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Title: Live & life in Palmas
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Publisher: Rosado & Morales Inc.
Place of Publication: Palmas del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico
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Publication Date: 06-2012
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www.LLPalmas.com 1 IN PALMASour school, our pride! LIVE & LIFEJUNE/JULY 2012 VOL. 5 NUM. 3FOURTH YEAR ANNIVERSARYThe Palmas Academy PHAPALMAS DEL MAR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION MAGAZINE

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editorscorner Keep yourself informed, register at www.LLPalmas.comLissette Rosado, Editor live.lifeinpalmas@gmail.comThese last two months, as you will see in the extensive display of photos in this edition, were very intense. We started with PHA Week that had activities every single day nishing with a big party at Palmanova Plaza under the rain! It was a fun week full of activities and camaraderie. During this past month we also had the traditional Chiringada of Villa Franca, the Davis Cup tennis tournament which had big coverage and attendance, the International Grand Slam at our Palmas Yacht Club, also a weekend full of activities and fun time. Closing this high activity period we also had the exquisite Festival de La Buena Vida, this year in honor of Baccus. There were also a couple of important weddings, Cristina Bajandas, daughter of Amed and Rose Bajandas and Suzette Maldonado, daughter of our Executive Director, Tony Maldonado. Both weddings were very beautiful. No doubt, Palmas is a Wedding paradise (among others things). In this edition, you will also nd full coverage of our spectacular Palmas Academy school life and achievements. Impressive! Besides learning about the new riding school at the Candelero Ranch I recommend not missing the show they are putting together on Fridays: Dressage and Show Jumping. And now...the summer just started, one of the most beautiful seasons of the year! I turn on my vacation mode (even if I am working) you see kids everywhere having fun in many of the activities and summer camps available at Palmas. Have a wonderful summer! TAKE OUT AVAILABLE FROM 5 PM TO 9 PMAsian Cuisine

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Editorial Collaborators Antonio (T ony) Maldonado Obed Borrero Johathan Mndez Maggie Maqueda Graphic Design Sandra Rodrguez / Rosado & Morales (787)765-0890 Sales & Marketing Lissette Rosado / Silvia Morales (787)765-2190 / (787)562-6105 Carolina Dugarte-Aranguren (787)248-0588 Maribel de Varona 787-923-8426 Cover Photographer Jos Bobyn Location/Bistro P aris Assistant Editor Zenaida Sanjurjo Printing Model Offset Printing (MOP), Humacao (787)850-3000Live & Life in Palmas is a bi-monthly publication intended to reach the Palmas community and its visitors with the purpose to inform and communicate. You can send us your comments to live.lifeinpalmas@gmail.com or call 787-765-2190. Live & Life in Palmas is a co-production of Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association and Rosado & Morales, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association 787-285-6425 PHA www.LLPalmas.comLissette Rosado, Editor lrosado@rosadomorales.com 787-562-6104 & LIVEIN PALMASLIFEJUNE/JULY 2012 VOL. 5 NUM. 3

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8 www.LLPalmas.com Another beautiful wedding took place at our exquisite Palmas Yacht Club. This time it was the beloved daughter of our PHA Executive Director, Mr. Antonio (Tony) Maldonado, Suzette Marie Maldo-nado (Suzy) y Mark Cassidy, the groom. A group of friends and family members from all over the States enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with the bride and groom. One of the most emotional moments was when Tony him-self sung Mi nia Bonita to his young-est daughter accom-panied by a group of Mariachis. There is so much tal-ent here in Palmas!

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12 www.LLPalmas.com Recently, Jackie Rodrguez, our Mas ter Trainer and PAC Fitness Director, was invited to participate at the FIBO convention (International Trade Show for Fitness, Wellness & Health) at Essen Germany. She was so nervous! Imag ine I will have to perform in front of hundreds of people that are part of the tness and wellness world, Jackie re peated many times before her trip. Every time I would tell her: Dont worry, you are going to kill them with all your energy and Latin rhythm! But... I understand her apprehension because FIBO is the largest world trades show for tness, wellness and health with trafc of more than 65,000 people. Top exhibitors and presenters around the world exhibit and present their new exercise machines and techniques. Tobias Rudolf, VP Marketing Director and sales Manager for Flexi Sports, had told me it was going to be very big but I thought he was exaggerating. He was not. It was huge! It took you a day and a half to see all the exhibitions. Every thing was so big! The exhibitions, the stages for the performance, everything! she said and added there is no way to describe it. Jackie was invited by Flexi-Sports, Germany to perform at FIBO with the best XCO and Flexi Bar instructor of the world. This little Puerto Rican lady there among those younger trainers from all over the world (South Korea, Serbia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slo venia, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Brazil, Canada, Ukraine and USA, among others). And what they didnt know is that Jackie has talent!... and Germany acknowledged it.she is a mother of ve! It was a beautiful experience, meet ing professionals from all over the World, and the owners of Flexi Sport, Frank and Barbara Klein who made us feel like family. They were so giving. For example, each one of our outts was engraved with our name and our country. I was really moved when I saw my shirt with my name and the ag of Puerto Rico and my master trainer distinction in the back, because not everyone got one!!! I though...my dream came true after 45!!!And then... The performanceIt was Friday morning and her nerves were on high! That was the rst day all the Master Trainers were going to the main stage for a demonstration. Arent we are going to practice a routine? she asked. The answer was a solid NO! If you are a good instructor you will follow Andy and Barbara, she was told. Andy Sasse is the creator and co-founder of Flexi Sports and Barbara Klein is the de veloper of the Flexi-Bar and a world-re nowned tness instructor, physiotherapist and television tness presenter from Munich, Germany. She didnt have a choice but to jump into the stage and do her best which she did, because without her knowing it, they were being taped in order to evaluate them later one. The results...you can tell. She was selected to become part of the Flexi Sport International Team! She then was selected to perform with Andy and a small group. At the beginning I froze but then I saw the people looking at me and tak ing photos. I was moved, she said and I could see her and see the people with their mouth open seeing her jump and dance with such a rhythm and energy. That same night she received two news: she was going to record a video (that will be recorded at Palmas) XCO Car dio Latin Explosion and she will be the Spokesperson of the Hispanic Market for PR and Central America. And she was afraid!! While being there she was invited to Munich to assist a Functional Training course by Performance Sport, a subdivision of Flexi-Sports. This company deals with the science behind FlexiSports products, explained Jackie. This will be a separate topic for our next issue. For now we only have to congratulate her and be proud of her perfor mance in Germany. She is amazing and I give faith of how good she is. Bravo, bravisimo!! Jackie on stage with Andy Sasse, creator and co-founder of Flexi Sports. Jackie with the International Master Trainer Team. By Lissette Rosado

