GRAFFITICLEAN CREWIN THE HOUSEUP C.B. HANIF A2 OPINION A4PETS A11 MUSINGS A12 BUSINESS A15NETWORKING A18-19REAL ESTATE A21ARTS B1 EVENTS B6-7FILM REVIEW B11SOCIETY B15-18CUISINE B19 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 INSIDE www.FloridaWeekly.com Vol. I, No. 9 Â• FREE WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010POSTAL CUSTOMER DATED MATERIAL REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: DECEMBER 9, 2010 TRAVEL Polynesia full of rich history, exciting locales. B12 X The MashupAvoid getting hacked: Three simple steps to help. B10 XPrep tale"The Academy" makes its world premier at the Maltz. B1 X Gardens Society See who's out and about in Palm Beach County. B15-18 X BY TIM NORRIStnorris@Â” oridaweekly. com HROUGH THE STREETS AND byways of Palm Beach Gardens, over the bridges, along expressways and canals, across the backs of strip malls and developments, on electrical boxes and commercial and street signs and on walls and fences in full public view, a phantom does his dirty-work. Several phantoms, maybe. He, or they, is chased on this late-November morning, as on every workday, by an invisible man. Or men. Invisible to most, at least.TSEE GRAFFITI, A8 X l MAUREEN DZIKOWSKI/FLORIDA WEEKLY, GRAFFITI PHOTOS COURTESY OF CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS Harvey Scott and Glenn MacDougall cleangraffiti from bridges, byways, canals, stripmalls Â— all kinds of structures Â— each day. A few years ago when the economy began to slide, employees in the city of Palm Beach Gardens code enforcement department noticed that more and more residents were having trouble making repairs to their homes. ÂItÂs not that they didnÂt want to meet code, but people were losing their jobs, and in some cases high medical bills were hurting families,ÂŽ says David Reyes, oper-ations director in code enforcement. Thus, CAST was born. The Community Action Support Team is comprised of employees from various city departments. The team partners with local businesses, agencies and Palm Beach County to help residents maintain their properties. ÂItÂs not our goal to have a resident appear before a judge on a code com-plaint,ÂŽ Mr. Reyes says. ÂWe work and work until we have found a solution.ÂŽ Sometimes that solution is a group of employees volunteering to fix a home. So far, eight residences have been improved. On Dec. 4 city employees and students from the Benjamin School in Palm Beach Gardens, worked on a house on North Mary Drive. ÂItÂs amazing to see the volunteers,ÂŽ said C.A.S.T. coordinator Michael Williams. ÂIt becomes a labor of love very quickly.ÂŽ Leanna Beck, whose Mary Circle home was painted, said: ÂIt's the best Christmas. I just think itÂs so great that this program is there and available.ÂŽ City staffers, others volunteer to help homeowners SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYSEE PHOTOS, PAGE A13 X
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 By now weÂve finished off the leftover turkey. And others of us have digested a portion of the latest WikiLeaks release. For those who havenÂt, WikiLeaks is the award-winning, international not-for-profit whistle-blowing organiza-tion that, as its name implies, publishes leaked documents alleging high institu-tional misconduct. Beyond the obvious national security implications, thereÂs plenty for shock value, humor and serious contemplation in the recent massive release of confi-dential diplomatic cables. Perusing the trove of sensitive documents is like viewing our world neigh-borsÂ Â„ and our own Â„ dirty linen. Foreign leaders are as embarrassed as our own. I was left wondering just who decided what got leaked. Like most local folks with whom I talked, I confess to being of two minds on all this. Most were your average Jane or John who have been numbed by, or simply have tuned out, the revelations of what our government and foreign govern-ments have been up to. Other folks shared thoughts from pertinent profes-sional backgrounds. ÂI have mixed reactions to WikiLeaks,ÂŽ said Bob Jenks, member of St. MarkÂs Episcopal Church on Burns Road. ÂI am absolutely of the viewpoint that our government should be open to full scrutiny and subject to the will of the people,ÂŽ said the former Naval aviator who has been a business planner throughout most of his career, includ-ing when he organized the first practi-cal business plan for the Palm Beach County Health Department. ÂI am not so nave, however, to believe that we live in a world of full trust and mutual honor,ÂŽ said Mr. Jenks, who has degrees from Harvard, who continues as a professor in the School of Manage-ment at Walden University and now lives in North Palm Beach. ÂSo, especially when dealing with situations where we already know that there is rampant corruption, I reluctant-ly have to recognize we have to use the same weapons employed by the bullies, liars and cowards out there in order to protect our country, ourselves and our children.ÂŽ It turns out our foreign policy is much more complex Â„ and perplexing Â„ than even those of us who have tried to pay attention have thought. Recognition of that is one good outcome of this peek. For example, weÂre learning just how ÂdisastrouslyÂŽ corrupt is the Afghani-stan government weÂre trying to prop up. According to our embassy folks, their agriculture guy Âappears to be the only minister that was confirmed about whom no allegations of bribery exist.ÂŽ Unlike government corruption, one revelation that was surprising is Arab leadersÂ sentiment that the U.S. should invade Iran. Regarding that, Ghassan Rubeiz of Palm Beach Gardens, prior to his Dec. 2 talk on ÂSex, Religion and Politics in the Middle East,ÂŽ at the First Unitar-ian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches, said: ÂReligious dynasties can be fratricidal: (Saudi Arabia) King Abdullah wants the Âhead of the snake to be cut off in Iran.Â ÂBut the Saudi people and the majority of Arab society disagree with the king and with other Gulf rulers,ÂŽ added Mr. Rubeiz. ÂArab society may have mixed feelings about the Tehran regime. But they are against hosting a third war in the region, and they do not consider Iran a major threat.ÂŽ Mr. Rubeiz is an Arab-American social scientist with a background in ecumenism; he was Middle East Secre-tary of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches between 1979 and 1993. ÂMy reaction: Media is making too big an issue of it,ÂŽ said Allen Maxwell, whoÂs back for the season to lead the popular NewsTalk discussions at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings at First Unitarian Universalist on Prosperity Farms Road. ÂThis is the type of communication that takes place Â„ and should take place Â„ between our diplomats in the field and the Department of State in Wash-ington,ÂŽ said Mr. Maxwell, emeritus professor of Political Science, Indiana University Kokomo, whose specialties include U.S. foreign policy and global politics. ÂI am impressed with the candid nature of some of the cables,ÂŽ he said. ÂThey provide insights into the attitudes of foreign leaders and of the foreign publics. These are necessary for wise policy-making by our policy makers in Washington. These cables are the heart of diplomacy. The only difference with the WikiLeaks cables is that the public is getting a look at diplomatic commu-nications.ÂŽ ThatÂs the transparency I want: to know what my government is doing even when Â„ especially when Â„ gov-ernment officials donÂt think we need to know, or donÂt want us to know. But thereÂs also the need to balance the jeopardy to our diplomatic and secu-rity service people. That may or may not explain why WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being pursued by Interpol for alleged sex crimes, why Amazon Inc. has stopped hosting his site, or why WikiLeaks had to move its servers to Switzerland fol-lowing Âmass attacksÂŽ online. But consider Bob CampbellÂs cautionary sentiment, as he recalled the leak during the Vietnam Era of the Pentagon Papers, by Daniel Ellsberg: ÂEllsberg was exposing lies perpetrated on the American public by two administrations. That was a major ser-vice to America,ÂŽ said the retired public school psychologist and Jupiter resident. ÂThe WikiLeaks revelations serve no useful purpose and in fact are destruc-tive to the U.S. and our relations with others.ÂŽ Truth does have consequences. Given these latest leaksÂ potential for help and hurt, we need to be more than just voy-eurs. Q COMMENTARY Is WikiLeaks information helpful, hurtful or just voyeuristic? c.b. HANIF O email@example.com
FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A3 The Seacoast National Bank branches in Palm Beach Coun-ty collected toys for The Love Doctors Charity Toy Drive, which will give the toys to local families. Seacoast National Bank is the operating arm of Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida, which has $2.1 billion in assets and 39 branches from Orlando to Palm Beach Gardens. Q Seacoast National collects toys for Love Doctors toy driveJupiter Medical Center was one of four healthcare organizations surveyed nation-ally to receive the Laureate Award for Workplace Enhancement from The Jack-son Group. This is the second year JMC received the award Â„ the first was in 2007. The award was based on the facilityÂs work climate survey results that showed significant improvement over previous sur-vey outcomes and is the result of efforts to strengthen JMC as a Âgreat place to work,ÂŽ the company said in a prepared statement. The Jackson Group, a survey services and consulting firm, along with the JMC leadership team and input from its team members, developed a plan to change the culture of the organization. Work climate surveys were conducted over several years to measure improvements in the work cli-mate and plan for further action in areas in need of continued focus. ÂThe team members who comprise the Medical Center are among our greatest assets. We make every effort to meet their needs to provide a safe and rewarding workplace,ÂŽ CEO John Couris said in the statement. ÂThis award is a direct reflection of the hard work of our leadership team to instill a culture of shared governance and participatory leadership in our organiza-tion.ÂŽ JMC is a not-for-profit 283-bed community hospital with 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 long-term care beds. The center will open a cardiac catheterization lab in the spring of 2011, and is preparing to undergo a major expansion project over the next few years. Founded in 1979, it is affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. It has about 1,400 employees, 525 physicians and 700 volunteers. For more information, call 747-2234 or see www.jupitermed.com. Q Jupiter Medical Center named Â“great place to workÂ”COURTESY PHOTO Seacoast Employees Blanca Cote, Linda Kleywegt, Bianca Silveira and Monika Krumbock display some of the toys collected for The Love Doctors Charity Toy Drive.
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No portion may be reproduced without the express written consent of Florida Media Group, LLC.Call 561.904.6470 or visit us on the web at www.floridaweekly.com and click on subscribe today.One-year mailed subscriptions are available for $29.95. OPINION Over the last month, I have had the opportunity to meet with government and business leaders from Japan and Italy Â„ including the Japanese ambas-sador to the United States, Ichiro Fuji-saki, and the president of Umbria in Italy, Catiuscia Marini. One thing is clear from these meeting Â„ the world is eager to do business with, and in, the state of Florida. In fact, over the last four years, I have met with leaders from more than 30 countries to discuss opportunities for increased trade and tourism for Florida. Our state is highly regarded around the world. Almost every leader I have met with has vacationed in Florida. After coming here for fun, government and business leaders from around the globe are now looking for opportunities to come here for business. People around the world understand that Florida offers an unmatched com-bination of Âpro-businessÂŽ policies as well as an incredible quality of life. But the international interest in Florida is not limited to doing business in the Sunshine State. With the expansion of the Panama Canal Â„ and the close proximity to the canal from a number of Florida ports, our state is seen as the gateway to emerging markets in Central and South America. Today one in six jobs in Florida is supported by international business Â„ that number is expected to increase significantly. The increased international interest in Florida coincides with the Eco-nomic Competitiveness Index recently released by the American Legislative Exchange Council and economist Arthur Laffer. According to the index, the five states in America with the brightest economic future are Utah, Colorado, Texas, South Dakota, and Florida Â„ in that order. It is worth not-ing that Florida is the highest-ranked state in the Southeast.The index is based on 15 indicators. Florida scores well in many areas. We are 37th in property tax burden, 39th in the sales tax burden and 45th in the burden remaining taxes. Thanks to our Constitutional prohibition of a state income tax, we are, of course 50th in that category. Our state is also trending in the right direction. In 2008, Florida was number 16 on the index, last year we were 11th, and now we are fifth. Based on the Economic Competitiveness Index, it appears FloridaÂs economy is well posi-tioned to turn around sooner than most states in the country. Of course, FloridaÂs economy does not operate in a vacuum. National and international economic conditions impact our stateÂs bottom line. But as the economy rebounds it appears that the world is ready to do business in Florida and our stateÂs economic future is bright. Q Â„ Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp is FloridaÂs 17th lieutenant governor. He serves as chairman of Space Florida, chairman of FloridaÂs Children and Youth Cabinet and oversees the Office of Drug Control.FloridaÂ’s economic future is brightGUEST OPINION jeff KOTTCAMP O Lieutenant Governor WikiLeaks is again publishing a trove of documents, in this case classified U.S. State Department diplomatic cables. The whistle-blower website will gradu-ally be releasing more than 250,000 of these documents in the coming months so that they can be analyzed and gain the attention they deserve. The cables are internal, written communications between U.S. Embassies around the world to each other and to the U.S. State Department. WikiLeaks described the leak as Âthe largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain (giving) an unprecedent-ed insight into U.S. Government foreign activities.ÂŽ Critics argue, as they did with earlier leaks of secret documents regarding Iraq and Afghanistan, that lives will be lost as a result. Rather, lives might actually be saved, since the way that the U.S. conducts diplomacy is now getting more exposure than ever Â„ as is the apparent ease with which the U.S. government lives up (or down) to the adage used by pioneering journalist I.F. Stone: ÂGov-ernments lie.ÂŽ Take the case of Khaled El-Masri. El-Masri was snatched in Macedonia as part of the CIAÂs secret extraordinary rendition program, in which people are taken by the U.S. government and sent to other countries, where they can be subjected to torture. He was held and tortured in a secret prison in Afghanistan for months before being dropped by the CIA on an isolated road in Albania, even though the CIA had long established that it had grabbed the wrong man. El-Masri, a German citizen, sought justice through German courts, and it looked like 13 CIA agents might be charged. Then the U.S. Embassy in Berlin stepped in, threatening, according to one cable, that Âissuance of international arrest war-rants would have a negative impact on our bilateral relationship.ÂŽ No charges were ever filed in Germany, suggesting the diplomatic threat worked. The 13 agents are, however, still facing charges in Spain, where prosecutors enjoy some freedom from political pressures. Or so we thought. In fact, Spain figures prominently in the leaked documents as well. Among the cables is one from May 14, 2007, authored by Eduardo Aguirre, a conservative Cuban-American banker appointed U.S. ambassador to Spain by George W. Bush. Aguirre wrote: ÂFor our side, it will be important to continue to raise the Couso case, in which three U.S. servicemen face charges related to the 2003 death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso during the battle for Bagh-dad.ÂŽ Jose Couso was a young cameraman with the Spanish TV network Telecinco. He was filming from the balcony of the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on April 8, 2003, when a U.S. Army tank fired on the hotel packed with journalists, killing Couso and a Reuters camera-man. Ambassador Aguirre was trying to quash the lawsuit brought by the Couso family in Spain. The U.S. ambassador was also pressuring the Spanish government to drop a precedent-setting case against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials. In that same memo, Aguirre writes, ÂThe Deputy Justice Minister also said the GOS (government of Spain) strongly opposes a case brought against former Secretary Rumsfeld and will work to get it dismissed. The judge involved in that case has told us he has already started the process of dismissing the case.ÂŽ These revelations are rocking the Spanish government, as the cables clear-ly show U.S. attempts to disrupt the Spanish justice system. Ambassador Aguirre told SpainÂs El Pais newspaper several years ago, ÂI am George BushÂs plumber, I will solve all the problems George gives me.ÂŽ In another series of cables, the U.S. State Department instructs its staff around the world and at the U.N. to spy on people, and, remarkably, to collect biometric information of diplomats. The cable reads, ÂData should include email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, fingerprints, facial images, DNA, and iris scans.ÂŽ WikiLeaks is continuing its partnership with a global group of media out-lets: BritainÂs The Guardian, El Pais, The New York Times, German magazine Der Spiegel and FranceÂs Le Monde. David Leigh, investigations editor of The Guardian, told me, ÂWe havenÂt seen anything yet,ÂŽ with literally almost a quarter-million cables still not publicly revealed. A renowned political analyst and linguist, MIT professor Noam Chomsky, helped Daniel Ellsberg, AmericaÂs pre-mier whistle-blower, release the Penta-gon Papers 40 years ago. I asked Chom-sky about the latest cables released by WikiLeaks. ÂWhat this reveals,ÂŽ he reflected, Âis the profound hatred for democracy on the part of our political leadership.ÂŽ Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. Q Â„ Amy Goodman is the host of ÂDemocracy Now!,ÂŽ a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 800 stations in North America. She is the author of ÂBreaking the Sound Barrier,ÂŽ recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.WikiLeaks and the end of U.S. Â‘diplomacyÂ’ amy GOODMAN Special to Florida Weekly O
