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MAY 18, 2010

Future generation learns benefit of planting trees

Tour of Ga bles 5K looks to top 900-runner mark

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The City of Coral Gables celebrated Arbor Day on May 6 as a day to learn about the importance of planting trees for future generations. A ceremony took place at the Merrick House hosted by the Coral Gables Garden Club during which the Landscape Beautification Awards were presented to the best gardens in the city. In this photo, children from First United Methodist Church’s The Growing Place Preschool stand outside the Merrick House after receiving a tree to take home for their gardens.

Spence: Distinguished GABLES GREAT career in field of law J.B. Spence, a practicing attorney for the past 59 years, was inducted into the Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame on Apr. 24 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. This was an honor bestowed upon only four other lawyers this year and is the culmination of a most distinguished career. A native of Arkansas, Spence grew up in Tallahassee before joining the U.S. Navy during World War II and bravely serving six years in both the Pacific and Atlantic theaters. Taking advantage of the GI Bill follow-

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Ceremony pays tribute to city’s fallen officers Friends and family members of Coral Gables police officers killed in the line of duty gathered on May 6 to pay tribute to their memories. A memorial ceremony took place at Merrick Park in the afternoon to remember the following: Sergeant Francis Cyril Guest (1928), Sergeant Homer Barton (1938), Constable Luther T. Hardison (1951), Officer Billy Stephens (1957), Officer Walter Stathers (1967), Officer Robert DeKorte (1972), Officer Louis Pena (1978), Sergeant Alfred Terrinoni (1980), and Officer Robert Bonnet (1992). During the ceremony, their names were read over the police radios, followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.

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he Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will host its 15th annual Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5K on Saturday, May 22. The race, which attracted 900 runners last year, takes participants on a beautiful tour through scenic areas of Coral Gables, beginning and ending at the historic Coral Gables City Hall, located on the corner of Le Jeune Road and Miracle Mile, right in the heart of Coral Gables. The 15th Annual Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5K, which is a USATF and RCCA certified course, will have staggered start times for the 5K wheelchair, 5K run and 5K walk. All members and friends of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce are wel-

come to participate in this event designed for the entire family. Children under age 18 also are encouraged to register. The first 900 participants who register will also receive a race packet, which includes a guaranteed custom T-shirt. Awards will be given to the run and walk winners — overall male and female. Medals will be awarded to the top three in each age group. The company with the most participants will receive the coveted Chairman’s Cup, so build up your team and join the race. Come early, even if you are not taking part in the race, and cheer on all who participate. Free parking is available at the parking garage on Andalusia Avenue, close to Le Jeune Rd.


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May 18 - 24, 2010

Chamber’s ‘green’ efforts to take root at Eco Expo BY LARRY M. NOLAN

commerce and everyday living,” Smith said about the Go Green Task Force at the The Go Green Task Force, headed by Coral Gables Chamber. Anabella Smith and Carole Schafmeister Table-Top Participants are: AIA will host the Coral Gables Chamber of Miami, Architectural Shades, Ceramic Commerce’s inaugural Eco Expo on Consulting ILVA Porcelain Tile City of Thursday, May 27, 10:30 a.m., at the Hyatt Coral Gables, Comobar, Constantine Regency Coral Gables. Carpet, Coral Gables Museum, EarthThe event is sponsored by Resource 4 Energy Solutions, EcoChamber, Floors Comobar, Kohler, Steelcase Inc. Gateways Unlimited, InterfaceFLOR and Turner Construction Company. Inc., Kohler, La Strada Furniture & The Eco Expo will provide the opportu- Interiors, Lighting Representatives, nity for businesses and consumers to con- MiaGreen Expo & Conference, Original vene in a single venue Impressions, Resource to showcase the impact 4 Floors, Sofitel The Eco Expo will that the “green” moveMiami, Steelcase Inc., ment is having on every Green Building provide the opportunity U.S. aspect of our economy Council, Valley Forge and society, from enerFabrics Inc., Waste for businesses and gy and transportation to M a n a g e m e n t , consumers to convene education, health and Workspaces South, travel, among many Zyscovich Architects. in a single venue to other areas. The Table-Top The Eco Expo lunch showcase the impact Showcase prices are will feature panelists $250 for members and that the “green” who specialize in eco$350 for non-members. centric and sustainability The cost to attend is movement is having on practices: Maribel $45 for chamber, AIA every aspect of our Balbin, Miami-Dade Miami, ECO Chamber County Office of and USGBC members economy and society... Sustainability; Arthur G. with RSVP by Friday, Faren, SourceCorp May 21. The cost is $55 Professional Services; Leisha John, for chamber, AIA Miami, Eco Chamber Sustainability Director for Ernst & Young; and USGBC members with RSVP after Shiraz Kashar, Waste Management; Brian Friday, May 21, and $55 for future Lomel, TLC Architecture, and John Nix, chamber members and guests. Florida Power & Light. For sponsorship and tabletop opportuThese are 24 tabletops showcasing the nities, contact the chamber at 305-446many ways their companies are advancing 1657. a sustainable and eco-friendly corporate To learn more about the Go Green Task environment. Force and the Eco Expo, call 305-446“Our mission is to continue promoting 1657 or visit online at <www.coralsustainable practices in our community, gableschamber.org>.


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Let them eat cake to mark City Beautiful’s 85 years

Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick cuts and serves birthday cake to visitors including author and historian Arva Moore Parks. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY BELKYS PEREZ

Coral Gables residents celebrated their city’s 85th birthday with cake, music and a historical exhibition. The event was held fittingly at city founder George Merrick’s family home, 907 Coral Way. The Merrick House was the first structure to be built on Merrick’s family homestead. Gables Mayor Don Slesnick and

Commissioner Maria Anderson were among the city leaders and attendees who sang Happy Birthday to Coral Gables. For most of the afternoon, residents visited the house, participating in self-guided tours and looking at historical photographs that depicted the City in the 1920s. The photos were on loan from the Coral Gables Museum. Live music by flamenco guitarist Carlos Valdes and cake rounded off the pleasant evening.

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SPENCE, from page 1 ing the war, Spence moved to Miami to attend and graduate summa cum laude from the University Miami School of Law. After graduation, he tackled public service as assistant attorney general of the State of Florida under the Hon. Richard W. Erwin, who later became Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. In 1967, Spence founded the law firm of Spence, Payne & Masington and that same year won the first million-dollar-plus verdict in Florida. Amazingly, Spence now has more than $100 million verdicts to his credit, has argued before the Supreme Court of the United States, served on the Constitution Revision Committee, Florida Judicial Nominating Committee and even authored the book, Final Argument. Now, at Leeds Colby Paris Spence Hoffman & Valori, Spence continues to litigate medical malpractice and premises liability cases. He serves as partner and, using his vast experience with aircraft and airline disasters â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including such cases as the ValuJet, Eastern Airlines, Arrow Airways and National Airlines cases â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he continues to

TOUR, from page 1 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The cost for participating is: cash or check, $25, before event day, $15 for those under 18. It will be $35, and $20 for runners under 18 on Race Day. Participants can register online at <www.footworksmiami.com>. The 15th Annual Baptist Health Tour of the Gables 5K would not be possible without the generous contributions from sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida,

fight for high-dollar amounts for his clients. He has taught at the University of Miami as an adjunct professor of law, served as president of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and is the 2001 recipient of the prestigious Al Cone Award. While his accolades are too numerous to mention, his outreach to the community is evidenced by the organizations in which he has served. He has been President of both the Dade County Bar Association and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. Spence also was a member of the board of governors of the Florida Bar for six terms, and belongs to the American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (serving as Chairman of the Medical Malpractice Committee), Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Law Science Academy, New York Association of Trial Lawyers, California Association of Trial Lawyers, and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He also is a member of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. Spenceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s law firm honored him by creating a scholarship in his name at the University of Miami School of Law, which is awarded annually to a deserving law student in financial need.

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May 18 - 24, 2010

Registration open for summer camp at St. Theresa School BY PATSY I. LINARES

Get your kids physically, mentally and spiritually fit this summer at the St. Theresa Catholic School summer camp beginning on June 14. Camp is held at the school, 2701 Indian Mound Trail in Coral Gables. The vision at Musketeer/SFSL Summer Camp is to provide a safe, healthy, and funfilled summer for campers with a caring staff, a stimulating camp environment, great activities, and a place to just have fun. Camp continues Monday-Friday through July 30, but will be closed on Monday, July 5. The program is open to ages 5-14 and extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. One price includes everything: camp, extended care, field trips, T-shirts, lunch and snacks. Field trips include Venetian Pool (twice), Metrozoo, Grapeland Water Park (twice), bowling, and Jungle Island. For more information, contact South Florida Sports League Inc., 2520 Coral Way, Suite 2309 Miami, Florida 33145;

The vision at Musketeer/SFSL Summer Camp is to provide a safe, healthy, and fun-filled summer for campers with a caring staff, a stimulating camp environment, great activities, and a place to just have fun. phone 786-210-7375. St. Theresa Catholic School, founded in 1925, is fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference and recognized by the National Council for Private School Accreditation. St. Theresa School is a parish elementary school with grades prekindergarten through 8.

