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Mayor’s address focuses on parks, other successes BY GARY ALAN RUSE


he State of the Town address presented by Cutler Bay Mayor Ed MacDougall on Nov. 8 touched upon the many improvements to the town, its financial stability and future plans. During the 7 p.m. event, hosted by Mercedes Benz of Cutler Bay, Mayor MacDougall began by thanking MiamiDade Commissioner Lynda Bell for her work in reopening the South Dade Government Center so that residents can access many county services there He also thanked Pete Blackwell and his staff at Mercedes Benz for making their facility available for the address. MacDougall next recognized 52 citizens, past and present, who have contributed to the community, including the late John Cosgrove, the first mayor of Cutler Bay. The mayor stated that there had been many improvements to the town’s parks system during the past year, with more on the way. “Completion of the 50-acre Lakes by the Bay Park at no cost to Cutler Bay taxpayers is scheduled for December,” MacDougall said. “Initial work has already been completed on field construction for

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Autumn in the air at town’s Farmer’s Market Victoria Stefano, 3, is pictured enjoying the autumn weather during a recent Cutler Bay Farmer’s Market at Old Cutler Road and SW 87th Avenue. The Farmer’s Market is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday.

(Photo by Maria Stefano)

Town schedules bike ride, park dedication, Dec. 3 BY GARY ALAN RUSE

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Dec. 3. The Fifth Annual Cutler Bay Hometown Harvest Bike Ride begins at the new Lakes by the Bay Park, 8551 SW 216 St., with registration at 8 a.m. There is a Bike Safety Rodeo at 8:30 a.m. with a free bike helmet for the first 200 riders, and the Bike Ride starts at 9 a.m. For ages 10 and older the bike ride is a scenic 10-mile police-escorted ride through Black Point Marina and Cutler Bay. Helmets are required. My Gym will provide activities for children



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he Town of Cutler Bay will combine a traditional fall event with something new, and hopefully record-breaking, on Saturday

Artist’s rendering of the new Lakes by the Bay Park

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Cutler Bay residents honored for volunteering at Zoo Miami

Pictured are (l-r, front row) Commissioner Sally Heyman, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Kathy Medford, Ron Medford, Commissioner Joe Martinez, Mayor Carlos Gimenez; (back row) Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Commissioner Barbara Jordan, Commissioner Jean Monestime, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz and Commissioner Rebeca Sosa. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, along with commission chair Joe A. Martinez, Mayor Carlos Gimenez and members of the county commission began their Thursday, Nov. 3, meeting with a special presentation recognizing Ron and Kathy Medford for their outstanding service and ongoing commitment to volunteerism at Zoo Miami. Mr. and Mrs. Medford, retired residents of Cutler Bay, have volunteered more than 82,000 hours at Zoo Miami since 1997, never missing a day. They both have a passion for volunteering and a love for animals, and have managed to volunteer their time at

Zoo Miami seven days a week beginning each day as early as 6 a.m., rain or shine. The two have been married for nearly 50 years and have several animals of their own. Zoo spokesperson Ron Magill calls the Medfords “amazing.” “Ron and Kathy Medford are an inspiration to many and they really embody the spirit of community and volunteerism,” Commissioner Moss said. “September 2010-11 was the highest annual attendance in Zoo Miami’s history and I believe we can thank the Medfords for their role in this great achievement.” For more information on Zoo Miami’s events and attractions, visit the website at <>.

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Team Evangeline joins ‘Light the Night Walk’

Members of Team Evangeline from Cutler Bay pose together after the “Light the Night Walk” at Bayfront Park. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


The Nieves family and friends raised more than $7,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk” on Nov. 3 at Bayfront Park. Parents of Evangeline Nieves, Jason and Lisa, became involved in the not-forprofit organization after 5-year-old daughter Evangeline was diagnosed with leukemia last year. The family is doing

wonderfully thanks in part to an incredible outpouring of support from the Cutler Bay community. Mom Lisa is happy to report that Evangeline is in remission and her prognosis is excellent. “This fundraising is way beyond anything we could have imagined; the support has been tremendous,” Lisa said. “We are so grateful to everyone who made it possible. Thank you!”

