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AKAM On-Site-Florida hosts ‘It’s All About China’ featuring Dr. Steven Moll, Florida Int. University BY BARI AUERBACH

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xceptional Management — the apropos motto of AKAM On-Site–Florida was the theme of the day when the award-winning residential management organization hosted an Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable luncheon at Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park. The event featured an It’s All About China presentation by Dr. Steven Moll, Florida International University’s interim Vice Provost, Biscayne Bay Campus, focusing on what FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management is doing to engage business and education in China. FIU expanded its reach in hospitality studies to China in 2006 when it unveiled the U.S. School of Hospitality and Tourism in Tianjin - a joint venture between the Chinese government and an American university heralded as “the first of its kind.” Standing in for AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman, Bob Hollander of Brown & Brown Insurance, AKAM Living Services CEO Leslie Kaminoff and AKAM On-Site president Ellen Lohr welcomed AMC members and special guests including post-graduate and undergraduate students from China enrolled in FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. “When AKAM started looking to expand beyond the New York market, we found the best opportunity in South Florida,” Kaminoff said. “Now celebrating our 10th anniversary here, AKAM serves luxury multi-family associations spanning from Fisher Island to West Palm Beach. AKAM specializes in providing Ritz-Carlton-caliber management at a

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Students from FIU Biscayne Bay Campus School of Hospitality and Tourism Management with FIU’s Vice Provost Dr. Steven Moll and Jessica Siskind (far right); and AKAM’s Ellen Lohr and Leslie Kaminoff • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Representing AKAM (l-r) AKAM Living Services VP of Corporate Development Barbara Dershowitz and CEO Leslie Kaminoff; AKAM On-Site President Ellen Lohr, Controller Laurel Robinson, Managing Director AKAM Fisher Island Jeffrey Miller, Executive Assistant Lois Hernandez, VP of Operations Bob Dallin, Director of Service Excellence Susan Fitch

(PHOTOS BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN)


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Around Town in Aventura Indulge in delicious confections at Aventura Mall’s Chocolate Festival Satisfy that ever-present sweet tooth at Aventura Mall’s Chocolate Festival on Sunday, October 10th from 12 noon to 4 p.m. A chocoholic’s dream, the mall’s Center Court will showcase a decadent display of delicious chocolate morsels prepared by some of South Florida’s most popular restaurants. A true celebration of all things chocolate, visitors can tantalize their taste buds by purchasing mouthwatering treats from participating restaurants, while admiring a runway show featuring the latest in chocolate-inspired fashions designed by students from Miami International University of Art & Design beginning at 2 p.m. Children can play with their food without a word from Mom and Dad at the kid’s chocolate station, and raffles offering fabulous prizes will be held throughout the event.

Guests can be a part of the Chocolate Festival by purchasing tickets for $1 each or 13 tickets for $10. The tickets can then be traded in to vendors for the chocolate treats. Proceeds from the Chocolate Festival benefit the Children’s Craniofacial Association. Participants in Aventura Mall’s Chocolate Festival include: Chef Allen’s, Grand Lux Café, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, The Grateful Palate, Porto Vita, Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Turnberry Ocean Colony, Cupcakes for Change, Starbucks, We Take the Cake, Nordstrom, Alisa’s Painted Bistro and Ocean Prime. Located at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura Mall is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, Noon to 8 p.m. For more information call 305-935-1110, visit AventuraMall.com or join their Facebook fan page.

Aventura City of Excellence School celebrates Peace Day Aventura City of Excellence School, (ACES) and the City of Aventura 2010 Peace Day Program “Building Peace Through Leadership - Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders” was a remarkable experience that joined ACES 4th and 6th grade students, staff, parents, and the Aventura community together at the new Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (AACC). A beautiful gallery displayed student art expressions on “Peace and Leadership.” Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb along with Commissioners and City Manager Eric Soroka were on hand to deliver the official proclamation. The program featured student art, essays, and poetry winners, ACES new National Junior Honor Society led by Ms. Eizenbaum, a keynote presentation by the AntiDefamation League, the Middle School Dance Troupe and

Anti-Defamation League designates ACES a “No Place for Hate” school

national distribution. “The City of Aventura is committed to building peace through their leadership,” stated ACES Principal Julie Alm. “As a testament to this commitment, the city has proclaimed today a day of peace in the city. Today’s ceremony demonstrates that our leaders of tomorrow are being recognized as substantial citizens today.” For more information about ACES, call 305-466-1499.

