It's been a great year for the growth of DestinyMaker.
On January 1st 2008 I announced my route for the 3rd annual cross country ride. This ride was to be my longest to date. It also turned out to be the most difficult.
Also in January, Nyle and I were invited by the National Epilepsy Foundation to attend their 2008 Speak out conference. This would be held at the end of March just 4 weeks before I would go to Denver to begin this year's bike ride.
In March, Nyle and I attended the conference and had a great time. The learning experience for Nyle was invaluable. He had to deliver a message to Senate staff and Congresswoman Wasserman-Schultz. He hit a home run. We also had the honor to walk with the Congresswoman who was kind enough to take a photo with Nyle with the Capital building in the back ground.
In the Spring issue of Healthy Living Magazine they did a article on DestinyMaker which was read by millions. This was the largest distribution of any press so far.
Sacha Sackett gives destinymaker permission to use his song "Stuck in the Sunset" for the 2008 destinymaker video.
At the end of April I started my 2008 ride and went west to Moab, Utah south to Phoenix, west to Malibu, North on the PCH crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. I went North into Oregon, Washington. I crossed into Canada just North of Seattle. I then went East when I arrived back into the US at International Falls, Minn. I crossed Michigan. Back into Canada I went to Toronto. Back to America at Niagara Falls. There I went south all the way home to Aventura. 8100 miles in 81 days.
In Calgary I received a medal for my efforts in raising awareness.
During physical rest for nearly 2 months I opened the destinymaker facebook page. In a few months I have sent out hundreds of messages and articles on other families and research. I'm proud of the work done here and I will continue the group for years to come.
In September the 2008 DestinyMaker Video was released.
In October I announced I would attempt a 24 hour bike ride raising Epilepsy awareness not by mile but by hour. What am I thinking? Riders in Countries around the world will join biking one hour while I ride 24.
In November I was contacted by the Epilepsy Genome Project to help raise awareness on their research which could unlock the mysteries of Epilepsy. In January I will fly to San Fran and meet their team.
December 1st I started my training program for the 24 hour event. In the 3 weeks of training I feel as if I am ready for the challenge.
Mid December Nyle had an operation to fix his right foot and all is deemed a success. Nyle came home and is doing great.
At the end of December I found out that all paperwork to form the destinymaker charity will be submitted in early January of 2009 and pending State approval I will reach the dream of that goal.
The destinymaker web site has now recorded hits from 60 Countries and close to 2000 cities.
It's been a great year but there is much still to do and I will triple my efforts to bring attention to the world about Epilepsy.
Go to www.destinymaker.org for more information.
Nyle and I wish you a Happy New Year!!!!!
Our most recent posts
Monday, December 29, 2008
It's been a great year for the growth of DestinyMaker.
Posted by Aaron at 8:39 PM
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
These tough economic times are difficult especially during the holiday season. There are many people looking for ways to get fast cash. In Aventura there are many jewelry stores selling items at great prices. However, if you go online you can discover some great deals for gold online and diamonds. This is not the only way gold and diamonds have been selling in a troubled market.
There are many gold buyers in Aventura, Sunny Isles, Hallandale, and these buyers buy gold for cash on the spot. This is a great way to get some extra cash and empty out your old gold jewelry and diamond jewelry. In order to find the best price for gold in Aventura you should do research and educate yourself about the daily prices at goldprice.org. This site will update you when trying to buy and sell gold.
These prices should be the same when you are selling or buying gold in Dade County or Broward County. The price of gold is the same all over the world, right now many believe it to be the only true currencey. Buying gold in Aventura is a booming market, so search out that trusted gold buyer and avoid craigslist ads and other questionable web ads.
Stay educated in Aventura when buying and selling gold. Read the full article about gold and diamond jewelry sales in Aventura explaining how to find a gold buyer.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
In the midst of a world economic crisis, millions of families will be challenged in ways that can cause significant negative effects to their lives. As a Marriage and Family Therapist here in South Florida, economic stress is one of the main reasons why a couple or family will initiate therapy with me. In fact, Viktor Gecas, professor of sociology and head of the Department of Sociology at Purdue University notes that “research shows that this kind of stress can lead to changes in family members and in family dynamics, such as husbands becoming irritable and wives becoming depressed, as well as more extreme problems such as mental health issues, alcoholism, drug abuse and family violence.”
How we learn to cope with this present situation is based on the resources that we have access to. Families that were already struggling before the present crisis may be hit the hardest. The friends and family members that they usually can count of in times of need may also be affected by their own economic woes.
Wasser continues to explain this issue in greater detail in his full article about economic crisis and the family - visit the link to read on. Please spread the word and pass it on. This is very helpful in a time of need for most people.
Posted by Aaron at 7:58 PM
Monday, December 15, 2008
There are many local florists in Aventura FL, but when you don't have time buy flowers online and they'll deliver to 33180 or the Aventura, Sunny Isles surrounding areas. These Aventura florists are great for flower gifts to friends and family. The last time I bought flowers it was a quick decision on the way home from work. It would have been much easier to call a flower shop in Aventura and have that florist deliver the flowers.
Almost all florists in Aventura and Sunny Isles provide home delivery. There's another easy way to get flowers delivered to any Aventura location - order flowers online. This is the easiest way to make sure you have flowers when the time demands it.
Think about it, a local flower shop is a vital part of any city - everyone needs a place to buy flowers. When you don't have the time order flowers online. Aventura is no exception and Aventura florists are located all around the City for your flower needs. To find out more about ordering flowers online in Aventura visit this article about Aventura florists.
Posted by Aaron at 2:18 PM
Monday, December 8, 2008
Recently, there was a post about Henri Bendel in Aventura. This famous shop from New York City is now here in Aventura Mall. Here's a small excerpt from the article posted a few days ago.