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Meals, wheels and deals in Cutler Bay this month Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Networking! The Cutler Bay Business Association (CBBA) had their monthly meeting on Thursday, November 10 at the usual place, the Palmetto Bay Village Center, at 18001 Old Cutler Road. The luncheon this time was provided by Black Point Ocean Grill, known for its seafood, steaks, sandwiches and other goodies. By the way, they’re located at 24775 SW 87th Avenue if you’re visiting the marina of the same name. Besides a chance to get together and network, the CBBA also had a special Thanksgiving food drive to collect food or money to help 10 needy families in the area. Canned foods and cash donations to purchase gift cards from Publix or Winn Dixie were gathered at the meeting. That’s the spirit! For more info call CBBA President Cyndi Rogg at 305609-1096 or email her at

Got your ticket? That drawing in the charity raffle to benefit the Police Officer Assistance Trust takes place at noon on Friday November 18, with a MercedesBenz C-Class sedan the main prize. For information call Officer John McLaughlin of the Cutler Bay Police at 786-367-6491. Shoppers alert! Maggie Anzardo, marketing director at Southland Mall, tells us that the mall is having its third annual “Black Friday Balloon Drop” on Friday, November 25 at 8 a.m. The day after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally known as ‘Black Friday’ and hundreds of balloons filled with store coupon offers, movie passes and mall gift cards will descend from the rafters in three separate locations inside the mall: the Sears Wing, Center Court, and Macy’s Wing. New radio partner ESPN Deportes is sponsoring the event this year and will broadcast their morning shows live from the mall from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m., with radio personalities Joe Pujala, Ernesto Amador, Jorge Ebro, Veronica Paysse, and Jose del Valle on hand to greet fans. There will be interactive games for the kids, prize giveaways and more. Santa will be there too for photos. Southland Mall is located on South

Dixie Highway and SW 205th Street. Still looking! The town council is seeking applicants residing in areas one, two, and three to serve on the Charter Review Commission. Interested candidates ought to submit to the town clerk’s office a resume, statement describing their background and qualifications, and/or any other relevant information for the December regular council meeting, and make themselves available at the meeting in order to be considered for the appointment. Bring or mail documents to Office of the Town Clerk, 10720 Caribbean Boulevard, Suite 210, Cutler Bay, FL 33189, or email them to <> or <>. Call 305-234-4262 for more info. Southern Cross Astronomical Society urges you to bring friends to a free program Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in the CP145 Lecture Hall in FIU’s Physics Building (main campus). Accustomed to viewing outdoors overnight, expert SCAS skywatchers will guide you about the right equipment and items to bring, use and wear, and best repellants for insects & rep-

tiles. Park in the campus garage: SW 109 Avenue / SW 8 Street and follow the new signs to CP-145. Others are welcome to join the SCAS telescope team Saturdays at 8 p.m. at Bill Sadowski Park & Nature Center, SW 176 St., one-half mile west of Old Cutler Road. Groups (20+) should call 305-661-1375 or visit <>. To help Miami-Dade keep up the parks, a Trail Maintenance and Park Clean-Up scheduled for A.D. Barnes Park and Nature Center, 3401 SW 72 Ave from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 19. Individuals and civic groups are urged to pitch in. Details are available from Angie Gomez at 305-961-2761 or email her at <>. Thought for the Day: “Great people make others feel great. Small people make others feel small.” — Rick Warren

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three baseball/softball fields and two soccer/football fields that includes an underground drainage system, irrigation, lighting and fencing; a field center building including restrooms, concessions and storage; an exercise course; parking lot; landscaping and park amenities using county funding.” MacDougall mentioned the upcoming Dec. 3 attempt at a world record longest ribbon cutting at that park. “Bel-Aire Park improvements were completed, including the relocation, re-grading and re-sodding of the football field, new irrigation system, new sports field lighting, new bleachers and playground equipment,” the mayor said. MacDougall listed the improvements that had been completed at Saga Lake Park and Saga Bay Park, both of which now have greatly enhanced sports and recreational facilities as well as other amenities. He went on to mention other topics, including crime and energy. “A year-to-date comparison of June 2010 versus June 2011 shows that crime has been significantly reduced by 9 percent,” MacDougall said. “Cutler Bay received a State of Florida Energy Office grant to create an Economic Energy Zone Business Attraction Implementation Plan for green businesses. “We successfully completed the review process for FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) – Flood Insurance Discount Program which awarded the town a Class ‘6’ rating that resulted in all of the properties located in the Town’s Special Flood Hazard Area with a 20 percent insurance premium discount.” MacDougall also told of the renovation of the building that now houses the town council meetings and a new police headquarters. The mayor mentioned that Cutler Bay completed necessary actions to initiate the town’s membership in the Miami-Dade County League of Cities. The mayor told his audience that the town was awarded grants in FY 2010-11 totaling approximately $355,000 that have been budgeted for use in FY 2011-12 and include a

