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January 2012

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NEW YEAR & NEW LOOK

Happy New Year! And, what an exciting year we have in store for you. After all, you deserve it! As you can see and feel, we have made significant upgrades to your Lifestyle Magazine. The format now mirrors the style and substance residents of Beverly Hills and Boca Raton enjoy each month. The elegant cover reflects your discerning character and will show your family and friends you truly know what quality looks like and only allow the absolute best into your home. After nine years, many thought we could not

and as you can see, she truly puts her heart and soul into the look of the magazine. I believe this new format will exceed your expectations of what you are willing to bring into your home and leave on your coffee table. Just be careful of friends and family trying to take it to their home. I also know you will have comments on improving and we look forward to your feedback to keep us informed of what you would like to see in your Lifestyle Magazine. You will continue to enjoy stories on neighbors, the Dining column, Travel and Scene

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Page as well as all new departments beginning this month. And this is only the beginning. We have many exciting initiatives planned in the future. All designed to keep you informed and engaged. For our advertising partners, the new format is designed to improve your brand reputation delivered to your best prospect in a reputable and credible manner. It was Dennis Waitley who said, “Life is a self-fufilling prophesy, you usually get what you expect!” Well, I expect this year to be the best ever for all our readers, our advertising partners, our community and for Lifestyle Publications. I wish you and your family the happiest and healthiest New Year! As Always, Enjoy the Lifestyle ™ -- And the new Lifestyle Look! ™ Jim Norton President & Publisher Lifestyle, Publications


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MAX WEINBERG, KNOWN BY MORE THAN A GENERATION OF MUSIC FANS AS THE DRUMMER OF BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S E STREET BAND AND LATER AS THE MUSICAL DIRECTOR WITH LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O’BRIEN AND THE TONIGHT SHOW, WILL SPEAK AT AND PERFORM FOR THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF BROWARD COUNTY’S COMMUNITY CAMPAIGN CELEBRATION . The Community Campaign Celebration is the Federation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, traditionally drawing 600 to 1000 people. The event will be held at Signature Grand on Thursday, February 2, 2012, from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. “Whether playing with ‘The Boss’ or Conan O’Brien, Max Weinberg is known and loved by so many fans of music,” said Eric B. Stillman, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Broward County. “Between his works and his on-stage

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performance, he’s certain to strike a familiar note with our members and guests.” Weinberg, who speaks frequently to colleges and business groups, has been said to link his drumming style to the definition of seder, meaning order. It became central to his ideal that a good drummer serves his band’s music. The New York Times has called Weinberg “the rhythmic backbone of the E Street Band.” He innovated the jump blues style, and today – dressed in suit and tie – is one of the most visible and recorded drummers of the late 20th century. Since the premiere of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 1993 and later, “The Tonight Show,” his Max Weinberg 7 has been called

the “best band in late night TV” by The Washington Post. He also has appeared on numerous “Late Night” comedy sketches. He also has performed at presidential inauguration galas, the Grammy Awards, and the 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dedication in Cleveland, Ohio. “Max joins a distinguished list of past speakers, including Joshua Malina from the TV show, The West Wing, U.S. Senator and Florida son Bob Graham, Professor Alan Dershowitz, Gov. Charlie Crist and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel,” added Stillman. “His musical heritage and fan appreciation will make Max a perfect performer for the night’s festivities.”


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PAGE 14 Golf Tournament Benefits Fallen Heroes COMMUNITY MEMBERS WILL GATHER FOR A GOLF TOURNAMENT THAT HONORS LOCAL HEROES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN THE LINE OF DUTY AND RAISES FUNDS TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THE HEROES’ FAMILY MEMBERS. The 5th Annual Broward Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament will be hosted on Saturday, January 28 at the Deerfield Beach Country Club to benefit the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County Fallen Heroes Fund. This year the Broward Sheriff’s Office Golf Tournament will honor fallen hero Sgt. Christopher Reyka, 51, who was shot and killed outside a Pompano Beach drug store early on the morning of August 10, 2007 while checking license plates for possible stolen vehicles. Reyka is survived by his wife Kim and four children: two daughters and two sons. “When people realize that the golf tournament benefits the Fallen Heroes Fund and who it is supporting and helps then they open their wallets and really want to contribute in any way possible,” Captain Rick Wierzbicki says. “Sheriff Al Lamberti has been

“WHEN PEOPLE REALIZE THAT THE GOLF TOURNAMNET BENEFITS THE FALLEN HEROES FUND AND WHO IT IS SUPPORTING AND HELPS THEN THEY OPEN THEIR WALLETS AND REALLY WANT TO CONTRIBUTE IN ANY WAY POSSIBLE. ”

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totally supportive of this initiative and he attends the tournament which means a lot for the participants and the families of the fallen heroes,” Captain Wierzbicki adds. The Fund provides support to the families of deputies and fire rescue personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. This fund provides humanitarian assistance to the families and loved ones at the time of death of a deputy or a fire rescue officer, and to help the families with memorial arrangements if necessary. Over the past four years, the golf tournament has generated more than $170,000 with more than $57,000 generated last year alone. The 2011 Tournament gathered 160 golfers and an additional 40 people attended the luncheon. The list of sponsors grows each year and the Broward Sheriff’s Office is grateful to the community businesses and restaurants for their support. Captain Wierzbicki is particularly thankful to the Deerfield Country Club representatives Glen Frazier, Larry Wilson and Patty Hayes who played an instrumental role in establishing the Tournament in 2007

to benefit the Fallen Heroes Fund. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and the shotgun start is slated for 10 a.m. There will be food, music and fun for everyone with activities including prizes, raffles, auctions and contests such as the hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin. Deerfield Beach Mayor Peggy Noland is also scheduled to attend the golf tournament and she will participate in the golf ball drop contest. Tournament attendees will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for $20 per ticket and 250 numbered balls. Mayor Noland will be lifted 50 feet in a fire engine rescue bucket and will drop the bucket of golf balls onto the course. The ball that falls closest to the practice pin at the range will win the money 50/50 for the winner and the Fund. Cost per golfer is $125, including the luncheon. Tickets cost $20.00 per person for the luncheon only. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, contact Captain Rick Wierzbicki at 954.849.6422 or email Richard_ Wierzbicki@sheriff.org.


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Making its American premiere in Fort Lauderdale, the exhibition features tapestries and paintings by artists including Sandro Botticelli, Parmigianino, Alessandro Allori, Luca Giordano, and Lorenzo Monaco, among others from the world-famous Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

For tickets, contact 954.262.0236 or moagroupsales@moafl.org Museum hours and directions are on www.moafl.org The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is home to AutoNation Academy of Art and Design offering studio art classes to children and adults, Books & Books and Museum Café.

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Sandro Botticelli | Madonna della loggia, ca. 1466-67. Oil on panel. Collection of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

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FOUR VERY SPECIAL LEADERS WILL BE HONORED JAN . 26 AT THE 14TH WOMEN OF VISION LUNCHEON , A BENEFIT HELD BY THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE. THE GALA (LUNCHEON) WILL BE HELD AT 10:30 A.M., JAN . 26 AT THE SIGNATURE GRAND, 6900 STATE ROAD 84 IN DAVIE. The 2012 Honorees are: Michelle Bernstein--Chef & Owner of Michy’s, Sra. Martinez, and Crumb on Parchment Since drawing the national spotlight in the mid-1990s, Chef Michelle Bernstein has remained one of the region’s most well-respected and successful chefs/restaurateurs. A Miami native of Jewish and Latin descent, this passionate culinaire has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. These days, Bernstein is busier than ever. She recently opened Crumb on Parchment, a cozy café in the heart of the Miami Design District, and continues to operate three additional South Florida restaurants: Michy’s, Sra. Martinez, and Michelle Bernstein at The Omphoy. Beyond a family of successful restaurants, Bernstein dedicates time to Common Threads an after-school program for underprivileged kids, is actively promoting her new line of cookware and cutlery, “Michelle B,” and regularly appears on an array of national TV shows, from Top Chef to Good Morning America. Jen Klaassens --Vice President of Programs for The Wasie Foundation The Wasie Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization that offers grants and support to South Florida non-profits focused on children’s healthcare and education – and Jen tirelessly

