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In 2009, resolve to get involved

BY CINDY LERNER Mayor, Village of Pinecrest An open invitation to all residents of the Village of Pinecrest: In 2009, there will be numerous opportunities for you to get involved as we build a new sense of community, one we would like you to be a part of. In the month of January alone, we will convene an Education Advisory Council, a workshop to develop a transit plan, a community-wide reception and the monthly Village Council meeting. I hope you will join us at one of these meetings to offer your ideas. You are cordially invited to our “Welcome to Your Village” community reception at the Pinecrest Gardens Terrace overlooking Swan Lake, on Jan. 31, from 3-5 p.m. We will present the State of the Village by your mayor and council and, in addition, you can meet and socialize with your neighbors in a beautiful setting with yummy refreshments, then tour our gardens as well as our new community center and library. We have many wonderful facilities available to you, some brand new and some of historic importance. I am surprised at how many residents haven’t been to our beautiful new library or the community center since they opened this summer. Each offers numerous classes and programs for children, adults and those in-between. And to make sure our community center truly serves the community, we will be asking for your input to make it even more responsive to your needs. I plan to create a Community Center Advisory Board whose role will be to advise us on designing and implementing an entirely new series of programming at the Gardens and the community center based on −−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−

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State Championship rings presented Members of the 2008 Palmetto High School softball team are all smiles after receiving their championship rings for winning the State 6A Division title. Head Coach Steve Batten and Athletic Director Yvette McKinney presented the team with their rings during a ceremony on Dec. 22. Team members present for the ceremony were (front row l-r) Lauren Guzman, Kara Bisceglia, Brooke Griffin, Alexis Snow, Coach Batten, Taylor Waddell, Claire Rocawich, Cristina Pardinas, Amanda Marquez; (middle row l-r), Kelly Saco, Jackie Roy, Kimberly DiazGomez, Melissa Covert, Emily Stephens, Jacklyn Houk, Rachel Holmes, Ashley Barbato, Courtney Ray, Tori Cates; (back row l-r) Coaches Laura Demers and Joey Baixauli. Not pictured are Tiffany Mullins-Diaz and Michelle Kraslow.

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These Positive People help add to the quality of life in Pinecrest. Look inside for their stories.

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ASHLEY MARLY Cheerleading and coaching cheerleading has kept Ashley Marly busy for the past few years. Marly has been coaching a Broncos cheerleading squad of 20 girls attending sixth to eighth grader for four years. Some of the girls started with Marly when they were in fourth grade. She started her cheering career as a Bronco so going back to coach was a logical step for the Palmetto High School senior. After being a Bronco, she went on to cheer at Southwood Middle and then at Palmetto Senior High. “They start competitions when they are in fourth or fifth grades, depending on age,” Marly says. “They only compete in three competitions — the local, regionals and state. They placed first in the locals this year. Last year they placed first in the locals and third in the regionals.” The squad has gone on to nationals in the past and placed fourth. “At the regional competition last year, they lost by one-fourth of a point,” she says. “They are a good group of girls.” The girls practice three times a week for two hours at Coral Reef Park. “We start with the basics of warming up and they run through their routine and then they run through it over and over again,” Marly says. “We have one routine for three competitions.” However, that routine is tweaked for each competition because the skills get

harder as the competitions become more important. “We cheer for the football teams, too, but that season ends in October,” she says. “On the sidelines it’s basic cheers and chants.” Marly works with the girls to prevent injuries. She says they stress that the girls should stay warmed up because a lot of the injuries happen during the tumbling and stunting. “You have to concentrate on it,” she says. “You can’t be joking around or someone gets hurt.” The sponsoring organization also has a rule book that the coaches must strictly follow, otherwise the girls are disqualified. “I love it because you learn so much from them (the girls),” Marly says. “You see how they work. It helps me with my own team at school. You learn respect, because you want to gain it.” Marly is co-captain of the Palmetto cheerleading squad, so she does a great deal of community service through cheerleading. She also volunteers at church, especially during the holiday season, by taking part in the Family-toFamily program at St. Louis Catholic Church. “Some of the families at the church don’t have money,” she says. “The community gets together to give them gifts. We wrap them up and deliver them.” A family that wants to help others is given the names and ages of the needy family’s members. “You can get a family that has five children and my family will buy a gift or two for each child,” she says. “I’m there for the day the gifts come in, wrapping and organizing them into piles to be given out.” Marly is also a member of the Quota Club, a service club for girls outside school. This is the club’s second year and the girls are planning a carnival to be held in the spring. At Palmetto High School, Marley involves herself in Plant the Pride each year and she is a member of the English Honor Society. Her college plans are slowly coming together. She has been accepted to the University of Central Florida starting the summer semester. She also applied to Florida State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama. She hopes to study dentistry.

By Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld

BEN SARASON During his sophomore year, Palmetto High School senior Ben Sarason coached a flag football team made up of third, fourth and fifth grade students at Ludlum Elementary. He and two other coaches worked with the Miami-Dade County sports program to teach the kids how to play. They had practices twice a week and games on Saturdays. “It was fun,” Sarason says. “We met a whole bunch of kids. Our team actually went undefeated and we won the championship.” Sarason says they worked with kids who had not participated in organized sports before, so the coaches trained them on what that level of sports was all about. “We taught them what everything would be like in the future for them,” Sarason says. He volunteered for the sports program from January to the end of March that year, but has not been able to return because of the demands of high school baseball. Sarason plays baseball for Palmetto. He’s been on the junior varsity team for the past two years, but is hopeful and confident that he will make the varsity this year. Baseball is a year-round sport now for serious players. It not only requires practice during the season, but conditioning or baseball league play in the off season. However, baseball also gives boys the opportu-

