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BILL CORNWELL A2 PUZZLES A32PETS A27BUSINESS A15 MARIA MARINO A8REAL ESTATE A17ARTS A23EVENTS A26 FILM REVIEW A30SOCIETY A33-34CUISINE A35MONEY & INVESTING A16 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715POSTAL CUSTOMER DATED MATERIAL REQUESTED IN-HOME DELIVERY DATE: MAY 12, 2011 Pronti’s near perfectOur reviewer Scott Simmons gives eatery five stars. A35 X Royally funny“Beauty Queen of Leenane” is dark, Irish humor. A23 X INSIDE SocietySee who’s out and about in Palm Beach County. A33-34 X Vol. I, No. 31  FREE WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 Giving through golfColumnist Maria Marino says charity benefits on links. A8 X Osama bin Laden is dead.On May 2, a team of Navy SEALs descended upon his com-pound in Pakistan, shot him, collected his body and brought to an end the longest and costli-est manhunt in history. And the program that launched the SEALs started in Fort Pierce. The sleepy town in St. Lucie County, about an hours drive north of the Palm Beaches, was home to a World War II mili-tary base that is now recognized as the birthplace of the U.S. Navys Frogmen, predecessors to the SEALs „ SEa, Air and Land teams „ that make up the Navys principal special opera-tions force. The town also is home to the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, which honors SEALs, Naval Combat Demolition Units, or NCDUs, and Underwater Demolition Units, or UDTs. But it is the recent action by SEALs to kill bin Laden that has drawn renewed attention to the seaside museum, which was founded in 1985. Its been like a bus station in here,Ž said Andy Brady, an SO QUICKLY. THINGS CAN CHANGE SO QUICKly when a child is ill, can go from good to bad, from bad to Omigod in what feels like a heartbeat. So it is with Kieran Ford, age 19 months, on this recent Wednesday morning, when he is upright, pounding on the bongo drums in the playroom at St. Marys Hospital in West Palm Beach, as his mom threads his IV-pole around some little p lastic tables. Across the Museum offers slice of Navy SEALs’ historySt. Mary’s program eases the lives of parents and children with cancerBY SCOTT SIMMONSssimmons@” SEE SEALS, A18 X Ro y all y funn y “ Beauty Q ueen of Leena n dark, Irish humor. A 23 X Angelson boardSCOTT B. SMITH/FLORIDA WEEKLYKristine Ford and her son Kieran, who has leukemia, recieve loving care from a pediatric support group. BY MARY JANE FINEmj“ ne@” SEE ANGELS, A11 XSCOTT SIMMONS/FLORIDA WEEKLYThe memorial at the National Navy UDT-Seal Museum features a bronze sculpture of a Frogman seemingly suspended in time. Pronti ’ snearperfect

PAGE 2 FLORIDA WEEKLYA2 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 AFFORDABLE PLANTATION SHUTTERS ALL SHUTTERS ARE NOT THE SAME!Before you buy… call and get the facts!We offer Professional Installation and Honest, Fair Pricing Not valid with any other discounts, prior purchases or work in progress. Exclusions may apply. Expires 5/26/2011. Any Purchase of $1500 or MoreOn Select Hunter Douglas Products $100 OFF All About Blinds 17 Years Serving Palm Beach County Visit our Showroom: MON…FRI 8:30AM … 4:30PM, SAT by Appointment FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATES CALL 561-844-0019 FOR YOUR /LD$IXIE(IGHWAY3UITE,AKE0ARKsrr 4755 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens 561-799-0555 Small Group Personal Training You’re Invited to our Open House Saturday, May 14 • 1pm – 3pm$100 Off Any Session Package! “I loved what I saw at GISFW: a clean facility, quali ed personal trainers and a good program! I joined that day. It was the best decision I ever made for my health. I go faithfully three times a week. The solid hour workout yields results: I have lost inches and gained muscle —as well as self-esteem. Is there a better combination? I don’t think so!” – Laurie Fromer, Age 39, Busy Mother BEFORE AFTER $100 Off any Session Package,Upgrade or Renewal at our Open House! We should have seen this one coming, I suppose. President Obama presides over the killing of Osama bin Laden and gets a world of grief in return. Honestly, youd think Mr. Obama had authorized pinning a medal on the chest of the worlds most-hunted terrorist rath-er than instructing Navy SEALs to put a bullet in his head. If anything in recent memory underscores how acutely divided we are as a nation, it is the reaction to the news that the Al Qaeda icon had been removed from the scene. What is particu-larly troubling about the uproar is that it also reveals with stunning clarity how the chattering heads of cable television and talk radio drive much of the political dis-cussion in the United States today. There was only a 60 to 80 percent chance that bin Laden actually was in the walled compound within Pakistan. No one knew for sure. If the SEALs had stormed the building and found it bereft of their target, the results would have been disastrous, both militarily and diplo-matically. The blow to American prestige would have been incalculable. One can only imagine how the president would have been savaged if the mission had gone awry. Just recall, if you are old enough, the pounding Jimmy Carter took in 1980 after the botched mission to free Americans held hostage in Iran. But, thanks the great skill of Americas military and intelligence services and a bit of luck, it all turned out fine this time around. At least that is how it appeared at first.Then came the sniping from the commentatorsŽ and bottom-feeding politicians (Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum are nota-ble examples) on the right who sought not only to enhance George W. Bushs dubious role in the matter but also to diminish any credit that might accrue to Mr. Obama. This crowd had only recently suffered an enormous setback by the total collapse of their embarrassing campaign to portray the president as a foreign-born pretender.Then Mr. Obama further inflamed the sensibilities of these political provoca-teurs by having the temerity to dispatch the architect of 9/11. Mr. Obamas detrac-tors were already out in force by the time bin Ladens body had settled to the bot-tom of the northern Arabian Sea. How do they loathe thee, Mr. President? Let us count the ways. They have carped and whined because Mr. Obama refused to release gruesome photographs of the mortally wounded Al Qaeda leader even after it became known that Defense Sec-retary Robert Gates had said the release of the photos would endanger American forces in the field. There were further complaints about the changing narrative set forth by the administration involving the raid itself. This, again, from the crowd that looked the other way when „ for propaganda purposes „ the Pentagon, under Donald Rumsfeld, intentionally sought to mislead the American public about the rescue of Jessica Lynch in Iraq and the death of Pat Tillman in Afghanistan. Predictably, the debate about enhanced interrogation techniquesŽ „ a dandy little euphemism for what we used to call tor-tureŽ „ erupted, with some right-wing blowhards (think OReilly and Hannity) suggesting that waterboarding was the linchpin in the hunt for bin Laden. Pro-testations to the contrary from people like Sen. John McCain were summarily dismissed. Finally, the president was excoriated for his appearance at Ground Zero in Manhattan last week and for his meet-ing with the military heroes who actually did the work of taking out bin Laden. Mr. Obama was accused of exploiting the grief of those who lost loved ones when the towers came down. And, yes, many of those people who found the presidents somber ceremony to be offensive and who claim to be sensitive to the plight of bin Ladens victims had little to say five years back when one of their favorites (the notoriously corrosive author and columnist Ann Coulter) derided four 9/11 widows from New Jersey as the Witches of East BrunswickŽ who were actually enjoying their husbands deaths.Ž This scurrilous attack was occasioned because the women expressed political views that displeased Ms. Coulter. To those who thought Mr. Obamas postbin Laden activities were self-serving and in poor taste, I offer this historical retro-spective: May 1, 2003. The aircraft carrier USS Abraham LincolnŽ is anchored off the California coast. A Navy S-3B Viking lands on the flattop. Out pops President George W. Bush, who ludicrously preens about the deck in a flight suit. Mission Accomplished,Ž reads the banner that is strung across the bridge. My fellow Americans,Ž Mr. Bush informs us in one of the greatest presidential misstatements of all time, major combat operations in Iraq have ended.Ž The Obama bashing of the last week has pushed the cable stars on the left (e.g. MSNBCs lineup of Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and that fat guy named Ed something or other) to begin their own campaign to totally and completely dis-credit Mr. Bushs role in the war on terror. This media carpet-bombing „ both from the right and from the left „ has tarnished a signature moment in our history. Bill OReilly, the prince of pompous, likes to say that he takes to the airwaves to protect the people.Ž Please. His job „ and the jobs of others like him „ is to generate ratings and make money for their employers. Period. When that ability slides, they are expendable. If you dont believe that, ask Glenn Beck, who is on his way out the door at Fox News. Thoughtful, sober analysis does not sell. If it did, Jim Lehrer of PBS would be the highest-paid news personality on television, which he is not. Taking a hard look at the actions of our leaders is the proper role of the news media, and we must demand a full and proper accounting of the bin Laden mission. But ginning up hysterical theo-ries and broad conspiracies is something altogether different. Sadly, it appears that many Americans have lost their ability to distinguish one from the other. Q Media sniping from the right and left tarnishes signature moment m b a a m bill CORNWELL O bcornwell@floridaweekly.comCOMMENTARY