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leads by example. As the face of The Wasie Foundation, Jen’s mission is to change the way non-profits do business by empowering them with the tools they need to grow their organizations. She spearheads and co-chairs the Beach Bash event for the Jeb Bush Florida Classic for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is President of Neighbors 4 Neighbors, and serves on the board of 2-1-1 Broward, Angel’s Pediatric Heart House, Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, The Broward Sheriff’s Foundation, The Crockett Foundation, and The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Cristina Mata--Chief Medical Officer of the Holy Cross Medical Group Dr. Cristina Mata leads a 140+ physician employed multi-specialty group providing services throughout Broward and Palm Beach counties. During the last three years, Dr. Mata served as assistant medical director of the Holy Cross Medical Group. She continues a limited but active clinical practice in endocrinology and women’s health initiatives. A member of the Holy Cross Medical Group since 1995, Dr. Mata has served in various leadership roles of increasing responsibility including as Director of Women’s Health and Metabolic Services. She has served on the Board of Trustees at Holy Cross Hospital, and since 2000, she has been a member of the Holy Cross Medical Group’s Executive

Committee. Mindy Shrago-- Co-Founder & Executive Director of Young At Art Children’s Museum Mindy Shrago’s passion for the visual arts led to the vision of Young At Art. As Executive Director, Mindy has led the charge in the expansion of YAA’s new $26 million, 55,000 sq. ft. Gold LEED-certified museum, a public/private partnership with Broward County Libraries. Mindy has brought national attention to Young At Art, with recognition including YAA’s awarded accreditation by the American Association of Museums, one of only six children’s museums in the nation accredited by AAM; the 2005 MetLife Foundation’s Promising Practices Award; and of the 2003 IMLS National Leadership Award. The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world’s top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. The Institute’s 2,700-strong scientific community engages in research addressing crucial problems in medicine and health, energy, technology, agriculture, and the environment. The discoveries and theories of Weizmann Institute scientists have had a major impact on the wider scientific community, as well as on the quality of life of millions of people worldwide. For more information, please call Debra Herrmann at 954-964-8071.


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PAT PATRIANI PARKLAND’S PAT PATREGNANI

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PAT PATREGNANI IS THE PRESIDENT AT ZIMMERMAN ADVERTISING, LOCATED IN FORT LAUDERDALE, IS THE 13TH LARGEST ADVERTISING AGENCY IN THE COUNTRY AND AN AGENCY THAT MANAGES $3 BILLION OF ADVERTISING BUSINESS. IT IS AN ARM OF THE OMNICOM GROUP. Pat is a leader that has helped bring one of the largest advertising agencies in the country to great success through strategic marketing, a strong retail prowess, daily communication and inspiration. Although some find his presence at first glance intimidating, within the course of your first conversation with Pat you soon realize that he has the uncanny ability to get to the core of any advertising dilemma or marketing problem to really zero in on a true successful business strategy for a brand. With more than 30 years of experience in the retail advertising industry it’s no wonder his agency works with top industry clients that include Ashley Furniture, AutoNation, hhgregg, Nissan, Papa John’s, Party City, Pep Boys and Office Depot to name a few. Pat has the innate know-how to craft a brand, drive next day sales, lead a team and build a business that has resulted in helping create a national retail brand builder in South Florida. But, it’s not only his in-depth marketing and managing abilities that make Pat a great leader, it’s also the drive, passion and heart that he exhibits

in his everyday life outside of the office. This philosophy on life truly provides him with the fortitude to drive Zimmerman into the future successfully. For more information on Zimmerman Advertising visit www.zadv.com. Pat knows all about perseverance and making an impact. Outside of the office, you can typically find him on a bike leading the way in a pace line along one of the scenic routes on A1A in South Florida. He also cycles competitively as a master level racer. “I’ve been cycling for 10 years. I also quit smoking 10 years ago after my daughter went to a science fair and saw a black lung and said, “Daddy, you have to stop smoking now. That black lung is going to kill you,”” shared Pat. “A lot of people who stop smoking gain weight, eating more food to replace the smoking.” “I instead gave myself a fitness challenge,” he added. “I lost weight, gained muscle and started riding a bike.” He uses his passion for cycling to help make a difference and he rides for a better tomorrow as one of the Co-Founders of the zMotion cycling team, Zimmerman Advertising’s philanthropic arm that utilizes cycling as its vehicle to support

many local charities. “A little more than five years ago, Jordan Zimmerman and I were on a quest to inspire and rally our associates at the agency,” said Pat. “I saw how living a healthier lifestyle and cycling had impacted my life for the better and wanted to share the experience within the agency walls. I also thought this would be an excellent way for our associates to get to know one another away from

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“ALONG WITH OUR philanthropic efforts AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, zMotion IS ALSO HEAVILY INVOLVED IN PROMOTING CYCLING

PAT PATRIANI advocacy and education.”

One way the team is promoting including giving at least three feet the office environment.” Hoping to apply the Company’s energy sharing the road is with its “Ride of clearance when passing a cyclist, and enthusiasm to a higher cause, Right, Drive Right” campaign message looking for cyclists when entering and Pat, Jordan Zimmerman, Founder and designed to educate both motorists and exiting the road, and remembering that Chairman of Zimmerman Advertising cyclists about the need to share the cyclists could be in their blind spots. zMotion also has weekend riding and Mike Schweiger, agency CFO, roadways. groups for various researched an annual riding levels from charity bike ride for beginner to advanced the National Multiple camps. At these Sclerosis Society. weekend camp rides, “We sent out an riders learn how to email at the agency have fun riding in a letting associates group while being safe know that we would on the roads. provide them with a Pat is camp leader bike if they wanted to along with Mike train and participate Schweiger of “Camp in the MS 150,” stated Cove” an advanced Pat. “To date we have cycling group that provided close to 500 rides on Saturday bikes for those that mornings at 7 a.m. This want to participate in camp rides at speeds zMotion.” generally consisting The first fundraising between 26 to 32 mph. ride experience For more information turned out to be bigger on zMotion or any of and more powerful its 12 riding camps, than anything they please go to www. had imagined. What zmotion.org. was once only a small This past fall, company effort led Pat and the rest by four rookie riders of Zimmerman at the agency now PAT AND DAUGHTER RANDI, WHO ALSO RACES BIKES AT 10 YEARS OLD Advertising and its includes more than The campaign’s goal is to make zMotion team sponsored the first major 300 agency associates as members and almost 1,000 riding members from the the roads safer and to save lives by Livestrong event in Florida called building awareness. At the center of Livelong Livestrong. Over 2200 folks South Florida area. zMotion and Zimmerman host and the campaign is the belief that cycling participated in the walk, run or ride, sponsor 12 charity rides throughout laws are poorly communicated. Many raising more than $300,000. Proceeds benefited the Dreams the year. The team has raised more motorists are simply unaware of these than $6 million for national and local laws, which render them ineffective. By Pediatric Cancer Unit at the new Joe charities to date through fundraising educating both the cyclist and motorist DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and the alike, “Ride Right, Drive Right” can Lance Armstrong Foundation. and participating in charity rides. Never to let grass grow under his “zMotion has quickly become a initiate a positive change. “Ride Right” refers to the cyclist’s “wheels,” Pat will captain another Bill leading force within the South Florida cycling community and beyond,” shared credo to know and obey all traffic laws; Bone Pro Am Race Season for zMotion Pat. “Along with our philanthropic be courteous to other cyclists; never starting January 2012. Check for details efforts and community involvement, challenge a confrontational motorist; at www.billboneproam.com. Advertiser, Cyclist, Philanthropist, zMotion is also heavily involved in and to share the road. “Drive Right” reminds motorists to Parkland Neighbor all define Pat. If you promoting cycling advocacy and know laws as they relate to cyclists, see him riding by say “hi.” education.”

