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Gables Farmers Market back on Saturdays starting Jan. 21 BY ROSIE TOBALINA


he Coral Gables Farmers Market, now in its 21st season, will be back every Saturday beginning on Jan. 21 and continuing through Mar. 31. The Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in front of City Hall, at the intersection of LeJeune Road and Biltmore Way. Just-picked produce, along with baked goods, gourmet specialty foods and plants, will be available for sale. Other activities include live music, a free Tai Chi class at 8 a.m., a free gardening workshop conducted by local experts at 9 a.m., a master chef demonstration from one of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants at 10 a.m., followed by children’s activities for the younger market shoppers at 11 a.m. Enjoy the great outdoor weather by visiting the Farmers Market every Saturday morning for your choice of fresh fruits and vegetables and then walk to Miracle Mile to spend the rest of the day at any of Downtown’s various shops and restaurants. For a schedule of the Farmers Market activities, visit <> or contact the Parks and Recreation Division at 305-460-5600.

Royal Court greets spectators at Junior Orange Bowl Parade

Kauffman combines successful career with community service BY GLORIA BURNS


Pictured with Jobie on the Royal Court float during the Junior Orange Bowl parade on Jan. 2 are (l-r) Queen Mikayla Panariello, Princess Tiffany Rivera and Princess Monet McFarlane.

City launches crime-fighting text messaging tip ser vice BY ROSIE TOBALINA


Visitors enjoy the great outdoor weather at the Farmers Market every Saturday morning and their choice of fresh fruits and vegetables.


oral Gables is the first municipality in Miami-Dade County to offer mobile phone users the ability to report anonymous crime-fighting tips to its police department. The service, called “TipSoft,” allows citizens to send anonymous tips online or

by sending a text message to “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword “GABLES” from a mobile phone. iPhone and Android mobile phone users also have the ability to send tips through the service’s free application, TipSubmit. Using TipSoft, the public knows that it’s safe

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athleen Slesnick Kauffman, who chaired the recent Junior Orange Bowl Parade, truly is a product of the City Beautiful. With a ready smile, great organizational skills and a very supportive husband, this intelligent, kind and caring Gables Great has what it takes. She not only manages a successful career but also donates countless hours to community service, the JOB Parade being one of many such volunteer efforts. Born at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, Kauffman graduated from Coral Gables Senior High. After earning a degree in Historic Preservation at Mary Washington College and a master’s in Historic Preservation at the University of Florida, she worked as a KATHLEEN KAUFFMAN historic sites specialist and Historic State Marker coordinator for the Bureau of Historic Preservation (within Florida’s Department of State).

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Students, parents and teachers help beautify Carver Elementary

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A great example of community pride was demonstrated on Dec. 10, when students, parents and teachers all worked together to help beautify G.W. Carver Elementary in Coral Gables. The school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was awarded a $2,000 beautification grant by the University Baptist Church

resulting in more than 300 shrubs and 100 plants being planted at the main entrance of the school along Grand Avenue. The happy volunteers were grouped to help paint the historic school sign and decorate special mosaic tile plant vases. At the end of the day, the participants enjoyed an outdoor barbecue and celebrated the successful completion of this school beautification project.

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UM men’s basketball tickets free to Gables residents only

Gables residents can watch UM men’s basketball action for free.


Thanks to a 20-year Development Agreement between the City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami, Coral Gables residents can receive up to four free tickets per household for upcoming Hurricanes men’s basketball games. “This is another example of how the City of Coral Gables and the University of Miami are working together for the benefit of residents,” said Pat Salerno, city manager. Last year, all tickets were distributed. Tickets for the following games are available: Sunday, Jan. 22, noon, University of Miami vs. North Carolina State. Only 250 tickets are being distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis, which began Monday, Jan. 9. Wednesday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m., University of Miami vs. Maryland. Only 250 tickets will

be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning Monday, Jan. 23, at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 1 p.m., University of Miami vs. Wake Forest. Only 250 tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m., University of Miami vs. Florida State University. Only 250 tickets will be distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 8 a.m. The games will be played at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus. Tickets will be distributed in person at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr., no earlier than the designated distribution date. Residents must show proof of residential address. Tickets are limited to four per household. For additional information, contact the Parks and Recreation Division at 305-4605600.

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Pennsylvania team participates in JOB basketball clinic Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The 23rd annual Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic tipped off on Dec. 28 with a different kind of basketball practice focusing on the visiting boys and girls’ high school teams of Mt. Lebanon High School from Pittsburgh, PA. For the sixth year in a row, the Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) sponsored a clinic at the Community Habilitation Center (CHC), a tradition that began with the help of Montverde Academy and its coach Kevin Sutton. JOBC basketball chair Chuck Little works tirelessly to make this tournament special for the teams and this year’s clinic was a first for the Mt. Lebanon teams, whose boys’ team won the 2009 JOBC tournament. Coaches Joe David, Dori Oldaker and their Mt. Lebanon teams facilitated the clinic. The CHC, a facility that helps individuals learn community and work skills through Adult Day Training and Job Coaching, provided a great interactive opportunity for the CHC adults who watched the teams work out and then enjoyed participation in the drills and meeting the players. For everyone involved, this was a win-win.

Thousands ended 2011 by lining the streets of Coconut Grove for the annual King Mango Strut parade on New Year’s Eve featuring grand marshal Ron Magill, Katy Sorenson as the “Good Witch,” the Sierra Club making light of the serious topic of overpopulation fighting for food, and emcee local bartender Carlos dressed as Charlie Sheen with his goddesses. As always, it was a good show parodying anything that happened this past year and offering the crowd lots good laughs. In the Gables, parties were everywhere. Many Members of the Mt. Lebanon (PA) High School basketball team and Community Habilitation Center are pictured with the JOBC queen and Gables Rotarians gath- princesses at the 2011 Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic tip-off with a clinic at CHC. ered at the home of John ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– and Debbie Swain whose residence offered a good view of the fireworks at The Biltmore. Up early the next morning, with their favorite pot luck dishes in hand, Gables Rotarians then kicked off 2012 with the club’s annual Moose Milk Party at the Gables home of Luba and Richard DeWitt. The big parade day for children was Jan. 2 when the Junior Orange Bowl Parade offered bands, floats and great entertainment during the afternoon. Back from a trip to the Grand Canyon during the holidays,

Debbie Swain, Gables Rotary president, (center) is pictured at Moose Milk Party with fellow Rotarians, party host Richard DeWitt (left) and Swain’s husband John. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Lynn Bauer and Hal Wanless gathered with friends, taking over a section of grandstand seats for the JOBC parade. For Bauer, the parade serves as a holiday party for her many friends and supports a great organization at the same time. Finally, Jazz in the Gables, a collaborative effort offering the public free quality lunchtime musical performances at an open-air venue in Coral Gables, began on Jan. 4. The three-month-long series features Wednesday performances, January through March, at the Coral Gables Museum’s plaza. The series, that will introduce audiences to some of the best jazz acts in South Florida, is presented by

the museum partnering with the Miami Jazz Cooperative, City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Business Improvement District. Music lovers are encouraged to support this effort with contributions needed to cover artistic fees. For information on how you can help, visit online at < miami/Project/Detail?projectId=514>. 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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Having earned a reputation in the historic preservation field, Kauffman made several moves before finally returning home. In fact, she moved to Palm Beach County and became the first historic preservation officer for the Town of Lake Park, helping the town write its first preservation ordinance and creating the its first historic preservation board. Another challenge took Kauffman to the City of Fort Pierce where she achieved success writing the city’s first historic preservation ordinance and leading that city’s first historic preservation board. Working with the city’s development director, she participated in the total transformation and redevelopment of the city’s historic and beautiful downtown waterfront. After marrying middle school science teacher Lamar Kauffman in 2003, the couple moved to Tallahassee where Kathleen became the executive director for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Following a few years in the non-profit

