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OCTOBER 5, 2010

Mayor lists accomplishments during ‘State of City’ address BY MARIA ROSA HIGGINS FALLON


oral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick gave a passionate “State of the City” speech in front of hundreds of local business leaders during the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce meeting of Sept. 16. “We live in a great city with a promising future, and we need to give our best effort to fulfill our destiny,” Slesnick said, reminding the audience that for only 28 cents of every property tax dollar, this city government provides law enforcement, fire protection, emergency rescue, garbage and trash collection, recycling, parks and recreation programming, street resurfacing, traffic calming and the planting of trees and foliage in public spaces. MAYOR DON SLESNICK “Each of these –––––––––––––––––––––––– See

MAYOR, on page 4

Susan Amat embodies entrepreneurial spirit

Landmark building to become Coral Gables Museum, Oct. 10

BY MARK TROWBRIDGE President & CEO of Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

The Coral Gables Museum, a reincarnation of the city’s restored Old Police and Fire Station, will be opened officially on Oct. 10 with ceremonies. (See story, page 3)

GABLES GREAT effortlessly juggle the demands of work and home and can often be seen around town with her adorable baby daughter, Frances. From an early age, Amat shined. As an International Baccalaureate student at Coral Gables Senior High, Amat first ventured into the music business as a concert promoter at age 15. This was just the beginning for this serial entrepreneur who started and ran a successful record label,



usan Amat embodies an entrepreneurial spirit, a spirit she developed in her teens that not only has led to success in her professional life but also has benefited the many community and charitable programs in which she has become involved. From serving on the boards to coaching baseball and soccer for seven years at Coral Gables Youth Center, Amat truly is a well-rounded individual who seems to

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Susan Amat and daughter, Frances

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AMAT, on page 4

It is hard to believe that mid-term elections are just a month away and every time I turn on my TV I am bombarded by grainy images, messages of mis-deeds, and politicians stating that “they approved this ad.” It seems like election season begins earlier and earlier every year and that the candidates are more aggressive with their media campaigns than ever before. In truth, it is open season on all of us – the voters – as we are being hunted like never before. I have the utmost respect for anyone who has ever taken the leap of leaps and placed their name on a ballot for elected office. This requires dedication, tireless effort, and a very thick epidermis. In this day and age of constant media bombardment, You-Tube, camera phones, and open microphones, there is no escape from the white-hot glare of the

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Biltmore Hotel to host 2nd Health & Wellness Festival BY ROSA QUIROZ

The mind, body and spirit will come together at the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave. in Coral Gables, for the second annual Biltmore Health & Wellness Festival, an exciting and innovative weekend event taking place on Oct. 15-17. Whether seeking information or inspiration on a healthy lifestyle, guests will come together with internationally renowned pioneers in medical science and the healing arts to celebrate everything health and wellness. Festival-goers can choose to partake in a number of in-depth workshops with noted presenters. “At the Biltmore we believe in empowering individuals with healthy and natural lifestyle choices,” said Yvonne Roberts, Biltmore Health & Wellness director. “The festival brings together educators and pioneers in their fields offering the community an extraordinary weekend filled with exploration and enjoyment.” Friday’s program includes a Women’s Health and the Environment conference and organic gourmet luncheon with keynote speaker Dr. Devra Davis, best-selling author of the Newsweek “must read,” The Secret History of the War on Cancer, and the recently released Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation. Dr. Davis will address issues of breast cancer, the environment and protecting your family from cell phone radiation. Also on Friday and Saturday is the opportunity to learn in interactive workshops with esteemed Qi Gong medical practitioner and professor Dr. Steven Aung, and pioneers of Chinese medicine’s “Five Phase” typology, Efrem Korngold and Harriet Beinfield, authors of the popular Between Heaven and Earth. Saturday will feature an interactive culinary demonstration and luncheon led by master

chef and Zen priest Edward Espe Brown, coauthor of San Francisco’s Greens cookbook, who will delight his audience with his favorite healthy cooking techniques that reveal how “Nirvana begins in the kitchen.” Evening festivities include two musical highlights hosted by WLRN’s Michael Stock on Friday night’s “Yoga Jam,” set to live music performed by yogic music bands and featuring South Florida’s finest yoga instructors, and Saturday night’s “World Healing Music Concert,” set in the hotel’s elegant Country Club Ballroom. Sunday’s daylong celebration features organic food and wine tastings, an herbal elixir bar, culinary demonstrations, yoga classes, guided meditations, healing massages, Qi Gong workshops, Tai Chi and prayer dance. Experts will be on hand to offer tips on golf, fitness trends, family nutrition, community wellness and environmental health issues. Guests will be able to consult with healthcare professionals from the University of Miami Medical School’s Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, and learn from prominent acupuncturists, practicing physicians and professors of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Sunday will be filled with a variety of fun activities for children, including painting a community mural, filmmaking, a storytelling project and creative movement to joyful music. The weekend festival will culminate with the world’s largest group acupuncture experience on Sunday. Whether delving deeply into a workshop or sampling a new taste of healthy living, the Biltmore’s Health & Wellness Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience. For more information about events featured, times and ticket prices, visit online at <> or call 305-913-3230.

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and even developed a television show that aired on the E! Network. She also developed the first CD-rom magazine and was a consultant to media outlets, record labels, and retail stores on marketing and strategy issues. Amat later moved on to the healthcare sector, creating products focusing on health monitoring and preventing childhood obesity. Having consulted extensively on brand development and management, strategic planning, and marketing in industries including high-tech, retail, health care, and non-profits, Amat currently serves as a lecturer in the Department of Management at the University of Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s School of Business Administration, teaching courses in strategy, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. She is the executive director of the Launch Pad at Toppel Career Center, an innovator resource center at the UM. Amat has a PhD in Strategic Entrepreneurship from the UM with course work in Industrial Engineering, Management, Computer Information Systems, Biomedical Engineering, Educational and Psychological Studies, Communication; a Master of Business

Administration from UM, with highest honors and specializations in Computer Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and a Bachelor of Arts from UM with a major in Psychology, Music Media and Industry, Liberal Arts. She is the recipient of the National Association of College Employers 2010 Innovation Excellence Award for Student Engagement is the most recent of her awards that are too numerous to list. Her service giving back to her community is equally long and impressive but, for this month, top of the list is her service as a board member of the new Coral Gables Museum scheduled to open on Oct. 10. Amat has served on that board since 2007 as well as that of the Historical Museum of South Florida and on the National Marketing Board, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship. In 2010 alone, Amat was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Judge; served on the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Technology and Bioscience Executive Committee; was the chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Minority Business of the Year Judge and the Miami Herald Business Plan Competition Judge. A founding member, MIT Fire Circle, 2005-09, Amat also volunteers for MIT Enterprise Forum of South Florida as well as the Coral Gables Relay for Life, Special Olympics and the American Heart Association.


