middle and Dominique Easley at end along with linebackers Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins mean that opposing offenses will have their hands full of Gators all day long. The schedule may tell GatorNation all they need to know this year. With back to back away games against new-to-the-SEC Texas A&M and an always game Tennessee team, the Gators should be 4-0 and riding high when they welcome LSU to The Swamp. Fans can take heart in the fact that USA TODAY has UF #14th in its preseason rankings and finishing 11-1 in a best-case scenario. You might want to look into hotel reservations in Atlanta for the SEC title game.

University of Miami Hurricanes The ‘Canes were 6-6 last year. They may look back on this year and think that was a good season. The team has been decimated with injuries and players leaving school. QB Stephen Morris missed spring practice with back surgery, receivers Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin have departed and only two starters, Brandon Linder and Jon Feliciano, return to the offensive line for 2012. Similar issues plague the defense. But even with ongoing NCAA investigations, the coaching staff had a top ten recruiting season and some of those freshman will start right away.

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lying o flags f g o l m a see te ets ll surely ’ u o y m magn a d e n t a h s t i k eing ee sw socks b A few w s, tr uck d w n o a d s t n i r rw ts, sho from ca ed with ool shir c w e n bars fill , l a d c e o y l a l f r disp and you the top o s t e a g r proudly a e l e l h dy to c fans of a fans rea l wor n by l a b t o tball! fo ings foo Florida h t d l l e t a i r c o x e gs f their lun Miami fans will look to prize recruit running back, Randy “Duke” Johnson, to lift the ground game — he scored 70 TDs in high school for Miami Norland and led the school to the state title last year. If he’s able to contribute significantly this year, it will take a lot of pressure off a young and inexperienced receiving group. Rashawn Scott and Allen Hurns, spring practice stars, need to step up and catch whatever Morris or QB Ryan Williams throw their way. Keep your eye on the offensive line. With a new center and two new tackles, the big fellas will have to gel quickly in order to keep opposing defenses honest. Speaking of defense, the ‘Canes look to have a few bright spots. Sophomore Anthony Chickillo made 38 tackles and had five sacks and is the guy to watch on D. Solid tackles Curtis Porter and Darius Smith should play well particularly against the rush which will be greatly needed as Miami was porous last season, ranked only 69th in the nation against the run. The strength at linebacker may be the biggest secret of the 2012 team. Denzel Perryman will be All Conference and Jimmy Gaines and Ramon Buchanan will hit whatever Perryman doesn’t. It will be described as a “rebuilding ilding year” but, with a couple of lucky breaks, reaks, Miami might start to see the light ght at the end of the tunnel. If nothingg else, the Notre Dame game at Soldier Field in Chicago will be a high point of their season. A tough schedule, with threee of the first four games on the road d and back-to-back-to-back games es against North Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech means the team will have to work hard for a coveted bowl bid. But anything is possible when you talk about Miami. Florida International University Golden Panthers When sixth year coach c Mario Cristobal turned ttu down overtures fr from ro Pitt and Rutgers to stay at FIU and the

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Panthers decamping from the Sun Belt Conference to Conference USA next year, expectations are high and the team wants to leave with a bang. An eight win 2011 season leaves Panther fans wanting more. With an experienced offensive line and receiver corp alongside a defense ranked number 14 nationally in scoring defense, with ten starters coming back, FIU fans will have plenty to cheer about. A Sun Belt Championship title is within reach. University of Central Florida Knights - The good news for ninth nint year head coach George O’Leary is the Georg Kn Knights defense was stellar last year, st rranked number 9 in tthe nation in total defense. d And the offense wasn’t as bad of as their record of 5-7 may indicate, scoring more than 30 points in four of their games in 2011. The bad news is that the eighteen turnovers and an inability to stop competitors in the fourth quarter last year will never help you win games. Coach O’Leary shook up his staff this year to help the team with five new assistants — four of them on the defensive side of the ball. New starting QB and sophomore Blake

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Bortles will direct the team and have the luxury of a strong rushing attack. Running backs Latavius Murray, Brynn Harvey and Miami transfer Storm Johnson will all get plenty of carries and be relied on to keep the pressure off until Bortles can open up deep with his wideouts Quincy McDuffie, J.J. Worton and Josh Reese. The offensive line is solid and anchored at tackle by Georgia Tech transfer Phil Smith and well thought of sophomore Torrian Wilson. Defensively, the Knights are very strong. Hard to imagine describing a young man that is 6 foot 2 inches and 249 lbs as “small” but linebacker Troy Davis is fast and capable with five sacks last season. Experience on the ends comes from seniors Toby Jackson and Cam Henderson. The guy to watch on defense is senior free safety Kemal Ishmael who is a four year starter and a big hitter. The Knights second game against Ohio State won’t be a cakewalk for the Buckeyes - if you’re looking for a potential upset, this might be the game to watch. The Knights are also changing conferences next year, headed to the Big East in 2013, and have a good chance to take the C-USA title with them. The change will also resurrect the popular “War on I-4” against the Bulls of South Florida!


