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GABLES GREAT Mort Guilford remembered for service, philanthropy

Coral Gables again earns ‘Playful City USA’ honors

BY MARK TROWBRIDGE President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce

One of the great things about our Chamber is that we have the opportunity to reinvent ourselves each year with the arrival of a new Chairman. With our formal Board installation behind us, we are off and running towards what promises to be a great year in our organization – one fi lled with wideopendoors, tremendous energy, boundless opportunities and the relentless pursuit of our goals. Our Chairman, Drew Kern of EWM, will focus his upcoming term on four diff erent priorities: The update of Miracle Mile via

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he recognition for Mort Guilford has been long overdue. While the writing of this article began several weeks ago, it is unfortunate that he passed away before it could be published. A husband, father, grandfather, friend and colleague, Guilford was beloved by all. The kind and incredibly smart man was a person of vision whose efforts have impacted the community for five decades through his service, work, philanthropy and leadership. Originally from Albany, GA, Guilford graduated from Ponce de Leon High School before it became a middle school and went on to earn a degree in business from the University of Miami. After graduation, while the nation was involved in the Korean War, Guilford was off to Europe serving in the Army for the Criminal Investigation MORT GUILFORD Command in

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he City of Coral Gables is one of 151 cities and towns earning recognition from national non-profit KaBOOM! as a 2011 “Playful City USA.” This is the third consecutive year that Coral Gables has received this honor for its efforts to increase play opportunities for children. Today’s children spend less time playing outside than any previous generation. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically

as well as mentally and socially because children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy. As a three-time honoree, Coral Gables has demonstrated a commitment to making play spaces engaging, exciting, interesting and fun. Among the facilities available in the City of Coral Gables for playful activities are the Venetian Pool, War Memorial Youth Center, William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center, Salvadore Tennis Center, Biltmore Golf Course, Granada Golf Course, along with 30 other neighborhood parks.

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Suarez unveils plan for ‘Central Park’ in Gables BY NANCY EAGLETON Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner Xavier Suarez recently unveiled an ambitious proposal to expand the Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, located in the heart of Coral Gables, into a 2.7-acre European-styled “Central Park.” Plans for the urban park call for Ponce de Leon Boulevard to be tunneled underground at the east and west access ways, which would allow for easier pedestrian access and more than double the park’s green space. “For a few years I’ve been tossing around the idea for a ‘central park’ that connects different parts of the city,” Commissioner Suarez said. “Ponce Circle is the perfect location for this ‘vertical’ town square concept, and it would be the first of its kind in South Florida and the southeast U.S.” Suarez unveiled his proposed vision for the future of Miami-Dade County during a recent meeting and plans for this “central park” concept were included in his presentation. Inspired by town squares in Rome and Madrid, renderings for the park include a majestic “Fountain of Youth” honoring Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon and his search for the famous fountain. The fountain is enhanced by a sculpture of a 70foot ship’s mast and features a statuesque Ponce de Leon standing in the crow’s nest over-

A conceptual rendering shows Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez’s vision for a “Central Park” in the heart of Coral Gables. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– looking the City Beautiful. The sculpture would Suarez said that the park would be the perbe illuminated at night, making it visible from fect venue for festivals, art shows, concerts, miles away. farmers’ markets and holiday celebrations.

“It would become an international epicenter for commerce, entertainment, culture and tourism,” he added. Suarez’s park concept is still in the costing, budgeting and financing phase and Suarez has not formerly presented his vision at a City of Coral Gables City Commission meeting. Nevertheless, he has garnered support from Coral Gables City Commissioner Frank Quesada. “This European-style plaza would serve as a wonderful gathering place for our residents,” Quesada said. “It is our vision as elected officials to try and improve our cities. Commissioner Suarez and I spoke about this vision years ago. He decided that the timing was right to introduce the idea to the community and see if the residents embrace the concept.” The improvement of the Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park is one of the initiatives of the city’s Neighborhood Renaissance Program, introduced in April during a commission meeting. The program includes several initiatives to enhance the neighborhood settings in which Coral Gables residents live, work and play. Coral Gables city manager Patrick Salerno said that the city has budgeted more than $4 million for Ponce Circle Park improvements. Coral Gables City Commissioner Ralph Cabrera added that design ideas for the park will be considered and evaluated, and then presented to the community.

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Jr. Orange Bowl begins search for Royal Court Pictured are members of the 2010-11 Junior Orange Bowl Royal Court (l-r) Princess Sloane Rice, Queen Leia Schwartz, and Princess Valerie Katz.

BY ALEX MARKEL

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) is getting ready for a night of glamour and royalty as three young ladies will be crowned the 2011-12 Junior Orange Bowl Queen and Princesses on Nov. 6. The 2011-12 Queen and Princesses will reign over all the events of the Junior Orange Bowl Festivities, participating in various award ceremonies and serving as diplomatic ambassadors to all the kids participating in the festival’s events. Aside from their “Royal Court Duties,” it is a magical day for the Queen and Princesses when they ride on their own Royal Court Float during the 63rd Junior Orange Bowl Parade on Jan. 2, 2012. The Party continues at “The Queen’s Ball,” hosted by the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, which is a celebration honoring the Royal Court and all the girls that participated in the search. This 61-year-old tradition is much more than a beauty pageant; girls are selected based on personality, poise, and a desire to be involved in community service. “Our goal is to encourage these young ladies to be future leaders and role models in our community,” said Isa Goenaga, chair of the JOBC Royal Court Search Committee. “The event is a wonderful experience for all young girls. Not only do they gain selfesteem, confidence, and compassion, but they learn the importance of selflessly serving the community.” Many of the girls who participate in the Royal Court Search discover their passions in life and go on to pursue them. Past win-

