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editor’s corner Dear friends and neighboors. We can’t complain…these past Christmas festivities were outstanding, not to mention the good weather we have had for the last two months. Here you will find a vast coverage of our community’s holiday festivities that were many.  I have to highlight the Lechón Classic Golf Tournament, a very unique tournament that has become a true tradition in Palmas. Another of Palmas’ traditions is our annual Golf Cart Parade that never ceases to surprise me with the inventive and creativity found in the decorations! I think this is one of our funniest activities of the year, because it is not only about the day of the parade but rather the planning and preparation of the golf carts. Some are even very secretive about their theme and decorations. This year, as you can see in the photos, people went overboard! Fun, fun, fun! On the other hand the Three Kings Day Cabalgata was beautiful, a real show! It’s a pleasure to see those wonderful “paso fino” horses from our Palmas Hacienda and the amazons with their beautiful dresses throughout all Palmas. The New Years Eve’s parties were also splendid. This year, even when I had promised myself to spend the night in only one place--at our beautiful Yacht Club, I couldn’t help but visit my good friends from Chez Daniel after twelve and later C Bar’s Aponte clan at Palmanova. C Bar once again went “all out” and treated us with a magnificent display of fireworks that were seen from all points in Palmas. Thanks again for the fireworks’ show, they were magnificent!  On the other hand, during the holidays we had the visit of our beloved Chayanne. It was so nice to see him! I know Chayanne since he was a kid in the all boy singing group, “Los Chicos”. I used to work as the Public Relations Officer for Channel 4 and he used to act in the local soap operas filmed in our studios. You know what? I used to sit him in my lap and tell him he was my favorite little boyfriend!! Then he would tell me that I was his favorite OLD girlfriend! (This was 30 years ago, and I was already old) What a tragedy!  But... it is good to see that he is as sweet and noble as he was before his now successful success. It’s nice to see that not everything is lost. Chayanne has been able to survive in the entertainment business without ever having a personal scandal and has kept his family protected and safe. God bless him! I hope you enjoy this issue and may you have a wonderful St. Valentine’s Day and Easter Holiday. s Lissette Rosado, Editor

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Men’s Second Flight Gross 2nd Place Luis “Pipo” Ortiz & Jose Soto Jr. / 75

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We are off to a new year full of hopes and aspirations. The government leadership in the mainland USA has revalidated and in Puerto Rico it has changed and with the change there is a new dawn full of exciting optimism in our beloved island. Let us begin the year trusting that better days are just ahead and that the future is bright and clear.  Do not let the doom-criers dampen your spirit and hope for a better tomorrow. There may be sacrifices to make along the way, but ours remains the greatest nation on earth and we should trust that there is nothing ahead but goodness and prosperity for our country and for each of us individually.  We at Palmas del Mar begin the year on a positive note. Behind us are the troublesome issues that were dividing us as a community and we are all pulling in the same direction. Property sales continue to improve in all categories and we finished 2012 with a better record in sales of new properties that in 2011. This bodes well for the community and for the financial health of the Association.  At PHA we will remain focused on well defined strategies that will sustain the growth of the community, enhance our property values, improve our quality of life and make our living environment more safe and secure.  This will be my last column as your President as my term draws to a conclusion at the upcoming Annual Meeting on April 7, 2013. I want to thank you for your steadfast support and for your vote of confidence and trust to guide your Association through the challenges, opportunities and difficulties we have faced together in the past couple of years. It has been very exciting and very rewarding.  Palmas is ours and is now better than ever because you have taken the stock of ownership  to your heart and you have made your voices heard.  Let us continue marching together united in purpose toward the common goal of making our community the dream community we all want and richly deserve.  My best wishes and blessings on the months and years ahead.



