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County to salute veterans; observance set at museum BY RICHARD YAGER

or the first time in years, Miami-Dade will conduct a downtown “Golden Veterans Parade” Friday, Nov. 8, to honor Vietnam veterans from the South Florida area. In addition, a special observance for World War II veterans and families has been planned. The Miami-Dade Military Affairs Board headed by Miami-Dade District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz planned the pre-Veterans Day parade for all county municipalities, local military organizations and community leaders, so as not to conflict with already-planned events in various cities on Monday, Nov. 11. The downtown Miami Nov. 8 parade is scheduled to begin at noon at Government Center and march along Flagler Street to Bayfront Park for a commemorative ceremony and community concert. “This is a long overdue one-time commemorative event, inspired by a Presidential proclamation naming the next 13 years as the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War,” according to a

The Miami Foundation honors winners in Our Miami Public Space Challenge Miami Foundation selected 15 innovative ideas to improve public spaces throughout Miami-Dade County. Pictured are some of the recipients of the $120,000 in funding.



he Miami Foundation recently announced the top winners in their Our Miami Public Space Challenge. Fifteen ideas for improving, creating and activating local public spaces will share $120,000 in funding. The announcement was made to hun-


dreds of young, engaged Miamians at the contest’s Wrap Party hosted at The Stage Miami on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The challenge is part of the Foundation’s ongoing Our Miami initiative, an effort to build a stronger sense of community and retain talented people in Miami by improving livability. From July 31 to Sept. 19, residents, advocacy groups and organizations sub-

mitted more than 250 ideas at A panel of community experts and professional placemakers selected top submissions based on their compelling nature, economic feasibility, relevance to the surrounding area and, above all, community impact.

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Flor Rida named grand marshal for the Great Grove Bed Race BY ROBERT HAMILTON

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ecording Artist and Rapper, Flo Rida, will get in bed with racers from across MiamiDade County as grand marshal for the “Great Grove Bed Race” on Nov. 3. He joins celebrity judges, Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado, Karina Iglesias of The

Voice, and Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff for this year’s mattress madness and competition of racing homemade beds through the streets of Coconut Grove. A portion of proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Miami. Born and raised in Miami, Flo Rida released his first album in 2008 that included hit songs such as Low featuring T-Pain and Right Round featuring Kesha. Both songs reached the top of the charts and held

their position at number one for several weeks. His latest album Perfect 10 will be released before the year’s end. Get ready to get down “low” with the grand marshal. Look for action to take place on Bayshore Drive by Peacock Park. Ingenuity always has been the key component of the races. With entries in recent

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MDC’s Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón receives ‘Good Scout’ Award


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Carlos J. Arboleya, member of the award committee, (left) presents the award to Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of MDC. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Miami Dade College (MDC) president Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón has been honored by the South Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America with the 2013 “Good Scout” Award. This special award recognizes respected community leaders and organizations that exemplify the values of Scouting through their service and support of the community. Dr. Padrón’s has led Miami Dade College, the nation’s largest institution of higher education, since 1995. His energetic leadership also extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the immediate past chair of the prestigious American Council on Education and past chair of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He also serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve; Council on Foreign Relations and the Business/Higher Education Forum among other major national organizations. During his career, he has also been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by six American Presidents, most recently as chair of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans by President Barack

Obama. Padrón also recently was named one of Time magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents,” one of the eight most “influential college leaders” in the U.S. in the Washington Post and the “Floridian of the Year” by Florida Trend magazine. Dr. Padrón is the recipient of hundreds of major awards during his career which began in 1970 including the 2012 National Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service; 2012 Sand in My Shoes Award from the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; 2011 Centennial Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation; 2010 Chairman’s Award from the Beacon Council; 2008 Innovator of the Year Award from the League for Innovation; the 2008 Charles Kennedy Equity Award from the Association of Community College Trustees, and other honors. Internationally, Dr. Padrón’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous nations and organizations including the Republic of France, which named him Commandeur in the Ordre des Palms Académiques; Republic of Argentina, which awarded him the Order of San Martin, and Spain’s King Juan Carlos II, who bestowed upon him the Order of Queen Isabella.

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Securing a healthy future for Miami-Dade County BY GRANT MILLER

Publisher Everyone in MiamiDade County has been touched by Jackson Health System at one point or another. If we haven’t been to the hospital ourselves, we have family members or friends who have gone to Jackson seeking help, and they have always found it. For many years, Jackson’s facilities have provided some of the world’s top clinical care to Miami-Dade residents. This year, Jackson Memorial Hospital again was ranked the top hospital in Miami-Fort Lauderdale by U.S. News & World Report. Jackson offers top-notch services to more than a 250,000 patients each year. As one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country, with over 1,000 resident doctors training alongside its world-renowned staff, Jackson also serves as the training grounds for many of Florida’s future doctors and is helping build tomorrow’s healthcare economy in our community. But the Jackson network of hospitals and clinics needs our help, if they are to continue to offer world-class services. On Nov. 5, Miami-Dade voters have the opportunity to secure access to world class and quality health services for all MiamiDade residents. The bond issue on the ballot will allow Jackson to renovate and expand its existing facilities, build new centers to accommodate increasing healthcare demands, and provide innovative technology and services that will keep Jackson competitive while growing important partnerships with the local medical community and community at large. A yes vote for Jackson’s bond referendum will allow Jackson to: modernize operating rooms and emergency rooms at JHS hospitals; build a children’s ambulatory pavilion; build 8-12 urgent care centers that will bring Jackson’s high quality care to your neighborhood; upgrade hospital IT

systems and purchase state of the art medical equipment; build a new physical rehabilitation hospital, and undertake muchneeded infrastructure improvements. Jackson has the proven leadership to oversee these projects effectively and efficiently. A new management team has streamlined the system’s operations, reduced its spending and balanced its budget in just two years on the job the new management has run a small surplus for the first time in a decade and is on target to generate a surplus this year. But operating surpluses alone will not yield funding quickly enough for Jackson to compete in a new healthcare environment. Jackson’s previous mismanagement woes are a thing of the past, and we trust the new administration to get the job done right. Jackson’s bond program is designed to make it more competitive, able to sustain its mission and grow its services without new recurring tax funding. Without this capital investment, the system could be at real risk for shutting down some of its most sought-after programs — which also are among its costliest. Those aren’t gaps that private hospitals can readily fill; we would hate to see world-class care limited to those fortunate few who can afford to leave Florida for care that already is available right here in Miami. The community must invest in Jackson now, so we can empower Jackson to thrive for the future. A typical homeowner with a homestead exemption (home value $173,943) in Miami-Dade will pay approximately $6.20 the first year and approximately $30.99 at its peak year. Some homeowners, such as seniors and military veterans, will pay even less. Jackson is our community hospital and our future. Its mission to provide quality care to all residents is at jeopardy and on Nov. 5 voters have the opportunity to secure state-of-the-art healthcare for generations to come. Jackson has always been there for the community. Now it is time for the community to be there for Jackson.

