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Dr. Barth Green to Receive Distinguished Service Award

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he Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award recognizes members of the community who have stood out in their commitment to community involvement and service. This year’s recipient has not only taken an interest in service, but has made a career of it. A world-renowned specialist in the surgical management of complex spinal cord injuries and spinal disorders, and a co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Dr. Barth Green has devoted his life to saving and improving lives. Dr. Green acts as professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, and is Chief of Neurosurgery Service at Jackson Hospital. Dr. Green’s commitment to improving lives extends well beyond the bedside and classroom. Dr. Green sought

Miami Beach Hosts Visit by Mayor Elect from Isla Mujeres

Jerry Libbin, President & CEO of the Miami Beach Chamber; Mayor-elect Hugo Sánchez Motalvo of the District of Isla Mujeres, and Jason Loeb, Chairman. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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sla Mujeres, the Island of Women is one of the nine municipalities of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and has much in common with Miami Beach of old. Located just eight miles across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun, it is comparable to the relationship that Miami Beach has with the ‘mainland’ which is a short four miles from South

Beach to Downtown Miami. Isla Mujeres is only 5 miles long and half a mile wide at its widest point. The town has a population of only 11,147. Historically, Isla Mujeres is a fishing village; compare that to Miami Beach which has an agricultural origin some 90 years ago. Miami Beach has since grown into a successful tourist destination and an international gateway to commerce. If –––––––––––– See

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Phone: 305-669-7355

Letter from the Chair Recently, I lost a good friend of mine. Sean Peart was just 44 years old and leaves behind a loving wife and wonderful family. As I reflect on the good times and many laughs we shared since our high school days, I realize that he has also taught me so much. He had the courage to fight and to live the life. While his future prognosis was scary, he focused on what he could better accomplish today, nurturing his relationships and taking nothing for granted. His attitude made him an inspiration to his friends, family and even those who didn’t know him well. Imagine if we translated this philosophy to our business. Business is scary, with time, money and a lot of harsh externalities involved. Growing our companies seems like a daunting task, but it is the courage to take risks that rewards with big payoffs. Otherwise, we’ll continue on paralyzed - and we may do OK, but never to the level of greatness we really desire. We can muster this needed courage by developing a plan. While it’s important to look towards the future, focus on how today can get you there. Perfect each component of your business before moving onto the next. Unfortunately, there will be bad days, but instead of getting discouraged, remember that each day gives you a whole 24 hours to turn it around. Like my friend, don’t take anything for granted. Celebrate even the small victories to maintain a positive mindset as you continue to simultaneously chip away at capturing the big break. Most importantly, value your staff, supporters, partners, even new contacts and their contributions to your success. Solid businesses aren’t built on transactions, but relationships. Sean was taken much too soon. Yet in his short life, he managed to create an everlasting legacy. In loving memory of him, I urge you to live as he did: love, laugh, fight and simply enjoy the moments.


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LEADERSHIP SPOTLIGHT Kobi Karp, R.A., AIA, NCARB Principal-in-Charge Kobi Karp is the Founder and Principal of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Inc (KKAID). Mr. Karp founded the firm in 1996 and has been the Principal-in-Charge of design since that time. KKAID is a fullservice architectural and interior design firm providing a vast array of services, ranging from the design of large-scale, high-rise condominium and hospitality projects to intimate, small-scale low-rise residential and commercial structures. Educated at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, Kobi Karp earned degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design. Subsequently, Mr. Karp began his career working on major hospitality and all- inclusive resort projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. His restoration design techniques have contributed to a renaissance in one of this country’s most cherished areas, Miami Beach’s Art Deco District which is internationally recognized around the world. Mr. Karp has developed expertise in design over the last 20 years, working with KOBI KARP a wide range of project types, sizes, complexities, and budgets. It is through this last quarter century working in warm weather climates that KKAID has garnered international acclaim and been selected to spearhead numerous resort projects. Developers and builders in the Caribbean, Black Sea region, and the Middle East have relied on the firm for their design eye and planning. Mr. Karp is a recognized member of the American Institute of Architects, honored for his award-winning designs and buildings and he is a licensed Professional Architect in 9 states and in Abu Dhabi (UAE). His firm has been featured in renowned national and local publications based on their major contributions in the preservation of historical areas. AWARDS • Design Center of the Americas (DCOTA) “Stars of Design – Architecture”, 2011 • Latin Builders Association, Inc. (LBA): “Architectural Firm of the Year” – 2010 “Professional Services of the Year” – 2010 • Historic Preservation Award, (AIA) Miami, 2008 • Miami Beach Beautification Award, Belaire on the Ocean, 2008 • AIA Award of Merit, La Perla Ocean Residences, 2007 • Norman Giller Award, North Beach Development Corporation (NBDC), 2006 Dade Heritage Trust Historic Preservation Award, The Strand, 2006 • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) “Best Loft Community,” Award, Absolut Lofts, 2006 • Developers and Builders Alliance (DBA): “Landmark Award” – The Bridgewater, 2006 “Residential High-Rise of the Year” – Tao, 2006 “Residential Multi-Family of the Year” – Beach House, 2006 • Miami Design Preservation League Merit Award, Circa 39, 2004 • Dade Heritage Trust Historic Preservation Award, Cadillac Hotel, 2004