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www.LLPalmas.com 17 TEL/FAX 787-852.5260 787 285.7958hematologyoncologycenter@yahoo.com www.hematologyoncologycenter.nety Servicios de InfusinEnfermeras onclogas y personal clerical de la ms alta calidad profesional. H HEMATOLOGY ONCOLOGY CENTER Dr. Graciany Miranda Tristani HORARIO lunes a viernes 6:00am a 3:00pm por cita previaCalle Dufresne #7 (este) Primer Piso, Humacao, PR, 00791Centro de Quimoterapia Ambulatoria Porque usted es muy importante para nosotros Board Certied Internal MedicineHematlogo /Onclogo Aceptamos la mayora de los planes mdicos incluyendo Plan Mi Salud (Reforma) Dont ask us!l We recently transferred our home and car insurance policies to Palmas Insurance (in November 2011). This was prompted by our permanent move to Palmas in 2010 and by the good reputation on products and services that Palmas Insurance has. In the short timeframe that we have been with Palmas Insurance we already had the opportunity to challenge the level of service and quality of their offerings. We submitted a claim for a hit-and-run in our car and also had the need for road service in a separate instance. The promptness and quality of the service received was very good and met or exceeded our expectations. Both Palmas Insurance and the provider company used showed to be very responsible and concerned about their clients. The people at Palmas Insurance are also very customer oriented and we are glad to have them as our insurance providers. Thanks very much, Amaryllis Alsina & Jos A. Pagn Lajara palmasinsurance@gmail.com Ask our clients... 787.850.9209 CPM & REALTORS 295 Palmas Inn Way #10 Palmanova Plaza, Palmas del Mar, Humacao, PR Club Cala Paradiseis just minutes away! A perfect getaway. A wonderful view. Share your dreams with the one you love Come to Puerto Rico and you will see why we are called The Enchanted Island 787-850-4401 787-852-7161 www.cpmrealtypr.com

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PRESIDENT THE Summer is here. It is a wonderful time of the year for much fun, travel, family adventure and festivities. It is also the hurricane season and you should be getting ready with your house hold contingency plan to meet any possible threats of this nature. Pull out your preparation checklist, go over your inventory of critical items you may need during an emergency and identify and prepare your safe haven. As in years past, in the event of a hurricane emergency, PHA will take the lead in preparing the community and handling the situation during and after the event. This includes taking all the preparation steps, recovery actions and safety and security measures. This is done for your security and safety as well as the protection of your property. This summer we can anticipate a beehive of activity within our community as friends and visitors ock our paradise community, our beach areas and the many great amenities Palmas del Mar has to offer. Also, it is a time to be in particular alert. Just remember that Palmas is ours and is up to us property owners to protect it and take good care of it. This includes being vigilant to keep intruders out of areas they do not belong, reporting any unruliness, mischievous behavior, any property damage such as grafti, golf cart violations and observing beach safety. Have a safe and fun-lled summer! Servando Olivia Thurman-Rivera, an 8th grader at the Palmas Academy, represented the Latin America / Caribbean region at the recent VFW Patriots Pen Essay Competition held in Washington, DC. Olivia was one of the 54 nalists whose essays are chosen from a eld of more than 120,000 entries in this student competition sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States open to students 6th through 8th grade. In the nal competition Olivia placed number 22 among the 54 nalists and was awarded recognition certicates and a $1000 saving bond for her outstanding patriotic essay titled Are You Proud of Your Country. The announcement and awards were presented by retired General Antonio Maldonado, VFW Programs Chairman for the region. Also, two Palmas Academy teachers, Maritere Cardona and Veronica Rivera, were recognized with the VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award for their role in promoting civic responsibility, patriotism, and American history traditions, ideals and institutions. Veronica coordinates the Academys Patriots Pen student participation program while Maritere coor dinates the students participation in the Voice of Democracy Program. The Voice of Democracy is a scholarship program sponsored by the VFW open to students 9th through 12th grade where nalist compete for awards up to $30,000. In the past the Palmas Academy Students have done exceedingly well in this scholarship competition which also includes trips to Washington DC and to youth leadership camps in Valley Forge. Palmas Academy students.... shine again! BREAKING NEWS: Our children make their rst communion with a beautiful mass and ceremony.

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Each day more and more community members are joining the PHA project to restore the Palmas Forest and its boardwalk and to build a passive park at its entrance. The restoration and preservation of this gift from Mother Nature is the most important legacy we can leave behind for generations to come. The permit process with the Corps of Engineers is underway and as soon as the permit is received we will be installing the rst 500 feet of the boardwalk (total approximately 2500 feet). The materials to be used are a berglass/aluminum composite extremely durable and very easy to maintain. Please join our neighbors and friends who have already stepped forward to be counted in this noble and magnicent effort. Send or call (787) 285-6425 with your contribution to the PHA Forest Fund by check or credit card.Forest UpdateFOREST FUND DONATION CATEGORIES AND DONORS AS OF MAY 5, 2012 BREAKING NEWS: Our children make their rst communion with a beautiful mass and ceremony. MAGA ROBLE AUSUBO GUAYACAN CEIBA PTEROCARPUS ($0-$50) ($51-$175) ($176-$250) ($251-$499) ($500-$999) ($1,000 AND UP) Angel Rodriguez Alberto Escoto Carmen Castro Miguel Santiago Allen Meek Grace Gigante Fred Austin Franklin Earle Carlos J. Homs Jeff White Robert Handschuh Antonio Maldonado Carmen Del Valle Shell Castle Assoc. Jorge Manrique Palmas Hill Partners Gordon MacDonald Ivonne Cruz Jose A. Morales Jose O. Morales Eric Grafals Michael Wertz James Cohen Eugenio Chinea & Fred Martnez Mara Greene Carlos Garca Asoc. Res. Villa Franca Jon S. Brightman Ginnette Rosado Barbara Novogradac Victor Kelly Rafael Mndez Samuel Jov Jeff Smith Mark Cassidy Hctor Ortiz Coln Ricardo Collazo Angel Muntaner Frank Torres Mary Jo & Gabriel Espasas Dra. Crikay Rivera Raymond Emmert Bernard Van Goethem Jos Vlez David Frazier Larry & Jean Perry Jos R. Naguake Maria E. Surez Thomas Whipple Jeffry Fraser Reynaldo Encarnacin Empresas Santana Gerald Horowitz Eva Candelario Crescent Cove Club Julio Bagu Ralphs Supermaket Edd Siler Arnaldo Coln Arthur Dellheim Manuel/Ana Morales Samuel Bloomberg Victor Nieto Jeff White Ren Pinto Lina Kalinich Romeos Myrna Ramos Pablo Lpez, MD Gerardo VIcns Harry Jimnez Jos Nassar, MD Jaime Morgan Ana Mendez Enid Ortiz Ricard Jorge & Cheryl Lezcano Peter Palermo Ricardo De Varona Rodolfo Acevedo Tom Dyal David Oschman Gary Verplank