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National Day of Republic of China celebrated; Bed Race nears Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Hundreds gathered to celebrate the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Oct. 8 at Jungle Island. Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami Philip Wang and his wife welcomed guests, including several government dignitaries many of whom bought proclamations to honor the day. Keynote speaker for the night was University of Miami vice president of Government Relations Rudy Fernandez who praised Taiwan as a role model for democracies worldwide. He listed several little known facts including that there are more patents per one million in population (23 million) than any other country in the world. Following the program, guests enjoyed drinks and a variety on culturally diverse food items from Italian to Asian. Several Coral Gables Rotarians and their spouses were in attendance congratulating Philip Wang, a newly inducted Gables Rotarian. Seen enjoying the evening were Coral Gables Rotary Club past presidents Yolanda Woodbridge, Don Slesnick and Walter Alvarez; Coral Gables Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk Jr.; former Gables Vice Mayor Chip Withers; Coral Gables Rotary president elect Carlos Bolado; Jeannette Slesnick, Greg and Nancy Martini, Carol and Jim Brock, to mention a few. In other news, a pre event for the Great

Grove Bed race drew a crowd as well as a bed to Acropolis on Oct. 10. Noe Garcia, owner of Grove Ink/Lucky7, brought his 2012 bed entry so the new teams could get an idea of how to construct their own beds, especially because of the number of new first time entries this year. Teams gained one inch for every person attending that evening which was, coincidentally, the birthday of event co-organizer Barbara Ferenzi who was surprised by a creatively decorated cake in the shape of a bed entry enjoyed by many family members after the program. The other half of this dynamic race organizing duo, Daisy Lewis, welcomed everyone and introduced Dress for Success founder and executive director Sonia Jacobson whose organization will be this year’s race beneficiary. At the encouragement of Acropolis owner Deano Kastis, Sonia finished her short speech by breaking a plate Greek style to much laughter. Among the many seen enjoying the evening with this writer were Bruce and Michelle Jacobs, Ami Frey and past president of the Gables Rotary Club Walter Alvarez, to mention a very few. By the way, the Gables Rotary Club is one of many new entries participating in the Nov. 3rd Great Grove Bed Race. Rotary’s bed is sponsored by Shell Lumber whose president, Jesus Guzman, is a new Coral Gables Rotarian. Aside from Rotary several other new entries this year will include a bed from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club sponsored by Miami’s Community Newspapers; a bed entry from the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee as well as a bed entry from Coral Gables Hospital and the Westin Colonnade.

Director General Philip Wang and Mrs. Wang welcome guests to the National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) celebration. Pictured with are John Burns and Yolanda Woodbridge.

Pictured at Acropolis’ Great Grove Bed Race event are Daisy Lewis, restaurant owner Deano Kastis, and Dress for Success’ Sonia Jacobson. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pictured at the Grove Bed Race Kickoff are Walter Alvarez, Gloria Burns, Bruce Jacobs and Barbara Ferenzi. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

In other Rotary News, Rotarians from several South Florida clubs gathered for a Rotary2Rotary night at Shula’s 347 on Oct. 9. District Governor Ellen Blasi was on hand to welcome the crowd who enjoyed meeting new people and sharing information on their current charitable projects. Among the crowd was Michael Noble of the Noble Peace Prize family, who currently presents this award. Among the many members attending this after hours social were Yolanda Woodbridge, Sally

Baumgartner, Chris Morrison, Rolf Frankfurter, Robert Smyczynski, Mario Avalos, Elaine Pons, Philip Wang, Rene Negron, Joe Roth, Elizabeth Silverman, Terri and Carlos Bolado, and Phil Everingham to mention a few. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, send your news via email to <>.

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Third annual ‘Teal Over Miami’ brings awareness of gynecological cancers BY LEE STEPHENS

after the second annual Teal Over Miami event, Lydia’s Legacy raised almost Lydia’s Legacy hosted its second annual $7,000. Teal Over Miami on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lydia’s Legacy partnered with the the Courtyard Marriott Coconut Grove Doctors Hospital Gyneoclogic Oncology Sapphire Room. Lydia’s Legacy was Unit and other community organizations to founded by Carin Ross Johnson of Miami bring attention to gynecologic cancers. in memory of her mother, To mark the occasion, Dr. Lydia Greene Ross. attendees were encourThe organization is The organization is aged to wear “teal” attire dedicated to raising dedicated to raising highlighting the color awareness, funding teal, which is the awareawareness, funding research, supporting surness ribbon color for research, supporting gynecologic cancers. In vivors and supporting education about gynecoaddition, teal toes for survivors and logic cancers. Its annual supporting education women and teal ties for fundraiser, Teal Over men were appropriate. about gynecologic Miami, featured a silent Betty Davis, WPLG auction, live music, Local 10 meteorologist, cancers. Its annual health and wellness served as emcee. fundraiser, Teal Over exhibits and raffles. Dr. Lydia G. Ross was “Since our first Teal a leader in the MiamiMiami, featured a Over Miami, I continue Dade Community and silent auction, live to be amazed by the suplost her three-year battle port from the local comwith stage 3A music, health and munity,” Johnson said. Endometrial Cancer on wellness exhibits “This year’s event will June 20, 2010, surroundand raffles. focus on service to caned in love by her family. cer patients. We have Lydia’s chief concern asked attendees to bring hygiene products, through her battle with gynecologic cancer journals and puzzle books to support newly was that there was not enough awareness diagnosed women with cancer. We also or visibility about gynecologic cancer feature the best dessert bar in Miami, all in issues in the community. Hence, the idea of ‘teal,’ the awareness color for women’s “Lydia’s Legacy” was formed as an organgynecologic cancers.” ization targeted toward growing awareProceeds from the event provided fund- ness, education and research regarding ing for cancer support and education in the gynecologic cancers. Miami-Dade community. Since its foundDuring Lydia’s memorial service, teal ing in 2011, Lydia’s Legacy donated more ribbons were given to more than 300 attenthan $15,000 to organizations focused on dees and thousands of dollars in donations gynecologic cancer research, survivor care to the National Foundation for Women’s and finding a cure for these cancers in Cancer were raised and donated in her Charlotte, NC, and Miami. In doing so, honor.

