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Gables residents can save 28% off prescription drugs BY ROSIE TOBALINA


ince the implementation of the National League of Cities (NLC) Prescription Discount Card program in 2009, Coral Gables residents have saved an average of 28 percent off the retail price of commonly prescribed drugs. A total of 870 participants in Coral Gables have used the discount cards to save approximately $55,000 in the cost of prescription drugs. The discount cards are available to all residents of Coral Gables at no charge and have no restrictions based on age, income level, or existing health coverage. The card can be used when purchasing prescription drugs at numerous pharmacies around Coral Gables, as well as at more than 59,000 participating retail pharmacies across the country. Residents can pick up a discount drug card at Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way; War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr.; Adult Activity Center, 624 Anastasia Ave., plus Coral Gables Fire Station 1, 2815 Salzedo St.; Fire Station 2, 525 S. Dixie Hwy., and Fire Station 3, 11011 Old Cutler Rd. Users also can print a card by going to the following website: <> and selecting the City of Coral Gables from the list of participating cities. Residents only have to show the discount card when purchasing medications at one of the many participating pharmacies. There is no enrollment form required to get a card, no membership fee of any kind and city residents and their family members can use the card any time their prescription is not covered by insurance. Please note that this free prescription discount card is not insurance and it cannot be used in conjunction with other insurance. For a complete list of participating pharmacies in Coral Gables, for program information, or to look up a drug price or access health resources, call toll-free 1888-620-1749 or visit online at <>.

Mayor Jim Cason and Sebastian ‘U’-nite at groundbreaking event Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason is happy to unite with University of Miami’s Sebastian The Ibis for the Oct. 28 groundbreaking ceremony of the new Student Activities Center. See story inside.



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City extends g race period f or truck restrictions compliance BY ROSIE TOBALINA


he City of Coral Gables has extended the grace period until Feb. 8, 2012, for enforcement of the restrictions pertaining to trucks parked in residential and commercial areas. The city has granted this extension to provide more time for residents to come into

compliance with the law. Enforcement would begin after expiration of the grace period if compliance has not been achieved. Fines are $100 for the first violation, and up to $500 for each subsequent violation. The City of Coral Gables has prevailed in the legal court case challenging its ordi-

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MADELINE COWEN This is another in a series of profiles of outstanding students attending schools in Coral Gables. These students excel both inside and outside the classroom. See profiles beginning on page 9.

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JOB Tennis Committee hosts its 50th Anniversary Kickoff BY ALEX MARKEL

The Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Committee hosted its International Tennis Championship Kickoff Reception on Nov. 1 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. The event marked the beginning of what should prove to be a memorable year for the JOBC Tennis Committee as members celebrate the tournament’s 50th anniversary. The event also served as the unveiling of this year’s International Tennis Championships commemorative artwork designed by Miguel Paredes. The artwork reflects Paredes’ contemporary style while incorporating themes representing tennis and the City of Coral Gables. Paredes is a Miamibased artist who has a gallery in the Wynwood Art District. The event was attended by a number of South Florida tennis icons including tennis legend Gardnar Mulloy, Wimbledon Champion and honorary chair of the reception. Other notable South Florida tennis greats in attendance were Bobby Curtis and Butch Buchholz. Curtis worked for USTA Florida and has been involved in virtually every tournament and aspect of Florida junior tennis during the past 30-plus years. Buchholz, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, is a former professional tennis player

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who founded the Miami International Masters Series. The tournament, currently sponsored by Sony Ericsson, takes place yearly on Key Biscayne and is considered a premier event on both the men’s and women’s tours. The Junior Orange Bowl Tennis Committee was honored with a proclamation from the City of Coral Gables by Mayor Jim Cason, who spoke at the event. The City of Coral Gables also was represented by Vice Mayor William Kerdyk and tennis director Robert Gomez. The committee took time to thank the City of Coral Gables, the Biltmore Hotel, Bacardi, IMG Tennis, and Blooming Design for their contributions to the kickoff reception. The 50th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships is scheduled Dec. 1423 at various locations in Coral Gables and Miami. For more information, visit online at <>. 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. For information, call 305-662-1210 or visit the website at <>.

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Goulish guests go glam for 58th annual Beaux Arts Ball

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More than 280 glamorous ghosts and goblins — from Cruella Deville to the Real Housewives of Transylvania — gathered on Saturday, Oct. 29, to raise funds during the 58th annual Beaux Arts Ball. Beaux Arts 2011 Ball chairs Katie Elliott and Lani Drody ensured that ghoulish guests were bewitched from the moment they entered the haunted environs that usually pose as the Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables. With a skeleton bride swaying from the lobby’s chandelier greeting guests, the spooky soirée boasted dramatic décor such as elaborate coffins; phantoms swinging from the raven-sprinkled rafters, and towering, custom-made red carnation centerpieces dotted with skeleton heads dressed in top hats. To guests’ delight, the spirit of Marilyn Monroe made a surprise appearance and sang happy birthday to the longstanding organization, currently celebrating 60 years of service. With the theme “Ghouls and Glam,” Miami’s oldest costume ball drew especially amazingly spooky and haute attire

— including a group of skeletons representing Mexico’s “Day of the Dead.” For entertainment, an elaborate skit competition featured recreations of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, as well as a crew dressed as the Monster High line of fashion dolls. With signature Grey Goose cocktails flowing, the ghostly gala also included an expansive silent auction and thrilling raffle, which featured a pair of diamond earrings from Snow’s Jewelers and a SeaDream cruise. All funds raised benefit the Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami. Among other projects, Beaux Arts helps introduce underprivileged children to the world of art through its own “Hands On!” outreach program, which invites children from Title I elementary schools to visit the Lowe and use the museum’s resources to create and learn about art. Ball sponsors for the event include Bunny Bastian, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Lowell International Realty, and Courtney and Darryl Parmenter. For more information, visit online at <>.

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Merrick Festival to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Nov. 28 Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The Merrick Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a party on Monday, Nov. 28, 6-8 p.m., at the 550 Biltmore Building in front of which the competition takes place every year. An annual event, organized these many years by Sally Baumgartner, the Caroling Competition draws choruses representing schools from all over Broward and MiamiDade counties and is presented by Holtz Children’s Hospital. This anniversary affair, sponsored by Yolanda Woodbridge of YW Associates

Lettie Bien honored by FSU –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

and Taylor Mathis, will serve as a fundraiser. Proceeds will be divided between the Caroling Competition and Where Every Child Is A Star Inc., a foundation created by award-winning choral director John Rose and six other professionals to promote the appreciation and participation in music and the arts through community programs. Congratulations go out to former Coral Gables Chamber president Lettie Bien, who has been named this year’s (2011-12) Distinguished Alumna recipient by Florida State University. Honors will be bestowed on her during the FSU Homecoming Week, culminating with the Seminoles vs. Virginia Cavaliers football game, Nov. 19, on Bobby Bowden Field at Doak S. Campbell Stadium. She joins an illustrious group including former Gov. Reubin O’D. Askew, Lynda Keever and the Hon. Alan Sundberg. The Setai Hotel South Beach was a glorious spectacle as the American Heart Association took to the runway of Funkshion’s Fall Fashion Week with its Miami Red Dress Fashion Show. While bringing critical attention to the No. 1 killer of women, the event also provided an awesome fashion show with an eclectic selections of red dresses accessorized by Piaget and Judith Lieber. Among the designers showcased on the runway were Laundry by Shelli Segal and Jantzen by Perry Ellis International; Oscar de la Renta; Donna Karan; Nicole Miller; Gustavo Cadile; Angel Sanchez; Silvia Tcherassi; Diego Binetti; Victoria Lopez Castro; Fisico by Cristina Ferrari; Ever After; Koam Designs; Sarahi House of Fashion; Custo Barcelona; LAVUK, and the Project Runway Latin America Red Dress winner. In another Heart Walk-related item, many familiar Gables faces were seen on Oct. 29 during the 2011 Heart Walk at the