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Business &MONEY Changing Banks Landscape Buyers Appetite For One Million Dollar Homes On the Rise Making Sense of Technology; Tools you can use in 2012

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CHANGING BANKS LANDSCAPE New Year brings some changes to local banking scene.

BY JIM FREER

WHEN MANY BANKS AND OTHER LENDERS WERE MAKING SUB-PRIME MORTGAGES AND COMPLEX ADJUSTABLE RATE LOANS SEVERAL YEARS AGO, BB&T KEPT FOCUSING ON THE OTHER LENDING IT HAD USED TO BUILD A HISTORY OF PROFITABILITY. “Our goal has always been to help consumers and businesses achieve economic success and financial stability,” said Michael Oster, BB&T’s regional president for South Florida. “We didn’t see how making loans that a lot of people might not be able to pay would help them and us reach those goals.” By staying its course with business lending and traditional mortgages, Winston-Salem, N.C.based BB&T avoided the real estate problems that are still an issue for many banks. It also has continued to grow in Florida and other states. In 2012, BB&T will become a bigger player in the fast-changing banking landscape in Broward County and around Florida. The

adjacent chart points to some key developments in how that landscape, and bank names, has kept changing since the 1980s. The latest big change came on Nov. 1, when BB&T announced an agreement to buy BankAtlantic which has been the largest bank based in Broward. When the deal is completed, likely in the spring of 2012, BB&T will move up from 11th to fourth place in deposits in Broward, It will have just over $2.5 billion in deposits at approximately 45 offices in the county. The sale of BankAtlantic will leave Stonegate Bank as the largest bank headquartered in Broward. Stonegate, based in Fort Lauderdale, had $848 million in

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The Banking Name Game: How They Got Here

MIKE OSTER

“WE DIDN’T SEE HOW MAKING LOANS THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO PAY WOULD HELP THEM AND US REACH THOSE GOALS. ”

Mid-1980’s

Charlotte, N.C.-based NCNB begins buying banks around Florida. NCNB later changes its name to NationsBank.

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Florida joins 11 other states and the District of Columbia in the Southeast Regional Compact, which permits mergers among banks in those states.

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Regulators take over Miami-based Southeast Bank, the biggest in South Florida, and sell it to Charlotte-based First Union.

Late-1980’s The S&L crisis and the fallout from the overbuilt commercial real estate market lead to the first modern era wave bank failures. Between 1989 and 1991, there were 1,180 bank failures including 63 based in Florida.

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NationsBank buys Barnett, the Jacksonville-based bank that was the biggest in Florida.


BUSINESS&money assets on Sept. 30. That included business at its branches in several counties on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Stonegate opened in 2005. It quickly became profitable, and among Florida banks it has one of the lowest ratios of problem loans to total loans. “We decided not to have speculative land and development loans as a major part of our business,” said David Seleski, Stonegate’s president and CEO. A main reason behind the lingering banking crisis is the large number of loans that were made on condominiums and other housing projects that have not been completed. Stonegate has what Seleski calls a diversified lending mix of commercial loans, residential mortgages and so-called “owneroccupied loans” for businesses to buy properties they use for their operations. But many other South Floridabased banks are feeling stymied in their efforts to expand in those areas of lending, said Kenneth Thomas, president of bank consulting firm K. H. Thomas Associates in Miami.

cleaning up bad loans, not making any new ones,” Thomas said. He added that some banks that are not under enforcement actions are being told by regulators to keep writing down the values of some loans that banks feel are fairly valued. That requires a bank to keep increasing its loan loss reserves, a step that reduces its earnings. Amid these problems, Thomas expects that 2012 will be another year when bank failures and what he calls “shadow failures” with investment groups buying troubled banks will be a major story in Florida. Thus, BB&T and several other large and well capitalized banks that are relative newcomers have the potential to play major roles in meeting South Florida’s growing demand for business loans and residential mortgages. Chase, based in New York, and PNC, based in Pittsburgh, are prominent on that list. So is TD Bank, the U.S. subsidiary of Toronto Dominion Bank. Those banks have expanded in South Florida primarily by buying banks from other states that had

CHANGING BANKS LANDSCAPE DAVID SELESKI

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Nations Bank merges with Bank of America, based in San Francisco. They keep the B of A name, with headquarters in Charlotte.

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First Union merges into Wachovia Bank, also-based in North Carolina.

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The crisis in residential lending and the housing market lead to a second wave of bank failures. In 2010, there were 157 bank failures, including 29 in Florida.

2008

Regulators take over Coral Gables-based BankUnited, the biggest bank based in South Florida, because of problem mortgages. An investment group buys non-problem assets, puts in new capital and keeps the BankUnited names and branches.

Wells Fargo, based in San Francisco, buys Wachovia which was experiencing financial problems. In 2011, it changes the signs on Florida offices.

2011

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T agrees to buy Fort Lauderdalebased BankAtlantic, the biggest bank based in Broward County.

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BUSINESS&money branch networks in Broward and other counties. Several of their acquisitions were of failed banks through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., such as BB&T’s 2009 purchase of Alabama-based Colonial Bank. BB&T and other newcomers “must overcome issues of ‘who are these guys?’ and ‘what do the initials stand for,?’” Thomas said. He feels that BB&T has “built a good reputation” in its operations and added that it has been selective in buying banks. BB&T has $168 billion in assets and is among the country’s 20 largest banks. “We have the capital that some other banks might not have access to in the current market,” Oster said. “We can lend to large businesses and we lend to businesses of all sizes.” Oster and other BB&T officials cannot discuss details of the

pending BankAtlantic merger because it requires approval from banking regulators. One likelihood is that BB&T will succeed BankAtlantic with the naming rights at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. “We are very interested in opportunities at the BankAtlantic Center and are in discussions with people there,” Oster said. That added brand recognition could help BB&T in the South Florida market where Oster is finding “a more aggressive competition” in business lending among large and smaller banks that do not have capital problems. Seleski said he has been seeing more competition among banks for commercial loans. In the residential market he is finding that “about 60 percent of the sales are still cash.” Seleski said that in 2005 he never would have expected that

Stonegate within seven years would become the largest bank headquartered in Broward. He and Thomas each expect more future waves of bank name changes, mixed with mergers, in South Florida. When the economy is strong it is a ripe time for start-ups, such as Stonegate in 2005, and for banks from other states to buy profitable banks in Florida. During downturns, there will be more opportunities for banks like BB&T and Chase to buy failed banks in deals where the FDIC takes many of the problem loans. The sale of BankAtlantic will leave just 16 banks with headquarters in Broward. Behind Stonegate as the largest as of Sept. 30 are Community Bank of Broward, based in Weston with $476 million in assets, and Regent Bank, based in Davie, with $447 million in assets.