federal stimulus grant for lighting renovation at the Cutler Bay Town Center building, renewal of the grant for the Children’s Trust program and park improvements. “Additionally, approximately $17 million from the Board of County Commissioners’ Public Transportation Program (PTP) has been awarded to the town for roadway improvements to Caribbean Boulevard and Old Cutler Road,” he said. “The construction of the Old Cutler Road improvements will begin this month and the planning for the Caribbean Boulevard project began this year. Both roadway projects will increase safety, expedite traffic and beautify our town.” MacDougall stated that in FY 2010-11, the town committed approximately $10 million in park improvements, roads, storm water system, and upgrade of government facilities to support a sustainable economic development program for the area. “The town is also working with adjoining municipalities to implement the Green Corridor and PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) program. The intent of the PACE Program is to enable property owners to borrow money to buy solar panels, wind generators, insulation or shutters for their home.” The mayor pointed to the accomplishments in working with the school system to achieve the Cutler Bay High School and Cutler Bay Middle School changes many residents have wanted. On the budget side he mentioned the adjustments that have been made. “In the last three years of our economic downturn, the town has experienced a $3.5 million reduction in revenues,” MacDougall said. “We have nevertheless reduced our tax rate for this fiscal year while instituting many improvement projects. We are still in very good financial condition. “I am of the belief that with our school improvements, the PACE project and our efforts to improve our business friendly environment, property values will increase as the local economy improves.” The mayor closed his address by presenting long-time residents Barbara and Tom Condon with the town’s “Citizen of the Year Award.”

RIDE, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– under 10 and there will be refreshments for riders at Saga Bay Park, 7900 SW 205 St. Directions from Florida’s Turnpike and US 1: Head east on SW 216th Street (Exit 11 from the turnpike) through the Lakes by the Bay community to where SW 216th Street dead-ends at the park. Directions from SW 87th Avenue: Take 87th Avenue to SW 216th Street and head east on SW 216th Street into the park. The bike ride is followed at 11 a.m. by the Lakes by the Bay Park “Record Breaking”

Dedication Ceremony at 8551 SW 216 St. (behind the Dr. E.L. Whigham Elementary School). The park dedication will feature a free cookout, games and activities for the entire family and everyone is invited to join in the town’s attempt to break the record for the “World’s Longest Ribbon Cutting” as participants cut a four-and-a-half-mile ribbon to dedicate the new park. For more information call the Parks and Recreation Department at 305-238-4166.

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‘Black Friday Ballon Drop’ at Southland Mall, Nov. 25 BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Southland Mall presents its third annual “Black Friday Balloon Drop” on Friday, Nov. 25, at 8 a.m. The day after the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally known as “Black Friday.” On that day, hundreds of balloons filled with store coupon offers, movie passes and mall gift cards will descend from the rafters in three separate locations inside the mall: Sears Wing, Center Court, and Macy’s Wing. This year, the event will be sponsored by new radio partner ESPN Deportes, which will be broadcasting its morning shows live from the mall from 6 a.m. to noon. Come meet radio personalities Joe Pujala, Ernesto Amador, Jorge Ebro, Veronica Paysse, and Jose del Valle. Enjoy interactive games for the kids, prize giveaways and more. “Southland is excited to present its

third annual Black Friday Balloon Drop,” said Maggie Anzardo, marketing director at Southland Mall. “The Balloon Drop has become a tradition at the center and is held yearly on Black Friday, as a way of rewarding our shoppers during the holidays.” And don’t forget to visit Santa. Families are invited to bring their children to take photos with Santa from Nov. 18 through Dec. 24 in the Sears Wing at Southland Mall. Southland Mall, located on S. Dixie Highway (US1) at 205th Street in Cutler Bay, has more than 1 million square feet of gross leasable area. Southland houses over 100 specialty stores, including Macy’s, Sears, JCPenney, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Starbucks, a 16-Plex Regal Cinema and diverse Food Court. For more information about Southland Mall, go to <> or call 305-235-8880.

