Securing a healthy future for Miami-Dade County BY GRANT MILLER Publisher
Everyone in MiamiDade County has been touched by Jackson Health System at one point or another. If we haven’t been to the hospital ourselves, we have family members or friends who have gone to Jackson seeking help, and they have always found it. For many years, Jackson’s facilities have provided some of the world’s top clinical care to Miami-Dade residents. This year, Jackson Memorial Hospital again was ranked the top hospital in Miami-Fort Lauderdale by U.S. News & World Report. Jackson offers top-notch services to more than a 250,000 patients each year. As one of the largest teaching hospital in the country, with over 1,000 resident doctors training alongside its world-renowned staff, Jackson also serves as the training grounds for many of Florida’s future doctors and is helping build tomorrow’s healthcare economy in our community. But the Jackson network of hospitals and clinics needs our help, if they are to continue to offer world-class services. On Nov. 5, Miami-Dade voters have the opportunity to secure access to world class and quality health services for all Miami-Dade residents. The bond issue on the ballot will allow Jackson to renovate and expand its existing facilities, build new centers to accommodate increasing healthcare demands, and provide innovative technology and services that will keep Jackson competitive while growing important partnerships with the local medical community and community at large. A yes vote for Jackson’s bond referen-
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First Economic Forecast HEALTH CARE CORNER ‘Stress-Busting’ Spotlights 2014 Trends brings reliefs to caregivers BY BLANCA CEBALLOS
Michael Pappas, CEO/President of The Keyes Company; Abe Ng, CEO/President of Sushi Maki and Joseph Hovancak , VP – One Community One Goal/Strategic Planning & Market Development for The Beacon Council rounded out the panel. “Wow” was the resounding comments following this unique presentation. The DBC’s Financial Services Committee, chaired by Mara Falero of Jet Stream Federal Credit Union stated the Economic Forecast will definitely be an annual event! The Committee is comprised of Vice Chair Marti Bueso (Home Financing Center), Iliana Rodriguez (NovaBancard), Mariangelica Alvarado (Verizon), Marcia Cleary, (Citibank), Maria Martinez (Team Concepts), Maria Mendez (AmTrust Bank) and Mara
Those responsible for caring for someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or debilitating dementia often experience high levels of emotional and physical stress generated by the daily routine of providing care. To support family caregivers, United HomeCare has teamed up with United Way of Miami-Dade County to offer its “Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers” through its Caregivers United initiative. The free nine-week program is taught by certified instructors who cover topics such as stress and relaxation, dealing with challenging behaviors, grief, loss, and depression, how to cope with stress and more. The innovative Stress-Busting was developed at the University of Texas Health Science Center. As part of the course, participants receive a Path to Wellness Caregiver Guide, a meditation audio CD, and relaxation strategies DVD. To make it easier for participants to take time out from care giving duties and attend sessions, each receives 15 hours of free respite care delivered by a qualified UHC Home Health Aide professional. Caregivers completing the program improve care giving skills and have reported significantly lowering of the strain generated by Alzheimer’s or other dementia care responsibilities for
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From left: Luis Miguel, Tom Cunningham, Sonya Canas, Al Peraza, Robet Lopez (Photos by SnapHappy)
BY MARTI BUESO
The first annual Economic Forecast Luncheon presented by the DBC’s Financial Services Committee was held Sept. 27 at the Intercontinental Hotel Doral. A private seating with the esteemed Tom Cunningham, VP, Senior Economist and Regional Executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta was pre-scheduled for the DBC Trustees and Sponsor members of the event. The sold-out crowd was treated to Cunningham’s 2014 trends, topics, issues and predictions for the upcoming year. A distinguished local panel of CEOs representing the local sub-sectors of real estate, tourism, hospitality, small business and international trade followed, providing trends for the South Florida market and differentiating the predictions for local vs. national markets.
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Bowlers Raise $18,000 to ‘Strike Out’ Abuse Voices For Children Foundation partnered with Mercantil Commercebank to host the Seventh “Strike Out Child Abuse“ Bowling Tournament, raising $18,000 to support abused, neglected and abandoned children in Miami-Dade County. On Sept. 18, more than 200 supporters of the Foundation showed up to battle it out for the title of Champion and enjoy a fun evening at Splitsville Luxury Lanes & Dinner Lounge. Teams enjoyed complimentary shoe rental, food and beverages throughout the night, all for a good cause. As of Aug. 2013, there are over 3,100 children in Foster Care in Miami Dade County as a result of abuse, abandonment or neglect. Each of these children is required by law to be appointed a Guardian ad Litem representative to advocate for their best interests while they maneuver through the foster system. Currently, fewer than 2,000 of these children actually have Guardians. Voices
For Children Foundation and the Guardian ad Litem Program are trying to change that. Through community volunteers, black-tie affairs and social events, Voices For Children Foundation works to secure additional funding to help close that gap of representation. “Mercantil Commercebank is proud to have once again participated in the Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament as a Presenting sponsor,” said Mariola Sanchez, General Counsel of Mercantil Commercebank and also a member of Voices For Children’s Board of Directors. At the end of the night, Seaside National Bank was announced as the winning team. The Strike Out Child Abuse Bowling Tournament garnered the support of several youth teams as well as returning corporate sponsors Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP, Miami Marlins, Swire Properties, Wells Fargo Insurance Services, among many others.
