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White Ice DECEMBER 4, 2010Hollywood Beach Broadwalk Parade ~ 7:00 p.m. For more information call 954.921.3404 Convenient Stops Downtown $1 each trip. Parks, Recreation and Cultural ArtsPresents H O L L Y W O O D T R O L L E Y H O L L Y W O O D T R O L L E Y H O L L Y W O O D T R O L L E Y H O L L Y W O O D T R O L L E Y Presented by Parks Recreation & Cultural Arts, Sponsored by Hollywood CRA, Beach District 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


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For her son Jakes first birthday, Candace Sheitelman asked friends and family to bring a toy for a child at Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital rather than a present for Jake. What started out as a simple request four years ago has now catapulted to one of the largest toy donations the hospital receives annually. Last year, Team Up for Toys collected 761 toys solely from word of mouth, and this year, Sheitelman hopes to collect at least 1,000 toys for the children at Joe DiMaggios. This project has been so awesome, said Sheitelman, who owns her own marketing business and organizes the Team Up for Toys drive in her free time. I dont think I ever really thought it would be this big. In addition to collecting new, unwrapped toys, Team Up for Toys expanded its efforts this year to include cash donations and sponsorships to support programs and purchase muchneeded equipment and supplies for Joe DiMaggios Child Life Department. This area of the hospital provides emotional and developmental support to children and their families to help minimize stress and anxiety during their healthcare experience, according to the hospitals website. Child Life works with physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians and others to provide a full continuum of care for pediatric patients, from interactive activities and craft projects to operating a closed-circuit television station with age-appropriate programming. Sheitelman said the donations collected in the Team Up for Toys drive are given to patients during the holiday season, for birthdays and other special occasions. She said they have already received $3,000 in cash donations as well as toy donations from Walmart and Hasbro. There will also be a Girls Night Out event on Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Hair Cut Hangout, located at 118 S. 20th Ave., to benefit the toy drive. Anyone can attend for the cost of one unwrapped toy. I think that people want to do good, and if you give them a chance to do it, theyre going to respond, Sheitelman said. The satisfaction of seeing people motivated to act motivates me to do this. And the important thing to remember is that when a lot of people do a little bit, big things happen. For more information or to donate, visit or contact Ocean Inn owners Emilio Benitez and Scott Rivelli will host their fourth annual Holiday Toy Drive on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. The night will include complimentary hors doeuvres, holidaythemed drinks and live entertainment, and all toy or cash donations will benefit ChildNet, a not-for-profit organization that protects abused, abandoned and neglected children and helps place them with temporary and permanent families. The annual toy drive started when Benitez, a ChildNet worker, heard about two young children getting ripped from their home on Christmas Eve because of domestic violence and placed in the care of ChildNet. Because they would wake up on Christmas morning without presents, Benitez donated gifts to the children. The predicament these kids are in is not their faults, Rivelli said. ChildNet can only do so much with their funds, so they depend on donations from the community to get kids things like gifts. Over the years, the drive has raised thousands of dollars in donations, with $1,400 raised last year alone. Rivelli said the night is a fun, wholesome event for the community, and he encourages the public to attend. Local restaurants, such as Sushi Blues and Char-Hut, will contribute food and drinks, and Rivelli said other restaurants are invited to participate as well. Students from South Broward High School are also getting involved and promoting the event. Students Shanice Perez and Paulo Alvarado helped create a flier in their Multimedia Design Technology Program to raise awareness about the event. The night is all about coming out and having a good time, meeting your neighbors and supporting a good cause, Rivelli said. For more information, call 954-9230313. Anyone not able to attend the event can drop off donations anytime at the Ocean Inn, located at 3405 N. Ocean Drive. Hair Industry Salon: 2000 Harrison St. Synergize!: 1200 N. Federal Highway Temple Beth Els David Posnack Preschool: 1351 S. 14th Ave. Rotary Park Concession Stand: 3150 Taft St. Checks can be made to Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital Foundation and sent to: Candace Sheitelman/ Team Up for Toys: 1065 Papaya St., Hollywood, FL 33019. Friday, Dec. 10 6 to 9 p.m. 3405 N. Ocean Drive. David W. Singer & Associates, P.A. will accept toy donations through Dec. 10 at their office, located at 1011 S. Federal Highway, to benefit Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital. For more information, call 954-9201571. The Liberia Economic and Social Development is seeking used toys and bikes for disadvantaged children in Hollywood. They will accept bicycles with flat tires. Call 954-394-0998 for pickup. Hollywood toy drives benefit the communityBY BRETT DALY | ASSOCIATE EDITOR What started out as a simple request four years ago has now catapulted to one of the largest toy donations Joe DiMaggio Childrens Hospital receives annually. HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM7 PHOTO BY COURTNEY ORTIZ WWW.COURTNEYORTIZ.COM


