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CC12’s youngest member wants to get things done Inaugural ‘Walk 4 Friendship’ Kendall community T councils prioritize attracts 500 participants

BY RICHARD YAGER

he youngest member of the East Kendall Community Council already has made his first pledge for community improvements, and plans many more. Winning his Sub-Area 126 (KillianFalls) seat at age 22 in the August 2008 primary, Jorge Luis Garciga is believed to be the youngest individual ever elected to a community council seat since the zoning appeals boards were established in 1996. “I was brought up on giving service to the community, and that’s the primary reason I decided to run for community council last year,” said Garciga, now 23. “I want to get things done in my district.” At his first non-zoning meeting, Garciga proposed a program of posting community council agendas at neighborhood supermarkets and libraries to motivate meeting attendance by residents at their only local government entity. The idea JORGE L. GARCIGA supports former chair Carla Ascensio-Savola who initiated people-to-government liaison in her area. For starters in southeast Kendall, he wants a covered bus bench for the elderly “who now stand out in the rain” opposite Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus.

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BY RICHARD YAGER esidents need to contact their respective community councils whenever they want action by Miami-Dade County on any project from paving potholes to growth planning, according to county Planning and Zoning representatives who addressed the Kendall Federation of Homeowner Associations (KFHA) on Monday, Feb. 9. During February and March, East Kendall’s Council 12 and West Kendall’s Council 11 are concluding priority recommendations for preferred local spending during the county’s 2009-10 fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1. East Kendall Council began considering requests at a Jan. 21 session and expects to finalize its requests during its next non-zoning meeting at the Kendall Branch Library on Mar. 18.

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Pictured are some of the 500 participants in the first annual “Walk 4 Friendship” on Feb. 1. BY LEE STEPHENS

he Friendship Circle hosted its first annual “Walk 4 Friendship” on Sunday, Feb. 1, with about 500 participants. The walk was created to raise money and support for the Friendship Circle, but also to promote awareness that children with special needs are children just as any others, and should be treated with dignity, love, and friendship.

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The walk in the area surrounding SW 87th Avenue and 112th Street was followed by a festival with live music, food, games, moonwalks, a petting zoo, and more. With the sun shining, the enthusiastic participants enjoyed the three-kilometer walk in support of this unique organization. In 2003, Rabbi Yossi and Nechama Harlig of Chabad of Kendall/ Pinecrest, heeded the call of the special needs children, their families and –––––––––––––––––––––– See

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Miami Archdiocese’s first bishop honored with street renaming BY MARY ROSS AGOSTA

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Auxiliary Bishop John Noonan will join Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez on Friday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m., in unveiling the new street signage renaming SW 167th Avenue from Kendall Drive (SW 88th Street) to Killian Drive (SW 104th Street) as Archbishop Carroll Way in the intersection where Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School is located. “It is only fitting that Archbishop Carroll’s memory live on in this western-most end of Miami, since he was so dedicated to the expansion and growth of the Catholic Church in this Archdiocese,” said Sister Marisa Ducote, OCD, principal of Archbishop Carroll High School. “The Archbishop has left us a great

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WALK, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– GARCIGA, from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– the hundreds of teenagers anxious to make a difference in the lives of people and the world around them by bringing the Friendship Circle to the area. The Friendship Circle matches teenage volunteers with families who have children with special needs to create an array of activities from home visits, to yoga club, parent’s nights out, sibling workshops, teen trips, a Birthright Israel trip for young adults with special needs, and more. The Friendship Circle was started in 1995 by Chabad emissaries Rabbi Levi and Bassie Shemtov of Bloomfield Hills, MI, and now there are over 60 Friendship Circles worldwide. Parents, volunteers, supporters and friends all came together, gathered teams, and raised money in support of the Friendship Circle. Stacey Margulies’ husband, Jason, reported how overwhelming the support was. He sent an email to request support and was astonished at the response. “I got a response from a person I spoke to once in Hawaii who said what a phenomenal cause and sent $100,” Jason Margulies said. Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner said the walk was a sign of “how wonderfully enriching an experience for those who give their time and their friendship.” The basis of the Friendship Circle is called Friends at Home. Once a week, a pair of teen volunteers go to the home of

a child with special needs to bring companionship, social interaction, some fun activities, and a big break for the parents. Sofia Narvette is an 11-year-old with speech and learning challenges. On Wednesday’s, Dana Bensadon, a 10th grade student at Coral Reef Senior High, and her partner, Vanina Zack, make their way to Sofia’s house to visit, play games, and connect with her. “I like to make her smile,” Dana said. From the parents’ perspective, the program is nothing short of heaven-sent. “They’re wonderful friends that offer Sofia the ability to hang out with older kids,” said Sophia’s mom, Libby Navarette. “The parents can do laundry or relax and it’s easier for the child to warm up because it’s in their own home; there’s privacy,” director Nechama Harlig said. Stacey Margulies, another parent of a child with special needs, said of the volunteers for her sons, Harrison and Jackson, both of whom are on the autism spectrum, “It’s one less time I have to be on duty, and they’re not watching TV or playing video games. They have the interaction they need and it’s one on one.” For more information about all of the worthwhile and inspirational activities that are coming up for the Friendship Circle, you can visit the website at <www.friendshipcirclemiami.com>, or call 305-234-5654.

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He also hopes to interest Public Works in eliminating a weekday parking jam of cars that line SW 97th Avenue, north and south of Killian Senior High School. “It’s not only hazardous but it jams up traffic unnecessarily,” he said. “I want to see 97th Avenue south of Kendall Drive rebuilt with center medians, just like it was done around Glades Middle School, north of Sunset Drive.” Now seeking his master’s degree in Architecture at Florida International University (FIU), he attends classes twice a week while “learning the ropes” in planning and design at MGE Architects of Coral Gables. “I want to use what I learn to help plan a better community, just as the Kendall charrette recommended in 2007,” Garciga explained. Born just one hour past Christmas Day on Dec. 26, 1985, the son of Jorge and Ida Garciga soon showed his talents and community interests, growing up in the Killian neighborhood and graduating in 2003 from Christopher Columbus High School where he set a record for 1,041 hours of community service as a member of Miami-Dade’s only Fire Rescue Explorer Unit and Honor Guard. He also became its president, learned CPR in the process and qualified as a certified instructor at the age of 16. Working with an engineering firm for the first two-plus years of his business life, he has just become a member of the South Florida Chapter of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), and plans to become a LEEDaccredited professional for MGE, prominent firm in the design of senior residences. As a coincidence, Garciga’s connections include former Council 12 member

Edward D. Levinson, a professor of architecture who “taught my mother, my sister and grandmother at Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus, all before I began school in that field. They still work in different areas of design, my grandmother included.” Not all hardwork and no play, Garciga said. “The pride of my life is my 1968 GTO red convertible that my dad helped me buy and restore. We’re both antique automobile nuts.” Jorge is already a firstplace winner in an Antiques Automobiles Club of America show where he proudly exhibited his “baby.” His interest in architectural “Green Building” became a touchstone with the veteran member he succeeded on the council, Robert Wilcosky, who helped create the East Kendall Charrette, influencing decisions that would incorporate “Green Building” requirements into county’s requirements for new public buildings. “I reached out and was really helped by Mr. Wilcosky, Jose “Joe” Valdes, Ms. Ascensio-Savola and other members,” Garciga said. “I think my interest in architectural design and planning can complement the expertise in law and real estate our other members have. “But what we really need to do is get more people educated about the councils, what they do, and how they can work for the community,” he added. “What surprised me the most when I campaigned for the seat was hearing over and over, what’s a community council? People didn’t even know we exist. “That’s why we need to get people involved directly with us to improve Kendall.”