University of South Florida Bulls After missing a bowl game for the first time in seven years, the Bulls are going to be hungry to get back in the Big East fight and reward their students - USF has the largest student section at 12,501 in the conference. Expectations are high — the Bulls excited fans in 2011 with a season-opening victory at Notre Dame and started 4-0. They had six games in 2011 that were decided by six or less points. Unfortunately, the Bulls were a dismal 1-5 in those games. The Bulls are ranked at number 39 nationwide this year by Yahoo! Sports’ Mike Huguenin. Four year starter and senior QB B.J. Daniels has a lot of expectations on his shoulders after a very good 2011. Coach Skip Holtz has recruited an excellent freshman class of receivers to play alongside junior Sterling Griffin and sophomores Chris Dunkley and Andre Davis. The offense will have to be more consistent — the O line has excellent tackles, senior Mark Popek and freshman All-America pick last season, Quinterrius Eatmon - but everyone else has to get better too. Luckily, USF has one of the top linebacker groups in the Big East and the defense ranked 15th nationally against the run and 39th nationally overall.

Outside linebackers Sam Barrington, DeDe Lattimore and middle linebacker Michael Lanaris are beasts and will work hard to pressure opposing QBs to help out a secondary looking for two new starters. Home games versus Rutgers and Pittsburgh will go a long way to showing the team where they stand in the conference and the opener vs Chattanooga should extend USF’s home opener record — now at 11-0.

Florida Atlantic University Owls First year coach Carl Pelini takes over from retiring coach Howard Schnellenberg and has his work cut out for him. Last year’s 1-11 record means that the Owls can do better this year, right? Senior linebacker David Hinds made 110 tackles as a junior last season and will be counted on to anchor a defense that may see more than their fair share of playing team in 2012. The offense is where the questions are for the Owls. They were an embarrassing last in the nation in offense last year even though tailback

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Alfred Morris ran for a very respectable 1,186 yards. The problem, Morris went to the NFL and the Owls have holes at QB, tailback and receiver. Looking on the bright side, away games at Georgia, Alabama and Navy should provide an opportunity for team bonding. Looking for the bright side of a tough year for the Owls. Overall, it’s going to be a good year for Florida college football fans. The Seminoles are a good bet for the ACC Championship as are the Gators in the always strong SEC, the Hurricanes are great defensively and might surprise some teams - they should be in a December bowl game. The FIU Golden Panthers and UCF Knights are changing conferences and they are going to want to go out with a bang and might take the conference titles with them. If USF matches expectations and puts games against Rutgers and Pitt in the win column, they will really turn some heads. Finally, the Owls can’t possibly be as bad as they were last year. A few weeks and you’ll surely see team logo flags flying from car windows, trucks with team magnets proudly displayed, new cool shirts, shorts and socks being worn by fans of all ages and your local bars filled with excited Florida football fans ready to cheer at the top of their lungs for all things football! Florida State UniversitySeminoles: Mugs2671 Oakland Park Blvd. Ft Lauderdale FL 33306 http://www.mugsbar.com/ (954)566-7782 Galuppi’s1103 North federal Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33062 (954) 785-0226 http:// galuppis.com/

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Best In Nation According to U.S. News & World Report… While the recent article in U.S. News & World Report Schools with highest unrounded college readiness index listed Ft Lauderdale High, Cypress Bay & Nova High values were numerically ranked nationally from No. 1 School as “… among the best High to No. 500 and were the gold medal winners. Schools in the nation,” this didn’t come as too much of a surprise to the “These honors demonstrate Broward “These honors demonstrate County Public Schools commitment Broward County Public Schools students, teachers, administrators to preparing students for college and principals at these schools. They commitment to preparing students readiness,” said Superintendent knew they were great schools… for college readiness,” said of Schools Robert W. Runcie. “We But it’s always nice to have such Superintendent of Schools Robert W. challenge our students to embrace a distinguished magazine validate Runcie. “We challenge our students rigorous coursework and strive their own thinking. to embrace rigorous coursework and for academic success. These U.S. News & World Report strive for academic success. These outstanding high schools exemplify evaluated more than 22,000 public outstanding high schools exemplify the quality, rigor and expectations high schools in 49 states and the the quality, rigor and expectations we hold for all our schools.” District of Columbia. Schools were we hold for all our schools.” awarded gold, silver or bronze Broward County Public Schools medals based on state proficiency (BCPS), the nation’s sixth largest standards, exams, how well students are prepared for public school system, is an “A” rated School District. BCPS college and other factors. In all, 14 BCPS high schools is the largest fully accredited district in the nation, with received gold, silver, or bronze medals in U.S. News’ Best over 258,000 students and approximately 150,000 adult High Schools 2012 national rankings. students in 234 schools and education centers and 76 A three-step process determined the Best High Schools. charter schools. For more information about BCPS, visit The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of (www.browardschools.com). Follow BCPS on Twitter their students well, using performance on state proficiency (@Browardschools) or on Facebook at (www.facebook. tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it com/browardschools). past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree The three top schools are Fort Lauderdale High School, to which schools prepare students for college-level work. Cypress Bay High School and Nova High Schools…