In 2009 the City of Hollywood had 5,882 traffic crashes, nine of which were fatal, and Hollywood Police Department officers made 175 DUI arrests and issued 29,910 traffic citations. In an attempt to help combat these statistics, the Hollywood Police Departments School Resource Officer Program makes presentations at local schools to educate youth about the importance of safe driving. Started in 1986 under the supervision of former Police Chief Mike Ignasiak as a way to reduce the likelihood of criminal activity occurring on school grounds, the School Resource Officer Program now also educates students on topics such as drug awareness and avoidance, bullying, Internet safety, gang reductions training and reckless driving. The program, which currently operates in seven middle and high schools, also lends support to all Hollywood public schools, and is a cooperative effort between the Hollywood Police Department and the School Board of Broward County, according to a Hollywood Police Department report. In addition, the School Resource Officer Program uses seven sworn uniformed police officers whose sole duty assignments are confined to their designated schools, nearby elementary schools and their adjacent grounds. These officers work in conjunction with the central school administration, the individual school principals and school staffs, the report stated. If we can reach out and the officers can affect a young persons decision making in regards to things like drinking and driving and gang violence before they get to the level where theyre confronted with it then hopefully we can help them make the right decisions when it comes up, said Lieutenant Manny Marino of the Public Affairs Unit of the HPD. This program is really educational, especially at the younger ages. The School Resource Officers also partner with other organizations committed to educating youth about the dangers of drinking and driving and reckless driving organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) and officers from the Hollywood Police Department travel to both public and private schools outside the School Resource Officer Program to inform students about these issues. During a recent presentation at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, officers from the Hollywood Police Departments Traffic Homicide Unit discussed the dangers of texting and driving, drinking and driving, and the consequences of irresponsible and reckless driving. The officers exposed students to real-life DUI and suspicious behavior traffic-stop videos as well as video interviews with the families of victims killed by drunk drivers or while texting and driving. Chaminade-Madonna students and faculty also participated in a demonstration using goggles that simulated impaired vision when under the influence of a mind-altering substance. The presentation was really informative, said senior Tina Rodriguez, whos also a member of the Students Against Drunk Driving (S.A.D.D.) club at Chaminade-Madonna. I dont think many of the kids knew how dangerous texting and driving is, which surprised me. Life is precious and anything as small as one text can change everything. The Hollywood Police Department said that texting and driving is increasingly becoming a driving hazard throughout the community, and that while Florida does not have a specific statute prohibiting it, a person texting while driving who creates a traffic hazard may be cited with careless driving. Another topic stressed at the presentation was that DUI arrests include more than drunk driving. Drugged impaired driving is also dangerous and illegal. Rodriguez said the goggles that stimulated impaired vision during their presentation were astonishing because many of the students couldnt even walk in a straight line, so she knew they definitely couldnt drive. In addition, she said S.A.D.D. plans to sponsor similar activities on campus to further educate students about reckless driving, and the club will soon start a campaign against texting and driving in which students will vow to stop the dangerous habit. Chaminade is a close-knit family, and we all love and care about each other, Rodriguez said. We all want to see each other grow up, so were going to try and get the message across through S.A.D.D. The effectiveness of the School Resource Officer Program earned the Hollywood Police Department recognition as a Model SRO Agency by the National Association of School Resource Officers in July 2007. Recipients of the Model SRO Program Award must have shown a willingness to be proactive in their training, be comprehensive in their policies, excel in their daily operations and must have brought recognition for the SRO program in their immediate area. We are very proud of the departments long-standing commitment to traffic enforcement, said Lieutenant Scott Pardon, Special Operations Section, in an e-mail. In 2009, the Hollywood Police Department was awarded first place in the Florida Law Enforcement Challenge for similar sized agencies as it relates to traffic enforcement, education and initiatives. For more information about the School Resource Officers, visit www. COMMUNITY NEWS School Resource Officer Program teaches students the importance of safe driving BY BRETT DALY | ASSOCIATE EDITOR WALK THIS WAY: Chaminade-Madonna sophomore Taylor Spitzer attempts to walk a straight line during a Hollywood Police Department demonstration using goggles that stimulate impaired vision when under the influence of a mind-altering substance.Photo Courtesy: Chaminade-Madonna 8 DECEMBER 2010


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Hollywood residents can take care of their financial needs at highly rated community banks where the customer and the community are top priorities. At a time when some of the nations too big to fail mega-banks have been bailed out of financial difficulties while smaller banks are left to fend for themselves, an interesting trend has emerged: More and more people are turning to community banks as part of the fast-growing Move Your Money campaign launched last year. In the first three months of this year alone, an estimated 2 million Americans abandoned their big banks. The nonprofit Move Your Money campaign, which encourages individuals and institutions to divest from Americas largest Wall Street banks and move to local financial institutions, poses the question, What if ordinary people shifted a fraction of their deposits to smaller banks? The project started from a discussion between nationally syndicated columnist and author Arianna Huffington and a few friends about how individuals could limit the power of the big banks and create a saner, more stable financial system. The solution: Move your money out of the too big to fail banks and into local banks that offer distinct advantages to the customer and the community in general. Community banks are typically more conservative about how they manage their money, closely connected to local people and businesses, more inclined to make loans they know will get paid back, and tend to have fewer fees and offer better returns for consumers. Four Hollywood banks that have received high ratings from Institutional Risk Analytics (IRA) are BankUnited, Community Bank of Broward, U.S. Century Bank and Valley Bank. BankUnited, which has more than 75 branch locations in 13 Florida counties, was established in May 2009 when a group of investors acquired the assets and most of the liabilities of the former BankUnited, FSB from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation with a $900 million investment. A privately held company with $11 billion in assets, BankUnited focuses on the financial needs of growing companies, consumers, and commercial and middle-market businesses in Floridas coastal regions. The bank, including the local branch at 4919 Sheridan St., offers a broad range of online services, treasury management tools for businesses, and traditional depository and lending products. Community Bank of Broward, which has a branch at 4600 Hollywood Blvd. and seven other locations in Broward, is a reincarnation of the former Family Bank of Hallandale, a longtime financial institution that prided itself on its family-oriented attitude a tradition that continues at Community Bank of Broward, where 64 of the 87 employees are former Family Bank employees. We call the employees family. When I speak to customers, I say, Welcome to the family, said Hollywood branch manager Heather Keir. Its a friendly environment. Its a great place to work and to bank. Community Bank, which provides a wide variety of standard traditional banking products enhanced by a high level of technology, is committed to giving back to the community through direct involvement in local charities, and all decisions are made locally. You call up and you get your banker, Keir stressed. We dont have an 800 number. U.S. Century Bank, a locally owned and managed community bank since October 2002, adheres to the same philosophy. We are a family-oriented bank, said Gerardo Mederos, manager of the Hollywood branch at 4350 Sheridan St. We basically know all of our customers by name. Theyre not a number. With 24 other branches in MiamiDade County, U.S. Century Bank is dedicated to serving the financial needs of South Floridas business and entrepreneurial community and has financed more than $1.5 billion in commercial loans to local businesses. In addition, bank officers are all local, and managers are encouraged to give back to the community through involvement in local schools and nonprofit organizations, Mederos said. And deposits are being reinvested into the local market, so therefore it benefits the community, he added. Valley Bank, which was founded in 1993 in Iowa by a group of local bankers and business professionals and expanded into Illinois and Arizona, was chartered in Florida in 2004 and offers five branches in Broward, including a Hollywood location at 3309 Sheridan St. Valley Bank management attributes its steady growth to its founders commitment to service with speed, focus on customers individual needs and the hometown philosophy of employees at each location. While Valley Bank is competitive with the mega-banks in terms of products, services and technology, the local emphasis in decision making, community involvement, and building and maintaining customer relationships is what sets Valley apart from the larger financial institutions, said risk management officer Beth Kroll, who also oversees business development and is past president of the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Community banks typically cater to the small-business owner. Community banks understand the local economy, and they deliver relationshipbuilding, Kroll said. Its more evident in these economic times than it ever has been. COMMUNITY NEWS Banking like a local: how community banks benefit the local economy BY CARON CONWAY LEAD CORRESPONDENT Community banks understand the local economy, and they deliver relationship-building. Its more evident in these economic times than it ever has been. BETH KROLL, RIS K MANAGE M ENT OFFICER VALLEY BAN K 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 954-687-0099Then Press 1MC-647319Comment on this story online at 10 DECEMBER 2010


