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Junior Orange Bowl opens new office with ribbon cutting BY ALEX MARKEL

he Junior Orange Bowl celebrated its new downtown Coral Gables office with an open house reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 26. Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce CEO Mark Trowbridge joined Junior Orange Bowl president Don Slesnick III and president-elect Robert Bueso, PhD, in cutting the orange ribbon, marking the ceremonial opening of the new location. Members, volunteers and friends of the Junior Orange Bowl. including Coral Gables Commissioner Ralph Cabrera. toured the new offices at 3001 Ponce de Leon Blvd. “We are delighted to move into downtown Coral Gables” said Don Slesnick III. “We are very proud and grateful of the support that the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce gives the Junior Orange Bowl and our new location can only strengthen our community relationships.” The Junior Orange Bowl will be celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2013-14. “This is a great start to what promises to be a very special anniversary season for the Junior Orange Bowl” Slesnick said. The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce presented a proclamation to the Junior Orange Bowl honoring the longstanding tradition of community enhancement, and corporate citizenship within the city of Coral Gables. Mayor Cason also honored the Junior Orange Bowl by presenting an official City of Coral Gables seal. If you want to become a Junior Orange Bowl member or volunteer, visit <www.jrorangebowl.org> or call 305-662-1210.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

AMANDA CABRERA Pictured at the ribbon cutting are (l-r) Jr. OB president Don Slesnick III; Jr. OB president-elect Robert Bueso, PhD; Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, and Jr. OB executive director Barbara Norland.

In The Heights cast celebrates with Opening Night after party toast JOSUE GUEVARA

ALL TYPES OF COVERAGE FROM OVER 100 TRUSTED, COMPETITIVE, INSURERS

DIANNE GARRIGA

This is another in a series of profiles of outstanding students attending schools in Coral Gables.

305.238.1000 Savings & Service Since 1950

Actors’ Playhouse artistic director David Arisco (far right) toasts the cast of In The Heights at the Opening Night after party at The Westin Colonnade. See story in this issue. (Photo by Alberto Romeu Photography)

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City refinances revenue bonds to achieve substantial savings BY ROSIE TOBALINA

The City of Coral Gables recently refinanced two of its outstanding revenue bonds for substantial savings. The bonds, issued back in 2004 through the Sunshine State Government Financing Commission, held interest rates of 4.19 percent and 5.59 percent. Due to favorable market conditions, the city negotiated new interest rates of 2.40 percent and 3.43 percent, keeping the final maturities of the existing loans the same. The interest rates were reduced significantly by approximately 43 percent and 39 percent respectively. These transactions will result in savings of more than $200,000 annually, for a total savings of $3.3 million. “The savings we are achieving will free up funds that can be invested in our neighborhoods,” said city manager Pat Salerno. During the past few years, the city has refinanced successfully the majority of its debt portfolio and locked in low fixed interest rates, removing almost all the variable rate debt that had dominated its portfolio. The financing closed on Feb. 28.

Mayor Jim Cason signs closing documents. Seated are Diana Gomez, City of Coral Gables finance director, and Marcel Summermatter, vice president with TD Bank. Standing is JoLinda Herring, Bond Counsel to the Sunshine State Government Financing Commission. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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Wine and Dine for Charity dinner an unqualified success

Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB The Wine and Dine for Charity dinner at Angelique Euro Café was an unqualified success with 35 guests enjoying a fabulous fourcourse dinner with a selection of fine wine pairings and fellowship. Event chair Rodney Langer and Coral Gables Rotary president Walter Alvarez were most grateful for the community support from in-kind donors such as Yolanda Woodbridge, YW Associates; Alberto Romeu, photographer; Miami’s Community

Ravi Patel and Nikita Kulkarni are pictured at Gulliver Rotaract Fashion Show. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Newspapers; Reza Rey, Minuteman Press; Joan Reitsma,The Giving Tree, as well as the many Rotarians and guests from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club attending the affair. Carlos and Yolanda Rossi, as always, treated the crowd as if they were family and a good time was had by all. Miami Dolphins legend Dick Anderson and Dolphins Cheerleaders attended the Feb. 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables at the Coral Gables Country Club. Anderson is a three-time Pro-Bowler — in 1972; 1973, in which he was NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and in 1974 he also was one of the leaders of the Dolphins wellknown “No Name Defense.” After retirement, Anderson became a successful businessman and a Florida state senator. Rotarians enjoyed his talk as well as the opportunity to pose with the Perfect Season NFL Championship Trophy. Among the many enjoying the meeting were Honorary Rotarian Marc Buoniconti, whose father, Nick, played ball with Anderson; Rotary president Walter Alvarez, and past presidents Yoli Woodbridge and Don Slesnick. Gulliver’s Interact Club held its annual fashion show benefit the evening of Feb. 28. A sellout crowd thoroughly enjoyed fashion from numerous boutiques being modeled by more than 40 club members. Fashion Show chair, Ravi Patel, had the full support of club members and club officers: Nicole Tufts (president), Nicole Rubin (vice president), Nikita Kulkarni (service director), Rishi Gurnani (secretary), Remi Beek (public relations), Juan Alduncin (service assistant), Carlos Silva (treasurer) and, of course, teacher sponsor Michell Cooper. Three great charities once again were selected to benefit from the proceeds of the show including Easter Seals, Chapman Partnership and Give Kids the World. Club member make monthly visits to Easter Seals Alzheimer daycare center playing bingo and sharing stories as well as monthly visits to the Chapman Center downtown making meals to feed 500 and

Pictured at Rotary’s Wine and Dine for Charity Dinner are (l-r) Angelique’s Yolanda Rossi, Rotarians’ Yolanda Woodbridge, Gloria Burns, Rodney and Blanca Langer, and Angelique’s Carlos Rossi.

Coral Gables Rotarians gather around 1974 National Championship Trophy with Dick Anderson and Marc Buoniconti as well as Dolphins Cheerleaders. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

playing games with children. 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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Coral Gables Hospital unveils renovated endoscopy suites

Pictured (l-r) are Jeffrey M. Welch, Coral Gables Hospital CEO; Rebeca Sosa, Coral Gables Hospital board member and chair of Miami-Dade County Commission, and Dr. Stephen Eskin, gastroenterologist at Coral Gables Hospital. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY JENNIFER EVANS

Coral Gables Hospital recently unveiled the newly renovated endoscopy suites, which allow physicians in the hospital the capability to perform procedures in three rooms simultaneously. Prior to the renovation, the hospital featured two endoscopy suites. “In a continuing effort to serve our patients and their families, we will continue to enhance the hospital facilities and the services we provide,” said Jeffrey M. Welch, CEO of Coral Gables Hospital. “The addition of a third endoscopy room means less wait time for those waiting to have procedures.”

The endoscopy suites are used for inpatient and outpatient procedures including colonoscopy, a highly effective test used to screen patients for colon cancer, and gastroscopy. Procedures in the endoscopy suites are performed by board certified gastroenterologists and nurses certified in procedural sedation. The new suites were designed with maximum privacy in mind. Coral Gables Hospital is a 245-bed acute care hospital located at 3100 Douglas Rd. in the heart of historic Coral Gables. To learn more about Coral Gables Hospital, visit <www.coralgableshospital.com>.