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to empower the less fortunate through his cofounding of Shake-A-Leg Miami, an adaptive water sports center combining education and recreation to annually serve more than 12,000 children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges. According to his biography on the Shake-A-Leg Miami website, Dr. Green’s interest in and commitment to neuroscience and spinal cord rehabilitation originated during medical school, where he was exposed to “the extraordinary courage and integrity of paraplegics who volunteered in the spinal cord injury research laboratory.” On the international front, Dr. Green co-founded Project Medishare for Haiti to help improve the health status of Haiti’s citizens through an integrated, bottom-up, community approach to development. Dr. Green is also cofounder of the University of Miami’s Global Institute for Community Health and Development, a university-wide program focused on improving healthcare and advancing community development

in the Western Hemisphere. Within 24 hours of the earthquake in Haiti, Dr. Green had arrived in Port-auPrince with medical supplies and a small group of physicians who treated hundreds of critically injured Haitians daily. While Dr. Green was in Haiti, his colleagues at the UM Global Institute/Project Medishare and Jackson Memorial Hospital established a massive relief effort and airlifted over 5,000 medical volunteers from around the world along with tons of medical supplies and equipment. The UM Global Institute/Project Medishare field hospital was the only referral center for severe critical care and trauma cases in Haiti. Dr. Green is committed to implementing sustainable capacity building programs in Haiti, which will save millions of lives in the future. Dr. Green has made tangible and inspirational contributions both within South Florida and internationally. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce is honored to present the Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Green.

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Miami Beach Chamber welcomes Delegation from Isla Mujeres

––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– the Mayor-elect Hugo Sánchez Motalvo of the District of Isla Mujeres is successful in his plans, the portion just north of Cancun will be developed as Ciudad Mujeres, a new city establishment which falls under his jurisdiction. The long strip of the island just north, called Isla Blanca, a key which resembles Key West, is also included as part of the Master Plan development. These plans for transformation brought the Mayor-elect Hugo Sánchez Motalvo to confer with Jason Loeb, the Chairman of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Jerry Libbin the President and CEO of the Chamber who is also a City Commissioner, representatives from Kobi Karp, a Chamber Board member and world renowned architect, Ana Cecilia Velasco, the Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer and Tourism and Hospitality Chairman, Jason Beukema on

business initiatives, infrastructure, tourism and the possibility of exchange missions for businesses on Miami Beach and Isla Mujeres. The leadership suggested that Eco-tourism also be included in the planning as there are portions of the area that have been preserved. The Mayor-elect was accompanied by his political advisor, the Police Chief as well as several business development associates. The success of the mission to Beijing and Shanghai in 2006-2007 by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce resulted in the launch of a global business access network. The goal is to enhance our international relations through business, education and cultural exchange. The recent meeting with the Mayor-elect of Isla Mujeres is an additional component the Chamber’s global presence.

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COMMISSIONER’S CORNER When you Take Water, Give Water UNICEF TAP Project BY COMMISSIONER ED TOBIN

In 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project was born in New York City based on a simple concept: restaurants would ask their patrons to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually enjoy for f ree and all funds raised would support UNICEF’s efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions of children around the world. Since its inception in 2007, the UNICEF Tap Project has raised almost $2.5 million in the U.S. and has helped provide clean water for millions of children globally. Now in its fifth year, the award-winning UNICEF Tap Project, a nationwide campaign sponsored by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will return during World Water Week, March 20–26. The first program of its kind, the UNICEF Tap Project has become a dynamic movement that affords everyone the opportunity to help provide the world’s children with safe, clean water. Through numerous fundraising and volunteer activities, the UNICEF Tap Project celebrates the clean water we enjoy on a daily basis by encouraging celebrity, restaurant, volunteer, corporate, and government supporters to give this vital resource to children in developing countries. The concept is basic and compelling: “When You Take Water, Give Water.”

Currently, UNICEF works in more than 100 countries around the world to improve access to safe water and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices. In alignment with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, UNICEF is working with its partners to reduce the number of people without access to safe water and basic sanitation by 50% by 2015, which will also save children at risk from waterborne illnesses - the second highest cause of preventable childhood deaths. It is estimated that 4,200 children die of water- related diseases everyday. UNICEF is proud to commit 90.5% of all collected funds solely towards program support. We are privileged to not have to concern ourselves with the ramifications of not having access to clean water - often taking it for granted. On March 20-26 we have an opportunity, as a City and individuals, to help those around the world that are in need of clean water. One single dollar raised can p rovide a child safe drinking water for 40 days. I urge you to please support the participating restaurants and venues in Miami Beach and South Florida and offer your support the Tap Project. Please visit UNICEF’s website at www.unicefusa.org for additional information on the Tap Project and their many efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. You can also contact our office at 305-673-7107 for volunteer or registration opportunities.

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New Home Design Store features exotic, luxury items BY DAISY OLIVERA Daisy@thedaisycolumn.com www.thedaisycolumn.com

It’s no surprise that Monica Kalpakian’s new store, ETC Miami, has the most gorgeous, unique home accessories and hand-crafted jewelry you could imagine. The Argentinean-born Kalpakian is one of the chicest women in Miami society and is well-known as an art collector. It’s no wonder her exquisite taste (she was wearing Lanvin beautifully that night) is on display on every shelf in the cozy boutique which is ensconced a few steps off Lincoln Road on Jefferson Avenue. The selection, which she searched for around the world, features pieces from Airedelsur by Marcelo Lucini, such as tables, trays, picture frames, pitchers, bowls, candlesticks, and cutlery crafted from exotic, fossilized woods, parchment, natural horn, silver, and semi-precious stones, plus fur throws and candles. She

also introduced jewelry crafted (for men and women) by up-and-coming European and Argentinean artisans, as well as vintage watches and jewelry from the 1920s, 1950s, and 1960s and silver bracelets, which Kalpakian designed herself. The opening party, where champagne flowed all night, drew a choice crowd of VIPs which included former U.S. ambassador to Brussels, Paul Cejas and wife Trudy; Barbara Becker; artists Antoniaa Wright and Ruben Millares; Iran Issa Khan; Susie and Walid Wahab; Dora Puig; Maria & Manuel Millares; Lolo Sudarsky; Susanne Birbragher and Sam Robin. ETC Miami is sure to become the go-to place for any impressive birthday or hostess gift! Kalpakian’s attention to intricate details includes a silk fabric gift-wrap so you never have to attend a party emptyhanded. ETC Miami is located at 1628 Jefferson Avenue, Miami Beach. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm. For more information 305-673-4etc or www.etc-miami.com