ACES students gather on stage –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

a spectacular DVD production by the Nicolella family highlighting students, staff and administrative discussions on how Peace is built through Leadership at ACES and in the world. ADL Florida Regional Director, Andrew Rosenkranz stated, “ADL is proud to designate Aventura City of Excellence School as a No Place for Hate® School. Students and teachers work together to foster a bias-free environment in a school that embraces diversity and teaches the next generation how to build bridges of understanding and respect for differences.” Parent Rosane Alves-Garcia led ACES Good Samaritan program, where students collected 560 gift boxes filled with essential items for needy children, destined for inter-

ACES students gathered 560 gift boxes filled with essential items for needy children


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AKAM On-Site-Florida hosts ‘It’s All About China’ Continued from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– reasonable fee, focusing on delivering superior operational and financial management and reporting to protect our clients’ investments while enhancing their quality of life.” To cultivate the finest professionals, AKAM sponsors continuing education programs for their property managers and chief engineers – similarly, to recruit the best faculty for the U.S. School of Hospitality and Tourism in Tianjin, Moll explained FIU recruited Chinese educators who came to live in this community and pursue higher degrees. “They learned how our faculty taught and the culture of FIU so they were able to go to Tianjin and teach courses the same way we do so there’s consistency in the educational product we deliver to students. “Utilizing the Skype communications program, at least twice a semester we have meetings with our colleagues in China. This has been recognized by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools now using our management program as the model for all international programs. “This partnership requires constant communication for success. It involves faculty, administration and all of our students here in South Florida, who can choose to spend either one semester or an academic year studying in China - or students in China can choose to study here.” Moll also noted, “Academics are one part of the equation – the South Beach Wine and Food Festival FIU runs in partnership with Southern Wine and Spirits has netted about $4.6 million over the past two years and proceeds have been used to bestow scholarships. As a result, FIU’s School of Hospitality Management and Tourism is regarded as ‘the premier program for major event management.” In conclusion Moll said, “China looks at the investment in their people as a long-term growth strategy – it’s one I think we should all embrace as well. ‘It’s all about China’ - but really all about people and the relationships we cultivate.”

For more information about AKAM, call 561-994-4870 or visit akam.com; fiu.edu –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Dr. Steven Moll, FIU Biscayne Bay Campus with event hosts Ellen Lohr, AKAM On-Site and Leslie Kaminoff, AKAM Living Services

Above: Shirley Flagler, Northern Trust with Bob Hollander, Brown & Brown Insurance

Right: Aventura Marketing Council Chairman’s Roundtable members filled the room

(PHOTOS BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN)

Mary Lee, Christine Lee’s at Gulfstream Park with Sen. Gwen Margolis


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Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Miami raises $85K for Childhood Hunger Over 800 gourmands recently helped welcome back Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Miami to the legendary Fairmont Turnberry Isle in Aventura. South Florida’s premier culinary benefit was a huge success raising $85,000 to fight childhood hunger. The special evening showcased great wines, champagne, a fabulous silent and live auction, and the latest cuisine from more than 40 celebrated chefs including longtime event chair Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s. Three-time Emmy award-winning TV anchor and local celebrity Laurie Jennings of WPLG Miami emceed the grand affair. Participating chefs and restaurants in this year’s Taste of the Nation Miami were Hiro Asano of Abokado, Simon Stojanovic of AltaMare, Dennis J.J. van Daatselaar of Aruba Tourism Authority, Chris Capron of Asia De Cuba, Bruno Egea of Blue Door at

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Chef Allen Susser, Event Chair for Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Miami, shared the stage at this year’s culinary benefit with Celebrity Chef Ralph Pagano (left of Allen) and Emmy award-winning newscasters Laurie Jennings and Calvin Hughes from Channel 10

