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Carol & Steve Ebert’ s Love for Pets Pg. 10
Norway – The Cruise Part 2 Pg. 30
Sea Scouts’ Deep Sea Dive Pg. 41
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Around the Point is a column that includes news items relevant to the residents of LHP.
We reserve the right to reject material that may not be in the best interest of the community.
A r o u n d t h e
IN MEMORY OF 9-11-01
On Sept 11th of each year I set up a memorial for
9-11-01 in remembrance of the firefighters and police officers
who died that fateful day; 343 firefighters from F.D.N.Y., 23
NYPD (New York Police Dept) and 37 PAPD (Port Authority
Police Dept).
The patches displayed were for each firehouse that lost men
(26 that I knew). All were welcome to stop by and join in the
recognition. We should not forget the other souls lost that day
from D.C, and Pennsylvania. Also the fallen Troops, defenders of
our freedom.
A memorial for the Broward Sheriff Officers killed in the
line of duty was also on display.
Broward Health Imperial Point Medical Center (IPMC) is one
of 100 hospitals in the nation, and the only hospital in Florida,
to earn the Hospital of Choice Award by The American Alliance
of Healthcare Providers (AAHCP) for summer 2010. The
Hospital of Choice Awards were designed by the AAHCP to
recognize hospitals that go beyond their walls in pursuit of
excellence and quality care—hospitals that have developed a
collaborative relationship with physicians and healthcare
organizations in the community.
“We are pleased that the American Alliance of Health care
Providers has recognized the clinical excellence, patient and
physician satisfaction, and community commitment of Imperial
Point Medical Center,” said Calvin Glidewell, Chief Executive
Officer at IPMC. “We are proud of the high quality, compas sionate
care that is provided by our dedicated physicians, nurses, and staff
to our community…that’s what we call the Imperial Treatment.”
America’s Choice Hospitals for 2010 were rated on the
Association’s 10-point criteria in Professional Ethics, Standards
of Conduct, Patient's Rights, Performance Management, Staff
Development, and Communication Systems.
“The hospitals selected for this honor must display a
remarkable affinity toward quality care, customer satisfaction and
community service,” explains AAHCP President R. Vincent Parr. “In
short, we recognize hospitals that care about all their customers.”
For more information visit www.BrowardHealth.org
The Shoppes at Beacon
Light will host a special
Ribbons for Life event to raise
money for Susan G. Komen for
the Cure during the month of October at participating stores in
the shopping center. The stores invite members of the
community to personalize a pink cancer awareness ribbon for
$3 in honor or in memory of a loved one. The ribbons will be
displayed at the shopping center through the month of October.
“October is the month for breast cancer awareness, however,
everyone has been affected by some kind of cancer”, says Linda
Bourguet, President of the Shopping Center’s Merchant
Association. “We want the ribbons to symbolize how much cancer
affects all of us. This month we’ll focus on breast cancer, but we’ve
got a long way to go before cancer is a thing of the past.”
Komen for the Cure is the largest source of non-profit funds
dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. It is the largest
grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists
fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for
all and energize science to find a cure.
More than just a walk, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
describes the progress we're making together to help save lives,
but we can't do it without you. Sign up today, and kick start your
fundraising with a personal donation. Together we can create a
world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.
You Walk For A Reason
Your involvement with the Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer event is as unique and special as the story that motivates
you. Each step you take is personal. And each step is helping to
save lives. More than a walk, the American Cancer Society
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event describes the
progress we’re making together to save lives and create a world
with less breast cancer and more birthdays.
Thanks to you, and the many others who participate and
donate to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, we
are getting closer to a world where breast cancer never steals
another year from anyone’s life.
Whether this is your first Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer event or your 15th, we hope you'll lend your support to
the American Cancer Society.
The Garden Club of LHP will meet on Thursday, October 21st
at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Education Hall, 2700 NE 36 Street.
Guest speaker will be Bonnie O’Leary, Garden Gate Nursery,
Pompano Beach who will speak on "AFRICAN VIOLETS"
Refreshments served. All meetings are open and free to the
public and donations are always welcome. For more informa -
tion, visit new website: www.lhpgc.org or contact Mary Ann
Payung, 954.783.2158
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Edit or
What makes America a great country?
The answer is fairly obvious ⎯diversity.
In the planning of each month’s Light -
house Point Magazine, this principal of
diversity is applied to the nth degree.
In the September issue, you may have
seen our coverage of the Luau for
Logan, 4Kids of South Florida and
Surfers for Autism charity events. And
if you read our magazine ‘cover to cover’
as many claim they do, you would have
read stories an articles covering the most
recent travelogue called Norway by Judy
and Bill Sullivan, LHP Chamber and
Exchange Club news, and Career Day at
Deerfield Elementary, just to name a few.
We encourage any of our readers to
contribute articles and/or stories. This
adds greatly to our diversity. And because
of our extensive coverage and great
photographs, the demand for copies is
becoming greater each month. Please
refer to page 8 for the many drop off
points to obtain the copies you may need.
Lighthouse Point Magazine contin ues
to carefully avoid any political affiliation. In
the very next month, many changes in the
House and Senate seem certain, most of
those changes due to the frustration with
a plethora of issues that seem to hang over
everyone’s head.
With the entire world being in such
chaotic condition, there is no ‘magic
bullet,’ there are no proven formulas,
there is no one answer to the complex
problems that seem to be never-ending.
To think that one political party, or
individual can magically turn the world
miasma into some glorious panacea is
delusional, at best. And with the world
spinning out of its orbit, what seems to
make sense on one particular day, turns out
to be entirely wrong on the very next day.
Recently, it was reported that in 2003 a
group of scientists and executives from
the National Institute of Health joined
together with the Food and Drug
Administration, the drug and medical-
imaging industries, universities and
non profit groups in a collaborative effort
to find the biological markers that show
the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in
the human brain. And now, finally, the effort
is bearing fruit with a “wealth of recent
scientific papers” on early diag nosis.
Working together was the solution. Voila!
If you have been witnessing the
pathetic display of hate, angst, disgust and
arrogance from all political parties lately,
you realize our country can never resolve
anything until we all come together in a
collaborative way.
Yes, we must come together, or con -
tinue to suffer the consequences!
Jon Frangipane, Editor
Lighthouse Point
10 Florida Humane Society
Grand Opening
11 Carol & Steven Ebert –
Animal Lovers
23 Lighthouse Programs
for Visually Impaired
30 Norway – Part 2
The Cruise
41 Sea Scouts’
Deep Sea Dive
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Past issues of
Lighthouse Point
can be viewed online at
Accountability . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
Al’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Around the Point . . . . . . . . . . . 5
As I Was Saying . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Beauty Spot of the Month . . 26
Cantankerously Yours . . . . . . 56
Cookin’ with the Community. 62
Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Fashion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Garden Lady . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Green Harriet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
Happy Birthday . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Hot Off the Grill . . . . . . . . . . . 64
Identity Theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
I Love My Pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Legal Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Library News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Lighthouse Point Chamber . 19
Merchant of the Month . . . . 74
On Religion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58
Out & About . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Pet Birthday Gallery . . . . . . . 69
Phantasmagoria . . . . . . . . . . 20
Recipes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Sheriff Lamberti Reports . . . . 64
Strange, But True . . . . . . . . . . 54
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Hi, I’m Kobeena Franco, a smart, sassy, loving 8-year old female Maltese. I live
with my mom, Brenda and 98-year old Nana. I love shopping, traveling, dining
out, modeling and socializing at local Yappy Hour events. Yes, I have the proper,
‘Fashionable’ attire to wear for any occasion. October, Breast Cancer Awareness
Month, we walk in an event called “Glam-A-Thon.” I am proud to be the mascot
for our top fundraising team “Sole Sisters.” See my picture on display for this
event in October at your Publix stores.
We apologize for the typographical errors in the September issue of our magazine.
Page 8 The photo of Bill and Donna Knox was incorrectly identified as Steve
and Donna Knox.
“A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory. ”
– Unknown
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A dream became reality on July 10th when the new, no-kill Florida Humane
Society Animal Shelter had its grand opening at the new 10,000-square-foot
facility at 3870 N. Powerline Rd. in Pompano Beach.
Carol and Steve Ebert welcomed prominent local celebrities for this most
auspicious and historic occasion. (Please see story on next page).
Photos by Jon Frangipane
Paula and Debi
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Lisa Congemi and
Wendy Dayton
Carol Ebert and Brenda
Susan Cornett
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Carol and Steven Ebert —
Animal Lovers to the Core!
The Florida Humane Society’s Truly Dedicated Couple
Story by Marla Schwartz Photos by Debra Todd
o me, a superhero is someone who does something
beyond commendable, without pay, that truly, truly helps
anyone or anything in need. And this description, without
a doubt, sums up the glorious lives of Carol and Steven
Ebert, who recently held a grand opening celebration for
The Florida Humane Society’s (FHS) new no-kill shelter
that they operate at 3870 N. Powerline Road, on the NE
corner of Powerline and Sample Road in Pompano Beach.
In addition to the loving work provided by this caring
couple, a great amount of volunteers, donors and
supporters helped raise $300,000 along with a generous
donation by The Lucille Atwell Foundation of $800,000 and
the help of JWR Construction Services, Inc. to make this
new shelter a reality.“The Lucille Atwell Foundation
purchased the property and gave us the money to build.
Additional money was raised by fundraisers, such as dog
washes, and people who have left us in their wills,” Carol
explained. “As matter of fact, a friend of Lucille, one of our
donors, brought in a photograph of her and her dog,
Precious, for our lobby. Lucille was a dog lover, and before
she passed away five years ago said she wanted to come
back as her dog.”
The new shelter has a contemporary design with an
open lobby, dog and cat boutiques, administrative offices,
an outdoor play area, facilities for dogs and cats available
for adoption and a protective loading area for the staff. In
addition to adoption outreach, the shelter also provides
spay/neuter assistance, extensive animal care, senior
services and pet therapy programs.
“I’ve loved animals
my whole life,” Carol
said. “We were the
‘neighborhood hu -
mane society’ at our
house. Any hurt or
injured animal would
always end up at our
house. I have one
older sister who is
with turtle rescue up
in Wellington and I
have a younger sister
that’s with manatee
rescue up in Orlando
and a brother who is
just a brother,” she
“The first pet I
owned was a little
Carol Ebert and Brenda
Continues On Page 36
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Soroptimist International of Pompano Beach
and the Seminole Tribe of Florida Present
The 20th annual
Wild West Saloon
Saturday, October 2, 2010 • 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
St. Coleman’s Catholic Church
2250 S.E. 12 Street, Pompano Beach
PLAY: Black Jack, Poker, Craps,
Roulette & win tickets for
Chinese Auction Prizes
EAT: Dinner catered by Carrabba’s
DANCE: to the World Famous
BID: on Silent Auction Prizes
TAKE A on Raffles & our Fabulous
CHANCE: Wine Wagons
Dress up in your Wild West attire.
Here’s your chance to be a cowboy or
saloon girl for a fun evening that benefits
a great cause!
Tickets are $55. per person and include dinner,
dancing, 1 free drink and $100 in chips
for your gambling pleasure
All proceeds to benefit Woodhouse — homes and
programs for mentally and physically disabled adults
For tickets see any member of Soroptimist of
Pompano Beach or Patty Petrone at
the Red Fox Diner 954-553-0887
Lisa Stein, Erika Thomas, Kerry Glenn, Jennifer Shesser, and Brian Colon.
The Grateful Palate of 17th Street
hosted 50 supporters of Broward
Children’s Center at a fundraiser that
allowed guests to mingle while enjoying
the exclusive wines and ingredients the
contemporary restau rant and private
yacht supplier offers to its clients.
The Dockside Galley Grille would like to thank all our
friends and patrons for your loyal support and a wonderful
nine years! Unfortunately, we regret that we no longer have
a lease and our landlords have decided to get into the
restaurant business, which is the reason why we are no
longer running The Dockside Galley Grille. It is a very sad
situation indeed.
I also thank you for the overwhelming amount of
affection and support that we have seen these past few
weeks as the news got out. We truly have been blessed by
the people we have come to know through this restaurant.
And in my heart I know we will continue to be blessed!
Keep tuned in to the Lighthouse Point Magazine for
updates on a new location. In the mean time we will truly
miss you!
The Kridlow Family
Romans 8:28 — We know that all things work for good for
those who love God,who are called according to his purpose.
The Kridlow’s
Their Loyal
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“Berkel, I’m telling you, this
is it. I finally found the one I’m
going to spend the rest of my
life with.”
“How many times have I
heard this? answered Berkel.
“No, no, Gloria is different I’m telling you.”
“Yea, so was Alice. So was Diane. So was Tania. So
I keep forgetting that Berkel is a skeptic.
“I know, I know. There have been many, but this
time I feel like I’m flying on a cloud… and a thousand
angels are singing in my ear,” I insisted.
