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THE HEART ATTACK RISK ASSESSMENT ITS FREE.ITS PRICELESS. S E E T A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A T A A T A A A S Money & InvestingYoung adults face significantly higher healthcare costs. A20 X INSIDE Download our FREE App todayAvailable on the iTunes App Store. X PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID FORT MYERS, FL PERMIT NO. 715 OPINION A4 NEWS OF THE WEIRD A7HEALTHY LIVING A17BUSINESS A19 MONEY & INVESTING A20REAL ESTATE A22ARTS B1SANDY DAYS B2 EVENTS B6-7PUZZLES B12FILM B14SOCIETY B10-11,15,17,18 WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 Vol. III, No. 15  FREE Networking A Schumacher Auto event brought out car and Fins fans. A24 X GERALD KRECICKI HAS SMOKED MARIJUANA for most of his adult life, his habit inter-rupted only recently after men armed with flash bombs and high-powered rifles burst into his home in the early morning of Friday, Oct. 12. Mr. Krecicki, a lean and silver-haired 49-year-old who goes by Jerry, was a successful real estate broker before the THE RACE IS ON. For the 22nd year, the South Florida Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is holding its annual Race for the Cure. The gathering place for that initial race, back in 1991, was a flatbed truck, long since replaced by the Meyer Amphi-theater on Evernia Street in West Palm Beach. Participants in the 5K race „ an official USATF event „ will run or walk a route that begins on Flagler Drive and ends with a Survivors Recog-nition Ceremony. But theres more, much more, awaiting the thousands who are expected to attend.Legalization efforts for America’s most popular illicit drug gain momentum Films of a peopleThis year’s Jewish Film Festival highlights Israeli works. B1 XBY MARY JANE FINEmj“ ne@” SEE KOMEN, A8 XEmmy needs a homeThis pup and other pets may be adopted at local shelters. A6 XWarriors in Pink Ruby Collins, Djenane St Fleur Gourgue, Sandi Gropper, Andrea Wesley, Michele Vanden Broek and Cyndi Young Arrudap. BY EVAN WILLIAMSewilliams@” SEE JOINT, A10 X QU.S. states that allow the use of medical marijuana. *See Inside QDeaths that have been attributed to marijuana in Florida QPercentage of Floridians who support medical marijuana, according to a 2011 poll. BY THE NUMBERS COURTESY PHOTOS SUSTAINING THE RACE Thousands will support the fight against breast cancer ill support the fight against breast cancer at the 22nd annual Race for the Cure on Jan. 26


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Our $13.6 million Emergency Department expansion oers an additional 9,537 sq. ft., 20 private exam rooms with at screen televisions, and technology such as Bedside Registration & Triage to help increase patient comfort and reduce waiting time, Med-Host tracking system providing up to the minute patient and test status, as well as a Digital Picture Communications System providing access to lm-based radiological images, interpretations and related data immediately. All of this means is the new Emergency Department continues a long tradition of providing high-quality, personalized medical services to our community. Call 561.625.5070 to receive your free rst aid kit. IN THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITY SETTING THE IN A2 NEWS WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLYPerhaps you remember this old word: augur. It describes either a person who portends, or the act of portending „ of looking ahead in order to lead. As a verb, it could be used this way: American democracy augurs well for mankind. As a noun, it could describe a president. Lincoln, for example. With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nations wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations,Ž he said. An augur of the first order, the president used that single magnificent sentence to con-clude his second inaugural address, delivered on March 4, 1865. Then 56, when Mr. Lincoln spoke from the east portico of the Capitol he had 41 days to live. The late winter had produced weeks of rain in Washington, and Penn sylv ania Avenue was a muddy mess. That fact failed to deter thousands of Americans from stand-ing knee-deep in it just to see and hear him. None had to pay for the privilege. For their trouble, they heard one of the shortest inaugural addresses ever given, at 698 words. It was also one of the greatest, in the estima-tion of historians. Length, after all, does not augur quality. On March 4, 1841, President Harrison delivered the lengthiest of the 57 inaugural speeches to date, measured at 8,445 words. Those words have now faded into the most obscure reaches of our national memory. By contrast, the shortest inaugural speech ever given came from the lips of George Wash-ington, his second: It weighed in at 135 words. Nowadays, each inaugural word is dismayingly expensive. The number of words delivered by the president, divided into the cost of an inauguration, suggests just how pricey they are. At George W. Bushs 2005 inauguration, taxpayers spent about $71,400 for each of the 2,073 words he delivered. Four years later, we paid out $62,500 per word for Barack Obamas 2,406-word address. And this week, well likely be spending $60,000 to $70,000 per word, again. Heres how. Etiquette now requires taxpayers to foot the bill for security and officially sanctioned events, while private donors pay for the swirl of accompanying hoopla. Sounds simple enough. But its not.After Mr. Obamas 2009 inaugural, with 10 official balls, the party cost alone was more than $40 million, or roughly equal to that of George W. Bushs 2005 event. Security itself was an even bigger elephant, coming in at about $115 million in 2005 for Mr. Bush, and roughly the same in inflation-adjusted dollars for Barack Obama in 2009.This week, Washington, D.C. will host about 800,000 inaugural celebrants, offi-cials predict. Security costs again will equal those of the 2005 and 2009 inaugurals. Each of the presidents inaugural words, therefore, will cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, or more. That fact suggests a national imperative: Every action Mr. Obama takes, and every word he speaks, should augur with bell-ringing American eloquence. But the eloquence of Mr. Obamas second inauguration is now deeply in question, although his schedule suggests otherwise. Since the nation needs to pare down, Mr. Obama is hosting only two official balls, for the most pared-down inaugural in 60 years. Theres an insidious problem with his 2013 approach, however. This time around, the president is taking big corporate money to help pay for the parties. Hes picked the haves (who will get the best seats this week and possibly for the next four years), over the have-nots. Four years ago, the president limited the size of donations for inaugural celebra-tions from any individual to $50,000. His inaugural committee then announced that it would not accept contributions from corporations, political action committees, current federally-registered lobbyists, non-U.S. citizens, and registered foreign agents.Ž That was a new way of doing business in America, a way that established integrity by ethical leadership. After all, President Bush had accepted basketfuls of checks for as much as $250,000 from such corporations as Exxon-Mobile, Bank of America and Pfizer, all of whom benefitted hugely from his administration. Now, says Brian Becker, things have changed (see Mr. Becker organized unemployed workers both for Mr. Obamas first and again for this weeks inauguration, getting them permitted well in advance to lend their voices to this uniquely American moment from a public space on the parade route. But the protestors permit for that space „ in Freedom Plaza, across the street from the hotel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, I have a dreamŽ „ got yanked on New Years Eve. Officials decid-ed, instead, to erect bleachers and sell seats to donors.Ž So the unemployed are officially out. They do not have the $250,000 per person, or the $1 million per corporation that (Mr. Obama) is collecting for access to inaugural activities,Ž Mr. Becker wrote to the presi-dents inaugural committee. That may be business as usual, but its poor leadership. Americans require no favoritism. Not for rich or poor, not for black, brown or white, not for Republican or Democrat, male or female, corporate or non-corporate, reli-gious or non-religious, and not for those who protest, or dont. Let privilege march in the back of the parade. Anything sanctioned by the president and his inaugural committee should come from us all, as the gift of a free people, to and for us all. Not one ounce or inch of it should be sold away to corporations or any other special interests. With commercial-free eloquence, in that case, the president could then celebrate the greatest American virtue: the inauguration of all, regardless of race, creed, color, brand name or corporate influence. Unfortunately, well have to look to the past or the future to see such a glorious inauguration, again. Q COMMENTARYThe business of auguring i d s T o c roger


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A4 NEWS WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLY John Brennan, Sami al-Hajj and the blight of GuantanamoIt takes courage to enter a war zone willingly, armed with a microphone and a camera as a journalist. That is what Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Hajj was doing in December 2001, as he was enter-ing Afghanistan from Pakistan to cover the U.S. military operations there. While his colleague was allowed in, al-Hajj was arrested, in what was to be a harrowing, nightmarish odyssey that lasted close to seven years, most of it spent as prisoner 345, the only journalist imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay „ without charge. Al-Hajj is out now, back at work at Al-Jazeera and reunited with his family. His recol-lections of the horror of detention by the United States should be front and center in the forthcoming confirmation hearings for President Barack Obamas choice to lead the CIA, John Brennan. It has been 11 years since the Guantanamo prison was opened, and four years since President Obama promised to close it within a year.He speaks very eloquently (about) what many hundreds of other detainees suffered, who cannot tell their story,Ž Baher Azmy, legal director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, told me. The brutality he suffered in Afghanistan, the fact that he was turned over for political reasons or for a bounty, the arbitrariness of his detention in Guantanamo and the brutality of his treatment there.Ž I sat down with Sami al-Hajj last month at Al-Jazeeras headquarters in Doha, Qatar. He now heads up the net-works human rights and public liberties desk. Tall, dignified, in his flowing white robe that is standard attire for the men in Qatar, al-Hajj told me in his best Eng-lish what he endured. They put me in Kandahar airport with the people there. We submit five months in Kandahar. And in Kanda-har also they starting interrogated me, from beginning, from when I was born until they arrested me.Ž Shackled and hooded, he was pushed off the transport plane onto the runway, when he fell and broke his kneecap. He was forced to march anyway, into a building where people were screaming. He was put in the middle of a circle of U.S. soldiers who held guns to his head. His interrogators believed he had filmed the last known interview with Osama bin Laden. Al-Hajj told me that he told them: Im not the person who film(ed) Osama bin Laden, because at that time I was in Doha. And my pass-port says that, and my ticket with you also says that. Im not the person. This is my job, and this is my business. If I get chance now to film Osama bin Laden, I will.Ž His captors acknowl-edged they had the wrong cameraman, and promised to release him. Instead, he remained in a U.S. prison in Kandahar for five months. On June 13, 2002, al-Hajj was shackled, hooded and flown, he thinks with about 40 others, to Guantanamo. En route they were denied food, water and toilets, and were beaten if they tried to sleep. At Guantanamo, the interroga-tions continued: Three interrogators „ one from FBI and one from CIA, one from military intelligence... and one translator. And they told me, You are now in Guanta-namo, and we wait until we get some decisions from Pentagon to release you. Until that time, we want you to be patient and to cooperate with our people. It became clear what exactly his captors meant by cooperateŽ: They start-ing give me some offer to give me a U.S.A. nationality and take care about my family, if I work with them in CIA to continue my job being journalist with Al-Jazeera, just send for them some information about the link between Al-Jazeera and al-Qaida.... Of course, I refused to do that. I told them, Im journalist, and I will die as a journalist. He said he was tortured repeatedly. He eventually went on a more-than-400-day hunger strike, which was met with violent, painful forced feeding. The tubes were not cleaned between prison-ers, so they were covered in blood. John Brennan was the director of the National Counterterrorism Center under George W. Bush, and was said to be President Obamas original choice to head the CIA. Brennan withdrew from consideration for the post amidst protests, as he publicly supported the CIAs policies of so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and extraor-dinary rendition. As he faces Senate confirmation hearings now to head the CIA, think about what enhanced inter-rogationŽ and rendition really mean. Think about Sami al-Hajj. 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 co-author of The Silenced Majority,Ž a New York Times best-seller. rich LOWRYSpecial to Florida Weekly OPINIONTake the hostage d r i l w amy GOODMANSpecial to Florida Weekly The budget crisis is over. Long live the budget crisis. Now that the fiscal cliff has been resolved, were on to the fight over rais-ing the debt ceiling. President Barack Obama wants no part of it. Immediately after Congress passed his tax increases to avoid the cliff, he insisted that there is no way hell negotiate over the debt ceiling. That would be so inappropriate. Cue the hostage-taking analogies, the talk of extremism, the lamen-tations over a broken Washington. But why is the president outraged that someone would use the leverage of an impending event that would damage the economy to his negotiating advantage? Its precisely how he won on the cliff. No one called him a hostage taker when he didnt immediately accept the House Republican extension of all the Bush tax cuts, and instead insisted on forcing a choice between higher tax rates on the wealthy or going off the cliff. He got his way. Not because Republicans wanted to raise taxes. But because taxes would go up for everyone on Jan. 1, and very few people (and no Repub-licans) wanted that to happen. Obama used every ounce of his leverage to raise taxes on as many people as he could „ and succeeded. Congratulations. Now that the leverage may work the other way, Obama wants an end to all this crazy talk of negotiating things and compromising. I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that theyve already racked up,Ž the presi-dent bristled. He has apparently been an innocent bystander while the national debt increased by 60 percent since he took office. Weve hit the debt limit of $16.4 trillion, and it will need to be extended in a couple of months. When $16.4 trillion in debt isnt enough, youve clearly got a problem. The president always says that we need a balanced approachŽ to address it. In the cliff deal, he got one part of the balance. What about the spending cuts that the president has said in the past should be a disproportionate share of any bud-get solution? Hes not the least bit inter-ested in those, except as a rhetorical device. Which is why Republicans are always in the position of trying to force him to accept some sort of spending discipline. In a better, more rational world, the debt limit wouldnt be a tool of budgetary policy. But it is one of the few must-pass pieces of legislation that Republicans can use to force spend-ing cuts, and it obviously relates directly to our budget problem. If the president doesnt want the debate over it to go nerve-wrackingly down to the wire, he can set out a serious offer, now. Of course, hes doing the opposite. His refusal to negotiate isnt sustain-able, but hell spend precious time try-ing to sustain it. Hell finally agree to talk, and then get Republicans to back off whatever their maximal position is „ because Republicans will again fear being blamed if theres no agreement. Another Band-Aid will be applied to the debt, until next time. In the Age of Obama, the new budget crisis always follows the last. Q „ Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. 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Adoptable pets and other information can be seen at For adoption information call 686-6656. >> Shadow is a very sweet domestic medium-haired kitty, with gray and white markings. Shadow was in a home and returned to Safe Harbor in August, 2011. This reserved girl is declawed and would prefer to be an only pet. She enjoys the company of people and will be a nice lap cat. >> Emmy is a playful and sweet hound mix — she is about 7 years old. Emmy could be placed in a home with older children and other compatible pets. She is con dent and playful and will make someone a loving and loyal companion. To adopt: For more information on these and other adoptable pets, call Safe Harbor’s adoption center at 747-5311, ext. 2. Safe Harbor’s new adoption center is at 401 Maplewood Dr. Suite 10, Jupiter.Pets of the Week BY DR. MARTY BECKER AND GINA SPADAFORI Universal UclickRegular, gentle exercise is key to health and happiness for senior dogs. 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And add more beds; Offering a variety of beds throughout your home will give your dog ways to catch his naps while staying close to you. Finally, mix up the fabrics; You may find your dogs favorite kind of bed cover-ing changes depending on the weather and his mood. Q Flavorful food: If your senior dog is healthy and trim but seems to be losing his appetite, try a little extra flavoring for his food. A few little jars of strained-meat baby food (look for noor low-salt varieties, and skip labels with onion and garlic) in the pantry will give you lots of healthy options to kick it upŽ for your pup. A small spoonful of baby food will add new flavor and texture to your dogs old food. To really amp it up, try putting the dog food in the micro-wave for a few seconds. Warming dog food releases its aromas and makes it more pungent. For a dog with sensory loss, the smell of his food warming in the microwave can be just the ticket to increase his appetite and his enjoyment of the meal. You can also make chicken or beef broth without salt, garlic or onions, and add warm to meals. QRamp it up or give him a lift: Many companies make stairs and ramps to help dogs get to their usual, favorite places, including in the car or on the couch. These are often lightweight, well-designed and collapsible, or attractive enough (in the case of stair steps) to leave as a permanent part of the decor. And while its certainly possible to use old towels as slings to help old dogs up and down stairs, youll find a wide variety of slings with easy-grip handles that make the lifting easier for you „ since after a dogs lifetime, you may be no spring chicken, either. It doesnt take much to make your older dogs life more comfortable, and knowing that you have, will make you happier as well. Q A sedentary life isn’t recommended for aging dogs, who need regular, gentle exercise for their health. PET TALESEase the way Soft beds, ramps and gentle exercise will keep old dogs more comfortable