REGISTRATION & RULES Golf Cart owners are reminded that carts must be registered with PHA to obtain the 2013 registration stickers. The grace period for obtaining the 2013 sticker was extended until February 15th. After this date, Palmas security will issue a $60 fine to carts driven without the 2013 registration. To obtain the new registration , you must provide PHA with evidence of an inspection and a certificate of insurance reflecting PHA as an additional insured. Service inspections are offered by the following companies located at Palmas for a minimum fee: Carts Pro (787-285-7081), Target (787-405-1248) and Best Golf (787-850-3260). Golf carts are authorized to travel exclusively on designated cart paths and are required to be driven responsibly taking the safety and security of others using the pathway into consideration. In addition to golf carts, paths are used for bicycles, walking and jogging. The Palmas Security Department has the responsibility of enforcing the security norms and the rules for driving golf carts. Fines will be issued for the violation of the following restrictions:

• Allowing a minor under the age of 16 to drive the golf cart • Carrying more than two passengers per seat • Driving golf carts in undeveloped areas during the night hours • Driving golf carts at night without headlights • Driving golf carts on the beach and sea turtle nesting areas • Driving the golf cart with children on the drivers’ lap • Driving on public roads • Driving over landscaped or green areas • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or any substance that could affect the driver’s ability drive safely • Driving the golf cart negligently, speeding or zigzagging disregarding the safety and security of others • Driving with loud music from radios • Driving with headphones or ear-cover music devices that block hearing warnings of danger or deviate the attention of the driver


HOME OWNERS WEEK 2013 PHA Homeowners Week will be held April 1-6, 2013. As in years past, we are planning some exciting activities for you including Domino, Tennis and Golf Tournaments, a Meet the Chefs Experience, a big homeowners  party and the Annual Meeting of the membership.  Specific details about these activities will be coming to you in early March. In preparation for this year’s Annual Meeting, election of Directors representing Voting Districts will be taking place.  A new  Director will be seated to represent District 4 (Villa Franca, Palmas Reales, Palmas Plantation, Flamboyan Greens, Costa Verde and The Woods) currently represented by Servando Díaz.  Servando completes his second term at the Board at the conclusion of this year’s Annual Meeting.

AND DONORS AS OF JANUARY 15, 2013 FOREST DONORS UPDATE We continue to make steady progress in our Forest Project. The materials for the construction of the first 500 feet of the Boardwalk have arrived and we hope that by the time you read this article the first construction phase of the boardwalk is finished.  Also, we are working on the construction of an adequate access that will allow handicapped persons to reach the Forest.  Fund-raising efforts continue and we need your contributions to make this all-important project a dream come true.  The restoration and preservation of this unique gift from Mother Nature will be a great passive recreational area for our community and our visitors as well as center for study and research of students, scholars and enthusiasts of this rare ecosystem.  Send your checks to the PHA Forest Fund, P.O. Box 9027, Humacao, P.R. 00792.  You may also stop by PHA and use a debit card or call PHA at 787-285-6425 and use a credit card for your donations.

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Palmas Academy Celebrates

Honor Society Induction Ceremony The Palmas Academy celebrated the Induction Ceremony of its newest members to the National Junior Honor Society and the National Honor Society, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Chapter. The National Honor Society is an organization that seeks to create enthusiasm and provide recognition for students who show outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship. Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student. Our Faculty Council was most impressed with this year’s candidates. After intensive review and deliberation, the Faculty Council selected the following students for Induction to The Palmas Academy’s National Junior Honor Society/National Honor Society, Eugenio Maria de Hostos Chapter: NJHS Active Members NJHS Selection – Inductees Gina Calise 7th, Camila Figueroa 7th , Amanda González 7th, Alexander Waddington 7th, Danielle Rivera 7t , Esteban Chamorro 7th, Edgardo Chamorro 7th, , Kara Swider 7th, James Weidner 7th, , Sophie Uldry 7th, Melisha Massi 8th, Caley Rincones 8th, Karyn Swider 8th,, Laura Cintrón – 8th Transfer from CSAA. NJHS Active Members NHS Selection – Inductees - Hannah Armstrong 10th, Gabriel Rivera Torres 10th, Atabei Huber Rodríguez 10th , Madigan Weidner 10th , Paola Mongil Lomba 10th, Marta Alvarado 10th , Julisa López Román 10th, Ana Feliciano 10th, Mariana Cintrón 10th Transfer from CSAA. Kevin Ng 11th, George Falcón 12th , Jonathan Cotto 12th, Nathalie Alvarado 12th, Taylor Singh 12th. The Induction Ceremony was very formal and beautiful consisting of different symbolisms. As the inductees lit their candles in a symbolic act of their commitment to the Academy’s Chapter, they were asked to rise and pledge their loyalty to serve as leaders of their school and community. Then, the new inductees were called, as their parents presented them with the official stole and certificate of membership. As a final act, each new member signed the registration book, officializing their new status as active members of the NJHS or NHS. The ceremony was an honoring moment not only for the new members but also for the Academy for having such great and distinguished students with outstanding qualities. We wish to congratulate all selected students in pursuing membership to the NJHS/ NHS Eugenio Maria de Hostos Chapter. Congratulations! s

