PINECREST SEPTEMBER 2013
Red Light Cameras Back In Action After all the delays, Miami commissioners voted to move forward with a plan that expands their red light camera program. Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, considered to be the swing vote on the issue called it the, “Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.” She concluded, “The good that comes out of this totally outweighs the bad.”
More Networkers Suffering From Social Media Regret These days it seems like everybody is using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share their most intimate thoughts online.
Home Safe Home… From A Smartphone Whether a person is at work, running errands or on vacation, what is going on back at their home is likely always on their mind.
Water Bottles May Cause Premature Aging Almost everybody has heard that they should drink eight glasses of water every day to stay healthy. For many people that means drinking from a bottle. Now some experts say all of that drinking could cause premature aging.
The Forgotten 9th Floor: A Potential Death Sentence For The Most Critical Mentally Ill Inmates A rare look into a world of inmates with mental illness where advocates say lives are at risk. CBS4’s Michele Gillen takes us back inside the Forgotten Floor.
Lost Your Phone? Protect Your Personal Information For most people, their cell phone is more than just a phone. From passwords to bank accounts, it holds our most private and personal information. What if your phone is lost or stolen?
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What do you love most about your job? The reveal! I have a big mirror in each of my exam rooms so patients can see themselves well when I take off the dressings for the first time. I never get bored of seeing the look on their faces! What is unique about your treatment style? I treat every patient as an equal partner in achieving optimal results. How does your 305 Signature Tummy Tuck technique differ from others? I have four goals with every tummy tuck I perform: A completely flat and firm tummy, a well-defined waist, a scar that is hidden well below the bikini line and a natural appearing belly button that no one can tell has been operated on.
Daniel E. Careaga M.D. recipient of the “Top Surgeon in Florida Award” during the Winter 2013 Top Doctor Competition
What makes your plastic surgery practice distinct from others? Why did you open 305 Plastic Surgery Center? I designed and built 305 Plastic Surgery Center to be the safest and most advanced surgery center in South Florida. We have sought the highest level of certification possible for a surgery center and have done so in a luxurious and relaxing environment.
What are your most requested procedures? Living in a year-round tropical paradise keeps me busy creating bikini bodies. Breast augmentation, SmartLipo and tummy tucks are my most requested procedures. However, the sun’s long-term effects on facial aging keep the facial rejuvenation side of my practice quite busy as well.
How would your patients characterize you? I try to make each patient feel relaxed and at the same time make sure that they have realistic expectations for their results. I am very honest with them about what they should expect and what can be achieved through plastic surgery. How do you stay on the leading edge of technology? Modern plastic surgery is the fusion of art and technology. Before adding any new equipment to my center, I scrutinize it very closely to determine that it is going to be both safe and effective to my patients. As one of the first
What should patients expect during a consultation? In my initial consultation, the patient and I will discuss their concerns and goals. After examining the areas of concern, I provide the patient with the options available to treat his or her specific problems. After choosing one together, I will discuss the details of the procedure and review before and after photos so the patient knows what results to expect.
surgeons in the country to offer my patients Cellulaze®, the first and only FDA approved treatment for cellulite, I have placed the center on the cutting edge of aesthetic technology. What are the common misconceptions of plastic surgery? Extreme makeover reality shows have created numerous misconceptions in people’s minds. Performing multiple large procedures in one operation can be very risky and dangerous. As a surgeon, my patient’s safety is my primary concern. What is your favorite surgical technique? My favorite surgical technique is “Hidden Scar Surgery” in which I make incisions as small as possible and hide them in creases, hairlines or shadows. What new technologies do you have at your practice? 305 Plastic Surgery Center is the most technologically advanced center in South Florida. The laser center has capabilities for facial rejuvenation, skin resurfacing, hair removal, scar improvement, sunspots, spider veins and tattoo removal. The surgery center has SmartLipo which uses three lasers in one fiber to target fat cells under the skin while causing additional skin tightening. The newest addition to the center is Cellulaze, the first FDA approved treatment for cellulite. Similar to SmartLipo, Cellulaze® is a minimally invasive laser that in one treatment permanently removes cellulite. What trends are you seeing in patient requests? Patients are realizing the importance of filling volume with fat, especially in regards to facial rejuvenation and buttock augmentation. The benefits are improved volume and contour, no need for foreign substances and improvement in the “donor” area of fat, where I remove the fat from.
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These days it seems like everybody is using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share their most intimate thoughts online. And now almost everyone has something they wish they had never shared.
What do you want to share?
Media Regrets By Cynthia Demos
ocial media has become a sort of diary, minus the lock and key, but now many people are having regrets about things that they have posted and shared with the world. “I’m going to be a senior in college this year, so employers are definitely looking to see what they can dig up,” one woman said More than a quarter of social media users between the ages of 18 and 34 have admitted to being concerned that something they posted online could affect their jobs, according to Find Law, a legal information website. An additional 1 out of 3 users said that they regret something that they posted on a social media site, 21 percent said that they have removed posts that they feared would cost them employment, and 82 percent said that they pay attention to privacy settings. “I am definitely unsearchable on Facebook,” one user said. “So I don’t think I have any tagged pictures or anything. Privacy is a concern of mine.” Despite the best efforts of some users to cover their tracks, experts told CBS4 that simply removing something doesn’t mean that it won’t be found in cyberspace.
“The first thing someone does when they hire someone is go to their LinkedIn and Facebook,” headhunter Stephen Viscusi said. Pictures of family, pets, and fun are fine, but there are caveats and even good news can be perceived as a distraction. Viscusi advises against posting your relationship status and pop culture guru Adam Hanft agreed. “Because of employment laws you can’t say to somebody ‘are you married, how old are you, sexual orientation.’ These things can be found on social media,” he said. Experts also recommend removing any pictures that show too much skin or involve drinking alcohol, and suggested that users consider suspending their social media pages while looking for jobs.
“The first thing people do when they hire someone is go to their LinkedIn and Facebook”
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From going One out of every nine babies in the U.S. is born prematurely which could to lead to health complications including serious vision problems.
ut a team of doctors from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Holtz Children’s Hospital are helping ‘preemies’ from going blind. “We came on an emergency flight in January from Ecuador. My wife needed to deliver as an emergency with a C-section,” said Peter Julius. Twins Oliver and Derek were born early, very early, at 24 weeks with a fairly common disease their new parents had never heard of. It’s called ROP or Retinopathy of Prematurity. So how serious was it? Vessels inside the retina of the
“Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit sees over a thousand premature babies a year and approximately 90% develop some form of ROP”
eye are not fully developed. Left untreated, the retina gets detached and causes blindness. “The retina is like the film of the camera. So you need the retina in order for the brain to see the image that you are looking at,” said Dr. Nina Berrocal. Berrocal, an ophthalmologist at Bascom Palmer and part of a special ROP team at Holtz Children’s Hospital, screens premature babies for ROP. “Timely screening is essential in this disease and it’s very aggressive when you see it,” said Berrocal. “You have to treat it within 72 hours.”
