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In this letter I want to highlight the magnicent community we are. It only takes a foreigner to emphasize how wonderful Palmas del Mar isthe best community beach resort in the Caribbean! Over and over every snowbird or tourist, most of them North American, that I have interviewed in the last 5 years absolutely loves Palmas. They arrive, they fall in love and they come back. Many of them buy properties and come every year. For North Americans, Palmas del Mar is a dream come true. They feel delighted and comfortable, since in Palmas most of us speak English, some better than others, but enough to communicate and share. Palmas is also safe, clean and has so many amenities and restaurants! And, even though we are a US territory we are Latinos with a different culture, which they love! They love our food, our music, our traditions and more than anythingour friendliness. They are truly amazed how our friends become family and how our families are so close. For them, it is like being in a foreign country but protected by the American laws and currency. Its really the best of both worlds. Many of them, as in the case of Barbara and Jon Brightman, which I inter view in this edition, come to Palmas by chance, buy properties and become engaged with the community in many ways. Barbara and Jon are not only benefactors of our Forest but they just institutionalized a Palmas Academy scholarship! And nd out about Chiquitas (their dog) contribution! I truly believe that all of us that have a property in Palmas should become ambassador of our Palmas country. We need to promote Palmas everywhere we go. I take magazines with me every time I travel and leave them everywhere I visit. We need the tourism. Visitors come, they rent or buy properties, stay in our hotel, they sponsor our businesses and they contribute to our well-being and eventually they also become good friends and family. I do not want you to miss the article by Muriel Goldberg What is it at Palmas? a reection from a New Yorker about Palmas: When my husband goes to the golf course, the people who work there give him a hug, a handshake and high ves, it feels like family. We both experience this warmth in many ways at Palmas. The Puerto Rican people are genuinely welcoming and so are the homeowners and other guests. It seems that no one here feels stressed. We all move and play at our own pace. There is a generosity of spirit and an acceptance of diversity. It feels like a lot of love going around. Wow!! Its Impressive. We are a good community; sometimes I think we just dont realize it. We take it for granted! editors cornerLissette Rosado, Editor live.lifeinpalmas@gmail.com Let us all be Palmas Ambassadors! Asian Cuisine TAKE OUT & DELIVERY AVAILABLE FROM 5 PM TO 9 PM Every night! Buy 2 Rolls, get 1 California Roll FREE


Editorial Collaborators O bed Borrero Dr. Ruben C hamorro T ony M aldonado M anuel T errn M aggie M aqueda Graphic Design S andra Rodrguez / Rosado & M orales (787)765-0890 Sales & Marketing L issette Rosado / S ilvia M orales (787)765-2190 / (787)562-6105 C arolina DugarteA ranguren (787)248-0588 M aribel de Varona 787-923-8426 Cover Photographer Jos Bobyn Assistant Editor Zenaida S anjurjo Printing M odel O ffset P rinting ( MOP ), H umacao (787)850-3000Live & Life in Palmas is a bi-monthly publication intended to reach the Palmas community and its visitors with the purpose to inform and communicate. You can send us your comments to live.lifeinpalmas@gmail.com or call 787-765-2190 Live & Life in Palmas is a co-production of Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association and Rosado & Morales, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association 787-285-6425 PHA www.LLPalmas.comLissette Rosado, Editor lrosado@rosadomorales.com 787-562-6104 & LIVEIN PALMASLIFEJU N E/JU L Y2013 V OL 5 N U M 4


PAC ( Palmas Athletic Club ) is a private club of intelligent and creative peo ple that like to have fun with friends and family in a beautiful and peaceful environment. The members have the benets of a beach front aquatic park, 20 tennis courts and two expectacular golf courses, one tness center and a great Club House. They also enjoy a variety of fun activities all year long. To join the PAC you do not have to pay an initial fee. The community of Pal mas del Mar needs new members to continue this remarkable iniciative. For more information and to start enjoying the fun you can call the PAC ofce telephone #(787) 656-8548.PAC Gallery POOLSIDE TENN IS CO UR TS GOLF COUR SE FIT N ESS CEN TERContents 20 Tennis Courts Beach front Aquatic Park One Fitness Center Club House BEACH F R O N T A QU ATIC PA RK SOCIAL ACTIVITY LECHO N CLASSIC ACTIVITY FAMILY GATHE RI N GS WIQUIPEDIA The Palmas Encyclopedia 787.850.2693 Palmanova Plaza, Palmas del Mar ChihuahuaTex Mex Cantina


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787.633.6060 jwdistributors/weathertech EXTREMA PUERTO RICOFloorLinerTM y Cargo Liners Recubren de manera precisa y completa toda la alfombra interna, brindando I am sure you have seen them around. You may have even greeted them or maybe not. But, why not? They are your neighbors, your friends and in some case your own family. Lets see who are these people that you see around daily, if you live here or during the weekends, or if you are a part-time resident. Our rst featured neighbor is Carlos Gonzlez, or as everybody calls him... Carlitos. At the Yacht Club we call him Mobil 8. Carlitos was a part-time resident since he was 7 years old, but three years ago Carlitos became a full-time resident of Palmas Del Mar and his life has change dramatically. Now he doesnt want to go back to San Juan! Carlitos overcame various obstacles as a kid and had to work twice as hard as we have to become the person he is today. Palmas has contributed to his overall well-being. At Palmas he feel safe, loved and appreciated by everybody. He feels part of a community. Carlitos graduated form the UMET where he got his degree as a recreational assistant. Before that he studied at IMEI where he stood out as a leader in his class. He works at The Yacht Club 4 days a week in the morning, and during the afternoon he moonlights as a boat caretaker. Carlitos is a service-oriented person who is always willing to provide help whenever asked and will do a great job at it when the instructions are provided to him. You might frequently see him around in his golf cart, walking around helping people, or in Palmanova Plaza eating Pizza, his favorite food. Among his duties as deckhand at The Yacht Club he deals with general maintenance of the facilities. He can also be seen providing guests transportation to their boat, taking boat service providers to the boats, taking inventory of the Yacht Club materials and receiving vessels on the slips once they announce entrance to the Yacht Club main channel entrance. He takes great pride in the service he provides to our clients and their guests. We refer to him as the MVP (most valuable player) as he is always willing to provide the extra mile with his duties. An avid sherman who walked his rst steps on a boat, and caught his rst marlin at the age of 13. He has a passion for boats that I have never seen in anybody else. Its great to sit with him a Sunday afternoon in the terrace of the Yacht Club and hear how he names all the boats coming in from Vieques by brand, size, name of the vessel and he will even throw in engine brand and horsepower as well. This passion has taken him to, once he is done with his Yacht Club duties in the mornings, he provides services in the afternoon related to boat maintenance. From simple boat wash downs and drying to the time consuming waxes and metal polishing, he has even been doing some teak sanding as well. If he has some time available he will go to his boat and listen to some music as he does some maintenance on it. Carlitos, our rst Get To Know Your Palmas Neighbor inductee, an example that when you have a goal set on your mind, although some may say it is unattainable, you work hard will make it achievable. Palmas NeighborsYOUR an example of self-improvementCARLITOS GONZALEZ...By Juanjo Boschetti


hematologyoncologycenter@yahoo.com www.hematologyoncologycenter.netHORARIO lunes a viernes 6:00am a 3:00pm por cita previaCentro de Quimoterapia Ambulatoria y Servicios de InfusinPorque usted es muy importante para nosotrosHEMATOLOGY ONCOLOGY CENTERDr. Graciany Miranda Tristani Board Certied Internal MedicineHematlogo /Onclogo Aceptamos la mayora de los planes mdicos incluyendo Plan Mi Salud (Reforma) Calle Dufresne #7 (este) Primer Piso, Humacao, PR, 00791TEL/FAX HUMACAOCarr. # 3,Triumph Plaza Lote # 6 656-0002YA B UCOA PL A Z ACarr. 901 Km. 13.5 (Frente a la Urb. Valles de Yabucoa) 953-0000 NAGUA B O CARR. 31 KM. 3.7 (F rente Ferr. Cario ) TE L 465-0032 URB. VAL EN C IA, SAL IDA A N AG U ABO TE L 734-1650 AV E. MUOZ M ARN TE L 263-8664 CARR. # 1 KM. 33.3 M ARGINAL BAIROA, CEN T RO I ND US T RIAL A NGORA PAR K TE L 653-1553 AVE. PIEIRO (frente al Correo) T E L. 733-0959 CARR. 189 ( F REN T E URB. JARDINES DE GU RABO) TE L 687-0959 CARR # 3 BO GU ZMAN A BA J O AL L ADO DE L P ARQ UE DE P E L O T A OV IDIO D E JESS TE L 787-6570779


