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• Record-setting 75-foot Cuban sandwich adds to the first Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival celebration By Larry Blustein At a time when picking on the City of Hallandale Beach – in one form or another – has been popular by many locals and south Florida residents, it

Ground Breaking seemed the perfect time for this community to finally glow in a positive spotlight. While the earth is still shaking from the vote that sent the red-light project to the curb, the City embarked on an event that was not just a brilliant idea, but one that couldn’t have come at a better time. Commissioner Bill Julian’s dream of continuing to push this city a positive light once again paid off in a huge way last Saturday night at the first annual –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– SANDWICH, Page 9A

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With 75 years comes many changes for Gulfstream Park By Mayor Joy Cooper HALLANDALE BEACH - Gulfstream Park is celebrating 75 years of racing here in Hallandale Beach! Over those years the park has under gone some significant changes. I have had the chance to represent city interests through many of the votes that have helped transform the track into a destination. Last commission meeting we all voted unamanouisly to support the next transformation. Over the past years Gulfstream has been rebuilt from the ground up. It started with a new facility, brand new mile track, theater, new restaurants and stadium walking ring. After that they partnered with Forrest City to build a “Lifestyle Center” what is now The Village. That process required a land use plan change to add residential units. The application was for a Local Activity Center that included hotel, housing units and office commercial. This application is considered a Development of Regional Impact DRI. The DRI process took many months to negotiate and required many public hearing on the city and county level and state approvals. Negotiations with the city included that with the development rights, the developer had to pay for impacts

to our community’s infrastructure; water, sewer, storm water, historical preservation, parks, traffic and affordable housing. On the county level they had to address transportation and schools. These agreements were adopted in a development order. Within the DA are guidelines for when payments must occur to complete improvements over the course of the development. The build out project was to take 15 years and payment of the impacts were triggered by different phases. Any changes to the DA require city approval. During the down turn in 2008 the track went through a bankruptcy reorganization. The 51% Forrest City interest after the bankruptcy was sold to Stronach Group. The Stronach Group owns and operates 6 race tracks around the country. One of their premiere tracks has been Gulfstream. Since the purchase of the Village in 2011 Frank Stronach and his team have been focusing on strengthening horse racing and creating an entertainment center. The new vision included a request to amend the DA. The changes include a new vision for transforming our transportation network to add a train station, changes to when affordable housing needs to be paid for and changes to add the

Pegasus horse statue. These negotiations were stalemated after almost a year and the clock was ticking on when the Pegasus would arrive. In December we agreed to allow the Pegasus be placed at the track and amendments to the DA. They also included payments for the design plans for transportation and pay as you go as permitted for affordable housing. The DA changes require two public hearings. I asked the commission to only permit construction of the Pegasus so long as the DA was executed. Over the holiday break agreement was reached for the DA. The city commission gave final approval at our January 15th commissions meeting. I have received many questions and comments on the Pegasus. The steel structure was built in Germany and the outside shell is being fabricated in China. On the site the foundation is being poured. It will be shipped to the US via containers and be rebuilt. The statue will become one of the centerpieces of the property. The new vision is to focus on a family entertainment center with something to appeal to every age group. The track does still plan to build a hotel and condo which are under negotiations. Ideally they want to continue to ex-

I have had the chance to represent city interests through many of the votes that have helped transform the track into a destination. Last commission meeting we all voted unamanouisly to support the next transformation. pand the track amenities to compete for the Breeders Cup. The Breeder Cup is like the super bowl but for jockeys and horses. They already host the Awards. This event is to horse racing like the Oscars are to movies. We are still keenly watching what will take place with gaming in Tallahassee. Even without the gaming issue being resolved, Gulfstream still plans to move forward. Another project many residents have been reaching out to me about and sharing their concerns is the redevelopment plans for 2000 Ocean Drive,

the old Regency Spa site. This development is going through the hearing process. Years ago the property received the right to be developed as a 120 plus room hotel. These rights remain with the property and cannot be legally removed not even with a vote from the commission. There was a hearing on the issue and many residents were extremely frustrated that we as a commission could not stop it. The law is called the Burt Harris Act. It protects property rights. In short any property owner has the vested rights when they buy their property.

These rights cannot be taken away. The developer wants to build condos rather than a hotel. I cannot comment on the application at hand since as a commission we will be voting on the application. I do want to confirm that we do receive all your comments and concerns. They will become part of the record. As always feel free to reach out to me with your questions concern and ideas to make our city a better place at office number 954-457-1318, cell/text 954-632-5700 or visit my website at

Dukas ‘Duke’ Davis, well-known horse trainer Thoroughbred racing fans have lost a well-known horse trainer. Dukas Davis died January 28 in Florida. Known as Duke to his local fans; he trained horses at many race tracks across the country including Calder and Gulfstream Race Tracks. His reputation was that of a hard-working trainer of few words. The horses he trained, spoke for him. The trophies and pictures in his North Miami Beach apartment attest to his ability and kept Duke in the limelight. His accomplishments since he came from New England in 1972 could fill a book. He twice was named "Horse person of the Year" by the Florida Turf Writers Association. He was an outstanding trainer many times for winning so many stakes races and training so many top horses at Miami-area Tracks. Duke's farewell to racing was due to a lengthy illness. During his illness his presence was missed at Gulfstream and Calder. Racing fans would often ask Rosemary Bailey, his long-time friend, “How’s Duke",” How's Duke”. Duke is survived by family members in Maine, Sister Pauline Davis, niece Susan Parenteau. Nephews Terry Davis, Vernon Ross and Alan Davis. Local arrangements are by Riverside Gordon Memorial, Aventura, Florida and Maine at the Jones-Rich-Hutchins Funeral Home. 199 Woodford St. Portland Maine 04103. Phone 207-775-3763.

