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GABLES GREAT Judge brings awareness of mental health issues



City restoring landscaping on Ponce de Leon near UM

For more than a year, the Beacon Council has been engaged in a major community-wide project to create a plan of action for growing jobs and investment in Miami-Dade County. The focal point of this study has been to determine those industries that will define the future of our business community. This study is a followup to the one created in the mid1990’s when the economy was much stronger, technology was in the darker ages and our community looked vastly different.


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Pictured (l-r) are Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk Jr., Mayor Jim Cason and Commissioner Maria Anderson.




niversity of Miami graduates of years past who drive along Ponce de Leon Boulevard may become nostalgic about their college days. The landscaping on the street fronting the school has been restored to what was there more than 40 years ago before



One diverse community, one major goal BY MARK TROWBRIDGE President & CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce


ables Great, Judge Steven Leifman, recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Coral Gables prefacing his remarks by saying, “When I became a judge I had no idea that I was becoming a gatekeeper to the largest psychiatric facility in the state of Florida — the Miami-Dade Jail.” This provocative statement is an issue that Judge Leifman has taken to heart and has worked to correct. His presentations to various organizations and influential groups have certainly helped bring about awareness for this alarming circumstance. J u d g e Leifman, a 1 0 - y e a r Gables resident, draws on a background that gives him insight and stirs him to action like few others. JUDGE STEVEN LEIFMAN


declining in appearance. More than 350 Alexander Palms, 18 to 20 feet tall, were planted recently in the medians on Ponce from Lejeune Road (SW 42nd Avenue) to Red Road (SW 57th Avenue). “Creating a beautiful boulevard was very important to me,” said Vice Mayor Bill –––––––––––––––––––––– See




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Martinez discusses county issues with Ponce de Leon Business Association

Miami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez (left) speaks to members of the Ponce de Leon Business Association at JohnMartin’s in Coral Gables. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Miami-Dade County Commission chair Joe A. Martinez was a guest speaker at the Ponce de Leon Business Association’s Mar. 19 meeting at JohnMartin’s in Coral Gables. He spoke to the members about Miami-Dade County issues and answered questions. “As a representative of the county, I try to attend as many community events as possible to have the opportunity to answer questions from residents and inform them of the various programs Miami-Dade County has to assists local businesses,” Martinez said. “It’s important that organizations like the

Ponce de Leon Business Association are aware of the resources the county has that could help their businesses thrive and for me to receive feedback from the residents on how to potentially address issues that affect everyone.” The Ponce de Leon Business Association has served the community since 1963 as a non-profit volunteer civic association dedicated to supporting sound and reasonable development and improvement of the city of Coral Gables, with particular emphasis on the downtown business community. The organization features weekly luncheons with topical speakers on issues important to those who live and work in Coral Gables.

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‘Storm’ girls soccer team planning trip to Netherlands Coral Gables’ “Little Miracle on the Mile”, is hatching specials all weekend long for Easter Easter Weekend 4-Course Dinner Prix Fixe $39 Friday, April 6 th thru Sunday, April 8 th Some starters include Classic Bruschetta with choice of Lobster Bisque and Pine Nut-Crusted Goat Cheese. Entrees include such delectables as Char-grilled sirloin, Atlantic Salmon, Braised Free-range Chicken and Grilled Lamb Rack. Finish your meal with a choice of irresistible desserts.

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Easter Weekend Brunch Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy sweet and savory favorites such as Golden Torreja with crème anglaise and berries, Pasta Carbonara and Cantimpalo Burger as well as holiday inspired dishes like Pan-seared Lump Crab Cakes or the Monte Cristo. Add$10 to the cost of your entree and enjoya classic mimosa and Caesar salad.

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Coral Gables’ own “Storm” girls soccer team has had tremendous success on the soccer field during the past few years, and now is looking to travel to the Netherlands for an intensive soccer academy. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience visiting Europe in June, the girls plan to train with a top Dutch coach and play “friendlies” against Dutch, German and Belgian teams. The “Storm,” which is affiliated with the Coral Gables Youth Center and the Coral Gables War Memorial Youth Center Association, is soliciting sponsors to help offset some of the costs associated with this European adventure. Honors for the Coral Gables Storm

Soccer Team include: • 2008-09 Florida United Girls Soccer Association Division 1 Champions; • 2009-10 Florida State League Division 1 Champions; • 2009-10 Florida State League Most Improved Team; • 2011 Score at the Shore Champions; • 2010 Kelme Cup Champions, and • 2009 and 2010 Orange Classic Semi Finalists. Many of these girls, ages 16 and under, have been playing at the Youth Center for more than five years and always have been outstanding representatives of the City of Coral Gables. Visit <> for more information or to make a donation to help the team.

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Community honors students and supports Medical Brigade Gloria Burns GLORIA’S GAB Coral Gables Friends of Education and the Miami-Dade Chapter of Thrivent Financial honored top students graduating from various elementary schools during their annual Elementary School Achievement Breakfast. Held at the host sponsor Westin Colonnade, the crowd of student, teachers and family were treated to a beautiful buffet prepared by the Westin executive chef Thomas Russo. Joan Reitsma, owner of The Giving Tree, once again chaired the event and thanked the sponsors who made the event possible, including the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Claire Frances Whitehurst, Education Foundation of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Coral Gables and Westin Colonnade with special thanks to general manager Mike Wurster, and Westin’s corporate catering manager Shirley McGovern. Following a lovely invocation by Isabella Bendek of Gulliver Academy and the Pledge of Allegiance led by John Whiting of St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School, guests enjoyed presentations by both Mark Trowbridge, president and CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of

Commerce, and Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason. The impressive duo addressed the students with some words of advice before helping hand out the certificates and medals to the honorees from Coral Gables Elementary, Gulliver Academy, Miami Christian School and St. Thomas Episcopal School. High Heels and Handshakes raised hundreds of dollars on Mar.14 for Medical Brigade in Ghana and Women for Women International while also collecting gently used high heels that were turned over to Dress for Success Miami. The fundraiser was held at Season’s 52 on Miracle Mile attracting guests who gathered in the beautiful bar area at the restaurant for drinks and assorted yummy flat breads, while participating in a raffle and generally having a great time networking with new people and some old friends. Among the crowd were Season’s 52 manager Jeff Warren; High Heels and Handshakes founder Christina Ward, of The Capital Grille; Seasons 52 field sales manager Denise Erwin; High Heels and Handshakes board member Betty Alvarez; architect Burton Hersh; Lizz Wiegandt, Mary Kay director; Ana Pican, Artiflex Multimedia & Marketing; Maggie Anzardo, Southland Mall; Giovanni Colosi, Miami Marlins, and Carrie Loper, Fortun Insurance. Also at Season’s 52, Chef Matt McCormick previewed Season 52’s new menu with a tasting dinner in one of the restaurant’s beautiful private dining areas that opens onto to sidewalk and then con-

FSU Seminole Joan Reitsma presents Mark Trowbridge, Gables Chamber president/ CEO and big time Gator with special gift at Elementary School Student Achievement Breakfast.

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Coral Gables Community Foundation chair Bill Bonn presents Chef Mercy Vera (far left) and CGHS Culinary Institute with a $1,000 donation, as CGHS alumnus Chef Diego Martinez works on preparing more sorbet desserts with students.

verts into a closed cozy room upon closing the doors. Flatbreads with assorted seasonal veggies artichokes, shitake mushrooms and more were served with seasonal cocktails, Strawberry Kir Royal and Strawberry Basil Fusion. New wines were paired with a three-course feast that included Columbia River Steelhead Trout and Lamb T-bones. Taking full advantage of social media, a live video presentation before dinner gave invitees from all the participating Season’s 52 restaurants an opportunity to twitter questions about the menu, wines and more from Season 52’s experts. Another great dining experience took place on Mar. 21 under the guidance of Coral Gables High School’s culinary arts program head, Chef Mercy Vera. The students wowed a crowd of almost 100 guests with a gourmet dinner in the courtyard out-

side the new Ralph Moore building at the school on a perfectly beautiful evening. Palme D’Or’s sous chef Diego Martinez, a former graduate of this program under Vera, finished off the evening’s program with a demonstration on the use of liquid nitrogen to make a sorbet dessert that was prepared in larger quantities by the students and served to a very appreciative audience. In addition, Coral Gables Community Foundation took advantage of the evening to present the school with a check in the amount of $1,000 to help support this amazing culinary program. Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to <>.

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From 2007 to 2010, Judge Leifman served as Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida and in that role was responsible for chairing the court’s Mental Health Subcommittee which authored a groundbreaking report, titled Transforming Florida’s Mental Health System. That report not only garnered considerable state and national recognition but also provided recommendations for decreasing the inappropriate and costly involvement of people with mental illnesses in the justice system. In October, 2010, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Florida appointed Judge Leifman to chair the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues. Because of his expertise in the criminal justice and mental health arenas, Judge Leifman has been appointed to serve on several local, state, and national bodies, including co-chairing the Council of State Governments/TAPA Center for Jail Diversion Judges’ Criminal Justice/Mental Health Leadership Initiative, and co-chairing the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s Mental Health Task Force, serving on the board of directors of the American Psychiatric Foundation. Judge Leifman also participated as a member of the National Leadership Forum for Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Services, a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, and as a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

He currently serves as chair of the South Florida Behavioral Health Network and finance chair of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, and also serves as the board chair of Florida Partners in Crisis. Awards abound for Judge Leifman’s many efforts and include receiving the 2011 Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle Award, 2010 Florida International University (FIU) Cal Kovens Distinguished Community Service Medallion, 2010 Leadership Florida Distinguished Member Award, 2009 International Community Corrections Association (ICCA) Judicial Award, 2009 Dade County Bar Association Sookie Williams Award, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) 2008 Distinguished Service Award (NAMI National’s Highest Honor), 2008 Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Miami Chapter Honorable Gerald Kogan Judicial Distinction Award and 2007 Greater Miami Jewish Federation Judicial Community Service Award. The judge has been featured on many national and local television and radio programs, CNN: Special Investigations Unit, The Criminally Insane; PBS, Minds on the Edge: Facing Mental Illness; CBS4, The Forgotten Floor, and National Public Radio (NPR) All Things Considered. Judge Leifman has been married to his attorney wife, Osi, for 11 years, and is the proud father of son Max, 9. Leifman humbly gives credit to his wife for his son’s brilliance. Max is in the gifted program at Coral Gables Preparatory Academy. When not devoting his time to work, travel and public service, the Judge spends time with his family.

