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FEBRUARY 15, 2011

City commission approves Downtown streetscape project BY DESERAE DEL CAMPO

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ity of Coral Gables commissioners recently approved a much-anticipated streetscape project for Downtown Coral Gables that will transform Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue into an urban and vibrant pedestrianfriendly destination. “This is a great victory for local merchants, a historic opportunity for the community and an important milestone for the entire city,” said Brad Rosenblatt, president of the Business Improvement District (BID) for Coral Gables. “The efforts to bring this plan to action were reaffirmed in 2008 when the streetscape design committee was created by the BID to address the redevelopment of Downtown Coral Gables, and it is exciting to see what began three years ago, is finally coming to fruition.” The streetscape design for both Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue calls for the installation of improved urban lighting, wider sidewalks, tree canopy, benches, kiosks, the development of cleaner and more welcoming connections or “paseos” to garages and alleyways along with mid-block parks, outdoor art, intimate public space and plazas for events and gatherings. The plan also creates a better balance between pedestrian and vehicular traffic by converting the current angled parking to parallel parking to support pedestrian circulation. “The goal of this project is to put Downtown Coral Gables on the radar for tourists and locals as a shopping and pedestrian-friendly destination where people want to come to again and again,” said Mari Gallet, executive director of the Coral Gables Business Improvement District. “The enhancements proposed will only support businesses, visitors and residents for many

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Gables’ Venetian Pool reopens to the public

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

BETH STONE The Venetian Pool is a great location to hold a birthday party.

STEVE De NICOLA

BY MARIA ROSA HIGGINS FALLON

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oral Gables’ Venetian Pool, located at 2701 DeSoto Blvd., has reopened its doors after being closed for a few months for general repairs and maintenance. From now until Apr. 3, the pool opens Tuesdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. From Apr. 4 through May 29, the pool is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays

from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The Venetian Pool is a great location to hold a birthday party and offers an excellent weekend party package available from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Cost is only $265 for the first 15 guests which includes the location, tables, chairs, food and refreshments. Additional guests pay extra and there’s a maximum of 30 guests per birthday area. All Venetian Pool visitors must be at least 3 years of age or at least 38 inches tall. For information, contact the Venetian Pool at 305-460-5306.

DANIELA OLIVOS 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 7.


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St. Theresa School students participate in Trike-A-Thon

Javier Voigt, Alexis Peñalver and Percy Martinez are very excited to get started in the Trike-A-Thon. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY PATSY I. LINARES

St. Theresa School recently participated in the Pre-K St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Trike-A-Thon. The event took place at the St. Theresa Catholic School located at 2701 Indian Mound Trail in Coral Gables. The Pre-K classes, compromised of some 75 children ages 4 and 5, helped

raise funds for St. Jude’s Hospital. It was a huge success where the 4-year-olds experienced the joy of giving to other children in need and their classmates cheered them on as well. This year the three Pre-K classes raised a total of $6,700. The funds will help St. Jude’s in its ongoing fight against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

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A variety of concepts have been put forth to enhance Downtown Coral Gables.

generations to come.” The next step is for the City of Coral Gables to host additional meetings focusing on the project’s overall cost and design. Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood infused with a chic European feel. Decorated with tree-lined streets and

Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and lively cultural venues. For more information and a directory, visit online at <www.shopcoralgables.com>, became a fan on Facebook at <www.facebook.com/ShopCoralGables> or follow on Twitter @ShopCoralGables.


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Good turnout for Woman’s Club Casino Night fundraiser Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB More than 175 people came out to support the May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic on Feb. 5 by attending the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club Annual Casino Night fundraiser. The clinic, owned and operated by the CGWC, provides more than $160,000 in free dental care annually to Miami-Dade County children in need. Partygoers came dressed in Western attire to fit the “Gold Rush” themed affair and gathered at the CGWC clubhouse for a fun-filled evening that included a Bacardi Bar, gaming tables, dancing, and bidding on great silent auction items. Casino Night chair Pam Schaefer coordinated the affair with a committee of hard working club members including auction co-chairs Susie Tilson and Myra Dominguez, dessert chair Barbara Lapsley, decorations chair Linda Hartwell, and Carmen Suarez, to mention a few. Among the many seen enjoying the affair were Dr. Iris To r res and Ralph Rivera, Dr. Leo and M a rtha Twiggs, Bill Lapsley, Charo Bolanos, Lourdes Perez, Mitzy Jenner, Sandra Rodriguez, Cindi Ruiz, Tom Tilson, John Burns, Lee Kessler, Christina Burns, Paul Mungo, M a rtha Black, Gail Jose, Frank Quesada, Ana Lam, Sabrina Perez-King, Lynn Bauer, Hal Wanless, and Claire Frances Whitehurst. Speaking of Casino nights, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables is planning a “Chance & Dance Speakeasy Casino” night fundraiser on Friday, Mar. 4, at the Coral Gables Country Club. Proceeds from