"The famed New York boutique specialty store is finally open in the Aventura Mall. As of this weekend, the best place to scope out the newest in fashion will be at 19501 Biscayne Boulevard. Amongst the pricey pieces you can’t find anywhere else, are brands like Rafe handbags, Paula Dorf and YSL cosmetics, Rebecca Minkoff accessories, Alex and Ani charm bracelets, and of course their own line of just about everything you need to look and feel great this season."
Henri Bendel Aventura Mall is now open and here to stay. Read more about Henri Bendel Aventura Mall
Sunday, November 23, 2008
LUMPY SUE MUSICFEST
Hey Aventura, Sunny Isles Beach, Golden Beach, Highland Lakes, Sky Lake, and the surrounding area, LISTEN UP!
This coming Friday is the Lumpy Sue MusicFest at Greynolds Park. You all know where Greynolds Park is, it's been there forever. It hasn't moved. This is an all day event and it's free, there are amazing bands playing live music and lots of awesome people chilling out.
The concert is free, but we hold a raffle to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. As you know, Habitat for Humanity raises money to build homes in distressed areas. One-hundred percent of the money raised through the raffle stays in our community to help those in need.
This is the perfect way to give thanks and give back to those less fortunate. I've been going to this event for years and always have an amazing time. Check out photos from last year's Lumpy Sue.
NOW YOU KNOW ABOUT IT, SEE YOU THERE.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Michelle Sas Photography is one of the best local photographers in Aventura, Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, Hallandale, Hollywood, and the surrounding areas including Miami Beach. Her style can be described as timeless with a mass appeal. Michelle has the experience and talent to create fine art portraits that a family will cherish for a lifetime. Visit this article in full about Aventura photography.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Recently, we were contacted by USAJobNetworks.com regarding their amazingly simple and useful widget. Typically, we are not easily impressed and excited about most new software and widgets. There’s so much on the market and everybody thinks they’re going to be the next Bill Gates, but in reality they’re just more static on the web. I know that’s harsh, but we tell it like it is; however, it was quickly apparent that USAJobNetworks.com was different. They were on to something GREAT.
If you take a look at our menu navigation bar you will notice a category labeled “jobs.” You will quickly see the menu navigation change and be replaced with Aventura sales jobs, Aventura legal jobs, Aventura medical jobs, Aventura marketing jobs, Aventura accounting jobs. This is the power of USAJobNetworks.com widgets. We now can offer our readers job listing in Aventura, FL. Many people our constantly searching different website for jobs in Aventura, with the help of the widgets we have a one stop shop for those looking for jobs in Aventura.
Read more about the job widgets by USA JOB NETWORKS .COM
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Orientation & Registration - Thursday, Nov 6th!
Hebrew: Reading, Writing, & Understanding
Holidays: How & Why ~ Love of Israel
Living Legacy Work Shops ~ Jewish Pride
Registration & Information at
www.HebrewSchool.info or (305) 770-1919
We will also be hosting Imagine Tomorrow Computer Classes & the Sdoia-Satz Music School. See website for details.
Posted by Aaron at 8:08 PM
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Aventura is the home of many specialty shops, restaurants, and services. This is one of the things that makes Aventura known as "The City of Excellence." Aventura is a destination where visitors and residents enjoy services unique to this city. One of these services is Aventura Dance, a dance studio located in downtown Aventura. I visited them to check out their dance studio and to speak with the owner - Moshe Rasier.
He's extending a great offer, TAKE A FREE DANCE CLASS. Visit our dot com site to try a FREE DANCE CLASS click - Aventura Dance. Everyone I spoke to mentioned this dance studio as not only a place for instructional classes, but really it's a hot spot for social activity. Joining Aventura Dance is your entrance to the local dance community - meet like minded people, relax, and have fun.
Moshe told me about all the great classes they offer and there's a full daily schedule of dance classes. They offer Salsa dance classes, Tango classes, Hip Hop, Zumba, Cha Cha and more. This is the perfect central location for those seeking dance classes in NMB (North Miami Beach), Hollywood, Hallandale, Sunny Isles, and all over Dade and Broward County, it the South Florida dance network. You'll meet dance members from all over town, a great way to make new friends and maybe even business contacts. Read the full article about this South Florida Dance studio.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Here’s some exciting news about a new Internet site that’s moving forward and moving people into a positive frame of mind. The founder of MorningCoach.com was interviewed on this blog many months back and now they’ve released the world’s largest personal development community online, debuted social networking today. The full article about Morning Coach JB Glossinger and the team is at our dot com site. There you'll find information about the Morning Coach updates and progress. Visit our link about Morning Coach.
Monday, October 13, 2008
The health industry is booming. When you're in pain, you need a fix. Our country's health insurance problem is spreading and unemployment is rising. People in joint pain, back pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain, wrist pain, and other joint related pains need a cost effective solution to their muscle and joint pain.
I recently spoke with the owners of BIOflex®, a medical magnet company, based in South Florida. They were very excited to speak with us about their company and products. Their main focus is on helping people struggling with muscle or joint aches and pains. They know the industry better than anyone out there. BIOflex® is the ORIGINAL magnet manufactured specifically and exclusively for human medical use.
Q: What makes BIOflex magnets unique?
A: Only BIOflex® offers concentric circle magnets, providing a unique magnetic field configuration. This revolutionary patented technology ensures the optimum magnetic field is applied to the affected area.
Q: Why magnets?
A: Magnets are a medically accepted form of therapy for pain and healing. Magnets are commonly recommended for use on sports injuries and chronic pain conditions including, Tendonitis, Sprains & strains, Wrist Pain, Chronic lower back pain, Overuse Syndrome, Elbow Pain. The BIOflex® Concentric Circle Magnet has been Clinically Proven to Reduce Pain, Accelerate Healing, Improve Circulation.
