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Fireworks again to fill the skies over Biltmore Hotel on July 4 BY ROSIE TOBALINA

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olorful fireworks once again will fill the night skies over Coral Gables on July 4. The City of Coral Gables, Bacardi USA Inc., the Biltmore Hotel, University of Miami and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, along with several other corporate sponsors, have joined to help bring back this much-loved city event. This year’s celebration will begin at 5 p.m. and will include a special concert by the Greater Miami Symphonic Band at 7 p.m., concessions, patriotic mascots,

Delegation from Coral Gables’ Sister City Cartagena visits

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

ALEXANDRA RIESCO

Cartagena, Colombia, Mayor Campo Elias Terán (right) receives the Key of the City from Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason (center) and Commissioner Maria Anderson.

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elegates from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, made an official visit to Coral Gables as part of the longtime Sister Cities relationship between the two municipalities, which is more than 50 years old. Cartagena Mayor Campo Elias Terán received the Key of the City from Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Commissioner Maria Anderson. The 17-member Colombian delegation

included members of the Chamber of Commerce of Cartagena, the Cartagena Branch of the American Chamber of Commerce, and other business representatives who traveled to discuss trade opportunities and open new commercial ventures. The city’s International Affairs Coordinating Council and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce also helped organize a reception for the delegation at the Coral Gables Museum and a trolley tour of the city. Cartagena was Coral Gables first Sister City, a relationship that was established in 1957.

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Coral Gables and City Hall get role on the big screen

Mark Wahlberg is pictured after jumping off the secondfloor balcony at City Hall.

BY ROSIE TOBALINA

Locals appreciate the unique character of the City Beautiful but now so will the rest of the world. Several scenes from the major motion picture Pain and Gain were filmed around Coral Gables, including City Hall. The film features actors Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Rockâ&#x20AC;? Johnson, Ed Harris from Apollo 13 and The Truman Show, and Tony Shalhoub from the television series Monk. Coral Gables was one of just a few loca-

tions hand-selected for filming. For several days City Hall was transformed into the Bank of the Bahamas. A Bahamian flea market was constructed just outside the historic landmark on Biltmore Way. Wahlberg and Shalhoub were on location for the filming which included explosions, a car crash and a daring escape. In the movie, which is based on a true story, actors Wahlberg and Johnson play Miami bodybuilders who get involved in extortion, kidnapping and murder. Pain and Gain will be in theaters sometime next year.


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Local restaurants step up support for non-profit organizations

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Local restaurants have been extremely generous and even those new to the area are stepping up. Crave’s new restaurant at the Village of Merrick Park conducted the first of many charitable outreach efforts with Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Mad Hatter Happy Hour on June 6 as part of the Crave Cares mission. The programs and initiatives of the Coral Gables Community Foundation will benefit from this kickoff for a month during which a percentage of the proceeds of items ordered from the Crave Cares menu will be donated to the Foundation. Among the many donning hats and enjoying hors d’oeuvres and drinks to kickoff this program were the Foundations’ executive director Andrea Handley; chairman Bill Bonn; former chair J e r ry Santeiro; board members Jason Neal and John Allen Jr., and Luba and Richard DeWitt. Marketing manager Christina Wa r d looks forward to sharing this same partnership with other community charities throughout the year and welcomes non-profits to contact her for information. As the founder of High Heels and Hand Shakes, a non-profit that supports several local and global char-

itable programs, Ward fits right in with Crave Restaurant’s commitment to giving back to the community. Also, giving back to the community, the Westin Colonnade has scheduled Thursday, July 26, for its annual Ice Cream Breakfast for Give Kids the World (GKTW), a nonprofit that provides a week-long vacation at GKTW Village in Orlando for children with life threatening illnesses and their entire family. On a recent visit to the Village, Westin general manager Mike Wurster and his wife, Katherine, served breakfast to the families and explained that kids can have anything they want to eat and that includes ice cream at every meal. Even if ice cream for breakfast is not on your list of preferred breakfast treats, Westin executive chef Thomas Russo promises a full buffet for guests for a morning of fun that will honor our men and women in uniform with a patriotic-themed affair. With children out of school, participating in this event can give them community service hours while having a good time for a worthy cause. Look for great deals with a silent auction, raffle and lots of door prizes as well. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will be directed to the charity. Charities interested in participating will receive $5 for every ticket they sell. To buy tickets, become a sponsor or receive more information, call Mike Wurster at 305569-6530. Yet another South Florida favorite, Joe’s Stone Crab in Miami Beach held a private “Claws for Kids” brunch on May 6. Close to

Pictured at Mad Hatter Happy Hour at Crave are former Coral Gables Community Foundation chair Jerry Santeiro with CGCF board members Jason Neal and John Allen.

Pictured at “Claws for Kids” fundraiser are (l-r) Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Boys and Girls Clubs Miami-Dade executive director; Olga Guilarte, Boys and Girls Clubs Miami-Dade chair; Rae Stein, “Claws for Kids” Committee; Judy Kramer, “Claws for Kids” Committee chair, and Susan Geiger, “Claws for Kids” Committee. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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300 guests gathered at Joe’s to help raise funds for the Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade’s new 11,000-square-foot state-of-theart South Beach location. A great success, the affair netted $32,500 for the cause while also offering supporters a chance to indulge in Joe’s great menu without the usual wait. Kudos to the “Claws for Kids” committee members: chair Judy Kramer; Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Board president Olga Guilarte; Irene Korge; Susan Geiger, and Rae Stein. Kramer was delighted to have topped their goal by almost $13,000 and was most grateful for the support from so many sponsors including the

“Claws for Kids” presenting sponsors, Carmen Rebozo Foundation and The Allen Morris Company. Finally, July 4 fireworks at The Biltmore are back this year. The event starts at 4 p.m. with live concert at 7 p.m. and fireworks show at 9 p.m. VIP area sponsorships are still available but going fast. Send email to <mcash@coralgables.com> or call 305-4605313 for more information. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <gloriagalburns@aol.com>.


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and a spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m. The July 4 Fireworks Celebration, one of the city’s most popular traditions, was last conducted in 2006. With the belief that coming together for special occasions serves to enrich our sense of community, Mayor Jim Cason and members of the commission asked staff to bring back the Independence Day favorite with the help of corporate sponsors. “The fireworks event brings the entire community together for a wonderful, patriotic, and fun-filled evening. We are thrilled to be co-hosting this event with the Biltmore Hotel, and Bacardi USA Inc., as a key sponsor,” Mayor Cason said. “As we’ve been bringing people together for 150 years, Bacardi is proud to be involved with this Independence Day event,” said Toby

Whitmoyer, vice president and brand managing director, rum category, at Bacardi USA Inc. “We jumped at the opportunity to bring back this popular celebration in our own backyard as part of our long-standing legacy and commitment to local community involvement and philanthropy.” Founded in Santiago de Cuba on Feb. 4, 1862, and family-owned for the past seven generations, Bacardi is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year with activities around the world honoring the world’s favorite rum brand. “We’re delighted to resume our role as a co-host with the city for Independence Day celebrations at the Biltmore and again illuminate our National Historic Landmark with a grand fireworks display,” said T. Gene Prescott, president of Seaway Hotels Corporation.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

JAKE MEKIN

CHANTELL De los REYES

Incoming Coral Gables High senior Alexandra Riesco is a member of Twenty Little Working Girls, a community service club that also raises money for charities. “I joined freshman year,” she said. “You can be nominated any year except senior year. We all have to bring in auction items and we all have to bring in ads. At the fashion show, everyone has to work it.” Riesco said they recently did a community service project at Baptist Children’s Home. “We did landscaping; we reorganized things; we helped them out with their houses,” she said. “We met the kids and played football with them.” Their big event is a fashion show during which they raise the bulk of the money they give to the charities. The girls also do collections at Christmas time and before Thanksgiving they have a drive. “I have friends there and we all do the community service together,” Riesco said. “My friend nominated me when we were going into freshman year. Her mom had been in it when she was younger and she was going to go into it after her sisters.” Riesco also volunteers at St. Hughes Catholic Church helping with CCD classes. At Gables, she is in the International Baccalaureate program. She’s the recording secretary for the National Honor Society and a member of Key Club. Riesco is most passionate about science. As a junior she took IB Biology and she was looking at taking physics or AP Environmental Science for her senior year, although she already has completed her science requirements. “I’m thinking about going into a pre-med program,” she said. “I think I want to do research.” Riesco keeps a busy schedule. She was co-captain of the soccer team this past school year. She has been on the varsity team since she was a freshman. “I’ve been playing since third grade,” she said. “Last year we won districts. This year we didn’t do as well.” She expects better things in 2013. “Next year we’re going to have a lot of seniors and a couple of juniors.”

The Breakthrough program is important to Coral Gables senior Jake Mekin. He started in Breakthrough as a student at Coral Way Elementary and still is counted as being in the program. But now he is helping other kids, preparing them for high school. As a volunteer, he has earned more than 700 community service hours volunteering two Saturdays a month and much of his summers. He began two summers ago as an intern. “I was one of the interns,” he said. “I would do office work like filing and setting up lunch.” Mekin said Breakthrough prepared him for what to expect the following year in school. “It also created bonds that have lasted,” he said. Breakthrough has a middle school program that starts the summer going into fifth grade. “The summer going into ninth grade, that’s when they start teaching them leadership and how to balance school life between classes and extracurricular activities,” Mekin said. “They teach how to get involved in clubs in your school and gain leadership.” After that, Breakthrough begins college prep, including a college tour. “Usually in the northeastern part of the country,” he said. “They chose the top 10 colleges in the area. Not only do we get a tour, we get to speak with an admissions officer.” Breakthrough also sends out a list with all the scholarships they have been able to find. Mekin went on the tour in 10th grade. He said they try to make sure every student gets to go. “They always have fundraisers for us,” he said. “The trip to Boston was $200 for seven days.” All the costs above that were paid for by the program. Mekin planned to spend this summer volunteering for Breakthrough. At Gables, he is president of Future Business Leaders of America and a district vice president of FBLA. “I have a team in entrepreneurship,” Mekin said. “We’ve won first place at the district level.” The next step was going to state. Mekin is an Interact board member and he is in the National Honor Society as well as the Class of 2013 treasurer.

