MAY 3 - 16, 2011
Coral Gables BID names new president, executive board BY MARI GALLET
he board of directors of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID) recently announced the election of Burton Hersh, AIA, principal of Burton Hersh PA, as its new president of the board. Judy Weissel, downtown Coral Gables property owner, was elected vice president; commercial real estate developer and coowner of Daisy Tarsi, Gus Fonte, was appointed secretary/treasurer, and business owner Helena Ulloa, of I. Design Optical, was elected member-at-Large. The remaining 2011 board of directors are: Jose Bolado, Bolado Clothiers; Wayne Eldred, Tarpon Bend; Jennifer Johnson, Jae’s Jewelers; Zeke Guilford, property owner; Abe Ng, Sushi Maki; Brad Rosenblatt, property owner; Michael Wurster, Westin Colonnade Hotel; Maria Anderson, city commission liaison (exofficio); Orlando Abella, GMI Investments, resident advisor (ex-officio), and Denise Erwin, Seasons 52, Coral Gables Chamber liaison (ex-officio). Created in 1997, the BID’s mission is to promote commercial vitality to Miracle
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Mayor welcomes former Czech Republic Ambassador Palous
GABLES GREAT Giving back has been way of life for Noelle Galperin BY GLORIA BURNS
Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason (left) was a guest of honor at the Apr. 26 evening reception welcoming and honoring former Czech Republic Ambassador Martin Palous. Pictured with Mayor Cason is Ambassador Palous (center) and Alan Becker, managing partner of the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff, which hosted the reception at its Coral Gables offices.
Bake Sale at Fairchild Garden to benefit Share Our Strength BY RENÉE JOSLYN
outh Floridians are invited to attend the Miami Area division of the second annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale on Saturday, May 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Fairchild Garden is acting as host for the second year in a row to the Miami Area National Food Bloggers Bake Sale, which will occur on the Saturday of the fifth annual Fairchild Artists in Bloom Exhibition and Sale
weekend. Food bloggers and their friends from all over Miami-Dade County and South Florida will feature their favorite baked goods from their blogs and family recipe files. Highlights of this year’s sale include: Local celebrity bakers, Cupcakes Nouveau of Coral Gables and 2 Girls and a Cupcake of Miami, are contributing cupcakes to sell and gift certificates for the raffle. Cupcakes Nouveau and 2 Girls and a Cupcake were hometown con-
f all our Gables Great honorees, Rotarian and Gables resident Noelle Galperin is among the
youngest. A world traveler whose efforts have recently afforded her Rotary District 6990’s first Humanitarian of the Year Award, Galperin is praised for her work with the PolioPlus NID (National Immunization Day) program. In fact, giving back has been a way of life for this young woman who has led groups of Rotarian volunteers on five trips to India to help immunize children against polio and was selected by Rotary International to join with two other individuals to participate in an ABC special news report about Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, which aired on NOELLE GALPERIN Feb. 27. While Galperin was born in Puerto Rico, she moved to South Florida at age 2. After graduation from Palmetto Senior High School, she headed to Wellesley where she graduated cum
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UM community gives lake a big hug on Earth Day
Random Acts of Kindness Club at the University of Miami hosted its largest event of the year — Hug the Lake! — on Friday, Apr. 22 (Earth Day). Hug the Lake, now in its fifth year, is a campus-wide event that brings the UM community together to celebrate Earth Day. This year more than 700 students, faculty, and staff joined hands, encircling Lake Osceola in the center of the Coral Gables campus in a symbolic “hug,” to show their appreciation for and increase awareness about the environment. At the event, they collected donations to protect acreage of the Everglades from deforestation.
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GALPERIN, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– laude with a BA. After earning an MBA at Harvard Business School, she worked as an International Brand Manager for six years for the Colgate-Palmolive Company in New York, Manilla and Mexico City. For the past 10 years, Galperin has been based in Coral Gables as a principal at Galperin & Associates Inc., a firm that provides marketing and management consulting. An active member of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, Galperin’s connection to Rotary is a family affair as she follows in the footsteps of her late father Arnold Galperin, who was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Miami, past governor of District 6990 and an outstanding community leader. While Rotary is a huge part of her life, she also serves on numerous boards including the Founding Steering Committee of the Harvard Business School Community Partners of South Florida, the Friends of the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library, and the Board of Directors of the Miami-Dade Public Library Foundation. Galperin has been active with the Wellesley Alumnae Association serving as
BID, from page 1 –––––––––––––––– Mile and Downtown Coral Gables, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area. Through the implementation of marketing, advertising, public relations, event production, and advocacy, this collective organization of property owners and merchants position Downtown Coral Gables as a desirable place to shop, dine, play, live and do business. Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle
BAKE SALE, from page 1 –––––––––– testants on different episodes of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars! last year. Dunkin’ Donuts of South Florida once again is providing the sale with coffee and treats to sell. Renowned cookbook author and Miami Beach High graduate Amy Rogers is donating a signed copy of her latest book, Hungry for Home for the raffle. Freakin’ Flamingo local jams are being donated for sale, plus a gift basket of Freakin’ Flamingo jams and other products will be raffled. Freakin’ Flamingo was featured this year in Urban Daddy Miami’s Valentine Gift Guide. WokStar Eleanor Hoh is donating a gift certificate for two people to attend one of her very popular wok cooking classes (valued at $130)
a co-president of the Miami Club and most recently serving as president of the Wellesley College Class of 1990. Galperin is a graduate of Leadership Miami in 2005 sponsored by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. In addition, for the past six years she has also been a voting member of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs grants panel. As if all that were not enough to keep her busy, Galperin now has a goal of founding a nonprofit with a mission of promoting selfworth and encouraging self-respect in girls and women living in the poorest of conditions around the globe by giving them a keepsake photo portrait, which in many cases will be the first and only photo of themselves they will ever own. Gathering support from corporate partners, she will provide a small corps of international service volunteers already engaged in building global goodwill with kits containing a digital camera, compact portable printer, and impermeable frames to carry out this effort. Galperin’s ultimate vision is to positively enhance the way girls and women perceive themselves and their place in society.
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for the raffle. Students learn Eleanor’s norecipes, no-measuring method to put a delicious and healthy meal on the table in minutes. Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in the Miami Design District is donating a $100 gift certificate to the raffle. Chef Michael Schwartz, among other honors, recently received the 2010 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: South. The National Food Bloggers Bake Sale features food bloggers from across the country, uniting to support Share Our Strength by holding bake sales in their states on the same day. Readers will have the opportunity to taste the baked goods from their favorite food blogs at each state’s bake sale location. To find other National Food Bloggers Bake Sale locations, visit <http://whatsgabycooking.com/2011-food-blogger-bakesale/>. Last year, the group raised over $16,500, across 22 states.
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Junior Orange Bowl Committee unveils festival theme Gloria Burns GLORIAâ€™S GAB The Junior Orange Bowl Committee kicked off its 63rd year with its Annual Kickoff and Theme Unveiling on Apr. 19 at the Coral Gables Museum. Newly sworn in president Dallas Brown revealed the 2011-12 festival theme, â€œSoaring to New Heights!,â€? for the first time and guests had a chance to meet committee chairs and sign up to volunteer. Members brought friends and prospective volunteers to celebrate and learn more about the myriad events that make the Junior Orange Bowl the largest youth festival in the world. For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl, call 305-662-1210. The American Cancer Society celebrated the 2011 Relay for Life of Coral Gables on Apr. 16-17, at George Merrick Park. Of the 22 teams participating, the Coral Gables
Chamberâ€™s 20/30 group came in third, raising more than $3,500. On the education front, the Independent Schools of South Florida held its 2011 Star Students Luncheon on Apr. 13 at the Doubletree drawing a crowd of 800 honorees and guests from 56 independent schools. Among the Coral Gables area students honored at the affair were Gulliver School Academy and Prep students John Michael DeLappe, Ashley Martinez, Ines Noel, Cody Diamond, Karan Mirpuri, Jaclyn Soria; Riviera Day School and Prep students Shola Takahashi, Victoria Basnuevo and Noah Sperber; St. Thomas Episcopal Day School students Emily Battle, Camille G a rcia-Mendoza, and Felipe Pardo. ISSF executive director Dr. Teri Logan, associate head of Miami Christian School, coordinated a luncheon program with a host of helpers including Brother Angelo Palmieri, Alicia Casanopva, James McGhee II, Jennifer Loo, Kris Charlton, John Krutulis, Kathie Yuz, and Mercedes and Merchy Ricon. ISSF is an organization of more than 70 accredited non-public schools joined to share information, provide professional learning, celebrate student successes and discuss matters of common concern.
