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Summer Camp enrollment now open for this year



almetto Bay parents with children ages 5 to 12 take note — summer is almost here and the official village summer camp begins on June 14 and runs through Aug. 6. Each day’s session runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Youngsters can participate for just a week or for the entire summer. Cost per child is $115 a week. There’ll be lots of activities in the summer camp program to keep the kids entertained and happy, and maybe even learning something new. Activities include arts and crafts sessions, outdoor sports, indoor games, movies, weekly field trips, and swimming at Cutler Bay Pool. New for this summer is the addition of the “radKIDS” Personal Empowerment Safety Education program, to provide valuable instruction to help youngsters stay safe. And that’s not all that’s new, according to Parks and Recreation director Fanny Carmona Gonzalez.

Youngsters try their hands with hulahoops during a previous summer camp.

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LifeTrail exercise stations a hit in Coral Reef Park



recent addition to the walking trail at Coral Reef Park already is proving a hit with Palmetto Bay residents. Gym-style exercise equipment designed to fit the outdoor environment has been added so park-goers can combine walking and workouts. Kirk Hearin, Parks and Recreation manager for the village since June 1, 2009, having spent 13 years with the City of Homestead and 26 years with the City of Miami, is pleased with the new feature and the public’s response. “We now have 17 exercise stations along the trails, and those are extremely popular,” Hearin said. “It’s an advantage for anyone in the neighborhood. We have so many people that come here everyday and do their workout and walk. “They don’t have to go to the gym. They can come here and use the stepper and do all the different exercises on the equipment right on our walking trail.” Hearin pointed out that people con- Brian Dreher is pictured with son Ethan, 3, and cerned about exercising in the heat out- neighbor Shawn Davies, 11, on the Stepper. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– doors needn’t worry. “The stations were installed in a linThe LifeTrail stations have equipment ear fashion on the east side of the walking that includes Lower Body Warm-Up, trail where we have a lot of trees,” Hearin Bench Stepper, Torso Stability, Upper said. “Lots of shade and cool breezes.” Body Warm-Up, Standing Push-Up, Harold Williams is one of many residents Forearm Rolls, Upper Body Stretch and who says he appreciates the availability of Strengthen, Lower Body Stretch, Balance the workout equipment in the park setting. and others. “This is great,” Williams said between repetitions on the upper body exerciser. “I –––––––––––––––––––––– See page 4 come out about every day.”


Children’s Trust Family Expo free at fairgrounds on May 8



he Children’s Trust 2010 Family Expo, sponsored by Target, will host its fourth annual free all-day festival to provide parents with direct access to educational, health and social services in a fun and festive atmosphere, on Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way. Already the largest free event of its kind in the community, with record crowds of more than 25,000 in prior years, the Children’s Trust is accommodating the growing attendance by utilizing both on-site exhibit halls once again. The event features workshops and more than 250 exhibitors showcasing information about summer and after-school programs, injury prevention, vaccinations, programs for children with special needs, pre-kindergarten reg-

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Wayne Silvestro takes charge as Coral Reef Park supervisor

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Pictured at Coral Reef Park are Wayne Silvestro, park manager, (left) and Kirk Hearin, village Parks and Recreation manager.


Palmetto Bay’s Coral Reef Park has a new supervisor as of Apr. 12, Wayne Silvestro, but he’s not really new to the park. “When I was with the county, I was here for about two or three years, then they transferred me to another park; then I came back and was here with another supervisor for about seven years,” Silvestro said. “I ran the summer program here, oversaw the Broncos and Howard Palmetto, so this is like coming home.” Silvestro was with Dade County Parks and Recreation for almost 15 years and also had worked as a physical education teacher at St. Hugh Catholic School and was with the City of Coral Gables Parks and Recreation Department. Born in Miami in 1959, his roots here and his previous background in the park give him the knowledge of what his main goal is for the coming months and beyond. “Pretty much the focus is making sure this park is the premiere park of the Village of Palmetto Bay, to keep it pristine and available to the residents so they have a place for their families to come and enjoy the park for recreation, events and sports,” Silvestro said, adding that residents can look forward to some new programming, too. “We just started with soccer for the kids and we’re also looking to have some adult leagues as well.” Kirk Hearin, the village’s Parks and Recreation manager, thinks that Silvestro is the right man for the job. “Wayne has a good sense of the needs and wants of the community, and he knows the park,” Hearin said. “Besides soccer,

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we’ve also started a program for seniors which can be expanded to younger adults as well. It’s a Partnership For Wellness program with Baptist Health, and that’s going very well. Among our overall goals for the park is to improve our facilities and maximize the programming potential.” Silvestro thinks that Coral Reef Park is something of which residents can be proud. “There’s a lot going on at this park,” Silvestro said. “It’s really the gem of the village and it has a lot to offer the community. I’ve always believed that if you have something for the kids to do, whether it’s sports or some type of programming, then they’re not going to be out getting into mischief. “We also welcome the adults who want to give back to the park, who want to volunteer, whether it’s the parents or corporations or companies,” he added. “When the whole community gets involved, it’s a win-win for everyone.” Anyone interested in volunteering at Coral Reef Park should contact the park staff at 305-235-1593. “This park is really so multi-functional; it’s not only a nature area, people can exercise, walk, jog if they want or play tennis,” Silvestro said. “One thing leads to another, and there are rentals, too, where families come to have their picnics or weddings. We have the gazebos and the meditation garden.” For Silvestro, assuming the position of supervisor at Coral Reef is a comfortable fit. “I know a lot of the people around here already, so it’s a nice homecoming,” Silvestro said. “I like it here. It’s funny how it’s come full circle.”

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“We are now going to be including tennis for our summer camp kids,” Gonzalez said. “The basic camp fee does include that as well as your daily snack, camp T-shirt, your swimming field trip per week and your other field trips. There is no registration fee.” Field trips will include visits to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to watch the Broadway play, Mary Poppins, and trips to the Miami Seaquarium, Miami Science Museum, Wannado City and more. “We also want people to know about our Counselor in Training program,”

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Gonzalez said. “We’re looking for high school kids 15 to 18 who want to serve as volunteers, counselors in training. They’ll be getting the experience they need should they want to serve as counselors later on, and they’ll be getting their community hours they need for their high school requirement.” Registration for summer camp can be done at Village Hall or at any park in the village. For more information call Village Hall at 305-259-1234 or visit online at <>.

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The outdoor fitness equipment was designed and built by Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of outdoor fitness equipment, working with gerontology, kinesiology, and recreation experts from Pennsylvania State University. Although originally conceived with Baby Boomers and beyond in mind, the outdoor fitness trail equipment seems to have appeal for younger users as well and offers the whole family a fun walking workout. It also offers more casual exer-



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cisers a chance to still fit while avoiding costly gym fees. Brian Dreher is another village resident who frequently uses the park, often with his wife and son Ethan, and sometimes neighbor Shawn Davies, 11. “We enjoy this a lot,” Dreher said at the Stepper exercise station. “My family and I always liked the park anyway.” For more information on the exercise equipment or the walking trail, call Coral Reef Park at 305-235-1593.

from page 1 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– istration, KidCare and much more. quality time together at little or no cost to Each hall will have stages packed with them,” said Modesto E. Abety, president and entertainment; face painting; balloon CEO of the Children’s Trust. “At a time when sculpture; magicians, and character greet- most corporate sponsorship is diminishing, ing for children to meet Nickelodeon’s we are fortunate to have significant, continued Fairly Odd Parents, the Backyardigans and support from Target to allow us to continue many popular Disney look-a-like charac- the expansion of this event.” ters from Toy Story, The Lion King and The sponsorship grant is part of an ongoothers, including some classic storybook ing effort by Target to strengthen families characters. A special reading corner will and communities throughout the country. feature storytelling and free books to take Since opening its doors, Target has given 5 home. percent of its income to organizations that The Miami Children’s Museum will support education, the arts, social services operate an elaborate arts and crafts area and the Florida Marlins tent features T-ball and volunteerism. Today that equals more and speed pitching practice. The Children’s than $3 million every week. “At Target, our local grants are making a Trust will give away free gifts to the first difference in the communities we serve,” 3,000 children. Admission, parking, all activities and said Laysha Ward, president, community entertainment are free. Food will be sold relations for Target. “We’re proud to partner by vendors of the Miami-Dade County with the Children’s Trust as part of our ongoing commitment to give back to the Fair and Exposition Center. “In these difficult economic times, with so communities where our guests and team many families in need, an event like this members live and work.” For more information about the Children’s becomes even more important to connect families to valuable services and especially in Trust Family Expo, call 2-1-1 The Children’s a fun and entertaining atmosphere that pro- Trust Helpline or visit online at vides families with an opportunity to share <>.