PAGE 4 FLORIDA WEEKLYA4 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 Scripps researcher identifies new pathway affecting lifespanLiving in South Florida, many of us enjoy outdoor activities, such as swim-ming, biking, tennis and golf. While the exercise is healthy, too much sun is not. It can lead to skin cancer, a prevalent condition affecting an estimated 1 mil-lion Americans last year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Of those non-melanoma cases, there were fewer than 1,000 deaths. Thats due in part to greater awareness and education, early detection and effective treatment options, such as using radiation therapy to treat skin can-cer. Superficial Electron Beam Radiotherapy is a non-surgical alternative to treat localized skin cancers: basal cell carcino-mas and squamous cell carcinomas. Basal cell carcinoma is skin cancer that forms in the lower part of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin). Squamous cell carcinoma is skin cancer that forms in squamous cells (flat cells that form the surface of the skin). Most skin cancers form in older people on parts of the body exposed to the sun or in people who have weakened immune systems. Electron beam radiation therapy is particularly suited for cancers found on the face, including the nose, ears, and eyelids. This treatment uses a precisely targeted thin, superficial radiation beam to destroy cancer cells while sparing normal tissues beneath the surface. This type of radiation is different from X-ray treatment, which penetrates tissue, such as a dental X-Ray. Electron radia-tion creates a thin, narrow beam and can be tailored within a few millimeters and is easily stopped and shaped to protect adjacent and underlying tissues. During treatment, a small dose of radiation is delivered daily and destroys thou-sands of cancer cells by attacking their DNA. Each night, your own skin cells repair the radiation effects and regener-ate. Fortunately, cancer cells do not have the same ability to recover from radiation effects as well as normal healthy tissues. Most radiation treatment is complete after an average of only 10 to 20 quick sessions. Each painless treatment takes only minutes, requires no anesthesia or cutting and no downtime. Treatment is as simple as a receiving a chest X-ray. By the end of treatment, normal skin will become red and inflamed, much like a sunburn. Healthy skin cells usu-ally recover from the effects of radiation within a week or two. Once healed, it is often difficult to detect where the treat-ment was delivered, leaving most patients with good to excellent cosmetic results. Superficial Electron Beam Radiotherapy has been used for more than years and is a good option for those facing pos-sible cosmetic alterations from surgery, or those for whom surgery or anesthesia could pose a health risk. Long-term stud-ies have demonstrated the success of treating both small and large skin cancers with radiotherapy with proper attention to technique. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, be sure to discuss all of your treatment options with your doctor, or call Jupiter Medical Centers Radiation Oncology department to learn more about Superficial Electron Beam Radio-therapy for skin cancer.As a leader in the field, our Comprehensive Cancer Program offers progres-sive state-of-the-art treatment options and highly personalized care for our patients. The Foshay Cancer Center is designated by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACOS) as a comprehensive community cancer program.Only 25 percent of hospitals in the country have ACOS-accredited can-cer programs. The Radiation Oncology department is one of only 14 facilities in Florida to be nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR awards accreditation to radiation facilities for achievement of high standards, qualifications of per-sonnel, facilities and quality activities. These accreditations, along with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health-care Organizations (JCAHO), assure our community that the level of services we provide is the highest quality. Q „ David Herold, M.D., MBA, Board Certified, Radiation Oncology, is the medical director of Jupiter Medical Centers Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center Radiation Oncology department. He has treated hundreds of skin cancer patients over the years with excellent clinical and cosmetic results. For more information about treating skin cancer with radiation therapy, call the Ella Milbank Foshay Cancer Center at 2634400. „ A not-for-profit 283-bed community medical center consisting of 163 private acute care hospital beds and 120 longterm care beds, the center provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cancer care, orthopedics/spine, emergency services, cardiac services, childrens and womens services, minimally-invasive surgical procedures, including the Robotic Surgery Program, advanced diagnostics and rehabilitation. Founded in 1979, the center is affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The center has approximately 1,500 team members, 540 physicians and 700 volunteers. For more information, call 263-2234 or see radiation simplifies and advances skin cancer treatmentA team led by a scientist from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute has identified a new role for a biological pathway that not only sig-nals the bodys metabolic response to nutritional changes, but also affects lifespan. The study, published in the May 12 issue of the journal Nature, was conducted on Caenorhabditis elegans (nematodes or roundworms), which are a widely accepted model for human aging research. Not only have we been able to identify some of these molecules for the first time in the worm, but we have also been able to show they act as a signal of nutrient availability and ultimately influence the worms lifespan,Ž said Matthew Gill, PhD., in a prepared statement. Dr. Gill, an assistant professor in the Scripps Research Department of Metabolism and Aging, conducted the research while at The Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, Calif. What makes this important is that the same molecules are present in both humans and C. elegans, so these molecules may play similar roles in both organisms.Ž Dietary restriction is a well-known means of extending lifespan and post-poning age-related disease in many species, including yeast, worms, flies and rodents. However, until this study, little was known about the molecular signals involved. The molecules identified in the new study are N-acylethanolamines (NAEs), a group of signaling molecules derived from lipids that help indicate nutri-ent availability in the environment and maintain an animals internal energy balance. In the study, Dr. Gill and his colleagues showed that NAE abun-dance in the worm is reduced during periods of dietary restriction, and that NAE deficiency in the presence of abundant food is sufficient to extend the animals lifespan. It is well known that if you put C. elegans on a restricted diet, you can extend its lifespan by 40 to 50 per-cent,Ž Dr. Gill said. However, we were amazed to see that if you add back just one of these NAE molecules, eicosap-entaenoyl ethanolamide, it completely abrogates the lifespan extension.Ž Importantly, this particular NAE is similar to endocannabinoids in mam-mals, which regulate many different physiological processes including nutri-ent intake and energy balance, as well as inflammation and neuronal function. The identification of other com-ponents of a novel endocannabinoid system in the worm now brings a new model system to the many researchers studying NAE and endocannabinoid physiology,Ž said Dr. Gill. Intriguingly, the study also established a link among fat, NAE levels, and longevity. Other studies in rodents have shown that the availability of fatty acids can influence NAE levels. However, Gill and his colleagues found that in a genetically altered strain of C. elegans the inability to produce certain poly-unsaturated fatty acids was not only associated with a reduction in levels of specific NAEs but also with lifespan extension. He added that the studys findings could shape future drug devel-opment efforts to influence aging and age-related disease.The first author of the study, N-Acylethanolamine Signaling Mediates the Effect of Diet on Lifespan in C. elegans,Ž is Mark Lucanic, a postdoctoral fellow at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. Other authors include Jason M. Held, Maithili C Vantipalli, Jill B. Gra-ham, Bradford W. Gibson, and Gordon J. Lithgow of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging; and Ida M. Klang of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and the Karolinska Institute.The study was supported by the Larry L. Hillblom Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Q LivinginSouthFloridamanyofu s is a at sa D re at th david HEROLD M.D., MBA, Board Certified, Radiation Oncologist O PublisherMichelle Nogamnoga@floridaweekly.comEditor Betty Wells Reporters & ColumnistsScott Simmons Athena Ponushis Maria Marino Linda Lipshutz Tim Norris Jan Norris Hap Erstein Mary Jane Fine Artis Henderson Jeannette Showalter Bill Cornwell Roger WilliamsPhotographersScott B. 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A6 WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 Feeding South Florida, formerly the Daily Bread Food Bank, joins with letter carri-ers on May 14 for the 19th annual Stamp Out Hun-ger food drive. To participate in Stamp Out Hunger, the nations largest one-day food drive, postal service customers in Palm Beach County are asked to place a bag of non-perishable food by their mailboxes, which letter car-riers will pick up during mail delivery. Stamp Out Hunger is conducted by the National Association of Letter Carri-ers (NALC) in cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service. Letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities across America will pick up donated food items when they service their postal routes on May 14. In 2010, Stamp Out Hunger collected a nationwide record 77.1 million pounds of food dona-tions, pushing the 18-year total to more than 1 billion pounds of food. More than 50 million Americans currently suffer from hunger, and 920,000 of them reside in South Florida. Feeding South Florida serves 800 not-for-profit agencies in four counties, and agency feedback shows that local demand for food services is up 39 percent due to the current economic climate. Suggested donations include:„ Canned meats such as tuna, salmon, chicken, turkey and ham „ Canned chunky soups and stews „ Canned beans, fruits and vegetables „ New, unopened plastic containers of peanut butt er and jelly „ Dry goods such as cereal, rice and coffee Residents can also help on the day of the event by volunteering to sort food col-lected by the letter carriers. To volunteer, contact Leroy Green, Feeding South Flori-das volunteer coordinator, at 954-518-1863 or Q Did you know Florida and the nation of Oman on the Ar abian P eninsula account for 80 percent of loggerhead sea turtle nests worldwide? In north Palm Beach County you can take a turtle walk and see the wonder of a nesting loggerhead turtle. Guided Loggerhead Marinelife Center walks are held each week from June 1 through July 30 on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Registration is available at Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Loggerhead Marinelife Center is located on U.S. 1 in Juno Beach, just north of the intersection with Donald Ross Road. The center is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of Floridas coastal ecosystems through public edu-cation, research and rehabilitation with a focus on threatened and endangered sea turtles. The center features an onsite campus hospital, learning exhibits and aquariums. Situated on the worlds most important sea turtle nesting beach, the center is open daily. Call 627-8280 for more information. Q Donate food at your mailbox on May 14 Take a walk, get up close to turtle nests t h l y ad ns ir n g er ar ge st


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PAGE 8 FLORIDA WEEKLYA8 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 a Experience the beauty and challenge of our championship Fazio-designed golf course and the charm of our old-Florida style clubhouse. a Enjoy our dazzling new Fitness Center and our Har-Tru tennis courts. a Dine in our lovely dining room with panoramic views of the course and unique 18th hole island. a Limited Annual and Executive Memberships are now available. Call Kate at 561-626-6860 or email a Eastpointe Country Club is a private golf and country club conveniently located on Donald Ross Road just west of I-95 (or Hood Road west of I-95). maria MARINO O When my brother and I were growing up in Connecticut, my parents went out of their way to make sure we were aware that there were people less fortunate than ourselves, and that we should lend a hand if we could. It was second nature for me to begin volunteering with local golf tourna-ments some years back. Palm Beach County, so rich in golf courses and charitable foundations, has turned fundraising into an art form. One of the leading ways to raise the big bucks is a golf tournament. Ever wonder how you can enjoy some of the more exclusive clubs in the county? Play in any of the numerous tournaments that are held at such courses as Old Marsh, Admirals C ove, the five courses at PGA National, Old Palm, Mira-sol, BallenIsles, Jonathans Landing, Trump International, Frenchmans Reserve and even Seminole, just to name a few If you have the time and money, you could play every day of the week and help one of the more than 300 charitable foun-dations in the county. Ten years ago when The Bears Club was first established, the developers felt it was important to give back to the town of Jupi-ter. From this, the Jupiter Childrens Foun-dation was born and the inaugural Jupiter In Palm Beach County, golf and charity go together like the 19th hole and a cocktailGOLF Invitational became an annual happening. Being acquainted with several members of the board, I happily volunteered to help with their fledgling golf event. The Bears Club is a Nicklaus Signature Golf Course and a place that Jack, Barbara and the rest of the Nicklaus clan call their golf home. When walking through the club-house you witness the evolution of the Nicklaus family and its impact on golf and our community. Being the gracious fam-ily that they are, Jack and Barbara agreed to serve as honorary chairs of this little foundations golf event. Ten years later, I am now the executive direc-tor of the Jupiter Chil-drens Foundation. The Nicklaus have continued to be the honorary chairs. And with the help of our longstanding under-writers, Peacock + Lewis Architects, Bra-man Motorcars and Braman BMW Jupiter, a wonderful group of corporate partners, several of whom have played every year, including Weitz Construction, Lewis Long-man & Walker law firm, and Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger law firm, our littleŽ founda-tion has raised more than $1 million. Proceeds from the tournament have helped the West Jupiter Tutorial Center, the Thelma B. Pittman Preschool and the Nicklaus Childrens Healthcare Founda-tion, to name a few agencies. We have been lucky enough to hold our event at The Bears Club; the Ritz-Carlton, Jupiter; and The Lost Tree Club. This year, on Oct. 21, we will add Loblolly Pines to our rotation. Without the partnership of these prestigious clubs and the countless corporations and small businesses that realize the importance of being good citi-zens, our foundation, along with the hun-dreds of other charities in the area, would not be as rich. Not just with money, but with the people and resources. ******* Robi Jurney, executive director of Quantum House, emailed me recently to share a heart-warming story of todays kids going that extra mile to help those less fortunate. Quantum House is located right next to St. Marys hospital in West Palm and is a temporary, tranquil place to live for fami-lies of children who face long durations in the hospital. Because their days are so long and not often filled with joy, the staff is constantly searching for fun ideas and sup-port from the community to help families pass the time. The Benjamin School boys golf team recently toured the facility and what start-ed as volunteering for the Chef for a DayŽ program turned into a golf marathon to raise money to build a putting green at the Quantum House. Once funded and finished, the boys will volunteer to teach family members about golf. On May 21, with the generous support of the members of the Medalist Golf Club, Club President De Mudd and founder Greg Nor-man, the boys will be participating in a day of marathon golf and are soliciting pledges for their efforts. Its just another example of the power we have to help and how golf is such an important cog in the wheel. If youd like to help by making a pledge see Q „ Maria Marino is a professional golfer who teaches nationally for the LPGA and locally at the First Tee at Dyer Park in West Palm Beach. She also owns Marino Realty Group, which focuses primarily on property in Palm Beach Gardens and Jupiter. Email her at mmarino@floridaweekly. com, or call 9068222. COURTESY PHOTOThe Benjamin School boy’s golf team is raising funds for a put-ting green for the Quantum House. From left are Coach Toby Har-beck, team members Clancy Waugh, Jake Williams, Ryan Jahn, J.B. Thompson and Chandler Ford, and a Quantum House guest.


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Gail Sheehy, years ago, wrote a bestselling book called Passages, dealing with the stages of our lives and the changes we have to make in order to transition from one life-stage to another. These days, many of us who read the book are deep in the throes of our own passages. The passage of time forces decisions that our experiences to-date havent prepared us to make. Parents are going into senior apartments or as-sisted living facilities, our children have grown up and ”own to their own nests. We are now empty nesters. There are ways to adapt to this new life and one involves changing your living environment. To be able to dispose of those items that you no longer need or to sell a family estate becomes a priority for many individuals and there are least four good ways to do that. First, you may attempt to sell it on your own. This can be done through a yard sale or an open house sale. Make sure to contact your homeowners asso-ciation for approval prior to a yard sale. Move all your items into one place and put a price tag on everything, no matter how small. Decide how you want to dis-play and arrange the items. Place an ad in the local paper with the address and exact time and date, and be prepared to open at that time. Place signs around the neighborhood on the morning of the sale directing everyone to the exact address. Have a lot of change and small bills for the cash box. Second is an estate sale where everything is done for you; you have to decide what to sell and the selling “rm does the rest. You get a check for your share of the proceeds when the sale is completed. There is usually a minimum guarantee sum for the selling company to cover their costs. Estate sales may last for several days so plan on people being there a few days before and during the sale. Also, keep in mind that weather and other factors could determine the success of your sale. The third option is an auction house. This typically draws a large number of buyers, including professionals and knowledgeable collectors. The auction house handles all transactions, picking up your goods and preparing them for sale. The auction takes place in one day and your items will be sold to the highest bidder unless you set a reserved price (to guarantee your items will not be undersold). There is also a delivery charge and percent fee from the auction house. elling Your Personal Items Through The Journey of Life Passages Your fourth option is consignment. Your items will be picked up, usually with a predetermined charge and priced according to what the market will bear. In all cases there will a commission split. Your merchandise will be dis-played as well as the facility you select will allow. There will also be a limit set on how long your goods are kept be-fore being marked down. Look over the contract carefully, read all of the details before signing the agreement and check their credentials. Should you decide on consignment as a solution to your needs, I would like to suggest that you visit the True Treasures website,, and then pay a visit to all three locations. True Treasures was just awarded Fox News Best in the SouthŽ places to shop. We have been in business for 20 years and are members of the BBB and Chamber of Commerce. There are more than 20,000 square feet of store front available to display goods. The staff is knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. We are proud to have our storefront supported on as well. Designers from around the country visit our showrooms for the latest arrivals. For many years we were able to work closely with one of the best known appraisers in the area, David Miller. For local, national and international moves we depend on RSVP Moving & Storage Company. They are very well known in the area and are one of the leaders in their “eld. With the help of professionals of this caliber, we are able to keep our showrooms looking picture perfect. True Treasures has expanded services to include life transitions support. When a client requires additional support with circumstances that may include packing the contents of a home or condo to pre-pare for a move or sale, we can handle the task from start to “nish. All of our movers are skilled, bonded and insured. True Treasures would like to assist our clients in being part of the solution in your journey of life passages. In the past year, True Treasures discovered and proved that two paintings (given to us as reproductions), were original works of art and later sold for $115,000 and $75,000. Were proud of these achievements and our clients were ecstatic. I invite you to come and visit us, and promise You will have fun shopping with us.Ž Elena Johnson 1201 US Highway 1 North Palm Beach, FL 33408(Crystal Tree Plaza)561-625-9569 3926 Northlake Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33403(Home Depot Shopping Center)561-694-2812 617 Northlake Blvd. North Palm Beach, FL 33408(1/2 mile west of US 1, look for USA Flag on building)561-844-8001