Chantell De los Reyes, now a senior at Coral Gables High School, spent much of last year helping an elementary school girl prepare for the FCAT. De los Reyes said she helped the girl prepare for the both the writing test and the FCAT sections on reading and math. “Her teachers said they were really confident that she would do well because they saw improvement in her comfort and her writing,” De los Reyes said. “Her teacher gave me a lesson plan of the things she needed. She took practice tests.” The child attended Maya Angelou Elementary School. Her mom had asked for help and since De los Reyes needed community service hours and lived nearby, she took on the challenge. Last summer, De los Reyes worked with a different girl who needed to prepare for the next grade because she had difficulty reading. “We went to the library almost every day and we got books,” De los Reyes said. “She actually liked reading but she wasn’t reading the right books for her age. We worked on it little by little.” De los Reyes discovered that the child liked mysteries so they read those. “She told me, she’d been hearing about people reading these Harry Potter books and she seemed really interested,” De los Reyes said. De los Reyes has a long commute to Gables. She’s in Jackson High’s district, but transferred to Gables for the International Baccalaureate program. “My dad drops me off in the morning and in the afternoon I take the Metrorail,” she said. At school, De los Reyes is involved in the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate Honor Society. “For NHS we did the Light the Night, the leukemia walk,” she said. “For IBHS, there’s Bridge For Peace. Which is helping our sister school which this year is in Jamaica.” De los Reyes’ long-term goal is to become a pediatrician. “I can relate to a child needing help because I have to provide it for my siblings,” she said.

— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

ALEXANDRA RIESCO


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New Neighbors Club of South Dade to host UM president Donna Shalala BY KATHRYN SHEPARD

The New Neighbors Club of South Dade is honored to have Donna Shalala, president of the University of Maimi, as guest speaker on Wednesday July 11. She will share with the group “Things My Mother Taught Me.” A scholar, teacher, and administrator, Shalala personifies outstanding leadership and dedication to public service. Since becoming president in 2001, UM has solidified its position among top U.S. research universities and is now ranked 38th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Shalala received her AB degree in history from Western College for Women and her master’s and PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She served as president of Hunter College from 1980 to 1987 and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. Shalala served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter Administration, from 1977 to 1980. In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Shalala as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. During her eight-year tenure, she directed Welfare, FDA, and Medicare reform initiatives and dramatically expanded children’s health insurance coverage and immunization rates. Shalala continues to play a prominent role in efforts to improve healthcare on the national and international level. In 2007 she

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was appointed by President George W. Bush to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors. In June 2008, Shalala received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. The luncheon and program takes place at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr. Social time begins at 11 a.m. followed by the luncheon and program. Cost of this event is $25 and reservations are required. Deadline for reservations is 6 p.m., Thursday, July 5; contact Barbara Tracy at 305-275-4641 or send email to <tracy_Barbara@hotmail.com>.

Free admission for seniors and youth for Actors’ Playhouse musical in July BY ROSIE TOBALINA

Seniors and youth living in Coral Gables can reserve free tickets — on a first-come, first-served basis — for the musical Real Men Sing Show Tunes and Play with Puppets. The free admission is for the July 10 and July 11, 8 p.m., performances at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile. The free ticket offer is part of the new lease agreement between the City of Coral Gables and its tenant, Actors’ Playhouse, an idea proposed by city manager Pat Salerno. Residents (ages 60 and older and under 18 when accompanied by one parent) have to

come in person to the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., to be placed on a reservation list after showing proof of residency and age. Tickets will then be available at the Playhouse’s will-call window prior to each performance. ‘There is a limit of 50 free admissions for each performance, based on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are limited to two per household. Free admission for additional upcoming plays will be announced at later dates. For additional information, contact the City of Coral Gables Parks and Recreation Division at 305-460-5600.


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Rotarians’ Citizen of the Year honors go to Judge Leifman

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Ocwen Loan Servicing Choosing Principal Balance Reductions over Aggressive Foreclosure Defense By Ann Lino • Owe more than your home is worth? • Not paying your mortgage? • Facing Foreclosure? There may be good news if Ocwen Loan Servicing is handling your loan. Ocwen wants to show their bank clients that principal balance reductions produce better results than fighting through the morass of foreclosure litigation. “It’s about time,” said Bruce Jacobs, a former bank lawyer who now represents homeowners in foreclosure. “Since I started fighting foreclosures in 2008, banks consistently rejected the notion of reducing principal balances. They insisted the homeowner move out before they would begin to think to reduce the debt on an underwater mortgage.” Ocwen recently started the “Shared Appreciation Mortgage” program to settle with homeowners that are aggressively fighting their foreclosure in Court. These “SAM’s” reduce the principal balance of underwater mortgages to 95% of today’s fair market value. If the house goes up in value, the bank is entitled to a share of the profits when you sell.

Pictured at Coral Gables Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year presentation are (l-r) Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason; Pat Morris; Judge Steven Leifman, honoree; Deborah Swain, and Frank Sexton. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY GLORIA BURNS

Judge Steven Leifman was honored on June 7 by the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as the club’s Martin Hughes Coral Gables Rotary Citizen of the Year. The presentation was made at the club’s luncheon at the Country Club of Coral Gables. At the event, former Coral Gables Rotary president Frank Sexton, along with Rotarian Pat Morris, Leifman’s long time friend, had the honor of addressing the

crowd and helping Rotary president Deborah Swain and Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason present the award to the judge. On accepting the award, Judge Leifman, a 12-year Gables resident, remarked that he had no idea when he became a judge that would also become a gatekeeper to “the largest psychiatric facility in the state of Florida,” the MiamiDade Jail. That is a situation he has worked passionately and successfully to improve over the years.

“Many banks are still missing the critical documents needed to show the right to foreclose on underwater mortgages,” said Jacobs, who is also a foreclosure defense client. “I had five mortgages on two properties underwater by almost $500,000.00. I stopped paying and fought. Now I have one mortgage left on one property. It was originally with Countrywide Home Loans and I know they have problems with their paperwork. I wish Ocwen was handling my loan.” Jacobs is part of a national network of dedicated lawyers fighting back against Banks. They train at seminars in Las Vegas, Orlando, New York City and online to share resources and develop cutting edge foreclosure defense strategies. Many of the attorneys are former bank lawyers who, like Jacobs, fight for meaningful help for their clients. Jacobs has also lectured in real estate offices and at continuing legal education seminars for other attorneys. “There are reasons banks filed ‘robo-signed’ fraudulent documents in foreclosures all over the country. Many have serious paperwork problems which makes proving the right to foreclose in a courtroom difficult,” notes Jacobs. “The goal for most of my clients is either a meaningful loan modification with a principal balance reduction, forgiveness of the debt, or to fight to remove the mortgage from the property.”

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Miami Children’s Hospital hosts 26.2-hour Treadmill Marathon BY JEREMY KATZMAN

Miami Children’s Hospital gave “marathon” a whole new meaning. To begin the second annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5K (MCH5K) presented by TotalBank, Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation hosted a treadmill marathon in the hospital’s main lobby on Wednesday, June 6, through Thursday, June 7. But instead of going the standard marathon length of 26.2 miles, approximately 80 doctors, nurses, staff, patients and members of the community relayed for 26.2 hours (26 hours, 12 minutes). For a donation, each participant ran or walked a 20-minute leg, which totaled a distance of 102.5 miles, raising nearly $2,000 for the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH). Kyle Fernandez, 14, won a $75 gift certificate to SoleRunners for going 2.7 miles in 20 minutes, the longest distance of any participant. Dr. M. Narendra Kini, MCH president and CEO, started the festivities at 7 a.m. on Wednesday and Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, MCH Foundation president and CEO, concluded the relay at 9:12 a.m. on Thursday. “We are incredibly grateful to the individuals who came from near and far to support this event and help raise funds and awareness for our cause,” Morillo-Agnetti said. “We look forward to members of our surrounding community stepping up again in support of the children and families we serve by participating in our MCH5K.” The event served as an opportunity for runners and walkers to sign up for the second annual MCH5K presented by TotalBank on Saturday, Sept. 29. Runners and walkers can register for $30. Participants also can begin fundraising and create a team to make an even bigger difference in the lives of the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital. Runners and walkers will receive a custom

Gaby Dorta, 8, was the youngest participant in the treadmill marathon. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– dry-fit shirt, a commemorative medal, professional timing and access to the sponsors expo and health fair, post-event celebration and awards for top finishers. Additionally, students between the ages of 10 and 18 can participate for $20. Following the MCH5K, children ages 2-9 will have an opportunity to participate in a Kids Fun Race for $10. Kids receive a custom T-shirt, a commemorative medal, and access to the Kids Zone, sponsors expo and health fair, and postevent celebration. Sponsors of the treadmill marathon included TotalBank, Fitnessmith, SoleRunners, Vita Coco and Muscle Milk. To learn more about the Foundation and offer support, visit <www. mchf.org> or call 305-666-2889.


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Gulliver names Jeff Poppell as LATIN AMERICAN school’s head swimming coach BY LEE STEPHENS

at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel. Before moving to Arkansas, Poppell Gulliver Schools has appointed Jeff served as head swimming coach in Poppell, who led the Arkansas Razorbacks’ Jacksonville for the acclaimed Bolles women’s swimming and diving teams to School and Bolles Sharks swim programs. national success, as its new aquatics direc- Under his leadership, the Bolles School took state and national titles. In 2005, tor and head varsity swimming coach. Poppell was named the “We welcome Jeff to Florida High School Boy’s our school and are very Coach of the Year. In 2004, excited about the he was named the National prospects for our swim High School Girl’s Coach team in having such an of the Year. accomplished coach “I am very excited about working with them,” said returning to Florida and the John Krutulis, Gulliver opportunity to lead the high head of school. school and club swimming Poppell will be moving programs at Gulliver to Miami from Schools. Having spent 13 Fayetteville, AR, where successful years with the he was head women’s Bolles School and Bolles swimming and diving Sharks in Jacksonville, I coach at the University of am very familiar with the Arkansas for the past six college preparatory school years. Under Poppell’s environment and the comleadership the team has Jeff Poppell bined affiliation with a ranked in the Top 25 year-round USA swimming nationally for the past four seasons. He coached the program to a fifth club,” Poppell said. “Gulliver is a phenomenal school with place finish at the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championships, the highest great leadership and possesses one of the finish in the team’s history. The school has most beautiful outdoor 50-meter aquatic 10 student-athletes qualified to compete in facilities that I have seen. There is great potential to build a nationally competitive this summer’s U.S. Olympic Trials. “Jeff was able to put the University of program at Gulliver, and I am thrilled with Arkansas women’s swimming and diving both the opportunity and the challenge,” team on the map,” said Mark Schusterman, Poppell added. A Jacksonville native, Poppell holds a Gulliver’s director of athletics and head softball coach. “His knowledge and experi- Bachelor of Business Administration in ence will bring tremendous benefits to our management from the University of Georgia. He was a four-year letter winner swimming team.” From 2009 to 2011, Poppell received the in swimming and team captain for the American Swimming Coaches Association Georgia Bulldogs and a two-time NCAA Certificate of Excellence, and in 2009 he Qualifier, Academic All-SEC, and was the head women’s coach for Team USA Honorable Mention All-SEC.

