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August 24 - 30, 2011

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center hosts ‘Sizzling 2011 Season Preview’ BY BARI AUERBACH

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he Aventura Arts & Cultural Center recently rolled out the red carpet for hundreds of Aventura Marketing Council members invited to a “Sizzling 2011 Season Preview” event, featuring a rave review breakfast served courtesy of The Fresh Diet, Café Aventura, Mo’s Bagels & Deli, The Grill on the Alley and Winn Dixie’s Kosher bakery. Sensational performers from last year’s AT&T Young Stars Showcase also played a starring role including vocalist Cameron Wheeler and pianist/vocalist Samuel Alexander. AMC Chair Cliff Schulman of Weiss, Serota, Helfman along with leaders from the AACC and the Broward Center for the Performing Arts welcomed guests to the magnificent venue, as the curtain went up on one of the summer’s greatest AMC networking events. Taking center stage, Aventura Vice Mayor Zev Auerbach and Broward Center –––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Sonia Green, VP Sales & Marketing, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Steve Clark, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center; Shelly Bradshaw and Jaye Abbate, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

AMC Chair, Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman with 2010 Young Stars Showcase talent (L – R) Samuel Alexander and Cameron Wheeler

• • • • • • • • • • • Dan Palmer, Aventura News presents sponsor plaque to Aventura Vice Mayor Zev Auerbach (Photography by Andrew Goldstein)


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Wandering & Pondering Changes Bob is 49 years old and his thinking this. Elsie has to be kidding, after all they seems a bit old fashioned. Been married to do go out occasionally and their sex life has Elsie for over 25 years. Couple of kids that been good. Well, maybe not so much the are now in their 20s and gone out on their last few years when he’s been pretty busy. own. He’s very involved in his Yet, he has given her a good home community and considers himself in his estimation and what else in a solid marriage. True he’s had does she want? Got to be a man a few side affairs but never a stay somewhere in this mix. Has to be. over. Always got home before What other reason could she daybreak and equates that with have? being a faithful husband. Met with Bob for lunch the Got the shock of his life the other day. He moaned and DAN PALMER other day. groaned about this situation with Elsie told him that she wants a divorce. Elsie. Trying to be nice and helpful I menRight now. The reason? Nothing to do with tioned that if nothing else, at least he and his occasional meanderings. She just feels Elsie could be friends after all this is over? that it’s time she really found herself. “Friends?” exclaimed Bob, “What’s friendWants to find herself? What? Find anoth- ship got to do with it? Friends are friends, er man? “No,” Elsie says. Now that the wives are wives” children are grown and on their own, the Elsie is still going ahead with the thought of spending the rest of her life with divorce. And Bob still can’t understand Tom alone is too much for her to contem- why? plate. Tom doesn’t know how to deal with Sound familiar to you?

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Around Town in Aventura Basketball, basketball and more basketball! Dennis Rodman inducted into NBA Hall of Fame Local basketball character, Dennis Rodman , was inducted into the National Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA., birthplace of basketball. Said Rodman, “I’m very honored to have been inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame, joining so many basketball legends who have made such an impact on the sports world.”

The Rodman family (L to r) Teyana; DJ; Dennis; Trinity; and Michelle being interviewed

Dennis Rodman accepts award from NBA Comm. David Stern

Proud recipient Dennis Rodman

Hall of Fame rehearsal (L to r) George Triantafillo, Dennis Rodman, Floyd Raglin, Forrest King

Warren Henry Auto Group sponsors ALL-STAR Basketball Camp at Michael-Ann Russell JCC

Dennis Rodman and friends with CEO Gary Bomzer, and Sports Director Chris Moltmann from the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, host site NBA Alumni Kenny Anderson with Keyon Dooling, Former HEAT player, now with Milwaukee Bucks

This past week, basketball took ‘center court’ as local basketball celebrities helped kids learn sportsmanship and basketball skills during the ALL-STAR Basketball Camp held at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC, with sponsor Warren Henry Auto Group leading the way. “It’s been my pleasure to sponsor this wonderful camp for the past two years for kids who have aspirations to play basketball... they learn so much more than just basketball skills… they learn how to be better citizens,” said Warren Henry Zinn. “We would like to thank Chris Moltmann, Gary Bomzer, the JCC staff, Warren Henry Zinn, Dennis Rodman, Kenny Anderson and all the NBA players and staff for making the ALL-STAR Basketball Camp a success,” said Jon Hirsch and Flyod Raglin. Kenny Anderson, Warren Henry Zinn and Jason Gilliam Dennis Rodman encouraged and motivated future basketball stars Keyon Dooling speaks to youngsters of ALL-STAR Basketball Camp

Kenny Anderson and Warren Henry Zinn, Warren Henry Auto Group surrounded by eager campers


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Courage in your Core

Patricia C. Frank FRANKLY SPEAKING The original notion of the word courage means, “To stand by one’s core.” The core is the central part of something or someone. Your core is your essence. It is your fundamental nature. It contains the seeds of your being and the seeds of your greatness. It is the most important part of you. It is at the heart of everything. Courage is an innate characteristic. Everyone possesses it to some degree. It is the ability to disregard fear. Fear that is caused by the perception of danger. It is the ability to overcome the distress, trepidation and panic caused by the expectation that some horrific, atrocious and terrible event may occur. There are two aspects to courage. One aspect is the well-known and awe- inspiring heroic courage. This showcases the brave and valiant individuals who rise to the occasion without hesitation. Heroic

courage is an instinct and an automatic reaction and response. It is bold, intrepid and dauntless. It is something you have in your core. Often you are not aware of it until after you use it and act on it. The other aspect is the everyday courage that is part of your everyday life. If you want to decrease your anxiety and you want to increase your courage you can repeat a phrase similar to this one at least twice a day. “I face all of my situations and problems with great courage and solve them easily.” You can also create a mental image of a situation and then visualize yourself acting in a brave manner. Rehearse it in your mind. Establish a new pattern in your daily routine and face any issues first thing in the morning. Push yourself to be more daring. Show some spunk and a bit of moxie no matter how daunting the situation. Act without fear. Believe you are brave. You can prevail. You can be a gallant individual. It is already in your core just waiting to be activated. Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305-788-4864, 212-308-0309.