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REAL ESTATE STORY Buyers Appetite For $1 Million Houses On Rise In Western Broward County

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BY: PETER ZALEWSKI

BUYERS HAVE AN INCREASED APPETITE FOR MILLION-DOLLAR HOUSES IN WESTERN BROWARD COUNTY. For the second consecutive year, the number of single-family houses in Western Broward County to resell for at least $1 million each is on the rise, with Southwest Ranches, Parkland, and Weston leading the recovery. In the first 11 months of 2011, at least seven single-family houses have resold for at least $3 million, with one home trading for as much $4.5 million in the Sunshine Ranches subdivision in Southwest Ranches, according to an analysis based on Florida Realtors association data. A home in Parkland’s Ranches subdivision resold for $4 million to rank as the second highest-priced transaction for a single-family house in Western Broward County in 2011. The highest priced singlefamily house to resell in Weston transacted for $3.3 million in the Windmill Ranch Estate subdivision, according to the data. Fueled by international buyers with strong foreign currencies and wealthy individuals attracted to deeply discounted South Florida luxury properties, the number of single-family house resales with a price tag of at least $1 million each in Western Broward County has increased by seven percent on a year-over-year basis

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in 2011 compared to the previous year of 2010. The number of single-family house resale transactions for at least $1 million in 2011 is up more than eight percent from 2009, according to the data. In 2011, buyers purchased 93 single-family houses – an average of 7.8 per month - in Broward County west of Interstate 95 between January and Dec. 5,

according to the data. In the two previous years, buyers purchased 87 single-family houses – an average of 7.3 per month - in 2010 and 86 properties – an average of 7.2 per month - in 2009. The increasing number of resales comes as the median transaction price has dropped to $1.30 million in 2011 from nearly $1.33 million in 2010. In the year 2009, the median


GOING FORWARD, FINANCING WILL BE A KEY ELEMENT TO A RECOVERY IN THE SINGLE-FAMILY HOUSE MARKET IN WESTERN BROWARD COUNTY, INDUSTRY WATCHERS SAID.

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single-family house transaction in Western Broward County was $185,000 in the first 11 months of 2011. Compare this to previous years when the median price for a single-family house was $200,000 in 2010 and $207,000 in 2009. At the peak of the market in 2006, the median resales price for a house in Western Broward County was $369,000, according to the report. It is unclear when resale prices could reverse course in Western Broward County. At the current 2011 resales pace of nearly 900 single-family house transactions per month, Western Broward County has less than two quarters of available inventory. As of Dec. 5, 2011, less than 4,350 single-family houses were available for resale in Western Broward County, according to the report. An additional 2,700 single-family houses in Western Broward County are under contract and waiting to transact. Going forward, financing will be a key element to a recovery in the single-family house market in Western Broward County, industry watchers said. Despite an increased willingness by lenders to consider financing houses in Western Broward County, many buyers have experienced various difficulties in obtaining mortgages, including appraisals that are reportedly coming in at values below contract prices, industry watchers said. Peter Zalewski is a principal with the Bal Harbour, Fla.-based residential real estate consultancy Condo Vultures® LLC. He can be reached at 800-750-0517 or peter@condovultures.com.

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TECH GADGETS Making sense of TECHNOLOGY; PAGE 34 tools you can use in

2012 BY JEFF PEARLMAN

TECHNOLOGY - WE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT. And yet, in today’s fast-paced world, it is becoming more and more challenging to keep up with the latest gadgets, gizmo’s, apps and plug-ins. “It seems like every time you turn around there’s something new that makes the old obsolete almost overnight,” says Heather Coleman, a travel consultant from Weston. “It’s hard to figure out what to invest in because it all changes so fast.” Should I go with the Apple iPhone or Android? What about my beloved Blackberry? Is it still relevant? In a world where there are thousands of apps, which ones are essential? We asked readers to weigh-in on how to tame technology and help use it to improve your business, life and family. In fact, we used technology to write this story. Sources were found on Twitter, Linked-In, Stumble Upon, Quora, Facebook and HARO (Help a Reporter Out). SMART PHONES Way back when, a smart phone was “smart” if it had a calendar and email capabilities. Today, the bar is significantly higher as a result of ‘apps’ that exist for just about everything.

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“I prefer the Apple iPhone because there are almost 250,000 apps in the iTunes store,” says Mark Segal, a sales representative from Coral Springs. “Last I checked Android has only 70,000 or so.” But for others the sheer amount of apps can be overwhelming. “It can be like an addiction,” says Roberta Edwards of Fort Lauderdale. “Aside from the cost, I find that I only use a few apps so I can still get by with my old Blackberry. My basic needs are email and a calendar, navigation and Google. I laugh at my friends who load their phones up with these apps. How much do we really need or use? It gets too complicated. I’m all about keeping it simple.” Paul Lorenzi and his wife/partner Hope dream of someday hitting it big by developing a popular app. The couple, who are spending the winter in Parkland, are big critics of the Android Market, because over half the apps in that store are free. “Here we are trying to revive our economy and Google which rules the world is offering all of these free apps,” says Paul. “That makes it hard for innovators to make it. In the iPhone App Store, only a very small percentage of apps are free.” “I want to serve both platforms,” adds Hope. “You cannot ignore the Android, they have such a large share of the market.” Most of the readers who responded to our queries gave the iPhone high marks for media, music, photos and movies. The iPhone also scores high for travel and kids’ stuff. “My kids love my iPhone for the games,” says Constance Henderson of Estero. “My husband calls it an expensive pacifier.” Android is popular for social networking and dining out. As for the Blackberry, it appears the original monster of the category has lost some of its luster, if not the loyalty of some users. “I’m loyal,” writes Sami Glazer of Coral Springs. “It’s been tough to be loyal and my friends flaunt their Droids and Apple’s all the time, but the Blackberry has been a loyal friend for years and I’m rooting for them to get back on track.”

We gathered some suggestions given by our readers and broke them down for you. MUSIC Mog, Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody and Soundhound were mentioned in our informal survey. Spotify, the British sensation, recently crossed the Atlantic and has quickly earned a niche among music lovers for its vast library. But gaps remain; especially for lovers of classic rock: For example: The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin are conspicuous for their absence on the site. But newer artists are on the site and the offerings are broad and deep. “If you’re willing to put up with the ads it’s free,” says Jack Stein of Weston. “And the ads aren’t too bad. Spotify has a ton of music and all the new albums available.” Pandora, Rhapsody and Mog are similar to Spotify. Soundhound offers a feature for smart phones that allows users to speak an artist’s name and gain instant access to videos, lyrics, etc.

TECH GADGETS iTunes. s Bump – share information by bumping phones. Available at iTunes. s Cardflick – flick to share your digital business card. www.cardflick.com s Skype – still a favorite. www.skype.com s Hey Where Are You – tell your friends where you are, and vice-versa. Available at iTunes. s Nimbuzz – text chat on Yahoo, AOL, etc. www.nimbuzz.com s Fring – “Group Video Chat, Voice Calls & Text Chat” www.fring.com s Cisco WebEx Meeting – join online meetings, webinars and more. www.webex.com s Business Card Reader (Paid) – scan business cards right into your phone. Available at iTunes s SnapDat Digital Business Cards – Design and send digital business cards directly from your phone. www.snapdat.com

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PRODUCTIVITY APPS s Ego (Paid) – monitor how well your web presence is growing. www.ego-app.com s iTranslate – translates what you say. Available in the iTunes Apple Store. s Dragon Dictation – the prequel to Siri, lets your phone transcribe your voice. Available at iTunes. s Speller – spellcheck English or Spanish. Available at iTunes. s Feedly – your mobile RSS reader. www.feedly.com s Evernote – got an idea? Evernote it. www.evernote.com s DropBox-Bring your files with you when you’re on the go. www.dropbox.com s My Eyes Only Lite – password protect any sensitive information you need. Available at iTunes. s Remember the Milk – access your to-do lists from your phone. www.rememberthemilk.com s Bento (Paid) – your iPhone personal database organizer. www.filemaker.com s Print n Share (Paid) – print to any printer. Available at iTunes. NETWORKING s vTie Necktie Guide – so you can always look your best. Available at

BECAUSE TECHNOLOGY MAKES IT EASY TO SHARE s WordPress – update your blog or respond to comments, from anywhere. www.android.wordpress.org s Flickr – share your own photos, and check out everyone else’s. www.flickr.com s UStream – turn your phone into a mobile radio station iPhone. www.ustream.tv/everywhere There’s never a final word on technology, it is ever changing. In the coming months, we will strive to keep you up to date and urge you to contact us with how your using technology to improve your lifestyle. LIFESTYLEMAGAZINEGROUP.COM | JANUARY 2012

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PAGENew 36 Year, New You!