4x4 UP TO 20x20EVERYTHING MUST GO! TILES FROM 40 HALF MILLION SQ. FT. OF TILE MUST GO Students at McNicol Middle School took learning to the next level last month by participating in a class project in which they designed, built and later raced handmade model sailboats. Pre-engineering students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades formed teams of three or four and spent three weeks creating their sailboats out of specified materials. While the sixth-graders could make their boats out of anything, seventhgraders had to create their sailboats out of cardboard and eighth-graders out of Popsicle sticks, keeping in mind the science of buoyancy, displacement, air pressure and Bernoullis Principle they learned in class. Once built, the teams in each grade level raced their boats against each other. In my 11 years of teaching here at McNicol, Ive never seen the students so excited about a project, said Lara Coronel, one of three engineering teachers who organized the project. The students had a great time, and they didnt even realize they were learning. Besides earning a good grade, students had extra incentive to create a topnotch sailboat. The winning team from each grade level won a Saturday excursion on a 40-foot sailboat with Captain John Colonna. I was like Go, Go, Go, said Jasalyn Rodriguez, a seventh-grade student. I was screaming and crying when we won. For Arianna AriasReeves, seeing her teams boat win was the best part of the project because everyone was so excited, she said. The seventh-grader has never been on a boat before and said she is excited but a little scared. Teammate Jennifer Lynn Doctor said they put in a lot of hard work creating their sailboat out of cardboard and said she had a lot of fun. And Kory Johnson said the race was great and he really enjoys Ms. Coronels class. It was a great time to race against the other classes and my friends, he said. Coronel, who built an 8-inch-deep, 20-by-6-foot tank out of wooden stakes, plastic tarp, rocks and duct tape so her students could race their boats, said the project was a lot of work but definitely worth the effort. It was a great way to teach science, she said. The students, the teachers and the administration are great here. I think in a year or two, people are going to be banging down our doors to get in here. Stand back and watch what we do. For more information about McNicol Middle School, visit www. mcnicol McNicol Middle School students race handmade sailboats for a day on a real one BY BRETT DALY | ASSOCIATE EDITORSTUDENT NEWS Theron Anches, third from the left, races his and teammates Divyne Adderson, Daniel Moonsie and Antoine Joness boat and won the sixth-grade race. Jasalyn Rodriguez, Jennifer Lynn Doctor, Arianna Arias-Reeves, Kory Johnson built the seventh-grade winning sailboat. HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM11


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One of Downtown Hollywoods most popular restaurants will host a good time for a good cause at the 2nd Annual Lolapalooza, a charity food and music festival set for Dec. 12 outside the award-winning Lolas on Harrison. Lolapalooza will feature unique dishes and libations, dancing in the street and live performances by the Atlantis Party Band and the Dartmouth College Dodecaphonics, all to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Harrison Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during the event, which will spotlight the creative culinary talents of acclaimed Chef Michael Wagner, the owner of Lolas on Harrison. Close to 500 guests are expected to turn out for the festivities. Last years event drew more than 250 people and raised $1,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For Wagner, Lolapalooza represents an opportunity to not only assist a worthwhile charity but also celebrate with loyal customers the success of Lolas on Harrison despite the challenging economic climate. Lolapalooza was created as a kickoff to the season in which we can bring together the community that has continued to support us for the past three years and to give back in a way that allows for the celebration of all the things that bring folks to the table: great food, great music, great fun and great friends, Wagner said. The 2nd Annual Lolapalooza will offer three bars and more than 20 tasting stations of craft microbrews, award-winning wines and cuisine that captures the essence of the holiday season. Lolas on Harrison staff mixologist Jennifer Lancaster has designed four artisanal cocktails to pair with Wagners creative cuisine. Some of the unique dishes and libations that will be served at the event are Warm Brie and Cranberry Purses, Dill and Garlic Roasted Leg of Lamb, Spiced Autumn Punch, Herb Grilled Filet Mignon Steak Sandwiches with Horseradish Chive Cream, Prickly Pear Sangria, Smoked Virginia Ham with Sherry Maple Glaze, and ChocolateDipped Ginger Bread. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Societys Light the Night program, which helps fund lifesaving blood cancer research, and provides free educational materials and events for patients and their families, local programs such as family support groups and peerto-peer counseling, and comprehensive, personalized assistance through its Information Resource Center. Our partnership with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society began shortly after opening three years ago, Wagner said, and has allowed us to give back through a unique and effective organization that supports those in need of resources here locally within our community. The 2nd Annual Lolapalooza will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sun., Dec. 12 outside Lolas on Harrison, at 2032 Harrison St. Event sponsors including Whole Foods Market, Dine Magazine, Blue Point Brewery, Kindred Spirits, Waste Management, Miami Purveyors, Sysco, Pelican Party Rentals and the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Tickets to Lolapalooza are $30 in advance or $40 the day of the event, and are available at Lolas on Harrison. Wagner opened the restaurant, which is named for his late grandmother, in July 2007. It wasnt long before Lolas on Harrison made a name for itself with its approachable menu of contemporary American fare featuring updated comfort food such as purple potato skins and Coca-Cola BBQ beef ribs. Wagner, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who was born and raised on Long Island, N.Y., relocated to Miami in the early 1990s. He worked in several high-profile South Florida kitchens with such local culinary notables as Mark Militello (Marks Place), Johnny Vinczencz (Astor Place/Johnny V), Tim Andriola (Timo) and Allen Susser of Chef Allens in Aventura, where the famous chef introduced Wagner to the tropical produce of South Florida and its contemporary fusion cuisine. Prior to opening Lolas on Harrison, Wagner served as executive chef for Abe and Louies in Boca Raton. Lolas on Harrison is open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays, with ample free parking available behind the restaurant. For more information on the 2nd Annual Lolapalooza or Lolas on Harrison, call 954-927-9851 or visit $5/box Incontinence & Medical Supplies (washable) And Much More...Inc. FOR GOODNESS SAKEBY CARON CONWAY LEAD CORRESPONDENT Lolapalooza food and musical festival set for Sunday, Dec. 12 on Harrison St.At the Hollywood Historical Societys Annual Meeting & Luncheon, the organization will honor Elsie Johns and Shelly DeMarco for their efforts in the preservation of Hollywoods history. The luncheon, which takes place on Jan. 16 at noon, will feature a cash bar, lunch and induction of the new board. Elsie Johns owns and operates Melinas in Downtown Hollywood. Her family started the business in November 1934 with childrens wear. Melinas has the distinction of being the only business on Hollywood Boulevard that can make that claim. Melinas was a featured stop on the 2010 Downtown Hollywood tour given by the HHS. She also represents the community as a Broward County Historical Commissioner. Shelly DeMarco spearheaded the restoration efforts of the Hollywood Womens Club. She has led her group in fundraising efforts to preserve and protect one of Hollywoods greatest historic assets and encouraged and supported many joint fundraising activities with the Hollywood Historical Society, the Clubs nearby neighbor and fellow preservation organization. The cost of the event, located at the Hollywood Beach Golf & Country Club at 1600 Johnson St., is $25 per person, and people interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by Jan. 13. For more information, call 954-9235590. Hollywood Historical Society to honor dedicated members at annual luncheon Johns and DeMarco. Wagner 14 DECEMBER 2010