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ÂYou have to say,ÂŽ said an official with the NHSÂs Blood and Transplant unit, Âdo you get a lung with more risk, or do you get no lung (at all)?ÂŽ Q Compelling explanations French farmer Michele Rouyer, who was discovered by police with about 11 pounds of packaged marijuana and a dozen plants, said the weed was not for himself but for the 150 ducks he raises Â„ in that a specialist had sug-gested that marijuana is an effective dewormer and fever-preventer. (Mr. Rouyer did acknowledge that, well, yes, maybe he smoked a little of it himself.) In November, a court in Rochefort fined him the equivalent of about $700 Â„ even though he insisted, proudly, that his ducks are, indeed, worm-free. Former Groveland, Mass., police officer Aaron Yeo, who was fired in 2009 for sleeping on the job and lying to dis-patchers about his locations, challenged the termination in October 2010, claiming through his lawyer that he had declined to reveal his locations only because he was Âwatching for terrorists.ÂŽ Body armor company CEO David H. Brooks, charged with tax fraud and insider trading, argued at his trial in August in New York City that his com-panyÂs hiring of prostitutes for staff and board members was a legitimate cor-porate expense because it could Âmake (employees) more productive.ÂŽ Q Running oneself over A 20-year-old man trying to push his car up a steep hill on Levering Street in Philadelphia lost control and was crushed and hospitalized (September). Jackie Long, 52, crashed her car into a tree in Chipping Campden, England. Her door burst open just as the car went airborne, and she fell to the ground and was run over by the rear driverÂs-side wheel, requiring hospital treatment. Q Redneck chronicles Joe Druce, serving life in prison in Massachusetts for one murder (and who subsequently murdered fellow inmate and former pedophile priest John Geoghan), popped the question recently to Christian minister Shirl Borden, who agreed to marry him in October after five years of being pen pals. Ms. Borden said the pairÂs rela-tionship turned romantic over their mutual love of NASCAR. Harvey Westmoreland of Lawrenceburg, Ky., maintains that the $250 price he was asking for his tractor was reasonable, but the potential buyer felt cheated and, with a friend, attacked Mr. Westmoreland. Said Mr. West-moreland, Â(T)hey cut my beard and forced me to eat it.ÂŽ In November, the two men pleaded guilty to assault. Q NEWS OF THE WEIRD BY CHUCK SHEPHERDDISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATELeast-competent people Police in Gumperda, Germany, arrested a 64-year-old retired do-it-yourselfer in November after he drilled through a neighborÂs wall in their duplex home. The man had spent two days trapped in his own basement, where he had laid bricks and mortar for a room but apparently forgot to leave himself an exit. Sheryl Urzedowski, 38, was cited in September for DUI in Orland Park, Ill., after failing a field sobriety test to walk a straight line. According to the officerÂs report, Ms. Urzedowski put her hands on her hips and strutted to and fro Âas if she were a (runway) model,ÂŽ after which, apprehensive about being arrested, she asked the officer to read her Âthe Amanda rights.ÂŽ Q Human rights watch In recent years frisky Britons have popularized ÂdoggingÂŽ Â„ strangers meeting for outdoor sex in remote pub-lic parks Â„ and U.K. government agen-cies appear to be of two minds about it. Local councils want to see it stopped, but the police chiefsÂ association in Scotland recognizes that doggers have rights. (The Surrey County Council, for example, recently considered bringing wild bulls into one park to discourage doggers, although one critic said romp-ing bulls Âwill probably make (doggers) even more excited.ÂŽ The chiefsÂ asso-ciation issued a 60-page Âhate crimesÂŽ manual in October that urged officers to be sensitive to Âoutdoor sexÂŽ practitio-ners, in that they are vulnerable to hate crimes just as are other disadvantaged minorities.) In November, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously that some illegal immigrants are entitled to enroll in the stateÂs universities at the in-state residentsÂ rate (saving as much as $23,000 a year) even though U.S. citizens at the same schools may have to pay higher fees as non-California residents. Though federal law prevents special benefits to illegal immigrants, CaliforniaÂs law grants anyone who has attended the stateÂs high schools for at least three years, and graduated, to pay resident rates Â„ irrespective of their parentsÂ legal residency. Chadwick St.-OHarra, 59, and Steve Righetti, 59, filed lawsuits in small claims court in San Rafael, Calif., in November against the Seafood Peddler restaurant for Âinjuries.ÂŽ Cutting into the escargot at dinner in June, both men were squirted in the face by streams of hot garlic butter. Still, the men finished the meal and admitted that only later did they grow to resent the restaurant staffÂs insufficient remorse. Said St.-OHarra, ÂIt was the frigginÂ rudenessÂŽ that provoked them to sue. Q
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA6 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 The social fabric is torn. The gossamer of good graces shreds in a hot wind. Some infantile, self-absorbed, possibly inebriated boor enters the scene and goes off. This could happen anywhere, especially in traffic or crowded shopping places this time of year. When the scene is a restaurant, though, the intrusion seems especially coarse. And the flags of warning that unfurl in the heads of surrounding diners can signal a rip-current underneath a mostly placid social surface. We live, after all, in angry, fearful, selfrighteous times. The trigger, in this case, is a 16-ounce Porterhouse steak. In a waterfront restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens not long after dark, on an outer patio, a gentle breeze flickers the can-dles, light jazz burbles from a bar inside, wait-ers and waitresses shift pleasantly and briskly among the tables. Even when they wouldnÂt in other settings, they smile and defer. Most patrons, otherwise disguised as you and me, are here to relax, here to be cooked for and waited on, here to get away. Most of the ones who showed up earlier to conduct business have left by now or have put away laptops and attach cases in favor of iced teas or gin-and-tonics. One customer is here for another reason ... or is plainly beyond reason. He pulled up waterside in a large and glossy boat. He is wearing an unbuttoned white jacket over a tank top, a mahogany tan and a glittering gold chain, and his voice is as loud as his look and getting louder. ÂIÂm paying forty dollars for this piece of crap!ÂŽ he is saying, with acrobatic arm-waving. ÂThey canÂt even cook it right. I oughta slap somebody in the face with it!ÂŽ The two others at the table nod agreement and murmur ÂyeahÂŽ and Âright.ÂŽ Around him, nobody filling the other tables is raising up and craning for a look. There are glances and a little curiosity and some embarrassment. His waiter, a man appearing to be in his 30s, is trying, between quick-steps to other tables and customers inside, to calm and reassure him. WeÂll take this back, he says, and get another cut, cook it your way. The man, saying nothing, hands him the plate. A few minutes later, the waiter comes back, new meat steaming on the tray. The man looks, cuts, bites, fumes, flares. His language takes on more vivid color and some paprika and jalapeno. Nothing jerks beef or chicken or nearby ears harder than the F-bomb. ItÂs a verbal detonation. In more proper days, it was confined to locker rooms and male-only business and what was called Âthe street,ÂŽ meaning anyone who wanted to act tough or be noticed. It discolors the air more often now and also intrudes here, where sex is supposed to shimmer in personal appear-ance rather than being evoked by an epithet with the sound of a toilet being plunged. ÂI was a Marine,ÂŽ the man snarls. ÂIÂm gonna kick his (F-bomb) ass!ÂŽ F-bomb F-bomb. Semper Fi? Semper...why? Or maybe temper...why? We might be talking a lifetime of therapy, here. Then he summons the owner. He calls him several names, including the name of the James Bond heroine that ends in ÂGalore.ÂŽ My Scottish grandfather would have had a simple answer for this guy. It starts with b and ends with t and rhymes with Âwelt.ÂŽ The staff here, though, has no simple answer. No one is ready to pull out the wet dish rag and give it a snap. Anyway, theyÂre kind of BUSY. The phrase Âcall the copsÂŽ comes to mind, but thatÂs an invitation to the Deep Muddy. Facing someone drunk and angry is akin to one of the most volatile police calls, to a Âdomestic disturbance.ÂŽ ItÂs the backside of Forrest GumpÂs box of chocolates: you never know what youÂre gonna get. Maybe the guy will melt into a puddle; maybe heÂs an escaped con who will pull an Uzi. And it would pull them into the legal system, which might be an even bigger muddy. The owner, well, maybe he could listen more, but there isnÂt much worth hearing. Who wants to stand there listening to a dia-tribe on the quality of his Porterhouse, espe-cially when everybody else seems happy? No fists are thrown, but the owner, after saying ÂIf you donÂt like it, donÂt come back here,ÂŽ finally retreats, leaving the last words to the performer, who issues them to the heavens and anyone within earshot, includ-ing a dozen patrons. The verdict is clear: loudmouth 1, establishment 0. He wonÂt have to pay. He makes a show of protesting that he ALWAYS pays, g-d it, but, in the end, he doesnÂt. Then comes the clincher. To survivors left at nearby tables, a waiter and waitress reveal that the guy, this same guy, had pulled this protest THREE other times. ÂIf he doesnÂt like the meat,ÂŽ a waitress says, Âwhy does he come back here?ÂŽ For a freebie? Sure. Maybe he also enjoys the melodrama. As a race, confronted by confrontation, we show astounding grace. Maybe weÂre afraid of what would happen if we all just let loose. Maybe weÂre just not sure how to DO that. Either way, the lessons of that night seem clear. First, the people who run and work in restaurants are grossly undervalued. They may curse in the kitchen, may step into the walk-in cooler to avoid a tantrum, but most of the time, over the grills and out among the tables, on their feet and under pressure, they take the heat and stay welcoming. The headline WAITER ASSAULTS PATRON would be a lot like MAN BITES DOG. WeÂd hear about it. We donÂt hear about the reverse, which happens more often than most of us know. Rudeness, well, thatÂs out there, but the greatest act of courage that night, I thought, was the ownerÂs showing up to have it out. Maybe it was foolhardy, too, in the sense that he was hardy and the other guy was a fool, and possibly dangerous. I might have sent the bodyguard with the brass knuckles. He showed his wait staff, at least, that he has their backs, the thing that they show HIM every day and night, for low-base pay and prayed-for tips. Second, in their actions, at least, people are overwhelmingly tolerant and hopeful. While most of us may not keep a smile on our face for the whole human race (my brother always says that anyone who smiles all the time is really showing the frozen ric-tus of perpetual denial), we can take comfort in knowing that nearly all of us are polite, or at least indifferent and non-threatening, nearly all of the time. The waiter comes to our table, apologizes, asks if he can bring anything else. Cof-fee? Sure. Dessert? Why not? WeÂre feeling almost as relieved as he does. WeÂre going to leave one hell of a tip. Q 15 MINUTES Loudmouth diner cons a free meal, but owner is the winnerBY TIM NORRIS__________________tnorris@Â” oridaweekly.com CALL TODAY (561) 630-6800MOST EXPERIENCED TEAM. 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www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 Just now, Harvey Scott moves along the low wall of a bridge on Kyoto Gardens Drive, a street with very little lighting, where it meets Alternate A1A (Hwy. 811). The top of the wall and its metal railing are spackled with ÂGW 561ÂŽ and Âpeuk,ÂŽ in crayon and black marker, here, there, over there, down the line. He takes out a digital camera and photographs each one. Then he pulls on plastic gloves. Mr. Scott is a big man, in a bright green reflective vest, and his white city truck winks with flashers; still, some drivers barreling in off A1A come within inches. ÂSometimes when we come out, on a busy street, we have cones set up, and some people get right where the cone is and then swing out,ÂŽ he says. ÂTheyÂre on the cell phone or whatever. A lot of times you need someone out here waving traffic around, watching your back.ÂŽ The fight goes on. Their weapons are high-pressure paint and water and, even more, a targeted product called Graffiti Wipes, pink and smelling of citrus and intense enough that they need gloves to handle it. Mr. Scott bends over a ÂGW 561ÂŽ on the railing in black marker. He frames the area in blue masking tape, sprays over it with Rustoleum protective enamel, in shiny silver. ÂYou canÂt always match the color perfect,ÂŽ he says, Âbut we want it to look neat.ÂŽ Gray. Pale yellow. Blue. Light or darker green. They do their best to match the various surfaces favored by the vandals, the concrete of walls, the steel or aluminum of electrical boxes and signs, the wood of telephone poles. They do their best to stay posi-tive. ÂHeÂll come back here tonight and do it again,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. He wipes off or paints over each besmirching graffito, then takes the ÂafterÂŽ pictures. Then he looks across the street and says, ÂThey graffiti-ed that wall from there all the way down. How nobody seen them do this, I donÂt understand. It took us 15 gallons of bridge paint. These kids are relentless, man.ÂŽ So, in their way, are the graffitifighters, reporting at 7 a.m. and work-ing into the heat of the day amid a regimen of other duties. Judging from public awareness, the uniform of Public Works might seem a cloak of invisibility, its wearers car-rying out essential services without fanfare or even notice. Their arch-enemies, though, are far more skilled in the art of dodging. The perpetrators of graffiti are known, in some quarters, as artists. Most of what Mr. Scott and partner Glenn MacDougall see every day is lit-tle more than scrawl, remarkably con-sistent but unskilled and ugly. Their job is to remove it, and that takes them into chemistry, physics, and the science of materials. It also takes them into social psychology, or psychosis. What they see is a mystery, a whodunnit ... and HOW? And WHY? ÂHow do they have the time to do so much of this? This is work. YouÂd think with that much energy they could get a regular job,ÂŽ Mr. MacDougall says, and Mr. Scott says, ÂOn a main road like the PGA bridge, I wish they would put a camera up there. At least we could find out who. Then maybe we could figure out why.ÂŽ A clue comes from the few graffitists who have been caught. A graffiti vandal snagged in New Zealand told writer Kristin Edge of the Northern Advocate newspaper there, ÂItÂs a hobby. I do it whenever I can get cans (of spray paint). ItÂs for fame and the adrenalin. I donÂt care whose place it is. You donÂt think about that.ÂŽ A young middle school student caught in Palm Beach Gardens last year seemed to verify that motive. He was assigned to spend a day with Mr. Scott, cleaning up. Mr. Scott would like to have had him for a week. ÂI took him to a fence on Military, and he had to, like, go down into the canal,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. ÂHe was saying, ÂHowÂd they get that down THERE?Â I said, ÂYou tell US.Â It was hot, and by the end of the day he drained the water jug. He was all, like, drenched in sweat. He didnÂt like it too much.ÂŽ Maybe the tagger who managed to spray-paint a local water tower want-ed most for his peeps to praise his daring. None of the phantoms is step-ping forward to say. They leave mes-sages in paint, and some are threats, such as one Mr. Scott found on the flyover bridge: ÂStop erasinÂ my s**t, puss ass cops, 4 I put the heat on ya ass.ÂŽ ÂThe police want these guys, bad,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. The two city workers dream of the encounter, five minutes of face-to-face. They are both fathers, sympa-thetic to sons and daughters, aware of the challenges to teens, of hormones and self-hood, of finding a place in an often confusing and hypocritical and contradictory world. They also know vandalism, destruction of public and personal property, when they see it. And they see it most working days. ÂWe got certain spots that we have to check every day,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. ÂThat bridge on Kyoto, the flyover bridge, a couple parks, behind some strip malls. ItÂs, like, we take it off, and they come and put it right back on.ÂŽ Mostly, the men are the restorers of Clean, however temporary. They are also the inheritors of Sisyphus, the ancient of Greek legend condemned to push his rock uphill only to have it roll back down again and again and again. The men have cleaned the Kyoto Gardens bridge a dozen times. Each time, the tagger returns to mark the same places. As Mr. Scott approaches it, yet again, pulling on two layers of clear plastic gloves, he confesses, ÂYeah, it can get old. You go and clean up an area, and they come in right behind you, like a Âscrew youÂ to us. What we say is, well, for Glenn and me, itÂs job security.ÂŽ Mr. Scott, a week from his 55th birthday, has been on the job more than five years, after retiring from 27 years with the city of Riviera Beach, ending with work as a mechanic in the water department. He signed on only weeks after the anti-graffiti program started. ÂEvery day my wife (Kim) was giving me the Âhoney-doÂ list,ÂŽ he says. ÂI thought, if IÂm gonna work, I want to be paid for it!ÂŽ Mr. MacDougall, 57, joined him a year ago, moving over from the Palm Beach Gardens Purchasing Depart-ment amid personnel shifts following budget cuts. He had worked for public works in the city of Port St. Lucie and run his own daycare center, caught, as he says, in lifeÂs twists and turns. ÂWe like working together,ÂŽ Mr. MacDougall says. ÂI said, ÂIf you move me over, I want to work with HIM.Â ÂŽ Mr. Scott adds, ÂEverybody got problems. If you come to work and youÂre all mad, it makes the day go longer. You know what IÂm sayinÂ? We just come in, crack some jokes, talk about football, see some pretty girl walking around, makes the day go faster. We know what to look for, and what to do on the jobs, too.ÂŽ Just then, along PGA Boulevard, they are checking the backs of signs, public and private, frequent targets. ÂLookinÂ good, today,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. ÂI guess they must have gotten some sleep after watching football yester-day.ÂŽ Pro football, in fact, is part of Mr. ScottÂs and Mr. MacDougallÂs own chemistry. Mr. Scott owes Mr. Mac-Dougall a fish dinner, since Mr. Mac-DougallÂs New England Patriots beat Mr. ScottÂs Pittsburgh Steelers two weeks ago. ÂI havenÂt been able to live that down,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. ÂWe were talkinÂ trash all week.ÂŽ They see trash all week, too, and the cleanup isnÂt cheap. Palm Beach Gardens, they say, is an exceptionally clean city, and living with graffiti isnÂt an option. On this morning tour they focus on public property, since theyÂre not allowed on private roads or in gated communities, though they have helped churches and property owners. The circuit takes them all over town, into some of the cityÂs most obscure and some of its most visible places. They have the cityÂs support and, they like to think, the publicÂs, too. ÂThe police chief (Stephen J. Stepp), heÂs real hot on this graffiti thing,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. ÂHe always telling us, ÂYouÂre doing a good job out here.ÂÂŽ The man they call ÂSmitty,ÂŽ Robin Smith, head of Graffiti Response and their boss at Public Works, and HIS boss, head of Public Works Mike Morrow, see new work orders nearly every day, many from sightings by police officers and other city employ-ees thatÂs part of an initiative called W.O.W. (Workers on Watch). They look for debris in the road, dead ani-mals, potholes. More than anything, they find graffiti. Past orders are piling into a drift on the desk in their office. When they downloaded the camera recently, they found 703 images; most of them included ÂGW.ÂŽ Before long, Smith predicts, theyÂll see something else. ÂMonday is the worst,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says, Âand the day after Halloween, my goodness! It wasnÂt so bad this year. Most years, they go crazy.ÂŽ Around the Financial Center at the Gardens a few minutes later, Mr. Scott sees ÂGWsÂŽ on garbage cans, on schedules at bus stops, on the instruc-tion sign at a crosswalk. Some of them, he says, only the state can replace. ÂIf I put the graffiti wipes on this cross-walk sign, it would take all the letters off there,ÂŽ he says. ThenÂƒ. ÂRight here, look, he hit that electrical box again. Oh, man! Two layers of GW, purple and blue. This is hard work. You get more mad than tired. It DOES frustrate you.ÂŽ Officials in cities and towns across the country share that frustration. None has found a lasting solution. Programs in big cities such as New York, Miami and Los Angeles include monetary rewards for turning in vandals, graffiti-resistant paints and chemicals such as aliphatic acrylic urethane, educational sessions in schools, intelligence databases to identify known vandals and their tags, publicity and advertising. There still seem to be too many rebels, Mr. Scott and Mr. MacDougall say, without a cause, beyond the sheer thrill of the public expression and the chase. Without more severe punish-ments and public humiliation, whatÂs left to stop them? Streetlight doesnÂt seem to. ÂThey hit the flyover bridge three weeks ago in 31 places,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says, Âinside the wall along the walkway, on light GRAFFITIFrom page 1 MAUREEN DZIKOWSKI/FLORIDA WEEKLYHarvey Scott and Glenn MacDougall clean graffiti from bridges, byways, canals, strip malls Â— all kinds of structures Â— each day. Often the graffiti reappears overnight.
WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A9 FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.compoles, writing GW, Peuk, the challenge to police. This is lit. People drive by all night. Why didnÂt somebody see them?ÂŽ Pulling into LoehmannÂs Plaza, Mr. Scott meets Mr. MacDougall, who brings a fresh supply of Graffiti Wipes. Mr. MacDougall is still laugh-ing about the day they were pressure-painting a support wall and the hose melted on an engine manifold and ruptured, spraying Scott pale light yel-low from chin to knees. ÂThe guys got a good laugh,ÂŽ Scott says. They do not laugh at what the plaza shows them. This place, along the backside, they say, is among the worst. Vandals tagged doors, dumpster walls, drain pipes. ÂHow many times have we painted this, 10?ÂŽ Mr. Scott says, and Mr. MacDougall nods. Some stores are empty, overlooked, an open invitation. On one of these doors, someone painted Â187,ÂŽ code for mur-der. ÂThat really pissed off the police,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. Later on the tour, the message will get even worse. Some places seem out of view, but Mr. Scott points out that nearby on Military, somebody tagged the front door of a CVS pharmacy. Their job may seem part of a struggle between good and evil, between the clean and the profane, but, as the eminent actor, social philosopher and easy rider Dennis Hopper once said and Mr. Scott knows, ÂI never met a villain yet who didnÂt think he was the hero.ÂŽ The struggle, the city workers know, is ancient, dating back to Egyptian and then to Roman times, when chalk marks and scratches intruded on mon-uments. Some call it folk art, and it is celebrated at its most elaborate and creative on web sites and in museums. Harvey Scott is not among the celebrants. He admires elaborate and colorful graffiti he has seen on passing trains and appreciated the artistry of a face he found here, once, on a wall. ÂBut the city donÂt want it on there, wants it off in, like 24 hours,ÂŽ he says, Âand weÂve been pretty much keeping up with it.ÂŽ Nearly all of what he deals with day-to-day is, he says, stupid. He doesnÂt understand it. ÂWhen I grew up, guys were into sports and chasing girls, that was it,ÂŽ he says. These guys take on bridges, in full public view. Approaching the flyover bridge, he says, ÂThey hit this in 31 spots, about three weeks ago. We got this ÂGW 561,Â means Garden Woods (a local subdivision), I think. Some of the other stuff was just nasty.ÂŽ Officers in the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department have heard the ballyhoo, the discussions of disenfran-chised youth and rebellion and the struggle for personal expression in an impersonal world. They have seen the national displays, the celebrated gal-lery shows. They also understand that police officers defend and enforce the prevailing order, that no matter how many people they help and protect, they continue to be seen and por-trayed among the young as the enemy. Some of the messages are directed at them. Flouting authority seems at the heart of tagging. Consider, though, they say, the alternatives offered to young people, then and now. Most find ways to build a life, to find a passion and a career that build and improve their cities, not deface them. Gang activity in Palm Beach Gardens? TheyÂre not sure. Some marks could be code, or they could be some wanna-beÂs imitation. The kids they HAVE caught werenÂt in gangs; they were just trying to make a name. The men drive to another favorite vandal destination, a park on Lilac Street and playground on Plant Drive, near Palm Beach Gardens High School. To scrub graffiti off plastic picnic tables, they pull on gloves with rubber palms. An age-group and neighborhood connection seems most obvious here, near the high school and its baseball diamond and football field. They donÂt want to be labelers, them-selves. Most teenagers do the right thing. Mr. Scott, who grew up in Riviera Beach, played on that diamond, as a shortstop, and on that field, as a wide receiver (ÂI was thin, then!ÂŽ he says), class of 1974, and he seems especially bothered by the defacing of the bas-ketball backboards, the court, the bathrooms, the childrenÂs areas. ÂThey was hitting those bathrooms every day, and the picnic tables and even the playground equipment,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says. ÂI painted this whole bathroom at least 15 times. Over in the park, a woman saw the graffiti, really nasty, and said, ÂIÂm just lucky my kids canÂt read right now.Â They had put down what this girl can do and what this guy did to this girl, for the best sex callÂƒwith the names and phone numbers. ÂI see NO excuse for this.ÂŽ The men come, next, to a row of concrete power poles along Prosper-ity Farms Road, just over the line into North Palm Beach. Paint-on-paint is tricky, but concrete is their toughest surface, demanding paint or a power-wash. ÂAbout six months ago, they tagged 14 of these,ÂŽ Mr. Scott says, Âwith ÂAmenÂ and ÂPeekÂ and a couple of ÂGWs,Â and me and Glenn painted over every one of them. There were some on electrical boxes, some of the wood poles. It took us all day.ÂŽ The most sobering moment in Harvey ScottÂs morning comes in re-visiting a line of wood telephone poles along Prosperity Farms, just south of a canal. Mr. Scott and Mr. MacDougall cleaned these a few months ago, bend-ing and reaching along the canal wall and stretching up along poles. The swastikas have bled through. Mr. Scott winces when he sees them. He knows from bigotry. HeÂs had to deal with racism his whole life, in ways that leave a lasting mark. Even here, in Palm Beach Gardens, where he came at age 3 from Georgia and has grown up, he has felt the sting of remarks or neglect because of his skin color. ÂItÂs a better situation now,ÂŽ he says. ÂBut you donÂt forget.ÂŽ Seeing signs like these is what really gets him going. ItÂs the hate and also the disrespect. You get kids who want to play basketball, do something posi-tive, and then you get kids who want to foul up the backboards and spray degrading stuff across the court. You get kids testing the edges. Messing with bathrooms, with picnic tables and childrenÂs playgrounds with families around, putting down profanities and obscenities, thatÂs worse. Cross the line into hate crime, and you invite prison terms, not just because itÂs illegal but because allow-ing it debases everyone. Mr. Scott struggles to understand the taggers. HeÂs worked hard his whole life, helped to raise five chil-dren, had his shortcomings, tried to treat everyone the way heÂd like to be treated. How is it OK to deface or destroy property that someone else worked to build and maintain? How is it OK to cost the city and all its tax-paying residents money they could put into building something instead of erasing it? Mr. Scott and Mr. MacDougall seem to have found a balance in their daily routine. This is just the morn-ing; in the afternoon, as Smitty tells them on their mobile phone, theyÂll be high-pressure-cleaning Fire Station Number 4, with special attention to washing out the rain gutters. Among their duties on roadways, most days, are removing dead animals, including possums and raccoons and cats hit by passing vehicles. Nobody asks wheth-er the traffic is moving too fast, or if the drivers care too little. Nobody asks whoÂs removing the animals, either. They DO get compliments, the men say, from residents and business own-ers and police. The Graffiti Removal Unit logo gives them more visibility. ÂA lot of the citizens have come up to us, saying they appreciate it,ÂŽ he says. This Monday, at least, hasnÂt been bad. Mr. Scott says he understands not liking what you would call The Sys-tem, questioning what you see as limited opportunity and smothering conformity. What courage does it take, though, he wonders, to attack the backsides of half-empty strip malls or the inside of the walls skirting high-ways or canals or bridges or mute and static signs in dead of night? Maybe this makes a statement to whatever gang youÂre part of. To most, the state-ment is that of a coward, a phantom of darkness, without the guts to step up into daylight and authority and state a case. Mr. Scott and Mr. MacDougall step up, every day, and are glad for anyone who sees them. For now, theyÂre focused on the graffiti at hand. Nobody, they say, wants live a marked life in a marked city. They are out there, every day, removing the marks. Q GRAFFITI PHOTOS COURTESY OF CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENSA collage of the graffiti Harvey Scott and Glenn MacDougall have removed from various structures around Palm Beach Gardens.
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Shelter pets would love nothing more than to move from the cage or run at the shel-ter to the couch at your home. Why make them wait? So while springing an unwanted and unexpected pet on someone as a gift is always a bad idea, and buying from a pet store or click-and-ship puppy website is never a good idea, the careful and well-planned gift of an appropriate pet can be just what this veterinarian ordered for making your family happier and healthier, now and at any time of the year. ItÂs a great thing to have strong ideas about how pets should be cared for Â„ I know I do. But letÂs not let those ideas get so set in stone that we donÂt question and qualify them from time to time. The ÂHealing Power of PetsÂŽ is a prescription IÂm comfortable giving 365 days a year, and what better gift could there be than the love and companionship of a pet? If youÂre ready, donÂt wait until the New Year. Ready, set ... adopt! Q Seasonal warnings shouldnÂ’t stop a thoughtful additionIÂm a parent and a grandparent, and IÂll tell you one thing about children: TheyÂre expert multitaskers. And they donÂt sud-denly become less so on Jan. 2. Puppies and kittens are just like little kids, and they get into things. But thatÂs not true just at the holidays. If they arenÂt getting into your Christmas decorations, theyÂll be getting into your laundry basket. Part of acquiring a new pet is making sure that the environment is safe for him, and that the treasured family heirloom you inherited from your great-grandmother is You know the usual warnings: ÂDonÂt give pets as giftsÂŽ; ÂThe holidays are the worst time to get a new petÂŽ; ÂPets are for life, not just for ChristmasÂŽ; ÂThe only good pet to give as a gift is a stuffed animal.ÂŽ Lately, though, IÂve found myself swimming against that tide Â„ a little. When it comes to giving pets as gifts, itÂs not always a good idea, but itÂs also not always a bad idea. If you add just one word to the word Âgift,ÂŽ it pretty much fixes the problem. That word is Âthoughtful.ÂŽ And getting a pet should always be done thoughtfully, whether the pet is a gift or not. First and foremost, being thoughtful means never buying a puppy or kitten from a pet store or Internet site that ships with no questions asked. You donÂt want to support puppy mills, after all. With that out of the way, what about the other common cautions? Sure, the holidays can be a busy time, with lots of activities, travel and guests. But parents often have time off from work during the holidays, and the children arenÂt in school. The greater flexibility of a holiday schedule can make both petsÂ and peopleÂs adjustments easier, not harder. Then thereÂs the idea that other gifts will be so much more exciting to children that theyÂll be distracted from a new pet. PET TALES Adopt a holiday petBY DR. MARTY BECKER_________________Universal Uclick Shelter pets need homes year-round, so if everything else is planned for, donÂ’t let the holiday stop you from adopting. O Pets of the Week To adopt a petThe Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Humane Society of the Palm Beaches, was founded in 1925 and is a limited-admission non-pro t humane society providing services to more than 10,000 animals each year. It is located at 3100/3200 Mili-tary Trail in West Palm Beach. Adoptable pets and other information can be seen at www.hspb.org. For adoption information, call 686-6656.>>Bailey is a 7-year-old spayed female Labrador mix. She weighs 58 pounds, and is a great companion. Bailey loves people but needs an adoptive home where she is the only dog. She is available for the senior-to-senior adoption program; the adoption fee is waived for animals 5 years and older placed with someone 55 years and older. The adopter is responsible only for the cost of the county license/tag.>>Selene is a 3-year-old spayed female short hair cat. She is petite and is a lap cat who purrs loudly and rolls her little head into your hand. Selene isnÂ’t fond of dogs.
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA12 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 DECEMBER 18, 2010 CARLIN PARK ~ 400 STATE ROAD A1A ~ JUPITER 5K @ 7:25am 10K @ 7:30am KidsÂ 1-Mile Run @ 7:10am REGISTER ONLINE at palmbeachroadrunners.com Adults ......................................................................$35 Palm Beach Road Runners Club Members ..............$25Students (18 and under) ..........................................$25Kids (12 and under) 1-Mile Run .................................$7 Online registration closes December 16 @ midnightRACE DAY REGISTRATION $35 for everyone (Except Kids 1 Mile Run which remains at $7) Pre-race package pickup will be available at Running Sports on Donald Ross Road on December 17 from 3:00 to 7:00pm. Marines will be collecting for Toys for Tots Sponsored by creator of wonderment.In ÂErotica,ÂŽ her fifth studio album, created in 1992, MadonnaÂs song ÂDeeper and DeeperÂŽ uses words from The Sound of Music. Like the echoes of the Aus-trian mountains, Madonna echoes MariaÂs words: ÂWhen you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything.ÂŽ But is seems that there the Madonna parts com-pany with her virgin Maria foil. MadonnaÂs album is seen as no longer acceptable, as suggestive, crass, vulgar and raunchy. The album merited a parental advisory warn-ing. Virgin words tumble out of the mouth of a traumatized whore. The 5-year-old child Madonna had seen the mouth of her own dead mother, peaceful and grotesque, sewn shut in her casket. Perhaps the unsi-lenced Madonna had been calling Maria forth to mother herself even as Maria mothered the Austrian orphans. After all, the father of these orphans had also ban-ished frivolity after their motherÂs death. Maria would cure all that in her teaching the building blocks of the major scale to the Von Trapp children: ÂNow children, do-re-mi-fa-so and so on are only the tools we use to build a song. ÂOnce you have these notes in your heads, you can sing a million different tunes by mixing them up.ÂŽ MadonnaÂs favorite music was the Baroque. She loved Mozart. Mozart was born in MariaÂs country, Austria. He came from Salzburg, the Salt Castle named for the barges that brought salt via water to this city. There, Mozart emerged into the 18th century CE. At the same young age at which Madonna experienced her motherÂs death, Mozart was already a musical prodigy. In the last year of his life, 1791, Mozart wrote his last opera, ÂThe Magic Flute.ÂŽ MozartÂs friend and fellow Freemason, Emanuel Schickaneder, wrote the libretto, managed the stage and played the role of Papageno. Many critics see the libretto as disjointed. Goethe referred to it as inane, but wanted to continue writing the libretto. The opera, which opens in the Egyptian temple of Isis, is an amazing blend of the sacred and the profane. In this opera Mozart presents a web of Freemason ritual, political commentary and absurd comedy in music of indescribable breadth and beauty.The character of Papageno, a bird catcher dressed entirely in feathers, is comedic foil. His mouth is padlocked when he lies about being a hero, a snake monster killer. But later he is given bells to play, which bring people to laugh and dance. When he feels he will not be able to find his love, Papagena, he contemplates suicide. But she arrives, also feather-dressed. Seeing each other, they are so stunned that they stutter their song to each other: ÂPa pa papa papa...ÂŽ In ÂThe Magic FluteÂŽ there is victory of loveÂs union in both the realms of sacred and profane. There are sounds and grounds for every playful wonderment. We go deeper and sweeter with Madonna. We sing with Maria, beyond being orphaned or limited by legacy. Beyond illusion and delusion, we allude to that which is noted experienced through words beyond words. ÂDoe, a deer, a female deer ÂLetÂs start at the very beginning A very good place to start When you read you begin with A-B-C When you sing you begin with do-re-mi... The first three notes just happen to be Do-re-mi... LetÂs see if I can make it easy....ÂŽ Â„ Rogers & Hammerstein, ÂSound of Music,ÂŽ Maria and the Children: ÂDo, Re, Mi,ÂŽ 1959 ÂDeeper and deeper and deeper and deeper; sweeter and sweeter and sweeter and sweeter.... When you know the notes to sing, you can sing most anything.ÂŽ Â„ Madonna, ÂErotica,ÂŽ ÂDeeper and Deeper,ÂŽ 1992Strictly speaking, the use of allusion is quite compelling. It takes us down custom-ary, expectable paths of associations, cul-turally embedded. We begin in the world matrix of language and meaning, the ground onto which we are thrown at our very beginning. And then the proper and seemly paths prescribed by fashion and etiquette potentially burst into possibilities untow-ard. Opportunistic webs emerge. Vortex is created. Deeper and deeper; sweeter and sweeter: We move from wide-eyed child to MUSINGS De rigueurÂ„ Rx is the FloridaWeekly muse who hopes to inspire profound mutiny in all those who care to read. Our Rx may be wearing a pirate cloak of invisibility, but emanating from within this shadow is hope that readers will feel free to respond. Who knows: You may even inspire the muse. Make contact if you dare. c c a o t w Rx email@example.com Ray, a drop of golden sunMe, a name I call myselfFar, a long, long way to runSew, a needle pulling threadLa, a note to follow SewTea, a drink with jam and bread:That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)...When you know the notes to sing,You can sing most anything.ÂŽ Q
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 NEWS A13 COMMUNITY ACTION SUPPORT TEAM City staffers and students from the Benjamin School volunteered to help Leanna Beck with her home. It was part of the city of Palm Beach GardensÂ’ Community Action Support Team program, designed to help residents keeptheir homes up to code.1. Jane Schwed, Ali Bernstien, Anita Spassoff and Samatha Hagar2. The home on North Mary Drive.3. Jessica Reichard, Katie Schepps, Erica Schwed and Zach Krumholz4. Alexis Coudert5. CAST coordinator Michael Williams, homeowner Leanna Beck and city code operations director David Reyes6. Ben Appleby7. Samantha HagarRACHEL HICKEY / FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 Patti Stone is a reasonable and levelheaded woman, so I was quite alarmed when she called me last week in hysterics. (IÂve changed all identifying information.) ÂThis is the last straw! These people are calculated monsters! They are trying to ruin my life!ÂŽWhen she calmed down, she was able to articulate how hurt and angry sheÂs been. It began four years ago when her son Scott called excitedly to tell her he had met Tara Burke at a party. Patti prided herself on the close relationship that she had always shared with Scott. At the time Scott was unaware that Tara came from such a promi-nent family, but over time, Patti would hear about the exciting events that Scott attended and how wonderful the Burkes were. Malcolm Burke had taken Scott under his wing and was introducing him to several of his business and country club friends. Patti was impressed that Scott was dating this girl, envisioning a life of glamour and opportunity. It never occurred to her that there could be any negative repercussions. The first glimpse of trouble emerged during the engagement. Sydelle Burke attempt-ed to be gracious, including Patti in the wedding planning. Patti couldnÂt help but detect an attitude of superiority. This set the tone for the relationships going forward. The Burkes would take over and expect the others to follow suit. The real upsets occurred after the wedding. Patti had to hold her tongue and act excited as Scott told her about the wonder-ful occasions shared with the Burkes. It was hard not to become resentful and to believe that the Burkes were buying their son with their overly generous gifts. ItÂs not that Scott was unappreciative of Patti and MikeÂs ges-tures; itÂs just that she began to feel defensive that whatever she did never measured up. The breaking point came when Scott called his parents to ask if they would mind if he and Tara didnÂt come for Thanksgiving. The Burkes had invited them to their home in St. BartÂs. Mike exploded, calling Scott disloyal and accusing him of being bought by the Burkes. Patti tried to keep her cool, but underneath she was shaking in pain. As parents, most of us invest a tremendous amount of emotional energy into the bonds that we have with our children. From the time they are little, a huge part of our daily attention focuses on their wellbeing and whereabouts. When they mature, we pray that they will be happy and success-ful at work and fall head over heels with a fabulous, grounded person who is truly compatible. And of course, we pray that we like their life choice and that this person will comfortably join our family. When our children marry, they are joining their life with another person who comes from a family with its own set of values, tra-ditions and lifestyle. Mature, loving parents recognize that they must make a key adjust-ment to allow their child to comfortably integrate into their new extended family. Most families understand the importance of this and are able to make this transition over time. They reach out to the other fam-ily with warmth, even if they know they are very different and would never, on their own, have picked each other out as friends. In some instances, the sense of family importance is so strong that people are unable or unwilling to compromise their unity to be receptive to a completely dif-ferent set of values and opinions. They are extremely uncomfortable to be put in a position to have their own interests chal-lenged or to be pushed to be hospitable to people they donÂt want to spend time with. They will resist accepting the extended family system of their childÂs spouse. On occasion, a person absolutely cannot stand the family their child marries into. As much as they try to get along with these people, their stomach churns and the effort to be pleasant is enormous. Sometimes, the other family is pleasant enough; itÂs just that it seems these people are insinuating them-selves in the young coupleÂs lives in a way that can seem overbearing and unfair. To consider the possibility that your child could enjoy being with these people more than they like being with you can be way too much to bear. The feelings of hurt and betrayal can be raw. For some, it stirs up insecurities and jealous feelings they thought they had left behind in high school. They want to scream out: Hey! WeÂre the ones who stayed up all night when you were sick, cheered for you on the ball fields, and didnÂt sleep until we heard the key turn in the lock when you were a new driver. How could you choose these people over us? I do get it. But I must also make a blunt statement: Get