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AACC hosts ‘Sizzling 2011 Season Preview’ Singing sensation Cameron Wheeler

Sizzling pianist /singer Samuel Alexander Steve Goitta, IT Doctors; Angelique Santana and Tamara Ullmann, The Fresh Diet

Jason Katz, Circle of Lifesaving and Jeff Martin, The Grill on the Alley ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

SIZZLING, from page 1 –––– –––––––––––––––––––––––– VP of Sales and Marketing Sonia Green shared great news about the success of the AACC. “On behalf of the City and Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, I’m happy to welcome and thank the AACC and the AMC for helping to showcase this wonderful venue for performing arts and culture,” Auerbach said. “The inaugural 2010 season was very successful, achieving anticipated revenues while keeping expenses under-budget.” Green emphasized, “‘Kudos’ to Aventura’s forward-thinking city manager

AMC Chair, Cliff Schulman, Weiss Serota Helfman; Lauren Schulman, AIPAC; Paul Kruss, Mo’s Bagels & Deli –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

and city commission for having the vision to create the AACC as a catalyst for growth; and forging a partnership with the Broward C e n t e r, d e l i v e r i n g 7 2 t i t l e s , 1 7 0 p e r f o r mances and attracting 30,000 people their first year. “This Center has also proven to be a great place for advancing business goals. Consider treating your team to a night at the theater as an incentive; renting space for events, showcasing your company by sponsoring a program - or holding a fundraiser. There are many ways to meet your business objectives, charitable

Michael Erber, Café Aventura and Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

contribution goals and most importantly, enrich lives.” During the next exciting act, AMC members were treated to a sneak preview of the 2011/2012 season – promising “something for everyone,” including a Melodies and Memories music series; Orchestra Miami’s 5th anniversary celebration; Cups: A Play by Joni Sheram; big name vocalists and comedians; international cinema; Smart Stage matinees; and award-winning family fare. One of the most anticipated events will be the 2nd annual Young Stars

(PHOTOS BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN)

Showcase on Dec. 4, uniting talented youngsters with top-caliber entertainment industry professionals and business leaders. Before the last curtain call, everyone applauded when lucky attorney Howard Adler won a one-month all access pass to Equinox Fitness Club; and standing ovations were inspired by Young Stars Showcase sensations Samuel Alexander and Cameron Wheeler - sure to share stardom and smash-hit success with the AACC.

For event and ticket information, call 877-311-7469 or visit aventuracenter.org


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‘Back to School Boot Camp’

Bari Auerbach LIFE IN THE CITY August 22…a day that will live in infamy as kids went back to school - still recovering from sunburns, mosquito bites and brain cell vegetation. Ready or not it’s time to bravely face those flashing school zone lights as moms launch operation boot camp to “Move! Move! Move!” kids up and out of bed bright and early – even though it’s still dark outside. By this time, most strategic back to school plans have already been meticulously mapped out. Given the complex nature of busy lifestyles, it’s not uncommon to find war boards posted on living room walls more regimented than the tightest military timetables. After the morning scramble and triumphant victory of avoiding the need for a late pass comes the quiet before the after school storm for the city’s parental brigade.

Some will head straight for the gym to get strong enough to haul and load all the paraphernalia needed for the kids’ extracurricular sports activities into already jammedpacked trunks. Others will opt to go into the office, where the stress of impending deadlines pales in comparison to the prospect of hearing, “Can you help me with my geometry homework?” One of the most popular detours is Starbucks - but sometimes, even massive infusions of caffeine aren’t enough to prevent exhausted parents from falling asleep behind the wheel while waiting in those long, winding school pickup lines. When the school day ends, it’s time to put “war board” strategies into action as soccer league and karate kick back in; dance classes start spinning; and too expensive tutoring sessions resume along with heated battles over who wants what for dinner. And so, we salute all families currently immersed in back to school boot camp. The good news is teacher conferences and science fair projects are still far off; and there’s only about 330 days ‘til next summer!

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August 24 - 30, 2011

AACC hosts ‘Sizzling 2011 Season Preview’

Javier Fernandez, Insurance Ofc. of America; Ben Launerts, Parksman Parking

Steve Clark and Jeff Kiltie, AACC; flank Shelly Bradshaw, Broward Center for the Performing Arts

General membership plaques to Scott Portugal, Scott Portugal Designs; Brooke Wise, Wise Matchmaking; Eran Danino, Nutriway

Dr. Tee Holloway, AT&T; FL. Rep. Richard Steinberg; Comm. Sally Heyman; Vice Mayor Zev Auerbach presenting general membership plaques to Richelle Doliner, GBS The Beauty Store; Durlan Burgnes, Kai-Zen Cost Consulting; Inna Mladenovic, The Keyes Company

Chairman’s Roundtable plaque to Glaucia Hartman, TAM Airlines / GH International Consultants Chairman’s Roundtable plaque to Bryan Mills, DCI- Direct Consumer Information

Andrew Waxman, Mercantil Commercebank; Lynda Peeler and Dan Palmer, Aventura News

North Miami Beach Councilwoman Phyllis Smith; Sonia Siesholtz, MOCA; Nancy Doyle, Broadway Across America

Scott Portugal, Scott Portugal Designs; Edward Weil, Metlife; Tom Oliveri, Northern Trust Jeff Levinson, Sabadell United Bank; Aventura Comm. Michael Stern; Aventura Vice Mayor Zev Auerbach; Aventura Comm. Teri Holzberg; Miami-Dade Comm. Sally Heyman; Aventura Police Capt. Steve Seefchak presenting Sgt. Marc Frieder with the Ofc. of the month award

New Board Member Rony Joseph, Platinum Group Security

ALL PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW GOLDSTEIN


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Reap What you Sow Shari Lynn Rothstein-Kramer EAT THIS... DRINK THAT