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for them to do the right thing without ever disclosing their identity. TipSoft, which is made by CrimeReports, allows agencies and members of the public to have a two-way dialog that is completely secure and anonymous. The service specifically allows text message providers to remain anonymous by encrypting the text messages, assigning them a unique alias and ID, and routing them through secure servers, protecting the personal details of the information provider. The City of Coral Gables is demonstrating its commitment to public safety by

world, Kauffman and her husband moved back home and she took on the position of historic preservation officer for the City of Miami. Currently, Kauffman is the historic preservation chief for Miami-Dade County, a position she has held since 2008. While work keeps her busy, Kauffman manages to serve many roles as a wife and a mother to two adorable little girls, Olivia, 5, and Julia, 2. Coming from a family that has produced two Junior Orange Bowl presidents and a former mayor, it is no wonder that volunteerism is in her blood. Kauffman is an active member of The Villagers Inc., a countywide non-profit organization that raises money for historic preservation grants and scholarships. As an active member of the Junior League of Miami, she is the immediate past president of the League’s Headquarters Committee. Of course, having attended many dozens of parades over the years at the side of her parents, Don and Jeannett Slesnick, it is no wonder Kathleen took on this event for the Junior Orange Bowl Festival. While still a young woman, Kauffman already has made an impact on the community like few others her age. using technology to prevent, reduce and solve crime. With TipSoft, agencies can invite the public to take an active role in making their communities safer. “By using this service we can empower and partner with our citizens to receive tips on suspicious and criminal activity within our community,” said Coral Gables Police Chief Dennis Weiner. Citizens are encouraged to use TipSoft to report information about any non-urgent illegal activity, such as unsolved cases, vandalism, theft, the sale and distribution of drugs or information about crimes that are being planned in the community or in schools. For more information regarding the use of TipSoft, contact the Coral Gables Police Department at 305-460-5401 or via email at <>.

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UM Entrepreneurship Center attends White House meeting BY CATHARINE SKIPP

In an early December gathering at the White House, the Startup America Partnership convened its all-entrepreneur board and announced $475 million in new committed resources to help startups scale, pushing the total value of its partner offerings to over $1.2 billion. The latest round of partner commitments are a direct response to specific requests made by the nearly 2,000 Startup America firms that already have registered with the Partnership since the release of its platform in September. Dr. Susan Amat, executive director of The Launch Pad at the University of Miami, represented Startup Florida as a regional co-leader. “Presenting to the administration and the Startup America Board and corporate partners about the activities and opportunities to support entrepreneurs in Florida was an incredible experience,” Amat said. “In taking a leadership role in the state, the reach and resources of The Launch Pad Network will expand to better meet the needs of our students and alumni, and by extension the Florida business community as a whole.” The Launch Pad, a novel entrepreneurship initiative developed at the University of Miami, helps both students and alumni create new enterprises, with a particular focus on the university’s home in South Florida. These aims are achieved by treating entrepreneurship as a mainstream career, a legitimate way to make a living, and by linking young entrepreneurs to regional commercial and community networks. Board members, sponsors, regional leaders and entrepreneurs met to discuss how to best utilize these resources and the Partnership’s platform to help startups grow in order to create jobs throughout the country. Joining the board at the White House were representatives from regional

initiatives, including Startup Florida, Startup Connecticut, Startup Illinois, Startup Massachusetts and Startup Tennessee. “The Startup America Partnership is focused on helping young companies grow because with their success come job creation and a stronger American economy,” said Steve Case, chair of the Startup America Partnership. “Our board members are perfect examples of founders who have succeeded in turning their visions into successful, high-growth ventures that employ hundreds of thousands of people.” According to the Kauffman Foundation, companies less than 5 years old accounted for all of the net job growth in our country between 1980 and 2005. Young firms’ success is often dependent on access to a variety of resources that help them grow. New corporate commitments to the Startup America Partnership support the growth of startups in five key areas: expertise, services, talent, customers and capital. “With our latest round of partners, we’ve continued to build out the offerings that startups have identified as being crucial to their growth,” said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. “Every startup in the country should register now to utilize these resources and jumpstart their growth.” Each Startup America Firm has access to a personalized dashboard — their “Growth Kit” — with which they can connect to resources and find the most relevant offerings based on their specific needs, stage of growth, and location. They also have access to an exclusive online community of other founders and startup team members where they can interact with Partnership representatives, share best practices and support their fellow entrepreneurs. For more information on the Partnership, visit online at <>.

Pictured (l-r) are Scott Case, Startup America; Dr. Susan Amat, The Launch Pad; David Lekach, Dreamwater; Steve Case, The Case Foundation; Albert Santalo, CareCloud; Devon Rifkin, The Great American Hanger Company, and John Duffy, 3C Interactive.

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50-year-old law firm moving to Gables Business District

396 Alhambra office complex in Coral Gables ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY ALLIE SCHWARTZ

Richman Greer PA, a law firm offering a wide range of litigation and business-related legal services in Miami and West Palm Beach, has announced that it will relocate its Downtown Miami office to the 396 Alhambra office complex — a new, twotower, 275,081-rentable-square-foot (rsf) mixed-use office and retail development located in the heart of the Downtown Coral Gables Business District. The firm will occupy a total of 10,755 square feet of Class A office space in the project’s newly developed 156,000 rsf North Tower. Financial terms of the lease were not disclosed. “In order to manage the firm’s continued growth, and continue providing outstanding service to our local and international clients, we made the decision to move our Miami office to Coral Gables and its vibrant multinational business community,” said Manuel Garcia-Linares, managing shareholder, Richman Greer PA. “We were attracted to the top quality of the 396 Alhambra project, its LEED certification, proximity within the commercial business district as well as the economic stability of the City Beautiful, where many of our attorneys live and are already involved in the community.” Celebrating 50 years in South Florida, Richman Greer will relocate to 396 Alhambra in Coral Gables from its current Downtown Miami office at Miami Center joining tenants such as CitiBank NA, international architecture firm RTKL Associates,

internet company Terra Networks, and marketing/communications firm KabooKaboo. David Valdez, Danet Linares and Andres del Corral of Blanca Commercial Real Estate represented landlord 396 Alhambra LLC in the transaction, while David Prevé of CresaPartners represented Richman Greer PA. “Richman Greer’s relocation to 396 Alhambra from a Class A building in Downtown Miami is a good example of the strong appeal of the Coral Gables market,” said Linares, executive vice president of Blanca Commercial Real Estate. “This is an ideal location for companies large and small seeking premium office space in a newly constructed office building that is located in the center of one of South Florida’s most desirable submarkets.” The announcement of Richman Greer’s move to 396 Alhambra’s North Tower follows the delivery of the project’s first phase, the seven-story, 87,000 rsf South Tower, which underwent a dramatic renovation and modernization, converting the 1960s-contructed building into luxury class A office space. The project’s North Tower is slated to open in the first quarter of 2012, with Richman Greer’s move scheduled for July. Designed by Miami-based architectural firm The Fullerton Group and constructed by Balfour Beatty, 396 Alhambra is located at 396 Alhambra Circle. Learn more at <>. For leasing information, contact David Valdez, Danet Linares or Andres del Corral of Blanca Commercial Real Estate at 305577-8850.

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UM law professors ranked world’s top two commercial arbitrators BY CATHARINE SKIPP

University of Miami School of Law professor Jan Paulsson has been ranked as one of the world’s top two arbitrators in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration. Prof. Paulsson, who holds the Michael Klein Distinguished Chair at Miami Law and heads the school’s International Arbitration Institute, is ranked second in the publication’s list, compiled annually from a survey of peers and just released. His colleague Albert Jan van den Berg, who serves each year as Visiting International Professor at the UM School of Law, is in first place. “Our arbitration faculty is simply the best in the world,” Miami Law dean Patricia D. White said after hearing news of the rankings. At the UM School of Law, Prof. Paulsson’s institute provides an enhanced JD curriculum, research facilities, an LLM degree, training and CLE courses in international arbitration. In addition, he heads the international arbitration practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the topranked firm in the survey. He has acted as counsel or arbitrator in more than 500 arbitrations in Europe, Asia, the United States and Africa, and in ad hoc arbitrations before

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tribunals such as the International Court of Justice. He was ad hoc arbitrator at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Nagano and Sydney. Prof. van den Berg, author of the acknowledged standard text on the 1958 New York Convention, teaches a course on that topic every year at the UM School of Law. He is the Arbitration chair at Erasmus University Rotterdam and the immediate past president of the Netherlands Arbitration Institute. Prof.

van den Berg, a Dutchman who is a partner in Hanotiau & van den Berg in Brussels, was given the Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Award’ by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers this year and in 2006. The publication says that Prof. van den Berg, the most highly nominated individual in the field, is “quite clearly one of the best in the business” in the eyes of his colleagues. It also says that Prof. Paulsson “stands alone at the head of the practice worldwide.”