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A retrospective view on education Mission Accomplished…Gabriela is a Mechanical Engineer… and most importantly, a good and well-balanced human being. This page started as a social coverage of my daughter’s graduation party. I was going to write a small paragraph on how much I love her, that I was so proud of her, etc, etc. But then…I looked back on her up-bringing process and decided to share with our young parents some of my experience as a parent.  I hope I could be of some help to young parents on this difficult path. I received some good help and advice, in Gabriela’s early years, I feel now it is my time to pay it forward. As any parent, seeing your daughter’s achievements is a great satisfaction. You feel that all the growing pains (even though I never had serious problems with her) have been worth it. Because, as anybody that has kids knows, that it is not an easy task. But now, in retrospect, I will try to summarize what I feel we did well as parents in several aspects: First, BE A PARENT! Don’t pretend to be your kids’ friends. They will try to manipulate you with that story, don’t buy it!  Before anything you are his/her mother/father. Later on, like right now with my daughter, that I am more of a friend, but not quite, I still her am mother, and she knows it. Second and equally important, YOU ARE THE BOSS!  I always told my daughter that as long as I support her, I was the boss. You have to act as the boss.  Start that from the very beginning. Once that is established, the rest runs relatively smoothly (with some bumps here and there, when you have to give them a friendly reminder of this hierarchal principle).  BE A TEAM! My father’s daughter, Ricardo Collazo and I divorced when she was around eight years old, but nevertheless we kept a united front (many times better than married couples that undermine each others authority). If you don’t do that they learn very fast to manipulate you and the only one that looses is your kid.  BE PRESENT AND ALERT!  You have to be on top of everything, their friends, where they go, what they see, what they read and what the write. I remember when, after Gabriela was asleep, I turned on the “reggaeton channel” with a notebook to copy some of the lyrics to discuss with her the next day why I was opposed to them (mainly because of the way they refer to women and the promotion of violence and indiscriminated sex). It’s important to talk to them and make them understand that your concerns are not based on caprice but on facts. Even if they seem not to hear, they do.  (Go to the Internet and look for information on the matter you want to discuss).  Remember that in love, war and the raising of children, everything counts.   SCOLDING IS NOT A SIN when raising children. I always say that both when upbringing kids and advertising “harping on” your goals works! How many times have you caught yourself repeating what your parents told you?  If it worked for you it will work with your kids. It doesn’t matter if they tell you: “Yes, mom/dad, you already told me that… how many times you are going to tell me the same thing?” “Thousand more if I need to,” I used to tell Gabriela.  Keep repeating it, eventually they will internalize and it will be part of their nature. SHOW THEM THAT HIS/ HER ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES! Make them understand that in life one has to face the consequences of one’s actions.  If they do wrong, let them suffer the consequences. If you impose a punishment to your kid, stick with it. Don’t yield to the pressure they and other people will try to

My beloved father, Luis M. Rosado, Civil Engineer and the family patriarch.

Gabriela and her cousins, Cristina, Laura and Oriana. My brother, Luis M. Rosado, the only boy in the family and his wife and almost a sister, Aimee Hernández.

My sister Glenda with her husband, Michael Schulevits and my niece Oriana, a Brown University student.

Nanda Frontera, a good friend who has seen Gabriela grow up and with whom I share many of my concerns and worries in the process of education.

My sister Ginnette with her husband, René Chinea and my two nieces, Laura (with her husband Joe akdja), and Cristina.

Gabriela with her cousin Cristina, also a Mechanical Engeneer student from Georgia Tech.