COUNCILS, from page 1 –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Strengthening police manpower and equipment is one objective, caused in part by the recent bold daylight robbery at Dadeland, as well a general increase in home burglaries reported in both Kendall and Hammocks Police districts. West Kendall Council approved five items Feb. 11: (1) Funding a West Kendall Charrette; (2) Completing a sidewalk on the south side of SW 47th Street east of Curry Middle School; (3) New street lighting on SW 104th Street and 157th Avenue; (4) recreation building at Lago Mar Park, and (5) Public parking for Kings Meadows Park. Miami-Dade’s Office of Strategic Budget Management representatives

annually meet with all 10 community councils in unincorporated areas prior to recommending a countywide budget for consideration by commissioners. “Non-zoning meetings were designed to be conducted every other month to hear from residents about what’s needed in their area, at any time, as well as budgeting sessions,” said Marisol Triana, Planning/Zoning liaison for community councils. “If a project requires potential funding, this is the time to make such requests known to local councils.” For information, visit online at <www.miamidade/gov.plan/zone> or call 305-375-2800 to identify local council members.


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Project to six-lane Kendall Drive ending soon Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Latest advice from the FDOT: Six-laning Kendall Drive should be completed between SW 152nd and 162nd Avenues within two months, or by mid-April. That from the state traffic chiefs who promise they’ll “look into” relieving left-turn backups from southbound SW 162nd Avenue to go east on Kendall Drive, a motoring headache for folks who live northwest of Home Depot, Walmart and other shopping centers along SW 88th Street. Those temporary macadam sidewalks will be replaced by concrete when construction reaches that phase and, yes, extensive median and swale landscaping is planned to relieve the desertscape look of the workin-progress, adds FDOT spokespeople. Police continue special surveillance squads and “sweeps” of suspected illegal activity areas in both Hammocks and Kendall Police Districts to help quell recent increases in both commercial and home burglaries. It’s symptomatic of the economic crisis combined with an upswing in juvenile arrests over recent months, police say. Hammocks reported 12 juvenile crimes in August, followed by 58 in September and 64 in October, 2008. The District will soon debut a new mobile bus that will tour West Kendall, offering advice on crime prevention, fingerprinting, bicycle safety help and other community services. Two units valued at $1.5 million are the

latest to close sales at the new One Seventeen Professional Arts Center, a 133,000 square-foot medical and professional office condominium at the northeast corner of Town & Country Center, currently transforming a name-change to “The Palms” off SW 117th Avenue and Kendall Drive. A total of 19 units were sold in the last 2008 quarter, “testament to the strength of the medical office market” said Kenneth Weston, President of Kenneth Weston & Associates, Inc., exclusive brokers for the complex. Shopping centers throughout Kendall continue to display plenty of “For Lease” signs on empty storefronts, so “condo may be the way to go” among local professionals in medical and related fields. Relay for Life in West Kendall set for Friday, February 20, at Felix Varela Senior High School football field, 15255 SW 96th Street, with varied activities from 3-5 p.m.; cancer survivor and participant registration, 5-6 p.m.; 6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony. Survivor dinners will be served by Sergio’s Restaurants from 6-9 p.m. when a Luminaria Ceremony begins the annual cancer-benefit event, one of 5,000 countrywide. Coordinator Nicole Cunningham of the American Cancer Society, headquartered in Doral, can be contacted for Kendall relay details at 305779-2847. Thought for the Day: We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems. — Lee Iacocca

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I hope every school board member supports Darwin’s theory R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY The front page Miami Herald headline read “Yanking book on Cuba ruled legal by court.” After two years and spending more than a quarter of a million of taxpayer dollars, the controversy over permitting students’ exposure to Vamos a Cuba still hasn’t ended. This I do know: • The rest of the world must think we are a bunch of loonies for pulling a book from our school’s library just because it inaccurately portrays a child’s life in Cuba. • Anyone can buy Vamos a Cuba at a book store if they wanted to read the book — that is, if the stores are even bothering to carry the book anymore. • No one would have given the book a second look if the school board hadn’t made such a fuss about it.

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of life other than that we as adults know as the truth? Can’t we trust them to “think?” The court ruled that removing Vamos a Cuba from the library isn’t censorship. A majority of the school board is now happy. Unfortunately, the ACLU isn’t. So our taxpayer dollars, our ever-so-scarce taxpayer dollars, will more than likely go to defend a concept that defies logic. Why must we keep embarrassing ourselves in front of the entire nation?

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BY LEE STEPHENS Most people would agree that Michael J. Welch Sr. has a demanding job. As president and CEO of University Credit Union, he is responsible for the successful operation of a $165 million state chartered credit union. Yet, Welch has added a new challenge to his plate. He is the honorary chair for the 2009 Relay for Life, which will take place on Friday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Felix Varela Senior High School. “The reality is that most of us have a relative, close friend or co-worker who has been touched by cancer,” Welch said. “The West Kendall community is coming together to raise money for programs that can reduce cancer deaths, the incidence of cancer and improve the quality of life for those touched by cancer”. University Credit Union, which has its main office and support center in West Kendall, has been a part of Miami-Dade for more than 60 years. The credit union first served the needs of the faculty, staff, students and alumni at the University of Miami, further expanding to serve Florida International University, St. Thomas University and the legal community. Today, anyone who lives or works in Miami-Dade County is eligible to become a member and visit any of the seven branches. There are many benefits of

belonging to a credit union, including low or no fees, typically higher interest rates on deposits and more favorable rates on a wide range of loans including mortgages, car loans and credit cards. Credit unions are owned by their members, are not-for-profit financial institutions governed by a volunteer board of directors, and member deposits are insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration. That’s what sets them apart from the more familiar banks and thrifts. As a community partner, University Credit Union also participated in the 2008 Kidney Foundation Walk-a-thon, sponsored and participated in the 2008 Miami-Dade Police Department’s West Kendall Halloween Celebration, sponsored and participated in the 2008 Miami-Dade Police Department West Kendall Toys for Tots Campaign, and sponsored and participated in the 2008 Miami Dade College Kendall Campus Carnival for Kids of All Ages. The West Kendall Relay for Life is a signature event of the American Cancer Society. Businesses, churches, friends, and families will take turns walking in relay fashion while celebrating the critical role the American Cancer Society plays in the fight against cancer. To find out how you can participate in the West Kendall Relay for Life, visit online at <www.relayforlife.org/wkfl>.

