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Professional Bank celebrates anniversary helping Easter Seals BY ALEC J. ROSEN rofessional Bank is partnering with Easter Seals to celebrate the Bank’s first anniversary with a benefit on October 2 to raise money for people with special needs. In the past year, Professional Bank has been consistent in meeting and even exceeding business plan objectives in an adverse environment. The Bank is proud to share their success with Easter Seals South Florida, a well-known non-profit organization that has been providing services for people with disabilities for years. Professional Bank opened its doors the same month that Lehman Brothers failed and the world's financial system was on the brink of total meltdown. The Bank’s business plans were many months in the making, and they were

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Shops at Sunset Place holds family crime prevention event

Amy on Sunset BY AMY LIVERGOOD DONNER If you do your shopping in South Miami, you are very lucky. We have the greatest merchants and merchandise for miles around. It is well known that at this moment in retail history our area is the envy of the region. Here are two great merchants that are part of the reason. They also happen to be members of The Red Sunset Merchants Association. The RSMA provides crime watch, beautification, networking and marketing for the area. If you need more information on the association go to <rsmasm.com>.

McGruff the Crime Dog and some young fans at an earlier event. (See story on page 7)

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r. Barry Burak, Chiropractic Physician and Director of Affiliated Healthcare Centers, Inc. in South Miami, and his team of doctors, chiropractic assistants, specialists and office staff are dedicated to offering patients services and solutions for a better lifestyle.

“Our staff is so diverse and highly trained, and every member believes in excellence,” said Dr. Burak. “Our goal is to provide the very best, high quality care and ultimate service to our patients.” Affiliated Healthcare Centers treats patients who have experienced auto accidents, sports injuries or work-related injuries, as well as those who suffer from chronic back or neck pain, neu-

rological disorders, TMJ, orthopedic issues, headaches and migraines. The center treats both children and adults and also offers nutrition and wellness care counseling. “We specialize in sports injuries and strains,” Dr. Burak said. “There are so many treatment alternatives to sur––– See

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determined to build a successful community bank in Miami with a foundation based on a banking management team and local directors and shareholders who all had unquestionable experience and knowledge of the South Florida market. “Timing is everything, especially so in business,” said Dr. Lawrence Schimmel, Chairman of the Board, Professional Bank. “We opened our doors to business on September 8, 2008, and despite the financial crisis facing our country we have outperformed our goals for our first year of operation. We have approached community banking with a fresh perspective on building and strengthening meaningful relationships with present and future customers, many of whom happen to be our neighbors right here in South Florida.” Professional Bank’s Board of Directors include many well known South Florida business professionals including Dr. Lawrence Schimmel, Chairman of the Board; Gary D. Moss, President & CEO; Peter Russin, Mitchell Panter, Les Adler, Dr. Stanley Shapiro, Dr. Marco Vitiello, Ari Banegas, Richard Borguss, Sean Byrne, Michal Shashua Marks, Herb Martens, Richard Nisbeth, Daniel Sheehan and Chad Tendrich. For a full listing of the board of directors their biographies and senior management, visit their website at

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www.professionalbankfl.com. The First Anniversary will take place on October 2, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Professional Bank, located at 1567 San Remo Avenue near Red Road and Sunset Drive. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be available, and guests will have an opportunity to participate in a silent auction and raffle. All proceeds will benefit Easter Seals South Florida, whose mission is to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. “Easter Seals South Florida is proud to partner with Professional Bank and work together to create life-changing solutions for people with disabilities,” said Luanne Welch, President/CEO, Easter Seals South Florida. “We are honored to be a part of Professional Bank’s First Anniversary Celebration. We look forward to celebrating many more milestones and work together to create solutions and change lives for people living with disabilities and their families.” To RSVP for the anniversary reception, contact Pam Tucker at 786-406-7620 or send an email to ptucker@professionalbankfl.com. Professional Bank is locally owned and managed by an executive team with client-centric focus, and

