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Let the sunshine in!
Summer is back and with summer, comes heat and a vacation mood. Because...
yes, even though I am working during the summer I feel as if on vacation. And...
what a better place to be in Puerto Rico than in Palmas del Mar. During the
summer Palmas is effervescent, full of life and friends. Not to mention that the
Flamboyan trees are in bloom!
Its good to see how neighbors come more often and the beach fills up with
families and friends until late afternoon. Have you noticed that since The Yacht
Club has opened there are more Pelicans around?
It's nice in the afternoon to go to the restaurants after a day at the beach and
run into friends from and out of Palmas. Everyday I find that I live my life in love
with Palmas more and more. We have to be proud of our community that, despite
these turbulent times, we live in such a beautiful environment filled with order and
peace. Celebrate summer! Celebrate life! A
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Don't give up!
t's all about balance
by Lissette Rosado
We have so much talent at Palmas! Talk-
ng to our friend and neighbor, Dr. Mario
erez only reinforced my theory. I truly be-
ieve that it is not by chance that we have
chosen to live in a community like Palmas
del Mar. Besides having the economic capac-
ity you have to have a call for happiness and
harmony. But... sometimes our horizon can
get cloudy and we can start losing our way.
That's when can use some professional help.
Dr. Mario Perez has created a multi disci-
pline Center Center
for Total and Integral
Wellness here at
Palmas to give orien-
tation and counseling
aimed to obtain qual-
ity of life by being a
well balance person.
"It's not a religious ap-
proach, its a concept
based on general hu-
man values and prin-
ciples. You cannot be
happy if you are not a
balanced person. You
have to live life with
purpose. You have to find the causes of your
unbalanced state and solve them," he stated
and explained that, for example, if you have
monetary problems you are not going to be
balanced until you find a solution. For this
reason, among in their staff they have finan-
cial experts to consult.
The Center is formed by his director, Dr.
Mario Perez and a team of psychiatrists and
He explained that there are seven basic
principles to live a well balanced life:
* Feel useful
* A balanced financial situation
* Family- time quality
* Friends -time quality
* Spirituality (cultivating our inner self is
not about poses but more about
being one's self
* health and recreation- time for
* goals -live with a purpose
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The process is divided in phases:
First, you complete a questionnaire that
will allow the professional team to do a
deep evaluation. "At this stage we hear and
evaluate the person and their circumstanc-
es," explained Dr. Perez.
In the second stage they discuss with
you the finding of the questionnaire and
make specific recommendations about the
possible solutions. This could or could not
include visits to a psychiatrist or psycholo-
gist, maybe to a CPA, if the problem is of
The key here is that you really have to
WANT to do it, and that you are willing
to do whatever it takes to have control of
your life with enthusiasm, overcoming all
"We believe that the person should dream
and fight for their goals, only then a project
will become a reality. Without ethics, val-
ues, a balanced financial life, good physical
care and spirituality a balanced and happy
life is not possible," Dr Mario Perez stated.
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has been riding horses before
she was a year old. "Since she was small she adored horses," said
Dr. Chegui Benitez, owner of Rancho Buena Vista and old time Palmas
homeowner along with his wife Darlene Bajandas. As for Chequi, he
doesn't remember not being on a horse, all his life has evolved around
horses. Pilar has a famous story. When she was 19 she was kicked
badly in her face by a horse that was suffering an intense colic pain.
That contusion kept her for eight hours straight under the knife with
many broken bones and cuts. The situation was so critical that the
surgeon told Chegui that the reconstruction was like assembling a
by Lissette Rosado
puzzle. But...guess what? When she recovered from the anesthesia
all she cared about was how the horse was doing. That's real love for
horses. Also, while under the effects of anesthesia, she dreamt that
she was galloping on a black female horse. As soon as she recovered
her father bought her Sambuca the beautiful black horse you see in
the photo. This was twelve years ago. In the beginning Sambuca was
surly but soon Pilar tamed her. This shared passion for horses has
permitted them a very strong father and daughter bond. "For me it is a
way to have time to be with my father, the two of us alone."
"Horseback riding is also therapy. When you are riding a horse you
have to concentrate on the horse and the nature that surrounds you.
The person that I am today is due in big part to being raised
among horses," she said secure of herself. It's so beau-
tiful to see them horseback riding together! A
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Guillermo is married to Mar-
arita Gorbea and has two chil-
ren: Guillermo Jr, who is 13
nd is in seventh grade (he's
is father's clone... don't you
think so?) and Carla Beatriz,
ho is ten years old. The Ni-
aglionis have been around
tr years now and really love to
olf. Guillermo Jr. started his
olf lessons when he was 7
ears old. He plays mostly with
-is father and together they
ave won several tournaments
ke the Father & Son Palmas
ournament and the Cub Ca-
arra Father & Son, placing in
second place on both occasions. "I like to play with my father, he
plays very good and I follow his instructions," said Guillermo Jr. with
For Guillermo (senior) golf is part of his life. "I have played for so
many years that golf is part of my life. For me it means relaxation, en-
tertainment and playing with my son gives me an opportunity to spend
time with him. I am happy to be able to give my son the opportunity to
learn a sport that he could play for the rest of his life and that will not
only serve as a way of relaxing but also as a
means to network.
"What about your daughter?" I asked.
"Carla Beatriz likes other sports like tennis and
swimming. She loves the Beach Club and the
Guillermo loves Palmas and is willing to move
full time any time "There is so much to do here
and we have so many friends but...my wife is not
fully convinced," he said with a voice filled with
resignation. Guillermo Jr. opens his eyes with the
hope that someday his mother would agree to
move here. "I enjoy Palmas more than San Juan,"
said Nigaglioni Jr. and added that he can't wait to
have the age to drive the golf cart. You should have
seen his face when I told him that at his age, he
could go to school in the golf cart with a special
dispense. "But only to go to school," I empha-
sized. I am sure that afternoon he started a
"Move to Palmas" campaign with his mother.
