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Driver’s License Office at library changes schedule


On the road to building a better Coral Gables



ue to scheduling conflicts, the following dates have been changed for the Driver’s License services being provided at the Coral Gables Branch Library, 3443 Segovia St.:

GABLES GREAT Luis Boue easily combines career, community service BY GLORIA BURNS

July 16 (instead of July 9); Aug. 20 (instead of Aug. 13); Oct. 15 (instead of Oct. 8), and Nov. 19 (instead of Nov. 12). The remaining dates for 2012 are the same for Sept. 10, and Dec. 10, which are the second Monday of the month. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) is offering mobile computer stations inside the library during the hours of 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The mobile units provide residents with a convenient method to renew a driver’s license, obtain a replacement driver’s license, change a name or address on a driver’s license, get an identification card, and order specialty license plates. Driving or written tests will not be available at this location. Customers also can renew vehicle tags and get a vehicle plate when a replacement is needed, services that are not offered at any main office. DHSMV requires specific documentation depending on the service. For a checklist of accepted documents, visit <> or pick up a checklist at City Hall’s Help Desk.


Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason (right) inspects one of the streets being repaved. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY ROSIE TOBALINA normally be paved in approximately 10

Work has begun to pave approximately 30 lane miles of streets throughout Coral Gables. Crews are working on the first phase of the project which covers identified neighborhood streets north of S. Dixie Highway (US1). This paving project is part of the Neighborhood Renaissance Program (NRP), proposed by city manager Pat Salerno and approved by the Coral Gables City Commission, which aims at making neighborhoods the most livable they can be. Construction crews are working expeditiously to minimize the inconvenience to residents. Phase Two will resurface all identified streets south of US1. The total list of streets to be resurfaced is equivalent to what would

years. Everyone will benefit from the elimination of the extensive backlog as the city will be able to stay current with street resurfacing needs as they arise. In the future, residents whose streets need resurfacing would not be placed on a waiting list for many years; instead, their street would be repaved within a year. This initiative not only will improve neighborhoods, it also should enhance property values. If your neighborhood street is located south of US1 where Phase Two of the project is to occur, and you would like to have it reevaluated for possible resurfacing, send an email to <>.



Luis Boue is not like most people working in the field of accounting. A CPA for 34 years, Boue is a man who takes his work seriously but always is ready for a good laugh and knows how to prioritize. A charismatic, intelligent and sometimes self-deprecating man (anything for a laugh), he is devoted to his family and to serving the community by tackling numerous challenging leadership positions over the years. Born in Holguin, Cuba, Boue grew up in Miami attending Shenandoah Elementary and Shenandoah Junior High; graduating from Miami Senior High School, and the attending Miami Dade College and finally graduating from F l o r i d a LUIS BOUE International –––––––––––––––––––– See

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Coral Gables Police Department earns CALEA Accreditation with Excellence BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has awarded the “CALEA Accreditation with Excellence – A New Credential for Superior Agencies” recognition to the Coral Gables Police Department, it was announced recently by John Baublitz, president of the Coral Gables Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 37. According to the Fraternal Order of Police the CALEA Accreditation with Excellence now is the highest single period accreditation award available. The Coral Gables Police received this achievement after successfully completing its sixth re-accreditation cycle and after also receiving a “Meritorious” recognition for having completed 15 years of continuous accreditation status from CALEA. CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations including: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP);

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Baublitz commended the members of the Coral Gables Police for their superior performance in public safety that helped place Coral Gables Police Department as one of the best public safety agencies, as accredited by CALEA. “This award is in recognition to the dedication and professionalism of the police officers in Coral Gables as the department achieved the highest standard from the national accreditation organization,” he said. The purpose of CALEA’s accreditation programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence.

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High school students participating in Future Banker’s Training Program BY TERE ESTORINO

This summer, 20 students from Booker T. Washington and Coral Gables high schools are participating in Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Future Banker’s Training Program, where they will learn about careers in the financial services industry. The program, administered by MDC’s School of Business and the Center for Financial Training, and funded by the South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB), is designed to tap into the talents of students from low-income neighborhoods and prepare them for a career in the financial services. ‘The students’ math and communication skills are enhanced through collegelevel course work and participants land entry-level jobs at the completion of the internship with partnering financial institutions. “The Future Banker’s Camp affords students to be prepared and become acquaint-

ed with basic elements of finance, which ultimately will have a positive impact on their livelihood, overall performance in school, their readiness for employment and actual employability success,” said Rick Beasley, executive director for South Florida Workforce Investment Board. Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to receive the American Bankers Association (ABA), American Institute of Banking (AIB) Bank Teller Certificate. This national industry standard certificate meets the educational requirement for the certification exam offered by the Institute of Certified Bankers (ICBA). Students who graduate from high school are eligible for Miami Dade College’s Vocational Certificate and can work towards an Associate of Science degree in Financial Services. For more information about the Future Banker’s Training Program, contact the Youth Services Division at 305-594-7615, ext. 292.

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Local charities invited to share in fundraising efforts Many local restaurants and stores generously have donated items for a silent auction, raffle and door prizes. Tickets are $10 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be directed to charity. To buy tickets, become a sponsor or receive more information, call Mike Wurster at 305-569-6530. Bunco always is a great way to make friends and it certainly provided new memIce cream with a full breakfast buffet bers of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s promises grownups and kids a great morn- Club a perfect way to get to know longing of fun at the Westin Colonnade on time members while having fun. A Bunco Night party on June 20 also provided an Thursday, July 26. Westin general manager Mike Wurster, opportunity for the club’s Education a Canadian, and Westin Colonnade’s exec- Committee, under the direction of Mayra utive chef Thomas Russo, an ex-U.S. Dominguez, to raise scholarship dollars for Marine, have orchestrated a USA/Canada a yet-to-be-named woman in need of finanIndependence Day theme for Give Kids the cial assistance. Among those enjoying the evening were World Ice Cream Breakfast fundraiser to former Coral Gables Mayor Dorothy honor the men and women in uniform Thomson with her granddaughter, while raising charitable funds. Independence Day, July 4, and Canada Katherine; Carmen Suarez; Linda Day, July 1, make this month a good one H a rtwell; Barbara and Kathy Te r ry; to focus on the theme for this annual Barbara Lapsley; Susie Tilson, and sevevent that will not only help support eral new members including Debie Moore GKTW, a non-profit that provides a and Nathalia Bogani. Gables Rotarians got an update on healthweek-long vacation at GKTW Village in Orlando for children with life threaten- care issues from Baptist Health president and ing illnesses and their entire family, but CEO Brian Keeley at the club’s June 21 also directs funds to other local charities meeting. Among those present were two interested in participating by selling government and community relations interns tickets. For every ticket its sells, the from Baptist, Maggie and Kattie Nichols, charity partner keeps half. who were invited to attend by former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick, who was unaware that Keeley would be the featured speaker. This was one of club president Deborah Swain’s last meetings before the installation of the new officers and board for 2012-13 on June 29. Incoming president Walter Alvarez was most appreciative that Rotarian F red Baddour and wife, Annette, offered their Pinecrest home to host the club’s installation dinner party. That was a busy weekend for Baddour who holds a monthly auto show the last Saturday of every month with Autoverks at his property near the Falls. Car enthusiasts have been enjoying a great time at the show with free drinks and hot dogs and a chance to view some classic cars, military vehicles and more. Finally, congratulations go out to Mark Pidal, former executive Pictured at June 21 Coral Gables Rotary meeting are guest director of the Junior Orange speaker Brian Keeley, president and CEO of Baptist Health, with Bowl Committee. Pidal is the new director of operations for the outgoing club president Deborah Swain. Latin Builders Association, an ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Enjoying a moment at GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Bunco Night are Debie Moore, Nathalia Bogani, Barbara Lapsley and Mayra Dominguez.