Nathan and Fabian, my brothers’ sons. Fabian studied with Gabriela in the same classroom from pre-school to twelfth grade.

impose on you. I remember a lie Gabriela told me in her senior year of high school. That lie cost her a trip to Miami with her cousins to visit my eldest niece for Thanksgiving. The trip was cancelled and all my other niece’s and nephews begged me to forgive her, they even wrote mediation letters. In the end nobody went. Nowadays, they are all adults and we laugh about it but she learned her lesson.  And last but not least, TELL THEM HOW MUCH YOU LOVE THEM.  Hug them, kiss them and tell them how much you love them every day, many times. My daughter is 23 and when we talk on the phone everyday I tell her how much I love her.  And if you feel you are loosing control… ASK FOR HELP from a good professional specializing on the matter.  Share with other parents their experiences, and communicate with your children friends’ parents. Your kids will try to make you feel you are the ogre. “Oh mom, but Pedrito’s parents let them go to the party!” Boloney! Most of the time, when you talk to your kids’ friends’ parents, they don’t. INVOLVE THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS in the upbringing. There is nothing in life that gives you more confidence than to feel loved and appreciated by your family and close friends. Here I want to openly thank Sandra, my good friend and art director, for the coaching she gave me when Gabriela was a kid, since she had gone through that process before me.  Also to Nanda Frontera, my good friend, who also shared with me many of her experiences and to Vivian Bird, who taught me about the violet light to protect Gabriella when she went out! I still use it! And finally I want to thank my three wonderful sisters for being accomplices in many ways during the whole upbringing process. The stories are many!! There are also many books that could help you understand the different stages they go through. I read a lot to the point that my mother-in-law used to tease me: “Gabriela is a girl brought by the books”. Well yes, I learned a lot from the books I read.  It’s not easy but it can be done and at the end you will save yourself from many headaches in the future that could last forever.  Bottom line, I feel we did a great job as parents and now we are reaping the benefits.  And it is not over. I am sure it will continue. I guess you are a mother or father until the end! But... I will say the worst part is over.  Congratulations Gabriela for your success. You are now a full-fledged Mechanical Engineer that has passed your first certification! Most importantly, you are an excellent human being and a well-balanced person. We are very proud of you and even though you are not going to be very happy about me telling everybody that you lied to me etc, if it helps other parents, it’s worth it.  I am sure you will forgive me. LOVE YOU! s

Ivonne Cruz and Kike Toro Maribelle Muñiz and Beatriz Archilla Obed Borrero

Amara Pérez, Ricardo Collazo, Gabriela’s father, Mario González, Gabriela’s boyfriend’s father.

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Gabriela and Mario González with his parents Vivian Torre y Mario González.

Gabrielas’ good friends from Mayagüez. Linnette, my youngest sister, her husband Luis and my two adorable nephews: Sergio and Diego.

Laura, my eldest niece and Abdiel, Imara and their sons: her husband Joe Rodríguez Robert, Abdielito and Diego.

Maribelle and Juanjo Boschetti.

Energy Savings: Case Study#1 Do you want to know how to reduce your power bill? This article will report on one resident’s successful effort to do just that by analyzing his energy consumption status, developing an energy plan and implementing upgrades that have reduced his power bill by over 38%. Jose Beauchamp owns a beautiful six-bedroom home in Harbour Lights. Its ten air conditioning (AC) units have typically accounted for more than 65% of his electric bill. As most residents here know, it is difficult to control AC usage in large homes and forgetting to turn them off when rooms are unoccupied can really drive up costs. Jose’s plan to address the AC problem combined different approaches to reduce cost without compromising comfort. First, the AC system was redesigned to reduce the number of AC units through more optimal location, cooling capacity, and use of fans wherever possible. It was decided to upgrade the older AC units with inverter type ACs, which use from 25 to 40% less power. Inverter ACs are more cost efficient to operate because they can vary the speed of the compressor and fan motors, consuming less power over time. So, ten standard ACs were replaced with 7 inverter ACs and two ceiling fans to cool the same amount of living space at less cost. To eliminate the use of ACs when rooms are unoccupied, Jose decided to install a wireless and programmable AC Control system, consisting of passive infrared motion sensors, door switches and power interrupters. This system, installed in individual AC areas and rooms, takes control of the ACs when space or rooms are unoccupied. It can be programmed to increase room temperature and/or shut down the AC in response to extended periods without occupants, open entry and balcony doors, and other conditions. Dehumidification can be programmed as well, for extended absences. The combination of door switches and motion sensors prevents this type of system from shutting down the AC inappropriately, like when occupants are asleep or in the bathroom or closet. This system is employed in major hotel chains and has produced enormous savings and power conservation. All of the changes described above were implemented over time, which allowed measurement of energy costs as the upgrades were implemented. The results were impressive: average daily energy costs, measured by an installed power meter (eGauge), have been reduced by 38%. The annual savings are 17% of the amount invested in new ACs and controls, which means that they will pay for themselves in about half of their expected service life. Additional savings have been identified in Jose’s plan, to include additional AC controls and a gas powered clothes dryer to replace the existing electric unit. For more control, Jose can monitor power usage through any web enabled PC or mobile phone, and text alerts can notify him when programmed limits are exceeded. Various businesses collaborated to produce these results for Jose. Rudy Nurse of Rudy Realty (787-123-4567), is the property manager and played a key role in identifying savings opportunities with the AC redesign and inverter upgrade. Juan Pena of Pena Air Conditioning Services (787-456-7890) installed and maintains the new inverter ACs. Lionel Ortiz-Santini and Dave Frazier of Anura Systems Inc. (939475-8000) designed and installed AC controls and power meters.s