Delano & Blue Sea, Gabriel Fenton of Bourbon Steak, Ryan Egozi of Cantina Laredo, Daniel Buss of Cascata Grille at Fairmont Turnberry Isle, Allen Susser of Chef Allen’s and Taste Gastropub, Taria Navaro of China Grill, Holger Struett of Chops Lobster Bar, Shar Melwani of Cookies by Shar, Douglas Rodriguez of De Rodriguez Cuba, Frank Jeannetti of Essensia Restaurant and Lounge, Jeff O’Neil of Gibraltar, John Suley of Gotham at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Jennifer Behar of Jennifer’s Homemade, Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab, Luis Pous of Little Palm Island, Frederic Delaire of Preston’s Loews Miami Beach, Sean Brasel of Meat Market, Jose Mendin of Mercadito, Nespresso, Peter Vauthy of Red The Steakhouse, Jean Jouvens of Sawa Restaurant & Lounge, Shake Shack, Dana Brizee of Smith & Wollensky, Marc Vidal

of Solea, Jason Smith of Steak 954, Alberto Cabrera of STK, Timon Balloo of Sugercane Raw Bar Grill, Juliana Gonzales of SushiSamba Dromo, Luis Padilla of The Grill on the Alley, Jonathan Wright of The Restaurant, Leah Schmaman of We Take the Cake, Whole Foods Market and Marco Ferraro of Wish at the Hotel. Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® is the country’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid in America grows up hungry. Each spring, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at more than 45 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. There are over 17 million kids in America with 637,000 of this total in Florida - that’s 1 in 4 children who do not

Fairmont Turnberry Isle Sous Chef Giovanni Arias joins Resort Chef Daniel Buss –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

know when they will have their next meal. In South Florida, funds are distributed to beneficiaries such as FLIPANY, Feeding South Florida, and Florida Impact. Taste of the Nation is sponsored nationally by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Brown-Forman, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Stella Artois, while Carnival Cruise Lines, Nespresso, Whole Foods, Cadillac and POM are among the local sponsors for the popular Miami event. Since its inception 25 years ago, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $70 million. Funds raised in 2009 supported 400 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad. To get involved, visit StrengthFlorida.org

Dr. Tracey Heiken, a hometown girl, joins Aventura Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics BY LYNN CARROLL

The practice, located in the same facility as the Dental Care Group in Aventura, Dr. Tracey Heiken, a University of recently added 12 exam chairs in an allMiami graduate who earned her doctorate digital environment specially designed for in dentistry at Nova pediatrics and orthodontics. Southeastern University The office features new overand served her residency at head LCD screens with the latTemple University Hospital est movies, a dedicated waiting in Philadelphia where she room, prizes for children and received her certificate in above all, a top-notch, caring, pediatric dentistry recently clinical staff. joined the professional staff Aventura Pediatric Dentistry of Aventura Pediatric and Orthodontics remains the Dentistry & Orthodontics, only local children’s dental located at 2797 NE 207th practice that is open on Dr. Tracey Heiken Street, Suite 201 in the heart Saturdays, which is very con–––––––––––––––– of Aventura. venient for patients who no

longer have to miss school and parents who no longer have to miss work because of a child’s dental appointment. Dr. Heiken, a South Florida native, is a graduate of North Miami Beach Senior High School. She is a member of the Florida Dental Association, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Women’s Dental Society and Alpha Omega, a professional dental fraternity. “What I always wanted to do,” Dr. Heiken said, “is help people look their best. Because every child is a beautiful person, I believe every child should have a beautiful smile.” Dr. Heiken says that from the time she

decided to pursue dentistry, it was clear that she wanted to specialize in the treatment of children. Since joining Aventura Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in July, Dr. Heiken has come to be known to her young patients as “Dr. Tracey.” She says she always wanted to bring her skills as a pediatric dentist “back home” and is thrilled that she is now living her dream in her own backyard. Dr. Tracey currently resides in Aventura and is active in the community through involvement in several South Florida-based nonprofit organizations. For appointments or information, call 305-935-1613 or visit online at AventuraPediatricDentistry.com