“Timely screening is essential in this disease”
Blind “One of the babies (Derek) they reviewed once a week,” said Julius, “The other one (Oliver) got injected in the eye.” Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit sees over a thousand premature babies a year and approximately 90% develop some form of ROP. Oliver and Derek were discharged from the NICU after five months but they’ll be back. Follow up is important for parents to remember. “Right when the babies are getting better, the ROP starts and then I have to come in and tell parents who have survived really weeks of hell, tell them we have a glitch here, we have now a disease inside the eyes that can lead to blindness.”
“Right when the babies are getting better, the ROP starts and then I have to come in and tell parents who have survived really weeks of hell, tell them we have a glitch here, we have now a disease inside the eyes that can lead to blindness.”
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FORGO T TE N TH 9 FL OOR:
A Potential Death Sentence For The Most Critical Mentally Ill Inmates
“Human beings should not be treated like this. No blankets, no beds, no mattresses’. We sleep on the floor.” By Michele Gillen
“It’s too small, it’s too tight, it’s too overcrowded and people get worse. And it shouldn’t be that way. They are sick.” That’s how Miami-Dade Judge Steve Leifman described one of the most notorious floors of a jail in America. Insiders have long called it ‘the Forgotten Floor’. It’s home to inmates suffering from mental illness.
“Now some of the people have committed crimes, and they need to be in jail. But that isn’t what this is about. The problem is the facility is still inappropriate. The conditions are still horrific, people should not be there that are sick.” Considered one of the nation’s leading advocates for the mentally ill, Leifman never forgets the inmates of the Miami-Dade jail which sits in the shadow of the city’s glistening skyline. Three floors of the jail are now filled with men and more recently women, all suffering from mental illness and in need of treatment. They have all been arrested, some for misdemeanors, most for low level felonies. “This is about taking people who we know are going to be released, and getting them into recovery and then in a facility, where they can recover and this is not it,” said Leifman. The jail’s most controversial floor remains the 9th floor. It houses those considered most
critically ill including suicide risks. They live in their cells and are transported back and forth to court naked but for green gauze vests, called Ferguson gowns. Following seven years of requests to the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Miami Dade County, CBS4’s Chief Investigative Reporter Michele Gillen recently was granted access to return to the floor to document current conditions. As the judge described his recent visits to her, “Many days there are two to three people in that cell. It’s not a place for treatment. They are in there many hours a day. And so it’s still not conducive for treatment and I still think it’s shocking.” It was seven years ago that Leifman, outraged and alarmed over how the mentally ill were being treated and warehoused at the jail, invited Gillen and a CBS4 camera to document conditions at the jail.
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During several visits at that time, inmates suffering from mental illness told Gillen, “Human beings should not be treated like this. No blankets, no beds, no mattresses’. We sleep on the floor.” On one of her visits, the faucets in the cells were not working and inmates were drinking water from the toilets. Seven years later, Gillen asked Leifman about the fact that the jail and the ‘Forgotten Floor’ is still home to inmates with severe mental illness. “It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years. I mean when Abu Ghraib came out, there was such international outrage. It was shut down in months. But here it has gone on seven more years. The problem is the facility is still inappropriate. The conditions are still horrific. People should not be there that are sick,” Leifman recently told Gillen. Today the jail remains the largest psychiatric facility in Florida, although it is not accredited to be one. “We are still using the jail to treat the mentally ill and that is inconceivable,” said Carlos Martinez, Miami-Dade’s Chief Public Defender. “I have an employee who goes there every day and every day we go without exception it’s overcrowded, every single day,” an outraged Martinez shared. “It was not built to be a psychiatric facility. It was built as a jail (a cell) for one person. And there are two and three people in there that are very psychotic. And so it is still not an appropriate place. It still needs to be changed. It needs to be shut down. And it is more than being ashamed. We don’t treat animals this way, we should not treat people this way,” Leifmen is convinced.
Insiders remain haunted by the nightmare of what happened to William Weaver who jumped from a second tier steel shelf bed and broke his neck after hitting the toilet. He became a quadriplegic. At the time his father had wondered what would it take to finally shut ‘The Forgotten Floor’ down? “Will things ever change? I don’t think so,” he told Gillen seven years ago. Now, CBS4 news has learned that Weavers paralyzed son died 4 years later, from so-called complications from that fall from the bed. Gillen ask Martinez what was learned from what happened to Weaver. “I don’t think we have learned anything. If we did, we did nothing about it,” Martinez told Gillen. “Every day that goes by and someone is sitting on that floor, they are at risk of danger or death in what goes on in that place. I don’t know how many people have died in the seven years that it has taken to bring appropriate treatment,” asked Leifman. Now CBS 4 news has learned that MiamiDade police are investigating one more death. Joaquin Cairo was a homeless man who was arrested for allegedly throwing an object at a car. Records show that on the day of Gillen’s visit he was in a wheelchair and had reported that he had been thrown against his bed, the object of an attempted sexual assault. Court documents indicate he died days later, while still in custody, at a hospital. The CBS4 I-Team investigation into his case continues. Meanwhile, there have been some important changes since the Forgotten Floor aired. No longer are inmates with mental illness being kept there, for months at a time, as CBS4 news had discovered was the case for years.
According to Florida law, they are not allowed to remain on the 9th floor for more than 15 days. According to Martinez, “The state of Florida, as a result of your report, went ahead and put in 50 million dollars into additional beds statewide so the way the mentally ill will not be languishing like they were here on the 9th floor after they have been found incompetent to stand trial.” Other improvements pointed out to Gillen include the fact that inmates now have a plastic mattress to sleep on, instead of directly sleeping on the steel shelves. “It took 5 and a half years to get mattresses after your report.” recalled Leifman. Escorting Gillen through the halls of the 9th floor was Captain Eddie Denison, who rose through the ranks of the jail to now be in charge. “This floor is not designed for the kind of care that these folks need. So if they could be placed in an environment that is conducive to the treatment that would be a huge help for us here and for them,” shared Denison. Conditions Leifman said the public should care about. “Most of these individuals are coming out; the vast majority of these individuals are getting out. And they are coming out worse they when they went in.” And they can pose a danger to the public and themselves he said, while misspending tax dollars he believes. “We are still spending almost 60 million dollars a year to warehouse them in that condition. And they are coming out in worse shape than when they went in.” For Martinez, something’s got to change. But making that change happen? “I feel powerless,” admits the county’s chief public defender. Leaving the inmates living in those cells, he said, “absolutely lost, lost in the system. You don’t even count.”