Daniel Buigas to Direct Coalition BY LEE STEPHENS Daniel Buigas, FIU and Indiana University graduate, has been named Executive Director of the Doral Community Coalition (DCC), a community-based organization founded in 2010. Mr. Buigas received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida International University, followed by a J.D. from the Maurer School of Law from the University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN.
The position was created to enable DCC to respond more quickly to the needs of residents and implement its outreach programs, designed to energize and create community interest in all Doral areas. The Coalition, made up of community-based groups in Doral which helped found and incorporate the City, liaisons with city government and organizations that sponsor and hold events for all Doral residents.
Hispanic Heritage Continues in Oct. Dolphin Mall continues to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by offering visitors a rich cultural experience through Oct. 26 with special dining deals and festive live performances to celebrate Hispanic history and heritage. Each Saturday at 8 p.m., a traditional live performance will take place at the Ramblas Plaza Stage featuring cultural acts representing Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, and
Puerto Rico. Guests will be entertained by Vallenato, Tambores, Mariachi, Tango, Flamenco and Cumbia among other live performing acts. “A Taste of Hispanic Culture” is scheduled Tuesdays thru Oct. 22 when diners can receive 20 percent off meals at the shopping center’s participating restaurants: CineBistro, Buffalo Wild Wings, Charcoals, Johnny Rockets, Rotelli’s Pizza & Pasta, Texas de Brazil & TGI Fridays.
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From left: Tom Cunningham, Mike Pappas, Abe Ng, Joe Hovancak, Sr.
Falero, Chairperson (Jet Stream Federal Credit Union). An important element is recognizing those firms that generously contributed sponsorship dollars in order to bring this special event to the community: Presenting Sponsor: Mercantil CommerceBank, Sonya Canas, Senior VP; Table Sponsors: Jet Stream Federal Credit Union, Home Financing Center, Logistical Outsourcing, NovaBancard, Team Concepts, Sabadell United Bank, DBC’s Forum and The Keyes Company. Special gratitude is extended to companies donating raffle prizes and in-kind services: Logistical Outsourcing, NovaBancard, Team Concepts, Home Financing Center, Jet Stream Federal Credit Union, Halo Branded Solutions, Intercontinental Hotel Doral, and Mercantil Commerce Bank. Congratulations to all of the lucky winners! The Doral Business Council is one of the leading economic development organ-
izations in this region. Its primary goal is to foster business growth and expansion as well as provide a forum to meet and interact with other businesses in the community. The DBC provides year-round series of events designed to promote outstanding business opportunities in South Florida. The Financial Services Committee provides its members with an outlet for most finance and regulatory related topics. Its participants are derived from the membership’s finance, banking and insurance industries, with most having been affiliated with the DBC for many years. In addition to providing regular updates on the issues that affect the finance industry as a whole, the committee also provides a series of networking events, private tours and privileged access to those members who may be interested in getting involved. For more information direct your inquiries to Chair, Mara Falero at <email@example.com>,
HEALTH CARE CORNER from front page –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––—–––––– a loved one. Many caregivers report bouts of depression and anxiety, as they cope with a family member with impaired mental function. Lessons learned through StressBusting help caregivers improve their own personal quality of life. Approximately 5.3 million people have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia in the United States; 450,000 reside in Florida. Increasingly, family caregivers assume greater care responsibilities for a parent, spouse or friend. According to the National Family Caregivers Association, more than 1.7 million family caregivers in Florida now provide\ care for a chronically
ill, disabled or aged family member or friend each year. United HomeCare will present the Stress-Busting Program during evening hours starting Thursday, Oct. 10 through Dec.12, 6-7:30 p.m. at United Way of Miami-Dade County, 3250 S.W. 3rd Ave. Program costs are covered by United HomeCare through grant funds awarded by the Older Americans Act and administered by the U.S. Administration on Aging and Alliance for Aging of Miami-Dade County. Persons interested in attending StressBusting for Family Caregivers may register by calling United HomeCare at 305-7160710.
dum will allow Jackson to: Modernize operating rooms and emergency rooms at JHS hospitals; build a children’s ambulatory pavilion; build 8-12 urgent care centers that will bring Jackson’s high quality care to your neighborhood; upgrade hospital IT systems and purchase state of the art medical equipment; build a new physical rehabilitation hospital, and undertake much-needed infrastructure improvements. Jackson has the proven leadership to oversee these projects effectively and efficiently. A new management team has streamlined the system’s operations, reduced its spending and balanced its budget in just two years on the job the new management has run a small surplus for the first time in a decade and is on target to generate a surplus this year. But operating surpluses alone will not yield funding quickly enough for Jackson to compete in a new healthcare environment. Jackson’s previous mismanagement woes are a thing of the past, and we trust the new administration to get the job done right. Jackson’s bond program is designed to make it more competitive, able to sustain its mission and grow its services without
new recurring tax funding. Without this capital investment, the system could be at real risk for shutting down some of its most sought-after programs — which also are among its costliest. Those aren’t gaps that private hospitals can readily fill; we would hate to see world-class care limited to those fortunate few who can afford to leave Florida for care that already is available right here in Miami. The community must invest in Jackson now, so we can empower Jackson to thrive for the future. A typical homeowner with a homestead exemption (home value $173,943) in Miami-Dade will pay approximately $6.20 the first year and approximately $30.99 at its peak year. Some homeowners, such as seniors and military veterans, will pay even less. Jackson is our community hospital and our future. Its mission to provide quality care to all residents is at jeopardy and on Nov. 5 voters have the opportunity to secure state-of-the-art healthcare for generations to come. Jackson has always been there for the community. Now it is time for the community to be there for Jackson.