We will keep you posted! A
Ivan has just made a big decision. "Last year we decided to move
full time to Palmas and it's been one of the best decisions I have ever
made. My life has changed completely," he said. Roberto, his fifteen
year old son, agrees by nodding his head. Along with that decision
came the one of practicing surfing again (he used to surf when he was
in high school). When he moved he began taking surfing lessons with
Fernando (the surfing instructor) to refresh his skills and since then
he's been surfing with his son and his friends. They go around the Is-
land visiting different beaches and he takes his son and all his friends.
"Who surf better?" I asked. "Roberto," answered IvAn and then goes on
to explain, "that's because he is lighter, I have to lose some weight."
Roberto is also very happy about the move "Here there so many
things to do and...the golf carts," he said and opened his
Sees. It's incredible the fascination kids have with the
fact that they can move around freely with the golf
carts. Ivan's wife, Madeline Velez, to whom he
He is originally from Aibonito but he
used to live in Guaynabo. Now they are
full time Palmas homeowners. "We made
the decision four years ago and it has
been the best one I have ever made," said
Dr. Luis Ernesto Santini. "We have made
so many good friends and our daughters
love it. I have never seen kids that love go-
ing to school so much. They just love Pal-
mas Academy," he said and both daughters
agreed by saying: "Yes!"
Claudia is fourteen and has been playing ten-
nis since she was seven. "What do I love about
playing tennis with my father? Winning him very
badly!" But Claudia's passion is volleyball.
Daniela is twelve, in the sixth grade and tells
us that tennis has helped her to keep in shape
and also share with her father. "She has a solid
freehand," her father tells us. For Luis Ernesto
tennis means heath. He has played sports all his
life but he started playing tennis at 46 and for
him it has been a positive change. "My social
circle expanded and I have met many good
people. Palmas is our life and our friends are
here. We feel that Palmas is our big patio.
has been married for twenty years now, is also very happy. They also
have a daughter Veronica who is sixteen. "For me my family is priority
#1. I don't mind the drive to San Juan every day if we have quality of
life. We share everything together. If we party it is with family. Even
"social Fridays" are spent at home with family and friends." This is a
good philosophy of life. Welcome to Palmas, our Paradise. They look so
cute with their boards together! A
We are so proud of our community. The services are excellent, Palmas
is clean, organized and safe. Living in Palmas is something extraor-
Luis Ernesto is humble but I leaned he is a pro as well as his wife
Elsa Ver6nica, better known as Vicky. He plays 3.5 in the regular and
senior league where Puerto Rico is champion. He also plays Senior Mix
3.5 and won second place nationally.
Claudia and Daniela are also my spinning classmates, but I didn't
know they where Dr. Santini's daughter until the day of the interview.
They are very happy girls! A
Jose Diaz won Joe Maqueda by two; he has not four but six chil-
dren-- three boys and three girls...Impressive! I can't imagine the
amount of socks to wash, the supermarket trips, the meals, not to talk
about the school tuitions and books! For me that I only have one child,
the idea makes me tremble. But they laugh at my comments because
for them that's just everyday life. To the interview assited (from left
to right at the photo): Jose Angel -electric engineer -23 (I thought he
was 16), Carlos Andres 12th grade- and Luis (with the black shirt-
20- third year of Chemistry at the UPR); also with us for the interview
Ingrid Diaz, architect and Interior Designer. The other two daughters
are: Beatriz and Ana Melina, who live in NY.
Jose Angel, by what I can tell has a very united family and as I
suspected tennis has help them even more to tie their strings together.
I had seen them around al-
ays playing together for years
ut I don't know their names
)r their stories. The day of the
nterview I met them at the driv-
ng range and Pedro and I went
nside for the interview, Jorge
arlos stayed at the range.
The interview with Pedro ran
B moothly. He told me he was
rom Humacao and that he grew
p at the Sun Hut Fun with all the
Palmas kids from his generation. Now he is a mechanical engineer,
lives in Guaynabo but come to Palmas every weekend. "Palmas is a
peaceful and safe place to be. My wife and I love to be in Palmas and
our children love it too," he stated. His wife, Vanessa Roman, is also
an engineer who enjoys playing golf also. Actually, two days after the
interview she was going to play with Jorge in the Mothers and Son
tournament (I learned later they came in second place). They have
another son, Pedro Carlos, who is ten years old. Pedro and his family
have been homeowners since the 70's and have been playing golf
for almost 20 years. "Did you fight much with your son while playing
golf?" I asked knowing most fathers do. But for my surprise the answer
was negative."No. I try to calm him down because he gets mad with
himself, he is a perfectionist in everything," Pedro told me and added
that playing golf with his son has given him the opportunity to bond
with him. "Sometimes during the week we don't have time," he said.
LE LOVE YOU DAD
Jose is a placid person, he smiles all the time, but you can tell he has
his act together. He is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of PR,
which keeps him in contact with young people all the time and is a true
believer that sports contribute to strengthen family ties. He has played
tennis since 1977 but in the last eight years with more discipline. "I
play four to five times a week...at least," he told me. Two years ago
Jose played in the National league representing PR the Central Park
Team and is going again this year in the Super Senior category (55+)
even though he is an autodidact.
"What does it mean to you to be able to share this sport with your
sons?" I asked him.
"This sport has permitted me to teach my son self control and dis-
cipline. The discipline you have to have in sport applies for everything
in life. If you want to succeed, if you want to be good in something you
have to have discipline. You also learn to share and that sometimes you
lose and some you win. You grow as a person," Jose Angel said and
added, "Tennis is a sport where you prove yourself mentally and physi-
cally. You learn strategy and enhance you physical condition. There is a
lot of testosterone involved," he added meaning --competition.