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20 www.LLPalmas.com Full Participation at PHA General Annual MeetingPHA held its Annual General As sembly on April 14, 2012. The As sembly was the height of a Home owners Week lled with activities for all Palmas del Mar property owners. The event was well attended by the Delegates representing the re gimes or residential areas of Palmas and individual members of the As sociation. Attendees had the oppor tunity to listen in detail about the operations, programs, nances and achievements of the organization this past year and to ask questions, present ideas and discuss general matters with the Board of the As sociation. Among the highlights of the Annual Meeting was the presentation of the John Wallace Community Service Award to Daniel Vasse, the seating of Kike Corts (Marbella) and Kukito Muiz (Business Dis trict) as new members of the Board and the recognition of outstanding leaders Carlos Coln, Sonny Rodriguez and Mario Emanuelli for their signicant contributions to the Association and to the Palmas del Mar Community. The PHA Board also gave special recognition to de parting Board members Julio Bagu and Daniel Vasse who completed their terms of service at the Board.

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www.LLPalmas.com 21 Security Ofcers of the Year Francisco Candelario, Access Control Ofcer Rafael Gerardino, Patrol Ofcer Juan Bravo, Jr., President Ranger American Edwin Ortiz, Beach Patrol Ofcer Nestor Torres, Tactical Ofcer Jessica Delgado, Dispatch Ofcer Capt Luis Ayala, Ranger Services Supervisor Missing from the photo is Sgt Luis del Moral, Supervisor of the YearDaniel Vasse receives John Wallace Community Service Award...well deserved! John Wallace represented the true meaning of community service and if he were here today he would stand tall and salute our selectee and honor him along with us. It is my honor and privilege to announce the 2012 John Wallace Award Winner: Daniel Vasse, announced Antonio (Tony) Maldonado, PHA Executive Director. The applause was unanimous and a well-deserved standing ovation followed Tonys announcement. Other previous award winners Gabriel Espasas, Ivonne Cruz and Luis Lomba were at hand for the announcement and presentation. Daniel has set an incredible path of accomplishments through his involvement inside and outside of the Palmas community that sets him apart from our population. His dedication toward making Palmas a better place for its residents and an unforgettable experience for visitors is exactly the model for which the John Wallace Award was instituted. To put his accomplishments in the John Wallace Award perspective, in addition to serving in the PHA Board for 14 years, Daniel has been the prime mover among this community for the Buena Vida Festival that has brought much luster to Palmas del Mar but more importantly, it has helped many people in need, through the signicant contribution of this event to community based organizations. Daniel has generously given his time, skills and resources to this cause expecting nothing in return. Daniel is also responsible for organizing and structuring the Palmas del Mar Business Association under the PHA governance and has served as his President for many years. He has been a member of the PHA Security Committee for more than 14 years, a PHA Delegate for 15 years and has been involved in every issue, committee or project that the PHA Board has asked for his help, such as the group that worked the transfer of the Palmas amenities to the PAC and many others or in organizing for PHA activities such as the great Meet the Chefs event held this past Thursday night to raise funds for the Forest. He does all this without skipping a beat in spite of his professional, personal and business commitments. Daniels accomplishments on behalf of the Palmas community are too many to enumerate here, but it is enough to say that Daniel works an incredible number of hours outside of his regular job to insure success in everything he does. He is an extraordinary human being and a true friend of Palmas del Mar. He is indeed deserving of the John Wallace Award.

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The Davis Cup T eam T ennis Match of the Group II Americas playoffs between Puerto Rico and Bolivia has great signicance. The winner maintains its playoff status in Group II. The loser drops to Group III in the Americas. Davis Cup teams around the world which also include Europe/Africa and Asia/Oceania compete for the same goal, to compete in the W orld Group. This year in the W orld Group on September 14-16, the stage is set for the semi-nals. Spain vs. USA and Czech Republic vs. Argentina. Puerto Rico Davis Cup T eam took one step closer to the W orld Group by defeating Bolivia 3-1. This victory keeps them in the playoffs in Group II with an opportunity to move up to Group I. The setting on Holy W eekend for the encounter between the two teams could have not been any better. The weather was beautiful and Puerto Rico had great T ennis fan support. The Stadium Court at the P almas Athletic Club T ennis Center has to be one of the best stadiums in the world to play a tennis match. The rst day matches on Good Friday featured 2 singles. Four-T ime Puerto Rico Champion and P epperdine University Senior Alex Llompart started the Davis Cup competition by cruising past the tall and talented lefty Bolivian player Mauricio Doria Medina 6-3,6-2,6-4. Thirty minutes after the rst match. 19 year old Hugo Delliem, Bolivias future star and ATP player, 2011 ITF W orld Ranking No. 2 Boys 18, took control of the match early to defeat Puerto Rico Ricardo Gonzales 6-2,6-2,3-6,7-6(1). On Saturday, the only match of the day was the doubles. Puerto Rico duo of Alex Llompart and Ricardo Gonzales mastered the doubles court by a score of 6-3,3-6,6-4,6-3 over the Bolivians Federico Zeballos and Mauricio Doria Medina. On the nal day Sunday, the reverse singles. The highly anticipated match between Alex Llompart and Hugo Delliem was played under a scorching sun. Rallys were long and exciting, emotions were high, players were arguing over close calls. The chair umpires had their hands full. There is nothing like the experience of witnessing the passion of Davis Cup matches that come from the fans. The high energy Bolivian Star with his favorite expression after winning a big point stretching out his right arm with an open palm pointing to his coach and yelling out Siii came to play. Alex won the rst set 6-3, he started to have leg cramps in the second set but prevailed 7-5. Hugo pulled out the third 6-4, but the experience of Alex quickly deated the young star to win the nal and deciding set and team Match 6-0. The nal match was not played because of the 3-1 win. This Dynamic event at P almas Del Mars P almas Athletic Club T ennis Center would not have been possible without a well-organized team of people. Puerto Rico Davis Cup Coach Jorge Gonzales Great Job by the PAC team, I want to come back next year. And Bolivia Davis Cup Coach Mauricio Solis P almas is the best. Big hand of applause to the following: Juan Gracia, Gamaliel Rosado, Jose P epito Vasquez, Marimer Del Valle and Volunteers, Angel Diaz and Ball Boys and Girls, Nector Robles and Ramon Figueroa and Staff, P atricia Emmanuelli and Staff, Chris P ennock and Sherry and Staff, Marcel Burger and Staff, PTF T eaching Professionals. Also ITF Referee Miguel T ernera and his staff. PR TA and Humberto T orres and Staff. Special Thanks to T ony Maldonado and S ecurity for keeping the parking under control at the P almas A thletic Club T ennis Center. Puerto Rico defeats Bolivia 3-1

