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Kevin Biederman Call954-325-8229 WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY AND THE TENACITY TO MAKE YOUR BUG PROBLEMS GO AWAY. got bugs? The Membership Trading Community Hi, Im Kevin Biederman, and this is my beautiful daughter Ciara. Im the president of Pest Pro Services, LLC and have been a Hollywood resident for 25 years. Theres one thing about Ciaras school fundraisers that have always bugged me: the low dollar amount actually earned by the school. I am committed to the success of our Hollywood schools and have created a of your choice. For a limited time, when you order any residential or commercial service, HALF OF YOUR PAYMENT will go to your designated Hollywood School. Services start at only $40. Just mention you saw this ad in the Hollywood Gazette, and we will send a check in an amount equal to half your payment to your chosen school. Its that easy. Rid yourself of expensive gift wrap and overpriced chocolate, and eliminate your bug problems, too! Ciara and Kevin Biederman Help our schools! 4 NOVEMBER 2010


Saturday, November 20, 2010, 7 to 10:30 pm At the historic Kagey Mansion (circa 1924), home of the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood, Florida Attire: Groovy Chic/Mod Tickets: $85 per person, $140 per person Lava Lounge Platinum Level. (After November 17th, $95 per person; $150 Platinum Level.) Enjoy, engage, and experience . Join us in recognizing the Centers 2010 Groovy Couple, Neil and Sigrid Gold Center members, donors, and art collectors! Groovin on the dance floor with go-go dancers to the sounds of the 60s Scrumptious foods by one of South Floridas top caterers, Michael Meltzer Featured drinks beer, wine, and vodka compliments of Black Art Beer and Southern Wine & Spirits Live body-painting performance by Georgette Pressler Complimentary valet parking Three contemporary art exhibitions And theres more! Platinum Level and Sponsorship Benefits: Our coveted sponsors and Platinum Level attendees will enjoy an exclusive, private area our Lava Lounge featuring open bar, champagne room, exquisite hors doeuvres, music, and more! For more infirmation or to purchase tickets, call 954. 921. 3274 or visit The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Affairs Services by calling toll-free 1-888HELP-FLA within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. Donations to the Art and Culture Center are tax-exempt to the fullest extent of the law.1650 Harrison Street Hollywood, FL 33020 954. 921. 3274 954. 921. 3273 fax Sponsors* Becker & Poliakoff, P.A. Bitner Goodman Black Art Beer Kenneth C. Brown and Elizabeth Sanjuan Lou Anne and Mike Colodny CORT Event Furnishings Florida Power & Light Co. Galleria Farms Golf Hollywood! Linens of the Week The Related Group Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sixth Star Entertainment & Marketing Southern Wine & Spirits as of print deadline T H E S O U T H F L O R I D A B A L L E T T H E A T E R P R E S E N T S S F B T B o x O f f i c e w w w S o u t h F l o r i d a B a l l e t T h e a t e r c o m (954) 929-4601 T h e N u t c r a c k e r B a l l e t Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board ofCounty Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM5


The Broward County Fair, which in recent years faced the possibility of extinction, is back for its 35th season this month, thanks in large part to the efforts of several Hollywood supporters. The All New Broward County Fair runs Nov. 24 through Dec. 5 at a new location in South Broward with new leadership and a renewed community spirit. David Erickson, a 47-year Hollywood resident and South Florida event producer whose involvement with the Broward County Fair spans 30 years, was appointed fair manager by its board of directors in early August, replacing longtime executive director Ina Nadler, who passed away in June. With less than four months to plan the 12-day fair, Erickson sprang into action, calling on his contacts in the community and inspiring former fair supporters to take an active role in this years event, which will be held on the 115-acre City Center property in Pembroke Pines. Long considered one of South Floridas most treasured traditions, the fair faced challenges in recent years because of its lack of a permanent fairground. Last years fair was presented at the Pompano Beach Citi Centre shopping mall without the usual midway rides, games, vendors and entertainment offerings of its former homes at Broward College in Davie, Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Pompano Park in Pompano Beach and Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Thanks to its new leadership and enthusiastic staff and volunteers, The Broward County Fair is headed in an exciting direction, Erickson said. We are a brand-new fair from top to bottom. The 2010 fair will feature rides, games, animal tents, student and agriculture exhibits, a sports bar tent and an entertainment lineup that includes the Flying Wallendas, Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band (Nov. 30), Bill Sauce Boss Wharton (Dec. 3) and the Hep Cat Boo Daddies (Dec. 4). The fairs leadership includes three Hollywood residents who serve on the board of directors: president Henry Graham, executive director of Liberia Economic and Social Development, Inc. (LES); treasurer Gary Kramer; and director John Stengel, one of the fairs founders. Stengel, who recalls the fairs heyday when attendance surpassed 400,000 visitors over its 11-day run, said he cant wait for Opening Day. All the efforts of the hardworking fair volunteers and employees will come together as one fantastic, fun event to showcase the community and educational exhibits of the students of Broward County, Stengel said. Hollywood Beach resident Kathleen Drabik-DiBona, the retired principal of Dania Elementary, serves as the education liaison between the fair and Broward schools. She said her involvement with the fair gives her the opportunity to play again in the world where children and learning interact and connections are made to the future. Drabik-DiBona is one of numerous Hollywood contacts that Erickson approached to help produce the All New Broward County Fair, including TelAir Interests president Grant Gravitt, the Miss Broward County Fair pageant superintendent; Stonly Baptiste, whose digital phone service company, Aston Unified Communications, is a fair sponsor; entertainment manager John Gronvold; concession manager Beverly Absher; office manager Alison Lopez; and information technology expert and ticket manager Mark Williamson. Over the past 30 years, I have found that every relationship Ive ever made counts, Erickson said. I am calling on a whole community of people to do things to restore this fair to what it should be in this community. The Broward County Fair is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization chartered by the Florida Department of Agriculture in 1976. General admission which includes parking, exhibit areas, shows and attractions is $10 for ages 12 and older, $5 for ages 3 to 11, and free for children younger than 2. City Center at Pembroke Pines is located just south of Pines Boulevard and west of Palm Avenue. For more information on fair activities, money-saving specials or sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, call 954-922-2224 or visit www. Hollywood residents help revive The Broward County FairBY CARON CONWAY/LEAD CORRESPONDENT ADVERTISEMENT 6 NOVEMBER 2010