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easy-to-follow blue line. "I'm very excited about the new trolley app and other features," said Kimberly Stefanski, Planning and Economic Development Coordinator for the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which oversees the trolley program. "This provides a new level of service and technology for our riders." The Hollywood Trolley is a convenient and affordable service designed to improve mo

bility, enhance the visitor experience, and ease parking demand and traffic congestion. The trolley departs approximately every 30 minutes from more than a dozen downtown and beach stops, operating from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The trolley fare is $1 per person per ride (exact change required) and is free for children ages 5 and younger. Trolley Coupon Ticket

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Hollywood Launches Cutting-Edge Mobile App for Hollywood Trolley Riders HOLLYWOOD - The City of Hollywood is making public transportation more convenient than ever with its new free mobile app for smartphone users riding the Hollywood Trolley. The cutting-edge mobile app, TSO Mobile Hollywood Trolley, which is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, allows users to take advantage of an entirely new redesigned mobile online tracker that takes trolley riders by the hand and guides them to their next destination. In addition, a free automated system in English, French and Spanish also lets those callers who are not smartphone-friendly know when the next trolley will arrive at a specific stop. The old-fashionedstyle Hollywood Trolley allows visitors and residents alike to explore everything Hollywood has to offer, from cultural activities and much more in the historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district, to nature offerings on North Beach, to dining, shopping and recreation options on the central and south beaches. Features of the new mobile app include

from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) with matching funds from the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and its funding partners. For information on events in Downtown Hollywood or on Hollywood Beach or on opening a business in the CRA districts, please call the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) at 954-924-2980 or visit

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City of Hollywood Seeking Input from Residents HOLLYWOOD - The Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) is holding a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Hollywood City Hall, Room 215. The purpose of the public hearing is to receive comments regarding the community and economic development priority needs, and specific objectives, proposed to be addressed with Federal funds, which are expected to be available during Fiscal Year 2014-2015. The Department of Community and Economic Development encourages all interested agencies, groups and individuals to attend. In past years, the community has provided their input regarding the use of funding for a multitude of needs including, but not limited to, promoting neighborhood revitalization and education, creating economic development partnerships with private entities, supporting homeless prevention and other social service programs. Written comments on Community and Economic Development priority needs can be submitted to the Department of Community Development: City of Hollywood 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Room 203 Hollywood, Florida 33020 Comments can also be submitted via email to Donna Biederman at on or before

Wednesday, February 12, 2014. To review records and information related to the City’s Consolidated Plan, including the City’s use of assistance under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) programs for the preceding five years, visit the City’s website at and select Community and Economic Development. For more information, please call (954) 921.3271. Persons with disabilities who require reasonable accommodation to participate in City programs and/or services may call the Office of the City Manager five (5) business days in advance at (954) 921.3201 (voice). If an individual is hearing or speech impaired, please call 1.800.955.8770. OLD YOU in concert with special guest BEACH DAY Saturday, February 8, 2014 – 8-11 pm FREE and open to the public. Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood FL 33020 Presented by the City of Hollywood Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts and the Hollywood CRA Info: or 954-921-3500 ArtsPark Live presents two great young indie rock bands in a free, allages concert in Downtown Hollywood: OLD YOU, an American rock band from Charleston, South Carolina, and Hollywood’s own surf-punk

girl-group revivalists BEACH DAY. The concert will be presented at the Hollywood ArtsPark in Young Circle, a 10-acre public park located in Young Circle in historic Downtown Hollywood. Lawn seating, bring your beach chair or a blanket. Invite the entire family, admission is free. About OLD YOU Jefferson Airplane meets Norah Jones in the sound of Charleston, SC’s soulful indie rockers Old You, making their South Florida debut at a very special edition of ArtsPark Live. Featuring lead singer Young-Mi Feldsott’s boisterous and sultry voice, Old You has refused to confine their style to the restrictions of a single genre, combining elements of funk, soul, jazz, and acid rock to forge a sound that has captivated audiences around the Southeast. The Charleston Scene describes watching their show as "a time warp from the '60s to the distant future and back within one song." Old You has shared stages with The Wailers, Robert Randolph, Perpetual Groove, and Dopapod. In December 2013, Old You released their debut full-length album, Whale Noises. For more info about Old You, check out or ou. About BEACH DAY Opening the show will be the irresistible Beach Day,