ners have gone on to become successful businesswomen as well as influential community leaders. Registration is open for the competition and the JOBC encourages all family and friends to come out and support these young leaders of tomorrow. The contestants must participate in a preliminary selection in order to advance to the finals. The preliminaries are held in Dade, Broward, and The Keys. The local (South Miami-Dade) preliminary will take place on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Roxy Theatre, 1645 SW 107 Ave., and the finale is Sunday, Nov. 6, at the CocoPlum Women’s Club, 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables. In order to participate, call the Junior Orange Bowl office at 305-662-1210, or visit the JOBC website to fill out a Royal Court application at <www.jrorangebowl.org/royalcourt-search>. The Junior Orange Bowl Festival is possible with the support of the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, Orange Bowl Committee, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves the community of South Florida and the youth of the world by providing opportunities for wholesome, competitive and multicultural experiences. For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, ccall 305-6621210 or visit online at <www.jrorangebowl.org>.


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Arthritis Foundation kicks off annual walk with breakfast Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The Arthritis Foundation kicked off this year’s annual walk with a breakfast hosted by the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables on Sept. 14. CBS 4 weather anchor Lisette Gonzalez and Darryl Gilbert emceed the program. A former Miss Cuban-American and Miss Florida, Gonzalez was in good company with another multiple pageant winner, Mireya Kilmon. Kilmon entered the pageant circuit later in life as she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis as a young woman and felt deformed. She endured countless surgeries and hid the fact she had arthritis until the pageant world gave her a voice. She now shares her story as an example to others and certainly is an inspiring co-chair for the 2011 Walk Committee. In fact, several members of her GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club support her efforts and attended the event, including club president Linda Hartwell who presented the organization a check. Co-chairing the committee with Kilmon will be Kathy Lubbers. Also, on hand to address the crowd that morning was Dr. Michael Koonin, the 2011 Medical Honorary Chair, followed by this year’s child honoree, 9-year-old Emma Alonso. Alonso completely entranced the crowd with her poise and heartfelt words as someone who at age 4 was diagnosed with juvenile dermatomyositis which affects 3,000 to 5,000 children in the U.S. She attended the event

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Europe. While there, he earned a degree in criminology at the University of Vienna. On returning home he continued his education at the University of Miami School of Law earning his juris doctorate in 1956. For 50 years as a practicing attorney he made a mark in the areas of real estate and land use law. In fact, Guilford was the first developer of condominiums in Coral Gables. While most people retire at a certain age, Guilford, who passed away at age 83, worked until the end while also serving as chair of the Alma Jennings Foundation; treasurer and member of the board and Executive Committee of Jackson Memorial Foundation, and board member of Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida. He was a member of the President’s Council of UM; was selected as the

recipient of the Henry King Stanford Alumnus of the Year Award; was named one of the “12 Good Men of Miami,” and served as president of the Junior Orange Bowl Committee. Guilford also committed time and energy to several other organizations including the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, University of Miami Board, Coral Gables Community Foundation, UM Board of Trustees, and numerous City of Coral Gables development, planning and enforcement boards. A fun-loving man who loved his wife, Barbara, and their joint extended families, Mort Guilford was beloved by all who knew him. He was a man who knew his priorities and, to be sure, family was all important. To the end, he brought cheer to those around him. The world has lost a wonderful man who should be an inspiration to us all.

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Oktoberfest celebration continues at Gables’ Fritz & Franz Bierhaus

BY LEE STEPHENS

The 17th annual Coral Gables Oktoberfest — a festival of beer, food and music — continues at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus through Sunday, Oct. 9. Celebrating the tradition of Oktoberfest, held in Munich since 1810, there will be live entertainment performed by bands from Austria and Germany, a decorated Beer Garden, traditional Austrian/ Bavarian food, jodel contest, bratwursteating contest and a raffle to raise money for a non-profit organization. The free event takes place daily from 11 a.m. to midnight on the Bierhaus Plaza in front of Fritz & Franz Bierhaus at 60 Merrick Way. Entertainment includes the Bavarian band “Hoo Ruck” and Austrian band “Alpenland Gaudi.”

The Bierhaus Plaza is located directly in front of the City Parking Garage No. 6, with more than 400 parking spaces. The entrance is at 51 Aragon and the fee is $1 per hour, free on Sundays. Sponsors include Warsteiner Beer, Dachser Logistics, Lenz Moser Wine, Satchmo Blues Bar, Bouillabaisse French Bistro, Lenz Moser Wine, Hyatt Regency Hotel Coral Gables, Vienna Coffee, Styria Inc., Killepitsch, Compupay, Styria LLC, Casino Austria International, Abacus Aloha, Coca Cola, Social Miami, Tim Neal Realty, Linens of the Week, Service First Processing, SocialMiami.com, Great Gables, Niche Imports, and Miami’s Community Newspapers. Last year’s 10-day attendance was over 12,000 spectators For more information, call Fritz & Franz Bierhaus at 305-774-1883.


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Gables residents get special deal on ’Canes game tickets

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BY MARIA ROSA HIGGINS FALLON

Coral Gables residents will have a chance to buy one ticket (per resident) and receive two free tickets for the “Coral Gables Day” football game between the University of Miami Hurricanes and Georgia Tech scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 (time to be announced). The showdown will take place at Sun Life Stadium, 2269 NW 199 St. in Miami Gardens. This offer is made possible thanks to a 20year Development Agreement between the City of Coral Gables and the University of

Miami. Coral Gables residents must show proof of residency at the time of purchase. This promotion is good for all available seating excluding suites and club seating. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Hurricane Ticket Office, UM Hecht Athletic Building, 5821 San Amaro Dr., Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. This promotion is not available for online or phone ticket purchases. These special tickets will be available at the Ticket Office until Friday, Oct. 21. For more information, call 305-2842263 or 1-800-GO-CANES.

