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Winter Event




Oh Sweet Alabama!



Masterpiece of Engineering & Design




In Case You Missed It

Don’t Be A Grinch

Celebrity Chef:

By Riesa Pascal

This Holiday Season

Norman Van Aken

By Arielle Ozery

By Maria Delis




At Gaylord Palms Resort

Travel ‘N Style:

OS Book Club:

By Kelly Lamano

Oh Sweet Alabama!

Holiday Travel? No Need to Unravel

By Cathleen K. Bode

The Anxious Traveler

Winter Makeup Trends



Off the Runway

Photo Shoot:

Toys: Masterpiece of

By Maria Alejandra


Engineering & Design

Photos By Aleksey & Marina

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On the Cover: Photographer Aleksey Kozlov and Fashion Designer Marina Khlebnikova

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Celebrity Hot Spots In The Cool Months



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The Professionals

Best Friends:

Weight-Loss Fairy Tale

Save a Pet for the Holidays

Magic Green Coffee Bean

By Cathleen K. Bode

By Maria Delis

Swing of Things



By Laramie Otto

The Dos & Don’ts


at the Office Holiday Party

When Your Ice is on the Line

By Mark NeJame

By Travis Joiner

Celebrity Hot Spots


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In The Cool Months

Don’t Miss the Beat:

What’s Happening & Our Town

By Courtney Caggiano

Britney Spears

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Oops!...She’s Done It Again

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By Riesa Pascal

Notable Births & Deaths of 2013 By Cathleen K. Bode


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> Wow, another year is coming to a close. It has been an amazing year for Style Magazines and an amazing 10 years for Orlando Style! Our super loyal readers continue to remain in everlasting amazement of what we bring to each and every issue. From the beginning, we have maintained a philosophy of producing a magazine with a diversity that would capture all types of readers. We strive for a visually pleasing product with bold covers, strong editorial content that serves both locals and visitors, and a solid group of advertisers to support it. We have stayed true to our initial vision. We feel good about where we are and where we’re headed. In this issue, we present you with an incredible photo series from Aleksey and Marina, “The Fairies,” for the holidays. This holiday season is sure to be filled with joy and excitement for our community, as the economy improves, so do attitudes as well. Orlando is definitely on the upswing again! We have launched a completely overhauled “The Concierge Guide” magazine online ( that will serve as a much-needed resource for the tourism industry. This amazing site is offering FREE listings as well as event listings for all business owners and interested parties. Website visitors will benefit greatly from this comprehensive tool, as it provides easy access to places of interest, such as restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues, along with event video feeds and reviews. We would love for [you] our readers to check it out and let us know how you like it. You can also find this guide through our magazines in more than 9,500 hotel rooms throughout the city and many other outlets in central Florida. We are always on the cutting edge, continuously evolving to give you the best product/tools possible. So, be on the lookout – we will begin to offer even more enhanced opportunities for both our advertisers and our readers.

During the holidays it is important to remember that this is a time when those in need could benefit from any form of support we may be able to provide. I encourage you to give to someone less fortunate or support an organization that promotes a worthy cause. It is truly a gift in itself to make the lives of others better. No matter how big or small your contribution, you are giving to someone who needs your help, and there is no better time than now. This is also the time of year when I would like to thank and acknowledge all of those who help to make our magazine the premiere lifestyle publication in our region. We could not do it without our wonderful advertisers, so please support them as much as you can. The soul of this publication is the result of our team’s relentless love and belief in Orlando Style and I cannot send enough thanks to all of our readers for believing in us to provide them with the best magazine in town. I anticipate great things ahead and look forward to the upcoming year. From all of us here at Orlando Style, we would like to wish every one of you and your family, a very happy holiday and a wonderful New Year! Shanah Tovah, Bonne Année, Gutes Neues Jahr, Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu, Antum Salimoun, Feliz Año Nuevo, Buon Capo d’Anno, Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen … and to all, a Peaceful and Happy New Year! Sincerely,

Sven J. Bode, Publisher


ALEKSEY KOZLOV & MARINA KHLEBNIKOVA Aleksey & Marina (Russia, St. Petersburg) - photographer Aleksey Kozlov and fashion designer Marina Khlebnikova began working together in 1998 on his own art project Photopainting. Since 2004, engaged in image advertising (fashion, beauty, glamour) photography, including the annual producing exclusive photo collection for brands for promotional calendars. Aleksey & Marina is also the author of costumes, accessories, hairstyles for their photos. In 2011 Aleksey & Marina became the owners of the Grand Prix Trophy Victoria of the 20th international competition Trierenbrg Super Circuit - “...a photographic couple praised worldwide, earned the prestigious award thanks to their unique ability to combine the requirements of professional photography with the demands of the fine art photography. The reward is a lifetime achievement in helping photography move further towards estetic perfection.”(Dr.Chris Hinterobermaier, Chairman),,

MARK NEJAME Mark NeJame is a renowned trial attorney who has been involved in some of the areas and country’s highest profile cases. He is routinely sought by the media as a legal commentator and is currently a Legal Analyst for CNN. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of the Law Firm of NeJame, LaFay, Jancha, Ahmed, Barker, Joshi & Moreno, P.A. a/k/a NeJame Law. NeJame Law has 15 attorneys and 4 divisions: Personal Injury, Criminal, Immigration and Business/Commercial Litigation. Mr. NeJame is a regular contributor to Orlando Style Magazine. Mr. NeJame can be reached at 407-245-1232 and

TRAVIS JOINER Travis Joiner has been a staple in the wine and cocktail scene for years. His background has taken him through many mixology and cocktail contests as well as becoming a sommelier. He is always willing to give his opinion in a very tongue and cheek and hilarious way. Travis has a degree in creating new and classic cocktails and always ready to test the next great thing. Most importantly he is our Barfly.

RIESA PASCAL Riesa was born in London, England and now resides in Florida where she graduated from Florida State University with a double major in creative writing and communication. While enrolled in university, Riesa discovered her passion for broadcast journalism through several TV hosting opportunities including reporting on FSU athletics and airing across the state of Florida on the SunSports Channel. Riesa currently travels around the country with Convention News Television as a reporter, producer and editor. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, reading, writing, and quality time with friends. You can learn more about Riesa at

MARIA DELIS Maria has lived in New York, Athens, Miami and Orlando. Although she loves city life, she’s at her happiest when she’s island hopping in the Aegean. Maria earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Central Florida where she started her teaching career. She also holds an MA in public relations from the University of Miami. Her written work has appeared in various publications, including Ocean Drive Magazine, Visit Florida, AMPR’s Wanderlogue and The Miami Planet.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT Style Events, News & Gossip from Around the City By Riesa Pascal

> ‘Tis the season to be jolly and I think it’s safe to say Orlando was full of joy this November! What better way to kick off an entire month of fabulous events then with Carmen Steffens’ High Winter Fashion Event? On November 6th, event guests made their way to the Mall at Millenia and joined Orlando Style Magazine and the Carmen Steffens Store in celebrating the best in winter fashion. From minimalist apparel to extravagant designs, attendees were able to preview it all as they enjoyed complimentary drinks, appetizers, live DJ Entertainment and the revealing of Orlando Style Magazine’s highly anticipated November luxury issue. Guests also received an exclusive 20% discount throughout the store during the event. On November 8th, the all-new Vanity Nightclub in Downtown Orlando became an exciting platform for emerging local fashion designers as Orlando Style Magazine presented FashionContender®. This thrilling, high-energy competition brought together three of the top local fashion designers as they showed off their work and competed for fabulous prizes. Contestant Trish Green’s gorgeous designs helped her to win this round and advance to the next where she’ll compete for the ultimate grand-prize of a free trip to NYC Fashion Week. The event was emceed by The Daily Buzz’s Lance Smith and featured a panel of celebrity judges including Orlando Style Magazine’s publisher and founder, our very own Sven Bode! Guest

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who made it on the exclusive guests list enjoyed music from a live DJ, complimentary drinks and delectable appetizers and they cheered on the exciting competition. On November 14th, Mayor Buddy Dyer kicked off the 27th Annual Festival of Trees at the Orlando Museum of Art by lighting the Grand Tree at “Light Up the Holidays,” a special pre-festival opening ceremony. This year’s festival brought the holidays and the arts together from November 16th to the 24th as guests showed up daily for awe-inspiring displays of designer decorated trees, wreaths, gingerbread creations and gorgeous holiday vignettes all for sale. Visitors also enjoyed a stunning exhibition of abstract work, a gift boutique, live entertainment at Festival Café and much more during these nine incredible days full of glimmer, lights, special events and surprises for guests of all ages. The Bohemian Gallery is one of the most visually stimulating art galleries in the nation and on November 15th,

it became the fourth and final stop for award winning French artist Jean Claude Roy and his traveling collection “Where Color Meets Life.” The Orlando community joined the Bohemian Gallery in welcoming the talented artist and his works, which featured vibrant landscape paintings, inspired by Roy’s passionate life. The following evening, visitors enjoyed a Champagne reception and dinner that concluded the two viewing days of Roy’s beautiful collection. This holiday season, Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing curated an exclusive gift collection of 37 items and on November 20th, Neiman Marcus Orlando and The Orlando Ballet hosted a private reception and preview of this fabulous Ken Downing Gift collection. The invite-only event was held at Level One and guests fell in love with the various selections of gifts from high-end designers including Chanel, Michael Kors, Alexander Wang and many others. Ten percent of the sales from each of these luxurious gifts benefit the Orlando Ballet’s youth programs. The Orlando Bal-


let Steps Program teaches dance to underprivileged children in Central Florida and their Adaptive Dance Program teaches dance and movement to children with Down syndrome. Items from this gorgeous collection are available for purchase both in store and online from now till December 24th. Check out the collection for yourself and consider making a purchase today in support of The Orlando Ballet’s charities. On November 29th, the 8th Annual Festivals of Speed made its way to Orlando and transformed an actual aircraft hangar into a luxury lifestyle jet port reception. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes hosted the event and guests experienced a fabulous display of vintage & contemporary aircrafts, the world’s most exotic cars, custom created motorcycles, high performance boats and the finest luxury lifestyle product displays including colorful jewels, unique timepieces, collectable artwork, exotic travel destinations and more. Guests were treated to premium cocktails from an open bar, themed food displays and a live and silent auction benefiting Arnold Palmer charities. Live entertainment was provided in the form of smooth jazz by a strolling saxophonist, but the festival fun didn’t stop there! The following evening, Cartier hosted a private wine connoisseur’s dinner featuring fine wine pairings to compliment a four course meal at the award-winning restaurant, NORMAN’S at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando. At the conclusion of this memorable culinary experience, guests enjoyed a fine cognac and cigar served under the stars on the gorgeous terrace. Every guest also left the exclusive event with a gift bag full of special gifts from the evening’s sponsors. Although many people refuse to play holiday music before the month of December, Central Florida’s resident professional orchestra made an exception to that sentiment on November 30 and it proved to be a magical day for all. To the pleasure of all attendees, the Orlando Philharmonic performed their annual Home for the Holidays concert and it was a captivating musical experiencing for people of all ages. The Central Florida community had two chances to see the thrilling performance with a 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. showing at Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. The accomplished musicians in this year’s program were conducted by Albert George Schram and featured the entire Orlando Philharmonic with The Holiday Singers and the Florida Opera Theatre Youth Chorus. Concert attendees were also surprised with special appearances by dancers from Orlando Ballet, an aerialist, and bagpipers from the Rosie O’Grady Highlanders. It was an unforgettable show full of classical selections, contemporary works and seasonal favorites such as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” There was also a special narrated performance of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Many concert attendees even used the event as a way to give back to the community by bringing non-perishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank pantry. < Know of a Not-To-Be Missed Event? Do Tell!