Jos (Pepn) Bacardi from San Marco and Julio Garca from Palmanova have been elected to the PHA Board of Direc tors. Pepn was elected as the representa tive from the Marina District Seven (7) while Julio was elected as the represen tative form the Palmanova District Eight (8) which includes Palmanova Plaza, Club Villas, Harbourside and Montecarlo to ll two Board vacancies that surfaced from those Districts after the Annual Meeting. Pepn arrived at Palmas in 1989 and has been an active member of the Palmas del Mar community ever since. He has been the President of the San Marco regime for many years, is a PHA Deleate, has chaired the Slipowners Association and has par ticipated in many committees and tasks given to him by PHA. Pepn is a gradu ate from the Pierce Business College and has been a developer of many signicant projects in Puerto Rico and in Palmas del Mar. He is very active in many civic ar eas including the Board of Advisors of the Ana G. Mendez System and the Universi dad del Este. He is an avid sherman, an active pilot and a die-hard tennis player. Julio Garca has been a Palmas proper ty owner since 1993. He is a PHA Dele gate and is the President of the Palmanova Plaza Homeowners Association where he has been very active in restructuring the condominium. Julio is a business grad uate from the University of Puerto Rico and has an associate degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnical Uni versity. He has the distinction of being the rst to develop a local business plan and to establish a major production plant in accordance with such a blueprint that earned him recognition and high praise from the manufacturers association and government agencies. He has been a mem ber of the Private Industrial Counsel for the Caguas-Guayama Consortium. Julio is a licensed aircraft mechanic and pilot and in his in spare time he enjoys building and ying ultra light aircraft. Welcome aboard! Our sights are set in making Palmas the community of choice for tourism, investment and permanent residents.nights (videos), chess tournaments, homeowners talent shows, stand-up com edy presentations and concerts with some of our most famous artists; expand the recycling program; deal with environmental issues like the eco-friendly golf cart program; develop educational and scientic activities related to the Ptero carpus Forest; bird watching program; art exhibitions and crafts fairs; urban agricultural market and many others. The solution of the electrical difculties we are experiencing is our highest priority. Rest assured that we will do whatever it takes to restore the electrical system to what it should be. It will be our most urgent goal to get the power authority to make the necessary repairs and provide the maintenance required so that the system will work well and without interruptions. We are a privileged community enjoying spectacular oceanviews and the many manifestations of nature at its utmost splendor: the Pterocarpus For est, the Flamboyan trees, the million pink owers falling from the Robles (Puertorican Oak) and the deep violet owers of the Queen of Flowers tree; the sand and the sea; the soft breezes and the wind; the moon and the stars, our sunrises and sunsets.... our rst class amenities include champioship golf courses, tennis center, beach club, yatch club and marina, equestrian center, childrens park, school, churches, restaurants and services including banking, medical, realty and convenience stores. Our sights are set in making Palmas the community of choice for tourism, investment and permanent residents. I always say there are very few impossible things in life. Everything else is attainable... because when you think you can do it and you work hard for it, it will surely become a reality. That is why the revitalization plan for Palmas del Mar is full speed ahead! Rita Molinelli NEW PHA Board Members Jos (Pepn) Bacardi Julio GarcaAs I begin my tenure as president of the Palmas del Mar Homeowners Association, I want to thank you for your support, words of encouragement and your vote of con dence. I am counting on you, our delegates and fellow board members to help me guide the community through a challenging period. After listening to many of you, a consensus has come forth: a lot more entertainment and activities are needed for children, teenagers, adults and the not so young crowd. Sports, educational and cultural activities, night life, mu sic and dancing, concerts and bohemian nights. You name it, well have it. Coming right away: The Palmas Jazz Fest, to be held at Palmanova Plaza on June 22, July 27, September 7, Oc tober 12, November 9 and December 28, 2013; literary gatherings with well-known writers; educational and cultural presentations; conferences on natural disasters and how to prepare for them with emergency trainings and drills. On the other hand, we need to strengthen and nurture the ties of affection and friendship in the community. The Committee of Mutual Help and Assis tance will identify all those people who are sick, disabled and lonely and make sure each of them will be taken care of in case of need. Those who are retired or have nothing to do will take over the task of helping their neighbors and contribute their time, knowledge and skills for the benet of Palmas and the surrounding vicinity. Also, this group will organize social events for the enter tainment of its participants. In the coming weeks, we will organize the community garden, the BikeThon, the Palmas Marathon, Cavalcades and Paso Fino competitions, opera


The hurricane season is here again (June 1st through No vember 30th) and the experts are forecasting heavy activity during this period. In preparation for the hurricane season PHA has updated the community contingency plan for dealing with these emergencies and distributed copies of the plan to the presidents, PHA Delegates and administrators of regimes and residential areas throughout Palmas del Mar. As in years past, in the event of a hurricane warning, an Emergency Response Committee will be convened to review all readiness preparations and to issue information to the commu nity. An Emergency Response Team with security, equipment and maintenance crews will be assembled to be ready to han dle last minute preparations and immediate deployment after hurricane passage. These teams will be performing the critical jobs of initial damage assessment, road clearing and property security. It is imperative that you remain at home during the rst hours after the hurricane to allow emergency teams perform their functions so that later on you may be able to move around in a safe manner. Palmas Security will be exercising strict con trol of movement of vehicles and people for your own safety. Only emergency response vehicles will be allowed to circulate initially. Security check points will be established to exercise control to major residential areas. Access to Palmas will be lim ited to residents and ofcial vehicles. Only properly authorized personnel will be allowed through these points. Again, this is beng done for your safety and security as well as the protection of your property. These restrictions will be lifted as soon as it is determined it is safe for you to move around. Now is the time to begin your individual contingency prepa rations to ready your family for this potential emergency Go over your preparation check list and preposition all those things you will need to cope with this type of emergency. Go over the inventory of your emergency kit: cash, medicine, gasoline, nonperishable food, water, ashlight, batteries, radios infant necessities, camera and lm, pet supplies, toiletries, matches, etcetera. Dont forget to keep your phone fully charged and the emergency numbers already pre-recorded or handy. Review in surance policies, take video/ photos of your property and identi fy a safe location within your property for your family to huddle during impact. Your preparation and cooperation in the event of a hurri cane emergency is a must. Dont wait to the last minute to get ready--now is the best time! Hurricane Season Readiness Thanks to the close collaboration of the Palmas del M ar commu nity with the Puerto Rico Police, for many years now Palmas has enjoyed the presence of the Puerto Rico Police Rapid Response Unit better known by its Spanish acronym as FURA. This special police unit is located at the Palmas Shipyard and is equipped with two high-speed police boats, specialized equipment and 25 agents under the command of Sgt. Rafael Gulick capable of handling any emergency or security situation that may arise at sea. Their area of responsibility covers a maritime zone that extends from Fajardo to M aunabo including V ieques and Culebra. O fcers assigned to this unit are specially trained in the mission of drug interdiction and illegal immigration. In addition to their primary mission the FURA unit at Palmas is a great deterrence force that has been of great assistance to the community in providing advice on beach and boating safety, security and supporting Palmas security in its in crime prevention programs. FURA dispatch desk at Palmas operates on a 24-hour basis and has direct contact with Palmas Security and other Puerto Rico Police units. They can be reached at 787-852-7238. PHA, the Shipyard managed by Juanin Zalduondo and Daniel V asse at Anchors V illage have joined in efforts to provide park ing, ofce space, utilities and daily infrastructure support to in sure FURA is able to perform their mission without interruptions. Recently PHA personnel performed repairs and upgrades of the FURA facilities. FURA has become an integral and essential part of Palmas del M ar and their presence and work is highly appreciated and welcomed by the entire community. FURA EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERSPolice Department..................787-852-2020 Palmas Security.....................787-852-7745 Fire Department......................787-285-0102 Medical Emergencies..............787-852-0460 Electrical Power Authority.......787-521-3434 Palmas Access Control..........787-285-2747 Private Ambulance Service......787-850-2323 PHA......................................787-285-6425