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organization that has contributed much to our community and will probably expand its outreach with someone like Mark on their team.

Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <>.

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University. He began his career as a junior accountant progressing to the level of audit senior at a national firm before changing firms and earning a stellar reputation from 1983 to 1993, with Mallah Furman and Company PA. Finally, in 1993, Boue moved on to become a founding partner of Colbert Boue and Juncadella PA where he now heads the firm’s accounting, auditing and litigation support department. Boue’s community service began in 1985 when he became a member of the Rotary Club of Coconut Grove where he quickly moved up to become club president. With offices in Coral Gables, he eventually transferred to the Rotary Club of Coral Gables where he continues his active role as a Rotarian. He not only served a term as treasurer but also multiple terms on the club’s board of directors. Aside from Rotary, Boue is active in the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce having served as past chair and currently serving on its board. A big sports fan, it is not surprising that Boue would be active as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, something he truly enjoys. There too, Boue has made a

mark serving as the organization treasurer and currently a vice chair. In fact, he is in line to serve as the 2014-15 Orange Bowl president, no small job. Boue explains his community involvement and reason for becoming active in local civic and service organization by explaining, “It was my sense of responsibility to give back to the community that has given so much to me. It is having an interaction with organization members who eventually become close friends; seeing the smile on the faces of individuals you have helped, and knowing that, even if it is only in a small way, you have participated in something that has improved the community.” Luis is married to Lourdes, who also graduated from FIU and then earned a master’s in Leadership from Nova. He is very proud of his wife and two daughters — Danielle, a graduate of FIU and working on master’s in Human Resources at FIU, and younger Natalie, a junior at the University of Florida. Luis Boue is a man who accepts responsibility and certainly has earned a reputation as a person who can be counted on to serve and give it his all.

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Rodney Barreto selected recipient of Biscayne Bay Kiwanis award BY LEWIS MATUSOW

that develops and manages effective corporate and public affairs strategies for a wide South Florida business leader and commu- variety of clients based in Florida and throughout the United States. nity activist Rodney Barreto, The firm has offices in Miami, chair of the Super Bowl Host Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa and Committee, has been selected Tallahassee. as the recipient of the Biscayne A board member for U.S. Bay Kiwanis Club’s 2012 Century Bank, Barreto is a Michael Shores Citizen of the member of the Florida Council Year Award. of 100 and sits on the board of Barreto will receive the presthe Baptist Hospital Health tigious award at the 33rd Foundation. Biscayne Bay Gala, Oct. 27, at “I am honored to be recogthe Jungle Island Treetop nized by the Biscayne Bay Ballroom. The event begins at Kiwanis Club, which has 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception RodneyBarreto served our community — particand silent auction, followed at 7 ––––––––––––––––– ularly children — since 1950,” p.m. by dinner and live auction. The cocktail reception will feature an Barreto said. “This means a great deal to me ensemble from the South Florida Youth and my family because we have always Symphony while the Sons of MyStro, the believed that you must give back to your wildly popular violin duo recently featured community and leave it a better place for during a Miami Heat playoff game, will per- generations to come.” Past recipients of this award, include form during the dinner. The award is named for Michael Shores, Dolphins founder Joe Robbie, Coach Jimmy who as a philanthropically minded attorney, Johnson, broadcast journalist Ralph Renick, made numerous contributions to the Miami- Miami Commissioner Athalie Range, U.S. Dade County community throughout his life. Rep. William “Bill” Lehman, former Miami “We are fortunate to have an individual Herald publisher David Lawrence Jr., such as Rodney Barreto as our Citizen of the Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Year,” said David Kahn, Biscayne Bay Richard Baron, Joseph Klock Jr. and Kiwanis president. “He has done so much for Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Dr. the South Florida community and is an Pedro Greer Jr., U.S. Rep. Dante B. Fascell, incredibly community-oriented person who and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Tickets to the event are $100 ($1,000 for a makes South Florida a better place.” As head of the Barreto Group Inc., a diver- table of 10) through Aug. 31. After that date, sified company specializing in corporate and tickets will be $125 ($1,250 for a table). public affairs consulting, Barreto is most Various sponsorships of the event — expectproud of his active involvement with the ed to be attended by approximately 500 of Super Bowl, beginning in 1989. During his South Florida’s leading business people — tenure as chair of the 2007 and 2009 Super are available, ranging from $2,500 Silver Bowl Host Committees, Barreto helped raise Sponsor to a $25,000 Presenting Sponsor. For information on table purchases, event more than $40 million and in in-kind contrisponsorship, or program advertising, contact butions. Barreto also is the founding partner of Will Reich at 305-733-0062 or send email to Floridian Partners LLC, a consulting firm <>.

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FPL CORNER FPL strengthens the electric infrastructure serving Coral Gables