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MASTER REIKI GURUOnly from talking to her you feel relaxed and in harmony. She denitely has a peace ful energy and the best part is that she has the necessary tools to transmit that energy and spiritual alignment. Every person is their own healer, I only provide you with the tools for you to accept the internal healer we all have within, said Elsa Borges, now giv ing her services at Beauty by Bouret. She explained that a Reiki massage is a recog nized form of holistic healing that has been around for thousands of years. It uses the Universes energy to harmonize your bodys hemispheres and chakras (considered focal points for the reception and transmission of energies). I have to confess that by the time she started with me I was already relaxed; just with the sound of her voice and energy. I laid on the massage table and something amazing happened to me. She was doing something with my head (without touching my head) and I felt a rush of energy going out of one of my feet. I could feel her energy and my stage of relaxation was absolute. Then, she started to use digit-pressure techniques to unblock the energy. She worked hard on my trapezoids where I ac cumulate most of my tensions. This tech nique is based on the principles of Chinese acupuncture. Another of the tools she used on me was the Colorpuncture a revolutionary evolution in holistic healing and one of Europes most popular new alternative healing disciplines. The originator of Colorpuncture is a Ger man scientist and naturopath named Peter Mandel who has conducted over 25 years of intensive empirical research to develop this unique system of healing, she explained to me. Colorpuncture involves focusing colored light on acupuncture (and other) points on the skin in order to energize powerful healing impulses in our physical and energy bodies. Scientists are now discovering that light is actually the medium by which cells communicate and it is at the very basis of many body functions. In a Colorpuncture treatment, frequencies of colored light are used to re store communication amongst the cells. This treatment is ideal for Migraine conditions among others. Reiki massage utilizes the universal energy, the same energy that pervades and powers the Universe to heal and balance your body and soul where it is needed.Every person is their own healer, I only provide you the tools for you to accept the internal healer we all have within. at Beauty by BouretElsa strongly believes, and I agree, that most sicknesses are psychosomatic and they start with a sole thought that evolves in the sickness itself. And it is true. I remember when my daughter was a little girl that she used to say that I didnt care about her health because when she told me she was feeling sick I use to tell her: You are going to be alright, just rest and drink a lot of wa ter and it will go away. In most cases it was true. Sometime, when she told me she had a stomach ache I would place a bandage on the stomach and some time later the pain would disappear magically. Reiki massageBy Lissette Rosado

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Academic, Emotional, and Physical DevelopmentTwenty years ago, a group of parents with the support of a small group of teachers embarked on a new adventure; the creation of a school in Palmas del Mar. Many of those parents had the choice of continuing sending their children to other private schools in Humacao and the Metropolitan Area. However, they started building a school with a sheer determination and foremost, a clear shared vision. These pioneers wanted a school grounded on an enduring sense of community, the pursuit of happiness, a strong curriculum, and progressive educational practices and outcomes. And there they went to incorporate the new school in 1992, charting new territories. This visionary group created a school community within the community of Palmas del Mar. Very soon the new school was able to transcend the physical boundaries of Palmas del Mar. It welcomed many families and their children from other communities outside of the Palmas del Mar area and the City of Humacao, providing the kind of diversity that would enrich even more the repertoire of educational experiences. THE PALMAS ACADEMY...Excellence in Education Through time and maturation a mission statement was developed that would reect a clear vision; To provide an excellent education in a safe, positive and supportive environment, that will foster scholarship, creativity, self-discipline, independent thinking, leadership and promote values for living in a culturally diverse world. This vision clearly sup ports the notion of an integrated education approach that will allow The Palmas Academy to develop students, who are excellent cognitively and academically, as well as physically and emotionally. Today The Palmas Academy has become one of the nest non-denominational private schools in Puerto Rico as documented by accreditation agencies. It has earned a well-deserved prestige thanks to a rich history of educational innovation, its reputation as a college prep school, and the past and present success of the student body.

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The Palmas Academy offers an academic program for students PK3 through 12th grade in two recently remodeled buildings with air conditioned classrooms, three modern biology, phys ics, and chemistry laboratories, two well-equipped libraries; one for the elementary school and one with group study rooms for the Middle School & High School, a learning center, and a multi-purpose conference room. The educational program is supported by a committed and profes sional faculty that provides excellent educational services that in turn increase the academic and emotional success of our students. The Palmas Academy offers an educational alternative for students that have been identied with special learning needs, The Learning Center (TLC). In the TLC, trained and licensed teachers will provide individual or small group instructions working hand in hand with regular teachers to ensure coordinated effort toward the best interest of the student. Besides developing a solid academic foundation for the students, The Palmas Academy fosters emotional development as well. Emotional Development is when the children develop the capacity to experience, express, and interpret emotions. The ne arts program which includes Art, Drama and Music is the center in which this objective is accomplished at the curricular level, while the extracurricular activities further help develop the emotional aspect of the students. For this purpose, the Academy has sponsored a diverse number of activities, some of them taking place within the school limits, while others are opened to the community at large. Among these activities, are the following: Spirit Week/Days, International Peace Day, Spanish Heritage Week, Road Safety Education, Drivers Education Week, Drug Prevention/Red Ribbon Week, Puerto Rican Night Festival, French Week, Chess Tournament, Deletrea Conmigo Spelling Bee, and Basketball, Volleyball, and Futsal Tournaments.

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In Drama, students are encour aged to express themselves freely and artistically while developing their creativity, individual talents, and intrapersonal skills and discipline. Through acting, directing, producing, and partaking in adaptations of classic as well as modern day plays, the students acquire a various set of skills that will stay with them throughout their lives. The Drama department offers every student the oppor tunity to shine in their preferred area of interest while integrating art, music, stage, costume and makeup design, bringing together our community through captivating performances for all to enjoy. We believe that teaching art is an essential part of educating a child. The arts unlock and open new pathways of learning to children. Research shows that art helps students develop prociency in critical thinking and aesthetic judgment. Another compelling reason to teach the arts is literacy. Literacy in todays world no longer means simply reading language of written prose. Today, literacy must be multisensory. Students must be able to make informed decisions in an environment teeming with sensory data. It also stimulates their intelligence and let them express their interior world. The Palmas Academy Music Program starts as early as preschool and works its way up to high school, with its School Band. The School Band plays in all school sponsored activities, including school plays, graduations, community service activities and even holidays. DramaArtMusic