Luis, his son, told us that tennis has let him bond with his father.
"He (Jose, his father) challenges me and the standards are very high!
He is very strong physically!" he said. Ingrid added: "Yes and the cel-
ebrations are also very strong!" and they all laughed. Carlos said that
tennis also has helped him to gain self control and discipline. When his
father beats him he has even more desire to practice to beat him back.
What a beautiful family! A
Now the best part of the interview... We called Jorge Carlos and
as soon as he sat he asked his father to leave us alone. I immediately
realized this was going to be a good one. He has so much self confi-
"What do you like the most about golf?" I ask him.
"That I play well... and that happens frequently," he answered as-
sertively. "This game helps you with your concentration and you have
to use your intelligence," he added. "What happen when you have a
bad shot?" I continued.
"I get frustrated but then I tell myself: 'Jorge, don't get frustrated.
Keep going and learn from this bad shot," he answered. "Who plays
better, you or your father?" I asked. "Me," he stated without hesitation.
"Does he give you many instructions?" "No he doesn't. We just try to
help each other to become better players," he said and added, "I am
very proud of my father, he is a hard worker and takes care of us very
well. How mature!
"Anything else you want to tell me that I haven't asked you?"
After a pause, he looks at me very seriously and asked me."Did my
father tell you about my brother?"
"Yes," was all I answered and then he said: "I just wanted to tell
you that he is very cuddly, he always has a smile on his face and I
love him very much. I love to play with him. I know his
special needs and I help him". By that time I had tears
in my eyes. His ten year brother has muscular dys-
trophy. What a mature, self confident and sensitive
kid! Chapeau! A
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As I begin my first year as
President of the Palmas del
Mar Homeowners Associa-
tion I want to thank you for
your support and vote of
confidence. I am counting
on you, our Delegates and
my fellow Board members to
help me guide this commu-
nity through one of its most
t challenging periods. I look
forward to working with you
as we move forward tackling the challenges and exploit-
ing the opportunities before us.
Speaking about challenges by now you should have
heard the news about the possibility of the closing of
certain Palmas Country Club amenities. However, this
does not mean that Palmas del Mar will close down as has
been inaccurately interpreted by some. I have appointed
a special committee of business leaders within the Palmas
community to address the possible closing these private
facilities and to map out a strategy to minimize the impact
upon the community of such an event. Additionally, I
have asked the group to explore possible options to keep
these facilities open should the owner-manager efforts
by Tony Maldonado
An earthquake or seism is the sudden shaking of the earth which occurs
when rocks that form the solid outer formation of the earth break and slide.
This shaking maybe light, moderate or violent and in general do not last
more than a minute and a half. A major earthquake can occur at any time
and it is extremely important that you elaborate and practice a family and
a workplace emergency plan to help you cope with such a situation. As a
minimum your plan should include the following considerations:
* Develop a seismic mentality
* Identify safe spots that can protect you from falling objects.
* Conduct a detail inspection of your house and workplace to determine
if there are any structural dangers. If possible, consult a structural en-
* Identify and take steps to reduce dangers in your home, neighborhood
* Remove heavy objects from high places and secure equipment and furniture
to prevent displacement during an earthquake.
* Bolt or secure gas tanks and water heaters to a wall.
* Maintain doors and exit ways clear.
* Keep emergency numbers handy or in the speed-dial mode of your cell
or home phone
* Keep articles of first necessity handy. Items such as: First aid kit, Radio
with batteries, Flashlights with batteries, Important documents, Water and
food reserve, Medications
The Hurricane season is here again (June 1st through November
30th) and the experts are forecasting a rough time for the Caribbean.
PHA is coordinating hurricane contingency planning with close col-
laboration from PDMPI and other entities within Palmas. As in years
past, in the event of a hurricane, an Emergency Response Team with
security and maintenance crews will be ready to handle last minute
preparations and immediate deployment after hurricane passage. These
teams will be performing the critical jobs of initial damage assessment,
road clearing and property security.
It is imperative that you remain at home during the first hours after
the hurricane to allow emergency response teams to perform their
functions so later on you may be able to move around in a safe manner.
Palmas Security will be exercising strict control of movement of people
and vehicular traffic throughout Palmas. Only emergency response
vehicles will be permitted to circulate initially. Access to Palmas will
be limited to residents and official vehicles. Security checkpoints will
be established to exercise control of major residential and development
areas. Only properly authorized personnel will be allowed through
these points. This is being done for your security and safety as well as
for the protection of the property.
Please tune in to channel 77 for instructions and information in
the event of a hurricane threat. Your cooperation, patience and un-
derstanding are a must.
rIKE I WE
During the Earthquake
Get down and take cover in a safe spot.
If inside of a building, stay under or near furniture that can w
If outside of a building, get away from trees, buildings, poles, e
lines and glass windows.
Do not run.
Do not use elevators or stairs.
If inside of a moving automobile, stop and stay inside the v
After the Earthquake
After the violent shaking, stay in place, after-shocks are
Remain calm; think before taking action.
Implement emergency plan.
Verify if there is anyone hurt or trapped.
Check on handicapped persons or with special needs
Apply first aid assistance, if appropriate.
Do not move seriously injured persons unless in imminent
of additional injuries.
Inspect your surroundings. Listen to official broadcast info
and follow instructions.
Be prudent with your phone calls and the use of basic services. Yo
do not want to over-burden emergency response centers with un-
Cooperate with security and government authorities and those trying
ithstand to provide assistance to you and your community.
Avoid fires and explosions. Beware of gas leaks. Do not light up
lectrical matches or cigarettes.
Stay away from fallen electrical lines and water puddles.
