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GABLES GREAT Enrique Lopez: Brilliant man who thrives on challenges

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Junior Orange Bowl unveils 64th annual parade theme

BY MARK TROWBRIDGE President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce



nrique Lopez is a brilliant man who thrives on challenges and has excelled in a variety of fields from telecommunications to education. With a long history of civic involvement and community service, Lopez has used his education and skill sets to great advantage in both his career choices and in his nonprofit roles. Born in Havana, Cuba, Lopez was raised in Miami from the time he was 8 years old. After graduating from Miami Senior High School where he was class president (1971), drum major, a member of several honor societies, Lopez ENRIQUE LOPEZ went on to the University of Miami earning a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1975 and then a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1979. –––––––––––––––––– See

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oral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Commissioner Frank Quesada joined Junior Orange Bowl members and guests at the historic Merrick House in Coral Gables on Tuesday, May 15, as the 64th Junior Orange Bowl Parade Theme was unveiled. “The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is very excited about this year’s parade theme, ‘Sailing to New Adventures,’” said Kathleen Kauffman, Junior Orange

Bowl Parade chair. “Through this theme, our organization joins the City of Coral Gables, the City of Miami, and the State of Florida in celebrating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida.” “With this event, we have a great opportunity to really showcase the many different countries and cultures represented in Coral Gables and the rest of South Florida,” Kauffman said. “We hope to fill this year’s parade with many new and

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It has always been our Chamber’s core business to help you grow your business. It sounds simple enough, right? It’s what a Chamber is supposed to do for our members. No, there aren’t any wild schemes or hair-brained ideas to help make this happen more quickly or without some effort on your part. In truth, it takes good old-fashioned time and patience to grow your business. As a matter of fact, one should not expect full growth in just 1-2 weeks...your business is not a Chia Pet!



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International delegations visit Coral Gables facilities in April

Hope Gibbs and Betty Mendoza from the Gables Fire Department give a brief tour of Station 1 to the international delegation. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BUY ROSIE TOBALINA

Two separate delegations of Latin American mayors and council members made official visits to Coral Gables during April to gain knowledge on essential city operations. On Apr. 26, approximately 80 dignitaries from the American Foundation for Development (Fundación Americana para el Desarrollo) representing municipalities from Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and Dominican Republic were welcomed by Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, a former diplomat, and representatives from the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

The delegation toured the Fire Department’s Station 1, received a presentation about the Police Department’s crime prevention programs and enjoyed a bus tour around the city. The following day, another delegation from ExpoMundi with approximately 15 mayors and council members from Guatemala also made an official visit to Coral Gables to learn about the history of the city and to know more about its public safety programs. Both groups expressed their appreciation for the city’s warm welcome and willingness to share expert knowledge about municipal operations.

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The City of Coral Gables is about to begin resurfacing some 30 lane miles of streets throughout the City Beautiful. This street resurfacing project is part of the Neighborhood Renaissance Program (NRP) proposed by city manager Pat Salerno and approved by the city commission. The list of streets to be resurfaced is equivalent to what would normally be paved in approximately 10 years, which makes this the most ambitious street resurfacing initiative ever undertaken by the city. “We’re on the road to building a better Coral Gables,” said Mayor Jim Cason. The city engaged the engineering firm of C3TS to evaluate and review all streets. Staff independently reviewed the findings and has compiled a map indicating the streets to be resurfaced. Everyone will benefit from the elimination of the extensive backlog as the city will be able to stay current with street resurfacing needs as they arise. In the future, residents whose streets need resur-

facing would not be placed on a waiting list for many years; instead, their streets would be repaved within a year. This initiative not only will improve neighborhoods, it also should enhance property values. In a letter to Mayor Cason, a resident wrote, “We are a family of five property owners and we cannot praise enough your decision to resurface some rundown streets in our city.” Phase one will resurface all identified neighborhood streets north of S. Dixie Highway (US1). On Apr. 24, the city commission awarded the construction contract for Phase One to H&J Asphalt Inc. for approximately $2,085,000. Work is expected to begin in June and take about three months. Phase Two will resurface all remaining streets. A construction contract is expected to be presented to the city commission for approval by the end of summer. To see streets programmed for repaving go to < 20Paving%20Initiative%2052012.pdf>.

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Westin hosts fundraiser for Global Medical Brigades to Ghana Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The Global Medical Brigades mission to Ghana held a fundraiser at the Westin Colonnade featuring a food tasting provided by some of Coral Gables best restaurants. Guests enjoyed samplings from such favorites as Morton’s, Flemings, Crave, Anacapri and Season’s 52 while participating in a silent auction. Hosted by the Westin Colonnade on May 10, the affair was organized by Ta b a t h a and Denise Erwin. Among those participating in that evening of fun in the Rotunda Ballroom were Crave’s new marketing guru Christina Wa r d who is happy to be back in the Gables; Westin’s Jennifer McDonough and executive chef Thomas Russo; Fleming’s J u a n Carlos Marchand; BID’s Mari Gallet and Phillip Gallet; Stan Beran; Wally A renas; Vanesa Selva; Tim Lang; Bonnie Kilpatrick; Arlyene Ponce and Betty Alvarez, to mention a few. More action at the Westin Colonnade the following evening included Paint the Town, an art event and silent auction to benefit the March of Dimes and its mission of education and advocacy to save the babies. The affair, created by Miami-based artist D e rek Wilson, featured large-scale, outdoor rooftop

Brooke Donner is Coral Gables High School Rookie of the Year.

paintings created on canvas specifically for businesses by Wilson. Guests had a perfect view of one such example atop Mia Cucina, whose rooftop art could be seen from Colonnade’s Poolside Terrace. Attendees enjoyed a lovely reception and silent auction that included actual sections of the rooftop paintings for purchase. On the cultural front, do not miss the hilariously funny play, Becky’s New C a r, now running its last week through June 3 at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre. It promises lots of belly laughs and engages the audience making it all the more fun. Opening night brought the couple who actually commissioned the work, Charles and Benita Staadecker from Seattle. Charles commissioned the work as a gift to Benita. It seems their example has inspired others to do the same and that is good news for the arts community. For information, visit <> or call 305-444-9293. Congratulations go out to B rooke D o n n e r, who was recognized as Rookie of the Year during the Coral Gables High School Award Ceremony on Apr. 25. As a ninth grader Brooke worked diligently as a member of the Highlights staff, the school’s awardwinning newspaper; she played varsity soccer; participated in the Harvard Model Congress in San Francisco — all the while maintaining a high GPA in the pre-IB program. The Miami Science Museum’s 46th Annual Summer Camp, “Summer of the Submarine” starts June 18 and runs through Aug. 10. During the eight oneweek camp sessions, kids ages 4-14 will enjoy fun-filled experiences as each class will feature science lessons, projects, experiments, and crafts, interspersed with time to explore the museum galleries, planetarium or theater shows, and a 30-minute outdoor PE time. To register, visit online at < sinfo.php>. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <>.

Pictured (l-r): Benita and Charles Staadecker with Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and wife, Carmen, at opening night of Becky’s New Car at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

Attending the Global Medical Brigades to Ghana event are (l-r) Juan Carlos Marchan, Bonnie Kilpatrick and Arlyene Ponce.

Tabatha (left) and Denise Erwin are pictured with Westin Colonnade executive chef Thomas Russo at fundraiser for Global Medical Brigade Ghana.