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In the good old summer time, village-wise Michael Miller EXECUTIVE EDITOR

AROUND TOWN Well, folks, Earth Week (Day and Month, also) is now past (although we suspect a few village officials are still picking ladybugs out their hair), the warm weather and rainy season are cranking up once again, so can summer be far away? June 21 is drawing near, and we can see more activity in the parks and other outdoor venues, at least until it starts getting really hot. Good news for whizzz-BOOM fans. We hear that Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest, and Cutler Bay have joined together to help fund the 7th Annual July 4 Fireworks display at Black Point Park. Each city is kicking in a $3,000 donation to make sure this highly popular event will take place again, and we think they deserve a round of applause for doing so. Actually, you can be a sponsor, too. For more info on that check out the official village website: or call Village Hall at 305-259-1234. R e m i ni s c i n g , East Kendall’s Barry White recalls (North) Kendall Drive being called “the road to nowhere” when there were only horse farms “out west,” adding: Southeast or Southwest, Eighth Street was actually called Eighth Street, not “Calle Ocho.” Anything on SW Eighth Street after 107th Avenue was a rock pit or a farm. Forty-first Street on Miami Beach was actually called Forty-first Street, not Arthur Godfrey Road. No one had ever heard of Arthur Godfrey! Continues Barry: “The major north/south artery for Miami was Seventh Avenue. North of 79th Street, a two-lane

rock road all the way to the Broward County line. I-95, the Florida Turnpike and Alligator Alley did not exist. There were only two roads out of Miami to northern destinations, US-1 and Route 27, aka “Road 27.” US-1 was named “Biscayne Boulevard,” becoming “Brickell Avenue” for a short distance south of downtown Miami. As US-1 continued further south, it passed through Homestead and “The Last Chance” saloon, so named as the last sign of civilization until Jewfish Creek, some 35 long miles straight ahead with trillions of mosquitoes along a desolate stretch between Homestead and Jewfish Creek. (You prayed your car would not get a flat tire, break down or run out of gas). Thanks for the memories, guys! Went out of my zip for dinner the other night and went to The Fish House on SW 56th Street and 100 Avenue. This place is rocking and rolling literally, especially on Wednesday nights when music is live with their soon to famous Rock Wednesday, and Resident Harold Williams works on his upper body if that is not to your liking, they’ve got strength at a LifeTrail exercise station in Coral Reef Blues Mondays and Jazz Thursdays and Park. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– lots of other very spontaneous music to entertain you. Oh, yes, the food and service is super duper. To find out more and hear a clip of some music check out P.S. While I was there, ran into Community Newspapers’ long time editor David Berkowitz and his wife R i t a and family as well as Char les Ca s til lo and his wife, and S hirley and Horst Hube r. Q u i t e p r o u d of my wife, S u s a n , and our children. Our son, J e f f, just earned his Masters Degree in International Business and will be continuing his studies in Economics. Our daughter, L a u r e n , who is soon to be a senior, majoring in Public Administration, is presently doing an internship so that she can start to get a look-see at the inner

workings of government. And then of course, my wife, my lover and the mother of our children, is becoming quite the devotee of power lifting. A few months ago she competed in a bench pressing competition (that’s where you are on your back and you push up the weight). Well anyway, she benched pressed 132 pounds. Well, gee, that was good enough for first place in her age group. Nope, I’m not disclosing what age group she is in. But I will say that, in a recent practice session, she benched pressed a whole bunch more. (Yup, I don’t mess with her.) T h o u g h t f o r th e Da y:

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Is there an oil-slicked beach in Florida’s future? R. Kenneth Bluh KENNETH’S COMMENTARY They say timing in life is everything. It would seem that timing was not on President Obama’s side when he announced that the nation, needing greater oil production, must open up our Florida coasts to oil exploration. It seems like it was only days after he made the announcement that the disastrous explosion aboard the oilrig off the Louisiana coast killed (as of the date of this writing) 11 workers and is spilling thousands of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This is an old battle. Florida, with our massive tourist-based economy, has been fighting the prospect of oil drilling off the coast as long as I can remember. I wrote a column a number of years ago suggesting that if oil drilling platforms off our coast were inevitable, then we should fasten fake giant aluminum palm fronds on top of

–– VIEWPOINT –– the rigs, suggesting that humongous tropical trees grew off our coast. At first we were told that the Louisiana oilrig disaster was spill proof. We were told that the rig would stand and the feared collapse into the sea was not going to happen. We were told that the prospect of an oil spill was not going to occur as the “new” rigs were designed to prevent such a tragedy. Now the Coast Guard is saying, “…this is a very serious spill, absolutely.” The Coast Guard and the oil-drilling company officials are estimating that 1,000 barrels of oil are leaking each day heading toward the Louisiana coast. The rainbow-colored sheen of oil stretches hundreds of square milles about 25 times larger than it appeared to be a day earlier. Remember, the rig in Louisiana was 50 miles offshore. If the same rig were built

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50 miles off Miami Beach and there was a similar disaster, the oil slick would be within 30 miles of our beaches. And, that is only the first day after the spill. Adding 40,000 barrels a day to the spill we would soon find our beaches black, slick and stinking. Who would clean up the mess? Who would pay for the clean up? How long would it take? Would conventions make last minute location switches to other cities? Would our tourists, realizing that they would be staying in a hotel within feet of a stinking beach, elect to go to the Jamaica, Puerto Rico or Mexico? I’ll bet you they would. There aren’t any guarantees that an oilrig disaster will not happen. Modern engineering minimizes such a failure. But, it cannot be 100 percent ruled out. Can Florida, so heavily dependent

upon tourism, take that chance? I do not think so. We must make sure that drilling off our coast never happens. Besides, the benefits are years away and we as a nation are making every effort to minimize our dependency on oil. Perhaps the demands for oil in the future will not even require that we sink oil-drilling platforms off our coasts. Here’s something to think about: What would a hurricane do to a platform off our coast? We appreciate your opinions on this column whether in agreement or disagreement. Please send your comments to (fax number) 305-662-6980 or email to <>. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of this newspaper, its editors or publisher.


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Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor 6796 SW 62 Ave. • South Miami, FL 33143 E-mail:

To the Editor: I found [Grant Miller’s] article very biased. As a journalist, try interviewing people who live in this area. I have lived on SW 176th Street for over 30 years. The long lines of traffic daily continue to infiltrate the neighborhood and not just on 176th Street. They use alternate streets, which adds to even more congestion in the area. The traffic impacts Old Cutler Road. Vans discharge children on 176th Street, which is a safety hazard. Cars run stop signs at 176th Street and 77th Avenue, another safety hazard. The Palmetto Bay Police have monitored this situation many times. Palmer Trinity should learn from Gulliver to build multiple campuses where the parents would not have to commute so far. How about one in Coral Gables where the majority of students commute from? I oppose this expansion as it is increasing more cars and buses to transport children and faculty in an already overcrowded situation. We do not need more cars on Old Cutler Road and we do not need more traffic and congestion in our neighborhood. Noelene Westman • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • To the Editor: If I am reading the articles in the Herald and Palmetto Bay News correctly, Palmer Trinity won their appeal. Not sure if Palmetto Bay can legally stop them. If, and a big if, Palmetto Bay’s lawyers cannot absolutely stop or win this fight, then the best solution is to work on how best to make the growth of Palmer Trinity less of an impact on the surrounding neighborhoods it will effect. How much money do we want to spend on what looks like a fight that cannot be won? Grant [Miller] does make a point. Palmer Trinity and the other private schools in our area do enhance our area’s image. Palmer Trinity has always been know as a very good school. By the way, my two both went to Palmetto and graduated a few years back. My wife went to Palmetto as well. Peter Wechsler

