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One connection at a time HEALTH CARE CORNER BY NELSON PEÑALVER

Chairman Doral Business Council

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s many of you have seen, the Doral Business Council has adopted a new theme for the DBC: “Growing Together…One Connection at a Time.” This new theme is not just another slick tagline. It defines the vision of a deeply-committed group of individuals, working together to create a thriving business community, which promotes growth and opportunity for our members, and the business community of the City of Doral. ‘One connection at a time’ describes the process by which we develop relationships and expand the network of contacts. Beyond the resulting direct or business relationships, we get to know the person behind the business. From a business perspective, it allows the members and partners to share information about the services each brings to the marketplace. At this point in the process, the members should have achieved a comfortable level of confidence to partner, showcase and recommend member companies when someone in the community is in need of a product or service. With this in mind, the DBC has launched a program called “BUY DBC FIRST”. I am excited about this initiative because it will become the main conduit by which our organization, its members and our community will engage in conducting business with people we all know and trust. Please give it the opportunity to work and make it happen. Next time you are looking for a product or service, remember to “Buy DBC First.” Visit our web site and look for the member who can work with you. Another aspect of ‘One connection at a time’ is partnering with external business and community organizations in

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DBC Gathers at Trump Doral Golf Resort for April Breakfast Meeting

Babies, Parents Unite with Caregivers at KRMC

BY PETER JUDE, Public Relations & Marketing Director Kendall Regional Medical Center

At Kendall Regional Medical Center doctors, nurses and staff celebrated with hundreds of family members on April 27 as they were reunited at the hospital’s annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion. Many stories and photos were shared on how the babies had grown

Seen here at DBC Breakfast at Trump Doral Golf and Country Club are Rene Negron, AXA Advisors; with Yvette Crichlow, David Lotker, of Miami Dade College. Happy reunions at KRMC

Mark Trowbridge, President/CEO Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce; Guest speaker WilliamTalbert, Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; with Doral Business Council Chairman, Nelson Peñalver at DBC April Signature Breakfast. Story and pictures on page 7

since they were patients at the hospital’s specialized Level II NICU. Since the opening of the NICU just over three years ago, there have been nearly 600 babies treated in the state-ofthe-art unit of the hospital. “This event also allows us to demonstrate our gratitude to our amazing doctors, nurses and staff that cared for these children when they were first born and needed highly specialized medical treatment,” said Claudiane Recio, R.N., Director of Women & Children’s Services. “This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to see how the children have grown and share stories about their precious milestones of life after their initial medical challenges.”

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Soccer 5 Kids Academy program comes to three Miami-Dade parks BY EDITH TORRES

Soccer 5 Academy Mini Soccer Program, also referred to as small sided soccer, makes its South Florida debut at three popular Miami-Dade County-owned parks — Tropical Park, located at 7900 SW 40 St.; Kendall Soccer Park, 8011 SW 127 Ave., and Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 St. in Hialeah. Headed by Soccer 5’s director of coaching development Alan Georgeson, who has over 15 years of experience in Europe in mini/small sided soccer, kids ages 3-12 will learn about the history of mini soccer, the basics of how to play, reasons why mini soccer is the preferred form of soccer play for kids, youth, and even adults, and will have the opportunity to play in 3v3 up to 7v7 matches to gain long-lasting experience in the sport. Until now, mini soccer in parks only was available at Kendall Soccer Park. With its recent grand opening of Soccer 5 Tropical Park and its third location at Amelia Earhart Park, mini/small sided soccer now will be available across the county, providing a greater opportunity for children and families to access the proper 4G turf game fields specifically designed for “5v5,” “6v6” and “7v7” games, that until now were difficult to come by. With smaller fields on which to play, mini soccer is much easier for young children or children who have never played to learn the sport. In addition, mini soccer is designed for competitive play against less number of players, providing more opportunity for pick-up games, as well as more opportunity to play the ball making mini soccer popular with older players too. Soccer 5 Tropical Park is open Monday

through Friday, 3 p.m.-midnight, and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight, providing Soccer 5 Academy programs, team programs, and summer, winter, and spring-break camps. For more information or to register for the program, visit <www.miamisoccer5.com>. “I cannot thank Miami-Dade Parks and our Soccer 5 coaching staff enough for making our dream of developing small sided soccer for kids in the Greater Miami area a reality,” said Alan Georgeson, Soccer 5 Miami director of Kids Soccer Development. “It is an exciting time for us at Soccer 5 as we continue to expand our Kids Academy in South Florida built on the success of our public/private partnership with Miami-Dade Parks and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade,” he added. “The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is delighted to partner with The Soccer 5 vision to provide an outstanding experience for this community through soccer,” said Allison Diego, director of Business Development, Fundraising and Advocacy for Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department. “We are happy to be a part of this important child sports development,” she added. Soccer 5 USA is the evolution of 5v5 soccer in the USA, a game for all ages and skill levels for all who play soccer, talk soccer, and shop soccer. Its mission is to promote the game of soccer in every city around the USA via its platform of Soccer 5 USA operations, Soccer 5 live video and forums, the Soccer 5 Academy and a Soccer 5 shop powered by passion! For more information on Soccer 5 USA, contact Scott Georgeson, president, US Soccer 5 LLC, at 1-888-575-2976.

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In addition, each day at the park in May a “Mom of the Day” will be selected ranMiami Seaquarium honors and cele- domly and given a special prize pack. “Mother’s May is our way of recognizbrates Mother’s Day by turning it into a ing and honoring all moms,” said Andrew month-long celebration — Mother’s May. Moms are encouraged to go to Hertz, general manager at Miami <www.miamiseaquarium.com/momsmont Seaquarium. “We want to help you make mom feel extra special. This is h> and “enter to win” prizes our way of saying ‘thank you’ and register to receive an In addition, for everything moms do.” admission discount coupon. Miami Seaquarium, South Prizes include: First prize — each day at the Florida’s most popular tourist a day of animal interactions park in May a attraction, is a family-oriented for mom and three family marine-life park open to the members; second prize — a “Mom of the public 365 days a year. The hands-on VIP tour for mom Day” will be park provides visitors with a and three family members; greater understanding and third prize — four annual selected appreciation for marine life passes to Miami Seaquarium. randomly and through shows, presentations Every mom who registers and marine-life exhibits. online will receive a coupon given a spp ecial General admission to Miami for 30 percent off admission prize pack. Seaquarium is $39.95 and for her and her family (up to $29.95 for children (ages 3-9). six guests) to visit all the animal moms at the park during the month of More information on Miami Seaquarium is May. This discount offer is available only available online at <www.miamiseaquarium.com>. for Florida residents.