We continue to make steady progress in the restoration and conservation of the Pterocarpus Forest. With the installation of the rst 500 feet of the Boardwalk the Forest is now open for visitors. The materials for the construction of the remaining portion of the boardwalk have been ordered and are expected to arrive in July. Weather permitting the in stallation of the next 2000 feet of this boardwalk should commence immediately. Also, work is in progress to develop and install interpretative signs on the variety of ora and fauna species within the forest and in the preparation of educational materials for use by visitors to the Forest. Please come and visit the Pterocarpus Forest and enjoy a unique experience. This is a community initiative that, once more, gives proof of a social com mitment by the Palmas commu nity that extends well beyond its boundaries. The Forest is a patri mony that belongs to all of us and so its the responsibility of preserv ing this magnicent natures gift. Your donations are needed to make this project a complete real ity. Please join the dozens of your neighbors that have stepped for ward and already contributed to this great community undertaking. Send your contribution checks the PHA Forest Fund, PO Box 9027, Humacao, PR 00792. Also, you may stop by PHA and use a debit card or simply call PHA at 787285-6425 and use a credit card to make your donation. FOREST FUND DONATION CATEGORIES & DONORS AS OF MAY 28, 2013MAGA ($0-$50) Angel Rodriguez Fred Austin Carmen Del Valle Ivonne Cruz Mark Cassidy Dra. Crikay Rivera Jos R. Naguake Gerald Horowitz Ruben & Marta De Quesada Andrea Cabrer Ken Williams Aixa Olazagasti Richard Palop Marina Cabrer Rafael & Olga Sanabria ROBLE ($51-$175) Alberto Escoto Jose A. Morales Mara Greene Fred Martnez Hctor Ortiz Coln Eugenio Chinea & Ginnette Rosado Raymond Emmert Maria E. Surez Eva Candelario Edd Siler Samuel Bloomberg Lina Kalinich Gerardo Vicns Jaime Morgan Nancy R. Schwartz Miguel Nazario Dr. Thomas A. Diliberto Mariana & Jason Searl Nicholas Trogan Edwin Santana/Ana Blanes Jose & Maria Bacardi William Compagnone Mr. & Mrs. Otto Riefkohl Jos Torres Eduardo & Fanny Maz Mr. & Mrs. Kleinknecht Jerry OConnor Josean Terrn Thomas J. King Guillermo J. Ruiz Graciela Roig & Feliz Villafae Fiodore Harrington Soa & Peter Weistmeyer Rosalyn Targa Rafael Lpez Angel J. Rodrguez Targa Mariano y Gloria Rocafort Donald J. Guli Javier Maldonado Jacquelyn Hinds Luis y Mara Gandara CEIBA ($500-$999) Allen Meek Robert Handschuh Palmas Hill Partners Michael Wertz Asoc. Res. Villa Franca Samuel Jov Frank Torres David Frazier Reynaldo Encarnacin Julio Bagu Arthur Dellheim Jeff White Myrna Ramos & Harry Jimnez John Orta Jos & Graciela Cacho Ruddy Oquendo Jos Fullana Enrique Cortes Ivette & Rafael Vicens Josena Ramirez de Arellano Francisco Cestero Encantos Fine Cuisine Mercedes Mestre Roberto & Astrid Perez Victor Nieto Tomas & Carmen Jimenez Jose R. Nassar & Gina Iuliani Reynerio & Isabel Prez Roberto Marchan Romeos PTEROCARPUS ($1,000 AND UP) Grace Gigante Antonio Maldonado Gordon MacDonald James Cohen Jon S. Brightman Jeff Smith Mary Jo & Gabriel Espasas Larry & Jean Perry Ralphs Supermaket Manuel/Ana Morales Pablo Lpez, MD Jos Nassar, MD Peter Palermo Ricardo De Varona Rodolfo Acevedo Tom Dyal David Oschman Gary Verplank Six Cs Corp David Chafey Fairlakes Village Cond. Angel Santana Joan Novogradac Ruth & Joel Spira Ranger American Antonio Ginorio Jeff & Lynn Smith Jose Beauchamp & Lissette Rosado Anthony & Mary Ann DeSantis Walter & Lorraine Cervoni Wyndham Garden Hotel Mark De Santis Manuel Pea Target David and Kathleen Weeks Lucas & Gabriela Lawson Quino & Lula Rodriguez Juan A. Ramos Diaz Stephen and Barbara Smith NEW CATEGORIES UCAR ($3,501 $7,500) Ana Mendez Enid Ortiz Richard VIOLETA ($7,501 $10,000) Empresas Santana Rene Pinto Lugo TABONUCO ($10,000 $15,500) Jorge & Cheryl Lezcano CUPEY ($15,001 $25,000) PALMA REAL ($25,001 UPFOREST U P DATE AUSUBO ($176-$250) Carmen Castro Carlos J. Homs Shell Castle Assoc. Jose O. Morales Ricardo Collazo Bernard Van Goethem Thomas Whipple Crescent Cove Club Victor Kelly Pedro Bonachea Glenn & Bonnie Weinstein Gustavo Hermida Amarilis & Allen Childress Paul & Gaby Sledzik GUAYACN ($251-$499) Miguel Santiago Jeff White Jorge Manrique Eric Grafals Carlos Garca Rafael Mndez Angel Muntaner Jos Vlez Jeffrey Fraser Frank Earle Benjamn Quiones Earline & Curtis Troeger Amarilis & Allen Childress Vincent & Denise Degiaimo Arnaldo Coln Berlingeri Alida & Humberto Cordero Luis R. Ortiz Segura & Irma Lopez Didi & Cuquito Muz Jeffrey & Cynthia Fraser Servando Daz & Maria Mangual


Every year the US Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) gives the oppor tunity to high school students grades 9 to 12 to participate in a 5-minute speech competition where they can earn up to $30,000 in scholarships and all-expense paid trips to Washington DC and to summer youth leadership camps in Valley Forge. Also, the VFW holds an annual 300-500 word written-essay contest open to students in grades 6 through 8 where student compete for cash awards up to $10,000. In the Past students from Palmas Academy and throughout Puerto Rico have done exceptionally well in these competitions according to the coordinator for these programs in Puerto Rico, Antonio Maldonado, the PHA Executive Director, who is also a retired Air Force general and the representative for the VFW for this region. Approximately 120,000 to 150,000 students participate annually in these competitions and only 54 in each category are selected to participate in the nal competition in Washington DC. Students from Palmas Academy and other schools in Puerto Rico have consistently placed among the 54 nalist and gone to Washington earning cash awards and scholarships for their college studies. This year students who participated in the Voice of Democracy com petition included Abigail Mathew, Carolina Rodriguez, Carishma Marsh, Jamayez Lindsay, Jonathan Mendez, Taylor Singh, Maria Jose Carpena, Andrea Flores, Sebastian Ortiz, Hector Ortiz and James Cane Walden. Abigail Mathews was among the 54 nalists who traveled to Washington, DC all expenses paid, to participate in the nal competition and will travel again this summer to Valley Forge to participate in the Summer Youth Leadership Conference. Abigail placed nineteen overall in the nals earning her a scholarship for a college of her choice. Students who competed in the Patriots Pen competition included Car olina McCabe, Laura Duffany, Michael Cotto, Emilia Waddington, Karyn Swider, Caley Rincones, Karina Mendez and Sebastian Berrios. Carolina McCabe essay was selected to participate in the nal competition held in Washington DC where she placed 39th among the nalists earning her a substantial cash award. Dont miss on this great opportunity to have your children earn money and scholarships for their future. This years competition cycle begins in September. For more information about how to participate in these programs contact Tony Maldonado at PHA at 787285-6425. Also, you may contact Maritere Cardona or Veronica Rivera at the Palmas Academy at 787-850-9120.Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy Scholarship CompetitorsSummer is here and with that comes the typical increase in outdoors activi ties. One of our favorites is to go to the beach with our families to enjoy and have fun in paradise. Beach Patrols do an excellent job keeping our beach areas safe and secure. However, you can help by heeding their advise and following instructions and ag warnings posted for your own safety. Beach swimming is fun but can also turn dangerous when rip-tide currents are present which can quickly turn your enjoyment into a nightmare. As the summer gets hotter and the beach becomes more inviting you should exercise vigilance when near the water. Never leave your children alone or out of your sight and follow the advice of our beach patrols. Informative signs have been posted along the beach to help you understand how to cope with a rip-tide emergency. Take time to read this valuable information and use it to educate your family and friends about beach water safety. Also, we ask you to please help keep the beach clean by depositing bottles, cans, plastic and trash in the receptacles installed along the beachfront. Have fun...be safe! Summer BeachSafety