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The Nativity Church Mens Club is hosting its sixth annual Christmas Tree Sale, where residents can purchase Vermont-grown Christmas Trees and handmade Christmas wreaths while supporting both Nativity School and Parish. Mens club president Jim Williams said the club purchases extremely fresh trees that are shipped in refrigerated trucks to prevent damage and said Hollywood residents wont find better trees than theirs. One year, the trees were so fresh that some still had snow on them, Williams said. Theyre cut down only about three days before we get them. In the spirit of the holidays, the Mens Club collaborated with St. Vincent De Paul to provide trees for the needy. For every $50 dollar donation received, the Mens Club will provide a family with a tree. Williams said that through the generosity of the community last year, the Club donated 10 trees to needy families. The trees are on sale at Nativity Church, located at 5200 Johnson St., from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday ; and while supplies last. Anyone living in zip code 33020 or 33021 will also receive free tree delivery, and all proceeds benefit Nativity School and Parish. All donations benefit someone in need this holiday season. The Village at Gulfstream Park is hosting Symphony in Lights, a dancing light show choreographed to the holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The twinkling, computer-animated extravaganza will run through Dec. 31. Symphony in Lights contains more than 250,000 LED lights affixed to buildings and trees in The Village at Gulfstream Parks Champions Plaza and is programmed to blink in sync with recorded music. The show is created using 2,000 watts of sound, 47,000 feet of cable and 10 tons of holiday decorations. Symphony in Lights will run every hour on the hour from 6 to 11p.m., and in addition to the light show, The Village at Gulfstream Park holiday experience will also feature complimentary horsedrawn carriage rides Fridays through Sundays, through Dec. 26. For more information, visit www.thevillageatgulfstreampark. com. Nativity Catholic Parish sells Christmas Trees for a cause HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM17


To address the growing number of unauthorized pain management clinics in South Florida, the Broward Board of County Commissioners created a Pain Management Clinic Task Force to review, research and make recommendations on how to address the problem of these clinics referred to as pill mills. The eight-member Task Force first defined pill mills as medical facilities that appear to practice outside the normal course of professional medical practice by engaging in pain management treatment through the primary use of controlled substances for the majority of facility patients many of whom frequently travel from outside Florida in search of controlled substances. Dr. Sanford Silverman, a member of the Broward County Medical Association and a member of the Task Force, said the report the Task Force filed with the Broward Board of County Commissioners created a template on how to allow or not allow a new pain management clinic in cities and created the building blocks of an ordinance to monitor pain clinics. Its a real blight for Florida to have these pill mills, Silverman said. It has gone a decade unchecked. However, most of the public and politicians think that all pain clinics are the same, and thats a real tragedy. Silverman, a licensed and certified physician, said one of the responsibilities of the Task Force was to not only make recommendations to promote public health and safety but also to minimize any negative effects that may impede legitimate pain management clinic clientele from obtaining proper medical services. He said the main difference between legitimate pain clinics and pill mills is the doctors who treat patients. Pill mill doctors, he said, are not physicians, are not trained in pain medicine and only offer medication as a treatment for pain. The real bottom line is that people dont know what to do when theyre in pain, he said. These pain clinics are not the way to go. These entities are cash driven, and they only offer one thing: pills. This can lead to chemical dependency. According to The Pain Truth, a website focused on educating Floridians about pain management and stopping prescription drug abuse, prescription drugs are responsible for killing at least seven Floridians a day, and Florida has the highest national rate of prescription drug abuse. The Task Force, therefore, reviewed significant legislative actions that have passed and are pending implementation as well as local government ordinances to combat the problem. Legislative action Chapter 2010211, which took effect Oct. 1, now requires that pain clinics must register, must be owned by doctors or be state licensed, must examine patients before prescribing medication and must follow specific guidelines for dispensing medications. The Task Force supported the tougher restrictions, and in addition, they recommended that the County Commissioners support the ordinances implementation of the Department of Healths Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, or PDMP, which would require a private vendor to house the database and receive the prescription information from pharmacies and dispensing practitioners throughout the state. However, pending legal challenges to the implementation could potentially invalidate this important law, the Task Force stated in the report, which would hinder municipalities from curbing pill mills in their areas. Another main goal of the Task Force was to look at the feasibility of a moratorium on the issuance of Business Tax Receipts (formerly Occupational Licenses) for certain businesses that dispense prescription drugs. The Broward Board of County Commissioners, for example, passed a 180-day moratorium on pain management clinics on June 8, 2010. The Task Force stated in the report that moratoria are only a temporary solution to postpone the growth of the problem while formulating a more permanent strategy. State and local regulations, ordinances, rules or permits must be developed to prevent further proliferation of pill mills, which is why they support implementing the PDMP. Since many of the local moratoria are scheduled to expire in close proximity to the implementation dates of the legislative actions, timely implementation is key to preventing the creation of more pill mills. Silverman said that managing pain clinics needs to be a joint effort between local, state and federal governments. Eliminating all pain clinics, he said, would be unconstitutional, so legislation for regulating legitimate pain clinics versus pill mills needs to pass. As long as pain clinics follow state laws, they shouldnt have a problem, Silverman said. (And for people who need pain management), if you go to the right doctors, youll be taken care of. For more information about pain management clinics and qualified Florida pain management physicians, visit www. MUNICIPAL NEWS County commission addresses growing number of pill mills in Broward County BY BRETT DALY | ASSOCIATE EDITOR A Catholic High School in the Marianist TraditionOf ce of Enrollment Management Challenging academics, winning athletics, clubs, activities and lifelong friendships. All this and more is waiting for you at Chaminade-Madonna. ENTRANCE EXAM 18 DECEMBER 2010