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LOPEZ, from page 1 From working as a traffic engineer for Miami-Dade County, he went on to work for Southern Bell, American Bell and thrived in the consulting field with Deloitte Haskins and Sells before forming his own international consulting firm, AKL Group Inc. From 1984 to 1987 he also was adjunct faculty member at Barry University for the Department of Telecommunications and School of Adult and Continuing Education and served a few years on the University of Miami’s faculty for the School of Business and NGJ Information Systems Institute. After 21 years dealing with his own large multinational clients, Lopez accepted a position as adjunct faculty at Dade Medical College’s Department of General Education and was promoted in a year’s time to the college’s academic dean for the School of Continuing Education. Most recently he was named interim campus director for the college’s flagship campus in Miami Lakes. Lopez credits his introduction and commitment service to the time he was employed by Deloitte Haskins and Sells, whose partner then, Sherrill W. Hudson, always promoted community service by his own example. That example was one that Lopez has followed through his professional life from serving as president of the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida, serving various

PARADE, from page 1 exciting floats, cultural marching units and spectacular visual performers.” Mayor Cason addressed the crowd before the parade theme was unveiled, focusing on the importance of celebrating the international presence in Coral Gables. He praised the Junior Orange Bowl for its annual parade and festival of events, which attract hundreds of international participants and families to

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positions as a member of the Junior Orange Bowl Committee and his involvement with the March of Dimes, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, Downs Syndrome Walkathon and more. When Lopez commits, he is often handson as in the time he co-chaired the Junior Orange Bowl Parade. That year they decided to have their first nighttime parade and got the city’s permission to install lights in all the trees up and down Miracle Mile to enhance the parade route. Using the Langston hook, a cane pole another parade co-chair, Hank Langston, used to decorate his own tree for the holidays, Lopez and other volunteers tirelessly hung the twinkle along the street. Within days of the installation, Lopez became the city’s point person when the lights needed to be adjusted. He actually ran around, dressed in an expensive business suit, unloading the cane pole from his car and re-hanging lights throughout a very windy season. The city finally took over the lighting in years to follow but Lopez’s dedication that year is still part of Junior Orange Bowl lore and one that always brings a laugh. Enrique lives in Coral Gables with his wife, Tania, and daughter, Stephania Nicole, 8. He also has two grown children, Alexandra Kristina, who gave him two granddaughters, and Enrique Jr. He certainly is a great role model to those children and to us all as he uses his considerable life experiences and knowledge to serve others. Coral Gables each year. The 64th Junior Orange Bowl Parade, which will take place on Dec. 30, once again will march through the streets of downtown Coral Gables along Miracle Mile and Biltmore Way. The annual parade is the flagship event of the Junior Orange Bowl Festival season, which consists of nearly 20 athletic and academic youth events that take place in South Florida. Forinformation, or to volunteer for the Junior Orange Bowl, visit <> or call 305-662-1210.

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Gables again designated as a ‘Playful City USA’

Youngsters get exercise by playing flag football. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY ROSIE TOBALINA

The City of Coral Gables has earned a recognition, for the fourth consecutive time, as a “Playful City USA” community for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. The award was presented by KaBOOM!, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving playtime. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, play is critical to healthy brain development. It allows children to use their creativity while simultaneously developing imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strength. Yet today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only one in five live

within walking distance of a park or playground. The resulting play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and academically. The City of Coral Gables is doing its part to keep children active through its outstanding dedication to play. Coral Gables began the Neighborhood Renaissance Program to perform significant capital improvement projects across the city. It will feature the development, renovation and acquisition of different park and recreational facilities. The increased quantity and quality of play spaces will improve access and opportunities for kids to play. Coral Gables is one of 213 cities chosen throughout the nation as 2012 Playful City USA communities.

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Sinatra tribute artist Jeff Grainger to perform for New Neighbors Club BY KATHRYN SHEPARD

Jeff Grainger, a Sinatra tribute artist, will entertain members and guests of the New Neighbors Club of South Dade during their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, June 13. Return with him to the golden era of vocal music when singers touched the hearts and ears of millions. He will perform favorites of legends Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Barry Manilow, Neil Diamond and other more recent contem-

porary vocal artists. During the past decade Grainger has been performing at various venues around South Florida to the delight to his audiences. The luncheon and program begin at 11 a.m.; cost is $25. The event takes place at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. in Coral Gables. Everyone is invited to join New Neighbors for an interesting and entertaining afternoon. Reservations are required; call Rita Casagrande at 305-598-0213. Deadline for reservations is Thursday, June 7.

Gables named Tree City USA for 27th consecutive year BY ROSIE TOBALINA

The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Coral Gables as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 27th consecutive year Coral Gables has earned this national honor from the Arbor Foundation, the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest non-profit organization dedicated to planting trees. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters

and the USDA Forest Service. Coral Gables has met the standards to become a Tree City USA and is known nationally for its lush canopy and beautiful landscaping. In the past year alone, approximately 800 new trees have been planted in key public locations such as Segovia Street, Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Alhambra Circle, enhancing the beauty of neighborhoods and the downtown area. The trees not only promote a healthier community by filtering the air we breathe, they also continue to enhance the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s character and aesthetic experience.

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Life Extension Foundation now brings products to Coral Gables BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

Life Extension Foundation (LEF) offers a new way for its clients to shop for their products. For many years LEF only sold online and through members. A new store hits Coral Gables, which brings easy access of LEF products to the local public. Among the products found at the store there is everything from vitamins and mineral supplements to enzymes and hormones. Different forms of these are capsules, creams and oils. All of the products and combinations have been the result of thorough specified research by the Life Extension Foundation Clinical Research Team. Unlike most supplements out there, all LE supplements are required to meet a double quality control practice, which is standard to all LEF products — therefore, guaranteeing better quality to consumers. The Life Extension Foundation was

incorporated officially in 1980, but its founder has been involved in antiaging research since the 1960s. The Life Extension Foundation is the largest organization dedicated to investigating every method of extending the healthy human life span. When seeking anti-aging therapies, health and nutrition, the Foundation has reported discoveries in the areas of atherosclerosis and stroke prevention, diabetes, prostate health, hormone replacement therapy, and other health concerns. The Life Extension Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose goal is to conquer the aging process within the next decade. The store is located at 1516 Ponce de Leon Blvd.; telephone number is 305-603-9799. –––––––––––––––––––––––––– New Life Extension Foundation store

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First National Bank of South Miami celebrates opening of Gables office

Pictured (l-r) are Bruce Wirtz MacArthur, FNBSM board chair; Coral Gables Mayor James Cason; Veronica Birch Flores, FNBSM executive vice president, and Drew A. Dammeier, FNBSM president. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


First National Bank of South Miami (FNBSM) conducted the official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new Coral Gables office at 3399 Ponce de Leon Blvd. (telephone 305-4212250). “This is really a special event for our bank; this is our fourth office. Each office has been an important part of our strategic plan,” said Bruce Wirtz MacArthur, FNBSM board chair. “The shareholders and the board of directors look forward to the great opportunities this significant location allows.” Coral Gables Mayor James Cason presented the bank with the Seal of the City of

Coral Gables. Drew Kern, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce board chair, and Mark Trowbridge, chamber president and CEO, also presented the bank with a Resolution of Recognition and Celebration. “We are pleased to announce the opening of our office in Coral Gables,” said Veronica Birch Flores, executive vice president. “We have assembled a team of professionals that can accommodate all of your banking needs from personal banking to lending. We also have our Senior Wealth Strategist to assist you. We are fully committed to serve our wonderful clients. We are pleased to bring to bring FNBSM’s legendary first class service to Coral Gables.” For more information, visit <> or call 305-667-5511.

