DECEMBER 16, 2008
City saves money, conserves water in municipal fountains BY BELKYS PEREZ
or many years now, the City of Coral Gables has been exploring ways to become more environmentally friendly. The city cuts expenses and conserves energy by using compact fluorescent bulbs, replacing ballasts, using emails instead of printing and experimenting with biofuels. Four years ago, the city embarked on a major undertaking by placing all city fountains on water recirculation systems. Up until that point, all fountains basically worked like an open faucet, wasting tap or well water. As a result, the
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Gables Great Many outstanding qualities describe John G. Admire BY GLORIA BURNS Intelligent, dedicated, honest, hard working, competent, funny, kind and extremely humble are all words that come to mind when describing John G. Admire. Admire is a well-
Pictured is the fountain in the median of Alhambra Circle and Granada Boulevard where the city has saved 43 percent on its utility bill.
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Gables Garden Club hosts ‘Treasures Under the Oaks’ BY ROSALIND MOORE
Pictured during the Coral Gables Garden Club Holiday Home and Garden Tour are (l-r) Sharon Trbovich, Mayor Don Slesnick and Donna Box.
his year’s Coral Gables Garden Club Holiday Home and Garden Tour was a tremendous success, as more than 700 who attended had the unique opportunity to visit some of the most historic homes along Coral Way. The theme, “Treasures Under the Oaks,” seemed a perfect choice because everyone saw not only beautiful oaks and other lawn plantings but toured five stunning houses. Co-chairs of the recent event, Sharon Trbovich and Mary Young, chose Coral Way where the scenic Coral Way corridor was built in 1922, connecting the City of Miami to Coral Gables with citrus-lined streets, and where the original
Merrick frame house was built in 1899 and renovated in 1906. Barbara Reese, whose beautiful home was one of the tour locations, was the member who arranged for the Coral Way tour locations. There were long lines of people waiting to go through the Coral Gables Merrick House, where Coral Gables founder George Merrick lived when he grew up. Another popular tour was the Merrick Wedding Cottage where Merrick and his bride, Eunice Peacock, who was one of the founders of the Coral Gables Garden Club, moved after they were married in 1916. On the grounds of the Merrick House everyone enjoyed delicious
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December 16 - 22, 2008
Two hours of free parking on Saturdays in December
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(200 block of Andalusia Avenue); Garage 2 (200 block of Aragon Avenue); Garage 4 (300 of Andalusia Avenue) and Garage 6 (000 block of Aragon Avenue). And if you get too busy shopping and forget to feed the street parking meter, don’t fret. What you see on your windshield is probably a Holiday Courtesy Ticket, compliments of the city commission and the residents of Coral Gables wishing you a happy holiday season and giving you a onehour extension from the expiration time on the meter. These courtesy notices are in effect only through Dec. 28. For additional information, contact the City of Coral Gables Parking Department at 305-460-5541.
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It’s the holiday season and parking in Downtown Coral Gables will get a little easier, thanks to the joyful spirit of city officials. In cooperation with the Business Improvement District (BID), the City of Coral Gables is offering downtown shoppers two hours of free parking in municipal garages every Saturday during the month of December. Holiday shoppers can receive up to two hours free parking by obtaining a coupon from merchants within the BID. Only one coupon per vehicle, per Saturday, is allowed. This offer is in effect in the following municipal parking garages: Garage 1
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Parade highlights Junior Orange Bowl Festival events Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is in full swing with events every week through early 2009. If you are looking for a great stocking stuffer, try buying tickets to the best show for kids in town, the 60th Annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade, scheduled for Dec. 30, 7:30 p.m., in downtown Coral Gables. This year’s parade, with a “Moon Over Miami,” theme promises to be one of the best ever. Look for several out of state as well as local marching bands, entertaining dance units, professional and amateur floats, and lots more. In fact, Bank of Coral Gables is sponsoring an amateur float contest and winners will be awarded cash prizes. For information on parade tickets or float applications, call Natalya at 305-662-1210. The ribbon cutting for the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum on the FIU campus took place on Dec. 1 with hundreds of donors on hand to celebrate the magnificent new 46,000-square-foot building designed by Yann Weymout, design director of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. The new Frost Art Museum cost $16 million to build and has opened with a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian, the “Modern Masters.” On hand to address the crowd of donors and other VIPs was FIU president Mitch Madique, trustee Rosa Sugranes, museum director Carol Damian and the museum namesake Patricia Frost. The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, 10975 SW 17 St., is open free to the public, so it is a good place to visit over the holidays. For more information, go to online to <http://thefrost.fiu.edu/press_room.htm>. That same evening, another crowd of art lovers gathered at the Lowe to celebrate the Myr na and Sheldon Palley Pavilion and view the new glass art installation by Bill Carlson . Myrna and Sheldon Palley Pavilion for Contemporary Glass and Studio Arts is a wing at the Lowe Art Museum on the University of Miami Campus in Coral Gables. And it is now officially open. Showcased in 3,500 square feet of gallery space are 113 pieces, 70 from the Palleys’ collection, as well as works contributed by Janet and Joseph Shein, Joan Baxt and Ber nie Bercuson. The works are housed in four galleries, one named for Beaux Arts and another for the Matus Family. Make time during the holidays to