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The opportunity to inspire students and open doors to a Global classroom gives us the opportunity to inspire and motivate our students to become worldwide citizens able to appreciate the diversity of various cultures and peoples with tolerance and open-mindedness. From the earliest civilizations such as Egypt, Rome, Peru and Greece to the avant-garde cities such as Berlin, Barcelona, Edinburg, Paris, London, New York and Prague, students experience rsthand culinary taste, architectural variants, art appreciation, theatre performances and a variety of priceless memories that inspire from inside the classroom out into the world. In order to develop a well-rounded citizen, TPA believes in fostering in their students civic responsibility through a Community Service Program. For this reason, the Academy provides its students with opportunities to be of service to others in need. In this manner, they will be able to formulate an understanding of community, of empowerment, of empathy, and of brotherly love. All of which are fundamental in the development of a whole individual. Students in The Palmas Academy have visited el Instituto Psicopedaggico de Puerto Rico, Hogar Cuna San Cristbal, Casa de Todos, Hospital Municipal de San Juan, Hogar Manuel Mediavilla. Theyve helped Casa La Bondad and El Faro de Animales. Theyve participated in island-wide events, such as the Susan G. Komen 5k, and have spearheaded events, such as the Cabezas Rapadas in support of research for pediatric cancer, among others. Students also help tutoring in school and cleaning our environment by cleaning the beaches.Community Service In its continued effort to enhance the offerings to our students and provide all parents, especially those who work, with a convenient alternative after regular school hours, The Palmas Academy offers an Extended Day Program with over 20 fun activities to choose from until 6:00 p.m. All of these, in a safe environment as is The Palmas Academy in Palmas del Mar. Educational tours Extended Day Program

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32 www.LLPalmas.comIn the Palmas Academy, we want our students to grow up to be strong and healthy individuals. That is why we take sports seriously. Our Athletic Department offers students participation in two different age group leagues and for both genders. In the elementary level, fourth to sixth grade teams compete in the Central Oriental Private Schools Athletic Alliance (C.O.P.S.A.A.) in a variety of sports, including soccer, volleyball, cross country, softball, tennis, swimming, basketball and track & eld. In the middle and upper levels, the teams compete in the Puerto Rico High Schools Athletic Alliance (P.R.H.S.A.A.) in volleyball, soccer, golf, tennis, swimming, basketball, futsal and bowling. Up to this date, they have won 4 championships in P.R.H.S.A.A. Division B and 20 C.O.P.S.A.A. League sports championships in different sports. Future plans for Athletics include the intramurals to provide competition to all our students without exclusion.Go Dolphins! Athletes of the yearJuan E. Vives y Nicole Bez Physical Development

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Nancy Lee Rivera Speech & Language Pathologist Tony Reyes Security Juan Carlos Seplveda, Adalberto Garca, Rosala Rodrguez, Lillian De Len, Carlos Ortz, Lynette Snchez and Mara Melndez We are the Palmas Academy!Maritza Rivera Accounting Dr. Ramn Garca The Head of School Ivellisse Soto Nurse Evelyn Cadiz, Librarian Mara Mangual, Counselor The Learning Center Sandra Yumet, Nikki Pillichi & Sylvia Rosaly Faculty, Middle School & High School Patricia Fortuo, Maricarmen Andreu, Mary Ann Cabrera, Evelyn Cadiz, Carla Corts, Vernica Rivera, Claudia Rodrguez, Blanca Nieves, Julio Osorio, Marie Sylvia Rivera, Mara Lomba, Nancy Romn, Leanne Loftin, Aura de Len, and Maritere Cardona. (Not shown: Lizzie Sanabria & Samuel Molina). Administration Jessica Alicea, Vilmarie Sierra, Wilma Matos, Dr. Sigrid Soto, Ivette Daz, Maggie C. Maqueda, Lillian Vega. Board of Directors Dr. Ramn Garca, Mr. Hctor Aponte, Ruben Chamorro, DMD, Mrs. Gina Iuliani-Nassar, Mr. Edd Siler, Dr. Nilsa M. Lugo de Colon, Rafael Santos, Esq., Eng. Eugenio Vives, Mr. Fernando Vargas (Not shown: Jaime Morgan Stubbe, Esq., Mrs. Berta G. Bull, Mr. Jose F. Mendez, Mrs. Maribelle Muiz, and Eng. Pedro Arbona). Rosa Oquendo, Naomi Lockwood, Ida Martnez, Aixa Rivera, Nikki Pillichi, Gidget Carrasquillo, Jeanette Schuck, Mara del Pilar Gonzlez, Iralys Sanabria, Gloribel Ortz, Jamie lvarez, Rosario Torres, Magali Gonzlez, Anabeliz Mndez, Jen niffer Valentn, Gladys Tejada, Jennifer Seguinot, Jos lvarez, Myrna Mndez, Amalki Flores, and Jos Rivera. Faculty, Elementary School Open for EnrollmentFor information and appointments, call the Admissions Office at 787-850-9120 / 787-850-9130 / 787-850-9140 or Email: www.palmasacademy.org Physical Development Maintenance Department Migna L. Rivera School Store Attendant

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34 www.LLPalmas.com Massage Only $5060 minutesat Palmas del Mar 787.967.9115 Therapeutic massage body scrubs $30. (1/2 hour) Anti Cellulite Massage Manual Fat Reduction Lymphatic Massage Post Cosmetic Surgery Massage two therapist for couples simultaneus massages ($65.ea.) Only $50Customized Culebra Island Realty Specializinig in Culebra & Palmas del MarJim Galasso 787.435.6752 Culebra Cheryl Calasso 787.435.6596 Palmas del Mar www.culebraislandrealty.com Lic #7885 located on the secluded east end of Culebra just 250 yards above Zoni Beach. On a one acre property in a 31 property residential community zoned one acre a house. Residence is a three separate building compound. Four Bedrooms and four bathslarge patios decks and pool. Excellent views to Culebrita and St Thomas and perfect trade breeze exposure. Due to Culebras restrictive zoning there is nothing commercial for over three miles. Priced just reduced to $995K for the PR Stimulus LawCulebra!Casa AquabellaA true tropical oasis Culebra!Culebra! Los Tres Reyes El Rancho de Pap Una produccin de PEDRO RIVERA 787.376.8673 Doctors home visitsFor more informatin call 787 429 4407 Also rapid clinics at Econo Supermarket, Humacao -Monday Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm. No appointment required. Sugar and blood pressure test daily. Inuenza and Flue vaccination available for childrens and adults. Visits includes: physical Evaluation Vaccinations Medical Certicates Lab Orders Medical PrescriptionsWe accept most of the medical plans. Medicare part A & B, MCS Clasicare, SSS ptimo, Humana Gold and Mapre Excel.From the confort of your house receive the doctor visit.

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Bajandas/BocarettoRose and Amed Bajandas celebrated the wedding of their beloved daughter, Cristina Bajandas, at our PAC Clubhouse in the company of family and friends from all over Latin America. Victor Bocaret to, the groom, is Venezuelan and since both studied in Miami, many of their friends are from different countries. It was a beautiful wedding. Cristina was radiant, the music was excellent and the guests denitely knew how to have fun. The nights revelation...Chegui with the guitar and the Rio Carnival to end the night. Our best wishes for Cristina and Victor! union...

