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Davis views serving on council as lesson in civics



DSWM offers tips for post holiday recycling

atricia “Shannen” Davis likens service on Community Council 11 to “Civics 101 on the front

lines.” Twice-elected as chair of West Kendall’s local Zoning Appeals Board, Davis, at the outset of a new year weighing issues that change the community’s landscape, also believes incorporation of Kendall is not likely to occur soon. “Even the charrette study Community Council 11 voted for will probably need some private source of financing to become a reality,” said the 64-year-old social worker and mother of two sons, now well experienced in community development and growth issues. Since 2006, Davis has served on the

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Patricia “Shannen” Davis wields gavel on West Kendall zoning.

Memorial for Paul Barrow to honor friend of many BY RICHARD YAGER


memorial service is planned on Tuesday, Jan. 25, for friends and neighbors of Paul Barrow, 46, co-partner of the Devonaire Service and Tire Inc., who was shot and killed by an unknown individual on the morning of Dec. 16. A Celebration of Life is planned at the Cortland Industrial Park Citizens Crime Watch as part of a general meeting, arranged by a longtime friend of Barrow, Richard Freer, and co-chair of the group with Richard Squires.

A representative from the Miami-Dade Police Department has been invited to address the session at 3 p.m. in the Crossings Commerce Center, 12590 SW 128 St. “Paul was always a professional,” recalled Freer, who said he and Barrow were truck rental agents in the 1970s. “I knew Paul to be resilient, reliable, dependable, affable and considerate.” Freer said Barrow once operated from the Chevron service station on Kendall Drive at SW 100th Avenue and later “moved closer to my neighborhood, working as a mechanic at the Devonaire Chevron Station at SW 122nd Avenue.

When the station discontinued doing repairs, he opened up the Devonaire tire and service center in the adjacent shopping center,” Freer added. Born Oct. 13, 1964, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Barrow was educated in the Miami-Dade public school system where he attended Miami Sunset Senior High School, Testament to Barrow’s many friendships and business reputation were more than 130 messages praising his service, honesty and upbeat personality, posted on

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oliday celebrations and gift giving mean lots of extra waste and recyclables for collection by Miami-Dade County’s waste collection crews and recycling service providers. To help waste collection and recycling customers manage their waste, the MiamiDade Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) offers the following tips: Recycle as much as possible. The county’s single-stream recycling program offers a convenient way to manage extra holiday waste. The program accepts the following: • Glass, aluminum, steel and narrowneck plastic food and beverage containers (such as soda, water, juice, milk, eggnog and cider containers). Aluminum and plastic beverage containers can be flattened to save space in the cart. • Paperboard boxes used to package food and beverages such as crackers, cookies, cereal, pasta, soda/juice cans, juice boxes, hot chocolate packets and other convenience foods. Flatten these to maximize space in the recycling cart. • Gift boxes, shoe boxes and corrugated cardboard boxes. Be sure to break down the boxes so that they fit completely inside the cart. • Holiday cards, letters, magazines, store catalogs, gift wrap tubes, non-foil gift-wrapping paper, newsprint and pack-

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Walk for Witty to raise awareness about DUI BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Once again preparations are underway for the Walk for Witty, a walk that raises awareness of the dangers of drunk driving and boosts the funding for thespian scholarships. The walk — which takes place in memory of Helen Marie Witty, a Palmetto High School student killed in a DUI auto accident — is scheduled for Jan. 29. This year, the event is being organized by Krysta Lee Garcia, president of the Palmetto High Thespians. “Every four years the Thespian president has the option of doing the walk, but only every four years because it’s such a big undertaking,” Garcia said. “I’ve been working on this since I was nominated in May.” That includes working with Palmetto alumnus Noah Gray to film a series of public service announcements to run on Palmetto TV broadcasts. Four years ago, 800 people participated in the walk. Garcia said they are expecting 8001,000 people this year. “The community seems to be very willing and very accepting of the walk,” she said. “It’s a blessing to expect so many people to come.” Registration forms are printed and ready

for anyone to download from the <> website (go to What’s New and then to download documents). It costs $10 to register in advance and $15 at the event. Registrants receive a t-shirt and a bracelet. Thespians also have an ongoing bracelet sale. The bracelets say, “Be safe, be sober, be someone.” The walk will begin at the Palmetto athletic field and continue to Evelyn Greer Park and back to the school. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the walk commences at 9 a.m. The walking portion should take about an hour to an hour and a half. “We are going to have organizations and different speakers,” Garcia said. “Miami-Dade County is bringing out the simulation bus. We’re going to have a couple of activities.” Feedback about the event has been good. They already had registrations coming in as early as November as well as donations. “Students are actually willing to help,” she said. “We went to 50 different locations and put flyers in there,” she said. Those locations include many of the shops and restaurants at Suniland Shopping Center, including Flannigan’s and Tutti Frutti. Garcia said that while some students might not remember Witty, who died in 2000, but

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they can connect to what happened to other former and current Palmetto students who have been in car crashes that involved alcohol. “I think, unfortunately, we’re still not getting the message,” Garcia said. “It keeps taking more and more people’s lives. Stop and thinking about getting into a car with someone who has been drinking.” The Walk for Witty already had raised $15,000, not including registration, by the first of the year.

“We’re doing very well,” Garcia said. “We’re expecting a lot of people registering the day of. We are hoping to raise $25,000 to $28,000.” The first $5,000 will go to MADD. The rest will go to scholarships. There is one scholarship just for a Palmetto thespian and there is a scholarship that can benefit thespian students who are in District 8 for Thespian. District 8 ranges from Broward County south to Monroe County.

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DAVIS, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– council in its first and only “at large” seat, three years later succeeding Domingo Castillo who retired from the council in 2009 without seeking reelection. “During the ’80s and ’90s, Kendall was growing by leaps and bounds,” recalled Davis, a native Miamian with a Master of Arts degree in sociology from Barry University. Described as a bedroom community, West Kendall particularly attracted families seeking large homes, new schools, some greenery and local services. “Our area became a major tax contributor to the county, but in return, we really have received few services back.” Davis said that was her motivation to begin speaking publicly for the need for incorporation that has now largely been stifled by economic priorities of current times. “Unfortunately, our area has been hit hard by the housing crisis and revenues are down,” she said. “The sort of study to address the possibilities would need to be privately financed through some sort of incorporated planning committee. And I