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Each year, the Orange Bowl does more than provide a football game for sports enthusiasts to watch. The Orange Bowl Committee, a not-forprofit, primarily volunteer organization with 333 members, supports and produces activities and events that enhance the image, economy and culture of South Florida and creates programming for South Florida youth. Partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the Discover Orange Bowl donated $100,000 at its I Can Power Rally in Hollywood last month to upgrade and enhance Boys & Girls Clubs facilities and to provide scholarships for children to enroll in the Clubs. At the rally, more than 100 elementary school kids from the Marti Huizenga Boys & Girls Club had the opportunity to become superstars for the day walking the Orange Carpet, taking pictures with former star Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell, and designing and hanging their I Can oranges in the Discover Orange Bowl orange grove with Obie, the official Orange Bowl mascot. Both Discover and the Orange Bowl are committed to helping children achieve success on the field and in the classroom, said Orange Bowl President Antonio L. Argiz. With this partnership, South Floridians can expect the Discover Orange Bowl to continue as a champion of our community, while presenting a premier college football experience on Jan. 3. For more information on the 201011 Orange Bowl Festival and its events, visit Orange Bowl Committee gives back to the community The Discover Orange Bowl celebrates the new title sponsors $100,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. Danny Kanell and Obie, the official Orange Bowl Mascot, pose on the Orange Carpet during the Rally at the Boys & Girls Club in Hollywood. EVENTS Marti Huizenga Boys & Girls Club Member Jean Guyleconte hangs his I Can... Orange during the Discover Orange Bowl Power Rally. HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM23


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HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM25 Dear Pink Realtor, After searching and searching for a great deal on a house in decent shape and losing out to other buyers bidding on a property three different times, I finally got an offer accepted on a foreclosure after submitting a highest and best offer $10,000 over the asking price. Although I wondered if there really were other buyers or not, I anted up and paid what I think is a fair price. Not an excellent price, not a steal, but fair. Is the highest and best bidding thing real or just a ploy by the Realtors (no offense) and banks to get more money? Sincerely, Is Highest and Best Bologna? Dear Bologna, The highest and best offer is requested by the listing agent when there are multiple offers on a property. These are most commonly seen in bank-owned properties but can also be found in non-REO deals as well. Every party who made an offer has a second chance to come back with the highest and best this includes all aspects of an offer such as closing timeframe, cash deal versus financing, and offer price. As a Realtor representing many investors and savvy buyers looking for a great deal, I can assure you that I have also wondered on a few occasions about these other buyers being asked for the highest and best offer in a situation where there are multiple offers on a property. Having lost a few myself, I assure you, the market conditions of today are indeed causing several folks to jump on the best deals and compete for them. The advice I give my buyers: Offer a price that is consistent with what the market has recently shown is reasonable AND that you will feel satisfied with having paid. Any good Realtor will be able to do a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) and show you what has recently sold that is comparable to what you are buying. It is essential that the comparables being used are SOLD properties having closed no longer than 90 days before. Properties in pending status and active/available listings are in no way a reliable indicator of anything. I can offer my pink Toyota Camry for sale for $80,000, but it is unlikely to sell at that price. I also make it a point to remind my clients that although everyone wants to feel that they have gotten a good deal, the difference of a couple thousand dollars will make very little difference on any level. For example, if you would be willing to pay $95,000, but not $100,000, you may consider that this would be almost the same mortgage payment, taxes, and other expenses that over time will make even less difference as the home appreciates. Taking a pass over small dollars is often regretted. Dear Pink Realtor, About a week before my closing on a great house in East Hollywood, I was told that there were open permits and that the seller did not have to make any of it right and that I would be responsible for the expense of this mess. Isnt it in my contract that the seller has to pay off all the liens before closing? I got spooked and walked away. Now, my real estate agent says I am not entitled to my earnest money back! What gives? Do I close and take the chance or walk away from $1,000? Sincerely, Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place! Dear Stuck, Ouch... I feel your pain. Just this afternoon, I wrote a contract with some buyers where there were open permits on the property. I added a specific clause to address the potential financial burden to my clients and they will not be stuck in that place. While it is a little late for you, this could have been avoided altogether. First, the protection that you believed you had (I assume here that your agent used a standard contract with fill-in-the-blanks called a FAR/ BAR) was against liens. Liens are not the same as open permits. For the property to change hands all liens must be satisfied. Permits, however, are not addressed in the standard contract we use. If you knew going into contract that there were open permits (or so suspected), then you could have gone to the city permits department and asked them. Yes, it is that simple. The good folks there are happy to assist home buyers in this way, especially friendly homebuyers who say please and thank you. Once you review open permits, you can quickly calculate approximately how much it would cost to remedy the issue(s) and close the permits. This is your best bet if you are buying a bankowned foreclosure (REO), especially one that is clearly a fixer upper as the banks are not too keen on making repairs or concessions. Frankly, houses in need of major repair are generally priced to compensate for that. On the other hand, if you are going into contract on what appears to be a perfectly fine house being sold by a very friendly elderly couple with the most adorable little dog, who have owned the house since it was new in 1958, and the lady of the house is baking cookies when you arriveOK, I went a little too far on that one, but you get the idea. All appears normal about the house. This house may indeed also have permits that were never closed! In either case, your real estate agent can add a clause to the contract specifically protecting you against open permits and other encumbrances. In this market, we are seeing more and more of this cropping up and causing buyers unexpected expense. Broken record alert: When hiring a real estate agent to represent your interests, ask for references and check them. Then ask them every question you have so that you feel confident that he/she is ready, willing and able to represent you. 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 Foreclosure Now! 877 NO FX NOW Stop -Foreclosure Now. C O M Dennis Hearing, PA, CDPE The Hearing Group Keller Williams Realty 3696 N Federal Hwy Ft Laud C O m W W W B A N K O W N E D R E O P R O P E R T I E S U P T O 7 0 % O F F T h e R E O G u y S E A R C H F R E E N O W I T S A B U Y E R S M A R K E T ! REAL ESTATE BY ROCHELLE LE CAVALIER Hollywood Real Estate Q&A