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municipal services has a direct impact on the quality of our daily lives,â&#x20AC;? he added. Mayor Slesnick reported that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s management team has focused on actions that will lay the foundation for a fiscally sound municipality for decades to come. These structural changes, such as the lowering of personnel costs, have required the close coordination between the city manager and the commission. Among the governmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accomplishments for this past year, Mayor Slesnick highlighted: TRAFFIC CALMING AND SAFETY â&#x20AC;˘ Construction of more traffic circles and roundabouts; â&#x20AC;˘ Extension of the median and sidewalk improvements on Ponce de Leon north towards SW Eighth Street, and â&#x20AC;˘ Completion of the plans for the Segovia median. HISTORIC PRESERVATION â&#x20AC;˘ Renovation of Venetian Pool now in its second year; â&#x20AC;˘ Refurbishment of the Country Club Prado entrance feature, and â&#x20AC;˘ Restoration of the 1930s-era Old Police and Fire Station. PARKS AND RECREATION â&#x20AC;˘ Purchase of new park land; â&#x20AC;˘ Construction of new recreational amenities at Riviera Park, and â&#x20AC;˘ Renewal of Salvadore Parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playground equipment. CULTURE â&#x20AC;˘ The Coral Gables Museum, which opens on Oct. 10, for which Mayor Slesnick thanked the Fewell family for making a $2 million donation;

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â&#x20AC;˘ The Coral Gables Art Cinema which opens on Oct. 15, and â&#x20AC;˘ The adoption of the Public Art Master Plan. MAJOR PROJECTS â&#x20AC;˘ The Biltmore Hotel lease agreement and payment schedule negotiations; â&#x20AC;˘ The re-birth of the Coral Gables Country Club, and â&#x20AC;˘ The University of Miami Development Agreement which creates a true partnership and a shared vision between the city and the university. CITY CLERKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S OFFICE â&#x20AC;˘ Creation of new software that allows citizens to search public records online. PUBLIC EDUCATION â&#x20AC;˘ Coral Gables Pre-K to Eighth Grade Preparatory Academy created on the campuses of Coral Gables Elementary and Merrick Educational Center; â&#x20AC;˘ New International High School @ the Gables based upon cooperative programming with the nations of Spain, France and Italy, and â&#x20AC;˘ New Coral Gables High School Academy of Business and Management. Mayor Slesnick also heralded the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ongoing programs which focus on public safety and security; the accessible communications through e-News, CGTV and which allow residents to have one of the most open governments in Florida; great youth activities and senior programs; twice-a-week backyard garbage pickup along with the once-a-week trash removal and the once-a-week recycling collection, and the free trolley service. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The past decade has been a joyful experience of community involvement for both [wife] Jeannett [Slesnick] and me, and we are truly grateful for the opportunity for service which you have given us,â&#x20AC;? the mayor concluded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Let me assure you that the state of your city is healthy and vibrant.â&#x20AC;?


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Novecento 900 brings ‘Tango’ to the Gables Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Novecento 900 is more than just a great restaurant and bar and offers much more. On Saturday, Oct. 9, join the folks at Novecento 900 in Coral Gables to discover the sensual art of Argentine tango up close and personal. Diners will meet artists Jorge Torres, dance captain of the worldwide and Broadway production Forever Tango (the man some refer to as the tango psychiatrist), performing with the beautiful awardwinning, classically trained Ana Padron while enjoying the creative, energetic, sexy atmosphere as each artist is given free reign to engage and entertain Novecento’s patrons. If you think Argentine tango is only for professional dancers you will find out how wrong you are. Experience the “Milonga,” social tango, at its best with incredible music and local dancers filling the dance floor at every opportunity. To buy tickets for this event send email to <>. In addition, starting Oct. 13, every Wednesday, there will be a tango class at 6:45 p.m. with Milonga (social tango) and then at 7:45 p.m., drinks, food and more. In nonprofit news, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held a Wine and Cheese Party on Sept. 15 to welcome the six young new members who have joined in the past month. For this happy group of women, the affair was more than just a great potluck buffet. It was a wine and

cheese party with games played by teams helping the group get to know each other and making new members feel part of a fun-loving group whose outreach includes the club’s free dental clinic for disadvantaged children. For more information on how you can get involved with this club, call Barbara Lapsley, membership chair and past president, at 305-978-5446. Angelique Euro Café in Coral Gables hosted a mixer on Sept. 7 for the Young Professionals of Miami Lighthouse (YPOL), a fellowship of future community leaders committed to supporting an annual project that will directly improve the lives of those living with blindness or low vision in our community. YPOL, a volunteer group that raises awareness and funds for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, hosts social gatherings throughout the year for that purpose. The 2010 annual project will be used to purchase new Braille notetakers for blind children who participate in the Little Lighthouse Children’s Programs. Finally, Gables Rotarians joined forces with the Coral Gables High School Interact Club and the International Studies students to participate in a Coastal Clean up on Sept. 25, one of many conducted throughout the year. Among the many helping out that day were Ross Johnson, Eddie Alsina, John Wallace , Sally club president Baumgartner, Deena Bell Llewellyn and Philip Rassfeld (Rotary Youth Exchange student from Germany). Until next time, keep making each day count.

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Attending Young Professionals of the Lighthouse (YPOL) networking event pictured at Angelique Euro Café are café co-owner Yolanda Rossi; YPOL Committee member Otto Foerster; Virginia Jacko, president and CEO Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired; YPOL co-chair Agustin Arellano Jr., café co-owner Carlos Rossi, and YPOL co-chair Kent Benedict.

New members seen here at Coral Gables Woman’s Club Social are (l-r) Ekaterina Feddeneva, Jessie Francisco and Marjorie Sherman.

