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MAN’S BEST FRIENDS SERVE THOSE WHO’VE SERVED DOGSSOLDIER INSIDE Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes App Store. X ROGER WILLIAMS A2 OPINION A4ANTIQUES A18BUSINESS A16 HEALTHY LIVING A14PETS A6NETWORKING A20-21REAL ESTATE A24 ARTS A25EVENTS A30-31SOCIETY A36-38PUZZLES A34 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 Take a class!Summer is the perfect time to find your inner artist. A25 X Market maniaGreen markets continue through the summer. A39 X United Way of Palm Beach County has announced receipt of the largest contribu-tion to its 2012 annual fundraising campaign „ more than $2 million „ from Publix Supermarket Charities and Publix Associ-ates. The phenomenal success of the Publix Workplace Campaign and the generosity of the Publix Supermarkets Charities gift both demonstrate a genuine caring for our com-munity and a selfless dedication to the Unit-ed Way for which we are truly grateful,Ž said Chuck Anderson, president and CEO of United Way of Palm Beach County. The gift was delivered by Chuck White, regional director of Publix Supermarkets. As of this year, Publix has been United Way of Palm Beach Countys leading corporate campaign for 14 consecutive years. Publix associates take great pride in our United Way workplace campaign and we are pleased that our participation has increased by 11 percent this year,Ž said Kim Reynolds, Publixs Miami media and com-munity relations manager. For more than 80 years, United Way of Palm Beach County has been dedicated to improving lives and advancing the common good in our community. Funded by the generosity of donors and volunteers, United Way strategically invests in crucial efforts and programs that support the building blocks for a good life „ education, financial stability and health. United Way works on a local level to help provide lasting solutions to the root causes of the countys social issues, from pro-moting access to education and healthcare to ending hunger and homelessness. To learn more on how to give, volunteer or advocate for the United Way, call 375-6600 or see On Face-book: Unitedwaypbc; on twitter:!/UnitedWayofPBC. Q S ITTING ON THE PATIO OF A S OUTH Dixie delicatessen, Luke Young drops his cellphone on the ground. He does so intentionally. He does so more than once. Its just a flip-top phone. Its already chipped, anyway. Chipped because he drops his phone on purpose. He drops his cellphone for the dog at his feet to fetch. And for the soldier this dog might one day assist. Mr. Young volunteers through Paws 4 Liberty, a local nonprofit Publix donates more than $2 million to county United Way WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 Vol. II, No. 32  FREE SocietySee who was at the Place of Hope dinner and other events. A36-38 X SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________ BY ATHENA PONUSHISaponushis@” Gale Eyler, top, and Chuck Strolla, bottom, sit with Buddy, and Joe Rainey, middle, sits with Tanker trained by Pa ws 4 Liberty KINGA NOWICKA/FLORIDA WEEKLY SEE DOGS, A8 X StaycationsGet away from it all in your own back yard. Special Section X STAYCATIO N SOMETIMES THE BEST PLACE TO VISIT IS RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD 2012


A2 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLY WHY DOOR TO BALLOON TIME MATTERS DURING A HEART A TTACK. 561.625.5070THE HEART ATTACK RISK ASSESSMENT ITS FREE.ITS Door to balloon time measures the time it takes for a hospital to get a heart attack patient from its ER to its cath lab to open blocked arteries. The goal is 90 minutes. More is bad. Less is good. One team in this region is consistently doing it in less than 60 minutes. This is what it takes to deliver our kind of heart care. This is what it takes to get the job done. The way we do it. COMMENTARY roger One of the terrible burdens sometimes placed upon me as a columnist „ weightier than the mortgage, grimmer than a draft notice, even less appealing than cleaning the chicken coop „ is this: I have to cast the first stone. Thats right, I often criticize my fellow Americans for doing exactly what I have done, in direct disobedience of the famous Biblical imperative located deep in the Gos-pel of John or the bowels of a whale or a similarly obscure location. Its a job hazard, pure and simple. But as burdens go, this one is easy to execute: It requires little more than sheer hypocrisy. As you may have noticed, hypocrisy is one of the most essential tools of good parenting. Thats why I feel perfectly comfortable criticizing the Brevard County Pub-lic Library, championed by front-man and county spokesman Don Walker. Are Brevard officials just a bunch of Commie pinkos? Thats a question my drill instructors once asked of me after one discovered a platoon of little green menŽ formed up inside my rifle barrel during a spit-and-polish drill-deck inspection. Let me just say with stern finger-wagging admonishment: Censorship is un-American, Don, just like platoons of little green men excavating your M-14. But Don and Co. made The New York Times recently for practicing classic censorship „ they banned a book on our behalf so none of us can be sullied by pornography.Ž Thank you, Don. You may now report back to the early 17th century to take up life among your purse-lipped kind, the Puritans. Meanwhile, here in the 21st century, were left with Dons ringing defense of censor-ship, quoted in the Great Gray Lady as the Times is euphemistically and perhaps pornographically called: We view this as pornographic material. I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey, but Ive read reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey. From what I under-stand, its a lot about male dominance and female submissiveness.Ž And were not supposed to read about that if we want to, in Brevard? No. Don and Co. said we couldnt.What about in other counties?As a proud Floridian (American by birth, Floridian by the grace of I-70 east and I-75 south), it hurts me to admit that Brevard is not unique. In Lee County, for example, my son took up one of the few Florida-set novels that deserves a place in the opus of American Literature, A Land Remembered,Ž by Pat-rick D. Smith. His fourth grade teacher introduced it to the class „ in abridged form. Abridgement is always a euphemism for one of two things: either editing for length, or censorship, the latter pornographic itself. In this case, Im afraid it was censorship. The boy found the original on our shelves and read the whole damn 403-page thing, about a pioneering family here. Meanwhile, the teacher, a capable person, read the abridged version out loud to the class. People swear. People die in this book. People meet actual Indians, and have sex with them and spawn their children. And some people lose their tempers and murder other people who hurt pregnant women. But a lot of that mirror-held-up-to-nature fiction, including the union between Indians and whites and the swearing, was censored from the book presented to the class. Its safer that way. Some parents might object, for goodness sake. And, as the teach-er pointed out, Theres bad language.Ž But even if the sweet-sweat-and-sour of struggling lives appears unvarnished in a story, so what? Those who dont want to read it „ Brevard county officials, for example, or any public school committee members who pick fiction for fourth graders „ dont have to. Before I decided to throw this stone, I called my son over and asked him what specifically had been left out of A Land Remembered,Ž „ a book published in the land of the free, the home of the brave and the cradle of the First Amendment. Then I wrote down what he said, word for word. They never said Zech and Towanda had a baby,Ž he told me. We read to the part where Zech comes back to the Indian village, and he randomly finds he had a son. And the thing was, Dad, he never had a son with Towanda (in the abridged version), so thats physically impossible. Id rather they cut out the entire part about Toby the boy. Its a pitiful way to rec-reate the story. They also censored the swearing.ŽWhat swearing, I asked? Hell, sonofabitch, bastard, things like that,Ž he told me. Terrible. Ill bet none of us has ever heard those words, especially used well when the stakes are mortal „ and neither has he. And it cuts out that part when Frog found the man who made Glenda have the dud baby that died, and he brings him back and says, What are we going to do with him? And Zech drags him out in the woods and kills him, and the only thing left is his limp body. It left all that out.Ž Zech aint perfect, son. Neither am I. Pick up your dirty clothes. The censors also left out the first and last chapters of A Land Remembered,Ž my son told me. In an elegant and old-time storytelling symmetry, the novel starts in a Rolls-Royce overlooking Key Biscayne and ends only a short time later on a Cracker front porch, as a man dies in a stampede of his memories. Its poignant and beautiful, and it moved my son deeply. He was sobered. He talked about it for days. Hell remember it all his life, I know from experience. But if the real book, not the censored book, hadnt been sitting on our shelves, hed never have known. And the story would never have given him that special insight into himself and all of us who live here on the surface of real men and women, those who came before. And now, if my son asks to read Lolita,Ž or The Complete Kama Sutra,Ž or Lady Chatterlys LoverŽ „ all books available at libraries everywhere „ there can only be one answer: Absolutely not. Not until hes old enough to vote. Q The un-American award of the year


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A4 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLY rich LOWRYSpecial to Florida Weekly OPINIONThe end of China envy? amy GOODMANSpecial to Florida Weekly Coal, foreclosures and Bank of America’s extraordinary eventShareholder meetings can be routine, unless you are Bank of America, in which case it may be declared an extraordinary event.Ž That is what the city of Charlotte, N.C., called the banks shareholder meet-ing this week. Bank of America is cur-rently the second-largest bank in the U.S. (after JPMorgan Chase), claiming more than $2 trillion in assets. It also is the too big to failŽ poster child of Occupy Wall Street, a speculative banking mon-strosity that profits from, among other things, the ongoing foreclosure crisis and the exploitation of dirty coal. North Carolina, which went for Barack Obama in 2008, is a swing state in this years presidential election. Cur-rent polls indicate the Tar Heel State is a tossup. To boost its chances there, the Democratic Party has chosen Char-lotte to host this summers Democratic National Convention. In preparation, the Charlotte City Council passed an amendment to the city code allowing the city manager to declare so-called extraordinary events. The ordinance is clearly structured to grant police extra powers to detain, search and arrest people who are within the arbitrarily defined extraordinary eventŽ zone. The ordinance reads, in part, It shall be unlawful for any person ... to willfully or intentionally possess, carry, control, or have immediate access to any of the followingŽ and then lists a page of items, including scarves, backpacks, duf-fel bags, satchels and coolers. Wednesdays protest outside the Bank of America headquarters, with hundreds marching, was peaceful and spirited. The colorful array of creative signs was complemented by activists inside the meeting, who, as shareholders, were entitled to address the meeting. George Goehl of National Peoples Action, who was inside, told CNN about Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihans reac-tion: Dozens of us were able to speak, but Moynihan mostly dodged, deflected and denied. He looked visibly uncom-fortable the entire time.Ž Many activists expressed outrage at the banks role in the subprime mort-gage industry and the foreclosure crisis it helped spawn. As part of a federal settlement over widespread mortgage fraud, Bank of America agreed to hand over $11.8 billion. Just two days before the protest, the bank announced it was contacting the first 5,000 of 200,000 mortgage customers who are eligible for a loan modification, with a potential decrease in their mortgage principal of up to 30 percent. Last week, Rainforest Action Network members climbed 100 feet to suspend a banner on Charlottes Bank of America Stadium, where President Obama is scheduled to make his nomi-nation acceptance speech on Sept. 6. The banner read Bank of AmericaŽ with the word AmericaŽ crossed out and replaced with Coal.Ž RAN is part of a broad coalition fighting the destructive practice of mountaintop removal. RAN Executive Director Rebecca Tarbotton told me: Bank of America is the lead financier of mountaintop-removal min-ing, which is a practice of mining which is really the worst of the worst mining that we see anywhere, essentially blow-ing the tops off of mountains in Appala-chia, destroying peoples homes, pollut-ing their water supplies. And thats even before it gets into the coal plants, where its burnt and creates air pollution in inner-city areas and all around our coun-try ... (its) the canary in the coal mine for our reliance on fossil fuels.Ž The broad coalition in and out of the shareholder meeting demonstrates a key development in Occupy Wall Streets spring revival, and also foreshadows possible confrontations with the Obama re-election campaign this fall. President Obama clearly responds to pressure. Look at the issue of mar-riage equality. In 1996, while campaign-ing for state senator in Illinois, Obama wrote he supported same-sex marriage. While campaigning in 2008, then-U.S. Sen. Obama stated, I believe that mar-riage is the union between a man and a woman.Ž This week, he told ABC News, It is important for me to affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.Ž Given the political climate, it certainly is brave for Obama to endorse marriage equality, especially just hours after the voters of North Carolina voted in favor of a state constitutional amend-ment that bans same-sex marriage. But he was once a community organizer, and no doubt recalls the words of Freder-ick Douglass: Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will.Ž The LGBT community was organized and vocal, and the presidents position moved. Those gathered inside and outside the Bank of America shareholder meeting this week „ homeowners fighting fore-closure, environmentalists, Occupy Wall Street activists „ will take note of the presidents change. They are sure to con-tinue their struggles, right through the Democratic National Convention, mak-ing it truly an extraordinary event.Ž Q „ Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column. „ Amy Goodman is the host of Democracy Now!,Ž a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 1,000 stations in North America. She is the author of Breaking the Sound Barrier.Ž China-envying New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman likes to muse about how wonderful it would be if the United States could be like China for a day. The scandal engulfing former rising star Bo Xilai, the cashiered Communist Party boss of the city of Chongqing, sug-gests how this magical day might go down.A popular governor who rose to prominence based on his anti-corruption cam-paign while illicitly enriching himself would fall from grace. His wife would be accused of murdering a foreign business-man. His security chief, whom he relied upon to run an extensive spying opera-tion on potential foes, would seek asylum at a foreign consulate, fearing for his life. State and federal security forces would have a standoff outside the consulate. The entire nation would become obsessed with the case, but the govern-ment would prevent anyone from search-ing the Internet for information about it. Everyone would assume that the govern-ment would control the political fallout by arranging a nice show trial for the disgraced governor. Such would be the joys of China-for-aDay, according to the Bo Xilai script. The Bo affair doesnt truly tell us anything new about China. But the lurid details „ the body of the allegedly murdered British businessman cremated without an autopsy; Bos privileged son party-ing as a student at Oxford and Harvard „ might jolt some China-enviers out of their feverish delusions about the glories of the Beijing Model.Ž Its not just Thomas Friedman. Andy Stern, the former president of the Service Employees International Union, wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal titled Chinas Superior Economic Model.Ž He cited Bo „ and his people-oriented development in ChongqingŽ „ as one of the impressive assets of Team China.Ž President Barack Obama has used Chi-nas public investments as a prod for adopting similar policies at home and said longingly of one of Chinas techno-logical advances, That used to be us.Ž The Bo scandal shows the Chinese system to be as thoroughly rotten as one would expect of a kleptocratic police state. What is unusual is only that it wasnt kept under wraps. If Chinas economic rise has been something to behold during the past three decades, it is not a tribute to the technocratic proficiency of Chinas rul-ers. In Chinas mixed system, it is the genuinely private companies that are more economically efficient, according to The World Bank. Chinas economic miracle may well stall out before we get the opportu-nity to emulate its supposed wonders. China cant convert agricultural work-ers into manufacturing workers and suppress domestic consumption in the cause of creating an export-driven jug-gernaut forever. The World Bank report recommends that China move to the next stage of development by reform-ing and restructuring state enterprises and banks, developing the private sector, promoting competition, and deepening reforms in the land, labor, and financial markets.Ž In other words, it should learn from the U.S. The existence of China envy is a testament to the allure of 9 percent GDP growth coupled with a few fashionable policies like support for high-speed rail and solar energy. On this basis, Friedman calls Chinas rulers a reasonably enlight-ened group of people.Ž Their spectacu-lar repression, greed and Sopranos-like power struggles notwithstanding. Q „ Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. 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A6 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLY Mobility’ hearing instrument is a brand new rst class line of hearing instruments that is revolutionizing the industry. While recent digital hearing aids have done an excellent job at improving sound quality, the Mobility system was created to wirelessly stream your TV or radio directly to your hearing aids, while maintaining its best-in-class ability to help you hear clearer on the phone, in the car, even outside.Expires 6/14/2012 Acupuncture & Custom Herbs ARTHRITIS FIBROMYALGIA GOLFERS ELBOW M.S. SCIATICA HEADACHES ALLERGIES STRESS ANXIETY DEPRESSION MENOPAUSE PMS INFERTILITY IMPOTENCE PARALYSIS KIDNEY PROBLEMS EXCESS WEIGHT IMMUNE SYSTEM ANTI-AGING BALANCE Shudong WangLicensed Acupuncture Physician with 30 years experience and 8 years training in China10800 N. Military Trail, Suite 220Palm Beach Gardens561.775.85004522 N. Federal HighwayFt. Mention this ad for a FREE CONSULTATION (an $80 value!) PLUS receive $10 off your “ rst two weekly visits BY DR. MARTY BECKERUniversal UclickDo you know what you spend on your dog? Some of us prefer to remain blissfully unaware, while others track every penny. Most of us are probably somewhere in the middle, with a general idea of annual costs that we dont think of much „ unless were hit with something out of the ordinary. Trade groups that track these things put the start-upŽ costs of a dog (not account-ing for the cost of purchase or adoption) at around a thousand dollars on average, with annual upkeep of about $700 per year. Bear in mind two things: first, that costs often are higher in urban areas and on both coasts, and less expensive in rural areas and in the Midwest and South; and second, that aver-ageŽ includes people who frankly are barely spending enough on their dogs to keep from being hauled in by humane officers and charged with neglect. If you opt for a high-quality diet (recommended), a solid preventive-care regimen from your veterinarian (also recommended) including parasite control (protecting your dog and your human family, too), along with some funŽ purchases that can also make your life easier and keep your home cleaner, you can easily double those guesstimates „ and still be hit with some big expenses that can be financially and emotionally devastat-ing. Is a dog worth it? Thats a question only you can answer, but if you think you want to have a dog in your life, be prepared to spend some money on your pet. A high-quality diet and good preventive care may seem like two areas where you can scrimp, but theyre really not. Taking good care of your dog every day is a good long-term strategy, not only for avoiding budget shock down the road, but also for keeping your pet happier, healthier and longer-lived. Cut the budget in other places if you must „ no dog was ever hurt by an owner who buys in bulk „ but make sure you can cover the basics. As a veterinarian, Ive seen too many times the predict able outc ome of people who dont „ and Id just as soon you not have to be in that boat. Above all, plan to avoid the worst outcome of all: Choosing euthanasia over treat-ment for no reason except expense. I doubt theres a veterinarian alive who hasnt donat-ed care or cut costs to help out a long-term client in a jam, but these days, veterinarians are just as hard-hit by the economy as every-one else is. And that means we cant give away our services and keep the doors open. Pet health insurance has been growing in popularity, and for good reason: Its saving the lives of pets. Check it out. Youll want to look at all the companies and policy options, talk to your veterinarian, read the reviews and fiddle with the online formulas to see what com-pany and choices fit best for your pet. Its the perfect partner to planned preventive care, and if you need it, I guarantee youll be grateful you have it. Your veterinarian will be, too. Q Pets of the Week PET TALESPlan aheadPreventive care, pet health insurance save lives, money>>Goober is a 7-year-old neutered Beagle mix. He likes life easy and slow. He’s good with other older pets, and would do best in a home without young children. He can be adopted through the senior to senior program; adopters 55 and over pay no adoption fee. >>Jay is a 6-year-old neutered male. He weighs 17 pounds. He loves affection and purrs like a champ. Jay quali es for the senior to senior program; adopters 55 and over pay no adoption fee.To adopt a petThe Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, Humane So-ciety of the Palm Beaches, was founded in 1925 and is a limited admission non-pro t humane society providing services to more than 10,000 animals each year. It is located at 3100/3200 Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Adoptable pets and other information can be seen at For adoption information, call 686-6656. The tight economy has led many people to cut preventive care for pets — a decision that can backfire.