With a concern for illiteracy and a passion for children, former Miami Dolphins linebacker Twan Russell and his mother, Corliss, opened The Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation to eradicate illiteracy among high-risk groups, a foundation that has benefited thousands of students in Hollywood and the surrounding areas. Established in 1998, the nonprofit organization provides certified teachers to assess and to instruct students using methods such as phonics, word recognition, comprehension and other interactive reading materials. Literacy is the cornerstone to life, Russell said. Every day we read the paper over breakfast, reports at work, books in school, magazines on the train and stories before bedtime. However, 21 million Americans cannot read at all, and 40 million adults in this country are functionally illiterate, reading at or below a fifthgrade level. This means people we see every day on the street, in the mall or at work cannot read things we take for granted. Tracy Schuldiner, director of Community Relations/Development, said the program not only helps end illiteracy among youth but also cultivates a love for and interest in reading. This is a great organization because everyone who works with these kids is so passionate, she said. For two hours a day, the focus is all on them, which translates into success in their grades and (improvements) in their self-esteem. In addition to the Reading Room, the foundation also offers mentoring, in which professionals share their experiences as role models, and the Helping Hands program, which provides assistance to children and families in the form of clothes, books, school supplies and food, according to the organizations website. These programs aim to help students understand the life-changing possibilities and opportunities available to the educated. The Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation has established 10 locations across Broward County and North Miami-Dade where they tutor students, with the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the Beverly Park & Community Center among locations in Hollywood. The City of Hollywood also sponsors the foundation and several of its programs and events. It is a personal privilege for me to serve on the board of directors of this great organization, said Susan Renneisen, director of Special Events for the Seminole Hard Rock. Over the past couple of years, I have watched the growth of the centers and the impact on the youth which they serve. It is very fulfilling to be part of an organization that reaches their goals and makes a difference. Schuldiner said with the passion of Russell, as well as every member of the board, the teachers and volunteers, the organization has had the opportunity to provide immeasurable positive impacts to both students and communities. Everything Twan does is in his off-hours because he is so passionate about these kids, Schuldiner said, adding that in addition to the foundation, Russell is the director of Youth & Community Programs for the Miami Dolphins, serves as chair of the education committee at the United Way of Broward and is a member of the finance committee at Christ the Rock Community Church. He reaches out to thousands of kids and is always there for them. And with the help of the community that really reaches out to us, were really able to help these children. The foundation has several fundraising activities coming up, including a toy drive and their annual Links for Literacy luncheon at Orangebrook Golf & Country Club. In addition, Schuldiner said the foundation is always looking for professionals willing to share their experiences with students. We encourage people to come and talk to these kids, she said. We want them to know that there are so many opportunities available to them. For more information about the foundation and upcoming events, call 954-529-4053 or e-mail events@ PEOPLE BY BRETT DALY | ASSOCIATE EDITOR Former Miami Dolphin makes a difference off the field and in the classroom Russell at the Washington Park in Hollywood with the Dolphins Junior Training Camp. Russell with a Russell Reading Room student who scored a perfect score on the reading portion of the FCAT at the Hollywood Performing Arts Center. HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM7


World traveler Nejila Innerarity found adventure right in her own backyard and enjoys sharing her fascination with Hollywood with fellow adventurers through Hollywood Trails: Eco-Adventure Kewl Bicycle Tours (HT4), a business she launched in January 2009. HT4 offers four roundtrip guided tours of Downtown Hollywood, the beach, historic Hollywood Lakes section and neighboring hotspots that cover between five and 30 miles of interesting local sites along safe bike paths and the beach. Special promotional tours and catered options are also available. Tour themes include mystery, intrigue and mayhem, along with history, architecture, art, culture and nature all there for family entertainment, Innerarity said. HT4 provides fun, safe, informative, ecofriendly bicycle tours that show visitors and locals the wonders of Hollywood and the fun of going more green. The idea for starting HT4 arose out of necessity. When any of my visitors would come up from Jamaica, Trinidad, London or other parts of the world, I always wanted to take them on guided tours that show off the best part of Hollywood, and couldnt find any, said Innerarity, a native of Jamaica and a Hollywood Lakes resident since 2001. An avid traveler, she has vacationed in more than 65 international cities and enjoyed an eclectic background as a dancer in several dance companies, a dance teacher, in-line skater, physical fitness buff, information technology specialist and marketing consultant who handled marketing and development for six years for the former Arts Academy of Hollywood. Innerarity is active in the community as the chairperson of the ArtsPark Advisory Board and a volunteer with the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Her four ongoing Hollywood tours are Historic Architecture, Notorious Mob Bosses & Movie Locations, Eco-Mangroves, City of the Arts and Hardcore Eco. HT4 tours are designed for locals as well as visitors, and Innerarity enjoys the challenge of introducing interesting details about the City to those who think they really know Hollywood. The testimonials are strong, and the usual response is, I had no idea that all this was going on in Hollywood, she said. Everyone really enjoys their time seeing the real Hollywood, not just our beautiful beaches. In the Historic Architecture, Notorious Mob Bosses & Movie Locations tour, participants learn about the rich history of Hollywood and city founder Joseph W. Young. The tour explores the scenic Lakes area that New York and Chicago mobsters once called home, and where well-known movies were shot, including Marley & Me, starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and The Hours, starring Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman. The Eco-Mangroves tour features the Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park, a 1,600-acre wetland nature preserve, and the historic Dania Pier. An extended tour is offered that includes a seven-mile ride through the John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach and a swim. The City of the Arts tour encompasses the ArtsPark at Young Circle, museums and downtown art galleries. The three-hour Hardcore Eco, the only tour that is restricted to adults, includes all the features of the other three tours. Our tours are always improving, Innerarity said. I love Hollywood, and so we want to show the most interesting things that Hollywood has to offer then and now. She counts tourists from as far away as Rhode Island and Maine among her repeat customers. A few of my clients that live up north have come back, or made plans to come back, to take more tours, Innerarity said. Thats why we love to include specialized tours with added history from other walks of life outside of Hollywood. She said her clients also appreciate Hollywood Trails emphasis on customer service. If you are not happy, you get your money back, no questions asked, she said. All tours are guaranteed. Following on the success of Hollywood Trails, Innerarity expanded her business in September to include bicycle tours of Fort Lauderdales Las Olas district. Las Olas Trails: EcoAdventure Bicycle Tours & Rentals (LOT5) offers five different tours that cover between five and 30 miles, as well as special promotional events. Both LOT5 and HT4 offer daily tours. Hollywood tours originate at Sun & Fun Cycles on Hayes Street near the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk. A special event planned for Saturday, Nov. 27 will combine the Eco-Mangroves and City of the Arts trails in a three-hour, 10-mile roundtrip tour that includes the conservatory at the Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park; museums, art galleries and art shops in Downtown Hollywood; and lunch at Sage French Caf. The cost is $75 per person. For more information on Hollywood bicycle tours available from HT4, call Innerarity at 202-3750283 or visit www.hollywoodtrails. org. BY CARON CONWAY LEAD CORRESPONDENT PEOPLE Eco-friendly bicycle tours show visitors and locals the wonders of Hollywood Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital will host a kick-off event for the second annual ANF Tour de Broward Ride, Run, Walk for Joes Kids on Nov. 11 to support the building of the first and only freestanding childrens hospital in Broward County. Sponsors, team captains and those looking for a leadership role are welcome to attend. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza on Hollywood Beach and will feature cocktails and hors doeuvres. All proceeds from the Tour de Broward will be applied to the Dreams unit of the new hospital that cares specifically for children diagnosed with cancer. The Tour de Broward will take place on Feb. 27, 2011, at Miramar Regional Park. The day will consist of a 50K & 100K Ride, 5K Timed Run, 3K Family Walk, Spin-a-thons and a new addition The Power of Play Kid Zone. The goal is to have an event that involves everyone, creating the ultimate family fun day. To R.S.V.P., call 954-265-0994 or for more information, visit www. PHOTO BY COURTNEY ORTIZ WWW.COURTNEYORTIZ.COM Nejila Innerarity. HT4 offers four roundtrip guided tours of Downtown Hollywood, the beach, historic Hollywood Lakes section and neighboring hotspots that cover between five and 30 miles of interesting local sites along safe bike paths and the beach. And theyre off! 8 NOVEMBER 2010