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The spotterŽ was the trailers owner, David Zehntner, who was out flying in his private plane and happened to be passing over his property at the moment Mr. Haines was hitching up. He easily followed Mr. Haines from the air and called in his destination to police. Jails need locks too?Fulton Jail Will Get Working Cell Locks,Ž read the Dec. 19 Atlanta Journal-Constitution headline. The county commission serving Atlanta had finally voted to break a longstanding 3-3 tie that prevented buying new jailhouse locks „ even while knowing that inmates could jimmy the old ones at will and roam the facilities, threatening and assaulting suspects and guards. The three recalci-trant commissioners were being spiteful because a federal judge had ordered var-ious improvements to the jail, costing $140 million so far, and the three vowed to spend no more. The 1,300 replace-ment locks will cost about $5 million „ but will not be installed right away.The entrepreneurial spiritQ The Chinese fashion designer Ms. LvŽ told China Newsweek in November that her sales had quintupledŽ since she began using her 72-year-old grand-father to model her clothing styles for girls. (Its) helping my granddaughter,Ž Liu Xianping said. Im very old,Ž he said, and I have nothing to lose.ŽQ British medical illustratorŽ Emily Evans recently created eight pricy, bone china dinner plates emblazoned with the microscope images of tissue slides of the human liver, thyroid, esophagus and testi-cles ($60 per plate, $200 for a set of four). Q In October, a shop in Londons St. Barts Pathology Museum ran a special sale of cupcakes as part of a sexu-ally transmitted disease awareness campaign. Each pastrys icing was crafted to resemble the lesions, boils and warts of gonorrhea and other maladies.Q Leading a jerky renaissanceŽ is Krave, a Sonoma, Calif., company creat-ing nontraditional flavors such as tur-key jerky and jerky flavored with basil citrus or lemon garlic. Actually, Krave points out, jerky is rich in protein, with low calories and fat (but with, admit-tedly, sky-high sodium) and could be reasonably pitched as a healthy snack. However, jerkys main obstacle (a Krave competitors CEO told The Wall Street Journal in September) is jerky shame,Ž in which some male consumers remain mortified that their girlfriends might see them enjoying the snack.Science on the cutting edgeQ Biologist Phil Torres, working from the Tambopata national park in Peru, revealed in December that he had wit-nessed a tiny Cyclosa spider construct a replica of an eight-legged spider in a web made of leaves, debris and dead insects. Since the real spider was found nearby, Mr. Torres hypothesized that the wily arachnid had built a decoy to confuse predators.Q Artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso, already known for her circusŽ of per-forming fleas at Australias Sydney Festival 10 years ago, has since become a legitimate academic expert on the sex organs of fleas and other insects. She debuted the Museum of Copulatory Organs last year near Sydney, teach-ing visitors such esoterica as: In many insect species, females are promiscuous; snails are hermaphrodites in which one shoots sperm dartsŽ that form rigid chastity-belt-like blockages on his mate; and a male flea copulates for eight hours straight (but only mates three times in his life). Awe-inspiring animalsA team of French researchers writing recently in the journal PLOS ONE described a species of European catfish, growing to a length of five feet, that feeds itself pigeons by lunging out of the water (catŽ-like) and snatching them, even if the leap carries it to shore. Like Argentinian killer whales, the catfish are able to remain on land for a few seconds while wriggling back into the water where they can enjoy their meal. The lead researcher said he filmed 54 catfish attacks, of which 15 were suc-cessful. Up in armsThe Jiangdu District kindergarten recognizes that providing a quality edu-cation requires supporting the child emotionally as well as helping develop reading and other skills, and toward that end, it now requires teachers to hug each pupil twice a day „ provided that the parent has paid the monthly hugging feeŽ of the equivalent of about $12.80. An education agency investi-gation is under way, according to a December Shanghai Daily report, but one teacher defended the trial program as boosting a childs confidence and establishing a good moodŽ for learning. Splitting hairsQ Researchers writing in the December issue of the journal Urology report-ed a five-fold increaseŽ over 10 years in emergency room visits for acci-dents caused by pubic-hair grooming.Ž Unsurprisingly, 83 percent of all injuries appeared to be shaving accidents; 56 percent of the patients were women, according to a summary of the research on Q NEWS OF THE WEIRDBY CHUCK SHEPHERDDISTRIBUTED BY UNIVERSAL PRESS SYNDICATE


A8 NEWS WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLYTheres always a new component every year,Ž says the planning com-mittees Cyndi Arruda, a breast can-cer survivor designated one of this years Warriors in Pink. This year, were trying to cultivate a Man Cave for the men who stand behind our women. Maybe its their mother or sister, it could be their wife. We look at them as co-survivors. Theyre so integral to the process.Ž The idea, Ms. Arruda says, is to set aside an area where men can congregate, in the hope that that will encourage them to really talk to one anotherŽ about their experience, their feelings. A related Men in Pink Initia-tive has held a few start-up events and, says Ms. Arruda, I feel confident that, going forward, well develop that.Ž The something-foreveryone event also features a Kids Race for ages 6 to 12 and a Tots Race for the under-5 crowd. A Kids Corner will display winning T-shirts designed by children, designs used on young runners T-shirts. Last years race drew some 20,000 participants but, Ms. Arruda says, This year, our numbers are down a little, so who knows? Maybe in the 15,000 range. Every day, were getting more regis-tered. But we started out, for that first race in 1991, with about 1,500. Mary Booher, a member of the planning com-mittee and a board member, has been with us all those years. She couldnt be more passionate or committed to our cause.Ž Perhaps the largest team historically „ a team can be as few as two people or several hundred „ has come from BallenIsles in Palm Beach Gar-dens, though, this year, the community is registering individuals rather than teams. Weve had a huge following from them every year, a huge team,Ž says Ms. Arruda. Theyve been loyal followers for sure, lots of supporters through the years.Ž Her own passion for the cause tumbles out in her words: You know that 75 percent of our funds stay right here, in our community, and help under-insured women. One in eight women in our lifetime will be affected by breast cancer. There are 2.5 million survivors in the U.S. „ the largest group of sur-vivors in the world. Were happy, more than happy, to have anyone come out, no matter what size team. People say, Im not a walker. You dont have to be a walker, you dont have to be a distance runner. Just come down and be a face in the crowd.Ž The rewards, Ms. Arruda says, are many and extend beyond the satisfac-tion of supporting the cause. She cites a few: an appearance by the Fushu Daiko Drummers from South Florida; live TV coverage by Clear Channel, Kool 105.5, whose on-air personalities Mo and Sally are Honorary Chairs; and an Afterparty along Clematis Street. The Afterparty is new,Ž Ms. Arruda says. You know how people just kind of linger after the race? Well, we went to everyone on Clematis Street, up and down, and got commitments from sev-eral businesses. So anyone wearing a Race bib or T-shirt will be able to ben-efit from the discounts they offer.Ž Registration, she says, continues straight through to Race Day, when it begins at 5:30 a.m., in advance of the 7:30 a.m. Race start. QQQ For 16 years now, Michele Donahue has worked for the Komen organiza-tion. She was a founding board mem-ber of the Affiliate in Tulsa, Okla., her hometown. She is a breast cancer sur-vivor and a runner, a regular at annual Race events. When her husband Bill retired and wanted to move somewhere near the water, she had but one condi-tion: I said, OK, but we have to move near a Komen Affiliate.Ž Still, becom-ing Race Chair for the 2013 event took a bit of chutzpah. The Planned Parenthood debacle made it hard to find a Race Chair this year,Ž Ms. Donahue says, so I said I will do anything for the organization.Ž Ah, yes, the debacle: the backlash that followed the Komen organizations decision, last year, to cut $680,000 in funding grants for Planned Parent-hoods education screenings, including breast cancer screenings „ a decision viewed as a political slap at Planned Parenthoods pro-choice assistance with abortion. The overwhelmingly negative response led to a quick rever-sal of that stance and restoration of the grants, but the damage was done. Many, many thousands of women nationwide „ reportedly almost 20 percent „ chose to opt out of running last years Race for the Cure, and the Komen organization continues to struggle to regain the widespread support it once enjoyed. If people will just take the time to understand what we do,Ž Ms. Donahue says, sounding beleaguered yet deter-mined in a phone interview. We have never stopped funding Planned Parent-hood here. All our organization does is fund breast screening and breast health. We have nothing to do with abortion. But onward and upward. Were doing the best we can. Were not going to let this get in our way.Ž Ms. Donahue traces her Komen allegiance back to Oklahoma, when she was a corporate attorney and her hus-band was general manager of Tulsas NBC affiliate. She remembers him get-ting a call from a friend in West Palm Beach, the then-general manager of WPTV, Channel 5, who told him about the citys Race for the Cure. He said to my husband, This is a wonderful event,Ž Ms. Donahue recalls. That enthusiasm spilled over, leading to a Tulsa Race, which Ms. Donahue ran. I was a recent breast cancer survi-vor and a runner, so it all fit together,Ž she says. And then I just kept getting more and more involved.Ž After the Donahues moved to Florida „ they live in Jupiter „ they began, once again, working on behalf of the Komen organization. For Michele Donahue, it was largely a matter of give-back. I was so grateful to have had good health insurance and a support group,Ž she says. There were some instances when the light went off in my head and I thought, Oh my God, how would someone do if she didnt have health insurance and support? Most of (Komens) proceeds go to help people in our community who dont have insurance or are under-insured.Ž On a recent weekend, when Michele and Bill Donahue set up a table at Pub-lix to register Race participants „ 30 people signed up in four hours „ they were approached by a man who looked, as Ms. Donahue says, shell-shocked.Ž He came up to us and said, My wife just had a double mastectomy, but shes gonna be OK,Ž she says. And he just kept saying that: Shes gonna be OK; shes gonna be OK.Ž Ms. Donahue hugged the man, handed him her card and told him to call if he or his wife needed anything. Half an hour later, the man was back „ to sign up for the Race. Ive had so many affirmations that (by being Race Chair) Im doing the right thing,Ž she says. QQQ Kettly Etiennes experience began the way it begins for so many women. In a quiet voice, with a minimum of words, she recalls it. She was taking a shower one morning. She felt a lump under her left arm, another lump in her breast. That was in June. June 16, to be precise. Trained as a nurse „ she worked in obstetrics at Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan, at Bethesda Memorial in Boynton Beach „ Ms. Etienne, who is 52, knew what she was dealing with, knew what she needed to do. She made an appointment with her primary doc-tor and got a referral for the necessary exams. But there was a barrier between Ms. Etienne and those exams: She had no health insurance. She had left her job at Bethesda, she says, because she has diabetes and working a night shift had thrown off her eating schedule. My sugar was all whacko,Ž she says in the lilting accent of her native Haiti. I had health insur-ance when I was at the hospital but not after.Ž But Ms. Etienne knew about Bethesdas Womens Health Center and thats where she found help, thanks to the hospitals Breast Health Navigation program, which is supported by the Komen South Florida Affiliate. I spoke to a wonderful woman there, Delmarie Butler. She said not to worry, there are funds to help you out. Because I was really worried.Ž The funds Ms. Butler spoke of come in the form of grants to hospital screen-ing centers; patients are directed by an affiliate to the center nearest them, where they fill out a form detailing their financial, insurance and family situation. Based on that information, the screening center determines cover-age, whether full or partial, paid for by the Komen grant. As it turned out, Ms. Etienne had good reason to worry. Her test results showed an aggressive form of the disease: HER2, a quick-growing, quick-spreading form of breast cancer. Without the Komen-funded exams, she might not have been diagnosed. Oh, Lord,Ž she says, in her quiet voice, I dont know what I would have done. They helped a great deal. My weekly lab that I have to do, they covered that for me. The lab looks at everything. Hemoglobin, white cell count, everything.Ž Since then, Ms. Etienne also has managed to acquire health insurance: PCIP (Pre-existing Condition Insur-ance Plan), a program run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser-vices. It covers 80 percent of her treat-ment cost, she says. That treatment, just now, is aggressive chemotherapy. Her surgery has yet to be scheduled; she expects it will be in February. Her voice carries a weariness, but it is clear in expressing gratitude for help pro-vided. QQQ For Michele Vanden Broek, the day that lives in infamy was Tuesday, Dec. 7, 1991. As she says, My own personal Pearl Harbor,Ž The attacker: endometrial uterine cancer. Her recollection: I had hemorrhaged, and they did a DNC. The doc-tor said, on the phone, to sit down and get my life in order because I had can-cer. I was very calm. I said, OK. But after I got off the phone, thats when I broke down. When the reality hit. I told my husband. I ran in screaming like a banshee, Im dying . I have cancer.Ž That was just the first time. Two years later, when she was 43, Ms. Vanden Broek learned she had can-cer in her right breast. A lumpectomy and radiation followed. Four years after that, a recurrence sent her back for a radical mastectomy and five years on tamoxifen. This year, she is a 15-year survivor of breast cancer, a timeline KOMENFrom page 1 COURTESY PHOTOSMichele Vanden Broek, above, and Michele Donahue, left. r M


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Entrance at 2 p.m. | Polo match at 3 p.m. The Perfect Match … Polo and Brunch LILA PHOTO ALEX PACHECO Champagne Brunch January-February: $100 March-April: $120 r1BWJMJPOSFDFQUJPOr-BWJTIHPVSNFUCSVODIr7FSBOEBTFBUJOHr5XPDPNQMJNFOUBSZ ESJOLUPLFOT Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brunch (for two) January-February: $300 March-April: $330 r$PNQMJNFOUBSZWBMFUQBSLJOHr1BWJMJPOSFDFQUJPOr-BWJTIHPVSNFUCSVODIr"DPNQMJNFOUBSZCPUUMFPG7FVWF$MJDRVPU e Pavilion Reception Pass January-February: $55 March-April: $65 r1SFNBUDIDIBNQBHOFUPBTUr1BTTFEMJHIUIPSTEPFVWSFTr5XPDPNQMJNFOUBSZESJOLUPLFOT Ticket Prices January-Aprilm(FOFSBM"ENJTTJPO#MFBDIFS4FBUJOHm/PSUIBOE4PVUI4UBEJVN-BXO4FBUJOHm$FOUFS4UBEJVN-BXO4FBUJOHm#PY4FBUTMJNJUFEBWBJMBCJMJUZn she traces from the mastectomy „ and one of eight Pink Warriors chosen by the Komen South Florida Affiliate to represent the spirit and the courage of all breast cancer survivors. Were kind of, like, the beacons of hope,Ž she says. Its a recognition that we have survived and also served Komen, that there are women „ and there have been men, as well „ that have come through. And its a way of saying thank you, of holding you up as an example of what research can do.Ž One of Ms. Vanden Broeks first phone calls, back in 1991, was to a friend, Sheila Gropper, whod had breast cancer and whose husband was Ms. Vanden Broeks boss at the federal General Services Administration office in Manhattan, where she handled leas-ing for federal tenants. Sheila said, Get Norman Vincent Peales Power of Positive Thinking,Ž dont panic, write down your questions (for the doctor), be calm. Youve got lots of support.Ž Her diagnosis threw into perspective, and tumult, the previously all-consuming events that preceded it: a job offer that would mean selling their co-op and moving to Washington, D.C. But a hysterectomy and nine months of chemotherapy took priority. The job ultimately went to someone else, and Ms. Vanden Broek went back to work in Manhattan. In January of 1993, a CT scan showed her uterine cancer was gone. I went running around saying, Im cancer-free! Everything is great! And then I got a voicemail message saying, Weve scheduled your biopsy . . Id just fin-ished nine months of hell, just gone back to work.Ž The biopsy followed a mammograms finding of calcifications in her right breast. She had naively thought that the chemo still coursing through her body would vanquish any breast cancer cells. Not so. For weeks and weeks after her lumpectomy „ the precise number eludes her, just now „ she took the train in from her home in Westchester to Manhattan, underwent radiation treatment at Beth Israel Medical Cen-ter, then reported to work. At around that time, she followed her friend Sheilas lead, entering Komens Race for the Cure and doing a bit of fundraising. Her battle with cancer, she thought, was winding down. Then came a scare in February of 1994: a biopsy involving her left breast. It was benign, but breathe-easy time lasted only until May of 1997 when cancer showed up again in her right breast, requiring the mastectomy. We moved to Florida in December of 2005,Ž says Ms. Vanden Broek, who now lives in Boynton Beach. In January of 2009, I had another scare. I found a lump in my left breast. I was waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it was nothing. I didnt have to worry about it.Ž While at Good Samaritan Hospital in West Palm Beach, she noticed that Komen had an office on the fifth floor so, when her mammogram was finished, she offered her services as a volunteer. Komen has only a core group of salaried employees,Ž she says, so volunteers are the backbone of the organization.Ž She stuffed envelopes, wound rubber bands around bunches of pens, handed out brochures explain-ing where and how money for mam-mograms is available for the under-insured, trained other volunteers. Komen cited her as the 2009-2010 Vol-unteer of the Year. On January 26, she and Andrea Wesley, Cyndi Arruda, Djenane St. Fleur Gorgue, Ruby Collins, Sandi Gropper and founder Nancy G. Brinker „ des-ignated, as the sister of the late Susan G. Komen, the Eternal WarriorŽ „ will run the race as Warriors in Pink. The eighth Warrior, Jessica Aguirre, who died on Nov. 8, had written about the 2010 Race for the Cure, her first: What an inspirational and empower-ing moment! Thousands and thousands of people with a purpose, a purpose to find a cure for what I had to go through. A purpose for me to be part of something BIG.Ž Thoughts of Jessica Aguirre and others who have succumbed to breast cancer hover in the minds of those who survive. Every year,Ž says Michele Vanden Broek, when I have a mammogram, I still hold my breath. But its important. It really is.Ž Q About the race>> WHAT: The 22nd annual 5K Komen South Florida Race for the Cure >> WHEN: Sat., Jan. 26 – beginning at 7:30 a.m. for women; 8:15 a.m. for men; 9:30 a.m. for kids 6-12; 9:45 a.m. for kids under 5. >> WHERE: Meyer Amphitheater in West Palm Beach >> REGISTRATION: Online and at various locations around Palm Beach County, including The Gardens Mall, Boynton Beach Mall, Boca Town Center and the Wellington Mall. For speci c locations and times, go to www.komensouth (Online registration closes on Jan. 23 at 5 p.m., but participants can still register in person on Race Day, beginning at 5:30 a.m.) >> PARKING: Free parking at The Kravis Center, with shuttle buses running approximately every 15 minutes to the Race.In case of online race problems, call 888-470-6374 COURTESY PHOTOWarrior in Pink Jessica Aguirre died Nov. 8. The 2010 race had been her first.