Barbara, Jon & Chiquita Brightman...very special snow birds... we should all emulatePalmas is a very easy place to live in...it is a great community. In how many places in the world can you find a school, churches, restaurants, shops, amenities and easy going friends? And on top of that, for us North Americans, it is the best of two worlds...like being in a foreign country, but not really. Its a safe investment. No passport required and everybody speaks English. I have seen them for years! Year after year I took pictures of them in their golf cart with their beloved Chiquita, who never missed a Golf Parade. (In the next page a sequence of those photos, even though I am missing the ones from 2011. This year to my surprise Lobo appears in the picture, literally!) When Tony Maldonado suggested that I interview them, little did I know that I was going to interview Chiquitas parents and my colleague in suffering (she goes to the Gym with me). They are fascinating people. They put their mon ey and their actions where their mouth is. They are from Chicago and arrived to Palmas by chance eight years ago and in such a short amount of time they have done so much for this community! We were looking for a place to retire. We rst considered Costa Rica but then we thought that Puerto Rico was a saf er investment. We came with a realtor that showed us Rio Mar, but were not convinced and asked the realtor if there was another place we should look at and she mentioned Palmas. So, we came and from that rst moment we entered the main gate I said: THIS IS IT! They fell in love immediately and their passion for Palmas has grown to the point that they have gotten involved in all aspects of the community. Palmas is a very easy place to live in. Its a great resort commu nity! How many places in the world do you nd a school, churches, restaurants, shops, beach es, amenities and easy friends? And on top of all that for us North Americans, it is the best of both worlds because it is like being in a foreign country but its not. Its safe investment. No passport needed and on top of that, in Palmas, ev erybody speaks English. They go to all the activities, they play golf, they go to the gym, and you see them everywhere enjoying life. Jon has become one of the board members and major contributors to the committee designated in protect ing the forest. Now they have established the Barbara and Jon Brightman Schol arship to provide nancial assistance for any selected student by Palmas Acad emy. When I congratulated them for their generosity, she shook her head and said: We have gotten so much more than what we give, its nothing! We just met the girl from Humacao that was selected for the scholarship and we are very happy, she is a hard working girl, with a lot of skills. Shes an athlete with a lot of support from her mother who is extremely involved in her educa tion. We told the school that the stu dent chosen didnt have to be a straight A student but a hard worker and have good behavior. We want her to be in the position that one day, she can also give it back to a student in need as we are giv ing to her. She is exactly what we were hoping for: a hard worker and a good kid. We just feel very privileged to be able to do something to help her succeed in her goals. CHIQUITA... a therapy dogBut in this family, Jon and Barbara are not the only giving being. Chiquita, has been a therapy dog for ve years now and she visits the San Jorge Childrens Hospital regularly to bring relief to chil dren in pain and sorrow. Kids forget about their pain or sick ness when they are with Chiquita. In Chicago Chiquita visited also the elder ly and burnt victims. They go through a very strict and difcult training to do their job. Its almost like a masters degree because it took her ve years! The dogs have to pass very hard tests like sitting still next to somebody while that person is making a big fuss over them or for example, making very loud noises with a pan or similar object. They need to be calm and still in any situa tion. Barbara said they are training now the youngest one. Lobo but... She is a chal lenge, she laughs. snowbirds By Lissette Rosado


2008 2009 2010 2012 Premios El Nuevo Da Educador, an award given to academically excellent students who also play a big role in serving their community recognized two of our senior students. The process consists of enrolling the school, and nominating students for categories in Spanish, English, Mathematics, Science, Health, Physical Education and Arts. Then, students ll out a series of forms and develop a portfolio that contains evidence on who they are academically and who they are as leaders in the school and the community. After this, judges select students who will go through the interview process and these are the students invited to the night of awards. This year, The Palmas Academy was represented by the students Alfonso Cruz in the Mathematics category and by Jonathan Mndez in the Spanish category. Alfonso was nominated for his excellent math skills and his community service project Alfabetizacin Tecnolgica para la Tercera Edad, which also got him a nomination for the award, El Sper Nieto, which is sponsored by the MMM Insurance Company for the students whose community service project addresses the elderly. Alfonso was the creator and main coordinator of this project and with the help of friends and family was able to write a proposal to the municipality of Yabucoa and was granted the use of the computer laboratory in the Municipal Library in Yabuocoa to give classes to people of fty years or more on how to use the computer and internet. Sign up sheets exceeded the amount of a hundred Yabucoeos who wanted to enroll in such program because learning how to use the computer, write e-mails and understand the use of social networks helped them keep in touch with family members, especially grandchildren. This has been a very rewarding experience, says Alfonso, to whom many of his student, even though they are much older than him see him down the street and greet him Hola, profesor! This is just another great accomplishment by our students and we at The Palmas Academy are very proud to be represented by such ne young leaders. To Alonso and Jonathan, thank you for your leadership, service, hard work and effort! May your legacy at The Palmas Academy serve as inspiration to help others become positive leaders who serve the school and the community. We are very proud you and once again, CONGRATULATIONS! Nuevo Da Educador recognizes our Math Guru23456789


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Expert advice in remodeling Remodeling and construction can be come a nightmare if you dont contract the right people to do it. Being one that has made many mistakes when it comes to this topic, I decided to look for advice in this area. I interviewed two young professionals strongly related to Palmas: Juan Gracia Jr, son and partner of our PAC director, Juan Gracia, and Jos Llenn Figueroa, son in law of Hector and Zwisel Lavergne both with many years of experience in the eld and who happen to have good taste. Juan Gra cia Jr has a BA in Construction Man agement from Texas A&M University and Jos Lelln has a BA in engineering and surveying with a masters degree in Construction Management from Pur due University. They both have many years of experience in construction as well as in remodeling (residential and commercial). Here is some of their wise advice on matters of remodeling and construction: What are the considerations when you are thinking about remodeling your house or villa? planning to live your property or your plans are to sell it in the future. That makes a big difference because some times people want to make changes to their home that will lessen its market value; but, if their plans are to live there for the rest of their lives, it doesnt mat ter, do the changes that will make life living there joyful for years to come. needs of a vacation home or villa are different. Maybe in a vacation villa you want to create more sleeping space so you dont need that much closet space, but if you are going to live your villa, the story is very different. This is the case of the remodeling they did for Hector and Swizel Laverge. They converted their home from a beach house to their main home and it is very different. The photos on the opposite page show the difference clearly. What is your style? Dene your style. Are you a minimalist or are you more retro? This is important at the mo ment of your meeting with the architect and the construction manager to com municate what you are looking for. You need to communicate how you would like your house to look; all this informa tion is going to determine the nal price of the construction. What are your priorities? Do you want a big kitchen, or do you prefer a big living room and family room? Do you want a big master room? A remodeling implies redistribution of space and thats going to be determined by your priorities and needs. In the case of Hector and Zwis el, the kitchen became the center of the living area, an open space connected to a beautiful enclosed terrace/family room. should nd a good architect. They are trained in dealing with spaces and in the case of a remodeling, in the re-distribu tion of space. They are trained for that and are able to create spaces unimag inable for you. Then the construction manager works closely with the architect and the owner to execute the design and ne tune the details. On the other hand, Juan and Jos em phasized the importance of complying with all the permits to avoid nes and delays in the construction process. They also pointed out the importance of the construction managers credentials and references. Ask the Construction Manager for references and call their clients to verify their integrity and work ethic. All this will help in avoiding any unexpected surprises that will raise your construction or remodeling costs and in a worst-case scenario, end up with a decient construction an eyesore after spending a lot of money. Juan Gracia Jr. and Jos Llenn Figueroa responsible for the remod eling of the Lavergne house feature in this article. The photos speak for them selves. Good job!BEFOREafter


Expert advice in remodeling An open terrace was converted in a closed off family/room with easy open windows for a magnicent green view, light and air circulation. A very cozy space with high ceilings in close com munication with the kitchen. BEFORE after after 5 de mayo at the beach club


Juan Carlos Rodrguez a las madres What a beautiful concert! Fabian Robles and Juan Carlos Rodrguez (tenors) and Mara Leticia Hernndez, (soprano) were the three voices that paid tribute to mothers on their day. They mainly performed popular songs in Spanish and English with the exception of a couple of outstanding classical interpretations. The combination of voices was perfect and it truly was a musical banquet that lasted almost until midnight. Bravo, BRAVISIMO! Fabian Robles sings to his wife.Tat the Palmas Yacht Club Busca ms fotos en www.llpalmas/photos facebook.com /llpalmas


Fabian Robles & Juan Carlos Rodrguez, Tenors with Maria Leticia Hernandez, Soprano in a beautiful interpretation. a las madres


Father and son shave their heads on behalf of their niece/cousin, Natalia Fournier who is right now in Boston re ceiving a bone marrow transplant from her little brother Sebastian, 4 years old. 787.285.8505Especial de almuerzo de lunes a viernes HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY!! :)Live music Tuesday to Sunday....


