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‘Small Business Saturday’ reminds us to shop local

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Gables’ Adolfo Costa earns Principal Leadership Award

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Black Friday sales at the big chain stores and Cyber Monday sales online are getting a lot of attention these days, but something called Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30 should be even more important to shoppers and the communities in which they live. Small Business Saturday, with its slogan of “shop small,” was created in 2010 by American Express to support the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods. Think about it. It just makes sense. Much of the money you spend at the big national stores goes out of the area, but the money you spend here at the little individually owned stores and businesses stays here in your community and helps fuel your local economy. Those little “mom and pop” businesses — the specialty stores and nonchain restaurants that are owned and

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dolfo Costa, principal of Coral Gables High School, received $10,000 from the Council for Educational Change on Nov. 14 at the University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center. Costa was the winner of the 2013 Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award for outstanding contributions in the field of education. Each year, the council presents finalists with $5,000 each and awards an additional $5,000 to the award winner. Kyle Dresback of Allen D. Nease High from St. Johns County and Robert McCue of South Lake High from Lake County, the other two Gold Medallion Finalists, were awarded $5,000 each by Dr. Elaine Liftin, the council’s president and executive director. In memory of Leonard Miller, the council established the award to recognize outstanding leadership. The Council for Educational Change, a Florida-based charitable organization whose

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purpose it is to increase the quality of public education, presented the 11th annual Leonard Miller Principal Leadership Award at this event. Charles Cobb, former Ambassador to Iceland, presented the significance of the day. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of MiamiDade County Public Schools, discussed how leadership changes lives and the impact the council represents in the state. Through its programs, the Council for Educational Change has served over 1,550,000 students, 67 districts, and developed 5,000 school-based leaders. At the conclusion, the excitement was heightened when the Coral Gables Senior High School Band charged through the doors playing their theme song. Costa was not only surprised with the award, but honored with the presence of his high school students playing the Alma Mater. Event sponsors included Carnival Cruise Lines, Cobb Family Foundation, Richard and Susan Finkelstein, Lennar Foundation, and Miller Family Foundation.

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This is another in a series of profiles of outstanding students attending schools in Coral Gables. See profiles on page 7.


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Penny Burke, co-author of the book, From Granny Panties to Thongs, recently made a special appearance at The Palace at Coral Gables for one of the community’s Lunch & Learn programs. Burke shared the poignant stories of the widows she interviewed when she and coauthor Joan Pearlstein decided to collaborate for their book. Inspired by her mother’s experiences dating and finding love again after she suddenly lost her husband, Burke explained, “My mom and dad left on a trip to Alaska as a couple and she came home a widow.” The book serves as an inspiration to widowed women curious about meeting men, dating and moving forward but it also offers a powerful message about atti-

tudes on life. “The heart has unlimited capacity for love,” Burke said. “Life’s about living and having the right attitude.” The Palace at Coral Gables sponsors educational discussions on a variety of topics as part of its “Passport Program” and these are open to the public. The recently opened award-winning luxury senior rental community features studio, one- and two-bedroom residences with five-star amenities including a beauty salon and spa, a heated indoor pool and a wellness center staffed by nurses. The Leasing Center is open daily at One Andalusia Avenue and offers visitors the opportunity to select from the extensive variety of well-designed floor plans. For more information about The Palace at Coral Gables, call 305-445-7444 or visit <www.PalaceCoralGables.com>.


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Gables Sushi Maki rolls out restaurant’s new menu items Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Sushi Maki in Coral Gables rolled out the restaurant’s new menu items with a launch recently that features all the assorted new items, including such options as Kobe Beef Sliders and more finishing off with a Sake Bomb for fun. They even brought in a Ninja that provided some fun photo ops. Restaurant owners Abe and Christina Ng encouraged everyone to join them on Sunday, Nov. 24, to help victims of

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Typhoon Haiyan among whom were some employees’ families who were impacted directly and left homeless. Ten percent of the proceeds from the sales on that day at all the Sushi Maki restaurants are being directed to that effort. Text “sp” to 80888 to give $10 to help. #SUSHIMAKI #SMTYPHOONRELIEF. In other news, The Villagers’ 2013 Holiday House Tour moves this year to Coconut Grove on Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The homes will illustrate the diversity and charm of the Grove and, while all are walkable, there will be a jitney available at Plymouth Church to transport visitors to the homes on Bayview Street, if needed. Look for houses to be decorated in the spirit of Christmas. In addition, guests can enjoy the ever-popular food and holiday boutique at Plymouth Church’s Davis Hall. Tickets are $35 (advance purchase only). To reserve a spot please send a check and self-stamped addressed envelope to: The Villagers Inc., PO Box 141843, Coral Gables, FL 33114-1843. Include your phone number and name on the check. Another fun event presented by the Woman’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami Franklin C. Bush Chapter, “Fabulous Fashions of Second Time Around” Luncheon, attracted a sellout crowd on Nov. 13, at the Marriott Courtyard. The event had everything a woman could ask for including a chance to buy some incredible high-end attire and jewelry at bargain prices, followed by a nice lunch, fashion show, raffle and silent auction. Chapter president Ruth Jacobs and chair Mary Nolan are to be congratulated for a very entertaining affair that even brought back to Miami, former TV weatherman and celebrity auctioneer Bob Soper. Soper helped auction the clothes modeled in the fashion show while Frank Hubbell provided the music throughout the affair. Among the runway divas were Judi Ashworth, Kay Fahringer, Michele Locicero, Gina Rice-Guilford, Bridget

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Starks, Carolyn Stevenson, Dorothy Thomson, Genevieve Atkinson, Ruth Jacobs, Sara Lee Sanderson, Kelley RiceSchild, Brittany Starks and Nora Tenny. Carlos Talavera coordinated the Boutique while so many others also worked hard to make the affair a success including Trish Heard, Joann Capalletti, Lorin Lawson, Pat Saunders and Anita Nolan-Shaw, to mention a few. Speaking of fashion, the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club held a “Dancing with the Stars: A Fashion Show,” by designer Rosaura Sias Pipenberg on Oct. 30. More than 65 ladies attended the event that was chaired by Aminta Konawicz. The models were all members of the Coco Plum Club with Mireya Kilmon, president of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, who attended as a guest and a model. Best of all, the event raised $1,500 to benefit SafeSpace, a domestic violence shelter. Speaking of women’s clubs, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club had an incred-

ibly fun Halloween party to raise extra funds for the club’s free children’s dental clinic. The decorations were spectacular, thanks to some talented members and spouses and a large donation of wood from Shell Lumber to create tombstones and more. Mayra Dominguez chaired the event with help from Nathalia Bogani and many others. Ralph Rivera, who was the point person to build not only party props but also the club’s bed entered in the Great Grove Bed Race, won the costume contest dressed as Tom Hanks in Castaway. A good time was had by all while more than $1,400 was raised for the clinic. The club’s major fundraiser for the May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic will be a Casino Night on Mar. 8, 2014. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <gloriagalburns@aol.com>.


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Caroling Competition continues 27-year tradition in Gables BY GLORIA BURNS The Coral Gables Caroling Competition will get anyone who attends in the holiday spirit. It has been an eagerly awaited holiday tradition in the City Beautiful since 1987 when the 550 Building first presented the city with its spectacular poinsettia tree that became the backdrop for the competition. Recognition goes to Merrick Festival director Sally Baumgartner for her vision in creating this choral competition that gives the community’s young people an opportunity to showcase their talent and win dollars to support their programs. Baumgartner’s passion for the competition and selfless efforts have enabled the event to grow considerably over the years. It has become a much-anticipated event for the school choirs, their supporters and thousands who make this part of the holiday tradition. “This event is free to the public and is truly a wonderful holiday gift to residents and visitors alike,” Baumgartner said. “We are most grateful to all those who have donated funding to make this event a reality year end and year out.” Join the crowd in front of the 550 Biltmore Building over five nights beginning Wednesday, Dec. 4, running through Sunday

Coral Gables High School Chorus members perform during a previous Caroling Competition.

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without which many of the public schools would be unable to participate. The bus money levels the playing field and makes it possible for the inner-city schools to compete along with independent schools, offsetting the costs of their transportation to the competition. Each school receives a minimum of $175

for bus money — more if the year’s budget permits. Funding for the buses this year is generously provided through a grant from the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council For information on the event, visit online at <www.merrickfestival.net>.