nity to accumulate community service hours through the President’s Day Clinic, when elementary and middle school youngsters are tutored by the players on how to play the game. “We work at the University of Miami concession stands during the baseball games,” Sarason says. “We have a field clean-up day.” The field is the baseball diamond at Coral Reef Park. Just before the season begins, the boys go to the park and clean up the dugouts and the field and put up the fence. At the end of the season, they take down the fence. “It’s a chain link fence,” he says. “It goes around the whole field, from the side of the dugouts. The fence is 350 feet out in the centerfield. Erecting and then taking down the fence is not easy work, but neither is putting up the lights for one of the best Christmas displays in the nation. For several years Sarason helped put up the Clot Family’s annual holiday lights display in Pinecrest. While the lights are up, he often visits and passes out candy canes to visitors who come to view the extravaganza. The lights are turned on and visitors are welcome to come by starting at Thanksgiving, so Sarason usually goes a month earlier to help hang the lights. He became involved because his family is good friends with members of the Clot family. “I did that for about three years,” he says, adding that donations from people viewing the display go to the Women’s Cancer Association at the University of Miami. At school, Sarason is involved in the National Honor Society and Key club. He’s the NHS Parliamentarian and the 12th grade representative to Key Club. For Key Club, he makes posters for the general meetings to let them know about the club’s events and what they can do to help. Sarason has already been accepted to Florida State University. He’s also applied to the University of Florida, Northeastern and Wisconsin. Business is his likely major, although he’s still not quite sure what he wants to do for a career. As for baseball, he expects to play it as a club sport.

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TORRI CICCHIRILLO When Torri Cicchirillo goes out on the field for a Palmetto football game halftime show, she really puts on a show. Cicchirillo is a world-class baton twirler and placed

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fifth in the world in the two-baton category. At last year’s national competition for the United States Twirling Association (USTA), she finished first in the free-style competition. “I’ve won state championships, regional championships and I’ve won two national championships,” Cicchirillo says. Winning the national competition qualified her to enter the World competition in Limerick, Ireland. She has been twirling batons competitively for eight years and says she loves being a part of the sport. She became involved when she saw a poster at her elementary school for a mini-recreation program. “They had a competition team,” Cicchirillo says. After a while, she found a private coach known for taking her students to the national levels of competition. “I switched to another coach recently,” Cicchirillo says. That coach is based in Orlando, so she travels once a month and spends the weekend learning from him. Much of what the Palmetto High School junior does revolves around twirling. As a member of the marching band, she twirls

in the half-time shows, although she says it’s harder to twirl on grass than it is in the gym where they hold the competitions. She hopes to attend the University of Florida and twirl as a Gatorette. “But if I don’t get into UF, I’ll twirl at whatever school I go to,” she says. Her plan is to study veterinary medicine. In the past, Cicchirillo not only twirled solo, but she was part of a team called Synergy. “We went to competitions and we went to the Worlds and got second place,” she says. She left the team to concentrate on solo work because the team practices took so much of her time. Twirling also gives Cicchirillo a chance to do community service. She works with TC Baton Boosters at baton clinics for recreation programs. “We teach younger kids how to throw batons and we perform for various community events,” she says. “We performed at the Coral Gables Farmers Market.” The sport has also taught her self assurance, how to perform in front of people and how to approach people. The competitions not only have a performance aspect, they also provide modeling interviews. At school, Cicchirillo enjoys being

involved in extra-curricular activities. She is in the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, the Science National Honor Society and Interact. She does as much as she can through the clubs because being a champion takes a lot of practice. “I practice two hours every day after school,” she says. “When the competitions start in January or February, there is a competition every other weekend. I travel a lot during the school year.” Some of the contests are as close as Coral Springs or Boca Raton, but she also has to go to Orlando for the state championships. The nationals were in Daytona Beach this year, but they will be in Arizona in 2009. Cicchirillo enters six events at the competitions — solo, two batons, three batons, strut, freestyle and pairs. The freestyle is a two- to two-and-a-half minute routine that takes up the entire gym floor. The solo is a two-minute showcase. “I think girls would benefit from this,” she says. “I think it’s a fun and dynamic sport. If you get into the team aspect, you bond with the other girls. Some consider it a ‘girly’ sport, but the only girly things about it are the costumes.”

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community input. Additionally, watch for our soon to be created Youth Advisory Council. That’s right, I want our community center to be a place where our youth feel engaged and involved. They will help plan the types of enrichment, arts, cultural and challenging programs and activities to suit their interests. Then we will do the same for our seniors. Between the three facilities, we should have a vibrant hub constantly buzzing with activities. How many residents have not been to the Pinecrest Gardens since the Village purchased it in 2002? It is as exquisite as ever, and with your involvement will become a true educational, inspirational paradise. We are so fortunate to have a terrific horticulturalist, Craig Morrell, who is doing wonders with revitalizing and enhancing the gardens. We will soon be creating an opportunity to volunteer in Pinecrest Gardens as we develop a new volunteer program working in partnership with the Pinecrest Garden Club, the Community Gardens Charitable Fund and many of the local plant societies. We are beginning an active grant application effort to identify funding sources for the many programs we hope to bring to our gardens — to help underwrite a volunteer coordinator, a lecture series and docent program. We would love to have you join us as we also create a vibrant cultural arts program. Music, art, dance, theatre, youth and seniors enrichments will all be options, if the community so desires. The Banyan Bowl committee has been hard at work developing some very exciting proposals. I know the community will be thrilled to learn of the potential for numerous cultural arts and enrichments we can bring to our Village. Another opportunity for you to get

involved is to join us at the upcoming Pinecrest Transit Plan workshop to help us begin to prioritize how to spend the transit dollars we have been receiving from the county transit tax levied six years ago, yet never spent by Pinecrest for our residents’ benefit. It is critical that we develop transportation and transit master plans for many reasons. We want to make our streets safer, provide for our own local mass transit system to the extent it is feasible to do so, and we want to reduce our carbon footprint on our environment. The workshop will be held on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. at Greer park. We need your input to make sure the plan is responsive to all of our residents’ needs. The Education Advisory Council will have its first meeting on Jan. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at the community center in the Pine Room. We will meet with our five local school principals, PTA and ESAC leadership, our school board member Dr. Larry Feldman, and anyone else interested may attend. Our inaugural issue of the Pinecrest E-news was sent at the beginning of December and is emailed to all subscribers monthly, so if you would like to receive it, please log on to www.pinecrest-fl.gov and click on the link to subscribe. It will give you an update of the actions of the council, highlight an issue each month and provide you with our new community calendar. Please send information about events and meetings to be held in the Village to <inguando.g@pinecrestfl.gov> for inclusion in our community calendar. If you are not Internet proficient, we will have a Computers 101 class in January at the library. Until then, you can always pick up a copy of the E-news at the library on the newspaper shelves. I hope to see many more of you at the above mentioned activities. And as always, you can email me directly with your ideas or offers to participate at MayorLerner@g-mail.com.

