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September 2013 | Vol 10 Issue 5 |

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Time To Update Your Home...........................................................PG 6 Tarnished: Ales Rodriguez Let A ‘Nation’ Down........................PG 16 The Best In Assisted Living At Azalea Gardens..........................PG 15


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Innovation Is The Key To Mei Kitchens’ Success By Larry Blustein - Aventura Digest


There’s no doubt that many of us have been thinking about different ways to modernize our homes. It’s only natural. While times have been tough for many, giving your home a makeover may seem out of reach. That’s where Sean Lin and his innovative staff at Mei Kitchens come in. After ten years of business, Lin, his wife, Annie, and their daughter, Angela, continue to raise the bar when it comes to building dream kitchens, bathrooms, bars, closets, and much more. While much of their business centers on shipping Internet orders all over the world, Lin is beginning to focus more on the home front. Mei Kitchens is currently remodeling their Pompano Beach showroom to showcase a new line of Contemporary European styles, and a second showroom opened to the public last week in West Palm Beach. “The idea is to demonstrate that Mei is a lifestyle, and stretches way beyond the kitchen and bathroom,” said Debbie Bering, Director of Marketing for this rapidly expanding business. “While we focus so much on our website, everyone felt that it was time to concentrate more on our local presence.”

FOUNDATION OF THE BUSINESS The foundation of Mei Kitchens is based in its namesake. In the Chinese language, “Beauty” is expressed as “Mei” (pronounced “may”). Lin believes that everyone, no matter their budget, deserves to have a beautiful kitchen and bathroom. With its own groundbreaking patent-pending technology, Mei Kitchens has revolutionized the world of contemporary kitchen cabinetry. Any of the frameless kitchen cabinets can be instantly customized to match your entertainment center, bathrooms, closets, or other rooms in the house. In keeping with the ever-evolving kitchen and bathroom trends, Mei has expanded its large selection of cabinetry to include many Contemporary European and Modern styles. Their group of interior designers acknowledges that beauty is not just a standard, but also inherent -- and their design process reflects that thoughtfulness and distinction. “Our stunning cabinetry is carefully constructed both inside and out, using

only 3/4” plywood,” remarked Bering. “Doors and drawers flaunt exclusive features like soft closing, full extension mechanisms, and dovetail joint construction. You get the high-end look, without the high-end price.” PLENTY TO OFFER What will make Mei Kitchens even more appealing is the diversity of all that it has to offer. Aside from kitchen and bathroom cabinets, Mei sells countertops, closets, faucets and sinks, and backsplash, as well as a full list of cabinet parts. “We can offer great quality, affordable prices, expedient delivery, large selection, and excellent customer service, all at once. I think that really makes us unique, Bering pointed out. “Most times, one must sacrifice a few of these to have the others. That was never our game plan.” In celebrating a full decade of business, Mei Kitchens is rolling out the red carpet to customers. The design team, one of the finest in the country, will be waiting to help you with that dream kitchen or bathroom.

“Our design team is unmatched,” Bering said. “Watching them work oneon-one with the clients from the start of a project to its finish is remarkable. They incorporate your own ideas into the design process using state-of-the-art 3Drendering software, and work closely with you until you’re 100 percent satisfied with the outcome.” COMPARING PRICES If you look at what Mei Kitchens provides from quality products to outstanding service, competitors such as Ikea, The Home Depot and Buy Direct Clubs simply cannot match the complete package. PROMOTING THE BUSINESS The Lin’s stay ahead of the competition by not only offering quality products at wholesale prices, but with the help of their daughter, Angela, the word gets out on various social media platforms. “This vibrant young lady has been such an asset to the company,” Bering explained. “We are really going to miss having her around when she heads back to school in the fall!” STILL TAKING ORDERS Even though Mei Kitchens is branching out locally, its website still marks the beginning of “The Mei Experience” for every client. Bering adds, “Whether you stop in at one of our showrooms or get a quick quote online, Mei Kitchens will be there every step of the way to guide you through your journey.”

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CITY NEWS Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington Bring Their North American Tour To The BB&T Center By Eleanor Hannan -Aventura Digest

Stone Temple Pilots, along with Chester Bennington, lead vocalist, are one of the great rock bands of all time and will now give South Florida fans a chance to see and hear their new songs along with their great hits at the BB&T Center. Current members Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz made their live debut with Chester Bennington at a live KROQ’s Weenie Roast in May of this year. Since their surprise performance, the band has been working on new music for an upcoming album to be released in the fall of 2013. The debut single from the new Stone Temple Pilots lineup, “Out of Time,” is currently in the Top 5 at Active Rock radio stations and

climbing fast. Formed in 1986, the band has been nominated for 4 Grammy Awards, and has won awards for their songs “Plush,” “Big Empty,” “Trippin’on a Hole in a Paper Heart,” “Down,” and “Between the Lines,” including many more, selling over 40 million records, all of which has propelled them into VHI’s The 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. The band’s music has left a great impact on many younger bands. Stone Temple Pilots will be taking center stage at BB&T Center on September 17, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $61 and up, at the Center’s box office, Mon. to Fri. 9 a.m to 5 p.m., located at 1 Panther Parkway, in Sunrise. Call 954-835-7000 for all additional information.