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P A L M A N O V A P L A Z AT E L. 7 8 7 8 5 0 2 6 9 3Burritos Two for TuesdaysBUY ONE AND GET ONE FREEOF THE SAME PRICE OR LESS TAKE OUT DOES NOT APPLY FOR THIS OFFER EVERY TUESDAY FROM 7PM TO 9PM OPEN 8 DAYSMON, TUES, WED, THURS 4PM 11PM FRI 4PM 2AM, SAT 12PM 2AM SUN 12PM TO 11PMThirsty Thursdays Our Famous Margaritas 2 X 1 FROM 7PM TO 9PMLOOK FOR US ON FACEBOOK CHIHUAHUA TEX MEX CANTINANew MenuTEX MEX cantinaC H I H U A H U A P A L M A SHappy Hour :-) Medalla 12oz 2 x $3Wednesday 5pm to 8pm June and July Author/ publisher of two popular cozy mystery series, suspense novels for adults, middle reader chapter books, illustrated childrens books, art books, cook books, a book on rug hooking and others, is delighted to be in Palmas. Cynthia Gallant-Simpson and her husband Ken Simpson (economist blogger and publishing partner) travelled to Puerto Rico in 2011 to do research for the third book in Liz Ogilvie-Smythe Provincetown Cozy Mysteries that takes place on the east coast of the island in such places as Luquillo and Fajardo. They toured the magnicent Caribbean coastline and fell in love! They lived on Cape Cod in an old sea captains house where they also had an art gallery featuring Cynthias Narrative Maritime Americana Primitive paintings. All the while Cynthia was painting, as her work was nding its way in private collections around the world and into art galleries, (one piece is in the permanent collection of the Tokyo, Japan National Art Gallery), she wrote when she was not painting. She designs her own book covers. Their rst big step after selling their home, (the one that led their children to call them homeless) was to downsize to a forty-four foot trawler yacht. As they and other new INDIE authors (independent authors) in the burgeoning eld of self-publishing will tell you, the struggle to be considered or even read by the big publishers just got to be too frustrating. Thanks to companies like Amazon that has brought self-publishing into the limelight making it easy and protable to be an INDIE author/publisher, some terrically talented writers are nally cornering the book market. Cynthia and Ken formed their company, Cape Cod Cozies & Mysteries, INK in 2010 and the rest is history. Cinthias books are available at Amazon and Kindle. They live on a thirty-six-foot sailboat on a mooring in Pleasant Bay on Cape Cod from June to October and then, since October 2012, they will be spending every winter at Palmas. They downsized from a twelve room sea captains house built in 1842, complete with three acres and a greenhouse (Cynthia will be bringing her green thumb to P.R. hoping to have pots of veggies and herbs on the patio) to their trawler that they took to North Carolina for two years. Missing sailing, they switched back to the thirty-six foot Orion sailboat they have called their summer cottage on Cape Cod for the past two years. Thanks to Rita Mollnelli and her staff, they have found a temporary rental that will become the new winter home of mysteries yet to be born. Cynthia is thinking about creative writing courses perhaps for retirees and they are both hoping to meet up with friends with sailboats. They will leave the sailboat up north as their summer cottage and eventually have one in P.R. In the meantime, they will be available as willing and happy crew. Welcome aboard! I will sing up for the creative writing courses myself!

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www.LLPalmas.com 43 Palmas does it better! No doubt Palmas knows how to work hard and definitely knows how to party! The photos speak for themselves. From the annual meeting (full house attendance) to the Food Tasting, the Wine Tasting and the golf and tennis tournament, among others there were activities every day. To close PHA Week... a big party at Palmanova Plaza which the rain didnt stop. Wonderful week very intense and fun. HOMEOWNER PHAWEEK2012tennisfood tastingwine tastingdomino annual meeting golfdelegates meeting pha party

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44 www.LLPalmas.com Wine Tasting sponsored by BodegarEdwin Rubio from Bodegar gave a very interesting and illustrative presentation. Among the delicious wines we tasted were: A Cava Rosada Castell Blanch Brut from Spain A Maso Canali Pinot Grigio, Trentino Italia McWilliams Chardonay, Australia Frei Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley California and a Malbec from Argentina, Trivento Golden Reserva. All from Bodegars Cava. HOMEOWNER PHAWEEK2012

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ALL YOUR FITNESS NEEDS No excuses. Start today! The best trainers in the best enviroment! Juan Vlez, Betsy del Valle, Eduardo Garcia, Jackie Rodrguez Available for PAC Members at the Fitness Center New antojitos: Make your own pasta: Y los famosos hamburgers siguen!!!! Every Sunday... Sunset Happy Hours with live music. Guaranteed !New Menu Tiki Bar is readyFor the summer!

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www.LLPalmas.com 47 rffntfbbbCustom built, corner home, 8,000 s/f, with two large boat slips. Allows for long vessels, 90 and 65. Five bedrooms, ve bathrooms, three large terraces, elevator, ample storage in basement, double garage. A native puertorrican wood Capa prieto has been used throughout the property, adding that special touch of elegance to an already comfortable and cool home. Three large ter races make this property an ideal as an entertainment or simply a place to enjoy with family and friends.For more information, please contact: VIP PROPERTIES 787.285.5058/5059 787.397.7491 787.487.2995 Point Break ServiceOK Refrigeration & Electrical Contractorswww.okservicepr.comAir Conditioning Certied Electrician Services Repairs of: 787.748.7352 Some of our clients are:

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Amazingly Tasty Creative International Cuisinerestaurant & Reservations Accepted 787-852-2612Located in Club Villa on the hill between Club Cala and Palmanova Plaza Alongside the historic Fuente Taina MAY JUNE JULYTuesdayFree Sangria Pitcher with 2 entrees Happy Hour all night on Rail drinksWednesday25% off all wine bottles Happy Hour on House wines by the glassThursdayLive DJ Spinning Latin Lounge Music Happy Hour fun with Rum Dancing recommendedFridayHappy Hour all night on local/international beers. Beer bucket Medalla or Coors Light 11.00Booze Day Wine Night Latin Night Beer Night Join us!Open Tuesday-Saturday NOW CATERING SPECIAL EVENTS Cafe de la Plazabeer garden Cheers!Summer 2012 food tasting

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The Beach Bohio...Open Monday -Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00pm Same light menu with some new additions!a magic spot in Palmas MUSIC SUNDAYS from 1:00 to 5:00 pm 787.850.4142 Floristeria carr.#3 Catano de Humacao a Yabucoa Humacao, P.R. Open 7 Days He have them all!owers for every occasions787.850.9900 787.364.0205 -Mueca 787.204.8783 -Dulce

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Suite 133, Palmanova Plaza, Palmas del Mar, Humacao, PR Tel 787.502.0565 Full house with a great ambiance! pha golf tournament HOMEOWNER PHAWEEK2012

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www.LLPalmas.com 53 Full house with a great ambiance! 120 players, a beautiful day and a pristine course in good company. What else you can ask for a day of golf? Denitely one of the best golf tournament of the year. Palmas is getting better by the minute!