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Museum hosting Bob Marley exhibition through Jan. 5 BY ELVIS ANDERSON

HistoryMiami is hosting the Bob Marley Messenger exhibition through Jan. 5, 2014. Miami is the last stop of the traveling exhibition before it travels to the birthplace of Bob Marley, Nine Mile in Jamaica. This unique exhibition was curated by the prestigious GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. The exhibition opened at HistoryMiami with an opening celebration on Oct. 10, featuring local reggae band Jahfe, followed by a family festival on Oct. 12. Bob Marley Messenger explores Marley

as a private, spiritual man; as a powerful performer whose lyrics gave voice to the disenfranchised, and as a legend who continues to inspire legions of fans since his death more than 30 years ago. General admission for adults is $8, seniors and students with ID are $7, children ages 612 are $5 and children under 6 are free. The exhibition brings together diverse artifacts, rare photographs and more from the private collection of the Marley family. On display, visitors will see a broad array of items, including: Marley’s famous Les Paul guitar; photographs of Marley both on and off stage; ticket stubs, concert posters, tour books and fan memorabilia, as well as interactives such as a drumming station that allows visitors to learn how to play reggae beat. ––––––––––––––––––– Ky-Mani Marley gives a live performance at Bob Marley Messenger opening at HistoryMiami on Thursday, Oct. 10. Ky-Mani performed Is This Love and Three Little Birds. (Photo Credit Yamila Lomba)

Pictured is an authentic custom Lee denim jacket worn by Bob Marley and his famous Les Paul guitar. (Photo courtesy HistoryMiami) –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

“What an honor to host this exhibition,” said Stuart Chase, museum director. “Bob Marley once said, ‘In this bright future, you can’t forget the past.’ When we open the doors to this exhibition… I think Robert Nesta Marley would be happy to

see his legacy and message still alive and thriving in Miami.” For more information about HistoryMiami and a schedule of events, call 305-375-1492 or visit <>.

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years depicting everything from a bed-ridden President Barack Obama to last year’s top prizewinner, a Victorian-themed bed by The Olfactory Company, complete with white powder and wigs.” “I love my fans, so when I get the chance to interact with them, it’s beautiful.” Flo Rida said. “Growing up in South Florida, I’ve always known, before I had a record deal, that the thing is to go out and put on the show. I’ve been doing that from Day One and so have these race producers. I can’t wait to be a part of the show. The day starts with a family pajama party at 11 a.m. with free games, Billy the Marlin, a kids’ race course, interactive race games, acrobatic shows and music. Tickets to the Bed Race are just $5 for adults, and kids 12 and under are free all day. At high noon, live music starts on the main stage with a pre-race party zooming into a pit row parade where you can text

your vote for Crowd Favorite, which will be the top prize of the day. Rida and celebrity judges rate the beds for “Best Artistry,” “Best Engineered,” “Just plain Funniest” and “Most Dressed for Success.” The racers line up to compete in time trials and move their way into the Top 8 for single elimination heats to the speed championship. Top fundraiser gets a onefoot head start on their first heat to help speed them up. Intermissions with live music and hilarious sponsor performances by Car2Go, The Olfactory Company and a “Biggest Loser “ Competition of Beds sponsored by Lucky 7. Talented musicians and dancers entertain while racers ready for the finals. A bed-to-bed race off if you will. The fastest team in each of the four divisions — Women’s, Men’s, Co-Ed and Over 30 — wins. For more information about tickets and schedule, visit online at <>.

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statement from the board. “We seek to honor those veterans who, because of anti-war sentiments, were never given a proper welcome back reception,” said Commissioner Diaz, noting that the parade is planned especially to highlight the “courage and service of all veterans in the Tri-County area.” The board is asking a unified effort of county and city officials throughout the county to participate, as well as non-profit organizations, businesses and professionals willing to donate time, services and talent to the parade program. For more information, contact Gloria Garces at Commissioner Diaz’s office (305-599-1200) or send email to <> PEARL HARBOR DAY OBSERVANCE SCHEDULED AT MILITARY MUSEUM The Friends of the Miami Military Museum and Veterans Memorial will mark a special observance of Pearl Harbor Day at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Veterans, family members and visitors will join for both posting of the colors and a

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memorial ceremony inside the restored structure on the grounds adjacent to the Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152 St. “We urge all veterans and their families to attend the Golden Veterans Parade and participate in the museum observance,” said Anthony Atwood, advisor to the Military Museum in Kendall where special programs have been conducted in recent years to honor veterans. The museum will be completing interior projects during the coming year after receiving a $500,000 line item appropriation from the State of Florida, part of a $56 million budget to open South Florida’s first museum honoring all services and their history, Atwood explained. Veterans parades are planned in several Miami-Dade communities on Monday, Nov. 11, including Miami Lakes, Hialeah, Homestead and Miami Beach. In Kendall. Jewish War Veterans Post 213 will hold its annual Graveside Flag Placement Service at the Mount Nebo Kendall Memorial Gardens, 5900 SW 77 Ave. For information, call 305-2796412.