Ben Mollere (right) and Wayne Brackin are pictured during Miami-Dade County Heart Walk at FIU.

south campus of FIU. Among the notables was the Walk’s top individual fundraiser, Gables resident Ben Mollere. This was the second year in a row that Mollere raised top dollars. Congratulations again on a great effort. The Walk already has raised more than $710,000 with money still coming in. Finally, Gables Rotarians led by Judith Pantoja and her group dedicated Rotarians gathered at Jackson Memorial on Halloween to throw a party for the children of the International Kids Fund, a philanthropic program of Jackson Memorial Foundation that seeks to help

critically ill children, primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean, gain immediate access to essential medical treatments that are unavailable in their own countries. Among those participating in the fun and games were Yolanda Woodbridge, C a rol Brock, Mead McCabe, Patrick Morris, C a t a r i n a Jimenez and Andrea Cover. 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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TRUCKS, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– nances restricting the parking of trucks. The Third District Court of Appeal previously upheld the constitutionality of sections 4-411 and 4-412 of the Coral Gables Zoning Code pertaining to trucks parked in residential and commercial areas. The Florida Supreme Court on May 18 decided not to review this decision, and the city intends to enforce the restrictions following expiration of the grace period. Based on the provisions that have been upheld, the parking of trucks in residen-

tial areas is prohibited unless the truck is parked in an enclosed garage. Likewise, the parking of trucks upon the streets or other public places in the city is prohibited between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. of the following day. The city’s truck ordinances seek to preserve the integrity of residential areas and the unique aesthetic qualities of the City of Coral Gables. For more information, contact Code Enforcement at 305-460-5226.

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Over 70 universities take part in CGHS College Fair

The Coral Gables Senior High School College Fair took place in the school gymnasium on Friday, Oct. 14. More than 70 colleges and universities were represented, with over 1,000 students, parents, PTSA members, sponsors and administrators attending.

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Groundbreaking ceremony conducted for Student Activities Center at UM BY LEE STEPHENS

When the University of Miami announced a $20 million lead gift last April to help build a new Student Activities Center, administration and student leaders called the planned complex a “transformational” project. On Oct. 28, on the very soil where that transformation is taking place, UM conducted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the 119,000-square-foot center, a facility UM president Donna E. Shalala said will be “a new home away from home for students.” “This day has been many years in the planning,” Shalala said to a gathering of more than 200 people that included trustees, administrators, students, and the donors — Tracey and Bruce Berkowitz of the Fairholme Foundation — whose $20 million lead gift launched the center’s construction. “The Student Activities Center was a shovel-ready project in search of a shovel,” Shalala continued, calling the Fairholme Foundation gift a blacksmith’s spark that not only forged the shovel but also helped complete “a spirited, grassroots fundraising campaign that has raised almost $25 million.” Scheduled for completion in 2013, the

Taking part in the ceremonial groundbreaking for the University of Miami’s Student Activities Center are (l-r) Thomas J. LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost; Pat Whitely, vice president for Student Affairs; Sergio M. Gonzalez, senior vice president for university advancement and external affairs; Leonard Abess, chair of the UM Board of Trustees; mascot Sebastian the Ibis; trustee Laurie Silvers, a 1977 graduate of UM’s School of Law and emcee for the ceremony; UM president Donna E. Shalala; Tracey and Bruce Berkowitz, and Joe Natoli, senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Student Activities Center will include gathering places, programming space, a student organizations suite, retail outlets, and a new Rathskeller. Arquitectonica, a Miami-based architecture, interior design, and planning firm, and Pittsburgh-based WTW Architects

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designed the facility. “An iconic location” is how Pat Whitely, vice president for Student Affairs, described the new facility, which also will serve as a headquarters for student news media, including award-winning publications such as The Miami Hurricane student newspaper, the IBIS Yearbook, and the School of Law’s student publications. “Our vision was not simply to build a new facility but to transform this part of campus,” Shalala said. The Student Activities Center’s construction is taking place simultaneously with a parallel project to renovate UM’s existing Whitten University Center, which over its four decades of existence has seen the number of student organizations increase from 100 to more than 265. Among the University Center’s improvements: new public spaces, a new swimming pool deck, upgraded meeting rooms, an enhanced terraced patio, and lakeside performance stage for campus events. One addition to the iconic center is already in place: a 108-foot-long mural that contains some 165 photographs that chronicle UM’s history — from presidents Bowman Foster Ashe to Shalala. A student referendum passed in 2006 is helping to make possible the center’s renovations as well as the new center, which collectively are referred to as the Student Center Complex. Student Government president Brandon Mitchell, who campaigned on a platform that created a “Spirit the U” initiative, called the new center “a historic addition to a campus that is already known throughout the nation.” Designed to support student life and involvement at UM, the new Student

Activities Center will provide even more programs that involve students in citizenship, leadership, community, and spirit. Undergraduate student government, graduate student association, and law school student organization offices will be housed there. The Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations and the William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development also will relocate to the center when it is completed. The center’s top floor will include a multipurpose room with seating for 800 and a panoramic view of Lake Osceola, and it will be equipped with video and sound technologies to accommodate banquets and other campus ceremonies. The Lakeview Terrace will provide additional space for major campus events, receptions, meetings, and even small performances. “What the kids have wanted was this facility,” said Leonard Abess, new UM Board of Trustees chair. He noted that the project could not have gone forward until someone stepped up to help make it possible, referring to the Berkowitz’s $20 million lead gift. “The center will benefit the neighbors and Coral Gables,” said Tracey Berkowitz, who is a UM trustee. “Hopefully, everyone will have a chance to enjoy it.” The Fairholme Foundation’s past involvement with and support for the University of Miami includes Executive Medicine, Athletics, The Launch Pad, and the Parents Fund. At the end of their remarks, Bruce Berkowitz surprised everyone at the ceremony by proposing a name for the facility, calling it the Shalala Center, which drew a standing ovation from those in attendance.

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Coral Gables High senior Alexa Langen is president of the school’s English Honor Society and the Mu Alpha Theta (the math honor society). She also is in Speech and Debate. Last year she competed in the Individual Oratory category but this year she was hoping to switch to debate with a partner. Her Individual Oratory topic last year was “Why I Think We Should Keep the Space Exploration Program Going.” Langen said she hates to think that we are stuck on this earth and no longer exploring space. “America is being so left behind. We have so many resources. I think we should be devoting more [to the space program],” she said. As president of Mu Alpha Theta, Langen tutors in math twice a week for an hour at a time. In the past she participated in math competitions but can’t this year because she is in Higher Level Math for the International Baccalaureate program. This is such a high level math only a handful of students are in the class. She already has taken Calculus A-B and B-C so the HL Math was the only one left. Langen attended the IB program at Carver Middle School where she got a head start on Advanced Placement classes, starting in eighth grade with AP German. She speaks fluent German, which she learned in the Sunset Elementary IB program before she moved on to Carver. She’s also quite good in English, which is why she writes short stories. “I try and make them funny, kind of satirical. I like to make fun of stuff a lot,” she said. Langen is the literary editor of Catharsis, the school’s literary magazine. “Three of us started it in my sophomore year,” she said. “The writing and the art come from the students. I’m the top dog when it comes to writing. I am the spelling and grammar warden. I do not let a single comma go out of place.” Being the spelling and grammar warden isn’t out of character for the president of the English Honor Society, which sponsors Poetry Slams. Langen said the English