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WK resident Chris Abin earns Graduate Research Fellowship BY RICHARD YAGER

While an unbroken string of all-A grades could point a bright student in any direction, Christopher Abin seemed destined for a career in science. Early in May, Abin was announced as one of 2,000 nationwide recipients of the 2012 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship awards. “Maybe it was from reading those science fiction books by Michael Crichton,” he said while being interviewed from a graduate laboratory at the University of Georgia campus in Athens, GA. “At least by the end of high school, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the life sciences.” If so, Crichton’s Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain were only part of the inspiration leading to such a major merit award for the West Kendall student, an honors graduate of Florida International University only a year ago. Perhaps the most prestigious pre-doctoral fellowship in the U.S., the total award of $126,000 will allow Albin to continue an intriguing project in microbiology, investigating how microbes from an ancient salt lake in California “make a living” by consuming highly toxic compounds containing antimony.

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To further his exploration into the microcosmos, he now looks forward to a July trip to the Sierra Nevada Mountains in eastern California where he’ll spend a week at Mono Lake, one of the oldest lakes in North America formed roughly one million years ago. There, he will sample the lake’s depths for microbes thriving in the unusual ecosystem, two and a half times saltier than the ocean, perhaps leading to additional discoveries of how life forms can survive in extreme environments. Abin said he soon became interested in scientific research after enrolling at FIU in 2006 following graduation from G. Holmes Braddock Senior High School. “It was during my undergraduate years that I began to learn more and more about the inner workings of the natural and physical worlds, and it opened my eyes to the central role that research plays in answering some of our most basic questions,” Albin said. During his biology courses in the

School of Integrated Science and Humanities, he was exposed to research applications in varied scientific disciplines and then attended a summer 2010 research program in microbiology at the University of Oregon before becoming a PhD student in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia in August 2011. Upon enrollment, he was awarded a graduate school assistantship at UGA along with a $21,000 scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His significant academic achievements began during his first year at FIU when he was named “Student of the Year” in general chemistry by the American Chemical Society, later leading to a graduation with FIU’s prestigious “Outstanding Academic Achievement Award” and induction into Phi Beta Kappa. Even before Albin graduated from FIU summa cum laude in 2011 with a BS in Biological Sciences, Professor DeEtta K. Mills said she could “see in him the combination of intelligence and tenacity that makes a true research scientist.” Abin today credits Dr. Mills as “the person who inspired my study of microbiology and taught me how think critically as a scientist.” A native Miamian, Abin is the son of Juan Carlos and Yospa Abin, residents of the Lakes of the Meadow who fled Cuba to raise a family in the US. Her son’s academics were encouraged by Yospa Abin’s, 27 years as an elementary school teacher in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system, including the last 17 at Tropical Elementary in Westchester. “Naturally, we’re all very proud of Chris,” she said. “And we have another reason for celebration.” That will occur when Chris’ brother, Kevin, graduates from John A. Ferguson Senior High School in June after posting a similar outstanding scholastic record that may lead to even more academic laurels for the Abin family.

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Eagle Scout project enhances Calusa Elementary’s landscape Eagle Scout Carlos Lopez landscaped sections of Calusa Elementary School for his Eagle project.


Coral Reef High sophomore Carlos Lopez now is an Eagle Scout. Lopez is a member of Troop 811, which meets at Calusa Elementary School in West Kendall. Lopez, 15, who attended Calusa, decided to honor the school by doing his Eagle project there. The landscaping project was completed in December 2011. Scouts must complete their project by the time they are 18. In order to become an Eagle, Scouts must have achieved the rank of Life Scout; they must earn 21 badges, 12 of them Eagle required, and they must plan and complete a community service project. He met with the school principal, Carmen Fuentes, and they agreed to landscape outside the media center. “I did a landscaping project in two areas,” Lopez said. “We moved old plants around and put in new plants, including bromeliads. One area was north of the media center and another was west of the media center. The project was to beautify the school. “When she [the principal] showed us the area, a lot of plants grew out of the area and the grass was pretty high. She wanted the area to be maintained.” Lopez and his volunteers started the day weeding the area. Then they put in the stone borders, similar to what the school already had in place. “We put it around the garden area,” he said. “After that we started putting in new plants and started putting mulch around the plants.” It took approximately five hours to complete the job. In order to complete the project, Lopez

needed to raise the funds for the plans, so two weeks in advance, he held a car wash. “I raised a lot of money to buy the plants and the stone borders,” Lopez said. “Home Depot donated a $50 gift card toward some of the materials and one of the parents donated $100.” He bought plants, stone borders and mulch to beautify the area. He had mulch left over that he will use to maintain the project. It took a few months for the planning and preparation. He contacted the principal in August, met in September and worked through November planning the landscaping. “I considered different venues to hold the project. I was considering Larry and Penny Thompson Park,” he said. “But I spent more time at Calusa even after I graduated from elementary school. I went to Scout meetings there.” After completing the project, Lopez underwent his Board of Review, which bestowed the rank on him. His Court of Honor, where the badge is officially bestowed on him, took place on May 20. At Coral Reef, Lopez is a member of the cross-country team and the track and field team. This year he is running the 800-meter and 1,600-meter events. Last year he ran the mile and the two-mile events. He also runs the four-by-800 relay. Lopez is in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy with a concentration on painting and photography. His work is shown in art shows, sometimes through the school and sometimes as an individual. One of the recent shows was at Pinecrest Gardens in January. He also had art in the Celebrate Youth Art Festival in Palmetto Bay.

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Leslee Gross, RN, promoted to assistant vice president of Ops BY BARBARA MOORE

Leslee Gross, RN, has been promoted to assistant vice president of operations for Baptist Health South Florida. She will be responsible for overseeing the eICU operations and related telemedicine applications. In addition, she will continue to direct the Transfer Center, and oversee credentialing and verification services for the organization. Gross began her career as a staff nurse at Baptist Hospital in 1982, and held several nursing positions, including assistant nurse manager in the Emergency Department. Her most recent role was director of the Transfer Center, which she developed and centralized for six hospitals and 12 urgent care centers. Gross received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida State University, and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Saint Francis. She is a board-certified emergency nurse and certified healthcare manager. She is a

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Trauma patients reunite with nurses and physicians at MCH

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Miami Children’s Hospital celebrated with patients and families during the annual Trauma Reunion event on Saturday, May 12. Patients who have been treated at the Trauma Center were reunited with the physicians and nurses at this celebratory event. Miami Children’s Hospital is the regions only free-standing pediatric trauma center.

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Navarro Discount Pharmacy, the largest Hispanic-owned pharmacy chain in the U.S., celebrated the grand re-opening of its Coral Gables store at 93 Miracle Mile on Thursday, Apr. 19. Navarro invested $125,000 in the store remodeling, which includes a new selfserve designer fragrance counter, enhanced wood displays at all checkout counters and the pharmacy, wider aisles, and signage in both English and Spanish. The first 100 customers received free shopping bags with products. Storewide activities included breakfast and coffee, music, raffle, prizes and free vendor product samplings. Attending the grand re-opening were executives from Navarro including CEO,

Juan Ortiz. Also attending were Gables Mayor Jim Cason; Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk; Commissioners Ralph Cabrera and Frank Quesada; Mark Trowbridge, Coral Gables Chamber president/CEO, and Drew Kern, chamber chair, who delivered a proclamation, and Mari Gallet, executive director of the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables. Now celebrating 50 years in Miami, Navarro Discount Pharmacy has 31 stores in South Florida and approximately 1,300 employees. The stores differentiate themselves by offering many products and services that are not found in traditional drugstores such as wireless phones, designer fragrances and in-store healthcare clinics. For more information, visit online at <>.