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> During the average Florida winter, we might not experience any temperatures colder than 50 degrees. However, ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort gives us a pretty cool idea of what it would be like in a chillier environment, as guests are invited to walk around in nine-degree weather. The Christmas-themed spectacular brings ice sculptures to life in vibrant color. A new theme each year provides for a fresh experience, enticing Central Floridians and visitors to return. In years past, themes have included Shrek the Halls, Twelve Days of Christmas and Merry Madagascar, featuring characters from classic Christmas stories and animated children’s films. Each theme comes from the imaginative minds of 40 artists from Harbin, China. These artisans work for over a month, slicing and shaving 6,000 blocks of both clear and colored ice. A whopping two million pounds of carved ice are involved in creating the sculptures. Each block of ice weighs an incredible 400 pounds, and there are more than 1,000 LED light tubes frozen into the blocks to light up the magic inside.

A few years ago, friends and I were lucky enough to visit ICE! to celebrate a birthday. I was warned beforehand how freezing it is inside, but as Florida native I had no idea just how cold it would really feel. As soon as you step inside, you are given a bulky but cozy blue parka in the size of your choice to keep your limbs from freezing off. Okay, so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but be prepared to endure the cold when you visit ICE! Make sure you dress in long pants and a coat, bring gloves, and don’t forget some warm socks to keep those toes nice and snug. Once inside, there are beautiful ice sculptures on display from left to right. Snowflakes and ice walls complement bright blue and white penguins posed in a dancing stance. Two years ago, the exhibit featured an ice carousel for guests to ride and enjoy the view of the sculptures. Guests could ride on ice animals such as reindeer, bears and penguins. The ice slide is a consistent source of entertainment for guests to play in their own little winter wonderland. A fast slide is sculpted for the big kid in us all, and the smaller, slow slide is best for children. Glide down the illuminated slides or sit on Santa’s lap. There are

plenty of great photo opportunities to send postcards to friends and family who couldn’t make the fun. At the end of your ice excursion, kick back with some complimentary hot cocoa in the atrium to warm up and step back into the “normal” Florida winter weather. For even more holiday fun, there are live stage shows, such as Luminescence, and a magnificent 54-foot tall Christmas tree lighting. ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort is a great place to visit for family and friends. Don’t forget to bundle up before attending! Florida residents are in luck with resident discount tickets. Come join the fun this year and explore the Christmas spirit for yourself. For prices and more information, visit <


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> The runway has spoken, and this year’s winter makeup trends are more versatile than ever. Runway beauty trends don’t always translate well in real life routines, but this season we saw some style-worthy steals. Finally, a season of wearable makeup and fashion that doesn’t exclude the rest of us! This winter celebrates imperfection, and whether you are a makeup pro or just a beginner, you won’t need to worry about getting lost in this season’s looks. From the subtleness of the “no makeup” look to the edge that is ‘90s grunge; we guarantee you’ll want to add at least one of these to your winter style. Trends come and go, but one trend that will always be “in” for the winter months is fresh, flawless looking skin. The best way to achieve flawless skin in the wintertime is keeping up with your skin care regimen. Make sure you are using extra-hydrating products to avoid dryness and flaking of the skin. Harsh winter chill will chap anything that is exposed, so don’t forget your sunscreen! (Yes, sunscreen IS just as important during the wintertime.) Try using a hydrating tinted moisturizer for a fresh, dewy face that looks and feels natural.

BOLD BROWS The days of plucking your eyebrows are over. Thin brows are out, and bold brows are in. So put away those wax strips and tweezers! A thicker, more natural looking brow shape flatters just about everyone. Thicker brows are not only on trend; they also make anyone look younger instantly. Try letting your brows grow out this winter and go bold.

“NO MAKEUP” MAKEUP Although over-the-top makeup is a staple in the makeup and fashion worlds, it’s refreshing to see a nude face every so often. Studies show that men prefer a more natural face, and personal life experience shows that women enjoy the extra 30 minutes of sleep each night! The “no makeup” trend is perfect for those of you looking to make a quieter, cozier statement. These days, it’s hard to fit in time to do a full face of makeup when you need to get out the door and go. Luckily, a bare face is in this season. Tinted moisturizer, mascara, and a tinted lip balm are all you need in your handbag if you’re choosing to go natural. Let your outfit be the center of attention, so your face doesn’t have to do all the work.

‘90s GRUNGE Looking for a smokey eye with a twist? This season, flaws are fashionable, so don’t be afraid to color outside the lines. We dare you! Grunge is everything you love about fall and winter: dark color palettes, smokey eyes, and a dark statement lip. Shades of black, burgundy, and several variations of brown are great for this time of year, and they flatter everyone’s skin tone. Grunge screams high fashion and makes for a great nighttime look.

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GRINCH This Holiday Season By Arielle Ozery

> It is once again time to “have yourself a merry little Christmas” or “put on your yarmulke and celebrate Chanukah.” These two popular holiday songs by Ralph Blane and Adam Sandler are supposed to be what the holidays are all about. Unfortunately, the holiday season has become notorious for being the most stressful time of the year. To help you shake it up a bit this year, here are a few tips to follow that will guarantee a change in your holiday spirit. Money is the first thing on everyone’s mind during the holidays. Gift giving is becoming strenuous and extremely difficult to afford. If you are one of the many people plagued with this gift giving issue, start with a list and a budget. Make a list of everyone for whom you need to get gifts and allot a certain amount of money for each gift. If this isn’t enough to rectify your dilemma, improvise your gifts! Start by thinking of different experiences that you can share. Oftentimes, a person will get much more out of an experience than a material gift because it truly shows how much the thought counts. Stress can be easily attributed to the amount of sleep that you are getting. It is common to get into bed and have

your mind wander to all of the tasks that you still need to accomplish before the holidays. To prevent this from happening, put on some calming music and allow it to soothe you to sleep. If you’re paying attention to the music, your mind won’t wander off and get lost in the holiday stress. Scheduling can become a hassle during the holidays as well. It’s difficult to attempt to fit in every holiday responsibility in what seems to be a short amount of time. Instead, you should stick to your routine schedule. No, I’m not kidding; if you stick to your accustomed schedule, you won’t be burdened with as much stress. Fit in shopping, cooking, and anything else you have to do to prepare for the holidays when you can. The only thing that you should actively make time for is some “you” time. It is really important for you to be able to relax and unwind by yourself after all of your holiday preparations. Some of the best ways to unwind is losing yourself in a good book, and most importantly, putting yourself on a digital diet. This means that you would put away any electronic device[s] where people can reach you on for at least one night a week.

Along with sticking to the same schedule, it is extremely important to keep up with your exercise routine. This is usually the first thing to go when people are revising their schedules to include time for holiday planning. Even if you cut down your workouts to just 10 to 20 minutes a day, you will see a dramatic change in your attitude and self-esteem. Incorporating these tips into your holiday season will guarantee that you will merrily drink your “gin and tonic-a” during the eight glorious nights of Chanukah or “jingle bell rock” your way to the merriest Christmas you’ve ever had. <



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Bellingrath Gardens and Home

OH SWEET ALABAMA! By Cathleen K. Bode

> From Orlando (MCO) to Pensacola, FL (PNS) was a mere 1:45 minutes flight aboard Silver Airlines, which is a small turboprop engine plane with 1-seated rows to the left and 2-seated rows to the right, seating roughly 34. If you’re a bit weary on small planes; think of it as your ‘private jet,’ order a vodka and you’ll be there before you know it! Then, it will take about an hour drive to get into Mobile, Alabama from Pensacola, FL. We drove through the quaint, downtown area of Mobile where charming little restaurants and bars line its streets with an easy, laid-back atmosphere, before reaching our destination – Fort Conde Inn, a boutique hotel that evokes the style and feel of nineteenth century Mobile. Built in 1836, it is the second oldest house in Mobile and was recently restored to its original Victorian splendor. Fort Conde Inn offers amenities of a fourstar hotel in an elegant, historic setting with luxurious guest chambres and suites. The architectural features have been preserved from heart pine flooring and custom-milled moldings to marble fireplaces, complete with12-foot ceilings and crystal chandeliers. Designed with southern hospitality in mind, you can retire to your suite for a nightcap by the fireplace or linger a bit longer on the porch and chat a bit with the innkeeper, a very genial, accommodating host, Alan Waugh about its rich history. Wake-up every morning to a gourmet breakfast in the dining room where a long, wooden table and chairs await. Chef Robbie Dickson will prepare an array of breakfast breads with local honey and homemade jams, luscious seasonal fruits, fresh eggs prepared any way you like accompanied with pancakes, grits, bacon,

crabmeat and shrimp... Just let him know what you desire and he’ll whip it up just for you. Located minutes from downtown Mobile, is the Oakleigh Historic Complex. Step back in time at Mobile’s official period-house museum and take an intimate, costumed guided tour of the Oakleigh, beautifully restored 1833 Greek revival mansion built by cotton factor James Roper. Here you will experience fine period antiques, significant paintings, silver and porcelain decorative arts that tell the story of how the wealthy once lived. One of the most memorable photos on the wall was the “Can’t-Get-Away Club” which showed the many faces of brave men whom stayed behind to care for the sick and orphans created by yellow fever. Also on property are the 1850 Cox Deasy Cottage, a popular Mobile brick mason, home to George Cox, his wife and 12 children depicts how the average middle-class family lived in the 1800s. Here you can view an amazing dollhouse with miniature figurines and furniture. The Cook’s House and Garden is under restoration and will open in the spring of 2014 as Mobile’s first African-American house museum dedicated to the post-Emancipation life experience. This cottage was built in the late 1860s and was home to the Gaither family who worked on the Oakleigh estate for many years. From December 26-28, celebrate a holiday season in the 1850s during Christmas at the Oakleigh! The scent of spice and cedar


Fort Conde Inn

will fill the air. Garlands of cypress, pine and magnolia will drape the mantels and doorways while Oakleigh is dressed for holiday cheer. View the antique toy collection under the parlor Christmas tree and sip a cup of Oakleigh’s traditional hot-spiced tea. For more information visit: Bellingrath Gardens and Home is breathtaking, and encompasses approximately 900 acres along the Fowl River. Sixty-five acres are cultivated with annual blooms and continuous color. Enjoy magnificent blooms of the nation’s largest outdoor display of cascading chrysanthemums as well as salvia, coleus, copper plants, hibiscus and more. Walter D. Bellingrath and Bessie Morse Bellingrath opened their gardens to the public for the first time on April 7, 1932 and the 10,500 square foot English Renaissance-styled Bellingrath Home was completed in July 1936. It features all of its original furnishings and extensive collection of decorative arts from Mrs. Bellingrath and was designed by architect George B. Rogers, Mobile’s most prominent architect. Rogers worked continuously on developing the property, as well as the couple’s home, until his death in 1945. I highly recommend a tour of the Bellingrath Home, the Rose Gardens, Asian-American Garden, formal garden terraces, Ecological Bayou Boardwalk and if weather permitting a 45-minute cruise aboard the Southern Belle River Cruiser

departing from Bellingrath Gardens between March and November, the river cruise offers visitors a relaxing and educational tour along the Fowl River. Unique wildlife and birding habitats can be witnessed on the river, as well as a wonderful view of the Bellingrath Home. Special events and weddings are held throughout the year on this beautiful property as well. You don’t want to miss the Magic Christmas in Lights from November 29 – December 31, 2013 (Closed December 25th). Enjoy one of the most popular holiday events in the Southeast. Stroll through the gardens and view more than three million twinkling lights over 835 custom designed set pieces in 12 scenes. Tour the Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery. Extended hours to 9:00 PM. Photos with Santa on weekends and the week of Christmas.

