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As racing at dog and horse tracks, as well as at jai alai frontons, had almost crawled to a halt, all pari-mutuel establishments began to lay off employees and strip to the bare bones. All industries were on the verge of going under when OTB (off-track-betting) and simulcasting came into play. Then, the biggest shot in the arm to everyone was when casino gaming was awarded. While it may not have completely rescued it, at least it exposed racing and jai alai more than ever before.


For those of you who read this column every week, you already know how much fun I have at the local greyhound track. To many of you who are in our fine area for the first time, my passion for racing takes me back to my childhood.

It was my dad who got me interested in “dog racing.” He was a frequent visitor to all the tracks. Before your thoughts race toward my parents contributing to the delinquency of a minor, we would actually learn from what

he told us. Back then, if you weren’t 18, you couldn’t get it, but it didn’t matter. We did what could to watch the greyhounds run, betting amongst each other. While my father was inside the track, trying to make some

money, we would drive around the block, waiting for him to emerge – often with ripped tickets in his hands. But reading his program and following the results year round - at Miami Beach, Flagler, Biscayne and Hollywood, which is

now Mardi Gras Racing and Casino – we would become quite nerdy when it came to knowing everything about racing. By the time we were 18 and legal, adults who had been “plung–––––––––––––––––––– BLUSTEIN, Page 8A

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Owner Bill Ferns (center) is proud that Freda’s use only fresh, high quality meats and vegetables. By Suzanne Wallace Sun Times Freda’s, a new family owned and operated restaurant, has opened in the R.K Sage Plaza at 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. For those who are looking for a healthier lifestyle or just for a tasty lunch or dinner, look no further. Owners Bill and Freda Ferns have their commitment to you printed on every menu. “We are passionate about two ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– FREDA’S, Page 6A


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HALLANDALE BEACH - Hallandale Beach CRA held its monthly meeting last week. The CRA is and has always been a separate agency. The district is set up by state statute and is similar to the two other taxing districts on our city boundaries. It is governed by a separate board of directors and established for specific purposes. Our CRA has been the topic of many press articles over the past year since the Inspector General received an anonymous complaint on various issues in our CRA. Regretfully, we still have not received a final report from the IG yet, so once again I cannot comment on any past history. I, along with the rest of our board, am looking forward to the IG’s conclusion of his investigation, which has been ongoing since last April. Contrary to the ongoing investigation, our CRA continues to provide many successful programs that we have provided in the past; Neighborhood Improvement Loans, Affordable Housing Down Payment Grants, Hurricane Shutter Grants and Community Partnership Grants. All these programs still fit within the goals and objective of our CRA

Contrary to the ongoing investigation, our CRA continues to provide many successful programs that we have provided in the past; Neighborhood Improvement Loans, Affordable Housing Down Payment Grants, Hurricane Shutter Grants and Community Partnership Grants. All these programs still fit within the goals and objective of our CRA goals.

Mayor Joy Cooper goals. This past meeting the BOD had an item on the agenda to approve grants to many non-profit agencies in our community. Unfortunately, the item had to be deferred. It was found that that CRA staff had not confirmed all the information submitted on the grants as accurate and up to date. The two new Directors Lazarow and Julian asked for more time to research the grant items. This, too, was regretfully due to incomplete agenda that was presented before the CRA Advisory Board even held their meeting to review the applications. This item will come before the board again in January. The BOD also heard a presentation on the affordable housing study that was requested early last year. The housing study needed to be updated since so many

changes have taken place in the housing market since 2008. The study revealed that we need to begin a better focus on maintaining our rental housing stock. With a large amount of rentals, these units get the most wear and without maintenance and further investment the stock will deteriorate. The study also recommended establishing a CLT Community Land Trust to land bank and work towards a partnership with the CLT to manage housings. The board raised many questions as to why we needed to create another agency since the CRA already performs land banking, housing grants and has already worked on buying units and rehabilitating them for future ownership. The study also suggested focusing on code enforcement and property maintenance issues throughout the CRA. The BOD accepted the report and agreed we would discuss the study further during a specific vi-

sioning session. The BOD will schedule a vision meeting to set goals for the coming budget year. The Executive Director brought the item forward asking for an addition $9,000 dollars to complete the next phase. The BOD was upset that Mr. Jackson would move forward and commit to additional work without coming to the board first. The initial study was 23,000 and this amount would have triggered RFP process. The BOD found out during the discussion that FAU already did 3,000 dollars’ worth of the work. The BOD agreed to pay for what work was performed but no more. The BOD also heard an item I brought forward to ratify the hiring of Gray Robinson as legal counsel for the CRA. The CRA follows the same purchasing procedures as the city. This provides the proper checks and balances for expenditures. The CRA BOD budgeted for legal services, but Mr. Jack-

son never brought it forward during the budget process. The last item was a discussion of Mr. Jackson’s employment contract. At the last monthly meeting I asked that Mr. Jackson be terminated. Mr. Jackson’s contract allows for termination with cause or without cause. The motion to fire with cause would put into motion a hearing procedure. At the hearing all items that were at issue would be brought up and deliberated. At that meeting I did not receive a second. At this meeting I asked for termination without cause. As per the contract, Mr. Jackson would receive a severance of insurance for 9 months and a salary of twenty weeks. The BOD debated the item for quite sometime. I asked for the termination due to many factors. Mr. Jackson did work over the past two years rewriting the CRA and creating many new documents. The problems I

found were with lack of projects moving forward. I also took issue with the lack of communication on the daily activities of the CRA. There were also specific missteps over the past year that may have gone undetected if it was not for City Staff following up or me being at City Hall on a daily basis. It was after discussions with the CRA attorney since there still could have been a motion to terminate with cause, which would trigger a hearing. The choice was with or without cause. After the debate it was agreed on a 3-2 vote that Mr. Jackson would be terminated without cause. As we wind down 2012 I hope all our friends and neighbors had a wonderful Christmas. Happy Healthy Holidays! As always please feel free to contact me anytime with your questions and concerns at office 954-457-1318, cell 954-632-5700 or email me at – – 954-458-0635 – South Florida Sun-Times / Thursday, December 27, 2012 Page 5A