University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame unveils Class of 2014 BY JOHN ROUTH

Current Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson and Hurricanes football greats Clinton Portis and Lamar Thomas headline the UM Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014. All eight members were formally introduced at halftime of Miami’s home finale Nov. 23 versus Virginia. The Class of 2014 includes Johnson (football, 2000-02), James Jones (basketball, 1999-2003), Jeff Morrison (baseball, 197881), Wyllesheia Myrick (track, 1998-2002), Portis (football, 1999-2001), Rio Ramirez (diving, 1997-99), Javy Rodriguez (baseball, 1999-2002) and Thomas (football, 1988-92). The University of Miami Sports Hall of

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Fame was founded in 1966 by eight Dade County Circuit Court judges who wanted to establish an organization that would recognize those student-athletes, coaches and administrators who excelled at their sport and brought acclaim to the University of Miami through achievements and championships. With the addition of the eight newest members, the Sports Hall of Fame will increase to 282 honorees. The eight-member class will be inducted at the 46th annual UMSHoF Induction Banquet, which will take place on Apr. 10, 2014. For more information on the banquet, fans can visit <www.UMSportsHallofFame.com> or call 305-284-2775. throughout the nation, so their value to fighting unemployment is important. They also, being highly individual, give a unique flavor to the community and often provide goods and services not available at the “big box” stores. So on Nov, 30, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, support the local businesses in your area by “shopping small.” In fact, that’s not just an idea that’s good for only one day a year, but year round. Shopping local is good for your community all the time.


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KIMBERLY GIRON

LAUREN PERNA

MELANIE ROSS-ACUNA

Coral Gables student Kimberly Giron has earned more than 500 community service hours, many from volunteering at the Rivera Day Camp this summer. Giron worked with the 3- to 4-year-olds, the youngest kids in the camp. “They were a lot of fun,” she said. “They were so cute!” Her sister had volunteered at the camp a couple of summers before and recommended it to her. “I did an orientation and it was really nice,” Giron said. At Gables, Giron is involved in different clubs and cheerleading. This is her third year as a high school cheerleader but she has been cheering since she was 8. The Gables squad participates in cheerleading competitions two to three times a year. “We go out of town,” she said. “This year we’re going to one in Coral Springs and one in Daytona Beach.” She loves to compete. She likes the thrill of feeling the nerves and she enjoys practicing the routines over and over again until they are perfect. “At a football game, you are more interactive with the crowd,” she said. “At competitions we create a routine. We practice three or four months. We have rigorous practices. I find them both fun.” The Gables squad does well in competitions, earning national recognition two years ago. Along with cheerleading, Giron is involved with the English National Honor Society. “We basically all share our love of English. We do poetry slams once a month,” she said. “We’re starting to do tutoring sessions for SAT or any English exam.” Members of the English National Honor Society also go to the day care at Gables to read to the children. Giron’s also a member of the National Honor Society and the International Baccalaureate Honor Society. She’s just starting to look at colleges but particularly likes Florida State, where her sister attended. She wants to major in pre-med and hopes to become a pediatrician.

Coral Gables High junior Lauren Perna is an athlete playing softball and volleyball. She is captain of both teams. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society and the new Gables service club, Shape. “We do beach cleanups. We painted the walls on the school,” she said. “We’re trying to clean it up. We try to help the kids out. They just started this last year.” Perna said the idea behind the club is to beautify and improve the school environment. “We are trying to build these skateboard racks and bicycle racks,” she said. “It’s for the convenience of our students.” The club had plans to cleanup one of the patios and paint a mural on the patio wall. “We have an artist in the club,” Perna said. “He goes to the school and he’s a senior. He’s really, really talented.” This year’s girls volleyball team had a terrific season, making it into the district playoffs for the first time in many years. The softball team is facing a tough season because Gables is in a new district that pits them against strong competition. Last year the team went to the district finals before losing to Miami Springs. The year before, they went to the district finals and made it to the regional quarterfinals. “We hope to go up against them and do well. Only time will tell,” she said. Last year Perna played third base and was a cleanup hitter. This year she is expected to pitch. For all the time she spends on the court and the field, she doesn’t skip on academics and achieves good grades, even with the rigorous International Baccalaureate program. “I have really good time management,” she said. To help keep strong on academics, Perna dropped her commitment to club softball.

Coral Gables senior Melanie Ross-Acuna loves gymnastics. She coaches gymnastics at the Coral Gables Youth Center Gym Kidz program. She started as a summer volunteer but now gets paid for the work at the winter and summer camps. “I’ve been going to gymnastics there since I was about 10 and they offered me an opportunity to help out,” she said. Ross-Acuna had to stop doing gymnastics because of problems with her ankles. “I was on the team for the competitive program at the gym for about a year,” she said. But then she was injured. “I was distracted doing something and landed badly on vault,” Ross-Acuna said. The injury happened when she was volunteering at the summer camp. Now she teaches the children how to do the basic skills and not hurt themselves. “I make sure they are able to do everything correctly,” she said. “I work with the little kids, the 3- and 4-year-olds.” She enjoys interacting with the little ones. “They are so adorable. It’s never boring with them,” Ross-Acuna said. “They say the randomist things.” Even though she was in the competitive program before her injury, Ross-Acuna did gymnastics for fun. “It was pretty much recreational,” she said. “I started when I was about 10. I was a little old to be competing intensely. I knew that but I enjoyed it.” At Gables, she is in Interact and the English Honor Society. While she enjoys attending the English Honor Society’s Poetry Slams, she said she has stage fright so she doesn’t actually recite poetry herself. “I go and enjoy everyone’s poetry,” she said. The club hopes to offer tutoring to students who need help in English. Despite her ankle problems, she is still an athlete, playing softball for Gables. Last year she was on the junior varsity but she hopes to move up to varsity this year. “I’ve played third base and second base,” she said. In college, Ross-Acuna plans to major in history. She is applying to the University of Georgia, University of Vermont, Washington University in St. Louis and Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

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Horace Feliu slates book signing at Books & Books BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Horace G. Feliu, a former City of South Miami mayor and businessman turned author, will have a book signing and talk at Books & Books in Coral Gables on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 4 p.m. His thriller novel, The Nativity Conspiracy, is the subject of his talk. The controversial work of fiction mixes Biblical history with UFOs and conspiracy theories in a plot filled with twists and turns. Feliu said he is delighted to have the chance to appear at the bookstore that is a landmark in South Florida. “I spent many hours of my young adult years visiting Books & Books and would never have dreamed that they would be inviting me to do a book signing,” Feliu said. “I am very excited and honored. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in writing The Nativity Conspiracy and what inspired me to write the controversial story.” Feliu said his interest in writing is nothing new. He has been writing since he was a teenager. The Nativity Conspiracy novel began in

2002 with a working title of LukesGospel.com, and although the basic plot and some of the intrigue were the same, he was not satisfied with several of the characters and did not work on it for a number of years. His novel’s lead character, Father Mat McDougal, is a parish priest in Miami whose prior background as a police officer causes the Pope to recruit him to find a missing ancient scroll which has revelations so potentially earthshaking that it must be found. Italian Mafia bosses and corrupt Vatican officials also get involved, adding to the danger. What inspired his choice of protagonist? “As a kid going to church and Bible school I always wanted to become a priest, then when I got a little older, 14 or so, I thought of becoming a cop,” Feliu said. “Though terribly flawed as a priest and a cop, Father McDougal relives my childhood fantasies which include the exploits of James Bond. In one character, I was able to amalgamate my childhood fantasies.” As part of his talk at Books & Books Feliu will present a slide show of centuries old religious art which has images that are hard to explain.

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“Anyone interested in ancient alien theorists should find my presentation compelling and intriguing,” Feliu said. Born and raised a Catholic, Feliu said that the idea for his novel is rooted in his religious upbringing, but that his background in biomedical engineering and medical technology was a factor as well. He also enjoys reading thriller novels, and thinks Dan Brown’s novels, such as The Da Vinci Code, and similar works are good. “He keeps the reader engaged in the

mystery of the plot throughout the story, which naturally include fanatical evil forces that use any means to achieve their goals,” Feliu said of Brown. Books & Books is located at 265 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables. For information visit <www.booksandbooks.com> or call 305-442-4408. Feliu’s novel is available as a trade paperback, a hardcover and even an eBook. For information visit his website at <www.thenativityconspiracy.com>.