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Too many people going to bed hungry ‘The Pantry In The Heart of The Community - With The Community At Heart’


HOLLYWOOD - Last year, Vandor Geriatric fed 7,949 families. In these trying economic times, where the dollar is being stretched in every direction, it is refreshing to know that people care enough to step up and feed those who are in need of a meal and other services. With nearly 750 families being fed last month alone, this nonprofit organization - located in Hollywood - has come to the point where they need more help and assistance from this caring community. This locally owned food pantry needs donations of vans, and storage and freezer space to continue making a difference for others. Although seniors and frail adults are the focus of the organization, the need for food assistance and clothing has increased rapidly over the years to include everyone who is in need. More and more men and women do not have those basic necessities that we take for granted. “We serve people on a daily basis,” said Vandor Geriatrics Owner and Administrator Dorothy Roberts. “We are available 24/7 for any hungry emergency call, and on Saturdays between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon, dedicated to people near and far.” In addition to the many services provided, Vandor Geriatric also does home deliveries to the aged and shut-ins as far as Miami-Dade. “The majority of young adults who come to us always express their desire to get a job,” Roberts explained. “The seniors have long been the ‘backbone of this great community, and to go to bed without a proper meal to eat, we all ask how is that possible in this great country?” MANY QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED What really went wrong? Why our seniors are being evicted and have to go to bed hungry? Why should they have to beg for a meal when we have so much waste? What really happened? “I guess there are more questions than answers, so I’ll keep doing my part,” explained Roberts. “We have been seeking grants or donations, but have not been met with any success at all.” In addition, the facility is in need of repairs - primarily the roof, which is essential to keep this operation rolling along! In many ways, America is the land of plenty, but for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with

Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals - or even days. With nearly 750 families being fed last month alone, this nonprofit organization - located in Hollywood - has come to the point where they need more help and assistance from this caring community. hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods. But the reality is much different. Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals - or even days. It’s time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger in America. “No one should go hungry in America,” Roberts said. “In the U.S., hunger and race are related. Here are some statistics to back that up: THE FACTS ARE RIGHT THERE • In 1991 46% of African-American children were chronically hungry, and 40% of Latino children were chronically hungry compared to 16% of white children. Just facts! • Another big issue that is associated with hunger is the amount of food waste produced in America. Half of the amount

of food America produces is thrown away. Recent statistics show that every day, Americans fill an entire 90,000 seat football stadium, which is between 160 to 295 billion pounds. This is equivalent to each American throwing 400 pounds of food away each year. These statistics are appalling, considering that 1 in 6 children do not know where their next meal will come. What is the meaning behind all this food waste? Why aren’t we informed of this on a regular basis to remind all of us to be conscious of our food decisions? We have all grown too comfortable with luxury and need to be awakened to the reality of hunger. A recent study found that if the amount of food waste was even partially corrected this could save American consumers and manufacturers billions of dollars a year. “I cannot say enough about my hus-

band, Scott Roberts and the many, many volunteers for what they do to make this all possible,” Roberts explained. YOU CAN MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE “We have two old vehicles 15 and 18 years old that we use to pick up food from Feeding South Florida and Crossroads Food Bank,” said Roberts. “To keep them running has been costing a fortune. What we would really like is a used U-Haul truck, which would ensure we would do no further damage to the only vehicles we have.” “We have to recognize USA Storage on 441 in Hollywood, who donated 1 year free space for clothing and other items,” Roberts explained. “Without their support, we would really be lost.” On Aug. 31, in an attempt to help curb hunger, we fed 935 people at the 337 S.W. 13th Street in Dania at the Lael Baptist Church.

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Ralph’s International Market is smoking the competition

(Left) Chef Juan, left, and Ray, right, load up the smoker with every meat, poultry and fish imaginable. On this day, he had a whole lamb that was slow smoked all day for a party, and a unique corned beef brisket. Both had Montreal seasoning.

HOLLYWOOD - As he puts the final spice rub on a whole lamb, Chef Juan carries it toward the front of the store and heads to the newest and most popular cooking tool at Ralph’s International Market. As the doors of the woodburning smoker, which is giving off the aroma of a mesquite, hickory and oak wood, fly open, you are introduced to a different world. One that has endless possibilities. As Chef Juan and owner Pat Lucci load up the smoker with every meat, poultry and fish imaginable, this facility - known more for the Eastern European and Middle East foods, is transformed into a smoking mecca. “The combination of the rub we use and the hours of smoke that we infuse in everything has really changed the playing field for us,” Chef Juan admits. “Just in the short time we have had this smoker, we have been able to experiment with new types of foods to slow smoke with our Montreal seasoning as a rub.” While specialty orders are always welcome - such as whole hog and lamb, the smoker has already been a huge part of what Ralph’s International Market has added to a facility that is already one of the most popular in eastern Hollywood. On any given day, you can

A True Shopping Experience For those who are tired of the same old products you get in every grocery store, Ralph’s International Market offers so much more. Nearly every Eastern European and Middle Eastern country has something in the spacious store. From Russian, Croatian and Latvian - to Bulgarian, Israeli, Lebanese, Polish and many other countries, there are cheeses, pickles, sauces, waters, cookies, frozen foods and freshly prepared items. The wine and beer selection is endless. Wines from over 20 countries and beers with alcohol content much higher than you would find that was made in this country. “I sit down with a smoked turkey leg and have one of those Baltika Beers,” said Chef Juan. “That is how you combine the tastes of two great countries.”