“I guarantee that your vertigo is back!” said Berkel.
“What vertigo? I replied.
Berkel was scratching his ear. “Don’t you remember
what happens when you have vertigo?”
“Refresh my memory.”
“Well, you get dizzy, like your flying on a cloud. And
that singing in your ears… it’s ringing, not singing. The
cochlea of the inner ear has been affected, probably
from that scuba diving you did last week.”
“You’re saying that I don’t know the difference
between being in love and an ear infection?”
“Strange you should ask. You see, the water that
entered your ear has caused unequal pressure against
the eardrums. In layman’s terms, it’s vestibular, or an
inner ear disorder that can cause dizziness, imbalance,
hearing changes, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, difficulty
concentrating, with potentially devastating effects on
a person's day-to-day functioning, ability to work,
relationships with family and friends, and quality
of life.”
“How do you know this for a fact, Berkel, my
“I’ve told you a million times that I watch the
Discovery channel.”
“My feeling for Gloria is not an ear infection.”
“Why not. You said Alice gave you heartburn. Diane
gave you a nervous rash that covered your entire body
for six weeks, and Tania gave you…”
“Shut up. Shut up! I love her with all my being!
When she laughs, her mouth becomes…her mouth
“a bottomless cavern,” said Berkel.
“Not so, not so! When I hold her hand, it feels like
I’m holding…”
“a rancid slice of spam?” smiled Berkel.
“Not so, not so! When I hold her face in my hand, I
think…I think…”
“that her face was accidentally caught in a Thigh
Master?” laughed Berkel.
“Not so, not so! Her eyes. They are like to large,
shinning moons…”
“that have spun out of orbit?”
“Her two red, ruby lips. They are like two…like
“inner tubes from a 1960 Nash Rambler,” said
“Not so, not so! And when she walks into a room,
it’s like…It’s like…”
“she’s still riding a horse?”
“I’ve had enough of your insults. I have a mind to…
“have me euthanized? Whacked? Rubbed out?”
“I didn’t mean that.”
“But it did cross your mind.”
“Maybe I rushed into this thing with Gloria. And
maybe I’ll get my ears checked tomorrow.”
“Now you’re talking. Just keep in mind that the
thousands of hair cells in the middle chamber of your
particular cochlea are vibration receptors. Therefore,
my good man, the vibrations of the endolymph are
probably causing vibrations of the basilar membrane,
and this moves the stereo cilia at the tips of the hair
cells against the tectorial membrane. You’re very lucky
that I’m here to help you through the challenges you
are about to face with your vestibular disorder.”
“Are you finished, Doctor Berkel?”
“Oh, yes you are! And there goes your gummy ball
treats for tonight!”
“You eat them, they stick in my little teeth, anyway.”
“Why, you dirty fuzz-ball, four-legged runt —I
should have you shipped out on a slow boat to
Make that Hawaii and we got a deal!”
I Found A New Baby!
A conversation with my cat By Jon Frangipane
Berkel and Me
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Story by Jane Alford
Mike and Kelly Hynes
Lucille Pignataro
Kelly McDanell Toni Santos
Lana Sharapova
The Lighthouse Point Chamber’s August Social was a
“Sidewalk Social,” held at the Shoppes at Beacon Light. Several
businesses welcomed the Chamber members and greeted them
with snacks and beverages, as well as have an opportunity to
showcase their business.
The festivities started at Merle Norman and Day Spa, where
Linda Bourguet served her world-famous salsa. Next stop was
Casa Del Sol Tanning, where members received a free tan card.
The group then headed over to Pat Anderson’s My Own
Cruising Journal. Pat handed out note cards which featured
some of her famous works of art. In addition, members had a
chance to preview her newly released book. Millie Walsh greeted
guests at Body & Soul Boutique with treats from Gelato Fino and
then the group was off to visit Myriam’s. After that, Jimmy Rager
gave out samples at Rita’s Italian Ice, and appetizers were served
next door at The Sicilian Oven.
Charlie Davis greeted guests with snacks at Beacon Light
Jewelers and Donna & Will Schlager served a Caesar Salad at The
Fin & Claw. To wrap up the evening, Don and Alice Worden
served Chick-fil-A Nuggets and herded everyone next door to
Bank United for the conclusion of the event. Lucille Pignataro,
Chamber President, greeted the group and conducting a drawing
with lots of prizes from the local participating businesses. A fun
evening for all!
This meeting was a mix and mingle event to further the
business interests of the individuals and the Chamber. For more
information, please visit www.lhpchamber.com.
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Appearing on this page will be submissions by persons from all walks of life.
They may be essays, letters, poems photos, memorabilia, or anything we deem creative and in good taste.
A changing scene made up of many elements.
I Was a Cub Scout Fraud
John D. Siegfried
I’ve lost track of how many South Florida elected officials are
currently behind bars or under indictment for fraud and related
offenses. I empathize with them. Most of my life I’ve felt guilty over
my own fraudulent activities – which went undetected.
As an eleven year old, I joined the Cub Scouts. My first Merit
Badge was in Cooking. The requirement for the badge was that I
serve a meal with two hot dishes. I selected breakfast as the meal
and toast and hot chocolate as the two hot dishes. Even at eleven,
I knew I was straining credibility. My departure from the Scouts
shortly thereafter had nothing to do with cooking or charges of
fraud — or with being gay. At that time gay still meant happy or
frivolous. But I continue to have a guilty conscience over my
deceptive, fraudulent, long-discarded Merit Badge.
My mother taught me how to sew on a button, how to iron a
shirt and to always wear clean underwear and socks without holes.
Her fear was that if I ended up in a hospital emergency room with
dirty underwear or holes in my socks, the hospital attendants would
think, What kind of a mother does he have? Somehow cooking
wasn’t part of my instructional package.
For many years, I was in a traditional marriage and my wife was
an excellent cook. My only culinary capers were in the summer at
the outdoor grill. But even there I learned to never serve my guests
grilled gunk until after it became dark – and after their third martini.
By that time the only question was whether the shoe leather was
calf or alligator.
Since my separation and divorce, I’ve learned to cook – the hard
way, by trial and error. My partner, Howard, encourages my kitchen
craziness knowing if I cook, he won’t have to. When we entertain
guests, usually with a casserole and a salad, he’ll ask, “What can I do
to help?” My answer is always the same. “Stay out of my way.”
I flunk the course when it comes to having meat, potatoes and
vegetables all on the table at the same time. But with a great French
bakery nearby, the appetizers, desserts and bread are a cinch.
Somehow though, supplementing my culinary creations from the
bakery rekindles my feelings of Cub Scout fraud.
Before I found the bakery, one of my first forays into the land of
gastronomy was a recipe for garlic chicken. As soon as I served our
guests I was aware that the garlic flavor overpowered all. If the
chicken wasn’t dead at the start of the process, she certainly was
after being cooped up in the oven for an hour in a pan full of garlic.
Bravely we plowed on with the meal and our guests lied through
their teeth telling me it was delicious. The good part was that none
of them developed a cold or respiratory infection (or anything else
that garlic is supposed to prevent) for months afterward.
The next day I crossed paths with a friend who was a semi-pro
in the kitchen. “Steve,” I asked innocently, “What’s a clove of
“Garlic grows as a bulb,” he explained. “Each bulb is called a
head and is composed of a dozen or so tiny bulblets. The tiny
bulblet is the clove.”
“Oh,” I weakly responded.
“Why do you ask?” Steve persisted.
Then I confessed. Instead of six cloves, which the recipe had
called for, I put six heads of garlic in the roasting pan. Come to think
of it, I haven’t had a cold for years, perhaps thanks to the garlic. In
support of my partner’s contention that I metabolize garlic poorly,
I’ve learned to accept the fact that people prefer speaking to me
from a distance.
Some of my early trial and error attempts were rather painful. In
my Wolfgang Puck phase, I was meticulously following a recipe for
a green sauce to go over grilled tuna steaks. The green sauce was
basically watercress, finely minced. The instructions were to wash
the watercress, dry it, and then run it through a food processor or a
blender. I had no food processor, but I did have a blender.
It quickly became obvious that the little blade whirling in the
base of the blender created an air current that sent my carefully
washed and dried water cress up to the blender lid. I realized it
would never get chopped that way. My personal culinary
intervention was needed. I removed the glass top in the center of
the blender lid and gently poked the watercress lower, toward the
blade, using my right index and middle fingers.
Voila! Immediately, I had a red and green sauce — and blood
spattered on the kitchen walls and the ceiling. I grabbed a towel,
dumped some ice in it and scribbled a note to my partner using my
left hand. “Take Bob to Burger King. I’m headed to Holy Cross ER.”
My mother would have been horrified. I forgot to check the status
of either my socks or my underwear.
I’ve done better lately and most of what comes out of our
kitchen is edible. Some of it is actually good. Less and less I have to
assure myself that guests really come for the company and not the
food. But I still find a new recipe a challenge comparable to making
dynamite in my high school chemistry class.
So today I tried a chocolate walnut cake with butter icing. The
picture in the baking book made my juices flow just looking. Of
course, for seniors, flowing juices as the result of visual stimulation
is a rather common phenomenon.
This time my fingers are intact and I don’t smell of garlic, but I
also don’t have anything even remotely resembling the picture of
the cake. That cake looks light and fluffy and moist. Mine is hard
and solid and ½ inch high max. In fact the only commonality with
the picture is that they’re both chocolate. While the recipe is for a
cake, what I produced is a dwarfed chocolate walnut brownie
recently run over by a steamroller. It was supposed to be dessert for
guests this evening.
Now my decision is do I serve it as a brownie with enough
vanilla ice cream on top so that no one knows I’m a Cub Scout fraud,
or do I head for the French bakery? N
John Siegfried is a member (in good standing) of the Fort
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Young children and older teens who are blind or
visually impaired gained hands-on experiences this
summer more common for sighted people. The younger
students learned martial arts and held the controls of
police vehicles, while the teens worked summer jobs at
the Westin Beach Resort Fort Lauderdale.
Ricardo Liborio, the owner of American Top Team
Gym in Coconut Creek and Black Belt and Jiu-Jitsu World
(Mundial) Champion, invited the summer camp kids,
ages 6-12, to learn a few karate moves. Also the father of
a visually impaired daughter, Liborio and his staff let the
kids try out punching bags and practice safe falling and
self defense techniques.
This same group also traveled to Fort Lauderdale’s
Executive Airport where they enjoyed learning about
the Broward Sheriff’s Office law enforcement and
emergency response vehicles. They were able to sit
inside, touch and hold the controls of a police helicopter,
SWAT truck and emergency unit.
The teenagers involved in the Lighthouse of
Broward’s 2010 Summer Transition Program gained
employ ment experience helping in the pastry kitchen
and the housekeeping department at the Westin Beach
Resort Fort Lauderdale. Students learned
professional cooking techniques and how to
use various kitchen gadgets and appliances.They
also prepared house keeping carts used to stock
guest rooms with toiletries each day.
The entire summer gave our summer camp
kids and transition teens the chance to build
self-confidence and realize their abili ties enable
them to live full, productive lives.
If you know some one who is blind or visually
impaired or would like to make a donation,
contact the Lighthouse at 954-463-4217 or 650 N.
Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 or donate
online: www.LHOB.org.
Ozariah Jordan, 9, from
Pompano Beach, enjoys
making a fist as part of
her summer camp
martial arts training.
Lighthouse Summer Programs Uncover Extraordinary
Abilities of Blind and Visually Impaired Youth
Everyone enjoyed getting a medal from Top Team Gym.
Pictured are (l to r): Ozariah Jordan; Bella Liborio; Khyree
Federick, 7, from Pompano Beach; Christian Leath,10, from
Fort Lauderdale; Hunter Lutchman, 6, from Davie; and Annette
Lamas, 8, from Miramar. Back row: Ricardo Liborio, owner of
American Top Team Gym; and Paul Nichols, director of the
Lighthouse of Broward Summer Camp.
Deputy Chris Ponticelli teaches
Christian Leath about flying a
Sheriff’s helicopter.
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Curling Up With a Good TV Show
By Alan Williamson
FACT: Americans on average watch close to four hours of TV
a day.
FACT: Those who skimp on personal hygiene and sleep are able
to increase their TV viewing to over six hours a day.
FACT: Overuse of the word “fact” as an attention-getter causes
readers to glaze over and wonder what’s on TV.
I was wondering the same thing as I restlessly whooshed
through my 132 channels the other night. I slowed down just
often enough to stumble on the following actual examples of
inspired TV programming for highly selective viewers like
• There are at least four shows where people redecorate a
room in someone’s home without permission while the
homeowners are away. The home design hit squad —
which appears to include a helpful neighbor or relative with
a spare key —- makes intuitive decisions about what the
homeowner would really like. Of course, how can they go
wrong choosing a wallpaper border with dancing broccoli
spears on it or a shade of pink paint that resembles
professional strength drain declogger?