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Jewish genetic disease screening to be offered at Temple Beth Am BY SHARI R. DEBOWSKY In every corner of Judaism, both culturally and spiritually, we are commanded to “celebrate life.” That was precisely my intent, last spring, as I (and my husband, Stuart) prepared to start a family. It was an extremely exciting time for us and, like most couples, we did not think about the risk of Jewish genetic diseases. Once we confirmed our pregnancy, we were so thrilled about the prospect of expecting our first child later that fall. As a matter of course, during our (routine) eight-week check-up, my OB/GYN asked for permission to run the “Jewish Panel” blood test. Of course, we agreed. When my results came back as a recessive carrier of Tay Sachs disease, we immediately knew that Stuart needed to be tested. Soon after, Stuart’s results came back and indicated that he, too, was a Tay Sachs carrier. Now a bit more than just “concerned,” our doctor immediately set us up with a genetic counselor in South Miami to further understand our options and schedule an appointment for an amniocentesis. Already now 16 weeks along, this was a nervous time for us as a young couple, as this procedure’s results would be able to accurately forecast whether or not we had passed on the “autosomal recessive gene.” More specifically, this is “a pattern of inheritance in which disease only results when an individual inherits two gene mutations (one from each parent) for a particular disease. If both members of a couple are carriers of the same diseased gene, there is a one in four (25 percent) chance in each pregnancy for a child to be affected.” Those test results took about threeand-a-half (uneasy) weeks and it was confirmed, much to our horror and disbelief, that our unborn baby was in deed unfortunately affected with Tay Sachs, a curse that leads to certain suffering and inevitable death, usually in early infancy. We made the unbearable decision to terminate our pregnancy and not bring an affected Tay Sachs baby into the world. As a result, and gratefully due to my position in the Beth Am community, we are now undeniably determined to raise

awareness of the numerous Jewish genetic diseases that exist, most of which are still being researched to find a cure. As a reaffirmation of our faith, Stuart and I are absolutely committed to having a family in the near future, now with a greater awareness of the genetics involved. Thankfully, Temple Beth Am now will begin a new initiative to help educate our local Jewish community on the effects of these various hereditary ailments in a valuable affiliation with the University of Miami’s Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases. Lois B. Victor is the founder of the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases, in partnership with the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. Victor lost two children to a Jewish genetic disease and is passionate in her mission to ensure that no family endures the heartache of a preventable illness. Through her leadership and support, the Victor Center serves this important purpose of raising awareness and offering clinical expertise in the areas of genetic screening and counseling. It is so vital for all Ashkenazi Jews (those of eastern European decent) to know their risk and be well informed about genetic carrier screening. Most couples probably do not realize that insurance companies will only cover testing when the mother-to-be already is pregnant. Pre-pregnancy genetic screening is normally not covered and can be anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000, depending upon the laboratory used. That is precisely why there will be an education fair and free carrier-screening program on Mar. 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Jews between the ages of 18 and 44 at Temple Beth Am. This screening is open to the general public and the Victor Center will be generously gifting 100 free tests. To find out more or to register to be screened (a simple blood test), call Debbie Wasserman at 786-897-9587. To download the brochure, visit <www.tbam.org> and click on the Mar. 1 calendar page.

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IHOP to serve free pancakes nationwide during Feb. 24 BY CLAIRE DELACRUZ IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, has announced plans to serve millions of free pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day on Feb. 24. The celebration is designed to bring together friends and family, as well as to raise $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children’s hospitals, and other worthy causes. 2009 will mark IHOP’s fourth year of celebrating the national event, and nearly 1,400 IHOP restaurants throughout the United States once again will invite guests to enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, IHOP guests are asked to donate what they would have paid for the free pancakes, or more, to their local children’s hospital or another worthy cause. Additionally, Miracle Balloons are on sale for $1 each, personalized and displayed at participating IHOP restaurants now through Feb. 24, offering guests another way to show their support of Children’s Miracle Network and contribute to the National Pancake Day fundraising effort. “IHOP is thrilled to bring families and communities together in support

of the efforts of Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities on National Pancake Day,” said Des Hague, IHOP’s president. “We want to thank our guests who helped us raise $875,000 to support Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities last year, and we ask them to join us again to surpass our fundraising goal for 2009.” Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products… hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $2 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. In 2008, IHOP gave away more than 1.5 million pancakes and raised over $875,000 in support of Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities, far exceeding its goal to raise $750,000. For more information about IHOP’s National Pancake Day, or to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network and make an online donation, visit <www.ihoppancakeday.com>.

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Historian to discuss biography about founder of Coral Gables Noted historian and author Arva Moore Parks will discuss her forthcoming biography of Coral Gables founder George Merrick on Thursday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m., at Homestead’s Historic Town Hall Museum, 41 N. Krome Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 for this event which is free to the public. Parks has authored several books and created award-winning documentaries on South Florida history. She has been researching and writing about the region’s history for the past 30 years. For more information, call Ruth Campbell at 305-242-4463, afternoons Tuesday through Saturday. HOMESTEAD COMMUNITY CONCERTS TO PRESENT ‘PUTTIN’ ON THE HITZ’ Homestead Community Concerts will present Puttin’ On The Hitz, a dazzling parade of American popular music from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2:30 p.m., at the South Dade High auditorium, 28401 SW 167 Ave. A dynamic cast of eight singers and dancers plus a quartet of the finest jazz musicians will take the audience from the timeless tunes of Tin Pan Alley to

the bright lights of Broadway, all the way to the heyday of the grand Hollywood musical. Tickets will be on sale at the box office at $25 for adults and $5 for students who haven’t yet purchased season tickets. Ample free parking is available, and the auditorium has excellent access for the handicapped. For more information, go online to <www.homesteadconcerts.com> or call 305-235-8818 or 305-253-6620. TROPICAL NIGHTS KICK OFF PARTY TO BENEFIT AUTISM AWARENESS The Tropical Nights Kick Off Party to benefit the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) will take place on Thursday, Feb. 19, at the Fratelli Lyon Driade enoteca + ristorante, 4141 NE Second Ave. During this seventh annual event, renowned artist Xavier Cortada will unveil an original painting designed for the center. The night will feature sumptuous antipasti hors d’oeuvres from Fratelli Lyon Driade as well as cocktails courtesy of Dewar’s 12 and wine from

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Japanese animations, mixed with classical, jazz and world music. Cost to attend the concert is $15 general admission and $10 for students. For more information, call 305-284-2333 or visit online at <www.umchapel.org>.

