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Louis Aguirre returns to South Florida with perspective on his broadcasting journey BACK WHERE HE BELONGS The city s most beautiful waterfront address. PREMIER DEVELOPERS We are pledged to the letter and spirit of the U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race color religion sex handicap familial status or national origin. Oral representation cannot be relied upon as correctly stating representations of the developer. For correct representations make reference to the documents required by section The waterfront s most elegant in-town address. Live in the heart of the best of Ft. Lauderdale. With the perfect combination of waterfront location ocean-sunset views resort amenities and large comfortable homes including Two & Three Bedrooms plus Penthouses from the 700 s to over 3 million. 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ALSO IN LIFESTYLE EDITOR S LETTER CAMERA READY LIFESTYLE LIVE YOUR TOWN THE LISTING BACK STORY SPECIAL COMPASS THE DISH RIVERSIDE MARKET PLANTATION 28 30 26 23 24 22 LIFE LESSONS MARIA MARTIN BAR TALK APOTHECARY WHAT S COOKING ONE DOOR EAST FASHION FLORIDA COTTON CO. THE GOODS MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT S NEW ART MUSEUM COVER TOC CREDITS Cover TOC Louis Aguirre Photography by James Woodley Shot on location at WPLG studios in Pembroke Park 4 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM Editor sLetter If your walls could talk they d thank you. Frank Walker Ins Agcy Inc Frank Walker Agent 12330 SW 53rd Street Cooper City FL 33330 Bus 855-985-0532 Hablamos Espa ol Great home insurance. Protect your home with the best. And do it at a price that will have your wallet saying thanks too. Like a good neighbor State Farm is there. CALL ME TODAY. 0901139.1 State Farm Fire and Casualty Company State Farm General Insurance Company Bloomington IL hen we first discussed photographing Louis Aguirre the longtime Deco Drive anchor who is back in South Florida at WPLG Local 10 it felt like we might need to hold a lottery to determine who would attend the shoot. Whether it s his matinee-idol looks or the discernible air of cool he so comfortably wears-- an intangible that recalls one of Aguirre s early inspirations ABC news anchor Peter Jennings-- people want to be in his orbit. But what impresses me about the former host of the nationally syndicated entertainment show The Insider has more to do with a quote by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Aguirre doesn t just buy the ticket he takes the ride. Better still he finds the nuggets of wisdom in those experiences. It s a theme that runs throughout the vignettes in our cover story on the afternoon anchor at Local 10. Case in point Aguirre s wanderlust has taken him all over the world with friends and family as well as for work. Last summer he dove into the shark-infested waters of Tahiti for The Insider as part of a behind-the-scenes look at Discovery Channel s Shark After Dark series with host Eli Roth. That episode opened his eyes to the plight of a population being diminished by alarming numbers due in large part to the tens of millions of sharks killed each year for their fins. Another episode his recent trip to Kenya opened his mind to an even deeper connection. I read a lot of spiritual books and part of that involves the idea that there is a molecular thread that binds us to the giraffe the monkey the lion a blade of grass. Intellectually I grasped that. But when you re in Africa you feel connected to all of life. I understood that I am life that is life and we re all part of this beautiful journey. It s the most resonant experience I ve ever had. 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Fifield s award-winning hyper-realistic charcoal drawings have been exhibited at the Boca Raton Museum of Art the Coral Springs Museum of Art Nova Southeastern University and more. She also serves on the selection committee for public art in Broward County. (Pictured Equus XIX ) LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 13 YourTown From the Perpetual Tracking exhibit at Frank Art Gallery WORD IN THE WEST 1weston.com or call 954.881.4582. For the Artistic Types Perceptual Tracking That s the name of a new exhibition at Frank Art Gallery in Pembroke Pines that s focused around a collaborative installation by artists Leah Brown Christian Feneck and Peter Symons. Opening Jan. 11 (and running through March 11) the presentation allows attendees to experience a visual immersion of color and form interacting with custom color shifting light that gives the sensation of movement while concealing and revealing as it shifts through the spectrum. Visit thefrankgallery.org for details. Artisans Dream For the sixth year Celebrate the Arts Day invites hands-on participation in the visual performing and literary arts. On Jan. 21 from 1 5 p.m. at the Weston Town Center there will be a 28-foot graffiti wall and The Chalk Walk for artists of every age to express their creativity. Young at Art Museum will provide outdoor activity booths for painting pottery printmaking and more. Local students will take the stage performing musical and theatrical numbers. Children s authors will make an appearance to share their books with families. For more information visit 1weston.com or call 954.389.4321. Le Cin ma The Weston Foreign Film series continues Jan. 9 with Manon of the Spring a French film about a young woman plotting revenge on former neighbors who shattered her family s livelihood with their greediness. Tickets are 8 and can be purchased at the Community Center at Weston Regional Park or the Weston Branch Library. The movie will be shown at 4 45 p.m. and 7 30 p.m. at the AMC Weston 8 Cinema (1338 SW 160th Ave. Sunrise). For more information visit Miami Frost School of Music on Jan. 27. The musical matinee from 2 5 p.m. at Bonaventure Country Club features Jake Shapiro first place winner at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey California and a doctoral candidate on piano Lowell Ringel a graduate student and teaching assistant on bass and Kyle Swan member of the Ravinia Jazz Scholars Program and jazz drum set teaching assistant. Tickets-- 30 for adults 10 for students--can be purchased at Glamopolitan Beauty Lounge (1660 Market Street Weston) and Mia Jewelers of London (4529 Weston Road). Proceeds will go toward helping the Weston Philharmonic Society provide scholarships to deserving music students and expose musical performances of all genres to the community. For more information visit westonphilharmonic.org or call 954.900.2286. Jake Shapiro Celebrate the Arts Day Get Jazzy With It The Weston Philharmonic Society presents The Lowell Ringel Jazz Trio from the University of 14 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM Foodie Finds Sweet Spot Ice cream sandwich franchise CREAM--which stands for Cookies Rule Everything Around Me --recently opened its third Florida location in Pembroke Pines. The