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Letter to the Editor Some inaccuracies in article about Publix land purchase To the Editor: I had a chance to read your article in yesterday’s paper (Cutler Bay News, Oct. 18) about Publix purchasing land in the potato fields. There were a few inaccuracies in the article that I’d like to share. If possible to make the corrections online, we’d appreciate that. Tony Diego is not a store manager as the article stated. He is a former Publix associate. Also, Publix has not purchased any land in the potato fields nor do we have an executed lease for that property. Our policy is that we do not comment of sites where there is not an executed lease. Therefore, I don’t have more to share other than we are always looking at new sites to grow our business. The important items needing correcting are that we did not purchase property and Tony is not a store manager. Moving forward, please don’t hesitate to contact me with your questions. I am glad to help when I can. Kim Jaeger, Media and Community Relations Manager Publix Supermarkets

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ALDI discount grocer to open Cutler Bay store on Nov. 17 BY LAUREN ACOSTA

more than 100 seasonal items. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to bring this store to Beginning Thursday, Nov. 17, ALDI will Cutler Bay,â&#x20AC;? said David Behm, Haines City offer grocery shoppers a smarter alternative Division vice president for ALDI. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As as the select assortment discount grocer important as price is, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only one way opens a new Cutler Bay store, located at to attract and keep shoppers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you have to 19650 S. Dixie Hwy. A Wednesday, Nov. have quality products. When people try our 16, ribbon cutting is scheduled at 10:45 ALDI select brands, they find out that inexa.m. with an open house, pensive can be great.â&#x20AC;? 1-4 p.m. The Haines City Just in time for Just in time for the Division has opened holiday season, ALDI 50 ALDI stores in the holiday season, nearly provides shoppers the Florida since September opportunity to switch 2008 and will continue to ALDI provides from national brands to expand in the area this high-quality ALDI year, bringing more low shoppers the exclusive brands, and prices and job opportunisave up to 50 percent. opportunity to ties to the state. Known for its premihas been able switch from national to â&#x20AC;&#x153;ALDI um ALDI select brands, expand in the area ALDI offers high-quality because shoppers recogbrands to grocery items at unbeatnize that they can stretch able prices. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no their grocery dollars furhigh-quality ALDI better time to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Switch & ther without giving up Saveâ&#x20AC;? with ALDI, where high-quality, brand comexclusive brands, parable grocery prodcustomers can get all the and save up ucts,â&#x20AC;? Behm said. holiday essentials for A model of efficiency, less, including everyto 50 percent. ALDI eliminates overthing from appetizers to head costs by offering main courses, side dishes and desserts, making holiday meals and smart, efficient practices that save shoppers money. ALDI also saves shoppers money family gatherings a success. Shoppers can fulfill the majority of their by keeping stores open during prime shopgrocery shopping needs at ALDI, where ping times. The new location will be open theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find more than 1,400 of the most from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through frequently purchased grocery items sold Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on under ALDI exclusive brands for up to 50 Sunday. ALDI accepts cash, debit and EBT cards. percent less than traditional supermarkets. A grocery retailer that has grown without ALDI conducts rigorous testing to ensure its exclusive brands meet or merger or acquisition, ALDI plans to open exceed the national brands on taste and more than 80 stores in 2011. For more information about ALDI, visit quality. During the holiday season, ALDI stores carry an additional lineup of online at <>.



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Mayor Edward MacDougall gets Rotary Club Leadership Award BY LEE STEPHENS



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The Rotary Club of Perrine-Cutler Ridge/ Palmetto Bay recently presented the 2011 South Dade Leadership Award to Cutler Bay Mayor Edward MacDougall. The Rotary Club established the South Dade Leadership Award in 1980 and it is presented to individuals who, through their outstanding business and professional conduct as well as community service, have most benefited South Dade County. Past recipients include Janet Reno, John Cosgrove, Dante Fascell, Eugene Flinn, Scott Silver and Jeb Bush.