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‘Aventura Playhouse’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY The City of Aventura will be hosting a grand opening celebration for the new Arts and Cultural Center on Oct. 23 - but until the curtain goes up on the big event, you can see a lot of entertaining performances already taking center stage around town… Hairspray – There are many different hair salons in Aventura – but what they all have in common are some “Dream Girls” who would rather miss a “Rent” payment than a standing appointment. Les Miserables – Bumper to bumper delays can spark some “Wicked” temper tantrums – but now that the city has enhanced roadways - .traffic should start moving along like “Grease” lightening! Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Even Joseph would probably wish he could go shopping at Aventura Mall for a fashion forward coat – and for sure Daddy Warbucks would spend big

bucks buying “Annie” a new wardrobe at Nordstroms, Bloomies or Macy’s! Mamma Mia! – Virtually everywhere you look, there’s a brigade of baby carriages…All the moms and dads enjoying life in the city are proving that Aventura’s former reputation for being strictly a retirement community has faded away - just like the “Phantom of the Opera.” Mary Poppins – This Broadway musical is about a magical nanny – but right here in Aventura, all the families with children have spawned a large population of au pairs quite adept at making diaper rash disappear - and some alone-time for parents miraculously re-appear! Avenue Q – In Aventura, “Q” could stand for quintessential as all avenues lead to the highest quality of life…In fact, avid Aventura fans agree you don’t have to travel all the way to the “South Pacific” to feel like you’re in paradise. The Producers: For producing proactive initiatives like building an Arts and Cultural Center and striving to make every lucky Aventura resident feel like a “Lion King” or queen, members of the City Commission and city staff may not get a Tony Award any time soon – but a standing ovation just might suffice!

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Acqualina gets jazzy during the Third Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Festival This fall, the 3rd Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest kicks off at Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, October 15th. The evening will feature an intimate performance by Jazz Composer and Pianist, Toni Sona in the resort’s Aaria Bar & Lounge. Aaria features a 20-foot bar and separate lounge area serving signature cocktails, sushi and a lounge menu. Set amid the backdrop of 2.5 miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest will again celebrate the extraordinary sounds of jazz music throughout the event weekend; produced by the City of Sunny Isles Beach in partnership with the Sunny Isles Beach Tourism and Marketing Council to benefit Joshua’s Heart Foundation and Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation. The 3rd Annual Sunny Isles Beach Jazz Fest will feature Ed Calle with performances by Oriente, Jesse Jones, Jr. and other notable local jazz artists. VIP tickets can be purchased in advance

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Fun Palette celebrates Grand Opening, Oct. 14 Art + Fun = Fun Palette The community is invited to unleash their creativity and join The Fun Palette as they celebrate their grand opening with live artist demonstrations, and prizes of free classes as well as complimentary wine and cheese. Scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 14th, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., owner and noted artist Cari Cohen says, “If you are looking for an original idea for a social event, girls’ night out, birthday party or just a fun art class, be sure to join us on October 14th to see just how much fun there is in painting.” Cari Cohen, hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, obtained her degree in Architecture, which she currently uses as her foundation for her creative projects. When she moved to South Florida nine years ago, she started building a name in abstract art and jewelry. Her artistic career has gone hand-in-hand with her appreciation for teaching adults and children. Through her art classes, Cari transmits her knowledge about abstract art and jewelry making. Fun Palette is located at 18384 W. Dixie Highway, Bays 3 – 4, North Miami Beach 33160. For more information, call 786-301-5174 or visit TheFunPalette.com

valet parking, a complimentary glass of champagne or wine, access to the event and preferential seating based on availability. If only interested in attending Toni Sona’s performance at Acqualina, guests have the option of purchasing a general admission ticket for $25 and $8 valet parking fee. The performance is from 8 to 11 p.m. and guests are welcome to take advantage of the Aaria Lounge Menu until midnight. Aaria’s outdoor veranda overlooking the ocean is perfect for sipping cocktails or enjoying alfresco dining as well. Acqualina Resort & Spa on the Beach, South Florida’s ultra-luxury retreat, is a place where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach and is the recipient of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award for 2010. It is located at 17875 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach. For more information on Acqualina or how to purchase tickets, call 305-918-6777 or visit AcqualinaResort.com