A10 NEWS WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLYhousing market meltdown. Now he is self-employed, primarily as a free-lance photographer, working for High Times, a nationally distributed maga-zine dedicated to all things marijuana. By all accounts, Mr. Krecicki is a peaceful father of two. He came to Southwest Florida at age 16 from Raleigh, N.C. with two girls on spring break, and I never went back.Ž These days, hes contemplating the possibil-ity of life in a prison cell. The Collier County Sheriffs Office SWAT team that raided his home confiscated 11 pounds of marijuana and a bundle of cash. Mr. Krecickis story highlights a national conversation about mari-juana, the most commonly used ille-gal drug, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the sometimes use of powerful force and resources to investigate, arrest and incarcerate non-violent offenders. Advocates of legalization point to polling numbers and changing rules in many states to show that Ameri-cans views on the drug are turning in their favor. Karen Goldstein, executive director of the Florida chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Norml), feels state legislators are softening their stances on pot as well. While last year I think what I said was accepted with a wink and a nod, this year its suddenly become much more legitimate to talk about,Ž she said. Rand Hoch, a retired civil judge who founded the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, pointed out that baby boomers, some of whom embraced marijuana in the 1960s and 70s, still make up a large, politically active group. A state senator from Palm Beach County, Democrat Jeff Clemens, is in the process of drafting a bill that would make pot a prescription medica-tion here. Washington and Colorados landmark decisions in November as the first states to legalize the drug for rec-reational use brought the issue to a head,Ž said U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Democrat from Oregon who esti-mates the country is about five years away from effectively legalizing the drug by letting state rules on the issue supersede federal ones. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia allow the use of medical marijuana, clashing with federal rules that say its illegal. Other states have reduced penalties for being caught with small amounts. Im not sure youll ever see national legalization,Ž said Robert Capecchi, a legislative analyst with the Marijuana Policy Project, a national group lob-bying for regulating and taxing pot. I think it will be something similar to alcohol prohibition where the fed-eral government takes a hands-off approach. There are still many states in which there are dry counties and dry towns, for instance. I think youll see a very similar response for marijuana policy.Ž The drug is still 100 percent illegal in many places, including Florida, though, a point dramatically illustrated by the SWAT team that arrived at Mr. Kre-cickis house at 5:40 a.m. The raidUpon hearing officers start to ram in his door „ a heavy plate glass they couldnt move „ Mr. Krecicki ran downstairs in a panic and opened it for them. Immediately, he dropped to his knees and then lay on his stomach with his hands behind his head as officers threw a flash bomb into the room, cre-ating a deafening bang and a blinding flash. Moments later, Mr. Krecicki could see two officers standing over his 22-year-old son, who was also face down on the floor in the hallway, with a foot on his back and a gun on the back of his neck.Ž Mr. Krecickis girlfriend and 16-year-old daughter were also residents at the home in a quiet neigh-borhood near downtown Naples. Based on information from an undercover officer, the SWAT team confiscated marijuana in the house that an arrest report estimates to be worth $27,000, as well as $54,994 in cash; thats including, Mr. Krecicki says, $1,300 raised at his daughters birthday party in September to benefit Candle-lighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southwest Florida, a nonprofit sup-port group for families. (His daughter survived leukemia when she was a child.) The rest was from a home equi-ty line of credit he was using for home improvements, he says. The officers also confiscated other evidence, including scales and ledgers found in the house. The CCSO arrest report suggests those were used to help distribute and sell illegal drugs. But Mr. Krecicki said the scales were for his business selling Himalayan salt, and the ledgers were for the minerals and stones he also keeps at home to collect and sell. The SWAT team left with the evi-dence but didnt arrest him on the spot. Six days later, Mr. Krecicki turned himself in after his attorney told him a warrant had been issued for his arrest. He spent a little less than a month in the Collier jail before bonding out, and is at home awaiting a possible trial or some other resolution that could be months away. Mr. Krecicki is charged with one misdemeanor and four felonies, the most serious of which is intent to sell marijuana within 1,000 feet of a church, which carries a mandatory three years in prison (Mr. Krecickis house is just across the street from Naples Church of God). JOINTFrom page 1 Marijuana legalized for recreational use: Growing, pos-sessing and gifting small amounts of marijuana is legal. Marijuana Decriminalized: Minor penalties for possession and cultivation of small amounts. Medical Marijuana: A prescription is required to obtain speci ed amounts of marijuana.Decriminalized and Medical Marijuana lawsMarijuana possession remains classi ed as a criminal actSource NORML; WikimediaState marijuana laws COURTESY PHOTOSAbove right: Jerry Krecicki with High Times editor and friend Bobby Black.Above: Mr. Krecicki is packing up the contents of his home and pre-paring for the worst case scenario: a prison sentence. RIght: The Free Jerry Krecicki Facebook page boasts hundreds of supporters.


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 NEWS A11The worst of his criminal record includes a 1988 felony charge of pos-session of a controlled substance and a 1992 misdemeanor charge involving the use of fireworks. Mr. Krecicki said he is a pacifist, doesnt own a gun, and lifted up his shirt to show off his motto and wish for mankind, Peace, L ove, and Happiness,Ž which is tattooed vertically along his spine. Frightened by the incident, his children moved away to live with relatives. Mr. Krecicki wasnt just scared when the SWAT team raided his home. Scared is when you watch a movie,Ž he said. This was traumatizing, terror-izing, it was unbelievable.Ž His girlfriend, Satya Persaud, was recently helping him pack up every-thing in the house so they can rent it out in case the worst-case scenario of spending time in prison occurs. The best-case scenario, Mr. Krecickis attor-ney Donald Day has told him, is that the charges will be dropped. At this point right now, theyve punished me enough,Ž Mr. Krecicki said.Seeking different answers Lt. Harold Minch, head of narcotics and vice investigations for the Collier County Sheriffs Office „ who over-sees raids like the one carried out at Mr. Krecickis house „ didnt comment on whether Florida laws regarding marijuana or their enforcement were too harsh. We enforce the laws society gives us,Ž is his disclaimer. But Lt. Minch concedes that efforts to stop people from using or distribut-ing marijuana have failed. He also suggested that a plan to tax and regulate marijuana might not dramatically change whom or how many people use it. I think what wed be looking at is whether the legal-ization of it causes people to start using it,Ž he said. I dont know that thats going to be the case, because its not all that hard to get now. Will it cause other criminal activities? I dont know. Ive been a police officer for 27 years now and I dont know if Ive ever arrested anybody for a mari-juana-related offense other than the use or cultivation,Ž whereas drugs such as crack cocaine and heroin, he adds, have resulted in arrests for crimes such as theft and prostitution. Have we made any headway (toward stopping marijuana use) in the last 25 years? I think the answer is abso-lutely not,Ž Lt. Minch said. Is there some benefit to continuing this level of enforcement or should we look at the realities of marijuana itself? I think law enforcement at this point is really looking for better answers.Ž Some politicians are doing the same. Florida State Sen. Jeff Clemens, a Democrat from Palm Beach County, is leading efforts to make marijuana medicine in the state. In 2011 and again in 2012, he sponsored a joint resolu-tion (really, thats what its called) in the Florida House that would have put medical marijuana on the ballot. Those efforts died, but as a newly elected senator, Mr. Clemens is in the process of drafting a bill this term that would allow his colleagues to vote in favor of marijuana as a legal prescrip-tion drug for serious illnesses. The bill will be loosely based on Colorados plan rather than Californias notori-ously unwieldy efforts toward medical cannabis, Sen. Clemens said; and it will detail a system of medical identifica-tion cards and dispensaries. Although at least in Florida there arent formal plans to discuss taxing and regulating the drug, Mr. Clemens believes that is ultimately what will happen. The potential billions of dol-lars that advocates say would fill gov-ernment coffers if pot were regulated is a central argument for legalization, as is an already financially choked justice system sending non-violent offenders to prison. I just think our laws are draconian when it comes to this one particular drug,Ž Sen. Clemens said. Its costing us hundreds of millions of dollars a year to investigate, arrest, prosecute or incarcerate small-time drug offenders who are no danger to society. Those are tax dollars that could be better spent in many other ways.Ž Possession of 20 grams or less in Florida carries a maximum jail sen-tence of a year; possession of more than that with intent to sell has a top prison sentence of five years. But Palm Beach County attorney Michael Minardi said the stiffest penalties are rarely enforced in Florida. A first or second offense might yield a sentence of six months to a year of probation, and fines and court costs of up to $500, for instance, depending on the county. Aligned with heroinJust how bad is pot for you? Many users claim its not addictive. Mr. Krecicki, who said that it helped him relax, and fuel his creativ-ity, insisted that when he went to jail he didnt experience withdrawal symp-toms, although he had been a daily smoker. But Jay Glynn, CEO of Charlotte Behavioral Health Care in Port Char-lotte, suggests the drug is addictive. Do I think someone should be in prison for a long time for smoking pot? No,Ž he said. I think if they need to get off it, need some treatment, we should provide something like that. I think some of the criminal penalties may be too harsh. But legalizing it is a whole other thing.Ž As a federally classified Schedule 1 drug, marijuana is put in the same cat-egory as deadlier, more addictive nar-cotics such as heroin. Jodi James, head of the Florida Cannabis Action Net-work, was among a group that recently asked Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to change pots status, in effect to acknowledge that it has medical uses and is much less addictive than the state says it is now. Ms. Bondi said no. Others are concerned that if the drug were made available as a medi-cine, legalized for recreational use, or downgraded in legal status, it would become all the more accessible for children. Obviously, if we legalize this in our state, our youth are going to have a higher probability of having access to it,Ž said Melanie Black, executive direc-tor of Drug Free Collier. We are abso-lutely against legalizing it for any use.Ž Palm Beach County Sheriff Rick Bradshaw points to the prescription drug epidemic as an example of how out-of-control legal drugs cause thou-sands of deaths every year in the state. Look at what we just went through with the pill mills and prescription drug abuse,Ž he said angrily. The abuse is going to be rampant.Ž It does not sway his opinion that for years zero deaths have been attrib-uted to marijuana in Florida, accord-ing to medical examiner reports. The resources used to bust grow houses or marijuana dealers, he insists, saves peoples lives and stops abuse. Every time you stop a grow house, youre just lessening the availability of it.Ž Silvia Casabianca, owner of Eyes Wide Open, which offers wholistic alternative therapies in Bonita Springs, is ambivalent about legalizing yet another drug. I know marijuana has been used successfully for certain medical uses, but I also see some abuses,Ž she said. So Im not sure I like the idea of it being legal. The only advantage I see is not medical,Ž she added, noting that legalizing the drug could undermine organized criminal networks. As a medicine, she believes there are better therapies than marijuana „ or for that matter, any drug. People start finding the pain so they are prescribed the drug,Ž she said. I think weve created a very addictive society, and I dont feel being addicted to anything is healthy. People say (marijuana) is not addictive but there are some instances where it actually does create dependency. People cannot socialize without pot and things like that.Ž For some, whether or not the drug is bad for you is beside the point. If alcohol is legal, its just hypocritical that marijuana shouldnt be,Ž said Fort Myers resident Ryun Horn, a self-published writer who uses the drug recreationally. Doctors have attributed various negative side effects to marijuana, including lower sperm count, a decrease in ambi-tion, lung cancer, and dulled reaction time or drowsiness. I think (marijuana) does have addiction potential,Ž said Dr. Mark Lokitus, D.O., a psychologist in Fort Myers. Theres a withdrawal aspect, too.Ž Dr. David Rock, a Fort Myers breast cancer surgeon, said marijuana can relieve post-operative nausea but also noted it is a common cause of breast enlargement in young men. Some users, like Mr. Krecicki, claim to have experienced no negative effects from marijuana at all. Besides smoking pot, he would generally be considered highly health conscious. He refuses to drink tap water in favor of more puri-fied versions, has been a vegetarian for seven years, and gets his teeth cleaned every two months. In fact, the worst part about jail for him was the food, which he complained made him feel sick. It was worse than any drug I had ever done „ and thats a fact,Ž he insisted. State vs. federal lawStates that allow marijuana use contradict federal rules making it ille-gal everywhere. The result, said U.S. House Rep. Earl Blumenauer, a Demo-crat from Oregon, is the hopeless tan-gle were facing now with conflicting marijuana laws and regulations.Ž From the tax code to veterans hospitals, its not always clear how a marijuana user or dispensary in a state where its legal should proceed. Rep. Blumenauer is one of about a dozen legislators in the House drafting leg-islation in the coming months that will address the problems, he said. Mr. Blumenauer hopes to resolve the cur-rent conflicts between state and federal law by allowing local governments to decide for themselves how to regulate marijuana, or not. I suspect that within five years there will be a federal change that will allow states to take their own direc-tion, exactly like we do with alcohol,Ž he said. Legislators are working on bills this term that would address states rights, including making it easier for banks to legally lend money to a state mari-juana dispensary, for instance; making hemp, a cannabis-based substance used for clothing and other purposes, legal; and making it easier to research the drug. It is illegal by federal rules to grow cannabis plants anywhere but at The University of Mississippi, home of the only federally owned marijuana farm. The New York Times reported that a permit for research there involves getting formal approval from at least three different federal agencies. U.S. House Rep. Trey Radel, a Republican from Florida, didnt respond to repeated requests for comment about his position on marijuana or if he would support Rep. Blumenauers efforts. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, was traveling in the Mid-dle East and couldnt be reached for comment, his office said. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubios office responded by e-mail that he would not support federal legislation to change current marijuana rules. A statement from Sen. Rubios deputy press secre-tary, Brooke Sammon, read that ille-gal drugsŽ in general have a negative impact on children, and contribute to violent criminal organizations. More than that, they destroy lives and under-mine our society,Ž she wrote. As you may know, the Ending Federal Mari-juana Prohibition Act of 2011 was intro-duced in the House last Congress and sought to remove marijuana from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. There was no companion legislation for that bill in the Senate, but Sen. Rubio would not have supported the legisla-tion had it come before the Senate for a vote.ŽFlorida’s muffled conversationA White House press release issued by drug czar Gil Kerlikowske earlier this month stated: ƒwere in a serious national conversation about marijuana.Ž But doctors, business owners, law enforcement officials and others are muffled from speaking publically about it because of the drugs legal status. A handful or doctors with private pain management practices didnt return calls or also declined to com-ment. One health industry spokes-person did acknowledge that she had heard, anecdotally, that the drug had been helpful for patients in palliative care, she said, I wouldnt want to put any of my physicians in the position of being for something that is illegal.Ž Shops in Southwest Florida that sell pipes and bongs for tobacco use,Ž didnt return repeated calls or declined to speak on the record. One shop owner who spoke off the record chose his words carefully so as not to impli-cate the store as a place where people buy items used to smoke pot. The shop owner said that even when out with friends, when the discussion turns to marijuana, he has gone so far as to leave the table for fear of using the wrong words.Ž When we start having that conversation,Ž he said, I break into hives.Ž Q MINARDI CLEMENS


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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 NEWS A13 WEIGHT LOSS Mobile Counselors We Come to You! Flexible Hours W e come to your place of business Uœi…iiˆ}…]ŽiiˆœvvtU'>>ii`iˆ}…œUiˆLiiˆ}…œœ}>“>>ˆ>Liˆ…œ'nUi`ˆV>}>`iVœœ'ˆ}>iii'ˆ{x“ˆ'iUVi>iœ'ii}EL'v>ˆ…‡£"ˆiVˆœUˆœœˆVv>L'ˆ}ˆiVˆœ>>ˆ>LiU"ˆ}ˆ>nˆi‡ˆV'`i}œ'“iVœœŽLœœŽ]n}'ˆ`iE“>ˆi>Vi“>'>œi'œ£œ'`œvv>i`>t Call now!561-249-3770 New Year’s Special ACT NOW HCG 23 DAY DIET$199.99 FREE CONSULTATION Successful Center Weight Loss HARPING for BETTER BREATHINGHarmonica lessons help COPD sufferers improve breathing BY MARILYN BAUERmbauer@” oridaweekly.comEighty-one-year-old Murray Rivette of Del Ray Beach, dressed in camouflage shorts and a Santa hat, belted out All of MeŽ while a group of about 25 sufferers of COPD sat rapt in holiday spirit. With a big band CD backing him up, Mr. Rivette raised his harmonica and wailed a verse of As Time Goes ByŽ followed by an impersonation of Louis Armstrong. The winner of the 2012 Palm Beach Idol contest, Mr. Rivette is a consummate entertainer. He also suffers from COPD. Mr. Rivette is part of the Better Breathers Club program started by the Amer-ican Lung Association (ALA) in the 1970s, and locally held at Jupiter Medical Centers Raso Education Center. On the fourth Tuesday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the group ranging in age from 60-some-thing to 80-something gathers for a half-hour harmonica lesson from Mr. Rivette, lunch provided by the hospital, time with Shawn Ballew „ a respiratory therapist with more than 20 years of experience „ and a lecture from a guest speaker talking on a subject related to their disease. The meetings are free and open to anyone with COPD. The Better Breathers program provides an opportunity for patients to continually educated themselves about the care and treatment of their disease. It also gives them a chance to share ideas and solutions in a supportive envi-ronment,Ž said Ms. Ballew. The overall goal is to empower our patients with skills that will increase the quality of their life.Ž Jupiter Medical Center launched the Better Breathers Club two years ago. It wasnt long before harmonica lessons became part of the monthly agenda. Numerous studies have shown that playing the harmonica can be a benefi-cial adjunct to a pulmonary rehabilita-tion program,Ž said Dr. Mike Feinstein, ALA program director for Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. And that is why we offer it as part of our Better Breather Clubs in some of our locations. The harmonica is the only instrument that is played both inhaling and exhaling.Ž Patients with COPD have a problem with exhalation leaving them with shortness of breath. They cant get the air out,Ž said Ms. Ballew who acts as the meetings facilita-tor. The lungs lose their elasticity and the air gets trapped, which leads to short-ness of breath. When you play a harmon-ica you have to exhale as long as you can and this helps with shortness of breath.ŽMr. Rivette, who had been playing with a harmonica trio in local venues, had start-ed giving harmonica lessons at Bethes-da Hospital in Boynton Beach when he received a call from Dr. Feinstein. Now I am involved in both locations,Ž said Mr. Rivette, who has played the harmonica for 65 years. The har-monica has helped me tremendously. When I was younger, I was too shy to talk to people.Ž That is certainly not the case now. Mr. Rivettes g ood-natured pa tter combined with a stellar voice and a love of the mouth organ acts as the glue that holds the group together. I come from a show biz family,Ž he said. Peter Falk was my third cousin.Ž Although there were oxygen tanks and wheel chairs in the room, there were also lots of smiles, laughter and groans when Mr. Rivette mentioned he and his first wife divorced for religious reasons. She thought she was God,Ž he said. I didnt agree.Ž Bada-boom.The people here have a common bond,Ž said Ms. Ballew. They are work-ing to improve the quality of their lives. This group lets them know they are not alone.Ž There are 10 Better Breathers Clubs in Palm Beach County and on the Trea-sure Coast,Ž said Dr. Feinstein. Our goal is to fight lung disease and help with associated problems such as clean air and tobacco cessation. We want to help people who suffer from lung disease … from children with asthma to an older population with COPD.Ž To attend a Better Breathers meeting, call 263-2043 to reserve your free lunch. Jupiter Medical Center is located at 1210 South Old Dixie Highway. Q COURTESY PHOTO Murray Rivette suffers from COPD himself, but teaches the Better Breathers Club how to improve through the harmonica.