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AND THE WINNERS ARE...! 2012 PHA GOLF TOURNAMENT JUNEJune 4 to 29 Tennis Summer Program for Kids and juniors June 11-20 Golf: PAC SUMMER-PROGRAM 8AM 3PM June 16 Fathers Day Tournament Palm Course June 17 Fathers Day BBQ Lunch at the Clubhouse 12am 4pm June 23 Noche de San Juan Date el chapuzn at the Beach Club 7:00pm to12:30amJULYJuly 2-20 Tennis Summer Program for Kids and juniors July 4 Kids Day at the Beach Club July 7 BBQ Night at the Clubhouse 12pm to 4pm July 16 -24 Golf: PAC SUMMER-PROGRAM 8:30am to 3:pm July 25 -29 Kids Activities at the Beach Club July 27 Paella and Tapas at the Clubhouse 8:00am to 12md All activities are subject to change or cancellation.Golf / 656-3015/3016 Tennis / 656-3025 Beach Club / 656-3030 Restaurants Members Lounge / 656-3010 Palm/Flamoyan Rest / 656-3011 Tennis Bar & Grill / 656-3023 Beach Club Blu Rest / 656-3027 Beach Club Salitre Bar / 656-3028 R EAL TY COSTA DEL CA RIBELIC. 4529

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AND THE WINNERS ARE...! 2012 PHA GOLF TOURNAMENT HOMEOWNER PHAWEEK2012 Mens Callaway Division NET 5th Place Daniel Vasse; Eric Grafals, 72 4th Place Jose Ortiz; Jose C. Ortiz, 71 3rd Place Manuel Calderon;Heri Jove, 70 2nd Place Luis Velez; Nector Castro,70 1st Place Miguel Robledo; Edwin Placeres, 69Mens Flight NET 7th Place Audeliz Jimenez; Raul Vazquez, 65 6th Place David Oschman; Paul Scullion, 65 5th Place Carlos R. Colon; Manuel Lebron, 64 4th Place Jose F. Valledor; Nector Robles JR., 64 3rd Place Jorge Robert; Jose Matos, 64 2nd Place Antonio Ginorio; Gabriel Montaez, 63 1st Place Patrick Wangen; Gilberto Torres, 63 Mixed Callaway Flight NET 1st Place Hector Alvarez; Maria Alvarez, 68 Mixed Flight NET 2nd Place Doug Keil; Merle Keil, 70 1st Place Pipo Ortiz; Cinchita Cestero, 67 Special Prizes Straightest Drive MEN Hole # 9 Harry Torres LADIES Hole #11 Linda Jordan Closest to the Pin MEN Hole #8 Manuel Forte LADIES Hole #4 Jane Dyal

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Jonathan Mndez Category: Original La Guerra Astral, 1st place Also, the Mayra Santos Febres Prize for the piece with the highest points in the entire competition.The Palmas Academy has been competing in La Liga de Oratoria en Espaol de Puerto Rico since the 20082009 school year. This Organization was created nearly 50 years ago with the purpose of developing the personal and intellectual lives of students who participate in it. The past competitors from our school, including myself, have grown in many aspects of their personal life. As a member of the club for 3 years now, I can honestly say that this year was the rst in which we really achieved the success that we so strongly worked for. Although we have had good results in previous years, this occasion was nearly legendary. For many of the members, the process was extremely arduous. However, the experience of participating in this competition was one that has left a mark on students forever. We started working on our pieces last semester. Our coaches were Mrs. Mara Lomba and Ms. Patricia Fortuo. With their help, we chose the pieces we would perform, we memorized them, and we started to incorporate Outsanding Performance! 2nd place for Palmas Academy. John Gonzlez Category: Poetry Los Motivos del Lobo de Rubn Dario 2nd place By Jonathan Mndez movement and actions into our interpretations. Some of us had speeches; others had monologues, others poetry, and some had to write their own pieces. The process, although very exhausting, was extremely entertaining as we all had to join every day to practice our pieces in order to achieve the great interpretations that our teachers expected. It was hard to realize that the day had nally arrived. I remember feeling nervous, anxious, and excited all at the same time. We worked so hard that we were looking forward to that day like our life depended on it. When we got to Colegio San Jorge (the host school) early that morning, we were ready to compete. The hardest part about the competition was being separated from our friends; then, we were taken into rooms with people from other schools to perform for the judges. When one stands in front of those judges, the silent, yet vicious mood eats a fragment of your heart every second until you decide to begin and leave every single piece of your soul in that performance to Camila Prez Category: Speeches Entre la Espera, Neruda y mi madre de Glamarys V. Sierra 1st place Paulette Mndez Category -Speeches Patas arriba de Eduardo Galeano. 2nd place

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Diego Martnez Category: Theater 7th placeachieve the best result possible. Everybody wants to win, but to do it one must put every bit of hard work and determination into the acting and articulation to let everyone know ones warrior nature. This process was done for two rounds before the nal round, which is done for the top 8 students in each category of performances. For the rst time in all the years participating, The Palmas Academy got 12 out of 13 students inside the nal round. The results arrived, and we had done a great job. As a school, we got second place, which meant we would move up from category E to category D. Most of the participants from our school got from 1st to 8th place in their corresponding category. As for myself, I got 1st place in the category of original. Overall, the competitors from TPA did an amazing job in the competition. With this recent achievement, we are really looking forward to the coming years, and we hope to go all the way up to category A. Indeed, this competition, although very challenging, helps one grow as an individual. Outsanding Performance! 2nd place for Palmas Academy. Krystal Abrante Category: Poetry El Matricida de Efran Nava 7th place Paulette Mndez Category -Speeches Patas arriba de Eduardo Galeano. 2nd place Class of 2012Our seniors have been admitted to the following universities... Syracuse University, Butler University, University of Connecticut, Assumption College, Lynn University, University of Kentucky, University of Massachussetts Amherst, Pace University, University of Scranton, University of Dayton, Goshen College, Rider University, University of Puerto Rico, Universidad Interamericana, Ponticia Universidad Catlica, US Marines Corps, Penn State University, Univer sity of Miami, St. Leo University, Flagger, Puerto Rico Music Conservatory, Universidad del Sagrado Corazn, Univer sidad del Turabo, University of Notre Dame, Brown University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, University of Buffalo, Georgetown University, University of California Berkeley, University of California Davis, University of Tampa, University of Connecticut, American University, Flagler College, University of Scranton, Stetson University, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, Escuela de Artes Plsticas, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, University of Miami, Boston University, Florida Institute of Technology, Savanna College of Arts and Design, St. John University, School of Visual ArtsNew York, Barry UniversityOthers prizes...Speeches | Luis Rivera 10th place Original | Frances Beltrn 4th place Luis Rivera 10th place Theatre | Anitza Daz 5th place Poetry | Jianna Pagn 8th place Improvisation | Anthony Saadipour 5th place Special prizes Frances Beltrn for participating four consecutive years.