The two men are ranked atop a list of 531 arbitrators from around the world. Last year, Prof. Paulsson was in third place on the list, and Prof. van den Berg in fourth. “We are very proud of our faculty,” said Jessica Carvalho Morris, director of the UM School of Law’s International Graduate Law Programs. “It is terrific to have the world recognize their caliber as practitioners, and consequently of our program.” Also commended by Who’s Who are Lucy Reed, a UM School of Law visiting professor and co-head of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s global international arbitration group, who is described as “one of the premier arbitrators in the United States,” and Carolyn B. Lamm, who graduated from UM School of Law in 1973 and addressed the graduating class in May 2011. The former president of the American Bar Association and a partner at White & Case LLP in Washington, Lamm has “absolutely fantastic” skills in arbitration, according to the Who’s Who summary. Nominees were selected, the publication said, after “comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and commercial arbitration experts in private practice worldwide.” For more information visit online at <>.

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Miami Children’s Patricia Dean receives J. Kiffin Penry Award BY RACHEL PERRY

families affected by epilepsy both as a professional care provider and as an advocate The American Epilepsy Society (AES) and volunteer at the local, state, and nationhas announced that Patricia Dean, ARNP, al level. The Penry honoree has been MSN, a pediatric nurse practitioner and involved actively for more than two decades clinical coordinator of the Comprehensive with a recreational camp and support group for children and teens with Epilepsy Program at Miami epilepsy, which she founded. Children’s Hospital, has been She has served as president of named recipient of this year’s J. the Epilepsy Foundation of Kiffin Penry Excellence in South Florida, as a member of Epilepsy Care Award. Florida Governor’s Task Force Dean is an internationally on Epilepsy, board director for known expert in epilepsy selfthe Epilepsy Foundation of management and parent counselAmerica, and as a member of ing, and a tireless advocate for many ad hoc committees epilepsy patients and their families. working to advance the care The Penry Award recognizes and quality of life for children individuals whose work both Patricia Dean with epilepsy. epitomizes excellence in the care –––––––––––––– Dean’s research interests of people with epilepsy, and has a major impact on patient care and are on the antecedents of developmental improved quality of life for people with the pathology in intractable epilepsy and disorder. The 2011 Penry Award was pre- self-management skills in coping with the sented Dec. 3 during the AES 65th annual disorder. She is a sought-after sympomeeting and scientific conference at the sium speaker and has published articles both in professional journals and in conBaltimore Convention Center. Patricia Dean has served children and sumer literature.

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Severe stroke cannot keep dancer Tammy Farris down BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Tammy Farris, who had been dancing most of her life, suffered a severe stroke in October 2011 that left the professional dance instructor wheel chair-bound, unemployed, and minus insurance. The South Florida Dance Showcase on Jan. 20 at Broward College is dedicated to help get her and other stroke victims back on their feet. “My mother was told to get my things in order because they did not think I was going to make it,” Farris said. “I was found hours after passing out and immediately rushed to the hospital for surgery. They drained the blood out of my brain and performed a tracheotomy to clear my lungs. I don’t remember my first month in intensive care.” Farris experienced the classic stroke symptoms of numbness on her left side and dizziness prior to passing out and attributes the stroke itself to high blood pressure and stress. In just a few months since the October stroke, she has regained partial use of her left arm and is attempting to learn to walk. Like millions of Americans, Farris did not have insurance at the time of the stroke. She was teaching at Dance Gallery in the South Miami area after giving up her own studio to enable her to teach fulltime. Dance Gallery has sponsored several fundraisers on Farris’ behalf and they sell “Hope You Can Dance” bracelets for her, but more help is needed. “I applied for Medicaid and finally did receive it but they do not cover occupational therapy so I started doing it on my own to continue to improve. I made so many calls to so many organizations but as soon as they found out I was a stroke victim they would say ‘oh, we don’t take stroke victims.’” A branch of Medicaid called Medica offers limited occupational therapy which

“When something tragic and unexpected happens in life you have to fight. I believe you can achieve anything you desire if you work hard enough and believe in yourself.” — Tammy Farris

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apparently Farris already has used up and so she continues to make calls to find a way to get help while doing what she can on her own — a risky gamble. “I am living with my mom now and we have modified the house so I can take a shower in the wheelchair but there are so many things you cannot do with only one arm. I can’t cook; I can’t fold laundry. I have fallen four times already and, thank

God, I have not split my head open because one time I landed on my face on the ceramic tile. This is why so many stroke victims end up back in the hospital,” Farris said. A life of immobility to a lifelong dancer brought up in the studio of her mother, Virginia Harris, is not a proposition Farris is willing to accept. “When something tragic and unexpected

happens in life you have to fight. I believe you can achieve anything you desire if you work hard enough and believe in yourself,” Farris said. Apparently this is the style of leadership she taught her nearly 500 students during the course of her career thus far. “Her students love her and want to do more for her,” said Rosemary Baker, Dance Gallery director. “She has been in the dance community a long time and is very well known. She really relates to the students. “Tammy is able to get on their level and explain things in a unique and effective way. If she is teaching ballet, for example, she makes it fun. Ballet is not fun for a lot of students but Tammy could make it fun for everybody.” Many of Farris’ alumni have gone on to dance for the Miami Heat, the Miami Dolphins, and performed on national and international stages such as on the television program So You Think You Can Dance. Some have left travel engagements to come back to town and teach master classes to benefit Farris. Recently a group of students at Dance Gallery decided to post messages about the difference she has made in their lives. “You are my motivation,” Alexis Browning said. “You not only inspired me to dance but also to stay strong and always keep your head up,” Stephanie Pujol said. “You are one of the best teachers I have ever had, not only an inspiration but also a role model,” Casey Ruiz said. The First Annual South Florida Dance Showcase to Benefit Stroke Victims is Friday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., in the Omni Auditorium at Broward College North Campus, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd. Call Tammy at 305-323-9041 or send email to <> for more information.

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Shortly after moving from Argentina to Miami, Maggie Degrossi was diagnosed with epilepsy. She was only 4 and she suffered from complex partial seizures that caused her to blank out. Her childhood experiences have led her to speak out now to help educate others about living with epilepsy. Growing up with epilepsy was not easy. “My mom treated me a little differently than she treated my brother,” Degrossi said. “He had a lot more freedom.” In high school, she finally confronted her mother about the issue and discovered that the restrictions she lived under were because of her condition. Degrossi said she had two eye surgeries as a child and after each she had a seizure. At first, doctors thought the anesthesia trigged the condition. Initially, her parents were secretive about Degrossi’s condition. “My mom used to say, ‘You don’t have to tell people.’ Maybe she thought people were going to discriminate against me because I had it.” The secrecy led to problems for her as a child. “I used to be sent to the principal’s office. I didn’t do anything wrong,” she said. But the teachers sent her there when she had a seizure, thinking she was misbehaving. She was switched from regular classes to special education classes, which upset her because she had been doing well in school. She began to question things and was eventually put in regular classes. She also stopped keeping her condition a secret. “I started telling everybody I have it, when people ask me,” Degrossi said. “I’m a positive example how you can live a normal life, just like everyone else.” She decided she should keep a positive attitude. “I finally gained freedom with the help of new medication that helped me control my seizures. I got independence,” she said. “I want to show other people with epilepsy that it’s okay to talk about how they feel.” She wants teachers to know how to deal with students who have epilepsy. “They should treat students equally,” she said. “Parents should not be overprotective. My mom was extremely

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overprotective.” In college, Maggie wasn’t sleeping enough and had a tonic-clonic seizure that frightened her. It also caused her to lose two years of memory. She vowed to eat healthier and get more sleep. She kept her promise to herself and graduated from Florida International University with a degree in psychology. Along the way, she discovered a great resource, the Epilepsy Foundation of South Florida. “I found out about the Epilepsy of Florida in college,” Degrossi said. “I finally went there. I never knew there were a lot of people who go through what I go through. Once or twice a week, I would go there.” Now, with her degree and the knowledge she gained from the Epilepsy Foundation, she is able to help others. “That’s exactly why I love doing this. I know exactly how they feel,” Degrossi said. “You can live when you have epilepsy. It’s not a disability. I tell them my story and tell them where to go. I tell them it’s okay to have epilepsy; it’s okay to talk about it. I tell people who haven’t found the medication, not to give up, to always maintain a positive attitude.” She and her doctors found the right medication in 2002. She’s now seizure free. For more information, go online to <>.