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The Ladies in Orange On April 19th, the Palmas Ath letic Ladies Golf Club members had their The Ladies in Orange Ladies Member & Guest Golf Tournament. Each member invit ed three guests and played a four player scramble golf format in the beautiful Flamboyan course. For nine consecutive years the tournament benets Casa La Providencia, a residential program located in Old San Juan, which helps women overcome alcohol and drug addiction problems. This year we invited one of the Direc tors, Lcda. Denise Gauthier and an ex-resident, Mrs. Vivian Perez. Lcda. Gauthier gave us a talk on how the program works and about their high success rate. Mrs. Viv ian Perez shared with us her ex perience during rehabilitation 19 years ago. The residents of the rehabilitation center gave each tournament player a gift as a way of saying Thank You for their time and donation. We feel very happy and very proud for all the help we give to this institution. We want to thank all our sponsors for their help and majados, serenata de bacalao and frituras by Mi Cosecha by Carlos Colon, the sandwich snacks from Burger King and the coffee, juices, refreshments, water, beers, wines, mimosa from Coca Cola. The beautiful decoration, the mu sic by Alex D.J., making everybody dance, donated by two ladies club members and Pipo Ortiz, the per support to this noble cause: QBE Optima Ins. Co, Mapfre Ins. Co., Universal Ins. Co., Marsh Saldana Ins. Co., Ralphs Food Warehouse, Tere Suarez, Mendez & Co., Popular Auto & Elizabeth Arden. To benet Casa La Providencia, we also had a competition called Shoot for the Green in hole #8, where each participant paid $10.00 to have the opportunity to win a weekend at Wyndham Rio Mar. The winner was Nancy Albite from Cabo Rojo. We had a day lled with golf, food, music, prizes and enjoy ment!! The beautiful orange shirts were donated by Mendez & Co and Core Insurance, the bags for the goodies by Elizabeth Arden and the banners indicating the name of the sponsors by Kike and Annie Soler. The delicious breakfast was donated by Megamarca Kia from Humacao and the pastries from Los Cidrines. The owers on the tee boxes was donated by Conchita Ces tero, the golf car for a Hole-inOne from Club Car, the food oasis of son in charge of the rafe, with his good sense of humor animated the activity. There were prizes and gifts for everybody. The members and the guests made this event very special and different!!! The best ladies golf member & guest of Puerto Rico: PAC Ladies Member & Guest!!! Dont miss it next year on February 21, 2014! And the winners are. . S PECIAL PRI Z ES Closest to the pin, hole #15: Graciela Escudero Straightest Drive, Hole #9: Chary Morales NET W INNERS 5th place net: Luz Agosto, Vilma Nigaglioni, Marta Hernndez, Elsa Abreu 4th place net: Taty Oliver, Frances, Guzmn, Carlina Rivera, Regina Reyes 3rd place net: Carolina Acevedo, Lourdes Chipi, Angie Veiga, Grisel Hernndez 2nd place net: Consuelo Bravo, Sonia Oquendo, Atheline Aponte, Maria Vilarino 1st place net: Koki Arostegui, Lula Vlez, Kimberly Cancel, Tere Roman G ROSS W INNERS 2nd Place gross: Norka Morales, Jeannie Belaval, Lilliam Dvila, Lourdes Sobrino 1st place gross: Mari Prado, Janice Cruz, Clari Carbia, Luca Rodrguez


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AT MARBELLA CAVA Natalia Subir MIMA In the unique ambiance of Marbel la Cava, Mima and Natalia Sub ir exhibited their latest creation among a group of Palmas fashion lovers. It was a girls afternoon of fashion, wine and tapas. More than one (including myself) succumbed to the exquisite creations of two of our nest designers. They were a real work of art. We hope to have them back soon. Suite 133, Palmanova Plaza, Palmas del Mar, Humacao, PR Tel 787.502.0565 ssanz@soniasanz.com


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editors choice 2 bedrooms 2 bath plus a loft. First oor. Beautifully remod eled. Pleasant view to the golf course and the lakes. Excellent price: $299,500K For more in formation, call VIP Properties 787.285.5058. Custom built Townhouse, 4bed, 4bath, excellent condition, pro fessionaly decorated with boat slip at Plaza del Puerto $1,650.00 million asking price. For more in formation contact: Rudy Real ty at Tel. 787.285.4226 Cel. 787.647.8003 rudyrealty117@ yahoo.com Palmanova Plaza #105, Palmas del M ar, PRA dream come true...Beautiful Beach Villa!


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When deciding what to wear this sum mer, especially at Palmas Del Mar, think of Resort Living. Fabrics should be com fortable, cool and light. You want to look fresh, elegant and casual wearing some thing that can take you from an afternoon by the pool at one of the clubs and then out to dinner at one of the ne restaurants in Palmas. At Sonia Sanz Boutique in Pal manova Plaza, you nd a large assortment of garments and different options or styles to satisfy every taste. Specializing in nat ural bers like linen, silk and organic cot tons, the summer collection is sure to t into the scene. As for colors and prints, white is always a favorite and mini prints are a trend for the season. When selecting a white piece, consider organic cotton or linen. These fabrics are soft to the touch and very appropriate for the hot weather as they breathe and perspiration evapo rates easily and fast. White garments in these fabrics will always look very chic and tropical. Accessories to go with the resort style should also be selected with nature in mind. Rafa handbags, leather clutch es with animal prints, platform and/or at leather sandals will always go well in the summer, and they can also be worn during the day as well as the evening. Harmony with nature, relax living and breezy fabrics are the key ideals for resort living. Fashion shown by Sonia Sanz Exclusive lines: Eileen Fisher, CP Shades, Tolani Shoes: Fiel Clutches: Incandela Handbags: Flora Bella Stylist: Sonia Sanz Photographer: Lissette Rosado Model: Diana Parras


David Antonio is one of Puerto Ricos favorite designers, not only for his beautiful and elegant creations but also because of his warm and kind personality. His creations are also very usable and versatile. David Antonio is known for his liberal spirit and unique creations. His pieces go beyond fashion, as he constantly reinvents his collec tions per season. He is famous for his tunics, so appropriate for our climate and our Caribbean resort life style. You can wear his tunics with ats and a ponytail and look fabulous. Andguess what? He is from Yabucoa! More photos at www.llpalmas/photos facebook.com /llpalmas


Going into the season, the TPA Dolphins mini swim team (grades 4ththrough 6th) was considered the underdog of the league and a championship win seemed unlikely, if not im possible. The Dolphins faced stiff competition from schools with traditions in swimming excellence. Many of those schools boasted Olympic quality swimming pools and professional coaches. To make matters worse, the TPA Dolphins only had 5 returning swimmers from the previous season. They would need at least 24 swimmers to make a full team. In fact, by the fall of 2012, it seemed there would not be a swim team as the school was having a hard time nding a coach for the team. When a swimming team parent named Michael Waddington heard that there would probably be no swim team for the little kids this year, he volunteered himself, and his wife, Alexandra, to take over the mini swim team. We wanted to give back to the community and coaching the team was a perfect opportunity. We both swam competi tively growing up and we wanted to give the kids that oppor tunity, said Alexandra. When Michael met with Jose Alvarez, TPA Athletic Di rector, they decided that they were going to do this, and that it was going to be done right. Jose was awesome. He worked tirelessly to get us whatever we needed to help this team suc ceed, said Michael. The Palmas community pulled together and supported the Dolphins. Our Palmas Athletic Club graciously offered the use of the Beach Club pool for swimming practice. The Support of the PAC and Beach Club staff was vital to the success of the swim team, said Alexandra. Now came the challenging part. They had a pool, but needed swimmers that could swim. We needed to recruit and train about 20 students in two months, said Michael. The message went out, Bring us your children and we will train them to swim. No experience required! Students recruited their friends to join the team. Parents got involved and went from classroom to classroom asking for volunteers. The team used a Facebook fan page to attract swimmers and build support. Looking back, it seemed crazy to think that we could re cruit and train a full team of kids. But every week, the team grew stronger. We would get 2-3 new kids a week, and by the semi nals, we had a full roster. It was amazing, said Michael. Teaching children to swim breaststroke, backstroke, butter y, and freestyle in such a short period of time was challeng ing. But the Palmas Academy students rose to the challenge. Some students that could not swim well in January went on to win medals in April. Thats not possible without hard work 4th Grade Boys Relay Wins Bronze (Andres Puig, Manuel Pagan, Kevin Villanueva, Gavin Figueroa) 5th Grade Girls Relay Wins Gold (Lorena Delgado, Catalina Robles, Marisabel Boschet ti, Monica Nassar) Palmas Academy Mini Swimmers... the new champions! By Lissette Rosado