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Landmark building to become Coral Gables Museum, Oct. 10 BY MARIA ROSA HIGGINS FALLON

The City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum will host a free public open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 10 (10/10/10) at the newly restored Old Police and Fire Station. This 1939 structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be the new home of the Coral Gables Museum and the City of Coral Gablesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Historical Resources Department and Raul Valdes-Fauli Archives. The open house will begin at 10:10 a.m. with a continental breakfast, activities for children and families, and self-guided tours. The building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its spectacular restoration will serve as the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial â&#x20AC;&#x153;exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be open all day for casual visits, activities and tours. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main entrance is located at 285 Aragon Ave. in downtown Coral Gables. The projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architect, Jorge L. Hernandez, will speak at 2 p.m. on the process and inspirations he used to transform the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former Police and Fire Station into the Coral Gables Museum. Following Hernandezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lecture, cake and ice cream will be served in the new Museum Courtyard. Activities for children and families as well as self-guided tours will continue throughout

the day. At 4 p.m. live music will begin in the Giralda Plaza, a newly created public space on the corner of Salzedo and Giralda, as guests arrive for the dedication ceremonies. At 5 p.m. the governing bodies of the two host organizations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will recognize and honor all those individuals, governmental agencies, corporations and private foundations that have made this renovation and construction possible. A symbolic ribbon will be cut at the end of the ceremonies and everyone will be encouraged to tour the new museum and archives. Music, hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and mojitos provided by Bacardi USA of Coral Gables will continue in the plaza until 7 p.m. The Coral Gables Museum is a public/private partnership between the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Museum Corp., a not for profit 501(c)3 corporation. The museum will operate this educational cultural institution within the city-owned facility, which also will house the Coral Gables Historic Preservation Department. The museum raises its own operating budget to fund the exhibitions and educational programs it provides, through memberships, private and government

Exterior view of the Coral Gables Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Robert and Marian Fewell Gallery

grants, admissions, earned income and contributions. The Coral Gables Museum has been the dream of many Coral Gables leaders for over a decade. By 2005 it became evident that the Gablesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; old Municipal Building, better known as the Old Police and Fire Station, had deteriorated to a point where major renovation was needed. The building, a 1939 Deco and Mediterranean Revival coral stone structure designed and constructed as a WPA project, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Holding true to Coral Gablesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vision of historic preservation in The City Beautiful, city officials and the newly formed Coral Gables Museum Corp. began a partnership to restore and renovate the building, add a stateof-the-art exhibition gallery in an adjacent parking lot and create a new museum in the heart of downtown. The museum, with its beautiful gallery spaces, community meeting room, courtyard and plaza, will serve as the cultural center of Coral Gables. Restoration of the historic building that will house the Coral Gables Museum has recently been completed. Also, the Robert

and Marian Fewell Gallery, a 3,000-squarefoot addition for major exhibitions named after the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest private donors, was constructed. Nearly all of the funding for this addition was donated by the Coral Gables Museum. Other funding for the project came from the City of Coral Gables, private donations to the City of Coral Gables, contributions to the Coral Gables Museum Corp., the State of Florida Historical Preservation Program and Miami-Dade County General Obligation Bond Funds. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore all aspects of architecture, landscape architecture, design and urban planning as well as historic and environmental preservation, set within the context of one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first and most successful planned communities, the City of Coral Gables. For more information, contact Steven Klindt, executive director of the Coral Gables Museum, at 305-301-6616 or via email at <>. The museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website is <>.

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UM’s Donna Shalala honored with Nelson Mandela Award

Pictured (l-r) are Dick Schlosberg, chair of the Kaiser Family Foundation Board of Trustees; South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool (1998 Mandela Award recipient); Univerity of Miami president Donna E. Shalala; U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY RAKESH SINGH

University of Miami president Donna E. Shalala received the 2010 Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights during a recent ceremony and dinner at Blair House, hosted by U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and the Kaiser Family Foundation. The dinner honored Shalala’s retirement from the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Shalala, a former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services, was recognized for dedication to advancing access to healthcare in the U.S., helping disadvantaged people around the world, and her special commitment to ending apartheid and developing democracy in South Africa. “Whether it’s providing better healthcare to soldiers returning from two wars, or shaping the future of nursing here at home, or providing relief efforts in Haiti, or providing leadership on health reform, Donna Shalala has always been there when the people of our country and the world have needed her,” said Drew Altman, Kaiser Family Foundation president and CEO. Established in 1992 by the Kaiser Family Foundation at the behest of Nelson Mandela shortly after his release from 27 years of incarceration, the Mandela Award honors individuals for outstanding dedica-

tion to improving the health and life chances of disadvantaged populations in South Africa and internationally. Recipients are selected in conjunction with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and with the approval of Mr. Mandela. Secretary Shalala received the award from two former recipients of the Mandela Award — South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool, the 1998 award winner, and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, the 1997 award winner. Ambassador Rasool spoke of Dr. Shalala’s efforts in assisting South African exiles in the U.S. when she was serving as president of Hunter College and then the University of Wisconsin, and her association with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s work in South Africa as a trustee over the past nine years. The award was presented by Surgeon General Benjamin. Shalala is a 2008 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Recipients of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights are given a statuette bearing a likeness of Mandela. The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit private operating foundation, based in Menlo Park, CA, dedicated to producing and communicating the best possible analysis and information on health issues.


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‘Winter Wonderful’ benefit event to fund music scholarships at UM BY ELIZABETH AMORE

The University of Miami Frost School of Music will present its holiday gala dinner, “Winter Wonderful,” on Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. The goal of Winter Wonderful is to raise $100,000 for Frost School of Music undergraduate scholarships and the Frost “Music Reach” program. Music Reach is a partnership with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, Arts for Learning, Communities

in Schools, and the Harmony Project. Currently in this program 29 Frost undergraduate students serve as mentors, each “adopting” two at-risk seventh graders and providing weekly sessions in music instruction, homework help, and teambuilding activities. The relations are continued for the entire four years of the Frost mentors’ undergraduate careers, with the goal of using music as a bridge to help atrisk students towards college.

Highlights of the evening will include a sumptuous three-course dinner and joyous holiday performances featuring a 200member Frost Choral Union and a special Frost Holiday Orchestra. The repertoire will include holiday carols from traditions from around the globe. Broadway alum Marcus Lovett, whose son, Dylan, is a Vocal Jazz freshman at the Frost School of Music, will be honored at the gala with the Frost Achievement Award and will perform selected holiday favorites. The Hon. Charles E. Cobb Jr. and Hon. Sue M. Cobb will be decorated for their philanthropy to the University of Miami and the South Florida community with the Frost Legacy Award. “The Frost School of Music’s Winter Wonderful Holiday Dinner is simply the perfect start to the holiday season,” said Dean Shelton G. “Shelly” Berg. “It is a magical holiday gala filled with uplifting music performed by outstanding Frost musicians. It brings good cheer to new and long-time friends of the University of Miami and patrons of the arts in our community. “Best of all, the gala proceeds go directly to support undergraduate music scholar-

ships at the Frost School of Music, including our new Frost Music-Reach mentoring program that uplifts and encourages teens all year long to succeed in school and in life.” The Frost Choral Union, 200 members strong, will perform as a unified choir and also as members of smaller ensembles including the Frost Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Chamber Singers, Cantilena Women’s Choir and Maelstrom Men’s Choir. Joshua Habermann will serve as music director for the entire evening, with assistance from Donald Oglesby and choral conducting graduate teaching assistants Rich Skirpan and Jeff Stern. Marcus Lovett is an American performer whose Broadway stints have included The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables and Carousel. The Hyatt Regency is located at 400 SE Second Ave. in downtown Miami. Winter Wonderful is a Black Tie event and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to order tickets, visit online at <>, call 305284-2875 or send email to <>.