Treat mother to delicious day out at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden BY BROOKE LEMAIRE

Treat mom to a decadent and delicious day at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., in the Garden House at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd. in Coral Gables. Delight in the flavors of Europe with this year’s menu theme, “A Taste of Italy.” Travel through the Eternal City with dishes like Chianti-laced rosemary roast beef, roasted Tuscan vegetables, fresh baked focaccia and more at the Savory Station. Enjoy classic brunch items with an Italian

twist, including cornetto pastries, ricotta coffee cake and sweet Italian sausage at the Breakfast Station. Complement the main course with tre colore, Caesar and caprese salads. The whole family will love the Dessert Station complete with a gelato bar, mini cannoli and baked biscotti. Brunch is $55 per adult, $27.50 per child 5-12 years old, and free for children 4 and under. Service charge and Florida sales tax apply. See the full menu for more details. For reservations, please call 305-256-8399. Visit the Mother’s Day Brunch webpage at <www.fairchildgarden.org>.


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ONE CONNECTION from front page ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––— South Florida that can help DBC grow and, at the same time, provide our members with better services and programs throughout the year. I believe these high-level alliances will have a profound impact on the DBC, not only in terms of visibility, but in accessing areas of our community with the resources and personalities that play a vital role in the development of the economic activity in Miami-Dade County. This is a key component of our growth strategy, and, with this in mind, we have been working hard in making the right contacts and emphasizing the benefits and opportunities of the DBC. Proof of that is the recent meeting we held with the Beacon Council, to involve the DBC in its program, “One Community, One Goal.” We have also participated in our first joint event last month with the Coral

Gables Chamber of Commerce that is lending us an incredible deal of support. Also, The Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber, in conjunction with the Overseas Chinese Affairs Commission of Taiwan, has provided us with the opportunity to host the Fourth Annual Overseas Chinese Gala on Saturday, May 18, celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at the classy Intercontinental at Doral. This will be a truly unique and elegant event, and we encourage you to visit our web site for more information. There are many more projects in the works, and I will be providing you more details during the next few weeks. As you can see, we are working nonstop to take the DBC to the next level, strengthening its foundation and ensuring its permanency for years to come. Please stay tuned… There is no doubt; this is the year for the DBC!

HEALTH CARE CORNER from front page –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––—–––––– In July 2013, the hospital will open its new five- bed Level III NICU, which will further enhance the level of care for newborns. This addition to The Women & Children’s Services is another commitment to the community by the hospital, as last July the hospital established pediatric intensive care services, as well as a burn unit for both children & adults. KRMC is a 412-bed, full-service hospital providing 24-hour comprehensive medical, level II trauma, burn (adult & pediatric), surgical, behavioral health, pediatric and diagnostic services, along with a wide range of patient and community services. The Center has been honored nationally with prestigious awards and accolades, including: HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital (Top 5%) for Clinical Excellence; The Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center; Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, recognized by US News and World Report for receiving The American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award; The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer” on key quality measures, and most recently by Truven Health Analytics

Happy reunion for kids, parents at KRMC.

as one of 100 Top Hospitals (for the eighth year). For further information, call (305) 2222200, or visit www.kendallmed.com.

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Adonel Concrete Hires Controller Adonel Concrete has was also former controller at named Jose Rodriguez its the Fort Lauderdale office of controller, according to an Highland Capital, a commerannouncement by Luis cial real estate management Garcia, president. company. Rodriguez brings more Rodriguez earned a masthan 20 years of financial terâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in Business management and reporting Administration and experience in residential Accounting from Barry and commercial property University and a bachelorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s management and corporate degree in Finance from development to the posiFlorida International tion. University. Jose Rodriguez He will be responsible Founded in 1984, Adonel for all financial and Concrete currently has a total accounting functions of the company of 11 concrete plants: four in Miami-Dade including cash management, financial County, one in Broward County, two in reporting, payables, budgeting and internal Palm Beach County, two in St. Lucie controls. County and two in Haiti, totaling more than Previously controller at Universal 210 employees and a fleet of 120 trucks. Realty Management, a Hollywood-based For more information on Adonel Concrete, property management office, Rodriguez visit <www.adonelconcrete.com>


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DBC Gathers at Trump Doral Golf Resort for April Breakfast Meeting The Doral Business Council welcomed William Talbert, President/CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, to its Signature Breakfast on April 9. As seen in these photos, more than 150 enjoyed the event at Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s Grand Ballroom. Next Signature Breakfast at Doral Resort: : 8 a.m., Tues., May 14 marking a “Celebration of World Trade Month” with Augie Picado, Vice President of Marketing for UPS American Region as speaker. Wendy Kallergis, President/CEO, GMBHA; William Talbert, CEO, GMCVB

Marriott Vacation Club Table Sponsors, Gus Escobar, Sherrie Gordash and Martin Francesqui.

Table Sponsors Regions Security Services, Pablo City of Doral Councilwoman Christi Fraga, Ana The Miami New Times’ Amarilys Sanchez, Alexis Doral Councilwomen Ana Maria Rodriguez, Bettina Hedman, AFLAC. Guillen, Don Farrell. Maldonado and Carlos Rivero Jr. Rodriguez – Aguilera.

Peter Jude, Kendall Regional Medical Center (DBC Board); Carlos Gimenez Jr.; Joseph Calhoun, Alhambra Investments; Jason Timmons, Great Florida Ryan Moore, NuView IRA; Gus Escobar, Marriott Vacation William Talbert; Doral Councilwomen Christie Fraga, Ana Maria Rodriguez; Nelson Club. Bank (DBC Board); Jason Oliver, Ralph Perez, Alhambra Investments. Penalver, DBC Board Chairman.

Maria de Los Angeles, Mexican Tourism Board; Ana Hedman, AFLAC; Alejandro Parra, Global Cargo Alliance; Nubielena Medina-Gomez, NMG Consulting (DBC Founding Member)

Raul Pino, Marriott’s Villas at Doral with guest.

President/CEO William Talbert, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, presents the Keynote Address

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Trouble in paradise as residents challenge Board management of Doral Isles BY RAQUEL GARCIA From the squabbles at City Hall between the newly-elected mayor and his maverick city manager, to neighbors waging war against Donald Trump’s latest construction project; the community of Doral Isles is no exception to the growing pains of a young municipality. Accusations of festering projects, clandestine meetings, unapproved transfers of monies and an intentional silencing of resident’s concerns have motivated a group of homeowners to launch a movement: “For a Better Doral Isles.” They hope to oust longtime Doral Isles Board of Directors Chair Maria Alvarez and some fellow board members perceived as cronies to bring in new leadership. “We don’t have Board meetings anymore,” said nine-year resident and economist Felipe Pedrosa. “When I was treasurer of the Board in 2003, we had regularlyscheduled monthly meetings, but the law says ‘best practice,’ so they get away with it. We used to have a lively sharing of opinions as part of the democratic process. Now we have Board of Directors making decisions by email.” The 430-acre lakeside residential development was established in 1997. In this sprawling lush wonderland of tropical landscaping set among 13 connecting property islands or isles with names like Martinique, Antigua and Antilles, the average home cost is about $1.5 million. The state-of-the-art Island Club, pool, gym, cafes and meeting rooms are paradise’s center stage. Alvarez was originally appointed to a Board vacancy in 2008, and the following year won re-election. She has been president for the past two years. Alvarez initially declined, then agreed to an interview with Community Newspapers. After speaking on some of the more controversial issues, she said she preferred to not officially comment for the story. “A lack of regularly-scheduled meetings poorly announced” is just one of the problems, according to incensed neighbors. The outdoor poolside restaurant Patio Café renovations were completed more than a year ago to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars – money that was extracted from the approximately $8 million annual Board budget. The remodeled restaurant sits vacant by the pool. Dominique Birba is a 12-year resident and engineer selected to serve on the tennis committee in January 2012. The approximately $300,000 investment proposal for courts began with six months of weekly scheduled meetings.