MEMORIAL, from page 1 –––––––– a memorial website. Known for waiving charges when customers were unable to pay, Paul was typically described by Wilma Reschetar of Kendall as “a man of integrity…we should strive to emulate. He was generous, caring, honest and compassionate…doing what he did best for his customers.” Funeral services were held Dec. 21, in Temple Bet Breira Samu-El Or Olom, 9400 SW 87 Ave. Internment followed at Mount

don’t see that happening in the next couple of years.” At the last non-zoning meeting conducted since the county did away with the sessions, Council 11 asked for a charrette for a proposed center of West Kendall to provide guidelines for its future growth. The boundaries were a one-mile circle radiating from the intersection of SW 137th Avenue and Kendall Drive, lengthened south to include SW 120th Street. Although Davis voted with a majority for the study, she said a single focus on a center for Kendall “doesn’t make sense when you are trying to explain an area from Bird Road to Quail Roost Drive between the turnpike and Krome Avenue. “A charrette only covers one square mile of that area. Charrettes cost about $80,000 so in a time when services and jobs are being cut it is an unlikely expenditure,” she advised. “Since developers have done all sorts of research on our area, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could acquire and filter those existing studies?” Nebo Cemetery. Barrow is survived by his wife, Audree; daughters, Jennifer Webb, Hannah Webb and Stefani Barrow; a brother, Daniel Barrow; half-brother, Rick Barrow, and mother, Sylvia Barrow. Barrow was found with a gunshot wound to his head by a customer around 8 a.m. on Dec. 16 in the shop, at 12253 SW 112 St., which normally opens at 9 a.m. He died soon after being airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. MDPD officials investigating to determine if the shooting involved a customer or robbery said the case would be continued to be handled as an “open investigation” until further notice.


It was a question she asked with a diplomatic touch that may come from Davis’ career in social causes. A certified addictions professional, today she works for Spectrum Programs/Miami in behavioral health and family intervention services. She has managed cases for Dependency Court and facilitated groups in “batterment” intervention, anger management, DUI and substance abuse. She once served as an assessor and facilitator for Lifeline of Miami and has a business background in financial management as well as both creative director and writer for an advertising agency. “My goal as council chair has been to present a welcoming demeanor and tempo,” she stated. “Some extra control is required when things get heated so I have tried very hard to stay fair and impartial.” Davis won nearly 60 percent of the total votes cast in an August primary vote with a count of 7,080 to newcomer John P. Arrien’s 4,751. She pointed out that her most recent victory saw “support from some folks whose applications I have voted against.”

A resident of the Forrest Lakes area of West Kendall, Davis said the use of her nickname, Shannen, came in the 1970s when “several teenaged friends on Miami Beach were changing their names to find their ‘true selves’ and not liking our bequeathed monikers. “I picked ‘Shannen’ and since we all kept hanging around together, the nickname stuck — but I always answer to both [Patricia and Shannen].” What does she look forward to in 2011? “It’s a shame the non-zoning meetings ended,” she said. “l hope Commissioner [Joe] Martinez steps up soon to hold a town hall meeting out of his budget. Some others have done so.” As for her work with the Zoning Board, she said, “None of us will get rich in our jobs but all of us choose to serve our community in as many ways as possible. We’re open-minded and everyone gets heard. “I believe we represent smart growth, jobs, preservation of resources and striking a balance between the right of individuals who own land and the overall good of the community.”

DSWM, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ing paper. All of these paper products are acceptable in the county’s single-stream recycling program. Reuse whenever possible. If you are replacing old toys, clothing or household items with new ones, or simply tidying up after the holidays, remember the old adage — One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Gently used books, toys, clothing and household items always are welcomed by local thrift shops or charitable organizations. And donating goods keeps useful items out of the landfill. Recycle your electronics. Old electronic devices — such as computer monitors and televisions, printers, cellphones, DVD players, recyclable batteries and the like — should not be placed in the blue recycling carts or the green EZGo waste carts. These products are manufactured with materials that potentially could be harmful to the environment if disposed of in a landfill. Instead, residents should take these items either to the DSWM’s two Home Chemical Collection Centers or one of the eight select Trash and Recycling Centers that accept electronic waste.

P roperly dispose of the rest. What’s left of your waste (including standard disposable batteries in sizes AAA, AA, C, D, 6V and 9V) after you’ve recycled and reused should fit nicely into the county’s 96-gallon EZGo waste cart. Miami-Dade solid waste customers are reminded that excess garbage will not be picked up from the curbside. Extra bags and waste placed on top of or alongside the cart cannot be collected by the automated waste collection vehicle. The Miami-Dade Department of Solid Waste Management provides curbside recycling service to 348,000 single family households in the unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County as well as all residences in 21 participating municipalities including Cutler Bay, Florida City, Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and South Miami. For more information on how to recycle or properly dispose of items in Miami-Dade County visit the Department of Solid Waste Management’s website at <> or call 3-1-1.

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In 2011, just recall the recallers!


AROUND TOWN Next came the results of two Commission recall attempts, one in which Ruvin validated sufficient signatures to recall District 13 Commissioner Natalie Seijas, largely on the same grounds. A second recall action of District 5’s Bruno Barriero failed due to an insufficient number of signatures from his district voters. That left our 13 Commission members scheduling a December 29 meeting to determine when to call the Mayor’s recall voting and whether or not to combine Alvarez and Seijas voting on the same ballot, one the Seijas supporters claim would unfairly result in her removal along with a heavy vote expected to oust the Mayor from office. With each countywide balloting costing an estimated $4 to 5 million in logistical expense, it’s no small matter in the face of belt-tightened budgets already cutting back worthwhile county services. (Remember that when voting to recall the Mayor). We applaud Commissioner Carlos Gimenez for refusing to take part in the meeting that flopped last week when only six of the 13 members showed up, failing to act without a quorum present. Gimenez protested the meeting itself on several counts, not the least of which was having

the agenda include provision for some charter amendments involved but not all, as well as a review of dating the SeijasAlvarez ballot. Weeks ago, a few may remember our denouncing the entire effort to recall Mayor Alvarez without proof of malfeasance or criminal acts, a stand we were pleased to see Miami Herald columnist Michael Putney support last week by writing “…there’s a remedy short of a recall. It’s called an election, and citizens dissatisfied with their elected county representatives can replace them every four years . Kicking them out of office immediately by recall is an extreme remedy that should be reserved for those who commit grave ethical errors or acts of malfeasance…” Now, it’s reported that at least two Commission members are playing politics with the recall dating to push personal agendas in an effort to secure the Mayor’s job for themselves! Should that occur — in effect, kicking dirt in the face of voters who have already voiced their disgust with recent Board politicking – we’ll be among the first to call for their removal for “ethical” misbehavior. And if that doesn’t work, we’ll be pleased to remind our readers to vote NO should their names appear on any future ballot for the Mayor’s office. Impatience has stirred Braman and his followers to mount an unwise and costly action for the recall of Mayor Alvarez. We hope sufficiently-intelligent folks turn out to vote against that action, if only to restore