LANDSCAPING, from page 1 Kerdyk Jr. “The university is one of the first places potential students and residents drive by, so making a good first impression is paramount.” The Ponce de Leon Landscaping Restoration project replaced trees that had either been destroyed by hurricanes, disease, or other causes over the past several decades. The installation restores the clean and elegant look that had visually unified the entire corridor. “Students and their parents frequently comment about the beauty of the university’s tropical campus,” said Joe Natoli, UM’s senior vice president of Business and Finance. “We are delighted with the


city’s efforts to extend that tropical ambiance along Ponce de Leon Boulevard, which serves as the main entry point onto campus for many of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.” The long, slender palms with gracefully arching leaves were purchased from Manuel Diaz Farms for $106,000. The university paid approximately $59,500 of the total cost. UM also will contribute to the installation of an irrigation system and ground cover in the median. This project is another example of the city’s commitment to enhance the beauty and preserve the character of our neighborhoods.

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Gone too soon: iconic resident Jimi Abraham passes BY RAQUEL GARCIA

James E. (Jimi) Abraham passed away peacefully in his home on Mar. 4 from natural causes. Jimi was born in Oak Park, IL, on July 20, 1958 and moved to Miami with his family at age 9. The family originally settled in the North Gables area near SW Eighth Street. Through the leadership of his uncle and godfather Anthony R. Abraham, the Abrahams would go on to establish the highly successful business ventures and philanthropies founded at the former Anthony Abraham Chevrolet Dealership on SW Eighth Street and Lejeune Road. The opportunity to work with his father, brother, sister, cousins and uncles served Jimi well in life as he moved from one department to another learning all facets of the family business. It was then that Jimi became fluent in Spanish as he forged lifelong friendships with co-workers from a range of departments and cultures, and ultimately developed the foundation for what would become his own successful business enterprise: A & R Insurance Services on Minorca Avenue. At the height of his powers with wife Marina by his side in their family business, Jimi was the epitome of all things noble and good. Devoted beyond measure to family and friends, the happy memories shared about Jimi during the celebration of life mercy meal at Ruth’s Chris Restaurant were story after story about the gift of love and friendship he blessed so many with. “Jim had more friends than anybody I know and they were real people,” said sister Teri Abraham-Vogel. “He was the kind of guy that once you met him and made that connection you became a life-long friend. Jim took personal pride in the achievements of family and friends and would introduce you to others in a way that made you truly feel special.” There was never a dull moment at the dealership when Jimi was around to brighten the room with his endearing dimple-bedecked

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smile and famous practical jokes. Old friend Michael Fleming flew in from Kansas for the services and recalled how the Abraham family took him in during high school when he was in need of familial support. “He was a true Abraham. His family welcomed me into their family and I lived with them for over a year,” Fleming said. “We all worked at the dealership together in the early ’70s when we were in our teens and we found lots of ways to have fun.” A Miami Killian High School graduate and University of Miami alumnus, Jimi was an avid Hurricane fan, a talented musician, an accomplished deep sea fisherman, world traveler, and philanthropist. Jimi’s favorite good luck charm at UM games was a tattered old No. 5 jersey he had from the Canes first national championship game back in 1983. “We would go to Hurricane games and he would wear that beat up old jersey and we used to give him such a hard time,” said friend Victor Galliano. “One game we sat in front of former UM running back Melvin Bratton who happened to have been No. 5 when he played for the Canes and he congrat-

ulated Jimmy on his holey T-shirt. After that we lost the case for a new jersey.” Jimi’s brother Joe Abraham said parents Joseph and Stasia gifted him with his first guitar at age 5 because they considered it a safe diversion for their energetic son. “It was the safest thing he could fool around with and my folks encouraged it. He

never put it down,” Joe said. Jimmy’s musical tastes ran the gamut from the classical rock of Led Zeppelin to the traditional Arabic music of his Lebanese roots. “I can’t tell you how many different concerts he would take me to,” said younger sister Teri. “He once took me to an Andres Segovia concert at Dade County Auditorium. It was a sold out show to hear this elderly man who must have been in his 90s playing acoustic guitar. Jim had a discerning ear and felt the passion when it came to musical genius. And when you were with him at a concert, you felt it too.” Uncle Anthony Abraham was the last living founding member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital prior to his passing. “Jimi knew the importance of being a part of something big and worthwhile and he was a lifetime contributor to St. Jude,” Teri said. “He had a soft spot in his heart for kids and no matter where he was or what was going on, he never missed being a critical part of the family’s annual Miracle Ball fundraiser for St. Jude,” she added. “He is in our hearts forever, but I am not going to stop missing him anytime soon,” added brother Joe.

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Environmental responsibility theme of first annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Gables Earth Festâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; BY ROSIE TOBALINA

The City of Coral Gables Green Task Force will host its first annual Gables Earth Fest, a celebration of planet friendly activities, exhibits and vendors geared to encourage environmental responsibility and sustainable practices. The free event, presented in conjunction with Sustainatopia 2012 and sponsored by EWM Realtors and Richman Greer, takes place on Sunday, Apr. 22, from noon to 5 p.m., in front of Coral Gables City Hall, 405 Biltmore Way. Gables Earth Fest will feature planetfriendly exhibitors and vendors showcasing products and services that offer the

community alternatives to live a more sustainable life. By raising awareness of planet-friendly practices, it will demonstrate the relative impact that one person can make by changing behavior with different greener choices that protect our planet. There also will be hybrid/electric vehicles displays to promote low emissions transportation and a bike valet for those who are interested in riding to the event. For sponsorship information or to register for the event, email <>. For additional event information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at <>.

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Chamber names Bartel retail ‘Businesswoman of the Year’ BY YUDI FERNÁNDEZ

“At the same time, our company is a springboard for creating local jobs and givThe Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce ing back to our community through support has named Miami entrepreneur Cathy Bartel for local schools and charities,” Bartel added. Bartel regularly partners with South as “Businesswoman of the Year” in the Florida schools and nonprofit organizations award’s “Retailer and Restaurant” category. by hosting special events Bartel is founder and and spearheading promoCEO of Learning Express tions that direct sales proToys of Miami, a specialty ceeds back to the schools toy store retail company and charitable groups. In focused on children’s toys 2011 alone, Learning that inspire imagination Express Toys of Miami and creativity. The teamed up with more Businesswomen of the than 20 community Year award recognizes groups and schools. women who demonstrate Prior to launching excellence in the areas of Learning Express Toys, business and community Bartel served as corposervice while serving as a rate counsel for Applica role model for fellow Consumer Products and women. before that as deputy genAwards in five cateeral counsel at IVAX gories were given during Corporation. the Coral Gables Chamber Beyond her entrepreof Commerce/AXA neurship and years of Advisors Businesswoman legal practice, she has of the Year ceremony on Cathy Bartel been a fixture in Greater Mar. 9 at the Coral Gables Miami’s community givCountry Club. Bartel’s fellow awardees included ing landscape. Together with her husband, Province Park Zamek of Just Ask Boo in the Jeff Bartel, she is active in a number of phil“Entrepreneur” category; Gabrielle anthropic organizations, including serving as D’Alemberte of the Law Office of Robert L. members of the United Way of MiamiParks in the “Philanthropy” category; Erbi Dade’s Leadership Circle and Tocqueville Blanco-True of Great Florida Bank in the Society, Florida Grand Opera’s Lyric “Corporate” category, and Martha Martin of Society, life trustees of the Vizcaya Baptist Health South Florida in the “Public Foundation and of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, and as a founding member of the service/Nonprofit” category. Bartel launched Learning Express Toys of Children’s Movement of Florida. They also are active supporters of Miami Miami in 2010 following a nearly twodecade law practice that included work as Children’s Museum, St. Jude’s Children’s both corporate counsel to two publicly held Research Hospital, Miami Children’s companies and work in private practice. She Hospital, the Baptist Hospital and South was drawn to the Learning Express Toys Miami Hospital Foundations, New World franchise concept through her desire to offer School of the Arts, New World Symphony, a unique product in the retail market while and the Miami International Film Festival. Bartel earned her law and bachelor’s providing rewarding experiences for childegrees from the University of Miami. She dren. Today, less than 18 months after launching resides in Coral Gables with husband Jeff her first location in Dadeland Shopping Plaza Bartel, a retired lawyer and now chair of prion S. Dixie Highway (US1) in Pinecrest, vate equity firm Benworth Capital Partners. Bartel’s flagship store is among the They have two children. Learning Express Toys of Miami is a spestrongest-performing Learning Express Toys cialty toy retailer with its flagship Miami locations in the U.S. “My decision to retire from law and start a location at 9529 S. Dixie Hwy in Pinecrest, neighborhood toy store was born out of my Florida. Learning Express is the nation’s interest in doing something that would leading franchisor of educational toy stores, appeal to both children and their parents. As providing an extraordinary shopping experia mother of two, I see firsthand how educa- ence with knowledgeable sales staff who can tion, imagination and creativity are all impor- offer expert advice on choosing the perfect tant elements of childhood, and the Learning toy, for every child, for every occasion. Express Toys concept adds ‘fun’ into the Learn more at <>. equation.