ETC. Store owner Monica Kalpakian, Paul & Trudy Cejas

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March Madness Miami Beach Style BY MICKY ROSS STEINBERG

Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority Board Member While only certain teams are fortunate enough to participate in the basketball tournament also known as March Madness, all Miami Beach residents are able to take part in the following list of activities that take place in March. Don’t foul out by neglecting to go to any of these worthwhile endeavors; you’re guaranteed to score at any one of these fan favorites: 2011 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MARCH 4-13): Just as teams from around the country compete in March Madness, filmmakers from around the world will descend on Miami Beach to showcase some of the best films that you haven’t yet seen. This event, now in its 28th year, will include over 120 public film screenings of over 90 films from 40 countries. 2011 WINTER MUSIC CONFERENCE (MARCH 8-12): The crowd always goes wild for (and at) the Winter Music Conference. This event, now in its 26th year, will feature more than 100 events like seminars, panels, work-

shops, and performance events. 13.1 MARATHON MIAMI BEACH (MARCH 6): Why run up and down a basketball court inside a domed structure when you can enjoy a run on the beach? This halfmarathon starts at Ocean Drive and 10th Street and finishes on the hard-packed sand. If you can’t run 13 miles, you can still be part of the action; there will also be a 5K race and “Kids’ Run.” SOUTH BEACH COMEDY FESTIVAL (MARCH 2-5): The games played on the hard court are intense and are certainly no laughing matter. But there are plenty of laughs to be had at the South Beach Comedy Festival, now in its sixth year. Come see some of the best comedians from around the country as they travel to Miami Beach to entertain you. WINTER PARTY FESTIVAL (MARCH 9-14): When the games have ended and the victor has been crowned, it’s time for fans to celebrate. The Winter Party Festival consists of social and cultural events geared towards the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, and all of Miami Beach is invited to enjoy the fun. Get off the bench and get into the game! We look forward to seeing you all there. For more information, visit online at www.miamibeachvca.com

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Have you ever interviewed Dr. Jekyll and hired Mr. Hyde? BY BETTY ROFFWARG

It’s called Human “Resources” for a reason: your employees are the backbone of your company, and each one needs to be the right fit to avoid the “pain” of a mishire or work teams that are not cohesive. This is particularly important in smaller companies, where the cost per employee – as well as the expectations and responsibilities for each employee – is often much greater. According to Betty Roffwarg, President of HR Matters, “It is very difficult to determine a person’s drives and motivations from an interview alone.” In her over 20 years of providing human resource consulting to smaller businesses, Betty knows the value of utilizing the right tools in finding the proverbial “needle in the haystack”: an employee who is the right fit. HR Matters specializes in selection, development and retention of a company’s most important asset – its employees. As savvy business owners know, finding the right people is the first step towards building a successful team. The firm is currently hiring the key staff for Bouygues, the contractor building the new Port of Miami Tunnel, in addition to ongoing and completed searches for a diverse client base and positions. To address the hiring challenge, HR Matters offers its clients a management tool called the P redictive Index® (PI) that measures work-related behaviors and motivating needs of both the position and the candidate to ensure a good match. Many clients use PI for current employees as well to ensure employees are “in the right seats” (Jim Collins, Good to

Great). Coupled with the experience and expertise of HR Matters, the PI gives business owners and management teams the power – and the knowledge – to not only hire effectively, but to motivate, lead and utilize their human resources at an optimum level. Betty will be offering her expertise to our business community with her seminar, “How to Hire So You Don’t Have to Fire”, designed for business owners and hiring managers who want to improve their ability to hire right the first time.

HR Matters specializes in selection, development and retention of a company’s most important asset – its employees. As savvy business owners know, finding the right people is the first step towards building a successful team. This Pillar only event is scheduled for March 22nd and will cover how we can hire more effectively, with a follow up hands-on workshop March 29th where participants will put what they learned into action. All participants will receive complimentary PI profiles. Seats are limited and going fast, so be sure to register on the Miami Beach Chamber web site. For more information, please visit www.hrmattersfl.com. Betty can be reached at betty@hrmattersfl.com via email or call 305-538-8038.


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With Financial Aid, The Follow Through Can be Critical BY PETER RATZAN

get a name, and establish rapport. 2. Get your 2010 tax returns filed (most offers will be ‘pending’ review of your tax The 2011 Financial returns) 3. Notify the school as to any changes Aid Form filing season is finally coming to an or potential changes to your household or end! This year, although to your financial well-being 4. Don’t panic if your award is not what Congress is probably you expected it to be. A financial aid going to cut about $5 billion from the Dept of award is ‘an offer’ that can often be Education budget appealed. If you’ve planned properly, (pending a Senate vote), you will know if you’ve been shortsome colleges will be changed and will be able to effectively more generous with financial aid than ever. make your case for more or better aid. What you DON’T want to do is just sit back Two main reasons: the first, with equity markets making a robust recovery, endow- and wait. Make sure you take action and folments are up for the first time in two years. low up with the school financial aid offices. And second, new mandates are now requir- Don’t expect that the money will come just ing colleges to earmark a higher percentage because you filed a financial aid application. of those endowments for grants and scholar- At the same, time you don’t want to be an ships. This is good news. And it is consis- annoying pest. It’s important that your follow tent with what I’m seeing from our seniors through be completed with tact and grace. If you are the parent of an 11th or 10th this year (great five-figure offers from othgrader and you are wondering how you can erwise ‘pricey’ universities). If your college-bound senior hasn’t pay for college wholesale, then be sure to received his offer yet, s/he will soon. But, attend my free, evening workshop on like everything else in life, to stock the March 23 in Pinecrest. Most people think odds in your favor, you can’t sit on the they make too much money to qualify for sidelines and wait. Winning is as much financial aid. Most people are mistaken about how you finish as how you start. So and leave thousands on the table. when it comes toMARCH reducing your SUNDAY, 27,college 2011 For more information, visit online at costs, the follow-through can be just as www.LearnCollegeFunding.com. 1PM - 3:30PM important as the planning. Of course, you Peter Ratzan, MBA, is a former High have to start the planning in the first place. So, whether you prepared and you’ve sub- School teacher and the owner of College mitted your own financial applications or Funding Specialists, Inc. He is a certified you hired a pro, keep these points in mind financial aid advisor, the author of Never Pay Retail For College and a regular conas you finalize your child’s college plans: 1. Call each school to verify receipt of a tributor to Miami Beach Community complete financial aid application (FAFSA Newspapers. He blogs regularly at and Profile, if applicable). Give a name, www.CollegePete.com.