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 NEWS A11 Carbone, senior therapist for POST, the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, keeps Kierans 3-year-old brother Caleb occupied so that Kristine Ford can keep up with Kieran. The little boy coughs occasionally but, overall, his pneumonia seems on the wane, and home is the hoped-for target. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Friday. What is that youve got?Ž Ms. Carbone asks, as big-brother Caleb grabs a plastic rook off a chess board and tests it with his tongue. Its a ice cream,Ž the boy announces.Kristine Ford smiles. I dont think these people realize the impact they make,Ž she says, nodding toward Ms. Carbone and Barbara Abernathy, who heads POST. I love every single one of them. Theyve had a huge impact on every single aspect of our lives. Finan-cially, psychologically, emotionally.Ž And that is precisely the idea, the mission: to offer support of every sort, to be as much of an oasis as families in crisis can hope for. It provides help as tangible as emergency cash, as intan-gible as a shoulder to cry on, a reminder that a mother should eat lunch to keep up her strength for her child. At a time when considerable focus is on health-care costs, this care comes without a price tag. Theres no other program like this in the country. Nowhere,Ž Barbara Aber-nathy says. There are hospitals that have social workers, but nobody does the in-patient and out-patient support that we do. We meet families where they are.Ž One thing they cannot do, though: make days in the hospital pass more quickly. Wednesday fades into Thursday, Thursday into Friday, the days blurring together like watercolor paints. But Friday . well, on Friday, things fall apart. Kierans cough intensifies. He gasps for air. He has developed pneumocystic carinii pneumonia, PCP, caused by a yeast-like fungus, an oppor-tunistic infection not uncommon in people with cancer or HIV/AIDS, those whose immune systems are weakened by drug treatment. Dr. Vinay Saxena, his oncologist, orders the little boy placed on a ventila-tor, a tube that snakes down his wind-pipe, providing oxygen to his lungs and allowing him to breathe more easily. Nurses move him from Room 2514 to the PICU, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Alerted by a phone call, Holly Carbone comes running. Karen Hansen, the support teams child-life specialist, is already there. Their jobs overlap at times. A good thing, both say. Their mission is vague-sounding, shape-shift-ing, but essential to out-of-control lives: They do whatever a family needs them to do. Right now, that means hand-hold-ing, providing company, conversation, reassurance, distraction for Kierans mom. Her son is out of her sight, in a scary place where people are feeding a tube down his throat. He must be terri-fied, must be hurting, must be wanting his mommy, but she cant be there. Oh, I was a disaster,Ž Kristine Ford says, a week later, recalling that day. Now, I look back and laugh at myself. I was a lunatic. Hysterical. Crying. I was banging on elevator doors.Ž The POST women helped calm her. Now, every day, they visit. She knows them well. She has known them nearly half of Kierans young life.“THEY TOOK ALL HIS BLOOD OUT”ON SEPT. 23, 2009, KIERAN FORD was a 5-week-old, 9-pound arm-ful of misery. Angry red dots covered the tops of his feet. He whimpered. He fussed. He refused to sleep. His 2-year-old broth-er Caleb would cup Kierans tiny feet in his hands and kiss them, gentle little butterfly kisses. The kis ses left bruises. Thats not right, Kristine Ford thought. So on Sept. 24, she took her infant son to his pediatrician. She expected to leave with a prescription to soothe her babys apparent rash, then head home for Calebs play date. But no.To the doctor, the bruising and the red dots under Kierans skin, something called petachie, were an ominous com-bination. He drew blood from the boy for a CBC, a complete blood count. The results came quickly, and for Kristine Ford, they were life-changing. That day „ emblazoned in her memory: SEP-TEMBER 24 „ became the day she will never forget, the day she heard the doc-tor utter the word leukemia.Ž Keirans white (blood cell) count was 140,000,Ž she says. Normal is between 4,000 and 10,000. I was very close to losing him.Ž The doctor wasted no time. He sent mother and sons to Palms West Hospital, the nearest to their Port St. Lucie home. Palms West also acted fast, sending them, by ambulance, to Jackson Memo-rial Hospital in Miami. With a diagnosis of ALL, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most com-mon form of childhood cancer, the little boy needed treatment, and he needed it to begin immediately. You only remember bits and pieces of the day,Ž Kierans mother says now, cradling him in her arms in the play-room of St. Marys. Little flashes. We arrived at Jackson around 11 p.m. They did a double blood transfer. They took all of his blood out and put donor blood in. Twice. They put him on life sup-port.Ž For nearly a year, Kieran and his mother and brother practically lived at Jackson, a 230-mile roundtrip from home. Kristine Fords husband had left her, she says, when she was eight months pregnant, so friends from church some-times would take care of Caleb, allow-ing her to devote herself to Kieran. And so it went until the phone call from Terrie Johnson, care coordinator for the Pediatric Oncology Support Team at St. Marys. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society had notified her that a fam-ily from northern Palm Beach County was being treated in Miami and might benefit from learning about POST. I called Kristine, and we chatted for quite a long time,Ž Ms. Johnson recalls. She has thanked me about 10,000 times since then.Ž At first, last July, the family came in just to have blood work done on Kieran, Ms. Johnson says, but soon after his first birthday, he was transferred to St. Marys and came under the gentle, all-enveloping wing of POST.HELPING FAMILIES GET BYBARBARA ABERNATHY NEVER WALKED, or worked, the easy path. For 10 years, based in Belle Glade, she counseled women who gave birth to HIV„ and AIDS-infected chil-dren, counseled the children, too. Then, in 1998, a friend told her about a start-up program at St. Marys for children with cancer and their families: Was she interested? She was. She took the job. And the timing seemed right. The drug AZT was changing the medical landscape, making AIDS a chronic dis-ease with a potentially long lifespan. Ms. Abernathys expertise „ a licensed mental health counselor with a PhD in counseling „ was likely to be less essential there. Still, she was reluctant to turn her back on her clients, so for seven more years, she made a weekly West Palm-to-Belle Glade trek to see them. You cant make a commitment to these ANGELSFrom page A1 SCOTT B. SMITH / FLORIDA WEEKLY St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in West Palm Beach offers a support network for families of kids who have life-threatening disea ses.COURTESY PHOTOKeiran Ford plays the bongos.SEE ANGELS, A10 X