buildyour-own concept offers 17 cookie options and 22 ice cream flavors (such as the seasonal peppermint bark) which you can preview at creamnation. com. Other offerings include ice cream sandwich cookie cakes floats malts milkshakes sundaes and the CREAM Taco any three ice cream flavors and any two toppings placed inside a freshly baked waffle taco shell. Visit the new spot at 306 SW 145th Ave. Suite 118. CREAM also can be found in Weston at 4448 Weston Road. LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 15 TheListing Beauty at Botaniko The luxury community in Weston offers residents a slice of the good life Where 16622 Botaniko Drive South Weston Floor size 4 909 square feet under air Bedrooms baths 5 bedrooms 6 full bathrooms 1 half bath Details One of just 125 exclusive estate homes at Botaniko Weston this architectural gem on a 95-foot lakefront lot comes with a bounty of luxury amenities including full-time concierge services. In addition to an expansive private pool outdoor spaces feature a summer kitchen with a gas range covered terraces and walkways and lush landscaping. Interior highlights include 14-foot ceilings state-of-the-art appliances European kitchen cabinetry Italian porcelain and hardwood floors. The master-planned community set on 121 acres provides added security with a gatehouse staffed every hour of the day. Listing price 2 100 900 Agents contacts Philip Freedman Compass Real Estate 954.793.4643 16 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM FINDS THE SCIENCE CHAMPS Lower School students won 1st place overall at the Tri-County Elementary Science Olympiads NSU UNIVERSITY SCHOOL Best IN U FELLOWSHIPS 12 students will participate in the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Fellowship Program 1 ROBOTICS TEAM in Florida CAPPIE AWARDS Upper School production Fiddler on the Roof took home 18 Cappie nominations and 8 Cappie Awards 1st PLACE Lower School students won 1st place in the Stock Market Competition TOP 10 SCHOOL The Speech & Debate Program is one of the Top 10 in the country DIVERSITY More than 50 nationalities are represented in our student body FILM FESTIVAL 8 student-produced films were recognized at the All-American High School Film Festival AWARD WINNING SCHOLASTIC WRITING Students have won over 30 awards for their outstanding writing TOP ATHLETES 12 students signed national letters of intent on Signing Day COLLEGE RESOURCES Located on the campus of NSU a leading research university affording students access to college-level resources QUALIFIED EDUCATORS Most of our educators hold Masters and Doctorate degrees JOIN US FOR OUR Open House FEBRUARY 13 9 00 AM AUTONATION CENTER FOR THE ARTS RSVP to 954-262-4506 JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN - GRADE 12 COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL 3375 SW 75 Avenue Davie FL 33314 LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 17 BackStory Michael and Jim Sayih Along for the Ride BY ALYSSA FISHER IN THE SPIRIT OF INCLUSION SPECIAL COMPASS IS GETTING THE DISABLED COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN ATHLETIC EVENTS There were a few snags during Michael Sayih s first race. It was a duathlon a 5-kilometer run followed by a 30-kilometer bicycle ride followed by another 5k run. He was 5 and was strapped to the back of the tandem bicycle steered by his father Jim. Jim found their position at the start line braced himself and pushed off at the signal-- but the bike wasn t as prepared as its riders. I had to MacGyver the bike part says Jim a retired Miami Police lieutenant and CEO of the 911 Fitness program referring to the fictional adventure hero with a penchant for improvisation. I used zip ties and duct tape to keep it together. [Michael is] a trouper--he never complained once. He just laughed. Michael who has cerebral palsy later asked When is the next one This was 20 years ago and they ve been racing ever since. There have been so many runs charity rides and triathlons nearly one race a month that the Pembroke Pines resident never thought to count them. The idea for Special Compass the nonprofit Jim launched two years ago began organically when parents of disabled sons and daughters asked if he would push their children. I had to say no--and I felt bad saying no-- because I just couldn t see my son watching on the sidelines as his dad pushes someone else and him not being involved he says. He started enlisting fitness enthusiasts to push or carry a differently abled person as Jim prefers to say in various athletic events from triathlons to obstacle course races to walks. Jim and Special Compass board of directors select the races they want to participate in such as the Miami Marathon this year and coordinate with race directors. It creates friendships he says. And the benefits are reciprocal--the runner gets just as much fulfillment as the rider. The list of power buddies and riders is growing Jim says and he s taken on the role of executive director full time recently selling his 911 CrossFit studio in Cooper City. Grants and fundraising need his attention--all the participants expenses are paid for. And he d like to see Special Compass have its own disability-friendly mini bus and a fleet of 20 racing bikes. Special Compass recently has caught the attention of Best Buddies International an organization that forges friendships between teens of different abilities and Joe DeSena the CEO and co-founder of the Spartan Races. (DeSena invited and paid for Jim and a few members to race in Iceland in December.) Big things are happening with us Jim says. People want to pair up--it s like a positive virus. Visit specialcompass.org to learn more. A Bright Future 18 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME ALL THE LUXURY OF A RESORT - MINUTES FROM DISNEY Experience the new way to vacation for less Book a 4-Night Relax & Enjoy Getaway and save 15%. VACATION SHOULD BE RELAXING. 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Black-out dates The holiday and summer for 2018 Holiday March 25th thru April 8th November 18th thru November 25th and December 16th thru January 5th 2019. Summer June 8th thru August 31st. Offer subject to change without notice. LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 19 TheDish 14 WHERE 6900 CYPRESS ROAD PLANTATION PHONE 954.306.6819 WEBSITE THERIVERSIDEMARKET.COM Riverside Market Plantation Five Things to Know About 2 5 GRAB A PINT The new bar and grill which opened in November is the couple s third following Riverside Market and Caf (608 SW 12th Ave.) in 2008 and Riverside Market South (3218 SE Sixth Ave.) in 2015. It is a casual spot for beer enthusiasts offering 24 beers on tap and an assortment of 650 cans and bottles open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight. A HIP SCENE For owners Julian and Lisa Siegel expanding Riverside Market west to Plantation from Fort Lauderdale was a natural progression. Plantation is not what it used to be when I was growing up Lisa says. I always