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things: adding a culinary flair to wholesome, nutritious, Mediterranean gourmet food and being committed to our community and its families. Staying true to our gastronomic excellence and social values, Freda’s Awesome Food now offers deliciously fresh Homemade Gourmet. Bill says, “We are determined to bring you the absolute finest, freshest, natural ingredients prepared in Mediterranean gourmet style.” OUTSTANDING APPETIZERS Freda’s offers a full range of appetizers, soups, spreads, salads, wraps, subs and desserts in a familyfriendly atmosphere. Their ingredients are bought fresh and local. Appetizers like Spinach & Feta Pie, Veggie Kibbe, Falafel, Tabouli, Veggie Stuffed Grape Leaves start you off. Or maybe you would like one of their Dips served with Pita Chips. The Original Hummus is outstanding and there is also a Hummus Artichoke w/Spinach and several other wonderful Dips. A delicious, healthy alternative to pizza is one of their Panini Pita Pizzas that comes with your choice of Potato Chips or Fresh Fruit. The Panini Pita MeltsGrilled Chicken, Albacore Tuna, Angus Roast Beef, Oven Roasted Turkey or Veggie Melt w/spinach come with the same sides as the Pizzas. FRESH SALAD BOWLS Fresh Salad Bowls also come with Potato Chips, Fresh Fruit or Bread. The Greek Salad with feta and a boiled egg, Quinoa Salad w/ raisins, walnuts and cranberries, and Grilled Chicken Salad are among the fresh salads on the menu. You have your choice of Dressings: Freda’s Signature Dressing (Olive Oil/Lemon Juice &

Fresh Herbs, Tahini Dressing (Sesame Paste/Lemon Juice and Garlic) or their classic Mediterranean Balsamic Vinaigrette. Freda’s Homemade Dressings are so good she sells them by the bottle for you to take home and maybe a bottle of Freda’s own Hot Hot Sauce. Freda’s Hummus Bar prepares an 8” Wheat Sub/ 9” Pita/ 12” Wheat Wrap/ or in a Bowl. The ingredients all start with Hummus with your choice of Boiled Eggs, Angus Roast Beef, Falafel and Tahini, Albacore Tuna, Grilled Chicken, Honey Baked Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey, or Veggies w/spinach. You have them build your own adding Romaine, Tomatoes, Onions, Cucumbers, Olives and/or Jalapenos and it’s topped with a Chick Pea Salad. Again they come with your choice of Potato Chips or Fresh Fruit and a Choice of Dressings. Ask about their Soup of the Day and don’t leave without one of Freda’s delicious desserts: Freda’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies, Freda’s Famous Key Lime Pie, Freda’s Famous Baklava or Freda’s Famous Carrot Cake.

FRESH FRUIT SMOOTHIES You may notice an area at the back of the restaurant an area with blenders and juicers. That’s another specialty of Freda’s, Fresh Fruit Smoothies. There are lots of choices from the Bombay Banana (Banana, Coconut Milk, Ginger, Dried Dates), Cacao Classic (Coconut Milk, Cacao, Dates, Flax Protein), MangoLicious (Mango, Coconut Milk, Lime) to the Sweet Energy (Celery, Pineapple, Orange Juice, Banana, Greens Supplement) and the Refresher (Coconut Milk, Orange Juice, Carrot Juice, Vanilla). There’s even more on the menu and the Smoothies are all made up fresh for you. Remember Freda’s Motto “Changing the

Owner Freda Ferns and her husband have gone to great lengths to give customers the best dining experience possible.

Way America Eats”? Turn over the menu and check out the Hohm Juice Cleanse Full Spectrum Menu. Using their Top of the line, Norwalk Juicer they produce 6 different juices for a week’s program. The Cleansers are sold by the bottle or quart. For those who are lactose intolerant or just don’t like traditional milk they make 7 different Hohm un-Dairy Fresh, Dairy Free Mylk with ingredients like Almonds, Coconut Water, Sunflower, Sesame, Vanilla and even Malted. While in Freda’s pick up a menu and ask the manager, Sergio about the Juices and Mylks. QUALITY FIRST AT FREDA'S Bill Ferns stressed the uniqueness of Freda’s, how they use only fresh, high quality meats, vegetables and ingredients and how necessary it is to change our way of eating to become healthier and gain more energy. But don’t just think of Freda’s as a typical “health-food restaurant”. Freda’s has taken healthiness to a new level with gourmet recipes. It’s a great place for vegetarians or if you eat meat, it’s high quality. Bill said, “We don’t have a deep fryer in the place. No fried foods, the meat is oven-roasted. Our Juices and Smoothies are made up fresh. Freda’s Organic Coffee

tastes great and comes in Dark Roast, Light Roast or Decaf. Our customer’s satisfaction is guaranteed!” Bill and Freda have been in the restaurant business for almost 30 years, most of that time they lived in Key Largo. They love Hallandale and are very community oriented. They belong to the Hallandale Chamber of Commerce and look forward to participating in local events. Bill is so excited about the concept of this restaurant; he looks forward to opening other restaurants and eventually franchising Freda’s with her special gourmet recipes to bring even more people into a healthy lifestyle. The restaurant has a

very clean and bright quality to its green and natural decor. There’s a nice eat-in atmosphere but you can also call or stop in for a take out order.

Freda’s does Catering and you can order your favorite sandwiches, salads, soups and sweets conveniently boxed for groups.

FREDA’S AWESOME FOOD R.K. Sage Plaza 800 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. Hallandale, FL 33009 305-517-1109 Freda’s opens every day at 11:00 AM.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, Jan. 3 • Computer lessons for seniors age 50 & over. Registration for basic lessons or internet will take place at 10:00 a.m. followed by a FREE talk at 11:00 a.m. "Introduction to the internet & PC" at The Hollywood Beach & Culture Center, 1301 South Ocean Drive, Hollywood. Cost for eight twohour lessons is $50.00 each. Further information, phone: (954) 921-3600. Tuesday, Jan. 8 • Hallandale Symphonic Pops Orchestra in Concert with Derick Warren, Sandy Warren and Matt Stanley "Great Broadway Moments" Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM. Concert tickets are $32.00 and are available at the door of The Sport of Kings Theater, Gulfstream Park (2nd Floor), 901 North Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach. Box Office: 954-624-6829. Enjoy The Show!