• Then there’s a program where has-been celebrities live
together in a lavish house and try to get the best of each
other during various games, activities and testy verbal
exchanges. The exposure they gain may be their ticket back
from oblivion because, be honest: Don’t you secretly miss
the chick with the glasses from Beverly Hills 90210 or the
rapper who had that one hit song 13 years ago?
• Another show has people sharing the details of their juiciest
dreams and receiving expert analysis on what they mean.
Interpretations range from not having gotten laid since the
Reagan administration to being a woman trapped inside a
man’s body. Either way, tough luck Gunther, and please
enjoy these lovely unisex parting gifts.
As a man with a finger on the pulse of pop culture and
another finger on the remote, I see what’s going on here. We
don’t want TV shows that just provide diversion or
entertainment. We hunger for programming that expands our
view of the world and ourselves and enriches our lives. With
that in mind, I offer my fellow viewers a bold new wave of
breakthrough shows whose time has come.
Dancing Down the Stairs. Riding the coattails of Dancing
with the Stars, this riveting spin-off features B-list celebrities
attempting to gracefully waltz, salsa, tango, fox trot and rumba
their way down one of those elevated grand staircases that are
part of the set design on many award shows. Demanding a blend
of dancing skills, athleticism and coordination, contestants are
judged on how smoothly they descend the stairs while
maintaining the integrity of the designated dance style. Points
are deducted each time a celebrity stumbles or falls and any fall
resulting in a loss of consciousness (no matter how brief) is
cause for automatic elimination.
Beyond Cell Range. This heart-stopping drama chronicles
the plight of cell phone users who drift outside of call range for
up to an hour at a time. Where are they? When will they
resurface? Have they been abducted? If not, why aren’t they
answering their frickin phone? Mysteries abound in this chilling
depiction of high anxiety in a high tech world. Episode 1: Billy
Ray goes ice fishing.
Lotsa Lotto. Patterned after The Weather Channel, this 24/7
resource keeps tabs on lottery developments throughout the
country. Updates point out trends to keep on eye on such as
“large jackpots are forming in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic
States, and the numbers 19 and 41 have been popping up in
drawings in Florida, Tennessee and Texas.”
Food for Thought. Say goodbye to cooking shows with
elaborate recipes for curried goat jambalaya and marbleized
mocha tarts. What America craves is a no-fuss show about food
too fascinating to eat. Don’t miss the Idaho grandma with the
collection of potato chips that resemble Biblical figures. Or the
Vermont CPA with the giant zucchini he used to hit the winning
homer in the merchants and vendors softball game.
The Rumor Mill. At last, a one-stop shop for unconfirmed
scuttlebutt where one can hear who might be hot, cold, gay,
broke, canned, banned, fed up, strung out, caught red handed or
down for the count. For the latest news on Charlie Sheen or Amy
Winehouse keep it right here!
The Yellow Smiley Face News Hour. Nightly news can be
grim at worst; uncertain at best. Things will seem a bit less
troubling when reported by TV news anchors wearing yellow
smiley face masks. Picture this being read by Mr. Smiley: “Health
care costs are up, the stock market is down, and global warming
has raised the temperature under my mask 1 degree in the past
hour.” See? Much better, right?
If you’re worried that all this innovative programming could
increase your idle time, ask yourself one question. In the final
hours of your life, do you really want to look back with regret
and think I wish I had watched more TV?
All right then. Now hand me that remote and stop fidgeting.
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Congratulations to Chuck and Charlotte of 2281 NE 38th Street, winners of the Lighthouse Point Community’s
Beauty Spot of the Month Award for September, chosen by the LHP Beautification Committee.
I love this time of the South Florida year! While almost
everyone else in the continental US is lamenting the end
of summer and dreading the long cold winter looming
ahead, WE are dreaming of vegetable and flower gardens
and looking forward to six months of cool nights, and
sunny, un-humid days. Are we lucky or what?
Don’t waste one precious minute of our cool gardening
season. Visit the seed racks and plant an heirloom tomato
patch, or a colorful, spicy nasturtium patch, or a gourmet
arugula patch. How about a basil patch? There are dozens
of varieties, so try something new or plant a smorgasbord
of basil flavors and cook with them all winter long.
This is also the best time to plant a nice patch of lettuce.
There are dozens of fun varieties. Do it in a large pot, and
get the kids involved in planting their own future salad
bowls! Nothing encourages eating vegetables like picking
those that you planted yourself.
Why not plant a patch of wildflowers, something that
re-seeds itself and surprises you, like Coreopsis? This is an
especially good time to plant milkweed, as the monarch
butterflies are making their yearly migration through our
state on their way to Mexico for the winter. Not all of them
make it to their destination; the lazy ones decide to stay
here in South Florida instead, lucky for us!
Plant a patch of Salvia. Along with our native one, S.
coccinea, there are dozens of varieties, all of them superb
butterfly and hummingbird attractors. (Yes, we also get the
migratory hummers!)
Plant a patch of something. This year, more than ever, we
need to be self-reliant and resourceful; our gardens are just
the place. N
Garden gate Nursery is located in the Pompano Citi Centre.
Donna can be reached at 954-783-GATE, or at www.donnas
The Garden Lady Says…
Everyone needs
a patch of green
By Donna Torrey
Beauty Spot
of the Month
Beauty Spot
of the Month
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Part 2
The Cruise
There has been shipping traffic along the Norwegian
coast since time immemorial. It was this “way to the north”
that gave Norway its name. For centuries, the active trade
between the north and the south of the country was done
with the help of the typical northland boats. Even today,
after 110 years of Hurtigruten cargo history, it is mainly
tourism that keeps the Hurtigruten line alive. One should
not put these ships on a level with luxury cruisers. The
original and still primary purpose of these working vessels
is to deliver people and cargo to all of the ports up and
down 1250 miles of Norwegian coastline. Hurtigruten
ships are a part of the daily life at the coast. Aside from the
task of making the stay of each passenger as pleasant as
possible, each ship is a working ship carrying freight and
mail. It is just this combination, together with the gorgeous
coastal landscape, that makes this trip so unique.
Hurtigruten ships are
built of Norwegian wood
and stone. Our ship, The
MS Kong Harald, looked
and felt like a cruise ship
with elevators, sauna, bar,
dining room and
panorama viewing
lounges. You will not find
casinos or shows. Cabins
are comfortable, but basic, including a private shower and
bathroom, hairdryers and two lower berths, one of which
serves as a couch during the day. For breakfast and lunch
a splendid buffet is offered. The principal meal of the
evening consists of a three-course set menu and is served
at assigned tables. One can look forward to maritime treats
as well as many specialties and traditional Norwegian
foods. The idea is to include at least one of the ingredients
in each dinner particular to a region the ship passes that
day. Overviews, facts and history of the menu items are
placed in each cabin each day. For the day-traveler or
snacks during the day, there is a cafeteria.
The itinerary will include visits to unspoiled fishing
villages, historic towns and the spectacular Loften Islands.
In some ports of call, the ship stays at the dock for a period
of time sufficient to have a little walk ashore; in others, the
ship stays for several hours so that tour sightseeing is
possible. On each roundtrip (Bergen to Kirkenes), each
harbor is visited twice, once northward and once
southward. If making the trip in both directions, one
needn't miss anything at night, as all harbors and
landscapes visited at night in the northward direction can
be seen during the daylight travelling southward. All
passengers are free to disembark at any port; but with a
note of warning, the ship’s departure time is posted at the
exit. If you aren't there, they will leave without you, making
it your responsibility to make your own way to the next
port of call. Though we called at several ports, only
highlights are included.
Lofoten Islands
The Lofoten Islands are
extremely rugged, isolated,
hard rock islands in the North
Sea. The picturesque, sharply
peaked mountains seemingly
rise right out of the sea. They are full of tiny fishing
settlements and spectacular Arctic scenery. To enter the
Loften Island chain, we passed through the Trollfjord, a 20
km-long strait through the rocks, only 100 meters wide at
its mouth. This fjord is the famous one; long considered the
Story by Judy Sullivan Photos by Bill Sullivan
Lofoten Islands
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most beautiful portion of the trip and the one most often
shown in the tour books to show what a Norwegian fjord
looks like. Many of the houses there are built on stilts. At
the Lofoten Museum, the largest Viking building ever found
was recreated.
Originally esta -
blished in 500
AD and inhab -
ited until 900
AD, the new
rebuilt version
exhibits finds
from the Viking
age. Passengers
are offered an
excursion here
to participate
in a Viking feast.
In Svolvaer, main town of the Lofoten Islands with about
4,000 inhabitants, one can visit the Magic Ice where
everything is made of ice and the Lofoten War Museum
Norway’s largest exhibit of WWII.
Early in the morning, we passed the Rodoy Lion, a 1200-
foot tall mountain formation resembling an Egyptian
sphinx or a
sleeping lion,
and shortly
there after we
crossed Arctic
Circle. Standing
in the sea, at the
Arctic Circle,
looking much
like a globe, is
the Polaris
Leaving the
arctic calls for the Leaving the Arctic Circle Celebration.
Held high on Deck 7 where winds howled and the
temperature hovered around 20 degrees, it is a must. It
included a spoonful of cod-liver oil followed by a shot of
vodka. We kept the souvenir spoon and received a
certificate of crossing.
Docking in the city center of Sandnessjoen, we had an
opportunity to "walk the city" for a short time. On our
departure from Sandnessjoen, we passed the mountain
range known as The Seven Sisters. These peaks range in
height from 2700 to 3600 feet and are the subject of
numerous folk tales of the area. Hoping for clear weather
in order to see it, we passed the “hole” through the Torg-
hatten Mountain. This hole is 480 feet long, 115 feet high
and 80 feet wide. Legend is that an angry father shot an
arrow through the mountain while chasing the unsuitable
suitor of his only daughter. It was evening and cloudy so
we had to somewhat "imagine" rather than see it.
Norway’s original capital was
founded in 977 by Viking King
Olav Tryggvason. The third largest
city in Norway, it is full of old
wooden buildings and their
premier cultural treasure; Nidaros
Cathedral. The
cathedral is
built over the
burial place of
St Olav, patron
saint of Norway.
Olav, a Viking,
was introduced
to and embraced
Christianity. Olav
reasoned that the
Norse Gods of
Vallhalla would
even tually fall at
the final Battle of
Rangvarokk, so
were not eternal,
whereas the “White
Christ” or Christian
God “always was and always
will be.” Choosing eternity,
he was baptized in Rouen,
capital of Normandy and
introduced Christianity to
Trondheim is a Norwe -
gian center of education,
technical and medical
research with the Norwegian
University of Science and
Technology located in the
city. NTNU has about 25,000
students. Just off Trondheim, is the now deserted Monk
Island. Monks would come daily to worship at the
cathedral. The city experienced several major fires. The
1651 fire destroyed 90% of the buildings, and the fire of
1681 led to the total reconstruction of the city.
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Polaris monument
Seven Sisters Mountains
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Alesund is renowned
for its Art Nouveau
architecture.. This is
due largely to a devas -
tating fire in 1904
when, in just 24 hours,
over 800 houses
burned to the ground.
The town had to be
completely rebuilt and
the current fashion was
art nouveau. A city of
about 40,000, it is the
largest city located in
the Sunnmore region, known for fishing and maritime
technology. Alpine mountain formations set the Sunnmore
Alps apart from other mountainous regions as they rise
straight from the sea from heights of 1,500 to 1,700 metres.
It is a popular tourist destination for mountain hiking and
skiing, located in the Geirangerfjord area. This fjord is
included on the UNESCO World Heritage list with a depth
of more than 600 metres and length of 15 kilometers. Since
we arrived around midnight and stayed only a brief time,
the city, unfortunately, had to be viewed from the deck.
Maloy and Floro
During the night, we passed Maloy and Floro. Maloy has
developed from a small trading center to the second
largest fishing port in Norway. The Germans built a fortress
here during WWII. There is a monument in the city to those
who perished during Operation Archery, a British raid on
German troops stationed there and more interestingly,
most of the streets in Maloy have only numbers but no names.
The small village of Floro has a Coastal Museum
designed to unite nature and culture. Old boat houses and
domestic dwellings were moved from throughout the
district and re-erected in Floro, including the oldest non-
Viking ship in Norway, over 250 years old. The waters
surrounding Floro are dangerous and exposed, so three
lighthouses were erected. Two are now unmanned, but the
largest is still manned. Since there is allot of shallow water
with an abun dance of ship wrecks be neath, it is an ideal
diving area most of the year
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name Penny
who died from
a distemper
shot,” Carol
explained. “We
had just gotten
this little
puppy and I
think that was
my turning
point to realize
that I wanted
to be with
animals forever.
Then came
Cindy, a black,
dog. We had
her until the
day she died.
Along came gerbils, mice, guinea pigs, squirrels, chickens,
everything you could imagine.” Most people would think
that Carol grew up on a farm “Nope, I lived in Pompano.