The remainder of this interview will be posted again at a later date. The company is excited about their website and the ability it gives them to reach the consumer directly. Typically, BIOflex® deals with large orders; however, they feel it's valuable to offer the consumer direct access to their products. Visit their website for magnet therapy.
BIOflex® is confident that their medical magnet therapy products can help you. These innovative products can change your life or maybe not; they might just eliminate some of your pain. If you use their products, let us know what you think - comment below.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Visit our site to find a tutor today - Aventura Tutors
Many elementary, middle school, junior high school, high school, and college students need tutoring. Great tutors will help with homework or to help student's understand a subject in school. There's no reason to fall behind, arrange for a tutor if you need help.
The following are popular subjects tutors help students with their difficulties.
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Posted by Aaron at 12:22 AM
Monday, September 22, 2008
The hottest new thing today for any party is bubble furniture in Miami as roots in Aventura. This type of Miami rental party furniture is the hippest style making waves across South Florida. When party planners in Miami decide to create an event with style they contact Katy & Marc Benichou of Bubble - rental party furniture in Miami. The husband and wife team at Bubble has a variety of furniture collections perfect for any type of Miami party. Their styles have been showcased at Aventura party events, Miami Beach party events, and as far north as Orlando party events. Their showroom is located minutes from Aventura, Florida.
The Miami party club rental furniture includes a family of inflatable and illuminated entertaining items. Bubble Miami will develop the stylish collection that will fit your event. They often mix their inflatable (bubble) furniture and glowing furniture to develop a chic environment that will entertain your guests. Katy and Marc have the experience necessary to wow even the most seasoned party planner in Miami.
"Back in France, Jean Marc Benichou was well-known for his unique tableware. After completing his formal training at the prestigious Beaux-Arts school in Paris, he owned and operated a party rental company for 20 years where he specialized in making dishes from glass, porcelain and even mother of pearl. His co-designer, and wife of 15 years, joined him after working as a pharmacist." - Sue Arrowsmith Read more about Party Rental Furniture Miami .
This team has certainly made an impact in Miami and all around South Florida. The have thrown parties in Miami, Aventura, South Beach, Orlando, and various other popular South Florida locations for parties in Dade and Broward county. Bubble Miami has a showroom warehouse that is open to customers and party planners in Miami. This showroom is minutes from Aventura Florida. Give Katy and Marc a call and they'll set an appointment with you.
"Stackable modular lights, inflatable glowing bars and bright orange outdoor furniture — event furniture designers and distributors Jean Marc and Katy Benichou are as colorful and quirky as their creations. Most recently, they have been turning heads with their new jigsaw puzzle-like couch, the Qar (“kar”) Couch." - Sue Arrowsmith Read more about Party Rental Furniture Miami .
This company is in highest demand for their chic collections that are at the top of the Miami party rental furniture industry. All are welcome to contact Bubble Miami - perfect for party planners in Miami, parents planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Weddings, Anniversary, Birthdays, Corporate Events, Charity Events, Clubs, Restaurants, or any other celebration or event you can imagine. Think Bubble Miami when you're planning your next PARTY!
Visit our write up on our dot com - Party Miami Rental Furniture
Posted by Aaron at 2:15 PM
Friday, September 12, 2008
Foodies, wine lovers, and fellow Aventura-dwellers there's a new restaurant coming to town Bar Rosso. Scheduled to open in the next few months, it is nestled right in the heart of Aventura's new downtown, so Bar Rosso couldn't be any easier to get to and it will be right in the center of the action.
The developers of Bar Rosso saw the need for a neighborhood place, where locals could pop in for a glass of wine, a quick bite, some conversation, eat dinner, and then just hang around to take in the scene. This kind of specialty restaurant is just what we need; it's the destination all can enjoy.
So, why should we all flock there Reason #1: Bar Rosso is South Florida's first and only Vinoteca(yes, just like Enoteca, but with a new twist). Note: In case you don't know, an Enoteca is Italian and literally translates to wine library. Traditionally, Enotecas offer a large variety of local wines, little plates of food, and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Bar Rosso will be all that, plus more.
Reason #2: Bar Rosso will not only stock an excellent ever-changing assortment of wines by the glass, but also a mozzarella bar (which is totally trendy right now), a 20-seat communal table near the bar area to encourage mixing and mingling, an open kitchen so those who want can watch the chef create and plate delicious dishes, a 12 seat table enclosed in handcrafted wine walls for one-of-a-kind dining experiences, and a menu filled with what should prove to be a well-rounded collection of classic Italian fare interpreted with a new world twist.
The atmosphere will be addictive and accessible to all. The wine selections outstanding (reasons #3 and #4). About 80 percent of the initial wines will be Italian; the other 20 percent an assortment from other countries. Check out reds including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Dolcetto, Merlot, Brunello, and Montepulciano. White fans will be able to sample Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Trebbiano, and Semillon, among many others. Naturally, you can enjoy little tastes or enjoy a full meal too.
Split your time between the Tavern, an inviting indoor environment (complete with an old-school Wurlitzer juke box for patrons to play with) or step out into The Park, an outdoor patio that has been transformed through using photographs, into a soothing space where you can lose yourself and enjoy the moment.
And if all the above isn't enough, (drum roll please, reason #5) Bar Rosso is scheduled to have a full calendar of events including wine tastings, interactive wine education seminars, young professionals nights, pairings, and more. The space is ideal for corporate events and can be taken over in its entirety or partially. And since this is a neighborhood place, Bar Rosso believes in giving back. A portion of some event proceeds will go to the Humane Society, its charity of choice.
On the verge of opening (I'll let you know more, when they know), Bar Rosso is the destined to be the new place to see and be seen. See you there. If you want to sign up for the V.I.P. Grazie Club (be the first to get all the insider information and benefits), visit the website at http://www.barrosso.com/
Submitted by: Mrs. Vino
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
There have been several changes that have been going on with the blog. We've received a lot of positive feedback relating to our new website - Aventura Blog, Aventura Real Estate, Aventura Jobs. This site will continue to grow as we add new pages. Scheduled to release in the next few weeks, is a restaurant section. If you have any ideas regarding a section for the new site, please send us an email. We look forward to your input.