CubaLibre Block Party slated May 21 in downtown Gables BY DANIEL GUITERAS

The Globe will host its seventh annual CubaLibre Block Party, a free, open-air concert and festival in the heart of downtown Coral Gables, along the entire 300 block of Alhambra Circle, on Friday, May 21, beginning at 4 p.m. Celebrating Cubaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first Independence Day of 1902, this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concert lineup will be headlined by Los 3 De La Habana, who last year blazed through a salsa set that had over 15,000 block party revelers literally dancing in the street. Ari Pinelli, GermĂĄn Pinelli and Ana Paez began their musical career in Havana. Prior to seeking political asylum in 2007, this dynamic group has experienced worldwide success by reviving the songs of Cubaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s past. Opening the concert will be Ramon Fabian Veloz. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s block party also will feature specially sourced, hand-picked vintage Cuban music by DJ Le Spam. Immediately following the live outdoor concert, a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;Descarga After-Partyâ&#x20AC;? with Nil Lara will take place

inside The Globe from midnight to 2 a.m. In addition to the free concert, The Globeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CubaLibre BlockParty also will feature Bacardi bars serving traditional Cuban cocktails, hand-rolled Cuban cigars, delicious street food and many more surprises. As always, festival attendees are encouraged to come decked-out in their best guayaberas and Cuban-chic attire to continue the block partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s golden age of Cuba theme. The Globeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CubaLibre Block Party is sponsored by American Airlines and once again will benefit Regis House, Miami Dadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premier agency for behavioral healthcare services. For over 25 years Regis House has provided mental health and substance abuse services to those in need. The Globe CafĂŠâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CubaLibre Block Party will begin at 4 p.m. and will stretch along the entire 300 block of Alhambra Circle between Le Jeune Road and Salzedo Avenue. General public entrance will be located at Salzedo Avenue. For information on The Globeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CubaLibre Block Party visit online at <www.theglobecafe.com> or call 305-444-3555.


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Woman’s Club conducts annual Installation Dinner Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducted its 87th annual Installation dinner on May 5, during which Linda Hartwell was installed as CGWC president by former Florida Federation of Women’s Club president Charlyne Carruth. Hartwell follows Pam Schaefer as president and will serve two years, a fact Hartwell’s husband, John, only discovered that night. Bill Lapsley, former first husband who was standing in for Pam’s husband John Schaefer, gave the annual “First Husband’s Address” with some sage and very comical advice to the newcomer to the position. Members and guests enjoyed the festive evening organized by past president Charo Bolanos, who was surprised and teary eyed that night on receiving the club’s top honor as the Barbara Rosenthal & Sherry Wheeler Leadership Award recipient. Past president Barbara Lapsley presented the New Member Award in her name to Sabrina Perez-King. Outgoing president Schaefer thanked her board before Hartwell and the new officers were installed.

The new officers include first vice president, Mireya Kilmon; second vice president, Barbara Lapsley; treasurer, Nancy Desmangles; recording secretary, Mayra Domiguez; corresponding secretary, Charo Bolanos; dental clinic director, Dr. Iris Torres; first director, Pam Schaefer; second director, Claire Frances Whitehurst, and third director, Dorothy Thomson. Coral Gables Woman’s Club draws its members from as far south as Cutler Bay and as far north as Miramar, all of whom want to volunteer their time to help others. The club owns and operates a free children’s dental clinic that provides more than $150,000 annually in dental care for those children who fall through the gaps in our healthcare system. For more information on the club, go online to <www.coralgableswomansclub.org>. Mother’s Day was celebrated around town in many ways, some with cookouts, camping and many lucky moms attended a beautiful brunch, like this writer, at the Westin Colonnade. Chef Thomas Russo had everything one could want on his menu. Westin’s general manager, Mike Wurster, was among the sellout crowd enjoying the morning with his family including wife, Katherine, and daughters, Caroline, Holly and baby Veronica. Other faces in the crowd included Eleanor Zahner, Tom and Carol Bovee, John Burns and Allison Bean, to mention a few. In Gables Rotary news, the Gables Club

Pictured at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Installation Dinner are (l-r) Charo Bolanos, Barbara Lapsley, Mireya Kilmon, Linda Hartwell, Charlyne Carruth, Pam Schaefer, Iris Torres, Nancy Desmangles, and Claire Frances Whitehurst.

Katherine Wurster (far right) with daughter, Caroline, select from the lavish Mother’s Day buffet at Westin Colonnade. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Pictured (l-r, standing): Zoltan Pinter, Bonnie Blaire and Bill Quesenberry are seen with books signed by author Ellen Brazer (seated) during a Coral Gables Rotary meeting.

was recently treated to a talk by awardwinning author, Ellen Brazer. Brazer discussed her new book, Clouds Across the Sun. This historical fiction promises to be one that will be enjoyed by both men and women and has been well researched for historical accuracy amid a fictional plot. During that same May 5 meeting, local store owner Joan Rietsma, of The Giving Tree, received recognition for a second Paul Harris Fellowship for contributions to Rotary International. By the way, The Giving Tree, which has been closed for

many months following a water pipe break, will soon be reopened with a new look and lots of great grand reopening bargains. Finally, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and Coral Gables Woman’s Club mourn the loss of Josephine Burke, a dedicated member of both clubs, who gave of her time to help others. She was a great friend and philanthropist who quietly funded numerous projects both locally and internationally that touched the lives of thousands. Until next time, keep making each day count.


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Stay active for life with new Health Enhancement Series BY LEE STEPHENS

Created to help people feel better and stay active for life, the Health Enhancement Series at Paradise Gym, 1236 S. Dixie Hwy. in Coral Gables, teaches individuals how to be smart about exercise and diet based on the personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specific needs. This new program is geared toward people, who currently are not active or have a medical condition or both, that would benefit tremendously from regular exercise, a well-balanced nutritional diet, and daily motivation and support from their own personal fitness coach. The Health Enhancement Series provides personalized tools and resources to guide and support individuals on the road to better health. Led by Certified Personal Fitness Coaches, personalized sessions focus on increasing activity levels in an effective and safe way, as well as behavior modification. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our coaches offer hand-held support and daily inspiration to ensure that participants are successful both inside and outside of our club,â&#x20AC;? said Kathie Chavarria, general manager for Paradise Gym.

There are four Health Enhancement Series from which to choose: Weight Loss â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Designed to reduce excess weight by monitoring exercise and caloric levels, personalized nutritional coaching, and constant support to help you achieve your health and wellness goals. Senior Start â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Created to get seniors of any age in a safe exercise program to improve balance and coordination, and enhance the skills needed to perform everyday tasks through functional movement. Heart Fit/Stress Management â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Formed to prevent cardiovascular disease through a regular exercise program specially designed to maintain a healthy weight, lower blood pressure and effectively manage stress. Fit Kids â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Intended to fight childhood obesity, this program features supervised fitness classes, which emphasize the fun aspect of exercising, as well as nutritional education for children and their parents. After choosing the health enhancement series that is right for you, your program will begin with a comprehensive fitness and health assessment to evaluate your

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In addition to your own personal fitness coach and the comprehensive fitness and health assessment, the Health Enhancement Series also includes: full club membership, bi-monthly nutrition seminars, meditation seminars, menu planning, monthly supermarket trips, monthly weight loss support meetings, and senior socials. The new program is available on an individual or group basis. For more information about the Health Enhancement Series or Paradise Gym, contact Kathie Chavarria or Danielle Chiu at 305-667-3539 or send email to <hes@miamihealthfitness.com>.

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Venetian Pool pictured after renovations are finished. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY BELKYS PEREZ

Grab your bathing suits and take a dip in the newly renovated Venetian Pool, 2701 De Soto Blvd. The historic landmark reopened to the public on Saturday, May 1. Most of the renovations may not be noticeable to guests but are nonetheless important in the maintenance of the aquatic facility. Contractors repaired cracks in the pool, replaced expansion joints, painted the pool floor and walls, made improvements to the chemical treatment system and circulation network, repaired the pool deck, added an ADA

wheelchair lift and restored the pool’s iconic Venetian poles. Until May 30, you can enjoy the pool Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. From May 31 until Sept. 6, pool hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission for Gables residents is $5 for adults and $3.95 for children 3-12 years of age. Admission for the general public is $11 for adults; $6.30 for children 3-12 years of age. Children must be at least 3 years old and 38 inches tall to enter the facility.