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In February 2010, the Internal Revenue Service re-instituted National Research Program (NRP or TCMP) audits on businesses and their employment tax compliance. These examinations are being conducted to gather data that will help the IRS better understand the compliance characteristics of employment tax filers. The resulting statistics and findings will allow the IRS to focus their future audits in the problem areas where tax dollars are slipping through the cracks. This is the first comprehensive employment tax compliance study in 25 years. A total of 6,000 businesses will be selected over the next three years for a full examination of their employment tax practices. While this number is a very small percentage of U.S. business, the future ramifications are what business owners and operators like you should be concerned with i.e., more frequent and better focused audits as well as higher potential tax liabilities to the government. Bottom line is that after the study is complete, the IRS will have a better idea where the areas of non-compliance are; thus they will be more effective in closing the so-called Tax Gap i.e., taxes the government should collect versus what they actually collect, and thus lower the federal budget deficits. The audits will be exhaustive in detail and will include examination of the following areas: Fringe Benefits The focus here will be on whether your business is properly accounting for and remitting tax on fringe benefits such as retirement plans, health insurance, usage of company cars, boats and planes, club dues, and travel, meals and entertainment expenses. Reimbursed Expenses Is your business properly reimbursing expenses to executives and employees? Worker Classification Are you properly classifying workers as either Independent Contractors or Employees? The regulations in this area are complex, and in our experience as CPAs and business advisers, this is an area that the IRS will find a substantial amount of noncompliance. As a business owner, if you improperly classify your workers, you could be held liable for FICA and Medicare taxes, federal and state unemployment taxes, income taxes that your workers did not or could not pay even if you issued them a 1099 as well as penalties and interest. Additionally, your workers compensation and liability insurance carriers may disallow claims for improper classification, leaving the small business owner liable. In the upcoming years, we believe this will be a very hot area for the IRS. Officer Compensation Are you properly accounting for officer compensation? Are you properly including in Form W-2 and paying appropriate tax on health, life and disability insurance paid for stockholders? In addition to these issues, the IRS will be looking at the propriety of loans to officers/ stockholders/partners, dividends and distributions, stock-based compensation arrangements, nonqualified deferred compensation plans as well as a variety of other transactions with officers, stockholders and directors. Non Filers The IRS will also focus on companies that do not file employment tax returns. In sum, the best advice we can give is to take a proactive business approach and conduct a comprehensive review of your employment tax compliance procedures, prior to ever being audited. Contact your CPA and solicit his or her advice, particularly on the areas mentioned above. It is likely that you can improve your recordkeeping and payroll tax accounting procedures so that, in the event you are audited, the risk of owing the IRS a substantial amount of tax is minimized. Lawrence Legg offers Estate and Trust Planning, Tax & Administration Services Business and Individual Income Tax Services at his Hollywood office. For more information, call 954-9859200 or visit Business Tax Alert: IRS Begins Employment Tax Audits BUSINESS NEWS HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM27


CHAMBER NEWS It has been a privilege and honor to serve the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as the 2010 President. The focus for 2010 was to foster an atmosphere of passion for excellence and by all accounts our passion and our excellence were in every goal we achieved! As we reflect on what this organization has accomplished during 2010, I cant help but be proud of what our Chamber team accomplished and thankful for the opportunity to have led this premiere business organization. Some of our initiatives included: incredibly talented Executive Director Anne Hotte to more than 75 members while offering this elite group networking events and value-added benefits strategic plan and launching its implementation most deserving business leaders at the Annual Board & Installation Dinner embracing technology and affording it to our members Membership Department event, the First Annual Poker Tournament, which benefited the Chambers Leadership Hollywood program the Hollywood Florida Scholarship Foundation through the Grapes for Grades event efforts to better promote our Chambers programs and membership with other business organizations to bring awareness to our communitys challenges and opportunities City staff and Commission to promote business development in Hollywood community through education and participation benefits and adding on NEW opportunities through the MyChamberApp, our revised retention packet, enhancement of our website, delivery of professional seminars in partnership with the Florida Women Business Center and others Classic and adding on the excitement of a $50,000 Cash Prize Hole in One program, Leadership Hollywood, to new heights as class 35 claims 32 enthusiastic and most capable participants. This is what passion for excellence from your Chamber has done and will continue to do for YOU and our members! I have no doubt that as I pass the torch to President-Elect Donna Dickey of the Miami Herald this Chamber will continue to thrive as the business catalyst of our beautiful City of Hollywood. All this could not have been accomplished without the talent of our hard-working Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Executive Director Anne Hotte and the GHCC staff. I want to personally thank each of you for your exemplary leadership, dedication, commitment and PASSION to the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank my partners and my executive assistant at Becker & Poliakoff for their never-ending support. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Passionate Holiday season! Sincerely, 2010 Chamber President Alan Koslow, a.k.a The KozChamber 2010 Recap from the PresidentThe Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce (GHCC) W.O.M.E.N. Committee, an acronym for Women Owners Managers Executive Network, is excited to announce the first Hollywood Business Woman of the Year Award luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Times have changed for women in business and the GHCC understands that well! As a result, the former Glass Ceiling Award is now evolving to the Hollywood Business Woman of the Year. Women have come through the glass ceiling and are definitely leaving a distinct mark on the business community landscape. The Chambers W.O.M.E.N. group, launched in 1997 by Beth Kroll of Valley Bank, has awarded the Glass Ceiling Award to a dozen remarkable women such as Sylvia Berman, Mary Partin, Barbara Miller, Emilia Zecchino, retired Capt. Roni Mangan of the Hollywood Police Department, Marsha Hogg, Nina Tucker, Gerlinde Hopkins, DRene Benson, Donna Dickey, Kari Hess and Cathy Anderson. This year, as a sign of the times, the GHCC W.O.M.E.N. Committee has updated the award to Hollywood Business Woman of the Year and the same standards of achievement, character and meaningful legacy are at the heart of the award. Slated for Dec. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hollywood Beach Marriott (2501 N. Ocean Drive), this event will recognize this extraordinary woman who is leaving her signature on the Hollywood business community through her community involvement, career activities and influence. At the lunch, our audience will have the privilege to hear from Jane Wooldridge, executive business editor of the Miami Herald, who will present on the topic of new media trends and what they mean to peoples businesses. The nominees are in! Visit to find out who they are, and let us know who should become the Hollywood Business Woman of the Year by voting online for your nominee. This years W.O.M.E.N. Committee is co-chaired by Beth Kroll of Valley Bank and Tracy Herzog of Memorial Healthcare System. Special thanks to Award Sponsor HEICO Corporation for their generous contribution. The luncheon registration is $30 for members, $40 for future members and $50 at the door. Please visit to R.S.V.P. For more information, call Leslie Phillips at 954-923-4000 or e-mail Join the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce at its 2010 Hollywood Business Woman of the Year LuncheonLuncheon will feature Jane Wooldridge, executive business editor of the Miami Herald, as keynote speaker 28 DECEMBER 2010