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Arts for Learning to host Sun Awards on Nov. 19

It’s never too early to learn through the arts. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY NICOLLE UGARRIZA

Arts for Learning, a nonprofit organization in Miami-Dade dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts, will recognize outstanding community members who have advanced the organization’s mission. The 2010 Sun Awards will take place at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Friday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event is by invitation only. Call 305-576-1212 for more information. Awards will be given in the following categories: Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Administrator (Principal), Outstanding Site, and Outstanding Partner. “All Arts for Learning programs teach life and communication skills, support lit-

eracy and problem solving skills, foster self-discovery, and build self-esteem. The organization’s approach hinges on the conviction that all children can be brilliant and the programs give students of all ages the tools they need to become creative thinkers and 21st Century learners,” said Sheila Womble, executive director. Arts for Learning, the Miami affiliate of Young Audiences, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. For more information about Arts for Learning, go online to <>.

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VITAS needs pet volunteers for hospice patients VITAS invites friendly and well-behaved pets to join the Paw Pals program in which animals and their humans learn how to visit patients at the end of life. Pet therapy sometimes can reach a patient in ways when no one else can. A registered VITAS Paw Pals visitor can offer comfort, bring back memories, encourage activity and provide unconditional love to VITAS patients. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Miami-Dade-Monroe is looking for volunteers who can lick away loneliness or cuddle in a lap. Paw Pals must be well-groomed and have up-to-date health records. VITAS Innovative Hospice Care is the nation’s leading provider of end of life care. A pioneer and leader in the hospice movement since 1978, VITAS has been caring for the terminally ill and their families in South Florida. For more information on VITAS’ Paw Pals program, contact Cathy Agosti at 305-6904765 or send email to <>.

SOUTH FLORIDA HISPANIC CHAMBER TO HOLD MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next general membership luncheon on Oct. 7, from noon to 2 p.m., at the Chop House Miami, 300 S.

Biscayne Blvd. Chamber member tickets are $45 and $60 for non-members. MasterCard will be introducing to chamber members MoneySend, a new service that allows one to transfer money to friends and family. The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded over 16 years ago and is one of the largest Hispanic chambers in the State of Florida providing its members with a variety of benefits, services and activities. For more information on how to RSVP, call 305-534-1903 or visit online at <>.

be available for display and sale during the event. During the SOMI Art Walk, RE/MAX Realty and approximately 15 other South Miami merchants will offer refreshments and/or beverages while they display the creation of a variety of local artists. To learn more information about the artist, visit <>. More information about SOMI Art Walk is available at <>.

SOMI ART WALK COMES BACK TO CITY ON OCT. 8 The montly SOMI Art Walk comes back to South Miami on Oct. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. This event will take place at the RE/MAX Advance Realty office, 7220 Red Rd. The SOMI Art Walk is free to attend. Its sponsors include Red Sunset Merchants Association along with SOMI Mag, SoMi SoU Boutique, Sergio’s Printing, and RE/MAX Advance Realty. In addition to Alex Yanes’ works already on display in the RE/MAX Advance Realty office, extra pieces of the artist’s works will

LOCAL AUTHOR CARL MATHIS TO CONDUCT BOOK SIGNING Author Carl Mathis, a resident of Cutler Bay, will be available to sign copies of his Christian Life book, Life Is What You Make It: Seven Steps to Moving Forward. The book signing will take place on Oct. 9, 3 p.m., at Waters of Life, 3000 Coral Way. Join Mathis in this motivational story about one man’s struggle to put his life back together. Life is What You Make It will teach you how to overcome any crippling situation in which you find yourself and stimulate personal and spiritual growth.

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS AND EDUCATION PROGRAM Are you or someone you know a Jewish woman at risk for breast or ovarian cancer? The community Breast Cancer Awareness and Education Program for Jewish Women will take place on Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m., at the University of Miami School of Architecture Glasgow Hall, 1223 Dickinson Dr. in Coral Gables. Presented by the Wendy Lester Breast Cancer Educational Fund and Sharsheret, this event is open free to the public. The moderator for the program will be Laurie Stein, Emmy Award-winning TV reporter, and special guest speaker Talia Donenberg, Board Certified Genetic Counselor.

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Riviera Schools set to expand with state-of-the-art facility BY NANCY EAGLETON

As Riviera Schools celebrates 60 years of tradition and academic excellence, its administration, faculty, students and families look ahead with anticipation to the 2011-12 school year and the opening of its new, stateof-the-art preparatory school. Riviera Preparatory School will provide high school students with the same commitment and excellence that Riviera Schools has offered to younger students in preschool through eighth grade since 1950. The new campus, currently being built on SW 87th Avenue, will feature close to 100,000 square feet of facilities on the 10.5-acre site. During the 2011-12 school year, Riviera Preparatory will open to students in grades 69 and during each subsequent year, a grade level will be added. Students in grades 6-8 currently attend Riviera’s campus on Nervia Street in Coral Gables, and they will be relocated to the new facility next year. Riviera Day School will continue to serve students in preschool through grade 5 in Coral Gables. At full capacity, Riviera Preparatory will have more than 500 students. Peter Cohen, associate director of Riviera Schools, said that the school will provide a

Riviera Schools prides itself on the individual attention given to students. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– much-needed option for the community’s expand to high school for many years. This next step is a natural part of Riviera’s evolustudents. “We have been working to make this proj- tion and serves to further our mission of creect a reality since 1998,” Cohen said. “Our ating a unique educational institution and students and families have been asking us to environment for our students.” The new Riviera Preparatory campus will include state-of-the-art classrooms, a media center/library, cafeteria, auditorium, fine arts facilities, science labs, full indoor gymnasium, fitness room, dance studio, multi-purpose fields, aquatics center and more. Technology will play an important role in the educational process at Riviera Prep. Interactive whiteboards, immediate response systems, laptops, document cameras and other technologies will be incorporated into the curriculum. “We offer the best of both worlds to our students,” Cohen explained. “We’re small enough to maintain an intimacy that allows students to (exam, x-rays and cleaning) receive one-on-one attention and large enough to offer resources and opportunities that are will provide you with the usually only offered at a larger school.”