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This year, our annual Goals Conference will focus on just that topic: how do you grow your business in the coming year with the Chamber as a primary vehicle. How will you, as a member (or prospective member) engage the Chamber and our vast resources and connections to make a greater impact on your bottom line? How will you choose to engage? There are the obvious ways to grow your business intrinsically â&#x20AC;&#x201C; new contacts, new relationships, new orders. Many of these can be found by networking via the Chamber and attending our nearly 100 events each year. There is literally something for everyone in our diverse portfolio of events, from the more social, networking type events to the seminars that help you build your business from the ground up. We know that people like to do business with people they know and familiarity can lead to greater opportunity. Our members tell stories of coming to an event, making a connection and seeing the results in a very tangible way. It does take effort and


perseverance, but the rewards can be tremendous. The potential return on investment is enormous! Growth, by definition, implies an increase in size or capacity, as well as strength and value. This evolution in the life cycle of a business can often determine its very survival and thus a Chamber is an important part of the process. If you are a new business, the Chamber is an excellent platform to be introduced to the greater community. If you are re-branding, the same opportunity applies, as well. If you are a long-standing company with tremendous history, then the Chamber can help provide that spark to re-introduce you to the business world in a lowimpact, easy way. A Chamber has no barriers to entry. We welcome businesses with open arms and work each day to facilitate their growth and development. Prosperity for all is our singular goal and the mission of our Chamber is laser-focused on this plan of action. One need only attend an event or a committee meeting, and you will see that there is a level of engagement that is unparalleled among our peer organizations. Our members are equally focused on growth and

greater success. I do hope you will consider attending our Goals Conference on June 21st and 22nd at the historic Biltmore Hotel. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get started on helping you grow your business to newer-and greater heights. With

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It’s Our Business To Grow Your Business BY EMY TORRES, CGCC

The 2012 Goals Conference opens with a flourish on Thursday, June 21st with the fifth annual George E. Merrick Award of Excellence Dinner. This prestigious award will be bestowed upon a community leader who has served the City Beautiful in a meaningful and lasting way. Each year, five iconic individuals from the Coral Gables community are singled out and recognized as distinguished honorees, with one leader earning the most esteemed award. Past winners include Arva Parks McCabe of the Coral Gables Museum; Betsey Adams of the Coral Gables Garden Club; Former Commissioner James Barker and Former Commissioner Wayne “Chip” Withers. The Goals Conference continues on Friday with our Good Morning Coral

Gables breakfast featuring Pat Geraghty, CEO of Florida Blue. Mr. Geraghty will share his thoughts on the state of health care in Florida, the new brand Florida Blue and his vision for Florida Blue’s future in our community and beyond. City Manager Pat Salerno will also offer remarks on the State of the City of Coral Gables during breakfast. Incoming Chair Darla Thompson will introduce her leadership team, as well as share her goals for the upcoming year. Good Morning Coral Gables is sponsored by Florida Blue and Mercantil Commercebank. Throughout the day, participants will have an opportunity to share in various goals-setting sessions by committee, which will help to solidify measurable and attainable action plans for the upcoming Chamber year. The Goals Conference luncheon is sponsored by Comcast

Business Services and will feature keynote speaker Steve Cone, Bloomberg TV. Participants will also engage in an interactive session with the Beacon Council on the results of their One Community, One Goal initiative, a program that seeks to better understand and map out how we are going to build our economy of the future through targeted industries. Co-Chairs Alex Villoch and Adolfo Henriques will discuss the project, including those industries that are the focal point for business recruitment, retention and growth. The day will conclude with a closing session and a cocktail reception, sponsored by Credomatic. Sponsors for this annual planning conference include Corporate Sponsors: The Allen Morris Company, Bay Plumbing Company, Cherry Bekaert & Holland, LLP, Comcast Business Services, Credomatic

Merchant Services, Florida Blue, Home Financing Center, Mercantil Commercebank, and the University of Miami; Event Sponsors: Baptist Health South Florida, Becker & Poliakoff, PA, Esslinger, Wooten Maxwell Realtors, Montica Jewelry; and Right Space Management; Participating Sponsors: Albion Staffing Solutions, Inc., Eliptek Technology Group, Florida International University, Laura L. Russo, Esq., Logistical Outsourcing, Inc., Vine Communications, Waste Management; and, In-kind Sponsors: Bacardi USA, The Miami Herald and Photo Offset. For more information on sponsorship, please contact Senior Events Manager, Erica Dominguez at 305.446.1657 or email To register for the event, please visit

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2012 Totalbank Golf Classic Swings Into Action BY EMY TORRES, CGCC

On Friday, June 8, 2012, golfers will tee it up at the Coral Gables Chamber’s Annual TOTALBANK Golf Classic taking place at the Biltmore’s 18-hole, par-71, championship golf course. Created to provide Chamber members with a leisurely day on the course while making valuable business connections at the same time, the event will bring together professionals from diverse industries. Participants will have the opportunity to play individually or as foursomes and compete for the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin Awards. “According to a recent Wall Street article, one of the tips for women to get ahead in the business world is to play golf. All aspiring women should bring a foursome to the Coral Gables Golf Classic,” said Marti Mang, Senior Vice President of TOTALBANK and Chamber Board Member. “No matter how you play, even a lousy day on the golf course beats a day at the office.” The Coral Gables Chamber is able to

once again host this one-of-a-kind event thanks to the generous support from its sponsors: Presenting Sponsor-TOTALBANK; Fairway Sponsor- The Biltmore Hotel; Birdie’s Nest Sponsors- Academica, Baptist Health South Florida, Equinox Fitness, Flagler Real Estate Services, LLC; and, Goldstein Schecter Koch / KR Financial Services; Beverage Sponsors- Bacardi USA and Resource 4 Floors; Lunch SponsorConsolidated Parking Equipment; Team Photo Sponsor- Becker & Poliakoff P.A.; and, Longest Drive Sponsor- Florida Blue. This will be the sixth year that TOTALBANK has graciously sponsored the Golf Classic. Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a Shotgun Start at noon. Foursomes are selling fast and start at just $750. To register for the event, please visit For information on sponsorships, please contact the Chamber’s Senior Events Manager Erica Dominguez at (305) 446-1657 or email

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CHAMBER EVENT PHOTOS Commercial Real Estate Luncheon Sponsored by Coastal Construction Group

Mark A. Trowbridge (left) alongside our panelists and sponsor (Coastal Construction Group), Christian Lee, Thad Adams, Audley Bosch, John Bennett, Michael Cannon, Allen Morris, Barbara Tria, and Michael Lewis.

Thad Adams, The Allen Morris Company and Chamber Board Member, welcomes the attendees

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CHAMBER EVENT PHOTOS Trustee Reception at City National Bank

Carolina Rendeiro, (left) Right Space Management; Mark A. Trowbridge, Chamber President; John Allen, Home Financing Center, Inc.; and, Jessica Pereira, Right Space Management.