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Rotary Club awards scholarships to Gables High School seniors

The Rotary Club of Coral Gables recently awarded $13,000 in scholarships to 10 outstanding Coral Gables High School seniors. Pictured (l-r) are the scholarship recipients and the names of the scholarships awarded: Vanessa Suarez, Jules Zentner Fund; Roxana Zelaya, Jules Zentner Fund; Catalina Zegers, Jules Zentner Fund; Jamar Jones, Terry Long and Joan Reitsma Scholarship; Eduardo Alsina, Rick and Margarita Tonkinson Scholarship; Jieyi Wu, Jules Zentner Fund; Suzetter Wanninkhof, Rick and Margarita Tonkinson Scholarship; Nicole Cuervo, Jo Burke Scholarship; Karen Herrera, John and Debbie Swain Scholarship, and Iqra Khan, John Reitsma Scholarship.

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Commission needs to do more to restore faith in government BY COMMISSIONER LYNDA BELL

Miami-Dade County District 8 On Tuesday, Mar. 13, I presented legislation to Miami-Dade’s Internal Management and Fiscal Responsibility Committee, (which I chair) to prevent any elected county officials from lobbying an officer of Miami-Dade County for four years after their terms of office have ended. This essentially doubles the current twoyear ban. Committee members voted 3-3 on the legislation, a tie vote that killed the item and prevented it from being considered by the full commission. Recently, Miami-Dade’s Commission has been moving in the right direction. We have adopted groundbreaking legislation I sponsored mandating registered lobbyists and county employees undergo ethics training. The contentious issue of commission term limits is up for the voters to decide during November’s general election. We have worked together to make it easier for our residents to petition their government by allowing them more time to collect signatures on voter-sponsored initiatives. However, there is more we can do to bring accountability and integrity to MiamiDade County. My colleagues and I must still consider legislation requiring elected county officials to seek an opinion from the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust if they are employed by an entity that receives county funding. And then there is the lobbying issue that failed to pass on Mar. 13. What do those actions suggest about us? Serve your time honorably and then with a wink and a nod suggest you’ll soon be back to make a buck? This is not what the people want. The intention of this legislation is to help guarantee that once your term in office has ended, it is time for you to move on. What good is it to pass term limits at

the ballot box if we then turn around and come back as lobbyists in two short years? This is precisely what Miami-Dade residents have been railing against justifiably for so long as it undermines the very spirit of governmental reform. It is clear that the residents of MiamiDade County are frustrated with the neverending tug of war between themselves and their elected officials. I joined them in their disappointment this week as several of my colleagues failed to realize the importance of stopping a “revolving door.” Their actions only work to perpetuate the sentiment that the county commission is out of touch. We must learn from the egregious actions of Jack Abramoff in the halls of Congress and other examples of government at its worst. We need to take steps to ensure that history is not repeated. After so much recent political turmoil and discord, our commission has a responsibility to prevent any future public corruption. We should be the legislative body that sets precedent, not follow what has been done in other counties and in Tallahassee. It is our responsibility as commissioners to listen to our constituents and acquiesce to their needs. This legislation is just one of many needed to restore the public’s trust that has been eroding over so many years. I thank my colleagues, Commissioners Esteban Bovo and Xavier Suarez, who supported my legislation, and I urge my fellow commissioners who were opposed to reconsider their stance on this item. I plan to resubmit this legislation as soon as allowed by the rules of the commission. For those who did not allow a full hearing on this item, I implore you to reach out to your constituents and see what they have to say on the issue. It is not lost on me that serving as a commissioner comes with great responsibility — one that is unmatched and built on public trust. This trust is all we have and we have ignored it to further our own ambitions once again.



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Black Point Yacht Club planning 12th annual Fishing Tournament BY ROBERT HAMILTON The Black Point Yacht Club will conduct its 12th annual Fishing Tournament on May 19. There will be thousands of dollars in gifts and prizes. Prizes include: First Place Total Aggregate 3 Fish, $1,250; Second Place Total Aggregate 3 Fish, $750, and Third Place Total Aggregate 3 Fish, $500. The angler meeting to register and obtain rules is on Thursday, May 17, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Rodbenders Raw Bar and Grill,

20400 Old Cutler Rd. Entry fee for club members is $125 and non-members is $200. For an additional $25, your BPYC membership for the captain is included. Weigh in begins at 3 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. at Blackpoint Marina, 24775 SW 87 Ave. There is a fish fry to follow at 5:306:30 p.m. with awards presented 6:30-7 p.m. at grassy area between A and B docks. For information call chair Chuck Latshaw at 305-235-0494 (home) or 305766-2835 (cell).

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ASPCA sponsoring free pet vaccinations during April BY KATHY LABRADA

Thanks to the generosity and support of the ASPCA, Miami-Dade Animal Services will be offering free vaccinations for dogs and cats throughout the month of April. Vaccines will be administered at the Animal Services Department, 7401 NW 74 St. in Medley, during regular vaccination clinic hours. “Protecting the health of our community’s pets is an important step towards preventing disease within our shelter,” said Alex Muñoz, director, Animal Services

Department. “The department is grateful to the ASPCA for awarding a grant making this program possible.” Each year the department receives more than 30,000 abandoned and unwanted pets. The goal of Animal Services is to reunite lost pets with their families or find lifelong homes for as many animals as possible. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit online at <> or call 3-1-1.

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Miami-Dade Public Library looking for teenage poets BY VICTORIA GALAN

Celebrating April as National Poetry Month, the Miami Dade Public Library System is inviting teens, ages 12-18, to pick up a pen and participate in its annual National Poetry Month Contest. The contest runs through Apr. 30. Poems must be the original work of the participant, may be typed or written — double-spaced and attached to an official

entry form. Entry forms are available at any Miami-Dade Public Library branch or can be downloaded at <>. Poems will be judged on originality, artistic quality and emotional impact. First prize will receive a Kindle Touch 3G Ereader; second place will receive a $50 gift certificate to Barnes & Nobles. For more information, call 305-375BOOK (2665) or visit online at <>.

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Grimpa Steakhouse: Two-story meat lovers paradise within the Shops at Mary Brickell Village proves to be no ordinary Brazilian Steakhouse By Celeste Senofonte-Batres Grimpa has taken“ “Brazilian Churrascaria”, to a whole new level of fine dining and sophistication. If you’ve never been to a traditional Brazilian Steakhouse, expect to be served “Rodizio” fashion, which means endless table service in a rotation format. Grimpa successfully carries out this popular Brazilian tradition with the utmost finesse, in a formal, serene setting where the service is well paced and the cuts are grilled to perfection. Too many others overwhelm their guests with multiple servers that invade tables all at once, making folks feel forced to inhale every piece of meat at a very fast pace! At Grimpa, the poised, and knowledgeable, authentic, Brazilian staff allows you to savior their nine superb cuts of beef without having to unbutton your pants before dessert! Curitiba, Brazil is where the first Grimpa began; however in 2007 Grimpa management moved to the US

and decided to name Mary Brickell Village their permanent home. Since then Grimpa has attracted many tourists as well as Miami’s business elite and families who come from all over town to delight in their authentic cuisine. Whether you choose to eat inside the formal yet comfortable and spacious dining room that boasts an attractive bar and red wine cellar, or the beautiful outdoor patio that has a European flair, both are equally perfect for some good people watching. Dining alfresco also provides a direct view to the world’s largest bronze sculpture, “The Union of the World Monument of Peace,” which was given to Miami as a peace offering by international artist, Ginés Serrán, in 2010. Grimpa offers a very popular executive lunch Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday, where you can enjoy their Rodizio along with their extensive hot and cold salad bar that features Insalate Caprese, Crab Salad, Tortellini, Stuffed Ravioli, and Chicken Fricassee. Be careful to not overindulge, as you will need plenty of room to try all the following savory cuts of premium meats: Prime Sirloin, Tenderloin, Top Sirloin, Noble Top Sirloin, Baby Beef, Beef Ribs, Flank Steak, Boneless Rib eye, Lamb Chops, Leg of Lamb, Pork Ribs, Pork Loin, Pork Sausage, Boneless Chicken, and Salmon. All cuts are seasoned with amazing

flavor as Brazilian Chef, Carlos Araujo, carefully grills all meats with a vegetable oil base that really locks in that authentic, charcoal-grilled flavor that Brazilians have mastered so well. On your birthday Grimpa treats all their guests to a complimentary Rodizio so bring one or more friends and celebrate your special day-estilo brasileiro Should you have paced yourself accordingly and are not busting at the seams at this point, then go for some favorite Brazilian desserts such as the luscious Papaya Cream, topped with cassis liquor or the decadent Chocolate Petit Gateau – a mini cake flowing with chocolate lava that culminates in a great ending to your fairy tale meal! Ladies if there’s ever been a time to sport those extra high heels- be sure to strut on over to the new, “Stiletto Wednesdays” happy hour and receive $1.00 off for every inch of your heel! On Fridays stop in for your complimentary Caipirinha, “ Caipi” which is more or less a Brazilian Mojito and enjoy two for one drinks from 5-10

p.m. Finally, Sundays are a popular family luncheon day at Grimpa and great place to unwind, chat, and relax and enjoy the superb food, chic downtown ambiance, great outdoor views and their well known pampered service- Perfeito!

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Lighthouse Dog Walk heightens awareness for service animals

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More than 150 walkers with their guide dogs, service animals and regular pet companions pledged support for the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to raise awareness for the amazing work service animals provide to those who are in need. The Miami Lighthouse conducted its fifth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk at the Shops at Midtown Miami on Sunday, Mar. 25. This year’s event was hosted by Honorary ‘Dog’nitary MiamiDade County Commissioner Sally Heyman with WPLG Channel 10’s Sasha Andrade as emcee. “In addition to raising much-needed funds for our programs at Miami Lighthouse, which provide rehabilitation and vocational training to thousands of people every year, our fifth annual Walk, Waggle and Stroll Dog Walk raised a great deal of awareness for the presence of service animals in our community,” said Miami Lighthouse CEO Virginia A. Jacko, who is blind and uses a dog guide named Kieran.