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Besides orthodontic treatments for both children and adults, general and family dentistry services at Galloway Dental Care include check-ups, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments, cavity fillings, root canal and teeth extraction. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry services include professional teeth whitening, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, implants or a combination of all these treatments, which is called full mouth rehabilitation. Periodontal treatments, TMJ therapy, snoring and grinding appliances are also available to help patients achieve the best oral health. Dr. Valdes performs implant dentistry, which is a good choice for people with missing teeth or those who have a partial or full denture. Implants look, act and function like natural teeth and help maintain crucial bone mass. “Dental implants can be life changing for patients. It enhances appearance, comfort, speech and the ability to chew and enjoy food,” said Dr. Valdes. “When people can’t chew their food properly, it leads to other health issues, including gastrointestinal problems.” Porcelain veneers can transform a smile, and yet look totally natural. For patients with thin, broken, chipped, crooked, stained or spaced teeth, porcelain veneers are custom made to fit and are precisely bonded over existing teeth. “Veneers also help to protect the integrity of a damaged tooth from further breakage,” said Dr. Valdes. “It’s important to keep that tooth and root intact.” Dr. Valdes and his professional team know that their patients’ time is very valuable so they work very hard to be sure that clients are not left waiting for their appointment. To provide the very best comfort and oral health care, Galloway Dental Care uses all of today’s most advanced technology and equipment in a modern, yet warm and laid back setting. Galloway Dental Care is located at 7755 S.W. 87th Avenue, suite 100, right next to Norman Brothers. To schedule an appointment for your free consultation, call 305-595-1774 and mention this story. For more information on services and to view photos in the photo gallery, visit the website at www.dentistmiami.com.


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Congregation’s team participates in Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run

Temple Judea in Coral Gables, one of the largest reform synagogues in Miami with more than 600 members, participated in the Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run on Thursday, Apr. 29, in downtown Miami with a team of 30 people including clergy, staff and members. Temple Judea was the only synagogue to have a team in the event. Runners completing the 3.1-mile course included Rabbi Edwin Goldberg and Rabbi Judith Siegal.

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Bicyclists hit the highway to fight multiple sclerosis

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Some members of Team Bacardi relax after riding. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY LEE STEPHENS

The National MS Society event, which took place on Apr. 17 and 18, is Florida’s premier charity cycling event, raising money to support research, programs and services for 6,000 South Floridians affected by multiple sclerosis. South Miami resident Claudette Halluk is the captain of Team Bacaradi, sponsored by 42Below vodka, riding in the MS Bike Ride. The team consisted of two riders in 2004 — Claudette and one her best friends — and now there are over 150 riders. At the beginning, they wanted to do this ride because they had participated in the MS Ride from Boston to Provincetown, MA, in 2001. They realized that this event makes such a difference for people living with multiple sclerosis as well as providing people a way to get out and enjoy riding their bikes again. Bacardi USA Inc., located in Coral Gables, has been a tremendous support to Halluk’s vision for the team, which has become one of the largest teams participating in the event, as well as educating people about MS. “I work very hard as our team captain to provide an environment that people remember and enjoy for various reasons,” she said. “As a result, our team has been rewarded with more riders every year.” True to Bacardi’s passion for its people and its community, the company has continued to provide financial support behind the team and the event.

The Bacardi VIP tent at John Pennecamp State Park is the talk of the ride and definitely helps in the recruiting of new team members. Team Bacardi has a great blend of every level rider, a variety of most every age, plus participants who have MS, coming together from all South Florida communities. “This ride is important to our team because we must remember that life is what we do every day and those moments can change in an instant,” Halluk said. “Team Bacardi rides to show our support for the cause and to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis in South Florida.” Some 3,000 riders began their journey at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 17, at the new starting line, Homestead-Miami Speedway. They spent the night in Key Largo at the 42Below Village at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Once all the riders arrive, they celebrated with food, fun, and entertainment. After a good night’s sleep, riders returned to Homestead-Miami Speedway. “The efforts of every MS Bike Ride participant, volunteer and supporter is significant to the success of this event,” said Karen Dresbach, National MS Society, South Florida Chapter president. “As a community we need to help raise the funds necessary to support those in dire need.” You can join the 2011 MS Bike Ride by calling 1-800-344-4867 or going online at <www.msbikeflorida.org>.

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Coral Gables High Culinary Team heading to national competition

Pictured (l-r) are chef instructor Mercy Vera with students Katryna Martinez, Richard Alboniga and Dalia Telles. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY MARCIA SPEVAK BREITER

The three-member Coral Gables Senior High School Culinary Arts Team, which recently won the regional and state championships in Orlando, will have the honor of representing South Florida in the national FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) competition, July 3-8, in Chicago, IL. The total cost for this trip will be $6,000 including airfare, hotel, registration and the transportation of all their cooking materials. Some $2,500 has been raised so far, including a donation from the Biltmore Hotel. For the past eight years the Gables High Culinary Team has taken first or second

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Church makes visitors to city feel welcome To the Editor: We have been coming to South Florida, on and off, for my husband’s chemotherapy treatments for six years and, apart from the obvious assets of Coral Gables, there has been a blessing which not many seem to find — the comfort of a lovely church and its garden. The small congregation, St. James Lutheran Church, is friendly and welcoming to all ages. The scripture readings and, in particular, the sermon message get us thoughtfully and cheerfully through the week. This letter is really to say thank you very much to St. James and to let others know that they can share too in this bilingual church (English/Spanish). Even though we are not Lutherans, we feel welcome there, as do other members who come from other denominations. St. James is located at 110 Phoenetia Ave., about four blocks north of Publix on Douglas Road and right behind the Chateaubleau Hotel on Ponce de Leon. Edna Rial Cayman Islands ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Chamber announces finalists for annual Rising Star award BY LARRY M. NOLAN

The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce will “Celebrate Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” during its fourth annual Rising Star Award ceremony at the Good Morning Coral Gables Breakfast on Thursday, May 20, 7:30 a.m., at The Biltmore Hotel. The Rising Star Award was created to recognize outstanding professionals under the age of 40 who are Coral Gables Chamber members or who live or work in the City of Coral Gables. The applicants are judged on professional achievement, community involvement and accomplishments. “When I first found out that I was a finalist for this award, I was ecstatic,” said Carlos Garcia, 2009 Rising Star Award recipient. “It was a true honor to be in the company and class of my fellow finalists. I am extremely proud to be last year’s recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Rising Star Award and it is something that I will always be proud of and think of fondly.”

This year’s finalists for the Rising Star Award are: Karyl A. Argamasilla, Adorno & Yoss LLP; Brian Barakat, Barakat Jacobs & Associates; Diego Cortes, Chilorio’s Very Mexican; Gary Reshefsky, MDW Insurance Group, and Steven Tonkinson, Rick Tonkinson & Associates Inc. The fourth annual Rising Star Awards will be bestowed at the May Good Morning Coral Gables Breakfast. Each month, approximately 200 chamber members attend this networking breakfast at the Biltmore Hotel. As the chamber’s signature networking program, this month’s Good Morning Coral Gables Breakfast will feature Mario Cristobal, head football coach at Florida International University. The breakfasts are held on the third Thursday of each month from 7:30 to 9 a.m. To attend this event or others, register at <www.coralgableschamber.org>.


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Avenue to be ‘Hurricane Highway’ to honor Howard Drive Elementary BY JASMINE BROOKS

Parents and students of Howard Drive Elementary will be excited to see changes coming down the road, literally, within the next few weeks, as Palmetto Bay Vice Mayor Brian W. Pariser has sponsored the designation of a portion of SW 77th Avenue (between SW 136th Street and SW 138th Terrace) as “Hurricane Highway” in honor of the school. Howard Drive principal Deanna Dalby was present at the May 3 village council meeting to accept the honor. “Without the support of the village, we wouldn’t have programs like DARE,

rad/KIDS, and Officer Friendly,” Dalby said. “It truly does take a village to raise a child.” Howard Drive Elementary is one of Palmetto Bay’s A-rated schools. The village requires approval by the Miami-Dade County Commission regarding the co-designation of Hurricane Highway signage along SW 77th Avenue because this thoroughfare falls under Miami-Dade’s jurisdiction. Village residents also can expect to see new street signs in coming weeks, designating “Deering Estate Way” and “Panther Parkway” in honor of Perrine Elementary.