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JOBC president Dallas Brown and parade chair Kathleen Kauffman show off the artwork inspired by the Junior Orange Bowl Committeeâ€™s 2011-12 festival theme, â€œSoaring to New Heights!â€? â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“
Abigail Disney, named one of 150 Extraordinary Women Who Shake the World by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, was the keynote speaker on Apr. 27 for the Womenâ€™s Fund of Miami-Dade Power of the Purse Luncheon. This annual affair â€” benefiting the only grant-making organization in MiamiDade entirely dedicated to funding genderspecific programs â€” took place at the Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave. The Power of the Purse is symbolic of our ability to profoundly impact women and girls in Miami by supporting gender-specific programs and raising awareness of the connection between poverty, low self-esteem, inadequate healthcare, job access, domestic violence, sexual assault â€” and being female. In sports news, the University of Miami has hired a new athletic director, Shawn M. Eichorst. A former star defensive back in college who went on to earn a law degree and help lead intercollegiate athletic programs in two of the nationâ€™s premier conferences, Eichorst becomes UMâ€™s 12th director of athletics. Welcome to South Florida, Shawn.
On the cultural front, the Dranoff International Two Piano Foundationâ€™s third annual â€œOiano Slam,â€? a two-piano classical music and rap poetry concert, will take place at the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall in the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County on Wednesday, May 4, 7:30 p.m. This is a culmination of an in-school education and performance project in 61 Miami-Dade middle and high schools. The competition open to the public and admission is free. For more information, go online to <www.dranoff2piano.org>. The American Heart Association will hold its 2011 Miami-Dade Heart Walk on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Florida International University. To get involved through a sponsorship or walk team, send email to <MiamiHeartWalk@heart.org>, call 305-631-4791 or visit online at <www.MiamiDadeHeartWalk.org Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <email@example.com>.
May 3 - 9, 2011
Biltmore Hotel announces Dream Wedding giveaway BY ROSA QUIROZ
The Biltmore Hotel has announced a partnership with the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau in a dream wedding contest, “Marry Me in Miami,” giving away a Miami wedding valued at nearly $150,000. As one of the most renowned historic landmark hotels, the Biltmore offers a variety of extravagant ballrooms, complete with stunning views and European architectural influences — making it Miami’s premier site for extraordinary weddings. Starting May 10, couples from across the U.S. may enter the contest and submit their love story by logging on to <www.MarryMeInMiami.com>. In June, five finalist couples will be selected randomly to visit Miami to compete for the grand prize in a “Wedding Day Challenge” obstacle course that will take place on June 22 on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. The couple that wins the challenge will receive a wedding ceremony and reception for 125 guests on Oct. 9 at the Biltmore. The Biltmore will join forces with pre-
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mier wedding partners to plan and design a wedding set for true platinum status, including: celebrity wedding planner Jackie Ohh; wedding décor by Parrish Designs, Nuage Designs, Hitched Events and Uplyte; wedding cake by Elegant Temptations; entertainment by Michael Sarz; wedding photos by Rodrigo Varela; wedding video by Dream Video Production; transportation by Majestic Limousines; bridal dress by Daisy Tarsi; bridesmaids dresses by J. Del Olmo, and men’s tux by Bolado Clothiers. In addition, the Biltmore will offer hotel accommodations for the wedding party, as well as spa and golf services for the bride
and groom. The wedding celebration will culminate with a farewell champagne brunch at the Biltmore. “This momentous wedding event is a new chapter in the Biltmore’s 85 years of history,” said Gene Prescott, president of the Biltmore Hotel. “The Biltmore sets the standard for Miami destination weddings and we are thrilled to host the winning couple at our resort for their special day.” “Marry Me in Miami” is an initiative of the Miami Romance Month program embarking in June by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. The program seeks to celebrate and promote Miami as the ideal city for destination weddings, commitment ceremonies, wedding shopping trips, bachelor/ette parties, proposals and honeymoons. For details on the “Marry Me in Miami” contest rules and the grand prize, visit online at <www.MarryMeInMiami.com>. ABOUT THE BILTMORE HOTEL The Biltmore is a National Historic Landmark located in the Coral Gables area. The 273-room hotel resembles classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish architectural influences spread over 150-acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and notables since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18hole, 71 par championship golf course, tennis, the largest hotel pool in the country, private cabanas, a European spa, and an award-winning fitness center. The hotel’s dining destinations include the acclaimed Palme d’Or, which Zagat calls one of the best restaurants in the country; Fontana, an Italian restaurant surrounding the Biltmore fountain, and the poolside Cascade. For more information or to make reservations, visit online at <www.BiltmoreHotel.com> or call 1800-727-1926.
May 3 - 9, 2011
New Mexican dining destination slated to open Cinco de Mayo BY ORIANE LLUCH
Gable’s hottest new watering holes, will serve an array of traditional and signature Breakout the tequila and cue the mariachis cocktails during its nightly Happy Hour. — South Floridians are going to have extra To execute the menu at Cinco, Giardini has reason to celebrate on Thursday, May 5, when brought in Miami native Belleme, a wellsuccessful Palm Beach-based restaurateur respected local talent who first came to Carmine Giardini, owner/operator of prominence during his days with the Carmine’s Restaurant esteemed Unique Group, opens the doors of Restaurant Group. The his newest creation — restaurant marks Cinco Cantina & Tequila Belleme’s reemergence Bar. into the Miami market Featuring a beautiful since joining the bar and an expansive Carmine’s Restaurant menu, created and exeGroup at Umi Fishbar and cuted by Chef John Grill in Palm Beach in Belleme and his talented October 2010. kitchen staff, the restauRooted in authentic rant, located in the Mexican cuisine, the upscale Village of menu will have a contemMerrick Park’s beautiful porary spin, compliments plaza, is slated to open to of Belleme and his talentthe public on none other ed culinary staff. “I’ve always had a than Cinco de Mayo. Chef John Belleme deep respect for, and Seating 366 throughout (Photo credit: Alissa Dragun) appreciation of Mexican a spacious dining room, –––––––––––––––––––––––––– cuisine,” said Belleme, bar, outdoor patio and two private rooms, Cinco surely will who quietly worked behind the scenes on appeal to the trendsetters, foodies and several Mexican concepts over the course scene makers that flock to the designer of his career. “I’m thrilled to finally have a boutiques that fill the Spanish-style al fres- chance to cook this type of food and work co shopping center. Bringing the spirit of with the great ingredients and multi-layCinco de Mayo to Miami 365 days a year, ered flavors that Mexican cuisine has to Cinco will feature a rustic and festive offer. The menu will playfully pay homage ambiance with colorful and traditional to authentic Mexican cuisine and have something for everyone. Mexican design elements. Cinco Cantina & Tequila Bar, 4251 Serving at lunch and dinner daily, the Salzedo St., Suite 1325, at The Village of menu is large, featuring something for everyone and priced-to-please. The list of options Merrick Park in Coral Gables, is slated to promises to appeal to diners who love open Thursday, May 5. Lunch and dinner authentic Mexican dishes as well as those served daily from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. Call seeking more eclectic fare. The Tequila bar, 786-439-1730 or visit online at <www.cinwhich is positioned to become one of Coral comiami.com>.