PAGE 12 FLORIDA WEEKLYA12 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 people,Ž she says, and then say, OK, goodbye, I have another job.Ž The $100,000 seed money for that new job, the Pediatric Oncology Support Team, came from the Dana-Farber Can-cer Institute in Boston. St. Marys, still a charity hospital in 1998, got donations from several area foundations to make up the difference. Three years later, in serious financial trouble, St. Marys was taken over by Tenet Healthcare Cor-poration, and the funding arrangement changed. Foundations could not donate money to the newly for-profit hospital, so POST became an independent, non-profit entity renting $10 a-year office space from St. Marys and existing on an annual budget „ $520,000 this year, down from $600,000 a year ago „ that comes from Dana-Farber; the Be a Star Foundation in North Palm Beach; Celebrities Fore Kids in Stuart; and several smaller foundations, including United Order True Sisters, the June C. Baker Foundation; and the H.A.N.K. Fund. The support teams continued existence still depends on the success of the foundations annual fund-raising events. POST serves Palm Beach, Hendry and all four Treasure Coast counties. So do St. Marys two pediatric oncologists, Dr. Saxena and Dr. Narayana Gowda, the only pediatric oncologists in the immediate area. If a child in, say, Fort Pierce, has cancer, the doctor will be either here or in Orlando. The POST budget pays for nearly everything: the salaries for its 6 staff-ers and the financial assistance fund that pays for a multitude of necessities. Families are often a month behind on electric bills, so they will come to us with a $300, $400 bill,Ž Ms. Abernathy says. We have helped families with car payments, with car repairs, with food and, sometimes, the kids lose so much weight during treatment that they need new clothes.Ž Kristine Ford and her family learned, firsthand, about those needs. In her eighth month of pregnancy, Ms. Ford ceased working as a behavior thera-pist for children with autism. Keirans leukemia diagnosis, three months later, kept her at home. With no income beyond the monthly $615 Kieran got from SSI, she welcomed the $50 Walmart cash cards POST gave her, which allowed her to buy diapers and fill her car with gas, and the refer-ral to the Childrens Cancer Society for additional financial aid. Rent was no problem, since her father, Lee McNa-mara, owned her house, but when its elderly stove quit working, burner by burner, she relied on a hot plate „ until Celebrities Fore Kids, approached by the POST team, provided a new stove. Ms. Abernathy, a native of Mobile, Ala. „ We call it L.A.: Lower Ala-bamaŽ „ loves telling these stories to illustrate the breadth of her job, a job she feels is simply doing what came to naturally. Her moms a nurse, her dad a pharmacist. The second of five kids, she says, We learned that we were lucky, fortunate. We had what we needed and more.Ž She wanted to help those who didnt. The day they put me out of work because theyve cured childhood leuke-mia,Ž she says, Ill happily stand in the unemployment line.Ž“WHAT GOD CAN DO”SOMETIMES, POST IS SIMPLY ABOUT being there, being present and offering silent support. Its like that with a Haitian mother and her 7-year-old daughter, who is fighting a brain tumor. On this recent morning, the woman wears a printed headscarf, common in St. Marc, the coastal town in western Haiti where she lived until moving to the U.S. 11 years ago. She is endowed with tremendous faith. She will share some of their experience but does not want her name or the name of her daughter in print. Not yet, not now. When God heals her, I will tell every-one, everywhere,Ž she says. I will tell people what God can do.Ž At this moment, Barbara Abernathy finds the mother waiting for her daugh-ter to emerge from a radiation ses-sion, the last in a series of high-energy X-ray treatments that seek to kill cancer cells. Hows she doing?Ž Ms. Abernathy asks, enveloping the young woman in an embrace. Shes OK.Ž The words are spoken softly but with conviction. Shes so strong, emotionally,Ž Ms. Abernathy says. She gets that from her mom.Ž Just outside the radiation room is a sort of display-window showcasing a surf board, a couple of faux palm trees, a painted mural of sea and sand. It seems both out-of-place and welcome, tucked amid the otherwise sterile walls and fluorescent lights, the leatherette waiting-room chairs and the overhead sign that warns, Beam On. Do Not Enter.Ž The beach display, Ms. Abernathy says, is a reminder that sun rays share something in common with radiation rays. It also seeks to coax a smile. The little girl is a second-grader, a voracious reader, math-and-science-student-of-the-month at Poinciana Elementary School in Boynton Beach before her diagnosis, last October. She misses school, faithfully completes the homework her teacher brings, wants so much to return to class. It was her teacher who sounded the somethings-wrong alarm. The school was calling me,Ž her mother recalls in accented English. She had face drooping. When she smiled, the left side of her mouth would droop.Ž That was a sign of a neurological prob-lem, her daughters doctor said, maybe Bells Palsy, maybe something else. If there are any changes, he said, bring her to the emergency room. The changes came swiftly. Within days, the little girl grew weak, her walk-ing difficult. Her mother takes a few shuffling steps to demonstrate. The diagnosis: a glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of brain tumor, resistant to chemotherapy and with a generally low survival rate. Her mother heard the diagnosis and wrapped it in her intense faith. My doctor isnt here,Ž she says, pointing to the floor, the hospital. My doctor is up there.Ž This time, she points to the heavens. Minutes later, when the radiation treatment ends, she navigates her daughters wheelchair into the waiting area: a pretty child with intense, dark eyes, her hair in braids except for an area above her left ear, where radia-tion made the hair fall out. There is a slight puffiness to her face, the result of steroids. Im sorry I dont have a book to give you,Ž Ms. Abernathy says, but Ill bring one later. I can tell you a story, though. Would you like that?Ž The child looks up, expressionless. She nods. Since December, when her doctor opened a hole in her throat to put her on a ventilator, she has been unable to speak. She no longer needs the ventilator to breathe for her, but a portable oxygen tank takes its place. Once upon a time, there was a princess, the beautiful Princess . .Ž Ms. Abernathy begins, and uses the little girls name, and when she got lost in the forest, she began talking to the birds and the squirrels and the bunnies, who were her friends.Ž As Ms. Abernathy spins her instant fairy tale about Princess Nameless, Patient Nameless fixes her solemn gaze on her storytellers face. WALKING THE JOURNEYIT DIDNT TAKE KIERAN FORD LONG TO learn the lesson: Grown-ups are not to be trusted, especially grown-ups who wear white coats or have stetho-scopes around their necks. The sight of either sets him to screaming, waiting for the next needle, the next tube, the next separation, however brief, from his mother. He doesnt scream when he sees the POST women. The teams office, with its double-wall mural of trees and birds and flowers and b utter flies, seeks to ease childrens fears. And it does. Good morning, Sunshine!Ž Terrie Johnson greets a 6-year-old girl, one recent morning. Im so glad youre here. Im hungry. Will you fix me break-fast?Ž Um-hmm,Ž murmurs the child, who has leukemia. Ms. Johnson drags a red and a blue beanbag chair away from a child-size kitchenette set, where the little girl spends several minutes setting a small table with plastic muffins on plastic plates with a plastic coffee service. Delicious!Ž Ms. Johnson pronounces, sipping from a demi-cup. For a tall, thin 15-year-old boy, she fetches an X-box for the flat-screen TV, a gift from a former patient, to occupy him until his doctors appointment. The boy, a rally-cap covering his baldness, will not attend the annual Prom to RememberŽ for teens with cancer, his mother says, because its date coincides with his next round of chemo. Well, maybe next year,Ž Ms. Abernathy says, referring to the Fort Lauderdale event hosted by seven area hospitals, includ-ing St. Marys. More than ever, next yearŽ is a reality for children with cancer. The cure rate for childhood cancer is approaching 80 percent „ close to 90 percent for those with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the type Kieran has „ but some cancers remain very difficult to cure. In 2009, Barbara Abernathy says, 19 of the support teams young patients died, seven kids in seven weeks. We were walking around supporting each other. As much as we realize the journey is about the family, we do get invested.Ž Karen Hansen, POSTs child-life specialist, takes a deep breath as she recalls Julia, who died a decade ago at age 10. Julia made her presence known to everybody,Ž Ms. Hansen says, her far-away gaze seeming to summon the child who refused to let cancer quiet her. She underwent chemo, she had a bone marrow transplant,Ž Ms. Hansen says. She sang, she tap-danced. She could be a showoff; she could be loud and obnox-ious. A lot of people didnt like her. It made me like her more.Ž Alongside her sit taller-than-toddler, Muppet-esque puppets named Corey and Molly; she uses them to comfort the frightened, reassure the shy, educate them all. Corey is bald. He wears seersucker shorts but no shirt, so Ms. Hansen can show young patients his port, small chest tube into which doctors can inject chemotherapy. Molly is the shy puppet, who hides behind her hands until she gets to know a child: Hi, Sally. This is Molly. She has leukemia, just like you. Shes 4 years old.Ž Oh. Im 4, too.Ž Ms. Hansen loves to recall the 6-yearold boy, a leukemia patient, who sol-emnly asked her to tell Molly that, If she needs me, Im here for her.Ž Molly Carbone cannot forget the morning „ it was 4 a.m. „ when she was awakened to learn that a 7-year-old patient had died. She drove to the fami-lys home at once. Theres nothing that Im going to say thats going to ease the pain,Ž she says. Its about being there and walking the journey with them.Ž After days like that, nights like that, she says, I go home and hug my kid.Ž €€€€€ Finally, after more than a week, Kieran was extubated, freed of his ventilator tube, and released from the PICU to a non-emergency room. There, he began, once again, the chemotherapy regimen that had been temporarily halted lest it further suppress his immune system. On May 3, he was sent home to continue his treatment there. Twice a month, he will visit the hospital as an out-patient. His mother counts the days, the minutes, until her little boy will complete his chemo regimen: Sept. 24, she says, two years after it began. On the day Kieran returned from the PICU, the young Haitian mother said her prayers for her daughter, as usual, and waited patiently, as usual, in the hope they would be answered. And on that day, the members of POST carried on, doing whatever they could, whenever they could. Terrie Johnson, the support teams care coordinator, remembers a woman she met not long ago, the mother of a young patient who transferred to St. Marys after two years at another hospi-tal where the medical care was good but the support element absent. How,Ž she asked, do people manage without you?Ž Q ANGELSFrom page A11 SCOTT B. SMITH / FLORIDA WEEKLY Members of St. Mary’s Pediatric Oncology Support Team include Karen Hansen (standing, from left), Terrie Johnson and Holly Carbone and Barbara Abernathy (seated).


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PAGE 14 FLORIDA WEEKLYA14 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 Sadly, certain people heave a deep sigh of relief once Mothers Day has passed. They are unable to join Hallmark in extol-ling this holiday as a time for expressing heart-felt accolades of love and apprecia-tion. Rather, they shudder with a complicated mix of ambivalence and negative emotions: heartache, envy, and aching dis-appointment, largely because they wished they had enjoyed a warm, uncomplicated relationship with their mothers. One that they intuitively knew might have had a dramatic impact on their lives. Now, those with tremendous insight or graduates of therapy may evolve to a place of acceptance, or even compassion, recog-nizing that difficult mothers (and fathers, or grandparents) have oftentimes been burdened by their own legacy of trauma or abuse. Adult children may genuinely wish to let go of their anger. However, they are often unable to. They cant help but to feel terribly gypped, especially when they watch re-runs of situation comedies, as apron-clad mothers envelop their families with unconditional hugs and affirmations, while heaping plates with home-baked cookies. We often forget that some people with significant personality disorders, who are ill equipped to give of themselves emo-tionally to others, may become parents. Unfortunately, these troubled people may love their children deeply, but are often in so much pain, they do not have the capac-ity to process their own frustrations nor to contain their own anxieties or volatil-ity. They may be oblivious to the hurts and heart-ache they are causing; and may inappropriately expect their offspring to fill insatiable needs, and to come through for them in ways that can be burdensome, (or at times, abusive.) The adult children usually WANT to be able to relate in a loving way. However, they become guard-ed and wary of stepping into landmines, because many of their prior interactions have been exhausting or acrimonious. So how do well intended, albeit beleaguered, adult children maintain a sense of self-respect and integrity, as they navi-gate relationships that cause tremendous pain and confusion? Understanding what happens in the relationship, and the emo-tional impact of the interaction, is an important first step. When children have been raised in an environment of criticism, shame, and mixed messages, they may have inter-nalized insidious, self-defeating, and demoralizing belief systems. They may have struggled to come up with strategies to endure the unpredictable discomfort. At great cost, they may have exerted huge efforts to reach for their resilience and to ultimately find a place of self-worth. As adults, they often fear that returning to toxic interactions with their parents will compromise their hard-earned growth, so they are often tempted to stay away. However, they might then feel guilty and cruel to turn their backs when a parent reaches out.If they have been continually ridiculed or criticized, putting some distance in the relationship might have been their best survival mechanism. Sometimes, main-taining a boundary that feels safe and secure is critical. It may take some effort to determine how often to speak, and whats safe to confide. This can be the result of trial and error. When a previously shared confidence had been violated, or thrown back in the face, caution was learned at a dear cost. Defining clear boundaries that are adhered to will ultimately help regulate the amount of closeness or distance that will be the right fit.As adults, we can master a totally different way of responding to our families. Knowing that we have some say in whether we remain in damaging relationships can be empowering. We can set limits on how we are spoken to, or how much time we spend with a person who disrespects us, if at all. Gaining the insight that it may be the other person who is acting irrationally, (not us), may help us to stay grounded when a situation starts to escalate out of control. And of course, reaching out to people who treat us with dignity, and keeping them near and dear, is the most gratifying of all.We must remind ourselves not to have unrealistic expectations that our parents will come through for us exactly the way we believe they should. We must re-cal-ibrate our hopes and standards to avoid setting ourselves up for ongoing disappointments. Accepting the limits of our parents abilities is an important, mature step, which may enable us to appreciate the simple things that they are able to offer. Q „ 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 in her Gardens office at 561 630 2827, or online at HEALTHY LIVING linda LIPSHUTZ O llipshutz@floridaweekly.comYou don’t have to stay in that bad relationship with your motherThis economic recession continues to have profound implications for the fam-ilies and communities that have been caught in its wake of economic decline and joblessness. Many of the social ser-vices agencies that have been our first respondersŽ in times of urgent need have seen their sources of financial support wither away and with the loss of financial resources, have lost the organizational capacity to respond to a vast and escalat-ing demand for services. These and other themes have been annually identified in the foundations annual Nonprofits and the Economy Sur-vey, a joint undertaking in the past of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties and Allegany Fran-ciscan Ministries. This years survey is being conducted with the financial sup-port of an additional local partner, Quan-tum Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in our area. The importance of an appeal in promulgating this temperature checkŽ among area grantmakers is driven, in part, by the many ongoing staff and board discus-sions about how to achieve the highest and best use of limited grant dollars. No one engaged in these conversations ever comes away with being totally satisfied with the process or their outcome. We all know, in effect, the patient is ail-ing but the symptoms of distress are multiple. It is a challenge to discern or choose the appropriate remedy given the emergency room is overloaded and the waiting room is overflowing. A vast infu-sion of capital is demanded to keep things going and there clearly is not enough to go around. While fundraising has always been a fact of life for nonprofit profes-sionals, the burden of competition has never been higher. Fundraising has now become, in effect, an extreme sport. We know from our surveys that many nonprofits are in the midst of strategic assessments to understand whats required if they are to stay in business in these new circumstances „ if the goal is stay-ing in business „ or running leaner, more efficiently or collaboratively. The search for the full menu of options is underway. Though difficult choices may lie ahead for many nonprofit staff, board and volunteers, the time is now that challenges conven-tional wisdom. Leaders are pursuing posi-tive change and experiencing a renewal of commitment to do better, and more „ but differently „ than in the past. The changes inherent in those tough choices wont be easy and there will be very few organiza-tions that escape that reality. The Community Foundation is providing financial support to nonprofit orga-nizations working to restructure and/or improve upon their business model and tackle, often through partnerships and collaborations, more efficient delivery of services. These transformations often achieve greater cost-benefits to organiza-tions, such as shared staff, or centralized back office services for multiple users. The adage of doing more with less is per-manently engraved into nonprofit balance sheets. Foundations are on this trail, too, including elimination of expenses, con-serving resources and achieving greater cost efficiencies. There have been reduc-tions in staffing and benefits, squeezing of operational budgets, and a substantial up-tick in no-frills, no fat. Foundations are also transforming their management systems, utilizing many new informational technologies, ramping up their use of digital media and eliminating print communications. Associations of grantmakers are an important resource toward these objec-tives, often providing access to the tools and strategies on behalf of like-organiza-tions that perform similar functions and have similar needs. These collegial support systems are important to staff and board members alike. We are constantly recali-brating to stay with and ahead of the times. Nonprofits share, as a sector, many of the same issues of sustaining relevance, effec-tiveness, and form and function. Within all of this activity and restructuring, larger forces at work will deeply affect the role of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector more broadly. In past columns I have described some of the policy changes imminent, most especially those proposed that affect the tax benefits of charitable giving. Meanwhile, many grantmakers are in the midst of an intellectual transforma-tion. They are bent on shedding the per-ception externally of the role of founda-tions as charitable bankersŽ to communi-ties in need. The re-imagining of mission is migrating toward more comfort inter-nally with foundations fulfilling a more vigorous role of leadership in strengthen-ing and investing in communities, a newly emerged mandate that is driven by the deterioration of the social safety net. The end game? Communities that can deal more effectively with the vast social and economic challenges ahead. Q „ As one of Floridas largest community foundations, the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties advances quality of life, citizen engagement, and regional vitality through its promotion of philanthropy. We are the trusted steward of more than 250 funds created by area families, philanthropists, corporations and private foundations for charitable investment in our regions communities. For more information see When being a “charitable bank” is no longer enough leslie LILLY President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties O d integrity as they navis that cause tremendous o n? Understanding what l ationship, and the emothe interaction, is an ep n hav e bee n rai se d in o f criticism, shame, and t h ey may h ave inter self-defeatin g and e lie f systems. s tru gg led to r ate g ies to r e d icta bl e e at cost, e xerted reach e and d a h y t ies that are adhered to will ultimate ly help regulate th e amount of closeness or d is ta nc e that w ill be th e r i g ht fit unrealistic expectatio will come thro ug h f o r we believe they shou l ibrate our hopes and settin g oursel v d isappointme n limits o f our a n important, may ena bl e u s imp l e t h in g s to o ff er Q „ Linda Lipshu a psychotherapis als, couples an Beach Gard holds de g and Colu th e Ac Fam h