‘EVENING OF JAPANESE MUSIC, VOL. II’ TO BE PERFORMED AT UNIV. OF MIAMI A concert, titled “An Evening of Japanese Music, Vol. II,” will be performed on Thursday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., in the Chapel of the Venerable Bede, 1150 Stanford Dr., at the University of Miami. Taichi Akutsu, a violinist from the New World Symphony, as well as classical guitarist Ryoji Haber, electric guitarist Chris Salazar, and pianist Masami Adachi will perform Japanese music ranging from traditional folk to contemporary to original compositions to soundtracks from

CHOPIN FOR ALL CONCERT SERIES TO PRESENT ERIC ZUBER RECITAL The Chopin for All series of free concerts will present a piano recital by Eric Zuber, winner of the 2007 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, on Sunday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m., at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr. in Coral Gables. Zuber, who has made appearances with the Baltimore Symphony, South Bend

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THE BODY MECHANICS OF HORSEMANSHIP The practice of horseback riding is distinct from many sports in that two athletes are in training at once. As the leading partner, the rider should encourage the horse to strengthen muscles in back, shoulder, butt and neck. To do so, the rider strengthens her own abdomen, leg, arm and back muscles. From the very first lessons, I work to further this sense of partnership and responsibility. In teaching beginners, I find that I am skipping the entire "kick and pull" stage of early lessons. Before I turn a student loose on their own, I want them to have three basic skills. First is the ability to stay roughly in the center of the horse; by knowing and adjusting their own balance and keeping the leg really long, they are able to respond to changes in the horse's way of going. They also learn to "post" to the trot, that is, to rise on half the bounces, which makes the whole experience more comfortable. And especially, they learn to steer with seat, eye, leg and only lastly the rein, so that they turn the whole horse, not just the head. All of these skills are introduced from the very first lessons, built upon and refined from there on out. I practice them myself every time I mount a horse. For me they constitute the heart of "balanced seat riding". Among the students I find easiest to teach are those who have studied dance or skiing. These riders have good balance, body awareness and flexibility. In Sally Swift's "Centered Riding", she

refers to the body as a set of "building blocks" which must be balanced correctly. Imagine, if you will, dropping a plumb-bob down from the ear, through the shoulder and hip and out the rider's heel. In order to maintain this line, there must be flexibility in the torso, elbow, and all leg joints, and active strength through knee and thigh muscles. One of the most common commands given by riding instructors is "heels down". With the ankle flexed, the leg provides a long "ballast", the seat sinks firmly into the saddle, The leg remains perpendicular to the horse's line of travel, and all joints are available to provide maximum shock absorption. For a rider to have an active, effective leg with which to influence the horse, they must remain both strong and relaxed through the seat and lower back, not pinching at the apex of the legs which would pop them up out of the saddle. Nor should the lower back be either stiff or hypermobile, but simply able to follow the horse. Now, a really athletic horse has a lot of motion for the rider to absorb in their back and pelvis. Meanwhile, the adductor muscles draw the leg in from the hip, smoothly, to allow the whole leg to work on the horse's side. There are actually specific muscles which, with the leg bent, allow the knee to move outwards to wrap around the horse, or inwards to increase pressure. When I was pregnant with my older son, I continued to ride horses until the 8th month. Like Yoga and Belly danc-

ing, horse back riding uses the leg and core muscles which will be needed for labor. Once the rider is relaxed and flexible enough to follow the motion of the horse's body with their torso, they work to develop an elastic "feel" of the horse's mouth through their elbow and wrist. Steering comes not from a rough and unsubtle pull on the rein, but through adjustments in a gentle, firm connection. These movements come from what I think of as the "wing muscles", movement of the shoulder blade and elbow, while the rider supports their own forearm, not resting it on the horse. I often enjoy showing my students, at the end of a lesson, what it was they were working on. Sometimes I point out to them the ways in which I are work-

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ing to improve at the same exercises. For example, as I become better at staying "long and tall" on the horse, I discover more core muscles I didn't know I had, strengthening them in the process of developing more subtle communication with my horse. At one time, the new "body part" I was discovering was the articulation of my pelvis. These days, it's some of the oblique abdominal muscles. Horseback riding truly is a "lifelong sport". Thumbs Up Riding School is owned and operated by Kami Landy. She has 30 years experience riding and teaching in Michigan and Miami. She can be reached at: 305-7813882 and/or horsecamp@fastmail.fm or kami@hotmail.com.

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COMMUNITY NEWS, Symphony, Peabody Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Hilton Head Symphony and the New Millenium Festival Orchestra in Gijon, Spain, among others, has had the opportunity to work with renowned teachers such as John Perry and Yoheved Kaplinsky. For more information, call the Chopin Foundation at 305-868-0624 or visit online at <www.chopin.org>. HOMESTEAD HOSPITAL TO HOST FREE COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR Free health screenings for adults will be offered during the Community Health Fair at Homestead Hospital on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the hospital’s auditorium located at Campbell Drive (SW 312th Street) and 147th Avenue. Screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes (glucose) and osteoporosis will be available. No fasting is necessary. Doctors also will be on hand to screen for glaucoma and food problems. All screenings are free, and no reservations are needed. Health information from the Homestead Hospital staff and other local health organizations will be available. For more information, visit online at <www.baptisthealth.net>.

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INFORMED FAMILIES’ WORKSHOP ON HARMFUL MEDIA PROTECTION Informed Families/The Florida Family Partnership is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn workshop to educate parents on how to protect their children from harmful media messages. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26, from noon to 1 p.m., on the second floor of the Informed Families headquarters, 2490 Coral Way in Miami. This month’s topic will be media literacy for safe, healthy and drug-free kids. The guest speaker for the event, Dr. Peter DeBenedittis, PhD, is one of America’s leading experts on media education and prevention, and has consulted for the Centers for Disease Control, American Medical Association, and White House Office on Drug Control Policy. To RSVP and/or order a $10 boxed lunch (the event is free if guests bring their own lunch), interested parties are asked to send an email to <jescobar@informedfamilies.org>, visit online at <www.informedfamilies.org> or call 305-856-4886.

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‘A NIGHT IN BOLLYWOOD’ TO BENEFIT SUNIL’S HOME ORPHANAGE IN INDIA The Second Annual Sunil’s Home Orphanage Fundraiser will feature a party, themed “A Night in Bollywood,” and will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28. Organizers Lynn Bauer, Rod Hildebrandt and Matthew Meehan are planning exotic excitement like firebreathing and eating shows, authentic Bollywood dance performances and one giant final surprise. For an official invitation, call 305445-5330 or send email to <info@sunilshome.com>.

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MIAMI-DADE MPO SEEKING IDEAS TO HELP IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION The Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking new ideas for studies that can help improve transportation and traffic conditions. Ideas submitted by the Mar. 6 deadline will be considered for inclusion in the United Planning Work Program (UPWP), which describes the transportation planning activities to be completed during a 12-month period. You may forward your idea to: MiamiDade MPO, Attn: Oscar Camejo, 111 NW First St., Suite 920, Miami, FL 33128; via fax to 305-375-4950 or, via email, to <mpo@miamidade.gov>. To learn more about the UPWP, contact Oscar Camejo, MPO project manager,

JUNIOR ORANGE BOWL PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION DEADLINE ON MAR. 11 The deadline for the annual Junior Orange Bowl Photography Competition is Mar. 11 and winners will be announced at a reception to take place later in the month. The themes of this year’s contests include “Amaze Me with Light” (regardless of subject, the light makes this image); “Amuse Me with Life” (documenting situations, events, streets, etc. with an edge); “Attract Me to this Person” (portraits/people who tell a story or ask a question), and “Awe Me with Nature,” (capturing the beauty and power of the natural world). For rules and application forms, go online to <www.jrorangebowl.com> and click on “Photography Contest.”