To the Editor: Monstrosity? Dadeland Mall? I’m always inclined to respect everyone’s input, but responses like this are ridiculous, and do not help any cause. Remember that in decisionmaking, those folks at the extreme left or right are regarded as “crazies” and thrown in the “their opinion doesn’t matter” pile. Educated, well thought out comments will be heard and make a difference. The Miami Dade County Property Appraiser Public Access System lists the sizes as follows: Palmer Expansion Area, 30 acres; Dadeland Mall, 94.5 acres. The Internet gives a voice to everyone — that does not give you the right to ignore your social responsibility. I care about the wonderful Village of Palmetto Bay, of which I am a resident. I will stand up and make my opinions heard, in calm and level-headed manner. I hope you do the same. Rainer • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • To the Editor: Does Palmer Trinity have the right to expand? I don’t want a monstrosity, virtually the size of Dadeland Mall, in my backyard. Period. Jim Haas • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • To the Editor: Beautifully and fairly said. With a graduating senior I consider the PTS expansion a valuable contribution to all of Miami. I live in North Coral Gables and was happy to have a choice of good schools to send my only child. I look forward to watching PTS grow. I suspect you might take some heat from a few irritable folks who have vehemently opposed the expansion. I was subjected to their anger while waiting to enter the hearing a couple of years ago. It wasn’t pretty. Regardless, your words were sane and objective and will resonate with like-minded people. Again, thank you for being a voice for many of us at PTS. Terry R de C Menkin

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Does Palmer Trinity have the right to expand? To the Editor: You are fooling yourself and your readers if you think that the expansion of Palmer Trinity will enhance our neighborhood. This silly comment leads me to believe that you must live nowhere near the potential expansion of the school. I have an idea, why don’t you take another look at the plans for expansion and tell us if you want “that monstrosity” in your backyard. Barbara Curth • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • To the Editor: Mr. Miller, shame on you! As a Pinecrest resident who sends his children to Palmer Trinity, I find it interesting that you are attempting to tell Palmetto Bay what we should be doing. Of course, that you are not a Palmetto Bay resident and that you are one of the owners of Community Newspapers should have been disclosed along with your admission that your children attend Palmer Trinity. One must wonder what school of economics you attended if you really believe that property values of homes adjacent (in close proximity) to any school actually go up. Yes, there are private schools in Pinecrest. I doubt homeowners near Gulliver Academy would think it appropriate to increase student enrollment as significantly as Palmer Trinity. Additionally, motorists on Red Road would face the exact problem that those on Old Cutler Road would in the face of increased traffic to Palmer Trinity. Most of the additional students, whether they enter on 176th Street or 184th Street, will travel on Old Cutler Road en route to Palmer Trinity. Although I’m sure you meant to portray a conciliatory voice of reason, I find your piece of “journalism” offensive. One also has to ask why we can — or should — trust Palmer Trinity officials to comply with any new provisions (if granted) when they have never complied with the provisions of the last go around? Linda Long

To the Editor: I am a resident of Palmetto Bay and reside adjacent to the mango grove that Palmer Trinity wishes to expand into. I have resided in Palmetto Bay for 18 years, that last nine in the home adjacent to Palmer Trinity. During the course of the last nine years, Palmer Trinity never attempted to reach out to the community that borders its campus until recently when they needed the communities support for their expansion, to serve their own interest. I have recently begun to receive invitations to events on campus, which I never received before or during the course of the last nine years. Palmer Trinity has not been a good neighbor or an inviting one to Palmetto Bay residents. In your article you mention several other schools, one of which is St. Louis Covenant School where my children are enrolled. The schools that you mentioned (St. Louis, Southwood, Beth Am and Gulliver) come nowhere near the size of the expansion that Palmer Trinity is proposing with building heights and sporting arenas, and they exceed Palmer Trinity in their community outreach. The expansion that Palmer Trinity is proposing is in line with their interests and not those of the community of Palmetto Bay. I found your article very biased, seeing that you do not live in Palmetto Bay and your children attend Palmer Trinity. I wholeheartedly oppose their expansion and I live next door to Palmer Trinity and my children do not attend school there. I am amazed at the arrogance that Palmer Trinity has in thinking that their needs outweigh the needs of an entire community. You also mentioned the monetary cost of this battle with Palmer Trinity, $250,000. Do you really think that a good neighbor would inflict this kind of court battle and monetary burden on the community where it resides? Palmer Trinity could care less about bankrupting Palmetto Bay as long as their goal of expansion is realized and the community of Palmetto Bay be damned. Art Palacio

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Local students recognized at Student Day Honors Recital BY LISA MORALES

can be approached as a skill on a par with technical skills like scales Music students from throughout and arpeggios,” said Zelda Jensen, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm District VI Student Day chair. “It Beach counties performed during helps towards making them more the Florida State Music Teachers self sufficient as pianists. They Association District VI Student should be better equipped to tackle Day Honors Recital at the any music score whenever the University of Miami’s Clarke demand arises, whether in their Recital Hall on Sunday, Apr. 18. high school band or in college, and This achievement resulted from without aid from teacher or iPod.” an intensive evaluation conducted Jonathan Lau has been studying at the University’s Frost School of with Deborah Sanchez for two Music the week before. More than years. He admires his older brother 150 students were tested in three who also plays piano and says, main areas — performance audi“Music makes me happy.” tion, written and aural theory. David Antonevich has been Levels of difficulty range from studying for three and a half years Primary through college preparawith Neusa Kervel. Practicing tory Level 12. Over 105 piano and piano is a serious endeavor for voice students received both David, his twin brother, Leo, and Keyboard Skills and Performance older sister, Sarah. Their dedication Honors in their auditions making is clearly demonstrated in each of David Antonevich Jonathan Lau them eligible to perform at their performances. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Honors Recital. Florida State Music Teachers Students receiving a sight-reading bonus and Jonathan Lau, a fourth grade student at ued in the field of music education and Association is an organization with mempoint on their performance evaluation Ludlam Elementary in South Miami, won requires a student to read and play music bers professionally engaged in the teaching score were able to compete for a special respectively in Category 1 (Grades 1 and 2) “at first sight.” of music in Florida. For more information “I am so pleased that teachers are mak- on District VI Miami MTA, visit award. Winners David Antonevich, a first and Category 2 (Grades 3 to 5). Sight-readgrade student at Coral Gables Elementary, ing in music is an ability that is highly val- ing their students aware that sight-reading <>.

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Dadeland Mall to host ‘Outsider Art’ exhibition BY ASHLEY SUGARMAN

Dadeland Mall will host South Florida’s first “Art of Giving: Outsider Art” exhibition, in association with Faye Clark’s New Horizons, which will display original artworks created by persons with disabilities. The art will be for sale throughout the mall on Sunday, May 16, from noon to 7 p.m. Dadeland Mall’s “The Art of Giving: Outsider Art” will welcome shoppers to get an up-close and personal look at outsider art and meet a collection of artists who use art as healing therapy and an expression of their life challenges. Outsider Art, known in Europe by its French name Art Brut, is recognized as art produced by those isolated from society, with little or no contact with the mainstream art world or art institutions. “Dadeland Mall is the perfect backdrop to showcase works of art created by local artists with disabilities, proving that art can interpret many different meanings and speak to each person differently,” said Ozzie Dominguez, general manager of Dadeland Mall. “We are proud to not only provide a great shopping and dining experience for the Miami community, but to also take part in raising awareness for important organizations throughout South Florida.” Dadeland Mall and Faye Clark’s New Horizons have joined together to create this event to raise awareness and shed light on the importance of programs that empower individuals with developmental disabilities to require and maintain a lifestyle of independence. Joining Faye Clark’s

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Based upon the guiding principle that by increasing awareness individuals can become more connected to their daily lives, Mindfultime, a new mindfulness meditation studio, has opened in South Miami. Mindfulness meditation teaches the participant to live in — and be aware of — the present moment by focusing concentration on many aspects of an individual’s experience. Meditation at Mindfultime uses a secular approach, as opposed to a religion-based approach, thereby opening the opportunity for participation of people from all faiths. Meditation coach Alice Lash founded Mindfultime recognizing the need and the opportunity to bring mindfulness meditation to over-stressed and timeAlice Lash is pictured inside her Mindfultime studio in South crunched Miamians. “By intentionally paying atten- Miami. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– tion to the present moment mindfulness meditation teaches how “Mindfulness is already within us,” she to relate directly to whatever is happening added. “The key is learning how to cultiand how to connect more fully with one’s vate it and bring it into the flow of everyinner self,” Lash said. day life.” “Often times, external factors such as our Lash began her professional career as an jobs, our families, our countless responsi- attorney at a large South Florida law firm. bilities can certainly have a negative impact She has served on the executive boards of on our well-being,” she said. “By practic- several non-profit organizations and has ing mindfulness meditation, we learn to devoted substantial time to volunteer manage life better and reduce the physical activities. and emotional stresses of these external She began practicing mindfulness medifactors.” tation in 2003 as a way to reduce stress and Scientific studies support the positive help her balance work and family life. Lash benefits of mindfulness meditation prac- has obtained training in teaching mindfultice. These benefits include relieving anxi- ness meditation through the Residential ety, worry or depression in order to suc- Training Retreat for Professionals, taught cessfully elevate a sense of well-being, by Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli Lash said. Additionally, mindfulness medi- of the University of Massachusetts Medical tation can increase self-awareness, self- School’s Center for Mindfulness. trust, and self-acceptance; enhance one’s Mindfultime is located at 7800 Red Rd., appreciation of life; help cope with adversi- Suite 207B, in South Miami. Guided group ties; improve concentration, and even posi- classes, individual sessions and special tively affect the physical body. workshops are now available. Ultimately, mindfulness meditation cultiFor more information, including class vates a state of “being” rather than “doing” schedules and rates, visit online at in which participants pay attention to the <>, send email to present moment, rather than to the past, the <>, or call 305future, “what ifs,” or other distractions. 761-5001.