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My First Place PreSchool Found –A Little Gem of a Preschool I knew I had a difficult decision to make. My daughter was about to turn two, which meant I had to start on my quest to find the perfect school to begin her education. As with most decisions I make, I began to write a list of all the criteria that the school would need in order to make me feel comfortable with the idea of leaving her there. The most important was safety, followed by class size, teacher/student ratio, curriculum, schedule of activities, price, and facility. I knew that a combination of all of these would ensure my child a successful and positive start to her first years of learning. Once I knew what I was looking for, I began the search. I looked through several websites and asked some other moms for their advice. One

mom told me about My First Place, a small school that she found was the perfect fit for her son. She mentioned a few of the items on my “Perfect Preschool” list, so I decided to take a look for myself. I started by calling the school. The director was very helpful and gave me some information over the phone as well as emailed me all the details that we had touched upon. In addition, she suggested scheduling a tour so that I could see first hand how the program runs. I arrived and was happy to see that I had to be buzzed in by the director, which allowed me to mentally check off the safety portion of my list. She was ready with a packet for me and led me to the Media Center. It was a small, warm feeling room, filled with books, puzzles, and a fish tank. She mentioned it had been redone this year by adding iPads and offering more activities that would allow the children to stay up to date with technology. Our next stop was the Pre-K3 room that was filled with artwork and crafts that the children had created. The teacher worked one on one with one of the students as the others played together in the centers. I noticed that the class size seemed small, so I asked if there were students missing. The director assured me

that that was one of the special things about the school. They maintain their class sizes small so that the children are able to receive the most individual attention possible (I then checked off #2-3 from my list). The tour continued to the Music and Movement room where the students worked with instruments and danced through creative movement. It was during this time that they would prepare for their school presentations for the year. We then went to the Pre-K2 room. It was a quaint room filled with children’s work just like the room before. The class was divided into its centers with a cozy library toward the back of the room. Family photos were placed on the bulletin boards and the children’s cubbies had name tags and photos of each of them. I had begun to feel like I was at home and I hadn’t even finished the tour! Shortly after receiving information on that class schedule I was taken to the playground. I walked out to see a beautiful tree that gave shade to the entire playground. Surrounding the tree was rubber mulch, swing sets, a play set, houses, slides, along with smaller toys for the children to use. The director told me the playground had just been redone and shared her future plans for the area with me.

The tour ended in her office where she answered all my questions professionally and thoroughly. I was happy to see the price was reasonable, especially for all they offered the children. After discussing it with my husband, I am thrilled to say that I found the perfect place for my daughter. She wakes up excited to put on her uniform because she knows she will be greeted by a loving staff that caters to her needs and allows her to explore and learn through play and interaction. And I am happy that I was able to find the perfect fit; one that allows me to check off all my requirements from “Perfect Preschool” list. In the end, My First Place Preschool is not just a school, it is a gem that forms a loving family

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Miami Children’s Chorus welcomes the holidays with concert, Dec. 15

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The Miami Children’s Chorus shares the magic of the holidays in its Voices of Angels concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, 4 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables, 536 Coral Way. The annual holiday concert, which has become a staple of Coral Gables holiday cultural offerings, will feature all three ensembles of the MCC. With a cappella singing, piano accompaniment, and orchestral accompaniment, each group — Inizio, Intermedio, and Avanzato — will perform arrangements of recognizable holiday favorites, the likes of Ding Dong

Merrily on High and Silent Night, as well as multicultural choral pieces representative of many holiday traditions. These include Dodi Li; Bidi Bom, and A la Nanita Nana, an 18th Century Spanish holiday carol. Voices of Angels beautifully captures the spirit of the holidays, which shines most powerfully when a chorus sings as one. Tickets are on sale: adults, $20 (in advance), $25 (door price); students and seniors, $5 (in advance), $10 (door price). For tickets call 305-662-7494, email <info@miamichildrenschorus.org> or visit online at <www.miamichildrenschorus.org>.

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Bernard Jennings brings his human touch to mediation BY JESSE SCHECKNER

For Bernard W.H. Jennings, the course of his professional career was determined by a deep personal loss. He was in graduate school finishing up his master’s degree in public administration at Florida A&M University and his mother had a foreclosure on her property. “She had this obligation to pay the bank and it was very stressful for her,” he recalled. “She actually suffered from a hemorrhage and passed away one morning. She was a very young woman, only 52, and it was because of the stress that was upon her due to her situation that this happened. After leaving school, I decided I wanted to help people similarly situated because I couldn’t help my mom at the time.” Jennings, who holds certifications from both the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is a champion of foreclosure rights. He endeavors daily through his loss mitigation company, IKJ Government Affairs Consulting, to work out agreements between homeowners and lenders that stop foreclosure proceedings permanently, allowing the homeowners to stay in their home and protect their credit history.

Through detailed financial analyses on the property in question he has been able to stave off what would have been catastrophic losses for families in financial peril. He claims that many people who wait for something conditionally to relieve them of their troubles often are left much worse off than they would have been if they had come to him sooner, incurring further debt and unnecessary lawyer fees. “I think attorneys are great people — they’re just trying to help out — but a lot of them have been unscrupulous for a lot of the people who have come to me, who have given these attorneys money and would have lost their house,” Jennings said. “There’s no defense for foreclosure, and attorneys advertise foreclosure defense. There’s only one thing you can do with a foreclosure: come to an agreement with your lender.” Former clients of his, now in good standing with their lender, thanks to his efforts, are eager to sing his praises. Esther St. Paul, who cares for her diabetic father, was facing bank lawsuits and foreclosure actions. The stress, she claims, led to her father having his leg amputated. When she sought Jennings’ help, however, she says everything changed. “The situation was severely stressful and

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we didn’t know what to do,” she said. “You constantly watch the mailbox, hating when the mailman comes to your home. Honestly, I didn’t see how I could come out of the situation. I put my faith in Bernard and when I received that modification it was a blessing.” Sylma Ivette Schoenlank, a self-

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Real estate executive Tere Blanca becomes chair of City Year Miami BY STEPHANIE SERIANE-CONSUEGRA

CEO of commercial real estate brokerage and advisory firm Blanca Commercial One of Miami’s most impactful educa- Real Estate, will continue the momentum tion-focused nonprofits soon will benefit of her predecessor, former board chair and from the leadership of one of the city’s City Year Miami co-founder Brad Meltzer. most successful businesswomen, as Tere “For many students, City Year Miami Blanca begins her term as chair of the City corps members are the only reliable Year Miami Board of Directors. resource to turn to,” Blanca said. “With With chapters in 24 cities across the City Year’s involvement, struggling U.S., City Year partners with public schools have the necessary power to supschools to help keep stuport the growing numdents in school and on ber of students who track to graduate. City need a little extra attenYear is driven by a comtion. City Year Miami’s mitted corps of memstaff and volunteer leadbers and volunteer leaders have done a tremeners who tutor, mentor dous job growing the and serve as role models organization over the in the community. past five years. I am City Year Miami hopeful that we can launched in 2008 with expand our reach even the goal of placing fullfurther over the next time, trained young five years.” adults in Miami-Dade Now entering its sixth County Public Schools, fiscal year, City Year where they provide indiMiami has more than vidual attention to stutripled its annual operatTere Blanca dents. It has since grown ing budget since launch––––––––––––––––––––––– to become the nation’s ing. More than one-third fifth-largest City Year site. The 2013 City of these dollars come from private philanYear Miami program involves 203 corps thropic sources who see value in helping members serving approximately 3,000 stu- the nonprofit expand its reach into the pubdents at 17 Miami-area schools. Plans are lic school system. currently underway to expand City Year “City Year Miami’s impact extends far Miami’s impact to 300 corps members beyond educational enrichment, helping to serving students at 30 schools annually. break the cycle of poverty and enhancing “We are tremendously fortunate to have quality of life in our community,” said Saif Tere Blanca leading our board in Miami,” Ishoof, executive director of City Year said Michael Brown, co-founder and CEO Miami. “As one of Miami’s preeminent of City Year. “Her remarkable combination business leaders, Tere understands the relaof business acumen and passionate civic tionship between education and economcommitment will help City Year Miami ics. Our city’s ability to continue attracting grow so that it can help more students and new investment, new companies and new schools succeed.” residents hinges on our ability to provide Blanca, who serves as president and an exceptional education to our children.”