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A8 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLYbetter described as growing than small. P4L trains service dogs to retrieve cellphones, credit cards, keys and the like, as well as help with mobility and balance, wheelchairs and canes. These service dogs can open drawers and deliver remote controls. They can turn on a light switch or pull off a sock. They know how to help their handlers up if they fall down. And when they sense stress or emotion, they nudge, lick or paw, shifting their handlers focus back to the present moment, Im here, not there. Im just right here, right here with my dog.Ž P4L paired one service dog with a military veteran in Maryland, wheel-chair-bound after the loss of his legs. Another service dog went to a vet-eran in Texas, a man diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. With eight dogs nearing graduation „ what trainers refer to as deployment „ P4L would like to place their service dogs with local veterans in need, but half their dogs have yet to be placed. P4L wants Palm Beach County to know, We are here and we have dogs.Ž The West Palm Beach Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center will not help them with their plight. VA administrators see service dogs as an adjunct therapy, not a proven treat-ment. Until the VA sees more research, the center will not recommend a ser-vice dog for a veteran, unless the vet-eran verbalizes interest in a service dog first. But to those who think they need to see more science, veterans concede the truth, a truth which might embarrass them, but a truth they cannot ignore: They fall down and their service dogs help them up. They drift offŽ and their service dogs bring them back. Working with a budget of less than $150,000, P4L has been able to breed, raise, train and place a dozen service dogs. Executive Director Heidi Spirazza says the national average cost to train a service dog ranges from $25,000 to $30,000. A typical wait, she says, can range from six months to five years. But she has dogs now, ready to go. And she would like to have more. The 501(c)(3) wants to bring in $350,000 annually, enabling them to deploy 20 service dogs a year to the veterans of wars past and to the men and women coming home. To soldiers who may be hesitant to be seen with a dog, soldiers who may be hesitant to say they need help, one soldier who was blown off his tank says: Whenever I fall, its not pretty. And as a Marine, and as a proud Marine, its hard for me to accept help and quite embarrassing not to be able to stand up on your own two feet.Ž Of P4L and his service dog named Tanker, this soldier says it simply, Tanks helped me.ŽFour-legged therapyMr. Young, of Lake Worth, the P4L volunteer who drops his cellphone for the sake of training, wishes someoneŽ would have told him about service dogs three years ago, when he was transi-tioning back into civilian life. He would have wanted one, but I didnt know.Ž He found out about service dogs because he wants to be a veterinarian, not because he was a veteran. When he told a social worker at the West Palm Beach VA about his college studies, the social worker told him about P4L. Sitting on a South Dixie patio, green hedge to his back, golden retriever at his feet, Mr. Young speaks about join-ing the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 19. He was first deployed to Beirut, then Iraq. He says when youre over-seas, youre surrounded by people who you know have your back, no matter what ƒ But when you get out, it sort of goes away.Ž Now 27, leash in his hand, he remembers coming home, feeling isolated, feeling disconnected, social situations feeling awkward. As he speaks, lunch-time diners walk out onto the patio, eager to set down their sandwiches and pet Louie, short for Lieutenant, the big-gest and blondest golden retriever in his P4L graduating class. By taking Louie out for the day, Mr. Young helps socialize the service dog, forever thinking of the soldier who may not have been as fortunate as me.Ž Being in public reinforces Louies training, particularly, how to create a perimeter around his handler, so his handler may feel safe and independent, being out in public. Louie gently keeps a crowd at bay. Good boy,Ž Mr. Young says over and over again, as Louie sits, stays and picks up everything. To Mr. Young, service dogs like Louie and organizations like P4L mean a way for veterans to re-acclimate with a four-legged therapy, rather than a list of prescription medications. The things a service dog can do, he says, are immeasurable. They can walk in ahead of their handler, turn on the lights and inspect each room for a soldier still wary of the enemy. They can be that tactile, familiar thing in a moment of vulnerability. But soldiers are not meant to be vulnerable, suggests Mr. Young, implying a reason why P4L may have yet to place their service dogs. Being in the military, being tough, you dont want to come out and say, I have a problem,Ž he says, wrapping Louies leash around his hand like gauze, You dont want to say any-things wrong. I think thats an issue.ŽFrom visible to proudJoe Rainey knows well the pride that feels stripped when walking beside a dog in a service vest. He knows, too, the pride such a dog can restore. Trained to do anything for his country, the Marine talks out loud about need-ing help. As a Marine, as a veteran, you look out for one another,Ž Mr. Rainey says. And I would like to help not only other Marines, but other veterans get the help that I get.Ž That help comes in the package of Tanker, an 80-pound, 2-year-old gold-en able to support Mr. Rainey, 200-plus pounds, when he falls. He will stiffen up and brace me when I go to fall. And he helps me up from the ground, whenever I do fall,Ž says Mr. Rainey, sitting on the front porch of P4L, wearing a brace on each leg, a brace on each wrist, Tanker right by his feet. Hes my best friend. Hes right by my side. He can sense when Im upset, hes right there with his head in my lap. Yes, you can,Ž he says, turning to his dog. Hes got this little ball hell bring up and throw it at me, hell bring out one of his toys, bring it over to me, give me something else to think about,Ž instead of thinking about not going overseas, or how he still would go, if only the Marine Corps would still take him. A Marine since 1983, Mr. Rainey, of Greenacres, was blown off his tank, friendly-fire, stateside. The 47-year-old answers all questions, Yes, sir,Ž or Yes, maam,Ž and when someone thanks him for his service, he says, Youre welcome, Id gladly do it again,Ž the hurt of being willing, but not being able, heard in his voice. Since being blown off his tank, injuring his ankles, knees, lower back, shoulders and neck, he says, I have gotten worse and worse, to the point where I just cant get around good,Ž he takes a hard breath, Im a wreck.Ž Tankers head in his lap, his eyes finding his soldiers, Mr. Rainey goes on, I dont know a good way to put it, whenever I met Tanker,Ž then met the executive director and founder of P4L Heidi Spirazza, what shes done for me with Tanker, all I want to do is get the word out to other vets, other people who have disabilities. There is some-body out there to help you. And theyre local.Ž A small entity, P4L can assess an individuals personal pet and see if their pet would make a good service dog. Training pets would not be P4Ls primary objective, but such was the DOGSFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOTanker weighs 80 pounds and is able to sup-port Marine Joe Rainey when he falls.KINGA NOWICKA/FLORIDA WEEKLYHeidi Spirazza founded Paws 4 Liberty when she realized returning soliders would need support dogs.KINGA NOWICKA/FLORIDA WEEKLYBuddy knows when to comfort Gale Eyler: “He reorients me, where I am.”


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 NEWS A9case with Tanker. Theres a huge benefit here, because a bond has already been established,Ž says P4L Director of Training Jennifer Bielen. The challenge would be: Does the dog have the proper drive and motivation to perform the duties neces-sary? Ž A gift from a friend to help Mr. Rainey get up and moving again, young Tanker had the drive. Research-ing where he could train his pup, Mr. Rainey found organizations in Tampa, Jacksonville and New York, but such training came at a cost. The national average to train a service dog would be $25,000 to $30,000,Ž reiterates Ms. Spirazza. But she does not charge her veterans, just like she did not charge a young woman born with a degenerative disease or a young man, paraplegic after a car accident. Theres not a cost,Ž says Ms. Spirazza, who considers each applicant, military or nonmilitary, on a case-by-case basis. I mean if someone were to pull up here in a Mercedes and live in a million dollar house, it might be different.Ž But typically, she relies on the charity of her donors, she cleans her own kennel, writes her own grants and asks her recipients if they would be comfortable attending events in the community, raising awareness and gar-nering donations. Mr. Raineys more than comfortable, seen everywhere beside his dog in a vest, camouflage print with an embroi-dered dog tag. What he may have once perceived as a sign of vulnerability, has since given him an invulnerable secu-rity. He remembers one weekend at the West Palm Beach VA when he fell. There was no one around to help me back up. I had to sit and wait til some-body ƒŽ his words trail off. Tankers brought back a lot of pride.Ž So now he takes Tanker to the VA with him, as much for his benefit, as for the benefit of his peers.Regimen through friendsThe West Palm Beach VA serves seven counties „ north to Vero, south to Boca, west to Okeechobee. Accord-ing to 2010 figures, Palm Beach County has 115,494 veterans. A 2011 tally counts 181 veterans in the county as homeless. The centers Public Affairs Patient Relations Officer Mary Ann Goodman says P4L may have a surplus of service dogs for a number of reasons. In short, she says not all veterans want a dog. Some veterans may not like dogs. Many veterans do not want to take on the responsibility of taking care of a dog. They may not have space for a dog. What if a family members allergic? What if the veterans allergic? The vet-eran has to be physically able to care for the dog. Cognitively, too. What if the veteran were to become incapaci-tated? Somebody would have to take care of the dog, Were talking about a commitment of eight to 13 years.Ž So the West Palm Beach VA does not recommend service dogs to veterans, because, Its a personal decision the patient needs to make,Ž says Ms. Good-man, further adding, The verdicts still outŽ on the therapy service dogs lend, meaning the VA needs more research before it can better support the assis-tance of service dogs. During a telephone conference call, Ms. Goodman and three other adminis-trators agree, the VA sees service dogs as an adjunct therapy to rehabilitative treatment. A tool, not a substitute. Service dogs are not their priority, they would rather discuss West Palm Beachs specialized services like its mental health program or its blind rehabilitation center, one of only 13 such centers in the country providing rehabilitative care to visually impaired veterans. To be clear, guide dogs are different than service dogs „ guide dogs assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired; service dogs assist individu-als with psychiatric conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or physical conditions other than blindness. But even when it comes to guide dogs, Zaskia Diaz, chief of the Blind Reha-bilitation says, We do not recommend guide dogs.Ž Once a veteran expresses interest in a dog, feeling they might benefit from a guide dog or a service dog, then the VA provides the relevant information and helps to facilitate the process. One P4L trainer likens this scenario to having a sinus infection, going to a primary care physician, but having to ask, Oh by the way, could you do a culture?Ž But the VA administrators say, Word gets out.Ž Service dogs can be seen around their campus. Veterans talk to one another. They learn of service dogs through word of mouth.ŽServing those who servedA Marine with a service dog in training, Gale Eyler takes his Siberian Husky with him to the VA. His Husky, named Buddy, has one eye blue and one eye brown. I drift off,Ž says the Marine who has been diagnosed with PTSD. And he brings me back,Ž he says of his dog, just by laying his chin on my hand.Ž Mr. Eyler describes his PTSD as like a daydream, but more like drifting off, Thats what I call it,Ž he says. Its not a daydream because a lot of times day-dreams dont make sense, its more like memories than anything else.Ž Serving in the Marine Corps in the late 60s and early 70s, his memo-ries are of Vietnam. And when those memories come at night, Buddy wakes him up. I no longer sleep soundly. Im very light-sleeping now, have been,Ž says Mr. Eyler, of Okeechobee. When his dog wakes him up, He reorients me, where I am.Ž Mr. Eyler says his dog began waking him up intuitively, on his own accord, on more than one occasion, even before Buddy started training through P4L. But P4L means everything to Mr. Eyler, because that camouflage, service-dog vest means: I can have Buddy with me at all times. When I need him, hes there. I may not need him most of the time, but when I do, hes there.Ž Confessions like this strengthen P4Ls deep-down why. Ms. Spirazza had the vision to establish the nonprofit while sitting in her Lake Worth, log-cabin liv-ing room, watching the Twin Towers fall. I had the foresight to know we would have a lot of military coming back,Ž she says. We were going to be going to war.Ž Looking for something she could do, the occupational therapist „ who has been helping people gain independence and movement through the assistance of animals and various modalities for more than 25 years „ began training dogs. She knew there were big companies already doing this, but there still was a waiting list.Ž With eight of her service dogs now nearing deployment, shes ready to pass the leash. Q How to helpSome P4L volunteers liken their service to being a grandparent, saying, “You take the dog out, you give the dog back.” Other volunteers feel more bene cial with social media, helping to raise awareness or organize fundraisers. To learn more, sponsor a service dog, raise a puppy in training, provide veterinary care, donate or volunteer, contact Heidi Spirazza by calling 644-6292 or visit FLORIDA WEEKLYCombat veteran Luke Young volunteers by taking Louie to a restaurant for socialization.KINGA NOWICKA/FLORIDA WEEKLYDirector of Training Jennifer Bielen, in the wheelchair, and volunteer Barbara Wilkinson work with Paws 4 Liberty dogs. The non-profit organiza-tion is hoping to spread the word so that more service dogs can be placed with soldiers and veterans.


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An April report in Londons The Independent noted that the operas composer, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, was on board with the idea, but that the original lyricist, Sir Tim Rice, called it tastelessŽ and tacky.Ž Q What goes aroundNote: From time to time, News of the Weird reminds readers that bizarre human adventures repeat themselves again and again. Here are some choice selections of previous themes recently coming around again (plus a couple of updates on earlier stories): Q Each spring in Dongyang, China, the aroma of urine is in the air „ specifi-cally, the towns specialty of eggs boiled in the discharge of young boys (under age 10, typically gathered freshŽ from toilets at local schools). Townspeople have believed for centuries that the eggs, properly cooked, bring health and pros-perity. By eating these eggs,Ž one shop-per told a Reuters reporter in March, we will not have any pain in our waists, legs and joints. Also, you will have more energy when you work.Ž In fact, Dong-yang officials have proudly proclaimed virgin boy eggsŽ as an intangible cul-tural heritage.Ž Q And once again this spring, the Chinese marked the Qingming holiday with celebrations honoring the dead by making offerings to their deceased rela-tives. At the tomb-sweepingŽ festival, people present paper replicas of items their ancestors are believed to need in the afterlife. Uncreative relatives give play money, but the offerings can be elaborate, such as shoes, cars and TV sets, or this years hot item „ paper iPads, which were selling in Hong Kong for the equivalent of about $3. Q With Afghanistans moralistic Taliban in retreat, one social scourge grows stronger than ever (according to an April Washington Post dispatch from Dehrazi): bacha bazi,Ž which are Afghan mens dancing boys.Ž Underage, often poor or fatherless kids become willing companionsŽ of wealthy men, often for sex. Since young girls are sheltered and chaperoned, only boys are available. Said one man, You cannot (even) take a wife with you to a party, but a boy you can take anywhere.Ž The usefulness of a bacha bazi typically ends when he starts growing facial hair, and the boys often drift into becoming pimps or prostitutes. Q The most recent government employee to defraud his agencys work-er compensation program (according to prosecutors in Los Angeles) is fire-fighter Rafael Davis, 35, who received disability payments for about 30 months during 2008-2011 while at the same time engaging in mixed martial arts match-es as The Noodle.Ž Mr. Davis record (according to LA Weekly) was 12-2, with seven of those matches coming during his disability period, including six vic-tories. MMAŽ (as noted by the newspa-per) requires similar stamina, muscle and coordinationŽ as is required for firefighting. Q What’s in a nameMore and more newspapers are assigning reporters to pore through local birth records to sample the diversity of names parents are giving their kids these days. An Edmonton Journal reporter noted in March that the nearly 51,000 babies born in the province of Alberta in 2011 includ-ed a boy named Moo, two girls named Unique, an Einstein, a Messiah, a J-Cub, a Smiley, a Tuff, a Tuba, a Jazz, a Camry, an Andromeda and an Xxavier (sic), and a boy named R and a girl named J. Q Least-competent criminals Q In Twin Falls, Idaho, in April, Dylan Contreras, 19, became the most recent per-son arrested while trying to avoid police by giving a fake name (VelescoŽ) even though his real name (the one on out-standing warrants) was tattooed in plain sight on his forearm. Q In April, a teller at Chicagos Northwest Side bank became the most recent to thwart a robbery simply by telling the perp (who had presented a holdup note) that the bank is now closed and suggesting that the robber come back the next day. (The perp walked out and did not return.) Q Fine points of the lawQ A woman who was injured while traveling on business in November 2007 in New South Wales, Australia, was denied workers compensation by the workplace safety tribunal on the grounds that the injury occurred in her motel room while she was having sex. (A wall light fixture came loose as a result of the pairs vigorous antics.) However, in April 2012, Australias Federal Court overturned the decision and granted the compensation, ruling that since the woman was on assignment at the time, the overnight stay, and even the sex, were ordinary incidents.Ž Q A New York City system-gaming public school teacher, Alan Rosenfeld, 66, continues to show up for make-work (such as photocopying dutyŽ), at a sal-ary of $100,000 a year. Mr. Rosenfeld was accused in 2001 of making lewd comments to female students in his typing class and removed from class-room duty, but he protested and contin-ues to exercise his union due processŽ rights. In a status report, the New York Post noted that Mr. Rosenfeld could have retired four years ago, but that by remaining on the job,Ž the value of his pension increases, and enables him to conduct his real estate business while at work.Ž Q NEWS OF THE WEIRDBY CHUCK SHEPHERDDISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