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FAMILY CLOSING CELEBRATION

Film viewings at 1:30 and 2:30pm. Kids can participate in an art activity from 1 - 3pm.

$10 Adults; Free for Children, Lowe Members, UM Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables, FL www.lowemuseum.org 305.284.3535

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FAMILY CLOSING CELEBRATION SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011 1PM - 3:30PM This is the last opportunity to view Rafael Soriano: Other Worlds Within, A Sixty Year Retrospective Adults can view the documentary film, La Profundidad del Silencio (The Depth of Silence): An Intimate Portrait of the Cuban Painter Rafael Soriano by Jorge Moya. Please note the film is in Spanish with English subtitles. Film viewings at 1:30 and 2:30pm. Kids can participate in an art activity from 1 - 3pm. Enjoy tasty Cuban treats. Beverages by Vitamin Water Zero. $10 Adults; Free for Children, Lowe Members, UM Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni

Sponsored by The Rafael Soriano Foundation. Free parking at Pavia Garage.

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Lowe Art Museum exhibitions and programs are sponsored in part by The State of Florida, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

United Way of Miami-Dade to launch public awareness campaign promoting Earned Income Tax Credit For free financial counseling year-round, visit United Way Center for Financial Stability United Way of Miami-Dade is launching a public awareness campaign promoting Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), through which families who earn less than $48,362 annually can receive up to $5,600 in tax credits. In addition, the campaign will promote dozens of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in Miami-Dade, offering free tax services by IRS-certified volunteer preparers to those who qualify. This campaign is made possible by two separate grants - a $12,500 grant from Bank of America, and a $15,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The public awareness campaign combines advertising on all Miami-Dade County buses and 15 Metrorail stations, public relations, website and social media outreach, with a direct marketing component via United Way’s database of supporters and partner agencies. The message: “put more money in your pocket.” Simply call 211 or visit www.miamifinancialstability.org for more information. “Each year billions of dollars in tax refunds are not claimed by the people who most need those funds, because they don’t know they qualify, or how to properly file their taxes,” Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO of United Way of

Miami-Dade, said. “We are grateful that Bank of America and Wal-Mart have once again stepped up to help us reach and inform taxpayers about tax credits, and free tax preparation services.” Working individuals and families who want to make the most of their tax refund, should visit the United Way Center for Financial Stability to receive personalized, free financial counseling yearround. United Way Center for Financial Stability offers a full range of services and support to help working individuals and families achieve long-term economic success and independence. Each client is paired with a financial coach who creates a customized plan to meet the client’s specific financial needs and goals. These free services include; helping clients access public and employer benefits, reduce debt, increase credit ratings and claim tax credits among others. All services are provided in English, Spanish and Creole. For more information about free, tax preparation sites call 211, visit www.miamifinancialstability.org , or look for the ‘Tax Help’ tab on United Way’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/UnitedWayMiami. To file your taxes online, visit www.beehive.org/uwcfs.


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Making your property healthy for Freddie and Fannie! On Tuesday, March 1st, the Real Estate Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Chaired by Melissa Rubin of Platinum Properties International, presented a panel of experts who educated the participants on the value of qualifying buildings for FHA loans. The breakfast, held at The Alexander All-Suites Oceanfront Resort, was open to the public. Currently, there are approximately 1400 condos for sale in Miami Beach within FHA loan limits but only a handful of buildings in Miami Beach are FHA approved! Madeleine Romanello of Douglas Elliman Florida and Sherry Roberts of South Beach Boutique Realty, and members of the Council, brought key questions to the panel in order to bring clarity to a somewhat convoluted issue. Marc Halpern of Halpern & Associates, identified the requirements to qualify of an Association in terms of budget reserves, litigations, and control from the developer to the Association. James Marx, Attorney Partner of Blass, Frankel and Marx, P.A. gave an overview of the Condo Distress Act. Mark R. Gerstle, C.P.A. founding partner of Gerstle, Rosen & Goldenberg P.A., provided detailed information for Associations wanting to work toward qualification, including

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largest property management companies with a strong presence in the Miami Beach market. There is a need to educate the property management companies to the specifics of qualifying for FHA so that they can in turn assist the Condo Associations as there are distinct benefits. Not only did the panelists provide expertise in regards to the issue of FHA approvals, they fielded questions that address what Real Estate professionals see as obstacles to obtaining the FHA approvals. This panel discussion is the first of a series of panels which will be presented to industry professionals by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate Council. “The Real Estate industry impacts so many Miami Beach Residents. It is the goal of the council to improve our city by being advocates for those issues that impact Miami Beach.” Stated Melissa Rubin.. “The Real Estate Council has done a great job of taking on important issues and initiatives facing the local economy to make Miami a better place to live.” said Chairman of the Board, Jason Loeb. Under Jason Loeb’s leadership the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce has initiated a variety of programs to assist business growth in this economy.