say I m cooler at 40 than my mom was at 40. Plantation is younger now. She says today s customers are bypassing chain restaurants in favor of neighborhood hangouts and the Siegels want to provide one. HONEST GOOD TIME The original market s iconic craft-beerstocked coolers are staples in Plantation. There s a large bar reminiscent of South s layout as well creating a hybrid of the two locations. It also operates on the honor system where customers can grab a beer out of the fridge take a seat and later bring the empty vessel to the counter to pay. 3 HITS THE SPOT The menu features comfort-food favorites are plans to get creative with a new expanded menu to make use of the larger kitchen. THE WILD WEST To give the market a west Broward feel the Siegels repurposed barn wood and hung up wagon wheels. is hanging from the ceiling and another neighbor handed over his old water skis. 20 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 21 LifeLessons Leading a team is like leading a family. You have to understand the best way to make [your employees] happy--and at the same time how they can be as productive as they can be. I believe that people do business with people they like and trust. If I take care of my people they will take care of the business and the customers. We re a company that really cares about people. ... We analyze data to find behavioral trends to help sales and opportunities ... and how [companies] can can make [their employees] happier and have a better quality of life. It s about human-centric strategy. I have two daughters 24 and 18. They re millennials. Maybe 40 percent of our employees are millennials. They are different but I learn from them so much. Some have been working for me for the past 18 years others were almost born when I founded the company. It s an interesting way to understand how every person adds value to the conversation and into the work. People are people. It s like you re not a machine. You have feelings. It can be a very demanding position some days and you need to put in effort and be committed. But some days maybe you don t feel well and you re not super happy. We have to understand how to manage that while understanding that everyone has to be committed and responsible for what they are doing. My mom she was my hero. She always told us that whatever we wanted to do in our lives we could do it. It s something that I ve been saying to my daughters. When we say we re a woman-run company I think [our clients are] expecting a lot from us. And I think that the challenge is not only on me to exceed expectations. [As women] I think we re prepared more than anyone else because we have so many titles in our lives. We re moms we re professionals we re daughters we re sisters The CEO of Optime Consulting shares insight into leading a team--and how she helps other companies do the same BY ALYSSA FISHER maria martin The Martin File Martin founded Optime Consulting 1998 to help companies elevate and recognize their employees with strategies that will increase productivity and quality of life. in Weston (2400 N. Commerce Parkway Suite Mexico Colombia and Spain. Optime has some 130 employees. we re wives. We have to manage so many things. ... Attention to detail is everything for us [at Optime]. 22 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM BarTalk Name That Tune ... er Drink APOTHECARY 330 WINKS AT THE WINTER SEASON WITH FUN FESTIVE COCKTAILS W --ALYSSA FISHER I m Dreaming of a White (Christmas) Negroni LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 23 PHOTO BY EVELYN ROBLES hile brainstorming new cocktails for JEY Hospitality Group Scott Kurzawinski works backward starting with a name before bringing ingredients into play. A name means so much explains Kurzawinski the group s beverage director. It resonates with people s minds. ... When you see a fun name it evokes a memory. You can build a cocktail from there. On a recent afternoon he was seated at the bar at The Apothecary 330 (330 Himmarshee St. Suite 101 Fort Lauderdale) fixated on his computer. With tinsel draped along the walls he was finalizing the lounge s first holiday cocktail list featuring six festive libations available throughout the winter. We re going kind of all-in this year--we wanted to push it a bit he says of the new menu and seasonal decor growing around him. The former Apothecary general manager is implementing his love of seasonality and fresh cocktails across JEY s 12 restaurants and bars. Just don t call him--or his bar staff--a mixologist. It s just semantics but the word mixologist to me still rings like pretentiousness Kurzawinski says. I m just a humble bartender who enjoys a great cocktail. In the season of not taking himself too seriously he concocted Rum Rudolph Rum a play on Chuck Berry s Run Rudolph Run Christmas tune with aged rum egg whites and spiced cocoa tea bitters XXX Mas Tequila inspired by Sammy Hagar s Mas Tequila a tequila-twist on an Old Fashioned made lively with burlesque bitters (think spiced cranberry and a ai berry) and Wrapper s Delight a clarified milk punch named after the 1980s hip-hop song Rapper s Delight which features several liquors from absinthe to rum to everything in between he says. The latter cocktail is served on a platter he adds and presented with shortbread cookies on the side--a grown-up version of Santa s milk and cookies. If a customer can spit out the lyrics he ll give them 2 off the drink. My mind works in evil ways when it comes to cocktails he says. We re big little kids around here. What sCooking Artists in the Kitchen ONE DOOR EAST INSPIRES CULINARY CREATIVITY WITH TASTES FROM AROUND THE WORLD BY AMY LYNNE HAYES PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDUARDO SCHNEIDER C Raymond Li Jr. Giovanni Rocchio hef-owner Giovanni Rocchio and his team are bringing a little creative flair to Fort Lauderdale. Now in its second year One Door East (620 S. Federal Highway) blends worldly flavors with an undeniably hip community vibe. There really isn t anything like it in Fort Lauderdale Rocchio says. Being well-versed in the culinary scene through his upscale restaurant Valentino Cucina Italiana Rocchio uses his latest project as an experimentation ground with exceptional results. The sister restaurants share space the entrance to One Door East literally being one door to the east of Valentino. Its global tapas concept always was meant to be more approachable the menu an ever-evolving sample of different tastes. It s gone a little bit more Asian which is something that I discovered--that I really like those flavors whether Japanese Chinese Korean or Thai Rocchio explains. It s a lot of beautiful new ideas for me. There are plenty of collaborative ideas as well thanks to contributions from two more chefs Albert Diaz and Raymond Li Jr. Rocchio adds Valentino s Mediterranean inspiration to the mix creating an atmosphere that evokes multiple artists adding touches to one canvas. There s really no boundaries Rocchio says. If you have the