From the time I as a little girl, I was always fascinated with things that grow that you can eat. Think about it – you plant a seed, you water it, it grows, flowers, and then you pick it and eat it. Sounds so elementary, but oh my god! It’s so awesome. And with that said, I have started gardening. Yes, I live on the 10th floor of a high-rise in Aventura, but where there’s a will there is a way. I took small pots and began growing herbs. I purchased baby basil – Italian and Opal, rosemary, chives, parsley, mint, and catnip for my two favorite felines. I was thinking, “Well, I’ve never been able to grow anything before, but let’s give it a shot.” Fast forward one month – my herbs are growing like wildfire! I had to get bigger pots and more soil, and the best of all – I had homegrown herbs to cook with! I was

so excited about the progress that I bought more. I added curly and Thai basil, a fig tree, blackberry and raspberry bushes. Again – more success. Everything continued to grow and I found my 10th floor terrace turning into a beautiful, edible jungle. The one thing I want to grow more than anything is tomatoes. They are my favorite fruit – I eat them every day, and with everything I can. I spoke to the owner off the nursery, the man who started me on this wonderful adventure and he said that it was a bit early to grow tomatoes, however, if kept out of the sun, it would be possible to make it work. I couldn’t resist. I bought four regular tomato plants – and one heirloom. Again, I brought teem home, planted them, and after one week, I could see the difference. They were noticeably bigger. You can only imagine my excitement as I replanted them into 5-gallon pots. In my world, there is nothing more exciting than being able to eat something you grow. And this is like heaven. Not only can you smell the beauty and freshness with just a tousle of the plant, but after picking basil leaves and adding them to sauces, fish, salads, meat and the like – there is no better flavor.

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THE VAULT, a groundbreaking special offers program, rewards fans, supports local businesses and gives back to the community The BankAtlantic Center (BAC), through its parent company, Sunrise Sports & Entertainment (SSE) in conjunction with Direct Consumer Information (DCI), will launch THE VAULT, an innovative daily deal program linking the BankAtlantic Center directly with its loyal fans, businesses and philanthropic communities of South Florida. THE VAULT is the largest regional program in the US offering South Florida businesses the opportunity to educate existing consumers as well as new clients about their products and services in a daily deal format, reaching over 800,000 shoppers. Equinox Fitness, GameTime, Revolution Live, America’s Backyard, Yes Pasta, Green Room, and Grazie Italian Restaurant are some of the first brands to join and create these one-ofa-kind offers. “While daily deal sites are a growing trend for consumers and retailers, the point of differentiation for THE VAULT is its local South Florida footprint and its targeted database of more than 800,000 potential customers,” said SSE president & COO Michael R. Yormark. “In addition, it’s another unprecedented move for SSE to partner with an organization like DCI and create this trendsetting enterprise.” Offering incredible concessions, the creators of THE VAULT have formed the DCI CaresFoundation to allow them to donate a portion of each and every sale to the com-

effort to help prevent childhood sexual abuse by supporting Lauren’s Kids foundation. They have created an unbelievable special experience including a limousine ride, by Aventura WorldWide Transportation Services, and dinner with Alonzo & Tracy Mourning at the newly opened Mister Collins restaurant at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa. Just for being a loyal fan of THE VAULT, you are automatically entered into the special experience monthly giveaway.

For more information, call Michael Leitman at 954-554-0291 or visit vaultoffers.com

munity’s most worthwhile charities. Everyone in THE VAULT’s extensive database during the month will have a chance to win that month’s special experience. For the 1st month, THE VAULT has teamed up with Miami HEAT basketball legend, Alonzo Mourning, in his


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Jeep Wrangler lineup adds new Mojave SE model Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS Look out, Jeep fans, here comes another special-edition Wrangler for you to lust after — the new 2011 Mojave Special Edition. It’s the fourth Wrangler SE model Jeep has introduced in the past two years. This new Jeep is named for the rugged western desert Mojave Trail and has a unique desert theme inside and out, along with an aggressive wheel and tire package that lets it tackle the toughest terrain. It’s available in Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models and began arriving in Jeep showrooms earlier this summer. Based on the Wrangler Sport model, the Mojave’s desert theme conveys off-road fun. Exterior features include a body-color hardtop and fender flares, Mojave and lizard decals on the hood and rear, and the Sahara model’s side steps. Mojave has the Wrangler Rubicon tire-and-wheel package, with mineral gray 17-inch wheels with 32-inch tires. A black fuel-filler door and taillight guards fin-

ish off the exterior decor. Inside, Mojave’s seats are dark saddle leather with a lizard logo embossed on the front seats. Unique driftwood surrounds the vents, front-passenger grab handle, steeringwheel spokes and door-handle inserts. Mopar tread pattern slush mats and overhead grab handles complete the Mojave package. It’s available in Sahara Tan, Bright White and Black. The Wrangler is offered in three models — Sport, Sahara and Rubicon — all with solid axles, removable doors, exposed hinges, a fold-down windshield plus removable and convertible tops. Both Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited have room for five adults, and the Wrangler Unlimited claims to be the only four-door convertible on the market today. All Jeep Wrangler models are powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine producing 202 hp and 237 pounds-feet of torque, mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an available four-speed automatic transmission. Jeep continues to refine the Wrangler formula by combining capability with an all-new interior that has rich styling, upgraded touch surfaces, comfort and versatility. New interior highlights include a redesigned instrument panel and new storage areas with improved

Jeep Wrangler has removable doors, a fold-down windshield plus removable and convertible tops

ergonomics and upgraded materials. There’s a new lockable console and upgraded door armrest areas, while a redesigned center stack is easier to reach and operate. Heated power mirrors are available, and both drivers and passengers have better visibility through larger rear windows. New steering-wheel controls let the driver operate the radio, cruise control, handsfree phone and other vehicle functions while keeping hands on the wheel. A new USB interface connects to storage devices for use with the vehicle’s Media Center, including

streaming Bluetooth audio. Twelve-volt accessory outlets have been added and a new 110-volt outlet is available to provide power similar to AC outlets in the home. Base price on the Jeep Wrangler Mojave option is $29,195, excluding $750 destination charge. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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A personal approach to personal injury Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert, P.A.

BY BARI AUERBACH

tors, and the NKP team – earning the apropos claim to fame: “Small firm – big results.”