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support of the traditional function of representative government instead of allowing momentary passion overrule the wisdom of established principle. Lee Zimmerman, newly-elected president of Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations, will take the gavel for KFHA’s first meeting in 2011 at 7 p.m., Monday, January 10, in the Civic Pavilion at Kendall Village Center, 8625 SW 124 Avenue. District 7 Commissioner Carlos Gimenez is the speaker on “Proposed Changes to the Miami-Dade County Charter.” West Kendall Business Association starts the New Year with a networking session on January 11at University Credit Union and first meeting on January 27 at a new location, Killian Palms Country Club ballroom, 9950 SW 104 Street, replacing the familiar Signature Gardens venue on SW 122 Street. For details on the organization now in its sixth year, log on to its web site at Reminder: Friday, January 7 is the last day for pickup of discarded Christmas trees

(with all tinsel and decorations removed) during regular MDC trash pickups. Starting Saturday, January 8, trees must either be taken to a drop-off location at nearest recycling depot, or placed in the waste cart as trimmed branches without overstuffing the trash container. Mulch from dropped-off trees will be available at 13 county recycling centers by January 15 with Kendall’s nearest location is the Sunset Kendall station, 8000 SW 107 Avenue. Thought of the Day: January 1st is no different from any other day of the year. It’s what you do with the opportunity for a fresh start that matters. — Anonymous

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Contest is on to draw two new congressional districts R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY Let’s see, where do we start? Florida’s registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by approximately 600,000, yet Republicans control 19 of the state’s 25 U.S. House of Representative seats. Why? Because the districts’ boundaries from which the 25 congressional representatives are elected were drawn to favor Republicans. Before we go any farther, let me say that when the Democrats were in control they gerrymandered the district boundaries to favor their party. So, redistricting congressional boundaries is an “in” party activity, not one limited to Republicans. Gerrymandering refers to the act of manipulating a district’s boundaries from which a representative is elected to increase one political party’s numbers over the opposition to gain, or retain, control of the district. Sometimes the boundaries are so distorted that they can be as narrow as one city block and extend for miles to pick up a few voters of the favored party.

The term Gerrymandering refers to 1812 Massachusetts’ governor Elbridge Gerry, who signed a bill that redistricted his state to favor the Democrat party. Thereafter, any state that created favorable party districts was referred to as Gerrymandered. The recently concluded 2010 census counted 18,801,310 Floridians, an increase of 2,818,932 over the 2000 census. Based on the increase, Florida will be awarded two additional congressional seats. It is interesting to note that if it were not for the state’s immigrant count, Florida would have only received one new district. It is now up to the Florida Legislature to carve out the two new districts. This would be an easy win for Republicans. They could increase their control by creating two “heavy” Republican districts adding to their control of the congressional delegation in Washington. The 2010 census told us that the population shift from the Northeast to the West and to the South has continued through the past decade. The move was not motivated by a desire to leave the cold north for the warm south and west as much as it is a reflection on the loss of jobs in the what was once the high salary employment areas such as Detroit and other manufacturing areas. The lost jobs have moved to countries that offer lower salaried

VIEWPOINT employees such as China and Southeast Asia. Our country, unfortunately, is moving from an industrialized high-salaried nation to a “service Industry” country where the average worker is laboring for minimum wages slinging hamburgers, not manufacturing automobiles, shoes or electronics. Last year Floridians approved two constitutional amendments that gave specific detailed instructions on how new districts would be created as well as how current districts would be redesigned. The basic concept of the two constitutional amendments, for both seats in the Florida Legislature as well as U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, was to eliminate drawing boundaries to favor any one political party in favor of creating homogeneous districts that represented the common interests of the community. Now, it is up to the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature to create the two new districts using the new constitutional amendments as their guide. This isn’t going to be easy. First, Republicans are challenging the new amendments in court as being unconstitutional as the new amendments would, they

allege, hurt minorities’ ability to elect public officials. If they win and the amendments are eliminated, they will be free to create two new “Republican” congressional districts and further their party’s influence in Washington. If they are not successful, they will be required to not only create two new districts that comply with the intent of the two amendments, but must redesign all the existing 25 districts to make them compliant with the new guidelines. Republicans are looking to continue control of the Florida Legislature as well as their delegation in Washington. Democrats are looking forward to redesigned districts that will give their registered majority a chance to win back control of Tallahassee. This will be interesting. We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Many questions remain as we begin a new year Al Sunshine CBS MONEY WATCH As we begin the new year, we still have a lot of questions on our minds. Will 2011 be any better for the U.S. economy and our families than 2010? Here are some questions worth pondering: • Will foreclosures slow down and what about business expansion and new hiring? • Will our local real estate markets improve and our homes start gaining value again? • Will it be any easier getting loans on cars and homes and other consumer goods? • Are our banks any stronger and will we finally see the end of failed banks being taken over by Uncle Sam? • How will consumer prices for gas and food be affected? Will we see prices rise again as inflation heats up? • As far as our investments and retirement accounts are concerned, will we finally start seeing more improvements in the markets and will they be enough to get us back to where we used to be? We have lots of questions with few real answers. Chief among those questions is this one: Will 2011 be any better than 2010? The best answer might be — yes, if we make it that way. In fact, national forecasters predict the recovery will remain slow through at least the first half of 2011. If you’re an optimist — that means we should see more of the continuing slow improvements we first started seeing more

clearly towards the fourth quarter of 2010. Consumer confidence has improved, along with consumer spending and over-all industrial output. The balance of trade is improving too, as American-made goods become better bargains on the world market. And if consumers keep up their spending, hiring will improve as well. Still, the hard, cold reality may be that unemployment is not expected to improve until possibly late 2011. Jobs will remain a hot issue both nationally and locally as consumers struggle to pay their bills and stay in their homes. Without new jobs, the U.S. economy will continue to see a very slow recovery that could potentially run out of steam as current federal stimulus funds expire. The other issue that’s potentially boosting continuing unemployment is the fact that as property tax revenues continue to fall, state and local budget pressures may require even more public sector layoffs. If that happens, thousands more workers including teachers, police and firefighters across the country could find themselves without jobs. Businesses should see some improved end-of-the-year profits based on decreased operating costs after so many job cuts. However, at some point, replacing fired employees and hiring new ones may see a boost. Expect most companies to remain very cautious about expanding too much during the first half of 2011. Even so, I believe that by the third and fourth quarters, 2011 business expansion should see a decent boost as companies prepare for another improved holiday shopping season. Watch Al Sunshine’s Money Watch reports Monday-Friday beginning at noon.