ANNUAL TASTE OF PINECREST TO TAKE PLACE ON MAR. 8 A day of food, fun, children’s rides and entertainment awaits all attendees of the seventh annual Taste of Pinecrest celebration at Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57 Ave. in Pinecrest, on Sunday, Mar. 8. Admission for this event is free, but other proceeds generated will benefit Pinecrest Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Howard Drive Elementary, Palmetto Middle and Palmetto Senior High schools.

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Special Olympics announces change of venue for Games

Volunteers are needed to accompany Special Olympics athletes to various events, cheer them on and serve as their companions during the Games.

BY ERIKA ARRIOLA More than 2,000 volunteers are needed for the Special Olympics MiamiDade Summer Games to take place 8 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22. More than 700 intellectually disabled athletes are expected to participate. In addition, Special Olympics recently announced that for the second time in 20 years, the venue for the Games will be changed. This year, the Games will take place at Traz Powell Stadium at Miami Dade College North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave. Individuals and volunteer groups can register in advance at <www.nmbtrackandfield.com>. “The track at FIU North Campus is in the process of upgrading and unfortunately will not be ready in time to host our event,” said Bucky Singer, event organizer. “It’s only the second time in more than 20 years that the annual track and field meet had to be moved to another site.” Singer added that “having the event at Miami Dade should help us attract new volunteers from all over MiamiDade County.” Volunteers are needed to accompany Special Olympics athletes to various events, cheer them on and serve as their companions during the games. Volunteers who come out to the games will have a chance to meet and greet the Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders, University of Miami Cheerleaders, Miami Heat Dancers, and other local celebrities. There will be an “Olympic

Village” which provides a carnival atmosphere with music, entertainment, activities and food. Athletes will compete in standing and running long jump, softball throw, shot put, wheelchair events and high jump. Some of these outstanding athletes will qualify to participate in statewide games this summer. “We cannot run this event without the support of the community,” said Singer, who has run the event with Ed Smith for more than 25 years, on behalf of Special Olympics Miami-Dade County. “Moving the event to Traz Powell this year, has been a challenge for us, but at the end of the day, it’s all about our special athletes,” Smith said. The North Miami Beach Optimist Club in Memory of David L. Singer has sponsored the Special Olympic Games for the past 25 years. “It is an incredible sight when the thousands of volunteers and athletes line up on the track for the opening ceremonies,” Smith said. “This is a very special day for our athletes and we encourage the community to come out and cheer on these very special competitors. Special Olympics Miami-Dade County provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for persons age 8 and older with intellectual disabilities. For more information about Special Olympics, visit online at <www.somdc.org> or call 305-406-9467.

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Despite the downturn in the economy and tough housing market, older adults continue to be interested in Senior Living Communities. At The Palace Management Group, one of South Florida’s leading companies specializing in senior housing and care, the marketing team has noted an increase of inquiries from potential residents and their families. “Although seniors may be thinking twice about selling their homes, the benefits of living in a Senior Living Community far outweigh remaining in the home,” said Helen Shaham, President of The Palace. “We encourage them to make the move now, rather than later.” According to Shaham, Senior Living Communities such as The Palace are often viewed as a luxury instead of a necessity; however, seniors can enjoy a care-free lifestyle for an amount comparable or even lower than their current monthly expenses. “The reality is that The Palace is not that expensive when compared to the expenses we were incurring to maintain mom’s home,” said Michael Backer, whose mother Martha, has been living at The Palace Royale for six years. “The mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, home & lawn maintenance, security, laundry, housekeeping, food, car expenses, occasional entertainment, and everything else…before even mentioning personal care & medical supervision… it all adds up very quickly. Additionally, The Palace provides so much more than we could have ever done in our home. And they provide one more important thing that we could never provide – socialization. And that’s huge!!!” Often, the largest asset a senior has is their equity in their home and they may be reluctant to sell in a flat or a declining market. Shaham and her team have been encouraging seniors to have realistic expectations about the value of their real estate. “While they may not be able to sell a home for the price it was last year, it’s important to keep in mind that most seniors bought their homes decades ago and may still have a considerable amount of equity in the real estate,” she explained. “Accepting today’s price may still offer enough money to make a move financially feasible.” Today, seniors wishing to begin a carefree lifestyle in a Senior Living Community are finding new, creative ways to overcome the obstacle of selling their homes. Some have turned to ‘repurposing’ the home, allowing a family member such as a grandchild who recently graduated from college, to rent the home. The Palace also recommends securing the services of a Realtor who routinely works with seniors. A Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) specializes in the needs of maturing Americans and has the knowledge and expertise to counsel seniors through major lifestyle transitions. “We’ve looked at the housing market here in South Florida, and we understand the seniors’ apprehension,” said Shaham. “So we came up with our own program, a new “Security Agreement” program which allows

us to better respond to our customers’ needs.” Under this agreement, prospective residents can move to The Palace paying only a discounted monthly rate (whatever they can afford without selling the home) while they await the pending sale of their home. Once the home is sold, The Palace is reimbursed the accrued rental difference with minimal interest fee. “There has been very positive feedback about the program, as our seniors understand the benefits of living in one of our Senior Living Communities and are anxious to begin enjoying this lifestyle sooner rather than later,” said Shaham. “Families have found that under certain circumstances the vacated home (without all the accumulated personal property of the seniors) has more appeal to buyers, which in turn speeds up the selling process. In fact, a family who recently took advantage of our Security Agreement program was able to sell their home in Aventura’s Mystic Point within a month. It’s a win-win for all parties.” Another way to get to use your equity is a “reverse mortgage” which has been advertised by many banks recently. The Palace has also received an increase in calls from residents and their families who initially thought “Aging in Place” in the senior’s own home was the perfect solution to the current real estate market situation, but now realize that that was not the answer. “Aging in Place” carries with it lots of small “details” that until you encounter them, you won’t be able to anticipate them… One of these “details” is necessary home renovations which can be both financially and mentally overwhelming for seniors. What may begin as the installation of a grab bar in the shower can easily turn into the widening of doorways or the lowering of the kitchen counter to accommodate a wheel chair. And if the senior’s home have stairs…well, let’s not go there…Let’s face reality,” says Shaham. “While younger people can wait to see what the future will bring, even if this future may be a few years down the road…Seniors do not have this luxury of waiting. Seniors owe it to themselves to take advantage of the benefits of a senior living community today— tomorrow is not guaranteed. The peace of mind, comfort, care and security offered at Senior Living Communities are immeasurable and cannot be compared to anything else.” The Palace’s Continuum of Care in Kendall includes The Palace Suites Independent Living Community; The Palace Renaissance & Royale Assisted Living Communities and The Palace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. It also includes The Palace Gardens - Assisted Living Community in Homestead; Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a MedicareCertified Home Health Agency. Recently two new projects were added: The Palace at Weston – luxury living for those 55 and over, and The Palace Tel-Aviv, a Continuing Care retirement community in Israel. And currently there are two communities under development – The Palace at Weston Senior Living and The Palace at Coral Gables. For more information, please call (305) 270-7000 or visit www.thepalace.org.