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Sandwich From Page 1A –––––––––––––––––––––– Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival at the Cultural Community Center. While the event was billed as breaking the record of 49-feet for the largest Cuban Sandwich, which Tampa held until the record-setting 75-footer completely engulfed part of the auditorium on Saturday, it was truly much more than that. “One of largest parts of the population of Hallandale Beach are our Latin residents,” Julian pointed out. “We needed to have a night dedicated to their food and music culture. I was really impressed with the way everyone agreed that it was needed.” Rosario Carter of Hallandale Beach agreed. While enjoying some of the free food that several local restaurants cooked up for the event, it was all about heritage and culture. “This was great,” Carter said. “But it was also great because it was drawing attention to a culture that I believe many take for granted.” Julian’s idea for this event came after seeing the 49-foot sandwich in Tampa. At first, it all became about breaking the record and then things started to fall into place. As President of the Kiwanis Club, it was the perfect organization to host the sandwich – and the evening. “We got people like Dr. Joe Amunategui, Jon Carrillo, Pat Brennan and the Hallandale Beach Police Athletic League involved,” Julian said. “Then, we looked for sponsors and those who generally rolled up their sleeves to make a difference. Loyal volunteers such as Kathy Conover and Barbara Southwick - along with Ann Henigson.” Olivia Morales of Hollywood saw the difference – as soon as she walked into the event. A lobby filled with food booths and over 300 people who came out to enjoy a night out and community event that has to be one of the best and most important they have hosted. “I love this kind of thing,” Morales said. “I took my sister here and we haven’t quit eating since we arrived. We even had the chance to dance and listen to the music as well.” FOOD, MUSIC AND MAYOR COOPER They came from Padrino’s, Don Lolo’s, El Tamarindo's, Costco and Señor Cafe. It was the best of Latin cuisine and all for free. Pork Chunks, Black Beans

and Rice, Cuban Dinner Rolls, Pastries, Chicken and Rice – and much more. Organizations such as Cuban American For A Better Florida (CABF) came out to support the effort and Hispanis awareness. Florida East Coast Realty, Attorney Alan Koslow made the evening possible. So did AAAA Crosstown Towing & Recovery of Hallandale Beach, where owner Harry Escandon is always there to make this a much better community. Wal Mart of Hallandale Beach also made a huge impact on the event by donating a TV that was raffled off - and Robin Hood Rentals also made things special. Even Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper, who had been under the weather, got involved, serving as the “Celebrity Bartender” for the evening. From what people say, the “Mayor makes a great cocktail. Music was also filling the air as many local and regional dignitaries made their way to Hallandale Beach for something quite positive and refreshing – and while it’s tough not to be – somewhat non-political! THE SANDWICH There was simply no getting around the reason a majority of the crowd came on Saturday. It was for the pork, ham, pickle and swiss cheese that makes up a traditional “Cuban." Add in either mustard (traditional) and mayo (regional) and there you have a great taste of a culture that was born in the streets of Havana, but live on in Cuban cultures all over the world. While the objective may have not been to build the best, although the slices sold to benefit the Kiwanis Club for just $2, were indeed met with plenty of smiles and approval, it was all about taking the 49-foot record and improve on it. That was certainly accomplished. With the Miramar Bakery (699 N. State Road 7, Hollywood, 33021. 954-963-4050) making the entire 75foot sandwich, it was truly impressive – as cameras and local media gathered on this feel good story. Owner Alex Recio and his staff constructed the sandwich that sold out in moments. The sandwich, which easily fed everyone in attendance - was a labor of love for Recio and his hard-working family. "Great to be a part of this record-breaking event," Recio said - with a huge smile. "This is a great thing for the Latin community here in Hal-

landale Beach and throughout when you can have such a positive attendance. As the day wrapped up and Commissioner Julian and others had the chance to reflect on what happened in just a few short months, next year was already in the planning stages. Bigger, better and more local involvement will be the

order for the second year. “This reflects what Hallandale Beach is all about,” said Julian. “Last week, we were flooded by hundreds of news reporters from all over the country about our red-light camera decision. This week, it’s a record breaking sandwich and Hispanic-oriented event.”

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Nowhere is it more evident of the culture melting pot of food than the delicious Fuego Burger (served with caramelized onions, oven baked tomato, sunny side egg and crispy pastrami) and Pabellon Criollo - which is a combination of shredded beef, rice and beans served with a side of plantains.

There’s a clashing of dynamic food cultures at Fuego BBQ and Smokehouse Restaurant • The opportunity to dine on Kosher cuisine is treat enough, but adding in a Latin element is something that south Florida has never had NORTH MIAMI BEACH - Avi Bitton is making a lasting impact on the local culinary landscape, and the recent opening of Fuego BBQ and Smokehouse Restaurant is another step in that direction. With the December opening of what has been one of the most unique businesses in the area, Mana Bakery (18798 W. Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33180. 305-682-9692), Bitton and his Strictly Kosher concept has been a huge success. THE FUEGO EXPERIENCE Once you come into Fuego, you know that there is a difference. Delicious aromas of grilled and smoked meats fill the air - along with the meeting of three genuine and unique cultures. From the mouth-watering BBQ favorites that include chicken, Brisket, Rib-Eye steaks (16 and 24 oz) and smoked ribs to fresh tuna and salmon dishes that please everyone. All dishes are served with a signature homemade BBQ sauce that you can also purchase to take home with you. The opportunity to dine on Kosher cuisine is treat enough, but adding in a Latin element is something that south Florida has never had. It's an idea that has helped Fuego Restaurant add such familiar dishes as Pabellon Criollo, Argentinian Churrasco, Pulled Meat Stuffed Arepas, Chicken Stuffed Arepas, Fuego Pulled Beef Flat Bread, Pulled Brisket Empanadas and Yucca Fries to name a few. "I can tell you for sure that there are no restaurants who are doing what we do in this area," Bitton said. "To combine a Strictly Kosher, quality BBQ and Latin menu at affordable prices and with a great atmosphere is hard to find."