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Talking to Lawyers: 101 By Michelle Estlund, Criminall Defensee Attorney It may seem that a conversation with one’s attorney needs no special instruction, but some preparation for that conversation is usually in order, and we are an unusual bunch. Clients have very specific reasons for contacting attorneys, whether it is for initial hiring purposes, or later for a case update. Either way, it is worth the few minutes it takes to get focused on the meeting and prepare some notes. When preparing, keep in mind a few things about speaking with attorneys. First, attorneys are objective-driven, and will likely hone in on legal issues, factual determination, and overall case analysis. Even though many legal matters are emotionally involved for clients, and the attorney may be sympathetic, the client’s money and time with a lawyer are best spent focusing on facts and legal questions rather than the emotional issues. Take notes while you are there, so that if you do become upset, you can remember the conversation when you are home and calmer. Second, understand that there is a reason for seemingly prying, nosy questions. Most of us

are information-seekers by nature, and we can have an aggressive style of gaining information out of sheer habit. In our efforts to obtain information and reach a goal, attorneys sometimes communicate differently from others. Also, we know that every person who walks in the door is not necessarily going to hire us. Some people need only a consultation; others will consult with several attorneys before deciding on representation; still others need representation for a limited or specific matter on a case. If the client is honest about his or her legal needs, the attorney is better able to tailor the discussion to suit the client’s needs. A meeting is much more efficient if the attorney knows exactly what the client needs and is able to either meet that need or offer other options. Finally, we don’t like surprises in our cases. The sooner we have information, the better. The worst thing to do is to save bad information until later in the case, when a defense has been built, or a resolution has been proposed, or a strategy has been set in place. The more informed we are, the better able to help resolve a legal matter we will be. Michelle Estlund is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Florida since 1995. She can be reached at 305-448-0077. For more information go to <>.

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Miami-Dade WASD releases 2009 Water Quality Report In recognition of National Drinking Water Week, which is May 2-8, the Miami Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has released its 2009 Water Quality Report, also known as the Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR. WASD director John Renfrow, PE, encourages customers to read the CCR, which they should have receive in the mail. The CCR also is available online at < uality.asp>. Every water utility agency in the United States is required by the USEPA to produce an annual CCR and distribute a copy to each of its billed customers by July 1. COLONIAL DRIVE ELEMENTARY SCHEDULES ‘FAMILY FUN DAY’ Colonial Drive Elementary School will have a “Community Family Fun Day” on the school’s grounds, 10755 SW 160 St., on May 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is invited to come and enjoy fun for the whole family. There will be games, vendors, raffles, auctions, food, bounce house, slide and more. Tickets will be sold for some activities. For more information, contact PTA president Salinda Thurman at 305-238-2392.

‘CRUISE FOR CRITTERS’ MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO BENEFIT ANIMAL SERVICES You can help shelter animals by participating in the “Cruise for Critters” motorcycle ride on Sunday, May 16. The police-escored ride to benefit MiamiDade Animal Services will depart from the Miami-Dade Animal Services Shelter, 7401 NW 74 St. in Medley, and later arrive at Scotty’s Landing, 3381 Pan American Dr. in Coconut Grove (next to City Hall). All bike riders and passengers must sign in between 9 and 10 a.m. at the Animal Services Shelter. Non-riders can meet at Scotty’s Landing Restaurant around 11:30 a.m. There will be pets for adoption, live band, auction and lots of fun. Donations are $20 per bike. All contributions will benefit the Miami-Dade Animal Services Trust Fund. For information, contact Aileen Sanchez at 305-884-1102, ext. 244; send email to <> or visit online at <>. ALHAMBRA ORCHESTRA TO PRESENT FREE SYMPHONY CONCERT, MAY 23 Alhambra Orchestra, led by eminent Latin American guest conductor Carlos Riazuelo, who is well known to Miami audiences, will

COMMUNITY NEWS BRIEFS present a free symphony concert on Sunday, May 23, 7:30 p.m., at Ransom Everglades School, 3575 Main Hwy. in Coconut Grove. Maestro Riazuelo’s former FIU colleague, popular clarinetist Paul Green is featured in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. The program will open with the Egmont Overture by Beethoven, conducted by the University of Miami rising star Zoe Zeniodi, and will conclude with Dvorak’s masterpiece, Symphony No. 9 “From the New World.” Reservations aren’t necessary, but large groups should call ahead. For information, call 305-668-9260 or visit online at <>.

8900 N. Kendall Dr. Child psychologist Gary Lancelotta, PhD, will talk about images of manhood in the media and how they affect your child, cultural factors that encourage violence, especially school violence and stereotypes of masculinity. The presentation will help parents understand why boys behave the way they do, issues related to aggression, temperament and sexuality, and the role of sports in raising boys, among other things. The fee for this program, which is not intended for children, is $5 and must be paid in advance. To reserve your space and make your payment, call 786-596-3812.

‘RAISING BOYS’ SUBJECT OF B.C.H. PARENT PRESENTATION Learn more about why boys behave the way they do at Baptist Children’s Hospital’s next community parenting program, “Raising Boys,” on Thursday, May 27, from 7 to 9 p.m., in the auditorium at the hospital,

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Neurofeedback: Alternative ADHD Treatment

Can neurofeedback really help your child? What you need to know about this ADHD treatment.

Ralph was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD ADHD) in first grade. While his behavior improved somewhat with medication, he experienced some side effects that his parents considered unacceptable. “I would not care about anything”, says Ralph, now 16. His parents stopped the meds, and Ralph began behaving aggressively toward his parents, friends, even his dog. His mother turned to neurofeedback, a treatment that uses brain exercises to reduce impulsivity and increase attentiveness, as her last hope.

After several sessions, Ralph’s attention, grades and behavior improved. One year later, Ralph’s gains are holding while he continues receiving neurofeedback training and exercises during stressful periods. Every year, parents like Ralph’s, seek out therapies for their ADHD children because medication and other conventional therapies have stopped working (or never worked), have produced unwelcome side effects, or, most commonly, doesn’t manage all the symptoms of the condition. While sessions are painless, they are expensive. The average course of treatment can range from $2,000 to $5,000. One promising aspect of neurofeedback is that its benefits seem to remain after the treatment is ended. Neurofeedback is based on a simple principle. “The brain emits different types of waves, depending on whether we are in a focused state or day-dreaming,” explains Siegfried Othmer, Ph.D., chief scientist at the EEG Institute in Woodland Hills, California. The goal of neurofeedback is to teach the patient to produce the brain-wave patterns associated with focus. The result: Some symptoms of ADHD — impulsivity, distractibility, and acting out — diminish.