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CBT College’s event to promote computer networking awareness BY ROBERT HAMILTON CBT College will conduct a promotional event on Friday, May 28, with the purpose of increasing the awareness of its computer networking program at the newly constructed West Kendall Campus, 8765 SW 165 Ave. The name of the event is “2010 CBT LAN-BASH Tournament.” The venue will be a single day event starting at 6 p.m. and ending at about 9 p.m. and will be sponsored by Play N Trade Video Games of Kendallgate Shopping Plaza. The event consists of a LAN (Local Area Network) party involving a group of computer users participating in multiplayer video games with each other across a LAN rather than communication over the Internet. By using a LAN environment to play the games they operate much more quickly offering a better and more exciting gaming experience. The event will feature 10 “maxed-out” or fully capable PCs with a game server set up to play the games. CBT College will include the support of promotional materials such as flyers, T-shirts, music by a deejay, food, giveaways and information. Registration is completely free and open to the public, however

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Bestselling author Meltzer writes a book about heroes Brad Meltzer, author of Heroes for My Son, signs his book at the Palmer Trinity Book Fair.

BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

South Florida author Brad Meltzer, a New York Times No. 1 bestselling author was the guest speaker for the recent 19th annual Palmer Trinity School Book Fair. Meltzer’s new book is called Heroes for My Son. It’s a book he decided to write on the night his first son was born. “I’m going to write a book that will last his whole life,” he told himself. “I’m going to give it to him and it’s going to be a moment so perfect; it will be a Norman Rockwell moment. It took me a long time to write.” In fact, he spent the better part of a decade researching and writing the book. “It’s not just about great people; these are the moments that make these people great,” he said. He took his time because he wanted to do something to inspire his son and make him think about doing the right thing. “How do I inspire my child to become a great adult?” he said. “Just because I say ‘be good,’ doesn’t he will be good.” Meltzer said the first heroes in our lives are our mothers and fathers. And by following the examples in the book, his son will have an idea of what other good people do that makes them heroes. While many Americans think of sports stars as heroes, Meltzer said he has few sports stars in the book. One who is featured is Roberto Clemente, the baseball player who died when the plane he was on taking food and medicine to Nicaragua after an earthquake crashed. Clemente had filled two planes with food and medicine, but everything was stolen from both planes before the

neediest people got anything. “He decides I’m going on the plane myself so the people who need the help get help,” Meltzer said. He said Clemente is a hero not because of his prowess at sports but because of his humanity. He also featured the Wright Brothers. “Every time the Wright Brothers went out to fly a plane, they would buy enough materials to rebuild several times,” he said. “Every time they went out to fly, they knew they would fail. I love that story.” Meltzer steered away from living heroes because he worried that at any time, the living legends might do something to tarnish their legacy. Politics was another area that he avoided. He does feature some political figures but not because of their politics. Barack Obama is in the book because Meltzer wants his son to see that anything is possible. George H. W. Bush also is featured for his heroic actions during World War II. The book features Rosa Parks, Mr. Rogers, Lou Gehrig, Lucille Ball and Jim Henson among others. “The book is not about fame,” he said. “It’s about how we are all capable every day of our lives. There is only one requirement for a hero — you have to help someone.” Since the night he decided to write a book for his firstborn, two more children have joined the Meltzer household. His plans include a book for his daughter and she is not about to let him forget that promise. Every day now, his 4-year-old daughter checks with him to see if he has finished her book yet. For information on Brad Meltzer, visit his website at <www.bradmeltzer.com>.

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More than 250 soccer players ages 5 to 40plus gathered at Evelyn Greer Park on Sunday, May 2, for the Inaugural Pinecrest Soccer Marathon, the first of its kind in South Florida. Organized by the Community Foundation of Pinecrest (CFP) to benefit its many programs and initiatives, this was the first marathon of its type in South Florida. CFP chair Steve Beiley and CFP executive director Gloria Burns lauded event chair Pierre Apollon and logistic chair Steven Steele as well as the many volunteers who helped make this a memorable day for all. Promoting physical fitness, the foundation waived entrance fees for all participants, thanks in part to the support of such corporations and businesses as Norwegian Cruise Line, Jennifer Wollmann (EWM Realtors), Heller Waldman PA, The Corradino Group, Community Newspapers, Casthely Orthondontics, GOL TV All Soccer Network, Soccer Locker, Costco, In Source, Fine Printing, Rick Tonkinson and Associates, and the Village of Pinecrest. Music provided by local RA Music, deejays Ross Glassman and Alex Parker, added to the festive atmosphere throughout the day while vendors like Cold Stone Creamery, Joy Wallace Catering and the Crepe Maker offered a variety of great food while Del Monte Fresh donated cases of bananas for the players.

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Ethics Commission welcomes law professor as new member BY RHONDA VICTOR SIBILIA

A lawyer with a divinity degree is the newest member of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. University of Miami Law Professor Charlton Copeland was sworn into the post at the Ethics Commission’s May 19 meeting. Copeland, who joined the UM faculty as an associate professor in 2007, earned a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School, and a Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. He has clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit as well as in the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Professor Copeland worked as an associate with an international law firm based in Washington, DC, before serving as a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University. “I am terribly excited to be invited to serve on the commission so that I may become more involved in Miami-Dade County,” Copeland said. “I think it will be a valuable experience for me and I hope I can make a valuable contribution,” said the 35-year-old Brickell resident. Copeland fills the position on the fivemember board that is rotated between the UM and St. Thomas University schools of law. He replaces Magda Abdo-Gomez, the appointee from St. Thomas who served on the Ethics Commission with distinction for more than three years. She was honored at the May meeting. Another position on the Ethics Commission — previously filled by Erica

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Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club offering ‘Summer Value Rates’

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Interested in a getaway this summer, but do not want to break the bank? You should check out the surprisingly affordable “Summer Value Rates” that are being offered by the newly renovated Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, which is Southwest Florida’s only beachfront resort offering an on-site championship golf course, world-class spa, and award-winning tennis center. Making it even more appealing is the resort’s beautiful setting on the pristine white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, its all-new $5 million beachfront pool complex with two new pools (which just opened in February), and its ideal location just blocks from Naples’ renowned shopping and dining districts of fashionable Fifth Avenue and historic Third Street South. The special “Summer Value Rates” start at just $149 per room, per night, and include accommodations in a newly renovated guest room, as well as many other enticing value-added components. This includes: complimentary use of two reserved beach chairs daily for two; unlimited tennis; access to the resort’s worldclass Spa and complete Fitness Center (with use of the exercise room, whirlpool, sauna and steam room); valet parking;

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Lowell Homes announces start of Lowell International Realty Wise Beyond Our Years. Since 1926.

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edge marketing that is specifically targeted with individual websites for listings, Drawing on more than two decades of custom brochures and signs, and state-ofsuccessful residential building and devel- the-art advertising, according to Drody. opment experience, Lowell Homes has The firm also has a global network of corannounced the launch of Lowell porate and individual real estate profesInternational Realty LLC, a full-service sionals, investors and strong community real estate brokerage firm dedicated to connections. helping buyers and sellers Lowell International with their real estate Realty works closely with needs. Lowell Advisors, another “While a major focus of division of Lowell Homes our business is assisting that helps corporate large corporate and bank clients with disposition entities dispose of their strategies for distressed distressed assets, we are assets, such as foreclosed also dedicated to helping individual homes, incomindividual property owners plete real estate developin today’s challenging ments, and non-performmarketplace,” said S. Lani ing loans in receivership. Kahn Drody, president and “Our full-service team broker. “Our vast network is well equipped to stabiof corporate and individual lize and sell these assets,” buyers, along with our Drody said. “As a real unique marketing and estate brokerage that sales abilities, make us the understands the commerS. Lani Kahn Drody most reliable choice in the cial asset holders’ point of ––––––––––––––––––––– marketplace.” view, we work with our Since its founding in 1986, Lowell corporate clients to get the most reasonable Homes has built, marketed and sold thou- return on these assets.” sands of homes and condominiums Drody, who began her real estate career throughout South Florida. in the early 1990s, is a graduate of Tulane “Conservative by nature, Lowell Homes University. She was named 2001 “Builder has weathered the recent economic storm of the Year” by the Builders Association of and we are proud to announce this addition South Florida and was profiled as “The to the Lowell brand,” said Larry Kahn, Achiever” by Miami Today in 2003. She partner and founder of Lowell Homes. received the “Champion For Children “While this arm of the company is new, Award” from Miami Bridge Youth and selling and marketing homes and negotiat- Family Services in 2006. ing and closing real estate transactions has Also in 2006, Drody served as president been Lowell Homes’ forte for the past 24 of the Builders Association of South years.” Florida, and as such, became the first Through the years, Lowell Homes has female president in the organization’s 60sold more than $500 million of real estate year history. gaining an intimate knowledge of South She is a member of numerous profesFlorida’s micro-markets — a knowledge sional groups, including National base that helps both buyers and sellers. Association of Realtors, Florida “We know that buyers and sellers have a Association of Realtors, Realtor range of choices in today’s competitive Association of Greater Miami and the real estate marketplace,” added Drody, Beaches, National Association of Home who was executive vice president of Builders, Florida Association of Home Lowell Homes for 13 years. “Based on our Builders, and Builders Association of reputation and history, we believe there are South Florida. compelling reasons to work with Lowell An active member of the community, International Realty to achieve one’s per- Drody serves on the board of the Baptist sonal and financial goals. Our unique mar- Heath Foundation, and she is a member of ket perspective, two decades of home- the Beaux Arts for UM Lowe Art Museum building experience, research, the art of and Junior League of Miami. negotiation, and how we structure each For more information on Lowell deal is the reason our clients continue to International Realty, visit online at trust us.” <www.lowellinternationalrealty.com> or For sellers, the firm creates cutting- call 305-577-8550.