Our current blog, the one you're reading right now will continue to exist. We'll be up dating this blog along with the dot com site. There are still many articles on this website that are very popular.
Here's some of the most recent popular blog articles.
1. The blog post regarding the traffic light camers in Aventura was extremely popular. We've all seen the cameras around the Aventura circle and on Biscayne Blvd. Big brother is watching all of us as we drive by in our BMW, Benz, Range Rover, and other luxury autos. This post explores some of the legal background of the traffic light cameras in Aventura.
2. This blog post was about the Atlantic One at The Point in Aventura Florida. This explored the luxury lifestyle in an apartment in Atlantic One The Point. Our readers gave us a great response via email. Many readers are owners or potential buyers in the Atlantic One at The Point, so this information was very relevant. Since I'm also a Realtor, I was able to connect a link with available condos for sale in Atlantic One at The Point and for rent. Residents in other condos in Aventura have requested that we feature their apartment building in Aventura. This pages will develop as the website continues to grow.
If you have a favorite posting let us know!
Posted by Aaron at 12:26 AM
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The next few weeks are the start of the new school year. In the Aventura area there are several great schools, like the Aventura Charter School. This school year there are a few schools that will open for their first year - Sunny Isles Beach Community School and Aventura Waterways School.
These two schools will be top of the line high tech headquarters, promising to give students cutting edge technology tools and education. In addition to these technology features, these schools are eco-friendly. These features will include floor-to-ceiling windows and electrical systems that cut down on excessive energy use. The combination of high tech green schools is the new standard in education.
Check out the article on cbs4.com, click link - Thousands To Attend New Schools In New Year
Posted by Aaron at 11:57 AM
Monday, August 4, 2008
This past Saturday night I saw "Gonzo," the documentary film about Hunter S. Thompson. I highly recommend that all Hunter S. Thompson fans go see this movie. Those who've never heard of him will also enjoy the film. It's playing at Regal Cinema on Lincoln Road on South Beach.
This guy spoke his mind and rattled conventional ideas about society, government, and the written word. I posted the trailer to the film once before, but here it is again.
Posted by Aaron at 10:19 AM
Sunday, August 3, 2008
The Aventura luxury market is booming. The apex of any luxury market is jewelry. Aventura is has focused a spotlight on designer jewelry and this City has many options. The diamond jewelry in Aventura is some of the best in the country, making Aventura the best place to buy a diamond ring, necklace, and earrings. Since Aventura is an international destination, there are items here that are unique and from all corners of the globe.
We recently did a write up about diamond jewelry in Aventura that is featured on our dot com website. Click on the link in the paragraph below to read the full article. Here's a short excerpt from the post...
"There are several retail and wholesale stores that sell diamond jewelry in Aventura, Florida. The most popular type of diamond jewelry is diamond engagement rings. If you’re in the market for diamonds, it’s highly recommended that you take the time to find the best price and understand what you are purchasing. Venini Diamonds is a great source of everything diamonds in Aventura, Sunny Isles, Bal Harbour, and the surrounding areas of Dade and Broward county."
Earlier this year I traveled to Washington D.C. and saw the famous Hope Diamond in the museum. I found this clip on Youtube of the Hope Diamond.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I just heard the news that Randy Pausch passed away. I was somber, then I smiled. After listening to his book on CD, I knew he had the privilege of accomplishing a lot and seeing his dreams come alive. He is the author of "The Last Lecture," an incredible story about achieving your childhood dreams. His story is an inspiration.
If you're not familiar with the book, go to Borders bookstore or Barnes and Noble in Aventura to get a copy. Watch this clip, you'll thank me.
Posted by Aaron at 5:10 PM
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tonight at Hoy Como Ayer the Spam Allstars will be performing all night long. This is an amazing local group that's rooted in Miami, but travels all over the globe to entertain and spread the vibe. To read more about the Spam Allstars at Hoy Como Ayer click the link.
Posted by Aaron at 5:33 PM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
We recently started to create a dot com version of our blog. This blog will still be active; however, it will have different content then our dot com. Today we launched our first official posting, it was submitted by Richard Barak Becker, LLC.
Have you noticed the traffic light cameras that were installed around Aventura? There are cameras on Biscayne Blvd right next to the City of Aventura sign. Traffic light cameras can also be found next to the entrance to the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club. Are you wondering what this is about and how the City tickets you? The post on our dot com deals with this matter , click on the link to read more about traffic light cameras in Aventura.
Posted by Aaron at 11:32 AM
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Miami Herald writer, DEBRA K. LEIBOWITZ, did a quick announcement about an Aventura resident. Here's an excerpt from the article.
Aventura resident Elie Neufeld wants you to vote for him. No, he's not a politician running for office. Rather, Neufeld is a competitive body builder and personal trainer at Olympia gym in Aventura.
Grand prize winner gets $100,000 in cash, a one-year modeling contract and more. First runner up gets $50,000 in cash, second runner up $25,000.
Online voting ends 12:01 a.m. Pacific time Aug. 1. The awards/finals are slated to be held in Los Angeles on Nov. 7. To vote for Elie -- or just ogle -- visit www.menwithoutshirts.com and click on ``Today's Top Five Contestants.''
READ MORE CLICK HERE
The link is not live for long.
I strongly encourage every reader to show your support to help Elie win the contest. Log in and vote, let's get this Aventura resident voted number one. I've known Elie for many years, he's worked very hard to get to the top and sure looks like he deserves this title. Let's all give him the votes he needs.
Right on Elie!