For A Better Doral Isles community movement members from left to right: Ruben and Cielo Vinasco, Maria Huston, Jaime Vela, Graciela Rodriguez, Felipe Pedrosa, Saskia De Oliveira, and Dominique Birba.

“After the last Board elections, we were told we were an ad hoc committee – that the architectural committee will now assume the project, and we were all dismissed,” said Birba. Birba sees this as a trend of Alvarez’s leadership style. When Birba and fellow community activists formed a neighborhood crime watch to address a spike in robberies – 55 reported in most recent annual figures – she claims they were relegated as troublemakers and prevented from using country club meeting rooms to organize. The Doral Police chief and mayor celebrated the neighbors’ efforts to combat crime in an April 13 El Nuevo Herald story. Graciela Rodriguez and her husband purchased their property three years ago, although her name is not officially on the deed. Although she says she was able to vote by proxy in the last several elections, she was recently denied admittance to a Board meeting. “It was like they closed the door to me on my own house,” said Rodriguez. “What made me so indignant is that they took my votes in the past and now they wouldn’t let me sit in on a meeting. She (Alvarez) doesn’t let people speak who are not going to speak in favor of her. If we don’t agree, we are not allowed to speak.” Residents like Ruben Vinasco have

gone to such lengths as to send certified letters requesting official Board back-up materials. In response to recreational field access for youth inquiries, Vinasco received letters from Doral Isles Community Association General Manager Gary Fiegler. Neighbors like Vinasco claim when they send such letters for information, they receive the same response stating in part: “there is no requirement under Florida law for the Association to provide a written response to inquiries from a homeowner under Chapter 720 of the Florida Statutes; the Association is only obligated to respond to a request where a homeowner requests an opportunity to inspect official records of the Association.” Residents complain the inspection release forms process is intimidating and complicated. Since former Board member and now two-time president Alvarez has led the Board, residents like Saskia De Oliveira say the six committees that were in existence, including the Securities and Grievances Committee she helped form, have been disbanded and only two reincarnated committees remain active. “This is about transparency, democracy and community,” said De Oliveira. “We are looking for more volunteers to join us and get involved. We simply want to work together to make things better for every-

body.” Alvarez and Fiegler chose to not go on record for this story. Doral Isles Board attorney Michael Foelster of Sachs Sax Caplan, P.L., did go on record to say that more resources would be needed to respond to inquiries for detailed records from Board management. “Anyone that has an interest in the budget and would be a member of the association has the right to the information,” Foelster said. “What’s been happening is you have quasi-tenant residents pounding the association for information to the point where the association has limited resources. They are sending us voluminous report requests that cost money to respond to and we have a fiduciary responsibility to our members.” Foelster said the neighborhood crime watch was not supported because the group originally referred to themselves as “vigilantes.” “There are claims they are inappropriately targeting certain minorities. The Board made a business decision that it is not in the association’s best interests to sanction a group taking vigilante action. The HOA could be liable,” he said. Foelster also said negotiations are underway for project managers at the Patio Café restaurant and for the tennis courts proposal.


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Miami Christian School Students, Alumni Shine! MIAMI CHRISTIAN

UPDATE BY GLORIA BURNS The 23rd Annual ISSF Star Luncheon in which top students from 70 accredited private schools are recognized by the Independent Schools of South Florida drew a crowd of more than 800 individuals, including three MCS students. Nina Beam (Grade 5), Justin Marono (Grade 8) and Andre Bergouignan (Grade 12) were among those receiving medals for setting an example for others, whether in home, school or community.

Top students (l-r) Nina Beam, Andre Bergouignan, Justin Marono.

Those honored at the annual event at the Doubletree on April 17, typically excel in one or more of areas: academics, community service, citizenship, fine arts, athletics, student activities, perseverance, effort, dedication, commitment to positive goals, improvement in performance and attitude.

Also recently receiving special honors were several first grade students who entered the Youth Fair poster competitions and won either a Second Place ribbon and a $3 check or a First Place ribbon and a $4 check. Winning students who drew their interpretation of Fun at the Youth Fair included Anthony Barcelo, Zoe Campos, Nathan Hernandez, Zack Lembert, Yaneiliz, Austin Ocana, Josh Ortet and Angelin Vazquez. In alumni news, Chrissy Stachl (‘09) joins a long list of outstanding graduates. Now in her fourth year at the University of Washington in Seattle on a Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship covering all study costs for five years, she is pursuing a double major in Neuro biology and Chemistry. Invited by Yale University for an all-expense paid six-week Summer Medical and Dental Educational Program during the summer of her freshman year, Stachl participated in an introductory program and shad- Chrissy Stachl, outstandowed personnel. ing ’09 alumna. The Millennium Scholarship also paid for a six-week program in Florence, Italy where she completed a 5 credit course in drawing and bookmaking to complete an Arts requirement for graduation. The summer of her Sophomore year, Stachl was invited to Harvard University’s STAR program, an all-expense paid eight week venture, where she worked on cancer research and shadowed medical personnel. Stachl’s Junior year took her to the University of Edinburgh where she studied chemistry, history and neuro-

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entry must be an original concept, design and execution in any of seven mediums, all to be collected in a District area for expertly judging of winning pieces sent to Washington DC on behalf of Congressman Mario DiazBalart’s District to be displayed for a year in the Cannon Tunnel, leading to the US Capitol building.. Naomi entered a photograph and Christopher, entered a drawing. Finally, Miami Christian will host its first “Community Vendor/Yard Sale” on Saturday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 3 pm. This promises to be a fun event and everyone is invited to enjoy a day of music, food, activities, and great selections from local vendors. Those interested in reserving space for a donation of $25 should call Woody Gentry at 305-221-7754 at ext. 741 for information. Bring your own table/ tent to sell anything (excepting food) and have fun to start your summer!

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DBC International Committee Addresses World Trade Month BY EFRAIN SORA, Chair International Committee The Doral Business Council’s International Committee is proud to sponsor World Trade Month activities during the month of May, including the DBC’s “Signature Breakfast” on May 14 at 7:30 a.m. , at the Doral Spa & Resort. The event to be hosted by Ken Roberts, CEO of World City, will feature

Augie Picado, UPS Vice President of Marketing for the Americas Region, as Keynote Speaker. The International Committee will also sponsor the “Majestic Banquet” in partnership with Doral Overseas Chinese Business Chamber, Saturday, May 18, at the Intercontinental Doral. Everyone is invited to attend. You may RSVP at 305-470-9597 or at <www.doralbusiness.com>.