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Legislature’s immigration debate threatens stability of economy BY MOST REV. THOMAS G. WENSKI
Archbishop of Miami
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The Florida Legislature’s current debate on immigration threatens the economic stability of Florida. Punitive measures aimed at undocumented workers will create an atmosphere of fear for them and their families. At the same time, these same punitive measures will alienate legal residents and foreign tourists who because of their ethnic “profile” could be mistaken for undocumented migrants. While the Church does not advocate for undocumented immigration, the Church recognizes the human dignity of the “stranger among us” who, regardless of his or her legal status, is still the subject of rights — that are not conferred by the state but are in fact God given. One cannot forget the basic humanity of the immigrant whatever his status. The Catholic Church has long ministered to immigrants and refugees in the United States, including those without permanent legal status. These immigrants, far from being a threat to our nation, are seeking to meet the basic needs of their families by working, often at jobs that Americans themselves eschew. The regulation of immigration is clearly the purview of the federal and not state or local government; it is at the federal level the current immigration crisis needs to be resolved — but in a way that is just and in a way that addresses adequately present and future labor needs of our country and
helps reunify and not divide families. The recent Ninth Circuit Court opinion pointed out the unconstitutionality of portions of the Arizona law, including some provisions which are now in the proposed Florida bills. Passage of these statutes inevitably will result in costly court challenges, diverting already scarce resources that could be used to implement policies better suited to bolster Florida’s economy. In this global society, fraught with economic instability and natural disasters, workers oftentimes are forced to leave their home country in search of a means to support their families. Present immigration law leaves few lawful avenues for them to regularize their status even though they contribute to our economy by their labor. Without a path to legal status, they remain vulnerable to wage theft, exploitation or human trafficking. The failure of Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform leaves us with a status quo that all parties of the immigration debate find unacceptable. However, draconian measures such as those proposed in the Florida Legislature and the demonization of irregular migrants only exacerbates the problem without providing any long term and just solution. Enforcement of federal immigration law is a function of the federal government. If Floridians want to contribute positively to addressing the problems caused by illegal migration, then they should join forces with those pressing Congress for a federal solution — one that honors the rule of law but, at the same time, affords our migrant brothers and sisters the respect and dignity that is theirs as human beings made in the image and likeness of God.
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â€˜Reach for the Starsâ€™ auction marks platinum anniversary BY BROOKE NOBLE
Notable guests, community members and theater supporters gathered at the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables on Saturday, Apr. 16, for the platinum celebration of the 20th annual â€œReach for the Starsâ€? Gala Auction presented by Actorsâ€™ Playhouse and Lexus of Kendall. Started as a small fundraising event at the Dadeland Mall in 1991, the â€œReach for the Starsâ€? Gala Auction truly has taken on a life of itâ€™s own, blossoming into one of the City Beautifulâ€™s most extravagant events of the year. Hosted by founding board chair Dr. Lawrence Stein and executive producing director Barbara S. Stein, more than 600 guests attended one of the most anticipated events on the South Florida calendar that featured over $350,000 worth of live and silent auction items up for bid. The eveningâ€™s gourmet dining was provided by 33 of Coral Gablesâ€™ finest restaurants, with an open bar sponsored by Barcardi and complimentary wine and champagne from Premier Beverage Co. Celebrity guest auctioneer for his 20th year was South Floridaâ€™s own Bob Soper, former CBS4 chief meteorologist, with the help of Actorsâ€™ Playhouse artistic director David Arisco. The popular auction is the major fundraising event for Actorsâ€™ Playhouse each year. This yearâ€™s funds of more than $130,000 will be dedicated to capital improvements of the historic Miracle Theatre and the operating costs of Actorsâ€™ Playhouse 2011-12 Season. â€œActorsâ€™ Playhouse is a very fortunate organization to have so many wonderful patrons and sponsors, who for many years have invested their friendship and support of our organization,â€? Stein said. â€œWe are grateful beyond measure for our cherished relationships with our supporters and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.â€?
Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, Actorsâ€™ Playhouse chairman of the board; Barbara S. Stein, executive producing director, and Bob Soper, celebrity guest auctioneer for his 20th year. â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“
Headlining this yearâ€™s auction was a 2011 Lexus RX 350 one-year lease from Lexus of Kendall. Additionally, live and silent auction items included Air Berlin Business Class Tickets to anywhere in Europe the airline flies, worldwide hotel travel courtesy of InterContinental Miami, exclusive celebrity wine dinners at popular South Florida restaurants, jewelry, golf packages, fine art, antiques, sports collectors items, spa visits, couture clothing and gift certificates. Lexus of Kendall was the presenting sponsor of this yearâ€™s event, together with Platinum Sponsors Air Berlin and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Gold
Sponsors included Azamara Club Cruises, Bacardi USA, The Biltmore Hotel, ClubMed, AT&T The Real Yellow Pages and Seabourn. Silver Sponsors included Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Continental Connection, Alberto Romeu Studio, Assurant, AroundTown Magazine, Atlantis Paradise Island, Bravo Musicians, Christinaâ€™s Party Rentals, Bradford Renaissance Portraits, Frame & Crate, Gables Gems, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Marlins Ballpark, MiaCucina, Premier Beverage Company, Dr. Siegalâ€™s Cookie Diet, Solo Printing, Steinway & Sons, The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables, Zip Mailer, Inc. and artists
Clifford Bailey, Carlos Navarro, Gapal, Cynthia Coulombe, Jama, Carbonell, Ed King, and Fer Sucre. Gala VIP Sponsors included Baptist Health South Florida, Florida Power & Light, AT&T and Kevin J. King & Tricia A. King. VIP Sponsors included Donna Abood, Norma Jean Abraham, Marc and Madeline Auerbach, BAC Florida Bank, Banco Popular, BankAtlantic, Bank of Coral Gables, Cherry, Bekaert & Holland LLP, Coral Gables Community Foundation, Esserman Automotive Group, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Gulliver Schools, International Finance Bank, Kahn Carlin & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, TotalBank, U.S. Century Bank, and Waste Management. Participating restaurants included Anacapri on Ponce, BGR The Burger Joint, CafĂŠ at Books & Books in Coral Gables, California Pizza Kitchen, Catering by Lovables, Charlotte Bistro, Chilorioâ€™s Very Mexican, Cold Stone Creamery, Cookies By Design, Courtyard CafĂŠ by Marriott Coral Gables, CrepeMaker on the Mile, Eddaâ€™s Cake Designs, Edible Arrangements, Flemingâ€™s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, La Cofradia Restaurant, Miss Saigon Bistro, Mortonâ€™s The Steakhouse, Normanâ€™s 180, Ortanique on the Mile, Panera Bread, Pashaâ€™s, Peppyâ€™s in the Gables, Rincon Argentino, Romanicos Chocolate, Ruthâ€™s Chris Steak House, Seasons 52, Special Events Catering By Les, Starbucks Coffee, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Tropical Chinese Restaurant, The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables and Yuga Restaurant. With the close of a successful 20th Gala, the theater already is planning next yearâ€™s 21st Anniversary Gala event, which will be celebrated Apr. 14, 2012. For additional information on how to get involved contact the Actorsâ€™ Playhouse Development Office at 305-444-9293, ext. 609.