Use your vehicle strictly under an emergency situation as you can
become an obstacle to responding emergency vehicles.
vehicle. Stay put. Security or the police will restrict road movement until it
is safe to do so and you have been advised that it is safe to move
likely to Please share and discuss this guidance with your family, neighbors
and work associates. Feel free to add any other considerations you feel
are important to you or your particular situation. Sources: American Red
Cross and the State Agency for Emergency Management.
In this edition we continue to
present to you the profiles of
outstanding community leaders
who have come forward to assume
a position of leadership in the PHA
Board of Directos as community
representatives. These are
extremely talented, high caliber
professionals totally dedicated to
making Palmas del Mar the best
community it can be. We present to
you PHA Board Members: Mr.Josue
Carrion, Mr. Daniel Vasse and
Mr. Daniel Torrellas.
Josue Carrion, CPA
Josue Carri6n was born and raised in Humacao,
Puerto Rico. He is a business graduate from the Rio
Piedras Campus of the University of Puerto Rico. Josu6
is a Certified Public Accountant who joined Palmas
del Mar Properties, Inc. ( PDMPI) in 1999 as Senior
Accountant after several years in public accounting. He
moved up the ladder and currently serves as Director
of Finance & Accounting at PDMPI, a position he has
held since 2007, overseeing the finances of PDMPI and
Josue was appointed to the PHA Board of Directors
on August 2009 and occupies one of the four Director
positions assigned to PDMPI in the PHA Board. In
April 2010 he was elected as Treasurer of the Board, a
position he also holds at the PDMU Board of Directors
and at The Palmas Academy Board of Trustees since
Daniel Vasse was born and
raised in Normandie, France.
A famous international Chef
who began his culinary stud-
ies and career since he was
14, Daniel is a stand out
professional and a well known
business leader. Following his
military service as a French
marine, Daniel rounded up
his formation as a professional
and became the Executive
Chef for a major hotel and
casino chain in Southern
Daniel arrived in Palmas
in 1982 and since, he and
his family, have become a
leader in the community. He
has been the prime mover of
the Buena Vida Festival to
raise scholarship funds for
the Palmas Academy and for
several other good causes in
the Humacao region. Daniel
also teaches culinary courses
at the University of Puerto
Rico in Humacao. For more
than 25 years now Daniel has
been successfully operating
the renowned Chez Daniel
restaurant at Anchor's Village
in Palmas del Mar.
In spite of being extremely
busy with his professional and
businesses endeavors, Daniel
always finds time and can be
counted upon in just about
every community activity or
program. As such he has been
the President of the Palmas
del Mar Business Association
and a member of the Palmas
del Mar Security Committee
for several years. He was the
Chairman of the Palmas Ten-
nis Club and a PHA Delegate
representing Anchor's Village
and the Business Associa-
Daniel was elected to the
PHA Board of Directors in
April 2006 and re-elected to
a second term at the Board in
April 2009 as the representa-
tive of the Palmas Del Mar
Daniel Torrellas-Cruz P.E.
Daniel (Danny) Torrel-
las was born and raised in
Bayam6n where he now lives
with his wife and three daugh-
ters. Daniel has spent more
than half of his professional
life related to Palmas del Mar.
His first experience with Pal-
mas was back in 1984 when,
during a short period on the
Architecture School in UPR-
Rio Piedras, his group decided
to use the Candelero Point
area as a site for a project.
After that, Danny decided to
complete a Civil Engineering
career, obtaining a CumLaude
degree from UPR-Mayaguez
Campus (Colegio) in 1990. It
is in 1992 that Danny returns
to Palmas to work as Project
Engineer for Turner Caribe,
the PR-Caribbean subsidiary
of a nationwide Construction
company. His assignment:
complete the last two (2)
buildings and recreation area
of Haciendas de Palmas.
Danny became a full-time
part of the Palmas community
since September 1999, when
he was hired as Project Man-
ager by Palmas del Mar Prop-
erties, Inc. (PDMPI), being
assigned to the construction
management and supervision
of new infrastructure and
The completion of The Beach
Club, Candelero Road exten-
sion (Ocean Drive), the Ca-
sino relocation at the former
Candelero Hotel, Country
Club Drive extension and the
Palmas Academy new build-
ings renovation are some of
the major tasks that he has
managed during his time at
Palmas. Currently, Danny
manages for PDMPI not only
the construction but the en-
gineering design & studies,
Wetlands Maintenance De-
partment and the Planning &
Development matters related
to the overall property devel-
opment in accordance with
the Palmas del Mar Master
Since his arrival at Palmas
Danny has been immersed in
many activities donating his
leadership, skills and resources
to help the community. He
is a member of The Palmas
Academy Board of Trustees
and of the PHA-Architectural
Review Board of Directors. He
was appointed to the Palmas
Board of Directors in 2009 as
a representative of PDMPI,
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Linda, as her name says, is Spanish for pretty. She is a one of
those beautiful people we have in our community. Her name
is Linda Jordan and she is from Rhode Island. She came to
Puerto Rico with her husband, Kevin Jordan, six years ago and
made an extensive research around the Island to decide where
they wanted to buy a property to live half of the year. "We
fell in love with Palmas because Palmas is a community with
a mix of ages, races and cultures. All our friends and family
that come to visit us leave fascinated... they can't believe they
didn't know anything about this hidden Paradise we have."
They play golf, go to the beach and you can spot them at all
the parties. (I have seen them dancing salsa)
Linda has been a nurse for 43 years and a nurse practitio-
ner for 23 of those years. A Nurse Practitioner is a registered
nurse who has completed specific advanced nursing education
(generally a master's degree) and training in the diagnosis and
management of common as well as a some complex medical
conditions. They provide a broad range of health care services
such as health maintenance; pap smears, hypertension and
diabetes follow up care. In the States she is partner with a doc-
tor. "We spend more time with patients doing a lot of teaching
and counseling," she said.