“When we represent a client, we give 100%!” This is the personal promise made by partners Alan Neufeld, David Kleinberg and Robert Pinkiert – Aventura attorneys who attribute much of their firm’s success to taking a highly personalized approach to helping clients win major verdicts in personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability related cases. While NKP is uniquely qualified to take on “goliath” opponents, the firm also handles more common cases such as slip and falls, auto and boating accidents. “Anyone who has been wronged deserves to have their day in court,” Neufeld says. PERSONAL BEST NKP is renowned for recording multi-million dollar jury verdicts in high-profile automobile negligence and defective design cases. One of the most recent personally gratifying outcomes for the partners was a headline-making $35+ million verdict against Yamaha for the tragic 2005 WaveRunner accident caused by a design defect that severely injured one girl and took the life of her best friend. The Yamaha jury verdict is especially significant, given Yamaha’s legal defense attorneys spent over one million

PERSONAL COMMITMENT “The brain injuries sustained by the WaveRunner accident victim manifested in other health-related issues – but she didn’t have the resources for treatment,” Neufeld explained. “So going ‘above and beyond,’ David Kleinberg flew to California and arranged for her to be admitted into a prestigious rehab program even though the family could not afford to pay until they won the case. “Our firm also provided pro bono counsel to people adversely affected by the BP oil spill. We didn’t charge a dime because it was just the right thing to do. We all place the greatest emphasis on helping people who need us the most when they’re seriously injured and at their most vulnerable.” NKP’s offices in Aventura as well as Lakeland have helped many clients including prominent community leaders who can testify to receiving “top representation.” Residing in the Aventura area and belonging to the Aventura Marketing Council also enabled the partners to build business, friendships and personally rewarding referrals. dollars on expert witnesses and was extremely successful in defending previous design defect law cases until they faced off against Kleinberg, one of the state’s top litiga-

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Being in Shape in Aventura

Denise Rubin REAL ESTATE The best looking bodies and in- shape people seem to reside in Aventura and sunny South Florida, perhaps because the weather is conducive to wearing fewer clothes and more beachwear all year round. Or perhaps it’s because the Soffer Aventura Fitness Trail is the place to be seen while walking, running, jogging, bike riding, rollerblading, pushing baby strollers or walking dogs. All have a part in getting in shape. But mostly Aventurians are so great looking because we have the best gyms around! There is Olympia which has been here as long as Aventura has. There’s Bally’s in The Waterways with an indoor pool. There is Lady of America on Aventura Blvd. and My Gym for the little ones to start them out on the right path to fitness. There are gyms and spas in all the condos in town and the newer the building, the larger the gyms, spas and fitness areas. Some have freestanding fitness centers, such as Hamptons South & West, Hidden Bay, Island Way, and the state- of- the -art cardiovascular and Cybex weight equipment and fitness amenities in the tastefully appointed exercise and aerobics room gym at Porto Vita. Peninsula I now features Technogym equipment from Italy. All great and part of the growing culture to work out, get healthy and look great in a bikini or mini. However, recently Aventura Mall has brought us the incredible Equinox Gym, which I was introduced

to through a networking event for the Aventura Marketing Council where I met the beautiful membership advisor extraordinaire, Jennifer Burke. Equinox is awesome.....from the private parking and easy access to the amazing hours. Equinox members and guests are greeted by cheery team members or manager, Solange Beaumard, and then browse their fitness store or enjoy something healthy from their juice bar/ restaurant. Enter the enormous super clean, spectacular gym. Atservice heated towels are handed to you...... wherever you are, they find you. There are TVs on all of the equipment and places for headphones. There is an abundance of every type of workout equipment. The classes range from spinning to aerobics. The trainers are the best around. I work out with James Balaila, who is also a nutrition expert and is so into what he does. I have always worked out with trainers and I have never worked out like this. The sessions are incredible and the experts, different each time, so planned out and special. In the shop I purchased a heart monitor and we watch my heart rate to be sure I’m maximizing my workout-from the typical weight machines to running through floor ladders, balancing on core balls, doing the Heisman maneuver to core strengthening. We check my BFI every four weeks and it has safely improved. I have usually placed towels on every piece of equipment as long as I have worked out because they felt dirty and I wanted to avoid germs. At Equinox, I hop right on with nothing between me and the equipment. It feels clean ......like hospitals, sanitized and healthy. The city of Aventura just gets better and better and is building better bodies as it grows.

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This Dog’s for You!

Here’s a beautiful five-month-old mixed-breed Doberman puppy that was brought to the Born Free Pet Shelter in South Miami-Dade County. He doesn’t have a name yet, so if you adopt him you can have the honor. He’s a playful puppy and loves to run; he’ll make a nice pet for a young family with young children. For more information, call 305-903-6610 or go to <www.bornfree.petfinder.com>.


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Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders swimsuit fashion show benefiting the Miami Dolphins Foundation at LIV Fontainebleau August 24, 2011, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will unveil the 2012 swimsuit calendar at their annual swimwear fashion show, at LIV inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Beginning at 8:45 p.m., the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders will showcase highenergy swimwear fashion designs by Aguaclara and Realtree Swim USA, styled by Cheerleader Directors Emily Newton Snow and Dorie Grogan. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event is supported by the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism, which will benefit the Miami Dolphins Foundation by making a commitment to the betterment of South Florida youth through a direct focus on, but not limited to, education, health, social and community service issues. Tickets to the event can be obtained by making a $30 donation to the Miami Dolphins Foundation, which includes one drink ticket.

For more information, visit online at MiamiDolphinsCheerleaders.net/Unveiling


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Marking the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