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After nearly all the delays, Miami commissioners voted to move forward with a plan that expands their red light camera program.
ommissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, considered to be the swing vote on the issue called it the, “Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.” She concluded, “The good that comes out of this totally outweighs the bad.” July 1st a statewide law went into effect that demanded cities to create their own appeals process for red light camera violators. Mayoral hopeful Francis Suarez wanted to use the new law as an opportunity to eliminate the cameras entirely. “We have more cameras in the city of Miami than the next six cities in the state of Florida combined. And I think we have more cameras in the city than in the City of New York which is twenty more times larger than the city of Miami,” Suarez said. On the other side, the argument was the safety aspects the cameras have provided. The Miami Police Department provided statistics in support of the program. Eighty-eight percent of those ticketed do not re-offend, accidents were reduced by almost 11 percent when cameras were used, and two thirds of those ticketed do not live in Miami were just a few of the insights. Also at stake was a lot of money. The University of Miami, Jackson’s
Trauma Unit and Miami Project to Cure Paralysis had a lot of money riding on the vote. A portion of every ticket goes to their programs. Marc Buoniconti, founder of the Miami Project said the money will fund research that will save lives or perhaps help someone walk again. “It’s about saving lives. It’s about making a difference and making people safe in our community,” Buoniconti said. The program approved Thursday will allow drivers 60 days to appeal their red light ticket. If they lose their appeal the $158 dollar ticket becomes $243. For the poor, the city will have the right to waive the $85 fee or create a payment plan. When asked if the red light cameras were here to stay Suarez responded, “I hope not.”
“It’s about saving lives. It’s about making a difference and making people safe in our community”
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“They’re Here to stay and I think they should be increased and I want to look at every viable red light in district two to make it more walkable, more pedestrian friendly, and more bikeable”
Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff disagreed, “Here to stay and I think they should be increased and I want to look at every viable red light in district two to make it more walk-able, more pedestrian friendly, and more bikeable.” Sarnoff continued saying that he intends to take the cameras throughout Downtown and the Grove. “Isn’t it a self-controlled act of your own. Doesn’t that pedal work off your own brain. Doesn’t that steering wheel work with your own brain. You determine whether you go through that red light,” Sarnoff said. If you think Miami’s $243 dollar ticket appeal is steep, take a look across the road in Coral Gables. A lost appeal there will run you over $400. The changes happened pretty much immediately. Miami’s red light cameras started issuing tickets after a 25-day stoppage.
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Pinecrest Joins Green Corridor PC The Clean Energy Green Corridor program, a partnership between Pinecrest and 6 other municipalities in Miami-Dade County, provides 100-percent financing with no upfront costs for property owners to finance a variety of home and commercial property upgrades, including hurricane protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. These improvements in turn can reduce insurance and energy bills, increase property values and improve the building’s comfort and safety. The program offers fixed interest rates and is repaid through annual property assessments over periods of up to 20 years. Benefits of the Green Corridor: • Increased property values • Building protection during hurricane season • Reduced energy bills • No taxpayer funding • Putting local contractors back to work • Opportunity for city to become a leader in energy efficiency/clean energy For additional information, visit www.CleanEnergyGreenCorridor.com.
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Pinecrest People Mover Resumes with New School Year PC The Pinecrest People Mover is a free transit bus service connecting our neighborhoods and schools. It is perfect for middle and high school students who do not qualify for bus service from the school district, as well as anyone who wants to get around the Village. • Free for everyone • Northern and Southern routes • Separate schedules for middle and high schools • Multiple afternoon routes to accommodate after-school schedules • Use the Pinecrest People Mover for convenient connections to Metrobus. Simply transfer from select stops to travel beyond the Pinecrest People Mover’s route. The Pinecrest People Mover is operated by the Village of Pinecrest and is funded from proceeds of the Miami-Dade County People’s Transportation Plan. For additional information, including routes, visit www.pinecrest-fl.gov/ppm.
GARDEN CLASSES Growing Italian Herbs in Container Garden 9/11/2013 - 10:00 A.M.
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10/9/2013 Learn all the methods needed to grow your own organic vegetables, build a garden during the class and take a vegetable container garden home with you. Limit 10 people per workshop so register early by calling Pinecrest Gardens at 305.669.6990.
Pinecrest Designated "Community of Respect" PC The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) recently designated the Village of Pinecrest as a Community of Respect™. As cities become increasingly diverse, ADL’s Community of Respect™ initiative highlights the benefits of diversity, encourages inclusiveness, and empowers people to reject prejudice and discrimination. For additional information, visit http://regions.adl.org/florida/news/adlflcorpinecrest2013.html.
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9/11/2013 6:00 pM Location: Pinecrest Municipal Center/ Council Chamber 12645 Pinecrest Parkway Pinecrest, Florida 33156
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Education Advisory Council
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Pinecrest Gardens Advisory Meeting
9/24/2013 6:30 pM Location: Pinecrest Gardens/ Historical Entrance Building 11000 Red Road Pinecrest, Florida 33156
FLORIDA SOCCER EXPO State Surveying Pinecrest Canals PC The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is in the preliminary phase of evaluating the capacity, right-of-way and bank erosion of the C-100A Canal in Pinecrest for a proposed rehabilitation project. The work includes surveying which may take up to a year to complete. There will be SFWMD contractors and consultants working in the canal right-of-way and maintenance easement behind properties located adjacent to the canal.
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SEp 14 - SEp 14 2013 More than 250 exhibitors showcasing health, education, and social services, appearances by Nickelodeon characters, family-friendly activities for all. The allday festival features two exhibit halls showcasing information about afterschool programs, education, health, injury prevention, Pre-K registration, KidCare, programs for children with disabilities, and much more.