Palmas Academy Mini Swimmers... the new champions!and determination, Michael explained. The Dolphins trained by running and exercising on the beach and swimming laps in the Beach Club pool. The team would run on the beach and do Army style ex ercises before they got in the pool and the kids really loved it. These kids have a lot of heart, said Michael. For many of the students, as well as for me, working out on the beach was a highlight, he said. To support the team, the Palmas mini swim team parents showed up in full force, attending practice and competitions, getting the team uniforms, and assisting with practice. At the semi nals, the other coaches were shocked when they saw our team of 28 swimmers wearing matching Palmas swim caps and shirts, said Michael. One coach from another team asked, where did you get all of these kids? In uniform, the Dolphins were impressive. They looked and acted like a really experienced and well disciplined team. At the nals, several coaches and parents from other schools complimented the Palmas swimmers for their positive atti tudes and swimming performances. By the nal competition, the team was ready. All of the Dolphins made it into the nals and earned points for the team. At the nals, the team was anchored by 6th graders Luis Cruz and Jackie Laureano who led the team in medals and points. Palmas del Mar is proud of all the little swimmers and would like to say Congratulations for what turned out to be a wonderful season!! And our recognition to Michael and Alexandra for such a wonderful job. This is Palmas! 5th Grade Boys Relay Wins Silver (Daniel Cruz, Jesus Aponte, Christian Figueroa, Jack Weidner)


THE TEAM MEMBERSMVPS Luis Cruz and Jackie Laureno R OOKIES OF THE Y EAR Daniel Cruz and Mnica Nassar M OST I MPROVED Tamara Cruz and Andrs Puig TEAM R OSTER 4th grade girls: Gavin Figueroa Kevin Villanueva Manuel Pagn ndres Puig Roberto Vaca 4 TH GRADE GIRLS Valeria Malav Daniela Oquendo Julianna Vlez Tamara Cruz Lynelis Villanueva 5 TH GRADE BOYS Christian Figueroa Daniel Cruz Guillermo Vzquez Jesus Aponte Jack Weidner 5 TH GRADE GIRLS Mnica Nassar Lorena Delgado Marisabel Boschetti Catalina Robles 6 TH GRADE BOYS Luis Cruz Guillermo Arbona Ricardo Prieto Diego Coln 6 TH GRADE GIRLS Jackie Laureano Gabriela Nassar Emilia Waddington Laura Duffany 6th Grade Girls Relay Wins Gold (Emilia Waddington, Jackie Laureano, Gabriela Nassar, Laura Duffany)


Dont ask us!l palmasinsurance@gmail.com Ask our clients... 787.850.9209 Justo LorenzottiPalmas Insurance,CorpAfter we bought our property in Palmas del Mar, our Realtor recommended us to contact Palmas Insurance, Corp for our insurance needs. They quoted us with different companies and recommended the best coverage & premiums for us. Their knowledge, experience and competitive products makes them number one in Palmas. Its not only Business, they are good friends and have been very helpful by advising us on all transactions required as new residents of Palmas. Justo Lorenzotti The morning went by slowly while, sitting in the living room, I narrated to my closest friends the story of the terrible odyssey I lived through after my body went into a coma for almost two weeks. It was there, at the San Lucas Hospital in Ponce, where my angels, a group of doctors which included my beloved son, Dr. Francisco Mndez Lpez, that I was the recipient of the most loving care, until I was able to come out of the coma in order to tell the world the miracle which heaven allowed me to experience at that time, which helped me to survive my crisis. I saw myself walking through a very strange and impressive road that made me very scared. All of a sudden I lifted my eyes to heaven, and there was my God, watching me as I walked. Realizing how scared and lost I really was, He extended His hand to me, and helped me to get out of there. It was thanks to that great God, and to my Palmas del Mar Academy family: teachers, students, parents, and employees, who prayed and cried with my beloved daughter Myrna Frances Mndez, my sweet grand-daughter Hannah Gabriella, and my much loved grandson, Francisco Mndez Jr., that I was able to do it. Thank you all! A big hug also to Marcos, who refused to go to tutoring, because Abuela Cuca was not there! Special thanks to my Ponce friends: Margie Rigual, Noemi Peniza, and Carmencita Serra, who has lived in Caguas for several years. That day, after nishing my strange story, my friends Lillian, Mary, Luz, Heidy, Dalia, Pilar and I moved to the dining room to have lunch and thanked our Good Lord for His blessings. While I was sick Pilar went the extra mile together with Pili, Tito, Adriana and Pao, by giving their tender, loving care to my sweet Hannah Gabriella, like only they know how to. Therefore, my daughter Myrna was able to devote all of her time to my care. The acts of kindness of the people of Palmas del Mar towards me, and my family, were endless! When I returned to my home at the Villas en Palmas, I felt their warmth and care and cried a lot! That is why I waited several months until I felt stronger, and was able to tell this story. Shes back! ...and so grateful.


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Jonathan Mndez La Guerra Astral, de su autora 1st place Luna, lunita, mi luna, quisiera contigo bailar, perderme contigo en el cielo, dejar mi pasin estallar, subirme y soltar mi deseo, dejar mis anhelos rondar, las galaxias ocultas del bello,mbito celestial.. Luna, luna, mi luna, conmigo te quedars a milado por siempre continuars, tu cuerpo. tus fases, tu alma, conmigo se quedarn, tu aroma de ave pura, aqui permanecer. (Fragments)JONATHAN MNDEZfull scholarship at Cornell! Jonathan is denitely an example of self -improvement and discipline. I just realized how throughout the edi tions of Live & Life in Palmas, we have been able to showcase how kids in our community evolve and become adults in front of our very own eyes. During these past ve years covering Palmas Academys activities and events, I could foresee how Jonathan was going to suc ceed. You cant help but remember Jona than. I remember Jonathans impressive performance two years ago in Rheto ric week. I talked about this event all week but I remember being especially impressed with Jonathan. He is a truly talented boy. Jonathan has been in Pal mas Academy since he was ve years old in kindergarten and now he is 18. Since sixth grade he has had the highest grade in Spanish. He belonged to the Nation al Honor Society, hes good in Spanish, hes been playing piano since he was 2 years old, he sings, he is good in math, in drama club, in oratory, in poetry, he is involved in the church, in the com munity, in the school and he wants to study meteorology since he has always been fascinated with atmospheric phe nomena. He is not only a good student but also a leader. Jonathan is also very pleasant and among his peers he is said to be: adaptable, open to changes, open minded, responsible, consistent, gets along with adults and children. What do you believe has helped you to be the person you are now? Palmas Academy environment has helped me to develop self-condence. Half of us (graduates) have been togeth er since kindergarten and most of us live here and share all the time like an ex tended family. My family values and the respect and responsibility they teach me are some of my assets. They teach me not to be the best one but be the best I could be. Where does he want to study? In an Ivy League School and his rst choice was Cornell because it is the only one that offers a BA in Meteorology. And...bingo!! Cornell not only granted him admission but also offered him a full scholarship. In the beginning I was in shock, I couldnt believe it! But after a short time I got used to the idea. I was going to Cornell. My dream had come true. All the hard work and sacrice has paid-off and it is worth it after all. I am happy! Even though he admitted he is a little anxious about the change but ready for the challenge His plans are to come back to Puerto Rico and work with the National Meteorology Center in San Juan but he will also love to work in the Na tional Hurricane Center in Miami and be one of the meteorologist who y with the Left: This year Palmas Academy play, Mary Poppins Above: Jonathan with his beloved family and support network. By Lissette Rosado


full scholarship at Cornell! Storm Tracker telling the pilot where to go. I could see him there! Among his achievements in his school years, Jonathan has won many awards and has participated in several import ant academic programs such as an ad vanced mathematics course called Data & Chance, a course offered by John Hopkins University. To be able to take this course you have to take the SAT test and pass it. Jonathan did it while still eighth grade and was the rst Puer to Rican to attend this program. In this course, students develop a greater under standing of data and chance, two areas of mathematics that easily transfer from the classroom to the real world. Students conduct experiments and generate data that they display in graphs, charts, and tables in order to compare the effects of particular variables. It was a super rich experience for me, he stated and explained that there he met professors and students from all over the world. I made many connections from all over the world. My main professor for exam ple was from Africa, he said. Last year he was chosen to take a Puerto Rico Weather Camp in the UPR, Mayagez at Magueyes, Parguera with other 17 student chosen from all over Puerto Rico. It was a great experience because there I also met very good pro fessors. This year he was also a nalist of Los Premios Endi (Awards offered by El Nuevo Da) with an essay he submitted in Spanish. Jonathan also won the Mayra Santos Febres award in Oratory in 2012 for his creation: La Guerra Astral, a poem he wrote which obtained the highest sores in the entire competition! Jonathan, we wish you the best and we are sure you will obtain many more achievements in your life. Palmas is very proud of you! Tel 787.523.3131 Cel 787.607.0907www.greenwindowspr.com PUERTAS VENTANAS PUERTAS DE GARAGE PUERTAS DE BAO BARANDAS Before After


at Palmas AcademyCaciques The Caciques, Humacaos bas ketball team, visited Palmas Academy for a demonstration. It was fascinating to see the kids faces in amazement as they saw how these big guys put the ball in the basket almost effortlessly. They are not only big but also t and skilled. By the way, you may see them walking around our community since they are living in Palmas. You can see in the pictures how the students compared their hands with the play ers in admiration. A couple of girls had the thrill of having one of the players pick them up in the air so that she could dunk the ball. I am sure this visit is going to be a memorable lasting experience. It was for me! I spent the rest of the day showing the photos I took and talking about the experience. O ur M ajor, M arcelo Trujillo was also part of this courtesy visit. WAL O Radio, our local radio sta tion transmitted the event and in terviewed the school director and several teachers. As part of the visit WALO Radio transmited the event live. tira y encesta! C P M & REALTORS787-850-4401 787-852-7161 www.cpmrealtypr.com