BUSINESS FLORIDA WEEKLY A GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS INDUSTRY WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 A15 Worried that Grandma may wander off? Or maybe youre concerned that your youngster, who has autism, may disap-pear without warning. Fears for their safety can be overwhelming. But Project Lifesaver International says its tracking devices can help ease some of that anxiety. The non-profit organization recently moved its headquarters to Palm Beach Gardens NorthCorp Corporate Park, just south of PGA Boulevard and east of Interstate 95. The response here has been tremendous,Ž says Chief Gene Saunders, who founded Project Lifesaver in 1999 in Vir-ginia. He is a retired police officer from Virginia. There are really good people in the community.Ž Since the organizations founding, it says more than 1,200 fire and police departments, sheriffs offices and emer-gency medical services providers in the United States, Canada and Australia have used its services. The group employs four people in Florida and four in Virginia, and it oper-ates with money that comes from grants, equipment „ the devices cost about $25 „ and training fees and from donations. The premise is simple: Those enrolled in Project Lifesavers program wear a small transmitter on their wrist or ankle. If that client is missing, a caregiver can call the local Project Lifesaver agency and an emergency team will search the area from which the transmitters signal is received. Average recovery time?Thirty minutes, the organization says.Weve been with Project Lifesaver since 2008,Ž says Sgt. Scott Pascarella, public information officer for the Jupiter Police Department. Weve utilized the equipment on a couple of occasions and we found it to be very useful to us.Ž Other area law enforcement agencies that use the devices include the Palm Beach Shores Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office. Chief Saunders says he was inspired to found the Project Lifesaver while he was commander of search and rescue at the Police Department in Chesapeake, Va. It was mostly for missing Alzheimers patients,Ž he says. Back then, in the late 80s and early 90s, it wasnt that much talked about.Ž Or effective.We didnt do a very good job,Ž he concedes. Its not like youre searching for a person who is cognitive and can help you.Ž Then in 1993, the local sheriff asked Chief Saunders for help. Radio tracking devices had been used in North Carolina. I liked their concept. I went to a local hospital in Chesapeake and gave them bracelets,Ž he says. There was a pilot grant for the program in Chesapeake, then other cities wanted to participate. After the first couple of rescues, we discovered that it worked,Ž Chief Saun-ders says. By 2001, I was doing that as a volunteer. Then I talked with my wife and decided to go for it fulltime.Ž But how did Project Lifesaver wind up in Palm Beach Gardens? Because we were in 45 states, we knew Florida would be next. We asked where would we be most effective,Ž Chief Saun-ders says. If we were going to establish a presence, we needed to be a couple hours awayŽ from other areas in the state. And with Alzheimers and autism, this is a key state for those issues,Ž he says. Q The Hospice of Palm Beach County F oundation has announc ed the appointment of five business leaders to its board of directors: Thomas Burns, CPA, a part-ner with Cocuy, Burns & Co. P.A.; Robert Friedman, president of R.M. F. Finan-cial Inc.; Alfred G. Morici, counsel with Cohen, Norris, Scherer, Weinberger & Wolmer; Marilyn Siebrasse, vice president and wealth management advisor at The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank, and Beth Walton, president and chief executive officer of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. Our strength in the community is a reflec-tion of the leadership of our board of direc-tors,Ž Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation said in a prepared statement. We are honored to have these outstand-ing community lead-ers join us in our mis-sion.Ž Thomas G. Burns has served on the boards of SunFest of Palm Beach County, Palms West Chamber of Commerce and Holy Trinity Episco-pal Church and con-tinues to volunteer with SunFest and Palms West Chamber of Commerce. Robert M. Friedman chaired the board of the Urban League of Palm Beach County and presently serves as chairman of its advisory board. He also served on the board and as cam-paign chair for United Way, is co-founder of the Dan Marino Cen-ter in Weston, and volunteers with the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office. Alfred G. Morici has served as the past president of the Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council and has served on the boards of South Palm Beach County Bar Association and the Boca Raton Estate Planning Council. Marilyn Siebrasse has served as treasurer of the Planned Giv-ing Council of Palm Beach County since June 2009. Beth Walton is president and chief executive officer of the Town of Palm Beach United Way. She serves as trea-surer of Palm Beach Dramaworks and is a vestry member, chairman of the Steward-ship Commission and a member of the outreach commission committee at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. The foundation serves as the fundraising arm for Hospice of Palm Beach County.Project Lifesaver International finds a home in GardensPalm Beach Hospice Foundation names 5 board membersBY SCOTT SIMMONSssimmons@” >> For more information about Project Lifesaver International, log on to or call 847-7659. O in the know COURTESY PHOTOGene Saunders, chief executive officer of the company, says Florida’s aging population and the number of autism patients make i t a key state for Project Lifesaver International.COURTESY PHOTOThe small lifesaver tracking device may be worn on a wrist or ankle. “The response here has been tremendous. There are really good people in the community.” — Chief Gene Saunders, who founded Project Lifesaver in 1999 in Virginia SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________BURNS MORICI WALTON SIEBRASSE FRIEDMAN

PAGE 16 FLORIDA WEEKLYA16 BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 MONEY & INVESTINGSilver bust doesn’t tarnish all commodotiesA variety of the commodities markets had a serious correction in the past week. Silver was slaughtered. Based on such undeniable facts, some investors are leaping to two conclu-sions: first, commodities markets are coming undone, and second, all those who were invested in commodities lost a lot of money this past week. Defi-nitely coffee shop chatter and maybe corporate boardroom banter. These conclusions most probably need reconsidering as they could be very wrong. Maybe the best way to understand this weeks price action is to look at examples of bubbles bursting and bull market corrections in a variety of asset types in the U.S.; it might help frame the possibility that silvers meteoric rise of the past eight months and ensu-ing crash this week is not forecasting a death knell to all other commodities and, further, it might only be a deep correction within a still-intact bull market. Corrections can be viewed as opportunities. Bubble example one: U.S. residential real estate bubble. Prices collapsed some 30-50 percent across broad sec-tions of the U.S., beginning in 2007 and still ongoing. Housing prices went up without strong underlying fundamen-tals; weak jobs, wages and incomes have prolonged the bust. But, some states (the North Dakota types) were unscathed. Bubble example two: NASDAQs 2000-2001 crash. Eleven years later, this bubble is still a bust. As with the aforementioned bubble in real estate, the high NASDAQ valuations were unsupported by a lack of fundamen-tals for many NASDAQ companies. Though the DJIA is in the same asset class (U.S. equities), DJI companies had underlying fundamental value and meaningful price recovery ensued. So ƒ no sense in throwing the baby out with the bath water; no sense to say all real estate in 2007 or ALL equity markets in 2000-2001 were bubbles bursting; segments of those markets with good fundamentals corrected and then have recovered. And maybe this is analogous to commodities. Maybe a lot of commodities have very good fundamentals and are less bubbly than silver. How so? The world has major countries expanding at a rapid clip that are hugely dependent on commodity imports. Their demand is real. They are using imported commodities to feed their populations, make products for export and build their infrastruc-ture. So thinks the global money manager GMO, which manages $107 billion, of which $38 billion is asset allocation strategies. See GMOs chart of Chinas Share of World Commodity Consump-tion. (Source: April 2010, GMO Quar-terly by Jeremy Grantham, Time to Wake Up: Days of Abundant Resources and Falling Prices Are Over Forever,Ž free if you register at Specifically, Grantham writes: Optimists will answer that the situation that (the chart) describes is at worst tempo-rary, perhaps caused by too many insti-tutions moving into commodities. The Monetary Maniacs may ascribe the entire move to low interest rates ... But commodities are made and bought by serious professionals for whom todays price is life and death. Realistic supply and demand really is the main influ-ence.Ž So much for speculators. Second, as to the coffee shop assumption that all commodity investors lost money this past week ƒ well, not true. If you held a long-only portfolio of commodities futures, ETFs or indices, there most probably was red ink in a portfolio. But dont forget the hundreds of millions of profit made in silver this past week. How? All commodity futures contracts have two sides: the buyer and the seller. Clearly, those who sold silver at lofty prices made a bundle. For every million-dollar loser on a longŽ silver contract, there was also a million dollar winner on the other or shortŽ side. Responsible commodity investing is not creation of a portfolio that uses margin to the maximum and pyra-midsŽ contracts in a single commod-ity. If portrayed or executed in such fashion, it does commodity investing a disservice to all. In fact, for those who held a diversified portfolio of 12 to 15 different commodities/currencies and have both long and short positions, their portfo-lio might have fared well. This is often times the incredible value of managed futures. It is always my recommendation to have several advisers and to seriously consider their counsel within the con-text of their expertise and to consider any other factors that influence their perspectives, including their forms of compensation. It is best to reach investment conclusions and take action after thoughtful consideration and fact finding as opposed to knee jerk reac-tions based on emotions or cable news hyperbole. Q „ There is a substantial risk of loss in trading commodity futures, options and off-exchange foreign currency products. Past performance is not indicative of future results. „ Jeannette Rohn Showalter, CFA, can be reached at 239-444-5633, ext. 1092, or Her office is at The Crexent Business Center, Bonita Springs. s w t h s u jeannette SHOWALTER CFA O Visit us online at You should know ...FLORIDA WEEKLY’S SPOTLIGHT ON LOCAL REAL ESTATE BUSINESS PROFESSIONALSNAME: Michael J. 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Although South Florida sales are rebounding, home values continue to experience drop more than the national market, the report shows. South Florida home values dropped another 1.8 percent in the first quarter of the year, falling to levels that are on par with 2002. Zillows home value index for MiamiDade, Broward and Palm Beach counties in the first three months of 2011 fell to $137,300, a 12.8 percent decrease from the same quarter last year. The national home value index was $169,600, down 8.2 percent. There was little escaping the housing downturn in the first quarter. With only one metro showing positive year-over-year change (Honolulu), and one remain-ing flat (Pittsburgh), the vast majority of U.S. markets logged declines over the past 12 months. The metros hit hardest were geographically diverse with Ocala, Pueblo, Colo., Detroit and Atlanta expe-riencing the sharpest yearly declines. Homes in the bottom price tier lost the most value in the first quarter, while homes in the top tier lost the least amount of value. The value of homes in the bottom tier fell 13.9 percent year-over-year; while homes in the middle tier fell 8.7 percent and homes in the top tier fell 4.3 percent. Nearly three-quarters, 74.5 percent, of homes in the United States lost value from the first quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of this year. Thats up from the fourth quarter of 2010, when 69.2 percent had lost value, but is down substantially from a peak of 85.5 percent in the first quarter of 2009. A record „ 37.7 percent „ number of homes sold in March were sold for a loss. The rate of homes selling for a loss has steadily increased since June 2010. Negative equity in the first quarter reached new high with 28.4 percent of all single-family homes with mort-gages underwater, from 27 percent in the fourth quarter. Foreclosure liquidations rose throughout the first quarter after falling in late 2010 following the robo-signingŽ contro-versy. In March, one out of every 1,000 (0.1 percent) homes in the country was lost to fore-closures, up from 0.09 per-cent in December 2010, their lowest point since November 2009. Foreclosure re-sales reached a new peak in March 2011, representing 23.7 percent of all sales during the month compared to 17 percent in March 2010. Foreclosure re-sales have been increas-ing steadily since June, when they made up 14 percent of all sales. Because of the strong depreciation in the first quarter, Zillow has revised its forecast for the total home value decline nationally in 2011 to 7 to 9 per-cent (previously 5 to 7 percent) and its forecast of the bottom from late 2011 to 2012 at the earliest. Zillow reports that its expectation post-bottom (where the firm defines the bottom as the end of consistent monthly depreciation) is for a long period of below-normal real estate appreciation during which time the country works out the remaining overhang of excess housing supply. Housing demand remains fundamentally weak but Zillow predicts some improvement in the balance of this year due to sl owly improving employment conditions and increasing rates of house-hold formation. The firm states that it believes, however, that this somewhat improving picture on the demand side will be largely offset by excess supply. The supply picture continues to look bad with approximately 2 million homes in the foreclosure process and another more than 1.5 million homes seriously delinquent, Zillow reports. While delinquencies do appear to be declining recently, the firm said it we believes that rates will remain much higher than normal for a considerable period of time due to high negative equity rates and elevated unemploy-ment. Q SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYReal estate firm Zillow says South Florida home values will be drop more than its initial prediction Realtors hit Capitol Hill to voice concernsRealtors from across the country are meeting with legislators, public policy makers and industry leaders this week to address concerns and issues that affect homeowners, aspir-ing home owners and real estate investors, at the Realtors Midyear Legislative and Trade Expo. As leading advocates for home ownership, housing issues and pri-vate property rights, Realtors know that the time for action is now,Ž said National Association of Realtors President Ron Phipps, broker-pres-ident of Phipps Realty in Warwick, R.I. We need to make sure that our children and grandchildren have the same opportunities build their futures through home ownership, just as many in our generation and generations past have.Ž More than 8,000 Realtors and guests are expected to attend the meetings, which take place in Wash-ington, D.C., through May 14. Dur-ing the week, Realtors were meet-ing with legislators on Capitol Hill to urge action toward streamlining short sales, ensuring access to afford-able financing and preserving the tax benefits associated with home ownership. Realtors were participating in sessions with a number of government officials and industry experts, includ-ing representatives from the Federal Housing Administration, National Economic Council, Fannie Mae, Fred-die Mac, Mortgage Bankers Associa-tion of America, Center for Respon-sible Lending and the National Urban League. The issues facing our industry „ like the mortgage interest deduction, foreclosures and short sales, afford-able financing and available credit „ dont just affect people who own a home,Ž said Mr. Phipps. Home ownership shapes communities and strengthens the nations economy. This week and every week, Realtors are at the ready to keep housing first on the nations public policy agenda, because housing and home owner-ship issues affect all Americans.Ž The National Association of Realtors represents 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the resi-dential and commercial real estate industries. Q Biggest drop in U.S.SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY

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Museum employees said that was the lightest attendance had been all week. But visitors remarked that they were there to pay tribute to the team of SEALs who had killed the terrorist leader. Television news crews were among the crowds that Monday, Mr. Brady said. And a TV news crew was at the museum dur ing that Friday visit. According to the museum, this is how it started in Fort Pierce. By 1942, the United States had been drawn into World War II, both in Europe and in the Pacific. While planning for a European invasion, Allied intelligence learned that the Germans were placing underwater obstacles along the beaches at Normandy, in France. And in 1943, Lt. Cmdr. Draper L. Kauff man was directed to establish a school to train people to eliminate obstacles on an enemy-held beach prior to an invasion. On June 6 of that year, he established a Naval Combat Demolition Unit training school on Hutchinson Island near Fort Pierce. Why Fort Pierce?The beaches were relatively remote and the ocean water was swimmable year-round. By April 1944, 34 NCDUs were deployed to England in advance of Operation Over lord, or D-Day. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the NCDUs at Omaha Beach blew major gaps in the German defenses, with 31 killed and 60 wounded — a casualty rate of 52 per cent. On Omaha Beach, casualties were significantly lighter, with six killed and 11 wounded, and the NCDUs cleared 700 yards of beach in two hours, and an addi tional 900 yards by the afternoon. It was an impressive start, and mem bers of those elite teams went on to serve in the Pacific theater of World War II, the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Much of the training in Fort Pierce initially was done in secret, and training ended in 1946. But today, visitors can see remnants of those World War II exer cises. Mr. Brady said that when he first moved to Fort Pierce in 1977, people warned him to be careful going out into the surf because of military training obstacles placed there during World War II. Now those undersea obstacles — chunks of concrete and iron designed to thwart an enemy landing — reside at the museum. Also there: a UB-H1 helicopter, or “Huey,” and patrol boats used in Viet nam. Some things aren’t as big as you might think: An Apollo space capsule used by UDT recovery teams to prepare for the astronauts’ splashdowns looks positively tiny. The Navy’s connection? Teams of Frog men put a flotation collar on the capsule after its landing to prevent it from sink ing, then opened the hatch and assisted the astronauts onto a hovering helicopter. Smaller yet, a four-man submarine that sits near the entrance will send spasms of claustrophobia into anyone with a fear of tight spaces. From more recent history, you can peer into the windows of the lifeboat from the Maersk Alabama, the cargo ship that was overtaken by pirates near Somalia in 2009 and whose captain was held hostage in the boat until he was freed by a team of Navy SEALs. That orange lifeboat sits near an 8,400-square-foot addition that’s under construction on the north side of the museum. It’s scheduled for completion in June. Inside, visitors can see the history of all these special operations. The main gallery focuses on World War II and Fort Pierce’s role in underwater demolitions training. There are displays of photos and weap ons. A Dec. 7, 1941, Honolulu newspaper details the news of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. There is a medical kit from Desert Storm. Elsewhere, there are weapons from the various conflicts, flags, uniforms and dioramas depicting a soldier’s life in Viet nam or Iraq. A gift shop to the front, called the Ships Store, does a brisk business selling T-shirts, postcards and such. Typical sou venirs, you chuckle, then the woman in line ahead of you tells the clerk at the reg ister that her husband served in Korea. She is frail and elderly, and uses a walker. Seeing her reminds you of why people come to this museum. They’re here to remember, and to pay tribute. Outside is the perfect place to do that.On the south side of the museum sits a SEALs memorial. A 9-foot-tall bronze Frogman floats atop a pedestal, seemingly suspended in time. Surrounding him, a curving wall bears the names of SEALs and their predecessors killed in the line of duty. It can be an emotional place, Mr. Brady said, especially when people make rub bings of the names of loved ones lost. And it is then that you remember to stop, reflect and say “thank you” one last time before leaving. Q SEALSFrom page 1 SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLYVisitors can pose for pictures in this inflatable boat in one of the museum’s galleries. >> The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is at 330 N. Highway A1A, on North Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce. The museum is open 10 a.m-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. It’s closed Mondays from May-De-cember. Tickets: Adults (ages 13 and over), $8; children ages 612, $4; children 5 and under, free. Entry fee included with membership. Group rates/reservations available. On the web: Phone: (772) 595-5845. Oin the know


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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A25 who represents her only chance to escape Leenane, Mag does her best to thwart Maureens plans. That is about all Bradshaw hopes theatergoers know before seeing Beauty Queen.Ž I hope the audience doesnt know a thing,Ž she says. That they just come in and take the ride with us. Its a sneaky play, because you dont expect a lot of it. It sneaks up on you. Good theater should provoke and this is certainly a provocative piece.Ž Bradshaw concedes she was daunted by her first reading of the play. It scared me to death, Ill be honest with you,Ž says the actress featured in such Dramaworks productions as The ChairsŽ and The Gin Game.Ž What worried her, she says, was the plac-es you have to go, emotionallyŽ and the challenge of breath-ing life into Mag. She is such a caricature, but cannot be a caricature. I have to keep her real and grounded. To be who she is and to understand how she has became that way. Was she always a horrible, mean, terrible person? No, I dont think she was,Ž says Bradshaw. I think shes angry at her own circumstances. And shes trapped too. So I have to make her real, and real people dont sit around thinking, Im a villain. I have to approach her anger, her disappointments, her frustrations, to really address her situation.Ž As Brazda says of her character, Maureen, At the plays beginning, she is resigned to this mundane routine that is her life. And it seems that the only entertainment she and Mag have is picking at each other.Ž Not only is this the first work by McDonagh that Dramaworks is tack-ling, it is the companys first foray into the murky depths of dark comedy. But as Hayes sees it, McDonaghs writ-ing has clear similarities to two of the Irishman favorite dramatists „ Harold Pinter and David Mamet. He deals with pauses in the same ways, the same kind of rhythms, the same kind of meaning. You can see the influences, but its in his really unique voice,Ž says Hayes. And in the way McDonaghs uses his dark, dreary corner of Ireland as a character in his plays, He truly is to Connemara, in every regard, what Mamet is to South Chicago.Ž He immerses us in the small town mentality of Leenane,Ž says Brazda, returning to Dramaworks following her acclaimed performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten three seasons ago. Theyre so extremely poor and feel so insignificant that the gossip, the resentments, become so significant. As McDonagh says, You cant kick a cow without somebody holding a grudge for 20 years. Theres humor in that small town mentality.Ž Brazda was unfamiliar with McDonaghs plays when she landed the role in Beauty Queen of Leenane,Ž but soon she rented In Bruges,Ž the hit-man movie he wrote and directed. And I went, Oh, now I get it, where the humor does come in. Hes extremely funny in that Oh-no kind of a way.Ž While the play is an insightful character study, it is not as cerebral as Drama-works usual fare. Its not a play where you sit and talk a lot about the themes or some hidden meaning or the symbolism,Ž notes Hayes. And McDonagh would be the first to say that he doesnt like plays that are trying to make a political or social statement. He says, I just like to tell stories, to surprise myself. I like to make myself laugh. This is old-fashioned Irish storytelling, with a twist.Ž Not lost on Hayes is the fact that The Beauty Queen of LeenaneŽ will be the final production in its current per-formance space, before the company moves to larger quarters on Clematis Street in the fall. And its a perfect kind of play to close with, in that its a claustrophobic situation,Ž he says. Obviously it works in a bigger space too, but it wouldnt work as well. It packs a bigger punch in a smaller space like this. Its a pressure cooker. This is theater that will blow your mind.Ž Q QUEENFrom page 1Even longtime audience members at Florida Stage, who have seen a handful of plays by Carter W. Lewis over the past two decades, may be taken aback by the enigmatically titled The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider,Ž now drawing a lot of head-scratching „ and applause „ with its world premiere at the Kravis Centers Rinker Playhouse in West Palm Beach. In what feels like a synthesis of the latest pre-occupations of the St. Louis-based writer, Cha-ChaŽ begins with a break-in at the headquarters of e,Ž a Blackwater-like private mercenary army. It sticks around there long enough for Lewis to fire a few shots at our wayward foreign policy, before morphing into a Wizard of OzŽ-like odyssey of young Bethany Hanrahan, a recent college graduate with a dead-end degree in spoken word poetry. On her journey of discovery, trying to learn the truth about the friendly fireŽ combat death of her upper-level eŽ op-erative father in Kandahar, Afghanistan, she gathers with her two soldiers busted down to security guards and a Muslim cabbie. The taxi driver may already be dead, though he shows no outward signs of it. The Cha-Cha of a Camel SpiderŽ is that kind of play. Bethany (a verbally nimble Elizabeth Birkenmeier) and her mother, Loretta (radiant, though stressed out Laura Turnbull), have broken into eŽ head-quarters, to hack into the computer net-work and obtain the death benefits they are owed. Loretta is eminently practi-cal, while her daughter puts her faith in artistic matters. Poetry can change time and spaceŽ is her credo, a curious belief which will eventually be tested in the play. But before the play spins out into the realm of the surreal and lyrical, Bethany is apprehended for trespassing by Stack and Denny, the two guards who prob-ably killed her father. Stack (played with sour gusto by Todd Allen Durkin) is preoccupied by his stomach ulcer, while reticent Denny (angular Eric Menden-hall) finds himself growing romantically attracted to Bethany. They take her to Dennys grandmothers unkempt greenhouse (impressively created by scenic designer Victor A. Becker), where a wisecracking Muslim named Ahmad Ahmadazai mysteriously arrives. As played with dry well-timed wit by Antonio Amadeo, the character all but steals the show, dead or alive. More than just an angry political rant, this Cha-ChaŽ is also interested in mat-ters of the heart, even when that heart is artificial. Found on Al Hanrahans desk is a souvenir of his final mission, the mechanical heart of his last victim, a glowing contraption with mystical pow-ers. And Ahmad „ not unlike the Tin Man „ needs his heart back to become whole again. Even if you can take all the above in stride, you may not be prepared for Lewiss poetic climax, which takes a quantum jump into a different reality. You will not be alone pondering what the concluding scenes are about, which is surely intentional. Just sit back, enjoy Birkenmeiers performance art tour de force and let the poetry waft over you. Director Louis Tyrrell may give up a few clarity points for the sake of entertainment, but it is a trade-off worth making. Lewis is pushing the bounds of narrative form, with a Cha-ChaŽ worth following his lead on and expanding your mind. Q Perplexing, maybe, but “Cha-Cha” delivers thought-provoking theater hap ERSTEIN O THEATER REVIEW COURTESY PHOTOEric Mendenhall and Elizabeth Birkenmeier take the stage in “The Cha-Cha of a Camel Spider,” produced by the Florida Stage.COURTESY PHOTOKati Brazda (left) Barbara Bradshaw perform a scene from Palm Beach Dramaworks’ produc-tion of “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” >> THE CHA-CHA OF A CAMEL SPIDER, Florida Stage, Kravis Center’s Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Through June 5. Tickets: $25-50. Call 585-3433 or (800) 514-3837. O in the know >> THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Through June 19. Tickets: $47. Call: 514-4042. O in the know BRADSHAW BRAZDA