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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

AMANDA CABRERA

JOSUE GUEVARA

DIANNE GARRIGA

Coral Gables High senior Amanda Cabrera has more than 600 community service hours. Many of the hours came from volunteering at Miami Children’s Hospital. “I started in the summer going into 10th grade,” Cabrera said. “I did paperwork. I answered phone calls.” Later, she switched to the childcare area. “The daycare was for children whose parents worked at the hospital,” she said. “I helped in the baby section and the toddler section.” At one point, she was assigned to the hospital cart with snacks for parents. The cart would go around the hospital in the morning and the afternoon. “There would be a time where they would ask us if we could stay in the room for a couple of minutes while they ran down to the kitchen,” she said. When school started she kept on volunteering and she switched to the emergency department where she would do registration paperwork. At school, Cabrera is involved in the Junior ROTC program. She was on the JROTC drill team but had to quit when her mother became seriously ill and spent more than four months in the hospital. Because of the illness, her mother became paralyzed and still requires a lot of care. This year Cabrera is a sergeant and squad leader. She believes JROTC has helped her tremendously. “They taught us responsibility. They teach us how to be organized and deal with real life situations,” she said. “They have inspired me in so many ways. JROTC has taught me to be positive, to take day by day. You never know what could happen five minutes later. It has helped me in so many ways.” Her mom’s illness has limited her college options so she will go to Miami-Dade College and then transfer to Florida International University. She has considered majoring in business but currently is leaning toward majoring in English literature.

Coral Gables High senior Josue Guevara is very involved in extracurricular activities. He is a board member of Interact, a service club that does a variety of projects, including a Thanksgiving food drive that he led this year. “We motivate. We tell kids, if you want to lend a hand, you can donate canned food. This year we did it for the Chapman Partnership for the Homeless. People donated over 500 cans,” Guevara said. “They made a big feast on Thanksgiving Day for the homeless.” Interact members also work at the annual caroling competition in Coral Gables. They set up chairs for those attending the competition and they sell food, drinks and snacks to raise money. The fundraisers usually are fairly lucrative, earning $1,000 to $2,000, which is given to charity. In 2011 the money was donated to End Polio Now. The 2012 funds are being given to a group that is building a school in Honduras. Guevara’s strong academics earned him a spot in the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School scholars. “They recognize high school students of high academic performance,” he said. Outside of school, Guevara is a drummer for his church, Centro Cristiano Maranatha. “I play every Wednesday, and Sundays in the morning at 11 a.m.,” he said. “There are four of us.; There is the one that plays the piano, my brother, and two lead singers.” The band plays evangelical music, gospel music and Christian music. The songs are sung in Spanish. “I take part in administrating youth services. There are four of us. Sometimes I have to manage, and take charge and be the master of ceremonies,” he said. In the fall, Guevara will begin college at Florida International University where he plans to major in accounting. “I’m really into numbers. Numbers fascinated me,” he said. “Other people are scared of them. Accounting is adding, subtracting… there’s logic to it.”

Senior Dianne Garriga is a thespian and vice president of Coral Gables High Troupe 476. She also is vice president of the Drama Club. As a member of the troupe, Garriga goes to competitions. Those who score a superior or excellent for their acting are eligible to go on the state competition. Garriga took part in an ensemble piece, which was a small play. “It was about six different couples and they are all weird in their own sense and they all get to know each other in the end,” she said. “It’s a small play that we found in a book. It’s called It’s a Small World.” This will be the first time at the highest level of competition. She only joined the troupe last year and while she performed well at districts in her first competition, she did not score high enough to quality for state. But this year her scores were strong enough to send her to the state competitions. Garriga is planning on a future as an actress. And while she hasn’t been in a play outside of school, she has been exposed to professional productions outside the school setting. “I volunteered at the 24-Hour Project at Gables Stage at the Biltmore,” she said. “I was assigned to a group of people. I was assigned to a director. I had to learn everything they were doing. We got there at 7 a.m. and they had already written a play.” At Gables, Garriga also is a member of the Cavalier Singers and the Woman’s Ensemble. “I went to state last year with the Women’s Ensemble,” she said. The chorus sings at a number of community events — especially during the holiday season. They also take part in the annual caroling competition. “I’ve always been in the arts, whether it was dancing or singing,” she said. “I’ve been accepted to the New World School of the Arts for my BFA in theater. I also applied to FIU Theater and I was accepted there as well.”

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City recognized for its program to increase workforce diversity BY ROSIE TOBALINA

The City of Coral Gables recently received a prestigious award for its program to increase workforce diversity in the category for cities with a population of 25,001-100,000. The award was presented by the National League of Cities 2013 City Cultural Diversity Awards Program. In the past few years, the City of Coral Gables has been restructuring its administration and much of its workforce to reflect the diversity of the community. Now, more than half of the city’s upper-management positions (assistant director level and above) and more than twothirds of the Police Department’s positions are occupied by women, minorities, or both. The concept of diversity is broader than just different races and gender. A diverse workplace is one that values and respects differences, and understands that the potential of all employees can be maximized with an environment that recognizes the value of the unique contributions of different individuals, as well as one that reflects the community it serves. The city has hired and promoted women in upper management positions, many of which traditionally have been roles occupied by men.

Of 10 City departments, six are women, three directors and an assistant city manager are Hispanic (which is more Hispanics in leaderships post than in the past) and one is Asian Pacific. Women lead in such areas as sanitation, parking and transportation, police criminal investigations, building, planning and zoning, code compliance, finance, economic development and audit. In addition to leadership positions, the city is actively recruiting women and minorities to the Police Department. The city’s Police Recruiter was hired to aggressively recruit the best female and minority candidates from police academies. As a result, the Police Department welcomed two female applicants in 2012, as well as its first Creole-speaking officer. The department constantly seeks recruitment of Hispanic officers, and more than 52 percent of its sworn employees and more than 55 percent of all department employees are Hispanic. According to Adam McFadden, the program chair of the awards and president-elect of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Coral Gables “truly is a shining example of diversity and total community collaboration and partnership.”

Gables seniors 55+ invited to annual Spring Luncheon BY ROSIE TOBALINA

The Coral Gables invites all seniors living in the city to attend the free annual Spring Luncheon, to take place on Wednesday, Mar. 27, 11:15 a.m., at the War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr. The featured guest speaker is Dr. Stephen

Sapp, University of Miami professor, who will talk about “Aging: You can’t live without it!” The event is sponsored by The Palace Group. Seniors who plan to attend must RSVP in person at the Youth Center. There is limited seating available. For more information, call Senior Services at 305-460-5609.

Eggstreme Egg Hunt to feature first-ever helicopter egg drop BY ROSIE TOBALINA

At this year’s Eggstreme Egg Hunt, everyone will be looking up at the sky instead of down to the ground. Coral Gables will be celebrating spring with its first-ever helicopter egg drop. On Saturday, Mar. 30, thousands of colorful, plastic eggs will be dropped by helicopter onto the Youth Center field as children watch from the perimeter. Simultaneous egg hunts will take place at 10 a.m. at five parks in the city, but the Youth Center is the only one featuring a helicopter egg drop. Immediately following the egg hunts, resi-

dents can enjoy a free concert, and carnival games and rides. Residents in close proximity to the Youth Center may hear the helicopter overhead at approximately 9:50 a.m. for a few minutes. Participating parks are: War Memorial Youth Center, 405 University Dr.; Jaycee Park, 1230 Hardee Rd.; Phillips Park, 90 Menores Ave.; Salvadore Park, 1120 Andalusia Ave., and Sunrise Harbor Park, 25 Sunrise Ave. For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Division at 305-460-5600.