watch Chef Juan loading on chickens, ribs, briskets, pork roasts and even Italian sausage which is kicked up with spices and enhanced by the smoking process. “You never hear much about anyone smoking Italian sausage,” Lucci smiled. “I guarantee that if you come in here and taste a piece of that delicious sausage, you will come back - often.” In addition, Chef Juan is always experimenting with meats, fish and poultry - giving Ralph’s International Market a huge advantage over anyone else who does smoking. Different types of wood also play a huge role in the flavor. If you ever go out and try and to find a nice piece of smoked salmon, king or any other kind of fish, you better be prepared to pay a lot of money. That’s not the case here. Doing the entire smoking process in one place cuts down on all costs. Thanksgiving Around The Corner One of the most popular things that Chef Juan smokes are turkeys. They are not only delicious, but loaded with flavor and are quite unique. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s not too early to come in and sample

exactly what a slow smoked turkey tastes like. Many admit that it’s some of the best they’ve ever had. “We make it easy to place a full Thanksgiving order and we will have everything that goes along with it,” Lucci explained. “All the side dishes, breads and desserts for a dining experience that will please everyone.” Dine In - Any Time The first thing you want to do when roaming the many aisles of the store - or check out the prepared foods counter. Fresh smoked chickens, ribs, turkey legs and wings and side dishes are available every day. “Our lunches are the best you will get,” Lucci said. “Look for yourself and you will see how fresh and appealing everything looks.” Where else can you get 2 eggs, choice of meat (bacon, ham or sausage), choice of home fries, oatmeal or grits, toast and coffee included for $2.99? Or maybe choose one of their other items from the menu at the same low prices. How about a daily lunch special from $4.99 to $5.65 that includes one entree and two sides cooked fresh every day? How about a Cuban sandwich, or Gyro, Reuben, or one of the other tasty sandwiches from the grill?

(Middle) Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., owner Pat Lucci still carries his hometown items such as Weber’s Mustard, Chiavetta’s Marinade, P.J.’s Crystal Beach Loganberry Syrup and the famous Anchor Bar hot wing sauce.

Representing Buffalo Even though he has called south Florida home for decades, Lucci never forgot his roots. Growing up in Buffalo, N.Y., those products - such as Weber’s Mustard, Chiavetta’s Marinade, P.J.’s Crystal Beach Loganberry Syrup and hot wing sauce from

the one and only Anchor Bar, are all available to the public right here in Hollywood. The historic creation of the Buffalo Wing came about back in 1964, when owner Teressa Bellissimo was faced with feeding her son and his friends a late snack. Having an excess of chicken wings on hand, she fried up the wings, dipped them in a buttered spicy chile sauce, and served them with celery and blue cheese dressing as a dipping sauce to cut the heat. The wings were an instant hit. When it comes to hot dogs, Ralph’s has some of the finest. Direct from Buffalo are the famous Sahlens and Wardyski’s straight from the famed Broadway Market. Looking for the legenday “White/Red Hots?” How about Rochester’s own Zweigles! Nobody carries these hot dogs, but Ralph’s International Market.

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UNDERSTANDING HOME HEALTH By Terry Adler, CEO, Always Classic Care

Thank you for your great response to this column. These are a few of some recent questions: I’m not able to manage my apartment or drive my car anymore. Will my long term care insurance cover someone to help me? Your long term care insurance covers personal care needed at home only. That means that your policy states that it will cover a home health aide who can help the insured person shower, dress, prepare light meals, do laundry, and straighten up bathroom and kitchen after using them for the care of the patient. The aide can also shop for the insured. Aides are professionals who have been trained with a required amount of state-approved hours in a legitimate training school to provide safe and efficient care with a degree of ethics. They are aware of the services they are allowed to provide under insurance coverage. Services requested other than the aforementioned needs to be agreed upon via a private arrangement between you and your aide. As an agency, we cannot and do not get involved in these arrangements when insurance is involved. But I don’t need anyone to help me with my shower or getting dressed. I also can put light meals together or pop frozen dinners or restaurant leftovers in the microwave. What I

need is someone to drive me shopping, for errands and to doctor appointments. I also need someone to clean my apartment, because I can’t really do it anymore. So, what can I do? Those are considered private services. At Always Classic Care, we can provide them for you at a reasonable out-of-pocket cost, much as you arranged before you qualified for coverage from your long term care insurance. If you explain your needs to me, I can make wonderful recommendations for you. We can provide housecleaners and drivers who provide those services for a living, but are screened as well as our aides prior to our recommending them. Why should I go through an agency if I have to hire someone? I can use someone my neighbor uses. You definitely can hire whomever you like. However, you should consider the following items: • How well do you know this person? Can you trust him or her? Are you sure the aide does not have a police record? All of our recommendations have had to be subjected to an FBI investigative screening. • Is the aide insured to cover any liability if you should become injured while in their care? Are you sure? • Will you be paying your share of their Federal taxes? We do. Many people are unaware of their responsibility

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Once a month New Millennium will have a special group class and party. Admission is $5 for members/$10 for nonmembers. The first party will take place on Thursday August 22nd, 2013 at 7:30 pm and ends at 10 pm. Contact us for details. Group classes include Tango, Salsa/Mambo, Hustle, Foxtrot, Waltz, Merengue, Cha Cha, Swing, Rumba, and Samba! All group classes are $15.