Some parents tried well-researched therapies first and found that they weren’t the total solution for their child. Ralph’s parents added EEG Neurofeedback when the drugs alone didn’t control his impulsive behavior or his emotions. After Ralph received six months of neurofeedback, his teacher reports that he is now more focused and rarely gets frustrated. “For the first time in his life,” says his mom, “he feels good about himself.” Neurofeedback, also known as EEG Biofeedback or Neurotherapy, is a ground breaking technique that challenges the brain to better function. This powerful brain-based technique has been successfully helping clients around the world for over 30 years. It is a non invasive procedure with dramatic results for a multitude of symptoms and conditions. “Think of Neurofeedback as a personal training session for the brain,” states William Mustelier, a Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Psychotherapist, and Founder of the Miami Institute of Training and Neurofeedback in Coral Gables. “Training the brain to function at its maximum potential is similar to the way the body is exercised, toned and maintained. Brain training exer-

cises the neural pathways that allow the brain to have better function in a variety of areas.” Individuals of any age can benefit from Neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback can help a variety of childhood problems including bedwetting, nightmares, attention deficits and other forms of disrupting and disturbing behaviors. Neurofeedback can assist individuals who might struggle with anxiety and depression, or drug and alcohol use. Did You Know? Neurofeedback is one of the vital tools used by major sports teams, Olympic champions and highly motivated and productive individuals to achieve peak performance. Several Fortune 500 companies (e.g. Hillenbrand) use neurofeedback peak performance training as part of their leadership development program. NASA trains astronauts with EEG Biofeedback to improve attention and alertness. The US Olympic Team trains athletes with general biofeedback and EEG biofeedback to improve performance For more information, please contact The Miami Institute of Training and Neurofeedback at 305-448-5111 or at their website,

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Fishing Classic on Saturday, June 5, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., casting off at all six MiamiDade Parks’ marinas and the Miami Outboard Club. The Blue Water Fishing Classic, presented by Haulover Marine Center, is an annual fishing tournament for amateur, professional and junior anglers offering a total of $30,000 in cash and prizes for the team with the largest combined weight of the three largest fish within the species of dolphin, wahoo, black-fin tuna and kingfish. Each participating marina will have a first place, second place, third place and junior angler winner and many other prizes. Tournament festivities kick off on Thursday, June 3, with a Captain’s Party with dinner and open bar. The competition will be two days later. On Sunday, June 6, winners will receive their prizes at an award ceremony that includes dinner. The entry fee is $350 per boat by June 1 and $400 up to the day of the tournament. On that day, participating boats must check into their marina by 7 a.m. Boats must remain in U.S. waters and IGFA rules apply. All fish caught must meet local, state and federal regulations. Scales open at 2 p.m. and close by 5 p.m. For information or to register, call Mary

Kate Smith at 305-664-5475, download an application brochure at <> or pick one up at any of the six Miami-Dade County marinas. IF YOU HAVE THE SPARE TIME, MUSEUM OFFERS OPPORTUNITY The Jewish Museum of Florida, 301Washington Ave. in South Beach, is seeking volunteers to help fulfill the mission of collecting, preserving and interpreting for the public nearly 250 years of Florida Jewish history. This is an excellent opportunity to join your talents and appreciation of history and culture with a volunteer corps of like-minded individuals. No prior experience is needed; the museum provides all of the training. Volunteer opportunities include docents (tour guides), administrative, special events and oral histories. Benefits include specialized training sessions open to all volunteers, flexible schedules, intellectual stimulation through lectures, films and more, a chance to make new friends and meet people from around the world and the annual Volunteer Recognition program. Call 786-972-3163 to become a part of this experience.

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Alexander School recognizes 2010 DAANS Star winners

Alexander School 2010 DAANS (Dade Association of Academic Non-Public Schools) Star winners are (l-r) Alex Makki, Alexa Tannebaum and Tim O’Brien. Each year three students are selected who fulfill the association’s criteria of excellence. A DAANS Star Student is an exemplary student who sets an example for others to follow — at home, school or in the community — and who excels in numerous areas such as academics, fine arts, athletics, citizenship and/or community service.

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County’s new mascot teaches kids about water conservation

Three-year-old pre-school students at Bet Breira School enjoyed learning all about water from “D rop,” the Miami-Dade County water conservation mascot. Pictured (l-r) are Miriam Amster, Max Fink, Dylan Tucker, Jacob Shaham, Reese Rosenthal, Tyler Marcus, Kaitlyn DiMaio, Benjamin Hoo, Danielle Rice and Evan Viener. ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY LEE STEPHENS

Students at Bet Breira School in Kendall learned about the importance of water conservation during a recent visit from a very special guest, “D rop,’ Miami-Dade County’s new public outreach mascot for water conservation. Bet Breira was the first school visited by the newly unveiled mascot, who will travel around the county educating young people on the many ways they can conserve water. “Our students and teachers were excited to meet ‘D rop’ and to realize the importance of protecting South Florida’s natural water resources — especially as we prepare to honor Earth Day,” said Judith Rose, Bet Breira School director. Students learned about the role of the Everglades in their lives, why it is important

not to pollute and what happens when nonnative plants and animals are introduced into our delicate eco-system. The children explored <>, a website dedicated to teaching about the role of water conservation and care. The site is open to the public, and a kids Web page already is up and running. “It was apparent to our students and teachers that they have a very important role to play in water conservation,” Rose added. “They couldn’t wait to go home and share what they had learned with their families.” Bet Breira School’s preschool offers programs for infants through pre-kindergarten (VPK approved). Bet Breira’s Day School is open to students in Grades K-5. For more information about Bet Breira School, call 305-595-3008.

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Abused, neglected children in Miami-Dade underserved BY ROBERT HAMILTON

There are approximately 2,600 children in Miami-Dade County who have been so abused and neglected that they have been removed from their homes and placed into foster care. Their fate will be decided in dependency court proceedings, where everyone is represented by an attorney â&#x20AC;&#x201D; everyone except the children. The solution for that problem, according to Nelson F. Hincapie, president and CEO of Voices For Children Foundation, is to make sure every child is assigned a Guardian Ad Litem by the court. Guardians Ad Litem are trained volunteers whose role is to make sure children are not lost in an overburdened legal and social service system or languish in an inappropriate home or shelter. The Guardian gathers information through regular visits with the child and interviews with others, attends hearings on the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behalf, and makes recommendations to the judge. Currently, about 85 percent of MiamiDadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foster care children are represented, which means that 15 percent, or some 390 children, do not have a voice in court. The non-profit Voices For Children Foundation is making a push during April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, to encourage concerned citizens in Miami-Dade County to help rectify this situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anyone can help these children in

need,â&#x20AC;? Hincapie said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they can donate time, volunteers are needed to protect and represent the best interests of these children. If they can donate money, we can provide funding to the Guardian Ad Litem program to ensure every childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s right to a safe and permanent home is protected. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fifteen percent still are not represented by a Guardian Ad Litem â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s too high a number. We believe every child in foster care should be represented; every child should have a chance for a happy and stable future.â&#x20AC;? The State of Florida requires that the interests of every abused, abandoned and neglected child be represented by a Guardian Ad Litem. However, the Guardian Ad Litem program does not receive adequate public funding. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where Voices For Children helps. Voices For Children Foundation was created to help fill the gap by providing funding and support to Miami-Dade Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Guardian Ad Litem program. The nationally respected 11th Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem program is the largest in Florida, serving one of the largest urban populations of child abuse, abandonment, and neglect in the country. Miami-Dade residents who want to help these abused, neglected or abandoned children can volunteer their time, or contribute to Voices For Children. More information is available at the Voices For Children Foundation website at <> or by calling 305-324-5678.

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Cancer survivors to hear pet tales at SMH, May 16 BY PHYLLIS TEITELBAUM

Cancer survivors and their loved ones will learn how the companionship and affection of pets can nurture them in ways that nothing else can during Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, May 16. The free event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at South Miami Hospital’s Clarke Education Center, S. Dixie Highway (US 1) and SW 62nd Avenue. Pet therapy dog handlers and their furry friends will be on hand to discuss how their visits give an emotional boost to hospitalized cancer patients. And, Beth Ruhmann, Arts in Healthcare Supervisor at South Miami Hospital, will provide information on the many benefits of pets. “Research is proving that it doesn’t matter what type of pet it is to derive a benefit, just as long as the animal is of interest to the patient,” said Ruhmann, who supervises the pet therapy program at South Miami Hospital. “Studies show that contact with pets reduces anxiety and lowers blood pressure and heart rate. The animals’ unconditional love and affection can increase morale and feelings of well-being.” Cancer survivors, their families and friends are invited to this uplifting event sponsored by the Baptist-South Miami Regional Cancer Program. A light lunch will be served. The event is free, but reservations are required. Call 786-596-2871 by Wednesday, May 12. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of a favorite past or present pet for

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Coloring books entertain young hospital patients