FPL investing more than $200 million statewide in 2012 to continue strengthening electric grid Florida Power & Light Company is continuing its initiative to strengthen the electric infrastructure and improve service reliability in and near the City of Coral Gables and is on track to complete key improvements this year. The upgrades are part of the company’s $200 million investment in 2012 to improve everyday reliability, better prepare the electric system to withstand Florida's powerful winds and storms as well as speed up service restoration when outages occur. 2012 Strengthening Initiatives in Coral Gables By the end of this year, FPL will inspect more than 800 utility poles, clear vegetation from approximately 130 miles of power lines and use advanced infrared technology to examine seven main power lines in and near Coral Gables. FPL customers can visit and enter their street address to see a detailed map of electrical improvements in their neighborhoods. This online tool shows the system improvements – including pole inspections, line clearing, power line strengthening and power line inspections – FPL has made in neighborhoods in Coral Gables. Overall System Improvements in Coral Gables When the planned upgrades are completed, FPL will have made the following improvements and investments benefiting the City of Coral Gables since the start of its comprehensive strengthening program in 2006: ➢ Upgraded equipment and strengthened the main power lines serving critical and other community facilities – hospitals, 911 operations, police stations and others – in and near Coral Gables, including Kindred Hospital, Coral Gables Hospital, Doctors Hospital and a 911 emergency communications center. ➢ Inspected more than 9,800 utility poles for strength – 91 percent of the poles in Coral Gables – reinforcing or replacing them as necessary. ➢ Cleared vegetation along more than 900 miles of power lines in Coral Gables. Tree limbs, palm fronds and other vegetation that come into contact with power lines are a common cause of power outages and flickers. ➢ Inspected 42 main power lines and equipment in and near Coral Gables using advanced infrared technology to detect and address issues unseen by the naked eye before they become problems or outages. Systemwide Improvements and Service Reliability Across its service area, FPL has cleared vegetation from more than 75,000 miles of power lines since 2006 to help keep reliability high. The company has further strengthened its electric infrastructure by inspecting more than 800,000 utility poles since 2006. During that time, the company has also strengthened 318 main power lines serving critical and community facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations and emergency operations centers. 2006-2012 Infrastructure Investments and Action Plan Following the 2004–2005 hurricane seasons that saw seven storms in a 15-month period, FPL responded to the state’s call to maintain a high level of storm preparation and keep service reliability high. FPL embarked on a series of comprehensive investments and improvements to strengthen its electric infrastructure to better withstand the impact of severe weather. The work is also designed to further reduce customer outages through aggressive preventive maintenance on its power lines and equipment. For the period 2006-2011, FPL invested more than $900 million to strengthen the electric grid against major storms, keep service reliability high as well as speed up service restoration time when outages occur.

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Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables marks completion of renovations BY DENIE HARRIS

A special ribbon cutting took place in June at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables to celebrate the beautifully remodeled dealership. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason was joined by Coral Gables Chamber president Mark Trowbridge and chair Drew Kern to speak to the gathering about the exciting progress taking place in the City Beautiful. “As one of the Gables’ largest employers, we thank Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables for the incredible positive impact it has on our great city,” Mayor Cason said. “Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables is grateful to be part of the Coral Gables community since 1953,” said Greg Barnes,

dealership president. “A celebration of this nature provides an opportunity to reflect as well as look forward to many more years of doing what we can to be a successful community and business partner.” Family-owned Bill Ussery Motors Inc. is one of the original seven dealerships and the first in Florida awarded a MercedesBenz franchise in 1957. The company is admired industry-wide for its continued record sales and its reputation for superb customer service. Bill Ussery Motors’ companies include Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, and Bill Ussery Motors Collision Center. For more information, visit online at <>.

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University of Miami Gallery moves to new space in Wynwood District BY ANNETTE GALLAGHER

The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami (UM) has announced the relocation of its current presence in the historic Wynwood District. After moving into the Wynwood Building at 2750 NW Third Ave., Suite 4, the name of the space will change from the Wynwood Project Space to the University of Miami Gallery. “The University of Miami Gallery offers a prominent collaborative space for the public to access and enjoy the work of our Art and Art History faculty and students,” said Leonidas Bachas, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Innovative venues like the gallery deepen our cultural ties to the community, and help our college to remain at the forefront of creative expression, inquiry and scholarship,” he added. “The department is excited about moving our off campus gallery to the Wynwood Building,” said Professor Lise Drost, chair of the Art and Art History Department. “It is headquarters to a number of other galleries and arts-related businesses.” UM originally moved into the Wynwood Project Space on NW Second Avenue in

2007 — five years after Art Basel Miami began the mass revival of art in South Florida, and launched the first annual Cane Art Fair at that location. Altogether, four Cane Art Fairs were held in the Wynwood Project Space, coinciding with Art Basel each year. That tradition will continue in the new gallery. The inaugural exhibition, “of-thingsbeing-what-they-are-not,” by Martin Casuso opened June 9 and features stopaction video and site-specific installations. Casuso’s work has its origins in mainstream handiwork and hobby, with a deliberate shift from a traditional application of these crafts. His work involves an ongoing exploration of how gender, sexual preference, materials and processes relate to themes of domesticity. The materials of craft, sometimes made by unseen hands of the past or by the artist himself, are combined with a more industrial palette of hardware supplies or thrift store housewares to make new “old” objects that are not gender specific, but they in turn reflect Casuso’s own relationship with domesticity, shifting from being objects of use to objects of contemplation. For information about the University of Miami visit online at <>.

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Good Government Initiative names 2012 class members BY JENNA TRUEBA

The Good Government Initiative at the University of Miami, founded by former Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson with funding from the Knight Foundation, has announced the members of the 2012 class of elected officials. The mission of the organization is to help develop and train elected officials as well as those aspiring to run for office. This year’s class includes office holders from MiamiDade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. They represent municipalities, school boards and the state. “Our goal was to assemble a balanced cohort of active, engaged leaders from South Florida who are eager to work with others and to develop knowledge and skills in governance,” Sorenson said. “They represent the future of leadership in South Florida.” Classes will begin at the end of August and go through mid-November. Those selected will participate in training on a variety of issues, including budget and finance, ethics, land use, media relations, cultural diversity, and more. Speakers and presenters for the class will

include Sen. Bob Graham, U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, and historians Arva Moore Parks and Paul George. “So many current and former elected officials, administrators and community leaders have volunteered to share their knowledge and expertise with our class, and all will be enriched by the experience,” Sorenson said, Area members of the second annual class include: Mayor Franklin Caplan, Village of Key Biscayne; Councilmember Joseph Corradino, Village of Pinecrest; Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo; Commissioner Josh Liebman, City of South Miami; Councilman Stephen Shelley, City of Homestead, and Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Village of Palmetto Bay. For more information on the Good Government Initiative, go online to <>.

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FCAT: Broke, beyond fixing; Immigration Law Firm now’s the time to throw it out Recruits Top Staff BY GRANT MILLER, PUBLISHER

Give a politician a square peg and a round hole and they will stubbornly pull out a drill or sandblaster to make them somehow fit. Since former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush changed state law to require comprehensive assessment testing (or FCATs) be administered to all grade levels (Gov. Bush’s 1999 A+ Plan) education in Florida has never been the same. The problems have not been solved, they have only gotten worse. But, dang it, they won’t leave the test behind — even if the child is. “A” and “B” students are being left behind because of some impossibly unbiased be-all, end-all exam that is supposed to predict future competency and success. By simply applying the scientific method, it becomes a no-brainer that the FCAT is failing miserably. Consider the following: • At least 46 of the 67 school districts (and five school superintendents) have written to the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) to ask for FCAT data reviews on “anomalies.” (Orlando Sentinel, July 15, 2010). • Since the test began, public school teaching in Florida has all but imploded with a long list of celebrated instructors dropping out of the system over the years because they refuse to spend the academic year “teaching to the test.” In fact, the pressure has become so unbearable that at least one documented charter school was willing to cheat and view the test beforehand. As a result the FDOE has