Silvana Crespo National Merit Semi-Finalist
DSA Principal Ben Troge, Silvana Crespo, Merit Scholar Semifinalist. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
BY GINGER POULOS Senior Silvana Crespo has achieved honors as a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist at Divine Savior Academy, one of two students chosen in the city of Doral. The announcement was made Sept. 20 following the news that Crespo had also received the 2013-2014 National Hispanic Scholar Award. Students, faculty, and parents, Claudia and Eugenio Crespo, were in attendance for the announcement after DSA’s morning chapel service. Silvana has been involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Leadership Club, and earned a place on DSA’s tennis team. She is currently in the process of applying to colleges and universities, with her sights set on Columbia. “I want to go to a school where I can attain the best education possible in order to serve others,” Crespo stated. “I’m thankful to Pastor Carlos, Principal Troge, the entire DSA faculty, my parents, sister, and, most importantly, God.”
The prestigious National Merit Scholar semifinal award is made annually to about 16,000 students nationwide from a pool of more than two million candidates. Semifinalists become finalists by completing several requirements, including maintaining a very high academic record, writing an essay, and earning a high score on the SAT. Finalists are announced in early February, and from this pool of finalists about 8,000 are chosen to receive a National Merit Scholarship. Divine Savior Academy has approximately 550 students enrolled in Pre-K3 through twelfth grade and is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year while doubling its campus size with a stand-alone high school building and grounds. For information about National Merit Scholarship Corporation, visit <http://www.nationalmerit.org>. For information about Divine Savior Academy, contact the school office at 305597-4545 or visit <divinesavioracademy.com>.
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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  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 conoce Rosacea? FXM Research in Miami está buscando hombres y mujeres de 18 años de edad o más que padecen de Rosacea “Enrojecimiento en la frente, mejillas, y nariz con lesiones similares al acné”, para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de cuatro  visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos del estudio bajo investigación o placebo sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por tiempo y transporte hasta $200.00. For more information please call: Step Up For Students VIPS (l-r) marking $4.5 million from Waste Management for 2013 scholarships funds include students David, Esther and Joseph Estime, Grace Academy (Opa-Locka; Step Up For Students President Doug Tuthill; Maria and Dayanna Garcia of Champagnat Catholic School (Hialeah); Florida State Rep. Manny Diaz Jr.; Waste Management Government Affairs Manager Alex Gonzalez and granddaughter. Samantha Masood. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Representatives from Waste Management joined by four students donned baseball caps at the Sept. 6 Marlins-Nationals baseball game to mark a $4.5 million scholarship pledge by the company. A long-time supporter of the Step Up For Students Scholarship Program, the contribution will provide K-12 scholarships for low-income Florida students. An oversized presentation check for $4.5 million equates to an estimated 895 scholarships for the 2013-14 school year. Since joining Step Up For Students in 2007, Waste Management has contributed more than $16 million to the program, and the company’s 2013 pledge of $4.5 million will bring the total to more than $20 million. “At Waste Management, we are committed to making the communities where we do business better places to work and live,” said Waste Management Community Affairs Manager Dawn McCormick. “We see our involvement with Step Up For Students as an extension of that commitment, and are proud to help almost 900 Florida families find the school that best fits their child’s needs this school year.” Step Up For Students, the nonprofit
organization that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, anticipates serving more than 60,000 lowincome students across the state during the 2013-14 school year. Through the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, corporations with certain types of tax liabilities may redirect the tax to fund scholarships, and receive 100 percent tax credit for the contributions. Waste Management, Inc. is North America’s leading provider of integrated environmental solutions, partnering with customers and communities to manage and reduce waste from collection to disposal while recovering valuable resources and creating clean, renewable energy. Step Up For Students administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program that is available to students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch and provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions. For more information, visit <www.stepupforstudents.org>.
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Do you or someone you know have Atopic Dermatitis (Also known as Eczema)? FXM Research in Miami is looking for males and females 18 to 65 years of age that suffer from Atopic Dermatitis (dry, red, scaling patches throughout your body with or without itchiness), to participate in a nine (9) 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 at no cost. • Reimbursement for time and travel up to USD $540.00.