a grip. These people are here to stay. In this case, Patti and Mike should examine their own feelings to determine if they are projecting their own discomfort and insecurities onto Sydelle and Malcolm, pos-sibly attributing negative attributes that are not accurate or fair. If after careful reflec-tion they still believe that the Burkes are overbearing and difficult, they must pro-ceed with caution.The worst thing they can do is put Scott on the defensive so that he and Tara feel caught in the middle of an ugly triangle, believing that they are being asked to take sides.They should be careful not to say anything negative about the Burkes (no matter how tempting.) They should assume that what-ever they say negatively about the Burkes to Scott will be repeated at some point to Tara (It invariably works out that way.) I can assure you this will not endear them to their daughter-in-law. It is likely she will remem-ber their words, and possibly, hold it against the Stones for years to come.Focusing on maintaining their unique bond with Scott can be the roadmap guid-ing them as they proceed. They have clearly had a good relationship with Scott thus far and do not want to risk alienating their son and daughter-in-law. They should remember that most of us have room in our hearts to include new relationships, without compromising our existing ties. With this in mind, they should start with the confidence that they have raised Scott to do the right thing; and reit-erate to Scott how important he is to them and how much they want to stay close to him and Tara. They can express sensitivity to the fact it must be difficult for Scott and Tara to integrate two sets of parents into their lives. They should make it clear that they recognize the importance of Tara and Scott hav-ing a relationship with the Burkes and that Patti and Mike do not want to compete with the Burkes or compromise that relationship in any way. The goal is to create a climate where there can be an open discussion of important issues, without animosity. Last, the Stones should take steps to remove themselves from a competitive stance with the Burkes. The reality is the two families are in very different financial circumstances. With creativity and non-defensiveness, the Stones can create oppor-tunities and experiences to enjoy with their children that will be uniquely theirs. Q Â„ Linda Lipshutz, M.S., LCSW, is a psychotherapist serving individuals, couples and families. A Palm Beach Gardens resident, she holds degrees from Cornell and Columbia and trained at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in Manhattan. She can be reached at her Gardens office at 630-2827, or www.palmbeachfamilytherapy.com. HEALTHY LIVING linda LIPSHUTZ O firstname.lastname@example.orgJealous of your childÂ’s in-laws? Tread lightly or risk alienationThe holiday season is a deep well of memories. They can be brought instantly into being by a sound, a simple aroma or even an object that mentally tugs up the bucket from our reservoir of recollections and brings them forth, spilling into the present. Raised as a Methodist, our family holiday rituals were protestant in theme and transformed by all manner of influ-ences, gathering through the chronology of time Â„ as if a snowball rolling down a hill Â„ with new ingredients to add to the litany required each year to celebrate the season. My mother brought out a plastic bust of Santa Claus from the attic that she hung over the front door of our modest house. She would climb up a teetering ladder and snake a necklace made of multiple exten-sion cords, up and over the banana trees, through a broken jalousie on the front porch, and then plug it in with a reason-able fear she might be fried. Thankfully, Santa lit up magnificently sans blue bolt, his red cheeks and nose glowing, his white beard a luminous cloud. Once the ritual was completed, I had no doubt that Santa Claus was coming to town. For some reason, the Christmas tree always had to be two feet taller than the ceiling would accommodate. With no lumberjack in the house, it was unceremo-niously lopped to stand precariously, the tree-stand inevitably designed for fatal accidents at least for the tree itself. Some-how it all came together. The coup de grace was the garland of glass ornaments, hand blown by some wily German in gin-gerbread land. The precious orbs were purchased annually, two or three at a time, from May-Cohens in downtown Jackson-ville. Over the decades, the collection of glass balls had grown impressively to finally catch up to the proportions needed to cover the oversized trees. This equi-ty achieved between form and function was a challenge since casualties occurred along the way. The attic where the ornaments were stored was not insulated. During the sum-mer, the heat must have reached an eye-popping temperature. A careless touch in the unwrapping process was all it took for a delicate glass ball to explode into a zil-lion, tiny chards. A tear or two generally followed. The unpacking would continue, one by one, until all had found their perfect spot on the needled bows. Many years later and following my motherÂs death, all the detritus of liv-ing in one place for 50 years was sort-ed and disposed of, yet the memory of those ornaments continued to call out to me, having disappeared, leaving me to always wonder if any were ever to hang once again, in their proper place. For memories long dormant, Kodak snap-shots can reincarnate Christmases past, in black and white. Still, I see my mom always in red. Our fat dachs-hund appears, a blur of tail and nose, excited by this burst of gen-erosity, wishing to claim the tree as his own; and thereÂs my dad, with a watchful eye, distracted from the camera lens, and clearly prepared to pounce and create mayhem, should old ÂPokeyÂŽ attempt to consummate his holiday wish. What, may you ask, does any of this have to do with philanthropy? Just this: Our memories, intangible though they are, reside in a place of importance and prior-ity, rarely, if ever treasured based on a hierarchy of worth calculated in grams of silver and gold. The essence of this truth was told better than I by the actor Orson Welles, in the movie, ÂCitizen Kane.ÂŽ The mystery of ÂrosebudÂŽ or its parallel in our own life as an iconic memory resonates universally, the genesis of its power created in and by the human heart. It is the same with philanthropy: the power that giving conveys is not simply a process of handing over or sharing the abundance that generosity would have us impart as a benefit to others. Leaving a legacy requires deep reflection on the essence we seek to sustain beyond our own lives if that essence is to live on and enrich the lives and experience of others. This becomes, in effect, the very core of our impulse to give. Philanthropy means Âlove of humankindÂŽ and calls forth the universality we share as human beings in our ability to dwell in the house of memories and know we are, in some mea-sure, all the same. In this holiday season, that is truly a gift beyond measure. Q Â„ The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties improves communities through the power of giving. Since 1972, The Community Foundation has granted more than $84 million in grants and scholarships through the generosity of our donors. To learn more, visit www.yourcommunityfoundation.org.GIVING Like rich memories, the value of giving is priceless leslie LILLY President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties O d bows. d following my detritus of livy ears was sort t the memo ry co ntinu e d t o d isappeare d w onder if n g r black my mom a t dachsof tail and mystery o f Â r o ur own life o nates univ e power crea t he art. It is the t h e power simply a p sharing t osity w o benefit t r o is to l iv e a nd ex p become s
BUSINESS FLORIDA WEEKLY A GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS INDUSTRY A15 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010This yearÂs holiday shoppers may not be your average consumers, according to a new index from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. According to the Kellogg Shopper Index, this yearÂs biggest spenders include those who have had a sig-nificant increase in perceived security around their income and job. The sur-vey also finds that the powerful and materialistic will also be at the cash registers, and even though itÂs the sea-son for giving, many of their purchases will be for themselves. The Kellogg Shopper Index is a new, ongoing study of consumers and their spending habits. The index explores how underlying consumer psychology and changes in household finance affect con-sumer shopping behaviors and trends. This first issue explores shopping and gift-giving trends for the 2010 holiday season. Preliminary data were collected between Oct. 26 and Nov. 16, via an online survey of approximately 1,200 consumers. Participants who had a significant increase in income, perhaps from get-ting a new job, indicated they would spend 16 percent more in holiday gifts versus last year. Those who said they experienced a decrease in income, due to a job loss or pay cut, plan to spend 9 percent less compared to 2009. People who feel more secure about their job plan to spend 10 percent more on holiday gifts. Those with relatively stable job security said they will spend 2 percent more, and people whose job security has worsened noted they will spend 4 percent less this year. Highly materialistic panelists said they would allocate 34 percent of their holiday gift budget on themselves and 66 percent spent on gifts for others. Less materialistic participants said they will spend only 17 percent on themselves and 83 percent on gifts for others. (For this survey, participants were defined as ÂmaterialisticÂŽ when they responded positively to questions about how possessions are signs of suc-cess, buying brand names and buying items to impress others.) Two groups indicated they would spend more this year on gifts: People who buy premium gifts for themselves or others, and Âdeal shoppersÂŽ looking for value. ÂEssentially not everyone is coming back to shop,ÂŽ said Eric Anderson, fac-ulty member and one of the designers of the survey. ÂWhile our panelists indicate they plan to spend slightly more than last year, we see two very different psy-chological mindsets at play. The first set represents those likely to have foregone nice rewards over the last two years, and who now want to treat themselves or others. The second set represents those who are still very cautious but are will-ing to spend for the right deal.ÂŽ Future surveys will research shopping trends among women, ethnic minorities and generations. For more information, see kellogg.northwestern.edu. Q Secure in your job? YouÂ’ll spend more on gifts, then SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY The PGA National Resort & Spa has been awarded the 2010 Beautification Award by the city of Palm Beach Gardens. Each year the city, through its community aesthetics board, bestows one commercial, one resi-dential and one institutional award. Selection is based on effort rather than cost; creativity and effort; tasteful landscaping, including but not lim-ited to trees, shrubs and flowers; well-maintained property; and structural improvements. PGA National was given the award in the commercial category. Throughout 2010, PGA National enhanced a number of areas in and around the resort grounds, adding landscaping that is native to Florida, the resort reports. The plants thrive and provide a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife, including endangered and protected bird species. ÂWe are continuously enhancing and improving the landscaping around the resort and our five golf courses,ÂŽ Joel Paige, vice president and managing director, said in a prepared statement. ÂFrom our tree planting program to establishing seasonal veg-etation, the variety of plant life around the property truly creates a unique experience for every guest.ÂŽ The community aesthetics board presented PGA National with the award during a city coun-cil meeting; it will be displayed on the property throughout the year. ÂOur staff works really hard to keep the resort looking its best at all times,ÂŽ said Mr. Paige. ÂWeÂre proud to be recognized for this award, and look forward to continuing to enhance the overall experience for every visitor.ÂŽ PGA National was named as one of GOLF MagazineÂs 2010-2011 Premier Resorts. The 379-room resort recently completed a $65 million revitaliza-tion. The resort offers 90 holes of golf on five cours-es, including the champion course, home to the PGA TourÂs Honda Classic. Its 40,000 square-foot Euro-pean spa has 32 treatment areas and outdoor mineral pools; a 33,000 square-foot health and racquet club has 19 tennis courts. There are nine restaurants and lounges and 39,000 square feet of conference space. Angela Wong, the cityÂs operations manager, said nominations are now being sought for the award in the residential category. The brochure for the pro-gram and a nomination form may be downloaded at pbgfl.com. Call Ms. Wong at 804-7010, or email her at email@example.com for more information. For more information on the PGA National Report & Spa, see pgaresort.com or call 800-533-9386. Q Lush landscaping at PGA National wins city awardÂ“Our staff works really hard to keep the resort looking its best at all times. WeÂ’re proud to be recognized for this award, and look forward to continuing to enhance the overall experience for every visitor.Â” Â– Joel Paige, vice president and managing director SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTOS
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYA16 BUSINESS WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 MONEY & INVESTINGWhile Europe struggles, U.S. banks face their own problemsThe world has been paying a lot of attention to problems with the banks in the EU, with emphasis most recently on IrelandÂs banks.While the U.S. banks are not in the limelight, they absolutely face a number of chal-lenges, many of which have received news coverage. But, as Ireland loomed so large, the news on U.S. banks was seemingly in the shadows. The topic of this column is two bank issues. In truth, they are worthy of much more reading, understanding and monitoring. The first issue focuses on new capital requirements as set forth by the Bank for International Settlements and the second issue is the potentially very large (as in many billions of dollars) liabilities against the U.S. banks for their, as claimed, shoddy mortgage underwriting practices. LetÂs look at the first issue. Most know that U.S. banks do not regulate themselves in a vacuum from international banks. A long time ago, dating back to 1930, the BIS was formed. The international cen-tral bankers got together to create interna-tional standards and cooperation for bank-ing. Over time, there was an attempt to cre-ate assurances that, in doing business with each other, there were somewhat equal and known credit risks. In September 2010, the Bank for International Settlements announced ÂBasel III,ÂŽ a new, yet third, accord on capital and liquidity ratios for banks. (Basel is not an acronym or a code word; it simply refers to Basel, Switzerland, where the BIS is located.) Representatives of the top 27 central banks formulated new requirements, many of which start to go into effect by 2013. (Yes, these are the same bankers who caused the worldÂs credit problems and who are now figuring out how to solve the very problems they caused.) The bottom line is that U.S. banks have to start working toward significantly higher capital or equity levels and significantly higher liquidity standards.Per the Financial Times, Nov. 21, ÂThe top 35 U.S. banks will be short of between $100bn and $150bn in equity capital after the new Basel III global bank regulations are imposed, with 90 percent of the short-fall concentrated in the biggest six banks, according to Barclays Capital.ÂŽ How will they get this new capital? ÂBanks can respond by increasing their capital through retained earnings or equity issu-ance or they can cut their risk-weighted assets through sell-offs and by cutting back on risky business lines.ÂŽThe U.S. banks have to raise capital or sell assets or do some combination of both. In the long run, a better-capitalized banking system is good news. The bad news is that, in the short term, these banks will now have to be focused on issuing equity or selling assets instead of getting on with the busi-ness of making loans. The second issue facing U.S. banks is the litigation that is proceeding by major insti-tutional holders and buyers of assorted sub prime, Alt-A, option-adjustable rate mortjeannette SHOWALTER CFA firstname.lastname@example.org O gages issued by the big banks. The claim of the buyers is that the banks failed in their legal responsi-bilities and they want the issuers to take this debt back. The unhappy holders of this mortgage debt include the big-gest of the biggies: Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, Black Rock, and PIMCO. Fannie and Freddie have already Âput backÂŽ $13 billion in mortgages to Bank of America. Wowza! But the total amount of mortgages that might be put back is sized at, ÂÂƒover $700 billion on these and other so-called nonagency mortgage securi-ties, according to New York mortgage-re-search specialist and broker Amherst Secu-rities Group.ÂŽ Choke. If the Âput backsÂŽ succeed, the largest losers could be: Bank of America, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs. Bank of America is thought to lead the pack because it bought the notorious mortgage lender Countrywide.Some of the winners in this litigation could include bond insurers MBIA and Assured Guaranty. (AMBAC already went bankrupt under the weight of its bond insurance losses.)It all poses curious questions: How easy will it be for the U.S. banks to: raise and sell equity, sell assets, disclose contingent liabilities from Âput backsÂŽ and, most likely, ultimately book significant losses from these mortgages? The bank indices have been telling a desultory story for some time. The story has not been told with words, but with prices and volume. Talk to your advisers, review your portfolio, and discuss the impact of these issues and the suitability of your holdings. Q Â„ Jeannette Rohn Showalter is a Southwest Florida-based chartered financial analyst, considered to be the highest designation for investment professionals. She can be reached at 239-444-5633, ext. 1092, or email@example.com.
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DERMOT SELLS SINGER ISLAND | Dermot OBrien 561.317.1177 REAL ESTATEA GUIDE TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY A21 WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010A four-bedroom custom-built pool home features hardwood floors, a stone, wood-burning fireplace and a gour-met kitchen. The scree ned patio area includes an outdoor kitchen with year-round gas grill. The pool is heated with solar power. Beyond the pool enclosure, the one-half acre property offers a grassy backyard, mature fruit trees, and an additional raised side yard that is also fenced and could be used as a dog run or special flower/vegetable garden. This home, located at 18158 S.E. Ridgeview Drive in Tequesta, is listed at $425,000. ItÂs in River Ridge, a waterfront gated community of 173 homes bor-dered on the north by the Loxahatchee River. The community is two miles north of the Jupiter Inlet and public boat ramps. River Ridge is pet-friendly. Other amenities include 24-hour gated security, a clubhouse, lighted tennis courts, a playground and tot lot and two lakes. The home is listed with Keller Williams Realty. Call Ron Jangaard or Lynne Rifkin at 906-7500.CONTRIBUTED BY KELLER WILLIAMS COURTESY PHOTOThe screened patio area of this Tequesta home also includes an outdoor kitchen complete with gas grill. ItÂ’s in a gated community that has a clubhouse and tennis courts.COURTESY PHOTOSTOP: The solar-heated pool provides year-round swim-ming.ABOVE: The gourmet kitchen has stone countertops and space for eating.Solar pool, amenities top draws for River Ridge home