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South Beach is bracing itself for the new Shelborne South Beach – a multi-million dollar renovation that will transform this famous Art Deco landmark as it turns 70 years old. The newly completed guest lobby just opened and the lobby sushi bar Zama is set to open next month offering Beach Bento Boxes to go. The Shelborne’s glamorous history is tightly woven in the fabric of Miami Beach, and this Art Deco gem continues to reinvent itself without departing from its original splendor and old world charm. The hotel remains a part of the family lineage as Keith Menin oversees the renovation process. Keith plans on making the new Shelborne as appealing to locals as it will be to visitors. The best hotels reflect the local culture and embrace the area’s ethos, thus Keith wants to make the Shelborne the perfect place to start a day at the beach or a night on the town. By the end of summer The Shelborne will debut its signature new restaurant, Vesper, that will feature a hidden private dining room and new American Menu. Chef Mario Tolentino, winner of Food Network’s Chopped, will create a fresh and innovative menu inspired by youthful trends. A dramatic new entrance will feature an

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Mount Sinai Medical Center welcomes Janice Santos, M.D. Mount Sinai Medical Center has recruited Dr. Janice Santos as its newest Assistant Professor of Urology at Columbia University’s Division of Urology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Mount Sinai’s partnership with New York’s Columbia University Division of Urology is a unique collaboration offering expert medical care and life-saving clinical cancer research for South Florida patients. Dr. Santos is one of South Florida’s select few women urologists who also specialize in female urology. In her role at Mount Sinai, Dr. Santos will provide her special expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of the various urologic cancers that affect both men and women, male and female incontinence, vaginal prolapse, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, neurogenic voiding dysfunction and surgical outcomes. A native of Puerto Rico, Dr. Santos completed her first urology residency training at Albert Einstein School of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She arrived to Mount Sinai Miami Beach after completing further urological training in female urology, voiding dysfunction, urodynamics, neurourology and endourology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She is a member of various professional organizations including the American Urological Association, American Medical Association, Society of Women in Urology and Society of Urologic Oncology to name a few. For more information or to contact Dr. Janice Santos, please call 305-674-CARE (305-674-2273) or visit www.msmc.com.

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Chef Dewey LoSasso to headline 16th Annual United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival The 16th Annual United Way Miami Wine and Food Festival will take place Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17, 2011 at Village of Merrick Park, the InterContinental Miami and Mary Brickell Village. All proceeds from the festival will go to support United Way of MiamiDade’s work in the areas of education, income and health. This annual event brings together food and wine lovers for a now extended, fourday festival that features notable chefs, prestigious wineries and winemakers, and impressive auction lots. This year, one of the nation’s most prolific apostles of Progressive American cuisine, Chef Dewey LaSasso of The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar, will headline the Interactive Dinner on Friday, April 15, 2010. FOLLOWING ARE EVENT DETAILS: Taste & Toast - Fine Wine Tasting at Village of Merrick Park | Thursday, April 14, 2011 Enjoy a unique sampling from dozens of international wineries and gourmet treats from South Florida’s top restaurants at this chic outdoor event that also offers live music and a silent auction. New to this

Cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6:30 pm Live auction and Cellar?bration Dinner begins 7:30 pm The InterContinental Miami Hotel is located on 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami.

year, guests will have the opportunity to purchase and take home wines sampled that evening. • $150 per person VIP admission; begins at 6:00 pm • $75 per person general admission; begins at 7:00 pm • $65 per United Way Young Leader; begins at 7:00 pm Village of Merrick Park is located at 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables. Food, Friends & Fun - Intt eractive Dinner featuring celebrity Chef Dewey LoSasso, The Forge Restaurant|Wine Bar at the InterContii nental Miami| Friday, April 15, 2011 Enjoy an interactive experience, where guests will team up to cook their own dinner under the tutelage of celebrity Chef Dewey LoSasso. The evening begins with a Bacardi cocktail reception, where mixologists will create unique drinks, and a celebrity mixologist will join the interactive dinner to teach everyone a few tricks of the trade. The evening will include a live auction in between courses and a silent auction during the reception. $300 per person; $2,400 per table of eight

Cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6:30 pm Interactive Dinner begins at 7:30 pm The InterContinental Miami is located on 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami. Cellar?bration – Good Food and Award-Winning Wines at the InterContinental Miaa mi| Saturday, April 16, 2011 A charming vineyard experience, featuring award-winning wines from the festival’s Best in Glass Wine Challenge, a multi-course dinner, exclusive auction lots, live entertainment and dancing. $300 per person; $3,000 per table of 10

Brews & Bites – Craft Beer Tasting at Mary Brickell Village | Sunday, April 17, 2011 On this closing day of the festival, guests will “tap” into some favorite craft beers and micro-brews from around the world at dozens of different tasting stations. Admission to the event includes a commemorative tasting cup, beer tasting, food from top area restaurants and great entertainment. • $75 per person VIP admission begins at 1:00 pm • $55 per person general admission begins at 2:00 pm • $40 per United Way Young Leader begins at 2:00 pm Mary Brickell Village is located on 901 South Miami Avenue, Miami. bout the festiFor more information ab val, please go to www.miamiwinefestival.org or contact United Way at 305646-7111.