CHAMBER NEWSHeld on Nov. 19 at the Hillcrest Golf & Country Club (4600 Hillcrest Drive), the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerces 27th Annual Golf Classic drew in local dignitaries like Hollywoods City Manager Cameron Benson and Hollywood Commissioner Beam Furr as well as local business leaders. The day started off with a beautiful morning that included blue skies and crisp weather. Not to mention, Hillcrests premier 18-hole championship golf course. The beautifully maintained TIF-Eagle greens, lush landscaping and pristine lakes added to the picturesque scenery. The fun-filled day also included a $50,000 cash prize and a new MercedesBenz, courtesy of AutoNation, for a hole-in-one; a buy-a-drive contest; awards ceremony and silent auction; and a raffle for a four-day Bahamas cruise for two on the Norwegian Sky, courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line. Congratulations to the tournaments winning foursome, which included City Manager Cameron Benson, Assistant Director of Environmental Services Wade Sanders, retired Hollywood Detective Evelyn Heath and Norris Redding of the Hollywood Police Department. The Hollywood Chamber would like to thank sponsors: Friday, Dec. 10Good Morning Hollywood Breakfast7:30 to 9 a.m. Memorial Regional (Main Auditorium) 3501 Johnson St. Sponsored by: Bring an unwrapped, new toy for the annual holiday toy drive! AND prepare yourself to join the Chamber team for the Tour De Broward on Feb. 27, 2011, Hospital. $12 members / $20 future membersTuesday, Dec. 142010 Hollywood Business Woman of the Year Luncheon11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2501 N. Ocean Drive Keynote Speaker: Jane Wooldridge of the Miami Herald Award Sponsored by: $30 members / $40 future members / $50 at the doorWednesday, Dec. 155 to 7 p.m. 2501 N. Ocean Drive $7 members / $12 future members 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. Leroy Green of Feeding South Florida, Heather Agnew of the Hollywood Chamber, Chamber President Alan Koslow, Amber Gapinksi of the Hollywood Chamber and Jenna Chamberlain of Calvin Giordano & Associates were present at last months Business After Hours at Shenanigans East Side Pub & BBQ. Owners of Shenanigans East Side Pub & BBQ, Patrick & Christine Utter. Scenes from The Chamber The winning foursome! Norris Redding of the HPD, Hollywood City Manager Cameron Benson, retired Hollywood Detective Evelyn Heath and Assistant Director of Environmental Services Wade Sanders. The Hollywood Beach Marriott team on the green at the beautiful Hillcrest Golf & Country Club in Hollywood. It was a great shot for Chris Giordano of Calvin Giordano & Associates! A little air guitar is what the CSI International team needed to perfect their game! (Left to right) Richard King of Oceanwalk Mall on Hollywood Beach, CSI International Associate, Lenny Herbert and Judi Sweet (bottom) of CSI International. Hollywood City Manager gave an uplifting speech about the courage of going on during our current economic climate at the Chambers November Good Morning Hollywood Breakfast.Hollywood Chambers 27th annual Golf Classic drew in local golfersVisit for more Chamber scenes.Held at the Westin Diplomat and sponsored by SUN Credit Union and Waste Pro, the networking opportunities were immeasurable at last months breakfast event. HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM29






One of the biggest mistakes business owners make when it comes to social media is convincing themselves that its not for them and not educating themselves on how these new tools can play a valuable role in their overall business and marketing strategy. Here is a quick guide to help you understand what it isnt and what it is. What social media is NOT about? most fans or followers anything that crosses your mind. What social media IS about? Listening Social media is an excellent and easy platform for your customers to write what they think about you, comment about a recent experience with your product or service, or express praise or criticism. Heres the thing they can share with or without your participation. They can go to Yelp, Facebook, Twitter and dozens of other sites and write whatever they want. They dont need your permission. Why wouldnt you want to LISTEN to what they are saying and have systems in place to monitor and more importantly respond to their comments? An easy way to do this is to set up a Google Alert account which notifies you anytime your company name gets mentioned. This leads to my next point. Interacting Social media is a great place to interact with your customers and prospects. You can ask questions, get feedback, handle a complaint, express appreciation for a praise and much more. You can also learn about your fans and followers and get involved in things important to them, which help strengthen your relationships. Sharing Social media is a great vehicle to create and share remarkable content about your company, your industry and the problems you solve for your customers. Different from selling, sharing is an unselfish act where you are delivering something of value without wanting anything in return except to delight your fans and followers. This could range from providing the secret recipe for a favorite dish at your restaurant (for all you restaurateurs), sharing recommendations for the best dental products out there (hint to dentists), providing end-of-theyear tax or financial planning tips (wake up accountants, financial planners, insurance agents). Get the picture? Every business has valuable, unique knowledge that there is an interested audience for. Social media is here to stay, so my recommendation is embrace it and start carving out 10 to 15 minutes a day listening, interacting and sharing with your community, and within no time you will start seeing the benefits. If you would like to receive a FREE Social Media Audit with specific recommendations on how your business can use social media to connect with your customers and prospects, e-mail me at or post a comment on my blog at 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 MARKETINGBY WENDY CROCQUET LIEBER De-mystifying social media: what it isnt and what it is www .scaranofuneralhome.comA R eputation EarnedNot Inherited PINES MEMORIAL CHAPEL STIRLING MEMORIAL CHAPEL Funeral Homes SCARANO Merry Christmas & Happy New Ye ar! SafecareMedical Center Richard J. Wilbur, M.D.Board Certified in Internal Medicine 32 DECEMBER 2010