“The explosion of energy Miamians created around the challenge was tremendous,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of the Miami Foundation. “Each visionary idea added to the spark — a spark we hope will fuel a permanent community-wide focus on improving public spaces.” Eleven projects will be funded by $100,000 from the Miami Foundation. Health Foundation of South Florida will invest an additional $20,000-$30,000 in the challenge to fund four ideas promoting healthy, physical exercise activities and access to fresh food through gardens and farmer’s markets. Both organizations will work with winners to execute their projects. Selected ideas include: • Creating artistic wooden benches and hand-painted flower pots filled with tropical plants in Little Havana, celebrating their burgeoning arts community. (Idea from Ileana Collazo) • Install a shade covering over the outdoor fitness zone at Liberty City’s Gwen Cherry Park to protect park-going residents from the South Florida heat and

rain. (Idea from Gwen Cherry Park Foundation) • Transform an empty Downtown Dadeland lot next to the M-Path into a new public green space for Miamians to walk their dogs and engage with neighbors. (Idea from Eric Katz) All participants were invited to sign up with challenge partner ioby (in our backyard), a powerful online crowd-resourcing platform that drives public financial support for neighborhood projects. Funded projects also will require volunteer support, providing opportunities for challenge participants to engage in the project’s next phase. “This challenge is a community-wide achievement,” said Stuart Kennedy, the Foundation’s programs officer coordinating the Our Miami initiative. “By connecting challenge contributors to ioby and other resources, we could see many more ideas crystallize in the coming weeks. Together, we’re making Miami a more open, attractive, healthier and engaged place to live.” Visit and for more information.

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U.S. Century Bank announces new VPs/market managers BY ILEANA PORTAL

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banking professional with more than 17 years’ experience. As market manager U.S. Century Bank appointed Karen for the Brickell area, he will manage Pascual vice presibranch operations and dent/market manager further grow U.S. of its Coral Gables Century Bank’s conbranch and Patrick sumer and business Ahern vice president/ customer base in the market manager of its Brickell area. He also Brickell branch. is responsible for cusPascual will oversee tomer retention and all personal and busiincreasing the bank’s ness banking efforts in loan portfolio. the Coral Gables marPrior to joining the ket. She is responsible community bank, he for the day-to-day served as vice presioperations of the dent/ branch manager branch as well as confor City National tinuing to increase Bank in the deposits, the lending Downtown area. He Karen Pascual portfolio and expand began his banking the bank’s customer career at Wachovia in base in the area. 2006. Ahern is educaA seasoned banking tional coordinator for professional, she has BNI and actively parmore than 23 years’ ticipates in the experience in banking. Greater Miami She previously was Chamber of with City National Commerce as well as the Coral Gables Bank where she served Chamber of as vice president and Commerce. He also is branch manager of the a supporter of the Coral Gables office. March of Dimes and Pascual began her United Way. banking career at Established in Southeast Bank in 1990 2002, U.S. Century where she advanced Patrick Ahern Bank is one of the her career through the –––––––––––––––––––––––– largest community mergers of First Union Bank, Wachovia Bank and Wells Fargo banks headquartered in Miami, with Bank. She is a member of the board of more than $1 billion in assets. For more directors of the Coral Gables Chamber of information or to find a U.S. Century branch near you, call 305-715-5200 or Commerce. Ahern is a dedicated business and visit <>.

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Jackson Health System dedicates newly renovated Breast Center BY BEVERLY C. RODRIGUES

With a snip of a pink ribbon, Jackson Memorial Hospital kicked off National Breast Cancer Awareness month on Oct. 1 by dedicating the re-modeled Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Imaging Center at the Taylor Breast Health Center. Thanks to a generous donation from philanthropists Harvey and Roberta Chaplin, the facility is totally digital, providing physicians with easier and faster access to images. It also has been renovated with more comfortable features for patients. Additionally, the center will be upgrading two digital mammogram units to incorporate 3-D technology. “The Chaplins have been far more than just patrons in the fight against breast cancer; they have been activists, ambassadors and champions,” Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, said during a grand re-opening celebration. “On behalf of our doctors, nurses and especially our patients, we thank you.” The celebration was attended by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, breast cancer sur-

vivors, nurses and physicians, the chair of the Public Health Trust, Jackson executives and officers of the board of the Jackson Memorial Foundation. “Only here at Jackson can we deliver the cutting-edge care made possible by the Chaplins’ generous gift,” said Darryl K. Sharpton, chair of the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees. “We promise that high level of care to everyone in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.” Breast cancer survivor Rosa Arias Yapur, 34, credits the breast center at Jackson Memorial for saving her life. The first-time mother shared her story during the ceremony, with her husband and daughter by her side. Three months after having her first child, Yapur noticed blood streaming from one of her nipples. She then discovered a lump on her left breast and had a feeling something was terribly wrong. “When I came to Jackson, they discovered I had stage three breast cancer,” she said. “Thanks to all the doctors and staff at Jackson, I was able to get a mastectomy and treatment. Now I am cancer-free. I thank God for the Jackson Memorial Breast Center and its staff.”

Pictured at the ribbon cutting are (l-r) Harvey Chaplin, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmondson, Roberta Chaplin, Jackson Memorial Foundation board member Dr. Rudy Moise, Jackson Health System CEO Carlos A. Migoya, Jackson Memorial Foundation chair Carlos Lopez Cantera and Public Health Trust chair Darryl K. Sharpton.

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Vizcaya Museum conserves 600-year-old Admiral Carpet

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Vizcaya has completed conservation treatment of the 600-year-old Admiral Carpet, one of the most important objects in its collection, with funding from the American Express Charitable Fund. Built in the 1910s by businessman James Deering, Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark and AAM-accredited museum owned by Miami-Dade County. Commissioned by the 26th Admiral of Castile, Spain — King Ferdinand’s grandfather — in the 1450s, the wool carpet is nearly 27 feet long and eight feet wide. It is interesting to note that the design of the carpet reflects the harmony that existed between Christians and Muslims at the time. Only a handful of carpets woven by Muslim weavers for Castillan aristocracy during this period still exist and Vizcaya’s Admiral Carpet represents one of the most complete. Based on the 2011 survey of this rare object, Vizcaya ranked the conservation treatment of the Admiral Carpet and the improvement of its display method as an urgent priority. Treatment included removal of the outdated hanging system and a thorough cleaning. The new display system, consisting of a shallow, rigid slant support on which the carpet rests, was custom built and greatly enhances the carpet’s visibility for museum visitors. American Express has a rich tradition of supporting organizations and projects that preserve or rediscover major historic sites