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UM debate team wins major tournament in Gainesville University of Miami students Ryden Butler, 20, (left) and Ali Jessani, 19, took home first place at the National Tournament for Delta Sigma Rho–Tau Kappa Alpha, the National Forensics and Debate Honorary, conducted Mar. 1-3 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Butler and Jessani successfully argued that the government

BY VALERIE NYGREN

The University of Miami Debate Team won the championship at the National Tournament for Delta Sigma Rho — Tau Kappa Alpha, the National Forensics and Debate Honorary, March 1-3, at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Securing the win for the Canes were Ali Jessani, 19, a sophomore majoring in Communication Studies and Political Science, and Ryden Butler, 20, a sophomore majoring in Political Science, History, and Economics. The debate team is sponsored by the School of Communication at UM and directed by Communication Studies Professor David L. Steinberg with the help of coaches/graduate assistants Randall Martinez and Joe Graziano. The topic of the final debate was, “The U.S. Federal government should better fund colleges and universities.” Jessani and Butler defended this statement by

defining “better funding” as allocating current funding to support beneficial programs rather than harmful ones. They clinched the victory over Valdosta State University. Jessani and Butler were inducted into Delta Sigma Rho–Tau Kappa Alpha, the most prestigious national forensics honorary, for their excellence in intercollegiate debate competition and their outstanding academic achievements. Five UM teams competed in the tournament, and three advanced to the quarterfinals. Matt De La Fe, a junior majoring in Political Science, and Adir Paner, a senior majoring in Psychology and Business Law, performed well in the quarterfinals but lost in a split decision. Renee Reneau, a freshman majoring in Public Relations and Political Science, and Michael Fuentes, a freshman majoring in accounting, advanced to the semifinals. UM previously won the DSR-TKA National Championship Tournament in 1996.

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Tabitha Baca (left) and Denise Erwin are pictured at the food and wine festival on Feb. 21 at the Westin Colonnade. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

BY GLORIA BURNS

When Tabitha Baca served a one-month medical internship in Ghana, she interviewed a young mother, Mary. Mary is a farmer who sells rice in the local school for a living while her husband works construction in Egyankwa, Ghana, a community four hours away from Accra, the capital. The couple’s 6-year-old son, Prince, has extrapulmonary tuberculosis and suffers from malnutrition, and because of his condition is unable to walk or talk. The treatment is extensive and expensive and the family needed help. Tabitha made it her mission. Returning to Miami, Tabitha shared this story, and with the help of Season’s 52 Denise Erwin, Crave’s Christina Ward, Westin Colonnade’s Vanessa Fisher, JohnMartin’s Heather Navickas, The

Flyer’s Emie Fernandez, and Morton’s Katherine Perez, organized a food and wine festival on Feb. 21 at the Westin Colonnade where they raised $4,610 for Prince and Global Medical Brigades. Among the many event sponsors were Double Cross Vodka, Morton’s The Steakhouse, JohnMartins, Flemings Steak House, Giardino Gourmet Salads, Season’s 52, Christy’s Steak House, Red Koi, La Taberna Giralda Wine and Tapas, Westin Colonnade Hotel, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, Crave, Cibo, Broadway Across America, Envy Pilates, Da Infamous DJ Q, Presentation Services PSAV, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Sushi Maki and Pao Town, Tarpon Bend, BAC Colonnade, Spirit Airlines, Atlantico Rum, Gables Fitness, Miracle Mile Downtown Coral Gables, HBO, Catamaran Sailing Miami, and Red Zone.


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Bike305 campaign promotes wellness through cycling BY LAURA PHILLIPS

Starting in March, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez is partnering with the municipalities of Miami, Key Biscayne, Coral Gables, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay, with AvMed Health Plans as the sponsor, to begin Bike305. Bike305 is a collaborative initiative of Miami-Dade mayors forged by Mayor Gimenez that encourages residents to ride and walk the more than 27-mile stretch of paved trails along the eastern edge of the county. This is another example of how the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Space Master Plan continues make strides in developing a more livable, healthy and sustainable Miami-Dade community. Bike305 includes a series of events and attractions along and near the trails that residents can get to on a bicycle, as a way to live a healthy lifestyle. A new website (www.Bike305.com), developed by the Miami-Dade County Information Technology Department, assists cyclists with trip planning for distances, paths and events. The unique mapping site utilizes GIS technology and is the first of its kind catering to cyclists in the region. The map is interactive and presents cyclists with the Bike305 trails, landmarks, parks, a calendar of events, special offers exclusively for bicyclists, a distance tool to help residents plan a ride, and instructions on downloading the Bike305 SCVNGR App. The Bike305 SCVNGR App is designed to challenge bicyclists and reward them with discounts and giveaways. Partnering vendors and attractions, including Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and the Deering Estate, are offering discounted admissions to anyone arriving by bicycle as part of the Bike305 movement. The discounts do not apply during special events at these locations.

The mayors of six municipalities joined with Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami-Dade commissioners and others to get the Bike305 campaign rolling. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Miami-Dade mayors partnering in the Bike305 initiative include: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Key Biscayne Mayor Frank Caplan, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, and Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall. Bike305’s premier sponsor is AvMed Health Plans. Additional participating sponsors include: Mack Cycle and Fitness, Everglades Bicycle Club, Bike Walk Coral Gables, University of Miami, UM BikeSafe, U-Bike, Green Mobility Network, Miami Bike Scene, and Emerge Miami. Upcoming Bike305 signature events include Bike305 Bike to Work Day on Mar. 22. Residents are encouraged to ride their bicycles to work. The day begins with the mayor’s bike ride meet-up at 8:30 a.m. at the University Metrorail Station (Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables). Mayors from all the partnering municipalities will participate alongside Mayor Gimenez.

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U. Miami Hurricanes host Miracle League kids game

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BY LISA MAYS

March has been a busy month for players of the Miracle League of MiamiDade. The Miracle League kids played a special game on the field at UM’s Mark Light Field on Saturday, Mar. 9. Hurricanes head coach Jim Morris and the Hurricanes baseball team wanted to be involved in this project and offered their time and expertise to buddy the special needs children of the Miracle League. “Through the support of the University of Miami and other prestigious organizations in Miami Dade County, we have been able to raise a great awareness for our project,” said Miracle League cofounder Keith Reilly. “We now need the community’s financial support to begin building our field this year.” Coach Morris is a supporter of the Miracle League and encourages his players to give back to the community. Stephen Pugh, UM assistant director of marketing, donated specially designed players’ uniform shirts for the game to make the day extra special for the kids. The Hurricanes also have invited the Miracle League to be a part of the Saturday, Mar. 23, game against Virginia

Tech. UM will honor the Miracle League players, announcing their names over the PA as they take the field for the national anthem with the Hurricanes players. As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts, the Miracle League invited several philanthropic supporters in the community to attend the game. Many, including Miami’s own Marc Buoniconti of the Miami Project, came out to Mark Light Field to cheer on the kids. After seeing the struggles these children face and the joy they experienced in the two-inning game, Buoniconti expressed his commitment to supporting the project and his desire to help build theMiracle League field. “I’d like to thank the University of Miami and head coach Jim Morris for their support of our disabled children,” said Sandy Robinson of the Miracle League. “Their willingness to share the field at Mark Light with the kids means so much to them and their families. It’s truly an unforgettable experience for our Miracle League players.” Check out the Miracle League on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ MiracleLeagueOfMiamiDade) to see photos from recent games and see upcoming game dates. Visit <www.miracleleagueofmiamidade.org> to learn more and make a contribution.