now had to take new measures to prevent schools from cheating. (Palm Beach Post, Apr. 18, 2012). • State testing contractor NCS Pearson (being paid $254 million over four years to administer the test) has had to pay back millions in fees because of late FCAT results that essentially held the education system hostage until scores came in. (St. Augustine Record, June 8, 2010; Apr. 17, 2012). • The tremendous disparity in the drop of FCAT writing scores for fourth graders — from 81 percent last year earning 4.0 or better (out of a maximum 6.0) to only 27 percent this year passing. So they lowered the bar. Passing scores became a 3.0 to the tremendous embarrassment of the entire Florida Department of Education. (Tampa Bay News, May 15, 2012). In a recent Channel 10 News story by Michael Putney about the Broward County School Board voting unanimously against the FCAT, sponsoring board member Laurie Rich Levinson spoke for so many of us when she said, “Hundreds of millions is spent developing this test, while classes in science, social studies, art, music and PE are being cut.” We join with academicians and editorial page columnists around the state, as well as disgruntled teachers, parents, and students all over Florida who say, “let us do away with politicizing education in Florida; it was a bad idea. It can’t be fixed.” You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that a subjectively sketchedout test score does not determine a student’s ranking for success in life, nor the content of his or her character.

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A newly formed full service immigration law firm, The Hermanni Law Group, recently established offices in Coral Gables and has since recruited several new attorneys to provide clients with a full plate of immigration services. The impetus for creating this firm came from Kurt Hermanni, who had earned a great reputation as a skilled, honest and competent international lawyer dedicated exclusively to the practice of immigration law. Hermanni remembers a time when a client’s friend called from New York to help his detained nephew get a bond from an immigration judge in Krome Detention Center. Thereafter, the family only wanted him despite the added travel expenses. That level of trust and dedication has propelled the Hermanni Law Group to handle cases throughout the United States. That is not hard to understand given the number of cases in which immigrants have been victimized by less principled and trustworthy attorneys. Passionately committed to serve his clients, Hermanni has developed relationships that have dramatically increased his client base through satisfied client referrals. Seeing the growing demand, Hermanni has recruited a group of outstanding lawyers all of whom have a general competency in general immigration law but also have a focus in variety of critical areas. While Hermanni is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, his entire team his fluent in English and Spanish. The firm is currently comprised of five full-time house attorneys: Kurt Hermanni, Senior Partner; Norma Lorenzo, Managing Attorney; and Associate Attorneys Patricia Hernandez, Consuelo de le Ossa, Jenna McQuid and Greg Greenberg. The Hermanni Law Group currently represents numerous international companies throughout the world, with clients in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, in support of their employees’ short-term or long-term placements in the United States. Additionally, the firm represents clients facing immediate removal from the United States and those seeking asylum, Cuban Adjustment and adjustment status. Successful representations have focused on defense of marriage fraud claims and cases involving violence against women. The firm’s distinguished clientele includes a former South American President and his family, several foreign dignitaries, a former military General, military attaches, professional athletes, and foreign investors from China, Serbia, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain and Italy. The Hermanni Law Group is located at 2655 LeJeune Road, Ste. 800, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Ph: 305 640-8222 or Mobile 786-271-6699. Visit our website at

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Baptist Children’s Hospital brings smiles to kid’s faces Fourteen South Florida children, teens and young adults recently received the gift of a happy smile at Baptist Children’s Hospital during its annual Day of Smiles. Doctors from various specialties volunteered their time to help correct cleft lips and palates and perform nose revisions, ear reconstruction and scar revisions. This is the 11th year the hospital has donated its facilities and provided free surgeries for children whose families couldn’t afford the operations. (Photos by Mabel Rodriguez)

Plastic surgeon Johnny Franco, MD, marks the area where he will reconstruct the ear of patient Anthony Galvez, 9.

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Plastic surgeon John Cassel, MD, talks with Mariya Klymenko, 16, and her mom, Nataliya Klymenko-Hereter, before performing additional surgery to revise burn scars she received from an accident when she was a toddler. Dr. Cassel has performed more than two-dozen operations on Mariya, including skin grafts, facial reconstruction

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Coral Reef Elementary’s ‘Mr. Nick’ teaches children a love of music BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Theodore Nicholeris (Mr. Nick) conducts music at Coral Reef Elementary. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

The Coral Reef Elementary chorus is silent now because the students are on summer vacation, but when they are back at school and the singing begins, 100 or so children will take part in chorus. The unusually large chorus is a tribute to popular music teacher Theodore Nicholeris, who has been at Coral Reef Elementary about seven years, starting in the 2005-06 school year. He is known as “Mr. Nick” and during most years he teaches students in second through fifth grade. “This year I had some in kindergarten and first grade classes once a week for half an hour,” he said. “The district allocates for second through fifth grade.” Mr. Nick said he has a different philosophy than many music teachers. “It’s large by a lot of people’s standards because a number of music teachers limit their chorus to fourth and fifth grade,” Nicholeris said. “For me it’s the second, third, fourth and fifth. You can identify earlier the kids. It sells itself with the kids. We were at 100 at our largest. I think we finished up at 88.” He tried the traditional fourth and fifth

grades only chorus but discovered by the time the kids got to where he needed, they were ready to move on to middle school. He said it is remarkably manageable once he got to control aspect down. The kids sing at school and they also sing for the community. “We performed at a number of locations,” he said. “We were at school for the re-naming of our street, SW 152nd Street, to Dolphin Way. We took the whole chorus to the Falls to perform there in an evening performance. We sang at the Fun Fair and at a performance for a Holocaust survivor when they came to the school and the year end performance.” They also performed for the Village of Palmetto Bay at the picnic in March. “It’s not uncommon to have a half a dozen performances through the course of a year,” Nicholeris said. He spends 12-16 hours listening to music in order to choose the right songs for the kids. “It has to be powerful and make some kind of impression on an audience,” he

said. “It’s not going to have the intensity if the kids don’t feel it themselves. Selecting the music to me is 90 percent of the battle.” Mr. Nick is well liked because he goes out of his way to help children who apply to magnet schools — for music and drama — prepare for their auditions. “I also write a number of letters for them,” he said. He has an impressive track record. “I have to say that I’m at 100 percent at this point.” How does he help? For music students he assists them in selecting their music but he also talks to them about what to wear and helps them with their look. “They have that one minute, thirty seconds to establish their presence in that room,” he said. “First, it had to do with what song they are doing. If it’s something more lyrical and delicate, you would want the look to be more lyrical and delicate. The music determines that. Over 90 percent of what people perceive is visual.” For the drama students, he helps with timing. “I tell them when to pause, how long to pause. I say, this is when you stop. Let that statement sink in. Don’t just run through it like that.”