and monuments in order to provide ongoing sustainable access and enjoyment for current and future audiences. “We are extremely proud to having played a role in restoring the historic integrity of the entire estate through the conservation treatment of the Admiral Carpet” said Jeffrey Vortolomei, manager of internal communications. Vizcaya Museum and Gardens preserves the Miami estate of International Harvester vice president James Deering (1859–1925). Built between 1914 and 1922, Vizcaya is one of the most intact remaining architectural examples from the era in United States history known as the American Renaissance, when the nation’s wealthy industrialists built lavish estates inspired by the palaces of Europe. Vizcaya was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994 for its national significance as an achievement of American Renaissance architecture, landscape design, decorative arts, and art collecting. Vizcaya is owned by Miami-Dade County. Vizcaya features a Main House, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore and a historic village that will be restored for additional venues for programs and community outreach. Located at 3251 S. Miami Ave. between Brickell Avenue and Coconut Grove. Vizcaya is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visit <> or call 305-250-9133. Vizcaya is open daily except Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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Free yoga, classes being offered at Coconut Groveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peacock Park BY NATALI LATORRE

The Coconut Grove Business Improvement District is teaming up with Dharma Studio to bring free community yoga classes to Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., in Coconut Grove every Tuesday night from 6 to 7 p.m. beginning Oct. 1 and continuing through April 2014. These open-level weekly yoga classes offer a stress-free and scenic outdoor atmosphere by beautiful Biscayne Bay that participants of all

ages can experience. A certified yoga instructor from Dharma Studio will lead each class. All participants must sign a waiver and should bring their own yoga mat, water, and towel. Classes will be Vinyasa-based featuring a flowing energetic style, including breathwork, meditation and relaxation. Classes are subject to cancellation due to rain. For more information, visit <> or call 305-461-1777.

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Do you or someone you know have Facial Acne? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 12 years of age or older that suffer from Facial Acne, to participate in a seven [7] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $350.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Acné Facial? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 12 años de edad o más que padecen de Acné Facial, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de siete [7] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos del estudio bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Un reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $350.00. For more information please call:

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(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

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Do you or someone you know have Tinea Pedis/Athlete’s Foot? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Tinea Pedis “Redness, Itchiness, Maceration, Erosion, and/or Scaling areas in between your toes” to participate in a three [3] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $150.00.

¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies/Pie De Atleta? FXM Research en Miami está buscando a hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más de edad que padecen de Hongos Entre Los Dedos De Sus Pies “Enrojecimiento, Picazón, Humedad, Erosiones, y/o áreas de Descamación entre los dedos de los pies”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de tres [3] visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $150.00.

For more information please call:

Para más información por favor llame al:

(305) 220-5222 Hector Wiltz, MD., CPI. Board Certified Dermatologist FXM Research Miami

FXM Research Miami 11760 Bird Road, Suite 452 Miami, FL 33175

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Debuts and much more set for Miami International Auto Show BY JOHN G. KISKINIS

Auto aficionados will have the opportunity to get a first look at hundreds of 2014 model cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs when the Miami International Show returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center for its 43rd annual run. The show will open on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr.) in Miami Beach, and conclude its 10-day run on Sunday, Nov. 17. Models from more than 40 manufacturers will be displayed throughout the nearly half million square foot floor along with many of the same special features and exhibits that have made the auto show one of the keynote events of South Florida’s fall season. Miami is considered among the top five in attendance nationally among auto shows. “South Florida is a top market for introducing new automotive products,” said Mario Murgado, show chair of this year’s 43rd annual event. “Today’s engineering and technology are adding to efficiency, safety, reliability and value. These cars really offer something for everyone.” Two vehicles will be making their national auto show debuts in Miami. The Cadillac Escalade, which set the standard for luxury SUVs when it was introduced as a 1999 model, is all new for 2015 as it enters its fourth generation. The 2014 Maserati Ghibli sedan, first seen as a coupe in the 1960s, is set to spearhead the Italian manufacturer’s ambitious plans to become a fine-line automaker by 2015. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, the Great American sports car that is entering its seventh generation, is the Official Show Car for the Miami Auto Show. In addition to being able to pore over the vehicles at their leisure, show attendees will be able to get behind the wheel of selected new models from manufacturers like Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Kia, Scion, Mazda, and Toyota during the show’s Ride and Drive opportunities on weekend hours and Veterans Day (Nov. 11). “There’s no better backdrop at any other auto show in the U.S. than Miami Beach’s famed Ocean Drive,” Murgado added. Camp Jeep, offering attendees the opportunity for an off-road experience as Jeep experts take riders around a special layout just outside the center, returns and will recognize its one-millionth rider during the course of the show. It could be you,

so don’t miss it! Also back will be the nostalgic Havana Classics presented in part by Telemundo 51. Cars that once toured the Cuba’s picturesque roads and backstreets will transport you back in time to the 1950s. A rare, 1936 Ford Cabriolet originally owned by Academy Award winning actress Katharine Hepburn will be among the featured vehicles, rumble seat and all. Who doesn’t like convertibles? For the second straight year, the Topless in Miami exhibit will have on display drop tops from the annual competition sponsored by the Southern Automotive Media Association. Once again, exotics like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus and Aston Martin will be in Million Dollar Alley to entice those attendees holding winning lottery tickets. Speaking of nostalgia, Memory Lane, annually sponsored by the South Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America, will have a special attraction this year. See something you really, really, really like? Let others know immediately. Show attendees will be able to connect and interact with others in real time via Twitter at prominent screens displayed at high-traffic points on the convention center floor. Oh, yes. Don’t forget to enter the show’s annual giveaway promotion for your chance to win a brand new Chevrolet Camaro. The prize car, a Camaro 1LT, carries an MSRP of nearly $30,000. The South Florida Automobile Dealers Association, which is comprised of more than 190 dealerships in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, is the official sponsor of the Miami International Auto Show, which debuted in 1971. Admission to the show is $12 for adults, $6 children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets may be ordered through the show’s website for a $1 convenience fee. Discount tickets knocking $2 off the admission price are available while supplies last at participating McDonald’s restaurants in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties and new car and truck dealerships throughout South Florida. They also may be requested through the auto show’s website. For more information on this year’s event, visit the website, <>, or contact show coordinator Cliff Ray at 305-981-1448.