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Pool, spa, gas Â“ replace and lake views. 211 GRAND POINTE DRIVE$2,695,000Stunning estate home with lavish details. 8,200 of A/C, 5BR/7.5BA/4CG Master suite has his/hers BAs, custom walk-in closets. NEW gourmet kitchen with top-of-theline stainless appliances. Media, Billiards and Music rooms + wet bar, Â“ replaces, summer kitchen, pool, rock waterfalls and more. BALLENISLES Realtors association to install officersMarian Grigsby, of Illustrated Properties, will be installed as president of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Hobe Sound Associa-tion of Realtors on Dec. 11. She succeeds Phyllis Choy.Also installed will be Chris Cox, of Coldwell Banker, as president-elect, Jason Flannery as secretary and Kim Price as treasurer. The installation will be at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 15 at Admirals Cove. For more information, email Jill at email@example.com Q Toll Brothers buys golf community in BrowardToll Brothers has purchased Parkland Golf and Country Club, a community in northwest Broward County with a Greg Norman championship golf course. Toll acquired 350 of the communityÂs 820 home sites and will begin selling homes in late January at the community previ-ously owned by WCI Communities. Toll Brothers will offer single-family homes and villa-style homes in four styles, ranging in size from about 1,800 square feet to 5,400 square feet. Prices will range from the upper $400,000s to more than $1.5 million, the company reported in a prepared statement. Parkland is a private, gated golf and country club community on 790 acres; the centerpiece is a Greg Norman 18-hole championship golf course with bonus practice hole. The course is rem-iniscent of AustraliaÂs Sandbelt links such as Royal Melbourne and Kingston Health. The course design is focused on preserving a natural vegetative set-ting featuring three distinct zones of planting that reflect the areaÂs natural habitats Â„ the cypress heads, the low hammock and the pine flatland. The community is between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton near Interstate 95 and FloridaÂs Turnpike. This is Toll BrothersÂ third new luxury community purchased in Southeast Florida this year. In June, Toll Broth-ers purchased FrenchmanÂs Harbor, a 77-acre community situated along the Intracoastal Waterway in Juno Beach, and in April the company acquired the unfinished luxury community of Azura in Boca Raton. Q Pending home sales jump in OctoberPending home sales jumped in October, showing a positive uptrend since bottoming in June, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sale Index, a forward-looking indicator, rose 10.4 per-cent to 89.3 based on contracts signed in October from 80.9 in September. The index remains 20.5 percent below a surge to a cyclical peak of 112.4 in Octo-ber 2009, which was the highest level since May 2006 when it hit 112.6. Last October, first-time buyers were motivated to make offers before the initial contract deadline for the tax credit last November. The data reflects contracts and not closings, which nor-mally occur with a lag time of one or two months. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said excellent housing affordability con-ditions are drawing home buyers. ÂIt is welcoming to see a solid double-digit percentage gain, but activity needs to improve further to reach healthy, sus-tainable levels. The housing market clearly is in a recovery phase and will be uneven at times, but the improving job market and consequential boost to household formation will help the recovery process going into 2011,ÂŽ he said in a prepared statement. ÂMore importantly, a return to more normal loan underwriting standards and removal of unnecessary underwrit-ing fees for very low risk borrowers is needed and could quickly help in the housing and economic recovery,ÂŽ Mr. Yun said. Recent loan performance data from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac clearly demonstrates very low default rates on recently originated mortgages, much lower that the vintages of 2002 and 2003 before the housing boom. Q Florida home sales up 7 percent in OctoberStatewide year-to-date existing home sales in Florida showed positive momentum in October: 143,398 single-family existing homes sold for a 7 per-cent increase over the same period a year ago, though uncertainty over job growth, restrictive credit and foreclo-sure issues had a dampening effect on housing activity last month, according to industry analysts. The latest housing data released by Florida Realtors also reported a 33 per-cent rise in statewide year-to-date con-dominium sales compared to a year ago, with a total of 59,966 units sold. In the latest industry outlook from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said several factors are slowing the housing marketÂs recovery, including the recent foreclosure moratorium. ÂNonetheless, there appears to be a pent-up demand that eventually will be unleashed as banks resolve their issues with foreclosures and the labor market improves,ÂŽ he said. ÂHowever, tight credit and appraisals coming in below a negotiat-ed price continue to constrain the market.ÂŽ Mr. Yun called for a gradual rise in home sales as buyers respond to histori-cally low mortgage interest rates and favorable affordability conditions. A total of 5,147 existing condos sold statewide in October compared to 5,398 units sold during the same month a year earlier for a decrease of 5 percent. Nine of FloridaÂs metropolitan statisti-cal areas (MSAs) reported higher exist-ing condo sales last month, according to Florida Realtors. The statewide existing condo median sales price last month was $82,400; in October 2009 it was $105,200 for a 22 percent decrease. The national median existing condo price was $165,400 in September, according to NAR. Meanwhile, in the year-to-year comparison for existing home sales, a total of 11,888 single-family existing homes sold statewide last month compared to 14,980 homes sold in October 2009 for a decrease of 21 percent. FloridaÂs median existing-home sales price in October was $136,600; a year earlier, it was $140,900 for a 3 percent decrease. The median is the midpoint; half the homes sold for more, half for less. The national median sales price for existing single-family homes in Septem-ber was $172,600, down 1.9 percent from a year earlier, NAR reported. In Califor-nia, the statewide median resale price was $309,900 in September; in Massachu-setts, it was $295,000; in Maryland, it was $243,134; and in New York, it was $229,102. In October, the interest rate for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.23 percent, significantly lower than the 4.95 percent average during the same month a year earlier, according to Freddie Mac. Florida RealtorsÂ sales figures reflect closings, which typically occur 30 to 90 days after sales contracts are written. Q REAL ESTATE BRIEFS Send us your real estate news Do you have news about the real estate industry for Florida Weekly? Are you an agent on the move, or have you won an award? Send your items to pbnews@ oridaweekly.com. Or use snail mail and send to Betty Wells, Florida Weekly, 11380 Prosperity Farms Rd., Suite 103, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. 33410. P
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FLORIDA WEEKLY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE B SECTION WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010WEEK at-a-glanceSandy days, salty nightsYes, some men decide they want it both Â— smarts and sex. B2 XArt Basel impressesNinth Annual Miami show continues to draw the worldÂ’s best artists. B14 X Film review Â“Welcome to the RileysÂ” honest to the end.Â” B9 X Cuisine newsCapt. Charlies Reef Grill is a place for good seafood and casual fun. B19 X BY HAP ERSTEINherstein@Â” oridaweekly.com IKE SO MANY MUSICALS THAT Maltz Jupiter Theatre artistic director Andrew Kato has helped to launch, ÂAcademyÂŽ began not with a sto-ryline or a character, but with an image. ÂI went to an a cappella workshop in New Jersey,ÂŽ explains Mr. Kato. ÂI saw a group of boys per-form Michael JacksonÂs ÂThriller.Â What I was struck by was the sight of them standing and singing, the camaraderie and the energy that they brought to it, as well as the a cappella sound.ÂŽ As with most things that interest him, he wondered whether there was a musical to be created from it. So he took the fledgling notion Andrew Kato took a edgling notion and turned it into a prep school musical that may be destined for bigger stages. INSET: Matthew Roscoe and Alex Wyse perform in Â“AcademyÂ”; the premiere of the play is at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. SEE ACADEMY, B4 XLPHOTOS COURTESY OF JEFF LARKIN A gift that will last a lifetime is available for purchase at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, where the organizationÂs faculty provides a wide range of fine art classes from beginning to advanced skill levels, including chil-drenÂs classes, in the areas of drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpting, photogra-phy and digital media studies. Winter art classes run from Jan. 3 through Feb. 26. The spring session is March 7 through April 30. ÂArt transforms lives,ÂŽ said Lighthouse ArtCenter Executive Director Katie Deits. ÂIt enables people to channel their emotions into cre-ative energy, and a lot of times people are just amazed by what they can do at the end of a session.ÂŽ Gifts are also available at the newly expanded art supply store at the School of Art. Gift certificates to the school can be used for supplies. An art camp during holiday break is offered for children ages 4-12. The camp is Dec. 27 through Dec. 31 from 9 a.m.-noon for children ages 4-5 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for children ages 6-12. For more information see LighthouseArts.org or call 746-3101. The center is in Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Q Winter, spring art classes might make a good giftSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY nights m e me n th e y bo th Â— a nd 2 X
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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E B3 SAVE more buy MORE Spend $25 10% OFF Spend $50 15% OFF Spend $75(+) 20% OFF 1201 U.S. Hwy 1 Â‡13DOP%HDFK 6RXWKRI3*$%OYG ( Â‡WHUYLVFRP 1RWYDOLGZLWKDQ\RWKHURIIHUV([SLUHV1+/DQGWKH1+/6KLHOGDUHUHJLVWHUHGWUDGHPDUNVRIWKH1DWLRQDO+RFNH\ /HDJXH$OO1+/ORJRVDQGPDUNVDQG1+/WHDPORJRVDQGPDUNVGHSLFWHG KHUHLQDUHWKHSURSHUW\RIWKH1+/DQGWKHUHVSHFWLYHWHDPVDQGPD\QRW EHUHSURGXFHGZLWKRXWWKHSULRUZULWWHQFRQVHQWRI1+/(QWHUSULVHV/3 Â‹1+/$OO5LJKWV5HVHUYHG Putting the Â‘FineÂ’... in Wine, Dine & TimeTHE DRIFTWOOD PLAZA "Â£-1-79Â£U1*/r,561.744.5054www.thebistrojupiter.com OPEN DAILY 4:30pm To Start: Soups or Salads. Entre Choice includes: Filet Mignon, Rack of Lamb, Lobster Ravioli, Yellowtail Snapper, Veal Escalope, Chicken Risotto, Blackened Shrimp, Sesame Seared Tuna, Organic Salmon, Fish & Chips. Desserts: Grand Marnier Chocolate SoufÂ” (we are famous for these), Sorbets, Ice Creams. Prix Fixe Menu Â• 7 Nights EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS Before 6:15pm Starter or Dessert $6 After 6:15pm Entree + Starter + Dessert $36American Cuisine with a European Flair DOVER SOLE Every Night$35Critiqued as Best in Town! The Colony Hotel continues its 10th annual cabaret season in its Royal Room Supper Club with continental singer Tony Sandler on Dec. 8-11 and The Four Fresh-men on Dec. 15-18. Cabaret headliners perform at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m. for dinner. The cost for dinner and show is $110 per person and $65 for show only. To make reservations, call the hotel box office at 659.8100. The Colony is at 155 Hammon Ave. in Palm Beach.The Belgian-born Tony Sandler made his Royal Room debut in December 2006 and is returning to The Colony for his third engagement. The popular singer has enjoyed a 50-year career with performances on four continents, before millions of fans, and has appeared on hundreds of TV vari-ety shows alongside Ed Sullivan, Merv Griffin, Milton Berle, Dean Mar-tin, Andy Williams, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas. He was half of the long-running singing duo Sandler & Young, and has frequently performed a musical tribute to Maurice Chevalier.Celebrating more than a half-century of crowd-pleas-ing performances, The Four Freshmen is the nationÂs lon-gest lasting vocal harmony group. From their first hit song, ÂItÂs a Blue World,ÂŽ to being voted Down Beat MagazineÂs Vocal Group of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, the group presents classic jazz-pop songs with cut-ting-edge vitality. The Four Freshmen have released more than 40 albums and 70 singles and been nominated six times for a Grammy. This will be The Four Fresh-menÂs seventh series of performances in The ColonyÂs Royal Room since making their debut in April 2003. Q Tony Sandler, Four Freshman sing cabaret at the ColonyIt all starts with an empty page. Whether itÂs a comedy or drama, every theatrical production relies on one thing to bring it to life: the printed word. ThatÂs why the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts established The WritersÂ Academy. Last spring, after four years of working with writers through a series of instruc-tional workshops conducted by novelist, biographer, playwright and teacher Julie Gilbert, the Kravis Center established The WritersÂ Academy. This popular program returns in 2011 with one primary purpose: to encourage, develop and showcase tal-ented writers of all ages. A core group of prolific writers have remained with the program since it start-ed, developing the WritersÂ Circle program as a haven for serious writers of all ages. In fact, Nancy S. Sims of Palm Beach Gardens, one of the original WritersÂ Cir-cle members, is now the published author of ÂVerbal Snacks,ÂŽ a collection of short stories that is being published by the Kravis Center. ÂVariety is not the only key to the success of these stories, although the swath is wide. Verbal Snacks takes us from an ex-hippie politico, to an aging Oscar winner, to a star surgeonÂs last performance, to a childÂs wish being granted, to a woman facing a hurricane alone, and much more. However, it is NancyÂs characters who shine. They are so exactingly drawn that they elicit immediate recognition and compassion,ÂŽ said Ms. Gilbert. Ms. Sims, a native of Pittsburgh, has been engaged as part of the Kravis Cen-terÂs WritersÂ Circle for six years. She has been actively involved in the field of art therapy, real estate and medical practice management and as a volunteer in her community. Instructor Julie Gilbert has been teaching writing workshops nationally and inter-nationally for over two decades. She was a nominee for the National Book CriticÂs Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for her biographies on Edna Ferber and ÂOppo-site Attraction: The Lives of Erich Maria Remarque and Paulette Goddard.ÂŽ Her first novel, ÂUmbrella Steps,ÂŽ was published when she was 24, and her plays have been seen in America and in London.All of the WritersÂ Academy classes and events will take place in the Picower Foundation Arts Education Center in the Kravis CenterÂs Cohen Pavilion.WritersÂ Launch is just that Â„ a pad from which to raise written expression. Within every human being there are unspoken thoughts and memories; there is buried treasure. This course is designed to alchemize the unexpressed bounty into disciplines that all writers require: Form, Content, Technique and Style. Weekly written assignments are requested, as is weekly attendance. A full eight-week commitment will render results. Sessions are Tuesdays from 1:30-3 p.m. on the dates: Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and April 5, 12 and 19.WritersÂ Circle is for serious writers of all ages, a safe environment in which to explore expression, expand and hone craft; share results with oral readings; and respectfully critique fellow-writers. Once a piece of work has been sufficiently developed, it will receive a public read-ing by professional actors at the Kravis Center and on ÂSouth Florida Artsview,ÂŽ which airs Fridays from 12:30-1 p.m. on WXEL FM (90.7). Sessions are Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dates are Jan. 3, 17 and 31, Feb. 14 and 28 and March 14 and 28. And two Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on March 5 and April 9. Two events will introduce talented new writers to the public. All genres of work will be presented by professional actors who create the form of Âstory-theater.ÂŽShowcase the Writing is Fridays on Jan. 14 and March 11 starting at 7 p.m.PlaywritingÂs the Thing is Saturdays on March 12 and 19 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Kravis Center is at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call 832-7469 or visit www.kravis.org. Q Dates set for 2011 Kravis CenterÂ’s WritersÂ’ AcademySIMS The Four FreshmenTony Sandler
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 to his childhood friend, composer-lyricist John Mercurio. ÂI remember telling John about it, saying, ÂI think thereÂs a prep school musical here somewhere.Â And this was way before ÂSpring Awakening.Â And I said, ÂI think we should find a story for them that would be great to tell.Â There is such great material in a coming of age story of boys of privi-lege, and even just all those universal things that go along with the high school years.ÂŽ The show that they came up with, ÂAcademy,ÂŽ receiving its world pre-miere at the Maltz. It marks a bold step forward for the company, with a completely new work in its main-stage subscription season. In addi-tion, the production is the directing debut for Mr. Kato at his theater. But even though ÂAcademyÂŽ is being fully staged for the first time, it has already collected awards in New York and South Korea. * Musicals rarely reach audiences quickly these days, and the a cappella concert that led to ÂAcademyÂŽ was performed more than a decade ago. After a false start with an attempt at musicalizing the 1992 Brendan Fraser film ÂSchool Ties,ÂŽ which ended when Kato and Mercurio were denied the performance rights, they struck upon an original story about a bet that two prep school boys make about whether they can influence an incoming fresh-man, named Benji, to cheat. Mr. Mercurio, who attended the Benjamin School, used his experi-ences there in writing the showÂs high-pressure locale. ÂThere were 40 people in my graduating class. You knew everybody and what grades they got. Everyone knew your business. You constantly felt this competition.ÂŽ But, he adds, ÂI feel like everyone identi-fies, regardless of where you went, with those years and the pressure of trying to accomplish and to move on to higher education.ÂŽ At the core of the musical is a question about the nature of people, wheth-er we are inherently honest or have an innate impulse to be corrupt. ÂI think the larger question, which goes beyond prep school, day-to-day, is what are you willing to do to get what you want, to succeed?ÂŽ notes Mr. Mercurio. ÂThatÂs often not about good or evil, but itÂs murky.ÂŽ Understandably, then, the show has a murky conclusion, which is not what audiences are accustomed to. ÂYeah, itÂs not a pat ending,ÂŽ concedes Mr. Kato. ÂTypically in musical theater, people want happy endings and I donÂt know that this is necessarily a happy ending for all. I think you could go to dinner and argue whether they made the right decisions or not.ÂŽ Just as the audience has to decide how they feel about the showÂs con-clusion, Benji has to deal with the significance of his actions. ÂThat ulti-mately becomes his journey,ÂŽ says Mr. Mercurio. ÂIn the beginning, heÂs incredibly dependent on his elders, like any kid is. As the story progresses, he learns he has to stand on his own and take whatever consequences come his way.ÂŽ ÂAcademyÂŽ first met an audience at the Maltz in a 2008 staged reading as one of three shows selected to be part of an Emerging Artists Series of musi-cals in development. ÂMy dream has been to have a regional theater that is introducing new work,ÂŽ says Mr. Kato. ÂBut there was a bit of an unknown whether people wanted this. So my creating three new works that season, we were kind of testing the waters. And to our joy, people responded. I think people got excited by what pro-ducing new work meant for our com-munity.ÂŽ The show was next submitted to the New York Musical Theatre Festi-val, an influential showcase that had previously spawned such shows as ÂNext to NormalÂŽ and ÂAltar Boyz.ÂŽ With only 13 slots and 300 entries, ÂAcademyÂŽ was not only selected for the festival, it won awards for Excel-lence in Writing and for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. More inter-estingly, it also won the Daegu Inter-national Musical Festival Production Award, which included an all-expens-es-paid trip to South Korea for the cast and creative team to perform the show there. Did they have any doubts about how well ÂAcademyÂŽ would be received in Korea? ÂCertainly a little bit, but it did feel at its core, the questions of achievement and academic excellence, things that an Asian culture could relate to,ÂŽ says Mr. Mercurio. ÂThe idea of competition and needing to be the best at something is fairly univer-sal.ÂŽ No matter what happens to ÂAcademyÂŽ from here, the Maltz feels like it is already a winner. ÂWhat it has done for the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, getting the name out not only nationally, but internationally, is a sense of tremen-dous pride, not only for the board, but even more so for the staff,ÂŽ beams Mr. Kato. ÂEveryoneÂs excited.ÂŽ Another feather in ÂAcademyÂsÂŽ cap is gaining a $34,000 grant Â„ roughly one-tenth of the productionÂs budget Â„ from the National Endowment for the Arts for the development of new work, the first such recognition the Maltz has received. Asked about the future of ÂAcademy,ÂŽ Mr. Kato responded as if the show were his offspring. ÂItÂs like a baby. You never want to see it stop growing,ÂŽ he says. ÂLike any parent with a child, you want your child to get healthy and strong and go out into the world and go as far as he can.ÂŽ Although they have invited New York producers to Jupiter to take a look at ÂAcademy,ÂŽ Mr. Mercurio is trying not to have unreasonable expectations. ÂHaving a Broadway hit is just not a realistic thing anymore, just because of the economics involved,ÂŽ he says. ÂTo me, success means hav-ing the opportunity to continue doing my work. In the last two years, thatÂs beginning to happen and it feels pretty great.ÂŽ For Mr. Kato the reward would be the chance to do more new work. ÂI hope that the response to ÂAcademyÂŽ is strong enough that it makes this eas-ier to do in the future, because thatÂs what I love. We are on a good trajec-tory right now and IÂd like to see that continue.ÂŽ Q ACADEMYFrom page 1 >> ACADEMY, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter. Dec. 7-19. Tickets: $43-$60. Call 575-2223. O in the know PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFF LARKINThe cast of Â“AcademyÂ” includes, from left, Matthew Roscoe, Corey Boardman, Andy Mientus, Alex Wyse, Aaron Riesebeck, Wilson Bridges and Antonio Addeo. THEATER REVIEW ÂHate,ÂŽ like Âlove,ÂŽ is a four-letter word and so is Âcute.ÂŽ And cute is about as much as one can say for the episto-lary comedy ÂHate Mail,ÂŽ the tale of an unlikely relationship told entirely in correspondence. Yes, the device has been used before, most notably in A.R. GurneyÂs ÂLove Letters,ÂŽ the script that inspired comic writers Bill Corbett and Kira Obolen-sky to attempt a similar promising, but ultimately limiting, format. There are amusing moments in the production by the Boca Raton Theatre Guild Â„ a com-munity theater company making its first steps toward going professional Â„ but not enough to sustain our interest over the playÂs 90-minute running time. ÂHate MailÂŽ begins well enough as Preston Dennis Jr. and Dahlia Markle meet cute, in the parlance of roman-tic comedy. Minnesotan Preston mails Dahlia, a would-be art photographer working a subsistence job at a Manhat-tan tourist trap gift shop, the shards of a snow globe that did not survive his return flight from New York back to Minneapolis. She rebuffs his curt demand of a refund, replying that the store has a strict policy against such compensation. As a man of considerable means, Preston is not used to taking ÂnoÂŽ for an answer, and his letters escalate to a lawsuit that gets Dahlia fired from her job. About this time, Preston takes pity on Dahlia, sending her money for rent and groceries, and much of ÂHate MailÂŽ charts the frequent reversals of these two easily excitable souls. If he begins as a button-down prig, he will soon loosen up and join a com-mune. If she is an anti-capitalist artist, expect her to switch to traveling sales of suspicious health supplements. If he starts out affluent from a family trust fund, it is just a matter of time before he is disinherited and penniless. If she just scrapes by at the beginning, you can bet she will eventually strike it rich with her photography. And so it goes. From their initial animosity, Preston and Dahlia soon warm to each other and even move in together. Despite that fact, they continue to communi-cate through notes left for each other, posted on the refrigerator or tacked to the door. Yes, it is awfully contrived, but that would be forgivable if the exchanges were funnier than they are. As Preston, Lynn University drama chairman Adam Simpson displays phys-ical agility and verbal variety that help the production a lot. He can be amus-ingly rigid, yet he loosens up nicely when his character resorts to getting high on Zoloft and, later, marijuana. Carrie Santanna, an assistant drama professor at Lynn, seems to fit the role of Dahlia comfortably, but has to avoid swallowing her words or speeding through them and rendering them incomprehensible. Director Paula Sackett opts to keep the production simple, placing her per-formers on opposite sides of the Willow Theatre stage, isolated in separate pools of light. There is essentially no set, but what visual variety there is comes from the many props used to convey the mul-tiple forms of correspondence. Frankly, the production is better than the script, which cries out to be edited down by a good 15 minutes. Even then, it hardly seems substantial enough for a professional theater to tackle, let alone a company that wants to emphasize that it is moving up from the world of com-munity theater. Q Â“Hate MailÂ” is too long, too cute for Boca theater P m t D w t hap ERSTEIN email@example.com O >> HATE MAIL, Boca Raton Theatre Guild, Willow Theatre, Sugar Sand Park, 301 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Through Dec. 12. Tickets, $10. Call 948-2601. O in the know
FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 A&E B5 PALM BEACH GARDENS Whether youÂ’re looking to hold a Corporate Business Meeting or a Grand Elegant Affair, the beautiful Embassy Suites Palm Beach Gardens is the best value in town. W 160 renovated 2-room suites W Complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast W Complimentary nightly ManagerÂ’s Reception (cocktails & hors dÂ’oeuvres) W Meeting space from our distinguished Boardrooms to our spacious Grand BallroomEnjoy our open-air atrium hotel located right off I-95 on the corner of PGA Boulevard and Military Trail.Contact us at 561-622-1000 for more information PUZZLE ANSWERS ArtistsÂ visions of peace deck the walls in paintings, photographs and sculptures throughout the Lighthouse ArtCenter, which currently is showing its ÂPeace on EarthÂŽ exhibition. The showÂs opening Nov. 18 attracted nearly 300 people, including its 103-year-old underwriter, peace activist Kathryn Davis of Jupiter Island. Heavy Head, a member of the Lakota-Sioux Native American tribe, read a statement by Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe. ÂHumanity did not weave the web of life, it is merely a strand in it,ÂŽ he said. ÂWhatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.ÂŽ Some of the artists in this juried exhibition received special recognition for their artwork. The exhibition was judged by Glenn Tomlinson, William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education at the Norton Museum of Art. Five art-ists were awarded cash prizes for their outstanding pieces: Best of Show was awarded to Karen Lewis for her oil on canvas, ÂPeaceful DreamÂŽ; First Place was awarded to Ahni Sallaway for her installation panel series, ÂI Am YouÂŽ; Second Place was awarded to David Willison for his intaglio, ÂThe Recipe for WarÂŽ; Third Place was awarded to Norm Gitzen for his sculpture, ÂHigher LoveÂŽ; Fourth Place was awarded to Linda McVay for her oil on canvas, ÂEaster Lily.ÂŽ Honorable Mentions were awarded to Nanette Carton for ÂThe Gathering,ÂŽ an acrylic on canvas; Mark W. Forman for ÂContemplative Union,ÂŽ an acrylic on canvas; Wheaton Mahoney for ÂIÂm Always with You,ÂŽ a photograph on canvas; and Dennis Usdan for ÂPeace Drops,ÂŽ a photography piece. The Lighthouse ArtCenter also is featuring its School of Art Faculty exhibi-tion, with paintings, sculptures, draw-ings, jewelry and other media created by the instructors at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art. Both ÂPeace on EarthÂŽ and the faculty exhibition will be on display through Dec. 30. The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday with admis-sion free for members and $5 for non-members ages 12 and up. The museum is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, with free admission. The Lighthouse ArtCenter is in Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Phone: 746-3101. On the Web: www.lighthousearts.org. Q Lighthouse ArtCenter offers visions for peaceHo! Ho! Ho!Make your way to Jupiter on Dec. 18 for Christmas in Abacoa. Hear caroling by the Jupiter High School Choir, see the Christmas tree in Town Center and shop specialty ven-dors for one-of-a-kind gifts. There also will be hot chocolate and a holiday performance by ArtStage. For the kids, there will be face painting, puppet shows, and a bounce house sponsored by My Gym. And that jolly, old elf, Santa, arrives at 6 p.m. The event is 4:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Abacoa Amphitheater and Village Green, at Main Street and University Boulevard, in Jupiter. For information, call 624-7788. Q Santa and holiday fun set for Christmas in Abacoa COURTESY PHOTO sweetgreensmarket.com 561-624-08574807 PGA Blvd. just west of I-95 & Military Trail Every Mon/Tues/Wed FREE Dozen Eggs with $25 or more purchase LOCATED IN MIDTOWNnext to III Forks Steakhouse OPEN7 DAYS A WEEK $5 OFF With this ad. Not to be combined with any other offers. Limit one per customer. SMOKED BBQ BRISKET, TURKEY, RIBS, PULLED PORK, OR CHICKEN For your Holiday Party order
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Thursday, Dec. 9 Q Art After Dark Â– Join the Norton MuseumÂs chief curator and curator of European art, Roger Ward, as he dis-cusses Vincent van GoghÂs ÂSelf-Portrait, 1889,ÂŽ on loan from the National Gallery of Art. Learn about tsutsumu, the art of gift presentation, and the cultural signifi-cance of gift-giving in Japan presented by Reiko Nishioka, director of education, at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. The Florida Dance Conservato-ry Youth Ensemble will perform scenes from The Nutcracker and carolers from the Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts will sing seasonal songs from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach a cash bar, menu options from Caf 1451. General admission rates apply; free to members and children 12 and under. Phone: 832-5196. Q Starfish & Coffee Storytime Session at the Loxahatchee River Center Â– 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Call (561) 743-7123 or visit www.loxa-hatcheeriver.org/rivercenter. Q MosÂ’Art Theatre Â– Screenings of ÂYou Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,ÂŽ 4:30 p.m., and ÂWaste Land,ÂŽ 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: $8. 700 Park Ave., Lake Park; 337-6763. Friday, Dec. 10 Q Annual Armory Holiday Sale Â– One-of-a-kind handmade gifts made by Armory Art Center students and instruc-tors in pottery, glass, jewelry and print-making. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Dcc. 10-11, Armory Art Center, 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach; 832-1776; www.armoryart.org. Q Â“ImagineÂ” Â– Holiday charity event featuring a fashion show, silent auction and appetizers. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets: $30; benefits Hospice of Palm Beach County; 622-0491. Q MosÂ’Art Theatre Â– Screenings of ÂHowlÂŽ and ÂClient 9.ÂŽVarious times, Dec. 9-15. Opening night tickets: $6. Gen-eral admission: $8; 337-6763. Q DowntownÂ’s Weekend KickOff Â– Music from 6-10 p.m. Fridays. Centre Court, Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens. Dec. 10: Brass Evo-lutionÂs Missing Link. Dec. 17: On the Roxx. Dec. 31: Iko-Iko. 340-1600. Q Parents Night Out Â– For ages 6-11; West Jupiter Recreation Center, 6401 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter; 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 10; $5. Call 694-5430. Q Women of Note Chorus Â– The group will perform holiday melodies and more 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Episco-pal Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 Seabrook Road, Tequesta. Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for children. 746-4674; goodsheponline.org. Q Eddie Gregg Trio Â– Doors open at 9 p.m. Dec. 10, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $5; 842-7949. Q Â“A Christmas CarolÂ” Â– The Charles Dickens tale, 7 p.m. Dec. 10-11, 2 p.m. Dec. 12, The Atlantic Theater, 6743 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 34, Jupiter. $11-$16; 575-4942; theatlantictheater.com. Saturday, Dec. 11 Q The West Palm Beach Antiques, Flea and Craft Mar-ket Â– The 50 or so dealers at the biweekly event offer a variety of collect-ibles, mid-century furniture, crafts and art. ItÂs at Datura Street and Quadrille Boulevard from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, and a special presentation 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 18. Admission is free, and free parking is available in the city parking lot on Datura Street across from the market; 833-4440. Q Palm Beach Gardens Chess Club Â– 9 a.m.-4 p.m., North Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Center, 603 Anchorage Drive, art building. $2 per player per Saturday. USCF membership required. Call John Dockery, president/tournament director, at 762-3377. Q Boot Camp Â– 9-10 a.m., Saturdays; West Jupiter Recreation Center, 6401 Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Adults (13-17 years must be accompanied by an adult); $5. Call Constonsa Alexander at 694-5430. Q Saturday Kids Camp Â– weekly camp sponsored by Jupiter Outdoor Cen-ter; Session 1: 9 a.m.-noon; Session 2: 1-4 p.m., weekly; ages 7-13. $35 per session; advanced registration required. 747-0063; jupiteroutdoorcenter.com. Q Yogaboarding with Cora Â–9:30 a.m., weekly; yoga and guided medi-tation, while Stand Up Paddling on the waters of the Jupiter River. Jupiter Out-door Center; call 747-0063. Q Kids Story Time Â– Loggerhead Marinelife Center of Juno Beach, Loggerhead Park, 14200 S. U.S. 1, Juno Beach, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturdays; free. marinelife.org. Q Holiday Entertainment Â– Holiday choirs and dance groups, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 11-12 in Down-town at the Gardens, Centre Court, Palm Beach Gardens. Also Dec. 18-19. Free. 340-1600. Q Celebrate Saturdays at Downtown Â– Free live entertainment 6-10 p.m. Saturdays at Downtown at the Gardens, Centre Court, Palm Beach Gar-dens. Dec. 11: Billy Bones. Dec. 18: Raquel Williams. 340-1600. Q Sea Turtle Winter Holiday Celebration Â– 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 11, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Celebrate the tropical winter season, marinelife style. Presenta-tions on cold-stun, penguins, sno-cones and more. Free; 627-8280, ext. 107. Q New Apostolic Church Youth and Orchestra Â– ÂThe Greatest Gift,ÂŽ a musical adventure expressing the true meaning and purpose of Christmas. 3 p.m. Dec. 11, Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens. Free, no ticket required. Q Movie by Moonlight/ Â“ElfÂ” Â– The popular holiday film, with Will Ferrell, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Edward Asner and Bob Newhart, gets a screening 7 p.m. Dec. 11, the Krav-is CenterÂs Gosman Amphitheatre, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Rated PG. Tickets: $5; includes free pop-corn; 832-7469. Q Mike Super Magic and Illusion Â– The winner of NBCÂs hit show ÂPhenomenonÂŽ was voted ÂAmericaÂs Favorite Mystifier!ÂŽ 6 and 9 p.m. Dec. 11, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, at the Kravis Center Cohen PavilionÂs Helen K. Persson Hall, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $32; 832-7469. Sunday, Dec. 12 Q Sims Creek Antique Mall Â– The mall will host a 30-dealer outdoor sale from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. ItÂs at Sims Creek Plaza (behind NickÂs Tomatoe Pie), 1695 Indiantown Road Jupiter. Phone: (561) 747-6785. Q Taste in the Gardens Green Market Â– Gardens Park, 4301 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Live entertainment, produce, plants, flowers, handmade crafts and prepared food and drink items. Free; no pets. For vendor information, call 772-6435. Q Dave & AaronÂ’s Workout on Stand Up Paddleboarding Â– 9:30 a.m. weekly, Jupiter Outdoor Center. For reservations, call 747-0063; visit www.jupiteroutdoorcenter.com. Q Christmas concert Â– presented by the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Tequesta. No tickets required; a free-will offering will be received. After the concert, visit a display of the congregationÂs Nativity scenes. Q Stevie Ray Vaughn Experience Â– Doors open at 8 p.m. Dec. 12, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $10; 842-7949. Monday, Dec. 13 Q Behind the Mask Â– The Music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and his Friends Â„ An evening of Broadway sing-ing by the Florida Sunshine Pops, 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 15, Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets: 561-278-7677. They also appear 8 p.m. Dec. 12, Carole & Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Tickets: 800-564-9539. Tuesday, Dec. 14 Q Tai Chi for Arthritis Â– 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Lakeside Center, 10410 N. Military Trail or 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Burns Road Recreation Center, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Class focuses on muscular strength, flexibility and fitness. Drop-in fee: $9; resident discount fee: $8. 10-class pass fee: $80; resident discount fee: $70. 630-1100; www.pbgfl.com. Q Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Â– The modern dance company is known for its innovative choreography and exuberance, 8 p.m. Dec. 14, Krav-is Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $20 and up. A free pre-performance discussion by former New York City Ballet star Steven Caras is at 6:45 p.m.; 832-7469. Wednesday, Dec. 15 Q Wimpy Kid Wednesday Â– 3-5 p.m., Lake Park Public Library, 529 Park Ave, Lake Park. Events and movie. Free; 881-3330. Q Hatchling Tales Â– 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Free; marinelife.org. Q Palm Beach Gardens Concert Band Holiday Concert Â– 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, William T. Dwyer High School, 13601 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens; 746-6613. Q Â“Goldie, Max & MilkÂ” Â– A world premiere by Karen Hartman, Dec.15-Jan. 16, Florida Stage, the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $40 and up. 585-3433; www.floridastage.org. Ongoing events Q Holiday Light Show Â– See more than a quarter-million lights dance to choreography throughout December, 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. daily, Downtown at the Gardens Centre Court, Palm Beach Gar-dens. 340-1600. Q Â“Land-EscapeÂ” Art Exhibition Â– Features work by Jupiter artists Bruce Bain and Sonya Gaskell and Palm Beach Gardens artists Esther Gordon, Melinda Moore, and Ok-Hee Kay Nam; Palm Beach International Airport, Con-cession Level 2, West Palm Beach; on display through Dec. 15. www.pbcgov.com/fdo/art/registry.htm. Q Â“AcademyÂ” Â– The world premiere of a Faustian tale set at a prep school, through Dec. 19, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Special Pride Night is Dec. 17. Tickets: $43-$60. 575-2223. Q Â“Peace on EarthÂ” exhibition Â– Through Dec. 30, Lighthouse ArtCenter. Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Admission: free for members; $5 ages 12 and up; free for under 12; free admission to public on Saturdays. 746-3101. Q Â“Five Thousand Years on the LoxahatcheeÂ” Â– Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain ArmourÂs Way, Jupiter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. 747-8380, ext. 101; jupi-terlighthouse.org. December events Q Judy Collins Â– The singer famous for ÂBoth Sides Now,ÂŽ ÂAmazing GraceÂŽ and ÂSend in the Clowns,ÂŽ is 71 and has a new album. She plays two shows for the Kravis CenterÂs Adults at Leisure series, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Dec. 16, 701 Okeecho-bee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $25. Individual tickets go on sale Dec. 1; 832-7469. Q Annual Winter Performance Â– By Susan Lyle Dance Studio. Show is a dance showcase and story ballet con-sisting of ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap and acrobatic dance forms. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Tickets: $25. Call 966-3650; www.susanlylestudios.com. Q Idina Menzel with orchestra Â– The Tony-winning Elphaba from ÂWickedÂŽ performs hits from ÂRentÂŽ and ÂWicked,ÂŽ as well as her own composi-tions, 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $25 and up; 832-7469. Q Â“FreudÂ’s Last SessionÂ” Â– Play by Mark St. Germain, Dec. 17-Feb. 6, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $47; 514-4042. Q CJÂ’s Fest Â– Doors open at 8 p.m. Dec. 17-18, The Orange Door, 798 10th St., Lake Park. Tickets: $10; 842-7949. Q Christmas in Abacoa Â– Hear caroling by the Jupiter High School Choir, see the Christmas tree in Town Center and shop specialty vendors for one-of-a-kind gifts. There also will be hot chocolate and a holiday performance by ArtStage. For the kids, there will be face
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FREE AIR & BUS! fr. $1,399 18 Day Roman RenaissanceSail to the Azores, Spain, France & Italy plus 3 nts in Rome! FREE AIR & BUS! fr $1,699 16 Day Spring Panama Canal Sail Miami to San Diego with a full Panama Canal transit FREE AIR & BUS! fr. $1,299 16 Day Taste of BarcelonaTransatlantic to Spain featuring 4 nights in Barcelona! NEW SHIP! FREE AIR & BUS! fr $1,499 26 Day Viking Adventure Sail from Copenhagen to Port Canaveral visiting Germany, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Holland, Belguim, Portugal & the Azores! FREE AIR & BUS! fr $2,199Burlesque +++ (Cher, Christina Aguilera, Kristen Bell) A small-town girl (Ms. Aguilera) who dreams of being a star moves to Los Angeles and finds work in a neo-Burlesque club (think stripteases without the stripping) run by an aging singer/dancer (Cher). The story is pain-fully predictable, but Ms. Aguilera holds her own as an actress, Cher is good, and the movie is exuberantly stylish and fun, which makes it one heck of a good show. Rated PG-13. Faster ++ (Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton, Maggie Grace) An ex-con named Driver (Mr. Johnson) is tracked by a cop (Mr. Thornton) and a hit man (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) as Driver tries to avenge his brotherÂs murder. ThereÂs some solid action and a good oleÂ fashion revenge storyline, but the subplots are too over-bearing for the story to click. Rated R.Tangled ++++ (Voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy) Trapped in a tower her entire life by her evil moth-er (Ms. Murphy), longhaired Rapunzel (Ms. Moore) escapes after a thief (Mr. Levi) promises to take her to see a spe-cial starry night. Great visuals, imagi-nation, songs and humor make this an instant classic thatÂs very deserving to be the 50th animated film released by Disney. Rated PG. Q CAPSULES REVIEWED BY DAN HUDAKwww.hudakonhollywood.com ............ ÂWelcome To The RileysÂŽ tells an interesting story of three people in need of what each of the others eagerly wants to give. Receiving, however, isnÂt so easy, but thanks to strong performances from Kristen Stewart and James Gandolfini, director Jake ScottÂs film is fascinating to watch as the relationships evolve. Mr. Gandolfini is equal parts soft and gruff as Doug, a small business owner in Indianapolis whoÂs unhappily married to Lois (Melissa Leo). Things have been tough for them since their 15-year-old daughter Emily died in a car accident. Lois has such a heavy case of survivorÂs guilt that she cannot leave the house. On a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets Mallory (Ms. Stewart), an underage stripper/prostitute who osten-sibly reminds him of his daughter. With Doug longing to be paternal and Mal-lory in need of a father figure, he offers her $100 a day if he can move into her place. She of course accepts, and he proceeds to look out for her, teach her how to properly make a bed, etc. Lois eventually enters into the mix as well, and a surrogate family is formed. You might think things get cozy and head toward a happy ending, but writer Ken HixonÂs script is too smart for that. These are complex people living in the real world Â„ a world that has not been kind to any of them. Watching them navigate their problems is a trying experience Â„ because they deserve to be happy, even if they donÂt know how to be. Ms. Stewart has made a career out of playing teen angst roles (ÂTwilight,ÂŽ ÂAdventurelandÂŽ), and yes, this is anoth-er teen angst role. But Mallory is very different from Bella Swan, Ms. StewartÂs ÂTwilightÂŽ alter ego who might be the most annoying character ever created. While Bella is whiney and needy, Mal-lory has accepted her miserable life for what it is, and only calls Doug in extreme circumstances. WhatÂs more, Mallory is constantly brash (her favorite adjective is the ÂFÂŽ word) and bruised, and at no point does she expect Doug to remove her from the hell that is her life, even if thatÂs what she needs. Mr. Gandolfini is very good as well, largely because we never get the sense that he is creepy or even thinking about doing something inappropriate with Mallory. Even the mere suggestion of this would undermine the entire story, and screenwriter Mr. Hixon goes to great pains to establish the symbiotic relationship amongst the three char-acters in ways that arenÂt charitable or easy. In fact, the filmÂs greatest strength is its honesty, right down to the very end, which suffice to say is the proper way to end the film. Movies about love, loss and redemption come and go with reasonable fre-quency, and most of them are forget-table. ÂWelcome To The RileysÂŽ is a bit slow and illogical at times, but itÂs also rewarding and worth talking about on the ride home. Most movies would be lucky to inspire such discussion. Q Â„ Dan Hudak is the chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a nationally syndicated film critic. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and read more of his work at www.hudakonhollywood.com.LATEST FILMS Â‘Welcome To The RileysÂ’ +++ Is it worth $10? Yes >> Director Jake Scott is the son of Ridley Scott (Â“GladiatorÂ”) and the nephew of Tony Scott (Â“UnstoppableÂ”). in the know dan HUDAK O www.hudakonhollywood.com One block north of Downtown at the Gardens on the corner of Alt. A1A and Atlantic Road ATLANTIC ROADGARDENS BOULEVARDALT. A1ADowntown at the Gardens Baptist Church UN