Special recognition was given to Commissioner Heyman and Carol Russo who conceived the idea for the dog walk five years ago. Contest prizes for “cutest,” “lookalike,” and “most talented dog,” were judged by Miami-Dade County Public Defender Carlos Martinez, Miami Lighthouse Board of Directors chair Michael Silva, board director Lou Nostro and Dog Walk co-creator Russo. Also in attendance was Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Music and sound engineering was provided by instructors in the Miami Lighthouse Better Chance Music Production Program. The Miami Lighthouse Dog Walk was sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami, Brickell Motors, Met Life, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman, Gray Robinson, Banfield Pet Hospital, Frances T. King Insurance Agency, Milton and Patricia Wallace, Rugsies Carpet & Drapery Cleaning, BizSolutions, Britto, WPLG Local 10, Susan Conroy Design, Absolute Graphics, Brooklyn Bagels, Fuze and Miami Global Colombian Lions Club.

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Wendy Walk to fight Liposarcoma set for Palm Island Park, Apr. 15 BY RAQUEL GARCIA

Life in the Landes family centered on mom, Wendy. The dynamic divorce mediator attorney who never missed a morning tennis match always was the strong anchor that twin children Matt and Ali, younger sister Jackie, and husband and father Robert came to depend on. When Wendy was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable cancer, the family went into action to be mom’s anchor of support as they started the annual fundraiser “Wendy Walk” to support the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative to find a cure. The Third Annual Wendy Walk will take place on Sunday, Apr. 15, 10 a.m., at Palm Island Park on Palm Island near Miami Beach. Liposarcoma are soft tissue malignant tumors that may go unnoticed because they are slow growing and painless. According to The Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative research, “approximately 14,000 new cases of soft tissue sarcoma are diagnosed every year representing less than 1 percent of all newly diagnosed cancers.” Because patients do not feel sick, diagnosis is frequently delayed. “We were told there is no cure, no treatment, and a short prognosis, and that is when Matt, Ali, and I went into action,” said Jackie Landes, Wendy’s 20-year-old daughter and University of Miami junior. “We stayed up all night researching and in one night the concept of the walk was created. We ulti-

mately partnered with the largest funding initiative for sarcoma, the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative.” The Wendy Walk happens in the three major cities where the family resides. The Miami Palm Island Park Walk began with the assistance of Hibiscus Island residents and Landes family relatives, Stephanie and Michael Rosen. Husband and dad Robert and 25-year-old son Matt are in California where Wendy is receiving treatment and so they host the Los Angeles Walk on Santa Monica Beach on May 6. Matt’s twin, Ali, is studying in New York City so she organizes the Central Park Walk to be held on Apr. 29. Since Wendy’s diagnosis over two years ago she has endured three surgeries, each lasting over 12 hours. The walks have helped to give her the courage to keep fighting according to her family. “Wendy Walk has been the shining light that has encouraged Mom and all of us to remain strong and committed to finding a cure,” Jackie Landes said. To find out more about the Wendy Walk on Apr. 15 at Palm Island Park visit or F a c e b o o k . c o m / T h e We n d y Wa l k . Requested minimal donations are $30 for children, $50 for adults, and $100 for families. Contact Ali Landes at 1-310-487-5488 or to find out about becoming a Wendy Walk sponsor.

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Commonwealth Institute to host former Secretary of State Albright BY DINA ALLENDE

The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) has announced “A Conversation with Madeleine Albright” to take place on Tuesday, May 1, from noon to 2 p.m., at the University of Miami Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Dr. in Coral Gables. The former Secretary of State will speak to the region’s top women business leaders and will discuss her latest book Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948. Secretary Albright will be signing books after the event. The general public is welcome. Advanced registration is required for this event. Registration is available online at <> , by email to Tiffany Spooner at <> or calling 305-799-6547. Tickets are $80 for TCI members, $100 for non-members; tables are $800 for TCI members, $1,000 for non-members.

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Baptist Urgent Care Center opens on S. Dixie Highway

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A Baptist Health Urgent Care Center recently opened its doors at 11805 S. Dixie Hwy. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. William Ricard, a regional director for the medical plazas, said the new facility already is well utilized by the public. “We’re pleasantly surprised on the upside,” he said. “We always assess whenever we go into a new community. We look to see where the patients are coming to the emergency department. It’s all about convenience to our patients and it all made sense.” The urgent care center always has at least one physician on site. Ricard said if it gets busier, they would have two. Baptist Health Systems has approximately 15 urgent care centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. “Our philosophy is to bring healthcare to your backyard,” Ricard said. “Why go to an emergency department, when you can go to your backyard.” Urgent care centers are designed for patients with non-life threatening symptoms. “We are there for, not emergency room symptoms… your sore throats, your common colds; it’s a great alternative,” he said. “Not heart attack, concussion or stroke. For those you should be going straight to the ER.” Because Baptist is non-profit, profits are put back into the healthcare system instead of into an investor’s pocket. “We give it back to the community,” he said. “We have a huge charity program. It’s part of being a non-profit. We give back to the community, charity care, community health — programs like that.”

Along with the urgent care center opened in Pinecrest, Baptist also recently opened one in Kendale Lakes on Miller Drive at 147th Avenue. They have an urgent care center on Kendall Drive just west of 127th Avenue as well as one in the Country Walk area along with the center in Palmetto Bay at 8750 SW 144 St., just east of S. Dixie Highway. The centers not only relieve the hospitals’ emergency departments of the minor emergencies but they also ease the pressure on primary care doctors by dealing with the those minor illnesses that might otherwise overwhelm their waiting rooms. “We are there to partner with our physicians and the community,” Ricard said. “We are there to help them with that, with their own decompression. I don’t believe they have enough resources to see all their patients that need to be seen at that moment. A lot of times, it’s a weekend or a holiday.” The urgent care centers forward the results to the primary physicians and they urge patients to follow-up with their doctors. Because area real estate is at a premium, it was not as easy to find the right place for the urgent care facility. It is one of the smaller urgent care centers with six rooms in addition to a triage room. “We think it’s the right size for the community that we serve,” he said. “It offers moderate complexity lab tests, which is more than the majority of the facilities of our competitors.” Because of its size, the Pinecrest facility is focused on urgent care and does not offer diagnostic services. Those services are available at the Palmetto Bay facility.

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Walk into Spots by Rey’s and you quickly realize you are not in your parents’ dry cleaner. It’s trendy and modern, branded for today’s young professional, with a focus on quality, value and service. Bred from the legacy of Rey’s Cleaners, which has cleaned high-end couture for more than 40 years, Spots is different. In an industry little known for innovation, Spots combines its family heritage with the latest in garment care. “We geared this toward the young professionals who want professional services for their garments, but for whom quality and value is important,” said Frankie Suarez, who — along with his siblings Angel D. and Cristina, now the third generation — grew up in the business headed by their grandmother, Raquel Crespin, since 1970. In 1983, Angel Sr. along with Maria took the helm and through their efforts experienced exponential growth going from seven employees to 168 today. The Spots by Rey’s brand is about to expand across South Florida. Frankie and Angel D. are converting the 20 DryClean USA locations they’ve operated for years into the new brand and stand-alone business. The first stores opened on Alhambra Circle in Coral Gables, at Five Points in Coral Way, and The Crossings in Kendall. A South Miami location at 6635 S. Dixie Hwy. (305667-0041) opened in mid-March. Broward also will have several locations. In time, all company vehicles that pickup and deliver customer goods will bear

the Spots brand. The conversion will take about 12 to 18 months. “We’re not just rebranding the company, we’re completely reorienting its direction, retraining the people, and infusing them with a new philosophy,” Suarez said. “This is the culmination of a three-year process to differentiate our company, empower our game and gain market share.” Rey’s will continue serving high-end customers from Fisher Island and Miami Beach to Brickell, Coral Gables all the way up to Palm Beach. Spots will be an everyday brand delivering affordable dry cleaning and garment care. Spots also will perform alterations, as well as household items, like carpets and area rugs, comforters, table linens, leather and suede. They also have onsite drapery and upholstery cleaning services. Every garment and product will get a complete inspection to identify areas that require special attention — such as stains or minor tears. Every client will be asked about his or her preferences, and those details — how much starch to use, or whether to fold pants over a hanger, for example — will be entered into the new computer system. “We’re taking the time to note client preferences because we know that makes a big difference,” Suarez said. “We share Rey’s philosophy of customer care, attention to detail and outstanding service, but we’re going to bring that approach and value brand to more customers.” For more information, call Spots By Rey’s at 305-667-0041 or visit <>.

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New JOBC president inducted during annual award banquet BY ALEX MARKEL

Junior Orange Bowl Committee (JOBC) members and guests gathered on Wednesday, Mar. 14, at the Miami Springs Country Club for the Annual Installation and Awards Banquet. More than 90 people were in attendance to see the new JOBC members and board of directors inducted into their respective new roles and to honor outgoing JOBC president Dallas Brown. Don Slesnick III was inducted as the 42nd president of the JOBC. In attendance were Slesnick’s parents, former JOBC president Jeannett Slesnick and former JOBC president as well as former Coral Gables Mayor Don Slesnick II. Those volunteers, sponsors, and organizations that supported the JOBC during the past year’s festival season also were honored and given awards for their hard work and dedication. JOBC executive director Mark Pidal presented Special Festival Sponsor Awards to the City of Coral Gables, Miami Children’s Hospital, and the Orange Bowl Committee. Brown presented Isa Goenaga and Norma Gavarrete with the James Charlton

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Outstanding Service Award, which is given annually to the Volunteer of the Year. Goenaga served as chair of the Royal Court Committee for the 2011-12 festival season and also was inducted as an active member of the Junior Orange Bowl Committee. Gavarette was a volunteer for the International Chess Tournament and the 63rd Parade and was inducted as an associate member. Junior Orange Bowl Parade chair Kathleen Kauffman presented the float awards for the 63rd Junior Orange Bowl Parade. Those who received this year’s awards were: Boy Scouts of America – Best Use of Creativity, Village of Pinecrest – Best Use of Earth-Friendly Design,