AEE bills July 2012-Jan 2013

Power bill amounts before (July-September) and after implementation of inverter ACs, AC Controls and Power Sensor. Home was unoccupied in October and implementation began on November 1st.

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For three consecutive years Palmas Homeowners Association, in a joint venture with Hacienda Candelero, made Three Kings Day a magical one.  The “cabalgata” ended in a great party with food, typical music and activities for the kids.  It was a beautiful equine show and a great family day at Palmas.  s


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If you study in a school that does not provide good opportunities for extracurricular activities, you can find out in your community where you can offer your help. Another way of doing something that can differentiate you from other students is by developing your own community project. This project should be one that can be replicated in other communities and can offer participants opportunities for growth. Furthermore, you can develop your own club in your school with the help of a teacher or school counselor. This will show your leadership skills, an important character trait that universities are looking for. This club can be a source of activity to other students that are looking to improve their SP. Always remember that university and college admission is a challenging process, and you should be ready to compete. s

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“We don’t use scarves in Puerto Rico because we live in the tropics and the weather is always warm”. False! The scarf is the ultimate accessory this season regardless of what part of the hemisphere you live in. It looks great almost on everyone, it brings new life to any outfit and it can be worn in infinite ways. The best fabrics to look for in our climate are: linen, linen gauze, cotton and silk. Should you have plans for travel during the season, a light weight wool is a good choice as you would also be able to wear it in our winter season. Also, a good choice is a light shawl that you can wear as a scarf and put around your shoulder should the temperature fall during the night or while at a show or restaurant where the air conditioning is usually set on cool temperatures. Shown here are a few exemplary ways of wearing a scarf and the different fabrics available that are appropriate for our climate. You can find these and lots more at SONIA SANZ at Palmanova Plaza. s

Imara’ s girls Christmas Lunch Thanks to Imara Camacho who treated her girlfriends this Christmas to a wonderful lunch at her house. We had a fun afternoon among girls. No boys allowed except for the musicians (Tony Santos and his special guest, an excellent guitarist from Spain). The music was a surprise treat from Abdiel, Imara’s husband, to us. The only other male figure was the Elf (hanging from the dining room lamp). s

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PAC to host International Woman Golf Tournament Puerto Rico will host the 35th Kitty Michael International Tournament at Palmas del Mar on May 19-23, 2013. This event was created in 1979 by the Women’s Puerto Rico Golf Association through the instigation of Kitty Michael, one of the founders of our Association during the 70´s to further international competition. There are twelve (12) teams from the Caribbean, United States and Canada competing in this event that consists of 4 days of individual and team competition. Different countries, on a rotating basis, host the tournament and each team consists of ten players. During 34 years, this event has been instrumental in developing international competition among the ladies in Puerto Rico, creating friendships for decades and developing a legacy for future generations to come.