MICHELLE BETTS FROM VH-1’S “TOUGH LOVE: MIAMI” ON FITNESS AND HEALTH FOR THE NEW YEAR Don’t you love this time of year, you make all your New Year’s resolutions and goals and really feel like you will meet them. I’m here to give you a little push start to turn those goals into reality. The holidays have come and gone, and most Americans have gained some extra pounds within the last few months. Follow these steps to stay on track this year and make 2012 the year you improve your health with exercise and a healthy diet. Know what you want, know your goal. Write it down, be clear and precise. You also must know why you want to achieve your goal. You have to know where you are going in order to get there, so to speak. Once you do this, make a plan and stick to it. When most people decide to improve their health and lose weight they think they need to spend five days a week in the

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gym, so they put it off and make the excuse that they don’t have the time. As a fitness trainer and expert, I tell my clients to start out doing three days a week for 30-60 minutes. This is not a lot of time, this is for your health, and you can make this happen. Before you know it, you will want more and it will turn into more but begin slowly; slow and steady keeps the weight off for good. If you don’t like going to the gym then do something fun that interests you. There are many classes and sports leagues out there, just make sure you get some exercise in. I tell many couples to take a long walk or a jog every evening together. Doing this can improve your health and your relationship, costs no money, and requires no equipment. Make it a ritual. I swear to you, adopt exercise into your 2012 lifestyle and you will see a dramatic change in the way you feel; exercise gives you energy. Now, I understand life gets hectic. Sometimes work hours go into overtime and business trips happen. If you are really pressed for time then buy a jump rope. You can find a jump rope for under $10 and they are travel friendly. Take ten extra minutes in the morning to jump rope. Ten minutes of jumping rope can burn up to 120 calories; this will also raise your heart rate and get your body warm, which in turn will burn more calories throughout your day. Ten minutes in the morning…everybody has ten minutes. Exercise is only half the battle in improving your health in 2012. Your diet plays an equal and vital role. I ask the clients I train to keep a food journal so we know when and what they are eating. This is a huge factor in weight loss and gain. You will be surprised to find that if you adapt a few simple rules to your food consumption it is easier to shed those pounds. Eat something within 60 minutes of rising. The old saying breakfast is the most important part of your day is true. You need to eat within 60 minutes of rising to jump start your metabolism. This is so important! Please, I beg you to eat when you wake up...did I mention eat a healthy breakfast. I rotate between 3 healthy breakfasts, they are: s Low fat Greek yogurt, blueberries, almonds (protein, antioxidants, good fat) s Oatmeal, blueberries, low fat milk (whole grains/fiber, antioxidants, good fat) s One egg fried with olive oil, 1 piece of whole wheat bread, 2 slices of avocado (protein, whole grains/fiber, good fat) If you are pressed for time, at the bare minimum grab a piece of fruit. Remember to eat something for breakfast and make it healthy. I can’t stress to you the importance of eating breakfast enough. Eat five small meals a day. I know everyone has heard this over and over, but it’s essential for living a healthy lifestyle, losing weight and keeping it off. Eating five small meals a day keeps your metabolism up, because you are eating so frequently, you never feel hungry. You should never eat so much in a sitting that you feel stuffed, EVER! This stretches out your stomach and increases your appetite. Also, if you know you are going to be out a long while carry

healthy foods with you. I recommend pre-packaged servings of a healthy nut like almonds. If you buy prepackaged then you will stay in portion control. Nuts are a great source of good fat your body needs, you just have to be careful you don’t over consume, which is why pre-packaged portions are fabulous. Have healthy meals readily available in your refrigerator. At the beginning of every week I bake 4 large chicken breasts and 4 99% lean turkey burgers. I stick this lean, healthy, protein in the fridge so I know all I have to do is warm it up and it’s ready for me to nosh on. Choose lean cuts of protein like chicken breast, salmon, or turkey over fatty meats. Incorporate colorful fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. A good rule of thumb is to look down at your plate, if you don’t see bright colors, add it. Greens like spinach and kale are wonderful for you. Red and green bell peppers are healthy and add a little spice. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, all of these wonderful berries are full of antioxidants. Whatever you choose, make sure it comes from the earth and is colorful. I wish you good health in 2012. Start off the year right by exercising a minimum 3 times a week for 3060 minutes. Always eat breakfast, choose lean protein, and add color to your meals. Five small meals a day will keep your metabolism up. Here’s to the New Year and the new you!

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“EXERCISE IS ONLY HALF THE BATTLE IN IMPROVING YOUR HEALTH IN 2012. YOUR DIET PLAYS AN EQUAL AND VITAL ROLE. ”

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BY JEFF PEARLMAN

S OMETIMES WE IGNORE THE TREASURES IN OUR OWN BACKYARDS. AS “SEASON” KICKS IN,

11 million annual visitors FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WILL FLOCK TO BROWARD COUNT Y. Why? Here’s a hint: IT’S NOT JUST THE WEATHER. IT’S THE CULTURAL AMENITIES AS WELL.

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YET, FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE AND WORK HERE DAILY LIFE CAN SOMETIMES GET IN THE WAY OF ENJOYING WHAT OTHERS TRAVEL THOUSANDS OF MILES TO EXPERIENCE. In an effort, to start the New Year right, we have researched 10 gems in Broward County. Whether you explore one or all of them, we hope you’ll enjoy the many treasures that can be found within minutes of wherever you live. Please drop us a line and let us know about your experiences. Enjoy!

THE ANNE KOLB NATURE CENTER AT WEST LAKE PARK 751 Sheridan Street Hollywood, Florida Phone: 954-357-5161 Moonlit kayak rides among the mangroves and canals is just one option at this oasis just minutes from downtown Hollywood’s urban charms. There are a number of ways to see the mangroves, wildlife and marine life that inhabit the Nature Center. Kayaks are a popular way to see the canals and explore pockets of the park. A guided boat tour is also available. If you’re more comfortable on foot, there are two boardwalks that cross the mangrove. For spectacular views

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of the park and the city’s skyline climb the 68 foot observation tower. Park Rangers often joke that European visitors know more about the park and the local ecosystem than locals. That sounds like a challenge so put an afternoon at Anne Kolb on your “to-do” list this year. INSIDER TIPS AND TRIVIA: The nature center was named after Anne Kolb, a former Broward County Commissioner who was the first woman elected to the Broward Commission in 1974. Make sure to visit the Exhibition Hall which features a 3,500 gallon saltwater aquarium.

CENTRAL BROWARD REGIONAL PARK & STADIUM 3700 N.W. 11th Place, Lauderhill, Florida. Phone: 954-357-5400 If you enjoy different types of sports, you’ll want to visit Central Broward Regional Park. This 110-acre multi-purpose facility is famous for being the only

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U.S. Cricket field certified by the International Cricket Council. The stadium has 5,000 seats and can accommodate up to 15,000 fans. If that sounds large, it is because cricket is extremely popular in parts of the world including the West Indies, where many Broward residents trace their roots. Visitors can enjoy watching this exciting sport but also partake in other more conventional activities including basketball and a water playground (open March through October). The park also includes two lighted netball courts. Netball is derived from an early version of basketball and is popular in Commonwealth nations. INSIDER TIPS AND TRIVIA: Pennsylvania-born, New Yorkbased artist Alice Aycock was commissioned in 2004 to design a water feature at the U.S. 441/State Road 7 entrance to the park. The project, “Whirls and Swirls and a Vortex on Water”, was completed in summer 2008 through the Broward County Public Art and Design program. The metal, steel, concrete, and acrylic sculpture hovers slightly above water in an elliptical-shaped pool. Massive metal ribbons spiral around an acrylic sphere that has an internal sculptural element, alongside a metal vortex that delves beneath the


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water’s surface. Integrating nature, science, art, and technology, the artwork’s composition refers to the dynamic and tumultuous weather patterns in South Florida and the gravitational forces present on the earth and throughout the solar system, illustrating the expanding universe and underwater marine life. Feel free to impress your friends with this tidbit.

upscale restaurant that serves as the floor’s centerpiece. The suites are available by lease for the day, week or season.