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• EDUCATIONAL AND TEEN ADVICE • Toby Rose ASK TOBY I’m a junior and watching all my friends who are seniors do their college applications. Why don’t they just all do the Common Application and be done with it? It’s not that easy. The majority of schools who do use the Common Application will send you a supplemental application, which has their information and perhaps additional essays. In reality, if the school has their own application to begin with, you might just do that and it will take the same amount of time as the Common Application and a supplement. My son is applying to both Emory College and Oxford College of Emory University. Will he receive two separate notifications of acceptance or rejection, or just one? He will receive two separate letters. The registrar at my school did not send in my transcript. I have a Nov. 1 deadline for the University of Florida. Will UF still accept my application? Yes, they will accept your application, but will not review it until everything that they asked for is complete. What it means is that your application will not be read ‘til one of the last.

My parents are nagging me about taking the SAT. I’m a junior and I don’t see what the big deal is. I’ll take it in my senior year and not have to stress this year. What do you think of that strategy and what’s the big deal about the SAT anyway? I don’t know enough about your situation to give you a personal strategy, but my best suggestion for any student would be to take the SAT at the end of your junior year in May and/or June. And why is it so important? Because the SAT is a predictor of how well you will do in college. It is a five-hour test that is used to compare you to thousands of other students taking the same test. How is Florida going to reduce class size as mandated by law for school next year? School officials are going to try a number of things, such as re-drawing school boundaries to shift students from full schools to those with space, asking students to take courses online, placing partitions in classrooms, mixing students of different ages in the same class, adding portable classrooms, stripping teachers of their classrooms and turning students away from some classes altogether. Toby Rose is president of Toby Rose’s College Prep. She is an independent college counselor, was a Dade County Outstanding Teacher and served as chairperson of the Dade County School Board Academic Advisory Committee. Rose may be contacted by calling 305-2387737 or via the Internet at <www.tobyrose.com>.

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Education should be a journey of discovery, not a time to stress BY ADAM PINCUS As the holidays come and go, the second half of the school year begins. Students pack the halls only to be welcomed by the same routine to which they became so accustomed. The monotonous drone of grades and tests can be heard throughout school. This has caused me to wonder why so much of my peers’ lives are predicated on an incessant amount of pop quizzes and projects more focused on cutting-andpasting than learning. I mean, come on, school today is more about the grades than the actual learning. Education should be a journey for every student; a journey to discover their passions in life. Not a time to stress over AP classes and the prospects of going to college. High school is a marathon, but a lot of kids, even me, are unsure about how to get to the finish line. Students are struggling. We need someone to point us in the right direction. In a time when compassion from society is in short supply, compassion from teachers would be nice. I know by now you are saying, “Suck it up!” But “sucking it up” does not alleviate the problem with the way we educate our kids. I was brought up to believe that grades are extremely important, but my perceptions of this have been clouded until now. Grades are a measure of academic excellence, but not a measure of individual integrity. In a recent Associated Press poll, 64 percent of students said that they had cheated during school some time last year, which is up four percent from the year before. What is interesting about this survey is that 93 percent of students said that they are satisfied with their personal ethics and character. The problem is clear. Students see the pressure of getting to that dream college or keeping up with that kid taking eight AP classes at one time as superseding any personal integrity that they have for themselves. Where does this pressure come from? In a generation defined by results and the “now,” the student generation of today is wired the wrong way. No one has ever told us to take a step back and look at the future ramifications of a

TEEN TALK measly chapter test. In all likelihood, the chapter test, pop quiz and homework assignments are not going to have that much of an impact on a student’s future. Why then do students feel the need to cheat? Reasons include too much work, stress, and pressure to succeed. This is where the school system is flawed. Overloading students, who are already concerning themselves with athletics, clubs, and social responsibility, engulfs kids in these examinations, and eventually the information all seems the same. I am beginning to wonder what the point is of this madness. What is being lost is all the kids who don’t know what they want to do in life or what captures their minds and attentions. Unfortunately, they are too concerned with the immediate test to put any thought into their future. I get the fact that school is supposed to prepare us for college, but maybe this process is going to fast. Way too often, I hear my peers talk about how their parents comment on their homework and projects by saying, “We never had to do that when we were kids.” Well, why the change? Many kids have become immune to the “survival of the fittest” principle found in schools. What about the kids who do not have the resources to compete with the student who got his project professionally bound? Or, what about the kid who has to pick up his siblings at three different schools and then goes to work until late at night just to put food on the table? At what point do we draw the line to give those kids a chance? At what point do we step back and lessen the ridiculous workload on students? At what point do we help students find their interests in life instead of asking for their chemistry notes from weeks past? Some kids succeed in this fast- paced performance based system, but what about the kids who don’t? Adam Pincus is a junior at Palmetto High School and a frequent contributor to the Pinecrest Tribune.