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MCYA host Spring Fling Launch attracting 100 BY JEREMY KATZMAN
Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Diamond Society members Cristina and Daniel Echavarria and Brooke and Dr. Chad Perlyn hosted a Spring Fling Launch event for the Miami Children’s Young Ambassadors (MCYA), of which Cristina Echavarria and Dr. Perlyn are co-chairs. Approximately 100 young professionals, physicians and Miami Children’s Hospital and Foundation senior leaders and donors gathered to enjoy a beautiful South Florida evening and to discuss their common interest in advocating for children’s issues and serving as ambassadors for Miami Children’s Hospital. Attendees included Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) Board chair Gary Gregory; MCH Board member Dr. Maria Franco; MCH Foundation president and CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti; MCH vice president of Strategic Business Planning and Public Affairs, Chief Hospitality Officer Nancy Humbert; MCYA Leadership Committee members Dr. Plato Alexander, Gabriel Decaran-Voight, Michael Grieco, Chandra Iglesias-Balsera, Andres Asion, Cristina Echavarria, Jackie Humbert, JC Antorcha, Brenda Vargas, Dean Neiger, Brooke and
Dr. Chad Perlyn; MCH physicians Drs. Mislen and Christian Bauer and Dr. Jason Katz; Florida International University athletic director Pete Garcia; Carolina Cejas, and Eduardo Arellano. “Miami Children’s Hospital saved my life after I was in a motorcycle accident as a teenager and, as the father of two young children, I feel lucky to have this valuable resource in our community,” Daniel Echavarria said. “We cannot take Miami Children’s for granted; we must show our support through donations and giving children a voice.” MCYA is a newly formed membership organization for young professionals between the ages of 22 and 45 who have a strong commitment to improving the lives of children in the community and beyond. Members have the opportunity to network with prestigious business and community leaders, meet with key Miami Children’s Hospital and Foundation personnel and determine how their donations can best be used to benefit the children of our community and beyond. “Miami Children’s Hospital saved my brother’s life when he was a child, and due to his inspiration, I chose to pursue a career where I can affect children’s lives,” said Dr.
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Perlyn, who is a pediatric plastic surgeon at Miami Children’s. “MCYA allows not only doctors and nurses, but the entire community to step up and support children’s health care.” For more information on MCYA and Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, contact Lani Valido, director of community
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May 3 - 16, 2011
Former Commissioner Sorenson to chair bonds advisory panel
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mayor, county commissioners and the county manager on the program. The Former Miami-Dade County CAC’s role is to monitor the program, Commissioner Katy Sorenson was participate in progress reports to the recently elected chair of mayor and commission, as the “Building Better well as provide recomCommunities” (BBC) mendations on any realloGeneral Obligation Bond cations or unspent bond Citizens Advisory funds, and community Committee (CAC). The outreach. GOB, as it is known, was “The General Obligation approved by the voters in Bond program is more impor2004 and is a $2.9 billion tant than ever,” Sorenson long-term investment in said. “It’s providing sorely the community. During needed jobs in a tough econothe next 15-20 years, the my while improving the program will fund projcounty’s infrastructure and ects at approximately amenities. I’m proud to be a Katy Sorenson 1,500 worksites throughpart of the Citizens Advisory –––––––––––––––––––– out Miami-Dade includCommittee.” ing parks, libraries, senior housing, culSorenson currently is the president and CEO of the Good Government Initiative at tural facilities and infrastructure. The county encourages citizen par- the University of Miami, a program to eduticipation by informing residents on the cate elected officials at the state and local progress of bond projects. A 21-mem- levels, and to foster citizen participation in ber CAC was established to advise the government.
Most working people are employees and they think like employees when it comes to their financial condition. This means their focus is on salary, health insurance, 401k and vacation time. Yes, these benefits do impact your financial condition but it is one-sided. It is on the side of what you have (assets). We suggest that in order to attain financial independence, employees should begin to think and behave as a business owner. A business owner’s focus is not only on what they have but more importantly, what they owe (liabilities). This means accounts payable, which for individuals are items such as credit cards, car loans and mortgages.On this side of the balance sheet, the business owner wants to minimize expenses.
What you have (assets) minus what you owe (liabilities) results in what’s left over (net worth). $1 of assets and $1 of liabilities means $0 in net worth. $1 less in liabilities means you are $1 richer. Many employees with more salary will spend more, so they still have little net worth or financial independence. The car and house they own may be fancier but they may still be broke. Thebook,TheMillionaireNextDoor,describes how a business owner thinks and behaves.It is not secret how to become financially secure. It comes down to not thinking and behaving like an employee when it comes to your financial future. Tonkinson Financial provides hands-on money management for the middle class. They are located at: 2 3 9 8 S o u t h D i x i e H w y. , M i a m i , FL 33133. Phone: 305-858-1627 Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson, Steven Tonkinson, Registered Representatives Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson, Steven Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives Tonkinson Financial and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.
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PLASTIC SURGERY CORNER WITH DR. VIJAY SHARMA
all Plastic Surgery, I recommend visiting with an experienced Board Certified physician. The doctor should be able to show you photos of his or her previous patients.You should feel like your questions are answered in a polite and informative way. As with any procedure, I recommend you spend time with your surgeon discussing expectations for what I call The Three Rʼs of Plastic Surgery: Results, Risks, and Recovery. This sort of approach Dr. Sharma is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic makes it much more likely to Surgeon. His Coral Gables office is on Biltmore Way. get the natural, youthful, ____________________________ and well-rested appearance you desire. Dear Dr. Sharma, I offer my patients a modified facelift I am 54 years old and I don’t know procedure known as The Gables Lift. what to do. When I look in the mir- It takes about 90 minutes and is perror, I see more and more of my formed under local anesthesia in my grandmother. My neck is sagging Coral Gable office. This procedure to become the ‘turkey neck’ she has the advantages of traditional had. My jawline is no longer sharp facelifts (improved neck and jawline) and defined like it used to be - I’ve without the need for deeper anesthebeen told I have ‘jowls’ now! I’m a sia. I do offer higher levels of anesbit nervous about extreme surgery. thesia, especially for patients who Maybe I’m ready for a mini-facelift plan to perform other procedures at the same time. ??? What do you recommend? In my practice, the procedures most commonly performed with facelifts are -Sadly Signed, eye-lifts (blepharoplasty) or facial fat Sagging Susan :( transfer (especially to build up sagging cheeks). Dear Susan, I hope this information helps guide you in the right direction on your jourLike many of my patients, you are ney of self-improvement. going through the natural aging Best of Luck! process. But don’t worry, you have lots of options to help you look and feel better. It sounds like you may be on target. A facelift is typically a face and neck lift. The procedure is performed by tightening the muscles of the face and neck through carefully hidden incisions. Having personally performed over 2,000 of these procedures, I know a facelift can improve the areas of concern that you mentioned - especially the loose turkey neck and loss of jawline definition jowls. Only you can decide if you are ready for the improvement a facelift can give. The first step is to consult with a Facial Plastic Surgeon. As with
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May 3 - 9, 2011
St. Brendan wins ‘People’s Pick’ award in student video contest
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Dow Chemical and the Chemical Heritage Foundation recently announced the student winners of the national “It’s Elemental” video contest. Locally, St. Brendan High School in Westchester was selected as the sole winner of the contest’s “People’s Pick” award for garnering the most votes — nearly 215,000 in just three months — by launching a campaign that involved reaching out to the school’s network of students, teachers and alumni. The school’s grant money will be used to hold the
school’s first-ever science fair. Nearly 700 individuals and teams entered the contest from 36 states across the U.S. and 11 winning schools were selected to receive $5,000 grants to help support the schools’ science departments. The program was designed to inspire interest in chemistry among students, one of the objectives of the United Nationsdesignated 2011 International Year of Chemistry. To check out the winning video visit online at <www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dXBPk7W_Z1c&feature=pla yer_embedded>.