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MARDI GRAS ALWAYS AT THE TOP The industry has long captivated me for a number of reasons. Perhaps what has driven me to continue to follow dog racing the way I have is a venue like Mardi Gras. When we had choices – years ago – Biscayne was a great place to catch races – but dwindling interest and a terrible economy – took its toll on all entertainment in this region of the country. Hollywood, aka, Mardi Gras, has weathered most storms. As racing at dog and horse tracks, as well as at jai alai frontons, had almost crawled to a halt, all pari-mutuel establishments began to lay off employees and strip to the bare bones. All industries were on the verge of going under when OTB (off-track-betting) and simulcasting came into play. Then, the biggest shot in the arm to everyone was when casino gaming was awarded. While it may not have completely rescued it, at least it exposed racing and jai alai more than ever before. There is no place that has embraced the help from all avenues more than Mardi Gras. Dan Adkins (Chief Gaming Executive and Vice President) and his staff have poured so much into this facility – hoping for a day where the racing could be an enhancement for the casino that would include not only slots, but table games as well. While that day is slow in coming, Adkins has continued to remain proactive, leading his track to become the most promotion-oriented venue of its kind. PROMOTION FRENZY Mardi Gras has indeed jumped to the front with

the promotions, making the most of its property. While there is no large dinner theatre or indoor concert venue, this is a marketing team that has played more to its demographics than anyone could have ever imagined. Along with a strong poker room, which is packed daily, the facility has opened up a banquet area to bring in several different trade and collectible shows. RACING IS STILL THE SHOW But the main attraction to me is one of the largest and always improving greyhound tracks around. I have been throughout the state of Florida, and many have been forced to cut back their facilities. Not Mardi Gras. As yet another season of live racing opened last week, the improvements made were many, but the industry remains one of the least publicized of all. The one thing you could always count on when we were younger were stories on dogs, owners and races in The Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, Miami News and Hollywood Sun-Tattler. The Sun Times was the only local publication to have anything positive to say about the industry and one of the most quality facilities around in the past five years. Not one paper or TV station talked about the legendary American Derby last spring, which brought live racing to a close. I probably understand why people do not come out. Certainly the ones who had reservations and had never been, have changed their minds after a few visits. “Maybe back in the day, when this was a racing only facility, I could see how people would be intimidated to come out,”

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is always a tremendous introduction to first timers, will take place. • The $75,000 World Classic Qualifying Rounds start on Jan. 28 and will end with the championship on Feb. 15. • The $10,000 Joe Ryan Jr. Memorial Championship will taker place on Feb. 22. • The famed $50,000 American Derby starts on Mar. 11 and will end on Apr. 5. • The $10,000 Floridian begins on Apr. 15 and ends Apr. 26.

SIMULCASTING In addition to what this facility has going, there is a huge year-round simulcasting from greyhound tracks across the country. That gives Mardi Gras a presence year round for those like Mike Miller of Hallandale Beach, who comes three times a week during and out of the live racing season. “It’s inexpensive and a great way to spend some time and maybe win a few dollars,” Miller said. “There are something like 60 TV sets up for people to watch racing and even some sporting events once in a while.” Simulcasting keeps the second floor employees working year round – with hundreds coming in each night/day to put down a few dollars on greyhounds in Daytona Beach, Palm Beach and at a number of premier tracks across the country. For racing times and other information,







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Owner Benny Rabinowich opened the store about four years ago and has a good customer base, not only the snow birds from the condos in the area but year-around residents who have become familiar with Benny’s great customer service and eco-friendly dry cleaning methods.

The next time you go to Walmart or the Dollar Tree in Hallandale, take your dry cleaning and laundry with you. Sandwiched in between the two stores at 2521 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd. is the conveniently located Mrs. PoliEsther Dry Cleaners. Owner Benny Rabinowich opened the store about four years ago, has a good customer base and hopes to continue serving his loyal customers for years to come. It's not only the snow birds from the condos in the area but year-around residents who have become familiar with Benny’s great customer service and eco-friendly dry cleaning methods. Benny says “I treat your clothes the same way I would treat mine.” Care labels on the garment are followed in the store. He reminds his customers, “When a care label says dry clean only, that’s the way it should be cleaned. It’s especially true in South Florida because if perspiration is allowed to set in the garment, not only will it stain, but it also weakens the fabric. You should get your clothes to the dry cleaners as soon as possible to extend the life and beauty of the garments.”

LEARNING THE BUSINESS Benny’s years of experience in the dry cleaning business started at the bottom driving a van for pickup and delivery, and over the years working for others, he learned the trade and yearned for his own business. Opening Mrs. PoliEsther Dry Cleaners was a dream come true for him. As far as the unusual way of spelling polyester that came about with the combining of his daughter’s names, Paulette and Esther who Benny and his wife hope will someday run the family business. Mrs. PoliEsther Dry Cleaners is a full-service store, experts in stain removal and complete care of your garments including silks

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and woolens, leather and suede. Your wedding gowns are professionally cleaned and preserved. As you may have noticed the New Year is upon us. Make a pledge to start off off 2013 with clean clothes and a clean home. Your household items like comforters and drapes should be cleaned to keep them fresh. Wash and fold is charged by the pound, shoe repair is offered as well as alterations. All cleaning is done on the premises using eco-friendly and safe products. The Sanitone

dry cleaning process is preferred because it gently cleans your clothes, keeping them soft and vibrant looking. Benny mentioned, “We are doing more wetcleaning, which I promise, often cleans better than dry cleaning.” In keeping with the store’s green policies, the garment bags are biodegradable. They are also moving toward special plastic hangers that won’t rust, fits your garments better, and can be recycled. Benny says, “Don’t throw your extra or old hangers away, bring them to

Mrs. PoliEsther’s for recycling.

IT PAYS TO BE A MEMBER The price board on the wall lists two prices, one is the everyday price, the other is the price with a Club Membership which costs only $21.65 per year with a savings of up to 20% on all dry cleaning services and includes free garment bags. Benny pointed out, “Our most frequent customers typically spend $150 or more during the year and to show our appreciation we

MRS. POLIESTHER CUSTOMERS ARE VERY SPECIAL Benny offers specials throughout the year. Look for the signs in the window. Current sale coupons from other local dry cleaners will be honored when possible. Benny mentioned, “ “If you have a receipt from another dry cleaner within a 5 mile proximity to Mrs. PoliEsther Dry Cleaning, that shows you were charged less for dry cleaning, I will honor that too because I want our customers to know we appreciate and thank them for their business.” While visiting with Benny, I noticed several long-time customers stopped by, some bringing their garments, others just stopped for a quick chat. They all know Benny as a friendly, customer-oriented person and had good things to say about the quality of his

cleaning services as well as his great customer service. While dropping off your dry cleaning, you will notice the store also rents the Rug Doctor machine for do-ityourself rug cleaning. It’s as easy as vacuuming your rugs and the results are excellent. Whether taking advantage of free pick-up and delivery service or looking for a convenient place to drop off your garments, you will be pleased with the care your clothes receive as well as the friendly customer service at Mrs. PoliEsther Dry Cleaning. Member of the Dry Cleaners Association Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Hebrew.