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Spelling ‘odyssey’ leaves Mistele a Bee winner BY ZANORFA BERTRAM

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The 2008 Alexander Montessori Spelling Bee winner and runner-up were determined after two hours and 35 rounds of spelling words such as “acquaintance”, “cupboard” and “perpendicular”. Following a preliminary contest that narrowed the school’s middle prep students, the top 25 student spellers competed in a spirited Bee on campus at the Maria Montessori Center. First place went to fourth-grade student John Mistele, who won this year’s Bee by correctly spelling the word “odyssey”. This year’s runner up was Delaney Reynolds, also a fourth grader, whose final word in the competition was “gargantuan”. Mistele advances to the regional Miami-Dade County Spelling Bee as the school’s representative to the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, while the runner-up is the school’s alternate. The winner of the Miami-Dade Bee, to be held later this year, will compete with more than 250 cham- Pictured (l-r) is Alexander Montessori Spelling Bee winner John pion spellers ranging from eight to Mistele (left) with language arts teacher Ellen Kahn and run15 years old in the Scripps National ner-up Delaney Reynolds. Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Champion spellers from all across the gram. Since 1994, ESPN has televised the United States, Europe, Guam, Jamaica, later rounds of the Bee and since 2006 Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands, and the championship final has aired live on ABC television. The Bahamas will compete in the finals. Congratulations to all of this year’s The National Spelling Bee was started by the Louisville Courier-Journal with Spelling Bee contestants, as well as to the nine contestants in 1925 and in 1941 teachers who helped make this wonderScripps assumed sponsorship of the pro- ful event such a success.

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Alexander Montessori School’s newly elected Student Council officers and class representative proudly display the schoo’s annual “Denim Day” banner. Each year, students and faculty dress in denim attire to raise money to support cancer research. This year, $3,000 was collected and sent to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Pictured are class representatives (l-r, back row): Isabella Corzo, Josef Horwath, Alexa Tannebaum, Alex Martinez, Sebastian Bernal, Alex Makki, Delaney Reynolds, Isabela Medina, Kevin Merten, Julie Walsh, Kierstan Williams (not pictured, Zachary Rouviere); Student Council officers (front row) are president, Francisco Gonzalez; vice president, Tony Borhani; secretary, Daniella Sims; treasurer, John Mistele; historian, Albert Dotson, and sergeant at arms, Clementina Simon.

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Case # 0805539 Location: SW 82 A ve & 128 St (Roadway) On Dec. 13, at approximately 2109 hrs, unknown offender(s) approached the victim, stated they had a gun and stole his suitcase. The estimated value of the stolen property is $230. SEX CRIME None HOMICIDE None THEFT Case # 0805436 Location: 8765 S Dixie Hwy (CVS Phar macy) On Dec. 8, at approximately 1511 hrs, a known offender stole merchandise from the listed business. The offender was arrested and charged and with theft. The estimated value of the stolen property is $53. Case # 0805508 Location: 12441 S Dixie Hwy (Parking Lot) On Dec. 12, sometime between 1800 hrs, and 0436 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a tag from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4. Case # 0805527 Location: 1220 Block of SW 60 Ct On Dec. 12, sometime between 1600 hrs, and 1900 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a go-cart from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,200. The case is presently under investigation.


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Calling all Teens! Don’t sit around in boredom after school. Come enjoy activities like sports, community service projects, tutoring, life skills workshops, field trips & MORE! Stop in our YMCA Teen Program at Virrick Park in West Coconut Grove, 3255 Plaza Street, Miami, FL 33133, Monday – Thursday 6 - 9 p.m. Call 305-357-4000 ext. 195 for more information. Safe Start Survival Swim Lessons are now available year-round. Have your children learn life-saving aquatics skills! No need to wait until summer. Our pool is heated! Enrollment is open NOW. Ages 6 months – 4 years old. There are lots of aquatic programs coming up in 2009! All programs are located at the Southwest-Downrite YMCA, 4300 SW 58th Avenue, Miami, FL 33155. Community & Private Swimming Lessons, Prenatal Water Aerobics, Adult/Senior

Stay tuned to all the exciting things always going on at the YMCA. A big thank you to all our sponsors and donors who continue to help us build strong kids, strong families and strong communities. Our 2008 YMCA Carnaval Gala sponsors were Odebrecht; Shoma Homes; Baker Concrete Construction; Swerdlow Group; Flagler Development Group; MCM; TY Lin/HJ Ross; A.S.F./Acousti Eng. Co.; American Airlines; Dynalectric Company; Florida Power & Light; Horsepower Electric; John J. Kirlin, LLC; Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A; Waste Management; AvMed Health Plans; Bacardi USA, Inc.; Blooming Design & Events; Media Stage; Paper Fetish Design Studio; Southern Wine & Spirits; The Miami Herald; Tiffany & Co. and Weiss, Serota, and Helfman, Pastoriza, Cole & Boniske, P.L.

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Three-year old Micaela learns life-saving aquatic skills from Safe Start Master Instructor Kate Eckert at the Southwest-Downrite YMCA.

Water Exercise, Pool Rentals, and Aquatics Camps are available. Call 305-254-0310 for information. Looking for a fun youth sports program? The YMCA’s Youth Sports program is a great choice for 5 14 year olds. The program gears back up in January with basketball, soccer, and flag football. Your little ones, ages 3 and 4, can also participate in soccer and a variety of other preschool programs that begin in January. Call 305-254-0310 for more information. It’s never too late to plan for your well being. Joining the YMCA is the smart way to offset the weight gain that can easily happen over the holidays. Join the YMCA today. The YMCA of Greater Miami hosted its Carnaval Gala benefiting the YMCA’s Youth Scholarship Fund on October 25 at the Mandarin Oriental, Miami. The event raised over $375,000, all benefiting YMCA families with preschool, after school care, sports and summer youth scholarships!