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There were lots of children oriented events this week Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The Junior Orange Bowl Committee geared up for a busy season with a meeting at Restaurant St. Michel recently and then a big presentation at the monthly meeting of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. As one of the sponsors for the Chamber breakfast at The Biltmore Hotel, the JOBC was given time to speak and gave JOBC President Marti Bueso an opportunity to premiere JOBC’s new promotional video that highlights the many festival events and their huge economic impact on the South Florida community. At that same Chamber meeting, past JOBC President, Mayor Don Slesnick, gave his State of the City Address. Among the packed ballroom at The Biltmore Hotel attending the breakfast were Chamber Chair UM’s Sara Artecona, Chamber President Mark Trowbridge, civic leaders including several JOBC past

Pictured (l-r) at the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Bunko Night is Molly Adams who is surprised with a cake to celebrate her 80th birthday. Holding cake in center is Carmen Suarez with the cake baker, Linda Hartwell (far right).

presidents and members as well as the Orange Bowl Committee’s Executive Director Eric Poms. GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held a Bunko Night fundraiser on September 16, raising almost $400 for Heifer International. While Barbara Lapsley organized the event, President Pam Schaefer made enough spaghetti sauce to feed an army while other club members brought salad and desserts. Mayra Dominguez helped in the kitchen cooking pasta for the hungry crowd before the games began. The ladies also took time out to wish a happy 80th birthday to longtime member Molly Adams and a good time was had by all. Preschool parents now have their very own PTA called the South Florida Preschool PTA. They meet monthly and provide wonderful speakers addressing the needs and concerns of parents of newborns, preschoolers and beyond. Their organization with no geographical boundaries is a child advocacy and mothers’ support group for parents of children newborn to 6. Interested parents may join the South Florida Preschool PTA, for their October General Meeting, on Thursday, October 1, at Kendall United Methodist Church, 7600 SW 104 St., Pinecrest from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The program will include a Women’s Health Panel to discuss: Breast Health, Heart Health, Gynecological Health and Mental Health. Light refreshments will be served and Childcare is provided FREE for all first time guests. For more information please contact Cindy Medina at 305-235-7086 or email cindytheveg@miamisky.com. For more information, go online to www.sfppta.org. In other charitable activity, Joseph’s Salon, in Palmetto Bay, hosted their third annual Haircuts for Hope, to benefit Kids Hope United. For one day only, professional stylists provided haircuts on their

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day off for a reduced price with proceeds benefiting the programs and services of Kids Hope United. Joseph Alves and his team gave 22 haircuts and raised $1,265. The fun included Sparkles the Clown with her daughter who painted children’s faces. Donations from Lots of Lox; Lilia’s Cakes, Cupcakes and More; Misha’s Cupcakes and LA Sweets completed an entertaining day. Kids Hope United is a private, human service organization dedicated to protect-

ing children and strengthening families. For more information contact Judi Pasternac, at 786-573-9000 or jpasternac@kidshopeunited.org or go online to www.kidshopeunited.org. Until next week, keep making each day count. Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, send your news via email to galburns@aol.com.

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HEALTHCARE CENTERS, gery, such as physical therapy and massage. It’s best to be conservative, especially when it comes to children’s sports injuries.” Affiliated Healthcare Centers also specializes in working with patients who suffer from pain due to personal injury and workman’s compensation cases. Affiliated employs insurance specialists and a paralegal, who work with patients’ employers, insurance companies and attorneys to resolve legal/medical issues. “Some people come to us because they cannot find the help they need to relieve their pain from an injury. Many family doctors simply do not want to deal with these types of problems,” said Dr. Burak. “We can diagnose the injury, treat their pain and assist them with the paperwork issues. We enjoy working with all of our patients to resolve their problems.” On a patient’s first visit to Affiliated, a comprehensive exam, which may include x-rays and other diagnostic testing, is conducted. Next, the doctor will discuss the exam results and inform and educate the patient. Finally, the doctor and patient will determine the best methods of treatment. Affiliated Healthcare Centers’ team of six doctors and massage and physical therapists offer such treatments as Chiropractic Care, Massage Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapies, Spinal Decompression Therapy, Orthopedics, Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Chelation and more. “If you are in pain, it affects every aspect of your life: your work, family relations and social life are all negatively affected,” said Dr. Burak. “It becomes hard to enjoy anything.” Dr. Allen Garcia, Chiropractic Physician, explained how they can help correct the problems. “Chiropractic treatment is getting the body back into its proper balance,” Dr. Garcia said. Dr. Garcia also addresses structural problems with the feet, which cause abnormal forces on the hips and pelvis and ultimately affect the spine and back. A computerized test reveals if patients would benefit from shoe inserts called Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers. “These supports fit into any type of shoe and help people achieve optimal structural balance,” said Dr. Garcia. “They are also very beneficial for athletes to perform at their optimum level.”