PAGE 25 FLORIDA WEEKLYA26 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Thursday, May 12 Q Story time session at the Loxahatchee River Center 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Call 743-7123 or visit Q North County Democratic Club 7 p.m. May 12, Gardens Branch Library, 11301 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Keynote speaker: Terri Rizzo, vice chair, Palm Beach County Demo-cratic Party; 624-4898 or Q Mos’Art Theatre Screenings of Of Gods & Men,Ž at 1:30 p.m. and I Am,Ž at 4 p.m. May 12. Tickets: $8. 700 Park Ave., Lake Park; 337-6763. Q Bridges at Lake Park ACCESS Assistance Workshop Workshop on receiving food stamps or Medicaid, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 12, Lake Park Public Library, 529 Park Ave., downtown Lake Park. Free; 881-3330. Q Resource Depot Silent auction, food tasting from Downtown restaurants, school art exhibits and entertainment from local schools to benefit local efforts of Resource Depot. Its 6-9 p.m. May 12 at Centre Court and The Pavillion (next to Sur la Table), Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens; call 882-0090. Q Basic Driver Improvement Class 6-10 p.m. May 12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 19, 6-10 p.m. May 20 and 6-10 p.m. May 26, Safety Council of Palm Beach County, 4152 W. Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach; 845-8233. Friday, May 13 Q Abacoa Brown Bag Lunch Concert Series Noon-3 p.m. Fridays, Abacoa Amphitheater and Village Green, Main Street and University Bou-levard, Jupiter. Free. Bring lunch or pur-chase from vendors. May 15: Steve Jones of Acoustic Remedy. May 20: Brian Bobo. May 27: Rob Arenth. Information: or 253-8080. Q Mos’Art Theatre ScreScreenings of Queen to PlayŽ and Lebanon, Pa.Ž Various times, May 13-May 19. Opening night tickets: $6. General admission: $8. 700 Park Ave., Lake Park; 337-6763. Q “Big Bad Musical” 7 p.m. May 13 and 3 and 7 p.m. May 14. The Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by quirky characters who want to get even: Little Red Riding Hood, her Grandmother, the Three Little Pigs and the Shepherd in charge of the Boy Who Cried Wolf. With Sydney Grimm as the commen-tator on live Court TV, the two greatest legal minds in the Enchanted Forest „ the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother „ clash in a trial. Mr. Wolf makes a good case for himself. Was he born a criminal, or made one? MosArt Theatre, 700 Park Ave., Lake Park. Tickets: $15/$12; 337-6763. Q Karen Oberlin May 13-14 and 20-21, The Colonys Royal Room, 155 Ham-mon Ave., Palm Beach. Tickets: $100, din-ner and show; $65, show only; 659-8100. Saturday, May 14 Q Glee Club 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, MosArt Theatre, 700 Park Ave., Lake Park; 707-5677. Q Yoga in the Outfield 10 a.m. April 30, Roger Dean Stadium, Abacoa, Jupiter. Yoga class is suitable for all levels. Bring yoga mat and water. Free; email or call 624-7788. Q Downtown in Bloom 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 14-15, at Downtown at the Gar-dens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Free; or 340-1600. Q Lake Park Baptist Family Fun Day and Auction Dinner, bounce houses, inflatable obstacle course, sports, DJ and kids games, 4-8 pm. May 14, 625 Park Ave., Lake Park. Dinner is $15 adults, $5 children; activities cost $5; 844-2747. Q Kids Story Time 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Free; Q The 2nd Annual Friends of Jupiter Beach Food & Wine Festival In honor of Jack Melleby. The festival, presented by PNC Bank, will be 3-6 p.m. May 14 underneath the east span of the Indiantown Road Bridge, Jupiter. Dozens of restaurants and beverage spon-sors will offer tastings. Tickets: $30 per person in advance (by 5 p.m. May 13), $35 at the door, $10 for children 12 and under. Available at or by mail: Send ticket request and check to: Friends of Jupiter Beach, P.O. Box 791, Jupiter, FL 33468. Tickets will be available at the will call table at the event and will not be mailed. Q “Celebrating Yourself” Art on Park Studios and Gallery hosts its first juried student art show. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. May 14. Show continues through June 2. Gallery is at 800 Park Ave., Lake Park; 355-0300. Q Holy Smoke’s American Bistro & Bar Performances by Phill Fest & Friends, 4-7 p.m. Saturdays and The Adriana Samargia Jazz Combo, 4-7 p.m. Sundays. Kitchen open until midnight, bar open until 3 a.m. daily. 2650 PGA Blvd., PGA Plaza, Palm Beach Gardens; 624-7427. Q Dog Days of Summer Matchup between the Tampa Yankees and the Jupiter Hammerheads, 6:35 p.m. May 14 at Roger Dean Stadium, Abacoa, Jupiter. Fans can bring their dogs into the stadium and watch the game from a section for owners and pets. There also will be in-game dog-related entertainment and many local pet businesses in attendance. A Pooch Pass is $5, with all proceeds benefiting local dog-related not-for-profits such as Friends of Jupiter Beach and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. Pass will allow dogs admittance to all Dog Days of Summer games throughout the season. Individual tickets for pet-owners are $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children; 775-1818. Q Celebrate Saturdays at Downtown Performances 6-10 p.m. May 14: Billy Bones. May 21: Derek Mack Band. Downtown at the Gardens Centre Court, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens; 340-1600. Q “Coppelia & Gems” Presented by Atlantic Dance Theater at 8 p.m. May 14 and 2 p.m. May 15, Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students/seniors. Tickets available at 575-4942 or Q “Broadway Bound!” Concert by the Indian River Pops, 7:30 p.m. May 14 at The Lyric Theatre, 59 SW Flagler Ave, in Stuart. Tickets: $25; (772) 286-7827. Q Auditions for the “Pied Piper of Hamelin” 7 p.m. May 15 and May 22 at 7pm in the North Palm Beach Community Center, 1200 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach. All children from 5 to 18 are welcome. Tuesday, May 17 Q Tuesdays at Tots 11:30-1 p.m. Tuesdays. May 17: Fido and Friends. May 24: Estate Planning for Your Family. May 31: Pregnancy and Exercise. At Palm Beach Tots, Suite 3107, Downtown at the Gardens. Call 366-7449 to RSVP. Wednesday, May 18 Q “Break Up Support Group” 10 a.m. Wednesdays, various locations in Palm Beach Gardens. Sponsored by The Counseling Group, which provides free Christian counseling, classes and support groups; 624-4358. Q Hatchling Tales 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Loggerhead Marinelife Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Free; Q Tai Chi for Arthritis 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Burns Road Rec-reation 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; Q Style Swap A high-end style swap where women can mix, mingle and exchange gently used clothing and acces-sories. The process will benefit Dress for Success, the non-profit that provides inter-view suits and career development for women in more than 75 cities worldwide. Bring a donation. Its 6-8 p.m. May 18 at Centre Court and The Pavilion (next to Sur la Table), Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens. (202) 359-0669. Q American Bocce League and Free Play 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through May 25, Downtown Park (just south of the Cheesecake Factory), Down-town at the Gardens Centre Court, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens; 340-1600. Ongoing events Q “Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee” Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. 747-8380, Ext. 101; Q “Haitians of Florida: The Hope & the Future” through May 31, Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 832-4164. Q Flagler Museum Museum is housed in Henry Flaglers 1902 beaux-arts mansion, Whitehall. The museum is at 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Tickets: free for members; $18 adults, $10 youth (13-18 years) accompanied by adult; $3 child (6-12 years) accompanied by adult; and free for children under 6. 655-2833. Q “The Color Purple” Through May 15, the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $25 and up; 832-7469. Q “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” Through June 19, Palm Beach Dramaworks, 322 Banyan Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $47; 514-4042, Ext. 1. Q “Reconciliation” Sculpture exhibition by Jo Anna Zelano, Through May 31, Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gal-lery, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens. Gallery is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and at all performances. Free; 207-5905. Q “The Cha-Cha of the Carmel Spider” World premiere of Carter W. Lewis play in which a young woman finds herself caught up in a frightening and darkly comic journey with two rogue mercenary soldiers and a vaguely magical Afghani cab driver who has a penchant for Led Zeppelin. Through June 5, Florida Stage, Kravis Centers Rinker Playhouse, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Tickets: $40-$50; 585-3433. Q Children’s Research Station Loggerhead Marinelife Center program is designed to exercise childrens science skills through an experimental lab. Each child receives a lab coat, veterinary instru-ments, a worksheet, and their own sea turtle replica to name and study. Kids take their sea turtles straight and curved mea-surements with a measuring tape and cali-pers. Based on the measurements, Dr. Log-ger helps the group place their turtles into a size classification to determine age and species. They role play taking blood with a syringe and learn about the different things a blood sample can reveal. The children look at X-rays, locate a hook in the turtles throat and learn more about the steps necessary during sea turtle rehabilitation. Then, the group tags their turtles with a unique number and mimics a successful sea turtle release into the ocean. To be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free; 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach; 627-8280. Q Lighthouse ArtCenter 41st Annual Kindergarten-12 Community Schools Exhibiton,Ž through May 26. Museum is at Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat-urdays and Sundays. Cost: Members free, $10 non-members ages 12 and up. Free admission Saturdays; 746-3101 or Q Norton Museum of Art From A to Z: 26 Great Photographs from the Norton Collection,Ž through June 19; Eter-nal China: Tales from the Crypt,Ž through July 17. Altered States,Ž through July 17. Museum is at 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach. Admission: $12 adults, $5 visitors 13-21; free for members and children under 13. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. second Thursday of the month. Closed Mondays and major holidays; 832-5196. Q Society of the Four Arts Museum, library and gardens are at 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Admission: Free to members and children 14 and under, $5 general public; 655-7226. May events Q Blue Friends Social 5:307:30 May 19, Jupiter Beach Resort, 5 N. A1A, Jupiter. Free for Blue Friends, $25 for guests; 627-8280. Q The Art of Wine An evening of wine tasting and art appreciation pre-sented by the shops of Downtown, WILD 95.5FM and Whole Foods Market, 6-8 p.m. May 19, The Boulevard at Downtown at the Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens; 340-1600. Q Pirate Party Join Downtown, Cobb 16, Whole Foods and WILD 95.5FM host a party to mark the release of Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.Ž The night will benefit Busch Wildlife Sanctu-ary. Its 6 p.m. May 20, Downtown at the Gardens, Centre Court, Palm Beach Gar-dens; 340-1600. Sunday, May 15