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Gulliver taps Frank Steel as new head of schools BY JEANMARIE FERRARA

Gulliver Schools’ Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Frank Steel as the new head of schools, beginning July 1, 2014. Steel joins the Gulliver family after a 30year career at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, where he held several positions, including head of school, head of Upper School and associate admissions director, as well as teacher, advisor and coach. “Following a national search, I am confident that Frank is the perfect choice for the head of schools position with Gulliver as we begin our 61st year. He will work closely with John Krutulis, director of Gulliver Schools, and with the board of trustees,” said Emilio Nunez, president and chair of the Gulliver Board of Trustees. “Frank brings effective leadership skills to the job — having worked with parents, students, faculty and staff, administrators and boards of trustees,” said John Krutulis, Gulliver’s current director and head of schools. “His integrity, drive for academic excellence and management skills will ensure that the Krutulis legacy, established six decades ago, lives on. “Our Gulliver community should be assured that this management change solidifies our unwavering dedication to honor our traditions, as well as a commitment to plan for the continued growth of our great school.” Steel’s academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies (history) from Yale University and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Pennsylvania. His professional career has been marked by excellence both inside and outside the classroom. He has taught mid-

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dle- and upper-school history and is an ardent supporter of student athletics and the arts. Steel also oversaw an eight-year, $30 million capital campaign that resulted in program and capital improvements at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. “I am honored to join Gulliver as its first head of schools outside of the Krutulis family, and I am looking forward to carrying on the Krutulis mission, vision and legacy,” Steel said. “Gulliver is truly a gem, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that this tight-knit community continues to thrive under my leadership. “I am looking forward to working with John Krutulis to learn about Gulliver and the Krutulis’ vision. I know that my wife, Betsy, and I also are excited to join the Miami and Gulliver communities.” For more information about Gulliver Schools visit <www.gulliverschools.org>.


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Show by husband and wife debuts at Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery BY MELISSA NOBLES

A married couple, each of whom have earned acclaim for their work which spans a variety of different art forms, is being featured in a joint exhibition at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery through Dec. 27. Joe Nicastri is a painter, photographer, sculptor, graphic designer and Web developer whose work is represented in many public and private collections nationally. Laura Tan is a visual artist who works primarily with oil paint, acrylic, mixed media drawing, watercolor and collage. Nicastri’s paintings are inspired by life and the pieces on display reflect different stages that have made an impact. He is an internationally recognized artist whose work is on display at such prestigious public collections as the Chicago Art Institute, Cleveland Museum, Philadelphia Museum, University of Florida and Florida International University. His work has been represented in such notable New York City galleries as OK Harris, Nancy Hoffman Gallery, ‘Fotouhi-Kramer and Jason McCoy Inc. Tan’s work with mixed media and collage is an intimate expression. Her inner life thoughts and images are a primary inspiration for her work. She has worked as a professional artist for 20 years and is a recipient of the Florida Individual Fellowship Grant. Several pieces of her

work have been exhibited at the Collage of the Americas Gallery in Chicago, Center for the Arts in Vero Beach and Museum of Contemporary Art in Coral Springs. Tan also has been teaching art since 1989, beginning with the New World School of the Arts. In 2012, she was selected as a regional finalist for “2012 Rookie Teacher of the Year” for Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “We are thrilled to have these extremely talented artists present their ‘Nice and Not Nice’ exhibition at our Gallery,” said Lilia Garcia, curator of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery. “Many of our patrons will be introduced to their work and unique styles which bring life and art even closer together.” The Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery is funded by proceeds from the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival event. Presenting special exhibitions throughout the year from its location at Mayfair in the Grove (3390 Mary St., Suite 128), the gallery is managed by the non-profit Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association and serves as a hub for cultural activities in Coconut Grove. Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. For more information about the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery, visit <www.cgaf.com>.

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Palmer Trinity announces Silver Knight candidates BY DANIEL MUTTER

Palmer Trinity School has announced this year’s Silver Knight candidates. The Silver Knight award is highly prestigious and competitive. In order to qualify, nominees must have an excellent record of service to their school and community and must excel in a selected academic category. A minimum unweighted GPA of 3.2 is required. This year’s candidates are: Music: Sara Abbassi — Sara has been involved with the PTS Orchestra for years. She has been instrumental in Palmer Trinity’s Pink Octobers since middle school and is a counselor at the Bereavement Center. Journalism: Jenna Fusfield — Jenna has held the position of yearbook editor for the past two years. She also has authored an amazing “Doodle Book,” which has been distributed to children in hospitals in the area. Jenna is founder of the Random Acts of Kindness Club and is involved outside of school with Friendship Circle and her temple. Art: Sabrina Rodriguez — Besides her involvement at PTS, outside of school Sabrina has been an active

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Bereavement Center counselor, member of Friendship Circle, and SOS. Science: Renee Dobrinsky — With a strong passion for animal advocacy, Renee founded the Palmer Trinity

Second Chance Club and has been energetically providing service to various shelters in town and at Ventana de los Cielos, where animal therapy is provided for autistic children. Renee is a Gold Star Girl

Scout, having done her project at Miami Children’s Hospital. Social Science: Brittany McDonough — Brittany is the current treasurer of Student Government, and the co-founder and copresident of Second Chance Animal Care. She also is a member of NHS, SNHS and Mu Alpha Theta. World Languages: Marina Bryant — Marina’s service record is long and varied. Her passion is toward the homeless, starting the CPHI club at PTS in her ninth grade year. Marina also was the winner of the Red Cross Spectrum Award for Women last year. General Scholarship: Hallie Parten — Excelling in all academic areas, Hallie has been giving her time and effort with Breakthrough Miami since its inception at PTS. Mathematics: Cameron Cookson — Cameron took AP Calculus as a junior and currently is in Differential Equations/ Multi Variable Calculus class. He is the winner of the RPI medal and vice president of Mu Alpha Theta. As an Eagle Scout, Cameron did a project with the Shake-aLeg foundation. For more information about the school, visit <www.palmertrinity.org>.


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WCS inducts 18 high school students into Mu Alpha Theta Pictured (l-r) are Sasha Sardinas, Kevin Rodriguez, TJ North, Jami Ness, Josh Avery, Nicole Boulris, Ilse Brenner, David Delgado, Ashley Diaz, Sophia Duenas, Gabi Rodriguez, Andrea Espinosa, Jonathan Lee, Katy Milian, and Stephanie Suarez. (Not pictured are Lauren Dirube, Amanda Lindeman and Mikayla Mobassaleh.

BY ANA M. POVEDA

Westminster Christian School (WCS) recently inducted 18 high school students into Mu Alpha Theta, a National Math Honor Society. Inducted were Josh Avery, Nicole Boulris, Ilse Brenner, David Delgado, Ashley Diaz, Lauren Dirube, Sophia

Duenas, Andrea Espinosa, Jonathan Lee, Amanda Lindeman, Katy Milian, Mikayla Mobassaleh, Jami Ness, TJ North, Kevin Rodriguez, Gabi Rodriguez, Sasha Sardinas and Stephanie Suarez. The WCS chapter of Mu Alpha Theta is sponsored by WCS faculty member Diane Maltby. The chapter officers for 2013-14 are Ana Lopes, president; Laura

Moya and Valentina Battistoni, vice presidents; Caitlin Charlton, secretary; Gaby Meitin, treasurer, and Jackie Boulris, chaplain. Mu Alpha Theta was founded in 1957 at the University of Oklahoma and has grown to more than 1,500 chapters around the world. It is sponsored by the following mathematical organizations:

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Principal, teacher receive recognition by Florida Art Educators Association BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Principal Martin T. Reid and teacher Kristina Beard were honored recently at the 2013 Florida Art Educators Association Conference in Daytona Beach. Both work at Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, a grade 6-12 magnet school for the visual, performing and expressive arts. Reid received the Principal of the Year Award for his dedication and support of the arts. He is very involved with all of the arts programs at his school, helping critique artwork, jury dance, drama, and music performances, and sometimes even walks with his marching band students in parades. Beard received the Middle School Art Teacher of the Year Award. She is a national board arts teacher who loves what she does and believes in her students and school. Arthur and Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts is an “A” school and both Mr. Reid and Ms. Beard attribute the school’s grade to the hard work of teachers and the integration of the arts into the curriculum.

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South Dade Community Choir to perform in concert, Dec. 2 BY BOB JENSEN

The South Dade Community Choir will perform a wide variety of music for the Bea Peskoe Lunchtime Lecture series at noon on Monday, Dec. 2, at Silver Palm United Methodist Church at 15855 SW 248 St. The church is next door to Redland Middle School and across the street from the famous Knauss Berry Farm on Coconut Palm Drive. The South Dade Community Choir has been performing together since February 1991. On invitation they traveled to Vienna, Austria in 1996 to present several programs in different venues there for the Christmas season. They also have performed on Channel 10 as well as at many different South Dade locations.

The choir is made up of singers of many different backgrounds, from many local churches. The singers range in age from teens to 99 years old. Sandy Keffer is the founder and director. The performance is free and open to the public. An optional simple lunch is available for $10 by calling Barbara at 305230-9185 before 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with the concert following at noon. The late Bea Peskoe was an activist for social justice, education and culture. Ample parking is available. The church has handicapped access. The series is presented with the support of the MiamiDade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners.