South Florida Shomrim Society to honor Broward commander, Bal Harbour Chief BY LYNN CARROLL

The South Florida Shomrim Society’s much-anticipated 2010 Annual Dinner Dance will honor Commander Michael Calderin of the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Chief Thomas E. Hunker of the Bal Harbour Police Department, says Event Chairman Lt. Michael Bentolila of the Aventura Police Department. The event takes place Nov. 10th at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, 20400 NE 30th Avenue. Chief Hunker will be honored as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, while Commander Calderin, who is currently with the Broward County Crimestoppers Division, has been named Person of the Year. The annual event typically attracts leading law enforcement officials from throughout the area as well as from other Shomrim chapters around the nation. Aventura Turnberry’s Events by Premier will cater the dinner, Lt. Bentolila says. Orvieto’s Trophies Awards & More will provide the trophies and Andrew Goldstein Photography will be photographing the event this year. The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m.

with hors d’ouerves. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Other features include open bar, music and dancing, and convenient parking. Cost of the event is $75; $750 for a table of 10. “As a registered nonprofit group,” Lt. Bentolila said, “we are also looking for donations.” The South Florida Shomrim Society is open to men and women of the Jewish faith currently or previously engaged in law enforcement or firefighting services at federal, state, county or municipal levels. Associate memberships are available to anyone who supports the organization’s mission, which includes fostering the religious spirit and interests of its members and families, strengthening friendships and promoting the social well-being and welfare of members and the local community, improving the public image of public safety officials, and support of the criminal justice system and other organizations with similar objectives. For tickets, contact David Lewis, 954445-1431 or david.shomrim@gmail.com. For more information, visit online southfloridashomrim.com


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AKAM On-Site-Florida hosts ‘It’s All About China’

Students from Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High Academy of Hospitality and Tourism program flanked by Lead Teacher Stephanie Trinidad and Ben Launerts, Marksman Security

Bill Worrall, The Continental Group; Guest; Oscar Llorente, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Claudio Stivelman, Shefaor Development with Jeff Green, FBI

Sen. Gwen Margolis; Roger Bernstein, Bernstein Osberg-Braun & DeMoraes Immigration Attorneys; North Miami Beach Mayor Myron Rosner; Sandy O’Neil, World Trade Center Miami

Arnold Goldman, The Alternative Board; Josh Krut and Andy Lewis, Eisinger Brittany Patton and Annette Winkler, The Fairmont Turnberry Isle flanked by Brown Lewis Frankel Chaiet Krut Steve Goitia and Eric Beck, IT Doctors

Danielle Tworek and Angelique Santana, Equinox Fitness

Dan Palmer, Aventura News; Peter L. Fishel, CPA; Bob Lilienfeld, Melnick Lilienfeld & Castonguay, CPA’s; Dr. Wilbert “Tee” Holloway, MDCPS Board Member

Above: Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb; Sen. Gwen Margolis; Madeline Giardello and Irene Levin, Biscayne Cove

Right: Aventura Comm. Billy Joel (center) joins students from FIU Biscayne Bay Campus

Jeff Green, FBI; Dimitry Shaposhnikov, DS Xpress; Mark Schmulian, Shefaor Development


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featuring Dr. Steven Moll, Florida International University

Ben Launerts, Marksman Security with Jeffrey Miller, AKAM Fisher Island

Alan Neufeld, Neufeld Kleinberg Pinkiert; Aventura Comm. Bob Diamond; Denise Rubin, Prudential Florida Realty; Stuart Geller, Geller Design Group

Maxine Lopez, Airstron with guest

Kevin Shacter, Northern Trust and FIU student FIU student with Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank Alphoncia Lafrance Mompremier, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network flanked by Janie Guirola and Sara Fox, America Service Industries

Louis Pincus, The Continental Group and FIU student

Dr. Steven Moll with Bal Harbour Mayor Jean Rosenfield

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Shelley Phillips, Fast Care; Kim Cera and Lance Detoto, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort; Loretta Hardial and Karen Rueda, Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach

FIU student with Stephanie Trump, The Trump Group


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Write your own epitaph Patricia C.Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING An epitaph consists of the words spoken or written about a person who has died. It is frequently used as an inscription on the memorial stone as well. These words are adjectives which describe the most prominent traits of the deceased. They capture and characterize the individual. It is a good idea to write your own epitaph and then to live up to it. It is a good idea to decide how you want to be remembered. Take some time to think about it. What words do you want to come to mind when people and loved ones think of you and speak of you? There are many to choose from; loving and giving, selfish and stingy, noble or ignoble, happy or sad, kind or mean. You can be remembered in a negative way as controlling, demanding, and ruthless, or in a positive way as caring, compassionate, dependable, and honest.

The adjectives you choose should describe your character not your physical traits. It is nice but it doesn’t matter if you are intelligent or handsome or a great singer. What matters is how you treated people. Unfortunately, many people rush through life without a moment’s thought about how their actions touch and change the lives of others. They are focused on their own immediate needs. They are unaware of the needs or rights of others. Perhaps, this will make them pause and consider their life and their impact on the rest of the world. It is quite common when told of the death for the individual to ask, “How did he die?” The correct question should be, “How did he live?” What did he do to make the world a better place by his presence? You still have time to create the impression you wish to make and leave behind. Your epitaph can inspire those who see it or hear it. It can serve as an example of how a life can be lived. You still have time to choose your epitaph. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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Ocean Prime hosts ‘prime time’ networking event BY BARI AUERBACH

Just as TV networks were launching their new fall lineups, Ocean Prime at Aventura Mall hosted a “prime time” networker starring talented under-45 Aventura Young Professionals invited to build business during a luncheon even more thrilling than the season debut of The Event. AYP chair Jeff Levinson of Sabadell United Bank joined by Ocean Prime general manager Greg Sage and executive chef Jason Shelley helped welcome a great cast of guests gathered at the modern American supper club perfect for singles, couples and the Modern Family. The acronym CSI took on the new meaning “Culinary Sensational Ideas” as leaders from Wells Fargo Advisors, Melnick, Lilienfeld & Castonguay, CPA’s, Williams Island POA and BankUnited discovered Ocean Prime’s lunch and dinner menus featuring fish, steaks and handcrafted cocktails garnering rave reviews thanks to the ingenuity of famed restaurateur Cameron Mitchell. Friends from Coane & Associates, Double Click Companies, the Westin Diplomat Resort, J. Sugarman Auction Corp., DS Xpress and Circle of Lifesaving also complimented Ocean Prime’s striking interior design – even more beautiful than America’s Next Top Model boasting high ceilings, warm finishes, rich woods, contemporary styled sheer drapery, state-of-the-art lighting, granite bar tops and spacious tables make for “a quintessential dining experience.” With great Glee, colleagues from Morton’s Steakhouse, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, the Office of Dr. Frederick Knoll and Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort looked forward to sampling Ocean Prime signature dishes including Ginger Salmon, Chilean Sea Bass, Twin Lobster Tails, Blackened Snapper, Sea Scallops, New York Strip and Filet Mignon. Plus everyone agreed The Apprentice sides would even tempt Mr. Trump to order