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‘CHARLEE and Chocolate Factory’ fundraiser coming to Pinecrest BY KRISTIN SEIGWORTH

CHARLEE Homes for Children, a private non-profit agency that has helped thousands of children in the Miami-Dade foster care system begin a new life, has announced its second “CHARLEE and the Chocolate Factory” celebration and fundraiser. The fantastic family-centered event will take place on Feb. 27 at Evelyn Greer Park in Pinecrest, and promises to indulge the senses with delicious treats and games. Children and adults alike can enjoy an assortment of carnival fun, games and sweet treats — all for a great cause. All proceeds from this decadent and delicious fundraiser will benefit CHARLEE Homes for Children, the largest foster care provider in Miami-Dade County,

serving more than 1,000 children and youth each year. Dave Barry, humor columnist, is master of ceremonies. Fun surprises are in store for the whole family. Event chair is Shelly Dimitrijevic and honorary chair is Paula Brockway. Event hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Evelyn Greer Park is located at 8200 SW 124 St. in Pinecrest. Advance purchase tickets (before Jan. 28) are adults, $100; children, $50. To purchase, call 305-779-9793 or visit online at <>, and click on the CHARLEE and the Chocolate Factory banner. Ticket prices will increase after Jan. 28. For more information call Suzy Schumer at CHARLEE, 305-779-9600, ext. 641, visit online at <> or send email to <>.

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That ‘gift’ may carry income tax obligation BY BILL WALLACE, CPA, CLU

One of a series by West Kendall Business Association members providing helpful advice to readers. Even if a supervisor were to tell an employee that his salary is a gift, the IRS would disagree and call it taxable compensation. Receiving cash or property at no cost can be desirable but not all gifts are “tax free.” Gifts from friends, family, or even total strangers given out of generosity generally are tax free, regardless of the amount. But gifts from an employer to an employee usually are taxable income and can be subject to FICA taxes as well. Year-end bonuses from employers would be considered taxable gifts, even if given in the holiday season. Also considered taxable are holiday gifts in any amount as cash, gift certificates or gift cards — and even some employee “achievement” awards. Employees can enjoy a free Thanksgiving turkey from a company because low-value gifts are not taxed. However, most employer gifts, other than those of nominal value, are still subject to withholding. While an inheritance is generally income tax free, there are exceptions when that inheritance involves untaxed income from retirement plan benefits, traditional IRAs, and commercial tax-deferred annuities. While normally free of federal estate taxes, funds received from the inheritance itself could be subject to income taxes. For example, if you inherit a $50,000 traditional IRA in 2010, you might not be taxed immediately but you could be taxed at the time you withdraw those funds from the IRA.

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Most prize winnings are taxable, so when Oprah bestows gifts to her entire audience it’s a great feeling, but each happy fan that day can expect to be taxed at fair market value on any prize received. And while Oprah’s endorsement of a book of may be “priceless” to its up-and-coming author, any royalties from that book are still taxable. Hopefully, the author will be so overjoyed with a bestseller that he won’t mind paying taxes on those royalties! Bill Wallace, CPA, CLU, MBA is owner of Wallace & Associates. A 25-year tax preparer and retirement planner in Kendall, he is past-president of Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, South Dade chapter, and an online business professor at Jones College, based in Jacksonville. For information, call 305-596-1933 or visit <>.

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14th Jewish Film Festival coming to Cosford Cinema BY SHEILA STIEGLITZ

Can an ex-con find redemption by coaching an upstart Orthodox Jewish baseball team? Humor hits a home run over bigotry and self-doubt in The Yankles, a heart-warming film that opens the CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 22, at the University of Miami’s Bill Cosford Cinema. A washed-up former pro player is sentenced to mandatory community service, and soon discovers that the only people willing to give him a second chance are equally desperate yeshiva students on a quest to start their own baseball team. “The lineup of films scheduled for the opening weekend at the Cosford, have a thread of commonality that reveals modern history as seen through the eyes of young people,” said Ellen Wedner, festival director. “The feel-good comedy, The Yankles, uses humor to challenge tradition, while other films balance tolerance, identity and family issues to create powerful and poignant stories.” Inside Hana’s Suitcase is a mystery told through the voices of children from Japan,

Canada and Czechoslovakia. It begins with the delivery of a battered suitcase to the Tokyo Holocaust Education Resource Center, and follows the center’s quest to find out about Hana Brady, a name painted on the case. As the information unfolds, the young storytellers chronicle 60 years of history, and weave the past to the present. The film is recommended for age 10 and up. A special discussion follows the screening. The Israeli film Eli and Ben tells the story of a mischievous 12-year-old who is preoccupied with playing tricks on his teachers and on his crush, who is the most popular girl in class. His life abruptly changes when his father, Ben (actor Lior Ashkenazi, Late Marriage, Walk On Water), the city architect, is arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes. Eli is certain of his father’s innocence and sets out to convince the police inspector in charge of the investigation, that his father is wrongly accused. “An Arab, a Jew, a Chinese and a Philippine walk to school…” — sounds like the beginning of an old joke, but that is not the case. In the Israeli documentary, World Class Kids, these are some of the

Berlin ’36 is based on the true story of German gold medal contender Gretel Bergmann (Karoline Herfurth) during the 1936 Olympic Games.

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second-graders at a school in the heart of Tel Aviv. Following these students for one year, the atmosphere in the classroom becomes volatile as the Gaza War upsets the social dynamics. With poignant intuition and uninhibited directness that is unique to 8year-olds, the children point out basic conflicts in Israeli society, deal with painful identity issues, and experience the first cracks in their childhood naiveté. Berlin ’36 is inspired by the true story of Jewish high jumper Gretel Bergmann and replays a remarkable piece of forgotten Olympic history. Bergmann was considered a top contender for the gold medal during the Nazi controlled 1936 Summer Games. However, the Americans threaten an Olympic boycott if Jewish athletes were barred from competing. To the Nazis having a Jewish athlete on the Aryan team would be intolerable, so

they conspire to replace her with an überathlete, who years later is revealed to be a man. The film explores the tenuous friendship between two outsiders who find themselves in unimaginable circumstances. The festival continues through Sunday, Jan. 30, with films screenings at the Regal Cinema South Beach and the Sunrise Cinema Intracoastal Mall. Tickets for the CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival, except for opening and closing nights, are $11, general admission; $9, seniors/ students, and $7, Film Society members. A $118 Fast Pass provides entry into all films. Film Society members receive discounts on tickets and Fast Passes and advance festival ordering. This program is presented with the support of the City of Coral Gables. For complete movie listings and to purchase tickets, log on to <> or call 1-888-585FILM (3456).