APPETIZERS From chicken wings to garlic bread, Meat Chili, Tuna Tartar Crisps, and Avocado Egg Rolls, there are plenty of choices to be made to start your meal out with. SALADS Everyone is into healthier eating these days and at Fuego, Seared Salmon Salad, Seared Tuna, Fuego Salad, Fuego Latino and Caesar Salad are always fresh on the menu. HAMBURGERS When featuring so many delicious items, it is easy to overlook something as satisfying as a hamburger. The restaurant offers up nine burgers - ranging from the suddenly-popular Fuego Burger (served with caramelized onions, oven baked tomato,

Fuego BBQ Back Ribs are smoked and cooked for 6 hours in a signature, homemade BBQ sauce.

Pan-Seared Salmon is the perfect meal, served with roasted red pepper sauce.

sunny side egg and crispy pastrami), Bolt Burger, BBQ Pulled Brisket Burger, Salmon Burger, Spicy Tuna Burger and a Portabello mushroom Quinoa Burger. SIDE DISHES GALORE In addition to the Latin favorites such as Yucca Fries, Black Beans, Platanos and Pico de Gallo, there are also traditional sides like the coleslaw,

potato salad, roasted corn, sweet potato fries and french fries. PLENTY TO QUENCH THE THIRST In addition to water, bottled spring water, sparkling water, soft drinks and a beer selection, the wine listing is also something that will ensure an enjoyable meal. Dalton Red, Barkan Cabernet, Barkan Merlot,

How about starting your meal out with this Fuego specialty Pulled Brisket Empanadas or a Chicken Empanada.

Teal Lake Shiraz and Chardonnay highlight a changing list of fine Kosher wines. DESSERTS ARE A MUST You may have to put your order in a "to-go" bag if you are going to take in the full Fuego experience. Dessert has to be a part of the meal and with Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Souf-

fle, Hot Apple Gallette, Lemon Pie and Sorbet you will be back for more. "We want our customers to come the first time, love it enough to come back again and tell everyone about their positive experience," Bitton said. "The food, service and presentation are what we have been about."

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Everyone is into healthier eating these days - and at Fuego, Seared Salmon Salad, Seared Tuna, Fuego Salad, Fuego Latino and Caesar Salad are always fresh on the menu.

HOURS: Sunday (11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.). Monday Thru Thursday (11:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m.) Saturday: Closed until 1 hour past sun down).

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Liza Minnelli - winner of the most Tony, Oscar & Grammy Awards takes center stage at Broward Center a full symphony orchestra and a laser presentation with more to follow including his performance at Hard Rock Live on February 13, 2014 at 8 p.m. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood. Tickets are $39

to $59. For information, call: (954) 327-ROCK. Or: 1 (800) 937-0010. “See You at the Theatre” Contact Eleanor at ESuntimes

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LIZA MINNELLI By Eleanor Hannan Liza, with a Z is the daughter of Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli. Considered one of America’s true legends, Liza began her professional career at the early age of 16. In 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical “Best Foot Forward,” for which she received sensational notices and her first award, the Theatre World Award. It was the first to be among many show business honors. In 1965, she became the youngest woman ever to receive a leading actress Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace.” In 1972, her movie career peaked when she played Sally Bowles in ”Cabaret" and sang, “What Good is Sitting Alone in Your Room, Come Hear the Music Play, Life is a Cabaret Old Chum, Come to the Cabaret.” The film won eight Oscars, including “Best Actress.” The role earned her a Golden Globe and a British Film Academy Award for the outstanding success of Cabaret. She has performed at the Miami Jackie Gleason Theatre and Coconut Grove Playhouse. In between her many TV and film roles, Liza never stopped touring and has been considered one of the most exciting concert performers, electrifying audiences around the world and setting records at the most prestigious venues. Today, in addition to her busy schedule, she works with students at The Actor’s Studio teaching master classes in acting and singing. As usual, Liza’s per-

formance will be a sold out concert on February 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $50 to $150 at the Center’s box office located at 201 Southwest Fifth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. For information and reservations, call: (954) 462-0222. AVENTURA CENTER PRESENTS SINGER BEATRIZ MALNIC AND MUSICIANS ON THE HISTORY OF BOSSA NOVA IN THE US: Beatriz Malnic, a highly respected interpreter of Brazilian music will present the history of Bossa Nova and Samba. The words "Bossa Nova” meaning (New Trend) are synonymous with Brazilian jazz. Actually together, they immediately trigger memories of Bossa Nova‘s greatest American hit, “The Girl From Ipanema, ” celebrating 50 Years of Bossa Nova. In this performance, Beatriz will be accompanied by talented local musicians, including: Jorge Sosa on piano, Ivo de Carvallho on guitar in addition to others. Various Brazilian songs familiar to American audiences like “One Note Samba,” “Desafinado,” “Aquarela do Brazil,” “Bachianas Brasileiras” and other known hits will be part of this performance. Beatriz is a vocalist, arranger and conductor who arrived in the United States in 1996. She has performed with musical artists such as: Roberto Menescal and Nestor Torres. She is a featured vocalist on several CD’s of Bossa Nova and Samba songs and has worked with “Earth, Wind and Fire.”