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overhead fan creates a refreshing breeze. Residents and visitors can enjoy the serenity of a duck pond, as well as the beautiful Japanese Koi displaying amazing shades of gold, orange and black as they gently swim through the pristine waters. Nearby fountains, featuring gently trickling water, create a soothing ambiance, as a myriad of butterflies adds to the beautiful atmosphere. The earth-friendly environment extends to the residences, which creates a lovely sense of flow connecting each suite to the stunning gardens. Just outside their doors, residents, their friends and family can take in views of the extraordinary surroundings from their own porches. Fully furnished rooms are available or

individuals may personalize their space with their own possessions. As Director of Community Relations Chris Snider explains, “The goal of Azalea Gardens is to provide Timeless Life Care in an aging-in-place facility. We are dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of each resident and helping them to maintain their independence in a safe, secure environment.” Providing a pleasurable dining experience is an important part of that commitment. Deliciously fresh ingredients are used in preparing the meals, with the menu carefully crafted by a licensed dietician. To ensure that residents’ individual dietary needs are sa-tisfied, personalized meal plans are easily accommodated.

Since a key objective of Azalea Gardens is to empower its residents, a comprehensive personal enrichment program is offered, as are opportunities to form meaningful social connections. Regularly scheduled events, activities and outings include daily exercise in the gazebo, aromatherapy, barbecues every Saturday with family and friends, live music, and other excursions. A shuttle bus takes adventures to local attractions such as Lion Country Safari, the movies and the beach for lunch. Maintaining communication between residents and their family members can provide greater peace of mind. By logging on to a private, secured website, out-of-town and local family members can access

cameras positioned around the property so they may discover what their loved ones are doing each day. Onsite, a state-of-theart computer and video camera allows residents the ability to connect with family and friends through Skype sessions. At Azalea Gardens, you will find excellent quality of care, a rich social environment, and a compassionate, caring staff, all in a beautifully serene community. For more information, call Mary Howard at 954-921-5990 to arrange a tour or visit Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Resort is located at 1701 Mayo Street in Hollywood. ALF LIC# 10106



TARNISHED Alex Rodriguez let a ‘nation’ down By Larry Blustein - Aventura Digest


To fully understand the Alex Rodriguez we are seeing today as he graces the covers of every magazine and newspaper in the country with a negative image it may be wise to go back to where it all started. In southwest Miami, where baseball is a religion at its Hispanic core, the talk at local parks and in one of many places to get an early morning buzz from a cup of Cuban Coffee, centers around what major leaguer is the best, who will be the next great Cuban defector and what local phenom could be the next A-Rod. While these types of discussions have gone on for decades, they have never been faced with a tarnished superstar. These are what many call ‘The Latin

Nation’ - Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Venezuelans. The heart and soul of what Caribbean baseball is all about. The very thought that any of those icons would ever give them something negative to talk about is simply unheard of, and is virtually off limits. What Rodriguez has meant to every fan, who is proud of that Latin heritage, is too much to comprehend. Like those before him - like the great Roberto Clemente - Rodriguez represents one of those elite players who had elevated his play to a level that very few had. “This is a kid who grew up here and played his high school baseball down at Columbus and Westminster Christian,” Frankie Hernandez pointed out. “He has always been one of ours -

because of what he accomplished and had done, always pointing to Miami as his home.” Even when he played for the famed Rich Hoffman at Westminster, Rodriguez was indeed the center of attention. The No. 1 selection of the Seattle Mariners in 1993, maybe some saw a glimpse of what the future held when Rodriguez didn’t immediately sign, opting instead to use his sister to negotiate with the Mariners. After spending so much money to sign the No. 1 pick, the Mariners accelerated his rise to the big leagues - as he made his major league debut as the starting shortstop on July 8, 1994, in Boston at 18 years, 11 months, and 11 days of age. He was just the third 18-year-old Major League shortstop since 1900. He

was also the first 18-year-old Major League player in 10 years, and the youngest position player in Seattle history. “No matter where he went through his career, he was one of those guys that was public enemy No. 1,” said longtime baseball historian Eddie Alvarado. “Seattle, Texas, New York - he was making all the money, dating Madonna and people were jealous, so they automatically didn’t like him.” Alvarado also realized that while much of the country hated Alex and what his lifestyle had become, there was that group of old time Latin ball player, winding down a productive life, talking about the greats - and hanging on to A-Rod as if he were everything. BIOGENESIS ARRIVES When news had spread that Biogenesis of America, a health clinic briefly operating in Coral Gables, specializing in weight loss and hormone replacement therapy, was tying players into Performance Enhancing Drugs, the name Rodriguez was right there - along with others. There were others tied in and names that many knew such as Ryan Braun and Nelson Cruz were being linked, along with A-Rod. That was something that began to scare the community that had nurtured and protected him. “That was when everyone started to believe that Alex was actually part of all this.” said Avarado. “It was really something that hit the older generation hard. The young kids know all about what’s available. These 70-and-80-year-olds know nothing about drugs that add to the performance. They are the type of men who would never take an aspirin.” On Aug. 5, of this year, Rodriguez was suspended through the 2014 season, a total of 211 games, but is being allowed to play pending his appeal of that decision. Twelve other players connected to the Biogenesis case agreed to 50game suspensions without the right to appeal: Antonio Bastardo, Everth Cabrera, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Fautino de los Santos, Sergio Escalona, Fernando Martínez,