Raynier Plasencia, (left) Apollo Bank; Yesenia Moreno, Albion Staffing; and, Jose Lopez, Barlop Business Systems

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Rochelle Weinstein’s novel finds success thanks to book clubs BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

When the company she worked for was bought and moved to New York, Rochelle Weinstein was at loose ends. She was offered the chance to relocate, but she wanted to continue to live near family. So she stayed home with her twins and wrote a novel called What We Leave Behind. “It’s for any woman who has ever loved and lost and wondered what could have been,” Weinstein said. “The story of Jessica Parker starts when she’s 15 and follows her into her 30s. For some women it will be a quick, relatable read. For other women, it’s a much richer reading experience because there are a lot of themes.” Those themes include the young passionate youthful love versus the love of a solid man in a secure consistent mature relationship. “I saw a theme of many women in my life of confusing longing for love,” Weinstein said. In the book, Parker loses her father at four. Her longing for her him influences her future relationships. “In the novel, she gets to go back and revisit her young love,” Weinstein said. “How many of us go back and revisit young love?” Weinstein wrote the book more than 10 years ago. She tried going the traditional publishing route but was unsuccessful, even with good contacts in the business from her days in advertising. “Nobody wanted to take on a first time author,” she said. “I put it under the bed for a couple of years.” But recently, she met with a woman, a former principal, who knew about the book and wanted her book club to read it. When she went to speak to the book club, she was surprised to find the book club had decorated the room with the theme. One of the first questions she was asked was: “Why isn’t this book published.” Weinstein had been in the music industry when the industry changed and she said the publishing industry is now going through the same seismic change. She already had her book professionally edited so she decided to try the self-publishing route. “It came to me, this is what I was meant to do,” she said. “I have control of my book; I have control of the price. It was just the most cathartic feeling; I had a place where I was really comfortable.” Weinstein said authors should have a defined goal in order to make the decision on how they want to publish. “It’s knowing your goals, why you write,


why you self-publish.” She said, if you want to be on the New York Times bestsellers list, then traditional is the way to go. But for her, the satisfaction of writing and the ability to sell copies to friends, families and book clubs led her to make that decision. “These [book club] women love to talk about the first love,” Weinstein said. “It’s a wonderful discussion, the choices you make in your life.” And her sales have been good, 750 books in just a couple of months before she even started doing publicity. “If you have a good product, it’s going to sell,” she said. Her books are available on Amazon, on, and on Kindle, Sony and I-books. Weinstein said she was able to place her book at Turnberry and the Fontainebleau. She will do a book signing on June 7, 8 p.m., at Books and Books, 250 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables. Her next book, The Mourning After, should come out in Feb. 2013.

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Dr. Eric Schroeder offers patients cutting-edge cardiovascular care BY NANCY EAGLETON

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. To avoid potentially life-threatening conditions, Eric Schroeder, MD, cardiologist at South Miami Cardiology, said that early detection and proper diagnosis of heart disease are key. “Many patients who have a heart attack are surprised to learn that they had an elevated, modifiable risk factor, such as high cholesterol,” Dr. Schroeder said. “It’s important to know your numbers and find out if you’re at risk for heart or cardiovascular disease.” A biometric screening performed by Dr. Schroeder will provide important information about cholesterol, blood pressure, body mass and blood sugar. “High cholesterol, at any age, is a silent killer,” Dr. Schroeder said. “Men age 50 and over, women age 60 and over, those who are overweight and those who have diabetes also face increased risk for heart disease.” Dr. Schroeder is one of four board-certified cardiologists at South Miami Cardiology, located adjacent to South Miami Hospital. South Miami Cardiology is a member of Florida Heart Care, an association of cardiologists serving South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Baptist Hospital. Dr. Schroeder joins Drs. Romeo Majano, Matthew Snow and Joshua Harris in caring for patients in all areas of cardiology, including screening, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Schroeder is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, nuclear cardiology and interventional cardiology. He has expertise in cardiac interventions, peripheral vascular disease, and structural and congenital heart disease. His extensive training and experience enable him to take a comprehensive approach to treating patients. Dr. Schroeder received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine and two fellowships — in cardiology and interventional cardiology — at the University of Miami. During his fellowships, Dr. Schroeder participated in various clinical trials. As an investigator in the CoreValve U.S. Pivotal Trial, he studied a treatment for patients with severe aortic stenosis. During this trial, he trained closely with

Board-certified cardiologist Eric Schroeder, MD, recently joined South Miami Cardiology. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

William O’Neill, MD, executive dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and an international leader in interventional cardiology. Dr. Schroeder specializes in radial artery access for cardiac catheterization, a diagnostic test that checks the heart’s arteries and valves to find any blockages in blood flow. During a transradial cardiac catheterization, he threads the catheter through his patient’s wrist instead of the groin. Many cardiologists do not specialize in this recently developed procedure. Only 5 percent of cardiac catheterization procedures in the U.S. are performed through the radial artery, yet Dr. Schroeder uses this method with 90 percent of his patients. “There is a decreased risk of bleeding, fewer complications, improved patient safety and quicker recovery time with this method and in some studies there may be a lower mortality rate with some groups of people, such as those with acute heart attacks,” Dr. Schroeder said. His strong clinical background is complemented by a personalized approach to providing high-quality, compassionate care. “Developing a long-term doctor-patient relationship is important to my patients — and to me,” Dr. Schroeder said. “I’ve really come to like Miami. I hope that as my practice grows, I can be a valuable part of the community.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Schroeder, call South Miami Cardiology, 7330 SW 62 Place, Suite 310, at 305-6631001. For more information, visit <>.

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Miami’s Royal Poinciana Fiesta to celebrate 75th Anniversary BY LEE STEPHENS

The Tropical Flowering Tree Society (TFTS), dedicated to the promotion, propagation, and preservation of tropical flowering trees, presents the 75th annual Royal Poinciana Fiesta, June 1-4. The Royal Poinciana Fiesta, Miami’s oldest festival, has added new events to this year’s four-day festival to help commemorate its 75th anniversary. The festival begins with a luncheon, art show and Musicale on Friday, June 1, 11:30 a.m., at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Ave. Tickets are $25 per person and are available by calling Lynda at 305-4418589. This new event is sponsored by Coral Gables Garden Club, Coral Gables Music Club, and the Tropical Flowering Tree Society. A tree planting with TREEmendous Miami is scheduled for, Saturday June 2, 8:30 a.m., with participants meeting at the Coconut Grove Metrorail Station, SW 27th Avenue and US1. All volunteers, 18 years of age and older, are welcome to help plant flowering trees along US1 to beautify the city. For more information about the tree planting call Steve Pearson at 305-2333619. On Sunday, June 3, join the Trolley Tour to see the spectacular blooming Poinciana trees in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. Trolley Tour departs at 1 p.m. from The Kampong, 4013 Douglas Rd. in Coconut Grove. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. The South Florida Woodturners are providing a handcrafted, turned bowl made from Poinciana wood for a silent auction. Bring your own brown bag lunch and take self-guided tour of the Kampong. Cost is $25 per person; $8 for Kampong only. Reservations are required, Call Carol at 305-258-1086. The four-day celebration wraps up on Monday, June 4, with the Fiesta at 7 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables, with hors

d’oeuvres and cocktails, and jazz by Joe Donato. The 2012 Royal Poinciana Fiesta poster artist, Lisa Remeny, as well as artists Pauline Goldsmith, Linda Apriletti, Debra Cortese, and others will be showing and selling their Poinciana-inspired art. The Fiesta will conclude with the presentations of college scholarship awards to the Royal Poinciana Queen and her Court, and the Larry Schokman Book Award. College scholarships to the Royal Poinciana Queen and two princesses are based on an application, essay, personal interview and school recommendations. Guests are invited to join a tram tour of Fairchild. TFTS members are free; $5 per person for non-members. No reservations are required. The History of the Royal Poinciana Fiesta in South Florida The Royal Poinciana Fiesta began in 1937 as a celebration of the blooming of the magnificent Royal Poinciana trees, introduced to Miami by Dr. David Fairchild, founder of the Office of Seed and Plant

Introduction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. One of oldest of these trees is planted at The Kampong, where he and his wife, Marian Bell Fairchild, youngest daughter of Alexander Graham Bell, built a home and garden. The Kampong now is one of four gardens of the National Tropical Botanic Garden. Although the Royal Poinciana trees (Delonix regia) are native to Madagascar, they are endangered in their native land as they continue to be chopped down for firewood and the land is cleared for agriculture. Here in South Florida, we plant them and celebrate their beauty with the Royal Poinciana Fiesta, sponsored by the Tropical Flowering Tree Society in cooperation with The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanic Garden. The Royal Poincianas reach their peak of bloom during the month of June in South Florida. The colors of their blossoms range from the well-known crimson to shades of orange, yellow, gold and even white. No one is sure when the first Royal