Captain Mike Dorie aboard the “Pelican”

From historic pursuits to family fun – it sure can fire up an appetite! What better way is there to ‘wine down’ but with fresh local catch of the day! Here are a few of my noteworthy favorite restaurants: You’ve got to stop by Bob Baumhower’s (former Miami Dolphins nose tackle) Compleat Angler Seafood Grille & Bar! This restaurant has ample seating inside as well as seating ‘al fresco’ style on its back porch overlooking the Mobile Bay and its stunning sunset backdrop. The friendly staff will definitely show you how ‘southern hospitality’ is done right. From mouth watering Southern Fried Catfish Platter, Char-Grilled Ribeye Steak that could feed a football team (or at least a nose tackle), to the OMG Burger! Bob likes to pop in from time to time to say hello to the folks so there’s a good chance to chat with Bob about the good ol’ days past and present.

Discounted tickets are available online at Don’t forget to take a pontoon delta safari with Captain Mike Dorie aboard the “Pelican” with Five Rivers Delta Safaris! This leisurely two-hour boat ride is a must for anyone looking for a relaxing, wind blowing gently through your hair kind of experience over the scenic MobileTensaw Delta. Encounter marsh, cypress and tupelo gum swamp, alligators and abundant wildlife up close in their natural habitat.

Wintzell’s Oyster House—a Mobile landmark since 1938, Wintzell’s is renowned for oysters served “fried, stewed or nude.” And Willie Brown has been there for 43 years shucking oysters! This place is a family favorite and serves up large portions so bring the whole family – HUNGRY! True Midtown Kitchen – This place is all about rustic ambience, “farm-to-table” and “artisan.” Fresh takes on Southern


classics drawn from local purveyors with fresh, enticing cocktails and regional beers on tap. “Locally Owned. Locally Grown.” is their motto. True Midtown Kitchen is the brainchild of brothers Wesley and Richard True. Wesley True is the only chef in Mobile ever to be nominated for a James Beard Award for best chef in the South – 2 years in a row to boot. Gracious host, owner/GM Richard True can also belt out an opera tune just for you.

Get an introduction to Mobile at Historic Site at Fort Conde and the History Museum of Mobile – take a trip through Mobile’s history at this 18th century fort replica to discover how six flags have flown over this one city. Next, walk over to the Museum of Mobile and experience 300 years of Mobile history, from the very first inhabitants of the area to the present.

• Be awed at the Mobile Carnival Museum—“Laisse Les Bons Temps Rouler!” As home to the first Mardi Gras in 1703, Mobile is rich with Mardi Gras traditions. Take a tour of the jeweled crowns, intricately designed gowns and lavish robes of Mobile’s Mardi Gras Kings and Queens in this historic Government Street mansion.

to open in summer of 2014, GulfQuest will be the first museum dedicated to the Gulf Coast’s rich maritime traditions and only the third interactive maritime museum in the world. Explore the Gulf of Mexico by stepping on board a fullsize replica of a container ship, docked inside the building, ready to leave port! GulfQuest will be housed inside a 90,000 sq. ft. structure shaped like a vessel headed out to sea and will become the centerpiece of Mobile Landing, the city’s new development on the downtown waterfront. It’s sure to bring in a lot of tourists and economic $ to historic Mobile, Alabama.

• Visit the picturesque city of Fairhope situated on a sloping plateau, along the cliffs and eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay. This walkable fair city is full of history, beauty and charm with over 16,000 residents. It is home to many notable artistic personalities, including Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg, who once wrote of Fairhope: “Some people call it an artist’s colony, and that is true, since you cannot swing a dead cat without hitting a serious-faced novelist.” Make sure to visit the art galleries, boutique shops, cafés, and fabulous seafood restaurants in Fairhope and the surrounding area. I also recommend stopping by the magnificent, Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa, which is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Enjoy a day at leisure,

Known for Creole flair and authentic southern hospitality, Mobile Bay has everything from Mardi Gras intrigue and speeding airboats to beautiful beaches and antebellum mansions.

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club – sit back and relax with a pint of Guinness, the city’s tastiest burger and great live music in a casual atmosphere in one of Mobile’s most historic areas, the Oakleigh Garden District. Callaghan’s Bacon Cheeseburger was recently selected as one of the “100 Things to Eat in Alabama Before you Die.” That’s good enough for me in this ‘rootin’-tootin’’ place to socialize, drink and be merry! Moe’s Original BBQ – if you’re in the mood for a great Southern Soul BBQ, look no further than Moe’s! Grant Saltz, owner/operator just opened this joint in January 2013 to rave reviews. Serving up the best BBQ in downtown Mobile, ice cold brew and local bands strumming your favorite tune – they won’t be crying in their beer anytime soon. You can bank on it! Here are some other “must do” excursions & attractions you don’t want to miss!

Dawn (guest) with Bob Baumhower of Compleat Angler Seafood Grille & Bar

Willie Brown of Wintzell’s Oyster House

unwind and have an unforgettable lunch in the grandeur of this hotel. • GulfQuest, National Maritime Museum of the Gulf Coast—projected

As one of the Gulf Coast’s cultural centers, Mobile has several art museums, a symphony orchestra, a professional opera, a professional ballet company, and a large concentration of historic architecture. Mobile is also known for having the oldest organized Carnival celebrations in the United States. Who Knew?! <

Mobile Carnival Museum

Christmas at Bellingrath Gardens & Home

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Norman Van Aken with his future wife Janet at Key West

Young Norman Van Aken with his sister Jane

Norman Van Aken wth Julia Child

Norman Van Aken with Emeril Lagasse and Charlie Trotter cooking

Norman Van Aken with Tennessee Williams

A TASTE OF LIFE Chef Norman Van Aken Shares his Culinary Odyssey By Maria Delis


“The enormity of what had just transpired began to dawn on our winedamaged minds and we hightailed it up to our rooms. We now needed more drinks and we called room service for several bottles of red,” writes Norman Van Aken. The “we” refers to himself, Emeril Lagasse and Charlie Trotter. The location? Miami’s posh Turnberry Resort. “I knew [Charlie had] been right about this guy Emeril, and I knew [he] was going to enjoy retelling this saga for decades to come,” Van Aken writes in his memoir’s prologue. The saga involves smashed Louis XIV chairs and a scared maître d’ in Turnberry’s Verandah Bar. The reason? The maître d’ was “trying to paw [Van Aken’s] wife.” And that’s how an evening honoring Julia Child concluded and how No Experience Necessary opens – so prepare for a thrilling ride. Norman Van Aken’s memoir, released in December by Taylor Trade Publishing, spans more than two decades full of priceless moments, colorful characters and inevitable setbacks. For Van Aken, the road to Ithaca had plenty of bumps. But he “still enjoyed” each moment, he told me. “I wanted to share the true progression of a chef,” he said about his new book. That is, one doesn’t graduate high school and then turn into a celeb chef the next day. The road was long, full of adventures. He hopes that No Experience Necessary reaches beyond the restaurant world. Anyone still searching for what they want to do with their life, or any individual struggling with a career obstacle, can see how success is a journey. In other words, don’t expect things to fall into place over night. “This is a love story of survival,” Van Aken told me. It’s about surviving career setbacks, but it’s also a love story between him and the girl he met in the first kitchen, his wife Janet. “When you start your very own restaurant and you’re the chef and co-owner, you have entered a very dangerous world. You become a ghost to your wife, husband, children,

parents, and friends outside the restaurant world. Each moment is about YOUR MENU,” he writes in his memoir. Despite the bumps and challenging times, the Van Akens survived. “His brilliant story telling,” says Emeril Lagasse, “will leave you inspired and hungry for more.” It does.



Chef Norman, the only Floridian inducted into the James Beard “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America,” introduced “fusion” into the modern culinary vocabulary in 1988. And in 2006 he was honored as one of the Founders of the New American Cuisine. “Norman Van Aken was a true pioneer of the American food movement in the 1980s, when chefs began to combine regional inspirations with modern cooking techniques,” says Wolfgang Puck. “He was the first to blend Florida and Caribbean flavors with a classically trained approach to fine cuisine, and the first meals I ever ate in his restaurant were revelations […] including a creamy conch chowder with sweet corn, and amazing foie gras [sic] served on top of French toast,” Puck recalls. “But one of the best things about the dining experience he has always offered is his warm, kindhearted, good-humored personality. It comes through in this book, just as it does in his cooking to this day.” In Orlando, we know Van Aken as one of the masterminds behind Norman’s Restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton, Grande Lakes. In late August he celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Orlando restaurant, where guests savored a $1000 dinner created by some of the best chefs, including Lagasse, Jeremiah Tower and Dean Fearing. The fine dinning venue has earned top honors as one of the nation’s best restaurants, and the New York Times once called Van Aken Florida’s most gifted chef. But before winning multiple awards,

Chef Norman played several roles in his life: roofer, carnie, house painter, actor … Of course, his role as short-order cook led him to his culinary destiny. No Experience Necessary chronicles his thrilling journey, along with great recipes interspersed between each chapter. “Norman Van Aken is the Jimmy Page of his profession – a man who was THERE at almost every important moment in its history. The OG of South Florida, New World cuisine, and a guy who knows where every body is buried … many of them to be found in No Experience Necessary,” says Anthony Bourdain. Along the way, Van Aken met a multitude of intriguing characters that added to his adventures, or played the role of culinary mentors. One of these mentors was Chef Fred Boomer who missed the “era of ‘celebrity’ chefs,” Van Aken explains in his memoir. “Cooking was still looked at as a deadend job, the result of destructive and pitiable life, not even a profession back then,” he writes. In fact, cooking positions were posted next to stripper ads in the newspaper. Boomer cooked at the Holiday Inn in Greeley, Colorado. It was 1974. After a bad car accident that left Boomer with broken arms, Van Aken had to learn how to cook his mentor’s specialties – his soups. They reflected Boomer’s world travels with the Navy, and Van Aken started to work with exotic flavors like Greek avgolemono (“with its bright lemony notes and satisfying chicken-stock backbone”). This experience may have influenced his future fusion kitchen, but Chef Norman’s culinary eureka moment happened on his beloved island, Key West. It was a morning in 1987 when Van Aken sat on the deck behind Louie’s Backyard. He looked up from the open cookbooks and saw a sailboat drifting south. “I too drifted with it for sometime,” he writes, “wondering where it might be going and what the sailors would see, touch, and taste when they got there.”



accept. The playwright must’ve liked the refreshing concoction because “he [later] set the empty glass down, leaned over, elevated himself on his toes, gave [Norman] a little peck on [his] forehead, and then rejoined the cast out by the pool.”

That’s when everything clicked. Once enamored with the food revolution at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in California, Van Aken now set out to change the South Florida culinary landscape, and with that, change North American fine cuisine. “The American culinary landscape would not be the same without his vision,” says Mario Batali, “his authenticity and his highly personal and remarkably provocative food – and his food would be as delicious if not for his story and the recipes in this essential tome.”


More great moments took place in Key West, including his favorite, but that will give away the ending of his book. When asked to pick from his other special moments documented in No Experience Necessary, Van Aken will tell you about the night he partied at Tennessee Williams’ house on Duncan Street. He wanted the role of Stanley Kowalski (Marlon Brando’s role in A Street Car Named Desire), but he ended up playing the neighbor. After Tennessee Williams came to the final rehearsals at the Key West community theater, he threw a house party for the cast. Somehow, Van Aken ended up in his kitchen. “Whatever on earth are you making, my boy?” asked the literary icon. “Some tamarind iced tea. Would you like a glass?” Van Aken hoped he would

That’s when a serious thought about South Florida’s cuisine came to mind. “I thought about how North America’s music had evolved, how its literature and architecture and dance were amalgamations of cultures bumping up against one another,” he continues. “Key West was a place where Spanish, African, and Anglo influences converged, yet the food we were eating […] seemed almost frozen in time,” Van Aken remarks. This epiphany directed him to his new teachers: “In the cafés and homes of South Florida.”

“Tennessee Williams just kissed you on the head,” Van Aken heard his inner voice say. Perhaps one can look at this as a blessing.