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Karen-Eileen Gordon returns to Miami for new TV series BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Actress Karen-Eileen Gordon, who grew up in South Florida and lived and worked here for awhile before heading out to Los Angeles, has traveled back to the area for work in a new TV series titled Magic City. The series, which debuts on the Starz network in the spring, has the talented screen and voice-over actress feeling as if she also traveled back in time. Written entirely by Mitch Glazer, executive producer, the show is set on Miami Beach in 1959 in the fictional Miramar Playa Hotel. “Working in this story setting, on those sets designed to transport you right back to 1959 Miami Beach, was mind-bending,” Gordon said. “A wormhole whisked me 50 years into the past. My acting teachers and coaches really drilled into me that as an actor, I’m responsible for seeing the setting internally. Having an authentic drop-dead gorgeous set to back up the inner vision is like performance rocket fuel.” The first episode opens on New Years Eve 1958-59, amid the glitter and glamour of a beach hotel like the Fontainebleau or Eden Roc, run by hotel king Ike Evans, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. “My character is Florence, Ike’s longtime executive secretary,” Gordon said. “Bringing her to life was a fabulous adventure. To fund his expensive hotel vision, Ike involves himself with a mob boss. His three kids and former-showgirl wife, Vera, believe he’s an above-board guy. None of them has any idea how hard he’s struggling to break his pact with the devil.” Gordon, who attended public schools in Broward, got a degree in economics at Harvard and did her post-grad work at the University of Bristol in England, lived in South Miami, Coral Gables and Miami Lakes for about nine years, working at

Karen-Eileen Gordon is seen during filming of the movie, A Free Bird, in Panama City. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Tinsley Advertising, the Miami Herald, Miami Dade College, and Venture Productions where she was a radio writer/producer for the Armed Forces Radio Network. She recently made a movie in the panhandle, called A Free Bird, a comedy feature now in the final stages of postproduction. “I’d never been to Panama City,” Gordon said. “I had the honor of filming the female lead, Tammy. She’s a Southern whirlwind with a heart the size of an ocean, scheming to get her common-law husband to step up to the ‘relationship plate.’” Gordon thinks that local viewers especially will enjoy the new Magic City series, although she admits to being completely biased because she loves both the show and South Florida.

“It’s astoundingly faithful to the history of the time period, both in the authenticity of the visuals and in the storylines,”

Gordon said. “Mr. Glazer grew up on Miami Beach in those years, so he knows the people and surroundings from the inside, and it’s a delicious view. The New Years Eve that launches the first episode was the evening that Havana fell to Castro’s rebels. The Kennedys, the mob, the CIA, Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack all held court. All of the celebrities of that day wanted to perform and stay here.” As someone who grew up, lived and worked in South Florida before, to be here working on a series set in Miami’s past is, in Gordon’s words, “like hitting the actor lottery.” “To be able to return to the place that I consider my true hometown, the place where I grew up and where I got my creative start, is heaven,” Gordon said. “And for an added helping of amazingness, to be here working on a series set in Miami’s past is an extraordinary gift. To explore the seismic shift of Florida’s social and psychic landscape at the 1958/1959 junction, and to time travel and feel what that era was like for everyone living there. Delicious.”

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Celine Dion draws a sellout crowd to fundraiser concert

Celine Dion holds up a crystal pineapple she received after performing a benefit concert Friday, Dec. 16, in Miami Beach. Dion entertained a sellout crowd in gratitude to the Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, whose physicians led by Dr. Barry Katzen saved the life of her husband, René Angélil (left). ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Celine Dion donated a private concert on Friday, Dec. 16, to a sellout audience to benefit the expansion of Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Miami. Dion gave her performance in gratitude to the Institute for the lifesaving procedure carried out on her husband, René Angélil, under the leadership of Dr. Barry Katzen, the Institute’s founder and medical director. Dion gave details in a video presented with her husband at the event. “It started a little over two and a half years ago. We had quite a scare,” she said. “Our family doctors discovered that René had a critical narrowing of the artery to his brain, the carotid artery, putting him at a high risk for stroke.” Angélil said he wasn’t a candidate for surgery so his doctors looked for a less invasive approach. “They had heard about [Dr. Katzen’s] work with non-invasive treatments and they basically told me he was the best person to take care of me,” Angélil said. The audience of 1,700 enjoyed a reception before the 8 p.m. concert at

The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. The presenting sponsor for the event, Audemars Piguet, official timekeeper of Baptist Hospital, hosted an exclusive dinner after the show. The expansion will include the development of a national Center for Aneurysm Therapy, Center for Advanced Endovascular and Structural Heart Therapy and other specialty centers. The concert raised $6 million, including campaign-related contributions. Event benefactor Victor E. Clarke, an honorary board member of the Baptist Health Foundation, will match all contributions up to $5 million for the capital campaign. “Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute has been ahead of its time for the past 25 years, and this expansion will allow its leadership team to take the Institute to the next level in cardiovascular excellence,” said Brian Keeley, CEO and president of Baptist Health South Florida. The event’s chairs were Armando and Margarita Codina and James and Susan Carr, and co-chairs were Micky and Madeleine Arison. Honorary chairs were Dr. Barry and Judith Katzen.

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RayPrinciotta ON REAL ESTATE A condominium is a good option to consider when shopping for housing in today’s volatile Miami/Dade real estate market. Many desirable condominium units are currently listed and are worth looking into for price and value. Condo living offers convenience and amenities like property maintenance and community living. However, the smart shopper should be aware there are some special considerations when buying a condo rather than buying a house. A major consideration is that of control. Generally the condo buyer is a co-owner of a total facility which includes all properties and is managed by a Board or a Condo Association. Condo owners, at purchase, agree to abide by the rules and regulations that control all business of the facility.. A home owner has no such rules and can, within legal limits, make all decisions about his property. After viewing and liking the condo unit and the community, the prospective buyer


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Buying a Condominium? needs to find out how much it will cost to own and live there. Top of the list is the Association’s Monthly Assessment fee which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. This fee usually covers the staff and maintenance of common areas such as lobby, elevators, hallways, parking garages, roof, facade, pool, gym, landscaping, etc. In other words, the fee includes pretty much everything outside the perimeter walls of the unit. The Monthly Assessment is supplemented by Special. Assessment charges for unanticipated repairs and/or capital improvement projects such as re-roofing and facade refurbishing. This charge is generally allocated pro-rata according to each unit’s percentage of common elements. Property taxes may or may not be handled by Special Assessments. All costs of maintaining and repairing everything within the perimeter of the unit fall to the owner. This includes all kitchen and bathroom fixtures, floor covering, light fixtures, painting, etc. Owners are also responsible for insuring the contents of their unit, including fixtures, flooring, furniture and personal property. After tallying up all the costs, the

prospective buyer needs to check out the financial stability of the condominium community. Potential purchasers should review the Association’s financial records to determine it’s ability to manage finances. The Association needs to have appropriate amounts of funds set aside for the day-to-day operation of the community. If the Association is lacking funds that may be an harbinger of poor maintenance and upkeep in the future. Another concern is the overall status of the accounts receivable including the number and percentage of owners who are late on their monthly fees, and the total amount of money due the Associations. Financial acuity and transparency are of prime importance to the prospective buyer. Any indication otherwise is enough to postpone a sale. The final task here is a careful reading of the Condominium Rules and Regulations. These are often the Quality-Of-Life issues that the Buyer needs to understand in order

to ensure his total compliance. These will include rules for parking, pets, noise levels, number of people that can live in a unit, regulate use of common areas, changes to the exterior of the unit such as awnings, window treatments; in other words, anything that has the potential to change the exterior of the condominium unit. If there are questions, they must be discussed and conclusions be reached. If everything seems satisfactory, condo living can offer a terrific lifestyle but it is important to buy into a good community with a financially strong and well-run Condominium Association.