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South Florida Writers Assn. installs new board members

Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner is pictured with newly installed board members of the South Florida Writers Association, which conducted its installation recently at the Pinecrest Branch Library. Pictured are (l-r, front row) president Ricki Dorn, Dorothy Danaher White, Mayor Lerner, Margaret McLaughlin, Evelyn Benson; (back row) Mort Laitner, Chris White, Estefania Jaramillo, Jonathan Rose, Connie Goodman-Milone, Don Daniels, Tara Lynn Brugh, Teresa Bendana, and Lynn MacKinnon. (Photo by David Milone)


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Former patients say ‘thank you’ at Critical Care Champions Dinner

Former patient Leon Carangi (center) receives a warm “hello” from his nurse Erika Gonzalez, RN, (left) at the Critical Care Champions Dinner held recently at Baptist Hospital. Carangi and fiancé, Vickie Rudasill, joined other former critical care patients at the special dinner to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for them during their long hospital stay. Carangi spent 57 days in the Critical Care Unit for a bacterial infection in his lungs. (Photo by Mabel Rodriguez)


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Children’s Rehab Network for medically fragile child BY NANCY EAGLETON

Since 1991, Children’s Rehab Network has provided care for children whose medical conditions require continuous nursing, education and therapeutic care. At the two Pediatric Prescribed Extended Care (PPEC) centers, located in South Miami and Miami Gardens, the multidisciplinary team provides children with an enriching schedule that includes pediatric rehabilitation, special education, medical care and socialization. The nurturing environment is less restrictive than hospitalization or home healthcare and gives parents peace of mind while they are at work, school or caring for other family members. “Our centers focus on the psychological, developmental, physical, nutritional, educational and social needs of medically fragile and technologically dependent children,” said Kellie Brannon, director of therapy. “Children are evaluated and a plan of care is developed that places the child and their family at the heart of the program, and successfully addresses every aspect of the child’s development.” The staff is comprised of experts in a variety of fields including pediatric subspecialists, psychologists, registered dieticians, social workers and the centers’ own teams of nurses, therapists and teachers. The Children’s Rehab Network staff has been acknowledged in various publications and the directors have won awards in their fields. To qualify for PPEC, children, ages newborn to 21, must be considered medically fragile and require nursing intervention. In addition, the child’s physician must prescribe the services in order for the child to attend. Qualifying medical conditions may include premature babies, babies with failure to thrive, babies with spina bifida, children with asthma who require respiratory therapy, children who require seizure control, or those awaiting organ transplants. Because every child’s needs are different, each child’s daily schedule is customized to maximize his or her development. Children’s Rehab Services’ pediatric rehabilitation programs provide physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Nurses conduct daily assessments, administer medication and provide wound care, ventilator/tracheostomy care, central line care, feeding therapy and other medically necessary treatments. “We work as a team with the family and

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the child’s pediatrician to help stabilize and improve a medically fragile child’s condition. Daily communication is key,” Brannon said. “Our goal is for these children to go on to regular daycare, or public or private schools, as their medical conditions improve.” The special education teachers at Children’s Rehab Network work to promote each child’s self-acceptance and teach children methods to cope with his or her own reality. In addition, teachers from Miami-Dade County Public Schools provide stimulating educational activities directly at the center. “Children learn at their own pace in a motivating environment, surrounded by caring people and other children. They also have fun — as all kids should,” Brannon said. “This educational and social component is not traditionally found in home healthcare settings or hospitals.” Services at Children’s Rehab Network are provided Monday through Friday, up to 12 hours per day. The centers offer transportation for the children to and from their homes, with Emergency Medical Technicians onboard every van. The two Children’s Rehab Network locations are at 5920 SW 68 St., South Miami, 305-665-0886, and 2727 NW 167 St., Miami Gardens, 305-622-7575. For more information, visit online at <www.crnppec.org>.

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FPL CORNER Investing in Florida’s Future: Rate increase will fuel future investments

By Marlene Santos The value of affordable, reliable, clean electricity can be taken for granted, but is undeniable. In fact, Florida Power & Light Company powers all the needs of a typical family for just a few dollars a day. In other words, for what it costs you to buy a latte or a slice of pizza, you can run your air conditioning, lights, refrigerator, TV, pool pump, computers and everything else in your home for an entire day. And while the costs of many essential products and services have skyrocketed in recent years, FPL’s bills have actually decreased. Compared with prices in 2006, food and health care costs today are at least 20 percent higher while a gallon of gasoline is more than 40 percent higher. Meanwhile, FPL’s typical residential customer bill is about 13 percent lower over the same time period. It’s no accident that FPL customers have the lowest typical residential electric bill out of the state’s 55 utilities and reliability that is among the best in the country. It’s happened because we’ve invested in smart, cost-efficient technologies and worked hard to keep our operating costs down, year after year. How do FPL’s investments benefit customers? Here’s an example: FPL’s investments in converting its oil-fired power plants to natural gas facilities have cut our annual use of foreign oil from more than 40 million barrels in 2001 down to less than 600,000 this year. Every dollar FPL saves on fuel is a dollar that customers don’t have to pay, and these investments have saved our customers $5.5 billion in fuel costs since 2001. To support our ability to deliver low bills and high reliability in the years ahead, FPL is asking the Florida Public Service Commission to adjust our base rates. We’re asking for an increase of $7.09 a month on a typical residential customer bill, or about 23 cents a day. After adjusting for lower fuel prices, lower fuel usage and other adjustments, the net increase is projected to be $1.41 a month, or about a nickel a day. Even with this increase, FPL expects its bill to remain the lowest in the state and well below the national average. So what will the increase pay for? First is a new Clean Energy Center at Cape Canaveral. FPL will have spent about $1 billion on this facility when it goes into service in June 2013. Over the plant’s 30year operational life, it more than pays for itself primarily due to fuel savings estimated at more than $1 billion. Second is the impact of the accelerated amortization of so-called surplus depreciation, which was ordered by the Commission in 2010. While this provided a temporary way to avoid a base rate increase at that time, the surplus depreciation essentially runs out in 2013. Third, we anticipate adding 100,000 new customer accounts that we have a duty to serve, so our request includes the costs of the infrastructure, such as poles and wires, needed to serve them. Our request also includes an adjustment to our return on equity or ROE. Our current rates are based on an authorized ROE midpoint of 10-percent, which is the lowest of Florida’s investor-owned utilities and in the bottom third of the country -- despite providing customers with the lowest typical residential bills in the state and reliability that’s among the best in the country. We are asking for an allowed ROE midpoint of 11.25 percent and a performance incentive of 0.25 percent that would be allowed only if we maintain Florida’s lowest typical residential bill. We think having the lowest bill in the state matters to our customers. An appropriate ROE is crucial to our ability to finance the billions of dollars in improvements that keep reliability high and bills low, and that create thousands of jobs throughout South Florida. On average over the past five years, our capital investments have far exceeded our profit. In fact, FPL is the biggest investor in Florida, with plans to invest roughly $15 billion over the period 2010 through 2014. As a South Florida resident and an FPL customer myself, I know there is never a good time for rates to go up. My fellow employees and I have worked hard to minimize the required increase, and we’re committed to working equally hard to continue providing you with exceptional value for years to come. Marlene Santos is vice president of customer service for Florida Power & Light Co.

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Baptist Health hospitals score a perfect ‘A’ in safety survey BY NANCY EAGLETON

Baptist Health South Florida hospitals — across the board — scored a perfect “A” in the first-ever report card on patient safety issued by the Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing full public disclosure of hospital performance. Baptist Health was the only multi-hospital system in Miami-Dade County to receive all A’s. Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital and Homestead Hospital were included in the survey. West Kendall Baptist Hospital opened in 2011 and is too new to be included, while Mariner’s Hospital and other critical access hospitals were not eligible for the survey. “This is an excellent independent verification of the quality of care at Baptist Health South Florida hospitals,” said Brian E. Keeley, Baptist’s president and CEO. “All members of the staffs are to be congratulated for their unceasing dedication to patient care and safety and to making the right decisions for patients.” Hospitals across the United States were

given grades of A, B, C, D or F based on 26 measures of hospital performance that included infection rates, medication mixups, injuries and other preventable problems, some of which could be fatal. Hospitals were graded using publicly available data and hospital reports. Of the 2,652 hospitals graded, 729 received an A, 679 were graded a B and 1,243 earned a C or below. The Leapfrog Group gave A grades to nine Miami-Dade hospitals, B’s to two hospitals, C’s to four hospitals and D or F grades to five others. The Leapfrog Group is an independent watchdog run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits that strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the United States by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives. To see how other hospitals in the state scored, visit HospitalSafetyScore.org. Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. For more information, visit <www.BaptistHealth.org>.