“I do imagine writing another book,” he told me. But he has to figure out an angle so it’s not a repetition of No Experience Necessary. He sees himself as both chef and writer. He has penned five cookbooks, including My Key West Kitchen co-written with his son Justin. Maybe he’ll open another Norman’s in the future, not sure, but it’s more likely that he’ll open a “freestanding restaurant, something smaller.” Until then, there’s Norman’s Restaurant in Orlando and Tuyo in South Florida. (Tuyo is part of the Miami Culinary Institute, where Van Aken is Chef and Director of Restaurants.) The New World Cuisine’s OG truly enjoys his craft. He always makes sure to create “layers of flavors,” he said. When someone takes ten-twelve bites, each “bite should be different,” Chef Norman told me. In other words, he wants “flavors to keep coming at you.” He aims to create “a taste of Florida on a plate.” And in his writing, he wants to share stories that touch his audience; he wants to give them a “taste of life.” <

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The design of the exclusive alloy wheels is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbonfiber ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs. The intense paint color “Rosso Veneno” was developed exclusively for the Veneno Roadster, although each single customer will be able to individualize his own vehicle to suit his personal preferences.

The Veneno Roadster is extreme and guarantees an intense driving experience – because open means truly open. There is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners – with handling akin to that of a racing prototype. Yet it is fully road legal.

The Veneno Roadster is further proof of Automobili Lamborghini’s unique competence in CFRP-based lightweight design. A monocoque made from carbon-fiber reinforced polymer forms the basis of the Roadster. All exterior parts are made from CFRP. The Veneno Roadster meets all safety and registration requirements worldwide, and naturally also incorporates a full complement of safety systems from airbags through to the adapted ESP handling system.

With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355 km/h. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is driven by a twelvecylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 liters and is equipped with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster brings the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road. Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the highperformance engine. Therfore the Veneno Roadster is unmistakably a Lamborghini; it sticks firmly to the consistent design philosophy of all the super sports cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese. That includes the extreme proportions, as well as the powerfully arrowshaped front end and the interplay between razorsharp lines and precise surfaces. The entire design of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce. The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. The visual division of the rear fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of racing cars and optimizes the aerodynamic flow. The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and direct airflow to the rear wing. The design of the adjustable rear wing is the product of motorsport experience and extensive aerodynamic simulation to ensure optimum airflow in the interaction of the rear wing with the rear diffuser.

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> When you’re born to one of the forefathers of modern real estate in the Orlando area, you’re faced with some pretty big shoes to fill. Kathleen Gallagher McIver has filled those shoes, and more, rising to the top of her profession, just like her dad, Don Gallagher, who passed away in June of 2011. Of course, she would say that she never really filled his shoes, but simply borrowed a pair along the way. Her father started a multi office real estate business in Winter Park in 1954 and grew with the company.  Kathleen worked every aspect of the family business, progressing to Senior Vice President & Operations Manager of five offices before it was sold in 2001.  Kathleen attributes her success as a REALTOR® to not only being a good listener, but making sure she is out and about and becomes involved, something she learned at an early age.  “My dad always used to say ‘be with the people.’ He told agents that sitting in the office was not going to create business for them.”  Born in Orlando and schooled in true Catholic fashion — from St. Mary Magdalen to Bishop Moore High School to Providence College (Rhode Island) where she earned her degree in Humanities and returned to her hometown of Orlando. Photo by Steven Miller

KATHLEEN GALLAGHER MCIVER Realtor Kathleen Gallagher McIver, SRES RE/MAX Town & Country Realty 1315 Tuskawilla Road, Suite 101 Winter Springs, FL 32708 P: 407-718-2049 E:

She then joined RE/MAX Town and Country in Winter Springs where she became Vice President and Sales Manager, responsible for 50+ agents, who produced more than $200 million in sales volume in 2005, the same year she was named REALTOR® of the Year by the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Association (ORRA). She remains at the Winter Springs RE/MAX office today, specializing in corporate relocation and working with major corporations such as Florida Hospital, Mitsubishi Power Systems, Walt Disney World, Siemens Westinghouse, Hard Rock Café, U.S. Department of Justice, and the IRS. Beyond a successful real estate career, Kathleen spends most of her time serving the profession she loves and her community. In addition to serving as the 2009 Chairman of the Board at ORRA, Kathleen is


a Trustee and Vice-Chair for the Florida Real Estate Foundation and current chair of Art-in-Architecture, an initiative by ORRA that builds and promotes unique architecture and design at affordable housing price points in the Orlando area. She is currently working on a wounded Veteran’s housing project in conjunction with the City of Orlando. She has served as 2004-2005 President of the My Florida Regional MLS and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Florida REALTORS® (FR) for the past 11 years. She served as District 12 Vice President for FR in 2011, and in 2013 is the Chair of the state association’s Public Policy Committee in addition to other committees.  Kathleen also serves as a National Director for the National Association of Realtors. Indeed, as a REALTOR® she is ideal for the job as a public servant since she spends her days troubleshooting and re-thinking ways to get things done. She talks to people in neighborhoods every day and has a pretty good idea of what works and what does not. She, for one, has a vested interest. “We sell communities,” she says. “If they’re broken, I can’t do my job.”  She cares deeply about her home town and strives to bring excellence back to everything she is involved with. Kathleen’s involvement in the community is well-documented. She served as the 2012 chair of with the Central Florida Partnership, was a Rotarian for 12 years including a Paul Harris Fellow, and is involved with the Children’s Miracle Network, served as Vice President for the Emergency Medicine Learning & Resource Center. She is also on the Board of Directors for Seminole State College Foundation, and is currently working on homeless children with families initiatives in Seminole County.  She says beyond all the accolades and recognitions throughout her career, her biggest thrill is still being part of that happy moment when a first-time homebuyer gets the news they are getting their first home. “They are jumping up and down,” she smiles. “They are so excited. To me, sharing that joy - that’s what makes you a success in life”. <


> Deborah Garson calls herself a “walking billboard” in her enthusiasm for RE/MAX, its entrepreneurial culture and emphasis on lifelong learning. It was a good fit for this energetic woman with a thirst for knowledge. She has successfully educated and marketed herself, one designation at a time, which shows other realtors how to not only stabilize their business, but to further it through education and diversifying their talents so they can “shift gears” and change focus during good times and bad in the economy. “I see education as architecture: Every course, every certification is another facet in the building my business. “ In the decade she’s been with RE/MAX Properties SW in Orlando, Garson has completed many courses and added a string of designations and certifications to her list of credentials, including Institute Luxury Home Marketing (LHMS), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Five Star REO Certification, REO Trans Certification, RES.NET REO Certification, among others. Before choosing a career in real estate, this RE/MAX Hall of Fame member spent years as an executive at luxury hotels. Once she joined RE/MAX, she knew she wanted to continue serving the international clientele she often worked with in the hotel industry. The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) and the Certified International Real Estate Specialist (IRES) designations gave her a start, and soon revved up her career. Today, international clients make up almost a third of her business. “The CIPS course was a game changer for me,” Garson says. “It gave me the confidence and the credentials to attract with international clients.” She says the course’s focus on international business protocol, foreign conversion and global-level communication were particularly relevant. Adding ILHM training in luxury properties made her uniquely positioned to work with inter-

national clients pursuing second homes, often luxury residences. Garson says, most of these buyers are aware of the CIPS designation, and they respect it. “International buyers often face financing and contractual complexities that other buyers don’t,” she says. “My training tells them that I can anticipate and overcome their specific challenges.” In the architecture of her business, local and international clients may form the foundation, but she built the next level by mastering a completely different market: distressed properties. Garson says, earning the REO and the CDPE designations opened doors to working with banks during the downturn, when REO and short sales became a significant portion of her business. She enjoyed the challenge and found working with struggling families especially satisfying. She liked counseling underwater homeowners, many of whom eventually became her clients. “It takes a long time to really develop the short sales business,” Garson says, “But in the meantime you can really help people out by explaining the different financial avenues they can pursue.” Today Garson describes her market as “stable.” She’s using this time as an opportunity to develop yet another facet of her business: first-time buyers. Garson plans to offer a series of how-to seminars for employees of local theme parks and hotel. “I want them to understand how today’s low interest rates represent a real opportunity for homeownership,” she says. It’s somehow fitting that Deborah Garson, a firm believer in education, is expanding her professional horizons by teaching others. This lifelong learning wouldn’t have it any other way. <


DEBORAH GARSON Broker-Associate ABOVE EXTRA: Building a Successful Business, One Designation at a Time

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LINDA MIECZKOWSKI Your Trusted Real Estate Advisor

Realty Executives Central Florida 7932 W. Sand Lake Rd. Ste. 302 Orlando, FL 32819 P: 321-695-5284 E:

> Linda’s family vacationed in Orlando many times and she and her husband planned to move here when they retired. But, 8 years ago they thought “why wait?” They moved from southwest Michigan, just outside of Toledo, Ohio, where they both grew up. Since then, Linda has developed a deep love for this area she now calls home. “I may have moved here for the weather and the beautiful sunshine, but Central Florida has a lot more to offer than our endless summers and I love to share this with my out of town clients.”

Erik Sandberg, and Rachel and Tommy Dugan, as well as one grandchild on the way who is due in the spring! To relax and unwind, Linda loves spending long weekends at Lido Key.

“Selling real estate here gives me the opportunity to help people from all over the world. Once I meet with my buyers - I can’t help but share my enthusiasm about the many attributes that make Central Florida great, the area’s economy, why we are known as a Super Region, SunRail, and our Regional Growth Vision.”

Recent buyers, Kelly and Jinan, said that “Linda is without a doubt the most honest and professional real estate agent we have ever met and her service was excellent. Linda is honest, polite and very professional. We could call her and ask her questions any time. She has a high level of knowledge about the real estate industry.” Emma, who recently sold her home in Winter Garden, said that “Linda provided excellent advice and made the sale of my home more than a sales transaction.”

Linda attended the University of Toledo and has experience in many areas of the business world which prepared her for success in real estate. Linda’s background includes sales, marketing, public relations and risk management. She was a licensed Realtor in Michigan and Ohio before moving to Orlando. During her career she has won many awards and achievements, including Rookie of the Year from the Realtors Association. But she said, “my passion and joy come from helping my clients achieve their goals by helping them buy or sell real estate. I love to see my client’s happiness and excitement as they move into the next phase of their life.” She loves cooking and entertaining, and spending time with family and friends. Linda and her husband Harry have been married for 35 years and reside in Windermere. They have 3 beautiful, intelligent daughters and two wonderful sons in law; Ann, Rose and


Linda serves on the Orlando Realtors Association Grievance Committee and believes strongly in honoring the Realtors Code of Ethics. “I believe if every Realtor strived to do not only what is legal but what is right they would earn more trust and respect from their clients and the public.”

You are in great experienced hands, when choosing Linda as your real estate agent. She prides herself in her excellent negotiation skills and customer service. 90% of Linda’s business is from referrals from satisfied clients. Sellers always know what’s happening when they list with Linda as their selling agent. They always receive her marketing plan and a weekly update. She combines cutting edge marketing with good old fashioned hard work. Linda states “My goal with sellers is to get the most money possible, sell quickly without problems and close on time with no hassles. Anyone can promise you anything but the true test is in the results. I make good on my promises and have many happy clients to prove it. You can be next. Call me and start packing!” <


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PETER MACERA Broker/Owner of Macera Realty Group

Macera Realty Group 1999 W. Colonial Dr. Ste. 215 Orlando, FL 32804 O: 407-246-1677 C: 407-970-2104 E: Photo by Steven Miller

> Born and raised in Hawaii, Peter Macera moved to Montreal, Canada in 1973 to care for his ailing grandfather and eventually journeyed to Florida in 1982. Son of a professional wrestler and restaurateur, Luigi Macera, Peter travelled the world with his father experiencing life first hand. “I believe that is what gave me my drive early on in life. My father was never afraid to try anything and he taught me how important it was to treat people with ultimate respect, always give from the heart and put people first.”

the top 1% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide and has been awarded with many accolades ranging from multimillion dollar listing agent, top salesperson and multimillion dollar producer. With the majority of his business being R.E.O and a Bank owned listing agent for the last 7 years, Peter has forged many close and rewarding relationships in the Realtor community. Peter’s vast knowledge of this challenging market gives him the ability to serve sellers, buyers and investors here and overseas with the utmost confidence and impeccable service.