DBC Key to Success: Ambassador Committee The focus of Doral Business Council Ambassadors is on the acquisition and retention of both new and current members through outreach and personal contact as well as participation and education of DBC membership benefits. Ambassadors also act as table hosts and greeters at the monthly Signature Breakfast and at other DBC networking

events. Co-Chairs for the Ambassadors Committee are Carlos Rivero and Pat Morgan. Please feel free to contact a member of this elite team so you can make that “ONE CONNECTION” to ‘make your business grow.’ For more information, contact the DBC Office or Email <crivero@RegionsSecurity.us>.

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Doral Debaters Rank at University Level A group of Doral Academy Charter High School students won Sixth Place in the country, ranking above those from the University of Miami and Columbia University at the NUBC Bioethics Bowl, a college-level competition. The event occurred April 5-7 at Georgetown University when teams debated resolutions of bioethical issues as part of the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. Ranging from sophomores to seniors, the nine participating students from the Academica-serviced Doral Academy Charter High School are also enrolled in Doral College’s academic program that enables them to participate. The team of Doral high school students, with members as young as 15, won two of its three matches against students from the University at Albany-SUNY and Bowling Green State University. Their only loss was to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the defending champion. The students prepared for the competition through extensive research and practice as part of a Doral College interdisciplinary ethics class, taught by their noted debate coach, General Counsel for Doral College, Ryan Kairalla.

“It was nothing short of a thrill to see this group of young students succeed in a college-level competition,” he said. “Their accomplishments are a testament to their dedication and to the excellent education and support they receive at both Doral Academy Charter High School and Doral College.” For information about Doral Academy Charter High School, visit <www.doralacademyprep.org>. For information on Doral College, visit <www.doral college.com>.

At Georgetown University (l-r) Doral College Professor Ryan Kairalla, Juan Infante, Alexander Nunez, Briana Trujillo, Eduardo Salazar, Estefani Perez, Miranda Murillo, Anthony Perez, Doral Academy Assistant Principal Jorge Nunez, Sofia Vignolo, Academy Principal Doug Rodriguez, Miquel Valois-Velez.

Doral Academy students competing against Bowling Green (l-r) Eduardo Salazar, Briana Trujillo, Anthony Perez, Miranda Murillo, Juan Infante.


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Doral Students win Chess National Championship

L to R: Melissa Gil-Estiz, Santiago Muñoz, Christian Rodriguez, Henrique Moura, Luca Sepulveda, Sebastian Lojano, Gilberto Luna II, Andres Bermudez, Juan Deirmenjian, Jonathan Labrado, Ricky Alcala, and Michael Thomson. Picture photographed by Zorangel Alcala

Last Thursday afternoon, 23 students from Divine Savior Academy climbed into vans and airplanes to make the trek up to Nashville, Tennessee, to compete in the Chess Super Nationals. This event occurs every three years and combines students from every age (kindergarten through high school) into one mega-tournament. Over 5,300 players from across the country attended the three-day competition. Seven years ago, the new school began a fledgling chess team with 5 players at the elementary level. The team has since grown to over 50 players and has blossomed under the coaching of chess master, Gilberto Luna II, last year’s “Chess Coach of the year” for the State of Florida. DSA’s high school team, ranked 48th, competed in a division that had over 60 teams entered. Undaunted by the rankings, DSA players began the tournament with a strong showing, coming out on top after the first round. After a few more close rounds, they finished the last round

tied for first place against the New York team, I.S. 318, who were recently the topic of the documentary Brooklyn Castle, which detailed their rise to the top in the world of chess. After some tense moments, tie-break procedures were reviewed, and the results were announced—Doral’s own Divine Savior Academy were the National Champions! The years of hard work and practice have paid off for these bright, young minds. Besides winning the top spot as a team in the K-12 Under 1600 division, the DSA K-3 Under 800 team won 21st place, and a number of individual students placed as well. Third-grader Jesus Bermudez tied for 4th place in the K-3 Under 800 division and eleventh-grader Michael Thomson placed 19th in the K-12 Under 800 Division. In the K-12 Under 1600 division, tenth-graders Luca Sepulveda placed 11th, Jonathan Labrado placed 16th, and Santiago Muñoz placed 17th.


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Mayor Boria Forms Immigration Team Mayor Luigi Boria along with several community leaders and pastors formed a special coalition to support comprehensive immigration reform on April 9. Joining Mayor Boria to support new legislation were Ralph Reed, Founder, Faith and Freedom Coalition; Dr. Alberto Delgado, President, Pastor’s Association of Greater Miami; Mr. Rudy Fernández, Member of the Partnership for a New American Economy. They were joined in the effort by several Christian pastors who met at EKKLESIA GLOBAL to pledge a common position.

Mayor Boria coordinated the meeting to gather support beyond the City of Doral for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide a path to legalization for “millions of undocumented immigrants living peacefully and productively in the U. S.,” according to a city spokesperson. Mayor Boria actions were taken in accord with a City of Doral Council resolution adopted in support of the initiative for comprehensive immigration reform as presented by b U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and a bi-partisan senatorial group. The resolution was passed by the Council on March 18.


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BY LISA MAYS

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Baseball buddies make a difference

“Being able to play baseball has truly enriched Juan’s life and it is clear that it has enriched the lives of the boys and girls who have been Baseball Buddies to the players,” said Alex Sanchez, the father of a nine-year-old Miracle League player. “The games have really displayed our community at its very best. I am grateful everyday for the friendship that Juan’s buddies have given him and their help in making baseball possible for him.” One of the most important elements of the Miracle League is our unique Baseball Buddy program. Every Miracle League player is partnered with a buddy for each game to protect the player from balls, assist the player in batting and running the bases, and to be a friend both on and off the field. Baseball Buddies are members of our community, age 1221, who volunteer their time and love to help our special needs children and their families. Buddies come to the Miracle League from local baseball and softball leagues, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, area schools and community youth groups. All Miracle League Baseball Buddies attend our buddy basic skills training provided by our director of Baseball Buddies, a licensed Miami Dade school counselor with expertise in special needs children. This training pro-

MIRACLE LEAGUE vides guidelines and direction on how to have fun and make the experience safe and enjoyable for our Miracle children. “I am inspired to be the best I can be by the kids I have met,” said Palmetto Middle School student Taylor Burroughs, one of the Miracle League’s first Baseball Buddies. “I enjoy helping out on Saturdays. Being a buddy has been a very special experience for me.” With the support of our many volunteers and buddies, the Miracle League has been able to hold six games at local parks as we raise awareness and funds to build our own Miracle League Park. I invite you to become a part of this project and see the joy you can help give these children. Watch for dates for our next Baseball Buddy training session at <www.facebook.com/miracleleagueofmiamidade.com> and go to <www.miracleleagueofmiamidade.org> to learn more and make a contribution. Contact me at 786-224-4800 or <lmays@miracleleagueofmiamidade.org> ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Pictured is Miracle League player Alejandro Argote with buddy Taylor Burroughs.