Any woman who is at least twenty-one (21) years of age, has an established handicap index of no more than twenty-three (23) and belongs to an approved team may participate in the International Tournament. This is a good opportunity to show the hospitality and the beauty of Palmas to all competitors and guests. PAC continues to grow and be present in all international levels with our golf and tennis club. s

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The Tennis Palmas Athletic Club has been selected Club of the Year for 2012 by the United State Tennis Association (USTA), Caribbean Sector. It’s not surprising since our Tennis Club has been outstandingly active during the whole year. “In just two years, we have managed to reach the highest level of achievement for a tennis club in PR, which shows us that when you put your mind in making things better, there is no goal that can not be achieved. Today, this recognition rewards all those who work daily for the improvement and development of our club without expecting anything in return. Thank you all for your support! Thanks to all the members… without you this would not be possible. We also wish to thank the Board of Directors and Juanra Gracia for their support in all tennis related activities and facility improvements; to the Pro Shop and PAC employees; the Tennis Committee for their hard work; and a special thanks to José “Pepito” Vázquez for his dedication and hard work and who has been the drive of what we’ve achieved today in becoming Club of the Year for 2012 of the USTA Caribbean Sector. We will continue working hard to remain the best club in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean”. s

Lula& Quino Joaquín and Carmen Rodríguez, best known in our community as “Quino” and “Lula”, celebrated their Golden Anniversary on the 18th of November 2012 with a marvelous trip to the Bahamas! Congratulations are in order! Although widely travelled to countless destinations in Europe, and other parts of the world, this wonderful couple wanted to celebrate their golden anniversary with their complete immediate family in a cozy and different place. Spending half a century in love with one another is a wonderful statement about the gift of married life, and a great legacy to their children and grandchildren. This 50th wedding anniversary needed to be not only personal, but also meaningful. Lula had kept this particular item of a trip to the Bahamas in her bucket list. It had waited a long time on her list and little did she know that her beloved husband would plan such an unforgettable trip to surprise her and the whole family! Their destination: The Cove Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Celebrating in style and inspired by the beauty of the natural surroundings, the family indulged in good dining, relaxing walks, pools and beaches, wonderful views, the clever dolphins, the awesome aquarium with its unique sharks, and of course, shopping! An amazing weekend, full of excitement for the whole family and a dream come true for Lula! s




.of love celebration! In a beautiful ceremony, Maribelle Muñiz and Juanjo Boschetti renewed their vows of love after 15 years of marriage and two children, Maria Isabelle and Juan José. The “bride” (and the guests) found out about the party the same morning of the “wedding” from a message Juanjo sent through Facebook. He planned everything by himself without telling anybody. Luckily Maria Isabelle and her cousins had appropriate dresses for the ceremony due to the fact that they had just participated recently in another wedding. Nevertheless, Maribelle and Didi, had to rush to San Juan to get Maribelle a “bridal” dress. Everybody was so exited in the Muñiz’ household! Immediately the creativity emerged and the golf cart was decorated to take the bride to the Yacht Club were Juanjo had installed a huge cross to serve as a background for the ceremony. Didi, Maribelle’s mother, was concerned about the details but we have to admit that Juanjo took care of everything. He has accumulated many points! All the married men were complaining that they had a problem now with the standards Juanjo has established. Good job Juanjo! May God give them many years of love and good times. s

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Chef Frank Arnould strikes again with a superb six course dinner tasting that brought together those food and wine lovers in Palmas. (I saw many familiar faces from the last dinner tasting).  The Champagne and wines were also extraordinary. I have to highlight: • The excellent French Champagne - Piper Heidsieck Brut/ 93 points Wine Spectator.  • Also outstanding the Chateau du Cartillon 2006 - Haut Medoc, an excellent wine, intense and elegant. Very rounded and well balanced.  • And my favorite, the Chateau Laroque 2005- Saint Emilion Grand Cru. Wine Spectator rating of 91 out of 100. It is certainly firm, a very sophisticated and balanced wine, easy to drink and very enjoyable. s Big, rich and elegant, this wine has fine, lifted black fruits layered over dry new wood and fruit tannins. It is certainly firm, and needs at least 4–5 years’ aging, but it will develop into a sophisticated, balanced wine.

