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FEBRUARY 2 - 15, 2009

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‘Taste of Pinecrest’ returns to Gardens on March 8 BY AMY SIMONS he seventh annual Taste of Pinecrest returns to Pinecrest Gardens on Sunday, March 8, beginning at 11 a.m. With more area businesses, more food variety and amazing entertainment from local students, this year promises to be a delicious outdoor adventure for the entire family. And all this fun is for a good cause, too. All the proceeds from this event go to Pinecrest’s five public schools: Pinecrest Elementary, Howard Drive Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Palmetto Middle School and Palmetto Senior High. Guests can tickle their taste buds with tempting treats from A Joy Wallace Catering Production, Cold Stone Creamery, Crepe Maker, Dream Dinners, Juiceblendz, Kaliapy, Los Ranchos, Roasters and Toasters, Two Chefs and many more. In addition to the snacks, local businesses will be on hand selling and promoting their products and services, among them Kendall Chevrolet, Citibank, Dr. June Gentle, Duarte Orthodontist, Elemis Day Spa, EWM, GBS The Beauty Store, Insource, Math Monkey, MPS Credit Union, National Tech, RiteCare Medical Center, South Miami Pharmacy, Pond Doctor, Temple Beth Am, Weathermakers AC and Electrical Contractors, Westminster School and more. Other participating sponsors include the Panter, Panter and Sampedro law firm, Wilson Washburn and Forster Insurance, the Village of Pinecrest, Dadeland Framing, Minuteman Press at The Falls and the Pinecrest Tribune. For the young and young-atheart, there will be a bigger and better children’s ride area on site

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Tommy Wood gets a photo with Tim Tebow For 10-year-old Pinecrest resident Tommy Wood, it was a dream come true when Florida Gators Quarterback Tim Tebow paused to have his picture taken with him at Dolphin Stadium on Jan. 8 after the Gators defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 24-14 in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game. Tebow lingered on the field for about 45 minutes after the game, talking with fans and signing autographs, then walked to a corner of the stands to say hello to his family. When Tebow started back across the field to join his teammates, young Wood stopped him and asked if he would pause for a photograph. Tebow was happy to accommodate the boy.

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STEFANIE LIPTON

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New crime prevention officer offers ‘Open and Empty’ plan BY RON BEASLEY

The new crime prevention officer for the Pinecrest Police Department has only been on the job for a few months, but she already has a new program in place that she thinks will help cut the number of business break-ins in the community. Alexandra A. Martinez, 35, officially joined the department as a police officer last fall after applying for the job in 2007 and then undergoing rigorous training at the police academy. In November, she was named Crime Prevention Officer. “The Crime Prevention Officer plays a very unique role,” said Martinez. “I will be working with upper management in the department to develop and implement crime deterrent programs that will benefit the community of Pinecrest.” Martinez says she will look for certain trends in crime and devise methods to counteract and stop a crime from taking place. “This gives me an opportunity to work directly with everyone in this police department, as well as the community,” she said. “I’ll try to develop programs that will benefit the community, things like security and self-defense classes.”

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school sweetheart, Ricardo, who works as a Miami-Dade County firefighter and they have two children; a boy, 4, and a girl, 6. Martinez worked in the insurance industry as a corporate analyst for eight years, and then owned her own children’s clothing manufacturing business before deciding to become a police officer, something she says she had wanted to do

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this year. Wristbands for admission are $10 in advance and allow unlimited rides on the attractions. After the thrills, stop by the children’s art exhibit and check out the high-caliber work of students from local schools. A raffle will be offered at $5 per ticket or a book of four for $20. First prize is a beautiful Raymond Weil stainless steel diamond watch donated by Maurice’s Jewelers. Second prize is a four-day/five-night vacation in a cabin

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in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia. Third prize is a fabulous basket filled with spa products and services from Elemis Day Spa in Merrick Park valued at $500. Raffles are available at the local school’s PTA or through the Pinecrest Business Association. Winners need not be present to win. If your company is interesting in participating and joining in the fun, it’s not too late; call 305-662-8024 for participation and sponsor information. Taste of Pinecrest runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free and entry is free. Food can be purchased from the restaurants for $2 to $5 per plate. For more information, go to <www.pinecrestbusiness.com>.

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ALEXANDRA RIGL Palmetto High School junior Alexandra Rigl has accumulated more than 1,200 community service hours and counting. She and her twin sister, Nikki, preside over a club at school that they founded called Donate Life. The club was started as one component of the twins’ work for their Girl Scout Gold Award, which they received in May. It’s also close to Alexandra’s heart since her mother is alive and healthy today as a result of a kidney transplant. “She’s great,” Rigl says. “She’s playing tennis. It’s awesome.” Her mother was diagnosed with kidney problems when the twins were in the eighth grade and had her transplant during the first week of their ninth grade year. “She was really lucky; she was on the list and they called her,” Rigl says. The twins guide the club with their volunteer efforts. “We volunteer at the Transplant House and Jackson Memorial Hospital,” Rigl says. “We walk in the walks. There are two. The last one was Nov. 16 at Miami Metrozoo. We had four people walking and two volunteers. We raised $700.” The next walk is March 8 for the National Kidney Foundation and will be held on Key Biscayne. “It’s really good. We went there last year with the club.” Rigl says the club had a booth at the

50th Anniversary picnic to alert people to the need for organs for transplants. “And we had a woman from the Life Alliance,” she says. “We had informative pamphlets. We got 100 signatures from people who want to be notified about the walks.” She says they try to do three or four events per year, including working with the Alonzo Mourning Foundation. The club has approximately 100 members, 20 of whom are very active. The Transplant House is where the relatives of people receiving transplants stay, as well as children who are waiting for a transplant or recovering from a transplant operation. “They are so fortunate to have this second opportunity at life,” she says. Along with her work for organ donor awareness, Rigl has other projects. For two weeks this past summer she was a counselor at the University of Miami Young Musicians Camp. “I play the piano and I sing,” she says. “I taught a musical theater class for seven to nine year olds. They got to perform The Little Mermaid. It was really cute.” Rigl is in the theater program at Palmetto High. She performed along with her sister in Medea and last year she was in Guys and Dolls. She serves as historian for Thespians, the theater honor society. “In Guys and Dolls, I was a hot box dancer,” she says. The next scheduled show is Damn Yankees. Along with her sister, she is a member of the Honor Council, a group of six students who deal with promoting fairness and battling cheating at school. The council works with students who have been caught cheating and teaches them strategies to cope with homework and studying. Rigl is considering a career in medicine, so last summer she volunteered at South Miami Hospital in the Arts and Health Care Department. “It’s a New Age thing and it fits my personality to a T,” she says. “They saw a therapeutic response to art and music. We would do art with the patients in the cancer ward or with the children who were waiting.” “It’s was such a good experience,” she says.