the event will benefit Habitat for Grandma, a program sponsored by Gables Rotary to help underwrite Coral Gables@HOME memberships for low income seniors. Guests attending this lavish affair will enjoy a Bombay Sapphire Gin bathtub gin cocktail party starting at 6:30 p.m., with the speakeasy opening at 7 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. followed by casino games, dancing and entertainment. Tickets are $150 per person. Sponsorship opportunities still may be available. For more information call 305-441-8063, or email Sally Baumgartner at <sallybsez@yahoo.com> or Te r ry C. Long at <terryclong@bellsouth.net>. The folks at Town Kitchen Management Inc. whom are well known for their highly successful Smoke’t Southern Kitchen & Tap (Smoke’t) and Town Kitchen & Bar (Town), have opened yet another “neighborhood joint” It is sake blue asian kitchen and bar (sake blue) located in The Collection building next to the Village of Merrick Park, 225 Altara Ave. in Coral Gables. The place was packed for its opening weekend, Jan. 29, as guests enjoyed the new restaurant and welcomed well-known local chef Robert Pagan, new to the TKM team. For now the restaurant is open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. with late night menu ThursdaySaturday, 11 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Lunch will be available beginning in March. For reservations, call 305-774-5959. Finally, heartfelt condolences go out to Fran Giuffrida, a longtime active civic leader and Gables resident, whose beautiful wife, Norma, died recently after bravely fighting a 10-year battle with cancer. 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>.

SPEAKING UP FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION FROM A TEACHER’S PERSPECTIVE. United Teachers of Dade President Karen Aronowitz will present, from a teacher’s perspective, the state of public education in Florida. President Aronowitz, a teacher and advocate for teachers and school support personnel, will cover the topics of public education funding in Florida, how smaller classes benefit student learning and what research shows on the effectiveness of the alternatives to traditional public schools.

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CGWC Casino Night committee members pictured are (l-r) Mireya Kilmon; auction co-chairs Susie Tilson and Myra Dominguez; event chair Pam Schaefer; dessert chair Barbara Lapsley; Carmen Suarez, and decorations chair and club president Linda Hartwell.

Seen enjoying launch of sake blue are (l-r) John Janette, Dr. Joely KaufmanJanette, Stella Lurie and Brandon Lurie.


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Rotary scholarships to be awarded to CGHS seniors BY GLORIA BURNS

The Rotary Club of Coral Gables is able to award scholarships, thanks to it generous supporters including the Jules Zentner Scholarship Fund through Trustee David Sanchez; Rick and Margarita Tonkinson Foundation, and Joan Reitsma and the Miami Dade Chapter of Thrivent Financial. These donations combined with weekly meeting Happy Dollars and other individual donations will fund $11,000 in scholarships in the 2011 Rotary year to seniors at Coral Gables High School (CGHS). The club acknowledges Rotarians Dr. Randy Groh, Susan Guttmann and other Happy Dollars leaders for keeping the enthusiasm for scholarships alive and for all those who directed their raffle winnings to this program. Scholarships are open to seniors at Coral Gables Senior High School and applications are available in the CAP Office at the school from Gayle Payne or

Donations combined with weekly meeting Happy Dollars and other individual donations will fund $11,000 in scholarships in the 2011 Rotary year to seniors at Coral Gables Senior High School. Barbara Inskeep. The Coral Gables High School student population is 80 percent from outside of Coral Gables and there are many students in need of help for higher education. For more information on the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Scholarship Program, contact Terry Long by email at <terryclong@bellsouth.net>.


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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

BETH STONE

STEVEN De NICOLA

DANIELA OLIVOS

Although she didn’t join the Highlights, the Coral Gables High School paper, until her junior year, Beth Stone quickly became the managing editor and now in her senior year, she is the editor-in-chief. Stone said she rose to a managing position so quickly because her English teacher knew she was interested but couldn’t manage to get it on her schedule until 11th grade because of the requirements of the International Baccalaureate program. Since joining the newspaper, Stone has started a website for the publication at <www.CGHShightlights.net>. “As the media is going now, we have to stay on the cutting edge,” she said. “We need to stay sharp and on point or we won’t exist.” The newspaper is self-funded. It exists on the advertising it carries so the newspaper management needs to make sure the ad sales stay steady, even in this tough economy. “I spend a lot of time on it, especially in the last two weeks [before publication],” Stone said. That means two or three hours a day after school and sometimes later. “I was once here until 10 p.m.,” she said. “It’s worth it.”