Coral Gables High senior Julian Ginori has earned more than 250 community service hours, many from volunteering at Doctors Hospital the past couple of years. Because he is interested in physical therapy and surgery, and wanted to see how a hospital works, volunteering at Doctors Hospital made sense. He works at the hospital during the summer because he doesn’t have as much time during the school year. “I learned how an actual hospital works,” he said. “I’ve learned how to treat patients and how important it is to take care of your patients and your bedside manner.” Ginori said bedside manner is important because not everyone likes hospitals. “There are some people who really hate to be there and they get really, really cranky.” His interest in hospitals is all in the family. Ginori’s mother works at Doctors. She has been in the wound care department but he said she is moving back to physical therapy. Although volunteers are not allowed to touch patients, he still is able to help the physical therapists by dealing with ice packs and the stretch bands. He has enjoyed his time volunteering. “I loved it. It was good training for me. It gives you a feel of what you are going to go through every day,” he said. “I loved going to all the different areas. They gave us a tour of the surgical suite. We got to put on the gear you have to put on. It was fun.” His extracurricular activities at Gables include being the Senior Class secretary, which can be very time consuming. Senior Class officers plan events such as Grad Weekend, which includes a trip to Disney World and Universal Studios. He also is in the National Honor Society, Key Club and on the varsity soccer and badminton teams. In fact, he was the GMAC champion last year in men’s doubles. Ginori plays left midfield on Gables’ soccer team. He has played soccer since he was 7 or 8. He also has played club soccer for many years but decided not to

Coral Gables High senior Madeline Cowen is leading the charge to make the school green. Cowen is co-president of Gables Earth, the school’s environmental club and she has been a Gables Earth officer since her sophomore year when she served as vice president. “I sort of consider it a community service with an environmental and humanitarian focus,” she said. “It’s mostly environmental and we also do animal rights.” Her sophomore year she started a supply drive for dog beds, food, all kinds of toys, towels and shampoo — anything that shelters would need to take care of the animals. “That was for an animal shelter that was going through financial problems,” Cowen said. “Each year we choose a different shelter.” The club has monthly environmental themes and works on projects such as the organic garden and the butterfly garden. “The organic garden is behind the new building,” she said. “We want someday to expand that. Already it’s being used by the Cooking Department. We want to be able to use it in the cafeteria.” Gables Earth also is in charge of the school’s recycling program. Cowen said they are trying to restructure the program so it is easier for the club to maintain. “Hopefully we’ll expand it so it’s in the entire school,” she said. “There are two or three hallways that don’t have it.” The program recycles paper, plastic, aluminum, cardboard and glass. When they instituted the program a couple of years ago, the club entered the “Dream in Green” Green School Challenge and did very well. “They are looking at your improvement over the previous year,” she said. The first year, they reduced the school’s carbon footprint dramatically, but the following year they didn’t score quite as well. “Hopefully, with all the changes we’ll be able to improve significantly.” As if being involved in Gables Earth doesn’t keep her busy enough, Cowen also is the editor-in-chief of the school’s new 60-page literary magazine. The magazine was started her sophomore year and was an after school


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Honor Society board is made up of individually minded people. “People like us because we don’t have too many silly regulations,” she said. “We say it’s high school. Let’s have fun. Let’s read poetry. Let’s make cards for soldiers.” There were about 30 people in the meeting to make the Christmas cards for soldiers. Each made two cards that were sent to those serving in the military. “People had a good time,” she said. “No other clubs color cards. It’s just a different kind of attitude we have.” Keeping up with such a busy high school schedule can be difficult, so Langen runs to keep her life in balance. “I like to run. I like to do things on my own schedule,” she said. “I go every day when I get home. It’s something I enjoy because it clears my mind.” She had an ankle injury not too long ago, which meant she had to work to get back into the running groove. Now that she is a senior, she says she is at a bit of a crossroads in her life. While English always has been her passion, she’s not sure it should be her college major. “There is so much that is interesting to me. I might try engineering. I’m applying to engineering schools,” Langen said. She is applying to schools such as Duke, Columbia, Stanford and the University of Miami.

look for a new club team when his team disbanded because of all of his school commitments. “I think we’re going to be really good [this year],” he said. Soccer is a winter sport while badminton is a spring sport. When he will join the badminton team depends on how far into the playoffs the soccer team goes. He has been playing only since sophomore year and joined the team because of the previous coach who kept asking him to play. “I always thought it was fun,” he said. “You have to get past the, oh, it’s badminton. This summer I went to a badminton camp in North Carolina with the Danish Olympic coach. Badminton in Denmark is like football here.” At the end of the weeklong camp there was a tournament, the NCO Open. “I got first place in boys doubles and mixed doubles, under 19,” he said. He would love to go to college on a badminton scholarship, but he is not aware of any schools that give out scholarships for that sport. “Whenever I check out colleges online, I check to see if they have badminton at least for intramurals. I want to continue to play.” He is considering doing his undergraduate work at a Florida university using Bright Futures and other scholarships, but he also is applying to Boston University, Boston College and Colorado State University. After that, he wants to attend medical school.

activity. It’s now a class. “I developed the curriculum for the class and I teach the class,” she said. “Last year one of our spreads is a finalist for National Design of the Year for the National Scholastic Press Association.” The magazine comes out annually but she hopes they will be able to get it strong enough to have two issues a year. The magazine is filled with short stories, poetry, dramatic scripts or movie scripts and memoirs. “We also take artwork. Right now we have primarily photography. We take other mediums. We’d like to get sculptures and take pictures of them for the magazine.” The magazine is open to submissions by any Gables student or alumni. When she gets to college Cowen wants to continue with creative writing but not as a major. “I will probably go into some kind of science, hopefully a science that has some environmental application,” she said. She is looking at schools such as Stanford or Pomona and Dartmouth as well as the University of Miami, where her parents attended. Cowen is involved in the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate Honor Society. Outside of school, she fences with the Epee Miami Fencing Club. She recently took second place in a couple of tournaments. She has played piano since she was 6 and plays competitively. She also composes music.

— Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

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Temple Judea’s religious school earns accreditation from NATE Teacher Barbara Bulbin is pictured with student Sam White.

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The Shir Ami Religious School of Temple Judea recently announced it has received accreditation from the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE), a professional association of Reform Jewish Educators. This is the only congregation in MiamiDade County with current NATE ( accreditation and there are only three other congregations in Florida with current accreditation. “Education, Jewish learning and teamwork are the main focus of staff and clergy,” said Beth Ellen Young, director of education. “This accreditation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our qualified staff and their love for the children.” Currently, 250 children, ages 5 years to 18, are enrolled in the Shir Ami Religious School of Temple Judea. The NATE accreditation process is designed to help an institution reflect upon its mission as it relates to its educational

goals and processes, to foster a processreview, and to help an institution validate its educational program, whose central purpose should be Jewish learning. The accreditation process takes place during an 18-month period where the school completes an administrative checklist, assembles a portfolio, and hosts a site visit. An institution accredited by the NATE places Jewish learning as the central goal of the entire community, sees itself in partnership with the home and the general community, and, in its practices, reflects the spirit of Reform Judaism. Now celebrating 61 years of Jewish Learning and Living in Coral Gables, Temple Judea is one of the largest Reform synagogues in Miami with more than 620 members. Led by Rabbi Edwin Goldberg and Rabbi Judith Siegal, Temple Judea’s mission is to enrich ever-more complicated lives with the ever-new insights of ancient heritage. For more information, visit online at <>.