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STEFANIE LIPTON Stefanie Lipton has kept herself very busy throughout her high school career. A senior at Palmetto High School, she really has many more community service hours than the 500 that she has logged. Those hours came from a variety of sources, including working a summer camp at the Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center. “The first summer, my campers were a year old,” she says. “After the first day, I fell in love with them.” Legally, she wasn’t allowed to change their diapers. Her job was to be another set of eyes in the room to make sure the children didn’t do anything they weren’t supposed to be doing. Lipton also helped out with lunch and nap time. The next two summers, she returned to the summer camp program, but as a paid counselor. At Palmetto High, Lipton is involved in many school activities, including Plant the Pride, Student Council, the yearbook and Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA). She is working on the events section of the yearbook this year; last year she was an editor. There are plenty of topics for the events section this year, from the 50th Anniversary and Homecoming to the Battle of the Bands and the Mr. Panther contest. As part of the yearbook staff, she went to

a yearbook conference and came back with tips on how to improve Palmetto’s book. “We’re working on those ideas,” she says. “We’re trying to make everything as good as it could be.” As a member of the Student Council, Lipton is one of the secretaries of planning. She worked on the 50th Anniversary celebration, including the Hall of Fame ceremony and the luncheon. “We made a slide show that played during the ceremony as they were announcing an inductee,” Lipton says. “It was cool to learn all about the people who had graduated from Palmetto. I’m really glad I got to work first-hand with it.” Working on the anniversary program took up a lot of her time during the first few weeks of school. She scanned photos that were used for decorations at the sock hop, as well as old yearbook pictures that were used throughout the weekend and she worked on the Hall of Fame induction program. “I did go to all the events, minus the gala,” she says, adding that the entire weekend was fun, especially the sock hop. During the picnic, she led tours of the school for alumni who wanted to see how Palmetto has changed. Lipton also serves as treasurer of FFEA. Last year, she was unable to participate in the state education competitions, but she says she will be there this year. “You develop a lesson plan and make a power point presentation,” she says. “There is also an essay competition. You do it all ahead of time and you bring it.” Lipton plans to attend college and has applied to several Florida schools, including Florida International University, the University of Florida, Florida State and Jacksonville. She has already been accepted into the University of South Florida. “I’m going in as pre-law,” she says. “I eventually want to study child advocacy. I’ve always said I wanted to be a pre-school teacher and only recently changed my mind to law. I just combined the two into child advocacy.”

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MATTHEW KEILSON Gulliver Prep senior Matthew Keilson, the school’s Silver Knight nominee for art, has a variety of interests, but one thing he thoroughly enjoys is putting on “movie

night” for the homeless. On the second Friday of each month, he and several friends go to a church near downtown Miami, make sandwiches and prepare lemonade and popcorn. “I started doing it when I was in the sixth or seventh grade,” Keilson says. “I’ve continued it and it’s grown. I see these people who have an unfortunate situation and a few years later they are helping us.” It started with just making sandwiches, and then they added the movies to the mix. “It was fun for us and the homeless people really like it,” Keilson says. The sponsoring organization, Touching Miami With Love, usually provides the movies, which tend to be first-run hits. Giving up a Friday night twice a month shows a tremendous commitment, but more surprising is the fact that the funding for the movie nights comes out of Keilson’s pocket, and the pockets of his friends. “It’s a few hundred dollars each time,” he says. “We all get together.” Keilson brings friends from school to help out, often getting them from the

National Honor Society by mentioning the movie night at meetings. He also gets teens from Ransom and other schools. Movie night is more than just showing the movies. It also entails buying the supplies for the dinner and snacks. They most often serve peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches because they don’t have cold storage. Keilson also loves to paint. He’s been using pastels of late because, he says, they are quick to work with, so you can get your feelings out. He is in the International Baccalaureate Program, taking IB Art, so he’s working on creating a portfolio. “I like to think I’m on my way to developing a style,” he says. “Detail is not my thing. I like very loose things. I remember before, when I first started doing art, I was hesitant, worried about how it was going to turn out.” Now he no longer worries about the final product, but revels in the creation. He also likes music and love to combine art and music whenever possible. His IB portfolio explores the connections between the visual and the auditory. “I’m exploring it through the jazz age,”

he says. He does that by researching jazz artists and doing pieces on them. “I’ll listen to them, the musical tones they are using,” he says. He uses color tones for the art that he feels match the music. “There are definitely connections,” he says. “When you hear certain sounds, you have certain colors and feelings.” Keilson has won the Susan B. Anthony Award for Art, the Orange Bowl Art Contest, and the Academic Studies Abroad Best Artist Award. His other activities include being president of the National Honor Society and participating in the Mr. Gulliver male beauty pageant that raises money for charity. He also plays the piano and guitar. In fact, he used to perform in piano competitions and receives superior ratings. “I like music, but the piano is not the right device for me,” he says. One day he picked up a guitar and taught himself how to play. The music is now influencing his art.

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It is official, the Community Foundation of Pinecrest (CFP) has been formally established as a not-forprofit corporation conducting business out of vice chairman Fred Baddour’s offices located at CRB Geological and Environmental Services, 8744 SW 133 St. “We are all very grateful to Fred and CRB for allowing the Community Foundation of Pinecrest to use its conference room, office space and resources without charge,” said CFP chairman Steve Beiley. “This is especially helpful given our infancy and generous during these challenging economic times.” With the mission of promoting programs and initiatives that benefit the Pinecrest community by creating and expanding relationships that foster philanthropy, the CFP offers individuals and businesses a way to leave a lasting imprint on their Village. In addition, the CFP will provide residents and surrounding neighbors with opportunities to make a difference in their own backyard, while realizing tangible benefits and community improvements. A group of philanthropic and community-minded residents and business leaders convened last spring to address the needs and concerns of the Village and the community at-large. With the blessing of the Village Council, the group recently converted the former Pinecrest Foundation to a community foundation, elected officers and formed a board of directors. The CFP

officers are Beiley, a partner at the international law firm of Adorno & Yoss; Baddour, vice chairman, a principal of CRB Geological & Environmental Services; Harry Hollub, treasurer, president of Hollub Homes; and Pam Schaefer, secretary, a civil leader and long-time Pinecrest resident. CFP board members are Hank Langston, Jennifer Wollmann and Zeke Guilford. Others who have contributed to the formation are Grant Miller, Leslie Bowe, Julie Goldman, Kim Wood, Minnie Lauderdale, Glenda Crawford and Marian Krutulis. The CFP board is now reaching out to the community to grow its board and fill advisory board positions. Additionally, the residents soon will be offered a limited opportunity to become founding trustees that will forever etch their names in the history of our Village. The CFP board conducts a regularly scheduled meeting on the second Thursday of each month and has employed Gloria Burns as executive director. Burns has worked closely with the board over the past several months and contributed her insight and vision which were forged over her 14-year tenure in the community foundation field, in addition to a background in advertising, marketing and special events. Stay tuned for future announcements and CFP events. Those interested in learning more or to offer their services should call Burns at 305-968-3090. Look for the CFP web site now under construction at <www.communityfoundationofpinecrest.org>.