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FROM From Istanbul to Athens was the name of the EF (Education First) educational tour that a group of The Palmas Academy students, teachers and parents took during Spring Break. For 11 days, under the experienced guide, Mrs. Lissette Sanabria, the students were able to take a closer look at the cradle of civilization. In Istanbul, the tour visited Hagia Sophia and the impressive Blue Mosque, a unique monument of Islam. Of course, an interesting visit to the Grand Bazzar was the next stop. An adventure in itself, the Grand Bazaar houses more than 4,000 shops where the group engaged in the ancient art of haggling over prices with the shop owners and/or employees. The next few days were full of history as the TPA travelers went back in time while visiting the ruins of Troy--scene of many epic battles-Pergamon, Acropolis and Ephesus. Then, more fun awaited as the TPA globetrotters enjoyed a threeday cruise from Turkey to the islands of Crete and the spectacular views of Santorini before arriving to Athens. Mrs. Sanabrias art history students had the experience of walking through the monuments of the Olympic Stadium, the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena at the Acropolis among other IstanbulGreek historic sites. The trip would not be complete without saying farewell to Greece with the Greek Evening celebration. Besides enjoying the local cuisine and the entertainment the TPA dancers showed off their talent learning to dance to Greek music. So, The Palmas Academy EF Tours says Kalimera (Have a good day) and see you next year in Australia. By Dr. Rubn Chamorro


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Meaito (Pee Tree) Tulipan Africano (African Tulip) (Spatho dea) And of course our loyal Flamoboyanes are back with red and yellow owers as every summer. As well as the Pink Oak, the Yellow oak are a gift from Nature. We are a blessed community and it is manifest ed everywhere we look. Nature is one of our blessings so lets protect it by planting trees that serve, not only to enhance our landscape, but also to purify our air and inspire our soul. Ev ery year, when I see this colorful display, I feel overwhelmed and touched, but we have to keep educating our young adults and children to pro tect and respect it. Lets get together in our own regimes to promote the planting of trees!


What a spectacular display of beauty in the southeast area by our oak trees! Let us protect these beautiful trees that we usually take for grantedthey are a gift from God.


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While in San Juan it was raining cats and dogs, Palmas had a beautiful beach day as part of the activities of the Heineken Regatta. Family and friends get together at the beach to watch the sailboat competition and have a good time in the sun. Thanks to the folks at Coopertone, we had music on the beach and most importantly... everyone was protected from the sun. HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME... at the beach bohio


As you all know, when I turned 60 I shared with you my goal of loosing 30 pounds, which I did. I reached my goal and I have kept my new weight during these past two years. It was not easy in the beginning, it took a lot of will and discipline but after a while it became second nature and, believe me, I feel good and energized. (I need all the energy available to do this magazine!) Now at 62 I have new goals. I want to share with all of you what inspires and stimulates me so that I may inspire and stimulate other people that may be needing a little push. You can do it! To help me with my new goal I am going to be working with V ictor Pia, the new Personal Trainer at Los Lagos and Rox anna Tosca an experienced Nutritionist. PERSONAL TRAINING V ictor is a certied Personal Trainer and is going to be offering his services at Los Lagos. He is going to help me reach my new goals. MY NEW GOALS Even when I have lost a lot of weight I still have abdominal fat that I havent been able to eliminate and my arms needs some muscular mass that you loose naturally with age. I asked V ictor what is the secret needed to obtain my goals? Dedication, he answered without hesita tion. That I have, so I am on the right track. He rec ommended exercise at least four days a week and if you want to see results, then schedule your personal training sessions 3 times a week. Its an orchestrat ed combination of diet, cardio, y resistance (weights) that is going to make it happens, he said. In my case he said we have to work mainly with resistance to target the muscle and make it re-grow. Diet is going to be also important, with a good protein intake. ADVANTAGES OF A PERSONAL TRAINER You reach your goal faster You obtain knowledge about how your body works Avoid injuries M otivation I will also recommend nding a buddy that works out with you, its more fun and the day you feel about giving up you have somebody to push you.A personal NutritionistWhether it is weight loss, high cholesterol or high blood pressure, consulting a Nutritionist is a wise idea. Its the opportunity to change your eating habits forever. They have the knowledge to discuss what you consumed and how you do it. Nutritionists have an in-depth understanding of the effects that nutrients have on your body. They can help you meet your dietary goals because they understand the way your diet affects your overall health. Sporting activities may require you to build or develop certain kinds of muscle groups or eat a specic diet to maximize your athletic performance. Nutritionists can help you determine the right foods to eat and the foods to avoid. Consulting a nutritionist will help you manage your weight or gain muscle. You may wish to lose weight or gain weight. You may need to build muscle mass for health reasons. A nutritionist can help you nd a safe and healthy way to accomplish your objectives. Roxanna Tosca, the Los Lagos nutritionist explained to me that it all depends what your goals are and your specic health situation. If you are on a diet to burn fat, you may have to look very closely at what you eat, she said and for my surprise she stated that fat is not our main enemy it is SUGAR! Some times it is better to eat regular food (not low fat food) because when they extract the fat they elevate the sugar content. For my surprise she told me that what I eat every morning as breakfast -yogurt and granola is not that health because granola has a lot of fat and sugar. If you use granola it has to be as a topping, Roxanna pointed out that variety is important. Its better to eat something different every day for your breakfast maybe one day oatmeal, scrambled eggs with more egg whites than yolk, Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese with fruits so that your body doesnt get used to the same thing. Its the same with exercise. You have to vary because if not the body will stay in a comfort zone mode and the metabolism stays on a standstill. You have to confuse your body, so that it doesnt know what you are going to do next to keep him alert and active, she said. Some of the foods Roxanna mentioned as very nutritive and low fat are: (2 teaspoons of Peanut Butter is equivalent to 1oz of meat) Roxanna Tosca has 15 years of experience as a Nutritionist and is M HSN witch means that she has a M aster degree in Health, Science & Nutrition. Roxanna is also a Registered Dietitian (RD). Roxanna is going to be offering her consulting service on demand at Los Lagos.New goals at62


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I am a normal guy, working at the ofce from Monday to Friday, soccer and volleyball practices and games with the kids, and enjoying Palmas community life with my wife Lissie. Many years ago I took up running as a way to keep t, gain stamina, control my weight and as a relaxation activity. Palmas provides a perfect setting for walking, running and cycling, so it was just natural to enjoy the great outdoors. Once upon a time, a friend who used to participate in marathons invited me to join him at the Worlds Best 10K across the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge. At that time I had never ran more than 30 to 40 minutes non-stop, so I took it as a challenge. I started training and six weeks later ran my rst 10K. Since then I have been running 5Ks and 10Ks all over the Island, I was happy My competitive mind has been challenging me for a long time with the idea of taking my running a little bit further, the half marathon! The half marathon is a 13.1 mile race, more than double the distance of my favorite 10K. So I nally ended my procrastination and signed up for my rst half marathon. And what a better place to start than where Fantasy is all around you: The Disney Marathon. After ve months and many miles of training, I lost ten pounds in the process; I arrived at World Disney World ready to rumble. Over 23,000 runners were registered for the half marathon and over 30,000 for the full marathon, so I was pretty condent I was not going to nish last. The camaraderie among the participants was awesome, the tness expo was huge, and the organization was great. It was a dream come true. Mickey was in charge of the full marathon and Donald Duck was in charge of the half. At least three times during my 2:38 run I felt accomplished, and a little bit emotional: when the gun indicated the start at Epcot (This is it!), when I came face to face with the brightly lighted Cinderellas Castle at Magic Kingdom (Wow!) and crossing the nish line (I did it!). After 13.1 miles of almost effortless running, you bet, I believe in Magic! Whats next? The full marathon? Not for a while, let me enjoy my success a little bit longer. Rubn Chamorro ....By: Dr. Rubn Chamorro