May 3 - 9, 2011
PALMETTO PAINT AND DECORATING CENTER – YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR HOME DECORATING BY NANCY EAGLETON
There’s no place like home…Whether working, relaxing or entertaining, people are spending more time at home than ever before. If this rings true for you, then your home should be your sanctuary. The experts at Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center can help you refresh, update and create the perfect “home sweet home.” Paint, flooring and window treatments are three of the quickest and least expensive ways to update a room, according to designers. From floor to ceiling, small projects to total room makeovers, Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center has got you covered. The team at the center offers specialized attention that you simply will not find in larger chain stores. Owners Dan Hedrick, Robert Lingle and Perry Arabatzis are always on hand to offer expert service to the friends, neighbors, designers and contractors who have visited their store in Palmetto Bay for more than 41 years. The center, located on South Dixie Highway, also carries an array of superior quality products. As of April 1st, Palmetto Paint carries the complete line of Benjamin Moore paints exclusively. Whether you think neutral is nice or want to change “blah” to brilliant, paint can make a big splash. Products in the Benjamin Moore line include interior and
exterior paints and wood stains, primers and specialized paints with metallic finishes and pearlescent hues. “It really is the best brand of paint products available,” said coowner Arabatzis. Do-it-yourselfers will find all the supplies – and inspiration – they need to get them started. Paint technique seminars are held quarterly. The next seminar is Wednesday, May 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and will be led by the regional representative from Modern Masters. It will include demonstrations of Modern Masters’ complete product range, including metal effects, texture effects and Venetian plaster. If you’d rather leave your paint job to the experts, the Palmetto Paint team can provide you with the name of a preferred paint contractor. For high impact, transform a room with new hardwood or laminate flooring from top manufacturers, Armstrong and Mannington. Like the feel of soft carpet underfoot in the bedroom? The center offers carpets by Mohawk, with a style, texture and color choice for every purpose, decorating style and budget. Dress up your windows and improve the view with Hunter Douglas wood blinds, plantation shutters, Duette® shades, Silhouette® shades, roman shades, vertical blinds and privacy sheers. Wallpaper has made a comeback – or
The helpful staff at Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center in Palmetto Bay, (L to R): Jackie Arabatzis, Lynette Pichardo, Perry Arabatzis, Karla Mergenthal and Robert Lingle. Not pictured: Dan Hedrick and Debbie Jarrell. ____________________________
maybe it never went out of style. At Palmetto Paint, you’ll find more than 100,000 wallpaper prints and textures from which to choose. In-home measuring and estimates are always free. While in-store, decorator consultants,
Karla Mergenthal and Lynette Pichardo, can help you choose and coordinate all of these products and more, such as custommade valances, draperies, bedspreads and pillows. To help you put it all together at home, designer Debbie Jarrell makes house calls. “We work with designers and do-ityourselfers, alike,” said Mergenthal. “We have customers who visit us from South America and those who have a winter home here and a summer home in the north. We go the extra mile for all of our clients and because of that, we’ve developed a loyalty.” Since 1994, local paint and wallpaper contractor Gustavo Inzillo has visited Palmetto Paint at least twice a week for his project supplies. “They carry the best products and provide excellent service,” he said. “The paint specialists are experts at color matching. And, when I work with Karla on a wallpaper job, my clients are all thrilled with the results.” Palmetto Paint and Decorating Center is located at 14031 South Dixie Highway in Palmetto Bay and the phone number is 305-233-1224. The center is open Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.palmettopaint.benmoorepaint.com
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Palmer Trinity celebrates its 20th annual Book Fair BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD
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The 20th annual Palmer Trinity Book Fair on Apr. 11 featured author Alan Cheuse, author and book reviewer for National Public Radio. The Palmer Book Fair is well known not only because of the authors who speak at the brunch, but because of the incredible themed tables. This yearâ€™s table themes ranged from â€œBreakfast at Tiffanyâ€™sâ€? to â€œOn the Beachâ€? to â€œPutting on the Ritz.â€? One table featured peacocks, prompting the head of school, Sean Murphy, to quip in his welcome speech that â€œno peacocks were harmed in the preparation of this brunch.â€? Murphy told everyone that while the tables were fabulous, what has made the book fair so special over the years are the books and the people who attend. â€œThere is an abiding love for books,â€? he said. That love of books and an innovative summer reading list convinced Mitchell Kaplan, owner of Books and Books, to send his twin sons to Palmer. Kaplan promised to stay involved although his sons are graduating. â€œThis school distinguishes itself,â€? he said. The theme of the love of books was continued when Cheuse spoke. As well as being a respected writer, Cheuse has reviewed books on NPR for more than two decades. He has written five novels, short stories and a memoir. His latest novel is Song of the Slaves in the Desert, which delves into the world of southern slavery. Interestingly, by the time he finished the book, he was a grandfather to a child adopted from Ethiopia. â€œBooks are everything to writers,â€? Cheuse said. â€œWe hope they are everything to readers.â€? He talked about a writer who sent his grandmother his first book when it was published. The grandmother was quite religious
and when she received the book, she sent him a note thanking him, but told him, I have the books I need â€” the Bible and the Sears catalog! â€œWhether we need the Bible, we need to augment it with other visions,â€? Cheuse said. â€œBooks help us understand and rejuvenate ourselves.â€? He said there are characters in novels that we know better than people we grew up with. In the question and answer session, he was asked about his work as a writer and as a reviewer for NPR. â€œWe are the only broadcast network in the history of civilization that takes books seriously,â€? he said. To do his reviews, he reads three to five books a week, featuring books he has enjoyed. To date he has done very few negative reviews. â€œFor every book I review I read five to 10 others,â€? he said. One of the questions he fielded was about the future of books in this digital age where people are reading books on their phones, on iPads or on readers such as Kindle or Nook. â€œI think books will go on,â€? he said. â€œTwenty-five percent of every book will come in hardcover.â€? As to how to keep boys reading, he said fathers can make a difference if they would make it a point to read with their sons. As far as the contentious debate in Congress about cutting federal funding for NPR, Cheuse said, if the funds were taken away, NPR would survive in urban areas but it would limit access to multiple points of view for people who live in more remote areas. The book fair raises money for the Matheson Library, headed by Ruthanne Vogel, which has a collection of more than 19,000 books, videos and magazines.
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Dadeland Mall cooks up fun with event for young chefs BY IVONNE SNAVELY
Dadeland Mall invites children of all ages to roll up their sleeves and explore the fun side of food with hands-on learning activities during the Simon Kidgits Clubâ€™s Super Duper Mini Chefs event on Friday, May 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Kids will enjoy a nutritional magic show by Amy the Magic Chef where they will learn table manners and good eating habits. Youngsters also will color their own chef hats and receive an apron to help them make sweet treats. The Simon Kidgits Club will transform Dadeland Mall into a magical kitchen as kids cook up a menu including: â€˘ Dip fresh strawberries in delicious chocolate with Godiva Chocolatier; â€˘ Make chocolate chip cookie sandwiches with Nestle Toll House CafĂŠ; â€˘ Create healthy veggie rolls with Sushi Maki; â€˘ Learn how to roll dough and make a pizza pie with Cozzoliâ€™s Pizza; â€˘ Decorate mini cupcakes with Candy in a Cupcake; â€˘ Make desert crepes with Banna Strows; â€˘ Create yogurt parfaits and sample chicken nuggets with Chick-Fil-A, including a special visit by the Eat More Chikin Cow; â€˘ Make mini ice cream sundaes with Haagen Daz; â€˘ Learn how to twist pretzels with Auntie Anneâ€™s and sample on-the-go, famous pretzel stix, and â€˘ Keep hands clean at the Bath & Body Works antibacterial soap station. Kids also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to be donated to Feeding South Florida. Florida Blue is a sponsor of all Dadeland Mall Kidgits events. For a chance to win a $1,000 shopping
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UM to present artwork of the BFA graduating students The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Gallery at UM, presents the work of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graduate students running from May 4 through May 13. A reception will take place the evening of May 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., at the CAS Gallery, located at the Wesley Foundation, 1210 Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables. A full schedule of exhibitions can be viewed online at <www.as.miami.edu/art>. SOUTH FLORIDA CELEBRATES ‘NATIONAL MOM’S NITE OUT’ Simon Malls in South Florida invite moms to let their hair down at the third annual “National Mom’s Nite Out” on May 5. This complimentary event is a guilt-free excuse for moms to take the night off to relax and enjoy a celebration of motherhood at the following: Dadeland Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Miami International Mall, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will be the ultimate celebration of motherhood, and will include makeovers, entertainment, fashion tips, refreshments, goodie bags and more. Simon Property Group is hosting “National Mom’s Nite Out” at 115 of its malls across the country. All activities are free and open to moms of all ages. For more information, visit online at <www.simon.com>.