Posted by Aaron at 11:53 PM
This past week we made some changes to the user interface and back-end of this blog. These changes prevented us from posting all last week. We anticipate that we'll be back posting on a regular basis this coming week. Stay tuned! Thanks for your patience.
Posted by Aaron at 9:31 AM
Monday, July 14, 2008
Glenn A. Fenster
RELEASE – For Immediate Release
DestinyMaker's Glenn A. Fenster of Aventura, FL will be riding into Aventura for his final mile after over 8000 miles by bike at 3pm on Wednesday afternoon.
Where: Power Smoothie in Aventura
20335 Biscayne Blvd
Next to Chuck E Cheese
When: July 16th 3pm
press should arrive @ 2:45
If you want to cover the reunion between my son and I call 305-528-7854
Below is a new report done South of Jacksonville in St. Augustine, Fl
Firstcoastnews.com | Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Brunswick | Florida Man Bikes for a Cause
Posted by Aaron at 10:14 PM
Sunday, July 13, 2008
I took this picture in the Aventura Mall in the new section near the Ferrari Store. I found out more about this image on the New York Times website. Here's the info from the series of Thoughts on Democracy...
"Liberty Weeps" by Elliott Earls, 2008.
Clearly, Norman Rockwell’s America this is not. Elliott Earls’s reinterpretation of Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms” practically screams. A little girl seems to be crying, her eye bruised, with an American flag in the background and two words framing her figure: “Liberty Weeps.” The color scheme is red, white and blue, but patriotic pride has been supplanted by sadness.
Posted by Aaron at 11:59 PM
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Gold has recently soared in value and gained worldwide attention. The front page of the Wall Street Journal this Monday featured an entertaining story about Hang Fung jewellers in China. Years ago, this company built an extravagant Hall of Gold to attract tourists to its company and to raise brand awareness. It worked and now it's bringing them even more attention as they melt down tons of gold. They're melting everything except their solid gold toilet. They built everything when gold was at $200.00 an ounce and sold as gold pushed to $1,000.00.
Today's Gold Price
I guess once you're accustomed to a gold toilet there's no turning back.Tons of people visit HK regularly to see the holy throne - Holy S#$!.
read more about HK Jewellers
Posted by Aaron at 7:00 AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAWYER FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY
A personal injury is a harm caused to your body, mind, or reputation. The most commonly thought of personal injuries are those to your body. These personal injuries generally take the form of a bruise or broken arm and sometimes can be more serious injuries in the form of a spinal cord injury, concussion, paraplegia or even death. The most common causes of personal injuries are:
• Automobile accidents
• Slip and falls
• Animal attacks
• Medical malpractice
• Defective products
• Workplace injuries
• Motorcycle accidents
• Boating accidents
• Nursing home abuse
• Defamation; and
• False arrest.
If you have suffered any type of injury as the result of an act or a failure to act by someone else, you should contact an attorney immediately to protect your rights. The law places a deadline on how long you have to bring a claim. This deadline, known as a statute of limitations, varies from state to state and on the type of claim being brought.
There are an incredible number of lawyers available for a person to select from and it is important to choose the right one. If you find a personal injury attorney in Aventura, Florida make sure that he or she specializes in personal injury. He should be able to accurately assess the merits and weaknesses of your case and approximate its monetary value. He should have experience working with insurance companies and have some trial experience. He should be professional in his service to you by promptly returning your phone calls and keeping you updated as to the status of your case. Finally, you should make sure that you are both in agreement as to the fees and costs for proceeding with the action. Most personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid from the monetary award or settlement and if you do not win, they do not get paid.
Most personal injury lawyers in Aventura will provide you with a free initial consultation. It is during this consultation that the attorney will determine if he or she will take on your case and a fee agreement between the parties will be reached. During this consultation you should feel free to ask questions, such as asking about trial experience, to make sure that not only are you the right client for them but that they are the right attorney for you.
Disclosure: Although this article provides legal information, it is not and should not be considered legal advice. This article has been provided solely as an educational tool to provide general insight into the law and is not intended as legal advice or a legal opinion. Because specific factual circumstances may alter the manner in which law is applied and/or interpreted, we strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney to be certain that your interpretation of the legal information provided is appropriate in light of your particular circumstances.
Richard Becker, Esq.
Richard Barak Becker, LLC
Posted by Aaron at 7:00 AM
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
There are two Starbucks in Aventura that are traditional storefront locations. There's also a Starbucks kiosk in the Aventura Mall and probably a few others hidden around town. These Starbucks are not part of the 600 Starbucks that will be closing this summer. In fact, walk into any of the Aventura Starbucks and you'll have trouble finding a seat - they're packed. It seems few people are phased by the slowing economy and refuse to give up their $5.00 plus designer coffee.
Here's a map of the Starbucks location in and around Aventura, Florida.
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Here's a blurb from a recent article about the closings. I also included a video of Luis Black, comedian, giving his insight into today's Starbucks culture.
Starbucks closing 5 percent of U.S. stores
As many as 12,000 Starbucks workers will lose their jobs when the company begins closing 600 U.S. stores this summer. The Seattle coffee company...
By Melissa Allison
Seattle Times business reporter
As many as 12,000 Starbucks workers will lose their jobs when the company begins closing 600 U.S. stores this summer.
The Seattle coffee company is cutting 5 percent of its U.S. locations as part of a wide-ranging effort to boost its bottom line and its stock price. The chain is accelerating international growth.
Most customers whose Starbucks stores close will be a short walk from a caffeine fix, the company said, because many of the unprofitable stores were being cannibalized by nearby Starbucks locations.
This video explains the phenomenon just mentioned...
Posted by Aaron at 8:00 AM
Recently, I came across an article, on the net, from Canada that mentioned the Jewish community in Aventura, Florida. It's true that there is a vibrant Jewish community in Aventura that has developed over the years. The community has developed many synagogues, kosher restaurants, and several other Jewish services. The article I discovered clearly reports that this Jewish community is highly regarded by many. Here's a blurb from the article...