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Clearwater Pools and Patio takes care of hundreds of pools in Miami and is one of the area’s largest pool servicing companies. After more than 15 years of servicing, repairing and renovating pools and patios, the Clearwater team now is providing new pool and patio construction. Owner Ken Manheimer launched the new division of his growing company in 2010, and offers clients high-quality construction and finishes and top-notch customer service. Years of restoring and repairing pools have enabled Manheimer and his skilled construction team to see mistakes made during the original build-out of a pool, and make improvements to the design and construction process. “We don’t just build to code; we exceed code,” Manheimer said. “We have improved the quality of pool shell construction and the sealing process, so clients won’t have those common problems we often repair.” He educates his customers on the many pool and patio design and materials choices. “I’m not a salesman. My job is to educate my clients on all of their options, so they can make a decision that best fits their needs and budget,” he said. Manheimer not only collaborates with clients to meet their design needs, but also works with them to meet their scheduling needs and ensure a less disruptive construction process. Clearwater Pools and Patio offers homeowners all of today’s popular design fea-

tures, including water features, benches, tanning ledges, beach entries, step-downs, colored lights and more. The Clearwater team knows that the pool area is an extension of the home, and must be functional as well as visually appealing. “Pools are not just for swimming anymore,” Manheimer said. “People want to enjoy their pool even when they don’t have a bathing suit on. They want to dip their toes or step in, cool off at the water’s edge, lounge and entertain friends and family.” Clearwater Pools and Patio offers customers a variety of pool and patio surfaces, and tile and coping choices at price points to fit every budget. Manheimer does not work exclusively with any vendor, and said he always is looking for new materials to provide customers with the newest design options. To “go green” and save on energy costs, Manheimer recommends variable speed pool pumps as well as other environmentally friendly pool equipment and features. Practicing what he preaches, his company “goes green” by using post-recycled products when available, recycling at the office and conforming to more fuel-efficient vehicles. “We offer our customers a fresh approach in pool service, renovation and construction,” Manheimer said. “Good communication, education and excellent service are key. My clients always have my phone number.” For more information on Clearwater Pools and Patio, located at 12308 SW 117 Ct., call 305-278-9395 or visit online at <www.clearwatermiami.com>.


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Expanding world-class healthcare at Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute BY RAQUEL GARCIA

When Dr. Barry Katzen’s mother had a stroke 20 years ago, the use of blot clot dissolving drugs for the brain was in its infancy. Already a practicing physician at the time, he and his colleagues attempted an aggressive treatment to save her life but did not prevail. It was at that point that Dr. Katzen determined there had to be a better way to treat cardiac and vascular patientsm Miami native and medical director of the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute (BCVI), Katzen recently addressed an attentive audience during an informational forum at the home of Monica and Hector Betancourt in Coral Gables. Hosted by Baptist Health Foundation Founders Society members Karel and George Foti, the event was an opportunity to educate the community about the $60 million expansion project BCVI launched last fall. “There was early interest in using clot busters when my mother had a stroke but very little familiarity,” Katzen said. “So I wound up treating her with my colleagues to try to do something which ultimately wasn’t successful. But I determined at that point we are going to have a stroke program here that is innovative and will save lives.” Although even as a kid growing up in his

Miami Beach neighborhood Katzen knew he wanted to become a doctor, his mother’s case and also that of his father who passed away in his 50s as a result of cardio vascular disease, helped drive his dedication to the improved treatment of cardio and vascular disease. Since founding the Baptist Cardiac and Vascular Institute in 1987, Katzen has been a pioneer for improved treatment of heart disease, stroke, and related circulatory issues. “When the institute was founded in 1987, it was extremely unique to integrate care around the entire body,” Katzen said. “At the time, stroke, heart disease, and kidney problems were treated separately. Everyone was treating the same problem, just in different parts of the body. Because heart attack and limb loss and diabetes are very much related and dependent on the circulatory system, integrated treatment (such as ours) has now become standard practice.” Katzen enjoys being on the cutting edge of new treatments and innovation in healthcare. “BCVI has become internationally recognized as one of the top 10 cardiac and vascular programs in the United States. We recently noted our 1,000th treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms. The first patient we treated was probably the fifth case in the country,” Katzen said. “Back in the early ’90s, if a patient had an aneurysm that was about to burst they would

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be in the hospital for about 10 days and it would take three to four months to be back to normal. Today a patient with the same disease leaves the hospital in 24 to 48 hours and is back to work in a week or 10 days.” The expansion campaign for the BCVI was launched officially with a sold out Celine Dion concert at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Dec. 16, 2011 that raised $6 million towards the expansion. Dion credits Katzen and the BCVI Institute for performing a cardiac procedure that saved her husband Rene Angelil’s life. With the sophistication of arts and culture in South Florida in the past 20 years, Katzen said medicine has similarly advanced and grown in sophistication. “It was our intention to become a world class facility back in 1987 and that is what we are trying to do — provide the best quality care as well as drive innovation through clinical research,” Katzen said. “As we look ahead to celebrate our 25th anniversary we are continuing to develop patient care around the hardening of the arteries. This affects the heart and the legs and the brain and creates a lot of death and disability in all of us. These kinds of dramatic changes and less invasive cardiac and vascular care extend the lives of patients in a simpler way.”


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Bob Reynolds cited for 25 years as Certified Insurance Counselor BY JESSE SCHECKNER

Robert (Bob) Reynolds recently received national recognition for being a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) for more than 25 years and was given a plaque marking the accomplishment. To earn the designation of CIC, an insurance agent must pass five tough essay exams that cover the specific insurance disciplines of life and health, commercial property, personal insurance, commercial casualty and agency management. Each exam is preceded by a three-day course, each focusing on the deepest elements of insurance coverage, policy contracts and their application in the field. “Bob’s ongoing allegiance to and support of the CIC Program is a testament to the value he places on ‘real world’ insurance education and client satisfaction,” Dr. William Hold, president of the society of CIC, said during the award ceremony. “His clients, colleagues and the insurance profession as a whole benefit greatly from his dedication.” In 2000, Reynolds was named Agent of the Year by the Society of Certified Professional Insurance Agents. He is the only Floridian to ever receive the designation. “I guess you could say the insurance business is in my blood,” Reynolds said. “It’s what I always wanted to do.” His grandfather, E.H. Reynolds, entered the insurance field in 1910 and authored Florida’s first worker’s compensation law while working for Florida Power and Light. He founded E.H. Reynolds & Son in 1950. Douglas Reynolds, Bob’s father, took over the business in 1957 and merged with fellow insurer Edwin Morris a year later, renaming the company Morris & Reynolds Insurance. Morris retired and sold his interest to the Reynolds family in 1979, although they kept the name. During his successful career, Douglas Reynolds served as president of the Miami Insurance Board and was awarded the Society of Professional Insurance Agents’ lifetime achievement award. After earning his initial degree at Florida State University, Bob entered the family business in 1983 while continuing his studies at the University of Miami. “Going to Miami was a natural choice for me since I’d grown up a fan, as well as the fact that my father graduated from the U,” Reynolds said. “In fact, many of my

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insurance and finance professors were the same ones my father had enjoyed three decades earlier.” He has since taken over the business, its main office located at 14821 S. Dixie Hwy. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to becoming a licensed CIC, Bob has earned many titles including Certified Professional Insurance Agent. He is an associate in automation management, in insurance services and in underwriting. Morris & Reynolds is very active in the community, supporting numerous local and national foundations that include the American Cancer Society, the ALS Foundation of Florida, Breakthrough Miami and the Humane Society of South Florida. Of all his accomplishments, Reynolds cites his family as his greatest accomplishment. “My life’s biggest passion is my wife and partner Julianne and our two children,” he said. “By far, they are my greatest award.” For more information, go to <www.morrisandreynolds.com>, call 305-238-1000 or send email to <bob@morrisandreynolds.com>.


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Locally made film on school violence released on DVD BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Hidden Rage — a locally made independent film that takes on the issues of bullying, school violence and teen suicide by dramatically depicting the warning signs that parents, school officials and fellow students often ignore — will soon be available to a national audience. The DVD version of the movie, its story seems ripped from television news reports, will be out on July 17 in stores and online sellers as diverse as Walmart, Amazon.com, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Netflix, Christianbook.com, Kmart.com and others. Director/producer Norton O. Rodriguez said that the video version of the film is the culmination of years of effort. “We are very excited about our The DVD cover for Hidden Rage national release of Hidden Rage –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– on DVD,” Rodriguez said. “The movie took more than seven years guard Tony, and Kelly (Prodigal Son) to be produced, from script to screen. It Williams as a security guard/rapper who took three years of research after the brings comedy to the film. Columbine Massacre incident. “Dani Jordana Berkowitz as Rebecca “We felt bullying and school shootings and Rafaella Biscayn-Debest as Sophia would become a problem, only we never did a great job in bringing the female imagined it would become an international point of view to the issue of bullying, epidemic,” he added. “And we are thankful including cyber-bullying,” Rodriguez that it will reach a larger audience because added. “And having a producer like we believe the film also shows the solu- Mario Ortiz, who also produced our film tions available to get rid of bullying and Libertad (Freedom) in 1997 was a great help in producing Hidden Rage’s most school shootings.” Written by Alejandro Leyva and Robert complicated special effects and action A. Kramer, the movie was filmed in several scenes in the movie.” Actor Roberto Escobar not only played a South Florida schools with many real students as extras, the independent production key role, he also co-produced the film and by faith-based The God of Moses worked as co-director as well, according to Entertainment used a cast of solid profes- Rodriguez, who said that all of them are sional actors for pivotal roles but also some serious about getting out the message. “We believed the movie was important newcomers. The film’s compelling message also attracted a number of volunteers who to produce because the statistics are alarmdonated their time and effort, including for- ing, when you see so many young children mer South Miami Mayor Horace Feliu and being bullied,” Rodriguez said. “Hidden Rage is still timely because too many kids former Florida State Rep. Julio Robaina. “We believe Hidden Rage has been a suc- are still living in depression while many cessful film thanks to the amazing cast and others are committing suicide. There’s got crew that we were blessed to work with,” to be something wrong somewhere. Rodriguez said. “A cast and crew who Everyday there is more lack of love and worked hard and believed in the vision of the lack of God in our homes and in our film from day one. Our main actor, Aaron schools. Hidden Rage is geared to be a Goldenberg, is an amazing up-and-coming light in the midst of darkness and a warnactor who is very talented, and did a fantas- ing sign in such a time as this.” The movie is distributed by House tic job in portraying Joshua in the film.” Rodriguez also praised as “amazing” Lights Media. The trailer can be seen on actors Eric Nelson, who plays the security <www.youtube.com>.