We even took in little
chicks that someone
had gotten for Easter
and didn’t want any -
Carol’s husband,
Steve, traveled a similar
childhood path. “I’ve
been in Florida since
’56, and born in Virginia,
lived in Buffalo, New
York, briefly, and then
we came down here
when I was six-years-
old. I had my first pet
when I was just a
toddler in Virginia. We
had an English Setter
named Sailor, and I
actually learned how to
walk — holding onto
his ears. We always had
cats, dogs, birds when I was a kid.”
Not only is it providence that Carol and Steve found each
other, but it’s in the way they met that proves they were
fated to become a great couple. When asked about how long
they’ve been married, there was silence in the room, and
then Steve blurted out, “about sixty-four years.” They both
laughed. “No, it’ll really be twenty-years in December.”
One thing is for sure, you cannot stop true love, and
when you find it you need to hold onto it forever. By
watching the way Carol and Steve interact with each other,
the animals, the volunteers, and people coming into adopt
or turn in an animal, it was an honor to be in the presence
of their love affair.
“On one of
our first dates,”
Carol recalled.
“There was a
hurt squirrel on
the side of the
road, and I had a
bucket in the
back of my car,
so we got out
and saved it.”
Carol smiled
when talking
about this date
and then she
looked at Steve
and said, “Do
you remember?”
“Of course I do,” he said, beaming with pride. “You
name it, she’s rescued it!”
“We’ve even bottle fed baby squirrels. Paula, the
vice-president, brought me this thing and it was so
big! I told her that if this is a rat, I’m bottle feeding —
but it turned out to be a baby squirrel,” said Carol.
“I’m an animal lover but she’s a step beyond,”
Steve said when talking about Carol. “Driving down
the road she’ll freak me out and go ‘look’ — and I’m
thinking there’s a car wreck happening, but instead
there’s a little dog, thirty yards off the road. I was
afraid we’d get arrested driving in the Carolinas and
Georgia because whenever she’d see a stray dog
she’d want to pick it up, and I told her they let their
animals run free — and if you do pick it up, you’re
going to get shot. She once tried to pick up a hunting
dog that had a radio collar, and I told her not to do it
or we’re going to end up in a situation like in the
movie Deliverance.” He laughed at this memory.
Carol has worked for Dr. Douglas Abaid for the
past twenty-five years. “Whenever he tells anybody
about Steve, the doctor says it’s in our marriage
vows that we will never stand to see an animal hurt,”
she said.
Carol the Founder/President and Steve the Director/
Treasurer of the FHS are a hard-working and generous
couple who spend too much of their free time
volunteering that have their own loving brood at home.
“We (currently) have two dogs, five cats, a bird and some
Carol and Steven Ebert
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fish,” said Steve. “When Carol was heavily into tropical fish
at one time, we had a 180-gallon tank in our living room
with all the tropicals. It was a lot of work. I’m equally into
both dogs and cats.”
In fact, Steve spent most of his morning on the day of
this interview at the Rotary Club speaking to other animal
enthusiasts. “The Pompano Beach Rotary Club made a
$1,000 donation to the FHS today,” Steve exclaimed. It’s
because of such generous donations that the FHS has been
able to save thousands of animals for the last sixteen years.
Without such donations they wouldn’t have been able to
adopt out nearly 23,000 animals since 1993. Carol has
saved a scrapbook of before and after pictures of many of
the animals that have been saved.
“Rookie” came to us from animal control. They told us
they were going to have to euthanize him because his leg
was so badly mangled,” Carol said. “He did lose his leg
because gangrene had set in, but he was eventually
adopted by a policeman in Pompano. There are other
pictures of so many animals that had been in accidents,
abused and left for dead and the stories get worse and
worse — a litter of kittens set on fire in a garbage
dumpster with one surviving kitty, another that had an
acid-soaked bandana placed around his neck, and one that
had been shot in the legs by a BB gun, and more.” And all
of these animals have been placed in loving homes
because of the tireless efforts of Carol and Steve, along
with all the hard work of everyone at the society.
This beautiful FHS facility provides a stable environment
for animals, and it literally has separate wings for the cats
and the dogs. Within each wing there are separate rooms
for different categories. Carol showed me the ‘cat wing’
where there’s a Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
(FIV)/Feline AIDS room. Then there’s the pink room, where
everything is pink, except for the cats. This is where the
girls are kept. Some of them don’t even have names yet.”
Then, Of course,
there’s the dog wing
that has been spon -
sored by the Emily
Vernon Foundation.
“Emily’s son paid
$250,000 to put his
mother’s name up
there,” Carol said. “The
dog wing is basically set
up the same way as the
cat wing. But when you
enter, there’s the dog
training room, the dog
adoption office, the get
acquainted room and
dog apartments. Each
apartment has its own
mailbox and a magnet that goes with each particular dog,”
Carol pointed out.” And each dog has a Kuranda Bed which
can be purchased or donated for the dogs on the website.
There’s also a grooming room and just outside there’s a
big yard and play pools for the dogs. But this area is in
desperate need of shading, so the FHS has an outside dog
area canopy on their wish list to provide shade for the
dogs. The cost would be $1,199.00 from Costco.
There’s another great benefit when adopting an animal
from FHS. Tracy Nick, a Dog Behavioral Therapist and
Trainer from Bark Busters is helping to train the
volunteers who train the dogs before they get adopted.
“One of the things we do is discount our training services
10 percent to any family that needs to train a dog that was
adopted from here, and then 10 percent of the proceeds
from the training comes back to the organization,” Tracy
explained. The trainer serving the Lighthouse Point area is
Sue Gray and you can contact call her at, 954-571-0438 or
by email, NorthBroward@barkbusters.com.
There are plenty of opportunities for volunteer work
and/or donation opportunities, whether you’re purchasing
an engraved brick placed outside the entrance, a
commemorative leaf on the Tree of Life, or sponsoring one
of the wings, rooms, or medical suites. For information on
any of these programs call Carol 954.974-6152 or email her
at floridahumane@aol.com.
Please go to the website, floridahumanesociety.org for
more information about everything that’s happening at
this location. There’s a video on the Humane Society’s
website, http://www.floridahumanesociety.org/index.html,
giving people a chance to see how the shelter is moving
Please, watch the progression of FHS closely, and
become apart of it. The animals need you! And Carol and
Steve will make you feel just like part of the FHS family.
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After passing through
the narrow sound of
Steinsundet, and the
beautiful archipelago
surrounding it, we arrived
and docked in Bergen, the
conclusion of our coastal
The medieval city of
Bergen is the second-largest
city in Norway, Sometimes
called the Red roofed city; it
is located on the south-
western coast of Norway,
with its centre situated
between a group of mountains known collectively as the
seven mountains. It is a city with rows of very old sea
green, red and pink houses along the water. The climate is
moderate and there is seldom a “white Christmas.” Bergen
is host to part of the country’s large oil industry, as well as
deep sea operations. Its harbor is used by everything from
small pleasure vessels to cruise ships and cargo vessels.
A funicular (cable railway) runs up to Fløyen, the local
mountain where the view from the new panorama terrace is
outstanding, especially our day, as the weather was certainly
in our favor. In Bergen, a city bus tour gave us views of the
opera house, theatre, fish market (closed in the winter) and
several churches. At the city park, there is a monument of
Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most beloved composer. Part of the
tour included a walking tour of the old restored warehouse
section on the wharf, where thread-width cobbled streets
run in a rabbit’s warren of smoke-darkened brick walks and
tunnels, punctuated with occasional slivers of sunlight in the
small courtyards. These are still used for upscale retail shops,
galleries and restaurants.
Our hotel was in the center of the city, where we
walked all about the downtown area, stopping in a chain
restaurant for a light dinner. Our burger and beer supper
cost us a whopping $90.00 per couple! We determined
that when returning to the US, we could enjoy a Gourmet
dinner for that amount and consider it a deal!
As is always the case, we were told that if we thought
the country was beautiful in the winter, we MUST return
in the summer. While that is surely true, I have too much
more ground to cover before I am available for re-runs! N
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It was a long shot: eight boys and girls of ship 238 of
Lighthouse Point were the greenest of Sea Scouting in South
Florida and have never participated in a regatta (regional sailing
and seamanship competition) and we were literally learning our
way in the 2010 Commodore's Cup, but a big surprise was in
store for us.
Saturday was a day full of activities, including Written Rules of
the Road (USPS ABC test), heaving line, compass and relative
bearings, ring buoy toss, knots, communication (including
emergency VHF calls), first aid, sailboat identification, piloting
(marine chart work), sailing & canoeing. Sunday morning came
and our ship had the honor of doing the 0700 hrs color guard.
After the Scouts Own (a non denominational religious service)
the award ceremony was called to
order and our Juliette crew: Madisan
Van Wingen, Brandon Milianta, Jacob
Mc Cullough and David Taylor, who
secured the third place for Knots, yet
another surprise came when Sailing
was announced, The Kilo crew: Paul
Morris III Boatswain’s Mate Peter
Strouss, Keith Phillips and Boatswain
Daniel Arenas who had earned the
coveted first place. Great accomplish -
ment if you realize that most of our
scouts are 14 and under and they were
competing against crews from all over
the state six or more regattas. How
could this happen? Goodwill!
Sea Scouting is sometimes called
“Boy Scout’s best kept secret”—the
community is very active and very
close knit. The program is designed as
high adventure for boys and girls
between 14 and 20 years.
From the moment that we decided
to establish a ship in Lighthouse Point,
other ships, notably 339 and 814
actively helped to see us succeed.
Capt. Dennis Metzger, an
accomplished “salty” and PADI
diving instructor, immediately
offered to give comprehensive
diving education to our members
and many other leaders, including
Jeff Pyle, Rich Guertin, A.J.
Ambrose, Mathias Sengberg,
Josh Adams and Herman
Feldman who readily offered
their support.
On the Sailing side, we received a donation of a Morgan 26'
sailboat, but could not secure a home for her and
had to let the donation go. John Trudel,
Lighthouse Point's Recreation Director, granted
us access to the fleet of 8' Optimists to train our
scouts. And LHPFD has also assisted in our early
stages. Soon after, Skipper Rich Guertin, currently
South Florida Squadron’s Commodore, along
with Dennis and AJ, proposed to re-locate the
“Our Lady” —a svelte Catalina 22' sloop to our
neck of the woods. She is the flagship of the
squadron and, being closer to the sea, she can
splash more often and give more opportunities
to our scouts to do open sea sailing. Currently,
we are in the quest of finding docking space for
her, if you can help please let us know.
Many activities have filled this year.
• Almost all of our members have successfully
completed the US Coast Guard Auxiliary's
Safe Boating Course.
• Visit to the Rybovich ship yard
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• Visit to the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse.
• Extensive sailing training in Lake Placid
• Participated in the Keeper Days Parade and Memorial Day
• Attended Palm Beach's John Lessor Regatta as observers.
• Attended Youth Leadership training in Oleta Park
• Attended Venturing Ranger Camp.
• Peanut Island camp-out with Boy Scout Troop 238 & 215
• Sailing aboard the schooner Lynx: America’s #1 Privateer
• Attended Commodore's Cup Regatta 2010
• Attended the Blue Wild dive expo.
• One week Summer Camp in La-No-Che, in
Central Florida.
• More than 35 dives since Aug 2009,
including wreck diving. Advanced divers
also did enriched air diving and deep sea
• Certified nine youth and two adults as
Junior Open Water Divers, Open Water
Divers & Advanced Open Water Divers
• Several certified divers currently pursuing
Advanced Open Water Diver and Dive
Master accreditation.
All of this is impossible to do without a
strong support from the community. St. Paul
the Apostle Catholic Church cheerfully
stepped in to be our chartering organization
and the LHP Tennis Center has accom -
modated us for our long training sessions.
The Lighthouse Point Library has donated a very healthy
collection of Boating, Sailing and Navigation books that have
been very helpful. Dixie Divers has been an outstanding
supporter of the program in many dimensions. Capt. Bill
Morgan generously donated a 19' center console boat which
became our local support vessel. Lighthouse Point Gardens
North has generously granted the use of their pool for our
confined water dives and swimming certification. And US1
Scuba and Atlantis Dive Center in Key Largo also has provided
great support on boat dives. William F. Taft helped a lot with
general support and Bill Rodes has been a great partner with
engine repairs. Thanks to all of you who have made donations,
you know that BOAT stands for Break Out Another Thousand.
Our unit could not have gotten off the ground without the
help we received from Boy Scout Troop 238. Harvey
Chaples was key on the early stages of our group and our close
relationship with Scoutmaster Steve Zimmerman and other
leaders is crystallizing in the Marine Patrol. In this group, young
men under 14 can be incorporated into our activities while they
learn very important wilderness survival skills and the scouting
A recent, but not less important addition to our team, is mate
Jake London. An accomplished pilot for the Coast Guard and
Eagle Scout, he has a past as a racing sailor and has given shape
to our sailing track.