¿Tiene usted o alguien que usted conoce Dermatitis Atópica (También conocida como Eczema)? FXM Research en Miami está buscando a hombres y mujeres de 18 a 65 años de edad que padecen de Dermatitis Atópica (parches de resequedad, enrojecimiento, descamación en su cuerpo con o sin picazón), para participar en un estudio clínico de investigación que requiere de nueve (9) visitas. No se requiere seguro médico para su participación en el estudio. Los participantes que califiquen recibirán: • Evaluaciones por un Dermatólogo Certificado. • Los medicamentos bajo investigación sin costo alguno. • Reembolso por su tiempo y transporte de hasta $540.00. For more information please call:
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‘Spooktacular’ at Dolphin Mall Families are invited to Dolphin Mall’s trick-or-treating and Halloween extravaganza at the mall’s annual “Spooktacular,” a special celebration featuring fun and entertainment for all. Little ghosts and goblins will be able to enjoy the festivities on Thursday, Oct. 31 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., highlighted by spectacular character sing-alongs, live music, fun games, face painters and balloon artists.
Costumed smallfry are welcome to trick-or-treat throughout the mall for goodies and participate in one of three costume contests: Age 3 years (and younger) ages 4- 8 and 9-12. Dolphin Mall is located five miles west of Miami International Airport at the Dolphin Expressway and the Florida Turnpike intersection, open Monday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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Six Hispanic Leaders Honored Hispanic culture and fall fashion came alive at Miami International Mall with the Ninth Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration created in partnership with the City of Doral on Sept. 27-28. Diverse cultures and flavors of various Latin American countries were displayed through an energetic fashion show and interactive entertainment. Six local lead-
ers recognized through the Hispanic Star Awards for their activities included Enrique Santos (Community); Deise Granado-Villar (Health Professional); Nubielena Medina (Small Business); Mireya Kilmon (Philanthropist); Dr. Maria Cristina Regueiro (Educator); Daniela Pelaez (Junior Community Leader).
Doral Councilwoman Christi Fraga (left), Marketing Director Sara Villega at Miami International Mall Hispanic Culture celebration.
Doral Mayor Luigi Boria (left) with Graciela Boria, Raymond Rodriquez Torres
Outstanding community leaders were presented awards Sept. 27.
Award Winner Enrique Santos (left), Shannah Rodriguez Torres, Raymond Rodriquez Torres, Mall Manager Alein Cadalos, Sara Villega.
Sgt. Javier Ortiz (left), Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado with wife, Raquel Ferrerio, Enrique Santos.
Diabetes Walk Nets $100,000 in Miami
Coral Gables Woman’s Club members supporting Diabetes Walk included (l-r) Gloria Burns, Jessie Francisco, Carol Rosenau, Lauren Chiara, Kate Swain. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
More than 800 residents participated in the American Diabetes Association’s “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes” Sept. 21, raising more than $100,000 to prevent and cure diabetes and improve those affected by diabetes. “Thanks to the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of our Red Striders, teams, volunteers, and sponsors, Step Out: Walk was a resounding success,” said MiamiDade Deputy Mayor Russell Benford. zLocal sponsors included Navarro Discount Pharmacy, Baptist Health of South Florida, Pizza Hut, Assurant, Florida Blue, FedEx, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, South Florida Times, Toyota, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, CarePlus,
Leon Medical Centers, Hogan Lovells, Trivest, Life4Diabetes, Medtronics, Publix Pharmacies, Becker & Poliakoff, Kaufman Rossi & Company, Nestle, Harvey, Covington and Thomas, and Perform Studios . T Nearly 26 million including 200,000 in Miami-Dade are afflicted with and among an estimated 18.8 million diagnosed, seven million are unaware they have the disease. If current trends continue, one in three American adults will have diabetes by 2050, the Association estimates. For more information, tel. 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit <www.diabetes.org> where information is available in English and Spanish.
MCS Inspires Charitable Service As Fall Activity Ramps Up MIAMI CHRISTIAN
UPDATE BY GLORIA BURNS
Students at Miami Christian School are committed to community service, not because it is mandatory but because it is part of their DNA. Recently, several indi-
students throughout the State of Florida. Its membership represents all of the major nonpublic school faith-based and non-sectarian Associations in Florida and thus encompasses the majority of the nonpublic schools within Florida's 67 counties. FAANS serves as a vital link between nonpublic schools and the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Education. Miami Christian School congratulates Dr. Logan on this election and is honored to have her represent MCS as an officer in that prestigious organization.
MCS Seniors enjoy Senior Breakfast at the Rusty Pelican.
On the sports front, Cross Country boys and girls teams have finished in top 5 out of 40 in their initial meets. Girls volleyball is also in season and the MCS is doing well recently winning over Calusa, Somerset and Brito.
Event to be held on November 9, from 9 a.m to 2 p.m., on the campus at 200 NW 109 Avenue. This event promises lots of fun, food, games, and bargains for all ages. Vendors looking to participate are asked to reserve space with Woody Gentry at 305.221.7754 x741.