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Want to get fit? Ride a bike BY CHARLOTTE LIBOV

Miami Beach is fast becoming the Mecca of the biking world, which is great news for us here, because riding is great for your health. When it comes to health, here’s a rundown on what biking does for you: • Builds strength and muscle tone — Most people think that cycling just strengthens the legs, but it actually involves the entire body. • Builds stamina • Improves cardiovascular fitness • Burns calories — Steady cycling burns approximately 300 calories per hour, so 30 minutes of cycling can burn 11 pounds of fat in a year. • Increased balance and flexibility • Releases stress Given our great weather and fantastic scenery, biking has always been popular here, but it’s going to grow even more so, thanks to the advent of Deco Bike, the city’s nifty new “bike-and-go” set-up. But we’ve also got great bike shops, and fitness clubs for indoor cycling too. So here are ways to get your biking fix: Deco Bike: No doubt you’ve been seeing bright colored kiosks springing up everywhere. They are for “Deco Bike,” the program enables you to get a monthly pass online to use one of the basic, silver bikes that will be parked at the there. Then, you ride it to your destination, like a bar, café, or even to work, and just drop it off at the nearest kiosk when you reach you destination. This program, modeled

on successful projects in Europe, is designed to please both tourists and locals. Local Bike Shops: Fritz’s Skate, Bike & Surf can sell or rent you the bike of your dreams, and also help you accessorize it as well. This great local place has mountain, road, single-speed, comfort bikes, and even unicycles, which are a great way to get noticed on the beach! Fitness Club cycling: Need to perk up your fitness, but it’s raining or just too hot to ride outdoors. You can get the same health benefits indoors, and, in a way, even more, because a cycling route can provide you with the hills that our flat terrain doesn’t provide. Also, some clubs have special cycling events; at Equinox South Beach, for instance, Andreas Heuser leads outdoor bike rides. MORE INFO: Deco Bikes; 305-532-9494, www.decobike.com Fritz’s Skate, Bike, Surf; 305-532-1954, www.fritzsmiamibeach.com Andreas Heuser, Equinox South Beach, 305-673-1172, www.equinox.com

Charlotte Libov’s writing on Miami Beach appears in many places, including AOL City’s Best Miami and Florida Travel + Life and AOL City’s Best Miami. She is also the author of five books, including “The Woman’s Heart Book,” which was made into the groundbreaking PBS documentary “Women’s Hearts at Risk.” She speaks both nationally and locally on the topic of preventing heart disease in women. You can reach her at 305-3338844 or char@libov.com.


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In doing business — Events Matters Collins Canal Clean Up BY VALERIE RASKEN

Events help businesses seeking to personalize their local presence, brand their identity, and engage in positive community outreach. When done effectively, businesses that participate in events are positioned apart from their competitors, leaving a lasting impression in their markets. The Emerging Leadership Council of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, whose mission is to work to promote, encourage and generate relationships through strategic introductions in addition to their leadership roles, coordinated a panel of industry leaders last month to discuss how to grow business through hosting your own events, the value of partnering with charities, seeking corporate sponsors and how to save money by participating in existing events that speak to your target audience. The Events Matters panel was composed of Jacquie O’Malley, Group VP of Development, United Way; Sabrina Badeaux, Owner, Chez Badeaux Salon; Caterina Falcone, Marketing Director, Miami New Times; and Felipe Basulto, TD Bank all industry leaders who shared their personal successes in utilizing events to advance their businesses. Each provided a unique perspective on Events as a way to build traffic, promote a cause, or find marketing exposure.

Help ECOMB volunteers, the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Collins Park Neighborhood Association and the City of Miami Beach cleanup the shorelines of Collins Canal, Miami Beach. Gemma on Lincoln Road ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

This seminar was held at Gemma Lounge on Lincoln Road and attended by well over 70 people. Each panelist was able to answer questions about their individual businesses and the important of events and marketing from their own perspective. Whether a big non-profit, small business owner, media outlet, or a corporate entity, it is important for each business to not only sponsor events, but host and partner with other businesses in the community and the attendees were able to get an insider’s perspective on the why and how to do so effectively. The event was successfully Chaired by Alexis Guillen from the Miami New Times with support from David Wrubel, CPA, and Brenda Vargas, AXA Financial Advisors and Chair of the Emerging Leadership Council. Gemma Lounge, as special event venue, graciously hosted the event which was catered by Centerplate. The Emerging Leadership Council develops and presents a series of “Matters” seminars to assist businesses with educational opportunities by industry leaders which are held throughout the year.

Brenda Vargas, ELC Chair with Panelists: Caterina Falcone, Marketing Director, Miami New Times; Sabrina Badeaux, Owner, Chez Badeaux Salon; Felipe Basulto, TD Bank; and Jacquie O’Malley, Group VP of Development, United Way

LET’S KEEP OUR SHORELINE CLEAN ... PASS IT ON! When: Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. Where: Meet us at the corner of Dade Boulevard and Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. PLEASE, PARK ON THE NORTH SIDE SECTION OF DADE BLVD, ADJACENT TO THE MIAMI BEACH SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (EAST OF CONVENTION CENTER DRIVE), MIAMI BEACH. PLEASE, CARPOOL IF YOU CAN, SAVE GAS AND HELP OUR PLANET! For information, contact ECOMB at 305.534.3825 or visit www.ecomb.org ECOMB 210 Second Street Miami Beach, Fl 33139

ECOMB, an environmental not-for-profit organization founded in 1994, is dedicated to the promotion of environmental sustainability and the preservation of our community’s ecology. ECOMB strives to promote better interactions amongst residents, visitors, businesses and government agencies. ECOMB believes that by educating and encouraging people to get involved, and to act responsibly towards their environment, that together, we will improve our quality of life, save resources, and live more sustainably


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A Great Weekend for FIU students

BY MARTIN MENDIOLA

US Gourmet Mendiola@USGourmet.US Wow, what a great weekend! With Bobby, Rachel, Anne and Giada in town, there was excitement everywhere you went. Fans full of energy and enthusiasm flocked to the streets hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrity chefs. Everyone had his or her own expectations as to what would happen when meeting their favorite Food Network star. Even my wife, kept telling me how upon meeting Bobby Flay she was going to let him know that she “really� learned to cook from watching his shows ever since he first started on TV. I do not think that is the whole truth, for even