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A14 NEWS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLY HEALTHY LIVINGBlended families can adjust more easily if they recognize rocky road ahead linda No, Barbaras cellphone didnt ring. Although she said she didnt expect a Mothers Day call, she was secretly hoping Ashley would reach out to her. If only this year would be different and the two of them could become closer. When she married Larry four years ago, Barbara knew it wouldnt be smooth sailing with his teenage daughter Ashley. Larry had gone through a bitter divorce with his ex-wife, Sheila, and Ashley had suffered terribly. Although Barbara and Larry had met months after Larry had moved out of the house, both Ashley and Sheila blamed Barbara for causing the divorce. Barbara had tried everything she could think of to win Ashleys affection „ shopping sprees, manicures, heart to heart conversations „ but nothing seemed to make a difference. No matter how hard Barbara tried, Ashley had not only kept her at arms length, but was often disdainful, and sometimes even down right hostile. Barbara hated how Ashley would call Sheila (always in earshot) to complain about Barbara or to share hilarious private jokes. The giggling had a meanspirited tone and the conversations always ended with loud kisses and sentimental I miss yous.Ž Barbara did not have children of her own, and privately worried that she didnt have maternal know-how. When she tried to explain her disappointment to Larry, he just didnt seem to get it. Whenever there was a conflict, it seemed like he always took Ashleys side, even though half the time, he wasnt even in the room when Ashley was the meanest. Larry would get annoyed and tell Barbara to grow up. He repeated over and over that Ashley only visited two weekends a month and he wasnt going to ruin things with an argument. Barbara ended up feeling hurt and defensive and blamed Larry for not being more supportive. As one of the most maligned and misunderstood groups of all, stepmoth-ers often get a bum rap. These women may have had the best of intentions of lovingly assuming the role of co-parent to their new husbands chil-dren. Understandably, they are hurt and bewildered if their stepchildren are less than enthused. Women tend to pride themselves on the quality of their interpersonal relationships. When there are struggles with stepchildren, its not uncommon for a woman to take it poor-ly and to blame herself, rather than the realities of the situation, for the failures. So many couples anticipate that they and their children will adjust seam-lessly to the challenges of integrating into a cohesive new entity. They may pay lip service to the assumption: Of course, well have some issues,Ž but at the end of the day, they often assume that love will prevail and in THEIR case, if they try hard enough, things will work out fine. The stark reality is that even if two people fall madly in love, neither can expect that the entire family constella-tion will readily have affection for each other. Stepparents cant will themselves to love their partners children any more than the children can be expected to readily bond with a parents new spouse. On the contrary, there are pow-erful forces that often work against this happening. The newly blended family is unfortunately compromised by the hurts, mis-understandings and resentments that preceded it during the breakup of the original family. Not only are the chil-dren reeling from their own reaction to the breakup, they are also sorting out their feelings toward the way their biological parents are relating to each other and adjusting to their hurts. When the biological parents are hostile towards each other, it inhibits the children from comfortably reaching out to their stepparents. The unfortunate truth is that many stepmothers actually bend over backward in their efforts to woo the affections of their new family, and are hurt and discouraged by cool civility or blatant hostility. Acutely sensitive to hurts and rejections, stepmothers are likely to respond emotionally to the landmines along the way. And although her husband and confidantes may reassure her things will ultimately improve and urge her to not take it personally, of course she will take it personally! She may blame her-self for not trying hard enough or doing things all wrong, when, in fact, she did the best she knew how. Newly formed families will fare better when the parents are reassured that there are certain challenges that are quite common and are to be expected. They should remind themselves over and over again that it takes quite a bit of time for everyone to adjust to the changes and to become comfortable with each others personality quirks, habits and points of view. Sadly, in some cases, the parties are just never able to warm up to each other. Parents must understand that sometimes, no matter how many hoops the stepparent jumps through to build close bonds, it just isnt going to happen. In those cases, it might be sufficient to set a more realistic goal that the parties should be cordial and respectful of one another. If only new stepparents had the benefit of the stark conclusions of several longitudinal reports that studied these very issues, they might have been bet-ter able to put the stresses in context. Studies have shown that the age of the children at the time of the remar-riage may impact on the adjustments. Some reports have shown that when children are younger, new stepfamilies can anticipate some behavioral prob-lems at first. After a number of months, though, tensions should begin to ease somewhat, as family members become more comfortable and there is a more cohesive feeling. Often-cited research by Mavis Hetherington addresses the particular strug-gles faced by stepmothers and their husbands teenage daughters. Hether-ington concludes that stepmothers are frequently singled out for poor treat-ment by children who pick up on their natural mothers resentment, and the child becomes a proxy in their fathers household. It stands to reason that daughters who are close to their mothers are likely to identify with them at puberty, and may have difficulty adjusting to either their mothers new partner, who may be perceived as direct competition, or their fathers new wife, seen as a threat to her mother. Warmly accepting a step-parent may feel like a violation of trust to their natural parent of the same sex. Teenagers often have tremendous difficulty sorting out their familial loyal-ties, and may act out their discomfort by showing hostility or sullenly retreat-ing. All teenagers face the developmen-tal task of taking steps to form their own identity apart from the family. It can feel overwhelming to integrate into the new family at this demanding time when they are navigating the ups and downs of peer relationships. When all the adults are able to clarify firm and consistent guidelines for par-enting and discipline, the households will fare the best. It also helps for the biological parent to make it clear that they are committed to their new spouse and will show support in conflicts. Oftentimes, when the children sense they have the power to drive a wedge in this relationship, they might unfor-tunately work it to their advantage. A stepmother may feel like an outsider in her own home, as the children snuggle with their father on the couch, leaving no room for her. The biological parent will often set the stage for eventual blended fam-ily adjustment. Its not uncommon for tensions to escalate to a point where a parent enters the trap of feeling he must choose between his spouse and children. There may be a push to define who is more important when, in fact, we shouldnt attempt to compare a marital relationship with a parent-child relationship. When a spouse reassures his partner with words and actions, he takes a critical step to protect the mar-riage. Its also important for him to clearly state to his children that he loves his new partner and understands that it will take time for everyone to adjust. He must further emphasize that he is counting on respect and coopera-tion. Its not uncommon for a parent to send a more passive, ineffective mes-sage in a misguided attempt to ease the childrens adjustment. A strong couple relationship should set the stage for eventual family adjustments. It can also be tremendously reassuring to the chil-dren to know that the parents work as a team, in a loving way, and will not be undermined by obnoxious, disruptive behavior. At the same time, it can be enormously helpful for the father to make sure he has sufficient one-on-one time with each of his children, so they each feel uniquely loved and appreciated. There is a delicate balance between encouraging ones children to meet and spend time with ones new partner and the young people feeling that this new, unasked-for person has been shoved down their throats. If stepfamilies can let go of the myth that they will become one big happy family right away, they may better be able to relax, have a sense of humor, and let go of the irritants that get in their way. Q Linda Lipshutz, LCSW, ACSW, is a psychotherapist serving individuals, couples and families. She holds degrees from Cornell and Columbia and completed post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for Marital and Family Therapy in Manhattan. She can be reached in her Palm Beach Gardens office at 630-2827, and at palmbeach we often think of memory as a way of preserving the idea of who we are, little thought is given to the impor-tance of forgetting to our well-being. Despite the fact that forgetting is normal, exactly how we forget „ the molecular, cellular and brain-circuit mechanisms underlying the process „ is poorly understood. Now, in a study that appears in the May 10 issue of the journal Neuron, scientists from the Jupiter campus of The Scripps Research Institute have pin-pointed a mechanism that is essential for forming memories and, as it turns out, is equally essential for eliminating them after memories have formed. This study focuses on the molecular biology of active forgetting,Ž said Ron Davis, chair of the Scripps Research Department of Neuroscience, who led the project. Until now, the basic thought has been that forgetting is mostly a passive process. Our findings make clear that forgetting is an active process that is probably regulated.Ž To better understand the mechanisms for forgetting, Mr. Davis and his col-leagues studied Drosophila „ or fruit flies „ a key model for studying mem-ory that has been found to be highly applicable to humans. The flies were put in situations where they learned that certain smells were associated with either a positive reinforcement like food or a negative one, such as a mild electric shock. The scientists observed changes in the flies brains as they remembered or forgot the new information. The results showed that a small subset of dopamine neurons regulate the acquisition of memories and the forget-ting of these memories after learning, using a pair of dopamine receptors in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmit-ter that plays a role in many process-es, including punishment and reward, memory, learning and cognition. But how can a single neurotransmitter, dopamine, have two seemingly opposite roles in both forming and eliminating memories? And how can these two dopamine receptors serve acquiring memory on the one hand, and forgetting on the other? The study suggests that when a new memory is first formed, there also exists an active, dopamine-based forgetting mechanism „ ongoing dopamine neuron activity „ that begins to erase those memories unless some importance is attached to them, a process known as consolidation that may shield important memories from the dopamine-driven forgetting process. The study shows that specific neurons in the brain release dopamine to two different receptors known as dDA1 and DAMB; these densely packed networks of neurons are vital for mem-ory and learning in insects. The study found the dDA1 receptor is responsible for memory acquisition, while DAMB is required for forgetting. Authors of the paper include Jacob Berry, Isaac Cervantes-Sandoval and Eric P. Nicholas, also of Scripps Research. The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health. Q Scripps Jupiter Florida scientists identify neurotransmitters that lead to forgetting SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY


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BUSINESS FLORIDA WEEKLY A GUIDE TO THE PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS INDUSTRY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A16 Bill Reichel, president of Reichel Realty, announced that the Medical Tourism Association, an international non-profit association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry, has leased space for its headquarters at the Tuscany Center office complex located at 8845 N. Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens. The association will occupy 3,600 square feet in the build-ing, which is owned by Reichel Devel-opment 2 LLC. The Medical Tourism Association, which is relocating from offices in West Palm Beach, is the first membership-based international non-profit trade association for the medical tourism and global healthcare industry. Its mem-bers include top international hospitals, healthcare providers, medical travel facilitators, insurance companies, and other affiliated companies and individuals working to promote quality and transparency in healthcare for patients in a global environment. Founded in 2007, the association has established locations throughout Europe, South America, Asia and the Middle East. Worldwide, more patients are seeking healthcare options beyond their own countrys borders, according to Renee-Marie Stephano, president of the Medi-cal Tourism Association. As we work with governments, hospitals and insurance companies that are striving to serve diverse international patients, our growth calls for larger office and training facilities,Ž she said. The new offices strategic location and Class A environment are a great fit with our global brand.Ž The Medical Tourism Association builds consumer awareness of interna-tional healthcare options, with initia-tives including the associations Health & Wellness Destination Guides and the No. 1 rated Internet portal for health-care consumers www.MedicalTourism.Com. The associations 5th Annual World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress is scheduled for Oct. 24-26 in Fort Lauderdale. Based in Palm Beach Gardens, Reichel Realty is a full-service commercial real estate company founded in 1987 by Bill Reichel. The firm services institutional, individual and corporate clients with sales and marketing, leasing, tenant repre-sentation, asset/property management, tax appeal workouts, receivership for circuit and federal courts, property assemblage, zoning, regulatory and gov-ernment consulting, construction man-agement and rehab and tenant improve-ments. For more information, see www. or call 478-4440. Q Medical Tourism Association leases space in Tuscany Center in the GardensSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYPalm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon reported on May 2 that 33,270 property owners were currently delinquent, representing $108,479,992.50 in uncollected revenue. Last year, 26,709 tax certificates were sold for $99.6 million. Ms. Gannon reminds property owners that the dead-line to pay delinquent property taxes is 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 6. After that date, all unpaid taxes will be listed for sale at the annual Tax Certificate Auc-tion on June 7. The law requires tax collectors hold an annual Tax Cer-tificate Auction to recover the uncol-lected revenue,Ž says Ms. Gannon. This revenue has already been obligated to fund essential services to our community such as law enforcement, fire, EMS, public health and education.Ž A tax certificate, also called a first lien, is placed on a delinquent property and sold through a competitive bid process. The party who purchases a tax certificate does not own the property. They own the tax certificate, the first lien. By law, a property owner has two years to redeem a tax certificate. Once a tax certificate is sold, interest and advertising fees are applied to the amount owed. On average, the amount owed increases by a minimum of 10 percent. These costs can rise due to increases in inter-est rates awarded during the period of time between the tax certificate sale and the redemption date. Payments may be made either in person at a service center or by mail. Mailed payments must be received, not postmarked, at Ms. Gannons office no later than 5 p.m. June 6. Delinquent taxes cannot be paid online. Payments must be made with cash, bank draft, certified check, money order, cashiers check or U.S. bank wire transfer. Wire transfers from foreign banks can be accepted only if they are in U.S. funds. Property owners can stop by a service center to pay; drop boxes are located at each center. Q Property tax delinquencies up; deadline to pay is June 6The Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce will pres-ent its annual Leadership Awards Dinner on May 31 at The Borland Center, beginning at 6 p.m. The event is sponsored by Roger Dean Stadium and catered by Cafe Chardonnay. Widely known as north-ern Palm Beach Countys pre-mier business event, the lead-ership awards will treat guests to complimen-tary cocktails, a three-course meal and live entertainment. The 2012 award win-ners are: Small Business of the Year „ STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage; Business of the Year „ Downtown at the Gardens; Community Leader of the Year „ Don Hearing of Cotleur & Hearing; Gaeta Chair-mans Award of Excellence „ Kelly Smallridge, Business Development Board. Sponsorhips of various levels are available. For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Noel Marti-nez at For information, call the chamber at 694-2300. Q Leadership award winners to be honored by chamberSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYGANNON SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY SMALLRIDGE HEARING COURTESY PHOTO The Tuscany Center office complex is at 8845 N. Military Trail in Palm Beach Gardens.


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A17 Monthly Storewide Inventory Reduction May 17h through May 20th 10%-75% OFF You Will Have Fun Shopping with Us! 1201 US Hwy. 1 North Palm Beach(Crystal Tree Plaza) 561-625-95693926 Northlake Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens(Home Depot Center) 561-694-2812 Follow us on Shop with us atA fundamental concept in investing is that the future is unknown. Portfolios should be constructed with that in mind. Sure, investors want to think that they can figure out the future. They will listen to cable news to hear many an economic prognostication and asset class forecast. But what theyre getting might be just high-end marketing, selling or info-taining. Chances are very good that, even if the perfectly right scenario was laid before an investor, it would be tossed into the fore-cast heap and never become actionable. The important thing for an investor to decide is whether his asset mix will serve him well over the long runƒ in a variety of economic, interest rate, inflation and liquid environments. A portfolio is not created to do well for a short-term market environment or for what might happen next month. Constructing the portfolio is generally a factual, unemotional, logical process. It can be done alone, but is better done with several advisers review. Because the future is unknown, the return of and return on any investment capital is at risk. The degree of risk varies by asset class and varies by selections within the asset class. For instance, within the risk class of U.S. equities, the sector of technology is of greater risk than utilities; further, with-in those subcategories, individual stocks have different risk levels. Risk is a very important element of investing. To the ordinary investor, it means the possibility of loss or (losses in excess of capital if so applies,) ultimate return of investment funds, liquidity, trans-parency, volatility, ability of the asset to regain value after losses, among other risk characteristics. For instance, if you lose money in a bond that has defaulted, the chances of you getting your full principal back are slim versus a loss in equities due to a poor earnings release or a write-off, as the com-pany might well have the capacity to grow and rebound in value over time. Most investors need to first figure out if they can take investment risk. If they cannot afford to lose principal, then their investment choices are very few „ pos-sibly: CDs, short-term U.S. Treasuries, annuities, etc.ƒ all the while remember-ing: there are limits on bank CD guaran-tees; that even the U.S. government debt has been downgraded; and that there are risks inherent with an insurance compa-nys credit. Bottom line, even the riskless assets can have risk. Investors then need to determine how much income they need and, given their risk profile, what income sources best suit them. If they are working in a secure job, then there is less dependence on invest-ment income. If they are retired, then they are very dependent on retirement sources of income. For retirees, once their income needs are met (whatever the reliable source) and if they have emergency cash (or assets easily transferred into cash) sufficient to handle a several month or several year period, then they can take a look at adding layers of risk investments. The first natural extension of the portfolio might be into corporate bonds and U.S. corporate equities paying dividends. Obviously, those equities offering a divi-dend will help satisfy the need for income and offer the potential for capital gain. Those who can take risk might reach for higher yielding plays and those who want less risk might be looking at companies that have never missed a dividend and have a long record of increases. The young investor, those still employed, and /or investors with very large portfolios (young or old) can assume more risk such as technology, foreign equities, illiquid private equity, hedge funds and other alter-natives. Technically, you might be able to handle additional risk, but if you know your per-sonality is such that a loss changes your dis-position, your lifestyle and your approach to investing, then you might have to rethink your portfolio risk tolerance. Visiting with several investment advisers could assure that your approach is reasonable. Now, some investors say, I know the future! X, Y, Z will happen and I am making a great allocation to asset classes A and B and lightening up on asset classes C and D.Ž This rearranging of the deck chairs is not advisable for most. Yes, that is how money can be madeƒ or lost. Make and stay with allocations that make long-term sense.Besides setting up the right portfolio mix, setting up the right expectations is equally important. If you think every asset class is going to be in the plus column every quarter or every year, you probably do not have the right expectations. For instance, foreign equities have been faring poorly lately with U.S. equities doing better; so, ditching your foreign allo-cation to further allocate to U.S. equities would be chasing performance and derail-ing a long-term allocation strategy. Do not expect very different types of investments to march in cadence e.g. private equity does not perform like hedge funds, real estate or corporate bonds. If you have a portfolio allocation that makes sense, then assess the portfolio in total. As a point of reference, the standard time frame used by institutions to assess an investment manager is not a matter of months or a year, it is generally three years. Consult your advisers as to accuracy of the above and suitability. Q „ There is a substantial risk of loss in trading futures and options on futures contracts. Past performance is not indicative of future results. This article is provided for informational purposes only. No statement in this article should be construed as a recommendation to buy/sell a futures/options contract or to provide investment advice.„ Jeannette Showalter, CFA, is a commodities broker with Worldwide Futures Systems, (239) 571-8896. For midweek commentaries, write to showalter@ MONEY & INVESTINGManaging your portfolio and managing your expectations jeannette SHOWALTER CFA The important thing for an investor to decide is whether his asset mix will serve him well over the long run.