The Big Read: Sitting atop Jewish Living's list of Top 10 North American Jewish neighbourhoods is Aventura, Florida, a high-rise laden community just north of Miami and "the neighbourhood of choice for young Jewish families seeking luxury in a tropical climate." Boulder, Colorado and Lower Merion in Philadelphia claim spots No. 2 and 3 before Canada muscles in with its only entry -- Montreal's "McGill Ghetto," described here as having an "old-school, immigrant feel" that lends it the flavour of New York's Lower East Side, "but with tree-lined streets." - OTTAWA MAGAZINE
Posted by Aaron at 7:08 AM
Monday, July 7, 2008
When Apple's first generation Iphone was released it seemed that everyone in Aventura had it. The Apple store in the Aventura Mall was out of stock and the people kept coming in asking for it. The popularity of this phone proved there really is a cell-phone craze. Cell-phones have become a status symbol, causing a high demand to own the most recent and most expensive phone.
I've noticed that Iphone owners never keep the phone in their pocket when at a meeting, having coffee, or at a restaurant. The phone is placed on the table in front of its owner where everyone can see it. It's a cool phone and a great conversation piece; however, let's remember it's a phone and nothing more. Yes it has cool features and you can surf the net, but there's no real reason why every six months people feel like they need to buy the new "it" phone.
I've been reading some articles about potential consequences about our thirst for more cell-phones - click here to read the National Geographic article. I discovered that there is a mineral known as coltan, a mineral extracted in the deep forests of Congo in Africa. This location is also the home of the world's endangered lowland gorillas. This mineral is essential to cell-phone technology and its high demand is slowly destroying the natural habitat of gorillas and funding a brutal civil war in Democratic Republic of Congo.
The connection between war, gorillas and cell phones surprised me. I wonder why this is never spoken about on the news or a popular topic of everyday conversation? We use cell phones everyday and everyone I know has one, so I guess it's not something tech lovers want to hear. There's so much money in this cell phone revolution that I wouldn't be surprised if these companies have actively suppressed this topic from becoming mainstream. Check out the video on YouTube - http://youtube.com/watch?v=-QwI2O1_HlI
Watch these two videos and decide what's an important focus.
I have a Blackberry and don't plan on giving it up soon, but this situation certainly resonates in my head each time the phone rings. I'm going to research this issue more and maybe I'll give up my cell phone. It'll be great to have piece of mind again - no 24/7 constant contact. Also, without the cell phone maybe people will actually commit to a plan of when and where to meet.
Remember before cell phones you'd call someone and make plans to meet and they'd show up there. Now, we say "call me when you're in the area and we'll figure out a place and time." Even more frustrating are the cancellations. If you made plans to meet before the cell phone age and you called to cancel but get no answer, you knew you had to meet up unless it was a real emergency. Now people feel like they can always call and cancel or be late because they have the option to leave a message or tell you an excuse. These are the times and it's bad for business and relationships.
Do some Google searches about gorillas and cell phones, you be the judge. Pass it on and spread the word. Now you might think twice about showing off your new cell phone.
Posted by Aaron at 7:08 AM
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Aventura, Florida Glenn Fenster sent us an email update. He's almost back home. It's hard to believe he traveled so far across America and he did it on a bicycle. Here's his message...
Happy July 4th here in America
Currently in Elizabeth City, NC.
I've surpassed 7000 miles today. Under 1000 to go.
I ache and Suffer from fatigue like never before.
The pain of Missing Nyle hurts the most.
I am also more determined then ever to not only finish
but to help educate, raise awareness, bring down the walls of Stigma,
raise money and most of all inspire those to help fund and find a cure for Epilepsy.
The question now is not if I will try to finish but if I can.
There's not much left except the will to get home.
Below is just one picture of over 2500.
Posted by Aaron at 9:00 AM
Friday, July 4, 2008
Q: Leonardo, how did you get started in the interior design and home renovation business?
A: I have been in the hotel business for about twenty five years (25) as an owner/manager. I transitioned from that to focusing on single family homes and condos. I sold the hotels and wanted to continue my involvement with transforming space into an atmosphere that's relaxing and comfortable. Working with single family homes and condos was a perfect fit for my talents. I enjoy working on each new project and building a relationship with the owners.
Q: Interesting, the hotel business. Where were the hotels?
A: When I came to the United States in 1978 from Buenos Aires, Argentina I headed for Sunny Isles. The hotels were mostly in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. If you've been living in the area long enough you'd remember the Desert Inn, Magic Isle, and Sun Spa in Hollywood. I also had involvement with the Sahara and the Beach Club.
Q: How do you use your experience from the hotel business in your work today?
A: I still keep in contact with some of the subcontractors that worked for me back in the hotel days. These types of relationships are vital to my success in home renovations. I know how to get things done and who to call. Don't forget I was the owner/ manager of those hotels, so if something had to be fixed it was in my best interest to get it done fast and for the best price. My clients benefit from this type of experience. Most people wouldn't even know where to begin, I know how to get things started correctly and how to cross the finish line fast.
Q: Sounds good, what's the best way for people to get an idea of your work?
A: You can see my portfolio on my website - click link Aventura Interior Designer . The url is www.primacassa.com. I can always be reached by phone at 786.301.2576.
Thanks for the interview Leonardo! I'm confident that our readers in the community will enjoy reading about your beginnings and how they can benefit from your experience. It's great to follow up with you and I look forward to seeing the photos when you're finished with your current project in Aventura.
Posted by Aaron at 2:00 PM
Are you wondering where to watch fireworks in Aventura, Florida? There will be fireworks to see in Aventura and they can be viewed at 9 p.m. from any location along the Country Club Drives (the circle). It will be an amazing show to celebrate July 4th. Click this link to check out the flyer - Fireworks show in Aventura.