Peter Macera started his real estate career late in life. He was in the restaurant business for over 20 years and most notably with the TGI Friday’s chain. Because of his natural ability to connect with people, he was approached to open a Dan Marino’s restaurant chain in Orlando Florida in 1997. While looking for a home in Orlando with a Coldwell Banker agent, a suggestion was made that real estate would be a great avenue for Peter. The rest is history!

In January 2013, Macera Realty Group was launched and by his side is his 19 year old son, Makanaokeakua. Fresh out of high school, this ambitious young man decided to follow in his father’s footsteps receiving his real estate license at 18 and now is the Sales Manager, trainer and a buyer’s agent for Macera Realty Group. Makana, as he is known, is in his second year of college, working on his business degree. His 24 year old daughter Breisja, resides in St. Petersburg, Florida and runs her own fitness business. Obviously, drive certainly runs in this family! As for his beautiful wife Jude, she is also part of Macera Realty Group. A personal fitness and yoga Instructor and a Certified Life Coach from the Anthony Robbins Institute, she is the H.R.

Peter started at Watson Realty in 2001, becoming one of the top salespersons in the company. From Watson, Peter spread his wings to Coldwell Banker and became a sales manager, trainer and salesperson whose production placed him in


person. “We have been married for 26 years and her passion is helping people. That’s why we make such a great team!” So why open up a new company during these challenging times in our world and economy? Good question and Peter has a great response. “My ultimate goal is and always will be providing the best service to my customers, especially those who are in need and in distress due to foreclosure and short sales. It is such a rewarding feeling to know at the end of the day you genuinely helped someone who couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel and I was able to facilitate that and make them feel successful. Always being available to communicate is a MUST in my book, not only with customers but with fellow Realtors. I pride myself in giving the ultimate Realtor to Realtor service, being diligent by returning calls, attention to detail on all contracts and making every transaction a success for everyone.” When Peter is not working, he loves to travel, play golf and weightlift with his son and attend his wife’s Yoga class. “It is important to make time for yourself, clear your mind of clutter and reflect spiritually on all the blessings that we have. Then you can get ready to start your day giving back. As my wife always says, breathe with your heart.” <


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Swing of Things Celebrating New Year ’s Eve with West Coast Swing By Laramie Otto

> As New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, the holidays will soon be behind us, and it will be time to make another New Year’s resolution. New Year’s Eve always seems to entail the traditional Champagne toast and a kiss at midnight, but how about making some exciting new plans for the last few days of 2013? This year, try something different, step outside of the box, and attend a West Coast Swing dance event and New Year’s Eve celebration. West Coast Swing is a partner dance characterized by an elastic look and consists of an extension-compression connection, making it a very unique dance. West Coast Swing compares to no other

form of dancing; it is mostly related to East Coast Swing, but it just goes in a different direction. West Coast Swing is a slotted dance, a dance in which many people dance on the floor at the same time, and it can be kept small or made larger depending on how much room is provided. This dance gives you lead way to lend your personality to the dance and make it your own. Combined with the partner connection and the freedom of the dance, it gives off a calm and cool effect to the audience when danced correctly. No one dances this dance the same way, making every dance you see different and interesting. This event includes a professional dance show featuring Championship dancers, along with

social dancing and, of course, a Champagne toast at midnight. This year, the 2013 FloorPlay New Year’s Swing Vacation is being hosted at the Rosen Plaza Hotel on International Drive in Orlando from December 27 through 31. This event brings in professional West Coast Swing dancers from all over the country, providing you with fabulous dance workshops throughout the weekend as well as an opportunity to ring in the New Year with a mesmerizing professional dance show. These professional dancers also participate in the social dancing as well; therefore, you get to dance with all levels of dancers, even the pros. Age is nothing but a number in the dance community as all ages come together to learn

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the art of dancing and support one another on the dance floor. Also, you don’t have to bring your own partner; most people come solo, and because it is a social dance, everyone mixes, mingles and dances with various partners. This community of dancers is very relaxed, so even if you are not a great dancer yourself, you can still participate in the lessons. Simply watching the dance is a great opportunity to gain knowledge about this craft that is becoming more and more popular. Television shows such as “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance?” have already begun including West Coast Swing in live performances.

yourself with dance the whole weekend. These options allow you to experience as much or as little of this dance event as you like. Keep in mind that this event is also a great opportunity to meet new people and it’s a fun, easy way to help you stay fit, mingle with your community, and learn something new. Who knows? You might even discover a passion for something that you never knew existed.

Throughout the event, you can come and enjoy West Coast Swing at your own leisure. Join in the fun for a single afternoon, or spend the entire evening dancing the night away. You can stop by for the New Year’s Eve event, or immerse

Tips For Attending a WCS event:

As a member of the West Coast Swing community myself, I believe it is important to provide you with some helpful tips if you decide to attend the FloorPlay New Year’s Eve Swing Vacation or any future West Coast Swing event.

* Dress in movable, breathable clothes.

* Bring a water bottle. * Introduce yourself to your dance partner. * Ladies, don’t be afraid to ask men to dance. * Unless you do not have any intention of dancing, try not to decline offers to dance. * Talk to other dancers (remember, we all start as beginners). * If you don’t want to dance, feel free to sit and watch. * Don’t be afraid to dance with the professionals (they are there to dance with you). <

* Wear dance shoes or comfortable shoes (no rubber soles).


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> They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but celebrities beg to differ. From beach escapes to snow-covered chateaus, winter vacation destinations offer movie stars and chart-toppers the privacy and luxury they desire this holiday season. Here are the favorite locations of this year ’s hottest celebrities that you may want to consider if you wish to vacation in celebrity style.

LAS VENTANAS AL PARAISO, LOS CABOS, MEXICO Over the summer, Leonardo DiCaprio became king of the Jazz Age in Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. DiCaprio’s lifestyle is not far from that of the millionaire he portrays on screen, from his movie star status to his high-fashion wardrobe. During the winter months, DiCaprio vacations in luxury at Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico. This secluded hideaway is pure relaxation with an exotic breath of fresh air, offering ocean-view suites with private butler service and an infinity pool overlooking the Pacific. If the atmosphere isn’t enough, the hotel also lends guests advanced copies of books before they are available to the public, a feature that makes Las Ventanas al Paraiso a perfect vacation spot for Gatsby star Dicaprio and even Jay Gatsby himself.

CANEEL BAY RESORT, ST. JOHN, VIRGIN ISLANDS Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are perhaps the most notable couple in Hollywood, as it is rare to find two people with fame of their caliber who have such philanthropic hearts. When the winter holidays call for a relaxing vacation, the Jolie-Pitts know just the place. Caneel Bay Resort in St. John, Virgin Islands is their perfect getaway for the season, as it has access to seven beaches and wellness facilities, including tennis courts and a full-service spa. The famous guests love the privacy of the resort, as they forgo telephones and televisions, allowing them to feel as though they are deep inside the island’s natural environment. The resort was designed to preserve the nature of the Virgin Islands, a selling point that draws Jolie, who is known for her charitable desire to make the world a safer and more beautiful place.


FAIRMONT CHATEAU, WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA With the release of his third studio album and an international tour, Justin Timberlake has been one of the most successful artists of 2013, as well as one of the busiest. Any celebrity would be expected to end the year with a vacation, but for Timberlake, a winter retreat seems well-deserved. Timberlake favors the Fairmont Chateau, a majestic ski resort in Whistler, British Columbia. Tucked away near Blackcomb Mountain, western Canada’s most luxurious resort is a hotspot for celebrities looking to relax in a snowy setting with unbeatable mountain views. The peaceful location is not void of excitement, as it offers ski-in, ski-out access and high-end New Year’s Eve parties. The Fairmont Chateau is the perfect way to find some peace and relaxation this holiday season, even with a year as busy as Timberlake’s.

THE SETAI HOTEL, MIAMI Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z, have had quite a year, both as artists and as a couple, from musical achievements to celebrating the first birthday of their daughter. When the winter season rolls around, the hit-making couple vacation in style, and one of their coveted destinations is not far away. Miami’s South Beach is home to The Setai Hotel, a favorite winter location for Beyonce and Jay-Z. The resort is serenity at its finest, with an intimate oceanfront setting and a brilliant combination of Asian architecture and Art Deco decor. Tranquility surrounds resort guests as they enjoy world-class spa treatments, three pools maintained at different temperatures, and day-beds available right on the beach. After a year of unparalleled performances, Beyonce and her husband would rightfully look forward to a stay at The Setai.

BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL, ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND 2013 has been a rewarding year for George Clooney, who starred in Gravity, one of the year’s most anticipated films. Clooney enjoys his winter holidays in the Swiss Alps, and being known for his gentlemanly style and elegant persona, he seems a perfect fit for the setting. The movie star’s getaway of choice is Badrutt’s Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland, a chic, alpine resort located on the pristine Lake St. Moritz. Badrutt’s Palace is where sophistication meets indulgence, offering spa services, carriage rides, and a private ice rink for its wintertime guests. Clooney loves the hotel’s 19th century charm, found in its cathedral ceilings, stained glass windows, and unique Swiss furnishings. A stay at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a pure winter celebration worthy of the stars; all that is needed is a glass of Champagne. <

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> That cuddly kitten or fluffy puppy is high on Santa’s wish list for many families each year. Before making that wish come true for your kids, keep in mind that pets aren’t presents that may be returned or exchanged without some consequence after the holiday ends. Each year, 7 in 10 cats and 5 in 10 dogs left in shelters don’t make it out alive… That is an ultimate price to pay indeed. If you’re already on stress overload, it’s a good idea to wait. Either adopt a pet before the holidays or after the holidays when life isn’t so crazy. And, when you are ready, make sure you choose your pet wisely. Don’t support puppy mills by shopping in pet stores or shopping online for pets. Do check out the shelters and rescues and do your homework on the pet and organization. Here are some tips on what to consider before adding a new pet: WORK AND TRAVEL SCHEDULE – If you work long hours and travel a lot, consider how much time, if any, you may have to devote to a pet. Good dog walking and pet sitting services can be a godsend. Check out some of the services available in your neighborhood before you take the plunge. TIME CONSTRAINTS - Dogs need to be walked, trained and kept on a tighter schedule and cats need attention to thrive in their home. Some rescue animals may have other issues that need to be addressed. Deciding how much time you have to devote to training a new pet

and getting them settled in could help you decide what kind of pet that will work best for you. LIST YOUR EXPECTATIONS – Take the time to think about how much time you want to dedicate to play, exercise and training your new pet. Kittens and puppies need lots of training while many adult pets in shelters and rescues are often trained, kid-tested and better suited for an active household. Senior pets are frequently overlooked, but tend to adapt very quickly because they are used to being on a schedule. LONG-TERM COMMITMENT – Many dogs will live from 12-15-years-old and an indoor cat from 15-20-years-old. If you cannot commit to a pet for that length of time, consider adopting an older pet. PET DEAL BREAKERS – Some people won’t tolerate barking, others can’t handle any destructive behavior and others may have problems dealing with excess medical issues. Figure out what you can handle and use that as a benchmark when looking at potential pets. CONSIDER TIMING WHEN ADDING A PET – Pets of any age are settling into a new situation and the calmer your home can be from the start, the better. Young kittens and puppies are adapting to being away from their mothers and the holiday chaos may be too much for them. Pets tend to adjust better when a home is on a more consistent schedule. Adding the surprise of a pet to the midst of Christmas chaos is very stressful to a new pet. SEARCHING FOR A PET – There are a variety of shelters and rescues that cater to a wide range of animals. Check them out and then talk to the people at the rescue. Find out how long animals are in isola-

tion after being rescued, have they been vetted, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, have they spent time in foster home and have they socialized with volunteers so you know more about their behavior. FAMILY INVOLVEMENT – Some animals handle commotion and kids better than others. If your whole family takes the trip to the shelter for a kitten adoption, puppy adoption, dog adoption or cat adoption, it will be easier to determine which animals react best around your family before you sign the adoption papers. Share some of the information you’ve determined from this checklist with the adoption counselors at the shelter and rescue. They are trained to help families make selections that fit best with their lifestyle. If you’d like to add a pet after the holidays, consider putting together a care package for your prospective pet so the kids have something to open on Christmas day. Adding a pet to your family is a very rewarding experience and could be the best long-term present you may give. Because pets at shelters and rescues have already lost at least one home at no fault of their own, it’s important to weigh your whole situation before adding a pet to your household. Dogs and cats are amazing creatures. They should be loved and cherished. They are wonderful companions; they reduce our stress and lower our blood pressure; they’ll keep us young at heart and they’ll love us unconditionally. If you have room in your heart and your home, please adopt, love them, care for them and make them a part of your family. <