A18 BUSINESS/REAL ESTATE WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLYExacting buyer wins dream home because of one missing screw heatherPURUCKER BRETZLAFF I received a referral from a longtime client currently residing in New York City. The referral was a business associ-ate named Mr. Thompson. He had been to the area several times in the last year. When I spoke with Mr. Thompson on the telephone, he was very friendly, but insisted that he would only work with me if I showed him NEW properties he had not seen previously. Of course I agreed, and asked him to kindly forward me all of the proper-ties he had seen. He wanted to fax the information because that was easiest for him; he had organized the infor-mation in a very particular manner. I gladly provided the office fax number. Three hours later, my office called. The faxes had not stopped coming in! The office manager told me there were more than 60 faxes. 60! This gentleman had seen more than 60 homes? I was impressed! He remembered each individual property with his specific notes on each of the listing pages „ usually the homes begin to look alike after the first five. Although I appreciated the details, I had to call and ask him to stop faxing. It was starting to jam the machine. I assured him we would find the right property for him and his family when they arrived on the weekend. Mr. Thompson and his family were due to arrive at 8:30 on a Friday morn-ing and I had scheduled showings beginning at 10:30 that same day „ giv-ing them enough time to get a quick bite to eat prior to viewing the homes. I picked them up at the airport and they piled into the car with the two most adorable young daughters. They were staying at The Breakers and I assumed we would eat on the Island, close to the hotel. Is there an Original Pancake House hereŽ? Mr. Thompson asked. I truly wasnt sure where one was, but I quickly found it on the GPS and we were off to the nearest location „ 20 minutes north. It was almost refreshing to see a family arrive with their Louis Vuitton luggage, check in at The Breakers and request to go to the Original Pan-cake House. Four pan-cake breakfasts later and two chocolate milkshakes to go, we began our search. I had eight homes to show the Thompsons over the next two days. I was determined to find them a home and went through the faxes sev-eral times to ensure that every detail was considered „ and that I was cer-tain not to show them a home they had already seen. It was the third house of the day and they fell in love! I knew from the listing broker that there was another inter-ested couple, but no offers yet. I relayed this to the Thompsons but they wanted to continue on and see the other homes prior to making any decisions. The following day after we viewed all of the homes, and they decided to put in an offer on the third home we viewed the day prior. I presented the offer to the listing broker and unfortunately learned that it had just gone under contract. The buyer was currently in the inspection period so the broker would keep us updated during this time „ the Thompsons waited anxiously over the next 10 days. The inspection period for any contract is extremely important for a num-ber of reasons. According to the Florida Association of Realtors AS ISŽ contract that is commonly used today, the seller is not obligated to repair anything on the inspection report, but the buyer has the right to cancel the contract during their inspection period if they are not satisfied with the report. I was fairly certain in this case that the inspection report would be clean, based on the condition of the home „ the sellers kept the home in remarkable condition. I followed up with the listing broker every day and was told after the inspection that there were only four items on the inspection report that needed attention. One of those items was a missing screw in the master bath shower. It didnt look good for the Thompsons. The next day I received a call from the listing broker. Much to my surprise, the contract was canceled because the buyer asked the seller to replace the missing screw and the seller said no. The contract was As IsŽ and the Thompsons were then able to purchase the home! The Thompsons were extremely happy to be the buyers of this home and did not ask the sellers to repair anything on their inspection report, accepting the home As Is.Ž When entering into an As IsŽ contract, be prepared for some repair costs on the home. The beauty of each home is that there is not one exactly like another. They are built by hand and maintained by their owners. At times there will be improvements necessary to repair a home. Keep in mind if a buyer loves a home, a major detail for one could be a minor detail for another. Q Heather Purucker Bretzlaff is a broker and Realtor Associate at Fite Shavell & Associates. She can be reached at 722-6136, or at hbretzlaff@fiteshavell. com.Art pottery made by Weller is a favorite among collectors. The company made art pottery in Zanesville, Ohio, from 1893 to 1948. From the 1920s to the 1940s, Weller also made less sophisti-cated pottery for the yard called Gar-den Ware.Ž Stone-colored birdbaths, sprinklers, fountains, toadstool seats, sundials and urns were available. Large, colorful Garden Ware figures were the most unusual. They were made in sev-eral sizes: 4, 7, 10 and 18 inches. Life-like dogs, roosters, birds, cats, rabbits, pelicans, ducks, frogs and squirrels were produced, along with humorous frogs, gnomes and unusual Pop EyeŽ dogs. All of these figures were made to be half-hidden among plants, a surprise to be glimpsed from a garden path. Many of the figures were created by Doro-thy England Laughead. She worked at Weller Pottery from 1925 to 1960. Today a 4-inch Coppertone frog sells for about $300 and a 4-inch Pop Eye dog for $300, but a 19-inch Gnome on Tree TrunkŽ is worth more than $5,000. Most Garden Ware has cracks and chips from living outdoors, but minor damage does not change the price very much. Q: I was given a four-piece set of patio chairs by a family friend who said the set originally came from an old motel in Miami Beach. I have been trying to decide if I should restore the chairs or sell them. The metal frames have some rust and several of the chairs vinyl straps are missing. The straps are fastened onto prongs on the frame. I have yet to find anyone who has ever heard of prong connec-tions for straps, and everyone I have asked thinks the set is very old. Is there any way to find the age and value of these chair? A: Old lawn furniture doesnt sell for high prices unless its marked with the name of a famous designer or maker. Its probably not worth the time and money it would take to restore it. The rust must be sanded or scraped off the metal frames. Then the frames should be painted with a rust-preventative base coat and a finish-ing coat of paint. In order to consider restoring the chairs, you would have to find a source for new straps. You can buy vinyl strips in various lengths, but it might be difficult to cut the kind of holes needed to fit around the prongs on your chairs. In order to avoid sagging straps, the vinyl strips have to be cut 10 percent to 15 percent shorter than the actual measurement needed. Then the vinyl has to be boiled briefly to make it pliable enough to be stretched to fit the frame. Vinyl tightens as it cools. If you can find the supplies and do the work, you still have chairs that will be very hard to sell. Q: What are the fancy decorations and handles on silver trays made of? A: If the tray is sterling silver, its handles probably are sterling. The handles on silver-plated trays are often made of spelter, Britan-nia metal or another low-grade metal and then plated when the rest of the tray is plated. Be careful. We know of someone who put a sil-ver tray in the oven to keep food warm. The heat melted the han-dles and they fell off. Q: I would like to know how to clear the water in old snow domes. The water in mine has gotten very cloudy. A: The liquid would have to be replaced. There are a few repair ser-vices that will do it, or you can attempt to do it yourself. But its difficult. Hold the snow dome upside down before you try to separate the top from the bottom. If its glued together, you may be able to soften the glue first by immersing the snow dome in hot water. Snow domes with black plastic bases or brown pottery bases made in the 1930s and 1940s were held in place by plaster of Paris, which can be carefully chipped away. Domes with new shiny black plastic bases, black pottery bases (1940s), or cobalt blue bases (1920s) cannot be opened unless they have a threaded base, and very few did. If you can open yours, pour the original liquid through a cloth so that the snowŽ is separated from the liquid. Use distilled water to refill the dome. Adding about 1/2 teaspoon glycerin to the water will make the snowŽ fall more slowly. Snow domes should not be stored in the dark. Exposure to light keeps the liquid clear. But dont keep them in direct sunlight. The glass can magnify light rays and may start a fire. Tip: A diamond ring is durable but not indestructible. Dont wear it when using chlorine bleach that can discolor the mounting. Have a jeweler see it once a year to check for loose prongs or worn mountings. Q „ Terry Kovel answers as many questions as possible through the column. By sending a letter with a question, you give full permission for use in the column or any other Kovel forum. Names, addresses or email addresses will not be published. We cannot guarantee the return of any photograph, but if a stamped envelope is included, we will try. The volume of mail makes personal answers or appraisals impossible. Write to Kovels, Florida Weekly, King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. KOVELS: ANTIQUES Garden Ware features sneaky, surprising critters o t c h v f h terry This Pop Eye dog made by Weller Pottery is only 4 inches high. It sold for $360 at a 2011 Humler & Nolan auction in Cincinnati.


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A20 BUSINESS WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLY NETWO “Guy’s Night Out” fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs, at Provident Jewelry in JupiterWe 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 s 1 Joey Fago, Lara Pansolli and Zachary Potter 2 Makepeace Charles, David Liporace, Nick Linca, Robert Ritter and Chris Ramsey 3 David Hand and Victor Concepcion 4. Nick Linca, Seth Berman, Rob Samuels and Scott Diament 5. Richard Sloane, Howard Siegel, Chris Olschewsky, Chad Prandi and Kevin Sloane 3 4 5 1 2 COURTESY PHOTOS


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 BUSINESS A21TWORKING Appreciation luncheon for Kravis Center board of directors, life trustees and standing 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@ 10 8 9 3 1 2 COURTESY PHOTOS 1 Jane Mitchell, Sarah Collins and Judy Goodman 2 Connie Ward, John Jenkins and Zenetta Miller 3 Mark Levy, Mayor Jeri Muoio and Bill Meyer 4. Laurie Silvers and Ted Mandes 5. Paul Leone and Judy Mitchell 6. Stanley Rumbough and John Howard 7. Gary Lickle and Lee Wolf 8. Stuart Frankel, Alec Flamm and Stephen Brown 9. Ron Meshberg, Helen Persson, Barbara Golden, Mia Matthews and Marcie Gorman-Althof10. Zachary Berg, Jeffrey Pheterson and Richard Sloane 7 4 5 6


A GUIDE TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRYREAL ESTATE WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A22 SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYMagnificent in Mirasol PALM BEACH GARDENS FLORIDA WEEKLY This custom Mirasol estate was built by Mustipick, and provides a sought-after golf equity membership. This home at 126 Playa Rienta features almost 6,000 square feet under air on one level, with four bedrooms, 5.5 baths, 23-foot ceilings, custom details in each room, a state-of-the-art theater and arched, floor-to-ceiling windows. The light-filled gourmet kitchen features two Sub-zero refrigerators with drawers, two freezers, two dishwashers, two ovens, a 6-burner gas stove-top with custom hood, light granite countertops and cabinets and a breakfast bar. The large breakfast room offers pool views through seamless butted windows. The dining room features beveled glass mirrors and decorative lighting with ceiling medallion and faux painting. Rich custom built-ins in the office include bookshelves, file drawers and two computer workstations. Other features includes Saturnia floors with inlays, Bose surround sound, a grand fireplace, a well-appointed custom wet bar with rich wood built-ins, wine storage, marble shelves with lighting in the oversized living room and a home theater. The elegant master suite features dual baths and closets and overlooks a peaceful waterfall spa in a tropical setting. The private oversized patio is surrounded by lush landscaping and includes a built-in summer kitchen with a stainless-steel barbeque, Sub-zero refrigerator, cabinets and decorative tiles. The heated pool offers rock waterfalls and an inviting spa. The home features a three-car garage. Fite Shavell & Associ-ates lists the home for $2,295,000. The agent is Linda Bright, 561-629-4995, Q COURTESY PHOTOS


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FLORIDA WEEKLY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA GUIDE TO THE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENE WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A25 RAW Gallery and Studio in Northwood will have a gallery reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 25 „ in conjunction with the Northwood Vil-lage Art and Wine Promenade „ to welcome Nancy Blair as its newest gallery member. As a plein air painter, Ms. Blairs expressionistic style captures the light, movement and color of Flori-das natural landscape. Ms. Blairs work along with the other gallery members can be viewed at the RAW Gallery and Stu-dio located at 508 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. Dee Carnelli opened the gallery and studio in November. An artist and custom lampshade maker, she says she needed a studio from which to operate her business. The gallery concept grew as a sharing the spaceŽ with other art-ists. The front gallery is designed to feature a collection of artwork by eight wall artists with floor space for 3-D artists. The artists styles vary from traditional to contemporary to the zany. The studio is open for the public to view and buy from. Browsers and watch Ms. Carnelli make a lamp-shade or work on one a drawing. She offers classes in lampshade making, basket weaving and other art forms. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Friday 2-9 p.m. For more information call 2521435 or email Q Northwood’s RAW Gallery sets reception for new artist SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY TAKE A CLASS Summer is the time for rest and for revealing our creative sides BY SCOTT S eason is over and it is time for full-time residents to get a little me-time. That means lines are shorter at area stores and restaurants. And it means there is more space available for classes at area cultural institutions. So instead of reading about art, why not create a little art of your own? Its a great way to stay inside and stay cool during the wwwwwwsum-mer,Ž said Katie Deits, executive direc-tor of the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta. Unless you want to take a plein air class and stay in the shade with Ted Matz.Ž Mr. Matz is one of the art schools favorite instructors, Ms. Deits said, and he will challenge students to develop compositional skills, all with his calm, friendly demeanor. At the Armory Art Center, south of downtown West Palm Beach, which offers 8 Weeks of Art, students can take a whirlwind tour of the schools offer-ings in drawing, painting, printmaking, digital photography, fiber arts, hand-building and wheel-throwing in ceram-ics and sculpture. COURTESY PHOTOS TOP: Students participate in a photo-editing class at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in downtown West Palm Beach.ABOVE: Ceramics instructor Justin Lambert works with a stu-dent at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta.LEFT: Students participate in a sculpture class at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. COURTESY IMAGEThis landscape by Nancy Blair is representa-tive of the works that she will be exhibiting at Raw Gallery in West Palm Beach’s Northwood neigh-borhood.SEE CLASS, A28 X


A26 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLY Present this Coupon for One Free Appetizer at the Club* See Things Our WayMarina/Service/Fuel Clubhouse/Pool Sauna/Fitness Center Transient Slips Social Memberships Luxury Waterfront Vacation Rentals Restaurant/Jacks Havana Bar *Free appetizer with the purchase of two entrees. No photocopies. Valid December 8, 2011 January 12, 2012Key West Harbour 6000 Peninsular Avenue Key West, FL 33040 at Key West Harbour nformation Valid May 3rd May 31st, 2012 SAND Y DA Y S, SALT Y N IG HTSAnd pooch makes threeThe first time I met my boyfriends dog, Lucy, there was the usual jumping, face licking and excited whining. I patted her flank and called her a good girl and made like wed get on famously. Which we did. Until she realized I wasnt leav-ing. She stood in the doorway to the kitchen as I helped my boyfriend unload the groceries, her furry face tilted to one side and her ears cocked as if to say, Wait. Shes staying?Ž There comes a momentous time in every relationship when a new partner meets the established pet. Its like meet-ing future in-laws or future stepchil-dren. The moment is weighted with sig-nificance, everyone eye-ing everyone else, the whole crowd waiting to see if the union might be a good fit. With dog owners the question is always: Will this new person make a good addition to the pack? (Cat owners are another story; and lets be honest „ cats dont really care.) Later that same evening, my boyfriend and I stretched out on the couch to watch a movie. Lucy stared, incredu-lous, from the floor. Whats the matter with her?Ž I asked.My boyfriend lifted his head from the pillow to get a better look. Youre in her spot,Ž he said matterof-factly. Should I move?ŽNo, no,Ž he said. He laid his head back against the cushion. She can lie on the other side.Ž He patted the empty couch on his right and Lucy hopped up. She set about licking his face and neck. Should I give you two a moment alone together?Ž I said, joking but with a jealous edge. They looked at me with the same wounded expression. Or, I should say, almost the same. My boyfriends face said, Dont overreact. Im just glad to see my dog.Ž But Lucys said, Maybe you should give us a moment alone.Ž I laughed as I realized I could never compete with her. I reached across my boyfriends chest and rubbed Lucy behind the ears. She gave me a contented lick before burrowing down, and soon she was snoring through the movie. There we were, the three of us, with my boyfriend happily ensconced in the middle. I had been outdone by a 60-pound mutt. But how? Like this: Lucy loves my boyfriend unconditionally. If he comes home late, if he leaves his dirty socks on the floor, if hes cranky or irritable or tired, if he wants to go for a run or a W-A-L-K, its all the same to her. Shell still lick his face; shell still wag her tail. Shell be just as happy and excited and full of love for him. Which perhaps is a good lesson for all of us. Were so demanding in relationships. We demand that our partners love us unconditionally, no matter what kind of mood were in or how weve misbe-haved. We demand that they love us whether weve earned it or not. Lucy never demands any-thing. She gives her love generously, unreservedly. And my boyfriend? He treats her with the same tail-wagging, facelicking affection that she dishes out. And thats something we could all use more of. Q artis


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A28 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLYEssentially, participants can take a romp through the campus,Ž said Talya Lerman, the Armorys director of edu-cation, adding, Its great for new stu-dents. Its also great for students who maybe are dedicated to one area but want to branch out.Ž The Palm Beach Photographic Centre, in downtown West Palm Beach, also embraces students of all skill lev-els. I love the fact that it doesnt matter whether you are a staunch amateur or a serious professional wanting to expand your knowledge in photography. We have something for everyone,Ž said Fatima NeJame, president and CEO of the school and museum. All three institutions have summer camps, but summer classes for adults offer a certain cachet. They are smaller, for one.The Armory averages eight to 10 students for classes in summer; figure on a dozen or so attendees for workshops. During season, its quite a bit different,Ž Ms. Lerman said. Class sizes can be quite a bit larger then. Those workshops are popular, and offer an opportunity for students to try new things. We try to spread them around in the different art areas,Ž Ms. Lerman said. One workshop, Fusing in a Flash, offers lessons in fused glass. Want to create, but cant draw? The Armory promises to teach students enough basic draw-ing techniques in a three-hour workshop to inspire them to create. Workshops also are a spring and summer staple of the Photographic Centre, where attendees can learn everything from the basics (classes such as Intro to Digital Camera and Learning to Use Your Point & Shoot Digital Camera) to advanced skills (Painting Expressively from Photo-graphs using Photoshop CS5). This summer, we have digital fine printing. We have a Cuban photog-rapher coming who will be doing an artist in residence,Ž Ms. NeJame said. Were going to be adding programs in Spanish. Hes coming from Cuba and will be here for three months and were very excited about that.Ž Photo camp will be taught by a National Geographic photographer, who also will lead some of the Photo-graphic Centres adult classes this sum-mer. And Laurence Gartel, who worked with Andy Warhol and is considered the father of the digital art movement, will lead some classes as well. We always have lots of fun things going on,Ž said Ms. NeJame. We decide were going to do something and it gets put on the schedule. Its really cool with todays social media, and all those things, and word of mouth. Someone suggested a one-day flower class and two weeks later, it sold out.Ž Excitement is the watchword at the Lighthouse ArtCenter, which has offered classes for nearly half a century. I think one of the most exciting things is our sculpture class, with Nilda Comas teaching for us. All of the peo-ple who have been taking our classes are extremely enthusiastic about it. That will be in August,Ž Ms. Deits said. The ArtCenter also will offer students some of the fundamentals, including drawing classes in June with Pat Crowley. Its a foundation of art, with figure and portrait drawing,Ž Ms. Deits said. And having Mr. Crowley teaching is a bonus for students. Hes a lot of fun, and is an extremely talented artist. He teaches you facial expressions, action, poses, and how to capture and interpret the human form,Ž she said. And in addition to the traditional drawing, painting and ceramics classes, the ArtCenter will offer a jewelry class in which students combine sea glass and shells. Tracey Roedl will teach the class, which was inspired by a work-shop. They can come in and make a beautiful necklace,Ž Ms. Deits said. All three institutions offer summer camps, so its possible for a parent or grandparent to drop children off for a camp session and take a class while the kids have their fun. The ArtCenters adult classes will be held in the studios to the rear of the museum on Tequesta Drive „ the School of Arts building on Seabrook Road will be used for summer camps for kids ages 4-12; internships are avail-able for older students. ArtCamp runs June 11-Aug. 17. The Photographic Centre offers its FOTOcamp in two-week sessions start-ing June 11. We get kids of all ages from 6 up to 17, 18. They can come get taught by master photographers,Ž said Irma Hale, administrative assistant at the Photo-graphic Centre. They go on field trips, then theyre taught all the things on the computer. Well provide them with a good SLR camera for the photo camp.Ž The Armory will have an open house on May 19 for its summer camps, which were designed for kids ages 4 to 17, and will be held June 1 1-Aug.10. But for the young „ or young at heart „ the classes offer a chance to refresh the soul. Its a really great way to meet new people and the summer, in my eyes, tends to be a more relaxed time of the year,Ž said Ms. Lerman. People tend to get out more and be more active. You can meet new people or get your group of friends to come take a workshop. Its a time to pursue your passion.Ž Q CLASSFrom page A25 >>What: Armory Art Center classes >>When: Various dates; classes begin around June 18 and continue into August.>>Where: 1700 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach (between Okeechobee Boulevard and Belvedere Road)>>Cost: About $300 per class >>Info: 832-1776; >>What: Lighthouse ArtCenter classes >>When: June 4-30, July 9-Aug. 4, Aug. 6-Sept. 1>>Where: Gallery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta>>Cost: Various prices. Four-week sessions may cost $140 members, $165 nonmembers. >>Info: 748-8737; >>What: Palm Beach Photographic Centre >>When: Various dates/times >>Where: 415 Clematis St. (in the West Palm Beach City Center), downtown West Palm Beach>>Cost: Prices vary. For example, Photoshop class with Laurence Gartel is $825 for members, $895 for nonmembers, and Photoshop Basics, taught by staff is $145 for members, $195 for nonmembers. >>Info: 253-2600 or in the know GARTEL COURTESY PHOTOS Instructor Ted Matz works with student Dr. Elise Hillmann during a painting class at the Lighthouse ArtCenter’s School of Art.Master sculptor Nilda Comas teaches students to sculpt in clay during a class at the Light-house ArtCenter.Students use computers to edit images during a class at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in downtown West Palm Beach.