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American Orchid Society moves to Fairchild Garden BY VANESSA VIADERO

Two recognized leaders in conservation, education, and research are joining forces to ensure the perpetuation and appreciation of orchids in North America and throughout the world. The venerable 90-year-old American Orchid Society (AOS) in Palm Beach County, known for its passion for orchids, is moving its international headquarters to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables. “The AOS move and strategic partnership with Fairchild Garden will move the North American center for education and tourism regarding orchids to Miami-Dade County,” said Bruce Greer, president of the board of trustees at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “We are especially excited about the educational and research opportunities on one campus in Fairchild’s soon-to-be-completed Science Village.” The AOS outstanding collection of rare orchids will be used for teaching and will be displayed in Fairchild Garden’s new 12,500square-foot Clinton Family Conservatory as part of the DiMare Science Village scheduled to open in December 2012. In partnership with the AOS, Fairchild Garden’s annu-

al international Orchid Festival, which celebrates the orchid family with a show in the Garden House and outdoor sales tents by exhibitors, will expand and be greatly enhanced. The enthusiasm for orchids, the largest family of flowering plants, kindled in the 18th Century and has never waned. The AOS, which also promotes excellence in orchid culture and hybridization through its esteemed awards system, will bring to Fairchild Garden its more than 15,000 varieties of orchids and continue to publish its monthly magazine, Orchids. “The missions of AOS and Fairchild Garden are perfectly aligned,” said Ron McHatton, chief operating officer of AOS. “With Fairchild’s international reputation, we have found a financially strong, solid strategic partner equally focused on horticulture, education and conservation.” Both groups will remain independent and autonomous, fulfilling their own missions, sharing administrative space in Fairchild Garden’s corporate offices. Founded in 1921, the AOS has more than 10,000 members and 600 affiliated orchid societies around the world, with several of those societies located in the South Florida region. The society moved to Florida from

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Tree lighting, food trucks coming to Bayfront Park Bring the whole family to Bayfront Park’s Tree Lighting and join in kicking off the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 25. This free event, the day after Thanksgiving, marks the “official” lighting of the tree at 7 p.m. Created by Christmas Designers Inc. (with over 25 years of experience throughout South Florida), the tree is a striking, 50-foot tall artificial tree adorned with a custom lighting package. The tree, located in the middle of the park on the Flagler Promenade, will stay lit every night and remain in the park until Christmas Day. Bring your appetite because the Food Truck Invasion will be on site with up to 20 of Miami’s diverse food trucks from 5 to 9 p.m. Bayfront Park is located at 301 N. Biscayne Blvd. Admission is free. LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE INVITE PUBLIC TO ANNUAL CONCERT South Miami High School’s Cobra Charmers Dance Team and Miami Dade College Kendall Campus invite the community to join the fight against cancer at the third annual “Dancing for a Cure” concert on Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., at MDC Kendall’s McCarthy Auditorium, 11011 SW 104 St.

This year, South Miami High has partnered with Miami Dade College and the Stand up to Cancer organization to bring a one-of-a-kind event. As always, the performance stars the Cobra Charmers dance company and includes guest performers from Miami Dade Schools and local dance studios. In the past two years the event has been held at South Miami’s gymnasium and has raised more than $1,500 for cancer-related organizations. Tickets will be available at the school or the door for $6 (general admission) and $4 (students with valid ID). For more information, call Isabel Almaraz at 305-666-5871, ext 2331. ALHAMBRA ORCH., COLLEGIUM MUSICUM TO PRESENT FREE CHAMBER CONCERT Members of the Alhambra Orchestra, in collaboration with the Collegium Musicum, present a free chamber concert in the lovely historic Plymouth Congregational Church, 3400 Devon Rd. in Coconut Grove, on Nov. 20 at 4 p.m. Dr. Donald Oglesby conducts choir, strings, brass and woodwinds in a diverse program including Vivaldi’s Gloria, portions of the Bach B Minor Mass, and Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds, plus pieces

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS for brass choir and string ensemble. Alhambra Orchestra is Miami’s community orchestra, now celebrating its 22nd season of making great music accessible to all. Collegium Musicum is a vocal ensemble based at the University of Miami. For more information about this event, call 305-668-9260 or send email to <>. FIRST LIGHTING CEREMONY FOR BRICKELL WORLD PLAZA Hundreds are expected to gather at 600 Brickell Ave. for the first lighting ceremony of Brickell World Plaza, featuring a 40foot wreath, music and refreshments, on Saturday, Dec. 3, 6-10 p.m. The event will kick off the season in what will become an annual event on the first Saturday of every December. Students from area schools will exhibit original artwork and sing holiday classics. All proceeds from the ticketed event will benefit three Miami-Dade non-profit

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Holiday Giving: A Tradition for Tonkinson Financial

Tonkinson Financial is a family operated financial planning firm that has an outstanding tradition of philanthropic giving, community service, and client service. As Thanksgiving approaches, plans are underway again for ordering and sending out $50 food baskets to 200 clients with a message from “Our Family to Your Family.” This is a 15 year tradition that starts the holiday season. The Tonkinson family includes Rick, Margarita, Steven and two lovable chocolate labs, Yogi and Baloo, who welcome all who visit their office. The Tonkinsons proudly serve middle class clients, believing that the paycheck-topaycheck working people should enjoy the same expertise and clients services as the client with millions. As a man who came from humble beginnings, Rick Tonkinson truly understand the blue collar worker and has a passion for serving, educating, and helping his clients make good financial

choices. During this Thanksgiving season, the Tonkinson share their blessings in numerous ways, including support for community projects, arts and culture as well as education, health care and social services programs. For those who have the ability to do the same, theirs is a good example to follow. Tonkinson is also available on a pro bono basis to give workshops for employees and others who need even the most basic help, from learning to balance a check book to more complicated financial matters. 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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NEWS, from previous page be on site with additional fun games and activities. The adorable Elf Magic mascots, Jingle & Jangle, will be on hand visiting with Santa at Dadeland Mall on one of their many “Elfcapades.” Join in on the fun and learn more about their tradition, where the Elves magically visit children during the Christmas season and return with Santa to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to help deliver presents. For more information about Elf Magic, please visit online at <>. MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHORUS PRESENT ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT, DEC. 11 Join the members of the Miami Children’s Chorus as they present their annual holiday concert, “Voices of Angels,” on Dec. 11, at the First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way. Audiences will have the opportunity to witness the artistry and purpose of all three Miami Children’s Chorus ensembles as they perform many of our holiday favorites. Musical selections span a wide range of genres and represent many cultures as the choir aims to depict the immense cultural diversity

SANTA CALLING FELINES, CANINES FOR DOLPHIN MALL’S PET NIGHTS Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12 St., is bringing back its popular Pet Nights with Santa. Pet owners are invited to bring their dogs and cats to visit Santa from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 7, 14 and 21, at the Ice Palace located on second floor of the Ramblas area. Visitors can select from an array of stateof-the art digital photographs offered during the traditional photos with Santa. Dolphin Mall’s holiday partnership with Snapfish offers customers a unique and user-friendly digital photo experience. The site allows shoppers to quickly share, organize and design photo gifts including holiday cards, calendars, ornaments and photo books. Shoppers can use their photos with Santa and the Ice Throne to create photo gifts. Pet owners will receive a free bowl with the purchase of a photo package on the dates/times indicated, while supplies last. Pets must be up-to-date on their vaccinations and must either be on a leash or carried in a lightweight, portable pet carrier with harness. For more information, visit online at <>.