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Electrician creates ‘superhero’ to educate about solar power BY GARY ALAN RUSE

South Florida electrician Kent Crook of Wiremasters Electric wanted to make a difference and get children thinking about the importance of solar power for the future, so to capture their interest and imaginations he created a superhero called “Mr. Solar.” Garbed in his costume, he attends area events and works with the schools to get out the message. “My main goal really with the Mr. Solar costume is to help educate kids and get the kids into solar and make them have an interest in it,” Crook said. “I’ve used it also in three of the parades so far — the Falls parade, the South Miami parade and also the Junior Orange Bowl parade. I also had a bunch of comic books made up, not with

Kent Crook of Wiremasters pictured as “Mr. Solar.”

him in it but to educate kids on Palmetto Elementary, Howard renewable energy so they can Drive Elementary, Pinecrest understand what it’s all about.” Elementary, Palmetto Middle Crook said that he thinks it is School and Palmetto High. important to plan now for the “I’m working at each of the future. schools and so far we have installed “To make it happen we have to a complete project which is a small get policy change, and the only solar generator,” Dr. Khalil said. way to get policy change is to get “Also, in addition to donating the the right elected officials in those panels, Kent Crook agreed on seats, and it’s either the kids’ pardonating $500 toward the materients or they grow up to be those als, the various equipment and elected officials,” he said. devices needed for the project. It Making the costume wasn’t the was a very generous donation on easiest thing in the world for sevhis part.” eral reasons, but he found ways to She said that the project building overcome the problems. the solar powered generators has “Well, the cost factor was No. 1, the students very excited and even and two, because I wanted his cape the teachers are excited. and his gloves to look like solar “The students are extremely panels,” Crook said. “If those were interested and enthusiastic about blue or red it would have been no solar power,” Dr. Khalil said. “We problem. But because I wanted are also talking about energy conthem to appear to be a solar panel Pictured at Howard Drive Elementary are (l-r) teacher Karen Mejia, servation, solar cars and other Dr. Wafa Khalil and teacher Julie Rich. that was a challenge.” devices that run on solar power. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– He will be attending the Taste It’s great exposure for them.” of Pinecrest and the Earth Day events as retired he called one day and told me he For information on the CLEO Institute, Mr. Solar, both in April, and appear at an had 20 panels, 75 watts each, that he want- visit online at <www.cleoinstitute.org>. upcoming yet-to-be-scheduled event about ed to donate to the schools.” For information on Mr. Solar visit online at The solar panels were divided among <www.mr-solar.com>. the PACE Program with Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall and Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Crook also donated a number of solar panels to area schools, working with science educator and CLEO Institute advisor Wafa Khalil, PhD. Dr. Khalil recently retired from the public school system and now does volunteer work. For 15 years she wrote the school curricula for solar energy at MAST Academy. “Now I am trying to integrate solar education into the various schools in the Pinecrest area,” Dr. Khalil said. “It happened that I knew Kent when I was at MAST Academy. We had some solar programs with the kids and he came to my events. We got connected there and when I


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The Youth Fair honors eight students for their dedication to helping others BY MELISSA LICHTENHELD

The Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Expo recently announced the annual Walter B. Arnold Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award inductees and finalists during a recognition dinner held at the R. Ray Goode Building on The Youth Fair fairgrounds. Inducted into the Hall of Fame were Joshua Williams, a seventh grader at Ransom Everglades Middle School, and Betsy Trujillo, a senior at G. Holmes Braddock High School, who were selected from a group of eight finalists. Williams and Trujillo each received a $1,000 check in addition to a $100 savings bond awarded to each finalist. The other finalists were Joshua Silverman, grade 7 at Norman S. Edelcup Sunny Isles Beach K-8 Center; Sabrina Rodriguez, senior at Hialeah High School; Deja Stephens, senior at Coral Gables High School; Sophia Pereira, grade 8 at Leewood K-8 Center; Yuriana Hinojosa, grade 8 at Mandarin Lakes K-8 Academy, and Kiara Johnson, senior at Miami Northwestern Senior High School.

The Walter B. Arnold Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award was created in 2000 in honor of the man who had the vision of to take a small 4-H Fair and turn it into one of the top attractions in Miami-Dade County with a loyal following of 500,000 fairgoers. The Youth Fair is a nonprofit fundraiser that exists solely to promote education and agriculture. More information about Walter B. Arnold Jr. can be found at <http://community.dadeschools.net/!fair/fairbio.asp>. The Youth Fair awards more than $70,000 annually in college scholarships to local public and private high school students. To date, The Youth Fair has awarded more than $10 million to MiamiDade high school students to help them achieve higher education. The Youth Fair is the only venue where students can showcase their educational, art and science achievements all in one place and be rewarded for their efforts. More than 40,000 student projects are exhibited to more than half a million families, friends and fairgoers. For more information visit <http://fairexpo.com/thefair/fairinfoabout_us.php>.

Pictured are the inductees and finalists of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair and Expo’s annual Walter B. Arnold Jr. Youth Hall of Fame Community Service Award: (l-r, front row) Joshua Williams, Hall of Fame inductee; Sophia Pereira; Joshua Silverman; Yuriana Hinojosa; (back row) Deja Stephens, Kiara Johnson, Sabrina Rodriguez and Betsy Trujillo, Hall of Fame inductee. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


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Florida Renaissance Festival offers some 16th Century entertainment BY JOSE BOZA

A fairy tale’s spell is set to embark upon South Miami-Dade’s Cauley Square Historic Village when the Florida Renaissance Festival returns Mar. 30 to Apr. 14. While entering the magical kingdom of the Florida Renaissance Festival, patrons will experience the “Days of Yore,” indulge in entertainment and fun from the renaissance period, satisfy their medieval palate with authentic food fare and drinks followed by rides, and games of skill and chance. During the renaissance weekends, guests also will enjoy jousting tournaments by The Freelancers; sword fights by Buckle and Swash; widely popular high energy comedy stunt show Kamikaze Fireflies; magical illusions by Issac Fawlkes; Masala Gypsy Dancers; musical duo sensation Iron Hill Vagabonds; memorizing glassblowing demonstrations by Historical Glassworks, Royal Quest (interactive mystery and treasure hunt) and much more. Back by popular demand, Predators Unlimited show — showcasing exotic animals such as tigers, lions, black bears, alligator and crocodiles, monkeys and snakes — is highly entertaining while delivering

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an important educational aspect of the Renaissance period in which the audience learns about each animal, its background,

and its role during the 16th Century. The Florida Renaissance Festival is produced by the nationally acclaimed Bobby

Rodriguez Productions and strives to create an entertaining and cultural experience for adults and children alike. The sponsors of the Florida Renaissance Festival include Warsteiner Beer and Coca-Cola. The Florida Renaissance Festival at Cauley Square Historic Village, US1 and SW 224th Street, will be open weekends beginning Mar. 30 until Apr. 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices are $20 for adults and $7 for children (ages 6 to 11). Children 5 and younger are free. Special seasonal passes are available for $39 (valid all three weekends) and group ticket discounts also are offered. The Florida Renaissance Festival is a 16th Century production featuring more than 100 costumed performers, eight stages with continuous entertainment and 20 stage acts from around the world. For more information visit: <www.renfest.com>. Find it on Facebook: Florida Renaissance Festival; Follow us on Twitter: FlaRenFest and Instagram/flarenfest. Download the new festival mobile app by searching Florida Renaissance Festival in the Apple iTunes store or Android market. If you prefer the medieval method, dial 1-800-3-REN-FES.