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BEATRIZ MALNIC In the 1960's Bossa Nova, acquired a large following amongst the young musicians and students. Since it’s birth, it has remained a vital part of the standard jazz repertoire. Also appearing on stage with Beatriz, will be the acclaimed vocal group “Brazilian Voices,” making a very special appearance on February 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $34.50 and $39.50 at the Center’s box office at 3385 Northeast 188th Street in Aventura. For reservations and directions, call: (305) 466-8002. Or: (877) 311-7469. BRITISH PROGRESSIVE ROCK BAND THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT ON U.S. TOUR TO APPEAR AT HARD ROCK LIVE: The Alan Parsons Project active between 1975 and 1990, consisted of Eric Wolfson and Alan Parsons surrounded by various musicians and some relatively consistent band members such as guitarist Ian Bairnson. The true core of the Project was the duo of Parsons and Wolfson. Wolfson was a songwriter by profession, but also a composer and pianist. Parsons was a successful producer and accomplished engineer. Almost every song on the band’s albums are credited to Wolfson and Parsons. The Project debuted with “Tales of Mystery” and “Imagination,” a collection inspired by the work of Edgar Allan Poe and the science fiction of Isaac

Asimov that served as material for 1977's follow-up “I Robot.” With the 1980's “The Turn of a Friendly Card,” representing a mediation on gambling, the Alan Parsons Project scored a top hit with “The Games People Play.” The Projects “Eye in the Sky,” was their most successful effort and placed third on the top of the charts. When Parsons and Wolfson began to create their own records, they called it The Project. Alan and his band have toured the United States, Europe, Russia and South America to promote “A Valid Path.” During 2006, Alan performed a number of outstanding concerts with

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If you would like to submit an announcement for our Community Calendar in the paper – or online, where you are guaranteed placement weekly, please send it to: Larry Blustein, Community Calendar Editor, 305 N.W. 10th Terrace, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009; Fax: 954 458-0765 or via email to: For a complete listing of all Community Calendar items, please check our website at: Also follow us on Twitter @sfsuntimes. • Every third Thursday of the month at VK Dance Studios (3363 N.E. 163rd St.) in North Miami Beach, there is a Latin Party at 10 p.m. Free Alcoholic Drinks will be served along with other refreshments. Call 305-944-4725 for more information. MENTION YOU SAW THIS IN THE SOUTH FLORIDA SUN TMES AND RECEIVE A DISCOUNT. • Attention: Mental Health Therapists - Do you need a tool to treat PTSD and other difficult cases? This is your opportunity to train in the revolutionary, evidence based approach, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which will teach you how to eliminate PTSD symptoms for your clients in an average of three sessions. This model is studied by The University Of South Florida (USF). You can find more information at: or call Toll-free at: (877) 675-7153 for more infor-

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• Do you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? There is a cure for PTSD. The University of South Florida completed a study funded by the Department of Defense. The results speak for themselves. In most cases, with an average of 3 sessions of Accelerated Resolution Therapy, the symptoms of PTSD were gone. All calls are confidential. Toll free (877) 675-7153 for more information or Google • Dance Classes. City of Hollywood Ballroom Classes Group & Private... Learn Salsa, Tango, Foxtrot, Swing & all other dances., $7.00. Mon. & Thurs. 12:30 to 2:30pm. Line Dance Mon. & Thurs. $6.00. Mon.& Thurs.11:15 to 12:15. Memorial (Hollywood Beach Comm. Ctr.), 13 01 So. Ocean Dr., Hollywood. Addit. information and places to go ballroom dancing 954-921-8319.

• American Legion Unit 92, 211 North 21st Avenue, Hollywood. Ladies Auxiliary has bingo every Thursday night beginning at 6 p.m. Seasonal Special "When you buy your 1st 2 cards, you receive your 3rd card free." We have the "lucky ball" and the "jackpot." Food is also available. We will begin our monthly breakfast from 9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m. and on the 3rd Sunday of each month thereafter with eggs of your choice and check out our NEW BUFFET For more information, call: (954) 923-2760.

• Gulfstream American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post 310, 225 SE 1st Ave. Hallandale Beach; has expanded their Sunday breakfast from once a month to the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month. 9:30am -12:00, Price $7.00 ea. Enjoy a delicious breakfast with a large variety of choices. Omelettes, eggs your way, sausage, bacon, home fries, pancakes, toast, biscuits & gravy. Also your choice of a Bloody Mary or Screwdriver. Open

• American Legion, Post 304, 41 NE 1st Court, Dania Beach. Friday Night Dinner, every Friday from 5-8 p.m. Live entertainment 7-11 p.m. and Karaoke every Thursday and Saturday. Open to the public! For more info: (954) 921-7532. • VFW POST 2500 814 S DIXIE HWY 33020 - Every Tuesday Country Dinner 5-7 p.m. Every Thursday Italian Night 5-7 p.m. Every Friday our Famous Fish Fry 5-8 pm. Every Sunday, Buffet 15pm come watch your favorite team on 10 tvs. • VFW Post 2500 814 S. Dixie Hwy, Hollywood . Karaoke by Michelle from 8pm to 11pm Have FOOD, FUN, SINGING and DANCING while Supporting you Brave Men and Women of the Military for more info call 954923-4748.