4x4 UP TO 20x20EVERYTHING MUST GO! TILES FROM 40 HALF MILLION SQ. FT. OF TILE MUST GO When South Broward students need a moment of solitude from the bustle of everyday high school life, they can now find it on their very own campus. Around 50 students, faculty and parents installed a reading garden complete with brick pavers, potted plants, a water feature and 15 benches under the shade of royal Poinciana trees outside of the school library with the help of Lowes Home Improvement Warehouse. South Broward High School Art teacher Susan Ostheim and English teachers Kathleen Gaillard and Maxine Plummer initiated the project by applying for a Lowes Toolbox for Education Grant to receive the funds necessary for its installation. They wanted to create a place for students to relax and encourage reading. We all had a common interest in bringing cultural enrichment to the campus, said Ostheim, who teaches AP Art History. We want to develop a love for reading. Everybodys been so excited from the start, and the students did so much of the work to make this happen. Located in the heart of the South Broward campus, the garden took two days to complete. On day one, Lowes workers mapped out a design and took measurements of the area, and on day two, the South Broward community spent six hours digging, hauling, planting and bringing the design into fruition. This gives students something to be proud of on their campus, said Donna Greene, chairperson of the Parent Advisory Committee and one of the day-two volunteers. Its beautiful and peaceful, and its a nice oasis for them. Its hard to have that with 2,000 students on campus. A dedication ceremony early last month, which attracted around 60 people, recognized the hard work of the students; included a poetry reading from poet and writer Geoffery Philp and a speech from novelist and Miami Herald writer Fabiola Santiago; and contained book tables to further encourage reading. Ostheim said the ceremony was a way to connect students with the professional community and help them learn about writing styles and voice. As a parent, this reminds me how much teachers care about their school and their students, Greene said. Its nice to know they care. If you would like to donate used books or art supplies for reading garden activities, contact Donna Greene at South Broward High School students install reading garden on campus BY BRETT DALY | ASSOCIATE EDITORSTUDENT NEWS HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM9


Being based in Hollywood, Florida hasnt prevented Lori Wyman from partaking in the limelight that the Hollywood, California movie business offers. The Hollywood resident owns her own casting directing business and has worked on dozens of high-profile movies, including Marley & Me, Analyze This and Ali, and currently casts for the hit T.V. series of The Glades and Burn Notice, both of which film in South Florida. And even with the fastpaced and sometimes stressful showbusiness environment, Wyman doesnt consider her job work. Im one of those people who get to say that I do what I love and love what I do, she said. And I get paid for it. Im very fortunate. After graduating with a degree in speech and communications from the University of Miami, Wyman started her movie-biz career working with a talent agency. She represented the talent for five years, booking jobs for her actors, but she decided she wanted more of a handle on bringing in the actors for auditions. So Wyman embarked on a different career path and got her first job as a casting director with the television show Miami Vice. After a subsequent year of casting in Jupiter for shows like 21 Jump Street and Wise Guys, Wyman again decided to take a risk. I wanted to own my own company because I had limitations with the amount of projects I could take on with the casting directing business in Jupiter, she said. I knew I wanted to cast as many actors as I could. After establishing Lori Wyman Casting in North Miami Beach in 1990, Wyman has found actors for feature films, television series and pilots, commercials and even live shows and conventions, building a reputable business in the process. Her 30 years of casting experience earned Wyman an Emmy nomination for her casting in the HBO film Recount about the 2000 presidential election. She had to cast around 80 speaking roles, needing to find look-a-likes as well as good actors for the roles. It was a very special production to be a part if, and Im so glad I was invited to work on it, Wyman said. And while Miami Vice launched her casting directing career and helped get her to where she is today, the Miami television series also launched her personal life. While working with Miami Vice, Wyman met her husband, Marc Macaulay, who is no stranger to the limelight either. Macaulay has starred in movies like Premonition with Sandra Bullock and Monster with Charlize Theron and had recurring roles on T.V. series like Prison Break and Burn Notice. Hes a really, really excellent actor, Wyman said. Its funny because any time we go out, people point and some even ask him how they know him. This is how we make our living, and its great. However, the appeal of the spotlight pales in comparison to the appeal of being parents for the couple. Wyman said she loves spending time with her 8-yearold daughter, Ali, who wants to stray from the family business and become an animal doctor, and loves spending time enjoying Hollywood. Ive been living in Hollywood since , Wyman said. Its quaint and its home. Despite the fact Burn Notice and The Glades are on hiatus from filming until February, Wyman has found other projects to keep her occupied. She is currently working on Dolphin Tale, a movie starring Morgan Freeman, and is taking classes at Nova Southeastern University for her masters degree in drama therapy. And in addition to all her accomplishments, Wyman also wrote a book titled The Organic Actor, which offers tips for people trying to make it as an actor. Wyman said she is extremely fortunate to have found something that she enjoys and loves all the opportunities her profession has presented her. I love my job, she said. Just to sit on a set and see the magic people create is neat. For more information on Lori Wyman Casting, visit www. PEOPLE Hollywood casting director lives in the limelight Casting director, Lori Wyman with her husband, actor Marc Macaulay and their 8-year-old daughter, Ali.BY BRETT DALY | ASSOCIATE EDITOR Join s!Entrance fee includes: CORPORATE SPONSORS:DATE: TIME: HOST:R.S.V.P. 954-962-8180 COST: PARTY WITH A PURPOSE100% of admission proceeds benefit:Dve & B rs n Ho yw Gae e nvite ou 9 5 4 2 3 9 1 7 8 0w w w m e r c u r ya ut o t r a n s p o r t c o m $2 5 o f fy o u r d e p o s i t w i t h m e n t i o n o f t h i s a d 10 NOVEMBER 2010