Miami Children’s Hospital – Best Youth Enthusiasm, Coral Gables Museum Winter Camp – Bank of Coral Gables Best Community Float President’s Award, Homestead Rodeo Association – Bank of Coral Gables Best Community Float, Pan Am: World Wings International – Best Use of Parade Theme. Abby Dresnick and Barbara Waters, cochairs of the 50th Junior Orange Bowl International Tennis Championship, made a special presentation to all of this year’s tennis tournament volunteers. Goenaga honored this year’s JOB Queen and Princesses for their dedication and service to the Junior Orange Bowl during the festival season and the Junior Orange Bowl Princesses spoke about their experience as part of the 2011-12 Royal Court. Former Junior Orange Bowl president Rex Russo swore in the new active, associate, and life Junior Orange Bowl members. Cecilia Stevenson and Goenaga were sworn in as active members, and five new associate members were sworn in. They are Anthony Atwood, Laurie Schwarz, Adam Zwibelman, Felipe Calderon, and Gavarrete. Nancy Little, 2011-12 JOBC treasurer and Jobie’s Fun Day chair, was sworn in as a life member. Russo also swore in the board of directors for the 2012-13 festival season, which included Don Slesnick III (president), Dallas Brown (immediate past president), Robert Bueso (presidentelect), Kate Swain (vice president), Peter Tolmach (vice president), Kathleen Kauffman (secretary), Donald “Rusty” Hill (treasurer), Sam Burritt (director), Abby Dresnick (director), and Barbara Waters (director). For more information on the Junior Orange Bowl Committee, call 305-6621210 or visit the website at <>.

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Coral Gables Medical Plaza: Room to grow BY NANCY EAGLETON Coral Gables Medical Plaza, located adjacent to Coral Gables Hospital, is home to 27 medical professionals who offer quality healthcare services to the community. The 70,000 square-foot class A medical office building, owned and operated by Healthcare Realty, has 10,000 square feet of ground floor space fronting SW 37th Avenue available. This space can be subdivided to accommodate several tenants. Move-in ready tower suites are also being leased. In addition, building signage is currently being offered, providing a tenant with top billing in the heart of the Coral Gables community. The dynamic mix of medical professionals and physicians at Coral Gables Medical Plaza, including many physicians from Tenet Florida Physician Services, offer healthcare in various specialties, including family practice, gynecology and infertility, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, urology, gastroenterology, cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine. Anthony Bared, M.D., a Tenet Florida physician, recently made Coral Gables Medical Plaza home to his practice. Dr. Bared is Board certified in Otolaryngology. He practices facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and is trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Dr. Bared grew up in Coral Gables, a stone’s throw away from his new medical office, and now lives nearby with his wife and newborn baby. He said the plaza’s location is not only conveniently located close to his home, but also offers numerous amenities that are important to his practice. “From the parking, to the building’s common area, to my reception area, it’s important to deliver a quality experience for my patients to go along with quality care,” said Dr. Bared. “In addition, the building’s proximity to Coral Gables Hospital and the Coral Gables Surgery Center provides an added convenience for my patients and me.” Coral Gables Medical Plaza is one of three Miami-Dade properties owned and managed by Healthcare Realty, which operates 209 similar real estate properties in 28 states. Like all Healthcare Realty properties, One 7000 Place in South Miami and Deering Medical Plaza in Palmetto Bay are also located next to hospital campuses. Healthcare Realty’s Portfolio Manager Wayne E. Stringer is based locally and his team of building managers, engineers and leasing agents understand what physicians like Dr. Bared require from their surroundings.

Centraly located at 2601 SW 37 Avenue ________________________________ “There is something to be said about the quality of the landlord, and having local leasing and management teams servicing the building,” said Stringer. “We deliver personal and prompt responses for service requests. We keep a watchful eye on the condition of the property and ensure that we maintain a clean, welcoming environment for our tenants and their patients.” Coral Gables Medical Plaza is currently undergoing a half-million dollar elevator modernization, which is now nearing completion. “Modern and efficient elevators will have a positive impact on everyone working in and visiting the building,” added Stringer. The building’s available medical suites are move-in ready. Each modern suite has its own private bathroom and exam rooms with sinks. Separate air conditioning systems in each space allow occupants to vary the temperature at any time for optimum patient comfort. Tenants of the building have 24-hour electronic card access, allowing medical staff easy access before and after hours. In addition, two levels of building security – video surveillance and a security guard – ensure a safe environment for staff and patients alike. Coral Gables Medical Plaza sits atop a covered parking garage, providing ample parking for all visitors. The plaza’s easy access to South Dixie Highway and close proximity to Coral Gables’ boutiques and restaurants make it a desirable location for the medical providers and the patients who visit them. Coral Gables Medical Plaza is located at 2601 SW 37 Avenue in Coral Gables. For leasing information, contact Wayne E. Stringer, portfolio manager, at 305-740-0778.


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Actors’ Playhouse to celebrate 25th Silver Anniversary season BY LEE STEPHENS

Actors’ Playhouse celebrates its 25th Silver Anniversary during the 2012-13 season. Like the little engine that could, the company opened in a Kendall strip mall in 1988, survived Hurricane Andrew in 1992, then in partnership with the City of Coral Gables renovated and restored the historic Miracle Theatre into a three-stage performing arts center in 1995. One of 22 major cultural organizations in Miami-Dade County, and the largest self-producing company for Mainstage and Children’s Theatre in South Florida, Actors’ Playhouse has made its mark by providing artistic excellence, building community partnerships, and developing a new generation of theater supporters through entertaining and engaging programs. Over the years Actors’ Playhouse has been nominated for 256 Carbonell Awards and has brought home 71. Its Children’s Theatre is continually acknowledged as “Best of the Best” with the Kids Crown Award presented by South Florida Parenting Magazine, and its leaders are recognized for their business and artistic excellence. “Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre is one of our most prized cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County, producing outstanding theatrical and educational programs for the community,” said Michael Spring, director of the MiamiDade County Department of Cultural Affairs. “We are extremely proud of their stellar achievements over the years as one of South Florida’s leading and award-winning theater companies.”

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season in 2012-13, Actors’ Playhouse will produce six exciting Mainstage productions. Opening the season Oct. 10-Nov. 4 is Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s Godspell. Based on the Gospel according to Matthew, a revival of the 1976 show is running currently at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. Next comes Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years, an intimate musical told from the perspective of a husband and wife whose marriage is coming apart, playing Dec. 5-30. The Fox on the Fairway, another farce by Lend Me a Tenor playwright Ken Ludwig, follows Jan. 16-Feb. 10. It’s a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with golf. And then, Mar. 6-Apr. 7, comes the first South Florida regional production of In the Heights, the vibrant Lin Miranda-Quiara and Alegría Hudes musical set in Manhattan’s multicultural Washington Heights neighborhood. “The last 24 years have proven our continued commitment to excellence,” said artistic director David Arisco. “Season 25 will feature hilarious comedies, poignant musicals and dramatic flair, our trademark eclectic mix of the best professional regional theater has to offer. My sincerest gratitude to all who have helped this organization reach its Silver Anniversary.” Subscriptions for the 25th Anniversary Season range from $185 for previews to $435 for Gala Opening Night subscriptions. To become a part of the “Miracle” as an Actors’ Playhouse subscriber, call 305444-9293 or order online at <>.

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Panter’s Pointers for Spring Swim Safety Spring is here! While the water appears warm and inviting, it is host to unseen dangers. Every day, around ten people unintentionally drown. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional death for people of all ages. Children ages 1 to 14 have the highest rate of drowning deaths, and more than one in five deaths from drowning are children under the age of 14. Supervision is key. Children in water whether in a pool or a bathtub should always be supervised by a responsible adult while in the water. Drowning is a silent killer. Children who are drowning may not be able to call for help because they are expending all their energy to keep their head above water. All children should have some form of swimming lessons. Studies have shown that formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 88% in children. Sometimes supervision is not enough. Among children ages 1 to 4 years, most drowning deaths occur at home. Most children who die in home swimming pools were only out of site for five minutes. Barriers such as pool fences can prevent children from accessing the pool while out of site. There is significant reduction in the risk of children drowning with a four-sided pool fence. Adults should also invest in CPR training. In the time spent waiting for an ambulance to arrive, CPR can save someone’s life. Adults, alcohol and swimming can be a dangerous mix. In half of adult drowning deaths alcohol is a contributing factor. Alcohol adversely affects balance, coordination, and judgment, all necessary faculties for swimming safely. Alcohols’ effects are heightened by sun exposure and heat, which spring in intensity with the spring season. Panter’s Pointers for Spring Swim Safety: 1) Supervision, never leave children alone in the water. 2) Consider investing in a pool fence if you have a swimming pool at home. 3) Learn to swim, take a lesson. 4) Learn CPR, you might save a life. 5) Avoid alcohol, or drink moderately and responsibly. “Serving Our Community For More Than 20 Years”


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New shows by artists Erika King, Meme Ferre to debut in Grove

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Two longtime local artists, Erika King and Meme Ferre, will debut new, vibrant and powerful exhibitions on Saturday, Apr. 7, as the Jim Hunter Gallery and Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF) Gallery welcome “Evolution of Spirit” and “Raw Energy/Energía Cruda,” respectively. With a master, retrospective collage collection, Erika King’s Evolution of Spirit displays iconic images of the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Statue of Liberty, Native Americans, angels and even Marilyn Monroe, through the use of familiar fragments of sheet music, stamps and torn foreign currency. Considering the collages a process of evolving spiritual moments, the ethereal paintings recall her fascination with the sky and cloud formations while traveling by air in 1965 to 2012. “The splashes of paint and connecting lines evoke energy and vibration waves which I feel unifies us all,” King said. “I take my time to focus on a fond, deep search for spirituality within each one.” Originally from Philadelphia, PA, King is a long-time Miami-based artist known for her corporate, commemorative and celebrity collages. She received formal training from L’Ecole de Beaux Art in Paris and has exhibited throughout Europe, Venezuela, New York City and San Francisco. Her corporate collages have been commissioned by American Express, Texaco, United Way, Anheuser Busch, Blockbuster Entertainment, AT&T Wireless, Nokia, Radio Shack and AIG, among many other Fortune 500 companies. Channeling similar self-exploration vibes, Meme Ferre debuts at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery next door, paintings with transcendent realities in her exhibition “Raw Energy/Energía Cruda.”