Happy 4th of July!
Posted by Aaron at 9:23 AM
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Hunter S. Thompson forced journalism to take a sharp turn. He pushed it to the edge and fell off. He carved a new road and fell off again. Nobody could plot his writing in a straight line and predict his next adventure. He transformed his life travels and experiences into novels that shocked literature and demanded their own genre. Hunter Thompson, the mad scientist of words, created gonzo journalism.
His style is just as important and American as Jazz music. That's why it's appropriate the movie about Hunter's life will be released this coming July 4th. GONZO is the highly anticipated documentary film about the man and the legend - Hunter Thompson.
Here are the list of links from Wikipedia about Hunter S. Thompson and Gonzo Journalism
Chat with Director Alex Gibney about his documentary "Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson."
"Shotgun Golf With Bill Murray," Thompson's final column for ESPN.com's Page 2.
"Audio interview with Thompson's former assistant," Interview for Men's Vogue
"Fear and Earning," a remembrance by screenwriter and novelist Lucian K. Truscott IV, published in The New York Times, 25 February 2005.
"Bedtime For Gonzo," A Review of Thompson's 2003 Autobiography Kingdom Of Fear, by Jack Schafer in The New York Times Book Review, 23 February 2003.
The Doctor Hunter S. Thompson Bulletin Board & All-Nite Shooting Range - The Doctor Hunter S. Thompson Bulletin Board & All-Nite Shooting Range"
"All Aboard The Hell-Bound Train: An Interview With Hunter S. Thompson Claimed as Thompson's Final Interview. By Jess Hopsicker, from The College Crier.
Hunter S. Thompson at the Internet Movie Database
A collection of articles on Thompson from The Guardian
Excerpt from "Hunter: The Strange and Savage Live Of Hunter S. Thompson, by E. Jean Carroll, first published in Esquire Magazine, February, 1993
Article about the funeral with photo of memorial tower
Promo site for Starz Documentary Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride - Hunter S. Thompson on Film
Hunter S. Thompson: The Crazy Never Die, 1988 documentary by the Mitchell brothers
'"Blasted!!! The Gonzo Patriots of Hunter S. Thompson", 2006 documentary
'"Totally Gonzo - Your Daily Dose of Gonzo News"', 2008 fansite
Hunter S. Thompson Shrine on Snowmass Mountain in Colorado
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE JULY 4TH.
GO WATCH SOME COOL FIREWORKS OR EXPLODE YOUR OWN!
Posted by Aaron at 12:10 AM
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
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Aventura, FL. 33180
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This storage center is a step above the competition by offering many helpful features. Here's a list of those features that make this self storage a no-brainer.
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Truck rentals available
Business center with Internet access
Conference room available
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These are only a few of the great things about Budget Mini-Storage in Aventura. I'm confident that this storage center will have the right size storage unit you are looking to find. They have a variety of sizes to choose from, so you'll get the perfect fit.
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If you need larger, just call and ask. The friendly staff will be glad to help you every step of the way. This storage center even offers U-HAUL trucks. Basically, it's a one stop shop for all your storage needs. Visit today and mention this blog post, you won't be disappointed.
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Tuesday, July 1, 2008
What does summer have that the rest of the year is missing? Right, summer in America is a “vacation time”. Families go away, kids go to camp, people just stop what they do during the rest of the year, and for those two to three months, June, July and August, people just do different things. Now, while we all know that vacations are important and getting away from the “every day routine” is important, that doesn’t mean that our minds must stagnate and do nothing that has anything to do with education. So, what I am suggesting is abhorrent, beyond the imagination, “real way out” but, what we should consider is READING! Reading a book can be fun, especially if it is a book that we enjoy and without a deadline. Reading can put us in different places, whether real or imaginary. We might want to read the books scheduled for the next school year or read just for reading’s sake.
One of the things that I enjoyed doing when I was a kid was reading comic books. They were fun, exciting and put me in a different quadrant. Nowadays, those same comic books that cost ten cents, in good condition, cost hundreds of dollars!. In fact, I recently met someone who enjoyed comic books so much, and his mother didn’t throw them out, that he now has a career selling and trading vintage comic books.
How about writing? We can write a story, write in our diary, write a synopsis of the book we are reading or write just to write. In the past, I might have suggested summer school, in which we could have taken courses earlier and could have graduated sooner, but unfortunately, in Florida that is no longer an option.
The summer months are important since they give us time to think, recollect and gather our resources together for what comes for the next school year. Let’s not waste the time; let’s do things that have meaning. Remember the commercial that said “a brain is a terrible thing to waste”, so let’s give summer some meaning. Let’s do things that motivate us, enhance us, and will teach us. Good luck and have a good summer!
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Posted by Aaron at 4:06 PM
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Get in shape and back on track. The golf course in Aventura is surrounded by a path used by runners, walkers, dogs, baby strollers, cyclists, roller bladers, and even the archaic roller skaters. This is the most popular exercise destination in Aventura. I'm an advocate for getting out in the fresh air and taking in the rays. It's the best way to exercise in Aventura.
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Everyone who lives in Aventura is likely aware of this location, it's referred to as "the circle." I haven't measured the distance of one full go around, but I've been told it's three (3) miles. That's a perfect distance to get a nice workout. If you're not familiar with this track, drive to Country Club Drive and you'll see all shapes and sizes enjoying the circle. Some go with a group and others go alone. I've been told it's a great place to meet singles.
The summer is a perfect time to get in shape and hit the track. If you thought about joining a gym, spa, or elite fitness club in Aventura then the circle is for you. Keep it simple and save your cash.