right talented people in there then you can allow that creativity to go. Though the menu changes regularly with up to four new specials each week there are constants such as crackling shrimp with Thai chili sauce and wild mushroom gyoza with ponzu and spicy sesame oil. That still leaves plenty of room for play. The paella hotpot for instance incorporates flavors that speak to Li s international influences--but as the sous chef shares there s more to this inspired dish. 24 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM The hotpot I cook my rice in the hotpot which is traditionally Chinese Li says. You have a broth in a pot and then you have raw meat raw vegetables whatever you like and you cook it there on the table all in one pot. The Japanese have another way where they cook it on a stove and this is a take on that. An extra pop The dish has pickled ramps from last spring that we ve preserved for a little more than six months. The rice For regular paella [the Spanish version] you use short-grained rice as well Li says. This is a Japanese version of the rice. It s called Matsuri Golden Koshihikari a very premium rice that they use for sushi. Ocean to table The royal red The surprise of saffron The saffron dashi adds the traditional flavor of the paella which has the saffron in it. Then it has an unconventional twist because it uses a Japanese stock which is a dashi. A blending of techniques I use a lot of French techniques Spanish techniques but I use a lot of Asian products. My rice is a Japanese rice. Instead of using a fish stock I use a Japanese fish stock and then the white ponzu piquillo is a mix of Spanish flavors and Japanese flavors. prawns come from the Gulf of Mexico [his source] goes out every weekend to bring us the freshest possible seafood. It comes out of the ocean and the fisherman brings it right to my hands. I cook it and put it straight onto the guest s plate. LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 25 Fashion O The Galabeya top from Florida Cotton Co. WITH THE LAUNCH OF FLORIDA COTTON CO. ONE MAN HOPES TO CHANGE OUR PERSPECTIVE ON CLOTHING AND CULTURE BY KEVIN KAMINSKI Style Statement n paper the r sum dots don t connect. Why is someone who created and sold his own technology firm early in his prolific business career suddenly selling Egyptian cotton pullovers online What can this renowned executive--someone who served in top leadership positions for companies that ranged from commercial real estate to a home-utilities startup--possibly know about Bedouin shawls and caftans By his own admission Riad Shalaby didn t launch the website for Florida Cotton Co. because of his infinite knowledge of the fashion industry. But his business and family background did provide the foundation for an online clothing venture with big-picture aspirations. After spending the better part of five years as CEO of Fort Lauderdale-based Reunion Group which markets consumer-service programs to its clients customers Shalaby left the company in July 2015. That same year he traveled to Egypt to visit his sister. His family had deep roots in the Middle East--his greatgrandparents on his mother s side left Syria in 1900 and settled in upstate New York his parents met in Egypt and his father a marine architect and chief engineer worked for the Egyptian government after World War II. Shalaby saw the number of displaced Syrians struggling to survive in Egypt. He also saw the fine silks and fabrics used by impoverished designers to create striking casualwear. He brought samples of the clothing to his girlfriend in Weston (where Shalaby lives part-time) and asked if she thought there was a market for such products in the United States. She did. So Shalaby spent two years calling on his directto-consumer marketing connections at home--and developing relationships with designers and artisans in Egypt. In October 2017 he flipped the switch on floridacottonco.com and its imported tops beach pants cover-ups Mediterranean ponchos and more. It s clothing that fills a multifunctional purpose in a woman s wardrobe says Shalaby 56. If you look at the Bedouin shawls you can see that they re being worn as sarongs scarves shoulder wraps. The clothes we ve selected--the caftans the tops the pants--can all be worn in different contexts. Along the way Florida Cotton is putting food on the table of its vendors and workers in Egypt--and it hopes to do the same in the U.S. Through an initiative set to launch this year a portion of the sales proceeds will benefit food banks around the country. Still Shalaby sees his company making a difference in an even broader sense. The plan is to expand into other countries and bring those products to our site he says. There are places all over the world where people are extraordinarily talented but not necessarily economically advanced. They share our values but not our geography. My vision is to use Florida Cotton to knock down cultural barriers that are [detrimental] to the way we view the world. Special for Lifestyle readers Receive 25 percent off orders in January at floridacottonco.com by inserting the coupon code LifestyleVIP into your shopping cart. 26 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM SPECIAL MARKETING SECTION LIFESTYLE ADVICE NEW YEAR NEW BUSINESS Welcome to 2018 It s time to start thinking about fresh ideas to help your business thrive in the new year. There are a few things you can do to maximize your efforts. Set a plan. Think of your goal. What do you want to achieve Who do you want to target How will you attain these goals Will you implement a public relations plan Is it time to launch an advertising campaign Do you want to increase your online presence Come up with a plan that works best for you and your company and write it down. Set a list of priorities and secondary goals and then determine a date to check back in. You may have deviated from the game plan so returning to the original ideas can put you back on track. You might even see that you need to revise Make connections. It s time to network. Whether at an industry related event or a family BBQ you never know where your next business lead is going to come from. Research local groups with common goals and interests attend events and stay in touch with new connections. Chair a committee or take a leadership role. Be consistent and get involved. Put pen to paper. Voice your opinion on industry trends and share your expertise. Write for your local paper company blog or start an online forum. Use social media to invite people to join the discussion. The more visible you and your words are the more memorable you are. Try something different. How long has it been since you ve made a change Offer a new service. Revamp your look. JASMIN CURTISS Publicist Boardroom Communications 1776 N. Pine Island Road Suite 320 Fort Lauderdale 33322 954.370.8999 BoardroomPR.com your plan based on new information data employees products or services. It might always be a work in progress but you can achieve your goals. Get social. It s not just for millennials. It s not just for individuals. Businesses have truly seen a difference with a well-conceived social media plan. Adding new content implementing e-newsletters or even expanding to a new platform can broaden your reach. It s a simple and inexpensive way to reach a national and even a global audience. Consider a partnership with another business. Make sure you capitalize on these efforts by letting people know what changes they can expect this year. Change can be scary but don t be overwhelmed. It s necessary. Every business must evolve to keep up with the competition and perhaps even ahead of it. Jasmin Curtiss is a publicist at BoardroomPR a full-service integrated marketing and public relations firm in South Florida. 