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B11 Your computer probably isnÂ’t secure. DonÂ’t believe me? Consider this: Just last month, more than 250,000 U.S. embassy cables ended up in the hands of the peo-ple that run the website Wikileaks. More than 100,000 are marked confidential, more than 15,000 are marked secret and more than 9,000 are marked Â“noform,Â” meaning they were not to be shared with representatives of foreign countries. Nor, IÂ’d expect, the entire population of the world. Wikileaks is publishing the lot of them on its web site, unedited, bit-by-bit on a daily basis, causing world leaders and diplomats to begin popping Zantac like Tic Tacs. So if the U.S. government canÂ’t keep it quiet that a member of the diplo-matic corps described Russian President Medvedev as Robin to Prime Minister PutinÂ’s Batman, you should probably accept that your computer just isnÂ’t that secure. Some time ago, my son decided he wanted an Xbox 360 available to him at his grandmotherÂ’s house. You know, in case he got bored. So he turned on her computer, hit Amazon.com, and bought one. With no password protection on her account, he simply woke up her laptop. Her Amazon ID filled in automatically, she used the same easy-to-guess password for everything and her credit card information was conveniently on file. Well played, son, well played. I suppose my mother-in-lawÂ’s aversion to saying no to my kids may have convinced my son this wouldnÂ’t have been a problem, but thatÂ’s a whole other issue (she did, how-ever, cancel this order Â— thankfully). The point is, once someone is sitting at your computer and theyÂ’re logged into your account, they likely have access to everything; reading email from your mom is just the beginning. Because once the neÂ’er-do-well has access to your email they can reset the passwords on almost every site you visit. But you can fix this. Step one is to secure your account locally by making sure your computer requires a password when you start it up, as well as when you wake it up from sleep or screensaver mode: itÂ’s quick and easy, and decreases vulnerability considerably. If you run Windows, go to Control Panel, User Accounts. Click on your account and add a password, then go to Power Options and make sure that Password Protection on Wakeup is set to Â“Require a Password.Â” For Macs, go to System Prefer-ences, Accounts, and click Login Options to make sure that Automatic Login is set to Â“disabled.Â” Then go to System Prefer-ences, Security and check the Â“Require password to wake this computer from sleep or screensaverÂ” box. If you, like Granny, have kids or friends who come over and occasionally use your computer, set up a guest account for them, which will give them access to everything they need, but keeps all your documents and logins private. If you have particularly sensitive content on your drives, or tend to travel with your laptop, thereÂ’s a second layer of pro-tection you might want to consider: file or directory encryption. Even though your account may be secure, your entire drive can be removed and accessed elsewhere, and the data on it are usually in plain text. To get full protection in case the Ham-burglar and French Fry Goblins grab your drive or laptop, consider using encryp-tion for your most sen-sitive files. TrueCrypt, an OpenSource cross-platform encryption tool, allows you to build containers for sensitive docu-ments that can be protected with the sort of secu-rity that the NSA would have trou-ble crack-ing, even if the Pentagon approves their request for 100,000 rooms with 100,000 monkeys on 100,000 computers. And they might. So if your computer contains doc-uments unlocking the secret to the mes-merizing effect of Donald TrumpÂ’s hair, take a look at TrueCrypt. Also of note, Windows 7 Ultimate and Mac OS X (10.3 and later) come with built in encryption: BitLocker for the former and FileVault for the latter. However, BitLocker encrypts the entire drive and FileVault the entire user directory: both cause slight perfor-mance hits and may be overkill for some users, but theyÂ’ll lock up everything. Now that weÂ’ve secured your account and protected your deepest secrets, itÂ’s time to talk passwords and internet access. First and most basic rule: DonÂ’t write your passwords down. Ever. Never ever. YouÂ’d be surprised at the otherwise intelligent people that come up with great passwords then tape them to their monitors or tack them to cork boards over their desks (if this is you, go burn them immediately Â— IÂ’ll wait). In the hacker world, these people are called Â“the average computer user.Â” DonÂ’t be average. And while THE MASHUP DonÂ’t get Â“WikiÂ”-ed: Just follow these 3 stepsweÂ’re at it, stop using your childrenÂ’s birthdays or middle names, your wifeÂ’s maiden name, a petÂ’s name, or your favor-ite car as a password. Not only are those sorts of passwords susceptible to a 7-year-oldÂ’s detective work, theyÂ’re easily uncov-ered in a brute-force attack in which common words and dates are tested in succession. Make your passwords com-binations of letters and numbers. The combination of your initials followed by your birthday doesnÂ’t count. Also key: Make important passwords different for each site you log in to. Aside from the fact that if someone compromis-es your password they only need to do it once to get the whole kit and caboodle to open up, some sites actually store pass-words in plain text on their servers. That means that any shady system administra-tor at a site you forgot you even signed up for may have the password for your bank account. So unless you want to see cases of Mountain Dew and the limited edi-tion boxed set of the Â“Lord of the RingsÂ” trilogy charged to your credit card (and thatÂ’s your best-case scenario), keep criti-cal passwords for banking and credit card sites different and more complex than the one you use for your knitting forum site. Good password habits are particularly critical for users of online email services like Gmail, Yahoo, Live or Hotmail. As convenient as it is for you to be able to check your mail from anywhere, itÂ’s also that convenient for a hacker to do the same thing if they get your password. And remember what I said about reset-ting all your other online account pass-words? Imagine someone in the Balkans sitting at home and doing shots of cheap vodka while they drain your 401K and change your Facebook photo to one of Mr. Potato Head (which would, at that point, be fitting). Not pretty. Change your password from Â“mypasswordÂ” to some-thing tougher and do it now. If you, like I, have usernames and passwords to dozens of sites and donÂ’t know how to remember them all, take a look at a password manager. These handy fellows will keep your data securely wrapped up in an encrypted file that you unlock with a single (hopefully un-guessable) password. Most also have a way to keep additional information, like a profile with your name and address, and credit card numbers, secure as well. Combined with the fact that most integrate directly with browsers, password managers make it easy to log into your various online desti-nations, make secure purchases and keep all your personal information close at hand but safe from prying eyes. For Mac users, take a look at the excellent 1Pass-word program, while Windows users may like Roboform. There are also great free options, like LastPass for PCs, and KeePass, an OpenSource program that has versions for all platforms. Whichever you choose, it will provide an excellent way to tighten security and remember everything without having to be Rain Man. Finally, the obvious: Be careful when youÂ’re online. Particularly this time of year, there are a ton of scams going on, from phishing to malware attacks. So, especially if you use a Windows com-puter, get a good anti-virus program to help block spyware and nasty things like key loggers. MicrosoftÂ’s Security Essen-tials is free, works great, and has a negli-gible performance hit. More full-featured programs are available for a reasonable annual license fee. Although there are fewer viruses out there that attack Macs (a function of the considerably smaller market share that Apple has when com-pared to Windows-based computers), they do exist, so you may want to con-sider one as well. And then, think before you click. Phishing scams are fake sites disguised to look legit, so donÂ’t click on links in an email claiming your account has been compro-mised, then attempt to log in. Instead, if youÂ’re concerned about your account, type the address directly into your brows-er to ensure you actually get to the site you intend before entering your user-name and password. Also, beware of pop ups that look like virus alerts Â— theyÂ’re a common scam to forward you to a site that actually infects you with spyware or a virus. And of course, many sites claim-ing free downloads of music, software, and especially (ahem) adult entertain-ment may give you a nasty infection, so exercise caution. For extra protection, look for an anti-virus suite that contains filters that check web sites and search results to warn you about dangerous pages before you ever reach them. These are particularly useful for computer neo-phytes and children. In the end, itÂ’s about using some common sense, staying away from installing anything that isnÂ’t from a trusted source, and protecting your accounts with solid, different passwords. Of course you could always just be the average user and hope for the best, but donÂ’t come crying to me if The New York Times publishes the email you sent your friend describing your peanut butter fetish. Q Â— For The Mashup, Bradford Schmidt writes about meat, technology, music and mashups thereof. He welcomes suggestions, comments, questions and offerings of prime beef.MASHUPFrom page B10 SEE MASHUP, B11 X bradford SCHMIDT email@example.com O Fantastical new journeys! Stay Connected Complimentary Valet Parking Extraordinary adventures begin at Downtown at the Gardens where a one-of-a-kind carousel voyage awaits you. Come experience DowntownÂ’s new Carousel, NOW OPEN with colorful, hand-crafted creatures waiting for you to take a ride with them. Kids of all ages will delight in this fantastical new addition to DowntownÂ’s eclectic mix of unique shops, boutiques, restaurants and entertainment. Downtown at the Gardens the destination for fun. DOWNTOWNÂ’S CAROUSEL is now open! '7*)OD:HHNO\$GYLQGG 30 Tickets go on sale for three Kravis Center shows PTickets go on sale to the public for three shows at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach: Â„ Tickets for the new Mel Brooks musical, Â“ Young Frankenstein ,Â” are on sale now. Â„ Tickets for Kathy Griffin go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 10, and tickets for Â“ West Side Story Â” go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 11. Â“Young Frankenstein,Â” based on the 1974 movie, runs Feb. 1-6. The show opened on Broadway in November 2007, and features a book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, with music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks. It was named Best Broadway Musical 2008 by the Outer Critics Circle Award. Tickets start at $25. There will be a Â“Beyond the StageÂ” free pre-performance discussion led by Julie Gilbert at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 1. Â“West Side Story,Â” by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, runs March 8-13. There will be a Â“Beyond the StageÂ” free pre-performance discussion led by Julie Gilbert at 6:45 p.m. March 8. Tick-ets start at $25. March 29 Â— 8 p.m. Celebrity dirtdishing comedian Kathy Griffin, of Â“My Life On The D-ListÂ” fame, performs live March 29. Tickets start at $25. Tickets will be available at the Kravis Center box office, at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., in West Palm Beach. Call 832-7469 or log on to www.kravis.org. Q
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ABOARD THE ARANUI 3 Â„ Stand on the deck after midnight, and his ghost is there. Under a star-strewn sky in the middle of an eternity called the South Pacific, the bow wave cuts the black sea and the wild spirit of the artist Paul Gauguin rages. The copra freighter Â„ Aranui means ÂThe Great HighwayÂŽ in Maori Â„ fol-lows the artistÂs final voyage 108 years ago. We sail from Papeete, TahitiÂs major port, as white clouds cover the vio-let peaks and rippling green valleys of Moorea, TahitiÂs sister island across the Sea of the Moon. Dolphins leap off the bow, lost in the wonder of sky and sea. The HMS Bounty once rode these waves before its famed mutiny recalled in ÂThe Mutiny on the Bounty.ÂŽ Our destinations are the six inhabited islands of the 11 Marque-sas, a wild, rugged archipelago featur-ing stunning bays, spiny volcanic crags, precipitous gorges and valleys full of palm, mango and papaya. These volcanic islands, without circling reefs, lie 750 miles and a world away from Tahiti. When Eugene-Henri-Paul Gauguin sailed for the Marquesas in 1901, his turbulent life and work were dominated by an attempt to recapture his youthful vision of paradise. He found it here amid tumbling waterfalls, overgrown archaeo-logical ruins and exotic, welcoming Mar-quesans. Vessels named Aranui have served the Marquesas since the end of World War II. The first was an old PT boat purchased by the Wong family of Hong Kong and used in the copra (dried coco-nut) trade. As operations expanded new vessels were added. Ours is a 386-foot ship that carries up to 198 passengers and 2,500 tons of cargo. The Aranui is by far the best buy in expensive French Polynesia (www.aranui.com). Today, our 14-day voyage carries 62 crew members and 153 passengers, main-ly French, with a smattering of other Europeans in spacious, air-conditioned cabins on its trip to the remote Mar-quesas, whose dark peaks rise from the ocean floor farther from continents than any of the worldÂs islands. Travelers rank these islands, which early Marquesans called Âthe Land of ManÂŽ thinking they were the only ones on earth, among the worldÂs most beauti-ful islands. We eat French food Â„ brioches and croissants for breakfast, fresh fish and meats, tangy salads and tasty soup and cheeses in a comfortable dining room and relax in a lively, top-deck bar, deck-side plunge pool or an indoor lounge, where we are briefed on the following dayÂs tropical merriment. I reread ÂMuti-ny on the Bounty.ÂŽ After dinner one night, a cake is delivered, the lights go out and the Aranui band surprises my wife singing ÂHappy BirthdayÂŽ as her candles blaze. There-after, smiling bartender Yo-Yo (Liai-Fon Yoel) holds court as passengers gather. The ever-changing Aranui band Â„ ste-vedores, crane operators, mechanics, laundry workers Â„ plays wild Tahitian songs on drums, guitars, ukuleles and spoons. In harbors, the crew labors, manning AranuiÂs cranes and lowering its tons of cargo into 25-foot whale boats or barges. The barges, big enough to squeeze in 75 passengers, ride the waves toward shore. Muscular stevedores often lift passen-gers onto piers, timing their hoists as the waves crest. Our hearts are light, the sun bakes and the air is clean as we follow in the wakes of Cap-tain Cook, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Thor Heyerdahl and Gauguin to the Marquesas. Our first day at sea we engage in lifeboat drills, visit the bridge, swim and listen to Dr. Robert Suggs lecture on the Marquesas. In 1595, Span-iards Alvaro de Mendana and Pedro Quiros commanding fast, small caravels, discov-ered the Marquesas, the first islands in Polynesia touched by Europeans. Strangely, the Incas of Peru gave the Span-iards precise navigational instructions: Sail 4,000 miles due west. Early explorers brought the islanders disease, alcohol-ism and slavery. Missionar-ies stamped out many tra-ditions, but today the 6,500 Marquesans retain their lan-guage, a dialect of Polynesian, while their ancient traditions return. The young are tattooing their bodies with ancient geometric designs, tapa cloth is again pounded from the inner bark of mulberry trees and wood and bone carving flourishes. Yet the islands, far from shipping lanes and unprotected by barrier reefs, have not been tainted by tourism. There are no major hotels. Our first Marquesan stop is Oa Pou, which means Âpillars,ÂŽ and offers one of the earthÂs most dramatic skylines. Its 4,000-foot peaks shoot from the sea like warm, green icicles, their summits often wrapped in wreath-like clouds. Some of us ride or hike over a ridge to a secluded, unspoiled beach for a welcome dip. Oth-ers purchase carvings and handicrafts. Later, lunch is celebrated at Rosalie TataÂs, featuring lobster, curried goat, breadfruit, bananas, papaya, fish mari-nated in lime juice and coconut and numerous specialties. The memorable meal is enhanced by Marquesan music. Jeeps take us through the lush, green mountains and above Anaho Bay, where in 1888 Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson wrote at anchor, ÂI have watched the morning break in many quarters of the world Âƒ and the dawn I saw with most emotion shown upon the Bay of Anaho.ÂŽ Aboard ship, evening Tahitian classes begin, followed by a savory dinner and music and dancing in the bar. Dawn finds us tied up at AtuonaÂs pier. Scattered sailboats bob in the harbor; white surf laps the black sand beach. We hike the 1.5 miles up to Atuona, the Mar-quesasÂ second largest town with 1,500 people. Jagged peaks rise above us as we pass flowering trees, blossoming flowers and tethered black horses. Drenched in sweat, we climb to Calvary Cemetery. On GauguinÂs grave sits a replica of his ceramic statue, Ovri, which means Âthe savageÂŽ and symbolizes the goddess of death and destruction. When in this remote village, he set about building himself the finest home in the Marquesas. He dubbed it the House of Pleasure and lived there with a 14-year-old vahine. His wild parties quickly enraged the islandÂs clergy and police. But his drugand syphilis-induced pain intensified, forcing him to use mor-phine. One morning a Marquesan neigh-bor found him dead at age 51. Nearby rests Belgian cabaret singer Jacques Brel (1929-1978), who spent his last years on Hiva Oa and was beloved by the islanders. We hike to the reno-vated Gauguin museum, with vivid cop-ies of his works, a film on his life and a COURTESY PHOTOSCopra freighter off MarquesasTRAVEL BY HARVEY HAGMANSpecial to Florida Weekly Magical Marquesas PolynesiaÂ’s lost paradiseA Maraquesan bird dancerSEE TRAVEL, B13 X
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B13 Because the 19th-century Industrial Revolution resulted in new technology and the creation of a middle class, the invention of tin toys was possible and profitable. Earlier toys had been made of wood, fabric or ceramics. Tin toys were made in the early years of the 19th centu-ry in Germany, England and France. The J. Hess Co. was founded in Germany in 1826. Other German toy companies, including Marklin, Bing and Lehmann, soon started up, too. Tin toys were first made in the United States in the early 1830s. By the 1860s, many U.S. companies were pro-ducing the toys. In fact, the years from 1865 to 1895 ar e called the ÂGolden Age of American Tin Toys.ÂŽ By the 1890s, Ger-man and French toymakers were realizing that tin toys were popular in the United States. They made large numbers of toys and pictured them in sales catalogs that now help collectors identify the makers. American toys were less complicated and more amusing than European examples. Toys then, as now, chronicled the everyday life of children. One popular Hess toy was a windup toy shaped like a boy on a sled. Turn the key and the sled scoots across the floor. It was made in several dif-ferent color combinations. The boy might have a red, green or yellow jacket. Other companies made a very similar boy-onsled toy. All date from about 1915.Q: I have a dessert serving set that was given to me by a great-aunt in the 1950s. There is a circular mark on the bottom of the dishes enclosing the word ÂShofuÂŽ in large capital letters surrounded by the words ÂMade in Japan.ÂŽ Can you tell me who made this set and how old it is?A: The history of Shofu is confusing. Shofu Kajo or Shofu Katei (1870 to 1928) made porcelain in Kyoto, Japan, beginning in 1890. He founded the Shofu Ceramics Co. in 1908 and began importing ceramics. There still is a company called Shofu in Kyoto. It was incorporated in 1922 by Kajo Shofu III and is still in business making porcelain dentures. The words ÂMade in JapanÂŽ are a clue to the years when the mark on your dessert set was used. On its ceramics exports, Japan used the word ÂNipponÂŽ (a transliteration of ÂJapanÂŽ) as its country name until 1921. After 1921 the U.S. government forced Japanese export-ers to use the word ÂJapanÂŽ in their marks. Pieces made in Japan from 1947 to 1952 are marked ÂMade in Occupied Japan.ÂŽ Your dessert set was made between 1921 and 1941 or in the early 1950s. Q: Are armadillo baskets really made out of armadillo ÂskinÂŽ or are they just made to look like an armadillo? When were they made?A: Armadillo baskets are made from the hard ÂshellÂŽ of the nine-banded arma-dillo, one of the many varieties of armadil-los. Usually the finished baskets are var-nished; some have cloth linings. Charles Apelt (1862-1944), a German immigrant basket-maker who lived on a farm in Texas, noticed that the shell of an arma-dillo he had killed and skinned curled up into a basket shape as it dried. He start-ed the Apelt Armadillo Co. in Comfort, Texas, in 1898 and began to make baskets from the shells. Handles were formed by looping the long tail over and wiring it to the basket. Armadillo baskets became popular after they were shown at the St. Louis WorldÂs Fair in 1904. The company made baskets, purses, lamps and other items from armadillo shells until it closed in 1971. Armadillos have been used to conduct research on leprosy. For a while, some people thought owning an armadil-lo basket was dangerous because armadil-los carried leprosy, but it has been proven that very few of the animals carry the disease and it canÂt be transferred unless a person eats the undercooked meat. A basket in good shape sells for about $50 to $100, depending on its size and lining. Q: I have a 7-foot-diameter dining table with beautiful inlay. I would love to use it without pads and tablecloth, but am petrified to do so. Design magazines often show wood tables set for a meal directly on the wood surface. I know from experience that set-ting anything remotely warm on a bare table leaves white marks. Are placemats or chargers sufficient for plates? What about salt cellars, other condiment dishes, crystal wine glasses or bowls of flowers?A: The pictures in the magazine may look attractive, but you should protect your table with placemats or a tablecloth if you are serving anything hot, cold or wet. Be sure to use a pad under the tablecloth or placemats, unless they are already padded. Trivets should be used under serving dishes to make sure heat doesnÂt penetrate the pad. Tip: You can clean oil, fingerprints and dust from a photograph with a wad of white bread. Q Â„ Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. We cannot guarantee the return of any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Florida Weekly, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019.Tin toys date back to European Industrial AgeKOVELS: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING terry KOVEL firstname.lastname@example.org O COURTESY PHOTOThis lithographed tin boy-on-sled toy is 7 inch-es long. It sold at RSL Auction Co. for $334. >> Once considered luminous dewdrops from the night sky, black pearls are among the South SeasÂ’ treasures, found only in the Tuamotus and Gambier Islands. Only about seven of 100 oysters will yield com-mercial pearls, which contrib-utes to their great value. Their price is judged according to roundness, bril-liance, texture, size and opalescence. Tints of green, blue, violet, pink and yellow that play across the metallic gray surface indicate a pearl of great price. O in the know TRAVELFrom page B12 reconstruction of his house; ÂLove and you will be happyÂŽ is carved on its side. Farther on is a re-creation of an ancient meÂae, rock platforms that acted as temples and sites where all important decisions were made. Here the Polynesians communicated with their gods before the arrival of the Europeans in the 18th century. Two days later, on the other side of Hiva Oa, we visit the ruins of Pua-mau, in cliff-rimmed Puamau Valley. Dr. Robert Suggs, who has worked and studied on the islands since 1956, describes its mysterious ÂTe meÂae Ili-pona,ÂŽ stone terraces surrounded by rain forests with 10-foot, saucer-eyed stone tikis. In 1939 Thor Heyerdahl and his bride Liv began their marriage on Fatu Hiva. Their adventures are detailed in his book ÂFatu Hiva.