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The Palace brings new senior living to Gables BY JANIS R. EHLERS

A new opportunity becomes available for seniors — living in luxury rental residences in an extraordinary setting of elegance and a unique urban location — with the opening of Information Center for The Palace at Coral Gables, 16 Miracle Mile. The Palace at Coral Gables is the first new luxury residential senior community of its kind to be developed in Miami-Dade County. It represents an achievement of the City of Coral Gables to bring senior housing to the “City Beautiful” through a public-private venture with The Palace Group, the awardwinning senior housing developer, owner and operator of senior communities in South Florida and Israel. Planned as a nine-story Mediterranean Palazzo-styled tower, the community will be located at 45 Andalusia Ave. — in the heart of the city — and include 243 studio, oneand two-bedroom residences for luxurious senior living. The community will serve approximately 275 residents and employ a staff of over 100. “Partnering with the City of Coral Gables is a significant opportunity for company,” said Jacob Shaham, Palace Group president. “Our missions are complementary. We antic-

ipate an increase of a 65-and-over population and recognize the demand by seniors to remain in the city where they have lived and raised their families.” In addition to the residential building, a state-of-the-art parking pavilion will be built directly across from The Palace, offering convenient parking for residents and staff as well as public usage. The trademark of The Palace Group is the company’s expertise in the delivery of extraordinary care and services and its emphasis on unsurpassed elegance and ambiance. Since 1980, The Palace has been known for providing extensive staff training to assure exemplary standards in care and customer service The Fullerton Group, well known for many of the notable buildings within Coral Gables, has been selected for architectural design of The Palace at Coral Gables. Drawing on the elements of Mediterranean influences, which are seen throughout the city, the firm is creating an old-world look utilizing 21st Century materials. “The Palace at Coral Gables’ design will maintain the architectural aesthetics synonymous with Coral Gables,” said city architect Carlos Mindreau. “This will have a positive impact on its location as well as

Rendering of The Palace at Coral Gables –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– the entire street.” “Opportunities for urban senior living are The interior design inspiration for The unmet in many downtowns,” Mindreau Palace at Coral Gables is drawn from public added. “The city recognizes that The Palace areas of the legendary Four Seasons’ Hotel will inject a new perspective into the life George V in Paris. Jeff Howard, of Howard pulse of Coral Gables. This will create a posDe Armas Group, has been selected as the itive mix of people — seniors combined with community’s interior designer. Howard, young, married couples, singles and families known for his work in resort hotels through- who are all part of the urban fabric.” out the world, also created the award-winThe comprehensive service component for ning interiors for The Palace Group’s com- the community are included as part of a munities in Weston and Tel Aviv, Israel. monthly rental fee. Dining services, enterThe community’s amenities will include tainment, transportation, housekeeping, 24features associated with five-star hotel hour security and utilities (except telephone) resorts such as a gourmet restaurant; café and are part of the all inclusive residential packbar; library; business center, plus card, game age. and arts and crafts rooms. Residences will be appointed with luxuriFitness and spa amenities include a state- ous features and include fully equipped of-the-art fitness center, a large aerobics stu- kitchens, custom-built closet storage sysdio for exercise classes, beauty salon and a tems, spacious bathrooms, washer/dryers and wellness center with on-site doctor and nurs- window treatments. ing offices. The Information Center, located at 16 A magnificent indoor swimming pool is Miracle Mile, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 planned for the building’s first floor. p.m. and offers prospective residents an Integration of the outdoors will be through opportunity to preview community plans and covered, outdoor terraces and a plaza on the make reservations on their residence of second floor. choice. The Palace at Coral Gables will offer For more information, call 305-445pedestrian walkways and connectors to the 7444 or visit online at vibrant Miracle Mile destination area. <www.PalaceCoralGables.com>.


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Edgar Hernandez makes his mark as dog trainer, artist BY MIKE THOMPSON

Resident Edgar Hernandez is a talented artist who has a great love for art, but that’s not his only passion. To many, he is known as the “Dog Charmer” and operates Dog Charmer Training Inc. He is a certified master trainer of all types of dogs, including family pets and working dogs. For 15 years, Hernandez has trained seeing-eye dogs as well as those used for personal protection by high-profile politicians and others. Hernandez has been a featured artist at the monthly art exhibition in Coral Gables, Art in the Breezeway, for three Edgar Hernandez is pictured during a recent Art in the Breezeway event. years. Hernandez spe––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– cializes in colorful pastels and has a natural talent and Cuban car is his girlfriend, with her new spirit that is all his own. Every painting has boyfriend behind the wheel. The look on a story and often reflects a recent event in the characters’ faces has to be seen to be believed. It is a masterpiece of human his life. Hernandez’s colorful pastels leave view- nature and you feel that you can relate to ers with smiles on their faces as they the poor guy in the manhole when you see reflect on their own similar situation. his expression. To view artwork by Edgar Hernandez, Hernandez has the good looks of a Cuban Don Juan and a great sense of humor that visit Art in the Breezeway the first Friday of each month, 6-11 p.m., at 65 Miracle shows through in his artwork. His painting, The Blindside, shows the Mile in Coral Gables. For more informaartist looking up from a manhole cover in tion, call Hernandez at 305-606-1615, visit the street with the high-beam lights of an <www.dogcharmertraining.com> or send oncoming car bearing down on him. In the email to <art4ubymike@gmail.com>.