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Volunteers are also needed to conduct surveys of home-less individuals and families that will be attending one of the three events in order to be counted as part of the Point-in-Time survey. Project Homeless Connect pro-vides an opportunity for homeless indi-viduals and families to receive healthy refreshments, get a new haircut, medi-cal screening and meet people who are waiting to help put them in touch with resources and services. This is the time of year that we truly call upon the community to reach out to the homeless population and extend a helping hand by inviting them to attend one of the Project Homeless Connect events,Ž said Marilyn Munoz, executive edrector of the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach Coun-ty. We are here to help provide access to services and resources all year long, but now is our chance to get as accurate of a count as possible so we can proactively advocate for resources and much-needed funding to assist those in need.Ž Volunteers willing to offer haircutting services, transportation services, take sur-veys, set-up or tear-down events are asked to call, 355-4663, or e-mail The events are funded by the Town of Palm Beach United Way, TJ Maxx, and Bethesda-by-the-Sea. Q Clinics Can Help receives $100,000 from Quantum SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYPalm Beach County-based grant-making organization Quantum Foundation donated $100,000 to Clinics Can Help, a local non-profit that donates surplus durable medical equipment and sup-plies to financially needy children and adults in the county. Clinics Can Help, a grass roots organization founded by local hospice nurse Owen ONeill, started by donating wheelchairs and hospital beds to needy patients in 2005. The organization and to date has assisted more than 1,400 clients by donating more than $600,000 worth of recycled medical equipment, according to a written statement from the foundation. This year were looking forward to expanding our service to Belle Glade,Ž said Mr. ONeill. We are thrilled and honored that Quantum Foundation has so much faith in our ability to make a difference in this way. We promise to use this opportunity to assist as many people in Palm Beach County who are in need of medical equipment as we can!Ž Kerry Diaz, president of Quantum Foundation said in the statement, Our board of trustees recognized the poten-tial of Clinics Can Help and how a sim-ple concept could really change the lives of those who need medical equipment.Ž To arrange a loan of medical equipment, call Clinics Can Help at 640-2995 or visit their West Palm Beach office for more information or to complete a simple application. Q 100 Years of Cars Show Jan. 19 at Pine School SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYThe Pine School hosts the 6th Annual 100 Years of Cars show on Jan. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on its Upper School campus in Hobe Sound. The show has helped underwrite scholarships for seven students at The Pine School. The show features vehicles from 1900 through the present day. This year, Ameri-can classics and performance cars are the featured. 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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 NEWS A17Prenups don’t have to be insulting — if you negotiate properlyHelene looked at Harvey with disbelief. This couldnt be happening to her. She had assumed he would bring up the issue of a prenuptial agreement at some point, and had been fully prepared to go along with it. But these terms were insulting. And to broach signing a prenuptial agreement so close to the wedding „ when the invitations had already been sent out and her family had purchased airline tickets „ was beyond hurtful and demeaning. How could he put her in this position? Helene and Harvey had had a whirlwind romance. Harvey was 15 years older, but Helene couldnt care less. He was handsome, charming and showered her with gifts and attention. Helene knew that Harvey had gone through a very ugly, contentious divorce, and rumor had it that his ex-wife had taken him to the cleaners. Helenes ex-husband had left her with a mess of credit card bills to pay off, but she worked long hours, and was now fully self-sufficient. She longed for the opportunity to take it easier and to enjoy the better things in life. In Helenes eyes, the proposed terms of the prenuptial were woefully inadequate to provide for her should something happen to Harvey or they were to divorce. When she learned the magnitude of his assets, and the provisions in place to provide for his adult children and grandchildren, she was astonished. Harvey was far wealthier than she had ever imagined. There were clearly enough assets to amply provide for his family, and to still do the right thing for Helene. How could he not take sufficient care to make sure Helene was taken care of? Was she being punished for the garish behavior of his ex-wife? Did he truly care about her the way she had believed? She was too stunned to speak.Theres no quicker way to take the stars out of lovers eyes than to begin a conversation about prenuptial agree-ments. Even the most worldly and sophisticated may cringe at the pros-pect of sitting down with attorneys to draft a contract with their significant other about finances, rights and obliga-tions. Matrimonial and estate lawyers can provide the legal pros and cons of obtaining a prenup, but depending on the lawyer chosen and the circumstanc-es, may provide widely varying advice. Psychotherapists, and people who have been there,Ž however, may caution the betrothed, underscoring the potential for far-reaching emotional fallout from the negotiations involved. For this discussion, lets start with the assumption we are talking about well-intended people who are deeply in love and are anticipating years of wedded bliss. (Well leave out the unfortunate scenario where one party is opportunis-tic or has an agenda.) There are many reasons people elect to secure a prenup. At the end of the day, however, its criti-cally important for them to reflect and truly consider the importance of the relationship and what steps and risks theyre willing to take to protect the trust and good will theyve established. In todays world, many of us are mistrustful or jaded about the likelihood any relationship can withstand the chal-lenges of time. With the woeful divorce statistics trumpeted in the media and sensational stories about extra-marital escapades and betrayals, its no won-der many of us go into self-protective mode. Many worry that their partner may be scheming to steal their assets or may leave them for a younger, tighter trophy when theyve lost their looks. Those who have been through previous rancorous marital breakups may feel especially vulnerable. They may have suffered serious financial setbacks and want to secure their futures. Those with children from a previous relationship may wish to ensure there will be suf-ficient assets for them, as well. Some couples may enter a chess game of suspicion and insecurity as they attempt to assess the true motiva-tions and loyalty of a partner, while they simultaneously position themselves to best secure their standing. Stepping away from this mistrustful, uneasy place often takes a leap of faith that neither is prepared to do. Importantly, letting down ones guard and showing a spirit of generosity is often what it takes to ease the hurt and discomfort. On occasion, prenup negotiations become a one-sided power play, where one of the parties has a clear-cut advan-tage „ most often the one with the lions share of assets. This person may claim to be open-minded and fair, but the spouse cant help but feel an ele-ment of coercion. They may believe theyre being railroaded into accepting terms that are humiliating and patent-ly unfair. The woeful choice is to go against their better judgment, or con-sider the devastating prospect of break-ing the engagement. Sadly, they may begin to seriously wonder how much the person they believed to love them, in fact, truly cares. So, from the start, it is important for all parties to remind themselves that this is a negotiation between two people who have stated they love each other and are committed to joining their lives. In too many instances, prenuptial negotiating takes an adversarial direction, putting the relationship at great risk. It will be important that each retains their own professionals to represent their interests. But, in doing so they must ensure that, at all times, the professionals approach the endeavor with respect and sensitivity. Sometimes, family members are flexing muscles behind the scenes, even though all parties are well aware of whos involved and whats going on. This may happen when theres a family largesse or inheritance at stake. Although the well-heeled family is understandably suspi-cious of potential interlopers, it would be important to head off antagonizing and insulting their childs future spouse and extended family. While this may be a delicate balance, deciding ahead of time that care will be given to EVERY-ONES feelings and interests may make a huge difference. Negotiating a prenup can be a daunting prospect, but if both parties are committed to sensitively trying to put themselves in the others shoes and at all times to approach each other with special care, the legalities do not have to be the undoing of the relationship. Assuming the best of each other, and not the worst, should define the spirit of the discussions. Approached with the right attitude, negotiating a prenup can actually become an important oppor-tunity to discuss intensely private mat-ters with each other. The negotiations require full disclosure of assets, so both parties will have to be candid about financial holdings and liabilities. Such disclosure may open up a discussion of other important issues the couple may confront about family and lifestyle deci-sions. This can springboard into valuable considerations of each others expecta-tions and fears, providing tremendous insight into the others character. Q „ Linda Lipshutz, M.S., LCSW, is a psychotherapist serving individuals, couples and families. A Palm Beach Gardens resident, she holds degrees from Cornell and Columbia and trained at the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy in Manhattan. She can be reached in her Gardens office at 630-2827, at palmbeachfamilytherapy. com and on Twitter @LindaLipshutz. FITNESS PROFILE‘There is no magic bullet to getting fit!’Get in Shape for Women is a fitness program that combines strength training, cardio, nutrition and accountability, through personal training in an upscale studio. The studio is at 4755 PGA Blvd., in Midtown, in Palm Beach Gardens. Call 7990555. Name: Susan TalutoAge: 66City: Palm Beach GardensOccupation: Retired environmental professional.Family: Husband Joe, a retired military officer, four children and three grandchildren.Activities: Book club, hospital volunteer, I love the beach, and support and help organizations that help veterans.Q. How did you decide to join the studio?A. I wanted a healthier lifestyle and a healthy diet, and to lose unwanted weight.Q. Did you have a training or exercise routine before you joined?A. Yes. I worked out twice a week but didnt have good eating habits.Q. Some people say they find it difficult to make time for exercise or train-ing. How do you carve out the time in your schedule?A. Im a morning person, so I come in early „ 7:30 „ to start my day.Q. Is there an aspect of the program that you like the best? If so, why?A. I like working out with other motivated women and being trained by skilled people who understand womens bodies, and what works best for us.Q. Do you have any specific fitness goals?A. I originally wanted to lose 20-25 pounds, but have modified my goal to just have a body that is fit. Im more focused on how my clothes fit than the number on the scale. I am leaner and stronger now.Q. How would you describe the atmosphere at the studio?A. Fun! There is a lot of interaction with members and the staff.Q. How has the nutrition program helped you change the way that you eat?A. I understand the parameters of my diet. I eat more frequently, but stick to foods that are high in protein. I dont feel hungry or deprived „ I no longer rely on food high in carbohydrates and sugar.Q. Do you have any advice for people who might be considering starting a training program?A. There is no magic bulletŽ to getting fit! It is diet and exercise „ a little hard work. You need to decide to do this for yourself and join a gym that sup-ports and motivates you.Q. Is there anything else youd like to say about Get in Shape for Women?A. This program works for me. I have tried many diets with only temporary success. I believe in the combination of nutrition and exercise as key to making the changes you seek. Q HEALTHY LIVING i c S s a linda


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El Sol Center Director Jocelyn Skolnik attributed the increased hiring to a combination of greater awareness in the community of the skilled El Sol workers and an improved economy, El Sol said in a prepared statement. The economy is improving but the reason employers come to El Sol is because we have good workers and peo-ple know they can hire someone who will do an excellent job,Ž Ms. Skolnik said in the statement. The majority of the jobs were temporary in nature and for such tasks as landscaping, lawn care, moving, painting, house cleaning, construction cleaning, shutter installation, general labor and oth-ers, but a number of workers have been placed in permanent jobs since El Sol opened in Jupiter September of 2006. A total of 6,773 employers and 2,703 workers were registered at El Sol as of December 31. The day labor service is open to all Jupiter residents while employers come from throughout the region. An average of 99 workers were available daily with 30 percent being hired, up from the 25 percent ratio in 2011. Ms. Skolnik said El Sol plans to expand vocational training to improve workers skills and to increase job opportunities by attracting more employers. The non-profit El Sol Center has offered various vocational training courses in the past in such areas as landscaping, painting, pres-sure cleaning, housekeeping, hurricane shutter installation and others. Workers also have acquired on-the-job training in various skills such as roofing, painting and landscaping through volun-teer work on Habitat for Humanity home construction and other community service improvement projects. For information on hiring workers or volunteering at El Sol call 745-9860 or see Q T he Bet ter Business Bureau investigates thousands of scams every year. This list of top scams of 2012 was gath-ered from a variety of sources, including consumers and federal agencies.Q Car ads … A well-known company offers $400-plus per week to anyone willing to drive around with the com-panys logo on their car. They send you a check to deposit and then direct you to wire part of the payment to the graphic designer who will customize the ad for your vehicle. A week later, the check bounces, the graphic designer is nowhere to be found and youre out the money you wired. Q Mystery shopping … Many secret shopping job offers are nothing more than a variation of the overpayment/fake check scam (above). The Mystery Shopping Providers Association says its not the practice of its members to pre-pay shoppers, but if you have your heart set on this type of job, you can find a legitimate gig through its website at Q Grandparent scam … Even though its been around for a long time, this one is still so prevalent its worth mention-ing again. A grandparent receives a call from a grandchild/niece/nephew/friend who is traveling abroad and gets into a bad situation where he or she needs money right away. Easy rule of thumb: Before you wire money in an emer-gency, check with the supposed victim or other family members to verify the information.Q Nonexistent loans … Most of these scams are advertised online and promise things like no credit checkŽ or easy repayment terms.Ž The hook: You have to make the first payment or some other fee upfront or you have to buy an insurance policyŽ in order to secure the (nonexistent) loan. In 2012, a new, aggressive twist was used: Consumers reported being threatened with lawsuits and law enforcement action if they didnt pay back loans they claim didnt belong to them in the first place. Some got calls at their workplace, even to rela-tives. The threats of legal action caused some victims to pay even when they knew they didnt owe the money.Q President Obama Will Pay Your Utility Bills … At the peak of summer with utility costs soaring, consumers got e-mails, letters and even door-to-door solicitations about a new govern-ment programŽ that would pay their utility bills. Victims registeredŽ with an official-looking website and pro-vided everything scammers needed for identity theft purposes, including bank account information.Q Jamaican phone lottery … In this old one that flared up again, the calls come from Jamaica (area code 876), but the person claims to represent BBB, the FBI or some other trusted group. The caller claims youve won a prize (typical haul: $2 million and a Mercedes Benz), but you have to pay a fee in order to collect your winnings. There are lots of variations on this; sometimes its a gov-ernment grant. If this happens to you, hang up and then file a phone fraud report with the appropriate government agency.Q Fake Facebook tweets … You get a direct message from a friend on Twitter with something about a video of you on Facebook (ROFL they was taping youŽ or What RU doing in this FB vid?Ž are typi-cal tweets). In a panic, you click on the link to see what the embar-rassing video could possibly be, and you get an error message that says you need to update Flash or other video player. But the file isnt a new version of Flash; its a virus or malware that can steal confidential information from your computer or smart phone. Twitter recommends reporting such spam, resetting your password and revoking connections to third-party applications.Q Real stars, fake goods … Sports memorabilia and phony tickets always make the list of top counterfeit goods. Some scammers sell cheap knock-offs in front of stadiums, while others set up websites and steal your money. Buy directly from team stores and websites or from legitimate retailers. Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.Q Scam of the Year: Newtown charity scams … Within hours of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shoot-ings in Newtown, Conn., the week before Christmas, social media pages began cropping up dedicated to the child victims. Some of these pages were fake and attempting to solicit money from those looking to support the actual victims families. In response to these reports, BBB Wise Giving Alliance offered tips for donors to help them understand how and when to best sup-port those dealing with such a tragedy. For more information about these and other scams, go to Q SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________ COURTESY PHOTOFitbella clients use cap-sules that combine warmth and mus-cle move-ments. Fitbella, a weight loss and fitness center, has opened in Palm Beach Gar-dens. The weight-loss method was developed in Europe in the 1970s. There are 700 worldwide locations, according to a statement by the local center. The Fitbella method is a one-on-one personalized workout in the fitcap-sule,Ž where the combination of muscle movements and warmth will reactivate the metabolism in about 30 minutes „ this is the equivalent of about an hour-and-a-half at a regular gym, the company says. The fitcapsule is heated at a comfortable body temperature, 98 degrees, which maximizes the benefits of reshaping the body. Then, the client relaxes 20 minutes in the fitbath,Ž a steam bath designed to detox, smooth, tighten and hydrate skin. Each workout is customized to each individual and is very targeted, the cen-ter says. During the first consultation with a coach, a clients measurements are taken, and a nutrition and workout plan is developed. For more information, contact Melissa Rabino at 775-0122 or email at Fitbella is located at 2401 PGA Blvd., Suite 128, Palm Beach Gardens, in the Harbour Financial Center. See, and on Twitter @fitbella_usa. Q Fitbella fitness center opens in Palm Beach GardensSPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY_________________________ PP th e D be t let e pl e fir s th e HS BBB: Too good to be true? Its probably a scam