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FLORIDA WEEKLYA30 WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 new mbt s are in! Come in for the Walk of your life! Luxury Comfort Footwear In the Gardens Square ShoppesMilitary Trail and PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens x£‡x‡££U…œi>'>Vœ“ OPEN 10-7 MONDAY THRU SATURDAY, 11-5 SUNDAY ThorŽ singlehandedly takes the inherent cheesiness of both mythology and comic books and transforms it into a vast, energetic movie thats acces-sible and enjoyable for all. The folks at Marvel Comics needed this to be good in order to keep the AvengersŽ train rolling toward next summer, and lucky for them its not just good „ its darn near great. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is a Norse God who, as we learn in the lengthy opening sequence, is cast out of his home planet of Asgard by his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). Leaving his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) behind to deal with an impending threat from the enemy Frost Giants, Thor finds himself in a remote area of New Mexico as a mere mortal amongst the people. Hey, there are worse places he could end up. While there, he befriends aspiring astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Port-man), who hits him twice with her car; her mentor, Erik Selvig (Stellan Skars-gard); and Janes comic-relief supplying friend Darcy (Kat Dennings). Thor also encounters S.H.I.E.L.D. emissary Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), whos deter-mined to figure out whether Thor is friend or foe. The acting is often forgettable in comic book movies, but the heretofore unknown Mr. Hemsworth makes Thor a lovable hunk who makes us laugh, kicks some serious ass and is easy on the eyes. The role could have been played a number of ways, but credit to Mr. Hemsworth for hitting the right notes every time. Because we like Thor so much, we freely give ourselves to the story, which is always dramatic and exciting. The script by Ashley Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne makes some sly references to Marvel heroes Iron ManŽ and The Incredible Hulk,Ž but it dutifully stays away from being a long prequel to Captain America: The First AvengerŽ (out July 22) and The Aveng-ersŽ (May 2012). Instead, ThorŽ is a compelling tale about a meathead who learns to think and feel in a way thats never sentimental or melodramatic. Even better, the production design and visual effects offer a spectacular array of colors and dazzle, particularly Odins realm in Asgard and the bridge that con-nects Asgard to the wormhole to earth. Director Kenneth Branagh also features more creative uses of a hammer than one could ever imagine, and the plain western outskirts of New Mexico provide a nice contrast to the rich tex-tures of Asgard. Ordinarily 3D is a useless accessory, but here it allows viewers to be even more immersed in the story, and because everything is so gorgeously rendered, its a real thrill. If ThorŽ comes to your area in 3D, its worth the few extra bucks. Since Marvel began producing its own films with Iron ManŽ in 2008, ThorŽ is the best film the studio has made. And yes, that is saying a lot. Cap-tain America, dont screw it up. Q „ Dan Hudak is the chairman of the Florida Film Critics Circle and a nationally syndicated film critic. You can e-mail him at dan@hudakonhollywood. com and read more of his work at www. Borrowed ++ (Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Good-win, Colin Egglesfield) Rachel (Ms. Goodwin) and Darcy (Ms. Hudson) have been best friends their entire lives, but when self-centered Darcy is about to marry Rachels law school buddy/love interest Dex (Mr. Egglesfield), chaos ensues. Its not funny, romantic or fun, and the story takes the easy way out rather than treat the adults with honesty. Rated PG-13. Cave Of Forgotten Dreams ++ (Narrated by director Wer-ner Herzog) Renowned filmmaker Werner Her-zog explores the Chauvet caves in France, which are believed to be the old-est existing pictorial cre-ations known to mankind. Its interesting for the first 30 minutes, but after that you start wondering why youre not watching this at home on Nat Geo rather than in the theater. In other words, its nothing to run off to. Not Rated: Nothing Objectionable. Q LATEST FILMS CAPSULES ‘Thor’ REVIEWED BY DAN ............ +++ Is it worth $14 (3D)? Yes >> Aside from “The Avengers” next summer and “Iron Man 3” in May 2013, Marvel is also considering movies about Doctor Strange and Ant-Man. in the know dan HUDAK O A Fine Full Service Seafood Market Daily Prepared Gourmet Entres & More Platters, Appetizers, Catering Nautical Gifts & Serving Wares Daily Restaurant Deliveries Nationwide Shipping Featured on the Food Network’s “The Best Of” SPECIAL FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 12 25, 2011


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PAGE 31 FLORIDA WEEKLYA32 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 W SEE ANSWERS, A28 W SEE ANSWERS, A282011 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. 2011 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved.FLORIDA WEEKLY PUZZLES HOROSCOPES LIFE LINE By Linda Thistle Q TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) With summer just around the corner, travel begins to dominate your sign. Make plans carefully to avoid potential problems in the first half of June. Q GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A r omantic Libr a sets a challenge that your sensibleŽ side might question, but your idealistic self finds the prospect too intriguing to resist. The choice is yours. Q CANCER (June 21 to July 22) T hose t ense times in your personal life are just about over. Concen-trate on reaffirming relationships. Your love of travel opens a surpris-ing new opportunity. Q LEO (July 23 to August 22) T he Big C at usually loves to be in the center of things. But this week it might be wiser to watch and learn from the sidelines. A Pisces wants to make you purr. Q VIRGO (August 23 to Sept ember 2 2) NewŽ is your watchword this week. Be open to new ideas, both on the job and in your personal life. A romantic Aries or Sagittarian beckons. Q LIBRA (September 23 to Oct ober 2 2) Some difficult family decisions have to be faced, but be sure to get more facts before you act. Be careful not to neglect your health during this trying time. Q SCORPIO (October 23 to N o vember 21) You still need to support a loved one through a difficult time. Meanwhile, things con-tinue to work out to your benefit in the workplace. Q SAGITTARIUS (November 2 2 t o December 21) Aspects continue to favor expanding social opportunities. A Gemini reaches out to offer a chance for re-estab-lishing a once-close relationship. Q CAPRICORN (December 22 t o January 19) Theres a potential for misunderstanding in both your job and your personal life. A full explanation of your intentions helps smooth things over. Q AQUARIUS (January 20 to F ebruary 18) You might be feeling restless on the job, but delay making any major moves until all the facts are in. A Scorpio has a surprising revelation. Q PISCES (February 19 to Mar ch 20) Your business sense works to your advantage as you sort through the possibilities that are opening up. A Libra is Cupids best bet for your romantic pros-pects. Q ARIES (March 21 to April 1 9) H ome conditions still demand attention. Also, keep an open mind about a sudden question of trust involving a close friend. All the facts are not yet in. Q BORN THIS WEEK: Yo u have a gift for being open-minded about people. This helps you make friends easily. You do very well in public service. +++ Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. + Moderate ++ Challenging +++ ExpertPuzzle Difficulty this week:


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PAGE 33 FLORIDA WEEKLYA34 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Palm Beach State College Foundation Golf Classic 1. A helicopter from Palm Beach Helicopters releases numbered golf balls onto the 18th green as part of the “Copter Drop” contest. The winner received a Dell laptop computer. 2. Andre Wade lines up a shot as he competes against a foursome in the “Beat the Junior Golfer” contest at the Palm Beach State College Foundation Golf Classic. 3. First place winners from the Palm Beach State Foundation Golf Classic, Pepsi Beverage Co. team, from left: Angel Moguzzi,Tim McDulin and Charlie Gantz. 4. Tim McDulin, of the Pepsi Beverage Co. winning four4. Tim McDulin, of the Pepsi Beverage Co. winning foursome of the Golf Classic, taps in a putt. some of the Golf Classic, taps in a putt. 5. Mike McDonald blasts out of a sand trap during play at 5. Mike McDonald blasts out of a sand trap during play at the Palm Beach State Foundation Golf Classic. the Palm Beach State Foundation Golf Classic. 6. Palm Beach State College President Dennis Gallon 6. Palm Beach State College President Dennis Gallon prepares to tee off at the 8th hole. prepares to tee off at the 8th hole. 7. Julie Reiman, Amy McDonald and Steve Michels watch 7. Julie Reiman, Amy McDonald and Steve Michels watch Mike McDonald tee off on the back nine at the Palm Mike McDonald tee off on the back nine at the Palm Beach State College Foundation Golf Classic. Beach State College Foundation Golf Classic. 8. 8. Betsy Unger, a Palm Beach State College sophomore, talks Betsy Unger, a Palm Beach State College sophomore, talks about how events like the Foundation’s Golf Classic have about how events like the Foundation’s Golf Classic have benefited her directly with scholarship money to attend college. benefited her directly with scholarship money to attend college.COURTESY PHOTOSWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” 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@” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 12-18, 2011 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A35 Consistency is what makes a great restaurant. And consistency is what has made Prontis Italian Kitchen a favorite of northern Palm Beach County for nearly 40 years. Pizzas. Pasta dishes. Salads. All are created with a deft touch amid comforting surroundings. Inside, the restaurant is a tribute to New Yorks Little Italy. A sign reads Mulberry Street.ŽPhotographs of Italian and Italian-American celebrities „ Luciano Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra „ line the brick walls. A diorama of Ebbets Field covers another wall. And there are pictures of the former owner, Bob Pronti, with sports personali-ties of the past. In fact, Mr. Pronti still stops in for eggplant and meatballs whenever he is in town, says the current owner, Doug Wojciechowski, who was chef at Prontis for 14 years before taking over the restau-rant 14 years ago. Its what some of the new-fangled places around the area are attempting to create. But this is the real thing, with layers of per-sonality built over the decades. The food also is a step back in time. Its comforting and filling, yet it keeps you wanting more. Take the bread, for example. The loaves of white bread are tender on the inside with a crispy crust. Theyre hot with a plate of olive oil mixed with herbs and cheese, perfect for sopping with bits of bread. And that bread is perfect with a salad ($3.50). At first glance, its nothing special „ just a bowl of Iceberg, with wedges of toma-toes, crinkle-cut carrot slices, sliced onion and some black olives. Then you realize the bowl has been chilled, and the salad is absolutely crisp and fresh. Try it with the Thousand Island dressing. Its house-made and worth the calories in all its creamy glory. Or upgrade to a salad with Gorgonzola ($4.50) for a retro treat. Many of the entrees offer diners a choice of soup or salad. And its a tough choice. The minestrone is packed with beans, pasta and bits of carrot. The beef-infused broth is hearty and loaded with tomato. Then its on to the main course.Mmmm. Smell the wine,Ž our server said as she delivered a bowl of the Chicken, Asparagus, Red Pepper and Sundried Toma-to ($18.95). The tender chunks of chicken were simmered in a fragrant Madeira wine sauce with pencil asparagus, bits of red pepper and sundried tomato. The menu suggested linguine, but we requested ours with penne so the pasta could soak up all sweet goodness of Madeira. It was a dish that was even better the next day „ there was so much we couldnt eat it all in one sitting.FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE Pizza, pasta and personality keep Pronti’s going strongSometimes, simple is best.The Broccoli Rigatoni ($12.95) It is a plate of broccoli florets steamed until ten-der then tossed in a gar lic butt er sauce over the pasta is another favorite „ my compan-ion has ordered it each time she has come here over the course of a decade and has never been disappointed. The pizzas are a testimony to the art of the pie. Prontis offers a variety of crusts, from thin to thick Sicilian. But our favorite for years has been the New York Crunchy. Its a thinner crust, but not the thinnest, with a crisp outer edge. The 12-inch pies start at $11, and have plenty of Prontis sauce and mozzarella. The restaurant offers plenty of toppings, too, as well as specialty pies. The 10-inch Barbeque Chicken pizza ($14.75), with slic-es of chicken, tangy barbecue sauce, red onion and provolone, also makes a great appetizer to share or a meal for one. During lunch visits, weve enjoyed the manicotti ($8.95), loaded with ricotta and served with marinara sauce. It comes with choice of soup or salad. The smaller portion size on this is good, too. Pron-tis also frequently will make menu items in a smaller portion on request. scott SIMMONS Pronti’s mnestrone has a rich broth. Pronti’s lunch portion of manicotti Pronti’s Italian Kitchen has been in Lake Park for 39 years.SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY Pron ti ’sIta li anK it chenhasbeen in LakePark f or39year s SCOTTSIMMONS/FLORIDAWEEKLY Pronti ’ smnestronehasarichbroth P Broccoli Rigatoni barbecue sauce, red e, also makes a g reat or v is o tti ( t ta i n a wi th o r e r s y u ,g a meal f or one. s its, weve ($ 8.95), an d a ra h B roccoli R i gaton i Pronti’s Italian Kitchen>> Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 3:30-11 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday>> Reservations: Yes, for larger parties >> Credit cards: Major cards accepted >> Price range: Moderate. Pizzas, $11 and up; submarines, $8.50-$10.95; chicken, pork, veal, steak, $13.95-$29.95; pastas, $18.95-$19.95>> Beverages: Full liquor bar available, plus wine and soft drinks>> Seating: Booths and tables>> Specialties of the house: Pizzas, pasta >> Volume: A healthy din on busy nights >> Parking: Free lot >> Website: www.prontisitaliankitchen.comRatings:Food: +++++ Service: +++++ Atmosphere: ++++ 1440 10th St. (just south of Northlake Boulevard), Lake Park 842-3457 +++++ Superb ++++ Noteworthy +++ Good ++ Fair + Poor in the know O The sandwich menu is extensive, too. Look for such classics as veal, eggplant and chicken Parmagiana and meatball subs. An Italian Wedge ($9.50) was a good choice for takeout. The layers of ham, Genoa salami, provolone, lettuce, onions and tomatoes were on wedges from a round loaf of bread, and reminded us of a New Orleans-style muf-faletta, only without the olive salad. Ours was made without onions and had dressing on the side, as requested. Service each visit has been warm „ servers greet regular customers by name „ and efficient. Our waitresses each visit made excellent menu suggestions, and kept glass-es filled. But most important, they made us feel welcome. And its that warmth, along with consistency and quality, that will keep us coming back. Q Pronti’s Chicken, Aspara-gus, Red Pepper and Sundried Tomato ’ slunchportiono f manicotti i i ite m s i n a s ma lle po rt io n on r eq ue st r t Pr on ti ’s C hi ck en As pa ra portion on req ue e e e e e e e e e e e e e e st Pronti t Pronti’s Chicken Aspara gu s, R e d P ep pe r a n d Su n d ri ed Toma to Pronti


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