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Please send calendar listings to At The Borland Center The Borland Center for Performing Arts is at Midtown, 4885 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call 904-3130 or visit Guys and Dolls” — Presented by the Atlantic Arts Academy and The Atlantic Theater and Performance Companies, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 19. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 students/chil-dren. At The Eissey The Eissey Campus Theatre is at Palm Beach State College, PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens. Unless otherwise noted, call 207-5900 or visit Q 8th Annual Spring Showcase — Presented by the Palm Beach Suzuki School of Music. Includes collabora-tions with Florida Dance Conservato-ry and Exclusively Argentine Tango at Georges, 7 p.m. May 18. Tickets: $12 and available at night of showcase only; 818-9121 or At The Kravis Center The Kravis Center is at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. For tickets, call 832-7469 or log on to “Le Misrables” — The new 25th anniversary production, various times, through May 26, Dreyfoos Hall. Tickets: $27 and up.Q “Hoztage” — The stage play by: Genji Jacques, 7:30 p.m. May 19, Rinker Playhouse. Tickets: $27. At The Maltz The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is at 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Call 575-2223 or visit“Pippin” — Student production of the Broadway show, 7:30 p.m. May 18-19. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 children. At The Mos’art The MosArt Theatre is at 700 Park Ave., Lake Park. Call 337-OPOD (6763) or visit Films — May 17: The Perfect FamilyŽ and In Darkness.Ž May 18-13: A Bag of Hammers,Ž In DarknessŽ and Take Me Home,Ž various times.Q Live: Disneys Jungle Book,Ž 1 and 5 p.m. May 19 and 3 p.m. May 20.Q Ballet on Cinema: La Fille Mal Gardee,Ž 6 p.m. May 20. Thursday, May 17 Q Gardens Summer Market Nights — 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 17-Aug. 16, 4301 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Hear live music and shop for prepared food and drink items, plants, flowers, produce and handmade crafts. No pets allowed. Information:, email or 630-1146.Q Bridge Classes with Liz Dennis — Third Thursday of the month (May 17) through May. Pre-registration required. $25 admission. JCC North, 4803 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call Rhonda Gordon at 712-5233. Q Story time session at the Loxahatchee River Center — 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter; 743-7123; or visit Advanced Computer Class — 6 p.m. May 17, Lake Park Public Library, 529 Park Ave., Lake Park. Call in advance to reserve a seat; space is limited. 881-3330.Q Sailfish Marina Sunset Celebration — 6 p.m. Thursdays. Shop for arts and crafts made by artists from around the country. Sailfish Marina, east of the Intracoastal, just south of Blue Heron Boulevard, Palm Beach Shores; 842-8449.Q Dance Tonight — Open Latin/ ballroom mix party features live music by Jimmy Falzone every Thursday. Group lesson 8-9 p.m.; party 9-10:30 p.m.; admission $15 for entire evening, includes light buffet; 914 Park Ave., Lake Park; 844-0255.Q Clematis by Night — Live music 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Clematis Street at the Waterfront, downtown West Palm Beach. May 17: Band: Marijah & the Reg-gae Allstars. May 24: Jesse Young Band. May 31: Riptide. Free; 822-1515 or visit Friday, May 18 Q Lake Park “Super” Market — 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 26; Kelsey Park, 725 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Park; (203) 222-3574.QDiscussion to target bullying — The School District of Palm Beach County and new local Action Alliance for Mental Health invite parents, educa-tors, counselors, nonprofits and com-munity leaders to a Community Action Workshop 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 18 at the Safe Schools Institute, 1790 NW Spanish River Blvd., Boca Raton. Free; RSVP is requested at Brockman — Solo art exhibit, presented by VSA of Palm Beach Coun-ty, 6-8 p.m. May 18, 2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth. Free. Q “Friday Night Dance Party” — 8-10 p.m. Fridays, Alexanders Ballroom, 51 W. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Cost: $15 per person; 747-0030 or Downtown’s Weekend Kickoff — Downtown at the Gardens Centre Court, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens; 340-1600. Saturday, May 19 Q Armed Forces Day — The Historical Society of Palm Beach County commemorates World War II with reen-actors and a lecture about the Tuske-gee Airmen from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19, at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum, 300 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 832-4164.Q 2012 Learning for Life Firematics Competition — Competition consists of five different firefight-ing drills, which simulate what firefight-ers do on an emergency scene. The top three teams will receive an award for their Department with the first place team given the honor of displaying a four foot traveling trophy at their department for one year.10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Res-cue, 5161 Northlake Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens.Q Kids Story Time — 11:30 a.m. Saturdays, Loggerhead Marinelife Cen-ter, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach; free. Visit Public Fish Feedings — At the Loxahatchee River Center „ 2 p.m. Sat-urdays at the Wild & Scenic and Deep Marine Tanks, Burt Reynolds Park, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter; 743-7123; or visit Celebrate Saturdays at Downtown — Singers perform 6-10 p.m. Saturdays. April 28: Jason Colannino and 4 Peace Band Downtown at the Gar-dens Centre Court, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens; 340-1600. Monday, May 21 Q Timely Topics Discussion Group — Lively discussion group covers the most up-to-date topics faced by our local community, including national affairs and foreign relations as they relate to Israel and the United States; free/Friends of the J; $18 annual fee/guests; call 712-5233. JCC North, 4803 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Tuesday, May 22 Q Ovarian cancer symposium — 6-8 p.m. May 22, Rodney B. Fink Audi-torium, Scripps Research Institute, 120 Scripps Way, Jupiter. Light refreshments will be served; RSVP to Betsy, (954) 763-6776 or email Q Mah Jongg & Canasta Play Sessions — Tables grouped by game preference (mah jongg or canasta) and level of skill. Coffee, cold beverages and a variety of goodies provided. 12:15-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; JCC North, 4803 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Price: Free/Friends of the J; $5/guest; 712-5233.Q Stayman Memorial Bridge — Supervised play sessions with Sam Brams, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; JCC North, 4803 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Play party bridge in a friend-ly atmosphere while benefiting from expert advice with judgment calls and hand rulings; no partner necessary; cof-fee and light refreshments provided. Price: Free/Friends of the J; $6/guests; 712-5233.Q Zumba Class — 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Alexanders Ballroom, 651 W. Indian-town Road, Jupiter; 747-0030.Q Zumba Class — 7:15-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednes-days at the Burns Road Recreation Center, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Drop-in fee, $12; resident dis-count, $10. Call 630-1100 or visit Wednesday, May 23 Q “Big Shot” Photography Exhibit — Opening reception for Artists Association of Jupiter, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 23, A Unique Art Gallery, Center Park Plaza, 226 Center St., Jupi-ter. Visit or call Susan at (954) 588-7275.Q Basic Computer Class — Noon1:30 p.m. May 23, Lake Park Public Library, 529 Park Ave., Lake Park. Call in advance to reserve a seat; space is limited. 881-3330.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 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO A30 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLY A premiere arts and crafts show with Sailfish Marina sunset water views is held on Thursdays from 6 p.m-9 p.m. COURTESY PHOTO


Center, 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach. Free; Q Bridge Classes with Sam Brams — 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays „ JCC North, 4803 PGA Blvd. Six-week session $72 or $15/class. Pre-registration appreci-ated. Call Rhonda Gordon, 712-5233. Ongoing Events Q The Bamboo Room — May 17: Soul Rebels, 8:30 p.m. May 18: Uproot Hootenanny, 9 p.m. May 19: The Bas-tard Sons of Johnny Cash, 9 p.m. The Bamboo Room is at 25 S. J St., down-town Lake Worth. Tickets: Various prices; 585-BLUE, or QPalm Beach Photographic Centre — Insights & SurprisesŽ „ Color Light AbstractionsŽ by mid-20th-century photographer Wynn Bull-ock. Show runs through June 9. The Photographic Centre is in the City Cen-ter, 415 Clematis St., downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; call 253.2600 or visit or “Field of Colors” — Art exhibition by Zivi Aviraz, through May 31, lobby gallery, Eissey Campus Theatre, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens; 207-5905. Q“New Eyes” — The exhibition showcasing the fine-art photography of Barry Seidman that is presented by The Lighthouse ArtCenter and Harris Pri-vate Bank, has been extended through Oct. 31. Its at Harris Private Bank, Phil-lips Point, 777 S. Flagler Drive, Suite 140E, West Palm Beach. By appointment only. Call Christi Thompson at 366-4218 for information. Q Jazz on the Palm —West Palm Beachs free outdoor Jazz concert series 8-10 p.m. the third Friday of the month on the Palm Stage on the Waterfront Commons, downtown near Clematis Street. Q Palm Beach Improv — May 18-20: Bruce Bruce. May 24: Dean Napolitano. At CityPlace, 550 S. Rose-mary Ave., Suite 250, West Palm Beach; 833-1812 or Lighthouse ArtCenter — Through May 23: 42nd Annual Kin-dergarten to 12th Grade Community Student Exhibition. Museum is at Gal-lery Square North, 373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-days-Fridays; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. Cost: Members free, $5 non-members ages 12 and up. Free admission Satur-days; 746-3101 or Norton Museum of Art — Through May 27: Beth Lipman: A Still Life Installation.Ž Through May 6: Tacita Dean.Ž Through June 24: Decoding Messages in Chinese Art.Ž Through May 27: Studio Glass: Works from the Museum Collection.Ž Art After Dark, with music, art demonstrations, is 5-9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission: $12 adults, $5 visitors 13-21; free for mem-bers 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 Thurs-day of the month. Closed Mondays and major holidays; 832-5196. Q Society of the Four Arts — Art Exhibition: Recapturing the Real West: The Collections of William I. Koch,Ž through May 13. Admission: $5; free for members and children 14 and under. Tickets: $15; free for members. Complex is at 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach; 655-7227 or Q Palm Beach’s Living Room Jazz Series—Presented by JAMS and The Four Seasons. $25 JAMS mem-bers/$35 non-members/$15 students. Concerts start at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 each Saturday. Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, 2800 S. Ocean Blvd. Tick-ets 877-722-2820 or Flagler Museum — Museum is housed in Henry Flaglers 1902 beaux-arts mansion, Whitehall; at 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. The Flagler Museum, 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Tickets: free for members; $18 adults, $10 youth (13-18) accompanied by adult; $3 child (6-12) accompanied by adult; and free for children under 6. 655-2833.Q Fitness classes for women — Classes are sponsored by the Jupiter Recreation Department. Aerobic Dance is 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Total Body Ton-ing is 8:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thurs-days, and Zumba Latin Fitness Workout is 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. First class is free to new students. Cost of a five-class fitness card that allows for flexible attendance is $26.50 for Jupiter residents and $33 for non-resi-dents. A five-class Zumba card is $31.50 for Jupiter residents and $39.50 for non-residents; 10-class cards also are avail-able. Classes meet in the community center, behind the Police Department on Military Trail, Jupiter. For informa-tion, contact instructor Kathy Andio at 236-4298 or Q “Five Thousand Years on the Loxahatchee” — Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum, 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. 747-8380, Ext. 101; 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, vet-erinary instruments, a worksheet and their own sea turtle replica to name and study. Kids take their sea turtles straight and curved measurements with a measuring tape and calipers. Based on the measurements, Dr. Logger 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 differ-ent 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 dur-ing sea turtle rehabilitation. Then, the group tags their tur-tles with a unique number and mimics a successful sea turtle release into the ocean. To be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednes-days and Fridays, and at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Satur-days. Admission is free; 14200 U.S. 1, Juno Beach; 627-8280. June Events Q The Great Books Reading and Discussion Group — meets at 10 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in the coffee shop at Barnes & Noble, 11380 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Discussion fol-lows the Shared InquiryŽ format pro-moted by The Great Books Founda-tion and used by more than 800 Great Books Groups around the country and by groups and classes in colleges and universities. Free; 624-4358.Q Ginger’s Dance Party — 8-10 p.m., first Saturday of the month: June 2. Enjoy free-style dancing and easy-to-learn line dancing; free; visit Outdoors at the Centennial Square, West Palm Beach.QAdult Discussion Group — Contemporary topics of philosophical, political, socio-economic and moral implications. 6:30-8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month (June 7) in the conference of the Jupiter Library, 705 Military Trail; call Irene Garbo at 715-7571.QRiver Totters Arts n’ Crafts — 9 a.m., second Wednesday of each month (next session is June 13). Arts and crafts for kids. Loxahatchee River Center, 805 N. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Cost $3; call 743-7123.Q Jupiter-Tequesta Orchid Society „ 7 p.m., second Wednesday of the month (next meeting is June 13). Jupiter Community Center, 200 Military Trail, Jupiter. Call 746-7363.Q Screen on the Green — Films are shown on the second Friday of each month from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the Waterfront Commons Great Lawn, downtown West Palm Beach. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A33 ONESSIMO FINE ART 4530 PGA BLVD., SUITE 101 *rn,r -Ux£‡xx‡n£ WWW.ONESSIMOFINEART.COM WORLD RENOWNED ARTIST JURGEN GORGREVE presents Robert Prester, pianist and composer, offers a solo performance of classical favorites and jazz at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches on May 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and may be reserved in advance by calling the church office, 627-6105, or may be purchased at the door on the evening of the performance. This is the fourth and final concert in a series featuring Mr. Prester, who also is the music director for First UUPB. In addition to works by Bach, Chopin, Mendelssohn, Porter and Gershwin, Mr. Prester will play his newest classical composition, a solo piano sonata, pre-miered at the Festival Internacional de San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, and performed at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. He now resides in South Florida, teaching, recording, composing and concertizing. First UUPB is at 635 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach. For more information, see Q Pianist-composer Robert Prester performs May 18 at First UnitarianSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTO Robert Prester will perform at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation. Tickets to Peter Pan,Ž starring twotime Tony Award winner Cathy Rigby, go on sale May 19 at 10 a.m. The production is Aug. 1-5 at the Kravis Center. Tickets start at $25 and are available at the Kravis Centers official web site,; at the Kravis Center Box Office, 832-7469 or 800-572-8471, and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Peter PanŽ is a family friendly attraction of spectacle and fantasy. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. Since 1990, Peter PanŽ starring Ms. Rigby, has made four stops on Broad-way, garnering four Tony nominations. Performances run Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.; Thursday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m.; Fri-day, Aug. 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Group orders of 10 tickets or more receive a discount and may be placed by calling 651-4438 or 651-4304. Q Tickets for Cathy Rigby in “Peter Pan” on sale May 19SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY RIGBY Auditions for The Village Players summer childrens play, The Wizard of Oz,Ž will be May 20 and 27 at 5 p.m. in the North Palm Beach Community Cen-ter, 1200 Prosperity Farms Road. Play dates are July 13-15 and July 20-22. Seventeen children ages 6 and older are needed. Marjorie Mann is the direc-tor. For more information call 641-1707 or see Q Village Players seeks youngsters for “The Wizard of Oz”SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY


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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 A35 classicalsouth”orida.orgClassical Music.Its In Our Nature. Just like all of us classical m usic lives and breathes. Make it part of your lifestyle. Tune to Classical South Florida on the radio or online. Its in your nature. MIRASOL ART & FRAME GALLERY AT MIRASOL WALK 6231 PGA BLVD #108, PALM BEACH GARDENS 561-799-3772 SALE ENTIRE INVENTORY 30 – 60% Off ALL ART~MIRRORS ~ PHOTO FRAMES ~ ACCESSORIES ~ (includes J. Strongwater, Elias, Ari Norman) SALE MIRASOL ART & FRAME GALLERY 6231 PGA BLVD #108, PALM BEACH GARDENS 561-799-3772 SALEENTIRE INVENTORY CLEARANCE 40% 70% OFF ALL ART~MIRRORS ~ PHOTO FRAMES ~ ACCESSORIES ~ (includes J. Strongwater, Elias, Ari Norman) SPECIAL SALE HOURS Monday Sat 9:30 5:30 pm SALE LATEST FILMSDark Shadows dan Girl In Progress + (Eva Mendes, Matthew Modine, Cierra Ramirez) An overworked and distant single mother (Mendes) doesnt notice that her teenage daughter (Ramirez) is acting out. Manipulative and painfully predictable, there is nothing you wont see coming, and none of it is done very well. Rated PG-13. The Avengers +++ (Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans) When Thors (Chris Hem-sworth) brother Loki (Hiddleston) tries to take over Earth, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) assem-bles Earths finest superheroes for the fight. Hulk has the best moments, and the last half-hour is as exciting as it gets. This is everything a summer movie should be. Rated PG-13.The Raven ++ (John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve) When a killer uses Edgar Allen Poes (Cusack) work as inspiration for his crimes, Poe is recruited to help a detective (Evans) solve the whodunit. The tone is appropriate-ly dark and gloomy, but youre never able to make sense of why the murderer would help his pursuers as much as he does. Rated R. Think Like A Man +++ (Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy) Its a battle of the sexes when a group of guy friends fall prey to women who use the dating lessons in Steve Harveys book Act Like A Lady, Think Like A ManŽ against them. This is one of the most honest mov-ies about relationships Ive ever seen, and it has a superb mix of comedy and sweetness. Rated PG-13. Q CAPSULES ++ Is it worth $10? NoA recurring theme in Tim Burtons movies is that of an eccentric outsid-er (often played by Johnny Depp) who helps a group of people who cant help themselves. This structure, combined with Burtons trademark gothic tones, makes for a noble approach, and Dark ShadowsŽ is no exception. Too bad Dark ShadowsŽ is only Saturday afternoon-matinee watch-able, though a bigger point should be made: Burtons teaming with Depp is taking on iconic Hollywood status, the likes of which people 50 years from now will remem-ber the same way film buffs today remember the movies of John Ford and John Wayne. And like Ford and Wayne, you know youre getting something intriguing with Burton and Depp, even if with the latter the level of quality varies significantly (from as good as Edward Scis-sorhandsŽ to as bad as Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryŽ). Dark ShadowsŽ is based on the television series of the same name that ran from 1966-1971. Depp plays Barnabas Collins, an Englishman whose family makes a fortune in the fishing industry after moving to Maine in 1700s. But after Barnabas spurns a witchs advances, hes cursed to be a vampire and buried alive for 200 years. When he wakes in 1972, hes not exactly impressed with the current state of his family. Elizabeth is the matri-arch (Michelle Pfeiffer), and her daugh-ter Carolyn (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a typical 70s teen. Elizabeths brother Roger (Jonny Lee Miller) is a lying thief and deadbeat dad to David (Gulliver McGrath), so much so that the family has hired a live-in shrink (Helena Bonham Carter) to keep David functional. Throw in a perpetually drunk and indifferent housekeeper named Willie (Jackie Earle Haley), and Barnabas has himself a fine mess to clean up. Aside from the family, two obstacles present themselves to Barnabas: his love for the governess Victoria (Bella Heath-cote), and competition with rival busi-ness maven Angelique (Eva Green), with whom Barnabas has an extended history. There are some nice sequences, including some quirky humor and inspired montages, but as a whole Dark ShadowsŽ the movie drags to 113 minutes and never inspires interest. The visual effects, production design and costumes are expectedly eccentric, but as we know with Burton, we cant allow ourselves to be fooled by his style „ its the story that always matters most. And though he gets nice performances from Green and Depp, they limp through a story that never feels like its going anywhere and certainly isnt in a rush to get there. But even if Burton cut a few scenes to quicken the pace, theres still an issue of balance. Some moments are played for laughs, others are straightforward drama, and the laughs come too often to be just comic relief. What this means is that a clear tone (is it campy? is it serious?) is never established, which makes all of Dark ShadowsŽ feel a bit off. Q >> This is the eighth collaboration between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and it’s the fth time Burton’s wife, Helena Bonham Carter, has joined them.


A36 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLYFLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY The LordÂ’s Place Cabaret Evening at The Colony HotelÂ’s Royal Room Lake Park Relay for Life in Lake Shore Park COURTESY PHOTOS 1. Julie Reveley and Robert Reveley2. Judy Grubman, Denise McCann and Pamela McIver3. Stephen Brown and Jamie Stern4. Bruce Bent and Diana Stanley5. JoAnne Lyboldt and Howard Lyboldt6. Joyce McLendon and Bob Norris7. Danielle Moore and Kelly Moore8. Bob Vila and Diana Barrett 1 3 4 7 6 8 2 5 2 COURTESY PHOTOS


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT A37FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Place of Hope Eighth Annual Charity Dinner & Golf Invitational at the Old Palm Golf ClubWest Palm Beach Library Foundation gala at the Mandel Public Library COURTESY PHOTOS 1. Ashlyn Montgomery, Mark Montgomery and Robert Simpson2. Russell Beverstein, Jason Doyle, Bob Parker and Kelly Doyle3. Dave Fields, Chuck Wall and Kerry Keena 4. Tom Mullins, G.T. Nicklaus, Gary Nicklaus and Steve Anderson5. Cheri Martin and Gordon Martin6. Kieran Duffy, Dave Burke, Bryant Gumbel and Alex Gilmurray 7. Chuck Wall, JB Wall, Ryan Wall, Sarah Grace Wall, Keith Wall8. Fonda Huizenga, Wayne Huizenga Jr., Tom Mullins, Donna Mullins, Mickey Nocera, Dennis Hammond and Sheila Hammond 1 3 7 8 COURTESY PHOTOS FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY 5 6 2 4 1. Nancy Parker and Ellis Parker2. Dorothy Bradshaw and Ric Bradshaw3. Jack Kay and Barbara Kay4. Sandy Myers, Barbara Mandel, Geri Mouio and Mort Mandel5. Jeff Sabean, Gina Sabean, Robert Nakushian and Janet Nakushian 5 2 4 1 3


A38 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF MAY 17-23, 2012 FLORIDA WEEKLYFLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY Kravis CenterÂ’s 20th Annual Gospel Gala at the Kravis Center 1. John Howard and Chris Howard2. Allyson Smith and Seabron Smith3. John Jenkins, Jane Mitchell and Jeffery Bland 4. John Jenkins, Jessie Jenkins, Marie Sanches and Joe Sanches5. Gwen McGee and Alyce Foster6. John Jenkins, Lee Hooks and John Howard 7. Men of Valor of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church8. Dimensional Harmony led by Sterling Frederick 1 3 7 8 FLORIDA WEEKLY SOCIETY 6 2 4 4 1 3 5 COURTESY PHOTOS1. Sister Joan Dawson and Grand Knight Thomas Conroy2. Knights of Columbus appreciation dinner3. Past Grand Knight Jim Joseph 4. Penni Conroy, Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito and Thomas Conroy 5. Father Thomas Lafreniere and Grand Knight Thomas Conroy6. Shirley Bouchard, Father William OÂ’Shea and Anna Bono Knights of Columbus, Santa Maria Council 4999, 25th Annual Religious Appreciation Dinner at the Doubletree Hotel 2 5 6 COURTESY PHOTOS


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But continuing a trend that started last year, local markets will pick up where the main seasonal greenmarkets left off, selling fresh fruits and vegeta-bles, baked goods, flowers, plants and trees and other goodies. Perhaps the biggest market, West Palm Beachs Fresh on WednesdayŽ will be held 5-8 p.m. weekly at the citys Waterfront Commons from May 23-Sept. 19. Like the regular winter GreenMarket, the Fresh on Wednesday market is dog-friendly and free. Those interested can also take advantage of the Citys free docking at its three pub-lic docks. For more information about the GreenMarket, visit In Palm Beach Gardens, shoppers can choose from two markets. Summer Market Nights will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from May 17 to Aug. 16, Gardens Park, 4301 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. There will be live music and visitors can shop for prepared food and drink items, plants, flowers, produce and handmade crafts. Call 630-1146 or 630-1107. The popular Summer Green Market has returned to STORE Self Storage in Palm Beach Gardens. It will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday through Sept. 15. The market will have more than 40 vendors. This season, organizers say the focus will be on more organic produce, fruit, fresh fish, flowers and plants. Cus-tomer favorites include specialty olive oils and spreads, artisan breads, chees-es, handmade pastas and sauces, locally produced honey and custom jewelry. STORE is at 11010 N. Military Trail, just north of PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens. Visit And if those markets are not enough, Lake Parks Super MarketŽ will con-tinue 5-9 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 26 at Kelsey Park, 725 Lake Shore Drive, Lake Park; (203) 222-3574. Food and wine with FriendsŽ: The Friends of Jupiter Beach will host their 3rd Annual FJB Food & Wine Festival. The festival, set for 3-7 p.m. May 19 at Riverwalk Events Plaza, will include a guided wine tasting by Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy and tastings of food by Top Chef finalist Lindsay Autry, The Bistro, Guanabanas, Cordon Bleu Catering, Casa Mia Trattoria & Pizzeria, TAlay Thai, Cod & Capers, Schooners, Little Moirs Food Shack and Leftovers Caf and Coolinary Caf, among others. VIP tickets are $100; general admission tickets are $35 adults, $15 children 12 and under. Riverwalk Events Plaza is beneath the east span of the Indiantown Road Bridge, at U.S. 1, Jupiter. Tickets avail-able online at Restaurant week: The week of June 3 is your opportunity to possibly try the restaurant youve always wanted to. Restaurateurs throughout Palm Beach County will offer multicourse prix fixe lunch menus for $20.12 and dinner menus for $30.12. Participating restaurants from northern Palm Beach County include Casa Mia, Jupiter Island Grill, Max and Eddies Cucina, Russells Blue Water Grill, Seasons 52, Sushi Jo and Verdea. In central county, restaurants range from Jade in Northwood to Caf Boulud, 264 the Grill, Ta-bo and The Restaurant at the Four Seasons. For information on restaurants, visit Caf Boulud sommelier wins accolades: A dozen of the nations top sommeliers gathered recently in San Fran-cisco for the third annual Top|Somm and TopNewSomm competitions. After months of competitions at the local, regional and national levels, two emerged victorious, Mariya Kovacheva of Caf Boulud in Palm Beach, who won the title of Top|Somm. Roland Micu was named the countrys TopNewSomm. Second and third place in Top|Somm went to Emily Papach of Farmhouse Inn in Forestville, Calif., and Christopher Bates of Hotel Fauchere in Milford, Pa, respectively. The competitions, hosted by the Guild of Sommeliers and judged by a panel of Master Sommeliers, required contestants to demonstrate their skills through a series of challenges in the cat-egories of wine theory, beverage service and blind tasting. Top|Somm is open to wine service professionals of all ages, while TopNewSomm is open to those under 30 years old. Q Area markets cultivate a summer seasonFLORIDA WEEKLY STAFF COURTESY PHOTOS The West Palm Beach GreenMarket will host its “Fresh on Wednesday” market starting May 23. The popular Summer Market has returned to STORE Self Storage. It will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday.


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B2 STAYCATION T I O T IO 2012 The Sanibel Island experience you expect. True Serenity ~ True Renewal ~ True Relaxation On quiet West Gulf Drive239-472-1541 800-824-0476 Scan QR to visit website Full resort amenities Shells galore on our beach Stay 3 Nights and Get the 4th Night FREE! May 10-Sept 30, subject to availability. Excludes hol idays, not combinable with any other offer. New bookings o nly. Call 239.472.1541 to book. Mention the Florida Weekly. >> PGA National Resort and Spa, 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens 561-627-2000; www.pgaresort.comARE THERE ANY GOLFERS OUT THERE NOT WANTING TO PUT THEIR egos on the line to tackle the mighty Bear Trap „ the toughest three courses in U.S. golf? Its central to the PGA Champion, one of five noteworthy courses available for guests to play at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens. Certainly not the likes of great names like Palmer, Nicklaus, Watson, Woods and hundreds of others who have put their best golf karma out to master a patch of grass, some water and a little sand at the three-hole monster. The course and others here are the fields for Ryder Cup, Honda Classic and PGA Championship tournaments that bring top golfers and their fans to the luxury resort. Those who remember key tournament moments can relive them on the resorts web site ( with a group of highlights from the major tourna-ments told in anecdotes and with slide-shows. Visitors chat up some of the long-timers here in the pro shop or caddies who can tell you even more stories, unedited. Those wanting to put their swings to the test on three of the courses will want to check out the special golfers deal, Summer Escape & Play, giving duffers a rate of $79 a night that includes all the golf you can play, club storage, and access to the mineral pools, (cart fees apply to first round daily.) Lessons are a deal, too, with 50 percent off the David Leadbetter Golf Academy Clinics with the package. Comprehensive junior golf clinics are available for entry-level golfers ages 7 to 13 in two-week ses-sions scheduled in June, July and August. But knowing the world doesnt live by golf alone, other activities are offered. A newly redesigned Health and Racquet Club has a 33,000-square-foot fitness center, with 19 clay tennis courts, racquetball and handball courts suitable for any level of play. Five croquet lawns are expertly maintained to provide the wicket and mallet set plenty of play ground. Free weights and cardiovascular exercise rooms have professionally certified trainers watching over workouts. Golf – and luxury, tooCOURTESY PHOTO PGA National Resort


B3 STAYCATION T IO T I O 2012 COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTOClasses are available. Nine pools, including lap pools and whirlpools, provide a chance to work out or wind down after the exercise. The 40,000-square-foot European spa, with the noted Waters of the World outdoor mineral pool, are for pampering. There are 32 treatment rooms where guests have more than 100 options for massages, facials, scrubs and body treatments. The caf here fea-tures spa cuisine, and an in-house salon can add the finishing touches. Stop by the fun and open I-Bar in the lobby, with a craft-brew list worthy of a b rewpub and cocktails expertly stirred and shaken. A craft beer fest and burger bash will be hosted here June 16. The chic, modern Ironwood Grille is the signature resort restaurant, with a menu at the hands of chef Gordon Maybury that has become Floridaand organic-focused. Crab and watermelon salads, crab cakes with tomatilla salsa and jam, or pan-seared scallops with sweet potato, wheat berries and fig jus are just some of the menu offerings that change frequently with seasonal selections and specials. The former steakhouse offers quality steaks, osso bucco, coriander dusted lamb loin and braised short ribs, too „ along with the Irish chefs comfort dish, shepherds pie. PGA National Guest Room PGA National Golf Course For those watching their waistlines, theres spa cuisine with lighter health-forward fare served at the spa caf. Shoppers will like the options at the nearby upscale Gardens Mall, where Nordstroms, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales and Macys anchor the numerous stores. A revived Downtown at the Gardens courtyard mall offers several restaurants and boutique shops as well as a movie theater. The Commons, a string of outdoor shops and restaurants along PGA Boulevard, provide another choice for browsing and noshing. For rainy days, nothing beats a bookstore „ Barnes and Noble is in the shops at Legacy Place, where the Capital Grill steakhouse hosts a lively happy hour. Nearby beaches are at Juno Beach and in Jupiter „ a public beach where Fido is welcome (on a leash). Staycations benefit resident Floridians „ show that youre from the Sunshine State and take 30 percent off room rates through Sept. 30 at the four-diamond resort, and get a $25 resort credit if you book two or more nights. Q „ Jan Norris


B4 STAYCATION T I O T IO 2012 Gulf Views from Every Unit!t&BTU(VMG%Sr4BOJCFM*TMBOEr'-tXXX4BOEBMGPPU$POEPcomStay 5 Nights, Get 2 Additional Nights Free!Plus an exclusive add-onŽ deal just for you! *Must mention this ad when making your reservation. Limited availability, restrictions/blackout periods apply.Your home-away-from home beachfront vacation retreat. Fully appointed 1 & 2 Bedroom Condominiums, each with tranquil views of t he Gulf of Mexico. Get 2 Additional Nights Free e add-onŽ deal just f or y ou! ki i L i i d il b il i i i / bl k i d l Lazy, not so crazy, days of Summer! >> Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, Bonita Springs,, (239) 444-1234 A QUICK, CARIBBEAN GETAWAY IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD between Fort Myers and Naples. If a vacation is an escape from reality, then the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa is just that. Step into the mahogany-laden lobby and feel as though youve arrived on a tropical movie set where Bogey and Bacall could be sipping a cool one at the bar. But this 26-acre resort nestled on the edge of the pristine Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve is about more than just sipping and relaxing. Activities abound for staycationing families and couples alike. If the Raptor Bay Golf Clubs 18 holes and the indulgent Stillwater Spa are the bookends of luxury and fun, then a plunge down the 140-foot waterslide at the spec-tacularly designed pool is the unexpected staycation memory. Every detail is tended to at the Tanglewood and Tarpon Bay restaurants, where local and fresh fare are evident priorities. Its no wonder this resort recent-ly was named among Travel + Leisures 500 Worlds Best Hotels. But first: The important part. The rooms. Each of the 450 guest rooms comes with an airy feel reminding you of why you are vacationing here at home with sumptu-ous linens and down duvets, Wi-Fi and balconies plus an iHome stereo. The views of Estero Bay and the Hyatts gardens are inspiring, whether you go outdoors or just enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of the rooms armchair. Those who want additional amenities have suite options as well. Rates vary, and off-season specials are available, such as Hyatt Free Time (a free night and free breakfast for two now through December) or Sunshine on Sale (stay four nights and get the fifth night free). Of note is the Hyatts commitment to hypoallergenic rooms, with a six-step process to reduce airborne particles and mini-mize the presence of potential irritants. Also notable for the conscientious traveler is that this Hyatt has received the state-issued Florida Green Lodging Three Palm eco-friendly certification. When hunger drives you from your room, youll find eco-efforts in the restaurants, too, and there are more options than just the Tanglewood and Tarpon Bay, though neither of them should be overlooked. (Dont miss Tarpon Bays ceviche bar selections or Tangle-woods fish tacos.) The Kofe Nut coffee bar, Mangroves Bar and also poolside dining at Corkscrew all maintain that Bahamian feel while fueling you for a vacation day. The beauty of the Hyatt Coconut Points location is what lies off-site as much as what it offers in its preserve-like setting. Gold medal-winning Lovers Key State Park is a mere drive along the bay away, taking you to sandy shores and tidal pools teeming with sea life. Charter captains are set to take you fishing on the flats for snook, trout and redfish. The Everglades lie to the south for a freshwater adventure in the sawgrass. Prefer to stay urban? Germain Arena is nearby, with entertainment options from sports to concerts. Miro-mar Outlets and greyhound racing also are close to the resort, which is ideally located about halfway between Fort Myers and Naples. On site, the Raptor Bay Golf Club was ranked among the Top 10 favorites by Gary Van Sickle, senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Golf legend Raymond Floyd helped design 18 holes of golf that received Audubon Internationals Gold Signature Sanctuary Certification. The course has an ecological design that preserved the most valuable habitats on site and restored nearly 25 acres of wetlands. With no homes ringing the property, the natural surroundings encourage the appearance of bald eagles, herons and other wildlife. While the adults are on the links, the kids can enjoy Camp Hyatt and also the 5,000-square-foot lagoon-style pool with that aforementioned waterslide. Theres tennis and also the option of kayaking through the mangroves that lace the property. Oh and of course, the Stillwater Spa, which promises a total immersion experienceŽ with innovative treatments and therapy. In fact, a stay at this resort feels like a total immersion into a vacation, even though its in Southwest Floridas back yard. „ Betsy ClaytonCaribbean feel but no passport required COURTESY PHOTO Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa


B5 LOOKING FOR SOMETHING ... W hether youre a casual shopper, serious f oodie, inspired artist or looking f or a great sceneƒ Northwood Village has something f or y ou! Voted Best Non-Mall Shopping & EatingŽ o f 2012 b y F lorida Weekl y. OFF THE BEA TEN PATH? THE LAST FRIDAYOF EVERY MONTH!JOIN US! FREE 69 PM West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (561) 822-1550CRA Board Members Chair: Mayor Jeri Muoio; Commissioners: Keith James, Shanon Materio, Kimberly Mitchell, Sylvia Moffett, Isaac “Ike” Robinson, Jr. Connect with us at or at Northwood Village is located in West Palm Beach, one mile North of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. between North Dixie Hwy. and Broadway. Free parking throughout the Village and lot on 23rd St. This Is It Cafe 444 24th St 561-655-3301 Bistro Bistro Bakery & Gourmet To Go 506 Northwood Rd 561-228-1081 Gil Walsh Interiors 523 Northwood Rd 561-932-0631 labobo 508b Northwood Rd 561-833-8314 Malakor Thai Cafe 425 25th St 561-762-9070 Northwood Glass Art & Gifts 524 Northwood Rd 561-329-4280 The Purple Bougan-Villa 423 Northwood Rd 561-833-5303 Sunset Bar & Grill 2500 Broadway (at corner of 24th St) 561-832-2722 Historically Hip Hennevelts Gallery & Gifts 510 Northwood Rd 561-506-4108 THE FLASHING BEAM OF THE ICONIC JUPITER INLET LIGHThouse has been a beacon to sailors navigating Floridas hull-crushing reefs and limestone outcroppings since 1860. When it was built, there was no city of Jupiter „ isolated barrier islands, deserted shorelines and stagnant swamps surrounded its island location. It stands watch today over Jupiters thriving coastal community, with luxury homes on the north and well-kept beaches to its south. In its beam sits the Jupiter Beach Resort „ a beach lovers paradise at the ocean end of Indiantown Road. Long a haven for protected sea turtles, the property had one of the first turtle walks and dune protection pro-grams in the area. Tucked among lush, privacy landscaping, the resort transports guests from Jupiters city life only blocks away to a tropical retreat. Decked out with a Caribbean island, casual feel with bright colors and woods, rooms and luxury suites pro-vide a respite from cookie-c utter hotels and dark, minimalist dcor. Two restaurants on the property, plus a lounge with live entertainment on some nights, give diners options, though there are several restaurants only a short drive away. A Floribbean menu is offered at Sinclairs, and includes fresh seafood, steaks and pastas. Outdoor dining is opti-mal at night with the moonrise over the ocean visible from the patio tables. The Sandbar, open for lunch and early dinner with drinks and light fare for casual diners, is next to the newly renovated pool deck. Live entertainment is fea-tured on weekends here and guests join locals for the afternoon happy hour. Spa lovers can be massaged and rejuvenated at the 7,500 square-foot spa and beautified at the full-service salon. An oceanfront pool, tennis courts, a recreational court and fitness rooms accommodate the more active guests. The kids arent forgotten „ activities for the G-rated set include bicycle rentals, basketball, a game room, and family-friendly dive-inŽ movies shown poolside. Guests will find signs around the resort indicating its lights outŽ on the beach „ its turtle nesting season. Lights from hotels and streets are shaded and or turned out from May through December along the coast to avoid confusing baby turtles that follow moonlight to find their way from the nests to the ocean. Flashlights are provided for night beach walks, and guided talks can be arranged. A special Lights Out!Ž hotel package is available „ included are luxury rooms, breakfast for two and two tickets for an escorted Turtle Walk at the nearby Loggerhead Marinelife Center (pric-es start at $219 „ good from June 30-July 28). Lucky guests at the resort may get a glimpse of the natural wonder as loggerheads come ashore to lay their eggs. Hatchlings appear during full moons, with the tiny turtles racing by the dozens into the water, leaving their eggshells behind in the nests. Theres plenty to do in the area beyond turtle watching, however. Start with a tour of the brick red lighthouse (closed on Mondays), and take a stroll through the museum and gift shop for a history lesson and to find unique Florida gifts. Nearby are some of the best beach parks and swimming around „ the Dubois Park is just a bike ride away, with picnic pavilions and grills, as well as a lifeguard-protected natural swimming lagoon and playgrounds for young ones. A wide beach and fishing jetties for are part of the adjacent Jupiter Beach Park a short walk away. Both are free. South of the resort along A1A is the long stretch of Jupiters public beaches „ with wide, dog-friendly sands (leashes, please, for Fido). At the beachfront Carlin park, pavilions with grills and playgrounds and ball fields occupy both sides of A1A. Kayaks, paddleboards and other water toys are available for rent at Jupiter Outdoor Center. Check out their full-moon paddle tour that includes a marshmallow roast. Guided eco and manatee kayak tours let you see the wild-life and flora of the Loxahatchee River, designated a Wild and Scenic River, at a slow pace from water level. Three rare sea turtles and a number of plants and animals are in their natural habitat at Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island. The Anastasia limestone shoreline is the largest on the Atlantic Coast and is part of the Nature Conservancy. For rainy days, the Cobb Jupiter 18 Cinema is around the corner, along with top-rated restaurants such as Little Moirs Food Shack with karaoke at Maxis Lineup next door, or Sala Thai. Art lovers will want to check out the Lighthouse ArtCenter, a museum and gallery in nearby Tequesta, where a lunch is next door at the Gallery Grille. Craft brew enthusiasts will want to check out Tequesta Brewing Co., where the brewmeister turns out the signatures, Gnarly Barley American Pale Ale and Chan-cellor Ale.„ Jan NorrisBeach lover’s paradise COURTESY PHOTO Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa >> Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Five N. A1A, Jupiter,, (561) 746-2511


B6 STAYCATION T I O T IO 2012 >> Waldorf Astoria Naples, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples,, (239) 597-3232 THE OFFICIAL NAME CHANGE OF ONE OF NAPLES GRANDEST hotels „ The Naples Grande to the Waldorf Astoria Naples „ is more than skin-deep. Although operated by the luxury component of the Hilton brand for some years now, the new name, as of Jan. 1, brings even a heightened level of luxury to the former Grande. And its sister property, the Edgewater Beach Hotel, also benefits with the addition of enhanced amenities and services that now include beachfront day beds and cabanas at both destinations. Sigh. At the now-Waldorf Astoria Naples, some of the changes have occurred where they matter most „ the introduction of the brands signature mattresses and monogrammed linens, and for you hotel toiletries junkies, a switch to Ferragamo products in all suites. Additional changes will be rolled out throughout 2012. Either property offers a luxury beachfront vacation with a benefit for summertime staycationers: The Wal-dorfs Spring into SummerŽ package, available through September, includes a fourth night free and 25 percent discounts at the onsite Golden Door Spa and the off-property Naples Grande Golf Club, featuring a cham-pionship course designed by Rees Jones and renovated last October. A similar package at Edgewater Beach offers the same spa and golf savings and a fifth night free. Think of it as luxury for less. Visitors to the 474-room Waldorf will notice a tie-in to the famed New York hotel: a replica of the origi-nals storied clock above the concierge desk. A self-contained oasis thats a scenic boardwalk away from the Gulf of Mexico beach, the grand hotel offers guest rooms, bungalows and suites within 23 waterfront acres surrounded by 200 acres of nature preserve and man-grove estuary. There is plenty to do onsite, including three pools „ one with a 100-foot waterslide „ the first Golden Door on the East Coast and dining options that run the gamut from fine dining at the Manhattan-inspired steakhouse, the Strip House, and Florida fusion fare at Aura (both holdovers from its Grande days) to beach and poolside bars and grills. Take advantage of the package savings and spend a morning or full day at the spa, a collection of Zen-inspired buildings offering 12 treatment rooms, a floatingŽ hair and nail salon, sun deck with chaises, a meditative labyrinth, and steam and sauna rooms. Book the couples villa for side-by-side treatments. For more active pursuits, hit one of the Waldorfs 15 tennis courts or pay the $25-an-hour fee for the advanced tennis workout, offered three times a week. The resorts tennis amenities and programs earned it a ranking among the top 25 tennis resorts in the world, The Waldorf features a full calendar of weekly activities geared to children and adults, although many parents have happily partaken in the complimentary cook-ies and milk and smores offerings. Crafters can create take-home totes and magnets to commemorate their trip (program fees range from $5 to $20). Activities for adults focus on more grown-up pursuits, many themed around half-priced libations: Mojito Monday, Craft Beer Tuesday and Wine Down Wednesday. All of the activities and amenities of the Waldorf Lessons in LuxuryCOURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO Waldorf Astoria Naples Family at the bar at the Waldorf Astoria Naples


B7 s3ATURDAY&2%%,ESSONS !s3UMMER'OLF#ROQUET,EAGUE s3UMMER-EMBERSHIPS s#ROQUET'RILL .!4)/.!,#2/15%4#%.4%2 sWWWCROQUETNATIONALCOM 3!.$9*!-%3&).%&//$!.$02/$5#4)/.3 sWWWSANDYJAMESNET &LORIDA-ANGO2OADs7EST0ALM"EACH&LORIDA and the all-suite boutique Edgewater Beach Hotel, right on the sugary sand Gulf of Mexico beaches, are available to guests of both properties. The expanded beach offerings also include water sports rentals, childrens activities and causal beach bars. Edgewater Beach is ideal for families and longer staycationers, who want separate bedrooms and more elbow room. The resort offers on-the-beach and tower suites with one or two bedrooms, a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, a 24-hour fitness center and views of the Gulf or twinkling Naples lights. Both resorts are close to Naples best shopping and dining: Fifth Avenue South, the Village on Venetian Bay, Waterside Shops and the restaurants and entertainment venues at Mercato. Look for additional savings and packages on each propertys web site.„ Nanci Theoret >> Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples,, (239) 403-2000COURTESY PHOTO Edgewater Beach Hotel Let GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort be your home away from home in Naples! ‡:DONWRWKH)ODPLQJR,VODQGDQG/HO\0XVWDQJ*ROI&RXUVHV ‡3OD\WHQQLVRUUHOD[DWWKHUHVRUWSRRO ‡9LVLWIDEXORXV)LIWK$YHQXHIRUVKRSSLQJRUGLQLQJ ‡.D\DNLQWKH(YHUJODGHV ‡(QMR\OXQFKRUGLQQHUDW6DP6QHDGV2DN*ULOO7DYHUQ DW/HO\5HVRUW,WVDOOZLWKLQUHDFKDW*UHHQ/LQNV 7DNHDWULSDFURVVWKH$OOH\DQGVSHQGDIHZGD\VZLWKXV &DOO6DPDQWKDDWRUVDPDQWKD#JUHHQOLQNVQDSOHVFRPZZZJUHHQOLQNVQDSOHVFRP 6WD\FDWLRQLQ1DSOHV


B8 STAYCATION T I O T IO 2012 800-715-8517 Marco Island, FL E E E E E E E E E E E E E S S S S S S S S S S S O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O N N N N N N N N N N N T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T T H H H H H H H H H H E E E E E E E E E E E E G G G G G G G G G G U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U L L L L L L L L L L F F F F F F F F F F E E E E E E E E S S S S S S O O O O O O N N N N N T T T H H E G G G U U U L L L F F F F A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L L S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U U I I I I I I I I I T T T T T T T T T T A A A L L L L L L L L S S S S U U U U U I I I I I I T T T T T Summer Rates Starting at $ >> Cove Inn on Naples Bay, 900 Broad Ave. S., Naples,, (239) 262-7161 THE COVE INN DOESNT HAVE TO RECREATE THE 1960S „ the era when many vacationers first discovered Florida. The Naples condo-hotel lives and breathes the decade it opened and epitomizes Olde Naples, right down to the seven red letters „ COVE INN „ that rise from the rooftop, announcing your arrival. Other than utilitarian repairs and cosmetic improvements like a fresh coat of paint, the property, perched along Naples Bay at Crayton C ove, r emains tied to the past. At just three stories and offering accommodations that range from standard hotel rooms to a two-bedroom penthouse, the Cove Inn offers an alternate to those looming beachfront resorts. Were not a fancy hotel,Ž says Miriam Asay, general manager. What makes the Cove Inn so unique is its view of Naples Bay, the boat slips and marina, which you can see from most of our rooms.Ž As a condo-hotel, all rooms and apartments are individual homes and decorated by owners who have the option of placing their units in the rental program. Some have undergone major renovations; others harken back to the original kitschy cottagey look, and most have a regular following of repeat guests who reserve their next vacation a year in advance. Guests can opt for a standard 375-square-foot room (a refrigerator, microwave and the all-important coffee-maker are included in all accommodations) or spread out in larger efficiencies and oneand two-bedroom apartments that provide kitchens complete with all the necessities for cooking and dining in. Rooms overlook the street or bay and offer private breezy balconies. They say location is everything, and what makes the Cove Inn so special are the views from the balconies,Ž says Ms. Asay. Guests like to sit out there with a glass of wine or fresh-squeezed orange juice.Ž The beach is within reach: just eight blocks away. But it becomes more of an afterthought, often getting pushed back on to-do lists as guest explore the area in and around the inn, which sits on a natural peninsula on the bay. A second-floor library offers books for those who want to enjoy a good read from their balcony, on the first-floor back deck off the lobby or in the rose garden fountain patio. An onsite pool overlooks the bay and the sailboats and motorboats berthed at Naples City Dock, home to the citys largest charter fishing fleet. The poolside Chickee Bar is operated independently and open exclusively to its 200 members and inn guests. Everybody loves it,Ž says Ms. Asay. Its a great place to enjoy a beverage and overlook the bay and boats.Ž Sunset and sightseeing cruises can be booked at City Dock. Fishing excursions with a number of local cap-tains are also offered here, and visitors can even arrive by boat; the dock offers transient slips that accommodate vessels up to 120 feet. Dining options „ including the famous open-air waterfront Dock at Crayton Cove „ are adjacent to the inn or within a quick walk. Seafood and tropical cock-tails are among the best noshes and libations at The Dock, which also offers a daily raw bar and a bloody Mary bar during its popular Sunday brunch. The onsite Boathouse, also on the water, is known for its crab dishes … everything from sweet corn and crab chowder to steamed crab combos and seafood macaroni and cheese with a trio of cheeses, lobster and, you guessed it: fresh lump crab. Dine on the open-air deck or in the air-conditioned dining room, where a 1,000-square-foot glass wall and split-level design ensures bay views from almost every table. Nearby Bleu Provence features authentic French fare (think escargot steeped in Burgundy and butter and crispy duck leg confit) and a boutique wine list heavily favoring the homeland. For a true taste of the Cove Inn, dont miss breakfast, especially the pancakes, at the Coffee Shoppe, a no-frills spit of a place beloved by locals. Be prepared to wait; its that popular. Our coffee shop is famous,Ž says Ms. Asay. Its a little hole in the wall and people will wait 45 minutes because the food is amazing. Some of the girls have been here since it opened.Ž Summertime room rates at the Cove Inn start at $99 a night, and discounts are available through AAA and AARP and occasionally online.„ Nanci TheoretBeyond the Beach: The Quirky, Quaint Cove Inn The Cove Inn


B9 STAYCATION T IO T I O 2012 LEGACY HARBOUR HOTEL & SUITES KATHERINE HEPBURN USED TO RIDE HER BICYCLE AROUND BOCA GRANDE. PRESIDENT BUSH 41 and Barbara, and Bush 43 and Laura „ who could go anywhere they want „ all still go there regularly. That should be enough to motivate you to boat or drive out to Gasparilla Island near Port Charlotte and Punta Gorda. Home to the exclusive enclave of Boca Grande, Gasparilla is one of Floridas coolest Staycation day-trips. Arrange for a full-day golf cart rental and let your day unfold. Take pics beneath the giant banyans. Have a mouth-watering seafood lunch. Tool around and pick out your dream cottage. Hang out with locals in one of the bars. Boca is lovely, friendly and way beyond photogenic. If you like to fish, you may have found a new favorite place on Earth: Tarpon fishermen take over the place during silver king season. Shoppers also will be happy downtown. But its the golf cart thing which makes this place a must-do. Like North Captiva Island, its neighbor to the south, Boca Grandes adoption of battery-powered, open-air vehicles puts it high on our list of places which induce that happy vacation feeling. Southwest Florida has a surprising, little-known attraction called Koreshan State Historic Park in Estero, between Fort Myers and Naples. Now uninhabited but open to the public, the Koreshan complex was once the domain of a group of people who were not your average next-door neighbors. The Koreshans had a rather unique view of the Earth: They believed we all live on the concave inside of the sphere rather the outside. It goes without saying that any group of folks who believed this must have had a pretty interesting life in some other ways, so why dont you check out the beautiful riverfront prop-erty which they called home and learn a little more? Koreshan is a perfect place for an inexpensive staycation near Naples and Bonita Springs. Perhaps its the American affinity with horror movies that make alligator farms such a big draw „ those massive jaws and reptilian hides are pretty creepy, after all. It should come as no surprise that it wasnt until Bonita Springs Everglades Wonder Gardens gave way from gardens to roadside zoo that its popularity soared. Today, this relic from the past „ tucked into the banks of the beautiful Imperial River on Old 41Ž in downtown Bonita „ is still popular. Read up on its colorful past and youll be even more inclined to check out this slice of old Florida. Two bootlegging hotheaded brothers opened the place in 1936. They were basically the swamp ver-sion of Steve Irwin, Crocodile Hunter and primitive, machismo management of poi-sonous snakes, gators, bears and panthers garnered them acclaim and a lot of ticket revenue. The Wonder Gardens spooky swing bridge over a swampŽ of ravenous gators at feeding time remains the stuff of nightmares for some, the ultimate thrill for others. If you havent yet set foot in Miamis decadent Venetian Pool this should be the year. Opened in 1924 by visionary George Merrick as part of a grand design for the City of Coral Gables, the Venetian Pool evokes the grandest aspects of the Mediterranean. This National Register of Historic Places pool is the only one in the states to have that on its resume. Polarities like Esther Williams and Johnny Weissmuller used to hang out there, and now its your turn. Coral Gables is definitely worth a visit, and Venetian Pool is unlike any other pool youll see. Dive right in to this staycation idea. If youre old enough to remember the first lunar landing „ or even if the movie Apollo 13 was your introduction to the United States pursuit of outer space „ its darn near unpatriotic to never go see the Kennedy Space Center in Titusville Sure, the shuttles have been shuttled off to museums around the country. But nothing takes away from the cool swagger of early astronauts, or the astounding primitive nature of early space suits and vessels. Dont go here in a hurry „ theres a lot to see and do. Its a bona fide education to walk through the many exhibits, and frankly, its just exciting to see spacecraft up close and personal. Besides, where else can you buy freeze-dried astronaut food for someone special? While were on the subject of decadence, when was the last time you set foot on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach? Bernie Madoff allegedly decimated more than a few of the citys former big spend-ers by having recruited his investors through the Palm Beach Country Club. But with any enclave for the wealthy, theres always someone else waiting to pick up the slack. You dont have to spend a dime, however, to walk the walk of the loaded. Pop in to Tiffany and see how the other half shops. Worth Avenues typical patrons are sidewalk candy worth seeing, even if many of them are products of surgery. They wear their Prada well. And their Gucci, Versace, Choo and Louboutin. Its fun just to watch the cars, for petes sake. And if you want to rub elbows, stop in for a drink at the Brazilian Courts Caf Boulud or the Leopard Lounge at the Chesterfield. No platinum card required. Other great staycation road-trip destinations the state include Weeki Wachee Springs on the central Gulf coast, where live mermaids puzzle and enthrall; Cen-tral Floridas Cross Creek where the Yearling Restaurant serves cooter, frog legs, alligator, and quail,Ž and Miamis bizarre Coral Castle Museum where one man toiled over limestone for nearly 30 years, carving 1,100 tons of rock using a secret process that has yet to be unlocked. „ Libby McMillanBe a tourist: Florida beckons COURTESY PHOTO 19th street Boca Grande COURTESY PHOTO Weeki Wachee