For more detail, visit Ray Princiotta is a licensed Florida real estate broker with Accelerated Realty, Inc. Contact him at 305.494.4101 or

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Zoological Society of Florida to host Beastkeeper party BY CINDY CASTELBLANCO

The Zoological Society of Florida, Host Committee and Zoo Miami, as a prelude to the legendary “Feast With The Beasts” dining event at the zoo, has scheduled the Beastkeeper VIP Party, a wild evening of tantalizing tastes from fine South Florida restaurants, open bars, exotic animal encounters from Zoo Miami, and cool music. The event is Saturday, Jan. 28, 7-11 p.m., at the residence of Chris and Irene Korge (event co-chair), 10355 SW 67 Ave. in Pinecrest. The funds raised will help support the Zoological Society of Florida’s wildlife education and conservation programs on behalf of Zoo Miami. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. Exquisite fare will be served from the following excellent restaurants: Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House, Caffé Abbracci, Zucchero Ristorante-Bistro,

and Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar. The Office Cake and Wicked Confections will be satiating sweet cravings with delectable desserts. An extravagant silent auction will include items like jewelry, trips, handbags and art. The $500 Beastkeeper VIP Party Passport tickets include admission to Feast With The Beasts (8 p.m. to midnight) and the VIP cocktail reception (7 p.m.) on Friday, Mar. 2, at Zoo Miami. Tickets to Feast With The Beasts are $175. For tickets, sponsorship and more information, visit online at <> or call 305-255-5551. The Zoological Society of Florida is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports Zoo Miami through education, conservation and outreach programs; marketing and public relations; volunteer services, and financial support for the construction of new exhibits.

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School’s Spirit Week winners donate to Running With Sole

Pictured (l-r) are Nada Sater, CEO and co-founder of Running With Sole, several students and Spirit Week winners from Ms. Tassy’s class, and Nellie Tassy, Riviera Day School fourth grade teacher. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Riviera Day School recently celebrated the end of its annual Spirit Week with a trophy presentation to the winning class and a check to a local charity. Nellie Tassy’s fourth-grade class, winners of the Spirit Week trophy, got to help local children in need by donating their $500 winnings to Running With Sole, a local non-profit whose mission is to provide shoes to all in need, sports shoes to inner city and homeless children from ages 3 to 18, and promote physical activity and prevent childhood obesity. “Engaging and educating children on the benefits of an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits is what Running With Sole is all about,” said Nada Sater, CEO and co-founder of Running

With Sole. “Riviera Day School’s donations will help us continue our programs so that inner city and homeless children feel empowered with self confidence and self respect,” she added.? “It was a nail-biting competition but my class won this whole thing against the rest of the school and I am so proud of them. But the best part was that we got to help others.” Tassy said. “When it was time to select a charity, I told my students about Running With Sole and the great work they do with children. They all loved the idea and agreed it was the best choice,” she added. This is the second time Riviera Day School has donated to Running With Sole. Last year the school donated $500 to the organization.

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Resolve to Move Forward - Your Decisions Will Give You (and yours) Peace of Mind BY HELEN SHAHAM Q. My husband and I have lived in our home for over 45 years. We’re both in our mid-80s and have been discussing the option of moving to a senior living community for the last several months. It’s been years since we’ve made such a significant life change. How do we know when the time is right to move? A. Older adults who have lived in their homes for decades are especially hesitant to move to a senior living community as even the thought of a change, and of being in a new environment, seems overwhelming and to some even terrifying. You probably have asked yourself: “Why do I really need all this commotion?”. Well, the true answer is: For your peace of mind! For the peace of mind of your children. For the peace of mind of your husband. And there has never been a more ideal time to resolve to move forward with such a decision. It’s a new year; why not start this year with the peace of mind that a new, comfortable and carefree lifestyle can give you? Senior living communities can provide the perfect balance between the desired peace of mind for the future (and even for the present) while giving you the opportunity to continue to be engaged in your personal lives, interests and lifestyles. Look at the potential move as an opportunity for a new beginning. The beginning of a new lifestyle, without the hassles of the day-today duties and chores, where both you and your husband will find that now you have time to spend each day as you wish. Often, seniors incorrectly believe that a move to a senior living community means giving up their independence. It’s quite the opposite. Once seniors move to such a community, they find that their horizon is expanded and life can be enjoyed more than before—not less. For example, at our independent living community, The Palace Suites, resident Marjorie Bonien has traded in the hassles of coordinating and scheduling lawn maintenance and delivery men for the luxury of being able to plan her day around her own interests. She recently devoted her Saturdays to creating and designing holiday cards for the military, veterans and their families. Mrs. Bonien’s story is typical of residents at senior living communities. As one resident pointed out, “moving to a senior living community doesn’t mean we’ve left the mainstream of life”. Most communities have a full-time Social & Entertainment Director on staff whose main focus is to create enriching and rewarding opportunities for cultural, educational, spiritu-

al, physical and mental growth and development. From volunteering at hospitals or a local school to outings, to theatrical productions, senior living communities usually open a new world of possibilities for their residents. Ask any resident at a senior living community and you’ll inevitably hear that they wished they’d made the move sooner. In addition to not having to worry about home maintenance, they no longer are concerned about grocery shopping, meal preparation, house cleaning, general repairs, transportation and safety. Senior living communities also make sense financially. Most offer an all-inclusive monthly fee (at least two meals a day, a clinic, entertainment, housekeeping, utilities, etc.). Our website,, offers a simple ‘Compare the Value’ checklist which can be used to assess the costs of home ownership vs. living at The Palace. For seniors who think they are too healthy for a move to a senior living community, think again! With activities such as college-level courses provided by the local universities, social media tutorials (Twitter and Facebook) and Olympic-styled competitions, seniors across the country are enjoying active lifestyles every day. Besides, you’ve planned ahead your whole life. Why not make the decision now, while it’s still yours to make? Don’t wait until you or your husband is threatened by a health crisis which can lead to rash decisions. Do it today, while you’re able to select the community that best suits your needs. Moving at any age can be a significant life change. But, it’s important to weigh the advantages and benefits provided by a senior living community. Begin embracing the possibilities of a new life in a new environment with new friends. The New Year is the perfect time to move forward with such a decision! Make it this year’s New Year Resolution!

Helen Shaham and her husband, Jacob, have been operating Senior Living Communities for more than 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two latest projects are The Palace at Weston – Luxury Living for Those 55 and Over and Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care Retirement Community in Israel. Currently under construction is The Palace at Coral Gables, which is now taking reservations at the Information Center located at 16 Miracle Mile. See it at The Palace at Weston Senior Living, an independent, assisted and memory support community, is the next in line. More information can be obtained by calling 305-271-2220 or by visiting The Palace website at

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OB Paddle Championship largest East Coast paddleboarding event BY KEN RUSSELL

The largest Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) event on the East Coast will take place in Miami on Jan. 15. An official World Paddle Association event, the Orange Bowl Paddle Championship powered by Jimmy Lewis will feature competitive and amateur paddleboarders, including more than 100 Big Brothers and Big Sisters with their “Littles.” Navigating a course that will start in Biscayne Bay and run up the Miami River against the backdrop of downtown Miami’s skyline, participants will compete for the largest purse on the East Coast

while supporting a good cause — positive adult mentor relationships for at-risk children. Men’s and Women’s Elite winners will each receive a $5,000 cash prize. All proceeds from the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Legendary surf and standup paddleboard shaper Jimmy Lewis is arriving from Hawaii and will be on hand to welcome racers and sign autographs. Race begins at 11 a.m. with first-ever paddle clinic at 1 p.m. and awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The event starts at Bayside Marketplace Marina, 401 Biscayne Blvd. For additional information or details, visit online at <>.