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Athletic programs for girls and boys will keep students active. Riviera Preparatory sports teams, now known as the Bulldogs, will include basketball, football, soccer, baseball, softball, cross country, volleyball, wrestling, tennis, golf, swimming, water polo, dance and cheerleading. Cohen said that although the school’s physical, tangible elements are incredible; its best resource continues to be its faculty. Patrick Snay has served the educational community of South Florida for over 30 years and has joined Riviera Preparatory School as headmaster. Dr. Linda Grant has joined as associate headmaster and is known for her expertise in curriculum and instruction. “Our teachers are extraordinarily talented, qualified and dedicated,” Cohen said. “We expect more from our faculty and if they are on our team, it means they have committed to our mission of providing a holistic approach to helping students develop into well-rounded citizens.” “I am so grateful to Riviera Prep for the achievements and success of my children,” said Riviera Schools parent Virginia Cordoba, whose children have attended the Coral Gables campus. Both campuses currently are accepting new student applications for the 2011-12 school year. Cohen said that applications are accepted and processed on a rolling admissions basis and the process includes review of student transcripts, admissions testing, and recommendations. Cohen is a Riviera Schools’ alumnus and has been associate director since 1996. His father, Lawrence Cohen, has served as director since 1972. Riviera Preparatory School will be located at 9775 SW 87 Ave. in Kendall and Riviera Day School is located at 6800 Nervia St. in Coral Gables. To learn more about Riviera Schools, call 305-666-1856 or go online to <>

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Healthsouth Hosts Radiothon To Help Older And Disabled Adults Stay At Home HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami is reaching out to support the community by sponsoring a Radiothon to benefit the local, notfor-profit home health and community care organization United HomeCare Services. The event – which was held as part of HealthSouth’s National Rehabilitation Week celebrations – took place Wednesday, September 22nd from 6:00 am 10:00 am on Clásica 92.3 FM. Clásica radio personalities broadcasted live from HealthSouth throughout the day and community members were invited to call in and donate to United HomeCare Services. Staff and volunteers from the organization were on hand to explain the important work they do and share inspiring stories of those who have been helped. To make donations, please call 305-716-0710 or go to “This year for National Rehabilitation Week, we wanted to do something meaningful to help the community,” says Elizabeth Izquierdo, Chief Executive Officer of HealthSouth. “What better way to do that than by assisting an organization that does so much good work. We are all dedicated to helping individuals and families cope with lifealtering events and we felt compelled to join with United HomeCare to support their efforts.” Nearly every family has been faced with the difficult decision of how best to care for loved ones who have become unable to fully care for themselves due to age or disability. There are often no easy choices and the emotional and financial burden can become overwhelming. United HomeCare Services provides one option. As the oldest non-profit home care agency in Miami-Dade County, United

HomeCare has been dedicated to making people’s lives better with proven quality-of-life solutions delivered in the comfort of home settings since 1974. Their team of more than 800 employees and volunteers provide more than 17,000 hours of care each week to well over 3,500 clients across Miami-Dade County. Services include everything from nursing care and chronic disease management to personal care services such as bathing, housekeeping, meal delivery and companionship. For a complete list of services or for more information, please call 305-716-0710 or visit “Our mission at United HomeCare Services is to make a difference in the lives of individuals by offering home health and community care solutions that promote independence and wellness,” said Jose Fox, President and CEO of United HomeCare Services. “We want to thank HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital for selecting United HomeCare Services as the beneficiary of the Radiothon. Donations will help disabled adults and elderly residents in Miami-Dade live independently at home.” About HealthSouth: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami is a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that provides a higher level of rehabilitative care to patients who are recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain and spinal cord injury, amputations, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the hospital is located at 20601 Old Cutler Road, Cutler Bay, FL and can be found on the Web at To schedule a free tour call (305) 251-3800.

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Haircuts are a family affair at new Zoo Cuts in village BY NANCY EAGLETON

Zoo Cuts, a new hair salon for the entire family that recently opened in Palmetto Bay, will host its grand opening celebration on Saturday, Oct. 9, and will offer $10 haircuts all day. With themed station chairs and Disney movies for the little ones, and PlayStation and Wii for older children, getting a haircut has never been this much fun. “I invite the whole community to come by for our grand opening, see the salon and get a haircut with us for the first time,” said Luis Madrid, owner and manager, who also owns the Homestead Zoo Cuts location that opened in May 2009. Zoo Cuts offers services such as haircuts and bang trims for infants, children, teens and parents. The salon also offers special occasion hair styling including up-dos, blowouts and flat and curling iron styles. The family friendly amenities at Zoo Cuts promise to make that first haircut for an infant or toddler a positive experience for the child and parent alike. To remember the special occasion, Zoo Cuts will provide

proud parents with a certificate, photo and lock of hair. Toys, books, crayons and drawing pads, a chalkboard and Disney movies playing on the flat screen televisions will keep children entertained. Kids can even choose to watch their favorite TV program on the flat screens located at each themed station chair, which include a pink convertible, airplane, taxi, police car and fire truck. While children are getting their haircut, Madrid encourages parents to do the same. The package price for dad and child haircuts is $28.95, and for mom and child haircuts, $32.95. “We encourage the whole family to come in together,” Madrid said. “It’s hard for families to find the time to go to many different appointments. Our stylists are professionally trained to cut and style hair for children and adults.” Marisol Borges is the lead stylist at Zoo Cuts in Palmetto Bay. She said that Justin Bieber’s hairstyle is currently the most popular haircut for boys. Clients can bring in a photo of the hairstyle they desire or browse through the salon’s hairstyle books

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and photos to find just the right one. Zoo Cuts uses and sells a line of organic hair care products called Original Sprout. The products, which are made in the USA, clean and moisturize hair with safe and soothing ingredients. Madrid said that Zoo Cuts soon will offer manicures and pedicures. “While the children are getting haircuts or are entertained in the salon, mom can treat herself to a manicure or pedicure,” Madrid said. Zoo Cuts also will be hosting lavish birthday party celebrations that include hair styling, manicures and pedicures as well as fun with karaoke, Wii and PlayStation. Madrid, who divides his time between his two salon locations to ensure client sat-

isfaction, said that walk-ins always are welcome at Zoo Cuts. “Good customer service begins at the front door,” Madrid said. “We want everyone to have a great experience. I’m here to help with the front desk process so that the stylists can stay focused on the clients that are at their stations.” Zoo Cuts in Palmetto Bay is open Sunday and Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The salon is located at 13985 S. Dixie Hwy. and the phone number is 305-238-1017. Zoo Cuts in Homestead is located at 895 NE Eighth St. and the phone number is 305-246-0880. For more information, go online to <Facebook/ZooCutsFlorida>.