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Ivanna Alfonso adds artistic touch for wedding cakes BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Ivanna Alfonso is a South Florida wedding planner who has brought something new to her work by tapping into her art background. She creates customized bride and groom figures for the tops of wedding cakes. “As a child I was very artistic and creative, always trying to make something or trying to sell something I had made,” Alfonso said. “I was extremely dedicated to using my talents and creative style whenever possible. “This past November, we introduced our custom cake toppers and figures to the public. We started it as an idea and again put our creativity to the test as we spent months perfecting our figures until they were just right.” Rather than generic bride and groom miniature dolls, Alfonso crafts sculptures that are whimsical likenesses of her clients, which adds a personal touch to the cakes. The 24-year-old Alfonso, who lives in Miami Lakes, graduated from high school in 2005, got her AA degree from Miami Dade College, then transferred to Florida International University hoping to become an elementary school teacher. But after a year and a half she decided to try some-

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thing different, changed her major and currently is finishing her degree in Hospitality Management and Event Planning. But she already has launched her Oh My Gosh! Weddings and Events business and Custom Cake Toppers. “I originally opened the business in 2008,” Alfonso said. “Both my sisters got married only one month apart, it was difficult to plan two weddings on a budget; every planner we looked at was extremely expensive and did not offer the packages we thought were helpful. After my sisters’ weddings I realized how much I enjoyed planning and helping them plan the most important day of their lives.” Cassandra Lopez of Coral Gables was one of Alfonso’s clients, and thought the artist’s little figures were great. “Ivanna’s custom wedding cake toppers are the perfect way to personalize yourself as a new couple,” Lopez said. “I was so happy to see how she brought our relationship to life by creating exact mini replicas of my husband and I. Needless to say our wedding cake was a real treat!” Alfonso’s handmade products also are on eBay, Etsy and on her own website, and have been sold all over the country as well as Canada, Denmark and Australia. She also plans quinces, sweet 16s, birthdays, baby and bridal showers, graduations and other types of events. Jennifer Henry, a recent bride in South Miami, was pleased with the outcome. “OMG weddings planned and successfully executed my big day,” Henry said. “My husband and I were thrilled that we got a chance to really enjoy every second and not have to worry about any of the stresses because we had such an excellent planner. Ivanna’s charm and organization were a reflection of her work and we could not have been happier with the results.” For more information, call 305-7203869 or visit online at <>.


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Wine Walk & Shop on Mile becomes seasonal event BY SANDRA RODRIGUEZ

Now a seasonal event by popular demand, Wine Walk & Shop on the Mile will take place on Nov 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Launched this past summer by the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival and the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables (BID), Wine Walk & Shop on the Mile now is a year round event featuring drinks appropriate for each season. All proceeds will benefit United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health. Throughout the evening, select shops on Miracle Mile, between Ponce de Leon Blvd and Salzedo St., will serve guests select wines and light bites, and offer special pricing on merchandise. The event begins at Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe, 124 Miracle Mile, where each guest will receive a wine-tasting glass and event program with an overview of the eight designated stops and wines they will sample at each. Guests will visit No Boundaries, I. Designs Optical, Violetas, Victoria’s Design, Peace Love World and Curves N’ Waves. The last

stop is Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, where event participants will unwind and enjoy dinner with an exclusive $25 gift card per party. Tickets are on sale for $35 per person at <> or contact United Way at 305-646-7029. The first 100 guests to purchase tickets will receive exclusive event gift bags and two hours of complimentary parking at two garages: Miracle Theatre Garage behind the theater or Museum Garage behind JohnMartin’s Irish Pub, sponsored by the BID, which serves to promote Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile. Featured wines will be available for guests to purchase at a special 25-30 percent discount only at Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe from Thursday, Nov. 17, through Saturday, Nov. 19. Guests will need their event program in order to purchase the wines at the discounted price. For information on Wine Walk & Shop on the Mile, visit <>. For more information about the BID and a directory, visit <>.

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Fall in love with Romanza Trattoria BY NANCY EAGLETON

Romanza is Italian for romance and true to the restaurant’s name, the loyal patrons of Trattoria Romanza in Palmetto Bay have a love affair with the traditional Italian cuisine passionately prepared and served by owners Fernando and Ana Cortez. The Cortez’s invite guests into their “home away from home” to enjoy delicious, generous portions of homemade antipasti, pasta and seafood and meat entrees – all served in Romanza’s relaxed atmosphere. Familiar faces pack the restaurant located next to the Quality Inn on South Dixie Highway each evening and feel right at home with Chef Fernando in the kitchen and Ana and nephew Frank in the dining room. At Romanza, it only takes one visit for you to become a member of the family. “We make it a point to get to know everyone who visits us – it’s like one big happy family,” said Ana. “We learn what our guests like and are happy to accommodate special requests. People even bring in their own fresh fish catch and ask Fernando to cook it.”

On the menu at Romanza, guests will find Italian pasta favorites such as Lasagna, pasta specialties such as Farfalle al Vodka, chicken dishes including Chicken Parmigiana, seafood specialties like Shrimp Scampi and favorites such as Veal Francese. Homemade decadent desserts including Tiramisu and Italian Cheesecake are prepared daily by Ana. “It’s like eating really good homemade Italian food in your grandmother’s kitchen,” said one patron. In addition to the exquisite menu offerings, Romanza regulars look forward to the unique specials offered each day. Chef Fernando is famous for his Pear Fiocchi, Rack of Lamb, Stuffed Artichoke and Seafood Trio Medley with shrimp, scallops and sea bass. Chef Fernando has perfected his Italian comfort food recipes during the 30 years he has cooked and owned Italian restaurants in Miami. For many years, Cortez was coowner of Anacapri in Pinecrest. After leaving that partnership, he opened his first Romanza location in Aventura and operated in that successful location for eight

years. The Cortez’s relocated their beloved family restaurant to Palmetto Bay two years ago to be closer to home. “We live in this area, so the commute to Aventura every day was quite long,” said Fernando. “We are happy to be back serving the people in our neighborhood, although we do have many who make the trip from Aventura to visit us each week.” Romanza is bustling on Friday and Saturday nights, so make a reservation or plan to sit back and relax at the bar during your short wait and enjoy a beer or glass of wine from the well-chosen wine list. Fernando and Ana will gladly customize a catered menu for your special event or business meeting at the restaurant or offsite. Romanza has a private room with bar that is perfect for meetings, birthday and anniversary parties and bridal and baby showers. Ana will even decorate the room to suit your taste and party theme. “We are happy to open the restaurant to host luncheon events,” said Fernando. “In fact, each Tuesday, we host the Rotary Club of Palmetto Bay meeting.” Look for special coupons for Trattoria

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Spanish Monastery to become Irish monastery for Christmas BY ERIN ASHLEY

The South Florida Emerald Society will celebrate Christmas in Ireland on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., in the Ancient Spanish Monastery, 16711 W. Dixie Hwy. in North Miami Beach. The evening will include a sumptuous buffet dinner and entertainment by The Three Jacks and the Irish Fiddlers. The Three Jacks, a high energy Irish/Celtic/Rock band, is one of Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best loved bands and they are award-winning, internationally known recording artists. They are famous for their interpretations of Whiskey in the Jar, work of the

Weavers and Matty Groves. The Irish Fiddlers are a group of young musicians comprising students from the third grade through high school. They specialize in traditional Irish fiddle music. Tickets for the raffle are available. The prizes include cash prizes of $1,000 and $500 and a weekend getaway at the Conrad Hotel on Brickell. Raffle tickets are $5 each. The event is open to all and tickets are only $75 each. For tickets and reservations, call Mary Ann Kerr at 305-302-2301. The South Florida Emerald Society is an organization for ladies and gentlemen of Irish extraction founded in 1954.

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Boys and Girls Clubs once again selling Christmas trees, wreaths BY DUREE ROSS

seven days a week, from Nov. 21 until Dec. 15 (or until trees are sold out). Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade For more than 35 years, Boys and Girls once again is selling Christmas trees and Clubs of Miami-Dade has been helping to wreaths this holiday season not only to bring joy into many South spread cheer, but also to Florida households by sellF o r m o re t h a n 3 5 y e a r s , raise funds for its many ing Christmas trees and programs serving 10,000 Boys and Girls Clubs o f wreaths. One hundred perboys and girls in MiamiMiami-Dade has been cent of proceeds from the Dade County year-round. h e l p i n g t o b r i n g j o y i n t o sales of trees and wreaths On Monday, Nov. 21, at will benefit Boys and Girls many South Florida 4:30 p.m., Boys and Girls Clubs. Clubs of Miami-Dade will households by selling The trees, beautiful conduct a grand opening C h r i s t m a s t re e s a n d Fraser firs from North ribbon cutting ceremony w re a t h s . O n e h u n d re d Carolina, stand five to 14 at the tree lot to kick off p e rc e n t o f p ro c e e d s f ro m feet tall and sell for $55 the 2011 selling season. and up. Plain and handSanta Claus will make a t h e s a l e s o f t re e s a n d decorated wreaths also special appearance at the w re a t h s w i l l event to visit Boys and will be for sale, starting at benefit Boys and Girls Clubs children in $35. Girls Clubs. attendance. Also at the ribBoys and Girls Clubs of bon cutting will be local Miami-Dade, Hank Kline dignitaries and representatives from Boys Club, is located 2805 SW 32nd Ave. For and Girls Clubs. more information, visit online at The tree lot will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. <>.