B10 STAYCATION T I O T IO 2012 Sanibel Islands only all-suite beachfront resort. Featuring an Olympic size pool, Coconuts Pool Bar & Grill, Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant 4-star dining, Kids Club and more. 2255 West Gulf Drive Sanibel, Florida 33957 800.276.4753 Bring your love... Reserve Your Summer Staycation Get the 5th Night Free! KeyWestExpress KeyWestExpress TheKeyWestExpress *Minimum 8 day advance pre-purchase tickets, non-refundable, cannot be combined with any other offers. Excludes weekend fee (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). Offer valid through 10/31/12. CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION & RESERVATIONS! 1-800-593-7259 $119 ROUND TRIP* Vacation Spot of Pirates, Poets, Presidents and Party Goers! Your Staycation Vacation! >> Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island, 3800 N. Ocean Dr., Singer Island, Riviera Beach,, (561) 340-1700 WHY STAY ON SINGER ISLAND WHEN YOU LIVE NEARBY? THE MARRIOTT SINGER ISLAND, where you can be pampered to perfection, might be one answer, but there are several other attractions. The beachfront and the Ocean Mall have been rebuilt with flair, and bring in bathers, shoppers and seaside diners „ but not at the overwhelm-ing numbers of other beaches. Catch it while its largely undiscovered. The newest restaurants along the beachfront include a Mexican cantina, Two Drunken Goats and Pops Costa Rican Creamery, where tropical ice creams take the edge off the heat. At the New York Bagel Caf, pick up fresh bagels and hot cof-fee to take on your beach stroll or pack a sandwich lunch to picnic. Find creative sushi at the nearby Happy Fish sushi and Thai, along with rehabbed old favor-ites like Johnny Longboats, which specializes in seafood. Other locals hangouts include Buddys, which has moved a few doors down from its former diner location in the plaza opposite the Ocean Mall. Its open till the wee hours for breakfast or for a drink. Theres Graeter Gators grocery, where you can pick up choice thick steaks for the grill, along with the charcoal and laundry detergent to wash your apron afterwards. Where to stay?The Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island boasts contemporary rooms and sleek, modern dcor in a hotel with a boutique feel. A luxury resort all around, the rooms are more akin to small condo apartments with full kitchens and laundries, making a week-long stay affordable for families who do their own cooking. Oceanfront getawayCOURTESY PHOTOS Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island


B11 STAYCATION T IO T I O 2012 Reservations: 1-800-237-5144 V Online: 845 East Gulf Drive Sanibel Island, Florida 33957 Reserations18002375144 R t i n 1 0 0 2 3 1 4 4 OnlineSanibelMooringscom O l i n e S a n i b e l M o o i n g o m Providing Memorable Experiences in Harmony with Nature Great Summer Savings Take 10% off our already Low Summer Rates PLUS get 2 passes to the Edison Ford Winter Estates! Gulffront on Sanibel Island 5CPKDGNOU1PN[$QVCPKECN)CTFGPU$QCV&QEMUV-C[CMKPIV6YQ2QQNU Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island The beachfront resort also has the SiSpa, with a steam room, a number of scrubs, wraps and treatments, along with massages and fitness classes. Special spa packages are among several offered for summer guests. A fitness center and two pools on site give athletes the chance to work out.The resort also features 3800 Ocean restaurant. Its a farm-and sea-to-table concept, set in a contemporary space with a chefs community table and ocean views along with patio dining under the moonlight. A new chefs collaborative menu here gives the guests a chance to sample foods influenced by the regions and countries represented by the resorts chefs … Carib-bean cuisine dominates the new Paradise Island Tiki Bar and Grill, with the Coco-nut Breeze, the signature drink, served in a hollowed out coconut. Snorkeling on the reef is only a short swim off the propertys beach. Learn to dive here with a special summer package „ a SCUBA for Two getaway is a special summer deal (theres one for kids, too) starting at $349 a night, and includes resort diving certification, open water dives over the reef and more. Other specials include the Girls Getaway, with a two-night stay in a two-bedroom condo with full kitchen and laundry, and unlimited spa use for four plus a $100 din-ing credit and more. Rates are from $564 per person. Beyond the resort, theres Ocean Reef Park, a public beachfront park on the island, with picnic pavilions, a playground and lifeguards for swimmers safety. Nature lovers wont want to miss John D. Macarthur Beach State Park, where nature trails and a small estuary thick with mangroves afford a chance to see beach critters and sea life. The beach is quieter than many others and rocks jutting out afford some privacy for sunbathers here. A number of programs for getting in touch with nature are offered … ranger walkand-talks, b utterfly w alks, birding programs, guided snorkeling tours and kayak clincs. Theres a summer camp for youngsters, and bluegrass picking held monthly, too (check the parks web site at for schedules) „ bring your banjo. At the south end of the island, take a stroll to the park that overlooks the Palm Beach Inlet and watch the big boats, including the floating casinos and freighters, come and go to the nearby Port of Palm Beach. Its only a short drive over the islands Blue Heron Bridge to board a ship for a day trip to the Bahamas, or just offshore to play the slots.„ Jan Norris


B12 STAYCATION T I O T IO 2012 1051 5th Street, Ft. Myers Beach At the Base of the Sky 800.778.7748 239.463.9392 Choose from 10 Room Styles ** MUST BRING THIS ORIGINAL COUPON TO THE FRONT DESK AT THE TIME OF CHECK IN TO RECEIVE THIS PACKAGE. MUST BOOK DIRECT & STAY 2 NIGHTS OR MORE. Offer good on stays JUNE 1st DECEMBER 20th, 2012. Subject to availability, not valid on holiday weekends o r during special events. This offer may not be combined with any other discoun ts. Must book direct with hotel. DEAL of the YEAR! Rates from $99 Sun-Thurs & $125 Fri-Sat in our ONE BEDROOM SUITES. Includes BREAKFAST FOR TWO @ THE TIKI BAR and $25 in TIKI BUCKS $$$** Enjoy our Two Pools & World Famous Tiki Bar Located in the Heart of Times Square! Across from the Beach & Pier NO COPIES OF COUPON ACCEPTED >> Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort, 1000 Shorewood Drive, Cape Canaveral.; 321-784-4922. CENTRAL FLORIDIANS DONT WAIT FOR A VISIT FROM OUT-OFtown family and friends to enjoy overnight stays on the beaches of Brevard County, and if you live elsewhere in the Sunshine State, you dont have to, either. Along the Space Coast, you can visit places that seem far, far away without spending much time or expense to travel. At Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort in Cape Canaveral, guests can slip into the laid-back lifestyle of the Caribbean without ever showing a passport. Tropically themed villas are available in studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom standard and deluxe floor plans to accommodate as many as 10 guests. With its own four-story waterslide, oversized swimming pool, lazy river and interactive swim area for the little ones, the beachfront resort offers all the fun of Orlandos water parks without the big crowds and high admission prices. At the nine-hole miniature golf course, theres no tee time required and no charge f or putters and balls. The outdoor playground is always a hit with the kids, but when theyve had enough sun for the day, theres plenty to do Stay and play on Space CoastCOURTESY PHOTOS Ron Jon Cape Caribe Resort &(VMG%SJWFt4BOJCFM*TMBOE t4 BOJCFM"SNT8FTUDPN'Sanibel’s best & broadest shelling beach for as little $119 per night.* Florida Residents Mention & Save! dent d a a d a R R R esi i i r r Flo d esident r d d d d i i Flo e o F Fl lo r ri i d d id de en t ts & & & & (VMG'SPOU#FESPPN$POEPT $MVC)PVTFt$BHFE1PPMt4VO%FDL #BZTJEF#PBU%PDLT.PSF


B13 STAYCATION T IO T I O 2012 2 bedroom, 2 bath fully equipped condos Your Home Away From Home Toll Free: (800) 533-4486 7'ULF$RIVEs3ANIBEL)SLAND&,$IRECTLY!CROSS&ROM4HE"EACHsSEASHELLSOFSANIBELCOM Florida Resident 3TAY0LAY sBEDROOMBATHFURNISHEDCONDOSWSCREENEDPORCHES s&ULLYEQUIPPED+ITCHENSs#ENTRAL#OOLING(EATs#ABLE46 s/UTDOORGASGRILLSs7Ir&Is/NSITEBIKERENTALSs,AUNDRYFA CILITIES s3WIMMING0OOLs3HUFmEBOARDFACILITIESs$OUBLE4ENNIS#OURT Angelo CelmoOwner/Broker Sanibel Harbour Resort Beachfront Condominiums Vacation Rentals Enjoy Stunning Sunset Views from your beach front balcony located at the Sanibel Harbour Resort. O ering 2 bedroom/2 bath fully equipped condos, tness, tennis and 5 Star Restaurants on property. Save time and money by vacationing in your own back yard. Resort Harbour Properties is located adjacent to the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa overlooking Sanibel & Captiva Islands and the Gulf! Book a long weekend or stay a week to relax and rejuvenate! 0DFt'BY STAY 3 NIGHTS GET THE 4TH NIGHT FREE! 239.590.9127 Looking to purchase? Units now starting at $299,000!Valid May August excluding holidays. Subject to availability.Valid only on future reservation Use promo code: FWSTAY >> Fawlty Towers Resort Motel, 100 E. Cocoa Beach Causeway, Cocoa Beach., (321) 784-3870COURTESY PHOTOinside as well. Young guests can race down the four slides at the resorts indoor play area, catch their favorite kid flick at the onsite movie theater, play air hockey or pool in the arcade or take part a variety of indoor activities led by resort staff. Basketball, tennis and shuffleboard courts provide even more recreation options for guests of all ages. Parents seeking a quiet meal, an afternoon to relax at the beach, a few hours in the exercise room, or a soothing massage can take advantage of onsite childcare services provided by a licensed provider. For many, the best part of vacation is not having to cook. With a choice of seating on the pool deck or indoors, the Ron Jon Surf Grill offers an extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, pastas, certified Angus steaks and fresh seafood as well as childrens fare. Q No baggage necessaryCOUPLES SEEKING TO GET THE HOME FIRES BURNING AGAIN, OR THOSE WHO JUST WANT TO CHILL out and, ahem, hang loose, may find Fawlty Towers the ideal spot for a staycation. The resort motel, a fixture in Cocoa Beach since 1988, recently reopened as a naturist resort.Ž That doesnt mean it caters to bird watchers or nature lovers; the term naturistŽ refers to those who prefer to vacation au naturel. With a lush tropical garden surrounding the pool, the 32-room resort offers the perfect opportunity for budding nudists to sun their buns for a weekend. In keeping with the more relaxed, global aesthetic, the authentic Tiki Bar serves a wealth of European beers and ciders. Daytime guests can pay a $25 fee to visit the resort and take advantage of the chance to even up those unsightly tan lines, but gawkers and gigglers, be warned: Despite the festive, pool-party atmosphere and relaxed dress code, the resort pro-motes only family oriented nudism, which shall be wholesome and non-sexual.Ž Single males must qualify to visit, according to the resorts singles policy, but all members of the American Association for Nude Recreation or other nudist clubs or organizations are welcome. So bring the kids if you dare and even bring the pets„dogs and cats are welcome in several of the ground floor rooms. Just be sure to keep Fido on a tight leash before he says hello to the neighbors. Q „ Michelle Salyer Fawlty Towers Resort Motel


>>Tarpon Point Marina and Resort at Marina Village, 5951 Silver King Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33914, or (239) 541-5000 B14 STAYCATION T I O T IO 2012 Locals may know Tarpon Point is in Cape Coral, but vacationers could associate it with Naples, the luxuri-ous playground 23 miles south. What Tarpon Point is, actually, is a resort that offers boaters a gateway to Sanibel and Captiva while redefining waterfront vacationing, thanks to its secluded location near the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River in a quiet part of the Cape. On one site exists the boaters paradise of Tarpon Point Marina, the Resort at Marina Village (a Sun-Stream-managed hotel) and also condominium homes at Tarpon Landings. All represent relaxing staycation options. The marina itself is located just off the Intracoastal Waterway at Marker 92 with a deep-water basin and full-service fuel dock and 175 slips that can accommo-date vessels up to 100 feet. Harbormaster Dennis Raney makes sure boaters have red-letter days, whether they are day-trippers or staying at the resort. The friendly atmosphere of the ships store harkens back to Old Florida customer service while offering restrooms and showers youd expect to see in a luxury hotel and a selection of marine supplies, sandwiches and drinks that set you up for your outing. Not a boater? You can become one, thanks to the variety of Tarpon Points boat rentals. Deck boats and pontoons are perfect for entertaining while center-con-soles accommodate anglers. The rental outfit can also provide a captain if youre not comfortable skippering alone. Or charter the Silver King, a 45-foot power cata-maran for a private party complete with a dolphin tour. Kayak rentals also are available. If you prefer to look at the water rather than be on it, other recreation awaits you. Walkways connect the luxury lifestyle at Tarpon Landings to a freeform pool overlooking the marina. The resort-style pool is Junior Olympic-style and set for lap swimming. Its surrounded by a 25,000 square-foot sundeck area, with a separate 12-foot in-ground spa. Tarpon visitors also will find four lighted tennis courts and a fitness center. Dont forget a visit to Esterra Spa & Salon, a signature at SunStream-managed properties. The Resort at Marina Village is a full-service condominium resort with towering sweeping river views to San Carlos Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The furnishings and concierge service scream vacation. Guests check in at an octagon-shaped reception area that showcases a stunning water feature that looks like a sparkling bea-con youd look for if arriving by land, sea or air. There are hotel-style luxuries such as room service and housekeeping. Studio, one-, twoand three-bed-room residences range up to 2,225 square feet, with A remote river paradiseCOURTESY PHOTO Tarpon Point Marina and Resort at Marina Village 67,5+(@:‹HTWT We feature live music daily during lunchand dinner with a Sunday Jazz Brunch. &(VMG%SJWFt4BOJCFM*TMBOE t4 BOJCFM"SNT8FTUDPN'Sanibel’s best & broadest shelling beach for as little $119 per night.* Florida Residents Mention & Save! dent d a a d a R R R esi i i r r Flo d esident r d d d d i i Flo e o F Fl lo r ri i d d id de en t ts & & & & (VMG'SPOU#FESPPN$POEPT $MVC)PVTFt$BHFE1PPMt4VO%FDL #BZTJEF#PBU%PDLT.PSF


Fort Myers Beach Vacation Rentals Weekly Monthly Season Condos Homes Duplexes NO BOOKING FEES 877-463-3306 or 239-463-3300 2801 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL B15 Voted BEST Family Dining Last 6 Years and counting! 10% Off Breakfast with Coupon Breakfast Served 7 am to 11 am18% gratuity added to original balance prior to discount Not good with any other offer or promotion. FMW Voted as a Top 5 Best Breakfast in Florida By Southern Living Open 7 am … 10 pm 7 Days a Week 1FSJXJOLMF8BZt4BOJCFM*TMBOE t4BOJCFM*TMBOE$PXDPN Breakfast -VODIt%JOOFS Liv e Music Huge K ids Menu Outside Tropical Dining End less Happy Hour We Proudly Serve Microsoft Tag Sanibel & Captiva Ft. Myers Beach Fort Myers Beach 2450 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931 rXXX3FOUBMT7*13FBMUZDPN 4BOJCFM$BQUJWB*TMBOET 1FSJXJOLMF8BZr4BOJCFMr'MPSJEB rXXX3FOUBMT7*13FBMUZDPN T n r Sink your toes into the white sand of Fort Myers Beach, Sanibel & Captiva Islands >>Tarpon Point Marina Ship Store, 239-549-4900;, grand rooms, master suites, guest suites, dining terraces and access to amenity decks. Perhaps the best reason to staycation in the Tarpon Point area, though, is the dining. Sometimes overlooked by locals, the restaurants and bars at this river paradise make it seem as if you are miles from home. Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro has an intimate feel, despite its size. Enjoy the cool darkness of the bar, have dinner in the air-conditioning next to picture windows or dine al fresco on the patio. Whether you want wood-fired pizza or steak, or the places signature sushi dish, youll find the right wine to go with it, thanks to a varied selection. Want something a bit more casual? Try the Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill. Theres no dress code, and certainly no hurry. The causal menu complements the Caloosahatchee atmosphere. Enjoy live music Thursday through Saturday evenings and also Sunday afternoon. „ Betsy Clayton


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