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CORAL GABLES CHAMBER TO HOST SEN. LEMIEUX FOR TOWN HALL The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce celebrates small business and will host U.S. Sen. George Lemieux on Oct. 13, at 8 a.m., for a Town Hall discussion on the recently passed Small Business Lending Act. The event will take place at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. The Small Business Lending Act passed the United States Senate by a vote of 61-38 in order to direct the Secretary of the Treasury to make capital investments in eligible institutions in order to increase the availability of credit for small businesses. To register for this event, visit the chamber’s website at <>. CORAL REEF MONTESSORI ACADEMY FUNDRAISING DINNER ON OCT. 15 Coral Reef Montessori Academy, located in Goulds, is holding its annual fundraising dinner on Friday, Oct. 15. The event will take place at the school’s campus beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event — $8 in advance and $10 at the door — include dinner, dessert and a beverage. A bounce house will be hopping for little ones and a live deejay will be playing the hottest tracks. Great raffles items will be up for grabs, including an American Girl doll, tickets to Universal Studios in Orlando, Miami Children’s Museum, Florida Panthers games and many more items. Organizers promise a wonderful night of family, friends, and great food. All proceeds from the event will benefit the school’s classrooms and programs. For more information about this fundraiser, visit online at <>.

SEERSUCKER SOCIAL BICYCLE TOUR SCHEDULED OCT. 16 The Seersucker Social on Saturday, Oct. 16, will offer another enjoyable and relaxing biking experience by encouraging participants to tour the Gables in their best seersucker ensemble. Hosting this event will be the Coral Gables Museum and Green Mobility Network. Participant will gather at the University Metrorail Station on Ponce de Leon Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. and bicycle through the Gables, with a stop and tour at the Coral Gables Museum. Guests will then pedal on to the historic Coral Gables Merrick House at 907 Coral

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Way for a picnic, badminton and croquet. The catered lunch featuring fabulous food from the Green Gables Café is $14 per person. You can still join in the fun and ride without purchasing the picnic lunch. According to Wikipedia, seersucker originally was worn by the poor in the U.S. until undergraduate students, in an effort to reverse snobbery, begin to wear the fabric. For more details, and to purchase/reserve your picnic lunch, visit <> or <>.

Wien will review his tenure as president and museum volunteers will be recognized and thanked for their service. The election and installation of the officers and directors of the Governing Board also will be conducted. Miami-Dade’s Circuit Court Chief Judge Joel Brown will lead the installation, with an induction of his sister, Linda Zilber, who becomes president of the board. For more information, call 305-672-5044 or visit online at <>.

JEWISH MUSEUM OF FLORIDA TO HOST ANNUAL MEETING The Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave. in Miami Beach, will host its annual meeting for the membership at the museum on Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m. All members, supporters, board members and the Advisory Council are encouraged to participate in this important event. Breakfast will be served at $20 per person. This is the perfect time for members to learn about the museum’s progress and challenges as well as pay tribute to the museum’s leadership and volunteers. The founding executive director and chief curator, Marcia Jo Zerivitz, will present the annual “State of the Museum and Annual Review” PowerPoint report. Administrative assistant Roberta Gordon will be honored for her 15 years of dedicated service. Leonard

ARNOLD NEWMAN LECTURE AND WORKSHOP, OCT. 21 The University of Miami Lowe Art Museum will host the annual Arnold Newman Lecture and Workshop in Photography with artist William Wegman. The lecture “Three Mistakes” begins at 7 p.m. at Storer Auditorium, 5250 University Dr. in Coral Gables, and is sponsored by the Arnold and Agusta Newman Foundation. A reception and book signing will follow from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Dr. in Coral Gables. If you want to pre-order a copy of William Wegman: Funny/Strange, call the Lowe Museum Store at 305-284-6988. Signing is limited to books from the Lowe Museum Store.

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‘BURIED ALIVE!’ IS BACK FOR HALLOWEEN SEASON Come experience pure terror, thrills and fears, as “Buried Alive!” rises up this Halloween with seven terrifying nights of haunted houses, unlimited carnival rides, live deejays and nightmarish fright, Oct. 22-24 and Oct. 28-31. Admission to the event, including haunted houses and unlimited carnival rides, is only $13 plus tax. This event will take place on the Miami Seaquarium event field, Virginia Key, at 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway. Experience lifeless corpses as mad characters maliciously roam a five-acre field of screams. Intense scare zones make “Buried Alive!” inappropriate for children under 13 years old. For more information on “Buried Alive!” visit <> or call 786-235-4140. CALLING ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS FOR 2010 ROYAL COURT SEARCH Attention all girls in middle school between the ages of 12 and 14! Come compete at this year’s Royal Court Search for

Miami-Dade County on Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at the Cocoplum Women’s Club, 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables. Each year, the Junior Orange Bowl hosts the Royal Court Search in which young ladies compete for the titles of Junior Orange Bowl Queen and Princesses. This event is open to any young lady who is looking to serve as a role model to the festival’s participants. For more information, visit the Junior Orange Bowl website at <>.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI TO HOST IMMIGRATION LAW SYMPOSIUM The Immigration Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law is holding a halfday symposium, “Immigration Law and Community,” followed by a full-day training, “Immigration Law and Deportation Defense: Intermediate and Advanced Topics,” on Oct. 29-30. The training on Oct. 30 is co-sponsored by Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. The symposium will address the themes of undocumented immigration and community, immigrant women, and Haiti and our Haitian community. Roxana Bacon, General Counsel

for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will be the keynote speaker at the reception at the end of the day. The symposium is free and open to the public. The intermediate and advanced training is geared towards immigration practitioners who practice in the area of deportation defense. Paid registration is required for the training. All proceeds from the training will benefit the nonprofit organizations Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild. For more information on panels and speakers visit online at <>.