Hollywood casting director lives in the limelight 954-458-3535 $5/box Incontinence & Medical Supplies (washable) And Much More...Inc. Carmen Garson is not your average CPA. After making one of the most courageous leaps any business professional can make, Garson now focuses on belly dance (not balance sheets) and on tango (not taxes). She followed her dream and traded in the corporate world for something more creative, more sensual and more spiritual, opening up the Goddess Store and Studio located on Harrison Street in historic Downtown Hollywood. It was one of the biggest decisions I ever made, but I had a calling to finally make my dream become real, Garson said. Born in Ecuador, Garson came to the U.S. in 1959. She lived in New York, graduated Cum Laude from Pace University and became a Certified Public Accountant. She worked with some of Wall Streets most prestigious names, like Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, and moved to South Florida in 1989, holding senior positions at Telemundo and other firms. Ive had a great career, but there came a time when I knew that wasnt me anymore, she said. Garson opened the Goddess Store in 2002 as a way to not only explore her own passion for the arts but to also help others do the same. I wanted to create an environment where people could share ideas and experiences with other like-minded people, she said. It was also important to me to build a place where women could feel empowered to try new things and build self-esteem. Garson brought together talented and respected dance instructors to offer a wide variety of classes. Garson first focused on belly dance, attracting teachers wellversed in many forms of the art who had performed all over the world. She then added a wide range of other exotic genres, including Tango, Salsa, Flamenco, Brazilian Samba, Argentine Folklore, Polynesian, Exotic Zumba and the Tantric Dance of Feminine Power. One teacher even hosted a successful weekly pole dancing class. But Garsons inner child was still hungry. She wanted to offer people more than just dance, said Efrosini Effy Polizogopulos a teacher at the Goddess Store. Carmen built a community where people could also grow spiritually and artistically, too. Adding things like yoga, meditation, Tai Chi, African and Middle Eastern drumming to its palette, the Goddess Store soon became a Hollywood safe haven for personal growth in body, mind and spirit. The studio also offers monthly art exhibits, open houses and poetry readings, along with workshops on everything from healing techniques to reading tarot. Balancing chakras is certainly more fun that balancing a corporate budget, she said. Living my dream and helping others live theirs its actually hard to call this work. For more information, visit www. BY ANTHONY STISO | CONTRIBUTOR From finance to fine dance HOLLYWOOD STARS Hollywood entrepreneur follows her dreamCarmen Garson, owner of the Goddess StoreSTAFF PHOTO BY JACK SIRIANI Enjoying themselves at the Gator Glam/Role Models event is left to right Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Board Vice Co-Chair Oscar Llorente, Donna Lottes and Gerard Nadeau.The recent Role Models and Gator Glam event held at Sawgrass Mills raised nearly $15,000 for the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. Sawgrass Mills signature Role Models event celebrated the malls 20th anniversary, while raising funds for A Child Is Missing, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Cooperative Feeding Program/ LifeNet4Families, Hospice Care of Southeast Florida, No More Tears and other foundations. The fundraiser honored seven prominent community leaders: Andrew Cagnetta; G. Patricia Cantwell, M.D.; Laura Finley, Ph.D.; Sherry Friedlander; Neil Goldberg; Jen Klaassens; and George Platt. Shown from left to right at the Gator Glam/Role Models Fundraiser is Jennifer Boykin, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Board Member Misty Weinger, Lee Weinger and Lawrence Squarini. HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM11


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Barker Animation Art Gallery announced the Grand Opening of their newest location at 1270 Seabiscuit Trail in The Village at Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach. In commemoration, a free three-day celebration will take place on Friday, Nov. 5 through Sunday, Nov. 7. Barker Animation will welcome acclaimed Disney fine artist Tim Rogerson during all three days of the Grand Opening celebration. Each day between noon and 8 p.m., Rogerson will dedicate and hand-embellish artwork purchased during the event, and on Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m., Disney will be brought to Hallandale Beach as Rogerson paints live at the gallery in front of an audience of his fans. In addition, Rogerson will premiere four amazing new editions at the gallery the Mousing Around Series and Barker Animations exclusive new release, A Magical Moment. Rogerson had the honor of being named the Official Artist of the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he took the art world by storm with his dynamic style and bold use of color. In 2009 Rogerson was named the Official Artist for Disneys first D23 Expo, where he created his most ambitious work, In the Company of Legends. He has also been named the Official Artist for EPCOTs 2009 and 2010 International Food and Wine Festivals. With the opening of their second location, Barker Animation Art Gallery will be the largest animation art and fine art gallery in the world. At The Village at Gulfstream Park, Barker Animation will feature favorite characters from Disney, HannaBarbera, Warner Bros, PEANUTS, Dr. Seuss and more, all colorfully depicted in artwork and collectibles in every price range. Modern works from Charles Fazzino, Tom Everhart, Todd Warner and David Willardson will also dazzle and delight. For a preview, visit the Barker Animation online gallery at www. Barker Animation Art Gallery celebrates Grand Opening of their newest gallery with acclaimed Disney fine artist ADVERTORIAL HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM15


