Business is Booming at BallenIsles | Activities, Amenities & Arboreal Atmosphere Appeal to Homebuyers


ballenisles3Fiery fuchsia tabebuias, gloriously golden jacarandas and more than 100 varieties of palm trees shade the serene streets of BallenIsles. And if the Palm Beach Gardens country club’s East Course could talk, it would wax poetic about serving as the site of the 1971 PGA Championship where Jack Nicklaus defeated Billy Casper by two strokes.

One of the larger clubs in the county, the 1,300-acre residential community bountifully bordered by PGA and Northlake boulevards boasts 1,575 homes that continue to surge in sales.

“It’s been busier the last two years than it was when the place was first built,” said Derrick Barnett, general manager of the 25-year-old private development. “Whatever we’re doing, it’s appealing to people, because it’s selling.” More…

Staying Forever Young with Dr. Arturo K. Guiloff


forever-young2Juan Ponce de León may have discovered Florida, but unfortunately he made a wrong turn while looking for the Fountain of Youth. Apparently, he should have hung a left on PGA Boulevard.

Had he done so, he would have run smack dab into the Estética Institute of the Palm Beaches and Dr. Arturo K. Guiloff, who’s making the world a younger, more beautiful place, one patient at a time.

With two state-of-the-art surgical suites, Estética Institute of the Palm Beaches is a one-stop shop offering everything from wrinkle reduction, laser hair removal and laser skin resurfacing to breast augmentations, nose jobs, tummy tucks and liposuction. If it can be nipped and tucked, it can be done here. More…

Full Court Press: Local Attorneys Who Go the Extra Mile


local-attorneys-palm-beaches2Whether you’re dealing with a crisis or in need of some legal assistance on life matters, the law firms in the Palm Beach area can help. The five law firms below know that the law is more than working through cases – it’s working with clients. Take a look at our list and see if these local firms will suit your specific legal needs.

Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger, PA

660 US Hwy. 1, North Palm Beach | (561) 627-8100

Clients of Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger, PA, benefit from a full-service law firm that’s still small enough to offer them personal service.

Many firms list integrity, quality, professionalism and ethics as their values. At Haile Shaw & Pfaffenberger, loyalty and family are listed as well. They go hand in hand and reflect how they treat their clients, said attorney Phil DiComo. More…

PBG Travel Leaders | Yucatán: A Wealth of Architectural Wonders


yucatan2Imagine, if you will, a hot steamy afternoon with both the temperature and the humidity approaching triple digits. Two teams of half-naked young men are straining their utmost to place a round ball through a stone hoop more than 20 feet off the ground. There is a hoop on both sides of the long grass enclosure that forms the ball field, called the tlachtli. Ollama is the name of this game that resembles basketball, and the stakes are high. As a matter of fact, they are as high as you can get, because at the end of the game, one team will be sacrificed. The losing team will have their heads chopped off and their hearts cut out and placed on a chacmool to be displayed for all to see. This is true hardball – this is the way the Mayans played the game.

It was during the Postclassical Era that Mayan historical tradition began to describe events that characterized the cultural change. Warfare and sacrifice are the characteristics that set this period aside from the earlier periods of their history. It was during this period that tzompantlis – platforms supporting racks for the display of sacrificed victims’ heads – appeared in the northern sites of the Yucatán. Historians indicate that apparently all of the other basic Mayan living patterns remained the same during the Postclassical Era. More…

Dr. Civin - Palm Beach Gardens Cosmetic Dentist

As some students dread the last few weeks before school starts up again, over 675 Miami-Dade students were given a reason to celebrate. On the weekend of August 16-17, the nonprofit organization Style Saves hosted a back-to-school event where students were given clothing, haircuts and other exciting and educational activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters and Community in Schools allowed students to participate in some free back-to-school “shopping.” These students were provided with free clothing and accessories.

A memorable and heartwarming gesture came from eye-care provider Davis Vision. They presented their Focus on America “Kids First” program, which provided underprivileged students with a free eye screening. If the student required further testing, they could receive it at a local Visionworks location. Anyone who needed prescription lenses would receive them at no cost to the children or their families. More…

Every time I see an ad on TV talking about retirement, I throw up a little in my mouth. Who has time (or the resources) to think about a date on a calendar that is as far away as Pluto? Between elder care for my mom with Alzheimer’s, upcoming college expenses and general upkeep of our own lives, my siblings and I are destined to be toiling for the next few decades. Our faces will not be on any brochures persuading others to enjoy their golden years. We’ll still be toiling.

And why not? My dad is 85 and still runs a business, regardless of which continent he happens to be visiting while enjoying his “semi-retirement.” He probably won’t stop working until the undertaker comes to get him off the phone. Prying his hands from it may be a greater challenge than anybody anticipates. “If I didn’t work, I’d go crazy,” he says. More…

During the winter months, equestrians from all over the world can be found in Wellington for the Winter Equestrian Festival, the largest show jumping competition in the world. But before snowbirds fly south for the winter and before Wellington’s season starts, a new equestrian festival will make its debut in New York City this fall.

From Sept. 18-21, spectators can watch many of the best world-renowned show jumpers and dressage riders as they compete for prizes in the Trump Rink in Central Park. The Central Park Horse Show presented by Rolex will be housed in New York for the first time since 2001. Thursday’s $200,000 Rolex Central Park Grand Prix will be televised live on NBC Sports from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. More…

One of Florida’s most beloved museums has gotten to hold onto its bragging rights by receiving re-accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

Once again the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum was bestowed the highest national honor achievable by an American museum, accreditation. Out of the nation’s 20,000 or so museums, only 778 are currently accredited.

News to us, but not the museum, which has held the distinction since 1973, according to David Carson, the museum’s public affairs director.

“We believe that the Flagler Museum continues to qualify for accreditation through its commitment to excellence, its accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement,” said Carson. More…

by Camber Clemence

The Las Vegas Strip has changed since the days that the Rat Pack ruled over Sin City, but the group – which included Bogart, Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop – were the definition of music, style, and glamour in the ‘60s.

Their legend lives on through tribute performers such as The Central Florida Rat Pack, the area’s premier Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. & Frank Sinatra show. The group consists of Felix J. Deneau Jr. as Dean Martin, Steve Roman as Sammy Davis Jr., and Armando Diaz as Frank Sinatra. Steve started the group and was soon joined by Armando as Chairman of the Board, and then the two brought on Felix, who currently works for Universal Studios Florida impersonating numerous movie characters.

The trio performed for residents of The Devonshire at PGA National on August 4. The show drew more than 100 residents of The Devonshire, which is one of 17 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living. The Devonshire gives residents the opportunity to participate and enjoy special entertainment every Monday in the community. Additionally, residents of the independent living apartments have access to a variety of amenities such as valet and concierge services, premiere dining venues, and are free to enjoy PGA National’s Resort & Spa’s first-class services and sport facilities.

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