In Puerto Rico, on her vacation time, she does volunteer
work every Tuesday at the Ryder Hospital helping the nurses
in their every day duties. She's worked in the Physical Therapy
floor and in the Pediatric area. "I was really touched because
in the pediatric hall every child was with a parent. I have
never seen something like that before. That's very beautiful.
The parents even accompany them when they are taken to the
X- Ray room or Lab.
"What about the language barrier?" I asked. "No problem,
all you need is the desire to help and you can always sign and
read body language," she said. I will add, all you need is good
heart and common sense. "The nurses here are very nice. I
can see myself next year doing two days a week if they really
need me," Linda says with a pretty smile on her face.
Thank you Linda! Palmas' community is proud of having
you as one of our snow birds homeowners. You are truly
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Rend Arana, is one of also a chef. Among
Palmanova Plaza's new kid on the them they have de-
block, but his presence has been veloped exclusive
very well noticed. Rend has not creations such
only managed very well his res- as their
taurant, Chihuahua, but is famous
also very involved with the ) Nachos
Palmas Business Association Lauded
and with community issues in (absolute-
general. He is very cooperative ly delicious), coconut fritters
and has a lot of initiative. He is origi-
nally from San Juan but arrived to the
East side of the island some years ago.
"Six years ago I had the opportunity to
buy a Beauty Salon in Las Piedras, which
I had for five years and sold to my sister
who still has it. I was very successful but
I was ready for a change," said Rend and
confessed that he never learned to blow
dry hair. "The only time I tried, I tangled
my client's hair very badly."
... SAN CIIIUiA IA WAS BORN
How was Chihuahua born? "I used to
come to Palmas very frequently to eat
and when Sugar Cube closed, it came
to my mind that there was not a Mexi-
can restaurant in Palmas and that both
locals and tourists like Mexican food. I
called Josean (owner of the space we are
at now) and the next day, to my own sur-
prise, I was signing the contract." Rend
didn't give it much thought despite the
fact that he didn't have any experience
with restaurants except that he had been
a bartender at a hotel in San Juan many
years ago. Next step, he took a tour
around all the main Mexican restaurants
in San Juan observing what people liked
the most. (I wonder how many Marga-
ritas he tried in that process!) Then he
hired a cook from a famous Mexican res-
taurant in Fajardo and a friend who is
filled with octopus and shrimps- called
Puerto Rican Tacos (hummm), the al-
capurrias de polio and Anibal's avocado
dip. The skirt steak has also a special
secret sauce where they are marinated.
Another delicacy is the came al pastor
marinated in pineapple and other secret
And the famous desert ... mama's fa-
mous orange cake.
We have to also highlight the Mar-
garitas with Parcha, mang6 and acerola
and the regular Margaritas, all of them
created by the Chihuahua's team.
Why the success? He said because of
the good food and the reasonable prices.
I have to agree and add, because of the
hard work, dedication, good service and
right attitude of Rend and his team. Chi-
huahua is a place with good vibes. Ac-
tually there is always a positive message
on the board which he changes every
The name Chihuahua was chosen be-
cause of a town in Mexico but also be-
cause the place is small. He did the logo
himself since Rend studied communica-
tions in Sagrado Coraz6n University. He
also did a master's in finance.
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The day I went with Ninoska to visit this villa at Beach Villa
remodeled by Casa Bonita I was in shock. If they would've
taken me with my eyes closed I wouldn't have figured out that
it was the same apartment I know by heart. (My brother used
to have a villa there).
But how is it done? What are the considerations? What can
be expected? What do you start with?
"Some homeowners look around but at the end decide that
the place they bought many year ago is still the best location
for them after all and then they decide to renew their villa.
The Beach Villas are one of the most interesting cases because
they have hidden spaces behind the walls that are empty
which permits homeowners to add to their living area. This
is the case of this apartment that had three bedrooms and 2
bathrooms. Now it has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms plus two
lofts that are two extra sleeping areas. One of them has a full
bed installed. (the Photo on the right with blue cover)
Another interesting aspect of this amazing transformation n
is the modernization of the bathroom and the kitchen since
Beach Villa is around 40 years old.
Now I understand why Ninoska & Mari are always conspir-
ing...it's because they are in a creative mood all the time!
They have been together forever and they are always happy
and smiling. Casa Bonita is a very special place, it has relaxing
furniture and home accessories so beautiful and inviting that
once you get there you don't want to leave. They have been
in Palmas for 24 years providing the necessary elements and
advice for homeowners to furnish and decorate their villas,
homes and boats. "We are facilitators; our experience helps
the homeowners to accomplish a blend of style, practicality
and value of their decorating budget," explained Ninoska and
added that this villa we are featuring is an excellent example.
"They love their villa and consider it to be in the best loca-
tion. With our help they got their wishes and now they have
a beautiful 4 1/2 bedroom villa that can be enjoyed for years
to come. A
S\ Before: An empty space above the kitchen.
... NOW: An extra bedroom with a full size bed.
Some important considerations at
the time of a remodelation:
Budget available for the project
The amount of people living in the house
The amount of guests that you receive.
Do you like to entertain?
Are there still kids in the house?
SDo you prefer bright or dark places?
SWhat is your style? (It is like the clothes you wear, you
have to feel comfortable in it)
SWhat adds value to my property? You should always
consider the possibility of a re-sale.
"We always advice our clients to decorate
or remodel their house so they could use
every single space and if possible
integrate the outside with the inside
of the house or villa." -
BEFORE: A hollow wall
NOW: A cozy mezzanine
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Cup is awarded annually to the school that accumulates the most points in
the year round athletic competitions. Congratulations to Mr. Jose Alvarez,
Juan Carlos, Jeancarlos, Bobby Cacho and the whole athletic department
staff for this achievment. Go Dolphins I
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amazing things TPA Honor Society's new members
The Palmas Academy Athletic Department finished the school
year with an amazing achievement. This time it was the mini-bas
ketball teams (4th to 6th grade) who brought home the trophies. The
boys team was the champion of the C.O.PS.A.A. (Central Oriental Pri
vate School Athletic Alliance) League. The team went undefeated for the
season. The girls team made it all the way to the finals to finish second.