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Coppolo discusses value of herbs at January meeting BY LYNN WILLE FICHMAN The Pinecrest Garden Club’s January meeting was one of the best attended and most entertaining of the season. It began with 50 members and guests crowding into the Garden’s Hibiscus Room, which was abuzz with activity and conversation. After the long lunch line was accommodated with an especially diverse selection of salads and other items, President Don MacInnes called the group to order and introduced guest speaker Carolyne Coppolo of Redland Organic Vegetable and Herb Farm. Ms. Coppolo has been in the herb business for 10 years and she has been featured in the Miami Herald and interviewed on Good Morning South Florida. She is an instructor conducting workshops on growing herbs in our unique sub-tropical environment and her talk centered on the many selections from the herb world available to South Florida gardeners. She was accompanied by a large variety of beautiful herbs that were grown on her farm and were available for sale at the end of the meeting. Coppolo began by showing the group various sized containers, and she highlighted specific herbs that would be suitable for them. She explained that one of the main problems people who buy potted herbs encounter is that the small containers that they come in are not large enough, and the result is their speedy demise if they are not transferred to larger pots or put into the ground. A key to having healthy potted herbs is good drainage, without which roots rot and plants die. The best pots have holes on the sides, which let in air. Good potting soil, cow manure and rocks on the bottom of the pots are also a must. Coppolo presented examples of cilantro, which lasts only about two months due to the strong South Florida sun; thyme, which usually dies in the rain; and the more hearty basil, rosemary, Italian parsley, lemon balm, sage and oregano, among many others. Herbs have been a part of human life and culture since the beginning of recorded history, and they have been

PINECREST GARDEN CLUB used to both flavor foods and heal the body. Many of today’s pharmaceuticals are based on the chemical compositions of herbs. Coppolo spoke about the medicinal properties of rue, for example, which is good for psoriasis and female problems, and Cuban oregano, which, if boiled and drunk, has been shown to reduce the need for insulin in some diabetics. Coppolo’s easy manner and keen sense of humor elicited much laughter throughout her very informative talk. She is planning a special chef’s tasting and is available for lectures. She can be reached at 305-246-5825. After the speaker’s highly entertaining presentation, President MacInnes introduced two new members, then spoke about the upcoming Backyard Paradise taking place at the Garden on March 21-22. The club will have plants for sale as well as a table with baked goods and garden items. This event is the Garden Club’s main fundraiser of the year and the proceeds result in a special gift to the Garden. Past gifts have included Talipot and Bailey palms. Member Karen Mashburn spoke about the Community Garden Charitable Fund’s upcoming third annual Spring Soiree on Friday, Feb. 27, which will be held in the Garden’s meadow. Kymoni Marley and Jimmy B will once again provide entertainment; cocktails and dinner will be served, and there will be a silent auction. Tickets are $100 each and are now on sale. All proceeds benefit Pinecrest Gardens. For information, call 305-661-7488. The Pinecrest Garden Club’s meeting on Feb. 10 will consist of a field trip to a member’s yard, where landscape artist Geoff Gordon will talk about various garden features that can be incorporated into local landscapes. For more information, call 305-665-5168.

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Get your sweetie a ‘singing’ Valentine BY BOB DOMBROSKY The Singing Miamians of Pinecrest, a non-profit group known for their superb Barbershop style singing, is offering singing Valentines for Valentine’s Day. This year, singing Valentines will be available for delivery on Friday or Saturday, Feb. 13 or 14. Recipients will be entertained with two love songs performed by a barbershop quartet dressed in tuxedos. They also receive a rose and a Valentine’s Day card from the sender. Digital photos are taken so this special gift can be remembered for years to come and shared with loved ones around the globe. The Singing Miamians and other chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society across the country have been saying “I Love You” in song and leaving thousands of sweethearts speechless for 33 years. Not only do these unique gifts draw a crowd, they often draw a few tears. Singing Valentines are $75 for a fourhour delivery window and are delivered anywhere in Miami-Dade County and the Florida Keys. More time-precise

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We must keep the Earth healthy for future generations BY MARIE MCGRATH We live in difficult and pressing times. There is a cry for peace, economic stability, and also for the safety of the environment, although the latter is often overlooked. Environmental sustainability is a very important issue, and the United States needs to play a role in keeping the Earth healthy for the generations to come. Planet Earth is home to everything we know. Everyone has heard it countless times, but this home needs to be cared for. Sustainability is defined by Encarta Dictionary as the ability to “exploit natural resources without destroying the ecological balance of an area.” There are countless resources that humans take from the earth, many of which are necessary to daily life. But where is the line drawn? When does taking what is here turn into overusing and destroying what we have on the Earth? There is no doubt that we need oil, coal, wheat, fruit, fish and meat, along with all other resources to survive as a race and to maintain our standard of living, but the goal should be to continue harvesting these resources without harming their producer. If not made a priority for the U.S. and other countries, then the human race could be in danger of extinction by virtue of homelessness. We take, take, take, and now it is time to give back. Millennium Development Goal Seven, to ensure environmental sustainability, states that by the year 2015, we

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Gulliver Schools former football coach David Lawrence and athletic director Mark Schusterman have been inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Hall of Fame. Schusterman is Gulliver’s athletic director and Lawrence has retired from coaching, but is part of Gulliver Prep’s science faculty. Schusterman began coaching in 1985. He coached softball and boys and girls basketball at Gulliver Preparatory School. His softball teams have won over 400 games, with five final four appearances to go with two state championships, one state runner-up and four regional titles. Schusterman was elected three times as head coach in the FACA Pictured are Gulliver Schools former football coach David Softball All-Star Classic and five Lawrence (left) and athletic director Mark Schusterman. times as an assistant coach. He served as FACA district softball chairman began coaching at Hamilton County for 14 years and currently is the state soft- High School in 1966. He has coached at ball chairman and FACA representative on Coral Park, Punta Gorda, Lake Weir, South Dade, Coral Gables and Gulliver the FHSAA softball advisory committee. Schusterman was named softball Prep. Lawrence coached football, track, Coach of the Year in 2001 and 3A soft- swimming, basketball, and tennis. His ball Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2003. Lake Weir Boys Basketball team was He is a graduate of Florida state runner-up in 1975 and his Coral Gables Boys Track Team was state runInternational University. Lawrence graduated from Florida ner-up in 1996. He was FACA President State University and received his MNS in 1997 and 1998 and currently serves as from the University of Oklahoma. He FACA Awards Chairman.