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Tennis prodigy on his way to train with top coaches BY FABIO RODRIGUEZ

Alfredo Perez, a Coral Gables resident, is one of the top ranked U.S. national tennis players in the 14 and under boys’ category. Alfredo was one of five male players selected to participate in a national camp to be coached by Jose Higueras, USTA director of coaching and former personal coach for great tennis player Roger Federer, and USTA national coach Mike Sell. Alfredo, 14, has quickly reached a level of athletic performance that is turning heads. Aside from achieving multiple victories over other top players in his category, he also overcame numerous personal challenges. At age 9, Alfredo had just migrated to the U.S. from Cuba and quickly had to overcome and adapt to a new language and cultural differences. Struggling with social and nostalgic issues typical of a young immigrant, he didn’t waste any time to pursue his goals of tennis glory. While practicing at the William H. Kerdyk Biltmore Tennis Center, Alfredo caught the keen eye of Coral Gables Professional Tennis Operations supervisor Robert Gomez, who immediately began coaching him. After four years of training under Gomez’s wing, Alfredo is a more polished tennis player who is ready to take on all challengers. Gomez’s passion for the sport is a key element to his success in teaching it to younger generations. “Seeing someone mature and make the most of their opportunities has a value that you can’t put a price tag on and it makes you feel real good inside,” Gomez said. The Coral Gables Parks and Recreation Department provides world-class profes-

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Miami Dade College to host Virtual Open House, Oct. 5 Learn about Miami Dade College’s (MDC) more than 300 programs for careers from the comfort of your home. The college once again is hosting its popular Virtual Open House, which is open to the public anytime on Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. MDC representatives will be available to assist international students with the admissions process, English language proficiency testing, and transfer requirements. To participate in the MDC Virtual Open House, register online for free at <www.mdc.edu/openhouse>. For more information about the Virtual Open House, visit <www.mdc.edu/openhouse/> or contact MDC’s Information Center at 305-237-8888.

MIAMI WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL PRESENTS SAKE AT SUNDOWN United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival will present Sake at Sundown on Oct. 6 at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar (WKB), located at 2550 NW Second Ave. The event is a unique experience that benefits United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health. Sake and tapas join the festival’s repertoire in an event where guests will enjoy formal sake tastings paired with samplings from WKB’s new menu, amidst its open-aired art park.

Discover just how versatile sake can be with the help of special guest Morgan Hartman of Vine Connections, one of the world’s few Level II Sake Specialists. Hartman will guide guests through each of the three premium sake tastings, while Chef Miguel Aguilar showcases exquisite samples from his new menu of Latin-flavored dishes. Hot or cold, learn the tricks of pairing sake for all occasions. For additional event information or to purchase tickets, contact Romina Gambino at <gambinor@unitedwaymiami.org> or 305646-7105.

divisions: NBA, for players with prior college playing experience; NCAA, for players with no varsity college playing experience, and WNBA, for women. For more information, call Nina Garcia at 305-987-7315 or send email to <ninagarcia@bellsouth.net > or call Coach Odio at 305-899-3557.

‘LAYUPS FOR LEUKEMIA’ FUNDRAISER AT BARRY U. The Barry University community will come together on Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., to host “Layups for Leukemia,” a three-on-three basketball tournament fundraiser. The event, which will take place in the Health and Sports Center, is being hosted by the Barry men’s and women’s basketball teams, Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW), and Nina Garcia, a Barry alumna. The Layups for Leukemia tournament will be a day of fun, competitive basketball and community. It is open to Barry students, faculty, staff, and alumni. There will be three

TRICK OR TREAT: SALVATION ARMY NEEDS DONATIONS FOR HALLOWEEN The residents of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Miami are busy preparing and planning for Halloween in a big way. On Oct. 21, the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center building and the fleet of trucks will be transformed into a wonderful and spooky experience for the resident’s children as well as the children of the employees of the Salvation Army. Some 100 children are expected for a fun-filled evening of games and activities with their dads. For most of the dads it will be the first time in a very long while that they have been

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS clean and sober. And, for other dads, it will be the first time that their children will have ever seen them sober. This will be an emotional and heartwarming event. According to Lt. Jay Ward, this is the third year the Salvation Army is having this family day. Once again, he is asking the public for donations for the party. These include: Halloween decorations, costumes for adult men, party food, packaged candy, prizes for the Halloween booths, amusement activities, and performers. To donate, call 305-573-4200, ext 205.

‘SPOOKY SYMPHONY’ CONCERT JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN Come experience “A Spooky Symphony,” featuring the most beautiful scary music you’ve ever heard performed by the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and the Alhambra Orchestra, on Oct. 23, 3 p.m., at the Olympia Theater in The Gusman Center for the

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Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler St. This event is a free Halloween family concert featuring Excerpts from Star Wars Suite, Hansel and Gretel, Danse Macabre, Pictures at an Exhibition, Orpheus in the Underworld Overture, Swan Lake and other classical pieces. Additional concert highlights include a multimedia presentation. Kids are encouraged to dress in their best Halloween costumes to enhance the supernatural mood. Free admission and open seating. No tickets are required, but large groups should call in advance. For more information, call 305267-3002 or 305-668-9260.

ENJOY CHAMPAGNE AND CLAWS ALL FOR A MARVELOUS CAUSE Get ready to jazz it up on Oct. 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami hosts its annual benefit luncheon, “Jazz at Joe’s,” featuring renowned musician Leo Casino. The Sunday Brunch takes place at Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant, 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Kevin Corke of NBC 6 will emcee the festivities. Pre-luncheon champagne reception includes a fabulous raffle featuring fine jewelry, getaways and beauty packages.