parmesan truffle French fries, candied yams with marshmallow brulee, black truffle macaroni and cheese, creamed spinach, and jumbo asparagus with hollandaise. For providing a great excuse to get out of The Office for a power lunch, teams from the Office of Dr. Richard Galitz, Costco, ASAP Services, Seo4anyone.com, FastCare, Make-A-Wish Foundation and attorney Mark J. Lynn also applauded Ocean Prime’s signature salads, sandwiches and lunch features like Crab Crusted Blue Tilapia. Executives from Elite Care at Home, Fidelity Investments, Kent Security, Double Tree Ocean Point Resort, Riemer Insurance and State Farm concluded you’d have to be living under a 30 Rock not to have heard about Ocean Prime’s excellent appetizers including White Truffle Caviar Deviled Eggs, Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli, Aged Wisconsin Cheddar Fondue, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and Ahi Tuna Tartar. While exchanging business cards, AYP members from Total Bank, Oral Facial Complete Care, Stern Bloom Media, Prudential, EWM Realty, Chariff Realty and Paychex noted Ocean Prime is the perfect place for corporate functions and milestone social events like How I Met Your Mother. Two private dining rooms can accommodate seating for up to 35 guests with special banquet menus and available audio visual services. When it was time for the door prize drawing, it only took a Minute to Win It when lucky Silvia Icaza of Prudential Florida Realty received a $75 Ocean Prime gift certificate. Then, the unanimous pledge was to come back soon with an Entourage for a pleasurable Ocean Prime dining experience or “The Prime Hour” in the lounge MondayFriday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. featuring delicious appetizers, wines by the glass and handcrafted cocktails. Before the luncheon was over, AYP members gave Ocean Prime the highest ratings while being tempted to indulge in chocolate peanut butter pie and blueberry lemon cheesecake – definitely worth the few extra pounds it might add to Grey’s Anatomy. For reservations at Ocean Prime in Aventura Mall, phone: 305- 931-5400 or visit ocean-prime.com

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The power of three Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer

EAT THIS... DRINK THAT So food today is based on more, more, more; more ingredients, more components, more sauces. I want to know what happened to the days when good food was good food. I recently returned from Italy where simplicity is key. Three ingredients the local s say…you should use only the freshest seasonal ingredients and let them speak for themselves. And they were right. I ate my way through a variety of places including Venice, Rome, Florence, Amalfi, and Postitano, I started noticing all of the dishes components. For the life of me, most were made up of three (maybe four) ingredients. Tomato, basil and Mozzarella – a classic Caprese… Spaghetti, olive oil and herbs… Garlic, butter, bread – a classic garlic bread (herbs or paprika for added oomph! Mussels, white wine and garlic (see herbs note above…Classic mussels (okay, add French baguette to sop the juice, but that’s different) The point – if the food is fresh and delicious, there’s no need to mask it with a million other “things”. I went to Crush and Cuisine, the kick off food and wine event the Diplomat last week. There were a bunch of restaurants showcasing their cuisine. I am a purist (as many of you may know) and do not want to have layers on layers on layers of foods that are placed together unnaturally. I

understand that there are so many complimentary flavors, but let’s at least keep our proteins pure. Avenue 29 did a great tuna tar tare. It was almost diced, and laced with jalapeno. Not too much where I was crying from simply putting it in my mouth, but the after bite was certainly enough to make me aware of its presence. Served on either a spoon or in a “purse hand-made of dough) it was like a party in my mouth (yes, I actually did just say that). It made me shake my head and smile when I chewed it. I hear it’s on the catering menu and that in and of itself would make me consider booking there. Capitol Grill is another. Great beef, and a bun. Voila! That’s it. Enough said. Links Restaurant & Lounge, a new eatery in the diplomat offered a scallop (perfectly cooked and seasoned may I add. It sat atop pulled braised short rib. Also delish and filled with flavor. Seriously though, you had me at the scallop. I understand that short rib is all the rage, but then do two dishes featuring the best qualities of each! Think about it. Through the years: peanut, jelly and white bread (three ingredients); Hot dog, bun, mustard (relish, if you must); even a S’more is graham crackers, marshmallow and chocolate. So, my point is, the next time you are at home and thinking about what to cook – simply head to Whole foods or (if you can find one in South Florida) a good farmer’s market. Pick out three great ingredients and go to town! Shari Lynn Rothstein has been writing about food, wine, lifestyles and fashion for more than 20 years, in New York and Florida. She resides in Aventura. Shari can be reached at shari@slkcreative.com for comments, questions thoughts.