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2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe is re-designed and given more porwer Grant Miller CAR CORNER The Hyundai Genesis Coupe was significantly redesigned for 2013 and given a more aggressive look, an improved interior and more power under the hood. The refreshed Genesis Coupe now has a more menacing look with a redesigned front fascia, grille, headlights, LED daytime running lights, fog lights and a hood with heat extractor cues. It rides on new 18- and 19inch alloy wheel designs with deeper sculpting. The rear-wheel-drive sport coupe proportions remain and it still has a long wheelbase with short front and rear overhangs, broad shoulders and a wide stance. Both Genesis Coupe engine options have been given significant technology upgrades. The Lambda DOHC V-6 engine has new direct-injection technology that adds 42 hp, up 14 percent to 348 hp. The Genesis Coupe with the V-6 now clocks 0-60 mph in the low five-second range and has an electronicallylimited top speed of 149 mph. The 3.8-liter engine uses Dual Continuously Variable

Valve Timing (Dual CVVT) and a Variable Intake System (VIS) for more efficient operation at both low and high RPM. At the same time, the turbocharged, intercooled 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine substitutes a new twin-scroll design for its turbocharger along with a new and larger intercooler. The twin-scroll design is more efficient at recovering exhaust energy and produces cooler cylinder temperatures. The 2.0-liter turbo now generates 274 hp, a 30 percent increase, and has a cast-aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head. Both engines are mated to standard sixspeed manual transmissions, with an eightspeed automatic with paddle-shift SHIFTRONIC shifting available. The 2013 Genesis Coupe interior has been enhanced with upscale features and design cues. The instrument panel crash pad has a stitched-seam look and the parking brake lever is leather-wrapped on leather-equipped models. The instrument cluster has an electroluminescent gauge cluster and a new rear seat walk-in assist function has been added for easier access to the rear seat from the driver’s side. Driver seat power lumbar support is available and front seatback pockets are standard. A center stack multi-gauge cluster with instantaneous mpg, torque level (3.8 models) or turbocharger boost pressure (2.0T

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models), and oil temperature is standard and a center fascia tray with a cover has been added for more storage. Interior surfaces have a softer touch and sport front seats with deep side bolsters offer good lateral support. Other premium features include an available Infinity premium audio system and twostage front seat heaters. Additionally, a new tan leather interior, a new red leather bolster/red cloth insert interi-

or, and a new gray leather bolster/gray cloth insert interior have been added to the interior color selections offered. The MSRP on the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe ranges from $24,250-$34,250. Grant Miller is the publisher of Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277 or by addressing email to <>.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FROM FLORIDA CITY GAS Every day, underground pipelines safely transport natural gas to homes and businesses throughout the area. Florida City Gas is responsible for the security and maintenance of pipelines in our service territory.

Call Before You Dig Before digging around your property, state law requires you call 811 to have your utility lines professionally marked – for free! You must wait the required amount of time before you begin your project. Pipeline markers indicate the presence of pipe and right-of-way. While they’re not present in all areas, it’s always best to call 811.If right-of-way is adjacent to your property, it is your responsibility to ensure no new landscaping or physical structure interferes with access to the pipeline, and with our ability to keep it safe through routine monitoring and maintenance. Information about transmission pipelines operating in your community is available through the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS) and is available online at

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission urges all users to lower their water heaters to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Although natural gas pipeline incidents are uncommon, these tips will help you identify a possible leak and know what to do.

Carbon Monoxide

LISTEN for a hissing or roaring sound near a natural gas appliance or line.

Incomplete combustion of any fuel – produces carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is poisonous and has no odor, taste or color. Carbon monoxide detectors are helpful, but they are no substitute for using equipment safely. This includes having it inspected once a year by a certified contractor.

Appliance Safety According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency: • It’s important that you have your furnace inspected by a qualified specialist. • Be sure all furnace controls and emergency shutoffs are in proper working condition. • Keep trash and other combustible material away from your air heating and water heating systems.

LOOK for blowing dirt or continued bubbling of standing water.

SMELL for the distinctive rotten-egg scent of natural gas. Take action if you detect even a small amount of this odor. LEAVE the area IMMEDIATELY if you detect a natural gas leak. Don’t try to identify the source or stop the leak. CALL Florida City Gas at 888.352.5325 or 911 once you are safely away from the possible leak site. Stay away from the area until a Florida City Gas representative or emergency personnel indicate it is safe to return. REMEMBER while near a possible natural gas leak, do not touch or use anything that may cause a spark. This includes lighters, matches, cigarettes, flashlights, light switches and telephones. Wait until you have left the area to use a cell phone. For more information,visit or call 800.9937546.

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Public Radio’s BURN to examine coming threat of rising sea levels BY JULIE FUSELLA

With reports and interviews from the beaches of South Florida, the glacier fields of Greenland, the coastal wetlands of Louisiana and the streets of New York City, public radio’s award-winning BURN: An Energy Journal takes an indepth look at the potentially devastating impact of rising seas on two major American cities and the Gulf Coast’s vulnerable marshlands and equally vulnerable oil-and-gas industry. It also captures the sights and sounds of Greenland’s ice sheets, which are melting more rapidly than anyone had anticipated and unleashing huge quantities of fresh water into the North Atlantic. That, in turn, is driving sea rise in places like Miami. In this one-hour special produced by SoundVision Productions, host Alex Chadwick and his BURN colleagues do what public radio does best — break down big, complex, controversial subjects into smaller, more personal, “human-scale” stories, offering powerful reporting and unique insights along the way. “Rising Seas” will be broadcast on WLRN in Miami on Nov. 12, following the recent release of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s significant report compiled by hundreds of scientists worldwide. The IPCC’s advance summary of the full report is unequivocal: “Our assessment of the science finds that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, the global mean sea level has risen and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased,” stated one of IPCC’s co-chairs. The BURN special also is being aired in conjunction with what is known in South Florida as the “King Tide,” an autumnal high tide that puts canals, rivers and coastal areas at risk of flooding. Also available online will be a wealth of additional content — exclusive photos, graphs and videos — that sheds more light on the global impact of rising seas. The website extras will include an essay by award-winning science journalist Dan Grossman who outlines current projections for sea level rise by 2100. BURN reporters will submit video “postcards”