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Karen Peterson Dancers Valentine +1 benefit set for Feb. 15 BY ROBERT ROSENBERG This Valentine Day’s weekend, after you have given the flowers and the chocolates to the object of your affection, Karen Peterson and Dancers invite you to share the love with the wider community at a fundraiser in support of their groundbreaking mixed-ability dance work. The Valentine Day +1 event at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, at the company’s South Dade Excello Dance Space, 8700B SW 129 Terr., includes dinner with a complimentary glass of wine, dance performances, ballroom dance lessons, a silent auction and a cash bar for a $25 per person donation. The non-profit Karen Peterson and Dancers, founded in 1990, is Miami’s only integrated and inclusive company of dancers with and without disabilities. The company provides a positive role model for the disability community and offers new visual inspiration for tradi-

tional dance audiences. It presents community performances and educational workshops, commissions and produces the work of mixed-ability dance artists, and promotes and supports international cultural exchange. Valentine Day +1 will feature a “love duet” between Enid Harum Alvarez and wheelchair dancer John Beauregard, along with ballroom dance lessons by Alex Suarez-Mondsheinand. Catering is by Ignazio Pusceddu. “We are excited about welcoming the community to our company’s home in South Dade to both experience the joy of mixed-ability dance and to support our ongoing work,” said founder and director Karen Peterson. Tickets are $25 each and partially taxdeductible since the company is a nonprofit organization. To make reservations, call 305-298-5879 or go to <kpdance@bellsouth.net>. For more information, visit <www.karenpetersondancers.org>.


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FWC REPOR T Agency works to ensure Florida deer avoid deadly CWD

BY RODNEY BARRETO Chairman, Florida Freshwater Fish & Wildlife Commission

There are many reasons I’m proud to serve as a commissioner with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), but one of them is the dedication of agency staff to ensure Florida’s deer stay free of chronic wasting disease (CWD). In case you’ve never heard of the disease, it appeared first in Colorado among captive mule deer in 1967 and later made the jump to free-ranging white-tailed deer and elk in northeast Colorado, where it turned up in the 1980s. The debilitating and always-fatal disease is caused by an abnormal protein called a prion. Today, the disease occurs in captive or free-ranging deer or elk populations in 15 states and two Canadian provinces. They include New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, New York, West Virginia, Michigan and Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. Scientists believe animals contract the contagious neurological disease through direct contact with body fluids (saliva, urine or droppings) or through indirect contact with contaminated environment. The prion can remain infectious in the environment for years. There is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to livestock or humans. Thankfully, CWD has not showed up in any southeastern state, including Florida. Simply hoping the disease never makes it to our state is not enough and the FWC is taking steps to keep our deer herds free of the disease. First, working in conjunction with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, we have banned importation of live cervids (e.g. mule deer, white-tailed deer, moose or elk) from any other state, regardless of whether CWD has been diagnosed in that state, unless the animals come from a herd certified CWD-free. In addition, rules are in place prohibiting hunters

from bringing any whole cervid carcass from any state or Canadian province where officials have detected CWD. If hunters bag an animal in those CWD-positive states or provinces, they are only allowed to bring back de-boned meat or finished taxidermy mounts, hides, skulls, antlers and teeth, as long as all soft tissue has been removed. The FWC has made a concerted effort to inform hunters and taxidermists to make them aware of the rules. However, that’s only part of the monitoring and prevention efforts. Wildlife biologists instituted a testing program for Florida deer in 2002 and to date they have not detected CWD in this state. They’ve tested samples from more than 3,500 deer from the FWC’s five administrative regions. This year alone, they’ll examine 500-600 additional deer. The statewide monitoring effort includes deer killed by hunters, road-killed deer and deer that appear sick or have died of unknown causes. Even with these safeguards in place, the FWC needs the public’s assistance. The agency asks hunters, or anyone else who sees sick or emaciated deer, or deer that died of unknown causes, to report it by contacting the toll-free CWD hotline 866-CWDWATCH (293-9282). Do not handle the deer. Wildlife biologists will respond and, if necessary, collect what tissue they need. For those who think this is overblown hype, I suggest they contact natural resource officials in some of the states where CWD is present. Monitoring, surveillance and management costs run into millions of dollars. Preventing the disease from ever reaching our state is the best possible tactic. Information about CWD monitoring efforts in Florida is available at MyFWC.com/cwd <http://www.myfwc.com/cwd/>. Another excellent site for a look at CWD information nationwide is the CWD Alliance Web site <www.cwd-info.org/>.

Rodney Barreto is chairman of the Florida Freshwater Fish and Game Commission and a principle in the Coral Gables firm of Barreto Cunningham May Dudley Maloy. He may be contacted by addressing email to <Rbarreto@bcmpartners.com>.

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Case # 0900083 Location: 8605 S Dixie Hwy (Ross Dept. Store) On Sept. 7, at approximately 1349 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a wallet from the victim’s purse while she was shopping. The estimated value of the stolen property including currency is $280. Case # 0900097 Location: 6200 Block of SW 128 St Sometime between Jan. 7, 1800 hrs, and Jan. 8, 0900 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a garbage can from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $50. Case # 0900101 Location: 11701 S Dixie Hwy (Whole Foods Super market) On Jan. 8, sometime between 1430 hrs, and 1520 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a wallet from the victim’s purse while she was shopping. The estimated value of the stolen property including currency is $165. Case # 0900134 Location: 6300 Block of SW 120 St On Jan. 10, sometime between 1200 hrs, and 1942 hrs, unknown offender(s)stole a gate opener from the victim’s property. The estimated value of the stolen property is $30. Case # 0900147 Location: 8605 S Dixie Hwy (Ross Depar tment Store) On Jan. 11, at approximately 1235 hrs, unknown offender(s) were observed taking merchandise and exiting the store making no attempt to pay. The estimated of the stolen property is $25.

THEFT Case # 0900057 Location: 13501 S Dixie Hwy (Home Depot) On Jan. 5, at approximately 0853 hrs, a known offender was observed taking merchandise, concealing it in a duffle bag and exiting the store making no attempt to pay. The offender was arrested and charged with theft. The estimated value of the stolen property is $63.