Individual tickets are $150 for the Garden Room, $175 for the Dining Room, $200 for the Premium Main Dining Room; $1,750 for Bronze Saxophone Table Sponsorship; $2,500 for Gold Saxophone Table Sponsorship, and $5,000 for Platinum Saxophone Table Sponsorship. Seating is limited. For more information call Shaunte Young at 305-644-0066, ext. 294.

19TH ANNUAL KITETOBER FEST SCHEDULED AT HAULOVER PARK The skies over Haulover Park will be filled with kites of all shapes and sizes on Oct. 23 as Miami-Dade Parks and Skyward Kites host the 19th annual Kitetober Fest. The event will take place at 10800 Collins Ave. from noon to 5 p.m. Kiteober Fest features kite-flying demonstrations, kite-making classes, and fun kite competitions for both children and adults of all skill levels, along with music, and food and beverages prepared by local gourmet food truck chefs. Spectators also will be treated to a colorful mix of wind chasers of the gargantuan variety, like a 100-foot squid, a 20-foot Nemo fish, and a 30-foot scuba man with a shark trailing behind him. The event attracts international and local kite enthusi-

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INFORMED FAMILIES SCHEDULES MONTHLY ‘LUNCH AND LEARN’ Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership is continuing the monthly “Lunch and Learn” workshop series in an effort to help parents and educators in the community. On Oct. 27, from noon to 1 p.m., at Informed Families headquarters, 2490 Coral Way, second floor, you will learn about the emerging trends in drug use and abuse affecting children. It’s a prime opportunity for parents and caregivers to understand what to look for. The event’s guest speaker is Jim Hall, director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Substance Abuse at Nova Southeastern University. To RSVP and/or order an $11 boxed lunch (event is free if guests bring their own lunch) interested parties are asked to send an email to <aferro@informedfamilies.org>, visit online at <www.informedfamilies.org> or call 305-856-4886 for additional information.

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MIAMI-DADE FIRE DEPT. HONORED BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE The Florida Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an agency of the Department of Defense, has announced the Miami-Dade Fire Department and two supervisors, George Tabor of the Logistics Section and assistant director Fernando Fernandez, were honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of its employees who serve in the Florida National Guard and Reserves. More information about ESGR Employer Outreach Programs and volunteer opportunities is available at Floridaesgr.com, or by calling Doug Corbett, program support specialist of the Florida ESGR Committee, at 1904-823-0172. FREE LECTURE ON EVERGLADES AT DEERING ESTATE AT CUTLER In partnership with the Archaeological Society of Southern Florida, the Deering Estate at Cutler presents a free lecture on the second Thursday of each month. The next lecture is scheduled for Oct. 13, 7 p.m., in the Visitor Center Auditorium at the Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave. The topic will be “An Everglades Cultural History.” The presenter is Bob Carr, executive director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy Inc. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit online at <www.deeringestate.org>.

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8 Gulliver students National Merit, Achievement scholar semifinalists BY MELISSA LICHTENHELD

Gulliver Schools has announce that seven high school seniors are among 16,000 students selected across the nation as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists for the class of 2012. High school seniors David Gluck, Steven Gluck, Michael Pelle, Jonathan Quirke, Jake Radell, Mauricio Robert and Miguel Salazar qualified for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship. Senior Thomas Reeves was named a semifinalist in the 2012 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for black high school students. All students qualified during their junior year at Gulliver Schools. “We are thrilled with the news and very proud of these students,” said Connie Ernsberger, Gulliver’s director of college and guidance counseling. “It is gratifying to see them acknowledged

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JDRF’s Hope Gala taking place at InterContinental Miami on Oct. 22 BY LEE STEPHENS

Save the date for the grooviest gala in town — the second annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Hope Gala, “Keeping the Promise,” is taking place at the InterContinental Miami on Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Pull out your hip cool duds (or just your cocktail attire) and get your groove on to “Do a Little Dance, Have a Little Fun — Fund a Cure Tonight” to raise money for type 1 diabetes research. JDRF is looking forward to welcoming more than 250 of South Florida’s corporate and social elite for an evening featuring a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing, silent and live auctions, and JDRF’s unique Fund A Cure auction. Fund A Cure is a unique opportunity for guests to raise their bid paddle at various increments with 100 percent of donations going directly to diabetes research. Fund A Cure donations may be pre-committed, as well as gratefully accepted on the night of the gala. Among all of the families that JDRF serves, this year’s Fund A Cure will be

“Keeping the Promise” for 11-year-old MacGregor Goodchild. Mac was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in August 2010 and will be the evening’s Fund A Cure speaker. “We are looking forward to sharing a wonderful evening advancing our efforts as we continue to raise awareness and funds to cure this disease that nearly 24 million Americans live with each day,” said Eden Carr, executive director of the JDRF South Florida Chapter. “Imagine, if we only had a cure for our children, friends and loved ones. Research advances, driven by your generosity, will make this dream a reality,” said Marla Ferreira, senior vice president of Planning and Development for Dade County Federal Credit Union and gala chair. Tickets for the JDRF Hope Gala, “Keeping the Promise,” are available for $180 per person and tables of 10 are $1,800. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities also are available. For reservations and additional information, call 1-954-565-4775, send email to <ecarr@jdrf.org>, or visit online at <www.jdrf.org/southflorida>.