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Amarylli Fridegotto masters the keys of piano and life BY YARA ZAKHARIA, ESQ.

From concert pianist and piano master teacher to entrepreneur and founder of the new “Family Enrichment and Therapy Center” (The Family ETC) on Key Biscayne, island resident Amarylli Fridegotto has mastered the art of hitting the right keys both on her baby grand and in everyday life. Versatility, perseverance, boldness, and zealous determination define this accomplished musician and exuberant businesswoman. After earning a degree in languages at the Sacred Heart high school in Padova, Italy, she graduated with honors in piano from the Venice Music Conservatory “B. Marcello.” Fridegotto, who stepped into a piano career at the tender age of 9, later completed several master’s, including one in piano interpretation from “Hochschule fur Musik” in Salzburg, Austria; one in the prestigious “Fundazione Cini” in San George Island (Venice, Italy), and another in “Applied Music Education” in Paris, France. “My mother is an opera singer, and my father was an industrialist who spent each day creating and building,” Fridegotto said. Endowed with a talent for the piano, she devoted her life to the study of music and has performed in illustrious venues, such as the Teatro Regio di Parma in Italy and Bulgaria Hall in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as royal palaces throughout Europe. Adept at “Russian technique” in piano interpretation, she collaborated with Russian master and Tchaikovsky Piano Trio pianist K. Boghino in Paris. Driven by a humanitarian dedication to underprivileged children, she also has spearheaded numerous musical programs and participated in several concerts for nonprofit foundations such as UNICEF and the European “Red Cross.” Fridegotto’s entrepreneurial side

Amarylli Fridegotto (at piano) is pictured performing in concert. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

emerged upon the death of her father, who she describes as “a source of constant inspiration” and “my role model.” Her concerts and teaching curriculum overseas came to a sudden halt when she left Italy to oversee her late father’s manufacturing industries in Venezuela. “It was both a trauma and a challenge,” recalled Fridegotto who began her hands-on business training there. Determined to succeed, she learned the ropes and mastered the entire manufacturing process involved in each of the industries, from raw material to the finished product and human resource management. “I managed the company for three years until two attempted kidnappings and chronic fatigue syndrome forced me to leave Venezuela,” Fridegotto said. “A woman who fights for her passions and for her ideals —freedom, respect, and justice — who is uncompromising, and

who, whenever she falls under the blows of life, rises even stronger from the ashes, like a phoenix” is how Fridegotto describes herself. In 2006, she and her then-husband settled in Key Biscayne, which she said reminded her of her “beloved Venice.” It did not take long for the enterprising and energetic mother of two children, Maximilian and Alexandra, to make her cultural mark on the city by founding two children’s and youth orchestras and the Key Biscayne Piano Academy, which offers piano classes for children and adults from beginners to professionals. In October, Fridegotto launched on Key Biscayne the Family Enrichment and Therapy Center,” an establishment offering a panoply of unique cultural activities and events, diverse clinical and alternative therapies, as well as intellectual activities in collaboration with

European Cultural Centers. “An all-in-one center,” she notes with pride. Perceived by her peers as incisive, brilliant, passionate and altruistic, Fridegotto explains how she “expanded the concept from one that was child-centric to one also focused on the world around the child or adolescent — namely, his or her family and society.” Open to the public, recent socio-cultural mixers at the Family ETC ( have included “Venice in History, Architecture and Art” featuring guest speakers, as well as works by an international artist, a local photographer, and Venetian pastries with wines. A native of Veneto, a region in Northern Italy where she said “entire families work in the family business, even on Sundays,” Fridegotto has hard work and the desire to excel running through her ancestral blood. A sense of gratitude is never far behind, as she thanks God for her two children and the U.S. for welcoming her with open arms. “In this country, if you love what you do and have a devotion to work, you can still make your dreams come true,” she said. “I am someone who achieves her goals, or at the very least, always gives 100 percent of herself.” Earlier in 2011, the gifted pianist released Essence of Chopin, a compilation of sublime interpretations of the legendary composer’s masterpieces such as Andante Spianato. The CD, which is available online, received critical acclaim from the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, among others. “It is not the need to go to work every day to support myself and my family financially which gets me out of bed every morning, but the passion for what I do,” Fridegotto emphasizes. “The Family ETC is my mission now.”

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Expect the unexpected on menu at Scully’s Tavern

Food Network’s Guy Fieri (left) visits Scully’s Tavern and owners Cass and Chris Hirsh each year when he comes to South Florida for the Wine and Food Festival. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


“What you don’t expect, you’ll get here. And man it’s good,” said Food Network’s Guy Fieri of the Scully’s Tavern experience. Those words have helped put Scully’s on the map in Kendall and beyond. Fieri touted Scully’s as “something different” during his show and featured one of owner and chef Chris Hirsh’s famous recipes in his book Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. So what does Fieri, and everyone else who visits Scully’s Tavern, love about this unassuming neighborhood tavern run by Hirsh and wife Cass? “It’s some legit food. It’s a sports bar that serves escargot,” Fieri said. “Travelers who watch Guy’s show or have his book will stop by, have a meal and then cross us off their list of places to visit,” Chris said. “The good news is that they all say they will definitely come back. We’ve sold about 500 copies of Guy’s book at Scully’s and I’ve autographed about 400 of them.” The Hirsh’s opened Scully’s Tavern in March 1989 with a plan in mind — to open a cozy, friendly spot that served better food than your average sports bar. Mission accomplished — 23 years and counting. Chris, who started working in the restaurant business at the age of 14, lends his French restaurant training to dishes such as Oysters Benville — oysters with jalapenos and melted provolone — and Scampi Style Chicken Wings and Mussels Provencal, both cooked with Chris’ famous garlic butter. Even the usual fare is hardly usual at all. Cass points out that Chris smokes the fish for Scully’s famous fish dip and the pork for the pulled pork sandwiches on the large outdoor smoker. Chris’ most famous creation is the

Incrusted Dolphin Sandwich, a mahi mahi fillet battered in a crushed potato chip crust and served on a Kaiser roll. The recipe for this one-of-a-kind sandwich is the one featured in Fieri’s book and he writes, “If anybody ever says they want a fish sandwich, this should be it.” Do as the locals do — pick any of Scully’s daily and nightly specials and make it a weekly tradition. All you can eat barbecue ribs are the Sunday and Monday special — a perfect companion to football on the flat screens. Prime rib is offered on Wednesday, fish and chips is the Thursday favorite and New York Strip and Pork Shank with Rosemary sauce are popular entrées served every night. It’s not just the good food that keeps folks coming back to the “Cheers-esque” neighborhood spot. Cold beer and double shot drinks are flowing during Scully’s happy hour, 3-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and a free buffet at 5 p.m. satisfies the munchies. Cass runs the “front of the house” and the action she has planned at Scully’s is sure to make everyone happy. College students, families and sports fans gather to watch the big game, play pool or listen to the band play classic rock on Friday and Saturday nights, with no cover charge. Scully’s comes alive on Wednesdays during Karaoke Night and bikers rev it up on Thursdays during Biker Night. “We’re all about good friends and good times,” Chris said. “Scully’s is a way of life. There’s a really good vibe in here.” Become a regular at Scully’s Tavern, located at 9809 Sunset Dr. Scully’s opens for lunch at 11 a.m., Monday-Friday, and at noon on the weekends. For more information, call 305-271-7404 or visit online at <>.