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Old Cutler Presbyterian Church Hosts Free Christmas Concert

Youth soccer teams to compete at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex BY MARY BONNETTE

Old Cutler Presbyterian Church (OCPC) www.ocpc.org hosts its 37th Annual Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 7th with two show times at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Old Cutler Presbyterian Church invites the city of Miami to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas during its annual concert performed by incredible musicians and vocalists from their church choir, orchestra, worship band, youth group and children’s choir. “We invite every family in Miami to get together and join us for this beautiful Christmas concert. It’s free and it’s our gift to the community,” says Senior Pastor Dr. Stephen Clark. “The musical talent we have at our church is amazing and we wanted to share their talents with the community as we celebrate Christmas.” The Old Cutler Christmas concert is directed by two graduates of the University of Miami’s Music program and a recently retired professor of the university. U.M. graduates, Shawn Sutta and Jamie Sutta who are on staff at Old Cutler Church, lead the

worship band and choir and plan on injecting the concert with soulful jazz, beautiful solos, and powerful vocal pieces. Dr. Dennis Kam, the chair of the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami, also a staff member at Old Cutler Church, plans on delivering a healthy blend of traditional orchestra, modern jazz pieces and sing-a-longs. Performances will include selections from the Nutcracker Suite, “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, “O Holy Night” and other Christmas favorites. “We’re hoping this concert brings families together, both young and old,” says Shawn Sutta. “We are excited for this opportunity to get some of the city’s greatest musicians together and celebrate a day that is truly special.” Located at Old Cutler Presbyterian Church in the Worship Center. 14401 Old Cutler Rd. Miami, FL 33158. Saturday, December 7th at 4:00pm and 7:30pm. Free! For more information, please contact church office, 305-2388121.

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Several local youth soccer teams are scheduled to compete, along with 293 other elite soccer teams from across the country, at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort. The teams will be traveling to Walt Disney World Resort, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, to take part in the Disney Junior Soccer Showcase, presented by AS Roma. The teams include: Coral Gables Soccer Toros, U14; Coral Gables Toros, U13; Pinecrest Premier Blue, U13; Pinecrest Premier B Blue, U13; Pinecrest Premier G Blue, U14; Pinecrest Premier B Blue, U11; Pinecrest Premier Blue, U11; Pinecrest Premier Blue, U12; Kendall SC 01 White, U12, and Kendall SC 02 White, U11. Through an open registration process soccer teams in ages U11-U14 are given the opportunity to compete against high-quality competition at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This provides younger athletes the opportunity to experience the same top-notch tournament organization as their older counterparts competing in the original Disney Soccer Showcase in December, which features elite athletes seeking college recruitment. Highlights from the games will be broadcast on a variety of ESPN platforms such as ESPN3.com, the ESPNWWOS YouTube channel, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex digital network, and the Walt Disney World Resort dedicated in-room TV channel. The Disney Junior Soccer Showcase is one of nine youth soccer tournaments held at the complex throughout the year aligning with major school holidays. In addition, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex hosts

the Disney Soccer Academy where young players can train and learn alongside soccer pros such as English Premier League player Craig Bellamy. The complex also is the site of the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, a pre-season soccer tournament that attracts MLS soccer teams. For more than 15 years, Disney Sports has been offering amateur athletes, coaches and their families the opportunity to train, compete, gain recruitment and celebrate like the pros at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. For more information on how teams can participate, visit <www.ESPNWWOS.com> or call 1-407-828-3267. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 events a year, is the leading multi-sport venue for amateur and professional sports in the nation, accommodating 70 different sports and athletes from more than 70 countries. Designed to take youth sports to the next level, the 230-acre facility features multiple competition venues, including Champion Stadium, the HP Field House, the Jostens Center, the Hess Sports Fields, a track and field facility, a tennis complex and a baseball/softball sportsplex. It also is home to the ESPN Innovation Lab, a real-world testing ground for the ESPN Emerging Technology Group that develops groundbreaking on-air products like Ball Track and ESPN Snap Zoom. In addition, the complex features 56 highdefinition cameras and 40 high-definition video screens, including three jumbo screens, which can capture and display footage from any event taking place at the complex. The camera and video screens, as well as a 20-zone audio system, are controlled through the state-of-the-art HD and 3-D Production Center with direct links to ESPN facilities in Bristol, CT; New York, and Los Angeles.


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Miss South Florida USA pageant winners crowned

Pictured are Miss South Florida USA, Jennifer Diaz, (right) and Miss South Florida Teen USA, Daniela Albrecht. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Miss South Florida USA, Jennifer Diaz, and Miss South Florida Teen USA, Daniela Albrecht, were crowned recently at the Rebeca Sosa Theater. The competition featured 10 contestants throughout South Florida. Both winners will advance to the state pageant of Miss Florida USA and Miss Florida Teen USA, preliminaries to Miss USA and Miss Teen USA. Daniela Albrecht is a 13-year-old student at Zelda Glazer Middle School in west Miami-Dade County. She is member of her school’s Drama Club, Magic Program, and Dance Magnet. Her hobbies are dancing and modeling. She is a graduate of John Casablanca Modeling School and received exclusive training from Alicia Faccio Modeling School. Albrecht’s career goal is to become a clinical physiologist. She is the proud daughter Yanisleidy Molina and Moises Albrecht, both natives of Havana, Cuba. Albrecht formerly held the winning titles of Miss Jr. Art Deco and Miss Preteen Boca Junior. She won her title wearing evening gown dress by Maduggal from Sarin’s Corp Miami. Jennifer Diaz is a 24-year-old student at Miami Dade College. She already earned her degree in Social

Music and is currently working studying Criminal Psychology. Her hobbies are singing, dancing, and playing piano. Diaz’s current occupation is teaching modeling and dance classes for children. She is the proud daughter of Mayra Vergara, native of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She also volunteered in various charities such the foundation Reinas a una causa, Queens for a cause to help less fortunate children of Honduras. During the pageant Diaz was named the title winner of “People’s Choice.” She formerly held the winning titles of Miss Honduras USA, Top Model Florida, and Miss Art Deco. Diaz won her title wearing evening gown dress by Henrry Meza Designs. The other contestants who placed were first runner up teen, Victoria Kontazmays; first runner up, Nicole Pelaez, and second runner up Jennifer Madrigal. The contestant who took the winning titles of both “Miss Photogenic” and “Miss Amity” was Nathalie Soler. To register for the next upcoming pageants, visit the website at <www.southfloridausapageants.com > or contact the preliminary director Fatima Coello at 305-753-1224 or via email at <Beautytouchesbyf@aol.com>.

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Top high school talent on display at 25th Jr. OB Basketball Classic BY CHUCK LITTLE

The 25th edition of the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic will feature its widest array of basketball talent ever when it tips off on Dec. 27 at Reagan High School in Doral. Not only will it showcase top talent from Oklahoma, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Florida, but for the first time a European school, Gimnazija Bezigrad School from Ljubljana, Slovenia, will travel to Miami on Christmas Day to join in the festivities. Several college prospects already have indicated their preference for the next level of play. Omega Harris (Putnam City West High School, Oklahoma City, OK) has verbally committed to UTEP, Jordan AbdurRa’oof (Gonzaga, Washington, DC) has given his nod to Cornell University. Joseph Lopez (South Miami) has committed to Winthrop. On the girls’ side, Jade Owens and Maya Garland (both from Fenwick, Oak Park, IL) have committed to Creighton University and UAB, respectively. Bernadette Devaney (Nova) has committed to Lehigh University. Many other recruits from the boys’ field are still waiting to make their choices and will come to Miami with decisions still on hold. Derrick Brooks Jr (Bartow) has multiple Division I offers and was to visit UMass. Haanif Cheatham (Pembroke Pines Charter) is mulling offers from Miami, Georgia and Alabama among others. Underclassmen such as Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga, Washington, DC) may be among the most highly recruited point guards for the 2015 class with offers from Connecticut, Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Texas and others. He was poised to be the starting guard on the USA U16 team in their trip to Uruguay this summer until some minor swelling in his knee forced him to take some time off to rest. He is back as strong as ever and impressing scouts across the country. Tony Bradley (Bartow) is a long, lean 6foot-8 sophomore who is popping up on radar screens all across the country. He currently has offers from Miami, UMass, Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee among others. Girls’ up and coming talent is plentiful. Jada Graves (Thomas Edison, VA) led her team to the state quarterfinals as a freshman, averaging over 20 points a game in the playoffs. Beatrice Mompremier (Miami High) is getting visits from major programs around the country. Latest visits to the Stingarees gym have been North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida State and UM.