Our Church need your help Five years ago, a group of ladies of the community decided to contribute with their work for the construction of the catholic chapel in Palmas del mar. They opened a Flea market (pulguero) to sell all those things that many people are willing to give away. This project has been a success.  The main idea was to sell at very low prices.  You can purchase almost everything you can imagine: clothes, kitchen tools, linen, furniture, and decorative articles. In addition to the contribution to the Chapel, they are serving the needs of the low-income population that waits for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday to go shopping at the pulguero.  Many people find incredible articles for a little amount of money. The major need for this group of volunteers is to find donations.  They recommend that all those things you have in your closet for more than a year without use could be part of this project.  Also, when redecorating your house, donate your old decorations to the pulguero!  They thank all the people that have contributed to this project in so many ways.  The success is dedicated to everyone that is part of the project! So, move on, make some space in your closets and be part of this effort that benefits you (that will have more space in your closet), the church and the people that look forward to buying these treasures. s

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We came to Palmas del Mar from our home in New York to spend ten days. My husband was going to participate at the Country Club’s golf tournament and then we were going to spend a few more days enjoying the resort’s life. The tournament was spectacular. It was golfers and their families – a mini convention on the grounds and facilities of Palmas del Mar. What initiated as a ten-day vacation ended up being a month long… We live on Long Island – the Long Island Sound is right in our backyard. Hurricane Sandy rushed straight through our beach and town hitting huge old trees, which broke innumerable light lines; leaving New York without power or gasoline for weeks on end. Huntington, where we live, was without power for two weeks. At the end of Sandy’s “visit” another hurricane went through the Long Island Sound; this time gentler. Milder but still heavy rain and winds added to the damage already done by Sandy. So we cancelled our return flight home to New York… three times – the last time cancelled by the airline… Our life as New Yorkers stopped… now we were faced with our own culture here in Palmas del Mar. We just retired from Corporate America in April, so we were able to swiftly extend our “Golf Tournament minivacation” from the ten days originally intended. In New York we belong to a Country Club where my husband goes to play golf every other day. At Palmas del Mar he played with his “old-pals” from high school, family and ex-work friends almost every day. At Palmas we swam at our emerald blue Caribbean waters instead of the Long Island Sound. We had lunches at the Beach Club. I exercised every day at the Los Lagos Gym – loved my Xco classes and Pilates classes with Betsy, and the spinning classes with Karla and Alexander. Took a three hour hike through our mountains here in Palmas del Mar with a group of friends; at its peak viewing the famous rocks of the Atlantic Ocean that have been painted so many times, with so much love, by Alida, our Palmas painter. We had lunches at the Country Club, dinners at our restaurants and shopped at Sonia Sanz Boutique. While New Yorkers were resolving Sandy’s outcome, we were stranded here in Paradise. We loved so much our by-chance-extended-vacation that this Christmas, we are going to spend two months… maybe… plus, depending on how the weather is like in New York. ...And if we get stranded again, who knows, probably, Huntington Bay, New York, will loose two of its beloved citizens to… Palmas del Mar Paradise.

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A very special golf tournament A purple and yellow golf tournament was held to honor and celebrate Doña Carmen Castro Suárez’ 90 years! It was a day of good golf and camaraderie among long time friends. And just in case, if you doubted, Doña Carmen still plays golf twice a week. “It’s not that she plays, it is how she plays,” said Chela Roig and added that recently she did a hole in one! She is definitely an example to follow. Doña Carmen is 90 years young! God bless her energy and good spirit. s

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Winter Tennis

Tournament On December 22nd, Palmas Tennis Club hosted the Winter Tennis Tournament, organized and directed by Angel Diaz. The tournament had 4 divisions for kids and juniors. Participants ten & under played throughout the morning and later that day, the other divisions were played. All courts were set up accordingly to the age division and USTA regulations. The round robin rounds were all played on courts 11-18 and then the top players from each division got the opportunity to play the semi-finals and finals on Center Court!!! More than 60 kids and juniors partici-

pated in this great event. At the end of the event all the children were given a participation ribbon and goodie bag. The winners of each division were prized with a trophy. The top players of each division are: “Punto Rojo”: Alejandro “Gongi” Cabrer, Gustavo Casillas, Gustavo Serrano, Juan Bertrán, Juan P. Coca, Tatiana Cuebas, Claudia Toledo, Lorena Guzmán. “Bola Naranja”: Coralie, Victoria Santana, Patricia “Pita” Vázquez, Sara Cano. “Bola Verde”: Luis A. Ramos, Gustavo Cabrer, Fabiola Ramirez, Estefanía Hernández, Eddie Maqueda, Amanda Díaz. “Juniors Femenino”: Alejandra Martínez, Ana Gabriela Quiles. “Juniors Masculino”: Carlos Lora, Carli Musteliel. s

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