‘CHARLIE BROWN’ COMING TO AREA STAGE COMPANY The Area Stage Company and Conservatory has announced the premiere of Broadway’s critically acclaimed musical You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, from May 6 to 8. Join the “Peanuts” gang in this fast-paced, lighthearted musical guaranteed to please audiences of all ages. Tickets are $20 for general admission and only $10 for students with valid ID. Broadway icon Arthur Whitelaw, the producer of both the original and revival productions, will be in attendance for the opening performance, and will speak to the cast and other conservatory students about his life on Broadway and renowned career in the performing arts. For details, call 305-666-2078 or visit online at <www.areastagecompany.com>. SIR PIZZA IN WEST KENDALL HELPING CANINE ASSISTANTS Sir Pizza in Kendall on SW 127th Avenue and 120th Street in West Kendall is helping Canine Assistants raise money for the organization. Anyone who orders anything from the Sir Pizza on May 7, between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m., just needs to drop their receipt in the basket by the cashier when they pay and a certain amount of that profit will be given to Canine Assistants.
COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHORUS TO PRESENT ‘LET THE CHILDREN SING’ ON MAY 15 The annual Miami Children’s Chorus spring concert, hosted at the First United Methodist Church, located at 536 Coral Way, will be take place on May 15 at 4 p.m. Admission tickets for adults are $20 and $5 for seniors and students. For information, call 305-662-7494 or send email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. PRACTICAL KABBALAH AND POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY LECTURE ON MAY 17 Join the best-selling author, lawyer, psychologist and spiritual mentor, Rabbi Dr. Laibl Wolf, as he presents “Stillness, Awareness & Wisdom, Steps for inner Peace Tranquility & Calm,” on May 17 at 8 p.m. (venue to be announced). Admission for this annual conference is $20 with refreshments included. As the keynote speaker at the Gawler International Mind/Body Conference and the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, this lecture will educate on the importance of learning the art of emotional
intelligence as well as reprogramming your attitudes and beliefs. For information, call 786-282-0413. MIAMI-DADE PARKS ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE RESERVATION SYSTEM The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) has announced its new online reservation system, enabling users of its parks to reserve picnic shelters and playing fields, and to rent recreation centers and facility rooms from the comfort of their home or office. Highly convenient, residents are no longer limited to visiting a local park to engage the reservation and rental system — now they can do so, even when on the go. Park users can access this new feature on the homepage of the Miami-Dade Parks website at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>. In May, the second phase of the system will be launched whereby families will be able to register their children online for most of MDPR’s “Fit to Play, Green It Up” Summer Camps offered at parks around the County from June 13 to Aug. 19. For details about MDPR, call 3-1-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.
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WCMS students participate in U.S. Naval Academy program
Westminster Christian Middle School (WCMS) eighth grade students Jared LaVohn, Todd Zuccaro and Hunter Ager (all pictured) were selected to participate in the United States Naval Academy’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) mini-program. The weekend-long program is designed to motivate and inspire students toward studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The three were among only 30 students from 17 schools nationwide who were selected to attend.
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Firefighters receive recognition at annual Medal Day ceremony
Pictured after receiving their Bronze Medal of Valor are (l-r) Firefighter Mike Perez, Capt. Roman Bas and Firefighter Juan Ceballos. The three were among 150 firefighters honored by the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department during its 10th annual Medal Day ceremonies on Apr. 9. More than 400 family members, elected officials, local police and fire chiefs from the entire South Florida area were in attendance to witness this award ceremony.
SCORE Miami-Dade Offers Workshops for Aspiring Business Owners in S. Dade QuickStart Workshop Series Begins May 12
SCORE Miami-Dade (www.scoremiami.org) will host a workshop series geared to aspiring business owners starting May 12 at the Economic Development Council of South Dade (EDC), 900 Perrine Ave. SCORE's QuickSTART series is comprised of five workshops led by the nonprofit’s experienced counselors, who will help you make a “go or no go" decision for your business idea. The EDC will extend a special offer to the first 20 participants for a special price of only $100.00. Regular price for this workshop is $125.00. To qualify, you must register and pay through the EDC by May 8. Methods of payment include check or credit card. Credit card payments are accepted via the EDC’s safe and secure PayPal account. Call (305)378-9470 for details. Here's a summary of SCORE's next QuickSTART series:
• Identify your target markets • Collect key competitive information to support your plan
Business Basics: Thursday May 12 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success.
*Monthly preparation and review of financial statements
Business Concept: Tuesday May 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Describe your products & services
Marketing Plan: Thursday May 19 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Outline your marketing strategy • Test your marketing message • Choose the right sales channel • Exercise your marketing strategy Financial Projections: Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Use our financial model to forecast sales • Build solid pro-forma financial forecasts Funding Sources*: Thursday May 26 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. • Determine your funding sources • Learn about accounting • Learn the six Cs of credit • Make banking relationships • Consider ratio analysis
SCORE Miami-Dade, an all-volunteer nonprofit, offers low-cost workshops and one-on-one business counseling. For a full list of workshops or to sign up for free business counseling, visit www.SCOREMiami.org or call 786-9249119.
May 3 - 9, 2011
Miami area artists and writers launch Creature Entertainment BY GARY ALAN RUSE
Comic book giants Marvel and DC may dominate the field, but there are a number of up-and-coming independent companies looking to make their own mark in the industry, including one right here in Miami. Creature Entertainment, founded by John Ulloa and Julio Alvarez, has tapped into the creative pool of area artists, writers, animators and filmmakers who are combining their talents in new and innovative ways to publish graphic novels and produce films of short and feature length. For Ulloa, the publisher, who was raised in South Florida, it’s not a job but a labor of love. “Comic books are like comfort food, something from your youth that makes you feel good when you read one, and by bringing that comic book to life on film it lets the audience relate to it on a whole new level,” Ulloa said. “I loved comic books since a very early age but the calling to create one came later in life. I knew I had an active imagination and had a knack for writing stories, but lacked the ability to draw. “One day working as a comic book dealer I met a young artist that had the same desire as I did so we got together and created our comic book called Double Impact which did very well during the ’90s,” Ulloa added. “We sold over 50,000 copies of our first issue, putting us in the Wizard top 10 comic books.” Editor-in-chief Juan Navarro, a Hialeah native, has been writing, drawing and painting much of his life. He attended local magnet programs and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the New World School of the Arts at the University of Florida. Navarro is co-director of the CS Gallery in North Miami, the art director for the Oliva Cigar Company, and the creator and artist of the Web comic series “Zombie Years.” “I’ve always been drawing since I was a
Pictured (l-r) are John Ulloa, Juan Navarro and Jose Varese of Creature Entertainment. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
kid,” Navarro said. “I learned to read with comic books. John started the company about two years ago. A lot of the time its
crime noire and the horror genre, but we also deal with graphic novels and film.” Jose Varese, a South Miami High School
alum, has been doing comic related artwork since the late 1990s, mostly small comic strips and some small independent Web comics from time to time, but he says he really got serious about it in mid 2009 when he started working with Creature Entertainment. “It is an amazing vehicle for storytelling,” Varese said. “The visual images help the readers to really immerse themselves into the storyline. Each illustrated panel is like a movie frame and the artist acts as both the director and the cinematographer. “Is it any wonder why movie studios still hire storyboard artist to illustrate an entire movie script before they even pick up the camera? Working on comic books has given me a deeper perspective of the craft and appreciation for sequential artists.” Varese has finished two titles, graphic novels called The Gun and Killswitch Billy, and currently is working on a brand new title called Ravenous. He said he thinks the CE crew is great. “I am very fortunate to be working with so many talented individuals who share the same love of film, writing and comic art,” Varese said. “But the most important thing is that they are all really good-hearted people and that’s rare to find these days.” Also onboard with Creature Entertainment are other local talents — Anthony Dones, Al and Rene Quesada, and more. Ulloa is enjoying the ride and is excited about the future, spreading the word about their enterprise at shows, special events and online. “I want people to know that we want to create great stories that can be enjoyed in two medias,” Ulloa said. “Hopefully one day we’ll be big enough to win an Academy Award…but we’ll settle for a Golden Globe.” For more information, visit <www.creatureentertainment.com/> or find Creature Entertainment on Facebook.