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How to Select a Fitness Center BY JOE TALENT Everyone is different. People of different ages with different body types will require different fitness training and conditioning. Let your fitness goals guide your search. Before you select a gym, decide on your fitness goals. No one fitness club or piece of equipment is the perfect fit for every fitness need. Figure out what you need to work on. If your goal is maintaining healthy heart you may want to focus on aerobic fitness. If you are targeting that “magazine style” body you may want to focus on strength training or it may be just improving your tennis game. Look for a facility that will allow you to pursue your goal. If you want to focus on weight training, then you may not care whether a swimming pool is available. If you prefer to work out on exercise equipment, a wide assortment of exercise classes won’t be as important to you. Having your fitness level assessed by an exercise or medical professional also can help you decide what areas need work. He or she may be able to suggest specific activities that will help you, such as yoga or stretching classes to increase your flexibility. If you still aren’t sure of your fitness goals, consider joining an all-purpose facility with a large variety of classes and equipment to explore your exercise options. Keep these factors in mind as you sort through the options: Location: Is the health club or fitness center near your home or work? Choose a facility that isn’t too far out of the way of your daily activities. You’ll be less likely to make the excuse, “But it’s too far away.” Hours: Many fitness centers open early and close late to give early bird or late-night exercisers some flexibility. Check with the facility you’re looking into to make sure it will be open at the times you plan to exercise. Envir onment: Is the health club clean? Check out the equipment, floors and locker room. Also consider the overall atmosphere — is this somewhere you’ll enjoy spending time? Equipment: Does the facility have the equipment you’re interested in using? How much equipment is out of order? Too many “Out of order” signs might be a clue to poor maintenance. Does the facility offer activities and equipment suited for your unique health needs? For example, if you have arthritis, an aquatic aerobics class in an indoor or

Whether you're looking to improve your skills in boxing, thaiboxing, or mixed martial arts; or become stronger and outdoor pool may match your goals for achieving a higher level of aerobic fitness or flexibility. Accessibility: Is the facility and equipment accessible for people with disabilities? For example, if you use a wheelchair for mobility, is there a wheelchair ramp to ease you into the swimming pool for flexibility exercises or aquatic aerobics? Are the hallways wide enough for a wheelchair to pass? Is there an elevator? Are lockers and shower facilities wheelchair accessible? Classes: If you’re interested in fitness classes, find out what kinds are offered and when. It doesn’t matter how great the classes at a facility are if they’re never at a convenient time. Friendly employees: Do the staffers say hello and smile? Do they circulate around the exercise area, offering tips and encouragement? A caring and friendly staff can go a long way toward helping you stay focused on your fitness goals. Reputation: Talk with other members of the fitness center about their experiences at the facility. You might also want to check with your local Better Business Bureau before entering into any contract with the club. Find out if any complaints have been registered against the facility. It’s up to you to follow through. It is not enough to join a gym. You must put in the work to reap the health benefits. But by joining a club that has what you need you’re more likely to succeed in meeting your fitness goals. Copyright © 2006 Publishers-Edge

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How to Manage Back Pain BY HEIDI SERVEN GET FIT & STAY ACTIVE Leading a healthy and active life style is important for your bodies overall Health. While most people experience back pain at sometime in their life, in many cases back pain can be managed by keeping back muscles strong by staying active and making healthy choices. Walking, swimming and stationary bike riding in conjunction with proper stretching and strengthening exercises are important in any workout routine. Exercise in conjunction with healthy eating and staying active are all ways to maintain your body’s optimum health. Before beginning any new diet regimen or exercise routine it is recommended that you consult your health care provider. Unhealthy behaviors such as smoking impact many parts of the body, including reducing the blood supply to your back, reducing the nutrients to your muscles. PRACTICE PROPER POSTURE In many cases back pain or injury can be avoided by maintaining good posture and when possible avoiding certain activities that may trigger back pain. This will vary by individual. Being mindful of good posture by not slouching, slumping or hunching over and sitting straight and standing tall go along ways to improving the health of your spine. Avoid lifting and carrying health objects. When lifting always bend at the knees instead of bending your back and keep your feet apart for stability and carry objects close to your body. At the office keep your muscles working by alternating positions frequently and using proper ergonomics while working on the computer and using your keyboard. When doing household chores and gardening, avoid stooping, awkward bending and lifting heavy objects. Warm up muscles with simple stretching exercises before doing any physical activity. SELF CARE REMEDIES Back pain should not and most often cannot be ignored. Unless there is a serious, underlying cause for the pain you are experiencing the best thing for treating back pain is to stay as active as possible. While bed rest was once believed to be an effective method of treatment, bed rest is no longer recommended. After an injury occurs, reducing physical activity for the first few days is recommended to help reduce inflammation and alleviate symptoms, but gradually resuming your regular activities is the best medicine to

treating a bad back. Below are some quick reminders for responding to a back injury or flare up: Ease pressure on the back by placing pillows under and between your knees while resting or sleeping. Use ice or heat to calm back spasms and manage pain. After an injury or flare up ice packs should be applied to the area for no more than 15 minutes at a time for the first 48 to 72 hours. A heating pad, hot water bottle or hot towel can be used as needed after a couple of days. Too much cold can trigger spasms, while too much heat can cause more inflammation and hinder healing. Over the counter medications such as ibuprofen can assist in providing pain relief. Check with your doctor to find out the best choice for you. INVOLVE YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS Back pain can also be managed through massage, physical therapy and by visiting your chiropractor. Don’t wait until you are in pain to get help. By keeping your back muscles healthy on a regular basis, you may be able to prevent future problems. Acute back pain may be a sign of more serious health concerns. Listen to your body and respond. You should seek medical attention immediately if you have any of the following; Unexplained fever with back pain Back pain as a result of a fall, severe blow or auto accident You have weakness or numbness The pain is very sharp The pain is worse when lying down or awakens you from sleep The episode has lasted more than four weeks Copyright © 2005 Publishers-Edge


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How to Choose a Pharmacy

BY MIKE DUNN When choosing a pharmacy for your family, there should be other considerations aside from a convenient location or even cost. After all, there is much at stake in selecting the right pharmacy and the right pharmacist. This is a person that you, your spouse and your children may be dealing with for many years. Your pharmacist, first and foremost, should be someone you know and trust. According to the apharmacist.org Web site, you should give as much consideration to choosing your pharmacist as you do to choosing a doctor. Pharmacists are health care professionals specializing in medicines and their appropriate use. Because of this, your pharmacist plays an important role in your personal health care and the health care of your family. The importance of assessing personal service in selecting a pharmacist is considered critical by most patients. In that regard, here are some questions to ponder: How accessible is the pharmacist? Is he or she easy to talk to and willing to hear your concerns? During what hours is the pharmacist available to answer your questions?