Mayor MacDougall was chosen for the award for his dedication and leadership to the community. In addition to being the current mayor of the Town of Cutler Bay, he chaired the Cutler Bay Charter Committee, was vice chair of the Cutler Bay Municipal Advisory Committee, vice mayor of the town, a Miami-Dade County Police Officer, and a Vietnam Combat Veteran (U.S. Army). Also, he has been an active leader in the community, holding many leadership positions in business organizations, chambers, and others, as well as running a very successful business in the community.

Mayor MacDougall was chosen for the award for his dedication and leadership to the community.

Living Well, Being Well Expo Promotes East Ridge Retirement Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Unique Lifestyle was held in October. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Expo offers an opportunity to illustrate the eight dimensions of wellness that are part of the core services and values of the community,â&#x20AC;? said Director of Environmental Services Kenneth Gould, who spearheaded the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is geared to residents, families and friends and employees and seeks to inspire all to lead healthier and more sustainable lives.â&#x20AC;? The Expo offered educational literature and/or programs from a variety of representatives, focusing on each component of wellness. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Education is the first step in embracing change,â&#x20AC;? said Gould. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t simply tell someone what they should do. Our take-away tips and interactive demonstrations can easily be applied to all aspects of livingâ&#x20AC;?. Each person who attended the Expo was invited to bring something to be recycledâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;clothing, telephones, ink cartridges, glass, plastics and even aluminum foil baking dishesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and greeters from Miami Coral Park Senior High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit collected and classified the items. Physical wellness was demonstrated with interactive Wii Bowling and Tai Chi exercising along with gardening tips from the University of Florida IFAS Extension. Emotional Resident Marty McLaren; Director of Environmental Services Kenneth Gould; East Ridge and spiritual wellness was illusresident and Secretary of the East Ridge Board of Directors Carolyn Garwood; Resident trated by a presentation on relaxand Chair of the East Ridge Retirement Town Hall Barbara Sims; Executive Director Vic- ation and meditation by Dr. toria Duvall and Human Resources Director Damaris Navarro at the Living Well, Being Stephanie Carter and reiki massage Well Expo held recently at the life care community in South Miami. demonstrations.

East Ridge Retirement Village stands apart from many senior living communities in that residents and employees embrace wellness as an integral part of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle. This emphasis on wellness is carried out in innovative programs incorporating eight principals of wellness: intellectual, vocational, social, spiritual, physical, emotional, environment and health services. In every aspect of community living, there is one or more of the eight principals encompassed in order to ensure successful aging. Since 2011 marks East Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 50th anniversary, special focus has been on initiatives that are forward thinking and related to the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. An example is the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2011 Living Well, Being Well Expo which


East Ridge resident Nancy Fehr visits the Social Wellness exhibit to receive information from the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lifestyle department staff: Virginia Duggan and Marla Gonzalez. â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

Vocational and intellectual wellness was represented by volunteers from the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden club and special interest groups such as woodworking and crafts as well the varied resident and employee committees which contribute to the Village spirit de corps. Miami-Dade College representatives also provided information about its Continuing Care & Professional Development program. Environmental wellness was demonstrated by the various companies that provide green cleaning products and recycling efforts as well as the many initiatives untaken by the community to conserve energy and recycling including the thrift shop and planting of Florida native plants. Social wellness which recognizes the need for leisure and recreation offered a laughter therapy session along with information about the many social activities which are part of the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s calendar of events and entertainment throughout the day.

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Health wellness offered blood pressure testing and massages to a wealth of information including vision, audiology, and home health services to asthma and diabetics education. More than thirty vendors and exhibitors participated throughout the day and there was live entertainment and healthy refreshments. East Ridge resident Bernice Christensen captured the sentiments of fellow residents, employees, vendors and guests when she stated, â&#x20AC;&#x153;this Expo has been a big successâ&#x20AC;?.