L to R: Alekzander Reyes, Victoria Vila, Vicky Vila, Christian Vila and Joaquin Vila at MCH 5K Run.
viduals from the Miami Christian School family participated in the Miami Children's Hospital 5 K Run benefitting the Hospital's Foundation. One of the teams was comprised of students, staff and parents, including the Cross Country Coach, Vicky Vila, and another team was comprised of MCS graduates who are still giving back to their community while engaged in college studies and career endeavors. This promises to be just one of many walks and special events in which MCS students will be participating this year to support charitable programs. Speaking of community service , Miami Christian's Associate Head, Teri Logan, was just elected to a third term as the Vice President of the Florida Association of Academic Non-Public Schools (FAANS) for the 2013-2015 term of office. The Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS) is an umbrella agency with 23 Member Organizations, including 13 Accrediting Associations, representing over 1,300 nonpublic schools and their more than 300,000
The MCS Class of 2014 kicked off the school year with a Senior Breakfast at the Rusty Pelican. This was the first of many such planned activities for the seniors that will culminate with the Senior Supper and graduation. Among the many seniors gaining accolades this year is Elisha Cordeau, whose poem “War is Hell,” was officially registered in The America Library of Poetry 2013 Student Poetry Contest. The Library has invited him to have his poem published in a new book entitled “Discovered,” a compilation of select student poetry. Fewer than 20% of the authors across the US who submitted were invited to have their work published. In addition, Melisa Gonzalez wrote an essay for the Jiffy Lube, “What Drives You?” competition and received an Honorable Mention for her work. In other academic news, the Scholars Students have been busy working on their projects while the students in the Robotics Engineering program have been building robots and competing in inter-class competitions in preparation for the end of the year Robotics Fair.
Melisa Gonzalez receives Honorable Mention for essay.
Finally, plans are underway for a huge Community Garage Sale/Fall Festival
Elisha Cordeau, whose poem was registered The America Library of Poetry 2013 Student Poetry Contest
DBC Gets the ‘Herald Story’ The Miami Herald’s move to Doral headlined the Doral Business Council’s Signature Breakfast at Trump National Doral Sept. 17, told by David Landsberg, President and Publisher of the Miami Herald Media Company, along with Manny Garcia, Executive Editor of El Nuevo Herald. Also participating in the program was Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson DBC Board Member Sonya Cañas; David Landsberg, Health Systems with updates on the President & Publisher, Miami Herald Media Company, Miami-Dade hospital network. DBC Chair Elect Raul Pino
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DBC Ambassadors Ginger Poulos, Marianella Watanabe, and Gloria Burns with DBC Ambassador Committee Chair, Carlos Rivero, Jr.
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HESS SELECT — South Beach Seafood Festival
Miami’s Newest Culinary Event, The HESS SELECT South Beach Seafood Festival will celebrate the signature seafood of Miami, Oct. 19, 2013, and showcase premier culinary arts and entertainment while supporting local community education efforts in the area. It’s a must event, open to the public! This day long festival will be hosted at 9th and Ocean in Lummus Park, Miami Beach and will showcase a culinary experience with local restaurateur food gardens featuring signature menu items such as stone crabs, lobster mac, raw bar, ceviche, mussels, and paella, interactive activities and villages, signature cocktails, wine pairings, beer gardens, live entertainment, chef demonstration stations, a kids zone, and much more. General admission and VIP tickets are available at www.sobeseafoodfest.com. And, attendees get special benefits among
the opportunity to experience menu items in the culinary cafe areas and delicious cocktails, all available for purchase: GA: $25, includes entrance, access to all interactive & demonstration activities, live music, kids zone area, and more VIP: $150, includes access to the City National Bank VIP Pavilion with all day open bar and complimentary VIP food stations from restaurant partners, along with the VIP passport, and promotional giveaways Major event sponsors include title Sponsor, Hess Select, along with Premier Beverage, Bacardi, Stoli, Herradura, and VOSS, Gold Coast Beverages with Blue Moon, Peroni, and Crispin, our VIP Pavilion Host,City National Bank, Warren Henry Auto Group, the official Range Rover of the event, Badia, the host of the Chef Demo Village, Goya, Tabasco, Publix, Equinox, Coca-Cola, 50 State Security, Arquitectonica, Metro Signs, Mike’s Cigars, the official cigar supplier, US Army, Nature’s Own, and Target. Media Partners include Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Indulge Magazine, Community Newspapers, Just Ask Boo, and SocialMiami. Restaurant partners will be announced online. The event schedule will include a private VIP kick off dinner at Joe’s Stone Crabs, Thursday, October 17th in Jesse’s Room, hosted for major sponsors and festival part-
Stone crabs on ice ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ners to kick off stone crab season. The din- roster spans a wide range of brands, celebriner will include a signature wine experience ties, and charitable foundations currently by Premier Beverage’s Master Sommelier, resulting in 65 events each year. With almost 20 Andrew McNamara, among other gifts and years of industry experience and 800 successspecialties throughout the event. Limited fully completed events, our team strategically tickets are available for $500 a person. handles all aspects of your event marketing: Additional weekend events will be listed planning, concept development, sponsorship online at www.sobeseafoodfest.com. alignment and activation to ensure the work is SoBe Seafood Fest will be brought to you executed on time, on budget and on point. For by CI Management, who has chosen the more information, visit www.ci-mgt.com. Miami Beach Chamber Education Foundation, and CI Foundation, as well as ABOUT HESS SELECT Susan G. Komen in honor of breast cancer Hess Family Estates produces terroir drivawareness month as their event beneficiar- en wines on four continents, and includes the ies. For more information on the event, visit wines of The Hess Collection on Mount www.sobeseafoodfest.com or you can find Veeder in the Napa Valley; Artezin from us at facebook.com/sobeseafoodfest or on California’s North Coast; Sequana, hightwitter @sobeseafoodfest. lighting Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and Sponsorship opportunities are available the Santa Lucia Highlands of the Central by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Coast; MacPhail Family Wines, with Pinot calling 305-255-3500. Noir expressions from California and Oregon’s greatest growing regions; Peter Lehmann wines from Australia’s Barossa ABOUT CI MANAGEMENT CI Management is a full-service production Valley; Colome? and Amalaya from the Salta and management agency specializing in expe- Province of Argentina; and Glen Carlou riential event marketing solutions. Our client from Paarl, South Africa.