Combining colors of the Caribbean and the iconic mysticism of India, Ferre’s pieces transport the observer to separate experiences. Like the energies of the trade winds of the tropics, each abstracted brush stroke stirs up an intense, almost physical, force across the pieces colors. “In some not too distant future, we will all be sustained by the gathering of the wind emitted by energy and strokes of a paintbrush,” Ferre said. “These windy spirits, like distant drums, help us achieve a sustainable natural lifestyle, all using forces and energies as muses.” Ferre’s artwork currently can be found at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico and Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center in Key Biscayne. She has exhibited in London; New York City; Washington, DC; Brooklyn; Miami; Palm Beach; Venice; Ibiza, and Provincetown, also as has debuted performance art and installations at such events as the Miami International Film Festival and the Miami International Book Fair. Ferre received a BFA from the Pratt Institute and an MA from New York University. She is a Museum Educator of Art in Public Places for MiamiDade County. Both the Jim Hunter Gallery and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery are funded by proceeds from the annual Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Presenting special exhibitions throughout the year from their locations at Mayfair, both galleries are managed by the non-profit Coconut Grove Arts and Historical Association and serve as a hub for cultural activities in Coconut Grove. Since its inception in 1963, the association has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to students who attend fine arts programs in local schools. For more information about the Jim Hunter Gallery and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival Gallery, visit on line at <>.

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College professor moves with her family to Paris BY GISELLE-MARIE ROIG

Fresh on the heels of a difficult period in her life, New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James sold her house, took a sabbatical from her university job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. Paris In Love: A Memoir (Random House; on sale Apr. 3, 2012) chronicles Eloisa’s joyful year in one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow or cars to park, Eloisa revels in the everyday pleasures of Parisian life — discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another. She copes with her Italian husband’s notions of quality time; her two hilarious children, Anna and Luca, ages 11 and 15, as they navigate schools — not to mention puberty — in a foreign language, and her mother-in-law Marina’s raised eyebrow in the kitchen (even

Eloisa James (aka Mary Bly) (Photo credit Bryan Derballa)



as Marina overfeeds Milo, the family dog). Eloisa learns the beauty of time wasted, all the while documenting her life in snippets on Facebook and Twitter. These posts, which she says became “as ephemeral and trivial, as sweet and heedless as our days in Paris,” provide the spark for her memoir told through a series of captivating vignettes and longer

essays. Like flipping through a photo album of memories, Paris In Love invites the reader into the highs and lows of a most enchanting family, framed by la ville de l’amour. In Paris In Love, Eloisa explores: • Coping with her mother’s death and her own brush with cancer — Two weeks after her mother loses her battle with cancer, Eloisa is diagnosed with the same disease; in an effort to “capture the acute beauty of life,” Paris becomes her new destination. • Relishing the joys of Parisian cuisine — The culinary delights of Paris became a character in Eloisa’s memoir, as she eats up all the city has to offer, from delectable cheeses to the after-work baguettes that scatter the streets with crumbs. • Her favorite places to indulge in Paris — In her “Unofficial Guide” at the end of Paris in Love, Eloisa divulges where to find the best chocolate, buy the best fitting lingerie, and discover hidden gems in overlooked museums. • The secrets to Parisian chic — Impeccably, yet effortlessly, dressed women on the Metro provided daily sartorial inspiration for Eloisa as she learns that a trench and little Goyard go a long way. • Helping her children adjust to a foreign

city — Moving American-bred, Italianspeaking kids to France can be quite the challenge. Between Queen Bees, skiing trips, and Harry Potter, Eloisa helps her children find their way. • How living in Paris helped her love her body — After eating one too many baguettes and no longer being able to fit into her jeans, Eloisa takes up jogging; but when she’s the only one running on the streets, she decides to live life through a rosy haze of chocolate and lingerie. • How moving to Paris strengthened her family’s bond — Surrounded by people speaking another language, her family learns to listen to each other in a new way. Paris In Love is the yearlong journey of a woman finding herself in a new city, and a family finding each other. Mary Bly (aka Eloisa James) currently is a full professor and co-director of the creative writing program at Fordham University in New York City where she and her family now live. Paris in Love is her first work of nonfiction. Eloisa James will be speaking about and signing her book on Thursday, Apr. 19, 8 p.m., at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave. in Coral Gables.

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Community Association Beat

What are PUD & condo riders ...and how are they best used? BY MITCH DRIMMER, CAM Community Association Manager

Do you know what a rider in a PUD (Planned Unit Development) or a condominium contract is? Riders are a part of the ownership document when a unit is purchased in a community with a condominium or homeowner association. Riders give community associations the right to notify a bank when an owner has stopped paying dues, and subsequently gives the bank holding the unit mortgage the opportunity to pay the assessment, adding that cost to an existing unit loan. (This isn’t to say that the bank must pay but its fair warning that notice for unpaid fees allow banks to step in and do the appropriate thing). A typical rider language: “If Borrower does not pay condominium dues and assessments when due, then Lender may pay them. Any amounts disbursed by Lender under this paragraph F shall become additional debt of Borrower secured by the Security Instrument. Unless Borrower and Lender agree to other terms of payment, these amounts shall bear interest from the date of disbursement at the Note rate and shall be payable, with interest, upon notice from Lender to Borrower requesting payment.” Condominium or homeowner association members should think of riders in the same sense of premiums received from an insurance company. Should they fail to pay the premium, the policy would be canceled. Banks holding foreclosure papers will always pony up unit payments due an association to protect their collateral. If no payment is forthcoming, the community association can notify the bank as the unit’s

lender to provide a chance to pay up, just as if they were the agency collecting the insurance premium. However, the procedure to notify banks in this way is rarely used. The Florida Legislature could very easily use riders as a starting point to improve timely collections of units in default. Instead of trying to strip the associations from their rights to collect late fees, late interest, attorney and collection costs, the Legislature could simply utilize what statutes exist to require banks to cover the costs of maintaining the unit and protect their collateral. If the bank wants to postpone foreclosure, that’s their God-given right. Associations then would never really have to engage a collection company or attorney to recover their money, and banks would not have to try to strip associations from their rights to collect such costs. Backed by lots of powerful friends in Tallahassee, many banks have gotten away with non-payments that the association needs to maintain their fiscal budgets. While I don’t know what’s next in the politics of this issue, associations can and should move forward to take title to foreclosed units because the law is clear in that regard. Any association can still recover delinquent costs when banks seek formal property ownership. Associations can also intervene by taking title to monetize unit income through rental programs. They can notify banks of their intent to take action, just as PUD and condo riders say they can. Riders are there for a purpose. So why not use them? Mitch Drimmer is a licensed CAM and is the Vice President of Association Financial Services, an accredited collection agency, specialty finance, business process outsourcing, specializing in community associations. For more information, visit <> or tel. 305-677-0022, ext 804.

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Miami Heart & Stroke Ball raises funds for lifesaving research

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The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association conducted its 44th annual Miami Heart & Stroke Ball on Saturday, Mar. 10. The premier event brought together hundreds of Miami’s medical, social and philanthropic leaders at the Four Season’s Miami Hotel. This year’s co-chairmen included Michele Chulick of UHealth, Ian Pesses of Akerman Senterfitt, and George and Marla Bergmann of Bergmann Properties. The emcee was Maggie Newland from CBS4. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception prior to entering into the red-themed ballroom, where they dined on healthy culinary delights and listened to live music from Street Life Band. Guests were touched by a heartfelt testimonial from a woman whose husband died of heart disease and learned shortly after his death that their first child, Natalia, also has a heart defect. “Natalia Bee” took the stage and thanked all for their support. Attendees generously gave “open your heart” financial contributions that will go toward lifesaving research, education and community programs. During the special Cor Vitae Awards presentation, the organization honored two esteemed members of the Miami medical community with prestigious awards for their professional accomplishments in advancing the treatment and prevention of heart disease and stroke, which are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers, respectively, of American men and women. Dr. William O’Neill of the University of

Miami was the recipient of the Cor Vitae Award and Dr. Kathleen Schrank, also of the University of Miami, was the first female recipient of the Cor Vitae Stroke Award. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association presented the 2012 Dr. Sanford L. and Beatrice Ziff Big Heart Humanitarian Award to the Miami Marlins for their encouragement of physical activity and education among our youth. Other notable attendees included University of Miami president Donna Shalala, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez. The Signature Sponsor of the 2012 campaign is Dade Medical College. Other sponsors of the 2012 gala included: The Saul & Theresa Esman Foundation; UHealth – University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Florida Healthcare Plus Inc., and Siemens/MedLab. Media Sponsors are 790 AM The Ticket and Miami Magazine. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association will continue their aggressive efforts to combat these deadly diseases and celebrate future successes at the 2013 Miami Heart & Stroke Ball which will be led by Ernesto and Sylvia Perez of Dade Medical College. For more information about the event throughout the year, call 1-954- 492-6911. To learn more about the American Heart Association, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit <>.