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New ‘Experia’ therapy center eases swallowing difficulty BY KIM MANISCALCO Health & Medicine With the holidays come hours – if not days – spent around tables and buffets visiting family and friends. But for those whose ability to eat normally has been diminished by illness or injury, social gatherings involving food are nothing to get excited about. In many cases, the elderly or ailing are simply left out at mealtime. However, that could all change. One local hospital is the only facility in Florida to use the most advanced therapy tool giving patients with difficulty swallowing – known as dysphagia – the ability to strengthen and re-train the muscles used for consuming foods and drinks. HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami is offering therapy with the VitalStim Experia, a clinical device that uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in conjunction with surface electromyography (sEMG) and triggered stimulation to help patients regain control of swallowing function. Simply put, the Experia uses small electrical currents to stimulate and contract the muscles of the face and throat to reproduce the natural swallowing motion. “As with the use of the original VitalStim therapy, the more advanced VitalStim Experia allows us to treat the actual cause of dysphagia, not just the symptom,” said Ken Peters, speech pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. “But the Experia also gives us visual and auditory feedback during each therapy session so we can measure the level of effort the patient uses to swallow. It brings about significant, measurable improvements in our patients.” It is estimated that about 15 million Americans suffer from dysphagia as a result of stroke, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, neurological disorders or cancers of the head and neck. Additionally, one million Americans receive a new diagnosis of dysphagia each year. The VitalStim Experia offers a wider

range of modalities than traditional treatments to enhance neuromuscular stimulation and give trained therapists three different wave forms to individualize the treatment to help achieve the desired outcomes for each patient. The Experia uses NMES and sEMG therapies with stimulation to significantly speed the rate of recovery. Surface electromyography (sEMG) allows therapists to measure the effort of muscle contractions and enables better use of progressive swallow resistance exercises. “The goal is to help every patient eat a regular diet,” said Peters. “Our team’s philosophy is to also think of our patients and their families with respect to pleasure feeding. We want patients to be able to re-connect with their families through meals. It’s an important bond.” Peters says many of the patients now treated with Experia are multiplestroke patients and patients in their 80s, as well as those with Alzheimer’s disease, ALS and other degenerative diseases. Regardless of these factors, since last July, 100 percent of patients treated with Experia therapy have increased swallow function and no longer need the assistance of a PEG tube for feeding. Since social gatherings often revolve around the consumption of food and drinks, many patients who can no longer participate are left with a diminished quality of life. However, by improving the function of the swallowing muscles, these individuals can again enjoy going to restaurants, attending parties and maintaining their sense of social acceptance. “We are able to improve our patients’ quality of life by giving them back the ability to enjoy meals in social settings,” said Peters. “We’re here for our patients, and we view any impairment as an opportunity for improvement.” For more information on the VitalStim Experia therapy, contact Marla Fant, marketing coordinator at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami, at 305-259-6404 or email <marla.fant@healthsouth.com>.

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Writer Farago discusses â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;glades, Hometown Democracy Amendment BY LYNN WILLE FICHMAN The Pinecrest Garden clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday get together on Tuesday, Dec. 9, was not only a celebration of the season for both members and visitors, but it was also an opportunity to learn from the special guest speaker, noted environmentalist Alan Farago. The meeting took place in Pinecrest Gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hibiscus Room, where the tables had been decorated for the occasion in holiday colors and adorned with beautiful Poinsettia plants that were donated by Pat Kyle Lawrence, member and owner of Galloway Farm Nursery. After a lavish buffet lunch, Farago presented a fascinating update on the state of the Everglades and its impact on the future of Florida. Farago is a writer and consultant on environmental issues who was educated at Yale and Columbia Universities. He was a founder of the campaign to â&#x20AC;&#x153;hold the lineâ&#x20AC;? on moving the Urban Development Boundary in Miami-Dade County, and he was a leader in the campaign to halt the conversion of the Homestead Air Force Base into a commercial airport. He has won many awards and has been a leader in the Sierra Club. He is also an especially important component of the Friends of the Everglades. One of the main focuses of his work continues to be on the environmental crisis occurring in the Everglades, and he has been tireless in helping to educate people on the vital importance of restoring whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left of Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s River of Grass. Farago began his lively talk by highlighting some of the positive things that have been happening with regard to the environment, including the Fairchild Challenge, which reaches out to school children and helps to develop future conservationists, and the Slow Foods movement, designed to encourage local growers. Farago also talked about the Friends of the Evergladesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Circle of Friends, which is working to enlist an influential constituency in order to further their work to save this precious resource. He

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Jungle Island: Buy one day entry, come back for year BY BRIGITTE GROSJEAN From Jan. 1 until Jan. 31, you can pay for one day’s admission and get 365 days for free at Jungle Island. Just pay for one day and get a free annual pass to enjoy the park anytime, any day, all year long. Throughout the year, you can see three spectacular shows: Winged Wonders, the world famous bird show; Tale of the Tiger with awesome tigers, and the latest is Gator X-treme, which brings man face-toface with alligators in a thrilling encounter both in and out of the water. This aquatic adventure will put you on the front lines of the alligators’ turf to discover who will conquer — man or gator. For the first time, America will experience one of the most exciting and breathtaking encounters ever seen upclose, and only at Jungle Island. Visitors also can encounter exotic animals such as young twin orangutans, baboons, gibbons and squirrel monkeys. For nine African Penguins from South Africa, Miami’s climate isn’t outside of their nature.

There’s a 20-foot, 2,000-pound Crocosaurus, and the Liger — he’s part lion, part tiger and the largest cat in the world. See the new baby red kangaroos and a wallaby, plus “Coco” the rare albino alligator. Visit the Petting Barn, feed hundreds of birds, and visit Flamingo Lake. Come and use Jungle Island’s newest attraction “The Hippo,” the 168-foot water slide, located on a private beach. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit. Ask about the Jungle Encounter, Safari Tours and learn about our special VIP animal tours. Experience endangered baby lemurs from Madagascar. You can interact with these furry, gold-eyed primates and a keeper will tell you all about these adorable lemurs. Located at 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail on Watson Island, Jungle Island is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Admission (plus tax) is $29.95 for adults; $23.95 for children ages 3-10, and children under 3 years old are free. For information, call 305-400-7000 or visit online at <http://jungleisland.com/>.