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The Health Research and Educational Trust reported in September 2012 that Annual premiums for employer-sponsored family health coverage reached $15,745ƒ up 4 percent from last year, with workers on average paying $4,316 toward the cost of their coverageƒ This years premium increase is moderate by historical standards, but out-paced the growth in workers wages (1.7 percent) and general inflation (2.3 percent). Since 2002, premiums have increased 97 per-cent, three times as fast as wages (33 percent) and inflation (28 percent).Ž That is clearly bad news, and it will be getting a lot more expensive for different demo-graphic groups, especially those aged 40 and under. Young adults will see higher health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act because of a provision that links prices for older and younger patients, accord-ing to a new actuarial study.Ž (Contingencies, Age Band Compression under Health Care Reform,Ž January/February 2012.) The study suggested that health care insurance premiums for those aged 21 to 29 could rise some 42 percent, while those in their 30s would see a 31 percent increase and those aged 61 to 64 would see a 1 percent increase.Ž (The Hill, Study Predicts Health Care Law Will Raise Premiums on Young Adults,Ž Jan. 7, 2013.) How so? President Obamas signature health-care law limited the amount insur-ers can charge older people for their health insurance to a maximum of three times the amount younger people pay.Ž (The Hill.) The provision capping charges for older people now shifts costs to the younger. Because the costs might be too stiff, many younger folks will likely refuse to buy insur-ance and, instead, accept the low mandate penalties for being uninsured. Even if young-er adults get premium assistance, they still might choose not to buy insurance. Bad for them and bad for the insurance companies that will suffer adverse selection: fewer of the better/younger health risks will be buy-ing coverage. So would it not be oddities of oddities if Obamacare, designed to get everyone health coverage, results in fewer being covered? And besides resulting in higher costs of insurance, also causes ongoing confusion in pricing structure for insurance companies and businesses and consumers buying insur-ance? Preventive financial healthHere are a few ideas for the financially proactive younger adult. First and obviously, stay healthy or get healthy. Second, if you are under age 26, consider staying on your parents plan. Per the Health Research and Educational Trust report, ƒ2.9 million young adults are currently covered by employer plans this year as a result of a provision in the 2010 Affordable Care Act that allows young adults up to age 26 without employer coverage of their own to be cov-ered as dependents on their parents plan.Ž Third, younger adults will need to consider less expensive premium health insurance, ie: a high deductible health plan, or HDHP, paired with a health savings account. The lat-ter allows you to take pre-tax money; deposit it into a bank acc ount, brokerage account or even your own self-directed account (offered by a self-directed IRA custodian); let earnings grow tax free; and pay no taxes on principal or earnings withdrawals if used to pay for qualified health expens-es.Ž That triple tax advantageous deal is not available to everyone „ just those under HDHP who are not enrolled in Medicare, not covered by another health plan and not claimed as a dependent on anothers tax return. A HDHP is defined as a health plan having annual deductible for an individual of at least $1,200 in 2012 ($1,250 for 2023) and $2,400 in 2012 ($2,450 for 2013) for a family. The amount of money that can be put into a plan is $3,100 for 2012 ($3,250 for 2013) for an individual and $6,250 for 2012 ($6,450 for 2013) for a family; the sweetener is for those 55 and over who are allowed another $1,000 in both 2012 and 2013. Contributions for 2 012 need to be made by April 15. (Society for Human Resource Management.) So why was this seemingly too good to be true HSA created? It was thought that runaway health-care costs might be curbed if people had to pay more out of pocket yet were given incentives to save and wisely spend. Several large private insurers „ WellPoint, Aetna and Cigna „ all said internal studies have persuasively shown that people with their high-deductible HSA plans actual-ly take better care of themselves than people with traditional health insurance coverage.Ž (Money, Use of High Deductible Health Care Plans Soars,Ž June 5, 2012.) An annual census by Americas Health Insurance Plans of U.S. health insurance car-riers shows that the number of people cov-ered by health savings account/high-deduct-ible health plans is rapidly growing. Five million in 2008 grew to 13.5 million in 2012. HSAs can pay for current medical expenses. For those who are older, HSA bal-ances might be allowed to build so that they are available in later years when health care costs are most burdensome. For the wealthy, it is best used to lessen the new higher tax bite. For small businesses that are feeling the rising costs (and pricing uncertainty) under Obamacare, HDHP/HSAs offer an alternative health care model to contain rising costs. It is advised that you go to the IRS website to see specifics of the HSA rules and to visit with a health insurance expert to determine suitability, applicability and affirm the specif-ics as they apply to you. Q „ Jeannette Showalter, CFA, is a commodities broker with Worldwide Futures Systems. She can be reached at 239-571-8896 or c t t i C A jeannette SHOWALTER CFA


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 BUSINESS A21NETWORKING Sofie Couture charity fashion show for Toys for Tots, at Breathe in Delray BeachWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” thanwecan“tinthenewspaperSoifyouthinkwemissedyouoroneofyourfriends 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1 Models for charity event with Designer Shivonne Benitez 2 Amjad Haad with Miss World Supermodel Haley St. Pierre and Charlie Droog 3 Paula Lauro and Anthony Lauro 4. Carine Jean 5. Cintra Ramgoolam and Haley St. Pierre 6. Paula Lauro and Designer Shivonne Benitez 7. Carine Jean and Juna Jean 8. Juna Jean and Fernel Jean 9. Oguena Polissant and Haley St. Pierre10. Clarissa Jimenez and Haley St. PierreBETSY JIMENEZ / FLORIDA WEEKLY Anjad Haad and Haley St. Pierre


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FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 REAL ESTATE A23As inventory shrinks, home lenders offer incentives, become more flexible As inventory is shrinking and the housing market begins to stabilize, our area is experiencing a lower amount of distressed properties on the market. As this begins to happen, I have experi-enced the banks becoming more flexible in working with sellers and buyers to close properties on a timelier basis, in addition to giving incentives. Over the past month, there have been several closings in my office where the banks paid additional dollars to the seller when the property has closed. The banks are becoming flexible with closing properties in a shorter time frame. This has created a win-win for all parties involved in the transaction.Why is this happening? A few years ago this would never have been considered, nonetheless offered to defaulting home-owners. But, foreclosures have come to cost lenders so much money by way of dropping home values, deteriorated prop-erties and on top of legal fees, it is only to their advantage to execute a short sale. I had a home listed this past year that was in a short sale situation for months. The owner did not have the necessary funds to maintain it, so each week that went by without a contract, the home became less and less attractive to poten-tial buyers. After six months without a contract, the home needed pressure cleaned, the landscaping and trees were not getting the proper trimming they needed and the pool was in need of much repair. There had been a leak in the spa, which had to be drained, and the pool maintenance was not being done so the pool was green. Meanwhile, the owners were still living in the home. At this point, they were in no hurry to keep the home tidy with the pressure of the bank foreclosing, so it became very dif-ficult to show to potential buyers. After six months, we submitted an offer to the bank, which was denied. They would not come out and reassess the property at the time, and we lost the sale. After another four months, I worked with the bank to get a pre-approved sales price. I received another offer the following month and this time it was $75,000 less than the original offer. It was close to the pre-approved sales price and the house ended up closing 60 days later. This was several months ago. Another agent in my office just had a very different scenario on a property he sold. It was a very affluent executive who owned a property in Palm Beach and was in a short sale situation. There was an offer submitted within two weeks of the property being offered for sale. The bank had a pre-approved sales price. In addition to the bank accepting the offer, they also paid the outstanding balance on the loan, forgave the debt and gave the owner $15,000 at closing, allowing the owner to rent another home. There are several banks now offering this type of incentive. At Bank of America, borrowers can receive anywhere from $2,500 to $30,000 in cash upon the close of a short sale. The amount the borrower will receive is determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into consid-eration the value of the home, amount owed and other circumstances. They have determined that this program will help a planned transition from owner-ship when keeping their home is not longer an option.For this particular program, the seller must have a pre-approved sale price from the bank before submitting the offer. The sale must also close by Sept. 26. Even short sales that have already started but are not closed may be eligible for reloca-tion assistance. This is restricted, how-ever, to borrowers with mortgages owned and serviced by Bank of America.Other banks offering incentives include Wells Fargo, Citibank and JP Chase Morgan. Wells Fargo offers short sale incentives of $10,000 to $20,000 to qualifying homeowners who opt for a short sale or who transfer a home's title back to the bank (DIL: Deed-in-Lieu). The program is aimed at properties in and the money is available only on first-lien loans owned by Wells Fargo, which is about 20 percent of its portfolio. For more specific information, contact the banks directly. If you are con-sidering purchasing a property in a short sale, ask the agent if there is a pre-approved price. If there is, the sale could move along very quickly and close in a reasonable amount of time. Q „ Heather Purucker Bretzlaff is a broker and Realtor Associate at Fite Shavell & Associates. She can be reached at 7226136, or at company designed sought-after pieces A toy with hidden parts that give it a second use can add to its value, so look carefully at unfamiliar playthings. A teddy bear sometimes has a hidden music box inside or is made to be used as a muff. A tiny bear with a removable head can actually be a valuable perfume bottle. Even more surprising are a pair of seated bisque dolls that double as liquor decanters. The dolls, made by Gebruder Heubach of Germany, are shaped like charming baby dolls with blond hair and side-glancing eyes. At first they look like the more familiar piano babies.Ž Why a decanter hiding in a doll? They were made in 1910, before Prohibition in the United States, so there was no legal reason to hide alcoholic drinks. Perhaps some people felt that bottled spirits should be stored out of sight in a 9-inch tall ceramic figurine. This type of decanter is very rare, so the dolls as a pair sold for $969. Q: I recently acquired a 16-inch castiron bell and yoke. The bell has the number 2 on the top. The yoke is marked The C.S. Bell Co.,Ž 2Ž and Hillsboro, O.Ž on one side and No. 2 YokeŽ and 1886Ž on the other side. Its clean and not rusted. What is it worth? A: C.S. Bell Co. was founded by Charles Singleton Bell. He operated a foundry in Hillsboro, Ohio, beginning in 1858. The company made farm equip-ment and stoves. One day, while work-ing to develop a new type of metal alloy, Bell accidently dropped a piece of the metal and discovered that it made a ringing sound like a bell. The company began making bells from the new alloy, and by the 1880s C.S. Bell was the largest producer of bells in North America. Most bronze bells are marked with the name of the com-pany on the bell, but C.S. Bell always marked the yoke instead. The Bell family continued to operate the busi-ness until 1974. Bells were made at the Hillsboro site until at least 1984. Anoth-er company, Prindle Station, claims to make bells today that are identical to the original bells made by C.S. Bell. A C.S. Bell Co. bell with a No. 2 yoke sold recently for more than $250. Q: What does it mean when an ad says a Northwood vase is JIP shapeŽ? A: JIPŽ stands for jack-in-the-pulpitŽ and describes a vase shaped some-thing like the flower with that name. Its a narrow vase with a wide mouth that has one side pulled upward and the other side folded downward. Vases in this shape were first made by Stevens & Williams of Stourbridge, England, in about 1854. The term jack-in-the-pulpitŽ wasnt used until Louis Comfort Tiffany used it for vases he made begin-ning in 1900. Northwood Glass Co., of Wheeling, W.Va., was one of several other glass manufacturers that made vases in this shape. Q: I own a book of camp songs that I got when I attended a day camp run by the WPA at Niobrara State Park in Nebras-ka. The song book, titled Camp Songs,Ž pictures a camp-fire on the cover. I went to the camp for two years, and then the war started and there were no more day camps in our area. Is the song book collectible? A: The Works Progress Administration was established by President Frank-lin D. Roosevelt in May 1935 to provide jobs for some of the unemployed during the Depression. WPA projects included building roads and bridges, schools, playgrounds, parks and airport landing fields. There were WPA projects for artists, writers, historians and math-ematicians. Job training was offered as well, and day camps for children were established in several areas of the coun-try. More than 8 million people were employed by the WPA during the eight years it existed. The program, renamed Work Projects AdministrationŽ in 1939, ended in June 1943 after there was no longer a shortage of jobs. WPA items of all types are collected. Your camp song book is an interesting memento of the times. It is worth about $10 to $20. Q: I have a plate marked PLŽ with a line under it. The words LimogesŽ and FranceŽ are beneath the line. Can you tell me who made the plate and how much its worth? A: The mark on your plate was used by La Porcelaine Limousine of Limoges, France. The company was founded by Joseph Redon and P. Jouhanneaud and his son in about 1905, and was in busi-ness until about 1938. A 9-1/2-inch plate decorated with roses made by Porce-laine Limousine auctioned recently for $23. Tip: Dont store pewter near cardboard or vinegar. The fumes will cause damage. 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 e-mail 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, (Name of this newspaper), King Features Syndicate, 300 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019. KOVELS: ANTIQUES f i m i B m r terry COURTESY PHOTO The beheaded doll has a glass decanter hidden inside, and so does her “headed” twin. The pair sold for $969 at a June 2012 Theriault’s doll auction in Annapolis, Md. heather PURUCKER BRETZLAFF


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INSIDE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B1 A GUIDE TO THE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT SCENEWEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 Lacking soul“Singin’ In the Rain” is well-executed but lacks soul, our critic says. B8 XSocietySee who was out and about across Palm Beach County. B10-11, 15, 17, 18 X It’s a crimeSave your money and skip “Gangster Squad,” our reviewer says. B14 X How do you prove love?Perhaps it’s impossible to document genuine love. B2 X Walk into the Norton Museum of Arts new exhibition, Say it Loud,Ž and see Mother Africa herself. Or at least that is how ƒ of Prosperity,Ž Mary Sibandes sculpture created from fiberglass and a cot-ton dress, would appear. The South African artist looks back with this work, as the dress, with its voluminous skirts recalls colonial times on the continent. The blue and orange patchwork has a meaning of its own, too. The blue represents the laborers who sweated out their lives toiling for the Dutch colonial rulers, repre-sented by the orange that peeks out from each quilted patch. And as for the woman wearing the dress, the figure was cast from Ms. Sibandes own likeness, and repre-“Say it Loud” BY SCOTT SIMMONSssimmons@floridaweekly.comNorton exhibition highlights art of Africa, African-Americans FILMS OF A PEOPLE This year’s Jewish film festival highlights Israeli works COURTESY PHOTO Mary Sibande’s “...of Prosperity” is the first thing visitors see when they enter the galleries housing the Norton Museum’s “Say it Loud.”SEE NORTON, B4 X Sandra and Bernard Meyer are excited.This year, the longtime art lovers, who divide their time between homes in Highland Beach and Chicago, are chairing the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival Ive been doing it since the early 90s, and Bernie got caught up in it,Ž Sandra Meyer says. The festival celebrates its 23rd installment by screening 39 films. Larry Ferber, artistic director of the festival, has created a program that highlights Israeli films. I think thats whats so unique this year is what were doing with Israel,Ž he says. BY SCOTT SIMMONSssimmons@floridaweekly.comCOURTESY PHOTO This year’s Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival opens with “Hava Nagila.”Sandra and Bernard Meyer will co-chair this year’s festival.SEE FILM, B4 X


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Playhouse produces “Drowsy Chaperone” SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLYExpect to be wide awake for the Lake Worth Playhouses production of The Drowsy Chaperone.ŽIn the show, which opens in a preview performance Jan. 17, a musi-cal comes to life when a die-hard, musical-theater fan plays his favorite album on his turntable, and tells the story of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find her true love.Before coming to the playhouse, a community theater, The Dr owsy ChaperoneŽ had its start in 1997, when Don McKellar, Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison and several friends created a spoof of old musicals for the stag party of Bob Martin and Janet Van De Graaff. In its first incarnation, there was no Man in Chair, the musical styles ranged from the 1920s to the 1940s and the jokes were more risqu. When the show was reshaped for the Toronto Fringe Festival, Mr. Martin became a co-writer, creating Man in Chair to serve as a nar-rator/commentator for the piece. Following the Fringe staging, Toronto commercial theatre producer David Mir-vish financed an expanded production at Torontos 160-seat, nonprofit Theatre Passe Muraille in 1999. Box office success and favorable notices led Mr. Mirvish in 2001 to finance further development and produce a full-scale version at Torontos 1,000-seat Winter Garden Theatre. Dur-ing that production, New York producer Roy Miller saw potential in the show and he optioned the rights. With Canadian actor and fund-raiser Paul Mack, Mr. Miller produced a read-ing for the New Yorks National Alli-ance for Musical Theatre in October 2004 and invited Broadway producer Kevin McCollum. The reading captured Mr. McCollums interest and eventu-ally resulted in Mr. Miller, Mr. McCol-lum and Bob Boyett, Stephanie McClel-land, Barbara Freitag and Jill Furmans commitment to producing the play. An out-of-town engagement followed at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles (2005), and after being reworked, The Drowsy ChaperoneŽ opened on Broadway on May 1, 2006. The show opens with a preview at 8 p.m. Jan. 17. Its opening night is 8 p.m. Jan. 18, and performances continue through Feb. 3 at the playhouse, 713 Lake Ave., downtown Lake Worth. Tickets are $23-$32. Call 586-6410 or visit for more information. Q FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 B3 Colada-teenieBlueberry FizzSkinny Cucumberita Hitokuchi Sashimi & Shrimp Plate A MEAL THAT LETS YOU RESPECT YOURSELF IN THE MORNING. RAs Skinny Pairing Hitokuchi Sashimi & Shrimp Plate & A Skinny Cocktail Available Jan. 1 through Feb. 28 Introducing RA Sushis Skinny Pairing: a Hitokuchi Sashimi & Shrimp Plate and your choice of one of three skinny cocktails. Bite-size pieces of fresh tuna, yellowtail and salmon sashimi with shrimp weigh in at just under 200 calories and can be paired with one of our skinny cocktails, each 160 calories or less. Get full without the worry of getting fat. $18 Items also available for individual purchase. PALM BEACH GARDENS DOWNTOWN AT THE GARDENS561.340.2112 RASUSHI.COM COURTESY PHOTO The Lake Worth Playhouse relies on an ensemble cast for its production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”