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BCH slated to perform free corrective facial surgeries BY BARBARA MOORE

A child’s smile is one of the greatest joys of life. Unfortunately, one in 800 children in the United States is born with a facial deformity. For the 11th year, Baptist Children’s Hospital will donate its facilities and charitable funds to perform corrective facial surgeries and other clinically needed reconstructive procedures for South Florida children. These operations will be provided at no cost for children whose families are unable to pay for these types of services. A screening to identify children who may be candidates for surgery will take place on Saturday, May 19, at Baptist Children’s Hospital. The surgeries will take place on Saturday, June 16. Types of facial deformities that can be corrected include: cleft palates, cleft lips, scars, tumors, burns, port wine birthmarks and congenital hand deformities. Baptist Children’s Hospital doctors from various specialties, including plastic surgery, dentistry and anesthesiology, also will

donate their time and expertise for this cause. To be eligible, patients must meet certain surgical and financial criteria. Patients must be 18 years old or younger and residents of Miami-Dade County or Monroe County. They also must present documentation substantiating their parents’ or guardian’s previous 12 months gross income. A financial screening must take place before the clinical screening on May 19. To make an appointment for the financial screening, call Baptist Children’s Hospital at 786-596-3673. Baptist Children’s Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. It also includes Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute and Baptist Outpatient Services. For more information, visit online at <>.

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Heart of a Chef (HOAC): Eat j Play j Be Healthy Heart of a Chef is a unique culinary experience to take place on April 29 hosted by the Florida Heart Research Institute. This year’s event will be held at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden from 4pm-7pm. (Presenting sponsors Florida Blue and Whole Foods- other sponsors include Le Cordon Bleu, Total Wine, Miami Dade Health Department, Make Healthy Happen Miami, GOYA, HealthCorps, Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club). The event emphasis is on the prevention of childhood obesity along with educating people of all ages to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Through the festival we will show the community how to incorporate healthy options through fun activities. We will have food tastings, wine seminars, education seminars, chef cookoff’s (not sure who yet). We will have one cook- off between high school MAST Academy (Maritime Science Technology Academy) vs. Coral Gables Senior High. Also featured will be Short Chef For the past ten years Short Chef has been working with children of all ages in South Florida, helping them to understand the great importance of eating a healthy balanced diet. Short Chef is dedicated to helping create awareness in children about the dangers associated with consuming foods and beverages that can be harmful to their bodies. The staggering numbers of childhood obesity and diabetes in children is a serious problem impacting the world today, which has led Short Chef down his current path to empower children with this knowledge. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door)- adult ticket includes two children’s tickets. To purchase tickets visit Heart disease is the number one cause of death and disability in the U.S.

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Dr. Crowell takes care of the health and beauty of your skin BY NANCY EAGLETON

From acne to aging, skin rashes to skin cancer, Miami dermatologist Dr. Judith Crowell practices medical and aesthetic dermatology to effectively treat all skin conditions and help people look and feel their best. As we live longer and stay healthy longer, the skin may need a little help to look as young as our minds and bodies feel. Dr. Crowell specializes in topical, pharmaceutical, laser and surgical procedures to improve the look of skin at any age. Realizing that there is no one treatment that works for everyone, she and her medical team offer a variety of treatments designed to improve the appearance of aging skin, including chemical peels, exfoliation treatments, Botox, fillers and laser procedures. Dr. Crowell, named one of Florida’s top dermatologists, is one of only a few area dermatologists to offer HydraFacial, the newest advance in non-laser skin resurfacing. HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection in one treatment. “HydraFacial improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pores, tightens skin and gradually improves pigmentation,” said Dr. Crowell. “It takes 20 minutes, there’s no redness or downtime and after the treatment, the skin is glowing and smooth.” One of the most popular game-changers in the anti-aging fight is injectable botulinum toxin, otherwise known as Botox. “For frown lines on the brow and forehead, nothing beats Botox,” said Dr. Crowell. “It’s one of the best ways to look younger quickly. I do a lot of Botox and my patients have excellent results.” Dr. Crowell also offers injectable fillers to diminish the telltale signs of aging. Her favorite is Sculptra, which is made from poly-L-lactic acid and is the first injectable wrinkle treatment that helps replace lost collagen. With Sculptra, results appear gradually and are long-lasting. She describes Sculptra’s results as a mini-facelift, without the surgery, down-time and expense. “As you age, you lose fat and bone in your face and you get that hallowed look,” said Dr. Crowell. “The beauty of Sculptra is that it goes in places that other fillers cannot. It nicely plumps sunken areas of the face and gives you that look you achieve when you slightly pull the skin back at your ears.” Dr. Crowell offers a variety of lasers, which are effective treatments for neck and face wrinkles, dark circles under the eyes, blood vessels, vascular birthmarks, scars, unwanted tattoos and hair. Non-ablative lasers have the advantage of allowing



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Fairchild marking National Public Gardens Day with free admission


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patients to immediately return to daily affairs. Dr. Crowell said the CO2 laser remains the gold standard for resurfacing sun-damaged and deeply-wrinkled faces. Patients who choose the CO2 laser should plan on experiencing some downtime. “The results of this laser are excellent,” she said. “It redefines the face, resurfacing and tightening the skin.” Dr. Crowell’s team of aestheticians skillfully performs a variety of facials and skin tightening treatments to keep the face and body’s skin looking their best. “Choosing the best treatment depends on your goals, budget and the amount of downtime that fits your lifestyle,” said Dr. Crowell. “We offer a treatment to fit everyone’s needs.” Although cosmetic treatments continue to grow in popularity, Dr. Crowell spends much of her day practicing medical dermatology, treating diverse skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, warts, moles and skin cancer. Skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body and is curable if detected and treated in the early stages. If skin cancer is detected, Dr. Crowell has a surgeon onsite who is completing a Mohs surgery fellowship. Together, they ensure patients receive the highest quality care and achieve the best outcomes. Dr. Crowell and her team are located in Snapper Creek Plaza, 7800 SW 87 Ave. For more information, call 305-274-0221 or go to <>.

Take the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for free on May 11. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY MICHAEL GOODMAN

If you have not been or you are looking to return to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, plan to visit on National Public Gardens Day, Friday, May 11, to enjoy free admission. Held just two days before Mother’s Day, National Public Gardens Day is a national day of celebration that invites communities to explore the beauty of their local green spaces, while raising awareness of the important role public gardens play in promoting conservation, education and environmental preservation. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will mark this special day with free admission for everyone to enjoy its 83 acres of lush landscaping and admire the monumental sculptures of American artists Will Ryman and Dale Chihuly or simply sit on a bench and read a favorite book. As a special Mother’s Day treat, visitors also will enjoy a free native plant giveaway of many that were propagated at Fairchild’s nursery — while supplies last. Fairchild is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. National Public Gardens Day is a wonderful opportunity for school groups, families and thousands of visitors to explore and discover their local public garden, while learning about the garden’s commitment to education,

research and environmental stewardship. “National Public Gardens Day offers the perfect opportunity for Fairchild to expose its beautiful setting and showcase its amazing plant collections to South Florida residents and visitors of all ages,” said Carl Lewis, director of Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. “It’s a privilege to be a community resource that works to educate, enlighten and inspire the public to value green spaces and to recognize the importance of natural conservation.” A partnership between the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) and Rain Bird, the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, the 2012 National Public Gardens Day will showcase the contributions of public gardens with special events at many of the more than 500 North American public gardens. This annual recognition is supported by a national awareness campaign that includes broadcast public service announcements, media partnerships, local and national spokespeople, online contests and media tours all focused on communicating the importance of building sustainable environments through improved plant management and water conservation, education and community engagement. For more information on Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and National Public Gardens Day, visit online at <>.

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Watch for warning signs of child abuse, neglect BY CHRISTINA DAIGNEAULT

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a key time to reflect on the state of child abuse and what can be done to identify and prevent this injustice. Family Resource Center of South Florida (FRC), one of the state’s leading child welfare private, not-for-profit organizations, is educating the public about the warning signs to help empower the community to play an active role in child abuse prevention. To that end, FRC announces an important and timely campaign during the month of April. Florida continues to be hit hard by the continued recession, causing cases of child abuse to be on the rise. Recent data from Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the Miami-Dade region supports this. According to DCF, the number of investigations per month increased in 2011, with an average of 1,262 investigations per month, up from 1,046 per month in 2010. Moreover, the number of local children in out-of-home care jumped to 1,746 per month in 2011, in contrast to 1,298 in 2010. In light of this, FRC is working especially hard to bring this critical issue to the fore-

front of the community by empowering the public with the warning signs of child abuse and neglect as well as knowledge of the tollfree abuse hotline (1-800-96-ABUSE). The five most common types of abuse and what the signs to look for are: Physical Abuse — Child has unexplained burns, bites, bruises, welts or swelling, sprains or fractures, lacerations, abrasions or black eyes. Sexual Abuse — Child has difficulty walking or sitting; demonstrates bizarre, sophisticated, or unusual sexual knowledge or behavior; experiences nightmares, bedwetting or sudden change in appetite, bowel habits or urinary habits; experiences social withdrawal, anxiety or depression, and/or becomes pregnant or contracts a venereal disease, particularly if under age 14. Physical Neglect — Child is consistently dirty and has severe body odor; lacks sufficient clothing for the weather; begs or steals food or money; is frequently absent from school, and/or states that there is no one at home to provide care. Medical Neglect — Child has unattended medical or dental needs; lacks immunizations, or glasses; has an untreated psychological illness; has developmen-

tal delays, and/or is not receiving necessary medication for a chronic disease that can cause disability, disfigurement or death. Emotional Abuse — Child appears either overly compliant and passive or very demanding and aggressive; is inappropriately adult (parenting other children, for example) or inappropriately infantile (frequently rocking or head-banging, for example), and/or has low self-esteem, speech disorders, startles easily, depression or has attempted suicide. Parent constantly blames, belittles, or berates the child, is cold and rejecting, withholds love, treats siblings unequally, and/or is unconcerned about the child’s problems. Child Abuse Prevention Month is recognized throughout the month of April with various events taking place to educate the public in South Florida and across the nation about the prevalence of child abuse and what individuals can do to make a difference. The Miami Heat has teamed up with FRC for a fundraiser to support FRC’s work in this area. Specifically, a portion of proceeds from tickets sold for the Friday, Apr. 13, Miami Heat game vs. the Charlotte Bobcats

will be donated back to FRC. Tickets purchased through <> support the cause and include a discount code for friends, family, and guests. Dr. Oren Wunderman, executive director of Family Resource Center, discussed the agency’s commitment to reducing child abuse and neglect through the new education campaign. “This campaign is about engaging the community and raising awareness about the most obvious signs of child abuse as well as empowering people with action steps to make a difference,” Dr. Wunderman said. “The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal from their abuse and not perpetuate the cycle.” Family Resource Center provides child welfare and advocacy services to over 1,000 children annually in Miami-Dade. Approximately two-thirds of the children will be reunified with their parent(s), while one-third will become free for adoption. Family Resource Center works to respectfully treat, rehabilitate, and mentor troubled families through comprehensive, responsive care. Its goal is to keep families together, where appropriate, and strengthen loving ties to the family and the community.