Case # 0900148 Location: 12265 S Dixie Hwy (Parking Lot) On Jan. 11, at approximately 1100 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole the victim’s bicycle from the listed location. The estimated value of the stolen property is $250.

Case # 0900064 Location: 8000 Block of SW 133 St Sometime between Dec. 31, unknown time, and Jan. 2, 1600 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a tag from the victim’s boat trailer. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4.

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Free carrier screening on March 1 for Jewish genetic disease BY SHARI DEBOWSKY Director of Programming In every corner of Judaism, both culturally and spiritually, we are commanded to “celebrate life.” That was precisely my intent last spring as I (and my husband Stuart) prepared to start a family. It was an extremely exciting time for us and, like most couples, we did not think about the risk of Jewish genetic diseases. Once we confirmed our pregnancy, we were thrilled about the prospect of expecting our first child later that fall. As a matter of course, during our (routine) eight-week check-up, my OB/GYN asked for permission to run the “Jewish Panel” blood test; of course, we agreed. When my results came back as a recessive carrier of Tay Sachs disease, we immediately knew that Stuart needed to be tested. Soon after, Stuart’s results came back and indicated that he, too, was also a Tay Sachs carrier. Now a bit more than just concerned, our doctor immediately set us up with a genetic counselor in South Miami to further understand our options and schedule an appointment for an amniocentesis. Already now 16 weeks along, this was a nervous time for us as a young couple as this procedure’s results would be able to accurately forecast whether we had passed on the autosomal recessive gene. More specifically, this is “a pattern of inheritance in which disease only results when an individual inherits two gene mutations (one from each parent) for a particular disease. If both

members of a couple are carriers of the same diseased gene, there is a one in four (25 percent) chance in each pregnancy for a child to be affected.” Those test results took about threeand-a-half (uneasy) weeks and it was confirmed, much to our horror and disbelief, that our unborn baby was in deed unfortunately affected with Tay Sachs, a curse that leads to certain suffering and inevitable death, usually in early infancy. We made the unbearable decision to terminate our pregnancy and not bring an affected Tay Sachs baby into the world. As a result, and gratefully due to my position in the Beth Am community, we are now undeniably determined to raise awareness of the numerous Jewish genetic diseases that exist, most of which are still being researched to find a cure. As a reaffirmation of our faith, Stuart and I are absolutely committed to having a family in the near future, now with a greater awareness of the genetics involved. Thankfully, Temple Beth Am will now begin a new initiative to help educate our local Jewish society on the affects of these various hereditary ailments in a valuable affiliation with the University of Miami’s Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases. Lois B. Victor is the founder of the Victor Center in partnership with the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. Ms. Victor lost two children to a Jewish genetic disease and is passionate in her mission to ensure that no family endures the heartache of a preventable illness. Through her leadership and support, the Victor Center serves this important purpose of raising awareness and offering clinical expertise in the areas of genetic screening and

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Thank you to our supporting organizations as of this printing: Temple Beth Am, Union for Reform Judaism: Department of Jewish Family Concerns, Temple Israel, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Temple Beth Sholom, Congregation Bet Breira, Temple Beth Or, Temple Judea, Hadassah, Temple Samu-El Or Olom, Jewish Community Services, National Council of Jewish Women: Kendall Section, Ahavat Olam, Jewish Community Relations Council, The Alper JCC, Bet Shira Congregation, Leo Martin Friends of the March of the Living and Temple Sinai of North Dade. SUNDAY, MARCH 22-PROSPECTIVE MEMBER BREAKFAST AND TOUR Join us for a light breakfast and walking tour of our facility. Learn about our many membership incentives. To learn more or for more information, call Rita Diaz, membership director, at 305-6676667, ext. 107, or send email to <rdiaz@tbam.org>.

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ROBBERY None SEX CRIME None HOMICIDE None THEFT Case # 0900199 Location: 10503 S Dixie Hwy (Alleyway) On July 15, at approximately 2351 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a decal from the victim’s vehicle. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4. Case # 0900209 Location: 6200 Block of SW 133 St Sometime between July 14, 0800 hrs, and July 15, 0800 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a tag from the victim’s trailer. The estimated value of the stolen property is $4. Case # 0900210 Location: 12651 S Dixie Hwy (Home Ser vices Lending) On Jan. 16, at approximately 1400 hrs, unknown offender(s) stole a laptop computer from the victim’s office. The estimated value of the stolen property is $1,200. The case is presently under investigation. Case # 0900237 Location: 8605 S Dixie Hwy (Ross Dept. Store) On Jan. 18, sometime between 1400 hrs, and 1900 hrs, unknown offender(s)stole a wallet from the victim’s purse while she was shopping. The estimated value of the stolen property including currency is $400.


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Advice on buying travel insurance BY FRANK WEISS Travel insurance can protect you from substantial losses that result from a variety of situations, including canceled trips, lost baggage, medical emergencies, supplier defaults, as well as other unforeseen circumstances. There are several general types of consumer travel insurance available. The coverage and limitations of each will vary depending on the insurance company issuing the policy. The following is a brief description of some of the general types of travel insurance. • Trip Cancellation — The most important and common type of travel insurance. Generally covers nonrefundable payments or deposits if a trip is canceled or interrupted due to unforeseen circumstances. • Trip Delay — Provides reimbursement for expenses incurred when a trip is delayed. Accident/Sickness Medical Expenses: Covers costs incurred due to injury or illness that occur while on a trip. • Medical Evacuation/Emergency Transpor tation — Covers transportation when a medical emergency while traveling requires transportation to a hospital or other medical facility. • Supplier Default — Covers deposits or payments lost due to the financial default of a travel supplier. • Baggage/Personal Ef fects Loss or Delay — Covers losses due to items lost, damaged or delayed during a trip. Many travel vendors (tour companies and cruise lines) offer their own protection plans and these plans may provide very different coverage than what is offered through thirdparty insurance companies. In most cases, supplier-provided coverage won’t cover you in the event they go bankrupt. When considering a supplier protection plan, you should carefully compare the coverage with thirdparty travel insurance products.