Steven De Nicola was only 15 when he became an Eagle Scout. His Eagle Project was refurbishing the softball field and softball storage shed at Coral Gables High School. Now, De Nicola is a senior at Gables with more than 1,000 community service hours logged. At least 200 of those hours came from planning and executing the project. Planning included surveying the area with a Scout leader who also is an engineer, finding donors for the materials and then priming the wood used to rebuild the storage shed. “I did all these things ahead of time to make sure it was ready for that day to make it go smoother,” he said. “I started planning in July and the project was in October. We rebuilt the storage shed and then we planted and repainted the area.” The shed needed to be rebuilt because people used to break in and steal the equipment. “We added locks, we repaired the fence in the area and we faced the door on a different side,” he said.” Since then, the team’s equipment has been safe. De Nicola was aided by 20 Scouts and 10 friends and adults. There was a group painting, another group plant-

Coral Gables High senior Daniela Olivos is deeply involved in extracurricular activities. She is vice president of the senior class so she helps plan those important senior year events such as Grad Night, Senior Picnic and Senior Prom. “Apart from that, we try to give them each month a little treat,” Olivos said. In December, they gave the seniors coffee and a muffin. The class also does community service such as participating in a can drive for food to be given to the homeless. Olivos is vice president of Interact, a service club sponsored by Rotary, where she has been a member since sophomore year. She also is the Miami-Dade cochair on the District Interact Board, which has two representatives from each county as well as the Bahamas. The meetings are held every two months. Olivos has attended the Interact leadership training summer camp. Students at the camp come from MiamiDade, Broward and Monroe counties as well as from the Bahamas. She enjoyed meeting officers from other Interact Clubs in the region.

––––––––––––––– See BETH STONE, page 8

–––––––– See STEVEN De NICOLA, page 8

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In college, Stone plans on studying communications and art history. “I figure even though journalism is kind of dying, majoring in communication is okay,” she said. “Those are practical skills you can learn.” She was accepted to Florida State University in December but was still waiting to hear from a number of other schools including Tulane, the University of Florida, Norte Dame, Boston College, Brown University and Columbia. She wants to take art history because she loves art and she loves photography. In fact, she took an art class and her art was good enough that she was featured as a Turnberry Bank artist. The piece was done in acrylic and was painted on a burlap sack. “I created my own stencil of myself,” she said. Because she doesn’t have enough time to go out and paint, she turned to photography to fulfill her artistic needs. She also started a food blog called EatUpMiami.blogspot.com. “I’ve always enjoyed cooking and I liked writing,” she said. “The blog was something I started last summer. I would make things, or go to restaurants. It was a personal thing. My friends like it.” For the blog, she tries out new recipes, including pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting. Other extracurricular activities include being president of Key Club. This is her third year leading the service club. The club is affiliated with the Kiwanis Club and works the Coral Gables Tree Lighting Ceremony and helps the CG Kiwanis Club grilled hot dog and hamburgers. The club does canned food drives around the holiday season and did one for migrant families around Thanksgiving. They also have collected toiletries to give to the homeless, and fill up plastic bags with the items and go out and hand them out to those in need. “They were really grateful. I sometimes forget how lucky I am. I’m really blessed. I really have it good,” Stone said. “They would say, ‘thank you, thank you so much.’ You could tell that they were really happy and thankful someone was watching out for them. It was kind of sad.”

ing and a third group working on the shed. “We were able to do it in one day,” he said. “We were planning for the weekend but we were able to do in on Saturday.” He refurbished the field and dugout in order to keep a promise made when his sister played softball for Gables. At that time, he promised the softball coach he would help her out. De Nicola’s public service didn’t end there. This past summer he volunteered at Breakthrough Miami College Bound, a program to help incoming high school students learn about high school life. The program is designed to help the students build leadership and the different qualities colleges seek. “I like working with children,” he said. “Through Boy Scouts we’re teaching the younger ones. I wanted to help out in some way and this was a good opportunity.” He also volunteers at his church, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox where he is a member of the Greek Dance Troupe. His extracurricular activities at Gables include Student Council secretary and participating in Interact and Key clubs. He also is the business manager for the school newspaper and occasionally writes stories. De Nicola is in the National Honor Society and the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). He has competed for FBLA. Last year he earned second place at the district level, which qualified him for the state competition. He competed at the state competition but had to hurry back to Miami for a track meet. De Nicola is captain of both the cross-country and track teams. He said he runs cross-country to keep in shape for the track season when he competes in the pole vault. Last year he won in both the district and regional meets. He did that with a broken heel but he was too hurt to perform at the state meet. This year, his heel is fine and he hopes to clear 15 feet, 2 inches, which would not only beat the school record but probably would guarantee a spot in the state championships. De Nicola already has been accepted to Georgia Tech and Florida State. He applied to eight more schools in hopes of taking either architecture or civil engineering.

“We talked about having joint community service projects,” she said. At district board meetings, the talk has been about the district conference. At the district conference, each group has to teach workshops. She has done a workshop on fundraising. “I talked about the importance of doing fundraising and joining with another Interact club that is close by,” she said. “We’ve done projects with Miami High. We’ve invited them to our fundraisers and we go and help them. If we need volunteers we contact them. If they need volunteers, they contact us.” The biggest fundraiser for the Coral Gables Interact is the Caroling Competition sponsored by the Coral Gables Rotary Club. School choruses from all over are invited to sing and at the end a winner is declared. During the competition, Interact members sell hot chocolate and cookies. The competition lasts five days and runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Miami High Interact members helped out. Olivos said the Coral Gables Interact helps Miami High with their biggest event, the Interact Walkathon. Her other extracurricular activities include membership in the National Honor Society, which also does a great deal of community service. She has participated in the toy drive and making cards for children at Miami Children’s Hospital. Olivos is an athlete who has competed on the crosscountry team for three years. She is a steady runner who helped her team gain points to win events, but not one of the top five runners she missed out on going to the GMAC’s. She joined the team because she wanted to be healthier and fit, but soon discovered that running helps in other ways. “It’s really my relaxation time,” she said. Now that the season is over, she tries to continue to run on weekends, although it’s hard to find the time because senior year is so busy. Filling out college applications is one of the reasons senior year is busy. She is hoping to go out of state and has applied to Georgetown, MIT and Norte Dame. She also has applied to the University of Florida, Florida International University and the University of Miami. Olivos already has been accepted to Florida State. She hopes to major in International Relations.