Jesús Montero, Jordan Norberto, Jhonny Peralta, César Puello, and Jordany Valdespin. Cabrera, Cruz, and Peralta were All-Stars in 2013. Even though he never tested positive for a PED, Rodriguez, who received the longest suspension of all the players linked to Biogenesis, was punished for “his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years” and “for his attempts to cover up those violations and obstruct a league investigation”, according to MLB. The 13 player suspensions are the most to be imposed simultaneously in the history of organized baseball, the previous record being Kenesaw Mountain Landis’ banning of eight players for life for throwing the 1919 World Series. THERE ARE NO WINNERS At a time when someone like A-Rod has made $325 million in his career, is among the best power hitters of all time and was a sure bet to join all the others in Cooperstown one day, his image had been reduced to one that people now view as a criminal. He is the low of the low. He is someone that very few want to be associated with. Even when he was hit by Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster, only his manager Joe Girardi - came to his defense. A-Rod had found himself on an island - all by himself. But of all those who he hurt the most, it’s that Latin contingent that never had to play judge and jury. All they ever wanted was to worship yet another Dominican youngster who had done them so much good. He was a source of a smile and plenty of pure baseball conversation. “These men can talk baseball all day and argue which player is the best,” Hernandez said. “They will rattle off stats, talk about the great ones they have watched through the years. But there is that hurt that is on all the faces when they see Alex on TV or read about him. It’s a hurt that nobody saw coming. At least not these proud baseball warriors.”

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(November 22 - December 21) You will love September because it’s a solidly strong, friendly month, and it will give you outstanding opportunity to make stellar progress in your career. You will have other things going on in your chart, but career stands out as a top priority.

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Capricorn (December 22 - January 19) There will be much to enjoy about September, dear Capricorn. The Sun has now moved to your ninth house of foreign and distant travel, college level learning, and adventure. Everything starts when the new moon appears early in the month.




(May 21 - June 20) A clustering of positive, supportive planets are now in your home and family sector, suggesting that you are ready to give a critical eye to your apartment or house. Does your space need a touch of paint, a few repairs, and a dab of new stylish, updated accessories?

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LIFESTYLES Uproarious Comedy “Moon Over Buffalo” Now On Stage At Broward Stage Door Theatre By Eleanor Hannan -Aventura Digest


Playwright Ken Ludwig, has had many hits on Broadway, London and throughout the world. His best known play is “Lend Me a Tenor,” which won two Tony Awards and the Olivier Award nomination for Best Play, produced by Lloyd Webber. This was followed by the musical “Crazy For You,” which won awards for Best Musical. His present play is “Moon Over Buffalo.” Just imagine, a down-at-the-heels theatrical family consisting of George and Charlotte Hay, who are traveling actors, who are performing “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in a repertory theatre in Buffalo. Charlotte, a wacky fading beauty has grandiose dreams of becoming a Hollywood film star. George, is very satisfied just being a stage actor, who believes live theatre is far superior to film. Now, picture this not so popular theatrical family, led by a drunken womanizer married to this determined actress, add to the family, a deaf grandmother trying to get back into show business and a daughter who has decided to never act again. They arrange to get together, one more time, for a last chance to become stars, when it is known that Frank Capra needs replacements for the two stars who left his “Private Lives” show. George in a drunken stupor thinks they are performing Cyrano and arrives in full costume. They wind up performing for a TV weatherman, who Charlotte’s hard of hearing mother mistakenly introduces to them as Frank Capra. The result is a disaster. The rest of the play becomes even more and more ridiculously funny. The show will definitely have audiences laughing out loud throughout the play, at the Broward Stage Door Theatre, opening August 30, 2013 through October 6, 2013. Tickets are $16 for students and $38 adults, at the theatre’s box office located at 8036 Sample Road, Coral Springs. Performances are Friday, Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. For information call 954-3447765.

From supplies to volunteering, parents can find ways to support teachers (BPT) - Parents know educating their children is a collaborative effort between families and teachers. Each new school year, parents look for ways to make that effort as fruitful and positive for their children as possible. By supporting their child’s teacher, parents can help ensure kids get the best education possible every year. If you’re looking for ways to show your child’s teacher your support - and facilitate his or her efforts to educate your child - keep these points in mind: Supplies show support Teachers often spend their own money to ensure their students and classrooms have the supplies they need throughout the year. In fact, a study by the National School Supply and Equipment Association found that teachers spend an average of $356 from their own pockets on supplies and instructional materials - a total of $1.3 billion for all U.S. public school teachers. The same study revealed that parents - not governments, corporations or even charities - were the major source of supplemental funds for classroom needs, averaging $19 per student on classroom supplies. This year, parents can do even more to ensure students and teachers have the supplies they need to succeed. Teachers participating in the Staples Teacher Rewards and Reward-A-Classroom programs can now generate custom supply lists that parents can access on Searching by the teacher’s name and city, parents can locate and print out a custom list, and bring it to a Staples store - or order directly from Additionally, through the Reward-AClassroom program, parents can earn extra rewards for a participating teacher of their choice. By linking their Staples Rewards account to a participating teacher’s Rewards Account, parents will earn an additional 2 percent back in Rewards on everything (5 percent back on any Copy & Print order) when they shop in store and online that will go directly to the teacher. Parents will still receive their usual five percent back in