Poincianas, also known as the flamboyant, the flame tree and the peacock tree, were planted here in South Florida. According to Larry Schokman, director emeritus of The Kampong, there are more Royal Poincianas here than in Madagascar. They were a favorite of the early settlers. David Fairchild planted Royal Poincianas along Brickell Avenue in 1922. They made great shade trees for cooling the air below their branches, at a time when air conditioning was unknown. July 20, 1937 was declared to be “Royal Poinciana Day” by Miami Mayor Robert Williams. The first official “Poinciana Festival” took place the following year, 1938. In later years, motorcades were organized, speeches given and bands played. In 1940 the first “Royal Poinciana Queen” was chosen. She was Virginia Allen from the University of Miami. During the 1940s seedlings of Royal Poinciana trees were distributed to the public. For some years there was an organization that sponsored the festival, and then the Committee on Beautification and the Environment took over the sponsorship and changed the name to “Fiesta.” The Tropical Flowering Tree Society now sponsors the Fiesta and the Scholarships given to the Queen of the Poinciana Fiesta and two princesses to help local students with their college expenses. Today, the Fiesta activities educate the public about the Royal Poinciana as well as other flowering trees. The Tropical Flowering Tree Society (TFTS) was founded in Miami, in 1988, by a group of flowering tree aficionados. The non-profit group, with members from around the world, is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of tropical flowering trees. Membership is open to like-minded individuals interested in collecting, developing and spreading the word about tropical flowering trees.

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Summer Concert Series marks its 27th season BY ROBERT HAMILTON

This summer, June 7 through Aug. 16, within the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ’s intimate, historic Spanish-revival style setting, concert goers will have the unique opportunity to be awed and entertained by the music industry’s most-talented and revered classical and jazz figures. These artists will perform and delight audiences on the Community Arts Program 2012 Summer Concert Series. The Community Arts Program Summer Concert Series has entertained more than 62,000 people since it began in 1985. The series has grown into a valued tradition and, more recently, part of a Community Arts Program that also provides music education to children within its Conservatory for the Arts. “The Community Arts Program (CAP) Summer Concert Series is a rare opportunity to hear world-renowned artists in the intimate and beautiful Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ,” said Shelton G. Berg, dean of the University of Miami’s Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music. “The CAP Conservatory for the Arts provides high-quality music education to children, many of whom would otherwise be denied access to the wonder of music and the beauty of the artistic spirit,” he added. “We are very excited to again present a diverse and world-class lineup of artists,” says Mark Hart, executive and artistic director of the Community Arts Program. “It’s an honor to welcome concert goers from across the state and as far away as Europe, and rewarding to see the growth of our music education program for kids. In all, we’ve come to provide exceptional cultural and educationally enriching experiences for more than 3,000 children and adults each year.” The series begins on June 7 with the Preservation Hall jazz Band. By popular

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demand, Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns to the Summer Concert Series for another incredible opening, as the band celebrates its golden anniversary. The band derives its name from Preservation Hall, the venerable music venue located in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Preservation Hall Jazz Band has traveled worldwide spreading its mission to nurture and perpetuate the art form of New Orleans Jazz. Whether performing at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center, for British Royalty or the King of Thailand, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band embodies a joyful, timeless spirit. Once again, there is no better way to begin the Summer Concert Series than with toes a tapping and spirits a soaring. Other performances include June 21, Andrew York, classical guitarist; July 5, the world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra; July 19, Ahn Trio; Aug. 2, Roseanna Vitro,

jazz vocalist, and Aug. 16, Christian McBride Trio. Indivisual general admission tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door (based

on availability). Individual patron tickets are $45 in advance; $50 at the door (based on availability). Individual patron tickets include reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows and catered pre-concert receptions. Patron Series is $240. (Save $30 and receive prime seating to all concerts. Patron Series includes opening night gala reception, reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows, and catered preconcert gatherings). Mini-Patron Series is $170. (Save $ 10 and receive prime seating to four concerts. Choose four concerts. Mini-Patron Series includes opening night gala reception, reserved general seating within the first 5-8 rows, and catered preconcert gatherings.) Order tickets by calling 305-448-7421, ext. 153. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. For instant processing and confirmation anytime; order tickets quickly, safely, and conveniently on line at <>. All concerts are on Thursdays at 8 p.m. Free and convenient parking is available. Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 3010 De Soto Blvd. (directly across from the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables).

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‘SummerJazz on the Gulf’ series back at Naples Beach Hotel BY KAREN LAMONICA

A Southwest Florida tradition continues as the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club again will host its popular “SummerJazz on the Gulf” concert series. This will mark the 27th consecutive year of the fun, free concert series, combining a diverse selection of jazz entertainers with gorgeous views of the Gulf, exquisite sunsets, refreshing breezes, and a relaxing atmosphere. Each concert takes place on the resort’s scenic Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. “SummerJazz on the Gulf” will take place one Saturday evening per month, JuneSeptember, and each concert will be from 7 to 10 p.m. This year’s concerts will be on June 16, July 21, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22. According to Jim Anderson, food & beverage director for the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club and organizer of the annual concert series, the 2012 “SummerJazz on the Gulf” lineup is: • Legendary J.C.’s, June 16; • Late Night Brass, July 21; • New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz, Aug. 25, and • Eight To The Bar, Sept. 22.

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“This year we’re featuring two groups who have played SummerJazz previously, Late Night Brass and Gumbi Ortiz, now known as New Groove City featuring Gumbi Ortiz, plus two new groups that we think will put on great shows,” Anderson said. “It promises to be an excellent concert series.” Those interested in staying at the resort during “SummerJazz on the Gulf” weekends can contact the resort’s reservations department for best available rates and packages by calling 1-800-237-7600 or 1239-261-2222, or visiting online at <>. For those not staying at the resort there will be parking just north of the hotel at

Lowdermilk Park, with free parking provided to those with a Naples beach sticker, and free trolley service to the resort and back. Guests may bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating, however coolers are not permitted. Call 1-239-261-2222 for more information and directions. Guests attending “SummerJazz on the Gulf” should consider dining at the resort’s H.B.’s on the Gulf, the city of Naples’ only beachfront restaurant, which serves fresh Florida seafood and traditional American favorites. Patrons also can enjoy a specialty drink at the newly renovated and expanded Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, named Naples’ “Best Beach Bar” by the Travel Channel. All concerts feature full bar service in several locations and a food concession with a selection of snack items and freshly grilled burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken sandwiches. The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, owned and operated by the Watkins family for more than 65 years, is Naples’ only beachfront resort offering on-site championship golf, a world-class spa, and an award-winning tennis center. Continually enhancing its alreadyimpressive offerings, the 317-room resort completed a $22 million renovation in 2010. The multi-phase project included the renovation of guest rooms and suites, and the addition of a $5 million all-new beachfront pool complex. On-site amenities include a fitness center, the professionally supervised Beach Kids Club child activity program, an Orchid House, multiple restaurants and bars, 34,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, and many beautiful outdoor venues. The resort is located at 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. North in Naples. Contact the resort at 1-800-237-7600 or 1-239-261-2222, and visit <>.