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American Red Cross honors 12 women with Spectrum Awards BY PATRICIA ROJAS

The American Red Cross honored 12 outstanding ladies with the Sarah Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a Mar. 5 luncheon at the Hotel InterContinental in downtown Miami. The honorees serve as exceptional examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality, and Voluntary Service. “Spectrum” refers to the impact these women have on a broad scope of community life and also reflects the spectrum of cultures represented in our community. Ileana Bravo served as emcee for the awards, which was chaired by Phillis Oeters. Swanee DiMare was the honorary chair. Bravo also narrated a video tribute to each of the Spectrum honorees produced by Josie Goytisolo. The Leonora B. Hopkins Foundation was the presenting sponsor. This year, a special Global Pioneer Award was presented to Lorena Vasquez, master blender of Ron (rum) Zacapa Centenario, distributed and marketed by Diageo, which donated the wine and spirits for the luncheon. The centerpieces were provided by Petal Productions.

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The 2013 Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women honorees are: • Florida Blue Philanthropy Award, Irene Korge; • Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen’s Award, Jeanett Slesnick; • Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award, Penny Shaffer; • Bank of America Cultural Award, Kathryn Q. Mikesell;

• White & Case LLP Education Award, Mary Young; • Mercantil Commercebank Entrepreneurial Award, Olga M. Ramudo; • Baptist Health South Florida Healthcare Award, Sabrina Cohen; • Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award, Julie Grimes;

• The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award, Patricia Robbins; • Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award, Janelle Patty; • Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award, Marina Bryant, and • Global Pioneer Award, Lorena Vasquez. For information, visit <www.redcross.org>


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Deering Estate presents ghost tours, paranormal investigations BY CATHY GUERRA

The Deering Estate at Cutler, in partnership with the League of Paranormal Investigators, offers a variety of Ghost Tours and Paranormal Investigations. Hear about the sightings and experiences from the actual paranormal investigations of the Deering Estate at Cutler and see for yourself the evidence recorded on video, photographs, and audio. There are three types of tours offered: Deering Estate “Spookover,” “Be Your Own Investigator” Ghost Tour and the “Voices of the Past” series. Deering Estate “Spookover,” Saturday, Mar. 23, and Saturday, May 18, 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., $65 per person — Experience the Deering Estate at Cutler overnight when the lights are out. The League of paranormal investigators (LPI) will take guests on a Paranormal Investigation of the historic houses and main grounds. Equipment used to detect spectral presences such as pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. Participants now will be able to use KII meters — one of the most effective and interactive tools used for paranormal investigations. LPI will provide KII meters and guests can carry the handheld device throughout the property. Bright lights on the KII meter indi-

cate that there is possible spirit energy nearby. The devices also are used during investigations to help ask and get answers instantly to “yes” or “no” questions when a spirit is believed to be present. This is not a sleepover; guests will investigate and participate in activities all night. Dress comfortably. Bring your own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. A light breakfast will be served. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Additional Ghost Tours include the “Be Your Own Investigator” and the “Voices of the Past” series: Ghost Tour “Be Your Own Investigator,” Thursday, Apr. 18, 7 to 9 p.m., $25 per person — “Be Your Own Investigator” and become part of the Paranormal Investigative Team to discover evidence and occurrences with the League of Paranormal Investigators. Dress comfortably. Bring your

own flashlight, mosquito repellant and any equipment you wish to use. Pendulums, dowsing rods, EMF meters, voice recorders and cameras are welcome. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Participants now will be able to use KII meters — one of the most effective and interactive tools used for paranormal investigations! LPI will provide KII meters and guests can carry the handheld device throughout the property. Bright lights on the KII meter indicate that there is possible spirit energy nearby. The devices are also used during investigations to help ask and get answers instantly to “yes” or “no” questions when a spirit is believed to be present. Ghost Tour “Voices Of The Past,” Thursday, Mar. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., $15 per person — This is a three-part series of tours where each month the focus is on different aspects of the paranormal investigations at the Deering Estate at Cutler. Be sure to experience all three. These are walking tours and, if weather permits, participants

go out on the natural trails. Dress comfortably. Tour may contain mature subject matter. Tickets can be purchased online for an additional fee or by calling the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668, ext. 233. Ghost Tours are offered throughout the year at the Deering Estate at Cutler. For future dates, visit the Deering Estate website. For private tours or your own overnight paranormal experience, call the Deering Estate Ticket Office at 305-235-1668 ext. 233. The Deering Estate at Cutler, a MiamiDade County Park, is located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. This 444-acre natural and archeological preserve and historic site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a center for education, culture and recreation. Historic house tours are offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and a Natural Areas Tour is offered daily at 12:30 p.m. Both the Historic House Tour and the Natural Areas Tour are free with regular admission to the estate. EcoAdventure Tours also are offered throughout the year for an additional fee. For more information on the Deering Estate’s educational and cultural programs, visit <www.deeringestate.org>.


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Actors’ Playhouse presents Tony Award-winning In The Heights BY BROOKE NOBLE Actors’ Playhouse is presenting Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights at the Miracle Theatre from now through Apr. 7. In The Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood — a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. The opening of Actors’ Playhouse’s production of In The Heights, taking place on the fifth anniversary of the show’s opening night on Broadway, marks the first time ever members of the original Broadway and National tour casts will join together with Miami’s finest talent to bring this regional production to South Florida audiences. The principal cast is comprised of South Florida’s own Carbonell, Silver Palm, and Silver Knight Award-winning actor Nick

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Heights) as Grafitti Pete, and Henry Gainza (Actors’ Playhouse: Godspell, Spelling Bee) as Piragua Guy. The creative team for In The Heights includes director David Arisco, choreographer Stephanie Klemmons (based on original choreography by Andy Blankenbeuhler), musical director Manny Schvartzman, assistant director Henry Gainza, scenic designer Sean McClelland, costume designer Ellis Tillman, lighting designer Patrick Tennent and sound designer Alexander Herrin. In The Heights will be our most ambitious undertaking in years,” said Actors’ Playhouse artistic director David Arisco. “It will be the culmination of 25 years of growth as an artistic entity. Kicking off the regional future of this Tony Award-winning musical at the Miracle Theatre is the way it should be. This vibrant, 21st Century production belongs in Miami.” Evening performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $42, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $50. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-4449293 or online at <www.actorsplayhouse.org>.