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A new charitable project called Color Us Well showed patients at local children’s hospitals how to get creative, get inspired and get well. Uniting local artists, Color Us Well put together coloring books, featuring original artwork from some of the area’s most celebrated creative minds like Jose Bedia, Carlos Luna and Ferdie Pacheco. The acclaimed, emerging, and young talents involved, all designed a coloring book page with their unique style and message of hope, advocating that art can heal. More than 200 books where donated during Color Us Well Days to Joe DiMaggio and Miami Children’s hospitals. To celebrate the artists and those who participated in touching the lives of hundreds of young patients, Color Us Well will host a commemorative event on May 13, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Viceroy Hotel’s Club 50. Artist appearances, a live interactive painting by John DeFaro, and a charity

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Interval International employees join in Community Service Day

Gabriela Nuñez and Blake Roberts are pictured at the Fruit and Spice Park during Interval International’s ninth annual Community Service Day. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– BY CHRIS BOESCH

Nearly 90 Interval International employees recently participated in the company’s ninth annual Community Service Day benefiting the Miami-Dade County Fruit and Spice Park, the only tropical botanical garden of its kind in the United States. The project aligns with the company’s objective to support environmental or “green” initiatives in the community. The 37-acre subtropical paradise, nestled in the heart of the historic Redland community, hosts more than 500 varieties of rare fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts and other commercially important plant specimens from around the world. Among them are 80 varieties of bananas, 70 of bamboo, 40 of grapes, 50 of mangoes, 15 of jackfruit trees, and numerous other exotic edibles.

Volunteers participated in multiple landscaping activities throughout the park to help maintain various exhibit areas, including trimming overgrown trees and shrubs, planting new trees, and spreading mulch. They also had the opportunity to learn about and sample some of the exotic fruits, herbs and spices grown in the park during the walking tour and the presentation regarding how plants are used in the everyday world. Interval International operates membership programs for vacationers and provides value-added services to its developer clients worldwide. Based in the South Miami-Kendall area, the company has been a pioneer and innovator in serving the vacation ownership market for more than 34 years. Today, Interval has an exchange network of more than 2,500 resorts in over 75 nations.

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ALS Recovery Fund sponsoring annual 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk BY LEE STEPHENS

The ALS Recovery Fund will sponsor the ninth annual Lou Gehrig’s Disease 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 7:30 a.m., at 3500 Pan American Dr. in Coconut Grove (next to Miami City Hall). Advance registration (through May 7) is $25 per person and $10 for children 14 and under. Same-day registration is $30. Online registration is open through May 7 at <>. The course will follow S. Bayshore Drive from Dinner Key, down to Main Highway through the scenic streets of Coconut Grove and then loop back to the starting point. The top finishers overall and for several age categories will receive awards during a ceremony at a party immediately following the race. The top individual fundraiser will win a four-day, three-night trip for two adults to Sandals Resort. The runner up will win a fourday, three-night trip for two adults to Beaches Resorts. The top fundraising team will win a celebration dinner at the Capital Grille. There also are individual incentive prizes for

achieving certain fundraising levels. Each individual raising a minimum of $100 will be entered into a drawing to win a three-day, twonight stay at the Reach Resort in Key West. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neuromuscular disease first discovered in 1869. The average life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years. Those who live long enough will eventually become totally paralyzed, losing the ability to eat, talk, breathe and care for themselves. There is no known cause or cure. The ALS Recovery Fund, a grassroots notfor-profit organization run entirely by volunteers, is committed to creating public awareness, promoting research and education, and raising funds for patient care and research in order to find a cure for this life threatening disease. Proceeds from the race also will be used to further the quality of patient care for ALS patients living in South Florida and continue to fund a $1 million endowed chair for ALS research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. For details, visit <> or send email to <>.

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Miami Music Club members continue 90-year tradition BY TRACY ELLYN

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For 90 years, its lively membership has been comprised of composers, performers, teachers, music professionals and music lovers. Its activities have included concerts, competitions, galas and monthly meetings. The club’s philanthropy has resulted in scholarship money for young musicians, and its founding member was none other than composer Mana-Zucca, who settled in Miami and brought musical talents from around the world to perform in her home, which was dubbed “The Carnegie Hall of the South.” The Miami Music Club was founded in 1920 for the express purpose of distributing scholarship money to young, talented musicians on a career path. While many of its original members have passed on, its enrollment continues as fresh faces of all ages become members. President Ana Rodriguez was a Miami Music Club scholarship recipient, and is excited to be giving back to the club that gave her so much. She and Dr. Laura Keith, vice president, are busy performing concerts, holding competitions and increasing enrollment. The Miami Music Club will host its fundraiser, the Annual Gala 2010, on May 12, 1 p.m., at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Coral Gables. Ana Rodriguez and Laura Keith will perform selected one piano-four handspieces, some of which are quite rare. Composers include Shubert, Chopin, Dvorak, Cervantes, Saint-Saens and Barber, who is included in honor of the centennial year of Barber’s birth. The Chopin piece, Variations in D Major, Opus Posthumous, is the only composition he wrote for one piano-four hands, and is so rare that it had to be ordered from Poland because no publisher in the United States distributes it. The Annual Gala 2010 will include a catered lunch and drinks. The cost is $35, and the money goes directly to the Miami Music Club’s scholarship fund. The event is open to the public. Appropriate business attire is requested. Part of the enthusiasm Ana Rodriguez feels for this historic club is due to the scholarship money members once awarded her. She went on to earn her Master of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music. This Cuban-American pianist specializes in Latin American music, and has performed extensively in concerts and recitals

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Cauley Square to celebrate ‘Meditation Garden’ opening BY SHERRY H. MILLER

Chicken, Sirloin Steak Grill, Chicken Alfredo, Tilapia and Sautéed Beef Loin. Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village Daily Specials are served Mondayhas long been acclaimed as one of the Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free deliverarea’s most beautiful and natural retreats ies for three or more orders. with some 10 acres of environmentally preSpecial Mother’s Day menus will be served acreage and more than two dozen served in the Village Chalet after 5 p.m. on cottage shops built originally in 1903 by Friday, May 7; Saturday, May 8, and Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast served all day on Sunday, May 9. Railroad. Mother’s Day menus include at the This Mother’s Day, Cauley Square Village Chalet entrees of Prime Rib Au Jus, Village invites families to Salmon Provencal, come and stroll together Chicken Florentine, through the newly landCheese Tortellini Pasta This Mother’s Day, scaped gardens, named plus appetizers, soup, appropriately “Meditation salad and desserts that Cauley Square Village Garden,” as they are overinclude Chocolate Rum invites families to flowing with flowers, Cake, Strawberry Short plants, lush tropical Cake and Crème Bruleé. come and stroll foliage, natural white coral Mother’s Day at the together through the rock and more. world famous Tea Room The Meditation Garden Restaurant features newly landscaped is the inspiration of Homemade Meatloaf, gardens, named owner/operator Frances Roast Turkey, Baked Varela whose professional Honey Ham, Stuffed appropriately background includes conAvocado Salad, Tropical “Meditation Garden.” struction and property Chicken Salad, Spinach management. Quiche, Bacon Quiche and “This is my way of Crab Quiche. Appetizers thanking God for all my blessings here at include French Onion, Tomato Bisque, and Cauley Square Village,” said Varela, who Clam Chowder or Gazpacho soups. Tea Room Mother’s Day dinner entrées takes special pride in the newly landscaped are priced at under $13.95 per person plus garden. “The village is so peaceful and serene, tax and tip. Dining and private catering reservations and just walking around, admiring the plants and flowers and the natural wildlife may be made direct to Chef Noel at 305or the birds singing has been a great inspi- 878-1410 or 305-258-8900. Live entertainment takes place at the ration to everyone who works or visits Village Chalet every Saturday Night and Cauley Square,” Varela continued. The cottage shops surrounding the every second Friday, 7 to 11 p.m., starring Meditation Garden are special interest Kim Bankston headliner with the New havens for collectors of art and artifact, International Platters. Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village antiques and collectibles, aquariums and a new spiritual accessories cottage with reli- is a natural setting for weddings, parties and gious books, gift shop and favors for all events and the new Meditation Garden prooccasions from Baptisms to Communion to vides an even more spectacular and dramatic setting for photography of memorable Quinces to Bridal and Baby Showers. Truly offering something for everyone, moments in a family’s lives or for profesthe family friendly village also is home to sional locations, available by reservation. There are no cover charges at Cauley the world famous Tea Room and Village Chalet restaurants open daily seven days a Square Village and entry is free to the public as well as free parking. The village and week. Chef Noel and his experts in the field of restaurants are open seven days a week; fine dining serve daily specials at the cottage shops closed on Mondays. Cauley Square Historic Railroad Village Village Chalet priced economically at $9.95 per person plus tax and tip and is located at 22400 Old Dixie Hwy. in include entrée special, soup or salad and Goulds. Take S. Dixie Highway to 224th Street. For more information, call the coffee, tea or lemonade beverages. The daily specials include Chicken administrative offices at 305-258-3543 or Parmesan with Pasta, Lemon Seared go online to <>.