Who should buy travel insurance? Travelers who want to protect their travel investment should consider purchasing travel insurance. If an illness, accident or sudden change in plans forces you to cancel or interrupt travel plans, you face two major financial losses — money you’ve invested in nonrefundable prepayments and medical expenses that aren’t covered by your health insurance. How does trip cancellation coverage work? It is designed to reimburse you for forfeited, nonrefundable, unused payments or deposits if you have to cancel or interrupt your trip due to a variety of situations, including but not limited to inclement weather, illness or another unforeseen event. Depending on your policy, it may also cover emergency medical expenses, transportation ordered by a doctor to the nearest adequate medical facility, reasonable accommodations and travel expenses for travel delays, essential items you purchase if your baggage is delayed and lost or stolen luggage. How much does travel insurance cost? The cost of travel insurance varies from company and from policy to policy. The more you have invested in your trip, the more you need to protect it. When you consider all the protection you get, travel insurance is actually a great value. Most travel agents offer travel insurance and many may even require customers that decline insurance to sign a waiver form.

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Kids today are getting older faster BY ADAM PINCUS As adults get older, so do the ways in which they try to conceal their ages. Who knew that 40 is the new 30? While society is becoming more advanced, more and more resources and opportunities are available for all of us to stay forever young. I wish this was the case for kids. As the older, more mature segments of the population become the beneficiaries of this faster moving society, the kids are left behind amongst a cloud of dust. Sure the “iPOD revolution” has captivated the world’s kids and technological savvy adults, but it also has erased the memories of playing with and trading matchbox cars. This was when it was truly fun to be a kid. Now pictures of new trends are plastered all over the televisions and computers, putting kids into an absolute frenzy to be the first one to get that new phone. Information can be accessed from so many different vehicles. Blogs, magazines and podcasts offer kids so many outlets that they do not even know what to do with them. This “iPOD revolution” pertains to not just the iconic iPOD, but to other tech advances like Wii, among others. All of this contributes to kids losing the benefit of not having the responsibilities of adults in order to keep up with such a fast-moving society. The glow of the new iPhone overshadows the dusty Monopoly board game rotting in the back of the closet. Kids are becoming too acclimated to the “now” epidemic that has infiltrated our lives, allowing them to forgo learning about the process of something and just fast forwarding to the results. Being a kid today means being immersed into the irrelevant drama of “reality” shows and stressing out over the measly fact that they do not have the latest gadgets. As a result of this unprecedented revolution, kids are unknowingly watching their childhoods wash away in the midst of the hot, fresh song. To many times I have heard horror stories of young adults finding themselves stuck in the real world and not being able to handle the real pressures of keeping track of an abundance of bills and a mounting mortgage.

TEEN TALK Childhood cannot be taken for granted, for we only have one. Once it is gone, it is gone forever with last year’s fashions. The world can be a scary proposition and, quite frankly, I want to stay a kid for as long as I can. Maybe a move back to Boggle and Weebles might get kids to realize the gleaming treasure they have in front of them. Being a kid is priceless and unfortunately it is being outsourced to the rising prices of iPods and societal pressures to keep up with popular celebrities. I should know. Being a kid is also quite stressful, but it really shouldn’t be. Perspective is something that is gained through age, but kids today are getting older faster. The problem is they are living a 20-year-old’s lifestyle in a 15-year-old’s mind and body. Thus, they are incapable of gaining that perspective. This is creating a kid population defined by an inability to comprehend how to achieve a certain goal, while only knowing the possible result. This is especially true with teenagers, where angst and awkwardness are fixtures and staying young is crucial. Teenagers today are getting caught up with the prospect of being an adult so they can be a part of the fairy-tale lives shown on MTV and forget to enjoy being a kid. Society is a vacuum sucking kids into adulthood just as fast as a computer uploads the day’s monotonic news. So, as the “iPOD revolution” charges ahead like a locomotive, kids are becoming victims to its inevitable appeal. Gone are yesteryear’s pleasures of Mattel and in are the advances of today and tomorrow. I think it is time to slow down, so kids can catch up to this ever evolving society. Kids are the future; if they are not prepared to become the leaders of tomorrow, then who will be?

Adam Pincus is a junior at Palmetto High School and a frequent contributor to the Pinecrest Tribune.

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Saab 9-3 lineup sees minor changes for 2009 Ron Beasley AUTOMOTIVE EDITOR

LET’S TALK CARS The Saab 9-3 lineup was given a major exterior redesign in the 2008 model year and there is little visible change for 2009. The Saab 9-3 model range includes the 9-3 Sport Sedan, 9-3 SportCombi and 9-3 Convertible in 2.0T and Aero models. A new “Aero-look” exterior appearance package is an option for 2.0T Sport models, while other new enhancements include interior trim, roof rail and wheel changes, as well as new standard OnStar 8.0 hardware that enables Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Bluetooth hands-free calling. The Saab 9-3 models incorporate design cues of the Aero X Concept, including the powerful front end, larger grille with smaller side grilles and a semi-overwrapping hood. The headlights wrap around the fenders to the flanks and accommodate the

Xenon cornering headlamps (standard on the Aero), which adjust horizontally in conjunction with the steering for greater visibility. The headlight design and monochromatic doors and bumpers give the 9-3 a sleeker, cleaner and faster look. SportCombi models have a more aerodynamic roof-rail design, while matte chrome-finish roof rails are available on the Aero SportCombi. Sport Sedan buyers can choose an Aerotype appearance and performance package that includes dual bright-finish tailpipes, sport-bolstered seats, metallic interior decor, upgraded brakes, a sporttuned chassis and new sportier 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. All Aero FWD Convertibles and XWD-equipped 9-3 models have the new alloy wheels. Eighteeninch wheels with performance-rated tires are an option on Aero XWD models. Saab’s XWD (cross-wheel-drive) technology has been added as an option on the 2.0T Sport Sedan and SportCombi models and a more powerful 280 hp engine is standard on all V-6 Aero models. Originally available in 2008 only on the V-6-equipped Turbo X or Aero Sport Sedan and SportCombi models,

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the Haldex Gen 4 XWD system gives more functionality to four-cylinder 2.0T (turbocharged) models. The 9-3 2.0T models equipped with XWD technology are available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission and feature a more comfortfocused chassis setting. Saab’s XWD cross-wheel-drive is an active-on-demand system that is activated only when required, minimizing the impact on fuel economy while giving the car a sure-footed dynamic feel. It’s