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Are you tired of the same Miami malls and shopping arenas? If you are seeking a unique shopping experience, you should peruse through the Bird District shops, open weekly Monday-Saturday. Located between Southwest 72nd avenue and Bird Road, this four-square-block area offers the avid shopper an assortment of boutiques to meet any need. From cakes, fabrics, home décor, jewelry, shoes, furniture, plants, cigars, party supplies, wedding, antiques, aquariums, glass art, framing, photography studios, printing, upholstery, and much more. You can find anything here to meet your every needs and desires, for children and adults. Due to zoning and building regulation wars, many businesses were forced to leave the Bird Road Art District. New building codes were being enforced and fines placed on those who did not comply. Now this area has won the zoning wars and is steadily growing with new merchants and merchandise from the most exotic to the most innovative of products. The Bird Road Art District, as always, is open to the public while offering trade specific items and services. Amongst the array of businesses, Zoffinger Interiors, specializes in designing high-end residential and commercial interiors. Inspired by the natural beauty of South Florida, Zoffinger Interiors creates extraordinary spaces, while keeping with today’s trends and your personal style. Immediately walking into their showroom, you will experience a taste of Zoffinger’s designs; a unique blend of traditional and modern highend furniture and accessories. Other services are offered for hospitality, space planning, model homes, event planning, holiday decoration, and/or consultations. Z. Interiors has a full team of licensed and insured subcontractors that are just as meticulous as designers Natalie and Maria Elena Zoffinger, to complete the most innovative of projects. If you are on a budget, but love to keep up with the transforming trends, Prinzzesa Boutique is the place for you. Specializing in professional styling, Prinzzesa stocks their

inventory every mid-week with the latest fashion, offering their customers the opportunity to look fresh and hot in a city like Miami. All professional styling is a free service included with your purchases of clothes and accessories. Even for a last minute engagement, ensuring a fabulous look, is no challenge for Prinzzesa owner Yari Riguero. Stop in now to stock up on their latest spring fashions. Do you have an upcoming special occasion, like a communion, graduation, baptism, or wedding, and want your son or daughter to look their most fashionable? Find your child’s distinctive flair in Warm Heart’s Children’s Boutique, offering clothes for girl’s (newborn to teen size 16) and boys (infant to toddler). This award winning child’s boutique offers a large selection of hair accessories, belts, purses, and shoes. Professional styling, for your little one, is offered at no cost with your purchases. Visit Warm Hearts today, for the cutest of spring fashions. Glass art does not only belong in churches. Check out Rowe Studio Art Glass for a one of a kind custom piece of glass art that you can display anywhere from your business, home, or even as an accessory. Founded over 36 years ago by the late Brian Rowe, Lynne Rowe has continued to carry on the legacy. Glass designs are original and can be purchased, in the studio. Lynne offers classes on how to create this unique form of art, both on the torch and in the kiln. Prices range from as little as $20 per hour to $200 for extended sessions. Known mostly for offering designs and fabrication of stained glass, sandblasting, mosaics and jewelry, are also offered. You can purchase here any materials for creating your own glass art custom pieces. Visit the showroom TuesdaySaturday from noon to 5pm, or their website at: www.RoweArtGlass.com for more details and schedules. With prom and graduation dates around the corner, take a visit into the clothes-lined


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of the Bird Road Art District walls of Castelli’s boutique. Catering to high-fashion minded city slickers, Castelli’s has been voted #1 by South Florida’s Prom & Graduation Committee, while participating in various fashion shows in Miami. Castelli’s offers all types of styles from classic to contemporary chic, for both day and evening designer attire at lower costs. This boutique is a one of a kind elegance. Owner Sandra Infante-Zibilich, has an incredible eye for what customers look for in today’s fashion. Any occasion is their specialty. Come today and make your one of a kind dress dream come true. Get your upholstery needs met at Rada Upholstery, where you can find a plethora of fabrics to fit any design preference. Rada is a one stop shop for custom design in wall paper, pillows, linens, window treatments, furniture, monogramming and more. Rafael Gonzalez, owner, and his team have the professional experience to design and create any custom piece with luxurious fabrics and textiles. Their attention to detail and friendly demeanor provide clients with an excellent customer service and repeat business for Rada. Your furniture could not be left in better hands. Like many moms, Debbie Diaz had a hard time finding great shoes she liked for her 4 year old daughter. That’s when she decided to open her own kids shoe store. For 14 years, Step By Step, has become a Mecca for the shoe lovers and fashionable moms. The store stocks a wide variety of brands and price points to appeal to Miami’s diverse population. Diaz makes sure to keep her footwear offerings fresh and exciting. And as the market changes, she continues to tweak her assortment. She also has been stocking more of what she calls” French Fry” items such as: hair accessories, tights, pencil cases, wallets, and the like. As a shopper herself, Diaz ensures a friendly service. This focus on service, together with her unique footwear selection, have made Diaz’ store a favorite of the locals, here in the Bird Road Art District.

Step By Step is expanding to a new location, in front, across the parking lot. Visit the store Monday- Friday from 11:00 to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m. or the website : www.stepbystepmiami.com for more details. The deep aroma of rich tobacco permeates through Mesa’s Cigars, where you can smoke, lounge, and sip delectable wine and beer. If you seek alternate social events and outings, come to Mesa’s Cigars where the whole shop becomes a lounge with music and where ladies drink free, from Thursday through Saturday. You can even have your special event hosted at Mesa’s. Monthly events, like sports games, domino and poker tournaments, are currently booked here. Aside from the social realm, cigars can be purchased at wholesale prices. Apart from name brand cigars, here you find house blend cigars, with filler binder and wrapping, from Esteli, Nicaragua. Rolling cigar services are also available for any event or occasion. Visit their website at www.mesacigars.com for more information and a schedule of events. Look for this article in any of the following Tuesday papers (Kendall Gazette, South Miami News, Coral Gables News, or Palmetto Bay News) to update yourself with the many businesses and services, which are a part of this Bird Road Art District. Don’t keep this a secret and share the news about this cluster of diverse shops in your community, to your friends, family, and acquaintances. Make it an exciting adventure to get great finds. There are many cafes and restaurants surrounding the Bird Road Art District to satisfy any appetite and to complete a wonderful shopping experience. Be sure to take a copy of this article to any of the participating advertisers to receive a 10% discount on your purchases. You couldn’t ask for more from this centric, one-stop shop Art District, with a great diversity of unique shops and services, affordable prices, friendly atmosphere.

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Conductor extends his contract with Miami Symphony Orchestra BY ANA MARIA COLMENARES

The Miami Symphony Orchestra (MISO) and Eduardo Marturet have agreed to a second five-year contract as music director and conductor it was announced recently by MISO chair Rafael DiazBalart. The renewal extends the contract through July 31, 2017. “Maestro Marturet’s breadth of repertoire, passion and precision bring an exciting level of quality to the cultural life of Miami,” Diaz-Balart said. “The decision to renew his contract is of the utmost importance for the board of directors. We want to be able to count on his direction and leadership as he continues to strengthen the artistic content and music quality to levels that make all Miamians proud to truly call MISO their own orchestra.” A frequent guest conductor internationally, he was handed the MISO baton in 2006 from the late Maestro Manuel Ochoa who founded the orchestra in l989. Today, the orchestra is comprised of a diverse group of more than 80 talented musicians and designated a Major South Florida Cultural Organization. Marturet enjoys an active career on three continents while remaining deeply

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involved in the musical life of his native country of Venezuela, where he maintains close contact with the world-renowned El Sistema, the Venezuelan National Youth Orchestra movement. His involvement includes giving advice and support in aid of impoverished children. European orchestras with which he has had an active guest conducting relationship include Berliner Symphoniker, European Community Chamber Orchestra, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, RAI Symphony Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony, Royal Flemish Philarmonique, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Gelders Orkest, Bohemian Chamber Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Symphony, Brabant Orkest, and Concertgebouw Chamber Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 2001, he led the Berliner Symphoniker on a 12-concert tour of major South American cities including Caracas, Sao Paulo, Cordoba, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Marturet received a Latin Grammy nomination for Encantamento in the category of Best Classical Album conducting the Berliner Symphoniker. He has made more than 40 CDs that range from a Brahms orchestral cycle to surveys of Latin

America’s greatest orchestral composers. Born in Caracas, Marturet studied in Cambridge, England, where he became firmly rooted in the European tradition, obtaining a degree in Piano, Percussion, Conducting, and Composition. In 1979 he returned to Venezuela for a permanent position with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Caracas as associate conductor and later as artistic director to the Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela, serving in that position until 1995. Marturet and his wife, Athina, reside in Key Biscayne. “It is a privilege to conduct the Miami Symphony Orchestra, and I am very happy that we have agreed on a five-year extension of our contract,” Marturet said. “I look forward to continuing my artistic work with MISO and sharing my vision with orchestra members, the board and my audiences over these next five years to ensure that MISO reaches its destiny of becoming one of the world’s finest orchestras.” A fundraising gala celebrating MISO’s past, present and future will take place on May 22 at the Ice Palace in Miami. For tickets and more information visit the website at <www.themiso.org> or call 1954815-7888.