It is important to choose one pharmacist with whom you can establish an ongoing relationship. Also, by choosing one pharmacy, a complete record of the medicines you take is in one place, making them easier to coordinate and manage. Your pharmacist can alert you to possible drug interactions - particularly if you take a number of different medications - help you track refills on important prescriptions, and provide any necessary detail on short notice. It is wise to consider your entire family’s pharmacy needs. Often, a pharmacist can help you with special circumstances, such as when you are taking care of an elderly relative. If you have aging parents that live nearby, you might ask, for example, if it is possible to deliver prescriptions to their home and send the bill to you. Not all pharmacists and/or pharmacies provide the same services. All pharmacies are required to meet minimum standards. Most, however, offer services and conveniences beyond the minimum requirements. When choosing a pharmacist and/or pharmacy, you should evaluate your needs and make a selection to meet those needs. Here are some other suggested questions to consider: Does the pharmacist take time to answer

your questions in a manner that you understand? Is the pharmacy open during hours that fit your schedule? Does the pharmacy deliver? If so, are there restrictions or additional charges? If there is an emergency, does the pharmacy provide after-hours service or a special emergency telephone number? Are charge accounts available? Does the pharmacy handle the drugs you expect to be taking? There may be a higher cost for additional services or conveniences such as delivery, charge accounts, and emergency service. Real value, however, comes not only from the price of your prescriptions, but from having your specific needs met at a fair price. It is also very helpful to become thoroughly familiar with your insurance benefits as they concern your prescriptions. For example, some prescription benefits plans will only pay for the dispensing of a certain days supply of your medication. If your physician issues a prescription for a larger supply of medication, the pharmacy will have to decrease your quantity dispensed or your insurance company will not pay for the medication. Obviously, since your physician is issuing the prescriptions, it is important to advise your

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The word “spa” is bandied about a lot these days. There are “spa” personal care products and “spa” towels and “spa” robes and entire “spa” bathrooms: bathrooms filled with those luxurious products and fluffy white cotton towels and robes. And don’t forget “spa” cuisine which even extends to “spa” frozen dinners. But if you really want to get to the bottom of the resurgence of spas and spa treatments, just look at our over-scheduled and stressed out lives. We all need a little more pampering on a daily (or at least weekly or monthly) basis. The idea of a spa harks back to the turn of the last century, when the very wealthy traveled to places like Baden Baden and Nauheim in Germany to indulge in the supposed healing properties of the natural springs there. Over time, the meaning of the word spa has expanded to include all manner of pampering mixed with healing: mental, physical and spiritual. And of course, when it comes to the very wealthy, nothing has changed very much. For example, one of the oldest spas in the United States, the Golden Door, offers guests a chance to “fulfill your dream of a perfect week in paradise”

with programs designed to ‘rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.’ This kind of experience naturally does not come cheap, requiring a non-refundable

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use all natural ingredients (even vegetables and fruits) to create their proprietary products, you might be allergic. Like in a restaurant, it’s always best to ask. Also, massage and other physical therapists and teachers often have licensing and other requirements they must pass. Look for these before you put your body in their hands. In general: if you are paying for classes or treatments it’s a good idea to have a resume and references up front which, fortunately, most spas however large or small provide. Remember, if the services and treatments are as effective as they say, there should be plenty of people willing to sing their praises. Also, ask your friends, colleagues, and of course your hairdresser or other beauty professional for recommendations. Your local hair salon may be offering a variety of services from manicures and pedicures to massage, facials and body wraps that you never even knew about. Finally, even if you can’t indulge in a week of spa treatments, a simple half hour chair massage, a facial or other treatment can often provide just what you need to relieve the stress and anxiety of your everyday life, and in most cases you can purchase the healing products to take home, and your local spa practitioner often offers classes or other advice on how best to use them between visits as part of a stressrelieving program of yoga, meditation or other exercise that emphasizes stretching and breathing. Most of us never take the time to really relax and be pampered. With more spas and spa treatments available than ever before, it’s time we started. Copyright © 2006 Publishers-Edge


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How to Choose a Dentist BY MIKE DUNN

A good first step in choosing a dentist is to ask neighbors, friends and coworkers about the family dentist they have chosen. This is especially helpful if you are moving to a new community and haven’t had time to become acclimated to your surroundings. If there is one dentist who is mentioned frequently and you like what you are hearing, the next step is to schedule a visit to meet him or her and get acquainted. The purpose is to see if you feel comfortable with this person and his dental practices. After all, the dentist you choose will be working on your teeth and the teeth of your spouse and children for possibly a long time. Ask the prospective dentist about his philosophy of health care. You might be surprised at the answer you receive. Ask about fees, payment plans, and insurance coverage. You know what your financial situation is, so it is proper for you to initiate the discussion. How did the dentist and his or her staff respond to you? Was there a professional atmosphere in the office? Did the dentist and staff take the time to listen to your concerns and seem genuinely interested? A dentist who seems too rushed or too busy to take the time to get acquainted may not have the time to address your personal needs and concerns down the road and is probably not the one you want. Something else to consider is the size of the dentist office. This isn’t always the case, but sometimes a dentist with a large practice and a large staff has little time to devote to individual patients. He or she is too busy working and keeping up with the cost of the practice! Large dental practices are more likely than smaller ones to hurry patients through without taking the time for proper examinations or thought to what is actually best for the patient. First and foremost, you want a dentist who has your best tooth care and treatment in mind. You can also make evaluations about a prospective dentist after your initial examination. Did the dentist take the time to do a thorough exam so that no problems or potential problems are missed? A thorough dental examination includes not only inspection of the teeth and gums, but also of the tongue, lips, inside of the cheek, palate, and the skin of the face and neck, plus feeling the neck for abnor-

mal lymph nodes and enlargement of the thyroid gland. A good dentist is also on the alert for periodontal (gum) disease. Did the dentist check for signs and symptoms of periodontal disease such as bleeding from the gums and/or pockets of decay? After the exam, did the dentist establish goals for your long-term care? In March of 1997, Consumers Research provided a number of questions for consumers to ask themselves after they have received treatment from a dentist. These help determine the level of the dentist’s skill. Here are the questions: How does your bite feel? Is any of the dental work irritating your gum? Does the treated tooth look like a tooth? Does dental floss or your tongue catch on the tooth? Did the dentist take time to polish your fillings? Do you feel pain when drinking hot or cold liquids? Was any debris left in your mouth after treatment? Does the dentist use a water spray to cool your teeth while drilling? Other things to watch out for in evaluating a prospective dentist are an emphasis on mass production rather than quality care; an emphasis on cosmetic procedures and one-visit comprehensive treatments; and the routine use of intravenous sedation. Your dentist should be someone in whose judgment you trust. You are entrusting to the dentist the long-term tooth care of your family. Asking the right questions ahead of time can help to assure you of making an informed decision that you won’t regret in the years to come. Copyright © 2005 Publishers-Edge