Thanks are in order to our families who see us dedicate a big
chunk of our leisure time spent on or under water. Your
generosity does not go unnoticed.
But above all, I have to thank my scouts You are the reason
for all this. Witnessing you evolving into competent leaders who
make things happen and as young adults who stand out because
of your principles is indeed a very sweet treat. Sharing the fun
days, along with the hurdles you must overcome, gives us a
glance of what is good in this world, gives us hope, gives us joy
and makes me a very, very fortunate person.
To all of you and the ones my very imperfect memory are
betraying, please receive my most heartfelt THANK YOU!! N
Lighthouse Point Sea Scouts Ship 238, Skipper Carlos M. Arenas
Phone: 954.324.7084; carlos@ship238.org; www.ship238.org;
Facebook: ship238.org/fb
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s Restaurant
Celebrating 41 Years!
Antonio’s Ristorante of Deerfield Beach
celebrated its 41st anniversary this year.
Although the restaurant had changed hands four
times since its inception, the menu and the recipes
have been relatively unchanged. After all, why
change something that works?
Fifteen years ago, Alex Poulashad bought the
restaurant from his sister. “We never change the recipes.
We follow it to the tee. Everything is the same.
Everything my sister had, we left it the same.” His
partner, Paul Ferrorelli illustrates it: “You have a pizza
here today and have it in one month and it’ll taste
exactly the same.”
Their loyal patrons of many years are guaranteed
consistent food during every visit. How many times have
we been to a restaurant where the dish comes out
tasting different each time? Do we want to be surprised
by our choice? Or do we want to be assured that what
we remember ordering is exactly what we get? A toast
to its longevity! There must be something in their
formula to keep them in business all these years!
Antonio’s has a typical storefront entrance at the
Cove Shopping Center in Deerfield Beach, but upon
entering, you find yourself in a small, quaint restaurant
with white tablecloths, hanging plants, Tiffany lamps, and
artworks of Venice and even Al Pacino. The walls are a
Sahara sand and dark green toward the bottom third of
the walls to match the booth seats.
Toward the left side of the restaurant, it opens up to a
larger room that provides more seating to give a total
capacity of 75 people. More paintings of Venice, of a man
in a gondola rowing in a canal against the backdrop of an
ancient building occupy one wall. A breakfront filled
with china sits at one end of the room, giving the room a
warm, home-like atmosphere. What we appreciated more
than the décor was the music being played as we sipped
on our merlot. Soft piano music of “I Have a Crush on
You,” followed by “BesameMucho,” one of my favorite
songs. Alex said that he has a client who comes in
specifically for
his music
selection. “She
said that she
comes in not for
me, not for my
food, but for my
music! Now, I
don’t know if
that’s a
compliment or
not!” he laughed.
Obviously, if she
comes and dines
at Antonio’s
faithfully, the
food must be
pleasing to her as well!
We started our meal with
Sliced Tomatoes ($10.95),
or what’s often referred
to as Caprese salad—
tomatoes, fresh
mozzarella, artichoke
hearts and sliced black
olives. It came out chilled, on a
large plate that was plenty for three
or four people to share as an appetizer.
Next, we indulged in one of
their specials for the
evening, the stuffed
chicken served on
linguine ($17.95). It
was stuffed with
spinach, ham, mixed
peppers, mozzarella
and parmesan cheese
and finished with marsala
wine and mushrooms.
By Linda Kaufman
Photos by Jon Frangipane
Alex Poulashad and his partner,
Paul Ferrorell.
Caprese salad
Stuffed Chicken
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I understood why Alex claimed that they were known
for many of their chicken dishes. I am not often a fan
of stuffed dishes, but this particular dish had a nice
crispiness to the exterior
that complimented
well with the blend
of spinach and
cheese. We also
shared another
special, the Snapper
Francaise ($17.95) that was
moist and quite delicious. The
Fruiti di Mare ($19.95), consisting
of shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari, served over
linguine in marinara sauce was a
generous portion like all the other
dishes. There was no way you can
leave this restaurant hungry. Paul
came by and said, “I can’t believe
that you ate all that food!” He
obviously does not know me
very well!
No matter how full we were, we
could not possibly leave without
trying their dessert. So without much
ado, we were introduced to their
cheesecake, canoli and ice cream. As
much as I enjoy desserts, I am not a big fan of desserts
that are too sweet. However, these desserts were not
sugary sweet and just had enough sweetness to finish
off the evening.
Alex and Paul checked up on us every so often to
make sure that everything was to our liking. They had
both moved to Florida from New York. Alex, with graying
crew cut hair and glasses, seemed distant at first until
you got to know him. However, after a few exchanges, it
was apparent that he had a great sense of humor and
enjoyed his business. “I love the restaurant business. I
love it even more that Paul is my partner.” He expressed
a sense of trust and loyalty regarding Paul several times
that really showed his depth of character.
Paul had lived in New York, but was born and raised in
Italy. “It just happened. I didn’t plan on getting into the
restaurant business,” said Paul. He displayed a matter-of-
fact, no-nonsense attitude that seemed authentic and
refreshing. Donning a baseball cap, dark hair with thick
eyebrows and a cleft chin, Paul looked as Italian as
anyone that I would encounter in Italy. Although he was
not loquacious, he was direct and had definite opinions
of things. “Pizza is the perfect
food. It has some meat,
vegetables, carbs… a
little of everything.
That’s what I call the
perfect food.”
According to Alex,
they have clients that
drive up from Fort
Lauderdale just for their
pizza. We shared a pizza
with tomatoes, olives,
peppers, and mushrooms that was as colorful as
they come. After all the food that we had
consumed, there really was not much room for
a pizza. But if we were to come back in
several months, I’m sure that it would taste as
good as it did that evening!
Antonio’s features a menu that can appeal
to most everyone, including young children
who can order ziti, spaghetti or ravioli for only
$4.95. The pasta dishes range from $8.95 (pasta with
olive and garlic) to $12.95 (penne alla vodka). There are
various chicken, veal and eggplant dishes that range
from $10.95 to $17.95. The seafood dishes start at $13.95
for linguine marinara with mussels to Fruitti di mare at
$19.95. Pizzas can be customized with various different
toppings or you can order gourmet pizzas such as pizza al
(a white pizza brushed with olive oil and garlic, topped
with ricotta cheese, sliced tomato, fresh mushrooms,
black olives and pesto).
Antonio’s is open daily from 4 to 10pm. It is located at
1636 SE 3rd Court at the Cove Shopping Center.
Phone: (954) 427-4971.
(This article is for promotional purposes only)
Snapper Francaise
Fruiti di Mare
Canoli and Ice Cream
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In my last article, the question was
posed whether positive thinking would
be able to help couples stay bonded and out of family court and
also help with life’s many problems. The overwhelming response
was that positive thinking is essential. Many said they don’t start
the day without it.
According to both men and women who responded, all who
are married, Norman Vincent Peale’s teachings about the power
of positive thinking are a way of life to them and not just a
theory. All agree with Peale that there is real power in forming a
picture in the mind about succeeding at something, never
allowing thoughts of doubt, and always making positive
statements about getting to the desired result. Most added that
they find it necessary to surround themselves with positive
thinking people in order to keep their own thinking positive
when times get tough.
Both “Ana” and “Darcy” believe they have successfully battled
cancer and other physical ailments due to their positive thinking,
which for one included saying the rosary regularly and for the
other included praying a favorite Bible verse every day. “Celeste”
and “Tom” believe they have kept their marriages strong by their
change to a positive attitude and refusal to have any depressive
or negative thinking about problems or difficult challenges
within their family. “Jack” believes his positive outlook helped
him start a successful consulting business after losing his high
level corporate position. “Tom” is certain that his strong mental
attitude helped him complete his physical training and weight
loss goals within his desired time frame.
One suggested that positive thoughts are something that must
be deliberately done, while another likened them to preventative
medicine. For all, a consistent theme included that they were
happier in their marriages when they felt positively about
themselves, their physical health and their jobs.
If you need a quote to help you get started on the road to
positive thinking, try this one from Rudy Giuliani (Mayor of New
York during the 9/11 attacks) when he was battling prostate
cancer: “I’m a fortunate man. God has given me a lot. Whatever
obstacles that are placed in your way, I think the way to deal with
it is to try to figure out how to make it make you a better
person.” His deputy mayor commented about Giuliani: “He is
always looking forward. The ability to do that has always gotten
us through hard times.”
The verdict is in, try thinking positively. It just may be the
answer to improving your health, marriage and overall life! N
Catherine is a Family Law Attorney and Florida Supreme Court
Certified Family Law Mediator who has been serving South
Florida for over twenty-six years.
Marital and Family Law Perspectives
Power of Positive Thinking Gets Thumbs Up!
By Catherine Iaconis Favitta
By Mike Denker
My wife recently asked me for a
word that inspired action. I remembered a
time when my Dad took his 13-year old son
out to pick blackberries in the hills of Tennessee (We lived there for
a one-year adventure). He had often warned of the yellow jacket’s
aggression. “Only a hornet is meaner,” he taught.
The yellow jacket is territorial. It attacks to protect its queen. He
simply instructed, “If you get stung, don’t swat; run.” As we started
picking the berries, I found the larger berries were deeper into the
thicket. I finally reached berries best described as colossal.
After putting a few in my bucket, I felt the first sting. I yelped like
our beagle, Jennie. Dad instinctively responded, “Run.” I knew better,
but I stood there flailing my arms in self-defense. The yellow jackets
were clobbering me about my face and shoulders. My Dad yelled,
“C’mon, Run.” I continued waving franticly. Then Dad gave me the
words that inspired me to move, “Run, Stupid, Run!” I ran.
Eight bites and several ounces of sting relief later, my Dad asked
why I didn’t run after the first bite. Running seemed practical. I
knew it was the right thing to do. But there I was, full of knowledge
and void of action. I needed a sexy word that inspired action. My
Dad, on his third edit, delivered a clear, brief, and effective message,
“Run, Stupid, run!”
What can we learn from blackberries, yellow jackets, and Dad?
• Knowledge without action hurts.
• If your audience does not respond, keep trying.
• Little blackberries without yellow jackets are best.
Don’t be misled. My dad was big, strong, and he loved me very
much. He was an auto body man. The big, strong men that he
worked with called him ‘Hoss.’ He never left the house or entered
without giving me a huge hug. While he watched his son being
attacked, he searched for the words that were appropriate for the
situation. We held a mini focus group. “Run” got a zero response.
“C’mon, run” scored poorly. “Run, Stupid, run!” scored well. Life’s
always teaching us.
As a business coach, thirty years removed from the thickets of
Tennessee, knowledge without action troubles me most. We often
know what we should do, but we are hindered or immobilized by
unseen forces—fear, doubt, procrastination. It is critical that we find
the obstacle and overcome it. After you overcome it once, plan for
it in the future and move ahead. Get it done!
Finally, I am thankful that I don’t know the sting of a hornet. I’ll
take Dad’s word. N
Mike Denker is a certified business coach and can be
contacted at 954-603-7677 or coachmike@180warrior.com,
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An Analogy — What’s In a Word?
By Doreen Gauthier
Spirit of Community Award
Honoring Broward adults who engage their talent and creativity
to make our community a more beautiful place in which to live, work and play.
The Spirit of Community Award is an important new
Community Foundation of Broward award to honor citizens who, in
what otherwise might have been their retirement years, devote their
ideas and energy to deliver innovative solutions for Broward County.
This award spotlights people who have diverse life experiences,
think outside the box, and now apply their skills to find innovative
ways to improve our community. It recognizes creativity and a
commitment to change our community for the better by trying
something new.
The Spirit of Community Award is the feature event of a broader
campaign to engage retiring baby boomers for civic good. The
Community Foundation has embarked on this campaign after a
multi-year study which indicated that this active, educated and
highly successful generation needs to be engaged in their
community if we hope to retain the benefits of their energy, wisdom
and achievement. Studies suggest that retiring boomers may
abandon their Broward homes to vacation spots or rural retirement
villages unless we acknowledge their value here in our community
and keep them actively engaged. The Spirit of Community Award
helps us preserve our beautiful community while reaping the
benefits of a generation that gets things done.
• Starting in late September, Spirit of Community Award
nominations will be sought from the general public and
community nonprofits.
• In November, a panel of community leaders will then select six
people to be the official nominees.
• These six people will be announced in January. Three finalists will
be selected by a panel of community leaders.
These three finalists will be announced at a reception to be held
on February 14, 2011 at the Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale. The top
Spirit of Community Award winner will receive a $30,000 prize to
be donated to the charitable organization of his or her choice. Two
prizes of $10,000 each will be awarded to charities in the name of
honorable mention winners. All nominees will be acknowledged.