from the field, and filmmaker Josh Kurz, who specializes in blending science with comedy, will present several “explainer videos.” BURN is launching a new Tumblr blog called “100 Years Rising” and is inviting all listeners to imagine what life might be like in the future when more of the world is underwater — and to share those written, photographic and video visions on the new blog. “100 Years Rising” is especially interested in hearing from local journalists — and high school and university students — who live in threatened coastal areas about how their communities will be affected, and what they can do about it. BURN stories on energy and climate change also can be explored on BURN Facebook and followed on Twitter. In the upcoming BURN special, Chadwick calls rising seas “the monster stepchild of climate change.” The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development recently conducted a threat assessment and determined the 20 most vulnerable coastal cities in the world — Miami is first, New York City is third, and New Orleans is 12th. From Miami, Chadwick reports that parts of the city will permanently flood as soon as 15 years from now. Already parts of Miami Beach flood regularly during abnormal high tides. Because the substrate for South Florida is porous limestone, there is basically no defense. He tells the story of Miami’s impending struggle for survival through two local scientists who are deeply involved with sea level rise. Nicole Hernandez Hammer is program manager for the Climate Change Initiative, a project out of Florida Atlantic University that pulls together academics, public officials and agencies to study and prepare for climate change. Hammer tells Chadwick that she is “very concerned about what lies ahead for Florida in the next 30 years. It’s going to be radically different.” Keren Bolter is a PhD student at FAU in the Department of Environmental Studies whose research compares “perceived and actual risk” for sea level rise in Florida. Her preliminary findings: many people who live miles from the coast are at high risk and don’t know it.

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Bayfront Park’s free yoga classes surpass 100,000 in attendance BY CAROL CUTT

Another milestone was reached at Bayfront Park’s free yoga class on Wednesday, Oct. 16, as total attendance since the inception of the classes surpassed 100,000. Assuming 525 calories burned during the hour-and-15-minute class, that amounts to a total of 52.5 million calories burned. Free weekly yoga classes started at Bayfront Park on Sept. 12, 2005. Eight people attended the class. The class was held every Monday, and by May 2006, the classes had become so popular they were expanded to three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Saturday). Currently, average attendance is exceeding 100 per class.

The setting is ideal. Conducted outdoors by Biscayne Bay, the classes offer a unique atmosphere to relax and invigorate at the same time. In addition, participants can enjoy the stunning view. “The classes are about building a community and we are pleased that the community has responded,” said Timothy Schmand, Bayfront Park Management Trust’s executive director. Classes are open free to the public, and take place rain or shine and on holidays. In the event of rain, the classes are held inside the Bayfront Park Management Trust office. Current class sponsors are TeamFootWorks and Yoga Journal. Past sponsors have included smartwater, ZICO Beverages, Naked Juice, and NatureRaised Farms.

Marco Polo Beach Resort Recognized as One of Ramada Brand’s Best Sunny Isles, Florida (September 25th, 2013) – The Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort at 19201 Collins Ave today announced that it has been given “The Best of 2013” award by Ramada Worldwide, ranking it among the top five percent of the brand’s portfolio in the U.S. and Canada. To be eligible for the award, the hotel had to distinguish itself as a leader amongst the brand throughout the year, setting itself apart by demonstrating outstanding performance in areas including customer service, revenue generation and overall quality. “It is with great pleasure that I congratulate Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort and its staff on this recognition of excellence,” said Mark Young, brand senior vice president of Ramada Worldwide. “This award symbolizes their commitment to providing guests with exceptional service and extraordinary accommodations, which not only speaks volumes about their dedication to the quality of their hotel, but also to that of the greater Ramada brand.” The Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort is a 240-room hotel offering a Beach Front location in the city as well as restaurant, TNT Lounge for Dinner and Cocktails, pool, fitness center and almost 17,000 sqf. of meeting space, including a 6,700 sqf. Ballroom. Rooms feature 37” Flat screen LCD TV, Coffee maker, In Room Safe, small refrigerator, microwave and toaster. “This is a great honor for our hotel and a testament to the hard work and determination of our wonderful staff,” said Pablo Martinez, the hotel’s Operations Manager. Aboutt Ramada Part of Wyndham Hotel Group, Ramada Worldwide, is a global brand of nearly 840 midscale and upscale hotels that offer the opportunity to earn and redeem points through Wyndham Rewards®, the brand’s guest loyalty program. Travelers can join the free program at Select properties feature on-site restaurants, lounges, fitness center, meeting and banquet facilities and business centers. Each Ramada hotel is independently owned and operated, except for certain Ramada hotels outside of the U.S. which are managed by an affiliate. Ramada Worldwide is a subsidiary of Wyndham Hotel Group and parent company Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN). Reservations and information are available by visiting Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,410 hotels and over 635,100 rooms in 67 countries under 15 hotel brands. Additional information is available at For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit

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Friends of Nature Music Festival set Nov. 9-10


“FonFest,” the Friends of Nature Music Festival, takes place Nov. 9-10 at the historic Virginia Key Beach Park. An ambitious and innovative event, done on a grand scale, the environmentally conscious festival is billed as more than just a music festival, with hundreds of musicians, artists, filmmakers, inventors, comedians, and philosophers from all over the world pitching in to provide entertainment and to raise awareness about saving the planet. Besides the concert music by exciting bands in four “stage” areas there will be costumes, sculptures and art exhibits, food (including ice cream, ice cold lemonade, pop-corn and fruit) workshops, yoga, dancers, comedy, drum circles, movies on the beach, and non-profit

organizations participating. FonFest is presented by Eyeness Productions, co-founded by Miami locals Ines Galindo and Oscar Diaz. One of the first production companies in Miami creating events that implement eco-friendly initiatives and use alternative energy, making them more responsible to the environment, the festival founders hope that all attendees “will leave with the tools and knowledge of how to save the planet.” Unlike many music festivals, it will source all power from natural sources such as solar, bio-fuel and natural gas generators as well as ensure all products sold remain true to the festival’s eco-friendly mandate. For more information about the festival, the music and comedy lineup and other details, or to purchase tickets to FonFest, visit the website at <>.