Staples Rewards on everything. “Sometimes, helping obtain needed supplies can be the most supportive thing a parent can do for their child’s teacher,” says Alison Corcoran, senior vice president of stores and online mar-

to helping shows teachers you are as committed to your child’s education as they are. Schools need volunteers for a range of activities, from assisting on testing days and in school libraries to helping out with

keting for Staples. “When parents can help supply teachers simply by spending money on things they would purchase regardless, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.” To learn more about the rewards programs, log on to rewards. Stay in touch - in every way Schools often offer orientation nights to introduce parents to teachers and demonstrate the curriculum students will learn throughout the year. Attending these events is a simple, powerful way to show teachers you support their efforts and appreciate them taking personal time after hours to benefit your children. If your teacher maintains a website or page for your child’s class, be sure to check in regularly for homework assignments, news and any updates to your teacher’s supplies list or wish list. Keeping in touch helps teachers know you’re aware of their work and of students’ achievements. Hands on wherever you are Whether it’s at home checking your child’s homework or as a volunteer in the classroom, taking a hands-on approach

parties, performances, sporting events and other fun occasions. Even if you can only spare an hour a month, you’ll be helping out the teacher - and demonstrating to him or her that you consider yourself a part of the educational team. If volunteering isn’t practical, consistently reinforcing classroom messages and lessons at home can be just as helpful and supportive. Look for ways to incorporate lessons learned in the classroom with day-to-day home life. For example, when your child studies weights and measures, involve him in food prep and use cooking as a way to practice measuring techniques. When your child learns about government and voting, take her with you to the polls so she can see the voting process. “It’s important for all of us to show teachers how much we value their commitment and contribution to our communities,” Corcoran says. “Keeping teachers well-supplied and reinforcing classroom lessons are great ways for parents to help teachers make a difference and ensure their kids get the education they need.”

HEALTH 4. Your plan premiums, co-pays or deductibles are increasing. Price changes occur year to year, so examine the prices you have been paying and what you can expect to pay in the coming year. There may be alternative plans with lower costs available in your area that an experienced Medicare specialist like Allsup can locate. 5. You have moved or are planning to move. It’s important to consider your Medicare plans when moving because you may leave the plan’s service area or have additional options.

Six reasons to switch Medicare plans for 2014 thought it did or that you need, leaving you holding the bill.” Muschler outlined the following six reasons why beneficiaries should review their Medicare plans during the annual open enrollment season. 1. Your health situation has changed. Perhaps you have developed a health condition in the previous 12 months that requires a new prescription drug or ongoing visits to a specialist. It’s important to know whether the plan you have, or decide to purchase, covers these health needs. 2. Your health care provider situation has changed. Physicians may retire or relocate, and medical facilities may change their terms. A number of developments could lead your plans to no longer include the doctors you see or the medical center you visit. “If your doctor choice is important to you, this is a good reason to study your options and possibly switch Medicare plans,” Muschler says. 3. Your coverage changes. Plans can alter the drugs, procedures and conditions they cover. For example, your pre-

scription drug Part D plan may no longer cover the prescription drugs you need to purchase in the coming year, or put restrictions on how and where you purchase them. “Questions about prescription drug costs are one of the top concerns our Allsup Medicare specialists encounter,” Muschler explains. “This is especially critical for those who fall into the prescription drug donut hole.” The donut hole is the gap of coverage in which the individual pays a greater percentage of the drug cost.

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(BPT) - Each year, Medicare open enrollment brings with it changes that can affect nearly 50 million people. The limited enrollment timeframe of just 54 days - Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 - gives all Medicare beneficiaries the opportunity to change their Medicare plans for the coming year to better match their needs and potentially save on health care costs. This includes anyone using original Medicare, Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription drug plans. If your Medicare coverage worked well during the previous year, it may seem simple to continue with those existing Medicare plans. But there are many reasons why this annual enrollment season should grab the attention of Medicare beneficiaries, according to Paula Muschler, manager of the Allsup Medicare Advisor. This is a Medicare plan selection service offering personalized help that includes customized research and enrollment assistance. “In the broadest terms, your Medicare plans may have changed what they cover, or your own needs may have changed, or both,” Muschler says. “If you continue with the same plan next year, you could find your plan doesn’t cover things you

6. Your current plan no longer will be available. In these instances, beneficiaries must select a new plan, or they may default to another plan chosen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “Sometimes plans are eliminated because the provider offers a similar plan, but it’s still important to compare that coverage to what you actually need in the coming year,” Muschler says. Each fall, Medicare participants receive their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) and Evidence of Coverage (EOC) from their current Medicare Advantage and Part D providers. “It’s important you read this information,” Muschler says. “Take time to review your current health care needs, and then compare this to the plan’s coverage for the coming year. “Reviewing your Medicare plan options earlier rather than later will put you in a better position to make changes during the annual enrollment window,” she says. Experienced Medicare specialists such as Allsup are available to help consumers and their family members review Medicare plans and choices for the coming year. For an evaluation of Medicare options, call an Allsup Medicare Advisor specialist at (866) 521-7655 or go to