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396 Alhambra tops off final phase, December completion slated BY MARK SELL

396 Alhambra celebrated its topping-off of the final phase of the $130 million, mixed-use luxury office project on Friday, Jan. 28. Attendees included more than 350 workers, contractors, builders, subcontractors, managers, consultants and investors, who together are transforming the property on the east side of LeJeune Road between Alhambra Circle and Giralda Avenue into a signature destination for multinational corporations as well as local businesses. Just eight months after breaking ground on the final phase in late May 2010, Balfour Beatty Construction crews have worked their way to the top of the 15-story tower at 396 Alhambra Circle. In late May, 396 Alhambra will welcome into the first phase the global architecture and design firm RTKL, which cited structural integrity and design among the project’s many assets. “This construction crew has worked exceptionally hard to make sure this project is done safely and on schedule,” said 396 Alhambra principal Eddie Avila. “I know the community will be proud of their work for many years to come.” Key players present at the topping off included Balfour Beatty project superintendent Sterling Fordham and project manager Pete Ryan; 396 Alhambra CEO Hector Fernandez and principals Avila and Jack Kaplan; 396 project manager Jorge Pinto and director Jose Antonio Perez; Brian Gitlin of the Spinnaker Group, the Green Building consultant, and Tere Blanca of Blanca Real Estate, with Blanca’s David Valdez and Danet Linares as exclusive brokers for the project. “Coral Gables is the corporate capital of

the Americas, and 396 Alhambra, just five minutes from the airport, will be a gateway project both to the neighborhood and to the world,” said Mark Trowbridge Jr., Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce executive director, in welcoming the group. Eighteen months ago, Balfour Beatty broke ground on the three-phase, $130 million project. The nearly complete first phase includes a complete remodeling of a seven-story office building, originally constructed in 1964, into Class A office space. The second phase consists of demolishing and replacing an existing three-story garage with an eight-story, 306,000-squarefoot garage, which will open in May. In the third and final phase, Balfour Beatty demolished an existing one-story

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building and is managing construction of the new 15story 189,000-square-foot office tower. The United States Green Building Council has pre-certified Phase II with the gold LEED and Phase I with the silver LEED designation. “This celebration is truly about honoring the workers on this project,” said Rob Gillette, vice president with –––––––––––––––––––––– Pictured (l-r) are 396 Alhambra CEO Hector Fernandez, and principals Eddie Avila and Jack Kaplan.

Balfour Beatty Construction, construction manager for the project. “It’s our way of thanking them for how they’ve addressed project challenges, produced quality work, and made the jobsite safe for each other and for the public.” Gillette explained, “For example, there’s an alley along one side of the jobsite, as well as a drive-through bank. The team has demonstrated extra vigilance by posting spotters and stopping work while pedestrians or vehicles are passing through these areas.” At the event, Balfour Beatty’s project team received the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award from USF SafetyFlorida, recognizing the team’s efforts to maintain a safe jobsite for workers and the public.


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Jackson South Hospital to open new building BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

After years of construction, the new Tower Building at Jackson South Hospital opens to the public on Feb. 21. The four-story building holds 48 new private rooms, many with a view of the Coral Reef Golf Course, a 12-bed Intensive Care Unit, a new outpatient surgical area, eight operating rooms and a cauterization lab for cardiac procedures. The project includes a new 22-bed emergency room, which opened Nov. 22, 2010. The existing building was erected in the 1970s and will be modernized when the new building opens. “What we’re doing now is building a new waiting area, a new triage area and a minor care area,” said Laura Lagomasino, hospital spokesperson. A portion of the ground floor in the existing building will become a cafeteria. The funding for the project came from a bond issue approved by voters. Before the Tower Building opens for operations, there was a formal ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Feb. 10 with county dignitaries. Although the construction has been ongoing for years, information about the new building and the modernization of the old building isn’t as well known as hospital administrators would like. So they have embarked on a campaign to remind residents of the services the hospital performs.