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Good prices, selection define Treehouse Wine and Spirits BY LINDA RODRIGUEZ BERNFELD

Treehouse Wine and Spirits has a broad selection of wine and spirits at a good price. Store manager Austin Peters takes care when selecting wines and spirits to ensure that his prices are competitive. He also personally selects the wines and spirits to guarantee the best quality and best tasting wines and spirits are available in the store. Peters is a wine lover who hails from Annapolis, MD. He was a literature major in college who worked in the restaurant industry. He worked with a chef who sparked his interest in wines. “I’d always loved beer,” Peters said. “I had done a lot of home brewing.” He found wine fascinating and began studying it, including reading as much as he could and learning through wine tastings. “When I graduated school I couldn’t take the cold anymore,” he said. “I happened across this wine and spirits store. It was on Lejeune and Ponce de Leon.” Peters became the manager and was given carte blanche to organize the store as he saw fit. “In two and a half years, we’ve brought in more wines,” he said. “We’ve paid very close attention to what wine we have in here. We go through the steps of tasting and compar-

Treehouse Wine and Spirits manager Austin Peters is pictured in front of the store.

ing prices. I’ve tasted just about every bottle we have in the store.” The store later moved to 233 Aragon Ave., just east of Books and Books. Peters instituted a policy of not buying something he knows can be gotten significantly cheaper elsewhere. So if the distributor is giving stores a discount to buy 60 cases, he passes by that deal. “I’m very aggressive and specific about what I’m carrying,” he said. “We have really

good prices.” The advantage he has at a smaller shop such as Treehouse is that the shop can be a bit more focused in what it carries. That means he does not have to carry high production wines. He believes that the taste on high production wines can be inconsistent and taste is of paramount importance. “The only wines you’ll find here are small production wines,” he said. Still, there are plenty of reasonably priced

wines that he can recommend. “I have a pretty large selection of excellent table wines, $7 to $10 a bottle,” he said. He checks wine rating services to learn about wines, using only those services that don’t accept advertising, believing that the ratings from those services are unbiased since they aren’t reliant on the ad revenue from wine companies. “I really only carry wines that have a good rating from them, a 90 or better,” he said. He also only carries wines that he likes, finding it easier to talk about wines that he considers good instead of just trying to make a sale. As far as spirits, Treehouse has the wellestablished liquors such as Grey Goose, Johnny Walker Black and Bacardi. “But then I also make it a point to carry a bit harder to find labels,” Peters said. “Like Tuthilltown Spirits. They make small batch whiskeys out of New York State. I carry a good representation of both sides of the market from lesser known brands to more established brands.” Treehouse has an email club to let customers know about events at the store, including bi-weekly tastings. Information also is posted on Twitter. They recently did a tasting of single malt whiskey, and a rum tasting is planned. For information call 305-461-1873.

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Shops of Sunset Place home to CasaIdeasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first U.S. store

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The Shops at Sunset Place, one of South Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading retail and entertainment destinations, continues to improve its retail mix by providing more great options, including the addition of CasaIdeasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first U.S. location. Specializing in stylish and affordable home dĂŠcor, CasaIdeas stocks more than 500 new items every three weeks or more than 10,000 original products, yearly. From festive dinner plates to cozy rugs and blankets, CasaIdeas offers shoppers everything that they could want and more, helping them to create a space that is fun, creative and uniquely theirs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited to welcome CasaIdeasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first location in the United States to our popular collection of retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues,â&#x20AC;? said Alein Cadalso, mall manager at the Shops at Sunset Place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Shops at Sunset Place continues to be a vibrant part of the Miami community offering great shopping, dining and a place to meet.â&#x20AC;?

For more information about Casaideas, visit online at <>. The Shops at Sunset Place is an open-air shopping venue that features a majestic waterfall and cascading fountain amidst a dramatic grand staircase. The mall is located at the intersection of S. Dixie Highway (US1) and Red Road (SW 57th Avenue) in South Miami and is managed by Simon Property Group Inc. The Shops at Sunset Place offers a lineup of dining and entertainment venues, including AMC 24 Sunset Place with IMAX, Color Me Mine, Cool-de-Sac Play CafĂŠ, Dan Marinoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Gameworks, and Splitsville Luxury Lanes and Dinner Lounge. In addition, the Shops at Sunset Place is home to leading retailers such as American Eagle Outfitters, Armani Exchange, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble Superstore, Forever 21, Hollister Co., Gap/Gap Kids, Niketown, Pottery Barn, Victoriaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secret, Urban Outfitters, and Z-Gallerie. Additional information is available at <>.




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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens seeking Volunteer Guides Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami’s extraordinary European-inspired estate on Biscayne Bay, will be hosting an open house on Jan. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., for volunteers interested in providing meaningful and interactive experiences for visitors by leading tours. Vizcaya is located at 3251 S. Miami Ave. New Volunteer Guides training is scheduled for every Tuesday, Jan. 18-Mar. 1, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and attendance at all seven sessions is required to become a Volunteer Guide. Benefits of being a Volunteer Guide include complimentary daytime admission to the museum, discounts on select Vizcaya public programs and in the Café and Shop, on-going training opportunities and materials, and camaraderie. Volunteer Guides will be selected based on an application and interview process during this open house. A completed application should be received no later than 5 p.m. on Jan. 4. For more information, send email to <>. TEMPLE BETH TOV-AHAVAT SHALOM WELCOMES ROSH CHODESH SHEVAT Enjoy a delicious catered dinner on

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS Jan.7, 7 p.m., as the Temple Beth TovAhavat Shalom, 6438 SW Eighth St., welcomes Rosh Chodesh Shevat (beginning of the new month of Shevat). The cost for the dinner is $18 per person and there is no charge for children. Following dinner is the Friday night service beginning at 8:15 p.m. For RSVP information, call Benno at 786-223-7757. THE FALLS STARTS NEW YEAR WITH ‘FAMILY FRIDAYS’ MUSIC SERIES A series of free performances dedicated to celebrating music from around the world will take place on Friday, Jan. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Falls, 8888 SW 136 St. The first in the “Family Fridays” music series is Dyanna, a talented and entertaining Latin pop singer with unique vocals. Call The Falls at 305-255-4571 or

visit online at <> for more event information. MIAMI-DADE PARK’S DEPARTMENT TO HOST FREE KITE-MAKING EVENT Learn the art of kite making from kite crafters representing Cuba, Haiti and Trinidad on Jan. 9, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Haulover Park, 10800 Collins Ave. This free event, presented by Skyward Kites will include music and demonstrations of stunning artistry. The kite workshop is open to all ages and kite-building kits will be available for a nominal fee of $5. Participants also have the option of bringing along their own kitebuilding materials — paper, dowel sticks, bamboo and hardware are suggested. For information about the kite workshop and other Skyward Kite activities at Haulover Park, contact Dan Ward at Skyward Kites at 1-303-893-0906. For directions and information about Haulover Park, call 305-947-3525. DR. SIDNEY INDGIN, MD TO PRESENT ‘FROM KENDALL TO KENYA’ AT CLUB The New Neighbors Club of South Dade, a 60-year-old social club that originated with Welcome Wagon, will present the program “From Kendall to Kenya,” featuring local board-certified dermatologist Dr. Sidney Indgin, MD, on Jan. 12 at the Coral Gables Country Club, 997 N. Greenway Dr., beginning at 11:30 a.m. This program will be presented at the monthly luncheon. Cost of the luncheon is $24 and reservations are required. Call Barbara Richards at 305-595-8631.