Five ways to fight fall allergies

(BPT) - Autumn is a season filled with crisp air, falling leaves, pumpkin carving and, of course, hay fever symptoms. Hay fever affects 23.6 million American adults and children, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Symptoms commonly appear during the spring and fall months. “Ragweed blooms from August until November, and is unfortunately lasting longer

every year,” says Dr. Michael Foggs, an allergist and ACAAI presidentelect. “Research suggests the season lasts up to three weeks longer than it used to, and the further north you live, the longer you have to wait for relief.” To help sufferers fight fall allergy symptoms, ACAAI offers these tips: Know the culprits The most common sneeze and wheeze trigger during the fall hay fever season is ragweed

pollen. Ragweed can begin blooming as early as August in some regions. A single ragweed plant may release 1 million pollen grains in just one day, and one grain can travel up to 100 miles. Mold can also be particularly bothersome this time of year. Unlike pollen, mold doesn’t die with the first frost. Rather, spores stop growing during this time. Avoid triggers Ragweed pollen and mold spores can float in the air and linger on fallen

leaves. After spending time outdoors, shower and change and wash your clothes. Clean your nasal passages, too, by using a salt water rinse. While working outdoors, wear a pollen mask, such as a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask. Be sure to also keep your car and home windows closed. Find relief - If you wait until the first sneeze to

take your medication, you may be too late. Allergists recommend taking your medication two weeks before symptoms begin, and continuing for two weeks after the first frost. Because of the nasal and eye symptoms associated with ragweed allergies, symptoms can linger after the pollen is no longer detected in the air. Get tested - While hay fever may not seem serious, self-diagnosis and self-treatment can be. Many popular overthe-counter medications can cause sleep disturbances and mental impairment. If you have symptoms, make an appointment with an allergist for proper testing. Allergy testing

can be done as skin tests or as blood tests, with positive results usually appearing in about 20 minutes. Arm yourself - Allergy symptoms can be bothersome enough without flu symptoms getting in the way. Because the flu season overlaps with fall allergy season, be sure to get a flu shot. Recent studies have found even those with an egg allergy can safely get a flu shot. An allergist may also prescribe immunotherapy (allergy shots) to provide you with allergy relief during the fall months. While there is no cure for hay fever, this form of therapy can prevent and modify disease progression.

Seasonal allergies and asthma are serious diseases that should be properly treated by a board-certified allergist. More information and free allergy tools, including the My Nasal Allergy Journal, can be found at

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Dr. Charlton Adler Heel Pain From Plantar Faciitis Affects 10% Of US Population By Marylynne Newmark, Medical Writer

NORTH MIAMI BEACH - The most common cause of heel pain here in the United States is a condition called plantar fasciitis. Athletes are affected, as well as soldiers, sales people on their feet over long periods of time and those who are overweight. It can affect one foot or both. What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fascia is the flat band of ligament that connects our heel bones to our toes. The plantar fasciia supports the arches of our feet. If it becomes strained by walking, running or standing for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces, it can become weak, swollen and irritated, resulting in severe heel pain. People with flat feet or high arches are prone to this condition. Pronation (rolling of the feet inward when walking) is also a predictor of plantar fasciitis. Those with tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles are at risk for this, as well as people who are

overweight, or wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out. Pain is usually felt in the heel and foot with the first step out of bed in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. It is also likely to be felt after standing for a long period of time or when climbing stairs. How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed? After an indepth assessment of your medical history that would include past injuries and illnesses as well as current conditions under treatment, your podiatrist will assess how you stand and walk, where the pain is, what time of day you experience the most pain, and your level of physical activity. He or she may even xray your foot to rule out a stress fracture.

on activities that are associated with the pain. NSAIDS like Advil or other antiinflammatories such as Tylenol or Aspirin may be prescribed to reduce the painful inflammation, or ice applications may help. We may prescribe toe and calf stretches with a towel several times a day. Shoes with a good arch support and/or cushioned soles are definitely recommended. If pain continues after these conservative approaches are employed, splints may be customized for the patient, and in extreme conditions where pain continues for more than six months, surgery may be recommended. A visit to your podiatrist after several weeks of pain would definitely be in order to alleviate your discomfort and avoid long-term damage. Don’t delay. Early intervention can save you a lot of pain.