David Gedansky TRAVEL TIPS September 11 marks the tenth anniversary of the day that terrorists killed more than 3,000 people at the World Trade Center in New York City; at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., just outside Washington, D.C.; and in a field near Shanksville, Pa., about 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. In New York, a new 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated on the tenth anniversary. The memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, where the 110-story “Twin Towers” were destroyed and more than 2,700 lives were lost. The memorial includes reflecting pools, lined with bronze panels inscribed with the victims’ names, which mark the footprints of the Twin Towers. The Memorial Museum incorporates remnants of the original World Trade Center construction, including column bases and a stairway known as the “Survivor Stairs,” used by hundreds of people to escape the destruction. Exhibit galleries include artifacts, narratives, oral histories and multi-media displays. While the dedication ceremony on September 11 is reserved for the families of victims, the memorial will open to the public on September 12. Because con-

struction will continue, visitors must obtain timed passes in advance, and passes for September 12 are already sold out. Your travel professional can help you reserve a visitor pass and make travel and hotel arrangements for your trip. The Pentagon Memorial, open since 2008, honors the 184 lives lost at the Pentagon’s western wall. This outdoor memorial includes 184 cantilevered, illuminated benches, each engraved with the name of a victim, shaded by paperbark maple trees. While the memorial is open daily, there will be an invitation-only ceremony on September 11 for the families of the 9/11 victims. Yet another national memorial will be dedicated outside Shanksville during the weekend of September 10-11, with all events open to the public. The memorial marks the site where 40 heroic passengers and crew crashed, thwarting the plan to attack the U.S. Capitol. The memorial includes ponds, groves of trees, the “Field of Honor” and the “Tower of Voices,” where 40 large wind chimes represent the sound of the wind and the heroes’ voices. Events on September 10-11 will include a dedication ceremony, luminaria lighting and a memorial service. To visit any of these moving 9/11 memorials, talk with your travel professional. Many more memorials are located across the U.S. and around the world, including Staten Island, N.Y., Bayonne, N.J., Coral Springs, Fla. and Phoenix, Ariz., as well as in such far-flung locations as Padua, Italy and Jerusalem, Israel.

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Friday Night Live returns to Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center With the start of a New Year approaching, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center is hosting a myriad of events and services this fall. Rabbi Jonathan Berkun expressed his enthusiasm for the Jewish New Year, exclaiming: “As Rosh Hashanah approaches, there is a feeling of electricity in the air. Everyone is eagerly anticipating the sound of the shofar (ram’s horn) and the wake-up call it inspires, namely that it is time to lead better, more purposeful and more meaningful lives. I am looking forward to personally greeting the congregation and to ushering in this season of new beginnings together.” ATJC’s season will kick-off the popular Friday Night Live service on August 26, 6:30-8:30 p.m. This energetic, participatory service, with Rabbi Jonathan Berkun on guitar and Cantor David Muchnick on keyboard, is the perfect way for the whole family to

begin Shabbat and the school year. The service will be followed by a complimentary Shabbat BBQ-style dinner with an Oneg Shabbat on the Tauber Academy playground with guest characters, Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Superstar Productions. The newly-appointed Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico, Mr. Chaim Shacham, will also be in attendance to share Shabbat with the Aventura community. Previous to this appointment, Mr. Shacham served as the Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Information & Internet Department. The Friday Night Live Kick-Off event is co-sponsored and co-chaired by ATJC members Dr. Jay & Lisa Kopf & David & Lauren Light. Cantor David Muchnick, Rabbi Jonathan Berkun –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

For more information, call 305-937-1880 or visit atjc.org


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Are you sure that meal or snack you’re about to eat is a smart choice? Even if you’re trying to eat clean, there may still be surprising amounts of sugar, salt and calories in foods sabotaging your best diet intentions. The good news is, even if you have been inadvertently making less than optimal choices, there are many healthier alternatives. At the Barbecue Don’t rack up a plate-load of ribs loaded with fat and calories. A four ounce serving has 370 calories and 30 grams of fat – not even counting the BBQ sauce. Pick grilled chicken breast instead – a four ounce portion has 186 calories and only four grams of fat. Toss the fattening Italian pasta salad – just a one cup serving can have over 300 calories, 18 grams of fat and 1,300 mg of sodium. Pick corn on the cob instead with just 120 calories per one large ear - and because it’s a whole grain, you can also get B-vitamins. Treats & Energizers Put that popsicle with little nutritional value sweetened with sugar back in the freezer and pick frozen fruits instead with the added value of vitamins and minerals. Pour out the coffee and pick low-fat plain yogurt for an afternoon pick-me-up instead. A one-cup serving has 11 grams of protein and 16 grams of carbs that can make you feel full and energized. Avoid fruit on the bottom yogurts that can have as much as 10 tablespoons of sugar in an 8 ounce portion. Kick the sugar-high habit of drinking fruit smoothies that can be loaded with sugar and pick a protein shake made with a cup of low fat milk and a scoop of protein powder instead…Add a handful of frozen

berries for the perfect blend of lowglycemic carbs and high quality protein. Great Grains Think twice before eating highglycemic white rice. Pick brown rice or soybeans with pearled barley instead – this nutrient packed side dish containing fiber, B vitamins and protein is considered both low-glycemic and high protein. Pass up the pasta and pick Quinoa - a great whole grain with a complete amino acid profile unlike most other grains. One cup cooked packs in 15 percent of your daily requirement for energizing iron and 5 grams of fiber. Vegans Before you bite into that veggie burger, be aware that even though it’s low in calories and fat, it’s very high in sodium (over 400 mg). Pick a black bean burger instead – a great source of iron, fiber and protein with disease fighting antioxidant levels similar to those of some fruits. Did You Know… * One cup of buttered popcorn has more calories than one serving of tortilla chips * Lite salad dressing has more sodium than reduced fat peanut butter * A breakfast bar has less sugar than bran flake cereal * Boxed rice pilaf is so salty, it can give you almost half of your daily sodium allowance * Part-skim mozzarella is better cheese option than part-skim ricotta with 20 grams of fat per cup * Low-fat fruit yogurt is higher in sugar than instant brown sugar flavored oatmeal * One glass of low-fat chocolate milk has less sugar than one glass of cranberry juice * In the vending machine, commercially prepared trail mix has more calories than two homemade chocolate chip cookies


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Taylor Davis earns Kohl’s scholarship for her efforts BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Taylor (Tae Tae) Davis was awarded a $1,000 scholarship on July 7 as part of a nationwide program by Kohl’s Department Stores to honor deserving volunteers for making a positive impact on their communities. The program’s aim is assisting deserving youth to pursue a college education, according to Julie Gardner, Kohl’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. “Kohl’s has rewarded thousands of amazing kids through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program and, this year alone, we are recognizing nearly 2,200 standout youth who are making a difference with their volunteer time,” Gardner said. “From feeding the homeless at a local shelter, collecting goods for the less fortunate or volunteering time at a community garden, these kids are making a huge impact on communities nationwide. We are inspired by their stories and are thrilled to recognize their service.” Taylor Davis, 13, founded the nonprofit organization The Traveling Canvas and has helped raise more than $80,000 in art supplies to save art education in public schools and bring art to homeless children. She was thrilled with the news of the scholarship. “I was super excited,” Davis said. “It was amazing to hear that I had been chosen for such a award. It’s really great that Kohl’s recognized kids in their efforts to make the world a better place in their own way. “It’s really going to help me, because not only is it going to help spread the word about my cause, it brings up the self esteem of the Traveling Canvas. It makes us feel like ‘yes, we can do this.’ If it wasn’t for my teacher, Miss Floyd, I wouldn’t have found out about it. It’s been a great