Theree iss noo redo Dr. Larry Benowitz
HEALTH & MEDICINE What is the most precious commodity on this earth? Is it gold? Platinum? Diamonds? None of them. The most precious commodity on this earth is a four letter word – TIME. TIME stands for four important words. This Is My Experience and that is what your life is. You are writing your own biography. How you spend your time determines the quality of your life. Remember these immutable facts: • Time is a non-renewable and irretrievable commodity. • None of us know the amount of time we will live on this earth. As each second of life passes, it is forever gone. Each second of the present and all preceding seconds cannot be redone. The message is clear; you must utilize your time wisely. Laziness, fear, and lack of direction will destroy your time and your life. Guard your time jealously. Always ask yourself if what you are doing, who you are with and what you are thinking is the best use of your time. If the answer to your question is “no” change gears and move on. Here is an analogy. Suppose you want to build a high-rise apartment complex. First you must purchase an empty parcel of land. However it is overgrown with weeds and trash litters the landscape. Before you can build you must clear the land. Similarly, before you can build a success-
ful, satisfying life you must clear the area of bad habits and ineffective behaviors. Our first order of business is to identify time wasters. I challenge you to do so by keeping a log of your daily activities for one week. You will be shocked when you are confronted with the amount of time you waste. Identifying and eliminating time wasters is the first step in re-taking control of your life. We must utilize effective strategies to regain that control. How often do you waste time doing things you simply do not want to do? Strategy: Use the most powerful word – no! Saying “no” to what is not right for you is incredibly empowering. Using this word is saying, “I know what I want for myself. I know what I like and I will conduct my life in such a way as to be consistent with who I am. I will not waste my irreplaceable time.” Saying “No” keeps the power in your hands where it belongs. Life and time are far too short to waste on people you do not choose to associate with, activities you do not enjoy, places you do not want to visit, events you do not wish to attend and sales people whose products do not interest you. How many hours of irreplaceable time could you save by implementing this strategy alone? Your assignment is to complete a time sheet of your activities over the next week. Identify those activities that are out of sync with your preferred use of time. Identify how many hours you have wasted by saying “yes” when you really wanted to say “no”? Remember, there is no redo. Dr. Larry Benovitz is a board certified psychiatrist practicing for more than 30 years. Direct questions and comments to Dr. Benovitz at <www.ThereIsNoRedo.com>.
Miami Christian School “Training Minds, Touching Hearts”
K-2 through 12th Grade College Preparatory School with Dual Enrollment, AP, Scholars, Honors, ESOL and ESE Programs.
Legacy Awards Gala Presented by
Accredited by SACS - (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) Step Up, McKay and VPK4 Scholarships offered.
200 N.W. 109th Ave. Miami, FL 33172
For more information call 305-221-7754 Ext. 773
The Doral Business Council Legacy Award is presented to those individuals who have dedicated years of public and private service to the growth and expansion of the City of Doral. Through their diligent efforts, the City of Doral has become a thriving and prosperous place to Live, Work, Learn and Play! It is with great appreciation that we bestow the 2013 LegacyAward to these truly admirable business leaders.
Miami Christian School Hosts
Regional Director Citibank
Executive Vice President Perry Ellis International
President Esserman Automotive Group
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Trump National Doral Miami
6:00 pm Cocktail Reception 7:00 pm Legacy Awards Gala Legends Ballroom Black Tie Optional $200/Ticket
Community Vendor/Garage Sale Join the Fun on Saturday November 9, 8:00 am - 2:00 pm Children’s Activities, Food, Bargains Galore For Vendor Space Call: Woody Gentry @ 305.221.7754 x 741
$25 Donation per reserved space
Office: 305-470-9597 e-mail: email@example.com www.doralbusiness.com Please RSVP no later than October 23, 2013 Doral Business Council 2315 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172
Grow Your Business With Miami’s
Community Newspapers Call Gloria Burns at 305 284-7379 or 305 968-3090- Cell Gloriagalburns@aol.com www.communitynewspapers.com
DBC Legacy Awards Gala Kick Off at Charlie's Bistro
DBC Chairman Elect Raul Pino (Marriott Villas), Joe Marouf (Carolina Ale House) and DBC's Ron Mann.