As we drive through the main gate of Palmas for our yearly visit, there is a warm greeting and salute from the guard. We are home again and we continue on to the gate at Beach Vil lage where we feel so lucky to be back. The guard at the gate seems just as happy to have us back, thus our vacation begins. We have leased the same villa for the last fteen years. The location for us is ideal. We are situated on the 4th hole of the Palm Golf Course and just a few steps from the water. To sit on the terrace, be it early morning, afternoon, or evening gives us a sense of peace and tranquility. Truly, the beauty is indescrib able. The cloud formations never disappoint. As a psychotherapist, I often examine my own feelings and reactions as well those of others. What is it at Palmas that inspires such pleasure in all of us? One reason may well be the air we breathe here. A friend, also a Palmas enthusiast and a retired professor of experimen tal psychology, has explained that the air we breathe at Palmas is borne on the trade winds from Africa. There is little or no heavy industry in the way to pollute this air. Perhaps, this is why we all feel so energized and relaxed once we arrive. There is also a psychological impact at Palmas. If someone smiles, I will smile back. If someone is warm and accepting, I feel warmly accepted. When my husband goes to the golf WHAT IS IT ABO U T P ALMAS ? by Muriel Goldberger, from Woodmere NY Muriel, one of our loyal snowbird for fteen years, practices psy chotherapy at Woodmere, NY and has taught at the New York School for Psychotherapy. Muriel with her two sisters that come to Palmas every year and they too love it. They are all Psy chotherapists and the shirts they are wearing with the three glass es of wine are engraved with the phrase: group therapy. a reectioncourse, the people who work there give him a hug, a handshake and high-vesit feels like family. We both expe rience this warmth in many ways at Palmas. The Puerto Rican people are genuinely welcoming and so are the homeown ers and other guests. It seems that no one here feels stressed. We all move and play at our own pace. There is a gen erosity of spirit and an acceptance of diversity. It feels like a lot of love going around. Little wonder that people call Palmas PARADISE.


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A new concept in frozen yogurt opened in Palmanova. What makes this concept so special? It not only tastes amazing but its actually good for you according to many nutritionists! They recommend it as a low calorie, healthy treat. It is a natural source of protein, calcium, and contains probiotics to help support a healthy digestive system and immunity. Yogen Fruz is made with real fruit avors and fresh milk, and the clients add the fresh fruits, almonds, sweets they like. There are many delicious yogurt avors to pick from. In short, it is a heavenly experience. Some of our homeowners stop by twice a day for their healthy treat!! And now, the Fruznation Reward Program, using a card that you register through internet started, which awards points for purchases, birthdays, facebook posts, referrals, etc. All in all, a great addition to Palmas repertoire of taste experiences! Kitchen Hours 5pm-10pm Wednesday and Thursday 5pm -11pm Friday and Saturday (Bar until 1:30am) 5pm 10pm Sunday *Bar menu one extra hour Happy Hours & Chef Specials...Every day!787.852.5600 787.236.7682101 Palmanova Plaza, Palmas del Mar, Humacao, PRFridays ...kareokee Saturday...live musicAvailable for privates activities


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COMING SOON! Long Weekend Jazz Fest @PalmasPalmas del M ar est de fiesta con su primer festival de jazz el sbado 22 de junio. D esde las 7:00 pm el pblico se deleitar con la msica de: G uess Who Jazz Q uartet, Frank S urez y su grupo y con la presentacin de Charlie S eplveda & The Turnaround. La entrada es libre de costo y este es el primero de una serie de actividades durante fines de semana largo. Las otras fechas sern: Julio 27 Septiembre 7 O ctubre 12 Noviembre 9 Diciembre 28 E ste evento es el comienzo de una serie de actividades en coordinacin con PH A para el disfrute de la comunidad de Palmas e invitados. rfntb JULY 13, 2013 5:00pm at the Country Club, Palmas del Mar Humacao, PR $60p/p (IVU included) Tickets available at Sonia Sanz r FATHERS DAY Golf T ournament June 15, 2013 S ponsored by the Palmas Community Church A t the Palmas Homeowners meeting rooms July 15 to 18 from 10am to noon ages 5 to 12 years For more information, call 787.344.9749Vacation Bible School


Reasons to have a home in Palmas de Mar, Puerto Rico? A master planned community bordering with Sandy Beach. A County club with 2 -championship 18 hole golf courses. A Beach Club with restaurant, pools, fun themed area for children and relaxing areas to sport some sun and fun. A Tennis center one of the largest in the Caribbean. A M ega Yacht Club. An English Academy from preK to 12. An Equestrian center, spas and most importantly, a way of life. This is just a small list of the wonderment of Palmas del M ar, Puerto Rico a 2750 acre resort community A Destination. For more information call 787.850.4401 cpmrealty@aol.com editors choice B e a part of PH A s summer of fun and cycle your way to fitness with your friends, neighbors and family while enjoying some of the best views and natural settings in Palmas. Join us S aturday, June 22, 2013 at 4 P M at the entrance to G uayanes at the end of Palmas D rive. S ponsored by D alePedal B ike S hop, Humacao. A ll riders must wear a helmet, gloves and appropriate cycling attire. A ll minors must be accompanied by an adult. A technical inspection will be performed prior to the start courtesy of D alePedal. Courtesy refreshments and snacks will be available with an oasis at the halfway point. a $5.00 registration fee will be required per person. For more information call Joseph M aqueda 787-914-8034.PH As summer of fun and cyclecannot miss this! Tejedoras de la Palabra present the book...


AT PALMAS DEL MAR The Kitty Michael Golf Tour nament was held in our PAC golf courses. The teams from USA, Canada, Jamaica, Ber muda, Guadalupe, Bahamas and Trinidad Tobago partici pated in a three-day compe tition lled with excitement and activities. The members of Team Puerto Rico were selected after three days of a qualifying process. The Puerto Rican team members were: Rebekah Alfond, Athe line Aponte, Saskia Alvara do, Jeannie Belaval, Elena Camilo, Carolina Rivera, and 4 PAC members: Marilyn Herndez, Norka Morales, Mari Marchand and Marie Prado. 35Kitty Michael golf Tournament


Puerto Rico was selected for the 35th edition of the Kitty Michael Golf Tour nament and Palmas del Mar was chosen to celebrate the event where almost 100 players participated. There were participants from Canada, USA, Jamai ca, Bermuda, Guadalupe, Bahamas and Trinidad & Tobago. A Welcome Party and dinner at our magnicent Palmas Yacht Club was held to welcome our guests. It was a beautiful afternoon at the sunset only made it more spec tacular. It was certainly a fun soiree they will always remember. AT THE YACHT CLUB Kitty Michael golf Tournament l Busca ms fotos en www.llpalmas/photos


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Kitty Michael golf Tournament W HA T A SH O W A beautiful Paso Fino show was held at our Palmas Stable, Hacienda Candelero in honor of the competitors of the Kitty Michael Golf Tournament. Paso Fino a very rooted tradition in Puerto Rico, dates from the Colonial days when this naturally gaited light horse breed was imported to the Caribbean from Spain. The Paso Fino horses are known for their smooth, natural, four-beat, lateral ambling gait. There are two groups of Paso Finos: the Pure Puerto Rican Paso Fino originated in Puerto Rico and the other is the Colombian Paso Fino developed in Colombia. Though from similar Spanish ancestors, the two groups developed independently of one another in their home nations. The activity also counted with a frituras (typical Puerto Rican fritters) Kiosk and typical country music from Puerto Rico. The photos speak for themselves.


A gainst all odds (bad weather was forecasted), the Heineken R egatta took place in our spectacular Palmas del M ar Yacht Club as a four-day event that included, not only the sailboat competition, but also live music everyday, cocktails and parties all day and night!


Thanks to Manolo Terrn for his collaboration with Live & Life in Palmas. All the pictures of the boats and its crew members were taken by Manolo.


La veuve clicquot... at the Palmas Yacht Club swimming pool area


La veuve clicquot... T H E GRE Y GOOSE PA R TY AT TH E Y ACHT C LU B A private G rey G oose cocktail party at the S econd Floor of the Yacht Club was held as part of the R egatta activities. A s always, it was very well organized and elegant. The hors doeuvre by chef Juan Carlos were exquisite and the G rey G oose drinks fabulous.