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opportunity for me.” Teacher Andrea R. Floyd had Taylor as a student when she was in the seventh grade Gifted Language Arts class at Southwood. She wrote a letter of recommendation about her efforts in the community. “The reason I’m so eager to recognize Tae Tae’s efforts is because I hope other students will be inspired by her story,” Floyd said. “The different between Tae Tae and a lot of students who have great ideas is that Tae Tae took the extra step to

put her great ideas into action. “I think she’s an incredible role model for children who are younger than her, as well as children who are older, about how a simple idea can translate into something incredible when you follow through with it. So often people in general will sit there and reminisce about great ideas they had, but that’s where they stop.” Taylor’s mother, Claudette Davis, is understandably proud of her daughter, but also has high praise for the other competing youngsters and for Kohl’s as well.

“The fact that she made it this far is remarkable, and an honor,” Claudette Davis said. “All the kids are winners. Every single kid who is recommended for this is a winner — just the fact that they’re doing anything to help communities. “For a department store to do something like that for kids is great. There’s a ton of scholarship programs out there, but there aren’t a ton of them that recognize the young kids, 13 and under.” Taylor’s former teacher says she thinks it is important for the community to continue to support and encourage Taylor because it’s so easy to get burned out and overwhelmed. “I want Tae Tae to know that there are so many people who have seen the difference she’s making, and who believe in her and don’t want her to stop the incredible things she’s doing,” Floyd said. “It’s like a ripple effect. Even the youngest homeless children she’s given a pillowcase to, we have no idea — 10 years from now, 20 years from now, even one year from now — how that simple pillowcase will translate to them paying it forward in acts of kindness that they will be compelled to do because someone was kind to them when they needed it most,” she said. “We’ll never truly know the impact of some of the activities that Tae Tae has initiated, but we can certainly all agree that she has made the world a better place.” Taylor is still in the running for the national level of the competition, in which Kohl’s will award an additional $9,000 to 10 winners and also donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner’s behalf. For more information on Kohl’s program, visit online at <www.kohlskids.com>. For information on The Traveling Canvas, visit <www.thetravelingcanvas.com>.


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Protect your child’s privacy BY DAVID ALTSHULER

“What did your daughter get on her math test?” “Where is she applying to college?” “What did she get on her SATs?” These are the thoughtful, endearing questions that concerned parents ask one another in the parking lot as they wait to pick up their 11th graders after school. In our community, all the families care deeply about one another’s health and well being. The paradigm in our high schools is one of cooperation rather than competition. All the parents want what is best not only for their own children but also for the children of their neighbors and classmates. Children good heartedly help one another prepare for exams. Every high grade is a victory not just for the child who received it, but also for every other student in the class. After all, each child can achieve top grades; each child can get top SAT scores; every child can go to a top college. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing much, other than it is complete and utter malarkey, a total fabrication without a syllable of truth. Not a word of the above has any validity in my neighborhood. I’m guessing your community is the same. Here’s how it goes in the real world: • Students are trained to be brutally competitive. Susie won’t help Buffy study for chemistry because both girls are close to being in the top 10 percent of students in their class. If Susie helps Buffy, then Buffy may be the girl eligible for scholarships and admissions rather than Susie. • Counselors post the names of where kids have been admitted to college. Big bulletin boards — or even worse, the school newspaper — proclaim not only where your child applied, but also where she is going to matriculate. Abigail Van Buren — Princeton, Maria Theresa Ortega — Miami Dade College; why not just print the tax returns of both parents? Abigail Van Buren’s dad: Piles of money; Maria Theresa Ortega’s father: Not so much. • It’s an arithmetic fact that not all children can graduate at the top of their class. By definition, only 10 students in 100 are in the top 10 percent. If you believe as I do, that the choice of college is about the match between student and school, then you may wish to instruct your children to keep their SAT scores and their college lists private. Here’s why. A public humiliation is much more painful than a private one. If the only people who know where your son is applying to college are you and your spouse, then the thin envelope in April can be forgotten in 20 minutes. If, on the other hand, everyone in the school is buzzing, “Did you hear? Anthony

EDUCATION was rejected at Cornell.” Then the sting of rejection can last longer, years in some cases. Imagine how horrific it would be if a dinner guest in your home sat down and, in between the soup and the salad courses, asked you, “Say, nice house you got here. How much did you pay for it, anyways?” Or imagine this conversation: “Yeah, my wife ain’t making too much progress with them SSRIs, so we’re going to go with an atypical anti-psychotic. I hope she doesn’t gain too much more weight.” The boor would never be invited back. Yet, these same louts think it’s OK to interrogate your children about private information. Where your kids are applying to college and what they got on their SATs is nobody’s business. Their teachers don’t need to know; your friends don’t need to know, your colleagues at work don’t need to know. And the parents of your child’s friends at school certainly don’t need to know. You wouldn’t tell a casual acquaintance the dollar amount of a bonus you received at work, why would you disclose personal information about your son’s scores or college list? And wouldn’t it be nice to communicate to our children that we value them for who they are rather than for what they do? Wouldn’t we like our children to know that we love them where ever they apply, where ever they are admitted? This advice applies whether your child would be an appropriate match at a “top” school or at the local community college. When an adult asks your child a question about private information, have your child respond, “Oh, my dad says I’m not allowed to talk about where I’m applying to college. I’m sorry, but he says that’s a family matter.” Your daughter will have more respect in the community for valuing family and privacy, not less. Privacy allows your children to benefit from knowing they are loved for who they are rather than for where they are admitted. Our schools will benefit by being places where students can study more and envy one another less. Our communities will benefit in that they will be less obviously competitive places. If intrusive parents persist and ask again what your daughter got on her SATs, then she has my permission to respond as follows: “What did I get on my SATs? Mustard. It’s disgusting and it won’t come off.” David Altshuler helps students and their families choose and apply to colleges, universities and boarding schools. For more information, go to <www.DavidAltshuler.com> or read his blog at <www.davidaltshuler.com/blog>.