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The Palmer Trinity School varsity baseball team beat Marathon High School to win the South Florida Baseball Conference Championship for the first time in school history. Several Falcons were selected to the all-Conference Team, Blake Miller, Gio Soto and Justin Ziegelasch were named first team. Nick Font and Ben Roberts were second team, and Dustin Phillip and Julian Stark were chosen third team. The champs are Julian AdrienStark, Ted Fernandez, Nicholas Font, James Jones, Keith Macaulay, Blake Miller, Dustin Philipp, Jarrett Pico, Ignacio Pigna, Benjamin Roberts, Matthew Roberts, Giovon Soto, Evan Steinman and Justin Ziegelasch Gandia.


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BY PRESTON MICHELSON

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Baseballl cann stilll workk inn Southh Florida

In the crusade that brought the gleaming Marlins Park to Little Havana, a main argument was whether baseball could work in Miami. For years, copious numbers of empty orange seats at Sun Life Stadium were the object of national mockery. Now, it seems that not much has changed, except, of course, the color of the seats, which is now a deep navy blue. The Marlins’ attendance this year has and will continue to be distressing due to the shameful on-field product. Not only is the team unexciting, but there is not much future at the Major League level — the average Marlins player’s age is 29 and more than one-third of the team is over 30. Many of the fans who continue to attend the Marlins games are still taking in the allure of Marlins Park and not so much coming to look at the squad. Recently, I recalled a game toward the end of the final regular season in Sun Life Stadium in 2011. The stadium was sparsely filled, as

usual, and both me and my father had our arms and legs outstretched, taking up six seats worth of space. I mentioned to my father, “Don’t get used to this. With the new stadium, we’re going to be cramped in our seats.” In the one game I have attended so far this season (with tickets purchased on StubHub, so no profits go to Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria), I found us in the same position. Not only had we moved up seven rows, we had our legs draped over the seat in front of us. Not much has changed, indeed. The team has not improved — save for a three-month trial period early last season — and fans are not attending. So, can baseball work in Miami? It is still near-impossible to tell. Unless Loria relents on his stranglehold on the South Florida baseball population, this team is not a true indicator. A market cannot be judged while it is being stifled and smothered. Fans are clamoring for a constant direction. They are exasperated from the experience that is being a Marlins fan because they no longer know what to expect. They have experienced a payroll near the top of the league, as well as payrolls in the cellar.

They would like to see an identity, not constant, unpredictable metamorphoses that seem to be solely driven by money. The point that truly antagonizes the fan base is that teams can, and have, been run efficiently on low payrolls. Take the Tampa Bay Rays, for example. They were once the laughing stock of MLB, a joke. Now, they are perennial playoff candidates and their payroll is still near the bottom of the league. This is because they have a clear vision. They make every single decision with the utmost scrutiny, analyzing the positives and negatives. In fact, their upper management is made up of former Wall Street employees and they bring their expertise to the team’s decision-making; they draft well, they trade well, they sign well. The Marlins typically do not do those things well, mostly because of their lack of direction. If someone — whether it be Loria or someone else — can install and prove a logical and sensible vision for this team, only good things can happen. Fans feel like they have been double-crossed, sold a bill of goods. Of course they are not going to show up at games, especially when the team is losing in spectacular fashion. The betrayal that fans have felt is pre-

CORNER venting them from going to the Marlins ballpark, not an inherent disdain for baseball. Baseball still has a chance of working in South Florida. All the fans need is a constant string of understandable decisions (and a little winning) to bring them back to the ballpark — and that would also result in bringing successful baseball to South Florida. Preston Michelson is a senior at Palmer Trinity School where he is the public address announcer for all varsity sporting events. He is a frequent contributor to this newspaper and the opinions he expresses are his own and not necessarily those of the editors and publishers. Contact him on Twitter at @PrestonMich or by email at <michelsonpr@gmail.com>.


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Dining Guide Fiesta Mexican Grill 10433 NW 41st St. Doral, FL 33178 305-468-8736 www.fiestamexicangrill.com With a friendly and attentive staff and authentic Mexican food, Fiesta Mexican Grill makes their clients feel like they are having a truly homemade meal. Some of their dishes include: tacos al pastor, chimichanga, flautas, pollo mole, tacos with chicken or steak, onion and mushroom quesadilla and tostadas with various meats. Aside from being tasty and authentic, Fiesta Mexican Grill is also inexpensive; each meal is under eight dollars. Capriccio 9551 NW 41st St. Doral, FL 33178 305-764-3750 Capriccio is an Italian restaurant and deli which serves fresh and healthy meals. Although Capriccio is best known for their selection of made to order paninis and salads, they also offer daily entrée specials. Some of their salads and paninis are: primavera Panini with mushrooms, zucchini, squash, roasted peppers and Swiss cheese, Ramazzotti Panini with spinach, tomatoes, bacon and turkey breast, Del Bosco salad with mixed greens, strawberries and gorgonzola cheese and Stracciatella salad with romaine lettuce, baby spinach, bacon eggs avocado and chicken. Patagonia Gourmet and Bakery 10375 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 305-5130-2624 Patagonia is an Argentine restaurant, deli, coffee bar and bakery all in one. With everything from entrees to quick, already made meals such as empanadas and sandwiches, Patagonia offers a wide array of options. This wide array includes but is not limited to: spinach quiche, prosciutto and cheese sandwich, spicy meat empanada, chicken soufflé empanada, grilled flank steak, and alfajores (dulce de leche between two cookies). Patagonia also offers fresh meats and imported items from Argentina. Sushi Joe 9557 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 305-591-4312 Sushi Joe offers a creative assortment of specialty and traditional sushi rolls. Although small, Sushi Joe knows how to leave an impression on their clients with new and interesting takes on sushi. Some of these unique rolls are: the Cuban roll which is made with tempura shrimp, turkey, ham and cream cheese with spicy guava jelly, the Caliente roll which is breaded fish, spicy mayo and lettuce, and the Chicken Teriyaki roll with chicken, carrots and lettuce.