Great Savings Target & Facebook Team Up To Bring You
Target has teamed up with Facebook to introduce a new app that aims to get more shoppers back inside its stores. The Cartwheel app features savings that can only be redeemed in stores. In order to sign up for Cartwheel, shoppers have to register through their Facebook page, using either a computer or a smartphone.
om.me editor Anne Marie O’Neill reviewed the app. Her blog is one of the leading sites geared toward mothers. “I can see why Target is trying to leverage its audience on Facebook. It’s got this massive audience, and why not try to find a way to get them into stores?” O’Neill said. Before O’Neill began adding items to the app, she disabled the feature that automatically alerts your Facebook friends about the deals you’ve redeemed. “I don’t really need my friends to know that I bought hand cream at Target today: that qualifies as way too much information for something that small,” O’Neill said. Anne Marie found plenty of discounts from 5 to 20 percent off items she wanted, like toys for the kids and work-out clothes for herself. However, the app put a limit on her savings.
“I’m not sure why my Cartwheel maxes out at 10 items. Once I got 10 items [in my cart], it wouldn’t let me add any more,” O’Neill said. Still, this mom was happy with the deals she did cash in on. She found $25 workout pants for 5 percent off, a $17 sports bra for 10 percent off and an $8 Mossimo tank top for 20 percent off. She also scooped up a $16 Twister game for 10 percent off. Then, O’Neill headed for the checkout line, where the Cartwheel barcode was scanned and the results were a little more than $5 in savings. “I wouldn’t necessarily drive down here for $5.30 of savings on four items, but if I had the app on my phone, the app is free, I’m here at Target and I’m looking at these items, I’d give it a search to see if they were there and if I could get the extra discount, sure!” O’Neill conceded.
O’Neill checked back in a few weeks later and said the more she uses the app, the number of items she can purchase increases beyond 10 at a time. Target says buyers can also layer their Cartwheel savings on top of other coupons.
“Anne Marie found plenty of discounts from 5 to 20 percent off items she wanted”
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Smartphone! Whether you are at work, running errands or on vacation, what is going on back at your home is likely always on your mind. Security surveillance systems can cost thousands of dollars. But homeowners donâ€™t have to spend the big bucks â€“ all it takes is a smartphone to make a safe home.
“If you’re away on vacation for an extended period of time, someone may pick up on that fact and decide to come and pay you a visit”
ark Beach said he came home after a recent weekend away to discover that his home had been burglarized. “They took lawn equipment, they took sporting goods equipment,” said Beach. “I was just mad.” Summer in South Florida is prime burglary season. The FBI estimated that more than 2 million burglaries occur in the U.S. each year, costing homeowners an average of more than $2,000. “If you’re away on vacation for an extended period of time, someone may pick up on that fact and decide to come and pay you a visit,” said security consultant Chris McGoey. But now homeowners can monitor their house without even being there, all they need is a smartphone. “Anyone can do this now,” said CNET senior editor Bridget Carey. “Not just the rich and famous or the uber-tech savvy.” The cheapest method is a free app called “Presence.” The app lets users turn their old iPhones or iPads into home security cameras and view the live streams through their current phones, wherever they might be, for free.
“If there’s motion being detected, it can send you an alert on your phone,” said Carey . There is also an app called “iCam”, it costs five dollars. It lets users remotely monitor live video and audio feeds from their home, through a phone. The download works with both Android and iPhone devices. “It taps into the webcam that you have already on your computer, and you can do multiple cameras, too,” said Carey. And that’s not all. Another way to see inside the house through using a smartphone is a device called “Drop Cam,” which is a single camera that costs $149 and features night vision, as well as the ability to pan and zoom into the corners. If one camera is not enough, Logitech Alert offers a multi-camera setup that can detect motion, record video, and even send alerts to a phone – starting at about $300. But security experts warn that to get all the full benefits of these options, a lot of work is required on the part of the resident.
“You kind of have to put the burden on yourself to be able to monitor when there’s an alert for a motion detection going on, be able to grab your phone, and maybe call the police if you are concerned,” said Carey. Something else to keep in mind is that if there is a power failure, electronic systems might fail. And if the Internet is down, smartphone users might not be able to log on to monitor the video from these security options.
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T N E V T R E A R GE P DY. Y OU P E R E K ESON S CB
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“A worn out tire would stop at about 379 feet, which can mean the difference between life and death.”
Every day, millions of drivers unknowingly put themselves and others at risk when they get behind the wheel of a car. The problem is balding tires which is a risk you might not think about. But new technology can make sure you know when it’s time for worn tires to be changed.
Like many people,
Petya Papazova never gave the tires on her car a second thought. “The truth is I never changed the tires for four years,” she said. But that all changed when she nearly slammed into the back of a van. “There was probably about a distance of 50 uh, feet, um, and I just could not stop the car,” Papazova said. Her mechanic found her tires were so worn down, they couldn’t grip the road. “There was no rule or an indicator to tell me that they were due for a change,” she said. In actuality, all tires in the U.S. are required to have something called a “tread wear indicator,” which tells car owners when a tire needs to be replaced. But Papazova is hardly the only driver unaware of the indicator.
“About two-thirds of the people don’t even know that those are in there,” said Nick Hodel of Tire Performance Indicators. That is leading to an increase in accidents, according to experts. “We did a study that found about 13 percent of vehicles on the road had at least one bald tire,” said Dan Zielinski of the Rubber Manufacturers Association. But now, new technology is being developed to make it really clear when it is time for a change. First, there are tires made of special rubber that changes color when they are worn down. “When your tire wears out, you see this vibrant color — red or orange, or some other color,” Zielinski said. There is also a new indicator stud that will send you a signal when a tire is going bald.
“Green, you’re good. When you see yellow, it’s caution; it’s time to think about starting to replace those tires. And if you see red, you should be replacing the tires,” Hodel said. But one of the best ways to test a tire tread is with a penny. Insert the edge of the penny into the tire tread, and if the top of President Abraham Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, that means you still have an acceptable amount of tread. “A new tire will stop at 70 mph in about 190 feet,” Hodel said. “A worn out tire would stop at about 379 feet, which can mean the difference between life and death.” Mechanics recommend having your tires checked and rotated every 7,000 miles or so to help prevent the threading from wearing unevenly.
“13% of vehicles on the road had at least one bald tire”
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CANCER? Learn To Cut Carcinogens Out Of Your Grilling.
“The American Institute of Cancer Research shows using a marinade can reduce carcinogens by as much as 92 to 99 percent”
It’s the familiar sizzle that comes with warm weather. The sun is out, barbecues are in full swing. But it’s what’s hiding inside that meat you’ve cooked that can hurt your health in the long run.