enjoy the incredibly beautiful pieces of art in this new exhibition space. Among the many faces in the crowd with the Palleys were UM president Donna Shalala and museum director Brian Dursum , Marla and David Bercuson, and Mar vin and Shelly Rosen. In another community activity, the Positive Aging Awards Dinner packed Jungle Island on Nov. 19 for a reception and dinner party honoring some incredible individuals. Presented by the Alliance for Aging, the dinner recognized outstanding people in various categories: Animal/Wildlife, Dr. Ber ne Levine ; Faith/Interfaith, Bishop Agustin Roman; Not-for-Profit Services, Frances “Dolly” MacIntyre; Education/Mentoring, Gail Neumann and Joan Reitsma; Health Care, Dr. Herber t H. Greene and Col. Brodes H. Har tley Jr.; Public Service, Thelma Gibson ; Environmental Protection, Morgan Levy and Lloyd Miller; InterGenerational, Ed Blumenthal; Sports and Entertainment, Charles DeLucca Jr., and Legal/Judicial, Judith Ramey. Congratulations to all. Christmas came early for Carver Middle School and ACE Academy. Thanks to the Rotary Club of South Miami, George W. Carver Middle School received 360 atlases free for its students. South Miami Rotary Club’s president, Bill Enright, along with past presidents Linda Kaplan and Ellen Book, helped to distribute the atlases to sixth graders on Friday, Nov. 21, in conjunction with a geography quiz. The other school receiving an unexpected donation was Ace Academy, a school for high-risk students whose teachers are incredibly dedicated. The school was in great need of a television set and had been looking several months to have a used set donated. Black Friday held great bargains and, unable to resist a great price on a brand new television, Lynn Bauer just bought them a 32-inch flat screen. Along with her helpers, John and Ada Holian and this writer, Bauer happily surprised Cher yl Car rell’s English class on Dec. 1. Carrell expressed her gratitude and was delighted to be able to share an old classic movie on DVD with her students. The DVD had been sitting on her desk waiting to be viewed for a very long time; so, with the new set, Carrell changed the day’s lesson plan to try out their new set. Partnership for the Homeless welcomed Gables Rotarians where they helped serve Thanksgiving dinner to some 200 homeless people. This outreach was led by Rotarian J. Guarch. Among his helpers were his own family along with club president Abe Horowitz; Judy Pantoja; president-elect WiIey Hicks and his son Eric; Dan Guer rieri and his daughters; Jorge Suarez, his dad and sis-
SmartRide participant Court Collier (left) is pictured with ladies of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club celebrating at SmartRide event.
Posing with new television donated to Ace Academy are (l-r) benefactor Lynn Bauer, John Holian, Ace Academy English teacher Cheryl Carrell, and Gloria Burns.
ter; Keith Blazek; Sally Baumgar tner and Lar r y Goodman ; Linda and Lar r y Flederbeck ; Pamela Leslie , and Rick Arango, to mention a few. Coral Gables Grillin’ Kiwanians were spotted at the Harvest Festival as well as the Coral Gables Tree Lighting Ceremony. This active group from the Coral Gables Club seem to be everywhere with that grill and have managed to raise a lot of money for charitable outreach through these efforts. If you attend an event where they are selling, you will find they have the best prices and terrific hot dogs and hamburgers. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club (CGWC) delivered food baskets all over Miami Dade County that included grocery store certificates to families of the many children who receive free dental care at the club’s May Van Sickle Dental Clinic. These busy women also participated in the SmartRide, a 165-mile bicycle ride for HIV related charities. Manning two water
stops decked out in crazy costumes to add to the festive nature of the ride, club members also cheered on Cour t Collier, husband of past president Michele Collier, who completed the ride. The Colliers also were among many who attended GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s Annual Holiday Party during which 11 new members were inducted. With a harpist providing background music and Teresita Cook Catering a scrumptious buffet, it was a great time for all to enjoy the season. Among the many preparing baskets for needy families and toiletry items for the woman of Agape, were Charo Bolanos, Debi W ilbor n, Vicki McGroar ty, Car men Suarez, Pam Schafer, Barbara Lapsley, Debra Adams, Claire Whitehurst, and Mireya Kilmon, to mention a few. Most everyone also came with gifts for the club’s upcoming party for the children of the club’s free dental clinic. Until next time, keep making each day count.