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REAL ESTATE Four fast, easy kitchen projects you can complete this weekend

(BPT) - Minor kitchen updates can result in enhanced appearance, enjoyment and increased home value. With a free weekend and a modest budget, you can accomplish some do-it-yourself projects that will give your kitchen a whole new look. Focus on projects that will have maximum impact with minimal time invested. These would be projects such as restoring existing tile work or installing a tile backsplash, switching out cabinet hardware, or painting an accent wall or the ceiling rather

than the whole room. Here are four simple kitchen improvements that you can do in a day or two: 1. Rejuvenate existing tile and grout - Old, stained tile and grout can make an entire surface appear dated and dingy, even if the tile itself is in good condition. Cleaning or recoloring grout can breathe new life into existing tile work, whether its countertops, flooring or a backsplash. Products like the Aqua Mix brand of tile cleaners and sealants can help remove stains and brighten surfaces without damaging grout. If your grout is in good shape, but you’re just tired of the off-white or gray color, try updating it with a grout colorant. Aqua Mix makes an easy-to-use water-

based epoxy available in 24 different colors that recolors, seals and renews existing grout. 2. Create a trendy tile backsplash - Tile without hiring a professional. If you’re a doit-yourselfer with the right tools and a little bit of know-how, you can easily add a tile backsplash featuring colorful glass or metallic tiles for that designer look in the kitchen. “Adding a backsplash with decorative tiles creates a new focal point and at the same time brings in a fresh accent color to the kitchen. Follow through with additional touches and inexpensive accessories such as towels, a new curtain or decorative glass jars to complete the transformation,” says independent interior designer Ann Borsheim. Products like the SimpleMat brand tile setting mat make it easy to install tile - on a backsplash, countertop or shower wall. Because the mat’s double stick adhesive sheets eliminate the need to apply mortar, so you can work at your own pace. Start with a smooth surface

- you can even tile over existing tile surfaces - place the mat in position, cut as needed with scissors or a utility knife, press the tiles of your choice in place and grout immediately using a premixed or single-component grout product. SimpleMat is available exclusively at Home Depot in sheets or as a value-size role for larger projects. Never installed tile before? No problem - check out the manufacturer’s instruction videos at 3. Replace dated hardware Cabinet replacement can be costly and time-consuming - and best left to professionals. But you can easily and quickly give your cabinets a whole new look by replacing outdated hardware. If your cabinets are still builderbare of knobs, handles or pulls, adding them can not only make them look fresh, it can make them much easier to use. It’s easy to find hardware to suit virtually any design theme or taste, with many home improvement stores carrying a wide range of designer styles from sleek, mod-

ern metallics to Victorianinspired glass. 4. Get creative with paint Painting is one of the most powerful, cost-effective ways to recreate the look of a room, but painting the entire space can be time-consuming. If you’re not up for a full day of painting four walls and all that trim, consider painting one wall in an eyecatching accent color. Or, for something really different albeit a bit more work - paint the ceiling in a hue that complements the current wall color. No design rule says your kitchen ceiling must be plain white, so spice it up with a color that speaks to you. Updating your kitchen is a rewarding home-improvement job, and can enhance the kitchen’s appearance and your enjoyment of it, as well as boost your home’s value. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, even a minor kitchen renovation will return more than 75 percent of its cost when you sell your home.


REAL ESTATE What’s your home’s price tag now? sonable expectations. “If your area is in a buyer’s market, your home’s market value may be lower than you’d like. You might not have as much leverage against a buyer who wants to negotiate, so you need to know where you’re starting,” Halliwell says. Even if you’re planning to stay in your home, market value matters when taking out a home equity line of credit or home equity loan. For example, you may be planning a kitchen remodel and need $40,000, or you want to tap your equity to help pay your kids’ college tuition. Depending on your creditworthiness, many lenders will allow you to borrow up to 85 percent of your home’s value, less any mortgage or other equity loan on that property.

Replacement value If your home is completely destroyed because of, say, a fire or natural disaster, replacement cost is what it would take to remove debris and rebuild the structure from the ground up based on construction costs in your area. “Our philosophy, which is backed by years of experience, is that homes should be insured for 100 percent of the minimum estimated replacement cost,” says Cedric Matterson, a senior staff underwriter with USAA. Unless your insurance covers replacement costs, he says, you run the risk of coming up short if the costs to rebuild your home are more than your coverage will pay. As building costs go up, homeowners insurance can shield you from rising building costs.


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(BPT) - As the housing market bounces back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What’s my home worth now? There’s actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a certified financial planner at USAA. He says your home has three potentially very different price tags based on its: 1. Market value 2. Replacement value 3. Property tax value “Since different values can be used for different reasons, it’s important to understand when each applies,” Halliwell says, adding that some of these values may move in different directions at the same time. Market value This is the amount homes in your area are bought and sold for. It’s the measure most folks think of when they try to estimate their home’s worth or value. Determined in part by the going rate for similar houses in your city and neighborhood, market value is not based on what you paid for the home or how much it cost you to finish out the basement, reroof or remodel the kitchen. Many intangibles factor into this figure. Understanding the market value helps you calculate your total net worth and how much equity you have in your home. To calculate equity, subtract the amount you owe on your home from its market value: That’s about how much profit you could receive from a sale. To strengthen your negotiating position with potential buyers, get an accurate idea of your home’s market value. A real estate agent can tell you the selling prices of similar homes in your area, helping you set rea-

Property tax value This is the number taxing authorities use to calculate your property tax bill. A given home may be taxed by more than one jurisdiction - hospital and school districts, for example - and each may apply its own math. Typically, property tax values are meant to approximate the home’s market value, though sometimes there’s a big discrepancy between the two because of outdated assessments or mistakes by assessors. An accurate property tax valuation ensures your tax bill isn’t too low or too high. If the property tax value of your home exceeds the market value, consider contesting the value with your taxing authority. And be aware that certain actions on your part, such as remodeling, could cause a reassessment and result in a larger tax bill.






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September 2013 Aventura Digest  
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