Jim Felton has spent years researching how and why meats that you cook can potentially cause cancer. Felton and his team of researchers at the U.C. Davis Cancer Center looked at meat as a muscle. Whether it’s beef, pork, chicken, you name it, cooking at certain temperatures can cause a chemical reaction inside the muscle that promotes carcinogens.
“These reactions take a while to get going and they need a certain temperature over 300 to 350 degrees,” Felton said. Felton and his team tried to figure out how to prevent that internal heating from happening, and they found their answer in something many grillers already use: marinade. “The actual concept here is by coating the meat with a marinade, you’re cooling it off,” Felton said. The marinade acts as an insulator. It cooks faster on the outside, allowing the meat to heat throughout without reaching the 300-350 mark. The American Institute of Cancer Research shows using a marinade can reduce carcinogens by as much as 92 to 99 percent. But the appearance of the meat can be deceiving. When we showed two different pictures of a piece of chicken to visitors at a park, they all picked the un-marinated piece since it looked darker. But Felton says all that black is no big deal. “It’s actually the fat dripping down on your charcoal briquettes of your grill that comes back onto meat to coat it and make it black,” he said. “In the chicken we didn’t marinate that looked pale, but it
was well-done, it had more carcinogens because the marinade wasn’t protecting it.” But it’s not just marinating your meat—there are other ways to protect yourself too. Felton says you can pre-cook your meats in a microwave. Just a few minutes in a microwave will cause the meat to release a liquid, and those liquids are chemicals that are precursors to carcinogens. Or you can be a nervous cooker. Flipping your meat often has been shown to help. “Each time you turn it, it cools off and the meat doesn’t have a chance to reach internal temperatures needed for this reaction to take place,” Felton said. But even after all of his research, Felton says unless you’re eating overcooked meats at every meal, you shouldn’t shy away from grilling up your favorite foods. “These are lifetime accumulated exposures people get that give them cancer, so having a bite of the well-done meat once a month isn’t giving them cancer,” he said. “It’s the person who really likes their meat and continues to cook it at high temperatures that’s exposed to carcinogens.”
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RE AL ESTATE
and Their Impact on
y the end of 2012, the total value of the U.S. housing stock was $23.7 trillion. During the housing recession after the bubble burst in 2007, we lost roughly $7 trillion – almost a third of today’s U.S. housing stock’s value. Some metropolitan areas saw their home values drop by more than 50 percent, Las Vegas and Phoenix among them. After the housing market bottomed in the first quarter of 2012, few would have predicted we would already be talking about home values being too high or affordability being an issue. Home values have been steadily increasing and are up 5.8 percent nationally in June. Many regions on the West Coast and in the South have seen even greater increases. For example, home values in Sacramento are up 29.5 percent, in San Francisco they are up 25.5 percent, and Las Vegas has seen 29.4 percent home value appreciation from a year ago. Some of these
“While home values are still below their peak values in most markets, there are some markets in which home values are higher than historical averages when viewed relative to income levels and mortgage rates” markets, like Las Vegas, dropped so far that they have a lot of room to grow before they start looking expensive again. However, home values in the city of San Francisco are the most expensive they have ever been, surpassing their bubble peak and still appreciating. While home values are still below their peak values in most markets, there are some markets in which home values are higher than historical averages when viewed relative to
income levels and mortgage rates (especially with rising mortgage rates). Relatively stagnant incomes haven’t been as much of a problem for housing due to low mortgage rates, which afford home buyers higher purchasing power than they might otherwise have. Simply put, with low mortgage rates, home buyers can afford more home. To measure this more accurately, we turn to the price-to-income ratio.
The ratio compares the median price of homes to the median level of household income in a given area. Specifically, we used the metro-level Zillow Home Value Index, which is a measure of home values for a given metro, together with that metro’s median household income. Median household income is currently available through 2011. For years following 2011, we calculated the median household income by estimating it via the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ wage growth rates. During the housing boom, the United States’ price-to-income ratio had increased to a high of 4.0 from a historical average (measured from the first quarter of 1985 to the fourth quarter of 1999) of 2.6. After the market peaked in May 2007, home values fell and so did the price-to-income ratio. Interestingly, the ratio never returned to the historical average and in recent quarters has actually started to increase once again as home values have been appreciating at higher than historically normal rates
Calculating affordability To get a more accurate look at the relationship between purchasing power and home values, we turn to affordability. As mentioned, mortgage rates play a key role in this. With mortgage rates well below 4 percent for roughly the last two years, consumers had an incredible purchasing power boost, as home affordability was at an all-time high.
“While income levels are not expected to grow significantly beyond their normal rate in the next years, mortgage rates will continue increasing as the Federal Reserve decreases its quantitative easing efforts”
S EP TE M B E R 2013
SOLD PROPERTIES PINECREST * listings in this section are based on properties sold in the month of july 2013 and retrieved from zillow.com. not all properties sold are listed. not responsible for typographical errors and/or omissions. photographs are for illustration purposes only.