Nubielena Media (NMG Consulting), Marcia Cleary (Citibank), Ambassadors Nella Watanabe (Comcast) and Gloria Burns (Miami Christian School and Community Newspapers) with Diana Jelen (Jelen Accounting).
On September 19, sponsors and DBC members gathered at Charlie's Bistro in Costa de Sol in anticipation of the October 26th Gala being held at Trump National Doral and honoring Barbara Romani, Joseph Roisman and Ron Esserman.
Honorees Barbara Romani (Citibank) and Joseph Roisman (Perry Ellis) with former DBC Chairman Nubielena Medina.
John Burns (Gross Financial Services), Barbara Romani (Citibank), Saul Escobar (Sanchelima & Assoc.), Sonya Ca単as (Mercantil Commercebank) and Peter Jude (Kendall Regional Medical Center)
Former Doral Mayor JC Bermudez, Sonya Ca単as (Mercantil Commercebank), Doral Vice Mayor Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, Councilwoman Christy Fraga, Charlie's Bistro owner Annika Bratt, Charlie's Manager Joaquin Curuchet and honoree Barbara Romani.
Live in Sure Wealth and Leave a Legacy Many people don’t like to talk about life insurance because, well, most people don’t like to talk about dying. But, life insurance should be a part of everyone’s long-term financial strategy, says Howard Kaye, president of Howard Kaye Life Insurance Agency. Life insurance is an asset – it should not be viewed as an expense. In fact, life insurance may be the only solution that offers you a guaranteed return on principal. “Life insurance is and should be an investment alternative in every truly diversified portfolio,” said Kaye. “We work with our clients to help them understand how best to use life insurance to create and preserve wealth.” First and foremost, life insurance safeguards your family’s future. It protects your loved ones and gives you peace of mind knowing they will be taken care of in the event of your death. But when properly planned and executed, life insurance can do so much more. The focus of life insurance in estate planning is to leave your family and charities the most money possible. For high-wealth individuals, life insurance is there to pay the estate taxes that Uncle Sam will surely take. Having proper amounts of insurance can prevent your heirs from selling assets at a discount to address tax requirements, says Kaye.
Howard Kaye ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– As the saying goes – the only things certain in life are death and taxes. When you have life insurance, your payout is guaranteed, and the good news – your taxes will be covered. “Everyone is going to die, so you might as well get paid for it,” Kaye said. “At the end of the day, life insurance is money. I
often ask my clients, ‘how much money would you like to buy?’” Even if you have a life insurance policy, it does not mean your heirs and charities are properly protected from loss of value due to taxes. “It’s important to periodically review your policy to be sure you and your family are properly covered,” said Kaye. “A consultation to review your existing policy is always complementary, and it is time wellspent.” Kaye warns that individuals who do not have life insurance are exposing their family to many risks. Life insurance may be the difference between preserving your family’s quality of life and a serious financial setback. Kaye and his team of advisors are determined to help you find the best plan for your family. “There is a program for every age and every level of wealth,” he said. Kaye has assembled a team of knowledgeable advisors to work with him in his boutique agency based out of Boca Raton, which serves clients nationwide. The team can assist you with estate and legacy planning and charitable gifting. They can help you maximize the benefit of your IRA, and introduce you to the 401-KAYE plan. This program allows adult children to ensure their parent’s legacy passes seamlessly to the next
generation and generations beyond. Another offering – the Everything Solution – “is one of the best products I’ve seen,” says Kaye. This policy is a great alternative to a CD or money market product, but it has better growth potential than those accounts. “It’s fully liquid, it has a tax-free benefit and is safe from market losses,” said Kaye. Kaye has more than 29 years of experience in the industry. It’s safe to say that he probably learned a thing or two from his father, Barry Kaye, who is widely recognized as the father of the wealth preservation industry. Like his father who was also a regular in the media, Kaye spreads the wealth of his knowledge on his a 30-minute financial news and educational television program entitled “In Sure Wealth” Television, with Howard Kaye, which airs Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., on South Florida’s WXEL. The show also airs in the Miami market on WPLG-ABC which airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:30am. Contact Howard Kaye Insurance Agency for a complimentary consultation at 800-343-7424. For more information, visit www.howardkayeinsurance.com.