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Library, college’s Big Read Miami to highlight Vietnam War novel BY KAI T. HILL

The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with Miami-Dade Public Library System, begins its month-long “The Big Read” celebration with a host of events centered on the novel The Things They Carried, by award-winning author Tim O’Brien. The Big Read begins on Mar. 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Miami Beach Regional Library, with an appearance by decorated U.S. Marine turned filmmaker, actor and author, Benjamin Busch. Part of the national Big Read initiative, the series continues through Apr. 19 and will feature lectures, film screenings, a teen essay contest and much more. Free copies of The Things They Carried will be distributed throughout the Big Read series. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. With more than two million copies in print, The Things They Carried is a classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene. It is a groundbreaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of 43. Taught everywhere — from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing — it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage, fear and longing. Following is a list of The Big Read Miami events: Big Read Kickoff, Tuesday, Mar. 19 — Join in for a very special appearance by author, actor, filmmaker and decorated U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer Benjamin Busch. A star of the HBO series The Wire, Busch has written an unforgettable meditation on life and loss, in his extraordinary book, Dust to Dust: A Memoir. Event starts at 6:30 p.m., Miami Beach Regional Library, 227 22nd Street, Miami Beach. Keynote lecture by Tim O’Brien, author of The Things They Carried, Tuesday, Apr. 19 — Tim O’Brien has been writing to wide critical acclaim since he published the first of his books at age 27. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize, The Things They Carried has been called one of the

finest books about the Vietnam War ever written. O’Brien makes a very special appearance in South Florida to discuss and celebrate this novel’s place as a contemporary American classic. Event starts at 7:30 p.m., Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables. The Big Read Miami 2013 Film Series: Coral Gables Library, 3443 Segovia St, Coral Gables, Mar. 25, Casualties of War film screening is at 6 p.m. Other events include: Teen Essay Challenge — Selected Miami Dade County Public School students will answer this essay question: If you were leaving for war tomorrow and could carry only one thing with you, what would be the thing you carry and why? Grand Prize is free tuition to a future Talented Teen Writers Course at The Center and a meeting with author Tim O’Brien. The winner also will be featured on The Center website. The contest is conducted in partnership with Miami Writes. To participate, contact Nicole Swift at <nswift@mdc.edu>. Send a Book to our Troops: Join Operation Paperback — At each Big Read 2013 event, organizers will collect gently used paperback books to send to veterans and deployed troops overseas through Operation Paperback, an organization that provides books to military and veterans hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at U.S. Airport transit points. The book collection is held in partnership with South Miami High Cobra Readers and the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida. Veterans Oral History and Art Project — Recordings of veterans’ stories made by MDC students and artwork by Miami artists will be part of an exhibit that will open during The Big Read’s closing week (Apr. 15-19), and be featured in perpetuity at <www.thecenteratmdc.org>. Book Discussions — Visit <www.thecenteratmdc.org> or <www.mdpls.org> for dates, times, and locations. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. It is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture, bring its transformative power into the lives of its citizens, and encourage communities to come together to read the same book. For more information about The Big Read, visit <www.thecenteratmdc.org> or <www.mdpls.org>.


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SMH Weight-loss Surgery Program patients celebrate new beginnings BY NANCY EAGLETON

During the annual Weight-loss Surgery Program reunion held recently at South Miami Hospital, patients who have had lifechanging bariatric surgery celebrated their new lives and new looks with family, friends and the hospital’s physicians, nurses and staff. The theme of the reunion was “Back to the ’80s,” but for the 40 weight-loss surgery patients in attendance who have lost a combined 3,000 pounds, there is no looking back. “Our weight-loss surgery patients are presented with a memento inscribed with their surgery date,” said Maria Fuego, RN, bariatric nurse coordinator. “For many, this date signifies a second ‘birthday.’ It’s the beginning of their new life as a healthier and happier person.” Some 120 people attended the reunion, which featured a “bariatric-friendly” buffet and an award ceremony recognizing patients and hospital staff members. Patient Steve Bonwit, 48, hasn’t missed a reunion since his weight-loss surgery eight years ago, when he weighed in at 585 pounds. He’s lost a remarkable 385 pounds. To say his weight-loss journey has been life changing is an understatement. Bonwit has opened a fitness center and is a personal trainer specializing in coaching

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other bariatric surgery patients. He runs and exercises daily. He scuba dives — something he would never be able to do before. And, he faithfully attends the hospital’s monthly Weight-loss Surgery Program support meetings, serving as a mentor to the 40-50 people who attend. “These meetings are important, and have become a part of my healthy lifestyle,” Bonwisaid t. “They keep me in check and on track by reminding me of what I’ve been through to get to this point.” The personal experiences Bonwit shares also inspire and help others.

“Steve has so much knowledge to share with other patients,” Fuego said. “The ongoing post-surgical support these meetings provide helps produce the greatest level of success for patients in their life after bariatric surgery.” Bonwit will attest that it’s important for weight-loss surgery patients to surround themselves with people who support their goals. In his case, it’s all in the family. At age14, his daughter, Amber, was the youngest patient to have weight-loss surgery at South Miami Hospital. She now is 20 years old and 82 pounds lighter. Bonwit met his wife, Cheryl, four years

ago, when she attended her first support group meeting prior to having weight-loss surgery. With newfound good health came newfound love, and the happy couple wed last October. “Our doctors have given us a tool to help us make this change,” Bonwit said. “Now, it’s up to us to change our mindset and lifestyle.” Started in 1998, the Weight-loss Surgery Program is approved as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Three bariatric surgery options are performed by highly skilled surgeons Anthony Gonzalez, MD; Jorge Rabaza, MD; Enrique Whitwell, MD; Charan Donkor, MD, and Rupa Seetharamaiah, MD, who are supported by a specially trained, multidisciplinary team. South Miami Hospital offers both pre- and postoperative support programs to help patients through their transformations. Weight-loss surgery support group meetings are held the fourth Thursday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at the Victor E. Clarke Education Center Auditorium, located on the hospital campus. The public is welcome to attend these free meetings to hear informative and inspiring presentations from surgeons, nurses, psychologists, dietitians, personal trainers and patients like Bonwit. For information, call 786-662-8745 or visit <www.SouthMiamiWeightloss.com>.


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Local church is promoting more than just egg hunts this Easter BY AIMEE ARTILES

As many churches around the nation are busy preparing for Easter — a “Super Bowl Weekend” of sorts for most — one local church is trying to do more than just entice local residents to join them for a traditional Easter service and an egg hunt. “Christ Fellowship is an extremely outward-focused church,” said Senior Pastor Rick Blackwood. “We put a large emphasis on serving the hurting and under-resourced in our community, and this year we wanted to make a difference in the lives of the youngest in our community.” Christ Fellowship just announced to the church a focus on serving the needs of hungry children in Miami-Dade County. Recent statistics show that 70 percent of Miami-Dade students receive the free public school lunch program. Teachers at a school in South Dade, with which the church recently partnered, said, “99 percent of our students were part of this program, and they often find students crying in the hallway because they are hungry or tired.” Christ Fellowship wants to make an impact in the lives of these children. Therefore, the church has launched a pilot program to provide backpacks full of food for students to take home on Friday afternoon. The goal is to provide food for students who need it during the weekend, when many simply don’t eat. Christ Fellowship will take a special offering during Easter weekend services to

fund the backpack program for the following school year. The goal is to raise $70,000, which will feed 350 students in 2013-14. With one of the highest volunteer-tostaff ratios of any church in the country, Christ Fellowship provides opportunities for volunteers to get out into their communities and serve those in need. The church hosts more than 1,200 “reach beyond” opportunities every year, which allows congregants to volunteer their time, talents and resources to help others. Caring for Miami, a ministry arm of Christ Fellowship, offers free medical, dental and mental health counseling services to families in need throughout MiamiDade as well. Caring for Miami was bolstered this past December when church members gave more than $602,000 to help expand the services to help more people in downtown Miami and Homestead. Christ Fellowship will accept donations for the backpack program from individuals and corporations. Donations can be made at any campus on Easter weekend, or online at <www.cfmiami.org/give>. For those interested in becoming backpack program partners, contact the Missions Department at 305-238-1818. Christ Fellowship (CF) is a Christian church with seven campuses located in Downtown, Palmetto Bay, West Kendall, Homestead, Redland, Coral Gables and one opening in Miami Springs in September. For more information, call 305-238-1818 or visit <www.cfmiami.org>.