Ric Cuming, vice-president and chief administrative officer of Jackson South, said he doesn’t think people realize that Jackson South has high patient satisfaction ratings, or that the hospital has been a part of the Jackson Health System for 10 years. “We have really phenomenal and important services for the community,” Cuming said. “Our employees provide patient care in a way that is effective. We want to get the word out about Jackson South.” The marketing effort includes an electronic billboard on the hospital grounds aimed at drivers on SW 152nd Street telling them about the services offered at the hospital. The marketing department also has sent out mailers to critical zip codes to educate area residents about Jackson South. Among other services, the hospital has a Digestive Center of Health, which treats heartburn with state of the art techniques; Colorectal Care; a Center for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine; general surgery, and even a Robotic Technology Center. Lagomasino said Jackson South is working with VITAS by leasing out space in the existing building for Hospice Care and the hospital is expanding cardiac and vascular programs because of the new cauterization lab, under the auspices of Dr. James Margolis. For more information, go online to <www.jhsmiami.org>.

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The Gold-Diggers Inc. to host benefit yard sale The non-profit theatrical group The GoldDiggers Inc. will host their “Everything Old is New Again” yard sale for charity on Feb. 19, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 1807 SW 102 Pl., featuring furniture, clothing, home accessories, small appliances, toys, food and fun. All proceeds benefit The Gold-Diggers Inc. in support of their charities. The Gold-Diggers Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, now in its 35th year, has raised more than $1 million for its beneficiaries, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida and Food for Life Network For more information, contact Danielle Barreras at 305-986-3133.

M.D.C. KENDALL CAMPUS THEATER TO PRESENTS ‘DOG SEES GOD…’ The On Stage concert series at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Kendall Campus presents Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, a play by Bert Royal. Performances will run Thursday, Feb. 17, though Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kendall Campus’ Studio Theater, 11011 SW 104 St. Admission is free. Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead is a hysterical exploration into the lives of angst-ridden American teenagers, humorously touching upon real issues, such as drug use, eating disorders, teen violence,

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SPECTACLE OF MONSTER KITES AT 18TH ANNUAL KITE FESTIVAL Kites of all shapes and sizes from around the world will fill the sky from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the 18th annual Kite Festival at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave. This dazzling seaside air show will feature a spectacle of mega-fliers by worldrenowned kite makers, such as the 100-foot squid by Peter Lynn of New Zealand and the 30-foot scuba man by Martin Lester of the United Kingdom. This is along with food, music, kite competitions and kite-building classes for all ages. For those who participate in the kite competitions, prizes will be awarded to best homemade kites, highest flying, prettiest and those with the longest tails. Kites also will be available for purchase, starting at $5. Festival admission is free however parking is $6. For directions and more information about

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CHILDREN’S CHORUS TO SING WITH UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI The members of the Miami Children’s Chorus have been invited to perform with the University of Miami for their Spring Choral Invitational. The performance is scheduled Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 5692 N. Kendall Dr. The Miami Children’s Chorus will join the Frost Chorale and Symphonic Choir as well as the Coral Reef High School Choir in a program that will celebrate the joy of choral song. Audiences will have a chance to experience choral music at its finest in a spectacle of children’s voices, high school voices, and university voices. The program will feature music from around the globe as more than 200 singers come together in harmony. For more information regarding the Miami Children’s Chorus and its concert schedule,

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COOPERATIVE EXTENSION HOSTING ITS FIRST OPEN HOUSE, FEB. 26 The Miami-Dade County Cooperative Extension is hosting its first open house on Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at 18710 SW 288 St. in Homestead. Meet the county’s Cooperative Extension staff and volunteers, including 4-H/Youth Development Program members and leaders. Master gardeners also will be on site to discuss gardening problems and answer questions. The event will feature interactive demonstrations, guided tours, displays, a plant clinic, and much more. In addition, there will be fun and educational activities for the entire family, including seminars and a puppet show for kids. For information, visit online at <www.miamidade.gov/csd>.

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COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY SEEKING FOOD SERVICE SITES Miami-Dade Community Action Agency (CAA) currently is seeking program sites for the county’s 2011 Summer Food Service Program. The Summer Food Service Program will operate from June 6 through Aug. 12. Program sites may be public or private locations that provide services for children during the summer and may include community and recreational centers, summer camps, cultural workshops, churches and other locations. Selected sites will receive meals during the summer to serve to children participating in their programs and the general public as part of the County’s Summer Food Service Program. The program provides nutritionally balanced meals to needy children regardless of race, color, creed, sex, handicap, age or national origin during the summer recess when school breakfast and lunches are not available. The program is open to children up to age 18 residing in geographical areas where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals during the regular school year. Applications for distribution sites currently are available for download from the CAA County portal at <www.miamidade.gov/caa>. Applications must be submitted to the county by Apr. 30 to be considered. Additional information also is available on the county’s website. For additional information on the Summer Food Service Program, contact Rani Panchanathan, Nutrition Services Supervisor at 786-469-4789. CALL TO ARTISTS FOR PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT THE DEERING ESTATE As part of the annual Deering Seafood Festival and Earth Month celebrations and

activities, the Deering Estate at Cutler will host a month-long photography exhibit in the historic Stone House and Richmond Cottage. The Deering Estate currently is accepting applications for the 2011 Spring Photography Exhibit. The exhibit opening is on Mar. 16, 7 p.m., and is free to the public. The exhibit will be on display through Apr. 17 to guests visiting the estate and is free with general admission. The exhibit also will be showcased during the Living Artist Concert Series, “Waters of Biscayne Bay,” concert on Sunday, Apr. 17, at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Artists interested in participating in the 2011 Spring Photography Exhibit must complete a formal application, available on the Deering Estate website. The entry form must be completed and returned with a $25 non-refundable entry fee (made payable to the Deering Estate Foundation Inc.) by Feb. 27. For more information, visit the Deering Estate website at <www.deeringestate.org>.