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Now is time to say goodbye.... to our snowbirds Until next year! a common creature in the tropics. They run away from the winter every year. They like palm trees, sand and golf. The also like good food and wine. Watch closely they are very friendly and fun.snow-bird: By Lissette Rosado During the month of March Palmas Ladies Community Club held a potluck Black and White dinner gathering at PHA to say Adios to the Wonderful Snowbirds. The event was well attended. Ray Gresal provided the music. Food was in abundance and everyone had a good time! We miss our Snowbirds when they are not in resi dence! We hope time goes by fast to have you all back soon. Its a good thing we have Live & Life in Palmas to keep those lines of communication open. You can also check out our Live and Life in Palmas on Facebook to see our latest post.

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The MAR Equestrian Team is comprised of Team Captain Michelle Romero, a current member of the Puerto Rican Olympic Equestrian Team. The young team members include, in age order: Kathleen Fuentes-Romero (14) riding Barlovento (7); Sophie Uldry-Lavergne (12) riding Kissed by a Saint (5); Camille Vidal-Bouret (11) riding Das Kaiser (7) ; and Camille Uldry-Lavergne (11) riding Covert Affairs (10). Team parents are Dra. Lissette Bouret, Jeanine Lavergne, Vctor Ginorio and Andrs Romero. The team is training to participate in national and international competitions sponsored by the Puerto Rican Federation of Equestrian Sports (FPDE), and other competitions sponsored by Fdration Equestre Internationale (FEI). To date, the team has travelled to competitions in Wellington and Ocala, Florida. This summer, Michelle Romero will travel to Luhmuhlen, Germany in order to train with the German Olympic Team in preparation for the 2014 Central American & Carib bean Games in Veracruz, Mexico. If you havent stopped by Hacienda Candelero recently you probably havent noticed the new addition to our fabulous equestrian facilities its the new Palmas Riding School. The new Riding School will offer its students instruction and competitive event opportunities in the art and discipline of Eng lish Riding. Included in the curriculum is dressage and show jumping, two equestrian disciplines requiring great coordination between rider and horse. Instruction will be provided by Kellie Stobie, an experienced rider and trainer, and Michelle Romero, a FEI-certied trainer and a current member of the Puerto Rican Olympic Equestrian team. The school is located at Hacienda Candelero, just behind The Palmas Academy. A special aspect of the Riding School is that family and friends of our riders have frequent opportunity to watch their progress at regularly scheduled Friday Night Lights at the adjacent Candelero Smokey House Restaurant. Students who wish to advance to a competitive level will have the opportunity to join the MAR Equestrian Team. Registration for August classes is now open. Instruction will be offered to adults and children older than 9, on an individual or group basis. The school provides horses, equipment and other gear (tack). Students are required to purchase personal protective gear, and riding attire. Other requirements include a medical clear ance and insurance/indemnication agreements. The cost of instruction is dependent on the hours of instruction desired and available, as well as preference for group or individual instruction. For more details, registration forms and continuous updates, please visit the Facebook page at The Riding School at Palmas del Mar and press Like or email marequestrian@gmail. com. MAR Equestrian Team The NEW

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Dressage is a French term, most commonly translated to mean training and is a competitive equestrian sport, dened by the International Equestrian Federation as the highest expression of horse training. Competitions are held at all levels from amateur to the World Equestrian Games. Its fundamental purpose is to develop, through standardized pro gressive training methods, a horses natural athletic ability and willing ness to perform, thereby maximizing its potential as a riding horse. At the peak of a dressage horses gymnastic development, the horse will respond smoothly to a skilled riders minimal aids. The rider will be relaxed and ap pear effort-free while the horse willingly performs the requested movement. Dressage is occasionally referred to as Horse Ballet. Although the discipline has ancient roots in Europe, dressage was rst recognized as an impor tant equestrian pursuit during the Renaissance. The great European riding masters of that period developed a sequential training system that has changed little since then. Classical dressage is still considered the basis of modern dressage. Show jumping, also known as stadium jumping, open jumping, or jumpers, is a member of a family of English riding equestrian events that also includes dressage, event ing, hunters, and equitation. Jumping classes are commonly seen at horse shows throughout the world, including the Olympics. Some times shows are limited exclusively to jumpers, sometimes jumper classes are offered in conjunction with other English-style events, and sometimes show jump ing is but one division of very large, allbreed competitions that include a very Dressage at PALMAS Show jumpingwide variety of disciplines. Jumping classes may be governed by various national horse show sanctioning organizations, such as the United States Equestrian Federation in the USA. International competitions are governed by the rules of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI, from the bodys French name of Fdration questre Internationale).

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www.LLPalmas.com 71 The new Palmas app will include: No more being lost in Palmas!coming soon....comT HE A PP Directions Search EDITI MKA DEL ESTE PALMAS 787-783-1494 EXTEND your party time, Let it Fly! WINGFLYERTHE ULTIMATE STEP CYCLES Prices start at $225.

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Puerto Rico Grand Slam 4 International Tournament at the Palmas Yacht Club th

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Paella Contest & Mexican Nightat the 4th Grand Slam

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editors choice steps to the beach and pool. and equipped. bathroom. kitchen area Asking $475k. Visit VIP Properties to view this property or any of the other wonderful properties at very affordable prices. VIP has a vast selection of properties for sale throughout the resort. mint condition townhome in Crescent Cove For more information call VIP PROPERTIES (787) 285-5058/5059, (787) 487-2995. The Amenities The Living Quarters The ExtrasFeatured by CPM & Realtors Extraordinary living.One of the largest penthouse units in the

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and the winners are...the catch PokoLoco La Bruja Fish Hunter editors choice

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78 www.LLPalmas.com Harbor Lights Estates This modern 5 year young 5000 sq.ft. home on 2100sq. mtrs. backs a green area and has tranquil views to the Caribbean sea. Accentuated with spectacular designer bathrooms, a top grade lighting system, appliances, custom window treatments, Italian tile oors, and 18 foot ceiling in the main living area. This expansive 5 bedroom, 4 full and half bath home also includes 2 covered veranda patios, central air, generator, Valcor hurricane windows and doors, plus 2 1/2 car garage. Special price reduction New listied price of $999,999.99 -This special price reduction, on May 10,2012 is offered to take advantage of the current Real Estate Stimulus Law before it expires. Call: Culebra Island Realty at 787-435-6596 / 787-435-6752 editors choice

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