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Rabbi Levi Friedman’s goal is to have South Miami’s first synagogue open and serving the community in time for this year’s High Holy Days. “Members of the South Miami Jewish community have expressed their interest in having a synagogue in their neighborhood — a place where they can pray, connect with friends, and celebrate holidays and family life cycle events,” Rabbi Friedman said. Rabbi Friedman is working with community members to find a fitting location to establish the synagogue and serve the area’s needs. “As this comes to fruition, we will let the diverse needs of the Jewish community dictate the wide range of services we will offer,” the rabbi said. Rabbi Friedman and his wife, Sashie,

have served as leaders of the Chabad Jewish Student Center at Florida International University for eight years. Their mission is to educate, inspire, and help the Jewish students increase their level of Jewish knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment. “We offer the students a place to celebrate holidays, a weekly Shabbat meal, classes and lectures, and assistance and support,” Rabbi Friedman said. The couple, blessed with five children — Moussie, Yaakov, Chana, Mendy and Etti — is eager to serve the South Miami community in the same way. Rabbi Friedman invites community members to join him and Sashie in shaping the future of Jewish life in South Miami. For more information and to get involved, contact him at 305-226-5533 or send email to <>.

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Local gym supporting Olympic triathlon hopeful Manny Huerta BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Pinecrest Fitness recently hosted a spinning class fundraiser for Olympic bound triathlete 28-year-old Manuel Huerta. Local athletes and friends hope to raise enough money so Huerta can bring his family with him to London in August to watch him compete in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games Triathlon at Hyde Park on Aug. 7. “It would be awesome to look up at the stands and see my family there,” Huerta said. “They are the key to my success. I hope they can see me compete at the biggest sporting event in the world.” Huerta came in ninth place at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon on May 12, in San Diego, CA. He finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, and 10-kilometer run in one hour, 49 minutes, 31 seconds. Huerta was a promising triathlete in Cuba but defected to the United States at age 13 in 1997. Huerta told the New York Times that because his grandmother left the island during the Mariel boatlift he was stigmatized and therefore Fidel Castro would never have allowed him to represent Cuba at the Olympics. “To have been able to move to a free country where my dreams can become a reality is because of my mother. She got me into sports at a young age and dedicated her life so that I could get ahead,” Huerta said. His mother has been battling cancer for the past three years. He admits witnessing her go through the surgeries and chemotherapy treatment was very tough, but her resilience and strength have continued to serve as an inspiration. “For the past year and a half, the PET scans have been negative and so it looks like she is overcoming the melanoma. To see her fight has been such an inspiration for me to keep pushing myself to follow my own dreams,” Huerta said. Fellow triathlete and friend Michael Nunez said it is Huerta’s humility and passion that has endeared him into the athletic community, which has supported his goals for years. “We started in triathlons together about five years ago,” Nunez said. “To see him grow throughout the years as a modest and extremely passionate triathlete with such a big heart has been wonderful. Everything happened so quickly [making the Olympic cut] and we thought it would be good to do some type of fundraiser so his mother and sister and girlfriend could be there at the games to support him.”

Pictured are Pinecrest Fitness owner Mike Estevez (left) and Olympic Triathlon hopeful Manuel Huerta. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Huerta’s father succumbed to colon cancer in 2009. Pinecrest Fitness owner Mike Estevez and Nunez joined forces to earmark spin instructor Steve Brookner’s class to raise the necessary travel funds. “A few years ago he didn’t have a bike. Now he is going to the Olympic Games to compete in the triathlon which is super cool,” Estevez said. “He made the news everywhere when he qualified and a bunch of us went to the airport to welcome him home from San Diego. It is very expensive to go to London, especially during the Summer Games and most of the hotels are already booked. They need a lot of help to all get out there so we decided to team up to raise money to help him out.” So far Pinecrest Fitness has raised $2,450 towards Huerta’s family Olympic travel fund. Wells Fargo Bank also has created the Manuel Huerta Donation Fund to support the family trip. “I want to thank the Miami community for their support and help,” Huerta said. “Since I was a kid I have had so many people that have helped me out. They never gave up on me. The most important thing for me to do right now is to be confident and continue my training program. Now I get to go to the biggest sporting event in the world and represent the United States.”

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Area students selected to receive Burger King Scholars Program Award BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Keynote speaker Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez addressed local South Florida Burger King Scholars Program Award recipients in Miami-Dade County on June 25 at Burger King headquarters. The following area students are recipients of the Burger King Scholars Program Award (name, city, high school, college, major): Michelle Saballos, Coral Gables, School for Advanced Studies, Florida International University, Psychology; Elmina Morissette, Homestead, Homestead High, Barry University, Health Care Administration/BSN; Katrina Dominguez, Homestead, South Dade High, Miami Dade College, Physical Therapy; Leimys Ramirez, Homestead, South Dade High, Florida International University, Business; Nathan Szpilfeigel, Homestead, Coral Reef High, Florida State University, Psychology, Soa Andrian, Homestead, South Dade High, Harvard College, Bio Engineering/BME; Abigail Montanez, Key Biscayne, Coral

Reef High, Florida International University, Pschology; Cinthia Velasquez, Key Biscayne, Ransom Everglades, Miami Dade College, Psychology; Alicia Diaz, Miami, Gulliver Preparatory, University of Miami, Executive MBA; Andrea Rey, Miami, Ransom Everglades, Georgetown University, Undecided; Andrea Lopez, Miami, Killian High Miami Dade College, Biology; Angela McDonald, Miami, Miami Northwestern High, Florida Memorial University, Aviation; Bellacruz Dezore, Miami, Southwest Miami High, Miami Dade College, Education; Crystal Dalrymple, Miami, South Miami High, Miami Dade College, Physical Therapy; Daniel Silberwasser, Miami, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Harvard College, Economics; Daniel Jacomino, Miami, Booker T. Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering; Diego Suarez, Miami, Miami Northwestern High, University of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez speaks at awards presentation. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

California-Irvine, Finance; Eliana Hernandez, Miami, Westminster Christian, University of South Florida, Biology; Erika Martinez, Miami, Coral Reef High, Florida Gulf Coast University, Marketing Management; Felicienne Alexandre, Miami, William H. Turner Technical Arts High, Miami Dade College, Registered Nurse; Fustine Saint-aude, Miami, Coral Reef High, University of Florida, Pre-medicine; Genesis Esquivel, Miami, Booker T. Washington High, Florida International University, Law;

Jacob Prusher, Miami, Southwest Miami High, Florida State University, Advertising/Marketing; Jacqueline Eisermann, Miami, International Studies Charter High, Emory University, Pre-med; Jasmine McRae, Miami, Palmer Trinity School, Broward Community College, Theater; Jennifer Birriel, Miami, John A. Ferguson High, University of Miami, MBA; Jonathan Ludmir, Miami, Booker T. Washington High, Harvard College, Economics; Kassandra Ramos, Miami, Felix Varela High, Nova Southeastern University, Psychology; Laura Hoelscher, Miami, Young Women’s Preparatory Academy, University of Central Florida, English/Literature; Lauren Aguiar, Miami, Coral Reef Senior High, Florida International University, Chemistry; Matthew Samach, Miami, Coral Reef High, University of Florida, Engineering; Michael Castano, Miami, Coral Reef High, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Computer Engineering; Nicole Martinez, Miami, Miami Killian High, University of Pennsylvania, Business and Public Policy; Rafael Alberti, Miami, Booker T. Washington High, Florida International University, Biology/Pre-med; Rheanastasia Doctolero, Miami, St. Brendan High, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Business Management; Tyla Armstrong-Williams, Miami, Miami Sunset High, Florida State University, Exercise Science; Victor Padilla, Miami, Miami Killian High, Miami Dade College, Biology, and Carolina Sanchez, Miami, Miami Edison High, Miami Dade College, Nursing.