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As the President of Paws 4 You Rescue, I am shocked at the number of dogs that Miami-Dade Animal Services receives on a daily basis. Controlling the animal population by spaying and neutering would alleviate some of the problem. So why is it important to spay or neuter your pet? In a city like Miami where we have 365 days a year of sunshine and warm weather, there are no environmental factors such as cold weather or snow to inhibit breeding. The result is an overpopulation problem where thousands of pets are being euthanized every day. If each fertile, unsterilized female cat produces three litters of six kittens each year and lives an average of 10 years, just one cat can produce 180 offspring. A female dog can produce up to two litters of six-10 puppies per year. Based on the 10-year span, one female dog can produce 200 puppies in its life. It’s impossible to find homes for all of these animals that can potentially come from one unsterilized animal. They will end up on the streets where they will continue to breed, suffer injury and eventually a painful death. If they’re lucky enough to end up in a county run shelter, they will have a 32 percent chance for adoption. A lucky few will be saved, but the other 68 percent of pets entering Miami’s public shelter system are euthanized for lack of space and lack of homes. It is a sad reality that 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters each year and only 3-4 million leave. These alarming numbers should be reason enough for preventing more animal births. Health benefits — Aside from the moral obligation that we have to do what’s right for our furry companions, there are many positive health benefits to spaying or neutering your pet. Spaying of female dogs helps them avoid ovarian and uterine infections, and cancer in later years. It also decreases mammary tumors by almost 91 percent if the female is spayed by eight months of age. An un-spayed cat is seven times more likely to develop mammary tumors. Male dogs benefit from neutering simply because their

Paws4You drive to mate becomes virtually extinct; roaming decreases by 90 percent, resulting in fewer lost dogs, fight-related injuries and less transmission of disease. Aggressiveness also lessens after neutering along with the need to mount and territorially mark. The latest medical findings indicate that your pet will live a longer healthier life if spayed or neutered. Spay and neuter ser vices — If you are considering spaying or neutering your pet, sterilization services are performed by your very own veterinarians. However, if your heart goes out to the homeless population, low-cost options are available at the Humane Society of Greater Miami (www.humanesocietymiami.org) and the Humane Society of Broward County (www.showyourhumaneside.com). Miami Dade Animals Services, our only public shelter, offered low cost sterilization services in the past, but due to budget cuts these services are no longer available. To help change this, please lobby your local commissioners and representatives to bring back this greatly needed and widely used service. Sheltering unwanted and homeless pets, capturing strays and investigating cruelty cases costs taxpayers millions each year. Help make a difference by spaying or neutering your pet. Sterilization prevents births, saves lives and in the long run helps a community save money. Adopt, spay and neuter, and tell your friends and family to do the same. If you are interested in adopting a dog, becoming a foster home or volunteering with us, please visit us at the Colonial Palms PetSmart, 13621 S. Dixie Hwy., every Sunday (except holidays) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or visit our website at <www.paws4you.org> for more information. PET OF THE WEEK Howie is a very friendly, eight-yearold, tri-colored beagle who loves kids and other dogs. This laid-back guy will make the perfect pet for any size family. Call 786-242-7377 or send email to <info@paws4you.org> to meet him.

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Nissan Frontier tweaks design, adds PRO-4X model Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Nissan Frontier is a pickup that’s been designed and built for people who want a truck that’s good for both work and play. For 2009, Nissan engineers have tweaked the overall design of the Frontier, adding a new front fascia grille and headlight design, and new 16- and 18-inch wheels. At the same time, a new off-road model — the PRO-4X — has been added to the lineup, along with new crew cab packages that include popular optional equipment that would cost a lot more if purchased separately. The Frontier has excellent acceleration, towing capacity and off-road ability thanks to the 4.0-liter DOHC V-6 that produces 261 hp and 281 pounds-feet of torque. It’s the same VQ engine series that’s used in Nissan’s 350Z, Maxima, Altima, Murano and Quest, but it’s specif-

ically tuned for a truck. The V-6 also gets good fuel efficiency at 17/21 mpg. A 2.5liter, 152 hp DOHC inline four-cylinder engine also is available on the base King Cab 4x2 model. Three transmissions are available — a five-speed automatic, a six-speed manual and a five-speed manual (on King Cab four-cylinder models). Frontier 4x4 models include a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive system with 2WD/4H/4LO modes operated by an electronically controlled part-time transfer case. As for styling, the Frontier has many of the full-size Nissan Titan’s features, including the angled strut grille, large bumpers, short front and rear overhangs and large geometric fender flares. It also shares Titan’s suspension layout and many component designs, including the all-steel double-wishbone front suspension and solid axle rear suspension, with over-slung leaf springs and a long suspension stroke for optimized off-road performance. Again this year, Frontier offers Crew Cab SE and LE Long Bed models (the beds are more than 13 inches longer). The Long Bed models have the roomy interior of the Crew Cab, plus the usable bed space of the King Cab. Both the King

The Nissan Frontier has an angled strut grille, large bumpers and large geometric fender flares.

Cab and Crew Cab models offer a factoryapplied, spray-on bed liner and the Utilitrack tie-down system that provides excellent cargo hauling flexibility through the use of five special “C” cross-section rails mounted in the bed. The PRO-4X off-road is the all-new model for 2009 and it comes with such performance enhancements as Bilstein high-pressure shock absorbers, additional skid plates on the oil pan and transfer case, an electronic rear differential locker, 2- or 4-wheel limited-slip and unique machine-finished 16-inch aluminum-alloy off-road wheels with large BFGoodrich P265/75R16 Rugged Trail tires.