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City Furniture reopens newly transformed Dadeland store BY LINDA LEWIS

Revealing the eye-popping results of a $3.5 million “extreme makeover,” City Furniture has opened the first of five stores in its tri-county expansion — the newly transformed Dadeland area showroom at 9255 S. Dixie Hwy. in Pinecrest. With business on the upswing as the economy improves, City Furniture president Keith Koenig said South Florida’s top-selling furniture retailer is launching construction of additional stores to dramatically increase sales in proven locations. Construction was scheduled to begin for stores in Cutler Bay and Oakland Park. The company added 25 permanent jobs in connection with the Dadeland store and plans to add about 60 more firm wide by early 2013, Koenig said. The expansion in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties also is creating work for several hundred in the construction trades. City Furniture’s highest performing location per square foot, the Dadeland store has nearly doubled in size with addition of a second floor. The 28,556-square-foot showroom is one of the nation’s greenest furniture stores and brings City Furniture’s upscale “next generation” store design into sharp focus for consumers. When Koenig and his

late brother Kevin, the company’s founder, built the store as a Waterbed City in 1992, the location’s potential was clear. “Kevin had the idea of building a structure tall enough to eventually have a second floor, which would require a zoning variance,” Keith Koenig said. “As Waterbed City until 1994, and then as a full-line City Furniture store, the location has been outstanding.” The zoning variance was approved in 2010, and transformation moved ahead within the existing building’s envelope. “Thanks to Kevin’s vision, we could expand on land purchased 20 years ago, instead of having to sell and find a new location,” Koenig said. “Consumers’ tastes and expectations are changing faster than ever, and our next generation design reflects that reality,” Koenig explained. “Today’s customers want a shopping experience that inspires their imagination, delivers outstanding quality for the price — and reflects a company’s lasting values. They research first online and expect a ‘wow’ factor when they invest time to visit a store.” To meet those expectations, City Furniture is reinventing its store environments and introduced a new website this spring. The firm’s next generation store design is decidedly upscale, with high-fashion displays and museum-quality finishes. While City

Focal point for City Furniture’s Dadeland showroom is a dramatic 27-foothigh central atrium.

Furniture’s exceptional value for the price and same-day delivery are unchanged, the new store design features a host of innovative energy efficient features. Each store in the expansion is being built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council — a natural extension of City Furniture’s corporate values and sustainable practices. Nationwide, only a handful of furniture stores have achieved LEED certification. At the Dadeland store just completed by Stiles Construction, second-floor balconies overlook a dramatic 27-foot-high central atrium. Adding eye appeal are richly textured “green” materials such as a solid cherry Hitchcock panel wall made with reclaimed wood, and natural stone feature walls with recycled Italian stone. Energy- and water-saving features range from interior and exterior LED lighting and a super high efficiency HVAC system, to drip irrigation and environmentally sound paints,

coatings, adhesives, carpet and flooring. Plantings of mature palms and other native foliage buffer and beautify the view from neighboring homes. At each new South Florida location, Koenig’s team is building on the success of the company’s City Furniture/Ashley Furniture HomeStore superstore concept. City Furniture is the Ashley Furniture HomeStore licensee in Southeast and Southwest Florida and has had strong results by offering the two brands in adjoining stores in Boca Raton, Stuart, Wellington, Fort Myers and Naples. Koenig expects the new Cutler Bay City Furniture store to be completed in spring 2013, and Stiles Construction will then renovate and connect the existing City Furniture store on the property at SW 187th Street as an adjacent Ashley Furniture HomeStore. The furniture retailer operates 14 City Furniture and nine Ashley Furniture HomeStore locations in Southeast and Southwest Florida. For information visit <www.cityfurniture.com>.


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Local bakery bringing unique dessert concept to Kendall BY RYAN JONES

One-of-a-kind Nothing Bundt Cakes — bakeries specializing in nostalgic yet refreshingly modern Bundt cakes — is spreading its wholesome goodness to the Kendall area. The newest bakery, the company’s milestone 50th store, is located at 12030 N. Kendall Dr. in Kendallgate Shopping Center. The bakery will host several grand opening activities on Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30. Nothing Bundt Cakes reintroduces an old family favorite, the Bundt cake, with a light moist taste and fresh, clean look that appeals to all ages. Each cake features custom concept cake decorations that are smart, contemporary and fun to enhance any occasion large or small. Nothing Bundt Cakes offers customers a wide range of cake flavors and sizes, from Bundtinis — single serving cakes — to larger Bundts that serve up to 18 people, and tiered cakes that serve up to 26 people. Grand opening celebrations include: Friday, June 29, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., 20 percent of all proceeds will benefit Camillus House. Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m., free Bundtlets for a year for first 50 customers with purchase; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., family fun event featuring balloon twisting, face painting and

yummy cakes for the whole family. “I hope these cakes will become a part of everyone’s lives, whether as a personal indulgence, a special gift or as a centerpiece during any gathering or special occasion,” said Monica Sicre Reckert, Nothing Bundt Cakes local bakery owner. “We are excited to become a part of this community and partner with local community organizations, such as Camillus House, furthering our commitment and dedication to the community in which we live and work.” Made fresh daily using only the freshest ingredients available, Nothing Bundt Cakes combines great taste and creative presentations that appeal not only to taste buds but to all five senses. Customers are greeted by the smell of freshly baked cakes the minute they cross the store threshold. A soothing yet warm color palette meets the eye with whimsical furniture and hand-painted signage reminiscent of yesteryear but with a clean, fresh approach. The Nothing Bundt Cakes staff instantly makes customers feel right at home with a friendly welcome. Phone and Internet orders also are available for customers’ convenience. “We’ve learned that Bundt cakes quickly become a memorable part of families’ traditions, so we are looking forward to introduc-

The Bundt cake is coming to Kendall. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ing this delicious concept to everyone in the headquartered in Las Vegas, NV. Nothing Miami area,” said Dena Tripp, co-founder of Bundt Cakes is one of the nation’s few bakNothing Bundt Cakes. “Our franchisees are ery/retail locations committed to the baking of not only an integral part of our growth strat- Bundt cakes. The bakery specializes in offeregy, but they are also an integral part of con- ing celebration solutions for moments that necting to the community through the love of matter and always enhancing their customers’ the handmade Bundt cake. We look forward celebrations. This bakery’s opening makes a to a successful partnership and becoming total of 50 bakeries across 12 states. part of this city.” For more information, please visit Founded in 1997, Nothing Bundt Cakes is <www.nothingbundtcakes.com>.


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Wells Fargo volunteers help fix up home of Richmond Heights widow

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BY DONNA FALES

Mary Chandler, 62, who recently became a widow, welcomed 14 Wells Fargo volunteers who painted her house and cleaned up her yard on Saturday, June 16. “We appreciate your assistance in making our home a safe and healthy environment again,” Chandler said. James Chandler and Mary were married 35 years and had lived in their Richmond Heights home for 35 years. Sadly, Mr. Chandler did not live to see the completed home repairs and freshly painted home as he passed away recently at age 75. Mrs. Chandler works for Baptist Hospital, a job that she has held for 41 years. Her husband was a retired Miami-Dade County Public School teacher and later a cook until forced to stop working because of illness. Mrs. Chandler was surrounded by family members — Teresa Brown, Ned Roberts, Alexis Brown and Pearly Richardson and her 87-year-old mother, Barbara Richardson. All but Ms. Chandler and Ms. Richardson joined in the workday.

Wells Fargo Housing Foundation awarded Rebuilding Together Miami a $10,000 grant to fix up the Chandler home. Home repairs included replacing fascia board and screening; hanging new ceiling fans; redoing the bathrooms with a new tub and toilets and installing handicap bars; repairing a wall leak; ceiling repairs; tenting for termites; cleaning the A/C coil and replacing carpet with a tile floor. Kelli Schweitzer of Wells Fargo brought her husband and son along so the workday might be a family activity. She believes in giving back to the community and helping those in need. “I did not think that we would finish painting the house, but look at it now. It looks great!” The Chandler family members provided lunch for the volunteers as their way of saying “thank you!” For more information about Rebuilding Together Miami, visit <www.rebuildingtogethermiami.org>. For more information about the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, visit <www.wellsfargo.com>.


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Real Men Sing Show Tunes…and play with puppets BY BROOKE NOBLE

Actors’ Playhouse will cap off the 201112 Mainstage Season with the world premiere of Real Men Sing Show Tunes...and play with puppets, with book, music and lyrics by Paul Louis and Nick Santa Maria. A song-filled comedy for mature audiences, about real men behaving like real men, this manly musical revue will hit the Miracle Theatre from July 11 to Aug. 12. A hilarious romp through manhood, Real Men Sing Show Tunes…and play with puppets offers an inside glimpse of what it takes to be a man in a modern world shared with women, children, and yes, even puppets. The story of Real Men, who make a habit of juggling their balls every day; fatherhood, mid-life crisis, dating, marriage, potency, sexuality, and the lack of it. Men will finally have a musical comedy that speaks to them, while their ladies can gather some comedic material to use against them. Although puppetry is featured in this production, this risqué and witty musical is not suitable for children…only the childish and immature. “After years of working on new shows featuring ‘today’s women,’ it’s been a blast turning the tables and having fun with life, love, marriage, etc., from the guy’s point of view,” said artistic director David Arisco. “Nick and Paul are tremendously talented comedic writers, and this brand new show will have both men and women laughing at the results.” Arisco has worked closely with the playwrights throughout the past year developing this new work through a series of public and private readings. The playwrights also will be working closely on the production, with Paul Louis and Nick Santa Maria starring in the show. Louis began writing musicals in his high school days in Queens, NY. As a young adult, he began to write original puppet musicals, eventually becoming the resident

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director/ writer/ composer of children’s theater for the Shores Performing Arts Theater in Miami Shores. Louis created and wrote all the scripts and songs for 14 episodes of his former nationally syndicated children’s puppet TV series, Jelly Bean Jungle (praised by President Bill Clinton as “high quality children’s programming” and winner of an award of excellence by the Film Advisory Board). It was on Jelly Bean Jungle where he began to collaborate on other projects with fellow puppeteer, and now his writing partner, Nick Santa Maria. Together, the team created Blip and Blab, Language Explorers, an internationally seen series for teaching English as a second language.