ÂŽ ItÂs a traditional island of 600 people, green with rivers and highlands, gulleys and craters. The quiet, unspoiled Marquesas are a paradise for hikers. Soon weÂre climbing through tropical greenery, traversing narrow ravines, deep gorges and luxurious valleys as clouds slip in and out over Fatu Hiva. After the ardu-ous 10-mile hike we reach the Bay of Virgins, where rock curtains, appear-ing as veiled virgins, plunge mightily into the sea. On remote, dramatic Tahuata pristine sandy beaches are nestled in small bays. This magnificent island boasts 168 inhabitants. We take barges into the islandÂs capital, Vaitahu, and hike to Catholic mass in the morning sun. The music goes straight to the heart. At a barbecue with villagers, children dance, an island band plays and we feast on the food and music as the sea laps. On Oa Huka, the smallest and driest of the Marquesas, wild horses out-number its 570 residents. Our jeep ride reveals the black horses roaming green mountain flanks. Later, we enjoy native dancing and spend an hour at a botanical garden and then in a fine archaeological museum. Free wine heralds Polynesian night as passengers dress in Polynesian garb and the kitchen outdoes itself. A light mist fails but does not dampen the joy of participating in the Tahitian dances that passengers have practiced for days. Then the crew, in brightly colored pareaus and iridescent shell jewelry, entertains and the party goes on. Our last stop is Rangiroa, the worldÂs second largest atoll. Tahiti would fit inside its vast lagoon. We snorkel, dive and enjoy glass-bottom boat trips over its magnificent reefs, then picnic. On the last night at sea the moon hangs like a bronzed ladle spilling its molten gold on the black water. Q An upscale clothing exchange event where ladies can refresh themselves and their wardrobes, save money and help the environment is described by organizers as healthy for budgets and the environment. ItÂs 6-9 p.m. Dec 16 at Hawthorn Suites, 301 Lamberton Drive, West Palm Beach. Exchange items will be accepted the night of the event up to 7:45 p.m. Women will come to this evening to swap for items of choice. Whether they give five or 10 items, they will have the opportunity to swap for the same num-ber of items given. Bring two pairs of shoes, a dress, and a hat, leave with three dresses, a belt and a purse. There also will be wine tasting, food and beverage, complimentary massag-es and mini-makeovers, giveaways and prizes. There is a 10-item limit. Finer clothes and normal items will be accepted. All items will be closely inspected for cleanliness and impeccable condition. Advance tickets are available for this event at local participating beauty salons and at: tcepglitterandsparkle.eventbrite.com/. Individual tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Sponsorships are avail-able for $250. Limited vendor space is available for $75. Contact Cecily Mathis at 317-7000 or Tricia Waldron at 254-4330. All remaining clothing will be donated to Dress for Success, Palm Beaches. Q The second annual ÂToys for Tweets fundraiser is Dec. 9. The event to raise money for Toys for Tots is sponsored by the Association for Women in Com-munications South Florida Chapter, the Social Media Club of Palm Beach County, Clematis Tweetup West Palm Beach, @Guyon Clematis, Social Media Roundup, New Tech Community, TilsonPR Tweet-up, Kiwanis Young Professional of the Palm Beaches and Off the Hookah West Palm Beach. The groups use social media to raise funds. Last year the event raised more than $2,500 for Palm Beach CountyÂs children. The ÂToys for TweetsÂŽ event will be held at Off the Hookah West Palm at 314 Clematis St. in West Palm. Off The Hoo-kah is donating one free drink and free appetizers to each guest.Children and teens will be allowed when accompanied by parents. Toys for Tots will be represented by two U.S. Marine Corps officials, who will be col-lecting the toys and all cash donations. For more information about the event, contact Dana M. Lawrence at communica-tions@awcsouthflorida or call 301-2420.The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program has the mission to col-lect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Q WomenÂ’s clothing exchange, wine-tasting event setTweeting for Toys for Tots on tap
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The word stands plastered in a simple, bold black sans serif font in all capital letters on one large white wall at Art Basel, the art exhibit where gallery owners spend tens of thousands of dollars to represent their finest art at arguably one of the most exciting and largest American art fairs held annu-ally in the always live, always pulsing Miami Beach. The 19-letter word stands as a testimony to the power of the word, and of the artistic respect given the spoken Â„ and paint-ed Â„ word. ÂThe first part of the wordÂs meaning is ground floor, and snuffbox, mentioned at the end, is like a snuff box, but also refers to snuff films,ÂŽ commented Kristina Marberg-er, representing Galerie Mez-zanin and artist Bernhard Frue-hwirth, doing a solid job of con-vincing me of the importance of the display while confusing me as to the actual reason why. She took more than a few more minutes to explain how that word, when read in German, is interpreted and why it is signifi-cant at an international showing of this magnitude. She wasnÂt the only one impassioned to discuss with me how a favorite piece had made the cut to be seen this week among thou-sands of others spewn through dozens of satellite fairs that have attached themselves to the larger show Art Basel. At a proportionately smaller Red Dot, just over the bridge and through several winding streets of imaginatively painted buildings, Jay from the Art District/Lurid Gal-lery in California, lit up to discuss a brilliantly brightly painted piece by Michael Gorman, an artist he Âowns.ÂŽ ÂHe is our finest and number one selling artist, incapable of living a normal life. HeÂs a complicated drug-addicted genius who lives in a bubble and paints for money. He is from Texas but lives in a car in Riverside County, currently,ÂŽ he continued. The piece that joltingly screamed to me as one of the highlights on my second day was gone and sold by day four, the day I brought my children to see my favorites. The piece was listed at $9,500. But Ethan and Naomi took delight in many pieces I had not noticed on my first tour through. ThatÂs understand-able because there are simply so many delightfully impressive works created in so many unbelievable mediums from so many artists speaking with so many wonderfully creative voices, that it all becomes a bit overkill after a while when you try to take it all in. This was the ninth year for Art Basel Miami Beach, which exhibited works by more than 2,000 artists from some 250 galleries from all over the world. North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa were well represented. The number would be less startling if you didnÂt find each gallery displaying some pretty amazing, high quality, highly sought after and internationally recognized works. ItÂd be different if you didnÂt find Rauschenberg next to Botero next to Picasso next to Lichtenstein next to Matisse next to Dali. But it was plentifully rich in the finest any gallery around the world has to offer. The show, anchored at the Miami Beach Convention Center, reports to have attracted 46,000 visitors, a record number, also from around the world. I spoke to and overheard art lovers speaking in more languages than I have ever experienced in one location. One of my favorite pieces, dressed up sharply, was by Cuban artist Fran-cis Acea, part of a series of busi-nessman silhouettes adorned with pieces of gold at the PanAmerican Art Projects booth. The silhouette looked so much like a portrait of me that I quickly snapped it and used it as my Facebook profile picture. It too was gone by day four and I told the gallery owners it became popular thanks to my tagging it so quickly in the eventÂs beginning. They smiled appreciatively. Outside of one of my favorite exhibits of the year, ÂSCOPE Miami,ÂŽ where local artist Marcus Jansen had a paint-ing represented by 101/exhibit, was a public ÂpenetrableÂŽ piece by Jesus Soto. Hundreds of blue strings hung from white rails beckoning, young and old alike to walk through and get immersed and play in the fun strings. Through the Wynwood District passersby could observe, without any entry fee, some of the most vibrant and edgy pieces to be found in all of Miami Â„ painted directly on buildings. After Art Miami, we wandered up and down the streets as the sun set on the masterpieces in the streets. The smell of barbecue was in the air and the sidewalks surged with passersby at the indie-operated, lower profile warehouses near the Wynwood Walls and Graffiti Gone Global exhibit. Artists spray painting walls left and right were cel-ebrating a once-rebellious movement now turned respectable artistic genre. Tightly spun hip hop and electroni-ca accompanied generous offerings of spirits and raw, unproven pieces that were no less interesting. Artists Tatiana Suarez, Gottfried Helnwein, Tomoko Nagai and Gustavo Maestre were some of my more favorites of the year. Q Â„ For a complete photo gallery from Art Basel and surrounding fairs, go to www.floridaweekly.com.Art Basel impresses, overwhelms REVIEWED BY ERIC RADDATZ_________________________ eraddatz@Â” oridaweekly.com ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYThe businessman series by Francis AceaERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYArists work on a wall painting in the Wynwood District during Art Basel.ERIC RADDATZ / FLORIDA WEEKLYÂ“Eye CandyÂ” by Michael Gorman
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B15 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Â“Live, Laugh, Learn, Love YourselfÂ” an evening of shopping & cocktails in support of WXEL Garnet Society at Tory Burch 1. Janet Robbins, Victor Jimenez and Lauren Shea2. Debra Tornaben, Ellen Huxley-Laffer and Kathy Marks3. Tracy Howse, Desiree Mufson and Maryellen Pate4. Michael Corey, Loretta Corey, Melissa Stypul and Matthew Corey5. Chitra Shah and Amol Shah6. Maxine Woods and Roosellen Klopfer7. Judie Gibson and Marcia Wolf RACHEL HICKEY/ FLORIDA WEEKLY We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can Â“ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.Â” oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@Â” oridaweekly.com. 1 24 5 6 7 3
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB16 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Hospice of Palm Beach County FoundationÂ’s Â“Swing with the StarsÂ” Gala at The Breakers We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can Â“ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.Â” oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@Â” oridaweekly.com. 1. Anne Geddes 2. Kelly Downey, Shamin Abas, Matt Lauer and Shannon Felder 3. Denis and Luz Martinez 4. Sonja Dean and Alex Giguere 5. Lauryn Bronstin and Evan Cohen 6. Luis Escobar, Dr. Susan Lee and Brandon Phillips 7. Karen Smith, Doug Smith and Janet Lano 8. Michael Monsour and Cathy Olsen 9. Cana Pelew and Marc Haisfield JOSE CASADO/FLORIDA WEEKLY 13 45 67 89 2
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B17 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade 1. Ashley Bennett and Mark Bennett2. Alyssa and Jeff Freeman, Tessie and David Kerslake3. One of the boats on parade4. Judges Bill Manuel, Dawn Pardo, Karen Marcus, Ed Eissey, Shelby Lowe and John Workman5. Brenda Gruber, Rena Williams, Chuck Watkins, Carrie Watkins and Criste Carter6. Frank and Brittany Gruber, Sean Coleman and Janelle Von7. Mauricio Diaz, Mike Ascani, Mitton Demaria, Trevor Smiqelski and Ian Shaw BARBARA SHAFER / FLORIDA WEEKLY We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can Â“ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.Â” oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@Â” oridaweekly.com. 1 2 6 7 5 4 3
www.FloridaWeekly.com FLORIDA WEEKLYB18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY City of Palm Beach Gardens Holiday Tree Lighting The Salvation ArmyÂ’s 39th Annual Christmas Ball at The Club at AdmiralÂ’s CoveWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can Â“ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.Â” oridaweekly.com and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@Â” oridaweekly.com.1. John Johnston, Ashley Copeland, Pete Sesso, Tara BennettHolcomb and Bud Broda2. Charles and Mary Rice, Caroline McCaughey, Bill Butler and Mary Blasi3. Denise McCann, Michael Danis and Bridget Healey4. Bjaye and Frank Pilotte, Cheryl and Ron Warner1. The lighted Christmas tree2. Joe Russo, Marcie Tinsley, David Levy, Eric Jablin and Bert Premurso3. Dyllan Tomasik and Nina Tomasik4. Carol Davis, Dorita Edelmann, Carol Teichman and Janice Webber5. Holly Beer and Brittany Hynes RACHEL HICKEY / FLORIDA WEEKLY RACHEL HICKEY / FLORIDA WEEKLY 134 2 1 35 4 2
FLORIDA WEEKLY www.FloridaWeekly.com WEEK OF DECEMBER 9-15, 2010 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B19 Eating freshly caught pompano in an Old Florida spot with friends who provide witty conversation Â„ does it get any bet-ter? Barely. Capt. CharlieÂs Reef Grill in Juno Beach provided the backdrop for a solid seafood dinner in a style thatÂs faded from South Florida Â„ actually, much of Florida Â„ with the advent of precious food and star chefs. This is how we natives used to eat fish: Come as you are, off the boat or beach, Âwear-your-shortsÂŽ casual. A hearty greeting thrown out by the owner, Ross Matheson, behind the bar that separates the dining room, all hand-built by Matheson and crew, tells you itÂs friendly, too. ItÂs bustling busy any night you go, but particularly weekends (read that: go late, or plan on a wait). YouÂll get a handwritten menu, run off on a copier. And a dish of coleslaw to eat while you wait Â„ itÂs the old-fashioned kind, slightly creamy with a tang, that goes smartly with fish. Seafood is it. If you didnÂt get that from the ÂReef GrillÂŽ in the name, we canÂt help you. There are a very few choices for land-lubbers Â„ a sirloin steak, a quail, pork and lamb kebobs and a chicken breast. Other-wise, plan on seafood.But start with wine. Matheson has a funny thing about wine Â„ he feels everyone should be able to enjoy it with a meal with-out it breaking a bank. His markups are, on average, lower than anyone around and he gets some interesting bottles to boot Â„ then serves some by the glass as specials.DonÂt like his? Bring your own Â„ thereÂs a $14 corkage fee. We started with tast es of the Dutton Goldfield Chardonnay, but wound up with a LÂAristocratico Pinot Grigio. ($33.95), fig-uring its crispness worked best. From an extensive list of appetizers and entrees that had some wondering how on earth they do anything fresh, we picked fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and a shrimp and beet salad; the T-WA shrimp; with a sweet and spicy sauce in a ÂwontonÂŽ bowl; and the blackened dolphin fajitas with guacamole and sour cream Â„ all were $10.95. We also indulged and ordered a half-pound of stone crabs, $14.95. Four medium claws appeared; leaving us wanting for more. Only the sauce changes for claws anywhere you go Â„ the coveted claws are cooked immediately after harvesting, then chilled. Nothing to do but dip them in some-thing, usually, the tried and true creamy mus-tard sauce made famous by JoeÂs in Miami; thatÂs what was here.Even our Yankee buddy, trying fried green tomatoes for the first time, proclaimed the crispy, slightly herb-coated tomatoes ÂtastyÂŽ and the vinaigrette on the shrimp and beets just right. I wanted a bit more goat cheese (it was smeared between the stacks of tomatoes), but they were a great starter. The dolphin (they donÂt call it mahi here Â„ theyÂre old-timers) was cooked to its silky perfection, with the bite of blackening crust giving it a punch. Usually it arrives in a sizzling skillet, so it wound up being like a build-it-yourself soft taco Â„ still as good with the peppers and onions, a dip of guacamole and sour cream to fill the wraps. There was enough to make two generous fajitas. We were divided on the T-WA (Thai-Wa) shrimp. One of us felt the sauce, heavy on the sesame oil, tasted soapy. There was definitely chile in the sauce that ran all over the plate once we pulled off the wrong piece of the crispy bowl to eat with it. Less sauce, maybe? The shrimp were, however, plump and perfectly cooked and the sauce complemented them. This was already a lot of food Â„ and we easily could have stopped there. On previ-ous visits, we did just that Â„ made a meal of the many appetizers. But to serve the readers, we wanted a few entrees. The pompano ($24.95) off the fresh fish selection won raves from a friend who was there a few nights earlier. (ÂIf itÂs still on the menu, you just have to get it!ÂŽ) She knows fresh fish, so I bit. It was as promised: Fresh, silky and perfectly cooked Â„ all except one thick part of a fillet that was slightly underdone. Had I sent it back, it would have cheerfully been re-cooked (yes, I should have done so, but we could barely finish it as it was). I prefer fish on the rare side anyway Â„ wonderful silky fillets that are ruined by overcooking are the worst of food preparation in my book. Black beans and rice with it were average Â„ we might have liked them better with chopped onions, which go great with fish of any kind. Diners also have a choice with the fish of fries, sauted vegetables, pasta or yellow rice. We had to get the sesame-crusted tuna, over angel hair pasta with an ÂAsian alfre-doÂŽ ($24.95). That sauce description was the kicker. It was vaguely like the sauce on the T-WA shrimp bowl, with sesame oil, a touch of soy, a mere hint of garlic and ginger, but my dining companions liked this one, with a slight thickness, better. The tuna was thickly crusted with black and white sesame seeds, prepared medium-rare as requested, and meaty; the pasta, al dente. Portions here are very generous, especially with the appetizer plates. As stated: You can make a meal of a few. My only complaint is the heavy-handedness with the sauces Â„ IÂll request a Âlightly saucedÂŽ plate next time. Or, none at all Â„ that pompano, a fish you donÂt see everyday on menus as you once did, was a treat simply grilled. We were offered a taste of desserts Â„ a Key lime pie and peanut butter pie ($4.25 each) and a coconut crme brle. ($5.95). Great tart, traditional Key lime pie Â„ you canÂt quibble with that Â„ and itÂs so very Florida. The peanut butter pie was denser than I was expecting; I am used to the chif-fon kind, though our server did say real whipped cream is incorporated into the peanut b utter. The co conut crme brle lacked that crackly crust that we so antici-pated; it was covered in toasted coconut and only a tiny corner of the burnt sugar was crisp. Put the coconut inside, and the dessert will sing. All the desserts are made in-house Â„ another plus here. We talked so long, we shut the place down Â„ therein, the fun. Matheson him-self is chatty Â„ and admitted as we left he thought it was me, though we had never formally met. His wife was our server Â„ the restaurantÂs a family affair. She did men-tion she knew me but we have met outside the restaurant. However, I made note of all the plates and service in the room, and everyone got the same friendly treatment and spot-on service, as well as a cheery chat as they left. Stop in and you might rub elbows with baseball, tennis or golf stars, or the garden-er who manicures their yards. Or me Â„ if you come late. Since IÂm only sometimes in the mood for waiting Â„ and nobody gets star treatment. YouÂre all on Âthe list,ÂŽ but can drink as you wait, and chat with Matheson. HeÂs the guy in white hair and mustache, behind the bar. (Note: Lunch, a great value, is served from the same kitchen at Three Doors Up, three storefronts to the west of the Reef Grill.) Q Captain CharlieÂ’s Reef Grill >> Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, till 10 p.m.>> Reservations: No>> Credit cards: Major cards accepted>> Price range: Appetizers, $6.95-$11.95 (lobster or stone crab higher); entrees, $14.95-$24.95 >> Beverages: Full bar>> Seating: Tables and booths in dining room; bar seating>> Specialties of the house: Numerous fresh sh prepared to order, Caribbean and Asian-inspired appetizers such as coconut tempura yellowtail, sesame-crusted snapper cake; paella Rossco with turkey sausage>> Volume: Moderate>> Parking: Free lotRatings:Food: ++++ Service: ++++ Atmosphere: ++++ 12846 U.S. 1, Juno Beach561-624-9924 +++++ Superb ++++ Noteworthy +++ Good ++ Fair + Poor in the know O FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE jan NORRIS email@example.com Capt. Charlie's Reef Grill serves up great fish, fun dining NOTES First Gardens Chipotle opening at MidtownThe first Chipotle Mexican Grill in Palm Beach County north of West Palm is open-ing in Midtown in Palm Beach Gardens. The 2,400-square-foot restaurant is set for a grand opening on Dec. 14. It has patio dining and is at the Midtown main entrance along PGA Boulevard. Known for serving Food With Integrity, the new Chipotle will feature the restau-rantÂs focused menu of burritos, tacos, bur-rito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods. Other notable Midtown dining establishments include III Forks Steakhouse, J Alex-anderÂs, Cantina Laredo, SaitoÂs Japanese Steak-house and Marble Slab Creamery. Midtown is located on PGA Boulevard, between I-95 and FloridaÂs Turnpike. For information, visit www.midtownpga.com. Prosecco, a bistro, now open at PGA CommonsProsecco Caf is now open in PGA Commons East at 4580 PGA Blvd. Suite 105. Prosecco is a relaxed European bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner featur-ing freshly made foods (no-processed food) from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Gelato-ria, tapas bar, presecco bar, assorted sandwiches, wines, savory desserts and cappuccino are on the menu. Owner Avi Sekerel has served Boca Raton diners at Saquella Caf and now will serve diners in Palm Beach Gardens. Sekerel was educated at the HotelConsult Csar Ritz in Switzerland, went on to open numerous restaurants, wrote a guiltless gourmet cook book and hosted his own cooking show in Israel from 2003-2005. His restaurants are a no-fry zone offering fresh meals at an approachable price point. A favorite is ÂafugattoÂŽ the one-calorie Italian favorite of espresso whipped with fresh-made fat free gelato. Food for the Poor gala at Breakers is Jan. 30Food For The PoorÂs eighth annual Palm Beach gala, Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures, will be Jan. 30 at The Breakers in Palm Beach. The annual event is chaired by Palm Beach philanthropists Robert G. and Arlette Gordon (Grand Honorary Chairpersons), and Elizabeth Bowden (Gala Chairwoman). Food For The PoorÂs gala will begin with a wine tasting reception with selected wines compliments of Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., and Republic National Distributing Company. Throughout the reception, unique wine selections, jewelry and exotic escapes are among the varied silent and live auction prizes. Specially selected fine wines will be chosen to highlight each course prepared by the executive chefs of The Breakers. Addi-tionally, there will be Broadway-inspired performances by La Mystique.Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development orga-nization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 coun-tries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise devel-opment assistance, with more than 96 per-cent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For additional information regarding the Fine Wines & Hidden Treasures event, benefactor levels, and tickets, available at $450 per person, call 888-404-4248 or see www.foodforthepoor.org/palmbeach. 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