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April 3 - 16, 2012

FIU breaks ground on Phase III: 1,500 race through Zoo Miami Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium raising $100,000 for homeless BY PAUL DODSON

Pete Garcia, FIU executive director for Sports and Entertainment, announced on Mar. 23 the start of construction on the third phase of Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium. The third phase will close in the north side of the stadium and is expected to be completed by Sept. 1. “The next phase in building Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium into one of the top facilities in college football has begun,” Garcia said. “This phase just further cements our commitment towards the development of the FIU football program. “We want to give our team and our fans the best possible gameday experience and turn Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium into a benchmark for stadiums across the nation. I am delighted that the university board of trustees, FIU president Mark B. Rosenberg and the university administration share our vision about the necessity and value of this facility, and I want to thank them for their support.” Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium opened its gates on Sept. 20, 2008. The stadium currently has a capacity of 18,000, featuring 1,500 club seats, a 6,438-squarefoot Stadium Club, an upper concourse and 19 premium suites. Seating includes both chair back and bench seating with backrests. “This is a real exciting time for our football program,” said FIU head football coach Mario Cristobal. “As you hear the sounds of construction going on and watch this stadium grow as we grow as a program, it truly adds a tremendous

amount of incentive each and every day as we step out onto the practice field to become a better program.” Adjacent to the stadium in the west end zone is the R. Kirk Landon Fieldhouse, which opened in the fall of 2009. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story facility is highlighted by a 14,000square-foot clear-span weight room that is used by all FIU student-athletes for strength and conditioning. “Athletics are an important part of the university experience and helps build alumni and community affinity,” Rosenberg said. “Today marks another step forward in the development of our increasingly competitive athletics program.” Recognizing the importance of FIU athletics, the university sought to advance its vision for the expanded stadium through the creation of the Stadium Campaign Task Force (SCTF). Established in the Fall of 2011, the SCTF is led by David Alfonso and R. Kirk Landon, who will spearhead the fundraising efforts for the expansion of the north side of the stadium, while providing oversight on the build-out. The creation of this task force serves as a critical fundraising catalyst. This year’s FIU Spring Game at Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium was scheduled on Friday, Mar. 30. FIU’s 2012 home opener will be on Saturday, Sept. 8, when the Panthers host the Akron Zips. For more information about FIU athletics visit online at <>. For more information about FIU, visit <>.

Chapman Partnership chair Trish Bell (center); her husband, Dan Bell (left), and Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill participate in a health fair offered at the RunWild 5K event on Feb. 11. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Chapman Partnership raised more than $100,000 to benefit its programs for the homeless during its annual RunWild 5K on Feb. 10 at Zoo Miami. Some 1,500 participated in the event. Cheerleaders from the Miami Heat and Robert Morgan Education Center, WSVN news anchor Diana Diaz, Zoo Miami communications director Ron Magill, and Miami-Dade Commissioner Sally Heyman primed the crowd of runners and walkers at the start line before they rushed into the zoo’s interior to music by the acclaimed Robert Morgan Band. Diaz and Chapman Partnership chair Trish

Bell greeted participants at the end of the race. The overall winner for the men’s category was Evan DeHart, 26, at 16.22 minutes. Guadalupe Merlos, 30, was the overall winner in the women’s category finishing in 19.32 minutes. Awards were presented to the top three finishers in each age category. Proceeds from the race benefit Chapman Partnership (formerly Community Partnership for Homeless). The organization helps the homeless put their lives back together with a comprehensive support program that includes emergency shelter, meals, health and dental care, day care, job training, job placement, and assistance with securing housing. To learn more about Chapman Partnership, visit

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United Way Miami Wine and Advice for getting through a divorce Food Festival, Apr. 18-21 BY DEBBIE MARTINEZ

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Presented by American Express, the United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival, Miami’s first and foremost charity wine and food festival, will take place Wednesday, Apr. 18, through Saturday, Apr. 21, at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Mary Brickell Village and Village of Merrick Park. Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7 winner, Chef Kevin Sbraga, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, will headline the Interactive Dinner on Friday, Apr. 20. Fontainebleau’s Executive Chef Thomas Connell, will direct an exclusive dinner during Cellar-bration on Saturday, Apr. 21. All proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade, supporting more than 120 programs in the areas of education, financial stability and health. For tickets, visit online at <> or call 1-877-820-3378. After its wildly successful debut in 2011, Brews & Bites Craft Beer Tasting returns as the opening event of this year’s festival on Wednesday, Apr. 18, sponsored by CBIZ. Guests will “tap” into 50 craft beers and micro-brews at dozens of tasting stations, with beers provided by Gold Coast Beverage and Brown Distributors, among others. Selections include: Cigar City Brewing, The Native Brewing Company, Palm, Boston Beer Company, Wynwood Brewing Co. and many more. Guests will pair their beers with food samples from 30 local restaurants, including Baru Urbano, Fado Irish Pub and Timo Restaurant. The VIP tasting begins at 6 p.m.; tickets are $75 per person. General admission begins at 7 p.m.; tickets are $55 per person. Brews & Bites takes place at Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave. On Thursday, Apr. 19, longtime festival partner, Village of Merrick Park will host Taste & Toast Fine Wine Tasting, sponsored by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. This outdoor fine wine tasting brings more than 65 wine producers and importers together for a grand display of more than 200 wines from around the world, with more than 35 area restaurants providing a culinary backdrop. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with wine producers and chefs, and share their experiences on Twitter for a

chance to win great prizes. Participating restaurants include: 1500º, Crave, Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Sawa Restaurant and Lounge, Wynwood Kitchen and Bar, among many others. Bacardi USA, 97.3 The Coast and Crave Restaurant will host a VIP Lounge during the tasting with special treats and surprises. The VIP tasting begins at 6 p.m.; tickets are $150 per person. General admission begins at 7 p.m., tickets are $75 per person. Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Ave. in Coral Gables. Friday, Apr. 20, Food, Friends & Fun – Interactive Dinner, sponsored by Bacardi USA, is the ultimate good time for foodies, where tables will team up to cook their own dinners under Chef Sbraga’s tutelage, with Johnson & Wales culinary students serving as sous chefs. The evening commences with a Bacardi cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. featuring Oakheart Spiced Rum. Venue magazine will host an exclusive lounge. WSVN 7’s Belkys Nerey will serve as the mistress of ceremonies for the Interactive Dinner, which begins at 7:30 p.m., and includes a live auction between courses and a silent auction throughout the evening. Tickets are $400 per person and $3,200 per table of eight. The Interactive Dinner takes place at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. The festival culminates on Saturday, Apr. 21, with its highlight event, Cellarbration – Good Food and Award-winning Wines, featuring an exclusive dinner under Chef Connell. This gastronomic experience will be inspired by the hotel’s signature restaurants Gotham Steak, Scarpetta and Hakkasan, featuring delectable and diverse cuisine — from modern steakhouse and refined Italian, to four-star haute Chinese. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy stunning auction lots, entertainment and gold medal-winning wines from the Best in Glass Wine Challenge. A cocktail reception and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m.; dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $250 per person and $2,500 per table of 10. Cellar-bration also takes place at the Fontainebleau, 4441 Collins Ave. in Miami Beach. For more information, visit online at <>.

My children want to leave pictures of my ex up in the house. Help, I can’t stand looking at them! I’m sure the impulse to use them as target practice is overwhelming so let’s try this. Let your children know they can keep whatever pictures they want of him and or the family in their room. If that doesn’t pass muster with them, pick out a couple of pictures that are less bothersome to you and put them in places that you won’t see them as often. FYI, the foyer table would not be a good place. I have always had a great relationship with my ex’s family before and after the divorce. It’s been four years and I’m sensing they are pulling away and when I voice my concern they make light of it. I don’t understand. Unfortunately, divorce separates families and in-laws are no exception. As difficult as it may sound, try not to take it personally. They could be getting pressure from your ex or they are just tired of trying to juggle the relationship. It’s not because they have stopped loving you, but when life situations change, sometimes relationships have to change with them. Maybe you can think of a way to restructure your relationship with them and then sit and be honest in your discussion. By you being proactive, they will feel the pressure has been lifted from them and you quite possibly will be able to maintain some type of relationship. Now that I’m divorced and the dust has settled, I’m overwhelmed with all the life changing decisions I’m faced with. Where do I even begin?

Where do you want to end up? Go from there. How are you going to reinvent yourself? Recognize that all things don’t have to be accomplished in one day or one month. Take one day at a time and pat yourself on the back at the end of the day for what you got done. Don’t focus on the few things that didn’t make it off your list. If you’ve been one that has always had your life planned out, accept that right now you might not know where you will be in four years. But, do one thing and that is to learn to enjoy the journey. What is Collaborative Divorce? I’ve heard the term before but don’t really understand what it is? Collaborative divorce is where the two parties agree not to litigate their divorce and work together. It is a non-adversarial approach. Each has their own attorney, but there is a joint accountant and a mental health professional present at the meetings. If at any time one party wants to litigate, the process is broken and the parties have to start from scratch with new attorneys. It is a great way to get divorced because it is a team approach and encourages the parties to work together and not against each other, which as we know, will draw the divorce process out unnecessarily.

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