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The 33rd Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah was a huge success

wood City Commissioners, members of the Broward County Commission, and many members of the Broward Sheriff's Office. Florida Governor Rick Scott sent an inspirational Chanukah letter to all Festival participants, as Broward County Mayor Sue Gunzburger issued a Proclamation calling for "100 Days to Increase in Acts of Goodness and Kindness to Bring Moshiach, Now!" Similar Proclamations were issued by Mayors Cooper and Bober. Mayor Bober of Hollywood is a descendant of Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, founder of Chassidism. Lighting the six candles were community leaders Rabbi Abraham Korf, Yaakov and Mattan Kronfeld, David Schottenstein and family, Danny Fridzon, Pesach Sussman, and Yossi Gopin.They were joined with special needs children and teenage volunteers of the South Broward Friendship Circle. For more information about the South Broward Friendship Circle, please log on to . The "Eighth Day", Jewish Musics' Hottest Act,  performed a sensational concert, bringing thousands of people to their feet, bouncing and jumping, " more than one tefach (handbreath) higher!" Rabbi Ruvi New, Professor Emeritus of Chassidic Philosophy of the Chaya Aydel Seminary, sang G-d Bless America and other uplifting songs. Cantor Rabbi Yossi Lebovics, Principal of the Chaya Aydel Seminary, led in the singing of the blessings over the Menorah, Maoz

The 33rd Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah took place on the 6th Night of Chanukah , and over 10,000 people filled three mezzanine levels, standing room only, in The World's Largest Annual Chanukah Festival.The crowd was the most diverse ever, including huge turnouts of  traditional and non(yet) traditional, Ashkenazim and Sephardim, Chassidish and Litvish, Bais Yaakov, Lubavitch, and Modern Orthodox school children, and tourists from all parts of the world. Over twenty elected officials and government officials participated, including Mayor Joy Cooper of Hallandale Beach and all the Hallandale City Commissioners, Mayor Peter Bober of Hollywood and all the Holly-

dents distributed Chanukah Gelt ( a real dollar bill), The Moshiach Times,  Dreidels and Chocolate gelt to 1800 young boys and girls. broadcast the event live around the world, with tens of thou-

Tzur, and Haneiros Halolu, accompanied by the Lebovics Boys' Choir. Yossy Bayles and YBO Productions turned in another classic production, as Festival goers left Gulfstream Park humming and singing the music that uplifted their evening and their Chanukah. The event is produced and directed by Chabad of South Broward,( leaders of Jewish education, outreach and social services, headed by Rabbi Raphael and Goldie Tennenhaus. Over forty sponsors and donors helped

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City of Hollywood Announces Winners of 2012 Photo Contest By Jaime Hernandez Public Relations Coordinator, City of Hollywood HOLLYWOOD - Two Hollywood residents were among the three winners of the City’s 2012 Photo Contest, a competition that engaged the public to shoot and submit photos of sights and scenes throughout Hollywood that best depict the City. Oscar Corbella, of Hollywood, won first place and a $200 gift card with his stunning photo of the Hollywood Boulevard bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway. The nighttime image features vibrant colors, crisp detail and balanced lighting for an evening photo of one of Hollywood’s more notable landmarks. The photo was an overwhelming favorite of the three-judge panel. Sunrise resident Angela Burzo took second place honors and a $150 gift card with her fun, creative photo of a pair of sunglasses on Hollywood Beach. Few things say Hollywood, Florida like the sand and surf, and Ms. Burzo’s photo of shades on the sand, palm trees reflected in the lenses, and the beach in the background capture Hollywood’s fununder-the-sun lifestyle. Etienne Smith, also of Hollywood, won third place and a $100 gift card with his beautiful panoramic snapshot that captured a gorgeous morning sunrise on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. The photo reminds us all that things just

keep getting brighter in Hollywood. The winning photos and others submitted during the contest may be portrayed in official City publications such as the quarterly New Horizons newsletter, Hollywood’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), and other documents and electronic media. The contest ran from early September through October 31 and garnered nearly 100 entries from residents throughout South Florida. Judges scored each photo using criteria that awarded up to five points each for composition, theme, focal point, contrast and lighting, and overall focus. The judges also awarded up to 10 discretionary points for each photo. Judges included Jane Hart, Curator of Exhibitions at the Hollywood Art and Culture Center; Susan Ostheim, art instructor at South Broward High School; and Richard Roberts, Director of the City of Hollywood Records and Archives Division.

Oscar Corbella, of Hollywood, won first place and a $200 gift card with his stunning photo of the Hollywood Boulevard bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway. (RIGHT). Etienne Smith, also of Hollywood, won third place and a $100 gift card with his beautiful panoramic snapshot that captured a gorgeous morning sunrise on the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.

The City of Hollywood will host an exhibition of the top photo contest entries on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Second Floor. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The winning photographs also may be viewed by visiting the City of Hollywood website at

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The Raven Team At Sue Ward Homes Excited About Up-turn In Real Estate Market Norman Raven and Debbie Finke of Sue Ward Homes, Inc., are professional real estate advisors who represent residential buyers and sellers. The dynamic team has worked together in the South Florida market for more than 16 years and they both are confident about the South Florida real estate market, especially the beach properties. There is only so much beach property available. Everyone would like to live near or on the beach. It’s still THE LOCATION! Debbie said, “The inventory is low now with beach properties selling fast with multiple offers. Properties are being snapped up quickly. The prices are still below what they were during the boom so if you are looking for a condo on the beach, now is the time to buy while mortgage rates are at an all time low and before the prices start climbing higher. But keep in mind, Buyers who are looking for beach properties need to be serious and jump on it because low-ball offers don’t work in today’s market. All of our beach listings have sold in record time!” Norman Raven said, “This is my 43rd year as a realtor. I’ve seen booms and busts and I think our experience is especially important when the economy is slow. We provide oldfashioned service with a cutting edge advantage in modern technology. We truly care about our clients and treat them with honesty and respect. Our clients’ interests come first with us.” Norman added, “Many agents will try to sell you anything available on the market and will push just any property on a buyer, but that is not what we