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thought his recipes are simple and easy to make, she always thought he was somewhat cute. Little does she know that I do not mind since I am the one reaping the benefits of her most improved cooking skills. Thanks Bobby. There were many enjoyable events throughout the weekend and while the tasting tents are not among my favorites (I believe you really need a special appreciation for heat and sand), this event turned out to be a most enjoyable party. There were lots of old friends and many new ones, all having fun and enjoying the many different products available. One of the most interesting new products on display was the Agave Nectars, considered a sweeter and healthier alternative to sugar. With the many pending health issues concerning sugar, I am sure more will be said about this product in the near future. Within the compound, there also was the very special Experience Italy Pavillion. The excellent aged Grana Padano PDO cheeses

found here accompanied by the Regaleali Nero d’Avola from the Sicilian Tasca D’Almerita Agricultural Estate, made leaving this tent extremely difficult. When you add the great food from TiramisU and the wines from Pio Cesare, Antinori and Speri among others, leaving became almost impossible. If not for the pork belly and tamarind sauce, we saw the chefs from Barbados prepare at the Miami Beach Convention Center kitchen for the show, we would have been happy to stay in this one place. As much enthusiasm as the celebrity chefs brought to town, they were not even close to the enthusiasm displayed by Marco, Elie, Roger and Jeannie in the Miami Beach Convention Center kitchen. They were part of the over 250 hospitality students from Florida International University who were chopping onions, dry rubbing meats and marinating shrimps alongside the celebrity chefs. Supervised by Chef Michael Moran, Lead Chef Instructor at Florida International

University the students were busy and motivated. Along with Chef Moran and overlooking the whole operation, was Executive Chef Jonathan Barnett whose dedicated staff manages the kitchen operations at the Miami Beach Convention Center for Centerplate the largest hospitality partner to many sports stadiums and convention centers. Many of the students agreed that before their turn, Chef Barnett should become the next Food Network Superstar, for he is knowledgeable, funny and everyone felt he would make a good TV personality. Another plus is that he quickly recognized that nothing could be done without Marcia Brooks, his Executive Sous Chef. As good as the South Beach Wine and Food Festival is and as much as everyone enjoys, the very best thing it brings to town, is the exposure it offers the FIU students. What a great opportunity for these young people and future Food Network stars!

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Camillus Dry Cleaner’s Clothing Drive No matter the square footage of our homes, there’s always one room that never seems to be big enough...the closet. Fashionista or not, we’ve all faced closet battles, dodging falling hangers, scouring for a shoe’s mate and balancing towering sweater stacks before quickly squeezing the doors closed. For those with closets threatening to explode, I have good news: your favorite area dry cleaners are now making garment purging that much easier. Sudsies.com Dry Cleaners and Laundry, Sir Galloway Dry Cleaners and Rey’s Cleaners have partnered with Camillus House to collect wears for distribution to local individuals and families in need. Getting involved is easy. All three cleaners distribute specialty collection bags to patrons to fill with gently used clothing, shoes and accessories. These bags can be returned to any of the five Sir Galloway and 23 Rey’s Cleaners locations across Miami, or can be picked up directly from your home, condominium or office via Sudsies’ complimentary dry cleaning pick-up and delivery service. The cleaners then hand over your donations over to Camillus House, where they are sorted and given to their new owners. One of the few with a pristine closet?... I encourage you to join our cause in ensuring that every Miamian has clothes on his/her back. The initiative is ongoing, so even those who get a late start on Spring cleaning can still participate. Communities are built on people - help-

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MARCH EVENTS at Miami Beach Botanical Garden SATURDAY, MARCH 12 / 10AM TO NOON The Basics of Propagation Horticulture Director Benoit Jonckheere will demonstrate and discuss basic techniques and equipment for plant propagation with seeds, cutting, grafting and air-layering in a hands-on workshop format.

THURSDAY, MARCH 24 Surfrider Foundation and the Miami Surf Archive Project present a movie evening with footage of surfing in Miami Beach from the 1950’s to 1970’s. Free to the public. Learn more on Facebook at Miami Surf Archive Project.

THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF MIAMI BEACH GARDENS SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011 Visit six private residential gardens, behind the gates of waterfront estates and personal retreats with a koi pond, stately old trees, and exceptional plant collections. Drive yourself or bicycle. Gardens are open 10AM to 3PM. Tour tickets $25 advance & Garden members/ $30 day of tour

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 / 6 TO 8PM PROFESSOR CARRIE PENABAD DISCUSSES MARION MANLEY: MIAMI’S FIRST WOMAN ARCHITECT Miami Beach Historical Association and the Garden present author and professor Carie Penabad discussing the legacy of Miami’s first female architect, Marion Manley. Penabad is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Miami and a principal at CURE & PENABAD Architects. Her firm has been awarded numerous professional recognitions and awards, including American Institute of Architects awards, state and local preservation awards, a National Congress for New Urbanism Award, and a Silver Medal prize at the 2010 Miami Biennale. She published Marion Manley: Miami’s First Woman Architect, with respected historian and author Catherine Lynn.

Tickets online at www.mbgarden.org Telephone: 305-673-7256 ext. 201 E-mail lajamieson@mbgarden.org On March 19 only, 11AM to 4PM, the Garden hosts the ‘Truck Stop’ with Miami’s hottest food trucks serving fast and fun lunches and snacks. The Garden ‘Truck Stop’ and Miami Beach Botanical Garden are free and open to the public. Sale of orchids, plants, books, souvenirs, jewelry, ‘gems & junque’ throughout the day at 2000 Convention Center Drive THURSDAY MARCH 17 / 7PM TO 9PM MURDER MYSTERY PLAY Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with THE LUCK OF THE MURDER, an interactive murder mystery play featuring Barbara Fox of Mystery on the Menu. Tickets at $20 include mystery, wine and chocolate. Audience members participate, share clues and help solve the crime. Advance reservations required. Telephone 305864-2430 SUNDAY, MARCH 20 THE 7TH SOUTH BEACH PHOTOMARATHON Fotomission and Tropicolor host the 7th South Beach Photomarathon. Open to professional and amateur photographers. Register at the Garden, then fan out across the city

to take creative photographs representing six topics. Results are juried and cash prizes awarded in each category. For information and registration, see www.fotomission.org TUESDAY, MARCH 22 / 8PM NEW MUSIC MIAMI FESTIVAL CONCERT Enjoy a classical concert at the Garden presented by the New Music Miami Festival and Florida International University. For information and reservations, e-mail garciao@fiu.edu. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 / 9:15AM TO 3:15 PM AARP SAFE DRIVER’S PROGRAM A one-day course on safe driving for senior is $12 for AARP members/ $14 non-members. Reservations required. Call 305-466-5725.