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The net is never neutral

BY DR. MARK A. JAMISON AND DR. JANICE HAUGE* Dumb is better? That is what net neutrality advocates would have us believe. Their basic belief is that broadband networks should be pipes that indifferently pass information packets from one location to another, allowing content providers and customers equal opportunity to do whatever they want. Who could be against that? People interested in innovation and customer welfare. Remember Al Gore calling the Internet the Information Super Highway? The metaphor wasn’t and isn’t perfect, but it is instructive. Suppose we applied net neutrality to our transportation system – there would be no high occupancy vehicle lanes during rush hour, no car only lanes on interstates, and no toll road as an alternative to I-95 in South Florida. Transportation would be more costly and provide less value. Forcing net neutrality would have similar results. Time sensitive information, such as stock market transactions, would wait in line behind football game highlights. Financial dealings that would benefit from extra security would be given no better treatment than a Twitter from Taylor Swift’s E! interview. If you are thinking that it sounds like net neutrality restricts innovation and hurts customers, you’re right. Our research has shown that net neutrality limits innovation, contrary to the claims of the net neutrality proponents. How can this be? Imagine a one dimensional network – one that does noth-

ing but carry information from point to point, which is how the old Internet has worked. What kinds of content providers flourish in that context? Those big enough to distribute their software across the net and those whose software takes advantage of the great bandwidth that they don’t have to pay for. Now suppose that the network can offer enhancements that improve customers’ experiences. Content providers whose sites would not benefit from such enhancements could ignore the offering. But there will be some content providers who could improve their services by buying the enhancements, such as priority packet delivery. These sites become better without net neutrality and offer customers more service. In other words, there is more innovation and greater customer welfare without net neutrality than with it. Today’s successful Internet sites face great competition if we move beyond net neutrality principles. That probably explains why they are net neutrality’s strongest advocates. But moving beyond a dumb network is better for customers, sites that find new opportunities and networks. It should be no surprise that dumb isn’t better. In an innovation driven economy, restrictions don’t make us better. They hold us back. * The authors are Dr. Mark A. Jamison, Director, Public Utility Research Center, University of Florida and Dr. Janice Hauge, Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of North Texas.

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Family Dentistry at it’s Best

Pictured (l-r) Dr. Jack Cohn and Dr. Adam Cohn consulting on dental procedures for one of their patients.

What could be better than working with one of your children every day. Dr. Jack Cohn has had the good fortune of having his son, Adam, follow in his professional footsteps. Dr. Jack Cohn grew up in South Miami and attended Coral Gables High School. Years later after graduating Dental school at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond he longed for his South Florida weather and lifestyle. Dr. Jack has practiced Dentistry in South Miami/Kendall for thirtyfive years. During this time he has been President of the South Dade Dental Society and a delegate to the Florida Dental Association. Dr. Jack has achieved the status of Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. His constant participation in post-graduate education is probably what piqued Dr. Adam’s interest in the dental field. Dr. Adam Cohn grew up in the Palmetto area and attended Palmetto Senior High School then attended the University of Florida and received his dental degree at Nova Southeastern University. His plan was always to return to his neighborhood and join his father. Since graduating from dental school in 2007 he has been involved in several local dental societies and study groups.

Dr. Adam has participated in the pro bono Pankey Institute Dental Access Days with his Dad. Dr. Adam Cohn also brought computerization and the latest digital radiography (x-rays) to the practice which recently relocated to 9840 S.W. 77 Ave. Together Dr. Adam and Dr. Jack designed their ideal office with state of the art technology. A website has been added to facilitate patient education at <>. All of the latest cosmetic procedures are available and implant based Reconstructive Dentistry is also performed. The caring part of patient doctor relationship is what Dr. Jack has emphasized during their tenure together, ” Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”. Maintaining this type of work environment has been their mission. Both doctors have a gentle bedside manner and this “family” practice is a labor of love. They employ a gentle and caring staff that have been a part of the team for many years. The staff takes pride in making sure each and every patient is relaxed, comfortable and at ease. Smile Miami invites you to visit the office, for more information call 305-598-1428.

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Breast cancer groups to benefit from almost $1 million in grants BY ANA MARQUEZ

Susan G. Komen For the Cure Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate has announced that it raised more than $2 million to support the fight against breast cancer during the fiscal year ending in March. The Miami/Fort Lauderdale affiliate had such a successful year that it added eight new organizations, including Monroe County’s WomanKind Inc., to its list of grantees. The moneys raised will fund 29 grants to a diverse group of non-profit healthcare organizations, public health agencies and community groups in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties that will further the Komen mission of eradicating breast cancer. Numerous medically underserved individuals will be impacted by the grant dollars that will provide for mammograms and thousands more will be impacted by education and awareness programs. In accordance with Komen’s guidelines, 75 percent of the net dollars raised through local events, including the annual Race for the Cure, will stay in the local community to fund breast cancer screenings, education and treatment initiatives. The remaining 25 percent will be pooled with Komen’s

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national efforts to fund research programs. This year close to a million dollars will stay in the local community. “There are many organizations in our

local community that focus on breast health by educating the public, increasing access to services and spreading awareness of early detection,” said Bobbi Meyers,

executive director of the foundation’s Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate. “Each year our goal is to provide these organizations with the funding they need to meet their goals and contribute to our overall vision: a world without breast cancer.” The 2010 grant recipients are: WomanKind Inc., $25,000; Gilda’s Club of South Florida, $25,000; The Memorial Foundation, $150,000; Open Door Health Center Inc., $40,000; Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County Jackson Health System at Jackson South, $35,125, and the Taylor Breast Health Center, $35,125; Save Our Sisters DBT Inc. Dragon Boat Team, $4,155, and Saint John Bosco Clinic, $30,000. The Miami/Fort Lauderdale Affiliate is dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. Since its inception in 1996, the Miami/Fort Lauderdale Race For the Cure and the Affiliate have raised more than $6 million and reached hundreds of thousands of women and men in educational outreach through grassroots efforts. For more information visit online at <>.



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First Time in U.S.A. FLEXI COMFORT SHOES for Men and Women comes to The Falls!! A new shoe store has opened in Miami at the Falls, FLEXI. This Mexican brand is the first of its kind to open in the USA. Maria Milagros Alvarado, a business woman from Costa Rica has successfully introduced this brand in her country more than ten years ago and owns six stores there. Maria decided to bring FLEXI to Florida, a product she strongly believes has the quality to compete in North American markets. “Our shoes appeal to everyone”. We have contemporary styles, the latest and more than anything else- very comfortable fitting shoes, making FLEXI an experience in motion.

FLEXI SHOES of Mexico is not new to USA. For many years this quality shoe was sold under other brands in North America. Using the finest leather from the world famous tanneries of Leon and specially designed soles; FLEXI has been able to produce top rate quality shoes widely accepted by the most demanding markets of several Europeans countries under very well-known brands. It was in the nineties when the Placencia family, owners of FLEXI decided that it was time to go on their own and FLEXI as a brand was born.