Norman M. Raven and Debbie Finke do! The Raven Team’s philosophy is about integrity and old-fashioned standards. Sometimes a situation arises when we suggest a client not go forward with the

transaction because it might not be what they truly wanted or the parties involved are making it too complicated. I would rather lose a sale and start fresh only to keep my client happy. Real estate is all about nurturing, educating, coordinating, transacting and ultimately closing, resulting in happy clients.” Debbie Finke said, “My goal is to be upfront and honest with all my clients. They must be willing to open up and honestly talk to me with regard to what they really want in a purchase or in selling their home. My aggressive but not pushy style is casual and positive. My open rapport is my personal satisfaction and my guarantee that I have protected my client with truthful information.” Norman and Debbie agreed that it is always advisable for sellers and buyers to be realistic about prices. “Now is not the time to overprice your property because prices haven’t risen quickly Also it is not a good idea for a buyer to come in with too low of an offer because a property may have multiple offers and you may lose it. Another reason the seller should not over-price is because the banks are reluctant to lend money to any buyer on properties the banks feel are priced too high.” MORTGAGES We are living in challenging economic times! Obtaining a mortgage loan from a bank is not such an easy feat; however it becomes an easier task via our specialist mortgage consultants. Still, the biggest obstacle is qualifying for the mortgage from the bank. A buyer has to have a really clean record today. Along with facilitating short sales and foreclosures, we provide very smooth and constant communication to and from lenders and banks. We are willing to do what ever it takes to open this dialogue, keep the communication lines constantly open and go the extra mile. REALITY CHECK “I could have sold this property for $1,000 000.00 in 2007!” “Should I sell my property via Short Sale with my lender?” These are typical of the questions and comments the Raven Team hears on a daily basis. “There are quite a few homeowners still dreaming and they simply do not want to hear the truth. These homeowners are focusing on

the market as it was 6 years ago, when our market peaked”, says Debbie. She goes on... “We may bring the Buyer to a Seller’s property and put in an offer but the Seller turns it down, hoping to hold out for more money. In these times, reality needs to set in.” This also may be where the next decision as a Seller is made. A Seller with a very high mortgage has to review whether to hort ale the property or attempt to negotiate a loan modification with their lender. The Raven Team will gladly act for any Seller, free of charge, to negotiate a short sale with their lender which may result in the Seller having less stress and places the Seller in a slightly stronger personal financial position, allowing the Seller the breathing space they need to move forward with their lives. On a hort ale, it is customary that the Lender pays the realtors fees from the sale. UP-TURN IN MARKET Along with the up-turn in the real estate market, Norman Raven and Debbie Finke are always working to get the best price for your property. They will keep your property active through their proven marketing and advertising processes. Buyers or Sellers won’t ever have to worry about a communication breakdown. Norman says, “The real estate market continually makes natural adjustments, it’s comparable to food and water. South Florida brings us an international market and people who will always want or need a place to live – they get married, have children or they retire and their housing needs change. They may need a larger home, perhaps they need to down-size, or they may want to move closer to their jobs or closer to the beach Astute Buyers seek out an ideal community for their next move. Even with the up-ward market turn, prices are still reasonable now compared to what they were or will be As the economy recovers and with the historically low mortgage is the time to make your move and we will be there for you, every step along the way, looking out for your best interests!” The Raven Team deals with properties in Hollywood, Hallandale, Aventura, Sunny Isles, Fort Lauderdale and Dania (all of South Florida) as well as South Carolina and London, UK. We target all economic sectors of the market.” In their offices, agents speak English, British English, Spanish, French Canadian, German, Italian, Russian, Hebrew and Portuguese, reflecting the company’s international market here in South Florida. If you are a Realtor, come over and talk to us. We can help boost your commissions to the next level. Phone Norm at 954-6098477 to have an informal chat.

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One in 10 women will be called back after a screening mammogram: time for panic or patience?

(BPT) - It's the telephone call no woman wants to receive - you need to come back for additional tests after you've had your annual mammogram. It happens more often than you would think - one in 10 women will be asked to come back because the doctor spotted a potential area of concern. Before you panic, you should know that usually the area of concern does not turn out to be cancer. Here are some facts to help you get through the experience of a callback. During a screening mammogram a standard set of X-rays is taken of the breasts. A radiologist then reviews the images and compares them to X-rays that were taken previously to see if any changes have occurred or if anything looks worrisome.- The radiologist will be looking for areas that have the appear-

ance of a mass, a tissue distortion or calcifications. Breast calcifications are small calcium deposits that develop in a woman's breast tissue. If the radiologist sees an area that looks suspicious, you will be asked to come back for additional images - a diagnostic mammogram. Usually - as much as 80 percent of the time these additional images will show that the area of concern is either benign or not real - a false alarm. When you have a diagnostic mammogram, your breast may be positioned differently, or a close-up or magnified image of the area of concern may be taken. Many times, perceived masses or tissue distortions will no longer be evident on the follow-up X-ray images and the worrisome area on the screening mammogram will turn out to be noth-

ing.-If the area continues to look suspicious after a diagnostic mammogram, the radiologist will need to do additional tests. An ultrasound may be recommended for an area thought to be a mass or distortion. The ultrasound can help determine whether the area is a cyst, which is a benign, fluid filled sac,

or whether it is a solid mass. If the ultrasound shows that the area is a simple cyst, no further testing is needed and you can go back to your annual screening program.In some cases a biopsy may be needed to determine whether calcifications or a solid mass are early breast cancers. Although the