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Nova High School… “We Do The Thing Right” At Nova, students are told everyday to be proactive and “...be your own advocate. Use the teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators as resources.” Located in Davie, Florida, the school has 2,200 students. Founded in 1960 and opened in 1961, Nova schools were originally jointly funded by the Ford Foundation and the Broward County Public Schools. Known as the Nova Educational Experiment, the project aimed to create a community of schools spanning elementary to university level education in one location. Forman Field, the site of a vacated naval aviation facility and located in the then rural areas of Broward County was chosen as the site for the project. After the Nova Educational Experiment ended in the 1970’s, the Ford Foundation departed and total control of the Nova schools reverted to the Broward County Public Schools. Nova High School is also well known for its extensive course offerings, including 26 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Nova graduates consistently matriculate to some of the finest colleges and

universities in Florida and throughout the country. The school has been named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and has an FCAT school grade of “A-” for eight consecutive years. Nova High Principal John R. LaCasse is excited about the upcoming school year, even as he and the teachers wind down and wrap up the 2011-2012 school year. He attributes that enthusiasm to “… top-notch teachers, a passionate administrative and guidance team, involved parents and the best students in Broward County!” Principal LaCasse will begin his 13th year when school opens in the fall. “It is important to build a culture that fosters an inclusive model casting a wide net in recruiting students for advanced placement. It’s perfectly acceptable to encourage students to take AP classes even if we question whether or not they will receive passing scores on the exam. In fact, we would rather see a student exposed to the rigor of an AP class and get a 2 on the exam rather than taking an honors class and receiving an A in it,” Principal

John LaCasse said. Always on the cutting edge in education, Nova will be offering ‘Virtual Labs’ in the upcoming school year. Another innovation that Nova students can take advantage of is eTutor, an internet based program that provides free online homework help through live chat with a certified tutor seven days a week. “We Do The Thing Right,” is the school’s motto. LP

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biz style happenings

The Estate and Gift Tax Laws May Be “A-Changin”(My apologies to Bob Dylan) BY ALAN B. COHN, ESQ., SHAREHOLDER GREENSPOON MARDER

Currently, the estate and gift tax exemption is $5,120,000 (adjusted for inflation from the original $5,000,000 amount). If there are no changes prior to the end of this calendar year, the exemption will return to the $1,000,000 level (adjusted for inflation). The estate and gift tax rates are now a flat 35%. If the law reverts back after the end of this calendar year, the marginal rate will return to 55% (also there is a 5% surcharge for large estates over $10,000,000). There is also a generation skipping tax exemption equal to $5,120,000) which shall also revert back to $1,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) after the end of this calendar year. The 2010 Tax Act inaugurated the concept of portability. This was a way that a surviving spouse could use the unused exemption of the deceased spouse at a later point in time. There were several limitations on its utilization, such as dealing with a second predeceased spouse. That portability concept in the 2010 Tax Act would also expire at the end of this calendar year. All of the above would take place at the end of this calendar year unless Congress affirmatively changes it, or at least enters a stop-gap bill to extend the numbers into next year. In light of the fact that there is uncertainty as to what