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( 77 mrktstore.com) HOLD THE POSE Yoga newbies will be thankful for this yoga-by-numbers mat which has a guide to help with poses. ( 119.95 thegrommet.com) ICA Miami exterior ART BY DESIGN The Miami Design District s new contemporary art museum opens with free admission year-round BY MICHELLE F. SOLOMON T he Miami Design District is a destination for luxury shopping and celebrity chef-driven restaurants but with the Dec. 1 opening of the three-level Institute of Contemporary Art Miami the northeast Miami neighborhood got a hefty boost as an arts district too. Craig Robins president and CEO of Miami-based real estate company Dacra and the developer of the flourishing district says culture always was part of his plan when he began acquiring and redeveloping properties in the historic Buena Vista neighborhood two decades ago. Before it was the Design District the area between 36th and 41st streets between Miami Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard was home to furniture factories and showrooms and known as Decorators Row. (Years before that it was a pineapple plantation.) Art and design are integral to the historic identity of the Miami Design District and to our vision Robins said. A contemporary art museum in the Design District began three years ago when ICA Miami set up shop in a temporary space that Robins offered rent-free in his Moore Building a former furniture showroom built in 1921. It was a few months after the former board of trustees of the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami split from the city-run institution and began creating what would be known as ICA. Irma Braman former MOCA board chair is now co-chair of the board of trustees for ICA Miami. The timing couldn t have been more perfect. Just ahead of Miami Art Week 2017 the privately funded ICA opened at 61 NE 41st St. Braman and her husband Norman who are local philanthropists and art collectors funded the design and construction of the new ICA. Miami Design District Associates a partnership between Robins company and L Real Estate a private-equity fund dedicated to luxury retail developments donated the land on which the 37 500-square-foot art museum was built. The space includes a 15 000-square-foot outdoor sculpture garden. One of ICA Miami s missions is to offer its exhibitions to the public at no charge. Many of its educational programs will be provided free too. One of the barriers to access to a cultural institution is admission. I think this tears down at least one of those barriers says Ellen Salpeter who was named ICA Miami s director in 2015 after serving as director of external affairs of the Jewish Museum in New York since 2012. We made a real commitment to have open access so that when you visit the Design District whether ICA Miami is your destination or you come to do something else you can come into the museum at no charge she says. Salpeter says the building s location works with the shopping district s pedestrian traffic. Already there are plans for the next phase of the museum which include 30 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM PHOTO BY IWAN BAAN Work from artist Anna Oppermann a visitor store in the lobby with grab-and-go foods cold-brew coffee and Champagne. There also will be partnerships with nearby businesses-- perhaps a dinner in the sculpture garden with one of the restaurants here for example Salpeter says. Yet the art remains essential. Salpeter is excited about the inaugural program as she talks about The Everywhere Studio which brings together more than 50 artists from the past five decades. One inclusion is a work by Edward and Nancy Kieholz which is part of ICA Miami s permanent collection and what she considers an example of what the museum s holdings will mean to visitors. The significant sculpture by the couple The Soup Course at the She-She Caf (1982) will be on display as part of the exhibition. ICA director The museum Ellen Salpeter has borrowed from collectors other works by the couple for the exhibit. This will help tell a story to visitors so that they may gain more insight as to why this work is in our collection and offer a broader perspective of our collection as a whole says Salpeter added that ICA Miami s contemporary collection has a specific time period--from the early 1960s to present. If you know nothing about contemporary art or if you re a savvy art connoisseur we want you to discover something take a look at what we re doing and be excited by whatever attracts you. Robins believes art should be shared and experienced. We want to make art accessible to everyone he says. To that end the district holds public art tours led by Arts Encounters founder Margery Gordon. Participants may reserve a spot online but walkups are welcome. The free tours are held during the the monthly Sunday Family Day and on the last Wednesday of every month during The Market atMDD. Check miamidesigndistrict.net art-tours for dates. The district also unveiled several installations during ICA Miami s grand opening in December including a new public sculpture initiative in collaboration with the museum. The annual rotation began with the installation of two monumental sculptures by artist Sol LeWitt. Also a 1988 outdoor sculpture by artist Kenny Scharf once part of Robins personal collection was moved from his Miami Beach home to Rooftop Garden (175 NE 40th St.) to join the district s permanent collection. LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 Art for All 31 JANUARY2018 A C C E S S L I F E S T Y L E MADD BROWARD KICKOFF EVENT MADD Broward County kicks off the 2018 La Croix Walk Like MADD & MADD Dash Fort Lauderdale 5K brought to you by Ultimate Software with a VIP event Jan. 2 at 5 30 p.m. at Artserve (1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale). Delicious bites by BRIO Tuscan Grille Plantation and mocktails by LaCroix will be served. Special guests include Sheriff Scott Israel (honorary chairperson) and MADD national board vice chair Heather Geronemus. The eighth annual walk is April 29. (walklikemadd.org fortlauderdale). BOARDROOM PR EARNS TOP HONOR BoardroomPR one of Florida s largest public relations and integrated