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Mount Sinai Medical Center launches text donation campaign BY JOANNA PALMER On October 4th, Mount Sinai Medical Center Foundation launched its text message donation campaign, a new, exciting initiative that enables the public to make philanthropic contributions via their cell phones in support of Mount Sinai’s lifesaving mission. This texting initiative will give Mount Sinai supporters an opportunity to make a $10 contribution to Mount Sinai by simply texting the word SHARE to 27722 . Donations will be automatically added to the donor’s cell phone bill. Former WPLG Channel 10 head anchorman, Dwight Lauderdale, is the official spokesperson for this campaign. Lauderdale appears in a series of public service announcements featuring real patients and donors that began airing on Atlantic Broadband Cable on October 1st. The Share text campaign will provide

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Wave goodbye to body fat BY BARI AUERBACH While most people don’t train to enter figure or bodybuilding shows, it’s possible to look “competition-ready” year-round. As a long-time fitness competitor, I’ve learned how to avoid yo-yo weight cycling and maintain a low body fat percentage without having to feel starved or virtually live at the gym by adhering to these simple, effective guidelines: Eat Enough Calories It’s common for dieters to drastically cut calories—but a consuming too few calories can actually sabotage your diet. Fitness guru Jackie Warner recommends never eating under 1,200 calories a day because crash dieting slows the metabolism by 20 percent and can ultimately lead to putting pounds back on. Figure champion Alicia Marie also advises that if you attempt to deprive your body of nutrients, it will “rebel” by absorbing all the calories it can and then protect itself from any future fasts or extreme diets by storing fat. Eat Frequently Many people think dieting means having to eat less—but eating more frequently can support weight and fat loss goals. Having five or six healthy meals and snacks every three to four hours can keep your metabolism revving, increase energy, keep insulin levels constant and help support appetite control. Eat Low-Glycemic Carbs Some diets advise eliminating or restricting carbohydrates—eating carbohydrates with low glycemic levels can help you lose weight. The glycemic-index is a measure of how fast carbohydrates increase blood sugar. Low-glycemic carbs such as whole grains, oatmeal and brown rice are broken down more slowly, while high glycemic carbs like white bread, white potatoes and white pasta higher in simple sugars break down quickly and can cause a rise in insulin levels, contributing to fat storage. Eat Healthy Fats A misconception is that all fats can make you fat—but eating healthy, unsaturated fats can help keep you lean by suppressing hunger, lowering cholesterol levels and creating a faster metabolic rate. Unsaturated fat sources that the body can burn for fuel instead of storing as fat include wild salmon, nuts, avocados, olives and flaxseed. These healthy fats can also

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Fourth quarter predictions call for financial makeover credit card bills start coming due.

Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH With October and the start of the fourth quarter here, it’s the perfect time to take another hard look at where your finances are right now and start planning where your money will be by the end of the year. Former Realtor Pete Codina is back in school working towards a new career in engineering. When the FIU student saw the local real estate market slowing down several years ago, he realized he needed a new profession. “I’ve spent a lot of time researching the job market to see what professions might be seeing some future growth,” Codina said. “I saw a lot of new engineering jobs so I went back to school to be an engineer.” With unemployment at record highs in parts of South Florida, Pete Codina is like other local residents who know this will be an especially hard fourth quarter for many families. Financial planners say now is the right time to start limiting spending and credit card use as much as possible. “Plan your holiday shopping early,” said Lane Jones of Coral Gables-based Evensky & Katz. “It’s not too soon to start looking for cheap prices; comparison shop on the Internet and find the best deals available. You don’t want to overspend in a tough environment.” It also is a great time to consider lowering your monthly expenses by refinancing any mortgage or auto loans to lowerrate ones. And if you use cash at the checkout counter, you can avoid those high credit card interest rates and don’t have to worry when all the after-holiday

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Award winning playwright returns to launch NWSA theater season BY MARIA M. FLORES

Tarell Alvin McCraney (NWSA high school 1999), award-winning international playwright, will be offering a special gift to New World School of the Arts (NWSA) to celebrate his 30th birthday and launch NWSA’s 2010-11 theater season. The prolific playwright has planned a special VIP reception and staged reading performance at New World School of the Arts on Friday, Oct. 15, to raise much needed funds for the school. Along with actor Glenn Davis and fellow Steppenwolf Ensemble member Jon Michael Hill, McCraney will perform selected scenes from his acclaimed Trilogy including The Brothers Size, In The Red and Brown Water, and Marcus — or the Secret of Sweet. His Brother/Sister trilogy is set in the Louisiana Projects and explores Yoruba mythology. The staged reading performance is McCraney’s fundraising initiative and gift for NWSA.

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