8609 SW 68th Ct, Apt 3, Pinecrest, FL 33143 sold
11720 SW 70th Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156
7301 SW 97th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156
1 Beds / 1 Bath | 574 sq. Ft. Condo - Lot | Built in: 1968 Sold: 7/25/2013 | $108,000
5 Beds / 3 Bath | 2,495 sq. ft. | 0.32 acre Lot | Built in: 1966 Sold: 7/12/2013 | $613,000
3 Beds / 2 Bath | 1,541 sq. Ft. 0.43 acre Lot | Built in: 1955 Sold: 7/12/2013 | $525,000
7350 SW 135th Ter, Pinecrest, FL 33156 sold
3 Beds / 2 Bath | 2,312 sq. ft. 0.35 acre Lot | Built in: 1961 Sold: 7/22/2013 | $621,000
10500 SW 71st Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156 sold
7780 SW 118th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156
7281 SW 110th Ter, Pinecrest, FL 33156 4 Beds / 2 Bath | 2,677 sq. ft. | 0.36 acre Lot | Built in: 1966 Sold: 7/11/2013 | $675,000
3 Beds / 3 Bath | 2,808 sq. ft. n/a sq. ft. Lot | Built in: 1960 Sold: 7/5/2013 | $625,000
3 Beds / 3 Bath | 3,096 sq. ft. 0.91 acre Lot | Built in: 1952 Sold: 7/24/2013 | $650,000
10561 SW 71st Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156 sold
3 Beds / 2 Bath | 2,913 sq. ft. 0.37 acre Lot | Built in: 1962 Sold: 7/27/2013 | $660,000
7480 SW 122nd St, Pinecrest, FL 33156
3 Beds / 3 Bath | 2,530 sq. Ft. 0.96 acre Lot | Built in: 1953 Sold: 7/31/2013 | $690,000
7360 SW 108th Ter, Pinecrest, FL 33156
7735 SW 115th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156 5 Beds / 3 Bath | 3,892 sq. ft. | 0.91 acre Lot | Built in: 1973 Sold: 7/5/2013 | $891,500 sold
5 Beds / 3 Bath | 4,234 sq. Ft. 0.37 acre Lot | Built in: 1968 Sold: 7/31/2013 | $745,000
13355 SW 58th Ct, Pinecrest, FL 33156
9400 SW 68th Ct, Pinecrest, FL 33156
3 Beds / 2 Bath | 2,624 sq. ft. | n/a sq.ft Lot | Built in: 1974 Sold: 7/11/2013 | $785,000
5 Beds / 5 Bath | 3,797 sq. ft. | 0.58 acre Lot | Built in: 1998 Sold: 7/2/2013 | $1,308,000
5825 SW 107th St, Pinecrest, FL 33143 sold
10915 SW 62nd Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33143
6703 SW 130th Ter, Pinecrest, FL 33156
1 Beds / 1 Bath | 3,045 sq. Ft. 0.87 acre Lot | Built in: 1956 Sold: 7/3/2013 | $880,000
3 Beds / 3 Bath | 3,830 sq. ft. | 0.78 acre Lot | Built in: 1962 Sold: 7/9/2013 | $835,000
4 Beds / 3 Bath | 2,700 sq. Ft. 0.84 acre Lot | Built in: 1954 Sold: 7/26/2013 | $895,000
6350 SW 133rd Dr, Pinecrest, FL 33156 sold
5 Beds / 4.5 Bath | 4,459 sq. ft. 0.53 acre Lot | Built in: 1974 Sold: 7/3/2013 | $1,200,000
6881 SW 133rd Ter, Pinecrest, FL 33156 sold
12900 SW 61st Ave, Pinecrest, FL 33156
11404 Four Fillies Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156 4 Beds / 5 Bath | 3,276 sq. ft. | 9,705 sq. ft. Lot | Built in: 2007 Sold: 7/12/2013 | $990,000
5 Beds / 4.5 Bath | 4,710 sq. ft. 0.93 acre Lot | Built in: 1971 Sold: 7/19/2013 | $1,475,000
6 Beds / 8.5 Bath | 6,616 sq. ft. 0.95 acre Lot | Built in: 1986 Sold: 7/11/2013 | $1,635,000
7365 SW 105th Ter, Pinecrest, FL 33156 sold
7 Beds / 7 Bath | 5,943 sq. ft. 0.32 acre Lot | Built in: 2008 Sold: 7/11/2013 | $1,735,000
12975 Old Cutler Rd, Pinecrest, FL 33156
6 Beds / 7.5 Bath | 6,928 sq. Ft. 0.78 acre Lot | Built in: 2004 Sold: 7/2/2013 | $2,200,000
6190 SW 114th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156
11980 SW 67th Ct, Pinecrest, FL 33156 5 Beds / 4.5 Bath | 5,323 sq. ft. | n/a sq. ft. Lot | Built in: 1968 Sold: 7/2/2013 | $1,075,000 sold
7 Beds / 8.5 Bath | 8,642 sq. Ft. 1.08 acre Lot | Built in: 2002 Sold: 7/29/2013 | $3,175,000
S EP TE M B E R 2013
42 Lagorce Cir, Miami Beach, FL 33141
605 Ocean Blvd, Golden Beach, FL 33160
43 Star Island Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
11 Beds / 15.5 Bath | 16,977 sq. ft. 1.63 acre Lot | Built in: 1998 Sold: 6/25/2013 | $30,000,000
5 Beds / 7.5 Bath | 14,079 sq. ft. 0.63 acre Lot | Built in: 2007 Sold: 7/16/2013 | $17,250,000
12 Beds / 11.5 Bath | 11,104 sq. ft. 1.11 acre Lot | Built in: 1923 Sold: 6/12/2013 | $16,500,000
2555 Lake Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
2817 Lake Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
800 S Pointe Dr, Apt 2104, Miami Beach, FL 33139
7 Beds / 9.5 Bath | 9,146 sq. ft. 0.81 acre Lot | Built in: 1941 Sold: 7/2/2013 | $15,450,000
6 Beds / 9 Bath | 10,296 sq. ft. 1.04 acre Lot | Built in: 1939 Sold: 7/12/2013 | $14,750,000
3 Beds / 4.5 Bath | 4,154 sq. ft. Condo - Lot | Built in: 2007 Sold: 7/1/2013 | $12,400,000
660 Arvida Pkwy, Miami, FL 33156
432 S Hibiscus Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
9345 Balada St, Coral Gables, FL 33156
5 Beds / 6.5 Bath | 6,512 sq. ft. 1.09 acre Lot | Built in: 1971 Sold: 7/24/2013 | $9,800,000
5 Beds / 6 Bath | 7,267 sq. ft. 0.42 acre Lot | Built in: 2001 Sold: 7/11/2013 | $8,000,000
7 Beds / 7 Bath | 8,501 sq. ft. n/a sq. ft. Lot | Built in: 2006 Sold: 6/24/2013 | $6,700,000
19951 NE 39th Pl, Aventura, FL 33180
498 N Parkway, Golden Beach, FL 33160
5396 N Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140
6 Beds / 7 Bath | 8,676 sq. ft. 0.38 acre Lot | Built in: 1999 Sold: 6/27/2013 | $6,250,000
9 Beds / 9.5 Bath | 9,283 sq. ft. 0.44 acre Lot | Built in: 2002 Sold: 7/1/2013 | $6,250,000
5 Beds / 5 Bath | 6,977 sq. ft. 0.29 acre Lot | Built in: 1934 Sold: 6/13/2013 | $5,900,000
2201 Sunset Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140
9175 Arvida Dr, Coral Gables, FL 33156
1421 N Venetian Way, Miami Beach, FL 33139
5 Beds / 5.5 Bath | 6,400 sq. ft. 0.53 acre Lot | Built in: 1937 Sold: 7/12/2013 | $5,100,000
6 Beds / 4.5 Bath | 6,129 sq. ft. 1.01 acre Lot | Built in: 1967 Sold: 6/28/2013 | $4,450,000
5 Beds / 4.5 Bath | 4,103 sq. ft. 0.31 acre Lot | Built in: 1938 Sold: 7/22/2013 | $4,100,000
495 Ocean Blvd, Golden Beach, FL 33160
781 Crandon Blvd, PH 1, Key Biscayne, FL 33149
12301 Moss Ranch Rd, Miami, FL 33156
4 Beds / 4.5 Bath | 2,907 sq. ft. 0.31 acre Lot | Built in: 1952 Sold: 7/8/2013 | $3,950,000
3 Beds / 3.5 Bath | 3,000 sq. ft. Condo - Lot | Built in: 1999 Sold: 6/12/2013 | $3,880,000
6 Beds / 8 Bath | 10,000 sq. ft. 0.9 acre Lot | Built in: 2013 Sold: 7/5/2013 | $3,750,000
Article By Zillow.com
To calculate an affordability index, we first calculate the mortgage payment for the median house price in a metropolitan area by using the metro-level Zillow Home Value Index for a given quarter and the 30-year fixed mortgage rate during that time period, which is provided by the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey (based on a 20 percent down payment). Then we consider what portion of the monthly median household income goes toward this monthly mortgage payment. This is our affordability measure. In the nation as a whole, for example, this share ranges from 13 to 27 percent, meaning at its lowest and most affordable point – the current 2013 Q1 observation – the mortgage payment for a median house in the U.S. makes up 13 percent of the monthly median household income. In the second quarter of 2006 – at the height of the housing bubble – a monthly mortgage payment made up 24 percent of median household income. Individual metros such as Miami or San Jose have a much wider spread between the lowest and highest values. Low mortgage rates have allowed home shoppers to afford more home for their buck. This greater affordability has in turn also helped to increase home values.