Louis has written the book, music and lyrics to more than 50 children’s musicals, which have been produced in professional theaters throughout the USA. He also has been a contributing songwriter for the adult musical comedy dinner theater, “Laffing Matterz,” in Fort Lauderdale. Santa Maria began writing scripts and songs when he was 14 years old for films he and his cronies made after school, and on weekends. He also wrote material and songs for his first nightclub act at 15 years of age. As a member of the fondly remembered Miami Comedy Improvisation Group, “Mental Floss,” he honed his writing skills and became the resident songsmith. Santa Maria contributed songs and sketches for the Off-Broadway hit, Secrets

Every Smart Traveler Should Know, and also has written and composed special material for several artists. Santa Maria has just published his first book, Comedy Crazy: 60 Essays About Comedians from the Golden Age. Actor Stephen G. Anthony will join Louis and Santa Maria on stage. Anthony is well known in South Florida for his Carbonell-winning portrayals of Man #2 in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, and Tom/Phyllis/Leslie in Sylvia. Since that time, Anthony made his Broadway debut as Hoss (the bass player) in the award winning, critically acclaimed Hank Williams: Lost Highway. Most recently, he has appeared alongside Sharon Gless in A Round-Heeled Woman at GablesStage, the Carbonell-nominated play August: Osage County at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, and Death and the Maiden at The Mosaic Theatre. Preview performances of Real Men Sing Show Tunes…and play with puppets will be Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 and 12, at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, July 13, at 8 p.m., and play through Aug. 12. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $35. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $40, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $48. The theater offers a 10 percent senior discount rate the day of performance and $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability and exclude Saturday and Sunday. Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through the group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305444-9293 or online at <www.actorsplayhouse.org>.


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Miami Foundation gives over $1M to local non-profit organizations BY JEANMARIE FERRARA

The Miami Foundation awarded more than $1 million to 62 local nonprofit organizations at its Bridging Generosity, Leadership and Grant-making luncheon on June 11. The Foundation’s signature Community Grants program invests in organizations and programs that share a vision of a greater Miami. These organizations represent the depth and breadth of innovation and services offered across the county, such as investing in Miami kids to become airline pilots; providing basic healthcare to those most in need, and supporting arts, culture and education. “These grants are made possible by philanthropists who have entrusted their charitable dollars and legacies to the Miami Foundation,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of the Miami Foundation. “They created their family’s foundation with us and will forever help those in our community who are most in need and meet Miami’s emerging needs in ways the donor never envisioned.” A panel that included community leaders reviewed more than 300 proposals that strive to build a greater Miami. The recipients represent a broad spectrum of community organizations that work to improve the quality of life in Miami-Dade County. Previous Community Grants recipients — Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, City Year Miami and Voices for Children — were featured at the Bridging Generosity, Leadership and Grant-making luncheon. Organizations that are recipients of this year’s Community Grants were invited to the luncheon along with community leaders and philanthropists. THE 2012 COMMUNITY GRANTS RECIPIENTS INCLUDE: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, $20,000; American Cancer Society, $20,000; American Red Cross South Florida Region, $15,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, $10,000; Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Inc., $15,000; Breakthrough Miami Inc. (Miami, Coconut Grove, Miami Shores, Palmetto Bay), $20,000; Camillus Health Concern, $20,000; Camp Boggy Creek, $10,000; Cat Network Inc., $20,000; Catalyst Hip-Hop (Miami Springs), $15,000; Catholic Charities Legal Services, $15,000; Children’s Home Society of Florida, $15,000; Communities in Schools of Miami Inc., $20,000;

Community Smiles (Miami), $17,500; Deering Estate Foundation Inc., $20,000; Easter Seals South Florida Inc., $20,000; The Education Fund, $15,000; Experience Aviation (Opa-locka), $17,500; Family Resource Center of South Florida, $15,000; Farm Share Inc., $20,000; Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, $15,000; Florida International University-Honors College, $10,000; Florida International University-The Education Effect, $19,000; Glory Temple Ministries Inc. (Liberty City), $15,000; Good Hope Equestrian Training Center Inc. (Miami), $15,000; Green Mobility Network (Miami), $10,000; Haitian Neighborhood Center, Sant La (Little Haiti/Miami), $20,000; His House Children’s Home (Miami Gardens), $20,000; ITWomen Charitable Foundation (Miami), $11,000; Kristi House Inc. (Miami), $25,000; Miami Book Fair International, $15,000; Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation-Health on Wheels, $17,500; Miami Children’s Museum, $15,000; Miami Dade College Foundation-College Readiness Institute, $20,000; Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired Inc., $17,500; Museum of Contemporary Art Inc., $20,000; NALEO Educational Fund, $10,000; National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, $25,000; Neighbors 4 Neighbors, $20,000; New World Symphony, $20,000; Open Door Health Center Inc. (Homestead), $17,500; Our Kids Miami-Dade/Monroe Inc. (Miami and Key West), $20,000; Overtown Youth Center Inc., $20,000; Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast, $15,000; Posse Foundation Inc. (Miami), $20,000; Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, $25,000; Saint Martha Concerts and Cultural Affairs Inc. (Miami Shores), $5,000; Shake-A-Leg Miami Inc. (Coconut Grove), $15,000; Single Stop USA (Miami), $25,000; Sunrise Community Inc. (Miami and North Miami), $20,000; Take Stock in Children, $15,000; Teach for America Miami-Dade, $15,000; Trinity Church Inc., $20,000; UAspire, $25,000; U.S. Soccer Foundation, $17,500; University of Miami-Pediatric Mobile Clinic, $15,000; Veterans Link Up Inc. (Miami), $20,000; Voices for Children Foundation (Miami), $20,000; Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program (Miami), $20,000; WPBT2 Community Television of Florida, $15,000; Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Miami Inc., $20,000, and The Zoological Society of Florida, $10,000.

Juan Pablo “JP” Paniagua, addresses more than 200 attendees at the Miami Foundation’s grants luncheon. Reading from the speech that he prepared in Braille he explains to the audience how visually impaired students work closely with teachers at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind to learn the lessons and strategies necessary to succeed at the FCAT. He has been working on his Braille skills at Miami Lighthouse for the Blind since 2003. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Established in 1967, the Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create personal, permanent and powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable funds. With foundation expertise, fundholders have fostered the arts, awarded scholarships, championed diversity, taught kids to read, provided food and shelter for the hungry and homeless, and more. More than $150 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in the Foundation’s 45-year history. Today, the Foundation is steward to more than $150 million in charitable assets. For more information about the Miami Foundation, visit online at <www.miamifoundation.org>.


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Fourth of July Celebration

South Miami Hospital will once again sponsor the City of South Miami’s Fourth of July Celebration, Wednesday, July 4, 5-10 p.m., at Palmer Park, located at 6100 S.W. 76th Avenue. The annual event brings neighbors together to celebrate our country’s independence. Bring a blanket and enjoy the festivities, which will include a DJ and live band and children’s entertainment. Food and drinks offered by local vendors will be available for sale. The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display, beginning at 9 p.m. Alcohol, pets and personal fireworks are not permitted. Parking for the event is available at South Miami Middle School.

Fireworks Safety

Viewing public displays handled by professionals is the safest way to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July. Thousands of Americans are injured each year in incidents associated with fireworks, according to the National Council of Fireworks Safety. Though the most disabling injuries occur with illegal firecrackers, the majority of injuries are caused by bottle rockets, sparklers and Roman candles. It’s important to take safety precautions to prevent serious injuries, which most often occur to children and teens. “The most common injuries we see are to the hands, face and eyes. These can be life-altering injuries, and yet they can be prevented if proper precautions are taken,” said Yvonne Johnson, M.D., medical director of the hospital’s Emergency Center. “If you or someone with you experiences a fireworks-related injury, go to a doctor or hospital immediately.” If you plan to celebrate the holiday at home with your own fireworks, follow these tips to stay safe: • Buy fireworks from reliable sellers. • Ignite fireworks outdoors only. • Do not let children ignite fireworks. • Do not consume alcohol when using fireworks. • When igniting fireworks, wear safety goggles to protect the eyes. • Follow label directions and read cautionary labels. • Never place any part of your body over a firework device. • Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks. • Light only one at a time. • Do not use bottle rockets. Their flight paths are often erratic. • Do not attempt to relight fireworks that have not worked properly. • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby in case of malfunction or fire. To view a complete list of fireworks safety tips and a safety video, visit FireworksSafety.org.

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Big Lots invites you to vote in Lots2Give video contest BY TONI FINK

Big Lots is turning to Americans to determine the 37 winners in this year’s Lots2Give video contest by voting online for their favorite video. The contest is part of the fifth-annual Lots2Give program launched by Big Lots to help schools in need of financial support across America. Big Lots asked participating schools to put their creativity to the test by submitting a short video and brief essay explaining why their school is in need of financial support. Cash prizes include 30 $2,000 third place prizes, four $5,000 second place prizes, two $10,000 first place prizes and one $20,000 grand prize — the contest’s biggest prize amount total yet. Now through July 8, the public can vote for their favorite video entries up to three times a day by visiting <www.biglots.com/lots2give>. Those votes will determine the schools that will

share $120,000 in cash prizes. Miami-Dade County schools in the running are: Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School, Coral Reef High School, Ronald Reagan Doral High School and South Miami High School. “The Lots2Give program allows us to connect with schools in need of financial support across the country,” said Steve Fishman, chair, CEO and president. “We invite America to join us in selecting the winners of our Lots2Give video contest and promoting an important cause.” In addition to the Lots2Give video contest, participating schools will be the recipients of an in-store donation program. Customers can help selected schools by donating $1 or $5 at participating Big Lots stores through July 8. One hundred percent of donations will go to participating schools. For additional information and to vote for your favorite video, visit <www.biglots.com/lots2give>.