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In connection with National Adoption Month in November, Family Resource Center of South Florida Inc. (FRC), one of the state’s leading child welfare organizations, is spreading awareness about the benefits of public adoption. Throughout November, FRC is offering its top tips for navigating the public adoption process, along with accounts from families who have successfully adopted in this manner. As communities continue to struggle amid a long-lasting recession, Florida has seen a significant rise in reports of child abuse and neglect. According to the Department of Children and Families, monthly child abuse investigations in Miami-Dade during 2011 have gone up 22.2 percent over the 2010 numbers. As a result, more children and families are being referred for services, resulting in some of these children ultimately becoming available for public adoption. Throughout November, FRC will continue its important work in protecting the welfare of neglected and abused children and helping to facilitate public adoptions in South Florida. FRC also is working hard to “demystify” the public adoption process by offering top tips for families seeking to adopt children. On any given day there are approximately 800 children available for adoption in the state of Florida. Public adoption offers many benefits to those wishing to adopt children and helps provide a safe haven to the most vulnerable children in the foster care system. In addition to offering individuals and couples facing infertility or other roadblocks a path to creating a family, some of the benefits to public adoption include: state covered court costs, 100 per-

cent paid tuition for children who attend an in-state college or university, financial subsidies, and medical benefits for children who have special needs. FRC’s core mission is to rehabilitate and keep families together. However, of the approximately 1,000 children served annually, one-third will become free for adoption. A forever home is one the most important and rewarding gifts a person can give. Studies consistently show that the success rate of children who have been adopted increases dramatically compared to those who remain in foster care. Reports continue to surface nationwide about the impact of the weak economy and the rise in child abuse and neglect cases. Florida is no exception to this trend. With one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Florida’s children are suffering. In the past year, FRC saw a 35 percent increase in the number of children being referred for services because of documented abuse or neglect. “There is a definite correlation between the state of the economy and the welfare of our children,” said Dr. Oren Wunderman, FRC executive director. “As parents are faced with joblessness, loss of income, and extended periods of stress, children are sometimes left to bear the brunt of these pressure cooker-like situations. Unfortunately for some of these children, reunification with their biological parents will not be possible.” This year FRC completed 48 adoptions, exceeding the goal of 40 set forth by Our Kids. On Friday, Nov. 18 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) at the Miami Children’s Museum, FRC, Our Kids, and other area child welfare agencies will celebrate National Adoption Day by completing several youth adoptions and brining families together to mark this special day.

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Donate a dog sweater to keep shelter dogs warm this winter BY KATHY LABRADA

The Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department (ASD) in coordination with the Miami-Dade County Public Library System (MDPLS) will be hosting a sweater drive for shelter dogs beginning Nov. 15 and continuing through Dec. 15. In preparation for dropping temperatures and the upcoming winter season, ASD is seeking donations of sweaters to keep shelter dogs warm and comfortable. Drop off new and gently used dog sweaters at any MDPLS branch library. Sweatshirts also may be donated and are needed in children’s small to adult extra-large sizes. “Keeping our pets safe and healthy at the shelter is a top priority,” said Alex Muñoz, Miami-Dade Animal Services Department director. “These contributions will assist us in ensuring that our shelter pets are kept warm during the winter months.” You may drop off your donations at any

of the following area libraries: Coconut Grove Branch, 2875 Mcfarlane Rd., 305-442-8695; Coral Reef Branch, 9211 Coral Reef Dr., 305-233-8324; Homestead Branch, 700 N. Homestead Blvd., 305-246-0168; Kendall Branch, 9101 SW 97 Ave., 305279-0520; Key Biscayne Branch, 299 Crandon Blvd., 305-361-6134; Pinecrest Branch, 5835 SW 111 St., 305668-4571; South Dade Regional, 10750 SW 211 St., 305-233-8140; West Dade Regional, 9445 Coral Way, 305-553-1134, and West Kendall Regional, 10201 Hammocks Blvd., 305-385-7135. For more information, visit <> or call 311. To find a branch library near you, visit <> and click “Find a Library.”

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Miami Youth Ballet to present The Nutcracker at Arts Center BY NICOLLE UGARRIZA

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) and Miami Youth Ballet present The Nutcracker on Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $25. SMDCAC is located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay. For tickets the public should call 786-573-5300 and for information visit online at <>. This classic ballet is a perfect holiday spectacle for children and adults alike. Don’t miss a little girl’s dreamlike journey to the magical Land of the Sweets, the Sugarplum Fairy, dazzling costumed characters, and of course, Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. Based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffman, The Nutcracker is a timeless production that will entertain and delight the entire family. Miami Youth Ballet unites local dance students with professional guest artists for this annual production of The Nutcracker in collaboration with Mencia-Pikieris School of Dance. Experience this amazing production

choreographed and directed by former Miami City Ballet stars Marielena Mencia and Yanis Pikieris. Performance features guest artist Maribel Modrono (former Miami City Ballet principal dancer) and Reyneris Reyes (Miami City Ballet principal dancer). Miami Youth Ballet is a non-profit organization with a mission to create opportunities for local young artists to be mentored, grow and ultimately present their work for the enjoyment and cultural enhancement of the community. South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means. The facility includes a 966-seat state-of-the-art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.). The site also includes an activities building which houses lab/ experimental theaters,

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and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances. A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor

activities. The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.

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Williamson Cadillac to host ‘Casino Night’ benefit event BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Williamson Cadillac, 7815 SW 104 St., will clear its huge showroom and open its doors to guests to help the less fortunate animals of the community on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 11 p.m. The down economy has affected practically everyone, especially the pet population. Friends Forever Humane Society is a “no kill” organization that believes every animal deserves a forever loving home. It is a non-profit group funded solely by generous contributors and special fundraising events. All personnel are strictly volunteers. Williamson Cadillac, a longtime supporter of this cause, will host a gaming night with luxurious prizes, as well as dining and open bar. There will be a raffle and live auctions. And, in time for the holidays, there will be spectacular shopping opportunities. Local vendors, including Maurice’s Jewelers and A Nose for Clothes, will have beautiful merchandise

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Frankie’s Pizza: Still doing it the old fashioned way BY NANCY EAGLETON

The more things change, the more they stay the same — at least at Frankie’s Pizza, Miami’s oldest pizza shop. Frank and Doreen Pasquarella came from Ohio and opened Original Frankie’s Famous Pizza in South Miami in 1955. Two years later, they moved their pizza shop to a small grocery store located on Bird Road, flanked by farms, dirt roads and the Everglades. Nearly 55 years later, the scenery around Frankie’s Pizza has changed dramatically, but thanks to Frankie’s daughters Renee and Roxanne Pasquarella — who were born in Miami, raised in their dad’s pizza shop and now run the family business — the recipe for success has remained the same: Make the “world’s finest Italian pizza” and treat everyone like family. “Frankie’s Pizza has been in a time capsule. Our pizza has always been square, like our name, Pasquarella,” Roxanne pointed out. “And just like my dad did, we still place a free, hot slice of pizza on top of every box so our customers can enjoy it on the way home. Frankie was such a visionary.” To honor Pasquarella and his vision, the section of Bird Road in front of the pizza shop was named “Frank Pasquarella Way” in 2010, a fitting tribute to a man who often said, “It’s my way or the highway.” Another tribute to Pasquarella is the 45-minute documentary made about him, titled “Following Frank: Saucy Intonation’s of Miami’s Pizza King.” The documentary along with vintage Frankie’s T-shirts, caps and baby onsies are sold in the shop and online. Just like Frankie did, pizzas always are made to order and made from scratch. The sisters revealed that each day the dough is handmade, the tomatoes are ground, the sauce is cooked for three hours and the fresh cheese is grated.