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Are you in the way of your success BY PAT MORGAN

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Step aside and let success find you. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Often, the biggest roadblock to your success is you. As much as you would like to point to something or someone else for your failure and inability to achieve your most cherished goals, at the end of the day there is really only one place to look if you really want to break free and create your best life now. When blaming people or circumstances outside yourself, you become a victim, powerless to make changes that will improve your life. Taking responsibility for your success puts you in the driver’s seat where you can then take action from an empowered position. Karen is an excellent example of someone standing in the way of her own success. A talented, successful pharmaceutical sales professional with over 10 years experience, Karen had career aspirations that were going unrealized. Her dream had always been to open her own spa, but the dream had faded as she worked to climb the career ladder and sustain the lifestyle she had created. Old, worn out limiting beliefs were holding Karen back from creating the lifestyle she dreamed about. By the time Karen called me to coach with her, things were rapidly changing in her world. She was losing her job due to restructuring and concerned about finding another position. Fear was holding her back from moving forward. Blaming the company, the economy and other outside factors for her situation only held her captive and unable to take focused action. We began with the steps outlined below to support Karen in creating an inspiring future. Rather than remain stuck, we put together a strategy to get into action and make powerful changes.

Here are ideas for getting out of your own way: • Take responsibility for your life. Decide to take charge of your future and stop blaming outside circumstances. You are the only one who can change your outcomes. • Be present. Rather than fretting about what is past or worrying about what may happen in the future, focus on being in the present moment and take full advantage of it. • Do your best and let it be. Stop overanalyzing your performance and constantly criticizing yourself for not having done better. Trust that you are doing the best you can and acknowledge yourself for that. • Put together an action plan. Focus on what you are able to do and outline the steps that will get you moving toward your goals. Start small and be patient with your progress. • Express gratitude. Stop focusing on what you lack and be appreciative for what you have. What you appreciate appreciates. • Ask for help. There are people and resources that can help you get on track. Reach out to people and let them know how they can help. You may even want to hire a coach. If you want to explore coaching, give me a call to schedule your complimentary Discovery Session. Get started right away to take yourself and your business to the next level. Pat Morgan, MBA and professional coach, works with busy professionals to help them become more profitable and productive by capitalizing on their strengths and taking focused action to create powerful change. Contact her by phone at 305-458-2849, email her at <PatMorgan@SmoothSailingSuccess.com> or go online to <www.SmoothSailingSuccess.com>.


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Miami Children’s Hospital marks 15 years of Radio Lollipop fun BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Radio Lollipop, an international charity benefiting children in hospitals, was founded in England in 1979. Miami Children’s Hospital was the first in the United States to establish the program in 1996 and the in-house radio station celebrated its 15th birthday with a party on Thursday, Aug. 11. The festive event featured decorations, people in colorful costumes, face painting, arts and crafts, a live animal demonstration from Zoo Miami and food for the young patients and their families provided by Sushi Maki, Fuddruckers and Shake Shack. Nuria Claramunt, assistant director of Community and Volunteer Resources and the Radio Lollipop program, was coordinating the event celebrated throughout most areas of the hospital. “We have a lot of entertainment, activities, popcorn — everything you would expect a party to have,” Claramunt said. “Radio Lollipop has about 70-80 volunteers who are active. Those kids in the hospital who can’t leave their rooms, they have the Radio Lollipop volunteers bringing entertainment to their bedside. When the doors open at the studio, it is a real radio station, just like the professional radio stations, so it has to have all the equipment for the kids that can come out and want to see a real radio station and be deejays on the air. But then we also have the volunteers who go throughout all the floors, so they’ll visit every child that’s in the hospital during the show.” The two-hour shows are broadcast live with the on-floor volunteers four days a week. The station broadcasts within the hospital on Channel 26, so the children can listen to the deejays, the music, and can call

William (“Will I Am”) Rodriguez (left) and Caroline (“Sweet Caroline”) Granado are two of the deejays or “presenters” on Radio Lollipop. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

in for the contests to win prizes, which the volunteers deliver. “Each night there’s between 15 and 20 volunteers,” Claramunt said. “We have some volunteers who have been here since day one. They bring their talents and skills and they share them with the program to bring joy, activities and laughter to kids who are stressed. Laughter is the best medicine of all, and that’s what Radio Lollipop brings to all the kids. It’s magic.” Marc Kuperman is one of the volunteers who has been there all 15 years of the program and is glad he made the

decision to participate. “I was born in Miami and spent my entire professional career here, and at about that time I was looking for something to get involved with to give back to the community,” Kuperman said. “I was attracted because it combined working with children and music. “The enriching part for me is when you see the children’s faces — a child who may have been cranky or crying or in pain, and in many instances you’re able to cheer them up, distract them, get them laughing and joking and thinking about things other

than why they’re in the hospital.” Kuperman said that the volunteers, whether studio deejays or those working the floors, interact with the patients and provide care, comfort and play not only to the children but also to their families as well. For him, volunteering is rewarding and performance is a wonderful change of pace. “I’m an attorney in real life, and my professional career is not even remotely like what I do here,” Kuperman said. “There’s a special feeling that you get when you leave here at the end of a show. You feel like you’re making a difference, and you know that the children really do appreciate it. That’s important to me.” Another of the three original volunteers who still is participating with the program is Nora Barriere, who brings to the children her bubbly personality, cute character voices and puppets. When she started, performance didn’t come naturally to her. “I had never done this before and was very nervous and couldn’t say anything and the other girl with me said, ‘do your voices,’ and sure enough, when I did, I was not nervous any more and was able to do the show,” Barriere said. “And then at the end of the show we hugged each other and cried. We were very emotional. “Through the years, so many times the kids say to you, ‘because of you I feel better.’ Sometimes a parent will say to you, ‘this is the first time my child smiled today,’ and that makes you feel so good. It gives you so much gratification that you did this.” Radio Lollipop’s day-to-day operation depends on volunteers, charitable donations and fundraising activities. For more information visit <www.radiolollipop.org> or <www.mch.com>.