December 16 - 22, 2008
The Lady of Faith back atop Alhambra Towers Left: Pictured with
The Lady of Faith “Giraldillo” behind them are (l-r) Larry Rentz, director Asset Management and Sales of the Allen Morris Company; Yazmin Gil, treasurer of the Allen Morris Company; W. Allen Morris, president and CEO of the Allen Morris Company, and Dale Graham, senior vice president of the Allen Morris Company. Right: The Lady of Faith “Giraldillo” is
BY CRISTINA PLANAS As hurricane season came to an end, the Allen Morris Company celebrated with an event commemorating the raising of The Lady of Faith, the weather vane that had graced the top of its Alhambra Towers building until damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The 12-foot statue is a reproduction of the 16th Century-designed weather vane that stands atop the Giralda Tower of the Cathedral in Seville, Spain. The statue is nicknamed “Giraldillo,” Spanish for spinner, because the statue spins with the changing wind direction. After it was damaged during Katrina, the statue was sent to its creator, renowned sculpture Gary Rager, of Rager Studios in Orlando, who brought her back to original form. The statue is cast composite over stain-
less steel with a faux finish in bronze and copper. Rager Studios designed a specially engineered mechanical rolling system with space-age materials at the base of the statue, which allows it to move freely with wind. “It was a pleasure to be able to raise the beautiful ‘Giraldillo’ statue again to the summit of Alhambra Towers,” said W. Allen Morris, president and CEO of the Allen Morris Company. “The Lady of Faith is an important part of Alhambra Towers as the statue symbolizes strength, vigilance and a reminder, that especially in turbulent times ‘faith is supreme above all else,’” he added. “The Allen Morris Company has a history of classical architecture-inspired construction,” sculptor Rager said. “Allen [Morris] was very specific about the restoration process, and I’m
shown being hoisted to the top of Alhambra Towers.
pleased that we were able to restore her to her original beauty.” Another example of the Allen Morris Company drawing inspiration from classical architecture is its Ponce de Leon Towers, the first “green” office tower in Coral Gables, and the company’s 80th project. The 215,000-square-foot World Class office building will be located at 2801 Ponce de Leon Blvd., within the mixeduse Old Spanish Village development, currently under construction. This new Coral Gables landmark, inspired by the 15th Century cathedral in Barcelona, Spain, will rise in Old Spanish Village facing Ponce Circle Park. Old Spanish Village, a new seven-
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city’s water bill was large, not to mention an inefficient use of natural resources. “At the time Coral Gables was built, there were no recirculation systems available,” said Dallas Brown, Coral Gables facilities superintendent. “Fortunately, there are relatively inexpensive remedies that will allow the city to keep its beautiful fountains operational without depleting Mother Nature.” The city’s Public Works Department has been spearheading the water conservation project. Some construction is required to retrofit the fountains. The new measures save money and conserve water. One such example is the fountain located in the median of Alhambra Circle and Granada Boulevard. A twoyear before and after analysis shows the city consumed 54 percent less water, an equivalent of 1,395,020 gallons of water with a cost savings of $3,338.22 or 43
percent just on one fountain alone. Several of the city’s beautifully detailed fountains have been retrofitted since the project began. These are fountains at Miracle Mile on LeJeune Road, Granada Boulevard on Alhambra Circle, and Coral Way on Granada Boulevard. Out of the 35 city-maintained fountains, 13 still need to be converted. During its recent restoration project, a new and more efficient recirculation system was installed at the DeSoto Fountain. This fiscal year, the City of Coral Gables also is on track to modify four fountains at the Columbus Boulevard Plaza located at Coral Way and an additional four fountains at Country Club Prado. The city’s newer fountains do not require the conversion because they were built with a recirculation system that allows for water conservation. For additional information, contact the City of Coral Gables Office of Public Affairs at 305-460-5392.