These results, added to a combination of championships, second and
thirds places in soccer, volleyball, swimming and track and field during
the school year made TPA the winner of the C.O.PS.A.A. Cup. This
The National Junior Honor Society and Honor Society, Eugenio Maria de
Hostos Chapters of the Palmas Academy celebrated their annual Induction
Ceremonies, under the advisory of Ms. Maritere Cardona. This year, the
National Junior Honor Society inducted 19 new members who pledged
their commitment to serve the Academy under the ideals of scholarship,
leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Likewise, the Honor Society
inducted 9 new members who also pledged their commitment and loyalty
to The Palmas Academy and surrounding communities. During the 2009
2010 academic year, The Palmas Academy's NJHS and NHS worked on
several relief efforts which included, among others, Backpacks of Love,
Tents for Haiti, Pennies for Patients, and Casa de Amor. The Societies' of
ficers, Miguel Ortiz (president), Mariam Delgado (secretary), Andres Cruz
(treasurer), and Isabelle Soares (secretary), were also engaged in coordi
nating several workshops for the Academy's student body during National
Student Leadership Week celebrated in March. Once again, The Palmas
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Carla Carino is an authentic Palmena.
She was born in Ryder Hospital, grew up
in Palmas, left for College and is now back
with her husband and son where they live
in the same area she grew up in. "I want
my son to grow up in Palmas and have the
same opportunity I had," she said.
At her short age Carla has had a lot of
experience in sales and marketing. She
worked in a wholesales car company and
from there she went to an investment and
insurance company. Now it is her turn!
She just opened a very innovative flower
shop at Anchor Village, next door to Las
Tapas where Casa Bonita used to be. It
is a new, very chic very French concept
called Flowerbox. As the name tells us, it
is all about flowers (and plants) in all kind
Pe- kid a dJre-av
She woke up one morning and told her
husband of a dream she had just had in
which she owned a flower shop in Palmas
but the flowers where planted in popcorn
boxes and she told him that the store was
going to be called Flowerbox. Then her
husband Leo checked on the internet
to see if the name was taken and that's
how they found out that the name and
the concept already existed. Immediately
they established contact with the owners
of the franchise, a French couple with
whom she has been working with for the
last year learning about the franchise and
about some details regarding the plant-
"Since we don't speak French Sever-
ine, Daniel's daughter, has served as an
interpreter. It was very complicated not
only because of the language barrier but
because of the difference in hours and the
different plants in the tropics. For a year
and eight months we where experiment-
ing with Puerto Rican plants to see if they
adapted when transplanted to the moss,
aluminum and ceramic planters. We uti-
lized sausage cans as an experiment since
these cans are aluminum. The experi-
ments were a success and we decided to
carry out the project.
The concept is very simple yet very
sophisticated. You first buy the box that
is available in different shapes, styles
and materials. Then you
chose the plant and Carla
plants it for you.
The plant is then
planted in a special
moss that comes from
Chile and contains a
secret formula with vi-
tamins and nutrients that
comes from France.
You can hang
the boxes from
the wall or you
can place them on a
table. Later on, if you
decide, you can plant
a different one or you
can bring them back to
Carla to be re-planted
with a new one.
On the weekends
Carla sells fresh flow-
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ACADEMY byTony Maldonado
On April 15, 2010 the Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW) Puerto Rico District, under the di
rection of retired Brigadier General Antonio Mal
donado recognized a group of Palmas Academy
students who distinguished themselves in the VFW
Patriot's Pen and VFW Voice of Democracy pro
grams. According to General Maldonado, since
1947 these programs have successfully inspired
middle grade and high school students across the
nation and provided them an opportunity and a
means to put into words, patriotic convictions and
how it impacts their lives.
The Patriot's Pens competition open to stu
dents 6th through 8th grade gives the students an
opportunity to write a 300-400 word essay on a
theme chosen by the VFW organization. Students
are judged on how well they understand, develop
and present the theme. The first place award is a
$10,000 savings bond and an all-expense paid
trip to Washington D.C. for the winner and a parent
or guardian. The 2009-2010 theme was "When
is the Right Time to Honor our Military Heroes".
The Voice of Democracy is a VFW premier
scholarship competition open to students grade
9th through 12th. Each year more than 100,000
students participate for more than $2.5 million
in scholarships. The top scholarship is $30,000.
Students compete by writing and recording an
original 3 5 minute essay on an annual patriotic
theme selected by the VFW. The 2009-2010
theme was "Does America Still Have Heroes".
Students are judged on originality, content and
This past year the Palmas Academy had an
excellent participation on the VFW Patriotic
Pen and Voice of Democracy programs.