B4 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLY sents Sophie, an alter ego of sorts for the artist. The sculpture, acquired by the museum last year, is one of dozens of works by African and African-American art-ists pulled from the Norton collection for this exhibition organized by Cheryl Brutvan. It was acquired last year for the museum by collector Beth Rudin DeWoody. She was interested in creating a fusion of contemporary South Africa and dress from an earlier time, per-haps with a little bit of fantasy thrown in,Ž said Norton curator Glenn Tomlin-son, who led a tour of the exhibition. These intense blues or aqua blues they actually relate to the South Afri-can Zionist Church dress,Ž Mr. Tomlin-son said. But the origins of that dress are not necessarily African. The Zionist missionaries actually hailed from Zion, Ill.; the church lead-ership still wears these colors. Shes taking something thats very much a part of contemporary life in South Africa, where this South African Zionist Church is very, very wide-spread, and sort of enhancing and broadening the context of it in terms of earlier dress,Ž Mr. Tomlinson said. Other works place themselves in a context all their own. Rarely seen photographs by James Van Der Zee, a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance, offer a glimpse into the world of the early 20th century. And Gamin,Ž a sculpture by Augusta Savage, offers a sensitive portrait of the artists 12-year-old nephew, Ellis Ford. She never had the funds to cast this in bronze,Ž Mr. Tomlinson said. There are a few life-size plaster castings of the piece, as well as 10 or so 9-inch versions, like this one the Nor-ton acquired in 2004. It was during the installation of the exhibition that the Norton learned there was a local connection to the piece. A man stopped by the museum. I brought him into the show. Turns out it he was the son of this man por-trayed in the sculpture. The man por-trayed in the sculpture is her nephew, and the man who actually lives here in West Palm Beach, is her great-nephew,Ž Mr. Tomlinson said. Miss Savage influenced other artists in the exhibition, including Jacob Law-rence. Mr. Lawrences Man With Flowers,Ž a 1954 tempera on gessoed Masonite, takes an abstracted view of the back of a man looking at a hardware store window, flowers wilting in his hand. This kind of typifies the kind of work Jacob Lawrence did in finding subjects in his urban surroundings when he lived in New York,Ž Mr. Tom-linson said. Nails and tools spill out in the composition, and screws resemble eyes peering back at the man in the painting and its viewers. There are photographs by Gordon Parks, whose works formed a memo-rable Norton exhibition in the 90s. His American Gothic, Washington, D.C.Ž plays off Grant Woods iconic paint-ing, but instead of a pitchfork, cleaning woman Ella Watson wields a mop and broom. The show progresses through a variety of mixed-media works, including Alvin Lovings textile pieces, and Faith Ringgolds thematic canvases. One of Nick Caves Soundsuits makes an appearance, But perhaps its fitting that the show ends with Yinka Shonibares costume work, Victorian Couple,Ž with manne-quins fitted in Victorian-style clothing made of African-themed fabrics. The vivid blue that Ms. Sibande used in ƒ of ProsperityŽ reappears here, and serves to underscore the exhibi-tions „ and perhaps the museums „ mission. The exhibition really does celebrate the museums renewed initiative to col-lect art from diverse artists to better represent the contemporary art world,Ž Mr. Tomlinson said. Q But the festival also will offer films fr om the Unit ed States, France, Spain and Germany. Mrs. Meyer credits Mr. Ferber, leading the festival for its second season, for its diversity. Its skyrocketed ever since Larry came to southern Florida. I think he was the impetus who got everybody turned on to the bandwagon,Ž she says. The bandwagon to which she referred is a sold-out Jan. 17 opening night at the Kravis Centers Cohen Pavilion. The exciting thing is that its oversold. There will be almost 900 people,Ž she says. That opening night will feature a screening of Roberta Grossmans docu-mentary, Hava Nagila: The Movie,Ž which explores the history of the song that was a hit for Harry Belafonte and Connie Francis, among others. Special guest at opening night will be 2012 Olympic gold medalist Aly Rais-man, who will speak after the film. Ms. Raisman dedicated her championship-winning floor routine to the music of Hava NagilaŽ in memory of the Israeli athletes slain 40 years before during the 1972 Olympics in Munich. Most screenings this year will be at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, Mov-ies of Delray and the Regal Delray 18. Certain films will be screened at The Ross JCC, The Tradition of the Palm Beaches and the Norton Museum of Art. Festival highlights include A.K.A. Doc Pomus,Ž about the man who com-posed many of the rock n roll and pop hits of the 1950s and 1960s, including A Teenager in LoveŽ and Save The Last Dance For Me.Ž The evening of the film, we have the filmmaker coming in, and were bring-ing in The Renditions, a local doo-wop group to sing some of the hits,Ž Mr. Ferber says. 400 Miles to FreedomŽ follows the journey of a 2,500-year-old Jewish com-munity that escaped persecution in the Ethiopian mountains after practicing Judaism became illegal. The film NumberedŽ traces the emotional journeys of Holocaust sur-vivors and the numbers they were assigned. And Melting AwayŽ is a film about a transgendered youth who reunites with his parents after being disowned. The film Im looking forward to is Melting Away,Ž Mrs. Meyer says. Ber-nie and I sponsored it.Ž It is one of the few she has not previewed for the festival. I usually screen every single one of them, but the format wouldnt play for me,Ž she says, laughing. It will not be all documentaries, either. We have more feature films this year than weve had in the past,Ž says Mr. Meyer. And some new programs.New this year: A student filmmaker series, featuring short films from stu-dents across the country. That student series, called the Promising Young Filmmaker Series, will offer three short films created by students. Matthew Baquero and Kelly Berger, students at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, pro-duced Marie Goldstein: Perspective of a Survivor.Ž Four films will be presented in conjunction with Partnership 2gether, which connects Jewish communities outside of Israel with communities in Israel. The partnership, which began in 1995, is a program of the Jewish Fed-eration of Palm Beach County between the communities of the Tzahar Region (Tzfat, Rosh Pina and Hatzor Haglilit) and the greater Palm Beaches. I was at the Jerusalem film festival last year and I was encouraged to go to this region to visit to see what we might do creatively with them,Ž Mr. Ferber says. Top Israeli professors and journalists will introduce films from the Cinema-theque Theater in Rosh Pina. This year also marks the first time the festival has chosen a special hon-oree, lawyer and teacher Rick Stone, a Palm Beach resident who will be lauded for his philanthropy. But for the festival co-chairs, it comes back to highlighting the cinema of a people in the hopes that they will reach a broader audience. Hava Nagila is going mainstream,Ž said Mr. Meyer. Some (films) are going to the art houses and theyre slowly g oing mainstream. The Flat is going mainstream.Ž Adds Mrs. Meyer:Theyre both documentaries but how often do you get to see good docu-mentaries?Ž Q FILMFrom page 1NORTONFrom page 1 >>What: Jan. 17-Jan. 27. >>When/where: Opening night is in the Cohen Pavilion of the Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Screenings will be held at Cobb Downtown at the Gardens, 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens; The Tradition of the Palm Beaches, Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus, 4920 Loring Drive, West Palm Beach; Movies of Delray, 7421 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; Regal Delray Beach 18, 1660 S. Federal Highway, Delray Beach; and the Norton Museum of Art, 1415 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach.>>Cost: Opening night is $15 general admission. Reel Pass, good for all shows is $100/ JCC Member / Friend of the J / ACE Members; $125/ guests. Individual shows priced separately. >>Info: See palmbeachjewish for complete schedules or call 736-7527. in the know >>What: "Say it Loud" >>When: Through March 3 >>Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach.>>Cost: General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Mem-bers and children ages 12 and under. Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach resi-dents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the rst Saturday of each month with proof of residency. >>Info: 832-5196, or visit in the know


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B6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLY WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GOPlease send calendar listings to At The Atlantic Arts The Atlantic Arts Theater is at 6743 W. Indiantown Road, No. 34, Jupiter. Call 575-4942 or visit Comedy Experience – 8 p.m. Jan. 19. Improvisation, sketch and musi-cal comedy in a multimedia presentation with audience participation. Tickets: $15. At The Borland The Borland Center for Performing Arts is at Midtown, 4885 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call 904-3130 or visit! Mangia! Murder! – 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Tickets: $55, including din-ner and the show. QBroadway at the Borland Series: Ivan Rutherford – 8 p.m. Jan. 18-19. Tickets: $33 in advance; $38 at the door. Call 575-4942 or visit At The Duncan The Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, Congress Avenue, Lake Worth. Call (561) 868-3309 or visit Equinox Jazz Orchestra – 3 p.m. Jan. 19, Stage West. Tickets: $27. QConrad Tao – 3 p.m. Jan. 23, Stage West. Tickets: $27. 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 QStudent Art Exhibition by The Benjamin School – Jan. 18-Feb. 19. Eissey Campus Theatre Lobby Gallery. Photography, mixed media and paintings from students in grades pre-K through 12.QThe Benjamin School presents 17th Annual Variety Show: “Rock On – A Rock n’ Roll Revue.” – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Tickets: $20/$25. Call 472-3416. At The Four Arts The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach. Gallery and box office (561) 655-7226 or visit Story Time: Sleep Day: Tasty Thursday – 10:30 a.m. Jan. 17. Childrens Library. Four years of age and younger. Snack creation will follow. Free; no reservations necessary.QCampus on the Lake Lecture Series: “Lesson in the French Decorative Arts: Michael Simon Sheds Light on Designs Pro-duced Centuries Apart that Share Inspiration and Excel-lence” – Lecture by Michael Simon, 2:30 p.m. Jan. 17. Tickets: $25.QFriday Film Series – Winter in WartimeŽ 2:30, 5:15 and 8 p.m. Jan. 18. Tickets: $5; free for members.QThe Met Opera: Live in HD: “Maria Stuarda” by Gaetano Donizetti – 1 p.m. Jan. 19. Gubelmann Auditorium. Tickets: $25; $15 for stu-dents.QMusic Concert: Rastrelli Cello Quartet – 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Gubelmann Auditorium Tickets: $15.QPreschool Story Time: Fairy Tale Day – 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21. Childrens Library. Four years of age and younger. Snack creation will follow. Free; no reservations necessary.QKing Library Book Discussion Group: “The Sense of an End-ing” by Julian Barnes – 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22 and 11 a.m. Jan. 23. Facilitated by Ian Kean. Call 655-2766.QEsther B. O’Keeffe Speaker Series: “America in the 21st Century: The Political Argu-ment Today,” lecture by George Will. – 3 p.m. Jan. 22. Tickets: Members free; $35 for guests of members. Tickets to live telecast, $15.QArt Exhibition: “Painting the Beautiful: The Pennsylvania Impressionist Landscape Tradi-tion” – Through Jan. 20QArt Exhibition: “Florida’s Wetlands” – Through June 30 in The Mary Alice Fortin Childrens Art Gallery. At The Kravis The Kravis Center is at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. For tickets, call 832-7469 or log on to Entertainment at Kravis: “Josh Kornbluth’s Take on Andy Warhol” – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19. Rinker Playhouse. Tickets: $28.QPalm Beach Opera presents “La Traviata” – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and 2 p.m. Jan. 20. Dreyfoos Hall. Tick-ets: $20.QPink Martini – 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Dreyfoos Hall. Tickets: $25. For details regarding the 2012-2013 Kravis Center Gala Black-Tie Dinner Dance immedi-ately following this performance, visit at Leisure: “Fanfare for the American Hero” featur-ing Mac Frampton – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jan. 22. Tickets: $28. QRegional Arts: China National Symphony Orchestra – With En Shao, conductor; Chuanyun Li, violin. 8 p.m. Jan. 22. Dreyfoos Hall. Tickets start at $25. QMotionhouse – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22-23. Rinker Playhouse. Tickets: $28.QNatalie Cole – 8 p.m. Jan. 23. Dreyfoos Hall. Tickets start at $25. At The Lake Worth Playhouse The Lake Worth Playhouse is at 713 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. Call 586-6410 or visit For films, call 296-9382.Q“The Drowsy Chaperone” – Jan. 17-Feb. 3. Tickets: Jan. 17 (preview night): $27 orchestra: $23 mezzanine; Jan. 18 (opening night): $35; Jan. 19-Feb. 3: $30 orchestra; $26 mezzanine. Q“The Speakeasy” – LImited engagement. 7 p.m. Jan. 23. Tickets $35.QFilm – Jan. 17: Consuming SpiritŽ and A Dark Truth.Ž Jan. 18-24: A Royal AffairŽ and California Solo.Ž At MacArthur Park John D. MacArthur Beach State Park and Welcome and Nature Center is located at 10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive in North Palm Beach. Call 624-6952 or visit walk – 10-11 a.m. daily.QAnimal feeding – 11 a.m. weekends in the Nature CenterQBluegrass music: Nathan Rich and the Untold Riches – 1-4 p.m. Jan. 20 At The Maltz The Maltz Jupiter Theatre is at 1001 E. Indiantown Road, Jupiter. Call 575-2223 or visit“Singin’ in the Rain” – Jan. 17-27. Tickets: $46-$63.Q“Singin’ in the Rain” Talk Back (question-and-answer session moderated by Produc-ing Artistic Director Andrew Kato) – 4-4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 (follows the Jan. 19 performance).Q“Late Nite Catechism” – 8-10:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Tickets: $40.QChris MacDonald’s “Memories of Elvis” – 7:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 21. Tickets: $45. At The Mos’Art The MosArt Theatre is at 700 Park Ave., Lake Park. Call 337-OPOD (6763) or visit – Jan. 17: Struck by LightningŽ and Nickys Family.Ž Jan. 18, Jan. 20-24: A Royal Affair,Ž Jan. 18-19, Jan. 21-24: How to Survive a Plague.Ž QLive – 7 p.m. Jan. 18-19:and 3 p.m. Jan. 19-20: Grease.Ž At The Mounts Mounts Botanical Garden is at 559 N. Military Trail in West Palm Beach. Call 233-1757 or visit Art of Close-Up Photography Workshop – Join noted nature photographer John J. Lopinot for a three-day workshop about how to shoot close-up photos in the garden. Noon-2 p.m. Jan. 6, 13 and 20. Members: $100. Non-members: $125.QFlorida Arbor Day – For The Love of Trees … 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18. Through-out the garden. Free for members. Sug-gest donation of $5 for non-members. Planting of a native mastic tree, guided tours and a Tree Trek for children.QUrban Farming: Vegetables & Fruit Growing – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 19. Mounts Exhibit Hall A. $30 for mem-bers; $40 for non-members. Participants will gain knowledge to raise vegetables from seed to harvest, as well as the basics of backyard fruit growing,. Fresh Markets QJupiter Green & Artisan Market – 5-9 p.m. Fridays through April, Riverwalk Events Plaza, 150 S. U.S. 1, Jupiter. Admission is free. The event will include baked goods, fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, pet products and more. Vendors are welcome. For information, contact Harry Welsh at (203) 222-3574 or visit Palm Beach Farmers Market – 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays at 101 South Flagler Drive. Visit Abacoa Green Market – 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through April, Abacoa Town Center amphitheater, 1200 University Blvd., Jupiter. will open for the season Saturday at the Abacoa Town Center amphitheater, 1200 Uni-versity Blvd. The market will feature fruits and vegetables, organic meats, sauces, jewelry, handbags, crafts and more. Info: 307-4944 or West Palm Beach Antique & Flea Market – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the second, third and fourth Saturday of each month on Narcissus Avenue just north of Banyan Boulevard in downtown West Palm Beach. For information, search for West Palm Beach Antique & Flea Market on Facebook or call 670-7473.QPalm Beach Gardens Green Market – 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. 10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens; (561) 630-1100 or visit Artisan Market at the Waterfront in West Palm Beach – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. every Sunday through April 28. Featuring everything creative but food. Clematis Street at Flagler Drive. Call (203) 222-3574. Thursday, Jan. 17 QSafety Council of Palm Beach County Intermediate Mainte-nance of Traffic Course – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Safety Council, 4150 W. Blue Heron Blvd. Suite 110, Riviera Beach; 845-8233.QBingo – Noon every Thursday at the Moose Lodge, 3600 RCA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens. Lunch available at 11 a.m. Packs start at $15. $250 games. 626-4417.QJupiter Inlet Lighthouse Lecture Series: “Sailing the Span-ish Main” by Steve Kruspe, education specialist, Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse – 4 p.m. Jan. 17. QBenefit for the U.S. War Dogs Association – Sponsored by Operation Care For Heroes, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 17, Village Art Studios and Original Elements, 377 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta. Free and open to the public. Contact Kit Stewart-Legato at 747-5204. QSailfish 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.QMainstreet at Midtown – Live music 6-8 p.m. Thursdays. Mainstreet at Midtown, 4801 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Jan. 17: Juke. Call 630-6110.