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

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

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

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American Orchid Society moves to Fairchild Garden BY VANESSA VIADERO

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

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

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

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

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

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Holiday Giving: A Tradition for Tonkinson Financial

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

choices. During this Thanksgiving season, the Tonkinson share their blessings in numerous ways, including support for community projects, arts and culture as well as education, health care and social services programs. For those who have the ability to do the same, theirs is a good example to follow. Tonkinson is also available on a pro bono basis to give workshops for employees and others who need even the most basic help, from learning to balance a check book to more complicated financial matters. Rick Tonkinson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Practitioner who started his first job as a paperboy at age 12. Rick Tonkinson and his family focus on the financial planning needs of working people. Tonkinson Financial Inc. is located at 2398 South Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL. 305-858-1628 Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Fixed insurance products and services offered by Tonkinson Financial Inc. are separate and unrelated to Commonwealth.

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NEWS, from previous page be on site with additional fun games and activities. The adorable Elf Magic mascots, Jingle & Jangle, will be on hand visiting with Santa at Dadeland Mall on one of their many “Elfcapades.” Join in on the fun and learn more about their tradition, where the Elves magically visit children during the Christmas season and return with Santa to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to help deliver presents. For more information about Elf Magic, please visit online at <>. MIAMI CHILDREN’S CHORUS PRESENT ANNUAL HOLIDAY CONCERT, DEC. 11 Join the members of the Miami Children’s Chorus as they present their annual holiday concert, “Voices of Angels,” on Dec. 11, at the First United Methodist Church, 536 Coral Way. Audiences will have the opportunity to witness the artistry and purpose of all three Miami Children’s Chorus ensembles as they perform many of our holiday favorites. Musical selections span a wide range of genres and represent many cultures as the choir aims to depict the immense cultural diversity

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Fall in love with Romanza Trattoria BY NANCY EAGLETON

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

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

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

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Spanish Monastery to become Irish monastery for Christmas BY ERIN ASHLEY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s in your head Regain Control of Your Weight Today!

Gaining control of your diet begins in your head. Dr. Mario Cuervo is a board-certified psychiatrist who became interested in self-esteem issues related to weight and nutrition. His thirty year background in psychiatry allows him to identify barriers preventing patients from achieving good health. Our approach often works when others don’t! HCG Protocol 26 day or 43 day weight loss plan

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T-Ball, Softball and Baseball, a season just for the fun of it!

Our 50th year as your community’s #1 not-for-profit league. Open to Boys & Girls ages 4 to 18

Meet the League officials at open registration Suniland Park • Saturday, November 19 10:00 am - 2:00 pm • Sunday, November 27 11:00 am - 3:00 pm Register online or get more info at (Registration Ends Nov 30th) * WARNING! Playing ball this winter may significantly reduce your time on the computer. The Surgeon General has determined that mixing kids and sports may result in fun and good health.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hammocks Middle School 2nd Annual Carnival and Craft Festival

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Moreno elected to chair Young Farmer and Rancher Group

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

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

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

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Do you or someone you know have Rosacea? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 years or older that suffer from Rosacea “Redness on forehead, cheeks, and nose with acne type lesions on your face” to participate in a four [4] study-visit clinical research study. Medical Insurance is not required for study participation. Qualified participants will receive: • Evaluation by a Board Certified Dermatologist. • Investigational Study Medication or placebo at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $200.00.

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

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

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Marco Drugs & Compounding is located at 6627 South Dixie Highway, Tel: 305-665-4411 • Fax: 305-663-3258 <> This article is intended to provide information on health-related matters. The ideas expressed cannot be used to diagnose or treat individual health problems and should not be taken as medical advice or instruction.

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

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

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

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Theme cruises to Caribbean extend the baseball season BY JULIANNE CARELLI

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

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

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

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

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

hotspot, MP3 players and a variety of external media. Focus offers a wide range of smart technologies, including active park assist, HD Radio with iTunes Tagging, rear-view camera, Intelligent Access with push-button start and Wi-Fi access. Starting price on the 2012 Ford Focus is $17,295. Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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Fine Wine & Italian Cuisine EARLY DINNER SPECIAL AVAILABLE UNTIL 6:30 PM Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine with your meal Since opening in 2005, Caffe Portofino has been a superb addition to the South Florida scene. Our cuisine reflects the diversity of South Florida by introducing an International fusion with an Italian zest and a touch of Caribbean flavors. Here you will taste and experience South Florida’s eclectic style. Our haute cuisine is sure to please any palate and our friendly service will provide the ultimate dining experience. We are sure you will enjoy your visit to Caffe Portofino.

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