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Former Parrot Jungle gift shop now an art gallery

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Under the guidance of curator Tora Bueno, the Gardens Gallery at Pinecrest Gardens is running monthly art exhibits, and the space is booked tentatively through the end of 2012. Most of the shows are being curated by Tora Bueno, whose knowledge of art is extensive. She has worked both in the U.S. and internationally as an art consultant and curator. Now a Pinecrest resident, she has been tapped by the Pinecrest Gardens administration to oversee the gallery. “My dad is an art dealer since the 1980s,” she said. “I worked with a dealer until I moved here two years ago. Then I met Alana Perez [Pinecrest Gardens director] and she asked me if I would be willing to organize the gallery. I plan the exhibitions and I do the openings.” Perez said Bueno impressed her. “There is a certain something about Tora that sets her apart from the rest of the Miami’s Art Scene. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but it is for sure, a breath of fresh air. Call it her UK and Swiss upbringing; call it coming of age in New York City; call it exposure and access to artists playing in the European or New York Theater; she has her fingers on the pulse of global art trends and she brings a whole new perspective to this town,” Perez said. “We are lucky at the Gardens for her association and to have her as curator of the Gardens Gallery.” Perez said the former gift shop was available space that needed a purpose. “The Gardens Gallery was a room just waiting to happen. When I first came to work at the Gardens a year and a half ago, the

Hibiscus Room was a blank canvass,” Perez said. “It served as an indoor rental venue with stark walls, incredible beamed ceilings a floor plan that screamed out ‘fine arts gallery.’ “It was the right idea at the right time with the right person to curate it that made the Gardens Gallery come to life. Each month we have a new and exciting exhibit, and I know in time, the venture will continue to grow in popularity among Gardens’ members, visitors and lovers of fine art alike.” In December, the gallery featured the work of conceptual artist Ethan Ryman. “He flattens something that’s 3-D,” Perez said. “He’s always thinking about spatial perception, what photography does and doesn’t do.” Other shows have featured watercolors and wood carvings. “The Gallery is still a multi-usage space and by its nature a community amenity,” Bueno said. “I will facilitate a variety of shows from student/teacher shows to the very avant-garde like Ethan’s to black and white photography, textiles, sculpture. You name it.” The exhibits are not limited to professional artists. In November, the Pinecrest Gardens Gallery had a show featuring public school art teachers and their students. In January, there is another show for a nonprofit. Bueno’s goal is to include shows by local artists in addition to well-known artists. She expects to have one show per month, except for the summer months. February’s exhibit will feature local artists who do botanical paintings and photography. And Bueno has high hopes for show from artists from Haiti tentatively scheduled for June. For more information, call 305-666-6990.

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Author recounts his journey to find God in new book BY BRIAN MCLENDON

The latest studies find that nearly one in three Americans will change their religious affiliation at some point in their lives. We are, more than ever, a nation of God hoppers. For New York Times bestselling author and former NPR foreign correspondent Eric Weiner — an agnostic by default — a health scare that put him briefly in the hospital leads him on an unexpected exploration of faith. While in pain and awaiting a diagnosis, a well-meaning nurse asks him a simple, blunt question: “Have you found your God yet?” This out of the blue query nags, prods, and ultimately launches him on a far-flung journey to do just that. The result is Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine, a funny, illuminating chronicle of his globe-spanning spiritual quest to find a faith that fits. Weiner, a longtime “spiritual voyeur” and inveterate traveler, realizes that while he has been privy to a wide range of religious practices, he’s never seriously considered these concepts in his own life. Face to face with his own mortality, and spurred on by the question of what spiritual principles to impart to his young daughter, he decides to correct this omission, What happens when we die? How undertaking a worldshould we live our lives? Where do all wide exploration of the missing socks go? religions and hoping to With his trademark wit and warmth, come to a personal he leaves no stone unturned. At a time understanding of the when more Americans than ever are divine. choosing a new faith, and when spiriThe journey that tual questions loom large in the modresults is rich in ern age, Man Seeks God presents a perinsight, humor, and spective on religion that is sure to heart. Willing to do Eric Weiner (Photo credit Chuck Berman) delight, inspire, and entertain. anything to better ––––––––––––––––– Eric Weiner is author of the New understand faith, and to find the god or gods that speak to him, York Times bestseller The Geography of he travels to Nepal, where he meditates Bliss, which has been translated into 18 with Tibetan lamas and a guy named languages. A former correspondent for Wayne. He sojourns to Turkey, where he NPR and the New York Times, Weiner has whirls (not so well, as it turns out) with reported from more than three dozen counSufi dervishes. He heads to China, where tries. His work has appeared in the New he attempts to unblock his chi; to Israel, Republic, Slate, Los Angeles Times, where he studies Kabbalah, sans Madonna; Washington Post, Foreign Policy, The New to the Bronx, where he volunteers at a York Times Magazine, and the anthology homeless shelter run by Franciscan friars, Best American Travel Writing. He divides and to Las Vegas, where he has a close his time between Starbucks and Caribou. Weiner will be talking and signing his encounter with Raelians (followers of the new book on Thursday, Jan. 26, 8 p.m., at world’s largest UFO-based religion). At each stop along the way, Weiner Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral keeps an open mind, leaves judgment at the Gables. For more information, visit online at door, and tackles our most pressing spiritual questions: Where do we come from? <>.


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Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival scheduled at Fairchild, Jan. 20-22 BY PAULA FERNÁNDEZ DE LOS MUROS

It’s that time of the year again when chocoholics from far and wide flock to Fairchild Tropical Botanic for none other than the International Chocolate Festival, featuring Coffee and Tea. Taking place Friday-Sunday, Jan. 20-22, the International Chocolate Festival, now it its sixth year, is a chocolate lover’s mustattend event and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. For three days visitors will be immersed in the wonderful and diverse world of chocolate, coffee and tea — from chocolate treats to tree sales, delicious cups of coffee and soothing cups of tea, cooking demonstrations to fun and educational kid’s activities, and so much more. So come get a taste of chocolates, coffee and tea from around the world, and join in the celebration of that divine tropical plant, Theobroma cacao, the source of chocolate! Here are some of the festival highlights: • Enjoy fine chocolate samples from artisan chocolatiers; • Take the Chocowalk to learn about the life cycle of a cacao plant, with stops in the Rainforest and more; • Watch master chefs demonstrating recipes with chocolate; • Attend lectures on chocolate making, chocolate history, science and more; • Sip coffee, tea and hot chocolate surrounded by the beauty of Fairchild, and • View video and photos of past

International Chocolate Festivals to see what makes this event so special. Green Mobility Network will be on site Saturday and Sunday offering its unique bike valet service at the South Gate. If you walk or ride your bike to Fairchild, you will receive $5 off the admission price for adults and $2 for children. Hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Admission is $25 for adults; $18, seniors; $12, children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under as well as Fairchild members. Eco-discount: If you ride your bike, walk or use public transportation, receive $5 off for adults and $2 off for children. It’s Fairchild’s way of thanking you for contributing to conservation. For more information, visit online at <>.

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Pictured at the opening of musical Soul Doctor

Pictured at the December opening of the musical Soul Doctor are (l-r) Jerry McIntyre, Soul Doctor choreographer; Palmetto Bay residents Marnie and Ron Kriss, and David Schechter, writer of Soul Doctor. Ron Kriss was installed as president of Jewish National Fundâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Miami-Dade Region in November 2011.