marketing agencies earned Agency of the Year honors from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America at an event held at Nova Southeastern University. The 17-member staff including seven former journalists continues to work at the highest level for its clients. I am so proud of the work we have accomplished this year says company president Julie Talenfeld. FRANK STELLA EXPERIMENT AND CHANGE THROUGH JULY 8 2018 Exhibition presented by Dr. David and Linda Frankel and S. Donald Sussman and Michelle Howland. Four Seasons Private Residences Fort Lauderdale and The Surf Club. Additional support provided by the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation Wege Foundation Vontobel Swiss Wealth Advisors AG and Sandra Muss. Presented by 60th Anniversary presented by nsuartmuseum nsuartmuseum.org (954) 525-5500 One East Las Olas Boulevard Fort Lauderdale Florida 33301 Frank Stella Lettre sur les sourds et muets II 1974. Synthetic polymer paint on canvas 141 x 141 x 4 inches. Private Collection NY. 2017 Frank Stella Artist Rights Society (ARS). Photo Credit Christopher Burke. Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by Nova Southeastern University Hudson Family Foundation Wege Foundation Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau the State of Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. NSU Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. 32 JANUARY 2018 LMGFL.COM LMGFL.COM JANUARY 2018 33 SPECIAL MARKETING FEATURE W H O S W H O I N H E A L T H C A R E JULIET LEE M.D. MEDICAL DIRECTOR NINA L. COLETTA D.P.M. MEDICAL COORDINATOR PLANTATION WELLNESS CENTER 201 N. UNIVERSITY DRIVE SUITE 113 PLANTATION FL 33324 (954) 306-3430 WWW.PLANTATIONWELLNESS.COM E D U C A T I O N Juliet Lee M.D. Medical Residency 2004 2006 George Washington University Hospital Specialty Aesthetic Medicine and Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures. Medical Doctorate 2004 - Rush University Medical College Chicago IL Master of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology 1997 - Northwestern University Evanston IL University of Maryland College Park MD - Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology 1996 Nina L. Coletta D.P.M. Surgical Residency 1995 - 1997 - Miami Veterans Administration Medical Center Miami FL Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine 1995 - Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine Miami Shores FL Master of Science in Biology 1990 - University of Miami Coral Gables FL Bachelor of Science in Biology 1989 - University of Miami Coral Gables FL Dr. Juliet Lee hails from Maryland and came to Florida by way of Chicago where she received her Master of Science in Neurobiology and Physiology from Northwestern University before getting her Medical Doctorate. Dr. Lee specializes in Aesthetic Medicine and has extensive experience treating obesity in medically supervised weight loss programs. Dr. Nina Coletta grew up in Miami Beach and attended the University of Miami where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology before earning her doctorate in Podiatric Medicine. She has been in practice as a Podiatrist for over 20 years in Davie. Randall Bast grew up in North Miami Beach and attended the University of Florida where he earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business. Bast began his career in technology working for Accenture (NYSE ACN) and eventually launched his own by Citrix Systems in Ft. Lauderdale. Now the trio have teamed up to launch Plantation Wellness Center to help people look better feel better and perform better. When I met Dr. Coletta I was struggling to lose weight said Bast when asked how he became interested in Wellness after a career in technology. She introduced me to the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol and I was able to take off nearly 60 pounds and keep it off. Dr. Coletta has helped many of her patients lose weight with the Ideal Protein Weight Loss Protocol. And Dr. Lee s background in weight loss and aesthetic medicine made her the explains Coletta. The body has three sources of energy from which it draws to meet its metabolic needs Carbohydrates Muscle and Fat. Chronologically the reserves before turning to muscle fat cells for energy while preserving muscle. The key to success with our patients is Education Education Education and we do this with weekly weigh-ins daily videos journaling and a host of other resources said Dr. Lee. 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For more than an hour he points to stitches in time--his broadcasting break at Telemundo his stretch on Fox & Friends his decade-long run on WSVN s Deco Drive his reluctance to give up on his Hollywood dreams--as part of a greater tapestry one filled with lessons learned. At 51 Aguirre recognizes that there s an accumulation of wisdom that comes with age. But there s also something to be said for embracing your truth when the moment presents itself. By his own admission the University of Miami graduate is not the same person who left South Florida in 2014 to host the nationally syndicated entertainment program The Insider. Maybe it s being in one of the anchor chairs at Local 10 a full circle of sorts in his complicated-yet-prolific career as a television broadcaster. Perhaps it s that night in October at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach baring his soul before a roomful of people ready to welcome him with open arms. It takes a long time to be comfortable in your own skin he says. When you learn to love yourself that s when life loves you back. That the ruggedly handsome Aguirre is so comfortable in his skin both professionally and personally speaks to a journey rich with experience one guided by talent charisma good fortune and at times much-needed introspection. In some ways it s a journey that begins on his parents back porch. As a child Aguirre loves the variety shows and stars of that era--Carol Burnett Sonny and Cher Donny and Marie. After tropical storm winds blow out the patio screen one year the back porch suddenly feels more like a stage. So he seizes on the opportunity. On Sundays while my parents slept in I would put on the Louis Aguirre show for my [three younger] sisters he says. Every show was different depending on what TV programs were inspiring me. One week I d re-enact an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man the next week it would be Star Trek. I was a bit of a ham. But eventually I knew this would play out in some way shape or form. When his parents who were born in Cuba but met for the first time as students at UM push back against their son s interest in acting encouraging him instead to study law Aguirre seeks a compromise. He earns his undergraduate degree in communications (and a second degree in French) with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Not only does he like being in front of the camera but he s a natural. Instead of sending tapes to local stations after graduating