More will come to see the 6-foot-5 junior. Possibly one of the most intriguing opportunities in the tournament will be the Slovenian team. Three players (Jan Novak, 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard; Jure Span, 6-foot-3 senior point guard, and Jan Dolensek, 6-foot-8 senior power forward) played for their national U18 team in the recent European Division A championships in Latvia. Two other players (Sandi Grubelic, 6foot-3 junior shooting guard, and Matej Kavas, 6-foot-7 junior small forward) played on the 2012 U16 European championships for Slovenia. Anchoring the middle of the lineup will be 6-foot-10 junior center Luka Pirc. This should make their first trip to the U.S. an interesting one. In the boys’ field, Gonzaga finished last year with a 27-5 record that included a clean sweep (18-0) in the always tough WCAC that includes Dematha and Paul VI. From the Florida group, South Miami finished as Florida 8A runnerup, Bartow reached the final four in Florida 7A, Pines Charter lost in the Regional Final in 6A against eventual state champion Norland and American lost a tough district final to Hialeah Gardens after topping them twice in the regular season and finished the season 20-6. The top team prospects in the girls’ field are many. Miami High brings back a full lineup from its Florida 8A runnerup finish from last season. The same is true for Nova in Florida 7A where they finished second to Gainesville Buchholz. Flanagan lost in the Florida 8A Regional finals and looks to advance farther this year, while South Miami and Ferguson both figure to be battling Miami Senior for 8A leadership in Miami Dade County. Fenwick brings back most of its roster from a 21-7 season and is usually ranked in the top 10 among Chicago area teams, being led by David Power who coached the 2009 McDonald’s All America West team and currently has an 829-win coaching record. Thomas Edison was a Virginia 3A quarterfinalist with mostly freshmen and sophomores leading the way. Mt. Lebanon returns to the Junior Orange Bowl after capturing the 2011 championship and has 2010 and 2011 Pennsylvania state championships under Coach Dori Oldaker. Games will be played at Ronald Reagan High School on Dec. 27, 28 and 30. More information on the Junior Orange Bowl Basketball Classic can be found at <www.jrorangebowl.org>. Additional information requests can be sent to <basketball@jrorangebowl.com>.


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Honda Odyssey refreshed; named IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Honda Odyssey has been refreshed for 2014 with a host of powertrain, styling, interior, feature and safety upgrades, all designed to meet the needs of today’s family. Odyssey continues with five different trim levels available, including the wellequipped base LX model, the EX, the leather-trimmed EX-L, the feature-packed Touring, and the top of the line Odyssey Touring Elite. Key changes to the Odyssey minivan include the addition of a standard six-speed automatic transmission on all trims resulting in better fuel-economy ratings, enhanced safety equipment, cleaner front and rear exterior styling, plus revised instrumentation and electronic controls. With the addition of the six-speed automatic gearbox paired to the 3.5-liter, 24valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), the

Odyssey continues as the fuel economy leader in the minivan segment, with all 2014 models getting EPA fuel economy ratings of 19/28 mpg city/highway. Odyssey’s refreshed styling gives it a youthful, sporty and upscale look, and new premium elements have been added such as black-trimmed headlights, available fog lights, a muscular hood and a black-surround grille. New body-color matched side mirrors and additional bright chrome trim add to the premium appearance. New rear styling and LED taillights with clear lenses and eye-catching perimeter “light pipes” add to the look. Weight savings come from the use of aluminum for the hood, front fenders and front suspension lower control arms. The LX model rides on 17-inch steel wheels, while EX and EX-L models have 17-inch aluminum alloys; Touring and Touring Elite models have 18inch aluminum alloy wheels. For the first time, all 2014 Odyssey models include standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity, a four-way power passenger seat, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Pandora interface and an SMS text messaging function. New available features include the Honda exclusive LaneWatch blind spot display, Forward

Honda Odyssey has a youthful, sporty, upscale look, with new black-trimmed headlights, available fog lights, a muscular hood and a blacksurround grille.

Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). And here’s a new wrinkle in automotive extras: Odyssey Touring Elite models now come standard with the unique HondaVAC, the world’s first in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, which lets you quickly and easily clean-up dirt and debris from every corner of the minivan. As for safety equipment, the 2014 Odyssey has the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for even greater occupant protection. The reinforced front structure improves frontal crash energy management

through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. Just recently, the new Odyssey was given the highest rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a Good rating in the stringent new IIHS small overlap frontal collision test. The MSRP on the 2014 Honda Odyssey ranges from $28,825 to $44,450. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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Fundraising golf tournament for Coral Reef HS baseball, Dec. 7 BY JESSE SCHECKNER

In what will be a milestone for the organization, the 10th annual Barracuda Diamond Club Golf Classic will take place on Dec. 7 at the Trump National Doral. The tournament will run the full 18-hole course and will operate in a shotgun start format, meaning all participants will start and finish playing at the same time. Once off the course, attendees can make bids at a silent auction and dine at an awards banquet where prizes will be given to golfers in categories including “longest drive” and “closest to the hole.” All contributions are tax-deductible and everyone is invited to attend and show their support. We run a really great noncompetitive tournament,” said Diamond Club vice president and golf chair Steve Sirota. “We have a first class venue and they do a great job, from the golf course and the help to the food they provide for us.” The Barracuda Diamond Club is an allvolunteer program, made up mostly of parents whose efforts result in providing more than 90 percent of funding for the Coral Reef Barracudas baseball team. “We put in a lot of time and effort to make

Coral Reef Barracuda Christian Grullon and his teammates will have a new coach this season. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

sure that the kids have the best possible equipment, structure, coaching and everything else,” said Joe Sanchez, who acts as

president of the Diamond Club. “The booster club funds everything from as little as baseballs up to uniforms, spring trips and away games. We really go out and make sure the kids have everything necessary for it to be a quality program.” The Barracudas varsity team also will be welcoming incoming coach Ernie Padron, who credits the Diamond Club with making the transition into his new job much easier. “It definitely takes a load off when you have a great group of men and women who really want to work for the betterment of their kids and the school,” he said. “I don’t have to worry about the intricacies that are not on the baseball field and I can go coach and definitely rely on them to fundraise and do other things that I’ve had to do prior.” Padron, who will be entering his 22nd year coaching in Miami-Dade County, was a former high school athlete, but an injury prevented him from playing past his senior year. He became head coach for the first time when he was 23 years old and won his first state title in 1996 while coaching for Dade Christian School in Hialeah. Two years later, Padron took over coaching duties at Florida Christian. Between 2001 and 2006 he led the team to the state final four, winning back-toback titles in 2004 and 2005 and ending up in

second place in 2003 and 2006. He says he recognizes the Coral Reef team’s potential. “These young men have definitely been taught the fundamentals,” he said. “I want to implement my style of the way I like to play the game — to be a little bit more aggressive on the base paths and playing more of a blue collar type of game. Our whole thing is to work hard; if you work hard, good things happen to you. We are going to make some mistakes, but we’re going to be on the aggressive side of making those mistakes.” Preseason baseball will start in January and the regular season will begin in early February, however coach Padron hopes to see support shown much sooner, on the golf course. “It’s a fun time and a great event,” he said. “It’s definitely our biggest fundraiser of the year and the community will be pleased with the product that we’re putting out there on the field and at the same time they will have a hand in providing for these young men a better situation on and off the field.” Sign in time for the tournament is 11:30 a.m. and shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit <www.coralreefbaseball.com> or call Steve Sirota at 305-987-7086.