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An Afternoon in the Amazon at Metrozoo BY ANN ROBBINS-UDEL Walking from the parking lot to the entrance gate of Miami Metrozoo, we encountered so many happy smiling faces of children and adults alike that all the reports I had heard about afterChristmas letdown seemed to be some weird urban myth. After entering the zoo, the mood continued to be impressively lively and animated. I could not help but wonder if only happy people visited the zoo, if only happy people were allowed into the zoo or if something about the zoo made ordinary people happy. We got to the zoo late in the day, around 3 p.m., and mingled with many people headed towards the exit after a full day, children in tow — some on safari cycles, some with strollers, doublestrollers and a triplet-stroller, pushed by a dad with mom and a school-age child by his side. After passing the Duiker (small African antelope) exhibit, I randomly asked a few people if they had seen the new Amazon Exhibit. They had and without exception were enthusiastic about it. As we approached the Amazon Exhibit area, the mood beckoned with the sounds of distant drum beats that amplified as we got closer, until we reached the entry way where the sound was a crescendo. At the entrance of the Village Plaza there are three enormous congas belting out spontaneously-created rhythms by a half dozen kids. They seemed to be totally involved in their personal experiences with the drums that were as tall as their dads. As we moved across the plaza, water jets sprung from the ground in a play area and children squealed with delight as they indulged in water play. Anxious as I was to see the new Amazon Exhibit, I could not help but be

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Why Should I Move to a Retirement Community In This Economy? BY HELEN SHAHAM Q.: My wife and I are in our mid 80’s and have lived in our own home for over 50 years. For a long time we were thinking about moving to a retirement community, but now, in this economy, it seems to be the wrong time to make a move. What do you think? A.: It stands to reason that in these uncertain economic times seniors may think that remaining in their own homes rather than moving to a retirement community is to “play it safe”. Well, this may seem like a viable option as long as one is healthy and independent. However, once your and/or your wife’s needs change, (and everyone in their 80’s knows they do…) life becomes pretty difficult and a move at such time becomes a daunting undertaking. These are the people that end up saying: “I wish I moved here sooner!” Too often, older adults and their families view senior living communities such as The Palace as a luxury instead of a necessity. Being cared for in a comfortable, safe and secure environment is not reserved exclusively for the wealthy. In fact, throughout The Palace’s 30 years history, thousands of everyday families have entrusted us with the care of their loved ones. Martha and Michael Backer became a part of The Palace 10 years ago when Martha’s grandmother moved to The Palace Royale, which offers “catered living.” Michael’s mom has lived in The Palace Renaissance, an assisted living community, for the past six years. “Most seniors want to stay in their homes until they can’t go on anymore,” explained Michael. “We found that Martha’s grandmother had waited too long. The reality is that a retirement community is not that expensive when you consider the costs of maintaining a house such as a mortgage, utilities, home and lawn maintenance, security, housekeeping, insurance, and taxes. You also save on costly expenses such as food, entertainment, gym membership, and car expenses (auto payment, gas, insurance and repairs)…it’s all included here.” For Ceferino “Pookie” Mendez, an aide at home seemed the perfect solution to assisting his elderly mother and providing the peace of mind his family needed. He soon realized that his mother would frequently be seated in front of the television with very little opportunity for social stimulation. “That was no life. She was a prisoner in her own home,” he said. “As much as we wanted to care for her, we didn’t have the

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ability (or sometimes the patience) to provide for all her needs. We are a working couple, and with the demands of our careers, it became increasingly more difficult to ensure mom was receiving the very best care. At The Palace, they know how to do everything, and all we had to do was to come to visit, to join her in The Palace’s wonderful dinners and parties.” Continuously, our residents talk about the peace of mind our communities provide for both them and their families. Jeanne Sands, a resident at our independent living community, The Palace Suites, says her family sleeps better at night knowing she’s surrounded by caring, well-trained staff. And, Alicia Botero’s family doesn’t worry when she is unavailable from 4:30 to 8 p.m. every day because they know she’s simply enjoying all the activities, shows, programs and outings The Palace offers. It is no secret that South Florida’s housing market has been affected by the global financial crisis; however, most seniors bought their houses decades ago and may have a considerable amount of equity. Waiting for the market to recover in order to get your dream offer can take a few years; therefore, it is better to either accept the market rate or ask us about our Security Agreement which is designed to help you in this economy. You’ll still come out ahead and be able to enjoy carefree living at a senior community. When you are in your 80’s NOW is the perfect time to do the necessary change. Despite the downturn in the economy, you still have your own needs. You owe it to yourself to arrange for a lifestyle in a safe, comfortable and caring environment. Perhaps resident Jeanette Sastre said it best: “Don’t wait for tomorrow. It is not guaranteed. There’s no better time than today.” If you have any questions about the lifestyle changes that go with aging, or if you’d like to be invited to a social event at The Palace Suites, please send a note to Helen Shaham, The Palace Suites, 11377 S.W. 84th St., Miami, Florida 33173, call her at 305270-7018, or email helen@thepalace.org. Helen Shaham and her husband Jacob have been operating retirement communities for nearly 30 years. The Palace Suites in Kendall is a luxury Independent Living Community for active seniors. In addition, The Palace at Kendall campus is home to two Assisted Living Residences and a Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. They also operate The Palace Gardens Assisted Living Community in Homestead, Homestead Manor Nursing Home and The Palace @ Home, a Medicare Certified Home Health Agency. Their two newest projects are The Palace at Weston – luxury living for those 55 and over, and The Palace Tel-Aviv, a continuing care retirement community in Israel. They have two communities under development – The Palace at Weston Senior Living and The Palace at Coral Gables. More information can be found on the company website, www.thepalace.org.

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Recipes for a perfect Valentine’s Day dinner Chef Jan OWNER, TWO CHEFS RESTAURANT

COOKING WITH JAN Every February, all across the United States (and in many other countries), lovers feel the need to exchange gifts of candy and flowers, and sometimes even more elaborate items. Even proposals of marriage are common on Feb. 14, the day of the Valentine. But, why this day? The history of Valentines Day and its patron saint are mired in mystery. February has long been a month of romance after the holidays of Christmas and Hanukah have been dulled and the need for romance is a must. One legend suggests that Valentine was a priest who served during the Third Century in Rome, when Emperor Claudius decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families. He outlawed marriage for young men, his crop for potential soldiers. Realizing the injustice, Valentine defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages in secret for young lovers. When his actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. There is much speculation about what became of Valentine and while some say he was beheaded, others contend that he became ill in prison and died. In 1835, Pope Gregory XVl gave his remains — or what was believed to be the remains of Valentine — to an Irish priest named father John Spratt after he impressed the Pope with his passionate preaching during a visit to Rome. The gift, in a black and gold casket, may still be seen every Valentine’s day at the Whitefriar Street Church in Dublin, Ireland.