however Aguirre follows his girlfriend at the time to New York. She is convinced that he can be a successful fashion model. For eight months Aguirre has the time of my life working odd jobs modeling and auditioning for soap operas and commercials. And then his girlfriend tells him that she s pregnant. I remember flying home and telling my parents Aguirre says. Their message was You can t be Mr. Party Animal in New York City if you re going to be a father. That was the fire under my ass to get a broadcasting job. Two stations offer him on-air reporter positions one in Fort Myers and Telemundo in Miami. He takes the Telemundo job in April 1989 at age 22 figuring he and his girlfriend can live with his parents and have a home for their child. The only hitch in that plan Aguirre it turns out isn t the father. I had no idea then why I was living it but now I see how necessary that episode was in my life he says. It pushed me into television. The only problem is that deep down Aguirre still wants to act. He goes on to Washington D.C. as a Capitol Hill correspondent for TV Mart before returning to South Florida for three years during his first incarnation at Local 10. But when a fledgling entertainment show called Extra offers Aguirre a job as a correspondent in the early 1990s he sees a chance to move to Los Angeles and keep his Hollywood dreams alive. It s a pattern that repeats itself over the next decade up until he lands a full-time anchor spot on Deco Drive in 2003. Even as he snags plum TV gigs in New York (like working for A Current Affair ) Aguirre continues to hedge his career bets auditioning for--and often landing--acting roles. His credits include stints on the soap operas Guiding Light and All My Children as well as guest shots on the TV shows JAG Burn Notice and Sex and the City. In the early 2000s Aguirre briefly goes all in as an actor moving to Los Angeles again after receiving a call from his agent about a potential series in search of a male lead--think Miami Vice except set in the late 1990s. Instead he spends two years scrambling for work. I had this almost meteoric rise from college every job I went after I got he says. Even in New York I was working left and right as an actor. In L.A. I became just another face. It was humbling to see my savings dwindle. Part of me loved being a struggling actor. But it also taught me a lot about myself. I learned that my happiness didn t depend on my success. It was how I felt on the inside. It s 1996 and Aguirre is the first face that viewers see when Fox News Channel launches. He s a co-anchor on a morning show called Fox & Friends. But by his third year something is gnawing at him. He s being prompted to present dialogue that just doesn t sit right. Living in New York and allowing myself to explore all aspects of myself taught me about who I was he says. When I looked in the mirror I realized that there was a conflict at Fox. I couldn t honestly and authentically be talent for that network. It s not who I was on the inside. Aguirre leaves Fox & Friends in 1999. That same year he begins a relationship with someone he first met casually in 1993 during his Local 10 days. Nearly 20 years later the two are still a couple. hit me Aguirre says. People started coming up to thank me tears in their eyes. You have no idea the power of those words they would say. That I stood up in that room in such a public way ... that night was monumental for Matt as well. For someone who s been in the public eye for three decades Aguirre keeps his relationship status out of the gossip pages. Naturally that prompts speculation. But if he and Matt MacDonald are a secret it s an open one. The two attend events together they re photographed together and the founder of MacDonald Design Associates in Miami is Uncle Matt to Aguirre s nephews and nieces. At the same time I never got up on a soapbox Aguirre says. I never had the interview. No one asked me. Though he says MacDonald has pressed him to be more vocal about his sexuality Aguirre is reluctant. I wasn t going to start a newscast by saying Good evening everybody I m Louis Aguirre--and I m gay. I knew an opportunity would come. It does. In October as he is about to present the National Leadership Award to Gloria Estefan at the National LGBTQ Task Force gala Aguirre looks at the faces in the crowd at the Fontainebleau and experiences a wave of hypocrisy. How can he take the stage here and not embrace the love that he and Matt share Before he hands Estefan her award Aguirre announces for the first time in public that he is a proud gay man. It wasn t until after the gala that it It s Thanksgiving 2016 and Aguirre is home for the holidays when his phone blows up. Fidel Castro is dead. It s the moment that Cuban Americans have been waiting their lives to see. Aguirre instinctively heads to Little Havana with friends the streets are filled with people banging pots and pans and waving the Cuban flag. Aguirre desperately wants to hijack a microphone from one of the local TV stations and tell the story. But he can t. He s in his second year as host of The Insider the job for which he left Miami and Deco Drive --and yet another opportunity to rub elbows with Hollywood celebrities. His heart aches. It s a familiar feeling one that reminds him of Fox & Friends. A few months later it s announced that The Insider will cease production that summer. There was a subliminal message sent into the universe Aguirre says. I loved interviewing the celebrities that I admired. But with that comes reporting on whether Kylie Jenner s lips are real. ... To talk about Kim Kardashian s jewels being heisted like it s the most important story of the day I didn t believe the words coming out of my mouth anymore. When Bill Pohovey vice president of news at Local 10 reaches out about returning to WPLG Aguirre has just one condition He wants to report the news. There s too much happening in the world to stand on the sidelines. And so he returns to South Florida having found his truth in more ways than one. He s happier than ever personally. And he s back in the game as an afternoon news anchor. Back he says where he belongs. Life has pulled me in this direction for a reason. There are important stories to tell right now. So this chance to come back to WPLG and do this Thank you thank you thank you. DayTripper Aerial view of The Diplomat The Diplomat A revamped Hollywood icon realizes its full potential BY KEVIN KAMINSKI Sunset on the wraparound balcony A s impressive as The Diplomat Beach ROOMS WITH A VIEW at a property that encompasses more than Trina Turk cabana Diplomat not only is the daytime place to QUITE THE SPLASH top level with two waterfalls that tumble into MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT The quality alternatives. Between the main property and Menu selections from Monkitail DINING ADVENTURES Portico at Diplomat Landing THE SPORTING LIFE The Diplomat s tennis center Caption Relaxation room at the spa LET S MAKE A DEAL There are