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Carrie Brazer Center for Autism students are rocket scientists BY CLAIRE DONNELLY

Guillermo’s Queris classes at the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism are studying inventions and their current project is learning about rockets. The students watched in awe, excitement and glee recently as they took turns blasting “soda bottle” rockets into “space.” Since 1999, the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism, with locations in Kendall and South Dade, has provided cognitive training and educational therapy to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities from birth through adulthood. The incredible staff works collaboratively to develop individualized programs for each child. The students are becoming better able to communicate with their teachers, classmates and family through augmentative communication devices such as the iPad. Physical education Therapeutic horseback riding is offered as part of the fall/winter physical education program and swimming instruc-

Guillermo’s Queris shows students how to launch “soda bottle” rockets.

tion takes place in the spring. Community based instruction and social skills training are provided through regular field trips to local attractions like the zoo, bowling, skating, children’s museum, etc. The older students are learning life skills and vocational training skills to help them

become more independent. Instruction and therapy continues throughout the school day and after school. The center is open even when school is closed. Programming continues on Saturdays, teacher workdays, and most holidays. Winter, spring and summer camps take place

two days a week at aquatic locations like the Hammocks Nature Center and the Biscayne Nature Center or sailing with Shake A Leg. Exciting on-site activities and field trips are scheduled the other three days. The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism has two area locations. The Kendall Center, at 8790 SW 94 St., serves students from birth through age 12. The South Dade Center, located at 16905 SW 100 Ave., is the middle school and high school as well as the adult vocational center. The older students at the South Dade Center are learning vocational and life skills. These students range from higher functioning individuals who are capable of learning job skills and seeking employment to lower functioning, non-verbal students who are learning to be more independent and learning simple self-help skills. For more information about the Carrie Brazer Center for Autism, call 305-271-8790 or 305-234-0490. Visit the website at <www.cbc4autism.org>.


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Honda Odyssey refreshed; named IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Honda Odyssey has been refreshed for 2014 with a host of powertrain, styling, interior, feature and safety upgrades, all designed to meet the needs of today’s family. Odyssey continues with five different trim levels available, including the wellequipped base LX model, the EX, the leather-trimmed EX-L, the feature-packed Touring, and the top of the line Odyssey Touring Elite. Key changes to the Odyssey minivan include the addition of a standard six-speed automatic transmission on all trims resulting in better fuel-economy ratings, enhanced safety equipment, cleaner front and rear exterior styling, plus revised instrumentation and electronic controls. With the addition of the six-speed automatic gearbox paired to the 3.5-liter, 24valve, SOHC, i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), the

Odyssey continues as the fuel economy leader in the minivan segment, with all 2014 models getting EPA fuel economy ratings of 19/28 mpg city/highway. Odyssey’s refreshed styling gives it a youthful, sporty and upscale look, and new premium elements have been added such as black-trimmed headlights, available fog lights, a muscular hood and a black-surround grille. New body-color matched side mirrors and additional bright chrome trim add to the premium appearance. New rear styling and LED taillights with clear lenses and eye-catching perimeter “light pipes” add to the look. Weight savings come from the use of aluminum for the hood, front fenders and front suspension lower control arms. The LX model rides on 17-inch steel wheels, while EX and EX-L models have 17-inch aluminum alloys; Touring and Touring Elite models have 18inch aluminum alloy wheels. For the first time, all 2014 Odyssey models include standard Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity, a four-way power passenger seat, Expanded View Driver’s Mirror, Pandora interface and an SMS text messaging function. New available features include the Honda exclusive LaneWatch blind spot display, Forward

falls auto show

Honda Odyssey has a youthful, sporty, upscale look, with new black-trimmed headlights, available fog lights, a muscular hood and a blacksurround grille.

Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). And here’s a new wrinkle in automotive extras: Odyssey Touring Elite models now come standard with the unique HondaVAC, the world’s first in-vehicle vacuum cleaner, which lets you quickly and easily clean-up dirt and debris from every corner of the minivan. As for safety equipment, the 2014 Odyssey has the next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure for even greater occupant protection. The reinforced front structure improves frontal crash energy management

through a wider range of offset and oblique collision modes. Just recently, the new Odyssey was given the highest rating of Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including a Good rating in the stringent new IIHS small overlap frontal collision test. The MSRP on the 2014 Honda Odyssey ranges from $28,825 to $44,450. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <LetsTalkCars@aol.com>.


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Steve Rossman ends 3 years as national Easter Seals chair BY MARK SELL

Stephen F. “Steve” Rossman has concluded three years as Easter Seals chair, during which the organization dramatically expanded services for military veterans and their families and launched critical partnerships in brain research. Rossman, who lives in Coral Gables, is cofounding partner of the Miami trial law firm Rossman Baumberger Reboso Spier & Connolly. He assumed his new title as immediate past chairman at Easter Seals’ national meeting in Chicago in late October and will continue his long service on Easter Seals Board of Directors. Easter Seals, as one of the world’s largest organizations serving people dealing with disabilities, has touched more than 1.7 million lives through its 550 affiliates. Rossman said that among his proudest accomplishments was Easter Seals’ partnership with the Staff Sergeant Donnie D. Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services (Dixon Center) in Washington, DC. The Dixon Center ensures access to services essential for military service members, veterans, their families and the families of the fallen to succeed in family and community life and civilian society. In the past two years, Easter Seals has raised $25 million to sup-

port returning service homeless any given members. night. The center is named “The list goes on, and for Donnie Dixon of there are millions more Carol City, a tank comAmerican veterans who mander who was killed served in Vietnam, Korea by small arms fire in Iraq and World War II among on Sept. 29, 2007, at age us. We may, over time, 37, one month shy of forget these wars, but not ending his second these men and women deployment and his coming back.” scheduled return to his Easter Seals recently wife and four children, launched a Brain Health and three years before he Center to create solutions planned to retire. The and expand awareness of center is run by Sgt. how emerging technoloDixon’s former comgies can enhance the manding officer, retired lives of people living Stephen F. “Steve” Rossman Col. Donald Sutherland. with brain conditions. Its ––––––––––––––––––––––– The center’s efforts have partners and technology won strong endorsements from retired incubators in fostering brain health include Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman the Brain Plasticity Institute, Posit Science of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. and Vista Life Sciences. “This work with veterans and their famiRossman has served Easter Seals at both lies is vital and will continue for genera- the affiliate and national levels for decades. tions,” Rossman said. “Since 2000, more At the national level, he has represented than 250,000 veterans have been diagnosed Easter Seals South Florida as a member of with traumatic brain injury. Nearly 50,000 Easter Seals National House of Delegates, men and women have been wounded in Iraq 1997-2007, and served on the Membership and Afghanistan. Nearly 2,300 have commit- and Organizational Structure (MOS) ted suicide. More than 67,000 veterans are Committee. Elected to Easter Seals

International Board of Directors in October 2004 and re-elected in 2007, he has served as board first vice chair, secretary, chair of the Affiliate Services Committee, vice chair of the Public Affairs Committee and a member of the Executive and Finance committees. He was elected board chair in 2010. Rossman first became involved with Easter Seals in 1984 as the parent of a child at the Easter Seals Demonstration School in Miami when he served as co-chair of Easter Seals South Florida’s capital campaign. He joined the affiliate’s board in 1987, held the offices of vice chair and chair, and has served on numerous committees over the years. An enthusiastic supporter and staunch advocate of Easter Seals, its clients and services, Rossman often has opened up his home to host Easter Seals events and fundraisers, and recruit new members to the affiliate board and the Presidents’ Council. Throughout Rossman’s career as a trial lawyer, he has served as president of the Florida Justice Association, president of the Miami-Dade Justice Association, a member of the board of governors of the American Association for Justice, and a legal advocate of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. To support children and adults with disabilities visit <www.easterseals.com>.

Facial Plastic Surgery with Dr. Bustillo Dr. Bustillo, I had filler placed under my eyes several months ago and I feel that it’s actually made my eyes look worse. They have this swollen look to them. Can I have the filler removed? Madeline Dear Madeline, I am going to assume that you had the filler placed by a reputable physician and that it was hyaluronic acid filler, such as Restylane or Boletero. These fillers are the ones commonly injected into the area just below the eyelids, known as the tear trough. Injecting this area fills this valley and smoothes the eyelid-cheek junction. The filler in this area should be injected in the right depth. An injection placed too superficially can cause the eyelid to look puffy. If this occurs, there is a solution called hyaluronidase, which can dissolve the filler. Your physician can help you with this. If you had this done outside of a medical office, there is a chance that the filler may have been something else. If this is the case, you should consult with a physician that has experience with these issues. Best,

Andres Bustillo, MD You can submit your questions to andres@drbustillo.com Andres Bustillo is a board certified facial plastic surgeon. 305-663-3380 www.drbustillo.com


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William Banchs named as CEO of BHSF Foundation BY JORGE MARTINEZ