ROTARY CLUB OF CORAL GABLES ANNOUNCES COMING MEETINGS The Rotary Club of Coral Gables meets every Thursday at noon, at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables, located at 180 Aragon Ave. Visiting Rotarians are welcomed and registration is $22. Speakers for upcoming meetings include the following: Feb. 17, Sergei Novikov, topic “Speaking Music,” Learn how a Russian immigrant learned to communicate through his musical skills in this emotionally endearing story. Feb. 24, Coral Gables Mayoral Election Panel, Q&A with Coral Gables 2011 Mayoral candidates Don Slesnick, Tom Korge and Jim Cason. For more information, call 305-441-8063.


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Smile Studio Associates Dentistry celebrates opening of new location BY NANCY EAGLETON

Gonzalez utilizes sedation dentistry to assist patients who may have had painful Dr. Raul Gonzalez, clinical director of dental care or a bad dental experience in Smile Studio Associates Dentistry, recently the past. He also practices micro dentistry, opened a new state-of-the-art location in using more minimally invasive techniques Doral and to celebrate he for various procedures. is offering two special “Dentistry should not packages for patients durbe fearful, painful or ing February at all three of expensive,” Dr. his locations — Coral Gonzalez added. Way (Miami), Pinecrest “Utilizing lasers and and Doral. technology that are less Throughout February, invasive increases prethe couples’ package for ventative treatment new patients at Smile options and results in a Studio Associates will shorter recovery time include an oral exam, and lower cost for the panoramic X-rays and patient.” cleaning for two, for Dr. Gonzalez is $200. All children who trained in neuromuscular visit during February will dentistry, which addressreceive the same services es issues of the physioplus an orthodontic evalulogical position of the Dr. Raul Gonzalez ation for $65. jaw and the bite. Full –––––––––––––––––––––––– Dr. Gonzalez specialmouth reconstruction izes in family aesthetic and reconstructive treatments offered at Smile Studio dentistry. Services offered at Smile Studio Associates may include veneers, implant Associates are extensive, making it the ulti- surgery, sinus lift, periodontal treatments and mate destination for family dentistry. The ceramics. facilities not only provide services such as “Our highly trained, professional and general dentistry and hygiene, teeth whiten- courteous team believes in the importance of ing and orthodontics, including Invisalign, working together for the total well-being and but also offer full mouth reconstruction treat- the benefit of our patients,” Dr. Gonzalez ments, sedation dentistry, neuromuscular said. dentistry and spa services. The Smile Studio Associates Dentistry “A new smile is only an appointment offices have convenient hours for busy famaway,” said Dr. Gonzalez, who’s been help- ilies: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., and ing his patients maintain healthy and daz- Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The new Doral office zling smiles for more than 15 years. “My is located at 4201 NW 107 Ave., phone 305goal is to treat the whole family and educate 594-4418; Pinecrest office is located at 7924 patients that a spectacular smile does not SW 104 St., phone 305-274-4112, and Coral simply make you feel better and have more Way office is located at 1760 SW 22 St., confidence, but it is vital to your health and phone 305-856-1488. well-being.” For more information, visit online at At Smile Studio Associates, Dr. <www.smilestudiodentistry.com>.

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Todo Frio Ice Cream opens second location BY YELANY RODRIGUEZ

Todo Frio Ice Cream ’N More, a homey, sugar-coated haven for big and little kids alike, now offers its tasty treats at two locations. Opening doors for the first ice cream parlor on June 21, 2008, at 2715 SW 37 Ave., motherdaughter team of Elida and Maritza Castellon, along with Maureen Colón, expanded in 2010 with a second location at 12891 SW 42 St. (Bird Road). The family-owned business offers premium tropical flavors including mamey, guayaba and dulce de leche. Todo Frio also offers a one-of-akind mobile unit that can serve party guests what they love, a tasty delectable ice cream. Giving back to the community is part of the young company’s goals, rewarding students for Todo Frio Ice Cream ’N More is open in two locations including this one at academic progress and 2715 SW 37 Ave. achievements through ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– partnerships with Ronald McDonald House Charities, St. Jude’s South Florida Today on NBC6 in 2009 Children’s Hospital, Miami Children’s and 2010, the Castellon’s have helped Hospital, Community Blood Centers, Care Todo Frio become a household name Resource, Amigos for Kids, Big Brothers throughout Miami’s “Little Havana” area Big Sisters, among others. with a friendly slogan: “Bring a Smile, Featured in the Miami New Times and one scoop at a time.”