Giardino Gourmet Salads 11402 NW 41st St Ste 110 Doral, FL 33178 305-629-9553 www.giardinosalads.com The name says it all, Giardino Gourmet Salads offers many fresh and delicious salads as well as wraps and different soups daily. Giardino’s also has a mix your own salad and wrap option with an extensive selection of ingredients to choose from, so you are sure to find something you love. Their salads include: the classic spinach with blue cheese, walnuts, bacon and eggs, the fizz salad with romaine, arugula, strawberries and roasted garlic, and the Parisian salad with romaine, baby leaf almonds and brie. Original Pancake House 9903 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 786-507-0564 www.originalpancakehouseflorida.com For big fluffy pancakes and a scrumptious Sunday brunch, the Original Pancake house continually receives great reviews. The Original Pancake house offers unique specialties that set it apart from other breakfast establishments such as their Danish Kijafa Cherry Crepes and their Dutch Baby prepared with whipped butter and lemon. Other delightful dishes include: banana pancakes, sourdough flapjacks, coconut pancakes, french toast and bacon (yes, bacon) pancakes. InStyle Cupcakes 9340 NW 13 St Doral, FL 33172 305-972-2680 www.instylecupcakes.com With cupcake flavors inspired by cocktails and Latin cuisine, InStyle Cupcakes is not your run-of-the-mill cupcake shop. The bakers at InStyle Cupcakes create very original flavors that yield delectable cupcakes. Some of their cupcake flavors include: mojito, Cuba libre, dulce de leche, nutella and guava. Of course, InStyle Cupcakes also offers much loved traditional flavors such as chocolate and red velvet. InStyle Cupcakes also provides delivery and catering for special occasions. Doral Seafood 11402 NW 41 St Bay 112 Doral, FL 33178 305-403-3900 www.doralseafood.com Doral Seafood specializes in Peruvian cuisine, serving a wide selection fresh fish and shellfish options. From fried fish eggs to ceviche, Doral Seafood has every preparation of seafood imaginable. Their menu options include: parmesan scallops, green rice with seafood and herbs, seafood gumbo, seabass filet, blackened fish, deep fried shrimp and various ceviche dishes.

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Dining Guide Brisa De Espana 8726 NW 26th St Doral, FL 33172 305-436-3995 www.brisadeespana.com Brisa De Espana is an authentic Spanish restaurant offering a great selection of dishes. From Rabo De Buey Al Vino (oxtail in wine) to Paella De Langosta (lobster paella), Brisa De Espana has everything one could ask for in a Spanish Restaurant. Other menu options include: Mahi Mahi sautéed in onion, chick pea and cod fish stew, grilled clams, grilled lamb chop, octopus with paprika and olive oil and whole fried snapper. Apart from being a restaurant, Brisa De Espana is also a gift shop, bakery and delicatessen. Maido Japanese Restaurant 4267 NW 107th Ave Doral, FL 33178 If you are looking for an authentic Japanese restaurant, then look no further than Maido Japanese Restaurant! Diners rave about its vast menu and great quality which won it “Best Japanese 2011” in the Miami New Times. Some of the many menu options include: kimchee, salmon tartar, gyoza, udon and soba noodles, wafu steak, chicken katsu, age-dashi tofu, squid mentai, mochi ice cream and red bean ice cream. Olivos 10455 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 305-718-9968 www.olivosrestaurant.com Olivos is an elegant Argentine restaurant offering lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends. Despite having three different menus, each dish at Olivos is beautifully prepared. For dinner, Olivos offers: homemade potato gnocchi stuffed with asiago cheese, saffron risotto with shrimp and bacon wrapped chicken breast stuffed with asparagus, along with many other options. Their brunch is very popular, for $19 one can select from a wide variety that encompasses everything from fruit to cured meats Mondongo’s 3500 NW 87th Ave Doral, FL 33172 305-718-4977 www.mondongos.com.co Mondongo’s is a casual family-style restaurant serving Colombian cuisine. They are known for their mondongo which is a traditional tripe soup. Their menu also includes: grilled chicken breast, breaded fish, grilled pork, churrasco steak and Bandeja Paisa. The latter is a dish that includes ground beef, a fried egg, plantain, rice and beans. Mondongo’s also features an exotic fruit juice bar and a children’s menu. Being a chain that started in Colombia, Mondongo’s is where to go for quick, authentic Colombian cuisine.

Layali Miami 11402 NW 41st St Ste 115 Doral, FL 33178 305-403-0188 www.layalimiami.com Layali Miami is a Mediterranean restaurant and hookah lounge with beautiful décor and a relaxed atmosphere. Layali Miami has everything from traditional Mediterranean dishes, such as kibbeh and lamb kabbob, to hookah and specialty drinks. Other dishes include: tabbouleh salad, grape leaves, baba ghanouj, beef shawarma and Mediterranean chicken. Layali Miami also features live entertainment- every Thursday, Friday and Saturday they have performances by belly dancers. Divino Ceviche 2629 NW 79th Ave Doral, FL 33122 305-406-2345 www.divinoceviche.com For great ceviche and Peruvian food, Divino Ceviche is simply divine! Their menu includes eleven different ceviche dishes along with other seafood, chicken and meat options. Some dishes are: ceviche mixto (fish and seafood ceviche), traditional ceviche, stuffed mashed potatoes, chicken with rice and Peruvian stir-fry made with beef. Divino Ceviche also serves specialty and fusion dishes such as their “fettuccine a la huancina con lomo saltado,” which is the chef’s recommendation. Maison Gourmet Miami 10728 Nw 58th St Doral, FL 33178 305-597-8333 www.maisongourmetmiami.com Tucked away in a corner of a strip mall is a quaint French Bistro, Maison Gourmet. Although small and somewhat hidden, Maison Gourmet is much more than meets the eye. They are best known for their French Onion soup, but their menu also features a variety of sandwiches, crepes and entrees. These include, but are not limited to: escargots, smoked salmon crepe, croque monsieur sandwich and seafood risotto. Maison Gourmet also provides a children’s menu and delicious array of desserts such as chocolate mousse. La Reina de las Empanadas 10822 NW 58th St Doral, FL 33178 305-629-9414 La Reina de las Empanadas is a casual Venezuelan restaurant that specializes in, you guessed it, empanadas. Their menu also features other Venezuelan staples such as arepas and cachapas. At La Reina de las Empanadas, you can select from a large assortment of different empanadas such as: black beans and cheese, chicken and bacon, ground beef and plantain and cheese. They are also open for breakfast, serving combinations such as the “desayuno especial” which comes with eggs, bacon, plantain and a small arepa.