• VFW Post 814 South Dixie Hwy, Hollywood, FL 33020 2500 Bingo Every Saturday @ 6:30pm 17 games, Lucky Ball, Plus special games Buy 2 cards at $1.00 ea. get one Free! Plus Food. For more info please call 954-923-4748 Have fun while Supporting your Veterans. • Hatha Yoga Classes (Sivananda Method), Breathing, exercise, relaxation ...Tuesday & Thursday Evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm at the Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center, 1301 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Plussized Yoga Instructor Saraswati has been teaching the HBCCC evening Yoga class for 11 years and welcomes students of ALL sizes and ages who are interested in the practice of Yoga. For more information, call Saraswati directly at 954-922-2515. Mention the South Florida Sun Times for special class discount. • City of Hollywood Memorial Senior Partners is located at the Hollywood Beach Culture and Community Center, located at: 1301 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood, Florida 33019 (954) 921-3600: Memorial Senior Partners is currently offering the following classes: Bellydancing with Sandi, members $7.00 per class, non-members, $7.00 + $5.00 non-member fee to Memorial Senior Partners. Tuesdays at 12 noon in room 110. Hawaiian Hula by Chai: Learn the Hukilau,

Tiny Bubbles and traditional story telling with hand movements. Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. $10.00 per person, per class, Chai Chien, Hula Instructor, for more info, call: (954) 560-9675. • Free Yoga for Veterans AND their Families. Beginner's welcome. Taught by two licensed professionals. Non veterans cost: $5. Grace Art Galleries, 75 N. Federal HWY (rear entrance), Dania Beach Tuesdays 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Contact: Lisa Fuller, RYT, (954) 309 - 6987. • Painting With Sandi Every Thursday 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. - New demo every week, fun & easy! Hollywood Beach Community & Culture Center 1301 South Ocean Drive (A1A). Just South of Hollywood Boulevard, for more information, please call: 305978-6701. • Business Networking Event sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Hollywood Monthly Event - Fourth Tuesday of every month: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT), Orangebrook Golf and Country Club 400 Entrada Drive, Hollywood, FL 33021. Thursday, Feb. 13 The Hallandale Beach Area Chamber of Commerce presents The Abracadabra Business Network Exchange from 5:30-7:00 p.m., hosted by The Art & Culture Center of Hollywood. 1650 Harrison, St, Hollywood, Fl 33020. $5

Members- $10 Furture Members. Friday, Feb. 14 • Valentine's Dance 5 p.m.8 p.m. Steak dinner & entertainment by: The Big Bopper, $12 at American Legion Post 310 on the corner of Dixie Highway & 3rd Street. 225 Southeast 1st Avenue, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. Call: (954) 454-6444. Sunday, Feb. 16 • Music in Miami invites everyone to attend "Opus Valentine" concert program presenting Crosstown String Quartet, 6:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral, 464 NE 16th St, Miami, FL 33132. Featuring works by Riemlis, Rodriguez, Villa-Lobos, Dvorak, Pazzolla and Bartok. The concert is free, donations graciously accepted. Bring your family, friends and neighbors. Free parking behind Cathedral, discounted parking vouchers available at Omni garage. For more info, call: (954) 309-2424. Or visit: Thursday, Feb. 27 • The Hallandale Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will host the State of the City Address by Mayor Joy Cooper & Luncheon from 12-1:30 at the Hallandale Cultural Center Auditorium, 410 SE 3rd St, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009. General Admission is free. Chamber Luncheon is $20 Members; $25 Futrure Members.

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Commissioner Bill Julian’s dream of continuing to push this city a positive light once again paid off in a huge way last Saturday night at the first annual Kiwanis Club of Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival at the Cultural Community Center.

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A new world mark set in Hallandale Beach • World’s longest Cuban sandwich highlights first Hispanic Festival Setting the world mark, the Hallandale Beach Kiwanis Club, City of Hallandale Beach and Miramar Bakery built the world’s longest Cuban sandwich last Saturday at the first Hallandale Beach Hispanic Festival at the Cultural Community Center. The tale of the tape showed the sandwich of 40 loaves of bread, piled high with Swiss Cheese, ham, roast pork, pickles and mustard measured up at 75 feet, besting the old unofficial record of 49 feet set last year in Tampa. Starting at one end of the table to measure the record setter are Miramar Bakery owner Alejandro Recio, left, and City Commissioner Bill Julian. Mr. Julian, who is also the Hallandale Beach Kiwanis Club president, organized the event. He tempted old record-holders from Tampa to top this new mark. (Photo Courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations)

Hallandale Beach continues to upgrade and develop city parks

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Friday on the fourth City park to undergo

reconstruction and redevelopment. South Beach City Park, North Beach City Park, B.F. James Park and Joseph Scavo Park are the first four parks in the Citywide Parks Master Plan to begin reconstruction. Digging in as the City breaks ground at

City Commission hosts members of the Broward County Legislative Delegation Hallandale Beach City Commissioners hosted members of the Broward County Legislative Delegation for a working lunch last week. The session allowed the City to discuss the goals for the municipality during the 2014 Legislative session. Meeting before the luncheon are, from left, City Commissioner Anthony Sanders, State Senator Eleanor Sobel (D-33rd District), and State Rep. Joe Gibbons (D-100th District). The City annually hosts a public luncheon for the Legislative Delegation to discuss legislation that could impact the City. (Photo Courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations)

South Beach City Park are from left, V. Lynn Whitfield, City Attorney, Renee C. Miller, City Manager, Commissioner Michele Lazarow, Mayor Joy Cooper, Commissioner Anthony Sanders, Jennifer Frastai, Assistant City Man-

ager, Cathie Schanz, Parks and Recreation Director, and Nydia Rafols-Sallaberry, Deputy City Manager. The original groundbreaking date was changed because of inclement weather. The park is scheduled to re-open in

January 2015. During construction, the beach remains open. Access to the beach is on the north side next to the Beach Club condominium. (Photo Courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations) • Twitter@sfsuntimes • • Thursday, February 6, 2014 Page 1C