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THE DOS & DON’TS at the Office Holiday Party By Mark NeJame Contributor Vanessa Braeley, Associate Attorney with NeJame Law

> Oh joy! The tradition of the office holiday party offers many predictable trademarks: secret Santa, eggnog, festive decorations and tipsy co-workers. The goal? To partake in an epic party, dazzle the office in some threads you wouldn’t dare wear from 9 to 5, and exit gracefully and safely before the end-of-party wrap-up. To accomplish this, a few rules must be followed. So take notes everyone, because this holiday list should be checked twice. 1. The most obvious point first: have a designated driver. Arriving to work the following Monday with a new DUI is one way to make an unwanted and lasting impression on the company… 2. For employers, don’t make the party mandatory. No need to make your employees uncomfortable by forcing them to celebrate a holiday they may prefer not to partake in. 3. Talk shop if you must, but don’t talk money! There’s no better way to harbor resentment for fellow co-workers

than to find out you didn’t get the same holiday bonus as everyone else. 4. Follow your boss’s lead. Sort of. Is he or she drinking a glass of water in between each glass of wine? Pace yourself. Have they thrown back a Bailey’s shot with a holiday cheers to the company? Bottoms up! Within reason… 5. Dance! This is akin to the wedding party – bad music, good times! Dance-offs and flash mobs can be fun! But careful – this isn’t the time to twerk a la Miley Cyrus. 6. Skip the mistletoe. Actually, be very careful when it comes to any physical affection. Holiday parties are ripe with potential sexual harassment suits. Alcohol creates those blurred lines and Susan from accounting may misinterpret the hug from Rick the CEO. Best to just keep the contact professional.

you word your invitations. Avoid “employees may bring spouses” and replace with “employees may bring a guest.” Same-sex marriage isn’t recognized (yet!) in Florida, so pay mind to all variations of couples and attendees. 9. Go easy on the social media posts. This isn’t the time to memorialize everyone’s weaker corporate moments online. 10. Finally, no after parties with coworkers! Enough said. These are easy rules, kids. Think nice, not naughty, at the holiday party! Because Santa may not be watching you, but guarantee that someone is. <

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AGAIN America’s pop princess returns to the spotlight with the release of her eighth studio album By Riesa Pascal

> The year is 1999 and Britney, a newly turned 17-year-old girl from the rural town of Kentwood, Louisiana, is due to release her first studio album. From childhood, her ambition has been to sing professionally and she’s been told that her fresh face, impressive vocals and sweet personality will help her achieve that dream. Although she’s both nervous and anxious to see how the public responds to her big debut, the dazzling smile throughout it all reveals the one emotion that surpasses all the others...excitement. January 2014 will bring with it the 15year anniversary of ...Baby One More Time, the album that introduced the world to the artist who no longer needs any introduction: Britney Spears. The universally recognized pop icon and her dizzying collection of awards and accolades have earned her the much-deserved title of “Princess of Pop.” From

“(You Drive Me) Crazy” to my personal favorite karaoke choice, “Lucky,” Spears’ songs have become an instant nostalgia trigger to the millions who grew up listening to her signature hits. Who could forget the first time you tuned into MTV and saw the music video for ...Baby One More Time? The world stared in amazement at the teenage girl who commanded our attention with her snappy dance moves, large vocals and sexy Catholic schoolgirl attire. The video put Spears on a high-speed train to worldwide fame and it was immediately clear that there was no turning back. In April 1999, the 17 year old got her first taste of negative publicity when she appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone sprawled on a bed in nothing but shorts and an open top that revealed her bra. Many were in uproar over the blatant sexualizing of a minor and the cover went on to be considered one of

the top controversial magazine covers of all time. “I thought the pictures were fine. And I was tired of being compared to Debbie Gibson and all of this bubblegum pop all the time,” said Spears in her famous response to the outcry. As she embarked on her first headlining tour, Spears continued to generate controversy and criticism for her racy costumes which subsequently went on to become her signature look. In May 2000, Spears released Oops!... I Did It Again, her second studio album. Britney, her third studio album, was released in November 2001. Two years later, Spears followed Britney with the release of her fourth studio album, In the Zone. Her fifth studio album, Blackout, debuted in October 2007 and in December 2008, Spears’ sixth studio album, Circus, was released. March 2011 brought the release of her seventh and most recent studio album, Femme Fatale. To

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put together a detailed list of Spears’ career success during this span of time is a feat almost as impressive as Spears’ achievements herself. The number one singles, the top-selling albums, the unforgettable music videos, the breaking of previously held records, the setting of new’s simply mind boggling to comprehend all that Spears has done and no matter how you feel about her, it can’t be denied that she has forever earned her mark in music history.

top-selling perfumes, made a cameo appearance in an episode of Glee which gave the show its highest ratings ever and so much more. All the publicity— both positive and negative (who could forget her VMA kiss with Madonna?!)— all the hard work, all the tears, all the pain and all the gains have led Spears to this moment. On December 3rd, nearly 15 years after she first stepped foot onto the music scene, Spears is set to release her eighth studio album, Britney Jean.

Of course every rose has its thorn and Spears’ personal life had its fair share of them during this time period. A 55-hour Vegas chapel marriage, a highly publicized 2-year marriage to Kevin Federline, an ugly child custody battle that followed their divorce and multiple rehabilitation facilities are just a few examples. Fortunately, the rainy days didn’t come without plenty of sunshine in-between. During this time, Spears also signed a multimillion dollar promotional deal with Pepsi, published two books, starred in a successful feature length film, released what would become the first of many

“I poured my heart and soul into this album, and it’s been an incredible journey,” says Spears in a handwritten letter to fans. “I’ve learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years. I can’t believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but it’s true and I’m really proud of that.” Spears’ fans have already had a taste of what’s to be expected from Britney Jean with the pre-releases of her lead single

“Work Bitch” and the ballad “Perfume.” The album’s debut will come just weeks before the singer takes the stage in Las Vegas for her two-year residency show, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood. The residency will include a total of 100 shows, split evenly between 2014 and 2015, which will mesh Spears’ new and old hits with a fresh, re-imagined sound. Spears is credited with leading the revival of teen pop in the late 1990s and rightfully so. There’s no question to the fact that her music still has an effect on the generation who grew up with her and the reaction to hearing those hits today is almost instantaneous pleasure and unashamed singing along. She’s achieved a level of superstardom touched by few, joining the ranks of Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Madonna in both talent and fame. It’s been a long 15 years, but Spears shows no signs of slowing down and we can’t wait to see where Britney Jean will take the Princess Of Pop in her remarkable career journey. <



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WEIGHT-LOSS FAIRY TALE: The Magic Green Coffee Bean By Maria Delis


> “You may think magic is make-believe, but this little bean has scientists saying they’ve found a magic weightloss cure for everybody,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz in 2012. Then sales of the green coffee bean extract skyrocketed. When consumed in moderation, coffee may have a positive effect on our health. In fact, epidemiological studies show that moderate coffee drinking can reduce the risk of developing certain chronic diseases. Even decaffeinated coffee aids in good health. So if it’s not the caffeine, then what makes java healthful?

Enter the polyphenols, a family of plant compounds rich in antioxidants. Various studies suggest that polyphenols found in coffee beans have health benefits such as inhibiting high blood sugar. A 2012 study, published in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity, focused on the link between green coffee beans (unroasted seeds) and weightloss. Researchers studied the effects of chlorogenic acid (CGA), one of the natural coffee compounds, and found a potential link between CGA and body fat reduction. Joe Vinson, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at the University of Scranton, led the 22-week study. Successful participants who received Green Coffee Antioxidant (GCA®) had an average of 16% body fat reduction. Does this mean we’ve found a magic pill to end obesity? When looked at carefully, the study has a few methodological issues, including a small sample size – 16 adults. Moreover, Applied Food Sciences, the company that makes green coffee antioxidant supplements, funded the study. So Dr. Oz conducted his own experiment. In two weeks, the 50 women who took a daily supplement lost an average of two pounds, while participants who took the placebo lost an average of 1 pound. Despite the non-dramatic results, Dr. Oz still stands behind the extract, and recommends capsules that contain at least 45% chlorogenic acid. Of course, conventional coffee contains CGA too. Then why spend the extra cash? See, when coffee beans are roasted, CGA levels decrease. That’s why green coffee bean promoters recommend the supplements. Keep in mind,

however, that they’re not regulated and not enough studies have been conducted to rule out possible adverse effects. In the spring of 2013, a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry didn’t support weight loss associated with CGA consumption. Compared to normal diet fed mice, the highfat diet and high-fat diet supplemented with CGA mice gained more weight. Although body weight increase didn’t differ between the two high-fat diet groups, fatty deposits accumulated in the livers of mice who were on the supplemented diet. These little creatures had higher blood sugar levels too. It should be noted that the study used a higher dose of CGA compared to studies that claimed chlorogenic acid reduced weight gain in high-fat diet mice. If you still want to try the green coffee bean, the Dr. Oz show recommends you look for brands that don’t contain fillers or artificial ingredients. “When looking for a green coffee supplement, it should contain the chlorogenic acid extract, which can be listed as any of the following: GCA® or Svetol®,” states the Fact Sheet on Dr. Oz’s official website. Just like with all supplements, consult your physician before starting this diet program. But don’t expect a magic bean that’ll allow you to make bad food choices and still shed pounds. A low-fat diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, can ward off diseases. And a healthy diet in combination with regular exercise can keep obesity away. <


SMILE FOR THE HOLIDAYS With the upcoming holidays getting that beautiful smile may be only 2-3 visits away. Cosmetic dentistry is a viable option to give you that radiant smile.

Patient above after whitening, orthodontics & periodontics treatment.