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Professional Expertise and Friendly Service are Par for the Course at Planet Golf customers feel at home here and that is an environment we purposefully cultivate. The most satisfying aspect of this business is seeing our customers content with the way we work with them and we have certainly established incredible friendships and relationships in the 25 years we have been in business.” Twin brother Eddy Martinez agrees: “We take our time with customers to understand particular needs. We Eddy Martinez, Billy Baldwin and Alfy Martinez of Planet Golf want to optimize their ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– golf experience and BY SUSAN SMITH make them happy in the sport they enjoy so much. It is a personal service relationship you The ambiance inside Planet Golf on Sunset don’t typically find in today’s retail market. We Drive and 87th Avenue feels more like a family put our heart and soul into this business, it is get together rather than a boutique golf shop what we love to do and when you put total efand that is exactly what new business collabo- fort and passion into anything people notice.” Apparently their preceding reputation of rators Billy Baldwin and Alfy and Eddy Martinez stellar service and sophisticated industry prefer. Three handicap golfer Alfy Martinez says awareness is one of the main reasons entre“We treat visiting clients like part of the family, preneur and established community leader and we really are a golf family so to speak. Our Billy Baldwin invited the Martinez twins on-

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specialists in breast health under one roof. “As coaches, we are here to relieve their anxiety so that all they have to worry about is feeling good and healing — both body and soul,” Burrowes said. A breast cancer survivor, she has been a volunteer helping others with breast cancer. She founded and leads the breast cancer support group, Your Bosom Buddies, which has been meeting at Women’s Health Resource Center at Baptist Hospital since 1997. Burrowes will speak about her personal experience with breast cancer and how it has led to her current position in healthcare. Following Linda’s inspirational talk, David Morin, one of the best Elvis Presley impersonators around, will sing the great hits of Elvis as well as hits of other popular artists.


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UM announces schedule for Stamps Family lecture series BY THERESA A. SMITH

The University of Miami Frost School of Music presents jazz saxophonist Benny Golson, composer Ellen Taafe Zwilich, singer-songwriter Craig Carothers and violinist Joseph Silverstein as part of the 201112 Stamps Family Distinguished Visitors Series. Remaining lectures are Oct. 6, Feb. 7, Mar. 2 and Mar. 20. All lectures will be presented at Clarke Recital Hall at the Weeks Center for Recording and Performance, 5501 San Amaro Dr. in Coral Gables. Admission to the lectures is free, but a ticket is required. Reserve online at <www.music.miami.edu/concerts> or call 305-284-4940. The Stamps Family Charitable Foundation Distinguished Visitors Series was established in 2003 through the extraordinary vision and generous commitment of Roe and Penny Stamps. The annual series brings an array of significant artists, scholars and music industry leaders to the Frost School of Music for the educational and artistic enrichment of its students, as well as the community. Benny Golson is a multitalented saxophonist, and composer. His Stamps Distinguished Lecture will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. Golson began his career as a member of the Dizzy Gillespie band and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. With more than 30 albums to his credit, some of Golson’s most popular compositions include Blues March, I Remember Clifford, Killer Joe, and Stablemates. His music also was featured on television shows such as M*A*S*H, Mission Impossible, and The Cosby Show. Golson is an NEA Jazz Master and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Craig Carothers is an acclaimed American singer-songwriter originally

from Portland, OR. His Stamps Distinguished lecture will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 at 2 p.m. Corothers’ songs have been recorded by such artists as Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Markowitz, Andrea Zonn, and Steve Seskin. Carothers also wrote several songs for the 2005 movie The Californians. Composer Ellen Taafee Zwilich will lecture on Friday, Mar. 2, at 8 p.m. Zwilich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning and multiGrammy- nominated composer. Her music is widely performed and recorded by leading orchestras and chamber ensembles. She received her BA and MA degrees from Florida State University and a doctorate from the Julliard School of Music. Her distinct music is known for its technical substance and appeal to mixed audiences. Joseph Silverstein, concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1962 to 1984, will lecture as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor on Tuesday, Mar. 20, at 3:30 p.m. A renowned violinist and conductor, Silverstein served as assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1971 and music director from 1983 to 1998 of the Utah Symphony, which named him conductor laureate in the 1998-1999 season. He also served as principal guest conductor of Seattle’s Northwest Chamber Orchestra and has been artistic advisor for several orchestras including Hartford, Kansas City, Baltimore, Toledo, Winnipeg, Oakland, and Louisville. Through his talented musical works, Silverstein is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and has been on the faculties of schools like Boston University, Yale University, and the Tanglewood Music Center. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 305-284-4940 or visit online at <www.music.miami.edu/concerts>.

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Local comedian Raneir Pollard on Showtime’s Pride Comedy Jam BY TAMMY LYNN

Rising comedian Raneir Pollard brings his “Black and Gay All Day” charisma to Showtime’s new stand-up comedy special, Pride Comedy Jam, featuring six up-andcoming gay comics. Currently airing on Showtime and available On-Demand, the network touts the special as an “…outrageous ensemble of hip and hilarious queer comics.” A natural storyteller, Pollard — a Miami native who graduated from Coral Gables High School and was senior class president (2004) — serves-up tales from his life with the attitude that there are no boundaries when it comes to his craft. Known for being a bit shocking with a touch of class, Pollard looks for inspiration in his everyday life from his current choice of abstinence to his lovingly overbearing parents to his re-enacting past contests, reality shows and scandalous conversations he’s had with his naughty body parts. “I often tell people that there is a joke in every single topic; just some are harder to find than others,” Pollard said. Pollard also likes to keep it current and always finds ways to work in a little social and political commentary. “Everyone gets so freaked out when I tell them I want to have gay kids. No fair! You happen to want a football player and a cheerleader and I want a drag queen and a lesbian tennis player!” A regular on the Los Angeles comedy scene, Pollard performs consistently at local clubs, including appearances in “ChocolateSundaes First Impressions” at the Laugh Factory and “Da Nappy Fro Show” at the Comedy Store. In addition, Pollard has built a solid audience online with his “BlackandGayAllDay” persona. This Miami native has been sharing sto-

Raneir Pollard ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ries his whole life, so it’s no surprise that he landed on-stage as a comedian. Pollard represented Florida and earned the Runner Up title at the National Storytelling Youth Olympics at the age of 13. He went on to receive numerous “Judges Awards” at the Youth Fair for various monologues, and performed pieces for statewide showcases well into his later teen years. His passion for performing soon branched out into sketch comedy and improv as he became a standout performer in the Miami improv group “Just Kidding.” After graduating from the University of Miami, Pollard made the decision to move to Los Angeles to further pursue his comedy career and he hasn’t looked back since. For more information on Raneir Pollard visit: Facebook.com/BlackandGayAllDay or Youtube.com/BlackandGayAllDay.

