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

I’ve recently realized that I may have this whole “swimsuit season” backwards. The intense exercising and diet, which usually starts before the beginning of summer, happens to jog my memory about the time that last season’s bathing suits go on clearance. Maybe it is my thrifty subconscious that does the work, or perhaps it is a convenient coincidence. Either way, my need for speed and a favorable metabolism usually starts around now.

Luckily for anyone else who is dusting off their running shoes, I’ve found some pretty intriguing events coming up around the South Florida area that just might help jumpstart your workout regimen.

  • September 27 (Stuart, FL) – Courage Challenge Mud Run & Obstacle Course Race More…

Superheroes do in fact walk among us.

An infant’s life was saved in Washington State this week, due to a man with emergency response training and a smartphone app. Jeff Olson, a local mechanic in Spokane, was at his job site when his phone began ringing like what was described to be like an Amber Alert sound. This noise was coming from his PulsePoint phone app.

It was then that he looked down at his phone to realize that there was an emergency alert in the nearby area. The phone stated that CPR was needed at a location not far from him. Olson raced to the local ballet store and inquired about the emergency. More…

The Northern Palm Beach Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) announced the changing of the guard as they recently named their upcoming 2014-2015 officers.

Pat Key was chosen as president. Key joined ABWA in 1985 and has served the organization in many capacities including president, vice president and treasurer. She has been editor of the newsletter as well as chair of various chapter committees. Key was selected as Woman of the Year in 1994 and again in 2004.The Lake Park resident works part-time at TBC Wholesale in Palm Beach Gardens. She is also a personal caregiver and BeautiControl consultant. More…

Easter Sunday in 2011 was more than an egg hunt, candy and church for Lori J. Durante. She had a “culinary epiphany,” and in October of the same year, Taste History Culinary Tours of Historic Palm Beach County was born. Durante, the executive director of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History, came up with the nonprofit food tour as an addition to the bus tours she already had in Delray Beach.

Having expanded to Lake Worth and Lantana once it gained immense popularity, the culinary tours that were once offered just one Saturday a month are now three Saturdays a month. The fall seasons starts Oct. 11 and ends Dec. 27. Second Saturdays are devoted to Lake Worth and Lantana, while third and fourth Saturdays travel to Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Tours board from the Macy’s at 801 N. Congress Ave. in Boynton Beach.

A new restaurant, Lilo’s American Café, was recently added to the tours for not only its location in Delray Beach but also because it’s local. More…

Sold-out is a sad, disappointing word, but when tickets are sold out for a fundraiser, it has organizers doing their happy dance.

Almost as soon as tickets went up for grabs for the Andrew “Red” Harris Golf Tournament, it sold out. The event slated for October 12 sold out seven weeks before it happened, but wait, there’s more.

The 2014 Strings of Love Tennis Tournament will take place Saturday Sept. 27 at 10 a.m., at the Golf & Racquet Club at Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The event includes lunch and a nice bag of swag. Get your tickets now before it sells out! More…