Shondelle Solomon-Miles, owner of Synergize! Weight Loss Studio in Hollywood, is challenging the women of South Florida to reclaim their bodies and help raise money for FLIPANY, a nonprofit organization that provides physical activity and nutrition programs where youth, adolescent and adult participants learn about the importance of their health and how to make healthier lifestyle choices. The popularity of shows like The Biggest Loser has spawned numerous fitness contests in cities across America, and now one has come to Hollywood for a good cause. Solomon-Miles is accepting up to 25 local women into her Holiday Survival Fitness Challenge, which consists of exercising for 45 minutes per day for five weeks with instruction, support and small-group personal training from her team of fitness experts. The challenge begins Nov. 15, and Synergize! will donate 10 percent of all proceeds collected from the challenge to FLIPANY. In addition, Synergize! will choose one participant at the end of the contest for the award of Best Transformation, which comes with a $300 grand prize. This is a way for us to give back to the community, SolomonMiles said. Not only can we help a lot of women get their bodies back during a time of year when the average American gains five to 10 pounds, but we can also raise money for a worthy local cause. Its a win-win any way you look at it. Solomon-Miles and her team have created a very structured system for this challenge. Each participant is given a thorough fitness assessment, a group nutritional coaching session, 15 small-group personal training sessions, weekly weigh-ins and accountability check-ins, unlimited access to her team for questions and unlimited access to the cardiovascular equipment at her facility. At the end of the five weeks, all participants will be assessed again and a winner will be chosen. Some of the busiest women in South Florida, including mothers of small children and high-powered professionals, are my clients, Solomon-Miles said. They all exercise with us on a near-daily basis, despite the demands on their time. Any woman who is committed to having her best body, and literally changing her life in the process, can find two hours a week for five weeks, especially when the benefits are this dramatic. Our goal is to give South Florida women the kick start, support and instruction they need to foster the fitness habit. For more information on the Synergize! Holiday Survival Fitness Challenge, visit www. 954-899-0320 Holiday Survival Fitness Challenge benefits women, supports local charity HEALTH 16 NOVEMBER 2010


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One of my favorite things about New York is that you can find a good deli on every other block, and when I find a new one here in Hollywood, I give thanks. This months review is of the new kid on the block in Downtown Hollywood off of Harrison Street, called Cohen & Russo. When I heard the name I thought it was a law firm. But the only crime found at this Italian/Jewish hybrid of a deli is that their Pastrami is so addictive it should be against the law! Let me tell you about the owners. Cohen is always out looking for new customers (tell him I sent you) and purchasing products. Of course, he also prepares specials daily. Russo cooks his daily specials early in the morning in the restaurant. Together, their cultural recipes and specials combine to create a menu filled with enough delicacies to satisfy the discerning taste buds of any homesick New Yorker or Sicilian. For starters, the six of us were greeted with warm smiles and bowls of Matzo Ball Soup (what a great way to start this review). The Matzo Ball was as big as a baseball and the Chicken Soup was loaded with flavor. There was enough soup left to share with four more people. Then the overstuffed sandwiches arrived at our table from the Jewish side of the menu. When the Corned Beef, Pastrami, Turkey Pastrami and traditional Knishes appeared, we couldnt help but to get a little verklempt. Who doesnt get choked up at the sight of a hot Pastrami on Rye? The drink of choice was Dr. Browns Black Cherry and Cream Soda, popular in two places in the country: South Florida and of course New York. The other side of the menu is Italian. A Hoagie (oversized sub) was loaded down with Roast Beef and smothered with seasoned onions and peppers. We had to make room for the pasta special of the day, Baked Ziti, which was tasty and cooked to perfection. The homemade pasta sauce was a little on the sweet side, indicating that Russo uses only the ripest, freshest tomatoes. Now thats Italian! Extra hungry? Ask for the Big Red Special ($5.95). Three hot dogs on a sub with mustard, sauerkraut and onions will certainly fill you up. The Chicago-style Italian Roast Beef packed with flavor ($8.95) is big enough to share or try the classic Steak and Cheese Sub. At Cohen & Russo Deli all you have to do is flip a coin (one side Italian, the other side Jewish). Either side, you win if youre in the mood for a quick bite or nosh on Harrison Street. Cohen & Russo is totally handson management, and Tom Russo is approachable and interested in your suggestions and recipes. The price points are more than competitive, and the portions are large enough to share or take home for later. And dont forget folks, the first two hours of parking are FREE in the Citys parking garage. Have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Heres to good food, good times and good friends. Sun. Thurs. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 2028 Harrison St. Downtown Hollywood954-924-3333 Stuffed Pastrami Sandwich on Rye. Marty Foyer with Tommy Russo. Jewish or Italian, Cohen & Russo offers the best of both menusDINING ADVENTURESBY | HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM19


WEDS. & THURS. PRICE POOL day A taste of the Caribbean, located at 1908 Hollywood Blvd. Featuring gourmet dishes A taste of the Caribbean, located at 1908 Hollywood Blvd. Featuring gourmet dishes Please visit website For menu and scheduled events @ or call 954 924 1844 2033 Harrison Street. Downtown Hollywood, FL 33020 Ph. 954-3918504 KIDS EAT FREE EVERYDAY FROM 3 PM TO 6 PM** GRAND OPENING PRICES $9.99 30 years experience The second annual Hollywood Hills Civic Association Yard Sale will take place at the David Park Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Anyone wanting to sell items can rent a 10x10 space for $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. There are 30 spaces available for rent, with a few spaces available inside for a slightly higher cost, and they are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis. This is one way to bring together community spirit, said Susan Farinhas, a Hollywood Hills Civic Association board member. The residents of Hollywood (not limited to only residents of Hollywood) have a venue to make some money for the upcoming holidays while cleaning out their treasures in a convenient, wellpublicized location which should bring in a lot of buyers. The David Park Community Center is located at 108 N. 33rd Court next to the Fire Station on Hollywood Boulevard and across the street from Offerdahls and the Wachovia Bank Building. For more information, contact Mel Pollak at 954-966-4410 or Susan Farinhas at 954-963-9831. Hollywood Hills Civic Association to host a community yard sale Saturday, Nov. 13 20 NOVEMBER 2010 EXPERIENCE DOWNTOWN HOLLYWOOD MENTION THIS AD FOR A FREE UPGRADE!


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The Washington Park Homeowners Association, Inc. will hold its 11th annual Community Thanksgiving Harvest Feast on Tuesday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington Park Community Center, located at 5199 Pembroke Road. Nadine McCrea, president of the Washington Park Homeowners Association who organizes the feast, said she hopes the feast will unite the residents and community leaders for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Harvest is a great place to be with friends, family, local business owners, officials and community leaders, drawn together by a delicious down-home cooked meal to serve others, she said. For the second year in a row, about 40 students from Johnson & Wales Universitys Experiential Education Program will volunteer their time to create the table centerpieces, organize Thanksgiving activities for about 85 children, serve the meals and drinks and assist throughout the event. We are always happy when Thanksgiving is approaching because this wonderful holiday affords us the opportunity to service those in need and partner with our local community leaders and organizations to serve others, McCrea said. The feast will consist of turkey, ham, collard greens, string beans, mashed potatoes, dressing, mac and cheese, cranberry sauce and a variety of cakes and pies. The Thanksgiving event is free and open to everyone. Last year, the Washington Park Homeowners Association served more than 900 people, and this year McCrea expects more than 1,000. For more information or to donate, contact Nadine McCrea at 954-9870625 or nadinemccrea@bellsouth. net. To register to volunteer, contact Rosena Francois, volunteer coordinator of the City of Hollywood, at 954-921-3020 or Eleventh annual Community Harvest set for Nov. 16 More than 900 people attended last years Thanksgiving Harvest Feast and more than 1,000 are expected this year. Police Chief Chad Wagner and City Manager Cameron Benson attended last years event. Photos courtesy of Leslie Brown of Christs Kingdom Life Center International, 5431 Mayo St. EVENTS HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM23