daily 5 happy SPA SIDE q&a In The Way It Was Parkland resident Eliot Weisman pulls back the curtain on his years BY KEVIN KAMINSKI THAT S LIFE There s no doubt in my mind writes Eliot Weisman in his recently released book The Way It Was that my life and the FBI s perception of my life would have been very different if I had been in that picture. It s a picture that was worth a thousand words to the feds and ultimately 10 months in prison for Weisman. The iconic image of Frank Sinatra with notorious mobsters including Carlo Gambino and Jimmy Fratianno--taken backstage in the late 1970s at the Westchester Premier Theater in Tarrytown New York which Weisman oversaw and helped to launch--would lead to Weisman s prosecution for bank and stock fraud and racketeering. It also opened the door to a two-decade run as manager and friend to Sinatra during the home stretch of his legendary career. The straight-talking Weisman--who also managed Liza Minnelli Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorm and Don Rickles among other entertainers--invited Lifestyle to his home in Parkland for a no-holds-barred discussion about his life with Ol Blue Eyes. You never told prosecutors what they wanted to hear regarding Sinatra and his mob ties. Do you think about how staying quiet changed your life If I only knew I was going to do 10 months I would ve been the happiest guy in the world. When I gave myself up (in January 1981) I was looking at 78 months. The prosecutor obviously convinced the judge that if they pressured me with sentencing I would give up the whole mob. It was such a joke. What they really wanted was Sinatra and his attorney Mickey Rudin. The wise guys who were around the theater at that time thought I would testify against them. As far as Sinatra and Rudin I drove to see them the day after being interviewed by the FBI making sure no one followed me. I think they were convinced that I wouldn t talk. And I think word spread around the entertainment business very quickly that I was a stand-up guy. In the end that was the turning point the idea that I wouldn t rat anyone out. Also that all the performers got paid [before the theater went bankrupt]. Sinatra demanded such loyalty from the people in his circle didn t he Loyalty was No. 1 with Sinatra. No. 2 he loved people who knew what they were doing. When you go around the world as many times as we did you don t always get perfection with stagehands and musicians. He never freaked out. When he would come off the stage I d hand him a towel and tell him Great show. The really sensational shows he d share a superlative. But every once in a while he d say Where the [expletive] did you get those strings I miss that man every day. There are few people I ve met in my life who even come close to putting his shoes on. Sinatra was a champion for the underdog. There was nobody who was worthy of it that he didn t want to help. ... [Boxers] Joe Louis and Sugar Ray Robinson at the end of their lives Sinatra helped them survive. He gave them money he made sure they had the right doctors. If they needed his airplane he would send it to them. I m talking about a guy who looked you in the eyes put those blues on you and you knew he was telling you the truth. There was no [expletive]. There are so many stories in the book about Sinatra in his element with a Jack Daniels in hand being around friends. Are those the times he loved the most His absolute favorite time in life was on stage. It was the one place that man was never depressed. He loved the audiences. Every Sinatra show to me was like the World Series. The difference between the first game and the seventh game was whether or not the crowd came to play. Given his family dynamics with his wife on one side and his kids on the other were you apprehensive When he asked me to be executor of his estate I almost fell over. I told him I was really honored but I asked him why. He said Because no one else knows where every [expletive] thing is buried. And he was right. Punctuality is a running theme in the book. It meant everything to Sinatra. Why It was about respect. There were times when he made me sweat over five minutes. Especially when he was doing shows with someone opening for him and the rows in front weren t full. I didn t want people moving around and [finding their seats] during the opening act. He would say The ticket says 8 o clock. For the people already in their seats why should they have to wait another five minutes because other people are late Forget starting a show on time. He hated getting off a plane and driving a long distance. Listen airports are not in the middle of cities. But he used to [get angry] if a drive lasted more than 25 minutes. Was there anyone who could say no to Sinatra I don t know of anyone ever saying no to him. You couldn t really do that with Sinatra. At that point it was going to become confrontational and he wasn t going to lose a battle with you or anyone else. Did he struggle with his mortality as his friends began to die We were at the Waldorf in New York when Sammy Davis Jr. passed away [in 1990]. And that was the first time I saw him cry like that. He wasn t thinking about his mortality at that point he was thinking about his friend. I wasn t around in [the Rat Pack days] and I didn t even hear half the stories. The half that I did hear those guys had wild times. When Dean Martin passed away in 1995 I spoke to Sinatra over the phone and he was upset. But he was uncontrollable with Sammy. Sammy idolized Sinatra and the Boss had a tremendous influence on him. When Sammy lost his eye Frank was the first one there. When Sammy went bad in the 1980s with the drugs Sinatra told him When you get cleaned up call me. When you re playing with that [expletive] don t be around me. Toward the end I think Sinatra was sorry that he still wasn t singing. I think that s when he started to contemplate his death. I knew he wouldn t make it long without having something to do. [Editor s note Sinatra died May 14 1998.] Your passage about Donald Trump--you were so upset by his comments during a deal gone sour involving his Taj Mahal casino and your entertainers that you grabbed his tie--was in the news. Anything about his presidency based on your dealings with him that surprises you I can feel it now just talking about it I was boiling. I could ve gotten the [expletive] beaten out of me but I doubt it. At that time I think I would ve [taken] him. I would ve done the time and been out by now. I could never remember being in that much of a sweat that s how aggravated I was. My son pulled me off [Trump]. I had to wake up Sinatra on the West Coast to explain the problem. He goes You don t have a problem. Either go back upstairs and tell him to [expletive] himself or give me the number and I ll do it. I said Thanks boss. Go back to sleep. I went back to Trump s office and told him. So no nothing surprises me. This to me is so out of whack so disturbing. 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