will happen after this calendar year, there are certain techniques which should be considered by taxpayers. It would be a good idea for all taxpayers to consult with their planners before the end of the year (don’t wait until the last minute), or if they don’t have planners, to obtain one. The major technique taxpayers should discuss with their planners involves gifting. There is a danger that the gift tax and generation skipping tax exemptions will return to $1,000,000, and therefore, many planners may recommend that wealthier taxpayers utilize their full $5,120,000 gifting and generation skipping exemptions before the end of the calendar year. While there is a risk that Congress could try to retroactively claim tax at death It would be a good on the amount of the exemption idea for all taxpayers utilized over the final exemption to consult with their eventually chosen by Congress planners before the (assuming the chosen exemption end of the year (don’t is less than that currently allowed), wait until the last this author believes that such risk minute), or if they is minimal and should not prevent don’t have planners, to a taxpayer who otherwise desires obtain one. The major to utilize their full gift exemption from doing so. There are certain technique taxpayers important decisions which must be should discuss with considered before the gift is made. their planners involves Also, in many cases valuations are gifting. necessary so please don’t wait until December to contemplate gifting. While there is still a chance that the current gifting and estate tax exemptions will continue indefinitely, this author has learned one valuable lesson in the years he has been a practicing attorney, and that is “don’t ever try to predict what Congress will do.” LP

ii THE 411 Alan B. Cohn, Esq. is a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of Tax; Estate Planning & Probate; Guardianship; and Business & Corporate law. Mr. Cohn is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in the areas of Wills, Trusts & Estates. He can be reached at alan.cohn@gmlaw.com or 954-4911120. Established in 1981, Greenspoon Marder is a fullservice law firm with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Aventura. The firm’s practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial and residential real estate acquisitions and development;

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Vintage Couture Fashion Boutique Opens Showroom…By Appointment Only BY KEVIN LANE

“What’s old… is new again.” That is certainly the case for fashion in general and at the new Vintage Couture Fashion Boutique, at 1919 NE 45th Street in Fort Lauderdale, in particular. “We have rolled out the ‘red carpet’ in an effort to make everyone feel like they are a star,” enthused Tohni Jean, owner and Fashion Stylist at the new Ft. Lauderdale Fashion Boutique, TohniStyleTV. “Everyone is a celebrity and should be treated accordingly.” Upon entering, visitors are immediately aware of the succulent scents of vanilla and “WE HAVE ROLLED lavender, creating an aura of relaxed OUT THE ‘RED CAR- serenity. The showroom is lined with PET’ IN AN EFFORT beautiful, colorful vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories, all selected TO MAKE EVERYONE with impeccable taste by Tohni. FEEL LIKE THEY ARE Through her contacts with a worldwide A STAR. EVERYONE clientele and her extensive fashion IS A CELEBRITY AND background, Tohni has assembled a collection that delivers vintage-inspired SHOULD BE TREATED garments with a modern appeal from ACCORDINGLY.” such top names as Chanel, Gucci, and St. John, just to name a few. Tohni’s celebrity-worthy designer vintage have been seen on Rhianna, Thea Oskarsen (UK X Factor pop artist) Tokyo Diiva, Lil’ Kim, Kings of Film and more. “After five years as an online-only boutique, I decided to open a ‘brick-and-mortar’ showroom so women could actually see and touch the wide selections of fashion merchandise,” Tohni explained. “I’ve had a life-long love of exotic vintage styles.” In addition to a place to shop, the showroom is available for rentals, sales and trunk shows. Additional services include fashion styling and creative director for photo-shoots, fashion stylist and photographer rentals, music artist and celebrity image development, image and wardrobe consultation and a ‘Total Glam Squad Package.’ After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion

Design, Tohni Jean embarked upon starting her own vintage collection in 2003. As a TV commentator, she covered local fashion events. She turned her passion as a Fashion Stylist and her passion for TV into TohniStvleTV, her online-only boutique launched in 2008. “I’ve been influenced and inspired by my mother and father throughout my life,” Tohni admitted, recalling fond memories of their customers, transformed and smiling at the mirrored reflections of their tailored garments. Shopping by appointment only allows for a one-on-one private styling and personal shopping experience with Tohni Jean. For those who just want to drop by, the store is open to the public the last Friday of each month 11-3 p.m.. Call (954) 793-5895 or e-mail tohnistyletv@gmail.com for an appointment. Visit www.tohnistyletv.com. LP

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RECIPE CHICKEN SCARPARIELLO FOR TWO » 1-3lb. chicken » 2 large red peppers » 4 oz. Italian long hot peppers » 4-6 oz. Italian sausage » 6-8 oz. Agrodolce sauce

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FOR THE BRINE » 1 gallon of water » 1 cup Kosher salt » 1 cup packed brown sugar » 2 bay leaves » 1 Tbsp. Whole black pepper corn toasted » 4 rosemary sprigs

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Kids in Distress Hosts of Designing Spaces Debbie Marie and David Jones revealed the new activity room on the Kids in Distress Campus in Fort Lauderdale on June 15, 2012. Supporters and members of the community came out to be a part of the show, which will air on Lifetime in August. Priscilla Brooks, Stanley & Nicolle Hazelip

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