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). He joined the NFAA, an Baptist Health South Florida recently organization devoted to supporting and named William Banchs CEO of the Baptist nurturing the careers of young artists, in Health South Florida Foundation. 1986 as director of program development In his new role, Banchs will run the daily and served in a number of leadership posioperation and oversee all fundraising and tions before assuming the presidency in activities for Baptist Health South Florida 1991. Foundation. The mission In addition, Banchs of the Foundation is to founded the Miami provide volunteer leadSchool of Musical Arts ership and philanthropic in 1980 and served as its support to improve the director for nine years. health and quality of life He also taught music of the individuals and theory at the University communities served by of Miami and served as Baptist Health. festival coordinator for “Bill’s broad experithe University’s Festival ence in fundraising in of Miami in 1985, an various sectors will be 18-day-long event feainstrumental to Baptist turing 32 classical and Health South Florida jazz concerts and other Foundation, as we conprograms. tinue to expand our “We are thrilled to brand awareness locally have someone of Bill’s William Banchs and nationally,” said caliber join our team,” ––––––––––––––––––––––––– George Foyo, chief said William Wilson administrative officer for Baptist Health III, Baptist Health South Florida South Florida. Foundation chair. “We look forward to Banchs most recently served as president the growth of the Foundation and its and CEO of the Scottsdale Cultural impact on our mission.” Council (SCC) in Scottsdale, AZ from Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Banchs 2008 through August 2013. The SCC is the attended Harvard University, where he largest non-profit cultural organization in earned a BA in chemistry and physics and Arizona, serving over 350,000 patrons. his MA and PhD in music composition and While there, he restructured the organiza- theory. He also was awarded an honorary tion to implement a significant reduction of doctorate from the Maryland Institute operating costs while maintaining the high- College of Art in 2004. est level of services for its patrons and Baptist Health South Florida Foundation achieving in 2013 one of the highest rev- is the fundraising arm of Baptist Health enue years in the organization’s history. South Florida. The Foundation supports Prior to his tenure at the SCC, Banchs services at all hospitals and facilities affiliwas the president of the Miami-based ated with Baptist Health. For more inforNational YoungArts Foundation, formerly mation, visit BaptistHealth.net.


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BY NANCY EAGLETON

“This work is very gratifying because patients are so happy with their results and so Male pattern baldness, the main cause of relieved,” Dr. Bared added. “It has an incredihair loss, affects an estimated quarter of men ble psychological impact.” Patient Michael Miller agrees. “After four by the age of 30 and two-thirds by the age of 60. Women also can experience hair loss or years of contemplating having a hair transthinning hair. Studies have found that hair loss plant, I went for it,” he said. “And I’m so glad I did. I am reinvigorated and can have far-reaching consemy outlook on life is better.” quences for many people, leadThe majority of individuals ing to low self-confidence and choose to have their procedure even impaired quality of life. performed under local anestheAnthony Bared, M.D., sia with a mild, short-acting knows the impact that hair loss sedative. Patients leave bandcan have on a person’s wellage-free and are prescribed being. antibiotics and medicine to He is performing hair transreduce the chance of swelling plants at the Foundation for and mild pain pills to make Hair Restoration and Plastic sleeping more comfortable. Surgery, located in South “Most people are back to Miami, and changing people’s work within two days, and lives. return to all normal activities Dr. Bared joins Jeffrey after one week,” said Dr. Epstein, M.D., the founder of Anthony Bared, M.D Bared. the practice and leader in the –––––––––––––––––– Miller says the procedure hair transplantation field. Both Drs. Bared and Epstein specialize in hair loss was virtually painless. “I took a few Advil for treatments, including hair transplant repair, the first few days. I stayed home from work hairline lowering, male pattern baldness and the day after the procedure, and then it was women’s hair replacement. Each were fellow- back to work as usual,” he said. Dr. Bared is committed to offering the most ship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and have extensive facial plastic sur- modern techniques in one of few operating rooms in the country used exclusively for hair gery backgrounds. “Patients benefit from this expertise,” said restoration and fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Dr. Bared. This means that patients get the most natural Health Care. For those who want to change the appearappearing results. Dr. Bared performs follicular unit micro- ance of their face through a plastic surgery prografts – the most commonly chosen hair cedure or simply restore a more youthful look, restoration procedure. Because of Dr. Bared’s Dr. Bared offers a wide variety of plastic and aesthetic skill, this technique results in hair- cosmetic surgery procedures such as rhinolines that both look and function naturally. He plasty, septoplasty, facelift, necklift, forehead also performs the advanced procedure called lift, eyelid surgery, chin augmentation, earlobe follicular unit extraction, which avoids a linear repair, scar revision and more. He also prodonor site incision. With this technique, grafts vides a full range of aesthetic injectables, are harvested one at a time with tiny punches, including Botox and fillers and other antiwhich then usually heal as virtually unde- aging treatments like laser resurfacing of the tectable dots in the scalp, says Dr. Bared. This face. Dr. Bared obtained his medical degree from technique is not offered by most surgeons the University of Miami School of Medicine, because it is technically challenging. Dr. Bared also treats women suffering from where he was inducted into the AOA Medical female pattern hair loss, which can be devastat- Honor Society. After completing his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital, he was one of ing for a woman’s self-image. “Many women suffer in silence because it is 40 nationwide to be awarded a highly competconsidered far more acceptable for men to itive fellowship by the American Academy of experience hair loss,” Dr. Bared said. “Hair Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at University of Illinois-Chicago. transplantation restores women’s hair, along the Additionally, Dr. Bared is board certified by with their self-confidence.” Dr. Bared also performs specialized hair the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head transplantation procedures, such as eyebrow and and Neck Surgery. facial hair transplants. These procedures can Dr. Bared can be reached at the Foundation enhance a patient’s eyebrows or restore them due to over-plucking, or add facial hair that is for Hair Restoration and Plastic Surgery, not present naturally. He also treats women who located in the Sunset Professional Building, have had facelifts that resulted in scarring at the 6280 Sunset Drive, Suite 504. For more inforhairline, and men who have facial scarring and mation, call 305-666-1774 or visit <www.facialplasticsurgerymiami.com.> want to regrow hair in the area.

Sabadell United Bank was the leading sponsor and had a team participate in the Hyundai Hope on Wheels third annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5K, a fundraiser designed to increase awareness of the hospital’s pediatric subspecialties and showcase its cutting-edge research, work, talent and dedication to its physicians. The race had more than 2,600 participants who ran or walked to benefit the children and families at Miami Children’s Hospital. Pictured is Fernando Perez-Hickman receiving a thank you gift from the Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation for Sabadell’s participation in the 5K.


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HJCC presents donation check to CHI/Hope4Life

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Local chapter of Relay for Life plans Holiday Bazaar, Dec. 15 BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The local chapter of Relay for Life — which this year includes Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay — is hosting its first annual Holiday Bazaar at Pinecrest Gardens on Dec. 15. Relay for Life is the nationwide signature activity of the American Cancer Society, and has raised more than $4 billion since its inception. On Dec. 15, the Relay crew will be sponsoring a great community event at Pinecrest Gardens. Some 45 vendors from

all over will be setting up their tents and selling their merchandise such as jewelry, crafts, ceramic pottery, hot sauces, hair accessories, sun glasses, watches, clothing, children’s wear, pet care and more. Come join the fun while supporting an important cause and help find a cure. Bazaar hours are noon to 4 p.m. Admission to the Gardens is $3 for adults and $2 for children For questions or to inquire about being a vendor, send email to Liz Albelo at <larranz@hotmail.com> or Becky Buchwald at <wibeked@aol.com>.

Homestead Job Corps Center (HJCC) students and staff raised money to present a donation check in the amount of $507 to Community Health of South Florida/Hope4Life Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising campaign. Pictured (l-r) are Tammy Key, HJCC human resources specialist; Romanita Ford, CHI director of Community Affairs and Government Relations, and Lesly Diaz, HJCC business and community liaison.

In an age of ‘supersizing,’ Gary Bush named honorary chair keep an eye on portions for ACS Relay For Life in March BY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

In an age where “supersizing,” all-youcan-eat buffets, and family-size packaging are the norm, it’s tough to know exactly what a reasonable portion size looks like. But, exercising portion control is a great way to get and stay at a weight that’s healthy for you. After quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of serious diseases, such as cancer. So what does a reasonable portion size look like? Consider these food portion sizes compared to everyday objects. You may be surprised to learn the servings you’re used to seeing are double or triple

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The American Cancer Society, the nation’s leading voluntary health organization, has selected Gary Bush to serve as honorary chair for the Relay For Life of Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay scheduled for Mar. 1, 2014. Bush is a youth sports coach and science teacher at Miami Southridge Senior High. In April 2013, Gary was rushed to the emergency room and diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma, a rare form of liver cancer. He is undergoing treatment for the disease and with the help of his wife, Michele, an assistant principle at Coconut Palm Academy, will continue the fight as a survivor. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life brings together teams from local businesses, schools, churches and families for food, fun, music, entertainment

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