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many ways. Along with thoughtful gifts, a visit to a favorite restaurant is a common way of honoring the Day of Love. Or, one can prepare a special meal and invite his or her Valentine to enjoy it with high hopes that the food will ignite the spark of love. A glass of champagne or a favorite cocktail is always a must to start a lovely evening. I suggest champagne. And why not start the evening with: REDWINE POACHED PEARS and a slice of Gorgonzola (serves 2) 1 Bosc pear (peeled, cut in half) 2 cups of red wine (don’t be cheap) 2 Bay leaves Pinch of salt Tsp of sugar 5 peppercorns Place all ingredients in a small pot, bring to a simmer and poach for aprox. 20 minutes until pears are tender. Set a side (this can be done a day ahead; in fact, best done a day ahead). Remove pears from liquid; reduce the liquid into a syrup, set aside. Place 2 slices of Gorgonzola (consult your local market for cheese selection) on 2 plates; arrange pears on top, drizzle with the syrup. Serve with warm bread and maybe a small tossed salad.

1 pink grapefruit, peeled and flesh cut into segments A splash of red wine Salt and pepper to taste A pad of butter Add the grapefruit segments and grapes to the pan, bring to a boil on top of stove, add red wine and the pad of butter, season with salt and pepper, and serve next to the Cornish hen. Accompany with starch and veggies of your choice. OLD FASHIONED STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE Serves 8, so invite friends for dessert or just settle on the idea that there will be leftovers. Biscuits: 2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons sugar 1 stick butter, chilled 2/3 cup cream Filling: 1 quart strawberries 1/3 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups whipped cream for topping Clean and slice the berries; place in a

OVEN ROASTED WHOLE CORNISH HEN with grapes and pink grapefruit 2 whole Cornish hens Splash of olive oil Salt and pepper Fresh thyme Fresh rosemary Toss the two birds in the olive oil, season with salt and pepper, place fresh herbs on the bottom of a small roasting pan or skillet, place birds on top and roast in the oven for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees or until tender and golden brown. Place each bird on a dinner plate; remove herbs from pan, leaving juices behind. A handful of seedless grapes

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Weak economy increases demand for JCC summer camp Linda K. Landy ALPER JCC NEWS I walked into a party store on Dec. 18 to stock up for Hanukkah entertaining and was surprised to find only a few pickedover things left. The first night of Hanukkah was still three days away. When I looked around for help finding more gelt, the staff was busily shoving Hanukkah and Christmas out of the way to showcase New Year’s Eve paper goods and accessories. Eight nights of Hanukkah events later, I ventured out for my New Year’s Eve supplies; all I could find was a smattering of Christmas leftovers and lots of Valentine’s Day paraphernalia. Valentine’s Day? I still hadn’t taken down my Hanukkah decorations. There were viable leftover latkes in the refrigerator. All that was left for my new year’s celebration was exploding poppers and a few industrial-strength fireworks. No paper plates or napkins, not even sparklers. The moral of this story is obvious. Everything is now available earlier and earlier, but if you don’t plan ahead, prepare to be disappointed. Along that theme, did you know that December was National Sign Up for Summer Camp month? December? Guess what, folks, you are already late signing your kids up for summer camp. According to Peg Smith, chief executive of the American Camp Association, “One, it’s never too early; and two, it’s getting earlier.” Projections for summer 2009 are even more urgent. “Camps generally fill up faster than usual in a poor economy,” says Eric Naftulin in his blog for camp owners and directors. He explains that many families who would otherwise take a family vacation stay home, increasing their childcare and summer camp needs and filling camps to the brim. To call our current economy weak is a gross understatement. The logical conclusion is that demand on day camps (especially non-profit and more economical camps) will increase as fewer parents can afford to send their kids to sleep-away camp. With this information in mind, come summer you may regret not taking advantage of locking in a place (and a discount on camp fees) at the Alper JCC 2009 summer camp for $25 per family (not per child) during Five Fabulous Days in February (Monday, Feb. 2, through

Friday, Feb. 6). Registration will be open at the ECD building (number two) from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., at the Fitness Center (building number six) from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. or anytime that week at the camp office. On Feb. 9, the early registration fee increases to $100 per child and on April 1 the fee becomes $150 per child. A camp open house for prospective camp families will be held Thursday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Non-members can begin registering Feb. 9 at a non-member registration fee of $200 for two to four weeks and $275 for five to eight weeks. Parents can enroll boys and girls 13 months to 14 years for two-, four-, six- or eight-week intervals June 15 through Aug. 7. The day is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but early and late care is available for all campers from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. at an additional fee. Plus there are many evening, late-night and sleep-over activities scheduled throughout the summer. There is no doubt that the JCC is a great place to spend the summer for kids of all ages. This year’s theme is “where adventure begins and fun never ends.” Think Raiders of the Lost Ark without the whip. Too bad they don’t accept 50-something “Indiana Jones” wannabes. The JCC camp is a one-stop shop offering activities that are usually only available at sleep-away camps such as fishing, canoeing, ceramics, martial arts, chess and computers. There is an in-depth sports program, a travel camp for local and long distance travel experiences and weekly special events. Specialty camps include sports camp, performing arts camp, special needs camp, teen travel and leadership training. If your kids can’t decide (imagine that!) what they want to do, let them try several. Remember, you can register for camp in two-week intervals. Preschoolers are nestled in a separate building with low camper-to-counselor ratio and certified specialist trained in sports, music, gymnastics, art, creative movement, cooking, swimming and nature. There is swimming instruction in a junior Olympic pool for campers three years and up. Weekly special events include look-a-like characters, pony rides, magicians and musical shows. General campers are greeted each morning at the flag pole and then head out to their age-appropriate bunks under the supervision of senior counselors, junior counselors, CITs and LITs. The bunks move around to PE, sports (basketball, kickball ball, football and relay races), team building, swim, art, drama, fishing and canoeing, music, nature, cooking and much more.

Kids enjoy a variety of activities at Alper JCC summer camp.

In addition, campers can specialize in activities that they love with more than 40 hobby hour choices including model planes, jewelry making, newspaper, robotics, kayaking, tennis, rocketry, canoeing, martial arts, dance, baseball, painting, ceramics, martial arts, science, digital photography, amazing field trips, culinary school, hip-hop, computers and more. All campers will receive a healthy dose of Jewish heritage. And, the best part of the JCC summer camp is the abundant, qualified staff including certified pre-school teachers for the younger set. Most of the counselors come back year after year. A full-time registered nurse is on campus during camp hours. Parent information night for parents of registered campers is Wednesday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. Camper orientation is scheduled for Sunday, June 14, at 9:30 a.m. Second session orientation is Friday, July 10, at 9:30 a.m. Do you want to be juggling your kids this summer? Take advantage of Five Fabulous Days.

For a brochure and registration information, call the camp office at 305-2719000, ext. 271, email <camp@alperjcc.org> or log on to <www.alperjcc.org>.


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