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JohnMartin’s celebrates grand reopening with new look, menu BY GABRIELA LAMBERTUS

Coral Gables landmark JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant will unveil its newly renovated restaurant and menu with a series of Grand Reopening events, starting on Oct. 19. “We are inviting the public to celebrate JohnMartin’s Irish Pub and Restaurant’s new look, taste and feel,” said owner Martin Lynch. “With these series of events the JohnMartin’s family wants to express its gratitude to the South Florida and Coral Gables community for over 20 years of ongoing support.” The series of events include: Wednesday, Oct. 19 — Grand ReOpening Kickoff Party featuring karaoke, live deejay, sampling of new menu items, drink specials and a special live performance by Paddy Kelleghan. To further celebrate the renovations JohnMartin’s will raffle off a Biltmore Hotel Weekend Getaway and Actors’ Playhouse tickets for four with dinner at JohnMartin’s. Thursday, Oct. 20 — Trivia Night: The restaurant will host a special Trivia Night where winners will receive a $100 JohnMartin’s gift certificate and second

JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is a Miracle Mile landmark. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– place finishers will receive a $50 gift cer- by local rock band Van Gogh Listens. tificate. Saturday, Oct. 22 — Dance Party: The Friday, Oct. 21 — Van Gogh Listens: week of festivities will conclude with a Celebrations continue with a live concert dance party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Food and

drink specials will be featured throughout the week. Restaurant renovations include a revamped second floor with a new dance floor, perfect for special occasions, meetings and parties; new bathrooms, tiles, and an updated menu boasting new flavorful options. “The renovation extends itself not only to our physical appearance, but also to our food,” said John Clarke, chef and co-proprietor with Martin Lynch. We are now introducing the option of family portions to some items on our menu, as well as new pub fare menu items and bar snacks. The new menu will also feature international breakfast option and newly added drink specials.” JohnMartin’s has been continually recognized for its cuisine by publications that voted the restaurant “Best Pub Food.” The restaurant features live entertainment every Friday and Saturday nights, from Contemporary Top 40 hits to rock to today’s popular Irish ballads. They also have the Trivia Night on Thursday nights beginning at 8 p.m. JohnMartin’s is located at 253 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. For more information, call 305-4453777, or go online to <www.johnmartins.com>.


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Guided full moon excursion set Oct. 8 at Matheson Hammock BY CATHY GUERRA

Explore the Matheson Hammock Mangrove Trails at night with Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures and Adventure Sports Miami. The guided full moon paddle boarding and kayaking excursion will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Matheson Hammock Park, 9610 Old Cutler Rd. There will be a meet and greet at 5:45 p.m. with the first excursion from 6 to 8 pm (for kayakers) and the second excursion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (for paddle boarders). Immerse yourself in the remarkable beauty of Biscayne Bay and travel with a naturalist-guide through mangroves, the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only salt water trees, and discover a world filled with Brown Pelicans, Osprey, Great Blue Herons, and more. The excursion will start from the concession building at Matheson Hammock Park, heading toward the marina and paddling all the way to the end of the canal where the mangrove trail begins. After navigating through the mangrove trail, the group will paddle back to the concession for a group photo. This is one adventure that you will never forget.

If you are renting a paddle board or kayak from Adventure Sports Miami, the cost is $50 which includes: paddle board or kayak rental plus a guided tour provided by MiamiDade Parks EcoAdventures, glow sticks, and refreshments served at the end of the trip. There are a limited number of boards and kayaks available. Please make reservations and pay in advance. If you are bringing your own board or kayak, the cost is $20, which includes a guided tour provided by Miami-Dade Parks EcoAdventures, glow sticks, and refreshments served at the end of the trip. All participants should consider bringing the following: flashlights, glow sticks, head lights, anything that glows in the dark, bug spray, water and snacks, and a waterproof bag for your cell phone. Wear comfortable clothes, bathing suits, long sleeve Lycra, board shorts, etc. In order to participate, you must know how to swim. To make reservations and to pay in advance, or for additional questions, call Adventure Sports Miami at 305-591-3559. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1 or visit <www.miamidade.gov/parks>.


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Artist Daniel Bottero to visit MDC, screen documentary BY TARNELL CARROLL

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Miami Dade College (MDC) will host well-known and successful modernist painter Daniel Bottero for a special screening of a new documentary, The Love of the Poet, which depicts his life and artwork, on Thursday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m., at Room K-413, Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St. The documentary will feature interviews with Bottero and scenes of him painting some of his most popular pieces. Only a portion of the documentary, about 20 minutes, will be shown, followed by a question-and-answer segment with Bottero. Several of Bottero’s paintings also will be on display during the event. Bottero graduated from the National School of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, and earned a master’s degree at the Academia Italiana di Belle Arti, Lucca, Italy. He lived and resided in Paris from 1986 to 1990 and has lived in New York since. Bottero’s work has been shown throughout the world and his paintings are featured in corporate collections of Citibank, Xerox, Avon, Merrill Lynch and JP Morgan Chase Bank. He has exhibited at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Pictured is modernist painter Daniel Bottero. Art; Museum of Latin American –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Art in Laguna Beach, CA; Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, For more information about Daniel and the Cultural Center Recoleta in Bottero, visit online at <www.botteroArgentina. daniel.com>.