Several students were recognized with
cash awards, plaques and outstanding
Anthony Saadipour Selles, 8th grade,
was not only the top student of
Palmas Academy but also
represented Puerto Rico
and Latin America in the
Patriotic Pen final
competition held in
a '"~l'ir' Washington, D.C. For
Ships efforts Anthony
S' received a cash
award presented by
the VFW Puerto Rico
District in addition to a
special plaque and an
tion certificate. Other
students receiving Pa
triot's Pen outstand
ing participation certificates were Ellese
Nicole Petty, Nicole Baez, Kevin Ng and
In the Voice of Democracy competi-
tion Hayley Mandel, 11th grade, was the
runner up among the Puerto Rico / Latin
America finalists. For her superior efforts
Hayley was presented a cash award, a
special recognitions plaque and the Voice
of Democracy outstanding participation
certificate. Other students receiving out
standing participation certificates were
Amelia Delgado, Andres Cruz, Stefan
Crespo, Jorge Vazquez, Marcos Garcia,
Frances Beltran, Aurelie Arnould, Joanne Ng and
Special recognition certificates were also pre
sented by the VFW to the Palmas Academy rep
resented by its Director Ray Gagnon and to Acad
emy teachers Maria Teresa Cardona and Patricia
Fortuno for their excellence in promoting partici
pation and preparing the students to compete in
In the photo with Mr. Ray Gagnon:
General Antonio Maldonado, VFW
District Commander; Ray Gagnon,
Director Palmas Academy and Cat-
alino Medina, VFW Ft. Buchanan Post
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The red magrove is responsable for the red color of the water in this area
A group of Palmas' homeowners re- recommend it. We later enjoyed an ex-
cently visited the Nature Reserve of Las cellent lunch in one of the local restau-
Cabezas de San Juan and learned about rants of Las Croabas and then back to
the different ecological systems that Palmas!
inhabit the area. We walked along the The tours are held Mondays through
mangrove boardwalk that borders Lagu- Sundays at 9:30am, 10:00am, 10:30am,
na Grande and learned about the differ- 2:00pm. Tours in English are given at
ent types of mangroves and their char- 2:00pm, by reservation only A
acteristics. We also visited Playa Lirios,
where we witnessed the dynamic rocky
coast and the promontories that give
the Reserve its name. Finally, we visited
the famous Faro de Fajardo, where we
learned about the Lighthouse's history
and enjoyed the different exhibits, and
caught a glimpse of the islands and keys
that extend off the coast of Fajardo.
It was a very nice tour and I strongly
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Centro de Bienesr Total & Integral
"Sin duda, el hombre puede
superarse a si mismo, triunfar y
disfrutar de la vida plenamente"
* MANEJO DE CRISIS PERSONAL/FINANCIERA
CALIDAD DE VIDA ETICA Y VALORES
Dr. Rub6n Chamorro just turned 50
even though he doesn't looks like it,
maybe because he's the leader of the
Youth Committee. I think I'm going to
apply for this position to see if I can
go back in time like him. It was a fun
party among family and friends that
celebrated with him his five decades.
Good food, good music and excellent
company! Congratulations and keep
doing whatever you are doing to look
so young. A
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FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS
by Dr. Adamaris G6mez Villegas, Chiropractor
In the paradise of our beautiful community we are constantly being blessed to be able
to escape away from any type of physical, chemical or emotional stress. It is important
to take out at least one day during the week or one hour daily to do a decompression
type of exercise in any of these areas. Physically you can chose to go out and walk,
jog or run along the community starting at any point. But you must pass through the
beginning and the end of Palmas like going through both golf courses and passing
through the bridge at the end of PDI utilities area and maybe saying Hi! to someone
fishing there. Along your way maybe stopping at the Beach Bohio and stretching
your calf's in the little seating area you will find there. Then keep going either enjoy
the beach and get out through Palmanova's area or just go back and enjoy the view
all over again at the end just go home wherever within Palmas that may be. It is
important for you to stretch all your body: neck, up-
per and low back, and upper and lower extremities The practice of
before and after. At the end of this routine your body meditation can be
temperature will be heated, give it time to cool before achieved by focusing
going to take a bath or doing another activity. Chemi-
cally speaking, I'm referring to the air we breathe and on one point in your
the food we eat. Here at Palmas you can enjoy every mind with your eyes
single day the warm breeze of the ocean and eat at
any restaurant we have, which are plenty. Or on the
other hand you can buy organic and whole foods at
our supermarket and prepare a healthy meal for your
body to process. By having this at our disposition the
cellular memory of our innate intelligence will be
given its best so our body is working at its maximum.
Emotionally you can meditate wherever you choose,
closed and inhaling
and exhaling deeply
in a slow manner
for at least three to
that being the terrace of your
house with a spectacular view or going to the beach and connecting with our own
nature, the sand, the waves, the air; everything you need is given to you for free. The
practice of meditation can be achieved by focusing on one point in your mind with
your eyes closed and inhaling and exhaling deeply in a slow manner for at least three
to five times. Afterwards just let your mind received openly whatever the universe
wants for you. You can meditate from ten to thirty minutes daily for optimum results.
When you meditate your mind is clear and you are able to make better choices. Fi-
nally, when you think your day isn't going your way, just remember where you live and
shake your stress away, here at our beautiful community of Palmas del Mar. I wish for
all of you a Spectacular Summer. A
HIRING AHEflA D
by Lola Roig
Forty years after the foundation of
Palmas del Mar we have seen how these
pioneers, many who have watched two
or three generations grow up in Palma,
and who were the vanguardists in Re-
sort Living at the time, are getting closer
to the "crucial age of departures": the
golden years. Families like the Cabrers,
the Roigs, the Wangens, Bajandas, Es-
pasas, Mediavillas, Casillas, Vic6ns, Vil-
lafanes, Catarineu, Fernandez Muniz,
Dominguez, Vasse, Ortiz, Garcia, Torres,
Vazquez, Sotos, Robles, Riveras, Toros,
Rodriguez, and many others that escape
my memory right now, share millions of
memorable anecdotes around the prem-
ises of Palmas. As time passes we meet
more at the doctor's office, in hospitals,
or at the drugstore. More often than
desired at funeral homes or masses for
those we loved dearly. That's the law of
We social human beings like to mingle
with those who share our tastes, interests
or needs. Yacht owners like to socialize
with their peers in Vieques, Culebra or
the Virgin Islands. Golfers share invalu-
able stories of tournaments and talk
about those special days as they play a
couple of holes on the green. These are
all precious memories worthy of sharing
with friends undoubtedly. We Catholics
celebrate Sacraments such as: Baptism,
Confirmation, Reconciliation, Matri-
mony, Holy Orders, and at the end of
life, we are obliged to celebrate the last
We celebrate a mass on the feast of All
Saints Day on November the 1st. Close
to the anniversary of deceased loved ones
surviving family members celebrate spe-
cial masses to pay homage and celebrate
their life. Some families prefer a quiet
and private funeral while others like to
bring flowers and some kind of music,
but most of us like to share some words
about our love for the departed one-- we
tend to remember the good times we
shared, or the good advice we received
from them, we look at their photographs,
or tell some stories. Many of us like to
visit their tombs sporadically to pray or
thank them for their teachings, or just
he closer to them. Sometimes I like to
envision where they are lying and have
a good conversation with them and this
usually happens when I feel sad or weak.