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Art community rallies around girl’s idea to assist homeless BY BARBARA FERENCZI

Entering its 23rd year, the highly anticipated St. Stephen’s Art Show (SSAS) will be introducing young Ava Salazar’s idea for a one-time unique art exhibit within the 160-artist show during the three-day festival, Saturday, Feb. 19, through Monday, Feb. 21. Ava, at only 10 years old, aspires to complete her first business and humanitarian project Ava Salazar is pictured with one of the sails which, through art and the ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– public’s help, will raise money and awareness for homeless in tant curator of Miami International Airport Galleries, and the St. Stephens Art Show Coconut Grove. Featured is Grove artist Neith Nevelson, Steering Committee. Weekly team meetings conducted via granddaughter of the famous American artist Louise Nevelson. Ava’s humanitarian initia- Skype have allowed young Ava to recruit the tive called “Hope Floats” joins Neith, known artists and secure a sponsor, Bremen Sails, for her vivid color schemes, slight variations and media partners NBC6, and Majic 102.7 of three main subject matters — horses, nude radio. Neith Nevelson is a Grove icon, noted as a women’s bodies and male faces — with nine “VanGogh of our time” and known in her other renowned artists. Each artist will donate an original painting heyday to be friends with the likes of on recycled sailboat sailcloth. The pieces Salvador Dali. She now lives a bohemian will be displayed within a unique exhibit artist life due to her struggles with homelessarea, during the nationally ranked St. ness and scoliosis. Joining Neith are artists Claudia Scalise, Stephens Art Show, and sold by silent auction throughout the weekend. One hundred Sri Prabha, Charles E. Humes, Mark percent of the raised funds will assist the Osterman, Abraham Camayd, and Carolina homeless and Ms. Nevelson, who today lives Salazar herself. Each artist will paint with oil-based acrylic on custom cut three-foot in a semi-homeless state of her own. In advance of the show, a public unveiling and six-foot pieces of sail cloth specifically of the collection took place on Feb. 3 at the donated for Ava and this project. “Our theme for the art show is ‘Art is in St. Stephens Episcopal Church where Miami Commissioner Mark Sarnoff, Rev. Wilifred the Heart,’ and this year’s additional home(Willie) Allen-Faiella and Daisy Lewis, less humanitarian art project really resonates with that idea,” Lewis said. “While artists among others, were in attendance. “I was having family dinner and talking from around the country will again show with my step-mom about cooking for the their brilliance during this amazing art festihomeless at church [St. Stephens] and I val weekend, the Hope Floats exhibit, and learned that some even live in old boats Ava’s astounding idea and follow through patched with recycled wood and sails,” said will make a very special 2011 show for me Salazar, a fifth grade student, when asked professionally and a very proud moment for me personally,” Lewis added. how she came up with “Hope Floats.” The St. Stephens Art Show is presented “I asked if our art show did anything to sell art for the homeless, and when I learned annually by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, it didn’t, I came up with an idea to have a 100-year resident in Coconut Grove. artists paint sails and sell them to raise Known as one of South Florida’s most popular outdoor art festivals, the St. Stephen’s Art money,” Salazar added. Young Salazar connected her love of art, Show drives in a crowd of over thousands of her church, the St. Stephens Arts Show, and art spectators from all over the country and the homeless in a creative endeavor. She cre- serves as a non-profit event which funds ated a strong team of adults — step-mom over a dozen outreach programs in Miami. For additional information, visit online at and show director Daisy Lewis; her aunt, Carolina Salazar, who is an artist and assis- www.artshowss.org.

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Reduce Stress While Having Fun at The Giving Tree Now that The Giving Tree has reopened after a beautiful renovation, clients are enjoying visiting owner Joan Reitsma and taking classes to learn new skills. For many clients, knitting not only provides a way to make unique handmade items for friends and family but also affords other benefits. For one local CEO, knitting helped her endure countless hours in business meetings and hours traveling around the country. For others, knitting acts as a way to stay on a diet, keeping one’s hands busy and away from the frig. For the most creative, it offers an outlet for those artistic talents. Of course, there are also those who knit for charitable projects.. caps for cancer patients, scarves for Click for the Cure, and more. If there is a charity or worthy program in need, you can bet The Giving Tree lives up to its name and provides a helping hand. Coral Gables resident Lynn Bauer notes, "When Joan Reitsma learned of my recent trip to visit our orphanage in India, she donated enough needle craft projects for all the children in the orphanage without a

Miami Dade College presents Madeleine Albright Collection BY TERE ESTORINO

second thought. But, that pales in comparison to the many acts of generosity she performs every day in our community." The Giving Tree, located at 248 Giralda Ave, in Coral Gables, not only carries only the finest yarns but also offers an amazing assortment of collectibles such as Precious Moments and Jim Shore. For those who enjoy gifts that make you laugh, there is a large selection of those as well as the more serious special occasion gifts, trendy cards and needle crafts. For directions or information on classes, call Joan at 305 445-3967.