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Sex and the City inspires Girls’ Weekend Out Event Macy’s at Dadeland Mall will host a Girls’ Weekend Out event on Saturday, May 22, at 2 p.m., in anticipation of the release of the movie Sex and the City 2. Ladies will be treated to a fashion show showcasing the styles of each Sex and the City character and featuring the latest clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories available for purchase at Macy’s. Makeup artists from Lancôme National Makeup Artists will be on site to offer makeup tips. Shoppers also will get the chance to win prizes and giveaways by participating in the Samsonite spinner challenge. The first 100 guests in attendance will receive a $10 Macy’s Gift Card. Customers with any $75 purchase from Better Sportswear will also receive a gift bag. For more information visit online at <www.macys.com/girlsweekend>.

FREE ADMISSION TO SEAQUARIUM FOR AAA MEMBER CARDHOLDERS During AAA Member Appreciation Days at Miami Seaquarium, going on now through May 28, AAA cardholders will receive free admission to the park. Simply present your AAA Membership card at the ticket booth along with proper ID and get in free. Cardholders may also bring up

to five guests at a 10 percent discount. This offer is not combinable with any other offers. For information, call 305-361-5705, ext. 255.

CHABAD OF CUTLER BAY/HOMESTEAD CELEBRATES THE GIVING OF THE TORAH Chabad Jewish Center of Cutler Bay and Homestead will conduct a reading of the 10 Commandments on May 19, at 10 a.m., to commemorate the giving of the Torah. Shavuot celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. It is commemorated on the first day of the holiday by the reading of the 10 Commandments. There will be a children’s program as well as a Shavuot dairy lunch and ice cream party following the reading. The event is free and the synagogue welcomes all who wish to celebrate the holiday. For information, call 305-975-6680. 8TH ANNUAL ‘TROPICAL NIGHTS’ TO RAISE AUTISM AWARENESS Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) will host the eighth annual “Tropical Nights” on Saturday, May 22, 7 p.m., at the InterContinental Miami. Partygoers will be entertained by Junior’s Band Orchestra and be able to participate in a silent auction. “Tropical Nights” also will

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS feature an art piece, titled Together, created by local artist GG, as well as an open bar courtesy of Bacardi USA and dinner by the InterContinental Miami. This year’s honorees include Teresa Becerra, president of the Autism Society of Miami-Dade and Constituency Board member of UM-NSU CARD, and David Lawrence Jr., a leader in children’s rights in South Florida. The proceeds of the event fund free programs, services and research initiatives for nearly 5,300 individuals with autism, their families and the professionals who help them everyday. Tickets are on sale for $200 per person. For more information call 305-284-5269 or visit <www.cardtropicalnights.org>. To make a donation to UM-NSU CARD visit <www.umcard.org>.

SUMMER CAMP FAIR SCHEDULED AT VINELAND K-8 CENTER ON MAY 19 Still haven’t found something for your

kids to do this summer? The PTA of Vineland K-8 Center invites parents and children to come out to its second annual Summer Camp Fair on Wednesday, May 19, at 5 p.m. Over 25 camps will be on site to provide parents and children with information on their summer camp programs. Many camps will offer free sessions, discounted registration fees, scholarship information, free giveaways, animal shows and science experiments. Vineland K-8 Center is located at 8455 SW 119 St. Send any questions to <vinelandk8pta@aol.com>.

FREE BOAT SAFETY CHECKS AT MATHESON HAMMOCK The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary’s Coral Gables Flotilla will conduct free boat safety checks on May 22 and May 23 from 9 a.m. to noon at Matheson Hammock Park and Marina. The Coast Guard stresses the importance of boaters having their boats inspected for

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safety and encourages all boaters in the area to participate. For more information, call 305-666-9737.

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK DISCUSSES ITS NIKE MISSILES Alan Scott of Everglades National Park will educate the public on the park’s Nike missile site on Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m., at the historic Homestead Town Hall Museum. The Nike missile site is comprised of U.S. Army missiles installed at Everglades National Park after the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The missile site, as well as the history of their deployment, has been well preserved. Regularly scheduled tours of the site are offered as well. This lecture is the last in Homestead Town Hall Museum’s evening history lecture series. For more details, contact Bob Jensen 305248-0976. COLUMBIA YIDDISH PROFESSOR TO LECTURE AT GABLESTAGE Columbia University Yiddish Professor Miriam Hoffman will lecture on Chaim Grade’s short story My Quarrel With Hersh Rasseyner, upon which the play The Quarrel is based, following the final 2 p.m. perform-

ance of play on May 23 at GableStage at The Biltmore. Born in Poland, Hoffman survived World War II to become professor of Yiddish at Columbia University for the past 30 years, author of leading Yiddish textbook, The Key to Yiddish, columnist for the Jewish Forward and playwright and founder of the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre in New York. The Quarrel, which stars her daughter Avi Hoffman, is running with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. To purchase tickets call 305-445-1119 or visit <www.gablestage.org>.

FREE SPRAY/NEUTER DAY ON MAY 23 AT THE J.C.C. The Miami Dade-County Animal Services Department, along with The Cat Network Inc. and the South Florida Veterinary Medical Association, will offer free spray/neuter services on May 23 at the Jewish Community Center in Kendall, located at 11155 SW 112 Ave. The overpopulation of stray cats has been a great concern to many and Animal Services is urging residents to take advantage of this free service. Local veterinarians will donate their time to perform the surgeries. These services will only be available to Miami-

Dade County residents. Proof of current rabies vaccination for cats over four months of age will be required. Rabies vaccines may be obtained on the day of surgery at no additional cost. Veterinarians may decline surgery due to health reasons. For more information, call 305-884-1102, ext. 255.

HEARING RESEARCH INSTITUTE OFFERS FREE HEARING SCREENING In honor of Better Hearing Month, the Hearing Research Institute is offering free hearing screenings on May 27 and 28. The screening will be conducted by audiologist Malvina Trifilio, a licensed and certified teacher of the deaf and a Board-Certified hearing aid specialist. Those interested must have an appointment to be screened. To make an appointment, call Malvina Trifilio directly at 786-261-5190. TAMIAMI TENNIS CENTER TO HOST BLOCK PARTY ON SATURDAY, MAY 29 May is national tennis month and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) is celebrating by hosting a Tennis Block Party on Saturday, May 29, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Tamiami Tennis Center, located at 11201 SW 24 St. inside Tamiami Park. Attendees will be able to learn how to play the game with instruction by skilled teaching professionals and accomplished touring pros. The event also will have beach volleyball,

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beach tennis exhibition matches and a Family Fun Zone. Players will get a chance to compete and win prizes in “Champions of the Court,” “Beat the Pro,” and “Hit for Prizes” competitions. For more information, contact USTA Florida Tennis Program coordinator Cathy Nordlund at 305-252-6591 or by email at <nordlund@florida.usta.com>.

PRAISE/WORSHIP LUNCHEON AT OUR LADY OF LOURDES The Jesus is Lord Chapter of Catholic Women Ministry Magnificat is hosting a praise and worship luncheon on Saturday, May 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 11291 SW 142 Ave. The luncheon will feature guest speaker Barbara Seraphin, Catholic lay minister from St. James Catholic Church in North Miami, sharing her difficult journey from depression and pain to becoming a woman of faith. She hopes to inspire others with her testimony and teach them how to gain the strength they need to endure hard times. Tickets are $20 per person and include lunch and parking. The luncheon is open to men as well as women. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Flore Brown at 305-255-5599.