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Shedding those holiday pounds BY LISA ALVAREZ Jackson South Community Hospital As we celebrate the New Year, thousands of South Floridians will make resolutions to lose weight and get in shape. Just in time for this annual tradition is Healthy Weight Week, which begins Jan. 18. This national observance celebrates what it truly means to live a healthy lifestyle. Healthy Weight Week continues to be especially important as more and more Americans battle obesity. Currently, one in three adults in the United States is overweight. Experts estimate that by 2015, approximately 75 percent of adults will be overweight and 41 percent will be obese. The Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity” further stresses the need for Americans to get in better shape. What are the health consequences of being overweight and obese? The health consequences of being overweight and obese are severe and can be fatal. They include (but are not limited to) hhigh blood pressure, osteoarthritis (bone and joint disease), high cholesterol, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems. How do I know what a healthy weight is for me? A healthy weight is different for each person; there is no ideal healthy weight or standard that applies to everyone. Many factors can influence weight, such as genetics, lifestyle choices, eating habits and your physical fitness level. To find out if you are at a healthy weight, you can use a Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator. The BMI is a number calculated based on weight and height. For most people, this index provides a reliable indicator of body fat. Jackson Health System provides a BMI calculator on its website for adults, teens and children. Enter the term “BMI calculator” in the search box at the top of the homepage <www.jhsmiami.org>. What is the connection between nutrition, calories and achieving a healthy weight? When working toward a healthy weight, it is important to understand the connection between the calories your body takes in (through food and drink) and the calories your body uses

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Exhibit features panoramic depicting Jewish history Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS Several years ago my father asked me to escort my mother to a conference in London while he finished his book. I’m no dummy. I jumped at the opportunity to see Europe for the first time on his dime, but there were conditions. There was no way I was crossing the pond without a side trip to Paris. Our first stop in Paris was, of course, the Louvre. The incredible museum was overwhelming, but like most tourists we headed directly toward the Mona Lisa. We made our way down halls of Italian paintings, some dating all the way back to the 13th Century. I was surprised by the number of magnificent paintings which depicted the origins of Christianity. This is not unique to the Louvre. Many other major museums I have visited throughout North America feature spacious galleries containing an abundance of large works of art depicting Madonna with child, crucifixion, resurrection and

To Arie, this moment awakened his saints. Regardless of your religious life-long quest to understand the strugbeliefs, a true art lover can appreciate gles of the Jewish people. Although it these precious works of art. For some, would be several more years before he however, viewing these paintings is a would finally begin painting, he was makdeeply spiritual experience. ing mental notes on what was to become Through the ages, artists have been a massive artistic project. The process of influenced by specific historical events creating The Mission spanned two and Biblical stories, but no one has decades. From brush to final stroke, the taken on the task of painting an entire painting took seven years. Arie wanted history of one’s people. A new exhibit The Mission to serve as an inspiration for coming to the Dave and Mary Alper all mankind. At its core is a profound uniJCC has taken the concept of religious versal message: End the aggression that art to a new level. Dubi Arie, artist, solleads to war and destruction between dier, farmer and Holocaust survivor, nations, and stop the hate that divides the created The Mission, a massive panorampeople of the world. ic masterpiece depicting more than Aire will be on hand on Sunday, Jan. 4,000 years of Jewish history and reflect18, at 3 p.m. when the Dave and Mary ing the joys and sorrows, victories and Alper JCC and the Sue and Leonard defeats, failures and achievements of an Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic ancient and courageous people. Studies at UM present the opening of The original oil painting is seven the exhibit The Mission. The event will feet tall and 38.5 feet long, and is on begin with a documentary about Aire’s exhibit at The Holocaust Memorial life and work. Following the film, Dr. Centre in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Haim Shaked, Miller Center Director, The J will display a seven-panel, 19-foot will interview the artist. The opening painting based on the monumental Artist Dubi Arie’s painting will be exhibited at the Apler JCC. continues with a reception and gallery original work. presentation which offers the opportuThe inspiration for this painting began nity to meet this extraordinary artist who lowered their weapons, and rejoiced in in 1967 at the end of Israel’s Six Day War. Arie, song and prayer as the shofar (ram’s horn) and view The Mission and other storythen a 28-year-old paratrooper, was over- proclaimed that the sacred Western Wall filled, luminous oils, lithographs, etchings and mixed media works. whelmed by the site of battle-weary soldiers belonged once again to the Israelis.

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Let the library help you get a handle on things BY ELLEN BOOK Librarian, Pinecrest Branch Miami-Dade Public Library System Having a hard time finding the right gift for that “hard to buy for” person in your life? How about an inspirational item that will not only benefit the recipient, but also those who discover your present in years to come? Honor with Books is an offbeat gift solution for the person who seems to have it all and provides a meaningful way to pay tribute to that special person while making an important contribution to your public library. If your intended recipient has a passion for a particular subject and a desire to share that passion with others, why not consider donating materials on that topic to the library. Individuals can honor the memory of a loved one or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or graduation by making a donation to the library for purchase of materials in the honoree’s name. Individuals making the donation can request that the library use the money to purchase a specific book, a title by a particular author or materials related to a certain area of interest. Donations may also be designated for a particular branch library. Materials purchased will receive a specially designed bookplate inscribed with the honoree’s name. Each time someone opens your chosen book your special person will be acknowledged. For more information on Honor with Books, pick up a brochure at any branch library or download the application at <www.mdpls.org>. The completed application, along with your check made out to: The Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library, should be sent to the Main Library, 101 West Flagler Street,

Village Library Miami, FL 33130, attn: Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library. TIME TO DE-STRESS After December’s rush of activities, why not consider some innovative ways to de-stress. The library will offer a range of stimulating programs in January to recharge your batteries and enhance your life in 2009. Three Junes, a seductive novel offering mature and compassionate wisdom by Julia Glass, will be the topic for lively discussion at the Good Read Book Group meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. If “getting finances in order for 2009” is one of your New Year’s resolutions, Lear n then you don’t want to miss the “L How to Budget” workshop that will provide tips for living within your means. Get advice on paying bills, tracking purchases and staying financially organized. Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2 p.m. Starting Thursday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., and continuing on the third Thursday of every month the Far East Book Club will take you on a virtual journey encompassing a wide range of spiritual and philosophical thoughts. For those wishing to pare down the stresses of life, the library offers a place of refuge. On Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. the Ar t of Meditation will be revealed. Choose to get beyond a regimented way of thinking and into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. If you seek to find a clearer vision for problems and forge new paths to find solutions, this workshop will show you how!