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Dr. Burak and staff. Pictured are (standing, l-r) Manny Valle, Alexandra Fernandez, Dr. Jason Alvarez, DC, Natalie Santiago, Dr. Barry N. Burak, DC, Liz Castillo, Rick Somarriba, Dr. Allen Garcia, DC. Bottom (l-r) Cristy Canales, Kay Foster, Tatiana Berejuk, Ashley Galadza and Stephanie Llanes. (Photo by Amanda Freeman) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Dr. Burak and massage therapist Natalie Santiago both agree that one of the greatest pieces of equipment at the center is the Non-surgical Spinal Decompression System. The system is used for the treatment of compressed discs and is a non-invasive, non-surgical, drug-free alternative treatment for back pain. “It effectively stretches the muscles, increasing the disc space and relieving the pressure on the nerves,” explained Santiago. “There is also an attachment to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” Fitness Trainer and successful national Fitness Competitor, Mia Sylvestre, also trains some patients on the Power Plate during physical therapy sessions. The Power Plate uses whole-body vibration to contract muscles 30 to 50 times per second and is an effective way for patients with pain to strengthen muscles. Dr. Burak and his center support many charity organizations and also feel it is extremely important to give back to the community. “We offer a series of lectures on weight loss, nutrition, workplace ergonomics and safety,” said Dr. Jason Alvarez, Chiropractic Physician. “We also conduct complimentary spinal screenings at schools and community events each year.” Dr. Burak serves on seven non-profit boards is involved with over 30 charities. His #1 charity is Neat Stuff, which provides new clothing to abused, neglected

children and those in distress. He also supports Voices for Children Foundation, Optimist Club, American Cancer Society, Friends of 440, Sierra

Club and Dave and Mary Alper JCC, just to name a few. “Last year, we conducted over 1400 physicals for the Optimist Club football players and cheerleaders,” added Dr. Burak. Dr. Burak often holds charity events at his home, which is filled with one of the largest Salvador Dali art collections in the world. He was born in Miami, attended South Miami Middle, Gables Senior High, University of Florida, University of Miami, UM Law School and New York Chiropractic College. He’s been helping his patients to achieve wellness for 31 years. Affiliated Healthcare Centers is located at 8000 SW 67 Avenue in South Miami, right next to the Big Cheese and has been at this location since 1987. The center recently received a facelift that includes new flooring, reception desk, office furniture, paint, plants and paintings that warm the space and make the patients feel right at home. To schedule an appointment, call 305-666-8883. For more information, visit <www.affiliatedhealthcare.com>.

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Taxpayers, you can’t have it both ways R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY We all thought it would go on forever. The value of real estate would continue to climb; tax revenues used to run our governments would continue to increase. We all, myself included, wanted more from our tax dollars. We wanted more libraries, cops on every corner, a ballpark, government grants for the arts, parks for our kids, newer streetlights and services for the elderly. Why not? Every year we had more and more dollars to cover our ever growing list of “wants.” No one said, “Hey, let’s put a few dollars away for a rainy day. Times may not always be good. Let’s set up a savings account for our future.” But we didn’t. Now the bad days are here and everyone is crying “no more taxes.” Yet the problem is self-evident — our county