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California’s beauty really begins north of the Golden Gate Bridge BY RON BEASLEY

Many people believe that California ends at San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, but I am here to tell you that as beautiful as the state is to the south, you haven’t see anything until you drive north along the Pacific Coast to the Oregon border. It’s a meandering 425-mile trek through the Napa and Anderson Valleys, where you’ll find literally dozens of vineyards and wineries, large and small. You can either take Highway 1 just after you cross the Golden Gate to drive up the coast and enjoy some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll find anywhere in the world. Or you can stay on Highway 101 all the way to Crescent City just off the Oregon border. Another option is to drop off the 101 and take Highway 20 for a beautifully scenic drive through the Anderson Valley, where you will find some of the best vineyards in the state. Be sure and stop at the Scharffenberger Vinyard for some of the most delicious champagne anywhere. After you have finished visiting wine country, Highway 20 will take you through the quaint and historic town of Mendocino,

N E W S where there are numerous old oceanside mansions that have been converted to wonderful bed and breakfast hotels. Be sure and visit downtown Mendocino if you’re looking for exquisite paintings, sculpture and various other types of art by local artists. And you will want to take a drive and park at the headlands for spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the waves crashing on the rocky shoreline. Leaving Mendocino, take Highway 1 and continue on to Ft. Bragg where you can either travel Highway 128 for about 40 miles on a winding, twisting route through a Redwood forest and re-connect with Highway 101, and that will take you through the quaint, bustling town of Humboldt. Or you may opt to stay on Highway 1 and continue your journey up the Pacific Coast Highway. You will re-connect with the 101 at Eureka and eventually find

Visit the Scharffenberger Vineyard in the Anderson Valley for delicious champagne.

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Towering Redwoods in the Jedidiah Smith State Park are awe-inspiring.

yourself in the town of Crescent City in California’s northernmost del Norte County. Crescent City is an oceanfront community with a laid-back charm and beauty that’s hard to find. There are several oceanfront motels to choose from for lodging, and seafood restaurants abound. One favorite is the Chart Room with its views of the harbor and ocean. You can dine on the seafood platter, the daily luncheon special, or the sumptuous fried oyster plate, which will have you coming back for more. The Chart Room is a favorite with local residents and it sits right alongside of the docks at the Crescent City Marina, so you can enjoy the sea lions lounging on the piers and the boats making their way to and from their moorings. Be sure and get a window seat. Adjacent to Crescent City is the beauti-

ful Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, where the trees are so big you can drive a car through them. Take the five-and-a-halfmile long Howland Hill Road drive through the park and be sure to park the car and hike the half-mile Stout Grove Trail that meanders through these colossal trees. It is truly spectacular. Or take the one-and-half-mile Lady Bird Johnson Trail that winds through beautiful flowers and towering old-growth Redwoods, Douglas fir and tanoaks. The First Lady dedicated Redwood National Park in 1968. Other trails to consider are the Circle, Revelation and Yurok Loop, where you’ll find amazing views of False Klamath Cove and Lagoon Creek. The Redwoods are simply a grand thing to see; many are hundreds of years old and they remain as one of the ancient wonders of the world that you don’t want to miss.


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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden to host cooking class for children BY PAULA FERNÁNDEZ DE LOS MUROS

As a preview to the 20th anniversary of the International Mango Festival, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is hosting “Mango Munchkins Cooking Class,” a free event on Sunday, July 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., where children ages 5-12 can learn how to create healthy and delicious meals using the fruit at the tip of every Floridian’s tongue this summer — mangos. Noris Ledesma, curator of tropical fruit and writer for the blog “For the Love of Mangos” at Fairchild, is teaching participants how to make mouthwatering mango popsicles and smoothies. Ten-year-old Paloma Fernandez is teaching her peers how to make a healthy mango pizza, a recipe she created herself. “Mango Munchkins Cooking Class” gives a sneak peek into Fairchild’s buzzedabout International Mango Festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15.

The cooking class takes place at the Shehan Visitor Center in the ballroom on the second floor at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. This is a free event. There is a two-guest limit per each child participating. Space is limited, so an RSVP in advance is strongly recommended. Call Morgan Brooks at 305-667-1651, ext. 3303, to reserve a spot. For more information, visit the Mango Munchkins Cooking Class webpage. Fairchild’s International Mango Festival is in its 20th year and continues to be the summer’s must-attend event. It features the world’s largest display of mango cultivars, over 1,200 mango trees for purchase, amazing cooking demonstrations, fun things for the kids, mango cultivar tastings, a marketplace of mango products, educational lectures, mango-inspired cuisine, entertainment and much more. For more information, call 305-6671651 or visit <www.fairchildgarden.org>.


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In new book Wade reveals importance of fatherhood BY ANDY DODDS

In his soon-to-be-published book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, Dwyane Wade, a current co-captain for the Miami Heat and eighttime NBA All-Star, shares insights on his life both on and off the court with a large focus on fatherhood, a topic of deep personal significance. Wade reveals his thoughts on fatherhood, detailing his personal experiences as a parent, and tracing his transformation from being the child of a single parent to now serving as one himself. In the book, scheduled for release Sept. 4, Wade opens up and reveals for the first time the intimate and traumatic details of his growing up and also the prolonged battle with his ex-wife for sole custody of his two sons, touching on: • His mother’s struggles as a drug addict, and his growing up in Chicago among gangs, drug dealers and police raids (including a gut-wrenching story of young Dwyane finding a dead body in a garbage can). • How he pulled himself up from such a life, thrived through basketball and maintained his devotion to his mother. • He has never talked about the prolonged battle with his ex-wife over sole custody of his two sons and why doing so was the most important thing in his life, and how the constant media attention has affected him and his boys. • His advocacy for fathers taking a strong role in their children’s lives; his main reason for writing the book is to help fathers see how they can do this and to see that they and their children can benefit from it enormously. • His childhood hero, his sister Tragil, who got him out of the mean Chicago streets, placed him with their father, and in many ways rescued him from a life that could have gone the wrong way. • The coaches who served as role models and father figures through high school, college and the NBA and how much they meant to him.

lives of my two children is the single most significant undertaking of my life, and the job I take most seriously. While my basketball career has brought me many rewards — including an NBA Championship in 2006 and an Olympic Gold Medal in the 2008 Summer Games — my children are the two greatest gifts of my life.” A Father First also highlights Wade’s phenomenal basketball career — from his early days shooting hoops in Chicago, to training at Marquette University, to emerging as an unheralded draft pick to receiving MVP honors in the 2006 NBA Finals. In a narrative that spans two generations of the Wade family, Wade’s book encourages parents to lead by example and make being a caregiver the top priority. For more information on Dwyane Wade, visit <www.dwyanewade.com>.

Dwyane Wade is pictured with sons, Zion (left) and Zaire. (Photo credit: Bob Metelus)

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• The Heat’s successful 2006 NBA Championship, with Wade being awarded Finals MVP, and his gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In March 2011, in a landmark legal decision, Wade earned sole custody of his two young sons, effectively setting a new precedent for professional male athletes. Most recently, he teamed up with President Barack Obama to support his Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, a national parenting program geared toward encouraging fathers to become more involved in the lives of their children. “As a child, I grew up with aspirations to one day be a professional basketball player, and I am living that dream every day as a proud member of the Miami Heat,” Wade said. “However, the daily role I play in the

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Wellspring Counseling launches kids Trauma-Resolution Camp BY SARAH CREUS

Focusing on one of the most at-risk communities, Miami-based Wellspring Counseling has launched the Bounce! Trauma-Resolution Camp, a one-week program focusing on providing integrated therapy for children who have suffered moderate to severe trauma. Offered by the licensed mental health therapists at Wellspring, Bounce!, offered July 9-13, includes age-appropriate trauma education, group and individual therapy, and parent participation in the context of a fun, experiential camp environment designed for elementary age children who have experienced single-incident traumatic life events. These events may be violent or non-violent. Wellspring’s curriculum for the program is based on the renowned National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children, which helps children deal with what is often unprocessed trauma through TLC’s innovated SITCAP model. SITCAP’s

goal is to provide a powerful framework for helping those who have been in a traumatic incident engage themselves in different activities to allow them to experience themselves as safe and empowered, flourishing individuals. “Diagnosing and treating a trauma episode in a child is crucial to not only their long-term mental health, but their ability to function as a meaningful adult in the future,” said Tova Kreps, LCSW, CTS, president of Wellspring. “It is our belief that even a moderate trauma episode in a child’s life, left untreated, can lead to longterm negative emotional ramifications throughout their entire life. We want to help bring healing through a proven, successful protocol.” Bounce! will take place at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church, 14401 Old Cutler Rd. The cost for this camp is $1,110. For more information or questions regarding scholarship opportunities, contact Wellspring at 786-573-7010, or log onto the website at <www.wellspringmiami.org>.


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Make sure your summer vacation is a safe one BY KATHERINE FERNANDEZ RUNDLE

State Attorney, Miami-Dade County As we begin the summer season, many South Florida families start taking their highly anticipated summer vacation. For those whose plans involve leaving town, the last thing you want to worry about is the security of your home. Here are some tips that will help secure your home while you and your loved ones enjoy a fun and safe vacation. • Be sure to notify your local police agency about your departure and return dates, and give a name and telephone number of a neighbor, friend, or relative to notify in case of a burglary, fire or other emergency. Officers who routinely patrol in your area will check your home periodically. • Contact the post office and request your mail not be delivered during the days you will be away. Your carrier will deliver your “held” mail upon your return or you may choose to pick it up at your designated post office branch. • Newspaper deliveries also should be placed on hold while you are away so that they

do not pile up and alert passersby that your house is unoccupied. • Make arrangements to have your grass cut and watered while you are gone. • Have someone check daily to remove outdated papers and circulars from your doorway and yard. • If you have valuables in the house, take them to the bank for storage in your safety deposit box. Deposit extra cash that you are not taking with you in your bank account. • Move valuables so they can’t be seen from the windows. Be sure you have a list of all your appliances, furniture, and valuables. • Make sure to repair any broken windows, door locks or window locks before your trip. • Put any lawn furniture, bicycles, and other moveable objects away before leaving. Items left out while you are gone can be stolen easily. • Arrange with a neighbor, friend, or relative to watch over your house. Give them a key and let them know where or how you can be reached in case of an emergency. Make sure you take their telephone number with you so you can check with them during your trip. Give them your car description and license number. It is important that they know how to reach you at all times while you away.