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GULFSTREAM PARK 901 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida Phone: (954) 454-7000 Gulfstream is South Florida’s premier thoroughbred racetrack and home of the foremost Triple Crown prep races including the $1 million Florida Derby. The nation’s finest 3-year old thoroughbreds, jockeys and trainers spend their winter at Gulfstream Park. Racing kicked off Dec. 3 and will run thru April 8, 2012. But while racing is the park’s core activity, the Gulfstream experience is far more than thoroughbreds. Adjacent to the historic track is a world-class casino with 850 slot machines, electronic table games and high stakes poker. The “Village at Gulfstream Park” features nightlife, dining, entertainment, fashion and shopping.

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GONDOLA TOUR FORT LAUDERDALE wouldn’t be called the “Venice of America” if it didn’t have gondola tours. But how many of us have actually indulged? Gondoliers are available 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for your gondola needs. Tours range from Casa Magnifico rides (featuring Lauderdale’s amazing homes) to romantic tours featuring “messages in a bottle”, your own romantic thoughts stored safely on parchment on the gondola awaiting the special moment. Las Olas Gondola is located at the very end of Southeast First Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale and at the base of the Las Olas River House, the tallest building around. Gondola Tours and Event Rentals is available at Stork’s Café on Las Olas.

INSIDER’S TIPS AND TRIVIA: Gulfstream has a rich history dating to 1939. A whopping 21 Kentucky Derby winners have raced at Gulfstream. If you want to experience Gulfstream in style consider a luxury suite: there are 22 on the third level, 11 flanking each side of Christine Lee’s, the popular

The largest fishing library in the world can be found at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. Whether you love to fish or just to want to spend a day gawking at amazing exhibits and record catches, the IGFA Hall of Fame is for you. The E. K. Harry Library of Fishes currently contains more than 15,000 books, from first editions of angling classics to the latest books in print; 150 outdoor and fishing magazines from many countries and in many languages (some of which go back to the 1930s); 2,100 videos, including classic fishing films from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s as well as thousands of slides and photographs ranging from historic record catches and exciting action shots of fish to famous anglers of yesterday and today and memorabilia from sport fishing greats. If someone in your family loves to fish, this is nirvana. But even if you aren’t an angling enthusiast there is plenty here to catch and hold your attention, including a beautiful facility and pictures of record catches that are almost hard to believe. INSIDER’S TIPS AND TRIVIA: The 2011 Hall of Fame Class features some interesting inductees including Buddy Merritt, who caught a record 16 Giant Tuna in one especially productive day.

INSIDER’S TIPS AND TRIVIA: Book early for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Patrons of the Las Olas Gondola are encouraged to bring their own beverages, since the gondolier does not offer their own. Call 800-277-1390 for rates. For Gondola Tours and Event Rentals call 877-926-2467. Rates are $125. The typical tour is one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes.

SNAKE WARRIOR’S ISLAND 3600 S.W. 62nd Ave. Miramar, Florida. Phone: 954-357-5161

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Island it’s got to be good right? This 53-acre park is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and is considered among the most historic of Broward’s parks and natural areas. Prehistoric materials excavated there provide evidence of habitation by subsistence cultures dating from approximately 500 B.C.E. through roughly A.D. 1000 to 1200. Archaeologists have also confirmed that, centuries later, the site was the camp of the Miccosukee leader Chitto Tustenuggee. Also known as the Snake Warrior, Chitto Tustenuggee was designated by chief Sam Jones/Abiaka as his successor during the era of the Second Seminole War (1835-1842), when U.S. government troops clashed with the various groups of Native Americans collectively known as Seminoles. The park features an abundance of native vegetation and wildlife and is considered one of the best bird watching places you can find.

INSIDER’S TIPS AND TRIVIA: Three of the platforms are within recreational diving limits. When Hurricane Andrew stuck in August, 1992, it caused the two deep towers to list at close to a 45-degree angle. Visit a local dive shop and arrange an excursion.

a visit to Xtreme Indoor Carting, South Florida’s only indoor Karting track. The 90,000 square foot facility caters to individuals and corporate clientele. The ½ mile asphalt track entertains speeds of up to 45 miles per hour. In addition to Karting, the facility has a miniature golf course, mini bowling lanes, an arcade and a café.

10 TREASURES PAGE 8 40 INSIDER’S TIPS AND TRIVIA: Historians have identified the site as one of the earliest Seminole settlements in the eastern Everglades and speculate that it had been occupied for more than a dozen years before its Indian inhabitants were attacked and fled in 1841.

TENNECO TOWERS For the diving enthusiast consider visiting Tenneco Towers, the largest artificial reef in southeast Florida. Tenneco Towers was created in 1985 when Tenneco Oil sank its production platforms. It is located off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Beach. Queen Angels and Spanish Hogfish rule here. The smallest platform rests at 97 feet and rises to 65 feet underwater. The deepest platforms lie at 190 feet below the surface and rise to 80 feet.

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FORT LAUDERDALE ANTIQUE CAR MUSEUM 1527 Packard Avenue (SW 1st Avenue) Ft. Lauderdale, FL Phone: 954 - 779 – 7300 The Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum was established as a non-profit foundation to ensure the preservation of the history of the Packard Motor Co., and to show the progress and development of skills in American engineering. Founded by Arthur O. Stone, former CEO of Buning the Florist, the museum has assembled a collection of pre-war Packard automobiles and other memorabilia, which represents Mr. Stone’s love for this unique automobile.

INSIDER’S TIP AND TRIVIA: The museum contains 22 Packard automobiles from 1900 to the 1940’s, along with a gallery dedicated to the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt plus several special collections of automobile memorabilia. The oldest car in the museum is a 1909 Packard Model 18 Speedster.

XTREME INDOOR CARTING 5300 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Phone: 954.491.6265 Once you’ve experienced antique cars, you may want to indulge your need for speed with

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INSIDER’S TIPS AND TRIVIA: Karting is a non-contact sport, i.e. this is not bumper cars. Sessions on the track range from 8 minutes to 30 minutes with costs ranging from $19.50 to $52 for the longest session.

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CORAL SPRINGS MUSEUM OF ART 2855 Coral Springs Dr. Coral Springs, FL 954.340.5000 This year marks the 15th anniversary of the opening of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. This jewel of a museum prides itself on quality and diversity. Over the years, the Coral Springs Museum of Art has hosted everything from blockbuster exhibits by well-known artists such as Clyde Butcher and Dale Chilhuly to exhibits by talented local artists. Overall, more than 500,000 arts lovers have visited this 13,500 square foot museum and have seen the work of over 200 artists plus another 7,800 artists whose work has been displayed in the museum’s lobby. Don’t miss the current Toulouse Lautrec and his 19th Century mentors exhibit running through Feb. 11. Museum Hours are: MondaySaturday: 10am- 5pm September through May, Thursday: 10am-8pm. The museum is closed Sunday. INSIDER’S TIP AND TRIVIA: The museum store is a great place to buy art. Enjoy!


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STEPHANIE CITRON

contractor that is able to perform the work. FCC schedules the contractor to come to your home, on your own terms, and at the time you want them there. We remain in constant communication with all parties, supporting and answering all homeowner questions until the project is completed.

makes the job most affordable. 3. With FCC, you are not hiring a “Jack of All Trades”. All of the contractors that are involved with FCC have unique experience in their specific field of expertise. A homeowner will no longer be faced with an electrician trying to perform a job designed for a handyman or a roofer trying to paint your house. Each contractor in the FCC network has performed jobs similar to the ones they were sent to perform at your home. 4. FCC sets boundaries on every job site. All of the contractors in the FCC network are professional, courteous and willing to go the extra mile for an FCC client. They are conscious about being neat and clean through each phase of any job. 5. Written estimates by licensed and insured insu contractors – every time, no exception. FCC mandates that all estimates given by contractors in b itts network are in writing. The scope w off work will be tho oroughly detailed on each estimate and d (barring unknown circumstances) will not chan nge from start to completion of the job. If you have a home repair project that you’ve been putting off, call Stephanie Citron with Florida Contractor Connection at (954) 562-6138 or email her at steph@ flcontractorconnection.com to get started today. You can find more information about FCC online at flcontractorconnection.com.