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MDC signs 10 softball players to scholarships for 2011-12 BY PÍA CRUZALEGUI
Miami Dade College has announced the signing to a national letter of intent for six Miami-Dade County players and four from Central Florida. The 10 new high school players will be part of the new 2012 softball team. The powerful squad includes: Caroline Otero of Gulliver Preparatory, Alli Schnaidar of Florida Christian, Ellen Morgan of Miami Southridge, Ericka Acevedo of Doral Academy, Kayla Ogle and Megan Lee of South Dade, and Carmen Nadal and Nicole Osterman of Osceola High School and Hashel Figueroa of University High School in Orlando, as well as Paris Prusak of Bishop Verot High School in Lee County. The new 2011-12 team will bring a powerful offense and defense to Miami Dade College’s Lady Sharks as these new players presently lead their high schools softball programs. On 2010, Otero was Second Team All Dade selection, Schnaider was First Team All Dade County, Morgan earned All Dade Second Team selection, Nadal and Osterman earned First Team All County selection, and Paris Prusak was First Team All Lee County.
Acevedo earned an All Dade First Team selection in 2009 and 2010, and Third Team All State in 2010. Lee received Second Team All Dade County Honors in 2010. Ogle is a 2010 All Dade First Team selection and Figueroa played in the Puerto Rico Junior National Team. Since 2006, 15 players received the NJCAA-NFCA All American Honors and five players received the Academic All American Honors. In 2009 the MDC Lady Sharks were ranked sixth in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association “Girls Got Game” academic achievement with a GPA of 3.537. In 2010 they were No. 23 in the same category. As a result many Miami Dade College softball players continued their college education with softball scholarships at universities across the country including University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Fresno State in California, Nova Southeastern University and Marshall University, among others. MDC’s athletic teams have earned a total of 33 NJCAA titles, including 13 in women’s sports. Most recently, the college’s softball team became national champions and won the 2010 national ladies fast-pitch softball championship.
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Bestselling author Crouch to discuss her latest books BY JESSICA BROMBERG
Bestselling author Katie Crouch will be at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables on Friday, May 6, 8 p.m., to discuss and sign two of her latest books — The Magnolia League and Men and Dogs. Raised in Charleston, SC, Crouch’s books reflect her Southern upbringing. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil meets Gossip Girl in The Magnolia League, an electrifying young adult debut by Crouch. After the death of her free-spirited mother, the 16-year-old unlikely Southern debutante Alexandra Lee is forced to move from Northern California to Savannah, GA, to live with her wealthy and matriarchal grandmother, Ms. Lee. By birth, Alex is a rightful — if unwilling — member of the Magnolia League, Savannah’s longstanding debutante society. As Alex is thrust into the inner circle of the illustrious league (and adheres to a full-body makeover, etiquette lessons, and a bizarre and slightly hazy initiation ceremony) she discovers that the Magnolias made a pact with a legendary Voodoo family, the Buzzards. In exchange for everlasting youth, beauty and power, the women of the Magnolia League must remain in Savannah forever. Shocked with this discovery, Alex digs
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FOOTNOTES deeper into the pact and begins to fear that her mother’s death may not have been an accident. Does the Magnolia’s power come with a deadly price? Set within a sultry Savannah backdrop, seductively atmospheric yet plot-driven, The Magnolia League immediately entices readers with its winning combination of paranormal mystery and teenage social drama. Men and Dogs followed on the heels of Crouch’s wildly successful debut, Girls in Trucks, which was No. 1 Booksense Pick and a New York Times bestseller in 2008. Critics and readers agreed that Crouch was a compelling new voice, calling Girls in Trucks “a very amusing debut” (Vanity Fair). With Men and Dogs, she proves herself as versatile as she is accessible, with writing that is tender, hilarious and immensely readable. The novel follows Hannah Legare, a woman transformed by loss. When she was 11, her father went on a fishing trip in Charleston Harbor and never came back. And while most of the town and her family accepted Buzz Legare’s disappearance, Hannah remained convinced of his imminent return. More than 20 years later, Hannah’s new life and marriage in San Francisco are unraveling and she’s shipped back to her mother’s home to recuperate and get off her selfdestructive path. Once back in Charleston, she is again drawn into the mystery of her missing father, setting off on an uproarious, dangerous quest that will test the whole family’s concepts of loyalty and faith. Katie Crouch was raised in Charleston, SC, where she attended Cotillion training but never was a debutante. She studied
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May 3 - 9, 2011
Railroad that ‘went to sea’ to mark 100th anniversary BY ANDY NEWMAN
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In January 1912, the first Oversea Railway train rolled from the Florida mainland through the Florida Keys to Key West, forever changing the face of many of the previously isolated islands by connecting them with the mainland and each other. A celebration to honor the historic rail- miles out into open water, requiring trailroad, lauded as the most unique railway in blazing construction techniques and the world upon its completion, has begun in Herculean efforts. At several points in the the Keys. Events are to culminate Jan. 22, construction process, more than 4,000 men 2012, the 100th anniversary were working on the project. of the inaugural train’s arrival. Flagler gambled nearly all of Conceived by Standard Oil his wealth on the venture, tycoon Henry Flagler, conwhich was so daunting and struction on the rail line unproven that many outbegan in 1905, motivated by siders called it “Flagler’s an announcement that the Folly.” Panama Canal would be Officially named the built. Flagler thought Key Florida East Coast Railway’s West had the potential to be Key West Extension, the line an important port and trade became known as the route with Cuba and Latin Oversea Railway and was America, as well as a vital sometimes referred to as “the supply stop for ships entering eighth wonder of the world.” or exiting the Panama Canal. The bridges and viaducts The railroad’s track Henry Flagler connecting the Keys, includ––––––––––––––––– stretched more than 100 ing the landmark Seven Mile
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Planned elements include history tours showcasing Flagler sites, bicycling expeditions, educational presentations and explorations of Pigeon Key — all leading up to the 100th anniversary of the first train’s arrival in Key West. Celebration highlights include “Flagler’s Speedway to Sunshine,” an exhibition and special event series that already has begun at the Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House in Old Town Key West. The exhibition includes a re-created Florida East Coast railcar, a scale replica of a section of the Seven Mile Bridge, vintage footage of the journey from Pigeon Key to Key West, a film recounting Flagler’s story and the arrival of the first train, rare artifacts including a conductor’s uniform and railroad worker’s tool chest, and memorabilia that brings alive the fascinating story of the railroad that went to sea. A comprehensive website focused on the Oversea Railway centennial, featuring a detailed schedule of events, is being established at <www.FlaglerKeys100.com>. For more information about the Florida Keys & Key West, visit <www.flakeys.com>.
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Celebrate Mother’s Day at Cauley Square Village BY SHERRY MILLER
Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village has long been acclaimed as one of the area’s most beautiful and natural retreats with some 10 acres of environmentally preserved acreage including some 25 cottage shops in structures built originally in 1903 by workers on Henry Flagler’s railroad. This Mother’s Day, May 8, Cauley Square Village invites families to come and stroll together through the landscaped gardens overflowing with flowers, plants, lush tropical foliage, natural white coral rock and more. The cottage shops surrounding the landscaped gardens are special interest havens for collectors of art and artifact, antiques and collectibles, aquariums and exotic birds. There is truly something for everyone, and the family friendly village also is home to the world famous Tea Room and
Village Chalet restaurants open daily seven days a week. This Mother’s Day weekend starts on Friday, May 6, with “Viva” Classic Rock performing on the main patio from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 7, at the Village Chalet Restaurant, jazz king Kim Bankston performs from 7 to 10 p.m. On Sunday, May 8, in both the Village Chalet and in the Tea Room restaurants, family dinners will be served honoring mothers, grandmothers, aunts and sisters. There are no cover charges at Cauley Square Village and entry is free to the public as well as free parking. The village is open seven days a week; cottage shops are closed on Mondays. Also, the annual Pet Fest is scheduled on Sunday, May 22, at Cauley Square. Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. in Goulds. (Take S. Dixie Highway to SW 224th Street). For information, call the Administrative Offices at 305-258-3543.