EVENTS More than 35 volunteers, donors and partners of the Broward Outreach Center (BOC) in Hollywood came together for a Very Important Partner Luncheon in which the Center recognized volunteers whose outstanding work made a huge difference in the outcome of Broward Outreach Centers events and the lives of those formerly homeless. The Broward Outreach Center provides food, shelter, clothing, education, job training, spiritual direction and long-term rehabilitation programs in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano to nearly 1,000 homeless. For more information, visit www. Senior Community Development Associate Nina Corbe, Community Development Associate for Hollywood Campus Christie Price, Mrs. Quershi of Friends of Humanity International and Development Operations Manager Franchine Daley. Volunteer Award Recipient Robin Battaglia. Volunteer Coordinator for Hollywood Campus Nicole Harris, Volunteer Award Recipient Rose Williams and Community Development Associate for Hollywood Campus Christie Price.Broward Outreach Center awards volunteers, celebrates community leaders BOCs annual gala and masquerade ball on Oct. 23 at the Westin Diplomat attracted ghosts, ghouls and Hollywoods greatest community leaders.PHOTOS BY SUZI HOWELL 24 NOVEMBER 2010


HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM25 Dear Pink Realtor, Last year, the assessed value of my house was almost double what houses on my street were selling for. My taxes went up, even though the market was way down. This year, my property taxes actually went down as prices are more stable, which was a welcome relief. But this has me wondering, will we get another break in 2011? D`How do they come up with the Assessed Value anyway and how often do they update the figure? Sincerely, Stressed about being assessed Dear Stressed, It has taken a while for the Broward County Property Appraiser (and every other property appraiser, by the way) to catch up the assessed value to current market conditions. Historically, the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) held that foreclosures should not be used as comparable sales for assessment purposes. Until very recently, property appraisers would only qualify a foreclosure sale if the property was listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) open market listings and the property was in normal to good physical condition, which was rare. Tax Year 2009 was the first time in which DOR allowed foreclosure sales to be qualified in determining assessments. Many real estate professionals believe, and the DOR agrees, those MLSlisted foreclosure sales qualify as arms length normal market condition sales under the current recessionary economic conditions and reflect market values. Todays market includes many foreclosed properties that are in excellent condition. If you purchase a property in a foreclosure, your actual purchase price may not reflect the market value used for determining your taxes. It may be higher or lower. Short sales are also newly being included using the same criteria as for foreclosures. Regardless of the purchase price, assessments in Florida are done a year in arrears. This means your 2009 assessment was based on the sales in your neighborhood (excluding nonarms length transactions and other disqualified transfers) between Jan. 2, 2008 and Jan. 1, 2009. Any change in sale prices between Jan. 2, 2009 Jan. 1, 2010 is reflected on your 2010 assessment. Any drop in value after Jan. 1, 2010, will be reflected in your 2011 assessment. Dear Pink Realtor, The price of a house in Hollywood is finally within reach for me and my family. We are excited to be buying our first home but are also a little unsure about what kind of houses to consider. Everyone is talking about getting good deals on short sales and foreclosed houses. We think they are the same thing, but dont know if one is a better deal. Sincerely, Wondering: to short or not to short? Dear Short, A short sale is a sale of an asset (in this case a house) in which the sale proceeds fall short of the balance owed. In real estate, this usually occurs when a borrower cannot pay the mortgage loan on their property, but the lender decides that selling the property at a loss is a better bet than getting it from the borrower or foreclosing. Both parties consent to the short sale process because it allows them to avoid foreclosure, which involves hefty fees for the bank and poorer credit report outcomes for the borrowers. This agreement, however, does not necessarily release the borrower from the obligation to pay the remaining balance of the loan, known as the deficiency. Short sales are different from foreclosures in that a foreclosure is forced by a lender, whereas both lender and borrower consent to a short sale. However, this consent may change at any time, and negotiations may be ongoing between the lender and borrower even while the short sale is on the market. The borrower may decide to remain and refinance their house or decide not to cooperate and force the bank to foreclose. The bank may back out as well if they decide to stick with the current borrower or if they disapprove of the sale price. Any short sale contract includes a contingency where the bank must approve the sale. The bottom line: a short sale is you (or probably your real estate agent) negotiating with the bank on a property they hold the mortgage on; a foreclosure sale is you buying a property from the bank directly which they have already taken back from a borrower. Short sales can frequently take six to nine months or more to close and sometimes considerably longer. There is no guarantee a short sale will ever close. In the meantime (during negotiations), the earnest money deposit is tied up preventing the buyer from looking elsewhere. Short sale negotiations can go on and on only for the seller or the bank to back out at the last moment. This happens a lot. If a buyer has plenty of time to wait and wants a specific home, a short sale might be a good option. Foreclosures, on the other hand, move very quickly in most cases. To make an offer on a foreclosed home, the buyer needs to have written approval for a loan or proof of cash funds to close and be prepared to write an offer immediately when the right home comes on to the market. Some of the best foreclosure deals are on and off the market in 10 days or fewer. Many banks have actually had to make rules that a foreclosed property must be on the market five days before offers are reviewed just to make the process fairer. For some buyers and most sellers, short sales can be a solution to a sticky situation. There are cases in which a short sale is a miracle solution. In my opinion, for most buyers short sales are far more trouble than they are worth because of the great deals out there ready to go with no hassle. In my experience, a foreclosed house will normally sell for less than a similar short sale. As with any home purchase, I recommend educating yourself about the market. Speak with a few qualified realtors and ask them what services they will provide to you. Ask for references and check them. When making an offer on a property, particularly a foreclosed house that may have been sitting for a long period, get a home inspection from a qualified inspector. Buying your first home can be a rewarding experience. The more you understand about what you are doing, the more comfortable you will be with the process. LeCavalier has an extensive background in land development, construction, mortgage banking, and real estate sales, marketing and management with more than 15 years experience in the industry. She is known as the Pink Realtor around South Florida where she and her team cheerfully serve the real estate needs of many clients. In addition, LeCavalier serves as Fund Manager for SISCO Limited Partners, a private equity fund that rehabilitates foreclosed properties and rents them via affordable housing programs in Broward County, and she is a licensed Real Estate Agent and an Accredited Residential Manager (IREM, ARM). For more information, visit REAL ESTATEBY ROCHELLE LE CAVALIER Ask the Pink RealtorHollywood Real Estate Q&A Mortgage Troubles?You may have done everything right, but in todays housing market, its becoming more common for themselves with an unaffordable mortgage. If you or someone you know is facing foreclosure and doesnt know what to do, know that there are better options and very strong reasons to pursue them. Through the new Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program, or HAFA, you may be eligible for a $3,000 incentive to avoid foreclosure by pursuing a SHORT SALE or deed-in-lieu, two digIve written a report that details foreclosure alternatives. 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Come out and join the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerces 27th Annual Golf Classic on November 19. The event begins at 10:00 a.m. with registration, and golfing begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start. Located at the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Hollywood, this years tournament promises to be a fun-filled day of great golf on one of South Floridas premier 18-hole championship golf courses. Hillcrests beautifully maintained TIF-Eagle greens, lush landscaping and pristine lakes will appeal to all discerning golfers! After the tournament, all guests are invited to attend the Chambers awards ceremony where tournament winners will be recognized. Dont forget the live and silent auction! Bid on one of the many fabulous mix of travel packages. How about authentically signed sports collectables by your favorite athletes? Our auction is guaranteed to satisfy any of your hobbies. Single player fees are $125 and $500 for a foursome. Get your company in front of the right players! Hole-in-tee sponsorships are also available for only $200! The event is being brought to you by the following sponsors: The cocktail party, awards ceremony, live auction and raffle are open to the public. Contact Sue Ann Scharon for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities and event details at 954-923-4000 or e-mail NEWS Friday, Nov. 5 Good Morning Hollywood Breakfast7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 Florida Business Journal Wednesday, Nov. 17 Friday, Nov. 19 REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS! Call the Chamber at 954-923-4000 to register for all your Chamber events or visit to R.S.V.P. online. Members of Class 35 were all hands-on during the kick-off event! (Left to right) GHCC Executive Director Anne Hotte, Public Information Officer for Broward County Kimberley Maroe, Florida State Senator Eleanor Sobel, Co-Chair of the City of Hollywoods Charter Review Committee Terry Cantrell and Justin Sayfie of Blosser & Sayfie were present at the Chambers Oct. 25 Ballot Update Luncheon to give the business community an overview the November ballot.Leadership Hollywood day chairs and alumni greeted the members of Leadership Hollywood Class 35 during a kickoff event held at Dave & Busters of Hollywood on Oct. 22.Past Chamber President Peter Hernandez couldnt resist playing his hand during the Chambers Poker Tournament event held on Oct. 14 at Mardi Gras Casino.Now on the Green The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Team!27th Annual Golf Classic Set for Nov. 19 It was all serious during the Chambers first Poker Tournament, which benefited the Leadership Hollywood Program. 26 NOVEMBER 2010