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Temple offers Friday evening Beth Am rock ’n roll-style services Temple Talk BY LISA SEGAL Cantor, Temple Beth Am For several summers in the late 1970s, I was a song leader at URJ Camp Coleman in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia. My children attended Coleman as well and I often served as visiting faculty during the summers. Each evening we would have prayer services. We sat on benches surrounded by beautiful, shady trees overlooking Camp Shalom. The services were among the most inspiring I had ever experienced. When returning to synagogue, the services back home seemed dull in comparison to the joy we felt at camp. I could not understand how the same prayers had lost so much. Some of that loss was the informality and ease of everyone all attending together, without dressing up and without any family hassles. But part of it was the attention to melodies we could all sing, which lifted both our spirits and our voices. My experience as a teen song leader led me to my interest to serve in synagogues and ultimately become a cantor. I have been fortunate enough to be part of an innovative congregation whose clergy and leaders are open to exploring various worship modalities. At Temple Beth Am, we offer our traditional and contemplative Kabbalat Shabbat Friday evening service, our biweekly Shabbat services for young families, alternative “teaching” Shabbat services and meditation services, just to name a few. On Shabbat morning, we offer a very engaging, informal alternative Minyan service in addition to the B’nai Mitzvah in our main sanctuary. Over the past 10 years, a phenomenon has arisen in synagogues across the country. Created originally as worship settings to attract young people, clergy and musicians have offered Friday evening rock ’n roll-style services with full bands. The pioneers and congregations who created this concept were Craig Taubman and his Friday Night Live service at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, B’nai Jeshurun in Manhattan, and Rick Recht’s Shabbat Alive at United Hebrew Congregation in St. Louis. Most of my colleagues around the country now offer a similar monthly rock-type Shabbat service. “The text says be stirred to life, it doesn’t say to sit quietly and passively, it says be moved,” Taubman says. “Achieving the balance of the familiar and the innovative, of the traditional and the contemporary, is one of the greatest challenges

Pictured are members of the Rock ’n Shabbat Band (l-r) Nadav Schmalbach, Marty Grey, Cantor Lisa Segal, Fred Kettler, Claudia Potamkin, Jonathan Baumgard and Steven Shabareck.

of cantors and musicians today.” Using these models that were very successful, I wanted to be taken back to those moments at camp when I could sing melodies that express the beauty and inspiration of Jewish prayer. With the support of Rabbi Terry Bookman, I set my desires into motion. I already had my band, my Garage Band made up of some of our temple members, members of other synagogues, and my nephew. Coincidentally, Dr. Jonathan Baumgard who plays flute, sax, harmonica and sings, is a former Camp Coleman song leader as well. “Playing rocking Jewish music is a blast,” Baumgard says. “It allows me to combine my love for Judaism and rock and roll. It is especially nice to see the people dancing and singing with us. If it brings in people who ordinarily don’t come to synagogue, then I feel it is a success.” I am deeply grateful to these devoted and talented members of my band who give of themselves for the simply joy of creating beautiful Jewish music together. With a series of rehearsals, we created a repertoire consisting of uplifting melodies written by artists such as Reb Shlomo Carlbach, Debbie Friedman, Julie Silver, Craig Taubman, Josh Nelson and Rick Recht. The service centers on the standard prayers in musical settings. There are few spoken words. We also decided to begin the evening with a onehour cocktail reception with drinks and hot appetizers to make this evening not only a worship experience but a social gathering that people look forward to. With the creation of any new program,

I must admit that even I was skeptical. Would we really be able to create a warm, inviting community on Friday nights? Would we be able to also attract young adults? Clearly the answer became yes. It is hard to explain the intensity of 200 or so people singing and swaying, dancing and praying. We began to realize that there was not one specific population that attracted people to this service; people of all ages attend which to me is part of the beauty of the experience. We have, however, made an attempt to reach out to the 20-30s age group with dinners and gatherings afterward, and will continue to program specifically for this population in the future. It is very powerful and awesome and I strongly encourage you to attend This service is open to the community. Yet even more significant to me is how the

service has impacted my life, my work and my spirit. Rock ’n Shabbat is something I look forward to every month. I hope that you will find that same joy from the music, prayer and celebrating Shabbat. “When one is singing and cannot lift his voice, and another comes and sings as well, another who can lift his voice, then the first will be able to lift his voice as well,” says Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz. “That is the secret of the bond between spirit and spirit.” Our next Rock ’n Shabbat is Friday evening, Jan. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hessel Family Complex. Remaining service dates for this year are Feb. 20, March 27, April 24 and May 15. These services are open to the public. For more information, visit our website <www.tbam.org>.

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Get outdoors, Florida! BY RODNEY BARRETO Chairman, Florida Freshwater Fish & Wildlife Commission Florida is my home, but it is changing. From an early age, my parents taught me to respect it, and when growing up in the Miami area I learned to hunt and fish. In the 1960s, before the development surge occurred in South Florida, getting outdoors was easy, and it came naturally. In a recent interview with Florida Wildlife magazine, which commemorated the start of my fourth term as chairman of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), I spoke about how important it is for my children to grow up outdoors, just as it was for me. I have dedicated myself to bringing this same passion for the outdoors to future generations. One of my first initiatives with the FWC led to creation of the “Take a Kid Fishing” (MyFWC.com/Fishing/take-a-kid

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New Construction Builder’s 1/2 Acre - 6 BD - 6.5 BA Pool $2,575,575

730 Calatrava Avenue SOLD $3,500,000

6140 Paradise Point Drive SOLD $925,000

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11800 SW 70th Avenue SOLD $1,975,000

3594 Rockerman Rd #1 SOLD $2,700,000

9781 SW 60th Court SOLD $3,150,000

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6255 SW 120th Street SOLD $1,510,000 10940 SW 139th Road SOLD $775,000 9401 SW 134th Street SOLD $720,000

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