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Dining Guide Los Parrilleros 10775 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 305-597-0019 Los Parrilleros is an Argentinean-Italian restaurant which also offers a great selection of Argentinean wines. Los Parrilleros is best known for their churrasco steak and chimichurri but offers much more. Other menu options are: eggplant parmisian,filet of snapper, veal scaloppine with mushrooms and shrimp, crabmeat ravioli and green plantains stuffed with shrimp. Along with an elegant atmosphere and impeccable service, every Thursday Los Parrilleros provides live tango music. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza 2801 NW 87th Ave Doral, FL 33172 305-718-8499 www.anthonyscoalfiredpizza Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza is an Italian restaurant with an array of specialty and traditional pizzas. Aside from pizza, Anthony’s also serves traditional dishes, sandwiches, and their oven-roasted chicken wings. Other menu options are: Meatball and ricotta pizza, arugula pizza, eggplant marino, pork ribs with vinegar peppers and calzone. Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza has five other locations in Miami-Dade county including Aventura, Kendall and Pinecrest. Braseros 4285 NW 107th Ave Doral, FL 33178 305-591-0959 www.braserossteakhouse.com Serving various cuts of high quality meat, Brasero’s is where one can find fantastic Venezuelan barbecue. On their long menu, some options include: lamb loin chops, porterhouse steak, filet mignon, skirt steak, beef tenderloin prepared with béarnaise sauce and short ribs. Brasero’s also offers a new “all you can eat” special from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Sundays. Carolina Ale House 8669 NW 36th Street, Suite 120 Doral, FL 33166 Despite being a sports bar, Carolina Ale House has a very eclectic selection of entrees. Some of which include: Greek chicken pita, blackened tuna steak sandwich, fish and chips, baby back ribs, veggie pizza and blackened cheeseburger. For dessert, one can select from their unique selection of sweets such as their potato chip crusted banana split sundae. Carolina Ale House also has an award winning selection of beers, bottled and on draft. Doral Thai 2613 NW 79th Ave Miami, FL 33122 305-418-8311 www.doralthaimiami.com

Doral Thai offers dine-in, delivery and takeout with various traditional Thai dishes. Doral Thai prepares many of the dishes with your choice of meats and tofu, along with a vegetarian menu. Some of their specialties are: any meat sauteed in Thai sauce with vegetables, steak sauteed in chili paste, any meat prepared in sweet and sour sauce, pad thai and whole snapper in ginger sauce. Basilico Ristorante 5879 NW 36th St Virginia Gardens, FL 33166 Basilico Ristorante is a small, elegant restaurant serving fine Italian cuisine. Basilico has been Zagat rated in 2010, 2008, 2006 and 2004, and has been featured in many different publications. Their awarded menu includes: gorgonzola cheese ravioli with pear and figs, fettuccini topped with crispy prosciutto, seafood riscotto, veal scaloppini and crispy duck breast with garlic and prune sauce. Their dessert menu features tiramisu, panna cotta and ricotta cheesecake. Ajiacos Grill 10720 NW 58th St Doral, FL 33178 305-477-4646 www.ajiacogrill.com Ajiaco’s is a casual Colombian restaurant by day and a club by night. Every Friday and Saturday night, Ajiaco’s is open until 3AM and often hosts a DJ. Their menu options include, but are not limited to: chicken and potato stew, whole fried tilapia, Colombian sausage with arepa, grilled cheese, and empanadas. Ajiaco’s Grill also offers delivery, lunch specials and karaoke on Thursday nights. Dumpling House of Miami 8341 NW 12th St Doral, FL 33126 305-594-9799 www.newdumplinghouse.com For take-out and delivery, Dumpling House is a quick solution. They have many options on the menu, including a “diet watchers” menu and even party trays. Chicken lo mien, kung pao shrimp, Szechwan beef, sweet and sour chicken, crab meat fried rice, dumplings and moo shu pork are just some of the dishes they offer. Cafe Largo 9333 NW 12th St Doral, FL 33172 305-591-9814 Cafe Largo is a Cuban restaurant that serves authentic meals, fast. Cafe Largo serves large portions at small prices. Some of their menu options are: picadillo with white rice and beans, steak with rice and beans, breaded chicken breast with rice, beans and fried plantains and yellow rice with pork ribs. None of the aforementioned exceed ten dollars, Cafe Largo gives you more than your money’s worth!

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Dining Guide Fiesta Mexican Grill 10433 NW 41st St. Doral, FL 33178 305-468-8736 www.fiestamexicangrill.com With a friendly and attentive staff and authentic Mexican food, Fiesta Mexican Grill makes their clients feel like they are having a truly homemade meal. Some of their dishes include: tacos al pastor, chimichanga, flautas, pollo mole, tacos with chicken or steak, onion and mushroom quesadilla and tostadas with various meats. Aside from being tasty and authentic, Fiesta Mexican Grill is also inexpensive; each meal is under eight dollars. Capriccio 9551 NW 41st St. Doral, FL 33178 305-764-3750 Capriccio is an Italian restaurant and deli which serves fresh and healthy meals. Although Capriccio is best known for their selection of made to order paninis and salads, they also offer daily entrée specials. Some of their salads and paninis are: primavera Panini with mushrooms, zucchini, squash, roasted peppers and Swiss cheese, Ramazzotti Panini with spinach, tomatoes, bacon and turkey breast, Del Bosco salad with mixed greens, strawberries and gorgonzola cheese and Stracciatella salad with romaine lettuce, baby spinach, bacon eggs avocado and chicken. Patagonia Gourmet and Bakery 10375 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 305-5130-2624 Patagonia is an Argentine restaurant, deli, coffee bar and bakery all in one. With everything from entrees to quick, already made meals such as empanadas and sandwiches, Patagonia offers a wide array of options. This wide array includes but is not limited to: spinach quiche, prosciutto and cheese sandwich, spicy meat empanada, chicken soufflé empanada, grilled flank steak, and alfajores (dulce de leche between two cookies). Patagonia also offers fresh meats and imported items from Argentina. Sushi Joe 9557 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 305-591-4312 Sushi Joe offers a creative assortment of specialty and traditional sushi rolls. Although small, Sushi Joe knows how to leave an impression on their clients with new and interesting takes on sushi. Some of these unique rolls are: the Cuban roll which is made with tempura shrimp, turkey, ham and cream cheese with spicy guava jelly, the Caliente roll which is breaded fish, spicy mayo and lettuce, and the Chicken Teriyaki roll with chicken, carrots and lettuce.

Giardino Gourmet Salads 11402 NW 41st St Ste 110 Doral, FL 33178 305-629-9553 www.giardinosalads.com The name says it all, Giardino Gourmet Salads offers many fresh and delicious salads as well as wraps and different soups daily. Giardino’s also has a mix your own salad and wrap option with an extensive selection of ingredients to choose from, so you are sure to find something you love. Their salads include: the classic spinach with blue cheese, walnuts, bacon and eggs, the fizz salad with romaine, arugula, strawberries and roasted garlic, and the Parisian salad with romaine, baby leaf almonds and brie. Original Pancake House 9903 NW 41st St Doral, FL 33178 786-507-0564 www.originalpancakehouseflorida.com For big fluffy pancakes and a scrumptious Sunday brunch, the Original Pancake house continually receives great reviews. The Original Pancake house offers unique specialties that set it apart from other breakfast establishments such as their Danish Kijafa Cherry Crepes and their Dutch Baby prepared with whipped butter and lemon. Other delightful dishes include: banana pancakes, sourdough flapjacks, coconut pancakes, french toast and bacon (yes, bacon) pancakes. InStyle Cupcakes 9340 NW 13 St Doral, FL 33172 305-972-2680 www.instylecupcakes.com With cupcake flavors inspired by cocktails and Latin cuisine, InStyle Cupcakes is not your run-of-the-mill cupcake shop. The bakers at InStyle Cupcakes create very original flavors that yield delectable cupcakes. Some of their cupcake flavors include: mojito, Cuba libre, dulce de leche, nutella and guava. Of course, InStyle Cupcakes also offers much loved traditional flavors such as chocolate and red velvet. InStyle Cupcakes also provides delivery and catering for special occasions. Doral Seafood 11402 NW 41 St Bay 112 Doral, FL 33178 305-403-3900 www.doralseafood.com Doral Seafood specializes in Peruvian cuisine, serving a wide selection fresh fish and shellfish options. From fried fish eggs to ceviche, Doral Seafood has every preparation of seafood imaginable. Their menu options include: parmesan scallops, green rice with seafood and herbs, seafood gumbo, seabass filet, blackened fish, deep fried shrimp and various ceviche dishes.