LIBRARY SEEKING VOLUNTEER TUTORS FOR PROJECT L.E.A.D. The Miami-Dade Public Library System is seeking volunteer adult-literacy tutors for Project LEAD (Literacy for Every Adult in Dade) during a free workshop on Jan.15, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St. This free, confidential one-on-one tutoring program will assist adult learners in basic reading and writing. Attendees must bring a picture ID for required fingerprinting and background check. For more information, or to register, send email to <> or call 305-375-5323. CHINESE ACROBATS COMING TO HOMESTEAD ON JAN. 7 The famous Golden Dragon Acrobats from China will perform in Homestead on Friday, Jan. 7, as part of the Homestead Community Concerts 2010-11 season. The 35-40 acrobats, direct from Hebei, China will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the new South Dade High auditorium. Their tradition began more than 27 centuries ago, and they have appeared in all 50 states and 65 different countries on five continents. This is an opportunity to see these world famous performers for the cost of a season ticket at $50 for this and the next two performances or for the single ticket price of $25. Lots of free parking is available and there is handicap access. For more information, call 305-235-8818 or 305-253-6620, or visit online at <>.

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FNBSM celebrates opening of new office in The Falls

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First National Bank of South Miami (FNBSM) recently conducted an office warming party to celebrate the opening of its new Falls Office, located at 8941 SW 136 St. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really a special event for our bank, this is our third office in Miami-Dade County,â&#x20AC;? said Bruce Wirtz MacArthur, chair of the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The shareholders and the board of directors look forward to the great opportunities that this additional location brings to us.â&#x20AC;? The bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president, Drew A. Dammeier, addressed the group and expressed heartfelt thanks for the efforts of the many people whose hard work made the opening a reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are extremely fortunate to have a team like the one we have at FNBSM,â&#x20AC;?

Dammeier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The vast experience of our officers is invaluable in helping to guide the bank as we fulfill our mission of providing superior financial services to the community with an emphasis on professionalism.â&#x20AC;? First National Bank of South Miami was able to take possession of the space on Nov. 1, 2010 and open its doors for business just seven days later with everything newly renovated. With assets of $370 million, First National Bank of South Miami offers a wide variety of personal and commercial banking services, including investment, trust, and estate planning, as well as a complete suite of cash management services. For more information and to speak to one of the professionally trained bankers, visit the website at <> or call 305-667-5511.




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Need a New Year’s Resolution? Consider Finding a Financial Advisor. I wantt to o startt shopping forr a financiall advisor.. What should d I bee looking g for? Someone you can trust and feel comfortable with. A person who has several years of experience in both good and bad times. A well educated person. Someone who really listens to both the husband and the wife. Someone who provides objective advise to you and who is legally and morally obligated to serve your best interest at all times. Someone who does not have a sales quota of investment products to sell to you. Someone who has malpractice insurance for your protection. Someone who is regulated and supervised by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). Someone who is not a sales rep but an actual money manager. How w manyy financiaal advisorss should dI interview? The more the better, but make sure you ask the same questions to each one. Ask for their credentials, experience, investment process, references and code of ethics. I suggest that you talk to each advisor one on one. Consider talking to at least 3 advisors before you decide.

Theree aree a lott off credentialss thatt advisorss use.. Aree theyy alll th he same? No. Each credential has a different level of course content and time requirement to attain the credential. Some credentials focus on life insurance such as the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) and a Charter Life Underwriter (CLU). The CLU is more of a Masters Degree in the area of insurance. Some credentials focus on mutual funds such as a Certified Funds Specialist (CFS). The credential that focuses on comprehensive financial planning is the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). It is more of a Masters Degree in personal financial planning. Ask the advisor for details of their skills and education. Rick Tonkinson is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP™) who works with working people in your area since 1991. The family business, Rick Tonkinson & Associates, Inc is located at 100 Almeria Ave, Suite 310, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Telephone # 305-447-6617. Securities offered through Securities America Inc member of FINRA/SIPC. Rick Tonkinson Registered Representative. Advisory Services offered through Securities America Advisors, Inc. Rick Tonkinson Investment Advisor Representative. Rick Tonkinson and Associates, Inc. & Securities America companies are not affiliated.

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Special Christmas party brings holiday cheer to Haitian kids Miami Jewish Health Systems (MJHS), one of South Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest providers of comprehensive healthcare, helped spread Christmas cheer to a group of children affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti by hosting a special Christmas party for them on Dec. 22, 2010. At the party, which marked the first Christmas since the January 2010 tragedy, MJHS staff/residents joined Miami Heat mascot Burnie and City of Miami Mayor TomĂĄs Regalado in handing out dozens of toys, including bicycles, to a group of more than 25 children who were evacuated from the island nation after the disaster.

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Secret passion for fashion becomes her lingerie line BY GARY ALAN RUSE

Coral Gables resident Priscilla Codinach, now better known as Priscilla Jade, is an innovative lingerie designer who has a line of smart and sexy garments available in several area boutiques and online as well. Codinach, who attended St. Brendan Catholic High School, which has a fairly conservative dress code, has just launched her latest collection called “Noir,” which is a line of mix and match pieces — all in black. At one point she thought she might become a medical professional, but she followed her heart and ended up with a surprising and creative business. Although she surprised everyone, including herself, the roots of her interest in feminine fashion reach back to her childhood. “My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was 8,” Jade said. “I wanted to make my Halloween costumes every year. I created projects from anything I could find in the house. When I started college I originally wanted to do something in the healthcare field, but something triggered when I left for fashion school.” The lingerie angle also was a natural