Veterans with hearing loss experience renewed hope

(BPT) - As our nation's heroes continue to return home from the fronts of two major wars, it is a great time to recognize the tremendous toll service to our country can have on the brave men and women who selflessly choose to protect our freedoms throughout the world. While there are many devastating effects of war, there is one that has enormous impact across all our armed forces - hearing loss. Some studies suggest that one in 10 soldiers today suffer from severe hearing loss and it has been said to be the No. 1 disability in the war on terror. In fact, veterans are 30 percent more likely to have severe hearing impairment than non-veterans. In many cases, traditional hearing aids won't sufficiently restore hearing lost in battle. And yet, these brave men and women deserve to have every opportunity to live a normal life, after so many years of sacrifice. The good news is that there are advanced hearing solutions that may be able to give our nation's heroes a renewed sense of hope. For those veterans who have a moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears, a cochlear implant may help. Unlike a hearing aid that amplifies sound, a cochlear implant is an implantable hearing solution that delivers sound straight to the hearing nerve. For those who can only hear from one ear, or who have chronically draining or malformed ears, there is another implantable device that can help. The Baha(R) System conducts sound through vibrations in the bone allowing people to hear. Lieutenant Commander Bill Kreceman, a veteran who resides in Memphis, describes how he struggled and triumphed over his hearing loss during his time with the United States Navy. During his active duty, Kreceman was diagnosed with a cholesteatoma, a growth in his ear. Luckily, it was able to be removed during an operation; however it severely damaged his hearing. For the next 30 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– HEARING, Page 3C

thought of or a biopsy is alarming, it's important to understand that most breast biopsies result in negative findings. In approximately 80 percent of cases the suspicious area turns out to be benign, but only a breast biopsy can give the doctor a definitive answer.------Even knowing that most callbacks turn out to be false alarms, it can be very stressful to think that you may have breast cancer, and to wait for more tests to determine whether you do or don't. There is a new technology, 3-D mammography, which can help take some of the anxiety out of mammography by giving radiologists a more detailed look at complex breast tissues, helping them to make more accurate diagnoses and reduce the need for callbacks. In fact, a recent study from Yale-New Haven Hospital showed that 3-D mammography can reduce callbacks by as much as 40 percent.Many of the callbacks

that turn out to be false alarms are the result of overlapping tissues in the breast. That happens because the breast is a 3-dimensional object composed of different structures located at different heights within the breast. When viewed as a 2-dimensional image these structures can overlap and cause confusion. With 3-D mammography, doctors get a 3-dimensional view of the breast, allowing them to see breast tissue more clearly, without the confusion of overlapping tissue. Hologic, Inc., in Bedford, Mass., is currently the only manufacturer with a commercially available 3-D mammography system. ----Waiting for the results of a follow-up exam can be difficult - time can seem to move slowly. When you're feeling stressed or worried, it's important to lean on friends and family and to talk openly about your feelings and concerns. If you learn that you do have breast cancer, remember that when detected early, the chance for successful treatment of breast cancer is nearly 100 percent. A variety of resources and support groups are available locally and nationally. A few good places to find additional information and support are the American Cancer Society at, CancerCare at and at Special Offer To New Patients! Exam & Full Mouth X-rays

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Notice is hereby given pursuant to Section 163.380(3)(a), Florida Statutes, that the Hallandale Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (“HBCRA”) is the owner of and intends to dispose of its interest in the following described real property: 813 NE 4th Street, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009 (Limited to south portion of entire lot) Any party interested in purchasing or acquiring said interest, for purposes of affordable home ownership (Individuals must meet Broward County median income guidelines) is hereby notified that proposals to acquire said interest must be made and submitted in writing to the HBCRA, Attention: Dr. Alvin B. Jackson Jr., Executive Director, 400 South Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. Further information as may be available regarding the foregoing may be reviewed or obtained at the CRA Office, 400 South Federal Highway, Suite 204, Hallandale Beach, Florida 33009. Proposals must be in writing and received by the HBCRA no later than the close of business on January 25, 2013. In the event that the HBCRA does not receive any proposals in response to this invitation to submit proposals or in the event that all proposals received by the HBCRA are rejected, the HBCRA reserves the right to seek, negotiate, and accept proposals deemed to be in the public interest from any other person or entity without further notice.

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Hallandale Beach wants your help to become a National Wildlife Community


Hallandale Beach wants your help to become a National Wildlife Community. The City has joined with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to find at least 250 homeowners and business owners who have created nature-friendly backyards or businesses. Rafael Perdomo, Hallandale Beach greens initiative coordinator, said the City needs at least 250 qualified properties to meet national standards for the City to earn the coveted National Wildlife Community designation. Since the City forged the partnership, 14 properties have been registered. If you already enjoy your backyard, chances are you could qualify for the habitat accreditation, Mr. Perdomo said. Property owners and businesses that meet the minimum standards will

a $25 contribution with each application. If your property meets minimum standards, you will receive a registration certificate, a one-year

subscription to the NWF magazine, listing your home on the NWF register listing your property as a national wildlife habitat, and additional bene-


For additional information, please contact Mr. Perdomo at 954-457-3043.

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be awarded a Community Wildlife Habitat registration certificate and earn Broward County’s NatureScape “Florida Friendly” property recognition. To meet the minimum standards, a property, condominium balcony or business must provide wildlife-friendly amenities. This could include as simple as having trees in your backyard for birds to nest and a water source nearby, such as a bird bath or fountain. Other

nature-friendly possibilities include food sources such as fruit-bearing trees, nuts or berries, shrubs for nectar. It’s that simple. To register your property, you can fill out an application online at the NWF webpage, or by mail. Forms for the application can be obtained from the City by contacting Mr. Perdomo, engineer I/greens initiative coordinator, at 954-4573043. The NWF requires


More than 30 law enforcement officers and lawyers from Broward and Miami-Dade counties came together earlier this month for an educational seminar on understanding condominium and homeowners association laws. Hosted by the State Representative Joe Gibbons and the Hallandale Beach Police Department, the meeting featured Department of Business and Professional Regulation (BPR) Secretary Ken Lawson and his staff. The seminar, the first of its kind in the state, was to help law enforcement get a better grasp of condo/HOA laws, and provide information that will assist residents in resolving non-criminal matters. Police told state officials they often are contacted by condominium or HOA residents with concerns about board members failing to follow the law, or refusing to provide public records. At the meeting, BPR officials said to refer residents to their office for assistance in securing records and in resolving problems with board members. In on the meeting at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center were, from left, Hallandale Beach Police Chief Dwayne Flournoy, Miami-Dade County Assistant State Attorney William J. Kostrzewski, BPR Secretary Ken Lawson, State Rep. Joe Gibbons (D-100), Hallandale Beach Police Major Ken Cowley, and BPR Deputy Director Kevin Stanfield. (Photo courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations)

Two motivated, politically savvy high school students are being sought to become Senate Pages for Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel for during the 2013 Legislative Session in Tallahassee. Each Senator sponsors two pages for one week of service in the Legislature. Pages are exposed to the State Legislature and the legislative process, delivering messages, materials and completing tasks for Senators working on the Senate floor. The positions are for motivated students willing to work long hours for a stipend. Pages must provide their own transportation to Tallahassee and find housing. Many Senate pages stay with friends at Florida State or FAMU, or with families. Some stay in hotel rooms. Pages are offered a choice of 40 hours of community service at no pay, or a stipend of $5.15 an hour for the 40hour work week, or a combination of both. The Legislative session will be nine weeks this spring and students will work only one week during that time. Senator Sobel, a former Broward County School Board member, has opened the positions to students at Hallandale High School and surrounding high schools within her district. To apply, visit Also, applicants must send a written application to Senator Sobel explaining why they should be selected as a page. The written application should be sent to: The Honorable Senator Eleanor Sobel, The “Old” Library, 2600 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, 33020. More information may also be obtained at the Senate Page Program Office, 850-487-5256. Senator Sobel’s Office is 954-924-3693.