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Planning ahead could translate into big savings on your travel BY ALEJANDRA CASTRO NUÑEZ

If you haven’t planned a summer vacation, then now is the time to start. Planning ahead could translate into big savings. As we all know, last minute travel can be very expensive. Following are a few tips to plan your perfect trip without stretching out your wallet. Do your homework: Search for travel deals on the Internet. There are several search engines that are great resources for discounted flights, hotels, and tours. Sign up with them to receive alerts and begin receiving great travel offers. In addition, check out travel books at your local library where you can find a wealth of information for free. Statewide travel: If staying in Florida, check discounts available to Florida residents. Several amusement parks in the state offer discounted rates. If you are member of AAA, inquire about special rates. Lodging: Another way to save money on hotel stays for your vacation is by staying farther out from a city center or in a suburb near the town you’re visiting. You also can look into getting a suite with rollaway beds instead of multiple rooms for the whole family to save you big money on your hotel stay. Meals: Dining costs can go way up when you are on vacation because you are eating out for every meal. When you vacation on a budget, never leave food as something you will figure out as you walk around. You almost always end up exceeding your budget. Book a hotel room that includes breakfast and has a refrigerator. Find a local grocery store and purchase water, sodas, snacks, cold cuts, bread and bag your

lunch. You will save lots of money and instead of eating three meals out during the day, opt for just one. Entertainment and activities: Once you have your travel, hotel, and food arranged all that is left is to plan what you’re going to do on those vacation days. Again, start putting a plan in place ahead of time. Make sure to check prices, plan activities that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Indulge in free options like visiting parks or beaches, or just take a walk through the town. Also check the local papers to see if there are any free events like art shows, festivals, and even concerts. Library Museum Pass Program: If your purse strings don’t allow for travel on planes or trains, there are plenty of free activities here in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers patrons free admission for a family of four to the Deering Estate at Cutler, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Fruit and Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Science Museum, and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Just visit your nearest branch library, see staff for availability and use your library card to check out a museum pass. If you are ready for a summer vacation, then there is no time like the present to plan ahead. Whatever destination you decide on, just remember one very important thing, be safe. For more consumer tips, or to check the complaint history of a company, file a complaint or ask consumer-related questions, visit the Business Affairs and Consumer Protection website at <> or call 305375-3677.

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Summer camp offers a chance for kids to learn about fishing BY ALEJANDRA CASTRO NUÑEZ

The Kids Let’s Go Fishing! program is back for this summer with the newest summer camp in Miami. The Fishing and Conservation Trust, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Sea Grant program and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are offering three five-day fishing camps at Bayside Marketplace, Slip 24, 401 Biscayne Blvd. in downtown Miami. Dates are June 1115, July 9-13 and Aug. 6-10. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Each camp will include mornings of educational activities and afternoons of fishing aboard the 56-foot Coast Guard approved Reward Won. Fishing styles will include: anchoring, drifting, trolling,

live-bait catching and use, and use of artificial lures. Educational activities will teach campers about ethical angling skills, boat safety, basic fishing skills for all types of fishing, fish identification and anatomy, and resource awareness. Enrollment is open for children ages 813. Each five-day session is limited to 20 attendees. The cost is $500 per session and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fishing And Conservation Trust, a 501(c)3 Florida Not for Profit Corporation to fund fishing events for the underserved communities of Dade County. To register, call the Fishing and Conservation Trust at 305-372-9470. You can find more information on the Kids Let’s Go Fishing! Summer camp program online at <> or by calling 305- 372-9470.

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‘Bark in the Park’ afternoon to benefit Humane Society BY ALICE FISHER

If you haven’t been to the new Marlins Park yet, here is a chance to bring your entire family — both two and four-legged members — to the ballpark, and help a worthy cause at the same time. “Bark at the Park,” which takes place on Sunday, June 10, at 1:10 p.m., invites families to watch the Miami Marlins play the Tampa Bay Rays. People tickets, including children over age 3, are $15, and doggy tickets are $10. All proceeds from the purchase of the doggy tickets go to the Humane Society of Greater Miami. To make this day even more fun, the Humane Society of Greater Miami asks guests to submit a photo of their dogs in the best Marlins’ attire and win the photo contest. Go to <> to submit the photo. The person with the winning photo will have his or her photo displayed on Marlins Vision, as well as receive four tickets to a future Marlins game and an autographed baseball. Tickets no longer can be purchased on the day of the game. Visit <> so you won’t be left out. Seats are assigned and availability is limited, so if you want to attend with friends make sure to purchase the tickets

together. To purchase an on-site garage parking pass, go to <> and passes are $15 per car. Also, Marlins starting pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife, Jamie, have developed a new program called Buehrle’s Buddies, and they are asking fans to donate any new or gently used dog toys, blankets and beds at the collection bin which will be located outside of the First Base Entrance, upon entering the ballpark. All donated items at Bark at the Park on June 10 will be given to the Humane Society of Greater Miami. Marlins Park is located at 501 Marlins Way in Miami, on the site of the former Orange Bowl. Guests must enter the ballpark through the First Base Entrance (located on the corner of NW Fourth Street and 14th Avenue). Guests needing ADA accessibility should enter through the First Base Dugout Club and take the elevator to the Vista Level. Dog owners must carry their dog’s rabies certificate on them. Visit the website <> for additional information. You also can contact Laurie Hoffman by email at <> or calling 305-749-1815.

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Finding summer camp easier with Summer Programs Guide BY SANDRA CAMACHO

The Children’s Trust 2012 Summer Programs Guide — offering parents and caregivers free information they need to locate a fun, enriching summer camp for their child — is available online at <> and in all Miami-Dade Winn-Dixie stores. Look for them, while supplies last, in specially identified racks near the front of your local store or near the customer service desk. The same information also can be accessed by calling 2-1-1, The Children’s Trust Helpline. The trilingual guide provides a comprehensive overview of available programs, whether or not they are funded by The Children’s Trust. Parents should remember that just because kids break from school, it doesn’t mean they should break from learning. Summer is a time when children often fall behind in their academics, losing as much as two months of math and reading skills. But this “summer slide” can be avoided. By enrolling kids in summer camps that appeal to their interests — such as sports, music, dance, art, theater, marine life, technology or a host of other areas — they will continue to thrive in the summer months. The key is to select a program that stimulates a child’s brain as well as their body. A reading component is required in all summer programs funded by The Children’s Trust helping to ensure that learning continues year round. Organized by geographic regions and zip codes, the guide’s list of programs includes addresses, contact information, fees, the ages of children served, and brief descriptions of hundreds of locations. The Children’s Trust-funded sites are clearly

identified. Programs are operated by mostly non-profit and faith-based organizations, as well as city and county parks and recreation departments. Trust support allows many programs to serve families for free or low cost, but once those scholarships are utilized, regular fees may apply. The Children’s Trust is the largest funder of summer, after-school, and youth development programs in Miami-Dade County, serving more than 50,000 children annually, including programs that serve children with disabilities. The Children’s Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.