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respected attorney with the firm of Sullivan Admire and Sullivan, a familyowned firm that specializes in estate planning, probate and real estate since 1950. Despite a heavy workload, he always manages to make time for giving back to his community. Admire and his wife, Pam, have two grown children, Bobby and Tricia, both graduates of the University of Miami. That speaks volumes for UM as John Admire is a loyal University of Florida Gator attending UF for both undergraduate and law school. Admire’s commitment to the community began early on as joined various civic organizations. Among his many activities were volunteering for the Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) where he was elected to membership and later became president. The JOBC was most fortunate to have this man as its president during a difficult financial period almost 20 years ago. Thanks, in large part to his devotion and hard work, Admire set the committee back on a successful path and continues to do so to this day. While most presidents take a back seat after serving, Admire went on to help co-found the JOBC International Chess Tournament and, for the past six years, he has served as the Junior Orange
Bowl’s legal council. Of course, his JOBC participation is just the tip of the iceberg. Admire also is a former member of the City of Coral Gables Board of Adjustment, City of Coral Gables Trial Board, City of Coral Gables Insurance Advisory Board, City of Coral Gables Cable TV Board and served as a City of Coral Gables Zoning Compliance hearing officer. He has served as president of the South Miami-Kendall Jaycees and was a Jaycees district director. He is a former board member of the Donors Forum of South Florida. In addition, he was a longtime coach of Little League Baseball. In 2007, Admire was a finalist for the Coral Gables Citizen of the Year and was honored at a luncheon organized by the Rotary Club of Coral Gables. He also makes time to serve his church, Christ the King Lutheran, where he is not only a member of the church council but also is a high school Sunday school teacher. Admire is one of those individuals for whom the old saying, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it,” is applicable. From family and work commitments to church and community, Admire’s presence is felt everywhere.
December 16 - 22, 2008
60th anniversary JOB Parade promises variety, lots of fun BY LEE STEPHENS With only weeks remaining until the big day, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee expects a wide variety of exciting entries in this year’s Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Dec. 30. That evening the streets of Downtown Coral Gables will be filled with the lights and sounds of the 60th annual Junior Orange Bowl Parade. Many units from across the state of Florida are in this year’s lineup, creating a balance of new units and returning favorites. Some of the marching bands that parade-goers can tap their feet to this year are the Hialeah Drum Corp, Hialeah Springs Pathfinders, and Miami Northwestern Senior High School, among others. For those who like to take things a little slower, several floats and walking units will glide by, including those from the City of Hialeah, Homestead Rodeo Association, Five-Star Flashettes, as well as the Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida and 501st Legion Florida Garrison, both on foot. There’s no need to worry about being out after dark, either, because the Miami Police Honor Guard and Coral Gables Law Enforcement are joining in on the parade-night hoopla. Adding to the variety, spectators can expect to see several hundred Orange
Bowl cheerleaders and football players, as well as a group dressed in Star Wars costumes. Animal lovers will enjoy seeing the South Florida Trail Riders horses; Dalmatian Rescue members, and “Prince,” the albino python, joining in once again this year with his human buddy, Ron Magill of Miami Metrozoo. A lively, pre-parade show featuring the Florida Circus Art School Inc., a “Cirque du Ole” acrobatics act, will be available to grandstand ticket holders, just before the parade begins. The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is made possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the youth of the world by providing opportunities for whole some, competitive and multi-cultural experiences. For more information, contact the Junior Orange Bowl Committee at 305662-1210. You also can visit online at <www.jrorangebowl.com>.
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BY CAROLYN POPESCU Coral Gables Hospital recently unveiled its newly renovated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) inviting city officials, physicians, hospital staff and other VIPs to tour the new facility. The renovations, which took six months to complete, created 16 new private rooms and updated existing facilities including new beds, equipment and more. The renovations have helped streamline services and give patients more privacy and comfort. “We are very proud of the new ICU at Coral Gables Hospital,” said Jay Miranda, CEO. “The facility brings together new technology with a new look enabling us to offer quality care for our patients.” The new ICU also features the Stryker InTouch Critical Care Hospital bed, one of the first high acuity care bed to offer advanced technology, intuitive operation and BackSmart ergonomics to benefit both patients and caregivers. The InTouch bed offers a variety of new features and benefits to ensure
maximum comfort for the patient as well making protocol compliance easier for caregivers. The InTouch bed also features a translation option, which translates a variety of clinical phrases to 12 different languages to help physicians and nursing staff communicate with patients who speak limited English. Coral Gables Hospital also added Category 5 hurricane impact windows, new exterior paint and finish as well as a new nurses’ station/dictation area. Coral Gables Hospital is a 256-bed acute care hospital located at 3100 Douglas Rd. in the heart of historic Coral Gables. The community-based hospital serves much of South Dade County, as well as Latin American and Caribbean populations. Coral Gables Hospital offers a broad range of services, from primary care to surgery and specialty care, including the Orthopedic Joint Replacement Program and a comprehensive urology program. To learn more about Coral Gables Hospital, visit online at <www.coralgableshospital.com>.
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