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After stops at the Smithsonian Institution, William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, “Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection” makes its way to the Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College (MDC) for an exhibition running from Thursday, Feb. 24 to Saturday, Apr. 30. Former Secretary of State Albright will be the guest of honor at a private opening reception on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection features more than 200 of her famous brooches from her personal collection, many of which Secretary Albright wore to communicate a diplomatic message during her tenure. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. During Secretary Albright’s distinguished diplomatic career, lapel pins became her trademark fashion statement. The collection she cultivated has been described as “distinctive and democratic” and, often times, “demure and outspoken.” In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. While serving under President Bill Clinton, first as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and then as Secretary of State, Albright became known for wearing

brooches that purposefully conveyed her views about the situation at hand. A highlight of the exhibition will be the brooch that initiated her unusual use of pins as a tool in her diplomatic arsenal. After Saddam Hussein’s press referred to her as an “unparalleled serpent,” Albright wore a golden snake brooch pinned to her suit for her next meeting on Iraq. From then on, she picked up pins, mostly costume jewelry, at flea markets and antique shops or as gifts from friends, which she would use to express her opinions and moods. One of the strongest messages she sent through her pins struck closer to home in South Florida. In 1996, airplanes carrying four Cuban-American fliers were shot down by Cuban fighter pilots over international waters. At a UN press conference afterwards, Albright wore her “Blue Bird” pin with its head pointing down in mourning for the free-spirited fliers. Secretary Albright currently is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC, and serves as a professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Her visit to MDC will begin with a presentation to the college’s acclaimed Miami Leadership Roundtable on current global issues on Feb. 22. Exhibition hours are Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College is located at 600 Biscayne Blvd.

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McLain’s new novel tells story of Hemingway’s first marriage BY LISA BARNES

A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, Paula McLain’s novel The Paris Wife (A Ballantine Books Hardcover; Feb. 22) captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people — Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley. Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness — until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group — the fabled “Lost Generation” — that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking and fast-living life of Jazz Age Paris, which hardly values traditional notions of family and monogamy. Surrounded by beautiful women and competing egos, Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history, pouring all the richness and intensity of his life with Hadley and their circle of friends into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises. Hadley, meanwhile, strives to hold on to her sense of self as the demands of life with Ernest grow costly and her roles as wife, friend and muse become more challenging. Despite their extraordinary bond, they eventually find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage — a deception that will lead to the unraveling of every-

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thing for which they’ve fought so hard. Paula McLain received an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan and has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of two collections of poetry as well as a memoir, Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives with her family in Cleveland. McLain will be speaking and signing her new book on Mar. 18, 8 p.m., at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.

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getic young professionals, who we believe will become the community’s future leaders,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of MiamiDade. All proceeds raised by Club Blue Miami will benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. With numerous events planned throughout the year, Club Blue Miami hopes to continue to attract young professionals, ages 21-45. Membership opportunities start at $150. For more information about Club Blue Miami and its membership opportunities, contact Liudmila Esquerdo, membership coordinator, at <clubblue@bgcmia.org>. To learn more about Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, visit online at <www.bgcmia.org> or call 305-446-9910.


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2011 Chrysler 200 replaces Sebring nameplate Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS If you think the new Chrysler 200 midsize sedan has a familiar appeal, then you won’t be too surprised to learn that it once was known as the Sebring. Chrysler brass opted to drop the Sebring nameplate in favor of the numerical designation after significantly re-styling the car, giving it a new powertrain and a revised interior. The 2011 Chrysler 200 sedan is available in four models — LX, Touring, Limited and S later this year. The new 200 designation links the sporty sedan with the hugely successful Chrysler 300, though the new model rides on the same platform as the old Sebring. However, the body mounts and suspension bushings are new, along with larger tires and a rear anti-roll bar for better handling. The Chrysler 200 has a clean and sleek design, with a new sculpted front end, new front and rear fascias and fenders, and a new hood and grille with new projector

headlights and fog lights. The decklid has been redesigned and incorporates LED taillights and an LED high-mounted center stoplight. On the highway, the new 200 delivers agile and precise handling in just about all driving situations, whether it’s commuting in heavy traffic or taking a weekend adventure on winding roads. Chrysler says that just about every part of the suspension has been retuned or redesigned for 2011, including 26 of 30 suspension bushings, while the suspension geometry was completely re-engineered. The track is an inch wider, tire width has been increased from 215 to 225 millimeters and the car has been lowered 12 millimeters in the front and six millimeters in the rear for a lower and wider stance. This new Chrysler has less body roll in the turns, less shaking on uneven road surfaces and better road grip with the larger tires. Under the hood, a new and improved powertrain contributes to the new 200 sedan’s better performance. It comes standard with the 2.4-liter I-4 engine (wedded to a four-speed automatic transmission) that produces 173 hp and 166 pounds feet of torque. Chrysler’s new 3.6-liter 283 hp Pentastar V-6 engine (260 pounds-feet of

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mount system for the 2.4-liter engine for improved sound and isolation. Base pricing on the 2011 Chrysler 200 ranges from $19,995 to $24,495. 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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