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We’ve all heard about the dilemmas of hiring contractors in South Florida. The complaints are numerous and varying – the contractor I called never showed up, the contractor I used on the job started but never completed the work, the handyman I used broke something in my home but had no liability insurance to cover it, the contractor I used ripped us off, etc. The “contractor horror stories” noted above are the reason that Florida Contractor Connection (“FCC”) was created. FCC is a contractor referral service that matches homeowners in South Florida with licensed and insured contractors. The best thing about FCC’s service is that it is 100% FREE to the homeowner. All of the home improvement specialists that are in FCC’s professional network are licensed by the State of Florida, carry liability insurance, have at least five (5) years of experience in their field, provide references, and have no disciplinary complaints on their record. FCC’s network of professionals includes general contractors, painters, electricians, plumbers, paving companies, irrigation specialists, roofers and handymen amongst others. Once a customer calls FCC, he/she is paired with a

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FIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR SUCCESS WITH FLORIDA CONTRACTOR CONNNECTION 1. Know what kind of work you want done to your home. Before FCC will provide you with contractors from its network of professionals, FCC will interview every potential customer to determine the scope of work. FCC wants to maximize each client experience. Having a thorough base e of information ab bout what a certain project(s) will enttail is crucial to makin ng that happen. 2.Multiple contractor bids. FCC sendss every client one contractor at a time but is happy to offer a second or even a third contractor to come to your home to evaluate the job and give a cost/labor estimate for the work. Obtaining multiple estimates gives FCC’s clients a clear picture of how different companies stack up against one another. Not only does this allow a customer to know firsthand what a job’s baseline cost will be, but it

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HEALTHCARE? Functional Healthcare is most likely a new concept for you and you are reading this because you are interested in taking control of your health this New Year and may not know where to start. A functional approach to healthcare is different from the approach of traditional healthcare. Functional healthcare practitioners take into account whole body interactions rather than looking at part of the body as if it were separate from the rest of the body. In the traditional healthcare model, regardless of what area of healthcare in which they fall, practitioners typically look at addressing the SECONDARY CONDITIONS rather than focusing on the underlying cause. Most everyone with the same diagnosis or disease gets the same treatment. This is what MOST traditional healthcare providers offer in the way of care, and I have no doubt they all do a great job at accomplishing those goals. Secondary Conditions can be clinical (you are aware of them physically) or subclinical (you are not aware of them). Secondary Conditions are a sign of abnormal function (imbalance). Secondary Conditions can be helpful clues, but they are not the underlying issue. In the functional healthcare model, instead of looking at and treating secondary conditions, the focus is on the patient. The concern is WHAT is CAUSING the individual to develop the problems that led to the secondary conditions. No one has absolutely 100% perfect function in their body. However, no different than normal body temperature, normal weight and normal blood pressure, when function is outside of what is

considered normal or optimal, then you will experience one or more Secondary Conditions or symptoms. Functional abnormalities and deficiencies may be the true underlying cause of the following Secondary Conditions: Neck / Back Pain, Headaches, Digestive Disorders, Fatigue, Weakness, Shoulder Pain, Muscle Tension/ Spasm, Balance Issues, Degenerative Discs/Joints and many more. What would happen if your cars engine was not function correctly? Would it be reasonable to suggest that the gas mileage may not be optimal? Would you expect to hear weird noises? How about the power of the car? Would it be reasonable to expect there to be problems with the cars performance as a result of a mal-functioning engine? Well it is basically the same with the human body; suboptimal function may lead to unwanted secondary conditions. Using scientifically based advanced functional testing and solutions that are long lasting and/ or permanent, functional healthcare practitioners look ook at two things: 1. What is functioning abnormally? 2. Why is it functioning abnormally? O n c e those two o questions can be objective ely a n s w e re d we can ma ake our b best recommendation for a plan of care that is specifically designed to address your condition. Be on the look-out for future articles as we will be exploring

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different areas of functional healthcare and how it may benefit you and your family! Dr. David Kadel is a Doctor of Chiropractic; he practices out of Studio 4 Fitness & Wellness in Coral Springs. He and his team have a single focus, the “The Advanced Functional Correction of Body”. He utilizes a unique blend of Functional Correction Chiropractic, Functional Nutrition, and Functional Movement Correction. His office offers correction or improvement solutions for adults, children, pregnant women, athletes and anyone else who wants to take control of their health contro now an nd in the future. They utilize unique proto ocols designed speccifically for you in o order to help you u achieve your he ealth goals. The most im mportant part of meeting a o prospective patient is the consu ultation. Call 954-675-4541 to schedule s your private consultation or email drdavekadel@yahoo.com. A Consultation is a Conversation NOT a Commitment.

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took a hands-on approach to the company’s marketing. You may be the CEO or marketing executive with your company. But to create truly effective marketing, you also have to wear the Chief Marketing Officer’s hat. Whether a retail store, law or accounting firm, or a real estate empire, anyone hoping for success in marketing must be his or her own CMO. You can hire a marketing or PR firm. But to maximize success in marketing a business, brand or self, you should train your radar to recognize noteworthy marketing opportunities. This doesn’t mean you’ll handle the marketing yourself. But since you know your business, the industry and the trends that are shaping both, you’re uniquely qualified to spot newsworthy items. This hands-on approach to idea generation will further fuel marketing and promotion campaigns, newsletters, website or blog content, and Facebook updates. How can you do this? Always have your radar on. Whether fielding customer or client calls, or reading your industry trade journals or websites,, look for timelyy news that can be turned into marketing fodder to position your business as a thought leader in its space. Partner with your marketing

firm. Feed them your activities, either by email whenever you’ve conjured a new concept, or as a list you can review during your status meetings. A good public relations firm will take what you’ve got and often parlay some of your company’s doings into news. Make marketing a habit throughout the organization. It’s not enough for the CEO or marketing executive to do this. Everyone in the company should be on the lookout for ideas to feed into the news pipeline. Salespeople may hear about customer success stories. Staff attorneys may have won or settled a case. Employees may discover a new way a product is being used – and can earn airtime or space in a publication. Sharing the CMO’s hat and partnering with your marketing firm creates an “all hands” approach to marketing, certain to uncover more newsworthy ideas, pique reporters’ interest, and keep your business in the spotlight with wi targeted messaging. Amy Schaecter iss Senior Account Director D with Boardroom Communications. C The South Florida-based public relations, marketing and social media firm focuses on traditional and online media marketing communications for local, regional and national clients. Learn more at www.BoardroomPR.com.