Santa visits the annual Holiday Extravaganza

Santa stopped by the annual Holiday Extravaganza at Foster Park on Friday night. Several hundred residents packed the new Foster Park Community Center to meet Santa and share in the holiday festivities. Sponsored by the Community Civic Association and City of Hallandale Beach Parks and Recreation Department, the event included plenty of presents and food. Members of the Kiwanis Key Club stepped up to serve the visitors hot dogs at the Extravaganza. The food was donated by the Hallandale Beach Kiwanis Club. (Photo courtesy City of Hallandale Beach Public Relations)


Scholarship fund-raiser, parade and festival to be held the weekend of January 19-21

Plans are being finalized for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship fund-raiser, parade and festival the weekend of January 19-21, said Delvis Rogers, Hallandale Beach Community Civic Association president. The events are a partnership between the Community Civic Association and the City of Hallandale Beach. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Scholarship Gala is planned for 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 S. E. 3rd St. The Dr. King parade and festival will step-off at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21. “This is the first time for the (Scholarship) gala,” said Mr. Rogers. “In the past, we’ve always had a luncheon. This is the first time we’re having a dinner and fashion show.” Almost $30,000 has been raised and awarded to area students over the past nine years, said Mr. Rogers. Several of the Hallandale Beach students have returned to the community and surrounding areas as teachers and in other professions, he said. The gala will begin with a high-end fashion show and include live bands, a performance by the Hallandale High School Drama Club, and a dinner. Tickets are still available at $40 per person from the Community Civic Association, or by calling Mr. Rogers at 954-549-7214. At least seven bands and dozens of other units will march along the parade route on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at O.B. Johnson Park, and will move south on NW 2nd Avenue to Hallandale Beach Boulevard, then west to NW 8th Avenue and north to B.F. James Park for the annual Dr. King festival beginning at noon. Hallandale High School, Boynton Beach High School, Boyd Anderson High School, Coconut Creek High School, Gulfstream Middle School have committed to march in the event. Also, the Norland Drum Line and a Junkanoo band have accepted invitations to march. “Chico the Virgo” Wesley of radio station WHQT-FM, Hot 105, has been named to serve as grand marshal for the parade. The parade is expected to end at about 11:45 a.m. and lead into the annual Dr. King Festival at O.B. Johnson Park. Dexter Carswell of Red Eye Entertainment has an impressive line-up of entertainment for the festival. Among those committed to perform are National recording artist Cherrelle, Shonie, Zipporiah, Brandi of the R&B group Blaque, and C-Bone. Also, recording artists Que, TP9, Jada Blaza, Elhae, 2cute Ohginelle, Tjuan Karena Clarke and several local artists are planning performances during the five-hour event. The festival also will include carnival rides, plenty of food and several vendors. For more information on the gala, parade or festival, contact Mr. Rogers, 954-549-7214, or Dexter Carswell, 954-822-5473. Julia Rogers is coordinating the gala, she can be reached at 954-200-9903. For information on the parade, contact Keenan Johnson, 954-445-9821. Vendor information is available from Gloria Stoner, 954-457-7297.

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Public Adjusting Services Helping homeowners and business owners get the insurance settlements they deserve

It is best for Stellar Public Adjusting Services to get involved immediately after damage occurs.

Filing a homeowner insurance claim on your own can be as risky as going to court without a lawyer. It is important to have an advocate on your side from the beginning. Stellar Public Adjusting Services helps homeowners and business owners get the proper and timely settlements to which they are entitled. “We’re there with the homeowner from the very beginning to the end of the process,” says company President Rami Boaziz. “We make sure the insurance company pays the proper amount to compensate for the damages and restore the property to the condition it was in before the loss.” BETTER OUTCOMES A January 2010 study from the Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability found that when claimants used a licensed public adjuster, they received higher payments than when they did not. The reason is simple, Rami says. “The insurance company’s adjuster is working for the insurance company’s best interest. We’re working for our client’s best interest.” If a home or business is damaged by mold, storm, flood, fire, theft, or even a simple leak causing water damage to property, it can be devastating. “When something like that happens to your home or business, you are naturally upset,” Rami says. “And that’s exactly the time that you’re going up against one of the most powerful industries in America. Your

insurance company’s slogans may seem warm and welcoming, but the truth is that more often than not, their primary interest is pleasing their shareholders.” Stellar Public Adjusting Services can point to numerous cases where it has helped clients get far more than the amounts for which insurance companies were initially willing to settle. One homeowner, for example, had a broken pipe under the kitchen sink. The leaking water damaged the cabinets as well as the wood flooring adjacent to the kitchen. “The insurance company offered a settlement of $3,300,” Rami recalls. “But this client had invested a lot in a beautiful kitchen, and we thought the insurance company should restore the home to what it was like before—not do a job that was just okay if you didn’t look too closely. Eventually, we got a settlement of $50,000 for our client.” Another homeowner filed a claim because her tile floors had cracked. “The insurance company denied the claim, basing their denial on ‘improper installation,’ despite the floors being installed 20 years ago without any issues over that time,” Rami says. “But we went in and discovered that an undetected leak from the refrigerator water line was causing the tiles to de-bond. The insurance company had turned a blind eye to it. Eventually, they paid to fix the floor.” EXPERTISE AND ADVOCACY Most homeowners do not have the expertise to uncover all

the causes of damages or to know what it will take to repair them. “Often, damages that may look minor to you can lead to more severe problems later,” Rami says. “And damage in walls or under floors may not even be visible at first. Our adjusters are experts who are trained to look at all aspects of a case.” Stellar’s professionals include experts in engineering, roofing, plumbing, water extraction, contents restoration and other areas. “Their experience in the field means they know what to look for, and how much it will cost to put things back the way they were,” Rami says. “A homeowner can’t do that by him- or herself. The insurance company has a wide array of experts at its disposal. We make the same kind of expertise available to the homeowner to get the outcome he or she deserves. A licensed public adjuster can level the playing field.”