income is based upon real estate taxes and fees for county services. When the value of real estate goes down, as evidenced in Miami-Dade’s ad valorem drop of 9.2 percent, revenues go down unless we increase the millage rate. Hundreds of taxpaying residents took their allotted two minutes and told our county commissioners “do not increase our taxes!” More, representing dozens of non-profits, went before the same commissioners and said, “Please don’t cut funding for our organization. We feed the hungry. We house the homeless. We take care of uninsured’s medical needs. We bring joy through the arts.” No one wanted to pay more taxes. No one wanted to see cuts in government spending. However, the two just don’t work together. We either pay more in taxes or we receive fewer benefits. What can we do? Or, better said, what must we do? Several actions must be taken. I am not a genius. We all know the procedure. First, we must search out the “unnecessary” functions of government. Unfortunately the arts are generally the first hit, and for good reason. We can

––– VIEWPOINT ––– live without art but we cannot live without food. The first to take a cut is the arts. Next, we must seek out waste. As one commissioner pointed out during the budget hearing: “Stop inventorying supplies, buy as needed. Save dollars storing and distributing.” We have waste everywhere in government and in private industry. The difference is government is spending “our” dollars. Businesses are spending the “owner’s” dollars. Salaries: there are two choices. Cut the number of employed or cut the salaries of the employees. Those at near minimum wage must not be cut. Those with high management salaries must take greater cuts than those in the middle salary ranges. Simply look at our recent budgets. While the population has basically leveled out, the county cost of operations

has increased 32 percent in the past five years. It didn’t go into expanded transportation. It hasn’t gone into funding of Jackson Memorial Hospital; they are in the red. Where has it gone? The money has gone to salary increases, pension funding and items other than community needs. So folks, let’s tighten our belts. If we have decided not to pay more tax dollars, we are going to experience less county privileges. Don’t look for any rainy day funds to cover our shortfalls. Next economic cycle, let’s put away a few dollars for the inevitable rainy day.

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Shops at Sunset Place holds AMY ON SUNSET, family crime prevention event BY MICHAEL GOODMAN The Shops at Sunset Place, one of South Miami’s leading shopping destinations, invites the whole family to help kick off Crime Prevention Month by taking part in the “Celebrating Safe Communities” event, which will feature safety demonstrations, free DNA kits for fingerprinting, live entertainment, McGruff the Crime Dog and more. The event will take place on Sat., Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the first level of The Shops at Sunset Place near Dan Marino’s Town Tavern. This free-to-the-public event will help parents teach their kids to play it safe with participation from Citizen’s Crime Watch, who will welcome kids to have their photos taken with McGruff. The South Miami Police Department, Miami Dade Fire Rescue and K-9 Unit will be on hand to provide free DNA kits for fingerprinting, teach families about fire safety, display a police vehicle and fire truck and allow attendees to meet and greet a real K-9 trained dog. Miami Children’s Hospital Safe Kids Coalition will provide families with safety information, feature bicycle and child restraint safety demonstrations. “The ‘Celebrating Safe Communities’ event is dedicated to building a safer community through communication, awareness and commitment to action,” said Claudia Marquez, director of marketing and business development at The Shops at Sunset Place. “The Shops at Sunset Place continues to be an important part of the community by providing ongoing programs that improve the quality of life for both shoppers and employees. We are pleased to help support the efforts of the National Crime Prevention Council, National Sheriffs’ Association, and the

U.S. Department of Justice who sponsor Celebrate Safe Communities nationally.” Stop by the Citizen’s Crime Watch booth to learn more about an exciting new initiative called Circle of Respect by the National Crime Prevention Council, home of McGruff the Crime Dog. NCPC has teamed up with Simon Property Group to promote the Circle of Respect at their malls across the country during October, Crime Prevention Month. The Circle of Respect initiative aims to create a nationwide movement that will fundamentally change the way people treat each other, beginning with a new approach to bullying. Asking “Are You In it?,” the Circle of Respect initiative will start by addressing the twin issues of bullying and cyberbullying to fundamentally change the notion that bullying is a rite of passage to one where bullying is unacceptable. The Shops at Sunset Place is an openair shopping venue that features a majestic waterfall and cascading fountain amidst a dramatic grand staircase. The mall is located at the intersection of South Dixie Highway and Red Road/SW 57th Avenue in South Miami, Florida and is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc. The Shops at Sunset Place offers a sensational line-up of dining and entertainment venues, including AMC 24 Movie Theater, Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge and GameWorks. In addition, The Shops at Sunset Place is home to leading retailers such as Armani Exchange, Mayors Jewelers, Origins, Pottery Barn, Victoria ‘s Secret, Urban Outfitters, Banana Republic, Hollister Co., Gap/Gap Kids, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, Z-Gallerie and Barnes & Noble Superstore. Additional information is available at <www.simon.com>.