AMPS AEROFEST 2010 EVENT COMING TO MIAMI ON OCT. 30 Radio control pilots from all over Florida will showcase their skills at the AMPS AeroFest 2010. On Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the sky will be full of the best radio-control giant-scale model airplanes you have ever seen! The event, which is open and free to the public (a $2 per car parking donation is requested), will take place at the AMPS flying field located 2.4 miles west of Krome Avenue on SW 168th Street. The public is invited to attend this event

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FLORIDA MARLINS TO HOST FOURTH ANNUAL JOB FAIR The Florida Marlins will be hosting the fourth annual Marlins Job Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Sun Life Stadium, 2267 Dan Marino Blvd. in Miami Gardens. The job fair is meant to fill internship, game day and seasonal positions within the company in the fields of Administration, Baseball Operations, Broadcasting, Community Foundation, Community Outreach, Corporate Sales, Finance, Games Presentation and Events, Marketing, Media Relations, Photography, Sales, Finance, Reception, and Strength and Conditioning. This is the perfect opportunity for those seeking entry level positions in the field of sports as all internships are paid and admission to the Job Fair is complimentary. To attend the Job Fair, visit <> and click the Job Fair logo in the middle of the page. Upon arrival, candidates are advised to enter through Gate 4 and proceed to Gate G.

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Would You Like Your Children to Pay for College Without Needing Financial Aid? Whatt Financiall goal should d I have e with h paying g forr myy children’s college? When planning to pay for college for your children, I encourage you to establish clear goals. First, you need to determine if you want to have your child’s education be paid with or without the need for financial aid. If you do not want your child or yourself to be burdened with a loan to have to pay back, then set the goal of having enough money saved before they enter college so that the college is paid.

Yes. If you can afford it and feel motivated to do so, you can match your childs earnings dollar for dollar. My son, Steven, did pizza delivery for 4 hours on Firday, Saturday and Sunday for a total of 12 hours a weekend. Back in 1995 – 1996 he earned $10 an hour which was $120 a weekend or $480 a month. I matched it $1 for $1. Our goal college was the University of Florida, and in 1996 the 4 year cost was $32,000. When he graduated from high school, we had $32,000 in the savings account. $16,000 he earned and $16,000 I matched. No financial aid was needed.

Who o should d payy forr my children’s college? As parents we feel motivated or obligated to take on the full responsibility of paying for our children’s college education. The second goal is to establish a clear understanding with your child that if they want a college education they should invest in it by saving for it with earnings from a job. If they invest in their education, your child will value it more.

Doess a Matching g Savingss Plan n have otherr benefits? The matching savings plan may create a new dimension in the relationship you have with your child. You become partners in achieving a long term goal. Your child should be motivated to in essence to earn twice as much as their pay check. Your child may begin to ask you how to red the account statement and how to invest the savings. Their buying habits may be influenced by their employment. Those $150 sneakers may mean 20 hours of their work so maybe they are not so motivated to buy them because it is not worth 20 hours of their life to have them after all. They may start to look for value in what they buy. They may even appreciate you a lot more for working for a living and paying the bills.

Whatt iss an n attainable e financiall goal? Harvard cost $52,000 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $208,000 based on current costs is not attainable for most people. The University of Florida cost $16,690 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $66,760 based on current costs is more attainable. Florida International University total matriculation and fees are $4,580.38 a year for the 2009 – 2010 academic year. Saving $19,215.20 is even more affordable. I suggest that you set your goal on a specific college and save enough to cover the actual cost when your child enters as a freshman. Your child should consider a job on campus during the school year and summer jobs during the college years. I have e a 401k k plan n att work;; can n I seet up p a matching g savingss plan n with h myy child??

Rick Tonkinson is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP™) who works with working people in your area since 1991. The family business, Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc is located at 100 Almeria Ave, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Telephone # 305447-6617. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, Rick Tonkinson, Registered Representatives. Advisory services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc., Rick Tonkinson, Investment Advisor Representatives. Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc. and the Securities America companies are not affiliated.

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Local firefighters â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;think pinkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to support breast cancer fight

Firefighters from Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County give a special salute from Watson Island as they join together for a common cause to raise awareness and help support women in their fight against breast cancer. The departments participated in a campaign that teamed with Guardians of the Ribbon Inc. to bring the Pink Heals Tour to South Florida on Sept. 22-24. (Photo by Eric Goodman)

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scend. In the lower face, this muscle descends toward the lips, giving rise to the jowls. In the neck, the muscle hangs down and produces the bands in the neck. There can also be excessive skin and fat in the neck that accompany the sagPhoto by Ella Woodson ging muscle. The facelift is performed by tightening this muscle in the face and neck, thereby improving the jowls in the face and the skin and Margie muscle sagging in the neck. The necklift is performed by tightenDear Margie, ing the muscle just in Andres Bustillo MD. the neck, to improve I can understand your confusion, as it occurs to many peo- this area. So what you need really deple. To give you a little background, I will pends on what signs of aging you have. explain a little about the aging process in Hope that clarifies it. the face and neck and then briefly deAndres Bustillo, MD is a facial plastic scribe both procedures. There is a muscle that starts in the lower face and continues surgeon here in Miami. Please submit down in to the neck. With time, this mus- you questions via email at cle (and the tissues and skin over it) de-

Dr. Bustillo, I am 53 years old and have consulted with several surgeons regarding my neck. Some have recommended a facelift while one recommended a necklift. I am confused about what exactly is the difference between a necklift and a facelift. Can you please explain?

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Children’s Health Day a real treat for kids BY BARBARA MOORE

Calling all superheroes, ghosts, ballerinas and pirates — you’re invited to the 13th annual Children’s Health Day at Baptist Children’s Hospital on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. It’s the weekend before Halloween, so kids are asked to come to the interactive health fair in costume and be prepared for plenty of fun. The event is free and takes place outside the Baptist Medical Arts Building, 8950 N. Kendall Dr. (on the Baptist Hospital campus). “Our annual fair is a lot of fun for the kids, and they don’t even realize that they are learning about their own health,” said Randy Lee, chief operating officer of Baptist Children’s Hospital. “They will have fun participating in exciting learning activities, displays and health screenings that will teach them about health and safety.” Research has shown that children who already are familiar with hospital settings are less frightened and more comfortable if they become patients. To highlight the Children’s Diagnostic Center at Country Walk, they are re-creating a diagnostic center at the health fair. Kids who bring a doll, stuffed animal or action figure for a “diagnostic test” get an entrance ticket to the Beary Fun Bus. Some of the other activities include the Doll Clinic, where children can bring their “sick” stuffed animals and dolls for a check-up and treatment. Kids also will be able to practice their surgical skills in an “operating room,” and learn how to diaper a pretend baby. Free dental and asthma

It’s the weekend before Halloween, so kids are asked to come to the interactive health fair in costume and be prepared for plenty of fun. screenings will be available, as well as fingerprinting. Other event participants include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Miami Children’s Museum, History Miami Museum, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of South Tropical Florida. Because of the increase in Type II diabetes in children, another display will have information on eating right and exercising to prevent diabetes. “Today, so many more children are obese that Type II diabetes, which used to be considered an adult disease, is now prevalent in children,” said Lois Exelbert, administrator of the Diabetes Care Center. The health fair also will have plenty of entertainment, including Madafo the Storyteller, Beary Fun Bus, face-painting, a petting zoo, and mascots Obie from the Orange Bowl Committee and MiniStanley from the Florida Panthers Hockey Club. Free parking is available in the Baptist Medical Arts Building parking garage. For more information, call 786-596-3812.