CHAMBER NEWSThe Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerces W.O.M.E.N. Committee, which is an acronym for Women Owners Managers Executive Network, is currently accepting nominations for the 2010 Hollywoods Woman of the Year Award. This years WOMEN Committee is co-chaired by Beth Kroll of Valley Bank and Tracey Herzog of Memorial Healthcare System. The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to introduce its new annual Hollywood Business Woman of the Year Award recognizing a woman who is making a mark on the Hollywood business community through her community involvement, career activities and influence. This extraordinary woman is also a woman of character with strong values, moral and ethics along with compassion and humility. The Chamber is filled with women just like that Please take the time to nominate them. NOMINATION GUIDELINES: no later than November 19, 2010 can be emailed to information@ or faxed to 954-923-8737 Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 330 North Federal Highway Hollywood, FL 33020 1. Nominator name, address, e-mail address and phone number 2. Nominee name, address, e-mail address and phone number 3. Nominees most noted accomplishment and community involvement Self-nominations and nominations from friends, family and colleagues are all welcome. The award is sponsored by HEICO Corporation, and the winner will be recognized on December 14th during a luncheon, which will be located at the Hollywood Beach Marriott (2501 N. Ocean Drive) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:0 p.m. The luncheon registration is $30 for members and $40 for future members. To submit your nominations, please visit www.hollywoodchamber. org. For more information, please call Leslie Phillips at 954.923.4000 or e-mail information@ 2010 Hollywood Woman of the Year Is . Why join our Chamber? It is not just any Chamber; it is THE Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce! We have established quite a reputation as being the most dynamic Chamber in South Florida, and that is only because of the leadership and energy beaming from our members. The Chamber offers a number of events each month that are certain to meet your needs. From Breakfast with the City Manager to Business After Hours at the Hard Rock to a poker tournament at the Mardi-Gras. How about our Golf Tournament at Hillcrest and educational trainings by the South Florida Business Journal? There has to be something that will help YOU network and connect with future clients! We also pride ourselves in being the FIRST Chamber in South Florida to offer the FREE MyChamberApp to all our members. Talk about investing in technology. The Chamber is doing that for YOU so you do not have to spend the money yourself, and our website is currently being rebuilt and will feature a user-friendly format that will guarantee you even more exposure. We already get around 108,000 hits a month on the site and are planning on doubling that number thanks to our search optimization investment. Why? Because we want to offer our members all the tools to succeed. Also keep in mind that your Hollywood Chamber is collaborating with all the different business associations in Hollywood to make sure we can all understand each others priorities and support each other. Hollywood is open for Business and our Chamber is making sure you get a piece of it. For more information, visit www. or call Amber at 9654-923-400, ext. 16. Yours truly,Executive Director Greater Hollywood Chamber of CommerceA Note From the Desk of the Executive Director HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM27