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 A&E B7 WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO Annie Leibovitzon view january 17…june 9, 2013Annie Leibovitz features 39 of the internationally renowned photographers iconic photographs recently acquired by the Museum. These works illustrate an essential element of all great portraits „ a vital connection between artist and subject. Organized by the Norton Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of muriel and ralph saltzman. Corporate support provided by bmo private bank. With additional support by The Mr. and Mrs. Hamish Maxwell Exhibition Endowment, the Photography Committee of the Norton Museum of Art, and Mr. and Mrs. John M. Richman. Media support provided by WPTV Channel 5 and The Miami Herald. QClematis by Night – Live music 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, Clematis Street at the Waterfront, downtown West Palm Beach. Jan. 17: Eclipse. Jan. 24: The Kinected. Jan. 31: Seefari. Free; 82 2-1515 or visitQPalm Beach Winter Antiques Show and Sale Preview Party (benefiting the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens) – 6-9 p.m. Jan. 17, Embassy Suites (formerly Crowne Plaza), 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Includes wine, champagne, hors doeuvres, complimentary valet parking and an opportunity for early-buying. Tickets: $75 in advance; $100 at the door. Friday, Jan. 18 QSafety Council of Palm Beach County Intermediate Main-tenance of Traffic Refresher Course – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Safety Council, 4150 W. Blue Heron Blvd. Suite 110, Riviera Beach. For more information, call 845-8233.QThe Benjamin School’s Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast – 8:3010 a.m. Jan. 18, Healey Athletic Center, The Benjamin Schools Upper School Campus, 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Featuring Okmongo Dibinga, 21st-century educator, actor, poet, motivational speaker, publisher and author. RSVP to 472-3451.QPalm Beach Winter Antiques Show and Sale – 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan. 18-19 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 20, Embassy Suites (formerly Crowne Plaza), 1601 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. Fea-turing 50 national and international exhibitors presenting antique furni-ture, decorative arts and fine arts from ancient to 20th century. Admission: $15 (good for all three days).QRoger Rossi and Class Action – 7-9 p.m. Jan. 18, Palm Beach Gardens City Hall Bandstand, 10500 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. Free. Call (772) 288-1879.QDowntown Live – 7-10 p.m. Fridays at Downtown at the Gardens Down-town Park (next to The Cheesecake Factory), 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens. Jan. 18: The Groove Merchant Band. Call 340-1600. Saturday, Jan. 19 QSTORE Self Storage Huge Covered Yard Sale – 8 a.m.-noon, Jan. 19, STORE Self Storage & Wine Stor-age, 11010 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens. Shoppers: Free to come and shop. Sellers: Rent a 10 x 10 space in the breezeway to sell your items for $35. A local charity will pick up items you dont wish to carry home. Call 627-8444.Q6th Annual 100 Years of Cars – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Pine Schools Upper School campus in Hobe Sound. Admission: $10 for adults, free for active military personnel, veter-ans and children 12 and under. Info at QSafety Council of Palm Beach County Basic Driver Improve-ment Course – 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 19. Safety Council, 4150 W. Blue Heron Blvd. Suite 110, Riviera Beach. For more information, call 845-8233.QLighthouse Kids Explorers Club – 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 16. March 16, Apr. 20 and May 18 at the Seminole Chickee at the Jupiter LIght-house and Museum, Lighthouse Park, 500 Captain Armours Way, Jupiter. For kids 8-12. A club to explore history, nature, archeology, ancient tribal life, maritime and pirate life, and life-saving rescue. 747-8380, Ext. 101; Delray Beach Festival of the Arts – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 19-20. 1111 E. Atlantic Ave. Largest art fair in South Florida, spanning one mile of Atlantic Ave., from US 1 to A1A. Call 746-6615 or visit Raton Fine Art Show – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 19-20 at Sanborn Park at Federal Highway, Northeast First Ave-nue and East Boca Raton Road. Juried fine art show with teen art competi-tion. Call (914) 755-3088 or visit Sunshine Blues Festival – Begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 19, Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton. With the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dr. John, Walter Trout, Sonny Landreth, Joe Louis Walk-er, Jaimoes Jasssz Band, Matt Schofield, The Wood Brothers, Big Sams Funky Nation, Sean Chambers and Bobby Lee Rodgers. Tickets: $49.50, general admis-sion; $149.50 VIP. Info at’s Golf Foundation Charity Poker Tournament – 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19. Palm Beach Kennel Club, 1111 N. Congress Ave., West Palm Beach, Top 10 percent get paid cash and prizes. Win a World Series of Poker Circuit Seat (a $1,600 value). $50 buy-in; $20 re-buys. Delicious buffet. Call 6832222.QLegacy Place “Cinema Under the Stars” – 7 p.m. Jan. 19, Legacy Place Third Level Parking Garage, 11290 Legacy Ave., Palm Beach Gardens. Showing ParaNorman,Ž an animated family-friendly favorite on a 20-foot movie screen. Bring your own chairs and blankets for seating. Free. Call 285-2910.QDowntown Live – 7-10 p.m. Saturdays at Downtown at the Gardens Downtown Park (next to The Cheese-cake Factory), 11701 Lake Victoria Gar-dens Drive, Palm Beach Gardens; 340-1600. Jan. 19: Sound Proof. Sunday, Jan. 20 QSunday Brunch and Polo – 2 p.m. (brunch); 3 p.m. (polo), Sundays through Apr. 21, International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Ave. South, Wel-lington. Tickets for Sunday brunch at The Pavilion and its reception start at $55, upward to $330 for the Veuve Clicquot brunch package for two. Ticket prices for Sunday polo range from $10 general admission to $120 box seating. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 204-5687. Q“In Praise of Song” with soprano Valerie Saalbach – 3 p.m. Jan. 20. St. Patrick Church, 13591 Prosperity Farms Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Free. Call 626-8626.Q“Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding” – OffBroadway production and dinner show, 5 p.m. Jan. 20, PGA National Resort & Spas Lakeside Lawn, Palm Beach Gar-dens. Tickets: $95 for the one-time-only engagement and may be purchased at or by calling 627-4852. A special room package including deluxe room and two tickets to the show is available for $349 plus resort fee and tax. A reception will follow the performance in PGA Nation-als British Ballroom. Monday, Jan. 21 QNorth Palm Beach Public Library – Knit & Crochet … 1-4 p.m. each Monday. Library is at 303 Anchorage Drive, North Palm Beach. Free. 841-3383. Tuesday, Jan. 22 QZumba Class – 11 a.m. Tuesdays, Alexanders Ballroom, 651 W. Indian-town Road, Jupiter; 747-0030.QMah Jongg & Canasta Play Sessions – 12:15-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; JCC North, 4803 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Tables grouped by game preference (mah jongg or canasta) and level of skill. Coffee, cold beverages and a variety of goodies provided. Price: Free/Friends of the J; $5/guests; 712-5233. Q Zumba class – 7:15-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Burns Road Recreation Center, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Drop-in fee, $12; resident discount, $10. Call 630-1100 or visit Wednesday, Jan. 23 QCultural Council of Palm Beach County’s “Art on the Road” Bus Tour – 9:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Jan. 23. Visit the Holden Luntz Gallery, the Gavlak Gallery and a private col-lection in Palm Beach. Admission: $40 members; $50 non-members. RSVP to 472-3342.QBridge Classes with Sam Brams – 10 a.m.-noon Wednes-days – JCC North, 4803 PGA Blvd. Six-week session $72 or $15/class. Pre-registration appreciated. Call Rhonda Gordon, 712-5233.QNorth Palm Beach Library Book Discussion – 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23. Back to BloodŽ by Tom Wolfe. North Palm Beach Library, 303 Anchorage Drive, North Palm Beach. Free. Call 841-3383. Ongoing QRoyal Room Cabaret – Jan. 17-19: Clint Holmes; Jan 22.-Feb 2: Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. 155 Hammon Ave., Palm Beach. Each cabaret headliner will perform 8:30 p.m. shows with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for dinner. Tickets: Tuesday-Thursday, $60 show only, $120 dinner and show; Friday and Saturday, $70 show only, $130 dinner and show. Call 655-5430 or visit QFlagler Museum – Music Series: Utrecht String Quartet: 7:30 p.m. Jan 22 (Tickets: $60). Jan. 29-Apr. 21: Impres-sions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay.Ž Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Museum is housed in Henry Flaglers 1902 beaux-arts mansion, Whitehall; at 1 Whitehall Way, Palm Beach. Tickets: free for members; $18 adults, $10 youth (13-17) accompanied by adult; $3 child (6-12) accompanied by adult; and free for children under 6. 655-2833. Q


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W W H H Y Y C C A B B B I T .N N N E E ET T T T I I I [ h h h l d d d ] ] ] F F F W W b b c c c 8 8 [ [ [ W Y Y ^ ^ ^ ^ 9 e e e e k d j o š M M M 9 9 9 9 ? 0 + + + , # ) ) ) & # ) ) ) ' ' ' C AB ? THEATER REVIEW “Singin’ In the Rain” is entertaining, but lacks soul BY BILL HIRSCHMAN bill@” One of the Maltz Jupiter Theatres enviable problems being one of the fin-est producers of mainstream musicals in the southeastern United States is that it sets the bar of expectations almost unrealistically high. Assuredly, the Maltzs Singin In the RainŽ is a pleasant, skillfully executed, beautifully produced evening of cot-ton candy entertainment. No one for several hundred miles around mounts such gem-polished, well-heeled works of musical theater. The asterisk is that this Singin In The RainŽ has no soul. Its a funny, diverting, two-dimensional cartoon whereas the quintessential Hollywood musical stirred in emotions along with the yuks and terpsichorean feats. For all its artifice of people breaking into song and dance, the 1952 flick had that faux film reality that enabled you to root for the lovers. Thats missing in this stage version that seems like a series of expertly staged Follies numbers. If this sounds like the Grinch stayed an extra few weeks, recall the iconic film sequence in which Gene Kelly as the film actor Don Lockwood expresses his unalloyed joy at being in love by cavorting in a realŽ downpour on a realŽ residential street. We are eaves-dropping on a human being whose emo-tions are so overwhelming that he must dance to convey them. The ecstasy that he feels and engenders in the audience even on the umpteenth viewing is still pure hallelujah. But in this edition, Don „ bemused by amour rather than lovestruck „ is on a Hollywood soundstage playfully toying with a new rainmaking machine. But more telling, the actor is playing directly to the Maltz audience as if he was performing a vaudeville number. He destroys the fourth wall by inten-tionally and impishly kicking water into the laps of the audience in the first row who have been equipped with Maid of the Mist ponchos. Now the number isnt rapture, its a showstopper. This stage version originated in London in 1983, was heavily revamped for Broadway in 1985 and revived in England several times. The result is a faithful recreation of the film. Origi-nal screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green rewrote their rib-poking script for the stage, and they kept the glorious score of Nacio Herb Brown and MGM musical guru Arthur Freed (almost all of it recycled from their ear-lier films). The plot follows the seismic shift when silent flickers gave way to talkies.Ž The superstars of a series of romantic swashbucklers at Monumental Pictures, Don Lockwood (Curt Dale Clark) and Lina Lamont (Emily Stockdale), suddenly must try to adapt to the new tech-nology of digital film and CGI, sorry, I mean talking pictures. Lockwood has little trouble, but the tyrannical Lamont has a voice that sounds like nails scrap-ing a blackboard. Cosmo Brown, the studio piano player and Dons former vaudeville partner (Brian Shepard) sug-gests that Lina be dubbed by the lovely low-ingnue-on-the-studio-totem-pole Kathy Selden (Lauren Blackman), which is fine with Don since he has fallen in love with her, not so good since the self-deluded Lina sees Kathy as romantic competition. The score gives the silver-throated Blackman the chance to send her voice soaring through numbers like Would YouŽ and You Are My Lucky Star.Ž It also gives Clark and Shepard a chance to hoof their way through some impres-sively athletic numbers like Moses Supposes.Ž All three shine as a unit in the glorious dance trio Good Morning,Ž perhaps the best number in the show. Director Marc Robin moves the production briskly and everything runs as precise as the proverbial Swiss watch; it should, since this edition ran last month at the Fulton Theatre of Penn sylv ania (a co-producer which jointly mounted The Sound of Music with the Maltz). But Robin also gets the blame for the slightly flat, unconvincing aura. Not a single character in the cast seems to have a genuine chemistry with anyone else. On the other hand, his energetic choCOURTESY PHOTOS ALICIA DONELAN / COURTESY PHOTO Curt Dale Clark, Lauren Blackman and Brian Shepard in “Singin' in the Rain” at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre.


reography is impressive, especially in the multi-part fantasy for Broadway MelodyŽ including Dons slinky pas de deux with Alison Manning standing in for Cyd Charisse. Robin s lyly quotes classic movie musical moves such as the dancer lifting her leg high into the air while twirling, carrying a swath of skirt into the air. He even pays homage to the classic dance moves from the original film such as the finale of Good MorningŽ in which the three amigos step onto the back of a sofa, upend it and then land on their bottoms in happy exhaustion. One problem comparing this to the film is that the 1952 cast was the proverbial lightning in a bottle that would require a miracle to equal. Clark is a fine dancer, a serviceable singer, a charming personality and a barely passable actor. But hes a musical comedy performer with a ski nose and a slightly goofy demeanor. Gene Kelly looked like your plumber, but Clarks persona seems more like a top banana than a leading man. Audience members will give him a standing ovation for his skill, but none will want to take him home with them. The lovely Blackman is far more affecting because she plays her part as if the stakes were real, plus she has the one pure voice in the company. Shepard makes a fine sidekick and dances with as much energy and verve as anyone can ask in his baggy pants solo Make  Em Laugh.Ž But he doesnt have the cha-risma that elevated Donald OConnor to star billing in the film. Stockdale, bless her, is a stitch with those kewpie doll looks belying a con-niving personality, although that glass-cutting voice gets a little old the fifth time she screeches, What am I? Dumb?Ž As always, the Maltzs taste and talent are evident. Particularly notable are the spangled gowns, pressed tuxes, plumed hats and other wardrobe from a Jazz Age closet. The costumes are mostly rentals, but they were carefully chosen and coordinated by Anthony Lascoskie Jr. to evoke Gatsby-esque lushness and vivac-ity. Kudos are also due the multi-layer lighting design of Paul Black. Sound designer Marty Mets has created some nifty moments such as the sound of a fluttering movie projector emanating from the back of the Maltz auditorium whenever Don and Linas movies are shown on the on-stage screen. The titular rain effect is, indeed, a pretty impressive downpour to soak dancin Don as he twirls his soggy open umbrella in the audiences faces. If youre sitting in the first three rows and the ushers offer you the poncho, take it. Dont worry whether it clashes with your Armani, just put it on in time for the end of the first act. A nine-piece pit band led by Musical Director Aaron McAllister is note perfect and exudes that brassy sound essential to put across the score. Bottom line: This Singin In The RainŽ is entertaining, which is all most people are looking for, but you wont believe any of it for 10 seconds in a row like you did in the Maltzs captivating reboots of Hello, Dolly! and The Music Man. Q „ Bill Hirschman is editor, chief critic and reporter for Florida Theater on Stage, a website devoted to news and reviews about South Florida theater. See more at southfloridatheateronstage, or call Mr. Hirschman at 954-478-1123. DINNER SHOW Ticket Sales: or by calling toll free 561-627-4852. For Overnight Package with room, please call 877-681-5446. 5pm CEREMONY Lakeside Lawn 6pm RECEPTION Three Course Buffet Dinner, Show and DancingOVERNIGHT PACKAGE:$349++Includes: € Includes Room € (2) Dinner Show TicketsSunday, January 20, 2013 5pm … 8pm DINNER & SHOW TICKET: $95++ Includes: € 3 Course Gourmet Buffet Dinner € Champagne Toast € Wedding Cake (room tax and resort fee) (service charge and tax) 7+(*$5'(160$// FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 B9 Love Brunch ? ntXBUFSCBSHSJMMDPN4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Join us for our new Sunday Brunch Buffet. It will become part of your familys weekly tradition!10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $19.95 per adult$9.95 for kids age 10 and under Free for kids age 3 and underBeverages not included. Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys available for an additional charge. Bagels to Brownies Fruit to French Toast Hummus to Ham Salads to Salmon... and dont forget the Raw Bar! *54"#36/$)504&"5"45&4"703 Singin’ In The Rain plays through Jan. 27 at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, 1001 E. Indiantown Road in Jupiter. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $46-$68, available by calling 575-2223 or visit If you go PUZZLE ANSWERS


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FLORIDA WEEKLY W EEK OF J A NUAR Y 17-23, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B11WEEKLY S OC IE TY Polo Club Palm Beach kicks off 10th anniversary seasono 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 5 9 10 1 Laura Cozar and Anton Fajardo 2 IPC President John Wash and actress Bo Derek, who officiated the coin toss 3 Kate Bostic, Amanda Caulder, Leot Taylor, Jeremy Shockley, Chelsea Lacaster and Shannon Perez 4. Champagne brunch 5. Celine Loren, Troy Strother, Nicole McCarty and Kurt Smith 6. Peter Robbins, Emily Pantelides and Christine DiRoccoI 7. Ruth Mans and Tom Mans 8. Kool 105.5 Mo Foster and Sally Sevareid with Bo Derek 9. Lauren Duffy and Helga Piaget 10. Tommy Collingwood, Julio Arellano, Gillian Johnston and Sugar Erskine win Opening Day Herbie Pennell CupPHOTOS COURTESY OF LILA PHOTOSPolito Pieres, with the Villa Del Lago team


JVYULKILLM‹WHZ[YHTP [\YRL`VMM[OLMYHTL IYPZRL[‹ZTVRLK ZO WP[HZr^YHWZ OVTLTHKLZV\WZ IYLHRMHZ[VTLSL[Z WHUJHRLZ‹ISPU[aLZ NS\[LUMYLLIYLHKZ Deli Selections .HYKLU:X\HYL:OVWWLZ‹ 54PSP[HY`;YHPS7HST)LHJO.HYKLUZ(7\ISP_7SHa H‹ 5>*VYULY4PSP[HY`r7.(‹^^^IV\SL]HYKNV\YTL[KLSPJVT Military Trail PGA Boulevard FREE >P-P FREE >P-P B12 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLY CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) While few can match the Goats fiscal wizardry, you still need to be wary in your dealings. There might be a problem you should know about sooner rather than later.AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Easy does it when it comes to love and all the other good things in life. Dont try to force them to develop on your schedule. Best to let it happen naturally.PISCES (February 19 to March 20) A surprise decision by someone you trust causes some stormy moments. But a frank discussion explains everything, and helps save a cherished relationship.ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Youre eager to take on that new oppor-tunity opening up as January gives way to February. Now all you need to do is resist quitting too early. Do your best to stay with it.TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Doff a bit of that careful, conservative outlook and let your brave Bovine self take a chance on meeting that new challenge. You could be surprised at how well you do.GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) You might not want to return to the more serious tasks facing you. But you know its what you must do. Cheer up. Some-thing more pleasant soon will occupy your time.CANCER (June 21 to July 22) As you dutifully tidy up your end-of-the-month tasks, your fun self emerges to urge you to do something special: A trip (or a cruise, maybe?) could be just what you need.LEO (July 23 to August 22) Your achievements are admirable as you close out the month with a roar. Now you can treat yourself to some well-earned time off for fun with family or friends. (Or both!)VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Be sure you know the facts before you assume someone is holding back on your project. Try to open your mind before you give someone a piece of it.LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) You might feel comfortable in your familiar surroundings, but it might be time to venture into something new. Theres a challenge out there thats just right for you.SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your love of things that are new gets a big boost as you encounter a situ-ation that opens up new and exciting vistas. How far you go with it depends on you.SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) That recent workplace shift might not seem to be paying off as you expected. But be patient. There are changes coming that could make a big difference.BORN THIS WEEK: Sometimes you forget to take care of yourself, because youre so busy caring for oth-ers. But you wouldnt have it any other way. Q 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. World rights reserved. PUZZLES HOROSCOPES ITS A SMALL WORLD By Linda Thistle +++ Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each small 9-box square contains all of the numbers from one to nine. + Moderate ++ Challenging +++ ExpertPuzzle Difficulty this week: W SEE ANSWERS, B9W SEE ANSWERS, B9