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FIU trustees okay making all campuses smoke free BY MADELINE BARÓ

The Florida International University (FIU) Board of Trustees recently approved a regulation that will make the university smoke- and tobacco-free, effective in January 2011. Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all university-owned properties, including Modesto A. Maidique (South) Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, Engineering Campus, recreational facilities, residential facilities, and parking lots and garages. Tobacco use in vehicles that are on FIU-owned properties also will be prohibited. “This regulation is truly a reflection of our commitment to environment and health,” said Rosa Jones, vice president for Student Affairs. “The smoke and tobacco-free initiative will help us build a healthier university.” Jones noted that enforcement of the regulation should come after a six to eightmonth period of giving support to students, faculty and staff, that will incorporate smoking cessation services and resources.

Smoking and the use of tobacco products will be prohibited on all university-owned properties, including Modesto A. Maidique (South) Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, Engineering Campus, recreational facilities, residential facilities, and parking lots and garages. With the vote, FIU becomes the second public university in the state to implement a tobacco-free initiative. University of Florida enacted such a policy earlier this year. In approving the regulation, FIU joins a growing national trend. There are now at least 420 universities around the country with smoke-free campuses, including residential housing where it exists, according to the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation. For more information about FIU, visit online at <>.

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My Homeowners Association Gets All Our Trees Trimmed Every Year. Is This Necessary? THE ARBORIST


The response to this question is an absolute and resounding, “No!” In fact, simply trimming all trees in your housing development on an annual basis can be detrimental to some of the trees and incur an unnecessary and costly expense to you, the homeowner. Most trees I see in associations are badly over trimmed already. Many associations follow the advice of unscrupulous or uneducated tree trimming “experts.” There are many chainsaw-swinging tree trimmers that insist that you need to “top” all your trees on an annual basis. This ensures money in their pockets, but can cause long term damage that never be fully repaired. You are much better served by employing a certified arborist when looking to care for the various trees that shade your home and streets. Remember, there are a large variety of trees that grow in our subtropical climate: live oaks, black olives, avocado, citrus, mahogany, ficus and palms of many varieties; each of these has specific growth patterns and trimming needs. For a sound proposal and scope of

work, an arborist is educated and skilled in evaluating the health needs of each individual tree. An arborist will also address tree hurricane safety and can quite often identify potential future problems early that can be easily fixed, saving you money and perhaps your trees. Also, some varieties of trees do better when trimmed at a specific time of year. A one-time, trim-all-trees plan of action is not the best way to maintain tree health. Working with a certified arborist may take a bit more time, but an arborist will be able to reduce the amount of trimming required, save on debris removal, save money and improve the beauty and health of all your trees. Some associations are under contract for annual tree trimming with their maintenance company. If no trimming is needed, see if the maintenance company will do mulching or fertilization instead. Ron von Paulus is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist ( #Fl-5770A). He has more than 20 years experience working with trees in South Florida. He offers free consultations to homeowners and businesses. Please contact him at Big Ron’s Tree Service 305-588-3091 or by email at

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Danny Roblejo (left) and Edmundo Aja invite you to stop by Primos Barber Shop in Pinecrest. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY NANCY EAGLETON

Primos Barber Shop in Pinecrest offers haircuts, hot shaves, shoeshine service and grooming products in a place that’s designed with men in mind. “We wanted to create a shop that wasn’t just a place to get a haircut,” said Danny Roblejo, co-owner of Primos Barber Shop. “We wanted to create a place where men could enjoy the process and the experience, like women do at a salon.” Like an old-fashioned barber shop, Primos features black and white flooring with vintage style ceiling fans. That’s all that’s old fashioned at Primos, though. Modern day comforts include oversized, comfortable barber chairs, flat screen TVs at each station and Wi-Fi. Roblejo also stocks his magazine rack with over 30 current choices, offers complimentary beverages and plays a wide variety of music to create a relaxed atmosphere. “Each of the six barber stations has its own sink, so clients can sit down, relax and not move from one station to another for a shampoo or hot shave,” Roblejo said. “We offer a shampoo and neck and shoulder massage with every haircut.” Roblejo, who was born and raised in Miami, opened Primos with his cousin, Edmundo Aja. The name, Primos, is fitting because it means “cousins” in Spanish. Roblejo worked with Enterprise Rent-ACar for many years and when it was time to make a change, he knew he wanted to open his own business. Roblejo recruited two experienced bar-

bers when he opened Primos in August and they are trained in scissor cuts, clipper cuts and hot shaves. Boys and men of all ages are welcome at Primos. Primos carries the popular American Crew hair care products and is one of the few places that carry the luxury shaving products from Truefitt and Hill, based in London. “We use Truefitt and Hill products on our clients for our hot shaves. The products feel great on the skin and many of our clients have purchased the products after trying them,” Roblejo said. Primos gift cards will soon be available. A hair or shaving product, cigar or grooming tool packaged in the attractive Primos gift bags make a great “anytime” gift for men. Roblejo said that Primos also will host groups who would like to come in together for the ultimate barber shop experience. Groom parties, business meetings and all other special occasions are welcome. Primos is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The barbershop is located conveniently in Dadeland Plaza on South Dixie Highway across from Datran and Dadeland Towers, making it easy for executives to stop in on during lunch or on the way home from the office. Walk-ins and appointments are welcome. Primos Barber Shop is located right next to Miss Saigon at 9497 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information, call 305-6312646 or go online to <>.

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Infiniti G37 Coupe defines automotive beauty Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The G37 Coupe is in the third year of its second-generation design and it is a beautiful automobile, with an excellent combination of styling and performance and a luxurious interior. In 2010, it is available in four models — Coupe, Coupe Journey, Sport 6MT and Coupe AWD — each powered by a VQ series 3.7-liter 330 hp V-6 with VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift). Three models come with a seven-speed automatic transmission with a Drive Sport (DS) Mode, Downshift Rev Matching and available solid magnesium paddle shifters, while the Sport 6MT has a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission. There are significant enhancements to the G37 Coupe for 2010, including a revised interior and upgraded navigation and entertainment systems. The previous “Washi” aluminum trim has been replaced with a new “Shodo” style trim (inspired by

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