> Frequently I am asked what is Cosmetic Dentistry? Cosmetic Dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental treatment that improves the appearance of a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teeth, gums, and/or bite. The American Dental Association does not recognize cosmetic dentistry as a formal specialty area of dentistry. Many dentists further their education by taking advanced courses with like minded dentists to be able to deliver a high level of dental skill and artistry. It is important when a patient seeks cosmetic dentistry that they seek references and be provided with comprehensive before and after photographs of patients treated by said dentist. The wonderful thing about dentistry and its specialties is that almost all treatments are to improve not only the oral health, but will also benefit the patient cosmetically by improvement in the face and smile and contribute to an enhanced self confidence.Each specialty has its particular expertise. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery focuses on surgical correction and enhancement of the face and facial skeleton. Orthodontics goal is to straighten teeth and correct bites and also assists the general dentist is setting up teeth for cosmetic restorations. Periodontics assist cosmetics in various treatment modalities. One way is with exposed tooth roots. Recession can cause sensitivity,bone, loss,and cavi-

ties as well. A gum graft can protect the teeth from these problems . Also; gum plastic surgery can get rid of a gummy smile and set the table for a beautiful smile with periodontal health. So as you can see the dentist develops a team of experts to assist in providing the patient with the optimum cosmetic result. HERE IS ONE EXAMPLE OF A COSMETIC DENTISTRY OPTION The placement of Porcelain veneers: 1: In office whitening to brighten & whiten the smile. 2: Conservative preparation of the teeth. 3: Placement of bonded porcelain veneers. This result was achieved in 3 appointments. Sometimes the patient will have to see the Orthodontist, periodontist, and/ or the Malliofacial surgeon to set the case up for the dentist to do the cosmetics.



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ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM – JONATHAN A. HIGGINS, M.D. What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)? The aorta is the largest artery in your body, and it carries blood away from your heart to the rest of your body. The segment of the aorta located in the abdomen is called the abdominal aorta and it supplies blood to the lower part of the body. The aorta splits into two branches called the iliac arteries, which carry blood into each leg. An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a weakness or bulge in the aorta. Aneurysms are a health risk because they can burst or rupture and, less commonly, AAA can send clots or debris that form within the aneurysm through the blood vessels to other organs in your body.

If your aneurysm bursts, you may suddenly feel intense weakness, dizziness, or pain, and you may lose consciousness. This is a life-threatening situation and you should seek medical attention immediately.

RISK FACTORS: •Men older than 60 years •Immediate relatives, such as a mother or brother, with AAA •Hypertension •Smoking

IMAGING: •Ultrasound •Computed Tomography scan (CT) •Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)



•A pulsation in your abdomen •Severe, sudden abdominal or back pain. If this is the case, your aneurysm may be about to burst •On rare occasions, your feet may develop pain, discoloration, or sores on the toes or feet because of material shed from the aneurysm

Observation Small AAA are generally followed up every 6-12 months with imaging to identify signs of changes in the aneurysm size. Close follow up is extremely important. Open Surgical repair Open aneurysm repair is the standard approach to an aneurysm if it is symp-

tomatic, larger than 2 inches, or is enlarging rapidly. During an open aneurysm repair, an incision is made on your abdomen and the weakened part of your aorta is replaced with a synthetic tube called a graft. This tube takes the place of the damaged aorta and allows your blood to pass through it. Endovascular stent graft (Endograft) Endovascular means that the treatment is performed inside your artery using long, thin tubes called catheters that are threaded through your blood vessels. This procedure is less invasive and usually only small incisions in your groin are made through which to thread the catheters. During the procedure, x-rays are used, to guide endograft placement within the aneurysm. Like the graft in open surgery, the endovascular stent graft also strengthens the aorta. Fortunately, especially when diagnosed early before it causes symptoms, an AAA can be treated, or even cured, with highly effective and safe treatments. Most people who undergo treatment do well and live healthy and productive lives. The key is early detection!


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When Your Ice is On the Line By Travis Joiner

> So a question not many of ask or even think about when we order our favorite cocktail is what kind of ice should be joining it in the glass. Most places you go to will give you the standard cubed ice and send you along your merry way. This is starting to change in watering holes throughout the country. Who knew you could be getting cubed, crushed, chipped, shaved or spherical ice all by what you order as you belly up to the bar. Ask your bartender for a Manhattan up, for example, and see how they choose to build that classic cocktail using ice and a shaker or mixing glass. I would be willing to bet you see a bartender spoon and a nice stir nine times out of ten these days. The ice takes on a roll at even this stage as a nice stir chills your beverage of choice without watering it down. All these things your bartender does regularly to make sure you get your drink the way you want it and the ice plays a major roll more than you thought. Now having different types of frozen water behind the bar has been a practice that has been popping up as the trend in the industry is starting to look back at the way things used to be done at old speakeasy’s and the like. I like to see it as a reinterpretation of the classic bar from the modern craft bartender. We have started

to embrace the way things were done to ensure that guest experience and getting back to a time where the cocktail was the star at the bar. The ice that rolls and frolics in your glass is one way this is happening. We even have several bars around who either make or purchase whole blocks of ice to use for that evening. The bartender will have a station just for chipping or blocking your ice to order. For example, let’s say you just got out of the cold winter chill in Florida, just pretend, and you want a nice single malt scotch. Most places will usually give you a cube or two if you want ice. Now imagine that you walk in and order the same thing and floating majestically in the middle of that smoky single malt is one solitary island of ice. A giant cube or perhaps a half-spheroid hunk of glacier that is cooling every sip ever so slightly as it hits your lips. This allows the whisky to shine and cause a marriage in the glass between spirit and ice that really is a wonderful present this time of year. We also have the other end of the spectrum that deserves notice. Wonderful cocktails like juleps and brambles that play well together with crushed ice. If you can hunt down a proper tiki bar that uses crushed ice for certain drinks and order whatever it is and see how those frozen little pellets of ice assist in making that cocktail shine. Packed in tight they are small but resilient

when around their peers and don’t succumb to melting like one would think. It is a refreshing julep that can save many a hot day in these parts so do yourself a favor and ask if they do or if they are willing to serve one with crushed ice. We could probably go into the rabbit hole and talk about all types of things from up or rocks or shaken or stirred but I think you get the picture. This is a craft and ice plays an important role in what you order and how you enjoy it. Know this, the options are mind-boggling for those who are heavy into this trend and we as consumers all benefit from the bartenders who have rediscovered this knowledge. There are plenty of examples where the proper ice paired with its spirited counterpart heightens a truly great cocktail and bar experience. I challenge all of you to seek these local places out over the holidays and see what has been missing in all of our glasses. These guys and gals who are bringing us back to a time and place where the cocktails are the stars and so are the people who craft them. Does what you put in your glass matter to your experience when you hit your favorite watering hole? You bet your Ice! <


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WHAT’S HAPPENING JANUARY 1-8 B.B. King January 3, 8 pm Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre 407-246-4262

JANUARY 8-15 Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo January 8-11, Various Times ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex 407-939-4786


Walt Disney World Half Marathon January 11, 5:30 am Walt Disney World - Epcot 407-939-4786 Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra January 11, Various Times Bob Carr Performing Arts Center 407-246-4262 Walt Disney World Marathon January 12, 5:30 am Walt Disney World - Epcot 407-939-4786



JANUARY 16-22 Barry Manilow January 18 Amway Center 407-440-7000 Shen Yun Performing Arts January 22-24, Various Times Bob Carr Performing Arts Center 407-246-4262



Orlando Home & Garden Show January 24-26, Various Times Orange County Convention Center 407-685-9800 The 79th Annual Bach Festival presents Composer Morten Lauridsen January 26, 3 pm Knowles Memorial Chapel, Rollins College 407-646-2182 Fairwinds Broadway Across America Orlando presents ONCE January 29-31, Various Times Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre 407-246-4262



It’s that time of year when UCF gets transformed into

After a three-year break from touring, John Mayer is

Central Florida’s very own bright, shining winter won-

back on the road, bringing his fans a show that proves

derland. Light Up UCF has become an Orlando holiday

his standing as one of the greatest guitar prodigies of

tradition for UCF students, alumni, and visitors alike.

our time. The 2013 tour centers around Mayer’s sixth

Right outside of the CFE Arena, Christmas festivities

studio album, “Paradise Valley,” a collection of songs

continue all season long with light shows, photos with

that reveal a previously unheard side of the songwrit-

Santa, and holiday movies. This year, snow will fall ev-

er. Mayer, known for his soft-rock standards and jazz

ery evening of the event, which will add some winter

guitar style, gives his expected sound a backseat on

magic to the 8,000 square foot outdoor ice-skating rink,

the album, focusing on homegrown acoustic rhythms

one of Light Up UCF’s most memorable attractions.

and simplistic melodies. Whether Mayer’s fresh

The fun continues with a Ferris wheel and entertain-

sound on “Paradise Valley” is an attempt to return to

ment from local bands and choirs, as well as holiday

his roots or an effort to plant some of his own, he is

giveaways. Come celebrate the tradition with friends

sure to showcase it as he tours the country. You can

and family and take in the Christmas wonder of Light

catch this softer side of Mayer, along with a number of


his previous chart-topping hits, at the Amway Center on December 9th.

December 1 - January 5, various times CFE Arena

December 9, 7:30 pm


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and the Mississippi-bred musician’s natural ability even earned him 6th place in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ranking of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. During his live performances, King adds a new dimension to his most loved and respected songs, pulling from experiences of love and heartache to create gripping renditions of his records with emotion that could never be feigned. A master of the blues and an influence to artists all over the world, King is indeed a living legend with a tour that is more than just a series of enthralling concerts; it is an effort to keep the blues alive. Come see the legend himself on January 3 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. January 3, 8 pm Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre 407-246-4262 B.B. King

ROSEN HOTELS & RESTORTS HOLIDAY EVENTS This holiday season, Rosen Hotels & Resorts are hosting fun-filled activities for the whole family. The festivities begin on December 5th with the Rosen Hotels & Resorts Holiday Kickoff at Rosen Inn International. Come celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season with the Rosen Signature Tree Lighting Event. Throughout the month of December, the excitement continues with events at all of the major Rosen hotels, including Rosen Plaza Hotel, Rosen Centre Hotel, and Rosen Shingle Creek. These hotels offer holidaythemed events, such as Christmas storybook readings to benefit Canine Companions for Independence.

the timeless tale of Christmas magic to life in this exciting adaptation that is perfect for the whole family. Orlando Ballet has been showcasing the talent of local dancers since 1974 and is currently the home to more than 1,250 performing arts students. The Nutcracker is a special performance for Orlando Ballet, as it closes the Ballet’s annual season at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre. Performances will be held December 19-21 at 7:30 pm, followed by a matinee performance on December 22 at

ing events. No matter if you stay for a day or visit again and again, Rosen is the place for making spirits bright this Christmas. December 5-21st, select dates 866-337-6736

As we enter the New Year, it is important to start those yearly resolutions on the right foot, and the annual Walt Disney World Marathon is a perfect opportunity to do so. Whether you come to participate in the run or just watch from the sidelines, the marathon is a happy and healthy way to kick off 2014. The 26.2-mile course will take you through all four Walt Disney World theme parks, along

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There will be opportunities for kids to meet and greet Santa Claus himself, as well as holiday feasts and din-


Disney World SPEEDWAY. After the run, Downtown Disment and some of your favorite Disney characters. Come join in on the fun to learn why the happiest place on earth may in fact be the healthiest place on earth as well. Registered runners should show up bright and early to begin


the race at 5:30 am on January 12.

Blues legend B.B. King is keeping his fabled genre of

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music alive and well after over 60 years of performing. He has proven over the years that sometimes the most

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humble of roots can produce the most successful talent,

ORLANDO BALLET: THE NUTCRACKER Fill your event calendar with some Christmas cheer this holiday season by attending Orlando Ballet’s annual performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. As a classic ballet performed around the world for over a century, The Nutcracker has become a quintessential performance that keeps the holidays merry and bright. Come support your local ballet as its dancers bring

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JANUARY 8 - MARNIE ROSE Lily Allen & Sam Cooper English pop sensation Lily Allen gave birth to her daughter, Marnie Rose, on January 8th. This is the second child for Allen and her husband, Sam Cooper, making two-year-old daughter Ethel Mary a big sister. The couple have been married since June 2011.

Although she has given her daughter an unusual name, Bell is no stranger to the unconventional, as she recently asked Shepard to marry her over Twitter.

middle name honors Johnson’s Swedish grandfather, has made her feel very much at peace with her life at the moment.