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Bal Harbour Shops has a public relations firm. But each month, the mall’s internal marketing team provides the firm updated information on tenants, traffic and sales per square foot – which happens to be the highest in the nation. Those updates become news pitched to local and national journalists. Executives from Canyon Ranch Miami Beach recently prepared a list of the latest trends in healthy cooking options. Their P.R. firm got the content placed on ABC television as a segment on simple, healthy appetizers for the holidays. At Weston’s own Fitness 54, owners previewed some of the novel workout regimens being created using music, videos and a party atmosphere. Their P.R. team worked with NBC news to craft a segment on New Year’s resolutions and fitness goals. In each instance, the business had its public relations and marketing firm – in this case, Boardroom Communications – handle marketing and media placement. But each business also

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Graced with natural elegance and sophistication, the Biltmore Hotel, a luxury golf and spa resort, offers a world of history and sophistication in a stunning location in the exclusive Coral Gables, Surround yourself in a place of elegance, old world charm and beauty as you ease into indulgence and serenity. Reflecting the passion and vitality of one of America’s most exciting cities, Miami, the legendary Biltmore Hotel has been a favorite of world leaders, celebrities, and sports stars since its opening in the 1920s. A symbol of South Florida warmth and hospitality offering much more than exceptional accommodations, the Biltmore Hotel showcases championship golf, cosmopolitan dining, a luxury spa and premier conference facilities. Perhaps, this is why they’ve remained Miami’s only four-star, four-diamond hotel for six consecutive years. This historic resort features grand hotel rooms and suites, highly acclaimed restaurants, a world-class spa and fitness center and spacious state-of-the-art conference facilities. Surrounding the Biltmore are 150 acres of lush and tropical landscapes, which include an 18-hole Donald Ross-designed golf course, 10 tennis courts and the world-famous Biltmore pool with private cabana suites. An oasis of privacy and tranquility in the vibrant city of Miami, this upscale hotel is just minutes from the electricity of South Beach, Coconut Grove and downtown Miami. The beautiful accommodations at the stately Biltmore consist of 273 guest rooms, including 130 spacious suites. The rooms feature luxurious details such as plush Egyptian bedding, Jerusalem stone-tiled floors and oversized windows. The elegant Biltmore Spa is a 12,000 sq. ft. sanctuary of astonishing beauty with panoramic views in all directions, it defines tranquility and relaxation. Hints of Zen traditions transcends

through the aroma of Green Tea Citrus, the cascading water walls, earth tones decor, a bamboo bridge and polished stones in rippling pools of water. One of Miami’s most sophisticated and varied international dining experiences; the Biltmore features four restaurants, each with its own distinct personality, as well as two bars and a classic afternoon tea

area and fully equipped professional kitchen offering a variety of classes and workshops for both adults and children. Fun and educational, the Biltmore Culinary Academy is ideal for aspiring chefs of all levels. The largest hotel pool in the continental United States, the Biltmore’s measures approximately 23,000 sq. ft. and holds 700,000 gallons of water. In the early days of the resort, it was the scene of spectacular Busby Berkeley-like water shows, diving exhibitions, fashion shows and celebrity parties. Today, it has become the stylish setting for relaxing, outdoor recreation and dining. Built by Coral Gables’ developer, George Merrick, the Biltmore opened in 1926 as the epicenter of the city. Today, keeping with Merrick’s vision, the Biltmore is the ultimate Florida destination resort. A place of elegance, beauty, and calm, the Biltmore is a luxury resort located in Coral Gables at 1200 Anastasia Avenue. For additional information or to make a reservation, please call (305)445-1926 or visit www. biltmorehotel.com.

PAGE 49 service accompanied by live music. Offering an exceptional level of quality, imagination and appealing presentation, your dining experience is overseen by Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz creating the finest cuisine in the area. Fontana Ristorante mounts one of the country’s most celebrated and lavish Sunday Champagne Brunch buffets promising a treat, second to none, for a special occasion or just a lazy Sunday afternoon. In February 2009, the Biltmore Hotel furthered its longstanding passion for gastronomy and Commitment to excellence in the culinary arts by opening the Biltmore Culinary Academy. As the only hotel with a recreational cooking school operating in North America, the academy has a dedicated learning

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organic vegetables in a bisque reduction infused with rosemary. Perfectly grilled Buffalo Tenderloin is served with fingerling potatoes, ripe vine tomato and traditional béarnaise foam. The Deconstructed Couscous combines roasted rack of lamb, spiced sausage, vegetable ragout and semolina while the Seared Duck Aiguillettes with celery flan in a seasonal black cherry sweet and sour sauce was amazing. Slowly Braised Veal Osso Bucco with creamy faro risotto and baby carrot and turnip confit was tender and juicy. Our sweet indulgence included Exotique Mille Feuille layering coconut mousse, guava jelly, lime banana cremeux and pinacolada ice cream as well as a decadent L’Opera sponge cake layered with dark chocolate and coffee mouse, served with Tahitian vanilla ice cream. Don’t miss the irresistible Le Souffle A L’Americaine, a lemon cheesecake soufflé with strawberry sorbet or the Tarte A La Framboise, a classic fresh raspberry tart with Greek yogurt sorbet. With such beautiful surroundings as well as impeccable service and cuisine, second to none, Palme D’Or is perfect for special celebrations or just creating a delicious gourmet memory. Rated ‘Top Restaurant’ by the 2010 South Florida Zagat Guide, the Biltmore’s stunning signature restaurant presents an unparalleled dining experience. Located in the legendary Biltmore Hotel at 1200 Anastasia Avenue in Coral Gables, Palme D’Or is open for dinner and reservations are recommended by calling (305) 913-3201. Bon Appétit…

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CLOSING TIME THE SIMPLE PRECISION OF LANGUAGE BY BRUCE TURKEL

Do you know how to read musical notation? If you do, you know that when you’re reading music you’re actually reading at least two things simultaneously. Because written music tells you what note to play and exactly when to play it. Written language, on the other hand, only tells you one thing — what letter to pronounce. Of course, punctuation helps indicate pacing — pause at a comma, stop at a period, I’m not really sure what to do at a semicolon — but it’s still up to you to interpret how the author wanted the piece paced and emphasized. For example, read the following sentences aloud and place your emphasis on the boldfaced capitalized words. You’ll see how the pacing — and the meaning — can change based on where you choose to place the emphasis. I didn’t say you should leave now. I DIDN’T say you should leave now. I didn’t SAY you should leave now. I didn’t say YOU should leave now. I didn’t say you SHOULD leave now. I didn’t say you should LEAVE now. I didn’t say you should leave NOW. As you just saw, the same sentence can be interpreted seven different ways depending on how you pronounce the words. And the author gives you no instruction as to what the proper interpretation should actually be. Music notation is not like that. The composer provides the musician with the note to play, the time signature to play it in, the exact moment each note should be played, the way the note should be attacked, and the volume with which the note should be played. That’s why an entire orchestra can play a piece of music simultaneously and get it mostly right on the first reading. Of course the conductor can add flavorings and nuance, as can each player, but the basic structure still provides instructions for every part of the composition. At the same time, musical notation has a way to allow the musician to add his or her own ideas to the piece. Here the composer might suggest what the musician should play but also provides for the instrumentalists to create their own music and explore their own musical ideas by playing what they feel, and hopefully, what fits into the structure of what the rest of the ensemble is doing. Needless to say, musicians, composers, and music producers have very specific terms for this activity of making it up as you go along. In jazz music, the proper jargon is improvisation. In country music it’s called making it up as you go along. Ironically, written language, which doesn’t put nearly the same restraints on interpretation of prose, makes no accommodation for preplanned spontaneity. Sure, a rabbi

or minister might halt their liturgical reading to allow parishioners to riff on a theme (the clergy call it private mediation) but when was the last time you were reading a novel and the author inserted a few blank pages for you to add your own thoughts? There’s just no room for readers to add their own words to a written piece. That’s why sarcasm and irony seldom works well in print or online advertising. It’s one thing for the copywriter to add their own dramatic inflection to a headline when they present it to a client, but it’s quite another to expect a reader to add that same emphasis. Instead, the language of ads must be clear, simple, and to the point. Hopefully this will cause an emotional response without depending on a specific interpretive performance from the reader. Politicians, too, get tripped up by using emphasis on certain words that makes sense when they’re giving a speech but lose all meaning when they’re quoted in print. And as we’ve seen lately, many politicians’ language trips them up when they lie or flip-flop, but that’s a whole other issue. Just imagine if Gershwin had e-mailed the lyrics of his famous song to his manager: “You like potato and I like potato, You like tomato and I like tomato, Potato, potato, tomato, tomato, Let’s call the whole thing off.” Say what? Call the whole thingg off just because we use the same words? What’s up with that? Clearly something was lost in the translation.

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