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BOW AND STRINGS ACADEMY OPENS ITS DOORS FOR CLASSES Nonprofit organization Bow and Strings Academy is open and now offering private and group lessons in violin, viola, and cello to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Classes are offered Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday classes are offered from 9 a.m. to noon. Chamber ensemble classes also are offered for intermediate and advanced students. Special lessons may be provided for students preparing for auditions to high school orchestra programs or preparing for competitions. All of the Bow and Strings Academy faculty have advanced degrees in music and are well equipped to teach. Bow and Strings Academy is located at 8795 SW 112 St. For more information, contact call 305338-4313 or send email to <bowandstringsacademy@gmail.com>. ‘RAISING AND TEACHING BOYS’ WORKSHOP INFORMS PARENTS Parents or caregivers raising boys can gain

some insight by attending Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership’s free monthly “Lunch and Learn” workshop titled, “Oh Boy! Meeting Your Son’s Unique Needs.” The workshop will be on May 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership Corporate Headquarters, 2490 Coral Way, second floor. The workshop will feature guest speaker Holly Zwerling, licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist. She will identify stereotypes that hinder boys’ emotional, social and educational growth; identify unmet services for boys affecting their well being, and empower parents to raise them to be contributing members of society. The workshop will include breakout sessions on topics such as whether or not society is boy friendly and what it’s like for single parents raising boys. For more information, call 305-8564886. Optional lunch boxes for $10 will be available for purchase when making reservations. To make reservations, send email to <adevito@informedfamilies.org> or visit online at <www.informedfamilies.org>.

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Authors pen single girl’s guide to having it all BY RHONDA S. VERONA

The authors of the empowering new guidebook, Boys Before Business: The Single Girl’s Guide to Having It All, Jennifer S. Wilkov and Kimberly A. Mylls, hope to inspire single women to believe that they can have a successful career and a fulfilling love life — because they both did it. The girls continue their 18-city U.S. tour with a stop in Miami, beginning on May 20. They will be hosting a “Girlie Chat” event on Thursday, May 20, 6-8:30 p.m., at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Dadeland Mall, 7687 N. Kendall Dr. Guests will enjoy a fun-filled evening of shopping, makeup, and finally finding Mr. Right. All “single ladies” who attend, will receive a 15 percent discount off their shopping experience (discount is only valid at the Saks Fifth Avenue, Dadeland store the day of the event and excludes some designer and leased collections). To wrap up, on Saturday evening, the girls will host a book signing at a local Miami Borders. They also will do a book signing on Saturday, May 22, 5 p.m., at Borders in Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12 St. The authors are coupling their book signing tour with free special event workshops designed to teach women the first steps for having it all in a fun and supportive environment. Women will leave the events with the tools they need to find the man of their dreams and flourish in their careers. For the single career-minded woman who is looking to live her dream life, this is the book and event for her. A portion of the proceeds from book sales will benefit Sojourners Center, a local organization that provides shelter and support services to thousands of individuals affected by domestic violence. Both authors successfully found true love and watched their careers soar by practicing the principles in the book. Radio host Wilkov has been called “the quintessential writer and teacher for the 21st Century.” Well known as an award-winning freelance writer and the award-winning author of the best-selling Dating Your Money series, Wilkov is the producer, publisher and co-

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Can Neurofeedback help me improve my level of functioning? I want to increase my productivity: Is Peak Performance Training FOR ME?

One of the most rewarding interventions offered at the Miami Institute of Training and Neurofeedback is peak performance. Peak Performance Training is for individuals who are committed to excellence, and yet are experiencing some form of obstacle to reaching their own personal best. Whether you are an executive desiring that extra edge in stressful situations, a performing artist, or possible an athlete whose mental game makes all the difference in winning, peak performance

training can be extremely useful. Depending on the nature of the performance requirements, peak performance intervention involves a diagnostic interview to clarify objectives followed by a series of diagnostic assessments to pinpoint the specific problems to be targeted. Once a diagnostic picture is clear , the clinician discusses the findings with you, and explore the various treatment options available, finally agreeing on a plan of action. There are a number of leading-edge technologies available today designed to help individuals with performance anxiety reduction, stress management, improved concentration, sharpened focus, and improved self concept. Benefits of this training typically lead to increased overall life satisfaction, self-confidence, self-assurance, and of course, increased productivity at work and at school. Among these intervention options are EEG Neurofeedback (sometimes called EEG Brainwave Training), Biofeedback, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), as well as a variety of different

treatments in either an individual or group setting. Normally, individuals experience a significant improvement in performance following even the initial stages of the intervention. Just beginning to explore the nature of the problem with a professional and starting to clarify for themselves exactly what their peak performance goals are often brings a significant improvement in performance. In any peak performance situation there is almost always a significant level of anxiety associated with oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s difficulties. Performance anxiety can be reduced in a variety of ways as the individual learns how to replicate this control over anxiety at the workplace, school or performing arena. Who Is this Peak Performance Training for? * Executives seeking mastery of vision and creativity * Athletes who must get and maintain that winning edge * Artists & Performers longing to stand out from the rest

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Craving a burger and beer? Try Keg South of Kendall BY NANCY EAGLETON

“Family, food and fun” is the motto at Keg South of Kendall, your friendly neighborhood tavern that serves the best burgers around. Whether you stop in to catch the game with friends on one of the eight flat screens or bring the whole family for dinner, there’s something for everyone at Keg South. In addition to the award-winning burgers that come in four pleasing sizes — 1/3 pound, 1/2 pound, 3/4 pound or mini sliders — the Keg South menu features sandwiches, like Barbecue Pork and Chicken Philly, soups and salads, wings, appetizers, desserts and satisfying comfort food entrées. House specialties include Calamari, Smoked Fish Spread, Grilled Fresh Dolphin, Signature Steaks and the Tuna Steak Wrap. “Our menu has really evolved over the years,” said Joe Palmar, who has owned and operated Keg South of Kendall with his wife, Brigitte, since they bought the establishment in 1997. “We start with a fresh, quality product, prepare it to perfection and offer it at a reasonable price.” Kids will enjoy many choices on the menu such as Chicken Tenders, Popcorn Chicken, Dolphin Fingers, Mozzarella

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Palmar explained. “In fact, kids love it here and many of our customers tell us that we are their kids’ first choice for a family outing. They don’t have to be perfectly quiet and there are games and a juke box to keep them busy.” Don’t forget to order dessert. Try the Xango, deep fried banana caramel cheesecake dusted with cinnamon sugar. It’s heavenly. In addition to the diverse everyday menu, Keg South also offers daily specials to spice up the choices for its many regular customers. “We take special requests and we really try to accommodate everyone. Everything on our menu can be made into a wrap,” Palmar said. “We strive to deliver a quality product, excellent service and value to our patrons.” Of course, there are drink specials, too.

Happy hour at Keg South of Kendall is Monday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. and again from 10 p.m. to closing. Happy hour features domestic pitchers for $6.50 and mugs for $1.50. Keg South of Kendall offers 20 beers on tap. You can order a mug of Michelob Amber Bock for $1.25 all day, everyday and there are plenty of choices for those who prefer a glass of wine. In the mood for a game of pool? There are two pool tables and you can rack ’em up for just a buck. You won’t miss any sports action when you’re at Keg South because NFL, NBA, MLB and NCAA basketball and football always are tuned in on the eight flat screens. Hey, Marlins fans, stop by Keg South during Marlins season and enjoy $7 Bud and Bud Light pitchers and $2.50 Samuel Adams pints any time the Marlins are playing. Palmar’s team at Keg South consists of many long-time, familiar and friendly faces who are ready to make your lunch, dinner or happy hour a great one. “We have the best clientele and best staff around and I really enjoy what I’m doing,” said Palmar, who previously worked in management at Costco Wholesale. “If I could choose to do anything, I would choose to do this.” Before you go to Keg South of Kendall, check out the website at <www.kegsouthofkendall.com> to print a coupon for a free draft beer, burger or 10 wings with the purchase of the same at an equal or lesser value, valid after 2:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Keg South of Kendall is located at 12805 SW 136 Ave. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. For more information, call 305-253-7887 and to view the menu or print a coupon, visit <www.kegsouthofkendall.com>.

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Tamiami Subs eating contest celebrates first anniversary BY NANCY EAGLETON

To celebrate its first anniversary, Tamiami Subs in Kendall conducted its first annual sub eating competition on Apr. 17. Fourteen contestants were game for the challenge to eat a two-pound version of Tamiami Subsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; famous steak sandwich, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Joe Mama,â&#x20AC;? and a pound of curly fries in the fastest time. The winner of the competition was a firefighter from Broward County who devoured his sub and fries in 15 minutes and took home a 32inch Samsung flat screen TV as his prize. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event was a success and a great way to celebrate our first year in business,â&#x20AC;? said Vanessa Ruiz, who owns and operates Tamiami Subs with her business partner, Ryan Lomax. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many of our customers, friends and family attended the event. We had a tent with live music, free food, games and a bounce house for the kids.â&#x20AC;? Tamiami Subs also raffled off a prize of free subs for a year. With hot subs, deli subs, burgers, wraps and salads made from the finest ingredients around, the winner, Felipe Otero, is in for quite a treat during the next 52 weeks.