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Venus will make its rare transit across the Sun, viewable from Earth — weather permitting — on Tuesday, June 5. In a direct lineup of Earth, Venus and the Sun, the special event will occur locally from 6:05 p.m. to 8:10 EDT (sunset) — the last time this century. First contact (ingress) when Venus arrives at the solar rim begins at 6:05 p.m. Lucky folks in the western U.S. time zones will see the entire six-hour transit. The previous Venus transit across the Sun occurred June 2004. The next Venus Transit will occur 2117. Southern Cross Astronomical Society (SCAS) will focus professional filtered high tech equipment at two free locations:

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S. Fla. Folklife Center presents Artist-in-Residence James Kelly

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HistoryMiami’s South Florida Folklife Center recently announced that James Kelly, a world-renowned Irish fiddler, will be featured as part of the Heritage Spotlight Series. The series is an artist-in-residence program that showcases local traditional artists and cultural expressions. “James Kelly is a hidden gem in South Florida’s cultural landscape,” said Michael Knoll, HistoryMiami folklorist. “We are honored to be showcasing James, his incredible talent, and the traditional culture of Ireland.” Kelly’s residency continues until June and will include a special presentation on the history of Irish music from the mid-1600s to the 1960s on June 2. Visit HistoryMiami’s website at <> for a complete schedule of performances. A native of Ireland, Kelly is a renowned Irish fiddler. He learned the fiddling tradition from his father, a respected musician from

County Clare. James has since toured three continents and, in 2006, was named “Irish Musician of the Year” by Ireland’s Irish-language television station, TG4. He also has been a recipient of the Florida Folk Heritage Award (2001) and the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. He moved from Dublin to Miami in 1984. The Heritage Spotlight Series has been funded by grants from the Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and Florida Humanities Council. HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. This is accomplished through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. Visit <> to learn more. For general inquiries, call 305-375-1492 or send email to <>.

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Zoofari summer camp offers fun, education at Zoo Miami BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

Children ages 4-13 can enjoy a funfilled, educational Zoofari summer camp at Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., designed to immerse them into the world of wildlife through animal encounters, interactions with zookeepers, exciting games, and the creation of special treats for zoo animals. Weekly themed interactive presentations involve animal biofacts, such as skulls, teeth and skins and Banfield Pet Hospital FutureVets program presentations. Monorail trips, carousel rides, arts and crafts, playtime in the playgrounds are also included in the fun.

Camp dates are June 18-Aug. 10, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with 8:30 a.m. drop off. Extended care is available until 5:30 p.m. for $35 per week Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Morning and afternoon snacks provided. Campers must bring their own lunches with drinks from home. Cost is $190 per week per child and $170 per week per child for Zoological Society members. To register or for more information on discounts, camp scholarships and weekly themes, visit <> or call the Zoological Society of Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Education Department at 305-255-5551. Emails can be sent to <>.

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Dodge unveils new Dart compact to South Florida automotive media

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Dodge executives brought the all-new and much-anticipated 2013 Dart to Miami recently and previewed it for the South Florida automotive media during a luncheon in the trendy Wynwood Art district of Miami. Dodge is expecting great sales performance from the compact Dart. It’s the first product off the production line in the partnership between Chrysler and Fiat, and the Dart label recalls a legendary Dodge nameplate from decades past. A four-member team of top-level Dodge executives was dispatched to Miami to unveil the beautiful new Dart for members of the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA), including Joe Dehner, chief of Dodge and Ram exterior design. Dehner told the group that the new Dart is built on a modified Alpha Romeo Giulietta platform. “The Dodge Dart was a dream to design,” Dehner said. “The Alfa Romeo-

based architecture allowed us to design an exterior with great proportions that say ‘fun-to-drive’ when you look at it. Add in the Charger-inspired ‘racetrack’ tail lamps, a new, sleek crosshair grille and piano black accents, and it all adds up to a performance-inspired design with just the right amount of attitude.” The new Dart will be offered in 12 exterior colors and 14 interior colors, and available in five trim levels — SE, SXT, Rallye, Limited and R/T. There are three state-of-the art, fuel-efficient engine options — a new 160 hp Tigershark 2.0liter engine, a 160 hp 1.4-liter turbo engine, and a new 184 hp 2.4-liter fourcylinder engine. The engines will be mated to one of three transmission choices — a six-speed manual, six-speed automatic or six-speed dual dry clutch (DDCT) gearbox. The new Dart will be built at Chrysler’s assembly plant in Belvidere, IL and begin to hit U.S. showrooms in early June with a base price of $15,995.

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Guarione M. Diaz, an established author and activist who has dedicated his life’s work to building bridges for minorities in this country; D r. Robert D. Nolan, a leading authority and advocate for children’s mental health services who is devoted to improving the lives of children, and Ted Granger, a community leader who tirelessly advocates at the state level to improve services for children, families and older adults. The Outstanding Youth Award, which recognizes an individual 18 years of age or younger for leadership, commitment and character through service and volunteerism, will be announced during the ceremony. Individual tickets are $50 each and a table of 10 is $500. RSVP by Monday, June 4, with Chantell King at <> or 305646-7021.

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Girls to find empowerment at ‘GEM’ Summer Arts Camp BY LAURA PHILLIPS

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department invites girls ages 11-16 to register for its “GEM” (Girls Empowerment and Mentoring) Summer Arts Camp, conducted at the Women’s Park, 10251 Flagler St. in Miami, June 18Aug. 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., MondayFriday. The curriculum for this popular, innovative summer arts camp incorporates the Women’s Park vision of preserving and promoting the contributions of women to the Miami-Dade community and the arts. Classes and workshops for the 2012 GEM Summer Arts Camp include: Dance (modern jazz, lyrical, ballroom, and AfroCuban); Theater (improvisation, public speaking and acting); Music (instrumental and chorus); Visual Arts (painting, arts and crafts, fashion design, and textile arts); Literary Arts and Women’s Studies. Participants will receive professional mentoring and learn leadership skills to help them achieve their personal best. Field

trips to local museums, cultural events and arts festivals are included. “The transition from being a young girl to becoming a young woman in today’s world can be very challenging,” said Vivian Greer-Digon, GEM coordinator and manager. “Miami-Dade Parks’ GEM draws upon the arts as a tool for developing creativity and self-expression, encouraging girls to realize their potential and take steps toward achieving their dreams.” During the nine-week summer program campers will receive guidance and access to resources, as well as social and emotional support from GEM partnering mentors, which include professional women representatives from the Miami-Dade County School Board; Miami-Dade College InterAmerican Campus; Barry University, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. The cost for the camp is $75 per week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12 (includes early drop-off at 7:30 a.m. and late pickup until 6 p.m.) Class space is limited. To register for this program, call 305-480-1717.

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Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS There’s a new addition to the Mazda family — the all-new 2013 CX-5 compact crossover SUV. It’s the first vehicle to fully incorporate all of Mazda’s new wave-ofthe-future SKYACTIV technologies. Mazda claims the CX-5 delivers the best highway fuel economy of any SUV sold in North America at 35 mpg on the highway. The CX-5 replaces the Mazda Tribute as the smallest vehicle in the Mazda crossover lineup, which also includes the CX-7 and CX-9. The CX-5 is based on a new platform and includes new suspension, brakes and interior, and shares a new engine and transmission with the 2012 Mazda 3. SKYACTIV Technology is the new Mazda philosophy aimed at draining more power, torque and miles per gallon from a vehicle without sacrificing economy, design or safety. The CX-5 is the first Mazda global vehicle to receive all of the

SKYACTIV Technology components. Weighing just 3,208 pounds, the CX-5 is one of the lightest vehicles in the segment. The CX-5 wheelbase measures 106.3 inches, making it longer than the 2012 Honda CR-V and the 2013 Ford Escape. On the inside, it’s roomy and comfortable, and rear seating can accommodate three six-foot passengers. Cargo space is ample, especially with the triple-section split fold-flat rear seat in the down position. The instrument panel is stylish and functional and the gauges easy to read. The CX-5 is nicely finished, functionally laid out and offers such options as Bluetooth, a Bose sound system with HD radio, backup camera, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and blind-spot warning system. Under the hood, the CX-5 has Mazda’s newest powerplant, a high-compression 2liter four-cylinder engine that makes 155 hp and 150 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. Later this year, a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine will be available as an option. A six-speed manual transmission on front-drive versions yields EPA estimates of 26/33 mpg, while the six-speed automatic delivers 26/32 mpg. All-wheel drive is available only with the automatic and rates

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