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Elite Cycling & Fitness offers custom-made cycling shoes BY JOSE CASSOLA

From construction work to speed skating to running his own bike shop, KC Boutiette has always been a “Jack of all trades.” Now the four-time U.S. Olympian and cross trainer has added a new occupation to his resume — shoemaker. For the past five years, Boutiette, 41, has owned and operated his own cycling business. Elite Cycling & Fitness, located at 13108 S. Dixie Hwy. in Pinecrest, caters to everyone from the causal cyclist to the triathlon athlete, offering repairs and tuneups and selling bicycles, parts, energy supplements and clothing gear. The shop also hosts monthly group rides, spin classes and fitness training sessions. An Olympic speed skater who first rose to fame at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Trials, Boutiette had a successful career for more than a decade, winning numerous national championship titles and setting world records. Along the way, he met and married fellow speed skater Jennifer Rodriguez. The two moved from Utah to Miami in 2006 to run Elite Cycling & Fitness. “We wanted to start our own business and a cycling shop was a perfect match for us,” said Boutiette, who lives in Brickell. “As speed skaters, we came across a lot of athletes who used cycling as a cross-training tool. It just made sense.” Boutiette and Rodriguez divorced in 2008. It wasn’t until the early part of 2011 that Boutiette decided to take the business in a new direction. Enter shoemaking. In March, Boutiette partnered with Rocket7 owner and creator Brian King to learn how to make custom lightweight carbon fiber shoes for cycling, running and triathlons. Rocket7 — founded in 1999 by King, also a former professional speed skater — are shoes molded to the individual’s feet, customizing length, width, instep, arch support and heel cup shape to

maximize the cyclist’s comfort and performance in long races. The Seattle-based product earned national fame when professional cyclists Tyler Hamilton, Dave Zabriskie and Geoff Kabush were seen wearing them. In 2008, King dismantled the operation to pursue a career in software. When Boutiette called King in March to purchase the embroidery machine he used to make the shoes, the idea to relaunch Rocket7 was born. “I was considering starting another business, maybe doing T-shirts and other clothing,” Boutiette said. “I knew Brian wasn’t using his embroidery machine, so I figured I’d take it off his hands. Then he mentioned why not get Rocket7 off the ground again and I thought it was a good idea. I own a bike shop. They go well together.” Boutiette moved all the tools and materials from Seattle to a warehouse three blocks away from his bike shop and started doing custom orders for clients. When re-launching Rocket7 started to interfere with running his business, Boutiette sought help in the form of two business partners — Marcelo Penengo, 40, and Jerry Mendez, 31. Both have a background in cycling and store management. “I couldn’t do both things,” Boutiette said. “I needed more time to make shoes. Jerry and Marcelo wanted to own a bike shop. It was a great opportunity for everyone.” Penengo and Mendez, now co-owners of Elite Cycling & Fitness, worked together for five years at Bike Tech off Coral Way and SW 22nd Avenue as manager and assistant manager, respectively. In 2010, Mendez moved on to manage his own store, Top Dog Cycle in Coconut Grove, and brought on Penengo potentially to take part ownership of the shop. When the deal fell through, Boutiette offered the two a chance to be co-owners of Elite Cycling & Fitness.

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“We’ve talked about this a long time, so it’s great to finally see the dream become a reality,” said Mendez, who lives in South Miami. Having worked in the industry for years, Penengo said he and Mendez are bringing enough cycling knowledge and experience to elevate Boutiette’s business to a new level of service. “We have the networking contacts in the community. We know most of the cycling groups, teams and trainers in the industry,” said Penengo, who lives in South Beach. “We know what it takes to cater to the entry-level cyclist just as much as the highend cyclist. And we’re familiar with how the store should flow, be organized and the selection of merchandising. This is going to

be a beneficial partnership for us all.” Penengo and Mendez officially came onboard in December. The new partnership paved the way for a small remodel of the 2,500-square-foot shop and gave Boutiette the necessary time and space to concentrate on Rocket7. So far, business has been good. And customers are enjoying the new addition to the shop. Rocket7 is available exclusively at Elite Cycling & Fitness. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; closed on Sundays. For more information, call 786-242-3733 or go to <>. For Rocket7 orders, go online to <>.

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Magic City Casino to conduct benefit Bullseye Golf Contest BY SANDRA M. RODRIGUEZ

Magic City Casino, Miami’s first casino to offer Las Vegas style slot machines, will host the Bullseye Golf Contest benefiting Voices Against Brain Cancer on Saturday, Jan. 14, and Sunday, Jan. 15. Participation in the two-day event is free and will take place Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Players will have the chance to win up to $15,000 in Free Play from Magic City Casino by participating in this event. Magic City Casino also will match any donations made to Voices Against Brain Cancer, as well as any Free Play won, up to $20,000. “We’re very excited to host this fun event and to be able to support such a worthy cause at the same time,” said Scott Savin, chief operating officer of Magic City Casino. “We invite golf enthusiasts of all levels to come out and play for free and support Voices Against Brain Cancer, which is an amazing organization.” Participation in the Bullseye Golf Contest is free, with each player having the opportunity to get three shots to the green. Balls landing on the green will earn $20 in Free Play. Balls landing within 10 feet of the pin will earn $100 in Free Play, and if a golfer hits a hole in one, he or she will win $5,000 in Free Play. VIP packages are available and include two reserved tee times each day, as well as VIP seating for the evening entertainment programs. Voices Against Brain Cancer was founded in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein, who lost his battle with brain cancer on Oct. 1, 2003, at the age of 24. Soon after his passing, his family created Voices Against Brain Cancer to raise money and awareness for the fight against this illness.

“We invite golf enthusiasts of all levels to come out and play for free and support Voices Against Brain Cancer, which is an amazing organization.” Scott Savin, CEO, Magic City Casino

“This tremendous event will allow us to honor Gary and those families who are still fighting this terrible illness,” said Mario Lichtenstein, founder of Voices Against Brain Cancer. “We appreciate Magic City Casino’s generosity and will put the money raised to urgent use.” Concluding each day’s activities, a special musical performance will be presented at Secada’s Lounge. The Chirino Sisters will perform on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9:30 p.m. Musician Stephen Bishop will perform on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Admission to both musical performances is free, with VIP tables available. For more details and official rules, visit <> or call 305649-3000, ext. 3507. Magic City Casino, located at 450 NW 37 Ave., offers complimentary self parking and valet parking. Magic City Casino features 800 Las Vegas-style slot machines, 18-table Poker Room, outdoor concert amphitheater, seasonal live greyhound racing and multiple food and beverage outlets, among other state-of-the-art amenities. The casino is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.

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2012 Scion iQ is a big idea in a small package Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS The new Scion iQ is the latest vehicle to join the growing list of micro-subcompacts that many auto manufacturers are offering American consumers. Measuring just 10 feet in length and with the capability of seating four people, Scion is billing the iQ as the world’s smallest fourseat vehicle. The iQ is a three-door hatchback with a geometric shape and it should give the Smart Car a run for its money. It has a strong, high beltline that runs from the large headlights, up the A-pillar and across the roof to wrap around the rear. Side mirrors with integrated turn signals accent the geometric design. The iQ is billed as a premium micro-subcompact and it is intelligently designed, with six engineering innovations basically responsible for its ability to be small in size, but large in capability. They are: • A compact front-mounted differential; • A high-mount steering rack with electronic power-steering;

• A compact air-conditioning unit; • A flat gas tank housed beneath the floor; • Slim-back front seats that optimize rear legroom, and • A 3+1 offset seating arrangement that allows one adult to sit behind the front passenger and a child or small package behind the driver. The iQ has a 78.7-inch wheelbase and a unique suspension design of MacPherson struts up front and a compact torsion beam in the rear. The combination allows the little car to maneuver through city traffic much easier than a larger vehicle. The overall length of just 120.1-inches and short front and rear overhangs allows the iQ to slip into virtually any urban parking space. At the same time, the iQ has a wide track of 66.1 inches for solid handling, much like a larger sports car. The 2012 iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 94 hp and 89 pounds-feet of torque. It also has the latest dual VVT-i, allowing the engine to operate efficiently and deliver a broader powerband, yet requiring less fuel and generating fewer emissions. The engine is paired with a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for smooth acceleration and excellent fuel efficiency of 37 mpg. The iQ comes standard with safety features that consumers expect and demand. It has 11

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Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Smart Stop Technology brake-override. A tire-pressure monitoring system also is standard equipment. Pricing on the Scion iQ starts at $15,265. 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 <>.

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OPENING DOORS TO SOUTH FLORIDA REAL ESTATE As a second generation real estate professional, and a Miami native, I have an intimate understanding of our local market. Let me help guide you through the sometimes turbulent waters of buying and selling your most valuable asset. The process should be easy and enjoyable when you have the assistance of the right professional.

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