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Learn how to achieve your weight loss goals this year • Get rid of the diet mentality. Many people talk about "diet" as a verb and focus on the-act of restricting

(BPT) - The average American who wants to lose weight-will make four attemptsthis year and only-one in six-of them will see long-term success. Statistics also show it takes 21 days to create a habit and if the results aren't coming, giving up becomes easy. This year, instead of giving up on your resolution, stay motivated and push through. As you renew your personal resolutions this month, check out these six strategies to recharge your health engagement. * Get rid of the diet mentality. Many people talk about "diet" as a verb and focus on theact of restricting. Dieting is a temporary effort and one that forces too many changes all at once. On top of this, dieting doesn't allow enough time to show change, cultivates a negative mindset and focuses on deprivation instead of nourishment. Begin to think of diet as a noun to refer to the kinds of foods you

choose to eat and envision your healthy lifestyle as an "in it for good"-behavior change. * Enlist the power of visuals. Make healthy outcome goals more visible in your daily life to serve as a reminder to stay motivated. Visual prompts can be powerful cues to make good choices and keep the faith in your journey. Use a picture of yourself at the beach at a time when you felt your best, a collection of photos doing active things or create a motivational bulletin board. Hang an inspirational quote on your mirror or choose a goal outfit and hang it in plain view. * Track progress, not perfection. Set specific behavior goals and monitor the progress with a simple yes or no. Focus not on perfection but on progress and set an achievable target to make the behavior impactful and meaningful. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds of fat over the next year, look at the built-in

progress-markers and instead average that out and you can see it will only take 0.38 lbs of fat loss per week to reach that outcome. * Recruit a healthy eating/workout buddy (or advisor). Put some skin in the game by partnering with someone who can help you (or challenge you) to comply with the key behaviors in your program like strength training twoto-four times per week, taking a few walking breaks at work each day, or preparing a pile of vegetables with each meal. Sharing the journey with someone else drastically increases motivation and progress.-If you need advice or accountability, consider working with a trainer. Trainers will customize a workout to help keep you on track with fitness resolutions and can show you some new exercises to help target an area you want to focus on, hold you accountable and be a great shoulder to cry on during the tough days. * Get your assessments done. Eliminate

the guesswork and create certainty that your health-focused time and efforts are effectively addressing your biggest metabolic barriers. Using assessments allows you to hone your program down to the day-to-day behaviors. For example, if insulin resistance tendencies are discovered in a blood test, you will be able to confidently work with a personalized strength training plan two-tofour times per week and customized "smart" interval training a few days each week while replacing much of your dietary starches with fibrous vegetables, proteins, or healthy fats to seriously cut belly fat and improve your metabolic health. * Hit the 'reset' button and detoxify yourself. A more intensive re-boot option is to embark on a safe and effective detoxification program, like Life Time's D.TOX. Whether you're trying to kickstart your weight loss, break through a plateau in your program, reset lifestyle habits, or simply support your body's ability to remove the toxins you've harbored over time in body fat, a few dedicated weeks of cleaner living, eating, and resting can leave you feeling (and

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Caring for winter skin (BPT) - As the largest organ of the body, the skin should be well cared for and protected. Winter can pose a host of challenges for those who typically experience dry skin at this time of year. Between dropping and fluctuating temperatures and low humidity, it is easy for skin to feel the negative effects of the season. Most people experience dry skin in the winter because during this time, skin doesn't produce enough moisture to compensate for the drier air and lack of moisture. If dry skin is neglected, it can become red, flaky and itchy. Dry skin patches can develop into a more serious inflammation called dermatitis; and once the protective skin is disrupted by dermatitis, the skin is more susceptible to bacterial, yeast or fungal infections and allergic reactions on the skin. In spite of the harsh winter elements, this season does not have to take a toll on your skin. You can carry out a preventive skincare regimen that will help you avoid dry, cracked and uncomfortable skin. Here are some easy and effective tips to help keep your skin happy and healthy during the winter season: * Keep bathing or showering to 10 minutes, using warm - not hot - water. Hot water can dry out your skin by allowing moisture to escape, while breaking down the lipid barriers. * Use mild soaps or soap-free cleansers. Many soaps strip important lipids and oils from the outermost layer of skin and can often contain ingredients that are damaging to the skin. * Avoid excessive handwashing or excessive use of hand sanitizers. Alcoholbased sanitizer in particular can be very tough on skin due to the fact that it dissolves oil, which can leave the skin feeling dry, chapped and irritable. * Moisturize thoroughly after bathing or handwashing, while skin is wet, with an ointment, cream or lotion. Moisturizers work best when they're applied to skin that is wet or damp. They help to seal in the moisture and keep the skin looking and feeling healthy. "There are a good number of effective skincare products on the market to help consumers combat dry skin during this time of year, such as Lac-Hydrin Five, a reasonably priced, gentle, alpha-hydroxy lotion which restores moisture to the skin by hydrating the skin's natural barrier," says dermatologist Avery S. Kuflik, MD. Other causes of dry skin at this time of year include certain fabrics commonly found in warm winter clothing, such as wool, and central heating systems found in homes, which can reduce the humidity in the air and dry out the skin. Humidifiers are useful devices to have at home because they increase moisture levels in the air, which helps the skin. They also promote a variety of other health benefits. "While Lac-Hydrin Five is scientifically based and therapeutically effective, those suffering from chronic, severe skin conditions - such as eczema - should seek the advice of their doctor about appropriate therapeutic options," adds Ashish Anvekar, MD, vice president Brand Division, North America, Ranbaxy Laboratories Inc.