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HCA names Scott Cihak CEO of Kendall Regional BY PETER JUDE

Cihak earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration, as well as a HCA (Hospital Corporation of America) East master’s degree in Business Administration Florida Division has announced the appoint- from Florida International University. He is ment of Scott A. Cihak as the education program chair CEO of Kendall Regional of the South Florida Medical Center. Prior to joinHealthcare Executive Forum ing Kendall Regional and is a Fellow of the Medical Center he was CEO American College of of Columbia Hospital in West Healthcare Executives. Palm Beach. Scott Cihak and his wife, “It is my pleasure to Janice, are the parents of two announce the promotion of children — Meagan, 19, and Scott Cihak to the position Zachary, 17. They currently of chief executive officer of reside in Coral Springs. Kendall Regional Medical Kendall Regional Medical Center,” said Michael G. Center is a 412-bed, fullJoseph, president of HCA’s service hospital providing East Florida Division of the residents of southwest Scott A. Cihak which Kendall Regional Miami-Dade County with Medical Center is an affili- ––––––––––––––––––––––– 24-hour comprehensive ate. “Scott’s tenure of more than 20 years in medical, surgical and diagnostic services, our company across Dade, Broward and Palm as well as a wide range of patient and Beach counties will be a great asset as he community services. For more informamoves into his new role and Kendall Regional tion, call 305-222-2200, or visit online at moves toward Trauma Center status.” <www.kendallmed.com>.


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2012 Honda Civic is sleekly styled, fuel efficient Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS I don’t care what the national auto magazines are saying; I like the 2012 Honda Civic. It’s sleekly styled, fuel efficient and packed with the latest automotive technologically. This all-new, ninth-generation Civic Sedan has a sleek windshield rake, a sweeping roofline and a new interpretation of the previous generation’s “one-motion” profile. The Civic Coupe, with its shorter length and unique front and rear styling, has a more aggressive and dramatic look, but both have a low, wide stance and a distinctive presence. Thinner Apillars stretch farther toward the front, while the C-pillars stretch farther to the rear to complete the flowing one-motion design. As for model choices, there are many and ranging from sedans and coupes powered by conventional gasoline engines, or high-performance, hybrid and compressed natural gas engines. The Civic Sedan and Coupe continue to be available in trim levels of DX (basic features), LX (popular features), EX (full

features) and EX-L (luxury features). New technology and features include an available “intelligent” Multi-Information Display (i-MID), an available Eco Assist system and a new Motion Adaptive Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system that works in conjunction with Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), included as standard equipment on all models. The new i-MID on Civic LX and above models provides a platform for integration of vehicle information and compatible personal electronics, with a driver-oriented five-inch color LCD display and intuitive steering wheel controls. The i-MID provides access to multiple information screens and customizable features. Compatible music players attached through a USB audio interface can display available track information and artwork on the i-MID, with album and track selection possible through steering wheel controls. All models, except the Si, get Eco Assist technology, an innovation that can add to efficient vehicle operation at the push of a button, while also providing visual feedback to promote or confirm an efficient driving. The 2012 Civic continues with the proven and efficient i-VTEC four-cylinder engine for economy and performance. The performance Civic Si Coupe and Si Sedan have a larger 2.4-liter engine with 201 hp and 22 percent

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9/11 Remembered - How One Advisor Responded By Ann Lino As soon as the Twin Towers collapsed and Wall Street shut down, Rick Tonkinson, a local Certified Financial Planner (CFP), started calling every single one of his clients, regardless of account size, to find out how they were dealing with the tragedy. Certain clients were directly impacted like Alan C. who lost his best friend, a fireman. Another client, Richard A., shared that his sister was injured in the Pentagon attack. Yet another client, Joe P., lost his daughter who was an airline stewardess on the airplane that hit the second tower, another heartbreak. With these many calls came some tearful heart-to-heart conversations that are forever etched in Tonkinson’s memory.

Because of the stock market’s dismal performances in 2000 and 2001 even before 9/11, Rick Tonkinson had proactively repositioned the accounts, regardless of size, into cash and guaranteed bond funds so after the attacks the accounts experienced minimal negative impact. In fact, Tonkinson remembers that one client, Roger

B., called to ask why his account had increased in value during September 2001. The answer, of course, was that Tonkinson had him in the right place. That being the case, Tonkinson’s calls to those clients after 9/11 reassured them that their life savings were secure despite the 30% loss the stock market experienced during September 2001. It also went a long way in having his clients start to move on with their lives. Leap forward to September 11, 2011, and the clients Tonkinson had 10 years ago are still with him today. They never forgot how he reached out to see how they were doing during the height of the crisis as he actively monitored each account to keep them out of harm’s way, something he has done every day for the past 20 years and one of his core value to his customers. It is no wonder then that Tonkinson has been rewarded with a high degree of client loyalty and, more importantly, their friendship. While Tonkinson has become very successful, he never forgets what his clients need from him: someone who pays attention to them, monitors their accounts daily and cares. He is also, for many, someone who was there to comfort them on one of the worst days in the history of our country and who helped them navigate a difficult period with compassion and expert advice. Rick Tonkinson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner who started his first job as a paperboy at age 12. Rick Tonkinson and his family focus on the financial planning needs of working people. Tonkinson Financial Inc. is located at 2398 South Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL. 305-858-1628 Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Fixed insurance products and services offered by Tonkinson Financial Inc. are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.

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