Let's take advantage of the few amenities the City of Aventura provides us, especially the space that's set aside for outdoor recreation. Where there's empty land there's always some developer that has a vision of transforming it into a shopping center, gas station, condo, or some other type of commercial structure, with no regard for the importance of empty space inside a city. That's why it's vital that we use this space and voice its value to our friends.
I know you've been thinking about taking that stroll or jog around the golf course. Hope to see you there.
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Posted by Aaron at 7:28 PM
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
There are many luxury condos in Aventura, Florida 33180. One of the most exclusive and luxurious buildings is Atlantic One at The Point. It's a privilege to be able to live in an apartment at Atlantic One. This building is located near the Waterways shops and restaurants. The address is 21200 Point Place Aventura, Fl. 33180. Atlantic One at the Point is a perfect condo community for anyone seeking a lifestyle above the rest.
The best way to decide if this is the place for you is to search the condos for sale at Atlantic One at The Point. You will get an idea of prices and views - the views are amazing. There are rentals in Atlantic One at The Point and many rent at Atlantic One to make sure the condo community is perfect for them.
The residents selling a condo in Atlantic One at The Point usually are selling their condo to downsize or they're moving from Aventura, Florida. Rarely does anyone put their condos for sale at Atlantic One because they don't like living there anymore. That's what makes Atlantic One a condo with stable residents that form a community, because people love living at Atlantic One The Point. Ask any realtor or real estate broker working with the buyers, sellers, and renters in Atlantic One and they tell you that this is a great place to call home.
Posted by Aaron at 12:13 AM
Monday, June 23, 2008
This morning I woke up to sadly discover that the great comedian George Carlin passed away last night, he was 71. He was one of the most influential comics and a genius with words. Carlin had a perfect delivery that was able to take his audience on a roller coaster ride of laughter.
George Carlin was not only carving new joke premises and original structure, but he was also responsible for challenging America's concept of what is considered obscene. He was the topic of a Supreme Court case - FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION v. PACIFICA FOUNDATION, 438 U.S. 726, 98 S.Ct. 3026 (1978). He has an act known in short as "Seven Words," a brilliant word play.
I found this YouTube video of George Carlin performing his historic act. I believe this is the piece that George would like all of us to remember.
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Posted by Aaron at 9:01 AM
Glenn A. Fenster of DestinyMaker has reentered Canada for the final leg of his journey. Yesterday without a support vehicle Glenn left Marquette, Michigan at 8 am and arrived in Sault Saint Marie, Canada at 9 pm, 175 miles in total beating his previous high of 168.He is now closing in on 6000 miles traveled. Please visit www.destinymaker.org for the latest pictures. Over 2000.
Posted by Aaron at 8:47 AM
Friday, June 20, 2008
Joe Lederman, musician and blogger on Music Binds Us All , has roots in the Aventura area. He currently resides in Orlando, Fl and is the drummer in The Dropa Stone.
"The trio prides itself on continuing to evolve their live shows with tons of improvisation, extended jams and collaborations with their favorite local musicians."
"On Saturday June 14th, 2008, The Dropa Stone held its long awaited CD Release Show and played an inspired hour long set. To check out a superb rendition of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir, watch the video below:" -from Joe's blog article about The Dropa Stone
For more on The Dropa Stone
www.thedropastone.com/ (Coming Soon)
Support Local Artists Wherever You Find Yourself!
Let us know what you think and comment. If you're a local musician in the Aventura area introduce yourself.
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Posted by Aaron at 11:29 PM
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
In order to leave a comment you must click on the article title to gain access to the individual blog posting. If you wish to comment on previous posts visit the blog archive in the sidebar and click on the article. Then scroll down to the end of the article and it will say "post a comment." The rest is self explanatory. This is a great feature that I anticipate will be very popular with Aventura residents.
The goal of this blog is to create exciting civil discussion, inform residents of key issues, showcase businesses, and entertain readers. Comments should be posted when they contribute to our discussions and all opinions and ideas are welcome. Negative or contrary opinions are encouraged, just don’t violate the common rules of netiquette. Those that do will be deleted.
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Basically, be respectful and contribute in a mature and appropriate manner. I will try to respond to all comments and questions. Your comments and ideas are a valuable part of this blog, so let's start today.
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Posted by Aaron at 12:12 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The bagel is the Holy Grail of Jewish cuisine. This circular shield shaped food is a Jewish medallion that would be worn around the necks of Jewish men if only their wives would approve. Rumor has it there's a local man that wears a gold bagel on a chain, he drives a 1983 Buick Regal, wears Member Only jackets, and recently got really bad hair implants. He's the maven on bagels in Florida. Well, forget this bagel guru. I say, "bring the bagels to the people and let them decide." That's how Battle of the Bagel was born. It will be a true measure of water, flour, yeast, poppy and sesame.
There are a few locations to get a great bagel in Aventura, Florida. Many residents in Aventura appreciate the art of making a good bagel and love their bagel shops. After years of eating in these restaurants it became obvious that customers are very loyal to their particular restaurant and swear it's the only place to get a "real bagel."
There are several spots you can get a good bagel in Aventura; however, I've decided it only comes down to two locations for an authentic bagel deli experience. You know the type of place, the kind that serves a fantastic bagel in addition to eggs, hash browns, matzoh ball soup, corned beef sandwiches, a killer cup of coffee, and every type of cookie and cake you can imagine. The type of place that serves matzah brei all year long. The two restaurants are Bagel Cove and Moe's Bagels. I included Einstein Bros. Bagels in the poll as a wild card (photo not available at this time).
2780 Northeast 187th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
19003 Biscayne Blvd
Einstein Bros. Bagels
18815 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33180
I know many Aventura residents have deep rooted beliefs regarding who serves the best bagel. The only way to settle this matter is to have a vote. Please vote and pass it on. In one month we'll know who has the Greatest Bagel in 33180. Feel free to leave a comment by clicking the comment icon in the top right corner of the poll box.