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Estrogen Dominance BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

The following problems can be signs of estrogen dominance: fibrocystic and tender breasts, heavy menstrual bleeding, irregular menstrual cycles, uterine fibroids, decreased libido, mood swings, vasomotor symptoms, weight gain (hips, waist, thighs), foggy thinking, forgetfulness or increased levels of triglycerides? Estrogen Dominance occurs if you have a relative deficiency of progesterone relative to estrogen. Without progesterone supplementation, most women will experience estrogen dominance at some point in their lifetime, the extent of which will vary based on genetics, nutrition, emotional stressors and exposure to environmental toxins. Men also make estrogen and progesterone, and these hormones need to be balanced in men, also. It has been proposed that increased estrogenic stimulation of the prostate in the aging male may lead to reactivation of prostate growth and cancer. Ask our pharmacist for more information.

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The GroveHouse Artists exhibit at the Deering Estate at Cutler is open to the public through Aug. 31 and is free with estate admission. Each year GroveHouse Artists partners with the Deering Estate at Cutler for the annual general membership and Plein Air Exhibit displayed throughout the historic homes of the Deering Estate. Curated by GroveHouse Artists director Barbara Tejeda, the exhibit will feature award-winning works from the Affair En Plein Air event, a two-day juried outdoor painting competition, and diverse works that include ceramics, wood sculpture, watercolor, oil painting and craft. For more information visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>. GroveHouse Artists is a 501(c)(3) not for profit, cooperative art gallery with a purpose to provide a venue for local artists to exhibit their original art work. GroveHouse Artists also strives to establish a community forum for awareness and participation in the arts and the art experi-

E a c h y e a r G ro v e H o u s e A rt i s t s p a rt n e r s w i t h t h e D e e r i n g E s t a t e at Cutler for the annual general membership and Plein Air Exhibit d i s p l a y e d t h ro u g h o u t t h e h i s t o r i c homes of the Deering Estate. ence by presenting cultural programs, presentations, and exhibits that are open and free to the public. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information on the Deering Estateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.


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First National Bank of South Miami celebrates 60 years BY LEE STEPHENS

In recognition of its 60th anniversary, First National Bank of South Miami (FNBSM) hosted a Family Fair and Block Party on April 28th in the heart of South Miami. Everyone in the community was invited to join in celebration of this great milestone. The family-oriented event featured included free carnival games and locally prepared food from Khoury’s Mediterranean Restaurant, Sports Grill, Hot Cookies and Flip’s Country Kettle Corn. Performances by local schools such as Mile High Karate, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy, Gulliver Academy, Gulliver Prep and Riviera Preparatory School wowed the crowd. Vintage cars from the 1950’s were on display for everyone to enjoy. And the evening’s grand finale was a live performance by the band “People you Know,” who took everyone back in time to the fabulous 50’s and 60’s with their super sound and style. In spite of the rainy weather, the event was well-attended. Nearly 50 bank employees and officers volunteered to serve for the day. FNBSM’s chairman, Bruce W.

MacArthur, his lovely wife Susan and adorable dog Stanley enjoyed the event from start to finish. As part of the celebration, the bank sponsored an essay contest about the advantages of bike riding for the students of the Somerset Academy and the City of South Miami Afterschool Program. The first place winner from each school received a new bike, courtesy of FNBSM, along with a party gift certificate from Splitsville. Second and third place winners received a backpack full of school supplies, provided by the bank, as well as a gift certificate from Cool de Sac. FNBSM celebrates 60 years as an independent community bank under the same ownership. The bank is locally managed with headquarters in the heart of South Miami and offices in Kendall, The Falls and now in Coral Gables. FNBSM takes pride in its approach to relationship banking and provides the highest quality customer service with a combination of products and services tailored to meet the needs of its clients. With assets over $400 million, FNBSM has been awarded the prestigious recom-

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mended rating by BauerFinancial, Inc., for 90 consecutive quarters. This indicates the bank’s strong financial soundness and stability. Only one percent of banks in the state of Florida can claim this honor.

For more information about the services at First National Bank of South Miami, visit <www.fnbsm.com> or call 305-667-5511 and speak to one of the professional bankers.

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A couple of the performers from the Lourdes Academy Glee Club with Veronica Flores of FNBSM and the teacher sponsor, Michelle Garcia.

Some of the essay finalists from SOMI Academy and the After School proThe stars of the Phanton of the Opera from Gulliver Preparatory School gram await to hear the names of the winners along with SM Comm Bob pose with the Chairman from FNBSM, Bruce Wirtz MacArthur and EVP, Welsh, SM Comm Walter Harris, BIKE SOMI Pres. Mari Chael and Vice Rene Aldonza, VP, and Veronica Flores of FNBSM thank Mayor Phil Veronica B. Flores. Stoddard and his daughter for attending. Mayor Josh Liebman.


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Hyundai Accent has sleek design, new 40 mpg engine

Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS There’s a lot to like about the 2012 frontwheel-drive Hyundai Accent. It’s a lot sportier and looks more modern, thanks to sharing the new design theme found on stablemates Sonata and Elantra models. For 2012, the Accent body has been completely redesigned and given more flowing lines, with a new grille, hood, fenders, headlights, taillights, bumpers and air intakes. In essence, the new Accent looks like a smaller Elantra. It’s sleek in design and there’s very little chrome, with the body color prevailing from front to back — including the bumpers, mirrors and door handles — and black accents for emphasis; only the grille bar is chrome. There also are new 14- and 16-inch wheels. On the inside, the Accent interior has been redesigned and it’s much more modern, with brushed metal accents on the doors, steering wheel and center console. The instrument panel, center stack, vents,

switches and controls have been redesigned. The instrumentation is white-onblack with red needles and the blue-glow nightlight is a nice touch. A three-spoke multi-function steering wheel has a thick rim and holds switches for the sound system on the left, cruise control system on the right, and telephone on the lower left. Sporty bucket seats have comfortable cushions and bolsters, and they are very supportive. The interior also has more room and more storage spaces. There’s 21.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the folding second-row bench seat; 47.5 cubic feet with the seat folded flat. Door and console storage is spacious and there’s even a nifty sliding console armrest. Under the hood, the new Accent has a peppy new twin-cam, 16-valve, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine that utilizes direct fuel injection — a first in the subcompact class — and variable valve timing to give it lowrpm torque and high-rpm horsepower. The engine — 40 pounds lighter than the previous engine — generates 138 hp and 123 pounds-feet of torque. As for the gearbox, there’s a choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. On manual-transmission models, an EcoShift indicator

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between the instrument pods tells you the proper gear for various driving conditions. The automatic gearbox has the Shiftronic manual-shift mode. The EPA rates the new Accent at a not-too-shabby 30/40 mpg with either transmission. The 2012 Hyundai Accent is available in two body styles — five-door hatchback and four-door sedan — and offered in three trim

levels — GLS Sedan, GS Hatchback and SE five-door. Base pricing ranges from $12,445 to $16,795. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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Community Association Beat

Everything you wanted to know about collections - but didn’t ask! BY MITCH DRIMMER, CAM Community Association Manager

Boards of directors, managers, and even attorneys in Florida are more confused today about the complexities of community association collections than ever before. So how should an association approach the problem and devise the right solution? There’s so much disparity in opinions given by association attorneys regarding collections that boards need to first establish a procedure and move forward confidently in the knowledge they have chosen wisely. So who do you believe — and how can you choose “wisely” when authorities don’t agree on a standard of what can or cannot be done? Or even worse, what should or should not be collected? Answers lie in the questions boards should ask their collection solution, whether an attorney or collection agency. Among those questions: • How is the association being charged for services rendered? • How are the fees structured by your collection solution? • Does the collection solution defer fees, or is the association required to pay as they go? • Will your attorney defer costs for court actions? • Has your collection solution proposed that if they don’t collect their fees from a delinquent owner, subsequent purchaser, or foreclosing bank, will they then forgo their fees? Those just begin the kind of questions your board needs to ask. Others: • How does your correction solution define “statutory cap?” • Does it believe the association is only entitled to recover the lesser of 12 months

or 1% of the first mortgage, or does it believe the association is also entitled to recover all late interest, late fees, collection costs, and reasonable attorney fees? There’s a tremendous spectrum of opinion on answers to such questions and the company you choose that believes an association is entitled to more will invariably collect more. That’s why the collection solution should be carefully questioned about what entitles a foreclosing entity to “safe harbor” provisions. Some maintain that a first mortgage forecloses is entitled to receive a write off. Others say that a bank needs to comply with a stringent procedure to qualify for “safe harbor,” i.e., the lesser of 12 months or 1 % of the first mortgage. Boards should know whether the entity collecting money is going to put up a fight by reviewing service, notices and assignments to uncover defects, and then negotiate a settlement beyond the paltry amount a “safe harbor”allows. Answering a question with a question has been dubbed by some as the “Socratic Method” but clearly, boards of directors cannot make decisions unless they have solid answers to those questions. If you ask your collection partner: “What will happen if that is done?”, they may give you various scenarios. So perhaps it would be best to rephrase the question this way: “Do youu believe that if we do this, the result will be that?” The only way to best do this is to know the right questions to ask in the first place, and understanding what the various answers could mean. Mitch Drimmer is a licensed CAM, an instructor at FCAP, and is the Vice President of Association Financial Services, an accredited collection agency and specialty finance company specializing in community association collections. For more information, visit www.associationfinancial.com, Tel: 305-677-0022, ext. 804.

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CSF brings classical music back to Southwest Florida’s airwaves BY JASON HUGHES

Classical South Florida (CSF), a nonprofit listener-supported public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music, has begun airing its programming in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida on WNPS 88.7FM. CSF acquired the local frequency earlier this year. “We’re delighted to bring a full-time classical music service back to Southwest Florida’s airwaves,” said CSF program director, Jason Hughes. “Classical South Florida’s programming can now be heard by more than 5.7 million people throughout all of South Florida — from the upper Keys to the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast,

and from Fort Myers to Naples and Marco Island. We’re proud of our continued growth, and we look forward to bringing our new listeners the very best in classical music programming for many years to come.” The CSF program schedule will include broadcasts of nationally renowned programs such as Performance Today, SymphonyCast and live performances from The Metropolitan Opera, as well as Florida favorites such as Backstage with the New World Symphony. Classical South Florida can be found on WKCP 89.7FM in Miami. More information on programming and the CSF organization is available online at <www.ClassicalSouthFlorida.org>.

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