Rising rates could affect home values While income levels are not expected to grow significantly beyond their
while incomes catch up, or – the more likely scenario – home values will decrease. This will especially be the case in those markets that have seen strong home value appreciation.
normal rate in the next years, mortgage rates will continue increasing as the Federal Reserve decreases its quantitative easing efforts. Currently mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed are close to 4.5 percent. With increasing mortgage rates, buying power decreases and affordability levels will move closer to their historical averages. In turn, the price-to-income relationship will once again be too high as home values are no longer sustained by demand fueled by low mortgage rates. Home values will have to either remain stagnant,
Consider a market like San Francisco, where homeowners have historically spent 38 percent of their monthly income on a mortgage. In the first quarter of this year they spent 32 percent, however if home values continue to increase over the next year (we assume the rate specified by our 2013 Q1 Zillow Home Value Forecast) and mortgage rates increase to 5 percent, home buyers in San Francisco will spend 42 percent of their monthly income on housing by the end of the first quarter 2014. If rates go to 6 percent, they will spend 47 percent of their monthly income on housing. Across all markets, at mortgage rates of 5 percent, 30 metros covered in our analysis of 250 metros and the United States as a whole will be less affordable than they have been historically. At 6 percent, 67 metros will be less affordable than they had been. Finally, at 7 percent 143 of the 250 metros will be less affordable. We continue to believe that current home value appreciation is not sustainable in many markets because it is driven by inventory shortages and, more importantly, still low mortgage rates. In the future, we expect that these markets will experience stagnant or depreciating home values and a price-to-income ratio that is more in line with its historical average.
Pros & Cons Of
Long-Term Should you take on a longer term loan in order to lower your monthly payments? Even as the economy improves, there are plenty of people who are struggling to make ends meet. For them, buying a new car means taking on a longer term loan in order to lower their monthly payments. A $350 a month car payment can be enticing for many people, but it also could be very risky. “The longer you extend your term, the longer it’s going to take you to get out of a negative-equity position,” said Gutierrez. “So those that take a longer term find themselves at greater risk of being under water for a longer period of time.” And that doesn’t take into account what could happen over all those years. A car accident or a blown engine can devalue the car, putting consumers with long-term loans into a bigger financial bind. That said, more and more people are sticking with the same set of wheels further down the road. “The trend in the last 10 years is people have kept their cars longer. The cars have been built better,” said Steve Foresta, general manager at O’Hare Auto Group.
his is the case for Veronica Viveros, who is shopping for a new car but will soon have new demands on her monthly budget. “I am expecting and we do have a lot of bills and finances. So, I’m looking at about $300 to about $350 a month. That would help out so much,” said Viveros. If she’s in the market for a $23,000 car loan, and wants to keep her payments to $350 a month, she will have to look at a 72-month loan. That means her new baby will be 6 years old and going into first grade by the time she pays that car off. “The consumer that’s opting for a $25,000 new car loan can save around $200 per month by opting for a 72-month loan as opposed to a 48-month loan,” said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book.
And experts point out not all long-term loans are bad. “A general rule of thumb is that consumers should try and keep their monthly payments within 20 percent of their gross income,” said Gutierrez. “So, if that means you have to opt for a five- or six-year loan as opposed to three- or four-year loan that generally makes sense.” But most experts do not recommend 96-month loans, which are also now available. Whatever you decide to do, figure out what you can comfortably afford to pay for a new car before you go to the dealer. Remember, a longer loan means you’ll be paying more in interest over the life of the loan. And loans that go 72 months and beyond will have higher interest rates, too. So shop around over the Internet before you hit the car dealer.
“The longer you extend your term, the longer it’s going to take you to get out of a negative-equity position”
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South Florida and weddings go hand in hand. With our beautiful weather, many brides and grooms choose to tie the knot outdoors while others enjoy the luxury of an indoor site. But whether indoor or out, South Florida has some terrific wedding venues for every style.
The Zen House
Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 662-4742 - www.bestmiamiweddings.com
Coral Gables, FL 33134 (305) 460-5306 coralgablesvenetianpool.com
Available exclusively to clients of Fetes & Events, The Zen House is a beautiful, one-acre mansion situated in the heart of South Miami. It features an eclectic mix of contemporary architecture fused with Zen design making it a prime location for brides of South Florida. It has a gorgeous aquamarine pools that creates a romantic presence. Events of up to 125 guests can be accommodated in this lush and elegant natural setting.
The worldâ€™s most beautiful swimming hole is also a gorgeous setting for a South Florida wedding. Transformed from a coral rock quarry in 1923, Venetian Pool is 820,000 gallons and features coral cave and grottos, and two waterfalls. The historic treasure also includes a palm-fringed island, beach, and a cobblestone bridge.