Literal grammarians may disagree with my premise that the
noun library may now become a verb. The library, while it
remains a bricks and mortar physical facility, has emerged with
a rapidly expanding sphere of influence and active participation
in our community. Library has morphed into a place of action
and happenings. This transition has happened rapidly — science
fiction’s the warp speed is the closest definition of the pace to
the changes around this staid bastion of information. E-mail and
IM have given way to Twitter, Blog, Tweet, or Facebook. Our
philosophy and goals remain the same, but certainly the way we
share those ideals with our populations has been altered. There
are those who believe the term library is old and we should
adopt something more modern akin to “learning center” or
“community knowledge center” — I beg to disagree. Libraries
and librarians are more vibrant and vigorous than anytime in our
history. Patron membership, circulation, computer use, program
attendance – all numbers are up. Why? — certainly not because
we are old, but because we are available, purveyors of wisdom
and knowledge gleaned from a variety of reliable sources in an
equal number of formats, in an atmosphere that is welcoming,
non-threatening, and professional.
The atmosphere of the library is conveyed by the ever
expanding cadre of volunteers who are our “front line” — those
hospitable individuals who are the first
greeters behind the central circulation
desk. They are the friendly questioner
who asks if the patron has had his
needs met in our library as he leaves.
Dedication has made this role a
coveted experience.
Recently a young lady whose entire
life has been in the shadow of this
library received recognition as the
2010 Freshman Success Award at
Florida Atlantic University. Miss Molly
Smith of Lighthouse Point used a
similar analogy in her essay and charge to the current incoming
freshman class. Molly described her admission to FAU as a
flashlight entry. Within a few short weeks she was handed a
torch. The flashlight led her only on one direct path; the torch
provided a visual sweep of those goals in front of her as well as
those in her peripheral vision. Molly’s precon ceived notion of
tomorrow became only one leg of this newly expanded horizon.
This is true of the library — we may provide an immediate
flashlight response; but over the long haul the torch shed light
upon an entire breadth and scope of information. N
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• If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will
eventually turn white.
• Fish don’t have ears. They hear or feel vibrations
along the lateral line of their bodies.
• Fish that live more than 800 meters below the
ocean surface don’t have eyes.
• A jellyfish is 95% water.
• One type of jellyfish has tentacles that can grow
up to 100 feet long.
• The squid and the octopus each have 2 gills, 2
kidneys, and 3 hearts.
• Isn’t the sea slug clever! It really has no defenses
of its own, so it borrows weapons from other
creatures. For example, it actually manages to
swallow the jellyfish’s sting cells, which then find
their way to the sea slug’s skin. Once there the
slug uses them as if they were
its own. 
• Seals seldom sleep. In fact, they have been known
to swim continuously for eight months and travel
10,000 kilometers.
• Some sharks have a bad attitude even before
they’re born. While examining a pregnant sand
tiger shark, scientist Stewart Springer was bitten
by its embryo. 
• During a lifetime a tiger shark will produce, use
and then shed some 24,000 teeth.
• A shark can detect one part of blood in 100
million parts of water.
• A shark is the only fish that can blink with both
• The skin of sharks was once sold and used as
• Starfish don’t have any brains.
• When a whale wants to change its line of sight, it
must move its whole body because its eyeballs are
• The largest clam ever recorded weighed nearly
600 pounds.
• Electric eels produce enough energy in one shock
to light up every room in your house. 
• The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds.
• One shrimp produces 500,000 eggs in one
Have you been getting more headaches? Are your sinuses
acting up more frequently? Do your eyes burn more often? Not
only are the large cities around the world feeling the affects of
pollution, but it’s slowly creeping into the burbs.
Air pollution can affect our health in many ways with both
short-termand long-termeffects. Different groups of individuals
are affected by air pollution in different ways. Some individuals
are much more sensitive to pollutants than are others. Young
children and elderly people often suffer more from the effects of
air pollution. People with health problems such as asthma, heart
and lung disease may also suffer more when the air is polluted.
The extent to which an individual is harmed by air pollution
usually depends on the total exposure to the damaging
chemicals, i.e., the duration of exposure and the concentration
of the chemicals must be taken into account.
Examples of short-term effects include irritation to the eyes,
nose and throat, and upper respiratory infections such as
bronchitis and pneumonia. Other symptoms can include
headaches, nausea, and allergic reactions. Short-term air pollution
can aggravate the medical conditions of individuals
with asthma and emphysema. In the great "Smog
Disaster" in London in 1952, four thousand people
died in a few days due to the high concentrations of pollution.
Long-term health effects can include chronic respiratory
disease, lung cancer, heart disease, and even damage to the brain,
nerves, liver, or kidneys. Continual exposure to air pollution
affects the lungs of growing children and may aggravate or
complicate medical conditions in the elderly. It is estimated that
half a million people die prematurely every year in the United
States as a result of smoking cigarettes.
Research into the health effects of air pollution is ongoing.
Medical conditions arising from air pollution can be very
expensive. Healthcare costs, lost productivity in the workplace,
and human welfare impacts cost billions of dollars each year.
Additional information on the health effects of air pollution is
available from the Natural Resources Defense Council. A short
article on the health effects of ozone (a major component of
smog) is available from the B.A.A.Q.M.D.
How Polluted Air Can Affect Your Health
Green Harriet
Sea Creature Facts
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From 100 columns: My Crankiest Moments
By Wendell Abern
Dear Readers,
My column has been appearing in sundry
South Florida publications since April, 2001.
Nine and one-half years. Due to vacations, a few
repeats,publication requirements,etc.,this publication marks my 100th column.
To celebrate, I decided my centennial column should be a compilation of
some of my most cantankerous moments. And so, I combed through my files,
and in an act of blatant, unbridled egotism, I present here some choice
curmudgeonly moments, with brief summaries.
1 – From, “People Magazine Keeps Its Streak Alive,” May 2005.
Annually, I write an angry open letter to the editors of People, protesting
my exclusion from their list of the world’s most beautiful people, and citing
my many qualifications, such as ...
Complexion. I call your attention to actress Katharine McPhee’s
comments: “I admire people with beautiful skin, so I really like getting
compliments on my own skin.”
Assuming Ms. McPhee’s definition of “beautiful skin” is the same as mine,
she would turn chartreuse with envy if she saw my back. I have so many
growths, bumps and funny black marks that last Tuesday my neighbor’s
Dalmatian tried to mate with me.
2 – From, “Create Your Own Phone Menus, July 2006.”
Fed up with recorded phone menus, I proposed retaliation, making
Caller ID the only requisite:
Create your own phone menu! Simply type up what you want to say and
then read from it when your victim phones. Custom-tailor as many menus
as you want! And waste your callers’ time by making them phone you twice.
I created my first phone menu after calling my former neurologist —
fondly referred to here as Dr. Peabrain. First, I spent four minutes On Hold;
then I was transferred to a menu with eight options; then to a sub-menu
with six options; then to the voice mail of Nasal Nodes Nora, the doctor’s
nurse, and finally, to a recorded message saying, “If you’d like to make a call,
please hang up and dial your operator.” Followed by a dial tone.
I called back, left a message on Nora’s voice mail, typed up a menu, and
eagerly awaited the return call.
The phone rang. My Caller ID panel indicated Dr. Peabrain’s office. I
picked up the phone and said, “Izzy and Mo’s Delicatessen.”
A female voice said, “Who ?”
I said, “Dis is Mo, you vanta nice corned beef on rye, ve got a special,
$4.95 vidda pickle and a lotka, couldn’t beat it.” She hung up. Outstanding.
She called back immediately.
This time I read from my prepared menu: “Caller ID indicates this is Dr.
Peabrain’s office. If this is Cindy in Medical Records, the Cleveland Clinic
is still waiting for you to send them Mr. Wilson’s hemorrhoid tissue. If this
is Sue at the front desk, please go into the reception room immediately and
collect a urine sample from everyone. If this is Nora, everyone is laughing
at what you wore to work today.”
She hung up. The coward.
3 – From “Agents,” Feb. 2008.
This column, in stage play-type format, protested the proliferation of agents,
who make their living by exploiting the talents of just about anyone. After
accusing the agent world of a lack of imagination, I proposed they start
representing astronauts, baby-sitters, and psychiatrists...
SCENE: Psychiatrist’s Office
are you getting right now for, say, your everyday, run-of-the-mill neurotic?
PSYCHIATRIST: Well, I charge most of my patients $150 an hour. But
some can’t afford --
AGENT: Won’t work, doc. Gotta be $200 an hour, minimum. Otherwise,
we don’t make enough money.
AGENT: Now for your basic manic-depressives, we’ll charge $400 ‘cause
you’re seein’ both a manic and a depressive, right?
PSYCHIATRIST: I don’t think --
AGENT: Maybe we’ll give ‘em a special discount, $350 for the two of
them, howzat? Now (STARTS POUNDING ON CALCULATOR), for multiple
personalities, we give ‘em a big break. Only $100 an hour per head, up to
ten different personalities.
PSYCHIATRIST: Per head? They’re not cattle.
to 25 people, you come down to $75 an hour per head. More ‘n 25
personalities, they get a big break, only $50 an hour each. You’re practically
givin’ it away.
PSYCHIATRIST: Um ... can I get back to you on this?
BRIEFCASE) Sure, doc, sure. You got my card, call me. (GETS UP TO LEAVE)
Office, fax, cell, whatever. Sooner you call, sooner we start pullin’ in the big
bucks. (EXITS)
4 – From “Holiday Greetings, 2002.”
Each year, I make a list of people I feel are especially deserving of
carefully chosen holiday gifts. Here are a few from one of my earliest such
annual columns. (NOTE: I would list the same gifts today.)
To Major League Baseball, Basketball and Football Players:
A special pennant to fly atop your custom-designed, 97-foot luxury
yachts that sleep fourteen. The pennant will be inscribed, “I don’t play for
money. I play to win.”
To Militant Zealots:
Lifetime membership in I.B.T. Inc. (International Bible Thumpers, Inc.),
which encourages its members to use quotes from The Bible in order to
validate personal prejudices.
To young drivers with specially-equipped car radio speakers:
A citation from the Federal Aviation Agency, stating, “Due to recently-
enacted noise abatement laws, your car has been denied permission to land
at any airfield in South Florida.”
5 – From, “Private Conversations, Public Places,” September, 2006.
I didn’t think it possible for me to discover any new cantankerous
buttons to be pushed – until someone invented the cellphone.
Large waiting room. Free coffee. TV set tuned to an innocuous soap
opera. Six or seven people waiting quietly. Except for the young woman
talking into her cell, completely oblivious to the rest of us, and complaining
in a husky, musky voice about her three-year old. I sat with pen poised over
my crossword puzzle, waiting, hoping — and suddenly Her Obnoxiousness
uttered The Magic Words: “Here, let me give you my cellphone number.”
Quickly, I jotted the number down, ambled out of the waiting room,
stepped outside and yanked out my cellphone. I dialed her number.
“Hello,” the husky voice said.
“Yeah, we’d like two orders of egg roll and a large moo-goo gai pan,” I said.
“Who is this?”
“And don’t forget the fortune cookies. Last time you left out the fortune
She hung up. But I still call her every now and then. Last week, I found
her line open and asked if she was paying too much for automobile
insurance. She hung up before I could make my pitch.
Choosing these specific columns proved more difficult than I thought.
Unfortunately, I had to exclude my many tributes to Florida drivers, the
medical profession, shoppers who send cashiers for cigarettes, and some of
my other favorite targets. Ah well, there is plenty of time to nail them in the
months to come. N
Wendell Abern can be reached at dendyabern@comcast.net.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This column first appeared shortly after the 9/11 tragedy
in 2001. It has run every year since, with the author’s updates.)
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It’s No Treat to Be Tricked by
Scary Investment Moves
Robert Friedman, AAMS
1827 NE 24th Street
Lighthouse Point
FL 33064
Halloween is upon us. As an adult, you can
smile at the ghouls and ghosts in the street. But
in life, you will find some things that are truly
alarming — such as scary investment moves.
For example, you can get some frightening
results by either investing too conservatively or
too aggressively. Try to find a balance that’s
appropriate for your risk tolerance.
It can also be hazardous to wait too long to
invest or to take a “time out” from investing. The market will
always go through ups and downs, but staying invested over the
long term can help a portfolio weather the markets ups and
Another chilling investment move is to ignore tax-advantaged
investment opportunities. Try to take full advantage of your 401(k)
and IRA.
Halloween comes but once a year, but scary investment moves
can haunt you for a lifetime — so try to avoid them.
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A Message from the Sea
Fall Fashion Trends
By Millie Walsh
By Reverend Jack Noble
There are some in this world who have
a marvelous gift. It’s difficult to define
exactly what it is that they possess:
serenity, inner strength, generosity of
spirit. I’m not sure. But when we’re in trouble, or there’s some
aching problem, we are drawn like a magnet to these people. I have
a friend like that.
A few years ago I called him. Come on over.