“It’s labor intensive and more expensive to produce pizzas this way, but our customers would say that it’s well worth it,” Renee said. For those who grew up eating Frankie’s pizza but have migrated, Frankie’s satisfies its faraway fans by shipping its famous half-baked pizzas all over the U.S. Halfbaked pizzas are frozen, packed and shipped, and can be baked in the oven or cooked on the grill. Locals grab half-baked pizzas to keep in their freezers so they can enjoy a piping hot Frankie’s pizza at any time. “Our customers send half-baked pizzas to their kids in college and order them for family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries and football games,” Roxanne said. “It’s all about nostalgia and good family memories.” Speaking of family, Roxanne’s son Christopher is a third generation Frankie’s family member serving fourth generation Frankie’s Fanatics. Frankie’s recently lost “family member,” Jerry Dovin, who had worked at the pizza shop for 28 years. He passed away in August after battling skin cancer for two years. “He was a Vietnam vet and our Irish brother,” Roxanne said. “He is greatly missed.” Frankie’s Pizza has been ranked as one of the top pizzerias in the city and has won numerous awards over the years. As the sisters say, a Frankie’s pizza is best piping hot, right out of the oven. Whether you visit Frankie’s and pick up a pizza that’s right out of their oven or grab a half-baked and finish it off in yours, bring cash because just like in the good old days, cash is king and your plastic is no good. Frankie’s Pizza, located at 9118 Bird Rd., is open every day except Monday. To place an order for pickup, call 305-221-0221. For more information, visit <> or become a Frankie’s Fanatic on Facebook.

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Miami-Dade Animal Services launches new online service BY VIRGINIA C. DIAZ

As part of the department’s effort to make services and information more accessible to the public, Miami-Dade Animal Services, 7401 NW 74 St., is launching its new online service at <> that enables pet owners to check their pet’s account for license and vaccine expiration date, as well as for account contact and pet information. “Only 7 percent (1,612) of the 22,789 dogs and cats brought to the shelter last year were reunited with their owners,” said Alex Muñoz, Animal Services director. “We hope to accomplish two goals with the new online service — provide pet owners with convenient access to their account and the opportunity to advise us if account information is obsolete and requires to be updated, and

enable the public to reunite lost pets, wearing a tag, by identifying and contacting the pet owner. “All one needs is the license number to conduct the search. Accurate contact information is crucial in the reunification of pets with their families,” Muñoz added. “The new online service furthers the department’s mission to reunite lost pets with their families or find lifelong homes for as many animals as possible.” Pet owners are encouraged to visit the website to ensure their account is up to date. Any inaccuracies can be reported via the website at <> or by calling 3-1-1. Animal Services provides rabies vaccination, microchiping, pet adoptions and sale of dog license tags. For additional information, visit online at <> or call 3-1-1.

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Moreno elected to chair Young Farmer and Rancher Group

Florida Farm Bureau 2011 Young Farmer and Rancher chair Nick Dillard passes the reigns to the new chair Kelvin Moreno of Dade County Farm Bureau. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY THERESA A. SMITH

Kelvin Moreno of Moreno Firms was elected to serve as Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher Leadership Group chair during the annual meeting in Orlando, Oct. 6-9. Moreno serves on the Dade County Farm Bureau Board of Directors as chair of the Young Farmers and Ranchers committee. His family’s business, Moreno Ranches, runs registered seedstock Limousin and Brahman cattle, and cow/calf operations in both Miami-Dade and Highlands counties in Florida. Moreno Ranches and its divisions are accredited by the North American Limousin Foundation and by the American Brahman Breeders Association. Kelvin obtained his Bachelor of Science cum laude in agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida, as well as his Master of Agribusiness. He was inducted into the University of Florida’s Hall of Fame in 2009 for his student leadership,

achievement, scholarship and continued devotion to agriculture. Moreno is the founding president of the Collegiate Farm Bureau and has devoted his time and talent to various cattlemen’s associations, state and nationwide. In addition to his family business, his local contributions include managing the Miami International Agriculture and Cattle Show since 2007. “We congratulate Kelvin on his appointment to the YF&R Florida Farm Bureau Board,” said Alice Pena, newly elected Dade County Farm Bureau president. “He is an exemplary model for our youth and we are very proud to see that his hard work and dedication are duly recognized.” Dade County Farm Bureau represents more than 3,200 members, over 700 of whom are actively involved in agribusiness and represent over 900 agricultural operations. Dade County farmers provide an economic impact of over $2.57 billion to the local and state economy. Visit on the internet at <>.

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¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conozca Rosacea? FXM Research en Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 años o más que sufran de Rosacea “Enrojecimiento en la frente, mejillas, y nariz con lesiones similares al acné”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere cuatro [4] visitas. Seguro Médico no es requerido para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación o placebo a no costo. • Compensación por tiempo y transporte hasta $200.00.

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Hypogonadism (low serum testosterone) is commonly associated with erectile dysfunction (ED). Testosterone-replacement therapy (TRT) may be useful (and even preferable to drugs such as Viagra® that are classified as “PDE-5 inhibitors”) in treating men with ED who have diminished libido or other sexual symptoms or when non-sexual symptoms such as depressed mood, decreased sense of vitality, and increased fatigue also exist. Addition of testosterone may improve the action of PDE-5 inhibitors in men with low or lownormal testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction who have not responded to PDE-5 inhibitors alone. The health benefits of TRT also include improvements in body composition, bone density, cognition, and sense of well-being. Thus, there may be good reasons to use TRT as first-line therapy for the man with ED. Concerns regarding prostatic and cardiovascular risks of TRT have not been supported by the literature. Nevertheless, men receiving TRT must be monitored at regular intervals with digital rectal examination and blood tests.

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Magical snowfall returning to Dolphin Mall on Nov. 23 BY JORGE MARTINEZ

Dolphin Mall invites South Florida families to experience its ninth annual Magical Snowfall. The free winter festivities begin at Dolphin Mall at the Ramblas Plaza on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and continue into the new year. There will be a snowfall at 7 p.m. daily and an additional snowfall at 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Beginning Monday, Dec. 19, there will be a 7 and 9 p.m. snowfall every day until Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. There will be no snow on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) or New Year’s Day (Jan. 1, 2012). In true Dolphin Mall holiday tradition, magical wands will be distributed every night to children under 12 years of age when their parents sign up to receive the Dolphin Mall e-bulletin. At the strike of 7 and 9 p.m., the children will wave their wands in the air and magically the snow will return to the mall while illuminating the sky with a warm holiday glow.

I n t ru e D o l p h i n M a l l h o l i d a y t r a d i t i o n , magical wands will be distributed e v e r y n i g h t t o c h i l d re n u n d e r 1 2 y e a r s o f a g e w h e n t h e i r p a re n t s s i g n u p t o receive the Dolphin Mall e-bulletin. Youngsters can pick up their wands a half hour before each show. Dolphin Mall is an enclosed value retail/entertainment/dining destination with 240 retailers, restaurants and entertainment options. It is located just five miles west of Miami International Airport where the Dolphin Expressway and the Florida Turnpike intersect. Shoppers can access the mall by taking Exit 27 off Florida’s Turnpike. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with extended hours in the Ramblas entertainment area. Preview the stores, the styles and the savings at <>.