Jenna Dewan-Tatum & Channing Tatum

Kate Middleton & Prince William

JANUARY 22 - MILAN Shakira Mebarak & Gerard Pique Shakira and Spanish football star Gerard Piqué have welcomed their first child, Milan, born January 22nd. Shakira gave birth to her son in Spain. The singer met Piqué in 2010, when Piqué appeared in the music video for her song, “Waka Waka.”

Hollywood icon Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum welcomed Everly Elizabeth Maiselle to the world on May 31st. This is the first child for the couple, who have been married since July 2009. Jenna stated that in an effort to soothe baby Everly to sleep, her husband beatboxes, which proves to be more successful than rocking.

Dutchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to the third in line to the English throne as the world waited in anticipation for the announcement of the royal baby’s name. Prince William was overjoyed at the sight of his son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, born on July 22nd, who is perhaps the most talked about baby since Prince William himself.

JUNE 15 - NORTH Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

FEBRUARY 21 - SEBASTIAN TAYLOR THOMAZ Amber Rose & Wiz Khalifa On February 21st, Model and recording artist Amber Rose gave birth to Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, the first child for both Rose and her husband, rapper Wiz Khalifa. After meeting in early 2011, the couple married in July 2013.

MARCH 28 - LINCOLN BELL Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Kristen Bell and fiancé Dax Shepard celebrated the birth of their first child, daughter Lincoln Bell, on March 28th.


Reality star Kim Kardashian began dating boyfriend Kanye West in April 2012, and the two, along with the rest of the world, were ecstatic at the June 15th birth of North West. A rep for Kardashian explained the interesting name, which represents the fact that baby “North” became Kim and Kanye’s highest point as a couple.

Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem



On July 22nd, Actress Penelope Cruz gave birth to Luna Encinas, her second child with husband Javier Bardem. The Oscar-winning couple returned to their Madrid roots for Luna’s arrival. Luna takes both parents’ last names in traditional Spanish fashion.

Jessica Simpson & Eric Johnson

Jimmy Fallon & Nancy Juvonen

After welcoming daughter Maxwell Drew in the summer of 2012, Jessica Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson became parents for the second time with the birth of son Ace Knute on June 30th. Jessica says that Ace, whose

Television personality Jimmy Fallon and wife Nancy Juvonen welcomed their daughter, Winnie Rose, to the world on July 23rd. Known for his happy-go-lucky personality, Fallon announced the birth of Winnie during

2013 his monologue introduction on his NBC talk show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

AUGUST 23 - CARMEN GABRIELA Hilaria Baldwin & Alec Baldwin After marrying in June 2012, 30 Rock star Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria celebrated the birth of their daughter, Carmen Gabriela, on August 23rd. This is the first child between the couple and the second daughter for Alec.

AUGUST 27 - NOAH Luisana Buble & Michael Buble Singer Michael Buble and wife Luisana welcomed their first son, Noah, on August 27th. Buble married the Argentinean actress in March 2011 in Buenos Aires, and she even appeared in the music video for his song, “Haven’t Met You Yet.”

AUGUST 29 - AXL JACK Fergie Duhamel & Josh Duhamel On August 29th, Black Eyed Peas member and songstress Fergie gave birth to her first child with husband Josh Duhamel, Axl Jack. Duhamel, who married the singer in January 2009, enjoys the ups and downs of parenting and says that fatherhood is something that is unable to describe without experiencing.

OCTOBER 5 - MACEO ROBERT Halle Berry & Olivier Martinez Actress Halle Berry and husband Olivier Martinez welcomed son Maceo Robert to their family on October 5th. This is the first child between the couple and the second child for Halle, who is also a mother to daughter Nahla Ariela. The couple married in France in July 2013.

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with five-year-old sister, Willow Katherine, has made his mother learn to appreciate parenthood all over again. She says that as a mother, everyday feels like Christmas, and she would not have it any other way.

OCTOBER 9 - KNOX Cassidy Bentley & husband Dierks Bentley Country singer Dierks Bentley celebrated the birth of his first son with wife Cassidy on October 9th. The baby boy, named Knox, is the couple’s third child and joins older sisters Evelyn Day and Jordan Catherine as a part of the family. Dierks and Cassidy have been married since December 2005.

OCTOBER 14 - JOSEPH FREDRICK KUSHNER Ivanka Trump and Charles Kushner Daughter of Donald Trump and businesswoman Ivanka Trump, alongside husband Charles Kushner, welcomed another member to the prestigious family. Ivanka’s son, Joseph Fredrick Kushner, was born on October 14. As the couple’s second child, baby Joseph makes Ivanka’s daughter, Arabella Rose, a big sister.

OCTOBER 30 - TOMMY FRANCIS WHITE Michelle Monaghan and Peter White Tommy Francis White, son of actress Michelle Monaghan and her husband, Peter White, was born on October 30. Tommy, along

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Patti Page, one of the best-known female artists of the 1950s and 1960s, passed away at age 85 on the first day of the year. Prior to her struggle with heart and lung disease, Page had made country and pop music history with chart-topping records, such as her beloved song, “Tennessee Waltz.” She has been posthumously awarded the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2013.

From her early days as one of the original Mouseketeers to her beach party movies of the 1960s, Annette Funicello has become an American cultural icon. The actress and singer, known for her films alongside Frankie Avalon, died on April 8th from complications due to multiple sclerosis. She is remembered as the queen of the beach movie era.

FEBRUARY 17 - MINDY MCCREADY On February 17th, country singer Mindy McCready was found dead on the front porch of her Arkansas home. The singer, who had battled drug addiction during much of her time in the spotlight, ended her own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 37. She had success in the late 1990s with popular country hits, notably her song, “Ten Thousand Angels.”

MARCH 30 - PHIL RAMONE Recording engineer and record producer Phil Ramone ended his established music career on March 30th when he died from a brain aneurysm. The South African born Grammy Award winner had produced and engineered records for Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Frank Sinatra. He was 79 years old.

APRIL 4 - ROGER EBERT Film critic extraordinaire Roger Ebert passed away on April 4th, ending his battle with cancer at age 70. As a well-known film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, Ebert became synonymous with film, even attaining the title of first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

APRIL 16 - PAT SUMMERALL Pat Summerall, American football player and television sportscaster, died on April 16th at age 82 from cardiac arrest. As a correspondent for Fox, CBS, and ESPN, Summerall has announced 16 Super Bowl games on network television, more than any other sportscaster.

APRIL 26 - GEORGE JONES “He Stopped Loving Her Today” singer George Jones, known for his distinctive vocal style and legendary status as an American songwriter, passed away on April 26th from respiratory failure. The infamous country icon ended his unparalleled career at age 81. Jones had over 150 hits during his lifetime.

MAY 20 - RAY MANZAREK Ray Manzarek, one of the founding members of the progressive rock band, The Doors, died on May 20th from cancer. Serving as The Doors’ keyboardist until the band’s breakup in 1973, Manzarek saw success with rock classics such as “Light My Fire” and “People are Strange.” Manzarek was 74.

MAY 28 - RICHARD GRIFFITHS English actor Richard Griffiths died on May 28th at age 65 due to complications

following heart surgery. The stage and film actor gained international popularity for his role as Harry Potter’s uncle, Vernon Dursley, in the Harry Potter film series. Griffiths had received a Tony Award and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor.

JUNE 6 - ESTHER WILLIAMS Esther Williams, professional swimmer turned Hollywood movie star, died on June 6th in her home in Beverly Hills. The 91-year-old actress had success in MGM films, starring in roles that required her swimming talents. The swim champion even played herself in the autobiographical film, “Million Dollar Mermaid.”

JUNE 19 - JAMES GANDOLFINI While on vacation with his family in Rome, The Sopranos star James Gandolfini died unexpectedly on June 19 from a suspected heart attack. The 51-year-old actor had won three Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Tony Soprano, a role that had gained him international fame.

JULY 2 - DOUGLAS ENGELBART At age 88, famed inventor and engineer Douglas Engelbart died on July 2 from kidney failure. Known for inventing the computer mouse, Engelbart helped develop innovations in computer technology, including advancements in online processing and display editing.

JULY 13 - CORY MONTEITH On July 13, all of America was shocked to hear that mixed-drug toxicity took Cory Monteith’s life at the young age of 31. The Canadian actor was found dead in his room at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in

2013 Vancouver. Monteith will be remembered for his portrayal of Finn Hudson on Glee, the television series that transformed Monteith into an international sensation.

Prize for literature, and has written several recognizable works, such as “Death of a Naturalist.” He is a famed poet, playwright, and translator, known especially for his translation of the Old English classic, Beowulf.

JULY 26 - J.J. CALE Grammy winning songwriter J.J. Cale died from a heart attack on July 26th. The 74-year-old musician had reached success by writing songs for rock legends, such as Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Cale released his debut album in 1971, but he officially broke onto the music scene with Clapton’s rendition of his song, “After Midnight.”

JULY 22 - DENNIS FARINA Known for his portrayal of tough characters in television series such as “Law & Order” and “Miami Vice,” Dennis Farina passed away on July 22nd at age 69 from a lung embolism. Farina became an actor after a long career as a Chicago police officer, a past that helped him channel the signature persona he brought to his television roles.

AUGUST 20 - ELMORE LEONARD Elmore Leonard, winner of the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for outstanding achievement in American Literature, died on August 20th at age 87. The novelist has published over 45 novels, and his works have been adapted into screenplays for films such as 3:10 to Yuma and the FX television series Justified.

AUGUST 30 - SEAMUS HEANEY Irish poet laureate Seamus Heaney died on August 30th at age 74, due to illness. Heaney is the winner of the 1995 Nobel

SEPTEMBER 12 - RAY DOLBY On September 12th, Ray Dolby, inventor of the Dolby Noise-Reduction system, died from leukemia. The 80-year-old inventor revolutionized cinema and home entertainment with Dolby digital surround sound, and he received an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and multiple Emmy Awards for his accomplishments in audio engineering.

SEPTEMBER 27 - GEORGE SCOTT Baseball great George Scott passed away on September 27th at age 69, due to his struggle with diabetes. Scott served as the Red Sox’s first baseman with a batting average that was fourth best in the American League. His major league career spanned 14 seasons, and his record for hitting 271 home runs made him a three-time All Star.

OCTOBER 1 - TOM CLANCY On October 1st, novelist Tom Clancy passed away at age 66. Best known for his novels with political themes and military plot lines, Clancy became immensely popular with his 1984 novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” which was adapted into a film a few years later. He leaves a legacy of 17 New York Times bestselling books.

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OCTOBER 10 - SCOTT CARPENTER Scott Carpenter, one of America’s great astronauts, died on October 10th at age 88. In 1959, Carpenter became a member of one of NASA’s first astronaut crews, the original Mercury 7. Carpenter made many extraordinary accomplishments throughout his career, including his standing as the second American to orbit the earth.

OCTOBER 27 - LOU REED Lou Reed, the iconic frontman of progressive rock band The Velvet Underground, passed away at the age of 71 on October 27 due to liver disease. The groundbreaking singer, known for his signature voice and haunting melodies, broke the barriers of rock music by exploring and discovering modern guitar techniques, as well as challenging the music industry with thought-provoking lyrics. Reed lives on as a legend in music history, and he will forever continue to live through the many bands and singers who have been influenced by his greatness.

NOVEMBER 5 - CHARLIE TROTTER On November 5, world-renowned chef Charlie Trotter passed away at age 54. The trailblazing chef found success in the kitchen with restaurants such as Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago and Restaurant Charlie in Las Vegas. Trotter was known for his exquisite flair for flavor as well as his philanthropic heart, and he helped bring to life the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Foundation, which educates America’s youth about the culinary arts. Trotter was arguably one of the most influential American chefs and will forever be remembered as one of America’s finest restaurateur.


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