A COMPLEX PROCESS Homeowner insurance policies are complex, detailed documents that can be many pages long. “Even if the consumer reads the policy, he or she is unlikely to understand it,” Rami says. “It’s filled with obscure terminology that can easily be used to the detriment of the policy holder, often without the homeowner even knowing about it.” A licensed public adjuster, on the other hand, can fully understand the intricacies of the policy. “After reviewing it, we can strategize the claim so the consumer is not taken advantage of and gets what he or she deserves,” Rami says. Often, homeowners will call their insurance agents for help understanding their policies. “The problem is, your agent isn’t an expert at

“Often, damages that may look minor to you can lead to more severe problems later. And damage in walls or under floors may not even be visible at first. Our adjusters are experts who are trained to look at all aspects of a case.” Rami Boaziz President Stellar Public Adjusting Services

Stellar Public Adjusting Services can point to numerous cases where it has helped clients get far more than the amounts for which insurance companies were initially willing to settle. Company President Rami Boaziz and his staff have always put the customer first!

understanding the claims process or coverage matters, either,” Rami says. “He or she is simply an expert at selling policies.” DON’T WAIT It is best for Stellar Public Adjusting Services to get involved immediately after damage occurs. “We want to be the first call the homeowner makes,” Rami says. “If you wait until after you have filed a claim, you are giving the insurance company an opportunity to deny the claim or to settle it for less. It’s much more difficult to get the insurance company to change something it has already decided than it is to get it to

see the consumer’s side of things from the very beginning.” FEES BASED ON RESULTS A licensed public adjuster is compensated only if he or she achieves results for the client. The fee is

based on the size and type of claim and the public adjuster’s involvement in the process. “We’re paid only if you’re paid,” Rami says. “Our goal is to help you every step of the way, and to get the very best results possible.”

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Simple, time-saving secrets to add a unique twist to your holiday recipes

(BPT) - When entertaining during the holiday season, time is of the essence. Between cleaning, shopping, decorating and mingling with friends and family, there's hardly enough time to cook let alone prepare an elaborate seven course meal. However, the lack of time doesn't mean your food or your guests have to suffer. By combining classic dishes with unique ingredients, you can enhance the flavor of your recipes without having to spend the entire evening in the kitchen.--Instead of preparing an over-the-top feast, try opting for simple and satisfying fare with a subtle modern twist to wow your guests. Often, it's just that extra ingredient that can really tie together your favorite appetizers, entrees and desserts. Jessica Segarra, of The Novice Chef food blog, offers three simple tips to create standout holiday dishes. * While it's easy to get caught up in the moment, don't let the holi-

days sidetrack your guests from eating healthy. Instead, make wholesome, lighter options the life of the party by adding unexpected ingredients to otherwise bland dishes. Serve protein packed, homemade sweet potato hummus with veggies and low-fat pretzel crackers, the perfect combination of sweet and savory flavors for fall and winter entertaining. Not only will the hummus keep your guests satisfied, it can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to serve. * Sweet-and-savory never fails. Look for recipes that combine both elements to add a well-balance boost of flavor. This holds true for both desserts and entrees. "Pretzels are my go-to ingredient for adding crunch and just the right amount of salty goodness to my sweeter dishes," says Segarra. "I've found Pretzel Crisps (R) offer the most versatility when it comes to flavor and use. "They can be easily paired with my favorite holiday desserts, including

beautifully layered trifles." * Select dishes that can be prepared ahead of time. Entertaining is no fun if you're confined to the kitchen while your meal cooks. Choosing a baked entree like pork medallions or chicken breasts that can be prepped before your guests arrive can help to free you up to socialize. Holiday gatherings are supposed to be fun for everyone, including the hosts. By adopting some simple time-saving secrets to make your food shine, both you and your food can be the life of the party. So, rethink the holidays and celebrate with these seasonally inspired recipes at your next gathering.

EVERYTHING PRETZEL CRISPS CRUSTED PORK MEDALLIONS WITH SWEET MAPLE GRAVY 1 pound pork loin, sliced into 1 1/2-inch rounds 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 large eggs, whisked 3 cups Everything Pretzel Crisps,

crushed 4 tablespoons unsalted butter For the gravy: 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons maple syrup 1 cup whole milk Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a baking dish with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Place eggs in a separate shallow bowl. Spread crushed Pretzel Crisps on a rimmed plate. Working with one pork medallion at a time, coat pork in flour, dip into eggs and then press into pretzels. Repeat process until all pork medallions have been coated. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add four to five pork medallions at a time, cooking until lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer browned pork medallions to prepared baking dish. Repeat process until all pork medallions have been

browned. Place pork medallions in the oven and bake until cooked through, or until internal temperature reaches 140 F, about 8 minutes. Let chops rest for 5 minutes after baking. While pork is in the oven, melt butter over medium-high heat in the skillet used to cook the pork. Whisk in flour, scrapping the edges to include any of the browned pork bits in the pan. Stir continually with a wire whisk until the flour has thickened and started to brown, about 3 minutes. Pour in maple syrup and 1/2 cup of milk, continually whisking. After about 30 seconds, gravy should start to thicken again. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk and whisk until combined. Remove gravy from heat and serve drizzled on top of pork medallions.

3 cups whole milk 2 packages (3.9 oz.) chocolate instant pudding 1 tub (11 oz.) whipped topping, divided Crushed peppermint, for garnish

Heat oven to 350 F (325 F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease pan with butter or nonstick spray. In a medium bowl, mix brownies as directed for fudge brownies, using water, oil and eggs. Bake as directed. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Once brownies are cooled, cut into 1-inch cubes and set aside. Then in a medium bowl, beat milk and pudding mixes with whisk for 2 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in 1 cup whipped topping. Place 1/2 of brownie cubes in 2-qt. bowl. Top with a layer of Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps, followed by half of the pudding mixture and another layer of whipped topping. Repeat all layers. Sprinkle the top with crushed peppermint and one whole Pretzel Crisps. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

DARK CHOCOLATE & PEPPERMINT PRETZEL CRISPS BROWNIE TRIFLE 1 box fudge brownie mix 1 - 4 ounce bag Dark Chocolate & Peppermint Pretzel Crisps




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