Mercantil Commercebank launches 2013 Zoolens Photography Project BY DANIELLE ALVAREZ
Mercantil Commercebank, one of the largest banks headquartered in Florida, has announced the 2013 launch of its Zoolens Photography Project. Developed in partnership with Zoo Miami and the Zoological Society of Florida, the bank’s month-long contest encourages middle school students from both public and private schools in Miami-Dade County to visit Zoo Miami, creatively photograph their favorite animal and enter the photo for a chance to win prizes. Started in 2010, the Zoolens Photography Project was designed to foster awareness of wildlife among students through the art of photography. The project since has garnered the participation of hundreds of students and in 2012, was opened to all middle school students. This year, the contest will run from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31. Midway through the project, on Oct. 12, the bank will host a free event for students at Zoo Miami, where attendees will enjoy the exclusive experience of collecting photography tips from Zoo Miami’s director of communications and Nikon Ambassador Ron
also will receive a professional camera and student membership to the North American Nature Photography Association and their respective schools will receive a donation from Mercantil Commercebank. The 10 honorable mentions will receive $100 Visa gift cards. “Mercantil Commercebank is delighted to once again launch our Zoolens Photography Project for Miami-Dade County middle school students,” said Millar Wilson, Mercantil Commercebank vice chair and CEO. “We are proud of our original program, which engages students, allows them to showcase their creativity, and unites the community through education and art,” he added. “It truly is inspiring for me to see students develop connections to the animals and be encouraged by wildlife education,” said Magill, who will serve as a contest judge. “The images they submit display both the beauty of wildlife and the extraordinary talent of Miami-Dade’s young photographers.” In 2012, Albert Parson, a student from Middle school students get a chance to photograph the animals at Zoo Miami during the Zoolens Photography Project South Miami K-8 Center (Expressive –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Arts Magnet) took home the first place prize. His photograph, “Butting Heads,” Magill, a noted photographer and wildlife was among nearly 300 submissions. expert. In addition to Magill, the 2013 Zoolens Students interested in participating in the Photography Project’s panel of judges 2013 Zoolens Photography Project will be includes Zoological Society of Florida asked to submit an original, artistic photoboard member Grizzel Gonzalez; Pulitzer graph of a Zoo Miami animal, before Nov. Prize-winning photojournalist Patrick 1, through their schools or by bringing Farrell; internationally acclaimed phototheir entry to any Mercantil artist María Martínez-Cañas, and New Commercebank banking center. World School of the Arts visual arts profesOnce the contest is over, a panel of dis- sor and curator Rosario Martínez-Cañas. tinguished judges will choose three grand To learn more about the 2013 Zoolens prizewinners and 10 honorable mention Photography Project and how to enter, winners. The winner will receive a $2,000 visit <http:/zoolens.com> or savings account, second place will receive facebook.com/Zoolens. For more infora $1,500 savings account, and third place, mation on Mercantil Commercebank, a $1,000 savings account. The top three visit <www.mercantilcb.com>.
Floridaa Healthcaree Plus,, thee servicee you u want BY LEE STEPHENS
Florida Healthcare Plus (FHCP) is among the most successful and innovative managed care companies in the state. With a focus on quality customer service, cost-effectiveness and “grassroots” relationships with Primary Care Physicians, FHCP continues to expand its presence in the Florida healthcare arena. FHCP started out in 2004 as a pre-paid health plan, addressing the needs of lower income families. Today, they are a licensed Florida HMO (health maintenance organization) with branches in major population areas such as Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Tampa. By January 2014, their participating networks will be available in 16 counties throughout the state. At the heart of FHCP’s success is their mission to limit costs and placing the proper emphasis on preventative care. “Preventative care is key and it is the future of healthcare,” said Abe Rodriguez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for FHCP. “The goal should be to keep people healthy. This philosophy is evident in the extent of the services we provide to our members and in the caliber of physicians in our network.” The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been phasing into the healthcare system since 2010 and is planned to be fully implemented by
next year. The Act promotes prevention, wellness for public health and provides funding commitment to these areas. A healthier population will actually reduce the cost of healthcare and improve the population’s quality of life and productivity. This strategy of national prevention and health promotion also improves the delivery of healthcare to constituencies that were often denied coverage by insurers or dropped by an insurer once a substantial claim was made. For practitioners and healthcare institutions, the ACA requires greater transparency and accountability than ever before. In this regard and others, FHCP is a “fantastic fit” for the ACA, according to Abe Rodriguez. Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) who are providers with FHCP have the opportunity to get their practice in line with the new regulations. Increased accountability calls for greater monitoring of preventative care via electronic health records. Physicians, PCPs will need IT capabilities that allow them to maintain and file detailed reports properly. FHCP will provide solutions to their participating providers and assist them with the reporting requirements via electronic patient files (EMR/EHR) while ensuring that they are reporting on a timely-basis as the physicians maintain high scores with preventive care.
Abe Rodriguez, vice president of sales and marketing for Florida Healthcare Plus –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
FHCP takes great pride in the way it conducts business. “We believe in doing it the old fashioned way—one handshake at a time,” said Abe Rodriguez. It has proven to be just the right way to increase business. The personal touch extends to every prospective provider and every prospective patient. FHCP limits costs and practices prevention to such an extent that this relatively small company can invest the savings into benefits instead of rewarding a large group of stockholders. These benefits include an over the counter debit card that is recharged in $100 increments every month. The member can use the card at select locations to purchase over 25,000 health-related products, from aspirin to blood pressure cuffs. Another is FHCP’s unlimited transportation service for members, offered free of charge. The company has purchased its own fleet of comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans, operated by drivers trained and employed by FHCP. A free gym membership is offered to all members. To find out about becoming an FHCP provider or to enroll in Medicare or Medicaid-based programs, contact FHCP at 1-855-431-1609 or visit them at their website at <www.floridahealthcareplus>.