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‘Czech’ commands used for Miami-Dade K-9 dogs BY RICHARD YAGER

Czech-language commands for a Miami-Dade police dog? “That’s because all of the dogs in our current investigative units originally came from that country [Czech Republic],” Miami-Dade Police Sgt. Eric Mendez said speaking to a Hammocks District Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) audience on June 27. “European-bred German Shepherds have proven the best for the apprehension and attack work we do,” Mendez added, relating how Miami-Dade Police Department selects dogs for attack and apprehension. “These dogs have already had at least six months training in their native country before Bloodhound “Cody” and Officer Pedro Otano visit Hammocks CAC. coming to the U.S.,” he –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– explained about the 18 current “K-9s” (a homophone of canine) tocol. • Feeding is confined to a special diet of who serve with the 16-member Miamihigh protein dry dog food, provided only Dade County unit. Distinguishing between attack and detec- once daily because “treats as rewards are tion training among different breeds, not standard procedure for attack animals;” • A typical attack dog’s longevity is “not Mendez said German Shepherds remained the most commonly used for “their inbred more than eight to 10 years due to the high aggression and intelligence, as well as their stress situations that such dogs must necessarily live with;” discipline in attack situations.” • Cadaver dogs trained to detect the odor The unit also uses “search and rescue” dogs, like “Cody,” a bloodhound brought to of decomposing bodies have noses so senthe session who met CAC members after sitive they’re capable of locating bodies Sgt. Mendez’s descriptions of varied types under water, and • Dogs upon retirement “are always kept bred for different purposes. A separate training routine is used for by their handler” because no provision is detection or explosive-sniffing dogs who made for their “after-service” life. Mendez, a 22-year veteran with four “sniff out” illicit substances such as drugs or explosives, the job assigned to a totally years’ service with the police dog unit, was separate unit at Miami International joined by Officer Pedro Otano during the session at Hammocks Police District staAirport. The special world of K-9 unit dogs and tion. Asked about the cost of an imported prehandlers as described by Mendez included: • Once trained, an attack dog, its handler trained German Shepherd with Czech comis the sole human or animal recognized as mands, Mendez quoted a price of $12,500, an “Alpha” individual; all other humans or adding “but they’re worth their weight in animals rank below the dog’s sense of pro- gold,”

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Local Pilates instructor seeking support in national internet vote BY LEE STEPHENS

Laure Felton’s friends and coworkers are rallying together to show the World Wide Web that Miami excels at a lot more than just basketball by voting for the only competing Miami Pilates instructor, Laure Felton, at <>. Felton’s style of teaching enhances the innovative Pilates repertoire with professional dance and physical therapy movements. Your vote will give her the fantastic opportunity of sharing her very special Miami methods with the greater Pilates community. A native Miamian, Felton first gained her in-depth knowledge of the human body as a dancer and then as a physical therapist assistant. She studied at the elite Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York City and performed with a variety of choreographers. After returning to her hometown of Miami, Felton was inspired to study physical therapy when her father suffered a serious illness. She was blessed to work at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, where she was involved in clinical research for individuals with spinal cord injuries. With these experiences under her belt, she began studying Pilates in 1997, becoming certified by the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. Felton now is the director of the movement studio at Myra and Company in South Miami where she maintains a safe, healing, and inspirational environment for both her clients and fellow instructors. She started the Pilates program at Myra and Company in 1999, and serves as a Pilates instructor to clients who range from elite athletes to individuals with severe physical challenges. Felton takes an integrative approach, augmenting the innovative Pilates reper-

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Jackson Health System takes opportunity to honor nurses BY LIDIA AMORETTI

Thirty-eight nurses were honored with Nurse of the Year awards during a public celebration held at Jackson Memorial Hospital. As part of National Nurse Week activities, a licensed practical nurse, an advanced practice nurse, a registered nurse and a rookie nurse from each of Jackson Health System’s patient care centers, specialty areas, satellite centers and hospitals were selected by their colleagues as the nurses who have contributed the most to quality care throughout the system. Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, and Ric Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, NEA-BC, senior vice president for Patient Care Services and chief nursing executive, presented the awards. The Clinical Excellence Award is presented to the nurse who best exemplifies selfless dedication, compassion and nursing pride systemwide throughout the years. Winners include: Myrlene Denis, RN, Ambulatory Care Center, for her excellence in professional practice and her compassion for patients and their families. Mamie Armbrister, RN, Holtz Children’s Hospital and Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Women’s Hospital Center, for consistently displaying professionalism, autonomy, excellent clinical judgment and empathy. Pieta Pelobello, RN, BSN, Jackson Memorial Hospital, for consistently providing excellent patient care, critical thinking skills, and customer service. Elvira De Guzman, RN, BSN, Jackson North Medical Center, for her hard work and dedication to the patients, families and colleagues in the pediatric unit of Jackson North Medical Center. Maria Derr, RN, Jackson South Community Hospital, for being a leader,

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teacher and a patient advocate. Elizabeth Basiratmand, RN, MSN, Jackson Mental Health Hospital, was honored for her dedication and compassion to her patients. She always finds the time to interact with patients, families and colleagues. To qualify for the Nurse of the Year award, nurses must demonstrate excellence in job performance, proven by a consistent, above-average evaluation, no record of counseling or disciplinary action during the past three years, demonstrate fulfillment of Jackson Health System Standards of Excellence and evidence of well-rounded professional activities that consolidate the nurses as role models. They must have been employed for at least three years of continual service; for the “rookie” category, it can be one year or less. Honorees for the Nurse of the Year awards are: Ambulatory Care Center — Guillermo A. Barquero, RN, BS, and Marie Theodat, LPN.

Cardiovascular Services — Marie Gelin, RN. Community-Based Primary Care Centers — Jackie Master, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC; Maureen Allen-Barnes, LPN, and Deborah C. Rushing RN, BSN. Corrections Health Services — Gerry Francois, LPN, and Lorena Carrasco, RN. Education and Development — Bensita Joseph, RN, BSN. Emergency Care and Trauma Services — Douglas Houghton, MSN, ARNP, ACNPC, CORN, and Gelena Dimaano, RN. Holtz Children’s Hospital — Nicole Thompson-Bowie, ARNP, NNP, PNP; Angela L. Jones, LPN, and Dawn Allen, RN. Jackson Memorial Long Term Care Center — Marcell Nicholas, LPN, and Bernadette Jeanniton, RN. Jackson Memorial Perdue Medical Center — Elizabeth Maybee, LPN, and Leonila Liddell, RN.