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How to Choose a Chiropractor BY TRACY JOHNSON Today, Chiropractors are moving up in the world as a practitioner that can heal your body from so much more than the everyday aches and pains and the occasional back injury. The spinal cord in the body is being linked to pretty much your overall health and fitness. For example, if you are having a problem with depression, a pinched nerve can cause it. Same for sinusitis, fatigue, migraines, and so many more symptoms that most doctors just prescribe drugs for. Chiropractic medicine is being looked at more and more for help with common ailments. This is starting to take trend due to the unnecessary drugs most doctors prescribe which may help the symptoms, but do not take care of the underlying problem. In research, it is found that your spinal cord is the traffic point for all your nerves. If one of them becomes pinched, or blocked, then you will begin to experience different types of ailments. So how does one go about finding the right Chiropractor for them? Well here are a few tips to help

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tine adjustments and assessments. If you have a chiropractor that only sees you when you are in pain, and you are looking for more of a permanent solution, not just a relief from symptoms, then try looking towards a holistic chiropractor. These chiropractors will give you a complete work up, from doing a spinal reading, to x-rays, to a full medical questionnaire and history. During these visits, the chiropractor will first meet with you to see where your trouble areas are and begin to address these areas. He/she will also begin to formulate a routine treatment plan to help readjust any spinal shifts and realign your neck as well to keep the nerves from pinching and ending in medical symptoms. Now that you know what type of chiropractor you are looking for, begin asking around (ask friends, neighbors, co workers, and family members) if they recommend any one that fits in your requirements. However, remember, just because your mom may love her chiropractor, it doesn’t mean that he/she will be a good fit for you. After receiving your recommendations, call the office and ask some questions on their policies and areas pertaining to the type of care you would like to receive. First impressions are always the most important, so if you do not feel like they will best complete your needs, then keep shopping around. Another thing to remember, is that most chiropractors accept insurance, so make sure yours will be compatible with them prior to setting your appointment. Some chiropractors offer free consultations and x-rays when starting up as a new patient. Use this time to ask more questions of your chiropractor and describe to him/her what you hope to receive from their care. A lot of chiropractors will be upfront and let you know if they can provide the type of care you are looking for and will even refer you to another if they cannot. Make sure to check on licenses and school credits prior to allowing the chiropractor to begin any adjustments on you. A good rule of thumb is to make sure they have been in their own practice for at least two years prior to becoming their patient. You don’t want to go see an intern that just graduated from his/her schooling and is looking for fresh meat to begin practicing on. A good chiropractor, as any other doctor will listen to you and work to meet your health goals and treatment needs. During your first visit, your chiropractor

Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Chiropractor Friends, family, and coworkers may be able to provide a starting point by referring you to a chiropractor they are familiar with. Chiropractors are licensed by the state, and should have completed six to seven years of college and post-graduate schooling from an accredited university. Chiropractic treatment can help with a wide variety of ailments, but a good doctor will make referrals when needed. Choosing a chiropractor is ultimately a personal decision, and you should chose a doctor you feel personally comfortable with. Copyright © 2005 Publishers-Edge

will ask you questions about your family history, diet, occupation, and prior treatment. The chiropractor will perform a physical exam. He will conduct a spinal examination to check for any structural abnormalities that may be causing problems. In some cases, you will be recommended for lab tests and X-rays. If after all of your careful shopping around, asking for referrals, and interviewing your prospective chiropractor, if you are not happy with the treatment you are receiving, you are always free to ask for a second opinion or find a new chiropractor to treat you.

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Hyundai Genesis wins coveted ‘Car of the Year’ award Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Hyundai Genesis continues to gather awards and reap accolades from the world’s automotive industry, most recently winning prestigious “Car of the Year” honors at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Just last fall, members of the Southern Automotive Media Association picked the Genesis as “Best in Show” at the South Florida International Auto Show. The Genesis represents a huge step for Korea-based Hyundai and the new luxury sedan is the cornerstone of the company’s attempt to reach upscale drivers while still maintaining the brand’s roots with low-cost economy models such as the Accent. With prices starting at about $32,000, the rear-wheel drive Genesis looks and drives a lot like the pricier MercedesBenz and Lexus models.

Genesis is built on Hyundai’s all-new performance-driven rear-wheel-drive architecture and offers a choice of two powertrains — the Lambda 3.8-liter 290 hp V-6 engine (18/27 mpg) or Hyundai’s all-new Tau 4.6-liter V-8 engine (17/25 mpg). The Tau is mated to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic and produces 375 hp using premium fuel and 368 hp with regular unleaded. Genesis also comes with much of the latest technology, including XM NavTraffic, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), Lexicon audio systems and electronic active head restraints. Genesis’ use of the all-new rear-wheeldrive platform is the first application in a U.S. Hyundai model and the car has a near ideal 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution, which translates into exceptional handling and steering characteristics. The rear-wheel-drive layout allowed engineers to position the car’s front wheels farther forward delivering outstanding handling and steering performance. Standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the industry’s most important new safety technology, further enhances the vehicle’s handling.

Genesis is built on Hyundai’s all-new performance-driven, rear-wheel-drive platform.

Hyundai is a leader in the standard application of ESC, with more than 70 percent of 2008 Hyundais having ESC as standard equipment. Genesis also has reduced interior noise levels and improved ride and handling thanks to a stiffer and lighter body structure. The use of high-tensile steel in critical areas in the unibody provides Genesis with 12-14 percent higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower

body structure weight than the BMW 5Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Surprisingly, the Hyundai Genesis has more interior room than the Mercedes Benz E-Class or the BMW 7-Series.

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2007 Honda Accord LX 16k mi, $15050, White, Ref#: 5804122, Phone: 954-756-2668

2000 Honda Odyssey 110k mi, $5900, Emerald, Ref#: 6119108, Phone: 954-579-5583

1971 Chevrolet Corvette 107k mi, $17995, Ontario Orange, Ref#: 6118490, Phone: 954-682-2640

1995 Chevrolet Corvette 32k mi, $13999, Dark Metallic Purple, Ref#: 6077636, Phone: 305-981-3730 1965 Dodge Polara 73k mi, $10000, Blue, Ref#: 5557899, Phone: 305-931-0383

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2005 Nissan Murano SL 32k mi, $15700, Midnight Blue, Ref#: 5344022, Phone: 305-206-4288

1997 Ford Explorer 164k mi, $3500, Red, Ref#: 6139524, Phone: 954-303-0937

2005 Volkswagen New Beetle GLS 29k mi, $15900, Red with Black Top, Ref#: 6190199, Phone: 305-457-0972

1969 Pontiac Lemans 35k mi, $20000, Black Lacquer, Ref#: 4400550, Phone: 305-242-5870

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2000 Toyota Corolla VE/CE/LE 82k mi, $3600, Tan, Ref#: 6091391, Phone: 954-213-7976

2005 Lexus LS 430 38k mi, $18000, Silver, Ref#: 5780961, Phone: 954-783-3848

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2006 Honda Accord LX 39k mi, $13500, Grey, Ref#: 5803900, Phone: 954-444-5256

2000 Jaguar XK8 58k mi, $18900, Rare Light Green, Ref#: 6055008, Phone: 305-292-3342

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