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What do a mayor, a black belt in karate, a mortgage broker and a marketing rep have in common? These men share a love for and a loyalty to the Mosquitoheads, a band they formed in the early 1990s. The band consisted of Ed MacDougall on drums, Ron Derrick as lead guitarist, Russ Rogg on keyboard, Robert Wechsler on bass and Jason Hively as vocalist. They held on to their day jobs, but at night the Mosquitoheads swarmed local clubs and private events, and delighted crowds with their infectious rock ‘n’ roll. After a decade of performing together, the band members began to go their separate ways. Ed MacDougall became involved in governmental work, and is now mayor of the Town of Cutler Bay. “I left the band in 2002 for politics. There was so much to do to rebuild the Cutler Ridge community, and I wanted to focus on that opportunity,” MacDougall said. “But I love music and love the chance to rejoin my old band mates.” On Sunday, Mar. 24, at 3:30 p.m., the original members of the Mosquitoheads close out the day’s entertainment at the ninth annual Deering Seafood Festival. With thousands planning to attend the event, the band’s loyal following will hear MacDougall on the harmonica and, with a little coaxing might hear him accompany the band on drums. Joining him on stage are Hively, a resident of Atlanta, Wechsler, who works at The Collection in Coral Gables, and Rogg, owner of National Karate Academy. Derrick, who was considered the band’s leader, is now a mortgage broker, but also sidelines in music. He and Timothy Cromer, the last drummer for the Mosquitoheads, currently perform together as a part of the band, High Gravity. “We had a great 15-year run with our original Mosquitoheads lineup,” Derrick said. “When we began to replace departing

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band members, the original feel was gone. Finally in 2011, we stopped playing as a group.” Luckily, those who plan to attend the upcoming Deering Seafood Festival can hear the original group perform their diverse spectrum of music. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with ongoing live entertainment, fish and seafood prepared by area restaurants, cooking demos, the Bahamian Junkanoo musical parade, pontoon boat rides, a Lil’ Shrimp Kids Zone, Deering Discovery Cove, an Artist Village, and tours of the historic estate. The Deering Estate at Cutler is a MiamiDade County park located at 16701 SW 72 Ave. in Palmetto Bay. Admission is adults $15 in advance online and $25 the day of the event, Children 4-14 years are $5, and foundation members are free. This includes park entrance and all activities, excluding food, drink, pontoon rides and rock wall. Proceeds from the event benefit the Deering Estate Foundation. For more information call 305-2351668, ext. 263, or visit <www.deeringseafoodfestival.org>.

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Seraphic Fire’s March program to feature top U.S. soloists BY ROBERT HAMILTON

In an artistic coup, Seraphic Fire will present a magnificent pair of soloists to headline the ensemble’s March program, “Vivaldi and the Soprano: Vocal Fireworks.” Collaborating with the Firebird Chamber Orchestra on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen (BWV 51), the Baroque work for soprano and trumpet will be American Baroque sensation, soprano Kathryn Mueller, and principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera, Billy Ray Hunter, making for the most high-profile combination of soloists on this work in the United States in the past five years. “Vivaldi and the Soprano: Vocal Fireworks” will run from Mar. 20 to 24. Local performances are: • Wednesday, Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m., St. Jude Melkite Catholic Church, 126 SE 15 Rd. in Miami; • Friday, Mar. 22, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way in Coral Gables, and • Sunday, Mar. 24, 4 p.m., Miami Beach Community Church, 1620 Drexel Ave. in Miami Beach. Tickets and information are available online at SeraphicFire.org or by phone at 305-285-9060. “We have scored an exciting artistic triumph,” said Patrick Dupré Quigley,

Seraphic Fire artistic director. “It’s an honor that that Seraphic Fire will play host to this musical alchemy.” Kathryn Mueller has performed as a soloist in the works of Bach with virtually every early music ensemble in the United States, including the American Bach Soloists, Washington Bach Consort, Carmel Bach Festival, and many others. She is firmly established as one of America’s early music bright stars. Billy Ray Hunter is the principal trumpet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York and assistant principal trumpet with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra in Chicago. Hunter previously was coprincipal trumpet with the New World Symphony and Spoleto Festival Italy orchestras, and has performed as guest principal with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony in Germany, Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Other orchestras he has performed with are the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Baltimore, and Dallas symphonies. As a chamber musician and soloist Hunter has performed with the Grant Park Orchestra, New World Symphony, University of Texas Symphony and Wind Ensemble, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Eastern Musical Festival, American Brass Quintet, and the MET Chamber Ensemble.


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acial plastic surgeons like myself, and some of my more experienced colleagues in other cosmetic specialties have come to a new appreciation as to what makes our faces ‘look older.’ The common thought up until the recent past was that it was primarily gravity that caused facial aging (or at least the culprit that could be helped). However, we now appreciate that it is not merely the ‘sagging of our skin’ that makes us look older. Our faces appear to age as a result of multiple factors—those due to Dr. Anthony Bared gravity, sun damage, and volume loss. If you notice pictures of yourself from years past you will notice how your face has aged through early childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and on through your forties and beyond. As children and adolescents we have very full faces, commonly referred to as, “baby fat.” Yet, as we age we lose this fullness to our faces, typically reaching a youthful ideal in our twenties and thirties. As we continue to age, however, we begin to notice more “shadows” where there once were none. You may see these shadows below the eyes, in the temples, and around the mouth. Shadows form within crevices and wrinkles in our faces as a result of the volume which is lost. You may be aware, for instance, that your cheeks are not as full as they once were or your temple areas appear hallowed. Shadows are caused by loss of volume and not solely from sagging skin. Ideally, it takes the trained eye of a facial plastic surgeon to notice what is causing you to ‘look older’ as it may be a combination of factors in different areas of the face. The goal of any facial rejuvenation procedure is to subtlety ‘turn back the clock’ on your appearance in order to provide natural results. Lifting procedures, such as a facelift, when performed exclusively, may not provide these results. Sometimes, these facelifts, neck lifts, or brow lifts may need to be complimented with fat transfer or a filling procedure to help restore more youthful volume to our faces. Volume, when restored in specific areas of the face, helps to eliminate “shadows” in areas of our faces which makes us appear older. Fat transferred from other areas of the body like the lower abdomen, flanks, or outer thighs provides a permanent restoration of this volume lost in our faces. Dr. Anthony Bared is a board certified otolaryngologist, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery. He is in private practice, together with Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, with offices in South Miami and Aventura, and a consultation office in Tampa. He devotes his practice to the management of all problems with the nose- breathing, aesthetics, and reparative procedures.