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Theme cruises to Caribbean extend the baseball season BY JULIANNE CARELLI

Fans looking to extend the baseball season can sail to some incredible Caribbean destinations with former Major League Baseball stars onboard MSC Poesia for various “Baseball Greats” theme cruises from $549 plus government fees and taxes. This is the eighth year MSC Cruises has hosted these popular cruises with an everchanging lineup of players. Interact with former Major Leaguers who played and were stars on several teams. Host and emcee for all of the onboard activities on each cruise is former New York Yankees star pitcher Stan Bahnsen. “Baseball Greats” cruises offer free guest/player activities including a playerhosted trivia game, a question-and-answer session, a guest pitching contest, and a lively storytelling session. Baseball players host hitting, fielding, base running, and defense strategy clinics. One of the most popular aspects of the experience includes a free autograph session. These Caribbean cruises are roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale and feature the following destinations and former Major League Baseball players: • Seven-night Western Caribbean cruise departing Nov. 19 with Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers’ Hall-of-Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, Glenn Beckert (Chicago Cubs All-Star and Gold Glove secondbaseman), Frank Howard (two-time, American League homerun king), Bill Russell (Los Angeles Dodgers’ star shortstop and manager), and Stan Bahnsen (a star pitcher for the Yankees). • Ten-night Western Caribbean cruise sailing Dec. 6 with Tommy Davis

(National League batting champion with the Los Angeles Dodgers), Amos Otis (AllStar, Gold Glove center fielder for the Kansas City Royals), Jack Billingham (All-Star pitcher and World Series star with the Cincinnati Reds), Dave Campbell (infielder for the Detroit Tigers and San Diego Padres, and award-winning broadcaster for ESPN), and Stan Bahnsen. • Seven-night Western Caribbean cruise departing Jan. 14 with Ken Griffey Sr. (Cincinnati Reds All-Star), Jim Fregosi (All-Star shortstop with the California Angles and manager for four teams), Darold Knowles (All-Star relief pitcher with the World Series Champion Oakland A’s), one more player to be named, and Stan Bahnsen. • Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise sailing Feb. 18 with Vida Blue (American League MVP and Cy Young Award winner with the Oakland A’s), Randy Hundley (All-Star, Gold Glove catcher with the Chicago Cubs), Jessie Barfield (All-Star, Gold Glove outfielder with the Toronto Blue Jays), Cookie Rojas (All-Star shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals), and Stan Bahnsen. • Seven-night Eastern Caribbean cruise sailing Mar. 3 with Gorman Thomas (twotime American League home run king for the Milwaukee Brewers), John Lieber (Star pitcher with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs), Tony Taylor (All-Star, Gold Glove second baseman with the Philadelphia Phillies), Ken Berry (Chicago White Sox All-Star, Gold Glove centerfielder), and Stan Bahnsen. For more information about MSC Cruises, visit online at <>, call 1-877-665-4655 or contact a local travel professional.

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New clothing concept at SoMi’s UV Wear BY SUSAN SMITH

UV Wear, a new boutique catering to the needs of active outdoorsy adults and children, recently opened at Plaza 57 introducing a line of sun safe protective clothing, hats and sunglasses. Enjoying an active lifestyle of golf, surfing and triathlon training, the husband and wife team saw a need to make UV clothing more accessible to the public. Owners Andrea and Mark Bennington grew tired of ordering their UV clothing online without getting a chance to feel the fabrics or confirm the right size. It was the subsequent loss of a dear friend however that confirmed their decision to open the business. Dr. Richard Dolsey was a close family friend and local physician. “When Richard lost his battle with skin cancer it was a real wake up call,” said Andrea Bennington. Bennington herself is also contending with a recently discovered precancerous lesion. The light weight apparel is fashionable and trendy and blocks 98% or more

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All-new Ford Focus has sleek design, delivers 40 mpg Ron Beasley LET’S TALK CARS It’s nice to see that Ford has finally come around and is offering American consumers something more than gas-guzzling SUVs and monster pickup trucks. I refer specifically to the all-new Ford Focus, a small car with a wonderfully fresh design, high levels of craftsmanship and occupant safety, an exceptional array of smart new technologies, and an EPA-rated 40 mpg on the highway. On top of all that, Focus delivers solid handling and an overall excellent driving experience. Focus is powered by a new 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that combines high-pressure gasoline direct injection and twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) for enhanced performance and fuel efficiency. How about 20 horsepower more than the previous Focus engine and a fuel economy improvement of more than 10 percent? The new engine is mated to the latest sixspeed Ford PowerShift automatic transmis-

sion with a high-efficiency dual dry-clutch design. The advanced transmission also is offered with SelectShift Automatic that allows you to shift gears manually. A fivespeed manual transmission is available. With a sleek and sporty design, Focus is available in hatchback and sedan models — S, SE, SEL and Titanium trim levels. The four-door sedan and five-door hatchback models mark the next step of Ford’s kinetic design form, and more than 10 million units have been sold worldwide since Focus was launched in 1998. Focus has a striking front end dominated by a wide-mouth grille and slanted inset headlights. A sleek profile and a dramatic rising beltline emphasize the athletic stance. The stylish exterior is matched by a modern, cockpit-style interior with a stylish center console. Bold graphics, a sculptured softtouch instrument panel and quality trim materials give the interior a premium look. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels have been reduced and driving dynamics improved by the increased stiffness of the body structure, one with 30 percent greater rigidity than the previous Focus. Also, there’s a new windshield with a special acoustic layer that significantly reduces wind and road noise. The wind-

Focus has a sporty profile with a dramatic rising beltline and an athletic stance. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

shield is complemented by increased side and rear glass thickness for extra quietness. Focus also offers SYNC with MyFord Touch, which replaces many of the usual buttons, knobs and gauges with LCD screens and five-way buttons. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each driver using a simple button click, voice command or touch screen tap. MyFord Touch is powered by a new generation of the company’s popular SYNC system, which includes a sophisticated voice control system for vehicle functions, connected Bluetooth devices, a Wi-Fi

hotspot, MP3 players and a variety of external media. Focus offers a wide range of smart technologies, including active park assist, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, rear-view camera, Intelligent Access with push-button start and Wi-Fi access. Starting price on the 2012 Ford Focus is $17,295. 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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Why a Short Sale is Better than Foreclosure If you are one of the unlucky ones underwater on your home and are behind on your mortgage payments, you do have options! Foreclosure is not the only choice, nor is it the best. In many cases, a Short Sale will


work better for you and your lender. It is important to understand the effects of losing your home to a foreclosure or selling it through a short sale. There are stark differences to how your credit, your borrowing

capability, and your general outlook on the future will be affected by your decision. Below is a table to help break down the difference of how a foreclosure and a short sale will affect you.




Credit Score & History

Foreclosures can affect your credit score by lowering it 175 to 300 points for up to 7 to 10 years.

Future Home Purchase (Primary Residence â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fannie Mae Loan)

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Not public records. Shows Late payments - Mortgage â&#x20AC;&#x153;settled for less than full amount dueâ&#x20AC;?. Credit score may only be affected by 50 to 100 points. Per Fannie Mae, if an individual completes a short sale they will be able to purchase a home after 2 years (depending on credit score).

Future Loan with any Mortgage Company

Borrower will have to answer YES to the question â&#x20AC;&#x153;have you had property foreclosed upon or given title or deed in lieu thereof in the last 7 years?â&#x20AC;? Final sales price is usually lower than in a short sale. If lender has deficiency rights, this can result in a higher amount that they will be able to pursue.

Amount of the Deficiency Judgment

There is no question related to short sales currently on a loan application.

The sales price in a short sale is typically higher potentially resulting in a smaller deficiency judgment, and possible waiver of deficiency.

Future Employment

Could impact employment opportunities.

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