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Small changes can help you live a healthier lifestyle (BPT) - A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you've resolved to be healthier this year, the good news is that successful, positive change - whether it be spending more time with friends and family, being more physically active, or choosing healthier foods - is more achievable than you think. It's important to think positively, stay focused, and take baby steps versus one giant leap towards a lofty goal. Many goal-setters achieve their desired health goal by starting with small changes. In fact, more than half the respondents to the Aetna "what's your healthy?" survey like to do small things such as taking the stairs instead of using the elevator each day to be more physically active. The approach to healthiness is a personal one and is not a "one size fits all" solution. To help inspire you to achieve your health goals this year, Alison Sweeney, an actress, author, television host and mother of two, offers her tips on simple changes you can make to your day-to-day life to ensure happiness and healthiness year-long:

"what's your healthy?" survey say they could, in an instant, drop eating large portions in order to become healthier. While it can be difficult to just start eating less than you are used to, you can set yourself up for success with 100-calorie snacks. A handful of almonds, homemade ranch dip with vegetables, or six cups of fresh-popped popcorn are all great lowcalorie options to take on the go. * Run your first race. Determined to run your first race in 2014? Here's a secret to getting started: run walks. Alternating between running and walking quickly builds up your endurance and confidence - a great way to train and get fit. Start with 20 minutes a day, three times a week. During the cold winter months when you can't get outside, try walking or running wherever you can - whether it is on a treadmill, taking the stairs more, or even parking further away when you are shopping. Increasing your physical activity in any way possible will definitely help to-

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THE NEWEST TECHNOLOGY Hearing aids have become very sophisticated and there are many, many choices. How is a patient to decide which hearing aid to wear? “It starts with a hearing professional you can trust,” Benitez said. “It is a good thing to do research and find out what you can about hearing loss and how hearing aids can help, but when it comes to choosing a hearing aid, you need to follow the advice of a professional.” Many patients think because their friend or a family member did well with a particular hearing aid that they will also do well. “That’s not always the case. Certain types of hearing instruments are designed for particular configurations of hearing loss, and your friend or relative may have a high frequency loss and do well with those aids, but you have a low frequency loss and the aid is completely inadequate for you. As a hearing professional, I am responsible for evaluating your loss and recommending the appropriate hearing aid for your loss, lifestyle, and budget.” “Lifestyle is important,” he adds, “because a person who is not active or who has a very limited social life due to health issues simply does not need some of the advanced features available on the more sophisticated instruments.” Some hearing aids offer features designed specifically for very active social lives,and that is not what everyone needs. On the other hand, most patients would benefit from a hearing aid that does not whistle all the time, or an aid that makes noisy rooms more comfortable, or one that allows for telephone use without having to push a button. Benitez said, “many of the old problems that people had with hearing aids which prevented them from wearing them have been overcome by advances in technology, so even if you

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phones! The hearing aids are nearly invisible and very comfortable to wear. But not only TV, the new assistive device from Starkey lets you hear your Bluetooth cell phone in both ears, and can also be used to hear better in places of worship, conferences and restaurants.” Can this be used with your existing hearing aids? “If you currently wear Starkey wireless hearing aids the multi-purpose device (which is also a remote control for the aids) can be added to the system. Otherwise several wireless hearing aids are available now that are compatible including a tiny wireless CIC.” What about people who want hearing aids that are more than “nearly” invisible? Benitez says, “We have the new SoundLense invisible aids from Starkey that disappear into the ear canal but use regular batteries and last several years before they need to be replaced. They are like contact lenses for your ears, and they offer the best, most natural sound quality available in a hearing instrument. The SoundLense aids have been very well received by the public and are the most cost-effective ‘invisible’ solution.” It sounds like there is a way to help anyone who wants to hear better. “Exactly, we have solutions for every type of loss and every budget!” So, what are you waiting for? An invitation?

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Take a fresh approach to better eating habits (BPT) - The first step to improving your eating habits is simple: When it comes to meals, always include fresh ingredients. Fresh foods make meals taste better, and they can provide more of the nutrients that fuel your body and support your immune system. "A great way to start your morning is with fresh fruit, whole wheat bread and an egg dish that incorporates freshly cut vegetables," says Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Ward. "I opt for fruits that are inseason and I only use Eggland's Best eggs, since they stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs." You might assume all foods found at the grocery store are fresh, but looks can be deceiving. Ward offers some tips for choosing fresh foods: * Meat: Avoid meats that are purple or dark brown, as these are signs meat is not fresh. The freshest cuts of meat are a bright pink or red color; bones and fat are bright white.

• You might assume all foods found at the grocery store are fresh, but looks can be deceiving. * Fruits and vegetables: Research which fruits and vegetables are in-season and be on the lookout for firm and crisp leaves. Before you place any fruit or vegetables in your shopping cart, examine them for any bruising, mold or signs of damage from insects. * Eggs: Read up on the ingredients in your egg producer's hen feed. A recent study from The Journal of Applied Poultry Research published an article in December 2013 titled "Market survey of quality and freshness of eggs produced under an enhanced hen nutrition and egg production program." The study confirmed that hen feed and processing production plays a significant role in producing a fresher egg. In particular, this study revealed that Eggland's Best eggs are the leader in freshness and are packed fresher than ordinary eggs. When it comes to

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