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AK Sharks Swim Team sends trio to U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials

Pictured (l-r) are Austin Manganiello, Samuel Smiddy and Clara Smiddy. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY LOU MANGANIELLO

Three AK Sharks Swim Team members recently headed to Omaha, NE for the 2012 United States Olympic Swimming Trials. Clara Smiddy, 16; Samuel Smiddy, 18, and Austin Manganiello, 18, qualified to race in the meet where the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swim Team members will be chosen. Clara raced in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke. Samuel swam the 400 individual medley and the 200 individual medley. Austin raced in the 200 Butterfly.

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Animal Services to participate in Skateboard Rodeo adoption event BY LUIS MENDOZA

The third annual Skateboard Rodeo, South Florida’s premier skateboarding event, will return to the Westwind Lakes Action Sports Park, 6805 SW 152 Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a day of sport exhibition and family fun. Hosted by Chris Casey of Fuel TV’s Captain and Casey Show, the event will feature a skate contest, a Punk Rock Flea Market hosted by 305 Green, live music, open skating, and pet adoptions. Each year, the event aspires to raise funds and educate the community by partnering with a new and unique local nonprofit organization within the county area. This year, Skateboard Rodeo will team up with Miami-Dade Animal Services to find forever homes for adoptable pets of all sizes, ages and breeds. More than 100 skaters are expected to participate in what is expected to be the biggest Skateboard Rodeo to date, along with several hundred spectators and

families throughout the day. Competitors from all over Florida will battle it out during six different skating style contests for $3,000 in cash, prizes, and sponsorships. Whether skater or spectator, MiamiDade Animal Services will be onsite exposing the public to educational material that addresses the needs of our community and emphasizes the significance of animal licensing, microchip implantation, vaccination, spay/neuter, and volunteerism. “Daily there are hundreds of deserving pets in the shelter waiting for their chance to be adopted into a loving home,” said Alex Muñoz, director of Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services Department. “It is very important to keep this in mind when considering extending your family with a pet. There is always one here who can bring lots of happiness and love to any family.” For more information, visit online at <> or call 3-1-1.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden moves tree planted 75 years ago BY BRITTANY NGUYEN

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, one of the premier conservation and educationbased gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation, has successfully moved a 75-foot Haldina cordifolia tree, the only one of its kind in the United States, the only member of its genus (Haldina) and a member of the Rubiaceae family. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to witness the moving of this exceptional beauty which is among the largest trees in Fairchild Garden,” said Nannette Zapata, chief operating officer for Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “This iconic tree is a treasured heirloom that will grace our grounds for many future generations to enjoy and cherish.” After careful root pruning that took more than one year, the tree was moved successfully to its new location within the Fairchild Arboretum, in anticipation of the groundbreaking of the new Rose-McQuillan Cultural Building. The process required two cranes and an expert tree transplantation team. Because of the size of the tree, it could only be moved as far as the crane could extend its reach. The foliage of the tree indicates that the canopy is still very dense, an

A 75-foot Haldina cordifolia tree is relocated at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

excellent sign of tree health. The tree was planted originally more than 75 years ago by David Fairchild (18691954), one of the most famous plant explorers in history, from which Fairchild Tropical

Botanic Garden gets its name. It was collected by Dr. Walter Koelz, USDA, Beltsville, MD on Mar. 4, 1937, in Nilambur, Kerala, India. Previously known as Adina cordifolia, the tree is native to India, China

(Yunnan) and the Malaysian Peninsula. Dr. Fairchild was known for traveling the world in search of useful plants, but he also was an educator and a renowned scientist. At the age of 22, he created the Section of Foreign Seed and Plant Introduction of the United States Department of Agriculture, and for the next 37 years, he traveled the world in search of plants of potential use to the American people. Fairchild visited every continent in the world (except Antarctica) and brought back hundreds of important plants, including mangos, alfalfa, nectarines, dates, cotton, bamboos and the flowering cherry trees that grace Washington, DC. After retiring to Miami in 1935, Dr. Fairchild joined a group of passionate plant collectors and horticulturists, including retired accountant Col. Robert H. Montgomery, environmentalist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, County Commissioner Charles Crandon and landscape architect William Lyman Phillips. This core group worked tirelessly to bring the idea of a oneof-a-kind botanic garden to life, and, in 1938, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its 83 acres to the public for the first time. For additional information, visit online at <>.

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The Falls to add Brio Tuscan Grille to revamped lineup of restaurants BY ALICIA WHITLEY

The Falls, one of Florida’s largest open-air, retail and entertainment destinations featuring Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and American Girl (opening fall 2012), announces the addition of Brio Tuscan Grille and TCBY to the already impressive lineup of new restaurants and retailers. Brio Tuscan Grille will open its first Miami location at The Falls in early 2013 and TCBY will be added to the center in late summer. Brio Tuscan Grille, the popular Italian dining experience specializing in Tuscan fare, will add a 7,900-square-foot space on the east side of the center, near Bloomingdale’s. Brio Tuscan Grille, famous for such delectable fare as Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno, is scheduled to open in early 2013 and offers lunch, dinner and weekend brunch menus as well as a children’s menu, catering services and an extensive wine list. Additionally, the restaurant will feature a patio area allowing visitors to dine alfresco. TCBY, the pioneers of the frozen yogurt concept that opening its first U.S. store in 1981, is scheduled to open a 500-square-foot

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space in late summer. The self-serve yogurt concept store will open in Center Court, adjacent to Talbots, and will offer an endless amount of flavor and topping combinations, including Greek frozen yogurt. “We are thrilled to announce Brio Tuscan Grille and TCBY as the latest additions to the dynamic leasing activity going on at The Falls,” said Julie Goldman, mall manager. “These recent additions are just a few of the many new stores and dining choices that are changing the face of The Falls with four new restaurants, The Fresh Market and six new stores including American Girl now offering more selection and dining options to guests in South Miami-Dade.” The Falls recently announced an impressive lineup of “first to market” stores like the first American Girl store in Florida, Corner Bakery Café, Red Robin and LoveSac, which opened their first Florida locations at the center in April and May, respectively. In addition, new stores include Michael Kors and Love Culture, expected to open mid-summer. For more information, visit the Simon Property Group website at <>.