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I just reviewed The Greek Joint for a second time and low and behold this joint is still jumpin with new dishes and fabulous flavors. With business booming in this new restaurant (very casual dining) and prices on the menu being economical, why not bring the entire family? Speaking of familyThe Greek Joint is family run (inside and out). From the kitchen to your table, Jimmy Sklavenitis is hands on making sure his customers are more than satisfied. Fresh fish and meats are a must daily along with fresh vegetables that are hand-picked. Creative Greek spices make for a perfect balance of freshness and taste for each and every order, and new items are created on the menu after they are proven worthy of the familys taste buds (I just love this restaurant). The Free-Range Roasted Chicken was loaded with the flavors of Greece along with the seasoned roasted wedge potatoes that make this dish outstanding. The smoking hot and steaming Grilled Tilapia, prepared with capers and diced tomatoes in an exotic lemon sauce served over a special blend of vegetable rice, brought smiles to the table. The Shrimp Saganaki with garlic, white wine, diced tomatoes and Manouri (a light goat cheese) was off the charts and won my hearta little white rice on the side covered gently with the Shrimp Saganaki sauce made my Dining Adventure complete. The Greek Joint always has something to tempt your taste buds. The food we inhaled this evening included our favorite Greek Salad, the Taramosalata Spread, the Pork and Chicken Strips and the out-of-state, out-of-mind Gyroso good. Next week Ill be in for their new and exciting Stuffed Pepper and Stuffed Tomato plate. (Yummo.) Let me repeat myself. The Greek Joint is inexpensive and plentiful with quality fresh foods and flavors. Just about everything on the menu is made to order so please be patient its worth the wait. Jimmy and Pam Sklavenitis are truly gracious hosts. The Greek Joint is a restaurant that will be among my Top 10 in consistent quality, service and taste throughout FloridaBravo to this restaurant that can do in every meaning of the phrase. Whether youre out and about or want to have a fantastic meal delivered, please enjoy a taste of Greece on Harrison Street called The Greek Jointyou wont regret it. With picture-perfect Salads, interesting Appetizers, exciting Main Dishes and homemade Desserts, no wonder its on my Top 10 list. For information and reservations, call 954929-9966. Heres To Good Food To Good FriendsTo Good Times and Happy Holidays to one and all. Marty Foyer can be reached at or 954-895-8000. Grilled Tilapia prepared with capers and diced tomatoes in an exotic lemon sauce served over a special blend of vegetable rice. DINING ADVENTURES FREESlice of Pizza Try the Freakin Pancakes!The Quickest Breakfast in Town FREE DONUT Double Shot OFFER EXP. DEC 31 OFFER EXP. DEC 31 Donuts & Breakfast Served the Old-Fashioned Way! In Hollywood Since 2002 KussifayArgentinean Restaurant & Pizzarera Best Pizza and Empanadas in Town! Best Restaurant for Kids in Broward County New Times 50% OFFBuy one breakfast or lunch and get the 2nd 50% OFF Discount taken from lower price meal. Not valid with any other offer. Beverages and tax not included. Expires 12/31/10 Greek Salad The Best Gyro in South Florida. HOLLYWOOD GAZETTE | 954-962-8180 | WWW.HOLLYWOODGAZETTE.COM35


Hollywood residents who are enrolled in their citys RecycleBank rewards program can now designate one of two Hollywood schools to receive the points they earn through their participation. RecycleBank awards points to residents based on the pounds of recyclables placed in special cans for pick-up. Residents can then redeem the points for products or discounts at local businesses. Now, instead, residents can opt to award their points to The Quest Center or Hollywood Hills High School. RecycleBank offers environmental grants to schools in communities it services. The caveat is that the students need to earn points in a true grassroots effort, encouraging friends and neighbors to donate points to their school. The Quest Center will receive up to $5,000, depending on the points designated by residents, to use in building a wheelchair accessible butterfly garden and to expand the community recycling projects run by the centers students. The Quest Center serves students with profound special needs, such as autism, Downsyndrome, cerebral palsy, medically fragile conditions and other difficult challenges. The RecycleBank grant request was written by Dr. David Lazerson, music teacher at the Center, and Debra Kalitan, the autism coach. Some of the students have limited vision in addition to physical disabilities, Kalitan said, describing the butterfly garden project. To be in the garden amongst the butterflies, birds and flowering plants rather than on the periphery would be so wonderful for these students. Hollywood Hills High School will receive up to $4,080, depending on the points designated by residents. The schools Key Club plans to use the money to remove invasive plants from their campus and to purchase and plant native plants. They will also use the funds for campus beautification projects. The schools Eco Crew Club plans to use the funds it receives to not only improve the environment but also the Hollywood community. Club members plan to use the funds to purchase and replant mangroves along Hollywood Beach. Hollywood residents can donate their points to either The Quest Center or Hollywood Hills High School by signing in to their RecycleBank account at (www. and clicking on the Green School Program in the list of potential rewards. SCHOOL NEWSHollywood residents can designate a school to receive their recycling points Buy one adult Brunch and get one FREE($14.95 value, not to be combined with any other offers, coupons or promotions. One coupon per table per party. Must present coupon. Exp. 01-31-11) Big Tomato Market Grill 36 DECEMBER 2010


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