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Miami’s Newgard Development Group wins Latin Builders Association award BY ALLIE SCHWARTZ GRANT

The Latin Builders Association (LBA), the largest Hispanic construction association in the United States, recognized Miami-based real estate development firm Newgard Development Group with the 2013 “Developer of the Year” award. The annual awards program, which is nominated and voted on by fellow LBA members and colleagues, honors standout companies and leaders within various industries that have made a significant impact on South Florida’s business community. Marc S. Coleman, senior vice president of construction for Newgard Development Group, accepted the award on the firm’s behalf at the 33rd Annual 2013 LBA Awards Celebration, which took place on Sept. 27 at the Hilton Downtown Miami. “We are honored to receive this prestigious award from such a well-respected and admired organization such as the Latin Builders Association,” Coleman said. “This award serves as a reflection of our firm’s dedication and commitment to developing forward-thinking, innovative, top-quality projects in South Florida that offer the best in location, amenities, and design.” Newgard’s latest achievements under founder Harvey Hernandez’s visionary approach include the 374-unit BrickellHouse luxury condominium, which kick-started Miami’s current real estate cycle when it launched in the upscale Brickell Financial District in late 2011. Most recently Newgard launched the 352-unit Centro condominium, which will rise in the heart of Downtown Miami and has garnered widespread interest for its urbanistic elements, such as its loft-style units, pedestrian-friendly location, partnership with the Car2Go vehicle-sharing pro-

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Not Feeling Quite Right? You Might be Low in Zinc Zinc is a mineral that is essential for immune function, protein synthesis, wound healing and cell growth and is required by the body to make many essential hormones. Due to food processing and soil depletion and interactions with medications such as protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), zinc deficiency is now a common problem. Fitness enthusiasts are prone to zinc deficiency caused by sweating. Older patients with poor dietary habits are especially vulnerable to zinc deficiency. Symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, poor appetite, digestive problems, and smell and taste dysfunction. The Zinc Taste Test is an easy, inexpensive method of assessing zinc deficiency in an office setting. Ask our compounding pharmacist for more information about the Zinc Taste Test and customized treatment for zinc deficiency.

Marc S. Coleman, Newgard’s senior vice president of construction, accepts the award on the firm’s behalf. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

gram, and contemporary designs by celebrity designer and social entrepreneur Yves Béhar. Established in 1971, The Latin Builders Association is a non-profit organization that encompasses a vast array of individuals and companies related to South Florida’s vibrant construction industry. With more than 750 member companies, the organization embodies the interests of builders, developers, contractors, architects, engineers, plumbers, electricians and tradesmen, providing a vital forum for discussion, networking, training/development, and representation at the local and state levels.

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Facial Plastic Surgery with Dr. Bustillo Dr. Bustillo, My son fell last week while running around the pool and cut his upper lip. We took him to the E.R. and the physician there stitched him. He is supposed to return to the E.R. this week to get his stitches removed and to have it checked, but I don’t like the way it is looking right now. What should we do? Should we have done something different? Sandra Dear Sandra, My best advice is for you to take her to a plastic surgeon. At this point the lip is healing and he will not be able to “re-do it”, but he will be able to make sure it is healing well. Lip lacerations can be tricky, as the vermilion border (the junction of the white lip and the red lip) has to be lined up perfectly. If it is not, a step or a notch can be created. If this occurs, it can be corrected about a year later in the office under local anesthesia. Regarding your second question, unless you know a plastic surgeon and can call him, it’s always best to go to the emergency room. If the laceration is large or on the face, it’s best to ask for the plastic surgeon on call to evaluate and treat you. Best,

Andres Bustillo, MD You can submit your questions to Andres Bustillo is a board certified facial plastic surgeon. 305-663-3380

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22 Skyview in East Edgewater rents 80 percent of its units BY ALLIE SCHWARTZ GRANT When only few developers were building market-rate rental buildings, Melo Group was laying down the foundation for the construction of 22 Skyview in Miami’s East Edgewater neighborhood. The 32-story contemporary rental project, located at 425 NE 22 St., has become one of the first new Class A apartment buildings to be completed in the greater downtown Miami area in decades. Now that Miami’s housing market is hot and the demand for rental units in the urban core is swelling, Melo already has rented 80 percent of the building’s 280 units, many of which have unobstructed views of Biscayne Bay. 22 Skyview is located in the heart of East Edgewater, a residential area just north of downtown Miami, and caters to the area’s young professionals who are looking for reasonably priced rental apartments closer to their jobs. Its location is a short ride away from Miami’s major employment hubs, including the Brickell Financial District, the Commercial Business District and the Health District. Other developers would like to tap into the rental market in the bustling neighborhood, but rising land values are pricing rental projects out of the of the East Edgewater market.

“The development of 22 Skyview wasn’t about timing the market,” said Carlos Melo, a principal of Melo Group. “It was about filling a void in the market at the right time. We always knew this area was underserved when it comes to Class A apartments. “People working in Brickell, downtown Miami, and even in the Health District, want to rent close to where they work. Yet, until now, that was very challenging due to the lack of affordable, quality inventory.” The demand for quality apartments, especially for professionals working nearby, has generated leases at a speed rarely seen before in a rental building. Rental rates for 22 Skyview’s one-, twoand three-bedroom units range from approximately $1,500 to $2,800 a month. Another one of 22 Skyview’s advantage is its proximity to trendy shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, including the Design District, South Beach, Shops at Midtown and Wynwood Arts District. For culture lovers, 22 Skyview is less than a mile away from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, AmericanAirlines Arena, and the new

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Museum Park which will be home to the Miami Art Museum and Miami Science Museum. Building amenities at 22 Skyview include a covered parking garage, sky pool deck, fully equipped fitness center, social room, steam room and sauna. Unit features include granite countertops, laminated wood floors, porcelain-tiled bathrooms, and full-size washers and dryers. The tower also is home to 14,500 square feet of office space, especially beneficial to tenants who want to have their office close to home. 22 Skyview is one of several residential projects Melo is building or has completed in the up-and-coming East Edgewater neighborhood, now at the center of Miami’s newest wave of real estate development. Bay House, a 165unit luxury condominium project located at 600 NE 27 St., will be the firm’s 10th project in the neighborhood since 2003. For more information about 22 Skyview, including rental opportunities, call 305-571-0000 or visit the 22 Skyview rental office at 425 NE 22 St. in East Edgewater. Learn more at <>.

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