This could be why more than 70 families
in Palmas have bought their crypt of 4
in the Columbaria Morada Sacra at the
Holy Family Chapel where they could
undoubtedly be remembered by their
I know exactly where I'm going to be
when I depart this earth and this alone
gives me a lot of peace of mind. Recent-
ly I had to revaluate my ideas on crema-
tion and pondered on the phrase "Back
to the future". I like to think of myself
as a pragmatic person and one who is
always on the vanguard which is why I
decided that I want to rest here in Pal-
mas when I depart. It is in the Catholic
Church, in the Sacra Morada
close to the Holy Family, the
Virgin Mary, and the Passion
of Christ where my children
and grandchildren and some
close friends can remember
me at least once a year.
A group of the Church pa-
rishioners are willing to show
and explain the advantages
of buying a crypt for your
family at the columbaria
of the Sacra Morada of the Holy Fam-
ily Chapel at the Con-Cathedral Dulce
Nombre de Jestis of Humacao. At the
atrium every Sunday you will also meet
a group offering the Circulo 100 pro-
posal, another great opportunity to join
the efforts to pay the construction loan
of the Church. Mr. Jorge Claudio, to-
gether with a group of volunteers, is in
charge of this endeavor. Stamping your
name on a crypt, or leaving your family
name on the list of the Circulo 100 will
mark your memory as a loving member
of this community for future generations
and you will be remembered in their
Thinking ahead, means going back to
the future. A
At the President's Reception held on the
evening April 9th as part of the celebrations
of PHA Homeowners Week, Mr. Julio Bague
thanked and recognized community leaders,
PHA Delegates, Board Directors and members
of the various PHA committees for their
commitment and generosity in giving of their
time and resources to make Palmas the best
place to live and enjoy life.
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by Frank and Adriana Aorres
In the last article we discussed how
colors are one of the strategies to pol-
linate flowers. We also mentioned that
Biologists tend to explain every feature
in plants and animals as selected traits
by nature to guarantee the survival of
the species. Color can be a trait that can
be explained in these terms for many
species. However, no logical explanation
can be found for some exuberant colors
in birds and insects. Few biologists think
that nature can also be capricious and
some traits like the striking color of the
beetle in the previous article, which do
not necessarily have a survival value.
In this article we will discuss the col-
ors that signal a survival value for the
species or the predator. These are re-
ferred as Warning coloration present in
dangerous species, such as wasps, bees,
the Lionfish; Mimetic coloration by spe-
cies that imitate the colors of dangerous
species but are edible or harmless and
Cryptic coloration that helps a potential
prey or predator to hide, like the chame-
leon (the king of cryptic coloration).
Recently you might have seen news
on the advice to beware and kill any
lionfish while snorkeling. Lionfish are
The color of this
mostly as mimetic
coloration to blend
with twigs and de-
caying leaves. The
thick bands on the
web are to blend
the spider with the
confuse the insects.
from the Pacific and has been acciden-
tally introduced to the Caribbean. It's
very poisonous and their warning col-
oration of striking bands of orange and
white. The problem is that fish from the
Pacific have coevolved with them and
are avoided or preyed by groupers avoid-
ing their poison on the dorsal spines.
Fishes from the Caribbean are threat-
ened as they would attack without the
genetic imprint from the Pacific ones
in retrieving or attacking avoiding the
deadly dorsal spines. The co-evolution
with the Pacific species over millions of
years is a true Darwinian evolution for
coexistence without harming one an-
other. This has not happened with the
Caribbean fishes calling for a disaster.
This small millipede lives on the decaying
trunks and leaves. Millipedes can secrete
a brown cyanide liquid that could blind
you temporarily. This one however most
taste bad or have stronger harmful secre-
tions as judged by their warning striking
bands of yellow and black.
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Rico was established with a 522 pound swordfish captured with an 80 pound
test line by Rafi Casanova on his boat Four C'Sons.
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Our cover model Astrid Pdrez just got married at the brand
Salon with his fiance Fernando Rodriguez. The ceremony toC 1 pe in the
terrace with the ocean and Vieques as witnesses. A dream come true! As
a very elegant and traditional wedding dress from Spain. She looked stuni
nando smille said all. Beautiful couple. We wish you a long and hppa
.. David Antonio
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2nd PHA Beach Volleyball Tournament. June 26 & 27, 2010. At the Beach
Bohio. 3 Player format. For information and to register your team call the PHA
office. Registration fee $15.00 per team. Both boys and girls teams. Categories
U-13, U-15, U-17.
PHA MOVIE NIGHTS
After marrying charming but coarse
Sigfrid, Maria finds that her life
isn't the fairy tale she expected, as
her husband gradually becomes
more brutal. But when she becomes
involved in photography, Maria gains a
new lease on life.
Celebrate the 4th
of July at the Chez
Daniel Brunch. Bring
your flag. Dress in
red, white and blue.
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Summer Splash 2010
Our 2nd Kayak and Sail Day festival
will take place August 1
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