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Computer ability to learn QuickBooks, ConstantContact, etc. Willing to be creative and explore new art projects in the world of art and its relationship to society.Probation Period: 3 Months Donald Ross Rd.Palm Beach GardensOwner: BR Barbara 561-249-9522 B14 WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLY CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS F RIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2013 featuring Roger Rossi & Class Action | Concert begins at 7:00pm VETERANS PLAZA 10500 North Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens www.pbgfl.com561-630-1100 “BALLROOM TO BROADWAY” CONCERT SERIES il Raindate: February 1, 2013 OPENING ART RECEPTION FOR DEBBIE LEE MOSTEL “Technology Deconstructed-Nature Reconstructed” Mixed Media City Hall Lobby 6:00pm Complimentary Event Sponsored by: >>The lm was originally scheduled for release Sept. 7, 2012, but following the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shootings in July, it was delayed in order to rewrite and reshoot a mas-sacre scene that was set inside a movie theater. CAP SU LE SRust and Bone ++ (Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure) A neglectful father and mixed martial arts fighter (Mr. Schoenaerts) befriends a whale trainer (Ms. Cotillard) who loses her legs in an accident. Ms. Cotillard is fabulous, but the story is too uneven. Rated R.Not Fade Away ++ (James Gandolfini, John Magaro, Jack Houston) An aspiring rock band tries to make it big in 1960s New Jersey, but life keeps getting in the way. The band is comprised of the kinds of unlikeable, self-important jerks that aspiring art-ists have a tendency to be. Accordingly, we never care about them. Not even a peppy soundtrack can make this love letter to rock n roll work. Written and directed by David Chase (The Sopra-nosŽ). Rated R.Zero Dark Thirty +++ (Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton) This film from director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt LockerŽ) chronicles the CIAs hunt for Osama bin Laden. While the search, obstacles and detours are interesting, at 157 minutes the story drags to its exciting final half hour. Rated R. Q + Is it worth $10? NoThe late film critic Gene Siskel once pondered if the movie he was review-ing was more interesting than a docu-mentary of the same actors having lunch together. In the case of Gang-ster Squad,Ž the answer is a definitive, resounding no. This is lazy, predictable, clichd filmmaking, with nary a surprise or original idea to be had. And with this star-studded cast, the disappointment is especially shocking. The setting is Los Angeles, 1949. Gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) has cops, judges and other powers-that-be in his back pocket. But Police Chief William Parker (Nick Nolte) has had enough, so he empowers a righteous detective named John OMara (Josh Brolin) to work outside the law and take Cohen down. OMaras pregnant wife (Mirielle Enos) helps him assemble a team: Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who happens to be having an affair with Cohens girl-friend, Grace Faraday (Emma Stone); street-smart Coleman Harris (Antho-ny Mackie); sharp-shooter Max Ken-nard (Robert Patrick) and his protg, Navidad Ramirez (Michael Pena); and tech-savvy Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribisi). Do you think the team is going to be successful? Will a few members of the team go down in the process? Nothing is worse than a drama in which you see everything coming and want it to hap-pen already so the movie can be over. The story, written by Will Beall and based on the book of the same name by Paul Lieberman, also relents to typical clichs and faux personal realizations. For example, Jerrys reason for joining the squad „ the wrong-place-at-the-wrong-time death of a shoeshine boy (Austin Abrams) „ feels half-hearted, like a forced and desperate attempt to imbue emotion when its not needed. Director Ruben Fleischer (ZombielandŽ) does not contribute any form of creativity, except perhaps his feed-back on the strong production and cos-tume designs. Worse, his background is entirely in comedies, which is a reason why the tone of Gangster SquadŽ con-stantly feels off. There are moments of poor, obviously fake visual effects in the beginning that suggest a campy feel, but far too much of the story is oh-so serious, leaving us caught between lighthearted and grim. The cast is similarly confused, and thereby contributes to this problem. Mr. Penn stops just short of completely over-the-top hamming it up, though he comes close a number of times. In contrast, Mr. Brolin looks like a stoic sourpuss throughout, and Mr. Gosling, immensely talented as he is, gives Jerry a soft-spoken, almost effeminate voice that in no way befits the toughness of his character. And someone needs to remind Ms. Stone that shes a big-time movie star who shouldnt be relegated to such thank-less supporting roles. Worse, shes entirely wrong for Grace, whos sup-posed to be sultry and seductive. Ms. Stone is not these things „ shes cute and adorable, but sexiness does not come naturally to her. Gangster SquadŽ is allegedly based on true events, but a quick look at the facts shows a complete neglect of real-ity. No matter, though: A movie either works on its own or it doesnt. And this one absolutely, positively doesnt. Q LATEST FILMS‘Gangster Squad’ o i f i b t dan


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B15SOCIETY Mainstreet at Midtown free concert with Amber Leigh, at Midtown We take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” SESSA/FLORIDA WEEKLY 1 Bob Dee and Debbe Dee 2 Annie Ayres, Katie Ayres and Kim Ayres 3 Marcelle Schmikler, Frank Williams 4. Conner St. Amour, Jason St Amour, Sarah St. Amour and Dawson St. Amour 5. Amber Leigh 6. Iris Jenkins, Bob Thurber, Diane Thurber and Alondria Kerekes 7. Debbie Telfrin and Galle Lamb 8. Andrea Fredericks and Jay Gaal 9. David R. Randell and Stacey Stolman10. Sandra Schena and Gloria Bradley11. Dave Ayres and Pam Ayres12. Belly Cheary and Kelly Cheary13. Ernie Inge and Terry Inge14. Karen Stroly and Jim Mason 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14


B16 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLY 2013 Ticket Office: 561.207.5900 | Mon Fri 10-511051 Campus Drive, Palm Beach Gardenswww.EisseyCampusTheatre.orgADMIRAL’S COVE CARES Fri|Jan 25Juan SiddiFlamenco Dance CompanyThurs|Feb 14The Hit MenTribute to the music ofFrankie Valli and more!Wed|Feb 27m-pactMotown, Doo-Wop,Disco and More!Six-member contemporarypop jazz a capella vocal groupFri|Mar 8Tamburitzans Music, songs & dancesof Eastern EuropeThurs|Mar 21Biloxi BluesŽcomedy by Neil SimonPresented by MontanaRepertory TheatreWed|Apr 3Jason BishopAmericas Hottest IllusionistSponsored by Charles & Lynne Weiss Season Subscriptions:Orchestra $150 | Balcony $120Single Tickets: $30 & $25 All shows at 8pm M A Jewish Preschool and Day School Call 561-215-7121 or Visit our Website Incredible teachers, hi tech and the arts is our winning recipe. Maccabi Academy is a student-centered community combining academic excellence with a rich Jewish heritage. Ages 2 years old through first grade. There has never been a better time to consider a jewish day school Education for your child. Come Discover for Yourself the Value of a Maccabi Academy Education! FLORIDA WRITERSA hauntingly beautiful, courageous yet painful compositionQ Skipping Stones,Ž by Penny Lauer. CreateSpace. 384 pp. $15 trade paper; $8.99 Kindle e-book.This is a painful book: painful because it is sensitive and courageous. In dealing with a young boys multiple crises „ the loss of his mother, the tormenting tenuous-ness of his long-absent fathers overtures and the horrifying abusiveness of Uncle Steve, in whose care Josh has been placed „ Penny Lauer has not spared the reader her main characters pain. Nor has she glanced away from the pain of Steves wife and children. And yet there is something hauntingly beautiful about this prose com-position that fully engages our sympathy.We meet Josh shortly after he has lost his mother, Becky, who died in a bicycle accident for which the boy feels respon-sible. A troubled soul, Becky had deter-mined years back that it would be best for Josh and for her if she divorced her husband, Sam. Its not clear at first what made their relationship such a mismatch. Readers discover that Becky suffered from severe depression, and that coping with it sometimes took all of her strength. How-ever, she was a courageous fighter and fully devoted to Josh. In fact, the bicycle mishap stemmed from her determination to overcome her fears and frailty. Having anticipated the need to prepare for Joshs future without her, Becky had documented her wish that Josh become part of her sister Jesss family in the case of her death or incapacity. Little did she know the twisted home life that Jess and her children led under Steves reign of terror.Pride and fear mixed to keep Jess chained to a life of virtual slavery, constant insults and harsh beatings. Although they had some understanding of what was hap-pening, her children had no way to help her. Mother and children, in fact, had developed a conspir-acy of silence. They lived a lie.A flashback chapter summarizes the courtship and early years of marriage between Jess and Steve, revealing the step-by-step process by which the nave and overwhelmed Jess became first an appendage to Steves egocentric manipulations and eventually a victim, her individuality submerged under the weight of his sadistic expectations. Josh walks into this domestic nightmare, unprepared and defenseless „ but not altogether so. The quality of love he had received from his mother, the spirit of freedom she had instilled in him and her therapeutic reverence for nature that he had internalized gave Josh resilience and fortitude. Still, he is only a boy.As Steve becomes more and more errat-ic and cruel, Sam becomes more and more committed to rebuilding his rela-tionship with Josh. However, Steves overpowering jeal-ousy cuts off com-munication between father and son.Ultimately, Sams questioning of Jess about whats wrongŽ and Steves creation of a police state within the home (he cancels Jesss credit cards and takes away her car keys) drive Jess closer and closer to taking a stand and tearing down the web of lies she has spun to hide the truth about how she and her children live under Steves tyranny.Is she up to it? She fails time and time again to take action or even to admit the full truth to herself. Because she cant control the severity of Steves reaction, she fears that she will only bring more trouble upon her children, Josh and herself. Is Sam suspicious enough about Joshs guarded behavior to act more aggressive-ly? What will he do if he finds out what Joshs life is like in Steves home? What will Josh do? These questions keep readers on edge „ horrified and yet glued to the authors narration as the fear and hope thermom-eters climb.Ms. Lauer skillfully integrates a journal written by Becky as a depression-fighting tool. On his last visit home before joining his aunts family, Josh discovers this journal and brings it with him. It helps him soften his own loss and his anguish over his aunts and cousins plight. Josh (along with the reader) learns about Beckys demons, the demands she made on herself, her open-ness, her fighting heart and her love for Josh. He learns, as well, the he bears no guilt for his parents divorce, and that they continue to think well of one another. Skipping StonesŽ digs deep into its principle characters to provide compas-sionate insights into their potentially dev-astating disorders. Q „ Phil Jason, Ph.D., United States Naval Academy professor emeritus of English, is a poet, critic and freelance writer with 20 books to his credit, including several studies of war literature and a creative writing text. f d p c s h phil LAUER e s d g n p d d ry p he ly g e o m i b m


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B17SOCIETY Young Singers Winter Tapestry at the Kravis CenterWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” PHOTOS 1 Dr. Robin Shecter, Dr. James Shecter and family 2 Adele Higgins, Shawn Berry and Mary Hammond 3 Shanon Materio and Phil Materio with Jody Young 4. Tom Johnston, Clare Johnston and Beth Johnston 5. Greg Stoda and Pat Morgan 6. Michele Kirschner and Rob Kirschner 7. Gary Lesser and Hank Gonzalez 8. Paul Velez and Lily Velez 9. Eddie Wilner and Diane Wilner with Mary Ann Hanley and Brian Hanley10. Leann Stzuk and Donna Ross11. Melanee Blankstein and Mary Swinford 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11


COURTESY PHOTOS B18 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 FLORIDA WEEKLYSOCIETY Opening reception for “Say it Loud: Art by African and African American Artists in the Collection” exhibition at the Norton Museum of ArtWe take more society and networking photos at area events than we can “ t in the newspaper. So, if you think we missed you or one of your friends, go to www.” and view the photo albums from the many events we cover. You can purchase any of the photos too. Send us your society and networking photos. Include the names of everyone in the picture. E-mail them to society@” Wetakemoresocietyandnetworkingphotosatareaeventsthanwecan“tinthenewspaper.So,ifyouthinkwemissedyouoroneofyourfriends, P HOTO S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 1 Seated are Kayla French, Constance Ward, Brenda Moss and Sharon Warren. Standing are Glenn Tomlinson and Sheree Cunningham 2 Opening celebration tour of the Say it Loud exhibition 3 Sheree Cunningham and Hope Alswang 4. Britton Daggs and Glenn Tomlinson 5. Erin Cunningham and Frank Cunningham 6. Guests observing art work by artist Faith Ringgold 7. The West Palm Beach Links Inc. chapter sponsored the reception 8. Patrick Cousins and Bruce Lewis 9. Ethel Isaacs Williams and Eileen Baccus Guests obser ving art work by artist J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere 8


FLORIDA WEEKLY WEEK OF JANUARY 17-23, 2013 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT B19The Dish: Dixie Highway Cobb Salad The Place: City Diner, 3400 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Phone: 659-6776. The Price: $10.95 The Details: Richard Kline is known for his soups and sauces, and the lobster hash he serves on Sundays is one of the most decadent dishes you can order anywhere. But Mr. Kline, who owns City Diner with his mother, Jo Larkie, also turns out a fine salad. Take the Cobb.The classic salad has crisp bits of Romaine, diced tomato, plenty of crisp bacon and fresh avocado, a helping of hard-cooked egg and crumbled blue cheese. The Romaine is fresh, and the tomatoes are among the tastiest anywhere. You could order it with a grilled boneless chicken breast, but this salad is pretty filling on its own. We always look forward to tying one on with this Cobb. Q „ Sc ott Simmons FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE Who is Russell from Russells Blue Water Grill in Palm Beach Gardens? Well, Russell is Russell Beverstein, owner and operator of Russells Blue Water Grill located in Prosperity Center. Mr. Beverstein, originally from Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chem-istry. As a side job in college, Mr. Bev-erstein started wait-ing tables at a local restaurant in which he found his everlasting passion for the restaurant business. For 20 years, Mr. Beverstein was an hourly employee and manager in many restaurants such as Carmines, III Forks, Chuck and Harolds, Maxs Grille and Capital Grill. He says he worked with and observed many talented chefs throughout the years as well as attended many restaurant-training programs at places such as the Magic Pan, Steak & Ale and Victoria Station. Russells Blue Water Grill is marking its second anniversary. Mr. Beverstein says his primary concern is hospitality. Ultimately, this business is about hospitality,Ž he says. We take a personal interest and genuinely care about our customers experience.Ž He says it is his mission to serve quality food at a lower price, and he is proud of his restaurants individuality in presentation and recipes. One week you come in as a guest and the next week you come in with a guest,Ž he says.Name: Russell BeversteinAge: 52Original hometown: Green Bay, Wis. Restaurant: Russells Blue Water Grill, Prosperity Center at 2450 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach GardensMission: We buy great food, we prepare it innovatively, it is priced fairly and we serve it efficiently.ŽCuisine: Seafood and New American cuisineTraining: Mr. Beverstein worked at many restaurants prior to opening the Blue Water Grill. He has gained his culinary experience from various restaurant-training programs at places such as the Magic Pan, Steak & Ale and Victoria Station. Whats your footwear of choice while working? I wear Timberland, non-skid shoes that are made in Wis-consin. I buy one pair a year and I wear them every day.What advice would you give someone who wants to go into the restau-rant business? Being in the restaurant business and working the front of the house is not a simple task. It takes orga-nization, anticipation, and coordination to be a quality server. When you put down that food, you need to genuinely care about what you are serving to your customers.Ž Q In the kitchen with...RUSSELL BEVERSTEIN, Russell’s Blue Water Grill BY LOREN GUTENTAGlgutentag@floridaweekly.comTHE DISH Highlights from local menus Abacoa hosts a Food Truck Invasion from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. the second Friday of each month. The next one is Jan. 18. Look for trucks offering an array of food items to line up at Abacoa Town Center along Town Center and Crescent drives. Bring folding chairs or blankets to picnic at the amphitheater grounds. A DJ will perform popular music. Info: markets: Be sure to check out the new green markets at Jupiters Riv-erwalk and at Abacoa. The Jupiter Green & Artisan Market, set for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays through April, will offer an array of baked goods, fresh produce, arts and crafts, jewelry and pet products, among other things. Its the brainchild of Harry Welsh, who also runs the Sunday Artisan Mar-ket held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Sunday just east of E.R. Bradleys Saloon, at the corner of Clematis Street and Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach. The Abacoa Green Market will offer fruits and vegetables, organic meats, sauces, jewelry, handbags, and crafts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April. It is Abacoa Town Center amphitheater, 1200 University Blvd., Jupiter. Info: 307-4944 or down to benefit wildlife: A Jan. 31 fundraiser at DIG (Doing It Green) Restaurant in Delray Beach will highlight the work of The Humane Soci-ety of the United States South Florida Wildlife Center. Fine vegan delicacies and drinks will be served. The Delray Beach Friends of the South Florida Wildlife Center are host-ing the event and warmly invite any-one who wishes to support our areas orphaned and injured wildlife to join the festivities, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The group raises awareness about the services the center provides to wildlife in the tri-county area and helps raise money. The center protects wild-life through rescue, rehabilitation and education. Jeffrey Arciniaco, Anne and Walker Henderson, Diane Colonna and Jeff Perl-man, LuAnn Warner-Prokos and John Prokos, Lisa and Craig Romer, and Lau-rie and Glen Udine will chair the event. Robert Greenfield, owner of DIG, is co-sponsor of the event. At the event, one of the centers emergency ambulances will be on display so that guests can get a glimpse of the vehicles used to rescue animals in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade coun-ties. According to Sherry Schlueter, executive director of the HSUS South Florida Wildlife Center, the center can admit as many as 100 baby animals in need of emergency care and treatment in one day. The center typically treats about 250 different species in the course of a year. It is open 365 days a year. Tickets to the event in Delray Beach are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door, and include two beverages and an array of vegan tapas. DIG is at 777 E. Atlantic Ave., downtown Delray Beach. For more informa-tion or for tickets, call (954) 524-4302, Ext. 30 or 52, or contact New at CityPlace: The Mellow Mushroom has opened at 700 S. Rose-mary Ave., Suite 100, West Palm Beach. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday. Call 653-1351ƒ. Brio Tuscan Grille, which has a loca-tion at The Gardens Mall, expects to open a new location in February. The restaurant, its 10th, will be downstairs from B.B. Kings.Drive north for seafood: The Port Salerno Seafood Festival claims to offer the best seafood in the area. Does it? Well, organizers say more than 35,000 people come each year to dine on fish and other fare offered by local commercial fishermen and their families. There will be more than 200 vendors, live music and activities for kids during the annual event, set for 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 26 in the hamlet thats just south of Stuart. Its at the Port Salerno Waterfront, Southeast Park Drive, Port Salerno. Admission: Adults, $5; children 12 and under, free. Free parking trolley and water taxi this year. Info: Q Abacoa faces Food Truck InvasionBEVERSTEIN SCOTT SIMMONS/FLORIDA WEEKLY COURTESY PHOTO Laurie Udine, Glen Udine, LuAnn Warner-Prokoks, Jeff Perlman, Robert Greenfield, Lisa Romer, Craig Romer, Sherry Schlueter, Walker Henderson and Diane Shawcross. SPECIAL TO FLORIDA WEEKLY


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