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“CAUTION: CHILDREN LISTEN” BY KAREN ARONOWITZ, President, United Teachers of Dade

There’s a picture from my childhood that captures six of us in a mock wedding ceremony that my mom created to entertain us one afternoon. She had gotten some netting and sewed it onto a headband to serve as a veil. One of my slips loaded with tulle became the wedding gown. My brother was collared into the groom’s role, sporting a tie of my father’s, a loud, wide tie that I cannot ever recollect my father wearing. It was bright green with parrots on it. Even in a black and white photo, that tie still screams out its tropical colors. We ranged in age from three to ten, a gang of neighborhood kids who had the run of the block, entering unlocked back doors for snacks and bathroom breaks. We drank water from the hose. As I look at that picture, I see the adults these children have become: a civil rights lawyer, a pharmacist, a hair dresser, now deceased. A nail technician. A teacher. One sings karaoke at night, and was a mean trumpet player back in the day. She works at a chiropractor’s office. And their children (now adults): another lawyer, like his dad. A teacher. A bartender. An EMT. A drug addict, lost to us now, her mother

still praying she’ll recover. An electrical engineer, like her dad. A psychologist. The faces of children call to me as another school year begins. I listen as our nation talks about children. I hear children described as the workforce. I hear children spoken about as competitors in a rigged game that they cannot win. I hear children described as winners and losers based on their test scores, even little children whose fingers are just learning to wrap themselves around a pencil. I hear teenagers who arrive in our schools speaking other tongues, having witnessed mayhem we hope never to see, being called lazy and unproductive. We, as a nation, must change our dialogue. We cannot speak of children thus, and we cannot fail to fund our public schools, leaving them without resources, leaving children behind, while a few “escape” to charters. If we believe in children, our public schools must have the support of businesses and communities. They must receive equitable funding from philanthropies and foundations. They must receive state dollars for roofs and painting, for smartboards and laptops, just as the state allocates for charters. Look at the faces of America’s children as they pass before you in their shiny new shoes, with their dreams and hopes for a new school year. They’re listening to us. What will we say about what they are worth? The United Teachers of Dade represents 35,000 teachers and school support personnel in MDCPS. The union is committed to being a leader in creating public school reform, fostering a quality public education for all students and elevating the professional status of teachers, paraprofessionals, office employees, and all school support personnel


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Red Cross offes tips to keep athletes safe in extreme heat BY CHRYSTIAN TEJEDOR

In the wake of recent student athlete deaths due to excessive heat, the American Red Cross recommends team officials, coaches and parents take steps to help ensure the safety of their players during extreme heat. “Keeping athletes safe is crucial,” said Linda Olson, director of Health and Safety Services for the American Red Cross in South Florida. “Make sure athletes stay hydrated. Have everyone drink plenty of fluids like water or sports drinks with electrolytes before, during and after activities. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol.” During the hot weather, team practices should be scheduled for early in the day and later in the evening to avoid exposing players to the hottest times of the day. Other steps teams, schools and parents should take to protect their athletes include: • Allow athletes to get acclimated to the heat by reducing the intensity of practice until they are more accustomed to it. • Make frequent, longer breaks a regular part of practice. About every 20 minutes stop for fluids and try to keep the athletes in the shade if possible. • Reduce the amount of heavy equip-

ment-like football pads-athletes wear in • Get the person to a cooler place and extremely hot, humid weather. have him or her rest in a comfortable posi• Dress athletes, when appropriate, in tion. Stretching, massaging and icing the net-type jerseys or lightweight, light-col- affected muscle may help. ored, cotton T-shirts and shorts. • Give a half glass of cool water or a • Know the signs of sports drink with elecheat-related emergencies trolytes every 15 minutes. Heat exhaustion is caused by and monitor athletes Do not give liquids with a combination of closely. alcohol or caffeine in e x e rc i s e i n d u c e d h e a t a n d “Knowing the signs of them, as they can make heat-related emergencies conditions worse. f l u i d a n d e l e c t ro l y t e l o s s and how to help someone Heat exhaustion is f ro m s w e a t i n g . S i g n s o f h e a t who is suffering from the caused by a combination exhaustion include cool, heat is vital,” Olson of exercise induced heat stressed. “Coaches and and fluid and electrolyte moist, pale or parents need to be vigilant loss from sweating. Signs flushed skin; heavy in watching for signs of of heat exhaustion heat-related emergencies. include cool, moist, pale sweating; headache; Athletes should inform or flushed skin; heavy nausea; dizziness; their coaches, teachers or sweating; headache; nauweakness, and exhaustion. parents if they are not sea; dizziness; weakness, feeling well.” and exhaustion. Heat cramps are muscular pains and To help someone with these symptoms: spasms that usually occur in the legs or • Move the person to a cooler place. abdomen caused by exposure to high heat Remove or loosen tight clothing. Spray him and humidity and loss of fluids and elec- or her with water or apply cool, wet cloths trolytes. Heat cramps often are an early or towels to the skin. Fan the person. If the sign that the body is having trouble with the person is conscious, give small amounts of heat. If someone is experiencing heat cool water cool water or a sports drink with cramps: electrolytes to drink. Make sure the person

drinks slowly. Watch for changes in his or her condition. • If the person refuses water, vomits or begins to lose consciousness, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number. Heat stroke (also known as sunstroke) is a life-threatening condition in which a person’s temperature control system stops working and the body is unable to cool itself. Signs of heat stroke include those of heat exhaustion and hot, red skin which may be dry or moist; change or loss of consciousness; seizures; vomiting, and high body temperature. Heat stroke is life threatening. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately. Move the person to a cooler place. Quickly cool the person’s body by immersing them up to their neck in cold water if possible. If unable to immerse them, continue rapid cooling by applying bags of ice or cold packs wrapped in a cloth to the wrists, ankles, groin, neck and armpits, spraying with water and/or fanning. Learn how to prevent and respond to heat-related and other emergencies by taking a First Aid/CPR/AED course. Call 1877-272-7337 or visit online at <www.redcross.org/takeaclass to register>.


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