Fastrack Charters (305) 223-3488 - www.koubekmansion.com Dream weddings do come true in South Florida where water loving brides and grooms can charter a yacht to a private island or beach for a romantic and intimate wedding ceremony. Miami Yacht Charters customizes wedding cruises with options and vessels that serve Miami, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Fisher Island, Coconut Grove, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm and the Palm Beaches.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens Miami, FL 33129 (305) 250-9133 - www.vizcayamuseum.org This public museum and national landmark can be rented out for your wedding during the daytime or the evening. It’s lush gardens, courtyards and terraces provide a beautiful and unique location for a truly unforgettable ceremony. Daytime garden ceremonies are available but they cannot be private because Vizcaya is a public museum. However, during evening hours, guests do have private access to the gardens, courtyards and terraces.
Koubek Mansion and Gardens
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Miami, FL 33135 (305) 284-6001 - www.koubekmansion.com
Coral Gables, FL 33156 - (305) 667-1651 - www.fairchildgarden.org
Located in the heart of Miami in Little Havana near the famed Calle Ocho (Eighth Street), the University of Miami’s Koubek Mansion and Gardens is a historic site, which has been home to numerous weddings and cultural events. The mansion’s old world charm and architectural details makes it a beautiful location for a Miami wedding.
Internationally renowned for its collection of palms, cycads and other tropical plants, the lush landscape and beautiful natural setting of the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden makes a perfect location for a wedding. Coral rock staircases, garden waterfalls and beautiful architecture all add to the ambience. Fairchild offers an economical daytime only ceremony which take place in the Overlook area. It also offers an evening ceremony on the grounds followed by a reception. The Garden House seats 250 guests in air conditioning and the loggia and lawn areas can be used for cocktails. The Visitor Center Ballroom seats 150 guests. Trams are available to transport guests from their arrival to the ceremony.
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Water Bottles May Cause
Premature Aging Almost everybody has heard that they should drink eight glasses of water every day to stay healthy. For many people that means drinking from a bottle. Now some experts say all of that drinking could cause premature aging.
usanne Rennie drinks plenty of water but never listened to her mother’s warnings. “She used to say all the time, ‘Stop drinking out of that bottle. You’re going to have lines around your mouth.’ Well, here I am,” she said. Rennie recently paid a visit to cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Mitchell Chasin to ease some of those water bottle lines. “We tell our patients keep on drinking; it’s great for your body; it’s great for your health; it’s great for your skin. Unfortunately, over time it either causes these lines or it aggravates them,” Dr. Chasin explained. Rennie said the lines became visible every time she drank from a water bottle.
“Some patients have decided to undergo cosmetic procedures to reverse the effects of drinking from sports bottles” “The repetitive motions of things that we do in everyday life, drinking from water bottles, will form these deep wrinkles in our lips,” said Chasin. Some patients have decided to undergo cosmetic procedures to reverse the effects of drinking from sports bottles. “I love it. I love it. It’s such a difference,” Joyce Neubeck said. Procedures to correct the damage are painless and include Botox and laser technology but experts said that the simplest solution is to avoid bottles. “Or even that old thing we used to drink out of. I think it’s called a cup, that’s really the best thing for our lips,” Dr. Chasin said.
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Protect Your Personal Information For most people, their cell phone is more than just a phone. From passwords to bank accounts, it holds our most private and personal information. What if your phone is lost or stolen?
a growing problem you may not even realize, until it’s
too late. Blame the features on your cell phone – features like speed dial. “How many times do you take out your phone and use the dial, the key pad, almost never, you go to your contact list, you hit a name, that’s it?” said technology expert Lance Ulanoff with mashable.com. The lack of knowledge is turning into trouble for more and more people. If a phone is lost or stolen there’s a bigger worry than a lost phone and numbers. There’s also personal information from bank accounts to passwords that are being stored in today’s phones. “Phones are kind of the wallet of
the 21st century, they have all that important information,” Ulanoff added. You can protect yourself. Experts say just like you do with a laptop, back-up data on your cell phone. The cost is minimal and there are many options. You may also want to download an app that can help track your phone should it go missing. “And as always, we tell people put a pin code on your phone, so if someone else does find it, they can’t access all your important information,” said Ulanoff. Perhaps your best line of defense is an old fashioned address book. “Maybe a little black book with 10 key phone numbers is not a bad idea,” added Ulanoff.
“Phones are kind of the wallet of the 21st century, they have all that important information”
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Thousands Of Violators Are Getting Their Trip On The Tracks For Free Is There Anything Being Done About It? By Vanessa Borge
“Fifty dollars is a pretty steep price to pay to ride a train. I think people will want to avoid that by properly purchasing a ticket”
he sounds of South Florida’s Tri-Rail includes clicking wheels, churning engines and blaring horns. But getting lost in all that noise is the money that apparently isn’t collected each day from riders who don’t purchase a ticket. Thousands of violators each year are getting their trip on the tracks for free and it does have an effect on everyone else. Tri-Rail officials estimate 40,000 people rode the Tri-Rail tracks without paying a dime in 2012. During a recent ride, a producer and photographer from our sister station WPEC CBS12 in West Palm Beach hopped on the Tri-Rail during a normal afternoon to see which one would have their ticket checked and which one wouldn’t. During the two hour train ride, neither had their tickets checked. A passenger named Rick doesn’t believe in free rides on the rails. He’s a regular rider with a pass that allows him to get on and off when he needs to. Rick said he sees other people get a lift on the train without paying and he said those free riders need to be checked by the guards who walk the aisles but that the checking process is sporadic at best.
Tired of waiting for her ticket to be checked, the WPEC producer approached a guard asked him if they check tickets or not. “It’s random,” he replied and then directed additional questions to Tri-Rail officials. Steven Abrams, who is the Mayor of Palm Beach County, said plans are in the works to make improvements. “We are in fact redoubling our efforts to check passengers,” said Abrams. Abrams confirmed 30,000 warnings were given out in 2012 to Tri-Rail passengers who did not have a ticket to ride, so that means tax payers are footing the bill so others can ride free. “We don’t want to have people riding the system for free and we try and prevent that,” explained Abrams. Abrams added that roughly 520 citations were handed out to riders sneaking on-board last year. At $50.00 a pop, Abrams hopes that sets the tone for any other travelers looking to cruise without putting up the cash.
“Fifty dollars is a pretty steep price to pay to ride a train. I think people will want to avoid that by properly purchasing a ticket,” he said. Tri-Rail officials said many of the violators that they have come across are people who rarely use the public transportation system. They say on average, regular riders do have their ticket or have their pass ready before hopping on board.
“We don’t want to have people riding the system for free”
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