EVERY THURSDAY / 6:30 TO 7:30PM MIAMI BEACH TOASTMASTERS Whether you want to polish your professional presentations, engage your social circle with greater ease, or champion your community cause, effective communication is essential. Join Miami Beach Toastmasters at the Garden every Thursday evening. Visit www.miamibeachtoastmasters.com to learn more. These programs are made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners. Miami Beach Botanical Garden 2000 Convention Center Drive Miami Beach, Fl 33139 www.mbgarden.org

Conchita Espinosa Academy Bringing out the extraordinary in every child

Applications are now available for the K-4 through 8th grade 2011-2012 academic year. New K-4 and K-5 Learning Center. Call for a private visit.

Visit our website and apply online www.conchitaespinosa.com or call 305.227.1149.


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A Day Of Fun For Teenagers with Cerebral Palsy A Day of Fun was held on March 3rd at Bayside Marketplace. The event was co-sponsored by Thriller Miami Speedboat Tours and Hard Rock Cafe for ambulatory teenagers with Cerbral Palsy. The kids had an opportunity to experience a thrilling speedboat ride that many never had ever done. They were accompanied by a guardian. The smiles on the kids faces became contagious. It is so wonderful to give these kids opportunities that they rarely get. Then it was off to Hard Rock Cafe where Gonzalo Del Rio was kind enough to provide lunch for our group. I believe it is so important to give back to our community and provide events to help children of special needs. A challenge goes out to other attractions

to provide “fun� days for these special kids. Thanks also goes to George Hall & Charles Keith from Thriller Miami for providing time on Thriller Miami for the children. Lisa White and Jessica Dominguez were so nice to work with at the United Cerbral Palsy Association. Another recognition goes to the Miami Chamber of Commerce for their tremendous support of this project. Ira Strickman Director of Marketing Thriller Miami


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Beach High to Rock the Big Apple BY JESSE KIRKPATRICK

Senior at Miami Beach Senior High School “There’s no other group like it in high school.” The Miami Beach Senior High Rock Ensemble has built up quite a legacy in its 39 years, and Director Doug Burris is certainly proud. “It’s good music,” Burris said, “performed by talented kids who really like to do what they’re doing.” The Rock Ensemble plays a varied but consistently rockin’ mix of classic and contemporary tunes at an array of venues. The group can be seen performing at community awareness events, private parties, pep rallies, and public concerts. The band functions on a rotation cycle, with new freshman members replacing graduating seniors each year. Therefore, the Ensemble still keeps a young and fresh vibe decades after its 1972 establishment. Because of the long and rich history behind the band, members take pride in what they do and truly respect the reputation of their group — and its legendary director. Burris started the band in 1972, and has since been its sole director. In April 2010, the Rock Ensemble traveled to Las Vegas and received a gold medal at the Heritage Music Festival. Following last year’s success, the group is planning a trip to New York this April for a second go at the Heritage gold. The group will be competing against bands from across the country. Planning a trip to a city like New York takes money, and these public high school students are struggling to put the funds together. “The trip will cost ‘mucho’ bucks,” said Burris. More specifically, 30 grand. This figure includes airfare, festival registra-

tion, touring costs, and instrument rentals. Though it would have been cool to stay at The Plaza, money constraints have limited options to the budget chains in the Newark Airport environs. In order to raise money for the trip, the Rock Ensemble held its 2nd Annual Dinner Concert on February 25. The event featured both the Rock Ensemble and the Guitar Quartet, and brought in over one thousand dollars. “[The members] were excited about performing,” said Burris. “It was a magical night of music.” As of now, the group has raised 15 thousand dollars, but future gigs will help to alleviate the remaining costs. The Ensemble will be entertaining at a private St. Patrick’s Day Party on March 12th, as well as the annual Bay Harbor Picnic on the 27th from 1 to 5 pm. The group is also looking to perform at various public venues. Come check them out! “I’m excited about this year’s group,” said Burris. “The music feels good.”

The Rock Ensemble plays a varied but consistently rockin’ mix of classic and contemporary tunes at an array of venues. The group can be seen performing at community awareness events, private parties, pep rallies, and public concerts. Visit the band on the web at www.rockensemble.com. Donations of any amount will be graciously accepted. Anyone who wishes to contribute can make a check out to ‘MECA’ (Magnet Educational Choice Association), and send to the address listed on the website.

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March Madness Hits The Giving Tree Go a little "Mad!" Join all knitters and enjoy the benefit of weekly specials on select yarns deeply discounted up to 95% with a minimum purchase of 10 skeins. New selection each week.

Joan Reitsma, owner of The Giving Tree, will begin teaching knitting classes for those wanting to learn something new or increase their skill level. For many knitting is therapy that relieves stress and also provides productive way to pass time while traveling or watching television. Of course, the idea of being able to give a handmade gift from the heart is an additional bonus. The Giving Tree, located at 248 Giralda

Avenue, in Coral Gables, offers a broad range of yarns and other needle crafts as well as an amazing selection of unique gift items for all occasions. Collectors will appreciate her new Disney collection by Romero Britto as well as a large assortment of Jim Shore and Precious Moments collectibles. For more information on classes, contact Joan at 305 445-3967 or jlreitsma@aol.com


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