As business owners, its easy to get distracted and off course from our business strategy and start doing things we shouldnt. Why does this happen? Running a successful business day in and day out is about implementing the heck out of a simple strategy and relentless execution of the same key priorities over and over again. To the ambitious business entrepreneur, this can often feel boring and monotonous. What typically happens as a result is new strategies get developed instead of implementing the ones we already have. New projects get created instead of finishing the ones in the works. This usually leads to lackluster results and a frustrated team which turns into thinking another new plan is needed, a new tagline, new packaging NEW SOMETHING. Over time the organization is multitasking like crazy yet ignoring the one thing that made the business successful in the first place. THE CORE (i.e. what you live on). Instead of focusing on making sure the business core is strong and relevant, everyone is working on all the things around it. Its similar to making beautiful frosting for a cake that is crumbling. We think the frosting makes up for the fact that we dont have a solid, delicious cake underneath. Worse yet, sometimes we dont even see the crumbling cake because we are mesmerized by our own frosting. It all boils down to this: It takes relentless focus and discipline to run a business day in and day out rather than constantly starting new projects and ventures. It takes a mindset willing to drown out all the noise and temptations coming our way to keep working the simple, some might even say boring, strategy. Here are five simple ways to get your focus back: 1) Identify your core product or service. This is your bread and butter. What you are known for. What you live on. Why your customers choose you. 2) Create a simple strategy based around your core offering and stick to it. This strategy is as simple as answering two questions: How will you make money? How will you stay ahead of the competition? 3) Develop something proprietary in your offering. Something that cant be easily copied by your competition. 4) Evaluate your core and make sure it is in sync with the marketplace. Reinvent it; fill in where there are gaps. Make sure your customers love it. 5) Communicate your strategy every opportunity you get! Every day, in every meeting, every time your team gets together. Everyone in your organization should be so sick of hearing it that they dont think they can stand it anymore. This means they are just starting to get it!!! Its the simple stuff executed each day that make all the difference. You know this already, but the question is do you have the focus and discipline to do it? BONUS: First 10 e-mails or comments to my blog about this article will receive a FREE copy of the newly launched book The Greatness Zone by Jay Forte. E-mail: Blog: http:// Wendy Lieber is the president of Athena Marketing, a trusted marketing adviser and resource to companies interested in the growth and success of their businesses. SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Five ways to get your business focus back SafecareMedical Center Richard J. Wilbur, M.D.Board Certified in Internal Medicine 30 NOVEMBER 2010


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I pull up in my parking space and see that my entrance way to the door is blocked by sprays of water going everywhere. The sprinklers on either side of the walk way have been damaged for quite some time, and I think, All this money I am paying for maintenance fees and they havent fixed this yet! I have on a white, raw-silk jacket. I feel like I am catching a cold, and I now have to run through this shower then stand getting drenched as I unlock my door to get in my house! AAARG! As I open my door and turn on the lights, I feel so grateful and blessed that I almost cry. Why? Because strangely my mind goes back to my family reunion where we visited an exhibit called Obediahs Homestead in Georgia. Obediah Barber built the home in 1870. It was restored and is now a tourist attraction. Unlike other tourist attractions, this place has no guard rails or other restrictions, and we walked a long boardwalk through the swamp to get to the property. I felt like we had just walked back in time into someones yard. It was 91 degrees. My bottled water was finished and to buy more, I would have had to walk across the long boardwalk back through the swamp. The bottled water seemed out of its element anyway, so I threw it away right before we got to the house. My cotton brown top, plain skirt and flat sandals seemed to fit right in with the time period. I walked up to the house holding on to the wood railing on either side of the porch as I went up the steps. I sat in the wood rocking chair on the porch which squeaked as I rocked; something that would have annoyed me if I had been home. But somehow, that squeak was soothing. I laid back comfortably and looked over at the well in the front yard and imagined myself drawing the rope up with the bucket full my only source for water. My cousins Julius and Horace came up and were very excited to share with me what they know about the place. They grew up in Georgia in a log cabin very much like this one. Horace who is quite an educated man yet still has that southern drawl said with a big smile, Come on en, and let me show ya how it wuz! I walked with him across the porch as deep-toned clump sounds came from the wood floor with each foot step. We walked inside. I sat on a bed made with wood and rope on a lumpy mattress made of straw. It was hot in there. It was kind of dark with the dark brown wood walls and floors and small windows, but there were no lights to turn on because there was no electricity here then. From the bed, I looked over and saw an old sewing machine in the far corner, and I saw a quilt hanging over a chair by the fireplace. I remembered my Mom telling me how when she was growing up, the women in the town would get together, sit on the porch, talk and knit quilts. I sat and allowed myself to get present to the experience of living in this house every day. The lanterns on the table really could not provide as much light as I would require out in these woods, especially at night! Horace showed me to the bedroom upstairs where it was even hotter. How could anyone sleep in this heat!? I asked. He said that many nights they had to sleep outside because it was too hot in the house. He said he really liked looking up at the stars though. He showed me the bathroom which was a very small room with a large vessel bowl. There was also a pot with a top. There was no running water. The pot was what they used during the night, so they would not have to go in pitch darkness to the outhouse. There is a common old term Ive heard my Mom use: He aint even got a pot to piss in. This meant someone was broke. I understand that term better now. We walked out of the house to the kitchen which was separate from the house as you surely did not want the heat from the stove in the house. You also didnt want the house to burn if the kitchen caught fire. There was no refrigerator. There was an ice box. You could go into the city, get blocks of ice and put it in the box to keep food cool, but for many families, ice was a luxury. I looked around at the cast-iron pots and pans, the iron, wood-burning stove and the jars of preserves. Horace told us how the boys were responsible for making sure they always had enough wood for the stove. I stood at the wood table in the middle of the kitchen and imagined what it must have been like to have to catch, kill, boil and pluck feathers then cook just to have chicken for supper, and all in this amazing heat! We walked out to the furnace shed where cane syrup was made. He showed me how they cut and put the sugar cane in a large stone vat and boiled it, stirring carefully with a long contraption with a strainer on the end. He told me how the temperature had to be just right (or had da be jush rite with his country accent). I watched him as he showed me every step of the process with so much excitement to share what he knew. He told me how granddaddy used to skim the residue from the top of the vat, put it in fruit jars, ferment it and make Hooch. Granddaddy and his friends would save it, and at times they would go into the woods to their private spot and then come back a few hours later walking sideways. He shared with me about the potato house, the chicken coop, the smoke house, the pecan tree, making candles of bees wax and so much more. So, I am standing at my door, cold and soaking wet. I open the door and turn on the lights. I feel so grateful and blessed that I almost cry. I just flip a switch and the house is beaming with light. I dont have to find candles or lanterns. I go into the kitchen and turn on the faucet and watch the water run through my fingers. I dont have to go out and get it from a well. I open the refrigerator and get an ice-cold glass of tea. I look into the glass as the ice cracks and begins to melt. I look at the condensation build on the outside of the glass and watch a water drop slowly slide down and settle on my thumb. Ice is not a luxury here. I heat up some chicken that I bought already cooked from Pollo Tropical. I dont have to catch, kill and pluck it just to have chicken for dinner. When night falls, I lay on my Tempur-Pedic mattress. I dont have to try to adjust the lumps on a coarse straw mattress. I will notify maintenance about the sprinklers and still all is well. The air conditioner is on and the house is cool. I dont have to sleep outside. Although I do like looking up at the stars. Sandra is a local South Florida resident and jazz singer who can be heard each Sunday morning at the Unity Church of Hollywood.I am so gratefulTHANKSGIVING ESSAY BY SANDRA DEAL HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM33


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