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promise, Ruiz and Lomax start with the best, fresh baked bread, quality meats and fresh vegetables, which they purchase from the local growers in their area. They top it off with personable, friendly service that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t find in other sub shops and delis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customer service is really important to us and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re big on getting to know our customers and addressing them by name,â&#x20AC;? Ruiz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes people feel comfortable and enhances the total experience.â&#x20AC;? All subs, wraps, burgers, and salads are made fresh to order. Voted No. 1 by the Tamiami Subs customers, the Garlic Steak Sub is topped with a homemade garlic sauce and is sure to keep you coming back for more. Other favorites are the Honey Mustard Chicken and the traditional steak or chicken Philly sub, complete with grilled onions, mush-

rooms, peppers and cheese sauce. The all beef burgers are fresh and satisfying and the traditional deli subs are made to order with premium deli meats and cheeses, sliced fresh everyday. For those who want to eat a bit healthier, Tamiami Subs offers wraps such as Grilled Chicken Caesar and salads such as the Oriental Chicken. There also is a Kids Menu with wraps, grilled cheese and chicken tenders, all served with fries and a soda for $5.95. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Customers can make it a combo by adding a drink with chips or fries,â&#x20AC;? Ruiz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone loves the curly cheese fries and we just started offering homemade brownies that are a hit, as well.â&#x20AC;? The restaurant is spacious, modern and immaculate and offers plenty of booth seating. The dĂŠcor features corrugated tin walls and vintage aviation photos that fit right in with the view of the Tamiami Airport runways. Tamiami Subs can cater your next event or business meeting with sub and wrap platters, deli platters and salads. Customers who work in the area should be happy to hear that Tamiami Subs will be open for breakfast in the near future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re finalizing the menu now. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have breakfast sandwich choices with eggs, cheese and bacon. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also serve freshly brewed espresso,â&#x20AC;? Ruiz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had so many requests from our customers to open for breakfast.â&#x20AC;? Tamiami Subs is located on the north side of Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport at 14261 SW 120 St., Suite 105. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, to view the menu or place an order online, visit <www.tamiamisubs.com> or call 305-752-4949 to place an order for pick-up.

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Time to register for camp at Deering Estate at Cutler BY CATHY FERREIRA

This summer, the Deering Estate at Cutler will offer three types of summer camp: Eco-Explorers (ages 6-8), Deering Discovery Camp (ages 9-11), and Camp Ikana Okee “Sea and Land” (ages 12-15). There are five, 10-day sessions available from June 14 through Aug. 20. Teacher planning day camps also are available on June 10 and 11. Eco-Explorers (ages 6-8): Children can experience a fun environment in which they can explore a balance of environmental awareness, adventures, and eco-themed arts and crafts while exploring the history and nature of the estate. The program makes use of the many advantages within the archaeological, natural and historic setting of the estate, including interactive exhibits, our natural areas and technology lab. Deering Discovery Camp (ages 9-11): Children will learn about history, archeology, and nature by taking part in a series of hands on activities at the Deering Discovery Camp. Camp activities include nature hikes, educational environmental projects, a canoe trip to Chicken Key, and participation in an exciting archeological dig along with other enrichment and recreational activities. Camp “Ikana Okee” (ages 12-15): Camp “Ikana Okee,” which means “Sea and Land,” is an adventure camp where science, education and adventure are the

focus as campers explore the wonders of the natural and marine world. Camp “Ikana Okee” offers unique and innovative recreational activities where the mysteries of the oceans are revealed through hands-on activities above, beside and below the water’s surface. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Early drop-off and late pickup are available for an additional fee. Early drop off is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and late pickup is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The cost of each camp is $375 (10-day session). The cost for the Teacher Planning Day Camp is $38 for one day or $75 for both days. Please note there is a one-time $12 annual camp registration fee. To register for Summer Camp at the Deering Estate, call 305-235-1668 ext. 233. Visit the Deering Estate website at <www.deeringestate.org> for the Summer Camp registration form. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily (10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.) with admission to the estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.

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The results of “Hat Racking” or improper pruning Star vation— “Hat Racking” removes more than 50% of the Right Tree – Right Place tree’s crown, plants can starve quickly, especially if trees are poor quality at pruning time. The preferred practice, called “crown reduction,” removes less than 1/4 of the crown, boosting the tree’s ability manufacture food. This can be seen in palms as well, where over-pruning can and will lead to the starvation death of many palm species. Insectss and d Diseases—an improperly pruned tree will result in large branch stubs that are more susceptible to insect damage and fungi. Weak k Branches—weak branches can grow after a larger one is removed. Often, a tree will produce many thin and weakly-attached branchlets called water shoots which don’t add to the structure of a tree. Tree e Death—some species of trees will not tolerate improper pruning and die after being topped or hat racked. An arborist can lend accurate counsel at the outset of a job. Ugliness—an improperly pruned tree is a disfigured tree. Even with its re-growth, it never regains the grace and character of its species. The landscape and the community are robbed of a valuable asset. “Lowerr Cost”—hat racking a tree is

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much faster and easier than employing the skill and judgment needed for good pruning. Improperly pruning a tree may cost less in the short run; the true costs are hidden. These include reduced property value, the expense of equivalent replacement, increased future maintenance, and the risk of liability from weakened branches. Liabiliity—the weakened wood from an improperly pruned tree is much more susceptible to breakage. This may result in legal liability. Further, poorly pruned trees are more likely to fail in storms, sometimes catastrophically. Beware e off Doorr Knockers—most reputable companies have all the work they can handle without going door to door. Make sure they are certified arborists. Every International Society of Arborist (ISA) member has an individual ID number and an ID card that you can check online at the ISA website: <www.isa-arbor.com> Ron von Paulus is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist (ID #Fl-5770A). He has more than 20 years experience working with trees in South Florida. He offers free consultations to homeowners and businesses. Please contact him at Big Ron’s Tree Service 305-588-3091 or by email at ron@BigRonsTreeService.com

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Garden Club sets end of year meeting on May 25 BY GARY ALAN RUSE

The Palmetto Bay Garden Club, which was formed in August 2009, has scheduled a special meeting for May 25. The group was created not only for those who share a common interest in and love of gardening, but also to be active in civic projects to help make the community better and help with beautification of the area. Club vice president Candy McDonald said that the club has gotten off to a great start in helping achieve those goals. “We’ve raised about $1,700 in a sixmonth period,” McDonald said. “We always need members. Meetings are the last Tuesday of the month. Our end of the year meeting is May 25 at the library

in Ludovici Park. It starts at 7 p.m. and we’re just having a little dinner to thank everybody that participated throughout the year.” The garden club is for both men and women. Some members of the group previously had been doing projects to help decorate the Deering Estate. Ines Mander, is president of the group and a Palmetto Bay resident since 1990, and had previously been helping Pinecrest because of the lack of a garden club in Palmetto Bay. To join or for more information contact Ines Mander at 305-238-3626, by email at <neshinava@bellsouth.net>, or Candy McDonald, vice president, at 305-259-0041, by email at <candymcdonald@bellsouth.net>.

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University of Art & Design slates eighth annual Student Exhibition BY MARCIA GOMEZ

Join Miami International University of Art & Design for its eighth annual Student Exhibition, June 3 to July 15. This unique exhibition showcases the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; many talents, while offering them gallery exhibition learning experience. Each year more than 200 pieces are submitted by students of all programs hoping that their piece will be one of the 45 selected to be displayed for the exhibition. The exhibit is juried by a local Miami artist who selects three honorable mentions and one best in show. The exhibit opens Thursday, June 3, and runs through July 15. A student exhibit reception will take place on Thursday, June 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., and is open to the public at no charge. The exhibit will be in the Main Gallery at Miami International University of Art &

Design, 1501 Biscayne Blvd. The gallery is open to the public at no cost during regular university hours, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. Metered parking is available on the street and parking is available in the Omni Garage for $12 per hour. Miami International University of Art & Design is located near the heart of the arts district offering degree programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Visual & Entertainment Arts, Photography, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Computer Animation, and Film & Digital Production. It also offers Master of Fine Arts degree programs in Interior Design, Computer Animation, Film, Graphic Design and Visual Arts and a Master of Arts in Graphic Design. For more information on Miami International University of Art & Design, visit online at <www.artinstitutes.edu/miami>.

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