Priscilla Jade is pictured in her workshop with some of her projects. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– extension of her childhood experiences and formed in these costumes with ruffles and was shaped by her early observations. bows,” Jade said. “I found a similarity “When I was young I danced and per- between my costumes and the things I found in my mother’s lingerie drawer. I put two and two together and realized the sassy coy attitude women had when wearing these outfits. I couldn’t wait to wear lingerie.” Born in Alabama, there is a trace of Southern Belle in her personality and in her approach to life and fashion design, but she also is all about women’s empowerment and feeling great in lingerie on its own merits, not just to please a man. While some of her pieces are very sexy, others are aimed more at the perfect amount of sexiness for women’s everyday wear. Jade also does custom bridal lingerie by appointment. “Being sexy is timeless,” Jade said. “A Priscilla Jade woman is classic and confident. Some can consider fancy lingerie a lux-

ury, as it should feel on the skin. However, I believe that over the years, with the struggle to maintain a lifestyle, that what I create is accessible and affordable for every woman.” Having come a long way from her high school days, Jade works hard on her creative venture, and has even gotten interest from Vogue magazine and Ocean Drive based on her latest collection. But that hasn’t kept her from being a big supporter of the community, working closely with the Get Styled Give Smiles Holiday Campaign, Toys for Tots, Hands on Miami and other worthwhile causes. Besides her current designs, Jade keeps trying out new ideas and hopes to expand her collections to include other members of the family. “I design with all elements of getting a good night’s sleep,” Jade said. “My collections include comfortable loungewear items and corsets with tie-side panties. I will be designing a men’s line in the near future and creating a sleepwear line for children. “I have built amazing relationships with boutiques all over Miami. I have learned so much from the women who dress real women with real budgets. You can visit the website and find a listing once the new collection is available at retail stores.” Jade said she is enjoying the ride on which her passion for fashion is taking her. Even interviews are more fun than she thought. “I thought I would freeze up with interview questions,” she said. “When the interviews are over, whether they are in person or though email, I surprise myself with my answers. I have been designing for many years and love being able to talk about what I do. Relating to my customers about my passion and drive means so much to me. It’s made me who I am today and pushed me to where I want to be.” For more information visit her website at <>. She’s also on Facebook and Twitter.

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8108 SW 172 Te.

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Beautiful 3 bdrm/ 2 bath Cutler Bay home, 2,431 sq ft, large bdrms, very spacious family room/ kitchen area. Oversized lot with great backyard and room to park a boat. 2 car garage.

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Red Cross names winners of 2010 Spectrum Awards

Pictured are (l-r) Phillis Oeters, Spectrum Awards Luncheon chair with eight of the 11 spectrum awards winners: Debra Scholl, Mona Adams, Cristina L. Hernandez, Bella Goldstein, Mayda Cisneros, Kimberly Wilson, Andrea Ivory and Rochelle Baer. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––


The American Red Cross announced the winners of 2011 American Red Cross Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women during a November cocktail reception at the Kelley Roy Gallery. Eleven women were honored for their exceptional work in improving our community in many ways. They serve as examples of the humanitarian principles of the American Red Cross: Humanity, Impartiality, Independence, Unity, Neutrality, Universality and Voluntary Service. The ladies will receive the 18th Annual Sara Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards during a luncheon in their honor on Feb. 3 at the JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. The 2011 Hopkins Woodruff Spectrum Awards for Women Honorees are: BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Philanthropy Award, Tracy Mourning; Rosalind Ludwig Chairmen’s Award, Yolanda Berkowitz;

Cervera Real Estate Ambassador Award, Alex Villoch; Bank of America Cultural Award, Debra Scholl; J.N. McArthur Foundation Education Award, Rochelle Baer; Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra Entrepreneurial Award, Mayda Cisneros; Baptist Health of South Florida Healthcare Award, Andrea Ivory; Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association Hospitality Award, Kimberly Wilson; The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation Volunteerism Award, Bella Goldstein; Barbara Nelson Red Cross Service Award, Mona Adams, and Swanee and Paul DiMare Youth Award, Cristina Hernandez. For more information about the Spectrum Award and the luncheon, go online to <>. For more information about the Red Cross, visit online at <>.

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Florida Renaissance Festival returns for second conquest

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After a year away from pillaging their village, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella rejoice with joy over regaining their kingdom in Miami as the Florida Renaissance Festival returns for a second conquest at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami. The Miami festival weekend dates are Jan. 15 to 23, including Monday, Jan. 17, for Martin Luther King Day. “Last year, we were welcomed with open arms by Miami,” said Bobby Rodriguez, executive producer of the Florida Renaissance Festival. “Now we want to continue the tradition of having the Florida Renaissance Festival in Miami for years to come at Virginia Key Beach Park by our commitment to bringing new and exciting shows every year for our event goers.” With the Florida Renaissance Festival returning to Miami, along come new and exciting acts combined with last year’s favorites to delight event attendees throughout the festival. These include: Gabriel Q — bizarre and hilarious big puppets and stilt characters that consist of Giant Butterfly, Caterpillar, Baby and The Queen of Hearts on her high white horse and many more. Faire Stories represents the blending of the magic and enchantment of traditional fairy tales, the joy and exuberance of Broadway music, and the unique interactive experience offered by Renaissance faires. Peter Suarez, aka “Manolete,” a worldrenowned dancer brings his many styles for the Miami show. He had the distinction of being the only dancer ever hired to perform

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An introduction to Judaism for children of unaffiliated families

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Local interior designer featured in new book BY LEE STEPHENS

Children from Kindergarten–8th Grade will discover the treasure of Judaism — from values to vocabulary, stories and holidays, tastes and sounds.

Five Saturdays 10:30 am–Noon beginning January 29th This program is open to all children in the community. Temple membership is not required.