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LA SWEETS More cupcakes in South Miami! Located in the Shops at Sunset Place, LA Sweets specializes in gourmet cupcakes, cookies, and other delicious baked goods. Nobody can match LA’s impressive list of flavors, which includes key lime, guava with cream cheese frosting, mint chocolate (think Girl Scout cookies) and many more. Letty Alvarez is the baker and her husband Eddie Dominguez helps her manage the operation. LA Sweets is a great choice for all your dessert needs, from a single treat to a catered affair. You can join LA Sweets on Facebook where you will be informed of the day’s specials, but it’s best to visit them at their location near Nike Town in the Shops of Sunset. Let Letty and Eddie know I sent you, they will remember your favorite cupcake and have it in your mouth before you can say diet. LA Sweets, 5701 Sunset Dr. Suite 152, 305-665-5288, <LASweets.net>.

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Thai and Sushi Bistro Lounge BY DAVID ROBINSON What’s in a name? For a place like Thai and Sushi Bistro Lounge, the name is just a starting point for a restaurant that’s many things to many people. With authentic flavors from all over Asia, a comfortable Sobe-style lounge and a brand-new sake bar, Thai and Sushi Bistro Lounge is a great place to leave behind the heat and traffic of Sunset Drive and lose yourself in a world apart. Tucked into a corner of a shopping plaza in Sunset, the restaurant has been a favorite of locals for 25 years, thanks to its authentic Thai cuisine. Timeless favorites are dishes like Cashew Nut Chicken, prepared in a homemade sauce, Tom Yum Gai, a delicious, hot soup, and Massaman Curry, a blend of sweet and spicy served with chicken, pork or shrimp and featuring avocado and cashew. With a recent renovation, however, of both the space and the menu, Thai and Sushi Bistro Lounge is keeping what’s best of the old while adding lots that’s new – and in the process, reaching out to a whole new group of customers. The addition of a Sushi bar to the menu and the name has expanded the restaurant’s appeal. Chicken, beef and shrimp teriyaki now take their place alongside Thai noodle dishes, and a full menu of handmade rolls has rounded out the lineup. One of the favorites is the Devin roll, an original creation that includes shrimp tempura, crab, spicy mayo and avocado, and is topped with a sweet crust of crunch flakes. It brings together a tasty balance of sweet, tangy and creamy for a melt-inyour-mouth flavor that is out of this world. The Dragon Roll is another favorite, bringing together shrimp tempura, asparagus, and topped with avocado. For the full sushi experience, grab some friends and try the Sushi Titanic, a boat that includes, among others, Rainbow, Dragon, Volcano, Dancing Eel, JB Tempura and Devin rolls. For dessert, be sure to try the Ice Cream Tempura, which is the very definition of decadence. Owners Elena and Marisa are constantly working to perfect the dining experience for their customers. “We want to create a place where people can feel comfortable, eat great food, and most of all, have fun.” That mission has driven the restaurant’s latest innovation, a brand-new sake bar and lounge. The hip black-and-red interior, hung with authentic Asian art and glowing with candlelight, has the chic ambience of a night club, and indeed, on Wednesday and Friday nights, the place fills with revelers dancing to the music of some of the area’s best DJs. Drink specials like two-for-one sake bombs draw crowds of fun-seekers from all over. And with a sushi bar that stays