I went, and after an hour or so, just as I knew I would — I felt
better. The issue, the problem — whatever, was still there — but it
didn’t seem so large or looming. It wasn’t anything he said in
particular, leaning back in his recliner, hands clasped behind his
head, he just listened, and cared.
Suddenly, the gratitude and affection I felt seemed to need
expression. So I told him that something about the wrinkles in my
troubled mind seemed to have been smoothed out, and I said, you
are wonderful. Then I asked, how do you do it?
His slow smile seemed to start in his eyes, then spread down his
face. Well, he said, I am a lot older than you…
As I walked home that night I wasn’t convinced that his age
alone was the quality that I found most helpful. He seems to have a
bone-deep calmness about him.
As a young man, in the 1920s, he had made a lot of money —
well over a million dollars – but Black Tuesday wiped him out. He
was flat broke, a true pauper. Following that and for the next several
years, he went into what he calls his orgy of self-pity. He saw himself
as a total and complete failure, and had actually planned-out his
suicide. He would find a stormy day, go to the beach and swim-out
beyond his point of return.
Then came the day. He tells of getting over to the beach, it was a
horrifically stormy day, nearly a hurricane. The sky was dark and
angry. The waves were furious. He talks of stumbling down to the
sand and onto the shoreline. Then, something happened. At his feet
he saw something glinting in the sand, a narrow oval of fluted
calcium — pale, graceful, delicate. Even now, when he tells the story
his eyes fill with tears. He says he picked it up in all its fragility,
undamaged and perfect, how was this possible? Wind shrieking
around him, the roaring surf at his feet, tons and tons of seething
water had hurled this perfect thing there on the hard-packed sand. It
should have been, he reasoned, shattered. But it wasn’t.
He talks of coming to a moment of realization as he turned that
tiny shell over and over in his hand. In his frantic urgency he came
to see that the only way it had survived was that it had yielded itself
to the awful forces crashing around it. It had accepted the stillness
of the depths where it had had its beginnings. And it had
survived! He has kept the shell ever since. And then he tells, “You
know what it’s called — angel wings.” N
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As the heat of summer lingers on, stores
are filling up with fall and winter clothing.
It’s hard to think about wearing them just yet, but the big
question is — What’s hot for fall fashion? Fall repeats a few
trends from recent seasons and reaches back to the 70s and 80s
for others.
Color — There’s a big military influence on color this season. Army
green and navy take top honors while gray and deep purple are still
holding a strong lead to the always in fashion, black. Rounding out
the fall color palate is Gold, Red and Camel.
Style — There is still a big 80s influence this fall with leggings and
tunic tops holding strong. Draping, cowl necks and hoods add
interest to the necklines while chiffon and asymmetrical bottoms
finish off the hems. Feminine blouses and lacey tops help soften the
look of cargo pants, leather skirts, or jeans. Boyfriend sweaters,
capes and cashmere wraps help keep us warm this fall with scarves
still being a hot accessory. This year try a loop scarf, the updated
version of the classic scarf that’s worn loosely double-looped
around your neck. Buy one in a bright color, or a metallic to add a
fun pop to your outfit.
Jeans — What’s in store for jeans this season? Straight, skinny,
boyfriend, jeggings, cargo, baby boot (slimmer boot), and wide leg.
Does it sound like anything goes? Well, pretty much! A few new
cuts have been added, but the old favorites are still in fashion. This
fall add a slim cargo pant to update your wardrobe, or try a jegging
— it’s a skinny jean but in a soft stretchy denim that fits like a
legging. They are so comfortable you’ll never want to take
them off.
Shoes — Ankle boots with straps or ties and high heeled platforms
are where it’s at with shoes this fall -- fur and animal prints are what
make them fun. In Florida however, sandals never go out of style.
Flat or wedge, plain or embellished, flip flops and sandals take us
almost anywhere we want to go — until that first cold snap.
Accessories — The big trend in jewelry this fall is rings — lots of
them — big and layered. The best part is they don’t have to match
anything, except your attitude! Oversized handbags are still hot.
Look for pleats, chains and fabric embellishments to give
them character.
So clean out those closets and see what you have to work with. Go
shopping and have some fun updating your wardrobe for fall. A few
new pieces make all the difference. N
I’ll be answering your questions and sharing fashion news and
tips each month in the Lighthouse Point Magazine’s Fashion Blog,
a print version of my Web Log. Address any fashion related
questions to millie@ shopbody.com, or stop by the store, Body &
Soul Boutique, located in the Shoppes at Beacon Light, 2430 N.
Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point, 954-942-6446.
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Cookin’ With The Community
We encourage those who can perform magic in their kitchens to submit favorite creations that can be enjoyed by readers of our magazine.
To submit your recipe, please email us at: LHPnews@bellsouth.net and type “RECIPE” in the subject line.
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• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 1/4 cup all purpose flour
• salt and pepper, if desired
• 1 lb chicken breast cut for scaloppine by butcher
(or 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to
1/8-inch thickness)
• 1 can (6 oz) Green Giant
B in B
sliced mushrooms,
• 1/2 cup Marsala (sweet) wine or apple juice
• 1 can (18.5 oz) Progresso
Vegetable Classics French
onion soup
• 4 kaiser rolls
• 4 oz fontina cheese, sliced, shaved or grated*
• 1 tablespoon parsley flakes, if desired
In small microwavable bowl, mix oil and garlic. Microwave on
High 1 minute; set aside. Place flour on plate; stir in salt and
pepper. Coat chicken with flour, shaking off excess.
In 12-inch nonstick skillet (1 1/2 inches deep), place 1
tablespoon of the heated oil without garlic pieces. Heat oil
over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes or until hot but not
smoking. Add chicken, cutting large pieces in half, if necessary,
so all chicken fits in skillet; cook 4 to 6 minutes, turning once,
until no longer pink in center and golden brown. Remove
chicken from skillet; place on plate and cover to keep warm.
In same skillet, cook mushrooms over medium-high heat 1
minute, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Stir in
wine and soup with heatproof rubber spatula or wooden
spoon to scrape up brown bits from bottom of skillet. Cook 5
to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated.
Meanwhile, set oven control to broil. Split rolls; place cut side
up on large cookie sheet. Broil 6 to 8 inches from heat 1 to 2
minutes or until toasted and golden brown. Brush cut sides
with remaining oil mixture with garlic pieces; top evenly with
fontina cheese. Broil 30 to 60 seconds or until cheese is
Return chicken to skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer
uncovered 2 to 3 minutes, turning chicken occasionally, until
chicken is coated with sauce. Divide chicken evenly among
rolls. With slotted spoon, divide mushrooms and onions over
chicken. Pour wine sauce into 4 (4-oz) ramekins or dipping
bowls. Sprinkle parsley on individual plates; place sandwiches
and ramekins of sauce for dipping on plates.
• 2 cup sugar
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 2 tsp. salt
• 4 eggs
• 1 1/2 cup flour
• 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
• 1 tsp. baking powder
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 cup peanut butter chips
Peanut Butter Portion:
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
3/4 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
3 oz. (3 sq.) unsweetened chocolate
3 tbsp. butter
2 2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. vanilla
4-5 tbsp. water
Heat oven to 350°. Grease 9x13 inch pan.
In large bowl, combine 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter; beat
until light and fluffy. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well
after each addition. Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. Lightly spoon
flour into measuring cup; level off.
In small bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, cocoa, baking powder
and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar
mixture; blend well. By hand, stir in peanut butter chips.
In small bowl, combine peanut butter and 1/3 cup butter; beat
until smooth. Add 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons flour;
blend well. Add 3/4 teaspoon vanilla and 2 eggs; beat until
Spread half of chocolate mixture evenly over chocolate
mixture. Spread remaining chocolate mixture evenly over
peanut butter mixture. To marble, pull knife through layers in
wide curves. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until
top springs back when touched light in center and brownies
begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely.
In medium saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate and 3
tablespoons butter, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove
from heat. Stir in powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4
teaspoon vanilla and enough water for desired spreading
consistency. Frost cooled brownies; cut into bars.
Makes 36 bars.
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Sheriff Al Lamberti
Secure Your Vehicle –
Save Your Identity!
By Sheriff Al Lamberti
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Hot Off the Grill
By John Offerdahl
(a.k.a. The Gridiron Griller)
There are new criminals in town — and these criminals
are targeting you! Gone are the days when burglars simply
stole belongings out of your vehicle and that was the end of
it. Now, they steal your identity. These thieves move swiftly,
often without being noticed, because it takes only seconds to
commit this type of crime.
Unfortunately, the crime doesn’t stop after your belongings
are stolen. This can lead to hundreds of more offenses. Once
a criminal steals your purse, briefcase or laptop — all of which
usually contain your personal information – the door is open
to swiping your identity.
Cleaning-up your name and credit score after becoming an
identity theft victim takes much often takes months or even
years. According to the National Crime Prevention Council,
victims spend an average of 30 hours repairing their credit
and name after an identity theft crime.
It’s important to keep in mind that criminals target drivers
who leave personal items in their vehicles while completing
daily chores. This includes pumping gas at a local gas station,
dropping your kids off at day care or school, and running
other errands.
Those who drive large vehicles, such as minivans and SUVs,
are even easier targets because their view to the other side is
often obstructed.
I want you to be aware of a few easy steps that will help
keep your personal items and your identity safe:
• As soon as you enter your vehicle, lock your doors.
• Always pay attention to your surroundings and the
people around you.
• Do not leave valuables such as your purse, briefcase
or cell phone in plain view. Place the items under
your seat or in the trunk before you arrive at your
• Keep your windows rolled-up. This will prevent a thief
from reaching into your vehicle.
The men and women of the Broward Sheriff’s Office are
working hard to catch these criminals, but we need your help
to thwart the crime before it happens. I urge you to add these
simple crime prevention tips to your daily life. Doing so will
help protect yourself, your property and your identity. N
When you grill up those brats for your football tailgate, this recipe
makes a great side. The husks do a fine job of holding the butter
mixture close to the corn. The horseradish adds a welcome zip to
those sweet golden kernels and the herbs add even more flavor. Just
be sure to soak the strings in water before you tie up the ears, or you
may end up with an earful of flame! If you prep these ahead of time,
they are great for tailgating and you don’t even need any utensils to
enjoy them!
READY Line up
your ingredients….
Main Ingredients
• 6 ears fresh corn on
the cob
• string
Rub Ingredients
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 T. fresh dill
1 T fresh cilantro
2 tsp. freshly prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. salt
PREP Prepare your entrée & sauces….
Peel back outer husks from ears; leaving husks attached. Clean
away silks. Place corn in a large bowl and cover with water.
Soak for 30 minutes along with 6 strings for tying. Remove ears
from water and pat dry.
Combine the rub ingredients and spread half the mixture
evenly over all ears. Pull the husks back up over ears and
secure each with a water-soaked string.
LETS GRILL! Take it to the Grill….
Preheat grill to medium-high. Oil the grates and place corn on grill
uncovered. Grill over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes.
Remove and pull back the front half of husks. Brush on remaining
butter and herb mixture and serve.
Johnny says…
“There's nothing like a zesty halftime speech from Coach Shula
to get the cobwebs out of your mind, then again have you tried
our zesty corn on the cob! It’s mind boggling good!”
Offerdahl’s Cafe Grill is located at
2400 North Federal Highway • Lighthouse Point, FL
(954) 788-3464
Photo by Irwin Candenas
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Dr. Robert Stephens
Dr. James Bennett
Dr. Lauren Governale
1930 NE 34th Court • Pompano Beach, FL
Email: sfldco@bellsouth.net
Website: www.sfldco.com
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Don’t get tripped up
by Electronics Sales Scams
By Denise Richardson
So you’re surfing the Internet when you spot a good deal
on a popular electronic item. This could be an expensive cell
phone, a PDA, or perhaps a TV set.
You contact the seller, who quotes you a very good price.
Even with shipping charges and other fees, you stand to save a
good bit of money by purchasing your new gadget from this
person. But once you pay for your new electronics, the seller
either disappears or returns to claim that you must pay more
money for some reason. The excuse could be taxes, added
shipping charges, etc. Unfortunately, you are probably being
scammed. Con artists practice this type of Advance Fee Fraud
every day. If you know how the scam works, though, you can
protect yourself.
Many electronics scammers spam message boards, classified-
ad Web sites, etc., with their offers. Their ads seem appealing
because the prices are very low. This is your first warning sign:
if something seems too good to believe, you should be very
cautious. Scammers offer great deals because this tricks their
victims into thinking about nothing but the wonderful bargain.
Next, the con artist will give you payment instructions. Some
scammers like PayPal, because they’ve phished stolen accounts
and have no moral dilemmas over cleaning out the accounts
— and adding more funds through victims for greater profits.