Aspiring vocalists will get the chance to hone their craft when Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus and the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami launch the MDC Kendall Campus Choral Academy this fall. The Choral Academy is open to all high school students in Miami-Dade County with an interest in vocal music. It will offer

courses in chorus, vocal technique, ear training and sight reading. Registration begins July 16, with classes starting Aug. 27. Students are encouraged to register now, as demand is high and classes are filling quickly. For information, contact Dr. Timothy Brent at 305-237-2149; send email to <>, or call the School of Continuing Education at 305-237-2161.

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The Miami Marlins now offer behind-thescenes tours of Marlins Park. The tours are open to the public on non-event days for just $10 per person. The tour includes visits to the field (behind home plate), home clubhouse, home batting cage area and Diamond Club, Promenade Level featuring the art in the facility, the Bobblehead Museum and the premium areas including the suites. Tours operate Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., except when the Marlins play at home or

when other major events are scheduled at Marlins Park. Group tours, accommodating between 10 and 25 people, are available by appointment. For information, fans can call 1-877-MARLINS or send email to <>. All tickets can be purchased at the ticket windows located on Felo Ramirez Drive (NW Sixth Street between 14th and 15th avenues) and are for the time and date specified. Tickets are nonexchangeable and non-refundable. Tour parking is free in the Third Base Garage.

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Breastfeeding and Sore Nipples BY SONIA MARTINEZ, RPH

Nipple soreness is one of the most common reasons new mothers give for discontinuing breastfeeding, but this is almost always a short-term problem that can be corrected. The main reason for cracked or bleeding nipples or nipple pain is improper latch, which can be relieved by correcting the nursing technique or using the breast pump properly. If the breastfeeding baby has thrush, a yeast infection in the mouth, it can be passed to the mother and cause nipple pain or damage. Signs of thrush in breastfeeding moms include itchy, red, shiny, painful nipples and shooting pains in the breast during or after a feeding. We can compound a preparation containing an antifungal to fight yeast infections, an antibacterial, and an anti-inflammatory, which can be applied sparingly to the breast after each feeding. Ask our compounding pharmacist for more information.

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Florida Bar honors attorneys for 50 years of dedication BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Florida Bar honored 145 attorneys, including many in Miami-Dade County, on Friday, June 22, for 50 years of dedication to the practice of law. Their service to the profession was acknowledged during a luncheon at The Florida Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Convention conducted at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando from June 20 to 23. To be recognized, attorneys must have been members in good standing of The Florida Bar and attained their 50th anniversary of admittance to the practice of law in 2012. The luncheon was sponsored by The Florida Barâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Young Lawyers Division. Atttorneys honored from the 11th Circuit (Miami-Dade County) were: Howard E. Roskin, Aventura; Stephan H. Tarr, Aventura; Jay Howard Linn, Bay Harbor Islands; Rick G. Ciravolo, Coconut Grove; Hugo L. Black, Coral

Gables; Bennett Gordon Feldman, Coral Gables; Jesse Stephen Hogg, Coral Gables; Richard H. Hunt Jr., Coral Gables; Richard M. Leslie, Coral Gables; Herbert Stettin, Coral Gables; John M. Abramson, Homestead; Philip Bloom, Miami; Stephen A. Cahen, Miami; Dante Michael Fiorini, Miami; James Jay Hogan, Miami; Robert C. Josefsberg, Miami; Arno Kutner, Miami; Antonio Martinez Jr., Miami; John Fred McMath, Miami; Joseph B. Merlin, Miami; William Y. Sayad Jr., Miami; James H. Sweeny III, Miami; Gerald J. Tobin, Miami; Richard L. Wassenberg, Miami; Sally Weintraub, Miami; Edward Ellis Levinson, Miami Beach; Kenneth N. Rekant, Miami Beach; Gerald Keith Schwartz, Miami Beach; Sherwin Stauber, Miami Beach; D. Robert Graham, Miami Lakes; Arnold Hantman, Miami Lakes; Philip James Mandina, Miami Lakes, Laurence Feingold, South Miami, and George Elias Jr., Surfside.

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Adrienne Arsht Center announces The Donkey Show coming July 13

The Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage will be transformed into a mirror ball dance floor.


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., has announced the arrival of the renowned smash hit — The Donkey Show — a spectacular phenomenon that blends a crazy circus of disco music hits, go-go dancers, roller skaters, feathered divas and a full active bar becoming the ultimate party extravaganza. The show, inspired by William Shakespeare’s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will open on July 13 for a limited engagement on the Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House stage, which will be transformed into a mirror ball dance floor for guests to live their own fabulous disco fantasy. Dance floor tickets are priced at $45 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $60 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets in the VIP seating area are priced at $60 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; $75 on Fridays and Saturdays. Patrons must be over the age of 18 to enter; 21 to drink. A $10 discount will be given to those who purchase tickets to the first five preview performances (July 1315). Tickets may be purchased through the Arsht Center box office by calling 305-9496722, or online at <>. Created by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner, The Donkey Show experience encourages the audience to become part of a glittering nirvana where inhibitions don’t exist and everyone dances and sings along to the

greatest hits of the ’70s such as We Are Family, Last Dance, I Love the Nightlife, and Car Wash — it’s an opportunity to relive the hedonistic days of the dazzling Studio 54 era. The two-hour spectacle begins the moment guests arrive at the velvet ropes of Miami’s hottest pop-up disco and find themselves interacting with several of the show’s wild characters. Once inside, the fun continues with unexpected theatrical twists and surprises, all culminating at an ever-fabulous post-show event. This self-curated show will allow patrons to become as emerged in the story and in the production as they wish. It’s the ultimate night fever — a crazy fun house enchanted by an ever-so-light sprinkling of Shakespearean magic. “The Adrienne Arsht Center always strives to bring unique performances with world-wide appeal to the community,” said Scott Shiller, executive vice president. “Miami’s version of The Donkey Show will mark the show’s largest production yet — complete with alluring aerial stunts and a cast of 20 of South Florida’s best actors and dancers.” The Donkey Show previously has performed on a world tour in major cities including London and Seoul, maintained a successful six-year run in New York and currently is playing in Boston. Showtimes: Wednesday-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Sundays, 5 p.m. For reservations, visit <> or call the box office at 305-949-6722.

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audio/HVAC knob design. Comfort and convenience features include a standard moonroof, eight-way power driver’s seat and a four-way power adjustable front passenger seat; dual-zone automatic temperature control, cruise control with illuminated steering wheel mounted controls, Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, power windows and door locks, AM/FM/CD6/MP3 audio system with eight speakers, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and available USB connectivity. A special Limited Edition Package has been added for 2012, bringing smoked headlights, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, a compass in the rearview mirror, 18-inch aluminum-alloy Dark Hyper Silver colored wheels, a rear spoiler, dark satin chrome front grille, fog lights, outside mirrors with integrated turn signals and metallic trim on the center cluster, center console and door armrest grips. The top-of-the-line Nissan is offered in two well-equipped models — Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, each powered by the 290-hp 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine mated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox with manual and “Ds” (drive sport) modes, and available paddle shifters. The Maxima has a dynamic look, with an

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