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While other cities grapple with draconian budget issues, the City of South Miami Commission approved a budget that the city administration, commission and residents are hailing as a “miracle” budget on Tuesday night. After rejecting a proposed millage rate of 5.279, the South Miami Commissioners levied a millage of 4.9526 which is 11.78% lower than the rollback rate. South Miami Mayor Horace Feliu led the charge in adopting the budget that is significant in its importance for property owners in South Miami in that the new rate will result in no increase in their property tax costs. Even more important is that the commission managed to attain the rate without layoffs or service cutbacks. The South Miami story is in stark contrast to neighboring Coral Gables or the City of Miami which have so far failed to pass a budget while considering deep cuts to services and personnel along with raising taxes. The South Miami Commission maintains that they were able to achieve this remarkable feat because of their conservative fiscal policies that were maintained during the boom real estate years.

After consider discussion during the meeting, Mayor Feliu threw caution to the wind and moved adoption of the reduced rate budget. Previously, the commission had been divided about how to achieve a balanced budget. Feliu managed to unite the commission and thanks to his leadership, cut an additional $433,000 from what was already considered a mean and lean budget. Once the mayor’s motion was made, the issue was acclaimed by the unanimous vote. “The City of South Miami is in an enviable position due to what we have managed to achieve with the good work of our City Manager Ajibola Balogun and his staff,” Mayor Feliu said. “In these difficult economic times, many administrations would simply like to balance their budgets on the backs of their employees through layoff or salary reductions or on the backs of the taxpayer. In South Miami, we consider our employees family and this was simply not an option. We managed to make the cuts by examining the budget line by line and identifying other areas for cuts and deferrals.” Mayor Feliu can be reached at 305-2997968.

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Seniors get extra help at South Miami Pharmacy BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD When Yvette Jimenez Romanach was hired by South Miami Pharmacy, she was the marketing director. But after a year on the job, working with the healthcare community, she realized that South Miami Pharmacy could help serve the elderly both at the store and in assisted living facilities in a way few pharmacies can. So she went to pharmacy owner Armando Bardisa and on her advice he created a Long Term Care Department. Staff at South Miami Pharmacy has received special training on Alzheimer’s and related disorders and the store created a new section only for seniors. The personnel in the department go out of their way to help seniors, even filling out the forms from Children’s and Family Services, which allow seniors to apply for waiver of prescription co-pay. “Although their co-pays aren’t too much, they add up when they are eight or 10 prescriptions,” she said. “We do it for them and then we give it back to them, they read it over and they have to sign it. They get an

answer back at home.” Romanach said the seniors are asked to bring the letter from Children’s and Family Services back to the pharmacy even if it is a rejection notice. “We’ll do the follow up and find out why,” she said. Along with the pharmacy’s delivery service from Homestead to Broward and the its mail order department, seniors are spared the need to go to the store if they have transportation issues. For the patients at the assisted living facilities, Romanach goes even farther. She visits the facilities on a regular basis and goes over each patient’s medications. “We make sure the medication is given correctly,” she said, adding that she is the go-between between the administrator and the pharmacist. “We’ll look at the list of meds they are taking, to see if there is an interaction.” The idea is to help manage and improve the drug therapy to improve the quality of life for the patients. To ensure another layer of efficiency and safety, each home is assigned a pharmacy technician the administrator can call if he has additional questions.

Yvette Jimenez Romanach helps seniors at South Miami Pharmacy.

Romanach said they package the medications in a different way for the patients in the facilities so it’s easier for the staff to double check the medications. “We also deliver them two or three days before the beginning of the month,” she said, adding that gives the assisted living facility staff time to double check the meds before the beginning of the month. Romanach has been known to make emergency visits. One administrator called her on a Saturday because she had a new patient who had come from a long hospital stay. The patient’s family had brought not only the prescriptions the doctor in the hospital had written, but they also brought the drugs the patient had been taking at home. There were so many medications that the administrator needed help sorting them all out. “What was nice, I was able to go and the pharmacist was on the phone with us reviewing everything. That’s one of the things we pride ourselves in, service,” she said. South Miami Pharmacy is located at 6233 Sunset Dr. with a new building under construction at 6050 S. Dixie Hwy. For information call 305-668-6150.