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Solutions for lower back pain BY DR. KILEY REYNOLDS Owner, Superior Pain Solutions I have lower back pain, what can I do? Lower back pain affects millions of people each year and most suffer through it due to a lack of knowledge about treatments available. Early diagnosis and treatment can decrease pain, shorten the symptoms and decrease recurrence of this pain. Initial treatment is conservative and usually with heat, ice and anti-inflammatory medication. Physical therapy can help with pain, as well as educate patients on proper body mechanics, while strengthening exercises for the lower back helps prevent future episodes of pain. Where should I go for treatment? First time back pain sufferers should be seen at their primary care physician’s office, but recurrent or chronic lower back pain sufferers should seek a pain management specialist. How do I find a pain management specialist? Your primary care physician may be able to help locate one for you or an Internet search will provide this information. Make sure your pain management specialist is fellowship trained and board certified. Many physicians call themselves pain specialist, but lack proper training, knowledge and technique to be able to properly and effectively help you. An Internet search on your proposed doctor will help you determine his level of training and certifications. What is pain management? Pain management evolved as a specialized way to bridge the treatment gap between medication therapy and back surgery. Pain management uses different approaches to control pain, as pain can affect all aspects of a person’s life. Injections (i.e. epidurals, joint injec-

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MCCJ celebrates diversity, honors community leaders BY DINA ALLENDE

There are those in South Florida who believe in making every second count for the good of their city. Six of those individuals exemplify the meaning of creating an inclusive community and therefore were honored during the annual MCCJ Humanitarian Awards Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel on Saturday, Mar. 2. This inspirational evening has become a highlight of the season. Receiving the prestigious Silver Medallions were honorees Merrett Stierheim, Ruth Shack, T. Willard Fair and Peter Dolara. In addition, MCCJ posthumously honored Tony Goldman and awarded the Clergy Medallion to Rabbi Gary Glickstein. Since 1946, MCCJ has recognized leaders in the business, religious and corporate community by presenting them with this coveted medallion. This year’s outstanding leaders have demonstrated extraordinary humanitarian efforts, which mirror MCCJ’s mission of creating an inclusive community. More than 20 past recipients also attended the gala, including Tony Argiz, Alberto Carvalho, Al Dotson, Richard Fain,

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Bass, dinner chair. The invocation was given by Rev. Priscilla Felisky Whitehead, former pastor of Church by the Sea. To conclude the main portion of the evening, a touching Unity Candle Ceremony was conducted by various clergy of all denominations and Rabbi Solomon Schiff. As this took place, guests raised their “unity glow sticks” in the spirit of togetherness. Archbishop of Miami, Thomas Wenski, completed the dinner with the benediction. Following the awards, guests moved to an after party where they were treated to champagne, cordials and the energizing sounds of a deejay, who had the crowd doing the electric slide. MCCJ was founded in Miami in 1935 as the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews. It creates a safe haven for dialog, trains inclusive leaders and promotes understanding for all faiths, races and cultures through education, advocacy and conflict resolution. It hosts the oldest interfaith clergy dialog in the United States and presents prejudice reducing programs in local high schools, among other activities. For more information, visit online at <www.miamiccj.org>.


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Fusion taking its place as Ford’s ‘car of the future’ Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS If I were in the market for a new car today, I would give serious consideration to the new 2013 Ford Fusion — it is that special. The new Fusion has a new face, beautiful styling, a sleek silhouette, more than a touch of luxury, excellent power, wonderful handling and delivers excellent fuel economy. Fusion is available in three trim levels — S, SE and Titanium — and several power options, including a pair of EcoBoost fourcylinder engines, a normally aspirated fourcylinder engine, and both hybrid and plugin hybrid alternatives. Also available is an automatic start stop system to shut off the engine at stationary idle, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive applications, and a choice between automatic and manually shifted six-speed transmissions. The 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine is the base power and it delivers a combined 26/37 mpg.

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Miami Children's Hospital Foundation President's Cabinet Hosts Inaugural Event Drew Kern, Chairman, Presidents Cabinet

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i ami Children's Hospital Foundation recently celebrated the launch of its newest leadership circle, the President's Cabinet, at the New World Center on Miami Beach. More than 60 of South Florida's business and philanthropic leaders came together to learn about this new group that is committed to raising funds and awareness for Miami Children's Hospital's programs, activities and achievements locally, nationally, and internationally. Guests had the opportunity to hear from President's Cab-

inet Chair Drew Kern of EWM Realty as well as Vicechair Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz of Holland & Knight. Kern shared the story of his son Justin who received multiple cardiac surgeries at Miami Children's Hospital and today enjoys playing soccer, bike riding with his older brother, and all the actives of a normal healthy 7-year-old boy. Following the program, attendees enjoyed a VIP tour of the New World Center. Created in response to a call for established pro-

fessionals to engage with MCH and advocate for the Hospital in their respective spheres of influence, the President's Cabinet serves as an advisory council to the MCH Foundation President & CEO, and as such, receives education about Miami Children's while working to support the Hospital. For more information on the President's Cabinet, please visit mchf.org/presidentscabinet or contact E m i l y Borababy at e b o r a b a b y @ m c h f . o rg or 786.624.2825. Photo credit: Yamila Lomba

Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation President & Kristi Perez, President’s Cabinet Member Albert CEO Lucy Morillo-Agnetti, Miami Children’s Hos- Perez, President’s Cabinet Member Jack Gonzapital President & CEO Dr. M. Narendra Kini, Presi- lez, Christian Nieto dent’s Cabinet Vice-chair Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, President’s Cabinet Chair Drew Kern

President’s Cabinet Member Erika Carrillo and Doug Carrillo

Lily Moskovitz and President’s Cabinet Executive Committee Member Alex Moskovitz

President’s Cabinet Executive Committee Member Diamond Ball International Chairs Tony and Ana Janelle Woodward, Heather Almaguer, Stacey Figueroa Cisneros with Diamond Ball Chairs Kern Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Directors Chair-Elect Marile Lopez and Jorge Luis Lopez

Lourdes Tundidor and Presi- President’s Cabinet Executive Miami Children’s Hospital Foun- President’s Cabinet Members dent’s Cabinet Member Hector Committee Member Arin Maer- dation Board Member Steven Eilah Campbell-Beavers and Karin Figueroa Cisneros Tundidor cks with Miami Children’s Hospi- Kerr, DJ Kerr and Zachary Kerr tal President & CEO Dr. M. Narendra Kini

About Miami Children's Hospital Foundation Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation is a not-for profit 501(c)(3) established to create a world-class pediatric hospital in South Florida. “Funding World-Class Care” and following the principle that all children deserve state-of-the-art pediatric care with no financial boundaries, the Foundation helped the 289-bed Miami Children’s Hospital become a leader in pediatric healthcare with more than 40 subspecialties, the largest pediatric neurology center in the United States, a top provider of cardiology and neonatology services, and a Research Institute conducting in excess of 200 clinical trials and protocols. Ten Miami Children's Hospital pediatric specialty services are among the best in the na-

tion, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2012-13 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. Miami Children's is once again the only hospital in Florida with programs listed in all 10 categories in which the publication offers rankings. Miami Children’s Hospital is one of 170 pediatric hospitals in North America affiliated with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and South Florida’s only freestanding Hospital dedicated exclusively to the health and well-being of children. To learn more about the Foundation and offer support, visit mchf.org, become a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/MCHFoundation, or call 305.666.2889 (toll free: 1.800.987.8701).


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