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in a home located in a northern suburb of Chicago, or the coziness of a ski lodge creatSandi Samole, a Pinecrest resident, and her ed in a Florida residence. Samole and her company S&B Interiors Inc. are featured in design team have completed a long list of the 100 Florida Architects and Interior projects throughout Florida, Chicago, Boston, Designers hardcover book edited by Damir Colorado and Maine. Sinovcic with a forward by Beth Dunlop. Samole has been named a Designer of the 100 Florida Architects and Interior Year by the Interior Design Guild of South Designers is a 460-page volume with stun- Florida and awarded the Design Spectrum ning full color images that offers Award for a Transitional a fascinating insight into the curResidence over 5,000 square feet rent work of Florida’s creative by the American Society of design professionals. This is a Interior Designers. In addition, striking compendium of designer her work has been published in portfolios. numerous magazines and books Published by Design Book, the throughout the world. book presents the work of creative Samole is a past president of design professionals whose the Interior Design Guild of diverse backgrounds and design South Florida, the Interior philosophies are shaping Florida’s Design Association of Florida guilt environment. The book and has devoted countless hours showcases a vibrant cross-section to community service receiving of work that includes single-famiSandi Samole ly homes, high-rise offices, luxury –––––––––––––––– the Jerry Shane Humanitarian condominiums, hospitals, churches, muse- Award for her efforts. ums, sports arenas, college campuses, airports Interior Design and Space Planning is an and entire cities. art that takes years of experience and a wide Samole, an award-winning interior designer, variety of projects to perfect. Samole’s portfohas headed her design firm for 30 years. Two lio is not limited to residential projects as it of her projects are featured in the book. Her includes synagogues, churches, retail stores, philosophy is one of creating a living sculpture building renovations, professional offices and for her clients regardless of the style of furnish- healthcare facilities. ings they prefer. Incorporated into her design For all your home or office design needs, work are detailed accessories and art. From the her firm can take you from “Concept to blueprint stage to completion, she always is Completion.” The creation of unique yet looking for ways of bringing function to the art functional environments is the main thrust of her design philosophy. with which she enjoys working. Samole, along with her design team, proAs a designer who has worked nationwide, Samole believes interior design should not be vides great customer service to go along with limited by the location of a project. Each their design skills. This service orientation client is entitled to the surroundings and takes the stress out of the building, remodellifestyle they are comfortable with regardless ing or furnishing process. For more information or pictures of projof where their home or office is located. Through the use of textures, colors, fabrics, ects, contact S&B Interiors Inc. by calling appropriate furniture and art the feeling of the 305-661-1577 or sending email to warmth of Miami in January can be created <>.

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Cruise on Allure of the Seas raises $1.3M for United Way BY YANET OBARRIO SANCHEZ

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Authors to discuss latest in Magic Tree House series BY ELIZABETH ZAJAC

In the newest addition to the perennially bestselling and trusted Magic Tree House series, Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House Books for Young Readers on sale Jan. 11, $12.99), the beloved brother-sister duo Jack and Annie are transported to India to complete their new mission. Releasing simultaneously is the nonfiction companion research guide, Magic Tree House Research Guide #23: Snakes and Other Reptiles by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (Random House Books for Young Readers on sale Jan. 11, $4.99), with illustrations in both by Sal Murdocca. In support of the books’ publication,

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Osborne and Boyce are embarking on a national tour. They will be in South Florida on Jan. 16, 2 p.m., at Temple Judea, 5500 Granada Blvd. in Coral Gables. The event is hosted by Books and Books. The newest addition to the Magic Tree House series packs loads of adventure and magic in this frightening (but not too scary!) tale. In a magical whirl, Jack and Annie are whisked away to Mughal, India, in order to find the four objects necessary to break the spell that has been cast on Merlin’s beloved penguin, Penny. There, the brother-sister team must battle cobras and ride wild elephants to complete their new mission. Old and new readers alike will find another thrilling Magic Tree House adventure among the pages of A Crazy Day With Cobras. Yet again, Mary Pope Osborne masterfully mixes magic, humor, and history in this thrilling tale. While reading A Crazy Day With Cobras, readers can refer to its nonfiction companion research guide, Snakes and Other Reptiles to find fun facts, exciting photos, and interesting tidbits. There they will find answers to such questions as: Can snakes really be charmed? Which reptile has the deadliest venom? The Magic Tree House Research Guide is the perfect way for kids to discover more about the fascinating topic of snakes and reptiles! A Crazy Day With Cobras is available in the now-customary three platforms: print, audio, and digital. Since its debut in 1992, the hugely popular Magic Tree House series has sold 70 million copies in North America alone and continues to be one of the most renowned and beloved children’s series today. The series has been translated into 28 different languages in 31 countries, and is widely regarded among children, teachers, and parents alike for its power to instill a pas-


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“almost really happened.” He developed the curriculum for the The Celtic Cultural Series presents Tales Creative Writing Department at the from the Irish Club, a discussion by the University of Miami and in honor of his 50 author, Lester Goran, on Sunday afternoon, years of teaching the university developed Jan. 9, 4 p.m., in the the Goran Writing Series, Upstairs Room of which includes some of the JohnMartin’s Irish great authors he has taught. Restaurant, 253 Miracle All Celtic Cultural Mile in Coral Gables. Series events are free and Goran grew up in an Irish open to all. Ample parking neighborhood of Pittsburgh. is available on Miracle Although he is not of Celtic Mile and in the city parking ancestry, his colleagues garage behind describe him as “more Irish JohnMartin’s, accessible than the Irish.” from Aragon Avenue. Tales from the Irish Club The Celtic Cultural Series is a collection of short stois produced by the St. ries that the New York Times Patrick’s Day Committee described as some of the Inc. with the support of the Lester Goran, author liveliest fiction in the counCity of Coral Gables, try. The club in the title Miami-Dade County refers to a lodge of the Ancient Order of Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Hibernians in his neighborhood and Goran Affairs Council, Mayor and Miami-Dade claims that the things he wrote about Board of County Commissioners.

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Chris Dean’s 3D exhibit making debut at Harold Golen Gallery

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Harold Golen Gallery has announced the latest solo exhibition featuring the work of artist Chris Dean. “Transylvania” is a series of 3D lenticular images that reflect on ideas of transformation and acceptance in the context of Detroit’s troubled landscape. The show opens to the public Saturday, Jan. 8, with a live musical performance by the Gold Dust Lounge. ”Transylvania” is an exhibit that uses the unusual medium of lenticular holography to create multi-layered, hypercolor images with stunning depth and motion qualities. Dean uses this process to create illusions that make objects appear to levitate from the surface of the image and shimmer and move as viewers walk by. Although lenticular images have a 50-year history of kitsch and commercialism, the technology is used by Dean in an exciting way that takes full advantage of the medium’s potential. The content focuses on Dean’s relationship with the troubled city of Detroit and the

concept of transformation — in the city but also as a universal truth. “Stability is an illusion,” Dean says in the opening paragraph of the show’s statement. This theme gets played out in the exhibit’s 11 3- by 4-foot pieces where robots, rainbows and prostitutes seem caught in an inexplicable metamorphous, as Dean would say all thing are. The photographically based pieces are brightly colored and temper the sometimes gritty content with an element of humor and otherworldliness. The Harold Golen Gallery, 2294 NW Second Ave. (305-576-1880) promotes and exhibits emerging and established artists in the “Pop Surrealism” genre. Established in September 2007, the gallery is located in the Wynwood Art District of Miami. Some artists that show with Harold Golen are Ron English, Glenn Barr, Mitch O’Connell, Chris Dean, Skot Olsen, Nik Satterfield, Shag and many others. Gallery hours are Saturdays 1-5 p.m. and by appointment. The galley also has extended hours every second Saturday during the monthly Gallery Walk.

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Kendall Gazette 1.4.2011  
Kendall Gazette 1.4.2011  

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