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Breast health awareness event at Whole Foods Market A free, community outreach event to educate women about early prevention and awareness about breast health and cancer prevention will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Whole Foods Market, 11701 S. Dixie Hwy. The event will begin with a lecture highlighting the link between nutrition and cancer prevention by integrative medicine pioneer Dr. J. E. Williams. Featured presenters include representatives from Baptist Health’s new Breast Cancer Center; Susan G. Komen’s Buddies for You program; Your Bosom Buddies breast cancer support group; the Wellness Community, providing psychosocial support for the cancer community, and Community Health of South Florida, a non-profit healthcare organization providing affordable, accessible and culturally sensitive healthcare to the South Florida community. RED CROSS ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR SPECTRUM AWARDS FOR WOMEN The nomination deadline is approaching for the 2010 Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women. The prestigious awards, honoring women who make significant contributions to benefit the community, will be presented during

a luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove on Feb. 9, 2010, but the deadline to receive nominations is Monday, Oct. 5. The annual Spectrum Awards salute women who have made contributions in several categories: community service, education, healthcare, volunteerism, cultural, entrepreneurial, philanthropy and youth. Award recipients are selected by a committee comprised of local business and community leaders prominent in the field of each category. Nomination forms are available online at www.miamiredcross.org/spectrumnomination>, by contacting Kenia Tedesco at 305-728-2512 or by email to <TedescoK@usa.redcross.org>. FREE HEART HEALTH SEMINAR DESIGNED TO BENEFIT WOMEN If you want to learn about why women are different from men when it comes to heart disease and what that may mean to your health, plan to attend a free heart seminar especially for women on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at South Miami Hospital’s Clarke Education Center auditorium, located at 6200 SW 73 St. in South Miami. Baptist Health physicians will be on hand to answer questions and provide

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advanced students. Dance the night away with classic music by the top tango orchestras and Nuevo Tango music by innovative new groups. Learn basic steps, technique, musicality, philosophy and the passion behind the exhibition performances by guest stars from around the world. The class costs $15 per person. For more information, call 305-9133102 or send email to <info@biltmorehotel.com>. SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS YOUNG LEADERS TO HOST SOCIAL HOUR If you are interested in supporting community healthcare initiatives while networking with socially conscious leaders of tomorrow, then join the Young Philanthropists of Baptist Health on the glamorous rooftop lounge of Club 50, Viceroy Miami at Icon Brickell, 485

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This year’s numbers are expected to increase to 140 exhibitors with 20 additional sponsors and more than 1,500 guests anticipated. For more information, call 305-2389966 or visit online at <www.westkendallbusiness.com>. FOCUS ON LONG-TERM CARE LEGAL AND FINANCIAL ISSUES United HomeCare Services, in partnership with the FIU Alumni Association, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and Northwestern Mutual Financial Services, will present Part II of the series “Prepare to Care for Yourself and Your Family” on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., starting with a reception offering light food and refreshments for the first hour. The forum will take place at the FIU MARC Building, International Pavilion, located at 11250 SW Eighth St. This free forum aims to engage the Miami-Dade community in thinking about early planning for themselves and their family’s long-term care (LTC) needs. A panel of experts will discuss legal and financial issues related to Long Term Care such as trusts, long-term care

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ALLIANCE FOR AGING, SHINE OFFER MEDICARE 101 PRESENTATIONS The Alliance for Aging Inc., the area agency on aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, and its SHINE program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), the health insurance assistance program for elder Floridians, are offering free Medicare 101 presentations at local libraries. These presentations are open to the public and no reservation is necessary. The dates are as follows: Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 7 to 8 p.m., in Spanish, at Kendale Lakes Library, 15201 SW 88 St. Contact Bruce Douglas at 305-388-0326 for more information. Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m., in English, and 8 to 9 p.m., in Spanish, at the West Kendall Regional Library auditorium, 10201 Hammocks Blvd. Contact Lourdes Martinez at 305-385-7135 for more information. Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 10 to 11 a.m., in English, and 11 a.m. to noon, in Spanish, at South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. Contact Debbie Shepard at 305-233-8140 for more information. Saturday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m., in Spanish, at Lakes of the Meadow Library, 4284 SW 152 Ave. Contact Cynthia Bermudez at 305-222-2149.