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The Roxy Theatre Group announces ‘Camp Entertainment’ for summer BY ROBERT HAMILTON

The Roxy Theatre Group (RTG), a non-profit arts organization for children, will present “Camp Entertainment,” an eight-week comprehensive performing arts summer camp. Children will have the opportunity to participate in performing arts classes and work on a Broadway-style musical revue from the script up. The Children’s Trust Scholarships are available. Children ages 5-17 will participate in classes in acting, singing, dance, costuming, production, stage makeup, set construction and more. Campers also attend field trips and participate in various enrichment activities. Dates are June 21-Aug. 14, and hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with early drop-off, 8-9 a.m. and late pickup, 5-6 p.m., available. The Roxy Performing Arts Center, located at 1645 SW 107 Ave., is a non-profit organization offering classes in drama, voice and dance to children ages 3-17, with year-round programs including after school care and performing arts summer camp. For information call 305-226-0030, send email to <> or visit online at <>. James Salter, 18; Jacqueline Del Toro, 12; Corey Vega, 16, and other campers perform the fun-filled melody, Freak Flag from Shrek: The Musical in the Roxy Theatre GroupÕs 200 9 end-of summer-revue, What’s Playing at the Roxy? (Photo by Nora Oñate)

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Honda Accord Crosstour a different kind of CUV Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour is a different looking vehicle and people either love it or hate it, with very little middle ground. The Crosstour is a Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) based on the Accord platform, but it doesn’t look anything like its sibling. It’s a premium sedan with the versatility of an SUV. It has an aerodynamic shape with a sloping roofline and a low profile. The exterior styling builds on the Accord design and adds a bolder front grille, wedgeshaped D-pillars and an aggressive rear end, with the roofline narrow into the tail to hide a unique cargo area capable of holding large items and gear. The sculpted beltline starts at the front fenders flows into an outward character line at the rear fenders. On the inside, the Crosstour is luxurious and versatile, with under-floor storage and reversible cargo-area floor panels for hauling dirty loads. The inset sculpting of the instru-

ment panel and the wide center console make the cabin feel bigger. Controls for the audio, climate and navigation system are intuitively grouped and easy to operate. Double-stitching on leather surfaces, plush floor carpeting and features such as the rear ventilation outlets built into the center console add to the luxury of the vehicle. An oversize tailgate and a low access height allow for easy loading or unloading of groceries or cargo. Crosstour has a unit-body construction with a double-wishbone front and a multilink rear suspension. Under the hood there’s a 271-hp i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) for better power management and fuel efficiency. A technologically advanced five-speed automatic transmission is standard equipment. New technology in the transmission includes enhanced gear holding capability and a more sophisticated downshift capability that more closely matches engine revolutions for smoother transitions to lower gears. Six inches of ground clearance and optional Real Time 4WD drive allow the Crosstour to go places most luxury sedans wouldn’t attempt to navigate. The Honda Accord Crosstour also has such available new technology as the Honda Satellite-linked Navigation System2, which

2010 Honda Accord Crosstour has an aerodynamic shape with a sloping roofline and a low profile.

incorporates voice activation with an expanded 100,000-word recognition vocabulary and greater sensitivity to more casual and varied commands. The rearview camera included with the navigation system also incorporates guidance lines. Standard safety features on the Crosstour include an Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA); dual-stage, multiplethreshold front airbags; driver’s and front pas-

senger’s side airbags, and side curtain airbags. Pricing on the 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour ranges from $29,670 for the 2WD EX (18/27 mpg) to $36,220 for the 4WD EXL Navi (17/25 mpg). Ron Beasley is the automotive editor for Miami’s Community Newspapers. He may be contacted by calling 305-662-2277, ext. 261, or by addressing email correspondence to <>.

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$75K/ac Frontage on SW 200 St. and SW 137 Ave. High and dry AG exempt. Build 10 homes now or rezone for future.

31345 SW 194 Ave. $599K Inside UDB 2.4 Ac and solid home. Fish or lily ponds. Rezome to build 6 homes.




1,000 sf: $89,000 5,000 sf: $299,000 1,400 sf NEW in secure complex - two available for rent or sale on SW 117 Av.


• New Listings to your Inbox Daily • WE Represent YOU

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Call for a FREE 52 page AARP BOOKLET "Home Made Money" to assist you in understanding FHA's benefits!

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Visit me for more information at

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“ASK A PRO” BUSINESS SECTION Serving South Dade for 15 years...

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Specialist in Tile, Marble and Mexican Saltillo Floor and Counter Top Designers, Remodeling, Glass Tile Licensed & Insured • References Available

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Mariele Bacon Jones, Esq.

Ana Patricia Gonzalez Realtor Associate

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Professional Pet Sitting Services

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The Largest Antique Mall in Miami-Dade County

• Daily Dog Walking • Pet Taxi

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For all your home appliance & HVAC

Do It Yourself - You have found the best source for appliance repair parts and appliance accessories for your home. Our extensive inventory have every part for every brand you can imagine, including appliance parts and accessories, heating, ventilation and air conditioning supplies (HVAC parts and supplies), and much, much more . . . 0831RB

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All sitters have a back up sitter








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Antiques, collectibles, art work, handicrafts, jewelry, clothes, shoes, household goods, plants, books & much more! Vendor Space for rent: $30 For table rentals call: Tess: 305.448.3517 Mary: 305.888.5122 Free admission & parking



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St. Sophia Cathedral 2401 SW Third Ave (Coral Way @ SW 24th Rd.) Sat. 5/1 8am - 3pm


FENCING at South Miami Middle Community School 6750 SW 60 Street, Miami, FL



All levels of skill are welcome.


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Beginners 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Intermediate & Advanced 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM $ 00

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At our office or in your home Mark Elman, MS. English Ed & Ulises Ordunez, MS. Math

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1. SAT/ACT/GRE & H.S. Entrance Exam Preparation. Both Group and Individual classes available. 2. Advanced Secondary School and University Coursework Instruction 3. College Essays Review and Counseling

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EXTERIOR & INTERIOR REPAIRS • Cracked Plastic Bumpers

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Valerie Almaguer


Complete Pet Care Provider

Serving Miami-Dade County


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GULLIVER PREP 6575 N. Kendall Dr. Pinecrest, Fl. Dates: June 7-11 Girls Camp June 14-18 Boys & Girls Camp June 21-25 Boys & Girls Camp June 28 - July 2 Boys & Girls Camp July 5-9 Boys & Girls Camp 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Dates: July 19-23 Boys & Girls Camp July 26-30 Boys & Girls Camp Aug 2-6 Boys & Girls Camp Aug 9-13 Boys & Girls Camp Aug 16-20 Boys & Girls Camp 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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450 Bird Rd. Coral Gables, Fl.

Also Available: Music Entertainment For All Occasions





Camp Fee: $185 per camper

All Levels all ages.


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SMALL DOG NANNY Boarding & Day Care

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In our Home Typical & Special Needs Dogs (20 lbs or less) • Insured


Providing Clients with the most Reliable and Secure Delivery on Demand with Consistent On-Time Performance since 1981 0525SC

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We’ll be there for your business. All Day. Every day. Rain or Shine 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

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DRIVEWAY DESTROYED BY TREE ROOTS? “Call Us”We’d like to get to “MOW” you!


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El Shaddai Painting


We specialize in elegant finishes

We Manufacture and Install High Performance Accordion Shutters and Hurricane Panels 0504ARU

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• • • •

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Call 305-803-7602 for a free estimate

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Custom Designs & Installation

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Creative Chef Prepares Your Meals Daily!!!


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Diabetic & Gluten free meals available 0731DKM As seen in

CALL US 305-403-1881 • 305-527-4475


By Doctor from Shanghai, China. Practicing Chinese Acupuncture for Over 15 Years



Specializing in Pain Control Acute or Chronic Pain (neck, shoulder, back, sciatic...) • Arthritis • Bursitis • Athletic Injuries • Anxiety • Sinusitis • Colitis • Weight Control • Allergies • Migraine & Headache • Hypertension • PMS & Gyn Problems • Immune Disorders • Stress & Depression • Sexual Disorder • Stop Smoking . . . • Therapeutic Massage Lic. massage therapist in office Many other disorders, call to inquire. HUI SHAO, AP, OMD • We accept most Health CORAL GABLES OFFICE • (305) 461-4046 Insurance & auto accident 3310 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Suite #250, insurance Coral Gables, FL 33134 w w w . a c u p u n c t u r e i n m i a m i . c o m

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Participants need to be:


We are currently conducting a year long trial to determine how investigational, FDA-approved birth control pills (oral contraception) affect bone mineral density in teenage girls.

• 12 to 18 years old, generally in good health

• Having regular menstrual cycles

• Prefer adolescents not currently taking birth control pills

• 3 Bone Density tests performed (a minor x-ray test)

• Screening visit and 4 additional visits over period of a year

• Compensation for time & travel of each participant up to $400

• Participants are given a choice between taking a birth control pill or being part of the control group taking no birth control

Please call

305-596-9901 for further information


Janet Gersten, M.D. • New Age Medical Research Corp. 8900 SW 117th Avenue • Suite 207-B • Miami, FL 33186


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