Other scammers will pull the same con with phished bank
accounts. If they’ve stolen online-banking passwords, they
don’t have too many problems withdrawing the cash that a
victim transfers from his or her own bank account. But many
times, the scammer will ask for a Western Union or Money
Gram payment. This is because the scammers know how to
take advantage of the transfer services without leaving too
many clues to their real identities. It’s easy to anonymously
retrieve a money transfer if you have the right information
(such as a test question and answer).
Once you’ve paid an incredibly-low price for your new
merchandise, the scammer either stops responding to any of
your e-mails or comes back to tell you the bad news: you need
to send more money. Many victims will gladly send more cash
because they still believe that this is a very good deal. Even
with the second money transfer, they’re still getting a better
deal than they would at Amazon, or a brick-and-mortar store.
That’s what the targeted victims tell themselves, anyway.
There are the warning signs that the electronics salesman
who’s been e-mailing you about that neat new gadget is
actually a scammer. A con artist often:
• Uses a free e-mail account, like Yahoo! Mail or GMail. Legiti -
mate sellers other than individuals on eBay or Craigslist
—typically have their own e-mail domains. This is true even
of legitimate, honest sellers who don’t have web sites.
• Spams the Internet with messages about the sales. Many
legitimate sellers are honest enough to not spam the World
Wide Web. Scammers, on the other hand, bombard every
message board, classified-ad site, and other such Web site they
can find.
• Does not have an established web presence with a secure
and verified Web site. Some scammers do have very nice-
looking sites, so don’t stop suspecting a scam just because
the “salesman” directs you to a site. But most reputable sellers
have Web sites. Not having one is a good sign of a scammer.
• Offers deals that are too great to believe. If you think that you
can find a new Apple iPhone for a hundred fifty bucks, you
need to seriously consider the source of this bargain. This is
particularly true if any of the other warning signs are present.
• Insists on receiving money through Western Union or Money
Gram. Huge red flag! Many legitimate sellers understand that
their buyers want reassurance and anti-fraud protection. The
money-transfer services listed above do not offer either of
these things.
• Rushes you through the whole process. Scammers have to
hurry for several reasons. One is that, if their free e-mail
accounts are reported for fraudulent activities, the providers
will close the boxes. Another is that, if the scammers are using
stolen PayPal or bank accounts, they’re racing to grab as
much cash as possible before the accounts are closed or
they’re locked out.
If you still aren’t sure if the person who is e-mailing you is a
scammer or an honest seller, you might ask an innocent-
sounding question about the electronics that the person is trying
to sell. The person’s answer can confirm his or her intentions.
One example is to ask about a nonexistent feature for a
certain cell phone. Make up something that is not possible for
any cell phone to have, such as a “telekinetic touch pad.” If the
seller reassures you that the model you want to buy has this
feature, you can be sure that he or she is scamming you.
The simplest way to prevent scamming, however, is to shop
at reputable Web sites. You won’t often find mind-blowing deals
on today’s hottest electronics at these sites, but you do know
that you’ll actually receive your new MP3 player or cell phone.
You also have the benefit of being able to pay with your credit
card, which offers buyer protection.
For more tips on how best to protect yourself from scams
and identity theft visit me at givemebackmycredit.com or
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The Gulf Spin Oh, so those little microbes in the Gulf
of Mexico weren’t quite as hungry as previously thought,
and now they find a huge underwater “plume.” Hmm.
Reports that 79% of the spilled oil may still be in the
Gulf clearly shows how misleading and obviously idiotic
were comments made by BP talking heads talking the talk
that continues to spew forth faster than the oil that gushed
from the damaged well itself.
Mother Nature can do so much to heal our planet, but
this is one job she can’t do alone. And if we leave the
problem to the BP talking heads, God help us!
Big Money Problems? Many of us don’t have the
difficult job of knowing what to do with the money we
earn. With most people in the world are struggling on how
to stretch their dollars, 40 of America’s richest individuals,
including Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are struggling on
what charities would most benefit from their billions.
Philanthropic efforts by the Gates Foundation has
acknowledged that a 10-year, $2 billion project to
reorganize high schools around the country into schools
with fewer than 400 students was a complete failure.
Certainly, this magnanimous charitable gesture by Gates,
Buffet and friends is an admirable one, and we can only
hope it does achieve the things they all intended. But could
one possibly imagine just how many schemers are out
there, wringing their hands and racking their brains to
invent ways on how to grab some of that free moolah for
themselves in the name of whatever phony charitable
cause they can come up with?
Where Do Your Charitable Donations Really Go?
Here are some facts: (1) Private foundations are only
required to spend 5% of their endowment per year; (2)
Twenty per cent may go to operating expenses, including
salaries; (3) Since endowment investments earn more than
they must give out, foundations may never have to use
their principal assets.
Worldwide disasters mean big bucks to many charitable
organizations. Just watch the newspapers when a disaster
strikes and you’re sure to see the sad faces of the victims
of terrible suffering. Your heart aches with great pity and
empathy. But how often in the aftermath do we hear
stories about the money never being used for the purpose
intended, and reports of greed and corruption?
In many cases, not all, private foundations exist primarily
for their own self-perpetuation. During this economic
turndown, many foundations cut their rate of giving because
of losses in their endowments. It is reported that in 2009
there was an 8.4% drop in giving, the steepest decline since
the Foundation Center began tracking in 1975.
Before donating your hard-earned money, if at all
possible, visit the home base of the charity you are about
to endow. In some cases, you may discover you are walking
into a grand palace, rather than a depository for the needy.
Are We Blind to Cultural Insight? Are Americans
“stubbornly, even proudlymonolingual, more concerned
with protecting English than with learning another
language,” according to Dennis Barron, professor of
English at the University of Illinois.
In learning another language, the process brings to light
many things, including a window into our cultural
differences. With that important knowledge, we are less
liable to suffer serious national security risks, not to
mention the lesson learned in attacking Iraq, a Muslim
country, without having a decent grasp of their customs
and beliefs. Those in power may have thought twice about
starting an unwinnable war if they had the critical and
necessary knowledge. And by the way, what was that
reason the government gave us for starting the war?
Will languages be next to be dropped from the
curriculum? Between 1997 and 2008, the percentage of
elementary schools offering foreign-language instruction
decreased from 25% to 31%; in middle schools that figure
dropped to 58% from 75%, according to the Center for
Applied Linguistics.
No question that most foreign countries make in
mandatory for students to learn English as their second
language. It is now widely accepted that English is the
language of international exchange, whether in the
commercial, military, intellectual or scientific circles.
Understanding a certain language is merely one aspect,
but when there is blatant disregard for the customs,
religion, history, or peoples’ rights of a foreign country,
there are sure to be devastating repercussions. Yet, we
don’t learn from history. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan what’s
next on the agenda, America?
Next Pill, Please! Alarming evidence suggests that
rather than helping us fight off disease, certain
supplements may be increasing the risk of cancer and
other debilitating diseases.
“Taking vitamin supplements in high doses may shunt
the body’s biochemistry off in the wrong direction,” says
Professor Joseph Lunec, Director of Chemical Pathology at
Leicester University.
In “The China Study,” T. Colin Campbell says that, “more
than 100,000 Americans die every year from CORRECTLY
taking their PROPERLY PRESCRIBED medication.” In addi tion,
Mr. Campbell says, “ When it comes to health, government is
not for the people, it is for the food industry and the
pharmaceutical industry at the expense of the people.”
If you watch television you are lulled into world of pill
commercials before you realize it. And the negative
reactions you receive are an invitation to death itself. In
magazine ads, a pill advertisement is usually followed by
pages of reasons why you shouldn’t be taking them.
While some pills may perform magic, most pills will do
damage that you won’t be aware of until it’s too late!
Vol. 2
By Jon Frangipane
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Smart Power for the Future
By Al Siefert
The Federal Government is planning to invest billions of dollars
in economic recovery efforts to build a better electrical
infrastructure for the entire nation.
This money is intended to build a smart electrical grid
throughout our nation as the current system is being stressed and
causing more and more power outages. The Department of Energy
has allocated nearly $100 million for 54 “smart grid” work force
training programs. The training programs will go to community
colleges, universities and other training sources. They plan to train
30,000 Americans to upgrade the current electrical grid and to build
the smart grid infrastructure.
The purpose of the smart grid is to provide a reliable electric
supply by increasing the electrical infrastructure. It is estimated that
the cost will run into the billions of dollars annually and there will
be enormous challenges to accomplish this project.
The benefits of this should reduce the cost of producing and
delivering electricity. It will enable power companies to shift power
to different grids on an “as needed” basis.
With our nation’s expected population growth and the growing
need for more electricity additional infrastructure will be necessary.
With the smart grid sharing resources, the savings are expected to
out weigh the cost of new power plants. However, the projected
cost between 2010 and 2030 is 1.5 trillion dollars.
The smart grid will incorporate multi power generational
systems to include wind, solar, thermal, gas, coal and nuclear. When
all of these technologies are plugged into the same grid there should
be extra power available when the need arises.
Another component of this system will be the smart meter
which is being installed now by FP&L. Smart meters use two way
digital technologies that will one day be able to control appliances
in consumer’s homes. It will allow consumers to save money by
operating certain appliances during off peak hours.
Many companies like IBM, GE, and Cisco are developing digital
intelligence technologies to operate with the smart grid.
Today there is a coalition of twelve or more utility companies
worldwide. Each company shares their information with the others
to benefit in this research. These partners include the US,
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Al is a State Licensed Electrical Contractor and owner of
Al Siefert Electric. The articles he writes are about items of interest
and questions from his customers. Please call Al if you have
questions concerning electric service, installation and repair.
(954) 493-9411
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Back to school usually only meant concerns like: books,
clothes, schedules, and lunch money. Now a days, a major
concern is keeping our children safe from BED BUGS! Below
are a few things you need to know before your child brings BED
BUGS back to infest your home from school or college.
Why should I be concerned about BED BUGS and School?
Grade/High School: School is starting, which means students
have returned home from their summer vacations! It doesn’t
matter if you stayed in the Ritz or the Radisson or another family
member’s home, BED BUGS do not discriminate and will
travel back home with anyone who has
come in contact with them. Students can
come in contact with friends whose home
and belongings are infested with BED BUGS
which could lead to them bringing them to
your home.
College Dorm/Apartment: BED BUGS are
becoming more common in multi-dwelling
structures. Students from all over the world
returning to college are a major cause for the
spread of BED BUGS. When they return home,
they bring home more than their dirty clothes,
BED BUGS can hitch a ride in their suitcases
and backpacks, which can lead to an infestation of BED BUGS in
your home.
How do we Prevent BED BUGS?
Prevention is becoming the best option for those who do not
have a BED BUG infestation. It only takes one adult BED BUG to
turn your life upside down after 3-6 months! That 1 BED BUG
can turn into hundreds and even thousands before you even
realized you have an infestation.
So what do you do?
First, if you have or believe you have come in contact with
BED BUGS, you should call a professional to have a thorough
inspection of your home. If BED BUGS are found, your
professional should give you a custom protocol to follow in
preparation for treatment to eliminate the BED BUGS.
Second, if you have not come in contact with BED BUGS yet
and would like to take preventative measures, there are several
options including many non-chemical products to consider.
Preventative Treatments: Most over the counter products are
repellant insecticides which only repel the BED BUGS further
and deeper into your home. Non-repellant professional use only
products, applied according to their labels, in areas where bed
bugs will most likely setup harborage is recommended.
Mattress encasements: “Proven and tested against BED
BUGS” are the only recommended encasements to get to
prevent BED BUGS from infesting the mattress and box spring.
It may cost a little more for this initial investment, but it will save
you from having to buy all new mattresses and box springs.
Monitors: There are several new monitors on the market today
your Professional Management Company can install for you.
These new products are great for detection before you have a
problem and for after a Bed Bug treatment has been done
When Traveling
• Before unpacking and jumping into bed at
any location follow these instructions:
• Leave luggage on tile floor in room or
bathroom; do not unpack until absolutely
sure there are no signs of bed bugs: i.e.
adults, nymphs, shed skins, blood/fecal spots.
• Inspect each bed (with flashlight) by taking
the covers and sheets off the corners and
sides to get a close look at the seams and
folds in the mattress and box spring. Lift the
head of the mattress to view 3-4 inches
between it and the top of the box spring.
• Inspect each head board (remove from wall supports) from
behind, top to bottom. Look at wall surface around headboard
for small blood spots or specs.
• If you are confident you do not see any signs of bed bugs, feel
free to unpack and enjoy your stay.
After Traveling (if came in contact with bed bugs)
• When returning home from a trip, do NOT immediately
unpack your luggage or any bag inside your home.
• Leave all belongings outside
• Wash and dry any dirty clothing and dry clean clothing at
highest heat setting and longest time setting on dryer to dry
• Have luggage or anything not able to be laundered steamed
(clothes steamer) or treated to kill any bed bugs or eggs, then
put in garbage bag for storage (not under Bed)
JP Miller & Sons Services, Total Pest Solutions will keep
the BED BUGS from biting the ones you love.
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please call 954-421-6187.
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