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PHS Theatre students to take audience on trip to Wonderland

Miami Palmetto Senior High’s Theatre Department has announced the first play of the 2009-10 season, Alice in Wonderland by Charlotte Chorpenning. The play is a retelling of the classic tale by Lewis Carroll. What happens when a young girl’s imagination and desire for an exciting life takes her away to a magical land where the world has gone topsy-turvy. In Palmetto High’s twist, Alice visits different cultures in her exploration of Wonderland and on her hunt for the White Rabbit and her ticket back home. Join these classic characters as they have never been seen before on Oct. 14 and 15, 7 p.m., in Palmetto High’s auditorium. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door the night of performances. For information call 305-235-1360, ext. 2287.

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program,” he said. “For many of them, that’s their first job.” Kendall family dentist Dr. Robert Along with training the umpires, Schroer has been practicing since 1971. Schroer has been their mentor and has He came to Miami in 1973 and opened been a reference for many of them when an office on SW 104th Street just west of they seek employment. S. Dixie Highway (US1), in the same “This is one way of building up a shopping center as the Kmart. resume for young people,” he said. “It’s But in December 2008 he made a mostly boys but we have a few young major change, closing his office and mov- ladies umpire for us.” ing his practice to the The teen umpires can Kings Creek Shopping start out as young as 15. Center, where he shares More than half of the an office with two other umpires are high school dentists. boys. Before the season “I decided to get out of starts, he holds a clinic for the business of running potential umps where he an office and become an teaches them the rules and independent contractor,” how to manage a game and he said. “I wanted to focus how to manage the parents. on doing the dentistry After he has his list of and not so much on runumpires, Schroer puts ning a business.” together the schedule. He His move came at a often schedules himself to good time. It’s been a work games with some of the Dr. Robert Schroer tough time for dentists. younger umps. He said it can –––––––––––––––– Because of the economic be difficult on the umps if downturn, people are doing fewer elec- there are two 15 year olds working a tive procedures. Even so, he said the staff game. Overall, Schroer thinks umpiring is fairly busy at the office. is good for the kids. Now that he is sharing space and keep“I think it’s a good way to learn responing busy by seeing patients without the sibility,” he said. “My oldest son umpired hassle of having an office, he has the time for me. Now he’s a physician. My second to continue to volunteer for the Howard son umpired for me, now he’s a Marine.” Palmetto Baseball Softball Association His youngest son also umpired for him. coordinating the umpires for the “The young people who sign up for this younger division, boys age 12 and program are top students in their classes younger. and good athletes,” he said. Schroer’s sons played in the league and He does have some adult umpires as coordinating the umpire allows him to well. stay involved. Howard Palmetto has a fall When not umpiring kids’ games, he season and a spring season for which he keeps busy by umpiring adult games. coordinates the umpires. “I do enjoy the umpiring,” he said. “I “We train and assign mostly high do umpiring in an adult softball league school kids who have been through the over the summer.”

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LET’S TALK CARS I have always thought of the E-Class Mercedes Benz as a car my aging aunt would buy — doughty, dependable and unexciting. That idea goes out the window with the 2010 version. Mercedes engineers have turned the old E into an exciting, eye-catching piece of machinery that’s quick and responsive, and capable of running with just about anything on the highway, and the strikingly designed coupe will be high on my list for Car of the Year honors. The 2010 Mercedes E Coupe is available in two models — the V-6 powered 268 hp E350, which has a suggested retail price of $48,925; and the V-8 382 hp E550 priced at $55,525. Either version is a honey of an automobile. Packed with new safety technology, the new E-Class design has a “cubist” treatment of the trademark twin-headlight face. The two parallelogram headlights

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