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Second annual Swim for Jenny gala stresses continued need for support BY JESSE SCHECKNER On a clear and cool April 11th evening, the second annual Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund gala was held at the historical Deering Estate. The tributary affair honored donors and supporters of the water safety, drowning prevention and swimming education cause which, to date, has raised over $100,000 for the community. Honorees included NFL Hall of Famer Larry Little, Assurant Inc., AvMed Health Plans, the Nguyen family, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, County Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Community Bank, the BOMA Golf and Spa Committee, the Keys Gate Charter School, DFYIT Club, iSwim winner RJ McLaughlin, and community members Danielle Dulevich and Demi Dominguez. More than 200 people in attendance enjoyed complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, burgers, desserts and espresso before the evening’s official proceedings began. A silent charity auction was held inside, the items of which were all provided generously by donors. Swim for Jenny is named for Jenny Hong Nguyen, a 12 year old South Florida girl who suffered a drowning accident at a birthday party on April 16, 2011. Her death inspired her best friend’s mother, Susie Vega, to found the fund which awards swimming scholarships – costing roughly $30 for a two week course taught under Red Cross guidelines – to children who cannot afford it. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Executive Committee. “Where years ago they would provide classes to the underserved children of MiamiDade at no charge, due to budget cuts over the years that’s just not an offering anymore, and that’s where the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund comes into play,” she said. “We were able to give 500 scholarships away last year, so that’s 500 people that I’d say we’ve saved who wouldn’t have been able to afford swimming lessons otherwise.” AvMed representatives attended the event and spoke eagerly of their support of the cause, to which their company donated $10,000. The official administrator for the

Pictured (l-r) 72’ Dolphin, College Football Hall of Famer and Parks Foundation President Dick Anderson, MiamiDade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan, 72’ Dolphin, NFL Hall of Famer and charity golf tournament host Larry Little, Tim Hardaway Foundation Executive Director Paul Laroche and Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Director Jack Kardys are all active supporters of Swim for Jenny ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

health plans of all Miami-Dade County employees, they also support a wide range of wellness-related community initiatives. “Our ongoing mission and vision is to improve the health of community residents and this is a good opportunity to help a great cause,” said Patricia Nelson, Regional Head of Strategic Accounts. “Nobody in Miami is very far from water, so while it makes for a beautiful place to live, if you don’t know how to swim it can be quite threatening.” Local specialty risk management company, Assurant Solutions, contributed $10,000 as well. “Having been a part of this community since 1948, we take our role very seriously in how we support our neighbors,” said Senior VP of Integrated Marketing Communications Ana Rojas-Filliben. “Assurant is pleased to support the Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund

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and share in their mission to provide swimming scholarships to children across MiamiDade County.” As night fell, Zoo Miami’s Ron Magill took to the stage to introduce presenters and honorees. A special award was presented to former Miami Dolphin Larry Little, who raised $15,000 for the fund through his annual charity golf tournament held at Crandon Park. He has been a steadfast supporter of the foundation since its inception. “Last year I was approached about using my golf tournament to help Swim for Jenny, and her story really touched my heart because I know how significant it is for young kids to learn how to swim,” he said. “What I’d like to see is enough funds raised so that every park and public pool in Miami-Dade County can provide swimming lessons.” Nationally, drowning is the leading cause of death of children ages one to four, and the second up to 19 years old. Miami-Dade County leads the state in drowning deaths. “It’s really sad when you have to confine your life based on your inability to swim,” said County Commissioner Jordan. “When I think about the geographic area of Miami-Dade County, we’re just surrounded by water and swimming should be a natural thing.” For more information, visit online at <www.swimforjenny.org>.


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• EDUCATIONAL AND TEEN ADVICE • Toby Rose ASK TOBY Do you know the requirements for the University of Alabama? Yes. The ACT starts with a 21 and the SAT 1000 with a GPA of 3.0. Why are Alabama’s scores so low? Is it a good university? I can only give you my opinion on the admission requirements; The University of Alabama has low requirements because, unlike Florida, they lack the state population of future applicants, so they welcome out-ofstate students. I am very impressed with the academics and campus life. What is your opinion of Georgetown? I think it’s one of the best universities in the nation. There are more than 700 full-time faculty members. Georgetown has first rate graduate and research programs and is a liberal arts Jesuit institution, and opens its doors to all faiths. Georgetown’s many majors include the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business, the Edmund A.D. Walsh School of Foreign Service. The Georgetown School of Nursing and Health Studies is a leader in diverse health care education and research. Students pursue research with faculty and meet premed requirements, and complete minors in many subjects. Many students graduate and go on to medical research, nursing, public health management and many other fields. Minors under the School of Nursing and Health Studies include Health Care Management and Policy, Human Science and International Health Nursing. Is it possible to get an interview with Georgetown?

Yes. Interviews are not on Georgetown’s campus, but are conducted in the region where you live. Can you explain exactly where Georgetown is located; my daughter says it is near the White House; is this true? Georgetown University’s 110-acre campus overlooks the north corner of Washington, D.C. When you visit Georgetown, you are truly impressed with the feeling of being in a great university, and tours are given throughout the year. Does Georgetown accept students with disabilities? Yes. Special services are available for students with many different types of disabilities. Call the Academic Resource Center at 202-687-8354. I really want a private dorm room for my freshmen year, but my parents insist that it must be a dorm with several students. What is your opinion? I agree with your parents. It is my experience that kids who have had private rooms have difficultly socializing. I remember that one of my students had the end room in a dorm at the University of Pennsylvania and didn’t know one student on his floor. Within three months, he was calling me and asking if he should leave the university. My answer was absolutely not. Get out there and join a few organizations. Next semester get a two or three roommates if you have to and make friends. My former student did just that and today he is a successful attorney. But, he learned an important lesson. Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Dade County Outstanding Teacher and served as chairperson of the Dade County School Board Academic Advisory Committee. Rose may be contacted by calling 305-238-7737, by email at <tobyrose19@yahoo.com> or via the Internet at <www.tobyrose.com>.


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