May 3 - 9, 2011
Classic Hollywood Glamour Leads Prom 2011 Trends Stay ahead of the prom fashion curve with The Palms at Town & Country’s exclusive guide to Prom 2011. Must-haves feature classically-chic styles, neon colors and muted prints. AT SNOB BOUTIQUE, Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s and Loehmann’s, prom goers can find enchanting gowns with beading,
rhinestones, sequins and chiffon to dazzle any red carpet. Make a statement with nontraditional Easter egg hues such as mint, periwinkle and honeysuckle. To the other extreme, a jaw-dropping neon coral, fuschia or lime will give the other girls something to talk about. PATTERNS
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Tenor Russell Thomas returns to Miami in recital on May 14 BY REBECCA STANIER-SHULMAN
Miami native Russell Thomas returns to the concert stage in a recital accompanied by Orchestra Miamiâ€™s artistic director Elaine Rinaldi at the piano. In his first appearance in Miami since his triumphant win at the Francisco ViĂąas Competition in Barcelona, Spain, Thomas and Rinaldi will present a program of music by Beethoven, Griffes, Verdi, Donaudy, Tosti, Britten and Vaughan Williams. â€œI first met Russell when he was a student at the New World School for the Arts,â€? Rinaldi said. â€œI have taken great pleasure in watching Russell grow as an artist, and Iâ€™m thrilled to be able to bring him home to perform for the Miami public.â€? The recital will be on Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami, 609 Brickell Ave. Tickets are priced at $40 for priority seating, $30 for general admission seating, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. A special reception with the artists will be held immediately following the recital in the Fellowship Hall, proceeds of which ($20 per person) go to the benefit of Orchestra Miami. Tickets for the recital and reception can be purchased online through Orchestra Miamiâ€™s website (www.OrchestraMiami.org) or by calling 305-274-2103. This recital is one of the events celebrating 115 years of service from the First Presbyterian Church of Miami (www.fpcmiami.org). A native of Miami, Thomas quickly is establishing himself as one of the most
exciting vocal and dramatic talents on the international opera and concert scene, most recently as the First-Prize winner of the prestigious â€œViĂąas Competitionâ€? in Barcelona (First Prize, Audience Favorite and Best Tenor) and at the â€œCompetizione dellâ€™Operaâ€? in Dresden. He has sung at many of the worldâ€™s most important opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera (Tamino in Magic Flute; Steuerman in Der Fliegende Hollander; Forresto in Attila; Andres in Wozzeck), Oper Frankfurt (Faust in Berliozâ€™s Damnation of Faust), Welsh National Opera (Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly; Tamino in Magic Flute). Conductor Rinaldi is fast making her mark among the ranks of rising young American conductors. Critics have called her performances â€œbrilliantâ€? and her interpretative work â€œimpeccable.â€? As founder and artistic director of Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi has brought a new level of professionalism and quality to the local arts scene. In addition to her work with Orchestra Miami, Rinaldi is much in demand as a recitalist and vocal coach. Founded in 2006 by Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami quickly has established itself as an important part of Miamiâ€™s vibrant cultural community. In its brief history, Orchestra Miami has presented the finest in classical symphonic, Latin jazz and opera, with some of the most important and recognized names in the world of music. For more information about this recital and the orchestra, visit the website at <www.OrchestraMiami.org>.
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Boys and Girls Clubs receive grant from UPS Foundation
UPS supervisors, managers and senior staff members joined Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade executive director, (front right) in providing hands-on support. The team removed old computers, cleaned, painted and installed new computers in what is now known as the UPS Technology Center at the Kendall Club. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
BY AILEEN ROXANE VILLAR
The UPS Foundation recently awarded a $35,000 grant to Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The funds are to support the Kendall Club’s Technology Center. The organization welcomed more than 30 UPS supervisors, managers and senior staff members, who provided hands-on support. They removed old computers from the center, cleaned and painted the area, and installed newly purchased computers. As a result of their collaboration and support, the lab has been renamed the UPS Technology Center. “We are honored to have partnered with the UPS Foundation. We now have a beautiful, updated Technology Center, allowing
our kids full access to new equipment in a state-of-the-art environment,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. The generous funding will contribute to the club’s Academic Improvement Methods (AIM) program which targets children’s academic needs by means of tutoring, educational software, and online testing. The refurbished lab will serve as motivation for students to access the club for homework help and research. Renovations were well overdue, given that the computers had not been replaced since 1997. For more information on Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, visit online at <www.bgcmia.org> or call 305-446-9910.
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Nature Adventure Summer Camps slate open house events, May 21 BY CATHY GUERRA
Join Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures during an open house for their Nature Adventure Summer Camps on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the following MiamiDade Parks area nature centers: Sense of Wonder Nature Center at A. D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 Ave., and Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, 17555 SW 79 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. This is a great opportunity for parents and their children to learn more about the EcoAdventures Nature Adventure Summer Camp programs available for youth and teens. The Youth Nature Adventure Camps have educational and fun activities such as exploring nature trails, interactive presentations, hands-on activities, field trips and more. The Nature Adventure Camps for teens offers a variety of unique outdoor adventures, such as canoeing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and â€œswamp tromps.â€? Nature Adventure Summer Camps are available at the following area locations: YOUTH NATURE ADVENTURE CAMPS Deering Estate at Cutler/Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, Eco-Explorers (ages 6-8) 17555 SW 79 Ave. in Palmetto Bay
(Bill Sadowski Park), 305-255-4767 or 305-235-1668, ext. 233; Deering Estate at Cutler, Discovery Camp (ages 9-11), 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay, 305-235-1668 ext. 233, and Sense of Wonder Nature Center at A. D. Barnes Park, Nature Detectives (ages 6-8) and Nature Explorers (ages 9-12) 3401 SW 72 Ave., 305-662-4124. TEEN NATURE ADVENTURE CAMPS Deering Estate at Cutler, Camp Ikana Okee â€œSea & Landâ€? (ages 12-15), 16701 SW 72 Ave, in Palmetto Bay, 305-2351668, ext. 233; Matheson Hammock Park, Camp on the Sea (ages 12-17) 9610 Old Cutler Rd, in Coral Gables, 305-255-4767 (Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center) Camp on the Sea offers convenient drop-off and pickup at A.D. Barnes Park and Bill Sadowski Park. Tropical Park Fishing Camp (Freshwater), new, (ages 9-15) in partnership with Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, 7900 SW 40 St. (Bird Road), 305-255-4767 or 305-3653018. For information about Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department call 31-1 or visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.
Significance of a signature By Michelle Estlund, Criminal Defense Attorney
standing the terms therein. A failure to understand every part of a contract may become problematic if the matter ever results in litigation. When a document, such as a contract for work, a lease, a non-competition agreement, or any other document contains unfamiliar terms or subject matter, it is important to consult with an attorney who specializes in that particular subject area. The people who take the time and spend a little money to understand the agreement fare much better than those who simply sign and hope for the best. Finally, after ultimately making the decision to sign a document, it is important to make a copy and keep it in a file in a safe location. The copy will be helpful in the future if any kind of legal activity occurs, or if you need to review the documentâ€™s terms in order to govern your own behavior. Once a person has read, understood, signed, and maintained a document, she is in a position of confidence, rather than fear or nervousness, regarding the both the document and the signature.
We all know that it is important to read the documents that we sign, but how many of us really do that every time we sign something? And when we do read it, do we really take the time to think about every consequence that can follow from a signature? When providing a signature on a document, there are three simple steps to follow that can prevent civil or criminal problems in the future. First of all, reading the entire document is critical. It sounds simple, but very often people sign documents without reading through them. Prior to signing the document, one needs to know that every part of the document is correct and true. For example, an affidavit is an attestation to certain facts, and the person who signs it (the signatory) is swearing to the truth of the statements made in the affidavit. The failure to ensure the truth of the statements may result in criminal perjury charges. In addition to reading the document, it is important to understand its contents. While this may seem obvious, there are times when people sign documents, such as a contract, without fully under-
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